Sordo keeps win as Hyundai fined for technical breach

October 12, 2020 0 Comments

An inspection of the Spaniard’s Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC showed the rear subframe to be underweight. The part in question was shown to total 9112g, with the minimum permissible weight being 9136.5g.  Checks were also carried out on the cars belonging to Sordo’s teammates Ott Tanak, Thierry Neuville – who finished second – and Hyundai …

Italy WRC: Sordo holds off Neuville for Hyundai 1-2

October 11, 2020 0 Comments

Sordo’s cameo in the third Hyundai entry gave a huge fillip to his employers’ chances in the manufacturers’ title race, while the battle for the drivers’ title is shaping up to be a four-way fight towards the very final stage of the year. Cooler conditions greeted the runners on Sunday morning, an overcast sky dropping …

Al-Attiyah wins Dakar warm-up event in Andalusia

October 11, 2020 0 Comments

Held over around 1000km and four days in the eponymous region in southern Spain, the Andalusia Rally replaced Rally Morocco as the main preparation event for the second running of Dakar in Saudi Arabia for this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event also served as a chance to test some new features set …

Watch: The rally hero so unfashionable they called him ‘slack’

October 8, 2020 0 Comments

Perhaps the most unfashionable world champion in rallying history, as he was slightly overweight, chain-smoked and wore huge glasses, his fellow Finns nicknamed him ‘loysa’ – which literally translates as ‘slack’. Brought in to the works Peugeot team in the 1985 WRC by Jean Todt in a support role to Ari Vatanen, Salonen was promoted …

Loeb joins Prodrive-run Bahrain team for Dakar return

October 1, 2020 0 Comments

As revealed by Motorsport.com earlier this week, Loeb will be a part of BRX’s two car line-up in the top-tier T1 category alongside 2014 winner Nani Roma, whose appointment was confirmed by the squad last month. Loeb contested the Dakar as a factory Peugeot driver between 2016-18, securing a best finish of second during the …

Breen to contest inaugural Belgian WRC event for Hyundai

October 1, 2020 0 Comments

Breen will team up with Hyundai regulars Thierry Neuville and Ott Tanak for the Ypres Rally, marking his third WRC appearance of 2020 following previous outings in Sweden and Estonia, although a planned Rally Finland foray came to naught after the event was called off due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Irish driver finished seventh …

Evans wary of title chances after winning “lottery” in Turkey

September 22, 2020 0 Comments

Evans won the toughest event on the calendar by 35.2 seconds, and set the third fastest time on the Power Stage to collect three bonus points, to reclaim top spot in the drivers’ standings.  With just two rounds scheduled to run in 2020 – next month’s Rally Italy and November’s Rally Ypres – his advantage …

Latvia WRX: Ekstrom beats Kristoffersson to close points gap

September 20, 2020 0 Comments

Ekstrom set a pair of fastest times in qualifying to top the Intermediate Classification, then won semi-final one ahead of KYB Team JC teammate Robin Larsson to secure pole for the final. He then controlled the main event from the front to net victory, and close the points gap to Johan Kristoffersson. Series leader Kristoffersson …

Turkey WRC: Evans takes dramatic win, points lead

September 20, 2020 0 Comments

The Welshman took a cautious approach throughout what is the most attritional event on the WRC calendar. His reward was a third career victory in the sport’s premier series and the second of his debut season with Tommi Makinen’s Toyota team.  The final day began with Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville and Toyota’s Sebastien Ogier picking up …

Interview: Pirelli’s Terenzio Testoni on 2021 WRC plans

September 19, 2020 0 Comments

Pirelli has a very long history in rallying and you will be in the WRC in 2021. Can you please tell us about your preparations? Our preparations are a bit late because of COVID. Our plan was to start in March and unfortunately, we didn’t start, but we started in July. We tried to do …