World Rally Championship

Suzuki quits World Rally Championship

Japanese company Suzuki Motor Corporation has pulled out of next year's FIA World Rally Championship citing a drop in sales due to the global financial crisis.

V8 Supercars expansion too late

Peter McKay Back in the 1990s, while writing a column for a motoring magazine, this writer occasionally reminded the people running V8 Supercars that two-make racing was badly conceived, appealing as it was to a...


Dakar Rally: Minis the ones to beat

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Peter McKay The barely controlled madness and cruelty that is the Dakar Rally starts in Rosario, Argentina on Sunday, with a many and varied entry of 376 motorcycles, quads, cars, buggies, and trucks.


Dakar Rally: Stephane Peterhansel frustrated as Nani Roma handed hollow win

Peter McKay At the finish of this year's Dakar Rally, winning car driver Nani Roma declared emotionally: ''I'm going to revel in this - 10 years to the day after winning on a motorcycle, I've won in a car.

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Rally legend Neal Bates awarded the Peter Brock medal

Neal Bates with his 1980 toyota Celica Rally car.
The Canberra Times
01 June 2013
Photo Jay Cronan

Chris Wilson Canberra’s four-time Australian rally champion Neal Bates has won the prestigious Peter Brock Medal.

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Coppin eyes world's best rally drivers

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Adrian Coppin in a left hand drive Ford Fiesta imported from the UAE

Angus Pagett Canberra driver Adrian Coppin is a rally greenhorn, but has declared he is ready to take on the best in the world.


Kimi Raikkonen joins Ferrari on two-year deal

Kimi Raikkonen

Finnish Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen will rejoin the Ferrari stable on a two-year contract for the 2014 season, the team announced on Wednesday.

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Australia Day send-off for rally re-creation


Mark Fogarty Craig Lowndes is about to set off on a 2000-kilometre drive through the UK and France.

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Pedder tops in return to rallying

Dirt flys from the tires of Brett Middleton and Andrew Benefield during special stage 4 Oakey II, near the Cotter, in the National Capital Rally. 
2 March 2013.
Photo: Rohan Thomson. The Canberra Times.


Lee Gaskin Before Saturday, Scott Pedder's most recent drive in a rally car resulted in him smashing into a tree at 160km/h.

Age a red rag to Webber's bullish refusal to retire from F1

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Peter McKay The end-of-2012 departure of Michael Schumacher from formula one, preceded a year earlier by Rubens Barrichello, has left Mark Webber with the unfortunate tag of being the oldest driver in an...

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Rebel Raikkonen stays true to himself

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany (R) shares a lighter moment with Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland (L) during a press conference in Melbourne, on March 14, 2013, ahead of the Formula One Australian Grand Prix on March 17.  AFP PHOTO/William WEST  IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE

Mark Fogarty Rebel racer Kimi Raikkonen makes no apologies for being different, asserting that doing things his way brings out the best in him as a formula one driver.

Life in fastest lane

Mark Fogarty To say that Kimi Raikkonen is an enigma is an understatement.

Live blog: 2012 Australian Grand Prix

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Welcome to our live blog coverage of the 2012 Australian formula one grand Prix at Albert Park.

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Drive-side drama can't dampen Coppin's WRC spirits

There was one slight catch when Adrian Coppin was offered a drive at this week's Australian leg of the World Rally Championship.

Harding's team rallies to the cause

When Petter Solberg came to Rally Australia in 2003, the Norwegian superstar swept all before him en route to his first World Rally Championship.

Coppin shines despite clutch

A chronic clutch problem and atrocious weather conditions failed to rob Adrian Coppin of an impressive world rally debut last weekend at Coffs Harbour.

Ex-champion Sainz grabs Dakar lead

Spain's former world rally champion Carlos Sainz overcame poor visibility to take the overall lead in a congested Dakar Rally after winning the second stage.

V8 Supercars buck global financial gloom

Robert Grant The V8 Supercar series is defying the global trend which has seen the demise of Formula One and World Rally Championship teams by luring major backers for 2009.

Subaru quits Rally, Atkinson in the cold

Robert Grant Australian Chris Atkinson has been left out in the cold with the withdrawal of Subaru from the World Rally Championship leaving the series in turmoil.

Subaru to withdraw from WRC

Australian world rally championship driver Chris Atkinson will be forced to look for a new manufacturer in 2009 with Subaru pulling out of the sport.