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Chile hosts candidate rally

Chile takes the biggest step yet in its bid to join the FIA World Rally Championship calendar when it hosts the RallyMobil Concepción candidate event this weekend. The dirt road rally, which is hoping to earn a WRC slot next year, will be observed by the FIA’s Timo Rautiainen and safety delegate Michele Mouton will […]

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MRF & Gaurav Gill to enter World Rally Championship: An Indian to participate on the World Stage after a decade!

Gaurav Gill will be entering this year WRC2 Class. This news comes after the ace-rally driver claimed his third APRC title in 2017, he will follow the likes of Naren Kumar the only other Indian to have raced at this level! In a wild turn of events for Indian motorsport fans in India, MRF Racing […]

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Ken Block returns to WRC

Ken Block has confirmed his World Rally Championship return for RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de Espana four years on from his last outing. Ken Block has confirmed his World Rally Championship return for RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de Espana four years on from his last outing in the series. Block pulled out of the World […]

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Safari champs Tundo to skip Africa Rally Championship race in S. Africa

Kenya’s top driver and Safari Rally champion Carl Tundo has pulled out of the York Rally, the third round of the Africa Rally Championship (ARC), which will take place on April 19-21 in Mpumalanga, South Africa. Tundo, who is eyeing his maiden win in the continental competition, said failure to secure sponsorship have forced him […]

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RALLY: Kagendo becomes first African woman to be appointed clerk-of-course

Hellen Shiri Kagendo has become the first African woman to be appointed the Clerk-of-Course for the Rally Sports Club round of the Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) for June 2018. Shiri, the WRC Safari Rally Project Event Secretary has made history by becoming the first woman to hold the position in the motorsport scene. “I am […]

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Citroen: Full-time return is Loeb’s decision

 Citroen’s chief executive officer Linda Jackson says any decision about whether Sebastien Loeb returns to the World Rally Championship full-time in 2019 remains entirely in the nine-time champion’s hands. Loeb won a quarter of the stages on last weekend’s Tour of Corsica, despite last competing on the island 10 years earlier and having been away […]

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BOTTERILL/VACY-LYLE SET TO FIGHT BACK ON ROUND 2 OF 2018 NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Defending South African National Rally Champions, Guy Botterill and Simon Vacy-Lyle, are set to fight back on round 2 of the championship next weekend, after failing to score any points during the opening round of the championship. The Toyota Gazoo Racing SA crew had to retire their normally highly reliable Toyota Etios R2 rally car […]

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Who will be the beast in the east?

 The Young Guns – Richard Leeke and Henry Köhne – head to the York Rally in Sabie next weekend eager to cement their lead at the top of the South African Rally Championship. With silverware from the opening round of the championship still gleaming in the trophy cabinet, the Speedglas Welding crew are off to […]

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MULTIPLE WINNER AL-ATTIYAH TOPS INTERNATIONAL FIELD FOR JORDAN RALLY

    Qatar’s 13-time FIA Middle East Rally Championship winner Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah tops the international entry for the Jordan Rally, which kick-starts the regional rally series on April 26-28. Jordan Motorsport released the official entry list on Wednesday evening and the 11-time winner of the Jordan Rally and his French navigator Matthieu Baumel face competition […]

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Todt denies agenda against rally endurance

FIA president Jean Todt has denied having an agenda against including an endurance element to events in the World Rally Championship.At last week’s Tour de Corse, Todt told Autosport that he still saw endurance as very much part of the appeal and challenge of the WRC. But in recent years, event organisers have collectively felt […]

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Homework time for Hyundai

Hyundai boss Michel Nandan acknowledged his team has plenty of homework ahead of the next asphalt rally following a lacklustre performance in Corsica last weekend. All three i20 drivers were frustrated by understeer on the twisty mountain roads at Corsica linea – Tour de Corse and the prospects of Thierry Neuville repeating his 2017 victory […]

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Paddon’s Return Huge for Rally Fans

  A Shortened 2018 WRC schedule has seen Hayden Paddon seek solace in his home country’s ample rally calendar – beginning this weekend with the Dunedin Isuzu Otago NZRC Rally.As far as consolation prizes go, having the world-class 30-year-old, who now hails from Wanaka, leading out the 65-car New Zealand Rally Championship field is quite […]

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Wilson: Fiesta can get even better

 Malcolm Wilson has warned WRC rivals that his M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s Fiesta could get even faster, thanks to a host of new developments that are in the pipeline.The Fiesta has been the car to beat so far in 2018 with Sébastien Ogier guiding it to its third victory in four rallies at last […]

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WRC 2 in France: Kopecký cruises to win

Jan Kopecký outclassed his rivals on Sunday’s two stages as he won the WRC 2 class by almost two minutes at the Corsica linea – Tour de Corse.The Skoda Fabia R5 driver said his focus was on finishing the rally rather than taking any risks on the 55.17km Vero – Sarrola-Carcopino test as his hold […]

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WRC ‘is racing into a golden era’ – Malcolm Wilson

The WRC is beginning to enjoy a golden era that rivals any period in its near 50-year history according to some of the sport’s heaviest hitters. Reigning champion manufacturer, Malcolm Wilson, of M-Sport said: “This season is something special. It’s been a long time, if ever, that we’ve had the sport so competitive. It’s fantastic; […]

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Corsica WRC: Ogier cruises to comfortable win

By: David Gruz, Editorial assistant Motorsport.com   Sebastien Ogier completed the final two stages of the Tour de Corse to take his third victory of the season. The Frenchman gave up nearly one third of his advantage over Ott Tanak in the 55.17km Vero-Sarrola-Carcopino stage, but he still started the Power Stage with a gap […]

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Rally Corsica: SS11: Tänak cements second

Ott Tänak took a firm grip on second place at Corsica linea – Tour de Corse when he stormed to fastest time through Sunday morning’s marathon 55km speed test from Vero to Sarrola-Carcopino.  The Estonian, who started the final leg just a tenth of a second clear of Thierry Neuville, was 13.2sec quicker than the […]

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Corsica WRC: Ogier stretches lead, Meeke and Latvala crash

By: David Gruz, Editorial assistant Motorsport.com Sebastien Ogier is two stages away from winning the Tour de Corse after he completed the Saturday afternoon loop without any issues as Kris Meeke and Jari-Matti Latvala both crashed out.The Frenchman did not top any of the three stages but was consistently in the top five and his […]

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Rally Corsica: SS8: Lappi charges

A rejuvenated Esapekka Lappi won Saturday afternoon’s opening speed test at Corsica linea – Tour de Corse to increase the pressure on those clustered ahead on the leaderboard. The Finn’s confidence was transformed after overnight suspension and differential changes to his Toyota Yaris, and he charged through the repeat of the long special stage from […]

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Subaru’s STI celebrates its 30th anniversary

Subaru dates its motorsports history to 1972, when a Leone (GL) competed in the Southern Cross Rally in Australia. Eight years later, the Japanese automaker became the first to enter a car with four-wheel drive in the World Rally Championship series. By 1988, the company’s motorsports program had grown to the point that it was […]

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Rally Corsica: Service E – A well-deserved break

 Behind Sébastien Ogier, who continues to manage his race in masterly fashion, three drivers are locked in battle for the other two places on the podium after the three morning stages. Fewer than eight seconds separate Thierry Neuville, Kris Meeke, and Ott Tänak who set the fastest time in SS7. Sébastien Loeb’s performance is worth […]

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Rally Corsica: SS6/7: Seb’s comfort

Sebastien Ogier appeared ever more comfortable as he extended his lead in the Corsica linea – Tour de Corse on Saturday morning. He returned to the Bastia service park following a loop of three speed tests with a 41.6sec advantage over Thierry Neuville and promised there was more pace if he needed it. Ogier was […]

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Corsica WRC: Loeb tops two stages on Saturday morning

By: David Gruz, Editorial assistant Motorsport.com   Sebastien Loeb topped two of the three Saturday morning stages of the Tour de Corse as Sebastien Ogier increased his lead by further eight seconds.Loeb narrowly topped both SS5 and SS6 with gaps of 1.0s and 1.4s respectively. The Citroen driver, who skipped the Friday afternoon loop after […]

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Tour de Course: SS5: Loeb shines

Sébastien Loeb provided a clear insight of what could have been when he won Saturday morning’s opening speed test at Corsica linea – Tour de Corse. The Frenchman restarted under Rally 2 rules after crashing out of second place yesterday morning and was fastest through the new 35.61km special stage from Cagnano to Canari by […]

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Friday in France: Ogier reigns in Corsica

Sébastien Ogier dominated Friday’s opening leg of the Corsica linea – Tour de Corse to leave his rivals floundering on the Mediterranean island mountain roads.A peerless performance from the FIA World Rally Championship leader on the first all-asphalt encounter of the season enabled him to build a 33.6sec lead in his Ford Fiesta over a […]

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Loeb explains “really frustrating” early shunt in Corsica

A frustrated Sebastien Loeb will return to the Tour de Corse tomorrow following his early exit from his home round of the World Rally Championship on Friday morning.The Frenchman, on the second event of his planned three-rally WRC return, retired from the opening day after sliding off the road close to the start of the […]

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WRC Corsica: Ogier takes early lead as Loeb crashes on second stage

by Josh Suttill Autosport Sebastien Ogier stormed into an early lead of the World Rally Championship’s first full asphalt rally of the season in Corsica, while Sebastien Loeb crashed on the second stage. Nine-time champion Loeb’s hopes of victory in the second of his three planned 2018 outings with Citroen came to an abrupt end […]

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Tour de Corse: SS1: Ogier dominates opener

Sébastien Ogier was a convincing winner of Friday morning’s opening speed test at Corsica linea – Tour de Corse to lead fellow Frenchman Sébastien Loeb.     The constant twists and turns of the 49.03km speed test from La Porta to Valle di Rostino provided an abrupt wake-up call and Ogier was not sleeping. He […]

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Loeb back to basics

Corsica master Sébastien Loeb returns to the island’s WRC rally this weekend as a virtual beginner 10 years after dominating the classic mountain road encounter. The asphalt Corsica linea – Tour de Corse is the second of the Frenchman’s three-event guest appearances for Citroën, with whom he won nine consecutive world titles before quitting the […]

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2018 Corsica Linea – Tour de Corse Preview

There’s something about World Rally Cars and the island of Corsica that just ‘works.’ Put it down to the stunning scenery, vertiginous drops, infamously corner-heavy stages or the sheer weight of rallying history infused into the very rocks of the island, but the World Rally Championship would be a far poorer place without its annual […]

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Meeke wins Corsica warm-up

Kris Meeke was a convincing winner of Thursday morning’s shakedown at Corsica linea – Tour de Corse.The British driver’s opening run through the 5.45km Sorbo Ocagnano special stage proved the benchmark, the Citroën C3 driver ending with a 2.2sec advantage over Andreas Mikkelsen’s Hyundai i20. Wednesday’s afternoon rainstorms ensured mud was dragged onto the roads […]

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Tänak targets Corsica boost

Ott Tänak has targeted this week’s Corsica linea – Tour de Corse (5 – 8 April) as the perfect opportunity to revitalise his championship campaign. The Estonian drives a Toyota Yaris on an all-asphalt event for the first time, but his pace on clean roads at the season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo helped him to second place […]

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Citroën C3 WRC ready for the Tour de Corse

After two winter rallies and one on gravel, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT is back on tarmac for its home round of the World Rally Championship. Kris Meeke – Paul Nagle and Sébastien Loeb – Daniel Elena, the latter crew making the second of their three scheduled appearances in the WRC this year, are determined […]

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Neuville unfazed by crash

Thierry Neuville has pledged that last week’s spectacular test crash will not affect his strategy for this week’s Corsica linea – Tour de Corse (5 – 8 April).euville is bidding to repeat last season’s win, and claim a third victory on the Mediterranean island, but his one-day test last Wednesday ended abruptly when his Hyundai […]

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JORDAN RALLY TO GET MIDDLE EAST RALLY SERIES UNDERWAY AT END OF APRIL

Jordan Motorsport lays on 15 stages in Dead Sea and Jordan Valley areas The Jordan Rally will kick-start the FIA Middle East Rally Championship (MERC) for the first time on April 26-28.Organised by Jordan Motorsport, the event has switched from its traditional date at the start of May and will now run a week earlier […]

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Hyundai Corsica Preview: Return of tarmac

Tour de Corse offered one of our best results of 2017 but we know that this year’s contest, the first proper tarmac rally of the season, will present brand new challenges. Twelve months ago we saw Thierry and Nicolas dominate the event to take our first victory of the season, with Dani in third. We […]

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Loeb: Lack of Corsica route nowledge a drawback

Sebastien Loeb says his lack of familiarity with the route of next weekend’s Corsica WRC round could put him at a disadvantage.The nine-time WRC champion made his first start in the series for three years in Mexico, and led the event – his first on gravel for five years – until a puncture halted his […]

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M-SPORT FORD CHASE SUCCESS IN CORSICA

M-Sport Ford World Rally Team have enjoyed a strong start to this year’s FIA World Rally Championship. After three events, the team have secured two victories and will be chasing a third when the EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRCs don their asphalt guise for next week’s Corsica Linea – Tour de Corse. Making the most of […]

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Hyundai crashes into river in WRC testing

Thierry Neuville has crashed his Hyundai i20 WRC into a river during testing for next week’s Tour de Corse. Neuville was conducting running on the French island of Corsica, which will host Round 4 of the World Rally Championship, when he left the road approaching to a bridge. According to WRC.com, the accident occurred at […]

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M-Sport using NASCAR tech to improve Ford WRC program

M-Sport’s Ford Fiesta WRC has benefitted from NASCAR technology following its first trip to North Carolina earlier this month.Sebastien Ogier’s Rally Mexico-winning Ford Fiesta WRC was flown to Ford Performance in Charlotte directly after the Leon-based event – and M-Sport’s head of rally engineering Chris Williams admitted his team learned from taking the trip. “We […]