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Rovanpera shocked to be leading WRC Rally Portugal

Kalle Rovanpera says he is surprised to be leading Rally Portugal heading into the final day given the disadvantage of starting the gravel rally by opening the road.

WRC Portugal: Rovanpera charges into lead as wet weather hits Rally Portugal
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WRC Portugal: Rovanpera charges into lead as wet weather hits

Toyota’s Kalle Rovanpera has charged into the lead of Rally Portugal after overhauling World Rally Championship team-mate Elfyn Evans across a weather affected Saturday afternoon loop of stages.

Dashboard distraction prompted rare Ogier mistake at Rally Portugal

Sebastien Ogier says a dashboard distraction following a hybrid issue with his Toyota prompted an uncharacteristic driving error, resulting in a second WRC retirement from Rally Portugal.

WRC Portugal: Evans extends lead, Ogier and Loeb in trouble again Rally Portugal
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WRC Portugal: Evans extends lead, Ogier and Loeb in trouble again

Elfyn Evans extended his Rally Portugal lead over Toyota teammate Kalle Rovanpera after a drama-filed Saturday morning.

M-Sport unsure if Loeb will rejoin Rally Portugal after shock retirement Rally Portugal
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M-Sport unsure if Loeb will rejoin Rally Portugal after shock retirement

M-Sport has rated the chances of Sebastien Loeb rejoining Rally Portugal as 50:50 after an uncharacteristic driver error forced him to retire from Friday’s action.

Ogier in disbelief over puncture exit from Rally Portugal Rally Portugal
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Ogier in disbelief over puncture exit from Rally Portugal

Sebastien Ogier was shocked to retire from Rally Portugal following a double puncture after revealing he had been extra careful on the rough gravel roads.

WRC Portugal: Evans leads Rovanpera after brutal Friday Rally Portugal
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WRC Portugal: Evans leads Rovanpera after brutal Friday

Toyota’s Elfyn Evans leads World Rally Championship leader Kalle Rovanpera after emerging from a brutal Friday at Rally Portugal, that resulted in retirements for Sebastien Loeb and Sebastien Ogier.

WRC Portugal: Punctures force Ogier into retirement Rally Portugal
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WRC Portugal: Punctures force Ogier into retirement

Sebastien Ogier has been forced to retire from Rally Portugal after picking up a pair of punctures in the space of two stages on Friday afternoon.

WRC Portugal: Loeb crashes out of the lead on Stage 5 Rally Portugal
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WRC Portugal: Loeb crashes out of the lead on Stage 5

World Rally Championship legend Sebastien Loeb has crashed out of Rally Portugal on the first stage of Friday afternoon’s loop.

WRC Portugal: Loeb overhauls Evans to hold slender lead Rally Portugal
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WRC Portugal: Loeb overhauls Evans to hold slender lead

Sebastien Loeb leads Rally Portugal after overhauling Elfyn Evans on the final stage of Friday's morning loop as World Rally Championship crews tackled gravel for the first time in 2022.

WRC Portugal: Neuville takes early lead on opening stage

Thierry Neuville claimed fastest time on the opening stage of Rally Portugal to hold an early lead, as the 50th anniversary World Rally Championship event began on Thursday night.

Review: New Sebastien Ogier WRC documentary The Final Season

A new documentary on eight-time conqueror of the World Rally Championship Sebastien Ogier is released today. Motorsport.com got a sneak preview and heard the Frenchman's thoughts on the project, produced by Red Bull Media House

FIA could train rally co-drivers to become F1 race directors

FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem believes rally co-drivers could be trained to become future race directors in Formula 1, with the FIA actively pursuing the initiative.

WRC reveals plans to launch 24/7 rally TV channel

The World Rally Championship has revealed plans to launch a 24/7 television channel next year, in a bid to reach new markets.

Evans: Portugal road position no "automatic ticket" to result

Toyota World Rally Championship driver Elfyn Evans says a favourable road position won’t guarantee a good result at Rally Portugal as he looks to kick start campaign.

The epic Loeb battle that ignited Ogier's WRC career

World Rally Championship legends Sebastien Ogier and Sebastien Loeb will again do battle on this weekend's Rally Portugal, 12 years after young pretender Ogier won out and secured his first career win. As the WRC prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary season in Portugal, Ogier reflects on the significance of that breakthrough

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

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

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

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. Motorsport.com 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.