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Toyota picked Tanak over Ogier for 2018 World Rally Championship ... - autosport.com

Toyota's senior management preferred to pick Ott Tanak for the 2018 World Rally Championship over five-time WRC champion Sebastien Ogier, team principal Tommi Makinen has revealed.

Ogier tested the Yaris WRC at the end of 2016, but elected to go to M-Sport.

He was never truly in contention for a 2018 seat with Toyota.

Makinen said the fact 30-year-old Tanak is almost four years younger than Ogier made him a better long-term option, but added that senior officials at Toyota Motor Corporation had also preferred to go with Tanak.

"I know that Ott doesn't have the massive victories and I would say that this keeps him more hungry further into the future," Makinen told Autosport.

"That is a little bit why Toyota is supporting quite a lot to bring new and younger drivers, this is their philosophy.

"Ogier is still there and he could keep driving for some years.

"We know his experience and...


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Read more: Toyota picked Tanak over Ogier for 2018 World Rally Championship ... - autosport.com

First 2017 Citroen C3 World Rally Car offered to privateers - WRC ... - autosport.com

French firm PH Sport has agreed a deal with Citroen Racing to offer a 2017 C3 WRC to privateers, but it will be choosey about who it hires the car to.

One of the FIA's stipulations about the new generation 2017 Word Rally Cars was that they could not be driven by everybody.

On a World Rally Championship round, the governing body reserves the right to refuse an entry to a driver of such a car, should it feel they do not have enough experience.

The FIA cannot influence national level entries, but PH Sport director Bernard Piallat said his firm will make its own assessment on a driver-by-driver basis.

"We're very proud to have been chosen by Citroen Racing to offer a C3 WRC for hire," said Piallat.

"It's not just any old car and it's logical that the Citroen C3 WRC on offer is reserved for drivers with enough experience to get the best out of it.

"We're delighted to invest ourselves in...


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Read more: First 2017 Citroen C3 World Rally Car offered to privateers - WRC ... - autosport.com

Season Review: 2017 FIA Junior World Rally Championship – Solans Rises To The Top - The Checkered Flag

Spanish driver Nil Solans was crowned the 2017 FIA Junior World Rally champion and secured a full 2018 season WRC2 drive in the process after a season long battle with Nicolas Ciamin.

The 2017 JWRC season saw a range of changes before the year began, with M-Sport being announced to be returning to the series, providing drivers under the age of 30 the opportunity to compete in identical Ford Fiesta R2-T’s over six rounds across Europe with the cars being ran on an ‘arrive and drive’ basis.

After providing their own championship alternative in the form of the Drive DMACK Trophy between 2014-2016, the Cumbrian team returned to the JWRC after the previous three seasons of the series using Citroen DS3’s. DMACK also made the move across to the revised series providing tyres for all competitors.

Another tweak to the regulations for 2017 saw the series award prizes at various points across...


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Read more: Season Review: 2017 FIA Junior World Rally Championship – Solans Rises To The Top - The Checkered...

Motorsport: Kiwi David Holder gets World Rally Championship drive - New Zealand Herald

Young Kiwi rally driver David Holder has taken a big step towards emulating his mentor Hayden Paddon by securing a drive in the Junior World Rally Championship in 2018.

The 2016 New Zealand Rally Championship winner becomes just the third Kiwi to contest a full world championship after the late Possum Bourne and current Hyundai WRC star Paddon.

Holder is in Poland this week where he will meet the M-Sport Ford outfit he will drive for as well as the other competitors he will be up against.

"It is a big step up with the end goal of being where Hayden Paddon is at," Holder told The Herald. "There are plenty of steps to go – this is the first one – learn the rallies and do the two-wheel drive championship next year and then progress from there."

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Read more: Motorsport: Kiwi David Holder gets World Rally Championship drive - New Zealand Herald

World rally co-driver launches revolutionary delivery service - Connaught Telegraph

World rally co-driver launches revolutionary delivery service

Killian Duffy, who has developed the website and app DropToU.

CLAREMORRIS resident Killian Duffy has launched a people-powered delivery network website and app that allows businesses and individuals to send and receive packages, writes Tom Gillespie.

The unique part of his solution is that it works by connecting people who need a package with people who are in a position to collect and deliver it.

Killian explained: “The simplicity of the idea is that all collections/deliveries are made by people who already are making the journey. By taking a package with them they are getting paid for a journey they are making already.

“The sender pays €10 (+VAT) per package, the courier receives €8 per package, and €2 goes to DropToU per package.”

Killian unveiled the app at a web summit in Lisbon recently where it was very well received and where he met potential investors.

The app is available...


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Read more: World rally co-driver launches revolutionary delivery service - Connaught Telegraph

Watch: Here's a quick history on WRC's legendary Group B - Autoweek

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Once upon a time, there was a class in the World Rally Championship that allowed automakers to use loosely homologated cars, with no restrictions on materials, power or layout. That might be hard to imagine if you cracked an FIA WRC rule book today, which has specifications for nearly every aspect of every race car in every class. However, that sweet time in racing history started in 1982, when the FIA released the Group B class on rally circuits across the world.

As Donut Media explains, automakers were slow to explore the lack of restrictions during the first year of Group B, but over time, every automaker involved was producing incredible race cars that pushed the boundaries of materials, technology and design. 

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Read more: Watch: Here's a quick history on WRC's legendary Group B - Autoweek

M-Sport to Receive Extra Support From Ford - The Checkered Flag

M-Sport Team Principle Malcolm Wilson has revealed that the team will receive more technical support from the US-based Ford Performance in order to help the teams 2018 World Rally Championship defence.

Ford Performance oversees the marque’s successful GT programme and their experience will be used to help update and improve the Fiesta WRC in order to keep competitive with their factory backed opposition.

Wilson also revealed that retaining the services of Sebastién Ogier was key in order to make the deal happen.

“Sebastien (Ogier) made it very clear that he wanted to see Ford involvement and obviously I do as well,” said Wilson.

“Ford Performance is controlled from America and we will be working closely with them on the technical side at the technical centre of excellence in America.

“Seb has met the people from Ford Performance, he met (global director, Ford Performance) Mark...


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Read more: M-Sport to Receive Extra Support From Ford - The Checkered Flag

M-Sport to Receive Extra Support From Ford - The Checkered Flag

M-Sport Team Principle Malcolm Wilson has revealed that the team will receive more technical support from the US-based Ford Performance in order to help the teams 2018 World Rally Championship defence.

Ford Performance oversees the marque’s successful GT programme and their experience will be used to help update and improve the Fiesta WRC in order to keep competitive with their factory backed opposition.

Wilson also revealed that retaining the services of Sebastién Ogier was key in order to make the deal happen.

“Sebastien (Ogier) made it very clear that he wanted to see Ford involvement and obviously I do as well,” said Wilson.

“Ford Performance is controlled from America and we will be working closely with them on the technical side at the technical centre of excellence in America.

“Seb has met the people from Ford Performance, he met (global director, Ford Performance) Mark...


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Read more: M-Sport to Receive Extra Support From Ford - The Checkered Flag

World Rally Championship: Family passion behind brothers' dream to race in Coffs Coast event - ABC Online

A young man in a black t-shirt standing in front of a rally car with its bonnet up.
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One of the scariest moments of parenting a 17-year-old is watching them get behind the wheel of a car, but for Jane Bates it was seeing her youngest son Lewis speeding past her at 200kph in his first Australian rally race.

"It's a tough one. I suppose there's two parts to it — you wish they didn't, but if they're following their passion and they love what they're doing, you follow your kids' dreams," Jane said.

After the race her son told her he wanted to be a rally driver, which was perhaps inevitable given it was the chosen profession for his older brother Harry and their dad Neal, a...


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Hayden Paddon fears New Zealand will never host a World Rally ... - Newshub

Kiwi rally driver Hayden Paddon fears New Zealand will never host an event on the World Rally Championship (WRC) circuit again.

The WRC has not visited in New Zealand since 2012, when French legend Sebastian Loeb prevailed.

Paddon is behind a campaign to bring the event back, but he told The AM Show that hope has faded, after losing out to Turkey.

"There has been a huge fight and lots of people working behind the scenes, since we last had it in 2012," Paddon said.

"Three months ago, I would have said we are 90 percent sure of getting it. Unfortunately, it is a commercial world, money talks and in the end, Turkey ended up getting it over us.

"Personally, I think it was one of our last chances. Now New Zealanders have to focus on the sport for ourselves."

The 30-year-old finished his troubled season with a podium finish in Australia over the weekend, something he was really satsified...


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Read more: Hayden Paddon fears New Zealand will never host a World Rally ... - Newshub

Toyota picked Tanak over Ogier for 2018 World Rally Championship ... - autosport.com

Toyota's senior management preferred to pick Ott Tanak for the 2018 World Rally Championship over five-time WRC champion Sebastien Ogier, team principal Tommi Makinen has revealed.

Ogier tested the Yaris WRC at the end of 2016, but elected to go to M-Sport.

He was never truly in contention for a 2018 seat with Toyota.

Makinen said the fact 30-year-old Tanak is almost four years younger than Ogier made him a better long-term option, but added that senior officials at Toyota Motor Corporation had also preferred to go with Tanak.

"I know that Ott doesn't have the massive victories and I would say that this keeps him more hungry further into the future," Makinen told Autosport.

"That is a little bit why Toyota is supporting quite a lot to bring new and younger drivers, this is their philosophy.

"Ogier is still there and he could keep driving for some years.

"We know his experience and...


Read full article on Sports GN WRC


Read more: Toyota picked Tanak over Ogier for 2018 World Rally Championship ... - autosport.com

First 2017 Citroen C3 World Rally Car offered to privateers - WRC ... - autosport.com

French firm PH Sport has agreed a deal with Citroen Racing to offer a 2017 C3 WRC to privateers, but it will be choosey about who it hires the car to.

One of the FIA's stipulations about the new generation 2017 Word Rally Cars was that they could not be driven by everybody.

On a World Rally Championship round, the governing body reserves the right to refuse an entry to a driver of such a car, should it feel they do not have enough experience.

The FIA cannot influence national level entries, but PH Sport director Bernard Piallat said his firm will make its own assessment on a driver-by-driver basis.

"We're very proud to have been chosen by Citroen Racing to offer a C3 WRC for hire," said Piallat.

"It's not just any old car and it's logical that the Citroen C3 WRC on offer is reserved for drivers with enough experience to get the best out of it.

"We're delighted to invest ourselves in...


Read full article on Sports GN WRC


Read more: First 2017 Citroen C3 World Rally Car offered to privateers - WRC ... - autosport.com

FIA's Mahonen: World Rally Championship should stay on short ... - autosport.com

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The tech details that decided Mercedes vs Ferrari There was little...


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Read more: FIA's Mahonen: World Rally Championship should stay on short ... - autosport.com

Season Review: 2017 FIA Junior World Rally Championship – Solans Rises To The Top - The Checkered Flag

Spanish driver Nil Solans was crowned the 2017 FIA Junior World Rally champion and secured a full 2018 season WRC2 drive in the process after a season long battle with Nicolas Ciamin.

The 2017 JWRC season saw a range of changes before the year began, with M-Sport being announced to be returning to the series, providing drivers under the age of 30 the opportunity to compete in identical Ford Fiesta R2-T’s over six rounds across Europe with the cars being ran on an ‘arrive and drive’ basis.

After providing their own championship alternative in the form of the Drive DMACK Trophy between 2014-2016, the Cumbrian team returned to the JWRC after the previous three seasons of the series using Citroen DS3’s. DMACK also made the move across to the revised series providing tyres for all competitors.

Another tweak to the regulations for 2017 saw the series award prizes at various points across...


Read full article on Sports GN WRC


Read more: Season Review: 2017 FIA Junior World Rally Championship – Solans Rises To The Top - The Checkered...

Motorsport: Kiwi David Holder gets World Rally Championship drive - New Zealand Herald

Young Kiwi rally driver David Holder has taken a big step towards emulating his mentor Hayden Paddon by securing a drive in the Junior World Rally Championship in 2018.

The 2016 New Zealand Rally Championship winner becomes just the third Kiwi to contest a full world championship after the late Possum Bourne and current Hyundai WRC star Paddon.

Holder is in Poland this week where he will meet the M-Sport Ford outfit he will drive for as well as the other competitors he will be up against.

"It is a big step up with the end goal of being where Hayden Paddon is at," Holder told The Herald. "There are plenty of steps to go – this is the first one – learn the rallies and do the two-wheel drive championship next year and then progress from there."

Advertisement

The Junior World Rally Championship is seen as a stepping stone to a full WRC move and is held over five different world...


Read full article on Sports GN WRC


Read more: Motorsport: Kiwi David Holder gets World Rally Championship drive - New Zealand Herald

FIA's Mahonen: World Rally Championship should stay on short ... - autosport.com

The plan to rebuild America's superteam As Penske dominates IndyCar with a four-car superteam, its long-time arch-rival Ganassi is cutting back to two entries for talisman Scott Dixon and second-year racer Ed Jones. Why is it convinced smaller is better? 1512432000 IndyCar

The tech details that decided Mercedes vs Ferrari There was little to separate Mercedes and Ferrari for most of the 2017 Formula 1 season, but the gaps in their design philosophies were substantial. Which elements did each team master best, and what hints of 2018 directions can be seen? 1512432000 F1

Why Yamaha had its worst season in a decade Yamaha dominated 2017 MotoGP pre-season testing and the opening rounds with Maverick Vinales. Then it all fell apart. Trying to figure out why would tangle the team in knots it's yet to fully unravel 1512345600 MotoGP

Revealed: Formula 1's fastest failure Ferrari and...


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Read more: FIA's Mahonen: World Rally Championship should stay on short ... - autosport.com

Toyota picked Tanak over Ogier for 2018 World Rally Championship ... - autosport.com

Toyota's senior management preferred to pick Ott Tanak for the 2018 World Rally Championship over five-time WRC champion Sebastien Ogier, team principal Tommi Makinen has revealed.

Ogier tested the Yaris WRC at the end of 2016, but elected to go to M-Sport.

He was never truly in contention for a 2018 seat with Toyota.

Makinen said the fact 30-year-old Tanak is almost four years younger than Ogier made him a better long-term option, but added that senior officials at Toyota Motor Corporation had also preferred to go with Tanak.

"I know that Ott doesn't have the massive victories and I would say that this keeps him more hungry further into the future," Makinen told Autosport.

"That is a little bit why Toyota is supporting quite a lot to bring new and younger drivers, this is their philosophy.

"Ogier is still there and he could keep driving for some years.

"We know his experience and...


Read full article on Sports GN WRC


Read more: Toyota picked Tanak over Ogier for 2018 World Rally Championship ... - autosport.com

Toyota picked Tanak over Ogier for 2018 World Rally Championship ... - autosport.com

Toyota's senior management preferred to pick Ott Tanak for the 2018 World Rally Championship over five-time WRC champion Sebastien Ogier, team principal Tommi Makinen has revealed.

Ogier tested the Yaris WRC at the end of 2016, but elected to go to M-Sport.

He was never truly in contention for a 2018 seat with Toyota.

Makinen said the fact 30-year-old Tanak is almost four years younger than Ogier made him a better long-term option, but added that senior officials at Toyota Motor Corporation had also preferred to go with Tanak.

"I know that Ott doesn't have the massive victories and I would say that this keeps him more hungry further into the future," Makinen told Autosport.

"That is a little bit why Toyota is supporting quite a lot to bring new and younger drivers, this is their philosophy.

"Ogier is still there and he could keep driving for some years.

"We know his experience and...


Read full article on Sports GN WRC


Read more: Toyota picked Tanak over Ogier for 2018 World Rally Championship ... - autosport.com

Toyota picked Tanak over Ogier for 2018 World Rally Championship ... - autosport.com

Toyota's senior management preferred to pick Ott Tanak for the 2018 World Rally Championship over five-time WRC champion Sebastien Ogier, team principal Tommi Makinen has revealed.

Ogier tested the Yaris WRC at the end of 2016, but elected to go to M-Sport.

He was never truly in contention for a 2018 seat with Toyota.

Makinen said the fact 30-year-old Tanak is almost four years younger than Ogier made him a better long-term option, but added that senior officials at Toyota Motor Corporation had also preferred to go with Tanak.

"I know that Ott doesn't have the massive victories and I would say that this keeps him more hungry further into the future," Makinen told Autosport.

"That is a little bit why Toyota is supporting quite a lot to bring new and younger drivers, this is their philosophy.

"Ogier is still there and he could keep driving for some years.

"We know his experience and...


Read full article on Sports GN WRC


Read more: Toyota picked Tanak over Ogier for 2018 World Rally Championship ... - autosport.com

First 2017 Citroen C3 World Rally Car offered to privateers - WRC ... - autosport.com

French firm PH Sport has agreed a deal with Citroen Racing to offer a 2017 C3 WRC to privateers, but it will be choosey about who it hires the car to.

One of the FIA's stipulations about the new generation 2017 Word Rally Cars was that they could not be driven by everybody.

On a World Rally Championship round, the governing body reserves the right to refuse an entry to a driver of such a car, should it feel they do not have enough experience.

The FIA cannot influence national level entries, but PH Sport director Bernard Piallat said his firm will make its own assessment on a driver-by-driver basis.

"We're very proud to have been chosen by Citroen Racing to offer a C3 WRC for hire," said Piallat.

"It's not just any old car and it's logical that the Citroen C3 WRC on offer is reserved for drivers with enough experience to get the best out of it.

"We're delighted to invest ourselves in...


Read full article on Sports GN WRC


Read more: First 2017 Citroen C3 World Rally Car offered to privateers - WRC ... - autosport.com

 

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