Fast News: Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Jari-Matti Latvala – winner of the previous round of the World Rally Championship (WRC) spoke about his Shakedown:
“In the first run on the shakedown I didn’t feel completely happy but we changed some of the engine mappings and adjusted some clicks on the dampers, which we were expecting to do. On the second run it felt a lot better and by the third run I was really happy. So now I’m feeling confident but it’s going to be a tough rally with the heat: more like an endurance test than a sprint.”
The top ten Shakedown stage times:
01) T. Neuville (Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe) – 03m 45.8s
02) S. Ogier (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) – 03m 47.5s
03) K. Meeke (Citroën C3 WRC) – 03m 48.0s
04) J-M. Latvala (Toyota Yaris WRC) – 03m 48.3s
05) H. Paddon (Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe – 03m 48.6s
06) D. Sordo (Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe) – 03m 48.7s
07) E. Evans (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) – 03m 48.9s
08) O. Tänak (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) – 03m 50.3s
09) S. Lefebvre (Citroën C3 WRC) – 03m 50.6s
10) J. Hänninen (Toyota YarisWRC) – 03m 50.7s
The first stage is set to run tonight. There are 19 stages in total, with the event ending on Sunday evening.
Elfyn Evans and his DMack M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS WRC tested their mettle in the Mexican hills ahead of this weekend’s event. The first of the traditional gravel rallies, it’ll be a feast of action this weekend.
Hayden Paddon and Hyundai New Zealand are again joining forces to put together a full-on campaign in the 2017 New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC).
Competing under the Hyundai New Zealand Rally Team banner, the team will contest all six championship rounds with the Hyundai i20 AP4+ spec car launched so successfully in Paddon’s hands in 2016.
First into the driver’s seat is defending New Zealand rally champion David Holder, who’ll contest the NZRC’s two April events, the Otago Rally and the International Rally of Whangarei. Taking the wheel for June’s Rally Canterbury and Rally Waikato in October is Job Quantock, the 22-year-old who won the inaugural Hyundai NZ Young Driver Scholarship in December last year. Paddon takes over the i20 rally car for the other two NZRC events, Rally Coromandel in August and the two-day, Tauranga-based Rally New Zealand in November.
The team is run by Paddon Rallysport with Paddon himself as co-manager alongside his Wanaka-based father Chris Paddon. They have already appointed very experienced engineer Mike Pittams, of Force Automotive in Tauranga, as the car chief of the Hyundai NZ Rally Team. Paddon says Pittams’ wealth of experience will help the team deliver a fast and reliable package. Continue reading Paddon and Hyundai NZ announce NZRC drivers→
Finnish-based team GRX and driver Niclas Gronholm – son of double WRC Champion Marcus Gromholm – will contest the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy with an M-Sport built Ford Fiesta RX Supercar.
The GRX team will compete in all 12 rounds of the World Championship in a partnership with multiple FIA European Rallycross Championship winning team, Set Promotion. The Fiesta RX is currently being prepared at M-Sport’s base in Cumbria, north England.
Gronholm, 20, raced in the full FIA World Rallycross Championship in 2016, his first full-time campaign having made just one previous start in the series, in Sweden 2015. In a year of learning and development, the Finn made the semi-finals twice: in Sweden and in Canada. The 2015 Finnish Rallycross Champion now has experience of every circuit on the World RX schedule, with the exception of the final round in South Africa, which is a new addition to the World Championship from 2017. Continue reading GRX Team enters RX with Nicholas Gronholm→
The Prestone MSA British Rally Championship is ready to burst back onto some of the world’s best rallying stages with another action-packed year of competition ahead following its highly successful reincarnation last year. The BRC is well-known for being the premier proving ground for young rallying talent, and further history is set to be made on the seven-round series in 2017.
2016 witnessed a stellar performance by Elfyn Evans in a DMACK-backed Ford Fiesta R5. The Welshman put on a dominant display to clinch the title on the Ulster Rally – 20 years after his father Gwyndaf lifted the same trophy on the same event. The 28-year-old’s success story fired him back into an FIA World Rally Championship seat and upon his return, the DMACK World Rally Team driver set fastest stage times on the Monte Carlo Rally to put him back amongst the world’s best. Continue reading British Rally Championship continues to be number one proving ground for WRC→