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‘FIGHTING AGAINST YOUR CLOSEST ALLY’ – TOYOTA’S SHOWDOWN

WORDS BY COLIN CLARK & LUKE BARRY Elfyn Evans says he and Toyota team-mate Sébastien Ogier are “looking forward to competing against each other” for the World Rally Championship title on Monza Rally next month. Ogier and Evans have always enjoyed a good relationship, first linking up as team-mates back in 2017 at M-Sport, when […]

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HUNGARY BEHIND BREEN AS TEAM MRF TYRES’ DRIVER TARGETS STRONG ERC FINALE –

Craig Breen starts Rally Islas Canaris this afternoon determined to move on from his Rally Hungary retirement, which cost him a potential first ERC podium of the season earlier this month. Breen, who is heading up MRF Tyres’ development programme in the FIA European Rally Championship alongside co-driver Paul Nagle, was in second place when […]

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TESTING UNDER WAY FOR THRILLING WRC FINALE

Preparations for next week’s exciting FIA World Rally Championship title decider at ACI Rally Monza (3 – 6 December) have stepped up a gear with teams arriving in northern Italy to complete their pre-event tests. Hyundai Motorsport and Toyota Gazoo Racing have elected to test on roads similar to the mountain special stages which will […]

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Ogier puts off retirement with new Toyota deal

By DANIEL HERRERO Sebastien Ogier has extended his glittering World Rally Championship career by inking a new contract with Toyota. The six-time world champion had stated his intention to retire after the 2020 season but has now signed on for another year with the Japanese marque. Key to Ogier’s decision is the fact that the current […]

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Dani Sordo completes Hyundai’s lineup at the Monza Rally

by Explica.co Hyundai Motorsport has chosen Dani Sordo to close its driver line-up for the Monza Rally, last round of the 2020 WRC season. After achieving a brilliant triumph at the last Rally Italia-Sardinia, the South Korean firm has decided to rely on the talent of the Cantabrian driver on asphalt to compete in the last […]

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M-Sport Announces Groundbreaking New Ford Fiesta Rally3 Racer

by Brett Foote | Ford Authority News M-Sport, which runs Ford’s World Rally Champion (WRC) team, has announced a brand new mid-range racer designed to cater to pro drivers and high-level amateur racers – the Fiesta Rally3. The groundbreaking Ford Fiesta racer is designed to be a stepping stone of sorts between two- and four-wheel-drive cars, […]

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WRC celebrates 25 years since McRae’s historic world title

Twenty-five years ago this Sunday (22 November), Colin McRae climbed out of his iconic blue Subaru Impreza to wild adoration as he became the youngest ever world rally champion. Massive crowds celebrated at Chester Racecourse with McRae, co-driver Derek Ringer and their Prodrive team after victory at Britain’s RAC Rally sealed the crown. McRae was […]

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Kubica turned down world rally offer

Story by: Andrew Maitland | grandpx.news Robert Kubica has revealed that he turned down an offer to make a guest appearance in a forthcoming round of the world rally championship. The Pole, who turned to rallying full-time amid his recovery from a near-fatal crash some decade ago, told Eleven Sports he could not do the […]

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RALLY ISLAS CANARIAS UP NEXT IN ERC

Following on from an action-packed Rally Hungary, the FIA European Rally Championship heads next to Las Palmas in Gran Canaria for Rally Islas Canarias from November 26-28. Ever-present on the ERC schedule since 2016, the event’s stages climb and descend at a frequent rate. Drivers pay close attention to corner speed and lines to ensure […]

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Hyundai Motorsport: Marking our WRC title anniversary

By: Hyundai Motorsort One year on from our manufacturers’ win How time flies! On November 12, 2020, our team celebrated the one-year anniversary of our first manufacturers’ title in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). “It is important to commemorate and reflect on achievements,” explained our Team Principal Andrea. “When we were in Australia twelve […]

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MONZA ORGANISERS DETAIL WRC FINALE SCHEDULE

Classic circuit corners including Parabolica and Lesmo, steeply banked curves, tricky gravel sections and a day in the foothills of the Italian Alps are among the highlights of next month’s ACI Rally Monza. Organisers have announced 16 stages for the final round of the FIA World Rally Championship on 3 – 6 December. Three days […]

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Toyota Adds Katsuta to Rally Monza Lineup

By Pontus Lindroos Takamoto Katsuta will get another opportunity with Toyota Gazoo Racing in the final round of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship aboard the team’s fourth Yaris WRC. Katsuta will return to the team alongside current championship leader Elfyn Evans, second in the standings Sébastien Ogier and Kalle Rovanperä for the final round of the year. The 27 years old is part of Toyota’s WRC […]

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Rally to accelerate socio-economic development in the eMakhazeni region

The countdown to the 2020 TRACN4 National Rally has officially begun, with only 17 days left until this exhilarating motorsport event roars around the charming Mpumalanga town of Dullstroom. Sponsors, co-sponsors, organisers and participating teams are preparing for the thrilling affair, which will see some of the country’s top rally teams in action. This will […]

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Rally Hungary: ŠKODA privateer Andreas Mikkelsen wins Rally Hungary – Oliver Solberg finishes fourth

 They came, saw and won: Andreas Mikkelsen and co-driver Ola Fløene made a successful return to competition. Driving a Topp Cars Rally Team entered ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, the Norwegian crew took victory at Rally Hungary, fourth round of the FIA European Rally Championship. ŠKODA Motorsport supported Oliver Solberg (SWE) and co-driver Aaron Johnston (IRL) […]

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FIA ERC RALLY ISLAS CANARIAS DECIDER SET FOR NEW NOVEMBER DATE

The 2020 FIA European Rally Championship will be decided one week earlier than had been planned after it was announced that Rally Islas Canarias will be brought forward to 26-28 November, subject to FIA ratification. Having been postponed from its original date of 7-9 May in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Tarmac-only event, which […]

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Hyundai and Hayden Paddon reveal all-electric rally machine

By Nile Bijoux Hyundai has debuted a rather epic piece of kit today – a Kona-based pure-electric rally car. The 400kW-plus rally monster has been developed alongside local boy Hayden Paddon over 18 months in Cromwell. Around 80 per cent of the car was designed in-house in terms of chassis design, engineering, aerodynamics, suspension, steering, cooling and […]

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Rally driving World champion Ott Tänak doubts whether the World Rally Championship can be run next year: “If the situation continues the same, we will not run from the 2021 World Championships in the season”

 by Bhavi Mandalia Thierry Neuville could win this season’s stub championship if he wins the season finale in December. Rally world champion Ott Tänak is concerned about the future of the World Championships in the sport. According to the Estonian, the organizers of the World Rally Championship have no guarantees that the competitions can be held safely in the […]

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WRC – BELGIUM’S YPRES RALLY OFF AS CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS RISE

Next month’s Renties Ypres Rally Belgium (19-22 November) has been cancelled due to surging COVID-19 figures across the country. Belgium was due to host the FIA World Rally Championship for the first time but directions from regional government mean organiser Club Superstage was forced to halt the season’s penultimate round this afternoon. Rising Coronavirus figures […]

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STAR-STUDDED LINE-UP FOR ERC RALLY HUNGARY

BY ERC More of Europe’s top drivers than ever before are gearing up to chase success in the all-action FIA European Rally Championship when Rally Hungary takes place next weekend (November 6-8). Featuring a standout line-up of 33 top-of-the-range Rally2 cars, the Rally Hungary entry list is topped by current title pacesetter Alexey Lukyanuk, followed […]

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NEW-LOOK FOR MORE NORTHERLY RALLY SWEDEN

wrc.com Next season’s Rally Sweden (11 – 14 February) will be the most northerly for years in a move to secure perfect conditions for the WRC’s only pure winter fixture. Although the second round of the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship remains based in Torsby, a raft of new snow-safe speed tests have been introduced […]

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Kenya: Safari Rally to Inject Billions Into Kenyan Economy, Says Amina

The Nation (Nairobi) By Philip Onyango Kenya will reap handsome rewards from the Safari Rally’s return to the World Rally Championship (WRC) circuit with an estimated Sh6 billion expected to be injected into the country’s economy, Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has said. The Safari was to return to the WRC series this year after […]

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TRACN4 National Rally races into Dullstroom

Dullstroom will come alive with the sound of revving engines when the country’s top rally drivers head to this renowned Mpumalanga tourist town in November, for the 2020 TRACN4 National Rally. This is the second consecutive year that TRAC is sponsoring a round of the South African Rally Championship series, with this year’s last two […]

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MATTON: NO CHANGES AHEAD FOR WRC RUNNING ORDER RULES

While the running order debate might have raged once again in Sardinia earlier this month during Rally Italy, it’s not a particularly hot topic in the corridors of power. Despite Sébastien Ogier labelling the World Rally Championship as amateur, the overwhelming feeling is that nothing will change for next season. Asked if he’d had the teams […]

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OGIER REMAINS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT TITLE BID

Sébastien Ogier remains upbeat about his chances of lifting his seventh FIA World Rally Championship crown this season, despite facing a 14-point deficit to Toyota team-mate Elfyn Evans. Ogier has spent longer on the podium than Evans this year, but the Welshman is the only driver to have won twice in 2020. Ogier’s retirement from […]

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Hyundai Motorsport Fined After Rally Fafe Infringement

Hyundai Motorsport have yet again been fined – this time as part of the FIA European Rally Championship – at Rally Fafe Montelongo where the decision regarding the October 4 event has only now been completed. The controversy this time regarded the upholstery in the sides of the doors during a routine examination of Ivan Ares Hyundai i20 R5. The upholstery did […]

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New Hyundai i20 N Rally2 breaks cover

Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing has revealed the i20 N Rally2, the new rally car designed for privateer teams and drivers in international, national and regional rally series. It is based on the brand new i20 N road car, which itself includes many elements inspired by the world of motorsport as part of the Hyundai N’s […]

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OGIER, EVANS ENTER BELGIAN RALLY AS YPRES WARM UP

THE TOYOTA STARS WILL TACKLE THE HEMICUDA RALLY Toyota Gazoo Racing drivers Sébastien Ogier and World Rally Championship points leader Elfyn Evans have both been entered into the Hemicuda Rally in Belgium as preparation for Ypres Rally next month.   Ypres is a brand new event to the WRC and neither six-time champion nor Evans […]

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SHORT AND MAYBE NOT SO SWEET..

This weekend will see (because spectators won’t) the third and fourth legs of the 2020 South African Rally Championship.  The NTT Toyota Rally will take place in the Delmas area on Friday 16th October when the third – and Saturday 17th October when the fourth leg of the 2020 championship will be decided. On Friday […]

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Opinion: Mäkinen has the Midas touch in WRC

As Toyota brings its World Rally Championship effort in-house, what does the future hold for Tommi?  Published in Autorcar It’s easy to spot the people who have really successful careers – because they then tend to go and do something different equally well. Look at Tommi Mäkinen. It might have seemed improbable for a farmer […]

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Contracted SA National Rally Championship continues in Delmas

The contracted Covid-19 SA National Rally Championship  continues in Delmas tomorrow when rounds three and four, the Toyota NTT Delmas Rallies, will be held. Round three that starts at NTT Toyota in Delmas tomorrow morning has attracted seventeen entries of which only fifteen will compete in the national championship series. Round four, that will be […]

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2020 FIA JUNIOR WRC CHAMPIONSHIP TO CONCLUDE IN BELGIUM

The final round of the 2020 FIA Junior WRC Championship will be held on the flat-out asphalt roads of Renties Ypres Rally Belgium from November 19-22, which is scheduled as the final round of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship. The Belgian classic, which has been running for 55 years, is expected to provide the […]

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Ypres Rally Belgium (WRC) – NEW DATE 19-22 Nov 20

Hyundai Motorsport has revealed its crew line-up for the seventh round of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Ypres Rally Belgium, with Craig Breen joining regular drivers Thierry Neuville and Ott Tänak. Breen will also compete in two local rallies in the build-up to the event, the first-ever WRC round to be held in […]

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TGRSA’S BOTTERILL/VACY-LYLE PRIMED FOR ACTION AT DOUBLE-HEADER IN DELMAS

The South African National Rally Championship (NRC) continues with a second double-header on the trot, this time taking place in the Mpumalanga town of Delmas. With two wins under their belt after the opening rounds, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing SA’s Guy Botterill and navigator Simon Vacy-Lyle will be aiming to extend their lead in the delayed […]

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ROSSI KEEN TO CONTEST WRC FINALE AS MONZA JOINS CALENDAR

Valentino Rossi could return to World Rally Championship action following a 12-year hiatus after the series added the Monza Rally to its schedule for 2020. The WRC has – like the rest of the motorsport world – had to piece together an impromptu 2020 calendar amid the coronavirus pandemic. “I know about Monza – a […]