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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007
10:07 pm
Saturday, October 6th, 2007
1:12 pm
Ajaccio Web Cams
Hm. Looks like there's a problem with the webcam I usually use for the port of Corsica.

Not entirely sure what <a href="http://www.corse-du-sud.cci.fr/ports/_popupwebcam.php>this one</a> is supposed to be showing, but at least it connects and shows an image.
Thursday, October 4th, 2007
6:38 pm
Sunday, September 16th, 2007
6:26 pm
In Threes
From Wind Tunnel With Dave Despain: David Richards (founder of Prodrive, and ownder of ISC which has the broadcast rights for the WRC) was involved in a helicopter crash today. He and his wife -- who was also on board -- are both fine.

Stay away from helicopters, folks. These things go in threes.



On a related note, Colin's website has been updated, including a statement from the McRae family. A link for leaving condolences is available.
Friday, May 18th, 2007
7:11 am
More On Italy
Morning of surprises. I drag myself conscious after a night of not sleeping well (even though I wasn't following the rally) to fing that, per the Rally Radio page on wrc.com it looks like we have no radio for either Italy or Greece. (And you people couldn't have told me this last night when I was setting up the recording an hour before you were supposed to go live???)

And then I found something really surprising -- spoiler on standings after SS3Collapse )
Thursday, May 17th, 2007
10:33 pm
Rally Italia Sardinia Times
Too tired to do them all. Here is leg 1:

PDT Stage Name Distance (km) First Car Time
00:43
SS1

Crastazza 1
31.12 18/05/2007 09:43 (GMT+2)
01:58
SS2

Terranova 1
21.20 18/05/2007 10:58 (GMT+2)
02:34
SS3

Monte Olia 1
20.36 18/05/2007 11:34 (GMT+2)
05:53
SS4

Crastazza 2
31.12 18/05/2007 14:53 (GMT+2)
07:08
SS5

Terranova 2
21.20 18/05/2007 16:08 (GMT+2)
07:44
SS6

Monte Olia 2
20.36 18/05/2007 16:44 (GMT+2)
Tuesday, May 8th, 2007
8:28 am
205 9:25:36
I just found a nifty feature on wrc.com... The countdown to rallies changes, depending on which rally is selected. So now I know that Wales Rally GB is in 205 days, 9 hours 25 minutes and 36 seconds. (Well, 24 hours 23 seconds by the time I typed that.)

Kinda nifty.

Now if someone other than Seb could try winning, that would be even niftier.
Friday, May 4th, 2007
7:05 am
Rally Argentina
Scuttlebutt is the morning stages have been cancelled, due to problems getting the drivers from Buenos Aires to Cordoba. (Weather delayed the flight.) Stages should start at 14:56 local time.
Thursday, March 29th, 2007
1:31 pm
Rally Portugal
I get to miss pretty much all of this, since I will be on planes, trains, and more trains. Not a lot of autos in muy future. Since I'm only around for the first day, I'm only putting in the hours for that day. For the rest check on wrc.com

Times under hereCollapse )
Saturday, March 10th, 2007
9:10 am
"They are really quite competative"
I am doing the happy dance of Extrodinary Joy right now. George Donaldson -- one of the people I admire most in rallying -- was making comments on Travis Pastrana's performance so far on Rally Mexico. In there he commented that Travis is coming in on his first event -- complete with problems making his own notes -- and is setting times that are up there with folks who have won other international regional championships. His comment was that these championships are very competative, which shows that the US Championship is also very, very competative.

*VERY BIG HAPPY DANCE*

George Donaldson is one of the people in rallying whose opinion I most respect in rally

*sheds copious tears of joy*
9:09 am
"They are really quite competative"
I am doing the happy dance of Extrodinary Joy right now. George Donaldson -- one of the people I admire most in rallying -- was making comments on Travis Pastrana's performance so far on Rally Mexico. In there he commented that Travis is coming in on his first event -- complete with problems making his own notes -- and is setting times that are up there with folks who have won other international regional championships. His comment was that these championships are very competative, which shows that the US Championship is also very, very competative.

*VERY BIG HAPPY DANCE*

George Donaldson is one of the people in rallying whose opinion I most respect in rallying. And he says that we don't suck. *sheds copious tears of joy*

Current Mood: excited
Tuesday, March 6th, 2007
6:48 am
Rally Mexico Times
Ah, to actually be there. Alas. Instead I will enjoy having a rally that I have to lose almost no sleep over.

I can't find anywhere that has the itinerary in an easy to copy format, and since it's not a bit deal to convert the time zones, I'm just going to paste a link to the official intinerary. For easy reference the Leg start and end times (in Central time) are:

Leg 1: 8:28 start, 17:03 for parc ferme in for first car. (All subsequent cars in on two minute intervals)
Leg 2: 8:19 start, 17:09 for parc ferme in for first car.
Leg 3: 8:23 start, 13:00 for podium finish.
Thursday, February 15th, 2007
7:42 am
Norway Shakedown
The Robot joint fastest with Toni Gardemeister, followed by Dani Carlsson and JML. Petter joint with Manfred Stohl at 1.1 off the fastest time.

All shakedown times here (PDF)
Sunday, February 11th, 2007
9:30 am
Rally Norway Times
One week between events -- whee!

Times under hereCollapse )
Thursday, February 8th, 2007
7:49 am
Way To Go, Atko!
Chris fastest on Sweden shakedown

Well, that was a pleasant surprise for the morning. Considering his relative lack of experience on snow and previous mediocre results I had not been holding out high expectations for Chris for this rally. (Oh, and the car he's driving still sucks.)

And since the rally starts in a little over three hours, here are times for Rally SwedenCollapse )
Wednesday, January 17th, 2007
10:23 pm
Rally Monte Carlo Times
It seems like just yesterday we were finishing up Wales Rally GB. And here it is, time for the start of a new season already!

This year starts on Thursday night, with a pair on night stages. This should be particularly exciting, since all the stages this year are new, as they move farther north away from the Principality.

Times are under hereCollapse )
Friday, December 22nd, 2006
12:33 am
Hooray For Lucky 7
According to the Rally Monte Carlo entry list (27 days 9 hours 43 minutes), Petter will have number 7 for next year. Yay!! *makes with the happy dance* No more evil #5. He gets to go back to the number he won the Championship with. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come.

Current Mood: pleased
Saturday, December 16th, 2006
8:58 am
Miccie's Back!
Mitsubishi confirms 2007 program, with Toni Gardemeister as their #1 driver. Which squashes the rumor going around that Markko Martin would be driving for them next year. Alas.

In related news, it was finally announced that Henning Solberg will drive a Ford next year. The article states that it will be a full program, in the Manufacturer's category. Whichi s a little puzzling, since Ford already has a Manu1 team with two drivers. I wonder if they are entering a second Manu1 team...? I don't see them nominating Henning for points over Marcus or Mikko. Henning's car will continue to be orange.

Xevi Pons will not be competing for 2007, for lack of an offer of a full program. Andreas Aigner will be in the PWRC in a Mitsubishi. Manfred Stohl will be running a Kronos-backed Citroen in what looks to be a Manu1 entry.

And that completes the deadline for teams to enter the WRC for next year, along with nominating their #1 drivers.
8:32 am
RIM No Longer In Angeles National Forest
Rim of the World rally has lost its use permit for the Angeles National Forest.

Typical California BLM decision. :P

Not sure what impact (if any) this will have on X Games rally. I suspect it will be minimal, since it mentions that they will continue running the Antelope Valley stages, which are what X Games was running on this year. They really shouldn't lose access to those stages, since they are in a vehicle recreation park, so there shouldn't be issues with, say, vehicles using roads there. (I can't believe they're not going to continue grading the roads in the Angeles Nat. Forest. Your tax dollars at work...)
Friday, December 15th, 2006
7:33 am
Travis Doing WRC Events
Subaru of America has announced that, in addition to sponsoring Travis for the Rally America championship for the next three years (note their continued support of RA for the next three years, natch) they will be running him in some WRC events next year. His codriver mentions Mexico (obviously), as well as Argentina and GB. (Sorry, no linkie on the press release, but the events listed come from Travis's codriver, Christian Edstrom.)

... You realize this pushes GB to the top of my list for next year, yes?
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