Rally

  • Lappi scores 'amazing' Rally Finland win

    Sunday, 30 July 2017

    Toyota rookie Esapekka Lappi held his nerve over the closing stages of Rally Finland to take a remarkable win in only his fourth event in a World Rally Championship car. Despite a late scare in the penultimate stage, the Finn claimed victory on home soil by 36 seconds while an epic battle for second position also raged behind them. Elfyn Evans made an amazing recovery after the opening day and fo...

  • Lappi in control in Rally Finland

    Saturday, 29 July 2017

    Esapekka Lappi regained the lead of Rally Finland this afternoon, but at the expense of teammate Jari-Matti Latvala who was forced into a crushing retirement when his Yaris WRC ground to a halt on the second run through the Ouninpohja stage. After a string of five fastest times Latvala looked firmly in control and on course for a fourth home victory, but an unconfirmed technical problem not only ...

  • Latvala out in Finland; Lappi back in front

    Saturday, 29 July 2017

    Esapekka Lappi has regained the lead of Rally Finland after Toyota teammate Jari-Matti Latvala was forced to retire from the event. Latvala had won all five speed tests on Saturday in his Toyota Yaris to overhaul overnight leader Lappi and build a 8.5sec advantage over his fellow Finn. But Latvala's came to a stop midway through the Ouninpohja special stage to spoil his chances of a fourth win on...

  • Lappi grabs Rally Finland lead from Latvala

    Saturday, 29 July 2017

    Toyota's flying Finns are battling hard at the head of the Rally Finland field and, in only his fourth outing in the Yaris WRC, Esapekka Lappi inched ahead of his vastly experienced teammate Jari-Matti Latvala during Saturday afternoon's loop of stages. Lappi has never been far from Latvala's tail, but an all-out attack in SS10 saw him move ahead and then extend his advantage to overnight 4.4 sec...

  • Latvala, Toyota breaking away in Rally Finland

    Saturday, 29 July 2017

    Jari-Matti Latvala set a string of four fastest times during Saturday morning's loop of stages to reclaim the lead of Rally Finland and head an impressive Toyota 1-2-3 at the team's home event. He heads last night's leader Esapekka Lappi by 7.8 seconds at the mid-leg service with Juho Hanninen, in the third Yaris WRC, climbing from fifth to third. After the longest day of the rally yesterday, tod...

  • Latvala soars, Ogier out early in Finland

    Friday, 28 July 2017

    Finns have reigned supreme during the morning loop of Rally Finland stages and Jari-Matti Latvala heads a one-two for Toyota after a total of seven stages and 85 competitive kilometers. The local hero is however in the thick of a fight with his young teammate Esapekka Lappi after a dramatic string of stages that has seen championship leader Sebastien Ogier retire, as well as Hyundai's Hayden Padd...

  • Neuville wins Rally Poland after Tanak crashes out

    Sunday, 02 July 2017

    Thierry Neuville racked up his third victory of the FIA World Rally Championship season in Poland today after a neck-and-neck fight which ultimately forced Ott Tanak into a mistake as he pushed to the maximum for the win. The Estonian powered into the lead in today's opener but then hit a tree in the following stage, leaving Neuville with an unassailable lead of over a minute. Hayden Paddon moved...

  • Neuville, Tanak battling up front in Rally Poland

    Saturday, 01 July 2017

    Thierry Neuville has maintained his advantage at the head of the Rally Poland leaderboard but the Belgian is battling hard with Ott Tanak who took the lead for two of the morning's four stages. At the mid-leg service the rivals were split by 1.3 seconds with Jari-Matti Latvala holding station in third, albeit seemingly unable to consistently match their pace. Saturday's route covers another two l...

  • Tanak takes Rally Italia win for M-Sport

    Sunday, 11 June 2017

    Ott Tanak and navigator Martin Jarveoja claimed their first FIA World Rally Championship victory on Rally Italia Sardegna with their M-Sport Ford Fiesta, becoming the fifth different crew to take wins over seven events with the new generation of World Rally Cars. The Estonians powered through the closing stages to head Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila by 12.3 seconds with Thierry Neuville an...

  • Paddon keeps cool as WRC rivals falter in Italy

    Saturday, 10 June 2017

    Rally Italia Sardegna leader Hayden Paddon remains in control of the leaderboard after Saturday morning's loop of three stages as some of his nearest rivals hit problems in the final stage. The Hyundai driver has marginally increased his lead, now over Estonian Ott Tanak, and has crucially stayed out of trouble on stages he loves and that suit the i20 Coupe WRC. With the gaps opening up more, Tan...

  • Paddon pads Italy WRC lead

    Friday, 09 June 2017

    After the afternoon loop of repeated stages, Hayden Paddon has maintained his advantage at the head of the Rally Italia Sardinia leaderboard. Despite carrying a damper problem, the Hyundai driver has extended his lead and now sits 8.2 seconds ahead of teammate Thierry Neuville, the Belgian moving into second following a last stage drama for Juho Hanninen. Ott Tanak has climbed to third with Jari-...

  • Paddon grabs early Sardinia WRC lead, Meeke rolls

    Friday, 09 June 2017

    Hayden Paddon has taken the lead of Rally Italia in Sardinia after Friday's morning loop of stages, the New Zealand driver claiming the advantage after Kris Meeke rolled his C3 WRC into retirement. Back on form, Paddon sits 4.3 seconds ahead of lead Toyota driver Juho Hanninen, with Mads Ostberg third in a Fiesta WRC. The seventh round of the FIA World Rally Championship got underway last night i...

  • Ogier beats Neuville to Rally Portugal win

    Sunday, 21 May 2017

    Defending FIA World Rally Champion Sebastien Ogier has won Rally Portugal, strengthening his grip on the first season of the new era of the sport. The M-Sport Ford driver entered the final four stages today 16.8s ahead of Hyundai Motorsport's Thierry Neuville. He would go on to win one more stage (SS17), before setting the fifth fastest time on the Power Stage to deliver his second victory for hi...

  • Ogier consolidates Portuguese Rally lead

    Saturday, 20 May 2017

    Sebastien Ogier remains in the lead of Rally Portugal following the final three stages on Saturday. The Frenchman entered the final loop of the day â a repeat of the morning's stages â 19.5s ahead of Hyundai Motorsport's Thierry Neuville. While the Belgian would take two out of three stage wins to reduce the margin to 16.8s, Ogier took the other stage victory, managed his tires and kept his Ford ...

  • Ogier takes Rally Portugal lead amid Tanak's troubles

    Saturday, 20 May 2017

    Following the first three stages of Saturday, world champion Sébastien Ogier has powered into the lead of Rally Portugal after overnight leader and M-Sport Ford team mate Ott Tanak touched a bank and broke his left rear suspension in the 37.55-kilometer (23-mile) Amarante stage (SS12). The day started in promising fashion, with Ogier and Tanak trading stage wins on SS10 and SS11, the Frenchman c...

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