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Another attempt at “GT cars in WRC” idea, 2015 FIA R-GT Cup 2

Another attempt at “GT cars in WRC” idea, 2015 FIA R-GT Cup

Some say only shoot-out powerstage can save WRC from imminent death and obscurity. Others say promoters need to do more in actual promotion. Many believe there is nothing terribly wrong with current format, while others claim current cars are too small, too quiet, not at all spectacular and they are too easy to drive. While I am not exactly sure...

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Rally Estonia working to accept 3-year ERC deal

This years biggest motorsport event in Estonia, also a part of the European Rally Championship – Rally Estonia, had an estimated 30 000 spectators. This number was gotten from mobile phone position tracking. The organizers hope to get the number up to 50 000 within a few years. “Actually, we were hoping for even more spectators, but it’s difficult to...

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Yet another Toyota Yaris WRC test video

What do you get when you combine a class A rally driver, big and experienced motorsport company, a promising car and typical Belgian weather and roads? The answer is simple, you get a truckload of rally fun, which is what this video means to us, normal folk. While I’m sure Stephane Sarrazin had plenty of fun behind the wheel of...

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If you don’t pay, you don’t have a say

“You should not listen to what the drivers want,” said Volkswagen Motorsport team principal, Jost Capito, “they are not the ones who invest in the sport, they are the ones who take the money out of the sport. [...] The final say should come down to the people who invest in the sport.”

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And now for something completely shoot-out

Oh no, it’s not dead, far from it. When FIA decided to reject the current proposal for rule changes, they did not say: “Oh, but this is utter bollocks, take it and never show it to us, ever again. Ever.” Instead, they instructed WRC Commission to work on their ideas a bit more. Or something. I take it you’re as...

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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...