A round-up of the stories that are making the news in the WRC today:
- Carlos Sainz at the wheel of a full-spec Volkswagen Polo R was one of the highlights of the Rally Legend competition that took place in San Marino at the weekend.
Accompanied by co-driver Luis Moya, the two-time World Rally Champion and Volkswagen test driver, [pictured above] headed a line-up of WRC stars tackling the stages, running as zero car in front of more than 70,000 spectators.
Sainz was joined at the event by former world champions Miki Biasion, who drove a Lancia Delta HF – the same model he used to take his first title in 1988 - and 1994 champion Didier Auriol who drove a Citroen Xsara WRC.
The rally was won by Finnish hero Markku Alén at the wheel of a Lancia 037. Other big name drivers included Sandro Munari in a Lancia Stratos, Colin’s father Jimmy McRae in a Chevrolet Firenza CAN AM and Harri Toivonen, who drove a Lancia 037. More info at: www.rallylegend.com
- WRC ace Nasser Al-Attiyah clinched a ninth Middle-East Rally Championship (MERC) title on Sunday with victory in the Cyprus Rally.
At the wheel of a Ford Fiesta RRC, the Qatar World Rally team driver dominated the mixed-surface event, finishing almost three minutes ahead of the Citroen DS3 RRC of fellow WRC competitor Khalid Al Qassimi in second.
WRC 2 frontrunner Abdulaziz Al Kuwari was third, just four seconds behind Al Qassimi in a Fiesta RRC, after a thrilling fight back from a puncture early in Sunday’s competition.
Al-Attiyah’s win gives him an unbeatable points lead in the MERC heading into the final round, the Dubai International Rally, which starts on 28 November.
- DON’T MISS: Full highlights from Rallye de France – Alsace. The three, 26-minute highlights programmes from Rally de France are available in the video section of wrc.com. Also posted now is an exclusive 8-minute HD onboard video of Sebastien Loeb’s stage-winning run through SS3.