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Hyundai wants "nothing less than victory" in WRC Finland

Hyundai boss Andrea Adamo admits nothing less than a win will do for the World Rally Championship team on this weekend’s Arctic Rally Finland.

Ogier tips Rovanpera to make WRC history on Arctic Rally Finland Arctic Rally
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Ogier tips Rovanpera to make WRC history on Arctic Rally Finland

Sebastien Ogier says Toyota Gazoo Racing teammate Kalle Rovanpera can make World Rally Championship history and become the series' youngest-ever winner in this week's Arctic Rally Finland.

Fourmaux set for WRC top division outing in Croatia

Rising French talent Adrien Fourmaux will step up to the World Rally Championship's top division at April's Rally Croatia with M-Sport.

Hyundai awaiting board approval to develop 2022 WRC car

Hyundai is still awaiting "the green light" to develop its 2022 World Rally Championship challenger, with the Korean marque's board yet to confirm whether it will compete next year.

Tanak downplays Arctic Rally chances after warm-up event win

Ott Tanak says there is "a big job" to be completed before he is in a position to win the World Rally Championship's Arctic Rally Finland, despite dominating this weekend's warm-up event.

Lappi open to test role to earn 2022 WRC return

Esapekka Lappi says that he would be happy to perform test and development duties for a World Rally Championship manufacturer team as a means to earn a seat for 2022.

FIA and WRC promoter to run World Rallycross from 2021

The World Rally Championship Promoter Group has signed a deal to promote the FIA World Rallycross Championship from this year, in an agreement with the FIA.

Ekstrom to return to WRC in Arctic Rally Finland

Former World Rallycross Champion and double DTM title-winner Mattias Ekstrom will return to the World Rally Championship for the Arctic Rally Finland later this month, driving a Skoda Fabia R5.

Solberg: Hyundai WRC car "easier to drive" than I thought

Oliver Solberg has said making the switch to a World Rally Car was "easier" than he expected, following his first test ahead of his Arctic Rally debut in the class.

Oliver Solberg to make WRC car debut in Finland

Oliver Solberg will step up to the premier class in the World Rally Championship with Hyundai at Arctic Finland Rally.

Evans struggled to "connect" with new WRC tyres in Monte Carlo

Elfyn Evans believes the gap to Toyota counterpart Sebastien Ogier on last weekend's Monte Carlo Rally would have been smaller had he been able to "connect" with the new Pirelli tyres.

Ogier "proud" to be Monaco great like boyhood idol Senna

World Rally Championship star Sebastien Ogier is "proud" to be a record-breaker like his boyhood idol Ayrton Senna after becoming the most successful driver in Rally Monte Carlo's history

Monte Carlo WRC: Ogier secures 50th career win

Sebastien Ogier has begun his final World Rally Championship campaign by sealing the eighth Monte Carlo victory of his illustrious career, marking the 50th time that he has stood atop the WRC podium.

Ocon: WRC stars must have "balls of steel"
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Ocon: WRC stars must have "balls of steel"

Alpine Formula 1 driver Esteban Ocon says that rally drivers have “balls of steel” after gaining his first experience of the sport on Thursday.

Hyundai “cannot be proud” of Rally Monte Carlo efforts

Hyundai boss Andrea Adamo believes his World Rally Championship team “cannot be proud” of its Rally Monte Carlo showing so far.

Remembering Monte Carlo 1991 - Delecour’s delight and despair
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Remembering Monte Carlo 1991 - Delecour’s delight and despair

Lockdowns aren’t fun but it does give us motorsport fans the opportunity to dip into our archives and relive classic moments.

Monte Carlo WRC: Ogier leads Toyota 1-2-3 after Tanak's DNF

A short, sharp blast through traditional snowbound stages in Monte Carlo saw seven-time winner Sebastien Ogier reassert his authority on the opening round of the 2021 World Rally Championship.

Tanak blames recce error for Rally Monte Carlo retirement

Hyundai’s Ott Tanak has said an error during his recce for this week's Rally Monte Carlo is what led to his retirement.

Ogier ready to “take more risk” to win Monte Carlo Rally

Toyota’s Sebastien Ogier says he will take more risks to win the WRC's season-opening Monte Carlo Rally for the eighth time after his time on Friday's final stage moved him right back into contention.

Monte Carlo WRC: Evans takes lead as Ogier suffers puncture

Britain’s Elfyn Evans holds the overnight lead in Monte Carlo as Toyota seized the initiative on the opening round of this year’s World Rally Championship.

Monte Carlo WRC: Tanak stars in opening stages

Hyundai’s Ott Tanak has thrown down the first marker at the start of the 2021 World Rally Championship season in Monte Carlo.

What to look out for in the 2021 WRC Prime
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What to look out for in the 2021 WRC

As the 2021 World Rally Championship prepares to launch amid tight COVID-19 restrictions in Monte Carlo, here are the eight things unrelated to the pandemic that you should keep an eye on this year

Evans: Safety-first approach won't win WRC title

Toyota World Rally Championship driver Elfyn Evans says a safety-first approach is not how he plans to win the 2021 WRC title, despite it almost netting him glory in 2020.

Tanak expects "more promising" second year at Hyundai

Ott Tanak says he is confident of giving a better account of himself in his second WRC season at Hyundai after a disappointing title defence in 2020.

Evans on the talking points of WRC 2021 Prime

Evans on the talking points of WRC 2021

He came close to the title last year, and now Toyota's Elfyn Evans gives his verdict on what to expect from 2021 as the World Rally Championship prepares to reconvene for the Monte Carlo season opener.

Ocon to drive in WRC Rally Monte Carlo with Alpine
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Ocon to drive in WRC Rally Monte Carlo with Alpine

Formula 1 driver Esteban Ocon is to take part in the opening two special stages of the Monte Carlo Rally in an Alpine A110S sports car.

Ogier expects wide open final WRC season

Sebastien Ogier believes his final year in the World Rally Championship could be the most open yet, with the defending champion tipping his Toyota team-mate Kalle Rovanpera to be a dark horse.

WRC future focused on Chinese manufacturers, hybrid cars and action
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WRC future focused on Chinese manufacturers, hybrid cars and action

The World Rally Championship kicks off on January 21-24 with the Monte Carlo Rally, part of a 12-date calendar that features first events for Croatia and Ypres as well as the return to the Safari Rally in Kenya.

Neuville to make co-driver call after Monte Carlo

Hyundai's Thierry Neuville has said he will make a decision on whether or not to stick with new co-driver Martijn Wydaeghe for the remainder of the 2021 World Rally Championship after next week’s Rally Monte Carlo.

Neuville splits with co-driver Gilsoul ahead of WRC season

Thierry Neuville has split with long-term co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul one week before the start of the 2021 World Rally Championship season.

Arctic Rally Finland replaces Sweden on WRC calendar

The World Rally Championship has replaced the cancelled Rally Sweden with Arctic Rally Finland on its 2021 calendar.

Why Britain's continued WRC absence is a wake-up call Prime

Why Britain's continued WRC absence is a wake-up call

With Rally GB dropping off the World Rally Championship calendar for the second year in a row, one of Britain's best-attended sporting events faces an uncertain future. It's an unfortunate situation that points to troubling times ahead

Belgium replaces UK on 2021 WRC calendar

The World Rally Championship has added Belgium to its 2021 calendar, replacing the proposed UK fixture in the Northern Ireland.

Mikkelsen wants to "dominate" every WRC2, ERC round

Andreas Mikkelsen has said he wants to “dominate” every rally he starts in 2021 as he continues his quest for a top-level WRC return.

M-Sport announces WRC driver line-up for 2021 season

M-Sport is to continue its policy of blooding young drivers in the WRC by adding Adrien Fourmaux to its line-up for 2021 alongside Gus Greensmith and Teemu Suninen.

The Top 10 WRC drivers of 2020 Prime

The Top 10 WRC drivers of 2020

A drastically-shortened 2020 season gave the World Rally Championship protagonists precious little stage mileage to strut their stuff, but as ever the cream rose to the top across the seven events. We rank the year's best performers

The twists and turns of a turbulent 2020 WRC season Prime

The twists and turns of a turbulent 2020 WRC season

The 2020 World Rally Championship bestrode all 12 months of the Gregorian calendar, and in terms of the competition it was a cracker. Moreover, it was an inspiration in dark days for the world and our industry.

FIA confident Monte Carlo WRC opener can go ahead

FIA Rally Director Yves Matton is “quite confident” that the opening round of the 2021 WRC season will go ahead despite many European countries still being under the grip of coronavirus.

Latvala appointed Toyota WRC team boss

Former World Rally Championship runner-up Jari-Matti Latvala has been appointed team principal of the Toyota Gazoo Racing squad, as the team confirmed its full 2021 line-up.

Oliver Solberg lands two-year Hyundai deal

Oliver Solberg has been confirmed as a Hyundai Motorsport driver for the next two seasons of the World Rally Championship.

WRC announces cancellation of 2021 Rally Sweden

The WRC has announced that February’s Rally Sweden will not go ahead as planned, becoming the first event on the series’ 2021 calendar to be cancelled due to coronavirus.

The early setbacks that shaped the WRC's greatest driver Loeb Prime

The early setbacks that shaped the WRC's greatest driver Loeb

A series of close calls in his formative years threatened to leave rallying's top echelon tantalisingly out of reach for the man who would go on to claim nine WRC titles. In an exclusive interview, Sebastien Loeb recalls the key steps on his road to dominance.

Why the WRC's unorthodox Monza ending was a necessary one Prime
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Why the WRC's unorthodox Monza ending was a necessary one

The Monza Rally was an unusual way to end an unusual WRC season, and while far from ideal, without it the series could have faced serious ramifications. To persuade stakeholders to commit to an uncertain future, Monza was an important showcase…

Sordo, Breen to share third Hyundai WRC entry in 2021

World Rally Championship veterans Dani Sordo and Craig Breen have been retained by Hyundai for 2021, and will share the team's third car alongside Ott Tanak and Thierry Neuville.

Ogier admits Evans crash took away from title enjoyment Rally Monza
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Ogier admits Evans crash took away from title enjoyment

Sebastien Ogier admits the misfortune of Toyota WRC teammate Elfyn Evans crashing out of last weekend's title-deciding Rally Monza made winning his seventh title harder to enjoy.

How Monza's lottery winner matched a 27-year-old record

The 2020 World Rally Championship ended in heartbreak for Britain's Elfyn Evans as his 14-point advantage in the drivers' title race was whisked out from beneath him by a patch of Italian snow. Thus Sebastien Ogier claimed his seventh WRC title as Rally Monza joined the calendar for the first time.

Monza WRC: Ogier wins to claim seventh title Rally Monza
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Monza WRC: Ogier wins to claim seventh title

Toyota’s Sebastien Ogier took his seventh WRC world championship at a dramatic Monza Rally, as Hyundai claimed the manufacturers’ crown.

Monza WRC: Ogier closes in on title after Evans crash Rally Monza
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Monza WRC: Ogier closes in on title after Evans crash

Sebastien Ogier closed the final full day of Rally Monza on the cusp of his seventh World Rally Championship title after Elfyn Evans crashed out.

Evans' WRC title hopes in jeopardy after crash in Monza Rally Rally Monza
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Evans' WRC title hopes in jeopardy after crash in Monza Rally

World Rally Championship leader Elfyn Evans has crashed out on the 11th timed stage of the Monza Rally, putting his hopes of the title in serious jeopardy.

WRC Rally Monza halted after heavy crashes Rally Monza
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WRC Rally Monza halted after heavy crashes

Rally Monza’s first stage of the afternoon, the second pass through Selvino, has been abandoned following two significant accidents on the same corner.

Monza WRC: Sordo leads for Hyundai, disaster for Neuville Rally Monza
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Monza WRC: Sordo leads for Hyundai, disaster for Neuville

Hyundai’s Dani Sordo holds the overnight lead at the end of the first full day of Rally Monza, the title-deciding round of the 2020 World Rally Championship.

World Rally Championship launches own channel on Motorsport.tv
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World Rally Championship launches own channel on Motorsport.tv

New official channel to deliver rally highlights from its global championship.

Monza WRC: Ogier leads first stage from Neuville Rally Monza
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Monza WRC: Ogier leads first stage from Neuville

Sebastian Ogier opened the World Rally Championship's Rally Monza on top of the leaderboard, with the Toyota driver closing out the first stage half a second ahead of Thierry Neuville.

How the contenders stack up for WRC 2020's Monza endgame

A unique World Rally Championship title decider awaits this weekend at Rally Monza, where the unexpected favourite will attempt to fend off a hungry pack anxious for him to stumble on unfamiliar territory. Nick Garton outlines the contenders to watch…

Ogier: This year's title would be worth less to me

Sebastien Ogier says sealing this year’s WRC title would mean less than the six he has won already because of the shortened season.

Audi Quattro: The Group B pioneer that transformed rallying forever Prime
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Audi Quattro: The Group B pioneer that transformed rallying forever

From Hannu Mikkola and Michele Mouton to Stig Blomqvist and Walter Rohrl, this is the story of a secret four-wheel-drive project from Bavaria that would transform the world of rallying and epitomise the bombast excess of its greatest era…

How the much-missed Richard Burns scaled the WRC mountain

On this day 15 years ago, Richard Burns sadly passed away due to cancer, exactly four years after claiming the 2001 World Rally crown. In an article originally published in Autosport magazine on 1 December 2005, David Evans recounts his incredible career along with tributes from those who knew him best…

Evans: Pre-Monza test "crucial" to WRC title hopes

Toyota's WRC points leader Elfyn Evans has described this week’s pre-Rally Monza test as "crucial" to his hopes of going to lift the title next month.

Morbidelli to contest WRC Rally Monza in a Hyundai

Three-time MotoGP race winner Franco Morbidelli will take part in next month’s World Rally Championship finale at Rally Monza with Hyundai Rally Team Italia.

Ogier extends WRC stay with new Toyota contract

Sebastien Ogier will stay with Toyota in the World Rally Championship in 2021, deferring his plans to retire from the top echelon of rallying for at least another year.