• 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...

  • 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...

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