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Ott Tanak and co-driver OK after huge Monte-Carlo crash

Ott Tanak and co-driver Martin Jarveoja have escaped unharmed from a huge crash during Friday’s second stage of the Rallye Monte Carlo. The reigning World Rally champion ran out of road almost halfway through the 12.8-mile Saint-Clement-sur-Durance – Freissinieres SS4 test, rolling his Hyundai i20 Couple numerous times before coming to a rest on a road lower […]

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Rally Monte Carlo: SS4/5: EVANS LEADS, TÄNAK CRASHES

ELFYN EVANS DISTANCED OVERNIGHT LEADER THIERRY NEUVILLE TO LEAD RALLYE MONTE-CARLO FOLLOWING A DRAMATIC FRIDAY MORNING IN WHICH WORLD CHAMPION OTT TÄNAK RETIRED FOLLOWING A HUGE ACCIDENT. Evans completed a clean sweep of victories in the morning loop of three speed tests to claim an 8.9sec advantage over Neuville, but the big talking point was […]

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Rally Monte Carlo: SS3: EVANS SLASHES NEUVILLE’S LEAD

Elfyn Evans ate into Thierry Neuville’s overnight Rallye Monte-Carlo lead after rocketing through Friday morning’s opening speed test to claim fastest time. The Toyota Yaris debutant posted the benchmark pace through the 20.02km special stage from Curbans to Venterol, 20.0sec quicker than the Belgian. Although Neuville preserved his lead, the advantage over new second-placed man […]

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NEUVILLE FIRES EARLY WARNING TO MONTE RIVALS

Belgian heads Ogier after opening leg A sensational time through Thursday night’s second speed test rocketed Thierry Neuville into the lead of Rallye Monte-Carlo after the opening loop of stages in the French Alps.The Hyundai i20 driver headed Sébastien Ogier’s Toyota Yaris by 19.1sec when the cars returned to service in Gap after the brace […]

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SEBASTIEN LOEB: “YOU NEED TO APPROACH MONTE-CARLO WITH YOUR HEAD”

Hyundai Motorsport’s Sebastien Loeb admits that “you never know what to expect” on Rallye Monte-Carlo as the nine-time WRC champion prepares to enter the first round of the season. In a similar situation to last year, Loeb will share the third i20 Coupe WRC with former Citroen teammate Dani Sordo throughout 2020 and the Frenchman is the man to get the season underway alongside defending world […]

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Ogier pledges to stay “humble” after topping shakedown

Sebastien Ogier says he’ll stay “humble” as this weekend’s 2020 WRC season-opener kicks off in Monte Carlo, after topping Wednesday’s shakedown for Toyota. Six-time champion Ogier set the fastest time on the 3.35km warm-up stage near the event’s service park in Gap, just a tenth of a second faster than Hyundai man Thierry Neuville. “Shakedown […]

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OLIVER SOLBERG READY TO TACKLE THE HILLS OF MONTE CARLO

Oliver Solberg, son of 2003 WRC champion Petter Solberg will for first time take on the Rallye Monte Carlo stages, in his Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 with co-driver Aaron Johnston, backed by Monster Energy. Rallye Monte Carlo is one of the oldest running rallies in the world and dates back all the way to the early days of automotive, […]

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KALLE ROVANPERÄ WINS ON HIS TOYOTA YARIS WRC DEBUT AT ARCTIC LAPLAND RALLY

The opening event of the Finnish Rally Championship, the Arctic Lapland Rally has been completed. As expected, Kalle Rovanperä who made his rally debut in the Toyota Yaris WRC won the unofficial overall event with 3:27.6 minutes over Teemu Asunmaa who won the official event in the SM1 class. “Both of us worked together (Kalle & Jonne) inside the car. […]

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FINNS IN FORDS: DECADES OF SUCCESS

M-SPORT FORD’S ANNOUNCEMENT THAT ESAPEKKA LAPPI AND TEEMU SUNINEN WILL SPEARHEAD ITS 2020 WRC ASSAULT BRINGS BACK FOND MEMORIES OF PREVIOUS GENERATIONS OF FINNS IN FORDS AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE COMPETITION. In the WRC’s first season, Ford’s Finns were winning immediately with Timo Mäkinen taking victory at home in the 1000 Lakes Rally and […]

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MEEKE REMAINS IN TOYOTA TALKS

FIVE-TIME WORLD RALLY WINNER KRIS MEEKE HAS ADMITTED HE REMAINS IN CONTACT WITH TOYOTA GAZOO RACING ABOUT A YARIS WRC RETURN THIS SEASON. The Northern Irishman lost his full-time seat for 2020 but says there’s still a chance he could be back in action at some point this year. He said: “I’m still in talks […]

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LOEB IS BACK FOR A SECOND SEASON WITH HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT

Nine-time FIA World Rally champion Sébastien Loeb and co-driver Daniel Elena are back for their second season with Hyundai Motorsport, sharing the third car together with Daniel Sordo. Loeb is WRC’s most decorated and revered driver, he has amassed nine championship titles in an illustrious career over the past two decades. He made his WRC debut in 1999 at […]

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WRC action for the Citroen C3 R5 in 2020

Citroën Racing is to continue competing in the FIA World Rally Championship in association with its leading C3 R5 customers, beginning with this month’s Rallye Monte-Carlo and concluding in November in Japan after taking in many of the WRC’s classic fixtures. This stepped up programme with the C3 R5 will see development of the car […]

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FIRST PICTURES: 2020 FIESTA WRC

M-SPORT FORD WORLD RALLY TEAM UNVEILED AN EYE-CATCHING NEW LIVERY FOR ITS 2020 FIESTA WORLD RALLY CAR AT THE AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL SHOW IN BIRMINGHAM ON THURSDAY MORNING. A largely white design carries highlights of blue and green to represent the team’s close partnership with Ford, as well as increased support from Castrol. The Fiesta won […]

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NORWAY’S MADS ØSTBERG WILL BE BACK IN A CITROËN C3 R5 THIS SEASON TO CHASE THE WRC 2 TITLE.

Østberg and co-driver Torstein Eriksen finished second in WRC 2 Pro last year behind runaway winner Kalle Rovanperä. They return in a car run by PH Sport with backing from Citroën Racing. They will tackle eight rounds, beginning with the season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo (23 – 26 January). Their programme also includes Sweden, Portugal, Italy, Finland, […]

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LATVALA AND HÄNNINEN TO ENTER RALLY SWEDEN

Participants have started to apply for the second round of the FIA World Rally Championship, which will take place in Swedish Värmland and across the border in Norway in mid-February.After the announcement that Latvala will not represent the Toyota works team, the Finnish driver revealed that in this season he hoped to enter five rallies […]

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BOTTAS AND ROVANPERÄ HEADLINING THE 2020 EDITION OF ARCTIC LAPLAND RALLY

Known by the general public as the Tunturi Rally, the Arctic Lapland Rally has gained some interesting entries this year. Kalle Rovanperä joins Toyota’s factory team for the first time in Rovaniemi in the Toyota Yaris WRC, following tests with the team in France. This year’s 19-year-old rally talent will be driving a full time in the […]

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OGIER AND EVANS SHARE TOP BILLING

NEW TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SIGNINGS SÉBASTIEN OGIER AND ELFYN EVANS WILL START THIS SEASON AS JOINT NUMBER ONE DRIVERS – WHICH IS JUST THE WAY THE PAIR WANT IT. The Frenchman starts his final WRC campaign hunting a seventh title in eight years, but he’s not chasing preferential treatment over Evans. This will be the […]

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Ott and Martin get down to work

A new year always brings renewed ambitions and targets, but for 2020 we will also have a new-look crew line-up in WRC with Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja joining our team. The Estonian crew will compete in their first event for our team at Rallye Monte-Carlo (January 23-26). They visited our factory in Alzenau in […]

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LAPPI JOINS M-SPORT FORD

ESAPEKKA LAPPI WILL LEAD A YOUTHFUL THREE-CAR M-SPORT FORD LINE-UP IN THIS SEASON’S FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER HIS EXPECTED MOVE TO THE BRITISH TEAM WAS CONFIRMED TODAY (2 JANUARY). The 28-year-old Finn becomes a team leader at the top level for the first time after completing his switch from Citroën Racing. He joins 25-year-old […]

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MCRAE JUNIOR TARGETS RALLY DEBUT

ONE OF WORLD RALLYING’S GREATEST DYNASTIES WILL CONTINUE NEXT YEAR WHEN MAX MCRAE TAKES TO THE STAGE FOR THE FIRST TIME. The son of former Hyundai, Subaru and Mitsubishi WRC driver Alister McRae and nephew of 1995 world champion Colin, hopes to join his father and grandfather – five-time British champion Jimmy – at the […]

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Gaurav Gill wins Popular Rally for 5th time

 Indias rally king Gaurav Gill on Sunday underlined his supremacy in the Popular Rally, the final round of the Champions Yacht Club FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship (INRC), winning the title for an unprecedented fifth time on a pulsating day of action here. The Team Mahindra driver, supported by JK Tyre and with Musa Sherif […]

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GRÖNHOLM TESTS PROTON R5

DOUBLE WORLD CHAMPION MARCUS GRÖNHOLM HAS TIPPED PROTON’S IRIZ R5 FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE IN THE SPORT. The Finn tested the British-built machine for the second time earlier this week and emerged happy with the developments and positive about the car’s potential. Grönholm drove the Iriz for two days in Northern Ireland, in a test […]

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Oliver Solberg gets Rally Monte Carlo outing in Polo R5

Oliver Solberg, son of 2003 World Rally Champion Petter Solberg, will contest Rally Monte Carlo next month driving a Polo R5.The 18-year-old, who made his WRC debut at Wales Rally GB this year, will use the same car for January’s opening round of the 2020 WRC calendar at the famous Rally Monte Carlo. “It’s really […]

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World’s First Electric Rally Car Begins Testing

Are you shopping for a sensible, environmentally friendly 4-door hatchback for around £46,000? Would you also like to silently send it sideways down a rally stage? Well I have good news. Testing has begun on the Corsa-e Rally, soon to be available from Opel (kudos on resisting the urge to call it the RallE). The rally version retains […]

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SKODA BIDS ADIEU TO KALLE

SKODA MOTORSPORT TEAM PRINCIPAL MICHAL HRABÁNEK BID AN EMOTIONAL FAREWELL TO WRC 2 PRO CHAMPION KALLE ROVANPERÄ AT THE FIRM’S ANNUAL MOTORSPORT CONFERENCE IN PRAGUE ON WEDNESDAY EVENING. Rovanperä completed his duties for the Czech manufacturer and will now move to Toyota Gazoo Racing for next year’s FIA World Rally Championship.   Reflecting on the […]

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Rally-bred Toyota GR Yaris hot hatch set for January reveal

New high-performance Yaris variant will draw on Toyota’s World Rally Championship experience Toyota will unveil its GR Yaris hot hatchback next month, promising that the new car will incorporate technology developed from the firm’s World Rally Championship experience. The new model will be shown for the first time at the Tokyo Auto Salon on 10-12 January, […]

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LOEB ENDS 2019 WITH WIN

SÉBASTIEN LOEB SIGNED OFF ON HIS FIRST SEASON WITH HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT WITH VICTORY AT LAST WEEKEND’S RALLYE DU VAR IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE. Co-driven in an i20 World Rally Car by his girlfriend Laurene Godey, Loeb beat Škoda Fabia R5 driver Nikolay Gryazin by 1min 02.2sec. The event was hit hard by rainstorms which […]

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EIGHT DRIVERS, ONE SEAT

ONE INTO EIGHT DOESN’T GO. OR IT DOES, BUT 0.125 OF A SEAT IN NEXT SEASON’S WRC ISN’T WORTH ANYTHING TO ANYBODY. So, what will M-Sport Ford World Rally Team do? Which of the eight drivers likely to be knocking on the door to Dovenby Hall will get in? And which will get a seat? […]

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RESULT: PROGRADE PHOTO OF THE YEAR

TIMO ANIS’ STUNNING PHOTOGRAPH OF SÉBASTIEN OGIER ATTACKING RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA’S DUSTY AND ROCKY GRAVEL ROADS HAS EARNED HIM THE PROGRADE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPH OF THE YEAR HONOUR IN OUR PRESTIGIOUS END-OF-SEASON WRC AWARDS. Anis is one of the world’s leading motorsport photographers who travels the globe to capture the excitement, raw emotion and drama of […]

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SEBASTIEN OGIER TO CLOSE OUT WRC CAREER WITH TOYOTA GAZOO RACING

Six-time World Rally Championship champion signs 1-year deal with Toyota.Fresh off the ending of his six-year run as king of the World Rally Championship, Sebastien Ogier is ready for his next challenge. Ogier has left manufacturer Citroen and now is heading to Toyota Gazoo Racing and its Toyota Yaris race car. There, he will help form […]

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Subaru WRX STI Rally Racers Finally Getting The Attention They Deserve

Prodrive Legends is like Ferrari Classiche for Subaru rally cars. Prodrive may be the most interesting and victorious automaker you’ve never heard of. The British motorsport constructor has made thousands of race and rally cars, from WRC-grade Subaru Imprezas to Le Mans-spec Aston Martins – more, in short, than are currently competing in the series for which they were […]

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Chile WRC round cancelled for 2020 due to unrest

By: David Evans April’s Chile round of the 2020 World Rally Championship has been cancelled due to political and social unrest in the country.The organisers of the Concepcion-based event met with government officials on Thursday and agreed, in the face of the continued rioting and with a state of emergency still in effect, the 2020 […]