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SUNINEN ‘COMES OF AGE’ IN SWEDEN

TEEMU SUNINEN’S RALLY-LEADING PERFORMANCE IN SWEDEN MARKED HIS MATURITY AS A WRC DRIVER, ACCORDING TO HIS M-SPORT FORD WORLD RALLY TEAM BOSS.Suninen, 25, was the big surprise of Friday’s opening day, when he claimed two stage wins in his Ford Fiesta on his way to leading a WRC event for the first time in his […]

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Hyundai axes Andreas Mikkelsen from Corsica WRC line-up

The Hyundai WRC Team has dropped Andreas Mikkelsen for the next round of the World Rally Championship in Corsica next month.The Norwegian had been set to contest all 14 rounds of the 2019 WRC calendar alongside lead driver Thierry Neuville, whilst Dani Sordo and Sebastien Loeb shared the third Hyundai i20. However the team announced […]

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Sweden WRC: Tanak seals victory with Power Stage win

By: Jamie Klein Ott Tanak sealed Rally Sweden victory after taking a dominant win on the Power Stage, vaulting into the lead of the WRC standings.Toyota driver Tanak took a comfortable 48.8-second lead into the 8.93-km Power Stage, a second run through Torsby.But the Finn was in no mood to cruise to victory, winning the final […]

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Rally Sweden SS17: LAPPI LAYS DOWN GAUNTLET

ESAPEKKA LAPPI DREW FIRST BLOOD IN THE INTENSE BATTLE FOR THE PODIUM PLACES AT RALLY SWEDEN ON SATURDAY MORNINGBehind runaway leader Ott Tänak, four drivers began today’s final leg blanketed by less than 15sec. Lappi blasted through the opening 21.19km Likenäs speed test to post third fastest time in his Citroën C3 and claim second […]

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SATURDAY IN SWEDEN: TÄNAK TAKES CONTROL

OTT TÄNAK HELD A COMMANDING LEAD OF ALMOST A MINUTE AT RALLY SWEDEN ON SATURDAY NIGHT AS TEEMU SUNINEN’S HOPES OF A MAIDEN FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY WERE DASHED.Tänak starts Sunday’s short final leg with a 54.5sec advantage in his Toyota Yaris, ahead of a huge battle behind for the remaining podium slots. That […]

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Rally Sweden SS12/13: PODIUM FIGHT INTENSIFIES

OTT TÄNAK’S RALLY SWEDEN LEAD APPROACHED THE MINUTE MARK ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON BUT THE FIGHT FOR THE REMAINING PODIUM PLACES BECAME EVER TIGHTER.Tänak won the second passes through Rämmen and Hagfors in his Toyota Yaris to stretch his advantage to 51.7sec, but less than 18sec blanketed the following quartet as they continued to trade places. […]

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SS11 Sweden: Tanak torment for Teemu

OTT TÄNAK HELD A COMFORTABLE HALF-MINUTE LEAD AT RALLY SWEDEN AFTER AN ABSORBING SATURDAY MORNING AT THIS SECOND ROUND OF THE FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP.After regaining top spot from overnight leader Teemu Suninen and then watching his advantage widen when the Finn made a mistake, Tänak completed the loop of three stages with a 33.8sec […]

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Total recall a bit of history

During the ’70s, the most prominent international rally in South Africa was the Total Rally, inaugurated in 1957, organised by the Pretoria Motor Club and eventually included in the list of qualifiers for the FIA Cup for Drivers, the trophy which was awarded before the World Rally Championship for Drivers was established. Among its international […]

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SS9/10: TÄNAK REGAINS LEAD

OTT TÄNAK MOVED BACK INTO THE LEAD OF RALLY SWEDEN ON SATURDAY MORNING AS A MISTAKE FROM OVERNIGHT LEADER TEEMU SUNINEN SENT HIM PLUNGING DOWN THE LEADERBOARD.Tänak regained top spot with second fastest time in the opening Rämmen speed test. His advantage became much more comfortable when Suninen conceded almost 90sec and all hopes of […]

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WRC 2 IN SWEDEN: CLEAN RUN CARRIES ØSTBERG TO PRO LEAD

MADS ØSTBERG HOLDS A 1M30SEC LEAD IN WRC 2 PRO AT RALLY SWEDEN AFTER A TROUBLE-FREE RUN IN MIXED STAGE CONDITIONS.Although most of Friday’s wintry stages were in Østberg’s home country of Norway, the 31-year-old was rarely comfortable with the set-up of his Citroën C3 R5, but he managed to avoid the more serious problems that […]

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FRIDAY IN SWEDEN: SUNINEN SHINES BRIGHT

TEEMU SUNINEN LED AN FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND FOR THE FIRST TIME WHEN HE TOPPED THE LEADERBOARD AT RALLY SWEDEN ON FRIDAY NIGHT.The Finn became the fourth leader of an intensely difficult leg, holding onto a slender 2.0sec advantage after a dramatic finale as darkness descended over frozen forest roads near the rally’s Torsby […]

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Rally Sweden WRC: Suninen goes top, trouble for Latvala, Ogier

Teemu Suninen leads a World Rally Championship event for the first time on Rally Sweden, as nearest rival Jari-Matti Latvala became stuck in a snowbank on Friday’s final stage.Both M-Sport’s Suninen and Toyota driver Latvala had risen quickly through the order this morning and continued their progress up the leaderboard, immediately moving to second and […]

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17-YEAR-OLD RALLY PHENOM OLIVER SOLBERG TO RACE IN THE AMERICAN RALLY ASSOCIATION WITH SUBARU AMERICA

Oliver Solberg, son of former Subaru World Rally Team driver and 2003 World Rally Championship champ Petter Solberg, has signed on with Subaru America for the 2019 American Rally Association championship season. The younger Solberg, 17, joins a stacked lineup that also includes David Higgins and Travis Pastrana. They will pilot blue, yellow and gold Subaru […]

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Rally Sweden: SS5: LATVALA DEMOTES TÄNAK

JARI-MATTI LATVALA SNATCHED THE LEAD OF RALLY SWEDEN AFTER RELEGATING TOYOTA YARIS TEAM-MATE OTT TÄNAK IN FRIDAY AFTERNOON’S OPENING SPEED TEST. The Finn, starting a record 197th WRC event, was second fastest through Hof-Finnskog to climb ahead of both Tänak and fellow countryman Teemu Suninen and lead by 1.8sec. “There was very high grip in […]

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SS3/4: TÄNAK IN CHARGE IN SWEDEN

OTT TÄNAK WON TWO OF FRIDAY MORNING’S THREE WINTER ROAD SPEED TESTS AT RALLY SWEDEN TO LEAD THE SECOND ROUND OF THE FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP IN A TOYOTA YARIS.He made the most of perfect snow and ice-covered roads across the border in Norway to follow fastest time in the opening Hof-Finnskog special stage with […]

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Rally Sweden : SS2: TÄNAK CHARGES INTO LEAD

OTT TÄNAK STORMED INTO THE LEAD OF RALLY SWEDEN ON FRIDAY MORNING AFTER A CONVINCING VICTORY IN THE OPENING FOREST ROAD SPEED TEST ACROSS THE BORDER IN NORWAY.  The Estonian, fourth in last night’s opening show stage, blasted through the 21.26km Hof-Finnskog in his Toyota Yaris to win the test by 3.8sec from Teemu Suninen […]

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SS1: NEUVILLE WINS OPENER

THIERRY NEUVILLE TOOK AN EARLY LEAD AT RALLY SWEDEN ON THURSDAY NIGHT AFTER WINNING THE OPENING SPEED TEST IN KARLSTAD.He defeated world champion Sébastien Ogier in the fastest heat of the night around the sweeping curves of the town’s trotting track. The Belgian won by 0.8sec in a Hyundai i20 as the pair delivered the […]

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NEUVILLE TOPS SWEDEN WARM-UP

THIERRY NEUVILLE WAS A CONVINCING WINNER OF SHAKEDOWN AT RALLY SWEDEN ON THURSDAY (14 FEBRUARY) MORNING.The Hyundai i20 driver was fastest through the Skalla speed test by 2.2sec from Ott Tänak’s Toyota Yaris. Sébastien Ogier, winner of last month’s opening WRC round in Monte-Carlo, was a further tenth behind in a Citroën C3. Neuville showed […]

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M-SPORT’S RICHARD MILLENER: “WE’VE REGROUPED SINCE MONTE-CARLO”

Ford M-Sport World Rally Team Principal Richard Millener says his trio of drivers all have the potential for a strong set of results on this weekend Rally Sweden. M-Sport had a tough opening round to the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship in Monte-Carlo as all three drivers suffered issues across the event, with Teemu Suninen the highest finisher in 11th overall but the team boss […]

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WRC Legends to steal the show in Rally Sweden

WRC legends will turn back the clock when they go head-to-head at rally Sweden’s opening show stage in Karlstad on Thursday night.Nine-time champion Sébastien Loeb and Marcus Grönholm, twice a title winner, will face off in the final heat at the spectacular 1.90km super special around the town’s trotting track. The pair fought many battles, […]

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Hyundai wants to keep its crown in Sweden

Hyundai Motorsport will be looking to build on its strongest ever start to a FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) campaign as the team heads to the snowy Rally Sweden for round two of the 14-event season. An impressive performance at the opening event, Rallye Monte-Carlo, saw Thierry Neuville battle for victory right up to the […]

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Latvala to become most experienced driver in FIA World Rally Championships.

Jari-Matti Latvala will become the most experienced driver in FIA World Rally Championship history when he starts his 197th round at Rally Sweden on Thursday (14 February). Fittingly, the Finn breaks the record at the snow and ice fixture in which he claimed his maiden victory in 2008, when he became the youngest driver to […]

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ADAMO HUNGRY FOR SWEDISH WIN

HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT BOSS ANDREA ADAMO IS TARGETING A FIRST VICTORY OF THE SEASON AT RALLY SWEDEN (14 – 17 FEBRUARY) AND HE BELIEVES THE SQUAD HAS ALL THE INGREDIENTS TO DO IT. Hyundai will begin next week’s second round as leaders in the manufacturers’ championship following a strong start to the year at Rallye Monte-Carlo. […]

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TIDEMAND STEPS UP FOR SWEDEN

M-SPORT FORD WORLD RALLY TEAM DRIVER PONTUS TIDEMAND IS GEARING UP FOR A BIG PUSH AT HIS HOME RALLY SWEDEN THIS WEEK (14 – 17 FEBRUARY) AS HE BATTLES TO SECURE HIS WRC FUTURE. The 28-year-old has just two WRC rounds confirmed this year, and after joining the British squad at Rallye Monte-Carlo he is out […]

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OGIER’S EYE ON SWEDISH WEATHER

SÉBASTIEN OGIER ACKNOWLEDGES HIS CHANCES AT THIS WEEK’S RALLY SWEDEN (14 – 17 FEBRUARY) DEPEND HEAVILY ON THE WEATHER GODS.Victory at last month’s season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo means the Frenchman has the dubious honour of being first onto the forest roads of Sweden and Norway in Friday’s opening leg. Thick snow would be a disaster for […]

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OTT TÄNAK HOPES HE’LL “HAVE A BETTER CHANCE THIS YEAR” AHEAD OF RALLY SWEDEN

 Toyota GAZOO Racing World Rally Team’s Ott Tänak believes he has a good chance of a strong result on next weekend’s Rally Sweden. Estonian driver Tänak, who finished third on the 2019 season opening Rallye Monte-Carlo after a fine comeback drive following a puncture on, wants another strong result in round two after struggling on the Swedish event last season. […]

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SKODA FOCUS ON KALLE

REIGNING WORLD CHAMPION SKODA MOTORSPORT WILL THROW ITS WEIGHT BEHIND TEENAGER KALLE ROVANPERÄ AS IT BIDS TO WIN THE INAUGURAL WRC 2 PRO CHAMPIONSHIP THIS SEASON. The Czech manufacturer trimmed its works driver line-up to Rovanperä and 2018 WRC 2 champion Jan Kopecký for 2019, but it is the 18-year-old Finn who will spearhead its […]

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SÉBASTIEN OGIER ON RALLY SWEDEN: “WE’LL HAVE TO SEE HOW THE ROADS EVOLVE”

Citroen Total World Rally Team’s Sébastien Ogier has said he already understands he is at a disadvantage with being the first driver on the road on Rally Sweden next weekend. After winning the opening round of the season in Monte-Carlo on his return to the French team, Ogier will be first on the road in Sweden and could end up acting […]

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Al-Attiyah to debut VW Polo GTI R5 at MERC opener in Qatar

Qatar’s premier rally driver and three-time Dakar Rally winner Nasser Saleh al-Attiyah will give a Middle East debut to a brand new Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 at the Manateq Qatar International Rally, which opens the FIA Middle East Rally Championship on March 14-16. The Qatari has won his home event 13 times in the past […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO Racing sets sights on Swedish snow success

The Toyota Yaris WRC will return to Rally Sweden, scene of its maiden victory, for round two of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship season. Drivers Ott Tanak, Jari-Matti Latvala and Kris Meeke will look to build upon a promising start to the campaign for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team on Rallye Monte-Carlo, on […]

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Todt: Multi-country format can preserve European WRC events

By: David Evans FIA president Jean Todt has put forward more cross-border events as a potential way of easing World Rally Championship calendar congestion.Established European rounds of the series are coming under threat from events like the Safari and Rally Japan – both of which are expected to join the WRC next year at the expense […]

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9-TIME CHAMPION SEBASTIEN LOEB IS WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP’S COMEBACK KID

Comebacks don’t often end well, and talent is not always a surefire guarantee of success the second time around.Sébastien Loeb, who turns 45 on Feb. 26 and owned rallying from 2004-2012, has nothing left to prove in the World Rally Championship. The Frenchman is the most successful rally driver in history. Loeb, however, does not […]

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EL CÓNDOR RETAINS BIG CLIMB

RALLY ARGENTINA’S (25 – 28 APRIL) CLASSIC EL CÓNDOR SPEED TEST WILL AGAIN BE DRIVEN UPHILL IN 2019 AFTER BEING TURNED ON ITS HEAD LAST YEAR TO CREATE A MEMORABLE RALLY-CLOSING LIVE TV POWER STAGE.The rally’s signature special stage provided stunning images as it crossed iconic hanging bridges, before snaking high into the Traslasierra mountains […]

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SPECTACULAR RALLY STAGES IN THE ARGANIL HILLS

AFTER NEARLY TWO DECADES AWAY, THE SPECTACULAR RALLY STAGES IN THE ARGANIL HILLS REGION OF CENTRAL PORTUGAL WILL MAKE A COMEBACK TO THE COUNTRY’S WRC ROUND THIS YEAR. As part of a route overhaul, Vodafone Rally de Portugal (30 May – 2 June) organisers have confirmed a return to the historic rallying region for three stages; Góis, […]

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L’ESTAGE AND OCKWELL RETURN VICTORIOUS AT PERCE NEIGE

Antoine L’Estage and Alan Ockwell returned to the Canadian Rally Championship true to form, winning the 2019 Rallye Perce Neige running as privateers on the Swap Shop team. The pair chose their moment and attacked on the first pass of Kitigan Zibi, where their tire choice proved correct for deep snow on the road surface. “Winning is a great feeling,” […]

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Neuville wary of Toyota’s “dangerous” pace

By: David Evans Monte Carlo Rally runner-up Thierry Neuville says he is worried about the “dangerous” pace Toyota showed in last weekend’s WRC season opener. Hyundai driver Neuville finished runner-up to the Citroen C3 of Sebastien Ogier, but Ott Tanak had led the rally on Thursday evening and was third on Friday until he had to change a tyre on […]

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WINTER WONDERLAND AWAITS IN SWEDEN

RALLY SWEDEN CEO GLENN OLSSON SAYS MONTHS OF SUB-ZERO TEMPERATURES AND FREQUENT SNOWFALL HAVE LEFT NEXT WEEK’S WRC EVENT RESEMBLING A WINTER WONDERLAND. The championship’s second round runs from 14 – 17 February in the Värmland region in west central Sweden and across the border in Norway, both areas that are in the grip of […]

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Crerar competes with 911 built in the back of a kayak shop

In performance rally it’s supposed to be the stage roads that deliver the rollercoaster thrills. But for the Canadian privateer team competing in the 2019 Rallye Monte Carlo from Jan. 23-27th it was the road to the starting line that provided the challenges and bumps. After successes in the World Rally Championship (WRC) at Corsica […]