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  • 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 ...

  • WRC: Tanak pulls away in lead of Rally Poland

    Saturday, 02 July 2016

    Ott Tanak stormed into an 18-second lead by winning all three Saturday morning stages on Rally Poland. A combination of the DMACK tyres working well, choosing hard tires while the Michelin runners focused on softs and Tanak running eighth on the road on a much dustier day than Friday all helped the Ford driver to dominate. Andreas Mikkelsen, third in the start order, remains his closest rival in ...

  • WRC: Tanak holds narrow lead in Poland

    Friday, 01 July 2016

    Ott Tanak put his DMACK-shod Ford into a narrow Rally Poland lead over Andreas Mikkelsen and Hayden Paddon on Friday afternoon. Tanak, rapid on this event in 2015, had already briefly led in the morning before losing a little ground and falling to third. For the second loop he decided to lighten his Fiesta by taking just one spare wheel rather than his previous two, and began a charge. Three stra...

  • WRC: Mikkelsen leads tight Rally Poland battle

    Friday, 01 July 2016

    Andreas Mikkelsen heads Hayden Paddon and Ott Tanak in a close early lead battle on Rally Poland. Tanak made history when the day began as he put DMACK's tyre into the lead of a World Rally Championship round for the first time by setting the pace on the short Chmielewo opener in his Ford. Mikkelsen then restored Volkswagen superiority over the rest of the morning, but has not been able to escape...

  • WRC: Privateers barred for 2017

    Friday, 24 June 2016

    The FIA's World Motor Sport Council meeting has confirmed no privateer drivers will be allowed to enter next generation World Rally Cars in 2017. The news from the Turin meeting means private drivers must be entered on world championship rallies by a manufacturer team. The sport's governing body has been keen to clamp down on who drives next year's more powerful and faster World Rally Cars. The F...

  • WRC: Hyundai to switch models for 2017

    Wednesday, 22 June 2016

    Dani Sordo, Hyundai i20 WRC 2016 Hyundai's 2017 World Rally Car will be based on the three-door i20 it wanted to use this season. The Korean manufacturer's current car was planned to come off the three-door platform, until it was discovered the factory couldn't produce enough cars to satisfy homologation requirements, hence this season's five-door i20 WRC. "At the time, the three-door car didn't ...

  • WRC: Series poised for running order rule talks

    Thursday, 16 June 2016

    World Rally Championship organizers will hold talks with teams and drivers over the controversial running order regulations in Poland next month, having set an August deadline for deciding 2017 rules. The stipulation that the championship leader must run first on the road â and therefore encounter the dirtiest stage conditions â for two full days on each WRC round has proved increasingly controve...

  • WRC: Citroen 2017 car on target after aero test

    Tuesday, 14 June 2016

    Citroen team principal Yves Matton says the company's C3 WRC remains on schedule for its 2017 World Rally Championship debut following the first test of its aerodynamics in Finland last week. Ahead of the new car's launch in April, Matton admitted that he had concerns about the timescale for the French firm's full-time return to the WRC, but last week's four days around the Rally Finland hotbed o...

  • 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 ...

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