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Fri April 18, 2014

Skoda's Lappi leads Circuit of Ireland IRC Skoda's Lappi leads Circuit of Ireland Dream start for ŠKODA at the “Circuit of Ireland Rally”: On the first of two rally days around Belfast, Northern Ireland's capital city, the “flying Finns” Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm in the Fabia Super 2000 won seven of ten special stages. The duo will start the closing eight ...

Good ERC Circuit of Ireland Friday IRC Good ERC Circuit of Ireland Friday Esapekka Lappi has enjoyed an Easter Good Friday to remember with a stunning performance on leg one of the Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland Rally, which has put him on course for win number two in this year’s all-action FIA European Rally Championship. Finn Lappi,...

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IRC IRL day1 - Lappi leads @ 07:57 PM - Just a short town circuit stage, but seems quite fun and Breen manages to narrow Lappi's lead by another 1.8s. Results after day1 (SS10):
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 59m11s2;
2nd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +12s6;
3rd= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +1m40s2;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m49s;
5th= Moffett/O'Reilly, Ford, +2m05s5;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +3m05s4;
7th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +3m50s3;
8th= McKenna/Kierans, Citroen, +5m45s5;
9th= Moffett/Rowan, Mitsubishi, +6m00s2;
10th= Ingram/Moreau, Renault, +6m50s5

IRC IRL SS9 - Breen catches up a little more @ 07:28 PM - This time Breen 4s faster than Lappi. British Champ Korhonen crashes out from 9th. Results after SS9:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 57m06s3;
2nd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +14s4;
3rd= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +1m36s6;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m49s5;
5th= Moffett/O'Reilly, Ford, +1m50s4;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +3m03s8;
7th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +3m50s3;
8th= McKenna/Kierans, Citroen, +5m31s8;
9th= Moffett/Rowan, Mitsubishi, +5m47s1;
10th= Ingram/Moreau, Renault, +6m44s9

IRC IRL SS8 - Stage win for Breen @ 06:33 PM - First stage Lappi didn't win and Lappi misses stage win only by 0.1s. Results after SS8:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 52m03s7;
2nd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +18s4;
3rd= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +1m34s7;
4th= Moffett/O'Reilly, Ford, +1m43s3;
5th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m48s8;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +2m52s3;
7th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +3m34s8;
8th= McKenna/Kierans, Citroen, +4m45s;
9th= Korhonen/Salminen, Citroen, +4m59s4;
10th= Moffett/Rowan, Mitsubishi, +5m22s6

IRC IRL SS7 - Abbring in problems @ 05:04 PM - Abbring lost over two minutes and likely retires. Seems connected to the radiator problems incurred the stage before. Results after SS7:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 46m28s6;
2nd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +18s5;
3rd= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +1m27s8;
4th= Moffett/O'Reilly, Ford, +1m29s;
5th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m40s7;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +2m27s6;
7th= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), +3m01s6;
8th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +3m12s1;
9th= McKenna/Kieras, Citroen, +4m16s5;
10th= Korhonen/Salminen, Citroen, +4m29s5

IRC IRL SS6 - Many out of road @ 04:23 PM - Breen had the biggest moment of his life. Abbring (with possible radator damage), Wiegand, both Moffatts all describe big moments, overshots, spins. Next stage the famous Hamilton Folly jumps. Results after SS6:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 37m50s6;
2nd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +17s2;
3rd= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), +18s3;
4th= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +1m04s1;
5th= Moffett/O'Reilly, Ford, +1m10s6;
6th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m21s4;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m58s6;
8th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +2m30s9;
9th= McKenna/Kieras, Citroen, +2m44s;
10th= Korhonen/Salminen, Citroen, +3m47s1

IRC IRL SS5 - Lappi clean sweep @ 01:16 PM - Lappi wins every stage so far, but the last 3 the gap was less than 1s and on the others never more than 3s. Results after SS5:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 30m42s5;
2nd= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), +7s7;
3rd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +9s1;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +50s5;
5th= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +52s2;
6th= Moffett/O'Reilly, Ford, +57s9;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m39s6;
8th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +1m58s7;
9th= McKenna/Kieras, Citroen, +2m44s;
10th= Moffett/Rowan, Mitsubishi, +3m04s4

IRC IRL SS4 - Moffett drops a bit @ 01:11 PM - Though no dilemma for Sam Moffett, times are close, he narrowly dropped 2 places within 1.3s. Brother Josh had brake problems the stage before. Results after SS4:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 25m39s;
2nd= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), +6s;
3rd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +8s2;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +44s3;
5th= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +44s6;
6th= Moffett/O'Reilly, Ford, +45s6;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m23s1;
8th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +1m44s8;
9th= McKenna/Kieras, Citroen, +2m18s8;
10th= Korhonen/Salminen, Citroen, +2m36s9

IRC IRL SS3 - Everybody loves it @ 11:35 AM - I don't remember ever hearing so many drivers how much they enjoyed themselves. Apparently they are more than 50% in the air despite stage being quite twisty. It's the stage with the famous Bertie Fisher Opel Manta 400 jump. Results after SS3:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 19m59s5;
2nd= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), +5s4;
3rd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +8s;
4th= Moffett/O'Reilly, Ford, +32s5;
5th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +33s;
6th= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +34s4;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m02s1;
8th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +1m28s6;
9th= McKenna/Kieras, Citroen, +1m47s5;
10th= Korhonen/Salminen, Citroen, +1m58s6

IRC IRL SS2 - Lappi again @ 11:09 AM - Lappi really surprises. Barrable passes Wiegand. Aaron McHale off road and damaged the radiator in doing so. Results after SS2:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 11m12s4;
2nd= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), +5s2;
3rd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +5s9;
4th= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +14s3;
5th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +15s3;
6th= Moffett/O'Reilly, Ford, +16s7;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +33s5;
8th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +51s8;
9th= Moffett/Rowan, Mitsubishi, +53s2;
10th= McKenna/Kierans, Citroen, +58s5

IRC IRL SS1 - Lappi surprise leader @ 10:32 AM - Lappi himself was surprised as he felt he braked too early mostly. Stage starts twisty and ends fast and bumpy, weather try. Results after SS1:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 3m54s;
2nd= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), +2s2;
3rd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +3s1;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +4s6;
5th= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +6s6;
6th= Moffett/O'Reilly, Ford, +8s3;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +12s6;
8th= Moffett/Rowan, Mitsubishi, +19s6;
9th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +19s8;
10th= McKenna/Kierans, Citroen, +20s2

Mon April 14, 2014

An Easter first for Neil Simpson Skoda An Easter first for Neil Simpson Easter will be full of firsts for returnee rally driver Neil Simpson, as he makes his Circuit of Ireland debut in his ex-factory Simpsons ŠKODA Fabia S2000. Co-driven by Claire Mole, Neil will head to the fast and bumpy closed Irish Tarmac lanes to compete against the top Euro...

Skoda: 1-2 victory in APRC opener Skoda Skoda: 1-2 victory in APRC opener The factory-backed ŠKODA MRF team is celebrating the perfect start to the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) with a one-two victory. The defending champions Gaurav Gill/Glenn Macneall (IND/NZ) won the Rally of Whangarei in New Zealand with an 11.9-second lead over the Europea...

Sat April 12, 2014

ERC Circuit of Ireland preview IRC ERC Circuit of Ireland preview EVENT PREVIEW: 2014 FIA European Rally Championship, round four of 12 Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland Rally, 17-19 April 2014 ERC young stars set for voyage of discovery on Tarmac showcase ...

Wilson considers ERC reinforcement IRC Wilson considers ERC reinforcement M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson is considering bolstering his company’s presence in the FIA European Rally Championship by fielding one of his WRC stars in a Ford Fiesta R5 on selected events. ...

Ypres countdown, entries open IRC Ypres countdown, entries open Countdown to the Geko Ypres Rally has officially started now that entries have been opened for the fiftieth anniversary of the event. Interested crews better not wait too long to complete their registration form, given the massive interest from teams to take on Europe's rally...

Max Vatanen rollercoaster in Portugal WRC Max Vatanen rollercoaster in Portugal MAXRALLY-backed Max Vatanen faced some ups and downs on Rally de Portugal - an event where he set two fastest stage times and also explored a bit of the scenery. But you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs, and for Max's first time out on a World Rally Champio...

Skoda ready for APRC title defence Skoda Skoda ready for APRC title defence The factory-backed team ŠKODA MRF is setting its sights on defending its title in the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) with two top driver duos. Last year’s champions Gaurav Gill/Glenn Macneall (IND/NZ) will be lining up alongside the European champions Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dr...

Tue April 8, 2014

Hyundai modifies driver line up WRC Hyundai modifies driver line up --- Hyundai Shell World Rally Team will still enter next month’s Rally Argentina with two Hyundai i20 WRC cars. · --- Thierry Neuville (#7 Hyundai i20 WRC) will be joined by Spaniard Dani Sordo in the sister #8 car following his stellar performance in Portugal last weeken...

Breen out of luck in Kerry Peugeot Breen out of luck in Kerry The Fel’s Point Circuit of Kerry Rally was the perfect event for Peugeot Rally Academy driver Craig Breen and Peugeot Sport to acclimatize the new 208 T16 to the bumpy tarmac roads of Irish rallying ahead of the upcoming ERC Circuit of Ireland Rally round four of the FIA European...

Mon April 7, 2014

Maiden Junior win for Stéphane Lefebvre Citroen Maiden Junior win for Stéphane Lefebvre --- Fourteen crews took part in the opening round of the 2014 FIA Junior WRC Championship at Rally de Portugal. --- French driver Stéphane Lefebvre finished ahead of the German Christian Riedemann and the Slovakian Martin Koci. --- The Briton Alastair Fisher, who led the clas...

Portugal mission accomplished for Kruuda Ford Portugal mission accomplished for Kruuda Karl Kruuda has underlined his WRC 2 title credentials with a fine fourth place on Rally de Portugal today (Sunday). The 21-year-old excelled in his Super 2000-specification Ford Fiesta, beating several rivals in turbocharged machinery in the process. ...

Hirvonen with new Sparco overall General Hirvonen with new Sparco overall Sparco’s state-of-the-art race suit, the EXTREMA RS-10, has made a debut appearance on a World Rally Championship podium today after M-Sport driver Mikko Hirvonen finished second in Rally de Portugal. Hirvonen has been on impressive form in this week’s WRC event taking top thr...

Nucita on San Remo podium with Pirelli Peugeot Nucita on San Remo podium with Pirelli Reigning Italian Production Car Champion and former Italian Junior Champion Andrea Nucita - who won both of his titles with Pirelli - has clinched his best-ever career result on one of the most legendary rallies in Italy: Sanremo, where he drove a privateer Pirelli-equipped Peuge...

Solberg stars for Pirelli in Portugal Ford Solberg stars for Pirelli in Portugal Norwegian driver Henning Solberg has equalled his best-ever result on the Rally de Portugal, round four of the World Rally Championship, and claimed the best overall result for Pirelli in its comeback year by finishing fifth. This year Pirelli is focussing on customer competition...

Sun April 6, 2014

Scandola wins Rallye San Remo General Scandola wins Rallye San Remo Umberto Scandola and Guido D’Amore, Skoda Fabia, are the winners of the 56th edition of Rallye Sanremo, care valid for the Italian Rally Championship and for the European Rally. Scandola-D’Amore arrived ahead of of the 24 years old Andrea Nucita co driven by Giuseppe Princiott...

Hirvonen takes 2nd in Portugal Ford Hirvonen takes 2nd in Portugal M-Sport World Rally Team's Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen were back on form at this weekend's Vodafone Rally de Portugal. Fighting for the lead, the pairing finished in a strong second place - their best performance of the season to date. ...

Podium plus for Mads Ostberg Citroen Podium plus for Mads Ostberg Thanks to the work put in since the start of Rally de Portugal, Mads Østberg was able to tackle this morning's stages with three new soft tyres out of the set of five he took with him. Third overall as he set off on SS14, over three minutes ahead of his closest rival, the ...

Hyundai Shell WRT finds positives WRC Hyundai Shell WRT finds positives The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has completed Rally de Portugal with two of its Hyundai i20 WRC cars after a tough event which saw the rookie team secure its debut stage wins in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). ...

World Championship lead extended WRC World Championship lead extended Volkswagen claimed a hard-fought win at the toughest rally of the year. In difficult, variable conditions, defending champions Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) secured the fourth victory of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship for the Polo R WRC - the eighth in a row for V...

Kubica misfortunes continue Ford Kubica misfortunes continue RK M-Sport World Rally Team's misfortune continued at the Vodafone Rally de Portugal yesterday as Robert Kubica and Maciej Szczepaniak were forced to retire their Ford Fiesta RS WRC. ...

Sat April 5, 2014

Mixed fortunes for Hyundai Shell WRT WRC Mixed fortunes for Hyundai Shell WRT The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has ended the penultimate day of action at Rally de Portugal with all three cars still running in the top nine of the overall classification after a day of mixed fortunes for the team in its fourth WRC event. Dani Sordo (#20 Hyundai i20 WRC,...

Basso out of San Remo too General Basso out of San Remo too The first three stages of Day 2 provided big changes in the overall standings of 2014 Rallye Sanremo. Giandomenico Basso and Lorenzo Granai won the first two stages of the day, increasing the gap with Scandola-D’Amore to 33”5 chasing them. On the first hairpin on ‘Mendatica’ stag...

San Remo update after night loop General San Remo update after night loop Giandomenico Basso and Lorenzo Granai, in their Ford Fiest R5, win the first of the two night stages, the 17,97 km of SS Vignai and close Day 1 in the lead of 2014 Rallye Sanremo. Behind them, with 12”7 gap, Umberto Scandola and Guido D'Amore in their Skoda Fabia S2000, despi...

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