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the mchaels have 2entries,Austin in his 03 focus WRC and his son gareth(still in his early 20's
) in a brand new focus WRC. Eamon Boland is also doing it in his 04 focus WRC
 

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QUOTE (johnny99 @ Jan 18 2006, 08:34 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Loeb to be the Favourite ? The pressure will be on the manufacturer's to beat the new private (semi) teams.
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yeah, i'd expect him to win the first 2 rounds at least.
 

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Probobly the championship as well. They are a private team, with fairly major help from the manufacturer. He deinifitley would be a good bet anyway.

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Just read on the Monte on the first cancelled stage Loeb took 25 seconds off the first 10 runners(before they cancelled), over a 22km stage, fook me, thats over a second a km!!! difficult to see anyone getting close to him on this.

Crowd trouble as usual so thay have cancelled the morning stages, you would've thought they could sort this by now
 

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way hey, up Skoda


SS5: Duval posts a blinder

Francois Duval - Skoda

Ousted Citroen driver Francois Duval sprang a major surprise on today's opening leg of the 2006 season-opening Rallye Automobile Monte Carlo, with a sparkling fastest time through SS5 in his First Motorsport Skoda Fabia WRC. Factory Subaru driver Stephane Sarrazin was second quickest ahead of rally leader Sebastien Loeb.

Duval beat Sarrazin through the 13.60-kilometre stage from Guillaumes to Valberg by 5.7 seconds to keep up an impressive Skoda record on the event - there has been a Fabia WRC in the top three times on every test so far. Loeb was just 0.2sec slower Sarrazin and he's built his overall lead over his closest rival Marcus Gronholm to 1m16.4s. Gronholm's Ford was only eighth best on this one.

OMV Peugeot driver Manfred Stohl was a fine fourth best on the stage ahead of Subaru's Petter Solberg and Toni Gardemeister in the Astra Racing Peugeot. Ford's Mikko Hirvonen, Gronholm, Skoda privateer Jan Kopecky and Dani Sordo in the third Kronos Citroen completed the top 10 on the stage.

Red Bull Skoda asphalt ace Gilles Panizzi held onto third place overall, but his times this afternoon have been disappointing and he's now 28.3sec behind Gronholm. Chris Atkinson was also outside the top 10 on this one, but the Subaru driver is still in a solid fourth overall ahead of Gardemeister and Stohl.
 

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Mc Hale the younger 17th, senior 19th. Loeb had some comeback from the first day. One to watch for the season.

That Skoda looks cool.

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Great results from the Irish considering the conditions and some of the big names that were caught out by them, the Skoda seemed to have pace until Duval did his usual trick
, the speed of Loeb on the catch-up was incredible, I'd love to see him get an F1 test, the guy is smoooooth.

Nice to see Marcus win
 

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Agree on both all counts. Loeb would be very good in most cars, his speed and control are awesome and sooo smooth. Irish did very well, considering it's bloody hard to finish.

Good to see someone other than Loeb on the top step, keep the picture, cause it might be some time before he's off it again.

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RTE are showing the Monte Carlo Rally tonight with emphasis on the Irish competitors, Austin and Garth McHale and Eamon Boland. They sent an Outside Broadcast Unit to cover it, but they are showing it at 12.25 Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.

not sure if its on RTE 1 or Network 2
 

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QUOTE (Dave Red @ Jan 24 2006, 08:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>RTE are showing the Monte Carlo Rally tonight with emphasis on the Irish competitors, Austin and Garth McHale and Eamon Boland. They sent an Outside Broadcast Unit to cover it, but they are showing it at 12.25 Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.

not sure if its on RTE 1 or Network 2

RTE2 just watching it now
 

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How it finished:

1st Gronholm
2nd Loeb
3rd Gardemeister

17th Gareth McHale

19th Austin McHale
 
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