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FIA working with WRC teams to combat increased cockpit temperatures

World Rally Championship teams and the FIA are working on solutions to resolve the issue of increased cockpit temperatures in the new Rally1 cars.

Loeb secures WRC Safari Rally return with M-Sport

World Rally Championship legend Sebastien Loeb will rejoin M-Sport to contest next month’s Safari Rally.

Neuville: Hyundai unreliability allowing Rovanpera to run away in WRC

Thierry Neuville says Hyundai's ongoing reliability issues are becoming "very frustrating" and contributing to Toyota's Kalle Rovanpera running away in the World Rally Championship title race.

WRC drivers call for improved Pirelli rubber after Portugal punctures

Several World Rally Championship drivers have called for improvements to the control Pirelli tyres following a spate of punctures at Rally Portugal last weekend.

How the WRC celebrated its milestone in style

OPINION: The World Rally Championship’s celebration of its 50th anniversary season in Portugal was a welcome opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the pioneers who forged such a significant legacy.

WRC Portugal: The Good, The Bad and the emergence of a future legend

The World Rally Championship has a new star on its hand as Kalle Rovanpera notched up a third consecutive win on the weekend the championship celebrated its 50th anniversary season. Motorsport.com reviews the highs, lows, turning points, close calls and heartbreak from a Rovanpera masterclass in Portugal.

Loeb discussing more WRC 2022 outings with M-Sport

Sebastien Loeb says he is discussing the possibility of contesting as many as two more World Rally Championship rounds this season.

Ogier confirmed for Safari WRC return with Toyota

Toyota has announced Sebastien Ogier will rejoin the team for the Safari Rally round of the World Rally Championship next month.

Latvala: Rovanpera's Portugal WRC win reminiscent of a dominant Ogier

Toyota boss Jari Matti-Latvala has likened Kalle Rovanpera’s Rally Portugal victory to the dominance Sebastien Ogier produced on his way to a first World Rally Championship title in 2013.

WRC Portugal: Rovanpera beats Evans to take third consecutive win Rally Portugal
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WRC Portugal: Rovanpera beats Evans to take third consecutive win

Kalle Rovanpera has extended his World Rally Championship points lead after securing his third consecutive win with victory at Rally Portugal.

WRC Portugal: Rovanpera extends lead to close in on victory

Toyota’s Kalle Rovanpera has moved a step closer to winning Rally Portugal after extending his lead over teammate Elfyn Evans in tricky wet conditions on Sunday morning.

Rovanpera shocked to be leading WRC Rally Portugal Rally Portugal
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Rovanpera shocked to be leading WRC Rally Portugal

Kalle Rovanpera says he is surprised to be leading Rally Portugal heading into the final day given the disadvantage of starting the gravel rally by opening the road.

WRC Portugal: Rovanpera charges into lead as wet weather hits Rally Portugal
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WRC Portugal: Rovanpera charges into lead as wet weather hits

Toyota’s Kalle Rovanpera has charged into the lead of Rally Portugal after overhauling World Rally Championship team-mate Elfyn Evans across a weather affected Saturday afternoon loop of stages.

Dashboard distraction prompted rare Ogier mistake at Rally Portugal

Sebastien Ogier says a dashboard distraction following a hybrid issue with his Toyota prompted an uncharacteristic driving error, resulting in a second WRC retirement from Rally Portugal.

WRC Portugal: Evans extends lead, Ogier and Loeb in trouble again Rally Portugal
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WRC Portugal: Evans extends lead, Ogier and Loeb in trouble again

Elfyn Evans extended his Rally Portugal lead over Toyota teammate Kalle Rovanpera after a drama-filed Saturday morning.

M-Sport unsure if Loeb will rejoin Rally Portugal after shock retirement Rally Portugal
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M-Sport unsure if Loeb will rejoin Rally Portugal after shock retirement

M-Sport has rated the chances of Sebastien Loeb rejoining Rally Portugal as 50:50 after an uncharacteristic driver error forced him to retire from Friday’s action.

Ogier in disbelief over puncture exit from Rally Portugal Rally Portugal
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Ogier in disbelief over puncture exit from Rally Portugal

Sebastien Ogier was shocked to retire from Rally Portugal following a double puncture after revealing he had been extra careful on the rough gravel roads.

WRC Portugal: Evans leads Rovanpera after brutal Friday Rally Portugal
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WRC Portugal: Evans leads Rovanpera after brutal Friday

Toyota’s Elfyn Evans leads World Rally Championship leader Kalle Rovanpera after emerging from a brutal Friday at Rally Portugal, that resulted in retirements for Sebastien Loeb and Sebastien Ogier.

WRC Portugal: Punctures force Ogier into retirement Rally Portugal
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WRC Portugal: Punctures force Ogier into retirement

Sebastien Ogier has been forced to retire from Rally Portugal after picking up a pair of punctures in the space of two stages on Friday afternoon.

WRC Portugal: Loeb crashes out of the lead on Stage 5 Rally Portugal
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WRC Portugal: Loeb crashes out of the lead on Stage 5

World Rally Championship legend Sebastien Loeb has crashed out of Rally Portugal on the first stage of Friday afternoon’s loop.

WRC Portugal: Loeb overhauls Evans to hold slender lead Rally Portugal
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WRC Portugal: Loeb overhauls Evans to hold slender lead

Sebastien Loeb leads Rally Portugal after overhauling Elfyn Evans on the final stage of Friday's morning loop as World Rally Championship crews tackled gravel for the first time in 2022.

WRC Portugal: Neuville takes early lead on opening stage

Thierry Neuville claimed fastest time on the opening stage of Rally Portugal to hold an early lead, as the 50th anniversary World Rally Championship event began on Thursday night.

Review: New Sebastien Ogier WRC documentary The Final Season

A new documentary on eight-time conqueror of the World Rally Championship Sebastien Ogier is released today. Motorsport.com got a sneak preview and heard the Frenchman's thoughts on the project, produced by Red Bull Media House

FIA could train rally co-drivers to become F1 race directors

FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem believes rally co-drivers could be trained to become future race directors in Formula 1, with the FIA actively pursuing the initiative.

WRC reveals plans to launch 24/7 rally TV channel

The World Rally Championship has revealed plans to launch a 24/7 television channel next year, in a bid to reach new markets.

Evans: Portugal road position no "automatic ticket" to result

Toyota World Rally Championship driver Elfyn Evans says a favourable road position won’t guarantee a good result at Rally Portugal as he looks to kick start campaign.

The epic Loeb battle that ignited Ogier's WRC career

World Rally Championship legends Sebastien Ogier and Sebastien Loeb will again do battle on this weekend's Rally Portugal, 12 years after young pretender Ogier won out and secured his first career win. As the WRC prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary season in Portugal, Ogier reflects on the significance of that breakthrough

Hyundai sheds more light on Sordo/Solberg WRC 2022 schedule

Hyundai has further outlined plans for its third World Rally Championship entry shared by Dani Sordo and Oliver Solberg.

Loeb unsure what to expect from WRC return in Portugal

World Rally Championship legend Sebastien Loeb is unsure what to expect from his first gravel rally in hybrid machinery at Rally Portugal this weekend.

Sordo gets new Hyundai WRC chassis for Portugal after Croatia fire

Dani Sordo will pilot a brand new Hyundai at Rally Portugal due to the damage sustained to the team’s third World Rally Championship car in Croatia last month.

Lappi to take over Ogier Toyota for WRC Sardinia

Esapekka Lappi will take over Toyota's third World Rally Championship entry at Sardinia from Sebastien Ogier as the eight-time world champion continues to evaluate his part-time plans.

Champions to assemble in Rally Portugal to mark WRC's 50th season

The largest group of World Rally Championship champions and a host of historic cars will assemble at Rally Portugal this month to celebrate the WRC's 50th season.

Latvala: Evans has 'shaken monster from shoulder' after WRC Croatia

Elfyn Evans’ first solid points haul of the 2022 World Rally Championship has “shaken a monster” off his shoulder, according to Toyota boss Jari-Matti Latvala.

Ogier: Don't expect me and Loeb to dominate WRC Rally Portugal

Sebastien Ogier is hoping to renew his rivalry with Sebastien Loeb at Rally Portugal this month but is not expecting the World Rally Championship legends to dominate the event.

Fourmaux keeps M-Sport WRC drive for Rally Portugal

Adrien Fourmaux will contest Rally Portugal, ending suggestions that the Frenchman could be benched by M-Sport for the next World Rally Championship round amid a poor run of form.

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The former WRC star playing the unsung hero role for Rovanpera

Kalle Rovanpera’s 2022 World Rally Championship displays have been spectacular, with the Toyota driver benefitting from a secret weapon in his crew to win two of the opening three rallies. But while the former challenger to Sebastien Loeb won’t take credit for his fellow Finn's performances, a key bond has been formed which could prove key to Rovanpera’s title charge

WRC's AI safety camera plan delayed as development continues

Plans to fit artificial intelligence safety cameras to World Rally Championship cars to help improve spectator safety have been delayed as work continues on perfecting the technology.

Latvala admits Toyota's five-car WRC expansion a possibility

Toyota World Rally Championship boss Jari-Matti Latvala has hinted his team could expand to five cars later this season, but a final decision will be down to the Japanese manufacturer.

Hyundai drops appeal process over Neuville Croatia WRC penalties

Hyundai has announced it will not appeal the fine and penalty handed to Thierry Neuville and co-driver Martijn Wydaeghe for a “severe speeding” infringement at Rally Croatia.

Neuville: WRC Croatia podium never in doubt despite crash

Thierry Neuville felt a Rally Croatia podium finish was never in doubt despite almost flipping his Hyundai in a wild crash on the final stage of the World Rally Championship event.

How Rovanpera's Croatia turnaround sent a message to his WRC rivals

After a dominating Rally Croatia, a wrong tyre choice on the final day looked to have undone all Kalle Rovanpera's hard work and left him with a mountain to climb heading into the power stage. That he emerged the winner all the same has surely quelled any lingering doubts that the Finn is the man to beat in the 2022 WRC

Ogier to make WRC return at Rally Portugal in third Toyota

Sebastien Ogier will make the second World Rally Championship outing of his planned part-time 2022 campaign at Rally Portugal next month.

Tanak: Rally Croatia performance was the "best we could do"

Hyundai World Rally Championship driver Ott Tanak says his Rally Croatia display was the “best we could do” after his narrowly defeat to Kalle Rovanpera in a final stage thriller.

WRC Croatia: Rovanpera snatches win from Tanak in thrilling showdown Rally Croatia
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WRC Croatia: Rovanpera snatches win from Tanak in thrilling showdown

Toyota’s Kalle Rovanpera issued a final stage fightback to snatch the Rally Croatia victory from Hyundai’s Ott Tanak following a thrilling climax to the World Rally Championship event.

WRC Croatia: Tanak overhauls Rovanpera for lead after sudden downpour

Ott Tanak has overhauled Kalle Rovanpera to take a 1.4s lead into the final stage at Rally Croatia after a sudden downpour turned the rally on its head.

WRC Croatia: Rovanpera extends lead as Tanak tyre gamble backfires

World Rally Championship leader Kalle Rovanpera is on course to claim victory at Rally Croatia after extending his lead over Hyundai’s Ott Tanak on Sunday morning.

Tanak not giving up on Croatia win despite Rovanpera "statement" Rally Croatia
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Tanak not giving up on Croatia win despite Rovanpera "statement"

Ott Tanak isn't giving up on World Rally Championship victory at Rally Croatia but believes Kalle Rovanpera’s “statement” on Saturday’s final stage shows the Toyota driver has pace in his pocket.

M-Sport calls for stronger WRC wet tyre after Croatia punctures

M-Sport has called for Pirelli to strengthen its World Rally Championship wet weather tyre following a spate of punctures at Rally Croatia.

WRC Croatia: Rovanpera responds to Tanak’s Saturday charge

Kalle Rovanpera will head into Rally Croatia’s final day equipped with a healthy lead after responding to Ott Tanak’s charge on Saturday afternoon.

WRC Croatia: Tanak closes in as puncture cuts Rovanpera’s lead

Kalle Rovanpera’s Rally Croatia lead has been slashed after the Toyota driver picked up a puncture during an incident-packed start to the second day of the World Rally Championship event. 

WRC Croatia: Stage 9 cancelled after fiery Solberg crash

Rally Croatia organisers have cancelled Stage 9 of the World Rally Championship event following an incident involving Oliver Solberg.

Neuville penalised for “severe” Rally Croatia speeding infringements

Thierry Neuville has been fined, handed a one-minute penalty and will have to complete two days of public service after “multiple severe speeding infringements” at Rally Croatia.

Latvala: Rovanpera’s Croatia Friday performance his best yet in WRC Rally Croatia
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Latvala: Rovanpera’s Croatia Friday performance his best yet in WRC

Toyota World Rally Championship boss Jari-Matti Latvala has labelled Kalle Rovanpera’s drive on Friday at Rally Croatia as the young Finn’s best in a WRC car to date.

Chassis damage rules Fourmaux out of WRC Rally Croatia after garden crash Rally Croatia
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Chassis damage rules Fourmaux out of WRC Rally Croatia after garden crash

M-Sport has revealed Adrien Fourmaux will be unable to rejoin Rally Croatia after his Ford Puma sustained chassis damage in a bizarre crash at the World Rally Championship event.

WRC Croatia: Rovanpera pulls clear after dominant Friday

Toyota’s Kalle Rovanpera has moved into a commanding lead after dominating the World Rally Championship's opening day at Rally Croatia.

WRC Croatia: Neuville receives time penalty denting podium hopes

Thierry Neuville has dropped out of the Rally Croatia podium places after a suspected alternator issue resulted in the Hyundai driver checking into service late.

Understanding WRC hybrid failures top of FIA priority list

Understanding the causes of World Rally Championship hybrid unit failures is at the top of the FIA’s technical team’s priority list, according to new rally director Andrew Wheatley.

WRC Croatia: Rovanpera stars as rain wreaks havoc on Friday morning Rally Croatia
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WRC Croatia: Rovanpera stars as rain wreaks havoc on Friday morning

World Rally Championship leader Kalle Rovanpera starred in tricky wet conditions to lead Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville after an eventful morning at Rally Croatia. 

WRC Croatia: Lappi retires as Evans suffers puncture in first stage

Toyota’s Esapekka Lappi has retired from the World Rally Championship's Rally Croatia after an eventful opening stage that also saw Elfyn Evans lose valuable time to a puncture.

Hyundai “getting closer” to naming its new WRC team principal

Hyundai Motorsport is edging closer to a decision regarding the identity of its new World Rally Championship team principal, with deputy team director Julien Moncet among the candidates.