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How trailblazer Kalle Rovanpera has ripped up the WRC record book Prime

How trailblazer Kalle Rovanpera has ripped up the WRC record book

At the tender age of 22, Kalle Rovanpera is redefining what’s possible to achieve in rallying and inspiring a new legion of fans as a result. The newly-crowned World Rally Championship title-winner and his peers reflect on his ability and the start of his success in the top tier.

WRC pushes Middle East event plans to 2024

The World Rally Championship is working on delivering a desert rally event in the Middle East in 2024 after plans for next year failed to come to fruition.

Mexico, Chile and new European rally join 2023 WRC calendar

The World Rally Championship has revealed a 13-round 2023 calendar that features the return of Mexico and Chile alongside an all-new European tarmac rally.

M-Sport: "A lot has to fall in the right place” to sign Loeb for WRC 2023

M-Sport team boss Richard Millener is keen to secure Sebastien Loeb for selected World Rally Championship events next year but says “a lot has to fall in the right place”.

Toyota open to renting out fourth car at 2023 WRC events

Toyota boss Jari-Matti Latvala says his team will consider renting out a fourth GR Yaris at selected 2023 World Rally Championship events.

Katsuta receives promotion as Toyota reveals 2023 WRC line-up

Toyota has announced that Takamoto Katsuta will be promoted to its factory team’s third car on selected World Rally Championship events next year.

Lappi, Breen complete Hyundai 2023 WRC switch

Hyundai Motorsport has announced its 2023 World Rally Championship driver line-up that includes the signings of Esapekka Lappi and Craig Breen.

M-Sport announces Breen departure from WRC squad

Craig Breen will leave the M-Sport Ford World Rally Championship team after it was agreed to terminate his contract a year early. 

Evans confident of clearer direction with Toyota WRC car for 2023

Elfyn Evans believes he has a clearer direction on how to make the Toyota GR Yaris suit his driving style better next year after a disappointing 2022 World Rally Championship campaign.

F1 race winner Kovalainen eyes European rallies after WRC debut

Formula 1 race winner Heikki Kovalainen says he is keen to experience a European rally after scoring a point on his World Rally Championship debut at Rally Japan last weekend.

M-Sport to continue producing Fiesta rally cars despite model axing

M-Sport has confirmed it plans to continue producing Fiesta-based rally cars following the news that Ford will cease production of the popular hatchback next year.

Pirelli responds to Ogier’s WRC tyre outburst

Pirelli has declared its 2022 World Rally Championship tyres “consistently ensured reliability and impact resistance” this year following Sebastien Ogier’s outburst labelling the rubber “unacceptable” at Rally Japan.

WRC Rally Japan: The Good, The Bad and a haunted tunnel

After 12 years of waiting, Japan returned to the World Rally Championship will an all-new event that provided one of the sternest asphalt tests the WRC has ever seen. Motorsport.com reviews the highs, lows, turning points, close calls and heartbreak from a dramatic season finale.

How Hyundai and Neuville gatecrashed Toyota's homecoming party

Thierry Neuville signed off the 2022 World Rally Championship season with his second win of the season in Japan after Toyota rival Elfyn Evans suffered a late puncture. With Sebastien Ogier and Kalle Rovanpera also delayed by punctures and incidents, it opened the door for Neuville and Ott Tanak to record Hyundai's second 1-2 of the season in Toyota's own backyard

WRC win on Toyota's home soil provided extra motivation for Hyundai

Winning in Toyota’s backyard was an extra motivation for Hyundai according to deputy team director Julien Moncet after witnessing a history making 1-2 at Rally Japan.

Katsuta: WRC podium on home soil a special feeling Rally Japan
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Katsuta: WRC podium on home soil a special feeling

Takamoto Katsuta says it was a special feeling to score a World Rally Championship podium finish on home soil at Rally Japan.

WRC Japan: Neuville heads Hyundai 1-2 to upset Toyota homecoming

Thierry Neuville headed a Hyundai 1-2 at Rally Japan as the South Korean marque scored its fifth victory of the World Rally Championship season.

WRC Japan: Neuville on course for victory after Evans puncture Rally Japan
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WRC Japan: Neuville on course for victory after Evans puncture

Thierry Neuville is on course to head a Hyundai 1-2 at Rally Japan after Toyota’s Elfyn Evans suffered a puncture that effectively ended his World Rally Championship victory hopes.

Toyota reveals Rally2 concept car at Rally Japan

Toyota has taken the covers off its Rally2 concept car at the World Rally Championship season finale in Japan.

FIA satisfied Rally Japan can continue after safety protocol breach

The FIA is satisfied Rally Japan can continue in a safe manner following a breach of safety protocols that resulted in a civilian car appearing on a live stage.

WRC Japan: Neuville overhauls Evans to take lead into final day

Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville will take a slender Rally Japan lead into the final day of the World Rally Championship finale after overhauling Toyota’s Elfyn Evans on Saturday afternoon.

WRC Japan: Evans extends lead as Rovanpera suffers puncture Rally Japan
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WRC Japan: Evans extends lead as Rovanpera suffers puncture

Elfyn Evans extended his Rally Japan lead over Thierry Neuville, while the fight for the final podium place has taken a twist after Kalle Rovanpera made a rare mistake.

FIA investigating serious safety breach at WRC Rally Japan

The FIA is investigating a serious breach of safety protocol after a civilian car appeared on a live stage at the World Rally Championship season finale in Japan.

Hyundai unlikely to understand cause of Sordo WRC Japan fire

Hyundai World Rally Championship boss Julien Moncet says it is unlikely the team will unearth the cause of a spectacular fire that ended Dani Sordo’s Rally Japan prematurely.

WRC Japan: Evans claims outright lead on shortened afternoon loop Rally Japan
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WRC Japan: Evans claims outright lead on shortened afternoon loop

Elfyn Evans has moved into a slender outright lead at Rally Japan after World Rally Championship organisers were forced to significantly shorten Friday’s itinerary.

WRC Japan: Evans and Neuville share lead after dramatic morning Rally Japan
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WRC Japan: Evans and Neuville share lead after dramatic morning

Toyota’s Elfyn Evans and Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville share the lead of Rally Japan following a drama-filled Friday morning loop at the asphalt World Rally Championship event.

WRC Japan: Sordo fire red flags opening Friday stage

World Rally Championship officials have been forced to red flag the opening Friday stage of Rally Japan after Dani Sordo’s Hyundai burst into flames.

Hyundai plans to reveal WRC 2023 line-up next week

Hyundai Motorsport is aiming to announce its World Rally Championship driver line-up for 2023 next week with Esapekka Lappi expected to feature as Ott Tanak’s replacement.

Tanak yet to resolve 2023 WRC future after leaving Hyundai

Ott Tanak says he is yet to secure a World Rally Championship drive for next season after electing to curtail his contract with Hyundai a year early.

WRC Japan: Ogier pips Breen to claim early rally lead

Sebastien Ogier pipped M-Sport Ford’s Craig Breen to put Toyota on top after the opening stage of the World Rally Championship finale in Japan.

Ogier expects demanding all-new Rally Japan WRC finale

Sebastien Ogier believes the new-look Rally Japan will prove to be “quite a demanding” event to end the 2022 World Rally Championship season.

WRC Japan: Everything you need to know

The World Rally Championship will conclude its 2022 campaign this weekend with an all-new event as rallying’s top flight visits Japan for the first time in 12 years.

Tanak wishes to end Hyundai WRC partnership on "a high note"

Ott Tanak says he hopes to end his three-year association with Hyundai Motorsport on a high at this week’s World Rally Championship season finale in Japan.

Lappi favourite to land 2023 Hyundai WRC drive

Esapekka Lappi appears set to join Hyundai’s World Rally Championship squad as a replacement for Ott Tanak for 2023.

M-Sport withdraws Fourmaux from WRC Japan finale Rally Japan
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M-Sport withdraws Fourmaux from WRC Japan finale

M-Sport has elected to withdraw Adrien Fourmaux’s entry from the World Rally Championship’s season finale in Japan next week, due to budget constraints.

WRC future roadmap 70% complete, says FIA

The FIA’s vision for the future of the World Rally Championship post 2024 is 70% complete, according to rally director Andrew Wheatley.

Ogier to team up with new co-driver for WRC Japan finale

Toyota’s Sebastien Ogier will team up with a new co-driver in Vincent Landais for the World Rally Championship season finale in Japan next month.

What Tanak's Hyundai departure means for the WRC driver market

The World Rally Championship 2023 silly season has been sent into overdrive following Ott Tanak’s bombshell that he will be leaving Hyundai Motorsport at the end of the year. But what is the background to Tanak's departure and what exactly will it mean for the 2023 WRC field?

The message a WRC stalwart sent which its new king couldn’t answer

Sebastien Ogier might be the outgoing World Rally champion, but it didn’t stop him reminding everyone of the skills that made him an eight-time world champion. As victory at Rally Spain led Toyota’s charge to a titles clean sweep, it did pose a question to newly-crowned champion Kalle Rovanpera which he could not answer

Ogier had "nothing to prove" with WRC Spain win

Sebastien Ogier did not feel he had a point to prove by beating new world champion Kalle Rovanpera to secure a drought-ending World Rally Championship win in Spain.

Tanak announces Hyundai WRC departure following 2022 season

Ott Tanak will leave Hyundai Motorsport following the conclusion of the 2022 World Rally Championship, after electing to conclude his contract prematurely.

Ogier fined for "exhibition driving” after WRC Rally Spain victory

Sebastien Ogier has been handed a fine for performing celebratory donuts following his World Rally Championship victory at Rally Spain.

Latvala hails "shared desire for success" in Toyota WRC title clean sweep

Toyota World Rally Championship boss Jari-Matti Latvala has hailed his team’s collective desire for success after witnessing the marque claim its sixth WRC manufacturers’ title.

WRC Spain: Ogier clinches victory, Toyota seals manufacturers’ title

Sebastien Ogier clinched a first World Rally Championship win of the season as he helped Toyota secure the 2022 manufacturers’ title at Rally Spain.

WRC Spain: Neuville eats into Ogier lead while drain cover causes drama Rally Spain
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WRC Spain: Neuville eats into Ogier lead while drain cover causes drama

Toyota’s Sebastien Ogier remains on course for a first World Rally Championship win of the season, but has witnessed his Rally Spain advantage over Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville decrease.

WRC Spain: Ogier strengthens victory bid, Rovanpera falls away Rally Spain
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WRC Spain: Ogier strengthens victory bid, Rovanpera falls away

Sebastien Ogier has pulled clear of his World Rally Championship rivals to strengthen a bid for a first win of the season at Rally Spain.

WRC Spain: Ogier extends lead, Greensmith crash cancels Stage 11

Toyota’s Sebastien Ogier almost doubled his Rally Spain advantage over teammate Kalle Rovanpera during a Saturday morning loop that ended prematurely due to a crash for Gus Greensmith.

Hyundai perplexed by double WRC hybrid drama for Tanak on Rally Spain

Hyundai Motorsport has been left perplexed by hybrid issues that afflicted two different units in Ott Tanak’s World Rally Championship challenger during Friday’s stages at Rally Spain.

WRC Spain: Ogier leads Rovanpera as punctures strike rivals

Sebastien Ogier will head into Saturday at WRC's Rally Spain with a narrow lead over Toyota teammate and newly crowned world champion Kalle Rovanpera.

WRC Spain: Neuville snatches slender lead from Ogier on Friday morning

Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville ended the opening morning of Rally Spain with a slender 0.5s lead over Toyota’s Sebastien Ogier after a hotly contested quartet of asphalt stages.

Evans doesn't need to "reinvent the wheel" on WRC approach
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Evans doesn't need to "reinvent the wheel" on WRC approach

Elfyn Evans says he doesn’t need to reinvent the wheel regarding his approach to World Rally Championship events after a difficult 2022 campaign to date.

Toyota WRC boss reveals growing interest in 2023 seats Rally Spain
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Toyota WRC boss reveals growing interest in 2023 seats

Toyota World Rally Championship boss Jari-Matti Latvala says several drivers have been in contact regarding 2023 drives, but is hopeful the team’s line-up will be revealed next month.

Meeke on shortlist for Hyundai 2023 WRC drive

Kris Meeke has emerged on Hyundai’s shortlist for drivers to complete its 2023 World Rally Championship roster.

Tander: Hard not to blow smoke at SVG success

Garth Tander says it is hard not to blow smoke at his Triple Eight team-mate Shane van Gisbergen following the driver’s remarkable run of form that has culminated in Bathurst 1000 success.

Solberg: M-Sport would be a "very interesting option" for 2023 WRC

Oliver Solberg has held initial discussions with M-Sport regarding his World Rally Championship future and believes the British team could present a “very interesting option” to him.

M-Sport announces Breen co-driver replacement after Nagle retirement

M-Sport has announced that James Fulton will co-drive for Craig Breen at the World Rally Championship season finale in Japan as a replacement for the retiring Paul Nagle.

Motorsport.com gets to grips as a WRC co-driver Prime

Motorsport.com gets to grips as a WRC co-driver

The majority of headlines may focus on the exploits of drivers in the World Rally Championship, but the challenges facing their co-drivers is no less demanding. We got in the passenger seat with Toyota Gazoo Racing to find out just what it takes to succeed

Solberg to leave Hyundai at the end of 2022 WRC season

Oliver Solberg will leave Hyundai Motorsport at the end of the World Rally Championship, the team has announced.

Ogier keen to continue part-time Toyota WRC role into 2023

Sebastien Ogier wishes to continue his part-time World Rally Championship role with Toyota into 2023, but is unsure how many events he will contest.

Breen’s WRC co-driver Nagle announces retirement

Experienced co-driver Paul Nagle has announced plans to retire from the World Rally Championship after Rally Spain later this month.