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Toyota driver Ott Tänak, co-driven by Martin Järveoja, has won Rally Finland for the second consecutive year, extending his lead of the drivers’ championship to 22 points over Sébastien Ogier. In total, the Estonian won six of the 23 stages, including the Power Stage, to claim the victory with a 25.6-second margin over Citroen’s Esapekka Lappi.
“I feel good, it’s been a big weekend,” said Tanak, who claimed his 10thwin of the season. “I think the summer break came at the right point. I was really devastated after losing my win at the last round in Sardinia and now it’s the perfect result here in Finland. We’ve got five rallies left to go this year and we need five more results like this.”

Reaching the top

Tänak hit the front on Saturday, when Lappi also moved into the runner-up spot. The Finn was challenged by his compatriot and former rally leader Jari-Matti Latvala, whose Toyota topped the time sheets on Friday night, but Lappi was able to claim his second podium of 2019, after Sweden.

“I’m very happy for the team to get this second place in Finland, they deserve this so much,” said Lappi, the winner of two stages. “I’ve not been able to bring many good results this year and now finally I can do this, so thank you to all of them.”

Latvala started to reel in Lappi once more on Sunday, after losing time with an impact on Saturday that deranged the rear of his Yaris, but it wasn’t quite enough, and he finished 7.6 behind his compatriot, having won eight stages (more than anyone else) and claiming his own first podium since Australia last year. “It’s an important result as I had a lot of pressure,” said Latvala. “It wasn’t easy, as I know I made a few small mistakes.”

Best of the rest

Andreas Mikkelsen was the top finisher for Hyundai in fourth, which leads the manufacturers’ championship from Toyota. The team maintains its undesirable record of never finishing on the podium in Finland, but Mikkelsen was pleased with the development that has taken place on the i20 Coupe WRC. “I’d like to thank the team for all the hard work they have done to improve the car here,” said Mikkelsen. “It’s really beginning to pay off now. It’s not a podium, but I feel like my old self again now .”

Reigning champion Sébastien Ogier was fifth, having suffered with a stomach bug throughout Saturday that kept him up all Friday night. “Saturday was a real struggle and it definitely held me back,” said the Frenchman. “But I’ve been happy with the car and my driving under the circumstances. In the end, I did everything I could.”

Championship contender Thierry Neuville inherited sixth place after stand-in team mate Craig Breen moved aside for him on Sunday morning. Neuville struggled with pace from the start, but gradually improved his car’s set-up throughout the rally, after leading on Thursday night following the rally-opening super special. He ended the rally in style, jumping 60 metres in the Ruuhimäki Power Stage.

“I tried, but I’m not sure it was enough,” said the Belgian at the finish. “The most important thing is that we made some improvements to the car, but with the road-cleaning it was difficult this weekend. We didn’t have a very good test, so I didn’t find a very good feeling here from the beginning. It got better though, so I have to be satisfied.”

Happiness and disappointment

For Breen, it was a dream debut after he was called up for his first WRC rally of 2019. The Irishman set a couple of second-fastest stage times on the opening day, and spent most of the rally locked in a tense battle with Mikkelsen, Ogier, and Neuville before being asked to check in early on Sunday morning to boost Neuville’s score.

“It’s been pretty amazing, I have to say,” commented a delighted Breen. “I have to thank a lot of people. It’s so, so nice to be here competing again at this level again.”

Behind him, Ford driver Teemu Suninen was less happy, having finished in eighth place on his home event, after fighting for podiums in the past. He started the rally with high hopes but had to rapidly reassess his expectations over the three days. “It’s difficult to evaluate as I didn’t have a reference,” said Suninen. “I was quite happy with the driving, but it wasn’t enough. We have a lot of work to do before the next rally.”

The Finn’s only team mate in an identical car was Englishman Gus Greensmith – on only his second event in a World Rally Car – who was more than two minutes behind Suninen when he crashed on Sunday morning. Another Briton to crash was Toyota’s Kris Meeke, who was challenging for the lead early in the rally but crashed out of second place on Saturday and took a wheel off again after he re-started on Sunday.

WRC2 Pro and WRC2

The top WRC2 Pro finisher was Kalle Rovanperä in ninth overall, who took his fourth consecutive win in the category. This commanding performance made up for the disappointment of 2018, when the young Finn led but crashed. By contrast, Nikolay Gryazin took his very first WRC2 win at this level in another Skoda.

The championship now switches to asphalt, with Rallye Deutschland in Germany from August 22-25.











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6 August 2019

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21 years of history in the World Rally, with this number 137. We deployed with a very interesting list of topics, from the Rally of Wales with the victory of Ott Tänak, over the Toyota Yaris WRC, managed by the Finn Tommi Mäkinen. Besides a quite significant note of the Norwegian Veronica Engan, beautiful co-pilot and making experience in the structure of Jÿvaskyla in TGR WRT.
The victorious farewell of the Norwegian “Viking”Petter Solberg, in the WRC 2nd class, together with the local Phil Mills, who in his last incursion in the World Rally Championship, in England at the wheel of the Polo GTI R5 of the sports management of Hanover by VW Motorsport. And his son, Oliver, who premiered his bond in the WRC with the other new-generation German car.
The Roman Max Rendina, returns to the professional activity of the World Rally next year with the Fabia R5 EVO by Motorsport Italia.
The great moment of Hyundai Motorsport GmbH, in front of the leadership in the position table between the brands with their fast i20 WRC Plus 2019.
The regulation of the brand new American vehicle in the R5 class, which is manufactured and designed by M-Sport, driven by the English Malcolm Wilson, the new Fiesta R5 MK II.
The ratification in the calendar of the entry of Japan to the WRC 2020.
Prodrive, continues increasing revenue to return to the base of its star category, the CMR, it will be in 2022 with hybrid cars. Mitaka’s blue car will return with Banbury in the technical division from the UK.
Pläzy, celebrates the ecumenical title of the WRC2 Pro with the Scandinavian Kalle Rovanperä, winning in Liverpool.
The official announcement of the WRC 2020, with the continuity of the Rally of the Republic of Argentina in its 40 years of history, which will be run in the early days of May, in the coming cycle.
Fabio Andolfi, the Italian reality, who exhibits ACI Sport and MSI in WRC 2, driving the Fabia R5 of the Roman formation, led by Bruno De Pianto & Max Rendina.
STARD & TEIN, fulfill the dream of projecting the electric Fiesta “PROJECTE”, which will run on the World RX 2021.
An auspicious season, which raises us one more epilogue with the publication RRM WRC Argentina, in its 21 stations with the discipline in the national and international level.




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The stars aligned for Petter in Wales last week,as former team-members joined him at Wales Rally GB.

Petter lands the high five with another Wales Rally GB win



The Solberg story headlines at Wales Rally GB (again)
Emotional farewell as Petter signs off with a WRC 2 victory
Petter: “That’s a proper way to say goodbye.”
Oliver fastest on his first ever WRC outing
Stunning Saturday morning speed, Oliver beats everybody on just his third WRC stage
Mixed emotions doesn’t come close for the Solberg family following another thrilling week in Wales.

Petter and Oliver drove their Volkswagen Polo GTI R5s on one of the season’s most complicated and competitive rallies. Both have a story to tell…

For Petter, a four-time Wales Rally GB winner, the last week has been an astonishingly rapid run down memory lane. It’s seven years since the triple world champion competed in Britain, but it felt like yesterday when he delivered the dream: a fifth Wales Rally GB win – admittedly, this one was in the WRC 2 category.

This time, even Hollywood was almost lost for words.

“Incredible,” he said. “Unbelievable. Since we planned the Farewell Tour at the start of the year, I wanted to come here and wanted to do GB. It was different this time with Oliver driving as well. The emotions were a little bit more complicated, but this result… what can I say?

“The comeback starts now!”

Petter admitted returning to one of the season’s most complicated rallies was not straightforward.

“I didn’t underestimate how tough this would be? But maybe I forgot a little bit about how tough it was! This rally is one of the hardest in the championship and it always was – that’s one of the things that make it so special when you are having the success here.

“The days are long and the roads are so, so difficult to read and take confidence from, but when you get it right, it’s the best feeling in the world.”

More on that comeback?

“Do you think I should? Maybe? No, we’re working on Oliver’s plan now. Oliver is the future for the Solberg story, mine is a little bit in the history now. Honestly, it’s been really nice, fun and a lot of emotions coming to this rally. I love this place and these people, so to share my last proper WRC round with Wales was so special for me and Phil.

“That was the proper way to say goodbye.”

Back to the future…

In the last week, Oliver’s World Rally Championship dream got real.

After an already insanely successful rookie season of four-wheel drive rallying, where Oliver has become the youngest ever European Rally Championship event winner and taken America by storm with Subaru Motorsports USA, Wales Rally GB was the next mountain to climb.

Predictably, Oliver made short work of his big moment. He was fastest of all the R5 cars (including WRC 2 Pro and WRC 2) on just his third stage in the World Rally Championship.

Unfortunately, a misted-up windscreen spoiled SS1, while a smashed wheel rim on the second test ruled him out Friday. After a day by the north Wales seaside, Oliver was very much back in business on Saturday morning.

That’s when the fastest times started. Nobody drove an R5 car faster than Oliver through Dyfi and Myherin. Nobody.

Unfortunately, just as the weekend was starting to fly, Sweet Lamb turned sour and Saturday was done.

“The car stopped,” said Oliver. “We don’t know why. We checked everything, but it wasn’t possible to continue. We came to service and the team made lots of investigations, worked on the car and then I could come back again on Sunday.

“Of course, it was disappointing that we couldn’t take the experience we wanted from all of the stages, but the thing I wanted to have a look at for myself was the speed.

“I have been asking myself for the whole time: “Where am I for the speed? How will I compare with the other guys?

“When I came to the first stage on Saturday morning, it was really difficult. I had nothing to win and a lot to lose if I crashed. Honestly, we drove at around 95 per cent and the times were good.”

Good? Try sensational.

Through the 26-kilometre Dyfi test, Oliver was 9.1 seconds faster than any other R5 cars. And 24.7s up on Papa.

“That was good,” he said. “I enjoyed that one – the grip was really good in places and this took me by surprise. I was braking early many times.”

In Myherin, Oliver could only manage fastest by 3.1s and this time Petter was just eight down.

After that, Saturday went south, but Sunday demonstrated more speed and more potential before he rolled in the penultimate test.

Oliver said: “The end of the event wasn’t like we wanted, but the dream really has come true for me to be here. Wales and the World Rally Championship wasn’t like my Papa told me it would be. It was evenbetter.”

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October 8, 2019

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Nasser Al-Attiyah celebrated his sixth Cyprus Rally victory on Sunday evening by revealing that he’s considering a full FIA European Rally Championship campaign in 2020.

Al-Attiyah, from Qatar, has enjoyed a long run of success in stage and cross-country rallying at both regional and international level.

He’s yet to tackle more than a handful of ERC events in any one season but that could change next year.

“We are thinking to the European [championship] next year, we will sit with the team and we will see,” said Al-Attiyah, who drove an Autotek Motorsport-run Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 to victory in Cyprus.

“To compete in different race [is the reason], we know everybody, the atmosphere in this European championship is really great, a family, and a lot of media. And when you win you win the race.”

In addition to a possible ERC bid, Al-Attiyah also confirmed he hopes to represent Qatar in skeet shooting at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.…/


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08 October 2019


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