• WRC: Teams want China as a candidate rally in 2017

    Wednesday, 24 August 2016

    Major financial losses caused by the cancellation of Rally China have moved World Rally Championship teams to request it runs only as a candidate event next season. The FIA and WRC Promoter last week confirmed the cancellation of the event, which was due to be run next month, after Rally China organizers asked for it to be called off due to storm damage. But in the wake of further speculation abo...

  • WRC: Hyundai extends Sordo's deal

    Monday, 22 August 2016

    Hyundai has confirmed Dani Sordo will remain with the team for the next two World Rally Championship seasons. The 33-year-old Spaniard, who has competed at the WRC's highest level for the last 10 years, says he wants to fight for regular victories in the Korean manufacturer's i20 WRC. The 2013 Rally Germany winner said: "Hyundai Motorsport has become like a family to me, so I am pleased to extend...

  • WRC: Ogier charges clear in Germany lead

    Saturday, 20 August 2016

    Sebastien Ogier increased his Rally Germany lead on Saturday afternoon as he bids for his first victory in the World Rally Championship since February. The three-time champion grabbed the rally lead on Saturday morning, and though Volkswagen teammate Andreas Mikkelsen retaliated, Ogier ended the first loop â which was disrupted by a crash that injured Stephane Lefebvre and co-driver Gabin Moreau ...

  • WRC: Lefebvre/Moreau hurt in high-speed crash

    Saturday, 20 August 2016

    Stephane Lefebvre and co-driver Gabin Moreau suffered "fractures and internal injuries" in their Rally Germany crash. Rally officials released a statement on Saturday afternoon following the Citroen crew's accident on the first running of the long Panzerplatte stage. "The driver and co-driver of car #10 were taken to hospital and examined after their accident in SS10," said the statement. "The ex...

  • WRC: Rally Germany halted after Lefebvre crash

    Saturday, 20 August 2016

    Rally Germany was halted after Stephane Lefebvre and co-driver Gabin Moreau were injured in a crash on the Panzerplatte stage. The PH Sport Citroen crew crashed in the first quarter of the famous stage on a military testing range while running sixth overall. The stage was stopped and medical crews sent to the scene of the accident. A statement from rally organizer the ADAC said both Lefebvre and ...

  • WRC: Mikkelsen hangs on in three-way fight

    Friday, 19 August 2016

    Volkswagen's Andreas Mikkelsen leads Rally Germany at the conclusion of day one, emerging on top of a three-way fight. Mikkelsen led after the morning's pair of stages on the first full asphalt event of the World Rally Championship season but after setting the pace on SS3 â the re-run of the rally-opening Mittelmosel stage â he dropped time on SS4 to teammate Sebastien Ogier and Hyundai's Thierry...

  • WRC: Mikkelsen leads as teammates hit trouble

    Friday, 19 August 2016

    Andreas Mikkelsen leads Rally Germany after a tricky pair of opening stages on Friday morning, as Volkswagen teammates Sebastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala both had difficult starts to the event. Norwegian Mikkelsen was second-fastest on both of the morning's damp and dirty stages, despite bending his right-front wheel on the opener, and he leads the way by 2.7 seconds from Hyundai's Thierry Ne...

  • WRC: Rally China canceled due to storm damage

    Tuesday, 16 August 2016

    Next month's Rally China round of the World Rally Championship has been canceled due to storm damage. A joint statement from the FIA and WRC Promoter confirmed the news on Tuesday afternoon. Both the FIA and WRC Promoter had visited Beijing last week and were attempting to prevent the cancellation of the event, with China due to host a round of the WRC for the first time since 1999. But roads dam...

  • WRC: Breen deserves 2017 drive - Citroen

    Friday, 05 August 2016

    Citroen chief Yves Matton says Craig Breen's Rally Finland podium shows he deserves a full-time 2017 World Rally Championship seat, but he will not guarantee retaining him. In only his third start with the PH Sport-run part-time 2016 Citroen programme, Breen achieved a WRC career best third in Finland last weekend. He is rotating with fellow young gun Stephane Lefebvre and Finland winner Kris Mee...

  • WRC: Toyota closing on 2017 driver line-up

    Thursday, 04 August 2016

  • WRC: Drivers angry over tractor chicane on Finland stage

    Tuesday, 02 August 2016

    The use of tractors to make a chicane on a Rally Finland stage has been deemed "irresponsible" by World Rally Championship drivers and teams. Two tractors promoting event sponsor Valtra were positioned in the formation of a chicane on the Harju spectator stage run on the first two days of the event. VIDEO: HARJU STAGE FEATURING TRACTOR CHICANE: WRC champion Sebastien Ogier said drivers were parti...

  • WRC: Latvala admits he was too cautious in Finland

    Monday, 01 August 2016

    Volkswagen World Rally Championship driver Jari-Matti Latvala admitted he was too cautious and lacked fighting spirit after Kris Meeke denied him a third straight Rally Finland victory. Latvala had won his home WRC round in 2010 as well as '14-15, but had to settle for second this time as Meeke became the first Briton to triumph in the Finnish event. Although a mistake on Friday morning left Latv...

  • WRC: Only title would beat Finland win - Meeke

    Monday, 01 August 2016

    Kris Meeke says his Rally Finland win ranks second only to becoming World Rally champion among his career goals. Meeke became the first Briton to take victory in the WRC's most famous gravel event with a dominant performance for the PH Sport-run Citroen team last weekend. "For a WRC driver, winning Rally Finland is the ultimate goal before becoming world champion," Meeke said. "It's an incredible...

  • WRC: Meeke takes first Finland win

    Sunday, 31 July 2016

    Kris Meeke become the first Briton to win Rally Finland as he clinched victory on the latest round of the World Rally Championship ahead of Volkswagen's Jari-Matti Latvala. Citroen driver Meeke's victory was also his second in as many rallies in his part-time 2016 WRC campaign after winning in Portugal in May, and the third of his career. Meeke and co-driver Paul Nagle laid the groundwork for the...

  • WRC: Meeke adds to lead on Saturday morning loop

    Saturday, 30 July 2016

    Citroen's Kris Meeke added to his Rally Finland lead after a string of fast times on Saturday morning's opening loop. Meeke set the pace on two of the four stages in his Citroen DS3 WRC and was also second-fastest on SS14, to edge further clear of Volkwagen's leading driver Jari-Matti Latvala. Finn Latvala was second fastest over the course of the morning, but dropped 13.4 seconds to Meeke on the...

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