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  • WRC: Evans takes lead on wild stage

    Friday, 02 October 2015

    Elfyn Evans surged into the Tour of Corsica lead on a wild final Friday stage, as previous front-runners Sebastien Ogier and Robert Kubica dropped to 10th and fifth, respectively. Torrential rain in the region caused floods and landslides, causing the cancellation of SS2 while SS3 was delayed. Conditions were extremely wet and muddy when the third stage got going, and many drivers struggled for c...

  • WRC: Corsica to resume with delay

    Friday, 02 October 2015

    Stage three of the World Rally Championship's Tour of Corsica will go ahead with a delay, but conditions are deteriorating again in the area. The second stage of the WRC's French event was canceled as torrential rain resulted in landslides and floods, primarily affecting the roads leading to the competitive sections. There was intense debate over whether the rest of leg one should be abandoned al...

  • WRC: Remainder of Corsica day one in doubt

    Friday, 02 October 2015

    World Rally Championship and Tour of Corsica officials are currently meeting to decide whether the rest of day one will have to be canceled due to poor weather conditions. Flooding and landslides have affected the route to stages two and three, with SS2 already canceled. At present, SS3 is scheduled to begin at 2.47pm local time but the damage to the roads means this is in doubt. The rally organi...

  • WRC: Kubica and Ogier share Corsica lead

    Friday, 02 October 2015

    Robert Kubica and Sebastien Ogier hold a joint early lead on the World Rally Championship's French round, the Tour of Corsica. Shakedown pacesetter Kubica's Pirelli tyres were tipped to work well on the wet asphalt that has greeted WRC crews on the championship's return to Corsica following the collapse of the previous French event in Alsace. On the 18-mile opener, from Plage du Liamone to Sarrol...

  • WRC: Kubica tops damp Corsica shakedown

    Thursday, 01 October 2015

    Robert Kubica set the pace at Thursday's Tour de Corse shakedown stage in damp conditions, ahead of an event where drivers are expecting tricky conditions. Overnight rain is expected to continue into the opening day of competition, with some predicting as much as 8 inches in the area of the stages! "With these tires, if the really heavy rain does come then it will be a big challenge just to stay ...

  • WRC calendar up to 14 rounds for 2016

    Wednesday, 30 September 2015

    The World Motor Sport Council has approved a 2016 World Rally Championship calendar containing 14 rallies. As outlined on Wednesday morning, a returning Rally China features on the list; however it is subject to meeting FIA requirements stemming from a candidate rally held earlier this year. Monte Carlo and France are also subject to terms being finalised between event promoters, WRC Promoter and...

  • China on provisional WRC calendar

    Wednesday, 30 September 2015

    China has been included on the provisional 2016 World Rally Championship calendar to be debated at today's World Motor Sport Council meeting. The WRC's manufacturers have, however, been angered by the news that they are facing a 14-round schedule next season, an increase on this year's 13 rallies they have fought to avoid. Citroen CEO Linda Jackson has previously outlined that an increase in the ...

  • Loeb to make Dakar debut in 2016

    Tuesday, 29 September 2015

    Nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb will make his Dakar Rally debut next January with Peugeot. The event has been on the radar of Loeb â currently racing with Citroen in the World Touring Car Championship â for some time, and the French driver tested Peugeot's 2008 DKR in Morocco earlier this year. Arrangements have now been finalised for him to return to Morocco this weekend to make hi...

  • WRC: VW wants Audi-like WRC dominance

    Wednesday, 23 September 2015

    Volkswagen wants to match sister company Audi's success in the Le Mans 24 Hours, and eclipse Citroen's dominance of the World Rally Championship. Led by Sebastien Ogier, Volkswagen achieved its third-successive clean sweep of WRC titles on Rally Australia earlier this month. But team principal Jost Capito revealed three won't be enough for him or for Volkswagen Group chairman of the board of dire...

  • WRC: M-Sport won't drop Evans this year

    Thursday, 17 September 2015

    Malcolm Wilson has confirmed Elfyn Evans will see out the 2015 World Rally Championship with M-Sport, despite the Welshman's disappointing Rally Australia outing. Evans ended the New South Wales event ninth and some way off the pace of his teammate Ott Tanak. The 26-year-old struggled to pinpoint the reason for his lack of feeling on the roads around Coffs Harbour and headed back to the team's ba...

  • WRC: Ogier says Australia shouldn't be finale

    Wednesday, 16 September 2015

    Sebastien Ogier wants Rally GB to remain in its position as the last round of the World Rally Championship amid a potential calendar swap with Rally Australia for 2016. Next year's WRC schedule is due to be revealed at the end of this month, with Australia widely tipped to move to the season finale. But three-time world champion Ogier urged FIA officials to consider the sporting implications of s...

  • WRC: I'm still getting better, Ogier reckons

    Tuesday, 15 September 2015

    Sebastien Ogier has delivered bad news for his rivals in the wake of securing his third World Rally Championship title â the Frenchman thinks he's still getting quicker. The Volkswagen driver became just the fourth driver in the WRC's history to win three titles when he scored his 31st world rally win in Australia last Sunday, but he's already looking to improve. With three rallies remaining this...

  • WRC: FIA hits back at night stage criticism

    Tuesday, 15 September 2015

    The FIA World Rally Championship manager Michele Mouton says drivers were wrong to describe Rally Australia's night stage as unsafe and just "don't like uncertainty." Lead combatants Sebastien Ogier and Kris Meeke both felt dust hanging in the air caused dangerously poor visibility levels when the Valla stage was run after dark at the end of last Saturday's leg in Australia. Rally organizers have...

  • WRC: Full recce rollcage saved me, Ostberg says

    Monday, 14 September 2015

    Mads Ostberg says Citroen's decision to run a full-specification rollcage in his recce car saved his life in his crash with a truck prior to Rally Australia. The Norwegian sat out the latest round of the World Rally Championship with fractured ribs following the head-on impact during the pre-event recce. Ostberg believes it could have been a lot worse. "Fortunately, our recce car has a full cage ...

  • Sarrazin to make Corsica WRC return

    Monday, 14 September 2015

    Toyota LMP1 World Endurance Championship and Formula E driver Stephane Sarrazin will return to the World Rally Championship for the first time in nine years for the Tour of Corsica. The former factory Subaru WRC driver has continued to dabble in rallying alongside his main program in sports cars in recent years, and won last season's Corsica event when it was part of the European Rally Championsh...

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