HAYDEN PADDON WILL MAKE A SENSATIONAL RETURN TO THE WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP AT NEXT MONTH’S NESTE RALLY FINLAND, DRIVING AN M-SPORT FORD FIESTA WRC. The Kiwi concluded the deal late last week and will test the car shortly before the start of the Jyväskylä rally. Paddon admitted missing out on a Hyundai seat – after […]

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OTT TÄNAK WITHSTOOD INTENSE PRESSURE TO CLAIM HIS SECOND CONSECUTIVE FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY IN AN ACTION-PACKED FINALE IN PORTUGAL ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON. He claimed a third triumph of the season at Vodafone Rally de Portugal, his second in a row following last month’s success in Chile, to move within two points of championship leader Sébastien Ogier. Driving […]

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OTT TÄNAK REIGNITED HIS FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE BID WITH VICTORY AT THE INAUGURAL COPEC RALLY CHILE ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON. The Estonian led from the second of the 16 speed tests on Friday morning in a Toyota Yaris. He measured his pace on wet, slippery and foggy forest tracks to claim his second win […]

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THIERRY NEUVILLE EXTENDED HIS FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD WITH A SECOND STRAIGHT VICTORY AT XION RALLY ARGENTINA ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON. The Belgian, driving a Hyundai i20, headed team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen by 48.4sec to stretch his series lead to 14 points after five of the 14 rounds. World champion Sébastien Ogier snatched third in a […]

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WRC DRIVERS HAYDEN PADDON AND MADS ØSTBERG STARRED ON LAST WEEKEND’S OTAGO RALLY IN NEW ZEALAND. Both are battling to return to full-time WRC programmes and did their hopes no harm with strong victories in their respective classes. Paddon dominated the Dunedin-based event in his Hyundai i20 AP4 – a car built to the FIA’s […]

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THIERRY NEUVILLE GRABBED A DRAMATIC VICTORY AT CORSICA LINEA – TOUR DE CORSE ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON AFTER FINAL STAGE HEARTBREAK FOR ELFYN EVANS. Neuville was en route to the podium ceremony in Calvi believing he had finished second when he discovered leader Evans had punctured a tyre in the final speed test. Evans dropped 90sec […]

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HAYDEN PADDON INSISTS HE IS READY AND WAITING FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO RETURN TO THE WRC AND BELIEVES THE 2020 SEASON COULD PROVIDE HIS BEST CHANCE. The New Zealander was ousted from Hyundai Motorsport’s WRC line-up at the end of 2018 when it signed nine-time champion Sébastien Loeb to a part programme in its third […]

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OTT TÄNAK SAYS HE WON RALLY SWEDEN WITHOUT NEEDING TO DRIVE FLAT OUT. Sunday’s commanding 53.7sec victory, which carried him to the top of the FIA World Rally Championship standings for the first time, sent a clear message to his rivals about the pace of his Toyota Yaris and enhanced his position as title favourite […]

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SÉBASTIEN OGIER WON HIS SIXTH CONSECUTIVE RALLYE MONTE-CARLO ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON AFTER A PULSATING DUEL WITH THIERRY NEUVILLE. Neuville eroded the Frenchman’s overnight lead and Ogier, driving a Citroën C3 for the first time, started the final speed test just 0.4sec ahead. Despite a throttle problem, he fended off the Belgian to win by 2.2sec […]

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HAYDEN PADDON HAS RULED HIMSELF OUT OF A WRC DRIVE IN 2019 FOLLOWING HYUNDAI’S DECISION TO SIGN NINE-TIME WORLD CHAMPION SÉBASTIEN LOEB. The New Zealand driver hoped to share the third car in the Hyundai Shell Mobis squad with Dani Sordo, as he did in 2018, but the Korean manufacturer’s swoop for the 44-year-old Frenchman […]

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