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Old 10-22-2003, 08:43 AM   #1
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Default If it's wet, I'll win! - Rally Catalunya

GO PETTER!!

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"If it rains in Catalunya, I am going to win," Solberg told Motorsport News. "If it is dry I am going for between third and fifth."

"I'm still feeling so good after the win in Corsica that I can't wait to start this rally," he continued. "It's often said that anything's possible, and last week we really showed that! I'm feeling comfortable with my driving style in slippery conditions, and on the repeated runs through the stages in Spain, even in the dry, there's a lot of gravel and dirt on the road, so that should help me I think."
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Old 10-22-2003, 11:21 AM   #2
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its raining here, so it must be raining in Spain right?!?
i think petter will do well either way. the win in france is huge for him, as it was his first tarmac win. its dry he'll do good, if its wet he'll kick ass!!!

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Old 10-22-2003, 02:26 PM   #3
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Well, the weather forcast certianly looks to be in Petter's favor

http://www.worldrallynews.com/cgi-bi...6823364,11816,

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The weather forecast for the Catalonia Rally is poor, giving Subaru renewed hope for a tarmac rally in which it might easily struggle.

Some rain is currently forecast for each of the three days of the Catalan event, which starts on Friday. Drivers expect the route to be slippery in any case, because it is concentrated on the roads around Sant Hilari and Vic, and some stretches of road, used in both directions, will figure up to four times; corner cutting will therefore reduce grip still further.

Pirelli's tyres are generally no match for Michelin's on dry asphalt, but damp conditions give its drivers a fighting chance and allowed Petter Solberg to achieve Subaru's first tarmac victory at World Championship level in five years in Corsica.
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Old 10-22-2003, 10:15 PM   #4
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I all have to say is Petter is the MAN!

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Old 10-23-2003, 03:31 AM   #5
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Yes Petter is awesome. Favorite Driver Subaru has ever had... potential to be the best.
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Old 10-23-2003, 07:12 AM   #6
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Petter has definitely put some excitement back in the WRC...Its great to a driver with alot of confidence who isn't afraid to say it. Loeb would never do this...He would be more like "uhhhhh if I uhhh drive good then uhhhh we might uhhhh win" Solberg might not be a WRC champion (yet) but IMO he is already far more of a personality/superstar then most past champions will ever be.

We should all do our "rain dance" this weekend to give Petter/Subaru the best chance possible. For me this involves washing the car, it always rains within 12hrs of doing that!

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Old 10-24-2003, 03:10 AM   #7
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Well it's dry and Petter is in first. Loeb, Sains, Burns and Martin have run. So maybe Subaru's peformance in the dry won't be too bad! Go Petter!
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Old 10-24-2003, 04:02 AM   #8
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Yeah, but he was only .1 sec up. Times after stage two look a little more realistic for a dry weather rally

*crosses fingers*hoping for rain
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Old 10-24-2003, 04:15 AM   #9
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just stay 2 spots over el matador and 1 over burns......and same for GB....

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Old 10-24-2003, 04:26 AM   #10
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as of 3:28

Loeb
Sainz +4.5
Martin +6.9
Mcrae +9.1
Burns +10.5
Solberg +14.3
Makinen +15.5

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Old 10-24-2003, 05:45 AM   #11
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Well, its looking better for Solberg after SS3 (up to 3rd), but I really feel its a bit rediculious for us to post the standings after each stage

In other news, I feel bad for Markko. He's driving with a neck brace this weekend due to his crash in France. His co-driver has said that the g-forces are almost too much for Martin to drive at his limit.
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Old 10-24-2003, 11:21 AM   #12
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damnit! petter was penalized 50s. for leaving service 5 mins late. apparently he had an alternator prob just after starting the car to leave service. so they had to replace it. o well. lets just hope it rains!!

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Old 10-24-2003, 11:53 AM   #13
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I can't believe the bad luck he's run into 2 rallies in a row. C'mon the luck has to change for Petter
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Old 10-24-2003, 01:21 PM   #14
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Since Petter is in 11th after leg 1, what order will they be running tomorrow? Does the top 10 go in reverse? I'm wondering since all the cars are pulling gravel onto the road when cutting corners which makes it harder for the people who are going later. Hopefully Petter would be one of the first runners tomorrow so he could claw his way back.

And oh yeah, PRAY FOR RAIN!
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Old 10-24-2003, 02:52 PM   #15
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actually, petter prefers the gravel on the roads. and if its a little wet, even better. the suby is just not a dominating dry tarmac car. but when things get dirty/wet/loose, they really shine!!

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Old 10-24-2003, 02:58 PM   #16
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Yeah, but you don't want to be on gravel while your competitors on clean dry tarmac. Its not the gravel that makes the Scoobies faster, its the gravel which slows down its competitors while the Scooby being less affected by it.
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Old 10-24-2003, 02:59 PM   #17
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very good point. so when it really makes the difference is when the stage is run for the second or third time. this means all the cars will have to deal with the loose conditions.

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Old 10-24-2003, 03:43 PM   #18
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Since Petter is in 11th after leg 1, what order will they be running tomorrow? Does the top 10 go in reverse? I'm wondering since all the cars are pulling gravel onto the road when cutting corners which makes it harder for the people who are going later. Hopefully Petter would be one of the first runners tomorrow so he could claw his way back.

And oh yeah, PRAY FOR RAIN!
Running order is the top 15 from leg on running backwards, then 16 to the end.

So Petter will be 5th on the road tomorrow. He gets to spray up the dust (and hopefully standing water) for everyone else.
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Old 10-25-2003, 02:43 AM   #19
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Rally Radio Just began... Sounds like it may be another dry day. About the same as yesterday, but a little warmer. Some teams are predicting rain, others are saying no. So PRAY NOW and PRAY HARD! Subaru is predicting rain at 2:10 pm! lol, they must be praying too.

Go Tommi and Petter!

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Old 10-25-2003, 08:34 AM   #20
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*Doing the rain dance*
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Heavy rain is expected tomorrow. But can Petter make up over 2.5 minutes?
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Heavy rain is expected tomorrow. But can Petter make up over 2.5 minutes?

No. But at least get into the points!!
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Old 10-25-2003, 09:14 PM   #23
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Sainz, Martin and Leob are going to be pushing each other hard tommarow, so it is very possiable that someone could make a very costly mistake like in Corsica. Loeb seems to have some trouble being fast when it is very wet and Martin might still be feeling a bit reserved after his off in Corsica. I don't exect Sainz to slip up though, he's a cool vet.
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I did not mention Pinnizi because he is not in the title hunt...just wanted to note that.
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Old 10-25-2003, 09:59 PM   #25
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well too bad for petter's :50 sec time penalty or he be in 7th place and in a better position to attack!

GO PETTER!

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