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Paddon to miss Rally Finland after test accident

Hayden Paddon's dream of a WRC return with M-Sport Ford was shattered by a sixth-gear crash in Finland on Monday.

Solberg father-son duo to contest WRC Rally GB

Petter and Oliver Solberg will enter October’s Wales Rally GB as a two-car team – starting one World Rally Championship career and bringing another to a close.

Bottas tests Toyota's WRC challenger

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas tested a Toyota Yaris WRC car on Friday at the Japanese manufacturer's factory team's regular test site.

Injured Evans ruled out of Rally Finland

Elfyn Evans will miss next month’s Rally Finland after injuring his back at last week’s Rally Estonia.

WRC promoter says Safari worthy of 2020 slot

WRC promoter managing director Oliver Ciesla praised the Kenyan Motor Sports Federation for delivering a Safari Rally worthy of a 2020 return to the World Rally Championship.

Paddon secures last-minute M-Sport drive for Rally Finland

Hayden Paddon is a surprise Rally Finland inclusion after the New Zealander secured a last-minute deal to drive M-Sport Ford’s third Fiesta WRC.

Hyundai enters race to sign Tanak for 2020

Hyundai has joined the race to sign Ott Tanak for the 2020 World Rally Championship, with team boss Andrea Adamo declaring he has no qualms about chasing a 'superteam' line-up.

Safari Rally faces crucial vote ahead of WRC calendar return

A World Motor Sports Council vote on the 2020 World Rally Championship calendar, which could add the Safari Rally back on to the roster, is expected to happen later this week.

Toyota hands Katsuta first WRC outings

Takamoto Katsuta will make his World Rally Championship debut in a Toyota Yaris WRC at Rally Germany.

Why Tanak's 'head or heart' call will shape WRC 2020 Prime

Why Tanak's 'head or heart' call will shape WRC 2020

The man at the heart of the World Rally Championship driver market seemed to be closing in on a decision for 2020, but did the events of Rally Italy present niggling doubts?

Rovanpera set for Toyota WRC drive in 2020

Kalle Rovanpera will step up to a Toyota Gazoo Racing seat next season, making him the youngest ever full-time factory driver in the World Rally Championship.

Hyundai drafts in Breen for Rally Finland

Irishman Craig Breen will join Hyundai as its third driver for August’s Rally Finland.

Sordo unsure of next WRC event with Hyundai

Rally Italy winner Dani Sordo says he remains in the dark about when his next WRC round with the Hyundai team will be.

Toyota: Tanak issue not something we've seen before

Toyota Gazoo Racing chief engineer Tom Fowler has confirmed a steering problem ruled Ott Tanak out of Rally Italy victory on Sunday.

Hybrid World Rally Cars to be introduced for 2022

The FIA World Motor Sport Council has confirmed the introduction of hybrid World Rally Cars for the 2022 WRC season, while also raising the potential for a return to C segment cars as well as a return to a control tyre from 2021 onwards.

Citroen will consider pulling Ogier out of Rally Italy

Citroen will consider pulling Sebastien Ogier out of Saturday’s Rally Italy stages if the French firm feels there’s nothing to gain from the C3 WRC running first on the road.

Mikkelsen returns to Hyundai for Sardinia

Andreas Mikkelsen is back in Hyundai's WRC line-up for Sardinia this weekend, but his programme for the rest of the 2019 season remains uncertain.

Toyota downplays “strong” Alonso WRC rumours

Toyota has played down speculation that ex-Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso could make his World Rally Championship debut on Rally Spain later this year.

Hyundai wants to apologise to Loeb for Portugal problems

Hyundai World Rally team boss Andrea Adamo wants to apologise to Sebastien Loeb for letting him down on Rally Portugal, feeling the nine-time champion's time was wasted.

Suninen gets new co-driver for rest of 2019

M-Sport Ford World Rally Team driver Teemu Suninen has switched co-driver for the rest of the season, with experienced Finn Jarmo Lehtinen returning to rallying’s top flight to join his countryman.

FIA: Hybrid move won't harm WRC competition

FIA rally director Yves Matton is confident of maintaining the current level of WRC competition when the series moves into its hybrid era in 2022.

Why Hyundai's new WRC boss has ruffled feathers Prime

Why Hyundai's new WRC boss has ruffled feathers

Hyundai’s new boss has barely been in the job half a season, but his single-minded approach has already marked him out from the crowd. The events of Rally Portugal, which prompted Sebastien Ogier to accuse Hyundai of taking tactics too far, typify that.

Neuville defends Hyundai's Portugal tactics

Hyundai driver Thierry Neuville has defended his team's tactical approach to last week's Rally of Portugal.

Outspoken Ogier slams Hyundai boss for alleged “mean tactics”

World Rally Championship leader Sebastien Ogier has accused Hyundai team principal Andrea Adamo of taking a tactical approach to the sport too far at Rally of Portugal.

Portugal WRC: Tanak doubles lead over Latvala

Ott Tanak continues to lead the WRC's Portugal round ahead of Toyota teammates Jari-Matti Latvala and Kris Meeke, as M-Sport driver Teemu Suninen’s podium challenge faded.

Neuville: WRC needs equivalent to F1's race director role

Hyundai driver Thierry Neuville has called on the FIA to give the World Rally Championship a permanent rally officiator, along the lines of Formula 1’s race director role.

Is Loeb's return paying off for Hyundai? Prime

Is Loeb's return paying off for Hyundai?

Sebastien Loeb may not be making a full-time return to the World Rally Championship in 2019, but his six-event contract with Hyundai has provided the chance to see how he copes with the championship's new era. It's been a learning experience.

Hyundai facing WRC line-up headache for Finland

The Hyundai World Rally Championship team faces a driver shortage for Rally Finland, with Dani Sordo and Sebastien Loeb reluctant to contest the event and concerns remaining over Andreas Mikkelsen's form.

Rally GB adds Oulton Park stage to 2019 route

Britain’s round of the World Rally Championship will start in England for the first time in 20 years, with Wales Rally GB being flagged away from Liverpool and into a first stage at Oulton Park.

Loeb to replace Mikkelsen at Hyundai in Portugal

Sebastien Loeb will replace Hyundai's beleaguered Andreas Mikkelsen in next week's Rally of Portugal.

Leaving Wales "key" to Rally GB's WRC future

Wales Rally GB should make a short-term move to Northern Ireland for 2020 and then rotate around Britain to safeguard its World Rally Championship future, says the WRC Promoter.

Neuville: Huge Chile crash won't slow me down in Portugal

Hyundai driver Thierry Neuville is confident of rebounding from his huge Rally Chile crash immediately to fight for a WRC victory at the next round in Portugal.

Meeke gets Rally Chile penalty for windscreen change

Toyota WRC driver Kris Meeke lost his eighth place in Rally Chile after being hit with a one-minute penalty for changing his windscreen in a time control.

Hyundai feared Neuville had broken leg in vicious crash

Hyundai initially feared that WRC points leader Thierry Neuville might have broken his leg in a high speed Rally Chile crash.

Neuville angry over time loss after botched stage start

WRC points leader Thierry Neuville was given the green light to start a stage too early, forcing Rally Chile organisers to red flag the Belgian’s attempt at SS2 on Thursday.

WRC teams warn time running out for 2022 hybrid switch

World Rally Championship teams have warned that the FIA is now leaving it too late to finalise its plans for introducing hybrid technology to the series in 2022.

Ogier growing impatient for Citroen WRC upgrades

Defending World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier is pushing his Citroen team for what he sees as overdue changes to the C3 WRC.

M-Sport wants Tanak back from Toyota

M-Sport managing director Malcolm Wilson has revealed a desire to sign Toyota driver Ott Tanak for the 2020 WRC season.

Hyundai admits Neuville is "making the difference"

WRC points leader Thierry Neuville is "making the difference" for Hyundai while its car awaits upgrades, says team boss Andrea Adamo.

Citroen boss still "trusts" Lappi after Argentina crash

Citroen insists it still 'trusts' its struggling WRC driver Esapekka Lappi after his Rally Argentina crash and he has its full backing.

Meeke penalised for deviating from Argentina route

Toyota driver Kris Meeke has dropped behind rival Sebastien Ogier after being handed 10-second penalty for deviating from the Rally Argentina route on Saturday morning.

Citroen urges stewards to check videos over gate controversy

Citroen has requested the FIA and Rally Argentina officials review onboard footage of the Cuchilla Nevada – Characato stage, suspecting some crews have gained time by deviating from the route.

Toyota drivers escape rally-ending issues in Argentina

All three Toyota WRC drivers were fortunate to make it to the end of Friday’s opening day of action at Rally Argentina.

New Zealand tipped for 2020 WRC return

Rally New Zealand has been tipped for a one-off return to the World Rally Championship next season, taking Australia’s slot on the 2020 calendar.

Tanak avoiding "unnecessary risks" in WRC title chase

Toyota driver Ott Tanak says he is "taking more care" and avoiding "unnecessary risk" in a bid to turn around his fortunes and win a first WRC title this year.

Toyota planning to build WRC2-spec Yaris

Reigning WRC manufacturers’ champion Toyota is planning to build an R5-specification car which could compete in the WRC2 class, says team boss Tommi Makinen.

Safari Rally organisers asked to make route tougher

Safari Rally organisers have been tasked with toughening up the route for the event's proposed return to the World Rally Championship following a visit by WRC safety delegate Michele Mouton.

Solberg announces retirement from top-flight motorsport

History-making triple FIA World Champion Petter Solberg has announced his decision to step down from top-flight motorsport.

Paddon buys TCR car in WRC return bid

New Zealand rally star Hayden Paddon has ordered a Hyundai i30 TCR to help him refine his asphalt driving technique this season.

Ogier: Corsica was a "real-life test" for Citroen

Five-time World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier has described last weekend's Tour of Corsica as a "real-life test" for his Citroen team, as the C3 WRC struggled on the asphalt.

Proposal for World RX's electric switch fails key vote

The vote for electrifying World Rallycross has failed without the required three manufacturers to get the decision passed on Friday, understands.

WRC stewards restore Evans' Corsica lead

Tour of Corsica stewards have returned Elfyn Evans to the lead of the rally after he lost time catching Kris Meeke in the final Friday stage.

Meeke: “I have confidence and now I have to use it” Rally France
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Meeke: “I have confidence and now I have to use it”

Citroen driver Kris Meeke says his fastest time at Thursday’s Tour of Corsica shakedown has confirmed his confidence in the Toyota Yaris ahead of this week’s fourth round of the WRC.

Loeb to contest Rally Chile with Hyundai

Hyundai has announced nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb will contest Rally Chile in May, while Andreas Mikkelsen returns to take on both South American rounds.

Ogier pushing Citroen for fundamental changes

Sebastien Ogier is pushing to make fundamental suspension changes to Citroen’s C3 WRC following his victory in Rally Mexico earlier this month.

Hyundai WRC car set for major mid-season update

Hyundai’s i20 Coupe WRC will be in for a major mid-season update as the Korean squad searches for a return to the strength it showed when the car debuted two years ago.

FIA vows to act on artificial WRC jumps after Mexico

The FIA has promised to take action about artificial jumps on World Rally Championship following the controversy on Rally Mexico last week.

Hyundai WRC outcast Paddon firms up 2019 "fightback" plans

Hayden Paddon has confirmed a programme of 2019 events designed at keeping him in line for a World Rally Championship return as soon as possible.

Rally Mexico admits 2019 event was "below par"

The boss of Mexico's World Rally Championship round has promised to take the event "back to basics" for 2020 after this year's "below par" event.

Citroen denies trying to induce Mexico stage stoppage

Citroen WRC team principal Pierre Budar has denied allegations his squad manipulated red flag rules to force a stage cancellation to protect Sebastien Ogier's Rally Mexico victory bid.