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Fri January 27, 2017

Special number plates for M-Sport Fiesta Ford Special number plates for M-Sport Fiesta Special plates for a special season, courtesy of W R Tullock and Sons ---- M-Sport crews - Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia, and Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja - will sport special number plates throughout the 2017 season. The Frenchmen's Ford Fiesta WRC will carry WRT 1 w...

Sun January 22, 2017

Ogier seals 4th straight Monte win WRC Ogier seals 4th straight Monte win Sébastien Ogier eased through the final leg in the mountains above Monaco to claim his fifth Monte-Carlo success in total by 2min 15.0sec in a Ford Fiesta World Rally Car. It was a dream debut for the Frenchman with the M-Sport World Rally Team, for whom this was a first win s...

C3 claims stage win on Col du Turini Citroen C3 claims stage win on Col du Turini Contested in the hills above Monaco, the final day of the Rallye Monte-Carlo saw Stéphane Lefebvre showcase his skills. The young Frenchmen produced an impressive display on the Col de Turini to claim the C3 WRC's first stage win! Citroën Total Abu Dhabi, Craig Breen - who fi...

Consolation for Hyundai in Monte WRC Consolation for Hyundai in Monte Hyundai Motorsport has completed the opening round of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in spirited style with Dani Sordo in fourth place and Thierry Neuville dominating the Power Stage. Sunday's itinerary was expected to take in a repeat loop of two stages, the...

Mikkelsen sets milestone for Skoda Skoda Mikkelsen sets milestone for Skoda A day of celebration in the Principality of Monaco: Andreas Mikkelsen has set a milestone in the ŠKODA Motorsport success story. Starting in the ŠKODA FABIA R5 for the first time, the Norwegian rally star triumphed with navigator Anders Jæger (N) in the WRC 2 standings at the 85t...

M-Sport seals historic Monte Carlo win Ford M-Sport seals historic Monte Carlo win M-Sport made history this weekend as Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia won the first round of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship at the legendary Rallye Monte-Carlo. Winning on its maiden outing, the Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC continues M-Sport's immaculate re...

Fri January 20, 2017

Hyundai statement on SS1 incident WRC Hyundai statement on SS1 incident Hyundai Motorsport is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of a spectator during the opening stage of Rallye Monte-Carlo on Thursday evening. The incident occurred at the same time as the #4 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC of Hayden Paddon and John Kennard crashed into the mo...

Thu January 19, 2017

NEWS JUST IN

WRC First new era SS1 impressions @ 07:58 PM - First new era impression is that if new or old generation WRC, Hyundais do look better upside down! Sadly Haydon Paddon had a crash less than 1km from the end of SS1 (crew OK). So at least we have no answers on performances from the new Citroen and Toyota. We do have however a little bit of a confirmation that all new cars are fairly level in performance. Stage was completely dry. Neuville Hyundai beat Ogier Ford by a tiny margin on the stage. But more interesting on the first split Neuville was slower than Ogier. And on the same split Latvala Toyota and Meeke Citroen were slower than Ogier, but faster eventual than stage winner Neuville. So YES! We can expect a great season!

Tue January 17, 2017

M-Sport ready and roaring to go Ford M-Sport ready and roaring to go At the dawn of a new era for the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), M-Sport are ready and raring to go - the EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC making its competitive debut at this week's legendary Rallye Monte-Carlo. Having completed precisely 8,344 kilometres of testing ...

Mon January 16, 2017

Skoda Monte and season preview Skoda Skoda Monte and season preview When ŠKODA Motorsport lines up at this season’s Rally Monte Carlo, it will remember the brand’s legendary triumph at the same race 40 years ago. The works team’s ŠKODA FABIA R5s will feature the same blue and red stripes as sported by the winning car from 1977 when it launches it...

Thierry Neuville will start Ypres Rally General Thierry Neuville will start Ypres Rally The New Year is only just upon us and the Ypres Rally is still 5 months away and yet the SuperStage organisers have been madly busy these last few days putting a top billboard together. At the Brussels Car Show Hyundai Belgium announced that, together with Hyundai Motorsport, the...

Sat January 14, 2017

Ambitious plans for Kenotek Ypres Rally General Ambitious plans for Kenotek Ypres Rally This year Superstage, the Kenotek Ypres Rally organisers, will be presenting an impressive and ambitious programme. This week the impetus will be given, because the Ypres Rally is to represented at the highest professional motorsport car show in Europe, Autosport International in...

Peugeot 1-2-3 in Dakar Rallye Peugeot Peugeot 1-2-3 in Dakar Rallye The brand new PEUGEOT 3008DKRs of Peterhansel/Cottret, Loeb/Elena and Despres/Castera completed the 2017 Dakar Rally's 9, 000-kilometre run through Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina on the top three steps of the final podium in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Today's landmark one-...

WRC 2017, new cars, new teams, new rules WRC WRC 2017, new cars, new teams, new rules The build-up and fever pitch expectation is almost over as next week's Rallye Monte-Carlo (19 - 22 January) heralds the start of one of the most keenly-anticipated FIA World Rally Championship seasons in memory. Dynamic new-look World Rally Cars will echo through the mountai...

Hyundai i20 Coupe ready for debut WRC Hyundai i20 Coupe ready for debut Hyundai Motorsport is ready to begin its fourth year of competition in the World Rally Championship (WRC) at the season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo, which takes place next week. The opening event of the 13-round 2017 season will see the debut of the team's latest rally cha...

Citroen beginns new era with C3 WRC Citroen Citroen beginns new era with C3 WRC The moment that WRC fans have been desperately waiting for is finally upon us: in a few days, the 2017 World Rally Championship will get underway on the stages of the legendary Rallye Monte-Carlo. The Citroën C3 WRC - designed to meet the new FIA regulations - will be making its ...

Thu January 12, 2017

Emil Bergkvist to be Citroen test driver Citroen Emil Bergkvist to be Citroen test driver The FIA ERC Junior Championship’s position as the ultimate training ground for future stars of world rallying has once again been highlighted with confirmation of former champion Emil Bergkvist landing a WRC2 drive and testing opportunities with Citroën in 2017....

M-Sport announce Fiesta R5 Evo2 Ford M-Sport announce Fiesta R5 Evo2 Coinciding with the 200th Ford Fiesta R5, M-Sport are pleased to confirm a new evolution of their most successful global rally car - the Ford Fiesta R5 Evo2 - which is set to make a competitive debut later this year. Since its inaugural launch in the midst of 2013, the EcoBoos...

Wed January 11, 2017

M-Sport: Camilli and Suninen in WRC2 Ford M-Sport: Camilli and Suninen in WRC2 Éric Camilli and Benjamin Veillas will be joined by Teemu Suninen and Mikko Markkula this year as both crews take to the wheel of the EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta R5 for campaigns in the FIA World Rally Championship's principal support series - WRC 2. Both Fiestas will ca...

Tue January 3, 2017

WRC 2017 preview by Stuart Loudon WRC WRC 2017 preview by Stuart Loudon After all the talk, the hype and the hysteria, the World Rally Championship's most eagerly anticipated season is almost upon us. It's true: 2017 and a new chapter and the next generation in our sport is here. Here's my guide to the revolution - the one we're a...

Max Rendina to Max ERC schedule IRC Max Rendina to Max ERC schedule Max Rendina, who doubles as a driver and promoter of Rally di Roma Capitale, is planning to contest selected FIA European Rally Championship rounds in 2017 in addition to his own event. Rally di Roma Capitale is new to the ERC for 2017 and counts as the penultimate round from 15-...

Skoda delivers 100th Fabia R5 Skoda Skoda delivers 100th Fabia R5 The 100th ŠKODA FABIA R5 has been delivered to a customer from the Netherlands. Erik Wevers’ team travelled to Mladá Boleslav to collect the car. The handover marked another milestone for the successful ŠKODA FABIA R5. In 2016, the high-tech, four-wheel drive powerhouse from the ...

ERC 2016 highs and lows part 2 IRC ERC 2016 highs and lows part 2 Leaning on the ERC 2016 highs and highs story, dare we have our own pick as well? Please read the fantastic top10 summary here: http://irc.rallye-info.com/article.asp?sid=11&stid=13200 ...

ERC 2016: The highs and highs IRC ERC 2016: The highs and highs As 2017 approaches here are 10 of the best memories from an action-packed 2016 FIA European Rally Championship season....

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