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WRC | RD3 RALLY CROATIA 2021 | LEG 3

The final day of Rally Croatia, the third round of the 2021 FIA World Rally Championships produced a truly thrilling and an extremely close final battle. This brand new Asphalt rally was the first of the four full tarmac rounds this year and has certainly delivered a challenge for the Worlds best drivers. Before the final days’ action had even begun out on the stages there was drama for the overnight rally leader, Sébastien Ogier. The seven-time World Champion was involved in a road traffic collision on the road section…

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WRC | RD3 – RALLY CROATIA 2021 | LEG 2

With another 8 stages over 121kms of competitive action, the second day of Rally Croatia was the longest leg of the event. Overnight rally leader Thierry Neuville had a far from ideal start to the mornings’ loop. Starting the day with a 7.7-second lead over Sébastien Ogier, the tyre strategy between teams would play a big part right from the off on that opening stage. Photo: Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Ogier had a good push in the mornings opening 20km stage (SS9 Mali Lipovec – Grdanjci 1) and Neuville like…

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WRC | RD3 – RALLY CROATIA 2021 | LEG1

Making its debut into the FIA World Rally Championship this year and to the top level of rallying is newcomer Rally Croatia for round 3 of the Championships. With its service park based in the capital city of Zagreb to the northwest of Croatia, this new Asphalt rally has already delivered an extremely challenging opening day for the worlds best rally drivers from the WRC, WRC-2, WRC-3, and Junior WRC;  Photo: RedBull Content Pool Following a short 4.6km shakedown test stage on Thursday morning, where Toyota’s Elfyn Evans topped the…

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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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