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Hyundai Motorsport, drivers reactions

Here’s what Hyundai Motorsport drivers said about the action packed day 1 of 2014 Rally de Portugal. Just a reminder, three crews are among top 10 overall, Dani Sordo being the highest placed man in fifth spot.

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Crash video: Jari-Matti does Latvala in Portugal

Dat luck. She’s not a lady, not at all. What she is I won’t mention here, but it’s not nice, she’s not nice, turning her back so cruelly on nice guys like :: insert any WRC driver name here ::. Elfyn Evans, Robert Kubica, Kris Meeke and Jari-Matti Latvala. All crashed. Rally as it should be, some would say. Indeed!...

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What a wonderful day (of rallying and otherwise)

I must say I am completely totally sure you could not care less about how my day went, but I’ll say it anyway. Instead of being glued to the PC and/or WiFi, listening to WRC Live and refreshing stage results, I got to do something completely different. And thankfully, it was very boring. With the exception of 2 trips from...

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Citroën adds DS3 R5 to its lineup

Juniors and juniorettes, this (among other things) is what you’re fighting for this year. The chance to compete in a freshly homologated Citroën DS3 R5 next year. Citroën is racing flat out to enrich its customer car programme as well as official engagements, so this week they’re taking part in Rally de Portugal, round 4 of the World Rally Championship...

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Ogier wins Lisbon superspecial

If there is a special stage out there, he will (want) to win it, no stage is too big or to small for him. Even a tiny little superspecial stage, set on the streets of Lisbon counts and there is no room for backing off or slowing down. Fortunately this year there were no retirements, crashes or drama on the...

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Video: Scenes from Rally Portugal shakedown

Just some scenes from the shakedown ahead of the round four of this year’s World Rally Championship in Portugal. WRC is back in Europe and this year Rally Portugal looks to be set to challenge once again – there were floods instead of roads during recce and the roads are once again the mix between gravel and something-slippery-waiting-to-take-you-out. Can’t wait...

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Fantastic Fafe Rally Sprint onboard with Dani Sordo, Hyundai Motorsport

Hyundai Motorsport enjoyed Fafe Rally Sprint very much, it seems. I suppose it’s actually impossible to stay indifferent to all the passion and the atmosphere in and around this superb special stage. It’s not a superspecial stage, it’s a superb special stage! Some experts say Dani Sordo is only good on tarmac. Experts with even more expertise say he is...

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Can Fafe help promote rallying? Tough one, I know…

The weekend of Fafe Rally Sprint in Portugal and Acropolis Rally in Greece was also the weekend in which World Rally Blog made the switch from one server to the other – engine swap if you will. Thanks to wonderful people over at Nilmedia, the operation went well and now the site should be a tad bit faster and more...

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One winner, one newb, much ambition – Citroën looking forward to Portugal

Remember the “huge” scandal which involved then-Citroën now-M-Sport driver Mikko Hirvonen and then-privateer now-Citroën driver Mads Ostberg? Maybe you don’t because scandals are really tiny in World Rally Championship, they don’t stir too much drama and generally we just forget all about them in next couple of weeks or months. In 2012 Mads Ostberg inherited victory in Portugal after Mikko...

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Peugeot 208 T16 starts its career with a ERC win

Kevin Abbring and Craig Breen wrote first pages of what promises to be a successful rally career of the latest Peugeot Sport built and developed rally car, the 208 T16. Peugeot’s response to the growing and obviously popular R5 category finally debuted last week in round three of the 2014 European Rally Championship, Acropolis Rally. The famous Greek event is...