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MSA grants permit for first closed-road rally in England

 The Motor Sports Association (MSA) has granted the first Event Organising Permit for a closed-road competition in England to Chelmsford Motor Club (CMC) for a stage rally in Essex next April. New legislation facilitating closed-road motor sport commenced on 10 April this year, following a long campaign by the MSA. The first full event under […]

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Manvir tipped to win Africa title in Zambia

Kenya is tipped to win the 2017 African Rally Championship (ARC) title for the third year running with Manvir Baryan heading for the final round of the series in Zambia next weekend with a slight advantage. With both Baryan and Leroy Gomes of Zambia going into the final round as the chief championship contenders, International […]

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Subaru Clinches 2017 CRC Manufacturer’s championship with Pacific Forest Rally Win

  It was another first-place finish for Subaru Rally Team Canada (SRTC) – and another podium sweep for Subaru – at this year’s Pacific Forest Rally in British Columbia, the fifth round of the 2017 Canadian Rally Championship (CRC) season. The victory marks SRTC’s third in a row, and keeps the team atop the championship […]

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Final Countdown begins to Turkey’s WRC candidate rally in Marmaris

Competitors, members of the media and senior officials have now arrived in Marmaris and are making their final preparations for Marmaris Rally Turkey, TOSFED’s officials candidate event for the FIA World Rally Championship, which takes place this weekend (October 20-22). Thirty-six Turkish crews, two teams from Cyprus and one from Bulgaria will be able to […]

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Tänak Switches to Toyota for 2018 Season

Ott Tänak will join Toyota’s factory effort in the World Rally Championship from next season, partnering Jari-Matti Latvala and Esapekka Lappi in the team’s three car lineup for next year. The Estonian’s move comes as the Finnish-based team expands to three full-time cars for 2018, having run its third entry for only part of the […]

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Ogier keen to clinch title before unfavourable Australia

 Sebastien Ogier says he is wary of prolonging the WRC title fight beyond the penultimate round of the season in Wales Rally GB later this month. Thierry Neuville’s disastrous Rally Catalunya retirement has opened the door for Ogier to seal a fifth straight WRC title. Ogier finished second to Kris Meeke last weekend in his […]

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ALL TO PLAY FOR AS TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’S BOTTERILL/VACY-LYLE TAKE ON THE CARNIVAL CITY RALLY

Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Guy Botterill and navigator Simon Vacy-Lyle find themselves in unfamiliar territory going into the final rally of the 2017 South African National Rally Championship. The pair, three times champions in Class S1600, trail their nearest competitors by four points as they head to the Carnival City Rally, which takes place on […]

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Eight-time winner L’Estage headlines Pacific Forest Rally

. Rally car racing enthusiasts will once again descend upon the Nicola Valley this weekend for the 40th anniversary edition of the Pacific Forest Rally — the fifth stop on this year’s Canadian Rally Championship series. As always, the Pacific Forest Rally is poised to be a potential game-breaker as driving teams battle for the […]

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Sordo benched by Hyundai for Australia WRC finale

Dani Sordo will miss the final round of this year’s WRC season after Hyundai confirmed a three-car team for next month’s Rally Australia. Sordo is the second Hyundai driver to be dropped after Hayden Paddon was sacrificed to make way for new signing Andreas Mikkelsen in Spain earlier this month. Last year’s Rally Australia winner […]

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Hyundai rues ‘fragile’ i20

Hyundai Motorsport boss Michel Nandan has admitted his team’s i20 World Rally Car was maybe too fragile to win this year’s WRC manufacturers’ title. The Korean squad’s championship hopes were virtually extinguished at RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España last weekend when all three of its i20 Coupes suffered similar steering and suspension failures. Thierry […]

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Paddy Hopkirk on pole position to become BRDC president

Silverstone‘s owner, the British Racing Drivers Club (BRDC) is on track to get a new president next week when it votes to replace Derek Warwick with Monte Carlo Rally winner Paddy Hopkirk. The news came to light in a letter seen by Christian Sylt and sent to BRDC members ahead of its Annual General Meeting […]

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Reeves beats NZ’s best to win Rally Coromandel

 Brendan Reeves has successfully defended his title at the Mahindra Goldrush Rally Coromandel, held in New Zealand’s north island today.Reeves and co-driver Ben Searcy drove the new Mazda 2 AP4 as part of Force Motorsport. The fourth round of the NZ Rally Championship attracted a large field of 56 crews, including New Zealand’s World Rally […]

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LOCAL DRIVERS DOMINATE ENTRY FOR TURKEY’S CRUCIAL WRC CANDIDATE EVENT

Turkey’s all-important WRC candidate event takes place in the Muğla region on October 20-22 and local teams dominate a 37-car field.   Marmaris Rally Turkey will take its place in the FIA World Rally Championship calendar in September 2018 provided that the candidate event laid on by TOSFED ticks all the right boxes and runs […]

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Wilson counts on home win

Malcolm Wilson says if his M-Sport team fails to wrap up the WRC manufacturers’ title later this month, it doesn’t deserve it. After further pulling clear of rivals Hyundai in Spain last weekend, Wilson’s squad is all but guaranteed the title win on home ground when the series resumes at Dayinsure Wales Rally GB (26 […]

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Second in Spain “Like a Victory” – Sébastien Ogier

Sébastien Ogier edged close to a fifth consecutive World Rally Championship title with a second place finish at Rally de Espana last weekend, and the M-Sport driver described the result as being “like a victory”.   Ogier extended his gap to championship rival Thierry Neuville to 38 points after the Belgian retired on the final […]

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WRC: Meeke: Rally de Espana win shows Citroen qualities

Kris Meeke believes victory at Rally de Espana demonstrates Citroen’s World Rally Championship pedigree after a tough campaign. Kris Meeke believes victory at Rally de Espana demonstrates Citroen’s World Rally Championship pedigree after a tough campaign in 2017. The Northern Irish driver has endured a challenging season having scored top ten finishes in just three […]

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PELLIER WINS 2017 208 RALLY CUP! SUAREZ CLAIMS 2017 ERC U28 BRONZE!

With one round of the competition still to come, Laurent PELLIER has wrapped up this year’s 208 Rally Cup crown thanks to his third place on the particularly entertaining Rallye Terre des Cardabelles in France! He will now move on to join the Peugeot Rally Academy which saw Jose Antonio SUAREZ secure a top-three placing […]

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Meeke clinches victory in Spain as Neuville retires

Kris Meeke has taken his second World Rally Championship victory of 2017 at Rally RACC Catalunya as Thierry Neuville suffered a suspension break to stall his title charge against Sebastien Ogier.Kris Meeke has taken his second World Rally Championship victory of 2017 at Rally RACC Catalunya while the title race took a pivotal twist as Thierry […]

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Catalunya WRC: Meeke extends lead, Neuville retires

Citroen’s Kris Meeke closed in on Rally Catalunya victory with three stage wins during the Sunday morning loop, as Thierry Neuville’s title challenge unravelled further. Despite setting the pace throughout the morning, Meeke lost what he reckoned to be around four seconds at the infamous Coll de la Teixeta roundabout where drivers do a donut […]

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Saturday in Spain: Masterful Meeke leads

Britain’s Kris Meeke closed on a second world rally victory of the season in Spain on Saturday night. He led RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España by 13.0sec from Sébastien Ogier, whose bid for a fifth consecutive world title looked stronger than ever after main rival Thierry Neuville hit trouble. Meeke’s only win of a […]

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Rally Catalunya: SS10: Neuville bounces back

Thierry Neuville recovered from a torrid end to Saturday morning at RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España to win the afternoon’s opening speed test. The Belgian, who dropped more than 40sec after hydraulic problems set in motion a bizarre chain of events, set about climbing back up the leaderboard with fastest time in the second […]

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Rally Catalunya: Title blow for Neuville

Thierry Neuville’s WRC title hopes took another jolt following a bizarre liaison section spin at Rally RACC Catalunya – Rally de España on Saturday morning. He climbed to fifth following the day’s second speed test at El Pont d’Armentera, just a second adrift of an intense fight for second. He ended the stage with no […]

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Rally Catalunya: SS7: Meeke snatches lead

Kris Meeke grabbed the lead of RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España in Saturday morning’s opening speed test as the switch to asphalt shook up the overnight leaderboard. Cars had been transformed from gravel specification to low-slung asphalt racers for the final two days of action, and Meeke responded best by winning the El Montmell […]

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Catalunya WRC: Mikkelsen ends first day with Hyundai on top

Andreas Mikkelsen enjoyed a dream first day in his new job as a Hyundai driver, leading Rally Catalunya at the end of the gravel stages on Friday night.Mikkelsen lost the lead briefly after the opening test of the afternoon – when he slipped 0.3s behind Mads Ostberg – but he was straight back to the […]

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Catalunya WRC: Mikkelsen leads Ostberg in opening loop

 Andreas Mikkelsen made a dream start with his new team Hyundai, leading Rally Catalunya after the first loop of stages on Friday morning.The start of WRC’s only mixed-surface event of the season was blessed with sunshine and blue skies – just the sort of conditions championship leader Sebastien Ogier feared the most, with him running […]

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WRC Rally Spain: Tänak sets pace

Ott Tänak led RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España after the opening two gravel speed tests on Friday morning.The Estonian was fastest in the Caseres special stage before claiming second quickest in the following Bot test to hold a 2.2sec advantage over Mads Østberg’s Ford Fiesta. Glorious sunshine and dry conditions meant the dirt tracks […]

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Ogier tops Spain warm-up

Sébastien Ogier was fastest in a sun-kissed shakedown at RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España on Thursday morning. The Frenchman blasted his Ford Fiesta through the 2.97km mixed surface speed test on the edge of Salou 0.3sec quicker than longtime leader Kris Meeke. Dani Sordo and Ott Tänak were tied in third, 0.8sec further back. […]

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ERC 2017 Rally Liepāja: Preview – Kajetanowicz v Magalhães For Championship Glory

 The 2017 FIA European Rally Championship goes down to the wire this weekend with Rally Liepāja and will go the way of either double and defending champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz or title rival Bruno Magalhães. 24 points separate the pair with one round remaining, with Kajetanowicz aiming for a record third ERC title and Magalhães looking […]

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M-SPORT SEEK SPANISH SUCCESS

As the FIA World Rally Championship returns to action, there remains all to play for and M-Sport will be hoping to continue their success on the mixed-surface terrain of RallyRACC Catalyuna – Rally de España. With the Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC leading the way in both championships, the Spanish fixture could prove pivotal – the […]

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Tundo rules as Mitsubishi sweep Guru Nanak Rally

Carl “Flash” Tundo navigated by Tim Jessop in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 10 secured his first win of the season following a dramatic end to Guru Nanak Rally in Naivasha.Sealing the podium dash were two former national rally champions Baldev Singh Chager and Jaspreet Singh Chatthe in what turned up to be Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution […]

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Mikkelsen targets strong debut

Andreas Mikkelsen is targeting a return to the sharp end of the WRC this week when he makes his much anticipated debut with Hyundai Motorsport at RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España [5 – 8 October]. The Norwegian and his co-driver Anders Jaeger joined Hyundai last month, initially for the upcoming rounds in Spain, Great […]

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Latvala: I can be in the mix

Jari-Matti Latvala believes his Toyota Gazoo Racing squad is well-placed to fight at the front of the WRC’s only mixed surface encounter in Spain this week. After strong performances on gravel and asphalt at the last two rounds, the Finn feels his Yaris World Rally Car can shine when the two surfaces come together at […]

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A mixed come back for the WRC!

After a six-week break, the FIA World Rally Championship heads back to action from 5th to 8th October in Spain. With three rallies to go, Sébastien Ogier is still leading the overall standings with 17 points ahead of Thierry Neuville, who aims a first title this year. 1: After three rallies contested under the red […]

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Hyundai running four cars at Rally Great Britain

Hayden Paddon will be back in a World Rally Car when Hyundai Motorsport fields four i20 Coupes in Rally Great Britain at the end of October. The decision is aimed at regaining lost ground in the manufacturers’ championship, in which it trails M-Sport by 64 points with three rounds remaining. Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville is also […]

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Turkey plans compact return

Next season’s Rally Turkey could be the most condensed FIA World Rally Championship round ever.The gravel event returns to the WRC next September after a seven-year absence and Serkan Yazici, president of organiser TOSFED, said the Marmaris-based encounter would feature several speed tests near the service park. “We plan to make the most compact rally […]

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Dual surface challenge ahead for the Yaris WRC in Spain

The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team faces a fresh challenge on Rally de Espana (October 5-8): the only round of the FIA World Rally Championship run on both gravel and asphalt. This mixed-surface event will provide a thorough test of the development of the Yaris WRC during its first season. Already, the car has […]

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Rested and ready for Spain

WRC returns from its long summer break with the mixed surface challenge of Rally de España, the 11th round of the 2017 championship. Following a couple of disappointing results, we will be looking to bounce back in style with a three-car entry including our newest crew of Andreas and Anders.   Our Norwegian duo will […]

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Duncan leads series into Naivasha

After a long break, the 2017 Kenya National Rally Championship resumes this weekend with the Multiple Carriers-sponsored Guru Nanak Rally on Sunday at Delamere Estate, Naivasha.The Nanyuki Rally was cancelled a couple of months back at the last minute due to political reasons that had affected the stages on a ranch within the area. Ian […]

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Hyundai confirms full-time Mikkelsen drive

  Hyundai Motorsport has confirmed that Andreas Mikkelsen will drive for the team on a full-time basis in 2018 and 2019.Mikkelsen’s signing was somewhat expected given that he has already been called up to compete for the team in the final three rallies of the season, starting with Rally de España early next month. However, […]