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Tänak's Monte Carlo Crash Won't Slow Him Down
David Evans brings you another episode of Gravel Notes to look back at Rallye Monte Carlo. His thoughts on why Ott Tänak's crash won't play on his mind and certainly won't slow him down. Plus, what is next on the calendar? Will there be snow in Sweden on 13-16 February or will WRC head straight to Mexico?
Finally, as you may have read in Autosport or Motorsport News, it was the last week for David who has taken on a new challenge after 23+ years bringing you the latest rally news. It's a very fond farewell to David as presenter of Gravel Notes too and we wish him all the best for an exciting new chapter.
Rally Monte-Carlo Preview with David Evans and Anthony Peacock
David is joined by former Autosport journalist Anthony Peacock as they drive to Rally Monte-Carlo for the opening round of the season. The guys look back at their favourite Monte Carlo stories including a pant-wetting moment as they drove home late at night in a Peugeot 106.
They discuss what could happen this weekend as the rally kicks off from Casino Square and heads into two night stages in the Alps. How will drivers settle into new teams? How will Monte's stages challenge the crews from the base of Gap to the Col de Turini pass?
Finally they look ahead to 2020 with new team line-ups, new cars and the World's trickiest rally stages.
2019 Mega Review with Kalle Rovanperä, Chris Ingram and Colin Clark
David Evans and Colin Clarke @VoiceOfRally look back at 2019. The highs, the lows, the winners and the crashes. Don't miss this feature-length edition of the Gravel Notes podcast as we raise a glass of sherry and scoff a mince pie during this special Christmas edition.
Plus two exclusive interviews to end the year. David reviews the season with Kalle Rovanperä and Manchester's Chris Ingram.
Toyota Confirm Ogier, Evans and Rovanperä For 2020
Toyota’s driver line-up, the RAC Rally and mince pies. Those are the three key elements in this week’s Gravel Notes. Obviously, David’s paying most attention to Sebastien Ogier, Elfyn Evans and Kalle Rovanperä’s arrival in Puuppola, but there’s still plenty of time to talk through the hot potato that is, when the season’s fit for that first mince pie...
Citroën Quit WRC - Esapekka Lappi & Pierre Budar Talk To David Evans
Citroen Racing has announced it will depart the World Rally Championship with immediate effect - stating Sebastien Ogier's decision to move to Toyota left it with no alternative.
The firm announced its decision on Wednesday, confirming mounting speculation of a withdrawal.
Ogier and team-mate Esapekka Lappi had a year left to run on their contracts, but the six-time world champion's decision to walk away after a difficult season aboard the C3 WRC left Citroen with no lead driver.
A statement from Citroen Racing said: "Citroen decided to withdraw from its WRC programme in 2020 due to the absence of a first-class driver available for 2020 season."
Sport Takes A Backseat As Rally Australia Cancelled
The final round of the World Rally Championship in Australia was cancelled due to the catastrophic bushfires which caused loss of life and destroyed homes. At times like these, sport takes a backseat to far more important events. However there is still plenty to discuss as there was criticism for not cancelling the event sooner, whilst others thought it was an overreaction. David Evans looks at the situation from all angles. The Constructors Championship was automatically decided and there was impact on the driver market for 2020 too.