• 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...

  • Analysis: Is WRC 'boom and bust' over?

    Monday, 21 March 2016

    With Volkswagen committed for the long term and Toyota and Citroen coming back, the World Rally Championship is regaining manufacturer momentum. But is it sustainable this time? Just over a decade ago, the bubble burst. I remember the realization of what was coming. It was Argentina 2005 when the pieces fell into place, the stories stacked up. Three years earlier, the WRC had been flying high wit...

  • FIA makes rally safety breakthrough

    Thursday, 17 March 2016

    FIA rally safety test The FIA Institute has made a potentially life-saving breakthrough in efforts to avoid the kind of rally crash that killed British co-driver Gareth Roberts and left Robert Kubica seriously injured. A device fitted around the open end of a guardrail barrier was tested in Germany recently and successfully avoided cockpit intrusion â a feature of the accidents involving both Rob...

  • WRC: No repeat for 50-mile Mexico stage

    Friday, 11 March 2016

    The future of long-distance stages in the World Rally Championship looks bleak after Rally Mexico's record-breaking 50-mile test failed to inspire the series promoter. Last Sunday's 50-mile Guanajuato stage was the longest on a sprint-style WRC event (excluding African marathons such as the Ivory Coast or Safari) since the 1986 Tour of Corsica. But that record will stand for some time as Rally Me...

  • WRC: Latvala thinks title bid realistic

    Thursday, 10 March 2016

    Jari-Matti Latvala believes he can still beat Sebastien Ogier to the 2016 World Rally Championship after his Rally Mexico victory. Latvala had not scored this season prior to last weekend's Leon-based event, while Ogier was both unbeaten and had taken maximum powerstage scores on the opening rallies in Monte Carlo and Sweden. Although Latvala has only managed to trim the gap to Ogier from 56 poin...

  • WRC: VW program safe until 2019

    Wednesday, 09 March 2016

    Jari-Matti Latvala, VW, WRC Mexico 2016 Volkswagen's future in the World Rally Championship has been reconfirmed until the end of 2019 despite recent upheaval at the company. The Volkswagen Group board signed off on the German firm's long-term agreement to stay in the WRC last year, but the company's recent emissions scandal â and subsequent departure of key board members â undermined that commit...

  • WRC: Hyundai criticizes Neuville for crash

    Monday, 07 March 2016

    Hyundai Hyundai team manager Alain Penasse has criticized Thierry Neuville for an "unnecessary" accident on Rally Mexico, but it believes he can recover by winning the next World Rally Championship round in Argentina. One of the pre-event favorites in Mexico, Neuville lost his chance of victory when he sustained a broken suspension arm on the first gravel stage of the event. He rejoined under Ral...

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