Gutted!!! :cry: :cry: :cry:
Colin retired 3 stages from the finish with clutch trouble. Apparantly Skoda did a routinue clutch change at the mid way service on day 3, but obviously something went wrong.
Colin said he was more upset about not getting the possible podium finish for the team than himself as it would have been their best result yet! :shocking:
However, I think Colin has already proved he still has what it takes to get results. Despite his advantageous road position, and the top 3 drivers all retiring, Colin still beat a host of full time works drivers, and part of rallying is not to crash/damage the car!
This puts him in a good position for 2006 whether Skoda are given the go ahead for next season or not (assuming they will offer Colin a seat) or perhaps he might be approached by another team now? Ford would seem a fantastic prospect if the Focus WRC06 are as good as the Focus WRC03/04 were. Imagine a Gronholm, McRae line up for Ford?!
Mitsubishi are now getting more and more competitive and I believe are already not using active diffs, and therefore have a lead over the other teams for next season?
If Skoda are given the go head from their parent company for next year, they would be mad not to offer Colin a drive. He is still one of the most well known names in the WRC, not only in the UK, but the rest of the World as well I think its fair to say. Think how many people bought Subarus after the success Colin gave them!
I think with the banning of active diffs in 2006, this will suit Colin's sideways style much more and if he gets a seat, we could see him closer to the top!
2006 will be an interesting season (in the words of McRae) "for sure."