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Featured RDRC Season 7 Rally Norway Preview

Discussion in 'RD Rally Championship' started by Ole Marius Myrvold, Mar 20, 2015.

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  1. Ole Marius Myrvold

    Ole Marius Myrvold
    JWB 96-13 Staff

    58 drivers are on the entry list for the second round in the 7th season of RaceDepartment Rally Championship. The rally starts Sunday 22nd March, and runs until the evening of 24th March. Rally Norway is a rally consisting of snow covered stages all the way. You would need to know how to use snowbanks, as well as mastering the Scandinavian Flick to be fighting for the win here.

    Rally Norway consists of 13 stages, and with all covered with snow, it provides an unique challenge for the drivers. The winter have not been too cold here in Norway, so there is a lack of snowbanks on some stages, which should help the gravel-specialists a tiny bit. But it is expected that a majority of the stages will have usable snowbanks. That means that you cannot cut the corners like you are used to, but you can overdrive the corners slightly as the banking will keep the cars on the road.
    However, go in to hard, or try to cut, and you'll find that your car get's sucked into the banking, and crucial time is lost.

    Even though Sandro Pinho won last time out in Austria, he have to see that both Manuel De Samaniego and the home-favorite Magnar Haarstadsveen is regarded as bigger favorites going in to the event. Magnar might have slightly slower car, but this year he is in a car he likes, and he knows the roads in the rally, and the snowbanks very well. However, when both Magnar and Manuel had WRC-cars last season, Manuel won the event 32 seconds ahead of Magnar. Sandro only ended fifth last season.

    Dubravko Sparovec got the last two stagewins at Jänner Rallye, but Dubravko have never been better than 13th in Rally Norway, and is not expected to be able to mount a fight this year either. Michael Nelson showed good speed in an RRC car back in Season 5, but struggled on the snow with his WRC car last season, only ending up 17th, and is not any favorite for this rally either.
    Emil Pribanic ended 4th last season, but he is not expected to mount a challenge for the victory. However, Emil is always in the top, and if drivers drop out, he'll be there to pick up points!

    Having their home event is Erik Tveit, Roy Magnes and Torbjørn Withbro. Erik is always known as a fast, but erratic driver, and no-one should be surprised to see the Polo driver win stages at Rally Norway. A podium position however, is out of reach unless he is able to keep the car on the road for 13 stages. Roy Magnes is a professional driver, but like his compatriot Magnar Haarstadsveen. Roy is driving an R5 car. Always struggling in the powerful WRC cars, Roy managed a 7th in Norway last season. And should be able to replicate that in a car he likes in season 7.
    Torbjørn Withbro is doing his first ever Rally Norway in RDRC, and first event in a WRC car. Hard to say how that will end.

    In RDRC-2 The Nordic drivers are favorites on their natural surface. Tommi Ojala ended 6th overall last season, still aiming for his first RDRC-2 Victory, the Group A driver might see that happening here in Norway. Jonatan Åcerclinth struggled last year, but the swede have got more 4WD experience this time around, and should be able to post better times this season.
    Tapio Rinneaho said he was looking forward to Norway, and his natural surface, adding more pressure on himself. In his first Rally Norway, we'll be looking to see if he can deliver. Tomas Reinicke might not be the fastest, but the veteran have the experience, and you should not be surprised to see him getting the top of the Group A cup. Ole Marius Myrvold have never proved to be any real threat to the top in his two outings with a 4WD car in Norway. He posted what was said to be too competitive times back in season 4 with a RWD Volvo, but have fallen off since. Points should be the realistic goal.

    Karl Raudsepp and Oscar Hardwick is also a serious threat for the RDRC-2 win in Norway. Raudsepp third in RDRC-2 last year, and Hardwick fifth. Coming from his commanding win in Austria, Raudsepp is full of confidence, while Hardwick have never put this much effort into his campaign, and have probably been practicing in Sweden and Finland over the last two weeks. The unknowns in this class, that might fight for a top position as well is Jon Grainger, Stefano Cocco, Alex Albernaz, Norbert Leitner, Daniel Monteiro and Magnus Lindgren. The first three, are unknowns in RDRC, and did a good job in Austria, but no-one knows how they stack up in the snowy conditions.
    Leitner made a near-perfect comeback in Austria, and with good preparations, he could surprise again. While Daniel Monteiro, the Portuguese, have lived in Norway for some years, and might've learned a trick or two. Lindgren never arrived in Austria, and there are questionmarks over the reigning RDRC-2 champ in Norway as well.

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  2. Luis Junior

    Luis Junior

  3. Ole Marius Myrvold

    Ole Marius Myrvold
    JWB 96-13 Staff

  4. Piero Favretti

    Piero Favretti

    Richard Burns looks like the best Ralli SIM ever made, I own it but have been unable to run it successfully. Is there an installation guide out there?
  5. Ole Marius Myrvold

    Ole Marius Myrvold
    JWB 96-13 Staff

    @Voltaic Installation guide for RSRBR is here (pretty much the same for 2015, the guide is 2013).
  6. Piero Favretti

    Piero Favretti

  7. Ole Marius Myrvold

    Ole Marius Myrvold
    JWB 96-13 Staff

    Haha, I know about that problem c",)
  8. Luis Junior

    Luis Junior

    Thank you
  9. Brilliant fun in the snow... epic! I really enjoyed my run.
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  10. Was fun yesterday...despite the bad wheather conditions ;D
    I just got the information that I should save all the replays......I was not aware of this and I didn't save anything...Am I dismissed, or - to avoid it - any idea or suggestions ?
  11. Ole Marius Myrvold

    Ole Marius Myrvold
    JWB 96-13 Staff

    I am sorry to say, that without replays, you will be disqualified from this round.
    But, don't give up. 4 more rounds, just remember to save the replays and drive hard! :D
  12. OK...I understand ! No doubts, I will respect the rules.....Is it allowed to restart the complete round tomorrow and have a kind of reset ?
  13. Ole Marius Myrvold

    Ole Marius Myrvold
    JWB 96-13 Staff

    Nope. Only first try counts ;)
  14. OK..thx for checking it anyway.....I got the information 2 late....Good luck for all drivers and keep your eyes on the wheel !
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  15. Struggling with oversteer :p
    3 spins on stage 3
    1 spin on stage 4
    30sec trying to get out of a ditch, had to CFH which lost me another 20sec on stage 5 :poop:
    Didnt see that rock :confused: thankfully no damage on stage 6
    Most fun stage imo was stage 9
    .... or stage 10 :D
    .... or... Ive realised how fun it is when you get the confidence :laugh::laugh:
    Me being stupid, I saved last stage replay as SS12 and that overwrote the actual SS12... Ill put a screenshot with the time in the file with the replays.
    Overview of my rally - much better than round 1, Im not very good on snow so Im very satisfied with how I drove on the last few stages. cant wait for tarmac
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  16. Daniel Monteiro

    Daniel Monteiro

    What a great event! The smooth and snowy roads were a real pleasure to drive :)

    I am actually quite interested in seeing the speed of the top guys, especially over some of the jumps!
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