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Citroen’s exit from the World Rally Championship was not exactly unexpected, but Wednesday’s announcement confirming that was nevertheless a bombshell. What was a surprise, too, was the wording of the statement confirming it’s departure that blamed six-time world champion Sebastien Ogier, whose decision to leave left it with no alternative but to withdraw with immediate
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World Rally Championship event winner Hayden Paddon will race in the new-for-2020 TCR New Zealand series, in a Hyundai run by his own team. Paddon Rallysport Group took delivery of a TCR-spec i30 earlier this year, the Kiwi using it to help sharpen his asphalt skills as he looked to work his way back to
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Citroen’s parent company PSA Motorsport insists it is still discussing the 2020 World Rally Championship with lead driver Sebastien Ogier. A spokesperson from the firm would not discuss speculation regarding Citroen’s potential withdrawal from the WRC. It emerged this week that Citroen’s WRC participation is under review, while a World Endurance Championship entry has just
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The 2019 World Rally Championship finale Rally Australia has been cancelled amid concerns about the rapidly spreading fires closing in on the event’s Coffs Harbour base. Official confirmation of the decision from rally organisers is expected imminently. Autosport has seen email confirmation from rally officials to the FIA and WRC Promoter declaring the cancellation, with
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World Rally champion Ott Tanak’s sensational move from Toyota to Hyundai – sealed just before his title – is only the start of the 2020 driver market machinations. In a special rallying edition of the Autosport Podcast, David Evans joins Edd Straw to consider what happens next in the WRC. Will Sebastien Ogier walk out
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Rally Australia officials are becoming increasingly concerned by the onset of bush fires in New South Wales ahead of next week’s 2019 World Rally Championship finale. Because of the fires, the roads being used for the WRC event are currently closed to all traffic – including event officials hoping to set stages up for the
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