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Hyundai's new look 2022 WRC car breaks cover

Hyundai Motorsport has revealed what is expected to be the final iteration of its 2022 Rally1 World Rally Championship challenger ahead of next year’s Monte Carlo season opener.

FIA introduces new Global Rally Ranking system

The FIA will introduce a new Global Rally Ranking system next year that will rank drivers and co-drivers competing at an International and national level on their performances.

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

Podcast: Remembering WRC great Richard Burns, with Petter Solberg

Richard Burns will be remembered as a World Rally Championship great who took on the world’s best in a career that burned brightly before being tragically cut short.

Latvala “never dreamed” of “perfect" first year as Toyota WRC boss

Toyota World Rally Championship boss Jari-Matti Latvala says his first year at the helm has been “perfect” after scooping up a drivers’ and manufacturers’ title double.

Ranking lost WRC legend Richard Burns' 10 best rallies

Richard Burns was a determined driver who took on the best rally drivers in the world during a boom period in the early 2000s, and beat them. On the 20th anniversary of his crowning glory in winning the 2001 WRC title, and 16 years on from his death on the same date, Autosport picks out his 10 greatest drives

The internal focus that made Burns a legendary world rally champion Plus

The internal focus that made Burns a legendary world rally champion

At the turn of the millennium, WRC was full to the brim with rallying's great and good - and 20 years ago on this day, Richard Burns became England's first world rally champion. Although Burns' natural talent drove him to the top, his steely determination and mental strength was the key attribute behind his title-winning form

Toyota abandons plan for Ogier’s maiden Rally1 test

Sebastien Ogier’s maiden test of Toyota’s Rally1 2022 World Rally Championship challenger has been rescheduled following a crash in testing.

Hyundai’s 2022 WRC challenger will look “a lot” different to prototype

Hyundai boss Andrea Adamo says the final draft of its 2022 World Rally Championship hybrid challenger will look “a lot” different to its prototype mule as testing begins this week.

Solberg didn’t want Rally Monza to stop after career best WRC finish

Oliver Solberg admitted he didn’t want Rally Monza to stop after netting a top five World Rally Championship finish in only his fourth top flight event.

WRC Monza: The Good, The Bad and an eight-time world champion

Sebastien Ogier versus Elfyn Evans for the World Rally Championship title at Rally Monza produced a fabulous head-to-head battle, with Ogier coming out on top to secure an emotional eighth title. Autosport reviews the highs, lows, turning points, close calls and heartbreak that made the final round of the 2021 season.

How Ogier emerged out of Loeb's shadow to form his own WRC legend

OPINION: Adding an eighth WRC title to his name, Sebastien Ogier has bowed out from full-time rallying in style. Having been compared throughout his career with nine-time champion Sebastien Loeb, Ogier has convincingly demonstrated that he can stand on his own as one of the greatest rally drivers in history

Evans “couldn’t have given an awful lot more” in WRC title fight

Elfyn Evans feels he couldn’t have given "an awful lot more” after falling short in denying Toyota teammate Sebastien Ogier an eighth World Rally Championship title.

Ogier: Hard to put emotional eighth WRC title into words

Sebastien Ogier says it is “hard to put into words” the joy and sadness of winning an eighth World Rally Championship title in his final season as a full-time driver.

WRC Monza: Ogier seals emotional eighth world title in style

Sebastien Ogier ended his glittering full-time World Rally Championship career in style by winning Rally Monza to seal an eighth world title.

WRC Monza: Ogier survives scare as disaster strikes Evans

Sebastien Ogier survived a scare that could have derailed his World Rally Championship title bid while drama also struck rival Elfyn Evans on Sunday morning at Rally Monza.

Ogier keeping WRC title thoughts in check after “crazy” fight with Evans

Sebastien Ogier insists he isn’t beginning to think about lifting an eighth World Rally Championship title following a “crazy” Rally Monza fight with rival Elfyn Evans.

WRC Monza: Ogier edges Evans to close in on eighth world title

Sebastien Ogier remains on course for an eighth World Rally Championship title but holds only a slender 0.5s margin over rival Elfyn Evans ahead of Rally Monza’s final day.

WRC Monza: Ogier reclaims lead from Evans as title battle continues

Toyota’s Sebastien Ogier reclaimed the Rally Monza lead from World Rally Championship title rival Elfyn Evans as a titanic battle played out across Saturday morning’s stages.

Solberg surprised to be fighting for WRC top five at Rally Monza

Oliver Solberg says he has surprised himself a “a little bit” to be fighting towards the sharp end of the Rally Monza leaderboard in only his fourth top flight World Rally Championship outing.

Ogier: "Only danger" is myself in WRC title fight on Rally Monza

Sebastien Ogier believes “the only danger is himself” as a head-to-head battle with Elfyn Evans for this season's World Rally Championship title edges closer to its climax at Rally Monza.

WRC Monza: Evans grabs lead to increase pressure on Ogier

Toyota’s Elfyn Evans has grabbed the Rally Monza lead to increase the pressure on his World Rally Championship title rival team-mate Sebastien Ogier.

Fourmaux expects to rejoin WRC Rally Monza after roll

M-Sport’s Adrien Fourmaux expects to rejoin the World Rally Championship season finale on Saturday after a roll ended his Rally Monza Friday prematurely.

WRC Monza: Ogier leads Evans as title rivals trade times

Toyota’s Sebastian Ogier kicked off his quest for an eighth World Rally Championship by leading title rival team-mate Elfyn Evans after the opening morning loop of stages at Rally Monza.

M-Sport announces Greensmith will retain WRC seat for 2022

M-Sport Ford has confirmed Gus Greensmith will contest the full 2022 World Rally Championship campaign with the British squad.

Evans needs Ogier slip up to ignite WRC title hopes

Toyota’s Elfyn Evans says he will require a slip up from Sebastien Ogier to secure the 2021 World Rally Championship despite admitting he is driving better than ever.

How confronting self-doubt drove Ogier to become a WRC legend

This weekend's Rally Monza marks the end of an era in the World Rally Championship, as Sebastien Ogier prepares to bring down the curtain on his full-time career with an eighth title. For all his enduring success, the Toyota driver reveals in an exclusive interview that lingering insecurities have compelled his quest for perfection

M-Sport: Loeb WRC 2022 return talks ongoing

M-Sport has confirmed there are “plenty of talks” ongoing with World Rally Championship legend Sebastien Loeb regarding a possible return next year.

Ogier: WRC title fight has kept a lid on full-time career end emotions Rally Monza
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Ogier: WRC title fight has kept a lid on full-time career end emotions

Sebastian Ogier says the need to perform in this weekend’s World Rally Championship Rally Monza title decider has helped hold back the emotions of his final full-time event.

Evans ready to give WRC title his "best shot" in Monza finale

Elfyn Evans says he is ready to give it his “best shot” to win the World Rally Championship at this weekend’s title decider at Rally Monza.

Shock WRC return “important” for Suninen’s 2022 future

Teemu Suninen has labelled a surprise top tier World Rally Championship return with Hyundai at Rally Monza as an “important" opportunity to secure his 2022 future.

The third generation McRae on his way to the WRC Plus

The third generation McRae on his way to the WRC

The McRae family name is steeped in rallying history, with eight British titles between Jimmy, Colin and Alister - plus the small matter of the 1995 WRC title too. Next on the conveyor of talent is Alister's 17-year-old Max McRae, who’s setting out in Australia to conquer the world of rallying and return the famous name to the WRC...

Ogier reveals plan to contest 2022 WRC Monte Carlo Rally

Sebastien Ogier has announced that he will contest January's Monte Carlo Rally, the opening round of the 2022 World Rally Championship, as part of his part-time campaign.

WRC great Michele Mouton’s life and career the subject of new documentary

A new documentary offering a rare personal account into the career of rally legend Michele Mouton will be released later this month.

Solberg gets fourth co-driver of 2021 for Monza WRC finale

Oliver Solberg will team up with his fourth co-driver of the season, with Elliott Edmondson set to fill the seat for the World Rally Championship finale at Monza.

Inside Hyundai’s radical approach to prepare for the WRC hybrid era Plus

Inside Hyundai’s radical approach to prepare for the WRC hybrid era

As the World Rally Championship undergoes its biggest shift in regulations for a generation, teams are taking radical measures to prepare for its new era. Hyundai's unique approach involved conducting a private 1500km rally in Italy and Autosport went to see how the team is preparing for 2022

Tanak to miss WRC season finale in Monza, Suninen to deputise

Ott Tanak will sit out the final round of the World Rally Championship in Monza due to a personal family matter and will be replaced by Teemu Suninen.

FIA confident WRC teams will be ready for 2022 after Hyundai rally simulation

The FIA is confident World Rally Championship manufacturers will be ready for next year's launch of Rally1 regulations after witnessing Hyundai complete a rally simulation with its hybrid prototype.

Neuville: Rally simulation “helpful” in adapting to 2022 WRC cars

Thierry Neuville declared Hyundai’s rally simulation test with its 2022 World Rally Championship hybrid prototype a “very helpful experience” in adjusting to the new challenges posed by Rally1 regulations.  

Katsuta retains Toyota WRC development role for 2022

Toyota has retained the services of Takamoto Katsuta to pilot its fourth car in the World Rally Championship next year. 

Hyundai puts 2022 WRC car through full rally simulation

Hyundai Motorsport is conducting a private rally with its new 2022 hybrid World Rally Championship prototype to aid preparations for next season.

Mikkelsen: Winning ERC title a career highlight

Andreas Mikkelsen helped ensure he is first in line for future World Rally Championship opportunities after claiming the European Rally Championship last weekend.

Solberg recalled for Hyundai WRC outing at Monza finale

Oliver Solberg will see out the season with a top flight World Rally Championship drive in a Hyundai at next month’s Rally Monza season finale.

Rally legend Sebastien Loeb tests M-Sport 2022 WRC Puma in Spain

Nine-time world champion Sebastien Loeb has tested M-Sport’s new 2022 World Rally Championship Ford Puma in Spain.

Rally Northern Ireland still vying for final 2022 WRC calendar spot

Rally Northern Ireland is understood to still be in the mix to fill the vacant spot on the 13-round 2022 World Rally Championship released last week.

WRC Spain: The Good, The Bad and a Belgian masterclass

A first all asphalt Rally Spain for a decade provided the perfect backdrop for a high speed game of chess as the latest twist in an intense World Rally Championship title fight unfolded. Autosport reviews the highlights, lowlights, turning points, close calls and heartbreak that made round 11 of the 2021 season.

How Neuville stole the show from Ogier vs Evans slugfest in Spain

While all pre-event chat focused on the two World Rally Championship title fighters, their closest challenger charged into the spotlight on Rally Spain. Thierry Neuville's star turn and another strong drive from Elfyn Evans in his fight with Sebastien Ogier made for an intriguing event as the 2021 campaign nears its crunch point

Modified current WRC cars set to be eligible for 2022

Current generation World Rally Cars will be permitted to compete in next year’s World Rally Championship with a reduced power output.

Ogier declares difficult Rally Spain a “positive step” for WRC title bid

Sebastien Ogier declared a fourth at Rally Spain as another positive step in landing an eighth World Rally Championship title despite falling short of his targets last weekend.

Evans: "Anything can happen” in Monza WRC title decider

Elfyn Evans says “anything can happen” yet in the World Rally Championship title fight but admits it will take something “radical” to deny Sebastien Ogier at next month’s Monza decider.

Neuville praises marshals' help in WRC Rally Spain final stage scare

Thierry Neuville has praised a group of marshals for helping revive his Hyundai after a “heart attack” moment almost snatched defeat from the jaws of victory at Rally Spain.

WRC points leader Ogier fined for Rally Spain traffic offence

World Rally Championship leader Sebastien Ogier has been fined for a traffic related offence and for failing to stop when told to by local police at Rally Spain. 

WRC Spain: Neuville clinches dominant win, Evans keeps title hopes alive

Thierry Neuville produced one of the drives of the season to claim a dominant Rally Spain win over Elfyn Evans, who kept his Word Rally Championship title hopes alive.

WRC Spain: Neuville closing in on victory as Ogier loses third

Thierry Neuville moved a step closer to a dominant World Rally Championship victory at Rally Spain after extending his lead over Toyota’s Elfyn Evans on Sunday morning.

Ogier “never changed so much on car” to find WRC Rally Spain sweet spot

Sebastien Ogier says he’s “never changed so much on a car during a rally” to overcome set-up issues that have plagued his World Rally Championship victory hopes in Spain.

WRC Spain: Neuville in command as Ogier fights back

Thierry Neuville has emerged as the firm favourite to win the penultimate round of the World Rally Championship following a dominant Saturday at Rally Spain.

WRC Spain: Neuville pulls clear of Evans on Saturday morning

Thierry Neuville completed a clean sweep of World Rally Championship stage wins on Saturday morning to further extend his Rally Spain lead over Toyota’s Elfyn Evans.

WRC to introduce new Artificial Intelligence camera to improve safety

World Rally Championship cars will be fitted with a newly developed FIA Artificial Intelligence Safety Camera designed to scan stages for potential hazards.

Chassis damage rules Hyundai's Tanak out of WRC Rally Spain completely

Ott Tanak will sit out the remaining stages of Rally Spain after Hyundai Motorsport confirmed it was unable to repair the 2019 World Rally champion’s damaged car.

WRC Spain: Neuville surges into the lead as Evans survives scare

Thierry Neuville claimed the Rally Spain lead after an inspired afternoon run while World Rally Championship title contender and early leader Elfyn Evans survived a wild moment.