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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 […]

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Hayden Paddon splits with long-time co-driver John Kennard

Hisory-making Kiwi rally co-driver John Kennard will step down from his role as Hayden Paddon’s co-driver in the World Rally Championship after July’s Rally Finland.The pair have been working together for almost 12 years, a relationship which began back on the domestic scene and has risen to the pinnacle of world rallying.”After 12 years as […]

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Ogier Facing Possible Rally Mexico Exclusion

Sébastien Ogier’s second place on Rally Mexico is in doubt after the FIA launched an investigation to see if his gearbox was underweight. The decision is expected before the next round at Tour of Corsica and could result his exclusion from the event.Sebastien Ogier could be under threat of exclusion from Rally Guanajuato Mexico after […]

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Leeke and Kohne get 2017 rally campaign underway with a fighting second place

Second overall and second in class on the KZN Rally was a fitting reward for the Team ATS entry of Richard Leeke and Henry Kohne, after a weekend of ups and downs. The Natal Tour 2017 – run on March 10/11 and opening round of the South African National Rally Championship – did not start […]

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‘You have to be thick skinned’: Female rally champion, 28, opens up about what it’s like to compete in the male dominated sport – and says there’s still an ‘old school mentality’

In 2016, Molly Taylor, 28, from Sydney, became the first ever female winner of the Australian Rally Championship.The young woman, who started driving while she was still at school, made her debut in the Australian Rally Championship in 2007 where she won the F16 class before going on to place highly in and win countless […]

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Meeke was in “hands of the Gods” in car park excursion

By: David Gruz, Editorial assistant Motorsport.com Rally Mexico winner Kris Meeke says he was very fortunate to keep his victory following his mistake in the Power Stage, which forced him to go through a car park. After a disastrous start to the season, having only scored two points in two rallies, Meeke spent most of […]

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KRIS MEEKE AND CITROËN SURVIVE LAST GASP DRAMA TO KICK-START WRC CHALLENGE WITH RALLY MEXICO VICTORY

   The Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team’s Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle confirmed victory in Rally Guanajuato Corona in Mexico, despite one of the most thrilling finales to an event in the history of the FIA World Rally Championship.Appearing comfortable at the start of the final Power Stage with a lead of 37.2 […]

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CITROËN’S KRIS MEEKE HOLDS HIS NERVE TO PULL CLEAR OF WORLD CHAMPION OGIER IN MEXICO

The Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team’s Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle made what could well be a decisive attack over the second loop of stages on day three of the Rally Guanajuato Corona in Mexico and will take a solid lead of 30.9 seconds into the remaining two specials on Sunday. After starting […]

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Mexico engine overheat issues could get worse – Ogier

By: David Evans, Autosport Rallies Editor Motorsport.com Reigning WRC champion Sebastien Ogier says Rally Mexico still has plenty of punishment to give the new-generation cars, after universal overheating issues on the opening day of the Leon-based event. nly rally leader Kris Meeke escaped without any kind of heat-related trouble after a near-perfect, if shorter than […]

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Rally Mexico: SS9: Sordo fights back

ni Sordo bounced back from Friday night’s disappointment at Rally Guanajuato Mexico to claim fastest time in Saturday morning’s opening speed test. Amid huge confusion, the Spaniard was hit with a 10-minute penalty after a severe engine misfire reduced his Hyundai i20 Coupe to near-walking pace in the final two speed tests at León race […]

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Friday WRC 2 in Mexico: Tidemand takes charge

Pre-event favourite Pontus Tidemand led WRC 2 at Rally Guanajuato Mexico after a hot and dusty day’s action on Friday. The Swede, driving a Skoda Fabia R5, headed the standings after last night’s opening two speed tests in Mexico City. However, he yielded the advantage to main rival Eric Camilli as soon as today’s delayed […]

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Testing the water

Local and foreign competitors are taking full advantage of two days of permitted reconnaissance to familiarise themselves with the challenging route of nine competitive stages ahead at next week’s Safari Rally. The event will mark Round Two of the FIA African Rally Championship. A total of 50 cars and drivers from Finland and across Africa […]

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Friday in Mexico: Meeke sets early pace

Kris Meeke put a troubled start to the season behind him to lead Rally Guanajuato Mexico after a truncated but dramatic opening leg on Friday.There was huge anticipation as the new-era World Rally Cars sampled gravel for the first time in the mountains near León, and Meeke [above] coped best in his Citroën C3 to […]

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KLIPDALE RALLY

KLIPDALE RALLY Fresh from a win in Gauteng Jacques and I were quite confident that we had a chance to pull off two wins in two weekends. Confident but rally-wise, not absolutely sure. Unlike on the Hall Speed Rally we sported brand new helmets and goodness knows that was a relief as during the first […]

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Rally Mexico: SS2 / 3: Stages cancelled

Friday’s action at Rally Guanajuato Mexico has been delayed following major hold-ups in transporting rally cars back to León following last night’s opening street tests in Mexico City’s Zócalo square. The convoy of transporters carrying the cars was held up after the motorway between the two cities was closed for almost six hours following an […]

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Rally Mexico: Ogier plots measured attack for Rally Mexico

Sebastien Ogier says surviving the opening day at Rally Mexico with his unfavourable road position before attacking for victory will be key as the M-Sport Ford driver targets a fourth win in the Central American event. The four-time defending WRC champion will start Rally Mexico second on the road, as dictated by championship standings behind […]

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Fiesta time in Mexico City

Central Mexico City echoed to the sound of rally cars on Thursday night as the FIA World Rally Championship transformed the iconic Zócalo square into a colourful and thrilling high-speed motorsport party.  Large crowds packed the heart of one of the world’s largest cities as Rally Guanajuato Mexico roared into life with two spectacular speed […]

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RALLY MEXICO SET TO BREAK NEW GROUND WITH AMBITIOUS START AND STAGE IN DOWNTOWN MEXICO CITY ON THURSDAY

 Weeks of meticulous preparations and complex logistics will be put to the test when the 14th Rally Guanajuato Corona gets underway in downtown Mexico City for the first time on Thursday afternoon. With all pre-rally formalities and the traditional shakedown stage completed in and around León on Wednesday, all attention now turns to the start […]

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Neuville tops Mexico warm-up

Thierry Neuville was fastest in shakedown at Rally Guanajuato Mexico on Wednesday evening as the new-era 2017 World Rally Cars faced gravel action for the first time in a rally environment. There was huge anticipation in the León service park when crews headed out to the 5.31km Llano Grande test as onlookers waited for the […]

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Citroën admits early errors

Citroën Racing technical director Laurent Fregosi believes the team has learned from its mistakes during a languid start to the FIA World Rally Championship season at the opening two rounds.Citroën sits bottom of the manufacturers’ championship after disappointing performances on the snowy asphalt of Rallye Monte-Carlo and the frozen tracks of Rally Sweden. However, Fregosi […]

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Makinen’s Mexico Questions

Tommi Makinen says the chances of his Toyota team extending its run of excellent results will depend on how the new Yaris WRC copes with the heat and altitude of Rally Guanajuato Mexico. Four weeks after Rally Sweden, when Jari-Matti Latvala delivered the first victory for Toyota in the WRC since 1999, the team is […]

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Testing push for M-Sport

M-Sport has completed almost 1,500 kilometres of loose-surface testing in a bid to continue its run of podium finishes at the championship’s third round, Rally Guanajuato Mexico, (9 – 12 March). The British-based squad is currently 20 points clear at the head of the manufacturers’ standings, thanks to wins on the opening round for Sébastien […]

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Citroen looking to bounce back

Citroen will look to kick-start their 2017 World Rally Championship at this week’s Rally Mexico. The French manufacturer had been tipped as potentially having the car to beat this year but indifferent performances in the first two rounds of the championship have calmed expectations. Team Principal Yves Matton is confident that they will have better […]

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Tour Natal kicks off “new look” SA Rally Championship

The 2017 SA National Rally Championship season starts on Friday when the Tour Natal Rally kicks off Friday afternoon. It is the first round of the SA National Rally Championship and the first rally in the new S1600 format. The rally has been organised by the Natal Motorcycle and Motorcar Club. The new  format attracted […]

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Brad Keselowski wins Atlanta after late-race drama

By: Lee Spencer, NASCAR Senior Writer Motorsport.com Kevin Harvick was the class of the field at Atlanta Motor Speedway — but a late race speeding penalty provided Brad Keselowski with the break he needed to win the race.Harvick led 292 laps in Sunday’s Fold of Honor QuikTrip 500 and the first two segments, but Keselowski […]

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Mikkelsen pondering WRC2 title bid with Skoda

 Andreas Mikkelsen would consider a full WRC2 campaign if Skoda Motorsport wants him to fight for the World Rally Championship’s second-tier title.The Norwegian, a runaway winner of round one in Monte Carlo, will be back in a Fabia R5 for the next European round of the series in Corsica next month. Mikkelsen denied his second […]

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Hyundai Motorsport sets sights high for Rally Mexico

Hyundai Motorsport is searching for its first podium finish of the season at Rally Mexico, the third round of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship Alzenau, Germany – After a difficult start to the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Hyundai Motorsport is ready to reassert its credentials as Championship contenders at Rally Mexico, the […]

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2017 RALLY MEXICO

  The third round of the FIA World Rally Championship presents a third unique challenge for the contenders as they head to the Americas for Rally Mexico (8-12 March). After the icy alpine roads of Rallye Monte-Carlo and the snow of Sweden, Mexico is more than just the first gravel round of the Championship. Temperatures […]

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Keith Cronin and Mikie Galvin confirmed to contest this year’s Prestone MSA British Rally Championship with Cumbria’s M-Sport

Keith Cronin and Mikie Galvin have been confirmed to contest this year’s Prestone MSA British Rally Championship with Cockermouth’s M-Sport and the Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta R5.Contesting all seven events, Cronin’s Fiesta will be fitted with DMACK tyres which claimed the championship laurels last year and sport an M-Sport livery, which draws inspiration from those made […]

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Solberg To Join British Rally Championship

20-year-old Oscar Solberg is to join the Junior British Rally Championship class in a Ford Fiesta R2T ran by MH Motorsport for a full season campaign alongside Patrik Barth. The Norwegian star who is the son of Henning and nephew of Petter Solberg will move over from the World Rally Championship-supporting Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy […]

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Mikkelsen: 2017 Volkswagen block a “punch in the face”

 Andreas Mikkelsen says the FIA’s decision not to let Volkswagen’s 2017 car compete in the WRC is a “punch in the face” that leaves his season uncertain.The plan to get the 2017 Polo R WRC out with a private team was Mikkelsen’s best hope of a drive in a top-class machine this season following the factory […]

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M-Sport’s Malcolm Wilson relishing the start of a new British Rally Championship season

M-Sport team principal Malcolm Wilson is relishing the start of a new British Rally Championship series next month, hailing it as “the perfect platform for those looking to develop their skills and make a name for themselves among the rallying elite”.The Prestone MSA British Rally Championship is ready to burst back on to some of […]