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Watch as two rally drivers survive horror smash in 2017 World Championship in Portugal

Frenchman Quentin Gilbert will be thanking his lucky stars after surviving a horror crash in the 2017 Portugal rally. Gilbert and his co-driver Renaud Jamoul were driving their Skoda Fabia RS when the car unexpectedly flipped over multiple times. The crash occurred on the course in Fafe, as the pair flew over a small jump […]

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Portugal WRC: Ogier beats Neuville for second win of 2017

Sebastien Ogier completed an issue-free final day of Rally Portugal, and scored his second victory of the season.Ogier, who inherited the lead after teammate Ott Tanak’s incident on Saturday, started the day with a 16-second lead over Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville. Only eight tenths slower than the Belgian in the opening SS16, Ogier then cemented his […]

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Rally Portugal: SS16/17: OGIER COMFORTABLE IN FRONT

THERE WERE NO DRAMAS FOR VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL LEADER SÉBASTIEN OGIER AS HE EASED THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING’S OPENING TWO SPEED TESTS TO EDGE FURTHER CLEAR OF THIERRY NEUVILLE.The Frenchman, chasing a record-equalling fifth Portuguese success, was fourth in the opening Fafe special stage before winning the following Luilhas to increase his advantage to 19.3sec. […]

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Portugal WRC: Ogier leads Neuville ahead of final day

World Rally Championship leader Sebastien Ogier maintained his Rally of Portugal lead on Saturday afternoon, but he and Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville remain finely poised ahead of Sunday’s final day. Having inherited the lead on Saturday morning’s final stage when teammate Ott Tanak made an error and damaged his left-rear suspension, Ogier entered the afternoon loop favourite to […]

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Rally Portugal: SS12: TÄNAK LOSES PORTUGAL LEAD

SÉBASTIEN OGIER CLAIMED THE LEAD OF VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL IN SATURDAY MORNING’S FINAL SPEED TEST WHEN OTT TÄNAK BROKE HIS CAR’S REAR SUSPENSION AGAINST A BANK. Ogier was fastest through the 37.55km Amarante special stage, the longest of the rally, in his Ford Fiesta. M-Sport team-mate Tänak’s lead drifted away as he limped through […]

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SNAP! Tanak loses lead!

Tanak hits trouble. SAT 12:00 – SS12: TANAK He completes with the loss of 1m23s to Ogier. That drops him from second to fifth. What happened? “I touched a bank on the outside under braking 20km before the end – immediately something broke.” SAT 11:58 – SS12: TANAK His car’s left-rear wheel is running out […]

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Portugal WRC: Three victory contenders hit trouble, Tanak leads

The ultra-close Rally of Portugal lead battle was blown apart on the final full-length stage of Friday when key protagonists Jari-Matti Latvala, Kris Meeke and Hayden Paddon had their victory bids jeopardised. The top eight in round six of the 2017 World Rally Championship went onto the Ponte de Lima stage covered by just 8.9 […]

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SS5: MEEKE GRABS PORTUGAL LEAD

KRIS MEEKE BECAME THE FIFTH DIFFERENT LEADER OF VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL AS HE STORMED TO THE FRONT OF THE PACK IN FRIDAY AFTERNOON’S OPENING SPEED TEST.Third fastest time through the repeated Viana do Castelo special stage was enough for the Citroën C3 pilot to demote Jari-Matti Latvala. But the intense fight for supremacy remained […]

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Proton set to join WRC in 2018

Proton is expected to return to the World Rally Championship next year with a brand new Iriz R5 rally car. The Iriz, built by British firm MEM, is set to contest the WRC2 category alongside a tilt in the Asian Pacific Rally Championship. Proton’s new rally weapon is likely to break cover at next month’s Goodwood […]

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Rally Portugal: SS3/4: LATVALA MOVES AHEAD

JARI-MATTI LATVALA OVERCAME A BACK INJURY TO LEAD VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL MIDWAY THROUGH FRIDAY’S ACTION.The Finn, driving a Toyota Yaris, headed Kris Meeke by half a second after three morning speed tests near the Spanish border. It was incredibly tight at the top with Ott Tänak 0.7sec further back and just two-tenths separating the […]

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Rally Portugal: SS2 Paddon takes the lead

 HAYDEN PADDON WON FRIDAY MORNING’S OPENING SPEED TEST AT VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL TO TAKE THE LEAD IN HIS HYUNDAI I20 COUPE.The New Zealand driver, who was third in last night’s short curtain-raiser, stopped the clocks 1.0sec faster than Jari-Matti Latvala in the 26.70km Viana do Castelo special stage to head the Finn by 2.4sec […]

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M-Sport ready to use team orders to help Ogier

M-Sport says it will have no qualms about employing team orders to ensure Sebastien Ogier wins the 2017 World Rally Championship.Ogier’s former employer Volkswagen preferred to avoid team orders, though Ogier still took four straight titles from 2013-16 during his time there. But given the WRC’s closer multi-team 2017 title battle – which Ogier currently […]

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Botterill the man to beat in Secunda

 With consecutive victories under their belts from the first two rounds of the 2017 SA Rally Championship, Guy Botterill and Simon Vacy Lyle start as favourites to win the Secunda Rally in their bullet-proof Gazoo Racing SA Toyota Etios R2. The defending champions have not put a wheel wrong this year, a record they intend […]

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Rally Portugal: SS1: ØSTBERG AND NEUVILLE TIE

MADS ØSTBERG AND THIERRY NEUVILLE TIED FOR THE LEAD AFTER THURSDAY NIGHT’S OPENING SPEED TEST AT VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL.Just two seconds covered the fastest 10 cars after a series of head-to-head duels at the mixed surface Lousada rallycross circuit, which opened four days of action in this sixth round of the FIA World Rally […]

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M-Sport builds new Ford for Ogier

Cumbria-based M-Sport World Rally Team has reportedly built a brand-new Ford Fiesta World Rally Car for their lead driver, four-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier, thus ramping up their effort to keep the Frenchman at the top of the World Rally Championship‘s standings. The new chassis, devoid of any technical upgrade, will run to the same specification as the […]

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SORDO WINS PORTUGAL SHAKEDOWN

DANI SORDO WAS FASTEST IN SHAKEDOWN AT VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL ON THURSDAY MORNING. Just two-tenths of a second split the leading three drivers through the 4.61km Baltar test. Sordo edged championship leader Sébastien Ogier by 0.1sec, with Jari-Matti Latvala a further tenth behind. Mads Østberg set the pace through the opening run of the […]

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Russian rally driver killed in horrific testing accident

Russian rally driver, Alexey Lukyanuk, has been involved in a head-on testing accident that killed another driver. Alexey Lukyanuk suffered a broken leg.Lukyanuk reported on his Facebook page: “Today during the tests in Pskov region of Russia two rally cars crashed. Alexey Ljaduhin died in the accident. “Alexey Lukyanuk, Nikita Gergel and Vjacheslav Kucherov were […]

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M-SPORT SET SAIL FOR PORTUGAL

HOPES OF ANOTHER STRONG PERFORMANCE M-Sport will be hoping to continue their strong performance next week when the FIA World Rally Championship returns to Europe for the popular Vodafone Rally de Portugal. With Sébastien Ogier, Ott Tänak and Elfyn Evans all behind the wheel of the Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC, the team have a strong […]

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Higgins beats Pastrana on Olympus Rally

 Subaru factory rally drivers David Higgins and Travis Pastrana claimed a 1-2 podium finish respectively at Olympus Rally, round three of the 2017 American Rally Association (ARA) championship, held near the Capitol city of Olympia, WA. Three weeks after an intense battle between Pastrana and Higgins at the Oregon Trail Rally, where Pastrana edged Higgins […]

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LAPPI SET FOR ‘RALLY OF HIS LIFE’

ESAPEKKA LAPPI HAS PROMISED TO KEEP HIS EMOTIONS IN CHECK WHEN HE MAKES HIS WORLD RALLY CAR DEBUT AT VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL [18 – 21 MAY] – DESPITE ADMITTING IT’S THE DRIVE HE’S WAITED HIS WHOLE LIFE FOR. Last year’s WRC 2 champion will join Jari-Matti Latvala and Juho Hänninen in a three-car Toyota Gazoo […]

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TÄNAK HOPES HIS BEST WILL GET BETTER

AFTER THREE PODIUMS SO FAR THIS YEAR, OTT TÄNAK IS ENJOYING HIS BEST EVER START TO A WRC SEASON, AND IT’S A RECORD HE IS EAGER TO EXTEND THIS WEEK WHEN THE CHAMPIONSHIP SHIFTS TO VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL [18 – 21 MAY]. Catapulted back into the big league this year as defending champion Sébastien […]

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Ostberg’s Argentina test prompts WRC row

Mads Ostberg has laughed off a complaint made to the FIA about him conducting a pre-event test ahead of the last World Rally Championship round in Argentina.Current WRC sporting regulations prohibit testing outside of Europe on cost grounds. But Ostberg insisted that as he is effectively a privateer driving under the Onebet Jipocar World Rally […]

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Home win for team 467

Home win for Team 467 Witzenberg Motorklub Ceres Toyota Rally WP3 13 May 2017 Starting the 2017 Western Province Rally Championship on a high as the first regional team home on the CCMCC iKapa Reticulation and Flow Klipdale Rally in February contact with a rather solid telephone pole on the CPMCC Swartland Malmesbury Rally on […]

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Young Guns exit cross country Ranger (stage left), enter rally Fiesta (stage right)

  May has been a crazy month for the ATS Motorsport Young Guns and Richard Leeke and Henry Kohne head to Secunda for the third round of the national rally championship virtually straight from the second round of the national cross country series. A little weary they may be, but they’re buoyed too: in their […]

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Hyundai wants to make it 3 in a row in Rally de Portugal

Hyundai Motorsport aims to score its first ever Rally de Portugal podium at this weekend’s sixth round of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC).Having claimed back-to-back rally wins for the first time in its history in Corsica and Argentina, the team is confident that it can challenge at the front again as the Championship […]

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Rally de Portugal: Toyota expands to three entries for Rally Portugal

The Toyota Gazoo Racing squad will bolster its ranks to a three-car entry for Rally Portugal with WRC2 star Esapekka Lappi joining regulars Jari-Matti Latvala and Juho Hanninen for the sixth round of the 2017 World Rally Championship. Lappi, a former European Rally Champion and reigning WRC2 Champion, has made a handful of WRC entries […]

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A-TEAM “I like it when ….

“I like it when a plan comes together” the famous phrase used by “Hannibal Smith” in the A-team series.  I can repeat these words today after speaking to one of the organisers of the Secunda Rally that will take place 19-20 May 2017. A thousand and twenty seven seven-hundred and one hundred as our beloved […]

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Al Mutawaa ready for Antibes Cote d’Azur Rally challenge

Abu Dhabi Racing junior driver Mohamed Al Mutawaa ready for Antibes Cote d’Azur Rally challenge this weekend.Abu Dhabi Racing Junior Rally Programme driver Mohamed Al Mutawaa returns to racing action with the 52nd Antibes Cote d’Azur Rally, the French Rally Championship, beginning this Friday. Following a break of nearly six months, Al Mutawaa is looking […]

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“We’re athletes, not entertainers,” says Arjuna award nominee Gaurav Gill

Gaurav Gill – the name is synonymous with Indian motorsport and for good reason. He is a five-time National Rally Champion and has won the prestigious Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) twice, once in 2013 and again in December last year, thus making him the reigning champion. He was Asia’s best driver in the world rankings […]

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LUKYANUK TAKES RALLY ISLAS CANARIAS VICTORY

Alexey Lukyanuk won the Rally Islas Canarias ahead of Kajetan Kajetanowicz and Bruno Magalhaes in the 2017 European Rally Championship. Lukyanuk dominated the event for the second year in succession and won 10 stages on his way to the victory in the Russian Performance Motorsport Ford Fiesta R5. The Russian driver won ahead of Kajetanowicz […]

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The 2017 Vodafone Rally de Portugal is about to start

The WRC Vodafone Rally de Portugal is about to start. There will be new championship rules, new cars and lots of novelties on this year’s edition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Rally de Portugal. This year the World Rally Championship will offer more spectacular and faster cars, more competition and several changes on […]

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Sheikh Khalid to end six month World Rally Championship absence at Rally de Portugal

Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi has said preparation will be key when he makes his return to the World Rally Championship (WRC) next week at Rally de Portugal. Sheikh Khalid, who has enjoyed regional success in recent months with a second-place finish at the Dubai Baja International before winning the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, will contest […]

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Guardrail Saves Rally Car From a Terrifying Crash

If it weren’t for a single Armco barrier, rally driver Tomasz Kasperczyk would have had a very bad day.   You probably don’t think much of the guardrails lining the roads you drive on, but this clip will change that. At this past weekend’s Rally Islas Canarias, a single guardrail prevented Tomasz Kasperczyk and his […]

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Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah in emphatic Jordan Rally triumph

Starting the event as the firm favorite, Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah was in devastating form to completely dominate the FIA Jordan Rally in his new Autotek-run Ford Fiesta R5 Evo 2. The 12-time regional rally champion won all the special stages for the second successive year and reached the finish at the Dead Sea on […]

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Kajetanowicz ahead of fight for more points – Rally Islas Canarias gets underway!

High temperatures, narrow and twisty roads of picturesque Gran Canaria, remarkably strong international field and European Rally Champions undefeated in past two seasons – round two of the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship, Rally Islas Canarias. Kajetan Kajetanowicz and Jarek Baran, representing LOTOS Rally Team, commence another fight for victory. Today they competed on the […]

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Mikkelsen returns to WRC2 for Portugal

By: David Evans, Autosport Rallies Editor Andreas Mikkelsen will return to driving a Skoda Fabia R5 for the Rally of Portugal later this month, having been unable to secure a deal for a WRC main-class effort.While negotiations to return the Norwegian to the sport’s top level continue, he has accepted Skoda’s request contest the Porto-based […]

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TIMO MÄKINEN 1938 – 2017

FINLAND’S TIMO MÄKINEN, ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL RALLY DRIVERS OF THE 1960S AND 1970S, HAS DIED AT THE AGE OF 79.Part of the original group of trail-blazing drivers that inspired the term ‘Flying Finns’, much of Mäkinen’s considerable success pre-dated the start of the WRC in 1973, but he notched-up four world championship rally […]