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Hyundai WRC boss frustrated by recurring problems in Greece

Ott Tanak led Hyundai’s charge ultimately finishing second 42.1s behind Toyota’s runaway winner Kalle Rovanpera but the Estonian’s rally was not without a battle against technical dramas.Tanak admitted he was lucky to start his i20 ahead of the final stage as a plume of blue smoke emerged from the car, this came after an electrical issue on Sunday morning...

Fourmaux becomes latest WRC competitor to split with co-driver

The M-Sport Ford driver confirmed on social media on Wednesday that last weekend’s round in Greece, where the pair finished seventh, would be their final event together.Experienced 37-year-old Belgian co-driver, Jamoul, teamed up with Fourmaux in 2019 when the duo competed in selected rounds of WRC2 and the European Rally Championship.Last year they...

WRC Greece: The Good, The Bad and a Flying Finn

Top Performer - Kalle RovanperaThere is only one contender. Take a bow Kalle Rovanpera. The Finn was supreme and at times in a different postcode compared to his rivals as he delivered arguably his best drive of his fledgling career. The event is known as Acropolis Rally of the Gods, but in truth after the Toyota driver’s performance it should be renamed...

M-Sport refugee Suninen secures Hyundai WRC drive

Hyundai has confirmed Suninen will join its ranks alongside WRC2 regular Jari Huttunen with the news coming shortly after the Korean marque announced that Oliver Solberg will drive a WRC car at the October 14-17 October event.This is the second drive Suninen has secured since his shock departure from M-Sport last month.The Finn elected to split from...

Ogier puts ego aside in Greece to focus on WRC title race

The factory Toyota driver was in contention for victory after Friday, sitting 3.9s behind leader Kalle Rovanpera, having opened the road on the gravel stages, before settling for third 1m11.3s shy of his winning Toyota team-mate at the finish.Ogier revealed he elected to focus on protecting a podium position for the remainder of the event once title...

Oliver Solberg secures Hyundai WRC return in Spain

The event will see the 19-year-old make his WRC tarmac debut after top flight appearances for the squad at February’s Arctic Rally Finland, where he finished seventh, before retiring from June’s Safari Rally.Solberg has previously driven the Hyundai i20 WRC car on tarmac after a run to victory at Rally di Alba in Italy. Rally Spain hosts the penultimate...

Latvala: Matured Rovanpera is a ‘complete' WRC driver

Rovanpera once again underlined his potential after recording a dominant performance to score a second career win at last weekend’s Acropolis Rally.The 20-year-old, who became the WRC’s youngest ever winner at July’s Rally Estonia, blitzed his rivals on Greece’s famous gravel tests, winning eight of the 15 stages to beat Hyundai’s Ott Tanak by 42.1s...

WRC Greece: Rovanpera claims Acropolis Rally victory in style

The Toyota driver took the lead after Stage 3 on Friday before blitzing his rivals on Saturday morning to set up the win, after transforming a 3.7s margin to 30.8s heading into the final day.The Finn then destroyed the opposition again with superior pace in the wet on Sunday morning and then blitzed the Power Stage to claim victory and the full bonus...

Rally Monza to replace Japan as 2021 WRC finale

The Italian event had been expected to slot into the November slot vacated by Rally Japan after organisers confirmed the cancellation of the rally earlier this week for the second consecutive year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Rally Monza’s return to the WRC calendar was announced during the final stage of the Acropolis Rally, which concludes today.The...

WRC Greece: Rovanpera destroys opposition as rain hits final day

The Toyota driver was untouchable on Sunday’s first stage as the Finn revelled in the slippery mud caused by the weather, edging him closer to a likely second career WRC victory.Rovanpera did drop 9.9s on the penultimate stage of the rally to Hyundai’s Ott Tanak, but such was his pace on Stage 13, he headed into the day’s final stage with a 35s advantage.Championship...

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