World Rally Championship

World champ is a hard act to follow, son says

Being the son of two-time world rallying champion Carlos Sainz has its advantages. But Carlos Sainz Jnr says it's not all it's cracked up to be.

Saturday, 20 November, 2010, 12:00am

Too posh by half

Thirty years of air-kissing in Mid-Levels teaches you not to smirk at the make-overs of old friends, but Subaru's revamp of its rally inspired fastie is a shock.

28 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

There's B4 ... and after

THE SUCCESS of the Impreza in the World Rally Championship during the 1990s turned Subaru into a global cult icon. Until then a niche manufacturer of boxy, all-wheel-drives, the Japanese marque was beloved by farmers, country doctors and real estate agents, but lacked emotional appeal.

3 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Rally title to Burns

Richard Burns celebrated before his home fans on Sunday as the first English driver to win the world rally title. 'It feels amazing. I can't put it into words, I just feel fantastic,' he gasped after bringing his Subaru to a halt at the end of the 17th Margam stage of the season-ending rally of Britain.

27 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

Fortune smiles on McRae as Liatti falls farther behind

A failed drive shaft on the 16th and final stage yesterday left Italian Piero Liatti with a mountain to climb to deny defending champion and teammate Colin McRae a second successive victory in the China Rally.

22 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Cyclist dies after being hit by Hong Kong entrant in China Rally

A CYCLIST died and a second man was injured when they were struck by a car before the start of the international 555 China Rally yesterday.

The dead man, in his mid-40s, was struck by Hong Kong driver Chan Chi-wah, who was driving a Mitsubishi Lancer on a paved road section towards the first timed stage of the three-day event.

21 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

McRae's big enemy is boredom

The biggest challenge facing former world champion Colin McRae in the inaugural 555 China Rally will not be the 369 kilometres of special stages the Scot faces over the next three days but his ability to 'beat the boredom'.

21 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

FIA sanctioning boost for China Rally

The 555 China Rally '97 has received official recognition from the world governing body.

The rally, which this year replaces the Hong Kong to Beijing rally, has been given a major boost after receiving official sanctioning from the Federation Internationale Automotive (FIA) as well as the Federation of Automobile Sports of the People's Republic of China.

13 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

Pons criticises 'dangerous' itinerary

Motorsport's foremost female competitor, Italian Fabrizia Pons, may quit the sport next year in protest over what she believes is a dangerous increase in the number of events proposed for the World Rally Championship.

6 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

China Rally hopes to win FIA stamp for 1999 World Championship

The 555 Hong Kong to Beijing Rally which will be staged for the last time in October this year, will be replaced by a new event next year which organisers hope will have World Rally Championship status within two or three years.

9 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

Good guys come second

World Rally Fever for PC CD-ROMs Here is a game where the bad guy comes out on top. In World Rally Fever you have to play dirty to win - and to have more fun.

Drivers can pick up objects along the way and hurl them into the paths of other drivers to slow them down.

23 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Race on for next season's contracts

THE rumour mill has been churning behind the scenes throughout the six-day 555 Hong Kong to Beijing Rally as the leading drivers on the international scene bid to wrap up contracts for next season, writes Bruce Macdonald.

21 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

Final stage falls foul of weather

ORGANISERS were forced to cancel the third and final stage of the 555 Hong Kong Beijing Rally yesterday as the wet weather conditions finally conspired to slow the march of the event to the mainland capital today.

20 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

Vatanen blows it in second stage

FORMER world champion and 555 Hong Kong to Beijing winner Ari Vatanen's return to the international rallying scene lasted only 15 minutes yesterday on the opening day of the Rally of Indonesia.

The Flying Finn cooked the motor of his factory-prepared Ford Escort when a $60 relay switch controlling the cooling fan malfunctioned midway through the second stage.

8 Jul 1995 - 12:00am

Teams keep all eyes on the skies

ANXIOUS eyes looked skywards last night on the eve of the Rally of Indonesia but there was one set taking a special interest.

Torrential rain, ever present at this time of the year in northern Sumartra was threatening to bog down the 59-strong field of competitors representing 17 countries.

7 Jul 1995 - 12:00am