Tom Howard

Tom Howard

Tom Howard is a News Editor working across both and websites. Starting out as a sports reporter in local newspapers, Tom focussed on motorsport covering several national championships in the UK, including the BTCC. 

After a period working as a freelance journalist, Tom moved to Australia in 2013 landing a job at leading Australian motorsport news outlet, covering international motorsport events including F1, WRC and Supercars. Progressing to Editor in 2017, Tom was named Motorsport Australia Journalist of the Year for his work. He is also a two-time winner of Supercars Journalist of The Year (2017,2019) and a Supercars Championship Media Award winner in 2019.

Tom moved back to his native UK in 2020, firstly working in BTCC, before joining Autosport and in 2021.

Latest articles by Tom Howard


Toyota won’t put more pressure on Katsuta at WRC Rally Sweden

Toyota World Rally Championship boss Jari-Matti Latvala says the team won’t "put more pressure" on Takamoto Katsuta to deliver in his first drive for the factory team this weekend.

Tanak scores first Puma win in preparation for WRC Rally Sweden

Ott Tanak claimed his first victory driving an M-Sport Ford Puma after winning the Otepaa Winter Rally in preparation for next week’s World Rally Championship round in Sweden.

Ford remains committed to WRC amid F1 return

Ford has stated that it remains committed to its programme in the World Rally Championship following confirmation of its return to Formula 1 as an engine supplier from 2026.

Deadline set to decide fate of 2024 UK WRC round bid

A decision regarding the United Kingdom’s possible return to the World Rally Championship calendar next year is expected by the end of April.

Third-generation McRae to tackle Junior European Rally Championship

Max McRae will make the next step in his fledgling rallying career by taking on the Junior class in the European Rally Championship this season.

Why Monte Carlo success could spark another past master’s WRC revival

Some 39 years on from his Monte Carlo Rally debut, World Rally Championship legend Francois Delecour continues to pick up silverware. Proving that age is purely a number, the 60-year-old's desire to compete against the WRC’s latest young talents could be the start of a new chapter in the Frenchman’s storied career

Bertelli investigating more WRC opportunities after Sweden

Lorenzo Bertelli is already working to secure another World Rally Championship outing this year following a planned drive in a rented Toyota GR Yaris at Rally Sweden in February.

Ogier eyes WRC Monte Carlo rematch with Loeb

Sebastien Ogier is keen for a Rally Monte Carlo rematch against Sebastien Loeb in next year's World Rally Championship after becoming the most successful driver in event history.

Vettel reveals “huge” admiration for rally drivers

Four-time Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel says he has a “huge” admiration for rally drivers and believes they don’t get the limelight they deserve.

WRC developing experimental propulsion class

The World Rally Championship is developing a new demonstration class that will allow manufacturers and teams to develop and experiment with alternative propulsion methods.

Toyota WRC boss Latvala plotting rally return

Toyota World Rally Championship boss Jari-Matti Latvala is plotting a competitive rally return with an outing behind the wheel of Toyota’s new Rally2 GR Yaris.

Abiteboul identifies first tasks as Hyundai WRC boss

Defining a clear structure and creating a strong team spirit are among the first objectives Cyril Abiteboul wants to achieve as team principal of Hyundai’s World Rally Championship programme.

Rally USA a potential contender to join WRC in 2024

The World Rally Championship could add a round in North America next year as plans to break into the region progress.

Andretti only new team to express interest to FIA in joining F1 grid

Andretti is the only potential new Formula 1 entrant to have expressed an interest to the FIA in joining the grid, according to Mohammed Ben Sulayem.

WRC: No plans to alter Monte Carlo Rally route after lack of snow

The World Rally Championship has no plans to make changes to the Rally Monte Carlo route in the near future despite an absence of snow and ice last weekend.  

Monte Carlo winner Ogier to make WRC return in Mexico

Sebastien Ogier has announced that the next rally of his partial World Rally Championship programme will be Rally Mexico in March.

WRC Rally Monte Carlo: The Good, The Bad and the undisputed master

The World Rally Championship kicked back into life after a brief hibernation last weekend with its iconic Rally Monte Carlo curtain raiser. reviews the highs, lows, turning points, close calls and heartbreak from a history-making season opener.

WRC teams to contest national rallies to recover test mileage

Toyota, Hyundai and M-Sport will field Rally1 entries at national rallies in Finland and Estonia to gather extra test mileage ahead of Rally Sweden next month.

WRC confident its 2025 Rally1 rules evolution can entice new brands

The World Rally Championship is confident the evolution of its Rally1 regulations, which is expected to include an expanded use of hybrid power, will entice new manufacturers.

FIA outlines plan for F1 race directors in 2023

The FIA is to continue with Formula 1 race director Niels Wittich in 2023, but he will also help lead a programme bringing on the next generation of officials.

F1 to change shortened-race points rule after Verstappen title confusion

The FIA plans to change the rules regarding points handed out for shortened Formula 1 races following the confusion that marred last year's Japanese Grand Prix.

Ben Sulayem urges caution over "exaggerated" $20bn valuation for F1

FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem has warned of potential risks for Formula 1 amid "exaggerated" talk of a $20 billion valuation for the sport.

How fired-up Ogier became the WRC's ultimate Monte master

He may only be contesting a part-time campaign in the World Rally Championship these days, but Sebastien Ogier underlined that he's lost none of his speed in the 2023 season opener. Storming to yet another victory on the Monte Carlo Rally, the eight-time world champion rewrote the history books again as Toyota served notice of its intentions with a crushing 1-2

Neuville not too alarmed by Toyota’s WRC Monte Carlo dominance

Thierry Neuville isn’t scared by the pace Toyota displayed during its domination of the World Rally Championship opener in Monte Carlo, but admits Hyundai has work to do.

Tanak: M-Sport can pull off "quite a big job" to catch WRC rivals

Ott Tanak has conceded M-Sport faces “quite a big job” to close the gap to World Rally Championship rivals Toyota and Hyundai, but is confident it can be achieved.

FIA: WRC “house is not on fire” with only three manufacturers

The World Rally Championship is healthy operating with three manufacturers but one or two new marques are needed to sustain its future, according to FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem.

Ogier: Priceless record Monte Carlo WRC win will take time to sink in

Sebastien Ogier says claiming a record ninth Rally Monte Carlo win is priceless and it will take time for this latest World Rally Championship achievement to sink in.

WRC Monte Carlo: Dominant Ogier scores record ninth victory

World Rally Championship legend Sebastien Ogier has scored a record ninth Rally Monte Carlo victory following a dominant performance from the eight-time world champion and his Toyota team.

WRC Monte Carlo: Ogier edges closer to victory after halting Rovanpera charge

Sebastien Ogier moved closer to clinching a record-breaking Rally Monte Carlo victory after extending his lead on Sunday morning at the World Rally Championship season opener.

Abiteboul: Toyota’s WRC Monte Carlo pace nothing to worry about

New Hyundai World Rally championship boss Cyril Abiteboul says Toyota’s impressive start to the 2023 World Rally Championship in Monte Carlo is “nothing to worry about".

M-Sport not worried by power steering issues at WRC season opener

M-Sport team principal Richard Millener isn’t worried by power steering issues that have hampered the team’s two full-time entries at the World Rally Championship opener in Monte Carlo.

WRC Monte Carlo: Rovanpera slashes Ogier's lead, Hyundai ends stage win drought

Sebastien Ogier remains on course to score a record ninth Monte Carlo Rally victory despite coming under pressure from a charging Toyota team-mate Kalle Rovanpera on Saturday.

How Lancia pulled off its famous Monte Carlo giantkilling Prime

How Lancia pulled off its famous Monte Carlo giantkilling

Audi should have been invincible in the snowy conditions that typically greeted the World Rally Championship paddock in Monte Carlo. But unexpectedly warm weather for the 1983 season opener, combined with some left-field thinking from the Lancia crew turned the tables. Forty years on, team boss Cesare Fiorio reflects on a smash and grab.

WRC Monte Carlo: Rovanpera nibbles Ogier’s lead, Tanak suffers steering issue

Sebastien Ogier preserved a healthy lead despite an attack by world champion Kalle Rovanpera as Toyota continued to dominate the World Rally Championship season opener in Monte Carlo.

WRC Monte Carlo: Loubet crashes out after being caught out by ice

Pierre-Louis Loubet has become the first Rally1 retirement of the World Rally Championship season following a crash on Stage 9 in Monte Carlo. 

Ogier admits to "eventful" run to Monte Carlo WRC lead

Sebastien Ogier described his Monte Carlo Rally lead as “very positive” after an “eventful” Friday at the World Rally Championship opener that included a last-minute gearbox change and hybrid issues.

Tanak: M-Sport Ford Puma is comfortable but not “racy” yet

Ott Tanak says his World Rally Championship M-Sport Ford Puma is lacking outright speed in Monte Carlo, but is confident its potential can be unlocked in time.

WRC Monte Carlo: Ogier in command after masterclass

Sebastien Ogier has opened up a healthy lead over World Rally champion Kalle Rovanpera following a dominant display on Friday at the World Rally Championship curtain raiser in Monte Carlo.

WRC Monte Carlo: Hybrid issue fails to derail Ogier, Evans suffers puncture

Sebastien Ogier continued his perfect start to the World Rally Championship opener in Monte Carlo, while a puncture dented Elfyn Evans' charge on Friday morning.

Abiteboul plays down Hyundai F1 talk, says priority is WRC

Hyundai's new motorsport boss Cyril Abiteboul has downplayed talk of the South Korean car manufacturer eyeing a Formula 1 switch, as he insists rallying remains its priority right now.

WRC Monte Carlo: Ogier storms into early lead, Neuville caught out by ice

World Rally Championship legend Sebastien Ogier once again outlined his class to storm into an early Monte Carlo Rally lead after winning Thursday night’s opening stages.

Abiteboul: What the WRC can learn from Formula 1

New Hyundai boss Cyril Abiteboul has pinpointed Formula 1’s marketing strategy and its ability to engage new fans as an area where the World Rally Championship should look to improve.

Pirelli debuts all-new Monte Carlo specific WRC tyres

World Rally Championship tyre supplier Pirelli will debut a brand new supersoft specifically designed for the Monte Carlo Rally this weekend.

Why M-Sport has pinned all its efforts on a WRC reunion Prime

Why M-Sport has pinned all its efforts on a WRC reunion

M-Sport had a disastrous 2022 with its Rally1 Ford Pumas following Sebastien Loeb’s first-time-out win on the Monte. But now things are looking up with 2019 world champion Ott Tanak leading its attack, and the Cumbrian operation has optimism that it can challenge for a first title since Sebastien Ogier's departure at the end of 2018

Ogier: Monte Carlo is the WRC rally I want to win the most

Sebastien Ogier says Monte Carlo remains the rally he wants to win the most as he eyes a record ninth victory at the World Rally Championship season opener.

The contenders seeking to take Rovanpera's WRC crown Prime

The contenders seeking to take Rovanpera's WRC crown

As Kalle Rovanpera begins his World Rally Championship title defence in Monte Carlo, the Finn knows he has a target on his back. But who is best placed to knock the Toyota ace off his perch?

Why Rovanpera is anticipating a fight to defend his WRC title Prime

Why Rovanpera is anticipating a fight to defend his WRC title

Question: what could be harder than becoming the youngest-ever World Rally champion? Answer: becoming the youngest-ever two-time World Rally champion. That's quite the challenge facing Toyota's Kalle Rovanpera in 2022, particularly against rejuvenated opposition in the second year of the WRC's hybrid regulations.

WRC 2023: Everything you need to know

The World Rally Championship returns this weekend as Rally Monte Carlo kicks off the second season of the Rally1 hybrid regulations.

Neuville labels WRC's 2023 testing reduction "ridiculous"

Thierry Neuville says new cost saving rules limiting World Rally Championship teams to 21 event test days across the season is “ridiculous” and could result in outfits spending more money.

From F1 to WRC: Why Hyundai's new boss could be an inspired signing Prime

From F1 to WRC: Why Hyundai's new boss could be an inspired signing

OPINION: New Hyundai rally team boss Cyril Abiteboul admits he’s got a lot to learn, but his F1 experience and evident strengths could mean he turns out to be an inspired choice.

M-Sport shows off new look for 2023 WRC

M-Sport has revealed a bold new look with the launch of its Ford Puma ahead of the 2023 World Rally Championship.

Renault launches new Rally3 car in Andorra

Renault has officially revealed its challenger to enter the Rally3 sphere of the FIA rally pyramid.

Abiteboul outlines reasons behind Hyundai WRC move

New Hyundai Motorsport team principal Cyril Abiteboul has explained the reasons behind his surprise move into the World Rally Championship.

M-Sport still hopeful of Loeb WRC deal

M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson remains hopeful a deal can be struck with Sebastien Loeb to contest selected World Rally Championship rounds this year.

Toyota unveils revised GR Yaris for 2023 WRC title defence

Toyota has taken the covers off an upgraded GR Yaris that will lead its World Rally Championship manufacturers’ and drivers’ title defence in 2023.

Hyundai announces Abiteboul as WRC team principal

Hyundai Motorsport has announced former Renault Formula 1 boss Cyril Abiteboul as the team principal of its World Rally Championship and customer racing programmes.

Ken Block: Remembering a modern day rally showman

OPINION: The late Ken Block’s extraordinary passion and peerless ability to connect with a huge and diverse fanbase defied the conventionalities of motorsport. It’s what made him so special

Hyundai reveals updated 2023 WRC challenger

Hyundai has officially launched the latest iteration of its i20 N Rally1 car which will contest the 2023 World Rally Championship.

Breen: Hyundai WRC return a forward step after tough 2022

Craig Breen says rejoining Hyundai for a partial World Rally Championship campaign this year is a “forward step” after a difficult 2022 campaign with M-Sport.

Bertelli to rent WRC Toyota for Rally Sweden

Lorenzo Bertelli has announced plans to rent Toyota’s fourth GR Yaris to contest next month’s World Rally Championship round in Sweden.