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2nd January 2016, 17:35 at 5:35 pm #310981
This season is shaping up to be the most interesting in recent years. Unfortunately 2017 seems to be Volkswagen’s already (they are the only team with fully testable 2017-spec prototype, and have been testing for half of 2015 already), so lets hope that the new Hyundai can take it to them this year.
Volkswagen’s solid line up returns unchanged as expected. This season should look very similar to seasons past in terms of performance from the car and all three of it’s drivers.
The Hyundai’s are the unkown of the season. Will Neuville finally calm down and recapture the speed and composure he had? How will Paddon do in his first full season as a works driver? What will the new car be capable of? It sure seems to be an improvement over the last generation i20 based car, but will it be enough to challenge the VW’s? I’m expecting solid performances all year long from the squads only main driver (Sordo), and some surprises from Paddon too.
Hyundai Testing (new cars are Neuville/Sordo, old car is Paddon)
Camilli is the most interesting addition to this years line up, definitely one to watch. He’s comfortable on tarmac, and he had a development role in the Toyota project, so hopefully he’ll get up to speed soon. Ostberg being back at M-Sport is a good thing for the Ford team, they need a consistent driver capable of scoring good points regardless of the event.
Drive DMACK is an interesting addition as well, and we can expect Tanak at all rounds this year. The new WRC-spec tire shares a lot in common with the Pirelli designs, and hopefully will be competitive. With support from M-Sport, the tires will be put through a tough test this season.
Citroen has taken a year off to develop their 2017 car, but with two cars guarenteed for each rally (and 3 for several of them), we will see no lack of the French brand on the stages. Abu Dhabi Total World Rally Team (Citroen) should do well with Meeke and Lefebvre, and giving Craig Breen a shot at a few rallies is great news too. Khalid al-Qassimi has been running with Citroen for the past three years, and is said to be funding a lot of this team’s budget this year. Unfortunately they haven’t started testing for the Monte yet.
Neither have Bryan Bouffier or Robert Kubica. Both only have this one round confirmed for this year, but perhaps Bouffier will be back in France. Kubica may do a few more rallies this year as well, but nothing is guarenteed at the moment. More than likely we will see him return to the circuit in some capacity this year, but hopefully he’ll stick around at least for the tarmac rounds in the WRC.
21 days to go, I can’t wait!12th November 2014, 18:07 at 6:07 pm #285482
I was actually just watching Team Pelfrey testing in Sebring two weeks ago. They were only running their F2000 and Star Mazda cars, so I doubt he was a driver, but Pelfrey is at the front of every series they run in. Nice move for him, F1600 Is a good series.29th September 2014, 23:11 at 11:11 pm #276319
Just saw a private video of 2014 Indy Lights Champion Gabby Chaves testing what appeared to be Pageneud’s car in Homestead, he was part of a two car test for Chaves and Rodolfo Gonzalez….29th September 2014, 17:37 at 5:37 pm #276314
Wow, I really hope this pushes Ganassi and Andretti to pick up some other great drivers. While next year looks to be set for Penske already, maybe this will see an increase in international drivers getting top seats for the 2016 season?6th April 2014, 18:53 at 6:53 pm #255734
I’m lucky enough to have my own helmet for my racing. I raced the first 2 years with a plain white Bell, but finally after all that time I saved up enough money (these things are incredibly expensive) to get my own personal helmet. It is a Bell GP2 painted by Brett King in California.
Some pictures:29th March 2014, 14:56 at 2:56 pm #254567
Is anyone going to St. Pete for the race tomorrow? If anyone is Florida, I’ve heard it’s worth going. I haven’t seen the Stadium Trucks yet, but I’ve heard they are awesome and I’m going a little early just to catch them race, as well as the Indy Lights (which also look fantastic this year).15th December 2013, 18:09 at 6:09 pm #247107
Kubica was always great to listen to on international streams. Many say it Koo-bit-sah, which is reasonable for non Polish speaking commentators, but Kue-bic-ah? Like, Cubic-ah. Its probably because the u in Sun and the u in Cubic are pronounced differently, but both are correct, so when an English speaker sees it and doesn’t know a precedent for its pronunciation, they pronounce it either way. Its actually Koo-(like the French Coup) bee-tsah, but as in Kvyat, the ee is very short.
Still, there are many Polish names that are far more difficult for commentators to say. We have an American driver named Kwasniewski, Canada has Rzadzinski, Internationally Giermaziak is never pronounced correctly, and neither is Szczerbinski, who also races in the Porsche Supercup. Growing up racing in the US, I’ve heard my last name being pronounced 20 different ways, and not once was it pronounced correctly (its Czaczyk, simply pronounced Chachick).
However, the greatest mispronunciations by English speakers must be of French words. Peugeot being pronounced Pue-gee-ot, Citroen being said Cit-rone, or Renault Ren-olt. These are all said by Americans, so we don’t have any of these cars here, but they’re still funny to hear.1st December 2013, 1:52 at 1:52 am #246561
1. M. Schumacher
I find it weird how low Hakkinen is on this list. Are we basing this on their results in the 21st century, or just including drivers that drove in the 21st century?29th November 2013, 16:58 at 4:58 pm #246466
Man do I love the BTCC! The NGTC cars look awesome, far better than any other touring car series anywhere. Although not as station-wagony as the famous TWR Volvo 850 Estate, this reminds me of that car.
Looks like both Pirtek entries will stay with the Hatchback style. At least we’ll have a good comparison between the new and the old cars.28th November 2013, 1:36 at 1:36 am #158715
Not brag or anything but….
Living in the US, I got the chance to actually drive these Skippys in Florida. I did a 3 day racing school in Sebring, and then took part in the Karting Shootout, going for the $35,000 grand prize. I didn’t get the prize because of several mechanical issues (I had a misfiring engine in one session and an electrical problem in another), but I did get an F2000 test and am working out a deal for a seat in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge next year!
Anyway, having that experience, I can say that the Skippys are incredibly accurate. I trained quite a lot before the event in the car at Sebring, and can honestly say that it helped me a lot. I may not have won, but I did lead a session and had the second fastest time of the event, and I put that down to all the sim racing I’ve done. A lot of people don’t understand just how much sim racing helps with racing in real life, but I really do believe that it was because I’ve been racing online for years now, that when I finally did get into a real car, it all felt natural. And of all the sims, iRacing is the most accurate for me.
Now if only it wasn’t so darn expensive….31st October 2013, 18:26 at 6:26 pm #244442
Uh oh, he’s back….24th October 2013, 11:44 at 11:44 am #243182
Da Costa is apparently replacing Kvyat, which is kind of a slap in the face to Da Costa imo. Lets see if he can redeem himself here though.5th October 2013, 21:21 at 9:21 pm #242761
Biggest crash I’ve seen in a while. After Cisneros landed right in front of the camera, I was sure of the worst, I didn’t think anyone could get out of a car that crushed. I couldn’t believe that he got out of their alive. Shows just how well built those cars are, because it looks like he went roof first into the guardrail.4th September 2013, 18:57 at 6:57 pm #241322
I know personally that not having a quick team mate is hugely detrimental if you’re with a inexperienced team. However, ART probably have more knowledge in this sport than any other team, so I don’t think its actually hurting him quite as much as he says it does.
Not to mention the fact that at this point last year, he had less points than he does now, with Gutierrez as his team mate at the time. So no, this is just him trying to come up with an excuse as to why he hasn’t improved much from last season.
I know that Abt is still his competitor, but thats just being an ass. It seems more like Calado’s trying to glorify himself, and gain pity from others. For me, it isn’t working.2nd September 2013, 17:00 at 5:00 pm #220485