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Higgins pilots Subaru WRX STI at LSPR to an extra soggy and muddy win

David Higgins pilots the Subaru WRX STI to a wet and muddy win in the final rally race at LSPR. What happened to Travis Pastrana?It was a wet weekend at the 2014 Lake Superior Performance Rally, but David Higgins and Craig Drew running the #1 Subaru WRX STI pulled out another victory to finish the […]

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POULTER/COETZEE WIN POLOKWANE MOTOR RALLY AND 2014 SA NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Leeroy Poulter and Elvéne Coetzee (Castrol Team Toyota Yaris) finally broke Toyota’s long national rally championship drought dating back to 2004 to clinch the 2014 title with victory in the penultimate round, the Polokwane Motor Rally, in Limpopo this afternoon. In a rally of attrition that saw five of the nine runners in the premier […]

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Poulter new SA Driver’s Champion

The Team Castrol pairing of Leeroy Poulter and Elvene Coetzee have won the Polokwane Rally in Polokwane this afternoon. They have also provisionally been declared the 2014 SA National Rally Champions. The last time that Toyota won the championship was ten years ago with Serge Damseaux. Poulter was never under any real pressure after stage […]

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Sheikh Khalid seals victory at Abu Dhabi Rally

Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi regis­tered a dominant victory at the Abu Dhabi Rally yesterday, beating his brother Sheikh Abdullah by a mar­gin of three minutes 5.3 seconds with Qatar’s Abdullah Al Kuwari further nine minutes 11.9 seconds back in third place. Sheikh Khalid’s victory was all the more impressive because even though he had gone […]

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WRC: Latvala ready to ‘keep on fighting’

  Jari-Matti Latvala will look to delay VW team-mate Sebastien Ogier’s second WRC coronation with victory on Rally Spain .Rally Spain has a sense of déjà vu about it for Jari-Matti Latvala as the Finn continues to frustrate Volkswagen team-mate Sebastien Ogier’s title ambitions. If the recent Rallye de France-Alsace was a case of ‘win […]

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M-Sport Mount Mixed Surface Challenge

M-Sport World Rally Team’s Mikko Hirvonen and Elfyn Evans are ready to mount a challenge on the mixed surface stages of next week’s RallyRACC – Rally de España.   Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Spanish fixture is the FIA World Rally Championship’s (WRC) only true dual surface event and the M-Sport pairing are well prepared […]

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Hyundai Shell World Rally Team ready to tackle mixed surfaces at Rally de España

•    Hyundai Shell World Rally Team will contest RallyRACC Catalunya – Costa Daurada, Rally de España next week, the penultimate round of the 13-event FIA World Rally Championship and the only mixed surface event of the season. •    Thierry Neuville (#7 Hyundai i20 WRC) and Dani Sordo (#8 Hyundai i20 WRC) will once again represent […]

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WRC chiefs reject Powerstage idea

The format of the World Rally Championship will not change for next season, following Thursday’s meeting between the FIA and series stakeholders. FIA president Jean Todt attended the WRC Commission meeting in Geneva, where an overhaul of the Powerstage – which meant dividing the time difference by a factor of 10 and grouping the crews […]

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Volkswagen trio hungry for victory: World Rally Championship reaches fever pitch in Spain

* Champ vs. Challenger: Ogier out to wrap things up, Latvala to set up super finale * Possible milestones: more records within Volkswagen’s sights *Great opportunity: Mikkelsen targets maiden WRC win Will it all be done and dusted? Or are we set for a super finale? The title race in the Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ Championship […]

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PENULTIMATE ROUND OF SA NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP STARTS IN POLOKWANE TODAY

Former S2000 Challenge winners Gugu Zulu and Carl Peskin in their Volkswagen Sasolracing Polo will lead the competitors contesting the penultimate round of the SA National Rally Championship, the Polokwane Motor Rally, off the start ramp at the Polokwane Municipal Chambers at 12 noon today. It will be a ceremonial start as the first of […]

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Toyota Le Mans racer Sarrazin returns to rallying with 8Star Motorsports

Stephane Sarrazin, Toyota works prototype driver in FIA World Endurance Championship, is set to return to rallying in the Rallye des Cévennes and the Tour de Corse, final round of the Eur opean Rally Championship. He will be racing at the wheel of a WRC Ford Fiesta entered by First Motorsport and carrying the colors […]

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ERC Rallye du Valais entry highlights

Eighty-two crews will line up for round 10 of the FIA European Rally Championship. And here are just some of the many highlights from the Rallye International du Valais entry list. ERC title contenders four contenders for the 2014 ERC title will be in action in Switzerland. Peugeot Rally Academy’s Craig Breen, currently fourth in […]

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Top regional drivers primed for Abu Dhabi Rally

Abu Dhabi: Some of the region’s top motorsport stars are gearing up for the first two-day Abu Dhabi Rally on Thursday and Friday.Fifteen teams will compete in the competition, which begins at Yas Marina Circuit and which is a candidate event for the 2015 FIA Middle East Rally Championship (MERC). The rally is being held […]

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NAD Fiesta Crew Aiming for a Hat-Trick of Podiums

Japie van Niekerk can’t wait to get back behind the wheel of the New Africa Developments Ford Fiesta for the Polokwane Rally this weekend, having missed the previous round of the championship due to business commitments. And he’s determined to continue the team’s rich vein of form in the penultimate round of the National Rally […]

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Cronje/Houghton Ready to Give It Their All

The final roll of the dice…that’s what this weekend’s Polokwane Rally will be for reigning rally champions Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton as they go all out to retain their crowns… In what has been a topsy-turvy season, the Ford Fiesta-mounted champions have been able to record two victories from six starts, but aim to […]

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Penultimate round of national rally season for Volkswagen Sasolracing team

THE Volkswagen Sasolracing rally team has two rally crews in the top five of the national standings with just two rounds left in the season. The penultimate round for 2014 sees the team head off to Limpopo for two days of competition around Polokwane. Hans Weijs Jnr and Björn Degandt lead the Volkswagen Sasolracing team […]

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FOCUS IS ON SECOND PLACE AS SA TWO-WHEEL DRIVE NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP DRAWS TO A CLOSE

Following their return to the top of the podium at the recent Toyota Cape Dealer Rally in the Western Cape, after a broken drive shaft in the previous round broke their four-round winning streak, Guy Botterill and Simon Vacy-Lyle (Yato Tools Toyota Etios R2) already have one hand on the winner’s trophy in the 2014 […]

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STAGE SET FOR EXCITING PENULTIMATE ROUND OF CLOSE-FOUGHT SA NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP IN POLOKWANE

Leeroy Poulter and Elvéne Coetzee (Castrol Team Toyota Yaris) currently enjoy a comfortable 31-point lead in the South African S2000 Rally Championship over factory team-mates Hergen Fekken and Carolyn Swan following their victory in the fifth round, the Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally, in Gauteng in August. With this weekend’s penultimate round in Polokwane Poulter and […]

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CASTROL TEAM TOYOTA IN FOUR-WAY TITLE FIGHT AT POLOKWANE

The penultimate round of the 2014 South African National Rally Championship, the Polokwane Motor Rally, takes place on October 17 and 18 – and with four crews vying for the championship title, it is sure to be a spectacular battle. Castrol Team Toyota’s Leeroy Poulter and navigator Elvéne Coetzee currently lead the title chase by […]

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Spectators cheat death at rally

 A group of spectators at an Italian Rally have cheated death after a competitor almost wiped them out.A video of the incident  shows Pietro Scavone and Diego D’Herin in their Renault Clio flipping out of control at the Jolly Rally in northern Italy. Up to a dozen spectators were seated at the corner where the […]

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WRC: Hyundai begins testing with New Generation i20

  Bryan Bouffier puts latest-spec Hyundai rally contender through its paces, but team insists there is no deadline for WRC competition debut. Despite the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship still being in the midst of a busy calendar, Hyundai Motorsport recently rolled out the first prototype of its next WRC car, which is based on […]

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Prodrive tests new VW Golf rally car

 Prodrive has begun testing an all-new Volksagen Golf rally car.The two-litre-engined Golf went through a systems check at MIRA last week and began testing in earnest in Wales on Tuesday. It will not be eligible for the World Rally Championship and Prodrive says it has been built for a bespoke market. The Golf, which was […]

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L’Estage wins his seventh Canadian Rally Championship

Quebec driver Antoine L’Estage (of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu) and his co-driver, Torontonian Alan Ockwell, won this past weekend’s Pacific Forest Rally, in Merritt, British Columbia. This very important victory for the Yokohama Rally Team driver assured him the Canadian championship title, two rounds prior to the end of the season. The 2014 title is also history-making as […]

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BOTTERILL AND VACY-LYLE IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT IN S1600 RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Guy Botterill and Simon Vacy-Lyle (Yato Tools Toyota Etios R2) have all but wrapped up the two-wheel drive S1600 South African National Rally Championship with two rounds remaining. After winning the first four rounds in succession and also round six in the Western Cape a month ago and accumulating 130 points out of a possible […]

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Latvala/Anttila claim historic WRC victory in France

Finnish party in Alsace – Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila won the Rally France and made history in the process. The Volkswagen duo is the first Finnish pairing for just short of 15 years to win an all-asphalt round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). With their fourth win of the season, the twelfth […]

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Latvala closes gap on Ogier with Rallye de France victory

Jari-Matti Latvala clinched victory in the Rally of France on Sunday to draw closer to World Rally Championship leader Sebastien Ogier.With two races to go until the end of the season, the Finn is now just 27 points behind the Frenchman, who is the reigning world champion. Ogier had started his home rally with a […]

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Latvala on target for French win

Jari- -Matti Latvala moved closer to an elusive maiden asphalt victory after controlling Saturday’s second leg of Rallye de France-Alsace.He stretched his lead to 28.0sec after winning the opening four special stages in a Volkswagen Polo R and then throttling back as the challenge from team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen subsided. Latvala won the three morning tests […]

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Latvala leads as Kubica charges

Jari-Matti Latvala completed a hat-trick of stage victories on Saturday morning to widen his lead in the Rally de France-Alsace.He was fastest through both SS9 and SS10 to add to quickest time in the opener, and reached remote service at Colmar with his lead over Volkswagen Polo R team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen up to a relatively […]

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SS10 – Latvala continues to lead

After the final stage of the morning loop on the second day of the Rallye de France-Alsace, Jari-Matti Latvala continues to lead the rally with a 14.8 second advantage over team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen. Latvala dominated the three stages in the loop going fastest on all and at the end of SS10 was in control commenting […]

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Latvala sets opening day pace in France

Jari-Matti Latvala led Rally de France-Alsace after Friday’s opening leg following a disastrous day for FIA World Rally Championship leader Sebastien Ogier. Latvala, pursuing his maiden asphalt win, won four of the seven special stages in a Volkswagen Polo R to head team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen by 8.2sec. The Finn led after the opening test in […]