WRC 2016 Schedule Revealed

Unlike IndyCar, the WRC can at least get a schedule released prior to the end of their existing season.  Okay, jabs aside there are some interesting bits to this new schedule below.  It’s business as usual up until round 10 in September when the much anticipated China round is supposed to appear.  The big manufacturers like Citroen want it, but at the same time don’t want to pay for a 14th round in the championship.  If it happens as scheduled, teams will have 2 weeks to pack up and leave Germany…

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Op-Ed – Ogier Thinks Night Stages Should be Eliminated

Soon to be crowned 3 times consecutive World Rally Champion in his dominant VW Polo R WRC, Sebastien Ogier told  organizers at the end of  Day 2 of the Coates Hire Rally Australia that “night stages increased risk for drivers and provided little for spectators.” He then asked Rally Australia organizers not to include a night stage again as nobody benefited and he said this supposedly on behalf of all WRC drivers. (Thanks to Gary Boyd @KiwiWRCfan for this excerpt)   This is interesting coming from Sebastien Ogier who has been the ongoing…

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WRC 2017 – A Return of Group B?

In a decision opposite of what we normally hear from the World Motorsports Council, the FIA has agreed to increase the power and open up many design elements for 2017 World Rally Championship manufacturers.  The basics are an increase to 380 HP, lighter weight, and a more “dynamic and distinct appearance that exhibits character and diversity”.   Some have said to be careful what you wish for as more power is dangerous and could bring back the tragedies from the days of Group B.  In the simplest of terms that is in fact…

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WRC Rally Mexico – USA Live Coverage

This week continues the saga that is the World Rally Championship.  Will road sweeping finally stop two time World Champion Sebastien Ogier’s winning streak?  Or will the dust prove to be to his advantage leading the pack?  Who else will contend for the top of the podium?  Will we see another dramatic fight for the win like Sweden or another desperate transit to the final time control like Thierry Neuville experienced last year?  Get ready for the high altitude and hot action that is Rally Mexico!!   WRC Live Radio will…

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WRC Rally Sweden – USA Live Coverage

For those that have MAVTV or WRC+, WRC Rally Sweden is offering up Live TV coverage of 3 of this week’s stages. My favorite has to be the one airing today.  Have you ever played DiRT3 and the Head2Head competition?  Or ever watched the Race of Champions?  That same over-under crossover of 2 cars racing at the same time going the same overall distance is what will be shown today at the Karlstad super special.  Fans voted to help create the head-to-head competitions, and it is always an exciting show.…

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RALLY – They’re Baaaaack! Toyota to Return to WRC in 2017!

Today’s highly anticipated motorsports announcement from Japan didn’t disappoint.  President Akio Toyoda went on stage and told the rallying world what we had all hoped was true, that Toyota was returning to the WRC beginning in 2017.  That makes 4 full auto manufacturers and one “pseudo” manufacturer (MSport) competing at the top level of the sport. Akio Toyoda said that his visit to Finland was a big influence on him as many fans asked him when Toyota would return to the WRC.  The last time Toyota was in the WRC…

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Exciting New R-GT Class Is Fan Favorite You Won’t See On TV

There were only 3 entrants in the new for 2015 R-GT class and all were essentially the same car (Porsche 911 GT3s).  With the cheers from the crowds you would have thought the battle was much closer than it turned out to be.  That was no matter as these glorious beasts with their musical turbo flat 6 engines reverberated through the canyons and echoed off the mountains filled everyone with joy.  It seems everyone agrees that the new R-GT class is one of the great highlights of the 2015 Rallye…

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