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Wed February 26, 2014

Hayden Paddon from NZ joins Hyundai WRC Hayden Paddon from NZ joins Hyundai --- Hyundai Motorsport signs New Zealand driver Hayden Paddon to its WRC team --- Paddon and his co-driver John Kennard will drive a Hyundai i20 WRC car entered by Hyundai Motorsport N --- The 26-year-old will drive seven rounds of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship starti...

Fri February 21, 2014

This you can get at AUS Rally Museum General This you can get at AUS Rally Museum It is almost time again for the Australian Rally Museum’s annual Historical Project and Fundraiser. Here now is a list of of the Cemmorative Display Pieces that are to be auctioned:...

Hyundai to enter 3rd car in Portugal WRC Hyundai to enter 3rd car in Portugal --- Hyundai Motorsport will enter three cars into Rally de Portugal in April --- Thierry Neuville and Juho Hänninen will be nominated to score points for the Hyundai Motorsport entry, while Spaniard Dani Sordo will participate in the event with a third car --- The team also c...

Sun February 16, 2014

AUS Rally Museum 2014 Commemoratives General AUS Rally Museum 2014 Commemoratives It is almost time again for the Australian Rally Museum’s annual Historical Project and Fundraiser. Each year the Museum has five different ‘Commemorative Display Pieces’ commissioned to be auctioned at the Australian Rally Hall of Fame Gala Evening....

Sat February 15, 2014

Al Attiyah plans ERC double General Al Attiyah plans ERC double Multiple Middle East rally champion and Olympic medal winner Nasser Al-Attiyah is planning to tackle two FIA European Rally Championship rounds in 2014. ...

Breen keen on 208 T16 ERC lift off Peugeot Breen keen on 208 T16 ERC lift off Craig Breen says he can’t wait for the Acropolis Rally and it’s not just because he’s a fan of the legendary Greek event, round three of the 2014 FIA European Rally Championship. ...

Max Vatanen Q&A to DMack Fiesta Trophy WRC Max Vatanen Q&A to DMack Fiesta Trophy Max Vatanen, aged 23 from Finland, is one of the 12 promising young drivers who have been chosen to contest the inaugural Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy. More than 50 enquiries were received, meaning that the son of the 1981 World Champion, Ari Vatanen, has already beaten several driv...

New era for FIA Junior WRC Citroen New era for FIA Junior WRC --- After announcing at the start of the year that Citroën Racing was to become the exclusive supplier of rally cars for its Junior WRC championship, the FIA has just published the rally calendar and sporting regulations for the competition. --- The FIA Junior WRC will be conte...

Tue February 11, 2014

Bruno Magalhaes in a 3rd 208 T16 Peugeot Bruno Magalhaes in a 3rd 208 T16 First let's clear up with some confusion, as in recent weeks it was reported the Peugeot 208 T16 debut may be delayed again. Right now it looks that the ERC Rally Acropolis starting 29th of March indeed will not be the 208 T16 debut. Because the Rallye del Ciocco is! Paolo An...

Sun February 9, 2014

Henning Solberg shows Pirelli pace WRC Henning Solberg shows Pirelli pace Henning Solberg marked Pirelli's return to the top flight of the FIA World Rally Championship with a stage victory on Rally Sweden for the Sottozero Ice tyre, which equipped a World Rally Car in competition for the first time since 2010. And as well as demonstrating the pa...

Bronze medal for Mads Ostberg Citroen Bronze medal for Mads Ostberg There were still some 142 kilometres of timed stages to run on today's leg, which equates to 44% of the total distance. Despite the conditions remaining difficult, with a lot of slush and water, Mads Østberg managed to up his pace. Increasingly comfortable in his Citroën D...

Sat February 8, 2014

Kubica's challenging Swedish debut Ford Kubica's challenging Swedish debut Rally Sweden provided a host of challenges for Robert Kubica and Maciej Szczepaniak. Contesting the snow-covered stages for the first time behind the wheel of their RK M-Sport World Rally Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC, the week was not without incident. Despite finishing the event in 2...

A solid performance from M-Sport Ford A solid performance from M-Sport Mikko Hirvonen and Elfyn Evans may be poles apart in terms of Rally Sweden experience, but both M-Sport World Rally Team drivers put in a solid performance at the FIA World Rally Championship's only snow event of the year. Battling for the podium positions, Hirvonen ultimatel...

Latvala pips youngster Mikkelsen WRC Latvala pips youngster Mikkelsen Volkswagen claimed its second one-two of the season at the second round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) and Andreas Mikkelsen/Mikko Markkula (N/FIN) not only clinched a frenetically celebrated one-two, but also put on an extr...

Mission accomplished for Ogier WRC Mission accomplished for Ogier Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia secured sixth overall at Rally Sweden. After going off at the start of the second leg, the reigning world champions produced a stunning performance to fight their way back up to sixth place. ...

Hyundai with positives on final day WRC Hyundai with positives on final day --- The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has ended its second WRC event in a positive manner with both cars completing the rally and the team scoring its first WRC manufacturer points --- Rally 2 regulations allowed Thierry Neuville and Juho Hänninen to rejoin the rally after a t...

Fri February 7, 2014

M-Sport fight on in Sweden Ford M-Sport fight on in Sweden M-Sport World Rally Team's Mikko Hirvonen continued to fight for the top positions during today's gravel-strewn third day of Rally Sweden. The Finn currently holds fourth place with Elfyn Evans breaking into a points-paying position in tenth. Locked in an intense batt...

Steep learning curve for Kubica Ford Steep learning curve for Kubica RK M-Sport World Rally Team's Robert Kubica and Maciej Szczepaniak continued to build on their knowledge of Rally Sweden's treacherous stages today. Unfortunately, the snow banks proved less forgiving and they suffered two 10 minute time losses when their Ford Fiesta RS W...

Latvala and Mikkelsen lead in Sweden WRC Latvala and Mikkelsen lead in Sweden The Volkswagen pairings of Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) and Andreas Mikkelsen/Mikko Markkula (N/FIN) lead the Rally Sweden after a gripping battle on Friday. The all-Volkswagen duel saw the experienced Latvala and rising star Mikkelsen match each other punch for pu...

A day of highs and lows for Ogier WRC A day of highs and lows for Ogier Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia had an eventful second leg at Rally Sweden. Very pleased to have ended yesterday's leg in the overall lead despite their less than ideal position on the road, the French pair dropped down the overall standings on day two's opening stag...

Both Hyundais to start under Rally2 WRC Both Hyundais to start under Rally2 --- The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team is putting its full effort into readying both Hyundai i20 WRC cars for tomorrow’s final day of Rally Sweden --- The team will participate in the final day of action in Sweden under the Rally 2 regulations following damage to both cars in F...

Ostberg on course for podium Citroen Ostberg on course for podium The final few kilometres of yesterday's first leg had given an idea of the potential of the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team. The three Citroën DS3 WRCs took advantage of the work done since the start of Rally Sweden to continue to make progress and move up the standi...

Thu February 6, 2014

M-Sport make strong start in Sweden Ford M-Sport make strong start in Sweden One would be pushed to find two crews with more varied experience of Rally Sweden's specialist stages, but M-Sport World Rally Team's Mikko Hirvonen and Elfyn Evans both made a strong start to their respective rallies today. As one of the podium contenders, Hirvonen secur...

Kubica clears day1 in Sweden Ford Kubica clears day1 in Sweden Taking to the wheel of their RK M-Sport World Rally Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Robert Kubica and Maciej Szczepaniak faced a new challenge today as they tackled the snow-covered stages of the FIA World Rally Championship's only winter fixture - Rally Sweden. Taking the challenge...

Citroen drivers find their bearings Citroen Citroen drivers find their bearings Rally Sweden got underway yesterday evening with a short, televised super special stage. After a night in Karlstad, this morning the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team headed for the Hagfors service park, located 85 kilometres to the north. Today's leg featured six stag...

Positive start in Sweden for Hyundai WRC Positive start in Sweden for Hyundai The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has enjoyed a positive start to this week’s Rally Sweden with both Hyundai i20 WRC cars in the top eight of the overall classification after the first proper day of competition, having demonstrated some encouraging performances in the seven stag...

Three way lead for VW in Sweden WRC Three way lead for VW in Sweden On course for gold, silver and bronze at the rallying world's Winter Games - Volkswagen ended the first day of the Rally Sweden in first, second and third. Just with their noses in front are Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia (F/F). Over the course of the first seven of 24 ...

Séb Ogier grabs Swedish overall lead WRC Séb Ogier grabs Swedish overall lead Sébastien Ogier fought it out with his Volkswagen team-mates on day one of Rally Sweden, as the German manufacturer ended the first leg with its three Polos holding the top three positions. The French driver had a particularly close battle with Andreas Mikkelsen, from whom he sna...

Wed February 5, 2014

Ogier looks after his tyres in shakedown WRC Ogier looks after his tyres in shakedown The Rally Sweden shakedown was held this morning in Råda on a 4.3km-long section located close to the Hagfors service park. Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia made only limited use of today's shakedown, held on the same stage as last year, preferring instead to save their s...

Peugeot joins World Rallycross series Peugeot Peugeot joins World Rallycross series The popularity and excitement inherent in rallycross has seen the discipline grow tremendously in recent years, and the process has been given a further lift by the creation of the FIA World Rallycross Championship from 2014. All the ingredients were consequently in place for Peu...

Peugeot becomes 2nd World Rally X make General Peugeot becomes 2nd World Rally X make Peugeot has followed in the wheel tracks of Ford in becoming the second major manufacturer to commit to the inaugural season of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy. A name synonymous with rallycross success - having clinched eight French drivers&...

Saintélog Juniors in the points Peugeot Saintélog Juniors in the points Jean-Mathieu Leandri and Maxime Wilmot made a great start to their season in the European Junior Rally Championship in Latvia. They saw the flag in seventh place in very difficult conditions scoring their first points after an intelligent drive. The Saintéloc Junior Racing Team c...

Mon February 3, 2014

207 S2000 farewell on podium Peugeot 207 S2000 farewell on podium Round two of the 2014 FIA European Rally Championship - and the first outing of the season for this year's Peugeot Rally Academy squad - saw Craig Breen secure a podium finish in Latvia, but Stéphane Lefebvre was stopped in his tracks in his bid for 'Junior' honours. ...

Sun February 2, 2014

Lappi lands Latvia ERC gold IRC Lappi lands Latvia ERC gold Esapekka Lappi began his 2014 FIA European Rally Championship campaign in style with a thrilling victory in the Latvian ice and snow as Jan Černý shared the limelight by claiming the inaugural ERC Junior spoils on Rally Liepāja. ...

Skoda win Rally Liepaja IRC Skoda win Rally Liepaja ŠKODA have won their season debut in the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC). Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN) were triumphant in the ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 at the second ERC event of the year in Latvia with a 34.7 seconds advantage over local hero Vasily Gryazin (LV). Their...

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