A round-up of the stories that are making the news in the WRC today
- Unexpected faces at this week’s recce for Rallye Deutschland were Kris Meeke and Jarkko Nikara. Neither will compete in the rally but tackled the three-day recce to gain experience of the stages. Both were in action at Rally Finland earlier this month, Meeke (pictured) in a Citroen DS3 WRC and Nikara in a Mini John Cooper Works WRC.
Meeke has since been called up by the Citroen Total Abu Dhabi squad to replace Dani Sordo in its line-up for Rally Australia next month.
- FIA World Rally Championship leader Sebastien Ogier tested an Audi RS 5 DTM before the recent DTM race at Nurburgring in Germany. The Frenchman completed five laps of the 3.629km circuit with the assistance of Audi driver Mattias Ekstrom, who then took to the wheel of Ogier’s Volkswagen Polo R rally car.
“This car swap was a fantastic experience but it was way too short. I completed my five laps just when it was beginning to be more and more fun,” said Ogier.
- After a troubled WRC 3 campaign, Alastair Fisher will miss Rallye Deutschland to further his British Championship challenge. Fisher is second in the British series, five points off the lead, and will compete in this weekend’s Rally Northern Ireland instead.
“The series is a little bit out of reach now so I'm sitting out Germany, which clashes with Ulster. Long-term, it would be nice to get a year at world championship level with a top team but my immediate priority is to win the British Championship,” he said.
- A host of big name guests are expected to attend Rallye Deutschland’s signature stage, Arena Panzerplatte, on Saturday. Six-time Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx, double world rally champion co-driver Luis Moya, stratospheric skydiver Felix Baumgartner and German TV chef Mario Kotaska will all be putting in an appearance.