• WRC: Ogier wins fourth straight in Monte Carlo

    Sunday, 22 January 2017

    Sebastien Ogier held station on the fourth and final day of Rallye Monte-Carlo to claim victory in his first rally since changing to the M-Sport team with co-driver Julien Ingrassia. The four-time FIA World Rally Champion and local hero managed the tricky conditions through the final day, with unpredictable weather forcing difficult decisions on tire choice. The Frenchman was cautious throughout ...

  • WRC: Ogier leads as Neuville hits trouble

    Saturday, 21 January 2017

    Sebastien Ogier has taken the lead of Rallye Monte-Carlo with his M Sport Ford after Thierry Neuville â who has led from the start â damaged the rear suspension on his Hyundai i20 Coupe in the final stage of the day. Reigning world champion Ogier now takes a 47.1-second advantage into the final day, seeking a fifth victory on this legendary event and the first victory for an M-Sport built WRC car...

  • DAKAR: Peterhansel holds off Loeb for 13th victory

    Saturday, 14 January 2017

    Dakar legend Stephane Peterhansel faced one of the toughest challenges of his long career in the marathon event at this year's two-week rally raid through South America in having rallying legend Sebastien Loeb as a teammate, but the Frenchman proved up to the challenge. The defending champion finished second to Loeb again in Saturday's final stage, but Loeb's fifth stage win, by 19 seconds over P...

  • DAKAR: Peterhansel in position for 13th overall win

    Friday, 13 January 2017

    A narrow victory in the 11th and penultimate stage of the Dakar Rally â 470 miles from San Juan to Rio Cuarto, Argentina â might not be enough for Sebastien Loeb. Peterhansel opened three minutes before Loeb, but the nine-time World Rally Championship titlist overtook his teammate early in the day. Loeb crossed the finish line 18 seconds ahead of Stephane Peterhansel on Friday, meaning the 5m,32s...

  • DAKAR: Peterhansel named stage winner after colliding with rider

    Thursday, 12 January 2017

    As the Dakar Rally resumed on Thursday following Stage 9's cancellation, a collision between 12-time Dakar winner Stephane Peterhansel and KTM rider Simon Marcic looked to give Sebastien Loeb the stage win until organizers reversed the decision. Peterhansel was leading the race â which resumed with a 280-mile stage from Chilecito to San Juan, Argentina â until he collided with biker Simon Marcic....

  • DAKAR: Landslide forces cancellation of ninth stage

    Wednesday, 11 January 2017

    Stage 9 of the Dakar Rally was canceled after a massive landslide on the course. The landslide struck on Tuesday, hitting the village of Volcan, following massive thunderstorms some 100 miles away from Salta on the road used to get to the overnight bivouac. It has caused the road to be cut off, which has therefore led to the second stage cancellation of this year's race. In a statement, event org...

  • DAKAR: Loeb snatches overall lead with stage win

    Tuesday, 10 January 2017

    Peugeot's Sebastien Loeb edged teammate Stephane Peterhansel to pick up his third stage win and take the overall lead of the Dakar Rally after Stage 8. The stage, which left the plains of Uyuni and moved toward Argentina, was again affected by weather as previous rain caused rivers to flood, forcing organizers to change the route with a neutralized zone at the end of the Bolivian part of the spec...

  • DAKAR: Peterhansel edges Loeb, keeps overall lead

    Monday, 09 January 2017

    Following Saturday's canceled stage and Sunday's rest day, the riders and drivers were back in action on a modified 100-mile special stage. Due to the persistent bad weather, a new course â primarily on sandy terrain â was designed from Bolivian capital La Paz to Uyuni with the competitors having to repair their vehicles alone for the first time. One week ago 318 vehicles started the race; only 1...

  • DAKAR: Peugeot drivers take stock at half-distance

    Sunday, 08 January 2017

    With the Dakar Rally competitors taking a welcome rest break at the halfway point in this year's marathon raid through South America, Peugeot drivers Stephane Peterhansel, Sebastien Loeb and Cyril Despres hold the top three positions overall with their Peugeot 3008DKR entries. The fight at the front remains close in the Cars category, however, with just five minutes covering a top four rounded ou...

  • DAKAR: Stage 6 canceled due to bad weather

    Saturday, 07 January 2017

    Saturday's sixth stage of the Dakar rally raid, which had been set to run from Oruro to the Bolivian capital of La Paz, has been canceled due to heavy rain in the region. The organizers took the step after scouts sent ahead to recon the route reported that the terrain was rapidly deteriorating. The cancellation effectively gives competitors the weekend off, as Sunday was already scheduled to be a...

  • DAKAR: Loeb wins again, but Peterhansel leads

    Friday, 06 January 2017

    Sebastien Loeb claimed his second stage victory of the Dakar rally raid, holding off Nani Roma, but it is Loeb's Peugeot teammate Stephane Peterhansel who enjoys the overall event lead after Friday's fifth stage through the high plains of Bolivia, which was reduced in length shortened to 219 kilometers due to poor weather. Although Roma cut into Loeb's big lead in the final portion of the stage, ...

  • DAKAR: Defending bike champ Price out after breaking leg

    Thursday, 05 January 2017

    The combination of high altitudes on the San Salvador De Jujuy-to-Tupiza route and poor weather conditions (fog and heavy rain) wreaked havoc during the fourth stage of the Dakar Rally. Defending motorcycle class champion Toby Price, who won last year's race by more than 40 minutes, suffered a fractured thigh bone just as he was set to wrap up the stage win after a tough back-and-forth battle for...

  • DAKAR: Peterhansel wins Stage 3 as Toyotas falter

    Wednesday, 04 January 2017

    Defending Dakar Rally champion Stéphane Peterhansel took a Stage 3 win Wednesday on the route leading to San Salvador de Jujuy, leading Carlos Sainz and Sébastien Loeb in a 1-2-3 for Peugeot on the day's special stage. But the story of the day was the trouble that befell Toyota teammates Nasser Al-Attiyah and teamamte Giniel de Villiers. Despite starting three minutes after Loeb, Al-Attiyah â w...

  • DAKAR: Loeb takes lead with stage 2 win

    Tuesday, 03 January 2017

    Rally legend Sebastien Loeb took the overall lead of the Dakar Rally by setting the pace on Tuesday's second stage of the event through the "Chaco" region of Argentina. Leading from from start to finish with his Peugeot 3008DKR, Loeb led opening stage winner Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota) home by 1m23s at the end of the 171-mile run, but the Frenchman was cautious not to put too much stock in his for...

  • WRC: Evans returns for Monte Carlo

    Tuesday, 03 January 2017

    Elfyn Evans will return to the World Rally Championship's top class for the first time in a year at the Rallye Monte-Carlo. The Welshman will drive a third M-Sport Ford Fiesta in the season-opening event, which starts on Jan. 19. Evans was part of M-Sport's manufacturer squad in 2014 and 2015, but was dropped to the WRC 2 category last year and claimed three class wins in a Fiesta R5. This year, ...

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