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Mikko Hirvonen: “13 years” – farewell in style

Here’s a very detailed overview of Mikko Hirvonen’s career, released today by his trusty PR team. I had a busy morning so I did not even notice it until now (and yes, I do feel bad about it!), but here it is. Read on then watch Mikko’s farewell video. Everything this man did in WRC he did with style and...

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Mikko, no! Retirement is for old people

As per some unwritten rule, they always leave too soon, lured by a call of retirement, of not being forced into huge pressure of performing and constant travel and whatnot. Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen had some brilliant rallies and seasons, they finished second in Championship on three occasions, grabbed 15 wins and 259 stage victories. There were also tough...

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The so-called HATE-OGIER rule survives FIA vote

Of course, I am trying to make a silly joke here. Of course this new starting order rule is not aimed at Sebastien Ogier personally, because only by accident did he win two titles in a row. Anybody else could have done the same as Sebastien, but he had all the luck in the world. So, I do hope we...

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Prodrive presents Volkswagen Golf SCRC rally car

Finally, the details are out. First we had some rumours, then some “wait for it” pleas, then some images surfaced on the interwebs all too soon, but now Prodrive finally decided to reveal their latest product, and it’s a rally car. Based on current 7th generation of Volkswagen’s ultrabestseller Golf, Prodrive’s machine is a custom built thing. It will compete...

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Belgian rally excitement over the edge at Condroz

Dré Galiart’s idea of ideal weekend involves rallying or rallycrossing, so don’t go looking for Dré at home, if there is a rally nearby (or farby?). Few days ago he took part in the madness that is Condroz Rallye. This is Dré’s report. Belgian rally excitement over the edge at Condroz Huy (B) – Petter Solberg, Yves Matton, Kris Meeke,...

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Dani Sordo confirmed for ’15 & ’16 by Hyundai

Dani Sordo will partner Thierry Neuville at Hyundai Motorsport next year, which for me is a great news. Out of many candidates Hyundai sampled during 2014, I think Sordo was and is the most deserving of a spot. While this puts at least some of uncertainties aside, there are still questions and blanks in Hyundai’s programme for next year, since...

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Hydrogen powered Toyota FCV rally car

Toyota may not be back in World Rally Championship yet, but all over the world various rally-related projects are keeping the link between Toyota and rallying alive. Some projects are more conventional and they focus on existing cars. Others are more elaborate in terms of research and development, and they are often exploring ideas not yet widely implemented in the...

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Video: You’re never too young to RBR

Konsta is 3 years old. He loves many things, as is normal for his age, and as you can imagine, he is constantly searching for new and exciting things to try and enjoy. After all, for a 3 year old, a world is a VERY big place, lined up with fantastic stuff. For example, his dad likes racing simulations, so...

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Ogier almost lost it, but what worried him so much?

Sebastien Ogier managed to defend his WRC crown, but it definitely wasn’t easy. Unlike Formula 1, World Rally Championship consists of not that many rallies, so every mistake and every point lost is more expensive in the end. Despite that, Ogier managed to secure title number two before the season finale in Wales. However, things looked quite dramatic for him...