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Petrucci targeting Dakar if he loses KTM MotoGP seat

The double MotoGP race winner’s place at the Tech 3 squad is under threat, with KTM Moto2 rider Raul Fernandez expected to step up and join Remy Gardner at the team next year.Petrucci says he hasn’t had any discussions with KTM yet about 2022, but only wants to race with the Austrian manufacturer.Should he ultimately lose his ride, Petrucci says he...

FIA, ASO launch new Cross-Country World Championship around Dakar

The Cross-Country World Championship will become a reality for the first time in history after years of negotiations and behind-the-scenes work between Dakar's promoter and the governing body of motorsport. The proposal, as Motorsport.com has learned, was discussed extensively by ASO and the FIA since last winter and was put to a e-vote by the World...

COVID restrictions force M-Sport to skeleton staff for Safari Rally

Team principal Richard Millener alongside boss Malcolm Wilson and a host of staff are set to be operating the outfit from the UK for the return of the Safari Rally after its 19-year hiatus.Only a skeleton staff, including members from M-Sport Poland, will be deployed to Kenya while the team has also elected to withdraw its WRC2 entry for Teemu Suninen.COVID-19...

WRC working on plan for 2022 USA event

America has emerged as a key market for the WRC to conquer having been absent from the region since the 1988 Olympus Rally in Washington, won by Lancia's Miki Biasion.The championship sees the USA as an untapped audience and one that could prove beneficial in attracting not only new fans but potential partners.The WRC's current footprint in North America...

WRC not expecting new manufacturer until 2024 at the earliest

The WRC will usher in a new era next year as the championship launches its Rally1 ruleset that will produce all-new faster cars featuring a plug-in 100kW hybrid system and a much tougher safety cell to protect the driver and co-driver.Hyundai, Toyota and Ford, through M-Sport, have reaffirmed their commitment to the series' new regulations but it is...

Price takes historic Finke victory

The two-time Dakar champion took his unique Mitsubishi Trophy Truck to a thrilling victory at the there-and-back race to seal a first Finke crown on four wheels.The Red Bull-backed entry looked like a sure thing for much of the event, Price and navigator Mark Dutton comfortably topping the prologue on Saturday before setting a record-breaking pace out...

Solberg secures Hyundai WRC return in Safari Rally

The son of 2003 WRC champion Petter Solberg will make his second appearance in a Hyundai WRC car in the championship at the iconic Kenya event (24-27 June), which returns to the championship after a 19-year hiatus.Solberg was set to contest Rally Sardinia earlier this month before having to withdraw from the event after his father contracted COVID-19....

WRC teams to be offered strategies for hybrid use in 2022

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, remain in the series for the next three years....

Ostberg issues apology for Italy WRC swearing tirade

The Norwegian driver, who won the World Rally Championship's WRC2 crown last year and won Rally Portugal outright in 2012, was hit with FIA sanctions for swearing multiple times during a TV interview at the stop control after Stage 18 last Sunday.His comments came seconds after he had finished a stage in which he had suffered a front-left puncture,...

Italy WRC: The Good, the Bad and the Angry

Top PerformerAfter a truly punishing rally run over some of the most brutal roads on the calendar, you could argue that the four top- flight WRC crews that completed the full distance deserve the Top Performer gong.However, in truth there are two contenders, rally winner Toyota's Sebastien Ogier and Hyundai’s Ott Tanak. On this occasion Ogier edges...

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