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Sun August 30, 2015

Kopecky leads on Skoda home round IRC Kopecky leads on Skoda home round Jan Kopecký leads round seven of the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship, Barum Czech Rally Zlín, after a fast, furious and very hot opening leg in his ŠKODA Motorsport Fabia R5. Co-driven by Pavel Dresler, Kopecký is on course to win the event for the fourth time and clinch ...

Kopecky dominates Europe's best Skoda Kopecky dominates Europe's best A week after his triumph in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC 2), Jan Kopecký (CZ) in his ŠKODA Fabia R5 is also dominating Europe’s top drivers. After a commanding performance on home soil, the works driver and his co-driver Pavel Dresler (CZ) are the frontrunners for the fi...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC CZ SS12 @ 09:38 AM - Top drivers seem to slow down not to take risks. That said, Kajetanowicz is catching Pech big time, so this could open up fight for 2nd. Results after SS12:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h46m59s8;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, BMW-Mini, +41s4;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +54s7;
4th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +1m34s;
5th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +2m19s1;
6th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +3m31s2;
7th= Kobus/de Wild, Skoda, +3m52s4;
8th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +4m20s4;
9th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +5m12s1;
10th= Jelinek/Machu, Skoda, +5m40s3

IRC CZ SS11 @ 08:52 AM - Jakes delayed with a punture, Martin retired for unknown reasons (just that it is after a jump). Kopecky back to stage winning ways. Results after SS11:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h41m41s5;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, BMW-Mini, +35s5;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1h00s4;
4th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +1m36s9;
5th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +2m22s;
6th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +3m30s5;
7th= Kobus/de Wild, Skoda, +3m46s2;
8th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +4m22s1;
9th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +5m02s3;
10th= Jelinek/Machu, Skoda, +5m36s8

IRC CZ SS10 @ 08:05 AM - The stage that scared everybody. Medium speed but lots of lose gravel. Even Kopecky spun, claiming "I turned it into donuts for the spectators". In the end Breen won the stage! Breen and Kobus gained places. Results after SS10:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h28m25s;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, BMW-Mini, +31s3;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +55s8;
4th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +1m25s4;
5th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +2m03s;
6th= Jakes/Novak, Citroen, +2m51s6;
7th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +3m09s2;
8th= Kobus/de Wild, Skoda, +3m17s3;
9th= Martin/Salva, Peugeot, +3m25s4;
10th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +4m10s6

Sat August 29, 2015

NEWS JUST IN

IRC CZ SS9 - day2 @ 06:31 PM - Kopecky wins every stage. No major dramas. Martin passes Kobus. Results after day2 (SS9):
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h21m30s2;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, BMW-Mini, +35s4;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +58s2;
4th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +1m30s4;
5th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +2m06s3;
6th= Jakes/Novak, Citroen, +2m56s4;
7th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +3m04s8;
8th= Martin/Salva, Peugeot, +3m20s8;
9th= Kobus/de Wild, Skoda, +3m22s2;
10th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +4m15s

IRC CZ SS8 @ 05:54 PM - Comparatively calm stage, top places seem to be settled, but Jakes takes 6th from Cerny. Results after SS8:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h11m45s;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, BMW-Mini, +31s2;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +58s;
4th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +1m28s4;
5th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +1m53s8;
6th= Jakes/Novak, Citroen, +2m40s3;
7th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +2m43s7;
8th= Kobus/de Wild, Skoda, +3m04s;
9th= Martin/Salva, Peugeot, +3m07s6;
10th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +3m46s6

IRC CZ SS7 @ 03:31 PM - Kostka retires from 4th. Jakes has two overshots and drops behind Cerny. Breen reports "a small problem" but gives no further info. Results after SS7:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h04m04s7;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, BMW-Mini, +24s4;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +52s7;
4th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +1m21s9;
5th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +1m38s8;
6th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +2m25s3;
7th= Jakes/Novak, Citroen, +2m25s5;
8th= Kobus/de Wild, Skoda, +2m54s5;
9th= Martin/Salva, Peugeot, +2m53s9;
10th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +3m24s7

IRC CZ SS6 @ 02:55 PM - 5th stage win in a row for Kopecky. Pech seems to concede with 2nd place. Results after SS6:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 54m19s7;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, BMW-Mini, +23s4;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +42s9;
4th= Kostka/Kostka, Skoda, +1m08s2;
5th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +1m13s7;
6th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +1m23s2;
7th= Jakes/Novak, Citroen, +1m41s8;
8th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +2m05s3;
9th= Kobus/de Wild, Skoda, +2m14s2;
10th= Martin/Salva, Peugeot, +2m33s5

IRC CZ SS5 - Puncture for Breen @ 01:31 PM - Breen drops 2 min with a puncture and swears he has hit nothing. Neubauer retires with brake problems. Kopecky extends lead. Results after SS5:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 44m24s8;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, BMW-Mini, +16s2;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +36s6;
4th= Kostka/Kostka, Skoda, +55s1;
5th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +1m07s;
6th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +1m08s5;
7th= Jakes/Novak, Citroen, +1m27s5;
8th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +1m47s4;
9th= Kobus/de Wild, Skoda, +1m57s4;
10th= Martin/Salva, Peugeot, +2m13s8

IRC CZ SS4 @ 11:08 AM - Jeets clipped a gas pipe at a house and there is a gas leak now! Lukyanuk passed Valousek. Ingram had a puncture, not good for the fight for 2nd Junior. Results after SS4:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 34m42s6;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, BMW-Mini, +8s5;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +31s8;
4th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +37s8;
5th= Kostka/Kostka, Skoda, +41s1;
6th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +51s6;
7th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +51s9;
8th= Jakes/Novak, Citroen, +1m05s4;
9th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +1m20s2;
10th= Kobus/de Wild, Skoda, +1m20s3

IRC CZ SS3 @ 10:12 AM - More stars falling by the side. Odlozilik retires from 9th with a broken wheel, Tarabus retires from 6th with oil pump failure. Jeets and Jakes have overshots. Breen has a slow puncture. Kopecky confirms lead with another stage win. Results after SS3:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 26m57s5;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, BMW-Mini, +4s8;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +26s3;
4th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +30s7;
5th= Kostka/Kostka, Skoda, +32s6;
6th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +37s7;
7th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +43s3;
8th= Jakes/Novak, Citroen, +56s;
9th= Kobus/de Wild, Skoda, +1m01s4;
10th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +1m04s5

IRC CZ SS2 @ 10:06 AM - Kopecky wins stage and takes rally lead. Consani goes off and retires, Charles Martin has a puncture. Results after SS2:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 17m09s8;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, BMW-Mini, +1s4;
3rd= Kostka/Kostka, Skoda, +13s8;
4th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +14s;
5th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +14s1;
6th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +20s8;
7th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +22s;
8th= Jakes/Novak, Citroen, +23s5;
9th= Odlocilik/Turecek, Ford, +25s8;
10th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +28s1

Fri August 28, 2015

NEWS JUST IN

IRC CZ day1 - Dramatic Zlin street stage @ 11:14 PM - Stage needed to be interrupted 3 times, so some of the drivers outside top20 will get notional times. But even in the top20, many people started with cold engines, tyres and brakes, Tarabus had some issues, Wiegand had a massive engine problem and broke the suspension trying to let another driver pass. Results after day1 (SS1):
1st= Pech/Uhel, BMW-Mini, 7m08s3;
2nd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +3s6;
3rd= Kostka/Kostka, Skoda, +5s5;
4th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +5s7;
5th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +7s7;
6th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +9s3;
7th= Valousek/Havelkova, Skoda, +10s;
8th= Jakes/Novak, Citroen, +11s7;
9th= Kobus/de Wild, Skoda, +13s1;
10th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +14s2

Thu August 27, 2015

Q&A Diogo Gago Peugeot Q&A Diogo Gago Diogo Gago is one of five drivers in with a chance of becoming ERC Junior vice-champion on next week's Barum Czech Rally Zlín. By his own admission, it has been a bit of an up and down first season in ERC Juniors - with blistering speed and a few unfortunate crashes. Fiaerc.c...

ERC Junior runner up a team work deal? IRC ERC Junior runner up a team work deal? Five drivers will be fighting to become ERC Junior vice-champion at the Barum Czech Rally Zlín as the 2015 series draws to an exciting climax. Ralfs Sirmacis is currently second in the Michelin-supported series, although the Sport Racing Technologies Peugeot 208 R2 driver is only...

Kajto tops ERC prize money IRC Kajto tops ERC prize money Having won 29,000 Euros already this season, Kajetan 'Kajto' Kajetanowicz currently tops the ERC privateer prize money leaderboard! Alexey Lukyanuk is second in the rankings with 15,000 Euros, while Robert Consani is third with 12,000 Euros. A total of 28 drivers have sha...

Giordano on WRC2 podium WRC Giordano on WRC2 podium Pirelli-equipped Citroen privateer Quentin Giordano has finished on the WRC2 podium at Rallye Deutschland in Germany, after an exciting battle with reigning champion (and Dakar Rally winner) Nasser Al-Attiyah. The fight for the top places in Germany went down to the final day,...

225,000 celebrate VW WRC 225,000 celebrate VW A one-two-three on home soil in front of over 225,000 spectators: Volkswagen duo Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) became the pair to win the Rally Germany in a German car in the modern WRC era. The Wolfsburg-based manufacturer also finished second and third with Jari-Matti ...

Dramatic weekend for Tuthill Porsche WRC Dramatic weekend for Tuthill Porsche The Tuthill Porsche 997 R-GT car survived a dramatic weekend on ADAC Rallye Deutschland, round nine of the 2015 World Rally Championship and the third round of the 2015 FIA R-GT Cup. The familiar driver pairing of François Delecour and Dominique Savignoni again had the reins o...

New 308 Racing Cup by Peugeot Sport Peugeot New 308 Racing Cup by Peugeot Sport PEUGEOT SPORT's engineers have been busy focusing their attentions on the PEUGEOT 308 and the fruit of their know-how and expertise is the 308 GTi by PEUGEOT SPORT, the most radical model in the brand's range. Not satisfied with this successful outcome alone, they decided...

Stunning ERC entry for Barum IRC Stunning ERC entry for Barum Next week's Barum Czech Rally Zlín (28-30 August), round seven of the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship, has received a massive 143-car entry, with drivers from 26 countries participating in the challenging Tarmac event. There are 22 R5 and Super 2000 cars in the top ERC1 ...

Tue August 25, 2015

Dakar Legend tops China entry General Dakar Legend tops China entry Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel and his long-time co-driver Jean-Paul Cottret top the impressive entry list for the China Silk Road Rally 2015, the revised 13-day cross-country rally that starts in Xi'an on August 30 and finishes in Dunhuang on September 11. Peterhansel i...

Ingram aims to be ERC Junior vice champ Peugeot Ingram aims to be ERC Junior vice champ It is exactly 12 months since PEUGEOT UK unveiled its new rising young rally star. The new team has come a long way in such a short time, and now its driver, Chris Ingram, has a chance to be crowned vice champion in one of the sport’s most competitive championships, as the 2015 E...

Vatanen on podium in Germany Ford Vatanen on podium in Germany Up-and-coming rally star Max Vatanen has continued his non-stop run of podiums, which began with victory in Rallye Monte Carlo in January and continued with a win in the first round of the Drive DMACK Fiesta championship in Portugal. Last weekend he finished in third place on asp...

Kopecky to wrap up first Fabia R5 title? Skoda Kopecky to wrap up first Fabia R5 title? The new ŠKODA Fabia R5 possesses genuine power: ŠKODA duo Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler (CZ/CZ) have won all four rounds of the Czech Rally Championship (MČR) so far in ŠKODA’s new rally car. Kopecký/Dresler also got the third win in a row for the ŠKODA Fabia R5 in the FIA W...

Peugeot 2008 DKR to China Peugeot Peugeot 2008 DKR to China The PEUGEOT 2008 DKR is to make its first competitive appearance since January's Dakar at the end of August. Two cars have been entered for the China Silk Road Rally (August 29-September 11) which traverses some of the country's most epic roads....

Sun August 23, 2015

Hyundai reclaims 2nd in the championship WRC Hyundai reclaims 2nd in the championship Hyundai Motorsport has today reclaimed second place in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) Manufacturers’ standings after a competitive Rallye Deutschland with two Hyundai i20 WRCs inside the top-five overall and all four cars successfully completing the rally. The team he...

Speed goes unrewarded for M-Sport Ford Speed goes unrewarded for M-Sport M-Sport World Rally Team's Elfyn Evans and Ott Tänak experienced all the highs and lows of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) at this year's Rallye Deutschland. The Ford Fiesta RS WRC drivers displayed some pace-setting speed, but it went unrewarded at the first pure ...

Volkswagen 1-2-3 at home WRC Volkswagen 1-2-3 at home A one-two-three on home soil - a one-two-three for the history books: Volkswagen dominated the Rally Germany from the word go, and went on to secure victory for the first time. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) are the first duo to win the rally in a German car in the WRC er...

The DS3s finish in the points Citroen The DS3s finish in the points The aim of the DS 3 WRCs was to make it to the end of this short final leg, whilst remaining ready to seize any opportunities to move up in the overall standings. On the first run on Stein & Wein (SS18), Kris Meeke made the most of Martin Prokop's misfortune - a double pun...

Skoda clinches hat-trick of WRC2 wins Skoda Skoda clinches hat-trick of WRC2 wins With his win at the Rally Germany, asphalt king Jan Kopecký (CZ) clinched the hat-trick of wins for the ŠKODA Fabia R5 in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC 2). There was also a first: 33-year-old Kopecký and his co-driver Pavel Dresler (CZ) celebrated the debut WRC 2 win on a...

Ogier closes on title with German win WRC Ogier closes on title with German win Sébastien Ogier moved within touching distance of a third FIA World Rally Championship title after leading Volkswagen to an emotional 1-2-3 in its home event at ADAC Rallye Deutschland on Sunday. ...

Tue August 18, 2015

Tuthill Porsche heads for Deutschland WRC Tuthill Porsche heads for Deutschland It’s WRC Rallye Deutschland next weekend: round nine of this year’s World Rally championship and the third round of the 2015 FIA R-GT Cup. The Tuthill Porsche 997 R-GT car is entered on the event, with the familiar driver pairing of François Delecour and Dominique Savignoni. O...

Guide to ADAC Rallye Deutschland 2015 WRC Guide to ADAC Rallye Deutschland 2015 Again Trier, Germany’s oldest town, be the centre of our event. The teams and drivers will be presented to the public on Thursday evening in front of the fantastic Porta Nigra, before the competitive element with three days of rallying starts on Friday morning....

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