• DAKAR: Peugeot drivers take stock at half-distance

    Sunday, 08 January 2017

    With the Dakar Rally competitors taking a welcome rest break at the halfway point in this year's marathon raid through South America, Peugeot drivers Stephane Peterhansel, Sebastien Loeb and Cyril Despres hold the top three positions overall with their Peugeot 3008DKR entries. The fight at the front remains close in the Cars category, however, with just five minutes covering a top four rounded ou...

  • DAKAR: Stage 6 canceled due to bad weather

    Saturday, 07 January 2017

    Saturday's sixth stage of the Dakar rally raid, which had been set to run from Oruro to the Bolivian capital of La Paz, has been canceled due to heavy rain in the region. The organizers took the step after scouts sent ahead to recon the route reported that the terrain was rapidly deteriorating. The cancellation effectively gives competitors the weekend off, as Sunday was already scheduled to be a...

  • DAKAR: Loeb wins again, but Peterhansel leads

    Friday, 06 January 2017

    Sebastien Loeb claimed his second stage victory of the Dakar rally raid, holding off Nani Roma, but it is Loeb's Peugeot teammate Stephane Peterhansel who enjoys the overall event lead after Friday's fifth stage through the high plains of Bolivia, which was reduced in length shortened to 219 kilometers due to poor weather. Although Roma cut into Loeb's big lead in the final portion of the stage, ...

  • DAKAR: Defending bike champ Price out after breaking leg

    Thursday, 05 January 2017

    The combination of high altitudes on the San Salvador De Jujuy-to-Tupiza route and poor weather conditions (fog and heavy rain) wreaked havoc during the fourth stage of the Dakar Rally. Defending motorcycle class champion Toby Price, who won last year's race by more than 40 minutes, suffered a fractured thigh bone just as he was set to wrap up the stage win after a tough back-and-forth battle for...

  • DAKAR: Peterhansel wins Stage 3 as Toyotas falter

    Wednesday, 04 January 2017

    Defending Dakar Rally champion Stéphane Peterhansel took a Stage 3 win Wednesday on the route leading to San Salvador de Jujuy, leading Carlos Sainz and Sébastien Loeb in a 1-2-3 for Peugeot on the day's special stage. But the story of the day was the trouble that befell Toyota teammates Nasser Al-Attiyah and teamamte Giniel de Villiers. Despite starting three minutes after Loeb, Al-Attiyah â w...

  • DAKAR: Loeb takes lead with stage 2 win

    Tuesday, 03 January 2017

    Rally legend Sebastien Loeb took the overall lead of the Dakar Rally by setting the pace on Tuesday's second stage of the event through the "Chaco" region of Argentina. Leading from from start to finish with his Peugeot 3008DKR, Loeb led opening stage winner Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota) home by 1m23s at the end of the 171-mile run, but the Frenchman was cautious not to put too much stock in his for...

  • WRC: Evans returns for Monte Carlo

    Tuesday, 03 January 2017

    Elfyn Evans will return to the World Rally Championship's top class for the first time in a year at the Rallye Monte-Carlo. The Welshman will drive a third M-Sport Ford Fiesta in the season-opening event, which starts on Jan. 19. Evans was part of M-Sport's manufacturer squad in 2014 and 2015, but was dropped to the WRC 2 category last year and claimed three class wins in a Fiesta R5. This year, ...

  • 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 ...

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