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Wed July 23, 2014

Kruuda's high speed gravel ride IRC Kruuda's high speed gravel ride Karl Kruuda will continue his WRC 2 glory chase on Rally Finland next week armed with recent experience of competing on high-speed gravel stages. The 21-year-old rising star from Estonia was contesting his home round of the European Rally Championship, which finished in the co...

Bessenyey takes ERC 2WD Champ lead IRC Bessenyey takes ERC 2WD Champ lead After fourteen grueling stages in the summer heat, Zoltan Bessenyey completed his debut at the Rally Estonia in style with a podium finish. The Hungarian took 3rd place in the 2WD category and the result now means Bessenyey and co-driver Yulianna Nyirfas sit atop the standings fo...

Sun July 20, 2014

Estonian hotshot Tänak triumphs at home IRC Estonian hotshot Tänak triumphs at home Ott Tänak has made it six winners from seven rounds of this season’s FIA European Rally Championship with an emphatic victory on auto24 Rally Estonia today – five years after his legendary team boss Markko Märtin won the high-speed gravel event. ...

Home hero Tänak wins with Sparco IRC Home hero Tänak wins with Sparco The seventh round of this season’s competitive FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) came to a conclusion on Saturday with home star Ott Tanak securing a popular victory in front of 30,000 spectators. Tanak, driving his M-M Motorsport Ford Fiesta R5, once again wore Sparco’s h...

Skoda drivers extend their ERC lead Skoda Skoda drivers extend their ERC lead The ŠKODA drivers picked up valuable championship points at the high-speed Rally Estonia. Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN) finished in fifth place at the seventh race of the season in the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC), which sees them extend their lead in the overall s...

Sat July 19, 2014

Long straights, big jumps Skoda Long straights, big jumps ŠKODA is on course to finish in the points after day one of the high-speed Rally Estonia. Finnish duo Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm currently lie fifth in their Fabia Super 2000 at the seventh round of the FIA European Rally Championship. The championship leaders are just ahead of Se...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC EST end - Plangi out on last stage @ 05:34 PM - Lukyanuk even wins this twisty stage and takes 2nd. Sadly Plangi crahsed out on this last stage. Every driver is full of praise for this rally. Final results (after SS15)(provisional as subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Tänak/Mölder, Ford, 1h49m36s4;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +47s1;
3rd= Körge/Pints, Ford, +55s4;
4th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +2m11s7;
5th= Lappi/Ferme, Skoda, +2m17s2;
6th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Peugeot(T16), +2m56s8;
7th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +3m24s1;
8th= Murakas/Adler, Mitsubishi, +3m41s8;
9th= Chardonnet/de la Haye, Citroen, +4m27s7;
10th= Sohlberg/Flythström, Ford, +5m59s

IRC EST SS14 - Big battle for 2nd @ 05:06 PM - Lukyanuk wins stage and takes 2nd, but this stage suited his Mitsubishi while last stage apparently is twistiest of the whole rally and suits the R5 cars more. Jeets had an accident and stage is stopped, results of Aus & Murakas may not be accurate. Results after SS14:
1st= Tänak/Mölder, Ford, 1h43m15s2;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +52s4;
3rd= Körge/Pints, Ford, +57s2;
4th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +2m05s;
5th= Lappi/Ferme, Skoda, +2m11s;
6th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Peugeot(T16), +2m51s6;
7th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +3m14s3;
8th= Murakas/Adler, Mitsubishi, +3m33s7;
9th= Chardonnet/de la Haye, Citroen, +4m09s4;
10th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Peugeot(T16), +5m26s3

IRC EST SS13 - Longest stage @ 03:20 PM - Tänak says he has taken out speed now, while Körge reports handling problems and is now only 0.1s ahead of Lukyanuk in 2nd. Results after SS13:
1st= Tänak/Mölder, Ford, 1h37m24s4;
2nd= Körge/Pints, Ford, +54s5;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +54s6;
4th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +1m49s;
5th= Lappi/Ferme, Skoda, +2m04s5;
6th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Peugeot(T16), +2m42s;
7th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +3m06s6;
8th= Murakas/Adler, Mitsubishi, +3m09s8;
9th= Chardonnet/de la Haye, Citroen, +3m56s1;
10th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Peugeot(T16), +4m45s2

IRC EST SS12 - Tänak without puncture @ 02:40 PM - Everybody else had punctures, Plangi hit a tree stump that was in his notes, but Tarabus, Sohlberg, Wiegand, Lappi & Körge all appear to have hit the same rock. Results after SS12:
1st= Tänak/Mölder, Ford, 1h24m04s7;
2nd= Körge/Pints, Ford, +49s3;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +52s5;
4th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +1m34s5;
5th= Lappi/Ferme, Skoda, +1m51s8;
6th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Peugeot(T16), +2m25s7;
7th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +2m45s6;
8th= Murakas/Adler, Mitsubishi, +2m50s5;
9th= Chardonnet/de la Haye, Citroen, +3m27s7;
10th= Sohlberg/Flythström, Ford, +4m40s4

IRC EST SS11 - Lukyanuk wins this one @ 11:55 AM - Longest stage, plenty of drama. Lukyanuk in a gN car wins this. Tänak cpomplains about power loss. Lappi has a spin. Kruuda has a puncture but still takes Wiegand. Plangi hower loses much time with a transmission issue. Results after SS11:
1st= Tänak/Mölder, Ford, 1h18m02s3;
2nd= Körge/Pints, Ford, +48s3;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +49s;
4th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +1m24s1;
5th= Lappi/Ferme, Skoda, +1m47s2;
6th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Peugeot(T16), +2m17s1;
7th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +2m23s;
8th= Murakas/Adler, Mitsubishi, +2m28s8;
9th= Chardonnet/de la Haye, Citroen, +3m11s9;
10th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Peugeot(T16), +3m49s4

IRC EST SS10 - Day starts in funny weather @ 11:23 AM - After first two cars it suddenly started raining and later runners suffered more. Plangi moves closer to Kruuda & Wiegand. Chardonnet takes Vorobjovs for 10th. Results after SS10:
1st= Tänak/Mölder, Ford, 1h04m27s7;
2nd= Körge/Pints, Ford, +46s5;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +53s2;
4th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +1m13s9;
5th= Lappi/Ferme, Skoda, +1m30s2;
6th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m59s7;
7th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Peugeot(T16), +2m03s9;
8th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Peugeot(T16), +2m05s6;
9th= Murakas/Adler, Mitsubishi, +2m14s5;
10th= Chardonnet/de la Haye, Citroen, +2m51s6

Fri July 18, 2014

Old rules for new names part 2 IRC Old rules for new names part 2 This is a follow up article on "New old names in Estonia". In that story I make a few references that new WRC rules made it impossible for new talents to make a career in WRC and that change happened somewhere between the career starts of Markko Märtin and Urmo Aava. ...

Home hero Tänak heads Estonia IRC Home hero Tänak heads Estonia Ott Tänak has delivered a virtuoso performance on day one of auto24 Rally Estonia to lead his country’s inaugural round of the FIA European Rally Championship by an impressive margin of 44.2 seconds alongside co-driver Raigo Mölder. ...

Eli Evans & Zoltan Bessenyey for Honda IRC Eli Evans & Zoltan Bessenyey for Honda After a short break, the 2014 FIA European Rally Championship returns this week for the Auto24 Rally Estonia. The rally, a newcomer to the ERC calendar, takes place in the beautiful countryside of Otepää in the southern region of the Baltic country, renowned for its fast gravel s...

Q&A Karl Kruuda IRC Q&A Karl Kruuda Karl Kruuda, 21, will be taking a break from his WRC 2 commitments to drive a Peugeot 208T16 on his home round of the European Rally Championship, auto24 Rally Estonia, from July 17-19. ...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC EST day1 - Tänak clear in front @ 07:58 PM - Tänak leads but many close battles behind, even if not much changed in the short but exciting city roads stage. Results after day1 (after SS9):
1st= Tänak/Mölder, Ford, 58m18s1;
2nd= Körge/Pints, Ford, +44s2;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +47s4;
4th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +1m07s;
5th= Lappi/Ferme, Skoda, +1m25s9;
6th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m48s7;
7th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Peugeot(T16), +1m56s1;
8th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Peugeot(T16), +2m01s7;
9th= Murakas/Adler, Mitsubishi, +2m05s7;
10th= Vorobjovs/Malnieks, Mitsubishi, +2m36s9

IRC EST SS8 - Plangi gains another @ 05:35 PM - Only a short asphalt stage left now for the day, but not so much a superspecial as a start-finish stage through the city centre of Tartu - could be exciting. Results after SS8:
1st= Tänak/Mölder, Ford, 57m12s;
2nd= Körge/Pints, Ford, +42s2;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +43s5;
4th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +1m05s2;
5th= Lappi/Ferme, Skoda, +1m23s4;
6th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m47s6;
7th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Peugeot(T16), +1m52s1;
8th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Peugeot(T16), +1m58s4;
9th= Murakas/Adler, Mitsubishi, +2m02s;
10th= Chardonnet/de la Haye, Citroen, +2m04s5

IRC EST SS7 - Plangi on the up @ 04:42 PM - Lukyanu says he takes it easy now. Plangi takes Chardonnet and is only 1s behind Murakas. Results after SS7:
1st= Tänak/Mölder, Ford, 51m23s;
2nd= Körge/Pints, Ford, +39s3;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +41s5;
4th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +55s4;
5th= Lappi/Ferme, Skoda, +1m19s3;
6th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m37s4;
7th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Peugeot(T16), +1m43s3;
8th= Murakas/Adler, Mitsubishi, +1m50s8;
9th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Peugeot(T16), +1m51s8;
10th= Chardonnet/de la Haye, Citroen, +1m56s

IRC EST SS6 - Tänak again @ 03:15 PM - Tänak clearly wins this stage again. Though short stages this afternoon, still at least between 7th & 10th gaps are very small, Plangi should manage to move up places soon. Results after SS6:
1st= Tänak/Mölder, Ford, 47m01s3;
2nd= Körge/Pints, Ford, +36s1;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +37s6;
4th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +50s;
5th= Lappi/Ferme, Skoda, +1m13s9;
6th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m28s8;
7th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Peugeot(T16), +1m34s1;
8th= Murakas/Adler, Mitsubishi, +1m40s2;
9th= Chardonnet/de la Haye, Citroen, +1m43s9;
10th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Peugeot(T16), +1m44s9

IRC EST SS5 - Stage win for Lukyanuk @ 02:37 PM - Short stage. Many drivers seem frustrated by Lukyanuk's speed. It must be said though, that these are very fast stages and the gN Mitsubishis traditionally have a very long gearbox ratio. Kruuda takes Murukas. Results after SS5:
1st= Tänak/Mölder, Ford, 41m09s5;
2nd= Körge/Pints, Ford, +31s8;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +33s5;
4th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +42s4;
5th= Lappi/Ferme, Skoda, +1m05s2;
6th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m18s1;
7th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Peugeot(T16), +1m22s6;
8th= Murakas/Adler, Mitsubishi, +1m24s3;
9th= Chardonnet/de la Haye, Citroen, +1m31s8;
10th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Peugeot(T16), +1m35s7

IRC EST SS4 - Tänak again @ 12:52 AM - Tänak wins this stage again, but only narrowly from Mitsubishi driver Lukyanuk, who in turn passes Aus for 3rd. Kaur did not start the stage. Results after SS4:
1st= Tänak/Mölder, Ford, 36m43s9;
2nd= Körge/Pints, Ford, +29s9;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +34s1;
4th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +38s1;
5th= Lappi/Ferme, Skoda, +56s6;
6th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m08s7;
7th= Murakas/Adler, Mitsubishi, +1m11s3;
8th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Peugeot(T16), +1m13s9;
9th= Chardonnet/de la Haye, Citroen, +1m20s2;
10th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Peugeot(T16), +1m28s8

IRC EST SS3 - Tänak dominates @ 12:20 AM - Tänak fastest by some way, Lukyanuk keeps impressing, Lappi improved now too. Results after SS3:
1st= Tänak/Mölder, Ford, 25m24s3;
2nd= Körge/Pints, Ford, +22s3;
3rd= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +31s1;
4th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +31s9;
5th= Lappi/Ferme, Skoda, +44s9;
6th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +51s9;
7th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Peugeot(T16), +52s5;
8th= Murakas/Adler, Mitsubishi, +55s4;
9th= Kaur/Lepikson, Mitsubishi, +59s6;
10th= Chardonnet/de la Haye, Citroen, +1m01s

IRC EST SS2 - Kangur rolls out of rally @ 10:13 AM - Kruuda out, crew OK. Another stage win for Tänak, strong time this time by Plangi. Results after SS2:
1st= Tänak/Mölder, Ford, 18m30s4;
2nd= Körge/Pints, Ford, +15s7;
3rd= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +17s6;
4th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +25s2;
=5th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Peugeot(T16), +35s;
=5th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +35s;
7th= Murakas/Adler, Mitsubishi, +36s8;
8th= Lappi/Ferme, Skoda, +38s;
9th= Chardonnet/de la Haye, Citroen, +46s6;
10th= Kaur/Lepikson, Mitsubishi, +52s

IRC EST SS1 - Dramatic start @ 09:40 AM - Plenty of drama, see what the top10 look like. Koitla seems retired damaging his radiator over a jump, Tänak had a small spin, Raul lost near 3min, Kruuda feels the engine is not pulling, Plangi had a puncture from the start. Results after SS1:
1st= Tänak/Mölder, Ford, 7m00s7;
2nd= Kangur/Ots, Ford(S2000), +3s;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +5s2;
4th= Körge/Pints, Ford, +6s4;
5th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +11s5;
6th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +13s6;
7th= Chardonnet/de la Haye, Citroen, +14s3;
8th= Lappi/Ferme, Skoda, +14s7;
9th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Peugeot(T16), +14s9;
10th= Murakas/Adler, Mitsubishi, +16s8

Tue July 15, 2014

New old names in Estonia IRC New old names in Estonia Even though the Rally Estonia is part of an international championship for the first time this year, the event already has a very good reputation. In the build up to the event we find many old names again. Most rally fans would remember Markko Märtin, and that he runs a team now....

Q&A Siim Plangi Peugeot Q&A Siim Plangi Rising Estonian star and university graduate Siim Plangi will get a dream drive on his country’s FIA European Rally Championship qualifier next week when he lines up in a Saintéloc Peugeot 208 T16. ...

No time for a breather for Skoda Skoda No time for a breather for Skoda Next stop: Estonia. There is no time for ŠKODA to take a breather this week. The Czech car manufacturer follows its successful home race, the Rally Bohemia, with its next outing from 17 to 19 June – this time in the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC). “Extremely quick gravel r...

Sat July 12, 2014

Home heroes ready for ERC Estonia IRC Home heroes ready for ERC Estonia Estonia’s best young rally drivers will take on the big guns from the FIA European Rally Championship when the Baltic nation hosts the fastest event of ERC 2014 from 17-19 July. With the headquarters and service park in Otepää and the ceremonial start and finish in Tartu, Est...

Skoda podium lock out at home Skoda Skoda podium lock out at home European Rally Champion Jan Kopecký (CZ) ahead of Umberto Scandola (I) and Sepp Wiegand (D): the ŠKODA family tasted triple success at its home rally. Thousands of fans packed the finish area in front of the ŠKODA Museum in Mladá Boleslav to celebrate the local manufacturer’s vic...

Thu July 10, 2014

Lappi to demo Skoda R5 in Bohemia IRC Lappi to demo Skoda R5 in Bohemia ŠKODA Motorsport won’t just be celebrating the past on the Czech championship Rally Bohemia this weekend – it will also be looking to its future involvement in the new-generation R5 category. ...

Chardonnet DS3 R5 entry for Estonia IRC Chardonnet DS3 R5 entry for Estonia Sébastien Chardonnet’s last-minute auto24 Rally Estonia entry is not only another boost for the high-speed gravel event – it also enforces the FIA European Rally Championship’s Serious Competition Ahead strapline. ...

New date for Classic Rally South Africa General New date for Classic Rally South Africa Classic Rally South Africa has moved its date and will now run from January 26-30 next year in an effort to land a bigger entry for the history-making event. The decision to make the change to the Mpumalanga-based event was taken following a rally organisers' meeting in J...

Bohemia, Skoda R5 car and 1974 liveries Skoda Bohemia, Skoda R5 car and 1974 liveries --- › Two ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000s in the 1974 ŠKODA 180 RS/200 RS colours --- › ŠKODA drivers Kopecký and Wiegand set sights on victory at ŠKODA’s home race --- › ERC leader Lappi tests new turbo engine for new ŠKODA Fabia R 5 --- › In 1974 the “original” RS models – the ŠKODA...

Mon July 7, 2014

Sordo & Bouffier join Hyundai in Germany WRC Sordo & Bouffier join Hyundai in Germany The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has today announced that Dani Sordo and Bryan Bouffier will join its lead driver Thierry Neuville as part of the team’s line-up for Rallye Deutschland at the end of August. Neuville will once again spearhead the team’s entry in the #7 Hyunda...

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