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Can You Really Blame Them?

The WRC doesn’t care about privateers. It’s a controversial statement, but I’m going to stand behind it. Why do I say this? It wasn’t so long ago when the manufacturer teams left the WRC high and dry during the economic down-turn in the mid 2000’s. Who was it that filled out the rally entry lists to prevent the...

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Catching Up

It’s been a little while since I’ve caught up on the rally news scene, and for that reason, it’s been some time since a new piece was posted on World Rally Blog. In the break between Portugal and Sardinia, my motor sport attention had been slightly diverted from rallying to the various high profile circuit-based events...

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A Dangerous Precedent?

Before diving into this topic, I want to take a moment to congratulate Kris Meeke on his 2nd WRC victory. What I’m about to write is by no means a reflection or criticism of Kris’ performance this weekend. We can’t forget that it’s been over 3 months since he was last competing in the WRC....

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Do We Need “WRC 1.5?”

Last week, the story broke of the growing debate over what is to be done with the current generation WRC cars due to be replaced at the end of the 2016 season. The last time the WRC faced this issue was at the end of 2010 when the 2.0 litre WRC cars were replaced by...

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They’re alive!

Look at them go! I would imagine Toyota will not cease testing and running for the remainder of this year, now that they finally got the taste of it. The Yaris WRC is on the move again, and since the team is based in Finland it’s only natural they’ll want to tear through Finnish forest...

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New Generation i20 R5 on tarmac in Italy

Hyundai Motorsport’s testing of the New Generation i20 R5 moved from France to Italy last week (April 21-23). Three days of testing on roads south of Turin added over 900 tarmac kilometres to the new car’s development after running for the first time on a sealed surface last month. From a testing base in the...

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13 Minutes (and 8 seconds) Well Spent

We’ve now had a few days to settle down and digest the drama that unfolded on Rally Argentina this past Sunday. I think it’s safe to say that this will be one of the rallies that we will remember forever, much like the duel between Sebastien Loeb and Marcus Gronholm in the 2007 Rally New Zealand. Much...

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