X marks the Spot for Marcus Gronholm in Los Angeles

After a clean sweep of wins in the 2012 Global Rallycross Championship (GRC), Marcus Grönholm heads to the series’ blue riband event, the X Games with a clear mission – to maintain his championship lead, to add an X Games medal to his 2012 accomplishments and to enjoy the prospect of locking horns with his long-standing WRC rival, Sébastien Loeb, who joins X Games for a guest appearance. Continue reading X marks the Spot for Marcus Gronholm in Los Angeles

Inside the WRC Team MINI Portugal

A rally weekend inside a top-level team in the World Rally Championship (WRC) is an experience few will experience and few will be able to thoroughly enjoy. It is an adrenalin-fuelled weekend, rushing from one time deadline to the next, tackling one challenge at a time to the emotional highs and lows that make this sport the best in the world.

The WRC Team MINI Portugal gave us just this insight into the non-stop action weekend that was the WRC Brother Rally New Zealand. Richard “Tomo” Thompson is Chief Engineer for the team and treated Handbrakes & Hairpins to the ins and out as the team took on this unique event. Continue reading Inside the WRC Team MINI Portugal

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Loeb claims victory in New Zealand

Eight-time World Rally Champions Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena (Citroën Total World Rally Team) claimed yet another win this season at the Brother Rally New Zealand after leading from the end of the first day. The win marks only the third time that the Citroën Total World Rally Team stars have secured victory in a New Zealand round of the FIA World Rally Championship, as well as another one-two lockout for the French team in 2012. Continue reading Loeb claims victory in New Zealand

Hanninen claims TENTH IRC victory

Juho Hänninen has underlined his status as the most successful driver in the six-year history of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge by winning the Geko Ypres Rally in Belgium on Saturday, the first Finn to do so since the late Henri Toivonen in 1984. Continue reading Hanninen claims TENTH IRC victory

Loeb and Hirvonen lead after Day Two in New Zealand

Eight-time world champion Sébastien Loeb has the overnight lead in Brother Rally New Zealand after the event’s second day, extending slightly the lead he had over Citroën Total World Rally Team team-mate Mikko Hirvonen following the first day. Continue reading Loeb and Hirvonen lead after Day Two in New Zealand