SÉBASTIEN LOEB WAS IMPRESSED BY THE PERFORMANCE OF THE LATEST GENERATION WORLD RALLY CARS DURING HIS COMEBACK TEST WITH CITROËN RACING ON TUESDAY. The nine-time world champion drove the French manufacturer’s C3 on asphalt and told wrc.com afterwards: “The feeling was really good. It was impressive how fast it is in the fast corners compared to […]

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AFTER 12 YEARS AND 109 RALLY STARTS ALONGSIDE HAYDEN PADDON, JOHN KENNARD HUNG UP HIS CO-DRIVING OVERALLS EARLIER THIS YEAR, AND IN THE RUN UP NESTE RALLY FINLAND, HYUNDAI PAID TRIBUTE TO HIS CONTRIBUTION TO BOTH PADDON’S CAREER AND THE TEAM. Finland is where Kennard contested his first WRC event as a co-driver, at the […]

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ESAPEKKA LAPPI SECURED A SHOCK MAIDEN FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY IN FINLAND ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON. Novice Lappi, driving for only the fourth time at the WRC’s top level, won Neste Rally Finland by 36.0sec in a Toyota Yaris. The 26-year-old overcame a late scare after breaking a wheel in the penultimate speed test to […]

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HAYDEN PADDON’S FIRST PODIUM FOR 12 MONTHS IN POLAND LAST WEEKEND ENDED A NIGHTMARE PERIOD FOR THE KIWI. Second behind Hyundai i20 team-mate Thierry Neuville at Orlen 74th Rally Poland was his first top three finish since the same event last year, and his best result since his maiden WRC win in Argentina in April […]

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THIERRY NEUVILLE WON A PULSATING ORLEN 74TH RALLY POLAND ON SUNDAY AFTER ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE BATTLES IN WRC HISTORY. The Belgian claimed his third victory of the season after Ott Tänak crashed out of a slender lead three special stages from the finish. The Hyundai i20 driver cut Sébastien Ogier’s championship lead to […]

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OTT TÄNAK SCORED A LONG-AWAITED FIRST WRC WIN AT RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON. Victory in the gruelling four-day rough road encounter was his first success in 73 starts. He became the fifth different driver to win in seven rounds during this unpredictable season. Driving a Ford Fiesta, Tänak headed Jari-Matti Latvala’s Toyota Yaris […]

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OTT TÄNAK CLAIMED THE LEAD OF RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON AFTER HAYDEN PADDON SHATTERED HIS CAR’S SUSPENSION AFTER SWIPING A BANK AND RETIRED. Paddon, who led by 9.4sec ahead of the second pass of the Coiluna – Loelle speed test, limped to the end of the stage with flames billowing from the rear […]

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HAYDEN PADDON RATES LAST WEEK’S VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL AS HIS MOST ENJOYABLE ROUND OF THE SEASON SO FAR, DESPITE THE MISERY OF TWO MECHANICAL-RELATED RETIREMENTS THAT WRECKED HIS CHANCE OF VICTORY. The Kiwi driver began the rally desperate to turn around a disastrous start to the season which has left him languishing eighth in […]

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SÉBASTIEN OGIER CLAIMED A LANDMARK FIFTH VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL WIN ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON. He increased his FIA World Rally Championship lead with his second victory of the season by 15.6sec from Thierry Neuville. His 40th career success matched the record five Portugal wins of Finn Markku Alén. Ogier, who scored his maiden WRC win […]

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JOHN KENNARD, LONGTIME CO-DRIVER TO HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT’S HAYDEN PADDON, WILL MISS NEXT WEEK’S VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL (18 – 21 MAY) THROUGH INJURY. Kennard (above left) aggravated an existing hip condition at last month’s YPF Rally Argentina and doctors have advised him to stand down for the gravel road encounter, round six of the FIA […]

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