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Sun July 17, 2016

Estonia post event press conference IRC Estonia post event press conference Present: Ralfs Sirmacis (RS)/Māris Kulšs (MK), Sports Racing Technologies ŠKODA Fabia R5, first place Jarek Baran (JB), LOTOS Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5, second place (Kajetan Kajetanowicz unavailable) Rainer Aus (RA)/Simo Koskinen (SK), Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX, thi...

Sirmacis win after Lukyanuk drama IRC Sirmacis win after Lukyanuk drama Ralfs Sirmacis has become the first two-time winner in the FIA European Rally Championship in 2016 after Alexey Lukyanuk lost an event-long lead on the penultimate stage of auto24 Rally Estonia. Four wins from the first four stages on the final day had extended Lukyanuk’s lead...

IRC Lukyanuk holds lead during leg1

NEWS JUST IN

IRC EST SS16 - end @ 12:46 AM - Sirmacis wins a rally he never lead after Lukyanuk retires. Aus narrowly keeps podium place with problems. Final results (after SS17)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Sirmacis/Kulss, Skoda, 1h44m16s2;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1m34s5;
3rd= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +3m44s8;
4th= Jeets/Toom, Skoda, +4m03s4;
5th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +5m02s3;
6th= Habaj/Wos, Ford, +8m07s6;
7th= Niinemae/Valter, Peugeot, +10m36s;
8th= Mikhaylov/Kokins, Mitsubishi, +11m00s3;
9th= Griebel/Winklhofer, Opel, +11m15s8;
10th= Ingram/Edmondson, Opel, +11m20s5

IRC EST SS15 - Lukyanuk out! @ 12:27 AM - Looks like Lukyanuk ripped a wheel off after a jump from big lead in penultimate stage. Aus now 3rd could drop again as he has only RWD. Results after SS15:
1st= Sirmacis/Kulss, Skoda, 1h40m41s9;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1m30s7;
3rd= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +3m13s6;
4th= Jeets/Toom, Skoda, +3m57s7;
5th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +5m01s1;
6th= Habaj/Wos, Ford, +8m00s8;
7th= Niinemae/Valter, Peugeot, +10m13s9;
8th= Mikhaylov/Kokins, Mitsubishi, +10m41s7;
9th= Griebel/Winklhofer, Opel, +10m52s9;
10th= Ingram/Edmondson, Opel, +10m59s3

WRC EST SS14 @ 11:46 AM - Lukyanuk and Sirmacis only 0.3s apart in the stage, both enjoying the last section of jumping sideways at speed.Opel duel is exciting with Ingram 1st and Griebel 14th on the road, yet they are close in times. Results after SS14:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 1h34m17s6;
2nd= Sirmacis/Kulss, Skoda, +28s2;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1m52s9;
4th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +2m46s8;
5th= Jeets/Toom, Skoda, +4m14s4;
6th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +5m09s1;
7th= Habaj/Wos, Ford, +8m14s6;
8th= Niinemae/Valter, Peugeot, +10m01s6;
9th= Mikhaylov/Kokins, Mitsubishi, +10m36s8;
10th= Griebel/Winklhofer, Opel, +10m41s1

IRC EST SS13 @ 09:59 AM - Nikolay Gryazin crashed out from 9th o/a and 2nd R2. Lukyanuk seems to edge away from Sirmacis at the front. Results after SS13:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 1h24m33s1;
2nd= Sirmacis/Kulss, Skoda, +27s9;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1m43s1;
4th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +2m00s5;
5th= Jeets/Toom, Skoda, +3m50s6;
6th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +4m36s7;
7th= Habaj/Wos, Ford, +7m49s5;
8th= Niinemae/Valter, Peugeot, +9m00s4;
9th= Mikhaylov/Kokins, Mitsubishi, +9m34s6;
10th= Griebel/Winklhofer, Opel, +9m43s6

IRC EST SS12 @ 09:54 AM - Lukyanuk keeps winning stages. Ingram does not have a very clean run and drops not only outside the top10, but also behind team mate Griebel. Results after SS12:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 1h20m57s1;
2nd= Sirmacis/Kulss, Skoda, +24s;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1m42s1;
4th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +1m54s1;
5th= Jeets/Toom, Skoda, +3m37s8;
6th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +4m20s3;
7th= Habaj/Wos, Ford, +7m37s4;
8th= Niinemae/Valter, Peugeot, +8m34s;
9th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Peugeot, +8m53s2;
10th= Mikhaylov/Kokins, Mitsubishi, +9m16s4

IRC EST SS11 @ 09:49 AM - Day starts with not many news at the front. But isn't superrally (rally2) a good thing. Toyota Junior (in a Ford) Takamoto restarts to crash his car a 2nd time. Results after SS11:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 1h14m54s7;
2nd= Sirmacis/Kulss, Skoda, +23s4;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1m39s5;
4th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +1m47s6;
5th= Jeets/Toom, Skoda, +3m22s7;
6th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +3m53s8;
7th= Habaj/Wos, Ford, +7m21s6;
8th= Niinemae/Valter, Peugeot, +7m53s9;
9th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Peugeot, +8m12s8;
10th= Ingram/Edmondson, Opel, +8m32s2

IRC EST SS10 - day1 @ 09:39 AM - Short superspecial to conclude the day, but enough for Chris Ingram to move into top10. Results after day1 (SS10):
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 1h05m01s1;
2nd= Sirmacis/Kulss, Skoda, +20s1;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1m29s9;
4th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +1m34s8;
5th= Jeets/Toom, Skoda, +2m43s2;
6th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +3m07s8;
7th= Habaj/Wos, Ford, +6m48s7;
8th= Niinemae/Valter, Peugeot, +6m52s9;
9th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Peugeot, +7m03s5;
10th= Ingram/Edmondson, Opel, +7m25s7

IRC EST SS9 @ 09:34 AM - Kajto suffers with no power steering. Stage very rutted and many drivers complain. Results after SS9:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 1h03m27s9;
2nd= Sirmacis/Kulss, Skoda, +18s2;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1m28s7;
4th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +1m35s;
5th= Jeets/Toom, Skoda, +2m47s7;
6th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +3m05s7;
7th= Niinemae/Valter, Peugeot, +6m46s5;
8th= Habaj/Wos, Ford, +6m48s6;
9th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Peugeot, +6m56s7;
10th= Mikhaylov/Kokins, Mitsubishi, +7m14s

IRC EST SS8 @ 09:29 AM - Kaur blows engine from a fine 3rd place. Stage is reported to be very rough and next stage is not going to be better as these are re-run stages. R2 cars still improving more. Results after SS8:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 59m18s9;
2nd= Sirmacis/Kulss, Skoda, +18s9;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1m00s9;
4th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +1m29s9;
5th= Jeets/Toom, Skoda, +2m33s9;
6th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +2m52s4;
7th= Niinemae/Valter, Peugeot, +6m22s4;
8th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Peugeot, +6m30s7;
9th= Habaj/Wos, Ford, +6m31s6;
10th= Mikhaylov/Kokins, Mitsubishi, +6m46s5

IRC EST SS7 @ 09:24 AM - R2 cars now break into the top10 passing R4 Mitsubishis. Kajto reports problems despite changing gearbox in service. Results after SS7:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 44m02s1;
2nd= Sirmacis/Kulss, Skoda, +19s;
3rd= Kaur/Simm, Mitsubishi, +35s;
4th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +43s7;
5th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +1m01s5;
6th= Jeets/Toom, Skoda, +1m50s7;
7th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +2m05s5;
8th= Habaj/Wos, Ford, +2m13s;
9th= Niinemae/Valter, Peugeot, +4m37s5;
10th= Mikhaylov/Kokins, Mitsubishi, +4m41s

IRC EST SS6 @ 09:14 AM - Lukyanuk extends lead with stunning time. Arai Junior retires from 7th with a roll. Results after SS6:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 39m51s6;
2nd= Sirmacis/Kulss, Skoda, +17s6;
3rd= Kaur/Simm, Mitsubishi, +30s3;
4th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +40s9;
5th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +55s7;
6th= Jeets/Toom, Skoda, +1m35s1;
7th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +1m52s2;
8th= Habaj/Wos, Ford, +1m55s7;
9th= Domzala/Gospodarczyk, Mitsubishi, +1m57s4;
10th= Mikhaylov/Kokins, Mitsubishi, +4m10s2

IRC EST SS5 @ 09:04 AM - Top5 order SS5 results is the same as SS4. And Lukyanuk believes in these fast roads performance of R5 and R4 (gN) cars is the same. Results after SS5:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 24m29s5;
2nd= Sirmacis/Kulss, Skoda, +6s8;
3rd= Kaur/Simm, Mitsubishi, +15s4;
4th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +17s1;
5th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +29s7;
6th= Jeets/Toom, Skoda, +53s7;
7th= Arai/McNeall, Ford, +58s6;
8th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +58s7;
9th= Habaj/Wos, Ford, +1m04s;
10th= Domzala/Gospodarczyk, Mitsubishi, +1m35s7

IRC EST SS4 @ 08:53 AM - Plangi in 5th had a slipping clutch from the stage start and didn't make it through. Tamrazov rolled. Sirmacis stopped Lukyanuk from winning every stage. Lukyanuk say Skoda has higher max speed. Results after SS4:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 19m29s4;
2nd= Sirmacis/Kulss, Skoda, +9s9;
3rd= Kaur/Simm, Mitsubishi, +12s6;
4th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +16s1;
5th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +25s9;
6th= Arai/McNeall, Ford, +46s4;
7th= Jeets/Toom, Skoda, +47s2;
8th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +51s3;
9th= Habaj/Wos, Ford, +53s7;
10th= Domzala/Gospodarczyk, Mitsubishi, +1m14s8

Sat July 16, 2016

NEWS JUST IN

IRC EST SS3 @ 08:44 AM - Lukyanuk wins another stage and tells he really enjoys these stages. Kajetanowicz is on his way up the leaderboard helöped by a puncture for Plangi. Results after SS3:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 12m48s5;
2nd= Kaur/Simm, Mitsubishi, +9s;
3rd= Sirmacis/Kulss, Skoda, +10s;
4th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +12s8;
5th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +15s4;
6th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +16s4;
7th= Arai/McNeall, Ford, +32s4;
8th= Jeets/Toom, Skoda, +34s3;
9th= Habaj/Wos, Ford, +37s1;
10th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +37s7

IRC EST SS2 @ 08:05 AM - Lukyanuk wins stage, but incredible fast times by gN Mitsubishi drivers Kaur & Plangi. Tarabus is out with engine problems before the day starts. Results after SS2:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 7m48s6;
2nd= Kaur/Simm, Mitsubishi, +5s3;
3rd= Plangi/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +6s2;
4th= Sirmacis/Kulss, Skoda, +6s5;
5th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +9s8;
6th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +10s5;
7th= Arai/McNeall, Ford, +17s;
8th= Jeets/Toom, Skoda, +22s3;
9th= Habaj/Wos, Ford, +23s2;
10th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +24s9

Fri July 15, 2016

Estonia kicks off with Tartu spectacle IRC Estonia kicks off with Tartu spectacle Round six of the FIA European Rally Championship, auto24 Rally Estonia, has begun with a short but action-packed street stage in the city of Tartu, with Alexey Lukyanuk claiming an early lead. In front of large and enthusiastic crowds, Russian driver Lukyanuk completed the 1.3...

Pirelli drivers to fight at ERC front IRC Pirelli drivers to fight at ERC front The European Rally Championship continues this weekend in Estonia with one of the fastest gravel rallies in the world. Going head to head will be the two Pirelli-equipped drivers who have been fighting with each other for the championship this year: Poland's Kajetan Kajetanow...

Hyundai confirms Sordo will miss Finland WRC Hyundai confirms Sordo will miss Finland Hyundai Motorsport has today confirmed that Dani Sordo will sit out Rally Finland, the eighth round of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), in order to recover fully from an injury sustained in testing last week. Sordo and co-driver Marc Martí were involved in a high-...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC EST SS1 - day0 @ 09:10 PM - Let's call it day0 as this day consists of only one tiny superspacial with around 1 minute of competition. Accordingly nothing happened. Results after day0 (SS1):
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 1m04s5;
2nd= Sirmacis/Kulss, Skoda, +1s9;
3rd= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +2s2;
4th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +2s9;
5th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +3s;
6th= Jeets/Toom, Skoda, +3s4;
=7th= Kaur/Simm, Mitsubishi, +3s6;
=7th= Habaj/Wos, Ford, +3s6;
9th= Arai/McNeall, Ford, +3s9;
10th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +5s

Thu July 14, 2016

Opel: ERC Jnr has the best competition IRC Opel: ERC Jnr has the best competition Opel Motorsport Director Jörg Schrott says the high level of competition is the reason why the manufacturer is engaged in the ERC Junior Championship, which is led at the midpoint of the season by its driver Chris Ingram. In the ERC Junior Championship, drivers born in 1989 or...

ERC mid-season key statistics IRC ERC mid-season key statistics *Five different winners from five spectacular events as four WRC stars play their part --- *Average of 22 R5 cars on each ERC event, as many as 31 in Northern Ireland --- *At least 22 foreign crews start each rally, from the 123 drivers registered to ERC representing 26 differe...

Mon July 11, 2016

Elfyn Evans masters the mixed conditions General Elfyn Evans masters the mixed conditions Elfyn Evans and co-driver Craig Parry are the winners of the Nicky Grist Stages this weekend (9/10 July) taking victory on round five of the seven round MSA British Rally Championship. The DMACK British Rally Team driver made it three wins from five and his second 'home' ...

Mon July 4, 2016

Bohemia: Kopecky score Skoda home win Skoda Bohemia: Kopecky score Skoda home win Record chaser Jan Kopecký (CZ) scored a celebrated victory in his spectacular black FABIA R5 in ŠKODA’s home event. Together with co-driver Pavel Dresler (CZ) the 34-year-old won Rally Bohemia, which takes place in the vicinity of the ŠKODA headquarters in Mladá Boleslav, for the...

5th consecutive WRC2 win for Skoda Skoda 5th consecutive WRC2 win for Skoda Intense heat and dust followed by rain and mud, with plenty of drama throughout: the FABIA R5 duo Teemu Suninen/Mikko Markkula overcame all these challenges to reap ŠKODA its fifth consecutive win in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC 2). The two Finns benefited from a punctur...

Sun July 3, 2016

High speed thrills for Pirelli drivers WRC High speed thrills for Pirelli drivers Pirelli helped its drivers show their speed on the fast stages of Rally Poland on round seven of the World Rally Championship. Reigning European Rally Champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz produced a superb fightback on home soil on his WRC debut, finishing fourth in the WRC2 class as...

Hyundai claims 5th podium of 2016 WRC Hyundai claims 5th podium of 2016 Hyundai Motorsport has added a fifth podium to its 2016 tally after a competitive showing for the team in Rally Poland, round 7 of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Hyundai Shell World Rally Team driver Hayden Paddon claimed his third top-three result of the season...

Tempestini wins Juniors Citroen Tempestini wins Juniors Winners at the opening round in Portugal, Simone Tempestini and Giovanni Bernacchini made it two out of two as they claimed victory on the Rally Poland stages. Thanks to their perfect start to the season, the Italians have opened up a clear lead in the championship standings. Ter...

Dominant Fiesta misses out on WRC win Ford Dominant Fiesta misses out on WRC win M-Sport's Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta RS WRC was a cut above the rest this weekend - Ott Tänak and Raigo Mõlder winning eight stages and holding the Rally Poland lead up until the penultimate stage when fate was to take a cruel and heart-breaking turn. On course to secur...

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