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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...

WRC Ogier ahead of Latvala

Ford Hirvonen in the hunt

Citroen Mads Ostberg makes it through the dust

IRC Lappi leads battle of foursome

NEWS JUST IN

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...

NEWS JUST IN

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

IRC CH SS1 @ 03:07 PM - Stage re-started heavily delayed. Magalhaes out of the rally. Breen said he was sliding a lot. Lappi took it careful. Abbring wins stage and leads rally, surprisingly ahead of Wiegand. Results after SS1:
1st= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), 5m13;
2nd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +2s1;
3rd= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +3s8;
4th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +3s9;
5th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +4s2;
6th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +5s1;
7th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +5s6;
8th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +9s9;
9th= Perroud/Marchand, Skoda, +10s9;
=10th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +11s

IRC CH SS1 - interim report @ 02:11 PM - Dramatic start to Valais! Bruno Magalhaes chose to start 1st on the road. About 1km into SS1 n incident is reported. Magalhaes skidded on ice and hit a rock face. Both crew are OK but the car blocks the road. SS1 is halted before the 2nd car even started!

Wed October 22, 2014

4 ERC title contenders #4 Craig Breen IRC 4 ERC title contenders #4 Craig Breen Four drivers will battle for the ERC title in Switzerland. This is what they have had to say ahead of the penultimate round of the season. Q&A: Craig Breen Nationality: Irish Team: Peugeot Rally Academy Car: Peugeot 208T16 Co-driver: Scott Martin (Great Britain) Position: Fourth...

4 ERC title contenders #3 Kajetanowicz IRC 4 ERC title contenders #3 Kajetanowicz Four drivers will battle for the ERC title in Switzerland. This is what they have had to say ahead of the penultimate round of the season. Q&A: Kajetan Kajetanowicz Nationality: Polish Team: LOTOS Rally Team Car: Ford Fiesta R5 Co-driver: Jarek Baran (Poland) Position: Third Poi...

Max Vatanen aims for rookie price IRC Max Vatanen aims for rookie price Up and coming Finnish star Max Vatanen is aiming to come away from the Rally of Spain this weekend with the coveted accolade of top rookie in his inaugural season of the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy. Heading into the last round, Max is currently fifth in the overall standings and...

Altitude running for Peugeot Peugeot Altitude running for Peugeot Before wrapping up its 2014 European Championship campaign on home soil in Corsica early next month, the Peugeot Rally Academy travels to Switzerland this week for the 55th Rallye International du Valais. Craig Breen and Kevin Abbring will be looking to steer the official Peugeot...

Tue October 21, 2014

4 ERC title contenders #2 Sepp Wiegand IRC 4 ERC title contenders #2 Sepp Wiegand Four drivers will battle for the ERC title in Switzerland. This is what they have had to say ahead of the penultimate round of the season. Q&A: Sepp Wiegand Nationality: German Team: ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland Car: ŠKODA Fabia S2000 Co-driver: Frank Christian (Germany) Position: Sec...

4 ERC title contenders #1 Esapekka Lappi IRC 4 ERC title contenders #1 Esapekka Lappi Four drivers will battle for the ERC title in Switzerland. This is what they have had to say ahead of the penultimate round of the season. Q&A: Esapekka Lappi Nationality: Finnish Team: ŠKODA Motorsport Car: ŠKODA Fabia S2000 Co-driver: Janne Ferm (Finland) Position: First P...

Title race goes on in Switzerland IRC Title race goes on in Switzerland The battle for the Drivers’ crown in the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) is coming to a head. When Europe’s rallying elite line up at the penultimate round of the season – the “Rallye International du Valais” – this weekend (23 to 25 October), ŠKODA works duo Esapekka Lappi...

Mon October 20, 2014

Full Rally du Valais preview IRC Full Rally du Valais preview Four top driving talents will showcase the Serious Competition Ahead in the FIA European Rally Championship when Rallye International du Valais hosts the thrilling race to clinch the coveted ERC title from 23-25 October. Based in the canton of Valais in southwest Switzerland ...

Top Gear enters Wales Rally GB WRC Top Gear enters Wales Rally GB BBC Top Gear Magazine's Ollie Marriage is champing at the bit to take on the legendary forests and trails of Wales Rally GB next month (13-16 November), after giving his newly-liveried Hyundai i20 a shakedown run at Brenig and receiving some words of advice from FIA World Ral...

Fri October 17, 2014

Hyundai ready to tackle mixed surfaces WRC Hyundai ready to tackle mixed surfaces The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team is gearing up for the penultimate round of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) – and the only mixed surface event of the season – RallyRACC Catalunya – Costa Daurada, Rally de Españ a next week. Three Hyundai i20 WRC cars will tackle...

Double rations for the DS3 WRCs Citroen Double rations for the DS3 WRCs Since it first appeared on the World Rally Championship calendar in 1991, Rally de España has been won by all of Citroën Racing's models. In 1999, the Brand claimed its first ever win in the WRC thanks to the Xsara Kit-Car driven by Philippe Bugalski and Jean-Paul Chiaroni. F...

Volkswagen trio hungry for victory WRC Volkswagen trio hungry for victory Will it all be done and dusted? Or are we set for a super finale? The title race in the Drivers' and Co-Drivers' Championship enters the finishing straight at the penultimate round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC): the Rally Spain (23.10.-26.10.). The spotlight a...

M-Sport mount mixed surface challenge Ford M-Sport mount mixed surface challenge M-Sport World Rally Team's Mikko Hirvonen and Elfyn Evans are ready to mount a challenge on the mixed surface stages of next week's RallyRACC - Rally de España. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Spanish fixture is the FIA World Rally Championship's (WRC) only true...

Wed October 15, 2014

Sarrazin set for ERC return IRC Sarrazin set for ERC return Le Mans 24 Hours racer and ex-Formula One driver Stéphane Sarrazin will return to the FIA European Rally Championship next month when he tackles Giru di Corsica-Tour de Corse for a fifth time. The Frenchman will compete in a Ford Fiesta RRC on the legendary island rally from 6...

Jan Cerny in a dream test Peugeot Jan Cerny in a dream test Jan Černý has said an invitation from Peugeot Sport to test its 208T16 in Corsica last week was a “dream come true”. The two-time FIA ERC Junior Championship event winner in a Peugeot 208 R2 sampled the new-generation R5 machine on the French island after getting tips from P...

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