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TOYOTA WRC LOOKING FOR NEW SPORTING DIRECTOR

2017-08-08T09:07:14+00:00 August 8, 2017|

THE Rally Finland-winning Toyota Gazoo Racing team is looking for a new Sporting Director after Jarmo Lehtinen announced he will leave the post following next week’s ADAC Rallye Deutschland. Lehtinen, who claimed 15 WRC victories as co-driver to former Ford and Citroën star Mikko Hirvonen, has played a key role in the Toyota set-up since [...]

LAPPI CLINCHES AMAZING FIRST WORLD RALLY WIN IN FINLAND

2017-07-31T13:34:20+00:00 July 31, 2017|

PHOTO: Esapekka Lappi (right) and co-driver Janne Ferm celebrate victory in Neste Rally Finland (WRC pic) FINNISH driving prodigy Esapekka Lappi has secured an incredible maiden victory in the FIA World Rally Championship on his home event home, Neste Rally Finland. Driving a World Rally Car at the elite level for only the fourth time, [...]

“FLYING FINNS” LEGEND RETURNS AS ROOKIE LAPPI CLOSES ON MAIDEN WRC WIN

2017-07-31T13:33:30+00:00 July 31, 2017|

THE legend of the Flying Finns returned in force as Esapekka Lappi closed on a remarkable maiden FIA World Rally Championship victory in Finland on Saturday. The Finn, 26, starting only his fourth event at the top level, ended the penultimate leg of Neste Rally Finland with a 49.1sec lead in his Toyota Yaris over [...]

ROOKIE LAPPI LEADS IN FINLAND

2017-07-31T13:32:33+00:00 July 31, 2017|

ROOKIE Esapekka Lappi dominated Neste Rally Finland to lead a WRC round for the first time on Friday night. The Finn, making only his fourth World Rally Car start, headed Toyota Gazoo Racing teammate and countryman Jari-Matti Latvala by 4.4sec after winning eight of today’s 12 speed tests. Home drivers bossed the leaderboard with fellow [...]

TÄNAK WINS FINLAND OPENER

2017-07-31T13:31:34+00:00 July 31, 2017|

OTT Tänak was the early leader of Neste Rally Finland after winning Thursday night’s opening speed test. The Ford Fiesta driver was quickest through the 2.31km Harju parkland and street stage in the centre of Jyväskylä by 1.1sec from Thierry Neuville. The Estonian delighted the legions of countrymen who have made the short journey to [...]

NO PLANS FOR LOEB RETURN AFTER CITROEN TEST

2017-07-31T13:30:00+00:00 July 31, 2017|

CITROËN Racing boss Yves Matton says there are no plans for Sebastien Loeb to make a competitive return to the WRC after he tests the squad’s C3 World Rally Car next month. It was announced yesterday that nine-time world champion Loeb, 43, would test the car for one day on asphalt as part of a [...]

WRC PREPARED FOR TAKE OFF ON SPECTACULAR RALLY FINLAND

2017-07-31T13:29:22+00:00 July 31, 2017|

THE enthralling 2017 FIA World Rally Championship season is set to scale new heights this weekend on Neste Rally Finland, the fastest and most spectacular round on the calendar. Last year’s event was the fastest in WRC history, with Kris Meeke winning it at an average speed of 126.6 kmh. With the new generation of [...]

NEW TOYOTA TO BOOST HARRY BATES AT RALLY AUSTRALIA

2017-07-31T13:26:40+00:00 July 31, 2017|

EMERGING star Harry Bates will arm himself with a new international-specification Toyota Yaris AP4 car in a quest to walk away from Kennards Hire Rally Australia in November as the 2017 – and youngest – Australian Rally Champion. The 224 kiloWatt, all-wheel drive Yaris is being built in Canberra at Neal Bates Motorsport, the workshop [...]