The international automobile Federation (FIA) closed down a loophole in the regulations of the WRC, allowing private teams to conduct tests of vehicles outside of Europe with the participation of pilots associated with manufacturers.
Many teams have started to complain to the FIA after Mads Ostberg ran tests with Onebet WRT Jipocar Ford Fiesta WRC in Argentina in anticipation of this rally.
Despite the fact that, in fact, Ostberg brings its factory team points in the standings manufacturers, and therefore the de facto owner, he is the product of M-Sport. And manufacturers, in turn, allowed...
According to the head of M-Sport Malcolm Wilson, a breakthrough, through which Ogier won in Portugal, should serve as a starting point in the fight for the championship WRC in 2017.
Victory in Portugal, which Wilson called “perfect”, was the first to Ogier since its debut in M-Sport in Monte-Carlo and restored its lead to 22 points over Thierry Neuville.
“I’m glad that Sebastien is so comfortable behind the wheel of the [Ford] Fiesta WRC, Wilson said in an interview with AUTOSPORT. – On the tests in front of the stage, we checked the long balance of the car.
The Toyota driver Jari-Matti Latvala said that was close to the gathering at the Rally Portugal.
A further exploration of the route Finn felt unwell and Saturday night due to dehydration was in the hospital the Port, where it remained until 5:30 Sunday morning.
“The painkillers helped a little, but the main problem was that I couldn’t eat and was exhausted, – quotes AUTOSPORT Latvala. – On Saturday, about eight o’clock in the evening I visited the doctor who called me to refrain from participating in the race on Sunday. But I said, “I have to get behind the wheel,...
The pilot M-Sport sébastien Ogier for the fifth time in his career he triumphed on Rally Portugal.
The final day of competition as Sebastien began with an advantage of 16 seconds over the closest rival Thierry Neuville.
Ogier lost 0.8 second Belgian on the 16th special stage, and the SU Luilhas strengthened their lead by three seconds.
Neuville was faster than the Frenchman on the last two SU, but that wasn’t enough to compete with the current world champion.
On the finish of the rally Ogier brought Neville 15 seconds. Third in the final minutes became another representative of the...
The pilot M-Sport’s Sebastien Ogier finished the second day of the Rally Portugal in the first place.
Sebastien grabbed the lead from his teammate Ott Tanaka that on the 12th SS the result of an error broke the rear suspension.
Error Ott Tanaka brought Sebastien Ogier the leaders of the Rally Portugal
Ogier managed to keep most of the handicap from his nearest competitor, though the opponent of the Hyundai of Thierry Neuville was plucked from his leadership for almost three seconds. Now the Belgian is inferior to the current world champion of 16.8 seconds.
In third position...
The pilot M-Sport sébastien Ogier inherited the lead on rally of Portugal from his teammate Ott Tanaka after the Estonian damaged his left rear suspension on his Ford Fiesta.
Sebastien gradually crept Ott: before the start of the 11th special stage, the Frenchman lost the leader of only 6.3 seconds. But Tanak smartly drove SU 11 and he strengthened his position by winning the first two intermediate grades SU 12, but before the third cut-off he firmly hit a slope and damaged his left rear suspension.
He managed to bring the Fiesta to the finish line, but now he is only the fifth with a lag...
Directorate Rally Portugal returned Thierry Neuville 11.6 seconds because he kept Jari-Matti Latvala at the final stage of Friday.
The Belgian completed spewtastic Ponte de Lima 19.1 seconds slower rally leader Dani Sordo.
“I was stuck behind him for more than five kilometers and, trying to overtake three times almost went off the road. He was driving slowly my Granny, don’t understand why they would continue,” said Neuville, who won this season on the Tour de Corse and Rally Argentina.
Latvala, who suffered a power loss due to the tapered exhaust after the accident,...
On Friday evening the balance of power on the Rally Portugal has undergone major changes – from the struggle for the leadership of retired Jari-Matti Latvala, Kris Meeke and Hayden Paddon.
Before the special stage from Ponte de Lima, the first eight drivers separated by only 8.9 seconds, while the Ott Tanaka had the advantage of just 0.1 seconds over Latvala.
Finn first ran into trouble when the car started acting weird on the brake, and eventually it skidded, and the car was damaged. Fixing them took almost five minutes.
Mick in the early evening of the section took the lead, but on the...
The Toyota driver Jari-Matti Latvala took the lead at the end of the morning section of the Rally Portugal, ahead of just over half a second closest pursuer Chris Mick.
After the spectator special stage, held the evening before, the first line divided between Mads Ostberg and Thierry Neuville. However, after the first real combat stage on Friday morning, the Norwegian and the Belgian rolled back, and has become the leader Hayden Paddon.
However, the driver of the Hyundai was briefly first, because at the end of SS3 of the rally was headed by Jari-Matti Latvala, and he stopped on the special...
Teams of the world rally championship has opposed plans to expand the calendar.
Recently, the WRC promoter Oliver Cisla provided participants with a version of calendar with 16 stages, promising that additional costs will be offset by the profit from holding a new rally. But the team still skeptical and do not agree with the limit is exceeded in 14 stages.
“There was a time when we had 16 races in the season. But that was ten years ago when the budget was much larger than now, – quotes the Hyundai team Manager Alain Penasse AUTOSPORT. In my opinion, 14 is the best option. I like the...