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Ford Puma Plug-In Hybrid To Tackle 2022 World Rally Championship

Ford Puma Plug-In Hybrid To Tackle 2022 World Rally Championship

ELECTRIC, FIA, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Sports, WRC
The M-Sport Ford World Rally Team (WRT) today revealed for the first time a prototype of the new Puma Rally1 rally car that will help usher in an exciting new era of electrified competition in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) from 2022. While other forms of motorsport have waxed and waned for Ford over the past several decades, two that have been pretty consistent are NASCAR and rallying. While NASCAR is pretty much an American exclusive phenomenon, rallying is popular just about everywhere else on the planet. For the 2022 edition of the FIA World Rally Championship, Ford is preparing a brand new contendor along with its partners at M-Sport, the Puma Rally1 with a new plug-in hybrid powertrain. For those reading this outside of Europe, the current Puma is Ford’s subcompact cro...
WRC Estonia: Rally favourite Tanak suffers shock early retirement

WRC Estonia: Rally favourite Tanak suffers shock early retirement

Estonia, FIA, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Sports, WRC
Rally Estonia favourite Ott Tanak has retired from the day’s action after the early leader suffered a puncture followed by a wild moment on the fourth stage of the event. The Hyundai driver started the day by winning the opening stage to take the overall rally lead, but his rally began to unravel on the second test of the day when he suffered a front right puncture. Tanak was running strongly when his Pirelli tyre appeared to delaminate, ripping bodywork from the front of his i20 halfway through the 17.05km stage. The Estonian managed to reach the end of the test but lost his lead and dropped to seventh overall after losing more than 20s to stage winner Kalle Rovanpera. However, his day went from bad to worse on the next stage. After fitting his only spare tyre, Tanak s...
Drivers keen to see Kenya’s Safari Rally remain part of the world championship

Drivers keen to see Kenya’s Safari Rally remain part of the world championship

FIA, KENYA, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Safari Rally, Sports, WRC
France's seven-time champion Sebastien Ogier wants Kenya's Safari Rally to stay part of the world championship The dust may have barely settled on the Safari Rally's return to the World Rally Championship calendar after a 19-year absence but host nation Kenya is already planning for its future. The country's initial agreement with motorsport's world governing body, the FIA, is a deal to host the event, which ended on Sunday, until 2023. Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta is confident that the deal can be extended. "We have agreed with the (FIA) as well as the World Rally Championship (WRC) to continue hosting the safari in Kenya until 2026," he announced during the post-race awards ceremony. The FIA is yet to comment on the future of the Safari Rally beyond 2023. One man w...
MATTHEW WILSON TO MAKE BRITISH FIESTA RALLY3 DEBUT

MATTHEW WILSON TO MAKE BRITISH FIESTA RALLY3 DEBUT

ENGLAND, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Sports
Matthew Wilson, M-Sport Director and Chief Test Driver, will make the British debut of the four-wheel drive Fiesta Rally3 on the M-Sport Stages in Greystoke Forest this weekend (July 2-3). Son to Malcolm Wilson and with rallying running through his veins, former WRC driver Matthew was an integral part of the Fiesta Rally3’s development. Drawing from his vast wealth of experience, Matthew was able to steer the development of the Fiesta Rally3 to form the perfect entry-level four-wheel drive rally car. The M-Sport Poland-built Fiesta Rally3 completes M-Sport’s ‘Ladder of Opportunity’, highlighting the marque’s commitment to ensuring every driver of every capability is catered for under one roof, with a particular emphasis on young drivers. It is a cost-effective rally car homologa...
FIA disclaims Tejveer Rai’s accident report, clears out on progression

FIA disclaims Tejveer Rai’s accident report, clears out on progression

ACCIDENT, FIA, KENYA, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Safari Rally, SAFETY, Sports
On the 25th of June 2021, day two of the WRC safari rally Kenya, an accident happened in stage 3 kedong 1 that involved a Kenyan participating crew of Tejveer Rai and Gareth Dawe driving a VW Polo R5. The incident was so severe that the driver (Tejveer Rai) had a back injury as a result of it. It took a few minutes for Rai to be extracted from the Polo’s wreckage. Rai was airlifted from the accident site to Nairobi for further evaluation and treatment, but was eventually referred and transported to Germany. Soon after, reports surfaced on social media indicating that the FIA, the world’s Motorsport governing body , had conducted investigations on the accident car and obtained some findings on how Volkswagen tempered with car safety in order to reduce weight for performance...
We’re ready for WRC Safari Rally, Uhuru says as event makes Kenyan comeback

We’re ready for WRC Safari Rally, Uhuru says as event makes Kenyan comeback

KENYA, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Safari Rally, Sports, WRC
In Summary • President urged Kenyan motorsport enthusiasts to behave well, saying it had taken the country years of negotiations and preparations to bring back the WRC event after an 18-year absence. • Sports CS Amina Mohamed said that the return of the WRC Safari Rally will re-ignite Kenya's motorsport heritage President Uhuru Kenyatta has said Kenya is adequately prepared to welcome back the World Rally Championship (WRC) Safari Rally which kicks off in a week's time. The President has urged Kenyan motorsport enthusiasts who will be attending the four-day Safari Rally to behave well, saying it had taken the country years of negotiations and preparations to bring back the WRC event after an 18-year absence. "It was 2010 when we started trying to work with WRC to ask th...
KCB to give fans ultimate viewing experience of WRC Safari action

KCB to give fans ultimate viewing experience of WRC Safari action

EAST AFRICA, KENYA, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Safari Rally, Sports, WRC
•As the official financial partner in the championship, KCB Bank Kenya committed Sh100 million in sponsorship towards the 2021 World Rally Championship Safari Rally Kenya. •Over the past 18 years, KCB has invested over Sh1.2 billion towards supporting motorsports, largely rallies and autocross circuits, through Kenya Motorsports Federation. KCB Group acting marketing, communication and citizenship director, Wanyi Mwaura and WRC Safari Rally CEO Phineas Kimathi have a feel of KCB chopper. Image: SAFARI RALL MEDIA TEAM KCB Bank Kenya has unveiled a chopper for the World Rally Championship Safari Rally set for June 24-27 in Naivasha. The chopper will allow lucky fans a ride during the two-day event in Naivasha and Nakuru spectator stages. Over 36 lucky fans will get a chance t...
Timmy Hansen will challenge for World RX title with Hansen Motorsport

Timmy Hansen will challenge for World RX title with Hansen Motorsport

FIA, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, RALLY CROSS, Sports
Earlier this week Kevin Hansen was announced to be returning to the wheel of his Peugeot 208 WRX machine for Hansen Motorsport in this year’s FIA World Rallycross Championship. Yesterday, news broke that will surprise nobody. Lining up alongside his brother for the fifth consecutive season is 2019 FIA World RX Champion Timmy Hansen. Timmy will be hoping to bounce back from a difficult defence to his 2019 title last season. 2020 saw the return of the ever dominant Rallycross force that is Johan Kristoffersson in a Volkswagen Polo GTi RX who took his third title, whereas Timmy saw the year out in third after an up and down campaign. However, in 2019 Timmy and Team Hansen were the dominant force, taking the Teams and Driver’s titles respectively. The team has the longest-tenured dr...
Rally-winning Richard Burns Subaru Impreza S6 WRC car sells for £610,000

Rally-winning Richard Burns Subaru Impreza S6 WRC car sells for £610,000

FIA, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Sports, WRC
The ‘most original WRC car in the world’ has sold for a record figure Richard Burns’s iconic 2000 Rally GB-winning Subaru Impreza S6 WRC car has just been sold for a record £610,000 at auction. Both a focal point of Subaru’s and Burns’s rally success, the car itself is also lauded as one of the most original period WRC cars in existence on account of its original purchase directly from the finish line back in 2000.  As a result, the Impreza S6’s bodywork retains its original paintwork, brushed panels and livery. Under the beaten skin is also the original powertrain, made up from the turbocharged flat-four engine that bellowed through the forests of Wales with its off-beat hum, paired to a period sequential manual transmission. Even the original communication headsets and...
WRC teams to be offered strategies for hybrid use in 2022

WRC teams to be offered strategies for hybrid use in 2022

Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Sports, WRC
Hybrid systems are expected to be utilised on every stage of World Rally Championship events next year with several strategies on offer to teams, as more details of WRC's hybrid future emerge. Toyota GR Yaris Hybrid Rally1 - Photo by: Toyota Gazoo Racing The WRC will usher in new Rally1 regulations next year which will see all-new faster cars constructed with a plug-in 100kW hybrid system and a much tougher safety cell to protect the driver and co-driver. Introducing hybrid to the WRC has been a key part in ensuring Toyota, Hyundai and Ford, through M-Sport, will remain in the series for the next three years. All three outfits have been testing their new cars, complete with the Compact Dynamics-designed hybrid system, in recent weeks. Teams have been given outlines as to how t...
Young drivers meet Red Bull’s Sebastian Ogier ahead of the WRC Safari Rally

Young drivers meet Red Bull’s Sebastian Ogier ahead of the WRC Safari Rally

Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Sports, WRC
Redbull has unveiled its set of 8 drivers to compete in the upcoming FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) calendar after a 19-year absence. The championship is slated for 24th – 27th June, 2021. Fresh off his WRC victory in Italy, the current Championship points leader Sebastien Ogier spoke about his preparations for the upcoming Safari Rally. He shared inspiration with young rally drivers in Kenya in a virtual meet-up event presented by Red Bull. In addition to Sebastien Ogier, international drivers competing in the Safari backed by Red Bull include 2021 title challengers Elfyn Evans for Toyota GR and Thierry Neuville for Hyundai. Japan’s Takamoto Katsuta for Toyota GR, Kalle Rovanpera for Toyota GR, Dani Sordo for Hyundai and Adrien Fourmaux for M-Sport Ford complete the lineup ...
Kenya confident of hosting successful WRC Safari Rally

Kenya confident of hosting successful WRC Safari Rally

FIA, GAMES, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Sports, WRC
Rose Wachuka, the Chief of Staff at Kenya's Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage, speaks during an interview in Nairobi, Kenya. The Kenyan Safari Rally will make its much-anticipated return to the World Rally Championship (WRC) calendar in less than three weeks' time after last year's edition was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event, which will take place in the scenic town of Naivasha in Nakuru County, was restored to the WRC calendar following an intensive campaign led by President Uhuru Kenyatta. Members of the motorsports fraternity and other stakeholders are buzzing ahead of the start of the event and according to Rose Wachuka, the Chief of Staff at the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage, it is a "moment of pride" for the East African na...
Sébastien Ogier clinches WRC Sardinia win

Sébastien Ogier clinches WRC Sardinia win

FIA, GAMES, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Sports, WRC
After a dominant display from Hyundai’s Ott Tänak and Dani Sordo fell to disaster, Sébastien Ogier rose to the top to lead a Toyota Gazoo Racing 1-2 and win the Rally Italia Sardegna. The result sees the reigning champion extend his lead in the standings to 11 points over Elfyn Evans, who finished the rally 46 seconds behind in a distant second. After five of the FIA World Rally Championship’s 12 events this year, Belgian Thierry Neuville is secured in third in the standings, 28 points ahead of his teammate Tänak and 18 points behind Evans. The Belgian also took third place in the rally, just over a minute behind winner Ogier. Toyota will be delighted, as they now hold the top two positions in the driver’s standings and to...
Leader Tänak retires, Ogier on top in Italy

Leader Tänak retires, Ogier on top in Italy

FIA, GAMES, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Sports, WRC
Ott Tänak retired from the lead at Rally Italia Sardegna after swiping a rock in Saturday morning’s final speed test. The Estonian had dominated this fifth round of the FIA World Rally Championship since Friday morning’s start and entered the second pass of the Lerno – Monti di Ala’ test with a comfortable 40.6sec advantage over Sébastien Ogier. He struck a rock on the inside of a left bend 8.9km into the 22.08km stage and quickly parked his Hyundai i20 World Rally Car with what appeared to be shattered rear suspension. It’s the second successive rally from which Tänak has retired whilst leading after suffering similar heartbreak in Portugal last month. Tänak's rally comes to end His demise left championship leader Ogier 17.5sec clear of Dani Sordo as competitors return...
Audi signs Peterhansel, Sainz and Ekstrom for Dakar entry

Audi signs Peterhansel, Sainz and Ekstrom for Dakar entry

Asia, AUDI, CROSS COUNTRY, DAKAR RALLY, FIA, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Sports
Mattias Ekström, Emil Bergkvist, Carlos Sainz, Lucas Cruz, Stéphane Peterhansel, Edouard Boulanger Audi has announced an all-star line-up comprising Stephane Peterhansel, Carlos Sainz and Mattias Ekstrom for its entry into the Dakar Rally in 2022 with an electric car. Both 14-time winner Peterhansel and triple champion Sainz have been poached from the successful Mini squad run by X-raid, while Ekstrom has been a part of Audi fold for almost the entirety of his professional motorsport career. The trio will be responsible for developing and testing the electric 4x4 prototype that Audi has been designing for more than a year in collaboration with Q Motorsport, led by X-raid boss Sven Quandt. The car does drive on electric power, but the battery is recharged by a combustion engine...
Loeb announces new Dakar co-driver for 2022

Loeb announces new Dakar co-driver for 2022

CROSS COUNTRY, DAKAR RALLY, FIA, GAMES, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Sports
Sebastien Loeb has announced Fabian Lurquin as his new co-driver for the 2022 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia. Xavier de Soultrait – a starter of the Dakar on six occasions – was also in the frame for the seat. Loeb said that Lurquin’s experience of rally raid and his knowledge of its inner workings is what “convinced” him. Both men were asked along to a private test in Dubai earlier this month to help Loeb’s decision making. Sharing the news via his official Twitter page, Loeb posted: “After several weeks of exchanges, and tests with specialist and experienced rally raid co-drivers, my choice is finally to go with Fabian Lurquin. “His approach to the race, and his experience of the terrain convinced me. The unveiling of the 2022 Dakar route last week, where navigation will...
WRC Sardinia leader Tanak “quite lucky” after late tyre scare

WRC Sardinia leader Tanak “quite lucky” after late tyre scare

FIA, GAMES, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Sports
Rally Sardinia leader Ott Tanak says he was “quite lucky” after a tyre scare threatened to hamper his run through the final stage of the day. The Hyundai driver had been imperious for the majority of Friday, winning five of the eight stages to build up a 19.4s lead over team-mate Dani Sordo, with Toyota’s Sebastian Ogier 36.2s back in third. However, the Estonian suffered a Pirelli tyre delamination towards the end of the second run through the 14.97km Erula-Tula stage. Tanak finished 5.6s behind team-mates Sordo and Thierry Neuville, who posted identical times to top the stage. The Estonian admitted it was lucky the tyre drama struck on a slow section of the stage, revealing that these issues are always “a bit scary” to manage. “Apart from the last stage with the tyre iss...
Evans yet to focus on 2022 WRC future

Evans yet to focus on 2022 WRC future

FIA, GAMES, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Sports
Elfyn Evans is yet to set a timeframe on securing his World Rally Championship future but is happy at Toyota and will begin to look at his 2022 plans soon. Last year’s WRC runner-up has remerged as a key player in the championship’s silly season now Thierry Neuville and 2019 WRC champion Ott Tanak have put pen to paper on new deals at Hyundai. Toyota is keen to retain Evans who would be likely to secure the number one driver status in the team next year should Sebastien Ogier reduce his WRC commitments to a partial campaign as the WRC ushers in new hybrid Rally1 regulations for next year. It is also expected that Kalle Rovanpera will be retained by Toyota. However, M-Sport is also looking for a team leader for 2022, with Evans, who drove for the British team from 2013 to 2...
Hyundai to reschedule Solberg WRC outing following COVID quarantine

Hyundai to reschedule Solberg WRC outing following COVID quarantine

GAMES, Motorsport, Rally, Sports, WRC
Oliver Solberg is expected to receive another top flight WRC run this year with Hyundai Motorsport after COVID-19 protocols forced him to withdraw from this weekend’s Rally Sardegna. Solberg, the son of 2003 WRC champion Petter, was set to make second outing in a WRC spec Hyundai i20 in Italy before his father contracted COVID-19, forcing Oliver to spend 14 days in hotel quarantine in Porto as per WRC COVID-19 regulations.   The 19-year-old had impressed on his full WRC debut with Hyundai in February, finishing seventh in Arctic Rally Finland. Although an event is yet to be locked in, Hyundai boss Andrea Adamo confirmed to Autosport that the team plans to reschedule another WRC outing for Solberg. “Yeah, step by step we will see what the situation will be,” Adamo tol...