WRC News

Rovanpera: Need for “proper weekend” the focus in NZ, not WRC title
WRC New Zealand: Everything you need to know
How Hyundai brought the car swap challenge into the 21st century
Sordo’s 2023 WRC plans remain unknown as he rules out full campaign
Steiner: Colin McRae was “the most gifted driver I ever met”
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Kalle Rovanpera says the need for a “proper weekend” after two “shit” World Rally Championship events is his main aim at Rally New Zealand, where he could seal the title.

New Zealand makes its long awaited return to the World Rally Championship this weekend with a history making feat in the offing as Kalle Rovanpera closes in on the title.

How Hyundai brought the car swap challenge into the 21st century
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The iconic car swap between motorsport stars is well known, and Hyundai has put a fresh twist on it by placing together two of its leading drivers to experience each other’s rally hybrid and all-electric touring car machinery. Here’s how they got on

Dani Sordo says he is yet to know his plans regarding his future in the World Rally Championship next year, but has ruled out the prospect of competing a full 2023 season.

Haas Formula 1 boss Gunther Steiner reckons the late world rally champion Colin McRae was the “most gifted driver” he ever met during his motorsport career that began in rallying. 

Rovanpera: Need for “proper weekend” the focus in NZ, not WRC title

Kalle Rovanpera says the need for a “proper weekend” after two “shit” World Rally Championship events is his main aim at Rally New Zealand, where he could seal the title.

WRC New Zealand: Everything you need to know

New Zealand makes its long awaited return to the World Rally Championship this weekend with a history making feat in the offing as Kalle Rovanpera closes in on the title.

How Hyundai brought the car swap challenge into the 21st century
Video Inside

How Hyundai brought the car swap challenge into the 21st century

The iconic car swap between motorsport stars is well known, and Hyundai has put a fresh twist on it by placing together two of its leading drivers to experience each other’s rally hybrid and all-electric touring car machinery. Here’s how they got on

Sordo’s 2023 WRC plans remain unknown as he rules out full campaign

Dani Sordo says he is yet to know his plans regarding his future in the World Rally Championship next year, but has ruled out the prospect of competing a full 2023 season.

Steiner: Colin McRae was “the most gifted driver I ever met”

Haas Formula 1 boss Gunther Steiner reckons the late world rally champion Colin McRae was the “most gifted driver” he ever met during his motorsport career that began in rallying. 

Friday Favourite: A misunderstood WRC rivalry which forged a friendship

When two drivers go head-to-head for the biggest prize and there’s controversy, it is often followed by a seismic rift between the pair. The World Rally Championship rivalry between Colin McRae and Carlos Sainz is well documented, but the Spaniard feels it doesn’t always portray the truth behind their relationship, as the two-time WRC champion picks out the Scot as his favourite team-mate

Lappi feeling pretty confident about 2023 WRC seat

Esapekka Lappi has confirmed negotiations to remain with Toyota in the World Rally Championship are underway and is feeling “pretty” confident about his 2023 plans.

M-Sport withdraws Fourmaux entry from Rally New Zealand

M-Sport has withdrawn Adrien Fourmaux’s entry from next week’s Rally New Zealand but has confirmed the Frenchman will rejoin the World Rally Championship in Spain next month.

Ogier to contest Spain, Japan to complete WRC season

Sebastien Ogier will pilot Toyota’s third World Rally Championship entry for the final two rounds of the season in Spain and Japan.

WRC Acropolis Rally Greece: The Good, The Bad and an intra team squabble

The Acropolis Rally is renowned as one of the World Rally Championship’s true tests of attrition. Last weekend’s Greek classic served up another slog for survival that delivered the most unexpected of results. Autosport reviews the highs, lows, turning points, close calls and heartbreak from a highly attritional Acropolis.

Hyundai reviewing 2023 WRC driver line-up, Tanak speculation grows

Hyundai Motorsport is reviewing its World Rally Championship driver-line-up for next year while speculation continues to link Ott Tanak to a move to M-Sport-Ford.

Autosport Podcast: WRC Acropolis Rally Greece review

Acropolis Rally Greece marked one of the most impressive results in World Rally Championship history, courtesy of Hyundai’s remarkable maiden podium lockout.

Rovanpera focused on NZ fightback after one of his “worst” WRC events

World Rally Championship leader Kalle Rovanpera has vowed to come back stronger in New Zealand after admitting his Acropolis Rally was one of the worst of his career.

How team orders could make Hyundai's historic Acropolis Rally a Greek tragedy

Thierry Neuville led a maiden Hyundai 1-2-3 in the World Rally Championship, as the previously soft i20 N became a battle-hardened Greek warrior at the Acropolis Rally. But with team orders in play between the winner and Hyundai’s title protagonist Ott Tanak, could the result come back to haunt the team?

Hyundai: "Destroying so many things" in Kenya led to historic WRC 1-2-3

The reaction from “destroying so many things” during a disastrous Safari Rally Kenya paved the way for Hyundai’s historic maiden World Rally Championship 1-2-3, according to the team.

Tanak critical of Hyundai WRC team orders that denied "fair fight"

Ott Tanak says it was a shame to be denied a “fair fight” for the Acropolis Rally Greece victory after criticising Hyundai Motorsport's decision to deploy team orders.

WRC Acropolis Rally: Neuville wins in historic Hyundai 1-2-3 Rally Greece
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WRC Acropolis Rally: Neuville wins in historic Hyundai 1-2-3

Thierry Neuville survived a brutal Acropolis Rally Greece to end his World Rally Championship victory drought and head a history-making maiden 1-2-3 for Hyundai Motorsport.

WRC Acropolis Rally: Neuville closes on win as Hyundai deploys team orders

Hyundai remains on course to score a maiden World Rally Championship podium lockout at Acropolis Rally Greece, as Thierry Neuville headed Ott Tanak on Sunday morning.

M-Sport focus on Rally New Zealand after “deflating” Acropolis

M-Sport has confirmed Sebastien Loeb won’t rejoin the Acropolis Rally given the tight turnaround to ensure its cars are prepared in time for Rally New Zealand.

Tanak not expecting Neuville to move over to help WRC title bid

Hyundai’s Ott Tanak is not expecting team orders instructing Acropolis Rally leader Thierry Neuville to move aside to help his slim World Rally Championship hopes.

How team orders could make Hyundai's historic Acropolis Rally a Greek tragedy Plus

How team orders could make Hyundai's historic Acropolis Rally a Greek tragedy

Thierry Neuville led a maiden Hyundai 1-2-3 in the World Rally Championship, as the previously soft i20 N became a battle-hardened Greek warrior at the Acropolis Rally. But with team orders in play between the winner and Hyundai’s title protagonist Ott Tanak, could the result come back to haunt the team?

WRC
Sep 12, 2022
How Tanak triumphed amid a series of Belgium WRC blunders Plus

How Tanak triumphed amid a series of Belgium WRC blunders

After runaway World Rally Championship leader Kalle Rovanpera made his first major mistake of the season, the chance to take advantage was wide open for the chasing pack. Several of his rivals faltered to grasp the opportunity, but Ott Tanak made no such mistake and demonstrated his class with a third win of the campaign

WRC
Aug 22, 2022
Inside Toyota’s new WRC dream factory where rally conquerers come to life Plus

Inside Toyota’s new WRC dream factory where rally conquerers come to life

Toyota locked out the top four places in the World Rally Championship's recent Safari Rally Kenya in a clear indication of its GR Yaris Rally1 hybrid's pace and durability. Autosport was recently given a tour of the new factory where its cars are designed, tested and built, and it reveals much about the commitment of the Japanese marque to continued WRC success

WRC
Aug 19, 2022
How Rovanpera has reignited Finland's rallying obsession Plus

How Rovanpera has reignited Finland's rallying obsession

Finland may have a small population, but it has long enjoyed rallying success. Now that the nation has a new star to cheer in the form of Kalle Rovanpera, interest in the discipline is surging once again

WRC
Aug 10, 2022
How Tanak spoiled Rovanpera’s Finnish homecoming Plus

How Tanak spoiled Rovanpera’s Finnish homecoming

Kalle Rovanpera and Toyota went into Rally Finland as overwhelming favourites but came away as runners-up to a resurgent Ott Tanak and Hyundai. While it may have dampened the homecoming party, it still moved the Finn closer to the ultimate World Rally Championship prize

WRC
Aug 8, 2022
Inside Hyundai’s F1-spec mobile WRC home Plus

Inside Hyundai’s F1-spec mobile WRC home

Hyundai is one of the World Rally Championship's big three, and has a brand-new travelling facility befitting of that status. The team invited Autosport for a behind-the-scenes look at its state-of-the-art HQ, which comes complete with all the bells and whistles you'd expect of a top Formula 1 outfit

WRC
Jul 27, 2022
How Rovanpera's latest Estonia masterclass left his WRC rivals stumped Plus

How Rovanpera's latest Estonia masterclass left his WRC rivals stumped

After trailing Toyota team-mate Elfyn Evans for much of Rally Estonia's opening day, WRC points leader Kalle Rovanpera took advantage of a change in the weather and never looked back afterwards. Winning for a fifth time this year at the scene of his 2021 breakthrough, and with a breathtaking powerstage bonus for good measure, his advantage is already looking difficult to topple

WRC
Jul 18, 2022
How the WRC captures its stunning visuals Plus

How the WRC captures its stunning visuals

Whether it’s the mountains of Monte Carlo, the snow of Sweden or the Kenya Savannah, the World Rally Championship is able to beam some of motorsport’s most spectacular footage to television screens while operating in the harshest of environments. Autosport went behind the scenes to unearth the secrets that make this logistical challenge possible

WRC
Jul 7, 2022