• DAKAR: First stage win for Hirvonen

    Friday, 15 January 2016

    Former World Rally Championship driver Mikko Hirvonen claimed his first Dakar stage win on Friday, as Stephane Peterhansel drew closer to a 12th victory in the event. The outright leaders were content to again drive cautiously through the San Juan to Villa Carlos Paz stage, on which Peugeot driver Peterhansel was 10th quickest. He maintains a 40-minute outright lead over X-raid Mini's Nasser Al-A...

  • WRC: M-Sport still lacks full season funding

    Friday, 15 January 2016

    M-Sport is still fighting to fund its presence on all 14 rounds of the 2016 World Rally Championship despite confirmation from the FIA of the firm's manufacturer status. WRC regulations stipulate that a manufacturer must contest all rallies, but team principal Malcolm Wilson has admitted he is still not in a position to confirm this will be possible. "Don't get me wrong, we are working flat out t...

  • DAKAR: Wary Peterhansel retains lead

    Thursday, 14 January 2016

    Stephane Peterhansel maintained a secure Dakar Rally lead with a cautious run through Thursday's La Rioja to San Juan stage, on which Nasser Al-Attiyah was fastest. With the dramas for Peterhansel's Peugeot team-mates Carlos Sainz and Sebastien Loeb earlier in the week handing the event legend a one-hour lead, Peterhansel was content to set a safe pace on stage 11 and was fourth quickest behind A...

  • Kubica set to exit WRC after Monte Carlo

    Thursday, 14 January 2016

    The Monte Carlo Rally is currently likely to be Robert Kubica's sole appearance in the 2016 World Rally Championship. The former Formula 1 driver admitted that he has no funding in place to look beyond the season opener and, if he fails to secure backing, a return to circuit racing could be on the cards by the summer. Kubica will use his own Ford Fiesta RS WRC â run by Italy's BRC operation â at ...

  • Toyota to field works car in BRC

    Thursday, 14 January 2016

  • DAKAR: Peterhansel takes control, Sainz out

    Wednesday, 13 January 2016

    Stephane Peterhansel has moved into the lead of the 2016 Dakar Rally, after mechanical problems ended Peugeot teammate Carlos Sainz's push for victory. The 2010 Dakar winner, Sainz took the lead on Tuesday, but his time at the top was fleeting and ultimately cut short by a gearbox failure. The start of 10th stage was delayed due to thunderstorms, before Sainz got lost and then picked up a punctur...

  • WRC: VW reveals upgrades for 2016 car

    Wednesday, 13 January 2016

    Volkswagen has confirmed only minor changes to its Polo R WRC on the eve of its third straight World Rally Championship title defense. The car â which has won 34 of the last 39 world rallies â will feature a strengthened front subframe with further strength also being built into the rear wishbones. VW is running a virtually identical engine to last year, with the only modification being to the pi...

  • DAKAR: X-raid pushes for Peterhansel penalty

    Wednesday, 13 January 2016

    Stephane Peterhansel's 2016 Dakar Rally status remains uncertain after the X-raid team appealed a stewards' decision to reject a protest it had lodged against the Peugeot driver. Mini squad X-raid, which has won the event for the past four years, argued that Peterhansel had refueled illegally in a neutral zone on stage eight on Monday. Peugeot Sport director Bruno Famin rejected X-raid's argument...

  • DAKAR: Sainz leads after shortened stage

    Tuesday, 12 January 2016

    Carlos Sainz has moved into the lead of the Dakar Rally, with victory on the shortened ninth stage around Belen. After becoming the first non-Peugeot driver to win a leg of the rally on Monday, Mini's Nasser Al-Attiyah maintained that pace early on Tuesday. The Qatari led by 10 seconds at the first control point, but his closest challenge came from Leeroy Poulter in a Toyota rather than any of th...

  • WRC: Hyundai denies team status controversy

    Tuesday, 12 January 2016

    Hyundai World Rally Championship team principal Michel Nandan has warned against creating a team status controversy over the decision to put forward Dani Sordo as its "nominated driver" for 2016. FIA regulations stipulate that each registered WRC manufacturer must give the name of one driver who will tackle at least 10 of the 14 rounds. Hyundai went with Sordo over Thierry Neuville, who finished ...

  • Loeb: Dakar hopes 'finished' after crash

    Monday, 11 January 2016

    Sebastien Loeb says his quest to win the Dakar Rally on debut is "finished after rolling during the eighth stage. The nine-time WRC champion started Monday's running at the top of the standings, but finished it in eighth place after losing more than one hour. DAILY REPORT: Al-Attiyah wins for Mini, Loeb crashes and loses lead Loeb, who had led at the end of five of the first seven days of competi...

  • DAKAR: Al-Attiyah wins stage, Loeb loses hour

    Monday, 11 January 2016

    Nasser Al-Attiyah claimed Mini's first stage victory of the 2016 Dakar Rally, as Sebastien Loeb lost one hour and the lead after rolling. With competitors getting their first proper taste of Dakar dunes as the event entered its second week , Al-Attiyah was the dominant force between Salta and Belen. He was more than one minute faster than Loeb through to the first control point, and two minutes c...

  • DAKAR: Loeb retakes lead, Sainz wins

    Saturday, 09 January 2016

    Sebastien Loeb retook the lead of the Dakar Rally on Saturday, while his Peugeot teammate Carlos Sainz claimed stage honors. The Uyuni-Salta stage was split into two parts, with the cars crossing the border from Bolivia to Argentina through a neutral section in the middle. At the start of the neutral section Loeb enjoyed a lead of more than two minutes over Sainz, with overnight rally leader Step...

  • DAKAR: Loeb loses lead to Peterhansel

    Friday, 08 January 2016

    Stephane Peterhansel took the lead of the Dakar Rally from Sebastien Loeb on Friday, winning stage six and outpacing the World Rally legend by more than eight minutes. Loeb carried a 7m48s lead into the Uyuni stage, but after matching Peugeot team-mate Peterhansel through the early waypoints, he started losing time shortly before the halfway mark. Loeb appeared to be limiting the damage to less t...

  • DAKAR: Loeb's lead grows with another win

    Thursday, 07 January 2016

    Sebastien Loeb extended his lead in the Dakar Rally to nearly eight minutes with another stage victory on Thursday. The nine-time World Rally champion beat Peugeot teammate and fellow WRC legend Carlos Sainz by 22 seconds to win the Jujuy-Uyuni stage, but crucially for the overall standings he outpaced Stephane Peterhansel by three minutes through the 200-mile test. Loeb enjoyed an advantage over...

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