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Modified current WRC cars set to be eligible for 2022

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

Neuville: Rally1 cars like "Formula E driving on a rally road"

Thierry Neuville expects the World Rally Championship's new 2022 Rally1 hybrid cars will require a different driving style, labelling the experience as "Formula E driving on a rally road".

M-Sport not anticipating shock signings for remaining 2022 WRC seats
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M-Sport not anticipating shock signings for remaining 2022 WRC seats

M-Sport team principal Richard Millener says progress is being made to fill its remaining two World Rally Championship seats for 2022 but is not anticipating any "shock" appointments.

Ogier expecting “big fight” for WRC title from maximum attack Evans

Sebastien Ogier is expecting a “big fight” for the World Rally Championship title in Spain with rival and Toyota team-mate Elfyn Evans set to be on maximum attack.

Rovanpera: No concerns over fitness ahead of WRC Rally Spain Rally Spain
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Rovanpera: No concerns over fitness ahead of WRC Rally Spain

Kalle Rovanpera says he’s not feeling 100% following his accident at Rally Finland but has no fitness concerns ahead of this weekend's penultimate World Rally Championship round in Spain.

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.

Rally Monza to feature revised route for WRC season finale

Rally Monza organisers have announced a revised route that will see an equal split of closed road and circuit stages for next month’s World Rally Championship finale.

Five Hyundai WRC entries set for Rally Spain as Solans replaces Loubet

Spanish rally champion Nil Solans will make his World Rally Championship debut at Rally Spain as a replacement for 2C Competition’s Pierre-Louis Loubet.

Ogier pays tribute to retiring co-driver Ingrassia
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Ogier pays tribute to retiring co-driver Ingrassia

Sebastien Ogier has paid tribute to long serving co-driver Julien Ingrassia following the announcement that the navigator will retire from the World Rally Championship at the end of the year.

Toyota confirms 2022 WRC line-up with Lappi sharing Ogier car

Toyota has confirmed its 2022 World Rally Championship driver line-up which will see Esapekka Lappi rejoin the squad to share a third car with Sebastien Ogier.

Solberg and Sordo to share third WRC Hyundai in 2022

Hyundai has confirmed Oliver Solberg and Dani Sordo will share its third car for the 2022 World Rally Championship.

Breen secures 2022 WRC full-time drive with M-Sport Ford

Craig Breen will spearhead M-Sport’s World Rally Championship attack next season after signing a two-year deal with the British squad.

WRC Finland: The Good, The Bad and an untouchable Welshman Rally Finland
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WRC Finland: The Good, The Bad and an untouchable Welshman

Rally Finland never fails to disappoint and the 70th edition of the iconic World Rally Championship certainly proved to be a modern classic. We review the highlights, lowlights, turning points, close calls and heartbreak that made round 10 of the 2021 season.

Loubet to miss rest of WRC season after being hit by car

Pierre-Louis Loubet will sit out the remaining rounds of the World Rally Championship after being hit by a car.

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

Breen teases "exciting" WRC 2022 plans

Craig Breen has further teased plans for 2022 by confirming he will be on "the start-line" at next year's World Rally Championship season-opening Monte Carlo Rally.

Toyota boss explains Rovanpera’s Finland WRC Power Stage absence

Toyota World Rally Championship boss Jari-Matti Latvala has revealed the reasons why Kalle Rovanpera was withdrawn from Rally Finland before the final stage.

Evans rates performance to win Rally Finland his best yet in WRC

Elfyn Evans believes his overall performance to win Rally Finland ranks as “probably the highest” of his World Rally Championship career to date.

Finland WRC: Evans boosts title hopes with famous victory Rally Finland
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Finland WRC: Evans boosts title hopes with famous victory

Elfyn Evans boosted his World Rally Championship title hopes by claiming a famous victory in the 70th anniversary edition of Rally Finland after a pressure-filled head-to-head with Ott Tanak.

Finland WRC: Evans extends lead over Tanak in thrilling head-to-head Rally Finland
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Finland WRC: Evans extends lead over Tanak in thrilling head-to-head

Elfyn Evans moved a step closer to a famous Rally Finland victory by further extending his lead over Hyundai’s Ott Tanak in a thrilling head-to-head battle on the final day.

Ogier takes penalty for helmet rule breach at WRC Rally Finland Rally Finland
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Ogier takes penalty for helmet rule breach at WRC Rally Finland

World Rally Championship leader Sebastien Ogier has been issued a one-minute penalty and an €800 fine for breach of crash helmet regulations at Rally Finland.

Water leak ends Neuville’s WRC Rally Finland hopes Rally Finland
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Water leak ends Neuville’s WRC Rally Finland hopes

A water leak, triggered by a compression in the road, forced Thierry Neuville to retire from Rally Finland ending his slim World Rally Championship title hopes.

Finland WRC: Evans fends off charging Tanak; Neuville retires

Toyota driver Elfyn Evans fended off Hyundai’s charging Ott Tanak on Saturday afternoon to take a slender lead into the final day of Rally Finland.

Finland WRC: Rovanpera explains Stage 10 crash

Kalle Rovanpera says he wasn’t feeling the pressure of being labelled the Rally Finland pre-event favourite before a mistake that ended hopes of a home World Rally Championship win prematurely.

Finland WRC: Evans storms into the lead as Rovanpera crashes

Toyota’s Elfyn Evans has stormed into the lead at Rally Finland after dominating an eventful Saturday morning loop highlighted by a crash for World Rally Championship home hero Kalle Rovanpera.

Finland WRC: Katsuta crashes out on Stage 8

Takamoto Katsuta has become the first World Rally Championship driver to hit trouble at Rally Finland after a high-speed crash on Saturday morning.

Finland WRC: Breen leads Tanak as night stage concertinas the pack Rally Finland
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Finland WRC: Breen leads Tanak as night stage concertinas the pack

Hyundai’s Craig Breen leapfrogged teammate Ott Tanak to lead Rally Finland at the end of Friday after a dramatic night stage shuffled the World Rally Championship pack.

Finland WRC: Tanak leads as Hyundai surprises Toyota on morning loop Rally Finland
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Finland WRC: Tanak leads as Hyundai surprises Toyota on morning loop

Ott Tanak emerged as the man to beat on the opening loop of stages at Rally Finland as Hyundai surprised favourites Toyota.

Lappi realistic on WRC return as 2022 drive looms

Esapekka Lappi is realistic about his expectations for his World Rally Championship return at Rally Finland courtesy of a one-off, that is effectively an evaluation for a 2022 Toyota seat.

Archive: The first title of a Finnish WRC legend

Mitsubishi promised Tommi Makinen the 1996 World Rally Championship, and he delivered with two rounds to spare by winning Rally Australia. To mark the 25th anniversary of the four-time WRC champion's breakthrough year, we revisit the Finn's explanation of how that promise was kept from the 26 September 1996 issue.

WRC drivers set for “no room for error” night stage challenge Rally Finland
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WRC drivers set for “no room for error” night stage challenge

World Rally Championship drivers are expecting the new night stages at this weekend’s Rally Finland to bring a whole new challenge that will offer no room for mistakes.

Solberg unharmed after WRC Rally Finland recce accident

Oliver Solberg has emerged unscathed from a recce accident in preparation for this weekend’s return of Rally Finland to the World Rally Championship.

Toyota backs Rovanpera to stay cool under home rally pressure Rally Finland
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Toyota backs Rovanpera to stay cool under home rally pressure

Toyota World Rally Championship boss Jari-Matti Latvala is confident his young charger Kalle Rovanpera won’t buckle under the pressure and expectation to deliver a home victory at Rally Finland.

Hyundai needs to "throw everything" at beating Toyota - Tanak Rally Finland
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Hyundai needs to "throw everything" at beating Toyota - Tanak

Hyundai's Ott Tanak says he will have to "throw everything" at Rally Finland to defeat favourites Toyota on home soil and score a third consecutive World Rally Championship win at the event.

Mostert Supercar fetches $610,000 at auction

Chaz Mostert's current Holden ZB Commodore Supercar has fetched $610,000 at action.

Katsuta drafts in ex-Oliver Solberg WRC co-driver for Finland

Toyota World Rally Championship driver Takamoto Katsuta will team up with Oliver Solberg’s former co-driver Aaron Johnston for next week’s Rally Finland.

Sordo teases 2022 plans with WRC future yet to be resolved
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Sordo teases 2022 plans with WRC future yet to be resolved

Out of contract Hyundai WRC driver Dani Sordo says people won’t be surprised by his plans for 2022 as the Spaniard's World Rally Championship future remains up in the air.

Lappi in “strongest position” as Toyota 2022 WRC driver decision looms

Toyota World Rally Championship boss Jari-Matti Latvala expects to make a decision regarding the 2022 driver line-up for the squad's third entry by the end of October.

M-Sport announces Fourmaux's co-driver for Finland
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M-Sport announces Fourmaux's co-driver for Finland

M-Sport has announced that Adrien Fourmaux will be partnered with Alexandre Coria for the World Rally Championship’s visit to Rally Finland next month.

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?

Hyundai WRC boss frustrated by recurring problems in Greece Rally Greece
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Hyundai WRC boss frustrated by recurring problems in Greece

Hyundai WRC boss Andrea Adamo conceded Toyota was “stronger” at the Acropolis Rally but was frustrated recurring problems were again present in Greece. 

Fourmaux becomes latest WRC competitor to split with co-driver Rally Greece
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Fourmaux becomes latest WRC competitor to split with co-driver

Rising World Rally Championship star Adrien Fourmaux has split with his long-time co-driver Renaud Jamoul following the Acropolis Rally.

WRC Greece: The Good, The Bad and a Flying Finn

It may not have been the car breaking endurance of the past but the iconic Acropolis Rally successfully returned to the World Rally Championship for the first time since 2013. We review the highlights, lowlights, turning points, close calls and heartbreak that made round nine of the 2021 season.