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COVID restrictions force M-Sport to skeleton staff for Safari Rally Rally Kenya
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COVID restrictions force M-Sport to skeleton staff for Safari Rally

M-Sport will be without its team principal for next week's Safari Rally as challenging COVID-19 travel restrictions have forced the World Rally Championship squad to sending a skeleton staff for the event.

WRC working on plan for 2022 USA event

The World Rally Championship is working on a plan to host a non-championship event in North America next year as it bids to secure a future WRC rally in the region.

WRC not expecting new manufacturer until 2024 at the earliest

Manufacturers are continuing to investigate the World Rally Championship’s new hybrid regulations, but FIA Rally Director Yves Matton is not expecting a new marque to join until 2024 at the earliest.

Solberg secures Hyundai WRC return in Safari Rally Rally Kenya
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Solberg secures Hyundai WRC return in Safari Rally

Oliver Solberg will join the top World Rally Championship class again having secured an outing with Hyundai Motorsport at the Safari Rally later this month.

WRC teams to be offered strategies for hybrid use in 2022

Hybrid systems are expected to be utilised on every stage of World Rally Championship events next year with several strategies on offer to teams, as more details of WRC's hybrid future emerge.

Ostberg issues apology for Italy WRC swearing tirade

WRC rally winner Mads Ostberg has issued an apology following his expletive-laden tirade on live television at Rally Sardiegna last weekend that landed him a fine and a suspended penalty.

Italy WRC: The Good, the Bad and the Angry Rally Italy
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Italy WRC: The Good, the Bad and the Angry

The World Rally Championship’s visit to Sardegna was a punishing test of man and machine with only four crews reaching the finish. Motorsport.com reviews the highlights, lowlights, turning points, close calls, moments of anger and heartbreak that made round four.

How Hyundai's broken record gave Toyota a special Sardinia 1-2

For the second WRC gravel rally in a row, a promising Friday for Hyundai turned into desolation as Toyota gratefully picked up the pieces. This time it was championship leader Sebastien Ogier who took full advantage after Ott Tanak and Dani Sordo retired to score a memorable victory, having swept the road on the first two days

Neuville defends Hyundai WRC reliability

Thierry Neuville has defended the reliability of the Hyundai i20 Coupe following Ott Tanak’s Rally Sardinia retirement, but admits lessons can be learned for the team’s new 2022 Rally1 car.

Unlikely Sardinia WRC victory "special" for Ogier Rally Italy
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Unlikely Sardinia WRC victory "special" for Ogier

Sebastien Ogier has labelled his unexpected Rally Sardinia victory as “special” and one that ranks “pretty high” in his glittering World Rally Championship career.

Evans final stage panic "almost a heart attack" moment for Latvala

Elfyn Evans had a bit of "a panic" on the finish of the final stage at Rally Sardinia after a stall almost gave Toyota boss Jari Matti Latvala a "heart attack" moment.

Solberg receives new Hyundai WRC challenge

Oliver Solberg will drive a Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC car at the Rally di Alba event in Italy after being forced to withdraw from WRC Rally Sardinia.

Ostberg fined for swearing tirade in Rally Sardinia interview

WRC2 driver Mads Ostberg has been fined €1000 and has a suspended 25 championship points penalty for using abusive language during a live television interview at Rally Sardinia.

Italy WRC: Ogier extends points lead with comfortable victory Rally Italy
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Italy WRC: Ogier extends points lead with comfortable victory

Sebastien Ogier further extended his lead in the World Rally Championship with a comfortable victory in Rally Sardinia ahead of Toyota teammate and title rival Elfyn Evans.

Evans: “Clear we won’t catch” WRC Sardinia leader Ogier Rally Italy
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Evans: “Clear we won’t catch” WRC Sardinia leader Ogier

Elfyn Evans believes the target is to consolidate second spot after admitting it is “quite clear” he won’t catch team-mate and WRC Rally Sardinia leader Sebastien Ogier.

Italy WRC: Ogier leads Evans in Toyota 1-2 as Sordo crashes out Rally Italy
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Italy WRC: Ogier leads Evans in Toyota 1-2 as Sordo crashes out

Sebastien Ogier heads a Toyota one-two from Elfyn Evans after Dani Sordo crashed out of second overall as Hyundai’s capitulation continued at Rally Sardegna.

Hyundai boss refuses to make Sordo a scapegoat for WRC crash Rally Italy
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Hyundai boss refuses to make Sordo a scapegoat for WRC crash

Hyundai boss Andrea Adamo says it would be “stupid” to make Dani Sordo a scapegoat as victory hopes were dashed on a brutal World Rally Championship day at Sardinia.

Italy WRC: Ogier grabs lead as Tanak retires after hitting rock

Sebastien Ogier has taken the lead of Rally Sardegna in dramatic circumstances after comfortable rally leader Ott Tanak hit a rock and was forced out on the final morning stage.

WRC Sardinia leader Tanak "quite lucky" after late tyre scare Rally Italy
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WRC Sardinia leader Tanak "quite lucky" after late tyre scare

Rally Sardinia leader Ott Tanak says he was “quite lucky” after a tyre scare threatened to hamper his run through the final stage of the day.

Italy WRC: Tanak holds comfortable lead from Sordo Rally Italy
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Italy WRC: Tanak holds comfortable lead from Sordo

Ott Tanak has opened up a comfortable lead over Hyundai teammate Dani Sordo after winning five of the eight stages on a brutal opening day at Rally Sardinia.

Italy WRC: Tanak blitzes morning as rivals hit trouble Rally Italy
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Italy WRC: Tanak blitzes morning as rivals hit trouble

Ott Tanak holds a healthy lead in Rally Sardegna after winning all four stages in an eventful morning loop that saw early challenger Kalle Rovanpera retire and Teemu Suninen crash out.

Mikkelsen in talks with M-Sport regarding 2022 WRC drive Rally Italy
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Mikkelsen in talks with M-Sport regarding 2022 WRC drive

Andreas Mikkelsen has confirmed talks are ongoing with M-Sport for the future that could result in a possible return to the WRC top flight next year.

Neuville: Italy important to "keep pressure high" on Toyota

Thierry Neuville says he has to score big points in this weekend's Rally Sardegna to keep the pressure on Toyota title rivals Sebastien Ogier and Elfyn Evans.

Evans yet to focus on WRC future amid interest from M-Sport

Elfyn Evans is yet to set a timeframe on securing his World Rally Championship future but is happy at Toyota and will begin to look at his 2022 plans soon.

Hyundai to reschedule Solberg WRC outing

Oliver Solberg is expected to receive another top flight WRC run this year with Hyundai Motorsport after COVID-19 protocols forced him to withdraw from this weekend’s Rally Sardegna.    

Ogier wants to stay with Toyota after full-time WRC career ends
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Ogier wants to stay with Toyota after full-time WRC career ends

Sebastien Ogier says it is “my wish to stay” with Toyota long-term after his full-time WRC career ends, with the reigning World Rally champion eyeing up other motorsport challenges.

Toyota completes first full test of 2022 Rally1 WRC car

Toyota Gazoo Racing has completed the first full test of its 2022-specification World Rally Championship car in Portugal.

WRC reveals new format for 70th anniversary Rally Finland

A new three-day format has been adopted for October’s “milestone” 70th anniversary Rally Finland.

Testing of M-Sport's 2022 WRC car continues in Spain
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Testing of M-Sport's 2022 WRC car continues in Spain

Testing of M-Sport Ford’s Rally1 car for 2022 will reconvene in Spain this week, according to team boss Malcolm Wilson.

Oliver Solberg forced to withdraw from Rally Sardegna Rally Italy
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Oliver Solberg forced to withdraw from Rally Sardegna

Oliver Solberg has been forced to withdraw from next week’s Rally Sardegna after his father, 2003 WRC champion Petter Solberg, tested positive for coronavirus.

Ogier: Evans wasn't beatable even with "perfect performance"

Sebastien Ogier says not even a “perfect performance” in Portugal would have been enough to deny Elfyn Evans a first victory of the 2021 season.

WRC2 driver Veiby gets six-month ban for COVID breach

WRC2 driver Ole Christian Veiby has been suspended from competing in the remaining rounds of this year's World Rally Championship after breaching COVID-19 protocols.

Evans: Portugal win important after “painful” Croatia miss Rally Portugal
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Evans: Portugal win important after “painful” Croatia miss

Elfyn Evans has said his Rally Portugal victory came as an ideal reaction to ‘painfully’ missing out on victory in Croatia to Toyota Gazoo Racing team-mate Sebastien Ogier.

Portugal WRC: Evans boosts title push with victory Rally Portugal
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Portugal WRC: Evans boosts title push with victory

Toyota's Elfyn Evans claimed his first victory of the 2021 World Rally Championship season with an imperious display in Rally Portugal.

Portugal WRC: Toyota's Evans takes lead after Tanak retires Rally Portugal
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Portugal WRC: Toyota's Evans takes lead after Tanak retires

Toyota's Elfyn Evans has taken the lead of Rally Portugal on a climactic penultimate day of the World Rally Championship’s first gravel event this season after leader Ott Tanak was forced to retire.

Portugal WRC: Tanak presses home advantage as top three pull clear Rally Portugal
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Portugal WRC: Tanak presses home advantage as top three pull clear

Hyundai’s Ott Tanak relentlessly pressed home his advantage on the second morning of Rally Portugal, with the top three runners pulling clear of the field.

Neuville blames Portugal WRC crash on "too optimistic" pace note Rally Portugal
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Neuville blames Portugal WRC crash on "too optimistic" pace note

Hyundai Motorsport’s Thierry Neuville has blamed his accident and eventual retirement from the opening day of Rally Portugal on “too optimistic” a pace note.

Portugal WRC: Tanak holds overnight lead after dramatic Friday Rally Portugal
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Portugal WRC: Tanak holds overnight lead after dramatic Friday

Hyundai’s Ott Tanak holds the overnight lead Portugal as the fourth round of the 2021 World Rally Championship delivered a dramatic return to gravel rallying.

WRC's hybrid systems can't be used for performance advantage

Energy created by hybrid systems on next season’s Rally1 cars cannot be manipulated by crews to gain an advantage over their World Rally Championship rivals.

Portugal WRC: Sordo leads Hyundai 1-2-3 after morning loop Rally Portugal
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Portugal WRC: Sordo leads Hyundai 1-2-3 after morning loop

Hyundai holds a 1-2-3 after the opening three stages of Rally Portugal, with Dani Sordo leading the charge in the Korean manufacturer's third entry.

M-Sport confident of landing world title contender for 2022 Rally Portugal
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M-Sport confident of landing world title contender for 2022

Malcolm Wilson remains confident of landing a driver at M-Sport that is capable of winning the WRC title next season.

Toyota: Keeping Evans for next season "main target"
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Toyota: Keeping Evans for next season "main target"

Toyota Team Principal Jari-Matti Latvala says keeping Elfyn Evans for next season is his “main target”.

Ogier: WRC should have been "more innovative" with new rules

Sebastien Ogier has questioned the impact and relevance of the WRC’s impending new regulations.

Hyundai releases first images of 2022 Rally1 WRC car
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Hyundai releases first images of 2022 Rally1 WRC car

Hyundai Motorsport has released the first official pictures of its 2022-specification Rally1 car in action.

Villas-Boas to make WRC debut, plans Dakar return

Former Premier League manager and Europa League winner Andre Villas-Boas says his maiden appearance in the World Rally Championship in next week’s Rally Portugal will also be his last.

WRC becomes first FIA championship to use 100% sustainable fuel Rally Portugal
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WRC becomes first FIA championship to use 100% sustainable fuel

The World Rally Championship will be the first FIA series to use 100% sustainable fuel from next season

Hyundai signs Neuville, Tanak to new multi-year WRC deals
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Hyundai signs Neuville, Tanak to new multi-year WRC deals

Hyundai drivers Thierry Neuville and Ott Tanak have both been handed new multi-year deals that will keep them with the team beyond the end of this World Rally Championship season.

Hyundai secures M-Sport WRC technical veteran Loriaux

Hyundai Motorsport has confirmed the appointment of 19-year M-Sport veteran Christian Loriaux to its technical line-up in the World Rally Championship.

Oliver Solberg to make top flight WRC return in Italy

Oliver Solberg will make a return to the World Rally Championship top flight after securing another outing at next month's Rally Italy.

M-Sport yet to decide on name for Rally1 WRC car

A decision has still to be reached on the nameplate that will underpin M-Sport’s hybrid-equipped Rally1 WRC car from 2022, as discussions on the subject continue with Ford.

Why there's no easy fix for Hyundai's operational Achilles Heel

Hyundai Motorsport boss Andrea Adamo was vocal in his criticism of his team's tyre choices on Rally Croatia and declared that he "had better move my ass and solve it". Doing so will be vital to getting Hyundai's 2021 WRC title hopes back on track, but finding the root of the problem won't be the work of a moment

Fourmaux retains M-Sport WRC drive for Rally Portugal

Adrien Fourmaux holds on to his World Rally Car drive with M-Sport for next month’s Rally Portugal after impressing on his top-flight debut at Rally Croatia.

How Ogier survived road crash drama to triumph in Croatia

Sebastien Ogier was already in an incredibly tight fight at Rally Croatia before a surprise collision with public road traffic at the start of the final day. But the defending champion held his nerve to take a narrow victory and create further World Rally Championship history

Croatia "deserves" WRC calendar slot - Hyundai

Croatia Rally organisers have shown they “deserve” their place in the World Rally Championship according to Hyundai Motorsport boss Andrea Adamo, who was full of praise for it.

New Toyota Rally1 car "on schedule" despite hybrid recall

Toyota team principal Jari-Matti Latvala says development of its new World Rally Championship Rally1 machine is "still on schedule", despite a recent recall of its spec hybrid components.

Ogier thought his 'rally was over' after traffic collision Rally Croatia
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Ogier thought his 'rally was over' after traffic collision

Rally Croatia winner Sebastien Ogier believed that “his rally was over” after the seven-time World Rally champion was involved in a road traffic accident on the final morning.

Tanak "out of my comfort zone" throughout WRC Rally Croatia

Ott Tanak has revealed that he felt out of his comfort zone in his Hyundai World Rally Championship car for the duration of the Croatia Rally.

WRC Rally Croatia: Ogier claims narrow 0.6s win over Evans Rally Croatia
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WRC Rally Croatia: Ogier claims narrow 0.6s win over Evans

The debut of Rally Croatia as a points-scoring round of the World Rally Championship concluded with a nail-biting battle between the Toyotas of Sebastien Ogier and Elfyn Evans and the Hyundai of Thierry Neuville, ending in favour of Ogier by just 0.6 seconds after three days of action.

Toyota praises Ogier for "professional" drive after Croatia crash Rally Croatia
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Toyota praises Ogier for "professional" drive after Croatia crash

Toyota boss Jari-Matti Latvala has praised Sebastien Ogier for the “professional and fantastic job” he performed after he was involved in an accident ahead of this morning’s opening Croatia Rally stage

Hyundai: "Not impossible" for Neuville to win in Croatia Rally Croatia
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Hyundai: "Not impossible" for Neuville to win in Croatia

Thierry Neuville snatching a win on the final day of the Croatia Rally is far from impossible, according to his Hyundai boss.