Hayden Paddon keeps his job with Hyundai

Kiwi driver Hayden Paddon will extend his WRC career with Hyundai Motorsport in 2015 driving a minimum of nine rallies. In 2014 the 27-year-old and co-driver John Kennard competed in six WRC events, with a best result of P6 in Rally Australia. “I am very excited to continue working with Hyundai Motorsport with an expanded […]

2014 Rally Australia in pictures

In our biggest WRC gallery yet—there’s 88 photos in all—here’s your chance to relive Rally Australia. If you’re a Volkswagen fan this might be one to bookmark becuase for the first time in their WRC existence the German juggernaut claimed a clean sweep of all three podium positions. Also taking a clean sweep were the […]

Chris Atkinson ready for Rally Australia challenge

In rallying terms it’s been a long time since Chris Atkinson was behind the wheel of the Hyundai i20 WRC, but he is very much looking forward to grabbing his opportunity at Rally Australia (11–14 September) with both hands. “There’s been a bit of a gap between events but that hasn’t stopped me before and […]

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 […]

Hyundai Motorsport launches i20 WRC car

Hyundai Motorsport has launched its i20 WRC and with it comes a title sponsor and full driver line up for the 2014 season. Officially known as the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team the outfit will be lead by rising Belgian star and runner-up in the 2013 WRC season Thierry Neuville. The team will run two […]

Hyundai steps up i20 WRC test program

Hyundai Motorsport had a busy October spending 15 days testing the i20 WRC on tarmac and gravel roads in Spain and Germany. Included in the itinerary were stages used in both Rally de Espana and Rally Deutschland. With two prototype cars now in action Hyundai is able to speed up its development process.”This month was […]

Hyundai i20 WRC starts to hit its straps

It’s only a week since Chris Atkinson was officially announced as a test driver for the Hyundai WRC team and already he has plenty of development miles behind him. Atkinson and fellow development drivers, Juho Hänninen and Bryan Bouffier, have been gathering dust in the i20 WRC in preparation for Hyundai’s WRC assault in 2014. […]

Chris Atkinson joins Hyundai WRC program

In promising news for Chris Atkinson’s on-again off-again WRC career he has been signed to Hyundai’s WRC program. At this stage it’s a test role only and he’ll be behind the wheel of an i20 WRC prototype later this week. “It is great to be able to integrate Chris into Hyundai Motorsport testing line-up for […]

Chris Atkinson wins 2012 APRC title

When he’s not playing in the WRC big league, Chris Atkinson competes for Team MRF Skoda in the FIA’s Asia-Pacific Rally Championship. By finishing the China Rally in second place on the weekend ‘Atko’ secured enough points to claim the 2012 title. “This is our first overall victory in this championship, and it’s a great […]

Five questions with Chris Atkinson

// Posted in MINI, WRC

Chris Atkinson’s current employer Motorsport Italia has published a short Q&A interview following his sixth place finish in last weekend’s Rally Italia. It’s all pretty standard fare, tyre selection, happy with the result; stuff like that. But the last question, and Chris’ response, tease at a possible extension of their working relationship beyond next month’s […]

Atkinson happy with MINI WRC debut

// Posted in MINI, WRC

Following his credible fifth place in Rallye Deutschland, Chris Atkinson is looking forward to even better things. During the first day of competition in Germany Atkinson told Autosport: “I said that, at the end of the event, I wanted to be around 0.5 seconds per kilometre off Dani [Sordo’s] pace and we’re there now, so that’s good. […]

Chris Atkinson finishes fifth in Germany

// Posted in MINI, WRC

A quick shout out to Australia’s Chris Atkinson and his Belgian co-driver Stephane Prévot who have finished fifth at the 2012 Rally Deutschland. It’s their first event with the WRC Team MINI Portugal and it’s also Atkinson’s best result on the German tarmac. Rounding out a weekend of bests, fifth place is the best ever […]