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Eli's New Honda Civic Type R Arrives in OZ (Australia) Eli's New Honda Civic Type R Arrives in OZ (Australia)

To most people, December 25 is when they receive that long awaited present, but for Melbourne rally driver Eli Evans, a bleak rainy January day in Melbourne was like Christmas Day. Inside a dull red shipping container at Honda Australia HQ was his new toy, an Italian J.A.S Motorsport-built Honda Civic Type R for his assault on the 2010 Australian Rally Championship. On seeing the car Eli remarked, “It looks fast even sitting still!” Slipping behind the wheel, he said it fitted like a...

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Swansong for Proven Mazda3 MPS Swansong for Proven Mazda3 MPS

Mazda Australia has confirmed next week’s Targa Tasmania tarmac rally will be the final factory competition outing for the acclaimed, original-model Mazda3 MPS hot-hatch. The much-anticipated New Generation Mazda3 MPS will hit Australian shores around September with a host of mechanical upgrades and a stunning new look that will raise the bar on an already winning formula. But Mazda’s next flagship high-performance hatch will have to wait patiently on the sidelines as its predecessor gets...

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Volkswagen to Take on “Dakar” Challenge Again in 2010 Volkswagen to Take on “Dakar” Challenge Again in 2010

Volkswagen will again participate in the legendary Dakar Rally in 2010. After the one-two victory and the historic first “Dakar” triumph of a diesel-powered car this year, the automobile manufacturer from Wolfsburg will yet again take on one of the major challenges of international motorsport. “No doubt, the 2009 Dakar Rally contributed to the fact that the Volkswagen brand is now shining even brighter around the world,” said Prof Dr Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Executive Board of the...

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Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Drivers Dominate In The Snow Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Drivers Dominate In The Snow

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions filled 7 of the top 10 Group N positions on the opening round of the Production Car World Rally Championship, Rally Norway, which finished in Hamar this afternoon. Local hero, Eyvind Brynildsen (Norway) was the fastest of the Lancer Evolution drivers and fastest of the showroom-type Group N cars. Brynildsen, classified second in the PWRC, lost his chance of winning the category outright when he went off the road avoiding another driver on the opening day of the...

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Hyundai Sponsor Rhys Millen Genesis Coupe Drift Car Hyundai Sponsor Rhys Millen Genesis Coupe Drift Car

With enthusiasts eagerly awaiting the upcoming launch of the 2010 Genesis Coupe, Hyundai is adding to the excitement by teaming with Rhys Millen Racing and Red Bull Energy Drink to campaign the car in the high-energy sport of drift racing this year. At the Chicago Auto Show, Hyundai unveiled its motorsports program in the U.S. with the help of drift champion Rhys Millen, who will fabricate and race a 550-horsepower Genesis Coupe in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the Formula Drift...

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Auto Union type C at Goodwood Festival of Speed Auto Union type C at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Audi Tradition’s annual program for 2009 is centered on the Audi centenary. More than 50 events have been planned. Two dates are especially significant: on 16 July 2009, exactly 100 years after the company was established, Audi is inviting guests to a commemorative ceremony in Ingolstadt; Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has already agreed to attend. Not to be missed by every enthusiast and friend of the Audi brand: the largest historic motor sport event in the world – the Goodwood Festival...

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Toyota Hilux's at the South Pole Toyota Hilux's at the South Pole

Is there no driving challenge beyond the scope of Toyota’s mighty Hilux? The legendary pick-up has completed a journey across Antarctica to the South Pole, further proving the go-anywhere qualities that helped it become the first car to be driven to the Magnetic North Pole in the 2007 Top Gear Polar Challenge. The expedition also demonstrated that Hilux has advantages over snowcats when it comes to being a sensible transport choice. It can travel much faster, uses significantly less fuel and...

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Mitsubishi Pulls Out of Dakar Rally Mitsubishi Pulls Out of Dakar Rally

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced today their decision to withdraw from the Dakar Rally, the Dakar Series and all cross-country rallies. In its twenty-six entries in the event, Mitsubishi Motors won the rally a total of twelve times, including seven consecutive victories. In addition to this unparalleled record the company also gained 4WD technology that informs its production vehicles, most visible in their durability and off road performance.

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Toyota Not to Enter Rally Championship Toyota Not to Enter Rally Championship

Toyota has decided not to place a manufacturer's entry in this year's Australian Rally Championship. The three times manufacturers' title-holder has left the door open for its rally team principal, National Drivers' Champion Neal Bates, and other team members to enter the drivers' championship without works support. Toyota has appointed Bates as a company ambassador with a range of opportunities to represent it in the community.

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Skoda Motorsport Factory Team to Appear at Rally Monte Carlo Skoda Motorsport Factory Team to Appear at Rally Monte Carlo

The Skoda Fabia Super 2000 is going to have a competition premiere at the upcoming Rally Monte Carlo (21-24 January, 2009) as part of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge series (IRC). The Skoda Motorsport factory team will have two crews in action, Czechs Jan Kopecký with Petr Starý (co-driver) and Juho Hänninen with Mikko Markkula, both from Finland. Skoda Auto has successfully completed the vehicle homologation process and received an official homologation certificate from FIA that...

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Citroen reaffirms its commitment to the World Rally Championship Citroen reaffirms its commitment to the World Rally Championship

Citroen has reaffirmed that it will defend its recently won Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ World Rally Championship titles in the 2009 season and that rallying remains a core activity for the French car maker, building the image of the company and demonstrating its technical competence. “Citroen has entered in the 2009 FIA World Rally Championship as planned with its two crews, Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena and Dani Sordo/Marc Marti driving the Citroen C4 WRC,” says Olivier Quesnel, Citroen Sport...

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Subaru Withdraws from World Rally Championship Subaru Withdraws from World Rally Championship

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, today announced the withdrawal from the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) at the end of the 2008 season. FHI has participated in the WRC together with Prodrive, a motorsports and automotive engineering group in the UK, over the past 19 years to pursue its goal and philosophy in motor sports activities to enhance Subaru brand awareness by showing that Subaru vehicles offer safe, comfortable and pleasurable driving no matter...

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Suzuki drops out of 2009 WRC season Suzuki drops out of 2009 WRC season

Suzuki Motor Corporation has decided to suspend its FIA World Rally Championship activities from 2009. The company made the 2008 season entry with two SX4 WRCs. In response to the contraction of the automotive sales caused by recent global economic turmoil, Suzuki has been promptly taking possible countermeasures including the reassessment of its global production output. The company, however, foresees the shrinking trend in long-term periods of time rather than a short-term phenomenon. To...

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2009 Dakar Participation with Four Diesel - Turbo Racing Lancers 2009 Dakar Participation with Four Diesel - Turbo Racing Lancers

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation and its motor sport unit, the Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart team, in association with its partners Repsol, Valeo and BFGoodrich, has entered four new turbo-diesel 'Racing Lancers' for the 2009 Dakar Rally. The event will start from the Argentine capital Buenos Aires on Saturday, January 3, before striking south to the South Atlantic resort of Puerto Madrine. The route will then head west over the dusty trails up and over the Andes Mountains. Competitors will...

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Baja Volkswagen Touareg TDI Unveiled Baja Volkswagen Touareg TDI Unveiled

The countdown to what is arguably the world's most unusual rally is running: On 21 November 2008, Volkswagen will start to the Baja 1000 in Mexico with a specially designed Touareg TDI for the first time. Today, Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board for Technical Development of Volkswagen, unveiled the spectacular prototype for the race at the LA Auto Show in Los Angeles. "We're extending our motorsport activities in North America by a pillar in off-road sport this way," says...

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Mercedes-Benz to Star at Next Week’s Classic Adelaide Rally Mercedes-Benz to Star at Next Week’s Classic Adelaide Rally

The South Australian capital will ring to the tune of Mercedes-AMG V8-power next week when the 2008 Classic Adelaide rally commences. The four-day tarmac rally is based on special stage driving sections along some of Australia's most technically challenging roads. Leaving their mark on them again this year will be a variety of high-performance models from the three-pointed star’s sports and racing car division, Mercedes-AMG. Leading this year’s packed field will be two special V8-powered...

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2009 Baja Volkswagen Touareg TDI 2009 Baja Volkswagen Touareg TDI

Volkswagen of America, Inc. will unveil its purpose-built Volkswagen-Red Bull Baja Race Touareg TDI Trophy Truck, powered by a clean diesel TDI engine, during a news conference at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show. The news conference is scheduled for 10:45 to 11:10 a.m., Wednesday, November 19, 2008, at the Volkswagen stand. The Race Touareg TDI Trophy Truck that will run the 41st Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race in the SCORE Trophy Truck class is powered by a 5.5 liter V-12 clean...

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New Turbo-Diesel Mitsubishi Lancer to make Competition Debut New Turbo-Diesel Mitsubishi Lancer to make Competition Debut

Mitsubishi Motor Corporation (MMC) and its motor sports subsidiary MMSP have entered an all new turbo-diesel Racing Lancer (FIA Group T1 Super Production Class) for Portugal's Baja Portalegre, round six of the 2008 FIA Cup for Cross Country Bajas. The all-new Racing Lancer will be driven on the Portuguese event by Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart's Stéphane Peterhansel (France) and loyal co-driver Jean Paul Cottret (France), with whom Peterhansel has shared all his cross-country rallying...

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Mazda2 Extreme to Make Australian Rally Debut Mazda2 Extreme to Make Australian Rally Debut

Mazda Australia’s show-stopping Mazda2 Extreme will make its long-awaited rally debut in Canberra this weekend at the penultimate round of the New South Wales rally championship. This Saturday October 25 the rally-ready Mazda2 Extreme will contest the National Capital Rally; a challenging one-day, 12hr gravel endurance race held over 300km of closed forest roads in the ACT’s Brindabella Ranges. The Mazda2 Extreme is the fourth in Mazda Motorsport’s iconic series of extreme makeovers. It...

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Honda Civic Type-R On Show at Coffs Coast Rally Honda Civic Type-R On Show at Coffs Coast Rally

Honda Australia has entered the final round of the Australian Rally Championship (ARC) for 2008, the Coffs Coast Rally. To be held on November 14, 15 and 16, this event will be Honda’s second endeavor at rallying in Australia with a view to compete in the full ARC calendar in 2009. British Rally Champion Guy Wilks will again drive for Honda, with Phil Pugh as co-driver in the JAS Motorsport built Group R Civic Type R. Once again, Mugen and JAS will assist Honda in the final ARC...

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Volkswagen Race Touareg 2 Takes Shape for 2009 Dakar Rally Volkswagen Race Touareg 2 Takes Shape for 2009 Dakar Rally

The ‘Dakar’ Rally 2009 promises to be the most demanding test yet for the Volkswagen Motorsport team, as it prepares to take on some of the harshest and most challenging terrain on the planet with four examples of the Race Touareg 2. The four factory-fielded Volkswagen Race Touareg 2 models will be piloted by Spaniard Carlos Sainz and his French navigator Michel Perlin; Giniel de Villiers (South Africa) and Dirk von Zitzewith (Germany); Mark Miller (USA) and Ralph Pitchford (South Africa)...

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Nobel and Green go for 1,000MPH Land Speed World Record Nobel and Green go for 1,000MPH Land Speed World Record

Twelve years since Andy Green OBE and Thrust SSC scythed through the sound barrier on their way to the current World Land Speed Record of 763.053 mph, Green and former record-holder, Richard Noble OBE, are preparing to write the latest chapter in the history of World Land Speed Record attempts, with a 1,000mph bid. As much an engineering adventure as the ultimate speed record challenge, the four-year Bloodhound Project, sponsored by premier fuel additive brand STP, is designed to re-ignite...

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A Strong Start On The Pax Rally (Portugal) For Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart Team (Global) A Strong Start On The Pax Rally (Portugal) For Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart Team (Global)

Determined runs on the opening day of the 2008 PAX Rally from all three Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart crews have seen Luc Alphand/Gilles Picard (France) emerge as the early leaders. Team-mates Joan 'Nani' Roma/Lucas Cruz (Spain) and Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret (France) follow in fifth and sixth places.

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Duval to Partner Hirvonen at Ford for Spain and Corsica Rallies - (Global) Duval to Partner Hirvonen at Ford for Spain and Corsica Rallies - (Global)

Asphalt expert François Duval has been called up to join the BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team for the final two sealed surface rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship in Spain (2 -5 October) and Corsica (9 -12 October). The 27-year-old Belgian will be nominated to score points for the reigning manufacturers' world champion in a Ford Focus RS World Rally Car alongside season-long nominee and drivers' title challenger Mikko Hirvonen.

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Hirvonen and Latvala Aim to Relight Ford's Gold Medal Bid - (Global) Hirvonen and Latvala Aim to Relight Ford's Gold Medal Bid - (Global)

BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team journeys to New Zealand for the third rally in just five weekends intent on putting its world title challenge back on track. The world champion dropped to second in both the manufacturers' and drivers' standings in the FIA World Rally Championship on Germany's asphalt roads earlier this month and is keen to make amends on the team's more favoured gravel surface.

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Citroen Bid for Kiwi Win to Maintain Championship Lead - (Global) Citroen Bid for Kiwi Win to Maintain Championship Lead - (Global)

Citroen Sport arrives on the other side of the Tasman this week for the 2008 Rally of New Zealand (28-31 August 2008) – the nearest the World Rally Championship comes to Australia this year – fresh from wins in Germany and Finland, gifting them the lead in the manufacturers’ title chase and putting four time World Championship winner, Sébastien Loeb at the front in the battle for the 2008 drivers’ title, but New Zealand will be no holiday – the Citroen team is promising maximum attack to keep...

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Citroen Crushes Opposition in Germany - (Global) Citroen Crushes Opposition in Germany - (Global)

For seventh successive Rally of Germany, the French crushed their opposition with Citroen’s Sébastien Loeb leading a Citroen 1-2 after leading the German round of the World Rally Championship at the weekend (15-17 August 2008) from start to finish and providing Loeb with yet more world records, as he has now won all seven Rallies of Germany since it become a WRC event and his seventh win of the season further extends his record as the most successful rally driver of all time.

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Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart Targets Baja Portalegre for Debut of Turbo-Diesel Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart Targets Baja Portalegre for Debut of Turbo-Diesel "Racing...

Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart is targeting November's Baja Portalegre / Portugal for the competition debut of Mitsubishi's latest cross-country rally car, the turbodiesel “Racing Lancer”.

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Loeb Beats the Finns on their Home Ground! - (Global) Loeb Beats the Finns on their Home Ground! - (Global)

Sébastien Loeb has taken his Citroën C4 WRC to an historic win in Finland at the weekend (1-3 August 2008), becoming just the third driver to beat the Finns on their home ground in the legendarily difficult Rally of Finland, in the latest round of the World Rally Championship.

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Pickering Consolidates Australian Off Road Championship Lead for Mitsubishi at the Sunraysia 500 - (Australia) Pickering Consolidates Australian Off Road Championship Lead for Mitsubishi at the Sunraysia 500 -...

Mitsubishi's Australian off road racing team of Geoff Pickering and Mark Henderson took the fight right down to the wire in the battle of the 4x4 class at the recent Sunraysia 500 held near Mildura but victory wasn't to be for the Queensland based championship team this time around.

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FIA International Cup for Cross Country Bajas Baja Espana Aragon 08-20 July 2008 Leg 3 - (Global) FIA International Cup for Cross Country Bajas Baja Espana Aragon 08-20 July 2008 Leg 3 - (Global)

Following his victory for Mitsubishi on the Baja Espana in 2005, and his runner-up finish behind team-mate Stéphane Peterhansel (France) this time last year, this weekend saw Nani Roma (Spain) complete his home event in the medals for the third time in three participations.

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2008 FIA International Cup for Cross Country Bajas - (Global) 2008 FIA International Cup for Cross Country Bajas - (Global)

Following the victory of Luc Alphand and Gilles Picard (France) with the petrol-powered Pajero/Montero Evolution MPR13 on May's Rali Transiberico, Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart continues its 2008 cross-country program with a three-car line-up for the Baja Espana, round three of the 2008 FIA International Cup for Cross Country Bajas.

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Škoda Auto Appears at Rally Bohemia - (Global) Škoda Auto Appears at Rally Bohemia - (Global)

Just as many times in the past, the 35th Rally Bohemia will again, on 4 July, start from the Škoda Auto Museum in Mladá Boleslav. Beginning on Friday, 4 July, the rally will take place under the auspices of the car manufacturer with the winged arrow in its emblem. Surrounded by Škoda’s “automobile town”, the rally promises to offer an attractive show, a vintage car race and, as part of the start-ramp presentation, the first appearance of the prototype of the Škoda Fabia Super 2000, the...

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Carlos Sainz Involved as Škoda Auto Carries On with its Fabia Super 2000 Test Programme - (Austria) Carlos Sainz Involved as Škoda Auto Carries On with its Fabia Super 2000 Test Programme - (Austria)

Successful tarmac test of the new Škoda Fabia Super 2000. Besides experienced test drivers Jan Kopecký and Raimund Baumschlager, the team recently testing the competition version of the Fabia Super 2000 in Austria included two times world champion Carlos Sainz. The Volkswagen factory driver won the Central European Rally with a Race Touareg this year in April and contributed to the double success of the new Scirocco in its class at the 24-hour race in Nürnburgring a few days ago.

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Ford's Turkish Delight as Hirvonen and Latvala Seal 1-2 Finish - (Europe) Ford's Turkish Delight as Hirvonen and Latvala Seal 1-2 Finish - (Europe)

Master tactics paid dividends for BP Ford World Rally Team as it claimed a 1-2 finish on a thrilling Rally of Turkey today. Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen claimed their second win of the FIA World Rally Championship season in a Ford Focus RS World Rally Car to move back into the lead of the drivers standings by three points. Team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila were just 7.9sec behind in another Focus RS as Ford extended its lead in the manufacturers' series to nine points.

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Citroen Swept Away From Victory - (Global) Citroen Swept Away From Victory - (Global)

The Turkish round of the World Rally Championship at the weekend (13-15 June 2008) saw the Ford team win with a masterful display of tactics by forcing Citroën’s Sébastien Loeb to sweep the road on the first two days of the event, leaving the Citroën duo to finish in third and fourth position and, in doing so, Loeb has dropped back to second place in the World Championship title race.

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Picking and Pajero Take 4x4 Class Victory on The Finke Australia's Toughest Desert Race - (Australia) Picking and Pajero Take 4x4 Class Victory on The Finke Australia's Toughest Desert Race -...

For the seventh straight year, Geoff Pickering and Mark Henderson driving their V6 Mitsubishi Pajero have taken victory in the 4x4 Production class on the gruelling 2008 Tattersalls Finke Desert Race, held near Alice Springs over the June long weekend.

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Ford Aims to Find a Taste for Turkey as WRC Reaches Midpoint - (Europe) Ford Aims to Find a Taste for Turkey as WRC Reaches Midpoint - (Europe)

An exciting opening half of the FIA World Rally Championship comes to a close next weekend when BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team takes its series lead to the Rally of Turkey (12 - 15 June). This eighth round of the 15-event campaign returns to the calendar after a year's absence and is the last of a quickfire session of three hot weather, rough road rallies spanning five weekends in the Mediterranean.

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Hirvonen Takes Podium for Ford on Gruelling Acropolis Rally - (Global) Hirvonen Takes Podium for Ford on Gruelling Acropolis Rally - (Global)

Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen claimed a gutsy podium finish on Acropolis Rally of Greece today as Ford maintained its lead in the manufacturers' standings of the FIA World Rally Championship. The Finns finished third in a Ford Focus RS World Rally Car after one of the roughest WRC events in recent memory. Team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila were seventh in a similar Focus RS on the three-day event, which proved a matter of survival as much as pure speed.

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Victory In Greece Puts Loeb Back Into World Title Lead - (Global) Victory In Greece Puts Loeb Back Into World Title Lead - (Global)

Victory in the Greek round of the World Rally Championship, the legendary Acropolis Rally, at the weekend (30 May – 1 June 2008) has put Citroen’s Sebastien Loeb back into the lead of the of the drivers’ title chase and Citroen within two points of the manufacturers’ title lead but it was not an easy win with Citroen fighting tough, unforgiving conditions right through the event.

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2008 FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup (Round 2)Rali Transiberico (May 20-25, 2008) - (Europe) 2008 FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup (Round 2)Rali Transiberico (May 20-25, 2008) - (Europe)

Luc Alphand/Gilles Picard (France) safely completed the final stage of the Rali Transiberico on top of the provisional leaderboard. Only the last 213.37km road section to the official finish in Estoril now stands between Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart and the first win of its 2008 campaign.

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2008 FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup Rali Transiberico (May 20-25, 2008) - (Europe) 2008 FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup Rali Transiberico (May 20-25, 2008) - (Europe)

Spaniard Juan 'Nani' Roma and his co-driver Lucas Cruz continue to top the provisional classification of the 2008 Ralli Transiberico after a day of competition based entirely in their home country, close to the Portuguese border. The conditions of the third leg were made extremely slippery by heavy rain which fell during the night, but Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart still dominates the standings with Roma/Cruz and their team-mates Luc Alphand/Gilles Picard (France) who follow in second place.

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2008 FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup Rali Transiberico (May 20-25, 2008) - (Europe) 2008 FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup Rali Transiberico (May 20-25, 2008) - (Europe)

Following recent poor weather, competitors lining up for the start of the 2008 "Rali Transiberico" in Portugal were greeted by sunshine and temperatures of 25°C. This afternoon saw Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart's Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret (France) lead away the 57-strong field after an official ceremony in Mafra, 50km northwest of Lisbon.

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New Impreza World Rally Car is Hatched - (Global) New Impreza World Rally Car is Hatched - (Global)

Subaru has unveiled its stunning new generation All-Wheel Drive Impreza World Rally Car 2008, in time for its competitive debut at this month’s Acropolis Rally in Greece.

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2008 FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies Rali Transiberico (May 20-25) - (Europe) 2008 FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies Rali Transiberico (May 20-25) - (Europe)

Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart is in Portugal this week for the Rali Transiberico, the second round of the 2008 FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup. Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) and its motorsport unit MMSP have entered a line-up of two Pajero/Montero Evolution MPR13s for Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret (France) and Luc Alphand/Gilles Picard (France), while Joan 'Nani' Roma/Lucas Cruz (Spain) will drive a diesel-powered Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolution MPR14.

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Double Podium In Sardinia Keeps Ford Ahead In World Title Race - (Global) Double Podium In Sardinia Keeps Ford Ahead In World Title Race - (Global)

BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team finished second and third in an enthralling Rally d'Italia Sardegna today to retain the lead in both the manufacturers' and drivers' standings in the FIA World Rally Championship. Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen claimed second in a Ford Focus RS World Rally Car, with Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila third in a similar car. Ford preserves its seven- point advantage in the manufacturers' series while Hirvonen is three points ahead in the drivers' table.

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Loeb Takes His 40th World Rally Win In Sardina - (Global) Loeb Takes His 40th World Rally Win In Sardina - (Global)

Sébastien Loeb has recorded his 40th World Rally Championship win at the weekend (18 May 2008); further extending Citroën driver’s lead as the most successful rally driver of all time and narrowing the gap between Loeb and the lead of the 2008 title chase.

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Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart Takes Three Pajero/Montero Evolutions to Portugal and Spain - (Europe) Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart Takes Three Pajero/Montero Evolutions to Portugal and Spain -...

One month after kicking off its 2008 campaign with the Central Europe Rally in Hungary and Romania, Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart will travel to the other side of Europe for its second competitive outing of the season, Portugal's Rali Transiberico.

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Honda's Strong Rally Debut in Rally of Canberra - (Australia) Honda's Strong Rally Debut in Rally of Canberra - (Australia)

Honda Australia has made a strong debut in the Asia Pacific Rally Championship in the Civic Type R.

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Mitsubishi's Old Hand Makes Light Work Of New Entrant - (Australia) Mitsubishi's Old Hand Makes Light Work Of New Entrant - (Australia)

Mitsubishi's Geoff Pickering with navigator, Mark Henderson alongside made light work of the newest addition to the Australian Off Road Championship, the Donald 500, taking the 4x4 class by storm in their Mitsubishi Pajero and finishing 15th outright against far more highly modified vehicles. Based in the Victorian Mallee region, the Donald round was well received by the locals who got right behind the event and before the start, Pickering was also full of praise for the newcomer to the 2008...

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Leob Lost in the Dust, but Sordo Finishes Second for Citroen in Jordan - (Global) Leob Lost in the Dust, but Sordo Finishes Second for Citroen in Jordan - (Global)

Citroën’s hope of a win in the inaugural World Rally Championship Rally of Jordan came to a smashing halt in a bizarre accident off the competitive stages, with World Champion Loeb sidelined after leading the event, but his team mate, Dani Sordo took second place after a very tactical final day enabled Ford to win the event.

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Hirvonen Sweeps To Jordan Win As Ford Extends World Series Lead Hirvonen Sweeps To Jordan Win As Ford Extends World Series Lead

Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen claimed their first victory of the season on an enthralling Jordan Rally today.

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Dakar Series – Central Europe Rally (April 19-26)-Leg 5 Dakar Series – Central Europe Rally (April 19-26)-Leg 5

The fifth day of the 2008 Central Europe Rally featured a menu of 211km of competitive action, including a second visit this morning to the longest test of the week close to Lake Balaton in Hungary.

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Dakar Series – Central Europe Rally (April 19-26)-Leg 4 Dakar Series – Central Europe Rally (April 19-26)-Leg 4

As the 2008 Central Europe Rally moved back into Hungary for the fourth day of competition, Stéphane Peterhansel and his co-driver Jean-Paul Cottret (France) succeeded in maintaining their overall lead and the French pair is 1m44s clear of De Villiers (South Africa) this evening.

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Dakar Series – Central Europe Rally (April 19-26) Dakar Series – Central Europe Rally (April 19-26)

Peterhansel pulls further clear at the top, while Mitsubishi team-mates Alphand and Roma follow in 3rd and 4th places...

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Peterhansel Powers Into the Lead as Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart Mounts A Counter-Attack in Romania Peterhansel Powers Into the Lead as Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart Mounts A Counter-Attack in...

After ending Day 1 of the inaugural Central Europe Rally...

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Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart Ready for Exciting New Challenge with Diesel Power in 2008 Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart Ready for Exciting New Challenge with Diesel Power in 2008

Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart is pleased to announce the crosscountry rally debut of the new, diesel-powered version of the Pajero/Montero Evolution, code-named MPR14.

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Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart Come Out of the First Hungarian Stage In Close Formation Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart Come Out of the First Hungarian Stage In Close Formation

The 84 starters in the car category of the inaugural Central Europe Rally got their first taste of action today with a short 63km loop to the southeast of Budapest.

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Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart Back On the Competition Trail Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart Back On the Competition Trail

The 2008 cross-country rally season finally begins...

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Fiat 500 Bids to Repeat Historic Rally Win - (Europe) Fiat 500 Bids to Repeat Historic Rally Win - (Europe)

One of the largest groups of race and rally versions of the original Fiat 500 will gather in Belgium in July in a bid to repeat one of the great motorsport victories when the diminutive Fiat took part in one of the classic endurance rallies, the Liege-Brescia-Liege Rally, and not only won after 3300 gruelling km, but also filled six of the top ten places.

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Loeb Takes Over The World Championship Lead With Argentinean Win Loeb Takes Over The World Championship Lead With Argentinean Win

Citroen’s Sébastien Loeb has regained the lead in the 2008 World Rally Championship Drivers’ title chase after a dominant win – his fourth consecutive Argentinean win – in the South American round of the 2008 World Rally Championship at the weekend (28-30 March 2008) and thanks to a third place for team mate Dani Sordo, Citroën is now within three points of the manufacturers’ title chase.

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Ford Maintains World Series Lead After Gruelling Rally Argentina Ford Maintains World Series Lead After Gruelling Rally Argentina

BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team retained its lead in the FIA World Rally Championship after a punishing fourth round in Argentina this weekend. Resilient performances from Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen and team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila in Ford Focus RS World Rally Cars earned the squad a solid points score on the rain-hit Rally Argentina. The double world champions now lead the manufacturers' standings by three points.

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Loeb Takes Over the World Championship Lead with Argentinean Win Loeb Takes Over the World Championship Lead with Argentinean Win

Citroen’s Sébastien Loeb has regained the lead in the 2008 World Rally Championship Drivers’ title chase after a dominant win – his fourth consecutive Argentinean win – in the South American round of the 2008 World Rally Championship at the weekend (28-30 March 2008) and thanks to a third place for team mate Dani Sordo, Citroën is now within three points of the manufacturers’ title chase. Ford arrived in Argentina in dominant form, leading both title chases and with cars that were tipped to...

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Citroen World Rally Programme Gets Wings! Citroen World Rally Programme Gets Wings!

Red Bull has joined Citroën Sport in the World Rally Championship as its newest partner, attracted by the team’s exceptional performance with three world titles for Citroën and, with the world’s most successful rally driver of all time, four time world champions Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena.

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Ford Stretches World Championship Lead in Rally Mexico Ford Stretches World Championship Lead in Rally Mexico

BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team increased its advantage at the head of the FIA World Rally Championship after a strong double points haul in Mexico today. The team, chasing its third consecutive manufacturers' world title, is 12 points clear with the Focus RS World Rally Car after Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila finished third in Rally Mexico and team-mates Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen claimed fourth.

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Mexican Hat-Trick for Loeb and Citroen Mexican Hat-Trick for Loeb and Citroen

Citroen’s Sebastian Loeb took his third Mexican win at the weekend (29 February – 2 March 2008) in the first American round of the 2008 World Rally Championship, enabling him to edge to within one point of the lead of the Drivers Championship. But it was a less successful weekend for his team mate, Dani Sordo, who damaged his suspension on stage on, forcing him out of the event. He re-entered on day two under the SuperRally rules to finish 17th overall.

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Mazda's Baby Car Gets an Extreme Makeover Mazda's Baby Car Gets an Extreme Makeover

Mazda has today unveiled the fourth in its iconic series of extreme makeovers, a rally-ready Mazda2 Extreme, at the 2008 Melbourne Motor Show.

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Championship Leader Ford Aims to Cut Loose on Mexican Gravel Championship Leader Ford Aims to Cut Loose on Mexican Gravel

After establishing a strong early season lead in the FIA World Rally Championship on asphalt and snow, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team journeys to North America next week for the first of seven consecutive gravel events. Loose surface roads are the dominant terrain in the series, hosting 10 of the 15 rounds, and so Rally Mexico (28 February - 2 March) will offer the best guideline to date for the season ahead.

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Škoda Auto Starts Testing Fabia Super 2000 Škoda Auto Starts Testing Fabia Super 2000

Škoda Auto has started testing the first prototype of the Škoda Fabia Super 2000 today. Designed to be used in the Super 2000 category, the vehicle is based on the second-generation Fabia and, in compliance with the FIA regulations, is equipped with a two-litre atmospheric four-cylinder petrol engine, a six-speed sequential transmission and a four-wheel drive system with three mechanical differentials.

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Sordo: Citroen's Swedish Saviour! Sordo: Citroen's Swedish Saviour!

Sweden was never going to be easy for Citroën. For a start it’s a unique event, doubly so this year as it’s the only snow event on the WRC calendar and its winner’s list reads like a Swedish phone book. Citroën’s Sébastien Loeb may be the only non-Scandinavian to have won this event, but it has also been the scene of some of the very few disappointments of his career, while his team mate, Dani Sordo, has little experience of driving studded tyres on snow and ice. Added to this Citroën entered...

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Latvala Creates Rally History as Ford Fills Swedish Rally Podium Latvala Creates Rally History as Ford Fills Swedish Rally Podium

BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team driver Jari-Matti Latvala made history by becoming the youngest driver to win a world rally in Sweden today. The 22-year-old Finn and co-driver Miikka Anttila claimed their maiden victory on the Swedish Rally in a Ford Focus RS World Rally Car. Team-mates Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen were second and Ford secured a clean sweep of the podium places as Gigi Galli and Giovanni Bernacchini were third in a Stobart-entered Focus RS.

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Ford Aims to Warm Up Sweden's Winter with Focus Performance Ford Aims to Warm Up Sweden's Winter with Focus Performance

This week's Swedish Rally (7 - 10 February) lays claim to the tag of being the most specialised round of the 2008 FIA World Rally Championship by virtue of its date in the middle of the Scandinavian winter. And despite the vagaries of climate change which each year inspire pre-event debates about how icy and snowy the series' only all-winter round will be, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team's drivers know they will encounter conditions here that will not be found elsewhere during the season.

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Loeb Starts His 100th WRC Rally in Sweden Loeb Starts His 100th WRC Rally in Sweden

This weekend (7-10 February 2008) will see the all-conquering Citroën team of Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena start their 100th World Rally Championship event, en route to which they have become the most successful rally crew of all time, taken four world titles, won more events in one season, taken the most consecutive wins, won the German rally six times – no one else has ever won this event – and set a new record for Monte Carlo Rally wins.

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Suzuki Stars in First WRC Outing Suzuki Stars in First WRC Outing

Reigning Junior WRC champion Per-Gunnar Andersson finished an excellent eighth on his WRC debut in a World Rally Car, marking the start of the Suzuki World Rally Team's first season in the top category of the sport.

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The Kind of Monte Carlo Extends His Reign to a New Record The Kind of Monte Carlo Extends His Reign to a New Record

Sébastien Loeb is now the unqualified king of the Monte Carlo after he drove his Citroën C4 WRC to record fifth win of the world’s oldest rally, putting him one event ahead of Walter Röhrl, Sandro Munari and Tommi Mäkinen following his victories in 2007, 2005, 2004 and 2003 as well as this year. Citroën initially dominated the 2008 Monte Carlo Rally, with Loeb’s team mate, Dani Sordo setting the pace from the start before Loeb took over the lead on stage two and never looked back. On day two...

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Hirvonen Lies Third for Ford After Icy Start to New WRC Season Hirvonen Lies Third for Ford After Icy Start to New WRC Season

Ice, snow and darkness combined to provide a tricky opening to Rallye Monte Carlo tonight for the new-look BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team. Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen ended today's opening action in third place in a Ford Focus RS World Rally Car, while debutant team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila are 18th in a similar Focus RS after hitting a rock and stopping to change a wheel.

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Can the King of Monte Carlo Keep His Crown? Can the King of Monte Carlo Keep His Crown?

The biggest question posed by this weekend’s (24-27 July 2008) Monte Carlo Rally, the first round of the 2008 World Rally Championship, is can Sébastien Loeb keep his crown, with four wins and two second places after six WRC starts, as the King of the Monte Carlo Rally? A unique blend of mountain passes, death defying drops, roads that can be anything between dry, icy and covered in snow – on the same stage – make this, the oldest event in the World Rally Championship, a unique test of skill...

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Join the Citroen Rally Team Join the Citroen Rally Team

Just in time for the opening round of the 2008 World Rally Championship, which kicks off in Monte Carlo this weekend (24-27 January 2008), the Citroën Motorsport Team has launched a new web site for fans. The site – www.citroen-wrc.com – contains a wealth of information and exclusive content, everything from videos and pictures to mobile phone ring tones of the Citroën C4 WRC in action, as well as a venue for fans of Citroën, Sébastien Loeb and the team to communicate with each other, as well...

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World Champion Ford Reveals New Look For 2008 Focus RS World Rally Car World Champion Ford Reveals New Look For 2008 Focus RS World Rally Car

Ford of Europe revealed the exciting new look for its 2008 FIA World Rally Championship campaign as the team was unveiled at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham. The Focus RS World Rally Car, which powered Ford to the manufacturers' world title in both 2006 and 2007, sports a striking modern livery that took centre stage today at Europe's largest annual motorsport exhibition. It was also announced that the squad will be named the BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team for 2008.

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Awesome Norsemen to Spearhead Suzuki WRC Campaign Awesome Norsemen to Spearhead Suzuki WRC Campaign

Suzuki Sport President Nobuhiro ‘Monster’ Tajima announced today that talented Scandinavian drivers Toni Gardemeister and Per-Gunnar (PG) Andersson will be piloting the all-new Suzuki SX4 WRC in 2008. By nominating the pair, Suzuki brings a famous face back to the WRC circuit and enables one of the sport’s most accomplished juniors to enter the world’s most demanding motor sport competitions.

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Review: The Ultimate Rally Drive Experience Review: The Ultimate Rally Drive Experience

Do you like watching motor sport on the TV and have thought I wouldn’t mind giving this a go. Well here’s a chance to experience the real deal without having to invest the time or the cost involved in buying a race car, getting your CAMS license, and travelling half way around the country to get behind the wheel. The Melbourne event is held just out of Bacchus Marsh a rural town only 45 minutes from the Melbourne CBD and only a 30 minute drive from the Melbourne Airport. The course is...

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