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    World Rally Championship


    The World Rally Championship is one of the biggest competitions in present day motorsport, with the 2019 season set to be one of biggest season yet.
    Ahead of the new season the FIA announced that teams would be limited to fielding two drivers per season, with the intention that favoured drivers wouldn't rotate in and out in the hope of teams using favoured drivers at certain events to secure manufactures' points. This rule has resulted in two former team returning to the sport Provide WRT (powered by Mini) and Skoda Castrol WRT.



    Citroen Total WRT will use the same car as last season (Citroen C3 WRC) but with all an all new line-up. Last season World Champion Sebastien Ogier departs from M-Sport, whilst Esapekka Lappi all leaves exited from the Toyota to team up with the Versailles based team.


    M-Sport Ford WRT will also be using the same model as last season (Ford Fiesta WRC), however the departure of Ogier means that last year occasional driver Teemu Suninen joins Elfyn Evans in representing M-Sport on a permanent basis. The team made it clear that despite Ogier having left, they still feel as though they have an extremely competitive car and can win their third consecutive WRC title.



    Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT (i20 Coupe) retain the services of both Thierry Neuville and Andreas Mikkelsen, with Sordo and Paddon being seen as surplus to requirement with the new two-driver rule from the FIA. Many consider Neuville as a favourite for this year's crown have the consistency of remaining with the same team once more and hoping to elevate himself from 2nd to 1st and finally do enough to call himself the World Champion.



    Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT (Toyota Yaris WRC) arguably had the easiest decision in regards to choosing who to offer a contract to in 2019. With Esapekka Lappi moving onto Citroen Ott Tanak and Jari-Matti Latvala simply renewed their contract moving on into the new season.



    Mini Cooper WRT (Mini John Cooper WRC) return to the sport and many pundits consider them as being the underdogs heading into the new season. Former WRC2 driver Pontus Tidemand who has won both the WRC2 and WRC Junior category championships has been offered a seat with Mini Cooper. He is joined by veteran of the sport Kris Meeke.



    Skoda Castrol WRT (Fabia R5) also return to the sport with newly promoted Gus Greensmith joining the Czech based team. He is joined by Spaniard Dani Sordo who leaves Hyundai with the intention of solidifying himself as the team first driver with a long-term goal of claiming the WRC crown.




    Rockstar Racing WRT (Volkswagen Beetle) are the only customer team taking part in this year's championship. Although Rockstar Racing will be the only team using the VW engine, Volkswagen themselves has chosen instead not officially return to sport as manufacture but instead just supplying the same engine specifications they offer to the RallyCross car. Driving for the team is their source of financial backing Yazeed Al-Rajhi who is joined by veteran and x9 WRC Champion Sebastien Loeb. The expectations of Rockstar Racing are very hit and miss, largely due the wide gulf in ability between Al-Rajhi and Loeb.





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    This is an interesting concept. I don't know much about this type of racing (if anything at all), but I like the idea. I'm just intrigued about how you will be writing the races. Will they be in-depth or just be results of the race showing who came in what place. Anyway...good luck!


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    Round 1: Rally Monte Carlo

    The first race of the 2019 World Rally Championship returns to Monaco for the 87th edition of the Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo. The event will be contested over sixteen locations with drivers having to drive over surfaces consisting of tarmac and snow over a period of four days: 24th-28th January. Highlight for the event will be done on a round-by-round basis. As is tradition the final stage of the Rally will be a Power Stage in which additional points will be awarded for the fastest five drivers. The event will also feature drivers from the WRC2 and WRC-Junior Categories.

    Thursday Highlights

    [SS 1 - La Bréole - Selonnet]
    The first stage of the rally is 100% tarmac with the stage being a night stage with the first car leaving the start gate at 19:38. The highest elevation point is found 2km after the cars reach L'Eygaye at a height 1317m above sea level. Timings shown will focus primarily on the fourteen drivers taking part in this years WRC Championship.



    Thierry Neuville took an early lead by winning SS 1 managing to beat Jari-Matti Latvala by just four hundredths of a second, but when it comes to the World Rally Championship every hundredth of a second counts and so Neuville will recognise how important it was to edge out the Finn. With Ott Tanak coming third only six hundredths of a second behind Latvala and Elfyn another six hundredths behind Tanak it is evident who are the four favourites in the rally are so far. After the first stage, we spoke to Toyota Gazoo Racing WTF principal T
    ommi Mäkinen.


    [Tommi Mäkinen]

    "I was very impressed in the way in which Jari and Ott both drove the Yaris in the first stage of the new season. With a lot of changes to the rules and regulations, we were always confident that both our drivers had the ability to impress here in Monte Carlo and being ranked 2nd & 3rd after one stage is something we were really happy about. Of course, we aren't getting to excited as their is still fifteen more stages to go and we know that anything can happen in the WRC."

    [Rockstar Racing WRT - Volkswagen Beetle]

    Rockstar Racing WRT had a mixed result in their first ever WRC stage with the x9 WRC Champion claiming 8th in the stage with a time of 13:18:29, whilst Yazeed Al-Rajhi finished at the bottom of the table with a very slow time of 13:31:23. Loeb's time would suggest that Volkswagen engine has the potential to be competitive, but it will take a number of rounds of the WRC to pass before a proper judgement can be made.



    [Kris Meeke - Mini Cooper WRT]

    One of the highlight from SS 1 was Kris Meeke's drive in the Mini Cooper as Meeke achieved a time of 13:11:53. Meeke is less than five seconds behind the leaders and is still very much in contention as the Mini John Cooper WRC is already showing real potential. The field will have a half an hour break for they will finish Day 1 with the SS 2.
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    Round 1: Rally Monte Carlo

    Thursday Highlights

    [SS 2 - Avançon - Notre Dame du Laus]

    The second stage and final stage of Thursday is another 100% tarmac stage which is a collection of rolling hills with the highest elevation point being 1037m above sea level (the difference between the highest and lowest point of the stage is 342m) and the descent is likely to create gaps in the field as the more aggressive drivers are going to have a really opportunity to break away from the competition. The absence of all natural light also makes the stage a nail-biting affair with the co-drivers have no room for error in aiding their drivers in negotiating around the tricky stage.



    Unlike SS1, the short 20.59km stretch between Avançon - Notre Dame du Laus saw a numbers of drivers drop down the standing. Jari-Matti Latvala was unable to maintain his positive start and in doing so found himself dropping from 2nd to 5th in the overall standings. Thierry Neuville was consistence in his run, although it must be noted that at time he chose to take the 'safer line' rather than reducing his time by taking more risks. Two men that held nothing back were Ott Tanak and Elfyn Evans who were separated by just three seconds, with the Estonian leap-frogging two places and taking a provisional lead in the Monte Carlo Rally. As it stands Tanak, Evans and Neuville are the only three drivers to have a combined time over two stages less than forty minutes.


    [Dani Sordo - Skoda Castrol WRT]

    Dani Sordo had an outstanding run in the Fabia R5 and his 6th place finish on SS 2 - 27:00:2 has resulted in him rocketing up the overall standards and now sitting in in 6th place. The Spanish shared his thoughts in the paddock.

    "For me personally I am very happy with my performance in the Skoda. For the five previous season I had been sitting inside a Hyundai, so it isn't surprising that their is often a transition period. Personally it is very important to deliver the best results possible for my new team, but also demonstrate to my former employers that letting me go was a mistake - a mistake that they are going to regret if I can maintain this consistency for the rest of the season."

    [Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC]

    One of Sordo's former team-mates and very much the man that beat Sordo to a 2019 seat with Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT was Andreas Mikkelsen, and with the Norwegian losing five seconds to the Spanish in SS 2 it is likely that this is what Sordo may have been subtly referring when he referenced Hyundai 'making a mistake of letting him go.'


    [Mini Cooper WRT - Volkswagen Beetle]

    One man who had a nightmare SS 2 was Northern Irishman Kris Meeke. Meeke was One man who had a nightmare SS 2 was Northern Irishman Kris Meeke. Meeke who had really impressed during La Bréole - Selonnet had an nightmare SS 2 had during a decent of one of third of rolling hills he would run over a pothole and suffer a front-right puncture. The difficult of changing a tyre in the dark was likely the main factor behind Meeke choosing the carry on driving the Mini rather than exit the vehicle and attempt a tyre change with co-driver Seb Marshall. The incident means that Meeke had dropped down to last in the overall standing and is currently over 2minutes adrift of current leader Tanak.


    The rest of times after SS 1 and SS 2 can be viewed below.


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    Round 1: Rally Monte Carlo

    Friday Morning Highlights
    Friday is made up of six sessions, with the morning being the first loop of the three stages before the car return to the service park. After lunch they then return to the same three stages for the second loop of the day.


    [SS 3 Valdrôme - Sigottier]
    The third stage is very much an ascent and descent of a hill with the highest point at 1263m above sea level. Although the elevation point isn't the highest that the drivers will experience during the Rally, the profile of the hill itself does mean that a lot of time can be lost as drivers make their way up the hill. A profile of the hill is also available to understand the sort of gradients our current crop of WRC drivers are going to be contested with.



    SS 3 saw Sebastien Ogier achieve the fast time through the section 14:34:00 with his closest challenge coming from Neuville with a 14:36:30. Gaps are started to be created in the field with the likes of Suninen, Mikkelsen, Meeke & Greensmith all falling off the pace with times that broke the fifteen minute mark. Al-Rajhi remains completely off the pace and continues to look like a dog barking up the wrong tree. His team-mate Loeb would experience a rear-left puncture on the descent with the x9 former champion choosing to change the tyre which would ultimately result in him finishing two minutes behind the stage winner.


    [SS 4 Roussieux - Laborel]
    SS4 runs from Roussieux to Laborel is all about precision driving with a lot of critical turns on what can move to be a very fast stretch of road even if it is the longest stage of the rally so far at 24.05km. This mean drivers capable of taking the best route and able to use the breaks as little as possible will really be able to gain a real advantage. One man that did just that was Hyundai's Thierry Neuville who pushed his i20 to the very limit and was able to win the stage with a a 13:46:10 with his closest challenge coming from M-Sports Evans who was three seconds off the Belgium's pace. For 11/12 of the cars involved it actually proved to be a very productive session, although in a spin Teemu Suninen's Fiesta would stall and refuse to start for a good few minutes resulting in the Fin finishing the stage haemorrhaging time by finishing SS 4 at 17:15:56.


    [SS 5 Curbans - Piégut]
    The final run before the teams will return to the service station was the first time that the field was very tightly bunched, meaning that any time gained on the way to Piegut would be worth its weight in gold. Dani Sordo looked like he had done enough to pick up Skoda Castrol's first stage win on their return race to the sport as he posted a time of 13:49:30, but would have to look on in completely disbelief as Ogier would cross the line with a 13:49:05 to claim the stage for Citroen. Below is a table showing all the time from all three stages of the morning loop.




    [Thierry Neuville - Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT]

    After just a third of the Monte Carlo Rally had been completed, Thierry Neuville finds himself in a position of having a seventeen second lead over his nearest rival Sebastien Ogier, with Estonian Ott Tanak two seconds off Ogier's pace sitting in third. What has been clear from the first five stages is that Thierry has fully committed to every corner and not take his hand of the throttle even for a second. It is clear that this is a high risk strategy, although now that he has a buffer one would expect that the Belgium would be allowed to be slightly more cautious as he tackles the second loop this afternoon.



    [Teemu Suninen - M-Sport Ford WRT]

    Teemu's Fiesta stalling during SS 4 has proven to be a dramatic blow for the young Finnish driver, who now finds himself at the bottom of the standing thirty seconds behind Gus Greensmith. Teemu made it clear whilst talking to pundits that the engine over-heated and there was nothing that he nor his co-driver Mark Salminen could do but sit and wait. Suninen made it clear though that the Fiesta certainly has a strong pace, and he has strong belief that team-mate Elfyn Evans is capable of leaving Monte Carlo with a podium finish.


    [Sebastien Loeb - Rockstar Racing]

    The nine time WRC champion Sebastien Loeb made it quite clear that he was frustrated that he had suffered a puncture when he felt that the VW powered Rockstar Racing car was starting to show signs of being really competitive. Loeb made it clear that their is plenty of time to recover and he feels that he has what it takes to make a couple of place up the order after the afternoon's second loop.


    [Esapekka Lappi - Citroen Total WRT]

    Citroen's new recruit Esapekka Lappi didn't hold anything back as he was surrounded by the press. Lappi would make it clear that he was not happy with his current placing of 7th, especially the fact that inferior car like the Ford and Skoda Castrol were currently ahead of him on the board. Esapekka would make it clear that he had no intention of not being as competitive as his team-mate Sebastien Ogier and that on the afternoon loop he was going to push the car to its maximum potential in order to climb back up the ranking.

    Below is the overall combined times after five stage.





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    Round 1: Rally Monte Carlo


    Friday Afternoon Highlights
    The second loop would see the WRC drivers return to drive on the same three stages they had during the morning sessions. As is so often the case some of the routes are likely to improve as the racing line is cleaned by a wave of drivers not only in the WRC, but also in the lower categories. The pendulum though sometimes goes the other way, as the condition of the road can deteriorate increasing the chance of more dangerous terrain for drivers which can often lead to a higher likelihood of crashes or unpredictable traction. Although all the stage are contested on tarmac surfaces, car that go off the road mixed with any potential rain can lead to a dirtier racing line.

    [SS 6 Valdrôme - Sigottier]
    As the cars returned to the starting point in
    Valdrôme times from the WRC Junior and WRC-2 catergories seemed to suggest that the road had become much drier with the afternoon sun, which had resulted an average improvement in time across the field. Sebastien Ogier was the winner of SS 3 in the morning loop, but would find himself losing out on winning the stage by just one second as M-Sport's Elfyn Evans would massively improve on his time. The must noticeable moment to forget for one driver would see Andreas Mikkelsen get stuck in a ditch and have to get help from the spectators to push him back onto the road which would result him finishing the stage with a time of 17:12 - which would actually be slower than some of the WRC-Junior drivers and definetely a stage that the Norweigan will want to forget. Although he still remains off the pace Yazeed Al-Rajhi for the first time in this year's Rally Monte Carlo finally looked comfortable in his Rockstar Racing VW Beetle.

    [SS 7 Roussieux - Laborel]
    In the same way that conditions for SS-6 that improved compared to SS-3, SS-7 had taken a turn for the worst and would prove to be far more difficult for drivers to deal with than SS-4 had been in the morning loop. A number of drivers would be incredible cautious during the stage, and this would be largely down to the fact that Kris Meeke who had been one of the first WRC drivers to leave the stage start had spun off the road and crashed into a tree which had caused his front suspension to completely break and the Irishman had limped back to the end of stage with a massive time of 25:12 which was a good ten minutes slower than the fastest runs. Thierry Neuville would be the first man to get a time sub fifteen minute as he would cross the line with a time of 14:52, but he would only end the stage in 3rd place. Elfyn Evans would finish second with a time of 14:29 but the winner of the stage would be Dani Sordo in this Fabia R5 14:22 and it was clear that the Spanish racer was incredibly happy when he was told the news once the stage was officially over.

    [SS 8 Curbans - Piégut]
    The run from Curbans to Piégut would prove to be another fast run yet again with Jari-Matti Latvala posting the fastest time of 13:24 with rivals like Ogier, Neuville, Tanak, Evans and Sordo not to far behind the Finn who would look extremely comfortable as he navigated the road in his Toyota Yaris WRC. There would be another major incident on the road though as Esapekka Lappi who in his first split had looked on course for the fastest time had cut the racing line and ended up driving over some lose rocks and suffering a double front puncture resulting in him finishing the stage with a time of 20:14. Kris Meeke was absent from SS 8 and it was announced that his Mini John Cooper WRC was not in state to carry on without returning to the service park which it wasn't eligible for until the end of Stage 8. With the change in rules, meaning that the ability for retired drivers to return under the 'Rally 2' rules had now been scrapped by the FIA - Kris Meeke would be unable to compete in the rally further. This would also confirm that retired cars would not be eligible to return to pick up points in the SS-6 power stage.

    Below is a table showing all of the times from the afternoon loop.




    The Saturday programming will offer viewers some more in-depth analysis of the current leaders after the two day in Monte Carlo, as well as offering all of the coverage from all four of Saturday's stage.




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