Tag Archive: WRC

Dec 06

Dani Sordo finished second in the Monza Rally Show at the weekend as MotoGP star Valentino Rossi won the end-of-year spectacular for a fifth time

Sordo second at Monza

The Spaniard won six of the 10 asphalt speed tests at the Italian race circuit in his Hyundai i20 World Rally Car, but lost out to the Italian by 18.4sec in his bid to complete a third victory at the three-day event. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 04

WRC champions crowned at prize giving ceremony

The winners of this year’s World Rally Championship have been honoured in a glittering prize giving ceremony at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria.

Stars of the WRC joined winners from all FIA championships to collect their trophies at the annual gala show on Friday night, hosted by FIA president Jean Todt. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 02

Hyundai unveils 2017 WRC challenger

“It has been busy but finally our new baby is born. We aim to win the championship with our strong team and top level drivers and co-drivers”

Hyundai became the first manufacturer to show the final version of its 2017 FIA World Rally Championship contender when it unveiled its i20 Coupe World Rally Car in Italy this morning (Thursday). Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 01

Running order changes and new WRC trophy for 2017

The order in which drivers will start stages in 2017 will revert to the model that was last used in 2014

20161120-096The FIA World Motor Sport Council approved changes to next year’s WRC running order regulations and revealed a new competition for drivers of 2016-spec World Rally Cars.

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Nov 21

WRC: 2016 stars honoured at glamorous Sydney gala

Sydney celebration brings down curtain on dramatic season

Ott Tanak - WRC Driver of the Year Star drivers from the WRC joined team bosses and championship officials for a sparkling finale to a dramatic FIA World Rally Championship season in Sydney on Monday night. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 17

Former ERC champion sets sights on WRC title

Esapekka Lappi, who won the FIA European Rally Championship title in 2014, is aiming even higher in Australia this week

Former ERC champion sets sights on WRC titleThe Flying Finn can clinch the WRC2 title on the season-closing Rally Australia, which runs from today (Thursday) until Sunday. Lappi needs just a second place in class to claim the title in Australia, having won the last three WRC2 rallies he started. A good omen for him, as when he took the 2014 ERC title, he also scored three victories during the season. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 16

WRC: Volkswagen targets winning farewell

“It’s a strange situation for everyone at Volkswagen Motorsport”

WRC - Volkswagen targets winning farewell Volkswagen has pledged to end its FIA World Rally Championship era on a high note when its bows out in Australia this weekend after four years of dominance. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 05

WRC: Where now for Volkswagen trio?

Volkswagen, Citroën and Hyundai had all confirmed their line-ups for next year

Volkswagen’s shock withdrawal from the FIA World Rally Championship has kick-started an intriguing driver transfer market just when the seats for 2017 seemed to have settled. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 29

WRC: Ogier repels Tänak attack to retain lead

Sébastien Ogier retained the Dayinsure Wales Rally GB lead from Estonian Ott Tänak on Saturday

WRC - Ogier repels Tänak attack to retain lead The Frenchman, who sealed his fourth consecutive world title in Spain earlier this month, completed the second and penultimate leg with a 33.8 sec advantage over Tänak. Thierry Neuville was third, a further minute adrift in a Hyundai i20. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 18

WRC: Juho Hänninen has signed a one-year contract to head Toyota’s return to the FIA World Rally Championship next season with a Yaris World Rally Car

Hänninen confirmed in 2017 Toyota

The 35-year-old Finn has conducted the lion’s share of testing ahead of the Japanese manufacturer’s return after a 16-year absence. He has completed the recce at every round this season and his confirmation comes as no surprise. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 17

Focused Ogier amongst rally greats

Behind the scenes with newly crowned four-time champion Sébastien Ogier

Focused Ogier amongst rally greats Martin Hassenpflug stood in front of Sébastien Ogier’s Volkswagen Polo R WRC. He’s the only man who can stop the now four-time World Rally Champion. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 13

WRC: Michelin signs new three-year agreement

Michelin extends WRC commitment for three more years until 2019

Michelin Michelin has signed a new agreement to extend its commitment to the FIA World Rally Championship for three more seasons. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 12

WRC: Ogier closes on fourth title

The Frenchman and co-driver Julien Ingrassia took a step closer to securing the 2016 crown with victory at the last round

WRC - Sebastien Ogier Sébastien Ogier has a second chance to wrap up a fourth successive FIA World Rally Championship title this weekend at RACC Catalunya – Rally de España (13 – 16 October). Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 06

WRC: Hyundai confirms Neuville will stay

Hyundai has finalised its WRC driver line-up for the next two seasons by announcing a new two-year extension to its contract with Thierry Neuville

The Belgian driver completes a three-car Hyundai squad for 2017 and 2018, joining Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo who were already confirmed. Neuville joined Hyundai from M-Sport in 2013 to lead the Korean manufacturer’s WRC return in 2014. Highlights since then have included two victories, the most recent of which was scored in Sardinia earlier this year, and nine podiums, including his second-place in Corsica last weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 06

Playseat® unveils new range of chairs for WRC gamers

Simulator chairs bring new realism for WRC video game fans

Playseat WRC gamers can experience every twist, turn, bump and jump of the world’s legendary speed tests through a new range of gaming chairs introduced by market leader Playseat®. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 02

WRC: Ogier closes on title with Corsica win

The Frenchman won the 10th round of the season by 46.4sec in a Volkswagen Polo R

WRC - Ogier closes on title with Corsica win Sébastien Ogier closed on his fourth consecutive FIA World Rally Championship title after a dominant drive to a maiden victory at the Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse on Sunday afternoon.
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Oct 02

WRC: Ogier nets first Corsica win

The Frenchman was unchallenged over almost 400km of Corsica’s bumpy asphalt mountain roads

Sébastien Ogier won the Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse for the first time on Sunday after leading the three-day Mediterranean island classic from start to finish. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 01

WRC: Mikkelsen ties with Ogier

Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse

Team-mates Sébastien Ogier and Andreas Mikkelsen tied at the top of the timesheets in Saturday’s second speed test at the Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse, but there was disappointment for Kris Meeke who crashed out. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 30

WRC: Ogier sets pace in Corsica

Although he was briefly headed in the early splits by Kris Meeke and Thierry Neuville

Sébastien Ogier laid down the gauntlet to his rivals by winning the opening speed test at the Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse on Friday morning. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 29

2017 WRC dates confirmed

It has not yet been clarified whether the championship will comprise 13 or 14 rounds

WRC - Tänak closes on maiden win in Poland Dates for the opening seven rounds of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship were confirmed today (Wednesday) at the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris. Read the rest of this entry »

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