Marklund shouldn't have come over so hard when Millen bogged with a car starting next to him, there was never going to be room.
The crash in the final took a lot of cars but came from what had to be the most minor amount of contact in a first lap incident.
All Irwindale needed to be great was a real meaningful joker worth 2.5-3 seconds. The normal lap should have been the standard and the joker outside of that with some sort of S turn or chicane in the dirt, would have let drivers feel like if they were close to the front and could find clear track they could jump the leader in the joker.
Drivers in a 10 car final that have trashed vehicles need to also pull over immediately, Sandell was a moving chicane that almost impacted the podium.
All GRC needs is a REAL joker. 10 car starts would be fine if there was a real joker with a 10 lap final.
More black flags for ramming each other. This isn't a demo derby
I thought they improved passing opportunities with this course, and that made the racing more dynamic. However that can lead to more carnage. The Subaru's are gaining ground, and it's good to see the mini, vw's, dodge's, mitsubishi and hyundais even if it isn't in every event. It seems that all the teams as well as the organization are learning every event. The courses are improving, and they certainly can get more room when the track isn't shared with another race group....but they aren't quite there yet to draw the crowds by themselves.
Certainly room to get better, but a better product than last year.
I'd be curious to know how the tv ratings are doing for the races, as that will ultimately tell how successful the GRC is.
I hear there's been a LOT of complaints about Doran's mini being having the lower weight requirement. Anyone know more about that?
I wonder how much wieght break he gets. Also how much less power does he really have?
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When I talked to the engineer on the mini team in Spain, he said they were making around 425hp, and they think they could get a bit more with more tuning. I would guess that they are 100 hp down on the 2.0L engines. Those Mini's do get around the track pretty damn good.
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