WRC News

Hyundai to “double its efforts” after complete review of tough WRC opener
Breen: A "bit surreal" to share Monte WRC podium with Ogier and Loeb
WRC Monte Carlo: The Good, the Bad and the battle of the GOATs
M-Sport to field fourth WRC Puma for Bertelli in Sweden
How Monte masters stole the show as WRC's hybrid era blasted off

Hyundai will conduct a complete review of its Monte Carlo performance this week and “double its efforts” to fix the reliability issues with its new World Rally Championship challenger.

Craig Breen admitted it was “a bit surreal” to share the Monte Carlo Rally podium with the World Rally Championship’s greatest drivers in Sebastien Loeb and Sebastien Ogier.

The start of the World Rally Championship’s new hybrid eras gave fans the battle they’ve dreamt of - a genuine toe-to-toe tussle between the greatest of all time; nine-time champion Sebastien Loeb and eight-time champion Sebastien Ogier. Autosport reviews the highs, lows, turning points, close calls and heartbreak from a Monte Carlo season opener to remember.

M-Sport will continue to field four Ford Puma Rally1 cars when the World Rally Championship heads to Sweden next month, with Lorenzo Bertelli set to pilot an entry.

The new Rally1 hybrid cars made their competition debuts in Monte Carlo, but it was two semi-retired drivers who took centre stage in a thrilling battle between two of the World Rally Championship's most successful names. Here's how Sebastien Loeb completed a remarkable return on his M-Sport debut by beating reigning champion Sebastien Ogier

Hyundai to “double its efforts” after complete review of tough WRC opener

Hyundai will conduct a complete review of its Monte Carlo performance this week and “double its efforts” to fix the reliability issues with its new World Rally Championship challenger.

Breen: A "bit surreal" to share Monte WRC podium with Ogier and Loeb

Craig Breen admitted it was “a bit surreal” to share the Monte Carlo Rally podium with the World Rally Championship’s greatest drivers in Sebastien Loeb and Sebastien Ogier.

WRC Monte Carlo: The Good, the Bad and the battle of the GOATs

The start of the World Rally Championship’s new hybrid eras gave fans the battle they’ve dreamt of - a genuine toe-to-toe tussle between the greatest of all time; nine-time champion Sebastien Loeb and eight-time champion Sebastien Ogier. Autosport reviews the highs, lows, turning points, close calls and heartbreak from a Monte Carlo season opener to remember.

M-Sport to field fourth WRC Puma for Bertelli in Sweden

M-Sport will continue to field four Ford Puma Rally1 cars when the World Rally Championship heads to Sweden next month, with Lorenzo Bertelli set to pilot an entry.

How Monte masters stole the show as WRC's hybrid era blasted off

The new Rally1 hybrid cars made their competition debuts in Monte Carlo, but it was two semi-retired drivers who took centre stage in a thrilling battle between two of the World Rally Championship's most successful names. Here's how Sebastien Loeb completed a remarkable return on his M-Sport debut by beating reigning champion Sebastien Ogier

M-Sport keen to extend Loeb WRC deal after Monte Carlo success

M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson says there is “a possibility” Sebastien Loeb will return to contest more World Rally Championship rounds this year following his victory in Monte Carlo.

Monte Carlo success "a dream start" to WRC's new era for M-Sport

M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson hailed his team’s “emotional” victory and performance at the Monte Carlo Rally as “a dream start” to the 2022 World Rally Championship season.

Ogier: "Fate" decided WRC Monte Carlo battle for the ages with Loeb

Sebastien Ogier says "fate" decided the World Rally Championship season opener and there was no way he could avoid a puncture that handed Sebastien Loeb victory in Monte Carlo.

Loeb: Monte Carlo win over Ogier "one of my best memories"

Sebastien Loeb declared his Rally Monte Carlo triumph over fellow World Rally Championship legend Sebastien Ogier as "one of my best memories" of his glittering motorsport career.

WRC Monte Carlo: Loeb beats Ogier to take eighth Monte win in epic battle

Sebastien Loeb held off Sebastien Ogier in a final stage showdown between the World Rally Championship’s greatest drivers to claim an eighth Monte Carlo win on debut for M-Sport.

WRC Monte Carlo: Loeb reclaims lead as Ogier suffers puncture on penultimate stage

Sebastien Loeb has reclaimed the Monte Carlo Rally lead in dramatic fashion after Sebastien Ogier picked up a puncture on the penultimate stage of the World Rally Championship season opener.

Hyundai retires unwell Solberg at WRC Monte Carlo due to fume issue

Hyundai has retired Oliver Solberg from the Monte Carlo Rally with the driver “not feeling well” from breathing in exhaust fumes that have entered the cockpit of his car.

Evans “pretty frustrated” to lose WRC Monte Carlo podium shot to mistake

Elfyn Evans labelled a mistake that cost him a World Rally Championship podium chance “pretty frustrating” as hopes of a decent points haul evaporated in Monte Carlo.

Tanak retires from Monte Carlo as Hyundai’s “tough” WRC Rally1 debut worsens

Ott Tanak won’t return to the Monte Carlo Rally to fight for World Rally Championship power stage points on Sunday as Hyundai’s “tough" Rally1 debut continues.

Ogier "cannot relax" in intense WRC Monte Carlo battle with Loeb

Sebastien Ogier says he cannot afford to relax despite a healthy lead over fellow World Rally Championship legend Sebastien Loeb heading into the final day at Monte Carlo.

WRC Monte Carlo: Ogier pulls clear of Loeb heading into final day

Toyota’s Sebastien Ogier has pulled clear of World Rally Championship rival Sebastien Loeb after a dominant display in an eventful Saturday at the Monte Carlo Rally.

Solberg: Fumes, concentration lapse caused WRC Monte Carlo off

Hyundai World Rally Championship driver Oliver Solberg believes fumes coming into the cockpit contributed to him losing concentration and running off the road at the Monte Carlo Rally.

WRC Monte Carlo: Ogier back ahead of Loeb as drama strikes Evans

Toyota’s Sebastien Ogier reclaimed the Monte Carlo Rally lead from M-Sport’s Sebastien Loeb after a dramatic morning that saw Elfyn Evans, Thierry Neuville and Ott Tanak hit trouble.

Greensmith now able to “prove” his speed with new WRC Puma package

Gus Greensmith says M-Sport’s new Ford Puma has given him a package to show what he is capable of after claiming a maiden World Rally Championship stage win.

Hyundai working to fix 'scary' Rally1 WRC car after Monte Carlo issues

Hyundai will work on resolving a “scary” issue with its World Rally Championship contender that resulted in Oliver Solberg suffering dizziness and chest pains behind the wheel.

How Monte masters stole the show as WRC's hybrid era blasted off Plus

How Monte masters stole the show as WRC's hybrid era blasted off

The new Rally1 hybrid cars made their competition debuts in Monte Carlo, but it was two semi-retired drivers who took centre stage in a thrilling battle between two of the World Rally Championship's most successful names. Here's how Sebastien Loeb completed a remarkable return on his M-Sport debut by beating reigning champion Sebastien Ogier

WRC
Jan 24, 2022
The WRC heirs scrapping to assume Ogier's throne in 2022 Plus

The WRC heirs scrapping to assume Ogier's throne in 2022

Eight-time World Rally Championship king Sebastien Ogier has abdicated (well, gone part-time) in 2022, meaning for just the second time in the past decade we will have a different champion this year. Autosport picks out the drivers gunning to take his place and take over the mantle as the WRC's new ruler

WRC
Jan 20, 2022
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

WRC
Jan 19, 2022
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

WRC
Jan 18, 2022
Why the WRC's 'modern Group B' era was rallying at its bonkers best Plus

Why the WRC's 'modern Group B' era was rallying at its bonkers best

The World Rally Championship has brought down the curtain on the aggressive, aero-laden generation of cars first introduced in 2017 that have been likened to the 1980s Group B icons. As the championship prepares to begin a new era of Rally1 hybrid cars, its stars explain just why the outgoing machines were so special

WRC
Dec 24, 2021
Ranking the top 10 WRC drivers of 2021 Plus

Ranking the top 10 WRC drivers of 2021

On the eve of a new hybrid era for the World Rally Championship, the 2021 season was a blockbuster fought out between Toyota's two top dogs, with a familiar figure eventually emerging on top after a final showdown at Monza. Autosport picks out the 10 best performers from the top class and its supporting cast

WRC
Dec 21, 2021
Why Ogier's WRC swansong was a season to savour Plus

Why Ogier's WRC swansong was a season to savour

He’s shuffling into semi-rally-retirement, but Toyota star Sebastien Ogier was at the peak of his powers in the final season for the high downforce era-World Rally Championship cars. Despite Toyota's domination, there was still much to enjoy as the old master emerged atop a fierce title fight against team-mate Elfyn Evans

WRC
Dec 19, 2021
How WRC legend Ogier will be remembered by his peers Plus

How WRC legend Ogier will be remembered by his peers

After winning his eighth WRC title, Sebastien Ogier has drawn the curtain on his full-time rallying career. To understand Ogier's legacy, many of his former rivals, team-mates and colleagues have shared their thoughts on a vastly successful career

WRC
Nov 26, 2021