A round-up of the stories that are making the news in the WRC today:
- Hyundai’s intensive test programme with its new i20 WRC resumed in the second half of September with a three-day asphalt session in France followed by a week on gravel at high altitude in southern Spain. Bryan Bouffier and Juho Hanninen handled the driving duties in a brand new test car.
“For the last couple of months we’ve tested every two weeks on all kinds of conditions and surfaces to continue the collection of valuable feedback and data,” said Hyundai Motorsport team principal Michel Nandan. “After the Finland test it was very important for us to take a short break back at the factory in order to review and evaluate the work done so far as the schedule will be even busier from now on.” Follow this link to see video from the test.
- A new documentary titled I AM Andreas Mikkelsen takes an in-depth look at the career to date of the young Volkswagen Motorsport driver. Produced in Norway by Even Management, the film takes a look at what motivates Mikkelsen and includes never before seen private footage from his early years in competition.
He talks candidly about his accident in 2009 in Norway in which a young girl was killed and how the support of her parents inspired him to continue his career, as well as how the loss of his family’s financial support which bankrolled his early days changed his attitude. The film can be seen here.
- Luxembourg’s Hugo Arellano will make a guest appearance in the penultimate round of the JWRC at this week’s Rallye de France-Alsace. The 26-year-old finished second in last year’s FST International Shootout, behind current WRC 2 frontrunner Elfyn Evans, and his prize is an outing in a Ford Fiesta R2 in the Strasbourg event.
- Last month’s Rally Australia had its fair share of excitement with Kris Meeke’s second day roll and Mikko Hirvonen’s final stage puncture which kept the destiny of the WRC drivers’ title alive into Rallye de France-Alsace.
Rally fan Sam Honeyman, from Dundee in Scotland, has taken an irreverent look at the event in a stop motion animation film which she produced and edited herself. Featuring a cast drawn from the Sylvanian Families and Playmobil, one of its standout scenes shows Meeke’s tin foil Citroen DSC WRC being repaired by mechanics with a frying pan. Take a look here and keep an eye out for the snakes!