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Hyundai sheds more light on Sordo/Solberg WRC 2022 schedule

Hyundai has further outlined plans for its third World Rally Championship entry shared by Dani Sordo and Oliver Solberg.

Loeb unsure what to expect from WRC return in Portugal

World Rally Championship legend Sebastien Loeb is unsure what to expect from his first gravel rally in hybrid machinery at Rally Portugal this weekend.

Sordo gets new Hyundai WRC chassis for Portugal after Croatia fire

Dani Sordo will pilot a brand new Hyundai at Rally Portugal due to the damage sustained to the team’s third World Rally Championship car in Croatia last month.

Lappi to take over Ogier Toyota for WRC Sardinia

Esapekka Lappi will take over Toyota's third World Rally Championship entry at Sardinia from Sebastien Ogier as the eight-time world champion continues to evaluate his part-time plans.

Champions to assemble in Rally Portugal to mark WRC's 50th season

The largest group of World Rally Championship champions and a host of historic cars will assemble at Rally Portugal this month to celebrate the WRC's 50th season.

Latvala: Evans has 'shaken monster from shoulder' after WRC Croatia

Elfyn Evans’ first solid points haul of the 2022 World Rally Championship has “shaken a monster” off his shoulder, according to Toyota boss Jari-Matti Latvala.

Ogier: Don't expect me and Loeb to dominate WRC Rally Portugal

Sebastien Ogier is hoping to renew his rivalry with Sebastien Loeb at Rally Portugal this month but is not expecting the World Rally Championship legends to dominate the event.

Fourmaux keeps M-Sport WRC drive for Rally Portugal

Adrien Fourmaux will contest Rally Portugal, ending suggestions that the Frenchman could be benched by M-Sport for the next World Rally Championship round amid a poor run of form.

The former WRC star playing the unsung hero role for Rovanpera Prime

The former WRC star playing the unsung hero role for Rovanpera

Kalle Rovanpera’s 2022 World Rally Championship displays have been spectacular, with the Toyota driver benefitting from a secret weapon in his crew to win two of the opening three rallies. But while the former challenger to Sebastien Loeb won’t take credit for his fellow Finn's performances, a key bond has been formed which could prove key to Rovanpera’s title charge

WRC's AI safety camera plan delayed as development continues

Plans to fit artificial intelligence safety cameras to World Rally Championship cars to help improve spectator safety have been delayed as work continues on perfecting the technology.

Latvala admits Toyota's five-car WRC expansion a possibility

Toyota World Rally Championship boss Jari-Matti Latvala has hinted his team could expand to five cars later this season, but a final decision will be down to the Japanese manufacturer.

Hyundai drops appeal process over Neuville Croatia WRC penalties

Hyundai has announced it will not appeal the fine and penalty handed to Thierry Neuville and co-driver Martijn Wydaeghe for a “severe speeding” infringement at Rally Croatia.

Neuville: WRC Croatia podium never in doubt despite crash

Thierry Neuville felt a Rally Croatia podium finish was never in doubt despite almost flipping his Hyundai in a wild crash on the final stage of the World Rally Championship event.

How Rovanpera's Croatia turnaround sent a message to his WRC rivals

After a dominating Rally Croatia, a wrong tyre choice on the final day looked to have undone all Kalle Rovanpera's hard work and left him with a mountain to climb heading into the power stage. That he emerged the winner all the same has surely quelled any lingering doubts that the Finn is the man to beat in the 2022 WRC

Ogier to make WRC return at Rally Portugal in third Toyota

Sebastien Ogier will make the second World Rally Championship outing of his planned part-time 2022 campaign at Rally Portugal next month.

Tanak: Rally Croatia performance was the "best we could do"

Hyundai World Rally Championship driver Ott Tanak says his Rally Croatia display was the “best we could do” after his narrowly defeat to Kalle Rovanpera in a final stage thriller.

WRC Croatia: Rovanpera snatches win from Tanak in thrilling showdown Rally Croatia
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WRC Croatia: Rovanpera snatches win from Tanak in thrilling showdown

Toyota’s Kalle Rovanpera issued a final stage fightback to snatch the Rally Croatia victory from Hyundai’s Ott Tanak following a thrilling climax to the World Rally Championship event.

WRC Croatia: Tanak overhauls Rovanpera for lead after sudden downpour

Ott Tanak has overhauled Kalle Rovanpera to take a 1.4s lead into the final stage at Rally Croatia after a sudden downpour turned the rally on its head.

WRC Croatia: Rovanpera extends lead as Tanak tyre gamble backfires

World Rally Championship leader Kalle Rovanpera is on course to claim victory at Rally Croatia after extending his lead over Hyundai’s Ott Tanak on Sunday morning.

Tanak not giving up on Croatia win despite Rovanpera "statement" Rally Croatia
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Tanak not giving up on Croatia win despite Rovanpera "statement"

Ott Tanak isn't giving up on World Rally Championship victory at Rally Croatia but believes Kalle Rovanpera’s “statement” on Saturday’s final stage shows the Toyota driver has pace in his pocket.

M-Sport calls for stronger WRC wet tyre after Croatia punctures

M-Sport has called for Pirelli to strengthen its World Rally Championship wet weather tyre following a spate of punctures at Rally Croatia.

WRC Croatia: Rovanpera responds to Tanak’s Saturday charge

Kalle Rovanpera will head into Rally Croatia’s final day equipped with a healthy lead after responding to Ott Tanak’s charge on Saturday afternoon.

WRC Croatia: Tanak closes in as puncture cuts Rovanpera’s lead

Kalle Rovanpera’s Rally Croatia lead has been slashed after the Toyota driver picked up a puncture during an incident-packed start to the second day of the World Rally Championship event. 

WRC Croatia: Stage 9 cancelled after fiery Solberg crash

Rally Croatia organisers have cancelled Stage 9 of the World Rally Championship event following an incident involving Oliver Solberg.

Neuville penalised for “severe” Rally Croatia speeding infringements

Thierry Neuville has been fined, handed a one-minute penalty and will have to complete two days of public service after “multiple severe speeding infringements” at Rally Croatia.

Latvala: Rovanpera’s Croatia Friday performance his best yet in WRC Rally Croatia
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Latvala: Rovanpera’s Croatia Friday performance his best yet in WRC

Toyota World Rally Championship boss Jari-Matti Latvala has labelled Kalle Rovanpera’s drive on Friday at Rally Croatia as the young Finn’s best in a WRC car to date.

Chassis damage rules Fourmaux out of WRC Rally Croatia after garden crash Rally Croatia
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Chassis damage rules Fourmaux out of WRC Rally Croatia after garden crash

M-Sport has revealed Adrien Fourmaux will be unable to rejoin Rally Croatia after his Ford Puma sustained chassis damage in a bizarre crash at the World Rally Championship event.

WRC Croatia: Rovanpera pulls clear after dominant Friday

Toyota’s Kalle Rovanpera has moved into a commanding lead after dominating the World Rally Championship's opening day at Rally Croatia.

WRC Croatia: Neuville receives time penalty denting podium hopes

Thierry Neuville has dropped out of the Rally Croatia podium places after a suspected alternator issue resulted in the Hyundai driver checking into service late.

Understanding WRC hybrid failures top of FIA priority list

Understanding the causes of World Rally Championship hybrid unit failures is at the top of the FIA’s technical team’s priority list, according to new rally director Andrew Wheatley.

WRC Croatia: Rovanpera stars as rain wreaks havoc on Friday morning Rally Croatia
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WRC Croatia: Rovanpera stars as rain wreaks havoc on Friday morning

World Rally Championship leader Kalle Rovanpera starred in tricky wet conditions to lead Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville after an eventful morning at Rally Croatia. 

WRC Croatia: Lappi retires as Evans suffers puncture in first stage

Toyota’s Esapekka Lappi has retired from the World Rally Championship's Rally Croatia after an eventful opening stage that also saw Elfyn Evans lose valuable time to a puncture.

Hyundai “getting closer” to naming its new WRC team principal

Hyundai Motorsport is edging closer to a decision regarding the identity of its new World Rally Championship team principal, with deputy team director Julien Moncet among the candidates.

Tanak: New WRC hybrid regulations will “make no difference”

Ott Tanak believes new reduced time penalties for hybrid failures will “make no difference” and there should be more focus on improving the control World Rally Championship hybrid units.

How M-Sport's faith in Loubet led to a WRC reprieve after a dismal 2021 Prime

How M-Sport's faith in Loubet led to a WRC reprieve after a dismal 2021

It's fair to say 2021 was a year to forget for Pierre-Louis Loubet. A maiden full World Rally Championship season offered hope but soon turned into a nightmare that ended in hospital, after being hit by a car in a road traffic accident. Now handed a lifeline by M-Sport, the Frenchman is desperate to rebuild his career

Third-generation McRae set for Junior WRC Fiesta test

Max McRae is set to take the next step on the pathway to the World Rally Championship having secured a test in Junior WRC car next week.

WRC legend Loeb rejoins M-Sport for Rally Portugal

World Rally Championship legend Sebastien Loeb will rejoin M-Sport Ford to contest Rally Portugal in May.

WRC Rally Croatia: Everything you need to know

After an eight-week break the World Rally Championship returns to action with a visit to Rally Croatia for the third round of the campaign this weekend.

Two-month WRC break a “helpful” reset for Hyundai

A two-month break between World Rally Championship events has afforded Hyundai a “helpful” regroup to ramp up the development of its 2022 challenger, believes deputy team director Julien Moncet.

Why WRC mechanics deserve more respect Prime
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Why WRC mechanics deserve more respect

The drivers get the glare of attention, but it’s the mechanics who are key to the operation of any World Rally Championship car. donned a set of overalls and joined M-Sport on a Belgian national rally event to get an inside look into the life of a rally mechanic.

Collet ends Barcelona Formula 3 in-season test on top

Caio Collet topped the timesheets at the FIA Formula 3 Championship two-day test in Barcelona. 

Rovanpera: Toyota making “good progress” developing 2022 WRC Yaris

Toyota has made “really good progress” with the development of the new GR Yaris ahead of next week’s Rally Croatia, according to Kalle Rovanpera.

M-Sport sets sights on Dakar in new Ford rally raid venture

M-Sport plans to enter the rally raid arena as part of a new collaboration with Neil Woolridge Motorsport that intends to contest the famous Dakar Rally in the future.

Sordo to make first 2022 WRC outing in Portugal for Hyundai

Hyundai Motorsport has announced that Dani Sordo will contest Rally Portugal next month, for what will be his first outing of the World Rally Championship season.

Evans 'can't afford too many more mistakes' in WRC title bid

Elfyn Evans says he "cannot afford too many more mistakes" as he looks to ignite his World Rally Championship campaign when the series resumes in Croatia next week.

Rovanpera to conduct first WRC Pirelli in-season tyre test

Toyota will conduct the first in-season World Rally Championship Pirelli tyre test in Croatia this week.

Solberg: WRC podium possible after confidence-boosting Sweden

Oliver Solberg believes fighting among the World Rally Championship frontrunners in Rally Sweden proved the speed is there to challenge for a podium.

Supercars champion van Gisbergen nets podium on ARC rally debut

Reigning Supercars champion Shane van Gisbergen finished second on his debut in the Australian Rally Championship.

Breen to contest Sanremo Rally as WRC Croatia warm-up

Craig Breen will contest the famous Rally Sanremo to help prepare for the World Rally Championship’s visit to Croatia next month.

FIA rally director predicts WRC Rally1 regulation evolution for 2025

The World Rally Championship’s Rally1 regulations will undergo an “evolution” rather than a “revolution” for the next rule cycle beginning in 2025, according to new FIA rally director Andrew Wheatley.

FIA outlines changes to WRC Rally1 hybrid regulations

The FIA has revealed changes to its sporting regulations to limit the damage of hybrid unit failures for World Rally Championship Rally1 competitors.

FIA to address calls for WRC hybrid regulation changes

The FIA is set to take action in response to calls for regulation changes to prevent World Rally Championship entries being forced to retire from events due to hybrid failures.

Loubet set for maiden Puma Rally1 outing ahead of WRC return

Pierre-Louis Loubet will drive an M-Sport Rally1 Ford Puma for the first time at this weekend’s South Belgian Rally in preparation for a World Rally Championship return.

Hyundai names Suninen in new-look 2022 WRC2 line-up

Hyundai has announced Teemu Suninen will lead its assault on the WRC2 Championship as part of a new-look driver line-up for 2022.

FIA appoints Andrew Wheatley as Rally Director

The FIA has confirmed Andrew Wheatley as it its new Rally Director, taking over the position vacated by Yves Matton last year.

Spa circuit absent from 2022 WRC Ypres Rally route

Ypres Rally organisers have announced the World Rally Championship event won’t utilise the Spa-Francorchamps circuit this year.

The African McRae aiming to become a WRC pioneer Prime

The African McRae aiming to become a WRC pioneer

Taking his first step into the Junior World Rally Championship category, McRae Kimathi - named after 1995 world champion Colin - found himself in the unfamiliar climes of Sweden's snow and ice. Having impressed, Kimathi hopes to blaze a trail to the top level of WRC and help other African drivers to step onto the ladder

Former Hyundai WRC driver Paddon seals two-year WRC2 deal

Former factory Hyundai driver Hayden Paddon will return to the World Rally Championship after securing a two-year deal to compete in WRC2. 

WRC striving for two snow rallies in the future

The World Rally Championship is keen to add a second snow event to future calendars, earmarking 2024 a potential target to achieve this ambition.

Lappi surprised by his own pace after WRC comeback podium

Esapekka Lappi says he was surprised to be immediately on the pace of his World Rally Championship rivals after scoring a podium on his return to the category in Sweden.