• DAKAR: Peterhansel fastest as Loeb keeps lead

    Wednesday, 06 January 2016

    Stephane Peterhansel led a Peugeot lockout of the top three places on stage four of the Dakar Rally, while Sebastien Loeb retained his lead in the overall standings. Dakar legend Peterhansel made a flying start to the 266-mile Juy Juy stage, passing the first checkpoint more than one minute faster than Loeb and 2015 winner Nasser Al-Attiyah, who were tied on the same time at that point. While Al-...

  • DAKAR: Loeb extends lead with second stage win

    Tuesday, 05 January 2016

    Sebastien Loeb extended his Dakar Rally lead by claiming a second consecutive stage win on the run from Termas de Rio Hondo to Jujuy on Tuesday. The stage was again shortened due to heavy rain, with the timed section beginning after what should have been checkpoint one, reducing it from 195 miles to 120, and the truck section abandoned when part of the course collapsed. Loeb repeated his Monday f...

  • Loeb wanted 2016 WRC return

    Tuesday, 05 January 2016

    Sebastien Loeb has revealed he intended to return to the World Rally Championship in 2016 before Citroen "closed the door." Prior to being dropped by the marque with which he won his nine WRC titles, Loeb was looking at a third and final World Touring Car Championship season with the chance of some parallel development work readying Citroen's all-new C3 WRC for 2017. He also wanted to contest som...

  • DAKAR: Loeb takes lead on stage two

    Monday, 04 January 2016

    Sebastien Loeb took the lead of his first Dakar Rally by winning the first full stage of the 2016 event on Monday. After Sunday's stage was canceled due to poor weather, continued heavy rain meant the competitive element of Monday's run from Villa Carlos Paz to Termas de Rio Hondo was reduced from the planned 317 miles to 240. Loeb was quickest through every checkpoint and won the stage by 2m23s ...

  • First full Dakar Rally stage canceled

    Sunday, 03 January 2016

    The first full stage of the 2016 Dakar Rally has been canceled due to heavy rain that has flooded parts of the stage from Rosario to Villa Carlos Paz. Event organizers were expecting poor weather on Sunday, but the storms that hit the area of the stage were heavier than expected. While the stage start was delayed several times in the hope of conditions improving, it was eventually declared that t...

  • Spectators hit in Dakar opener crash

    Saturday, 02 January 2016

    The Dakar Rally's Prologue was halted by an accident involving four spectators on Saturday evening. The bystanders were struck by the X-raid Mini of Chinese Dakar debutant Guo Meiling when it went off the road just past the halfway point. Organisers neutralized the rest of the stage while emergency crews attended the scene. An ASO statement said: "The organizers immediately deployed all resources...

  • Ten Brinke sets Dakar Rally Prologue pace

    Saturday, 02 January 2016

    Dutch driver Bernhard Ten Brinke took a surprise early Dakar Rally lead by topping the event's new Prologue stage on Saturday. The primary purpose of the seven-mile test near Buenos Aires was to set the starting order for when the proper stages begin on Sunday, although the Prologue times still count towards the overall result. Ten Brinke upstaged the bigger names to set a time of 6m08s in his Ov...

  • 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...

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