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  • 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 ...

  • WRC: Controversy brewing over 2016 calendar

    Tuesday, 13 October 2015

    Further controversy is brewing over the 2016 World Rally Championship calendar, amid a potential showdown about the status of the Monte Carlo and Corsica events. WRC manufacturers were already dissatisfied with the decision to increase the schedule from 13 to 14 rounds with the addition of China next year. Monte Carlo and Corsica were included on the list of events issued by the FIA World Motor S...

  • Hyundai demotes Neuville for Rally GB

    Monday, 12 October 2015

    Thierry Neuville has been dropped from Hyundai's primary World Rally Championship team for the season-ending Rally GB. The Belgian will be replaced by Hayden Paddon in the Korean firm's Shell-backed frontline team, with the Kiwi stepping up alongside Dani Sordo in Wales. Spaniard Sordo will be entered in the #7 i20 WRC usually driven by Neuville. Neuville drops to the Mobis-branded second-string ...

  • Delecour wants more Porsche rallying

    Monday, 12 October 2015

    Francois Delecour intends to defend his crown in the FIA R-GT Cup for rallying sports cars in 2016. The four-time World Rally Championship event winner became champion in the inaugural R-GT series with a round to spare thanks to a second victory in four rounds in Corsica earlier this month. Delecour, who drives a Porsche 911 prepared by Richard Tuthill's British-based team, still plans to contest...

  • Co-driver killed in Scottish national rally crash

    Saturday, 10 October 2015

    A co-driver has been killed and the driver injured in a crash during the Mull Rally on Saturday morning. The Scottish island event has been abandoned following the accident, which happened on the seventh stage, the second of the Saturday's second leg. In a statement, the MSA said: "The Motor Sports Association can confirm that one competitor has died and another has been injured in an incident on...

  • Tough rally debut for Loeb with Peugeot

    Friday, 09 October 2015

    Sebastien Loeb was classified in 44th place on the Morocco Rally after a difficult debut in cross-country rallying with Peugeot's works Dakar program. The nine-time World Rally champion turned World Touring Car Championship racer will attempt the Dakar Rally for the first time next year. He entered this week's five-day round of the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies in Peugeot's latest 2008 ...

  • Kubica could step back to WRC2

    Friday, 09 October 2015

    Robert Kubica has admitted he could step back to WRC2 next season after a difficult 2015 World Rally Championship campaign. The Polish star, who won the WRC2 crown in 2013, has struggled running his own RK World Rally Team this year and is adamant he will not go into 2016 in the same position. "At the moment, I don't know anything for next year, but, for sure, there will be some changes," he said...

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