• WRC: Prokop quits over penalty

    Monday, 13 June 2016

    Long-standing World Rally Championship privateer Martin Prokop has walked away from the series following the five-minute penalty he was handed ahead of the Rally Italy start. The transmission seals on the Jipocar Czech National Team's Ford Fiesta RS WRC were broken, contravening championship regulations. Team manager Quirin Muller said he had no problem with the rule, just the implementation, arg...

  • WRC: Ma to make debut with Ostberg's team

    Monday, 13 June 2016

    Former Formula 1 development driver Ma Qing Hua will make his World Rally Championship debut at September's China Rally, his home round of the series. The 28-year-old will work with the Adapta Rally Team, run by Mads Ostberg's father, Morten. No decision yet has been taken regarding the car Ma will drive, but Ostberg is in negotiations with M-Sport, Hyundai and Citroen for a vehicle to use on the...

  • WRC: Neuville clinches Rally Italy victory

    Sunday, 12 June 2016

    Thierry Neuville ended a 22-month wait for his second World Rally Championship victory and gave Hyundai its second triumph in three events at Rally Italy. Neuville spent the weekend in a lead battle with Volkswagen's Jari-Matti Latvala. They benefited from running eighth and sixth respectively in the start order thanks to their messy seasons so far leaving them trailing in the championship, and s...

  • MANX TT: Higgins sets TT record with Subaru rally car

    Sunday, 12 June 2016

    Three-time British Rally champion Mark Higgins blew his own Manx TT course lap record out of the water this week with an average speed of 128.730mph in a Prodrive-built Subaru. This is the third year Higgins has attempted the record. In 2011 he beat his hero Tony Pond's best time for the 37.73-mile lap by some margin; driving a Rover 827 Vitesse, Pond went around in 22m09.1s in 1990, posting the ...

  • WRC: Neuville leads Rally Italy after two days

    Saturday, 11 June 2016

    Hyundai's Thierry Neuville will take a 16.1s lead over Jari-Matti Latvala into the final day of Rally Italy as he bids to claim his second World Rally Championship win. Neuville started Saturday afternoon's loop with a slender lead over Volkswagen driver Latvala, but immediately pulled out 10.8 seconds on SS13, the second run through Monti Di Ala. Latvala was able to take 0.8s out of the leader o...

  • WRC: Latvala eats into Neuville's Rally Italy lead

    Saturday, 11 June 2016

    Jari-Matti Latvala slashed Thierry Neuville's Rally Italy lead to just 2.9 seconds with a charge through the event's longest stage on Saturday morning. Neuville had slightly extended his advantage on the short Monti di Ala stage that opened the leg, but then confessed to being slightly too careful in the following Coiluna-Loelle's fast and narrow section. That allowed Latvala's Volkswagen to get ...

  • WRC: Neuville pulls clear in Rally Italy lead

    Friday, 10 June 2016

    Hyundai driver Thierry Neuville leads Rally Italy at the end of day one after taking control of round six of the World Rally Championship season on Friday's afternoon loop. Having led at the end of the morning's first four stages, Neuville was fastest on three of the four stages after service and carries an 11.1-second lead over Volkswagen's Jari-Matti Latvala into Saturday. Latvala reclaimed the...

  • WRC: Neuville leads Latvala after first Italy loop

    Friday, 10 June 2016

    Thierry Neuville leads WRC Rally Italy after Friday's opening loop, jumping Volkswagen's Jari-Matti Latvala on the morning's final stage. The Belgian ended the morning 1.5 seconds clear in his Hyundai i20 WRC having set the fastest times through SS4 and SS5, as he and Latvala leaped ahead of the rest of the field. Neuville started the morning conservatively, running four seconds slower than World...

  • WRC: Ogier wins Rally Italy opening stage

    Thursday, 09 June 2016

    World Rally Championship leader Sebastien Ogier set the pace on Thursday evening's Rally Italy curtain-raiser. The Volkswagen driver completed the 1.2-mile Ittiri Arena stage, based at a motocross track, in 2m00.4s while winning his head-to-head run against Hayden Paddon's Hyundai by 1.3 seconds. Ogier's time denied DMACK a chance to lead a WRC event, as Ott Tanak was the early pacesetter among t...

  • WRC: Loeb backs Ogier in rules dispute

    Wednesday, 08 June 2016

    Sebastien Ogier's argument for rule change in the World Rally Championship has been backed by nine-time title winner Sebastien Loeb. Ogier is vehemently against the current running order rules, which force him as championship leader to drive through the stages first on the road on Friday and Saturday, sweeping clean the loose gravel and improving the grip for those following him. Loeb said any re...

  • WRC : Scoring revamp plan splits teams

    Friday, 03 June 2016

    World Rally Championship teams are divided over plans to change how many drivers per squad are eligible to score on each rally. Under the current system, teams are limited to two points-scoring drivers and any additional cars are entered as separate operations. For instance, although Sebastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen all drive for the same factory Volkswagen team, Mikkelse...

  • WRC: Ogier could miss Italy for birth of child

    Monday, 30 May 2016

    World Rally Champion Sebastien Ogier will miss next month's Rally Italy if his wife Andrea goes into labor with their first child. The Volkswagen driver will travel to the Sardinian round of the WRC on June 9-12, but he will have a private plane waiting at Alghero airport for the duration of the rally. "I have made a plan with the team," Ogier told Autosport. "The plane will be waiting and if I g...

  • WRC: Wild card winners 'devalue' world rallying - VW boss

    Monday, 23 May 2016

    Volkswagen team principal Jost Capito has warned results like Kris Meeke's Rally of Portugal win could devalue the World Rally Championship. Capito said the WRC was in danger of confusing the general public if drivers not contesting the whole series started winning regularly â with Meeke benefiting from a favorable road position over the first two days in Portugal to establish a lead over VW's wo...

  • WRC: Meeke secures victory in Portugal

    Sunday, 22 May 2016

    Citroen's Kris Meeke returned to the World Rally Championship in style as he secured victory on Rally Portugal. Meeke took his second WRC win by a margin of 29.7 seconds and led the way from Friday morning's second stage. The Northern Irishman took advantage of the running order on Friday, and the benefit of road sweeping, before driving more conservatively on Sunday's stages to secure his result...

  • WRC: Portugal stewards place Meeke back in lead

    Friday, 20 May 2016

    Kris Meeke has been returned to the Rally of Portugal lead after organisers handed him the fastest time on the stage interrupted by Hayden Paddon's fiery crash. Paddon and Ott Tanak crashed on the afternoon's first stage, Ponte de Lima, forcing the organizers to neutralize the test before rally leader Meeke had gone through. He has subsequently been credited with a time 5.2 seconds faster than an...

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