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M-Sport keen to extend Loeb WRC deal after Monte success

M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson says there is “a possibility” Sebastien Loeb will return to contest more World Rally Championship rounds this year following his victory in Monte Carlo.

Monte Carlo success a "dream start" to WRC's new era for M-Sport

M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson hailed his team’s “emotional” victory and performance at the Monte Carlo Rally as “a dream start” to the 2022 World Rally Championship season.

Ogier: “Fate” decided Monte Carlo WRC battle for the ages with Loeb

Sebastien Ogier says “fate” decided the World Rally Championship season opener and there was no way he could avoid a puncture that handed Sebastien Loeb victory in Monte Carlo.

Loeb: Monte Carlo WRC win over Ogier “one of my best memories”

Sebastien Loeb declared his Rally Monte Carlo triumph over fellow World Rally Championship legend Sebastien Ogier as "one of the best memories" of his glittering motorsport career.

WRC Monte Carlo: Loeb beats Ogier to win in epic battle

Sebastien Loeb held off Sebastien Ogier in a final stage showdown between the World Rally Championship’s greatest drivers to claim an eighth Monte Carlo win on debut for M-Sport.

WRC Monte Carlo: Loeb reclaims lead as Ogier suffers puncture

Sebastien Loeb has reclaimed the Monte Carlo Rally lead in dramatic fashion after Sebastien Ogier picked up a puncture on the penultimate stage of the World Rally Championship season opener.

Hyundai retires unwell Solberg at WRC Monte Carlo due to fume issue

Hyundai has retired Oliver Solberg from the Monte Carlo Rally with the driver “not feeling well” from breathing in exhaust fumes that have entered the cockpit of his car.

Evans “pretty frustrated” to lose WRC Monte Carlo podium shot to mistake

Elfyn Evans labelled a mistake that cost him a World Rally Championship podium chance “pretty frustrating” as hopes of a decent points haul evaporated in Monte Carlo.

Tanak retires from Monte Carlo as Hyundai’s “tough” WRC Rally1 debut worsens

Ott Tanak won’t return to the Monte Carlo Rally to fight for World Rally Championship Power Stage points on Sunday as Hyundai’s “tough" Rally1 debut continues.

Ogier "cannot relax" in intense WRC Monte Carlo battle with Loeb

Sebastien Ogier says he cannot afford to relax despite a healthy lead over fellow World Rally Championship legend Sebastien Loeb heading into the final day at Monte Carlo.

WRC Monte Carlo: Ogier pulls clear of Loeb heading into final day

Toyota’s Sebastien Ogier has pulled clear of World Rally Championship rival Sebastien Loeb after a dominant display in an eventful Saturday at the Monte Carlo Rally.

Solberg: Fumes, concentration lapse caused WRC Monte Carlo off

Hyundai World Rally Championship driver Oliver Solberg believes fumes coming into the cockpit contributed to him losing concentration and running off the road at the Monte Carlo Rally.

WRC Monte Carlo: Ogier back ahead of Loeb as drama strikes Evans

Toyota’s Sebastien Ogier reclaimed the Monte Carlo Rally lead from M-Sport’s Sebastien Loeb after a dramatic morning that saw Elfyn Evans, Thierry Neuville and Ott Tanak hit trouble.

Hyundai working to fix 'scary' Rally1 WRC car after Monte Carlo issues

Hyundai will work on resolving a “scary” issue with its World Rally Championship contender that resulted in Oliver Solberg suffering dizziness and chest pains behind the wheel.

Greensmith now able to “prove” his speed with new WRC Puma

Gus Greensmith says M-Sport’s new Ford Puma has given him a package to show what he is capable of after claiming a maiden World Rally Championship stage win.

Loeb surprised to be leading Monte Carlo Rally on WRC return

Sebastien Loeb says he is surprised to be leading the Monte Carlo Rally following a successful return to the World Rally Championship with M-Sport Ford.

WRC Monte Carlo: Loeb leads as Ogier fights back in the afternoon

Sebastien Loeb continues to lead the Monte Carlo Rally, although Toyota's Sebastien Ogier issued a late fightback as the World Rally Championship greats continued their tussle.

WRC Monte Carlo: Loeb leapfrogs Ogier to take lead on Friday morning

Sebastien Loeb leads the Monte Carlo Rally after completing a clean sweep of morning loop stages, as Sebastien Ogier dropped to third behind Toyota teammate Elfyn Evans.

Fourmaux's Monte Carlo hopes dashed after frightening roll

Adrien Fourmaux's Monte Carlo Rally appears to be over following a frightening incident on the third stage of the World Rally Championship season opener.

WRC Monte Carlo: Ogier leads Loeb as M-Sport Fords shine

Toyota driver Sebastien Ogier began the World Rally Championship’s new hybrid era by winning the opening two stages of the Monte Carlo Rally, leading the returning Sebastien Loeb.

The WRC heirs scrapping to assume Ogier's throne in 2022 Prime

The WRC heirs scrapping to assume Ogier's throne in 2022

Eight-time World Rally Championship king Sebastien Ogier has abdicated (well, gone part-time) in 2022, meaning for just the second time in the past decade we will have a different champion this year. We pick out the drivers gunning to take his place and take over the mantle as the WRC's new ruler

WRC Monte Carlo: Ogier pips Loeb to fastest shakedown time

Toyota’s Sebastien Ogier kicked off the World Rally Championship’s new Rally1 era by pipping old rival Sebastien Loeb in shakedown for the Monte Carlo Rally.

Latvala not expecting massive differences between new WRC cars

Toyota World Rally Championship boss Jari-Matti Latvala isn’t expecting massive differences between the new hybrid Rally1 cars at this weekend’s Monte Carlo Rally.

Ogier set to announce circuit and WRC 2022 plans in February
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Ogier set to announce circuit and WRC 2022 plans in February

Sebastien Ogier says he should be in a position to confirm his circuit racing and World Rally Championship plans next month.

Loeb wants more WRC drives but Monte Carlo could be only 2022 outing

Sebastien Loeb says he wants to contest more World Rally Championship events this year but admits Monte Carlo could potentially be his only outing for M-Sport.

Neuville expects “more nerve wracking moments" in WRC 2022

Thierry Neuville expects the new look World Rally Championship to produce "more nerve-wracking moments than ever" this year as teams and drivers brace themselves for “surprises”.

WRC 2022: All you need to know about new rules, cars and more

The World Rally Championship will usher in its 50th season this weekend with the dawn of a new hybrid Rally1 era in Monte Carlo. Here's all you need to know.

Ogier: Monte Carlo WRC head-to-head with Loeb will be a "pleasure"

Sebastien Ogier says it will be a “pleasure” to have one more battle with long-time World Rally Championship rival Sebastien Loeb at this weekend’s Monte Carlo Rally.

The WRC star that's earned the right to lead M-Sport's revival Prime

The WRC star that's earned the right to lead M-Sport's revival

Part-time opportunities with Citroen and Hyundai have offered brief glimpses of what Craig Breen can do in a World Rally Championship car. Now signed up by M-Sport to lead it into the WRC's new hybrid era, Breen has been given the chance he's pursued for so long and is determined to make the most of it

UK misses out on 2022 WRC round as Northern Ireland plans collapse

The United Kingdom will be absent from the World Rally Championship calendar in 2022 after plans to bring rallying’s top tier to Northern Ireland collapsed.

Breen's confidence "still high" after WRC testing crash

Craig Breen says his confidence is “still high” heading into next weekend’s 2022 World Rally Championship season opener following a heavy crash in testing.

Toyota uncovers 2022 WRC Rally1 contender

Toyota has showcased the final version of its Rally1 hybrid GR Yaris that will compete in the 2022 World Rally Championship.

M-Sport reveals bold new-look Puma WRC 2022 challenger

M-Sport has taken the covers off its Ford Puma Rally1 car it hopes will guide the team back to the top of the World Rally Championship this year.

Overnight repair saves M-Sport Monte Carlo WRC test
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Overnight repair saves M-Sport Monte Carlo WRC test

M-Sport will continue its Monte Carlo World Rally Championship pre-event test after completing an overnight repair on its Ford Puma damaged in a crash involving Craig Breen.

M-Sport’s Breen unscathed after WRC Monte Carlo testing crash

M-Sport driver Craig Breen and co-driver Paul Nagle have emerged unscathed from a crash in testing ahead of next weekend’s World Rally Championship opener in Monte Carlo.

Breen: Hybrid power brings "third dimension" to WRC driving

New M-Sport Ford recruit Craig Breen says hybrid technology is bringing a whole new dimension to the World Rally Championship and will force drivers to think and drive differently.

Kovalainen eyes Japan WRC outing after SUPER GT exit
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Kovalainen eyes Japan WRC outing after SUPER GT exit

Heikki Kovalainen says he is an eyeing an appearance in Japan's round of the World Rally Championship this year, as he looks to step up his rallying commitments after exiting SUPER GT.

Hyundai becomes first WRC team to launch 2022 Rally1 car

Hyundai is the first World Rally Championship manufacturer to officially launch its all-new hybrid Rally1 car that will contest the 2022 season.

Evans: Battery use "critical" on WRC stage times

Elfyn Evans believes managing the hybrid power correctly will have a "massive effect" on stage times at some World Rally Championship events this year.

Tanak confident Hyundai can “fight hard” in 2022 WRC

Ott Tanak is confident he will be able to “fight hard” for success in the 2022 World Rally Championship despite Hyundai’s late start in developing its new Rally1 machine.

WRC investigating possible return to Argentina in 2023
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WRC investigating possible return to Argentina in 2023

The World Rally Championship could return to Argentina next year after new FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem said talks to bring the championship back to South America are underway.

What could have been: When Carlos Sainz's Le Mans debut was scuppered

Carlos Sainz is a name synonymous with rallying, the Spaniard etching his name into the history books as a double World Rally champion and currently gunning for a fourth Dakar win with Audi. Had it not been for a date change, he may well have added a further bit of history to his credit at the Le Mans 24 Hours...

M-Sport appoints new technical director ahead of 2022 WRC season
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M-Sport appoints new technical director ahead of 2022 WRC season

M-Sport has promoted Chris Williams to technical director ahead of the 2022 World Rally Championship campaign.

Neuville: “Everything in place to carry on” without Hyundai WRC boss Adamo

Thierry Neuville believes his Hyundai squad has “everything in place to carry on as we did before” heading into the new World Rally Championship season without a permanent team principal.

Greensmith: New Rally1 cars will be faster than predecessors

M-Sport Ford’s Gus Greensmith is convinced the World Rally Championship’s Rally1 hybrid machines will prove to be “quite a lot faster” than the previous generation of cars.

Toyota WRC squad "working 100%" to be ready for Monte Carlo

Toyota World Rally Championship boss Jari-Matti Latvala says his team "can't relax" and is "working 100% all the time" to be ready for next month's Monte Carlo Rally.

Evans predicts “very open” WRC 2022 title fight without Ogier

Elfyn Evans says the 2022 World Rally Championship is "very open" and isn't placing himself as the favourite now rival Sebastien Ogier is set for a partial campaign.

Uncovered: M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC
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Uncovered: M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC

This year the World Rally Championship waved goodbye to a generation of cars that will perhaps be remembered as the greatest of all time.

Why the WRC's 'modern Group B' era was rallying at its bonkers best Prime

Why the WRC's 'modern Group B' era was rallying at its bonkers best

The World Rally Championship has brought down the curtain on the aggressive, aero-laden generation of cars first introduced in 2017 that have been likened to the 1980s Group B icons. As the championship prepares to begin a new era of Rally1 hybrid cars, its stars explain just why the outgoing machines were so special

Loeb “can still be competitive" on WRC return

Sebastien Loeb is confident he “can still be competitive” on his return to the World Rally Championship at next year’s Monte Carlo Rally.

FIA rally director Matton leaves role on eve of 2022 Rally1 shift

Yves Matton has left his role as the FIA’s rally director less than month before the start of the World Rally Championship’s new Rally1 hybrid era, Motorsport.com understands.

M-Sport: Loeb's WRC deal 16 years in the making

M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson is glad to have finally signed Sebastien Loeb to his World Rally Championship team in a deal that has been 16 years in the making.

Solberg firms up 2022 WRC co-driver plans, Edmondson to return

Oliver Solberg has locked in his co-driver for his 2022 World Rally Championship part-time campaign with Hyundai Motorsport.

Ranking the top 10 WRC drivers of 2021 Prime

Ranking the top 10 WRC drivers of 2021

On the eve of a new hybrid era for the World Rally Championship, the 2021 season was a blockbuster fought out between Toyota's two top dogs, with a familiar figure eventually emerging on top after a final showdown at Monza. We pick out the 10 best performers from the top class and its supporting cast

M-Sport announces Loeb WRC comeback, Fourmaux retained

Sebastien Loeb will make a World Rally Championship comeback next year with M-Sport Ford, while fellow countryman Adrien Fourmaux has been retained by the British squad.

Sulayem: Two and a half manufacturers in WRC is not enough
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Sulayem: Two and a half manufacturers in WRC is not enough

New FIA president Mohammed ben Sulayem intends to increase manufacturer involvement in the World Rally Championship, having stated that two and a half manufacturers competing is “not enough”.

Ogier won’t be tempted into WRC title tilt by Monte Carlo success

Sebastian Ogier says he won’t be tempted to contest a full World Rally Championship campaign next year if he wins the Monte Carlo Rally season opener.

Why Ogier's WRC swansong was a season to savour Prime

Why Ogier's WRC swansong was a season to savour

He’s shuffling into semi-rally-retirement, but Toyota star Sebastien Ogier was at the peak of his powers in the final season for the high downforce era-World Rally Championship cars. Despite Toyota's domination, there was still much to enjoy as the old master emerged atop a fierce title fight against teammate Elfyn Evans.

FIA announces new WRC 2022 cost-saving measures

World Rally Championship teams will be restricted in the amount engines and hybrid units used over the course of the 2022 season as part of cost saving measures ratified by the FIA.

Ogier expects "more uncertainty than ever" in WRC's new hybrid era
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Ogier expects "more uncertainty than ever" in WRC's new hybrid era

Sebastien Ogier believes there will be “more uncertainty than ever” at next year’s World Rally Championship Monte Carlo opener as team’s grapple with the reliability of all-new hybrid machinery.