• WRC: Toyota interested in VW drivers for 2017

    Friday, 11 November 2016

    Tommi Makinen will approach all three Volkswagen refugees about 2017 Toyota World Rally Championship seats, but Juho Hanninen's drive is safe. Champion Sebastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen have been released onto what had seemed a settled WRC driver market with VW's decision to quit the series after 2016. Hanninen has carried out the majority of testing on the all-new Yaris a...

  • WRC: Volkswagen confirms exit

    Wednesday, 02 November 2016

    Volkswagen has confirmed it will walk away from the World Rally Championship at the end of this season. The German manufacturer will focus its efforts on customer-based competition, with its Golf TCR and Beetle GRC rallycross car. It will return to rallying following the development of an R5-specification Polo in 2018, but the all-new Polo R WRC built for next season will not be used. ⢠ANALYSIS...

  • WRC: Volkswagen set to withdraw

    Tuesday, 01 November 2016

    Volkswagen will quit the World Rally Championship at the end of the 2016 season. The decision was made at a board meeting in VW headquarters in Wolfsburg on Tuesday morning. There had been hopes that VW could be granted a single-season extension to make use of the all-new 2017 specification Polo R WRC that it has developed, but those hopes were extinguished in the meeting. Instead, the program, l...

  • WRC: Ogier survives late scare to keep GB lead

    Friday, 28 October 2016

    Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier strengthened his Wales Rally GB lead on Friday afternoon, despite a late driveshaft scare, as all three Vokswagen Polos were hit by transmission problems. World champion Ogier had voiced concerns about his transmission at the end of the morning loop and during the regroup lunch break â with the Polo of Andreas Mikkelsen having already suffered a driveshaft failure â b...

  • GRC: Red Bull to add electric series in 2018

    Friday, 28 October 2016

    Red Bull Global Rallycross will continue to position itself at the forefront of motorsport technology with the creation of an all-electric vehicle series for the 2018 season. Electric vehicles will be added to Red Bull GRC race weekends as a distinct, standalone series, joining the Supercar and GRC Lites classes in the series' race program. Red Bull GRC, in conjunction with USAC (United States Au...

  • WRC: Plan for control tires shelved

    Thursday, 27 October 2016

    The World Rally Championship's tire war will continue for the foreseeable future, with plans for control rubber now shelved. Discussions over a Formula 1-style single supplier deal were held earlier this year, amid strong speculation such a move was likely. FIA rally director Jarmo Mahonen has now dismissed that plan, following Michelin's announcement of a three-year WRC commitment. "A control ti...

  • WRC: Rule change will hurt young drivers - Citroen

    Wednesday, 26 October 2016

    The World Rally Championship's 2017 return to three-car teams will just hike salaries rather than helping young drivers, reckons Citroen chief Yves Matton. Next year factory squads will be able to field three drivers in a single team with their leading two finishers scoring manufacturers' points again. At present teams can only enter two drivers for manufacturers' points, so those running additio...

  • WRC: Rally China unlikely to make 2017 cut

    Monday, 24 October 2016

    China's aspirations for a World Rally Championship return have been spiked for another season - with the country not expected to see WRC action until 2018 at least. This September's event was cancelled, allegedly due to weather-damaged roads, but some have questioned whether Huairou is even the right region for the rally to be looking to be based in. One source in China, who actually drove the ro...

  • WRC: Lefebvre fit to make return in Rally GB

    Friday, 21 October 2016

    Citroen's Stephane Lefebvre has been confirmed fit to make his World Rally Championship return for Rally GB, two months after the Germany crash that hospitalized him and co-driver Gabin Moreau. Lefebvre will be co-driven by Gilles de Turckheim while Moreau continues his recovery. The pair completed the recce for last week's Rally Catalunya in an effort to get to know each other better. "I'm happy...

  • WRC: M-Sport's 2017 car impressing in tests

    Friday, 21 October 2016

    Ott Tanak said the pace of M-Sport's design for the 2017 World Rally Championship has taken him by surprise. The Estonian drove the latest specification of the prototype 2017 Ford Fiesta RS WRC â based on the all-new road-going chassis â complete with its more comprehensive aerodynamic package in Spain earlier this month. "This is a big step," said Tanak. "I can honestly say this is a very specia...

  • WRC: Drivers and teams against Turkey's return

    Thursday, 20 October 2016

    Plans for Turkey's return to the World Rally Championship in 2017 have met opposition from leading drivers and teams. A delegation of Turkish officials visited last week's Rally Catalunya in an effort to convince the service park the event should rejoin the schedule for the first time since 2010. Turkey, China and Poland are listed by the FIA as potential 2017 rounds, with either one or two of th...

  • WRC: Evans's chance of 2017 seat fading

    Wednesday, 19 October 2016

    Elfyn Evans's hopes of a full-time return to the World Rally Championship in 2017 appear to be fading, and he is set to miss Rally GB, too. Formal confirmation that Evans will not take up the GB entry he earned for winning the British Rally Championship is yet to be received, but sources close to M-Sport said he will not compete in Wales. Evans had pushed to enter the event in a Ford Fiesta RS WR...

  • WRC: Monza Rally launch for Hyundai's 2017 car

    Wednesday, 19 October 2016

    Hyundai will be the first World Rally Championship manufacturer to show off its 2017 car in public, when it launches the i20 WRC at the Monza Rally on Dec. 1. Next season marks the start of a new era of WRC technical regulations, with the series ready to run the fastest-ever rally cars. Hyundai will enter a current-specification i20 WRC in the rally itself, while the new car will remain at the It...

  • WRC: Meeke kicking himself for 'stupid mistakes'

    Tuesday, 18 October 2016

    Kris Meeke admits he cannot afford the "stupid mistakes" he made on Rally Catalunya last weekend if he is to challenge Sebastien Ogier for the 2017 World Rally Championship. A two-time winner this season in his partial campaign with Citroen, Meeke was running fifth in Spain when he was forced out by an engine problem early on the final day. But he felt his performance was below par, the event hav...

  • WRC: Hanninen gets first 2017 Toyota seat

    Tuesday, 18 October 2016

    Toyota Gazoo Racing has confirmed its first World Rally Championship driver for 2017, announcing that Juho Hanninen will drive for the team. The 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge winner and '12 European Rally Champion was part of Hyundai's driver line-up when it re-entered the WRC in '14, contesting six rallies. Hanninen's appointment had been expected, as the driver who has completed the mos...

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