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Sun October 29, 2017

Welsh win in Wales & WRC titles decided WRC Welsh win in Wales & WRC titles decided A finely-judged third place at Dayinsure Wales Rally GB guaranteed a fifth consecutive FIA World Rally Championship for Sébastien Ogier with the 33-year-old Frenchman moving to second in the all-time rankings behind nine-time champion Sébastien Loeb. Victory for team-mate Elfy...

Tue October 24, 2017

Hyundai selects Sarrazin to run Huttunen WRC Hyundai selects Sarrazin to run Huttunen Hyundai Motorsport has selected Sarrazin Motorsport to run a New Generation i20 R5 for Finnish driver Jari Huttunen in selected WRC2 championship events in 2018 as part of the Hyundai Motorsport Driver development Program (HMDP). The French outfit, headed by experienced drive...

Three Skoda crews at Wales Rally GB Skoda Three Skoda crews at Wales Rally GB ŠKODA Motorsport will compete at the upcoming Wales Rally GB (26/10–29/10/2017) with three ŠKODA FABIA R5 cars driven by the new WRC 2 Champions Pontus Tidemand/Jonas Andersson WRC 2, Norwegians Ole Christian Veiby/Stig Rune Skjaermoen and Juuso Nordgren from Finland, joined by c...

Fiesta R5 quotes pre Wales Rally GB Ford Fiesta R5 quotes pre Wales Rally GB M-Sport will be running a number of Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta R5s in the FIA World Rally Championship's premier support series at Dayinsure Wales Rally GB. Here's what our WRC 2 contenders had to say ahead of the event. ...

M-Sport seek historic home soil success Ford M-Sport seek historic home soil success As M-Sport embark on the twelfth and penultimate round of the FIA World Rally Championship, the stage is set for a historic Dayinsure Wales Rally GB - the Cumbrian squad in with a strong chance of securing the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers. With the crow...

Sat October 21, 2017

Loudon-clear guide Wales Rally GB WRC Loudon-clear guide Wales Rally GB Next week's going to be different. For one thing, I'll be wearing a suit. And doing a lot more reading, some writing and an awful lot more talking. I couldn't be more excited to be co-driving Matthew Wilson in a Ford Fiesta R5 for Dayinsure Wales Rally GB. But it ...

Tunnocks takes on the world with M-Sport Ford Tunnocks takes on the world with M-Sport Scotland's world-famous biscuit baker Tunnock's will join forces with Cumbrian firm M-Sport for Britain's round of the World Rally Championship next week. Estonian superstar and two-time world rally winner Ott Tänak will have Tunnock's incorporated into the li...

Four-car challenge for Hyundai WRC Four-car challenge for Hyundai Hyundai Motorsport will field a four-car entry into Wales Rally GB next week, the penultimate event in the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), and the final round in Europe. Following a series of disappointing events, the team is fully focused on securing a strong team r...

A home round for Citroen Racing crews Citroen A home round for Citroen Racing crews Although none of them are actually Welsh, Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle, Craig Breen, Scott Martin and Chris Patterson all think of Wales Rally GB as their home rally. Three weeks after winning in Catalonia, the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT heads into the penultimate round of the season ...

Thu October 19, 2017

Tänak forever part of the M-Sport family Ford Tänak forever part of the M-Sport family Ott Tänak has long been a part of the M-Sport family and, following the announcement that he and co-driver Martin Järveoja will be journeying to pastures new next year, the whole team would like to take this opportunity to wish them both the very best in their new adventures. ...

Official: Tänak joins Toyota WRC Official: Tänak joins Toyota Ott Tänak will join Toyota Gazoo Racing next season. The Japanese manufacturer confirmed this morning (Wednesday) that Tänak will join Jari-Matti Latvala and Esapekka Lappi in the Finnish-based team for all 13 rounds. Tänak remains in contention for the 2017 drivers’ title ...

Wed October 18, 2017

Kris Meeke Legend in Xsara WRC Citroen Kris Meeke Legend in Xsara WRC Known for their love of motorsport, Italian fans have an almost religious reverence for the men and machines that forged the history of the World Rally Championship. It was in this context that Rallylegend was created, an event gathering an exceptional line-up every year. This ye...

Tue October 10, 2017

Meeke & Citroen win in Catalunya Citroen Meeke & Citroen win in Catalunya With Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle’s win and the sixth place secured by Stéphane Lefebvre/Gabin Moreau, the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT enjoyed its best weekend since the start of the year. On the season’s only mixed-surface rally, the team led by Yves Matton was able to demonstrate the ...

Hyundai Spain day3 WRC Hyundai Spain day3 Hyundai Motorsport has seen its hopes of fighting for the FIA World Rally Championship Manufacturers' title completely eradicated after another hugely disappointing result in Rally de España. Following a double retirement for Dani Sordo and Andreas Mikkelsen on Saturday a...

M-Sport Double Podium Ford M-Sport Double Podium Sébastien Ogier and Ott Tänak secured a double podium for the Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC at this weekend's RallyRACC Catalunya - Rally de España. The result puts M-Sport within striking distance of the manufacturers' crown needing just four points over the remaining...

Mon October 9, 2017

ERC post Liepaja press conference IRC ERC post Liepaja press conference POST-EVENT PRESS CONFERENCE FIA European Rally Championship 2017: Round 8 of 8 Rally Liepāja, 6-8 October Present: Nikolay Gryazin/Yaroslav Fedorov, Sports Racing Technologies, first position Kalle Rovanperä/Jonne Halttunen, second position Reinis Nitišs, Neiks...

Gryazin, Ingram big winners in Latvia IRC Gryazin, Ingram big winners in Latvia Nikolay Gryazin and Chris Ingram were the big winners when the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship concluded on Rally Liepāja today. Riga-based Russian Gryazin, who turned 20 on Saturday, claimed his first victory in the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship – and had dou...

Sun October 8, 2017

NEWS JUST IN

IRC LV SS13 - End @ 04:11 PM - No major changes. Kajto wins title but had Magalhaes not had the crash last night this would have been an extremely close end result. Final results (after SS13)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, 1h19m22s1;
2nd= Rovanperä/Halttunen, Ford, +18s5;
3rd= Habaj/Dymurski, Ford, +2m52s8;
4th= Suarez/Carrera, Peugeot, +3m00s9;
5th= von T&T/Degandt, Skoda, +5m32s3;
6th= Nitiss/Neiksans, Mitsubishi, +6m15s1;
7th= Vaskys/Paskevicius, Mitsubishi, +8m17s9;
8th= Erdi/Papp, Mitsubishi, +8m22s7;
9th= Kristensson/Appelskog, Opel, +8m30s5;
10th= Ingram/Whittock, Opel, +8m55s3

IRC LV SS11&12 - Kajto out @ 04:05 PM - SS11 cancelled after only 1 car because of a helicopter crash near stage finish and all medical crews needed there. Still it was enough for Kajto to develop a technical problem and having to retire. Results after SS12:
1st= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, 1h12m20s;
2nd= Rovanperä/Halttunen, Ford, +19s7;
3rd= Habaj/Dymurski, Ford, +2m40s4;
4th= Suarez/Carrera, Peugeot, +2m45s;
5th= von T&T/Degandt, Skoda, +5m05s5;
6th= Nitiss/Neiksans, Mitsubishi, +5m35s1;
7th= Vaskys/Paskevicius, Mitsubishi, +7m24s3;
8th= Erdi/Papp, Mitsubishi, +7m37s3;
9th= Kristensson/Appelskog, Opel, +7m38s8;
10th= Ingram/Whittock, Opel, +8m04s4

IRC LV SS10 @ 03:50 PM - Stage shortened by 10km due to road conditions. Habaj passes Suarez for 4th. Remennik drops down the order with a puncture. Results after SS10:
1st= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, 55m58s7;
2nd= Rovanperä/Halttunen, Ford, +17s2;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1m31s2;
4th= Habaj/Dymurski, Ford, +2m19s5;
5th= Suarez/Carrera, Peugeot, +2m24s3;
6th= von T&T/Degandt, Skoda, +4m35s2;
7th= Nitiss/Neiksans, Mitsubishi, +4m59s3;
8th= Vaskys/Paskevicius, Mitsubishi, +6m31s6;
9th= Erdi/Papp, Mitsubishi, +6m46s;
10th= Kristensson/Appelskog, Opel, +6m50s4

IRC LV SS9 @ 03:46 PM - Rovanperä wins another stage, no major changes. Results after SS9:
1st= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, 49m01s9;
2nd= Rovanperä/Halttunen, Ford, +10s1;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1m20s8;
4th= Suarez/Carrera, Peugeot, +2m02s1;
5th= Habaj/Dymurski, Ford, +2m04s4;
6th= von T&T/Degandt, Skoda, +3m54s3;
7th= Nitiss/Neiksans, Mitsubishi, +4m20s2;
8th= Remennik/Rozin, Mitsubishi, +5m31s;
9th= Vaskys/Paskevicius, Mitsubishi, +5m41s9;
10th= Erdi/Papp, Mitsubishi, +5m52s6

IRC LV SS8 @ 03:45 PM - Lopez and Vorobjovs both crash out while Magalhaes and Lukanuk did not take re-start. Stunning stage win by Rovanperä. Results after SS8:
1st= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, 45m57s2;
2nd= Rovanperä/Halttunen, Ford, +10s2;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1m17s5;
4th= Suarez/Carrera, Peugeot, +1m51s6;
5th= Habaj/Dymurski, Ford, +1m54s4;
6th= von T&T/Degandt, Skoda, +3m40s2;
7th= Nitiss/Neiksans, Mitsubishi, +3m56s5;
8th= Remennik/Rozin, Mitsubishi, +5m05s6;
9th= Vaskys/Paskevicius, Mitsubishi, +5m23s4;
10th= Erdi/Papp, Mitsubishi, +5m25s1

Sat October 7, 2017

NEWS JUST IN

IRC LV SS 6&7 - Day1 @ 05:46 PM - Kajto is basically ERC Champion as big drama hits this tiny superspacial with Lukyanuk and Magalhaes both crashing in the same corner! Results after Day1 (SS7):
1st= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, 34m19s6;
2nd= Rovanperä/Halttunen, Ford, +18s3;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +59s3;
4th= Habaj/Dymurski, Ford, +1m18s6;
5th= Lopez/Rozada, Peugeot, +1m25s6;
6th= Suarez/Carrera, Peugeot, +1m28s5;
7th= Vorobjovs/Pukis, Mitsubishi, +1m32s1;
8th= von T&T/Degandt, Skoda, +2m45s7;
9th= Nitiss/Neiksans, Mitsubishi, +3m12s3;
10th= Remennik/Rozin, Mitsubishi, +3m57s3

IRC LV SS5 @ 02:11 PM - Lukyanuk drops 3 minutes and all chances to win with an electrical problem. Only 2 tiny superspecials left for today. Results after SS5:
1st= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, 31m20s7;
2nd= Rovanperä/Halttunen, Ford, +16s3;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +59s1;
4th= Habaj/Dymurski, Ford, +1m15s5;
5th= Lopez/Rozada, Peugeot, +1m25s3;
6th= Suarez/Carrera, Peugeot, +1m28s;
7th= Vorobjovs/Pukis, Mitsubishi, +1m29s;
8th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +1m32s2;
9th= von T&T/Degandt, Skoda, +2m42s6;
10th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +3m03s5

IRC LV SS4 @ 01:43 PM - Gryazin closes gap on Lukyanuk. Results after SS4:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 24m58s6;
2nd= Gryazin/Federov, Skoda, +0s3;
3rd= Rovanperä/Halttunen, Ford, +6s;
4th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +49s2;
5th= Habaj/Dymurski, Ford, +1m02s9;
6th= Lopez/Rozada, Peugeot, +1m06s9;
7th= Vorobjovs/Pukis, Mitsubishi, +1m09s9;
8th= Suarez/Carrera, Peugeot, +1m14s1;
9th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +1m16s6;
10th= von T&T/Degandt, Skoda, +2m18s3

IRC LV SS3 @ 01:39 PM - Lukyanuk wins stage and extends lead. Lopez struggles all day witha too short gearbox ratio. Results after SS3:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 19m18s7;
2nd= Gryazin/Federov, Skoda, +5s2;
3rd= Rovanperä/Halttunen, Ford, +8s2;
4th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +44s6;
5th= Habaj/Dymurski, Ford, +53s7;
6th= Lopez/Rozada, Peugeot, +56s1;
7th= Vorobjovs/Pukis, Mitsubishi, +58s2;
8th= Suarez/Carrera, Peugeot, +1m07s5;
9th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +1m08s6;
10th= von T&T/Degandt, Skoda, +1m55s4

IRC LV SS2 @ 01:23 PM - Lukyanuk takes the lead. Results after SS2:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 12m31s5;
2nd= Gryazin/Federov, Skoda, +1s5;
3rd= Rovanperä/Halttunen, Ford, +1s7;
4th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +26s6;
5th= Lopez/Rozada, Peugeot, +28s2;
6th= Habaj/Dymurski, Ford, +29s;
7th= Vorobjovs/Pukis, Mitsubishi, +34s1;
8th= Suarez/Carrera, Peugeot, +36s9;
9th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +39s;
10th= von T&T/Degandt, Skoda, +1m11s3

IRC LV SS1 @ 11:59 AM - Gryazin leads from teen sensation Kalle Rovanperä. Results after SS1:
1st= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, 5m36s2;
2nd= Rovanperä/Halttunen, Ford, +0s3;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +1s8;
4th= Lopez/Rozada, Peugeot, +9s6;
5th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +11s6;
6th= Habaj/Dymurski, Ford, +14s1;
7th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +16s3;
8th= Vorjobjovs/Pukis, Mitsubishi, +16s4;
9th= Suarez/Carrera, Peugeot, +18s4;
10th= von T&T/Degandt, Skoda, +31s9

Wed October 4, 2017

M-Sport announce plans to Jr WRC 2018 Ford M-Sport announce plans to Jr WRC 2018 M-Sport are pleased to announce their initial plans for the 2018 FIA Junior World Rally Championship which is set to challenge the latest crop of candidates on every surface that the FIA World Rally Championship has to offer. Following the same successful format as in previou...

Kalle Rovenperä choses ERC for int debut IRC Kalle Rovenperä choses ERC for int debut Highly-rated teenager Kalle Rovanperä has chosen the FIA European Rally Championship season-closing Rally Liepāja for his international event debut. The high-speed Latvian gravel rally from 6-8 October begins five days after the Finn, the son of ex-world championship factory...

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