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Fri January 31, 2014

A new challenge for Kubica Ford A new challenge for Kubica Following a sensational start to their 2014 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) campaign, Robert Kubica and Maciej Szczepaniak are back behind the wheel of their RK M-Sport World Rally Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC for the season's traditional winter fixture - Rally Sweden. ...

Snow, studs & spectacle for M-Sport Ford Snow, studs & spectacle for M-Sport As the FIA World Rally Championship's (WRC) only true winter event, Rally Sweden offers a unique challenge. Snow-covered stages and studded tyres provide one of the most spectacular events of the year and - having traditionally performed well at the Swedish fixture - M-Sport ...

Citroen Home advantage for Ostberg

WRC Hyundai Shell WRT at Rally Sweden

WRC Solberg chooses Pirelli for WRC return

WRC The Icemen Cometh

Wed January 29, 2014

Q&A Sébastien Ogier WRC Q&A Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen works driver Sébastien Ogier (F) continued his remarkable run of success with the Polo R WRC at the Rally Monte Carlo. The Frenchman clinched the first win of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) alongside co-driver Julien Ingrassia (F). Next up is the Rally Swe...

Ypres: 20 stages in compact format IRC Ypres: 20 stages in compact format The 2014 rallying season went off to a promising start. Ice master Robert Kubica took victory in the Austrian Jänner Rally, while reigning world champion Sébastien Ogier kicked off his campaign in style at the Monte Carlo rally. The heroes of the European Rally Championship will ...

Sibiu Rally Romania postponed IRC Sibiu Rally Romania postponed ERC Sibiu Rally Romania postponed due to force majeure; alternative format and date now under consideration. Sibiu Rally Romania will not go ahead as a winter event after its postponement under force majeure due to exceptional heavy snowfall and forecasts of more severe weath...

Tue January 28, 2014

Hyundai confirm Chris Atkinson in Mexico WRC Hyundai confirm Chris Atkinson in Mexico Following its debut in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) at Rallye Monte-Carlo earlier this month, the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team is pleased to announce today that Chris ‘Atko’ Atkinson will drive the #8 Hyundai i20 WRC for Rally Mexico, round three of the championship. ...

Mon January 27, 2014

Skoda 2014 motto: Prepare for the future Skoda Skoda 2014 motto: Prepare for the future Prepare for the future: this task is the main focus of the 2014 rally season for ŠKODA. A very special challenge awaits works drivers Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN) and the other duo Sepp Wiegand/Frank Christian (D/D) at their first competitive outing of the year in the Euro...

Sun January 26, 2014

Latvia warm up in Lithuania IRC Latvia warm up in Lithuania Three of the seven drivers from Czech Republic contesting Rally Liepāja next week will be in action in Lithuania this weekend as part of their preparations for round two of the FIA European Rally Championship. ...

Why Russian Gryazin flies Latvian flag IRC Why Russian Gryazin flies Latvian flag Vasily Gryazin will fly the Latvian flag on his Ford Fiesta S2000 on the country’s FIA European Rally Championship counter from 31 January-2 February even though he’s actually Russian. ...

Fri January 24, 2014

Rally Liepaja full preview IRC Rally Liepaja full preview EVENT PREVIEW: 2014 FIA European Rally Championship, round two of 12 Rally Liepāja, 31 January-2 February 2014 (Latvia). ERC Junior set for lift-off in Latvia as Ice Masters aim to fly ...

It's not just play for Hänninen IRC It's not just play for Hänninen Want to know what rally drivers do when they’re not in the thick of competition? Juho Hänninen, the winner of the FIA European Rally Championship in 2012, works as a forester in Finland. ...

ERC stars shine on Rallye Monte Carlo IRC ERC stars shine on Rallye Monte Carlo Several star drivers from the FIA European Rally Championship excelled on the legendary Rallye Monte-Carlo last week. ...

Excitement grows for ERC Junior opener IRC Excitement grows for ERC Junior opener The all-new FIA ERC Junior Championship is go in Latvia next week with 15 rising stars in action on Rally Liepāja from 31 January-2 February. And Chris Ingram, a 19-year-old emerging talent from the United Kingdom, is one such driver hoping to make their mark on the champion...

Breen predicts close battle in Liepaja IRC Breen predicts close battle in Liepaja FIA European Rally Championship title contender Craig Breen is predicting a thrilling battle for victory on next week’s Rally Liepāja, the second event of the 2014 season. ...

Mon January 20, 2014

Double British success on famous Monte WRC Double British success on famous Monte The 2014 World Rally Championship (WRC) blasted into action in the French Alps last weekend with the exacting Monte Carlo Rally (16-18 January) and it was a special occasion for British rally fans. This is the first time since 2003 that two professional British drivers have start...

Topi Heikkinen to drive VW Polo in 2014 General Topi Heikkinen to drive VW Polo in 2014 Toomas 'Topi' Heikkinen, the reigning Global Rallycross Champion, will drive a Marklund Motorsport-built Volkswagen Polo RX Supercar this year on the newly-created FIA World Rallycross Championship as well as the X Games. The 22-year-old, who claimed five consecutive v...

VW Polo into rally-X world championship General VW Polo into rally-X world championship The new-for-2014 FIA World Rallycross Championship is delighted to welcome 2013 GRC champion Toomas 'Topi' Heikkinen to its ranks for its inaugural campaign, as the 'Flying Finn' bids to emulate his impressive achievements on the international stage with Marklund ...

Sun January 19, 2014

Mixed emotions for M-Sport in Monte Ford Mixed emotions for M-Sport in Monte There were mixed emotions for M-Sport as Rallye Monte-Carlo came to a close today. Bryan Bouffier secured a sensational second place behind the wheel of an M-Sport run Ford Fiesta RS WRC and Elfyn Evans got his FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) campaign off to a flying start wit...

WRC podium for Kris Meeke Citroen WRC podium for Kris Meeke Only four stages remained on today's leg before the competitors reached the end of this 82nd running of the Rallye Monte-Carlo. But they weren't just any old stages: two successive runs, at day and then at night, on La Bollène Vésubie - Moulinet, via the Col de Turini, an...

Pirelli makes promising return to WRC WRC Pirelli makes promising return to WRC Pirelli made its return to the World Rally Championship after a year's absence at the Monte Carlo Rally this weekend, fighting at the forefront of a competitive WRC2 field. The Italian firm was sole supplier to the World Rally Championship between 2008-2010 and then suppli...

Podium for Sparco supported Bouffier Ford Podium for Sparco supported Bouffier The 2014 World Rally Championship got underway in spectacular fashion this week with the iconic Rallye Monte-Carlo setting the scene for this year’s 13-round championship. Sparco was once again at the forefront of the action with its state-of-the-art overalls being worn by som...

Dream start to the WRC for Ogier WRC Dream start to the WRC for Ogier Triumph at the Rally Monte Carlo - Volkswagen opened the new season of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with a dream result. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) produced an irresistible fightback and an outstanding driving display to secure victory on the first weekend o...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC Bouffier in Citroen to Liepaja @ 10:24 PM - Breaking news is that after his fantastic Monte Carlo result, Bryan Bouffier is now to start in the Latvian ERC round Rally Liepaja in a Citroen DS3 RRC! While the Rally Sweden entry list is online already, the ERC Liepaja entry list will only come mid next week, as some more surprises are expected. Liepaja is also to see the international debut of the Opel Adam R2.

Fri January 17, 2014

Kubica on pace but Monte bites back Ford Kubica on pace but Monte bites back Encompassing some of the world's most challenging and unpredictable conditions, Rallye Monte-Carlo is renowned as one of the FIA World Rally Championship's (WRC) most difficult events. Unfortunately the RK M-Sport World Rally Team pairing of Robert Kubica and Maciej Szcze...

M-Sport makes it to Monaco Ford M-Sport makes it to Monaco Rallye Monte-Carlo never fails to offer a challenge, and as the M-Sport World Rally Team made their way from the Alpine town of Gap to the glamorous principality of Monte-Carlo, it would seem that today would be no different. Keeping their Ford Fiesta RS WRC's well out of tro...

Performance worthy of a champion WRC Performance worthy of a champion From fourth to first - Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) produced a courageous comeback to take the lead at the end of day two of the Rally Monte Carlo. The Volkswagen duo in the #1 Polo R WRC won three of the day's five special stages, finishing runner-up in the other t...

Both Citroen crews among the leaders Citroen Both Citroen crews among the leaders There may have been precious little snow, but there was certainly plenty of water for the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team crews on day two of Rallye Monte-Carlo, between Gap and Monaco. Third overall this evening, Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle are well-placed to claim the...

Thu January 16, 2014

Hyundai on the pace but out of luck WRC Hyundai on the pace but out of luck The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has suffered a disappointingly early end to its debut rally in the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) after both Hyundai i20 WRC cars retired from Rallye Monte-Carlo today. The team, however, remains positive about its first competitive sta...

Kris Meeke emerges in 2nd Citroen Kris Meeke emerges in 2nd --- Rallye Monte-Carlo lived up to its reputation, as the first leg proved particularly difficult to manage. In spite of the testing conditions, the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team crews made a strong start to the 2014 World Rally Championship. --- Kris Meeke and Paul N...

Tyre roulette has VW in 4th, 7th & 9th WRC Tyre roulette has VW in 4th, 7th & 9th Volkswagen ended the opening leg of the first round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in fourth, seventh and ninth. The first day of the Rally Monte Carlo was dominated by unpredictable weather, which resulted in slippery road conditions. The Volkswagen drivers literally ...

M-Sport's faith in Evans rewarded Ford M-Sport's faith in Evans rewarded Tyre strategy can make all the difference at Rallye Monte-Carlo and the M-Sport World Rally Team had their wits about them when making their selection for the first day of competition. Thanks to the correct tyre choice through the morning loop, Monte debutant Elfyn Evans holds an...

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