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Tue May 23, 2017

Mikkelsen joins Citroen for Sardegna Citroen Mikkelsen joins Citroen for Sardegna Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team has changed its line-up for Rally Italia Sardegna (8-11 June), with the arrival of Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jaeger in the no.9 Citroën C3 WRC. At the halfway stage of the season, this mutually beneficial opportunity will enable the team ...

Magalhaes also to start Acropolis IRC Magalhaes also to start Acropolis Bruno Magalhães will continue his bid for FIA European Rally Championship glory after entering next month’s SEAJETS Acropolis Rally as the top seed. Magalhães won the season-opening Azores Airlines Rallye in what was, at the time, a one-off appearance in the all-action ERC due...

Mon May 22, 2017

Citroen debriefing solid as a Craig Citroen Citroen debriefing solid as a Craig After entering four C3 WRCs at a round for the first time, the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT managed to get its full line-up to the end of Rally de Portugal. As has been the case on all their previous appearances this season, Craig Breen and Scott Martin were the team's highest...

Max Vatanen' WRC2 debut WRC Max Vatanen' WRC2 debut Max Vatanen competed in a World Rally Championship event in a four-wheel drive car for the first time on last weekend's Rally Portugal. The son of 1981 world champion Ari Vatanen made his WRC2 debut on the classic gravel event behind the wheel of a Ford Fiesta R5. Max gets...

What does a WRC crew coordinator do WRC What does a WRC crew coordinator do Hyundai's crew co-ordinator Willy Verhoeven takes us into his world. Last week’s Rally of Portugal started on Thursday. Except it didn’t. Not for Willy Verhoeven. By the time tyres were being warmed for the crowd-pleaser in Lousada, Verhoeven had already been in Matosinhos...

BRC Scottish Rally: Bogie wins at home General BRC Scottish Rally: Bogie wins at home The third round of the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship went right down to the wire on the final stage of the final day, with homegrown hero David Bogie and co-driver Kevin Rae winning the RSAC Scottish Rally (19-20 May). Bogie and Rae enjoyed a ding-dong battle throug...

Sun May 21, 2017

M-Sport WRC2 Quotes Ford M-Sport WRC2 Quotes Teemu Suninen and Mikko Markkula delivered an impressive FIA World Rally Championship debut for the Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta R5 Evo2 at this weekend's Rally de Portugal. The Finns showed strong pace through the challenging terrain - setting five stage victories on their w...

Tidemand wins WRC2 Skoda Tidemand wins WRC2 Ups and downs for ŠKODA Motorsport at Rally Portugal: Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger-Synnevaag (N/N) were dominating the event in a ŠKODA FABIA R5 up to the last stage. A few kilometres into the Fafe Power Stage, they hit a stone and had to retire handing over the victory to team...

Ogier wins in Portugal Ford Ogier wins in Portugal Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia secured their second victory of the year at this weekend's Rally de Portugal - powering to the top step of the podium with a faultless drive behind the wheel of their Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC. Despite a brush with the Portugues...

Hyundai double podium WRC Hyundai double podium Hyundai Motorsport has claimed its second double podium of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo completing Rally de Portugal in second and third positions respectively. The result fulfils Hyundai Motorsport's pre-rally objective...

Target achieved for Craig Breen Citroen Target achieved for Craig Breen Contested on roads around Fafe, Rally de Portugal's short final leg had no bearing on the overall standings. Craig Breen and Scott Martin ended the event as the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT's highest-placed crew, finishing fifth overall. All four of the team's Citroën ...

Sat May 20, 2017

CZ hattrick win for Kopecky and Skoda Skoda CZ hattrick win for Kopecky and Skoda Double hattrick for Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler (ŠKODA FABIA R5). The defending Czech champions won Rally Český Krumlov after 2015 and 2016 for the third consecutive time, also racking up the third win in a row in the Czech Rally Championship 2017 (MČR). ŠKODA private...

Sat May 13, 2017

Canarias Junior U27 Quotes IRC Canarias Junior U27 Quotes MAY 2017 FIA ERC JUNIOR UNDER 27 CHAMPIONSHIP POST-EVENT QUOTES Round 2 of 6: Rally Islas Canarias, 4-6 May ...

Canarias Junior U28 Quotes IRC Canarias Junior U28 Quotes MAY 2017 FIA ERC JUNIOR UNDER 28 CHAMPIONSHIP POST-EVENT QUOTES Round 2 of 6: Rally Islas Canarias, 4-6 May ...

The Loudon-clear guide to Portugal WRC The Loudon-clear guide to Portugal Port and Scotch... that could be a fairly troublesome combination. But this story's not about your choice of digestif, it's about two of the world's most famous rallies running on one weekend: Rally of Portugal and the Scottish Rally. Both of these have a Scottish...

Fri May 12, 2017

M-Sport debut Fiesta R5 Evo2 in Portugal Ford M-Sport debut Fiesta R5 Evo2 in Portugal M-Sport will field six Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta R5s in the FIA World Rally Championship's principal support series at next week's Rally de Portugal. The event marks the first of three compulsory events for all those looking to fight for the WRC 2 championship and ...

4 C3 WRC for Portugal Citroen 4 C3 WRC for Portugal For the sixth round of the World Rally Championship, the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT has entered four C3 WRCs for Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle, Craig Breen/Scott Martin, Stéphane Lefebvre/Gabin Moreau and Khalid Al Qassimi/Chris Patterson. ...

Hyundai wants podium in Portugal WRC Hyundai wants podium in Portugal Hyundai Motorsport is aiming to score its first ever Rally de Portugal podium at next weekend's sixth round of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Having claimed back-to-back rally wins for the first time in its history in Corsica and Argentina, the team is confi...

M-Sport set sail for Portugal Ford M-Sport set sail for Portugal M-Sport will be hoping to continue their strong performance next week when the FIA World Rally Championship returns to Europe for the popular Vodafone Rally de Portugal. With Sébastien Ogier, Ott Tänak and Elfyn Evans all behind the wheel of the Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta W...

Mon May 8, 2017

Lopez wins Junior U28 class in Canarias Peugeot Lopez wins Junior U28 class in Canarias At the finish line of a fiercely-fought second round of the 2017 FIA ERC, Pepe LÓPEZ, 21, won the U28 class (under 28), his maiden international win, with the PEUGEOT 208T16 of the PEUGEOT RALLY ACADEMY. Weather conditions in the Canary Islands this week-end proved tricky, with a...

Hyundai successes in ERC and TER IRC Hyundai successes in ERC and TER The New Generation i20 R5 took a first international victory in customer hands last weekend, when Giandomenico Basso won the first round of this year's Tour European Rally (TER) series at the Transilvania Rally in Romania. The Italian, the reigning national champion in hi...

Canarias post event press conference IRC Canarias post event press conference FIA European Rally Championship 2017: Round 2 of 8 Rally Islas Canarias, 4-6 May Present: Alexey Lukyanuk/Alexey Artaunov (Russian Performance Motorsport), first overall; Kajetan Kajetanowicz/Jarek Baran (LOTOS Rally Team), second overall; Bruno Magalhães/Hugo Magalhães,...

Sat May 6, 2017

Nightmare over for Lukyanuk IRC Nightmare over for Lukyanuk Alexey Lukyanuk delivered a Tarmac-driving masterclass to win Rally Islas Canarias for the second year running and get his FIA European Rally Championship title bid firmly back on track in the process. Driving a Russian Performance Motorsport-entered Ford Fiesta R5, Lukyanuk won ...

Canarias: Pirelli dominates all classes IRC Canarias: Pirelli dominates all classes Pirelli drivers have dominated all the categories on the Rally Islas Canarias, the first asphalt round of the FIA European Rally Championship, by winning every stage. Russian driver Alexey Lukyanuk dominated the event, winning 10 stages, finishing nearly a minute ahead ahead of t...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC E SS12 - End @ 05:02 PM - Exciting finale. Lukyanuk keeps it together and wins. Lopez drives careful for Junior28 win but loses place overall to Monzon. Garcia takes Michel for 7th. Final results (after SS12)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 2h06m01s8;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +57s2;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +1m03s6;
4th= Ares/Pintor, Hyundai, +1m15s4;
5th= Monzon/Deniz, Ford, +1m28s7;
6th= Lopez/Rozada, Peugeot, 1m33s8;
7th= Garcia/Gonzales, Ford, +1m41s4;
8th= Michel/Degout, Skoda, +1m43s7;
9th= Bouffier/Giraudet, Ford, +2m23s2;
10th= Griebel/Kopczyk, Skoda, +2m37s1

IRC E SS11 @ 04:06 PM - Kajto pips Lukyanuk by 0.1s to the stage win. Kajto and Ares both respond to the attacks of Magalhaes and Lopez. Garcia lost 15s and a place. Results after SS11:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 1h57m00s7;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +52s6;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +1m00s3;
4th= Ares/Pintor, Hyundai, +1m12s2;
5th= Lopez/Rozada, Peugeot, +1m16s2;
6th= Monzon/Deniz, Ford, 1m22s2;
7th= Michel/Degout, Skoda, +1m34s1;
8th= Garcia/Gonzalez, Ford, +1m37s8;
9th= Bouffier/Giraudet, Ford, +2m03s7;
10th= Griebel/Kopczyk, Skoda, +2m21s2

IRC E SS10 - big fights as gaps narrow @ 03:30 PM - Flying time by Lukyanuk. Exciting battle for 2nd, Kajto loses a bit in fog and is now only 4.1s ahead of Magalhaes. Lopez takes 10s out of Ares, gap down to 1.9s. Results after SS10:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 1h48m08s2;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +52s7;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +56s8;
4th= Ares/Pintor, Hyundai, +1m10s4;
5th= Lopez/Rozada, Peugeot, +1m12s3;
6th= Monzon/Deniz, Ford, 1m17s5;
7th= Garcia/Gonzalez, Ford, +1m18s2;
8th= Michel/Degout, Skoda, +1m27s1;
9th= Bouffier/Giraudet, Ford, +1m52s6;
10th= Griebel/Kopczyk, Skoda, +2m13s6

IRC E SS9 @ 01:02 PM - Another stage win for Lukyanuk. Accidents for Michel and Grzyb, both continu but lose places. Results after SS9:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 1h32m54s7;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +39s6;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, 48s7;
4th= Ares/Pintor, Hyundai, +53s7;
5th= Lopez/Rozada, Peugeot, +1m04s9;
6th= Monzon/Deniz, Ford, 1m06s3;
7th= Garcia/Gonzalez, Ford, +1m11s3;
8th= Michel/Degout, Skoda, +1m15s1;
9th= Bouffier/Giraudet, Ford, +1m37s2;
10th= Griebel/Kopczyk, Skoda, +2m02s8

IRC E SS8 @ 11:51 AM - Kajto wins stage. It's the first stagethat Lukyanuk didn't win. Garcia drops 2 places despite good time, just such a close battle. Results after SS8:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 1h23m52s1;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +35s9;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, 42s;
4th= Ares/Pintor, Hyundai, +45s3;
5th= Lopez/Rozada, Peugeot, +51s6;
6th= Michel/Degout, Skoda, +53s4;
7th= Monzon/Deniz, Ford, +1m00s2;
8th= Garcia/Gonzalez, Ford, +1m00s3;
9th= Bouffier/Giraudet, Ford, +1m24s2;
10th= Grzyb/Zawada, Skoda, +1m30s9

IRC E SS7 @ 11:38 AM - Top time by Lukyanuk. Magalhaes overheated his tyres in the first wet section and couldn't find rhythm thereafter, dropping behind Kajto. Results after SS7:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 1h14m53s5;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +38s9;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, 41s4;
4th= Ares/Pintor, Hyundai, +46s;
5th= Lopez/Rozada, Peugeot, +46s8;
6th= Garcia/Gonzales, Ford, +55s7;
7th= Michel/Degout, Skoda, +55s9;
8th= Monzon/Deniz, Ford, +1m01s1;
9th= Bouffier/Giraudet, Ford, +1m19s2;
10th= Grzyb/Zawada, Skoda, +1m20s4

Fri May 5, 2017

Lukyanuk leads on Canarias IRC Lukyanuk leads on Canarias A sensational charge through today’s fourth stage has put Alexey Lukyanuk on course for a second straight victory on Rally Islas Canarias, round two of the all-action FIA European Rally Championship. The Russian rocket, driving a Ford Fiesta R5, reached midday service in Las P...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC E SS6 - Day1 @ 09:23 PM - Short 2min superspecial, obviously nothing happened, although Bouffier managed to pass Grzyb. Results after day1 (SS6):
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 59m37s5;
2nd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +25s7;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, 27s9;
4th= Ares/Pintor, Hyundai, +35s3;
5th= Lopez/Rozada, Peugeot, +35s7;
6th= Garcia/Gonzales, Ford, +44s1;
7th= Michel/Degout, Skoda, +45s;
8th= Monzon/Deniz, Ford, +50s9;
9th= Bouffier/Giraudet, Ford, +1m00s5;
10th= Grzyb/Zawada, Skoda, +1m00s9

IRC E SS5 @ 05:10 PM - This stage is an interesting mix of using the first part of SS2, then transferring to the last part of SS3. Fog now rather than rain. Magalhaes and Lukyanuk are now the guys to beat, Magalhaes passing Kajto. Results after SS5:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 57m21s4;
2nd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +23s9;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, 27s7;
4th= Ares/Pintor, Hyundai, +32s5;
5th= Lopez/Rozada, Peugeot, +33s1;
6th= Garcia/Gonzales, Ford, +41s3;
7th= Michel/Degout, Skoda, +42s3;
8th= Monzon/Deniz, Ford, +45s2;
9th= Grzyb/Zawada, Skoda, +57s4;
10th= Bouffier/Giraudet, Ford, +58s6

IRC E SS4 @ 03:57 PM - Repeat of SS1 with small port of the stage now wet. Suarez drops 2min with engine down on power and Kajto has cooked the brakes, great times for Lukyanuk and Magalhaes. Results after SS4:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 48m47s7;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +20s4;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, 21s7;
4th= Lopez/Rozada, Peugeot, +25s8;
5th= Ares/Pintor, Hyundai, +28s6;
6th= Monzon/Deniz, Ford, +35s2;
7th= Michel/Degout, Skoda, +35s5;
8th= Garcia/Gonzalez, Ford, +36s2;
9th= Grzyb/Zawada, Skoda, +43s7;
10th= Bouffier/Giraudet, Ford, +47s3

IRC E SS3 @ 12:46 AM - Lukyanuk takes near 7sec out of Kajto. Suarez is only .7 of a sec slower than Lukyanuk. That's Lukyanuk back in the lead. Results after SS3:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 33m53s7;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +2s5;
3rd= Lopez/Rozada, Peugeot, +9s;
4th= Suarez/Carrera, Peugeot, +9s3;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +14s5;
6th= Ares/Pintor, Hyundai, +15s8;
7th= Monzon/Deniz, Ford, +18s8;
8th= Garcia/Gonzalez, Ford, +21s4;
9th= Michel/Degout, Skoda, +22s;
10th= Grzyb/Zawada, Skoda, +25s8

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