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  • 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...

  • Loeb parts ways with Citroen

    Thursday, 19 November 2015

    Nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb has parted company with Citroen after 15 years with the French manufacturer. Loeb has been confirmed as a Peugeot Sport driver for 2016 and he will begin his program with his maiden Dakar outing. Loeb, who won 78 WRC events in his time with Citroen, said: "This marks the end of one chapter for me, but what I want to focus on today is my satisfaction a...

  • WRC: Evans, Tanak could share 2016 seat

    Wednesday, 18 November 2015

  • WRC: Weather and a skeleton threatened Rally GB

    Monday, 16 November 2015

    The entire final day of Rally GB came close to being canceled due to a combination of the extreme weather and the discovery of human remains close to the route. While the hurricane-force winds and incessant rainfall had been a concern all week, the biggest threat to the World Rally Championship's last day of 2015 came when a spectator erecting a tent next to the Brenig stage on Saturday night fou...

  • WRC: Ogier secures somber Rally GB win

    Sunday, 15 November 2015

    Sebastien Ogier ended the 2015 World Rally Championship season with a third straight Rally GB victory, as Kris Meeke took the best home result for a Briton in 15 years. Ogier, who had long since wrapped up a third consecutive WRC title, was in an understandably sombre mood as he clinched his eighth rally win of the year in the wake of Friday night's terrorist attacks in his native France. He conf...

  • WRC: Ogier closing on season-ending victory

    Sunday, 15 November 2015

    Sebastien Ogier continued to cruise towards Rally GB victory on Sunday morning, but Kris Meeke's second place is not totally safe from Andreas Mikkelsen and there has been drama behind. A crash for fourth-placed Ott Tanak was the main incident of the opening stages of the 2015 World Rally Championship's final day. The Estonian â who is fighting to keep his M-Sport drive for 2016 â had begun the d...

  • WRC: Ogier completes Rally GB night stages in lead

    Saturday, 14 November 2015

    Sebastien Ogier continued to pull away at the front of the Rally GB field after setting Volkswagen's 500th fastest stage time in the World Rally Championship. The Frenchman played second fiddle to Andreas Mikkelsen on the first stage of the evening through Dyfnant, but soon righted that by topping the final stage of the day, Aberhirnant. Kris Meeke fell further away from the WRC champion, but ide...

  • WRC: Ogier gets Rally GB lead back

    Saturday, 14 November 2015

    Sebastien Ogier briefly lost the Rally GB lead to Kris Meeke on Saturday afternoon after slowing for Thierry Neuville's crashed Hyundai, but was restored to first place by the organizers. World Rally champion Ogier had been cruising into an ever-larger lead through the morning, before having to stop his Volkswagen on the Dyfnant stage when the road was blocked by Neuville's rolled i20. The Belgia...

  • WRC: Ogier pulls away in tough conditions

    Saturday, 14 November 2015

    World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier extended his comfortable Rally GB lead over Citroen's Kris Meeke to 19.3 seconds on Saturday's morning loop. Meeke took 1.4s out of Ogier on the first run through Gartheiniog but the Frenchman hit back on the 16-mile Dyfi stage, finishing 3s clear of Meeke to extend his lead to 15.1s. The British driver brought that gap down by 1.4s again on Gartheiniog but Og...

  • WRC: Ogier resists challenge from Meeke

    Friday, 13 November 2015

    Sebastien Ogier held Kris Meeke at bay through Rally GB's Friday afternoon stages after his lead was dramatically reduced at the start of the loop. World Rally champion Ogier said he simply didn't feel comfortable on the Hafren stage that followed the midday regroup, and Meeke immediately reduced the gap from 12.9 seconds to 7.7s. There was just 0.4s between them â in the Volkswagen's favor âon t...

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