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Old 01-16-2013, 09:08 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by wvallwheeldrive View Post
I think its because everybody before Loab had other legands they where rallying against. Gronholm was the last real challenge that Loab had. Also the amount of factory team have dwindled to almost no exsistant, where as say Tommi in the Misubishi had, Fords, Hyandai, Subaru, Peugeot, Toyota, Lancia even Skoda most with at least 1 big name championship winning driver in them and he still won 5 drivers titles.
Originally Posted by chimchimm5 View Post
I've only followed WRC in the last decade.

I'm wondering why it seems that a legend like Loeb isn't adored like most of the previous legends out there. Sure he has a huge fan base, but there's a lot of groaning too. Or is that because of the eroding series....
I've only followed it for the past 13 years myself.

I think guys hit the nail on the head. The erosion of manufacturer support played a big role in his success for sure, but I would temper that by saying Loeb is/was an immense talent. I think 2005 was probably the last year where the field felt deep...he won that year and the year before. Then everyone started to pack up and leave as years went on, and that's where it became easier for him.
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