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.
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 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 ...
The Frenchman has already won a total of seven WRC World Championship titles. He won the first six titles between 2013 and 2018. Four of them he won with Volkswagen, two with Ford. The fight for this year's title was decided on Saturday. It was then that Ogier’s team-mate Welshman Elfyn Evans, the leader of the WC until the last rally, made a mistake and slipped off the road in a blizzard, leaving Ogier free to head to the title. https://twitter.com/OfficialWRC/status/1335223314416095239 He practically only had to reach the finish line, as the only remaining competitor, Estonian Ott Tänak (Hyundai), last year's champion, had only theoretical chances, he would only be successful if he won at rally, got the last "power stage", and at the same time Ogier should be left without points. https://twitter.com/
Franco Morbidelli will transfer his knowledge of two-wheeled racing in the MotoGP class to four-wheelers, as he will take part in the last test of the WRC World Rally Championship next month, which will take place in Monza between 3 and 6 December. Racer Petronas Yamaha will fight for the runner-up title in the last race of the MotoGP Championship in Portugal, in which he recorded his first victory, adding two more before the last race, and then the Italian will go to the rally for the first time at the end of the season. for the World Cup. Morbidelli will race with Hyundai's i20 R5 car, which he got to know more closely in June at a promotional event in Tuscany, where he sat in the passenger seat next to WRC star Dani Sord. “I am excited about the opportunity to take part in the World Rally