Latin America & Caribbean

Barbados Raises the Bar at Rallye Sunseeker


Rallye Sunseeker, next month’s opening round of the MSA British Rally Championship, will be the focus of a major push for Sol Rally Barbados 2012 (June 9/10) and its island home.

The organisers and tourism backers of the Caribbean’s biggest annual motor sport international will use the award-winning event for the third consecutive year as a key part of its overseas promotion, while stepping up the level of involvement. more...

The 2012 World Rally Championship Begins


The 2012 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) season kicks off this evening with the start of the legendary Rallye Monte-Carlo, the opening round of the series.

Making a welcome return to the WRC, this famous rally has attracted an entry of 85 crews, including the registered FIA Super 2000 and Production Car World Rally Championship contenders, and looks set to provide spectacular action over the coming five days. more...

Peterhansel's Secret to Dakar Success


Stéphane Peterhansel’s resume shows ten Dakar victories over his impressive career in motorsports. What gave the Frenchman the winning edge in this year’s edition of the world’s toughest rally?

Following his his Dakar victory last Sunday (Jan 15), he disclosed that he had experienced certain thoughts about his success during the event.

"I was starting to doubt myself, to think I was growing too old for this, that I'd lost it or that I wasn't made for South America," Peterhansel divulged after the finish. "And in the end everything turned out fine." more...

Peterhansel Wins Dakar 2012


Stéphane Peterhansel of the X-raid Team has won the 2012 Dakar Rally piloting his MINI ALL4 Racing to victory in Peru. This marks the Frenchman's tenth overall victory at the toughest rally in the world.

Peterhansel knows the Dakar Rally and knows that the winner is not crowned until the final stage is really over. The route is too tricky and the competitors just too good to celebrate prematurely. more...

DAKAR Rally 2012 Stage 13 Report


Today's stage was an eventful one for the leaders of the car category, with Nani Roma getting stuck and Robby Gordon's car doing a somersault. Once again, rally leader Stéphane Peterhansel thrived in difficult conditions - the Frenchman took his third stage win of 2012. He now holds an overall lead of 42'57". more...

Oliveira Switches Back to Subaru


Daniel Oliveira has confirmed his return to World Rally competition with an entry in Rally Sweden (February 9-12), the second round of the Championship.

The Brazilian driver will pilot a Subaru Impreza Class 3 for Stohl Racing, which is led by former WRC driver Manfred Stohl.

Oliveira last ran a Subaru in December 2010 on the Rally Unquillo in Argentina, where he finished third on the podium. He campaigned a MINI John Cooper Works for the 2011 WRC season. more...

Robby Gordon Vows to Fight On


Over the last couple of days during the 2012 Dakar Rally, Team SPEED and Robby Gordon have had to defend themselves after being accused of having an air inflation system that gives them an advantage.

To prove a point, Gordon took it upon himself to show the media his entire system and how it worked last night in the bivouac in Arequipa, Peru. He even went so far as cutting the line that was in question and plugging it.

He will run the rest of the rally without a vacuum system placed on his car. more...

Regulation Changes for WRC 2012


The FIA has introduced a number of regulation changes for the 2012 World Rally Championship season with the aim of helping to reduce costs while raising the sporting challenge and increasing media coverage. The following is a summary of the changes enacted: more...

DAKAR Rally 2012 Stage 12 Report


American Robby Gordon picked up the gauntlet in the car category by winning his second stage of 2012 as rival Stephane Peterhansel struggled with dunes. Peterhansel, who still has a significant advantage in the general standings, spent several minutes stuck in the sand before finally conceding only 2'49” to teammate Nani Roma, who he still leads by 20 minutes overall. more...

Horton Enters Escort MkI in Rally Barbados


For the third year in a row, the Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI) will be represented in Sol Rally Barbados...but with a difference.

For the 2012 running of the Caribbean’s biggest annual motor sport international on June 9/10, Paul Horton is shipping his Ford Escort MkI, to replace the Honda Civic which he has driven for the past two seasons. more...


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