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Lappi “surprised” Ogier didn’t retire after 2019

Ogier had rejoined the Citroen team last season after two years driving M-Sport's Ford Fiesta WRC car, but Tanak's title victory ended Ogier's streak of six titles in a row. Amid rumours that Ogier would consider retirement from the championship, he instead upped sticks to join Toyota, prompting Citroen's withdrawal from the WRC after 21 years in the category. Although Ogier announced that he would retire at the end of
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FIA reveals exclusive supplier for WRC’s hybrid move

The FIA launched an invitation to tender last year for the 2022‐2024 seasons when the next generation of Rally1 vehicles are introduced. FIA rally director Yves Matton has previously told Motorsport.com that the hybrid systems will only be fitted to manufacturer WRC entries. The decision to award the contract to Compact Dynamics was approved by the FIA World Council via a special e-vote. The German company is a part of the Shaeffler
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Second ex-Ekstrom Audi added to 2020 World RX grid

Having already announced that reigning European champion Larsson would race as a permanent individual entrant before the entry deadline earlier this month, the Joel Christoffersson-run JC Raceteknik squad has been able to expand into a permanent two-car team thanks to blessing from the rest of the World RX grid. Baumanis and Larsson will drive latest-specification S1s built by Mattias Ekstrom’s EKS team, cars similar to those raced in World RX last
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Portugal and Italy WRC rounds postponed due to coronavirus

Portugal was due to host round five of the 2020 season on May 21-24, while Italy was scheduled for the start of June. The state of emergency has been extended in Portugal as a result of the COVID-18 epidemic, while Italy continues to be one of the epicenters for the virus. As a result, both events and the FIA have agreed the postponement of the rallies. No new dates have
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Abbring gets part programme in World RX with GC Kompetition

Abbring was announced last month as the first signing for Guerlain Chicherit’s GC Kompetition concern, with plans to race a heavily revised Renault Clio RS RX in the five-round Euro RX series. The Dutchman will now join the five other cars run under various GCK banners for selected rounds of World RX including events in Portugal, Germany, Abu Dhabi and South Africa. This year, GCK will operate a pair of
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World RX’s second round also postponed due to coronavirus

World RX had been due to return to the Vila Real circuit after a year’s absence on the first weekend in May (2-3), but like the opening round of the series in Spain that was postponed last week, the Portuguese event has now also been put on hold. A championship statement read: “Due to the Portuguese government declaring a state of emergency and the suspension of all sporting events in
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Neuville “can’t see the point” of 2022 WRC proposals

When they are presented to the FIA's World Motor Sport Council in June this year, the proposals will see increasing reliance on off-the-shelf components and a reduction in available transmission, braking, suspension and aerodynamic technology. The proposed formula, named Rally 1, sits at the top of a revised five-tier technical pyramid intended to increase accessibility for aspiring drivers and teams in national-level competition, while increasing sustainability and reducing cost in
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Rally Mexico should not have taken place

Ogier secured his first victory since joining Toyota on Saturday, the Leon-based event having been cut short by three stages as Sunday's running was axed to help teams beat travel restrictions being imposed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The six-time World Rally champion expressed his reservations on Thursday ahead of the start of the rally about proceeding as most other major motorsport series - including Formula 1, IndyCar and
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Ogier seals victory on shortened rally

Six-time world champion Ogier delivered a commanding performance to join fellow French legend Sebastien Loeb as the only six-time winners of the event. The finish arrived early on year’s Rally Mexico after the event was shorn of the three scheduled stages on Sunday morning in order to give teams and media time to beat the forthcoming travel shutdown in the USA and Europe. In what transpired to be the final
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Rally Mexico to end early due to looming travel restrictions

The FIA announced the early termination of the third date of the World Rally Championship in view of the increased precautionary measures being introduced to protect the population from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rally Mexico was the only FIA world competition being held at this time after multiple cancellations within motorsport. The organization of the competition reported that the agreement was taken between the teams, the FIA and the rally