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Sun January 25, 2015

Kubica & Pirelli fastest combination WRC Kubica & Pirelli fastest combination Robert Kubica, running on Pirelli tyres, showed this combination to be the fastest one on this year's Rallye Monte-Carlo, winning four stages and finishing second on two more. Kubica's winning margin on the longest stage of the rally (Lardier et Valenca-Faye, at 51.70 kil...

Maiden Junior win for Quentin Gilbert Citroen Maiden Junior win for Quentin Gilbert Ten crews lined up at the start of the opening round of the 2015 season of the FIA Junior WRC. On Thursday night's opening stage, the Irishman Daniel McKenna grabbed the early lead as he went fastest between Entrevaux and Rouaine. But he was then handed a 2 min 20s penalty fo...

Citroen Citroen with most stage wins

WRC Hyundai fights to the finish

WRC Volkswagen 1-2-3

Ford M-Sport encouraged by promising start

Sat January 24, 2015

Loeb and Meeke attack Citroen Loeb and Meeke attack The immense popularity of the Rallye Monte-Carlo showed no signs of waning today. So much so, in fact, that the rally organisers decided to cancel the opening stage of the day for safety reasons, due to the very large numbers of spectators, and let the crews set off for Lardier e...

Volkswagen trio extends its lead WRC Volkswagen trio extends its lead Three doses of pure "Monte" - Volkswagen overcame extremely demanding conditions and a hugely difficult tyre selection to extend its three-car lead at the top of the overall standings at the Rally Monte Carlo. With just the final Sunday of rallying to come, Sébastien Ogier/Julien...

M-Sport refuse to give up the fight Ford M-Sport refuse to give up the fight Following their impressive performance in the early phases of Rallye Monte-Carlo - the opening round of the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship - Ott Tänak and Elfyn Evans encountered some set-backs today. Despite being caught out by the tricky conditions, the M-Sport World Rally T...

Both hyundai head into final day WRC Both hyundai head into final day Hyundai Motorsport has continued to pick up the pace on the third day of competition at this year’s Rallye Monte-Carlo, the opening event of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), with both Hyundai i20 WRC cars fighting for a top five finish. ...

Fri January 23, 2015

M-Sport prove their potential Ford M-Sport prove their potential M-Sport World Rally Team's Ott Tänak and Elfyn Evans got off to a flying start on the first full day of competition at Rallye Monte-Carlo today. Coupling flashes of potential with a composed drive behind the wheel of their EcoBoost powered Ford Fiesta RS WRCs, the pairing end...

Hyundai continues Monte learning curve WRC Hyundai continues Monte learning curve Hyundai Motorsport remains in positive spirits following another demanding day of action at Rallye Monte-Carlo, the opening event of the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Following a tentative start to the event on Thursday, the team made steady progress throughout Fri...

Ogier leads Latvala and Mikkelsen WRC Ogier leads Latvala and Mikkelsen A thriller that resulted in a success story: Volkswagen reached the half-way point of the Rally Monte Carlo in first, second and third. Day two of the opening round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) was initially dominated by the duel between Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingras...

Citroen Monte day2 Citroen Citroen Monte day2 Yesterday's brief warm-up was today succeeded by a real leg, featuring six stages held on roads around Gap. With sub-zero temperatures in the morning, most of the WRC crews opted to go with studded tyres for the first loop. Different options were taken after the midday servic...

Thu January 22, 2015

RK for RK, Pirelli for Kubica WRC RK for RK, Pirelli for Kubica Pirelli will put its tyres to the test on asphalt, gravel, ice and snow during the upcoming World Rally Championship season - and grand prix winner Robert Kubica will head the company's challenge in a Ford Fiesta RS WRC. ...

Fri January 16, 2015

VW Polo at the full Monte WRC VW Polo at the full Monte Tough test for the new, second generation of the Polo R WRC: when Volkswagen lines up at the Rally Monte Carlo (22-25 January), it will take on the opposition in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with a World Rally Car that has been the subject of sweeping modifications. Dou...

M-Sport look to master the Monte Ford M-Sport look to master the Monte M-Sport World Rally Team's Elfyn Evans and Ott Tänak will be looking to master the notoriously difficult conditions of Rallye Monte-Carlo next week as they pilot their EcoBoost powered Ford Fiesta RS WRCs on the opening round of the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). ...

Hyundai Rallye Monte Carlo Review WRC Hyundai Rallye Monte Carlo Review Hyundai Motorsport is ready to get its second year in the competitive FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) underway in style at the traditional season-opener, Rallye Monte-Carlo, next week. 12 months on from the team’s historic debut in the WRC, Hyundai Motorsport returns to the Pr...

Introduction of the WRC Junior drivers Citroen Introduction of the WRC Junior drivers Here is an introduction of the FIA WRC 2015 Junior drivers as they start in the Rallye Monte Carlo:...

Host of Juniors line up in Monte Carlo Citroen Host of Juniors line up in Monte Carlo Inaugurated last year, the partnership forged between Citroën Racing and the FIA to support the champions of the future enters into its second season. Over the last fifteen years, Citroën Racing has enabled several drivers to cut their teeth on the WRC stages. Sébastien Loeb (200...

Loeb kicks off season in Monte Carlo Citroen Loeb kicks off season in Monte Carlo New season, new colours… and the return of two familiar faces! Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena return to action in a DS 3 WRC to contest the Rallye Monte-Carlo. The legendary crew, winners of nine world titles and 78 rallies (including seven wins in Monaco), is set to cause a sti...

Tue January 13, 2015

New partners and Kev Abbring at Hyundai WRC New partners and Kev Abbring at Hyundai Hyundai Motorsport has added a number of new names to its team line-up as the start of the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) fast approaches. The success of Hyundai Motorsport’s debut season in the WRC has been well supported by Hyundai around the world. As a result of ...

Citroen ready for 2015 season Citroen Citroen ready for 2015 season Unquestionable star of the 1955 Paris Motor Show, the Citroën DS is celebrating its sixtieth birthday this year. As a nod to this landmark anniversary, the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS 3 WRCs are to feature exclusive decals starting at this month's Rallye Automobile Monte-C...

New Fiesta R2 revealed Ford New Fiesta R2 revealed Development on the new Ford Fiesta R2 is in full swing as M-Sport prepare to launch a new evolution towards the end of the first quarter of 2015. Launched in 2009, the Fiesta R2 is considered to be M-Sport's first global rally car and has secured numerous successes around the...

Fri January 9, 2015

Hyundai confirms drivers for Sweden WRC Hyundai confirms drivers for Sweden After entering two Hyundai i20 WRC cars for Rallye Monte-Carlo later this month, Hyundai Motorsport will switch to a three-car entry for Rally Sweden in February in order to raise its game in the competitive FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). ...

M-Sport's new trade partners Ford M-Sport's new trade partners The M-Sport World Rally Team are pleased to announce a new Partnership with Snap-on for the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Snap-on are recognised as a world leader in professional tool brands. Crafted from the highest quality materials, their extensive range includes...

Thu January 8, 2015

100th R5 car from M-Sport Ford 100th R5 car from M-Sport Since launching in the midst of 2013 M-Sport's Ford Fiesta R5 has become one of the company's most successful models - the 100th version displayed in celebration at this week's Autosport International Show in the United Kingdom....

Wed January 7, 2015

Kajetanowicz heads Pirelli 1-2-3 IRC Kajetanowicz heads Pirelli 1-2-3 Pirelli has begun the international motorsport season in style with a 1-2-3 finish on the Jannerrallye, the opening round of the European Rally Championship (January 5-6) following a dominant performance by the Italian tyre manufacturer. Kajetan Kajetanowicz won the winter eve...

New season with a familiar feel Ford New season with a familiar feel The M-Sport World Rally Team Ford Fiesta RS WRCs will be adorned with an exciting new livery this year as Elfyn Evans and Ott Tänak tackle the diverse nature of the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)....

Tue January 6, 2015

Kajetanowicz dominates ERC opener IRC Kajetanowicz dominates ERC opener Kajetan Kajetanowicz recorded fastest time on all but the final stage of the opening round of the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship to win the snowy Internationale Jännerrallye powered by GaGa Energy. Co-driven by Jarek Baran, the 35-year old Pole was in a class of his own...

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IRC A Final (SS18) @ 04:14 PM - What an amazing last stage - wihout shoot out rubbish!! Hirschi manages to pass Tlustak, but also Lukyanuk wins stage and passes Tarabus for podium. Raoux back in top10 on last gasp. Final results (after SS18)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, 2h50m52s6;
2nd= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot(S2000), +7m07s4;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Chervenenko, Ford, +8m28s1
4th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +8m48s8;
5th= Fischerlehner/Unterweger, Mitsubishi, +22m38s6;
6th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot, +27m26s9;
7th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +27m29s7;
8th= Stajf/Rajnoha, Subaru, +28m18s6;
9th= Botka/Michalik, Mitsubishi, +30m38s5;
10th= Raoux/Escartefigue, Ford, +35m00s5

IRC A SS17 - Lefebvre excluded @ 02:46 PM - Lefebvre has been delayed before SS15 for unknown reasons. With no chances the Citroen team has made changes to Lefebvre's car for Monte Carlo tests, which caused further delays. Basically he is now OTL - off time limit (max lateness exceeded). So before the last stage: Results BEFORE SS18:
1st= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, 2h36m59s7;
2nd= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot(S2000), +6m32s8;
3rd= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +8m38s4
4th= Lukyanuk/Chervenenko, Ford, +8m46s9;
5th= Fischerlehner/Unterweger, Mitsubishi, +21m08s3;
6th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +26m35s4;
7th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot, +26m47s7;
8th= Stajf/Rajnoha, Subaru, +26m53s;
9th= Botka/Michalik, Mitsubishi, +28m52s;
10th= Ogryzek/Wrobel, Peugeot(R2), +31m56s1

IRC A SS17 @ 01:57 PM - Fantastic long stage, repeated as last stage. Many drivers saved their best tyres for the last stage. Hirschi lost his place to Tlustak, but gained it again against Stajf. Lukyanuk could still take 3rd. Results after SS17:
1st= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, 2h36m59s7;
2nd= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot(S2000), +6m32s8;
3rd= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +8m38s4
4th= Lukyanuk/Chervenenko, Ford, +8m46s9;
5th= Fischerlehner/Unterweger, Mitsubishi, +21m08s3;
6th= Lefebvre/Prevot, Citroen, +22m45s8;
7th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +26m35s4;
8th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot, +26m47s7;
9th= Stajf/Rajnoha, Subaru, +26m53s;
10th= Botka/Michalik, Mitsubishi, +28m52s

IRC A SS16 @ 01:00 PM - Raoux has major mechanical problems with the longest stage next. There also keeps a question mark over Lefebvre with his road delays. Results after SS16:
1st= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, 2h23m26s4;
2nd= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot(S2000), +5m50s;
3rd= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +7m55s
4th= Lukyanuk/Chervenenko, Ford, +8m31s1;
5th= Fischerlehner/Unterweger, Mitsubishi, +19m42s2;
6th= Lefebvre/Prevot, Citroen, +22m03s6;
7th= Stajf/Rajnoha, Subaru, +24m31s5;
8th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot, +24m57s2;
9th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +25m01s6;
10th= Botka/Michalik, Mitsubishi, +26m25s9

IRC A SS15 @ 12:08 AM - Lefebvre delayed at stage start. Raoux had to clean snow from radiator after a mild off. Hirschi catching Stajf and Tlustak catching Hirschi. Results after SS15:
1st= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, 2h17m38s;
2nd= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot(S2000), +5m27s3;
3rd= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +7m42s7
4th= Lukyanuk/Chervenenko, Ford, +8m27s3;
5th= Fischerlehner/Unterweger, Mitsubishi, +19m02s3;
6th= Lefebvre/Prevot, Citroen, +21m46s5;
7th= Stajf/Rajnoha, Subaru, +23m42s2;
8th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot, +24m15s2;
9th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +24m34s1;
10th= Raoux/Escartefigue, Ford, +25m23s3

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