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This is Topic: WRC Rally News 2010
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2020 WRC: Neuville seals revenge win at Rallye Monte-Carlo
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 02:37 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
2020 WRC: Neuville seals revenge win at Rallye Monte-Carlo


Belgian driver makes up for narrowly missing out in 2019.

Thierry Neuville delivered a stunning final day drive to score his first Rallye Monte-Carlo victory on Sunday – 12 months after missing out in the event’s closest-ever finish.


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2020 WRC: Record-Breaking Points Finish
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 02:35 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
2020 WRC: Record-Breaking Points Finish


M-Sport Ford secured a record-breaking result at this weekend’s Rallye Monte-Carlo – Esapekka Lappi and Teemu Suninen securing the team’s 250th consecutive FIA World Rally Championship points finish.

The record started 18 years ago when Carlos Sainz and Colin McRae piloted their Ford Focus RS WRCs to third and fourth places at the 2002 edition of the Monegasque event, and since then the team has secured manufacturer points on every event contested.

A total of 22 drivers and 28 co-drivers contributed to the achievement which includes seven FIA World Rally Championship titles – three for Manufacturers, two for Drivers and two for Co-drivers – as well as an impressive 50 victories and 185 podiums.


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2020 WRC: Fourmaux Shows Monte Pace
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 02:34 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
2020 WRC: Fourmaux Shows Monte Pace


Showcasing the power and performance of the EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta R5 MkII, Adrien Fourmaux and Renaud Jamoul delivered an event-winning performance at this weekend’s Rallye Monte-Carlo; but the Franco-Belgian pairing had to settle for second place in the WRC 2 category.

Taking an early lead, Fourmaux went on to secure seven fastest stage times but his hopes of victory were undone by two punctures – one through ‘Bayons – Bréziers’ on Thursday evening (SS2) and a second through ‘Curbans – Venterol’ (SS6) on Friday afternoon.

Also contesting the WRC 2 category, Rhys Yates and James Morgan delivered a calm and collected drive behind the wheel of their Fiesta R5 MkII. Despite losing six minutes when becoming stuck off the road on the second pass of ‘St-Léger-les-Mélèzes – La Bâtie-Neuve’ (SS11), they persevered to equal their Monte best with fourth place in WRC 2.


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2020 WRC: Lappi Makes Monte Best
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 02:33 PM
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2020 WRC: Lappi Makes Monte Best


M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm claimed fourth place at this weekend’s Rallye Monte-Carlo - securing their best Monte result on their FIA World Rally Championship debut with EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC.

Recovering from a difficult start, the Finns bounced back - learning with every kilometre and gaining confidence to head into the final day of competition in a battle for fourth place with nine-time World Champion Sébastien Loeb.

Putting the seven-time Monte winner under pressure, Lappi came out on top - securing the position as well as an additional point for the fifth fastest time through the Power Stage.

In the sister M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC, Teemu Suninen and Jarmo Lehtinen recovered eighth place overall. The young Finn was quick when the conditions were more consistent, and he proved that again today.


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2020 WRC: Elfyn Evans holds advantage in Monte-Carlo thriller
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 02:20 PM
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2020 WRC: Elfyn Evans holds advantage in Monte-Carlo thriller


Welshman grabs narrow lead over Toyota team-mate Ogier.

Elfyn Evans finished Saturday’s penultimate leg of Rallye Monte-Carlo with a narrow lead after a gripping see-saw battle with team-mate Sébastien Ogier in the French Alps.

The Toyota Yaris debutants swapped the lead on three occasions before Evans ended with a 4.9sec advantage over Ogier, with Thierry Neuville hot on their heels in his Hyundai i20.

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2020 WRC: Lappi On The Hunt For Fourth
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 02:19 PM
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2020 WRC: Lappi On The Hunt For Fourth


M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm are on the hunt for fourth place at this weekend’s Rallye Monte-Carlo - their EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC just 14 seconds adrift of nine-time World Champion Sébastien Loeb.

Finding more grip behind the wheel of the Fiesta and more precise information from their route note crew, the Finns set a string of fourth-fastest times and reduced a 50 second deficit to just a handful of seconds over today’s 75.2 kilometres.

With another 63.54 kilometres left to contest, Lappi has every chance of overhauling the seven-time Monte winner. And whatever the outcome, he remains on course to secure his personal best Monte result.


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2020 WRC: Ogier snatches Monte-Carlo lead as champion Tänak crashes badly
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 07:31 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
2020 WRC: Ogier snatches Monte-Carlo lead as champion Tanak crashes badly


Rallye Monte-Carlo master Sébastien Ogier moved into position for a seventh consecutive victory after snatching a slender lead in the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship’s season-opener on Friday night.

The Frenchman, making his Toyota Yaris debut, ended the first full day’s competition with a 1.2sec advantage over Elfyn Evans after demoting his team-mate in the final kilometres. Thierry Neuville was hot on their heels, a further 5.2sec behind.

The main talking point was a massive crash for world champion Ott Tänak on his first drive in a Hyundai i20.


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2020 WRC: Thierry Neuville fires early warning to lead Rallye Monte-Carlo
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 07:28 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
2020 WRC: Thierry Neuville fires early warning to lead Rallye Monte-Carlo


Belgian rockets into the lead ahead of Ogier and Tänak at season opener.

A sensational time through Thursday night’s second speed test rocketed Thierry Neuville into the lead of Rallye Monte-Carlo after the opening loop of stages in the French Alps.

The Hyundai i20 driver headed Sébastien Ogier’s Toyota Yaris by 19.1sec when the cars returned to service in Gap after the brace of night time alpine tests.


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2020 WRC: Defending champion Tanak opens WRC title defence in Monte-Carlo
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 07:12 PM
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2020 WRC: Defending champion Tanak opens WRC title defence in Monte-Carlo


Estonian admits he has no idea what to expect when the season gets under way.

Ott Tänak admits he has no idea what to expect as he begins his FIA World Rally Championship title defence at Rallye Monte-Carlo (23 - 26 January) after a winter transfer flurry sparked by his own shock move.

The Estonian’s switch from Toyota Gazoo Racing to Hyundai Motorsport initiated the WRC’s own game of musical chairs, ending with five frontline drivers preparing for the prestigious season-opener at new teams.


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2020 FIA World Rally Championship: Oliver Ciesla Q&A
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 09:04 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
2020 FIA World Rally Championship: Oliver Ciesla Q&A


Ahead of the start of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship at the iconic Rallye Monte-Carlo (23 - 26 January), WRC Promoter managing director Oliver Ciesla looks forward to a competitive season, filled with exciting innovations.

Q: The return of classic rallies in Kenya and New Zealand, as well as a new-look event in Japan, are highlights of the 2020 calendar. Why have you chosen three incoming rallies from outside Europe?

OC: We wanted to further globalise the WRC by featuring more events outside Europe. It’s the first time the WRC has included six continents – Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Africa and Australasia – in its 48-year history. Japan’s comeback, mainstream Asia’s first appearance for 10 years, and the return of Kenya’s Safari Rally, one of motorsport’s legendary contests, provide a presence in the world’s largest two continents by size for the first time in more than two decades.

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Abarth 124 rally: seasonal debut at the Montecarlo Rally
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 08:58 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
Abarth 124 rally: seasonal debut at the Montecarlo Rally


The Abarth 124 rally opens at its fourth competitive season at the Montecarlo Rally, the opening race of the WRC International Championship, where it debuted in 2017.

At the start of the 2020 season, we see the Belgians Luc Caprasse and Renaud Herman with a car from the Belgian Motorsport International team. Caprasse has already achieved successes in Belgium and Germany with the 124 rally, at the Sassonia and Stadt Rallies.



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2020 WRC: Ready To Take Their Chance
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 07:14 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
2020 WRC: Ready To Take Their Chance


M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s young squad are ready to take their chance as the FIA World Rally Championship returns to action at next week’s Rallye Monte-Carlo – an event the EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC has won twice in the past three years.

The traditional start to the season is one of the most demanding on the calendar and, as WRC 3 driver ‘PEDRO’ so aptly described, ‘the changeable weather can be as unpredictable as the roulette wheel.’

The mountainous stages offer everything from dry asphalt to full ice and snow, and the crews must master these challenges in darkness as well as daylight. In these varied conditions it’s often the best compromise that delivers, but confidence behind the wheel is also a must.

Building that confidence during a four-day test earlier this month, Esapekka Lappi, Teemu Suninen and Gus Greensmith got to grips with the top-specification Fiesta and are ready to get their 2020 season off to a strong start.


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Competitive Field Entered For 2020 FIA Junior WRC Championship
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 07:09 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
Competitive Field Entered For 2020 FIA Junior WRC Championship


The 2020 FIA Junior WRC Championship has accepted 16 entries for the opening round on Rally Sweden, representing a diverse selection of rallying’s next generation of superstars.

The 16 crews looking to be the next star of the FIA World Rally Championship represent 11 different countries across Europe and South America. Seven of 2019’s FIA Junior WRC crews return for 2020 including 2019 championship runner-up and Rookie Award winner, Tom Kristensson.

This year’s entrants will be vying for the biggest prize in rallying; the keys to an Ecoboost-powered M-Sport Fiesta R5 Mk II, 200 Pirelli tyres, free registration for WRC 3 in 2021 and five free WRC 3 entries in 2021. Should the 2020 champion go on to win the 2021 WRC 3 championship, they will then be awarded two drives with the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team in 2022.


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WRC Action For The Citroen C3 R5 In 2020
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 08:14 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
WRC Action For The Citroen C3 R5 In 2020


Citroën Racing is to continue competing in the FIA World Rally Championship in association with its leading C3 R5 customers, beginning with this month’s Rallye Monte-Carlo and concluding in November in Japan after taking in many of the WRC’s classic fixtures. This stepped up programme with the C3 R5 will see development of the car – which has been ongoing since 2018 – continue in order to provide customers with an increasingly competitive car.


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2020 WRC: Fourmaux Set For WRC 2
Posted by: ASkyler on Monday, January 06, 2020 - 06:43 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
2020 WRC: Fourmaux Set For WRC 2


French talent Adrien Fourmaux will team up with M-Sport Ford this year – taking to the wheel of the EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta R5 MkII for a campaign in the FIA World Rally Championship’s premier support series, WRC 2.

Like Evans and Greensmith before him, Fourmaux is a perfect example of Ford’s ‘Ladder of Opportunity’ in action, and his career also highlights the close links between M-Sport and the FFSA (Fédération Française du Sport Automobile) – both ardent supporters of young talent.


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2020 WRC: Young And Ambitious Team For 2020
Posted by: ASkyler on Monday, January 06, 2020 - 06:41 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
2020 WRC: Young And Ambitious Team For 2020


Esapekka Lappi will join forces with Teemu Suninen and Gus Greensmith this season as the M‑Sport Ford World Rally Team put youth at the head of their FIA World Rally Championship campaign.

Taking to the wheel of the EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRCs, the three drivers have an average age of 25 and will be led by a similarly young and ambitious team - the average age of the engineers just 30, and Team Principal Richard Millener a mere 35 years young!


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Pirelli To Supply World Rally Championship From 2021 To 2024
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, December 22, 2019 - 08:15 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
Pirelli To Supply World Rally Championship From 2021 To 2024


Pirelli has been chosen by the FIA, world motorsport’s governing body, as the sole supplier for the World Rally Championship from 2021 to 2024. In particular, Pirelli will supply all the four-wheel drive cars that compete on the championship, from the WRC category that fights for the overall title, to the R5-specification WRC2 class, which is also the headlining category on regional and national championships throughout the world.


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2019 WRC: Pedro Confirms Fiesta For 2020
Posted by: ASkyler on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 09:41 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
2019 WRC: Pedro Confirms Fiesta For 2020


‘Pedro’ and co-driver Emanuele Baldaccini will continue their FIA World Rally Championship adventure with the M-Sport family next year - contesting the WRC 3 support series with the EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta R5 MkII.

Having completed their first year on the world stage, the Italian pairing gained a wealth of knowledge and experience - and became regular point scorers with a top-ten finish on three of the five events they contested.


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2019 WRC: I'm a fighter - Ogier eyes 2020 WRC title with Toyota
Posted by: ASkyler on Monday, December 09, 2019 - 06:27 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
2019 WRC: I'm a fighter - Ogier eyes 2020 WRC title with Toyota


Sébastien Ogier talks teammates, new car, and hopes for a seventh world title.

The 2020 World Rally Championship campaign will be the first time since 2014 that Sébastien Ogier will not start the season in Monte-Carlo as reigning champion, but despite rumours of a potential retirement or hiatus from the WRC, Ogier isn’t going anywhere and is hungry for success with a new team. Read what the 6-time WRC champion has to say on his hopes for reclaiming the title in 2020:


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2019 WRC: Sebastien Ogier signs deal with Toyota Gazoo Racing
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, November 29, 2019 - 10:40 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
2019 WRC: Sebastien Ogier signs deal with Toyota Gazoo Racing


Toyota Gazoo Racing will field an all-new driver line-up in next year’s FIA World Rally Championship after confirming the signings of Sébastien Ogier, Elfyn Evans and Kalle Rovanperä on Wednesday (27 November).

Ogier, 35, joins the Japanese manufacturer from Citroën Racing in a one-year deal which is expected to be his final campaign before retiring from the WRC. Evans and Rovanperä have inked two-year contracts.


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2019 WRC: Rally Australia cancelled after serious NSW bush fires
Posted by: ASkyler on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 03:33 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
2019 WRC: Rally Australia cancelled after serious NSW bush fires


2019 season now over after consultation with the State Government.

The FIA World Rally Championship will not stage the 2019 season finale at Kennards Hire Rally Australia due to the serious bush fires affecting the New South Wales state close to the event's Coffs Harbour base.

The organisers announced the news on Tuesday after widespread consultation with the State Government, the FIA, emergency services and the local community.


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2019 WRC: Neuville fights to disrupt Tanaks WRC title claim in Spain
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 11:25 PM
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2019 WRC: Neuville fights to disrupt Tanaks WRC title claim in Spain


Belgian eager to take battle to last race in Australia ahead of Sunday finale.

Thierry Neuville led RallyRACC Catalunya - Rally de España on Saturday night in a bold bid to carry his FIA World Rally Championship title fight with Ott Tänak into the final round.

He ended the penultimate leg with a 21.5sec advantage over Hyundai i20 team-mate Dani Sordo. Championship leader Tänak lies just 3.1sec further back after demoting Sébastien Loeb’s i20 by 0.6sec in the final speed test.

While Neuville’s lead looks comfortable with

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2019 WRC: Legend Loeb grabs late Friday lead in Spain as Tanak nears 2019 title
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 03:57 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
2019 WRC: Legend Loeb grabs late Friday lead in Spain as Tanak nears 2019 title


Estonian 21.7s back in fifth spot behind French nine-time WRC champion.

Nine-time world champion Sébastien Loeb snatched the lead of RallyRACC Catalunya - Rally de España late in Friday’s opening leg on a day when Ott Tänak took a massive step towards his maiden WRC title.

Loeb, the most successful driver in FIA World Rally Championship history, charged from third to first in the closing gravel road speed test to head a Hyundai i20 1-2-3. He led Thierry Neuville by 1.7sec with Dani Sordo a further 5.9sec adrift.

Championship leader Tänak ended fifth in his Toyota Yaris. His title hopes were boosted when closest rival Sébastien Ogier conceded almost four minutes when a hydraulic pipe came loose on his Citroën C3, leaving the Frenchman with no power steering.


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2019 WRC: Ott Tanak out to make history in Spain with his first WRC crown
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 03:45 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
2019 WRC: Ott Tanak out to make history in Spain with his first WRC crown


The Estonian can secure his maiden title with a win on the gravel and asphalt.

Victory in Spain this week would seal a maiden FIA World Rally Championship title for Ott Tänak – but he will not risk everything with the buffer of Australia’s final round to come.

The Toyota Yaris driver carries a 28-point lead into RallyRACC Catalunya - Rally de España. If he extends that to 30 during the gravel and asphalt encounter, the only mixed surface round in the series, the title is his.


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2019 WRC: WRC leader Tanak tightens his grip on Rally GB
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, October 06, 2019 - 07:59 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
2019 WRC: WRC leader Tanak tightens his grip on Rally GB


Ott Tänak delivered a determined Super Saturday drive to stretch his lead at Wales Rally GB over FIA World Rally Championship title rivals Thierry Neuville and Sébastien Ogier.

The tussle for victory through the wet, muddy and foggy mid-Wales forests echoed the battle for the world crown between the trio, and Tänak had to work hard to gain vital seconds that extended his lead to 11.0sec with Sunday’s short finale remaining.

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