FIA working with WRC teams to combat increased cockpit temperatures

The problem reared its head at last week’s Rally Portugal as the warm and humid weather combined with the design of the new Rally1 cars to create extremely difficult cockpit temperatures that several crews felt were unsafe.The increased cockpit temperatures stem from the fact the position of the exhaust has been moved from a central position to the...

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Loeb secures WRC Safari Rally return with M-Sport

The nine-time world champion has reached a deal to once again team up with the Ford squad for what will be a third outing of the season in Kenya (23-26 June).It will mark the first time Loeb will compete in the iconic Safari Rally since finishing fifth driving for Citroen 20 years ago in 2002 - the last WRC version of the event before a 19-year hia...

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Neuville: Hyundai unreliability allowing Rovanpera to run away in WRC

Neuville remains Rovanpera's nearest rival in the championship standings after Rally Portugal, but is already facing a 46-point deficit after the Finn scored his third consecutive victory.The Belgian has encountered mechanical or technical issues in all four rallies to date, with his shot at a possible victory in Portugal last weekend extinguished ...

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WRC drivers call for improved Pirelli rubber after Portugal punctures

Tyre issues became a talking point after a particularly brutal Friday as the new-for-2022 Rally1 cars contested a gravel rally for the first time.Pirelli debuted a new hard and soft gravel tyre at the event, which featured reinforced structures and a design optimised for the increased torque and the heavier Rally1 cars, which weigh in 70kg more tha...

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How the WRC celebrated its milestone in style

Round up a bunch of the world’s greatest rally drivers from the past 50 years in a room and you are set for an unforgettable evening. That’s exactly what happened for the World Rally Championship’s 50th anniversary season celebrations at Rally Portugal last weekend.The WRC went to significant lengths to celebrate its milestone, organising a special...

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WRC Portugal: The Good, The Bad and the emergence of a future legend

Top Performer - Kalle Rovanpera and Jonne HalttunenKalle Rovanpera was described as a "miracle kid" after pulling off an against the odds win in Croatia last month, and now he's being likened to the WRC's all-time greats Sebastien Ogier and Sebastien Loeb. That is the level Rovanpera is operating at currently.At only 21-years-old the Finn has five ...

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Loeb discussing more WRC 2022 outings with M-Sport

The nine-time world champion made to the return to the championship this year after striking a one-off deal with M-Sport that resulted in the Frenchman scoring  a his 80th career win in Monte Carlo in January.Loeb rejoined the Ford squad last weekend for another outing at Rally Portugal that ultimately ended in disappointment after crashing out of ...

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Ogier confirmed for Safari WRC return with Toyota

The eight-time world champion was widely expected to contest the famous Kenya gravel event, with confirmation of his entry arriving following last weekend's difficult run at Rally Portugal.Ogier has been contesting a partial WRC campaign this season alongside a full World Endurance Championship programme with LMP2 squad Richard Mille Racing.This pr...

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Latvala: Rovanpera's Portugal WRC win reminiscent of a dominant Ogier

Rovanpera produced a masterclass display on Portugal's tricky gravel stages to claim a fifth career WRC win and his third consecutive triumph following success on snow in Sweden and Croatia's tarmac stages.Expectations of victory were tempered heading into Portugal given the Finn faced the tough task of opening the dusty gravel roads on Friday virt...

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Rovanpera victory defied our expectations, admits Latvala

The talented Finn made it a third straight World Rally Championship triumph this season, with the first two coming on the snow-covered roads of February’s Rally Sweden and the slippery sphalt of last month’s Croatia Rally. Rovanpera expertly minimised time loss due to his road sweeping duties on Friday in Portugal to end the first full day of actio...

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Sordo's Portugal podium lauded by Hyundai Motorsport's Moncet

The World Rally veteran succeeded in reeling in Toyota’s Takamoto Katsuta on the last stage of the gravel event to deny the Japanese manufacturer a one-two-three result. What made the display extra special was the fact that, unlike many of the sport’s top drivers, Portugal marked Sordo’s Rally1 debut for the Alzenau-based team. Despite learning on ...

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WRC Portugal: Rovanpera beats Evans to take third consecutive win

The Toyota driver clinched the first gravel rally of the new Rally1 hybrid era by 15.2 seconds after seeing off a brief challenge from teammate Elfyn Evans.Rovanpera sealed the victory in style by winning the final powerstage on the weekend where the WRC celebrated its 50th season. Hyundai's Dani Sordo claimed the final podium position, following a...

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Rovanpera triumphs in Portugal to make it a hat-trick of WRC wins

Rovanpera led home team-mate Elfyn Evans by 15.2 seconds, his dominance on the first all-gravel event of 2022 capped off with a wheel-perfect run through the end-of-rally Power Stage which he also won to claim the full five points. “At the moment it seems that we are on a really good drive,” said Rovanpera, who is now on 106 points, 46 clear of Hyu...

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WRC Portugal: Rovanpera extends lead to close in on victory

The Finn took two stages wins from the four morning tests, held in the fog and rain, to transform a 5.7s overnight margin over Evans to a 9s advantage ahead of this afternoon’s final stage.The battle for third is also yet to be decided with Toyota’s Takamoto Katsuta ending the morning 2.2s ahead of the chasing Hyundai of Dani Sordo. The two sister ...

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Rovanpera shocked to be leading WRC Rally Portugal

The World Rally Championship leader will head into Sunday’s five stages with a 5.7-second advantage after overhauling Toyota team-mate Elfyn Evans across Saturday afternoon’s rain-affected four tests.Facing the task of being first to tackle Portugal’s tricky dusty roads heading into the first gravel rally of the season, expectations to be leading t...

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WRC Portugal: Rovanpera charges into lead as wet weather hits

Points leader Rovanpera rattled off two stage wins from the four afternoon tests to transform a 18.4-second deficit into a 5.7s margin over Evans heading into Sunday’s final five stages.Rovanpera started the day 13.6s behind with Evans growing that advantage after winning two of the three morning stages.But Rovanpera steadily began to nibble away a...

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Rovanpera pounces to lead Rally de Portugal after penultimate day

His Toyota Gazoo Racing team-mate – Elfyn Evans – is still in contention to secure a much-needed first win of the 2022 campaign, though, as the pair are only separated by 5.7 seconds with five Sunday stages to run. Takamoto Katsuta ensured it was a dream end to the day for the Japanese team as he provisionally rounds out the top three positions. Ev...

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Dashboard distraction prompted rare Ogier mistake at Rally Portugal

Ogier rejoined the rally on Saturday morning after a double puncture put him out of action on Friday, but the eight-time world rally champion’s return lasted only three stages.The Frenchman carried too much speed entering a left-hander on stage 10 and clipped a bank sending his GR Yaris into a spin, before becoming beached on the edge of the road.U...

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WRC Portugal: Evans extends lead, Ogier and Loeb in trouble again

Overnight pacesetter Evans managed to briefly extend his margin over championship leader Rovanpera after winning the day’s opening stage, before Rovanpera responded to close the gap to 10.2s.Evans then stamped his authority on the morning to win the final stage of the loop to open up an 18.4s lead over Rovanpera.The battle for the remaining podium ...

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Rally Portugal conditions should improve, says leader Evans

Evans – who is chasing a first win of the 2022 campaign with Scott Martin – holds a 13.6 second lead over team-mate Kalle Rovanpera following Friday’s eight stages. While many of the series’ leading crews fell foul of the deteriorating roads, the two-time WRC runner-up escaped the worst of what event had to throw at him early on. 8-time champion Se...

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