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  • WRC: Latvala continues to lead in Argentina

    Saturday, 23 April 2016

    Jari-Matti Latvala continued to hold the Rally Argentina lead after this morning's loop, holding off the advances of Hyundai's Hayden Paddon. Paddon surged to second after finally ending the long-running battle with Sebastien Ogier for the position, and he did so comprehensively. The New Zealander started the day in blistering form, comfortably winning the opening two stages and closing on Latval...

  • WRC: Latvala maintains slender Argentina lead

    Friday, 22 April 2016

    Jari-Matti Latvala, VW, WRC Argentina 2016 Jari-Matti Latvala holds the Rally Argentina lead into Saturday after an impressive display on Friday afternoon's loop left him 7.9 seconds clear of Volkswagen teammate Sebastien Ogier. Latvala was able to overcome a three-way battle for the rally lead, winning the two final proper stages to come out on top ahead of Hayden Paddon and Ogier. Fastest time ...

  • WRC: Latvala holds narrow Argentina advantage

    Friday, 22 April 2016

    Volkswagen's Jari-Matti Latvala took the Rally Argentina lead on the Friday morning loop, ahead of Hyundai's Hayden Paddon and teammate Sebastien Ogier. Ogier had held the rally lead until the penultimate stage, when Latvala and Paddon moved past the current world champion. Paddon was the first to displace Ogier with a run that was 1.4s quicker on SS4, but improving stage conditions meant that La...

  • Customer Peugeot team targets Dakar victory

    Friday, 22 April 2016

    French race-pre company PH-Sport has targeted becoming the first private team to win the Dakar Rally in 17 years, having become Peugeot's first customer squad. PH-Sport, which also runs Citroen's part-time World Rally Championship effort this year before the works team's 2017 return, has taken delivery of three Peugeot 2008DKRs. It is currently in negotiation with drivers for a program of testing...

  • WRC: Sordo and Ogier share Argentina lead

    Thursday, 21 April 2016

    Dani Sordo and Sebastien Ogier share the Rally Argentina lead following the opening superspecial on the streets of Cordoba. The 0.9-mile asphalt stage on Thursday evening was effectively a curtain-raiser for the very different gravel routes that will follow when the event gets under way in earnest on Friday. Hyundai driver Sordo and Volkswagen's reigning World Rally champion Ogier set equal times...

  • WRC: Rally Argentina to be monitored by FIA

    Wednesday, 20 April 2016

    This week's Rally Argentina will be under close FIA observation after failings in its safety plan last season. The Villa Carlos Paz-based event is on a final warning from the FIA after fans were injured when Hayden Paddon (pictured) rolled on the Capilla del Monte to San Marcos stage last season. WRC safety delegate Michele Mouton has worked closely with the Argentine organizers and praised their...

  • WRC: New Citroen car begins testing

    Friday, 15 April 2016

    Citroen has begun testing its C3 WRC - the car it will use on its full-time return to next year's World Rally Championship. The C3, which went through shakedown tests close to Paris last week, began gravel testing earlier this week. Britain's Kris Meeke drove the car, with Craig Breen expected to be behind the wheel later in the test. The pair and Stephane Lefebvre are splitting rallies in a part...

  • WRC: VW reveals its 2017 World Rally car

    Tuesday, 12 April 2016

    Volkswagen has become the first manufacturer to release an official image of its 2017 World Rally Car. The illustration of the next generation Polo R WRC was issued by the German manufacturer on Tuesday. Testing with this car is understood to be imminent, with an initial roll-out being carried out in private. As expected, the illustration highlights a much greater presence for the all-new Polo, w...

  • WRC: Breen gets Citroen seat for Rally Poland

    Monday, 11 April 2016

    Craig Breen's next World Rally Championship outing with Citroen will be on June's Rally Poland, when he will effectively be team leader in Kris Meeke's absence. As Citroen team principal Yves Matton revealed in January, confirmed 2017 factory driver Kris Meeke will not contest every rally the squad is competing on in this year's partial program, as it wants to give Breen and third driver Stephane...

  • WRC: Concerns over 2017 cars growing

    Monday, 11 April 2016

    Concern is growing that the new generation of World Rally Cars for 2017 could be both too fast and provide an inadequate spectacle. World Rally Championship stage records are expected to tumble next season when the new cars emerge. More powerful engines, the return of a center differential to make the cars more efficient and greater downforce generated from increased aerodynamics should make the ...

  • WRC: Citroen in race against time for 2017

    Tuesday, 05 April 2016

    Citroen has no spare margin with development of its 2017 C3 World Rally Car and will face a race against time to be ready for next year's Monte Carlo Rally. The French manufacturer is set to begin testing its new car next week. While some components have been run on a DS 3 WRC previously and Citroen has data from the 36mm-restricted 1.6-liter engine aboard its C-Elysee World Touring Car Champions...

  • How to start racing: SCCA RallyCross

    Friday, 01 April 2016

    With a very active and supportive community at regional and national events across the entire country, SCCA RallyCross offers some of the best action-packed dirt-based motorsports competition around. Despite being one of the youngest sports in the SCCA, RallyCross is well organized, has a very evolved but simple set of rules and is constantly growing in popularity. SCCA RallyCross is usually run ...

  • WRC: Radical revamp is the only hope - Capito

    Sunday, 27 March 2016

    Departing Volkswagen Motorsport director Jost Capito says his radical final-stage revamp plan is still the World Rally Championship's only hope of rivalling Formula 1's popularity. Capito was the architect of the scheme to divide the time gaps by 10 going into the last stage of WRC rallies, which nearly made it into the regulations before being rejected by the World Motor Sport Counci at the behe...

  • WRC: No Toyota driver news before autumn

    Saturday, 26 March 2016

    Tommi Makinen does not anticipate announcing Toyota's 2017 World Rally Championship driver line-up before the autumn. There was considerable speculation over Toyota's driver plans at Rally Mexico earlier this month when former Hyundai factory driver Juho Hanninen and co-driver Kaj Lindstrom completed the recce. The Finnish duo confirmed they would recce all remaining rounds of the season, fuellin...

  • WRC: Reid tipped to lead drivers' group

    Wednesday, 23 March 2016

    Robert Reid, the 2001 World Rally champion co-driver alongside Richard Burns, is a strong candidate to lead a new WRC Drivers' Association. Drivers called for a more of a say in the WRC's future direction after the disputes over conditions at last month's Rally Sweden. Reid has worked with the FIA since retiring from competition in 2003. He recently stepped down from the vice president role at th...

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