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Fri January 29, 2016

Rally Liepaja postponed IRC Rally Liepaja postponed Rally Liepāja, the opening round of the 2016 FIA European Rally Championship, will not take place as scheduled because of uncharacteristically warm weather conditions. The final decision to put off the event, which was due to take place on 5-7 February, was taken by the ...

Wed January 27, 2016

Vauxhall launches Adam R2 rally program IRC Vauxhall launches Adam R2 rally program Vauxhall Motorsport has finalised its Junior Team for this year’s British Rally Championship, and is looking forward to a successful season with the Vauxhall ADAM R2, which is making its competition debut on British soil. After an intensive selection process from an initial sh...

Tue January 26, 2016

Opel: Ingram replaces Bergkvist in ERC! IRC Opel: Ingram replaces Bergkvist in ERC! Opel takes on the ambitious "Mission title defense" in the FIA ERC Junior Championship with a strong trio. The ADAM pilots of 2016 are Marijan Griebel, Julius Tannert and Chris Ingram. After the glorious title win by the Swede Emil Bergkvist last year, the Opel works drivers in t...

Mon January 25, 2016

Successful Monte for Peugeot Rally Academy Peugeot Successful Monte for Peugeot Rally Academy Despite this being their first attempt at the notoriously complex Rallye Monte-Carlo, both Peugeot Rally Academy crews came through their first outing of the season with flying colours and lived up every bit to their status as last year's 208 Rally Cup winners. Ably assisted ...

New generation i20 kicks off with podium WRC New generation i20 kicks off with podium Hyundai Motorsport has begun its third season in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in style with a fantastic podium finish in the debut event for the New Generation i20 WRC. Thierry Neuville steered the team’s new car to third place overall after a competitive weekend fo...

Evans claims epic Monte win Ford Evans claims epic Monte win M-Sport World Rally Team's Elfyn Evans and Craig Parry secured an epic victory at this weekend's Rallye Monte-Carlo. Dominating the first round of the FIA World Rally Championship's principal support series (WRC 2), the pairing also concluded the overall event in a st...

Mads equals Monte best Ford Mads equals Monte best M-Sport World Rally Team's Mads Østberg has equalled his best Rallye Monte-Carlo result at the opening round of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) - bringing his Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta RS WRC home in fourth place. The opening round of the season is always a cha...

Sun January 24, 2016

Top5 for Lefebvre Citroen Top5 for Lefebvre Disputed in the hills above Monaco, the final day of the 84th Rallye Monte Carlo saw no significant changes to the overall standings. Stéphane Lefebvre and Gabin Moreau provided further evidence of their progress as they secured fifth place overall. It was their best result to da...

3rd Monte victory for Volkswagen WRC 3rd Monte victory for Volkswagen One-two at the "Monte", the third in a row for driver, co-driver and team - Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) enjoyed a magnificent success at the Rally Monte Carlo. Their team-mates Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger (N/N) finished runner-up to complete a Volkswagen one-two and...

Kubica forced out of Monte Carlo WRC Kubica forced out of Monte Carlo Polish ace Robert Kubica has been forced out of the world-famous Monte Carlo Rally by an icy corner six kilometres into the third stage of the event on Friday morning. Kubica's Ford Fiesta RS WRC, run by the Cherasco-based BRC Racing Team in Italy, slid wide on a notorious...

Monte podiums for Pirelli drivers WRC Monte podiums for Pirelli drivers Pirelli-backed drivers have finished on the podium of the WRC2 and WRC3 classes of the Monte Carlo Rally: the opening round of the 2016 World Rally Championship. Monte Carlo is one of the trickiest rallies of the year from the point of view of a tyre manufacturer, as the surfa...

Thu January 21, 2016

Tunnock's guide to the WRC 2016 WRC Tunnock's guide to the WRC 2016 It's back to school time for the WRC class of 2016 Sixty-five days after the World Rally Championship departed Deeside, it's arrived in Gap for the start of the new season. It's the beginning of the end for the current crop of World Rally Cars - and what a finale...

Wed January 20, 2016

WRC action for Peugeot Rally Academy Peugeot WRC action for Peugeot Rally Academy Year 4 of the Peugeot Rally Academy will mark the start of a new era for the squad as last year's 208 Rally Cup front-runners José Suarez/Candido Carrera (Peugeot 208T16, WRC2) and Jordan Berfa/Damien Augustin (Peugeot 208R2, WRC3) face a programme of selected FIA World Rally...

Kubica back to WRC with Pirelli WRC Kubica back to WRC with Pirelli Pirelli tyres will be used around the globe by competitors in the World Rally Championship during the 2016 season, beginning in the challenging conditions posed by the famous Rallye Monte-Carlo. Among the drivers relying on Pirelli will be Robert Kubica, the grand prix winner ...

WRC confirms TV deals for 2016 WRC WRC confirms TV deals for 2016 The 2016 FIA World Rally Championship will be screened in more than 150 TV markets following the confirmation of a series of major global broadcast agreements. The championship's cumulative worldwide audience has risen by 27 per cent* since 2013 and a mix of new agr...

Max Vatanen prepares for the full Monte WRC Max Vatanen prepares for the full Monte This year is going to be a busy season for Max Vatanen, the son of 1981 World Champion Ari Vatanen. Not only will the 25-year-old Finn be competing alongside Elfyn Evans on the British Rally Championship in a DMACK-backed Ford Fiesta R5, but he is also contesting a series of inte...

Kris Meeke fastest in Monte shakedown Citroen Kris Meeke fastest in Monte shakedown Held close to Gap, the Rallye Monte-Carlo shakedown provided an opportunity for Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle to impress. The Abu Dhabi Total WRT crew set the quickest time on their first run, before the road became increasingly muddy, making it impossible to improve at all. Meanwhil...

Kajetanowicz to defend ERC title IRC Kajetanowicz to defend ERC title Reigning champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz will continue in the FIA European Rally Championship in 2016 when he attempts to defend the title he won for the first time last season. Pole Kajetanowicz and co-driver Jarek Baran have confirmed their ERC assault in the same LOTOS Rally ...

Six-figure prize money in ERC IRC Six-figure prize money in ERC One of the biggest prize funds in international rallying has been confirmed for the 2016 FIA European Rally Championship ahead of the opening round in Latvia on 5-7 February. ERC promoter Eurosport Events, in conjunction with various partners and stakeholders, will continue to...

Sun January 17, 2016

Peugeot wins* Dakar 2016 Peugeot Peugeot wins* Dakar 2016 Some 26 years after its previous success on the epic event, PEUGEOT has won the Dakar Rally for the fifth time in the French marque's history. The two-wheel drive PEUGEOT 2008 DKR has triumphed with its most illustrious crew on the event: Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Co...

Brynildsen in Fiesta R5 Evo in Sweden Ford Brynildsen in Fiesta R5 Evo in Sweden Continuing M-Sport's close partnership with Adapta Motorsport, Eyvind Brynildsen will take to the wheel of the new evolution Ford Fiesta R5 at next month's Rally Sweden. Joining forces with Elfyn Evans, the pairing will contest the second round of the FIA World Rally ...

M-Sport for spectacular season start Ford M-Sport for spectacular season start M-Sport World Rally Team's Mads Østberg and Éric Camilli will get their 2016 FIA World Rally Championship campaign off to a spectacular start as they pilot their Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta RS WRCs on next week's Rallye Monte-Carlo. In what is one of the most challenging...

Season kicks off for Abu Dhabi Total WRT Citroen Season kicks off for Abu Dhabi Total WRT The Abu Dhabi Total WRT has entered two cars at the Rallye Monte-Carlo (21-24 January), the opening round of the 2016 World Rally Championship. Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle and Stéphane Lefebvre/Gabin Moreau will have to meet the combined challenge of Monte's demanding course and th...

Sat January 16, 2016

Expanded TV for Wales Rally GB WRC Expanded TV for Wales Rally GB Confirmation yesterday (Friday) that Channel 5 will broadcast television coverage of the FIA World Rally Championship has been enthusiastically welcomed by International Motor Sports Limited, organiser of Wales Rally GB (27-30 October), Britain's round of the globe-trotting W...

Volkswagen kicks off 2016 campaign WRC Volkswagen kicks off 2016 campaign A classic to kick off the World Championship - Volkswagen opens its campaign in the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with a truly iconic rally from 21 to 24 January: the "Monte". Three Polo R WRCs line up at the Rally Monte Carlo, the first of the 14 rounds that make up th...

New chapter beginns for Hyundai WRC New chapter beginns for Hyundai Hyundai Motorsport will debut its New Generation i20 WRC for the first time in competitive rally conditions at the 2016 season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo, which takes place next week. The debut event in this season’s 14-round FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) will see Hyunda...

Thu January 14, 2016

Jost Capito to leave Volkswagen WRC Jost Capito to leave Volkswagen Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito (57) is to leave the company by mutual agreement during the course of this year to take on a new professional challenge. Capito has been responsible for the Volkswagen brand’s engagement in motorsport since mid-2012 and led the works tea...

Wed January 13, 2016

2016 WRC coverage by drones WRC 2016 WRC coverage by drones WRC Promoter has signed an agreement with DJI for the world's leading aerial imagery company to provide footage for the FIA World Rally Championship. DJI's innovative drone and filming technology will provide spectacular aerial footage to showcase the excitement o...

VW detailed improvements WRC VW detailed improvements The most successful car in the history of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) is now even better. Volkswagen has made detailed improvements to the Polo R WRC ahead of the new World Championship season, which kicks off with the iconic Rally Monte Carlo from 21 to 24 January 201...

Elfyn Evans joins revamped BRC Ford Elfyn Evans joins revamped BRC FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) star Elfyn Evans is looking forward to competing on home turf this year after confirming that he will enter the revitalised MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) with the DMACK British Rally Team. Evans will join forces with another son of a ...

Fri January 8, 2016

Skoda kicks off 2016 motorsport year Skoda Skoda kicks off 2016 motorsport year ŠKODA kicks off the 2016 motorsport year with the WRC 2 rally in Sweden (11th to 14th February). Like last season, the three works drivers Pontus Tidemand (S), Jan Kopecký (CZ) and Esapekka Lappi (FIN) will set their sights on winning titles for ŠKODA in the Fabia R5 rally car. N...

Mon January 4, 2016

Evans takes to Fiesta R5 Ford Evans takes to Fiesta R5 Elfyn Evans will take to the wheel of the new evolution Ford Fiesta R5 for a programme in the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Contesting the WRC's principal support category, Evans' appointment is set to prove the extensive upgrades M-Sport has achieved with ...

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