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This is Topic: WRC Rally News 2010
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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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2016 WRC: Ogier ends his winless streak
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 08:58 PM
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2016 WRC: Ogier ends his winless streak


Volkswagen's Sébastien Ogier returned to the top step of the WRC podium at ADAC Rallye Deutschland as he successfully brought an end to his six-event winless streak.

The Frenchman’s 20.3s victory was the third of his WRC career on Germany’s challenging asphalt roads and extended his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship standings by 14 points, while VW remained in command of the manufacturers’ championship, thanks to a 55-point lead.

Having endured a difficult start to the rally on leg one when he overshot a hairpin, Ogier carefully guided his Polo R towards the top of the leaderboard. When the event moved into the infamous Baumholder military proving ground on Saturday, the world champion’s experience shone through and he easily swept rally leader - and team-mate - Andreas Mikkelsen aside.


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2016 WRC: Ogier leaves his rivals standing
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 05:35 PM
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2016 WRC: Ogier leaves his rivals standing


Sébastien Ogier took a commanding lead into the final leg of ADAC Rallye Deutschland after giving his rivals another lesson in how to drive in the Baumholder military proving ground on Saturday.

The three-time world champion started the second day trailing Volkswagen team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen by 4.3s. But nine stages later - five of which were run on the tricky Baumholder asphalt - Ogier emerged with a 33.4s advantage at the top of the leaderboard.

Previous results show that the Frenchman is a big fan of the Panzerplatte stages - and he didn’t disappoint this time around. After trading seconds with Mikkelsen on the first four tests, he obliterated his rival on the first run through the 40.80km Panzerplatte Lang - a stage that was later halted by Stéphane Lefebre’s accident - by going 13.5s faster.


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WRC aces eye German asphalt challenge
Posted by: ASkyler on Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 08:19 AM
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WRC aces eye German asphalt challenge


Rallye Deutschland hosts first all-asphalt round of 2016.

Drivers face a significant turning point in their season when ADAC Rallye Deutschland (18 - 21 August) hosts the opening all-asphalt round of the FIA World Rally Championship campaign.

After a snow event and six successive gravel rallies, the series returns to asphalt for the first time since January’s season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo. But winter roads and studded tyres in the French Alps are far removed from the challenge in Germany.

ADAC Rallye Deutschland is a supremely technical encounter. Three distinctly different types of roads span bumpy and narrow Mosel vineyards, smooth country tests in Saarland and the daunting multi-surfaced Baumholder military training tracks.


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WRC Rally China 2016 cancelled due to weather damage
Posted by: ASkyler on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 07:15 AM
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WRC Rally China 2016 cancelled due to weather damage



The FIA and WRC Promoter have received a formal request to cancel next month’s Rally China (8 - 11 September), round 10 of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship.

The Federation of Automobile and Motorcycle Sports of China (CAMF) and event organiser Le Sports cited heavy damage to the route caused by torrential storms and flooding last month in the region around Huairou, near Beijing, where the rally was to be staged.

Despite a last minute visit to China last week by representatives from the FIA and WRC Promoter, and the best efforts by all concerned, it was said to be impossible to affect the necessary repairs for the event to run safely.


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2016 WRC: Meeke wins record-breaking Finland
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 12:34 PM
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2016 WRC: Meeke wins record-breaking Finland


Northern Ireland’s Kris Meeke won Neste Rally Finland on Sunday afternoon with a record-breaking drive that set a new mark for the fastest FIA World Rally Championship round in history.

His 29.1sec victory over Jari-Matti Latvala shattered the Finn’s hopes of a third consecutive success on home ground and established a new speed record. Meeke’s 126.60kph average smashed Latvala’s performance on the same rally 12 months ago by 1.2kph.

Thirty-seven-year-old Meeke became the first British driver to win the Finnish classic and only the sixth non-Nordic victor in its 65-year history. He led for almost every kilometre of the four-day gravel encounter in a Citroën DS 3.

To seal a remarkable day for the Abu Dhabi Total team, which is tackling a part-time WRC programme this season, Ireland’s Craig Breen scored a maiden podium in third. He finished 1min 41.3sec behind Meeke, having claimed his first stage win this morning.


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2016 WRC: Mighty Meeke closes on Finland win
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 05:22 PM
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2016 WRC: Mighty Meeke closes on Finland win


Kris Meeke looks set to deny local hero Jari-Matti Latvala a third consecutive win at Neste Rally Finland after an outstanding performance in Saturday’s penultimate leg.

The Northern Irishman more than doubled his lead over Finn Latvala to 41.0sec, winning four of the eight super-fast forest speed tests in Citroën’s DS 3 and putting himself in sight of becoming the first British driver to win a rally traditionally dominated by Nordic pilots.

Restarting with an 18.1sec advantage, Meeke stamped his authority on the event with a stunning early-morning drive through the awesome Ouninpohja stage. The 33km challenge features more than 70 flat out jumps and is regarded as the sport’s biggest test of courage.


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2016 WRC: Meeke storms to opening leg lead in Finland
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, July 29, 2016 - 05:23 PM
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2016 WRC: Meeke storms to opening leg lead in Finland


Kris Meeke mastered Neste Rally Finland’s stomach-churning roads to hold a strong lead after Friday’s opening leg.

On a rally where Nordic drivers normally hold sway, the Northern Irishman won four speed tests to lead by 18.1sec in Citroën’s DS 3 from local hero Jari-Matti Latvala, who is chasing his third consecutive victory on home ground.

It was a disappointing day for FIA World Rally Championship leader Sébastien Ogier. The Frenchman was third until he slid his Volkswagen Polo R into a ditch three stages from the end and dropped 16 minutes.

Meeke, returning to action for the first time since winning in Portugal in May, took the lead in today’s opening test. He took advantage of drying conditions, which hindered the early starters on the gravel-strewn roads this morning to build an 18.8sec lead at the midpoint. He added two more stage victories this afternoon to his earlier double.


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High-speed Finland roads pose tough challenge for co-drivers
Posted by: ASkyler on Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 06:17 AM
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High-speed Finland roads pose tough challenge for co-drivers


Co-driving great Timo Rautiainen believes the challenge of matching the pace notes to the blistering speeds of Neste Rally Finland (28 - 31 July) is greater than at any other round of the FIA World Rally Championship.

Rautiainen won his home rally seven times in eight years between 2000 and 2007 alongside double world champion Marcus Grönholm to become the most successful co-driver in the event’s 65-year history.

Now retired and a steward with motorsport’s governing body, 51-year-old Rautainen said co-drivers at this week’s eighth round of the FIA World Rally Championship faced both logistical and physical difficulties on the roller-coaster gravel roads near Jyväskylä.


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Team HRC To Take Part In The Baja Aragon
Posted by: newsla on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 05:33 PM
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Team HRC To Take Part In The Baja Aragon


There will be no rest for Team HRC this summer. The rally team will be in action from Friday at the renowned Baja Aragon, a legendary event in the off road motorcycle discipline, in Spain. This event is the second round in which points count towards the FIM Bajas World Cup.

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2016 WRC: Mikkelsen's win, Tanak's heartbreak
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, July 03, 2016 - 12:23 PM
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2016 WRC: Mikkelsen's win, Tanak's heartbreak


Andreas Mikkelsen snatched a dramatic last-gasp victory at PZM 73rd Rally Poland on Sunday afternoon when long-time leader Ott Tänak was cruelly deprived of a maiden FIA World Rally Championship win.

Tänak’s Ford Fiesta RS suffered a puncture in the penultimate rain-soaked speed test, wiping out his near-20sec lead and allowing Mikkelsen to claim a second career success. He became the sixth different winner in the last six rounds of a hugely unpredictable season.

"We pushed so hard all weekend and with the weather as it was today we knew it was going to be difficult and we gave it everything. It was like a war in the penultimate stage and it was all about luck, who got out without problems, and we were the lucky ones.


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2016 WRC: Tanak closes on maiden win in Poland
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, July 02, 2016 - 04:19 PM
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2016 WRC: Tanak closes on maiden win in Poland


Estonian leads going into final day of Rally Poland

Ott Tänak extended his lead of PZM 73rd Rally Poland in Saturday’s sun-kissed penultimate leg and starts tomorrow’s short finale on course to secure his maiden WRC success.

He completed the longest leg of the four-day event 21.3sec clear of Andreas Mikkelsen’s Volkswagen Polo R, with Hayden Paddon completing the provisional podium a further 6.5sec behind in a Hyundai i20.

Tänak was imperious in his Ford Fiesta RS this morning. He won all three speed tests to increase his lead from 4.2sec to 18.0sec, making the most of better grip than his rivals further up the start order who swept the sandy roads.

Road conditions were more equal when the stages were repeated. Mikkelsen initially regained a few seconds before Tänak stemmed the loss, leaving the Estonian looking forward to Sunday when heavy rain is forecast to replace today’s 30˚C temperatures.


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Tanak treble secures Rally Poland lead
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, July 01, 2016 - 03:03 PM
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Tanak treble secures Rally Poland lead


Ott Tänak led PZM 73rd Rally Poland on Friday night after outgunning Andreas Mikkelsen and Hayden Paddon in an exciting fight over super-fast sandy roads in the north of the country.

It is exactly 12 months since the Estonian last led a WRC round here and the first time that a driver using DMACK tyres has topped the standings in a championship round.

Tänak, driving a Ford Fiesta RS, headed Mikkelsen’s Volkswagen Polo R by 4.2sec after 10 speed tests covering 121.92km. Paddon was a further 6.0sec behind in a Hyundai i20.

Tänak relegated Thierry Neuville, who led after last night’s curtain-raising test, in this morning’s opening special stage. Mikkelsen then moved ahead for five stages before three consecutive wins enabled Tänak to regain the initiative. He ended the day with five victories.


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2016 WRC: Breen versus Lefebvre
Posted by: ASkyler on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 05:58 PM
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2016 WRC: Breen versus Lefebvre


Young hot-shots Craig Breen and Stéphane Lefebvre go head-to-head at the same event for the first time in Poland this week aiming to make their case for a place in Citroën’s factory team next season.

Both have the chance to impress team boss Yves Matton at PZM 73rd Rally Poland when they drive for Citroën’s satellite Abu Dhabi Total team in the four-day event, round seven of the FIA World Rally Championship.

With Kris Meeke assured of a 2017 seat and tackling only a part-time programme as he leads the development of Citroën’s new World Rally Car, the spotlight is on who will partner the Northern Irishman next year.

Irishman Breen and Frenchman Lefebvre have a great opportunity courtesy of several outings in a DS 3 World Rally Car with the Abu Dhabi squad. Lefebvre laid down a marker with fifth place at the season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo while Breen finished eighth in Sweden.


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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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