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Old 01-14-2001, 03:58 PM   #1
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Post does anyone here still follow FIA Rally?

if so here is the latest;
9th Rally of Monte Carlo http://www.acm.mc/
Round 1 of the 2001 FIA World Rally Championship
17 - 21 January 2001


Official FIA Press Release http://www.fia.com
__________________________________________________ ________________


Welcome to the first round of the 2001 season, the fifth year that
World Rally Cars have been introduced in the FIA World Rally
Championship.

CHARACTER OF THE EVENT
However much the format changes, the Monte-Carlo Rally retains its
unique character. It is an asphalt event held on mountain roads in
wintry conditions, in which advance information about the weather
and correct predictions of the conditions at the time the cars will
pass are essential for success.

NEW THIS YEAR
Entries limited to 60, mostly for logistic reasons (91 starters in
2000, 84 in 1999) though the entry list still carries a wide spread
of competitors with experience ranging from full time professionals
to once a year amateurs. Every evening the rally will return to
Monte Carlo itself: no night halts in other towns. This is the first
rally under the new standard time schedule, in which reconnaissance
is held Monday through to Wednesday morning, Shakedown Wednesday
afternoon and the start either Thursday afternoon (as on this event)
or Friday morning.

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP NEWS
Basic championship rules this year are unchanged. Main variations
are that both the Teams' Cup and the new Super 1600 series are run
on six specific events for each series but Monte Carlo counts for
neither. There is also a new FIA regulation that the range of asphalt
tyres from which a crew can choose is limited to two basic types,
as they are already on gravel events. In case of wintry conditions,
as at Monte Carlo, a further two winter tyres are available for
choice as well.


NEWS FROM THE TEAMS

PEUGEOT TOTAL
(2000 FIA World Rally Manufacturers' Champion)
Didier Auriol and Gilles Panizzi. Also entered: Marcus Gronholm (2000
FIA World Rally Drivers Champion). Sponsor change for this year - Total
replaces Esso. The cars will be in a new colour scheme which will
still be predominantly grey. One extra new sponsor, the energy drink
Dark Dog. Team drivers Auriol, Gronholm and Harri Rovanpera (absent
from Monte Carlo) spent all the week preceding Monte Carlo testing
in Sweden. First outing for the new HF Grifone Peugeot team, with
Toni Gardemeister making a guest appearance.


FORD MOTOR COMPANY LIMITED
Colin McRae and Carlos Sainz. Also entered: Francois Delecour.
Three of last year's cars have been brought up to RS WRC01 standard:
main improvements are to the moving parts in the engines. "The biggest
unknown factor for us", explained Focus WRCar project chief Gunther
Steiner "is to see how the Pirellis work. Everything seemed good in
testing - we cannot wait to get to Monte Carlo!"

SUBARU WORLD RALLY TEAM
Richard Burns and Markko Martin. Also entered: Petter Solberg
"The new four-door Impreza WRC2001 looks externally
like a rebodied 2000 car but apart from the engine, powertrain and
suspension most of the car has also been improved," said Prodrive's
Sporting Director David Lapworth. This will be the first outing for
junior drivers Markko Martin and Petter Solberg as joint number two
team members. This is a hark back to 1993 when Prodrive successfully
ran tyros Richard Burns and Alister McRae in the British championship!
ATTENTION: the competition numbers of the drivers at Monte Carlo have
recently been changed, Martin is now running at 6 and Solberg at 18.

MARLBORO MITSUBISHI RALLIART
Tommi Makinen and Freddy Loix
Taking advantage of special vehicle regulations confirmed by the
FIA World Council in December, the Lancer Evolution's rear bodywork
has been modified in a way which allows more wheel travel to the
suspension. This makes the Lancer (the only world championship car
without McPherson rear suspension) less nervous and gives more
progressive handling. The car now also uses a lighter flywheel which
provides better response and more efficient gearshifting. Weather
conditions in Monte Carlo testing were almost entirely dry. New car
for Makinen, Makinen's Corsica car for Loix.


HYUNDAI CASTROL WORLD RALLY TEAM
Alister McRae and Piero Liatti.
Two former 2000 cars. Main technical change is the introduction of
active front differentials, fitted to both cars: rear differentials
remain mechanical. The new front units improve corner turn-in and
mid- corner driveability in addition to providing greater adjustability.
Some engine mapping, but most variations waiting for introduction
of an uprated version. This is the team's first Monte-Carlo Rally.


SKODA MOTORSPORT
Armin Schwarz and Bruno Thiry
The insurance company Allianz will be team sponsor alongside Castrol.
Two new cars to be run at Monte Carlo, featuring engine mapping
changes which have led to improvements in both power and torque curves.
Pre-Swedish Rally testing to be carried out before the Monte Carlo
recce - in Austria.


AUTOMOBILES CITROEN (not contesting this event)
Once again their regular team drivers Philippe Bugalski and Jesus
Puras will be present, entered privately, for the purpose of gaining
on-event experience for the future. They drive Saxo Kit Cars.


OTHER TOP RUNNERS IN MONTE CARLO:
Strong presence in Group N despite many drivers not yet finalising
their season's plans. Watch out this year for Gabriel Pozzo's new
teammate Marcos Ligato, who replaces Claudio Menzi in the Cordoba
Rally Team from Argentina. Ligato's codriver for Monte-Carlo is
Galindo, not Daniel Stillo. There are also several top level 1600cc
Citroen Saxo and Fiat Punto Kit Cars in 2000 specification.


SPECIAL FACTS
The order for starting the first leg of the Monte Carlo Rally is
expected to be the order the drivers finished the 2000 FIA World
Rally Championship for Drivers. Marcus Gronholm carrying number one,
although not nominated for Peugeot for scoring manufacturers' points,
should therefore lead Richard Burns, Carlos Sainz, Colin McRae and
the others. The competition numbers however are based on the order
in which the teams were classified in the FIA series for Makes. For
the Saturday and Sunday, it will be the usual system of running in
classification order prevailing at that time. ~ Thursday 18th January
is the day of the official start, but the first special stages will
not be held until the following day.

Journalists note: because of various late route changes, check you
have a copy of the final itinerary before setting off to watch the
cars. Both stages 5/10 and 13/15 were rerouted in the weeks before
the event.

Monte Carlo still enjoys its 'marathon' image, in relation to the
total length of the event. In the context of world rallying, only
the Safari and the Catalunya events are longer. Safari excepted,
all rallies have a total special stage distance of around 400km.

Give a welcome to Markko Martin, the youngest ever regular world
championship driver. At the start of the rally he will be 25 years
2 months. Colin McRae's first regular world championship drive
was at Monte Carlo in 1994 when he was 25 years 5 months old,
Richard Burns began his championship career with many occasional
works drives but his first regular appearance was in 1998 at the
age of 27. These are relatively new records, because before 1994
few teams made regular entries on championship events. Richard
Burns, incidentally, celebrates his 30th birthday on the day of
the Shakedown for this event.

Rallying is an older sport than most people realise. The Rallye
Monte Carlo was first run in 1911, 90 years ago. No, they haven't
seen ghosts! The Winter Challenge, run by the Classic Rally
Association, passes through Rallye Monte-Carlo territory during the
reconnaissance period, pausing at Castellane on the night of
Wednesday 17th. Plenty of historic rally cars, looking just like
they used to do! The organisers' own classic Monte Carlo Rally
will be held at the end of January.


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Old 01-14-2001, 08:27 PM   #2
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pretty much what i was expecting; well i'll keep a look out for links to stories about mad phatty vynil kits and bomb diggity lowering springs.
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Old 01-14-2001, 08:48 PM   #3
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Hey, if you want to whine about the board, whine somewhere else, will ya?

Seriously though... I picked up a New Zealand SpeedSport magazine and saw pics of the new Citroen Xsara rally car. Starts at Catalunya. They had a lot of quotes from the project engineer... Jean-Claude Vaucard.

Should make things more interesting. Where's Saab?
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Old 01-14-2001, 09:50 PM   #4
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I hope Burns gets it done this year, and that the new WRX does well. AutoWeek had some testing shots in the latest issue.

Any word on the TV action, that is, will we be seeing it in a more timely manner? I heard that David Richards is concerned about this...

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Old 01-14-2001, 10:04 PM   #5
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It certainly would be nice to get some more timely (and longer) coverage over here. Lord knows that Speedvision shows enough worthless filler programming that they could give us plenty more coverage without hurting viewer numbers. And the delayed showings just plain old sucks - it's tough to really get into the Championship without immediate feedback on what's going on. (Obviously I can get results off the 'net, but that just isn't as fun or exciting as it is to watch a good recap).

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Old 01-14-2001, 10:07 PM   #6
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I have concerns about the new WRX. It's bigger and heavier, so I'm afraid we're in trouble this year. Notice that the Pug's that killed us last year were very small, light cars. I hope my fears are unfounded.

I also hope that David Richards negotiated some better TV coverage. Of course, I've not heard anything further about it. Maybe next year.

Go Subaru! Good luck Richard!

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Old 01-14-2001, 10:37 PM   #7
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yeah.. i got that today...

gonna be an um... interesting year to say the least.. hope the car can perform and hang with the competition!!

good luck Richard!!!

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Old 01-14-2001, 11:26 PM   #8
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As long as the Scoobs do well in the non tarmac rallies, I think burns will have a good shot at the title.
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Old 01-14-2001, 11:34 PM   #9
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hey Red-Impreza: yeah car weight would be an issue but I bet a buck that all the works cars weigh the same, or close to the same, close to the minimum limit required.... oh, and R.Burns is skinny, much lighter than that Giant Finnn dude, I imagine, shouldn't be an issue really.... and, if you haven't yet check out the new issue of CAR, there's a two page article on D.Richards and his plans.....
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Old 01-15-2001, 06:43 AM   #10
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I think the Speedvision coverage is better than nothing. True, their filtering could be less but we still get to see some of subaru. Anyway, when does Speedvision's coverage appear?
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Old 01-15-2001, 07:05 AM   #11
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Does anyone still follow FIA Rally?!! Heck Yeah!!! Figures my Autosport subscription always runs out right before the start of the season

Here's a question for the WRC gurus. I read that If a third car is entered from a team but isn't one of the two "points" cars for that team designated for that rally, the third car cannot take any positions away from another "points" car from a different team.

For example, I believe it was 97' That McRae had to win the RAC and Tommi had to place 7th for McRae to win the title. So Prodrive entered a third car to try and keep Tommi out of the points positions...I thought. Under this rule, it wouldn't have mattered where the third car finnished because to Tommi and Mitsubishi, it was like he wasn't there anyway.

Has this rule always been like this or is it new? Or do I have everything all messed up? It makes fair sence, I just never heard of it before.

I'm just happy the season is starting again!!! Good luck to the entire Prodrive Team as well as the fellas at STi!

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Old 01-15-2001, 09:00 AM   #12
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Well, like someone mentioned, wouldnt the weight be regulated on the cars so that the big ass (in comparison) new impreza would weigh in with the Pugs? as in most motorsports, car should have similar power to weight when they compete against each other..
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http://www.rallycars.com/Cars/Cars_Background3.html

great website, tells you all you'd ever want to know about rallycars, history, regulations, etc....
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from www.rallysport.com


Burns Guns For Title

The 30 year old englishman wants consistency to match the speed he showed last season.

No matter how many guys are out there, weve got to beat them all, said Burns at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham. You win championships by beating everybody over the whole year and we will go out there with the intention of winning every single rally.

Last year, we were the only crew to record a fastest stage time on all 14 rounds, he said, but we had a good beginning to the year followed by a bad second half. This year, we need to keep a run going, get to the end of every rally, but always aim for wins, not just points.

We know weve got the speed, we need reliability and luck as well and we need bad luck for our opposition. Ill take what I can get.

Subaru have carried out extensive tarmac testing fot the Monte and reports say the car is a significant step forward from the 2000 machine.

"Its fairly similar under the skin, he said, with a few changes to the suspension and engine, but it does feel very different. The aerodynamics are much improved, and its surprising how much you can feel it on a rally car. The chassis is also a lot stiffer, which makes the car feel a lot more precise. Weve already put in 350 kilometres of testing in France and Im very confident.


i am rootin for ya baby!! go get em!

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Old 01-15-2001, 03:45 PM   #15
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Can't believe I got here so late.
Yes I do follow WRC. I just wish my friends would understand my addiction to my video tape collection (NO, the one with the rally cars on it ).
Jamie what races do you need me to co-drive for ya? hehehe

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Old 01-15-2001, 04:44 PM   #16
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Still follow WRC, of course i do, its on my doorstep

I just wish you guys could get a round of the championship, it would blow you all away, the coverage is fine, but theres nothing like a works WRC flying past at over 120mph on gravel to get the heart pumping
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Sure do. Even competed in the US round of the WRC in '86. Nissan Sylvia Group A.
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I have beeen going nuts this month without any new wrc but only 3 days till it starts again.
go burns go
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