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Mitsubishi Motors Spain is entering the 2019 Dakar rally with a Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross T1 Prototype driven by talented Spanish driver Cristina Gutierrez and co-driven by compatriot Pablo Huete. Backed by Mitsubishi Motors Spain for the past four years, 26-year old Gutierrez was the first Spanish woman to complete the Dakar in a car in 2017 and in the 2018 event she was the highest placed female driver. “As always when you face a Dakar, you do it with great expectation but also a lot of respect for the test,” commented Gutierrez. “The first objective, of course, is to finish what is the toughest rally in the world, for the third time in a row.” Read More »

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Chesterfield rally driver Rhys Yates ensured his return to the prestigious Monza Rally Show was a successful one, by taking a stunning top-ten position in an HK Racing Ford Fiesta WRC at the famous Monza Race Track near Milan in Italy (6-9 December).

Competing against some of the best motorsport stars in the world, including seven-time Moto GP World Champion Valentino Rossi and World Rally Championship ace Teemu Suninen, Yates returned to the invitation-only event for the second time in as many years. Read More »

Three-time Welsh Rally Champion Alex Allingham is the first new overseas competitor confirmed for Sol Rally Barbados 2019, the 30th running of the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) premier event. Allingham will drive the Weir Rallying UK Ford Escort MkII with co-driver Ross Weir, who last year sat with Dave Jenkins, the car’s builder, when they finished 29th overall on the historic Escort’s competition debut.

Sol RB19 will run from Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2, with The Rally Show on the previous Saturday (May 25) followed Flow King of the Hill at its new location of Stewarts Hill on Sunday, May 26; the event has evolved from small beginnings as the International All-Stage Rally of 1990 into the Caribbean’s biggest annual motor sport International and a key National Event on the island’s sports-tourism calendar. Read More »

SsangYong has unveiled the Rexton DKR to compete in next year’s Dakar Rally, the world’s toughest rally, following the brands successful campaigning of a Tivoli inspired car in the 2018 event.

Developed by SsangYong Motorsport in Spain, the new Rexton DKR utilises a dune buggy body style with the muscular design features of the new SsangYong Rexton SUV. The car is built to be strong, fast and light to overcome the many different challenges posed by the race. Read More »

– MINI Motorsport partner X-raid to field five MINI John Cooper Works Rally cars at 2019 Dakar.
– X-raid MINI JCW Rally Team will consist of four established MINI Family crews.
– 2018 FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup champion Jakub “Kuba” Przygonski to compete under the banner of ORLEN X-raid Team.

MINI Motorsport partner X-raid has announced its intention to field five MINI John Cooper Works Rally at the 41st edition of The Dakar, 6-17th January 2019. Read More »

Nissan Micra Kit Car pilot Steve Brown rounded off his third year in the Flanders International Rally Challenge (FIRC) in style, winning the competitive M2-B class and finishing 58th overall from 120 starters at the 6 Uren Van Kortrijk Rally (24-25th November), bagging him the M2-B Class title in the process. Read More »

– The Abarth 124 rally wins the FIA R-GT Cup driven by the French pair of Astier-Vauclare, as well as the European R-GT Championship
– Victory in the FIA R-GT Cup and the R-GT class ERC Championship
– More than 40 category wins in 12 different international championships

In only its second racing season, the Abarth 124 rally has established itself as the king of the R-GT class, recording more than 40 class victories in 12 national championships. Read More »

Team PEUGEOT Total enjoyed a strong finish to its FIA World Rallycross Championship adventure in South Africa, claiming its 9th podium this season courtesy of Sébastien Loeb. For the 2nd time after Latvia, all 3 of the PEUGEOT 208 WRX made it through to the final. In a hard-fought race, Loeb finished in 3rd place, and this was his 7th podium from 12 events in 2018, which included a victory in Belgium. Read More »

Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT secured its fifth podium of the season in Australia, this time thanks to Mads Østberg and Torstein Eriksen, once again illustrating the team’s improving form in the second half of the year. Read More »

– Hyundai Motorsport has completed the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with its 11th podium result of the season after Hayden Paddon finished second in Rally Australia
– A retirement for Thierry Neuville at the start of Sunday’s second loop ended any remote chances of a maiden WRC title
– Having taken three victories, 11 podiums and 68 stage wins in 2018, Hyundai Motorsport will now regroup and prepare to fight back when the 2019 season gets underway in January. Read More »