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It has been announced that Kris Meeke won’t be doing Rallye Monte Carlo and highly probably quite a few other events in order to get Dani Sordo to drive in (at least?) 10 rallies. Meeke's seat will be probably usually used by some pay-drivers, it will be Pierre Campana at Monte.
I have to sad I am sad, confused and disgusted. In this case probably by BMW because without their money Prodrive can do probably nothing since they have no main sponsor. Why did they enter WRC in the first place? I heard opinion that it was because they wanted to raise Countryman profile which sounds okay but it just still doesn’t make sense to me. I mean - why to spend loads of money to develop the car, start in the 2011 season and also to build a client programme when you want to back off it after about one year? I don’t know but aren’t the new manufacters supposed to enter something like WRC with some kind of long term plan/vision? Mini/BMW obviously didn’t and now when they achieved such great results it can almost be said they are victims of their own success. I guess this move would be more understandable if they sucked in 2011 season.
Another thing is this half-ditching (I probably invented a new word here) of Kris Meeke. Do contracts really means nothing in these times? (Don’t answer, it was a rhetorical question to which we all know the answer anyway.)
Then there is WRC itself with its for me quite confusing situation to which I don’t know if I fully understand (who does?). Yes, I am talking about that imprisoned guy and his company which owns North One Sport if I understand it correctly. North One Sport made one short announcement about the whole thing and then nothing which didn’t sound very convincing to me. The whole thing is very dubious and in fact nobody can blaim Mini/BMW for not being so keen to stay. Same goes for other teams, with Ford it also took quite long. Also, don’t get me to start about lack of promoting which North One Sport did during the last years and also about a fact that there are like 3 teams registered for 2012 so far and also only few people in SWRC and PWRC too. Maybe there will be also a big rant about these topics later, who knows how mad I will start to be about the whole thing.
Let’s go back to Kris Meeke. Prodrive has already said that he wasn’t ditched and he will still (probably) does some rallies and will be involved in testing, is part of the team and stuff. As I understand it - he will test and develop the car and everything for people who can money so they will race on rallies instead of him, fucking disgusting if you ask me (nothing against Pierre Campana and other drivers, it’s not their fault that they have money but it doesn’t make the whole thing any better). No wonder Meeke said that thing which is in the title of this article on his official twitter.
Dear Mini/BMW and WRC, please, sort yourself out and preferably quickly.
“As well as being a racing driver Cevert was a classical pianist. His favourite piece was Beethoven’s Pathetique, and he played it at every opportunity. In between the 1973 Canadian and US Grands Prix, just before he died, Cevert went to Bermuda with the Stewart family, and played Beethoven’s Pathetique on the hotel’s grand piano every night. Much later that year, Stewart’s son Mark decided that he wanted a record for Christmas, but insisted that he buy a record at random in the record shop, and not look at it until Christmas Day. He was only 7, and picked a specific record because he liked the cover, though he had no idea what the record was. On Christmas Day, he opened the record to reveal Beethoven’s Pathetique.”
Nice update about Regis Laconi - one of my favourite riders ever. It was such a shame that he had that huge crash in Kyalami which ended his career and not only because it meant I didn’t meet him at Brno round as I so wanted to. Nice that they didn’t forget about him at wsbk.com but I still have a feeling he is very very overlooked considering he almost won a WSBK title and has quite some WSBK victories and podiums and also one victory in motogp.
"Citroen Racing has been keeping a close eye on Thierry Neuville's career for several years now. We felt that the time had come to give him a chance at the topmost level. Like Sebastien Loeb, and more recently Sebastien Ogier, Thierry will find himself in a team that will help him complete his training and consolidate it with results. It's up to Thierry and Nicolas to seize this opportunity."
- Olivier Quesnel about Thierry Neuville racing for Citroen Junior Team in the 2012 season.
I am so happy for Thierry! He is pretty talented and I have no doubt he will once fight for a title in a future. Also I am happy he got a chance in Citroen because it is my favourite team. Another great thing also is that there will be also Nasser Al-Attiyah racing for Citroen in the next season - if we don’t count that little Seb thing they always sign someone I like!