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FORD ANSWERS OGIER’S CALL FOR WORLD RALLY RETURN

2017-12-23T13:07:23+00:00December 23, 2017|

FORD has answered the call of five-time champion Sebastien Ogier and will return as a manufacturer to support British team M-Sport in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) from next month after five-year absence. PHOTO: Ford, one of the world’s biggest car makers, will back five-time champion Sébastien Ogier’s entry with M-Sport World Rally Team [...]

17-YEAR-OLD ROVANPERÁ SIGNS FOR SKODA IN 2018

2017-12-13T18:04:09+00:00December 13, 2017|

The FIA World Rally Championship’s youngest driver, Kalle Roveranperá, 17, will contest next season’s WRC2 series in a factory-run Skoda Fabia R5. The Finn, who drove an M-Sport Ford Fiesta R5 and won the WRC2 category at the recent Kennards Hire Rally Australia, will be part of the Czech Republic maker’s youngest-ever WRC2 squad alongside [...]

OGIER COLLECTS HIS WRC TROPHY AT PARIS FIA CEREMONY

2017-12-10T23:45:32+00:00December 10, 2017|

SÉBASTIEN Ogier officially received his FIA World Rally Championship trophy at the annual prize-giving of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile in Paris on Friday night. PHOTO: Sébastien Ogier (centre), co-driver Julien Ingrassia (on Ogier’s right) and Malcolm Wilson (left of Ogier) receive their WRC trophies at the FIA prize-giving in Paris on Friday night (FIA [...]

RALLY AUSTRALIA SETS NEW GOALS FOR 2018 WORLD RALLY RETURN

2017-12-08T15:30:14+00:00December 8, 2017|

COFFS COAST (NSW) - Rally Australia will assess a range of potential new spectator attractions as it plans the return of the FIA World Rally Championship to the New South Wales Coffs Coast next year. PHOTO: Spectators packed the waterfront Destination NSW Super Special Stage to see an exciting contest over two evenings during the [...]

FIA UPDATES 2018 WRC RULES

2017-12-07T18:49:04+00:00December 7, 2017|

THE World Motor Sport Council of the FIA agreed to a number of regulation changes for the 2018 World Rally Championship during a meeting in Paris yesterday. From 2018, private teams or individual drivers will be permitted to enter 2017-specification World Rally Cars on WRC events, without the obligation to be entered by a manufacturer. [...]

VOLKSWAGEN HEADING BACK TO THE STAGES WITH POLO R5

2017-12-06T15:13:54+00:00December 6, 2017|

WHEN Volkswagen retired from the FIA World Rally Championship after the 2016 Kennards Hire Rally Australia, it promised to return to the sport as a supplier of R5-specification customer rally cars. The stage is now set for the make’s return to the international rally world after the release this week of the Polo GTI R5. [...]

OGIER RE-SIGNS WITH M-SPORT FOR 2018 WRC

2017-11-29T20:05:26+00:00November 29, 2017|

FIVE-time FIA World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier has ended months of speculation about his future by re-signing with his current M-Sport World Rally Team for 2018. PHOTO: Deal done! Sébastien Ogier (left) and M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson shake hands after the World Champion re-signed for 2018 (M-Sport pic). The 33-year-old Frenchman signed a deal with [...]

TÄNAK WINS WRC TOP DRIVER AWARD FOR SECOND SEASON

2017-11-21T12:08:10+00:00November 21, 2017|

SYDNEY - Ott Tänak carried off the top accolade at the WRC Gala awards in Sydney on Monday night as his M-Sport team took a clean sweep of the major honours. PHOTO: For the second year Ott Tänak received WRC's Driver of the Year award at the annual Sydney Gala after Kennards Hire Rally Australia [...]

LOCAL HERO QUINN CLAIMS MAIDEN AUSTRALIAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

2017-11-21T10:41:08+00:00November 20, 2017|

COFFS COAST (NSW) – Local hero Nathan Quinn claimed his first CAMS Australian Rally Championship in front of passionate supporters at Kennards Hire Rally Australia yesterday. The Coffs Harbour businessman dominated the national field in the fifth and final ARC round, which was run alongside the FIA World Rally Championship closing round. He won all [...]