Chris Duplessis is the non-Ken Block American driver running Rally Finland. This video shows Chris driving a shakedown run of a stage with his co-driver Alex Kihurani reading pace notes. The Duplessis DirtFish Rally School team is the first all American team to run Rally Finland in nearly 40 years. They’ve funded this effort in an interesting way by having both a marquee sponsor – Dirtfish Rally School – and by crowd funding over $22,000 with an indiegogo campaign. Good luck Chris and Alex, we’re pulling for you. Also thanks for the awesome video, it’s great to hear clear pacenotes in English for a WRC event.
Via Chris Duplessis’ Facebook page
Ken Block is taking seriously his efforts to be competitive in the World Rally Championship. Here’s his video diary on getting ready for Rally Finland. The legendary Ari Vatanen makes an appearance.
Good luck Ken!
The final of this year’s World Rally Championship was nothing short of dramatic. It was going to decide whether 7 times world Champion Loeb was going claim an 8th title, making him the most successful rally driver of all time.
Or, could Mikko Hirvonen snatch it from him and finally claim a WRC title?
Heading to Wales last weekend, we were all set ready to watch the new evolution of WRC cars battle it out.
One of the reasons for the new evolution of smaller cars was to bring more manufacturers into the championship, with Mini joining Ford and Citroën for 6 events in this year and VW joining in 2012, when the Mini WRC team will complete its first full championship.
The other reason was to close the gap between drivers – something it has evidentially done with only 0.2secs separating 1st and 2nd in Jordan early this year, and a full on battle raging between Hirvonen and Loeb going into this: Rally GB, the final the 2011 championship.
I don’t feature rallying very often, but when I do, I want it to have an impact. Colin McRae was a driver, whom I didn’t learn to appreciate until I was older.
Knowing what I know now, his simple approach and natural talent still amaze me to this day.
Just some WRC 2011 footage to get you through the day. *heart*
Once the racing gets started, we seem to forget what it took to get event itself setup!
Citroën has proved a nice video to help us remember. (Video after the jump)
We’re starting to get used to the look of those new 1.6 liters in the WRC. We know that Rally Portugal was a while ago, but we wanted you to see this anyway.
One of the things that we love about the French. Predecessor to the C4, the Xsara WRC took Sébastien Loeb to 28 rally wins and three consecutive Driver’s Championship titles from 2004 to 2006. Also this car was used by privateer teams the world over. Epic driver + epic car = Epic Wins.
Thoughts? We are excited to see the DS3 as a rally car in the WRC, but we’re not sure if this is the color we’re feeling. This car is planning to debut in Rally Portugal.
Credit given to Amjayes and his rally channel. All we can say is that these videos always get the blood pumping, and us ready for a drive.
Happy Friday, all.