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2017 RALLY POLAND: PREVIEW – OGIER HOPES TO MAKE IT RAIN

At the end of the final competitive stage of Rally Italia Sardegna, the Citroën C3 of Craig Breen came sliding to a halt amongst the thick sandy gravel of the Sardinian seaside. His immediate reaction to the slippery conditions was describing the stage as being “bucket and spade” conditions. While lacking the windswept quality of the […]

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PREPARED TO PUSH AT RALLY POLAND

M-Sport’s fleet of Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta WRCs will be let loose at incredible speeds next week when the FIA World Rally Championship returns to Poland for what is one of the most action-packed and adrenaline-fuelled events on the calendar. Sébastien Ogier, Ott Tänak and Elfyn Evans made their preparations for this fast-paced encounter in Estonia. […]

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Heading to high-speed Poland

There are just five events left on the WRC schedule for 2017, so our crews move onto Rally Poland knowing that every result counts in our Championship charge. After scoring seven individual podiums in the last five rallies, we are hopeful of continuing our run in Poland. Our target for the high-speed Polish stages is a […]

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A fresh start for the Citroën C3 WRCS

The eighth round of the World Championship, Rally Poland is a popular event with all of the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT drivers: Andreas Mikkelsen, Craig Breen and Stéphane Lefebvre cannot wait to drive on the ultra-fast roads of the Masurian region! The challenges: upgrades for the C3 WRCS After the end of Rally Italia […]

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YARIS SET FOR POLAND SPEED TEST

THE TOYOTA GAZOO TEAM HAS BEEN POUNDING TEST ROADS IN ESTONIA TO GET ITS YARIS WORLD RALLY CAR READY FOR ORLEN 74TH RALLY POLAND [29 JUNE – 2 JULY] AND FOR SOME OF THE FASTEST STAGES IN THE SEASON. After a strong second place last time out in Sardinia, the team faces a brand-new challenge […]

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NANDAN CALLS FOR FOCUS

HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT BOSS MICHEL NANDAN HAS CALLED ON HIS TEAM TO REFOCUS EFFORTS ON SCORING POINTS WHEN THE CHAMPIONSHIP ENTERS A CRITICAL STAGE AT ORLEN 74TH RALLY POLAND [29 JUNE – 2 JULY]. After seven of the season’s 13 rounds, Hyundai lies second in the manufacturers’ standings, 40 points adrift of leaders M-Sport. The gap […]

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NO VICTORY PUSH YET FOR LAPPI

SURPRISE PACKAGE ESAPEKKA LAPPI DISMISSED SUGGESTIONS HE COULD WIN IN POLAND OR FINLAND AFTER LAST WEEKEND’S STELLAR PERFORMANCE AT RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA. Lappi announced his arrival at the WRC’s top level in style, with six stage victories in Italy on only his second World Rally Car outing for Toyota Gazoo Racing. He admitted he surprised […]

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Paddon retains team support

HAYDEN PADDON BELIEVES HE RETAINS THE BACKING OF HIS HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT TEAM AFTER CRASHING OUT OF THE LEAD OF LAST WEEKEND’S RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA. He became the latest driver to throw away a potential rally-winning lead in this most unpredictable of WRC seasons when his i20 swiped a bank on Saturday while almost 10sec clear […]

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2017-SPEC DEBUT FOR KREMER

ARMIN KREMER WILL DRIVE A LATEST GENERATION WORLD RALLY CAR AT HIS HOME ROUND OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP, ADAC RALLY DEUTSCHLAND [17-20 AUGUST]. The German will pilot an M-Sport-prepared Ford Fiesta on the asphalt event, and join a select group of individuals to have piloted the 380bhp cars in competition. In recent years, 48-year-old Kremer [above […]

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Ogier: I’ll stay at M-Sport if Ford backs it

Sebastien Ogier will stay at M-Sport for the 2018 World Rally Championship if Ford gives it factory backing again, but is talking to rivals in case it does not. Ogier joined Malcolm Wilson‘s team following Volkswagen’s abrupt WRC exit last winter. He won in Monte Carlo and Portugal leads the championship by 18 points over […]

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Record-breaking win for al-Attiyah

Qatar’s Nasser al-Attiyah raced into the record books today with a measured drive on the final Leg of the Cyprus Rally that secured him his fifth winner’s laurel on this event, overtaking Sebastien Loeb’s previous record of 4 wins. After a drama-filled first Leg  the second day proved uneventful. Having set out with a comfortable […]

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MIXED FEELINGS FOR NEUVILLE

BELGIUM’S THIERRY NEUVILLE HAS ADMITTED TO HAVING MIXED FEELINGS ABOUT HIS THIRD PLACE FINISH AT RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA LAST WEEKEND. The Hyundai driver closed the gap on championship leader Sébastien Ogier with a fifth podium of the season, but was left wondering what might have been after brake failure cost him a minute during Saturday’s […]

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Angry Latvala prepared to break WRC radio rules

Toyota’s Jari-Matti Latvala says he is ready to break FIA car-to-team communication regulations after being placed in what he felt was a dangerous situation at last week’s Rally Italy. The Finn was left furious when he caught Mads Ostberg’s Ford Fiesta WRC after the Norwegian had stopped to change a puncture. In the heat of […]

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POINTS MEAN PRIZES FOR OGIER AFTER RALLY ITALIA STRUGGLE

Sébastien Ogier found himself in the unusual situation of being swept aside by his team-mate Ott Tänak, mostly as a consequence of having to sweep aside the loose gravel of Rally Italy‘s dusty stages. While he failed to trouble the podium positions, the championship leader was pragmatic about his fifth place finish, looking at the […]

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Kenya: Duncan to Lead 39 Drivers for Kajiado Rally

Nairobi — Ian Duncan navigated by Amaar Slatch in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 10 will be the first off the ramp in Saturday’s Kenya National Rally Championship slated for Kajiado. Duncan will be followed by Flying Finn Tapio Laukkanen, Jassi Chatthe and Manvir Baryan. Baldev Chager is seeded fifth ahead of Onkar Rai, Carl Tundo, […]

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WILSON: IT’S JUST THE BEGINNING

MALCOLM WILSON HAS TIPPED OTT TÄNAK FOR MORE WRC RALLY WINS AFTER THE ESTONIAN COLLECTED HIS MAIDEN VICTORY AT RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA LAST WEEKEND.Accompanied by co-driver Martin Järveoja, Tänak sealed a landmark win on the same event where he claimed his first podium in 2012. A maximum 25-point haul promoted him to third place in […]

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Rally art: how DJI’s drones are transforming the WRC

Drone giant DJI has turned its attention to the 2017 World Rally Championship, with astonishing results Without a doubt, drones have revolutionised the TV and film industries. To the dismay of helicopter pilots everywhere, aerial shots no longer have to involve whirlybirds costing thousands of pounds an hour to fly. Just ask drone-maker DJI, whose […]

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Love Cyprus Golden Stage offers cash prizes for fastest crews

The big-money Love Cyprus Golden Stage will return again for this year’s Cyprus Rally which will take place from the 16th to the 19th of June. Cash prizes are given to the winners, which entices both local and international crews to take part in the rally. Competing crews will have the chance to claim a […]

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MIKKELSEN REPLACES MEEKE AT CITROËN FOR RALLY POLAND

Only hours after the conclusion of Rally Italia, Citroën Racing have announced that Andreas Mikkelsen will lead the team into Rally Poland, with Kris Meeke forced to make way for the Norwegian. Stéphane Lefebvre had originally been the driver forced to make space for Mikkelsen’s return to the WRC’s top category, but after a wayward start […]

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Italy WRC: Tanak claims maiden win, Lappi stars in Power Stage

M-Sport driver Ott Tanak completed the final four stages of Rally Italy to claim his maiden WRC victory.Tanak came close to winning the 2016 edition of Rally Poland when he lost the lead in the penultimate stage with a puncture, and this year’s Portuguese rally, where he crashed from first place on Saturday. The 29-year-old […]

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SS16/17: SCARE FOR TÄNAK

VISIBILITY PROBLEMS HAMPERED OTT TÄNAK’S PUSH FOR A MAIDEN WRC VICTORY AT RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA ON SUNDAY MORNING. A hole in his Ford Fiesta allowed dust into the cockpit. With his view severely reduced, Tänak overshot a junction in the opening Cala Flumini speed test and his car slithered into roadside bushes. The Estonian dropped […]

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SS13: PADDON’S DISASTER

OTT TÄNAK CLAIMED THE LEAD OF RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON AFTER HAYDEN PADDON SHATTERED HIS CAR’S SUSPENSION AFTER SWIPING A BANK AND RETIRED. Paddon, who led by 9.4sec ahead of the second pass of the Coiluna – Loelle speed test, limped to the end of the stage with flames billowing from the rear […]

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SS11/12: DRAMA IN SARDINIA

HAYDEN PADDON COMPLETED A DRAMATIC SATURDAY MORNING WITH HIS OVERNIGHT RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA LEAD INTACT – WHILE ALL HELL LET LOOSE BEHIND HIM ON THE LEADERBOARD.He finished second in both the Monti di Ala’ and Monte Lerno speed tests to return to Alghero for mid-leg service with a 9.4sec advantage in his Hyundai i20. “I […]

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SS10: DUSTY START TO SATURDAY

HAYDEN PADDON INCREASED HIS RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA LEAD EARLY ON SATURDAY MORNING AS HANGING DUST POSED MAJOR PROBLEMS IN THE STILL MORNING AIR.   The Hyundai i20 driver won the 14.95km test from Coiluna to Loelle by 4.0sec from Jari-Matti Latvala to stretch his advantage over team-mate Thierry Neuville to 13.1sec. While many complained about […]

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Rally Italy SS6/7: PADDON’S DAMPER FEAR

HAYDEN PADDON MAINTAINED THE LEAD OF RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON DESPITE CONCERNS OVER SUSPENSION DAMAGE TO HIS HYUNDAI I20.The New Zealander was second in the repeat pass of the Terranova speed test to extend his advantage over Juho Hänninen to 5.6sec. Despite losing only 1.1sec to the Finn in Monte Olia, Paddon was […]

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Citroen disappointed by Meeke’s Italy crash

Citroen has confirmed Kris Meeke’s retirement from Rally Italy following the Briton’s roll on the final stage of the Friday morning loop.Meeke started SS5 with a small lead over Hyundai driver Hayden Paddon, but touched a bank with the right-rear of his car and rolled. He made it through the stage, dropping more than seven minutes […]

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WRC Rally Italy: Paddon leads Hanninen as Meeke rolls out of lead

Hayden Paddon has taken an early lead in the Rally Italia Sardegna after Kris Meeke saw another opportunity scuppered by a roll out of contention on stage five. Having diced for the lead with Juho Hanninen in the early stages, Meeke had pulled out front by SS4 and was on course to stay ahead at […]

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SS4/5: MEEKE ROLLS OUT OF LEAD

HAYDEN PADDON LED RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA AFTER KRIS MEEKE ROLLED OUT OF TOP SPOT ON FRIDAY MORNING’S FINAL SPEED TEST. Meeke headed the Kiwi by 0.8sec going into the 14.14km Tergu – Osilo, but crashed his Citroën C3 before halfway. He dropped nearly eight minutes limping to the finish with heavy damage to co-driver Paul Nagle’s […]

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SS3: HÄNNINEN MOVES AHEAD

JUHO HÄNNINEN MOVED INTO A NARROW LEAD AT RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA AFTER FRIDAY MORNING’S OPENING TWO DIRT SPEED TESTS. The Finn benefited from cleaner roads down the start order to post second fastest time in his Toyota Yaris in the 14.54km Terranova special stage. He then won the following 19.05km Monte Olia to lead Kris […]

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SS1: NEUVILLE WINS ITALY OPENER

THIERRY NEUVILLE WAS THE EARLY LEADER OF RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA AFTER WINNING THURSDAY EVENING’S OPENING SPEED TEST. The Belgian, driving a Hyundai i20 Coupe, defeated arch-rival Sébastien Ogier in the headline heat at Ittiri motocross arena to grab a 0.2sec lead. “I enjoyed that quite a lot,” he said. “The car was working well but […]

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IS NEUVILLE’S TITLE BID ALREADY ON ITS LAST LEGS?

Thierry Neuville has faced a rocky road to reach the position of being a genuine championship contender. The beginning of his career was a journeyman affair, jumping from Citroen to Ford, before eventually settling down at Hyundai. He suffered the ignominy of being demoted to the Korean marque’s junior team after a disappointing start to […]

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Rally Legend Colin McRae’s 1997 Subaru Impreza WRC Test Car Sells For A Record $300,000

The Subaru Impreza WRC97 driven by rally legend Colin McRae in preparation for the 1997 FIA World Rally Championship season went up for auction recently and, as expected, commanded a pretty legendary price. This was apparently just a test car, and never saw actual competition. Even if it never got to see a real podium, […]

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SORDO TOPS ITALY SHAKEDOWN

DANI SORDO WAS FASTEST AT SHAKEDOWN FOR RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA ON THURSDAY MORNING.The Spaniard was two-tenths of a second quicker than Hyundai Motorsport team-mate Thierry Neuville through the 4.15km gravel road test from Olmedo to Monte Baranta. Sordo set the pace through the opening run in his i20 Coupe before Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Juho Hänninen […]

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PADDON GETS PHYSICAL

HAYDEN PADDON CHECKED INTO A MOTORSPORT FITNESS BOOT CAMP TO HELP HIM PREPARE FOR THIS WEEK’S RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA [8 – 11 JUNE] – AN EVENT HE RATES AS ONE OF THE TOUGHEST PHYSICAL CHALLENGES OF THE SEASON. Paddon spent time at the Italian-based Formula Medicine, an organisation that has provided medical and fitness assistance […]

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Poland’s Kajetanowicz wins Acropolis Rally

After a typically tough three days on the Greek gravel, the Seajets Acropolis Rally finished on Sunday with European Rally Championship champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz snatching victory in the end. The Polish driver, along with co-driver Jaroslaw Baran, took their Ford Fiesta 5 first to the finish line in central Greece, just under two minutes ahead […]