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Extreme E star Molly Taylor secures WRC return

The 2016 Australian rally champion has turned heads in Extreme E this year winning the all-new electric rally series’ first two events for Nico Rosberg’s Rosberg X Racing outfit, alongside team-mate Johan Kristoffersson.Now the Australian has been offered an opportunity to return to the WRC to contest events in Estonia, Greece and Finland, driving M-Sport...

COVID restrictions force M-Sport to have skeleton staff for WRC Safari Rally

Team principal Richard Millener alongside boss Malcolm Wilson and a host of staff are set to be operating the outfit from the UK for the return of the Safari Rally after a 19-year hiatus.Only a skeleton staff, including members from M-Sport Poland, will be deployed to Kenya while the team has also elected to withdraw its WRC2 entry for Teemu Suninen.COVID-19...

WRC working on plan for 2022 USA event

America has emerged as a key market for the WRC to conquer having been absent from the region since the 1988 Olympus Rally in Washington, won by Lancia's Miki Biasion.The championship sees the USA as an untapped audience and one that could prove beneficial in attracting not only new fans but potential partners. The WRC's current footprint in North America...

Matton: WRC not expecting new marque until 2024 at the earliest

The WRC will usher in a new era next year as the championship launches its Rally1 ruleset that will produce all-new faster cars featuring a plug-in 100kW hybrid system and a much tougher safety cell to protect the driver and co-driver.Hyundai, Toyota and Ford, through M-Sport, have reaffirmed their commitment to the series’ new regulations but it is...

Solberg secures Hyundai outing for WRC Safari Rally

The son of 2003 WRC champion Petter Solberg will make his second appearance in a Hyundai WRC car in the championship at the iconic Kenya event (24-27 June), which returns to the championship after a 19-year hiatus.Solberg was set to contest Rally Sardinia earlier this month before having to withdraw from the event after his father contracted COVID-19....

WRC teams to be offered strategies for hybrid use in 2022

The WRC will usher in new Rally1 regulations next year which will see all-new faster cars constructed with a plug-in 100kW hybrid system and a much tougher safety cell to protect the driver and co-driver.Introducing hybrid to the WRC has been a key part in ensuring Toyota, Hyundai and Ford, through M-Sport, will remain in the series for the next three...

Autosport Podcast - WRC Rally Sardinia Review

Seven-time champion Ogier was full prepared for damage limitation being first on the road but ended up victorious after dominant early leader Ott Tanak was forced out on Saturday after hitting a rock.Hyundai’s victory hopes were then decimated once Dani Sordo crashed out of second on Saturday afternoon, effectively handing Toyota a one-two as Ogier...

Ostberg issues apology for WRC Sardinia swearing tirade

The Norwegian driver, who won the World Rally Championship's WRC2 crown last year and won Rally Portugal outright in 2012, was hit with FIA sanctions for swearing multiple times during a TV interview at the stop control after Stage 18 last Sunday.His comments came seconds after he had finished a stage in which he had suffered a front-left puncture,...

Sardinia WRC: The Good, the Bad and the Angry

Top PerformerAfter a truly punishing rally run over some of the most brutal roads on the calendar, you could argue that the four top flight WRC crews that completed the full distance deserve the Top Performer gong.However, in truth there are two contenders rally winner Toyota's Sebastien Ogier and Hyundai’s Ott Tanak. On this occasion Ogier edges it...

Neuville defends Hyundai WRC reliability

For the second rally in a row Hyundai went from dominating event to salvaging a podium as Toyota capitalised on the Korean marque’s misfortune to score a one-two in Sardinia.Hyundai once again showed the impressive speed of i20 winning the first nine stages of the rally, as Tanak opened up a commanding 40s lead over team-mate Dani Sordo.However, in...

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