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Rally Finland: Latvala leads after first four stages

A 2.27km stage to complete Thursday’s stage action in Finland and Jari-Matti Latvala leads overnight, Ogier +4.5, Meeke +9.2, Hänninen + Hirvonen +26.4, Mikkelsen +27.2, Østberg +30.9, Neuville +38.8, Prokop +1:09.4, Solberg +1:13.8, Evans +1:14.8… Latvala collected a hay bale on the 2.27km Harju stage and dropped 0.8 to hs VW teammate and rival Sébastien […]

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Rally Finland: Latvala sets early -pace on stage 1 in the rain

A challenging test and perfect curtain-raiser as it offered a mix of everything competitors encounter over the four days. Wide and narrow roads, crests, jumps and dips were all there on roads close to the home of Finnish legend Juha Kankkunen.Jari-Matti Latvala set the early pace at Neste Oil Rally Finland, the Finn blasting his […]

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Hyundai enters 3 cars for super-fast Rally Finland

After a short summer break, the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team will resume its debut campaign in the FIA World Rally Championship today at Rally Finland, the fastest and most spectacular round of the series.The Alzenau-based team secured a well-earned podium result in Poland last month with all three Hyundai i20 WRC cars finishing a […]

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Six foreign crews enter Pearl of Africa rally

Six foreign crews have enetered the Shell V-Power Pearl of Africa Rally that is scheduled for August 15-16 .According to the Clerk of the Course (COC) , the current ARC point leader, Gary Chaynes and Roain Comas from Ivory Coast (76pts), former ARC champion Mohamed Essa and Gareth Dawes from Zambia (75pts) have cleared the […]

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German WRC “debut” for Toyota GT86 CS-R3

The GT86 CS-R3 rally car will make its public debut at ADAC Rallye Deutschland, the ninth round of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship, TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) can confirm.TMG has chosen to return to its rallying roots with a rear-wheel-drive car to entertain drivers and fans alike, following in the wheel tracks of cars […]

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Latvala fastest at Finland shakedown

Finn Jari-Matti Latvala delighted his home fans by posting fastest time at this morning’s (Thursday) shakedown stage for Neste Oil Rally Finland.The Volkswagen Motorsport driver was quickest by 0.6sec from Mads Østberg’s Citroen DS3 over the 4.19km Laajavuori test around the ski jump on the edge of host city Jyväskylä. Latvala, rally winner in 2010, […]

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Kubica ready for ‘Finnish Grand Prix’ outing

 Former BMW and Renault F1 driver Robert Kubica will tackle Rally Finland this week buoyed by his maiden victory at the wheel of a Fiesta RS WRC earlier this month.Piloting an A-Style run Fiesta with technical support from M-Sport, Kubica secured a dominant win on the Italian asphalt of Rally Internazionale del Casentino and he […]

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Hirvonen pessimistic on home chances

Mikko Hirvonen feels Volkswagen’s dominance of the World Rally Championship is likely to prevent him from a home podium finish in Finland.Ford M-Sport’s Hirvonen won the event on his way to the world title in 2009, but heads to this weekend’s 26-stage rally 114 points behind defending champion and standings leader Sebastien Ogier. Frenchman Ogier […]

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WRC set for 2017 tech revolution

WRC Commission president Carlos Barbosa says the FIA is determined to reinvigorate the sport’s spectacle with the next generation of World Rally Cars.New technical regulations will arrive in the world championship in 2017, but Barbosa is adamant those rules will be written and communicated before the end of this year. And he wants variety back […]

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The WRC’s top five flying Finns

Finland is well known for its incredible driving talent. Of the eight Finnish F1 drivers who’ve started a grand prix, three have become world champions (Keke Rosberg, Mika Hakkinen and Kimi Räikkönen) while in the World Rally Championship, Finns still lead the way in number of victories, with Finnish drivers having claimed 170 wins to […]

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Citroen ready for 2nd half of season

Back when the Swedes were the only drivers that could compete with the Finns at their home event, Citroën enjoyed its first win at the “1,000 Lakes Rally” in 1962 when local drivers Pauli Toivonen and Jaakko Kallio secured victory in a DS19.Twenty six years later, another Citroën claimed overall victory in Jyväskylä… World Champions […]

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IMPERIAL TOYOTA CULLINAN RALLY KICKS OFF SECOND HALF OF SA NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Round five of the SA National Rally Championship has a new sponsor – Imperial Toyota – and will see the second half of the season blast off to a quick start from the traditional ramp at the Zonderwater Correctional Services facility in Cullinan, east of Pretoria on Friday, August 15. “We are very grateful to […]

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IMPERIAL TOYOTA PUTS ITS WEIGHT BEHIND CULLINAN RALLY – ROUND 5 OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Imperial Toyota today announced its financial support of the Cullinan Rally, round 5 of the South African National Rally Championship. The event, which takes place on August 15 and 16, 2014, will again feature spectacular rally stages in and around the town of Cullinan, Northeast of Pretoria,Gauteng. “When we heard that the event was without […]

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Ostberg wins Helsinki Street Battle

Norway’s Mads Ostberg gave himself a pre-rally boost today, when he truimphed over some legendaryopposition at the Neste Oil Rally Heklsikni Battle.The Helsinki Battle featured a stellar line-up of WRC drivers.The Citroen DS3 WRC driver was overall winner of the rally sprint event, which took place on the streets of downtown Helsinki and pitted six […]

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Drift, Jump, Full Throttle – Volkswagen All Set For The Rally Finland

For many it is the essence of rallying: the Rally Finland. The Volkswagen works duos go into the eighth round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), from 31 July to 3 August, in first, second and third place in the championship. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) and Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N) […]

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Finland countdown: the stages

Drivers will discover different stages when the start their recce on Monday for the Rally Finland Neste (31 July – 3 August for round eight of the World Rally Championship.Just three of last year’s special stages remain in the same format but what hasn’t changed is the DNA of one of rallying’s classics. Smooth gravel […]

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FIA ERC: Rally Estonia Round-Up

World Rally Championship regular Ott Tanak claimed a dominant victory in Estonia to make it six  winners from seven rounds in this seasons European Rally Championship.Tanak, who was untouchable in his home guest appearance, was fastest on 10 of the 14 gravel stages. The 26-year-old did suffer a few few minor technical issues with a […]

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David Higgins crowned American rally champion again

Manx rally driver David Higgins is Rally America champion for the fourth consecutive year after overcoming late adversity to win the New England Forest Rally in Newry, Maine.The Subaru Rally Team USA man and co-driver Craig Drew took their fifth victory of the season to secure the Championship with two events still remaining.   A […]

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FRANKIE GOES TO …

THE PRETORIUS SAGA DRAWS TO AND END Francois aka “Frankie” Pretorius also “affectionately” known as “MSA 1” – a name that he took for himself when he bought the customised number plate for his bakkie, was this morning ordered to pay back more than R1.7m to eight complainants by the Alexandra Court. This was the […]

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ERC Rally Estonia draws the top drivers

Estonia’s best young rally drivers will take on the big guns from the FIA European Rally Championship when the Baltic nation hosts the fastest event of ERC 2014 from 17-19 July With the headquarters and service park in Otepää and the ceremonial start and finish in Tartu, Estonia’s second largest city, auto24 Rally Estonia marks […]

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Rebecca climbing rallying’s ladder in Europe

 Queensland co-driver, Rebecca Smart, is currently forging a successful career in Europe, and as the reigning Fiesta Sporting Trophy champion in Belgian, is hoping to climb even higher up the rallying ladder. The sister of former ARC front-runner, Ryan Smart, Rebecca has been co-driving for Timo van der Marel in a variety of cars – […]

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Robert Kubica dominates Rally del Casentino in World Rally Car

Robert Kubica scored his first win in a World Rally Car by dominating the Rally del Casentino in Italy on Saturday. The Polish star was driving an A-Style-run Ford Fiesta RS WRC and won 10 out of the 12 asphalt stages run around Bibbiena, north of Arezzo. Kubica won the event by more than two […]

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Sandell wins Midnight Sun

Patrik Sandell’s rally outings have been sadly too rare of late, with the 2006 Junior World Rally Champion involved in Global Rallycross with Olsbergs MSE, but he’s been in action at home in Sweden this weekend, winning the Midnattssolsrally – the Midnight Sun Rally – in a 3-litre Porsche 911, prepared by UK specialists Tuthill […]

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Volkswagen Sasolracing claim podium finish, Team and Manufacturer’s Award at Volkswagen Rally

THE Volkswagen Sasolracing team completed a demanding Volkswagen Rally in the Eastern Cape on Saturday, finishing on the podium with Hans Weijs Jnr and Björn Degandt in their Volkswagen Sasolracing Polo S2000. In addition to the podium result, Volkswagen also received the Manufacturer’s Award for the most points scored, while Hans Weijs and Björn Degandt […]

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FOURTH SUCCESSIVE PODIUM FOR CASTROL TEAM TOYOTA

• Second overall for Leeroy Poulter/Elvéne Coetzee • Poulter extends overall lead in championship • Fourth successive Class S1600 win for Guy Botterill/Simon Vacy-Lyle It was a weekend of mixed results for Toyota Motorsport on the Volkswagen Rally, which took place in and around Port Elizabeth on 11 and 12 July, 2014. The event saw […]

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FOUR S1600 RALLY WINS IN A ROW FOR BOTTERILL AND VACY-LYLE

Championship leaders Guy Botterill and Simon Vacy-Lyle (Yato Tools Toyota Etios) scored their fourth consecutive victory in the SA National Rally Championship for two-wheel drive S1600 cars in Port Elizabeth on Saturday after winning 10 of the 15 special stages that made up the two-day VW Rally, halfway point of the eight-round championship.   They […]

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CRONJE AND HOUGHTON WIN VW RALLY IN EASTERN CAPE

The halfway mark in the SA National Rally Championship was reached in the Eastern Cape this weekend, with reigning champions Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton (Ford Dealer Team Fiesta) winning the VW Rally and improving their championship position after four rounds to fourth.   It was a comfortable victory in the end for the Ford […]

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Skoda podium lock out at home

 European Rally Champion Jan Kopecký (CZ) ahead of Umberto Scandola (I) and Sepp Wiegand (D): the ŠKODA family tasted triple success at its home rally. Thousands of fans packed the finish area in front of the ŠKODA Museum in Mladá Boleslav to celebrate the local manufacturer’s victory at the Rally Bohemia, which this year also […]

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Cronje first on the road day Volkwagen Rally

Altogether 34 cars restarted the Volkswagen Rally in Port Elizabeth this morning with the overnight leader Mark Cronje in the Ford Dealer Team Ford Fiesta first on the road.He started the day with a 40.6 lead over the Team Castrol Toyota Yaris of Leeroy Poulter. The first four stages were shared by Cronje, Weijs and […]

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Cronje leads Volkswagen Rally after four stages

The current South African Rally Champions, Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton, in a Ford Dealer Team Ford Fiesta S2000 was leading the Volkswagen Rally in Port Elizabeth by 10.6 seconds from Leeroy Poulter, in a Team Castrol Toyota Yaris. The event, the fourth round of the South African Rally Championship, started in Uitenhage this morning. […]