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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PREVIEW | WRC | RD5 – RALLY ARGENTINA

Argentina, rugged mountains, lakeland landscapes and vast plains are the playing fields for the next stop in the World Rally Championship calendar. Despite the small entry list, this South American adventure attracts big crowds that bring an awesome atmosphere stage side, with some iconic stages that have provided some great moments in recent years The event is once again based out of the lake-land resort of Villa Carlos Paz, some 700km north-west of Buenos Aires, it offers up some stunning scenery and challenging rallying with a total of 347km of…

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WRC | RD4 – TOUR DE CORSE 2019

This year’s Tour De Corse presented a fresh new challenge for the world’s best drivers with more than 75% of the route being new; this iconic event on the picturesque Mediterranean Island provided plenty of action and a heartbreaking ending for one man in particular. The event featured just 14 special stages covering some 347km of competitive rallying around the Island on tarmac roads that twist their way around the coastal and mountain roads, you can understand why it is often referred to as “The Rally of Ten Thousands Corners”.…

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PREVIEW | WRC | RD4 -TOUR DE CORSE

The WRC returns to Europe and is onto the tarmac for Round 4, it’s time for the iconic Rally Of Ten Thousands Corners, The Tour De Corse. This beautiful Island first played host to the WRC back in 1973 and is well known for its relentless tight and twisty mountain roads. The stages are generally smooth but in some parts there will be some rough abrasive stuff which could affect tyre wear. Some stages can often run alongside fresh air drops, but for the 96 crews who have entered, they…

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WRC | RD3 – RALLY MEXICO 2019

The FIA World Rally Championships travelled away from Europe for its first long haul trip to round three in Mexico. From the snow and sub zero conditions of Sweden, the crews found themselves in temperatures nearing 30°C tackling the loose and dusty stages high up in the mountains close to Leon, for the first gravel rally of the season. Toyota’s Ott Tanak arrived in Mexico leading the drivers’ standings and his team also led Hyundai by just a single point in the manufactures. However, on the Thursday morning pre-event shakedown at…

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