December 12, 2010

2010 WRC Wales Rally GB Review

Sébastien Loeb at 2010 Wales Rally GB. Photo Copyright © .

2010 Wales Rally Great Britain, the final round of the 2010 World Rally Championship Season (38th), was based in Cardiff, the capital city of host country Wales. Including pre-rally activities for Great Britain, it was held from November 11 (Thursday) through November 14 (Sunday), 2010. French Citroën World Rally Team driver Sébastien Loeb, already champion of the season, won the last WRC rally of the year.

Norwegian Citroën privateer Petter Solberg, the driver with the best chance of beating Loeb here, finished 20 seconds slower for second place. Third overall went to Finnish driver Jari-Matti Latvala. Round thirteen put a wrap on the season.

Here is a collection links (main WRC category only), starting off with one scene setting preview, followed by rally review posts that include daily podcasts, and ending with a highlights video. Preview posts can be found within Junior's last couple regular 'Reading And Viewing List' blog posts.

Countdown to Wales Rally GB
Posted at on November 5, 2010

...Another constant are the classic gravel roads found north of Roald Dahl Plass. People talk about Finland and New Zealand being great, fast rallies - well Wales Rally GB is right up there with them. And this year’s event is going to be an even bigger challenge with some of the trickiest asphalt around being slotted into Saturday’s stages on the Epynt military ranges.

But, for the mainstay, this event is about the woods; it has been for the last half-century. It was 1960 when then clerk of the course Jack Kemsley decided to give the RAC Rally some teeth...

Ogier fastest at Wales Rally GB shakedown
Posted at on November 11, 2010

...The three hour test - a prelude to this weekend’s rally - took place a day earlier and at a different location than originally scheduled after a tree disease in Margam Forest forced organisers to abandon Thursday’s planned stage at Margam Park.

Instead the test took place on the 1.7km asphalt Superspecial constructed on the Barrage in Cardiff Bay, a stone’s throw from the Service Park. Weather conditions were dry and chilly as the night time session got underway at 1900hrs in a temperature of just three degrees Celsius...

Saturday morning the key, say WRC drivers
Posted at on November 11, 2010

...“Where it goes to asphalt, it’s going to be very, very slippery,” said Ford’s Jari-Matti Latvala. “It’s going to be a question of trying to stay on the road. If it’s foggy it’s going to be really difficult, also because the organisers have placed some blocks near the corners to stop people from cutting the corners. I can see a few people running into those...

Wales Rally GB 2010 - Pre Event Podcast - Thursday
Posted at on November 11, 2010

Listen to the pre event podcast for Wales Rally GB.

Ford bids a star-studded farewell to its Focus WRC
Posted at on November 12, 2010

Ford's world rally drivers from the last 12 years said an emotional farewell to the Focus RS World Rally Car at a celebration event in Wales today.

After 173 event starts, the Focus makes its final appearance as Ford's team entry in the World Rally Championship at Rally GB this weekend. Next season the Focus will be replaced by a World Rally Car based on the Fiesta model...

Friday wrap: Loeb heads close fight for Rally GB win
Posted at on November 12, 2010

...Citroen C4 driver Loeb started Friday’s opening stage, the 32.14-kilometre charge through Hafren Forest, with a lead of 0.7s over Jari-Matti Latvala following his fastest time through Thursday night’s Cardiff Bay stage.

Despite a wild moment when he ran wide on a corner, Latvala went quickest in his factory Ford Focus to take a slender one-second lead. Although he slipped back when his car’s engine ingested water going through the second splash in Sweet Lamb and stuttered momentarily (click here to see the incident), a determined run through Myherin meant he stopped the clocks 3.2s faster than Loeb to go back in front of the Frenchman in the overall standings at the midway point...

WRC Wales Rally GB 2010 - End Of Day One Podcast - Friday
Posted at on November 12, 2010

Listen to the podcast for the first day of Wales Rally GB.

WRC wrap: Loeb leads - just - after epic battle in Wales
Posted at on November 13, 2010

...Solberg had no answer to Loeb - who was running first on the road - on the 11.15 kilometres of asphalt on the Four Ways Crychan stage and claimed that his rival had taken excessive ‘cuts’ through corners to drag mud and other debris onto the sealed stage surface to impede him.

Loeb, who won the stage by 6.4s to go 5.3s ahead of Solberg, brushed off the suggestion when quizzed at the remote service halt at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells, where he reported overshooting a junction and stalling his engine on stage nine, before spinning on stage 11, which Solberg won to narrow Loeb’s advantage to 2.5s...

WRC Wales Rally GB 2010 - End of Day Two Podcast - Saturday
Posted at on November 13, 2010

Listen to the podcast for the second day of Wales Rally GB.

BREAKING NEWS: Loeb wins Wales Rally GB!
Posted at on November 14, 2010

Frenchman Sebastien Loeb has won Wales Rally GB, to round off his seventh championship winning season with a record-breaking 62nd rally victory...

Rally wrap: Loeb claims win number 62 in Wales
Posted at on November 14, 2010

Sebastien Loeb cemented his dominance of the 2010 World Rally Championship season with his eighth victory of the campaign on Wales Rally GB earlier today.

Loeb, who became world champion for the seventh time on Rallye de France last month, fended off a spirited charge by fellow Citroen C4 driver Petter Solberg to claim top honours on the Cardiff-based event for the second time for his 62nd career triumph...

WRC Wales Rally GB 2010 - End of Day Three Podcast - Sunday
Posted at on November 14, 2010

Listen to the podcast for the final day of Wales Rally GB.

The review: Wales Rally GB
Posted at on November 15, 2010

...Even seven-time World Champion Sebastien Loeb, a man who has more or less seen it all, said that it was the longest and the tightest battle that he had experienced all year. The fact that he still won by 20 seconds proves the extent to which he has dominated the season: Wales Rally GB was the Frenchman’s eighth win of the year...

13 Wales Rally GB 2010
Posted by WRCNorthAmerica at YouTube November 14, 2010

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