• 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...

  • 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...

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