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Breen mounts late charge to seal Sanremo Rally success

Craig Breen heads back to Ireland and on to this weekend’s Easter Rally on a high after a stunning victory in Italy.Already leader of the Irish Tarmac Championship, the former Citroen factory driver moved himself into contention for the Italian national series too with a last stage charge which saw him and co-driver Paul Nagle […]

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Paddon and Kennard dominate Otago Rally

Hayden Paddon and John Kennard have completed a near perfect two days of rallying in their Hyundai i20 AP4, winning Rally Otago outright and getting their FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship campaign off to the ideal start with maximum points. Paddon, from Cromwell, and Kennard, from Blenheim, won the Otago event for the sixth time […]

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XION RALLY ARGENTINA

OverviewVast pampas plains, rugged mountains and softer lakeland landscapes provide three distinct legs in the valleys of the Cordoba sierras. The roads are littered with river crossings, while crowds approaching one million generate a crackling atmosphere. Fog is common in the high mountains. StagesVast pampas plains, rugged mountains and softer lakeland landscapes provide three distinct […]

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Jordan prepares to host 2nd round of regional rally series

Jordan Motorsport is putting the finishing touches to the route and logistics for the 2019 Jordan Rally, round two of the FIA Middle East Rally Championship, which takes centre stage in the Dead Sea and Jordan Valley areas on April 25-27, according to the Jordan Rally Media Service. Jordan is one of the most popular […]

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THIERRY NEUVILLE AFTER TOUR DE CORSE WIN: “IT’S NOT OVER UNTIL IT’S OVER”

Thierry Neuville admitted after the Tour de Corse that Elfyn Evans was “undoubtably quicker” than him on the event. Neuville picked up the overall win on the Calvi Power Stage after Evans’ suffered a puncture that cost him over a minute in dropped time and the Belgian driver acknowledged on raw pace the M-Sport crew were faster than him last weekend. He said: […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’s BOTTERILL/VACY-LYLE DRAWS FIRST BLOOD IN 2019 NRC

Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Guy Botterill and navigator Simon Vacy-Lyle took charge of the Cape Overberg Grand Prix Rally, Round 1 of the 2019 South African National Rally Championship, which took place in dry and dusty conditions on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 March. Although racing with a small advantage of coastal conditions allowing the 1.6-litre […]

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Corsica WRC: Evans heartbreak hands victory to Neuville

Hyundai driver Thierry Neuville took a dramatic World Rally Championship win on the Tour of Corsica as Elfyn Evans’ M-Sport Fiesta punctured on the final stage. Evans had headed Neuville by 11.5 seconds heading into the power stage after a stunning time earlier in the morning allowed him to retake the lead he lost on Saturday. […]

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Corsica WRC: Evans retakes lead from Neuville

M-Sport World Rally Championship driver Elfyn Evans has grabbed the lead from Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville as the Tour of Corsica lead changed again on Sunday morning. Neuville overhauled Evans on the final on Saturday to establish an overnight lead of 4.5 seconds, taking 16s out of his rival in one test. However Evans was to […]

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Corsica WRC: Neuville snatches lead after Tanak puncture

Thierry Neuville will take a lead of 4.5 seconds over Elfyn Evans into Sunday as the Tour of Corsica turned on its head .Ott Tanak had led the rally heading into the afternoon ahead of Evans, with Neuville 17.2s behind. Evans started the afternoon with intent, trimming World Rally Championship points leader Tanak’s 2.3s advantage […]

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Corsica: SS10: EVANS RETALIATES

ELFYN EVANS DELIVERED A STIRRING RIPOSTE TO CORSICA LINEA – TOUR DE CORSE LEADER OTT TÄNAK AS BATTLE RESUMED IN THE ISLAND’S NORTHERN MOUNTAINS ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON. After losing his hard-earned lead to the Estonian in the morning’s closing speed test, Evans made clear his intentions by clawing back vital tenths in the repeat pass […]

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Corsica WRC: Tanak steals lead from Evans

World Rally Championship points leader Ott Tanak has stolen the lead of the Tour of Corsica as his battle with rival Elfyn Evans intensifies. Tanak admitted on Friday that he “wasn’t quite at the limit yet,” but there was “no holding back” from the championship leader on Saturday morning. He took 0.6 seconds out of […]

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Corsica:SS7: TÄNAK LAYS DOWN MARKER

OTT TÄNAK DREW FIRST BLOOD IN HIS THRILLING FIGHT FOR THE CORSICA LINEA – TOUR DE CORSE LEAD WITH ELFYN EVANS ON SATURDAY MORNING.The Toyota Yaris driver clawed back 0.6sec after winning the opening 25.62km Cap Corse speed test. It reduced his deficit to Evans to 3.9sec at the start of the longest day of […]

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Corsica WRC: Meeke run-in costs Evans lead

World Rally Championship points leader Ott Tanak kept first place in Tour of Corsica after a dramatic final Friday stage saw rival Elfyn Evans get stuck behind Kris Meeke. Evans had started the afternoon brilliantly, snatching the lead from Toyota driver Tanak on the first stage of the afternoon by 1.4 seconds, and extended his […]

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Rally Corsica: SS4: EVANS STORMS BACK INTO LEAD

ELFYN EVANS CHARGED BACK TO THE FRONT OF CORSICA LINEA – TOUR DE CORSE AFTER WINNING FRIDAY AFTERNOON’S OPENING SPEED TEST.For the second time today, the Welshman was fastest through the 17.60km Bavella special stage in his Ford Fiesta. He was 2.7sec quicker than Ott Tänak to demote the Estonian from the lead by 1.4sec. […]

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RallyCorsica: SS2/3: TÄNAK EDGES AHEAD

CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER OTT TÄNAK HELD A NARROW ADVANTAGE AT CORSICA LINEA – TOUR DE CORSE AFTER FRIDAY MORNING’S OPENING LOOP OF THREE SPEED TESTS. The Estonian topped the standings by 1.3sec from early leader Elfyn Evans as a tightly clustered group of four drivers blanketed by 7.6sec arrived in Porto-Vecchio after a breathless morning in […]

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Rally Corsica: SS1: EVANS LEADS DRAMATIC OPENER

ELFYN EVANS SET THE EARLY PACE AT CORSICA LINEA – TOUR DE CORSE AFTER A DRAMA-FILLED OPENING SPEED TEST ON FRIDAY MORNING. The Welshman, driving a Ford Fiesta, stopped the clocks 2.9sec quicker than Thierry Neuville through the 17.60km Bavella speed test. Neuville’s Hyundai i20 team-mate, Dani Sordo, was a further 0.2sec back in third. […]

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MEEKE TOPS CORSICA WARM-UP

THIRD SHAKEDOWN VICTORY OF THE SEASON IN THURSDAY MORNING’S SUN-KISSED WARM-UP AT CORSICA LINEA – TOUR DE CORSE. The Briton was quickest through the 5.39km Sorbo Ocagnano test by 0.9sec from Sébastien Ogier’s Citroën C3. Meeke’s Toyota Yaris team-mate and championship leader, Ott Tänak, was a further 0.5sec behind in third. Meeke posted the three […]

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OGIER CONFIDENT ON ‘HOME ROUND’ IN CORSICA

AFTER winning two of the first three FIA World Rally Championship rounds this season Frenchman Sébastien Ogier starts this weekend’s Corsica linea – Tour de Corse confident he can maintain vital momentum for the factory Citroën squad. At Corsica linea – Tour de Corse – Ogier’s ‘home’ event – he aims to maintain Citroën’s remarkable […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’s BOTTERILL/VACY-LYLE READY FOR ROUND 1 OF 2019 NRC

Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Guy Botterill and navigator Simon Vacy-Lyle are all set for the upcoming Cape Overberg Grand Prix Rally, Round 1 of the 2019 South African National Rally Championship, which takes place on 29 and 30 March. The event is well-known for its high speeds and flowing stages, and is a staunch test […]

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Loeb to contest Rally Chile with Hyundai

Hyundai has announced nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien loed will contest Rally Chile in May while Andreas Mikkelsen returns to take on both South American rounds Loeb took part in the opening two rallies of the season, before Hyundai dropped Andreas Mikkelsen to run Loeb and Dani Sordo alongside Thierry Neuville in Corsica this weekend. The Frenchman […]

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ADAMO LAYS IT ON THE LINE

HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT BOSS ANDREA ADAMO DESCRIBED LAST WEEKEND’S RALLY GUANAJUATO MEXICO AS ‘DAMAGE LIMITATION’ AFTER A DISASTROUS OPENING LEG WRECKED ITS VICTORY CHANCES. Andreas Mikkelsen and Dani Sordo held first and third initially, before the Norwegian retired with suspension damage after hitting a rock. Sordo exited later in the day when an electrical fault stopped […]

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THE 2019 CAPE OVERBERG GRAND PRIX

THE CAPE OVERBERG GRAND PRIX The rally that has teeth behind its head as well, but can also place a soft hand on a rally driver’s shoulder when least expected. This is arguably the fastest rally in South Africa – especially after the Mountain Trial Rally in the North Cape disappeared from the scene. Johnny […]

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BARRY MCKENNA WINS 100 ACRE WOOD RALLY AFTER SUBARU STRUGGLES

Barry McKenna has won the 100 Acre Wood Rally, the second event of the American Rally Association national championship, beating the favourites from the factory Subaru team in the two-day event. The Irish driver ended the first day second overall, but won three stages and moved to the fore after reigning series champion David Higgins […]

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SURPRISING START FOR CITROËN

CITROËN TOTAL WORLD RALLY TEAM’S IMPRESSIVE START TO THE 2019 SEASON HAS EXCEEDED EXPECTATIONS, ACCORDING TO TEAM PRINCIPAL, PIERRE BUDAR. Sébastien Ogier’s victory on the Rally Guanajuato México gravel stages ensured the French squad – which is relying on an all-new driver pairing this year – continued its strong start to the campaign after Ogier […]

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FIA vows to act on artificial WRC jumps after Mexico

The FIA has promised to take action about artificial jumps on World Rally Championship following the controversy on Rally Mexico last week. The opening Guanajuato spectator stage was cancelled after a metal jump was damaged and started to throw the cars into the air at unexpected angles. FIA rally director Yves Matton said the incident had […]

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MIKKELSEN VOWS TO REGAIN SEAT

ANDREAS MIKKELSEN HAS VOWED TO REGAIN HIS PLACE IN HYUNDAI’S ASPHALT RALLY LINE-UP AFTER BEING AXED FOR THIS MONTH’S CORSICA LINEA – TOUR DE CORSE (28 – 31 MARCH). Mikkelsen admitted the manufacturer’s decision to field sealed surface experts Dani Sordo and Sébastien Loeb alongside lead driver Thierry Neuville at the Mediterranean island classic was […]

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Motorsport: Paddon unveils 2019 plans

Missing out on the World Rally Championship (WRC) has forced New Zealand rally driver Haydon Paddon into coming up with a multi pronged rally programme for 2019. The Geraldine native raced in seven of 13 WRC events for Hyundai last year year finishing eighth on the drivers championship and he was confident he’d done enough […]