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  • WRC: China troubles 'derail' 2017 calendar

    Friday, 02 September 2016

    The FIA's intention to reveal the 2017 World Rally Championship calendar this month has been derailed by the cancellation of Rally China, according to FIA rally director Jarmo Mahonen. China's late departure from this year's schedule has forced the FIA and WRC Promoter to begin new discussions with the Beijing-based event, while also reconsidering the logistics of the calendar. Mahonen admitted t...

  • WRC: Ma still working on plans

    Tuesday, 30 August 2016

    Former Formula 1 development driver and World Touring Car Championship race winner Ma Qing Hua still intends to compete in the World Rally Championship despite the loss of Rally China. The Chinese star was scheduled to make his WRC debut in Beijing next month but the event's cancellation has forced a change of plan that could involve a longer-term commitment to rallying. Working with the Norwegia...

  • WRC: VW announces Capito's successor

    Monday, 29 August 2016

    Sven Smeets has been announced as McLaren Formula 1 signing Jost Capito's successor as Volkswagen Motorsport director and head of its World Rally Championship effort. Former co-driver Smeets moved from Citroen to Volkswagen when the German team began its WRC program in 2012. Having worked initially as team manager, he was made sporting director earlier this year. Smeets, 44, starts his new job le...

  • WRC: Lappi linked to Toyota drive after Skoda exit

    Monday, 29 August 2016

    Esapekka Lappi will definitely turn his back on Skoda and WRC2 at the end of this season, as rumours of a Toyota World Rally Championship drive for 2017 increase. The Finn moved firmly into contention for the 2016 WRC2 title with his second consecutive class victory in Germany last week. Toyota team principal Tommi Makinen has already named Lappi as one of his targets for next year. The Finn dism...

  • WRC: FIA probes Panzerplatte stage after crash

    Thursday, 25 August 2016

    The FIA is investigating the use of the Panzerplatte stage and ways to make it safer in the wake of Stephane Lefebvre's Rally Germany crash last weekend. The Baumholder military testing area has been part of the event since its arrival in the World Rally Championship in 2002. The stage is reckoned by many drivers to be one of the WRC's great challenges, with its 96 junctions in 25 miles and ever-...

  • WRC: Teams want China as a candidate rally in 2017

    Wednesday, 24 August 2016

    Major financial losses caused by the cancellation of Rally China have moved World Rally Championship teams to request it runs only as a candidate event next season. The FIA and WRC Promoter last week confirmed the cancellation of the event, which was due to be run next month, after Rally China organizers asked for it to be called off due to storm damage. But in the wake of further speculation abo...

  • WRC: Hyundai extends Sordo's deal

    Monday, 22 August 2016

    Hyundai has confirmed Dani Sordo will remain with the team for the next two World Rally Championship seasons. The 33-year-old Spaniard, who has competed at the WRC's highest level for the last 10 years, says he wants to fight for regular victories in the Korean manufacturer's i20 WRC. The 2013 Rally Germany winner said: "Hyundai Motorsport has become like a family to me, so I am pleased to extend...

  • WRC: Ogier charges clear in Germany lead

    Saturday, 20 August 2016

    Sebastien Ogier increased his Rally Germany lead on Saturday afternoon as he bids for his first victory in the World Rally Championship since February. The three-time champion grabbed the rally lead on Saturday morning, and though Volkswagen teammate Andreas Mikkelsen retaliated, Ogier ended the first loop â which was disrupted by a crash that injured Stephane Lefebvre and co-driver Gabin Moreau ...

  • WRC: Lefebvre/Moreau hurt in high-speed crash

    Saturday, 20 August 2016

    Stephane Lefebvre and co-driver Gabin Moreau suffered "fractures and internal injuries" in their Rally Germany crash. Rally officials released a statement on Saturday afternoon following the Citroen crew's accident on the first running of the long Panzerplatte stage. "The driver and co-driver of car #10 were taken to hospital and examined after their accident in SS10," said the statement. "The ex...

  • WRC: Rally Germany halted after Lefebvre crash

    Saturday, 20 August 2016

    Rally Germany was halted after Stephane Lefebvre and co-driver Gabin Moreau were injured in a crash on the Panzerplatte stage. The PH Sport Citroen crew crashed in the first quarter of the famous stage on a military testing range while running sixth overall. The stage was stopped and medical crews sent to the scene of the accident. A statement from rally organizer the ADAC said both Lefebvre and ...

  • WRC: Mikkelsen hangs on in three-way fight

    Friday, 19 August 2016

    Volkswagen's Andreas Mikkelsen leads Rally Germany at the conclusion of day one, emerging on top of a three-way fight. Mikkelsen led after the morning's pair of stages on the first full asphalt event of the World Rally Championship season but after setting the pace on SS3 â the re-run of the rally-opening Mittelmosel stage â he dropped time on SS4 to teammate Sebastien Ogier and Hyundai's Thierry...

  • WRC: Mikkelsen leads as teammates hit trouble

    Friday, 19 August 2016

    Andreas Mikkelsen leads Rally Germany after a tricky pair of opening stages on Friday morning, as Volkswagen teammates Sebastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala both had difficult starts to the event. Norwegian Mikkelsen was second-fastest on both of the morning's damp and dirty stages, despite bending his right-front wheel on the opener, and he leads the way by 2.7 seconds from Hyundai's Thierry Ne...

  • WRC: Rally China canceled due to storm damage

    Tuesday, 16 August 2016

    Next month's Rally China round of the World Rally Championship has been canceled due to storm damage. A joint statement from the FIA and WRC Promoter confirmed the news on Tuesday afternoon. Both the FIA and WRC Promoter had visited Beijing last week and were attempting to prevent the cancellation of the event, with China due to host a round of the WRC for the first time since 1999. But roads dam...

  • WRC: Breen deserves 2017 drive - Citroen

    Friday, 05 August 2016

    Citroen chief Yves Matton says Craig Breen's Rally Finland podium shows he deserves a full-time 2017 World Rally Championship seat, but he will not guarantee retaining him. In only his third start with the PH Sport-run part-time 2016 Citroen programme, Breen achieved a WRC career best third in Finland last weekend. He is rotating with fellow young gun Stephane Lefebvre and Finland winner Kris Mee...

  • WRC: Toyota closing on 2017 driver line-up

    Thursday, 04 August 2016

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