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This is Topic: WRC Rally News 2010
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Rally Italia Sardegna: Neuville ends dark days with Italy win
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 05:25 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Rally Italia Sardegna: Neuville ends dark days with Italy win


Thierry Neuville emerged from a career slump to claim his second WRC victory at Rally Italia Sardegna on Sunday afternoon.

After a difficult end to 2015 and an equally troubled start to this season, all came good for the Belgian on the Mediterranean island as he won the four-day rough road event by 24.8sec in his Hyundai i20.

He became the fifth different winner in the last five FIA World Rally Championship rounds, adding to his maiden victory in Germany in 2014.

Neuville won nine of the 19 speed tests, moving to the front on Friday afternoon and repelling a determined challenge from Jari-Matti Latvala. The Finn closed to within three seconds on Saturday before Neuville pulled clear and eased through today’s final leg.

"My second time and there is much less pressure leading the rally," he said. "We had a great weekend and great things come to those who go and earn it. The feeling was good in the car, hopefully it’ll be like this for the rest of the season. It wasn’t easy but we keep working and it’s good for the confidence."


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Rally Italia Sardegna: Neuville casts Latvala adrift in Italy
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 03:50 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Rally Italia Sardegna: Neuville casts Latvala adrift in Italy


Thierry Neuville distanced Jari-Matti Latvala with a powerful Saturday afternoon charge to carry a healthy lead into tomorrow’s final leg of Rally Italia Sardegna.

Latvala reduced Neuville’s Friday night lead to less than three seconds this morning as handling issues hindered the Hyundai i20 driver. But the Belgian won two of this afternoon’s three speed tests to rebuild his lead and end 16.1sec clear.

High temperatures, rocky gravel roads and heavy rain presented a tough challenge in a day which contained more than half the event’s distance and Neuville was up to it.

"The car was amazing to drive in slippery conditions," he said. "We’ve had another good day and it was a pleasure to fight Jari-Matti. Tomorrow will be tough but we’ll prepare properly and continue fighting."

An overnight gearbox change left Latvala more confident with his Volkswagen Polo R’s handling. After eating into Neuville’s lead he looked certain to move ahead but applauded his rival’s drive through the final marathon 44.26km Monte Lerno test.

"I can’t do better than that. I did a really good run and if Thierry is faster then respect to him. I was a bit too careful earlier this afternoon, but sometimes you have to play safe," said Latvala.


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Revitalised Neuville leads in Italy
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, June 10, 2016 - 05:22 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Revitalised Neuville leads in Italy


A rejuvenated Thierry Neuville banished memories of a torrid start to the season to lead Rally Italia Sardegna on Friday night after an enthralling duel with Jari-Matti Latvala.

The lead changed hands on every rough road speed test as the pair fought tooth and nail in intense heat. Neuville eventually eased ahead in late afternoon to eke out an 11.1sec advantage in his Hyundai i20 as Latvala fought handling issues.

Neuville scored points only twice in the opening five WRC rounds, but he and Latvala were aided by good grip on roads cleaned of slippery dry gravel by those ahead in the start order.


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Ogier ready to ditch Italy bid if wife goes into labour
Posted by: ASkyler on Thursday, June 09, 2016 - 07:13 PM
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Ogier ready to ditch Italy bid if wife goes into labour


World Rally Championship leader Sebastien Ogier has vowed to abandon this weekend's Rally Italia Sardegna if his expectant wife goes into labour early.

France's Sebastien Ogier is bidding to increase his points advantage with a fourth consecutive victory on the Mediterranean island, but the 32-year-old Frenchman will not hesitate to walk away if his first child with television presenter wife Andrea Kaiser arrives early.

Their baby is due between the Italian fixture and the next round in Poland, which starts on 30 June. But Ogier will have a private plane on standby throughout the rally at Sardinia’s Alghero Airport, ready to jet out to Germany should he need to.

"I’m very excited to start soon a new life as Andrea and I are expecting our first child," said Ogier. "The due date is after the rally, but you never know.


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Positive Learning Experience For Benavides In The Sardegna Rally Race
Posted by: newsla on Thursday, June 09, 2016 - 05:34 PM
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Positive Learning Experience For Benavides In The Sardegna Rally Race


Argentinean Team HRC rider Kevin Benavides finished sixth on his debut in the highly-demanding Sardegna Rally Race. The main mission of the rider was skills acquisition.

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Pirelli Drivers Aim To Star On Home Turf
Posted by: ASkyler on Monday, June 06, 2016 - 05:28 PM
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Pirelli Drivers Aim To Star On Home Turf


For Pirelli, the Rally Italia Sardegna represents the company’s home event, where some of the leading privateer drivers on round seven of the World Rally Championship will once again aim to show strongly against the factory teams. They will be relying on the latest evolution of the famous Scorpion K tyres in order to combat one of the most demanding rallies on the entire calendar.

Sardinia is characterised by fine and sandy gravel that frequently gives way to sharp rocks, which many drivers have fallen victim to in the past. Not only that but there are some big jumps and long stages, meaning that every aspect of tyre performance and durability is tested. There is also a possibility of high temperatures, adding to the challenge of the abrasive surfaces.

The Scorpion K tyres are characterised by precise steering inputs, with good control braking and traction: even on fast stages with low levels of grip. A lot of this is down to Pirelli’s unique directional tread pattern, which drives the car through the corner. Some of the latest evolutions have concentrated on reinforcing the structure of the tyre, ensuring that the strength matches the performance that makes Pirelli the world leader when it comes to ultra high performance products.

In order to celebrate Pirelli’s home event, the Italian firm has laid on special facilities at the Tula stage (SS3 and SS7 on Friday), allowing fans to get a spectacular view of the action and highlight Pirelli’s involvement in the World Rally Championship, which began in the first year of the series itself, 1973.

The rally is based in Alghero and consists of 19 stages covering 324 competitive kilometres. The longest stage is Monte Lerno, at 44 kilometres, while the final day has no service halt at all before the final power stage in Sassari.

Leading Pirelli drivers

In total, Pirelli will have six leading privateers in the top WRC1 class, and seven top contenders in the WRC2 class. In addition, there are the usual two WRC3 contenders, up and coming youngsters Fabio Andolfi and Damiano de Tommaso, backed jointly by Pirelli and ACI: the Italian motorsport federation. As well as WRC regulars Martin Prokop, Lorenzo Bertelli and Valeriy Gorban, Switzerland’s Federico della Casa, Estonia’s Mait Maarend, and Italy’s Roberto Tononi all step up to Pirelli-equipped World Rally Cars. In WRC2, former European Rally Champion Armin Kremer takes on Nicholas Fuchs, each driving a Skoda Fabia R5.

The tyres and the rules World Rally Car drivers are allowed to use 32 tyres during the rally (30 for WRC2), with four tyres per tyre change opportunity and four spares. In Italy, they can choose from 32 of the 205/65-15 Scorpion KHB Reinforced hard compound and 16 of the 205/65-15 Scorpion KSB Reinforced soft compound for cooler or sandier stages.

Quotes Terenzio Testoni, Pirelli rally activity manager: "Sardinia is always a special occasion for us and we’re looking forward to the Tula stage on Friday in particular, where we will have a big presence. However, we’re certainly not underestimating the challenge ahead this weekend. In terms of temperature and surface, Sardinia is one of the toughest rallies of the year: maybe the toughest of all. In the past though, our privateers have shown that they are able to score points in the midst of factory teams, and this will be our aim once more. We also have high hopes for our two Junior drivers, as we are very proud to support the next generation of future stars - on whom the future of the sport depends - as part of our company philosophy."

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WRC 6 video game scheduled for autumn release
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, June 03, 2016 - 06:28 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
WRC 6 video game scheduled for autumn release


WRC 6, the official video game of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship, will be released in the autumn.

The 2016 edition will contain major improvements, including enhanced graphics and audio, exciting fresh features to be announced pre-launch and new and longer special stages from motorsport’s toughest championship for production-based cars.

It will be the only game to present authentic and current car liveries, with Volkswagen Motorsport, Abu Dhabi Total World Rally Team, Hyundai Motorsport and M-Sport World Rally Team represented with their World Rally Cars in 2016 colours.

Rally China, which returns to WRC in September for the first time since 1999, will be added to the game, increasing the number of rallies to 14.

Gamers will be able to select from all the sport’s leading World Rally Car drivers, including triple world champion Sébastien Ogier, Thierry Neuville, Kris Meeke and Mads Østberg, along with a wide selection of WRC 2 and Junior WRC competitors.


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Benavides Tackles The Second Rally In Less Than One Week
Posted by: newsla on Thursday, June 02, 2016 - 05:40 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Benavides Tackles The Second Rally In Less Than One Week


After the spectacular win in the Merzouga Rally a week ago, Team HRC’s Argentinean rider Kevin Benavides is now out in picturesque Sardinia. However, it will be no vacation for Benavides, who will be there competing in the Sardegna Rally Race.

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Kamaz Reveals New Cab Truck To Conquer The Rally Dakar 2017
Posted by: newsla on Wednesday, June 01, 2016 - 05:44 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Kamaz Reveals New Cab Truck To Conquer The Rally Dakar 2017


Russian truck legend Kamaz has unveiled the truck that it hopes will take the Red Bull-backed squad to a remarkable 14th victory on the Dakar Rally next year, which runs through some of the most inhospitable terrain in South America.

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2016 WRC: Meeke masters Portugal for second win
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 01:09 PM
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2016 WRC: Meeke masters Portugal for second win


Kris Meeke became the fourth different winner in five WRC rounds this season after triumphing at Vodafone Rally de Portugal on Sunday afternoon.

The Northern Irishman, returning to the championship after missing the previous two rallies in the Americas, shook off the rust to win the four-day rough road event by 29.7sec in Citroën’s DS 3. It was his second success after victory in Argentina last year.

Thirty-six-year-old Meeke followed Sébastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and Hayden Paddon onto the top step of the WRC podium this year after building a lead of almost a minute during the first part of the rally and measuring his pace through the final day-and-a-half.

He took the lead in the second stage on Friday morning and remained troublefree on the rocky mountain roads in the north of the country, making the most of clean, grippy conditions courtesy of a low start position.


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2016 WRC: Meeke leads amid drama in Portugal
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 06:30 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
2016 WRC: Meeke leads amid drama in Portugal


Kris Meeke led Vodafone Rally de Portugal on Friday night after dominating an action-packed day in the hills overlooking northern Spain.

The Briton, returning to the WRC after missing the previous two rounds, claimed the lead by winning this morning’s opening speed test. He was fastest in four more to head world championship leader Sébastien Ogier by 31.9sec with two days remaining.

Hayden Paddon, winner of the previous round in Argentina, and Ott Tänak provided the drama. Both rolled at the same place this afternoon and their cars caught fire, fierce flames reducing Paddon’s car to a shell in minutes. Both drivers and co-drivers were unhurt.

Two stage wins this morning enabled Meeke to build a 11.5sec lead in Citroën’s DS 3 over Ogier, fastest in last night’s curtain-raising test. As the gravel roads became heavily rutted, he stretched his lead to 35.2sec in the repeat pass, before Ogier narrowed the gap in the final two asphalt street tests in Porto.


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2016 WRC: Meeke retains control in Portugal
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 04:02 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
2016 WRC: Meeke retains control in Portugal


Kris Meeke will carry a comfortable lead into the final leg of Vodafone Rally de Portugal after distancing world champion Sébastien Ogier over rough mountain roads on Saturday. Meeke, returning to FIA World Rally Championship action after a two-event absence, completed a clean sweep of wins in the three morning stages to extend his lead to almost a minute. He measured his pace over rougher afternoon roads to lead tonight by 45.3sec.

Aware of the dangers on the rock-strewn gravel tracks, Meeke opted to carry two spare wheels in Citroën’s DS 3 instead of the usual one to guard against punctures. He needed neither but had to contend with different handling in the heavier car.


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Meeke leads amid drama in Portugal
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, May 20, 2016 - 05:37 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Meeke leads amid drama in Portugal


Kris Meeke led Vodafone Rally de Portugal on Friday night after dominating an action-packed day in the hills overlooking northern Spain. The Briton, returning to the WRC after missing the previous two rounds, claimed the lead by winning this morning’s opening speed test. He was fastest in four more to head world championship leader Sébastien Ogier by 31.9sec with two days remaining.

Hayden Paddon, winner of the previous round in Argentina, and Ott Tänak provided the drama. Both rolled at the same place this afternoon and their cars caught fire, fierce flames reducing Paddon’s car to a shell in minutes. Both drivers and co-drivers were unhurt.


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Paddon: My targets stay the same
Posted by: ASkyler on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 05:51 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Paddon: My targets stay the same


Haydon Paddon refuses to let his breakthrough WRC victory in Argentina last month alter his season’s targets as he prepares for this week’s Vodafone Rally de Portugal (19 - 22 May). The New Zealander held off Sébastien Ogier in a dramatic finale to secure a popular maiden win, but is adamant he will continue to use this season to put building blocks in place for a future title challenge.

"The win in Argentina was definitely a confidence booster but my feet remain firmly on the ground," said the 29-year-old Hyundai i20 driver. "We know that in equal conditions we still have work to do to become a regular challenger to Seb.


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Barcelona Welcomes The Dakar 2017 And Team HRC
Posted by: newsla on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 06:22 AM
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Barcelona Welcomes The Dakar 2017 And Team HRC


Team HRC Rally today took part in the Rally Dakar 2017 presentation, held in one of the most emblematic places in the city of Barcelona.

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Pirelli Continues To Lead European Rally Championship
Posted by: newsla on Monday, May 09, 2016 - 05:42 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Pirelli Continues To Lead European Rally Championship


Pirelli driver Kajetan Kajetanowicz continues to lead the FIA European Rally Championship after setting eight out of 12 fastest stage times on the legendary Acropolis Rally. In total, a Pirelli driver won every stage apart from one.

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Team HRC Set To Participate In The New Dakar 2017
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 05:32 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Team HRC Set To Participate In The New Dakar 2017


Team HRC were present this morning as the route for the forthcoming 39th edition of the Dakar Rally was announced. The race, in South America, will run through Paraguay -new country in this race-, Bolivia and Argentina.

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Paddon triumphs in Argentine thriller
Posted by: ASkyler on Monday, April 25, 2016 - 06:15 AM
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Paddon triumphs in Argentine thriller


Hayden Paddon scored his first WRC victory at YPF Rally Argentina on Sunday afternoon after fighting off world champion Sébastien Ogier in a thrilling finale to a scintillating last day duel.

The pair were separated by just 2.6sec ahead of the final legendary El Condor speed test, but Paddon stunned the Frenchman to hurtle down the rock-strewn mountain almost 12sec faster and secure a 14.3sec winning margin in his Hyundai i20.

He became the first New Zealand driver to win a WRC round in the championship’s 43-year history and crushed Volkswagen’s ambitions of securing an unprecedented 13 consecutive victories.

"I can’t believe it, I really didn’t think I stood a chance before the last stage after losing time to Ogier this morning," said Paddon, who celebrated his 29th birthday the day before the start. "I gave that last stage everything I had. Tight and twisty roads like El Condor aren’t my strength but I drove the stage of my life."


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Rally Argentina: Paddon leads Argentina as Latvala crashes
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 07:46 PM
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Rally Argentina: Paddon leads Argentina as Latvala crashes


Hayden Paddon is on course for his maiden WRC victory after Jari-Matti Latvala rolled out of the lead of YPF Rally Argentina on Saturday afternoon.

Paddon, seeking to become the first New Zealander to win a WRC round, ended the penultimate leg of the four-day event with a 29.8sec advantage over championship leader Sébastien Ogier. Less than 60km of gravel speed tests remain tomorrow.

Latvala seemed to have withstood a determined charge from Paddon this morning to enter the penultimate special stage with a 14.5sec advantage in his Volkswagen Polo R. The Finn was almost seven seconds quicker midway through when he crashed heavily and retired.


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Rally Argentina: Latvala out front after opening leg in Argentina
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 06:07 AM
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Rally Argentina: Latvala out front after opening leg in Argentina


Jari-Matti Latvala made a determined start in his quest for back-to-back FIA World Rally Championship wins by leading YPF Rally Argentina after Friday’s first full day of action.

Latvala, victorious at the previous round in Mexico, won four of today’s eight speed tests to head Volkswagen Polo R team-mate Sébastien Ogier by 7.9sec.



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Rally Argentina: Ogier targets WRC grand slam
Posted by: ASkyler on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 07:31 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Rally Argentina: Ogier targets WRC grand slam


Sébastien Ogier will complete a career grand slam of WRC event victories if he wins this week’s YPF Rally Argentina (21 - 24 April).

The rough road south American rally is the only one on the calendar* that Ogier has yet to win during a career which has netted 34 triumphs.

Success in Argentina has eluded the triple world champion, who scored his maiden win in Portugal in 2010, in six previous attempts. He finished runner-up to Sébastien Loeb in 2013 and Volkswagen team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala the following year.

"Argentina is the only rally on the calendar I have not yet won," said 32-year-old Ogier. "This year will not be easy either because we will once again be the first car onto the route. Whatever happens, I will do my best to improve my record here and to win for the first time.


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Citroen Racing Completes Initial Testing Of Its 2017 World Rally Car
Posted by: ASkyler on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 07:31 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Citroen Racing Completes Initial Testing Of Its 2017 World Rally Car


On schedule, Citroën Racing has completed initial testing of the car that will be entered by the brand in the World Rally Championship from next season. On the gravel roads around the Château de Lastours and then in Fontjoncouse, Kris Meeke has already tested the reliability and performances of this new generation model.

First and foremost, it is worth remembering what a 2017-spec World Rally Car actually is. Because compared with the models that first appeared in 2011 the change is set to be dramatic, for eyes and ears alike! 55mm wider, the bodywork enjoys great aerodynamic freedom, with a front bumper fitted with a splitter, prominent air inlets and outlets, a rear diffuser, and so on. It is no accident that comparisons have been made with the legendary Group B cars of the 1980s!

Under the bonnet, the 1.6-litre direct injection turbo engine is now fitted with a 36mm booster flange, like the Citroën C-Elysée WTCCs. With some 380bhp under the right-hand pedal, the drivers will be able to savour the power on offer, especially as the minimum regulatory weight has been reduced by 25kg and the four-wheel drive now comes with a central differential that improves traction…


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Argentina Awaits For Pirelli Scorpion K Tyres
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 06:04 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Argentina Awaits For Pirelli Scorpion K Tyres


The varied gravel stages of Rally Argentina are the next stop on the World Rally Championship for Pirelli.

The championship’s only event in South America is a classic part of the calendar that is known for the region’s passionate rally fans, more than a million of whom watch the stages each year.

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WRC TV turns spotlight on WRC 2 with new highlights show
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, April 15, 2016 - 07:13 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
WRC TV turns spotlight on WRC 2 with new highlights show


· WRC Promoter extends WRC 2 coverage

· Bespoke broadcast focuses on WRC support category at each round

· New launch adds to WRC’s comprehensive HD programme portfolio

WRC TV will provide standalone highlights of the WRC 2 action from all future rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship following a surge in entries for the series’ principal support category.

Starting at next week’s Rally Argentina (21 - 24 April), the story of the weekend’s WRC 2 battle will be told in a bespoke round-up made available to broadcasters within hours of the Sunday finish.


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Team HRC Rally Moves To Montesa-Honda, In Spain
Posted by: newsla on Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 06:49 PM
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Team HRC Rally Moves To Montesa-Honda, In Spain


Honda Racing Corporation’s Rally Team has recently set up headquarters in the Montesa-Honda installations in Santa Perpetua de la Mogoda, in Barcelona.

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