Sport Portuguese driver Carlos Sousa in action during the first stage of the Rally Dakar 2014

Carlos Sousa held off a trio of Minis to claim stage one in the car classification as the two-week Dakar Rally got under way in Argentina.

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A frozen lake offers an unusual platform to perfect your driving skills.

Rallying: Hirvonen seals Ford's flying start

Mikko Hirvonen led a Ford podium clean-sweep as he held off the challenge of Mads Ostberg to win the season-opening Rally of Sweden by just over six seconds yesterday.

Colin McRae not a show off, crash inquiry told

Friends of former world rally champion Colin McRae described him as a responsible pilot and not a show off, a fatal accident inquiry into the helicopter crash which killed McRae and three others heard today.

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Meet the female tycoons behind Specsavers, The White Company and many more of our best enterprises. Now, these role models are joining forces to launch Modern Muse, an ambitious project to inspire a new generation of British businesswomen

Rallying: Ogier surges to victory in Japan to leave compatriot Loeb waiting for world title

The Frenchman Sebastien Ogier secured his second victory at World Rally Championship level yesterday as he sealed the win in the final stage in Japan.

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Rallying: All-conquering Loeb wins German Rally for a record eighth consecutive time

Defending world champion Sebastien Loeb won the German Rally for a record eighth consecutive time yesterday to extend his lead in the standings to 58 points.

Rallying: Loeb takes no risks to seal Bulgaria win

Citroen's Sebastian Loeb eased to a comfortable victory in the Rally Bulgaria yesterday to claim his fourth win of the season.

Loeb finds hard road easy but crash ruins Raikkonen's promising start

Sebastien Loeb continued his brilliant run in the World Rally Championship yesterday, building up a lead of almost half a minute by winning all four stages on the first day of the Rally Bulgaria.

Rallying: Win in Turkey sees Loeb extend lead at the top

Defending FIA World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb extended his lead at the top of his season's standings by taking victory in the Rally of Turkey yesterday.

Loeb in hurry to seize his chance

Sebastien Loeb expertly chased down the Ford of Jari-Matti Latvala to secure a 24-second lead at the end of the second day of the Rally of Jordan.

Loeb back on top with comfortable triumph

Six-times world champion Sébastien Loeb cruised to an easy victory in the Rally of Mexico yesterday to move top of the drivers' standings after two races.

Kimi Raikkonen: 'In Formula One too many unpleasant things are going on'

Disillusioned with the murky politics of F1, Kimi Raikkonen has turned to rallying to refuel his love of driving. Robin Scott-Elliot reports

Raikkonen set for rally switch

Kimi Raikkonen is to switch from Formula One to the World Rally Championship for next season.

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