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Flying Finn Rovanpera Claims the Championship Lead in the Toyota Yaris WRC

Kalle Rovanpera has become the youngest ever driver to lead the FIA World Rally Championship standings after finishing in a strong second place on home ground at Arctic Rally Finland, securing the position with the fastest time on the rally-ending Power Stage in his Toyota Yaris WRC. Twenty-year-old Rovanpera and his co-driver Jonne Halttunen were […]

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WRC – TÄNAK WINS ARCTIC RALLY, ROVANPERÄ IS THE NEW WRC LEADER

  Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja scored their 14th FIA World Rally Championship triumph with a dominant victory on the first Arctic Rally Finland, which reached a thrilling climax south of event base in Rovaniemi earlier today. Driving a Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, the Estonians led from the start and were exceptional throughout on the […]

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SUBLIME TÄNAK WINS ARCTIC RALLY FINLAND

Ott Tänak sealed a dominant start-to-finish victory at Arctic Rally Finland Powered by CapitalBox on Sunday afternoon. The Estonian built a comfortable lead in Lapland’s frozen forests in the first two days and made no mistakes in the final leg to win the FIA World Rally Championship’s second round by 17.5sec in a Hyundai i20. […]

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WRC: Arctic Rally

DAY TWO COMPLETE: HERE’S A RECAP Ogier off Day 2 is complete here at Arctic Rally Finland Powered by CapitalBox. Ott Tänak claimed three stage wins during the day to extend his lead to 24.1sec. Kalle Rovanperä was third, with a hard-charging Thierry Neuville just 1.8sec further back. Sébastien Ogier hit trouble on the final […]

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TÄNAK PRESERVES FIRM GRIP ON ARCTIC LEAD

Ott Tänak retained his stranglehold on Arctic Rally Finland Powered by CapitalBox by winning two of Saturday morning’s three speed tests to stretch his overnight lead. In perfect winter conditions, the Estonian won the opening 24.43km Mustalampi and the closing 27.68km Siikakämä in his Hyundai i20. He arrived at mid-leg service in Rovaniemi with a […]

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OBITUARY: HANNU MIKKOLA

Hannu Mikkola, the 1983 world champion and one of Finland’s great rally names has died. He was 78. After making his name driving a series of Ford Escorts, Mikkola was at the forefront of the four-wheel drive revolution in world rallying and claimed the title in an Audi Quattro – the first for an all-wheel […]

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MASTERFUL TÄNAK TAKES CHARGE IN ARCTIC’S WINTER WONDERLAND

Ott Tänak threw down the gauntlet in Lapland’s frozen forests by winning the opening two speed tests to build a dominant lead at Arctic Rally Finland Powered by CapitalBox on Friday night. The Estonian was the class of the field in the first of three days of Arctic action. He was fastest in the first […]

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TÄNAK TOPS TIMES IN ARCTIC SHAKEDOWN

Ott Tänak set the fastest time in shakedown at Arctic Rally Finland Powered by CapitalBox on Thursday morning. Ott Tanak In perfect winter conditions, the Estonian was quickest through the 5.69km Vennivaara test, close to the rally base of Rovaniemi, by 0.7sec from Hyundai i20 team-mate Thierry Neuville. Takamoto Katsuta and Pierre Louis Loubet tied […]

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WRC breaks new ground in the Arctic’s frozen Finnish forests

  The FIA World Rally Championship journeys to the Arctic Circle for the first time this week boosted by one of the strongest frontline entries in recent years. Never in its 49-year history has the series ventured as far north and Arctic Rally Finland Powered by CapitalBox (26 – 28 February) has 13 World Rally […]

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2021 Malachite Rally: Remennik and Danilova are the overall winners!

Media release: autosportmedia.ru (unedited)   Yesterday, on a holiday dedicated to brave men, the Malachite Rally finished in the Chelyabinsk region; Sergei Remennik and Marina Danilova in Oreca Suzuki Swift R4 became the winners in the overall standings! 2021 Malachite Rally was held on 22-23 February* on the three-dimensional high-speed roads near Kyshtym and Novogorny towns, that […]

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Subaru takes 1-2 finish at Sno*Drift to open 2021 rally season

Subaru Motorsports USA opened the 2021 rally season with a 1-2 finish at Michigan’s Sno*Drift Rally, the lone winter event on the American Rally Association (ARA) calendar. Drivers Travis Pastrana and Brandon Semenuk swept all twelve of the event’s stages, with Pastrana and co-driver Rhianon Gelsomino taking nine stage wins and leading wire-to-wire for a […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO Racing heads to Artic Rally Finland search of further snow success

After making a near-perfect start to the 2021 season on Rallye Monte-Carlo last month, the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team will target another strong result on Arctic Rally Finland on 26-28 February. Making its debut in the FIA World Rally Championship, the event takes the place of the cancelled Rally Sweden as the season’s […]

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COULD VALENTINO ROSSI HAVE BEEN A WRC CHAMPION?

WORDS BY DAVID EVANS HE’S DOMINATED MONZA, AND SOME SAID ROSSI COULD’VE BEEN A 2020 WRC WINNER, BUT WHAT IF RALLYING HAD BEEN HIS CAREER FOCUS? It was Valentino Rossi’s 42nd birthday on Tuesday, and he’s celebrating by launching his VR46 team’s move into MotoGP for 2021. Everyone knows he’s dabbled in rallying alongside his motorcycling […]

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HOW TO MASTER THE TOUGHEST WINTER RALLY IN AMERICA

PHOTOGRAPHY BY SUBARU OF AMERICA WORDS BY LUKE BARRY   STRIKING THE RIGHT BALANCE BETWEEN ATTACK AND CAUTION KEY TO BEING FAST ON ARA’S SEASON OPENER SAYS MULTIPLE WINNER HIGGINS No rally in existence can be considered anything but a challenge, but the Sno*Drift Rally is certainly one of the toughest events, not just in the […]

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ARCTIC RALLY FINLAND: ENTRY LIST

Thirteen World Rally Cars feature in a high-quality 56-car entry for Arctic Rally Finland Powered by CapitalBox (26 – 28 February) released on Friday. The second round of the FIA World Rally Championship also boasts big numbers in the support categories, with a combined total of 33 WRC2 and WRC3 competitors lining up for the […]

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SOLBERG WRC DRIVE WILL HELP TO “WAKE UP” HYUNDAI

PHOTOGRAPHY BY HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT WORDS BY LUKE BARRY AND COLIN CLARK   ANDREA ADAMO SAYS HIS CHOICE OF DRIVERS FOR THE ARCTIC RALLY IS A REACTION TO A DISAPPOINTING MONTE CARLO RALLY Hyundai Motorsport team principal Andrea Adamo has told DirtFish that Oliver Solberg’s promotion to a WRC-spec i20 on the upcoming Arctic Rally Finland will help “wake […]

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MIKKELSEN AND FLØENE’S BATTLE AGAINST THE SCALES

Andreas Mikkelsen and co-driver Ola Fløene are counting the kilos ahead of next week’s Arctic Rally Finland Powered by CapitalBox (26 – 28 February). The pair want to lose some weight ahead of the second round of the FIA World Rally Championship and have spiced up their efforts with a little friendly rivalry. Not content […]

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Tänak wins Otepää Winter Rally

ERR Ott Tänak – Martin Järveoja (Hyundai). Source: Hyundai Motorsport Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja won all eight special stages of the Otepää Winter Rally on Saturday. The Estonian pair’s lead over Hyundai teammate Thierry Neuville grew to 33.4 seconds by the end of the rally. Georg Gross – Raigo Mõlder who also brought a WRC car […]

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NEW MANUFACTURER COULD JOIN WRC’S HYBRID ERA AFTER 2022

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAANUS REE / RED BULL CONTENT POOL WORDS BY DAVID EVANS, DIRTFISH SENIOR STAFF WRITER FIA RALLY DIRECTOR YVES MATTON SAYS RALLY1 REGULATIONS MAY ATTRACT ANOTHER MANUFACTURER TEAM BUT NOT UNTIL 2023 FIA rally director Yves Matton has confirmed the potential for another manufacturer joining the World Rally Championship during the upcoming hybrid generation […]

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HYUNDAI HYBRID WORK WAITING ON BOARD GREEN LIGHT – ADAMO

PHOTOGRAPHY BY HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT WORDS BY DAVID EVANS, DIRTFISH SENIOR STAFF WRITER While M-Sport Ford and Toyota engage in the race to run their 2022 Rally1 cars, Hyundai Motorsport has yet to start work on its all-new hybrid motor for next season. In a month when its rivals are expected to start testing cars running to some of […]

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Tänak and Neuville to participate in Otepää Winter Rally

ERR, ERR News After a five-year long absence, the Otepää Winter Rally is back with the organisatory team announcing on Thursday that Hyunday World Rally Championship (WRC) drivers Thierry Neuville and Estonian driver Ott Tänak have been added to the entry list. The rally’s return was announced last Thursday and will take place on February 13, the […]

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Solberg steps up in the snow

Rising star to make WRC debut at Arctic Rally Finland Swedish youngster Oliver Solberg will make his first WRC appearance at the forthcoming Arctic Rally Finland, competing in an i20 Coupe WRC run by 2C Compétition. Oliver was previously announced as one our WRC 2 drivers for the 2021 season, and the 19-year-old will take […]

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WHO HAS ARCTIC’S SNOW AND ICE EXPERTISE?

Which frontline WRC driver starts Arctic Rally Finland (26 – 28 February) with the most experience of Lapland’s frozen forests and on the back of a career-best result? While Sébastien Ogier rightly took the plaudits for his record-breaking Rallye Monte-Carlo victory, Toyota Yaris team-mate Takamoto Katsuta left the French Alps having bagged sixth place in […]

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JUNIOR HOTSHOTS CHASE NEW PRIZE PACKAGE

This year’s FIA Junior WRC champion can choose between driving a Ford Fiesta Rally2 or the Rally3 version next season in an exciting new-look prize package. The long-standing top prize of the keys to a brand-new M-Sport Ford Fiesta Rally2, 200 Pirelli tyres, free registration for the 2022 WRC3 and free entries for five WRC […]

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Huge blow as Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Rally 2021 is postponed

By Eddie Nsabimana Rwanda Automobile Club (RAC) has postponed the second round of the 2021 Africa Rally Championship that was scheduled in Rwanda from March 20-21. This year’s Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Rally race was suspended in a bid to prevent the Covid-19 pandemic. / Sam Ngendahimana. The decision, according to the motorsport governing body, follows […]

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WRC crews told to pack survival kits as Arctic Rally route revealed

by Ryan Wood  The route for the second round of the FIA World Rally Championship, Arctic Rally Finland, has been revealed and will be made up of ten stages covering 251.08km. The event, which will be based in Rovaniemi on the fringe of the Article Circle, was slotted into the 2021 WRC schedule at the last […]

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AL-ATTIYAH CRUISES TO RECORD-BREAKING 15TH WIN IN QATAR RALLY

Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah continued to rewrite his own history by securing a comfortable victory in the Qatar International Rally on Saturday. The Qatari and French co-driver Matthieu Baumel managed the pace perfectly over the closing stages and guided their Autotek Motorsport Volkswagen Polo GTi R5 to a winning margin of 1min 48.4sec over Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari and […]

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Tanak won’t appeal ‘harsh’ suspended WRC ban

by Ryan Wood Ott Tanak says he won’t appeal a suspended WRC ban, despite claiming it was a “harsh” penalty considering how the stewards handled other infractions during the Rallye Monte Carlo weekend. Tanak suffered two punctures on the Saturday of the opening World Rally Championship round, meaning that with just one spare, he was forced […]

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QATAR INTERNATIONAL RALLY STARTS ON FRIDAY EVENING AT KATARA

The 2021 Qatar International Rally roars into life at Katara on Friday evening. The ceremonial start podium will be held at 20.15hrs and teams will then tackle two runs and two laps of a purpose-built super special stage from 21.30hrs. Then, ahead of an impressive field of drivers and co-drivers from 12 nations are two […]

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BOTTAS: “THEY ARE GOING TO LOVE THIS PLACE”

Nine-time F1 Grand Prix winner Valtteri Bottas has a simple message for the WRC drivers, ahead of next month’s inaugural Arctic Rally Finland, powered by CapitalBox. The 31-year-old Mercedes-AMG Petronas driver was recently in Rovaniemi – the same location for next month’s Arctic Rally Finland – to participate in the Arctic Rally Lapland, finishing sixth […]

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HOW THE WRC PULLED OFF MONTE 2021 AGAINST THE ODDS

EUROPE WAS LOCKING DOWN AS THE MONTE CARLO RALLY APPROACHED BUT IT MANAGED TO RUN WITH NO CREWS LOST WORDS BY DAVID EVANS, DIRTFISH SENIOR STAFF WRITER Amonth out it wasn’t looking good. A fortnight away and it couldn’t happen, could it? A week away and still, nobody was completely sure the Monte Carlo Rally would […]

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WHAT’S THE RULE THAT TÄNAK BROKE?

DIRTFISH EXAMINES THE PRECEDENTS THAT PROMPTED THE RULE, OTHER RECENT EXAMPLES, AND ASKS IF A SUSPENDED BAN WAS FAIR PHOTOGRAPHY BY HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT WORDS BY DIRTFISH MEDIA Ott Tänak’s suspended one-round ban from the 2021 World Rally Championship sparked plenty of debate across social media. There was an overwhelming feeling that this was incredibly unjust; that the […]

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OGIER CLOSES ON RECORD MONTE-CARLO WIN

Sébastien Ogier took a huge step towards securing a historic eighth Rallye Monte-Carlo win on Saturday after recapturing the lead to head a clean sweep of the podium places for Toyota Gazoo Racing. After losing top spot due to a flat tyre yesterday afternoon, Ogier regained the initiative from Elfyn Evans with a stunning drive […]

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LEADER EVANS UNDER ATTACK FROM MONTE MASTER OGIER

Elfyn Evans led Rallye Monte-Carlo after Friday’s second leg – but the Welshman was under severe pressure from angry world champion Sébastien Ogier.Evans held a 7.4sec advantage over his Toyota Yaris team-mate, but Ogier is looming large in Evans’ rear mirror after a stunning recovery from a puncture which cost him the lead. With the […]

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Ocon’s appetite whetted for more “amazing” experiences after Monte-Carlo Rally debut

Esteban Ocon has described his rally debut as “an amazing experience” he hopes to repeat in the future On his first official outing as an Alpine F1 driver, the Frenchman drove the A110S sports car, sporting his 31 race number, across the first two stages of the Rallye Monte-Carlo. Starting 70 minutes before the official […]

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OGIER LEADS MONTE-CARLO AFTER CLEAN SWEEP

Sébastien Ogier won all three Friday morning speed tests at Rallye Monte-Carlo to charge into the lead of this opening round of the FIA World Rally Championship. With the brake problem that hindered him yesterday resolved, the Frenchman was imperious through the mountain special stages west of Gap, returning to service with a 11.3sec advantage […]

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TÄNAK DOUBLE EARNS RALLYE MONTE-CARLO LEAD

Ott Tänak won Thursday afternoon’s opening two speed tests to claim the early lead at Rallye Monte-Carlo. The Estonian crashed heavily in the FIA World Rally Championship’s season-opener 12 months ago, but there were no mistakes today as he ended the short opening leg with a 3.3sec advantage over Kalle Rovanperä. Tänak, driving a Hyundai […]

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FROM TEAM-MATE TO TEAM BOSS: LATVALA CONFIDENT IN TOYOTA SQUAD

Toyota Gazoo Racing’s new team principal is more than confident in his drivers’ abilities to deliver the goods at this weekend’s WRC Rallye Monte-Carlo (21 – 24 January). The Latvala name is synonymous with rallying and understandably so. With an eye-watering 209 WRC starts to his name, Jari-Matti knows just what it takes to be […]