WRC - 2012 | Rally d'Italia Sardegna - Day 2


Loeb, Latvala & Petter is out! In the very second day of the 4 day of Rally Sardenia, Top players, except our Mr.Consistent [Mikko] retained the top position with a very comfortable over a minute lead from the new chasers Novikov & Tanak in 2nd & 3rd overall. Seb.Ogier wins a stage too [SS5] :)


Loeb exited after an off in the opening stage[SS3] of the day, Latvala in the SS4 & Petter in SS7.

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Loeb Leads | Rally Italia - Day 1| WRC - 2012

Despite Latvala's blistering pace early today at the qualifier, Loeb manages to snatch the lead. In the opening stage, the Ford's were a bit slower to the Citroen's. The next stage was a bit better for Petter as he managed a promising pace and climbed to overall 3rd, while Mr.Consistent, Mikko is in 2nd, just 1.1s adrift the rally leader. Thierry Neuville makes up to 4th overall and Mads Ostberg drops to 5th.

It will be interesting to follow tomorrow's action. Until then, watch this beautiful video from Day 1 - opening 2 stages...

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Rally Italia Sardegna - 2012 | FIA WRC - Round 12

The penultimate round of the WRC season 2012 takes the start late noon tomorrow at the Terranova stage, which is 28.14kms and will be repeated after regrouping. The 12th round of the championship, just after the driver's & constructor's title had been crowned a couple of weekend back in France is being kick started. This year's rally is co-sponsored by VW, who are providing their vehicles as official cars for the event.

The rally hosts in a superbly scenic location of the Island of Sardegna, Italy. It has most all the features of most of the gravel rally hosts in WRC, sharp climbing/descending, twisty roads, water splashes, flat-out sections and most importantly that iconic jump called the "Mickey's jump" at the special stage Monte Lerno, which is opening and closing stage for day 2.

The rally spans to 4 days of action packed series with a total of 16 special stages totaling to 306.04kms, the last being the Power Stage which is 8.24kms. The surface is mostly sandy, which can become rutted in a few sections after each pass making it even more exciting to watch the drivers fighting for the line and trying to carry the speed in and out of the corners. There will be atleast 12 WRC cars fighting for the win, with other 31 cars competiting in the PWRC, SWRC & other categories.

Last year, Latvala had one high speed crash, which left his car limping to finish the very first stage of the rally to make it to the finish. But had to retire due to bad damage to the suspension, and he super-rallied next day onwards. Loeb had taken the win here, Mikko taking the second and the then privateer Petter Solberg had made it to the final podium place for third. Honestly, Petter with his PSWRT was in better form than he is doing right now, only wished if he had cracked the code to follow similar lines this season too.

Here is a video from the last year's action.

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FIA WRC | Season 2013 | Back to Square One!

Season 2013 looks duller, as the news spread the paddocks of the WRC teams, with the announcement of both the two major manufacturer's exit from the contest from season 2013, the situation seems to be where it had all started.

So this officially leaves just two manufacturer's to fight for the title, also with Citroen's entry only after thoughtful and co-sponsored from Abu Dhabi, they too confirmed. And with Loeb's exit, the driver's title winner looks almost certain! Despite this tough times, the two manufacturers' constructors', Prodrive & M-Sport have shown keen interest to keep their business going for & with the privateer teams, despite the lack of major contribution from the manufacturers. However BMW have shown committment for the development of engine going, which will in-turn benefit Prodrive & the customer teams till the homologation ends in 2018. M-Sport has pledged to continue participating as a independent outfit, with support to its customers in this league & others.

I was quite sure about the Mini's exit! Ever since the opening round of this season in Monte, things were pretty suspicious, starting with the driver's line up itself. But after they ousted even Daniel Sordo for few rounds and handing over the keys to the lesser mortals, actually hinted what was about to come. However, in the case of Ford, atleast they could have hold onto the coming season, as Loeb had decided to take a break. But they didn't! Why? Did they see the competition revving at the VW stable with the other Seb? Hmm, could be! Also they had lost their Mr.Consistent driver to the rival after last season, and the existing two turning not very successful. It looks like a wise decision made to safeguard the draining funds without expected results, especially in the current global financial conditions.

For sure, the economic conditions in Europe is yet to recover from the turmoil after the crunch, which is self explanatory of the decision by these two biggies. Hyundai's effort & committment in 2014 season, (& onwards?) looks okayish, but again then its still going to be a trio fight (again if Citroen stays)... I know thinking too much into future will makes it dull & scary, so lets leave it to the time to tell the tale!! Hope things get better!
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Felix Baumgartner's Supersonic Free Fall Skydiving | Red Bull

Here is to the man who did it, a never tried before and the new two world records for the highest helium balloon flight and the highest freefall sky diving in the history of mankind. With the help of Red Bull, ofcourse. Amazing!!

After flying to an altitude of 39,045 meters (128,100 feet) in a helium-filled balloon, Felix Baumgartner completed a record breaking jump for the ages from the edge of space, exactly 65 years after Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier flying in an experimental rocket-powered airplane. Felix reached a maximum of speed of 1,342.8 km/h (833mph) through the near vacuum of the stratosphere before being slowed by the atmosphere later during his 4:20 minute long freefall. The 43-year-old Austrian skydiving expert also broke two other world records (highest freefall, highest manned balloon flight), leaving the one for the longest freefall to project mentor Col. Joe Kittinger.

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14th Raid de Himalaya - 2012 | Concludes with a high note..

14th edition of Raid de Himalaya concluded and again dominated by Suresh Rana, who bagged 8th consecutive title to his kitty bag with 15m36s from the nearest second. He had started with his long term serving Maruti Suzuki Gypsy since the first time until last year. However this time Maruti Suzuki entered officially as a team and took this undefeated champion, gave him a factory backed, much better machine, Grand Vitara. The result was obvious, as nobody probably has cracked the code of how to win the mighty Himalayas as this guy can.

Second place was taken by Amanpreet Ahluwalia from Delhi, 3rd place taken by Indian Army Team Lt.Col.Shakti Bajaj.

In the X-TREME [Motorcycles and Quads], CS Santosh in his Honda CRF won the event to the second placed, Austrian, Helmut Frauwallner The 3rd place was taken by Quad driver Raj Singh Rathore in his factory backed Polaris ATV.


The TSD Adventure was won by K Prasad in the factory Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, second place was taken by Satish Gopalkrishnan and third place by Jagmeet Gil.


The ADVENTURE [Cars – Class I] was won by Mahesh Kumar, in 2nd Siddhartha Singh finished ahead of, 3rd placed Chetan Joshi.

A wonderful video of one of leg is here below for you to enjoy.

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The Race | 2012 IRC | Rallye Sanremo

The penultimate Italian round of the 2012 IRC season's Rallye Sanremo finished with the much obvious results at G.Basso on the top of the podium, with J.Kopecky taking second and another Italian A.Perico finishing on the 3rd place.

Perhaps if J.Hanninen had survived through the first day, then the fight would have been even more intense, but it was this way.

Top results are below.
Pos.No.
Driver / Co-driver
Vehicle
Pos.SS time
Penalty
Total timeDiff.Leader
Diff.Prev.
12
ITA

1
Basso G. / Dotta Mitia 
Ford Fiesta S2000 
2
1
02:19:03.602:19:03.600:00:00.0
00:00:00.0
25
CZE

2
Kopecký Jan / Dresler Pavel 
Škoda Fabia S2000 
2
2
02:19:39.302:19:39.300:00:35.7
00:00:35.7
39
ITA

3
Perico A. / Carrara F. 
Peugeot 207 S2000 
2
3
02:21:17.302:21:17.300:02:13.7
00:01:38.0
48
ITA

4
Albertini S. / Scattolin S. 
Peugeot 207 S2000 
2
4
02:22:11.902:22:11.900:03:08.3
00:00:54.6
53
ITA

5
Andreucci Paolo / Andreussi Anna 
Peugeot 207 S2000 
2
5
02:22:49.1
00:00:10.0
02:22:59.100:03:55.5
00:00:47.2
Results courtesy irc-results.com

The Day 2 TV broadcast of the event is below with more additional videos.

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