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RALLYING – IT IS A “MIND GAME” – Rallystar – the Pro’s next step…

RALLYSTAR – THE RALLY PRO’S NEXT STEP IT IS A “MIND GAME” (mostly) So many people believe if you are a reasonably good driver and you can make a handbrake turn, then you are a racing – or goodness forbid a rally driver. The ability to drive a car obviously forms the biggest part of […]

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Loeb to run six WRC events for Hyundai

Nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb is adding a new chapter to his illustrious rallying career, having signed a two-year contract with to run select WRC events for the works Hyundai team. The Frenchman will compete in six rounds of the 2019 season in an i20 Coupe WRC alongside his long-time co-driver Daniel Elena, starting […]

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Bottas to make World Rally debut in Lapland

    Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas will appear in the 2019 Arctic Lapland Rally, marking his debut in the category.The ninth Finnish driver in Formula One history will return to his homeland as he tackles the snowy stages on January 24-26. Armed with an M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Bottas will have over 300bhp at his disposal as he finally […]

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Loeb agrees 2019 WRC deal with Hyundai

Motorsport.com understands the agreement, Loeb’s first professional contract outside of the PSA Group, will be announced on Thursday.Loeb is currently out of contact, testing the PH Sport-run Peugeot 3008DKR in Liwa, Abu Dhabi ahead of next month’s Dakar. Nobody from Hyundai was available for comment, but team manager Alain Penasse had confirmed earlier the Korean […]

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WRC needs to look at future electric switch – Sebastien Ogier

The World Rally Championship must consider going electric, be that fully like Formula E or a hybrid system like Formula 1, if it’s to remain relevant, according to reigning champion Sebastien Ogier. The future of electric power has been discussed previously in WRC, but there are currently no concrete plans to make the switch in […]

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The Passing of Muhangi, A Man with Glittering Rallying Career

Muhangi made his debut in local rally in the mid-1990s, winning the national rally championship in 1998. He went on to win the African Rally championship the following year (1999).  On Thursday, Ugandans woke up to sad news of the passing of legendary rally driver cum businessman Charles Muhangi. Muhangi (65) was found dead in bed […]

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Rally Barbórka 2018: Kajetanowicz sets a new record, with sixth victory in a row!

According to unofficial results, Kajetan Kajetanowicz, co-driven by Maciej Szczepaniak, has scored his sixth consecutive win in Rally Barbórka! The LOTOS Rally Team driver set the fastest times on three of four special stages, once again leaving all his opponents behind. The driver from Ustroń competed in a Ford Fiesta WRC, showing this machine in Warsaw […]

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WRC TURNS ON STYLE IN MILAN

MILAN’S ICONIC CITY CENTRE CATHEDRAL PROVIDED A STUNNING BACKDROP AS THE FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP VISITED ITALY’S CAPITAL OF FASHION AND DESIGN THIS MORNING (THURSDAY).Rally cars from all four 2018 manufacturer teams were on display in the picturesque Piazza del Duomo as a roadshow took the WRC to thousands of commuters and Christmas shoppers in […]

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Hyundai denies Loeb deal done despite talks

By: David Evans The Hyundai WRC team will start next season with an unchanged line-up, despite speculation that Sebastien Loeb has signed with the Korean manufacturer.Thierry Neuville, Andreas Mikkelsen and Dani Sordo will run a trio of factory i20 Coupe WRCs at round one in Monte Carlo, while Hayden Paddon is likely to replace Sordo for […]

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Kris Meeke paired with co-driver Seb Marshall at Toyota for 2019

Kris Meeke’s return to the World Rally Championship next season with Toyota will also see the arrival of a new co-driver for the Ulsterman.Seb Marshall, Hayden Paddon’s former co-driver at Hyundai, has been confirmed as Meeke’s partner for the 2019 WRC season.Meeke was picked up by Toyota after being dropped mid-season by Citroen following a tough […]

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CITROEN LOSE ABU DHABI SPONSORSHIP; 2 CAR ATTACK ON 2019 WRC

The Citroen Racing World Rally Team will not be supported by Abu Dhabi in 2019, forcing the team to run just two cars in next season’s FIA World Rally Championship. Backing from the country in recent years has enabled the team to run drivers such as Mads Ostberg, Craig Breenand Khalid Al Qassimi in its fleet of C3 WRC’s, but the team will have only […]

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McRae reunited with Subaru WRC in Adelaide

Alister McRae evoked memories of his late brother and rally legend Colin McRae at the Adelaide Motorsport Festival.McRae jumped behind the wheel of a factory Prodrive Subaru World Rally Car to cut demonstration laps of the Victoria Park Sprint Circuit. The car was part of the 1993 Subaru WRC fleet which his older brother Colin, who […]

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Chikmagalur INRC: Kadur wins from Ghosh

Karna Kadur cruised to victory in the penultimate round of Indian National Rally Championship in Chikmagalur, while Gaurav Gill staged an emphatic comeback to finish fifth overall in Coffee Day India rally.Gill had been comfortably leading the rally in his factory-run Mahindra Super XUV500 but suffered a technical failure in the final stage of Saturday, […]

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No third car, no Loeb for Citroen in 2019 WRC

Citroen will run only two cars in next year’s World Rally Championship, meaning no starts for Sebastien Loeb. Mads Ostberg, one of Citroen’s 2018 drivers, reported the not unexpected development on his Facebook page, and the Norwegian is therefore also currently out of a seat next year. The French marque ran three cars at various times […]

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Hyundai has to raise its game in 2019, warns Neuville

Thierry Neuville has issued a stark warning to his Hyundai WRC team, saying it has “no chance” of beating Ott Tanak and Toyota without a step up in development. Runner-up to Sebastien Ogier in 2018, Neuville has not restricted his criticism his team’s management, as he also lambasted his Hyundai teammates for a lack of support throughout […]

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INRC 2018: 48 ENTRIES REGISTERED FOR COFFEE DAY RALLY OF CHIKMAGALUR

The fourth round of the 2018 Indian National Rally Championship, the Coffee Day Rally of Chikmagalur, has received a total of 48 entries. The event, which will be held from November 30 to December 2, is organised by the Chikmagalur Motor Sports Club, and, has in the past hosted the final round of the Asia […]

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This infernal Lancia Delta S4 Stradale will haunt your dreams

The plastic-fantastic, flame-throwing Group B beasts from the 1980s have earned a fearsome reputation that truly precedes them. But, in reality, are they far tamer than we’re led to believe? We took an ultra-rare Lancia Delta S4 Stradale for a dalliance in deepest darkest Surrey to find out… In the inky darkness of this brisk […]

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Clio R3T Trophy France – Rallye du Var 2018

After clinching the title in September, Florian Bernardi dominated the Rallye du Var in extremely difficult conditions. The Vaucluse native was joined on the podium by Guillaume Jean, who takes top Junior honours and Italy’s Ivan Ferrarotti, who impressed in his Clio R3T Trophy France debut. Friday afternoon, the 19 crews entered in the Clio […]

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TOMMI MÄKINEN: “THIS IS THE RESULT OF THE HUGE EFFORT FROM EVERYBODY IN THE TEAM”

Toyota GAZOO Racing World Rally Team Principal Tommi Mäkinen was delighted with his team’s performance on the final round of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship.As well as clinching the Manufactures Championship just two years after returning to the series, Jari-Matti Latvala also took his first win of the season and Mäkinen was delighted with the results. He said: “It’s […]

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Kris Meeke joins Ott Tanak and Matti Latvala at Toyota for 2019

Toyota has confirmed that Kris Meeke will join its driver line-up for next year’s World Rally Championship, alongside incumbents Ott Tanak and Jari-Matti Latvala.Meeke took five wins for Citroen since joining the manufacturer mid-2013 but was dropped earlier this year after a spate of high-profile crashes and setbacks. But he has been handed an opportunity […]

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“Middle of nowhere” Australian venue frustrates WRC teams

By: David Evans World Rally Championship teams are growing frustrated that Rally Australia continues to take place in the “middle of nowhere” in Coffs Harbour. The manufacturers felt the New South Wales venue was too small to host last week’s three-way title decider, prompting renewed calls for a different Australian venue or for a European round to […]

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Renault, Nissan head Ghosn arrested for financial misconduct

Renault and Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn, who helped engineer Renault’s return to Formula 1 as a full constructor in 2016, has been arrested for alleged violations of Japanese financial laws. Nissan said on Monday that Ghosn will be removed after what it described as “serious acts of misconduct”, including under-reporting his compensation to the Tokyo […]

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TÄNAK’S AWARDS NIGHT TREBLE

OTT TÄNAK CARRIED OFF THE TOP ACCOLADE AT MONDAY EVENING’S STAR-STUDDED WRC GALA NIGHT AWARDS IN SYDNEY FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE SEASON. The Estonian was voted WRC Driver of the Year by fans on the FIA World Rally Championship’s official wrc.com website. His co-driver and fellow countryman, Martin Järveoja, was named WRC Co-driver of the Year. The pair […]

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OGIER: ‘A COOL HEAD WAS KEY’

SÉBASTIEN OGIER BELIEVES HIS ABILITY TO KEEP A COOL HEAD IN THE FACE OF EXTREME PRESSURE EARNED HIM A SIXTH WRC TITLE AT KENNARDS HIRE RALLY AUSTRALIA ON SUNDAY. The Frenchman led a fierce three-way drivers’ title battle heading into the final round. And by Sunday, he knew he needed only to finish in sixth […]

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Tundo prevails again

Curtains came down on the 2018 Kenya National Rally Championship season in Stoni Athi with five-time Safari winner Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo registering his sixth win of the season in the 39th edition of Multiple Hauliers-sponsored Guru Nanak Rally. Jasmeet Chana and Ravi Chana Having already won Eldoret, RSC, Nanyuki, KMSC and Safari rounds, Tundo and […]

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SUNDAY IN AUSTRALIA: SIX OF THE BEST FOR OGIER

SÉBASTIEN OGIER CLINCHED HIS SIXTH CONSECUTIVE FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE AFTER A CHAOTIC FINALE IN AUSTRALIA ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON.A composed drive to fifth at Kennards Hire Rally Australia was in marked contrast to the heartbreak suffered by Thierry Neuville and Ott Tänak, who both crashed whilst trying to keep their hopes alive. Ogier’s calmness […]

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A Lone Hay Bale Kept This Rally Crash From Being Way Worse Than It Already Was

Rally is a beautiful sport—there’s something incredibly pure about just freakin’ sending it through quiet roads in the middle of nowhere without being able to count on, y’know, barriers or structure or run-offs. It’s exciting watching people keeping their car on the absolute limit. But sometimes, that just doesn’t work out. Molly Taylor learned that […]

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SATURDAY IN AUSTRALIA: TITLE-CHASING TÄNAK SCORCHES INTO LEAD

OTT TÄNAK STORMED INTO THE LEAD OF KENNARDS HIRE RALLY AUSTRALIA ON SATURDAY IN A FINAL DESPERATE ATTEMPT TO SALVAGE HIS FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE BID.The outsider in the WRC decider Down Under, Tänak must win this final round and claim maximum bonus points in Sunday’s Power Stage finale to earn a shot at […]

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TENACIOUS TANAK ROCKETS TO WORLD RALLY AUSTRALIA LEAD

A blistering attack by Ott Tanak rocketed him into the lead of Kennards Hire Rally Australia as the gripping fight to the end of the FIA World Rally Championship continued on the New South Wales Coffs Coast today.With less than a third of the rally remaining, Toyota Yaris ace Tänak delivered a series of sizzling […]

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SS11/12: LATVALA GRABS AUSTRALIA LEAD

JARI-MATTI LATVALA CLAIMED THE LEAD OF KENNARDS HIRE RALLY AUSTRALIA ON SATURDAY MORNING – BUT IMMEDIATELY CAME UNDER PRESSURE FROM TOYOTA GAZOO RACING TEAM-MATE OTT TÄNAK.The Finn, third overnight, demoted Mads Østberg in the 21.28km Urunga speed test, the third of the morning’s four. Tänak, desperate to keep his slim title hopes alive, was hot […]

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FRIDAY IN AUSTRALIA: ADVANTAGE OGIER IN TITLE FIGHT

SÉBASTIEN OGIER EDGED TOWARDS A SIXTH CONSECUTIVE WRC CROWN AFTER FRIDAY’S ENTHRALLING OPENING LEG OF KENNARDS HIRE RALLY AUSTRALIA.He took a significant advantage in the title decider Down Under over principal championship rival Thierry Neuville, who dropped almost 45sec in the final forest road speed test after locking-up at a chicane. Both title contenders struggled […]

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Closest World Rally Championship battle in a generation comes to tense finish.

The closest FIA World Rally Championship battle in a generation comes to a compelling conclusion in Australia this weekend when three drivers face the ultimate title shootout. Sébastien Ogier, chasing a sixth consecutive crown in his farewell drive for the M-Sport Ford team, has erased a 23-point deficit in two rallies to head longtime leader […]

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4 DAYS TO AUSTRALIA: WILSON: ‘THIS IS RALLYING AT ITS BEST’

WITH BOTH WRC TITLES UP FOR GRABS AT THIS WEEKEND’S KENNARDS HIRE RALLY AUSTRALIA (15-18 NOVEMBER), M-SPORT FORD WORLD RALLY TEAM BOSS MALCOLM WILSON HAS DESCRIBED THE UPCOMING CHAMPIONSHIP SHOOT OUT AS ‘RALLYING AT ITS BEST’. Sébastien Ogier, Thierry Neuville and Ott Tänak are all in contention for the drivers’ title, while their respective teams […]

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Jaguar creates two F-TYPE Convertible rally cars

With design cues from F-TYPE Chequered Flag Limited Edition, the 300PS 2.0-litre rally cars feature bespoke FIA-spec modificationsOne-off rally cars pay homage to the Jaguar XK 120, introduced in 1948, which itself achieved competition success in the RAC, Tulip and Alpine rallies The Jaguar F-TYPE Chequered Flag Limited Edition is available to order now from […]

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Ogier feeling WRC heat in Australia

Sebastien Ogier faces a final round struggle in Australia to win the World Rally Championship title. (AAP)Three points separate five-time defending world rally champion Sebastien Ogier and contender Thierry Neuville ahead of this weekend’s Coffs Harbour finale. He’s won the last five World Rally Championships but Sebastien Ogier has never had to fight for one […]

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NEUVILLE IN CONFIDENT MOOD

THIERRY NEUVILLE IS CONFIDENT HE CAN SECURE HIS FIRST WRC DRIVERS’ TITLE IN AUSTRALIA NEXT MONTH, INSISTING HE HAS THE UPPER-HAND OVER CHAMPIONSHIP RIVAL SÉBASTIEN OGIER.The Belgian’s fourth place at RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España meant he lost the drivers’ championship lead to his French rival. He trails M-Sport Ford driver Ogier by three […]