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This is Topic: WRC Rally News 2010
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WRC Promoter confirms 13-round calendar for 2017
Posted by: ASkyler on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 06:48 PM
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WRC Promoter confirms 13-round calendar for 2017


The 2017 FIA World Rally Championship calendar has been announced today (Wednesday) by WRC Promoter.

The exciting new-era championship, which will feature greater manufacturer interest with the return of automotive giants Toyota and Citroën, comprises the same 13 rounds as the successful 2016 season.


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Acerbis And Monster Energy Honda Team United With The Same Objective
Posted by: newsla on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 06:42 PM
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Acerbis And Monster Energy Honda Team United With The Same Objective


In the battle to conquer the 2017 Dakar Rally, Monster Energy Honda Team line up with the support of several key collaborators. One of these is set to be Acerbis, a brand with strong links to the competition and to rallying.

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Monster Energy Honda Team Celebrates Dakar Day
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 06:23 AM
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Monster Energy Honda Team Celebrates Dakar Day


The revamped Monster Energy Honda Team has given the world’s media a first glimpse of its new structure at ‘Dakar Day’ held in the H.I.S. Honda factory installations in Spain, where the team’s new headquarters are now based.

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2016 WRC: Mikkelsen signs off with Australia victory
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 06:56 AM
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2016 WRC: Mikkelsen signs off with Australia victory


Norwegian Andreas Mikkelsen ended his Volkswagen spell by winning the Kennards Hire Rally Australia.

He repelled a fierce attack from team-mate and world champion Sébastien Ogier, who spun away his victory chances on the dusty Bucca speed test early this morning. Mikkelsen achieved his third career win by 14.9sec over his Polo R colleague.

It wasn’t enough to secure the Norwegian the runner-up position in the drivers’ standings. Third place for Thierry Neuville in this closing round, a further 57.7sec behind in a Hyundai i20, clinched second in the points for the Belgian behind the already-crowned Ogier.


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Fired up Mikkelsen leads in Australia
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, November 18, 2016 - 06:29 AM
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Fired up Mikkelsen leads in Australia


Andreas Mikkelsen led Kennards Hire Rally Australia on Friday night after heading the leaderboard for most of a hot and dusty day in New South Wales.

Spurred on by the knowledge that he must win this final round of the FIA World Rally Championship to stand a realistic chance of securing the runners-up spot, Mikkelsen was 15.4sec ahead of Volkswagen Polo R team-mate Sébastien Ogier.

The Norwegian was quickly out of the blocks to win five of the opening six speed tests south of Coffs Harbour. He was 14.2sec clear at mid-leg service and eked out a few extra tenths when the roads were driven again.


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Monster Energy Joins Forces With Team HRC To Face The Rally Dakar
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, November 08, 2016 - 06:06 AM
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Monster Energy Joins Forces With Team HRC To Face The Dakar


Honda Racing Corporation takes great pleasure in welcoming Monster Energy – producer of energy drinks – to the ranks of the official Honda HRC Team.

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2016 WRC: Sebastien Ogier led from start to finish to triumph at the Dayinsure Wales Rally GB
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 06:29 PM
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2016 WRC: Sebastien Ogier led from start to finish to triumph at the Dayinsure Wales Rally GB


Sébastien Ogier led from start to finish to triumph at the Dayinsure Wales Rally GB.

The Frenchman withstood final day pressure from Ott Tänak to win the penultimate round of the FIA World Rally Championship by 10.2sec and secure the manufacturers’ title for Volkswagen.

Ogier clinched a fourth consecutive drivers’ crown at the previous round in Spain.

Thierry Neuville finished third in a Hyundai i20, a further 1min 25.2sec behind. His fourth consecutive podium gives him a 14-point advantage over Andreas Mikkelsen in their fight for the runners-up spot heading into next month’s finale in Australia.


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2016 WRC: Sebastien Ogier retained the Dayinsure Wales Rally GB lead from Estonian Ott Tanak on Saturday
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 05:25 PM
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2016 WRC: Sebastien Ogier retained the Dayinsure Wales Rally GB lead from Estonian Ott Tanak on Saturday


Sébastien Ogier retained the Dayinsure Wales Rally GB lead from Estonian Ott Tänak on Saturday.

The Frenchman, who sealed his fourth consecutive world title in Spain earlier this month, completed the second and penultimate leg with a 33.8 sec advantage over Tänak. Thierry Neuville was third, a further minute adrift in a Hyundai i20.

Although conditions were better than yesterday, fog and greasy dirt roads in mid-Wales ensured driving was far from simple. But Ogier, who has led since the start in his Volkswagen Polo R, kept Estonian Tänak at bay during eight speed tests covering 99.91km.

Tänak won four of the first six special stages in his Ford Fiesta RS to cut the Frenchman’s lead from 37.3sec to 24.8sec. But his hopes were dashed when Ogier regained a large chunk of time in the dank and muddy penultimate test at Aberhirnant.


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Ogier seizes early Dayinsure Wales Rally GB lead
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, October 28, 2016 - 08:57 PM
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Ogier seizes early Dayinsure Wales Rally GB lead


Sébastien Ogier mastered fog and mud to lead the Dayinsure Wales Rally GB from Estonia's Ott Tänak on Friday.

The Frenchman headed Tänak by 37.3sec despite a transmission problem near the end of the final mid-Wales speed test, which restricted the performance of his Volkswagen Polo R.

Ogier suspected a broken driveshaft, the same issue that also delayed team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen, who both lost huge chunks of time as they limped along the muddy gravel forest roads.

"I think the driveshaft is broken so I’m really happy the day is over," said Ogier at the finish of the final speed test in Dyfnant Forest. "It’s the front shaft. Jari-Matti and Andreas were unlucky too, but it’s something we need to work on because three cars with the same issue on the same day hasn’t happened before."


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Friends braced for tough Wales Rally GB battle
Posted by: ASkyler on Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 06:16 PM
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Friends braced for tough Wales Rally GB battle


Championship rivals Andreas Mikkelsen and Thierry Neuville will put their friendship to one side when they lock horns at this week’s Dayinsure Wales Rally GB, both determined to end each other’s hopes of finishing as runner-up in the 2016 WRC drivers’ points standings.

With Sébastien Ogier winning his fourth world title in a row in Spain earlier this month, the focus in Wales will be on a fierce five-way battle to finish closest to the dominant Frenchman.

Mikkelsen and Neuville, who live close to each other and train together in Monaco, are both locked on 127 points with only Rally GB and Kennards Hire Rally Australia left to contest this season.

Neuville will take Thursday night’s ceremonial start in Colwyn Bay in the best form. The Belgian guided his Hyundai i20 WRC to third place at the recent RallyRACC Catalunya - Rally de España, an event where Mikkelsen crashed his Polo R WRC as he tried to defend the final podium place from his rival.


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Focused Ogier amongst rally greats
Posted by: ASkyler on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 06:23 AM
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Focused Ogier amongst rally greats


Behind the scenes with newly crowned four-time champion Sébastien Ogier.

Martin Hassenpflug stood in front of Sébastien Ogier’s Volkswagen Polo R WRC. He’s the only man who can stop the now four-time World Rally Champion.

It’s his job. Hassenpflug is the Frenchman’s car controller; when Ogier arrives in service, it’s him who guides him and his number one machine to a halt.

That happens hundreds of times in a season, but this time - at the title-clinching finish of the Rally of Spain in Salou - it’s just that bit more special.


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Sebastien Ogier And Julien Ingrassia Claim Their 4th Title* With Brio!
Posted by: newsla on Monday, October 17, 2016 - 05:32 PM
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Sebastien Ogier And Julien Ingrassia Claim Their 4th Title* With Brio!


Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia secured their fourth consecutive world rally championship*. The Frenchmen, championship winners since 2013, guaranteed their place at the top of the world rankings with the 37th victory of their career, in Spain.

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2016 WRC: Ogier seals title with Spanish win
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 04:33 PM
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2016 WRC: Ogier seals title with Spanish win


Sébastien Ogier secured his fourth consecutive FIA World Rally Championship title by winning RallyRACC Catalunya - Rally de España on Sunday afternoon.

He became the fourth driver to claim a quartet of titles after overcoming local hero Dani Sordo to win the only mixed surface event in the calendar by 15.6sec in a Volkswagen Polo R. Thierry Neuville claimed the final podium place, a further 59.4sec behind.


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2016 WRC: Ogier on brink of fourth title
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 02:25 PM
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2016 WRC: Ogier on brink of fourth title


Frenchman overhauls Sordo in Spanish duel.

Sébastien Ogier all but secured his fourth consecutive FIA World Rally Championship title after passing Dani Sordo to lead RallyRACC Catalunya - Rally de España on Saturday.

Andreas Mikkelsen, second in the series, crashed this afternoon to leave Ogier with one hand on the crown. Only Thierry Neuville can deprive him but the Belgian, third in the rally, must claim maximum points and Ogier fail to score for the Frenchman to be denied.


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2016 WRC: Sordo storms into Spain lead
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, October 14, 2016 - 06:06 PM
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2016 WRC: Sordo storms into Spain lead


Ogier stays on course for fourth title.

Dani Sordo mastered treacherous conditions to lead RallyRACC Catalunya - Rally de España on Friday night and set up hopes of a home victory for the first time in 21 years.

Torrential rain turned gravel tracks in the hills above the Costa Daurada into a mudbath, with aquaplaning a constant threat in water-filled ruts. But Sordo’s storming afternoon performance earned the Hyundai i20 pilot a 17.0sec lead over Sébastien Ogier.

Championship leader Ogier, bidding to seal a fourth consecutive world title here, and Thierry Neuville each led during the morning’s three speed tests. Sordo was sublime when they were repeated, winning two and placing second in the other to climb from fourth to first.

"This is a dream for me," said Sordo, hoping to become the first Spaniard to win on home ground since Carlos Sainz in 1995. "I have to say thanks to the team for a great job with the car. Tomorrow we need to continue and see what we can do. Two long days to go, but today was unbelievable."

Ogier endured the worst of the slimy roads from first in the start order and the Frenchman admitted his priority in the early afternoon stages was simply surviving in his Volkswagen Polo R.

Team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen completed the podium places, 18.1sec behind Ogier. The Norwegian overcame brake problems late in the day and twice slowed on stages when mistakenly believing he had a puncture.

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Michelin Signs New Three-Year Agreement With WRC
Posted by: newsla on Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 05:34 PM
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Michelin Signs New Three-Year Agreement With WRC


Michelin has signed a new agreement to extend its commitment to the FIA World Rally Championship for three more seasons.

The French tyre company and WRC Promoter have agreed an extension of their current partnership under which Michelin will be Official Tyre of the WRC until the end of 2019.

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Team HRC prepares for the Dakar with an intense October
Posted by: newsla on Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 06:36 AM
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Team HRC prepares for the Dakar with an intense October


August, September and early October were a frenetic period for Team HRC with four races in different corners of the globe. The action has eased up… but preparations continue to go ahead.

After claiming victory in the Vegas to Reno and gaining good experience in the Atacama in August, Team HRC’s riders returned in September to dominate the China Grand from start to finish. Joan Barreda and Michael Metge excelled behind the bars of the Honda CRF450 RALLYs in an attractive yet challenging rally.

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Ogier closes on fourth WRC title
Posted by: ASkyler on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 05:47 PM
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Ogier closes on fourth WRC title


Sébastien Ogier has a second chance to wrap up a fourth successive FIA World Rally Championship title this weekend at RACC Catalunya - Rally de España (13 - 16 October).

The Frenchman and co-driver Julien Ingrassia took a step closer to securing the 2016 crown with victory at the last round in Corsica, but podium finishes there for Andreas Mikkelsen and Thierry Neuville kept the three-way fight alive.

Now, as the championship reaches the only mixed surface round of the season, Ogier and Ingrassia have the first chance to seal the deal regardless of how their rivals fare - with two championships rounds remaining.


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Citroen Reveals Its Crews For The 2017 And 2018 FIA World Rally Championships
Posted by: newsla on Wednesday, October 05, 2016 - 05:27 PM
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Citroen Reveals Its Crews For The 2017 And 2018 FIA World Rally Championships


Just a few days after the Citroën C3 WRC concept car was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, Citroën Racing has announced the crews that will be competing for the team in the next two seasons of the FIA World Rally Championship. Already confirmed to drive for the team until 2018, Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle will be joined by Craig Breen/Scott Martin and Stéphane Lefebvre/Gabin Moreau. Chairman of Abu Dhabi Racing, Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi will also be competing with his co-driver Chris Patterson at some events in 2017.

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2016 WRC: Ogier closes on title with Corsica win
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, October 02, 2016 - 02:17 PM
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2016 WRC: Ogier closes on title with Corsica win


Sébastien Ogier closed on his fourth consecutive FIA World Rally Championship title after a dominant drive to a maiden victory at the Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse on Sunday afternoon.

The Frenchman won the 10th round of the season by 46.4sec in a Volkswagen Polo R and requires 16 points from the next round in Spain to become only the fourth person to win four drivers’ titles.

Thierry Neuville maintained his strong form to finish second in a Hyundai i20 with Andreas Mikkelsen third in a Polo R, a further 23.6sec back after 390.92km of twisty and bumpy asphalt mountain road action on the Mediterranean island of Corsica.


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Big Rewards For Mixed-Surface Success In Erc Season Finale
Posted by: newsla on Sunday, October 02, 2016 - 06:01 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
Rewards For Mixed-Surface Success In Erc Season Finale


The 2016 FIA European Rally Championship season concludes with a mixed-surface challenge on the CNP ASFALISTIKI Cyprus Rally next weekend (7-9 October), and the competing crews will have plenty to play for.

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2016 WRC: Cautious Ogier retains Corsica lead
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, October 01, 2016 - 04:41 PM
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2016 WRC: Cautious Ogier retains Corsica lead


Sébastien Ogier remained firmly in control of the Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse after a risk-free strategy during Saturday’s second leg.

He won two of the four mountain road speed tests near Bastia during the longest leg of the arduous three-day asphalt event. But as conditions deteriorated late in the day, the Frenchman measured his pace and will take a 46.5sec lead into Sunday’s finale.

After winning all four of Friday’s special stages, Ogier’s run ended in the opening test. He bounced back to win the next two, widening his lead to just under a minute, before throttling back in the rain to end with a comfortable advantage.

With just two wet weather soft compound Michelin tyres available, Ogier mixed them with two hard compound tyres in a crossover pattern to provide maximum grip on the wet asphalt.


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2016 WRC: Sublime Ogier dominates in Corsica
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, September 30, 2016 - 08:13 PM
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2016 WRC: Sublime Ogier dominates in Corsica


Sébastien Ogier completed a clean sweep of wins in Friday’s opening leg speed tests at the Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse to build a strong lead in pursuit of his fourth world drivers’ title.

He won all four twisty and bumpy asphalt special stages on the Mediterranean island in a Volkswagen Polo R, completing the first of three days’ competition with a 44.0sec lead over Thierry Neuville’s Hyundai i20 after almost 160km of action.

Under clear skies and in high temperatures which demanded skilful tyre and brake management, Ogier showed a degree of caution but still opened a 14.7sec lead in this morning’s two stages in the mountains near Ajaccio. Victory in both tests when they were repeated put the Frenchman into a dominant position.

"We made no mistakes, a tough but enjoyable day," he said. "I really enjoyed the beautiful stages and beautiful weather. Everything was there to enjoy a good rally day."


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FIA World Rally Championship / Ogier targets fourth WRC title in Corsica
Posted by: newsla on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 06:03 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
FIA World Rally Championship / Ogier targets fourth WRC title in Corsica


Sébastien Ogier will join an elite group of drivers that have won the FIA World Rally Championship four times if he scores maximum points and other results go his way at this weekend’s Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse (29 September - 2 October).

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Pirelli Claims European Titles In Latvia
Posted by: newsla on Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 06:29 PM
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Pirelli Claims European Titles In Latvia


With one round to go, Pirelli has ensured a clean sweep of this year’s FIA European Rally Championship titles: one of the oldest and most prestigious accolades in the sport, with the series having first been run back in 1953.

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