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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...
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...