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Re: J-WRC after 2011

Postby rv65 » 28 Oct 2010 04:34

Yes, but the winner gets 500,000 EUR for 2012, if they win this academy. Most qualified drivers who might join this program will have their Motorsport Organization to pay the 135,000 EUR fee.
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Re: J-WRC after 2011

Postby rv65 » 05 Nov 2010 09:08

http://www.maxrally.com/news/entry/end_ ... or_suzuki/

Well Suzuki wasn't that good anyways. Weijs probably deserved that title more than Burkhardt, oh well.
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Re: J-WRC after 2011

Postby rv65 » 25 Nov 2010 02:23

Those in the Pirelli Star Driver program get into this academy for free though their training will be different than that of the WRC academy drivers. The FIA academy is included in the WRC academy. Some drivers are nominated by their ASN; therefore, the ASN pays for the Academy. There were around 80 drivers that signed up, but it's a little expensive, but every rally is included and the normal things such as servicing, parts, but recce isn't included. The FIA claims that this series is 50 percent cheaper than JWRC.

Michele Mouton is quite supportive of this series.

24 – 27 March – Vodafone Rally de Portugal
5 – 8 May – Rally d’Italia Sardegna
28 – 31 July – Neste Oil Rally Finland
18 – 21 August – ADAC Rally Deutschland
29 September – 2 October – Rallye de France
10 – 13 November – Wales Rally GB

Event Calendar for the WRC Academy. No snow rally :(.

http://www.rallysportlive.com/2010/11/2 ... -calendar/
http://www.rallysportlive.com/2010/10/p ... c-academy/
http://www.fiainstitute.com/education-p ... ademy.aspx
http://www.fiainstitute.com/news/Pages/article-76.aspx

Various articles on the new WRC academy.
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Re: WRC Academy

Postby rv65 » 27 Nov 2010 23:27

Here is the kicker, drivers in this academy don't even complete the entire rally. Instead they get only compete for 2 days and on the 3rd day the FIA will evaluate their performance on both the rally and the academy itself. If Finland stays with a 2 day format the drivers could potentially only compete for only 1 day, or they could compete for 2 days and keep Sunday the evaluation day.
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Re: WRC Academy

Postby ChrisB » 29 Nov 2010 02:25

Hmm, shows how stupid the FIA is, how little they know about rallying. Why not save cost, force the youngsters all round the globe to do only one man made superspecial in each country and evaluate their endurance abilities from that?
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Re: WRC Academy

Postby rv65 » 05 Dec 2010 06:06

http://www.maxrally.com/news/entry/m-sp ... to_poland/

M-Sport is opening up a base in Poland just for this championship.

Realistically, this new academy will cost youngsters around 170-180,000 EUR and that includes recce, car rental, traveling, hotels, and that sort of thing.
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Re: WRC Academy

Postby M4dmike » 05 Dec 2010 16:08

how about giving them a full wrc car and running four full rallies. finland sweden rally GB and a tarmac round. that way they would actually be getting relvant experience and a comparison with the top drivers in similar conditions and a lot less faffing round the place could be done for a similar sort of price.
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Re: WRC Academy

Postby rv65 » 06 Dec 2010 00:10

http://newsroom.wrc.com/content/docs/20 ... eaflet.pdf

Brochure for the WRC Academy. Michele Mouton must really like this series or was probably paid by the FIA to say good things about it.
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Re: WRC Academy

Postby rv65 » 23 Dec 2010 10:10

One more thing about this academy. You aren't allowed to use the car in events that aren't related to the WRC Academy. Now you will have to buy a 2nd Fiesta R2 if you actually want to compete in another event.

Egon Kaur has submitted his application for this academy. He won the N4 class in the Estonian championship, so who knows where this will take him.
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Re: WRC Academy

Postby rv65 » 23 Feb 2011 23:39

Mateo Brunello (Italy
Andrea Crugnola (Italy)
Timo van der Marel (Netherlands)
Sebastien Chardonnet (France)
Victor Henriksson (Sweden)
Calle Ward (Sweden)
Fredrik Ahlin (Sweden)
Sergey Koryakin (Russia)
Philipp Knof (Germany)
Christian Riedemann (Germany)
Egon Kaur (Estonia)
Miko-Ove Niinemae (Estonia)
Yeray Lemes (Spain)
Jose Suarez (Spain)
Alastair Fisher (United Kingdom)
Craig Breen (Ireland)
Jan Cerny (Czech Republic)
Brendan Reeves (Australia)
Molly Taylor (Australia)
Miguel Baldoni (Argentina)

All 20 WRC Academy entries for Portugal. 2 German drivers which will likely never get any attention on German TV and yes Chardonnet is a nephew of the Chardonnet Lancia Importer.
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Re: WRC Academy

Postby ChrisB » 25 Feb 2011 19:48

rv65 wrote:Philipp Knof (Germany)
Christian Riedemann (Germany)

All 20 WRC Academy entries for Portugal. 2 German drivers which will likely never get any attention on German TV and yes Chardonnet is a nephew of the Chardonnet Lancia Importer.

I thought the boss of Chardonnet Lancia was a guy called Jacques Levacher (who later worked at Peugeot Sport) and Chardonnet was only a fantasy name like a good wine? Maybe I am wrong, always nice to learn something new.

Anyway, maybe the two German drivers play soccer in their spare time to get some German TV mention. Indeed to the day I have never ever heard of anyone called Philipp Knof. Christian Riedemann I know, but more by coincidence because he is a name sake of mine and seemed to do quite well in some WRC results lists last year in a Fiesta R2 or gN. And indeed, that is the only place I ever spotted his name. It's a shame, surely we have enough talent drivers in Germany and enough people interested in this sport, but with the media extremely biased like this, those will never get a chance in their own country, not for sponsorship, not for publicity. The only sports you can have a career here is soccer, which is a bit unfair. Well, I think I told the story of me coming to England and everybody wanted to talk with me about a chap called Bernhard Langer. Bernhard who? World Champion? Sorry, in Germany we never hear about World Champions, but guys that only make it into the quarter finals of some soccer cup even get an OBE for it. Sad but true!
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Re: WRC Academy

Postby rv65 » 26 Feb 2011 09:48

Not to mention that these youngsters aren't even going to be doing the entire rally, just 2 days and then day 3 will be their evaluation day. Some of these drivers are former circuit racers trying to become a famous WRC driver. Maybe Citroen has another driver for the Sebastien dynasty.
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Re: WRC Academy

Postby rv65 » 26 Mar 2011 22:48

http://www.wrc.com/wrc-academy/news/kau ... ?fid=14424

Well Kaur won the Academy, and Fisher and Breen crashed, which moved some people up the leaderboard. Riedemann is in 3rd while Henriksson is in 2nd. Kaur had a good strategy, but these Fiesta R2 cars don't seem to be very reliable. The academy is a 2 day event similar to how some WRC events have their own national rally which uses some of the stages from the actual WRC event. There is also an FIA academy, but thats for all motorsport disciplines, and is not a competitive form of motorsport.
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Re: WRC Academy

Postby rv65 » 28 Mar 2011 01:32

I checked out Riedemann's site and one of his hobbies is Fussball. Either table fussball, or most likely soccer. He only finished 3rd as Breen and Fisher had issues and/or accidents.
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Re: WRC Academy

Postby rv65 » 07 May 2011 05:30

A few retirements and somehow Riedemann is leading, which is a bit of a surprise. Only 5 drivers will partake in day 2 which is the final day for the Academy.
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Re: WRC Academy

Postby rv65 » 07 May 2011 05:33

http://www.wrc.com/wrc-academy/news/wrc ... ?fid=14648

Of course you won't hear this on German TV or Media.
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Re: WRC Academy

Postby ChrisB » 07 May 2011 12:31

rv65 wrote:http://www.wrc.com/wrc-academy/news/wrc-academy-friday-wrap-riedemann-leads-after-day-one/?fid=14648

Of course you won't hear this on German TV or Media.

Nope, not heard or read about this anywhere yet. Not even last year when he already had a few very good starts in WRC.
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Re: WRC Academy

Postby rv65 » 07 May 2011 19:19

It seems that the Fiesta R2 isn't that reliable.
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Re: WRC Academy

Postby ChrisB » 07 May 2011 20:05

rv65 wrote:It seems that the Fiesta R2 isn't that reliable.

Well they don't have 50,000Euros suspensions and Sardinia is a very rough rally. Maybe we should send them out in Land Rovers.
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Re: WRC Academy

Postby rv65 » 08 May 2011 18:32

I think Kaur is going to win the Academy. His strategy seems to be good.
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