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BELA-BELA COMMUNITY RALLIES BEHIND NEW SPORTING EVENT IN WATERBERG

The newly appointed Mayor of Bela-Bela, Councillor Lucas Nhlapo, who is also the Vice President of the South African Football Association, will officiate at the start of the new Bela-Bela Motor Rally, at the recently completed Bela Mall in Limpopo on Friday, November 21 when he flags away the first competitor in the final national […]

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The Final Countdown To World Championship Action

The legendary Welsh forests are ready to welcome a capacity and star-studded 160-car entry into Wales Rally GB, the 13th and final round of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship.     Building on the huge success of last year’s event, this year’s spectacular rally features a slightlymore compact three-day route. It compromises 23 competitive […]

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ERC: ‘More than dream win’ for Sarrazin in Corsica

Stephane Sarrazin wins the 2014 FIA European Rally Championship finale in Corsica and becomes the ninth different winner from 11 rounds in this year’s ERC . Stephane Sarrazin won Giru di Corsica-Tour de Corse on Saturday, the 2014 FIA European Rally Championship finale, following a thrilling battle for top spot with fellow French Ford Fiesta RRC […]

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SKODA DRIVER LAPPI IS EUROPEAN CHAMPION

ŠKODA has secured the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) title* for the third time in a row. Despite Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN) being unable to finish the season finale on Corsica, the works drivers are the champions of the drivers’ and co-drivers’ standings. Sepp Wiegand/Frank Christian (D/D) also have reason to celebrate; coming second in […]

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Wilsons plot Pilot deja vu

Twenty years after Malcolm Wilson won the British Rally Championship in these colours, Matthew Wilson will return the iconic Michelin Pilot livery to the woods next week.The Fiesta RRC Wilson Jr will drive on Wales Rally GB has been given an identical colour scheme to the one his father used in a two-year deal on his […]

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We will fight tooth and nail – Volkswagen prepared for battle at the rally classic in Wales

An open battle at the final rally of the year: Volkswagen duos Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) and Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N) go into the Rally Great Britain with one common goal – victory. The destinations of the World Championship titles and the top three places in the Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ competition […]

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WRC TV audience rises by 35 per cent in 2014

Global TV interest in the FIA World Rally Championship continues to increase during the 2014 season.New figures issued by sports marketing research company Repucom for the first 10 rounds of the championship, up to and including Coates Hire Rally Australia, show a large rise in both audience and broadcast time compared with 2013. Total audience […]

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Lategan second on Rally Waldviertel after three stages

Driving a Skoda Fabia S2000, South Africa’s Henk Lategan was in second overall on the Rally Waldviertel, after the first three stages. The event is the final round of the FIA European Championship and also a round of the Austrian rally championship. Lategan was 1.4 seconds behind Alexey Lukyanek in a Ford Fiesta R5. The […]

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ERC – Sarrazin sets pace in Corsica qualifying

 Driving a Ford Fiesta RRC, Stephane Sarrazin took 1m 28.7s to complete the 2.64-kilometre test, which was held in damp conditions following light rain and placed a focus on tyre strategy. Drivers could choose softer compound Michelin or Pirelli tyres, which were optimal for the conditions, or select harder covers in order to save their […]

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Kajetanowicz and Baran set the pace on Qualifying Stage for Tour de Corse

  In qualifying before their first outing in this rally Kajetanowicz and Baran went quicker by 0.7 second than runner-up Stephane Sarrazin, former French rally champion. Final round of FIA European Rally Championship begins with ceremonial start today at 8:00 PM. The first special stage (of eleven) gets underway tomorrow morning at 8:31.   On […]

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Mikko Hirvonen to retire from WRC

.Mikko Hirvonen will retire from the WRC following next week’s final round of the season at Wales Rally GB (13 – 16 November).Following speculation over his 2015 plans, the 34-year-old Finn confirmed today (Thursday) that he will bow out after 13 seasons at the top. Hirvonen plans to devote more time to his family after […]

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Team MRF aiming for perfect APRC finish

Team MRF will be hoping to complete the perfect season at this weekend’s China Rally Longyou when they aim for their sixth win from six starts in the 2014 Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC). With Czech driver, Jan Kopecky, clinching the 2014 APRC driver’s crown at the previous round, he and team-mate, Gaurav Gill (India), will be […]

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WRC faces another 2015 plan FIA veto

By David Evans: AutoSport The FIA World Motor port Council could veto  the World Rally Championship Commission’s proposal for the 2015 WRC running order. Plans for a radical revamp of the WRC format were recently abandoned after failing to garner FIA support. An adjustment to the running order regulations remains on the agenda, with a proposal for […]

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ALL-NEW BELA BELA RALLY SIGNALS END OF 2014 SA NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

The 2014 South African National Rally Championship comes to a close with the all-new Bela Bela Motor Rally in Limpopo Province on November 21 and 22. Appropriately, in what has been an absorbing pot boiler of a championship, spread over eight rounds and six provinces, the 10-special stage two-day finale will be centred on the […]

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LAPPI SET TO WIN ERC TITLE

The stage is set for ŠKODA driver Esapekka Lappi (FIN) at the season finale of the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC): The Finn’s path to winning the title is clear after his brand colleague Sepp Wiegand (D) is no longer able to take part in the legendary “Tour de Corse” from Thursday to Saturday after […]

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Robert Kubica’s World Rally Championship future in doubt for 2015

By David Evans – AUTOSPORT  Robert Kubica’s future in the World Rally Championship has been cast into doubt after it emerged he is not currently negotiating with any of the series’ teams for 2015.Volkswagen and Hyundai confirmed their driver line-ups are sorted without Kubica, while Citroen and M-Sport say they are not in any talks […]

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Prodrive debuts new rally car

Prodrive of Banbury have developed a new rally car based on the latest VW Golf mark VII. The car, called the VW Golf SCRC, has been designed for the FAW-VW Rally Team for the Chinese Rally Championship and will make its debut in the series this weekend (November 7-9) at the Longyou Rally with Chris Atkinson […]

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Corsica Braced For ERC Title Showdown

Following 10 rounds, 162 special stages, a whole heap of action and plenty of serious competition, the thrilling race for the FIA European Rally Championship concludes on the Mediterranean island of Corsica next week. Giru di Corsica-Tour de Corse, which starts in Porto-Vecchio on 6 November and finishes in Ajaccio on 8 November, is running […]

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New rally association forms

Rally organizers from across the country have banded together to form the United States Rally Association (USRA), an organization dedicated to the needs of events, organizers and competitors. USRA provides a partnership among event organizers, the USRA Board of Directors (BOD) and a nationally known sanctioning body sensitive to the needs of those organizers, competitors […]

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Oman International Rally: Qatar’s Abdul Aziz Al Kuwari triumphs

 Abdul Aziz Al Kuwari scripted one of the memorable wins in his career when he clinched the Oman International Rally here on Saturday.On a day which didn’t witness any major upsets, the script went according to the Qatari driver’s plan. Having finished the penultimate day with a comfortable lead of two minutes and 22.6 seconds, […]

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APRC Titles still to be decided in China

After winning Japans’ Rally Hokkaido, Jan Kopecký from the Czech Republic heads to next week’s China Rally (7-9th November) as the 2014 FIA Asia Pacific Rally Champion, a victory that follows on from winning the European Rally Championship in 2013. As with all the APRC events this year for Kopecký, China Rally will be a […]

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Oman International Rally returns after seven years

The mean machines are set to pound dry wadi beds, steep hilly terrains, gorgeous sand dunes and narrow lanes in Muscat region for the next two days, leaving plumes of dust in the tracks and providing many unforgettable moments for the adventure-loving spectators. : The Oman International Rally (OIR), will test the skills and perseverance […]

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Toyota fuel cell tackles rally championship

Toyota has entered a specially modified version of its hydrogen fuel cell sedan for the final stage of the 2014 Japanese Rally Championship.The juxtaposition of hydrogen fuel cell technology and stage racing is surely one of the most surprising in the automotive world, and will see the zero-emission Toyota ‘compete’ against rally-prepared examples of the […]

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Kris Meeke chasing shot at world title

Kris Meeke has an unusual opportunity this weekend to impress his boss Yves Matton ahead of Citroen’s decision on the make-up of their team for next year’s World Rally Championship. Meeke is taking part in the Rally Condroz, a round of the Belgian championship, and the opposition will include – Matton! It has become something of […]

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BLOCK KEEN ON WRC RETURN

  Ken Block wants to return to the WRC  in 2015 after driving a Ford Fiesta RS WRC to 12th place at last weekend’s RallyRACC-Rally de Espana.The US star was contesting his first WRC event since Rally Mexico in 2013 and he enjoyed pitting his wits against the best rally drivers in the world on […]

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Khalid to lead Abu Dhabi Racing in Oman Rally

Abu Dhabi: Following his WRC participation in Rally Cataluna last weekend, Sheikh Khalid Bin Faisal Al Qassimi and his co-driver Chris Patterson on board the Citroen DS3 RRC are leading the Abu Dhabi Racing team’s participation in Oman Rally this coming weekend. The Oman Rally is a candidate event for the Middle East Rally Championship […]

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Wales Rally GB 2014: Graeme Swann and Robert Kubica to join host of top rally stars

Organisers of next month’s Wales Rally GB, to be held between November 13-16, have confirmed the stage has been over-subscribed for the first time in years.The final round of this year’s World Rally Championship will see a maximum 160-car field, with no fewer than 72 teams representing 26 nations lining up to face 23 challenging […]

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Ogier admits to trouble sealing WRC double

Incumbent world rally champion, Sebastien Ogier, has admitted he felt “mentally weak” for part of the 2014 season and said he had to call on all his strength to retain his crown.Ogier beat VW team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala by 11.3s at the finish of RallyRACC-Rally de Espana yesterday to seal his second successive WRC title. It […]

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Corsica goes back to its roots for challenging Erc finale

Tour de Corse will recreate the spirit of the past when it hosts the final round of this year’s FIA European Rally Championship from 6-8 November.The very first Tour de Corse took place from 17-18 November 1956 while Esapekka Lappi and Sepp Wiegand will face off for the prestigious ERC title in potentially challenging weather […]

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Preview: 2014 Wales Rally GB

IT’S ALMOST time to reach for a bobble hat, flask, maps and sturdy shoes. That’s right: the Welsh forests are about to be filled once again with the howl of World Rally Cars.November has long been a hallowed month for rally fans to make the trip to the famously difficult stages of Wales to cheer […]

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WRC Rally de Espana: Kubica with ‘mixed feelings’

Former Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica says he has “mixed feelings” following Rally de Espana this weekend. Kubica finished the first full-day of competition in sixth place in his M-Sport-run Fiesta RS WRC car, 15.6 seconds off team-mate and eventual third place finisher, Mikko Hirvonen. However, Saturday was disastrous, with mechanical issues in the morning costing […]

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Lappi wins in Switzerland

The European Rally Champion will be a ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 driver once again this year. The works drivers Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN) extended their lead in the overall standings with their victory at the “Rallye International du Valais”, the penultimate race of the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) season. Only their brand colleagues Sepp […]

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WRC Rally de Espana: Ogier retains title with Spanish win

Volkswagen’s Sebastien Ogier has retained his WRC Drivers’ title after winning Rally de Espana. Ogier came into the weekend with a 27 point lead in the Drivers’ Championship and only needed to score one more point than team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala to wrap it up, but in the end he did it in style by claiming […]

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Latvala vows to continue fighting in Spain

Jari-Matti Latvala is refusing to give up the fight for the World Rally Championship as he contests the Rally de Espana this weekend. Defending champion Sebastien Ogier needs to score just one more point than Volkswagen team-mate Latvala to retain the title he won for the first time in 2013. Ogier could have finished the job […]

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Hayden Paddon moving up a gear for Spain

 Kiwi rally ace Hayden Paddon will look to continue his consistent debut World Rally Championship (WRC) season for the Hyundai team at Rally Spain this weekend. Fresh off sixth place at Rally Australia last month, the 27-year-old from Geraldine and co-driver John Kennard will look to find more speed and push up the rankings. Paddon […]

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Tuthill Porsche confirms 911 R-GT production

Tuthill Porsche has confirmed a limited production run of its World Rally Championship class-winning Porsche 911 R-GT car, following substantial interest in the groundbreaking project over two WRC outings so far this year. Earliest orders will be completed in time for January’s Rallye Monte-Carlo: opening round of the 2015 FIA R-GT Cup. Tuthill engineers have […]