• WRC: Meeke builds Rally Finland lead over VWs

    Friday, 29 July 2016

    Kris Meeke already holds a comfortable Rally Finland lead over the WRC Volkswagens after problems for early sparring partner Ott Tanak. Living up to VW chief Jost Capito's prediction that running eighth on the road would allow Meeke's PH Sport-run Citroen to dominate, the Northern Irishman ended Friday morning's five-stage loop 18.8 seconds clear of Jari-Matti Latvala's Polo. But for the day's fi...

  • WRC: VW predicts Citroen's Meeke will win Finland

    Wednesday, 27 July 2016

    Kris Meeke should win Rally Finland easily, believes Volkswagen team boss Jost Capito. As Citroen is only contesting a part-season in the 2016 World Rally Championship, Meeke goes into Finland ninth in the standings, so will start eighth on the road given the injured Dani Sordo's absence. Capito believes that position in the running order will put Meeke in an unbeatable position on the WRC's fast...

  • WRC: 2017 control tire plan abandoned

    Tuesday, 26 July 2016

    The FIA has quashed plans for a control tire in the 2017 World Rally Championship, but admitted it remains an option for after next year. Earlier this month WRC Promoter confirmed discussions about a return to a single tire supply were ongoing. This proved controversial at a time when tire competition is stepping up in the WRC, with DMACK coming close to winning the last round in Poland with Ott ...

  • WRC: Citroen completes first 2017 car asphalt test

    Friday, 22 July 2016

    Citroen has tested its 2017 World Rally Car on asphalt for the first time with Kris Meeke and Stephane Lefebvre. The French manufacturer's new model for the WRC's rules revamp has been running on gravel for three months, but was not tried in asphalt specification until sessions in Aude in southern France this week. Technical director Laurent Fregosi said Citroen preferred to deal with the tougher...

  • RALLY: Zulu dies during Kilimanjaro attempt

    Monday, 18 July 2016

    South African rallying star Gugu Zulu has died during an attempt to climb Mt Kilimanjaro. The 38-year-old was on a Nelson Mandela Foundation 'Trek4Mandela' trip to help raise money to buy sanitary supplies for girls when he developed problems breathing. "Details are sketchy," said a statement from the Foundation. "The medical team supporting the trek put him on a drip and they descended the mount...

  • WRC: Back injury rules Sordo out of Finland

    Friday, 15 July 2016

    Dani Sordo's pre-Rally Finland crash has ruled him out of the next round of the World Rally Championship. Hyundai has confirmed Kevin Abbring and his co-driver Sebastian Marshall will step in for the injured Spaniard on the July 28-31 event. Team principal Michel Nandan admitted the decision had been taken with an eye to the following Rally Germany â Sordo's strongest event of the season and the ...

  • WRC: VW chief warns Ogier could quit over rules

    Thursday, 14 July 2016

    Volkswagen Motorsport boss Jost Capito fears World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier could quit if the debate over 2017 running order rules goes the wrong way for him. Ogier, who has not taken victory since Rally Sweden in February, insists the current regulations make it impossible for the championship leader to win gravel rallies. As points leader, he must run first on the road on the first two da...

  • WRC: DMACK wants works team or second car in 2017

    Wednesday, 13 July 2016

    DMACK wants to lure M-Sport's works team away from Michelin for the 2017 World Rally Championship, and if it cannot it will expand its own squad to two cars. Fresh from its strongest ever WRC showing in Poland earlier this month, where it nearly won with Ott Tanak, DMACK managing director Dick Cormack wants to take the next step in his company's development. "We're chasing an agreement with M-Spo...

  • WRC: Tech chief quits Toyota project

    Friday, 08 July 2016

    The technical director of Toyota's new World Rally Championship programme has parted company with the team. No official reason has been given for Michael Zotos's departure from Toyota Gazoo Racing. But it is understood he was finding it hard to work with project chief Tommi Makinen on the development of the Yaris WRC, which makes its debut next year. Toyota's sporting director Jarmo Lehtinen conf...

  • WRC: Series could return to control tires in 2017

    Thursday, 07 July 2016

    The World Rally Championship could return to a control tire for the 2017 season. The FIA opened the WRC up to multiple tire firms in 2011 after Pirelli ran its control tire for three years. Though Michelin has supplied all the factory teams since then, DMACK and Pirelli are also active in the series, with DMACK coming close to ending Michelin's unbeaten run with Ott Tanak in Poland last weekend. ...

  • Peugeot prepares for Dakar with Silk Way Rally run

    Wednesday, 06 July 2016

    Peugeot enters its first cross-country rally since winning the Dakar this week, with Sebastien Loeb admitting the Silk Way Rally, the world's longest endurance event, will be his biggest challenge. The Velizy team will enter three 2008 DKRs for 2016 Dakar victor Stephane Peterhansel, Loeb and Cyril Despres. Carlos Sainz, the fourth Peugeot driver for next year's Dakar, will contest Baja Aragon at...

  • ANALYSIS: How did DMACK nearly win a WRC round?

    Wednesday, 06 July 2016

    Ott Tanak came within a whisker of scoring his and DMACK's first World Rally Championship win in Poland on Sunday. Such a result would also have ended M-Sport's three and a half-year drought and given the WRC its first non-Michelin success since the end of 2010. In the end, Tanak and his co-driver Raigo Molder fell at the penultimate hurdle. Second was little consolation. Here's how the Estonian-...

  • WRC: Mikkelsen snatches Poland win from Tanak

    Sunday, 03 July 2016

    Andreas Mikkelsen snatched a dramatic second World Rally Championship victory by overcoming Ott Tanak on the penultimate stage of Rally Poland. The pair had been embroiled in a lead battle, joined by Hayden Paddon, for the whole weekend. By the end of Saturday it had looked like Tanak had done enough to secure a first WRC win for himself and the DMACK tyre brand, which would have also ended an M-...

  • WRC: Tanak on brink of Rally Poland win

    Sunday, 03 July 2016

    Ott Tanak maintained his Rally Poland lead into the final two stages as the weather turned wet on Sunday morning. Andreas Mikkelsen nibbled into Tanak's advantage on both the loop's stages, but could not make sufficient inroads to bring the lead battle alive. Tanak's DMACK Ford holds an 18.6-second advantage over Mikkelsen's Volkswagen going into the final loop. Alt hough Mikkelsen's pace didn't ...

  • WRC: Mikkelsen error helps Tanak pull away

    Saturday, 02 July 2016

    Ott Tanak, Rally Poland 2016 Ott Tanak will take a comfortable 21.3-second lead into the final leg of Rally Poland after the closing Andreas Mikkelsen lost a little ground with an error. Quick times on the Stanczyki and Babki stages that opened Saturday afternoon allowed Volkswagen driver Mikkelsen to reduce DMACK Ford man Tanak's lead from 18s to 15s. But just as it seemed the lead battle might ...

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