Archive for the ‘WRC’ Category

That’s one expensive barbecue!

// Posted in Ford, WRC

M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson has revealed the cost of Mikko Hirvonen’s burnt out Fiesta RS WRC is beyond £400,000 (AU$718,000). “The financial implications to replace it are huge,” Wilson told wrc.com “You’re looking in excess of £400,000 and we don’t insure the rally cars, so that’s a big hit. “If you have a big crash […]

Mikko Hirvonen lights my fire

// Posted in Ford, WRC

Mikko Hirvonen’s Rally Italia came to an abrupt and fiery end last night after his M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS WRC became engulfed in flames during a liaison stage. The Finn started the rally well, leading the event after Thursday night’s special stage. He had slipped just out of the top five the following day as […]

Jari-Matti Latvala wins 2014 Rally Argentina

It’s another belated WRC update, but this time we just wanted to make sure the rest of the field had crossed the line, such was the dominance shown by Jari-Matti Latvala en route to his second win for 2014. Latvala enjoyed a trouble-free event and finished almost 90 seconds ahead of Sebastien Ogier. But even […]

VIDEO: 11 minutes of Juha

Juha Kankkunen is rallying royalty. His four world championships (1986, 1987, 1991, 1993) and 23 rally wins (a record at the time) have earned him that honour. Here’s a fan made tribute video showcasing some of Kankkunen’s best work. You’ll enjoy the sights and sounds we’re sure and when you make it to the end […]

Is this the dumbest idea ever?

// Posted in WRC

The WRC could look even sillier than a race winner standing on a podium wearing a tacky sombrero with a bottle full of radiator piss in his hand if its latest plan to decide a rally winner comes to fruition. A typical WRC event has somewhere between 15 and 25 special stages run over three […]

Sebastien Ogier wins 2014 Rally Portugal

Okay, so this update is bringing you news that’s a week old, but you get that from time to time with a blog that’s an unpaid labour of love rather than a full time gig. You’ve seen already, too, that Sebastien Ogier won Rally Portugal. It’s Volkswagen’s fourth win from four rallies in 2014. Coupled […]

Onboard with Dani Sordo at the Fafe Rally Sprint

Watching good quality onbard footage of any motorsport catergory rarely gets tired. And that theory is proved with this clip from Hyundai showing Dani Sordo in action in the i20 WRC at the Fafe Rally Sprint on the weekend. The unofficial warm up to Rally Portugal was won by Sebastien Ogier in front of around […]

Toyota begins testing Yaris WRC

Toyota first hinted it could be interested in a return to the WRC almost two years ago and this week it is testing a Yaris-based WRC ahead of an expected come back to top line rallying in 2017. Motorsport Italia is currently running the test program in Tuscany on behalf of the European-based Toyota Motorsport […]

Sebastien Ogier wins 2014 Rally Mexico

Clichés are usually so entrenched they cannot be avoided. In Rally Mexico three clichés became clear: 1. Sebastien Ogier wins rallies; 2. the winner in Mexico MUST wear a sombrero; and 3. Robert Kubica rolls rally cars. Business as usual, then, it would appear. Although, Ogier did have to overcome Citroën’s Mads Ostberg on Day […]

Hyundai to run three cars in Rally de Portugal

Hyundai has announced it will run three i20 WRCs in a rally for the first time with confirmation Thierry Neuvilla, Juho Hanninen and Dani Sordo will compete at Rally de Portugal (3–6 April). “Having three cars at Rally de Portugal will be very positive for us and it will allow us to continue our data […]

Paying our respects to the first Audi S1

We acknowledge that some people will be cut up that Audi is bestowing the legendary S1 badge on a pissy four cylinder hatchback. And while we do side with Audi on this one—as one of life’s great philosophers once said, “You can’t stop progress”—we hope these videos of “The S1″ absolutely smashing it will appease […]

Jari-Matti Latvala wins 2014 Rally Sweden

Jari-Matti Latvala took a peek around the shadow of Sebastien Ogier by winning Rally Sweden on the weekend. It was a dominant result for Volkswagen with rising star Andreas Mikkelsen claiming second and his first WRC podium result. Defending Rally Sweden winner Ogier gave Volkswagen cause to hope for a clean sweep of the podium […]

Chris Atkinson to race in Rally Mexico

Great news for Chris Atkinson overnight as word came through he will be making his debut in the Hyundai i20 WRC at Rally Mexico in early March. Prior to this announcemnt Chris’ only confirmed drive for 2014 was at Rally Australia in September. You’d like to think with a good showing in Mexico he could […]

Sebastien Ogier wins 2014 Rallye Monte Carlo

Sebastien Ogier overcame a poor tyre choice on Day 1 to fight back and win the Rallye Monte Carlo in style, getting his world championship defence off to a near perfect start. To rack up his first Monte win Ogier had to reel in an impressive Bryan Bouffier in his first outing at the wheel […]

Hyundai’s WRC return didn’t quite go to plan

We have no doubt Hyundai would love nothing more than for Thierry Neuville’s rivals to be looking the tail of his i20 WRC in 2014. We just don’t think they quite imagined his tail would be all smashed up like this. That’s the sad an unfortunate result of Neuville’s off in the icy conditions of […]