Bill Wood’s – Some Things You Should Know: 11-05-25

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Take a ride with the World Champion Sebastien Loeb dancing his WRC car on the streets of Buenos Aires at the Buenos Aires Rally Show ahead of this year’s Rally Argentina. Thanks to Citroën, and please enjoy!

Wyatt Knox and Ole Holter attack SS9 “ketchum if you can” in the rain 2011. This looks like gamer speeds even in 2WD!

One of my European Rallycross friends/journalists Jan Kåre Rafoss reports that Sverre Isachsen is now in the hospital, and needs surgery on his broken thumb. Sverre Isachsen broke his thumb in the European Rallycross round in France on Sunday. The fracture was worse than expected. “The doctors says it will take four to eight weeks for the thumb to be normal again, and now it’s just four weeks to the race at Lånke,” Sverre Isachsen says. “That race is the most important race for me this season, so the thumb just have to be fixed!” Here’s more:

SuperCars driver Sverre Isachsen – the defending European Champion – has to undergo surgery on his broken thumb and needs to take into account a period of four to eight weeks for the thumb to be normal again. This is what Isachsen was told today at a Norwegian hospital.

In the third heat on Sunday at Essay in France the Norwegian had a collision with Frenchman Christophe Wilt and broke his thumb. Afterwards he took part in the SuperCars ‘C’ final with a broken thumb. Here’s more including a picture of the incident:

With a little more than four weeks to go to the next round of the 2011 FIA European Rallycross Championship Isachsen is currently not in the most comfortable position. “The next European round is my home event at Lånke in Norway,” said Isachsen. “This race is the most important one for me and the team. So my thumb just has to be fixed by that time.”

From Eddi Laumanns, Champion Isachsen drove C final with broken thumb. Reigning European Rallycross Champion Sverre Isachsen had a mixed weekend at Essay in France. After sending his two engines immediately from Portugal to England, where Julian Godfrey replaced a new American turbocharger by one that was already used in 2010, the Norwegian was able to set the second fastest time in practice, but was still not happy with the power output of his motor. “The car was not running well and I had no chance in the first and second runs.

However, in the third heat I was black flagged after a collision with another car [the Citroën C4 of French Christophe Wilt]. That was okay, but I broke my left thumb in the incident, as the steering wheel slammed back. Later I’ve tried to drive the C final with the hurt hand, but it was very difficult and the day was done. Nevertheless, I’m not disappointed as one may think. No, because at least we found out about our problems with the turbocharger and now we’re looking forward to my home event at Lånke next month,” said the Ford Focus driver on Sunday evening. (Published on May 23 at 14:53)

Update of May 24: According to Isachsen the fracture is worse than expected. “The doctors say it will take four to eight weeks for my thumb to recover. But there are only four weeks left till the Norwegian ERC round at Lånke. That event is the most important one for me this season, so the thumb has to be fixed by then,” said Sverre Isachsen by Tuesday noon. Here’s more:

The Sparco Rally xD enters the 2011 Olympus Rally with +50whp sporting a new custom GReddy turbocharger kit. The Scion team develops further with the help of TEIN, RAYS, BFGoodrich, and PFC against Ford and Mazda in the 2WD class,. Visit for more.

Mikko Hirvonen and he’s co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen showing how to drive RS2SIM rally simulator last week. Next week testing in Greece and week after rally of Argentina (of course).

Jari-Matti Latvala testing in Greece with his Ford Fiesta WRC to prepare for Acropolis Rally of Greece, next stop on the WRC calendar after Argentina this weekend.

The Tech House & Speed guest line-up for this week includes: European Rallycross winner Frode Holte of Norway, American Tanner Foust, a challenger at the ERC round in France, Mike Skeen who dominated the World Challenge round in Mosport last weekend, Rally Insider Francisco La Torre, World Rallysport Media, who gives us an update on the protest filed after the Oregon Trail Rally, and World web Video Champion Ken Block who’s on his way to the WRC round in Argentina. Tech House & Speed, Wednesday night, 8pm Eastern, Race Fan Radio.

Norwegian rallycross star Frode Holte Takes Over the European Rallycross champioknship with his win Sunday in Essay, France about an hour outside Paris. We get winner’s interviews with Holte who won the French round of the European Rallycross Championship Sunday. We talk with Holte on the Podium and we hear from two-time defending ERC chamipon Sverre Isachsen who’s fallen back to fifth after a 12th place finish in France this weekend. First from Frode Holte:

We’re finally moving on from our VW poll! As a reminder: Volkswagen has announced a five-year WRC program starting in 2013. Who’d you like to see drive the car right away? You decided that Petter Solberg should be in the seat. He received half the votes cast. Carlos Sainz had 45 percent. Sebastien Loeb, only five percent.

So let’s move on: American Tanner Foust is second in the European Rallycross Championship after 3 of 10 rounds including a win in Portugal. Can he win the championship? Yes? or No? You can vote at GET BUSY!! Take a minute to vote. Learn something about yourself!

A fan notices something quite odd about the fans in Cleveland…would you let your wife go to a taping of Mike & Mike In The Morning on ESPN Radio and TV with your best friend? At 4am in the morning?

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