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Col on the Col: no sign of snow!

World Rally Radio’s presenter and famous “voice of rally”, Colin Clark, is already on site of 80th Rallye Monte Carlo. Among many spectacular places and stages that make up Monte’s itinerary, Col de Turini takes the special spot.

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Number 2 status – investment for Hirvonen?

Mikko Hirvonen came to Citroën knowing he will not be able to challenge established priorities within the team. Furthermore, last time Citroën tried to enforce equality between it’s drivers tensions rose among former teammates Sebastien Loeb and Sebastien Ogier. Eventually, latter left French squad to join upcoming Volkswagen WRC project. However, accepting the temporary 2nd...

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Citroën: “Goals are simple: keep both titles!”

After a three-year absence, the Rallye Monte-Carlo makes a much-anticipated return to the FIA World Rally Championship as the opening event. Five-time winner in the Principality with Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena, Citroën Total World Rally Team is delighted to race again in the world’s most famous rally. To kick off the 2012 season, the...

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Mini would “love to replicate Monte feats of the 1960s”

Rally fans will be able to celebrate a double return next week when the first round of the 2012 FIA World Rally Championship is held. Even though the MINI WRC Team will be taking part in the Monte Carlo Rally for the first time, this is an event that the Mini-Cooper ‘S’ won three times...

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Ford aims for podium finish on season opener

Just 65 days after ending the 2011 FIA World Rally Championship with victory in Britain, a new-look Ford World Rally Team begins its 2012 campaign next week on the most famous rally of all.  After a three-year absence, the classic Rallye Monte-Carlo (17 – 22 January) returns to the series to provide the Ford squad...

Video: Campana and Sordo testing for “Monte” 0

Video: Campana and Sordo testing for “Monte”

French driver Pierre Campana recently participated in Mini World Rally Team test session in preparation for 80th Rallye Monte Carlo. In order to get familiar with Mini John Cooper Works WRC (yes, this is car’s official full name) Campana took it out to twisty and narrow snow covered roads, which is what crews will probably...

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FIA released in-depth description of new rules for 2012.

International motorsports governing body FIA released in-depth overview of new rules, set in motion for this year World Rally Championship season. Although rules were published a while ago, FIA decided to give detailed description of most interesting changes in rules which will, hopefully, help WRC to get rid of some of the less appealing practices,...

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Volkswagen confirms Abbring and Mikkelsen

Upcoming rally stars Kevin Abbring and Andreas Mikkelsen will form Volkswagen’s WRC team this year along with former Citroën driver Sebastien Ogier. Volkswagen officially confirmed Dutchman Kevin Abbring and co-driver Lara Vanneste to take part in season opener in Monte Carlo behind the wheel of second factory prepared Škoda Fabia S2000.

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