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Recce for the 2013 Rally Sweden started today. Crews will note the 196.61 competitive kilometres at a maximum speed of 70kph but will reach speeds of almost 200kph when serious business begins later this week.

Loeb triumphs on shortened ‘Monte-Carlo’

Sébastien Loeb extended his personal Rallye Monte-Carlo record with another dominant performance in wintry France. The Citroën/Michelin driver led practically from start to finish to secure a seventh win in the Principality. Volkswagen will be pleased with second spot for the new Polo R WRC in the hands of Sébastien Ogier, who was joined on the podium by Citroën newcomer Dani Sordo. Much of the last day’s action was cancelled because of horrendous weather and overwhelming spectator numbers.

WRC 2013… What’s new?

After a two-month break, World Rally Championship action resumes next week in the form of the Rallye Monte-Carlo which will visit France’s Ardèche and Vercors regions, as well as the mountains that tower over the Cote d’Azur. That might not strike you as very different, but the coming season promises to have a special flavour, since it will see not only the farewell campaign of Loeb and Elena, but also the official debut of automotive giant Volkswagen.

The crazy month of June!

Once again, the men and women at Michelin Motorsport face an exceptionally busy month of June, with two WRC rounds and one ERC fixture on their job-list, as well as two major 24-hour endurance races, the Goodwood Festival of Speed and top motorcycle racing action!

WRC Italia: the WRC’s Sardinian ‘Giro’

Since 2004, Italy’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship has taken place in Sardinia. This year, Volkswagen Motorsport arrives on the Mediterranean’s second-biggest island on top of the Manufacturers’ standings and in the top three places in the Drivers’ points table…

A new face at Hyundai Motorsport

The Korean team has recruited Nino Frison as Technical Director. Thierry Neuville, Hayden Paddon and Juho Hanninen, who will represent Hyundai at the WRC’s next two rounds, are currently testing in Poland.

ERC (Rallye Açores): Home glory for Sousa

The 2014 SATA Rallye Açores, round five of the FIA European Rally Championship, was won by Bernardo Sousa (Ford Fiesta RRC). The Portuguese driver was joined on the podium by Kevin Abbring (Peugeot 208 T16) and Jean-Michel Raoux (Peugeot 207 S2000).

Latvala’s tenth victory, VW’s ninth in a row…

Volkswagen Motorsport has broken Citroën’s record by winning its ninth WRC event in a row, but both brands were present on the final Rally Argentina 2014 podium today. Jari-Matti Latvala (VW/Michelin) triumphed ahead of team-mate Sébastien Ogier by 1m26.9s, with Britain’s Kris Meeke third for Citroën.

Rallye Açores: the ERC’s ‘Ocean Drive’

After the all-asphalt visit to Ireland, the 2014 FIA European Rally Championship switches back to dirt for this weekend’s SATA Rallye Açores. The absence of Esapekka Lappi will give the championship leader’s rivals a chance to bridge the gap.

After SS12: Hirvonen emerges from the fog

With just two difficult stages remaining in the 2014 edition of Rally Argentina, Jari-Matti Latvala (VW/Michelin) looks well-placed to clinch his maiden victory in South America as the Finn now has more than a minute’s advantage in-hand over Sébastien Ogier. Third-placed Kris Meeke (Citroën) is staving off the attentions of Andreas Mikkelsen (VW) in fourth, whilst the delayed Mikko Hirvonen won stages 11 and 12 in the fog.

Who will take the place of El Nino?

After a five-week break, the FIA World Rally Championship resumes this week in Argentina. Sébastien Ogier’s dream is to win this event which has slipped through his fingers several times and thereby take over from ‘El Nino’ Loeb who went unbeaten in South America from 2005 to 2013.

Leg 1: Latvala leads Ogier

Off the back of four one-two finishes in as many stages, it is no surprise to see the Michelin-shod Volkswagen Polo R WRCs occupying the top two spots in the overall classification at the end of the opening leg of Rally Argentina 2014, with Jari-Matti Latvala leading Sébastien Ogier by 17.7 seconds. Five ‘works’ drivers have already been forced into retirement.

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