World Rally Blog

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Idiots report: Rally Australia 2015

Actually, it’s not much of a report, but it was *this* close from becoming one. I do understand the shock factor and the adrenaline rush and “OMG W8 TILL I PLASTER DAT SHIT ON ALL MY VIRTUAL WALLS”, but again, few lives were spared by pure coincidence. And since neither first, nor second or third...

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Safety First, or Flat Out?

[fusion_text]Put yourself in the shoes of Stephane Lefevbre for a moment. You just wrapped up your first rally in a WRC car last month in Germany. The result wasn’t bad, and along with gaining some valuable experience, people took a bit of notice. All in all, it seemed like a pretty satisfying performance. Fast-forward to...

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FIA admits rally spectator safety needs improving

They had to react and they did react. What happened in Spain and what (almost) keeps happening everywhere else, even in World Rally Championship class events, finally pushed FIA into action. For now this action is limited to words and promises and initiatives, but they have to start somewhere, I guess. Six people died in...

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Will Jan Kopecky Make It Back To The WRC?

With the WRC “silly season” heating up, there has been a lot of discussion over which drivers will switch teams, and whether any of the younger drivers will get a shot at the top level of rallying. Plenty of names have been bounced around including Esapekka Lappi, Craig Breen, Sepp Wiegand, and Stephan Lefevbre. All...

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The new 2017 WRC cars will be delicious

In all honesty, I have no idea what 2017 cars will look or feel like and whether the changes announced not long ago will live up to everyone’s expectations, but with recent videos, shot during Volkswagen Motorsport 2017 car test, we did get a first taste of new machinery. And that first taste, to me...

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Ogier appears to be too strong, but all is not over yet

Today’s second leg of Rally Germany is just monstrous and I mean it in a good way. Two runs over 45.6 kilometer Panzerplatte Long should be enough for anyone looking for a properly massive challenge on tarmac, surface we see a bit too little of in the WRC. This is not the first or the...

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Rally Germany makes history, issues official tabards to idiots?

This should be how your rally can lose its World Rally Championship event status, easily. Rally Germany has some of the most challenging roads and breathtaking vistas, but in terms of competitors, spectators and accredited (my favourite part) media safety, it’s lacking. Day one could have easily ended up in tears or worse. I hear...

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The Tarmac Specialist: An Extinct Species?

We are now well into the countdown towards ADAC Rally Deutschland, quite possibly the best tarmac rally in the world at the moment. As the first true tarmac round in the WRC season, this one throws up a special challenge with the incredible variety that it offers. It almost seems like Rally Detuschland stole portions...

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