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WRC | RD2 – ARCTIC RALLY FINLAND 2021 | LEG 3

Just two final stages covering approx 45km were all that remained on the final leg of the Arctic Rally Finland (Round 2 of the 2021 FIA World Rally Championships), and Estonian Ott Tanäk was on course to be written into the World Rally history books. With an overnight temperature drop and some fresh snow, the conditions on the 28km Aittajärvi stage were ideal for this final high-speed blast on the snow and ice.  Photo: NEP Finland Rally leader Ott Tanäk went into the final day with a 24 seconds lead…

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WRC | RD 2 – ARCTIC RALLY FINLAND 2021 | LEG 1

For the second round of the 2021 FIA World Rally Championships, we have ventured far North into the Arctic Circle for the first time in its 49 year history. The Rovaniemi based Arctic Rally event in the North of Finland has come to rescue in place of the fallen Swedish rally and has created much excitement amongst World Rally fans, despite being a non-spectator event, like Round 1 the Monte Carlo was. A total of 251km spread over just 10 stages in this short winter sprint rally faced the 55…

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WRC | Rumours Safari Rally falls, Belgium prepares to reschedule & Acropolis ready to step up.

Further challenges could face RedBull the FIA World Rally Championships promoter with further alterations to the 2021 Calendar. Rumours surface that once again for the second consecutive year The Safari Rally Kenya may have to sit out from the FIA World Rally Championships. Ypres is suggested to move back to its traditional late June date and perhaps an alternative reserve event, possibly The Acropolis Rally Greece could fill the August slot in the WRC schedule. The Mayor of Stavelot, Thierry de Bournonville, commented recently that the date for Rally Ypres…

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WRC | RD1 | MONTE CARLO RALLY 2021 | LEG4

After an overnight haul down south to Monte Carlo, 50 of the 84 Competitors remained to start the final day of the 89th Monte Carlo Rally, the opening round of the FIA World Rally Championships 2021.  With just 54km over four stages to contend, it was a Toyota 1-2-3 led by 7 times World Champ Sébastien Ogier alongside Julien Ingrassia in the Co-Drivers seat heading into this final loop of action. The first stage of the morning SS12 Puget-Théniers – La Penne 1, although had no snow, the normally very…

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WRC | SWEDENS REPLACEMENT?

Following the cancellation of Rally Sweden, The FIA and WRC promoter (Red Bull) begun to explore the possibilities of an alternative winter snow rally in place of Sweden. Finland was contacted about this a few weeks ago and various negotiations have now taken place. The Arctic Lapland Rally (or Fell Rally as locally known), which runs around Rovaniemi, was initially singled out as a candidate for a Swedish replacement but alas is likely to still run at its original planned January date. “If the replacement event for the Swedish Rally,…

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WRC | RD 10 – ADAC RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND 2019

The FIA World Rally Championship arrived in South-West Germany, returning to the tarmac in the picturesque Saarland region for round 10. The rally, which was first held in 1982, joined the WRC in 2002 and four of the current crop of drivers competing this season have won the event in recent years. Championship leader heading into the rally, Ott Tank, who had won the past two in 2017 & 2018, would be looking to make it a hat trick of German wins this year. 19 Stages featured on the route…

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WRC | RD9 – NESTE RALLY FINLAND 2019

The summer break was over and it was time for the FIA World Rally Championship to resume its battle for the 2019 title and take over the city of Jyväskylä in Finland for Round 9, “The Grand Prix on Gravel”. Although having a history dating back to 1951, the event was a round of the first World Rally Championship in 1973 and has been known as the rally of 1000 lakes. The rally which has been dominated by Finnish drivers winning 55 of the past 68 editions has super smooth…

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WRC | RD8 | RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA 2019

For round 8 of the FIA World Rally Championship, it was time to “Jump in the dust” on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Sardinia; where Italy’s round of the championship has been held since 2004. But this was to be no relaxing beach holiday for the WRC crews as this tough event would once again deliver a cruel blow in a dramatic end to the rally. Last year this event delivered a thrilling end on the final power stage where Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville snatched the win from Sébastien Ogier by…

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WRC | RD7 | RALLY DE PORTUGAL 2019

One of the oldest and most supported rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship, Rally De Portugal signified the start of a string of European events. First held in 1967, this classic rally was one of the founding WRC events in 1973 and has been awarded “Best Rally in the World” on no less than five occasions and always delivers an atmosphere out on the stages. After the recent addition of Rally Chile to the calendar, Portugal moved to a couple of weeks later this year. This means temperatures were…

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PREVIEW | WRC | RD 6 | RALLY CHILE 2019

Part two of the FIA World Rally Championships south American adventure will arrive after a 16-hour drive across the Andes Mountains to the newcomer, The Copec Rally Chile for Round 6. A WRC newbie it maybe but rallying is not new to Chile, with some 19 years of history from its own National Rally Mobil Championship, it finally reaches the World Stage to offer up a fresh exciting new challenge to the world’s best. Last time out in Argentina Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville got the job done for his second consecutive…

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