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How Tanak froze out the competition at the Arctic Rally

Ott Tanak made up for a disastrous Monte Carlo Rally by leading all the way on the snow-kissed stages of the Arctic Rally Finland and in the process hit back at an event Toyota had been expected to dominate…

Arctic WRC: Tanak beats record-breaker Rovanpera Arctic Rally
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Arctic WRC: Tanak beats record-breaker Rovanpera

Hyundai’s Ott Tanak claimed an assured victory on the Arctic Rally to kickstart his 2021 World Rally Championship campaign, beating the Toyota of 20-year-old Kalle Rovanpera – who becomes the youngest-ever leader of the WRC drivers’ championship.

Arctic WRC: Hyundai’s Tanak dominates as Ogier retires Arctic Rally
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Arctic WRC: Hyundai’s Tanak dominates as Ogier retires

Day two of the Arctic Rally, the second round of the World Rally Championship, came to a close with Hyundai’s Ott Tanak sitting serenely atop the standings going into the quick-fire final day.

Arctic WRC: Tanak extends lead with double stage wins Arctic Rally
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Arctic WRC: Tanak extends lead with double stage wins

Ott Tanak has extended his lead in the Arctic Rally, round two of the World Rally Championship, after claiming two wins out of the three stages on the morning loop in his Hyundai.

Arctic WRC: Tanak leads after Day 1 for Hyundai Arctic Rally
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Arctic WRC: Tanak leads after Day 1 for Hyundai

Hyundai’s Ott Tanak holds the overnight lead after the first day’s action on the Arctic Rally, round two of the 2021 World Rally Championship.

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.

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.

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 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.

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

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.

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…

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.

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…

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 WRC's bit-part player reignited Hyundai's challenge

In only his second World Rally Championship event of the year as part of the rotating pool of drivers in Hyundai's third car, Dani Sordo took a thoroughly deserved victory on Rally Italia Sardegna; his third career WRC win and his second in as many visits to Sardinia.

Italy WRC: Sordo holds off Neuville for Hyundai 1-2 Rally Italy
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Italy WRC: Sordo holds off Neuville for Hyundai 1-2

Hyundai’s part-timer Dani Sordo won Rally Italia Sardegna, the sixth round of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship, by 5.1 seconds ahead of his teammate Thierry Neuville.

Italy WRC: Sordo stays on top, Ogier jumps to second Rally Italy
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Italy WRC: Sordo stays on top, Ogier jumps to second

Dani Sordo maintained his lead on a dramatic second day of Rally Italia Sardegna, the sixth round of this year’s FIA World Rally Championship, ahead of title protagonists Sebastien Ogier and Thierry Neuville.

Italy WRC: Sordo leads from Suninen, Neuville Rally Italy
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Italy WRC: Sordo leads from Suninen, Neuville

Hyundai's Dani Sordo holds the overnight lead as the FIA World Rally Championship returns to action with Rally Italia Sardegna.

The past lessons Toyota must heed in the WRC title race Prime

The past lessons Toyota must heed in the WRC title race

Tommi Makinen has a potentially awkward dilemma on his hands as the 2020 WRC reaches its business end, with Toyota's team leader playing catch-up to its number two and pressure from Hyundai in the manufacturers' complicating matters further.

Turkey WRC: Neuville leads as Loeb stars despite setback Rally Turkey
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Turkey WRC: Neuville leads as Loeb stars despite setback

Thierry Neuville holds the lead for Hyundai at the end of the second day of Rally Turkey, delivering some searing stage times as he bids to stay in the race for this year’s FIA World Rally Championship title.

Turkey WRC: Loeb leads for Hyundai after opening day Rally Turkey
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Turkey WRC: Loeb leads for Hyundai after opening day

Nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb holds the overnight lead in Turkey for the fifth round of the Covid-shortened 2020 season.

Estonia WRC: Tanak revitalises title bid with home win Rally Estonia
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Estonia WRC: Tanak revitalises title bid with home win

Hyundai driver Ott Tanak scored victory in his home WRC event in Estonia to revitalise his title bid heading into the final three rounds of the season.

Estonia WRC: Hyundai in control as local hero Tanak leads Breen Rally Estonia
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Estonia WRC: Hyundai in control as local hero Tanak leads Breen

A 10-stage marathon on the first full day in Estonia saw the Hyundais of Ott Tanak and Craig Breen take control of the fourth round of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship.

Estonia WRC: M-Sport’s Esapekka Lappi takes early lead

The 2020 FIA World Rally Championship has officially restarted as Rally Estonia got underway on Friday evening in front of thousands of socially-distanced fans on the short 1.28-km spectator stage at Tartu vald.

Estonia WRC: Tanak leads home event after shakedown

Rally Estonia, the fourth round of this year’s FIA World Rally Championship, has got underway following the Covid hiatus with a 6.23 km pre-event shakedown stage at Abissaare.

How new tech is helping the WRC solve one of its oldest issues Prime

How new tech is helping the WRC solve one of its oldest issues

The scale of spectator misbehaviour has diminished since the crazy days of Group B, but it's still an issue - so broadcasting technology is being employed to help keep the stages safe

Neuville "can't see the point" of 2022 WRC proposals

Hyundai driver Thierry Neuville believes that the WRC's proposed technical regulations for 2022 will make it "less interesting" and water down the appeal of the series.

Mexico WRC: Ogier seals victory on shortened rally Rally Mexico
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Mexico WRC: Ogier seals victory on shortened rally

Sebastien Ogier took his first WRC win as a Toyota driver on this weekend’s truncated Rally Mexico, the third round of the 2020 season.

Mexico WRC: Ogier in control as Neuville shuffles the deck

Three different drivers won the trio of stages that formed Saturday’s morning loop on the World Rally Championship’s visit to Mexico, but overnight leader Sebastien Ogier continues to hold a secure lead.

Mexico WRC: Ogier stretches lead, Hyundai hits trouble Rally Mexico
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Mexico WRC: Ogier stretches lead, Hyundai hits trouble

Six-time World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier ended the first full day of Rally Mexico at the top of the leaderboard after a supremely assured performance in the mountains outside Guanajuato.

Mexico WRC: Ogier takes command after first loop of stages Rally Mexico
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Mexico WRC: Ogier takes command after first loop of stages

Six-time World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier put his stamp on Rally Mexico with an assured first loop of stages in the mountains outside Guanajuato on Friday morning.

Rally Argentina postponed due to coronavirus pandemic

While the WRC runs its third event of the season, this weekend’s Rally Mexico, without interruption from the ongoing global Coronavirus pandemic, it has been announced that next month’s Rally Argentina has been postponed.

Mexico WRC: Neuville snatches early lead on Thursday

Joint WRC points leader Thierry Neuville stunned a capacity crowd on the historic streets of Guanajuato to take the overnight lead at the start of this year’s Rally Mexico.