Auto/Moto Rally

Tidemand lands M-Sport WRC drive for Turkey

The 2017 WRC2 champion contested the opening two rounds of the 2019 season in a third M-Sport-run Ford Fiesta WRC, finishing eighth on home soil in Sweden. Now he is set for a first gravel outing of the year in Turkey, an event he contested last year in a works Skoda Fabia R5. "I'm so excited to be back in the FIA World Rally Championship, and back with the M-Sport

Alonso teases “quite difficult” next career move

The two-time Formula 1 champion, who has not raced since winning the Le Mans 24 Hours and the FIA World Endurance Championship title with Toyota in June, addressed his future plans answering questions submitted by followers of his Instagram account on Thursday evening. Alonso’s only appearances outside the WEC this year have been in the Rolex 24 at Daytona and a failed bid to make the Indianapolis 500 grid, and

Paddon working on new WRC chance after Finland crash

The New Zealander's planned return was wrecked when he hit a rock during a pre-event test, destroying the Ford Fiesta WRC in which he was due to make his first top-level start since last year's Rally Australia. The ex-Hyundai WRC driver then flew home from Finland before the rally had begun to line up meetings with investors, as he continues to try to get back into the Fiesta. "Even though

Tanak set to sign new Toyota WRC deal

Tanak left M-Sport to drive for Toyota in 2018, and narrowly missed out on the WRC title last season after a late run of victories failed to undo his troublesome start to the campaign. M-Sport and Hyundai have both expressed interest in signing the Estonian for 2020, but understands that the WRC points leader will stick with the team also leading the manufacturers championship. “We are discussing and quite

Evans to miss Rally Germany due to back injury

While understands the M-Sport Ford driver is nearing full fitness, there's concern about the nature of the roads aggravating the injury again. The British team is now assessing its options for who to put in Evans' Ford Fiesta WRC. M-Sport team principal Richard Millener told "Frustrating as it is for us to have a driver of Elfyn's calibre on the bench, we have to respect what the medical

Sordo rejoins Hyundai WRC team for Germany

Sordo admitted after his shock Rally Italy victory in June that he didn't know when his next event in an i20 Coupe WRC would be - although he expressed an interest in competing in Germany, the scene of his only other top-level WRC win.Now it has been confirmed the Spaniard will join Thierry Neuville and Andreas Mikkelsen for the Saarland-based event on August 22-25.It means Loeb, a ...Keep reading Source link

Bakkerud scores first win of the season in Canada

Bakkerud started on pole position for the final in Canada, thanks to a lights-to-flag victory in semi-final two, before the Norwegian then repeated the performance in the main event to score his first win since the Argentine round in 2016. Bakkerud capitalised when the event’s dominant force, Niclas Gronholm, made a poor start from pole in semi-final one and didn’t make the final. That meant as next highest qualifier, Bakkerud

Tanak extends points lead with victory

Tanak began the final day of the rally with 16.4 seconds in hand over Citroen driver Lappi, and extended the gap to 21.1s ahead of the closing Power Stage. The Estonian topped the 11.12-km test, 0.6s faster than Hyundai driver Thierry Neuville, to score the maximum 30 points and win the rally by 25.6s over Lappi. Despite only setting the seventh-fastest time on the Power Stage, Lappi was able to

Gronholm takes early lead after Q2

The Hyundai i20 driver took an early joker lap in his Q1 race from second in a bid to overhaul leader Anton Marklund, but after dropping valuable time in traffic, Marklund was able to beat Gronholm at the joker merge on the final tour. Gronholm wound up sixth. Having then been beaten into the lead of his race in Q2 by Marklund’s GCK teammate Guerlain Chicherit, Gronholm again ducked into

Tanak extends lead over Lappi

Tanak took just one stage win but extended his lead over Citroen’s Esapekka Lappi to move to within touching distance of a second consecutive victory in Finland.  Lappi is now a comfortable second behind Tanak following two stage wins, on the second passes of Pihlajakoski and Kakaristo (SS16 and SS18). The Finn, in his best showing of the year so far, gapped Toyota's Jari-Matti Latvala by 6.4s on SS16 and