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TIDEMAND BACK FOR TURKEY

PONTUS TIDEMAND WILL RETURN TO WRC ACTION IN A FORD FIESTA WORLD RALLY CAR AT NEXT MONTH’S RALLY TURKEY (12 – 15 SEPTEMBER). The Swede has not appeared since driving an M-Sport Ford car at the season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo in January and his home event the following month. He finished 20th in Monte-Carlo after suspension […]

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Valtteri Bottas matched Kris Meeke’s pace in Toyota rally test

It may only have been for fun, but Valtteri Bottas’ recent rally test with Toyota yielded some impressive pace by the end of the day.Valtteri Bottas has revealed he was able to match World Rally Championship event winner Kris Meeke’s pace by the end of his try-out in a Toyota Yaris WRC car last month. Mercedes […]

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Motorsport: Onkar’s new R5 beast top seed at KCB Kilifi rally

Premier class driver Onkar Singh Rai will be the first one off the ramp when the KCB Kilifi Rally revs off today.Navigated by Gareth Dawe, the former Division 2 champion will savour his first ride on the VW Polo R5, which is the latest super car to grace the eight-leg Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC). […]

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HOW THE FINEST OF MARGINS DECIDE STAGES

WHEN DISCUSSING HUNDREDTHS OF SECONDS DIVIDING DRIVERS, IT IS TYPICALLY RELATED TO QUALIFYING TIMES IN CIRCUIT RACING. BUT AS JULIAN PORTER EXPLAINS, THIS IS JUST AS RELEVANT TO RALLY, AS OBSERVED AT NESTE RALLY FINLAND. Widely regarded as the fastest rally of the year, there was amazingly only 2.2 seconds dividing the Toyota Gazoo trio […]

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REVISED RALLY TURKEY ROUTE READY TO CHALLENGE WRC TEAMS IN SEPTEMBER

Rally Turkey officials at TOSFED have now had the route for the 11th round of the FIA World Rally Championship officially approved by the FIA. The event will be based in Marmaris and takes place on September 12th-15th. The itinerary features 17 special stages and 310.10 competitive kilometres in a route of 988.50km. There are […]

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Citroen has a flying car available right now

Forget all the expense and hassle of developing a flying car for the future – other car makers should just do what Citroen has done; give their car to WRC driver Sebastien Ogier, send him to Finland and watch it take flight. Rally Finland is an undisputed highlight for any motorsport fan – a proper rally that shows just how […]

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Stage is set for Vivo GT Cup

Vivo GT Cup will be a category of the 2020 National Rally Championship Series will provide national level rallying at a more affordable cost Franken Motorsport will have support from Volkswagen Motorsport The Vivo GT Cup will officially form part of the 2020 South African National Rally Championship and will be contested over six rounds […]

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MÄKINEN STANDS BY MEEKE

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING TEAM PRINCIPAL TOMMI MÄKINEN HAS CALLED FOR GREATER FOCUS AND CONCENTRATION FROM KRIS MEEKE AND JARI-MATTI LATVALA FOLLOWING THEIR MISTAKES AT LAST WEEK’S NESTE RALLY FINLAND. Both drivers were embroiled in a lead battle when they hit the same stone in Saturday’s Kakaristo speed test. Meeke retired with suspension damage to the […]

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EVANS TO MISS GERMANY

ELFYN EVANS WILL MISS THIS MONTH’S ADAC RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND (22 – 25 AUGUST) AS HE CONTINUES HIS RECOVERY FROM A BACK INJURY.The M-Sport Ford driver was unable to start last weekend’s Neste Rally Finland after hurting his back in a heavy landing at July’s Shell Helix Rally Estonia preparation event. Doctors have been monitoring the […]

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Sordo rejoins Hyundai WRC team for Germany

By: Jamie Klein Dani Sordo will return to WRC action with Hyundai for this month’s Rally Germany, the Korean marque has announced, with Sebastien Loeb sitting out the event.Sordo admitted after his shock Rally Italy victory in June that he didn’t know when his next event in an i20 Coupe WRC would be – although he […]

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OTT CAUTIOUS ON TITLE LEAD

OTT TÄNAK REFUSES TO TAKE ANYTHING FOR GRANTED IN HIS QUEST FOR A MAIDEN FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE DESPITE OPENING A GAP TO HIS CLOSEST RIVALS AT THE WEEKEND. Tänak scored a maximum 30 points at Neste Rally Finland to break clear of Sébastien Ogier and Thierry Neuville, with whom he has tussled all […]

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That Ogier Jump

I have  been following the World Rally Championship for a very long time. Every event is different. Every event has something that makes it stand out. The last time I saw car go airborne like Sebastien Ogier’s Citroen on Sunday was probably some ten years ago when Mark Webber’s Porsche took off and became airborne […]

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BREAKING NEWS:TÄNAK SEALS FINLAND WIN

OTT TÄNAK SPED TO HIS THIRD FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY IN FOUR OUTINGS IN FINLAND ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON TO EXTEND HIS POINTS LEAD. The Estonian landed his second straight Neste Rally Finland victory in a Toyota Yaris after seeing off determined challenges from team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Kris Meeke in the fastest round of […]

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MANVIR SEALS THIRD STRAIGHT ARC TITLE WITH PEARL RALLY VICTORY

Kenya’s Manvir Baryan and co-driver Drew Sturrock from Scotland clinched their third consecutive Africa rally championship title with another impressive victory in the Pearl of Africa Uganda rally on Saturday. Baryan and Sturrock easily cruised to a third consecutive pearl rally win in what was a dominant performance. In a Skoda Fabia R5, Baryan took […]

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SATURDAY IN FINLAND:TÄNAK SPEEDS TO THE FRONT

OTT TÄNAK LED NESTE RALLY FINLAND ON SATURDAY NIGHT AFTER A ROGUE ROCK RUINED AN INCREDIBLE THREE-WAY FIGHT FOR SUPREMACY AT THE FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP’S FASTEST ROUND. The series leader completed the penultimate leg of the four-day event with a 16.4sec advantage in his Toyota Yaris over Esapekka Lappi. Tänak’s team-mate, Jari-Matti Latvala, trailed […]

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Finland WRC: Tanak extends lead over Lappi

By: Stephen Brunsdon WRC points leader Ott Tanak will take a 16.4-second advantage into the final day of Rally Finland after edging away in the Saturday afternoon loop of the Jyvaskyla-based event. Tanak took just one stage win but extended his lead over Citroen’s Esapekka Lappi to move to within touching distance of a second consecutive victory in […]

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Rally Finland: SS16/17: LAPPI DEMOTES LATVALA

ESAPEKKA LAPPI RELEGATED FELLOW FINN JARI-MATTI LATVALA FROM SECOND PLACE DURING A STRONG START TO THE AFTERNOON’S SPECIAL STAGES FROM THE CITROËN C3 PILOT. Lappi won the heavily rutted Pihlajakoski speed test by 2.1sec to regain the position he briefly held yesterday. He followed up with second fastest in the roller coaster, but smoother, Päijälä […]

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Toyota: Meeke, Latvala “forgot” their instructions for Finland

By: David Evans  Toyota team principal Tommi Makinen has criticised Kris Meeke and Jari-Matti Latvala for ‘forgetting the plan’ for this week’s Rally Finland. Meeke retired from Saturday’s stages with damage to the left-rear of his Yaris WRC, while Latvala emerged from the same Kakaristo test with a left-rear puncture. The Finn’s car suffered bodywork and […]

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SS14/15: TÄNAK CLEAR AFTER DRAMAS

OTT TÄNAK ENDED A DRAMATIC SATURDAY MORNING WITH A COMFORTABLE NESTE RALLY FINLAND LEAD AFTER A ROGUE ROCK DEALT HEARTBREAKING BLOWS TO TEAM-MATES JARI-MATTI LATVALA AND KRIS MEEKE. The Estonian headed Latvala by 13.8sec as the Toyota Yaris pair returned to service in Jyväskylä, with Esapekka Lappi a further 2.3sec behind in his Citroën C3. […]

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Rally Finland: SS 12/13 Latvala tops tight scrap

JUST SIX-TENTHS OF A SECOND COVERED THE LEADING THREE DRIVERS AS JARI-MATTI LATVALA LOST AND THEN REGAINED THE LEAD OF NESTE RALLY FINLAND IN A FURIOUS OPENING TO THE SECOND LEG ON SATURDAY MORNING. Ott Tänak vaulted from an overnight fourth into first as the leading pack was reshuffled in the Pihlajakoski speed test. The […]

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FRIDAY IN FINLAND:LATVALA EDGES INTO NARROW LEAD

Jari-Matti Latvala held a slender Neste Rally Finland lead on Friday night after a remarkable opening leg which ended with the top four drivers blanketed by just 2.6sec. Home hero Latvala won six of the day’s 10 speed tests in forests around Jyväskylä, but such was the speed of Finland’s fast and furious Friday that […]

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Rally Finland: SS7/8: LATVALA LEADS FINLAND THRILLER

JARI-MATTI LATVALA CLAIMED THE LEAD OF AN INCREDIBLY TENSE NESTE RALLY FINLAND ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN WHICH THREE DRIVERS WERE TIED FOR SECOND – JUST SIX-TENTHS BEHIND! The Finn won the repeated Moksi speed test to demote Toyota Yaris team-mate Ott Tänak to second by 0.4sec, with Kris Meeke and Esapekka Lappi chasing hard less […]

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Rajiv in as Pearl of Africa rally kicks off in Kayunga

 Budding rally champion Rajiv Rupareria joins a host of other drivers as the Pearl of Africa Rally 2019 5th Round kicks off in Busiika, Kayunga on Friday. The two-day championship has attracted over 50 drivers from the region, chief organiser Mr. Dusman Okee told PML Daily. “This will be the fifth round of Africa Rally Championship […]

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Rally Finland: SS4-6: TÄNAK WIDENS LEAD

OTT TÄNAK STRETCHED HIS NESTE RALLY FINLAND LEAD TO 5.4SEC AT THE MIDPOINT OF FRIDAY’S OPENING LEG AS HIS TOYOTA GAZOO RACING TEAM CONTINUED TO DOMINATE THE EARLY STAGES. Tänak, handicapped by opening the slippery gravel roads in his Yaris, claimed his first fastest time in Ässämäki. That was sandwiched by two wins for team-mate […]

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OGIER READY TO BATTLE TÄNAK

REIGNING WORLD CHAMPION SÉBASTIEN OGIER SAYS HE’S NOT AFRAID OF FIGHTING OTT TÄNAK ON TOYOTA’S HOME GROUND IN FINLAND THIS WEEK.Toyota’s Finnish-built Yaris is unbeaten at Neste Rally Finland and championship leader Tänak dominated last month’s Shell Helix Rally Estonia, an official WRC promotional event and a loosener for the Jyväskylä-based fixture. Despite odds building […]

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SÉBASTIEN OGIER TO RETIRE IN 2020

Sébastien Ogier has announced that he will retire from the FIA World Rally Championship at the end of 2020, when his contract with Citroën expires in an interview with Yahoo Sport. While there have been rumours for some time, Ogier confirmed his retirement from the sport and explained his reasoning, “My career will stop at the end of 2020 at […]

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TÄNAK TOPS FINLAND WARM-UP

OTT TÄNAK LIVED UP TO HIS BILLING AS FAVOURITE TO WIN NESTE RALLY FINLAND WHEN HE WAS FASTEST IN THURSDAY MORNING’S SHAKEDOWN TEST. The FIA World Rally Championship leader has the advantage of competing in his Toyota Gazoo Racing team’s back yard and laid down a marker for the four-day event by topping the times […]

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The Proton PERT is a Mitsubishi Evo VI clone that won the Production World Rally Championship

When is a Mitsubishi not a Mitsubishi? Beyond its badge and Proton PERT livery, this car is a lock, stock Mitsubishi Evo VI. And, even though the Evo VI was somewhat dated by the time it went through its Proton transformation in 2002, it was competitive enough for a class championship win on the world stage. […]

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FINLAND FOCUS: MIKKO HIRVONEN

FINNS WIN IN FINLAND. THAT’S THE RULE. THAT RULE HAS BEEN BROKEN A FEW TIMES DOWN THE YEARS, BUT STILL, THE LOCALS START THIS WEEK’S NESTE RALLY FINLAND (1 – 4 AUGUST) WITH A BIT MORE EDGE, ANTICIPATION AND PRESSURE. Mikko Hirvonen lived with that pressure year-in-year-out throughout his career. The weight of expectation is […]

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WRC’s big three resume thrilling title fight in Finland after break

  Just seven points separate Ott Tänak, Sébastien Ogier and Thierry Neuville. The closest FIA World Rally Championship title fight for years resumes on Finland’s iconic roller-coaster roads this weekend with little more than a handful of points blanketing the leading trio of drivers. Ott Tänak, six-time champion Sébastien Ogier and Thierry Neuville, whose electrifying battle for last […]

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Flash and Boldy rivalry heads to Nanyuki

Baldev ‘Boldy’ Chager and Carl “Flash” Tundo are set to renew their rivalry as the Top Fry Classic safari rally raves off at the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club in Laikipia County, tomorrow. ‘Boldy navigated by Ravi Soni is not resting easy even after winning the third leg of the FIA African Rally Championship two […]

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ERC Barum Czech Rally Zlín is go!

The countdown to Barum Czech Rally Zlín, round six of the FIA European Rally Championship, is well and truly underway with the event due to begin in a little more than 15 days (16-18 August).Ever-present in the ERC since the championship’s streamlining in 2004, Barum Czech Rally Zlín is based in the South Moravian university […]

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Citroen C3 WRC all set for roller coaster Rally Finland

Following the summer break, the World Rally Championship returns to action for round nine of the season at Rally Finland, one of the highlights of the campaign. Ultra-fast stages on roller-coaster roads provide a unique challenge and Citroën Total World Rally Team’s crews Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia and Esapekka Lappi / Janne Ferm, both […]

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Hyundai enters race to sign Tanak for 2020

Hyundai has joined the race to sign Ott Tanak for the 2020 World Rally Championship, with team boss Andrea Adamo declaring he has no qualms about chasing a ‘superteam’ line-up. Adamo’s opposite number at Toyota, Tommi Makinen, has always talked of the need for each of the four WRC manufacturers to have a top-line driver to […]