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All roads leads to Rome: Oliver Solberg set for ERC season opener

The youngest winner of an FIA European Rally Championship event will contest the opening round of the 2020 ERC, the world’s oldest international rally series, later this month. Oliver Solberg, who made history when he won the ERC-counting Rally Liepāja last season aged 17 years, eight months and three days, will make his debut on […]

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5th E-Rallye Monte-Carlo

21st Rallye Monte-Carlo ZENN / Zero Emission No Noise For this 2020 edition of the E-Rallye Monte-Carlo, the Organizing Committee of the Automobile Club de Monaco has decided to focus its event exceptionally around the Principality by proposing, despite the actual situation, a new route, in the Alpes-Maritimes and Var departments. The rally will be held […]

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WRC releases revised calendar

World Rally Championship’s revised calendar has been released.  FIA World Rally Championship organisers have released a revised, eight-round calendar for the current season. The campaign resumes in September with the world championship debut of Rally Estonia on the first weekend of September, followed by three more events in Europe and the finale in Japan. Rounds […]

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TÄNAK TAKES FIRST HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT WIN

Ott Tänak claimed his first victory in Hyundai colours in the Grossi Toidukaubad Viru Rally last weekend. Defending FIA World Rally champion Tänak, along with co-driver Martin Järveoja, won six of the seven stages on Saturday in their first appearance since the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic postponed rallying events around the world. They defeated Georg Gross, driving a Ford Fiesta WRC by almost two minutes […]

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Tänak: We have to learn to live in this new situation

The FIA World Rally Championship will continue with Rally Estonia on the first weekend of September. For the first time, reigning world champion Ott Tänak will get to start in a WRC series rally on familiar Estonian roads. Tänak told ERR after Viru Rally had concluded: “We have to be ready for it [WRC Rally […]

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M-SPORT FORD ENTERS RALLY DI ROMA CAPITALE

M-Sport Ford will enter a pair of cars for ‘Pedro’ and Adrien Fourmaux in the Rally di Roma Capitale next month. Taking place between 24-26 July, the rally will play host to the opening round of the FIA European Rally Championship and will be the first major rally after the COVID-19 pandemic. Home hero Massimo “Pedro” Pedretti will make […]

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LATVALA SETS SIGHTS ON 2022

The 35-year-old, the series’ most experienced driver, lost his Toyota Gazoo Racing seat at the end of last year, but remains hopeful of a full-time return to the championship when the hybrid cars arrive for the start of 2022. “I think these [2022] cars will suit my style of driving,” said Latvala. “They are likely […]

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Newcomer Estonia hosts 2020 WRC restart in September

Munich, 2 July 2020 – Estonia will host the FIA World Rally Championship for the first time in September when the 2020 series restarts following an enforced break due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Rally Estonia (4 – 6 September) joins the fixture list after running as a WRC Promotional Event in 2019. The country will become […]

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SKODA Motorsport operates again at full swing

After the corona break, ŠKODA Motorsport is now operating at a full swing again. The 353rd Rally FABIA was delivered to a customer just before the weekend, when on the MOGUL Test-Rally in Sosnová the motorsport competition was restarted. ŠKODA privateer Petr Semerád (CZE), who also is the e-game ambassador for the Czech brand, proved […]

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Paddon says Rally NZ isn’t lost yet

New Zealand’s most successful rally driver, Hayden Paddon, says New Zealand is better prepared than Australia to host a World Rally Championship event next season. New Zealand was to host a round of the World Rally Championship (WRC) in Auckland in September after seven years in the WRC wilderness. However, Covid-19 lead to the cancellation of the […]

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Opinion: is the WRC suffering stage fright?

by Autocar 19 June 2020 World Rally Championship events are dropping like flies. Just after we said farewell to the Safari Rally, Finland, New Zealand and Wales Rally GB also announced that they would be giving 2020 a miss. New Zealand, in all honesty, wasn’t a big surprise, given the logistical and financial difficulty of […]

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Australia back on draft 2021 WRC calendar

Australia has been restored to the World Rally Championship on the draft calendar released for the 2021 season. Rally Australia dropped off the tour this year although Chairman Andrew Papadopoulos had foreshadowed that it would return in the following season under a renewed rotation policy. That has indeed come to pass, at least provisionally, with […]

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Todt: Postponed WRC events could be restored to calendar

The World Rally Championship is weighing up several plans for a September return from its coronavirus shutdown, according to International Automobile Federation president Jean Todt. “The World Rally Championship is considering alternative scenarios with a restart in September, including the reinstatement of postponed events to ensure that we have the best possible opportunity to complete […]

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Renties Ypres Rally confirms its candidacy for the World Rally Championship from 1 to 4 October 2020

Negotiations are in full swing.” The Superstage Club, organiser of the Renties Ypres Rally, is in the middle of negotiations with the FIA and the promoter of the WRC to bring the World Rally Championship to Belgium for the first time in history. The decision will be taken shortly. The Covid-19 crisis led to the […]

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Latvia in talks to make late addition to WRC calendar

RA Events organises and promotes Rally Liepaja, a round of the European Rally Championship, which has been postponed this year until August 14-16. Following the latest cancellations of WRC rounds in Finland, New Zealand and Great Britain, due to issues surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, WRC Managing Director Oliver Ciesla confirmed recently that the series […]

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World Rally Championship aiming for September return

 The World Rally Championship (WRC) is weighing several plans for a September return from its coronavirus shutdown, the president of the International Automobile Federation (FIA), Jean Todt, said on Monday. “The World Rally Championship is considering alternative scenarios with a restart in September including the reinstatement of postponed events to ensure that we have the best possible opportunity to […]

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SORDO AND LOUBET TO ENTER A PAIR OF I20 WRC CARS AT ERC SEASON-OPENER

The FIA European Rally Championship season-opener is set to be held at the Italian round of Rally de Roma Capital on 24-26 July and the currently the event does not look like rally will be cancelled. The organisers together with the FIA ​​and the ERC promoter Eurosport, have worked out a strategy that makes it possible to run a […]

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Toyota decides against debuting GR Yaris in WRC next year

Toyota has decided against the introduction of the GR Yaris in the 2021 World Rally Championship season. The Japanese manufacturer had originally planned to retire the current Yaris model after the end of the current season and replace it with a new contender based on the GR Yaris road car that was officially unveiled at […]

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HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT GETS BACK INTO BUSINESS

Hyundai Motorsport has resumed operations at its Alzenau factory in Germany as the company responds to ever-evolving schedule changes caused by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 50% of its workforce still working from home but everyone has been keeping busy over the last few months and have now started to adapt to revised schedules in the FIA World Rally […]

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VW Polo GTI R5 first choice among rally fans in the virtual world too

On ice and snow at the Rally Monte Carlo, through the abrasive gravel in Greece, and over the biggest jumps in Finland: the “Solberg World Cup” combines the rallying’s biggest challenges in one virtual racing series on PC, Xbox and PlayStation 4. Launched by the 18 year old rally driver Oliver Solberg, the championship has […]

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FIA boss Todt says Safari will add zest to 2021 WRC calendar

Todt happy with Safari reinstatement in the WRCFIA president Jean Todt believes the reinstatement of Safari Rally Kenya to the World Rally Championship (WRC) will add the much-needed a zest that has been missing over the years. The nature of Safari, organised by the WRC Safari Rally Project, which is a joint venture between the […]

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South Estonian Rally DirtFish to take place in August

Rally DirtFish, originally scheduled for the last weekend of July, will now be taking place two weeks later on August 7-8 in Otepää. Rally organizers said that the decision for the delay is to allow foreign drivers and teams better opportunities for travel after WRC Rally Finland was canceled on Monday. “We are deeply saddened […]

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RALLY DIRTFISH REVEALED, TÄNAK TO COMPETE “IN SOMETHING INTERESTING”

A new rally in Estonia will take place on July 24-25, supported by DirtFish, and will feature defending FIA World Rally Champion Ott Tänak. After initial details of the rally were revealed last week, the new event, which is the first major rally planned since the COVID-19 pandemic in March, has been named Rally DirtFish and will be based in […]

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Neuville suffers nasty crash in private Hyundai test

Earlier in A Thierry Neuvulle suffered a nasty crash in his first test outing since the World Rally Championship season was suspended after Rally Mexico in March. In April, the FIA had outlawed manufacturers from conducting any testing until May 30 to prevent competitors from gaining an unfair advantage during the coronavirus outbreak. However, with […]

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OGIER CONSIDERS REVERSING HIS RETIREMENT DECISION

Sebastien Ogier is in discussions with Toyota Gazoo Racing to shelve plans of a retirement and continue in the FIA World Rally Championship in 2021. Since last year, Ogier has made clear that 2020 would be his final season in the sport but due to the coronavirus and what will be a very different season for the WRC, he may change […]

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2020 African Rally Championship finally cancelled

The decision was reached after the championship could not make the required percentage for a championship to be deemed completed. Only one round; Rallye Bandama in Cote d’Ivoire had been covered for this season and four rounds yet to be held. However, because of the coronavirus pandemic,  Kenya, Uganda withdrew from this year’s series. Zambia, […]

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Solberg triumphs at Rally Sweden Lockdown

Oliver Solberg won Rally Sweden Lockdown on Sunday afternoon by defeating cousin Pontus Tidemand in a two-leg final at Torsby. Eighteen-year-old Solberg, who was co-driven by mum Pernilla, outgunned Tidemand in both final runs over the 2.50km Torsby Sprint speed stage, made famous by the country’s FIA World Rally Championship fixture. Driving a Volkswagen Polo GTI, […]

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RALLY SWEDEN TO HOST ONE-OFF LOCKDOWN RALLY

This weekend on Sunday 7 June, a selection of FIA World Rally Championship drivers will attend a one-off rally event hosted by Rally Sweden’s director Glenn Olsson, around the stages near the famous Torsby town that works as the Rally Sweden headquarters in February. As this event is hosted behind close-doors there will be no […]

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Teams not giving up on 2020 WRC season yet

Leading World Rally Championship figures are not giving up on the 2020 season, despite the cancellation of the Finnish and New Zealand rounds this week. Four events have now been called off this year because of COVID-19, leaving series promoters facing a battle as they attempt to safeguard half of the original 14-round calendar Rally […]

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VALTTERI BOTTAS TESTS ŠKODA FABIA R5 IN FINLAND

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team driver Valtteri Bottas has been seen testing a new rally car around a forest stage in Finland. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused Formula 1 to delay their season, but meanwhile waiting for it to start, but Bottas has been able to keep the momentum going by testing the car on some gravel roads. On […]

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The Lancia 037: History, Development, Specifications

Lancia 037 Essential History In the 1970s, Italian automaker Lancia had become a force to be reckoned with in the World Rally Championship series with cars like the Fulvia and Stratos, the latter winning three overall WRC championships consecutively in 1974-’76. By the end of the 1970s, the FIA had announced that a new rally car class […]

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WRC postpones Safari Rally Kenya

The long-awaited return of Safari Rally Kenya to the FIA World Rally Championship has been delayed until 2021. The FIA, WRC Promoter, and the Government of Kenya confirmed the decision in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, which has restricted global travel movements. The rally was to take place on July 16-19 and was to […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO RACING PLANS TO FIELD FIVE CARS ON NESTE RALLY FINLAND

Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team which is based Puuppola in Finland and is managed the four-time FIA World Rally Champion Tommi Mäkinen, have revealed that they are planning to field five cars to the Neste Rally Finland on 6-9 August. It is not for the first time that the Toyota works team will field a […]

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MOTORSPORT’S SHARE OF; “NOTHING WILL BE THE SAME AGAIN!’

MOTORSPORT’S  SHARE OF “NOTHING WILL BE THE SAME AGAIN!’ Times have without doubt changed – but so did the people. I could not help smiling this morning when I saw a promo clip telling “people” that watching WorldWideWrestling on TV, was like bringing the sport into your living room. In this promo, the wrestlers actually […]

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ROVANPERÄ TAKES UP DRIFTING WHILE WAITING FOR WRC TO RESTART

A third and two fifth places, are the results that Kalle Rovanperä has in the FIA World Rally Championship so far. The Coronavirus pandemic has put a stop to the rally season and the Finn is keen to get back out on the stages. Since 15 March the WRC season has stood still, competitions in Monte Carlo, Sweden […]

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Colin McRae – the rally legend who inspired a generation of motorsport fans

Masterful, awe-inspiring and frankly breathtaking, Colin McRae’s all-out attacking style stole the hearts of motorsport fans – not just in Britain, but much further afield. With my old primary school friend Nick Harden, I’ve rarely missed a year of what was once called the RAC Rally and is now known as Wales Rally GB – […]

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THE BIGGEST FACTOR MOST RALLY DRIVERS IGNORE…

“Perception” is the way you think about someone or something. It is also formed by what you understand through your five senses – touch, sight, sound, smell and taste.  Colour is added to your perception of things, by your past experiences, feelings and thoughts. So, what does this have to do with driving and especially […]

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Hyundai developing i20 N alongside next WRC fighter

Hyundai has just redesigned its i20 subcompact hatchback sold overseas and like the vehicle’s predecessor, this new one will be the basis for the automaker’s contender in the World Rally Championship. Hyundai is currently developing its new i20 WRC contender, with star driver Thierry Neuville recently spending time behind the wheel of a prototype on […]

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OPEL CORSA E-RALLY TESTING CONTINUES READY FOR COMPETITIVE DEBUT LATER THIS YEAR

The ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup organisers had not counted on the Corona crisis this year when they chose to launch their brand new series. The development of their new electric-powered rally car has been ongoing and the tests are continuing under the prevailing world conditions. At the their test facility, the Opel Corsa E-Rally is being tested with Marijan […]