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Former Mitsubishi WRC boss Andrew Cowan dies

Cowan retired from the Mitsubishi team at the end of the 2005 season, having directed the Japanese manufacturer’s dominance of Group A rallying in the late 1990s. It was under Cowan’s guidance that Tommi Makinen won four straight world titles from 1996-1999.  The 1998 season was Cowan’s most successful, with the Finn topping the drivers’ standings and the Lancer securing Mitsubishi its sole makes’ crown. There was, however, so much
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Radical Citroen aero overhaul revealed

The French manufacturer has been testing its car in Spain ahead of next week’s Salou-based event, a crucial event in Ogier’s efforts to take his seventh straight championship and Citroen’s first world title since 2012. Ogier trails Toyota rival Ott Tanak by 28 points, with two events and 60 points left on the table. His biggest concern in Spain is the two days on asphalt, having labelled the car ‘undriveable’
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Hyundai to “look at big picture” in deciding Breen’s future

Former Citroen driver Breen was given an initial Hyundai chance in Finland, where he impressed the team with seventh place and earned another outing on Rally GB. However, a roll there consigned him to a distant eighth-place finish. While Adamo expressed frustration that Breen had not made the hoped-for contribution to Hyundai's title bid - saying "I came here expecting that he could be in the position to be able
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Alonso left with “bittersweet” feeling in Morocco

The two-time Formula 1 champion faced the first major test of his fledging cross-country rally career in the five-day Morocco event, the traditional warm-up to the Dakar. He and co-driver Marc Coma were running in the top 10 in their factory-entered Toyota Hilux when they sustained heavy front suspension damage in a crash in a ditch that was not marked in the roadbook during Monday's third stage. In the end
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De Villiers wins, Alonso 21st

Sainz sat 4m47s adrift of de Villiers heading into the last stage, but rapidly brought down that deficit to just 26 seconds in the first 146km of running. However, less than 10km from the finish line, an engine cooling tube on his MINI Cooper broke, ending the two-time World Rally championship’s charge in an instant. Sainz’s troubles cleared the path for de Villiers to win the final stage of the
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Meeke ahead of Latvala in race for 2020 Toyota seat

With Toyota thought likely to keep WRC leader Ott Tanak and to have already signed 19-year-old WRC2Pro champion Kalle Rovapera, Tanak's current teammates Meeke and Latvala are competing for what is expected to be just one place in the main 2020 line-up. Team principal Tommi Makinen said Meeke's recent results - including fourth on Rally GB last weekend - had strengthened his hand. "If we look now Kris has done
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Sordo gets new seven-round Hyundai WRC deal for 2020

Sordo had been linked with a move to Toyota but Motorsport.com reported last month that he was set to stay at Hyundai into a seventh season instead. He took his first WRC win since 2012 in Italy earlier this year. Sordo has only been a part-time competitor in recent seasons as Hyundai regularly rotated its line-up, and is currently set for seven WRC events in his 2020 deal. "The team
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Sainz tops Stage 4, de Villiers takes lead

The fourth stage of the five-day event was shortened to 311km from a planned distance of 408km, as non-functioning of one of the helicopters meant organisers weren't able to guarantee the safety of competitors through the entirety of the route. In a repeat of Monday's Stage 3, X-Raid MINI's Stephen Peterhansel held an early 2m19s lead in the first 64km, before extending that advantage to over four minutes heading into
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FIA ramps up plans to simplify WRC class structure

Last week's FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting agreed on revisions to current regulations in an effort to streamline WRC 2 Pro and WRC 2. This is part of FIA rally director Yves Matton's masterplan to make rallying's various levels more easily understandable. The WRC's second tier will be split into WRC 2 and WRC 3 next season following criticism of this year's WRC2 Pro and WRC2 formula for being
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Sainz wins Stage 3, Al-Attiyah retains lead

Sainz trailed fellow X-Raid MINI driver Stephene Peterhansel by 1m09s through the first part of the special, before overturning that deficit to a 58-second advantage through the second timed section of the day.  Al-Attiyah sat over three minutes behind Sainz at this stage, but a rapid charge through the final 72km saw him provisionally take stage victory by 26 seconds over Sainz. However, following complaints from several co-drivers about navigational