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WRC: The advice that helped Hirvonen
Pirelli content with WRC tyres
Time running out for UK WRC bid
Safari WRC: More than just a rally
Ogier, Loeb eyeing more 2022 outings

Mikko Hirvonen never won the World Rally Championship, but was among Sebastien Loeb's closest challengers, pushing the Frenchman hard and finishing runner-up to him four times in a glittering career that yielded 15 rally wins. In the latest of our Friday Favourite series, Hirvonen picks his favourite teammate and explains how his advice helped to shape his approach

Pirelli has no plans to make any alterations to its World Rally Championship tyres this season after it was deemed its rubber successfully tackled last weekend's Safari Rally Kenya.

The chances of a United Kingdom round on the 2023 World Rally Championship calendar appear unlikely, with the WRC confirming time is running out to reach an agreement.

OPINION: A source of national pride in Kenya, the Safari Rally is also a sporting, cultural and economic phenomenon. And as last weekend's World Rally Championship round reminded us, it's a key driver in establishing Africa’s place in world motorsport.

World Rally Championship legends Sebastien Ogier and Sebastien Loeb have set their sights on more WRC events this season following a challenging Safari Rally.

How Kalle Rovanpera tamed a wild WRC Safari Rally in Kenya

The Safari Rally acted as a brutal test of driver and car resolve as multiple retirements opened the path for a historic Toyota 1-2-3-4 triumph, headed by star Kalle Rovanpera. But keeping things clean was only half of the challenge, as a well-timed charge when conditions worsened allowed the Finn to take control

Rovanpera: Safari Rally win the "hardest" of my WRC career Rally Kenya
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Rovanpera: Safari Rally win the "hardest" of my WRC career

Toyota’s Kalle Rovanpera labelled his latest World Rally Championship victory at Safari Rally Kenya as the “hardest" of his career to date.

Wahome makes history as first female WRC3 winner at Safari Rally

Maxine Wahome has made history by becoming the first woman to win a round in the World Rally Championship’s WRC3 class at Safari Rally Kenya.

WRC Safari Rally: Rovanpera wins as Toyota scores 1-2-3-4 Rally Kenya
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WRC Safari Rally: Rovanpera wins as Toyota scores 1-2-3-4

Kalle Rovanpera enhanced his World Rally Championship title credentials with victory at a gruelling Safari Rally Kenya, as Toyota locked out the top four positions.

WRC Safari Rally: Rovanpera closes in on victory

Toyota’s Kalle Rovanpera extended his Safari Rally Kenya lead over Elfyn Evans on Sunday morning as the World Rally Championship leader closed in on a memorable victory.

M-Sport boss puts WRC drivers to work to help repair Safari cars Rally Kenya
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M-Sport boss puts WRC drivers to work to help repair Safari cars

M-Sport drivers Gus Greensmith and Adrien Fourmaux were put to work by team boss Malcolm Wilson to help repair their cars following crashes at Safari Rally Kenya.

Hyundai calls for reaction to “nightmare day” at Safari Rally Rally Kenya
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Hyundai calls for reaction to “nightmare day” at Safari Rally

Hyundai Motorsport deputy team director Julien Moncet says the team must react to its reliability issues after a “nightmare day” realistically ended two shots at a Safari Rally Kenya podium.

WRC Safari Rally: Rovanpera stuns Evans in rain, Neuville crashes out Rally Kenya
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WRC Safari Rally: Rovanpera stuns Evans in rain, Neuville crashes out

Kalle Rovanpera pulled clear of Toyota teammate Elfyn Evans after conquering tricky wet conditions as rain hit Safari Rally Kenya on Saturday afternoon.

Greensmith angry by lack of marshal assistance after WRC Safari roll

Gus Greensmith was left angry after being forced to kick his M-Sport Ford Puma's windscreen out to exit his rolled car while Safari Rally Kenya marshals looked on. 

WRC Safari Rally: Evans closes in on leader Rovanpera, Tanak retires Rally Kenya
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WRC Safari Rally: Evans closes in on leader Rovanpera, Tanak retires

Toyota’s Kalle Rovanpera maintained his Safari Rally lead but is now being chased by teammate Elfyn Evans, while Hyundai’s Ott Tanak retired on the final stage of Saturday’s morning loop.

M-Sport perplexed by "freak" incidents in disastrous Safari Friday Rally Kenya
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M-Sport perplexed by "freak" incidents in disastrous Safari Friday

M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson says he cannot remember losing all of his points-scoring World Rally Championship cars in a single day before, following a disastrous start to Safari Rally Kenya.

WRC Safari Rally: Rovanpera leads, punctures delay Ogier and Evans Rally Kenya
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WRC Safari Rally: Rovanpera leads, punctures delay Ogier and Evans

Kalle Rovanpera leads Safari Rally Kenya after Toyota teammates Elfyn Evans and Sebastien Ogier suffered punctures while leading during a dramatic Friday.

Loeb explains battery problem that caused WRC Safari Rally exit

Sebastien Loeb says a depleted battery following a small engine fire ultimately ended his Safari Rally Kenya victory bid just five kilometres from reaching the World Rally Championship service park.

WRC Safari Rally: Evans grabs lead, Loeb retires with engine fire

Toyota’s Elfyn Evans has emerged from an incident-filled Friday morning to lead the Safari Rally while Sebastien Loeb became the event’s first retirement.

The quick fixes that averted a WRC cockpit crisis

When in-car temperatures spiked at potentially dangerous levels on Rally Portugal, a fast-track process was triggered for teams and the governing body to deal with the issue on the new-for-2022 WRC Rally1 cars

WRC Safari Rally: Ogier beats Loeb to lead after opening super special

Sebastien Ogier started the defence of his Safari Rally crown in fine form after edging nine-time world champion Sebastien Loeb in a duel at the super special opening stage.

Ogier: "More challenging" WRC Safari Rally will be all about survival

Sebastien Ogier believes this weekend’s Safari Rally will be all about survival with conditions “more challenging” compared to those experienced on the event’s World Rally Championship return last year.

How Tanak turned the tables to deliver Hyundai a timely WRC triumph

The 2019 champion has been a bit-part player recently, but Ott Tanak ended a 15-month drought in fine style with a dominant win in Sardinia. On a weekend when championship leader Kalle Rovanpera struggled with cleaning the road, his Hyundai rival has made his belated arrival into the title race and given cause for those predicting a walkover from the Toyota star to pause

The former WRC star playing the unsung hero role for Rovanpera Prime

The former WRC star playing the unsung hero role for Rovanpera

Kalle Rovanpera’s 2022 World Rally Championship displays have been spectacular, with the Toyota driver benefitting from a secret weapon in his crew to win two of the opening three rallies. But while the former challenger to Sebastien Loeb won’t take credit for his fellow Finn's performances, a key bond has been formed which could prove key to Rovanpera’s title charge

How Rovanpera's Croatia turnaround sent a message to his WRC rivals

After a dominating Rally Croatia, a wrong tyre choice on the final day looked to have undone all Kalle Rovanpera's hard work and left him with a mountain to climb heading into the power stage. That he emerged the winner all the same has surely quelled any lingering doubts that the Finn is the man to beat in the 2022 WRC