WRC | RD13 - RALLY RACC CATALUNYA NEWS & FEATURES RALLY 

WRC | RD13 – RALLY RACC CATALUNYA

First run in 1957, Rally De Espania joined the World Rally Championship in 1991 as a pure Asphalt rally but relocated to Salou in 2002 where this unique rally became the only mixed surface event of the Championship. The 55th edition of Rally RACC Catalunya was Round 12, and the penultimate round, of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship. Last time out in the Forest of Wales, Estonian Ott Tanak moved even closer to the drivers title by winning Rally GB for the first time in his career. For this…

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WRC | RD12 - WALES RALLY GB NEWS & FEATURES RALLY 

WRC | RD12 – WALES RALLY GB

Rally GB has a long standing history which dates back to the 1930’s where competitors of the Royal Automobile Club would take part in a series of auto tests and navigational challenges which formed part of a very different event to that of what we see today. In the 1960’s forest roads were introduced, this would transform the event into one of the toughest off road automotive challenges which the world’s best drivers experience today. This year was the 75th running of the event which formed Round 12 of the…

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WRC | RD11 - RALLY TURKEY NEWS & FEATURES RALLY 

WRC | RD11 – RALLY TURKEY

First held in 2000, Rally Turkey joined the FIA World Rally Championships just three years later, but the event has dipped in and out of the World series over the past 12 years or so. Last year the event re-appeared on the calendar with a new event based in Marmaris and was a bit of a car breaker. This year, having experienced last year, the teams were much better prepared for the conditions. Needless to say it was still a demanding challenge on the tough roads in the mountains of…

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WRC | RD 10 - ADAC RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND NEWS & FEATURES RALLY 

WRC | RD 10 – ADAC RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND

The FIA World Rally Championship arrived in South West Germany, returning to the tarmac in the picturesque Saarland region for round 10. The rally, which was first held in 1982, joined the WRC in 2002 and four of the current crop of drivers competing this season have won the event in recent years. Championship leader heading into the rally, Ott Tank, who had won the past two in 2017 & 2018, would be looking to make it a hat trick of German wins this year. 19 Stages featured on the…

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WRC | RD9 - NESTE RALLY FINLAND NEWS & FEATURES RALLY 

WRC | RD9 – NESTE RALLY FINLAND

The summer break was over and it was time for the FIA World Rally Championship to resume its battle for the 2019 title and take over the city of Jyväskylä in Finland for Round 9, “The Grand Prix on Gravel”. Although having history dating back to 1951, the event was a round of the first World Rally Championship in 1973 and has been known as the rally of 1000 lakes. The rally which has been dominated by Finnish drivers winning 55 of the past 68 editions has super smooth gravel…

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WRC | RD8 – RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA

For round 8 of the FIA World Rally Championship it was time to “Jump in the dust” on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Sardinia; where Italy’s round of the championship has been held since 2004. But this was to be no relaxing beach holiday for the WRC crews as this tough event would once again deliver a cruel blow in a dramatic end to the rally. Last year this event delivered a thrilling end on the final power stage where Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville snatched the win from Sébastien Ogier by…

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WRC | RD7 – RALLY DE PORTUGAL

One of the oldest and most supported rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship, Rally De Portugal signified the start of a string of European events. First held in 1967, this classic rally was one of the founding WRC events in 1973 and has been awarded “Best Rally in the World” on no less than five occasions and always delivers an atmosphere out on the stages. After the recent addition of Rally Chile to the calendar Portugal moved to a couple of weeks later this year. This means temperatures were…

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WRC | RD6 – COPEC RALLY CHILE

With no prior knowledge, data, reference points, previous pace notes or onboard videos that could be studied in advance; The Copec Rally Chile with its 17 gravel stages totaling 325km, offered up a fresh exciting new challenge for Round 6 of the FIA World Rally Championship, becoming the 32nd host country in the history of the WRC. The stages in parts looked very similar to that of Wales, Hyundai’s Andreas Mikkelsen who spent a decent part of his early career in the forest of Wales topped the shakedown timings on…

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PREVIEW | WRC | RD 6 – RALLY CHILE

Part two of the FIA World Rally Championships south American adventure will arrive after a 16 hour drive across the Andes Mountains to the newcomer, The Copec Rally Chile for Round 6. A WRC newbie it maybe but rallying is not new to Chile, with some 19 years of history from its own National Rally Mobil Championship, it finally reaches the World Stage to offer up a fresh exciting new challenge to the world’s best. Last time out in Argentina Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville got the job done for his second…

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WRC | RD5 – RALLY ARGENTINA

Rally Argentina has always been a bit of a lottery when it comes to the weather and its conditions, this year was no different. With 18 challenging stages through some dramatic scenery, the route of some 347km provided conditions which fell somewhere between the Safari Rally of the past and Wales Rally GB. Heavy rain in the days leading up to the event completely altered the stages between recce and Shakedown on Thursday Morning, where we first got an indication of how this event would pan out. Toyota’s Ott Tanak…

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