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Greensmith hopeful of WRC results boost with new co-driver, engine

M-Sport Ford driver Gus Greensmith believes a new co-pilot – and an engine upgrade – can help him secure the results he needs to safeguard his World Rally Championship place in 2022.

Russia, India among countries WRC teams "requesting" to visit

India and Russia are two of the countries World Rally Championship teams are “requesting” to visit in the near future, according to FIA rally director Yves Matton.

Rally Sweden moves north for 2022 WRC round

Rally Sweden will relocate almost 500 miles north east from Varmland for its 2022 World Rally Championship round to a more “snowsafe” part of the country.

European rally champion Ingram secures WRC chance

Chris Ingram says the chance to compete in the second tier of the World Rally Championship “means the world” to him, with the Mancunian vowing he will “give it everything”.

Tanak: Hyundai's full WRC potential will be on show at Rally Croatia

Ott Tanak believes the “full potential” of Hyundai Motorsport’s i20 World Rally Car will be on show at Rally Croatia later this month.

WRC hybrid rules make it "credible platform" - Hyundai

Hyundai Motorsport’s Andrea Adamo says the World Rally Championship’s new hybrid rules cycle is a “credible platform” that allows car manufacturers to demonstrate cutting-edge technologies.

WRC hybrid rules safeguards M-Sport's future

M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson says the World Rally Championship’s commitment to plug-in hybrid technology has helped “safeguard its immediate future” in the series with Ford.

Loeb explains "loss of mutual trust" behind split with co-driver

Nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb says "a loss of mutual trust" between him and long-time co-driver Daniel Elena was behind their decision to split after 23 years together.

Acropolis Rally returns to WRC for the first time since 2013

World Rally Championship bosses have penned a “multi-year agreement” with the organisers of the Acropolis Rally, which returns to the series this year for the first time since 2013.

WRC to tackle six asphalt surfaces at "unique" Rally Croatia

World Rally Championship crews will encounter as many as six surface changes on their first visit to Rally Croatia next month.

"No clear position" over how WRC cars should be powered beyond 2024

The World Rally Championship has “no clear position” on how its cars should be powered beyond 2024, according to FIA rally director Yves Matton.

UK "definitely has its place" on future WRC schedules - Matton

The UK “definitely has its place” in the World Rally Championship's future, according to FIA rally director Yves Matton, despite Rally GB losing its slot in the schedule for 2021.

Matton: One more manufacturer could sign up to WRC's new rules

One more manufacturer could sign up to the World Rally Championship’s new hybrid era during the initial three-year rules cycle, according to FIA rally director Yves Matton.

Solberg focused on WRC2 title despite impressive WRC debut

Oliver Solberg says he remains focused on winning the World Rally Championship’s WRC2 support series in 2021, despite his impressive World Rally Car debut on Arctic Rally Finland.

Breen crash "hasn't affected" WRC Rally Croatia plans for Hyundai

Craig Breen’s crash on last week’s Rally il Ciocco “hasn’t affected” his chance of driving in the World Rally Championship's Rally Croatia, according to Hyundai boss Andrea Adamo

Loeb splits with co-driver Elena after 23-year partnership

Sebastien Loeb and long-term co-driver Daniel Elena have parted company after 23 years together.

WRC rally director confident of full 2021 campaign

FIA rally director Yves Matton fully expects the World Rally Championship to be held in its entirety in 2021.

Paddon "realistic" over bleak WRC return prospect

Hayden Paddon says the prospect of him negotiating a works drive in the World Rally Championship is bleaker than ever.

Todt happy with "flexibility" shown by WRC

FIA president Jean Todt has said he is happy with the "flexibility" World Rally Championship stakeholders have shown during COVID-19.

Adamo "optimistic" Hyundai will stay in WRC beyond 2021

Andrea Adamo says that he remains “optimistic” that Hyundai Motorsport will extend its involvement with the World Rally Championship beyond 2021.

New Toyota Rally1 WRC car to commence testing by summer

Toyota's World Rally Championship outfit is aiming to have its hybrid-powered Rally1 car ready to run by the summer

Adamo impressed by Hyundai's WRC Arctic Rally fightback

Hyundai boss Andrea Adamo has congratulated the manner in which his team bounced back from its round one World Rally Championship disappointment to win last weekend's Arctic Rally

Neuville sure co-driver language barrier can be solved for WRC Croatia

Hyundai's Thierry Neuville says he is sure the language barrier that surfaced with co-driver Martijn Wydaeghe at Arctic Rally Finland can be resolved before the Croatian World Rally Championship round

Rovanpera: Toyota need to be "clever" with WRC preparations

Kalle Rovanpera believes Toyota need to be "clever" in the build-up to the next WRC round after losing out due to numerous issues at Arctic Rally Finland

Tanak "pushing" Hyundai for improvements in Arctic Rally win

Ott Tanak has revealed he had to push his engineers to deliver a winning car for the Arctic Rally in Finland

Hyundai: Tanak "would be stupid" to risk Arctic Rally WRC victory

Ott Tanak would be "stupid" to take unnecessary risks on the final day of the World Rally Championship's Arctic Rally and put victory in jeopardy, says Hyundai principal Andrea Adamo

Neuville struggling with Arctic Rally WRC intercom and co-driver accent

Thierry Neuville has struggled with his Hyundai's intercom system during the World Rally Championship stages at Arctic Rally Finland, also citing communication issues with his co-driver

Ogier laments his road position for Friday's WRC Arctic Rally stages

Sebastien Ogier admits it was "hard to make a difference" in the first stages of the World Rally Championship's Arctic Rally due to his starting position

Hyundai: Nothing but Arctic Rally Finland WRC win will do

Hyundai boss Andrea Adamo admits nothing less than a win will do for the World Rally Championship team on this weekend's Arctic Rally Finland

M-Sport Ford targeting 2022 WRC rules shake-up chance

The man tasked with overseeing work on M-Sport's new Rally1 car believes it will be an immediate title contender in the 2022 World Rally Championship

Ogier tips Rovanpera to make WRC history on Arctic Rally Finland

Sebastien Ogier says Toyota Gazoo Racing team-mate Kalle Rovanpera can make World Rally Championship history and become the series' youngest-ever winner in this week's Arctic Rally Finland

Fourmaux to graduate to top WRC division in Croatia with M-Sport and Red Bull

Rising French talent Adrien Fourmaux will step up to the World Rally Championship's top division at April's Rally Croatia with M-Sport

Mikkelsen: Uncertainty over Hyundai's WRC future could hurt comeback plans

Andreas Mikkelsen has admitted the uncertainty over Hyundai's World Rally Championship future could hinder his comeback plans for 2022

Hyundai still awaiting "green light" to develop 2022 WRC car

Hyundai is still awaiting "the green light" to develop its 2022 World Rally Championship challenger, with the Korean marque's board yet to confirm whether it will compete next year

Tanak has "big job" ahead to beat Toyota in WRC's Arctic Rally Finland

Ott Tanak says there is "a big job" to be completed before he is in a position to win the World Rally Championship's Arctic Rally Finland in a fortnight's time

Tanak leads Hyundai 1-2 in warmup event for Arctic Rally Finland

Ott Tanak threw down the gauntlet to his World Rally Championship rivals by cruising to a 33.4 second victory on today's Otepaa Winter Rally, a warmup for Arctic Rally Finland

Lappi open to WRC test role for manufacturer to earn 2022 return

Esapekka Lappi says that he would be happy to perform test and development duties for a World Rally Championship manufacturer team as a means to earn a seat for 2022

Solberg says WRC Hyundai car switch "easier" than expected

Oliver Solberg has said making the switch to a World Rally Car was "easier" than he expected, following his first test ahead of his Arctic Rally debut in the class

Rovanpera targeting WRC Arctic Rally Finland victory bid

Toyota young gun Kalle Rovanpera believes this month's Arctic Finland Rally presents his best chance yet to fight for a maiden World Rally Championship victory

Oliver Solberg to make top class WRC debut at Arctic Rally Finland

Oliver Solberg will step up to the premier class in the World Rally Championship with Hyundai at Arctic Rally Finland

Evans: Motorsport UK has real fight to get WRC Rally GB back

Elfyn Evans believes Motorsport UK has a real fight on its hands if it is to bring the World Rally Championship back to Britain.

Evans struggled to "connect" with new WRC tyres in Monte Carlo

Elfyn Evans believes the gap to Toyota counterpart Sebastien Ogier on last weekend's Monte Carlo Rally would have been smaller had he been able to "connect" with the new Pirelli tyres

Ogier "proud" to be Monaco great like Senna after record WRC win

Sebastien Ogier is "proud" to be a record-breaker like his boyhood idol, Ayrton Senna after becoming the most successful driver in Monte Carlo Rally history.

Hyundai "cannot be proud" of WRC Rally Monte Carlo efforts

Hyundai boss Andrea Adamo believes his World Rally Championship team "cannot be proud" of its Rally Monte Carlo showing so far

Tanak blames recce error for WRC Rally Monte Carlo retirement

Hyundai's Ott Tanak has said an error during his recce for this week's Rally Monte Carlo is what led to his retirement in the 2021 World Rally Championship opener

Ogier willing to "take more risks" to win WRC Rally Monte Carlo

Sebastien Ogier will "take more risks" to win WRC's Rally Monte-Carlo for the eighth time after his time on Friday's final stage moved him back into contention

Evans won't rely on safety-first approach to win 2021 WRC

Toyota World Rally Championship driver Elfyn Evans says a safety-first approach is not how he plans to win the 2021 WRC title, despite it almost netting him glory in 2020

Tanak: Second WRC season with Hyundai will be better than 2020

Ott Tanak says he is confident of giving a better account of himself in his second World Rally Championship season at Hyundai, after a disappointing title defence in 2020

Ogier: Decent number of WRC events in 2021 "most important thing"

Toyota World Rally Championship driver Sebastien Ogier says "the most important thing" in his swansong campaign is that the series can stage a more representative season amid continued COVID-19 restrictions

Ogier expects his final WRC season to be the most open yet

Sebastien Ogier believes his final World Rally Championship season could be the most open yet, with the defending champion tipping Toyota team-mate Kalle Rovanpera to be a dark horse

Neuville to make long-term WRC co-driver call after Monte Carlo

Hyundai's Thierry Neuville has said he will make a decision on remaining with co-driver Martijn Wydaeghe for the remainder of the 2021 World Rally Championship after next week's Rally Monte-Carlo

Neuville splits with long-term co-driver Gilsoul ahead of 2021 WRC campaign

Thierry Neuville has split from long-term co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul one week before the start of the 2021 World Rally Championship season

WRC adds Arctic Rally Finland to 2021 calendar as Sweden replacement

The World Rally Championship will pay its first ever visit to the Arctic Circle at the end of next month after striking a deal with Finnish motorsport's governing body

Rally Northern Ireland promoter still "committed" for 2022 WRC date

Rally Northern Ireland promoter Bobby Willis says securing the British round of the World Rally Championship in 2022 would be his "biggest achievement" if he can pull it off

Motorsport UK already working on Rally GB return after WRC '21 axing

Motorsport UK has confirmed that work is already underway to try and bring about the UK's swift return to the World Rally Championship after it was dropped for 2021

UK loses 2021 WRC calendar slot to inaugural Belgian round

The head of the World Rally Championship is "sad" the series will not get the chance to visit Northern Ireland in 2021, with Rally Ypres confirmed as taking its place

WRC2 driver Fourmaux joins Greensmith and Suninen at M-Sport for 2021 WRC

M-Sport will continue its policy of blooding young drivers in the World Rally Championship by adding WRC2 competitor Adrien Fourmaux to its 2021 line-up, alongside Gus Greensmith and Teemu Suninen

WRC refugee Mikkelsen aims to "dominate" in ERC and WRC2 during 2021

Andreas Mikkelsen says he wants to "dominate" every WRC2 and European Rally Championship round he starts in 2021 as he still targets a full-time World Rally Championship return

FIA "quite confident" 2021 WRC opener in Monte Carlo will go ahead

FIA rally director Yves Matton says he is "quite confident" the opening round of the 2021 World Rally Championship will go ahead, despite the continuing impact of the coronavirus pandemic

Ogier: WRC should consider more showcase events like Rally Monza

Sebastian Ogier feels the World Rally Championship promoters should explore the possibility of more showcase-type events for future calendars following the success of Rally Monza