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AL-ATTIYAH HAS CONTACTED TOYOTA OVER SAFARI RALLY OUTING

THREE-TIME DAKAR WINNER OFFERS HIS AVAILABILITY FOR WRC ROUND When it comes to off-road driving, nobody has enjoyed more stage rally success than Nasser Al-Attiyah – which is why he’s offering his services to Toyota for this year’s Safari Rally World Rally Championship round. Granted, the Qatari might ‘only’ have three Dakar wins to his […]

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Kenya: RWC Closely Monitoring COVID-19 as Safari Rally Preps Continue

The status of the 2020 the World Rally Championship (WRC) calendar in the second quarter remains as scheduled with a decision on Rally Sardinia in Italy expected next week after the expiry of the Italian government’s restrictions on sports and other public gatherings on April 4. Rally Argentina, earlier scheduled for April 20 to 23 […]

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WRC postpones Portuguese and Italian rounds

Organisers of the World Rally Championship have confirmed the postponement of planned upcoming rounds in Portugal and Italy. The WRC season began with events in Monte Carlo and Sweden while the Mexican round took place before being truncated as the coronavirus spread worsened. The Portuguese round was planned for 21-24 May while Italy was due […]

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BLOCK TO DRIVE M-SPORT FIESTA R5 AT RALLY NEW ZEALAND

Ken Block made his FIA World Rally Championship stage return at Rally Mexico earlier this month in his modernised Ford Escort Cosworth rally car, which ended earlier than expected. Entered in the National class that allowed him to compete with his 90’s car against the top modern WRC and R5 cars but with an restrictor. This was his first […]

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OLIVER SOLBERG LAUNCHES THE SOLBERG RACE DIRT RALLY 2.0 COMPETITION

Oliver Solberg will later today launch The Solberg Race using the DiRT Rally 2.0 game.The young Norweigan driver plans to use the Argentina rally on the game to let fans compete against both him and other players of the game in the event. Solberg said on the planned esports challenge: “Argentina is one of the events I was really looking forward to […]

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2020 WRC UPDATE BY RALLYSTAR

2020 WRC RALLIES AN UPDATE BROUGHT TO YOU BY RALLYSTAR MOTORING We at Rallystar your favourite motosport website will do our best to update you on the evolving around the Covid-19 pandemic and the various government restrictions. . No decisions on event dates will be made by the WRC organisers before updates on the respective […]

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Neuville “can’t see the point” of 2022 WRC proposals

Hyundai driver Thierry Neuville believes that the WRC’s proposed technical regulations for 2022 will make it “less interesting” and water down the appeal of the series. When they are presented to the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council in June this year, the proposals will see increasing reliance on off-the-shelf components and a reduction in available […]

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M-Sport Poland reveals Rally4 Fiesta

M-Sport Poland have announced the first car built to the new Rally4 regulations – the Ford Fiesta Rally4. Building on the platform of the successful MK8 R2 Fiesta introduced last season, the new Rally4 version features improved handling and gear ratios as well as a redeveloped “more aggressive” look and is the first car from any manufacturer to be built to the FIA’s […]

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Victorious debut for Alpine A110 Rally on Rallye Le Touquet Pas-de-Calais

With two cars competing this past weekend in the Rallye Le Touquet Pas-de-Calais, the Alpine A110 Rally combined performance and reliability to enable François Delecour and Jean-Rodolphe Guigonnet to win the two-wheel drive category. Just three days after being homologated by the FFSA, two Alpine A110 Rally cars, entrusted to François Delecour (Team FJ) and […]

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New Clio Rally makes successful debut

After nine months of development and more than 10,000 kilometres of testing, New Clio Rally made its competitive debut with five cars in action at Rally Guanajuato Mexico. The latest addition to the Renault Sport Racing line-up of customer racing cars, New Clio Rally was unquestionably one of the major attractions of Rally Guanajuato Mexico. […]

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Coronoavirus: Sebastien Ogier unhappy after World Rally Championship win in Mexico

Ogier now leads the overall World Rally Championship standings Six-time world champion Sebastien Ogier said winning Rally Mexico “has no value” as the event “should not have happened” amid the coronavirus crisis. He won by 27.8 seconds in a race that ended a day early as a result of the travel disruption caused by the […]

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EARLIER: Rally Mexico shortened by a day due to travel restrictions

The ongoing third round of the World Rally Championship in Mexico will be shortened due to the imposition of travel restrictions relating to the coronavirus pandemic. The event went ahead as planned on Thursday night (Friday AEDT) and only one stage has been lost so far, due to Esapekka Lappi’s M-Sport Ford Fiesta catching fire. […]

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SATURDAY MORNING: OGIER MOVES CLEAR IN MEXICO

Sébastian Ogier consolidated his position in the lead of Rally Guanajuato México by almost tripling his advantage on Saturday’s morning loop. The Frenchman, driving a Toyota Yaris, claimed another stage win on the opening Guanajuatito speed test and steered clear of drama to round out the loop with a 28.3sec over M-Sport Ford driver Teemu […]

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OGIER ON COURSE TO EQUAL LOEB’S WINNING RECORD AT RALLY GUANAJUATO MÉXICO

LEÓN (México): Five-time winner Sébastien Ogier catapulted himself into serious contention to equal Sébastien Loeb’s record six victories at Rally Guanajuato México with an outright lead of 13.2 seconds on Friday evening.   The Toyota Yaris WRC driver won three of the day’s nine timed tests (SS8 was cancelled) and will restart from a favourable […]

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Ogier tames slippery Friday roads to impress at Rally Mexico

  Flying Frenchman Sébastien Ogier edged towards a sixth Rally Guanajuato México victory after building up an encouraging lead in Friday’s first full day of competition. In sizzling hot conditions, the Toyota Yaris man avoided the drama of those around him to end the first full day’s competition with a 13.2sec lead over M-Sport Ford […]

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2020 RALLY MEXICO: OGIER TAKES CONTROL AFTER DRAMATIC FRIDAY

Sebastien Ogier has a 13.2 seconds advantage over Teemu Suninen at the end of Friday on Rally Mexico as several drivers all suffered huge problems. Toyota’s Ogier took the lead on the first pass through El Chocolate after leapfrogging Ott Tänak and didn’t look back, gradually increasing his lead throughout the remainder of the day. Defending champion Tänak had a mixed day to say the […]

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SPEEDAGRO RALLY ARGENTINA POSTPONED

As a result of global developments regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), WRC Promoter has announced that the 2020 SpeedAgro Rally Argentina, round four of the FIA World Rally Championship, due to take place between 23 – 26 April, has been postponed. The Government of the Argentine Republic today announced measures to prevent the spread of the […]

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NEUVILLE DOUBLE EARNS EARLY MEXICO LEAD

Thierry Neuville was fastest in both runs through Thursday night’s spectacular underground speed tests to snatch an early lead in Rally Guanajuato Mexico. Tens of thousands of passionate fans filled historic Guanajuato’s colourful streets to watch the Belgian open a 1.1sec advantage over FIA World Rally Championship leader Elfyn Evans after a double run through […]

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Bentley wins Rally the Globe East African adventure

Rally the Globe’s spectacular Southern Cross Safari delivered not only an epic 2,000-mile (3,600km) driving adventure through East Africa but also a surprise, last-gasp winner. It was also a further endorsement of Rally the Globe’s reputation as the premier club in the successful delivery of such impressive competitive driving escapades reserved for revered cars from […]

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New team line-ups and rising stars set for Rally Mexico challenge

The challenging icy roads of Monte-Carlo and the not-so-snowy forest trails of Sweden will be a far cry from the baking hot and dusty gravel tracks of this weekend’s Rally Mexico, as the World Rally Championship resumes in León with the third round of the series, starting on Thursday. The 17th running of the only North […]

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MEEKE MAKING RALLY COMEBACK, WITH A MAZDA 2 AP4 IN THE NZRC

Kris Meeke who was dropped by Toyota Gazoo Racing for 2020 will make his rally comeback with an entry in the New Zealand Rally Championship. Meeke and co-driver Sebastian Marshall are entering in the International Rally of Whangarei which is set to run 8 to 10 May with a Mazda 2 AP4 built by Andrew Hawkeswood and Force Motorsports. The team […]

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WRC – 2020 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP RALLY MEXICO – PREVIEW

The FIA World Rally Championship will leave the European winter behind for the heat of Rally Mexico (12-15 March), round three of the 2020 season and the first true gravel event of the year. With temperatures that can top 30°C, Rally Mexico also features the highest point of the season at 2727 metres above sea […]

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RAWAHI BEGINS TITLE DEFENCE IN STYLE

The participation and the experience gained at the Oman International Rally, the first round of the 2020 FIA Middle East Rally Championship, in Muscat last month, stood in good stead for Oman’s talented rally drivers – Abdullah al Rawahi and Abdullah al Zubair – during the first round of the 2020 Jordan National Rally that […]

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TARGETING NEW HEIGHTS

M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s Esapekka Lappi, Teemu Suninen and Gus Greensmith will be targeting new heights when the FIA World Rally Championship turns to gravel at next week’s Rally Mexico. The EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC has a strong track record at this breath-taking event – never finishing shy of the podium – and the […]

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WRC heads to Rally Mexico for Round 3

The FIA World Rally Championship will leave the European winter behind for the heat of Rally Mexico (12-15 March), round three of the 2020 season and the first true gravel event of the year. With temperatures that can top 30°C, Rally Mexico also features the highest point of the season at 2727 metres above sea […]

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FIA clears Kenya to stage Safari Rally, a part of World and Africa Rally C’ship

 Kenya has got the nod from Federation Internationale de Automobile (FIA) to use the Safari Rally as a combined event serving both the World and African Rally Championship. This year’s Safari rally is due to be held on July 16-19 in Nairobi and Naivasha areas and will serve as the seventh leg of the World […]

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Petter Solberg will drive an ex-Richard Burns Subaru at Goodwood

Norwegian rally ace Petter Solberg will top the field for the Rally Sprint running at this year’s Goodwood Members’ Meeting at the wheel of Richard Burns’ 2000 Rally GB-winning Subaru Impreza. Solberg, the 2003 World Rally champion and two-time World Rallycross champion, will go up against other stars including Emanuele Pirro (Ferrari 308 GTB), five-time […]

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Customer feedback makes the Polo GTI R5 even better

  Polo GTI R5 customer racing car enjoys rally success around the world Feedback from customer outings all over the world is incorporated in technical fine tuning Production of the Polo GTI R5 stepped up to meet sustained high demand Fine tuning for the car with the winning touch: Volkswagen Motorsport is optimising the Polo […]

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KAJETANOWICZ TO CHASE DOWN THE WRC3 TITLE WITH A NEW FABIA R5 EVO

Polish rally star Kajetan Kajetanowicz and his co-driver Maciej Szczepaniak will begin their 2020 season with a new Škoda Fabia R5 Evo in the WRC3 class. His first race will be at Rally Mexico where he will make his event debut. LOTOS Rally Team will sponsor the car with support from the Spanish company RaceSeven. “I am happy that we […]

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Winning start for Hyundai to new season in Paraguay

Hyundai Paraguay supported driver Diego Dominguez made a strong start to his campaign in the national championship, as he took overall victory on the Rally de Santini (February 28-March 1). Dominguez was third at the end of the opening day of stages. Four consecutive top times to start Saturday’s running moved him up to second […]

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WRC driver Kris Meeke to tackle International Rally of Whangarei

Meeke will compete in New Zealand for the first time, on roads made famous in the local round of the World Rally Championship through the late 1990s and early 2000s. He will be joined by regular British based co-driver Sebastien Marshall. Until this season, Meeke has been a regular in the World Rally Championship, twice […]

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KEN BLOCK TO ENTER HIS ‘COSSIE V2’ TO RALLY MEXICO

Rally driver, rallycross driver, X-Games medal winner and YouTube star Ken Block will be entering his Ford Escort RS Cosworth to Rally Mexico alongside his co-driver Alex Gelsomino. Block will enter the car that was once was part of the FIA World Rally Championship back in the early 90s in an open category, along with other cars that regularly […]

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2020 RALLY ESTONIA, THE OFFICIAL WRC PROMOTIONAL EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Rally Estonia, which last year became the official promotional event of FIA World Rally Championship after being dropped out from the FIA European Rally Championship, has been cancelled for this year. The rally which is organized in Southern Estonia had gathered international names for the event July, a couple of weeks before the Finnish round […]

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VILLAGRA LOOKING TO MAKE WRC COMEBACK AT ARGENTINA IN A YARIS WRC

Argentine rally enthusiast Federico Villagra is getting ready for a new WRC adventure this year; from 2007 to 2011, Villagra drove for Munchi’s Ford WRT in a Ford Focus WRC built by M-Sport. Now he is aiming for a wildcard start at his home-round in Argentina when the FIA World Rally Championship series comes to visit […]

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DANI SORDO IS BACK IN THE HYUNDAI I20 WRC FOR RALLY MEXICO

Hyundai Motorsport has selected Dani Sordo to be the third driver in a Hyundai i20 WRC at Rally Mexico to help score points in the manufacturers’ championship, the rally where the Spanish driver finished second in 2018. Sordo is the third driver this season to take a seat in the third car and will be competing […]

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BOTTERIL HANGS ON TO SECURE MAXIMUM ARC POINTS IN IVORY COAST

South Africa’s Guy Botteril and Simon Vacy-Lyle launched their bid for the 2020 Africa rally championship title at the Rallye Bandama in Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast last weekend but had to hang on for maximum points. The South African champions suffered a setback when their Toyota Etios was unable to cross to Abidjan on time for […]

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Al Rawahi to Defend His Title in Jordan’s National Rally

Omani young rally champion Abdullah Al Rawahi, the reigning Jordan National rally champion, will defend his title when he participates in the first round of the championship this year. The championship, which will be held on March 6, will witness the contestant Abdullah Al Zubair enter the competitions of the Jordan National Rally for the […]