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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 […]

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Mikkelsen edges close to Latvala

Andreas Mikkelsen trimmed Jari-Matti Latvala’s lead in the Rally de France-Alsace to just two-tenths of a second after claiming his second stage victory of the opening leg. The Norwegian was 0.1 second faster than Sebastien Ogier and 0.5 second quicker than Latvala as Volkswagen claimed its second 1-2-3 finish in thjis 11th round of the […]

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WRC Rally of France: Latvala leads as Ogier hits trouble

Jari-Matti Latvala has taken the lead on the Rally of France after the opening morning’s stages, as Volkswagen team-mate Sebastien Ogier dropped over four minutes after hitting engine trouble.Latvala led Ogier by three tenths of a second through the first stage, with the factory VW of Andreas Mikkelsen just a further two tenths adrift. AUTOSPORT […]

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Canadian Championship in sights for L’Estage

Quebec driver Antoine L’Estage (of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu) will contest this weekend’s Pacific Forest Rally, the fourth of six rounds in the 2014 Canadian Rally Championship, to be held in Merritt, British Columbia at a rally where the six-time Canadian Champion has been very successful, a win this Saturday could assure him the 2014 championship title. Winner […]

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Latvala fastest in France opener

Jari-Matti Latvala set the early pace at Eallye de France-Alsace with the fastest time through this morning’s opening stage.He averaged almost 120kph in his Volkswagen Polo R as he blasted through the sunny and clear test 0.3sec quicker than team-mate Sébastien Ogier, pronouncing himself happy with Michelin’s new asphalt tyres which are being used here […]

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M-Sport on the hunt in France

Going into the final pure asphalt round of the the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship, the M-Sport World Rally Team are on a mission to chase down second place in the Manufacturers Championship. Only eight points behind Citroen, who currently hold the second spot, the M-Sport team go into the rally with the clear objective […]

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Latvala fastest at France shakedown

Jari-Matti Latvala began his quest for a maiden WRC asphalt victory in perfect style when he was fastest in shakedown at Rallye de France-Alsace this morning. Jari-Matti Latvala The Finn was quickest through the 3.80km Hautepierre Parc des Sports test next to the Strasbourg service park by 1.2sec in a Volkswagen Polo R. Kris Meeke […]

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The best rally championship in the world

What’s going to be the best rally series you see next year? Hierarchically, you would have to say the World Rally Championship. It’s at the top of the tree after all: the juiciest lobster in the smorgasbord of four-wheeled entertainment put before us on an annual basis. Sadly, that’s probably not going to be it […]

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Glamour model to take on Wales Rally GB challenge in North Wales

A GLAMOUR model will be behind the wheel of a high performance rally car as she takes on the world’s best drivers in the Wales Rally GB as it roars through Denbighshire next month. Peta Todd is not one to shirk a challenge. The Help for Heroes patron and former glamour model, from Essex, now […]

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French Asphalt Awaits Kubica

RK M-Sport World Rally Team’s Robert Kubica will return to his preferred surface this week as he tackles the asphalt roads of Rallye de France – Alsace with the Ford Fiesta RS WRC. The Pole will be on familiar territory having claimed victory on the Alsatian roads as part of the FIA World Rally Championship’s […]

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Hyundai ready to take on the tarmac at Rally France

Continuing its debut season in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team will tackle the second and final all-tarmac event of the season – Rallye de France-Alsace, which takes place this coming weekend. Shortly after travelling more than 16,000km to Rally Australia – the furthest distance to a WRC event […]

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WRC Rallye de France: Latvala eyes first asphalt win

Volkswagen’s Jari-Matti Latvala is “determined” to secure his first asphalt win on Rallye de France this week. Latvala looked poised to do just that in Germany last month, until he crashed out on the final day while comfortably leading. The Finn was bitterly disappointed and now wants to make amends in Alsace. “I have a […]

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Skoda makes history at the APRC

Skoda has every reason to celebrate: the Czech car maker has made motorsport history by clinching a double title early in the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC). It is ŠKODA’s third consecutive triumph in the APRC manufacturers’ and drivers’ championship*. With the win, works driver Jan Kopecký (CZ) secured another continental championship less than […]

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ANOTHER TOUGH CHALLENGE FOR DONALDSON CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP CREWS

The penultimate round of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship, the Thaba ’Nchu 450 in the Free State on October 24 and 25, is going to provide competitors in the Production and Special Vehicle categories with another tough challenge. For the sixth time in seven events this season crews will be heading into the unknown with […]

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Rallye de France: Delecour to pilot Porsche 911 RGT

Francois Delecour will start Rallye de France next week, his home round of the World Rally Championship, at the wheel of the Tuthill Porsche 911 RGT. The 911 GT3-based rally car stole the hearts of the rally-watching public on last month’s Rallye Deutschland and focused the minds of many looking for a cost-effective alternative to […]

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VW promises title thriller in France

Volkswagen Motorsport Director, Jost Capito, has predicted a fierce duel for victory between Sebastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala at the Rally de France Alsace when the 2014 title battle reaches a critical stage.Polo R pilot Ogier and his co-driver Julien Ingrassia have the chance to seal both drivers’ titles at home in France, while team-mates […]

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WRC tries once again to resolve format dispute

The 2015 World Rally Championship format will finally be agreed via a specially convened WRC Commission meeting and FIA World Motor Sport Council e-vote next month. Controversial changes to the Powerstage system were expected to be ratified by the WMSC in Beijing earlier this month, but despite getting unanimous WRC Commission approval, the scheme was […]

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M-Sport after silver in Alsace

M-Sport World Rally Team’s Mikko Hirvonen and Elfyn Evans head to Rallye de France – Alsace with a clear objective – to hunt down their rivals in the battle for second place in the FIA World Rally Championship Manufacturer standings. The British team embarks on the final pure asphalt event of the year just eight […]

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Introducing the Mitsubishi R5…

The wraps came of the latest addition to the flourishing R5 class when the new Mitsubishi R5 was launched at the Rallyday show at Castle Combe race circuit in England last weekend. Based on the new Mirage road car, which is called Space Star in some countries, the rally car has been designed and developed […]

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APRC – Japan – Rally Hokkaido set for title fight

Rally Hokkaido, the fifth round of the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship, runs this weekend and with only 8 points separating the top two drivers in the Championship means that the 2014 title is still up for grabs. The rally is based in Obihiro on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido with tight and technical stages […]

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The ERC salutes Ekaterina Stratieva

The FIA European Rally Championship salutes Ekaterina Stratieva, the provisional winner of the ERC Ladies’ Trophy.Subject to final confirmation, the Bulgarian is out of reach in the contest with two events remaining Drivers count their best four scores and with Inessa Tushkanova not starting in Cyprus, Stratieva’s current total of 11 points cannot be surpassed, […]

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Red Bull GRC: Rhys Millen wins Race 2 in L.A.; Ken Block takes championship lead

 Rhys Millen picked up his second career Red Bull Global Rallycross win with a clean run in Race 2 at the Port of Los Angeles.Millen won his semifinal heat to earn a front row spot for the final. There, he took the hole shot and pulled away from Ken Block and Joni Wiman to score […]

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Rally Australia wants WRC finale slot

Rally Australia is looking to oust Rally GB from the World Rally Championship’s season finale slot within the next two years.Although the FIA has announced another September slot for the Australia round in 2015, the last year of the rally’s current contract, organisers are pushing for a change after that. Rally Australia’s Ben Rainsford feels […]

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SPECTACULAR RESULT FOR TOYOTA ON CAPE DEALER RALLY

• Maiden victory for Giniel de Villiers and Greg Godrich (Imperial Team Toyota Yaris S2000) • Second place finish for Leeroy Poulter and Elvéne Coetzee (Castrol Team Toyota Yaris S2000) • Fifth victory from six starts for Guy Botterill and Simon Vacy-Lyle (Yato Toyota Etios R2 S1600) • Third place finish for Chris Coertse and […]

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WRC principals not giving up on radical plans

 The World Rally Championship will forge ahead with radical format changes for next season, despite the current proposal being rejected by last week’s World Motor Sport Council. WRC Promoter’s Oliver Ciesla and Volkswagen Motorsport director Jost Capito – the two main players in the new plans – both say they still believe the revisions to the Powerstage […]

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Champagne for Enzo and Gerhard

Twice national rally champion Enzo Kuun celebrated only his second rally of the 2014 National Rally Championship with a trip to the podium on the Toyota Cape Dealer Rally, finishing third in the New Africa Developments Ford Fiesta. Despite losing time on Saturday’s opening stage and dropping to fifth, Kuun and navigator Gerhard Snyman maintained […]

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  BOTTERILL AND VACY-LYLE BACK IN BUSINESS IN TOYOTA CAPE DEALER RALLY

It was back to business for Guy Botterill and Simon Vacy-Lyle (Yato Tools Toyota Etios) in the sixth round of the South African S1600 National Rally Championship in the Western Cape this afternoon after an uncharacteristic stutter in the previous round in Gauteng in August.   After winning the first four rounds they ran into […]

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DE VILLIERS AND GODRICH RECORD DEBUT WIN IN DRAMATIC TOYOTA CAPE DEALER RALLY

It’s not often that an event sponsor wins its own event in motor racing, but that’s what Toyota did in the Toyota Cape Dealer Rally in the Western Cape this afternoon. Giniel de Villiers, a former national cross country champion and winner of the Dakar Rally in 2009, won his first national championship rally with […]