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  • WRC: VW wants Audi-like WRC dominance

    Wednesday, 23 September 2015

    Volkswagen wants to match sister company Audi's success in the Le Mans 24 Hours, and eclipse Citroen's dominance of the World Rally Championship. Led by Sebastien Ogier, Volkswagen achieved its third-successive clean sweep of WRC titles on Rally Australia earlier this month. But team principal Jost Capito revealed three won't be enough for him or for Volkswagen Group chairman of the board of dire...

  • WRC: M-Sport won't drop Evans this year

    Thursday, 17 September 2015

    Malcolm Wilson has confirmed Elfyn Evans will see out the 2015 World Rally Championship with M-Sport, despite the Welshman's disappointing Rally Australia outing. Evans ended the New South Wales event ninth and some way off the pace of his teammate Ott Tanak. The 26-year-old struggled to pinpoint the reason for his lack of feeling on the roads around Coffs Harbour and headed back to the team's ba...

  • WRC: Ogier says Australia shouldn't be finale

    Wednesday, 16 September 2015

    Sebastien Ogier wants Rally GB to remain in its position as the last round of the World Rally Championship amid a potential calendar swap with Rally Australia for 2016. Next year's WRC schedule is due to be revealed at the end of this month, with Australia widely tipped to move to the season finale. But three-time world champion Ogier urged FIA officials to consider the sporting implications of s...

  • WRC: I'm still getting better, Ogier reckons

    Tuesday, 15 September 2015

    Sebastien Ogier has delivered bad news for his rivals in the wake of securing his third World Rally Championship title â the Frenchman thinks he's still getting quicker. The Volkswagen driver became just the fourth driver in the WRC's history to win three titles when he scored his 31st world rally win in Australia last Sunday, but he's already looking to improve. With three rallies remaining this...

  • WRC: FIA hits back at night stage criticism

    Tuesday, 15 September 2015

    The FIA World Rally Championship manager Michele Mouton says drivers were wrong to describe Rally Australia's night stage as unsafe and just "don't like uncertainty." Lead combatants Sebastien Ogier and Kris Meeke both felt dust hanging in the air caused dangerously poor visibility levels when the Valla stage was run after dark at the end of last Saturday's leg in Australia. Rally organizers have...

  • WRC: Full recce rollcage saved me, Ostberg says

    Monday, 14 September 2015

    Mads Ostberg says Citroen's decision to run a full-specification rollcage in his recce car saved his life in his crash with a truck prior to Rally Australia. The Norwegian sat out the latest round of the World Rally Championship with fractured ribs following the head-on impact during the pre-event recce. Ostberg believes it could have been a lot worse. "Fortunately, our recce car has a full cage ...

  • Sarrazin to make Corsica WRC return

    Monday, 14 September 2015

    Toyota LMP1 World Endurance Championship and Formula E driver Stephane Sarrazin will return to the World Rally Championship for the first time in nine years for the Tour of Corsica. The former factory Subaru WRC driver has continued to dabble in rallying alongside his main program in sports cars in recent years, and won last season's Corsica event when it was part of the European Rally Championsh...

  • GRC: Speed completes LA sweep

    Sunday, 13 September 2015

    Scott Speed reclaimed the title of winningest driver in Red Bull Global Rallycross history by sweeping both main events of Red Bull GRC Los Angeles presented by Subaru Tecnica International. After leading the first 1-2 finish in Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross history on Saturday, Speed backed it up by holding off Brian Deegan and teammate Tanner Foust once more on Sunday. "It's been great," Speed...

  • GRC: Speed takes Race 1 in LA

    Sunday, 13 September 2015

    Scott Speed took his first points-paying win of the 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross season, and Tanner Foust gave Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross its first 1-2 finish, in Saturdayâs Red Bull GRC Los Angeles presented by Subaru Tecnica International. Patrik Sandell completed the podium in the main event, the first of two races this weekend. âItâs a tough trackâitâs super technical, and honestly, I ...

  • WRC: Ogier clinches third title with Australia victory

    Saturday, 12 September 2015

    Sebastien Ogier clinched his third straight World Rally Championship with his seventh victory of the 2015 season, ahead of Volkswagen teammate Jari-Matti Latvala, in Rally Australia. Ogier's title success moves him to fourth on the all-time list of WRC champions, just behind Juha Kankkunen and Tommi Makinen, who both have four championships to their names, and also secured another manufacturers' ...

  • WRC: Ogier on brink of win and title

    Saturday, 12 September 2015

    Sebastien Ogier increased his Rally Australia lead on Sunday morning and is poised to clinch his third World Rally Championship title, with Volkswagen teammate Jari-Matti Latvala now into second. Ogier is just two Sunday afternoon stages away from retaining the championship, with Latvala needing to outscore his teammate by 10 points to keep the fight alive until Corsica. The Frenchman doesn't nee...

  • WRC drivers slam night stage safety

    Saturday, 12 September 2015

    Leading World Rally Championship drivers have criticized Rally Australia organizers for the decision to run a night stage. The Valla test was run in its entirety in darkness with dust clouds making the stage â in the WRC drivers' eyes â unacceptably dangerous. "Rally leader Sebastien Ogier told AUTOSPORT. "We all said it before the event to the organizer: 'Please think about it, maybe this is not...

  • WRC: Ogier deposes Meeke from rally lead

    Saturday, 12 September 2015

    Sebastien Ogier moved one step closer to clinching his third World Rally Championship title by snatching the Rally Australia lead away from Kris Meeke on Saturday's final stage. Meeke held onto his Saturday morning lead through the opening stage of the afternoon loop, the second run of the 31.5-mile Nambucca. Yet he lost 1.5s to Ogier, who topped Nambucca and brought the lead gap down to just 2.4...

  • WRC: Meeke reclaims Rally Australia lead

    Friday, 11 September 2015

    Kris Meeke reclaimed the Rally Australia lead from Jari-Matti Latvala on Saturday morning, with Sebastien Ogier just 3.9 seconds back and nearing his third World Rally Championship title. Citroen driver Meeke enters the afternoon stages with a slim lead of 2.3s over Latvala. Meeke, the only driver to run with just soft tires, was 2s down on Latvala heading into Saturday morning but took the lead ...

  • GRC: Title fight heats up in LA

    Friday, 11 September 2015

    The Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship returns to the Port of Los Angeles this weekend for a critical double-header. The eighth and ninth races in the 12-round season are crucial to a championship that is, right now, Ken Block's to lose. Last season's runner up, the Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta RX43 driver is 41 points ahead of closest challenger Sebastian Eriksson in his Red Bull/Bl...

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