• WRC: M-Sport drivers' futures in doubt

    Friday, 30 October 2015

    M-Sport drivers Elfyn Evans and Ott Tanak will drive for their future in the World Rally Championship on next month's Wales Rally GB. Both works Ford Fiesta RS WRC drivers retired from the second day of the recent Rally of Spain after which team principal Malcolm Wilson admitted their careers were hanging in the balance. "I'm not going to guarantee anything," said Wilson, "I've told them both, we...

  • WRC: Gronholm tests 2017 VW on asphalt

    Thursday, 29 October 2015

    Marcus Gronholm drove Volkswagen's 2017 Polo R WRC mule for three days on asphalt in France last week. The Finn was testing in classic Monte Carlo stages around Roquesteron and Col de Bleine in the German firm's first asphalt development running of its next-generation machine. Volkswagen's technical project leader Francois-Xavier Demaison said the car hadn't taken any significant steps forward fr...

  • WORLD RX: Tohill returns with Ford Fiesta

    Wednesday, 28 October 2015

    Former World Rallycross driver Derek Tohill will return to the championship next season driving an OlsbergsMSE Ford Fiesta Supercar, run by his own team. The Irishman finished 14th overall the 2014 World RX standings in an LD Motorsports run Citroen DS3. He will compete in the full European Rallycross Championship and additional World RX events next season. Tohill tested the freshly built Fiesta ...

  • WRC: Ogier admits Spain crash was 'stupid'

    Monday, 26 October 2015

    Sebastien Ogier said the shock final-stage crash that cost him Rally Catalunya victory was caused by an over-ambitious pacenote change after the first run. Ogier was checked in hospital in Sunday night after the accident, and reported that he was shaken but otherwise fine. He had been leading the rally by 50 seconds when he hit a barrier on the Duesaigues stage. The World Rally champion admitted ...

  • WRC: Ogier crash hands Mikkelsen victory in Spain

    Sunday, 25 October 2015

    Andreas Mikkelsen clinched his first World Rally Championship victory at Rally Catalunya, after his Volkswagen teammate Sebastien Ogier crashed on the final stage of the weekend. Ogier, who had to regain the lead twice on Friday, remained untouchable for the majority of the rally as early challengers Mads Ostberg and Robert Kubica fell by the wayside. The Frenchman headed into the final powerstag...

  • WRC: Ogier cruising as teammates battle

    Sunday, 25 October 2015

    Sebastien Ogier enjoyed a relaxed morning loop in the Rally Catalunya lead, as Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen's battle for second looks likely to go down to the wire. Ogier, understandably, didn't take any unnecessary risks through the opening three Sunday stages and has an unassailable lead of 49 seconds going into the afternoon loop. His Volkswagen teammates remain locked in an intens...

  • WRC: Volkswagen takes control of top three in Spain

    Saturday, 24 October 2015

    World rally champion Sebastien Ogier will lead a Volkswagen one-two-three into Sunday at Rally Catalunya, after Dani Sordo fell down the order to fourth on Saturday afternoon. The three VW drivers were in a dominant mood, locking out the top three for all but one of the afternoon stages. A relaxed Ogier lost a small amount of time to teammate Jari-Matti Latvala during the loop, but the Frenchman ...

  • WRC: Ogier extends advantage in Spain

    Saturday, 24 October 2015

  • WRC: Ogier battles back to lead in Spain

    Friday, 23 October 2015

    Sebastien Ogier reclaimed the lead of a close-fought Rally Catalunya for a second time as he returned to the top with a stellar run on Friday's final stage. Having set the pace on the final run of the morning loop, it was Ogier's Volkswagen teammate Jari-Matti Latvala who took the advantage on Friday afternoon's first three stages. It wasn't only Latvala demoting Ogier â an impressive Ott Tanak m...

  • WRC: Ogier leads in Spain, Ostberg and Kubica fall

    Friday, 23 October 2015

    Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier reclaimed the Rally Catalunya lead on Friday morning, after Mads Ostberg and Robert Kubica hit trouble. Ogier had led the field overnight after setting the pace in Thursday's opening stage in Barcelona, but dropped time to Ostberg on SS2 with the Norwegian setting the pace on the stage. A stellar run from Ostberg on SS3 saw him leapfrog the world champion, but Kubica ...

  • WRC: Ogier wins Catalunya opening stage

    Thursday, 22 October 2015

    Sebastien Ogier opened Rally Catalunya with the fastest time on Thursday evening's Barcelona street stage. The newly crowned world champion beat Thierry Neuville to the fastest time by 2.1 seconds around the two-mile asphalt course, which included a mandatory donut around a post. The under-pressure Neuville â who will be demoted to Hyundai's second-string team for the season finale in Wales next ...

  • WRC: Kubica wants to do 'something different' next year

    Wednesday, 21 October 2015

    Robert Kubica has admitted he wants to do "something different" next year, rather than continuing in the World Rally Championship. The ex-Formula 1 driver has competed in rallying full time for the last three years â in Citroens and M-Sport-built Fords â but he has become increasingly frustrated by the lack of opportunities to secure a factory seat. While the Pole is likely to be seen on some ral...

  • WRC: McRae colors to return with Subaru USA's Higgins

    Wednesday, 21 October 2015

    The 20th anniversary of Colin McRae's World Rally Championship title will be celebrated with a boxer engine and an iconic color scheme at next month's Wales Rally GB. Subaru USA has purchased a Group N Subaru Impreza WRX for its seven-time American champion, Brit David Higgins to drive in the Scottish superstar's memory. While Higgins will not be able to challenge for overall honors in the car, h...

  • WRC: Paddon signs three-year Hyundai deal

    Monday, 19 October 2015

    New Zealander Hayden Paddon has signed a three-year extension to his Hyundai World Rally Championship contract. Paddon, 28, has been driving an i20 WRC on a part-programme for the last two years but will start his first full season in the WRC next year. "I am very excited to sign with Hyundai Motorsport for a further three years," said Paddon. "The past two seasons have been an amazing journey an...

  • WRC drivers say stage boycotts under consideration

    Friday, 16 October 2015

    World Rally Championship drivers are considering boycotting stages they feel are unsafe following the furor over Rally Australia's night test. Last month's Coffs Harbour-based event was lambasted by the drivers for what they saw as dangerously dusty conditions on the sole dark stage run in New South Wales. Rally Australia officials' admission that they would be repeating the exercise next season ...

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