WRC Sardinia, victory for returning Dani Sordo. 

The sun drenched italian isle of Sardinia offers itself up for the sixth round of the 2020 WRC calendar, the event was the penultimate event on the calendar, but on Friday, with Rally Monza added to the calendar in December; Opening the championship fight back up. Further broke on Friday as the provisional 2021 WRC calendar was shown for the first time. Notable changes include Wales Rally GB moving to an end of August date, away from the traditional October date.  Shakedown saw drama before the event got underway as…

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WRC Rally Turkey, Elfyn Evans takes surprise victory.

Turkey played host to round five of the 2020 World Rally Championship, the infamous rough roads have seen plenty of drama over the years, with the rocky gravel stages & searing heat sealing the events reputation as a real carbreaker. The action got underway on Friday, it was Sebastien Loeb who would set the pace throughout the Friday. Loeb, a three time winner of the event in the past knows the event well, but had never driven the stages on Friday, in the process fending off teammate Thierry Neuville &…

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WRC Rally Estonia, Ott Tanak wins as WRC roars back into life.

It has been a long time since the WRC’s last competitive action, almost six months since the last round at Rally Mexico, which was cut short due to the developing Covid19 outbreak to enable officials and competitors to travel home; in the wake of ever tightening travel restrictions. That was then, this is now. After a huge amount of work by the FIA & event organisers in the wake of numerous cancelled events, the most recent being Rally Germany in October; Italy has also been shuffled back 3 weeks in…

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WRC season set to restart in Estonia.

It’s been a long time since there has been some good news in the world of WRC, but after much consternation and waiting, we finally have an official restart date for the 2020 World Rally Championship.  September 4th, 5th & 6th will see Rally Estonia, which was originally going to run as Rally Dirtfish has become part of the WRC calendar. Estonia was already primed to join the WRC calendar from 2021 onwards, but with Rally DIrtfish going ahead and a number of WRC teams and drivers competing, the decision…

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WRC news round up, Rally GB cancelled, additional rounds being evaluated.

The latest casualty on the WRC calendar was confirmed this week as Wales Rally GB. The anchor event on the WRC calendar was cancelled for much the same reasons as the other events so far, organisers unable to guarantee the health and safety of spectators & series personnel due to the ongoing Covid19 pandemic. Travel restrictions in place in the UK for the short term mandate a 14 quarantine for those arriving into the UK. With the majority of teams, personnel and a large number of fans coming from overseas,…

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WRC news round up, Rally New Zealand and Finland cancelled, Ford making progress on new reg car

Organisers have confirmed that the predicted return of the WRC season in Rally New Zealand will no longer take place in 2020. Event organisers Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) confirmed on june 4th the cancellation of Rally New Zealand. The events CEO, Mike Goldstein stated “It became clear that with our borders closed to international travel and the logistics required to host thousands of international visitors as part of the World Rally Championship, that the September 2020 date was not practical.” New Zealand has effectively eradicated Covid19 from…

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WRC Rally Mexico, Ogier triumphs amidst Covid-19 shortened event

The third round of the World Rally Championship once again plays host to Rally Mexico, high temperatures and challenging gravel conditions faced the teams and drivers once again. The event going ahead was a surprise following mass cancellations of global motorsport events due to the ongoing Coronavirus/Covid-19 outbreak, Formula 1, IMSA Weathertech, WEC & Indycar amongst others have cancelled events en-masse due to government containment conditions and travel restrictions. The WRC has not escaped the grip of Covid-19, with the fourth round of the championship, Rally Argentina already being cancelled…

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Elfyn Evans triumphs in shortened Rally Sweden.

Sweden played host to the second round of the World Rally Championship this weekend, but there was something different, something unusual for those watching and attending. Yes, it’s a distinct lack of snow. Rally Sweden’s USP has always been the massive amounts of snow, giving unique scenery and a unique challenge for the drivers and teams as the cars run on studded tyres. There was drama before the rally even got underway, with talks of the event potentially being cancelled due to the lack of snow. The decision was taken…

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WRC Monte Carlo, Thierry Neuville victorious in Monte thriller.

After a long and dramatic off season, the 2020 World Rally Championship began in earnest in the hills above Monte Carlo. The conditions for the event were unusually good, with dry conditions and not an awful lot in the way of snow and ice on the mountain roads. The 2020 season sees three manufacturers in the series, Ford, Hyundai & Toyota. Citroen announced a shock exit from the sport in the off season which has seen a game of musical chairs for many drivers. Ott Tanak has moved from Toyota…

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World Rally Championship 2020 season preview

It only felt like yesterday that the 2019 World Rally Championship came to a close amid unusual circumstances in Australia, the event being cancelled before it got underway due to the bushfires around the New South Wales area. Those fires, even after more than 2 months are still raging and have ravaged Australia in one of the worst natural disasters the country has ever seen. Onto more pleasant topics though, and on January 23rd, the WRC winds itself back into life for the first round of the championship in Monte…

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Autosport international Show 2020 and the big BTCC catch up.

The Autosport international show rolled in its traditional venue of the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham in the UK, once again providing fans the opportunity to get up close and personal with the cars, drivers and people behind many different championships.  There were a number of headline events for fans to enjoy, from the Live Action Arena where a huge variety of cars would complete demonstrations in one of the largest indoor areas in Europe, to driver forums and team and driver announcements ahead of the start of the 2020…

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WRC news: Ford M-Sport confirms 2020 driver line-up.

After a long period of speculation within the WRC paddock and community, Ford M-Sport has confirmed its driver line up for the 2020 WRC season. Former Citroen driver Esapekka Lappi is confirmed as the teams new lead driver, replacing Elfyn Evans who completed the move to Toyota at the end of 2019. Ford confirmed that they will retain young Finnish driver Teemu Sunninen for a second season as their second driver. Sunninen showed flashes of brilliance in the 2019 season and Sunninen will likely build on the steady form he…

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Toyota confirms Ogier, Evans & Rovanpera for 2020 WRC season.

Toyota have confirmed their driver line up for the 2020 season earlier this week, confirming the long held rumour that they had signed Sebastien Ogier and Elfyn Evans. There was an additional surprise as Toyota also announced that they had signed Kalle Rovanpera as well, son of Harri Rovanpera and WRC2 ace for Skoda for the past couple of years. It is also sees Ogier & Evans reunited as team-mates once again, both drove together for Ford in 2018. Toyota has also signed Ogier, Evans & Rovanpera for the 2021…

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Citroen announces WRC departure, Ogier joining new team for 2020.

Ogier

In a surprising turn of events, Citroen announced this morning that they will be discontinuing their WRC programme with immediate effect. The news came prematurely amid widespread speculation that Citroen would depart the WRC before the new 2022 hybrid regulations, but the shock came as Citroen announced they will not contest the 2020 season. Citroen cited the reason as being the departure of Sebastien Ogier from the team and the lack of a high quality driver to lead the team into 2020. There are background factors that may have influenced…

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WRC Rally Australia cancelled amid state of emergency due to wildfires

The final round of the WRC, scheduled to take place in the area of New South Wales in Australia, headquartered out of Coffs Harbour has been cancelled. As many will have seen, New South Wales and other parts of Australia are being ravaged by the worst wildfires seen in decades, with conditions in some regions being described as ‘catastrophic’ with serious danger to life and property. Earlier in the week, the event organisers, FIA, Emergency Services, Government and the local community liaised as a collective to determine whether the event…

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WRC Rally Catalunya, Tanak crowned 2019 WRC champion, Neuville takes rally win.

The penultimate round of the world rally championship sees the championship roll into one of the series most iconic events, Rally Catalunya. The rally represents a unique challenge as well being the only mixed surface event on the calendar, friday’s opening leg being run on gravel stages with the saturday and sunday run on the high speed tarmac stages. It means a quick change from full gravel spec and settings into full tarmac spec for the remaining two legs. The drivers championship can also be decided this weekend as well,…

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WRC Wales Rally GB, Tanak triumphs as the Championship comes into focus.

The World Rally Championship roared back into life from October 3rd to October 6th with the championship arriving in North Wales for Wales Rally GB. This year the Rally sees a change, being based out of the seaside town of Llandudno as opposed to its traditional base out of Deeside. The scrutineering for the event took on a unique format, with the Workshops of North Wales Honda hosting scrutineering and the cars being pushed through the showroom, allowing fans a unique opportunity to get up close to the cars and…

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WRC Rally Turkey, Citroens 1-2 Turkish Delight.

Ogier

Round 11 of the WRC took place on the second weekend of September on the fearsome rock strewn gravel stages around Marmaris and above the Turquoise coast. Blistering heat and a splash of heavy rain would furnish the drivers with a real challenge for both man and machine. The Thursday evening saw the opening stage of the rally, a short blast around the streets of Marmaris which saw Thierry Neuville & Andreas Mikkelsen to for first position, setting identical times trailed by Pontus Tidemand’s Ford Fiesta in third. The first…

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WRC Rally Germany, Toyota reigns supreme.

Germany is the scene for the second asphalt round of the World Rally Championship in 2019, with the event exhibiting a broad challenge from the narrow vineyards around the River Mosel, to the high speed stages in the Saarland region and the punishing bumps and ruts of the Panzerplatte. The event got underway on Thursday evening with a single stage around on the winding roads near the service park on the St.Wendeler Land stage. Ott Tanak took victory on the opening stage, though his Toyota Yaris was missing both its…

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WRC Rally Finland 2019, Tanak triumphs in Finland.

The World Rally Championship roared back into life after the July break over the first weekend of August in the forests of Finland, the fastest event on the calendar. During the summer break there were a few nuggets of news, the biggest of which is the FIA announcing officially that WRC will switch to Hybrid drivetrains from 2022 onwards. The details of the new hybrid and engine regulations have yet to be finalised, and it is unclear if the cars will deploy a spec hybrid system or if manufacturers will…

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