Just a few days before its homologation and its competition debut, the Citroën C3 R5 is the focus of attention as it is the main novelty of the 2018 season. From the Tour de Corse onwards, PH Sport will run Stéphane Lefebvre’s car as part of the Citroën Racing works programme in WRC2. Other C3 R5s will then be available for rent to privateer drivers who want to race in the latest car from the French make. Continue reading The Citroën C3 R5 To Make Its Debut In Tour De Corse
One of the most spectacular events on the international calendar, the Azores Airlines Rallye, opens the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) season from 22-24 March. The material and information links below have been prepared to assist your reporting of the event on São Miguel in the mid-Atlantic Ocean. Continue reading PREVIEW: FIA ERC’s Azores Airlines Rallye
Contested over eight events from next weekend this month to October, the 2018 FIA ERC schedule has been structured in response to calls from drivers and teams who were keen to cap their number of competitive outings at between six and eight events. The calendar includes three rallies on asphalt and five on gravel (three on each surface for ERC Junior Under 27 and ERC Junior Under 28). And in a further cost-cutting measure, drivers chasing overall honours count their best six scores only.
It is fantastic to hear Daniel Elena’s voice over the intercom of a WRC machine again, and to see the focus on Sebastien Loeb’s face as he whips his car through the Rally Mexico Shakedown Stage yesterday afternoon.
Tune into 4 min 27secs of The Loeb Show…
The 15th Rally Guanajuato México gets underway with a spectacular special stage through the narrow streets and silver mining tunnels in downtown Guanajuato on Thursday evening.
The traditional first gravel round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) has carved its own specialised niche in the calendar and is renowned for its demanding special stages – often at higher altitude than at any other round of the series – slick organisation, thousands of spectators and some of the most spectacular television footage ever aired from the WRC.
Belgian Thierry Neuville starts the event in a strong position. He has a 10-point lead over five-time World Champion Sébastien Ogier in the Drivers’ Championship and his Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team leads the Manufacturers’ category by a single point from Toyota GAZOO Racing.
Four of the 11 World Rally Car drivers are previous winners in México. Ogier has three wins to his name with Volkswagen, while Finland’s Jari-Matti Latvala now drives for Toyota and also achieved a win with the German team in 2016. A returning nine-time WRC champion Sébastien Loeb has won here on six occasions and the Frenchman’s Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team colleague Kris Meeke was triumphant last March, despite a spectacular excursion into a spectator car park on the final stage.
Record global TV audiences watched 2017’s unforgettable FIA World Rally Championship season as viewing figures reached a five-year high.
The most exciting and unpredictable championship battle in a decade, in which Sébastien Ogier led M-Sport Ford World Rally Team to a double title success, was watched by a cumulative audience of 848.86 million viewers, according to independent analyst Nielsen Sports.<
Continue reading WRC Global TV Audience Reaches 5-Year High
This week’s 15th Rally Guanajuato México marks the first time this season that FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) teams will face the rigours of punishing heat, abrasive gravel and demanding altitude.
México’s now traditional third round of the championship is a far cry from the changing stage surfaces of the Alpes-Maritimes or the sub-zero temperatures of a harsh Swedish winter. Several drivers switched teams in the close season and new partnerships provide new challenges, particularly on a specialised event like Rally México where pre-rally gravel testing could play a key role in determining the outcome at the ceremonial finish on Sunday (March 11) afternoon.
Continue reading WRC Leaves European Winter For Mexican Heat