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There’s always a winner in motorsport: Loeb’s In; Breen’s Out. For 3 Rallies.

There’s always a winner in motorsport. And that means there’s also a loser. Nine-times World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb and co-driver Daniel Elena are making their way back to the WRC for three selected rounds in the Citroen C3 WRC. The losers are Craig Breen and Scott Martin. They’re out in the cold, keeping the WRC bench warm…

Loeb’s a gentleman. He feels sympathy for Breen’s position. He told Autosport: “It must be frustrating for him. He did a really good rally in Sweden, but on the other side I don’t decide anything.”

Sounds like a marriage to us.

The Frenchman spoke to Autosport about his pace for the WRC Rally Mexico this weekend: “I don’t know if I will be in the rhythm. For sure I know I will have a good position on the road and that will help me on the first day, but for the rest, it’s really difficult to make any plan. It’s too long that I didn’t drive in this level of rallying: six years and I didn’t do a gravel rally. I am curious to know after the first stages how I am.”

Stay tuned to find out how The Loeb Show will play out this weekend…

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Commuting in a WRC car?

A motoring website put a Hyundai i20 WRC monster through an average day of commuting in Sydney, Australia. CarAdvice had a blast. An interesting read and the video is fun too.

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BREAKING NEWS: 2014 WRC calendar revealed

The FIA World Motor Sport Council today released the 2014 World Rally Championship (WRC) calendar.

2014 WRC Calendar:
19 January – Rallye Monte-Carlo
09 February – Rally Sweden
09 March – Rally Mexico
06 April – Rally de Portugal
11 May – Rally Argentina
01 June – Rally d’Italia
29 June – Rally Poland
03 August – Rally Finland
24 August – Rallye Deutschland
14 September – Rally Australia
05 October – Rallye de France
26 October – Rally de España
16 November – Rally of Great Britain

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Rally New Zealand will be sorely missed in 2014, PLUS video

Rally New Zealand organisers are embarking on an ambitious plan to retain this country as a host for the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). They have withdrawn their bid to host the event in 2014 in favour of Australia in order to initiate a new concept allowing both nations to stage the World Rally Championship round for three years in succession.

The calendar for the 2014 season is due for release early September. The popularity of the sport has resulted in the FIA deciding to share the Championship to some countries on a biennial basis, which has resulted in Australia and New Zealand hosting every other year.

“The problem is this has just not worked,” said Rally New Zealand Chairman Peter Johnston. “The lack of continuity has significantly affected the commercial viability and our ability to resource the event with skilled personnel to a world class level.”

In order to provide a more sustainable model with continuity of profile and interest, Rally New Zealand has raised the concept of replacing the current format with one that would see a three year term in Australia followed by three years in New Zealand.

“While the World Rally Championship promoters are focused on the short term, and are therefore not in a position to agree to the suggestion at this time, it has provided a platform for some constructive discussions. We hope this will lead to future WRC events in both Australia and New Zealand being run to a high standard and inspiring commercial partners, competitors and the public alike to support the event.”

Mr Johnston said sponsors had struggled to leverage their investment on a year-on, year-off basis, while it proved too challenging to retention and re-training key volunteers in what is a significantly technical sport.

“So we have come up with the concept of each country staging the event for three years at a time. It is a fair time for sponsors to maximise branding and gain a return on their investment. We can build a solid marketing base to develop public interest and we can retain a high level of expertise to run the event.

“We are competing with other international venues in the WRC that receive significant central and local government support. We hope that this new structure would enable us to attract levels of government support that are in line with the international status of the event and the financial investment that the WRC enjoys around the globe.”

Rally New Zealand is arguably this country’s longest running international event that forms part of a bone fide world championship. The event, which has been run for more than 40 years, was first included as a round of the World Rally Championship back in 1977. It has been a regular stop on the championship with drivers universally praising the event for its high level of organization and its status as offering the best rallying roads in the world.

This is an in-car video of Kiwi star Hayden Paddon in action in last year’s event… This is what we as rally fans will be missing in 2014.

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Juha Kankkunen’s got the most drool-worthy rally car collection on the planet

Four-times World Rally Champion and all-round Finnish legend Juha Kankkunen knew a thing or two about chucking a car sideways into a corner. He is also the only driver to successfully wear a moustache in rallying. The WRC Neste Oil Rally Finland has a stage that passes by his street, and he has a road named after him too. What he is also very well known for is having a garage of cars that make grown men (and some women) drool…

Car website Edmunds had good fortune to meet the Finnish star and have a walk around his car collection. View it here: http://www.edmunds.com/car-reviews/features/collection-of-a-lifetime.html

Here’s Juha doing what makes him so special to the world of rallying…

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