VIDEO: Ken Block's First H.F.H.V. Ford Fiesta Gravel Test


Ken Block and the Monster World Rally Team recently put the H.F.H.V. Ford Fiesta through its paces for the first time on gravel.

The test took place before the end of 2011 at the Dirtfish Rally School in Snoqualmie Falls, WA.

This was the same location that much of the cult-status TV series "Twin Peaks" was filmed at. Check out this fun mashup of locations from the film, compared to MWRT's testing there over 20 years later. Watch the VIDEO below: more...

Racing Lions Return to IRC


The famous Racing Lions team will return to the Intercontinental Rally Challenge this season, fielding a Peugeot 207 Super 2000 for Luca Betti on selected events.

Based in Italy, the squad guided Luca Rossetti to a quartet of IRC wins in 2007 and 2008, which earned the Italian ace the nickname Mr 100 Per Cent after he triumphed on four events in succession. more...

Peterhansel Leads Dakar After Stage 2


In the second stage of the 2012 Dakar Rally, from Santa Rosa de la Pampa to San Rafael, the Monster Energy X-raid Team kept on delivering, with French pairing Stéphane Peterhansel / Jean Paul Cottret in their green MINI ALL4 Racing setting the second-fastest time behind Nasser Al Attiyah to take the overall lead. more...

Al-Attiyah Bounces Back with Stage 2 Win; Gordon Second Overall


Stage 2 of the Dakar Rally was successful for Team SPEED: Nasser Al-Attiyah came from a 38th-starting position to win the stage on corrected time while teammate Robby Gordon finished third.

Gordon now sits second overall in the rankings. It is the first time that Team SPEED had two HUMMERs on the podium for a Special Stage finish, making it a historic day. more...

DAKAR Rally 2012 Stage 2 Report


The Coma rocket has taken off. Second yesterday, the bike title holder has put some distance between himself and his main rivals for victory, starting with Cyril Despres, who is 2'52” behind in the general standings.

In the car race, reigning champion Nasser Al-Attiyah put on a show to win the day's special stage and claw himself to within 8'47” of Stephane Peterhansel, the new general standings leader.

It is almost a different sport. With 295 kilometres covered in the special stage for the bikes, the gaps recorded are starting to be counted in minutes. more...

Extra Eastern European Events Boost IRC


Teams contesting the Intercontinental Rally Challenge in 2012 will be able to take advantage of an expanded number of events in the increasingly important Eastern European region.

In addition to the existing IRC rounds in Czech Republic, Hungary and Ukraine, this season’s IRC schedule includes rallies in Bulgaria and Romania for the first time, which brings the total number of counting rounds in Eastern Europe to five. more...

Novitskiy Wins Opening Stage on Dakar 2012


The race is on – finally! Following the long days of preparations in Mar del Plata, the waiting was over today (01st January) and the 2012 edition of the legendary Dakar Rally was started. And on the 57-kilometre special stage of day one, the MINI All4 Racing vehicles entered by Team X-raid proved to race in a class of their own. more...

DAKAR Rally 2012 Stage 1 Report


After spending most of the year injured, Francisco López took the first stage of the 2012 Dakar in the motorcycle category and now leads a provisional top 5 which represents a break with tradition. Argentina's Javier Pizzolito (19th last year) finished third. In the truck category, Marcel van Vliet repeats his 2009 exploit by winning the first stage. more...

Neuville Was Right for Top IRC Drive


Thierry Neuville’s success in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge in 2011 proves Team Peugeot Belgium-Luxembourg was justified in its decision to hand the youngster his chance in the all-action series.

That’s the view of the car importer’s Adelheid Terryn who was part of the team that handed Neuville a partial programme of IRC rallies in 2010 and 10-round schedule in 2011. more...

X-Raid MINI Team Ready for Dakar


The anticipation is growing in the X-raid Team ahead of the start of the 2012 Rally Dakar. On January 1st, five driving crews will launch their assault on the Dakar crown in five high-performance MINI ALL4 Racing vehicles. more...


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