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FIA shoots the shoot-out stage plan…

…for now. The official release published after the WMSC meeting in Beijing did not provide more details on why the WRC Commission proposal for rule changes for 2015 was rejected, but let’s presume that it was all about the infamous shoot-out stage idea. Just when we thought this idea was set to become reality, ditching well known stage format for...

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The Renault Clio R3T steps out in style

The Clio R3T showed all its potential on its French Rally Championship debut at the Rallye Mont-Blanc Morzine, with Manu Guigou guiding the latest member of the Renault Sport Technologies range to an emphatic Class R win. Also driving the works car, the young Quentin Gilbert gathered valuable technical data that will soon be put to use for our customers....

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Hyundai Shell World Rally Team confirms driver line-up for France and Spain

The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team will continue with a three car approach to its debut season in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) by fielding a trio of Hyundai i20 WRCs in the French and Spanish rounds. The team’s lead driver Thierry Neuville will continue to compete in the #7 Hyundai i20 WRC alongside his Belgian compatriot Nicolas Gilsoul...

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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,...

Video: Neuville – Gilsoul shakedown crash, Rally Germany 0

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...

Video: Neuville & Bouffier tarmac test – are there bad sides to their job? 0

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...