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Mon October 27, 2014

Craig Breen's thrilling comeback Peugeot Craig Breen's thrilling comeback This weekend's visit to Switzerland provided the Peugeot 208 T16 with another opportunity to showcase its competitive potential with a score of 14 stage wins from a possible 19. However, the Peugeot Rally Academy's Craig Breen and Kevin Abbring met with mixed fortunes in ...

Lappi wins and is ERC title favorit IRC Lappi wins and is ERC title favorit Esapekka Lappi and Sepp Wiegand will battle for the FIA European Rally Championship on the final round in Corsica next month after the ŠKODA Motorsport aces finished first and third respectively on Rallye International du Valais in Switzerland today. Co-driven by fellow Finn ...

Sun October 26, 2014

Determination from Kubica in Spain Ford Determination from Kubica in Spain RK M-Sport World Rally Team's Robert Kubica overcame yesterday's disappointment to gain further experience of the Ford Fiesta RS WRC and FIA World Rally Championship today. Despite finishing outside of the points, the Pole's determination resulted in some valuable exp...

Hirvonen secures Spain podium Ford Hirvonen secures Spain podium M-Sport World Rally Team's Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen delivered a superb drive at the 50th edition of RallyRACC - Rally de España this weekend - piloting their Ford Fiesta RS WRC to the third step of the podium. The Finn secured his maiden FIA World Rally Championship ...

Ogier is World Champion again WRC Ogier is World Champion again A big day for Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia. A big day for Volkswagen. With their victory at the Rally Spain, the old world champions have been crowned the new world champions*. After their seventh victory of the season, the 23rd of their career, the French duo cannot be c...

All three Hyundais at the finish WRC All three Hyundais at the finish The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team achieved its primary objective as all three cars finished in the top ten of the RallyRACC – Rally de España, gaining valuable experience throughout the event. The drivers set some impressive stage times on the mixed surfaces on the opening day a...

Mads Ostberg gains two places Citroen Mads Ostberg gains two places Fourth overall at the start of the final leg of Rally de España, Mads Østberg controlled his pace perfectly to the end of the race. The Norwegian kept a close eye on the splits of Dani Sordo to match the pace of his main rival. He ended the only mixed-surface event on the WRC ...

Sat October 25, 2014

Lappi wins in Switzerland Skoda Lappi wins in Switzerland The European Rally Champion will be a ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 driver once again this year. The works drivers Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN) extended their lead in the overall standings with their victory at the “Rallye International du Valais”, the penultimate race of the FIA...

Exciting pictures, exciting final IRC Exciting pictures, exciting final This time I have to explain the order of photos in the gallery. But even more so, I can't help but feeling extremely excited about the Rallye du Valais finale today/Saturday. Everything can still happen on the very last stage - a scenario that the WRC never achieved and for t...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC CH end (SS19) @ 04:10 PM - Lappi wins the rally. Breen wins the stage. Carron never started stage with previous stage problems. But biggest news of the finale is Consani having a puncture and overcooking it with the flat tyre, understeering into a pole. He drops from 4th to 6th in the process. Final results (after SS19)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 2h46m22s4;
2nd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +42s;
3rd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +3m04s1;
4th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +4m10s2;
5th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +4m17s8;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +4m24s8;
7th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +5m56s9;
8th= Perroud/Marchand, Skoda, +6m22s5;
9th= Gonon/Horgnies, Subaru, +7m08s9;
=10th= Radoux/Gregoire, Ford, +ms

IRC CH SS18 @ 03:26 PM - And the dramas continue. Burri's car survived the stage with the clutch problem. He even made a place when Carron lost a driveshaft and a minute with it. Both will have to carry these problems through the last long stage. Abbring also in dramas after having gone off the stage before. Lappi won SS18. Results after SS18:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 2h32m29s8;
2nd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +44s4;
3rd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +2m41s5;
4th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +3m14s;
5th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +3m50s8;
6th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +4m04s3;
7th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +4m41s2;
8th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +5m30s8;
9th= Perroud/Marchand, Skoda, +5m50s3;
=10th= Gonon/Horgnies, Subaru, +6m39s9

IRC CH SS17 @ 02:51 PM - Most dramatic finale. Kajetanowicz never started SS17 following his previous engine fire. Tarabus slid off the road in a slow corner. And Burri reports a serious clutch problem. Results after SS17:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 2h21m38s3;
2nd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +43s;
3rd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +2m28s1;
4th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +3m00s7;
5th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +3m32s3;
6th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +3m38s6;
7th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +3m48s1;
8th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +5m04s4;
9th= Perroud/Marchand, Skoda, +5m26s2;
=10th= Gonon/Horgnies, Subaru, +6m18s1

IRC CH SS16 @ 02:07 PM - Breen overtakes Kajetanowicz for 2nd, but the big news is that at the stage finish Kajetanowicz has a small engine fire. He can continue, but unclear what caused the fire we have to watch this situation. Orsak retired, engine. Results after SS16:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 2h12m44s;
2nd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +51s;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +54s9;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +2m20s5;
5th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +2m22s4;
6th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +3m12s3;
7th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +3m27s2;
8th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +3m34s5;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +4m29s2;
=10th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +4m47s1

IRC CH SS15 @ 11:56 AM - Surprisingly no position changes in this longest and most changeable stage. Breen and Lappi were a lot faster than the rest even though Breen said he lost 20sec with 2 "stupid spins". Abbring won every stage this morning, even though he had a puncture. Results after SS15:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 2h02m28s1;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +56s1;
3rd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +53s8;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +2m14s2;
5th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +2m42s3;
6th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +3m06s1;
7th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +3m18s6;
8th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +3m19s7;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +4m06s5;
=10th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +4m22s1

IRC CH SS14 @ 10:56 AM - Kajetanowicz drops a bit of time compared to Lappi and Breen. A real ding-dong battle between Carron and Hirschi, who swap places yet again. Results after SS14:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 1h41m10s;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +39s;
3rd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +52s5;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m31s5;
5th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +2m10s2;
6th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +2m25s8;
7th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +2m31s2;
8th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +2m33s5;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +3m13s7;
=10th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +3m38s9

IRC CH SS13 @ 10:27 AM - Many drivers had their first experience with asphalt tyres on gravel and couldn't judge their times. Abbring fastest ahead of Breen. Carron takes back his place from Hirschi, but a strong time moves Consani past both. Results after SS13:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 1h30m21s8;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +26s1;
3rd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +55s5;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m22s9;
5th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m53s;
6th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +1m56s;
7th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +1m56s6;
8th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +2m15s7;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +2m46s3;
=10th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +3m09s8

IRC CH SS12 @ 10:04 AM - Abbring wins stage (but with now superally in ERC no overall time for him). Most rivers say they did many little mistakes. Hirschi passes Carron. Results after SS12:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 1h21m30s1;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +31s4;
3rd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +1m03s5;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m31s9;
5th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +1m40s6;
6th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +1m43s9;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m50s8;
8th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +2m02s9;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +2m44s6;
=10th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +2m59s

Fri October 24, 2014

Skoda defends its lead in Valais Skoda Skoda defends its lead in Valais ŠKODA has defended its lead at the “Rallye International du Valais“. On the second day of the penultimate race of the season of the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC), the ŠKODA factory duo Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN) took the lead. Sepp Wiegand/Frank Christian (D/D) f...

Hyundai Shell WRT shows positive pace WRC Hyundai Shell WRT shows positive pace The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has shown encouraging pace on the opening day of this weekend’s Rally de España, the penultimate round of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). This weekend’s rally offers drivers and teams the unique challenge of tackling mixed surfa...

Ogier ahead of Latvala WRC Ogier ahead of Latvala One nil in the Spanish showdown for the drivers' and co-drivers' world championship: Leaders of the standings Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) took the lead on the first day of the Rally Spain. For the following drivers, the clouds of dust on the windless special st...

Hirvonen in the hunt Ford Hirvonen in the hunt M-Sport World Rally Team's Mikko Hirvonen is on course to secure a strong haul of points at the 50th edition of RallyRACC - Rally de España. The Finn currently holds fifth place overall and is in the hunt for a coveted podium position....

Mads Ostberg makes it through the dust Citroen Mads Ostberg makes it through the dust Before the start of this, the only mixed-surface event on the calendar, Mads Østberg had warned that the first day on gravel would set the tone for his rally. The Norwegian managed to combine speed and consistency, despite the hanging dust which held him up more than any other...

Lappi leads battle of foursome IRC Lappi leads battle of foursome Esapekka Lappi can make it two wins out of two on Switzerland’s round of the FIA European Rally Championship – providing he makes it through Saturday’s longest leg unscathed in his ŠKODA Motorsport Fabia Super 2000. Finn Lappi, one of four drivers in ERC title contention, hol...

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IRC CH day2 (SS11) @ 05:12 PM - Stage win for Breen, a somewhat quieter stage. The rally moves now camp from Sion to Martigny and as a result tomorrow we will have the longest and highest stages of the rally with some 30km of gravel too - why can't WRC do this? Results after day2 (SS11):
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 1h11m03s5;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +23s;
3rd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +1m01s5;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m16s2;
5th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +1m24s6;
6th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +1m29s8;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m35s4;
8th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +1m47s4;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +2m21s1;
=10th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +2m28s

IRC CH SS10 @ 04:05 PM - Wiegand had a puncture and lost around 4s with it. Burri still unmotivated, muses that he may not even start tomorrow. Results after SS10:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 1h05m41s;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +19s1;
3rd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +1m03s5;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m12s6;
5th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +1m16s4;
6th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +1m22s5;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m30s5;
8th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +1m34s;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +2m13s2;
=10th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +2m18s5

IRC CH SS9 @ 03:37 PM - First stage win for Kajetanowicz. Breen passes Carron and Hirschi for 4th. Burri drops a place too, reporting he has lost his motivation after previous bad stage times. Results after SS9:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 59m05s3;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +16s7;
3rd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +26s1;
4th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +1m02s3;
5th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +1m04s1;
6th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +1m11s;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m19s;
8th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +1m19s3;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m57s6;
=10th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +2m01s5

IRC CH SS8 @ 02:48 PM - Stage win for Breen, even though his handbrake does not work at all. Breen gains places too. Wiegand meanwhile feels happier with his tyres, so it will be harder for Breen to catch up now. (not time for Hirschi yet) Results after SS8:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 51m30s4;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +19s2;
3rd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +21s9;
4th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +49s2;
5th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +1m00s7;
6th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +1m02s5;
7th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +1m05s6;
8th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m08s;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m40s3;
=10th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +1m41s9

IRC CH SS7 @ 12:30 AM - Breen wins this stage again. Burri is really slow in this short and flat stage without an explanation but not finding rhythm. He drops a place. Results after SS7:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 43m47s5;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +14s6;
3rd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +20s5;
4th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +38s4;
5th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +52s7;
6th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +54s7;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +58s5;
8th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +1m03s6;
9th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +1m25s;
=10th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m28s5

IRC CH SS6 @ 11:17 AM - Now a clear stage win for Lappi. But Breen still catching up. Kajetanowicz took 2nd from Wiegand. There is ice on a narrow bridge but all drivers have got through. Results after SS6:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 38m21s8;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +9s5;
3rd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +15s1;
4th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +29s4;
5th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +36s;
6th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +41s3;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +49s4;
8th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +1m04s4;
9th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +1m13s1;
=10th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m18s

IRC CH SS5 @ 10:56 AM - Breen wins stage again. He is 15s faster than Wiegand with 14 stages remaining, so there is still a fight. Meanwhile Lappi take lead from Wiegand. Results after SS5:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 31m38s5;
2nd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +4s1;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +6s6;
4th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +22s5;
5th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +22s7;
6th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +29s3;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +36s5;
8th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +57s5;
9th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +59s1;
=10th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +1m00s9

IRC CH SS4 @ 09:49 AM - Both Academy Peugeots refused to start in parc fermé. While Breen could eventually start and even win the stage, Abbring's car got stranded again before the stage start. Higgins retired too, transmission. Results after SS4:
1st= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, 23m50s5;
2nd= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +4s8;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +15s1;
4th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +17s3;
5th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +18s5;
6th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +20s9;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +24s6;
8th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +40s3;
9th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +46s;
=10th= Perroud/Marchand, Skoda, +59s2

Thu October 23, 2014

Skoda 1-2 lead in Valais Skoda Skoda 1-2 lead in Valais Good opener for ŠKODA at the “Rallye International du Valais”: After the first three of a total of 19 special stages in the penultimate race of the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) season, Sepp Wiegand/Frank Christian (D/D) from the ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland team are at the top...

VW confirms its drivers for 2015 WRC VW confirms its drivers for 2015 Volkswagen Motorsport, Sébastien Ogier (F), Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) and Andreas Mikkelsen (N) are set to continue their successful cooperation: Volkswagen has renewed its contracts with the men currently first, second and third in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Given th...

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IRC CH day1 (SS3) @ 05:34 PM - Peugeot bad luck moves Wiegand into the lead. Breen picks up a puncture and Abbring gets stranded with stuck on brakes. Unbelievable, the Pugs are always fast but after a few stages there is problems... Results after day1 (SS3):
1st= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, 15m55s1;
2nd= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +4s4;
3rd= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), +6s3;
4th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +13s1;
5th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +17s4;
6th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +17s8;
7th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +18s;
8th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +24s2;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +31s;
=10th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +37s6

IRC CH SS2 @ 04:13 PM - Stage was shortened to 4km for too much snow. Breen wins this stage and moves up 3 places after slow SS1 time. Jonathan Hirschi keeps convincing with good times (reason for slight delays as he is car # 22). Results after SS2:
1st= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), 7m19s9;
2nd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +2s3;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +3s7;
4th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +4s5;
5th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +4s6;
6th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +7s2;
7th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +7s3;
8th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +10s8;
9th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +13s;
=10th= Perroud/Marchand, Skoda, +15s

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