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So all seats accounted for except the third seat at M-Sport now, right?

It's predicition time!

It looks like the Yaris has gotten a nice tweak, so I bet on Toyota for the manufacturers this year. Looks like they have both the car and the lineup to do it.

As for drivers, it feels even more open than last year. Ogier is still the man to beat, and he's still my predicted winner for '18. Main competitors are Neuville and Latvala in my view. Neuville had a season where he was the fastest but still lost, and I really do think he learned the lesson and will take a more intelligent approach this year. He showed great mental fortitude this season.
Latvala showed a similar mental leap forwards, where he suddenly stopped making stupid mistakes (except for the last stage in australia which really cemented his lesson for '17) and showed great pace. If Toyota has made the car better in the rallies where it didn't do well the first time around and Latvala can keep his mind settled he'll be up there.

Main jokers for me are Evans and Meeke. Evans comes off a real high, and now gets equal footing with the rest. And if the Citroën gets more predictable it's insanely fast and in that case Meeke will be up there depending on if he can stop crasching. Otherwise he'll win 2-3 rallies and DNF the rest.

Mikkelsen and Tänak are my underdogs. Both are reasonably new to their cars and their teams, and while I think they'll both do great I have a feeling they might try too hard and crash too much.

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YES! Can't wait to see Ford back in game in 2018. That is exciting! First. On. Race. Day!
Fix.  Or.  Repair.  Daily. ;)


(I am just kidding, I am a big fan of fast Fords!) 

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Bryan Bouffier might get the 3rd Fiesta WRC for Monte Carlo

https://rallysportmag.com/provisional-monte-carlo-entry-list-released/

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sqdstr said:
Bryan Bouffier might get the 3rd Fiesta WRC for Monte Carlo

https://rallysportmag.com/provisional-monte-carlo-entry-list-released/
Not sure how I feel about that. He's a talented driver but not really a name for the future. He could get some nice team points for Monte though.

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sqdstr said:
Bryan Bouffier might get the 3rd Fiesta WRC for Monte Carlo

https://rallysportmag.com/provisional-monte-carlo-entry-list-released/
A specialist of the Monte for the first rally could mean that they plan to give the third car to various different drivers during the course of the season, alongside the two official crews... it could prove a good idea, who knows

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Yes I've read somewhere that the 3rd car is up for anyone who pays for it, didn't they do that already once some years ago?

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Yes I've read somewhere that the 3rd car is up for anyone who pays for it, didn't they do that already once some years ago?

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Seems like Mads Ostberg will now be the official singer of the WRC 
https://twitter.com/MadsOstberg/status/951149940507598848

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Etirion said:
Seems like Mads Ostberg will now be the official singer of the WRC 
https://twitter.com/MadsOstberg/status/951149940507598848
Really looking forward to it :D I hope he'll announce his future, hopefully in WRC although I think it'll be in the WRC2 this season. Then again knowing Mads, it's possible he is actually going to sing

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Dytut said:
sqdstr said:
Bryan Bouffier might get the 3rd Fiesta WRC for Monte Carlo

https://rallysportmag.com/provisional-monte-carlo-entry-list-released/
Not sure how I feel about that. He's a talented driver but not really a name for the future. He could get some nice team points for Monte though.
Bouffier is suppository going to race here in the US, this season too.  

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Hyundai already revealed their car earlier
https://twitter.com/hmsgofficial/status/951017222905966593

Im a bit disappointed as a Hyundai fan, was hoping for something completely different, as barely anything has changed with the livery since the first season
If it works, why change it?
I agree, but I didn’t really like last year’s until I saw it in person at GB
 

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Hyundai already revealed their car earlier
https://twitter.com/hmsgofficial/status/951017222905966593

Im a bit disappointed as a Hyundai fan, was hoping for something completely different, as barely anything has changed with the livery since the first season
If it works, why change it?
I agree, but I didn’t really like last year’s until I saw it in person at GB
 
I think the i20 is the most understated of all the current WRCars, the livery reflects that as its quite muted: some change might have been nice though. Hopefully Hyundai have spent all their time working on mechanical improvements! 

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tbtstt said:
I think the i20 is the most understated of all the current WRCars, the livery reflects that as its quite muted: some change might have been nice though. Hopefully Hyundai have spent all their time working on mechanical improvements! 
Really? Most forums i'm following are saying that Hyundai had fastest car last year and if all the reliability issues are worked out, they will be team to beat this year. They only struggled in Finland, where they lack speed (like in last couple of years). I'm quite sure they have toughen up tarmac suspension and with Mikkelsen and Neuville it's hard not to but them favorite team for this year.

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juu1ius said:
tbtstt said:
I think the i20 is the most understated of all the current WRCars, the livery reflects that as its quite muted: some change might have been nice though. Hopefully Hyundai have spent all their time working on mechanical improvements! 
Really? Most forums i'm following are saying that Hyundai had fastest car last year and if all the reliability issues are worked out, they will be team to beat this year. They only struggled in Finland, where they lack speed (like in last couple of years). I'm quite sure they have toughen up tarmac suspension and with Mikkelsen and Neuville it's hard not to but them favorite team for this year.
Apologies, my previous post could probably have been worded better: by "mechanical improvements" I meant beefing up the components that failed last year (specifically thinking suspension). I wouldn't argue that the Hyundai was the fastest car in 2018, but between Neuville's enthusiasm and the fragility of the car, it wasn't consistent enough for the win. If they can sort those issues for 2018 then they are definitely going to be the team to beat.

EDIT: Just seen some pictures of the 2018 Yaris WRC online:









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That Panasonic sticker I just painful to watch, it's like Tommy him self designed the livery in paint :/ M-Sport is my favorite one.

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Wonder what the "all stages live" message means. If it's live video coverage of all stages on WRC+ then... WOW!

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I get the feeling it's some sort of livestream where all the cars will have a camera mounted on them. And it will be a live onboard or something. I dont think they will have a broadcast for all the stages like they did with the powerstages last year

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I get the feeling it's some sort of livestream where all the cars will have a camera mounted on them. And it will be a live onboard or something. I dont think they will have a broadcast for all the stages like they did with the powerstages last year
Well live cameras on all the cars + WRC Radio with end of stage interviews combined would be pretty awesome :-) No need for road side cameras and helicopter coverage for all stages, leave that for one or two per day.

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Guess we got some answers :-)
http://www.wrc.com/en/wrc/news/january-2018/wrc-all-live-launch--/page/5121--12-12-.html

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Wow, I’m going to be watching a lot of Rallying this year!

one thing I noticed on Toyota, the Microsoft logo on the back is gone. I’m sure it’s probably nothing, but it still seems a little odd that it’s just disappeared and left a blank white patch, yet it’s still down the side. Maybe Microsoft only sponsored the sides this year

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