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Mäkinen to decide whether the existing Yaris WRC is any good

That didn’t take long: yesterday we were left hanging, with unanswered questions concerning big changes happening in and around Toyota’s WRC project, today some answers are already here. I know Tommi Mäkinen is fast, but this is genuinely nice to see. They could have remained silent, of course, but they didn’t and I like that....

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Dirt Rally: A Review From A Rally Perspective

It’s hard to believe that nearly 3 months have already passed since Codemasters surprised us all by releasing Dirt Rally for early access. In all honesty, like many rally purists, I had become a bit disillusioned with the direction Codemasters was taking the Dirt franchise over the past years. The Ken Block Gymkhana vibe just...

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Toyota confirms Tommi Makinen, doesn’t mention TMG

Fans probably should not be too interested in politics and they also should not care much about things happening in the background. We should simply sit tight and put on a happy face for Toyota’s WRC comeback in 2017. In the end, even if they, and by they I mean Toyota Motors Corporation, suddenly went...

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To China or not to China, WRC ponders

First of, this could get a little long and a little incoherent… I wasn’t going to write an essay, merely wanted to list some thoughts. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but don’t you think World Rally Championship calendar should include as many regions, continents and countries as is realistically possible? In such...

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Toyota’s WRC project, are you OK?

Please allow me to pull out the basic facts, or at least what looks like facts, about Toyota’s WRC programme. According to Autosport, Toyota is now going to switch to another team and another team boss for their return to the World Rally Championship, but at the same time, their (Toyota’s) Cologne based Toyota Motorsport...

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Video: Talking about the risks of Rally Poland

The fact that we did not see many issues, retirements and destroyed cars, partly because of the relatively smooth character of Polish roads, does not mean driving and competing in Rally Poland does not involve big risks. Smooth surface usually means high speeds and at high speeds, mistakes can be costly. Not sure how it’s...

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If You See Something…

If you live in or have traveled to the USA, you may have heard the slogan, “If you see something, say something”. This phrase was coined by the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to fight terrorism by encouraging the public to report suspicious behavior or circumstances. When I heard about the cancellation of...

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Why Rally Poland Matters

I’ll be honest, when Rally Poland was announced to be returning to the WRC calendar in 2014, I was more than a little skeptical. Did the WRC really need another rally in Europe? At the time, it seemed like there were other countries and locations that deserved to get a rally before Poland. In addition,...

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