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Greensmith hopeful of WRC results boost with new co-driver, engine

M-Sport Ford driver Gus Greensmith believes a new co-pilot – and an engine upgrade – can help him secure the results he needs to safeguard his World Rally Championship place in 2022.

Russia, India among countries WRC teams "requesting" to visit

India and Russia are two of the countries World Rally Championship teams are “requesting” to visit in the near future, according to FIA rally director Yves Matton.

The returning rally champion promoting mental health on the world stage

From the job centre to the World Rally Championship’s WRC2 division, Chris Ingram has had a rollercoaster year. Having not competed since clinching the 2019 European Rally Championship, he's determined to make up for lost time

Rally Sweden moves north for 2022 WRC round

Rally Sweden will relocate almost 500 miles north east from Varmland for its 2022 World Rally Championship round to a more “snowsafe” part of the country.

European rally champion Ingram secures WRC chance

Chris Ingram says the chance to compete in the second tier of the World Rally Championship “means the world” to him, with the Mancunian vowing he will “give it everything”.

Tanak: Hyundai's full WRC potential will be on show at Rally Croatia

Ott Tanak believes the “full potential” of Hyundai Motorsport’s i20 World Rally Car will be on show at Rally Croatia later this month.

Why the casualty of rallying's evolution should still be cherished Plus

Why the casualty of rallying's evolution should still be cherished

The WRC's support categories are in a process of streamlining that will spell the end of a formalised 2WD world championship-level category. While its relevance to the top level has been questioned for some time, that doesn't mean it should be swept quietly under the carpet

Why WRC's hybrid path could leave it at a crossroads Plus

Why WRC's hybrid path could leave it at a crossroads

With all three major manufacturers committing to the World Rally Championship’s hybrid era from 2022, the future of the series is assured for now, but it could lead to trickier twists and turns further down the road

WRC hybrid rules make it "credible platform" - Hyundai

Hyundai Motorsport’s Andrea Adamo says the World Rally Championship’s new hybrid rules cycle is a “credible platform” that allows car manufacturers to demonstrate cutting-edge technologies.

WRC hybrid rules safeguards M-Sport's future

M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson says the World Rally Championship’s commitment to plug-in hybrid technology has helped “safeguard its immediate future” in the series with Ford.

Hyundai, Toyota and M-Sport officially commit to WRC hybrid rules

World Rally Championship manufacturers Hyundai, Toyota and M-Sport have committed to the hybrid future of the series in a deal announced by the FIA.

Acropolis Rally returns to WRC for the first time since 2013

World Rally Championship bosses have penned a “multi-year agreement” with the organisers of the Acropolis Rally, which returns to the series this year for the first time since 2013.

Former rally driver Mohammed ben Sulayem launches FIA president bid

Former rally driver Mohammed ben Sulayem has launched a campaign to become the next FIA president after Jean Todt's final term ends in December.

WRC to tackle six asphalt surfaces at "unique" Rally Croatia

World Rally Championship crews will encounter as many as six surface changes on their first visit to Rally Croatia next month.

"No clear position" over how WRC cars should be powered beyond 2024

The World Rally Championship has “no clear position” on how its cars should be powered beyond 2024, according to FIA rally director Yves Matton.

UK "definitely has its place" on future WRC schedules - Matton

The UK “definitely has its place” in the World Rally Championship's future, according to FIA rally director Yves Matton, despite Rally GB losing its slot in the schedule for 2021.

Matton: One more manufacturer could sign up to WRC's new rules

One more manufacturer could sign up to the World Rally Championship’s new hybrid era during the initial three-year rules cycle, according to FIA rally director Yves Matton.

Solberg focused on WRC2 title despite impressive WRC debut

Oliver Solberg says he remains focused on winning the World Rally Championship’s WRC2 support series in 2021, despite his impressive World Rally Car debut on Arctic Rally Finland.

Breen crash "hasn't affected" WRC Rally Croatia plans for Hyundai

Craig Breen’s crash on last week’s Rally il Ciocco “hasn’t affected” his chance of driving in the World Rally Championship's Rally Croatia, according to Hyundai boss Andrea Adamo

Loeb splits with co-driver Elena after 23-year partnership

Sebastien Loeb and long-term co-driver Daniel Elena have parted company after 23 years together.

WRC "turned calendar upside down" for safe start in COVID-19 measures

World Rally Championship director Peter Thul has explained how restarting the 2020 season and drawing up the 2021 campaign has meant the calendar “was turned upside down” amid COVID-19 protocols.

WRC rally director confident of full 2021 campaign

FIA rally director Yves Matton fully expects the World Rally Championship to be held in its entirety in 2021.

Paddon "realistic" over bleak WRC return prospect

Hayden Paddon says the prospect of him negotiating a works drive in the World Rally Championship is bleaker than ever.

Todt happy with "flexibility" shown by WRC

FIA president Jean Todt has said he is happy with the "flexibility" World Rally Championship stakeholders have shown during COVID-19.

Adamo "optimistic" Hyundai will stay in WRC beyond 2021

Andrea Adamo says that he remains “optimistic” that Hyundai Motorsport will extend its involvement with the World Rally Championship beyond 2021.

New Toyota Rally1 WRC car to commence testing by summer

Toyota's World Rally Championship outfit is aiming to have its hybrid-powered Rally1 car ready to run by the summer

EKS launches Audi A1 Quattro Rally2 car

An Audi A1 Quattro Rally2 car has been launched by World Rallycross Championship winner EKS JC.

Adamo impressed by Hyundai's WRC Arctic Rally fightback

Hyundai boss Andrea Adamo has congratulated the manner in which his team bounced back from its round one World Rally Championship disappointment to win last weekend's Arctic Rally

Neuville sure co-driver language barrier can be solved for WRC Croatia

Hyundai's Thierry Neuville says he is sure the language barrier that surfaced with co-driver Martijn Wydaeghe at Arctic Rally Finland can be resolved before the Croatian World Rally Championship round

How Tanak froze out the competition at the Arctic Rally Plus

How Tanak froze out the competition at the Arctic Rally

Ott Tanak made up for a disastrous Monte Carlo Rally by leading all the way on the snow-kissed stages of the Arctic Rally Finland and in the process hit back at an event Toyota had been expected to dominate

Rovanpera: Toyota need to be "clever" with WRC preparations

Kalle Rovanpera believes Toyota need to be "clever" in the build-up to the next WRC round after losing out due to numerous issues at Arctic Rally Finland

Tanak "pushing" Hyundai for improvements in Arctic Rally win

Ott Tanak has revealed he had to push his engineers to deliver a winning car for the Arctic Rally in Finland

WRC Arctic Rally: Tanak seals victory, Rovanpera takes championship lead

Hyundai's Ott Tanak claimed victory on the Arctic Rally to kickstart his 2021 World Rally Championship campaign, beating Kalle Rovanpera who becomes the youngest-ever leader of the drivers' championship

Hyundai: Tanak "would be stupid" to risk Arctic Rally WRC victory

Ott Tanak would be "stupid" to take unnecessary risks on the final day of the World Rally Championship's Arctic Rally and put victory in jeopardy, says Hyundai principal Andrea Adamo

WRC Arctic Rally: Tanak holds 24s lead over Rovanpera after day 2

Hyundai's Ott Tanak was serene at the front of the field after the second day of the World Rally Championship's Arctic Rally, winning three of the six Saturday stages

Neuville struggling with Arctic Rally WRC intercom and co-driver accent

Thierry Neuville has struggled with his Hyundai's intercom system during the World Rally Championship stages at Arctic Rally Finland, also citing communication issues with his co-driver

WRC Arctic Rally: Tanak extends lead with two morning stage wins

Ott Tanak has extended his lead in the Arctic Rally, round 2 of the World Rally Championship, after claiming two wins out of the three stages on the morning loop

Hannu Mikkola obituary: 1983 WRC champion dies aged 78

1983 World Rally champion Hannu Mikkola, the Finnish rallying legend best known for scoring multiple wins for Ford and Audi, passed away on Friday night at the age of 78

Ogier laments his road position for Friday's WRC Arctic Rally stages

Sebastien Ogier admits it was "hard to make a difference" in the first stages of the World Rally Championship's Arctic Rally due to his starting position

WRC Arctic Rally: Tanak holds overnight lead for Hyundai

Hyundai's Ott Tanak holds the overnight lead after the first day's action on the Arctic Rally, the second round of the 2021 World Rally Championship

Neuville cautious over Hyundai's WRC Arctic Rally prospects

Hyundai's Thierry Neuville has tempered his team's hopes of victory in this weekend's Arctic Rally, ahead of the second round of the 2021 World Rally Championship

Hyundai: Nothing but Arctic Rally Finland WRC win will do

Hyundai boss Andrea Adamo admits nothing less than a win will do for the World Rally Championship team on this weekend's Arctic Rally Finland

What to expect from the WRC's venture to the Arctic Plus

What to expect from the WRC's venture to the Arctic

This week's Arctic Rally Finland will bring the World Rally Championship into new territory. And, almost without exception, the service park can't wait for the subzero challenge to commence

M-Sport Ford targeting 2022 WRC rules shake-up chance

The man tasked with overseeing work on M-Sport's new Rally1 car believes it will be an immediate title contender in the 2022 World Rally Championship

Ogier tips Rovanpera to make WRC history on Arctic Rally Finland

Sebastien Ogier says Toyota Gazoo Racing team-mate Kalle Rovanpera can make World Rally Championship history and become the series' youngest-ever winner in this week's Arctic Rally Finland

Fourmaux to graduate to top WRC division in Croatia with M-Sport and Red Bull

Rising French talent Adrien Fourmaux will step up to the World Rally Championship's top division at April's Rally Croatia with M-Sport

Mikkelsen: Uncertainty over Hyundai's WRC future could hurt comeback plans

Andreas Mikkelsen has admitted the uncertainty over Hyundai's World Rally Championship future could hinder his comeback plans for 2022

Hyundai still awaiting "green light" to develop 2022 WRC car

Hyundai is still awaiting "the green light" to develop its 2022 World Rally Championship challenger, with the Korean marque's board yet to confirm whether it will compete next year

Tanak has "big job" ahead to beat Toyota in WRC's Arctic Rally Finland

Ott Tanak says there is "a big job" to be completed before he is in a position to win the World Rally Championship's Arctic Rally Finland in a fortnight's time

Tanak leads Hyundai 1-2 in warmup event for Arctic Rally Finland

Ott Tanak threw down the gauntlet to his World Rally Championship rivals by cruising to a 33.4 second victory on today's Otepaa Winter Rally, a warmup for Arctic Rally Finland

Lappi open to WRC test role for manufacturer to earn 2022 return

Esapekka Lappi says that he would be happy to perform test and development duties for a World Rally Championship manufacturer team as a means to earn a seat for 2022

Rallycross and DTM title winner Ekstrom to contest WRC Arctic Rally Finland

Former World Rallycross champion and double DTM title-winner Mattias Ekstrom will return to the World Rally Championship for the Arctic Rally Finland later this month, driving a Skoda Fabia R5

Solberg says WRC Hyundai car switch "easier" than expected

Oliver Solberg has said making the switch to a World Rally Car was "easier" than he expected, following his first test ahead of his Arctic Rally debut in the class

Rovanpera targeting WRC Arctic Rally Finland victory bid

Toyota young gun Kalle Rovanpera believes this month's Arctic Finland Rally presents his best chance yet to fight for a maiden World Rally Championship victory

Oliver Solberg to make top class WRC debut at Arctic Rally Finland

Oliver Solberg will step up to the premier class in the World Rally Championship with Hyundai at Arctic Rally Finland

Evans: Motorsport UK has real fight to get WRC Rally GB back

Elfyn Evans believes Motorsport UK has a real fight on its hands if it is to bring the World Rally Championship back to Britain.



How Ogier achieved a fitting Monte Carlo farewell Plus

How Ogier achieved a fitting Monte Carlo farewell

Against pandemic-shaped odds, the World Rally Championship season opener went ahead in Monte Carlo last weekend as a familiar face again took top spot. But for an emotional Sebastien Ogier, his record-breaking eighth win meant more than most

Evans struggled to "connect" with new WRC tyres in Monte Carlo

Elfyn Evans believes the gap to Toyota counterpart Sebastien Ogier on last weekend's Monte Carlo Rally would have been smaller had he been able to "connect" with the new Pirelli tyres

Ogier "proud" to be Monaco great like Senna after record WRC win

Sebastien Ogier is "proud" to be a record-breaker like his boyhood idol, Ayrton Senna after becoming the most successful driver in Monte Carlo Rally history.



WRC Monte Carlo: Ogier seals record eighth event win

Toyota's Sebastien Ogier has begun his final World Rally Championship campaign by sealing a record eighth Monte Carlo victory and the 50th WRC win of his career