A round-up of the stories that are making the news in the WRC today:
- Sebastien Ogier and Elfyn Evans have been confirmed as two of the WRC star guests at this year’s Rallyday in the UK. Evans [pictured] will drive M-Sport’s new Ford Fiesta R5 at the thirteenth edition of the popular rally car show that will take place on Saturday 21st September at Wiltshire’s Castle Combe racing circuit. Ogier, meanwhile, will follow his team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala’s example by swapping his Polo R WRC for a classic Audi - a genuine ex-works Group B quattro A2.
Other WRC stars at Rallyday will include 1984 World Rally Champion Stig Blomqvist, returning to wrestle Audi's very own fire breathing S1 Quattro, and Paddy Hopkirk, Mini Cooper driving legend and winner of the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally. For further information visit www.rallyday.com
- Australian Molly Taylor has pulled out of her home round of the World Rally Championship to concentrate her efforts on winning the European Rally Championship Ladies' Trophy. Taylor, who hails from Sydney, was due to drive a Ford Fiesta R2 in Coffs Harbour next week alongside British co-driver Seb Marshall. However, having extended her lead in the Ladies’ Trophy on the most recent ERC round in the Czech Republic she will instead tackle the ERC Rally Poland in a Citroen DS3 R3.
Molly said: “Obviously I am so sorry not to be in Rally Australia. It is my home event and in my heart I really wanted to be there, but after discussing it carefully with Seb and my manager we decided to give up Australia and to be in Poland. The chance to win the inaugural Ladies Trophy has to come before sentiment.”
- Swiss driver Michael Burri has thanked his rally coach for helping him take his first Junior WRC podium at ADAC Rallye Deutschland. Burri is coached by 2004 JWRC runner-up and 2005 French Champion Nicolas Bernardi, who now runs his own driving school and is director of the French Motorsport Federation’s young driver programme. “We clicked the first time we met,” said Burri. “Since then, he’s helped me a lot with my driving and my mental preparation for events. He’s taught me to stay positive and focused on my long-term targets.”