The season of the World Rally Championship did not even start well, when it was already marked by tragedy. On the icy road of the first speed test of the Monte Carlo Rally, Hayden Paddon, a Hyundai racer, lost control of the car in a left turn and crashed his back into a rocky slope along the road. Everything was fine with him and his co-driver John Kennard, and the racing i20 was not excessively damaged, but unfortunately a careless spectator was standing at the scene of the trip, lying unconscious after the collision with the racing car. Rescuers took him by helicopter to a hospital in Nice, where he sadly died. Organizers launched an investigation into why the spectator was standing in an inappropriate spot and who was responsible, and the Hyundai team expressed their condolences to the family of the deceased.
Sebastien Ogier started his collaboration with the new M-sport team with the best time at the so-called shakedown before the Monte Carlo Rally, which is the first rally of this year's World Rally Championship season - WRC. Ogier finished in the 3,35-kilometer test with a four-second lead over former team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen in a Škoda Fabia R5 of the WRC2 class. Ogier teammate Ott Tanak was third, and the fourth time of the test was taken by Jari-Matti Latvala behind the wheel of a Toyota Yaris. Hyundai racers Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo took fifth and sixth time, followed by Latvala's teammate Juho Hanninen. The eighth time went to Hyundai’s third racer, Thierry Neuville. Some racers were a bit more reserved and are va
Grega Premrl finished the 2016 season in the north of Austria. This was Grego's first macadam rally in his career, and consequently the most difficult due to lack of experience. Third place in the FIA ERT3 Cup therefore completely satisfied Grego. Less, however, are the individual times achieved. These were also the result of a minor accident that happened to him before the rally, due to which the car was not completely optimally prepared. Grega emphasized the fact that success is the timely preparation of the car, for which a big thank you goes to the mechanics of the Unikatoy team. Unfortunately, the rally was also marked by two mistakes that took quite valuable time. Bigger mistake on superspec
Claudio De Cecco and his co-driver Alberto Barigelli won the rally in Nova Gorica for the fourth time. This year he was the fastest with an excellently prepared damage Fabio R5, with which he managed to meet the response of the fastest Slovenian driver Aleks Humar (Renault Clio R100T) in the second half of the 3-kilometer rally. From the very beginning of the rally, Claudio De Cecco (škoda fabia R5) and Aleks Humar (renault clio R3T) were in the fight for victory, and they also shared the victories in all nine speed trials of the 5th Petrol Rally Nova Gorica. Although Humar managed to decide four speed trials in its favor, De Cecco, when it was most important, put a fair amount of pressure on the gas and took advantage of the technical advantage of his car. De Cecco had a 23.6-second lead over Humar
Among Slovenian crews, three drivers from Idrija have the most chances to win the domestic competition and the podium in the overall classification. Aleks Humar is coming to Nova Gorica as the leader in the overall standings, and his main competitors (besides Aljoša Novak) will be Darko Peljhan and Rok Turk. Last year's national rally champion Aleks Humar (renault clio R3T) won three of the four rallies of the national championship this year, but he also had some sporting luck in all three victories. Thus, he overtook Aljoša Novak (mitsubishi lancer EVO9) only for a few seconds twice, and at the last rally in Italy he took the lead after a technical failure of Darko Peljhan's car (mitsubishi lancer EVO10). Humar drove excellently in Nova Gorica last year, but ended the rally with a serious accident. In the middle of the rally, he changed the tire,
152 kilometers of winding Italian roads, with countless serpentines that do not allow the crews of rally cars even a moment of rest, was the venue of this year's fourth rally for the Slovenian national championship. In addition to the asphalt with an otherwise excellent grip, which is by no means forgiving to the tires, the conditions were raised to a higher level by the strong sun and real summer temperatures above thirty degrees. Rok Turk and Martina Lazar also competed in the Friuli Venezia Giulia rally with speed trials in the vicinity of Čedad and strong international competition, and after tense fights for seconds on Sunday, they deservedly looked forward to new great achievements at the finish line. In the R2B class, Rok and Martina won first place in a Peugeot 208 R2 and the OPV Racing Cars team, looking forward to a new victory: "Us
It is often added that Formula 1 racers start to take an active part in some other racing industry, but Formula 1 teams do not like to do that. First of all, they are afraid of injuries, and secondly, they are afraid of possible bad results. However, Kimi Räikkönen has a different opinion, saying that his racing at the WRC was important for his further career. "Of course, any such sport can be dangerous, but you can get injured anywhere else," Räikkönen explained to F1i.com. The Finn stressed that the rally is a good experience where he was able to test and upgrade his skills. “You have to be precise and very concentrated all the time and you have to rely on your co-driver and listen to him all the time,” he described his experience. So he thinks this activity is for him
Aleks Humar, the leading Slovenian rally driver, will race at the rally for the European Championship in Belgium on Friday and Saturday. In the competition of more than 100 crews, a new European challenge and one of the fastest and most specific asphalt rallies in Europe awaits him at the famous Ypres Rally. Humar will be read the notes by co-driver Florjan Rus, on 17 speed tests with start number 44 and renault clio R3T. Aleks Humar, four-time national rally champion of Slovenia and leader in this year's national championship, will take part in his third rally for the European championship this season this weekend. After winning the rally in Ajdovščina, Humar has already traveled to one of the greatest asphalt classics of the European rally. This is the Ypres rally, which, in addition to competing in the European Championships, will also attract an excellent line-up of Belgian countries
After a double victory at the Fuchs Rally Velenje, when the crews Martin Mlinar - Miran Mlinar and Rok Turk - Martina Lazar won in Division 1 and Division 2, the crews of OPV Sport achieved the same excellent achievement last weekend at the 6th Vipava Valley Rally. In addition to winning in their division, Rok and Martina also ranked high in the overall rally standings, finishing on the podium and taking home the trophy for 3rd place. The slippery asphalt surface, especially in the famous Žablje, provided the racers with demanding conditions, and the Saturday afternoon downpour further enriched everything. But the fans, who in large numbers accompanied the return of the rally to Ajdovščina, were able to more than enjoy the racing performances, and at the same time provide a fantastic atmosphere both in the service zone and on the speed p.
Aljoša Novak and Matej Čar ran out of only 2,1 seconds for the first victory in the joint classification of the Slovenian national championship in Ajdovščina. Aljoša rated the rally as a career race and announced that he would chase his first victory again at the next rally. After the accident at the inaugural rally of the Slovenian national championship in Velenje, Aljoša Novak and Matej Čar (Mitsubishi Lancer EVO9) started the Vipava Valley rally a little more carefully, but already at the third speed test they set the best time and announced the fight for the top. In the continuation, Aljoša won two more speed trials and after the eighth of ten speed trials he even took the lead in the overall ranking. The last nine kilometers in Veliki Žablje were decisive, but Aljoša slipped to the final second place and the finish line.