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Rally Germany: SATURDAY IN GERMANY: TÄNAK PUSHES AHEAD

OTT TÄNAK EXTENDED HIS ADAC RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND LEAD ON SATURDAY AS WRC LEADER THIERRY NEUVILLE’S TITLE HOPES SUFFERED A CRUSHING BLOW. Tänak headed Andreas Mikkelsen by 21.4sec following the penultimate leg of the four-day asphalt encounter, after tough speed tests on Panzerplatte’s multi-surface tank training roads and greasy country lanes.The day was a disaster for […]

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Rally Germany: SS13-15: SORDO’S TREBLE

DANI SORDO CLAIMED A PANZERPLATTE HAT-TRICK AT ADAC RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND WHEN HE WON ALL THREE SATURDAY AFTERNOON SPEED TESTS OVER THE ABRASIVE TANK TRAINING ROADS. Dry and sunny conditions suited the Spaniard and he won both passes through the short Arena Panzerplatte before adding a third victory with fastest time in the monster 41.97km test […]

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Rally Germany: SS11/12: TÄNAK PULLS CLEAR

OTT TÄNAK EXTENDED HIS SLENDER OVERNIGHT LEAD AT ADAC RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND TO ALMOST HALF A MINUTE ON SATURDAY MORNING. He left the two Panzerplatte military road speed tests with a 15.3sec advantage over Andreas Mikkelsen. He was then fastest over Freisen’s slippery country lanes to widen the margin to more than 25sec as two mistakes cost […]

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TÄNAK EXTENDS LEAD, NEUVILLE RETIRES FROM RALLY DEUTSCHLAND

Ott Tänak continued to pull away from the chasing pack at Rally Deutschland, but the morning loop was overshadowed by Thierry Neuville‘s retirement in the short Panzerplatte superspecial. Neuville suffered from the left rear wheel of his Hyundai shearing off midway through the 2.9 kilometre test, the upright breaking on impact with a step between the […]

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Rally Germany: SS 9/10 Neuville withdraws

CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER THIERRY NEUVILLE SUFFERED A CRUSHING BLOW TO HIS TITLE HOPES WHEN HE RETIRED FROM THE SECOND LEG OF ADAC RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND ON SATURDAY MORNING.   He finished the opening Arena Panzerplatte speed test with the rear left wheel hanging off his Hyundai i20 and parked the car shortly afterwards. Neither Neuville nor co-driver […]

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Tanak masters rain sodden Rallye Deutschland

The lead changed hands four times on Friday at ADAC Rallye Deutschland before Ford Fiesta driver Ott Tänak emerged from the final muddy asphalt speed test with a 5.7sec advantage over Andreas Mikkelsen. Storms turned the narrow and bumpy Mosel vineyard tracks and Saarland country lanes into a mudbath. All the leading drivers spent time […]

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Rally Germany: SS6/7: TÄNAK BACK AHEAD

OTT TÄNAK REGAINED THE LEAD OF ADAC RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON AS TORRENTIAL RAIN SOAKED THE MOSEL VINEYARD ROADS.   He won both the Mittelmosel and Grafschaft speed tests in his Ford Fiesta to relegate Andreas Mikkelsen to second by 4.5sec with one special stage remaining in the opening leg. The roads were drenched […]

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Rally Germany: SS4/5: ANDREAS’ SURPRISE LEAD

ANDREAS MIKKELSEN BECAME THE FOURTH DIFFERENT LEADER OF ADAC RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND AS HE HEADED THIS 10TH ROUND OF THE FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP INTO FRIDAY’S MID-LEG SERVICE. He charged to the front with a dominant 7.4sec win in the Grafschaft speed test. Fourth in the repeat Wadern-Weiskirchen special stage left the Citroën C3 pilot with […]

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Sébastien Loeb Could Do More WRC Tests With Citroën

Sebastien Loeb was one of the greatest WRC drivers during the 2000s, tallying up 78 rally wins during his tenure with Citroen. He even won nine consecutive championships from 2004 to 2012, solidifying his spot in the record books for the French marque. After retiring from rally full-time five years ago, he has since returned […]

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Rally Germany: SS2/3: TÄNAK TAKES GERMANY LEAD

OTT TÄNAK LED ADAC RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND AFTER FRIDAY MORNING’S OPENING TWO SPEED TESTS, BUT THERE WERE EARLY TROUBLES FOR TITLE RIVALS THIERRY NEUVILLE AND SÉBASTIEN OGIER.   After lying second overnight, the Estonian was fifth in the opening Wadern-Weiskirchen test in his Ford Fiesta. He then won Mittelmosel as this 10th round of the FIA […]

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Rally Germany: SS1 Kopecky’s win, Meeke’s disaster

UNDERDOG JAN KOPECKY WAS THE SHOCK LEADER OF ADAC RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND AFTER WINNING THURSDAY NIGHT’S OPENING SPEED TEST IN SAARBRÜCKEN. But the tight and twisty city centre roads proved the undoing of Kris Meeke who failed to finish after hitting a concrete barrier. Big crowds gathered in the heart of the city for the rally’s […]

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TITLE-CHASING DUO CLASH IN GERMANY

FOUR-TIME WORLD CHAMPION SÉBASTIEN OGIER AND COMEBACK KING THIERRY NEUVILLE LOCK HORNS IN GERMANY THIS WEEKEND IN THE LATEST INSTALMENT OF THE WRC’S THRILLING HEAD-TO-HEAD TITLE FIGHT. With nine rounds gone and four remaining, the duo are locked together at the top of the standings ahead of the final all-asphalt encounter at ADAC Rallye Deutschland […]

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NEUVILLE TOPS SHAKEDOWN

CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER THIERRY NEUVILLE WAS FASTEST IN SHAKEDOWN AT ADAC RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND ON THURSDAY MORNING.The Belgian was quickest through the mainly dry 4.09km Eiweiler test by 0.9sec from Andreas Mikkelsen, who returns to the Citroën Abu Dhabi squad after missing last month’s encounter in Finland. Sébastien Ogier, who is tied with Neuville at the top […]

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MEEKE’S CORSICA FEELING RETURNS

KRIS MEEKE WILL START THIS WEEK’S ALL-ASPHALT ADAC RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND [17 – 20 AUGUST] IN POSITIVE SPIRITS AFTER REDISCOVERING THE SAME FEELING INSIDE HIS CITROËN C3 THAT PROPELLED HIM TO THE LEAD OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP’S LAST SEALED-SURFACE ROUND. Meeke streaked away from his rivals at April’s Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse, and built […]

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Hayden Paddon planning on team player role as WRC hits German tarmac

Hayden Paddon will be a team player at Rally Germany this week. After a season’s best second-place finish in Poland early last month, the frustrating nature of Kiwi driver Paddon’s 2017 WRC campaign continued at his favoured Rally Finland a few weeks later. He ran over rocks and was forced to retire on two of […]

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Massive 37-car R5 contingent for ERC Barum Czech Rally Zlín

A massive 37 R5 cars are entered for next week’s Barum Czech Rally Zlín, round six of the FIA European Rally Championship Of those 28 hold ERC priority status, with seven chasing success in the ERC Junior Under 28 Championship and 13 going for ERC Junior Under 27 gold. In total, a season-high 49 crews will […]

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Rally driver Elfyn Evans hailed as Wales’ best-ever

A DOLGELLAU sportsman has been hailed as Wales’ “best-ever rally driver”.Sitting alongside Welsh superstars such as Grand Prix’ Tom Pryce and his father Championship winning Rally driver Gwyndaf Evans, Elfyn Evans is the greatest driver Welsh rallying has produced, according to the presenter of S4C’s Ralïo+, Emyr Penlan. After finishing second on two occasions in […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’S BOTTERILL/VACY-LYLE UNDER PRESSURE AT HMC ELECTROTHREAD RALLY

Guy Botterill and navigator Simon Vacy-Lyle find themselves on the back foot going into this weekend’s HMC Electrothread Rally in Bronkhorstspruit. The pair lost the lead in the 2017 National Rally Championship at the Volkswagen Rally in Port Elizabeth last month, and with three events left on this year’s calendar, will have to dig deep […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Looks to Continue Momentum on German Asphalt

 After a hugely successful home event in Finland, the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team now heads to Rally Germany for the next round of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship season. As only the second pure asphalt event for the Yaris WRC, the main objective is to further develop the car on sealed surfaces. […]

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YOUTH AND EXPERIENCE COULD SURPRISE

THE LIST OF HOMEGROWN DRIVERS CONTESTING NEXT WEEK’S ADAC RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND (17-20 AUGUST) FEATURES AN INTRIGUING MIXTURE OF YOUTH AND EXPERIENCE – AND COULD SPRING A SURPRISE ON THE TRICKY ASPHALT STAGES. The domestic contingent is headed by 2001 European champion Armin Kremer  who has teamed up with M-Sport to pilot a latest-generation Ford Fiesta […]

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FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship: Ole Christian Veiby, Gaurav Gill lead MRF to 1-2 finish

MRF’s Gaurav Gill finished second at the International Rally of Johor, the third round of FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship in Johor Bahru after making up a deficit of over two minutes to deliver another 1-2 result with Ole Christian Veiby of Norwegian finishing first. The 35-year old Gill, who is the defending champion, registered […]

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Young Guns aiming high this weekend

The ATS Motorsport Young Guns, Richard Leeke and Henry Köhne, intend to continue where they left off a month ago when the fifth round of the South African National Rally Championship gets underway in Bronkhorstspruit on August 18. The Electrothread rally starts from Godrich Toyota at 3 pm on Friday and Leeke/ Köhne are on […]

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The 2017 ADAC Rallye Deutschland and its spectacular new highlights

  Show Start in Saarbrücken, a spectacular new city circuit stage, challenging new Special Stages in the Saarland and an exciting final Power Stage finishing at the Service Park: these are the highlights of the new ADAC Rallye Deutschland taking place between 17 and 20 August 2017 in and around the Saarland. This year, the […]

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New look Johor Rally makes roaring return

    For this year, the annual Johor leg of the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) will see some new changes in an effort to inject some excitement into the prestigious international rally event. The event already features a facelift as it will be called the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) International Rally of Johor […]

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Jari-Matti Latvala: Esapekka Lappi not ready for World Championship title

Esapekka Lappi will not be ready to fight for the 2018 World Rally Championship title despite his Rally Finland win, says his Toyota team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala.Latvala, who is Toyota’s title hope in the first season of its new Tommi Makinen-run WRC programme this year, said Lappi’s inexperience will still be a stumbling block next season, […]

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LOEB TESTS CITROËN C3

The nine-time world champion drove the French manufacturer’s C3 on asphalt and told wrc.com afterwards: “The feeling was really good. It was impressive how fast it is in the fast corners compared to an old World Rally Car.”   Loeb was partnered by regular co-driver Daniel Elena for the test in the Moselle region of […]

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16-Year Old Rally Star Close to Gaining WRC M-Sport Contract

The superstar will take his driver’s test on October 1 once he turns 17, and has full intent of making his World Rally Championship debut just 26 days later in Wales. His manager Tim Jouhki feels confident that this is within reach as he leaps towards the deal with M-Sport. “We have options for next […]

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Mt. Gorilla Rally for next month

The 2017 Africa Rally Championship (ARC) title race will move to Rwanda next month as the Mountain Gorilla Rally kicks off from September 8-10. The Rwanda leg is the sixth round on the seven-race continental motorsport calendar. The unpredictable Rwandan competition is expected to attract some of the top local, regional and continental drivers. For […]

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2017 RALLY FINLAND – ANALYSIS: THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD

Spend enough time following professional motorsport and you’ll realise that everything comes in cycles, that a driver’s career can only go on for so long, and that every once in a decade or so a crop of fresh blood arrives to well and truly shake up the established order, and that’s precisely what happened at […]

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Manvir hits ARC double with Rally Tanzania win

Manvir Baryan and Drew Sturrock took a second straight win in the 2017 Africa Rally Championship.The crew dominated Sunday’s leg enroute to victory in Bagamoyo, Tanzania.Manvir regained the rally lead following day one leader Jaspreet Chatthe’s misfortunes that forced him out of the rally. A flawless drive saw the Kenyan take his second ARC win […]

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BOUFFIER WINS RALLY RZESZOW AS KAJETANOWICZ TAKES CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD

Bryan Bouffier took his fifth Rally Rzeszow victory to make it five different winners from five events in the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship. Bouffier who led overnight in his Ford Fiesta R5, won in Poland by 38.5 seconds ahead of Kajetan Kajetanowicz and ERC Junior U28 class winner Marijan Griebel who took third overall. […]

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Evans now at centre of WRC driver market

Elfyn Evans has been linked to Toyota and even Hyundai for the 2018 World Rally Championship after his second place on Rally Finland, but M-Sport is determined to keep him. DMACK Ford driver Evans spoilt Toyota team team principal Tommi Makinen’s hopes of a home one-two in Finland last weekend by pipping Juho Hanninen on […]

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Listen to this 3-Rotor Mazda RX-8 Rally Car Sing

What engine creates the best exhaust note? Is it a burbly American V-8, screaming V-10, or something not so conventional? The debate for the best sounding car rages on, but one particular engine has held its own since the beginning—the Wankel rotary engine. For those unaware, listen to a Mazda 767b race car and you’ll […]

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INRC 2017: GAURAV GILL WINS SEASON-OPENING RALLY OF COIMBATORE

Team Mahindra Adventure’s Gaurav Gill, and navigator Musa Sherif, won the opening round of the 2017 Indian National Rally Championship, with victory at the Rally of Coimbatore. The 35-year old Gill, a double Asia Pacific Rally Champion, and co-driver Sherif, stormed to the lead in the very first stage of the event in their SuperXUV. […]

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ARC drivers head to Tanzania for Oryx Energy Rally

Some 25 crews will contest for points in the Oryx Energy Rally, which is the fifth round of the African Rally Championship (ARC). It is scheduled for August 4-6 in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. According to the organisers, Automobile Association of Tanzania, the confirmed crews are from Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia and Uganda. No Rwandan driver has entered […]

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WRC: TITLE DUEL: TENSION RISES

WRC TITLE CONTENDERS THIERRY NEUVILLE AND SÉBASTIEN OGIER REVVED UP THEIR RIVALRY FOLLOWING NESTE RALLY FINLAND WITH SOME FEISTY VERBAL EXCHANGES. Neuville drew level on points with the four-time champion at the top of the drivers’ standings, but leads having won three rallies to Ogier’s two. Just four rounds remain. The Belgian finished sixth after […]