• WRC: Meeke expects 2017 title shot

    Friday, 01 January 2016

    Kris Meeke thinks his 2016 mix of rallying and testing with Citroen will make him a realistic World Rally Championship title contender in 2017-'18. Meeke has signed a three-year deal to develop then compete with Citroen's C3 WRC. He will use a DS 3 WRC on the first two rounds of this year's championship and then up to six more of the remaining 12 events. In between, he will focus on development w...

  • Loeb returns to WRC as team owner

    Sunday, 27 December 2015

    Sebastien Loeb will return to the World Rally Championship in 2016, as a team owner. After four years competing at various levels of circuit racing, including the World Touring Car Championship, Sebastien Loeb Racing will move into rallying with a Junior WRC entry next season. The nine-time World Rally Champion will oversee the operation along with his co-driver Daniel Elena and long-time busines...

  • WRC: I'm still Hyundai number one, Neuville says

    Sunday, 27 December 2015

    Thierry Neuville insists he still goes into 2016 Hyundai's top World Rally Championship driver, despite a slump that led to a team status demotion at the end of this season. The Belgian gave Hyundai its first WRC win in Germany in 2014 and began this year as undisputed number one driver, fighting the Volkswagens for victory on round two in Sweden. But his form dipped mid-year, and by the season f...

  • WRC: Toyota options limited after Meeke

    Monday, 21 December 2015

    Toyota team principal Tommi Makinen says his options for a lead World Rally Championship driver in 2017 are limited after Kris Meeke (ABOVE) signed to stay at Citroen. The four-time world champion and fellow Finns Mikko Hirvonen and Juho Hanninen are likely to shoulder the burden of Yaris WRC testing next season. Thierry Neuville and Mads Ostberg are the only drivers understood to be in a positio...

  • WRC: Meeke stays with Citroen to 2018

    Wednesday, 16 December 2015

    Kris Meeke will lead Citroen's World Rally Championship program for the next three years. The Northern Irishman, who won his first WRC rally in Argentina during the 2015 season, has penned a new deal with the manufacturer. With Citroen not running a factory WRC team in 2016, Meeke will spend the bulk of the year developing Citroen's car for the new technical regulations being introduced the follo...

  • WRC: Mexico to run 50-mile stage

    Tuesday, 15 December 2015

    Next year's Rally Mexico will run the World Rally Championship's longest stage in 30 years with the 50-mile Guanajuato test on the final morning of the March event. The new stage comprises elements from Guanajuatito, Derramadero and El Brinco. It will run as SS20 on the final morning. Crews will then be permitted a change of tires before a superspecial stage and the 10-mile powerstage. A spokesma...

  • WRC: Hyundai unveils new i20 for 2016

    Wednesday, 09 December 2015

    Hyundai has unveiled the New Generation i20 WRC that it will use for the 2016 World Rally Championship season. The team retains Thierry Neuville, Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo to field a three-car lineup on every event, with Kevin Abbring making occasional appearances alongside test duties. The car will only be used for a single season before the WRC's rules revamp takes effect in 2017. Hyundai ha...

  • WRC: Drivers in co-driver reshuffle

    Tuesday, 08 December 2015

    Three World Rally Championship factory drivers have new co-drivers for 2016 after a week of intrigue and speculation. In 2016, Mads Ostberg, Andreas Mikkelsen and Pontus Tidemand will have their pacenotes read by Ola Floene, Anders Jaeger and Jonas Andersson, respectively. It was the departure of Ostberg's partner Andersson to join WRC2 man Tidemand at Skoda that triggered the moves â and sparked...

  • VW WRC wins Rally Car of the Year

    Sunday, 06 December 2015

    Volkswagen's Polo R World Rally Championship car was crowned the Rally Car of the Year at the Autosport Awards. The German brand has dominated the WRC since returning in 2013, and added its third consecutive manufacturers' crown and drivers' title for Sebastien Ogier to its records this year. Ogier won eight rallies during the season, while team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen also...

  • WRC: Meeke closing on Toyota deal

    Friday, 04 December 2015

    Kris Meeke is understood to be closing on a deal to join Toyota's World Rally Championship program next season. The Northern Irishman visited the Tommi Makinen Racing facility in Jyvaskyla recently and negotiations with Makinen himself are understood to be progressing well towards a multi-year agreement. Meeke declined to comment on his future, but he told Autosport at the end of Rally GB he was ...

  • WRC: Toyota testing to start in spring

    Friday, 04 December 2015

    Tommi Makinen has confirmed production of the first Toyota Gazoo Racing Yaris WRC is about to start - with testing set for spring next year. The Finn has moved to end speculation surrounding the Japanese firm's 2017 return to the World Rally Championship, reconfirming that Cologne-based Toyota Motorsport will develop the engine, while car itself will be built in Finland. There is potential for th...

  • WRC: Evans set for part-season M-Sport deal

    Wednesday, 02 December 2015

    Elfyn Evans is likely to stay with M-Sport in 2016, albeit only contesting selected World Rally Championship events. The British team announced on Monday that it had replaced Evans and Ott Tanak with Citroen refugee Mads Ostberg and newcomer Eric Camilli for 2016. Tanak will remain behind the wheel of an M-Sport-built Fiesta RS WRC, having secured a seat for the full season with the DMACK outfit....

  • WRC: All-new M-Sport driver lineup for '16

    Monday, 30 November 2015

    Mads Ostberg has been confirmed as an M-Sport driver for the 2016 World Rally Championship, with Frenchman Eric Camilli a surprise choice of teammate. Elfyn Evans has been dropped from a full-time factoy seat, while Ott Tanak switches to DMACK's new team. Ostberg returns to an M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS WRC after two years at Citroen. "I am really looking forward to the season ahead and honoured to h...

  • WRC: Hyundai finalizes new car spec

    Monday, 30 November 2015

    Hyundai has signed off on its homologation specification i20 WRC for the 2016 World Rally Championship, ahead of the new car's first public appearance in Germany next month. The Frankfurt-based team has intensified its test program as the homologation deadline draws near for the new generation i20 WRC and team principal Michel Nandan is satisfied so far. "I am happy with what we have," Nandan sai...

  • Solberg retains RX title, Larsson wins

    Sunday, 29 November 2015

    Petter Solberg sealed a second consecutive World Rallycross Championship in the finale at Rosario in Argentina, as privateer driver Robin Larsson won. Solberg only had to qualify for the semi finals to add a second World RX crown to join his 2003 World Rally title, and with that accomplished he took third in a hard-fought final. "I've been so nervous the whole weekend, it's just unbelievable," sa...

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