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Loeb tests M-Sport 2022 WRC Puma
The high and low points from Spain
Northern Ireland wants '22 WRC berth
How Neuville stole the show in Spain
Current WRC cars to be grandfathered
Rally legend Sebastien Loeb tests M-Sport 2022 WRC Puma in Spain
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Nine-time world champion Sebastien Loeb has tested M-Sport’s new 2022 World Rally Championship Ford Puma in Spain.

A first all-asphalt Rally Spain for a decade provided the perfect backdrop for a high speed game of chess as the latest twist in an intense World Rally Championship title fight unfolded. Motorsport.com reviews the highlights, lowlights, turning points, close calls and heartbreak that made round 11 of the 2021 season.

Rally Northern Ireland is understood to still be in the mix to fill the vacant spot on the 13-round 2022 World Rally Championship released last week.

While all pre-event chat focused on the two World Rally Championship title fighters, their closest challenger charged into the spotlight on Rally Spain. Thierry Neuville's star turn and another strong drive from Elfyn Evans in his fight with Sebastien Ogier made for an intriguing event as the 2021 campaign nears its crunch point

Current generation World Rally Cars will be permitted to compete in next year’s World Rally Championship with a reduced power output.

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

Sebastien Ogier declared a fourth at Rally Spain as another positive step in landing an eighth World Rally Championship title despite falling short of his targets last weekend.

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

Elfyn Evans says “anything can happen” yet in the World Rally Championship title fight but admits it will take something “radical” to deny Sebastien Ogier at next month’s Monza decider.

Neuville praises marshals' help in final stage scare

Thierry Neuville has praised a group of marshals for helping revive his Hyundai after a “heart attack” moment almost snatched defeat from the jaws of victory at Rally Spain.

WRC points leader Ogier fined for traffic offence Rally Spain
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WRC points leader Ogier fined for traffic offence

World Rally Championship leader Sebastien Ogier has been fined for a traffic related offence and for failing to stop when told to by local police at Rally Spain. 

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

Thierry Neuville produced one of the drives of the season to claim a dominant Rally Spain win over Elfyn Evans, who kept his Word Rally Championship title hopes alive.

Spain WRC: Neuville closing in on victory as Ogier loses third

Thierry Neuville moved a step closer to a dominant World Rally Championship victory at Rally Spain after extending his lead over Toyota’s Elfyn Evans on Sunday morning.

Ogier “never changed so much” to find Rally Spain sweet spot Rally Spain
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Ogier “never changed so much” to find Rally Spain sweet spot

Sebastien Ogier says he’s “never changed so much on a car during a rally” to overcome set-up issues that have plagued his World Rally Championship victory hopes in Spain.

WRC to introduce new Artificial Intelligence camera to improve safety

World Rally Championship cars will be fitted with a newly developed FIA Artificial Intelligence Safety Camera designed to scan stages for potential hazards.

Spain WRC: Neuville in command as Ogier fights back Rally Spain
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Spain WRC: Neuville in command as Ogier fights back

Thierry Neuville has emerged as the firm favourite to win the penultimate round of the World Rally Championship following a dominant Saturday at Rally Spain.

Spain WRC: Neuville pulls clear of Evans on Saturday morning Rally Spain
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Spain WRC: Neuville pulls clear of Evans on Saturday morning

Thierry Neuville completed a clean sweep of World Rally Championship stage wins on Saturday morning to further extend his Rally Spain lead over Toyota’s Elfyn Evans.

Chassis damage rules Hyundai's Tanak out of WRC Rally Spain Rally Spain
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Chassis damage rules Hyundai's Tanak out of WRC Rally Spain

Ott Tanak will sit out the remaining stages of Rally Spain after Hyundai Motorsport confirmed it was unable to repair the 2019 World Rally champion’s damaged car.

Spain WRC: Neuville surges into lead as Evans survives scare Rally Spain
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Spain WRC: Neuville surges into lead as Evans survives scare

Thierry Neuville claimed the Rally Spain lead after an inspired afternoon run while World Rally Championship title contender and early leader Elfyn Evans survived a wild moment.

New Zealand secures spot on 2022 WRC calendar

New Zealand will host a round of the World Rally Championship next year following the release of the full 13-strong 2022 schedule, which includes an event yet to be confirmed.

Spain WRC: Hyundai's Tanak crashes out on stage four

Hyundai’s Ott Tanak has crashed out of Rally Spain on stage four, the first test of Friday’s afternoon loop of the penultimate round of the World Rally Championship.

Spain WRC: Evans stuns Ogier to claim early Rally Spain lead Rally Spain
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Spain WRC: Evans stuns Ogier to claim early Rally Spain lead

Elfyn Evans made a perfect start to Rally Spain by stunning World Rally Championship title rival Sebastien Ogier with blistering speed on the opening morning loop of stages.

Spain WRC: Toyota's Katsuta crashes out on first stage Rally Spain
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Spain WRC: Toyota's Katsuta crashes out on first stage

Toyota’s Takamoto Katsuta has retired from the opening day of the penultimate round of the World Rally Championship in Spain following a crash on the first stage.

The steely determination behind the WRC’s Solberg 2.0

Two decades after Petter Solberg emerged as a World Rally Championship winner, his son Oliver is ready to take the WRC by storm. Having secured a part-time WRC factory drive for Hyundai in 2022, he's raring to repay the marque's faith in him and follow in his 2003 champion father's footsteps

Analysing the key moves in WRC’s 2022 silly season Prime

Analysing the key moves in WRC’s 2022 silly season

The World Rally Championship will step into a new hybrid era in 2022, but the car changes haven't been the only excitement that has built within the paddock. WRC's 'silly season' kicked off in a big way and all the key driver moves for 2022 - of which there are many - look set to shake things up.

Why winning in Finland was Evans' true WRC coming-of-age

By his own admission, the fifth World Rally Championship victory of Elfyn Evans' career in Finland last weekend was the drive of his life. Winning five stages in a row and soaking up huge pressure from the Hyundais on the fastest gravel stages around, the Welshman put in a faultless showing that proved what he is truly made of

Does Neuville have a point with his WRC Rally1 rant? Prime

Does Neuville have a point with his WRC Rally1 rant?

OPINION: Thierry Neuville's diatribe against the upcoming Rally1-spec machines that will usher in the World Rally Championship's new hybrid era was remarkable in an era where drivers are usually reticent to air their views in public. But are the Belgian's concerns about speed, safety and cost entirely valid?