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  • 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...

  • WRC: Ogier takes fourth title with Spain win

    Sunday, 16 October 2016

    Volkswagen driver Sebastien Ogier claimed his fourth World Rally Championship title with victory on Rally Catalunya. Ogier secured the title with his 37th win in the WRC, drawing level with Finns Juha Kankunnen and Tommi Makinen for championship successes. 32-year-old Ogier had taken the lead of the event on Friday morning, but trailed Hyundai's Dani Sordo by the end of the first full day as the ...

  • WRC: Ogier extends Catalunya lead

    Sunday, 16 October 2016

    Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier has just two stages to negotiate to claim a fourth World Rally Championship title after consolidating his Rally Catalunya lead on Sunday morning. Ogier, who only needs a point to secure the 2016 WRC title, started the day in commanding fashion by setting the fastest time on SS16 Pratdip â extending the lead he reclaimed from Hyundai's Dani Sordo on Saturday afternoon ...

  • WRC: Sordo takes Rally of Spain lead from Ogier

    Friday, 14 October 2016

    Hyundai's Dani Sordo stole the Rally of Spain lead from World Rally Championship leader Sebastien Ogier on Friday afternoon with two quickest stage times. The Spaniard made the most of a favorable road position to lead VW driver Ogier by 17s by the end of the day, praising the performance of the i20 WRC. Ogier's teammate Andreas Mikkelsen jumped from fifth to third over the trio of stages through...

  • WRC: Ogier heads tight fight for Catalunya lead

    Friday, 14 October 2016

    World Rally Championship points leader Sebastien Ogier heads a tight battle at the top of the Rally Catalunya order after a testing Friday morning loop. Triple champion Ogier did not set the pace on any of the morning's three stages, but was the most consistent of the leading drivers in wet conditions. Ogier brought his Volkswagen Polo R WRC safely through the end of SS4, Terra Alta, to complete ...

  • GRC: Los Angeles preview

    Friday, 07 October 2016

    For the first time in series history, Red Bull Global Rallycross will crown a champion at the end of a double-header event. The Port of Los Angeles, one of the series' most iconic host venues, will set the stage for an exciting Supercar finale. LAST RACE: Tanner Foust broke one winning streak and kept another alive last month at Evergreen Speedway, as Red Bull GRC returned to the Seattle market. ...

  • WRC: Hyundai makes Neuville's new deal official

    Wednesday, 05 October 2016

    Hyundai's World Rally Championship driver line-up will remain unchanged for 2017, with Thierry Neuville having re-signed for the Korean squad. The Belgian had agreed a deal to stay on for a fourth season in an i20 WRC. Official confirmation came on Wednesday morning, just hours after Citroen announced it had signed Craig Breen and Stephane Lefebvre for the next two years. Neuville had been throug...

  • WRC: Citroen announces 2017 line-up

    Tuesday, 04 October 2016

    Craig Breen and Stephane Lefebvre will join Kris Meeke to spearhead Citroen's fully fledged return to the World Rally Championship in 2017. The pair had both been part of the team's semi-works program this year as they were evaluated for the future. Meeke will contest the full calendar of rallies next year, with Breen and Lefebvre alternating in a second car until a third C3 WRC comes online full...

  • WRC: Neuville poised for new Hyundai deal

    Monday, 03 October 2016

    Hyundai is set to keep an unchanged driver line-up for the 2017 World Rally Championship, with a new deal for Thierry Neuville expected to be announced soon. Hayden Paddon has an existing contract for next year and Dani Sordo confirmed he would remain in an i20 WRC in 2017 shortly after Rally Germany in August. Neuville had previously been linked with a return to Citroen but Hyundai team principa...

  • WRC: Ogier leads into final day in Corsica

    Saturday, 01 October 2016

    Sebastien Ogier leads into the final day of the Tour of Corsica, as Hyundai's Thierry Neuville moved clear in the battle for second after a tricky end to Saturday. Rain hit on the opening stage of the loop but Ogier managed to avoid it, taking another fastest stage time. Neuville went second quickest. But Neuville produced a rapid time in the changeable conditions on SS8, 10.7s quicker than his r...

  • WRC: Meeke says pace note error caused Corsica crash

    Saturday, 01 October 2016

    Kris Meeke is expected to return for the final day of the World Rally Championship's Tour of Corsica after a mistake in his pace notes ended a strong run this morning in his Citroen by hitting a tree. Meeke's hopes of victory on the French island were spoiled by an opening day puncture. He bounced back with an rapid time on the first Saturday stage, 17 seconds faster than anybody over the 32 mile...

  • WRC: Ogier leads over three-way fight for second

    Saturday, 01 October 2016

    Sebastien Ogier consolidated his lead of the World Rally Championship's Tour of Corsica on Saturday morning, as a three-way battle for second broke out. On the morning opener, Ogier's VW teammate Andreas Mikkelsen took second fastest time, overturning the third Polo of Jari-Matti Latvala and promoting him to third overall behind Hyundai's Thierry Neuville. He then tied Ogier for fastest time on S...

  • WRC: Ogier builds lead as Meeke hits trouble

    Friday, 30 September 2016

    Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier extended his Tour of Corsica lead on Friday afternoon after PH Sport Citroen driver Kris Meeke dropped down the order with a puncture. Meeke had been the reigning World Rally champion's closest contender on the morning loop, resting 14.7 seconds down on the Frenchman after two stages. But a deflated Michelin cover cost the Northern Irishman more than two minutes, when...

  • WRC: Ogier leads Meeke after first Corsica morning

    Friday, 30 September 2016

    Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier quickly established a comfortable lead on the first morning of the French round of the World Rally Championship in Corsica. A tight battle looked possible after the 30-mile Acqua Doria â Albitreccia stage that opened the rally, as Kris Meeke and Dani Sordo stayed within 4.8 seconds of Ogier's pace. Thierry Neuville had also matched the world champion for much of the s...

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