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ARA OLYMPUS RALLY: PATRIK SANDELL, PER ALMKVIST, SUBARU TAKE TOP HONOURS

Subaru Rally Team USA drivers Patrik Sandell and Per Almkvist overcome Day 1 troubles to win Olympus Rally, their first win in the American Rally Association.Jeff Seehorn and Karen Jankowski put on a flawless performance to take second place overall and first in the Limited 4wd class. The win propels Seehorn and Jankowski into the […]

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PACE NOTES CAUSED OGIER CRASH

SÉBASTIEN OGIER BLAMED A PACE NOTE ERROR DURING THE RECCE FOR LAST WEEKEND’S VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL CRASH WHICH COST HIM THE FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD. He retired after damaging his Ford Fiesta against a tree stump in the second pass through the Viana do Castelo speed test. Broken suspension sent him slithering into […]

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A TRUE TEST OF NERVES

This weekend, the third round of the South African National Rally Championship, the Rallystar National Rally, will be held at the Sun Carousel Casino near Pretoria. Competitors that have entered can expect to face a major test of endurance, nerves and consistency. It is the first time that a national rally will be held around […]

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Modern Roll Cages Are Amazing

During the Portuguese round of the World Rally Championship, Kris Meeke crashed his Citroën C3 WRC into the woods. But the outcome could have been much worse. Ever since Jeremy Foley and Yuri Kouznetsov took the ultra wide line at the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with their Mitsubishi Evo built by Kevin Dubois, pretty much […]

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Citroen tell Sebastien Loeb it’s full-time or nothing in 2019

Sébastien Loeb’s World Rally Championship comeback looks highly unlikely to continue into next season unless he commits to a full-time drive, according to Citroën team boss Pierre Budar. Budar says he is reluctant to allow the nine-time champion to compete again on a part-time basis as Loeb is doing this season, as part of a three-round […]

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  WRC’s maddest event: East Africa’s Safari Rally

At its height, the World Rally Championship’s Safari Rally was so extreme that each car had its own helicopter escort Some people say the World Rally Championship has lost its sense of adventure. And when you consider there was once an event that was so rife with peril – oncoming local traffic, giant hidden boulders, […]

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THE FIGHT IS ON FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’S BOTTERILL/VACY-LYLE AT ROUND 3 OF 2018 NRC

Defending South African National Rally Champions, Guy Botteril and navigator Simon Vacy-Lyle, may be back in the championship fight after a resounding victory on the 2018 York Rally, Round 2 of championship, but the season is far from over. As it stands, Botterill/Vacy-Lyle find themselves tied for third place in the championship standings, and will […]

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Meeke “grateful” to Citroen after huge Portugal crash

Citroen driver Kris Meeke says he is “grateful” to his team for building “such a strong car” after he emerged unhurt from a huge Rally Portugal crash.The Northern Irishman went off the road in his C3 WRC on a fifth-gear right hander on Saturday morning’s first run at the Amarante stage – previously one of […]

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Young Guns Get Ready For Rallystar Rally

The Young Guns in their Speedglass Welding Helmets Fiesta head to the Rallystar Rally on Friday – round three of the South African National Rally Championship – with a slight sense of déjà vu. Their 2017 campaign – in which they eventually finished as runners-up – started in similar fashion to the 2018 one…they had […]

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Portugal WRC: Neuville takes points lead with win

Thierry Neuville has taken the championship lead in WRC after claiming his second win of the season in Portugal.The Hyundai driver scored 29 points as he was second-fastest in the Power Stage and is now 19 points ahead of the non-scoring Sebastien Ogier, who crashed out on Friday. Neuville started the day with a 39.8s lead over […]

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SATURDAY IN PORTUGAL: NEUVILLE TAKES CONTROL

THIERRY NEUVILLE GAVE HIS WORLD TITLE HOPES A MAJOR BOOST AFTER DOUBLING HIS LEAD IN SATURDAY’S PENULTIMATE LEG OF VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL. He starts tomorrow’s short finale with a 39.8sec advantage in his Hyundai i20, and victory would propel him back to the head of the FIA World Rally Championship for the first time […]

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Rally Portugal: SS12: NEUVILLE PULLS CLEAR

THIERRY NEUVILLE STRETCHED HIS VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL LEAD TO ALMOST HALF A MINUTE WITH A SUBLIME PERFORMANCE THROUGH THE LONGEST SPEED TEST OF THE EVENT ON SATURDAY MORNING.   The Belgian stopped the clocks 17.2sec ahead of Elfyn Evans in the 37.60km Amarante special stage, which ended the morning loop, after the second-placed Welshman […]

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Rally Portugal: SS10/11: EVANS ON A CHARGE

ELFYN EVANS CUT THIERRY NEUVILLE’S VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL LEAD AFTER AN AGGRESSIVE START TO SATURDAY MORNING’S ACTION.The Welshman, trailing the Belgian by 17.7sec overnight, conceded another second in the opening Vieira do Minho speed test. He then charged to fastest time in Cabeceiras de Basto, reclaiming almost six seconds in his Ford Fiesta to […]

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FRIDAY IN PORTUGAL: NEUVILLE LEADS AFTER CRAZY DAY

THIERRY NEUVILLE LED VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL ON FRIDAY NIGHT AFTER A CHAOTIC OPENING LEG DESTROYED THE HOPES OF A HOST OF FRONTRUNNERS. The lead changed hands on six occasions on rock-strewn dirt roads near the Spanish border before the Belgian took a 17.7sec advantage in his Hyundai i20 over Elfyn Evans. Dani Sordo was a […]

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OGIER LOSES MEXICO APPEAL

SÉBASTIEN OGIER’S APPEAL INTO HIS POWER STAGE POINTS PENALTY AT RALLY GUANAJUATO MEXICO HAS BEEN REJECTED. M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s case was heard by the FIA’s International Court of Appeal in Paris earlier this month and the sport’s governing body announced today that the Frenchman had  lost his argument. Event stewards hit the WRC championship […]

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Rally Portugal: SS3/4: SORDO SETS PACE

DANI SORDO BECAME THE FOURTH DRIVER TO LEAD VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL IN AS MANY SPEED TESTS AFTER ENDING A DRAMATIC FRIDAY MORNING AT THE TOP OF THE STANDINGS.  The Spaniard won the twisty Ponte de Lima special stage to demote Kris Meeke and Hayden Paddon and return to the Matosinhos service park with a […]

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Rally Portugal: SS2: TÄNAK STOPS, PADDON LEADS

OTT TÄNAK’S HOPES OF REPEATING LAST MONTH’S STUNNING ARGENTINA VICTORY AT VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL WERE DASHED IN FRIDAY MORNING’S OPENING SPEED TEST WHEN HE STOPPED AFTER HITTING A ROCK. Tänak was 6.7km into the Viana do Castelo stage close to the Spanish border when he pulled his Toyota Yaris to the roadside. In-car footage […]

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Citroen “doesn’t want” part-time Loeb programme for 2019

Sebastien Loeb’s World Rally Championship comeback looks highly unlikely to continue into 2019 because Citroen team principal Pierre Budar is reluctant to allow the nine-time champion to compete part-time again. Loeb contested the Mexico and Corsica events earlier this year as part of a three-round WRC programme that will conclude in Spain in October. Despite […]

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SS1: TÄNAK CLAIMS OPENING SPOILS

OTT TÄNAK CHARGED TO FASTEST TIME IN THURSDAY NIGHT’S OPENING VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL SPEED TEST AT LOUSADA RALLYCROSS CIRCUIT. In front of 30,000 fans basking in evening sunshine, he defeated Andreas Mikkelsen in their head-to-head heat around the mixed surface track to dethrone long-time leader Teemu Suninen from the top of the leaderboard. Tänak’s […]

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WRC GREETS RALLY TURKEY

WRC PROMOTER’S OLIVER CIESLA WELCOMED RALLY TURKEY BACK TO THE WRC CALENDAR ON SATURDAY WHEN THE NEW-LOOK FIXTURE WAS LAUNCHED IN THE PRESENCE OF YOUTH AND SPORTS MINISTER DR OSMAN AŞKIN BAK.   Managing director Ciesla joined Bak and Turkish Automobile Sports Federation officials, including President Serkan Yazici, in Istanbul to announce details about the […]

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Meeke aims for podium at Portugal in bid to get season back on track

It has been a bumpy World Championship season so far for Kris Meeke, the Dungannon driver up one rally and down the next.He has shown stunning speed in the Citroën team’s updated C3 WRC, but errors have proved damaging, leaving him sixth in the standing and 57 points behind the leader, five-time champion Sebastien Ogier, […]

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LATVALA TOPS WARM-UP

JARI-MATTI LATVALA EDGED SÉBASTIEN OGIER AND THIERRY NEUVILLE TO WIN THURSDAY MORNING’S SUN-KISSED SHAKEDOWN AT VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL. The Toyota Gazoo driver was fastest by 0.3sec through the 4.60km Baltar speed test in a Yaris World Rally Car. Ogier, driving a Ford Fiesta, and the Hyundai i20-mounted Neuville tied in second. Conditions were dry […]

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A BATTLE ROYALE

Nobody will probably be prepared to predict a winner for the Rallystar National Rally that will be held at Rallystar at the Sun Carousel. It is either going to be the luck of the draw or the fall of the dice that will decide the final outcome. Winning the rally could have an influence on […]

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OGIER LOOKS TO BREAK ALÉN’S RECORD IN PORTUGAL

Five-time World Champion Sébastien Ogier starts as the slight favourite to eclipse Finnish legend Markku Alén’s record of five Portuguese victories and strengthen his grip on the lead of the Drivers’ Championship when the 52nd Vodafone Rally of Portugal fires into life with a spectacular super special stage at the Lousada rallycross circuit on Thursday […]

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TÄNAK TARGETS DOUBLE TOP

OTT TÄNAK IS THE MAN TO FEAR AT VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL (17 – 20 MAY) FOLLOWING HIS STUNNING VICTORY IN ARGENTINA LAST MONTH. Tänak dominated in south America in a way nobody has previously managed in new-era World Rally Cars, establishing himself at the forefront of the challengers to defending WRC champion Sébastien Ogier. […]

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WRC – RALLY DE PORTUGAL – PREVIEW

The FIA World Rally Championship contenders return to Europe for the second of four consecutive gravel rallies, the hugely popular Rally de Portugal Rally de Portugal (17-20 May) marks the start of four European summer events on the FIA World Rally Championship calendar and is the second of four consecutive gravel rallies. Based in Porto, […]

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Amittrajit Ghosh To Become First Indian To Participate In European Rally Championship 2018

Amittrajit Ghosh and co-driver Ashwin Naik will be participating in Round 3 of the European Rally Championship, scheduled in Greece in June 2018. Indian National Rally Champion (INRC) Amittrajit Ghosh will become the first Indian to compete in the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC). The Team RRPM driver will be participating in Round 3 of […]

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Kajetan Kajetanowicz takes part in WRC!

Long-awaited dreams of Polish rally fans are coming true. Kajetan Kajetanowicz, supported by his longtime partners, begins his World Rally Championship (WRC) campaign with forthcoming Rally Italia Sardegna (7-10 June 2018). Triple and reigning European Rally Champion continues his cooperation with LOTOS Rally Team and will drive his reliable Ford Fiesta R5  run by M-Sport […]

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Portugal countdown: 2017 rewind

We continue our build up to Vodafone Rally Portugal (17-20 May) by casting our minds back to 2017 when Sébastien Ogier claimed his fifth win at the event to match the record of Finnish legend, Markku Alén. Here’s how the dramatic event unfolded… Thursday 18 /Friday 19 May Thierry Neuville and Mads Østberg tied for […]

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Rallying: Hayden Paddon grabs fourth International Rally of Whangarei win

Hayden Paddon completed the perfect build-up for his return to the World Rally Championship with victory in the National Rally of Whangarei.Run concurrently with the International Rally of Whangarei, the national event provided the top seven times. Paddon and co-driver Malcolm Peden finished with an overall time of 2:45:04.4, more than seven minutes ahead of […]

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Ogier appeal decision delayed

Sébastien Ogier will have to wait up to two weeks to discover whether the time penalty he picked up at Rally Guanajuato Mexico still stands, following an FIA hearing in Paris today (Friday 4 May). The M-Sport Ford World Rally Team driver, who won the third round of the season by 1m 03.3sec from Dani […]

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New push to get privateers back in WRC

World Rally Championship organisers are mounting a new push to get privateers back in the series’ top class via modified current-specification World Rally Cars.A proposal to replace the 2017-specification cars’ 36mm turbo restrictor with a 34mm version for non-factory entrants was discussed at the FIA’s World Rally Car vision meeting in Geneva last month.   […]

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Alexey Lukyanuk wants more ERC joy

Alexey Lukyanuk will be hoping his more conservative approach will allow him to challenge for a second consecutive victory in the FIA European Rally Championship when action resumes on Rally Islas Canarias next month. Lukyanuk began his 2018 title bid with an impressive first place on the Azores Airlines Rallye last month and will be […]

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Wales Rally GB taking it to the streets

 Closed public roads in Great Britain will be used to host World Championship motor sport for the very first time this October in north Wales. The momentous milestone was confirmed today (Monday 30 April) with the announcement of an exciting, new-look competitive route for this year’s ground-breaking Dayinsure Wales Rally GB (4-7 October). The recent […]

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Toyota joins winners in WRC

Japanese manufacturer closing on Ford after Tanak’s win in Argentina, but Hyundai leads and Ogier remains top driver. Toyota has become the third manufacturer to win in five rounds of this year’s World Rally Championship. Estonian Ott Tanak, in his first season driving a Yaris after departing the M-Sport Ford team, won 10 of the […]

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WRC Welcomes Gaurav Gill Back To Its Fold in 2018

 ‘Gaurav Gill competing in FIA World Rally Championship’ – this statement was much awaited for a long-long time! The 34-year-old has toiled hard in the domestic scene as well at the Asian level, winning three Asia Pacific Rally Championship titles and five in Indian National Rally Championship. Despite the results, one of the most celebrated […]

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Al Attiyah equals Sulayem’s record with win in Jordan

 Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah matched another major milestone in the history of the FIA Middle East Rally Championship by equalling Mohammed Ben Sulayem’s 12 victories at the Jordan Rally yesterday. Al Attiyah and French navigator Matthieu Baumel began the final day with a lead of 4min 20.9sec and reached the Dead Sea finish of a […]