Rally Italy (2022)

02 Jun - 05 Jun
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WRC Sardinia: The Good, The Bad and a smiling Ott Tanak

Sardinia regularly ranks among the toughest rallies on the World Rally Championship’s calendar given its rough gravel roads, long days and scorching temperatures. The 2022 edition will be remembered for Ott Tanak and Hyundai ending their victory drought. Autosport reviews the highs, lows, turning points, close calls and heartbreak from Sardinia

Rally legend Juha Kankkunen eyeing Rally1 WRC test

Four-time world rally champion Juha Kankkunen is eyeing an opportunity to test a 2022 Rally1 car this summer.

How Tanak turned the tables to deliver Hyundai a timely WRC triumph

The 2019 champion has been a bit-part player recently, but Ott Tanak ended a 15-month drought in fine style with a dominant win in Sardinia. On a weekend when championship leader Kalle Rovanpera struggled with cleaning the road, his Hyundai rival has made his belated arrival into the title race and given cause for those predicting a walkover from the Toyota star to pause

Gravel Notes Podcast: WRC Rally Sardinia review

Ott Tanak’s World Rally Championship victory drought is over after the 2019 world champion delivered a convincing win for Hyundai in challenging conditions at Rally Sardinia.

Rovanpera glad tough WRC Sardinia weekend is over

Kalle Rovanpera admitted he was glad to exit a tough Rally Sardinia having executed a clever strategy to extend his World Rally Championship lead.

Tanak: Hyundai "nowhere close to perfection" but WRC win provides hope

Ott Tanak says his World Rally Championship Hyundai is "nowhere close to perfection" but believes his Rally Sardinia victory has provided a much needed "extra boost" to the team.

Breen puts “important" WRC podium return down to new approach

Craig Breen believes a “letting the car do the work” approach helped get his World Rally Championship back on track after scoring an important podium in Sardinia.

Breakthrough WRC Rally1 victory a "great relief" for Hyundai

Hyundai’s first World Rally Championship Rally1 victory at Rally Sardinia has been described as a “great relief” by deputy team director Julien Moncet following a difficult start to 2022.

WRC Sardinia: Dominant Tanak ends victory drought, Rovanpera fifth

Ott Tanak ended his World Rally Championship victory drought with a convincing win at Rally Sardinia that marked Hyundai’s first triumph in the new Rally1 era.

WRC Sardinia: Tanak extends lead on final morning

Ott Tanak extended his Rally Sardinia lead on Sunday morning to edge closer to claiming his and Hyundai’s first World Rally Championship victory of the Rally1 era.

Lappi “pretty hard to take” losing WRC Rally Sardinia lead

Esapekka Lappi says crashing out of the Rally Sardinia lead was “hard to take” as the Toyota driver felt he “wasn’t taking any risks” on the tough gravel stages.

Tanak refusing to think about drought-ending WRC Sardinia win

Ott Tanak is refusing to think about a possible drought ending World Rally Championship victory at Rally Sardinia, despite holding a commanding lead after dominating Saturday’s stages.

Breen feels sorry for WRC marshal after Rally Sardinia red flag confusion

Craig Breen says he feels sorry for the marshal at the centre of a red flag mishap that triggered a confusing end to Saturday’s action at Rally Sardinia.

WRC Sardinia: Tanak holds commanding lead amid red flag confusion

Hyundai’s Ott Tanak moved into a commanding Rally Sardinia lead after dominating Saturday’s stages before a red flag triggered confusion on the final test.

WRC Sardinia: Tanak leads Breen as Neuville rolls into retirement Rally Italy
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WRC Sardinia: Tanak leads Breen as Neuville rolls into retirement

Hyundai’s Ott Tanak has opened up a healthy Rally Sardinia lead over M-Sport Craig Breen after an eventual Saturday morning, headlined by crashes for Esapekka Lappi and Thierry Neuville.

WRC Sardinia: Lappi crashes out handing lead to Tanak

Esapekka Lappi has crashed out of Rally Sardinia handing the lead to Hyundai’s Ott Tanak in Saturday morning's opening stage at the World Rally Championship event.

Evans to rejoin WRC Rally Sardinia to salvage points

Elfyn Evans is set to rejoin Rally Sardinia after Toyota successfully completed a repair on a water leak that forced the Welshman to retire on Friday morning.

WRC Sardinia: Lappi leads Tanak as organisers cancel stages Rally Italy
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WRC Sardinia: Lappi leads Tanak as organisers cancel stages

Toyota’s Esapekka Lappi has moved into a slender lead from Ott Tanak at Rally Sardinia after World Rally Championship organisers were forced to cancel Friday’s final two stages.

Neuville: Rally Sardinia effectively “game over” after transmission issue

Thierry Neuville believes his Rally Sardinia weekend is effectively “game over” as Hyundai’s reliability woes struck the World Rally Championship title contender again.

WRC Sardinia: Tanak surges to the lead as mechanical issue strikes Neuville

Hyundai’s Ott Tanak has claimed the Rally Sardinia lead after an action-filled Friday morning that featured a retirement for Elfyn Evans and transmission issues for Thierry Neuville.

WRC Sardinia: Early leader Evans retires after water leak

Elfyn Evans’s World Rally Championship title hopes have suffered another blow as a water leak has forced the Toyota driver to retire from Rally Sardinia.

WRC drivers frustrated by “dangerous” hanging dust in Sardinia

World Rally Championship drivers have issued widespread criticism of the “dangerous” Rally Sardinia stage conditions caused by hanging dust.

WRC Sardinia: Neuville claims early lead after super special stage win

Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville claimed an early lead at Rally Sardinia after winning the opening stage to kick off the second gravel event of the World Rally Championship season.

WRC drivers braced for "melting" Sardinia temperatures

World Rally Championship drivers are braced for a "big challenge" as they face "melting" temperatures and increased cabin temperatures at Rally Sardinia this weekend.

WRC teams make car modifications to combat cockpit temperatures

World Rally Championship teams have made modifications to their cars in a bid to reduce concerning cockpit temperatures ahead this weekend's Rally Sardinia.

Latvala: Hydrogen power could be a future solution for rallying

Toyota World Rally Championship boss Jari-Matti Latvala believes hydrogen could be a sustainable power option for rallying to consider in the future.

Gravel Notes Podcast: WRC Rally Portugal review and Rally Italy preview

The WRC teams have made the relatively short hop from Portugal to Italy for this weekend’s WRC Rally Italia Sardegna

Evans: Rovanpera “adapted quicker” to gel with 2022 Toyota WRC car

Elfyn Evans believes there is “a bit of work” required to ensure the 2022 World Rally Championship Toyota GR Yaris is perfectly suited to his driving style.