Dakar Rally reveals full details of 2023 route

The entire rally-raid will take place in Saudi Arabia for a fourth year in succession, with attempts to expand it to other countries in the Gulf having come to a nought. However, the route has been significantly altered and expanded, with the rally running to 14 stages in 2023 as compared to 12 this year.The action will commence from a dedicated Se...

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WRC linked to new South Australian event

SA has emerged as a leading contender to host Rally Australia should it return to the WRC schedule.The event, which was mostly recently held in Coffs Harbour in New South Wales, has been absent from the calendar since 2019.It has long been expected that for Australia to return to the WRC schedule a new event would be required, with Coffs unpopular ...

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WRC releases details of new 24/7 TV subscription service

Earlier this season, the WRC announced plans to launch a revamped visual platform for rally fans in bid to grow the discipline in new markets."We want to reach new markets, we want to enter new markets and implement in new countries so this is our plan to develop the TV so we are very, very confident," said WRC Promoter managing director Jona Siebe...

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FIA President Ben Sulayem: 2023 WRC calendar a positive step

Mohammed Ben Sulayem made the comments following yesterday’s FIA World Motorsport Council meeting where members ratified the 13-round calendar for next year’s Championship. Since 2020, when the COVID-19 health pandemic struck, promoters have stuck largely to a Europe-focussed itinerary with the exception being Safari Rally Kenya last season and New...

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WRC pushes Middle East event plans to 2024

The WRC had indicated earlier this year a desire to add a desert event in the region, which has been described by the championship’s event director Simon Larkin as a "missing piece" from the series schedule.It was anticipated that an event, understood to be held in Saudi Arabia, would be included in next year’s schedule but it was absent from today...

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New European event joins re-jigged 2023 World Rally calendar

Austria, Czech Republic and Germany have joined forces to create the Central European Rally, which takes place from October 26-29. Based out of the south-east German city of Passau, it will be played out on asphalt and presents a fresh challenge for crews. The relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions has also paved the way for the competition’s return t...

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Mexico, Chile and new European rally join 2023 WRC calendar

As previously reported, the WRC has been keen to re-establish a more global calendar akin to its schedule prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.After a lengthy delay the FIA has now ratified a reshuffled 2023 schedule with an anticipated round in the Middle East, thought to be Saudi Arabia, absent from the calendar.The season will feature four tarmac and ...

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M-Sport: "A lot has to fall in the right place” to sign Loeb for WRC 2023

Nine-time world champion Loeb rejoined the WRC this year to contest four rallies behind the wheel of an M-Sport Ford Puma.The 48-year-old claimed a famous 80th career WRC win in January's Monte Carlo Rally, which proved to be M-Sport's only victory this season.Loeb outlined the Puma can match its WRC rivals by leading in Portugal, Kenya and Greece,...

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Lappi and Breen will help silverware quest in 2023: Neuville

Following the shock departure of former champion Ott Tanak last month after he enacted a clause that allowed him to terminate his Hyundai contract early, Esapekka Lappi has been brough in to replace him for the 2023 World Rally Championship campaign. It will be the Finn’s first full programme since 2020 and means that he has represented all three m...

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Evans already targeting much improved 2023 WRC campaign

Having finished a close runner-up to eight-time champion Sebastien Ogier in the 2020 and 2021 title races, the Welshman ended this year a distant fourth in the final drivers’ standings behind the Hyundai’s of Ott Tanak and Thierry Neuville, and the Toyota of eventual champion and team-mate, Kalle Rovanpera. The Welshman displayed flashes of brillia...

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Toyota open to renting out fourth car at 2023 WRC events

The Japanese brand revealed its 2023 driver line-up on Friday, which will see Takamoto Katsuta promoted to the factory team’s third entry for a series of rallies next year.Katsuta’s promotion to the main factory team arrives after finishing 12 of the 13 rallies this year inside the top eight on his way to a career-best fifth in the championship sta...

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Promoted Katsuta will share third Toyota with Ogier in 2023

Katsuta’s inclusion is the only new face in an otherwise unchanged line-up for the Japanese manufacturer, who dominated the 2022 season by clinching the drivers’, co-drivers’ and manufacturers’ crowns. Alongside Northern Irish co-driver Aaron Johnston, Katsuta impressed Team Principal Jari-Matti Latvala with his performances this year; this culmina...

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Lappi and Breen switch to Hyundai for 2023 campaign

Lappi moves from the all-conquering Toyota Gazoo Racing having spent this year performing a bit-part role because of his car sharing arrangement with 8-time champion, Sebastien Ogier. His consistency – three podium finishes from a total of seven starts on asphalt and gravel – is what brought him to the attention of Hyundai’s current Deputy Team Dir...

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Katsuta receives promotion as Toyota reveals 2023 WRC line-up

The world championship-winning constructor has Friday officially revealed its 2023 line-up, and will continue to field this year's world champion Kalle Rovanpera alongside Elfyn Evans, Katsuta and Sebastien Ogier, the latter again contesting a partial campaign.Toyota boss Jari-Matti Latvala hinted that Katsuta could be in line for a promotion from ...

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Lappi, Breen complete Hyundai 2023 WRC switch

The South Korean manufacturer on Friday revealed that Esapekka Lappi will, as expected, replace 2019 world champion Ott Tanak, alongside Thierry Neuville, while Dani Sordo and former M-Sport driver Craig Breen will share the third i20 N entry.Hyundai sparked the start of the WRC silly season when it announced it was to part ways with Oliver Solberg...

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M-Sport and Breen decide to part ways a season early

Breen – who is expected to be included in Hyundai Motorsport’s new-look line-up this week – has scored just two podium finishes with the British squad in what has been an otherwise disappointing season for him. A catalogue of mistakes at crucial moments during have cost him dear and ensured that since the turn of the summer, he has managed to colle...

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M-Sport announces Breen departure from WRC squad

The Irishman had joined the British squad on a two-year deal starting this season, but today the team has confirmed an amicable decision between both Breen and the operation has been reached to part ways.Breen has endured a difficult season behind the wheel of the Fiord Puma that has been plagued by crashes, resulting in a run to seventh in the cha...

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Evans confident of clearer direction with Toyota WRC car for 2023

The WRC runner-up in 2020 and 2021 has struggled to gel with the new hybrid Rally1 machinery as well as his teammates, most notably Kalle Rovanpera, who claimed six wins on his way to the WRC title.Evans ended the year without a victory for the first time since 2019, on the way to finishing fourth in the championship standings.The 33-year-old score...

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F1 race winner Kovalainen eyes European rallies after WRC debut

The former McLaren, Renault, Caterham and Lotus F1 driver switched to rallying full-time last year to compete in the Japanese Rally Championship, which he won this season, driving a Skoda Fabia Rally2 alongside long-time co-driver Sae Kitagawa.Last weekend the duo took on their biggest challenge yet by contesting the WRC season finale in Japan, whi...

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M-Sport to continue producing Fiesta rally cars despite model axing

The British team currently produces Rally2, Rally3 and Rally4 specification Fiesta rally cars, which has become a core part of the World Rally Championship squad’s business.Up until the move to Rally1 rules this year that prompted a switch to the Ford Puma body shape, the squad’s top level WRC cars from 2011 have employed the Fiesta body.Last month...

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