Croatia hosted the WRC World Rally Championship last weekend, and the extremely well-organized event, which will remain on the championship's racing calendar for years to come, was marred by an incident that landed three Croatian spectators in prison. As we reported, at one of the speed tests there was an argument and a fight between the spectators, who at one point even found themselves on the road, just before a racing car drove by. It all started when a drink was spilled on one of the spectators, who then threw a can at another spectator. A scuffle ensued, but luckily the stewards, the police and some other spectators took quick action. Daniel Šaškin, president of the organizing committee of the rally, said about the event: "It was crazy. Fortunately, we had
The rally for the WRC World Championship in neighboring Croatia was also marked by an unpleasant event that could have turned into a tragedy. On one of the fastest sections of the rally, where the racing cars jump and fly a few meters away due to high speeds, just a few seconds before the arrival of the racing car, a fight broke out. also on the track. With this, they not only endangered themselves, but also the spectators and stewards, who tried to prevent the worst, while at the same time enabling the competitors to perform safely. https://youtu.be/wG5aHAw0mGA?t=40 Toyota racer Elfyn Evans won the rally ahead of Otto Tanaka (Ford), who was 27 seconds behind the winner, while Esapekka Lappi (Hyundai) was third.
Rally team Hoonigan Racing Division has confirmed that their racer, 55-year-old Ken Block, has died after a tragic snowmobile accident in Utah. "It is with deepest regret that we can confirm that Ken Block died today in a snowmobile accident," they began with a note on Instagram. "Ken was a visionary, a pioneer and an icon. And most importantly, a father and a husband. He will be greatly missed. Please respect the family's privacy during this time of grief," their statement continued. https://www.instagram.com/p/Cm74ZDVL_PS/?utm_source=ig_embed&ig_rid=f6c63b25-0467-4fa4-91e6-f4ff88b13de5 The Wasatcha County Sheriff's Office, who were present at the scene of the accident, soon issued a statement: "2.1 .2023 at approximately 14 p.m., the emergency center received a call about a motorcycle accident
Former Formula 1 driver and father of current world champion Max Verstappen, Jos Verstappen, will compete in the WRC Rally Yepres in Belgium next month. The Dutchman tested himself in rally waters for the first time a few weeks ago at the van Haspengouw rally behind the wheel of Citoren's C3 Rally2. Verstappen, whose notes will be read by Harm van Koppen, has not officially entered the WRC2 category, so he will not win points for the World Championship.
Nine-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb will take part in the German DTM Championship race for the first time this month, where he will represent the Red Bull AlphaTauri team behind the wheel of a Ferrari 488GT3. Loeb will replace New Zealander Nick Cassidy in the opening race of the championship in Portimau, Portugal, with Felipe Fraga, who will not take part in the Formula E race, but because Cassidy is likely to miss the Norisring and Spa Francorchamps, Loeba could seen several times. “Throughout my career, I’ve been looking forward to changing categories,” Loeb said. "DTM is a very well-known championship and I was offered the opportunity to compete in it, so of course I took advantage of it. The challenge is big, because it's a completely different style of driving." Sebastien Loeb tested the Ferrari race a few days ago
Sebastien Ogier was fined 17 euros for colliding with a civilian vehicle between the 18th and 7000th special stages of a rally in Croatia, as well as a ban on participating in one rally, which is conditional. The Toyota racer will keep winning the rally as well as the lead in the championship scoring. The Frenchman attended three hearings by commissioners with his co-driver Julien Ingrassio and sports boss Kai Lindstrom. They fined the crew 5000 euros and banned them from performing, although in their opinion they did not break any rules, but they set a bad example when, after exchanging all the information, they wanted to drive away from the scene and almost ran over a policeman who did not want to withdraw. . Ogier, on the other hand, was fined another 2000 euros for immediately passing a red light at a traffic light. World champion
The premiere rally for the World Championship in Croatia ended with a close outcome, where the winner Sebastien Ogier and his teammate at Toyota Gazoo Racing, Elfyn Evan, were separated by only 0.6 seconds. Third was Hyundai racer Thierry Neuville. more to follow ... https://twitter.com/TGR_WRC/status/1386321509694726146
The Croatians are hosting a rally for the WRC World Championship this weekend, and before the start of Sunday's first test, world champion Sebastien Ogier had an unfortunate incident when he collided with a car in Zagreb and then almost ran over one of the policemen who wanted to prevent the Frenchman. to leave the scene of the accident. The collision occurred when Ogier drove into the right lane, being overtaken on the right by a BMW driver who collided into the side of a Toyota. Ogier stopped, exchanged information with the driver and the police, and called one of the team members to the scene of the accident, as he had to arrive at the starting ramp in time. As he later explained, he had difficulty communicating with police officers who did not know English, but when the men of the law let him go, however, one of them did not hear
The beginnings of the Dakar Rally were far from factory teams, cutting-edge technology and GPS navigation. That is why the Paris-Dakar Rally was a real test for adventurers who took on the challenge with redesigned production cars. At the very beginning, brothers Claude and Bernard Marreau were also present, having previously competed successfully in a number of adventure races that took place on African soil in the 4s. And they almost always drove a Renault car. They went to the first edition of the Paris-Dakar Rally with a redesigned Renault 4L, which was already being produced at IMV's factory in Novo mesto at the time. The “Katrca” of the Marreau brothers was, of course, not quite the usual example, as it had a four-wheel drive Sinpar 4xXNUMX, a reinforced bodywork and customized suspension. The front brackets were replaced with
The coronavirus has already taken its first victim also in the 2021 season when it comes to sporting events. Sweden has been forced to impose new measures and restrictions due to an increase in Covid-19 infections, which tripled to 15 cases from 320.000 October to last Monday, and the organizers of the World Championship rally are a popular event that traditionally takes place on snow. and was scheduled between February 11 and 14, were forced to cancel. more to follow ...
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