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Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR), Ola Fløene (NOR)
Volkswagen Polo R WRC (2015)
WRC Rally Italia Sardegna 2015 0

What is the best birthday present for a WRC driver?

Let’s suppose that, for a rally driver, a victory is one of the best possible birthday presents one could wish for. Or maybe it’s securing a shiny new multi-year contract with your current team, which also happens to be the dominant force and winner of everything in the last couple of years? I can’t say,...


DiRT Rally is it!

Moved, assembled furniture, started paying bills on this new location. Replaced broken up-shift switch on my Logitech DFP wheel. DiRT Rally installed on laptop – finally, FINALLY, it was time for first proper stage of this new rally game. This time with a steering wheel. I picked Lancia Delta and one of the Welsh stages,...

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Hello there, gorgeous… Impreza WRX ready for WRC2, ERC…

Some brands simply belong on rally stages. If they’re not competing, both brand and sport will suffer. There are several examples; maybe we could use Fiat and Lancia – today, they’re happy playing the role of losers in Formula 1 and that’s about it. Or Subaru, magnificent Japanese rally icon, long gone but never forgotten....

Sébastien Ogier (F)
Volkswagen Polo R WRC (2015)
WRC Rally Italia Sardegna 2015 2

Do We Really Want “Fair”

When it comes to rallying, what should “fair” really mean? It’s a bit controversial, isn’t it? To be honest, I am still wrestling through this question as I reflect on Rally Sardinia. I haven’t settled on an answer, and that is why I am going to throw it out to you. With the fallout from...

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WRC3 podium for Renault in Sardinia

After their opening outing at Rally de Portugal, the crew entered by Renault Sport Technologies in the WRC 3 World Rally Championship faced another very competitive event. Despite the very rough conditions that put paid to the hopes of many drivers, the Renault Clio R3T driven by Andrea Crugnola and Michele Ferrara made it to...

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Hayden Paddon’s maiden podium finish, impressions

This, in my opinion, is a great read, if you haven’t read it already by now. For Hayden Paddon and John Kennard, this was a fantastic event, even though they did finish one step down from the coveted top spot. For many, Hayden and John are the true winners of 2015 Rally Italia. And as...

Sébastien Ogier (F)
WRC Rally Italia Sardegna 2015 2

I quite enjoyed this little piece of drama

In World Rally Championship we rarely hear about politics and I think that’s a very good thing, even though I am pretty sure there exists a massive political battlefield even in our beloved motor sport series. Most of what we hear from team bosses and other officials, promoters or the FIA, is completely harmless and...

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Is the FIA’s “R” Class Structure Too European-Centric?

It may have been lost in the lead up to WRC Rally Portugal, but the Australian Rally Championship announced its draft regulations for 2016 in a press release last week. (A link to the release can be found at the bottom of this article) To be honest, I am not very familiar with this championship,...

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