I've never rated Rautenbach. Ever since I first saw the guy at Rally Finland some years ago. Ironically what I saw that time was the team banging his S1600 Citroen back into shape with sledgehammers. But his results were never that impressive in JWRC and has continued in the similar way this year.I left Suzuki off deliberately as 1. Not sure they will be around next year and 2. If all those cars were in the game I doubt we would see them in the top 10.
I really think Duval has showed he still deserves a top line seat although Japan and Wales will be a big test for him. Aava has really been very very impressive for a first full WRC year, consistently top 6 running. Rautenbach I don't really rate, maybe thats a bit harsh but considering he is in the same equipment as Aava?? Has been a long way off his pace.
i seen where ari vatanen was asked once in an interview about loeb and he said well his grandfather is from finland thats why he is goodIt will be close, but we may see Ford grab another manufacturers.
And wow, Loeb is fantastic. Who would of thought a non-Scandinavian would hold the records for most titles.
Am I the only one that finds this hilarious??Rallysport Mag
Two-time World Rally Champion, Marcus Gronholm, tested a Subaru Impreza WRC2008 last week, and was reportedly three seconds quicker than regular drivers Petter Solberg and Chris Atkinson.
According to RallySport Magazine sources at Prodrive, the test took place on a stage in the UK. After the SWRT drivers finished testing in the morning and left, it is believed that Gronholm, Andreas Mikkleson and Urmo Aava were helicoptered in by Subaru, and tested the car.
Although it is not known what times were posted, the word around Prodrive is that Gronholm was three seconds faster.
Autosport magazine in the UK reported that Gronholm drove the car in a secret test, but Subaru World Rally Team managing director, Richard Taylor, declined to comment.
Gronholm indicated at Rally Japan that he was interested in doing a few rallies next year, however he all but ruled a full-time return to the WRC in 2009.