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Hyundai ups the ante, Skoda’s R5 gets green light: Handbrakes & Hairpins Issue 332!

Welcome to the latest edition of Handbrakes & Hairpins, a 15-page issue featuring news from the WRC, the World RX and the South African National Rally Championship >> http://bit.ly/issue332.

As always, enjoy this week’s read!

H&H is BACK!

The WRC, FIA World Rallycross Championship, the FIA, Petter Solberg, and more are all featured inside this week’s 18-page edition. Download, download, download for FREE: http://bit.ly/issue329

No surprises in the 2015 WRC calendar

WRC Promoter unveiled its 13-round calendar for the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship. All rallies in the 2014 schedule were confirmed for next year by the FIA World Motor Sport Council at its meeting in Beijing, with some significant date changes in the first part of the season.

January’s opening round at Rallye Monte-Carlo will start a week later than this year, providing a longer end-of-season break and increased preparation time for manufacturers, teams and drivers. The year’s curtain-raiser will adopt Rally 2 regulations for the first time, allowing retired competitors the opportunity to restart the following leg subject to technical approval. Rally 2 is employed by all other rounds.

Portugal’s fixture will return to its traditional fanbase in the north after 10 years in the southern Algarve area and swaps places with Argentina.

The South American round will be in mid-April, when conditions are likely to be warmer and drier, with Portugal moving back to late May. The changes mean Italy’s round will be a week later in mid-June.

Poland, which successfully returned to the championship in 2014 after a five-year absence, retains its place for next season.

“We’re delighted to confirm the 2015 calendar and to retain all 13 rounds for next season. The breadth of events geographically ensures a truly global championship,” said WRC Promoter’s managing director, Oliver Ciesla. “We’ve again blended a mix of classic events that date back to the championship’s origins with newer, but firmly established, rallies. All will offer a challenging variety of roads and conditions to ensure that WRC will provide the ultimate all-round test of driving ability.”

The 2015 FIA World Rally Championship calendar is:
01) Monte-Carlo 22 – 25 January
02) Sweden 12 – 15 February
03) Mexico 5 – 8 March
04) Argentina 16 – 19 April
05) Portugal 21 – 24 May
06) Italy 11 – 15 June
07) Poland 2 – 5 July
08) Finland 30 July – 2 August
09) Germany 20 – 23 August
10) Australia 10 – 13 September
11) France 1 – 4 October
12) Spain 22 – 25 October
13) Great Britain 12 – 15 November

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This week’s eZine’s for Timothy Cathcart, R.I.P.

This latest edition of Handbrakes & Hairpins dedicated in memory of Timothy Cathcart, who passed away at the British Rally Championship’s Ulster Rally this past weekend.

Inside we bring you news from Michelin and the World Rally Championship’s new two-year deal, Marcus Gronholm’s Volkswagen Motorsport move, a look at this weekend’s WRC ADAC Rallye Deutschland and a review of the SA National Rally Championship’s Round Five.

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Double Champ to double test duties in WRC

Volkswagen Motorsport has secured the services of former World Rally Champion Marcus Grönholm: the 46-year-old Finn, winner of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in 2000 and 2002, will support the works team at test sessions with the Polo R WRC. Grönholm boasts a vast wealth of experience acquired from 150 WRC rallies enormous, 30 of which he won, and his findings will provide invaluable assistance when it comes to testing and further developing the World Rally Car.

“We are delighted to have Marcus Grönholm on board as test driver for our WRC project,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito. “Marcus is one of the most successful and talented rally drivers around, and will support us with the further development of the Polo R WRC. Thanks to his in-depth understanding of technical aspects and his analytical skills, he will be able to provide our engineers with valuable input.”

“To get behind the wheel for the World Championship winning team from Wolfsburg is obviously a great opportunity for me,” said Marcus Grönholm. “I am really looking forward to testing and having the chance to work on the further development of what is currently the best rally car out there – the Polo R WRC.” “Bosse” Grönholm took his place at the wheel of the Polo R WRC for the first time during the gravel tests in Fontjoncouse (southern France) in early August. Grönholm will assist the Volkswagen WRC team at selected tests.

Grönholm’s career as a works driver in the World Rally Championship began in 1999 at Peugeot. In only his second year as a pro, the Finn won four rallies and claimed his first World Championship title. Two years later he added a second title with Peugeot. The father of three subsequently switched to Ford, where, at the end of the 2007 season, he brought the curtain down on a dazzling career that included 30 wins, 60 podiums and 540 stage wins.

Volkswagen Polo R WRC (2014)

Celebrate WRC rallying in Finnish style in Issue #325!

HANDBRAKES & HAIRPINS has compiled a massive WRC Neste Oil Rally Finland review special edition this week over 12 pages! If that’s not enough reason to get your free issue now, we also bring an article on Jari-Matti Latvala’s psychological victory over his rivals and the latest proposed shake-ups in the WRC. Yours free, each week.

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These are the WRC Rally Finland videos you’ve got to watch!

Jari-Matti Latvala and his Volkswagen Polo R WRC claimed victory on this fast-paced, action-packed WRC Neste Oil Rally Finland. It was a flawless performance, from start to finish, and most importantly, he kept team-mate Sebastien Ogier behind him in a thrilling battle.

It started with Latvala’s pre-event test…

The best highlights package from the event…

High-speed and sideways action…

This displays the differences between Ogier and Robert Kubica on SS4… Watch those lines!

Latvala pushed his Polo to new limits, and heights…

This is the Finnish Grand Prix and drivers collect air miles…

HD wrap of the action…