WRC News

Deadline set to decide fate of 2024 UK WRC round bid
Why Monte Carlo success could spark another past master’s WRC revival
Bertelli investigating more WRC opportunities after Sweden
Ogier eyes WRC Monte Carlo rematch with Loeb
Vettel reveals “huge” admiration for rally drivers

A decision regarding the United Kingdom’s possible return to the World Rally Championship calendar next year is expected by the end of April.

Some 39 years on from his Monte Carlo Rally debut, World Rally Championship legend Francois Delecour continues to pick up silverware. Proving that age is purely a number, the 60-year-old's desire to compete against the WRC’s latest young talents could be the start of a new chapter in the Frenchman’s storied career

Lorenzo Bertelli is already working to secure another World Rally Championship outing this year following a planned drive in a rented Toyota GR Yaris at Rally Sweden in February.

Sebastien Ogier is keen for a Rally Monte Carlo rematch against Sebastien Loeb in next year's World Rally Championship after becoming the most successful driver in event history.

Four-time Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel says he has a “huge” admiration for rally drivers and believes they don’t get the limelight they deserve.

WRC developing experimental propulsion class

The World Rally Championship is developing a new demonstration class that will allow manufacturers and teams to develop and experiment with alternative propulsion methods.

Toyota WRC boss Latvala plotting rally return

Toyota World Rally Championship boss Jari-Matti Latvala is plotting a competitive rally return with an outing behind the wheel of Toyota’s new Rally2 GR Yaris.

Abiteboul identifies first tasks as Hyundai WRC boss

Defining a clear structure and creating a strong team spirit are among the first objectives Cyril Abiteboul wants to achieve as team principal of Hyundai’s World Rally Championship programme.

Rally USA a potential contender to join WRC in 2024

The World Rally Championship could add a round in North America next year as plans to break into the region progress.

WRC: No plans to alter Monte Carlo Rally route after lack of snow

The World Rally Championship has no plans to make changes to the Rally Monte Carlo route in the near future despite an absence of snow and ice last weekend.  

Monte Carlo winner Ogier to make WRC return in Mexico

Sebastien Ogier has announced that the next rally of his partial World Rally Championship programme will be Rally Mexico in March.

WRC Rally Monte Carlo: The Good, The Bad and the undisputed Monte master

The World Rally Championship kicked back into life after a brief hibernation last weekend with its iconic Rally Monte Carlo curtain raiser. Autosport reviews the highs, lows, turning points, close calls and heartbreak from a history making season opener.

WRC teams to contest national rallies to recover test mileage

Toyota, Hyundai and M-Sport will field Rally1 entries at national rallies in Finland and Estonia to gather extra test mileage ahead of Rally Sweden next month.

WRC confident its 2025 Rally1 rules evolution can entice new brands

The World Rally Championship is confident the evolution of its Rally1 regulations, which is expected to include an expanded use of hybrid power, will entice new manufacturers.

How fired-up Ogier became the WRC's ultimate Monte master

He may only be contesting a part-time campaign in the World Rally Championship these days, but Sebastien Ogier underlined that he's lost none of his speed in the 2023 season opener. Storming to yet another victory on the Monte Carlo Rally, the eight-time world champion rewrote the history books again as Toyota served notice of its intentions with a crushing 1-2

Neuville not too alarmed by Toyota’s WRC Monte Carlo dominance

Thierry Neuville isn’t scared by the pace Toyota displayed during its domination of the World Rally Championship opener in Monte Carlo, but admits Hyundai has work to do.

Tanak: M-Sport can pull off “quite a big job” to catch WRC rivals

Ott Tanak has conceded M-Sport faces “quite a big job” to close the gap to World Rally Championship rivals Toyota and Hyundai, but is confident it can be achieved.

FIA: WRC “house is not on fire” with only three manufacturers

The World Rally Championship is healthy operating with three manufacturers but one or two new marques are needed to sustain its future, according to FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem.

Ogier: Priceless record Monte Carlo WRC win will take time to sink in

Sebastien Ogier says claiming a record ninth Rally Monte Carlo win is priceless and it will take time for this latest World Rally Championship achievement to sink in.

WRC Monte Carlo: Dominant Ogier scores record Monte Carlo victory

World Rally Championship legend Sebastien Ogier has scored a record ninth Rally Monte Carlo victory following a dominant performance from the eight-time world champion and his Toyota team.

WRC Monte Carlo: Ogier edges closer to victory after halting Rovanpera charge

Sebastien Ogier moved closer to clinching a record breaking Rally Monte Carlo victory after extending his lead on Sunday morning at the World Rally Championship season opener.

Abiteboul: Toyota’s WRC Monte Carlo pace nothing to worry about

New Hyundai World Rally championship boss Cyril Abiteboul says Toyota’s impressive start to the 2023 World Rally Championship in Monte Carlo is “nothing to worry about".

M-Sport not concerned by power steering issues at WRC opener

M-Sport team principal Richard Millener isn’t worried by power steering issues that have hampered the team’s two full-time entries at the World Rally Championship opener in Monte Carlo.

WRC Monte Carlo: Rovanpera slashes Ogier's lead, Hyundai ends stage win drought

Sebastien Ogier remains on course to score a record ninth Monte Carlo Rally victory despite coming under pressure from a charging Toyota team-mate Kalle Rovanpera on Saturday.

WRC Monte Carlo: Rovanpera nibbles Ogier’s lead, Tanak suffers steering issue

Sebastien Ogier preserved a healthy lead despite an attack by world champion Kalle Rovanpera as Toyota continued to dominate the World Rally Championship season opener in Monte Carlo.

Why Monte Carlo success could spark another past master’s WRC revival Plus

Why Monte Carlo success could spark another past master’s WRC revival

Some 39 years on from his Monte Carlo Rally debut, World Rally Championship legend Francois Delecour continues to pick up silverware. Proving that age is purely a number, the 60-year-old's desire to compete against the WRC’s latest young talents could be the start of a new chapter in the Frenchman’s storied career

WRC
Jan 31, 2023
How fired-up Ogier became the WRC's ultimate Monte master Plus

How fired-up Ogier became the WRC's ultimate Monte master

He may only be contesting a part-time campaign in the World Rally Championship these days, but Sebastien Ogier underlined that he's lost none of his speed in the 2023 season opener. Storming to yet another victory on the Monte Carlo Rally, the eight-time world champion rewrote the history books again as Toyota served notice of its intentions with a crushing 1-2

WRC
Jan 23, 2023
How Lancia pulled off its famous Monte Carlo giantkilling Plus

How Lancia pulled off its famous Monte Carlo giantkilling

Audi should have been invincible in the snowy conditions that typically greeted the World Rally Championship paddock in Monte Carlo. But unexpectedly warm weather for the 1983 season opener, combined with some left-field thinking from the Lancia crew turned the tables. Forty years on, team boss Cesare Fiorio reflects on a smash and grab

WRC
Jan 21, 2023
Why M-Sport has pinned all its efforts on a WRC reunion Plus

Why M-Sport has pinned all its efforts on a WRC reunion

M-Sport had a disastrous 2022 with its Rally1 Ford Pumas following Sebastien Loeb’s first-time-out win on the Monte. But now things are looking up with 2019 world champion Ott Tanak leading its attack, and the Cumbrian operation has optimism that it can challenge for a first title since Sebastien Ogier's departure at the end of 2018

WRC
Jan 19, 2023
The contenders seeking to take Rovanpera's WRC crown Plus

The contenders seeking to take Rovanpera's WRC crown

As Kalle Rovanpera begins his World Rally Championship title defence in Monte Carlo, the Finn knows he has a target on his back. But who is best placed to knock the Toyota ace off his perch?

WRC
Jan 19, 2023
Why Rovanpera is anticipating a fight to defend his WRC title Plus

Why Rovanpera is anticipating a fight to defend his WRC title

Question: what could be harder than becoming the youngest-ever World Rally champion? Answer: becoming the youngest-ever two-time World Rally champion. That's quite the challenge facing Toyota's Kalle Rovanpera in 2022, particularly against rejuvenated opposition in the second year of the WRC's hybrid regulations

WRC
Jan 18, 2023
From F1 to WRC: Why Hyundai's new boss could be an inspired signing Plus

From F1 to WRC: Why Hyundai's new boss could be an inspired signing

OPINION: New Hyundai WRC team boss Cyril Abiteboul admits he’s got a lot to learn as he leads the marque's efforts to dethrone Toyota. But could his Formula 1 experience and evident strengths mean he turns out to be an inspired choice?

WRC
Jan 18, 2023
The ultimate rally car project the WRC is glad COVID killed Plus

The ultimate rally car project the WRC is glad COVID killed

Toyota was unstoppable in the 2021 World Rally Championship, with an excellent 75% strike rate from 12 rallies. But in a scary proposition for its rivals, the Japanese marque had built a car for the final year of the previous regulations set which it believes was much faster and could feasibly have crushed the opposition completely. Here the story of its mothballed world-beater

WRC
Jan 1, 2023