Rally Sweden: Day 1

Andreas Mikkelsen led Rally Sweden after the solitary 1.9-kilometre Karlstadt superspecial stage on the opening day on Wednesday, 0.8 seconds quicker than teammate Sebastien Ogier. The Norwegian, however, claimed to a “bit rusty” in the first couple of corners but that didn’t stop him from being the top Volkswagen driver. Ott Tanak too was admittedly…

What would you tell Kris Meeke?

Kris Meeke probably has the weight of the world on his shoulders. But he simply shrugged it off after an inspiring performance in Monte Carlo, shredding apprehensions that his World Rally Championship career was on its last legs, particularly after the end of last season marked by two crashes in his two outings. Instead, the…

Lessons from the gambles at Monte Carlo

The roulettes in the Monte Carlo Casino spun and spun but despite the uncertainties and random results it’s supposed to throw up in its red and black pockets, the familiar white car with the blue and grey streaks emerged triumphant. After a chaotic opening day at the Monte Carlo rally, the croupier presented the world…

Dakar Rally: Stage 13

Nani Roma claimed the Dakar Rally on Saturday after teammate Stephane Peterhansel allowed the Spaniard through for the win, suggesting that the team orders issued on Thursday were being followed by the Mini drivers. The two were separated by 26 seconds ahead of the final 157 kilometre stage from La Serena to Valparaiso, but the…

Monte Carlo Rally: Day 3

Defending world champion Sebastien Ogier sealed the Monte Carlo Rally on Saturday winning two of the three timed stages and emerging triumphant in this year’s World Rally Championship season-opener. The Volkswagen driver stood victorious by over a comfortable minute despite treacherous conditions from privateer Bryan Bouffier and Kris Meeke, who became the first Briton to…

Dakar Rally: Stage 12

Stephane Peterhansel won the 12th stage of the Dakar Rally on Friday and emerged as the overall leader from Nani Roma, a day after Mini had instructed its drivers to hold positions and not take any risks. The compliant Frenchman completed the penultimate 350-kilometre course from El Salvador through the Copiapo dunes to La Serena…