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The 'Cumbrian Maranello' where Ford's WRC giants are born Plus

The 'Cumbrian Maranello' where Ford's WRC giants are born

M-Sport is changing the game as a World Rally Championship powerhouse, inspired by Ferrari's legendary Formula 1 base. Autosport was afforded a behind-the-scenes look at its new headquarters, the result of a vision that has taken three decades to be realised, where its new Rally1 Puma took shape

Neuville expects “more nerve wracking moments than ever" in WRC 2022

Thierry Neuville expects the new look World Rally Championship to produce "more nerve-wracking moments than ever" this year as teams and drivers brace themselves for “surprises”.

WRC 2022: Everything you need to know on the new rules, new cars and more

The World Rally Championship will usher in its 50th season this weekend with the dawn of a new hybrid Rally1 era in Monte Carlo. Here's all you need to know.

Ogier: Monte Carlo WRC head-to-head with Loeb will be a "pleasure"

Sebastien Ogier says it will be a “pleasure” to have one more battle with long-time World Rally Championship rival Sebastien Loeb at this weekend’s Monte Carlo Rally.

UK misses out on 2022 WRC round as Northern Ireland plans collapse

The United Kingdom will be absent from the World Rally Championship calendar in 2022 after plans to bring rallying’s top tier to Northern Ireland collapsed.

The WRC star that's earned the right to lead M-Sport's revival Plus

The WRC star that's earned the right to lead M-Sport's revival

Part-time opportunities with Citroen and Hyundai have offered brief glimpses of what Craig Breen can do in a World Rally Championship car. Now signed up by M-Sport to lead it into the WRC's new hybrid era, Breen has been given the chance he's pursued for so long and is determined to make the most of it

Breen's "confidence still high" after WRC testing crash

Craig Breen says his confidence is “still high” heading into next weekend’s 2022 World Rally Championship season opener following a heavy crash in testing.

Loeb: Second place in Dakar Rally "nothing to be ashamed of"

Sebastien Loeb says there is "nothing to be ashamed of" in losing the 2022 Dakar Rally, having done everything in his power to topple Toyota's Nasser Al-Attiyah.

Toyota uncovers 2022 WRC Rally1 contender

Toyota has showcased the final version of its Rally1 hybrid GR Yaris that will compete in the 2022 World Rally Championship.

M-Sport reveals bold new-look Puma WRC 2022 challenger

M-Sport has taken the covers off its Ford Puma Rally1 car it hopes will guide the team back to the top of the World Rally Championship this year.

LIVE: Watch the WRC 2022 season launch

The World Rally Championship is set to usher in a new Rally1 hybrid era as it prepares for its 50th season of competition in 2022.

Prodrive: Audi will "kill" competition in Dakar if FIA doesn't intervene

Audi will “kill” the competition in the Dakar Rally next year if the FIA doesn’t do something to balance its performance against petrol-powered cars, according to Prodrive’s chairman David Richards.

Mechanic dies on the last liaison of Dakar 2022

A mechanic of the PH Sport team has passed away following a road accident in the last liaison of the Dakar Rally from Bisha to Jeddah.

Dakar 2022: Toyota's Al-Attiyah dominates to seal fourth title

Toyota’s Nasser Al-Attiyah has been crowned a four-time Dakar Rally champion following a dominant run in the 2022 edition of the event in Saudi Arabia.

Dakar 2022, Stage 11: Sainz fastest, Al-Attiyah inches closer to win

Carlos Sainz chalked up yet another stage win for Audi on the penultimate day of the Dakar Rally, while Nasser Al-Attiyah inched closer to overall victory in eighth.

Overnight repair saves M-Sport Monte Carlo WRC test

M-Sport will continue its Monte Carlo World Rally Championship pre-event test after completing an overnight repair on its Ford Puma damaged in a crash involving Craig Breen.

Loeb 'cannot do more' to catch Dakar leader Al-Attiyah

Sebastien Loeb has admitted that he ‘cannot do more’ to beat Toyota’s Nasser Al-Attiyah to a maiden Dakar Rally win as the event enters its final two days.

Dakar 2022, Stage 10: Peterhansel leads Audi 1-2, Loeb beats Al-Attiyah

Stephane Peterhansel scored Audi’s third stage victory of the 2022 Dakar Rally on Wednesday, as Sebastien Loeb gained more time on overall leader Nasser Al-Attiyah by finishing fifth.

M-Sport’s Craig Breen unscathed after WRC Monte Carlo testing crash

M-Sport driver Craig Breen and co-driver Paul Nagle have emerged unscathed from a crash in testing ahead of next weekend’s World Rally Championship opener in Monte Carlo.

The positive future implications of Audi's creditable Dakar debut

OPINION: Audi has been a disruptive presence on the 2022 Dakar Rally, with its new hybrid RS Q e-tron taking three stage wins so far. Its impressive pace and resilience on one of the world’s toughest tests also bodes well for the Dakar’s future as it seeks to attract new manufacturers

Al-Attyiah given belated FIA seat belt penalty, keeps Dakar lead

The Dakar Rally’s FIA stewards have imposed a five-minute penalty on event leader Nasser Al-Attiyah over 24 hours after a seat belt infringement occurred during Monday’s Stage 8.

Breen: Hybrid power brings "third dimension" to WRC driving

New M-Sport Ford recruit Craig Breen says hybrid technology is bringing a whole new dimension to the World Rally Championship and will force drivers to think and drive differently.

Dakar 2022, Stage 9: De Villiers leads Toyota 1-2-3, Loeb fifth

Toyota enjoyed its strongest showing of the 2022 Dakar Rally in Stage 9 as Giniel de Villiers led a 1-2-3 ahead of Henk Lategan and overall leader Nasser Al-Attiyah.

Loeb escapes penalty for lost spare wheel in Dakar Stage 8

The FIA has decided not to penalise Sebastien Loeb for losing a spare wheel during Monday's Stage 8 of the Dakar Rally.

Al-Attiyah felt “really lucky” to finish latest Dakar stage after mechanical scare

Nasser Al-Attiyah says he is “really lucky” to finish the Stage 8 and retain the lead of the Dakar Rally after suffering a mechanical scare with a broken rear differential.

Dakar 2022, Stage 8: Ekstrom wins for Audi, Al-Attiyah struggles

Mattias Ekstrom claimed Audi’s second stage victory of the 2022 Dakar Rally on Monday, while a troubled day for Nasser Al-Attiyah allowed Sebastien Loeb to close the gap further in the overall standings.

Hyundai becomes first WRC team to launch 2022 Rally1 car

Hyundai is the first World Rally Championship manufacturer to officially launch its all-new hybrid Rally1 car that will contest the 2022 season.

Dakar 2022, Stage 7: Loeb wins to cut into Al-Attiyah's advantage

Sebastien Loeb claimed his second stage victory of the 2022 Dakar Rally on Sunday to reduce the deficit to Toyota’s Nasser Al-Attiyah in the overall standings.

GCK unveils hydrogen prototype for 2024 Dakar Rally

Green Corp Konnection has showcased its new hydrogen prototype which it hopes to race in the 2024 Dakar Rally.

De Villiers: Death threats after Dakar bike crashes "upsetting"

Giniel de Villiers says it was “upsetting” to receive online abuse and death threats after he was involved in two separate incidents with motorcycle riders on the 2022 Dakar Rally.

Dakar leader Al-Attiyah: 2022 regulations have made my life easier

Toyota driver Nasser Al-Attiyah says the new regulations for the 2022 Dakar Rally have “made my life easier”, believing he now has a fair chance at a fourth career win.

FIA dismisses Sainz complaints about Audi Dakar disadvantage

The president of FIA’s cross-country commission Jutta Kleinschmidt has refuted Carlos Sainz’s suggestion that Audi’s electric car has been “penalised” in the 2022 Dakar Rally.

Organisers have no plans to stop Dakar despite French minister comments

Dakar Rally director David Castera insists the organisation has no intention to cancel the 44th edition of the event despite comments from France's Foreign Minister.

Evans: Poor hybrid management could have "massive effect" on WRC stage times

Elfyn Evans believes managing the hybrid power correctly will have a “massive effect” on stage times at some World Rally Championship events this year.

Dakar 2022, Stage 6: Terranova wins, Al-Attiyah extends lead

Orlando Terranova won the sixth stage of the 2022 Dakar Rally for the Prodrive-run Bahrain team, while Nasser Al-Attiyah extended his overall advantage despite finishing only 10th.

French minister considering cancelling Dakar after car explosion

France's Foreign Minister says the country is considering cancelling the 2022 Dakar Rally following a car explosion in the run-up to this year's event.

Petrucci “wanted to kill” camel that almost cost him historic Dakar stage win

Ex-MotoGP rider Danilo Petrucci says he “wanted to kill” the camel that caused a crash in the Dakar Rally that almost cost him his historic stage five win on Thursday.

MotoGP winner Petrucci "crying like a baby" after historic Dakar Rally stage win

Danilo Petrucci says he's "crying like a baby" after becoming the first former MotoGP rider to top a stage of the Dakar Rally having been declared the winner of a shortened stage five.

Dakar 2022, Stage 5: Lategan beats Loeb to win, Al-Attiyah eighth

Toyota driver Henk Lategan beat WRC legend Sebastien Loeb to claim his maiden stage win in the Dakar Rally on Thursday, as overall leader Nasser Al-Attiyah struggled to eighth.

De Villiers gets five-hour Dakar penalty for second motorcyclist incident

Giniel de Villiers has received a five-hour penalty in the Dakar Rally overall standings, leaving him out of the battle for victory after a second incident with a motorcyclist.

Tanak confident Hyundai can “fight hard” in 2022 WRC

Ott Tanak is confident he will be able to “fight hard” for success in the 2022 World Rally Championship despite Hyundai’s late start in developing its new Rally1 machine.

Dakar 2022, Stage 4: Al-Attiyah wins after late trouble for Sainz, Al Rajhi

Nasser Al-Attiyah extended his advantage in the 2022 Dakar Rally with victory in Stage 4, as rivals Yazeed Al Rajhi and Carlos Sainz hit trouble late in the stage.

French anti-terror agency to investigate Dakar Rally blast

The French anti-terrorist prosecutor's office has opened an investigation into the explosion that seriously injured a driver before the start of the Dakar Rally in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

WRC investigating possible return to Argentina in 2023

The World Rally Championship could return to Argentina next year after new FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem said talks to bring the championship back to South America are underway.

Lost personal belongings dashed Petrucci’s Dakar hopes

Ex-MotoGP rider Danilo Petrucci revealed he was unable to fix the bike issue which effectively knocked him out of the running at the Dakar Rally because he lost his phone.

Dakar 2022, Stage 3: Sainz scores first win for electric Audi

Carlos Sainz claimed Audi’s maiden stage victory in the Dakar Rally on Tuesday, while Nasser Al-Attiyah extended his lead in the overall standings despite finishing only eighth.

Audi won't appeal against Dakar roadbook after Stage 1 controversy

Audi has decided not to appeal against the roadbook for the opening stage of Dakar Rally after Carlos Sainz lost more than two hours searching for the correct route.

Toyota driver hit with Dakar penalty after collision with a bike rider

Toyota Gazoo Racing driver Giniel de Villiers hit with five-minute penalty for a Dakar Rally incident involving a motorcyclist, and is under investigation for a second.

Dakar leader Al-Attiyah fined for rules breach, gets suspended DSQ

Dakar Rally leader Nasser Al-Attiyah has been hit with a €5,000 fine and a suspended disqualification for failing to connect the data logger to his Toyota during yesterday's second stage.

Dakar 2022, Stage 2: Loeb wins as Al-Attiyah holds overall lead

Nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb claimed victory in the second stage of the Dakar Rally to cut the gap to overnight leader Nasser Al-Attiyah.

How the opening stage of Dakar 2022 unleashed chaos

The 2022 Dakar Rally began in earnest on Sunday with a tricky first stage in Saudi Arabia, but the roadbook again came under fire for a lack of clarity. Competitors and rally organiser ASO explain what happened.

Dakar 2022, Stage 1: Al-Attiyah eases to win, disaster for Audi

Toyota driver Nasser Al-Attiyah cruised to victory in the opening stage of the 2022 Dakar Rally, as Audi endured a disastrous day with its electric RS Q e-tron challenger.

Dakar drops 'marathon' stage rule after heavy rain

The second and third stages of the 2022 Dakar Rally will no longer run to 'marathon' rules after heavy rain in Saudi Arabia.

Audi's Peterhansel drops out of Dakar contention after Stage 1 crash

Reigning Dakar Rally winner Stephane Peterhansel has effectively dropped out of contention for victory in 2022 after suffering heavy damage to his Audi on Sunday's opening stage.

Analysis: The technical challenge at the heart of Dakar 2022

The FIA and the ASO are facing one of the greatest challenges in the history of the Dakar Rally as they aim to balance cars built to T1+ and T1U regulations.

Dakar organiser issues warning alert after Jeddah car explosion

The organiser of the Dakar Rally has issued a warning statement on the opening day of the marathon following a road car explosion in Jeddah that injured a competitor.

What could have been: When a rally king's Le Mans debut was scuppered

Carlos Sainz is a name synonymous with rallying, the Spaniard etching his name into the history books as a double World Rally champion and currently gunning for a fourth Dakar win with Audi. Had it not been for a date change, he may well have added a further bit of history to his credit at the Le Mans 24 Hours...

Dakar 2022: Al-Attiyah tops Prologue as Audi makes strong start

Toyota’s Nasser Al-Attiyah topped Saturday’s Prologue for the 2022 Dakar Rally, as Audi’s electric RS Q e-tron challenger made a strong start to its competitive debut with Carlos Sainz Sr.

M-Sport appoints new technical director ahead of 2022 WRC season

M-Sport has promoted Chris Williams to technical director ahead of the 2022 World Rally Championship campaign.

Neuville: “Everything in place to carry on” without Hyundai WRC boss Adamo

Thierry Neuville believes his Hyundai squad has “everything in place to carry on as we did before” heading into the new World Rally Championship season without a permanent team principal.