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Van Niekerk has comfortable win

The first edition of the York Rally in Sabie and the 26th time that the rally has been run in the area under different sponsors, has been won by accomplished pair of Japie van Niekerk and Robin Houghton in a NAD Ford Fiesta S2000. Van Niekerk lead the event from the start in Sabie yesterday […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Eyes More Progress on Gravel Return

The gravel stages of Rally Argentina will provide the next challenge for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team with drivers Jari-Matti Latvala and Juho Hanninen from April 27 to 30. After the asphalt test of Corsica, round five of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) means a return to gravel action and a return to […]

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HYUNDAI: ‘WE CAN’T REST’

MICHEL NANDAN HAS URGED HIS RESURGENT HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT TEAM TO BUILD ON ITS VICTORY IN CORSICA EARLIER THIS MONTH WHEN THE FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP CONTINUES IN ARGENTINA NEXT WEEK. Thierry Neuville’s  win on the sealed surface island roads kick-started a season which had promised much but delivered little. The Belgian crashed out of the […]

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Watch Japie on the York!

The York Rally that took the place of the Sasol Rally starts in Sabie Friday morning to about 10:15 at the Olifantsgeraamte. The rally, the second round of the SA National Rally Championship has drawn 25 national and African Rally competitors. The event is also the third round of the African Rally Championship and two […]

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Stars in cars for International Rally of Whangarei

From 28-30 April Whangarei will again host the opening round of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC), which brings new cars and a star driver line-up for the 796.78 km journey across revered Northland New Zealand rural gravel roads. The International Rally of Whangarei, part of the Whangarei Festival of motorsport, will include defending […]

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ATS Motorsport ready for Mpumalanga rally action this weekend

The ATS Motorsport rally team is ready for action in the second round of the South African National Rally Championship – the York Rally. Proceedings get underway in Sabie, Mpumalanga, on Friday April 21 with the action all taking place around the quaint logging and timber industry town, sleepy White River, picturesque Graskop and down the […]

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FIA rules out speed caps for WRC stages

By: David Evans, Autosport Rallies Editor The FIA has ruled out implementing a cap on average stage speeds in the World Rally Championship despite concerns over the 2017 cars’ pace.The cancellation of the second run of a Rally Sweden stage won at an 85mph average had prompted fears the governing body was trying to contain […]

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Mikkelsen joins Hyundai for Portugal

Andreas Mikkelsen will test a Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC on Friday with a view to joining the team from Rally Portugal next month onwards. Mikkelsen’s management team has been in negotiation with Toyota, Hyundai and Citroen in its efforts to get the former Volkswagen driver back into the World Rally Championship’s top class. A deal […]

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LAPPI GETS HIS CHANCE

ESAPEKKA LAPPI, ONE OF RALLYING’S BRIGHTEST YOUNG STARS, WILL MAKE HIS FIRST APPEARANCE AT THE TOP LEVEL OF THE WRC AT VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL IN MAY.The Toyota Gazoo team test driver [above right] will join team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Juho Hänninen in the squad for the May 19-21 event, driving a third Yaris WRC […]

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DUMAS WOWS WRC FANS IN PORSCHE

ONE OF THE MOST MEMORABLE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS FROM THE CHE GUEVARA ENERGY DRINK TOUR DE CORSE WAS THAT OF ROMAIN DUMAS BLASTING THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS IN HIS PORSCHE 997 GT3. After the headline World Rally Cars had passed through the stages, fans waited to catch a glimpse of the R-GT class car as it […]

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The rumble in the jungle

The first running of the newly sponsored YORK Rally organised by the SA Motorsport Club (SAM), and this year the second round of the SA National Rally Championship Series 2017, as well as the third round of the FIA African Rally Championship is being finalized and promise to be once again one of the biggest […]

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Corsica WRC: Neuville and Hyundai become fourth different winners

Thierry Neuville took his and Hyundai’s first WRC victory of the season in the Tour de Corse, making it four different winners in four different cars so far in 2017. The turning point of the rally came in Saturday afternoon’s stages, with sections of loose gravel and narrower roads suiting Neuville and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul. […]

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Corsica WRC: Neuville opens up advantage as Ogier hits trouble

Thierry Neuville leads the Tour de Corse ahead of the final day of the event after Sebastien Ogier’s charge was brought to an end by hydraulic problems.In the first stage of the afternoon, M-Sport Ford driver Ogier took six seconds out of Hyundai’s Neuville in the battle for the lead, but on SS8, Ogier had […]

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Rally Corsica: SS7: OGIER HITS TOP GEAR

SÉBASTIEN OGIER FINALLY FOUND THE PACE THAT HAS ELUDED HIM AT THE CHE GUEVARA ENERGY DRINK TOUR DE CORSE TO SLASH THIERRY NEUVILLE’S LEAD ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON. Ogier claimed his first win of the rally in the repeat of the marathon speed test from La Porta to Valle di Rostino, cutting Neuville’s lead from 8.2sec […]

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SS6: CORSICA LEADER MEEKE OUT

KRIS MEEKE RETIRED FROM THE LEAD OF THE CHE GUEVARA ENERGY DRINK TOUR DE CORSE ON SATURDAY MORNING TO HAND THE INITIATIVE TO A REJUVENATED THIERRY NEUVILLE. He coasted to the end of the Novella special stage with smoke pouring from his Citroën C3’s engine. The Briton and co-driver Paul Nagle pushed the car away […]

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Rally Corsica: SS3: OGIER FIGHTS BACK

SÉBASTIEN OGIER ENDED KRIS MEEKE’S RUN OF VICTORIES BY EDGING TO FASTEST TIME THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON’S OPENING SPEED TEST AT THE CHE GUEVARA ENERGY DRINK TOUR DE CORSE. Meeke won both morning stages but Ogier fought back to stop the clocks 0.8sec quicker in the repeat pass through the west coast test from Pietrosella to […]

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Corsica WRC: Meeke takes early lead, Hanninen crashes

Kris Meeke grabbed the early advantage on the first dry asphalt rally of the 2017 WRC season by establishing his Citroen in the lead on Tour de Corse’s opening stages.Meeke was quickest on both the Pietrosella-Albitreccia and Plage du Liamone-Sarrola-Carocpino stages, and is 8.9 seconds clear of points leader Sebastien Ogier’s M-Sport Ford. Hyundai’s Thierry […]

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Holden to make rally debut in Otago

The Penny Homes Holden Rally Team makes its debut at this week’s much-anticipated Otago Rally with Christchurch driver Josh Marston behind the wheel of one of the team’s two Holden Barina AP4+ cars. Gore-based co-driver Andrew Graves will sit alongside Marston who returns to New Zealand Rally Championship competition following a break after winning the […]

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Ogier tops Corsica shakedown

Sébastien Ogier topped the times in a sun-kissed shakedown at the Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse on Thursday morning. Jari-Matti Latvala and Thierry Neuville posted the benchmark time through the opening pass of the 5.40km Sorbo Ocagnano test near the Bastia service park. Ogier eclipsed that time on his second run and went […]

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Three Citroen C3 WRC’s line up for Tour de Corse

For the first time this season, the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team is to contest a rally with a line-up of three C3 WRCs. Following on from their dramatic win in Mexico, Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle will lead the charge, alongside Craig Breen/Scott Martin and Stéphane Lefebvre/Gabin Moreau. TOUR DE CORSE: A WRC ICON: […]

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Champion’s campaign for Kajetanowicz – LOTOS Rally Team

This season emotions and adrenaline level will reach the highest possible threshold in the FIA European Rally Championship history. Kajetan Kajetanowicz stands up to extremely challenging fight for third consecutive title in overall classification. No other competitor has ever achieved such a great success in the oldest rally series in the world. The LOTOS Rally […]

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Neuville tests high-performance Hyundai i30 N on edge of Arctic Circle

The Hyundai i30 N, Hyundai Motor Company’s first high-performance model, has been tested to the limit on a frozen lake in temperatures as low as minus 30°C at Arjeplog, Sweden, by FIA World Rally Championship driver Thierry Neuville as part of its final development program. Set for launch in the second half of 2017, Hyundai’s […]

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Malmesbury test for Team acciDent Guru

Double champion Western Cape Rally Team acciDent Guru starts it’s 2017 Championship attack at the series’ second round CPMCC Malmesbury Rally Saturday 1 April following a round the clock effort to prepare its three car attack for action. The 2017 team comprises a trio of Volkswagen Golf 1 GTis two Class S3 entries for Piet […]

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VW CONFIRMS POLO R5 COMING

VOLKSWAGEN has confirmed development of its R5 customer rally car is underway and said a reappearance of the 2016 Polo WRC in private hands is still a possibility.Motorsport director Sven Smeets said the R5, based on a forthcoming new-generation Polo, is expected to start testing in September. He did not confirm when the Polo R5 would […]

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83-strong entry for Corsica

The championship’s upcoming fourth round, the Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse (6th – 9th April), has attracted a strong entry of 83 crews, organisers have revealed.For the first time this season, the all-asphalt classic will feature a full house of WRC championship categories from World Rally Cars to the 2017 debut of the […]

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Østberg out of Corsica

Mads Østberg will miss next month’s WRC asphalt fixture in Corsica after being unable to test the latest suspension for his Ford Fiesta WRC. Norwegian is unwilling to head to the Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse (6 – 9 April) with what he believes is no opportunity to fight for a top result. […]

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Flying Finn wins maiden Safari Rally title

 Tapio Laukkanen navigated by Gavin Laurence in a Subaru GVB machine claimed his maiden victory on the 65th Africa Rally Championship (ARC) Safari Rally. The Flying Finn eclipsed six times former Kenyan champion Duncan by 22 seconds to lay his hands on the coveted title that has eluded him over the past three editions. Forget […]

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Two purposes for Hayden Paddon as Kiwi WRC driver locks in Italian event

 Hayden Paddon will have his first competitive outing with Seb Marshall at Rally Sanremo.Hayden Paddon’s trip to the north-western coast of Italy later this month serves two purposes.As indicated by soon-to-be new co-driver Seb Marshall when the pair confirmed their impending partnership on Wednesday, it was announced on Thursday the Kiwi rally driver would be taking […]

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Record 23 enter Africa series

A record number of drivers contending for African Rally Championship points have entered this weekend’s Kenya round of the continental series – the Safari Rally.They include top Kenyan woman driver Natasha Tundo who will be navigated by Shantal Young, the only women’s crew in this year’s Safari. Muna Singh of Zambia, who is a member […]