A round-up of the stories that are making the news in the WRC today
A relieved Thierry Neuville [pictured] is now fully rally-legal after Italian traffic police confiscated his driving licence on Wednesday. The police stopped Neuville on a road section during the recce after the Belgian’s Volvo recce car was deemed to have illegally crossed a double white line.
Neuville was able to complete the recce thanks to his co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul who took the wheel for the road sections. Today Neuville’s licence was back in his wallet after the authorities fined him and decided to take no further action.
Volkswagen Motorsport boss Jost Capito has confirmed that his drivers Jari-Matti Latvala and Sebastien Ogier will be allowed to battle each other free from team orders on Rally Italia Sardegna.
“Yes of course, I think we are in the sport, and they should fight it out,” Capito told WRC Live today. “I think they are good enough, adult enough and mature enough that they don’t do any stupid things - so they can battle it out.”
Rally Italia Sardegna marks the European rally debut for Venezuelan driver Carlos Garcia Fessman - a former professional basketball player who is almost two metres tall.
Having tackled Rally Mexico earlier in the year, the 35-year-old will drive a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X prepared by Ralliart Italy on what he hopes will be the first in a series of European events this season.
Volkswagen Motorsport have uncovered a few interesting similarities between Jari-Matti-Latvala’s forthcoming Rally Estonia outing at the wheel of an Audi quattro and it’s Polo R WRC programme.
Just like the original quattro, the Polo R WRC recorded the fastest time in its very first special stage. The 1981 Audi and the 2013 Polo R WRC both won their second rally in Sweden. Finally, like Volkswagen, the two Audis were driven by French and Finnish crews.