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M-SPORT FORD DRIVERS URGED TO REBOUND IN TURKEY

M-Sport Ford team principal Richard Millener believes his squad can bounce back at this week’s Rally Turkey (18 – 20 September) following a disappointing restart to the team’s FIA World Rally Championship season. Teemu Suninen, Esapekka Lappi and Gus Greensmith finished line astern in sixth, seventh and eighth at Rally Estonia earlier this month, more […]

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M-SPORT ON COURSE TO DELIVER WORLD’S FIRST RALLY3 CAR

POLISH ARM OF M-SPORT IS CONFIDENT THE 210BHP, FOUR-WHEEL-DRIVE MACHINE WILL BE READY FOR JANUARY 1 HOMOLOGATION M-Sport Poland is on track to deliver the world’s first Rally3 car for January 1, with the firm’s latest all-new Ford Fiesta rally car currently under development. Design and research work on the project began in April last […]

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WRC heads to Turkey

Story by: Hyundai Motorsport The re-start of the 2020 WRC season was successful for our team as we secured a 1-2 result in Estonia to move to within five points of the manufacturers’ lead. The revised calendar heads onto the rough and rocky roads of Rally Turkey, where we will be aiming for another strong […]

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PREVIEW OF LAKE UMUZI RALLY – 11 AND 12TH SEPTEMBER 2020

THE 2020 LAKE UMUZI RALLY 1 AND 2  The late Jan Hettema always sang “On the road again” at the start of anything we did that involved wheels and it would have been appropriate to sing “his” song before the rally this weekend. We all came through a strange period in time during the first […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’S BOTTERILL/VACY-LYLE READY FOR ACTION AS NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP RESTARTS

Defending South African rally champions, Guy Botterill and Simon Vacy-Lyle, are poised to start the defence of their title this weekend, as the South African National Rally championship gets under way in Secunda, Mpumalanga. To make matters more interesting, the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing SA crew will take on both Rounds 1 and 2 on the […]

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SA National Rally Championship roars ahead

Adrenaline junkies will be competing in this year’s SA National Rally Championship over five rounds, starting with the ever-popular Lake Umuzi Rally in Secunda on 11 and 12 September. This rally will be a “double header” with Round 1 on Friday and Round 2 on Saturday, providing double the action and excitement. The Championship will […]

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2020 Rally Estonia: Tänak Seals Commanding Home Win, Breen Holds Off Ogier

Ott Tänak secured a historic home win on Rally Estonia on Sunday afternoon ahead of Hyundai teammate Craig Breen and six-time champion Sebastien Ogier. The defending FIA World Rally Championship winner headed into Sunday with a comfortable 11.7 seconds lead and although he didn’t win any of the day’s five stages, he completed his win by an increased 22.2 seconds margin despite suffering a huge scare on […]

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ROVANPERÄ HIT WITH MINUTE PENALTY

Kalle Rovanperä received a one-minute penalty from the stewards at Rally Estonia on Saturday night which demoted the teenage Finn from fourth to sixth. The 19-year-old appeared before the stewards following a report from the clerk of the course. It stated that Rovanperä and co-driver Jonne Halttunen removed the radiator blanking plate from their Toyota […]

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TÄNAK SUPREME ON HOME ROADS IN ESTONIA

Ott Tänak lived up to his billing as pre-event favourite to lead the FIA World Rally Championship’s restart event at Rally Estonia on Saturday night. Driving on home roads, Tänak shrugged aside the series’ six-month Covid-19 lay-off to head Estonia’s first world rally by 11.7sec. On a superb day for his Hyundai Motorsport squad, team-mate […]

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Rally Estonia: SATURDAY: END OF DAY RECAP

Saturday’s stages complete, and what an exciting day it’s been. Ott Tänak arrives back in service with an 11.7sec advantage over his Hyundai teammate Craig Breen. The Estonian is within touching distance of claiming a very special victory on his home WRC rally. A quartet of Toyota’s hold 3rd-6th, with Sébastien Ogier leading the charge. […]

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TÄNAK STORMS INTO EARLY LEAD IN ESTONIA

Hot favourite Ott Tänak headed a clean sweep of the podium places for Hyundai Motorsport after Friday morning’s action at Rally Estonia. Kalle Rovanperä headed the timesheets after the first early morning gravel speed test but a puncture slowed the teenager. Tänak capitalised to lead the FIA World Rally Championship’s post-lockdown restart event on his […]

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OGIER AND LAPPI TIE IN RALLY ESTONIA OPENER

Sébastien Ogier and Esapekka Lappi tied for the lead at Rally Estonia as Friday night’s tricky opening speed test in Tartu heralded the return of FIA World Rally Championship action. Championship leader Ogier and Lappi were quickly back into the groove following a six-month Covid-19 pause. They could not be separated through the tight and […]

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First Trial of the World’s First Rally MPV Crossover, the Mitsubishi XPANDER AP4

After launching the XPANDER Rally Team (XRT) in July 2019, Mitsubishi Motors Krama Yudha Sales Indonesia (MMKSI) became the official distributor of Mitsubishi light commercial and passenger vehicles in Indonesia. MMKSI worked with XRT and prepared the Mitsubishi XPANDER AP4 for its first trial at the Tembong Jaya circuit, Serang, Banten in July 2020. “Our […]

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Tanak on top in Rally Estonia shakedown

Home favourite and reigning World Rally Champion Ott Tanak came out on top during Friday morning’s Rally Estonia shakedown as the WRC got underway following a long pause. Tenths of a second split the leading drivers through the 6.23km Abissaare test until the world champion pulled clear in his final two runs. He eventually ended […]

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FIA European Rally Championship welcomes Rally Fafe Montelongo

Using all-asphalt stages in the Fafe municipality in northern Portugal, Rally Fafe Montelongo is set to host round three of the 2020 ERC season from October 2-4 following FIA approval. Part of the Campeonato Portugal de Ralis Clássicos and Campeonato Norte Ralis, Rally Fafe Montelongo features a mix of fast sweeps and tight hairpin turns […]

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Rally Estonia marks first event since March as home hero targets victory.

The FIA World Rally Championship roars back into post-lockdown action this weekend when Rally Estonia (4 – 6 September) hosts the series for the first time. It is nearly six months since the coronavirus pandemic halted the championship after the third round in Mexico. A revised calendar begins in the Baltic state, which has the […]

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Craig Breen draws on experience in bid to grab WRC lifeline

He’s been one of the busier drivers over the lockdown period but nothing fires up Craig Breen like the chance to step back onto the World Rally stage. And as the truncated WRC series resumes in Estonia tomorrow after the Covid-inflicted six-month break, the reigning Irish Tarmac champion gets another shot at establishing himself in […]

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BIG NAMES CONVINCED OF SOLBERG’S TALENT FOLLOWING ERC SUCCESS

A world champion and a world championship event winner have united in their praise of rising star Oliver Solberg following the 18-year-old’s standout victory on last month’s ERC-counting Rally Liepāja. Solberg arrived in Latvia on the back of his third-place finish on Rally di Roma Capitale, his first pure asphalt event, and delivered another strong […]

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PASTRANA CLAIMS FIRST 2020 ARA WIN ON OJIBWE FORESTS RALLY

Travis Pastrana fended off a strong challenge from Barry McKenna to claim his sixth Ojibwe Forests Rally victory and first American Rally Association National win of the season for both him and Subaru Motorsports USA. The 36-year-old won the opening stage and was never dethroned from the top of the leaderboard thereafter to record a […]

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Excitement builds for Estonia

WRC returns with fastest event of the year Story by Hyundai After six months away from competitive action, our (team is ready for the return of WRC with a brand-new event, Rally Estonia, hosting the fourth round of the 2020 season. Said to be the biggest motorsport event in the Baltics, Rally Estonia is a […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Keen to Resume Winning Ways as WRC Restarts

 The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team will look to pick up where it left off when the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship resumes at Rally Estonia on September 4-6. The team currently leads the manufacturers’ standings by 21 points, while Sebastien Ogier heads the drivers’ championship with Elfyn Evans second and Kalle Rovanpera fourth. […]

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CAN KALLE SPRING ESTONIA SURPRISE?

Teenage sensation Kalle Rovanperä heads into next week’s FIA World Rally Championship restart at Rally Estonia (4 – 6 September) with the tag of underdog firmly fixed upon his back. That’s because world champion and Estonian hero Ott Tänak sits as favourite in most people’s view, but 19-year-old Rovanperä is primed and ready to ruffle […]

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Nasser Al-Attiyah, surprise participant in the Princess of Asturias

Nasser Al-Attiyah is the registered surprise of the Rally Princesa de Asturias, a test that will be held on October 12. Nasser enrolled in the test on the theoretical penultimate business day to do so, but the organization decided that same day to extend the deadline to September 2. The test is held this year […]

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Rallying-WRC cancels Rally Germany, moves Italy race to avoid F1 clash

Rally Germany has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while the Italian round of the world championship has been moved three weeks earlier to avoid clashing with Formula One’s Imola race, organisers said on Wednesday. The Bostalsee-based event in southwest Germany, initially scheduled for Oct. 15-18, was scheduled to be round six of the […]

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Ogier: Tänak the clear favorite for WRC Rally Estonia

The World Rally Championship (WRC) will continue in Estonia in early-September, after a half-year hiatus. Six-time world champion Sebastian Ogier (Toyota) says the clear favorite to win the round is Estonian reigning world champion Ott Tänak (Hyundai). Ogier told WRC, referring to Tänak: “It’s pretty clear who is going to be the benchmark here in Estonia […]

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Ojibwe Forests Rally returns to Detroit Lakes this weekend — but with a few changes

The Muscatell Ojibwe Forests Rally returns for its eighth year in Detroit Lakes Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 22-24 — with more racers than the 39-year-old road rally has seen since its early days, according to organizer Erick Nelson. “We’ve got 51 teams registered, which is better than we’ve had in quite a while,” said Nelson, […]

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Sebastien Loeb plans second WRC race at the Rally Turkey

 Sebastien Loeb will compete for Hyundai at the World Rally Championship (WRC) in Turkey and will contest his second run in the 2020 season. The nine-time WRC world champion will complete the Hyundai trio, which also consists of full-time drivers Thierry Neuville and Ott Tänak, in Mamaris from September 18 to 20. This means that […]

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TÄNAK WINS SOUTH ESTONIA RALLY AHEAD OF IMPRESSIVE ROVANPERÄ

Hyundai’s Ott Tänak recorded a largely straight-forward victory on the South Estonian Rally ahead of the World Rally Championship’s visit to Estonia, beating Toyota’s Kalle Rovanperä by 13.7s. Situated around the Võru service park, the event had been reduced to just one day due to a rise in COVID-19 cases within Estonia. This meant that Saturday’s planned […]

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BIRD WINS M-SPORT RETURN TO RALLY STAGES

Frank Bird won the M-Sport Return to Rally Stages by 24 seconds ahead of Hugh Hunter, after the Cumbrian team decided to withdraw its three drivers “in fairness to the competition” after the end of the final stage. Bird, driving a Ford Focus WRC ’07, took the win in the first rally in the UK following the COVID-19 crisis, after the team’s […]

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WRC STARS GRASP FINAL ESTONIA WARM-UP CHANCE

The finest and fastest drivers in the FIA World Rally Championship are back in business this weekend as they grab the last opportunity for vital preparation ahead of next month’s post-lockdown restart in Estonia. The Baltic country’s Lõuna-Eesti Ralli (23 August) has one of the most impressive entry lists outside of the WRC itself, as […]

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PREVIEW: FIA EUROPEAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP – RALLY LIEPĀJA: LUKYANUK LOOKING TO MAKE IT TWO OUT OF TWO

The 2020 FIA European Rally Championship returns with round two of the season this weekend in Latvia with Rally Liepāja, where series leader Alexey Lukyanuk is aiming to make it back-to-back wins. Lukyanuk heads there with several drivers hot on his heels as the ERC regulars are again joined by several WRC drivers who are using the event […]

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EVANS: TACTICS WON’T MATTER ON WRC’S RETURN IN ESTONIA

World Rally Championship challenger Elfyn Evans says there will be no room for tactics once the season resumes with next month’s Rally Estonia. Evans, who sits eight points behind his Toyota team-mate Sébastien Ogier after the first three rounds, will focus everything on each event rather than trying to take a calculated, longer-term view. Given […]

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ERC history-maker Solberg up for Rally Liepaja double

Oliver Solberg heads to Rally Liepāja next week (14-16 August) for the latest chapter of his FIA European Rally Championship adventure. After making history on the high-speed Latvian event last season as the ERC’s youngest winner aged 17 years, eight months and three days, Solberg and co-driver Aaron Johnston will return to the Baltics on […]