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  • #301271
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    @alexf11995 – There are, and – with the exception of one round – FV2 follows the main calendar, so it won’t be until, South Africa? I think is FV2’s first round (round 4/5 of FV). However VRWS starts after Australia :), so there’s something at least

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    @davidnotcoulthard – I love that idea, however I think it’d get too complicated and too unfair for those who ‘build’ their own engines. Then everyone would do it and render the idea a bit pointless :/

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    @maddogmolloy – I would most definitely be up for it! and would be more than happy to help run it having previously run one, if you wanted help of course :-)

    And I have a wiki we can stick all the info on.

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    Who are we waiting for now to submit a set-up @RoboCAT?

    #300356
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    Well, this is well and truly into the unknown…

    Ah well, set-up entered, bring on Melbourne!

    #Ready #FV #AusV-Prix #Downton #JustHopeI’mNotLastOnTheGrid

    Oops… not Twitter. I’ll get my coat.

    #300266
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    @RoboCAT – I have to agree with @mathers. We should be allowed to change setup between practice and Qualifying. After Quali no, but certainly between the two sessions.

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    Like @atticus-2 I’m a rather emotional man, however I genuinely can’t remember crying at any point in an F1 race.

    However, I reckon I probably did in Brazil 07, and again the year after.

    Aside from that, Japan last year had me in near tears.

    #300002
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    @matt90 – Yeah I have the same, I think there’s currently an issue.

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    @RoboCAT – I can understand the desperation to start the series, I really want it going too, but perhaps it would be best to have a ‘test weekend’ at a track not on the calendar before we start the season, as we may do that and realise that without fuel stops it’s really not the same?

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    Day Three – Afternoon Loop
    SS14
    Dirkx is quickest by nearly 15 seconds on SS14 as he looks to recover from his puncture. Xylander takes the second fastest time as he also begins his recovery while Thomson is a solid third quickest. Rally leader Sorensson is fifth, Xylander almost halving his lead. O’Brian & Foster all have issues on the stage and lose a lot of time.
    Top five:
    Cornelis Dirkx / Bert van Amstel – 17:01.7
    Stef Xylander / Ortwin Schröder – 17:15.6
    Finley Thomson / Les Small – 17:19.3
    Eustaquio González / Casimiro Alvarado – 17:22.6
    Maximilian Sörensson / Edvin Oliversson – 17:27.2

    SS15
    Gonzalez takes his first stage win with team mate Dirkx close behind in second. However, adding to the drama of the day, Sorensson has an off from the lead losing nearly a minute, yet with Xylander set to take the lead, he himself makes another mistake, losing over a minute. Melendez is promoted into a surprise lead, Sorensson falls to second, and Seppanen moves into third.
    Top five:
    Eustaquio González / Casimiro Alvarado – 11:23.7
    Cornelis Dirkx / Bert van Amstel – 11:24.0
    Marcus Seppänen / Joonas Nikula – 11:26.9
    Samuel Melendez / Cipriano Asturias – 11:31.7
    Michel Foulin / Serge Bernard – 11:36.2

    SS16
    Cancelled.

    SS17
    Even the final stage of the day doesn’t calm down, as Sorensson has issues related to his SS15 off and loses over half a minute, falling from second to fifth. Foulin takes the stage win with Dirkx in second, now just 4.2 off the lead after everyone’s issues.
    Top five:
    Michel Foulin / Serge Bernard – 3:45.4
    Cornelis Dirkx / Bert van Amstel – 3:46.2
    Stef Xylander / Ortwin Schröder – 3:47.6
    Marcus Seppänen / Joonas Nikula – 3:49.2
    Samuel Melendez / Cipriano Asturias – 3:49.3

    Rally standings:
    1. Samuel Melendez / Cipriano Asturias – 1:59:30.0
    2. Marcus Seppänen / Joonas Nikula – 1:59:33.9 (+3.9)
    3. Cornelis Dirkx / Bert van Amstel – 1:59:34.2 (+4.2)
    4. Stef Xylander / Ortwin Schröder – 1:59:58.8 (+28.8)
    5. Maximilian Sörensson / Edvin Oliversson – 2:00:03.5 (+33.5)
    6. Finley Thomson / Les Small – 2:00:05.9 (+35.9)
    7. Edvard Kristiansen / Pontus Naess – 2:00:48.9 (+1:18.9)
    8. Eustaquio González / Casimiro Alvarado – 2:01:10.7 (+1:40.7)
    9. Sebastian Stefánsson / Robin Jonasson – 2:01:12.2 (+1:42.2)
    10. Michel Foulin / Serge Bernard – 2:01:41.5 (+2:11.5)
    11. Ari Järvinen / Topias Linna – 2:03:00.1 (+3:30.1)
    12. Rossendo Werner / Giorgino Ardovini – 2:03:07.7 (+3:37.7)
    13. Shichirou Hisakawa / Shiori Matsumoto – 2:03:12.1 (+3:42.1)
    14. Alfie Hughes / Freddie Layton – 2:03:41.0 (+4:11.0)
    15. Éamon O’Brian / Ralph McNiall – 2:07:00.2 (+7:30.2)
    16. Albert Foster / Craig Thorburn – 2:13:40.9 (+14:10.9)
    17. Dmitriy Yakovlev / Isaak Kozlov – 2:13:41.0 (+14:11.0)
    18. Aubert Lambert / Philippe Leblanc – 2:14:23.2 (+14:53.2)
    19. Radu Ardelean / Kyrylo Pasternack – 2:17:21.0 (+17:51.0)

    #299824
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    @atticus-2 – I agree, without Tordoff the whole day would have been mega dull.

    I don’t think Priaulx did take full responsibility, from what I saw he claimed he was alongside and tried to blame Collard as well as himself! No, admittedly Collard squeezed him, but I think the onus is still on Priaulx not to cause the collision, yet he did. It was hugely clumsy.

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    Day Three – Morning Loop
    SS11
    It’s a third blast around the head-to-head Merritt Speedway to start the day, and Seppanen takes his first stage win with a time just 0.1 quicker than Dirkx. The remainder of the top four overall fill the rest of the top five fastest times through the stage, with Sorensson moving past Foulin into second.
    Top five:
    Marcus Seppänen / Joonas Nikula – 1:43.2
    Cornelis Dirkx / Bert van Amstel – 1:43.3
    Maximilian Sörensson / Edvin Oliversson – 1:43.6
    Stef Xylander / Ortwin Schröder – 1:43.8
    Michel Foulin / Serge Bernard – 1:44.5

    SS12
    The first run through Horizon Drive is the longest stage of the rally so far, and it’s leader Xylander with the quickest time, extending his advantage over Sorensson to 5.7 seconds, with Foulin falling to 26.1 back. He remains third however after a puncture towards the end of the stage costs Dirkx a minute and a half. He changes it in the road section but falls to 8th, 1 minute 40.1 off the lead.
    Top five:
    Stef Xylander / Ortwin Schröder – 16:24.7
    Maximilian Sörensson / Edvin Oliversson – 16:26.9
    Marcus Seppänen / Joonas Nikula – 16:31.4
    Eustaquio González / Casimiro Alvarado – 16:35.6
    Samuel Melendez / Cipriano Asturias – 16:41.5

    SS13
    Following a second slow stage of the rally, Dirkx immediately bounces back, with the quickest time on SS13. However, the stage provides a number of shocks. Lambert becomes the first retirement of the day, but the bigger stories are that both Foulin and Xylander have lost time. Foulin loses nearly two minutes while Xylander loses around 40 seconds, falling to 8th & 2nd respectively. Sorensson inherits the lead.
    Top five:
    Cornelis Dirkx / Bert van Amstel – 11:58.8
    Eustaquio González / Casimiro Alvarado – 12:01.9
    Maximilian Sörensson / Edvin Oliversson – 12:04.7
    Samuel Melendez / Cipriano Asturias – 12:12.4
    Marcus Seppänen / Joonas Nikula – 12:14.8

    Rally standings:
    1. Maximilian Sörensson / Edvin Oliversson – 1:25:53.8
    2. Stef Xylander / Ortwin Schröder – 1:26:20.2 (+26.4)
    3. Samuel Melendez / Cipriano Asturias – 1:26:40.4 (+46.6)
    4. Marcus Seppänen / Joonas Nikula – 1:26:50.2 (+56.4)
    5. Finley Thomson / Les Small – 1:27:12.2 (+1:18.4)
    6. Cornelis Dirkx / Bert van Amstel – 1:27:22.3 (+1:28.5)
    7. Edvard Kristiansen / Pontus Naess – 1:27:43.8 (+1:50.0)
    8. Michel Foulin / Serge Bernard – 1:27:53.9 (+2:00.1)
    9. Sebastian Stefánsson / Robin Jonasson – 1:27:56.4 (+2:02.6)
    10. Eustaquio González / Casimiro Alvarado – 1:28:34.7 (+2:40.9)
    11. Rossendo Werner / Giorgino Ardovini – 1:29:06.4 (+3:12.6)
    12. Ari Järvinen / Topias Linna – 1:29:09.2 (+3:15.4)
    13. Shichirou Hisakawa / Shiori Matsumoto – 1:29:28.3 (+3:34.5)
    14. Alfie Hughes / Freddie Layton – 1:29:42.0 (+3:48.2)
    15. Éamon O’Brian / Ralph McNiall – 1:31:28.1 (+5:34.3)
    16. Aubert Lambert / Philippe Leblanc – 1:33:12.7 (+7:18.9)
    17. Albert Foster / Craig Thorburn – 1:36:54.9 (+11:01.1)
    18. Dmitriy Yakovlev / Isaak Kozlov – 1:39:41.5 (+13:47.7)
    19. Radu Ardelean / Kyrylo Pasternack – 1:43:24.1 (+17:30.3)

    The afternoon loop will consist of the the second run through Horizon Driver & Pine Ridge, stages 12 & 13. SS16 (and tomorrow’s re-run SS18 – Acacia Falls) have been cancelled due to road subsidence, meaning no co-drivers stages will be run this rally. The day ends with a short blast around Dakota Farm.

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    Day Two – Afternoon Loop
    SS7
    Dirkx starts the afternoon fastest as he looks to make amends for his mistake earlier, but Foulin, Sorensson and Xylander are hot on his heels, and the order doesn’t change. Meanwhile Foster becomes the day’s third retirement with engine issues.
    Top five:
    Cornelis Dirkx / Bert van Amstel – 11:14.7
    Michel Foulin / Serge Bernard – 11:18.0
    Maximilian Sörensson / Edvin Oliversson – 11:19.3
    Stef Xylander / Ortwin Schröder – 11:19.6
    Eustaquio González / Casimiro Alvarado – 11:20.7

    SS8
    A stage win for Foulin moves him up to second overall and within 2.5 seconds of Xylander’s lead. Dirkx is just 0.7 slower though as he continues his recovery charge. There’s bad news for Seat team mate Gonzalez however, who loses nearly two and half minutes in the final split of the stage and falls from 5th overall to 14th.
    Top five:
    Michel Foulin / Serge Bernard – 7:21.0
    Cornelis Dirkx / Bert van Amstel – 7:21.7
    Stef Xylander / Ortwin Schröder – 7:22.2
    Maximilian Sörensson / Edvin Oliversson – 7:25.0
    Samuel Melendez / Cipriano Asturias – 7:25.4

    SS9
    Cancelled.

    SS10
    To end day two it’s a second blast through the head-to-head Merritt Speedway stage. Melendez takes his first stage win for Renault, with Dirkx just 0.2 behind, although he still ends the day fourth. Gonzalez fourth quickest as he starts his recovery following his SS8 off, with Briton Thomson fifth quickest.
    Top five:
    Samuel Melendez / Cipriano Asturias 1:43.4
    Cornelis Dirkx / Bert van Amstel 1:43.6
    Stef Xylander / Ortwin Schröder 1:44.4
    Eustaquio González / Casimiro Alvarado 1:44.6
    Finley Thomson / Les Small 1:44.9

    Rally standings at the end of day two:
    1. Stef Xylander / Ortwin Schröder – 55:34.9
    2. Michel Foulin / Serge Bernard – 55:38.0 (+3.1)
    3. Maximilian Sörensson / Edvin Oliversson – 55:38.6 (+3.7)
    4. Cornelis Dirkx / Bert van Amstel – 55:42.1 (+7.2)
    5. Samuel Melendez / Cipriano Asturias – 56:01.3 (+26.4)
    6. Marcus Seppänen / Joonas Nikula – 56:20.8 (+45.9)
    7. Finley Thomson / Les Small – 56:24.1 (+49.2)
    8. Edvard Kristiansen / Pontus Naess – 56:46.6 (+1:11.7)
    9. Sebastian Stefánsson / Robin Jonasson – 56:57.7 (+1:22.8)
    10. Shichirou Hisakawa / Shiori Matsumoto – 57:36.1 (+2:01.2)
    11. Rossendo Werner / Giorgino Ardovini – 57:40.0 (+2:05.1)
    12. Ari Järvinen / Topias Linna – 57:42.7 (+2:07.8)
    13. Alfie Hughes / Freddie Layton – 58:00.9 (+2:26.0)
    14. Eustaquio González / Casimiro Alvarado – 58:11.8 (+2:36.9)
    15. Aubert Lambert / Philippe Leblanc – 59:40.6 (+4:05.7)
    16. Éamon O’Brian / Ralph McNiall – 1:00:03.7 (+4:28.8)
    17. Albert Foster / Craig Thorburn – 1:05:14.9 (+9:40.0)
    18. Dmitriy Yakovlev / Isaak Kozlov – 1:08:27.0 (+12:52.1)
    19. Radu Ardelean / Kyrylo Pasternack – 1:11:40.0 (+16:05.1)

    #299807
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    I’d just like to say I’m not trying to take over/overrun this thread with other series, this VRC is purely something to hopefully entertain people and pass time :)

    Day Two – Morning Loop
    SS4
    Foulin makes it three different winners from the opening three stages, with a time that moves him past team mate Melendez and into fourth. With the third fastest time, Dirkx retains his slender lead, gaining a measly 0.2 over second placed Sorensson. Towards the back Aubert Lambert suffers an off, but re-joins have lost around 3 minutes.
    Top five:
    Michel Foulin / Serge Bernard – 10:58.8
    Stef Xylander / Ortwin Schröder – 11:00.0
    Cornelis Dirkx / Bert van Amstel – 11:00.1
    Maximilian Sörensson / Edvin Oliversson – 11:00.3
    Eustaquio González / Casimiro Alvarado – 11:06.6

    SS5
    The first run through Quincy Mine sees Dirkx take another stage win and extend his advantage at the top of the standings. Sorensson is 2.2 slower and falls to 4.6 off the lead. With the second fastest time Foulin moves past Xylander into third place, just 8.8 off the lead. The stage proves too tricky for Ardelean, who goes off the road on a fast section, and rolls down a very long steep hill. A badly damaged Honda Civic will have to be repaired by the team if Ardelean and his co-driver – both ok – are to re-join tomorrow.
    Top five:
    Cornelis Dirkx / Bert van Amstel – 7:37.2
    Michel Foulin / Serge Bernard – 7:37.4
    Eustaquio González / Casimiro Alvarado – 7:39.3
    Maximilian Sörensson / Edvin Oliversson – 7:39.4
    Stef Xylander / Ortwin Schröder – 7:40.7

    SS6
    The first run through the short Calumet Pass stage proves to be the biggest talking point so far, as a small error from Dirkx costs him around 20 seconds, and the rally lead! A quickest time from Xylander propels him fourth into the lead vacated by Dirkx, while the Dutchman himself takes Xylander’s place in fourth. Thankfully he fared better than Yakovlev however, who suffers a big accident after a mistake on a very high speed section powers him through a guardrail and off the road. He retires for the day.
    Top five:
    Stef Xylander / Ortwin Schröder – 5:24.4
    Eustaquio González / Casimiro Alvarado – 5:30.1
    Marcus Seppänen / Joonas Nikula – 5:30.2
    Finley Thomson / Les Small – 5:30.8
    Maximilian Sörensson / Edvin Oliversson – 5:30.9

    Rally standings:
    1. Stef Xylander / Ortwin Schröder – 35:08.7
    2. Maximilian Sörensson / Edvin Oliversson – 35:09.2
    3. Michel Foulin / Serge Bernard – 35:13.8
    4. Cornelis Dirkx / Bert van Amstel – 35:22.1
    5. Eustaquio González / Casimiro Alvarado – 35:23.4
    6. Samuel Melendez / Cipriano Asturias – 35:29.8
    7. Marcus Seppänen / Joonas Nikula – 35:37.6
    8. Finley Thomson / Les Small – 35:42.0
    9. Edvard Kristiansen / Pontus Naess – 35:53.5
    10. Albert Foster / Craig Thorburn – 35:55.8
    11. Sebastian Stefánsson / Robin Jonasson – 36:06.2
    12. Shichirou Hisakawa / Shiori Matsumoto – 36:18.4
    13. Rossendo Werner / Giorgino Ardovini – 36:27.0
    14. Ari Järvinen / Topias Linna – 36:28.8
    15. Alfie Hughes / Freddie Layton – 36:36.7
    16. Aubert Lambert / Philippe Leblanc – 38:47.7
    17. Éamon O’Brian / Ralph McNiall – 38:53.0
    18. Dmitriy Yakovlev / Isaak Kozlov – 39:07.9
    19. Radu Ardelean / Kyrylo Pasternack – 42:20.9

    The afternoon loop will consist of the the second run through all the morning’s stages – with the exception of Calumet Pass (the proposed second co-driver stage) after the guardrail damaged in Yakovlev’s accident was deemed unrepairable in time – and another blast around Merritt Speedway to end the day.

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    Round 1 – Michigan Rally USA
    Itinerary
    Stage no. – Stage length (mins) – Name – Notes
    Day One
    SS1 – 2 – Merritt Speedway 1
    SS2 – 10 – Mountain Drive 1
    SS3 – 10 – Mountain Drive 2 – Co-driver stage
    Day Two
    SS4 – 12 – Peninsula Run 1
    SS5 – 8 – Quincy Mine 1
    SS6 – 6 – Calumet Pass 1
    SS7 – 12 – Peninsula Run 2
    SS8 – 8 – Quincy Mine 2
    SS9 – 6 – Calumet Pass 2 – Co-driver stage
    SS10 – 2 – Merritt Speedway 2
    Day Three
    SS11 – 2 – Merritt Speedway 3
    SS12 – 18 – Horizon Drive 1
    SS13 – 13 – Pine Ridge 1
    SS14 – 18 – Horizon Drive 2
    SS15 – 13 – Pine Ridge 2
    SS16 – 9 – Acacia Falls 1 – Co-driver stage
    SS17 – 4 – Dakota Farm
    Day Four
    SS18 – 9 – Acacia Falls 2 – Co-driver stage
    SS19 – 10 – Lake Charlevoix 1
    SS20 – 7 – Beacon Hill
    SS21 – 40 – Brevort Lake
    SS22 – 10 – Lake Charlevoix 2
    SS23 – 3 – Iron Mountain – Power stage

    SS1
    Sörensson takes the honour of being the first ever stage winner with a time of 1:43.9, 0.6 quicker than second placed Dirkx. Being the first stage of the rally, there’s very little action, and everyone makes it through safely.
    Top five:
    Maximilian Sörensson / Edvin Oliversson 1:43.9
    Cornelis Dirkx / Bert van Amstel 1:44.5
    Finley Thomson / Les Small 1:44.7
    Stef Xylander / Ortwin Schröder 1:44.7
    Michel Foulin / Serge Bernard 1:45.1

    SS2
    It’s the top two from SS1 at the top again, but this time reversed, and Dirkx moves into the rally lead. After a subdued opening stage, things kick off on Mountain Drive. Éamon O’Brian has slid off the road in the final split of the stage, failed to rejoin, and that’s his day run. He’ll restart tomorrow under re-rally rules but will lose three minutes from the fastest stage time for each stage he missed.
    Top five:
    Cornelis Dirkx / Bert van Amstel 9:11.9
    Maximilian Sörensson / Edvin Oliversson 9:14.7
    Samuel Melendez / Cipriano Asturias 9:17.5
    Stef Xylander / Ortwin Schröder 9:18.9
    Eustaquio González / Casimiro Alvarado 9:20.7

    SS3
    Sadly SS3 – a re-run of SS2 and the first co-driver stage of the rally – has to be cancelled due to overcrowding, so the overnight standings are as they finished SS2.
    Rally standings:
    1. Cornelis Dirkx / Bert van Amstel 10:56.4
    2. Maximilian Sörensson / Edvin Oliversson 10:58.6 (+2.2)
    3. Samuel Melendez / Cipriano Asturias 11:03.1 (+6.7)
    4. Stef Xylander / Ortwin Schröder 11:03.6 (+7.2)
    5. Michel Foulin / Serge Bernard 11:06.3 (+9.9)
    6. Eustaquio González / Casimiro Alvarado 11:07.4 (+11.0)
    7. Marcus Seppänen / Joonas Nikula 11:09.4 (+13.0)
    8. Finley Thomson / Les Small 11:13.5 (+17.1)
    9. Albert Foster / Craig Thorburn 11:17.0 (+20.6)
    10. Edvard Kristiansen / Pontus Naess 11:18.4 (+22.0)
    11. Sebastian Stefánsson / Robin Jonasson 11:20.1 (+23.7)
    12. Shichirou Hisakawa / Shiori Matsumoto 11:20.8 (+24.4)
    13. Rossendo Werner / Giorgino Ardovini 11:22.3 (+25.9)
    14. Aubert Lambert / Philippe Leblanc 11:22.3 (+25.9)
    15. Dmitriy Yakovlev / Isaak Kozlov 11:24.4 (+28.0)
    16. Alfie Hughes / Freddie Layton 11:30.6 (+34.2)
    17. Ari Järvinen / Topias Linna 11:31.7 (+35.3)
    18. Radu Ardelean / Kyrylo Pasternack 11:39.9 (+43.5)
    19. Éamon O’Brian / Ralph McNiall 13:59.9 (+3:03.5)

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