Welcome to Rally Flashback, where we look at highlights of an old edition of the upcoming round of the WRC. This time we are going back to the first time Rallye Deutschland appeared on the calendar - 2002.
They’ve grown front splitters, now.
Tiff Needell drives Colin McRae’s 1997 Subaru WRC car. But first they cover a bit of the development of the car.
It’s Rally Finland time, and we’re here again to see who has the best idea who’s the best at predicting the result. It could be you! Or even you back there. Yes, even you! But probably not. It’s usually either between Dusty Ventures and You Can Tell a Finn, who are likely to tell us about the Finns.
On WRC+. No excuses, you can get 1 month for free if you sign up now. Biggest battle is for 2nd place between Andreas Mikkelsen and Sebastien Ogier. Kris Meeke has a healthy lead, but can’t do any mistake.
...and he seems to have lined up a pretty solid base of supporters.
Have a time lapse of the Stobart Focus WRC getting built.
The first stage of Rally Mexico is about 4 and a half hours away, and it is streamed live on plus.wrc.com.
For most rally fans (myself included), the 80s was the most fascinating era of rallying for one pure and simple reason: Group B. During this period, Audi was constantly the team to beat, and for a while, the great Michele Mouton was one of the hired guns for this legendary team, and she was total business.
Go to plus.wrc.com or the local provider to watch. 17 seconds between the leading Ogier and Hayden Paddon (pictured) before this last stage.
Doing research before Rally Sweden next weekend.
So Ive been watching a ton of older WRC videos on youtube and came across this gem: The Safari Rally. For those of you who are not familiar with this event, it is without a doubt one of the most punishing World Rally events ever.
No, I’m not lucky (or skilled) enough to work for the official TV production team for the World Rally Championship. However, rookie reporter Molly Pettit has published a writeup on how it is to be a reporter from Monte Carlo. It’s quite well written and describes the experience of reporting from a motorsport event in…
I think the official hashtag of #DirtyWeekend was pretty spot on. With a large storm passing over the UK during the WRC weekend it was always going to be an interesting couple of days. Amazingly Friday stayed dry, however Saturday did its best to make up for this by raining relentlessly from 6am till about 9.30pm.
Does come up with a few gems from time to time:
WRC Commission President Carlos Barbosa defended their decision not to send an ambulance when Lorenzo Bertelli reported dizziness and nausea after a crash at Rally Portugal, claiming he “was very anxious to go to the arms of his mother, that’s all it was.”
So there’s a WRC-stage live now. You should probably go watch it.