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No changes in Volkswagen Motorsport’s lineup for 2015

Whether the rumours claiming big conflicts between Sebastien Ogier and Volkswagen Motorsport were true or not, they’re all history now. German team confirmed their line-up for 2015 and (drumroll) there are no changes. Volkswagen managed to secure the services of both 2014 title contenders; Sebastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala together with Andreas Mikkelsen. “We have the top three rally drivers...

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Let’s celebrate, here’s a Rally Legend 2014 video

The shoot-out is dead and it’s time for happy thoughts, optimism and creative ideas, we do hope WRC Promoter & Co. have plenty of each. In order to celebrate this victory of sport over odd interests, here’s a video featuring recent Rally Legend spectacle in San Marino. It’s one of those things you simply must see firsthand, even though this...

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WRC remains World RALLY Championship, shoot-out is dead!

Personally, I was THIS close to accept that maybe, in some wild parallel universe, this shoot-out thing should have a chance at least. A chance to fail miserably, because nothing else would ever come from it, I am 200% sure of that. Nothing but a short-term benefit of “wow” factor, without any real gain to the sport and its players....

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Hyundai is back in camo, testing new i20 WRC

Hyundai unveiled new generation of i20 road car in Paris not long ago, and today they released first details about the WRC version of the said car, currently undergoing testing. It means Hyundai is, once again, dressed in camo livery. Even though Hyundai started working on the new project months ago, new car is not expected to make it on...

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Video: Love rally, but don’t be stupid about it!

There is really, and I mean REALLY REALLY, no need to comment this. In case someone needs help understanding the point, he or she should, for time being, stay away from special stages or motor sports in general. Please. As far as I can tell, nobody was hurt in this accident, which happened in Italy at the Rally Valle d’Aosta....

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Renault joins the WRC (through Clio R3T European Trophy)

I apologize for the teasing title, but I had to take this chance and call upon Renault to do what must be done. Meaning, enter the World Rally Championship as a manufacturer team. With that out of the way, let’s see what Renault Sport Technologies prepared for us next. As you probably know, Renault Clio R3T is their latest product...

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...