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Mon September 26, 2016

Asphalt ace Kopecky to shine on Corsica Skoda Asphalt ace Kopecky to shine on Corsica ŠKODA Motorsport’s hopes are resting on asphalt specialist Jan Kopecký (CZ) at the Rally France on Corsica. Together with his co-driver Pavel Dresler (CZ), the experienced Czech is aiming to continue the sequence of successes for ŠKODA in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC 2) ...

Skoda 4th APRC win of the season Skoda Skoda 4th APRC win of the season Fourth win in the fourth race of the season: Gaurav Gill (IND) won the Rally Hokkaido in the FABIA R5 to move closer to the next title win for ŠKODA in the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC). The stages in Japan were extremely muddy due to the recent typhoon - but Gill an...

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WRC Hyundai R5 runs on Winmax brakes

Sat September 24, 2016

Ile de Beauté beckons for M-Sport Ford Ile de Beauté beckons for M-Sport M-Sport World Rally Team's Mads Østberg and Éric Camilli will be looking for a change of fortune next week - taking to the wheel of their Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta RS WRCs for the FIA World Rally Championship's (WRC) legendary Tour de Corse. Based in Corsica - aptl...

Fri September 23, 2016

10,000 corners with sights on the title WRC 10,000 corners with sights on the title Tame a "wild beauty" and make history: Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) could be crowned world champions with Volkswagen for the fourth time in a row at their home event in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) - and that despite still having three rallies to come after th...

FIA Junior could be decided on Corsica General FIA Junior could be decided on Corsica The fifth round of the season, the Tour de Corse is the next challenge for the FIA Junior WRC crews. Simone Tempestini, winner of three of the first four rounds, is already in a position to win the title and the prize on offer: a six-race programme in the 2017 WRC2 behind the whe...

Tour de Force for Abu Dhabi Total WRT Citroen Tour de Force for Abu Dhabi Total WRT From Ajaccio to Porto-Vecchio, also taking in Bastia, the 2016 Tour de Corse (30 September - 2 October) promises to be a heavyweight challenge for the WRC crews. At its first appearance at a full tarmac rally this season, the Abu Dhabi Total WRT has entered two crews, with Kris M...

Tour de Corse marks Hyundai milestone WRC Tour de Corse marks Hyundai milestone Hyundai Motorsport returns to competitive action next week as the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) moves onto round ten, Tour de Corse, held on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. For Hyundai Motorsport, the event represents a significant milestone with three New Gene...

Wed September 21, 2016

Hyundai delivers first customer i20 R5 WRC Hyundai delivers first customer i20 R5 A year after its establishment the Customer Racing department celebrated a major landmark earlier this week. On Monday (September 19) the first New Generation i20 R5 ordered by a private team was rolled out of Hyundai Motorsport headquarters in Alzenau, Germany, and passed to its...

Details on Citroen C3 WRC concept Citroen Details on Citroen C3 WRC concept Citroën Racing is getting ready for its big comeback to the FIA World Rally Championship, bringing with it a new challenge and adventure for a race team with renowned expertise. It is also an other way for the brand to support the launch of the New C3: an energetic car with a uni...

Skoda to extend APRC lead in Japan Skoda Skoda to extend APRC lead in Japan ŠKODA has set its sights on victory at the fourth race of the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC), a win that would further increase the chances to clinch the title with races still to come. Gaurav Gill/Glenn Macneall (IND/AUS) from the ŠKODA MRF team have recorded three w...

Sun September 18, 2016

Pirelli claims ERC titles in Latvia IRC Pirelli claims ERC titles in Latvia With one round to go, Pirelli has ensured a clean sweep of this year's FIA European Rally Championship titles: one of the oldest and most prestigious accolades in the sport, with the series having first been run back in 1953. Pirelli driver Kajetan Kajetanowicz successfull...

ERC titles for Kajetanowicz and Griebel IRC ERC titles for Kajetanowicz and Griebel Ralfs Sirmacis scored the third win of his sensational first season at the top level of the FIA European Rally Championship on home soil in Latvia as Kajetan Kajetanowicz clinched his second title and Marijan Griebel triumphed in a dramatic ERC Junior decider*. Sirmacis produc...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC LV SS13 - end @ 01:00 PM - What a dramatic final stage. Habaj crashes out from 5th, Chuchala crashes out from 9th. Kasperczyk moves from 11th to 8th. Kajto is ERChamp 2016. Griebel is Junior champ. Final results (after SS13)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, 1h43m11s2;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Kapustin, Mitsubishi, +1m04s3;
3rd= Plangi/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +1m48s3;
4th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +2m25s7;
5th= Kisiels/Ronis, Skoda, +5m03s7;
6th= Neiksans/Jesse, Mitsubishi, +5m53s9;
7th= Svilis/Pukis, Mitsubishi, +5m54s1;
8th= Kasperczyk/Syty, Ford, +6m52s1;
9th= Botka/Szeles, Citroen, +6m52s6;
10th= Svedas/Sakalauskas, Mitsubishi, +7m02s9

IRC LV SS12 @ 12:33 AM - Things calming a little before the last stage. Kajto driving for points. Sirmacis leads Lukyanuk and Plangi in stage as well as overall. Junior championship is still wide open, as Forsström and Niinemae put pressure on Griebel. Results after SS12:
1st= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, 1h31m54s3;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Kapustin, Mitsubishi, +1m01s8;
3rd= Plangi/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +1m34s3;
4th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +2m00s3;
5th= Habaj/Spentany, Ford, +3m18s8;
6th= Kisiels/Ronis, Skoda, +4m28s5;
7th= Neiksans/Jesse, Mitsubishi, +5m25s9;
8th= Svilis/Pukis, Mitsubishi, +5m35s;
9th= Chuchala/Dymurski, Subaru, +5m52s7;
10th= Botka/Szeles, Citroen, +6m04s9

IRC LV SS11 Juniors - Ingram out @ 12:14 AM - Chris Ingram retired about 1/3rd into SS11 with a mechanical problem. The Junior title fight is still hot, though. If Griebel wins it is his title, but he has Forsström hot on his heals and 2nd for Griebel will lead to title for Ingram.

IRC LV SS11 @ 11:58 AM - Vorobjovs retires from 5th with a blown engine. Lukyanuk and Plangi are tied 2nd fastest in the stage, but Sirmacis is in control. Results after SS11:
1st= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, 1h23m15s;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Kapustin, Mitsubishi, +54s6;
3rd= Plangi/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +1m23s2;
4th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1m46s4;
5th= Habaj/Spentany, Ford, +3m03s;
6th= Kisiels/Ronis, Skoda, +4m04s;
7th= Neiksans/Jesse, Mitsubishi, +5m00s8;
8th= Svilis/Pukis, Mitsubishi, +5m11s3;
9th= Chuchala/Dymurski, Subaru, +5m23s;
10th= Botka/Szeles, Citroen, +5m35s8

IRC LV SS10 @ 09:04 AM - Kajto's engine stalled for no apparent reason. Now it looks hard for him to fight for 3rd. JUNIOR Ingram had a minor off and now is 10.7s behind. Results after SS10:
1st= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, 1h17m43s7;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Kapustin, Mitsubishi, +49s1;
3rd= Plangi/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +1m17s7;
4th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1m39s9;
5th= Vorobjovs/Malnieks, Mitsubishi, +2m07s1;
6th= Habaj/Spentany, Ford, +2m25s1;
7th= Kisiels/Ronis, Skoda, +3m44s2;
8th= Neiksans/Jesse, Mitsubishi, +4m43s;
9th= Svilis/Pukis, Mitsubishi, +4m50s9;
10th= Chuchala/Dymurski, Subaru, +5m05s

IRC LV SS9 @ 08:37 AM - More action in this stage. Plangi edges past Kajto into 3rd o/a. Larsen rolls and loses 3min and 7th place. JUNIOR: Ingram has dust and loses 3sec to Griebel. Results after SS9:
1st= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, 1h06m21s3;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Kapustin, Mitsubishi, +40s7;
3rd= Plangi/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +1m03s;
4th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1m03s5;
5th= Vorobjovs/Malnieks, Mitsubishi, +1m44s8;
6th= Habaj/Spentany, Ford, +1m53s;
7th= Kisiels/Ronis, Skoda, +3m06s3;
8th= Botka/Szeles, Citroen, +3m54s;
9th= Neiuksans/Jesse, Mitsubishi, +4m04s8;
10th= Chuchala/Dymurski, Subaru, +4m05s3

IRC LV SS8 @ 07:57 AM - Day starts drama free. Only Plangi reduces gap to Kajetanowicz to just 0.3s. JUNIOR Ingram and Griebel exactly tied! Results after SS8:
1st= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, 57m35s;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Kapustin, Mitsubishi, +35s4;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +54s2;
4th= Plangii/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +54s5;
5th= Vorobjovs/Malnieks, Mitsubishi, +1m28s;
6th= Habaj/Spentany, Ford, +1m32s6;
7th= Larsen/Eriksen, Ford, +1m45s8;
8th= Kisiels/Ronis, Skoda, +2m39s6;
9th= Botka/Szeles, Citroen, +3m21s9;
10th= Chuchala/Dymurski, Subaru, +3m22s7

Sat September 17, 2016

Young stars shine in Latvia IRC Young stars shine in Latvia The rally stars of tomorrow excelled today on leg one of Rally Liepāja, with Latvian sensation Ralfs Sirmacis on course for a home FIA European Rally Championship victory, less than a second separating the ERC Junior title rivals in the winner-takes-all decider, and 15-year-...

Liepaja pre event press conference IRC Liepaja pre event press conference ERC Rally Liepaja pre-event press conference Present Ralfs Sirmacis, Sports Racing Technologies ŠKODA Fabia R5 Frank Tore Larsen, Ford Fiesta R5 Chris Ingram, Opel Rallye Junior Team Adam R2 Mārtiņš Sesks, LMT Autosporta Akadēmija Peugeot 208 R2 ...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC LV SS6&7 - day1 @ 05:34 PM - Two follow up runs on the same street stage, so we can only cover them as one. Not too much happening, but enough for Kajto to snatch 3rd from Plangi. Amazingly Lukyanuk in the heavy Mitsubishi wins both rounds. In the Junior title battle.... Results after day1 (SS6&7):
1st= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, 51m57s5;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Kapustin, Mitsubishi, +30s8;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +45s9;
4th= Plangii/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +49s1;
5th= Vorobjovs/Malnieks, Mitsubishi, +1m16s7;
6th= Habaj/Spentany, Ford, +1m19s3;
7th= Larsen/Eriksen, Ford, +1m31s8;
8th= Kisiels/Ronis, Skoda, +2m14s8;
9th= Botka/Szeles, Citroen, +2m51s5;
10th= Chuchala/Dymurski, Subaru, +2m56s6

IRC LV SS5 @ 02:07 PM - With only 2 superspecials left, Sirmacis wins every real stage today! Kajto now without problems while Lukyanuk says road is badly cut up, so he drove carefully (it is repeat of SS1). Jeets crashed out. Results after SS5:
1st= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, 49m04s2;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Kapustin, Mitsubishi, +32s8;
3rd= Plangii/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +43s9;
4th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +47s8;
5th= Vorobjovs/Malnieks, Mitsubishi, +1m14s2;
6th= Habaj/Spentany, Ford, +1m14s5;
7th= Larsen/Eriksen, Ford, +1m23s5;
8th= Kisiels/Ronis, Skoda, +2m06s9;
9th= Botka/Szeles, Citroen, +2m10s3;
10th= Chuchala/Dymurski, Subaru, +2m41s3

IRC LV SS4 @ 01:18 PM - Same stage as SS3, but when SS3 turned right twice, this one went straight on, about 20% different and 1km shorter. Kajto has earlier problems sorted but had to reset car mid stage for power steering problem. Results after SS4:
1st= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, 42m35s8;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Kapustin, Mitsubishi, +24s;
3rd= Plangii/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +34s3;
4th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +43s4;
5th= Vorobjovs/Malnieks, Mitsubishi, +1m01s3;
6th= Habaj/Spentany, Ford, +1m05s3;
7th= Larsen/Eriksen, Ford, +1m13s;
8th= Jeets/Toom, Skoda, +1m25s9;
9th= Kisiels/Ronis, Skoda, +1m56s;
10th= Botka/Szeles, Citroen, +1m58s8

IRC LV SS3 @ 09:39 AM - Although very fast stage, here seems a clear advantage for the R5 cars, as Sirmacis really pulled away from Lukyanuk & Plangii now. But bigger news, reason why Kajto is not near the front, he has power and overheating problems. Koltun out. Results after SS3:
1st= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, 29m40s4;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Kapustin, Mitsubishi, +17s3;
3rd= Plangii/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +22s1;
4th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +28s5;
5th= Vorobjovs/Malnieks, Mitsubishi, +44s8;
6th= Habaj/Spentany, Ford, +46s7;
7th= Larsen/Eriksen, Ford, +50s;
8th= Jeets/Toom, Skoda, +1m01s7;
9th= Kisiels/Ronis, Skoda, +1m18s1;
10th= Botka/Szeles, Citroen, +1m29s1

IRC LV SS2 @ 08:48 AM - Another stage win for Sirmacis. Lukyanuk feels the car is too heavy, difficult to judge braking, yet he keeps beating Kajto. Poor Jaroslav Koltun has power steering as well as brake problems. Results after SS2:
1st= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, 15m40s7;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Kapustin, Mitsubishi, +2s6;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +5s4;
4th= Plangii/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +8s7;
5th= Habaj/Spentany, Ford, +24s2;
6th= Larsen/Eriksen, Ford, +24s3;
7th= Vorobjovs/Malnieks, Mitsubishi, +29s2;
8th= Jeets/Toom, Skoda, +32s9;
9th= Kisiels/Ronis, Skoda, +44s9;
10th= Botka/Szeles, Citroen, +49s8

IRC LV SS1 @ 08:08 AM - Sirmacis got off to a flying start. Lukyanuk and Plangi as well both beat Kajto, proving that the ERC2 Lancer is iondeed a good choice for these fast and flowing stages. Results after SS1:
1st= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, 6m33s1;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Kapustin, Mitsubishi, +2s5;
3rd= Plangii/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +4s2;
4th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +4s4;
=5th= Larsen/Eriksen, Ford, +9s6;
=5th= Habaj/Spentany, Ford, +9s6;
7th= Jeets/Toom, Skoda, +16s3;
8th= Vorobjovs/Malnieks, Mitsubishi, +18s;
9th= Kisiels/Ronis, Skoda, +21s3;
10th= Botka/Szeles, Citroen, +22s1

Fri September 16, 2016

ERC2 car no step down in pace? IRC ERC2 car no step down in pace? FIA European Rally Championship frontrunner Alexey Lukyanuk, Kajetan Kajetanowicz’s closest challenger for this year’s overall title, is stepping down to his own Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X for Rally Liepāja this weekend – but that doesn’t mean he’ll be going any slower. ...

Breen bids to build on ERC Circuit win General Breen bids to build on ERC Circuit win Craig Breen hopes to have two more successful outings on asphalt with Citroën in the coming weeks, potentially adding to his victory on the FIA European Rally Championship’s Circuit of Ireland earlier this year. The talented Irishman spent graduated from three full seasons in ...

How the ERC Junior title can be won IRC How the ERC Junior title can be won The 2016 FIA ERC Junior champion will be decided on this weekend’s Rally Liepāja. Here’s how the contenders Chris Ingram and Marijan Griebel can claim the title. Ingram currently leads the standings on 148 points ahead of Opel team-mate Griebel on 117, but only the best f...

Winner takes all in ERC Junior battle IRC Winner takes all in ERC Junior battle The battle for the FIA ERC Junior Championship will come down to a title decider in Latvia this week with Opel team-mates and rising stars Chris Ingram and Marijan Griebel locked in a thrilling fight for glory. Briton Ingram starts Rally Liepāja (16-18 September) with a 3...

Pirelli set to claim ERC titles IRC Pirelli set to claim ERC titles The rapid gravel stages of Latvia host the penultimate round of the FIA European Rally Championship this weekend and only one thing is certain: the champions in every category will have used Pirelli tyres, against strong opposition. It just remains to be seen exactly who those ch...

Tue September 13, 2016

Loudon-clear guide Manx Rally General Loudon-clear guide Manx Rally When Elfyn Evans and Craig Parry clinched the British Rally Championship title last time out on the Ulster, there must have been a few folk worried about the potential entertainment value of the final round. Those people have clearly never visited the Isle of Man in September...

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