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Wed May 27, 2015

WRC Juniors, Gilbert's experience shows Citroen WRC Juniors, Gilbert's experience shows Winner of the opening round in Monaco, Frenchman Quentin Gilbert added a second FIA Junior WRC win at Ra lly de Portugal. In only the second competitive rally of his fledgling career, Pierre-Louis Loubet claimed a brilliant runner-up spot, ahead of the Finn Henri Haapamaki. ...

Max Vatanen wins in Fiesta Trophy Ford Max Vatanen wins in Fiesta Trophy Max Vatanen, the son of 1981 world rally champion Ari Vatanen, has made it three wins from three starts so far this year, by clinching a commanding victory in the opening round of this year's Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy in Portugal. Max can add this latest - and most signifi...

WRC Kruuda impresses with WRC2 stage wins

WRC Pirelli claims WRC2 victory

Tue May 26, 2015

Citroen consolidates its 2nd position Citroen Citroen consolidates its 2nd position Kris Meeke and Mads Østberg began the final day of Rally de Portugal looking to collect a large haul of points for the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team. Although he fought to stay in the top-three, in the end Kris Meeke had to settle for fourth position, securing impor...

Tänak with encouraging performance Ford Tänak with encouraging performance M-Sport World Rally Team's Ott Tänak was back at this weekend's Vodafone Rally de Portugal with what Team Principal Malcolm Wilson has described as one of his best FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) performances to date. ...

One-two-three win for VW WRC One-two-three win for VW As good as it gets: Volkswagen got a triumphant one-two-three win in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), seeing them celebrate the most successful rally in the history of the Polo R WRC. In Portugal, at the fifth event of the season, Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN...

Top 6 for Hyundai in Portugal WRC Top 6 for Hyundai in Portugal Hyundai Motorsport has brought the fifth round of the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) to a positive conclusion with two cars finishing in the top eight overall and the highest placed Hyundai i20 WRC in sixth position. ...

Two podiums on Fabia R5 WRC2 debut Skoda Two podiums on Fabia R5 WRC2 debut European Champion Esapekka Lappi (FIN) second, Pontus Tidemand (S) in third: ŠKODA celebrated a brilliant WRC debut with its new Fabia R5 at the Rally de Portugal. The new ŠKODA rally car not only mastered the endurance test over 324.18 kilometres successfully, but also showed si...

Kopecky wins thrilling Rally Krumlov Skoda Kopecky wins thrilling Rally Krumlov After a real thriller, Jan Kopecký (CZ) in the new ŠKODA Fabia R5 celebrated his second win at the second event in the Czech Rally Championship (MČR). On the final of 14 special stages at the 43rd edition of the Rally Český Krumlov, the works driver sailed past Václav P...

Tue May 19, 2015

Acores has 13 Million Euro ERC benefit IRC Acores has 13 Million Euro ERC benefit At Tuesday night’s SATA Rallye Açores press conference, Fernando Perna, from the Algarve University, announced the results of an economic impact study, showing that last year’s FIA European Rally Championship event generating revenues of more than 13 million Euros – a return 13.5...

Rally welcome for fans visiting Acores IRC Rally welcome for fans visiting Acores Those landing at João Paulo II Airport, on the island of São Miguel, for round four of the FIA European Rally Championship, will be greeted by a very special SATA Rallye Açores display. ...

New Fabia R5 WRC debut in Portugal Skoda New Fabia R5 WRC debut in Portugal The new ŠKODA Fabia R5 enters the international rally stage. Two Fabia R5s will make their debut in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC 2) at the Rally Portugal (21th to 24th May). This marks ŠKODA’s return to the FIA World Rally Championship after a two-year absence. Over the ...

Mon May 18, 2015

Hyundai ready for all new Rally Portugal WRC Hyundai ready for all new Rally Portugal After two long-haul events in the Americas, the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) returns to Europe next week with Rally de Portugal, round five of this year’s 13-event calendar. As the rally moves from the Southern Region of Algarve - where it has been held since 2007 - and ret...

Karl Kruuda starts his WRC2 season WRC Karl Kruuda starts his WRC2 season Estonian ace Karl Kruuda, the reigning Finnish champion, has a new focus for this year as he starts his WRC2 campaign on this weekend's Rally de Portugal, at the wheel of his brand new Citroen DS3 R5. In 2015, the 22-year-old star will concentrate only on the WRC2 series, ...

Vatanen prepares for Portugal adventure WRC Vatanen prepares for Portugal adventure Max Vatanen - the son of rally legend Ari Vatanen - begins another exciting chapter of his career in Portugal this weekend. Having won the rookie title last year, Max is back for his second season in the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy, which now features an exciting new turbocharged o...

Kubica returns to WRC WRC Kubica returns to WRC International motorsport star Robert Kubica returns to the World Rally Championship with Pirelli this weekend when he contests Rally de Portugal in the latest-specification Ford Fiesta RS WRC. The 30-year-old Pole, who elected to miss last month's Rally Argentina, will ret...

15 Juniors in Portugal Citroen 15 Juniors in Portugal The leading programme for world rallying's promising youngsters, the FIA Junior WRC is increasingly establishing itself an essential stepping stone for young drivers. The partnership instigated last year between Citroën Racing and the FIA has been a resounding success, with e...

Sat May 16, 2015

Raoux loves completely mad Azores IRC Raoux loves completely mad Azores Jean-Michel Raoux is looking forward to the “completely mad” Sete Cidades stage on this year’s SATA Rallye Açores (4-6 June) – as he returns to the event that saw him score his best FIA European Rally Championship result. ...

Opel: And Bergkvist tries South Swedish IRC Opel: And Bergkvist tries South Swedish FIA European Junior Rally Championship leader Emil Bergkvist will contest his homeland’s South Swedish Rally this weekend (May 16-17), as a test for the for SATA Rally Açores (4-6 June). ...

Opel: Griebel uses WRC to test for ERC IRC Opel: Griebel uses WRC to test for ERC Is this the first time a driver has done a round of the FIA World Rally Championship to test for a round of the FIA European Rally Championship? It certainly might be – as ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team driver Marijan Griebel will contest Rally Portugal (23-25 May) in preparatio...

New Ecoboost powered Fiesta R2 Ford New Ecoboost powered Fiesta R2 M-Sport's new Ford Fiesta R2 is set to make its competitive debut at next week's Rally de Portugal. Homologated on May 1 2015, the much-anticipated upgrade will run as the car of choice in this year's Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy (DDFT) - a one-make driver development pr...

Fri May 15, 2015

New Fiesta WRC debuts in Portugal Ford New Fiesta WRC debuts in Portugal M-Sport's EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta RS WRC has undergone the biggest evolution since its creation and is ready to make its debut on the stages of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)....

First outline of 2016 calendar WRC First outline of 2016 calendar WRC Promoter has proposed an initial nine rallies for inclusion in the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship calendar. The nine events have multi-year agreements and were approved at Tuesday's (12 May) meeting of the FIA World Rally Championship Commission in Paris. They ...

A host of new features in Portugal Citroen A host of new features in Portugal After two successful rounds in Mexico and Argentina, collecting a win and two runner-up spots, the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team returns to Europe for round five of the World Championship. For the 2015 edition, Rally de Portugal heads back to the north of the countr...

VW: Europe, here we come! WRC VW: Europe, here we come! Back from overseas and ready to conquer Europe - Volkswagen is three times as motivated for the Rally Portugal. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) and Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N) are all hungry for victory at the fifth round...

Wed May 13, 2015

Hyundai confirms 4th car for 4 events WRC Hyundai confirms 4th car for 4 events Hyundai Motorsport has today confirmed it will run a fourth Hyundai i20 WRC car in four events of this year’s FIA World Rally Championship (WRC); Rally Poland, Rallye Deutschland, Rallye de France – Tour de Corse and Wales Rally GB. The team’s test driver Kevin Abbring and hi...

Thu May 7, 2015

A new look DS3 WRC in Portugal Citroen A new look DS3 WRC in Portugal The DS 3 WRCs of the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team will be sporting new livery at Rally de Portugal (21-24 May). --- The unveiling of the car's new visual signature coincides with a redesigned front end, which delivers greater aerodynamic efficiency....

Wed May 6, 2015

After Wallonie, how amazing is Ypres? IRC After Wallonie, how amazing is Ypres? Find a story just now how stunning the Belgian Rallye de Wallonie was last weekend. There were a few surprise entries and a lot of action with the top4 virtually turning upside down and back to front on the final two stages. In June this Wallonie entry field will not only mix wit...

Belgian Rallye de Wallonie mega stunning General Belgian Rallye de Wallonie mega stunning The Rallye de Wallonie on the last weekend had an interesting entry field and also was packed with surprising action. It was the fourth round of this year's Belgian Rally Championship. Next up is the Sezoens Rally in a fortnight and thereafter the Belgian championship heads s...

Sat May 2, 2015

ERC Junior Imgram tests Peugeot 208 T16 Peugeot ERC Junior Imgram tests Peugeot 208 T16 Peugeot UK star driver Chris Ingram has tested a Peugeot 208 T16. The 20-year old Manchester-based pilot, who drives a Peugeot 208 R2 in the FIA European Junior Rally Championship, tested the 208 T16 on a section of Col de l'Echarrason, a Rallye Monte Carlo stage near St J...

Race4Health reveals Safari drivers General Race4Health reveals Safari drivers In an announcement this week, David von Schinkel, the principal and founder of Race4Health has revealed two of the selected drivers for the five cars from Team Race4Health that will be competing on the Kenya Airways Safari Classic Rally in November. These will be ex-World Rally C...

Pirelli back on gravel in Italy General Pirelli back on gravel in Italy The Italian Rally Championship gets back to gravel with the Rally dell'Adriatico this weekend, round three of eight, which offers another demanding test bed for Pirelli's tyre technology and a fresh challenge for Italy's top drivers. Pirelli's test driver Paolo...

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