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  • 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...

  • WRC: Kubica likely to remain in rallying

    Thursday, 26 November 2015

    Robert Kubica appears to be leaning towards returning to the World Rally Championship next season, admitting he now feels more like a rally driver than ever. The Polish ex-Formula 1 star has been courted by numerous race teams this season and a move back to circuits was thought almost inevitable following news of some lucrative DTM offers. But an encouraging Rally GB â where he was running strong...

  • WRC: Tanak dropped by M-Sport for 2016

    Wednesday, 25 November 2015

    Ott Tanak will be dropped by M-Sport's works World Rally Championship team but is set to immediately pick up a 2016 drive in a DMACK-branded Ford instead. The Estonian is expected to form part of a two-car team with Jari Ketomaa in next year's world championship. DMACK has long made clear its intention to step up its WRC commitment and will run both drivers in Ford Fiesta RS WRCs. The team is not...

  • GRC: SH Racing allies with RTD Motorsport for driver development

    Friday, 20 November 2015

    SH Rallycross announced it has formed an alliance with RTD Autosport for the Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites Championship, beginning in the 2016 season. A division of Race Tech Development, RTD Autosport, is owned and operated by Mike Maurini who is also the owner of an elite level karting program. Attracting drivers from around the world with the assistance of karting mogul Martijn Koene, the i...

  • ANALYSIS: Will Citroen WRC hiatus pay off again?

    Friday, 20 November 2015

    Citroen's 2016 hiatus is not the first time it has taken a year away from the World Rally Championship. It did exactly the same thing in 2006 when the C4 replaced the ageing Xsara. This time around, though, the initial news isn't nearly as bad. News of 2006 came late in '04 and the WRC stopped in its tracks. Citroen and sister firm Peugeot were out... Citroen's then team principal Guy Frequelin t...

  • WRC: Ostberg out, Meeke future uncertain

    Thursday, 19 November 2015

    Citroen has confirmed World Rally Championship star Mads Ostberg will not form part of its plans in 2016 but it is still in negotiations with Kris Meeke. Ostberg is now almost certain to return to M-Sport for a full program in a Ford Fiesta RS WRC next year. Citroen to sit out 2016 WRC season "Mads wants a full program in the World Rally Championship for next season and we are not able to offer t...

  • WRC: Citroen to sit out 2016 season

    Thursday, 19 November 2015

    Citroen will withdraw from next year's World Rally Championship, taking a season out to develop its all-new 2017 World Rally Car. The Versailles team's decision confirms its long-term commitment to the World Rally Championship, with an extended WRC program starting from 2017 at the expense of its World Touring Car Championship program. Ostberg out, Meeke future uncertain Autosport broke news in t...

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