David Evans

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The outrageous mountain-climbers that became Pikes Peak legends

From Bigfoot to Le Mans-influenced racers, via Group B-derived leviathans, Pikes Peak has allowed some terrifying spectres to be unleashed. The latest in our Monsters of Motorsport series looks at the most outlandish machines to prove their worth on the famous hillclimb.

Ranking lost WRC legend Richard Burns' 10 best rallies Prime

Ranking lost WRC legend Richard Burns' 10 best rallies

Richard Burns was a determined driver who took on the best rally drivers in the world during a boom period in the early 2000s, and beat them. On the 20th anniversary of his crowning glory in winning the 2001 WRC title, and 16 years on from his death on the same date, we pick out his 10 greatest drives

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…

Tanak opts against running number one in 2020

The World Rally Championship will start the 2020 season without a driver running number one for the first time in its history.

M-Sport pins hopes on major mid-2020 engine upgrade

The M-Sport WRC team is targeting a return to rally wins this year, boosted by the “biggest change” made to its engine since the current regulations began in 2017.

Hanninen to co-drive for Latvala in Sweden

Ex-Toyota driver Juho Hanninen will co-drive for Jari-Matti Latvala on Rally Sweden in a privately-run Yaris WRC next month. 

Toyota's 2020 Yaris WRC unveiled ahead of debut

Toyota Gazoo Racing has unveiled its 2020-specification Yaris WRC at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

Lappi secures M-Sport Ford drive for 2020

Esapekka Lappi has been confirmed as an M-Sport Ford World Rally Team driver alongside Teemu Suninen for the 2020 WRC season.

Ogier doesn't want "special status" within Toyota

Six-time World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier says he does not desire "special status" within Toyota, following his move to the team for 2020.

WRC cars will get hybrid boosts in 2022

World Rally cars will utilise hybrid power to offer a boost on the stages as well as for use in towns, cities and service parks in 2022.

Pirelli elected WRC tyre supplier from 2021

Pirelli has been selected as the control tyre supplier to the World Rally Championship from 2021, ending Michelin's strong run at the top level of the WRC.

Hyundai could run second WRC team for Mikkelsen, Breen

Hyundai Motorsport could field a second team in the WRC next season, in a bid to keep Craig Breen and Andreas Mikkelsen in its squad.

Ogier has no interest in reasons for Tanak's Toyota exit

Sebastien Ogier says he has no interest in speculating about the breakdown of Ott Tanak's relationship with Tommi Makinen's team.

Meeke considering retirement after losing Toyota drive

Kris Meeke could be close to announcing his retirement from rallying's top level after losing his Toyota WRC drive, speculation suggests.

Citroen open to making WRC car available to privateers

Citroen's C3 WRC will be available to buyers and the car could yet compete in the 2020 World Rally Championship, even though the manufacturer has withdrawn its works team.

Latvala eyes five-round Toyota deal for 2020

Jari-Matti Latvala could tackle as many as five rounds of the 2020 World Rally Championship in a Toyota Yaris WRC.

Chile WRC round cancelled for 2020 due to unrest

April’s Chile round of the 2020 World Rally Championship has been cancelled due to political and social unrest in the country.

Chile's 2020 WRC round under threat amid civil unrest

Rally Chile’s place on the 2020 World Rally Championship calendar is under threat following recent social unrest in the country, understands.

Why Ogier's Toyota move has the potential to implode Prime

Why Ogier's Toyota move has the potential to implode

Sebastien Ogier is set to make his third new start in four years at the 2020 Monte Carlo Rally, following the confirmation of his deal to join Toyota. But with the six-time champion's retirement coming fast, he won't hold back from calling out mistakes

Toyota hails Latvala for pivotal role in its WRC return

Toyota president Akio Toyoda has thanked departing driver Jari-Matti Latvala for convincing him to return to the World Rally Championship five years ago.

Toyota unveils Ogier as part of all-new WRC line-up

Toyota has revealed an all-new driver line-up for next year's World Rally Championship, with Sebastien Ogier, Elfyn Evans and Kalle Rovanpera signed to drive its factory Yaris WRCs next season.

Lappi shocked by Citroen's WRC withdrawal

Esapekka Lappi says he was shocked by the news of Citroen's withdrawal from the World Rally Championship - a move which leaves him out of work for the 2020 season.

How Ogier's Citroen dream died Prime

How Ogier's Citroen dream died

Sebastien Ogier's return to Citroen offered him the chance to end his WRC story where it started, yet halfway through a two-year deal he's off. That Ogier lost patience with a team living within its means shows how motivated he is to win

Ogier opens up on why he decided to quit Citroen

Sebastien Ogier has opened up on his decision to leave Citroen's WRC team with a year to run on his contract.

Citroen boss explains reasons behind WRC exit

Citroen's World Rally Championship pull-out announcement had been anticipated for a week, and its statement pointed strongly towards Sebastien Ogier's decision to leave as the cause.

Citroen ends WRC programme, cites Ogier's exit as reason

Citroen has confirmed it will depart the WRC with immediate effect, stating Sebastien Ogier’s decision to move to Toyota left it with no alternative.

Citroen won't stay in WRC beyond 2021, PSA confirms

Amid doubts over Citroen's immediate WRC future, the manufacturer's parent company has confirmed to that it will certainly not continue in the series beyond 2021.

Ogier in frame to join Evans in revamped Toyota line-up

Elfyn Evans will be announced as a Toyota World Rally Championship driver as early as the end of next week, and could be joined by Sebastien Ogier in the marque's 2020 line-up.

Citroen could exit WRC amid PSA shake-up

Citroen’s future in the World Rally Championship is under review, with a departure from the series reckoned to be a strong possibility.

Rally Australia officially cancelled due to wildfires

Rally Australia has been cancelled following concerns about the rapidly spreading fires closing in on the event’s Coffs Harbour base.

Fires cause angry teams to call for Rally Australia cancellation

With Coffs Harbour sitting right in the path of intensifying bushfires there’s increasing anger in the WRC service park that Rally Australia hasn’t been cancelled.

Rally Australia set to be reduced to 59 timed miles

Rally Australia organisers have revealed a heavily revised schedule as a proposal to keep this week's World Rally Championship finale running.

Rally Australia facing threat from raging bush fires

Rally Australia officials are becoming increasingly concerned by the onset of bush fires in New South Wales.

Evans tipped to replace Tanak at Toyota in 2020

Elfyn Evans has been tipped as Ott Tanak's Toyota World Rally Championship replacement after he visited the team's Finnish headquarters squad last week.

Breen replaces Mikkelsen at Hyundai for Australia

Hyundai will take Craig Breen to Rally Australia in place of Andreas Mikkelsen for the final round of the 2019 WRC season.

The inside story of Tanak's shock Hyundai switch Prime

The inside story of Tanak's shock Hyundai switch

All signs pointed to new World Rally champion Ott Tanak enjoying a long alliance with powerhouse team Toyota, but a late U-turn now has him at Hyundai for 2020. This is the story of how Tanak and Toyota ended up divorcing just at their greatest moment.

WRC champion Tanak's Hyundai switch announced

Hyundai Motorsport has confirmed Ott Tanak will join its team for the 2020 World Rally Championship season.

Tanak exit could trigger Toyota bid for Ogier

After new champion Ott Tanak’s shock move to Hyundai, the biggest question surrounding the 2020 WRC season is whether Toyota will move to sign Sebastien Ogier.

Neuville would welcome Tanak at Hyundai in 2020

Thierry Neuville says he would welcome new World Rally champion Ott Tanak as a teammate at Hyundai in 2020.

Tanak to leave Toyota for Hyundai in shock 2020 move

World Rally Championship leader Ott Tanak has signed for Hyundai and will drive alongside his current title rival Thierry Neuville in the 2020 season.

Citroen won't run overhauled aero in Rally Catalunya

Citroen will not use the radical World Rally Championship aero upgrades it recently tested on this week's Rally of Spain.

Citroen enters third car for Ostberg in Australia

Citroen has entered a third C3 WRC to be driven by Mads Ostberg for next month's season-closing Rally Australia in a potential boost to Sebastien Ogier's title hopes.

Former Mitsubishi WRC boss Andrew Cowan dies

Former Mitsubishi Ralliart team principal and London to Sydney Marathon winner Andrew Cowan has passed away. He was 82.

Radical Citroen aero overhaul revealed

Citroen has revealed the most radical aerodynamic updates seen since the start of the WRC's current era ahead of Rally Spain.

Hyundai to "look at big picture" in deciding Breen's future

Hyundai team boss Andrea Adamo says he is taking a "big picture" view of whether to keep Craig Breen for the 2020 World Rally Championship season.

Meeke ahead of Latvala in race for 2020 Toyota seat

Kris Meeke is edging ahead of Jari-Matti Latvala in the race to stay at Toyota for the 2020 World Rally Championship due to his greater consistency.

FIA ramps up plans to simplify WRC class structure

The FIA is stepping up its efforts to simplify the World Rally Championship's class structure into a five-tier ladder of progression.

WRC drops Australia, Corsica, Spain from 2020 schedule

Japan, Kenya and New Zealand all return to the World Rally Championship calendar in 2020, with Australia, Corsica and Spain all dropped from the schedule.

Sordo set to remain with Hyundai in 2020

Dani Sordo is expected to remain with Hyundai for a seventh WRC season in 2020, despite reported advances for his services from Toyota.

Ogier warns Citroen not to get complacent after 1-2

Rally Turkey winner Sebastien Ogier has urged his Citroen team to push for further developments and not be distracted by its first WRC one-two in four years.

Tidemand to drive third M-Sport Ford in Rally GB

Pontus Tidemand will remain with the M-Sport Ford squad and drive a third Fiesta WRC in Wales Rally GB next month.

Paddon secures two more WRC outings with M-Sport

Hayden Paddon will return to the M-Sport Ford team for two more World Rally Championship appearances later in the 2019 season.

Hyundai confirms Breen for Wales Rally GB

Hyundai has confirmed Craig Breen will return to a factory i20 Coupe WRC for next month's Wales Rally GB.

Paddon unveils world-first electric rally car project

Hayden Paddon’s team is developing a world-leading all-electric Hyundai Kona EV rally car.

Paddon working on new WRC chance after Finland crash

Hayden Paddon is working on a deal to land another drive with M-Sport before the end of the 2019 WRC season, after a testing crash ruled him out last weekend's Rally Finland.

Tanak set to sign new Toyota WRC deal

Ott Tanak looks set to end speculation regarding his WRC future by signing a fresh deal to stay at Toyota this month.

Evans to miss Rally Germany due to back injury

Elfyn Evans will miss Rally Germany later this month while he still recovers from the back injury he sustained at Rally Estonia.

Why Toyota must rein in its WRC support players

Tommi Makinen blasted Kris Meeke and Jari-Matti Latvala for 'forgetting everything' and attempting to fight Ott Tanak on Rally Finland before making errors. Toyota must now react and put all its resources behind Tanak, or risk missing out on the title.

Toyota: Meeke, Latvala "forgot" their instructions for Finland

Toyota team principal Tommi Makinen has criticised Kris Meeke and Jari-Matti Latvala for ‘forgetting the plan’ for this week’s Rally Finland.

Ogier confirms he will retire from WRC after 2020

Sebastien Ogier has confirmed he will depart the World Rally Championship at the end of next year.