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BUSHFIRES LEAD TO CANCELLATION OF WRC RALLY AUSTRALIA; SEASON DECLARED OVER

State government, FIA decided to cancel final World Rally Championship event on the schedule. Ott Tanak clinched the season championship in Spain. The FIA World Rally Championship has canceled the season finale—the Kennards Hire Rally Australia—due to the serious bushfires affecting the New South Wales region close to the event’s Coffs Harbour base. The organizers announced the […]

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Baryan crashes, Rai triumphs in dramatic KCB Meru Rally

In Summary Driver, navigator flown to city hospital for observation after after high speed crash early in race It was Volkswagen Polo’s first win since making it’s rally debut three events ago in the KCB Kenya National Rally Championship. Onkar Rai, navigated by Gavin Laurance, won a dramatic KCB Meru Rally driving a VW Polo […]

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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED (AGAIN) FOR BOTTERILL/VACY-LYLE AS 2019 NRC DRAWS TO A CLOSE

      It was a successful outing at the final round of the 2019 South African National Rally Championship for newly crowned champion Guy Botterill and navigator Simon Vacy-Lyle. The Toyota Gazoo Racing SA crew set out to score the two points needed in order for Vacy-Lyle to be crowned as the 2019 navigator’s […]

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Why the World Rally Championship is back to its best

Estonian hotshot Ott Tänak becoming world champion is only one story from a fascinating season The World Rally Championship has always been viscerally gladiatorial. Despite the technology and marketing gloss that’s always a feature of the top level, it’s about as raw and unreconstructed as modern motorsport is allowed to get. This season – although […]

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ONE MORE BATTLE FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’S BOTTERILL/VACY-LYLE AS 2019 NRC REACHES FINAL ROUND

Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Guy Botterill and navigator Simon Vacy-Lyle seemed to have the 2019 South African National Rally Season neatly tied up after Round 6 of the seven-round championship, but this may no longer be the case, forcing the pair back into battle at the final round, which takes place on 9 and 10 […]

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Andreas Mikkelsen out, Craig Breen in at Hyundai for Rally Australia

  In a move that spells very bad news for the future WRC career of Norwegian driver Andreas Mikkelsen, Hyundai will take Irishman Craig Breen to Rally Australia in his place for the final round of the 2019 World Rally Championship. Rally Australia is a key event for the Korean owned, German based WRC team […]

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DAKAR RALLY CHAMPION AL-ATTIYAH HAS SAFARI RALLY IN PLAN FOR 2020

Multiple Middle East and Dakar rally champion Nasser Al-Attiyah revealed his intentions to participate in next year’s Safari Rally. Africa’s most prestigious rally returns to the World Rally Championship after eighteen years. Al-Attiyah made the announcement in a recent interview with WRC TV while in Spain last week. “I wish to do this race because […]

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HYUNDAI SIGN TÄNAK ON TWO YEAR DEAL, NEUVILLE, SORDO AND LOEB ALSO CONTINUE

Hyundai Motorsport have signed newly-crowned FIA World Rally Champion Ott Tänak on a two-year contract, with Thierry Neuville, Dani Sordo and Sebastien Loeb also staying with the team next season. Tänak, who clinched the title with a round to spare last weekend, will drive alongside rival Neuville in one of the finest line-ups in recent WRC history with Soro and Loeb set […]

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World Rally Championship: Sebastien Ogier not chasing record nine titles

Six-time World Rally Championship winner Sebastien Ogier said that he is not going to change his decision to retire at the end of 2020. “This record is not important. Because in my eyes I had already more than what I have dreamed about some years ago,” Ogier said. After six years of domination, Sebastien Ogier’s […]

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Ott Tanak Got The WRC Championship He Deserved

Ott Tanak made history last weekend as he became the first Estonian driver to ever win the World Rally Championship title—a title that you could argue took him an entire career to build toward. In a career laden with drastic ups-and-downs, Tanak has been both a rally-winning driver while also having been dropped from the […]

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Tänak switch to Hyundai official this week, claims motorsport magazine

Speculation has been rife in the motorsports media that Ott Tänak, crowned WRC drivers’ world champion on Sunday, would be leaving Toyota to drive for Hyundai next season, ERR’s sports portal reports. According to U.K. magazine Autosport, Tänak may even make the switch officially this week. Hyundai’s principal driver and, until Sunday, challenger for the […]

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Rallying-Tanak poised to end the Sebastien era

 A Frenchman called Sebastien has won every world rally championship since 2004 but Toyota’s Ott Tanak could end that 15-year sequence in Spain on Sunday.Sebastien Loeb won nine titles in a row between 2004 and 2012 before Sebastien Ogier took over and continued the run with six more in succession. Estonian Tanak ended Saturday’s penultimate stage of the […]

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Home run for Sébastien

i20 coupe WRC set to compete at Rallye du Var Our French WRC driver Sébastien Loeb will take part in the forthcoming edition of the popular Rallye du Var, the final round of the French Rally Championship. The tarmac event, which takes place November 21-24, will offer another opportunity for rally fans to see their […]

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OTT TÄNAK – WORLD RALLY CHAMPION

The Toyota driver Ott Tänak finished second overall on the RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España, 17,2s behind Belgian rival Neuville to clinch the World Rally Championship crown. Tänak became the first Estonian to win the FIA World Rally Championship in a tense finale on Sunday afternoon. He snatched second place in the closing Wolf […]

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OTT TÄNAK SEALS THE CHAMPIONSHIP …

        OTT TÄNAK SEALS THE CHAMPIONSHIP … With one more rally to go, Ott Tänak has secured the 2019 World Rally Championship in Spain with the Australian Rally still to come.   It was a brave effort from Neuville who truly had only an outside chance to pocket the championship. He started […]

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RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España

RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España  Three days, seventeen special stages, three hundred and twenty five comma 56 Spanish stage kilometres and some serious luck, and then maybe lucky for him, Rally Australia stands between Ott Tänak and his maiden WRC title.   Everything where a winner or champion is crowned has a Fat Lady […]

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CITROËN PLANS EXTRA CAR FOR AUSTRALIA

CITROËN RACING WILL SEND MADS ØSTBERG TO THE WRC’S AUSTRALIAN FINALE IN A THIRD C3 WORLD RALLY CAR IF SÉBASTIEN OGIER KEEPS ALIVE HIS HOPES OF A SEVENTH TITLE IN SPAIN NEXT WEEK. Mads Ostberg It has entered the Norwegian for Kennards Hire Rally Australia (14 – 17 November), hoping he could assist Ogier’s title […]

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RALLY LEGEND PASSES AWAY

Former Mitsubishi Ralliart team principal and 1968 London to Sydney winner Andrew Cowan has passed away, aged 82. The Scot was at the helm of Mitsubishi Ralliart during Finn Tommi Makinen’s run of four World Rally Championships on the trot, which included the Japanese marque’s sole Manufacturers’ title in 1998. Born in Duns in Scotland’s […]

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DRIVERS AWAIT TÄNAK DECISION

APRIL. THAT’S WHEN OTT TÄNAK STARTED TALKING ABOUT GETTING HIS FUTURE SIGNED, SEALED AND SORTED. HE WANTED IT DONE EARLY. SIX MONTHS DOWN THE ROAD AND WE’RE STILL WAITING. AND SO IS THE ESTONIAN. First he was going back to M-Sport Ford. Malcolm Wilson had a five-year deal waiting for him. Then he was staying […]

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Citroen tests radical new aero ahead of WRC Rally Spain

Citroen Racing are hoping that a radical new aero package will help it deliver its first world title since 2012 with Sebastien Ogier, who sits just 28 points adrift of Toyota’s Ott Tanak with two rounds remaining. The new aero package raised some eyebrows as it hit the asphalt this week during a four-day pre-Rally […]

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Perfect preparation for Neuville

THIERRY NEUVILLE GAVE HIMSELF THE PERFECT PREPARATION FOR NEXT WEEK’S RALLYRACC CATALUNYA – RALLY DE ESPAÑA (24 – 27 OCTOBER) WITH VICTORY AT SAN MARINO’S RALLYLEGEND EVENT IN A HYUNDAI I20 WORLD RALLY CAR AT THE WEEKEND. Neuville was one of three Hyundai Motorsport drivers present on the all-asphalt rally. Andreas Mikkelsen finished second in […]

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HISTORIC MOVE FOR SWEDEN

EXT YEAR’S RALLY SWEDEN (13 – 16 FEBRUARY), THE WRC’S ONLY PURE WINTER ROUND, HAS TAKEN A MAJOR STEP TO ENSURE MORE STABLE ROAD CONDITIONS FOR THE EARLY STARTERS DURING THE OPENING CROSS-BORDER LEG. Competitors in the historic rally have traditionally followed the WRC stars through Friday morning’s opening loop of speed tests in Norway […]

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GUEST COLUMN: PETTER SOLBERG

WHAT A WEEKEND. WHAT A RALLY. WHAT A RESULT. SITTING HERE AT HOME, I’M STILL THINKING A LITTLE BIT. WHAT JUST HAPPENED?I was looking forward to Wales Rally GB, it’s always been the special one for me. But we have such a busy time with the Farewell Tour and with Oliver competing in America and […]

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SPAIN TEST CRUCIAL FOR OGIER

SEBASTIEN OGIER AND HIS CITROËN RACING TEAM ARE PINNING THEIR FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE HOPES ON AN UPTURN IN ASPHALT PACE AT A KEY TEST IN SPAIN THIS WEEK. The French manufacturer has struggled to find speed from its sealed surface-spec C3 this season. Ogier is hopeful a solution has been found that will […]

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Rally GB to stay in Wales for 2020 despite Northern Ireland links

Great Britain’s round of the World Rally Championship will stay in Wales for 2020, Motorsport UK has confirmed. Rally GB had been linked with a move to Northern Ireland for next season but the event will remain in Wales for the 21st consecutive year. The event will move to the penultimate slot on the 2020 calendar. […]

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FIA ramps up plans to simplify WRC class structure

  By: David Evans The FIA is stepping up its efforts to simplify the World Rally Championship’s class structure into a five-tier ladder of progression.Last week’s FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting agreed on revisions to current regulations in an effort to streamline WRC 2 Pro and WRC 2. This is part of FIA rally […]

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Hyundai Motorsport continues performance push for WRC title

Hyundai Motorsport has announced its participation in the forthcoming Rallylegend and Rally Ciudad de Granada events as part of the company’s push for performance in the final rounds of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). In a closely fought season to date, Hyundai Motorsport has claimed three WRC victories and a total of nine […]

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TÄNAK GB WIN: ANALYSIS

ELITE ATHLETES DON’T DEAL IN MAYBE. THE SUPREME MIND IS TUNED TO MAKING THE BEST OF THE HERE AND NOW. LET THAT MIND WANDER, LET IT DREAM AND IT CAN BITE YOU. Ott Tänak allowed himself to dream last year. In the middle of 2018, the Estonian was pretty much down and out in terms […]

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KALLE ROVANPERÄ SECURED THE WRC 2 PRO WORLD TITLE BY CLAIMING HIS FIFTH VICTORY OF THE SEASON AT WALES RALLY GB ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

The 19-year-old Finn, competing in his first full WRC season, celebrated after leading home Skoda Fabia team-mate Jan Kopecký by 4min 47sec after taming greasy forest roads in north and mid-Wales. Rovanperä led the four-day event initially before a puncture allowed his team-mate into top spot. A similar problem for Kopecký delayed him on Saturday before […]

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Rally GB WRC: Tanak extends points lead with win

By: Alasdair Lindsay Ott Tanak has strengthened his WRC title bid with victory on Rally GB, scoring a maximum 30 points by topping the Power Stage. Teammate Kris Meeke had led early on Friday morning, with Tanak starting on the back foot after a mistake on the rally-opening Oulton Park superspecial. A storming drive on […]

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Wales Rally GB: SS18/19: OTT IN CONTROL

OTT TÄNAK PROTECTED HIS DOUBLE-FIGURE LEAD OVER THIERRY NEUVILLE THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING’S OPENING SPEED TESTS AT WALES RALLY GB.The Estonian quickly shattered any thoughts second-placed Neuville may have had of closing the overnight 11.0sec deficit by winning the 10.41km Alwen stage in his Toyota Yaris. He followed up with third quickest in Brenig and returned […]

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SATURDAY IN BRITAIN:TÄNAK TIGHTENS HIS GRIP

OTT TÄNAK DELIVERED A DETERMINED SUPER SATURDAY DRIVE TO STRETCH HIS LEAD AT WALES RALLY GB OVER FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE RIVALS THIERRY NEUVILLE AND SÉBASTIEN OGIER. The tussle for victory through the wet, muddy and foggy mid-Wales forests echoed the battle for the world crown between the trio, and Tänak had to work […]

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Rally GB WRC: Tanak stays in lead, Neuville rises to second

  By: Alasdair Lindsay Toyota’s Ott Tanak continues to lead Rally GB on Saturday afternoon, as Thierry Neuville scored two stage wins to take second place from World Rally Championship title rival Sebastien Ogier. Tanak suffered a scare early on Sweet Lamb when a compression ripped the rear bumper off his Toyota Yaris WRC, which […]

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HOME HERO ELFYN EVANS SET A STUNNING PACE TO WIN SATURDAY MORNING’S OPENING SPEED TEST AT WALES RALLY GB.

Evans, who grew up a handful of kilometres from the 25.86km Dyfi test, delighted his fans by charging to quickest time in his Ford Fiesta at the start of a day in which the M-Sport Ford driver will hope to regain time lost yesterday. “We just have to focus stage by stage and do the […]

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FRIDAY IN BRITAIN:TÄNAK GRABS LEAD

OTT TÄNAK SNATCHED THE LEAD OF WALES RALLY GB FROM TEAM-MATE KRIS MEEKE IN THE CLOSING KILOMETRES OF FRIDAY’S SECOND LEG AFTER A THRILLING FIGHT IN TYPICALLY UNPREDICTABLE WEATHER. The FIA World Rally Championship leader relegated his Toyota Yaris colleague in the darkness of the final Aberhirnant speed test to carry a 3.4sec advantage into […]