From Chris Biewer [ 27/03/2006 ].
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EuroSport’s German commentator had interesting things to report in the Catalunya leg3 coverage: He said that Skoda manager Armin Schwarz told Panizzi to slow down and let the Subarus go. He carried on that Armin Schwarz then said to Aigner to slow down and take it easy. Next apparently Baumschlager and Schwarz were really, really satisfied with Aigner’s 13th place.
Translated into proper English this reads: “Driver 1, slow down, slow down even further, driver 2, hey slow down... Hurray, we came last!”
OK, I am often critical about EuroSport’s German commentary, but I think maybe the guy hit a very good point!
Or in other words, I don’t know what the Subaru fans are complaining about. I keep reading on our forum and hearing everywhere Subaru fans “What’s wrong with Subaru that they are that slow”. Sorry, you miss the point, look at the facts:
Mexico was nothing to be proud off. OK; at least Solberg won 6 stages, but he never was really challenging Loeb and Grönholm. And the 2nd nominated Subaru had a nightmare, over 20mins off the winning pace and just 2 positions clear of the group N cars. For this Subaru gets more makes points than anyone else! Subaru 12, Peugeot 11, Citroen 10, Ford 4.
Catalunya, I think we all agree Subarus didn’t perform, couldn’t even keep up with no-name drivers in old, private Skodas. And they did it again, got just about the most makes points!!!! Ford 12, Subaru 11, Citroen 10, Peugeot **
So what are you complaining about? Build a car that is off the pace and full of niggling problems, use tyres that simply are not up to the job, tell your drivers to take it as an easy Sunday drive, just nobody make an effort, and get more points than anyone else for this? To me that is clever Subaru management!
Poah, serious though, there is more wrong in that series than just diminishing manufacturer interest, bad selection of events and lack of rule stability. SoupRally and the points and nomination system are causing ever more confusion. And not only the lack of cars, I keep being convinced if you attract a new audience and that audience does not understand what goes on the first time, why would they tune in again?
SoupRally alone is confusing enough and is bad sportsmanship, if it doesn’t matter how badly you damage your car but if you damage it on the first or on the last stage of the day!
It seems every rally weekend I find new things “why I don’t like this so-called sport any more”. This time I am disappointed Peugeot doesn’t get points. OK, with Stohl’s result it didn’t make a difference. But the point is, you try to attract private teams with the new M2 rules, then we have a situation that a team (OMV in this case) enters the series, confirms 12 events in December, then finds more money to do all events, but instead of rewarding them they can’t score points on this rally. Maybe one can still follow why not just any Peugeot can score points, like Alex Bengué on Corsica. Or the same disappointed sentiments for the Mitsubishi show in Sweden. The car clearly has showed the performance to be rewarded. It is made even more confusing by the fact that these M2 teams are free in nominating drivers. Tho when your objection is, that Monsieur Bengué’s team is BSA and not Bozian, then why can’t Nicolas Bernardi score points for OMV Peugeot Norway on Corsica when Bernardi drives the car of Norway’s Henning Solberg? And why can’t neither Manfred Stohl score points, when Stohl does all 16 events in an OMV car, while i.e. Katayamäki and Latvala score points for Stobart in a car that does not display Stobart identity?
But never mind, we have more events to make it cheaper, only 1 name for 2 people in the car allowed, if your Peugeot/Ford is 0.01kg too light it’s disqualification-if your Subaru is 20kg too light it’s perfectly fine, if you crash you can still come 2nd depending where you crash, now N3 cars are allowed to get Super1600 points and soon we have S2000 4x4 kit cars entered into N4 to make the sport more accessible to the privateer.
It seems the series becomes ever more confusing and ever less rewarding performance and results! You call that sport?
Well, point of my musings:
- Do you find the points/nomination system confusing?
- You find the points/nomination system fair and rewarding?
- What type of points/nomination system would you like to see?Discuss here: http://www.rallye-info.com/forum.asp?sid=0&boardid=1&action=thread&threadid=5188&new=1&page=1