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Tarmac rallying suspended in Australia

Motorsport Australia will suspend the issuing of permits for targa-style tarmac rallies as it continues to investigate a death at the recent Targa Tasmania.

Police name driver killed in rally crash

Tasmanian police have named the driver killed on the Targa Tasmania rally on Wednesday.

Targa boss explains competitive stage ban

Targa Tasmania boss Mark Perry says a lack of details regarding a fatal crash on Wednesday forced them to drop the competitive portion of the event.

Targa Tasmania future uncertain after latest death

Targa Tasmania boss Mark Perry admits the tarmac rally faces an uncertain future off the back of a fourth death in two events on Wednesday.

Targa Tasmania downgraded to non-competitive event

The Targa Tasmania tarmac rally has been downgraded to a non-competitive event following a competitor death on Wednesday.

Driver killed at Australian rally event

The Targa Tasmania rally has been rocked by a fatal crash on just the second day of the 2022 running of the event.

Supercars champion van Gisbergen nets podium on ARC rally debut

Reigning Supercars champion Shane van Gisbergen finished second on his debut in the Australian Rally Championship.

Supercar, rally car to do battle at Albert Park

Supercars legend Jamie Whincup and Australian rally star Harry Bates will take part in the speed comparison at this year's Australian Grand Prix.

Van Gisbergen's Red Bull Skoda unveiled

Supercars star Shane van Gisbergen will sport a Red Bull livery on his Skoda for his upcoming cameo in the Australian Rally Championship.

Jos Verstappen set for rally debut in Belgium championship
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Jos Verstappen set for rally debut in Belgium championship

Former Formula 1 driver Jos Verstappen is set to make his rallying debut with an outing in the Belgian Rally Championship later this month.

Van Gisbergen to make Australian rally debut

Shane van Gisbergen will drive an R5 Skoda in the opening round of the 2022 Australian Rally Championship.

The outrageous mountain-climbers that became Pikes Peak legends

From Bigfoot to Le Mans-influenced racers, via Group B-derived leviathans, Pikes Peak has allowed some terrifying spectres to be unleashed. The latest in our Monsters of Motorsport series looks at the most outlandish machines to prove their worth on the famous hillclimb.

Deaths prompt tarmac rally changes in Australia

Motorsport Australia will make a number of key changes to tarmac rallying in response to the three fatalities at Targa Tasmania in April this year.

Australian Rally Championship expands 2022 calendar
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Australian Rally Championship expands 2022 calendar

The Australian Rally Championship has unveiled an expanded seven-round 2022 schedule.

Investigatory Tribunal for Targa deaths calls for submission

The Motorsport Australia Tribunal investigating the death of three competitors at this year's Targa Tasmania is calling for submissions.

Van Gisbergen considering rally start
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Van Gisbergen considering rally start

Supercars star Shane van Gisbergen is contemplating a start in the Australian Rally Championship.

Tribunal begins investigation into rally deaths
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Tribunal begins investigation into rally deaths

The special investigatory tribunal formed in response to the three deaths at this year's Targa Tasmania met for the first time on Monday.

Governing body will investigate Australian rally deaths

Motorsport Australia will establish an investigatory tribunal to look in to the three fatalities during last week's Targa Tasmania.

Two more competitors killed at Targa Tasmania

A double fatality on Saturday has further rocked the Targa Tasmania tarmac rally in Australia.

Driver killed in Australian rally crash

A driver has been tragically killed in a crash during the Targa Tasmania rally in Australia.

Coffs Harbour to host Asia Pacific Rally finale

Former WRC venue Coffs Harbour will host the final round of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship this season.

Paddon to compete in ARC opener

Hayden Paddon has entered the opening round of the 2021 Australian Rally Championship.

Famous co-driver Taylor joins Motorsport Australia board

Renowned Australian rally co-driver Coral Taylor has been appointed to the board of Motorsport Australia.

Class overhaul for Australian rallying

The Australian Rally Championship will undergo an overhaul of its class structure ahead of its 2021 season.

Ex-WRC driver Mikkelsen gets first 2020 rally outing in ERC

Former Volkswagen and Hyundai World Rally Championship driver Andreas Mikkelsen is set to make his first rally appearance of 2020 on next month’s Rally Hungary.

Molly Taylor cast in reality TV show

Rallying ace Molly Taylor will feature in a new fitness-based reality TV show called SAS Australia.

Australian Rally Championship locks in return

The Australian Rally Championship has released a revised 2020 schedule, with the season now set to start in September.

Bottas finishes ninth on Arctic Lapland Rally

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas finished ninth on this weekend's Arctic Lapland Rally in Finland, which was won by new Toyota WRC recruit Kalle Rovanpera.

Subaru shuts down Australian rally programme

Subaru won't field a factory team in next year's Australian Rally Championship.

Bottas wins Paul Ricard-based rally

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas claimed his first win in rallying in the Paul Ricard-based Rallycircuit Cote d'Azur.

Blomqvist makes rallying debut after invite from Gelael

BMW GT racer Tom Blomqvist followed in the footsteps of his World Rally Championship-winning father by contesting his first rally last weekend.

Americas Rallycross series cancelled after two seasons

The Americas Rallycross Championship won’t continue next year, it has been revealed by the series’ promoter.

Paddon unveils world-first electric rally car project

Hayden Paddon’s team is developing a world-leading all-electric Hyundai Kona EV rally car.

Scott Speed breaks his back in rallycross landing

Former Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Scott Speed has broken his back following a heavy jump landing in a standalone rallycross event in America.

Dunlop confirmed for S100, misses Pikes Peak after rally injury

Multiple Isle of Man TT winner Michael Dunlop will return to the Isle of Man’s Southern 100 races in a fortnight's time, despite suffering a “serious” injury in a Rally Donegal crash that will mean he misses this weekend’s Pikes Peak Hillclimb in the USA.

Rally ace reflects on "baptism of fire" circuit debut

Australian Rally champion Molly Taylor has labelled her TCR Australia debut a "baptism of fire" and says she is "relearning everything" as part of her circuit racing transition.

Dreyer & Reinbold to run Karam in four ARX2 rounds

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will enter its regular Indy 500 driver Sage Karam in four ARX2 Rallycross rounds this year starting at Mid-Ohio in June.

Australian Rally launches new branding for 2019

The Australian Rally Championship has launched new branding ahead of its 2019 season.

Team switch for Subaru's factory Australian rally campaign

Molly Taylor will drive for a new team during the 2019 Australian Rally Championship, as part of a shake-up of Subaru's factory programme.

Rossi sweeps Monza Rally Show for seventh win

MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi has claimed his seventh victory in the Monza Rally Show, sweeping all nine stages of the event's 2018 edition.

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Can a name change save UK motorsport?

The governing body of UK motorsport has had a rebrand, a refresh and a refocus. Can its quest to promote the sport and stimulate the grassroots help change the course of its potentially troubled future?

Toyota confirms Australian Rally Championship return

Toyota has confirmed its return as a full-blown manufacturer in the Australian Rally Championship.

Toyota Gazoo to launch Australian rally programme

Toyota is set to make a full-blown return to the Australian Rally Championship, with Harry Bates to drive a Toyota Gazoo Racing entry from Rally Australia onwards.

Scott Speed signs Subaru deal for Americas Rallycross

Former Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Scott Speed has signed for Subaru’s works team to defend his Americas Rallycross title next season. 

Secrets of Speed: An all-American rallycross maverick

The path from Formula 1 to rallycrossing a Volkswagen Beetle, via NASCAR’s Cup series and Formula E, is trodden by very few. Well, one person, to be precise.

Vicky Chandhok re-elected as APRC President

Vicky Chandhok has been unanimously re-elected as the President of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship’s Working Group.

Pastrana to compete in Americas Rallycross at COTA

Travis Pastrana, 17-time X Games medalist, will make his Americas Rallycross debut at Circuit of The Americas on July 14 in a Subaru WRX STI.

Electric rally car with female crew to compete in Australia

An electric rally car piloted by an all-female crew will tackle the Finke Desert Race in Australia next month.

Castroneves: “Everything is the opposite” in ice racing

Team Penske’s three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves says he’s “already having so much fun” testing the Olsbergs MSE rallycross car in Norway, just a week after teammate Josef Newgarden’s debut in the RallyX on Ice series.

Double-death tragedy stuns UK historic rallying scene

The deaths of Shawn Rayner and Steve Dear on the Loco 2 Stages Rally on December 29 have rocked the world of UK historic rallying.

Rossi takes record-breaking sixth Monza Rally win

MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi scored a record-breaking sixth victory in the Monza Rally Show, overcoming a late 10-second penalty for having an underweight car.

Loeb puts on a show in Peugeot 306 Maxi

Despite an engine failure two stages from the end, Sebastien Loeb fulfilled his goals with the Peugeot 306 Maxi: putting on a show and fighting for the win.

India APRC: Gill clinches third crown

India’s Gaurav Gill (co-driver Stephane Prevot) retained the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship title, his third since 2013.

India APRC: Gill holds sway in Chikmagalur

Team MRF’s Gaurav Gill (co-driver Stephane Prevot) led the Coffee Day India Rally after Saturday’s action.

India APRC: Gill sounds out warning to rivals

Team MRF’s Gaurav Gill (co-driver Stephane Prevot) gave an indication of things to come by winning the 2.1Km Super Special Stage of the Coffee Day India Rally 2017 on Friday.

India APRC: Showdown between Gill and Veiby for title

It will be a fierce title fight in the fifth and final round of the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship in Chikmagalur this weekend.

Loeb's first test in the rebuilt Peugeot 306 Maxi

Ahead of this weekend's Rallye du Var, Sebastien Loeb and his team took to the roads in the Vosges region to test with the iconic Peugeot 306 Maxi they had dismantled and then thoroughly upgrated.

Neuville, Mikkelsen to share Hyundai in Monza Rally

Hyundai Motorsport will field one car and two drivers when Thierry Neuville and Andreas Mikkelsen share an i20 WRC at the Monza Rally next month.

Peugeot 306 Maxi campaign sets up Loeb/Elena rally return

Sebastien Loeb's long-time co-driver Daniel Elena will partner the nine-time WRC champion again in Rallye du Var, in which they will campaign the Peugeot 306 Maxi rebuilt by Sebastien Loeb Racing.

Why Loeb Racing is rebuilding an iconic Peugeot

Sebastien Loeb Racing co-founder Dominique Heintz has spoken to Motorsport.com about the early stages of the Peugeot 306 Maxi project ahead of the Rallye du Var.