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Gravel Notes Podcast: Rally Portugal preview as WRC marks 50 years
Review: New Sebastien Ogier WRC documentary The Final Season
FIA considering training rally co-drivers to become future F1 race directors
WRC reveals plans to launch 24/7 rally TV channel
Evans: Favourable road position not an automatic ticket for WRC Portugal result

The World Rally Championship is set for its first gravel round of the new Rally1 hybrid era at Rally Portugal, an event which will also celebrate the championship’s 50th season.

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

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.

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

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 kickstart his campaign.

Gravel Notes Podcast: Rally Portugal preview as WRC marks 50 years

The World Rally Championship is set for its first gravel round of the new Rally1 hybrid era at Rally Portugal, an event which will also celebrate the championship’s 50th season.

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. Autosport got a sneak preview and heard the Frenchman's thoughts on the project, produced by Red Bull Media House

FIA considering training rally co-drivers to become future 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: Favourable road position not an automatic ticket for WRC Portugal 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 kickstart his 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

Hyundai reveals more details of 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 return to Toyota's third World Rally Championship entry at Sardinia, taking over 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 points haul

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 downplays expectations of fight with Loeb for WRC Portugal win

Sebastien Ogier is hoping to renew his rivalry with Sebastien Loeb at Rally Portugal this month, but says he's 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 Plus

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

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.

Gravel Notes Podcast: WRC Rally Croatia review

Kalle Rovanpera won the WRC Rally Croatia in thrilling style, overturning a late charge from Ott Tanak to secure his second consecutive victory.

Hyundai drops appeal process over Neuville WRC Croatia penalties

Hyundai has confirmed 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.

WRC Croatia: The Good, The Bad and a "Miracle Kid"

The World Rally Championship burst back into life after an eight-week break in Croatia, which served up a contender to join the WRC’s all-time great grandstand finishes. Autosport reviews the highs, lows, turning points, close calls and heartbreak from a tarmac classic won by Kalle Rovanpera

Neuville: WRC Croatia podium never in doubt despite spectacular final stage 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.

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

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
Apr 29, 2022
How Rovanpera's Croatia turnaround sent a message to his WRC rivals Plus

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

WRC
Apr 25, 2022
How M-Sport's faith in Loubet led to a WRC reprieve after a dismal 2021 Plus

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

WRC
Apr 20, 2022
Why WRC mechanics deserve more respect Plus

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. Autosport donned a set of overalls and joined M-Sport on a Belgian national rally event to get an inside look into the trials and tribulations of a rally mechanic

WRC
Apr 17, 2022
The African McRae aiming to become a WRC pioneer Plus

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

WRC
Mar 8, 2022
How Rovanpera grabbed the Rally Sweden spotlight after the Loeb vs Ogier show Plus

How Rovanpera grabbed the Rally Sweden spotlight after the Loeb vs Ogier show

After a blockbuster opening act to the new era of the World Rally Championship with the battle of the Sebastiens at Monte Carlo, Rally Sweden would be the first chance to assess the next superstar of rallying. While teething issues with the new hybrid power thwarted some of the cast, Kalle Rovanpera’s display gave him headline billing

WRC
Feb 28, 2022
The "painful" journey behind the WRC's generational tech innovation Plus

The "painful" journey behind the WRC's generational tech innovation

As the company selected to provide the hybrid kits for the 2022 World Rally Championship, the pressure was on Compact Dynamics at the Monte Carlo season opener. Needing to treat all three manufacturers equally, it wasn't a straightforward process, but its first big test was a resounding success that bodes well for the future

WRC
Feb 25, 2022
The mentality shift key to Lappi’s shot at WRC redemption Plus

The mentality shift key to Lappi’s shot at WRC redemption

He appeared poised to become the World Rally Championship’s new bright young star five years ago, but Esapekka Lappi's fortunes since his 2017 breakthrough win offer a cautionary tale of how the tables can turn. Now having rebuilt his career, the Finn is determined to make the most of his second shot at the big time with Toyota

WRC
Feb 23, 2022