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Rally legend Sebastien Loeb tests M-Sport 2022 WRC Puma in Spain

Loeb joined the British squad on Tuesday for the latest tarmac test of its 2022 hybrid Puma ahead of the WRC’s move to new hybrid Rally1 regulations next year.Loeb has been linked with a possible return to the WRC next year with M-Sport although it is thought should a deal be forthcoming it would only be a partial campaign. M-Sport declined to comment...

Spain WRC: The Good, The Bad and a Belgian masterclass

Top Performer - Thierry Neuville and Martijn WydaegheIt was a masterclass display from Thierry Neuville and Martijn Wydaeghe on Catalunya’s fast tarmac roads. At times the pair were simply untouchable.The crushing win, their second of the season, was made all the more impressive given the struggles with the Hyundai i20 on Friday morning when Neuville...

Rally Northern Ireland still vying for final 2022 WRC calendar spot

Following last Friday's FIA World Motor Sport Council, the WRC released next year's schedule, with a tarmac event listed as TBC for 18-21 August.The FIA has been outspoken about its wishes to bring the championship back to the United Kingdom, which last hosted a round in 2019 with Wales Rally GB, before COVID-19 cancelled last year's event.Rally GB...

Modified current WRC cars set to be eligible for 2022

The WRC will move to new hybrid Rally1 regulations next year with Toyota, Hyundai and M-Sport Ford currently developing brand new cars incorporating a 100kW hybrid systems.Originally the move to Rally1 sparked the end of the much loved World Rally Car era, but the FIA has since confirmed to Autosport/Motorsport.com that the generation of vehicles introduced...

Ogier declares difficult Rally Spain a “positive step” for WRC title bid

Spain’s tarmac roads offered the Toyota driver the first realistic chance of sealing this year’s championship in what will be his last full-time season in the WRC.Ogier only needed to outscore teammate Elfyn Evans by six points to claim the title in Spain, but struggles in finding a set-up to extract the best out of his Yaris plagued his weekend.The...

Portugal WRX: Gronholm claims second win, Hansen extends points lead

The Finnish driver started on the second row of the grid, having led his semi-final for much of the duration, but was ultimately overtaken at the end of the semi race by Johan Kristoffersson.In the final, top qualifier and pole starter Timmy Hansen took the lead into turn one, as Kristoffersson tucked in behind his compatriot’s Peugeot 208 with his...

Evans: "Anything can happen” in Monza WRC title decider

The Toyota driver kept his title aspirations alive with a drive to second at Rally Spain, finishing 24.1s behind eventual winner, Hyundai's Thierry Neuville.Championship leader Ogier only needed to outscore Evans by six points on the Spanish tarmac to secure an eighth world title, but a strong performance from the Welshman ensured the title fight will...

Neuville praises marshals' help in final stage scare

Neuville and co-driver Martijn Wydaeghe were seen pushing their i20 with flames bellowing from the rear after it failed to start prior to Sunday’s final stage.Luckily the rally leaders, who had built up a comfortable lead of more than 20 seconds, were able to push the car to the regroup section where marshals could assist them in firing up the car.As...

WRC points leader Ogier fined for traffic offence

The Toyota driver overtook a vehicle while using the hard shoulder during a road section on the way to Saturday’s final stage on the streets of Salou. The incident was a breach of FIA Sporting Code Article 34.3.1 which states drivers must obey local traffic laws. On Sunday FIA stewards fined Ogier €2000 for his actions which comes after a €200 fine...

Spain WRC: Neuville takes dominant win, Evans keeps title hopes alive

Along with co-driver Martijn Wydaeghe, Hyundai’s Neuville was at times untouchable across the all tarmac event to see off Evans by 24.1s, claiming a second win of the season following a triumph at Belgium in August.Evans led the rally on Friday morning but a string of eight consecutive stage wins saw Neuville assert his authority, transforming a 0.7s...

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