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No Country for Old Men? Don’t Tell “El Matador”!

On paper, the Dakar Rally should be a young man’s game. Arguably the most grueling motorsport event on the planet, the 40th edition of the Dakar featured 14 stages stretching almost 9,000km. Of those 14 stages, half of them were spent in a maze of confusing and unforgiving desert sand dunes. In addition, 5 stages...

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How Will 2017 Be Remembered?

As we bring 2017 to a close, I decided to sit down and have a good think about the season that has just passed us by. In many ways, it was a classic season that will go down in the history books. I will certainly remember it for the rest of my life. But what...

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Opinion: Is It Time for BOP in R5?

Today, VW finally broke the silence on the future of their brand new Polo R5 project. If everything goes to plan, it looks like the car will be ready for it’s competitive debut right in time for the 2018 ADAC Rally Deutschland. Even though we haven’t seen any photos or video of the car in...

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Malcolm’s Finest Moment… One to Savor…

In one sense, it’s almost incredible that it took until 2017. Twenty years after M-Sport assumed the responsibility of Ford’s WRC efforts, Malcolm Wilson finally got the driver’s title he’d been chasing for so long. Yes, M-Sport did win the manufacturers title back to back in the lean years of 2006 and 2007 when there...

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Ticketed Spectating: Good or Bad for Rallying?

As we gear up for Wales Rally GB, I want to discuss something that has been nagging at me for a little while now. It’s the topic of WRC rallies requiring tickets or spectator passes for fans to gain access to the stages. Wales is one of those WRC events that has an extensive ticketing...

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It’s Time for Hyundai to Focus on 2018

Yes, anything is still possible, as we were reminded several times on the Red Bull broadcast this weekend. OK, Thierry Neuville is still mathematically able to win the championship if the wheels come off (either metaphorically or literally) of M-Sport in the final two rallies of the season. Currently his points deficit stands at 38...

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A Few Thoughts on WRC 7

It’s that time of year again… time to take a look at the newest addition to the WRC series of video games. WRC 7 came out at the end of last week and between work, I’ve had a bit of time to play around with it. This time last year, I did a lengthy 4...

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4 Teams… 4 Questions

There’s still quite a bit of time before Rally Catalunya, so I thought it would be fun to speculate a bit on the WRC “silly season”. It’s that time of season when it seems everyone is looking over their shoulder. No matter whether you are a company board member, team director, or a driver everyone...

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