Noted a few things this year, similar to last year where I was spectating:
1. Teams that stuff into a bank and eventually get freed invariably forget a shovel, a tow strap(!), and triangles, for spectator souvenirs. Sometimes with spectators running after the car for a short distance holding said item.
2. In really twisty parts, sometimes it's faster to go slower! Nichols never looked fast through my section of twisty road, but smoooooooth.
>Excluded for practising the stages before the event.
It's interesting that the exclusion must have occurred post-event for a pre-event situation. Was this announced pre-event and had Perusse appealed or something? If not, I would hope that organizers that had pre-event knowledge of a situation would not let a competitor run with the eventual intent of excluding him. That's not fair to the entrant, his fellow competitors, or to the event.
>>Excluded for practising the stages before the event.
>It's interesting that the exclusion must have occurred
>post-event for a pre-event situation. Was this announced
>pre-event and had Perusse appealed or something?
I believe this was the case. We (other competitors) certainly knew about it before the event started.
haha nice try, but Frank is still the snow and ice King...
I think someone can only become the snow and ice king after winning the same rally like 5 times in a row, winning the championship 6 times, winning certain rallies 8 times, etc, beating everyone around etc. etc., and Frank has done that. Someone made a funny joke (at my expense) and said maybe now I am some other royal figure, but I dont want to get into that...
We drove strategically again, made few mistakes (i did have 2 spins at the beginning of the rally ss1 and ss5), and pushed a bit but stayed clean on the stages that we felt we needed to (the 36km and the last one).
Going into the last stage, 45km long, with only a 13 sec spread to Frank, was fairly interesting. We came out of it going 30 sec faster than the first time, despite it being a lot more icy. It was fun to have a good battle with my rally idol. Neither of us knew who had it at the end.