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Loeb said no to Toyota, now’s your chance!

Few days ago Autosport revealed that no, Sebastien Loeb will not be driving for Toyota next year. Huge news, I know. Chances for that happening were slim to none, but at some point any relatively young and above average successful rally driver will have to answer to similar questions about their possible affiliation with Finland...

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Do we need tougher, rougher, meaner special stages?

The wait is over, almost. Couple of days from now the WRC will spring back to life, after a VERY LONG BREAK. We will be following crews, cars and teams on their journey across some of the most difficult and engaging stages in the series. It is time for Rally Argentina and I for one...

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They are not toys, they’re rally cars

Less than a dozen rallies from now, the first generation of B-segment-based World Rally Cars will ride into the sunset. I cannot speak for anyone else but me, of course, but I don’t think many tears will be shed over their demise in the WRC community. They were often called all sorts of names, chief...

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Another monster shows its face – 2017 Citroën C3 WRC

I’ll say it again; every time I think about Citroën Racing coming back to the World Rally Championship next year, with a new car, I get this warm feeling. Is it love? They are the giants of our sport, champions and conquerors and we are right to expect only the best from them when they...

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The 2017 Volkswagen Polo R WRC, first look

The next generation World Rally Cars will look nice, there is no doubt about that. We’ve seen some design ideas tested so far, mainly by Volkswagen; thanks to new rules cars will sport a more aggressive look in 2017, but during testing that new look was achieved by simply extending the existing features, which led...

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No WRC? No Problem!

It was a little over a year ago when I put out a piece about how Ireland deserved to get their WRC round back. I’ll freely admit that looking back, those words came from a bit of naivety and perhaps some nostalgia as I watched ex-WRC cars tearing down the country lanes outside of Galway....

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Qualifying Stages: Is the Reward Worth the Risk?

There were a few battered rally cars coming back to service today in Atrim after incidents in today’s shakedown/qualifying stage. First, during shakedown, David Bogie got caught out on some of the treacherous slime coating the road and stuffed his Skoda into a bank damaging the radiator. Later, in the qualifying stage, it was Robert...

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