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M-Sport Stages set to return for a second year

Following the success of last year’s event, M-Sport are delighted to announce that the M-Sport Stages is set to make a return to Greystoke forest this summer. Organised in conjunction with the West Cumbria and Eden Valley Motor Clubs, initial plans are already underway with the event scheduled to become a two-day fixture on 3-4 […]

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South African Botterill reveals desire to master tough Safari route

Guy and Simon left their car in Nairobi following the conclusion of the FIA African Rally Championship Equator Rally In Summary •They announced plans to tackle June’s WRC Safari Rally Kenya with a more powerful machine as well as instil caution and aggression. •The all-South African crew kissed the Kenyan round goodbye after being time […]

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UK RALLYING NEEDS TO RETHINK ITS FUTURE – RICHARDS

PHOTOGRAPHY BY HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT WORDS BY ELLIOT WOOD, DAVID EVANS & COLIN CLARK   MOTORSPORT UK CHAIRMAN SAYS THE ‘DIE IS SET’ FOR RALLY GB’S SHORT-TERM FUTURE OUTSIDE THE WRC Motorsport UK chairman David Richards is encouraging discussion about new directions for rallying’s future, rather than “just trying to recreate the past all the time” […]

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‘Avid rally fan’ Villas-Boas to make WRC debut in Portugal

Andre Villas-Boas will make his World Rally Championship debut this month in Portugal, organisers said on Tuesday. “Some of the biggest intrigue in Portugal will be reserved for car 57, driven by Andre Villas-Boas. The former Porto, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur football manager has been an avid rally fan for some time and will make […]

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Start in Mikolajki and finish in Warsaw

It is going to be a very special jubilee and splendid rally. ORLEN 77th Rally Poland marks 100th anniversary of this event with opening ceremony in Mikolajki and champagne spraying at the finish in Warsaw. Mikolajki-based event will kick-off 2021 season of FIA European Rally Championship – the oldest rally series in the world, held since 1953. […]

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Oliver Solberg to make top flight WRC return in Italy

By: Jason Craig Oliver Solberg will make a return to the World Rally Championship top flight after securing another outing at next month’s Rally Italy. The son of 2003 WRC champion Petter Solberg will once again drive a 2C Competition Hyundai Motorsport i20 Coupe after impressing on his way to seventh during his debut run […]

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FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP HYBRID PROGRAMME UPDATE

  The FIA, along with WRC manufacturers Hyundai, M-Sport Ford and Toyota are fully committed to the implementation of Rally1 hybrid for 2022. In line with the FIA’s drive towards new technology and sustainable energy, the next-generation of top category WRC cars will feature a state-of-the-art plug-in hybrid unit. The FIA and the manufacturers have […]

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KCB pumps Sh100 million towards WRC Safari Rally

By Agencies For Citizen Digital In Summary WRC is one of the oldest and leading global motorsport competitions and is governed by Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, (FIA). The championship returns to Kenya in 2020, after a nearly two-decade hiatus. The 2020 competition was put off after the Covid-19 pandemic struc Kenya’s preparations for the forthcoming World […]

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OGIER: MY ‘CRAZY HELL OF A RIDE’

Sébastien Ogier believed winning the Croatia Rally was beyond him after Sunday morning’s road traffic accident that left him fighting a damaged car and nursing an injured back. The world champion snatched victory in the third round of the FIA World Rally Championship by 0.6sec – the third closest margin in the series’ 49-year history […]

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PASTRANA TAKES THIRD ARA WIN IN A ROW ON OLYMPUS RALLY

PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID COSSEBOOM WORDS BY LUKE BARRY   THE SUBARU MOTORSPORTS USA DRIVER EXTENDS UNBEATEN RUN IN 2021, WITH KEN BLOCK FINISHING IN SECOND Travis Pastrana has maintained his 100% start to the 2021 American Rally Association presented by DirtFish National season by winning round three, the DirtFish Olympus Rally. The Subaru Motorsports USA driver, […]

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Carl Tundo wins the 2021 Africa Equator Rally in Naivasha

By: GRACE MATHEK Kenyan driver Carl Flash Tundo has won his first Africa Rally Championship (ARC) Equator Rally victory in Naivasha. Tundo defied the early morning torrential rains and muddy conditions to win the race. On his first outing with the Minti Motorsports VW Polo R5, the 5-time Safari Rally winner thrived through wet conditions as he […]

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Targa Tasmania rally: tribunal set up to investigate crashes after three deaths

By: Justine Landis-Hanley Premier Peter Gutwein says the government will be talking with police and race officials about how the island’s 2,000km rally may have to change in future Motorsports Australia will establish a special investigatory tribunal to examine two fatal crashes in which three people died at Targa Tasmania at the weekend. Veteran competitor Shane […]

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Ogier clinches WRC Croatia Rally victory by 0.6s to Evans

By: Ryan Wood Sebastien Ogier(FRA) and Julien Ingrassia (FRA) of team Toyota Gazoo Racing Sebastien Ogier claimed a thrilling victory on Sunday, despite an early scare which saw the Frenchman involved in a collision on a public road, which almost derailed his WRC Croatia Rally. Ogier pipped Toyota Yaris team-mate Elfyn Evans by just 0.6 […]

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OGIER LEADS IN CROATIA AS NEUVILLE SUFFERS TORRID MORNING

Sébastien Ogier stormed into the lead of the Croatia Rally on Saturday morning as a troubled Thierry Neuville forfeited his overnight advantage. The world champion won two of the four asphalt speed tests south-west of Zagreb to relegate the Belgian and head a Toyota Yaris one-two. Elfyn Evans was 7.0sec behind with a frustrated Neuville […]

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NEUVILLE LEADS IN CROATIA AS ROVANPERÄ CRASHES

Thierry Neuville won three of Friday morning’s four speed tests to grab an early lead at the Croatia Rally after FIA World Rally Championship leader Kalle Rovanperä crashed shortly after the start. Neuville won the opening two special stages in his Hyundai i20. Although Elfyn Evans halted Neuville’s run, the Belgian added a third success […]

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Ken Block to race in the East Africa Safari Classic Rally 2021 for Tuthill Porsche

By Daniel Lawrence Ken Block is a free agent, living in a world post his multi-year deal with Ford and seemingly striving to now race in every Off-Road vehicle under the sun. Thanks to a recent announcement from Tuthill Porsche, Off-Road Racing fans will get a glimpse of Ken Block behind the wheel of a vintage Rallying 911 at this […]

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Driver killed in Australian rally crash

By:Andrew van Leeuwen A driver has been tragically killed in a crash during the Targa Tasmania rally in Australia. According to organisers, Shane Navin crashed on the Mt Arrowsmith stage at 10am local time this morning. He couldn’t be revived by medical crews and was pronounced dead on the scene. His co-driver Glenn Evans was […]

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EVANS CONFIDENT IN TOYOTA’S TARMAC ABILITIES

Elfyn Evans says he’s looking forward to his first ever all-asphalt event aboard a Toyota Yaris WRC in Croatia this week end. The Welshman, who is currently third in the standings and went fastest on Thursday’s morning’s shakedown blast, has surprisingly never started an all-asphalt rally before in his current car, although the same can […]

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE OLYMPUS RALLY

PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID COSSEBOOM WORDS BY LUKE BARRY ROUND THREE OF THE 2021 AMERICAN RALLY ASSOCIATION NATIONAL SERIES IS ONE OF THE MOST FAMED It’s time to buckle up and prepare for an awesome week of rallying! Not only is the World Rally Championship season resuming after a two-month break, but the American Rally Association presented […]

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THE LAST TIME THE WRC VISITED SOUTHEAST EUROPE

PHOTOGRAPHY BY RED BULL CONTENT POOL WORDS BY LUKE BARRY AHEAD OF THE INAUGURAL RALLY CROATIA, DIRTFISH REMEMBERS THE RATHER FORGETTABLE RALLY BULGARIA The World Rally Championship has been to all corners of the globe, but Europe has proved a popular destination for rallying’s premier competition over the years. Indeed, of the 33 nations to have […]

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Over 200 Reporters Arriving in Croatia to Cover World Rally Championship

By HINA Everything is ready for the arrival of participants in the third round of the FIA World Rally Championship, which will take place in Croatia on 22-25 April, and the host expects more than 200 reporters and TV crews for this occasion. A total of 69 teams are expected at the Croatia Rally route which will […]

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Toyota unsure of what to expect at ‘challenging’ Rally Croatia

by Ryan Wood The World Rally Championship heads to Croatia for the first time next weekend, and despite a six day test in the country, Toyota are unsure of what to expect from the all-asphalt event. The Japanese manufacturer currently leads the WRC standings with Kalle Rovanpera, four points ahead of Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville. But heading to a […]

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The World Rally Championship Could Race at the Nurburgring Next Year

BY PETER HOLDERITH Nothing’s set in stone yet but Rally Germany is looking for a new home in 2022. The Nürburgring is the most famous racing complex in the world, with any automaker worth its salt sending its sportiest models for testing at the facility’s Nordschleife. But one legendary racing series has been missing from the ‘Ring’s hallowed […]

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State-of-the-art technology comes to town ahead of Equator Rally

A total of seven R5s will feature in the Equator event making it the highest number on Kenyan soil. Competitors believe the healthy entry of R5 cars on the forthcoming FIA ARC Equator Rally is a sign of better things to come. KNRC Division 1 Navigators’ Champion Victor Okundi reckons: “It shows how much the […]

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Breen denied back-to-back Sanremo Rally wins after late penalty —SEE UPDATE

By: Sammy Hamill UPDATE: WORDS BY LUKE BARRY Dirthfish.com   Craig Breen and Paul Nagle have been reinstated as the winners of Rally Sanremo after the final time control of the rally was canceled. Breen had beaten fellow Hyundai i20 R5 driver Andrea Crugnola by 4.8 seconds after eight stages of the former WRC event, but […]

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DOUBLE DUTY JAYDEN STARS IN DELMAS

by Motorsport Media Els & Swartz take rally class win as Jayden plots Polo Cup progress The weekend’s double header SA National Rally Championship opening Delmas rally proved a great outing for young Jayden Els, who is dovetailing a dual campaign this season aboard his Power Line Africa rally Volkswagen Polo R2 and a national circuit […]

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CCMCC Klipdale Rally

RALLY REPORT BY PATRIC VERMAAK   Rûens Kollege (Waar Kind word en Groot word lekker word) looked like a beautiful oasis on the Klipdale Farm with the traditional start / finish venue of the Overberg Agri silo’s keep watch in the background. Amongst the benefits of having teams camp at the Rûens Kollege was that […]

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Tanak: Hyundai will show potential in Croatia

By: Jason Craig Ott Tanak believes the “full potential” of Hyundai Motorsport’s i20 World Rally Car will be on show at Rally Croatia later this month. Tanak scored only his second World Rally Championship win as a Hyundai driver at February’s Arctic Rally Finland where he defeated the Toyota Yaris of Kalle Rovanpera by 17.5 […]

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ASPHALT FORM CHEERS LATVALA AHEAD OF CROATIA

Having won both the last two FIA World Rally Championship rounds featuring asphalt, Toyota Gazoo Racing team principal Jari-Matti Latvala has every reason to be optimistic ahead of the Croatia Rally (22 – 25 April). The Yaris World Rally Car topped the podium at last season’s ACI Rally Monza finale and this year’s opening Rallye […]

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FIA European Rally Championship: Lukyanuk is ready to fight for the third title!

Russian Alexey Lukyanuk, who won his second European Champion title in 2020, will once again join his forces with his longtime friend and familiar racing partner Alexey Arnautov to participate in the FIA European Rally Championship. Lukyanuk is pleased to confirm the continued partnership with Citroën Racing, thanks to its support and opportunities he achieved […]

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Strong Entry List of Over 200 Cars Revealed for the 2021 Rallye Sanremo

By Pontus Lindroos The 68th edition of the world famous Rallye Sanremo has seen a bumper entry of more than 200 cars taking part in one of the biggest rallies in Europe this year, a rally with a long running history, and that this year promises to be a good event despite having only eight stages, totalling […]

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2021 Safari Rally Threatened with Cancelation

By Pontus Lindroos The Safari Rally round of the FIA World Rally Championship, which was set to make a comeback on the WRC calendar last year after 17 years of absence, had to be cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and now this year’s rally is also threatened to be cancelled once again. The rally is scheduled to […]

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M-SPORT FORD HAPPY WITH OPENING HYBRID-ERA TEST

M-Sport Ford has reported positive progress with its all-new hybrid-era car after the British firm began initial testing. Next year marks the start of a new generation in the FIA World Rally Championship, with all three current manufacturer teams committing to new hybrid cars from 2022 to 2024. All top-tier cars will be powered by […]

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HYUNDAI PAIR HEAD TO SANREMO FOR CROATIA WARM-UP

Ott Tänak and Thierry Neuville head for the Italian hills next month to tackle Rally Sanremo in preparation for the FIA World Rally Championship’s first visit to Croatia. Formerly Italy’s round of the WRC, Sanremo (11 April) will provide a day of asphalt driving for the Hyundai Motorsport duo ahead of the Croatia Rally (22 […]

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RALLY IN THE 100 ACRE WOOD: Pastrana, Gelsomino top the field

The Rally in the 100 Acre Wood was a show like no other this weekend. With all the rain leading into the race, Thursday’s recce (reconnaissance) and the shakedown before the start were filled with sloppy turns and deep running water over the water crossings. 100AW champs Travis Pastrana and Rhianon Gelsomino get major air […]

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FIA World Rally Championship adds Greece to 2021 calendar

Munich, 26 March 2021 – Greece will return to the FIA World Rally Championship for the first time in eight years after the fabled Acropolis Rally Greece was added to the 2021 calendar today.The gruelling gravel road event forged a reputation as one of the WRC’s iconic fixtures after joining the inaugural season in 1973, […]

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Toyota’s GR Yaris AP4 Is Ready For Rally Racing In Australia

BY BRAD ANDERSON While the new Toyota GR Yaris won’t be competing in the World Rally Championship as the car manufacturer had originally intended, it will be racing in the Australian Rally Championship. The racer has been dubbed the GR Yaris AP4 and came to life thanks to a partnership between Toyota and Neal Bates Motorsport. It is based on […]

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BREEN BOOSTED BY POWER STAGE BONUS HAUL

Craig Breen’s points tally from Arctic Rally Finland’s Wolf Power Stage has given the Irishman confidence to chase more bonus points in this year’s FIA World Rally Championship. The Hyundai Motorsport driver finished fourth at the Lapland rally, ending on a high with second place in the closing test. He kept a charging Elfyn Evans […]