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Evans wary of title chances after winning “lottery” in Turkey

The Welshman won the toughest event on the calendar by 35.2 seconds, and set the third fastest time on the powerstage to collect three bonus points, to reclaim top spot in the drivers’ standings. With just two rounds scheduled to run in 2020 – next month’s Rally Italia and November’s Rally Ypres – his advantage is 18 points. It was his second win of...

Interview: Pirelli’s Terenzio Testoni on 2021 WRC plans

Pirelli has a very long history in rallying and you will be in the WRC in 2021. Can you please tell us about your preparations?Our preparations are a bit late because of COVID. Our plan was to start in March and unfortunately, we didn’t start, but we started in July. We tried to do some testing from March to July, we were working from home, a lot of...

Latvia WRX: Ekstrom beats Kristoffersson to close points gap

Ekstrom set a pair of fastest times in qualifying to top the Intermediate Classification, then won semi-final one ahead of KYB Team JC teammate Robin Larsson to secure pole for the final. He then controlled the main event from the front to net victory, and close the points gap to Johan Kristoffersson.Series leader Kristoffersson had used a superior...

Turkey WRC: Evans takes dramatic win, points lead

The Welshman took a cautious approach throughout what is the most attritional event on the WRC calendar. His reward was a third career victory in the sport’s premier series and the second of his debut season with Tommi Makinen’s Toyota team. The final day began with Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville and Toyota’s Sebastien Ogier picking up the cudgels to continue...

Turkey WRC: Neuville leads as Loeb stars despite setback

Overnight leader Sebastien Loeb rolled the dice by putting two medium-compound tyres on his Hyundai i20 WRC for the opening stage of the day and paid a heavy price as the softer rubber failed to endure on the rock-strewn surface.Loeb’s struggle to recapture lost time could not compare with that of his Hyundai team-mate Ott Tanak, however, who suffered...

Latvia WRX: Kristoffersson takes third win in dominant style

Having opened the day with the first fastest time in the qualifiers, Kristoffersson was beaten to top of the order in the Intermediate Classification by Niclas Gronholm.But come the semi-finals and final, Kristoffersson unleashed three and then two new tyres onto his Volkswagen Motorsport-built, Kristoffersson Motorsport-prepared VW Polo to dominate...

Tanak’s WRC title hopes take blow after Rally Turkey crash

Tanak’s Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC arrowed into a bank four miles from the end of the Yesilbelde stage, and although he managed to free it and move it to safety, the Estonian deemed the damage terminal.Footage showed Tanak paying particular attention to the front-right corner of the car before walking away from it. It remains unclear what caused the issue...

Turkey WRC: Legend Loeb leads after opening day

The veteran Frenchman, who is driving a limited schedule for Hyundai in 2020, made full use of his advantageous road position to head the field at the opening rest halt.Although he is not a factor in the pitched battle for this year’s drivers’ title, Loeb has won in Turkey on three previous occasions and his presence is intended to maximise Hyundai's...

Rytkonen to remain in World RX for full 2020 season

The reigning Finnish rallycross champion made his World RX debut with a Gronholm RX-run Hyundai i20 in his home round of the series at Kouvola, and on his maiden appearance challenged for overall victory, eventually finishing second to Johan Kristoffersson in the round three final.In the second installment of the double-header, he missed out on a final...

Ekstrom gets permission to contest Latvia World RX round

Ekstrom was announced on Monday as the male driver for Cupra’s new Extreme E programme for 2021, in a collaboration with German team ABT, but having contested the opening two weekends of the World RX series, the double DTM champion has been given permission by his employer to race in the fifth and sixth rounds in Riga.Racing one of the Audi S1s built...

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