World Rally Blog

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Is the WRC’s Development System Finally Gaining Some Momentum?

While rallying and the WRC is my strongest interest, in the down-time between rallies, other forms of motorsport do capture my attention. At the moment, I have developed a bit of an interest in motorcycle racing, and specifically MotoGP. While watching the Moto3, Moto2, and MotoGP races this weekend in Austin, Texas, I was impressed...

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Škoda Motorsport confirms APRC, CZ and WRC2 programmes

Huh, but what happened to European Rally Championship, in which Škoda dominated for so long? The R5 category cars are top class in ERC and it would seem natural for Škoda to bring their latest and most elaborate rally weapon to this particular series. I don’t have a clue, but I do have some possible...

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Hideg: “Irish tarmac is something else!”

Last week, the best European rally crews took part in Circuit of Ireland Rally, one of the most unique rally events in the world. Extremely demanding stages and breathtaking scenery saw Craig Breen take overall victory ahead of Kajetan Kajetanowicz and Josh Moffett. According to many drivers, Irish stages were traditionally tough and tricky, especially...

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Hyundai postpones the new i20 WRC, sadface

Thierry Neuville won’t be happy when he hears this, for his calls for “more power” were usually answered by “hey, how about a new car, which is better in every way”. Joking here, but maybe it would not make that much of a difference whether the new i20 WRC debuted this year or not. This...

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Škoda is back with the Fabia R5

Finally, it’s official. The latest Škoda Motorsport’s creation, the Fabia R5, received FIA’s homologation. Based on the latest road going Fabia and inspired by hugely successful predecessor, Fabia S2000, the R5 machine enters a very busy and competitive arena, at the moment dominated by M-Sport’s Ford Fiesta R5 together with PSA challengers, Peugeot 208 T16...

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Clio R3T European Trophy has kicked off in Italy and in France

After the launch of the Clio R3T European Trophy in the Italian zone last weekend in the Il Ciocco Rally (21-22 March), the French Trophy kicked off with the Epernay Vins de Champagne Rally (28-29 March). On both occasions the Clio R3T’s level of competitiveness lived up to expectations. The first round in the history...

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Toyota reveals its junior line-up

Personally, I am having a great time following the progress of Toyota Motorsport, the 2017 season will be here before long and it is great to see this team growing in size and seriousness at a very promising pace. After all, it’s April already and before the year is over I believe Toyota will want...

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Video: Getting ready for Ireland and Austria

Circuit of Ireland Rally means tight and twisty tarmac roads and it also means speed and maximum concentration, because there is very little room for error. Or rather, let’s play it safe and say there is no room for error. You will want to come prepared. Of course, not many roads in the world are...