Rally America heads to Oregon Trail Rally in May

Much like the Oregon Trail pioneers, the 2012 Rally America National Championship will travel west to the Oregon Trail Rally for the third installment of the six-event National Championship on May 4-6th, 2012 in Portland, OR.

The Oregon Trail Rally powered by Dick Hannah Subaru begins at Portland International Raceway on Friday, May 4th before moving for the rest of the weekend to the fast gravel stages under the formidable Mt. Hood along the Columbia River Gorge. Continue reading Rally America heads to Oregon Trail Rally in May

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Evan Rothman (Editor) and Eva Kovkova (Photojournalist)

New Pirelli prize to support talented young drivers in Italy

Pirelli has joined forces with the CSAI – the governing body of Italian motorsport – and the Pirelli-equipped Racing Lions team, to offer a young driver the opportunity of a lifetime.

Under this latest scheme a young driver aged 28 or under will be given the chance to compete in four rallies on the 2012 Italian Rally Championship with a factory car: a unique opportunity to get noticed at the top level with the best possible equipment. Continue reading New Pirelli prize to support talented young drivers in Italy

Volkswagen team is in for real endurance test in Argentina

Three times Volkswagen won the Dakar Rally and three times the victorious racers were crowned as winners in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires. Now the Volkswagen team is returning to the country for Rally Argentina from 27 to 29 April to contest the fifth round of the FIA World Rally Championship with Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) and Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N). More than 500 kilometres
of special stages make the rally the longest WRC event in nearly ten years. Continue reading Volkswagen team is in for real endurance test in Argentina

Sasol Ford’s Cronje and Robin Houghton win Sasol Rally

Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton (Sasol Ford Fiesta) continued their good form in the South African Rally Championship when they followed up their recent win in the opening round in KwaZulu-Natal with victory in the Sasol Rally, which ended in Nelspruit in the Mpumalanga Lowveld this past Saturday.

It was a hard-fought win for the current championship leaders, who were involved in a titanic battle with Johnny Gemmell and Carolyn Swan (Castrol Team Toyota Auris) throughout the two day 600-kilometre event, just as they were in the KZN rally. Continue reading Sasol Ford’s Cronje and Robin Houghton win Sasol Rally

Meeke says Hanninen and Mikkelsen are world class

Kris Meeke has singled out performances by Juho Hänninen and Andreas Mikkelsen on the Donnelly Group Circuit of Ireland Rally, describing them as “very, very impressive”.

The former Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion was speaking following his visit to the second stage of the event, which passed less than two kilometres from his home near Dungannon in Northern Ireland. Continue reading Meeke says Hanninen and Mikkelsen are world class