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Yaris WRC test for a GT86 Trophy winner

Toyota Motorsport have come up with a tasty prize for the winner of the first season of the weirdest named rally trophy in the history of motor sports. The HJS TMG GT86 CS-R3 Trophy (McLaren have nothing on TMG naming schemes, really) is scheduled to run for at least three seasons, first of which begins...

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Did Anyone Notice Hayden Paddon? No? That’s a Good Thing!

Last night, Hayden Paddon hosted a very informative Q&A session on Twitter, if you’ve missed, do a search for #askpaddon hash, plenty of great questions and equally great answers. Hayden really worked hard to get all questions answered, which is exactly what he did in Rally Sweden, with matching success. Here’s what WRB’s not-so-guest-anymore author...

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Kubica’s 5 minute penalty and some questions around it

Robert Kubica enjoyed an eventful Rally Sweden, proving once again that the speed is here but also the new, 2015 spec, level of control and focus. He took risks, of course, because he thinks that is the best way to acquire knowledge. In Sweden he did not make any big mistakes, unlike many other drivers,...

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WRC, the biggest winner in Sweden

2015 Rally Sweden was a winner. After the traditionally spectacular Rallye Monte Carlo we turned to Sweden to provide a different challenge and Sweden delivered, but even though drivers, organizers and fans deserve praise for their efforts and dedication, for me the biggest winner in Sweden was the Championship itself. So many myths and doubts...

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So, Here’s What I Don’t Quite Get…

World Rally Blog’s guest author Jason Anthony would like to know more about Toyota’s decision to spend two full years in car and team development, before joining the WRC in 2017. If you know the answer, please put WRB in Cc because I would like to know too. It has already been more than a...

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Neuville leads, Hyundai aims for podium, WRC celebrates

The number one reason for this celebration is not the fact that we have a guy not belonging to Volkswagen’s camp in the lead, no. To me, main reason to feel quite ecstatic is the fact that Thierry Neuville and Hyundai clinched that lead after a fair fight. Details made the difference, but they always...

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Meanwhile, Toyota Motorsport does Monte

Two years may sound like a whole lot of time, even if you are building a WRC team. Days turn into months and before you know it, it’s two years gone and you’re heading to your first proper WRC event. For any team, every day counts and every test session is important and valuable. During...

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The splits are gone and they should never return

Yes, oh hundred times yes, I don’t miss splits in cars at all. They could have saved Jari-Matti Latvala today, that’s for sure, but would you really take them back, knowing that Jari-Matti would have lifted and then cruised to the end of the stage, instead of pushing to the max in order to beat...

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