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  • WRC: Paddon escapes fiery crash in Portugal

    Friday, 20 May 2016

    Hayden Paddon's attempt to win a second World Rally Championship event in a row has ended after his Hyundai i20 WRC rolled and caught fire in Portugal. The New Zealander and co-driver John Kennard are reportedly safe and out of harm's following the shunt on SS5. Pictures quickly emerged showing the car on fire after the crash. Hyundai said the bushes around where it came to rest caught alight fol...

  • WRC: Meeke upstages Ogier to lead in Portugal

    Friday, 20 May 2016

    Citroen's Kris Meeke leads Rally Portugal after Friday morning's opening loop, ahead of World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier. On his first WRC appearance since Sweden in February, Meeke usurped the overnight leader with a consistent run through Friday's first three stages to build an advantage of 11.5 seconds over Ogier, with Hyundai's Dani Sordo in third. Despite fastest split times from Sordo a...

  • WRC: Rally Portugal expectations should be low - Meeke

    Wednesday, 18 May 2016

    Kris Meeke says expectations for his and Citroen's return to the World Rally Championship at this week's Rally of Portugal should be low. Meeke challenged for victory on the first two rallies of his part-time 2016 WRC program in Monte Carlo and Sweden before each time hitting a rock and retiring. He missed the next two rounds to focus on development of the C3 WRC for 2017, and suggest his rivals ...

  • WRC: Neuville crashes Hyundai during test

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016

    Thierry Neuville's Rally of Portugal preparations were interrupted when he crashed Hyundai's test car on Tuesday. The Belgian and his co-driver Nicola Gilsoul were uninjured in the crash and the team is reporting the i20 WRC has been repaired and is running again in Portugal. "The accident happened this morning when Thierry lost control of the car. He went off and hit the rear of the car," a spok...

  • WRC: FIA evaluating future of current cars

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016

    The FIA will table a proposal for the future of current specification World Rally Cars before the end of this month. The existing machinery will not be competitive against the faster and more-advanced 2017 WRC cars, but will remain homologated and therefore technically legal to compete in the World Rally Championship. Manufacturers and private teams are keen to know they will figure in the champi...

  • WRC: FIA to restrict drivers of 2017 cars

    Thursday, 05 May 2016

    The use of 2017's faster-than-ever World Rally Cars will be restricted to drivers the FIA feels are competent enough to compete in them. There has been concern in the service park about the increased speed from the new cars, prompting calls from the current top-line drivers to restrict access. Some drivers mooted the potential for a Formula 1-style superlicense for rallying, but the FIA's rally d...

  • WRC: Toyota test car spotted in Finland

    Wednesday, 04 May 2016

    Pictures of Toyota's all-new Yaris WRC have emerged from the team's latest test in Finland this week. Juho Hanninen and Toyota Gazoo Racing team principal Tommi Makinen continue to drive the first test car on roads close to the team's Puuppola base in central Finland. After an initial week of running, the car was re-prepared last weekend and, according to Makinen, will barely stop testing from no...

  • WRC: Rally GB 2016 in doubt amid Welsh forest dispute

    Wednesday, 04 May 2016

    Britain's round of the World Rally Championship has been cast into doubt along with the rest of Welsh rallying after a deal to use government-owned forests fell through. The Motor Sport Association and National Resource Wales have been in negotiations for a new master agreement for rallying's use of Welsh forest roads, but NRW is asking for an increase of over 90 percent in fees. It claims it nee...

  • WRC: 'Proper' win shows we can fight VW - Paddon

    Tuesday, 03 May 2016

    Hyundai believes Hayden Paddon's "proper" Rally Argentina victory shows it is a genuine threat to Volkswagen in the World Rally Championship. The Korean brand won a rally in its first season back in the WRC, 2014, but Thierry Neuville's Rally Germany win came after rivals hit trouble. In Argentina last month, Paddon beat VW's reigning world champion Sebastien Ogier in a final-stage thriller, alth...

  • WRC: Rally Australia funding dispute resolved

    Thursday, 28 April 2016

    A funding dispute that could have cost the World Rally Championship season finale in Australia its Coffs Harbour base has been averted. The local city council had decided last week to withdraw its backing of the event. But in a council debate that lasted a little over an hour on Thursday, the 4-2 vote against funding the final round of this year's WRC was overturned. Councillor Sally Townley spar...

  • WRC: Makinen starts testing 2017 Toyota

    Wednesday, 27 April 2016

    Toyota's 2017 World Rally Car has completed its first week of testing, with Tommi Makinen behind the wheel. The four-time WRC champion is leading Toyota's return to the championship as team principal, and completed more than 600 miles in its first Yaris in the last five days. Juho Hanninen is driving the Yaris on Wednesday, his second day in Toyota Gazoo Racing's 2017 specification machine. "It w...

  • WRC: Paddon fends off Ogier for first win

    Sunday, 24 April 2016

    Hyundai's Hayden Paddon took his first ever World Rally Championship victory in Argentina, seeing off a late challenge from Sebastien Ogier. Ogier had closed to within 2.6 seconds of Paddon's lead ahead of the final power stage, with the Frenchman closing in after storming through SS17, Mina Clavero-Guilio Cesare, 19s quicker than Paddon. The Hyundai man then took the power stage win by 11.2s to ...

  • WRC: Ogier and Paddon argue over running order

    Sunday, 24 April 2016

    A war of words has broken out between World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier and Hayden Paddon at this week's Rally Argentina over the WRC's running order. The pair argued publicly following last night's end of day press conference, after Paddon questioned Ogier about his continued frustration at the running order regulations. As championship leader, Ogier runs first on the road on days one and two...

  • WRC: Paddon leads into final day in Argentina

    Saturday, 23 April 2016

    Hayden Paddon's Hyundai will lead Rally Argentina into the final day, after Jari-Matti Latvala crashed out on Saturday's penultimate stage. Latvala looked set to win his first back-to-back WRC events as he maintained his lead over Paddon through the opening half of the weekend but the 24-mile Los Gigantes-Cantera El Condor stage claimed his Volkswagen and his hopes of victory. The accident handed...

  • WRC: Latvala crashes out of Argentina lead

    Saturday, 23 April 2016

    Jari-Matti Latvala has crashed out of the Rally Argentina lead, gifting Hayden Paddon the chance to win his first World Rally Championship round. Hyundai driver Paddon inherits a lead of just over a half a minute, and has four stages to hold on ahead of reigning champion Sebastien Ogier. Latvala has never won consecutive WRC rounds, and held a 14.5s lead before his crash, which Thierry Neuville d...

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