• DAKAR: Al-Attiyah dominates first stage

    Monday, 02 January 2017

    Two-time Dakar Rally winner Nasser Al-Attiyah dominated the first stage of the event on Monday. Al-Attiyah, who now drives for Toyota after leaving Mini, finished in 25m41s, 24 seconds ahead of Spanish former WRC driver Xavier Pons (Ford) and 29 seconds ahead of Spain's Nani Roma (Toyota). However, Al-Attiyah required a tow after mechanical problems at the end of the stage. Peugeot was a bit furt...

  • DAKAR: NBC reveals coverage plans

    Monday, 02 January 2017

    NBCSN will provide daily coverage of the Dakar Rally, which begins today and runs through Jan. 16. The networks coverage starts on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 5:30 p.m. ET. This year's rally course takes competitors from Ascunsion in Paraguay to the finish in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Leigh Diffey will be the host for NBCSN's shows. Dakar Rally on NBCSN Date Coverage Time (ET) Tues., January 3 Stage 1 â A...

  • WRC: Ogier ready for fresh start with M-Sport

    Saturday, 24 December 2016

    When Volkswagen Motorsport announced its decision to withdraw from the World Rally Championship in November, a scramble began for the services of Sebastien Ogier. The Frenchman had dominated the sport over the past four years, winning 22 out of 54 WRC events over that span while racking up four straight championship titles. The winner of that contest was M-Sport Ford, which will have Ogier in one...

  • WRC: M-Sport reveals new Fiesta rally car

    Friday, 09 December 2016

    M-Sport today revealed technical details of its redesigned Ford Fiesta WRC, designed to next-generation technical regulations implemented by the FIA for 2017. Based on the all-new, road-going Ford Fiesta, the Fiesta WRC features a fully CFD designed aerodynamic bodyshell features a front and rear splitter, dive planes and impressive rear wing which lends a striking visual differentiation from its...

  • WRC: Ogier impresses M-Sport's Wilson in 2017 car test

    Friday, 25 November 2016

    M-Sport team principal Malcolm Wilson was impressed with World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier's performance as he tested the 2017 Ford Fiesta RS WRC for the first time for the first time on Friday. Having been freed from his Volkswagen contract in order to test alternative World Rally Cars for next season, following VW's cancellation of its program, Ogier has driven Toyota's Yaris WRC and the Fie...

  • WRC: Ogier tests M-Sport's 2017 WRC Fiesta

    Friday, 25 November 2016

    Sebastien Ogier tested a Ford Fiesta RS WRC for the first time in Wales on Friday. The four-time world champion, who was left without a 2017 seat following Volkswagen's departure from the World Rally Championship, was behind the wheel of his third World Rally Car in five days; having finished Rally Australia in his Volkswagen Polo R WRC, driven Toyota's Yaris WRC on Wednesday and M-Sport's 2017 c...

  • WRC: Ogier tests Toyota's car in Spain

    Thursday, 24 November 2016

    Volkswagen refugee Sebastien Ogier tested the Toyota Yaris WRC on Wednesday. The Frenchman joined the Toyota test in Spain, where he drove the car on wet asphalt and on gravel. "Yes, it's true. Sebastien did come and test the car but I can't tell you anything more than that at the moment," team principal Tommi Makinen told Autosport. "Of course, we are talking." Ogier is reported to have been off...

  • WRC: Latvala says his motivation 'collapsed' in 2016

    Thursday, 24 November 2016

    Jari-Matti Latvala has admitted his motivation "collapsed" during a tough 2016 World Rally Championship season. The Finn believes he has now emerged from one of the darkest periods of his WRC career, but suffered a torrid year fraught with mechanical problems and crashes. It was typified by last weekend's season finale in Australia, when Latvala's Volkswagen teammates Sebastien Ogier and Andreas ...

  • WRC: Mikkelsen wins on VW's farewell

    Saturday, 19 November 2016

    Andreas Mikkelsen held his nerve to win Rally Australia and claim victory on Volkswagen's World Rally Championship farewell. The Norwegian led the final round of the 2016 WRC season throughout, but came under increasing pressure from teammate Sebastien Ogier, with Hyundai's Hayden Paddon emerging as a threat as well. Mikkelsen started the final morning with just a two-second advantage over Ogier ...

  • WRC: Ogier, Paddon make errors on final morning

    Saturday, 19 November 2016

    Andreas Mikkelsen is on course to clinch victory on Volkswagen's World Rally Championship farewell after mistakes from teammate Sebastien Ogier and Hayden Paddon on Rally Australia's final morning. Mikkelsen held a two-second advantage over Ogier after two days of running down under, with Hyundai driver Paddon also in the lead fight in third. After Mikkelsen edged his lead out to 2.6s on Sunday m...

  • WRC: Mikkelsen leads but Paddon splits the VWs

    Friday, 18 November 2016

    Andreas Mikkelsen remained in the lead of Rally Australia as Hayden Paddon slipped ahead of Sebastien Ogier on Saturday morning. A stunning fastest time on the 31.5-mile Nambucca stage hauled Hyundai driver Paddon above Thierry Neuville and Volkswagen's four-time world champion Ogier on the first of the three morning stages. It also hacked 10 seconds out of his gap to Mikkelsen, though the Norweg...

  • WRC: Mikkelsen stays ahead as Ogier gains ground

    Friday, 18 November 2016

    Rally Australia leader Andreas Mikkelsen stayed clear of a busy podium fight through the first day of Volkswagen's World Rally Championship swan song. A single stage win on the afternoon loop and consistent pace elsewhere left Mikkelsen with a 15.4-second advantage by the evening. VW now runs first and second as Sebastien Ogier advanced from fourth during the afternoon having been hamstrung by th...

  • WRC: VW drivers closing on 2017 deals

    Wednesday, 16 November 2016

    Volkswagen refugees Sebastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen are likely to settle their 2017 World Rally Championship seats by the end of November. The three VW drivers are understood to be working through their contracts with their management and legal teams at present. WRC champion Ogier remains at the forefront of discussions, with a two-horse race between M-Sport and Citroen ...

  • WRC: VW could offer 2016 car to privateers

    Wednesday, 16 November 2016

    Volkswagen's 2016 car could yet appear in next year's World Rally Championship despite the manufacturer's factory withdrawal. Although VW has ruled out its all-new 2017 design being passed onto privateers, it is open to negotiations with teams or drivers interesting in renting the current Polo R WRC. We will discuss possibilities for renting the 2016 car next season," a VW Motorsport spokesperson...

  • WRC: Pirelli drops program for 2017

    Saturday, 12 November 2016

    Pirelli will not contest the 2017 World Rally Championship, leaving just Michelin and DMACK to supply rubber for the new generation of World Rally Cars. The Formula 1 tire supplier has had a long association with the WRC, including a three-year spell when it was the only control tire supplier in the series' history. It returned to rallying in 2014 after a 12-month hiatus, but has not supplied any...

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