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May 15th, 2013
The FIA is presenting its plans for the immediate future of the World Rally Championship in Paris this week. Led by its rally director Jarmo Mahonen, the FIA has joined forces with WRC promoters Red Bull Media House and Sportsman Media and British sports consultancy firm Portas to produce a document outlining the way forward for the series. Mapping out the WRC’s future There had been growing disquiet in the service park surrounding the lack of movement from both the FIA and the promoters, but recent meetings have relieved that pressure
May 9th, 2013
Volkswagen’s Sebastien Ogier says he deserved victory on last week’s Rally Argentina and only missed out because of mechanical issues with his Polo R WRC.
May 9th, 2013
Plans for a radical overhaul of the World Rally Championship format have been met with mixed views in the service park. The potential for the powerstage element of a WRC round being used to decide who wins a rally will be discussed by the WRC Commission later this month. Volkswagen team principal Jost Capito backs the plan and says it could give the WRC wider appeal
May 8th, 2013
Volkswagen team principal Jost Capito says he will not be pressured by his drivers into delivering upgrades to the Polo R WRC before they are ready. The Polo suffered further rear differential and handbrake issues on last week’s Rally Argentina. A revised specification of handbrake operation – hydraulic instead of pneumatic – was running on Andreas Mikkelsen’s third car, but it will not be included on the points-scoring Polos until it is absolutely ready
May 8th, 2013
World Rally Championship officials will meet later this month to discuss plans to change the way events at the highest level are won, including a proposal that the power stage should decide the outright results. WRC manager Michele Mouton stressed that no decisions had been taken and that there were numerous options on the table. The most eye-catching is the possibility of the power stage becoming a position-deciding shoot-out.
May 3rd, 2013
Sebastien Loeb moved 40 seconds clear of Sebastien Ogier as the Rally Argentina drama continued on Friday afternoon. Despite playing down his interest in catching Loeb following the morning mistake that left him 26s adrift, Ogier immediately began taking time out of his arch-rival on the Santa Rosa stage.
May 2nd, 2013
Sebastien Loeb says he is under no pressure to perform in Rally Argentina. Competing on gravel for the first time this year, the seven-time winner of this event admitted it took him some time to find the right feeling again on Wednesday’s shakedown and qualifying stages. “I haven’t competed on gravel since Catalunya,” he said, “and I did only one day of testing, so for sure I didn’t do as much as I might have done.
May 2nd, 2013
Sebastien Ogier will be free to fight with Sebastien Loeb in Rally Argentina despite the Citroen driver not being a title threat. Volkswagen motorsport chief Jost Capito says he has no intention of ordering Ogier to let his arch-rival go when Loeb returns for one of his World Rally Championship guest appearances this week. Ogier enjoys a 54-point lead at the top of the WRC table ahead of Argentina and the Frenchman himself admits he does not need to be drawn into an unnecessary fight with the defending world champion, who is only competing on four WRC rounds this year.
May 1st, 2013
Sebastien Ogier took first blood in Rally Argentina by winning Thursday afternoon’s superspecial stage.
May 1st, 2013
Volkswagen technical director Francois-Xavier Demaison says he remains cautious about the Polo R WRC’s performance ahead of this week’s Rally Argentina, despite the team’s spectacular season so far. Although it was only introduced at the start of 2013, the Polo has taken a podium in every World Rally Championship round it has started. In the hands of Sebastien Ogier, the car has won the last three rallies and power stages
May 1st, 2013
Sebastien Loeb cannot see anyone stopping Sebastien Ogier from becoming his successor as World Rally champion. Ogier enjoys a 54-point lead in the WRC after just four rounds this season, only two of which Loeb has contested. Loeb returns to the WRC in Argentina this weekend and says he has been impressed with Volkswagen driver Ogier’s pace
April 30th, 2013
Sebastien Ogier insists Sebastien Loeb’s World Rally return in Argentina will not distract him from his 2013 championship bid. The pair have already met twice this year. Loeb had the upper hand in the season-opening Monte Carlo Rally , but could do little to prevent Ogier clinching a first win for Volkswagen’s new team in Sweden .
April 30th, 2013
Sebastien Loeb has admitted his lack of recent seat time in Citroen’s World Rally DS3 could harm his prospects when he returns for Rally Argentina this weekend. The nine-time champion has won the last seven straight Argentina events, but his part-time schedule means he has not competed since finishing second to championship leader Sebastien Ogier in Rally Sweden in February. While he has stayed busy – notably making a winning start to his FIA GT Series career at Nogaro – Loeb fears his lack of WRC running, particularly on gravel, could harm his chances this weekend.
April 24th, 2013
Dani Sordo has no doubt that he will be a victory contender from the outset when the World Rally Championship resumes in Argentina next month, following his breakthrough Portugal performance. Although Sordo crashed out on day two in Portugal, the accident came when he was right on dominant points leader Sebastien Ogier’s tail in the lead battle. Citroen had been blown away by Ogier and Volkswagen in Mexico in March, but Sordo and team-mate Mikko Hirvonen made significant progress at a subsequent test
April 19th, 2013
Sebastien Ogier plans to continue pushing for World Rally Championship victories even though he admits he could already focus on defending his ample points lead. The Frenchman collected his third successive win in Portugal , despite suffering from the flu for the duration of the event, giving him a 54-point lead. Save for part-time competitor Sebastien Loeb’s Monte Carlo Rally win, Ogier has dominated the WRC season so far this year intends for that trend to continue
March 20th, 2013
Bolivia will host the Dakar Rally for the first time after being included alongside Argentina and Chile on the calendar of next year’s race.
March 15th, 2013
Citroen team principal Yves Matton has admitted he could ask Sebastien Loeb to return to the World Rally Championship if the French team falls behind in the manufacturers’ race. Loeb is already scheduled to compete in Argentina and France this season as part of his four-event programme .
March 7th, 2013
Citroen team boss Yves Matton insists he does not fear a future without Sebastien Loeb and has total faith in Mikko Hirvonen and Dani Sordo. The third round of the 2013 World Rally Championship, which starts from Guanajuato on Thursday evening, will be the first time the official Citroen team has been without its nine-time world champion Loeb since Rally New Zealand 2002. Life after Loeb begins begins in Mexico Of the 55 points Citroen has accumulated so far this year, Loeb has contributed 43, with both Hirvonen and Sordo struggling to find early-season form.
January 14th, 2013
Nani Roma went fastest on the ninth stage of the Dakar Rally while his X-raid Mini team-mate Stephane Peterhansel opened up a big lead as chief rival Nasser Al-Attiyah hit trouble. While Peterhansel was able to set the second-best time on the 368-mile run from Tucuman to Cordoba in Argentina, Al-Attiyah’s day consistently got worse. After losing around seven minutes to Peterhansel during the opening half of the stage, the Qatari’s Red Bull buggy ground to a halt several times during the final 20 miles with a suspected engine problem
January 12th, 2013
Guido Forti, the former team boss of mid-1990s Formula 1 outfit Forti Corse, has died. He was 72. The Italian originally co-founded his outfit with businessman Paolo Guerci in the late 1970s, racing in Italian Formula Ford before gaining respect by taking Franco Forino to an Italian Formula 3 title.