• WRC: VW working on 2022 motorsport plan

    Monday, 26 September 2016

    Volkswagen has started work on a long-term plan to keep it in motorsport until at least 2022. The manufacturer is looking at extending its World Rally Championship program while considering other avenues of motorsport. VW scaled down its WRC operation in line with post-emissions scandal budget cuts but focused its spending reduction on hospitality and maintained a three-car entry. Its current WRC...

  • WRC: Citroen expands program for final four events

    Friday, 23 September 2016

    The PH Sport-run Citroen team has expanded its World Rally Championship program for the rest of 2016 and will contest three of the final four rounds. In addition to the brace of cars for next week's Tour of Corsica, three Abu Dhabi-branded DS3 WRCs have been confirmed for next month's Rally of Spain, to be driven by Kris Meeke, Craig Breen ( pictured ) and Khalid Al Qassimi. Two or three entries ...

  • WRC: Hyundai close to final 2017 car spec

    Friday, 23 September 2016

    Hyundai's work on its fourth rally car in as many years is nearing completion as the 2017 New Generation i20 WRC moves into its final phase of testing. The Korean manufacturer's design for the new World Rally Championship rules was run for four days on gravel last week and will now undergo some final engine and aero tweaks before it is signed off for the FIA's homologation process. "Although ther...

  • WRC: Threat to Rally GB averted by forest deal

    Wednesday, 21 September 2016

    Doubts over Britain's round of the World Rally Championship, Rally GB, have been ended as the event has signed an access agreement to use the government owned Welsh forests. In May this year it was revealed that Natural Resource Wales â which runs a large proportion of the Welsh forests used for rallying â wanted a fee increase amounting to just under 100% as it looked to recover what it argues i...

  • WRC: Citroen teases launch of 2017 car

    Tuesday, 20 September 2016

    Citroen has finally named its 2017 World Rally Championship challenger as the C3 WRC, and released more imagery and a video ( below ) of the car taking shape. The C3 WRC concept car will be shown to the public at next month's Paris Motor Show and is a clear indication of the direction the final design will take. Next year's WRC machinery will be significantly faster, with more powerful engines pa...

  • INSIGHT: Why a 15-year-old is a hot WRC property

    Monday, 19 September 2016

    Kalle Rovanpera is only 15 years old, but recently he's tested a Toyota World Rally Car, been courted by WRC team bosses and shown European Rally Championship winning pace. The son of 2001 Rally Sweden winner and former factory Peugeot, SEAT and Mitsubishi WRC driver Harri Rovanpera, Kalle was co-winner of the ERC's Colin McRae Flat Out Trophy award for the outstanding performer on last weekend's...

  • DAKAR: Peugeot unveils brand new challenger

    Tuesday, 13 September 2016

    Peugeot has unveiled the 3008 DKR, with which it hopes it will successfully defend its Dakar Rally title next year. Stephane Peterhansel won his 12th Dakar and Peugeot's first since 1990 with the 2008DKR predecessor, while teammates Sebastien Loeb and Carlos Sainz also led the event in January. The 3008 DKR is based on a new Peugeot SUV being launched at the Paris Motor Show next month, and is se...

  • WRC: Competitive debut for Hyundai R5 in Corsica

    Wednesday, 07 September 2016

    Hyundai's i20 R5 will break competitive cover on the Tour de Corse at the end of the month, with three cars contesting the French island event. Hyundai factory crew Kevin Abbring and Seb Marshall will drive the Korean firm's R5, having completed around 3000 miles of development running in the car. Hyundai's Customer Racing department will travel to Bastia to support a further two private R5s for ...

  • WRC: China troubles 'derail' 2017 calendar

    Friday, 02 September 2016

    The FIA's intention to reveal the 2017 World Rally Championship calendar this month has been derailed by the cancellation of Rally China, according to FIA rally director Jarmo Mahonen. China's late departure from this year's schedule has forced the FIA and WRC Promoter to begin new discussions with the Beijing-based event, while also reconsidering the logistics of the calendar. Mahonen admitted t...

  • WRC: Ma still working on plans

    Tuesday, 30 August 2016

    Former Formula 1 development driver and World Touring Car Championship race winner Ma Qing Hua still intends to compete in the World Rally Championship despite the loss of Rally China. The Chinese star was scheduled to make his WRC debut in Beijing next month but the event's cancellation has forced a change of plan that could involve a longer-term commitment to rallying. Working with the Norwegia...

  • WRC: VW announces Capito's successor

    Monday, 29 August 2016

    Sven Smeets has been announced as McLaren Formula 1 signing Jost Capito's successor as Volkswagen Motorsport director and head of its World Rally Championship effort. Former co-driver Smeets moved from Citroen to Volkswagen when the German team began its WRC program in 2012. Having worked initially as team manager, he was made sporting director earlier this year. Smeets, 44, starts his new job le...

  • WRC: Lappi linked to Toyota drive after Skoda exit

    Monday, 29 August 2016

    Esapekka Lappi will definitely turn his back on Skoda and WRC2 at the end of this season, as rumours of a Toyota World Rally Championship drive for 2017 increase. The Finn moved firmly into contention for the 2016 WRC2 title with his second consecutive class victory in Germany last week. Toyota team principal Tommi Makinen has already named Lappi as one of his targets for next year. The Finn dism...

  • WRC: FIA probes Panzerplatte stage after crash

    Thursday, 25 August 2016

    The FIA is investigating the use of the Panzerplatte stage and ways to make it safer in the wake of Stephane Lefebvre's Rally Germany crash last weekend. The Baumholder military testing area has been part of the event since its arrival in the World Rally Championship in 2002. The stage is reckoned by many drivers to be one of the WRC's great challenges, with its 96 junctions in 25 miles and ever-...

  • 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...

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