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Welcome to issue 303 of HANDBRAKES & HAIRPINS, your favourite free source of rally entertainment! In this week’s edition of HANDBRAKES & HAIRPINS, we feature the M-Sport line-up for 2014’s WRC season, Robert Kubica’s surprise shift to M-Sport and Ford for 2014 and a look at Skoda’s development programme of the all-new Fabia R5 due to launch in 2015.

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Skoda confirms development of Fabia R5 for 2015 debut

Skoda has announced that the Fabia S2000 – one of the most successful rally cars of the S2000 era – will be succeeded by an all-new model, the Fabia R5. An intense development programme will begin at Skoda Motorsport’s Mlada Boleslav base in early 2014, ahead of a competition debut in 2015.

Confirming the Fabia R5 programme, Michal Michal Hrabánek, Skoda Motorsport Director, said: “The new R5 rally car will be equipped with a 1.6-litre turbo engine, in accordance with FIA regulations. That’s a big change compared to today’s naturally-aspirated, two-litre petrol engines. The R5 category succeeds the previous Super 2000 class. This way, we are able to continue to compete successfully in international championships and to push ahead with our customer programme. Entering the R5 class is a logical step for Skoda. As it stands, we are assuming that the new car will be homologated by mid-2015.” Continue reading Skoda confirms development of Fabia R5 for 2015 debut

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In this week’s edition of HANDBRAKES & HAIRPINS, we feature the new Hyundai Shell World Rally Team and the new driver line-up at the Citroën Racing for 2014. Also, the all-new Ford Ranger is showcased ahead of its Dakar Rally debut in January 2014, and we also bring you exciting news from the European Rally Championship for 2014. As always, we hope you enjoy this week’s read.

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FIA’s “Motorsport Moment of the Year 2013” is from WRC!

Intense heat, quick gravel sections and spectacular jumps: this is what the Rally Italy in Sardinia is known for and this is exactly why the fans love it so much. Volkswagen pilot Sébastien Ogier together with co-driver Julien Ingrassia celebrated his fourth win of the season on the Italian island in the Mediterranean this year – the foundation stone for overall victory during the 2013 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in Volkswagen’s debut season. The Frenchman once again had his Polo R WRC perfectly under control over the demanding terrain. On the world motorsport federation (FIA) Facebook page, fans were asked to vote and once again declared their fondness for Ogier and the Volkswagen brand by choosing Ogier and Ingrassia’s leap in the Polo R WRC over the notorious “Mickey’s jump” hilltop as the “FIA Motorsport Moment of the Year 2013”.

Exciting 2014 FIA World RallyCross Championship calendar unveiled

IMG Motorsports, a division of IMG Worldwide, the global sports, fashion and media company, and the Federation Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA) have released the 2014 calendar of events for the inaugural FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy.

Following the FIA’s decision at September’s World Motorsport Council meeting to approve the formation of the World Championship in 2014, the parties have agreed to a new calendar for next year, which has been approved at today’s Council meeting in Paris.

The FIA World Rallycross Championship in 2014 will be run over 12 events including races in Canada, Turkey and Argentina and at new European Circuits in Belgium and Italy. Continue reading Exciting 2014 FIA World RallyCross Championship calendar unveiled

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Welcome to issue 301 of HANDBRAKES & HAIRPINS, your favourite free source of rally entertainment!

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Yours in Rallying,

Evan Rothman (Editor) and Eva Kovkova (Photojournalist)

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