FIA World Rally Championship calendar 2024:
25 28 January Rallye Monte-Carlo (Asphalt/Ice)
15 18 February Rally Sweden (Snow)
28 31 March Safari Rally Kenya (Gravel)
18 21 April Croatia Rally (Asphalt)
9 12 May Vodafone Rally de Portugal (Gravel)
30 May 2 June Rally Italia Sardegna (Gravel)
27 30 June ORLEN 80th Rally Poland (Gravel)
18 21 July Tet Rally Latvia (Gravel)
1 4 August Secto Rally Finland (Gravel)
5 8 September EKO Acropolis Rally Greece (Gravel)
26 29 September Rally Chile Bio Bío (Gravel)
31 October 3 November Central European Rally (Asphalt)
21 24 November FORUM8 Rally Japan (Asphalt)
24-01-28 Masterful Neuville
opens 2024 campaign with victory in Monte-Carlo
Belgian keeps Sébastien Ogier at bay to bank his 20th FIA World Rally
Thierry Neuville celebrated his 20th world rally win at Rallye Monte-Carlo
on Sunday afternoon, banking a perfect score of 30 points alongside co-driver
The Hyundai i20 N star opened his 2024 FIA World Rally Championship title
bid with a sublime performance in the French Alps, mastering the ice-patched
mountain roads to head Toyota Gazoo Racing rival Sébastien Ogier by
Neuville shrugged aside early engine issues before launching an attack on
Saturday, overtaking both Ogier and his GR Yaris team-mate Elfyn Evans to
storm into the lead with a slender 3.3sec advantage. A clean sweep of fastest
times in Sundays final leg cemented his position ahead of the nine-time
Rallye Monte-Carlo winner.
"I don't have the words, to be honest, beamed an elated Neuville
after finishing the final stage on the iconic Col de Turini. It was
just so great this weekend, I felt so comfortable in the car.
The whole team was doing an amazing job and I think the whole package
was working really well. There are always things to improve so of course we
need to continue working, but we are very happy to win this rally, he
Ogier led for a single stage on Saturday afternoon, but the Frenchman could
not repel Neuville despite his best efforts. It's been a nice battle
with Thierry. Well done to him, he has been really fast this weekend,
Evans held the upper hand after the first two legs but time ebbed away from
him on Saturday, not helped by a hybrid unit problem. He eventually finished
29.1sec behind his team-mate Ogier.
Ott Tänak placed fourth on his first rally back in Hyundai colours. Mystery
engine problems hindered the 2019 WRC champion throughout the rally although
a stage win on Saturday morning proved his potential with the i20 N car.
Adrien Fourmaux equalled his career-best result by finishing fifth overall
in his M-Sport Ford Puma. Behind him was Hyundais Andreas Mikkelsen,
with Takamoto Katsuta almost three minutes further back after sliding off
the road on Friday.
Yohan Rossel claimed the WRC2 victory with a last-gasp Wolf Power Stage push,
climbing to eighth overall in the process. He passed Pepe López in
the finale while Nikolay Gryazin rounded out the top 10. Jan Cerný
took victory in WRC3 and Mauro Miele won the WRC Masters Cup, while López
topped the WRC2 Challenger standings.
Round two of the WRC takes place on the snow and ice of Sweden. The series'
only pure winter fixture is based in Umeå on 15 18 February.
1. T Neuville / Martijn Wydaeghe BEL Hyundai i20 N 3h 9m 30.9s
2. S Ogier / V Landais FRA Toyota GR Yaris +16.1s
3. E Evans / S Martin GBR Toyota GR Yaris +45.2s
4. O Tänak / M Järveoja EST Hyundai i20 N +1m 59.8s
5. A Fourmaux / A Coria FRA Ford Puma +3m 36.9s
6. A Mikkelsen / T Eriksen NOR Hyundai i20 N +5m 34.6s
Drivers' championship standings (after round 1 of 13):
1. T Neuville 30pts
2. S Ogier 24pts
3. E Evans 21pts
24-01-28 Oflyt i VM-genrepet
för Oliver Solberg
Oliver Solberg visade upp sig med fyra sträcksegrar i Rally Monte-Carlo,
men två punkteringar förstörde chansen till en topplacering
i genrepet till fighten om VM-titeln.
22-åringen fortsatte att imponera i säsongens första VM-tävling
som avslutades i hamnen i Monaco på söndagseftermiddagen.
Tävlingen i Monte-Carlo räknades inte med i mästerskapet för
Oliver Solberg, så ett sämre resultat i helgen påverkar alltså
inte hans mästerskapssäsong.
Under fredagen tog Skoda-föraren fyra segrar på de totalt sex specialsträckorna
med sin Fabia RS Rally2 och höll en fjärdeplats totalt i den näst
största klassen. Men dagen efter bjöds på två punkteringar
i snabb följd och bara ett reservhjul.
Det var vårt eget val att bara ta med ett reservhjul. Om vi ??hade
haft två hade det varit bra och vi kunde ha fortsatt tävlingen.
Men reglerna är tydliga; du måste ha fyra däck med luft på
bilen, sa Oliver Solberg.
Tävlingen tjuvstartade med två specialsträckor i mörker
Det var utmanande att hitta komforten och känslan i bilen. Vi
gjorde lite ändringar efteråt och i fredags var bilen riktigt fin
att köra. Att vinna sträckor är bra, men jag tror att vi fortfarande
hade mer i oss. Vi var långt ifrån maxgränsen för vad
vi kan prestera.
Solbergs officiella säsongspremiär i WRC2-mästerskapet äger
rum i hemmatävlingen Rally Sweden i Umeå den 15-18 februari.
24-01-27 Neuville heads Ogier
in Rallye Monte-Carlo thriller
Belgian ends Saturday with 3.3s lead over eight-time WRC champion.
Thierry Neuville has set up the perfect Sunday showdown at Rallye Monte-Carlo
after dethroning Sébastien Ogier in Saturdays final stage, provisionally
netting himself 18 points.
Hyundai i20 N star Neuville was undoubtedly the man to beat in the morning.
Having held third last night, he pinched second place from Ogier on the days
first ice-patched speed test and stormed into the top spot before midday as
time ebbed away from overnight leader Elfyn Evans.
Ogier seized control by reeling off back-to-back stage wins early in the repeated
afternoon loop, but Neuville retaliated by outpacing the Toyota GR Yaris-driving
Frenchman in the closing kilometres to carry a 3.3sec advantage into Sunday.
With Rallye Monte-Carlo marking the debut of the all-new WRC points structure,
Neuvilles late charge will earn him 18 points providing he completes
Sundays stages. Ogier will receive 15 while Evans, who ended the day
34.9sec off the lead in third, gets 13.
"It was perfection, Neuville said of his drive on Pellafol - Agnières-en-Dévoluy.
Everything went well and I really enjoyed the car - it was incredible.
It was important to take the points tonight but we also needed to keep
the car on the road. I had a good feeling, so I went for it and it seems like
it paid off," he added.
Ogiers stage win at Les Nonières - Chichilianne was the 700th
of his career. That feat moved him ahead of Finnish legend Juha Kankkunen
(699 stage wins) into fourth on the all-time WRC list of stagewinners.
"I have been trying since the beginning of the rally, basically,
admitted the nine-time Rallye Monte-Carlo winner. This [final stage]
was no different, but Thierry did a good stage. It looks like we need to try
Super Sunday brings the opportunity for the top performers over the course
of the final day to collect up to seven points, in addition to the five bonus
points also up for grabs in the rally-ending Wolf Power Stage.
Evans completed SS10 with no hybrid boost on his GR Yaris. Even with the issue
fixed, he could not find an answer to the sudden speed of his peers. I
dont know what's going on, the Welshman admitted after yielding
16.9sec in SS12. It didn't feel great, but thats chronic.
Hyundai man Ott Tänaks hold on fourth was strengthened as he pulled
away from his closest challenger Adrien Fourmaux, helped by his stage win
on Pellafol / Agnières-en-Dévoluy. The pair were split by over
one minute at close of play, with Fourmaux doubling down on his conservative
approach after seeing his M-Sport Ford Puma colleague Grégoire Munster
off the road in SS12.
Munsters demise allowed Andreas Mikkelsen to claim sixth in his Hyundai,
while Takamoto Katsuta climbed up to seventh following his costly ditch excursion
Eighth place went to Nikolay Gryazin, who currently heads Pepe López
in a thrilling duel for WRC2 supremacy. Yohan Rossel is also involved in the
support category scrap and completed the top 10.
Sunday's final leg features three stages as crews journey south to Monaco.
The trio add up to 52.12km before the rally finishes in the principality.
Leading positions after Saturday:
1. T Neuville / Martijn Wydaeghe BEL Hyundai i20 N 2h 37m 58.5s
2. S Ogier / V Landais FRA Toyota GR Yaris +3.3s
3. E Evans / S Martin GBR Toyota GR Yaris +34.9s
4. O Tänak / M Järveoja EST Hyundai i20 N +1m 46.9s
5. A Fourmaux / A Coria FRA Ford Puma +2m 54.0s
6. A Mikkelsen / T Eriksen NOR Hyundai i20 N +4m 21.2s
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24-01-26 Leader Evans under
attack from Rallye Monte-Carlo expert Ogier
Toyota pair split by just 4.5s after leg
two of WRC season opener.
Elfyn Evans leads Rallye Monte-Carlo after Fridays second leg, but
the Welshman is under increasing pressure from his Toyota Gazoo Racing team-mate
Evans had been 21.6sec clear of his GR Yaris Rally1 colleague after Thursdays
night-time loop, but Ogier is now looming large in the Welshmans rear
mirror after a stunning drive over Fridays French Alps roads near Gap
saw him whittle that deficit down to just 4.5sec.
Ogier won two of the mornings three speed tests and climbed from third
to second after Hyundais Thierry Neuville spun his i20 N in SS4. The
Frenchman had moved to within 10.7sec of Evans by the days midpoint,
with the bulk of the time being gained over the ice-patched special stage
from La Bréole to Selonnet.
The pair were closely matched for much of the repeated afternoon loop, but
it was again at La Bréole / Selonnet held in darkness on its
second run where Ogier shone, outpacing his colleague by 4.1sec to
set-up a thrilling showdown going into Saturdays penultimate leg.
It was a difficult start to the rally, but we expected that with our
start position, said Ogier, a nine-time winner of this event. Now
I am glad that we managed to be very close - tomorrow will be fun.
Evans, who was never outside the top three times, admitted that conditions
had been difficult to read.
It never gets easier, this rally, he explained. [The last
stage was] very difficult in the dark. I had a lot of information, but I couldn't
see a lot of it to be honest - I just had to trust it. It's very difficult
to read the conditions on the road. I'm happy to get through today without
Neuville remained very much in the fight at the sharp-end and trailed Ogier
by 11.6sec in third. He won three of the days six special stages and
enjoyed a trouble-free run aside from his early-morning spin.
Ott Tänak was lucky to end the day 57.5sec further back in fourth after
ice on a right-hander sent his Hyundai sliding into a ditch during SS3. It
took spectators just 40sec to get the Estonian back on the road. Grégoire
Munster and Takamoto Katsuta also went off at the same location, with the
latter dropping more than five minutes.
Adrien Fourmaux repaid M-Sport Fords faith in him by delivering an impressive
third-best time in SS5. The 28-year-old is returning to the WRCs top
level having contested WRC2 in 2023, and he completed the top five aboard
Andreas Mikkelsen, also returning to the top-flight for the first time since
2019, ended the day over one minute back from Fourmaux in sixth overall. Driving
a Hyundai, the Norwegian found it difficult to trust the information in his
pace notes with surface conditions changing constantly.
Seventh-placed Munster reached the overnight halt 28.2sec further back in
his Puma, while WRC2 contenders Nikolay Gryazin, Pepe López and Yohan
Rossel completed the top 10.
Saturday brings another full-on schedule with Esparron / Ozenet launching
the day at 08.05. Les Nonières / Chichilianne and Pellafol / Agnières-en-Dévoluy
follow before the trio are repeated, bringing the day's total competitive
distance to 120.40km.
Leading positions after Friday:
1. E Evans / S Martin GBR Toyota GR Yaris 1h 25m 28.9s
2. S Ogier / V Landais FRA Toyota GR Yaris +4.5s
3. T Neuville / Martijn Wydaeghe BEL Hyundai i20 N +16.1s
4. O Tänak / M Järveoja EST Hyundai i20 N +1m 13.6s
5. A Fourmaux / A Coria FRA Ford Puma +1m 38.0s
6. A Mikkelsen / T Eriksen NOR Hyundai i20 N +2m 58.9s
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24-01-23 Legendary Rallye Monte-Carlo
opens 52nd WRC season
It's a fresh start for the WRC stars as a new season begins in the French
The curtain rises on a brand-new FIA World Rally Championship season this
week as the worlds toughest motorsport series roars back into action
at the legendary Rallye Monte-Carlo (25 28 January).
Thirteen rounds await across four continents during the WRCs 52nd season.
Kicking off the new year in style, this weeks famous fixture has attracted
a capacity entry of 70 cars.
Rallye Monte-Carlo, the oldest fixture on the WRC calendar and arguably the
most unpredictable rally of the year, moves its base away from the Principality
of Monaco and back into the French alpine town of Gap, where it was most recently
based in 2021. The relatively straightforward asphalt roads high in the mountains
are complicated by winter weather, placing an emphasis on cunning tyre choices.
Tactical twists: New points structure adds fresh dimension
The WRC now features a revamped points system that brings more excitement
and intrigue to the rallys closing stages on Sunday morning. The structure
awards up to 18 points based on the general classification after Saturday,
up to a further seven points for performances on Sunday, and maintains the
traditional five bonus points for the rally-ending Wolf Power Stage.
These updates maintain the core concept of determining an overall rally victor.
As always, the crew with the lowest total time across the entire event will
be crowned the winner.
Driver line-ups: Market shuffles and fresh faces
Reigning manufacturers champion Toyota Gazoo Racing fields three cars
for the season opener, led by last years runner-up Elfyn Evans who is
starting his fifth season with the team. The Welshman is joined by Japans
Takamoto Katsuta, who steps up to a full-time seat in one of Toyotas
point-scoring GR Yaris Rally1 cars. Nine-time Monte-Carlo winner Sébastien
Ogier pilots the third Yaris while reigning world champion Kalle Rovanperä
will complete a partial programme for Toyota in 2024, starting in Sweden next
Hyundai Motorsport has re-signed Ott Tänak after the Estonian spent last
season with M-Sport Ford. Tänak won nine rallies with the Korean manufacturer
between 2020 and 2022. Now he aims to make history and land a maiden drivers
crown for the marque, having previously claimed the title himself behind the
wheel of a Yaris in 2019.
Five-time championship runner-up Thierry Neuville of Belgium leads the i20
N Rally1 attack with Tänak, while reigning WRC2 champion Andreas Mikkelsen
back at WRCs top level for the first time since 2019 - returns
to pilot the teams third car this week. He will alternate drives with
Spains Dani Sordo and Finlands Esapekka Lappi throughout the season.
M-Sport Ford fields a youthful line-up with Adrien Fourmaux and Grégoire
Munster both tackling full campaigns aboard Puma Rally1 cars. Frenchman Fourmaux
returns full-time to Rally1 with M-Sport, having competed in WRC2 the
WRCs main support category - in 2023, while 2024 marks Munsters
first full season at the pinnacle of rallying, making him the first Luxembourger
to achieve the feat.
Monte master Ogier aims to break records
Ogier bids for a record 10th Rallye Monte-Carlo victory on roads close to
his birthplace near the host town of Gap. But the 40-year-old is taking nothing
for granted, knowing exactly how challenging the roads can be.
For me this is a must-do event and theres a lot of hopes for this
first rally, he said. I think its the rally that you need
to respect more than any other as the conditions can be so challenging, which
means that nothing is guaranteed. Numbers are never my main motivation, but
if I could get a 10th win on this event it would be something very special.
The rally starts in Monacos Casino Square on Thursday afternoon. Competitors
face 17 speed tests covering 324.44km before Sunday afternoons finish
back in downtown Monaco.
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