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DJI Crew has Near Miss at World Rally Champs in Sardinia, Italy - DroneLife (blog)

DJI started sending film crews to the World Rally Championship last year, highlighting the potential of drone technology and bringing WRC to a wider audience. Things almost went very wrong at the latest meet in Sardinia, Italy, when a DJI Inspire 2 barely missed a dangerous collision with one of the race cars. 

Although the Chinese manufacturer has been posting highlights on its Youtube channel after each event, this is one clip you’re not likely to see from an official DJI source…

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The video shows a DJI Inspire 2 – presumably one belonging to the official crew shooting the WRC series – reversing over a jump and not moving out of the way in time to avoid the incoming rally car. Fortunately, the pilot was able to pull up at the very last second and avoid any serious contact.

The driver behind the wheel was Esapekka Lappi of Toyota Gazoo Racing. The car was airborne...


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Read more: DJI Crew has Near Miss at World Rally Champs in Sardinia, Italy - DroneLife (blog)

Video: Drone collides with racing car at WRC Rally Italia Sardegna - New York Daily News

For those who get annoyed by obnoxious drones buzzing around taking pictures and video, you’re in for a treat. For those of you like me who are enthralled by the amazing aerial footage they produce, you may want to avert your eyes.

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At the World Rally Championship’s Rally Italia Sardegna this past weekend, one unlucky drone user found out the hard way why they should be left at home during events. As Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC driver Esapekka Lappi went airborne off the Monte Lerno stage’s famous Micky’s Jump, his Yaris WRC collided with the low-flying aircraft. The impact sent pieces of the drone flying and caused some significant damage to its camera.

"So that's what all those 'No Drone Zone' signs were for..."

"So that's what all those 'No Drone Zone' signs were for..."

While it’s satisfying to see this ignorant owner get what he deserves, I can understand his desire to get some footage...


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Read more: Video: Drone collides with racing car at WRC Rally Italia Sardegna - New York Daily News

Ott Tänak wins World Rally Championship's Rally Italy - Autoweek

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Ott Tänak scored a breakthrough victory on Sunday in Rally Italy for his first FIA World Rally Championship triumph.

Victory in the grueling four-day rough road encounter was his first success in 73 starts. He became the fifth different driver to win in seven rounds during this unpredictable season.

Driving a Ford Fiesta, Tänak outpaced Jari-Matti Latvala’s Toyota Yaris by 12.3 seconds after 312 km of action on scorching island roads. Thierry Neuville was a further 55.4 secs. back in a Hyundai i20, closing the gap on championship leader Sébastien Ogier, who finished fifth, to 18 points.

It was Estonia’s first WRC win since Markko Märtin’s 2004 success in Spain and promoted Tänak to third in the standings as the season reached its midpoint. Märtin went on...


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Read more: Ott Tänak wins World Rally Championship's Rally Italy - Autoweek

Rally GB alters 2017 itinerary after pressure from WRC teams - autosport.com

Is Todt worthy of remaining FIA president? Spending two days at the FIA's latest sports conference offered an insight into how much progress motorsport's governing body has made under the leadership of Jean Todt 1498176000 F1

Did Baku chaos flatter Red Bull in practice? A team that's underperformed all year fastest, yellow flags everywhere, a title contender only 10th - what data from Baku Friday can be trusted as a real indicator of the weekend to come and what was just a product of the mayhem? 1498176000 F1

The only modern F1 driver at Villeneuve's level The recent Canadian Grand Prix dug up old memories of the legendary Gilles Villeneuve. F1's current crop is filled with fine talents, but only one driver really replicates Villeneuve's finest quality 1498089600 F1

How to decide racing's champion of champions A few standout examples aside, drivers could do far better when it...


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Read more: Rally GB alters 2017 itinerary after pressure from WRC teams - autosport.com

Armin Kremer to contest the 10th round of the FIA World Rally Championship with an M-Sport-prepared Ford Fiesta WRC - News & Star

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Getting set: Armin Kremer, right, with Malcolm Wilson, will contest the 10th round of the FIA World Rally Championship

Getting set: Armin Kremer, right, with Malcolm Wilson, will contest the 10th round of the FIA World Rally Championship

Armin Kremer will contest the 10th round of the FIA World Rally Championship with an M-Sport-prepared Ford Fiesta WRC.

The multiple German, European and Asia-Pacific champion, from Mecklenburg, will compete in this year’s ADAC Rallye Deutschland in Cockermouth-based M-Sport’s top-specification Ford Fiesta WRC.

Last month saw Kremer get his first taste of 2017 machinery when travelling to the UK for a test drive.

Just a few kilometres at M-Sport’s private testing facility was enough to convince the German and he is now looking forward to contesting his home event at the very highest level.

"I'm overwhelmed and proud. It's an honour and a great pleasure...


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Read more: Armin Kremer to contest the 10th round of the FIA World Rally Championship with an...

Rivals aim to close gap on pace-setting Sam Moffett at Triton National Rally Championship - Irish Examiner

With four rounds completed Sam Moffett (Ford Focus WRC) is marching towards success in the Triton National Rally Championship.

Four victories and three power stage wins has given him 83 of the maximum 84 points available.

On Sunday’s fifth round, the Dooley’s Hotel Raven’s Rock Rally, the Monaghan driver and his Bandon co-driver Karl Atkinson are the top seeds.

For their championship rivals it’s a crucial event with former champions Declan Boyle and Niall Maguire and reigning champion Roy White all needing to sustain a realistic title bid and stop Moffett from gaining further ground.

Moffett, who also leads the Irish Tarmac Championship, is the favourite for another victory and can inch one event closer to the Vard Memorial Trophy.

For Boyle (Fiesta WRC) a back-to-back winner in 2013/2014, a win is almost a pre-requisite, with two retirements under his belt, he can ill afford any...


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Read more: Rivals aim to close gap on pace-setting Sam Moffett at Triton National Rally Championship - Irish...

WRC Rally GB ponders new opening stage for 2017 itinerary - autosport.com

Is Todt worthy of remaining FIA president? Spending two days at the FIA's latest sports conference offered an insight into how much progress motorsport's governing body has made under the leadership of Jean Todt 1498176000 F1

Did Baku chaos flatter Red Bull in practice? A team that's underperformed all year fastest, yellow flags everywhere, a title contender only 10th - what data from Baku Friday can be trusted as a real indicator of the weekend to come and what was just a product of the mayhem? 1498176000 F1

The only modern F1 driver at Villeneuve's level The recent Canadian Grand Prix dug up old memories of the legendary Gilles Villeneuve. F1's current crop is filled with fine talents, but only one driver really replicates Villeneuve's finest quality 1498089600 F1

How to decide racing's champion of champions A few standout examples aside, drivers could do far better when it...


Read full article on Sports GN WRC


Read more: WRC Rally GB ponders new opening stage for 2017 itinerary - autosport.com

Hyundai Motorsport in prime position for Polish podium - Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

With podiums from the past four gravel events, Hyundai Motorsport hopes it can extend its run at Rally Poland, the eighth round of the 2017 World Rally Championship (WRC)

Hyundai Motorsport will aim to continue its recent run of podium results as the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) moves to Poland for round eight of the 2017 season.

Having secured top-three finishes at every gravel event so far this year, including victories at Tour de Corse and Rally Argentina, hopes are high that the team can once again challenge at the front of the competitive WRC field.

The scene of two previous podiums, in 2014 for Thierry Neuville and in 2016 for Hayden Paddon, the team will be looking for another assured performance in this year’s event.

Despite claiming a podium last time out in Sardinia, and showing the rally-winning capabilities of the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, the team lost some ground to...


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Read more: Hyundai Motorsport in prime position for Polish podium - Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

WRC star Neuville rolls out of Rally Ypres lead - Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

World Rally Championship frontrunner Thierry Neuville has crashed out of the lead of the Ypres Rally.

He rolled at high speed into a ditch on SS6 while heading Bryan Bouffier in a lead battle in which the gap between the pair was under three seconds.

In a one-off appearance on the event in a Hyundai Belgium-backed i20 R5, 29-year-old Neuville returned on Saturday morning under Rally2 regulations where drivers can restart on the next day if they have retired.

“I just came in to fast and didn’t expect there to be so much gravel on the road,” said Neuville. “There was no chance to turn through the corner. 

“I planned to take it quite fast, and when I saw the gravel I tried to brake harder, but I understeered and I went off.”

The mechanics worked on the car until 5am to get Neuville back out. 

Skoda Fabia R5 driver Bouffier inherited the lead over sometime Hyundai-works driver Kevin...


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Read more: WRC star Neuville rolls out of Rally Ypres lead - Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

Toyota Gazoo Racing accelerates onto super-fast Polish stages - Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

The team faces a brand-new challenge on rapid gravel stages with the possibility of more very hot weather.

The Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team will take on some of the fastest roads in the FIA World Rally Championship on Rally Poland from June 29 to July 2, when it will look to continue its strong momentum last time out in Sardinia. Now the team faces a brand-new challenge on rapid gravel stages that are very different from those of southern Europe, but with the possibility of more very hot weather.

Although it is the fourth consecutive round held on gravel, Rally Poland poses a very different challenge to the events held before it, with soft, sandy and flowing stages. The high speeds can be similar to those seen on Rally Finland, so it will provide a good opportunity for the team and three crews to develop the performance of the Yaris WRC in these demanding conditions ahead...


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Read more: Toyota Gazoo Racing accelerates onto super-fast Polish stages - Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

Citroen insists Kris Meeke's World Rally Championship seat is safe ... - autosport.com

Citroen team principal Yves Matton insists there is "no question" over Kris Meeke's place in the squad amid his difficult start to the 2017 World Rally Championship.

Matton backed the Rally Mexico winner to return to form on the next WRC round in Sardinia next month.

Meeke led last week's Rally of Portugal before damaging the rear of his car against a rock on Friday afternoon.

Restarting under Rally2, Meeke struggled to find form even before an oil-related problem halted him.

That followed what Meeke called the biggest crash of his career in Argentina, but Matton dismissed any suggestion his future at Citroen was in jeopardy.

"There is no reason why he won't come back with the confidence he had some weeks ago and there is no question about his place in this team," Matton told Autosport.

"I cannot be happy with what happened for Kris.

"The target before the start of the weekend was...


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Read more: Citroen insists Kris Meeke's World Rally Championship seat is safe ... - autosport.com

Ott Tänak wins World Rally Championship's Rally Italy - Autoweek

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Ott Tänak scored a breakthrough victory on Sunday in Rally Italy for his first FIA World Rally Championship triumph.

Victory in the grueling four-day rough road encounter was his first success in 73 starts. He became the fifth different driver to win in seven rounds during this unpredictable season.

Driving a Ford Fiesta, Tänak outpaced Jari-Matti Latvala’s Toyota Yaris by 12.3 seconds after 312 km of action on scorching island roads. Thierry Neuville was a further 55.4 secs. back in a Hyundai i20, closing the gap on championship leader Sébastien Ogier, who finished fifth, to 18 points.

It was Estonia’s first WRC win since Markko Märtin’s 2004 success in Spain and promoted Tänak to third in the standings as the season reached its midpoint. Märtin went on...


Read full article on Sports GN WRC


Read more: Ott Tänak wins World Rally Championship's Rally Italy - Autoweek

Video: Drone collides with racing car at WRC Rally Italia Sardegna - New York Daily News

For those who get annoyed by obnoxious drones buzzing around taking pictures and video, you’re in for a treat. For those of you like me who are enthralled by the amazing aerial footage they produce, you may want to avert your eyes.

FOLLOW DAILY NEWS AUTOS ON FACEBOOK. 'LIKE' US HERE.

At the World Rally Championship’s Rally Italia Sardegna this past weekend, one unlucky drone user found out the hard way why they should be left at home during events. As Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC driver Esapekka Lappi went airborne off the Monte Lerno stage’s famous Micky’s Jump, his Yaris WRC collided with the low-flying aircraft. The impact sent pieces of the drone flying and caused some significant damage to its camera.

"So that's what all those 'No Drone Zone' signs were for..."

"So that's what all those 'No Drone Zone' signs were for..."

While it’s satisfying to see this ignorant owner get what he deserves, I can understand his desire to get some footage...


Read full article on Sports GN WRC


Read more: Video: Drone collides with racing car at WRC Rally Italia Sardegna - New York Daily News

Rally GB alters 2017 itinerary after pressure from WRC teams - WRC ... - autosport.com

Is Todt worthy of remaining FIA president? Spending two days at the FIA's latest sports conference offered an insight into how much progress motorsport's governing body has made under the leadership of Jean Todt 1498176000 F1

Did Baku chaos flatter Red Bull in practice? A team that's underperformed all year fastest, yellow flags everywhere, a title contender only 10th - what data from Baku Friday can be trusted as a real indicator of the weekend to come and what was just a product of the mayhem? 1498176000 F1

The only modern F1 driver at Villeneuve's level The recent Canadian Grand Prix dug up old memories of the legendary Gilles Villeneuve. F1's current crop is filled with fine talents, but only one driver really replicates Villeneuve's finest quality 1498089600 F1

How to decide racing's champion of champions A few standout examples aside, drivers could do far better when it...


Read full article on Sports GN WRC


Read more: Rally GB alters 2017 itinerary after pressure from WRC teams - WRC ... - autosport.com

DJI Crew has Near Miss at World Rally Champs in Sardinia, Italy - DroneLife (blog)

DJI started sending film crews to the World Rally Championship last year, highlighting the potential of drone technology and bringing WRC to a wider audience. Things almost went very wrong at the latest meet in Sardinia, Italy, when a DJI Inspire 2 barely missed a dangerous collision with one of the race cars. 

Although the Chinese manufacturer has been posting highlights on its Youtube channel after each event, this is one clip you’re not likely to see from an official DJI source…

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The video shows a DJI Inspire 2 – presumably one belonging to the official crew shooting the WRC series – reversing over a jump and not moving out of the way in time to avoid the incoming rally car. Fortunately, the pilot was able to pull up at the very last second and avoid any serious contact.

The driver behind the wheel was Esapekka Lappi of Toyota Gazoo Racing. The car was airborne...


Read full article on Sports GN WRC


Read more: DJI Crew has Near Miss at World Rally Champs in Sardinia, Italy - DroneLife (blog)

Armin Kremer to contest the 10th round of the FIA World Rally Championship with an M-Sport-prepared Ford Fiesta WRC - News & Star

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Getting set: Armin Kremer, right, with Malcolm Wilson, will contest the 10th round of the FIA World Rally Championship

Getting set: Armin Kremer, right, with Malcolm Wilson, will contest the 10th round of the FIA World Rally Championship

Armin Kremer will contest the 10th round of the FIA World Rally Championship with an M-Sport-prepared Ford Fiesta WRC.

The multiple German, European and Asia-Pacific champion, from Mecklenburg, will compete in this year’s ADAC Rallye Deutschland in Cockermouth-based M-Sport’s top-specification Ford Fiesta WRC.

Last month saw Kremer get his first taste of 2017 machinery when travelling to the UK for a test drive.

Just a few kilometres at M-Sport’s private testing facility was enough to convince the German and he is now looking forward to contesting his home event at the very highest level.

"I'm overwhelmed and proud. It's an honour and a great pleasure...


Read full article on Sports GN WRC


Read more: Armin Kremer to contest the 10th round of the FIA World Rally Championship with an...

Rivals aim to close gap on pace-setting Sam Moffett at Triton National Rally Championship - Irish Examiner

With four rounds completed Sam Moffett (Ford Focus WRC) is marching towards success in the Triton National Rally Championship.

Four victories and three power stage wins has given him 83 of the maximum 84 points available.

On Sunday’s fifth round, the Dooley’s Hotel Raven’s Rock Rally, the Monaghan driver and his Bandon co-driver Karl Atkinson are the top seeds.

For their championship rivals it’s a crucial event with former champions Declan Boyle and Niall Maguire and reigning champion Roy White all needing to sustain a realistic title bid and stop Moffett from gaining further ground.

Moffett, who also leads the Irish Tarmac Championship, is the favourite for another victory and can inch one event closer to the Vard Memorial Trophy.

For Boyle (Fiesta WRC) a back-to-back winner in 2013/2014, a win is almost a pre-requisite, with two retirements under his belt, he can ill afford any...


Read full article on Sports GN WRC


Read more: Rivals aim to close gap on pace-setting Sam Moffett at Triton National Rally Championship - Irish...

WRC Rally GB ponders new opening stage for 2017 itinerary - WRC ... - autosport.com

Is Todt worthy of remaining FIA president? Spending two days at the FIA's latest sports conference offered an insight into how much progress motorsport's governing body has made under the leadership of Jean Todt 1498176000 F1

Did Baku chaos flatter Red Bull in practice? A team that's underperformed all year fastest, yellow flags everywhere, a title contender only 10th - what data from Baku Friday can be trusted as a real indicator of the weekend to come and what was just a product of the mayhem? 1498176000 F1

The only modern F1 driver at Villeneuve's level The recent Canadian Grand Prix dug up old memories of the legendary Gilles Villeneuve. F1's current crop is filled with fine talents, but only one driver really replicates Villeneuve's finest quality 1498089600 F1

How to decide racing's champion of champions A few standout examples aside, drivers could do far better when it...


Read full article on Sports GN WRC


Read more: WRC Rally GB ponders new opening stage for 2017 itinerary - WRC ... - autosport.com

Hyundai Motorsport in prime position for Polish podium - Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

With podiums from the past four gravel events, Hyundai Motorsport hopes it can extend its run at Rally Poland, the eighth round of the 2017 World Rally Championship (WRC)

Hyundai Motorsport will aim to continue its recent run of podium results as the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) moves to Poland for round eight of the 2017 season.

Having secured top-three finishes at every gravel event so far this year, including victories at Tour de Corse and Rally Argentina, hopes are high that the team can once again challenge at the front of the competitive WRC field.

The scene of two previous podiums, in 2014 for Thierry Neuville and in 2016 for Hayden Paddon, the team will be looking for another assured performance in this year’s event.

Despite claiming a podium last time out in Sardinia, and showing the rally-winning capabilities of the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, the team lost some ground to...


Read full article on Sports GN WRC


Read more: Hyundai Motorsport in prime position for Polish podium - Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

Hyundai ace Thierry Neuville crashes out of the lead of Ypres Rally - autosport.com

Is Todt worthy of remaining FIA president? Spending two days at the FIA's latest sports conference offered an insight into how much progress motorsport's governing body has made under the leadership of Jean Todt 1498176000 F1

Did Baku chaos flatter Red Bull in practice? A team that's underperformed all year fastest, yellow flags everywhere, a title contender only 10th - what data from Baku Friday can be trusted as a real indicator of the weekend to come and what was just a product of the mayhem? 1498176000 F1

The only modern F1 driver at Villeneuve's level The recent Canadian Grand Prix dug up old memories of the legendary Gilles Villeneuve. F1's current crop is filled with fine talents, but only one driver really replicates Villeneuve's finest quality 1498089600 F1

How to decide racing's champion of champions A few standout examples aside, drivers could do far better when it...


Read full article on Sports GN WRC


Read more: Hyundai ace Thierry Neuville crashes out of the lead of Ypres Rally - autosport.com

 

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