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This week­end marks the sec­ond round of the World Rally Cham­pi­onship’s new era (see live WRC) but be­fore that gets un­der­way there’s a chance to re­mem­ber last year’s Rally Swe­den.

Back in the days where the cars were slower and Volk­swa­gen ruled the se­ries, it was a cer­tain French­man who tri­umphed in 2016. But that French­man – Se­bastien Ogier, in case you hadn’t guessed – ar­gued that the rally shouldn’t have gone ahead with con­cerns over a lack of snow. To re­live all the ac­tion from last year’s edi­tion of the Swedish con­test tune in tonight (Wed­nes­day, 19252030hrs, Mo­tors TV).

With the Euro­pean rac­ing sea­son yet to be­gin, to get your cur­rent motorsport fix you need to look to Asia and Aus­trala­sia. Mo­tors TV has high­lights of the re­cent third in­stal­ment of this year’s Toy­ota Rac­ing Se­ries con­test from Hamp­ton Downs. Fea­tur­ing a host of up-and-com­ing driv­ers from Europe and be­yond, the New Zealan-based se­ries makes fas­ci­nat­ing view­ing (Satur­day, 1545-1650hrs).

For sportscar fans there’s a dou­ble bill of Asian en­durance races this week­end. First up is the fi­nale of the Asian Le Mans Se­ries com­ing from the Sepang cir­cuit (Satur­day, 1855-2000hrs, Mo­tors TV). That’s fol­lowed on Sun­day by all the ac­tion from the open­ing 24H Se­ries event: the Dubai 24 Hours (2030-2130hrs, Mo­tors TV).

Asian sportscar ac­tion

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