Once the domain of brave Nordic pilots only, the Neste Oil Rally of Finland went the way of defending champion, Frenchman Sébastien Loeb for a third time this weekend, extending his championship lead on the way to what is surely a ninth WRC title.
Citroën’s Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena maintained their command of the WRC championship with another flawless drive during the Brother Rally of New Zealnd over the weekend. Despite a tussle with teammates Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen, there was no doubt that the French duo were once again unbeatable – marking a record 72nd victory for Loeb.
Last year wasn’t the best season for Finland’s Mikko Hirvonen. Despite plenty of earlier promise, he was off the boil for the BP-Ford World Rally Team. He talks us through what the challenges were, new competition and a new formula, as well as the new Fiesta WRC…
Six-time title winner and defending champion Sebastien Loeb took his eighth consecutive Rally Deutschland win this weekend – leading teammate Dani Sordo and Citroen Junior Team driver Sebastien Ogier to a Citroën C4 clean sweep of the German podium.
Frenchman Sebastien Loeb once again made the record books as he tore his way to the front of the field and a 58th World Rally Championship win, in Bulgaria’s most prestigious rally over the weekend – the historic event’s first time on the WRC calendar.
Four-times South African touring car champion and winner of the 2009 Dakar Rally, Giniel de Villiers, has been invited to compete in this year’s Race of Champions, which takes place at the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing on November 2 to 4.
Mikko Hirvonen claimed the World Rally Championship lead, one point over defending champion Sebastien Loeb, at the Rally of Poland this weekend.
Sébastien Loeb emerged from this weekend’s penultimate round of WRC in Hokkaidō, Japan as the 2008 WRC Drivers’ Champion and the most successful driver world rallying has ever seen – with five consecutive championships since 2004.
The BP-Ford World Rally Team achieved its hundredth consecutive points finish when drivers, Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala ran a one-two for victory at the Rally of Turkey on Sunday.
Marcus Gronholm piloted the new ’07 Ford Focus RS to a spectacular win on his home soil at the weekend.