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Toyota GT86 CS-R3: “Positive debut” in Germany

Slightly overshadowed by all the excitement of many high profile retirements and maiden wins, Toyota GT86 CS-R3 debut yielded satisfying results, according to the press release by Toyota Motorsport. This car, as we all know, is going to brighten up special stages of regional and global rally championships and many privateers already expressed intention to switch to RWD camp. Toyota used...

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Big congrats to Thierry Neuville, Dani Sordo and Hyundai

Jari-Matti Latvala and Kris Meeke had one job (oh, I AM oversimplifying things, I know) and they failed, but that’s how this sport works and hopefully will continue to work in years to come. Thierry Neuville and Hyundai Motorsport did everything right, on the other hand. Thierry spent his bad luck points early in the game, rolling out of shakedown,...

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Ogier’s second off in Germany was scary

After Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia went off the road and out of the last stage of the day yesterday, I sort of knew Julien will be in for some wild driving today, knowing how determined Sebastien always is to try and make the most of the event, no matter what. Well, I didn’t exactly expect this kind of wild,...

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Video: Neuville – Gilsoul shakedown crash, Rally Germany

That was pretty nasty and violent. Guys were lucky to escape injuries and luck also played a major part in car’s roll cage remaining in one piece and suffering no damage. If we had to judge from this video alone, it’d be easy to say that Thierry and Nicolas would not be able to continue, but we now know that...

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Thierry Neuville crashes on shakedown, but will that stop him from competing?

The answer is straight – no. Of course not. Even though it was a massive crash and a roll, it obviously wasn’t massive enough to damage the key safety component of every rally car, the roll cage. In Thierry’s case, this cage sustained no damage and FIA allowed him to switch from racing to mechanic overalls and join Hyundai Motorsport...

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Video: Neuville & Bouffier tarmac test – are there bad sides to their job?

Being a World Rally Championship driver may as well be the best job in the world, but I suppose there could be some drawbacks and bad sides to this here profession as well. However, at the moment I cannot think of any. If they’re not competing, doing what they do best, they’re testing, which again consists of driving some of...

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Volkswagen adds Marcus Grönholm to its ranks

Put simply, this is definitely one insanely big addition to Volkswagen Motorsport’s WRC project. Not just because Marcus Grönholm is one insanely tall guy, but because of his experience, knowledge, talent and competitive spirit. Even though he claims to be all done in terms of active WRC competition, Marcus is always around, in the background, lurking, sharing tips and advice,...

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Instead of a shoot-out debate, here’s Yaris WRC on tarmac

They now want to switch from pairs of two crews fighting for positions on the final stage of the new format WRC events to three crews, from 1-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. Not much has changed with this, in fact, it’s equally if not more horrible than pairs of two. Eventually someone is going to end up SOL-ed because this...

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Akio Toyoda explains the GT86 “WRC” and more

Akio Toyoda, CEO of Toyota Motor Corporation is in Finland this weekend, learning about the World Rally Championship, talking to the fans, drivers and media but also enjoying some of the action first hand. Together with Tommi Makinen he had a little project of building a rally spec Toyota GT86, equipped with four wheel drive. To have some fun in...