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Tue April 22, 2014

Zoltan Bessenyey happy with 4th IRC Zoltan Bessenyey happy with 4th It was mission accomplished for Zoltan Bessenyey and co-driver Yulianna Nyirfas this weekend, after successfully completing their début in the tough Circuit of Ireland Rally. Navigating their way through the course's renowned technical, and often bumpy, special stages, they m...

Simpson finishes a flying 5th on Circuit Skoda Simpson finishes a flying 5th on Circuit Neil Simpson finished a flying 5th overall on his first attempt at the Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland Rally, after an excellent performance in his ex-factory Simpsons ŠKODA Fabia S2000. Co-driven by Claire Mole, the 41-year old dealer principal from Clitheroe in ...

Sun April 20, 2014

Lappi lands dominant Circuit win IRC Lappi lands dominant Circuit win Finnish star Esapekka Lappi has made it two wins from three starts in this year’s all-action FIA European Rally Championship with a dominant victory on the Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland Rally, which finished in Belfast’s sun-drenched Titanic Quarter this evening. ...

Sat April 19, 2014

Happy Easter for Skoda Skoda Happy Easter for Skoda ŠKODA pulled off the Easter surprise they were hoping for: At the Circuit of Ireland Rally, the fourth round of the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC), the brand from Mladá Boleslav celebrated a resounding one-two victory. The “Flying Finns” Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm won ten o...

Breen & 208 T16 are 2nd in championship Peugeot Breen & 208 T16 are 2nd in championship The 208T16's memorable win in Greece can hardly compensate for the disappointments endured by Kevin Abbring and Craig Breen this weekend in Northern Ireland. This notoriously difficult round of the FIA European Rally Championship proved tough for both Peugeot Rallye Academy d...

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IRC IRL end - Lappi wins @ 03:15 PM - Lappi is the 3rd Finn to win Circuit of Ireland, joining Skoda's Juho Hänninen in 2012 (IRC) and Pentti Airikkala in a Vauxhall Chevette in 1979. It's the first Skoda 1-2 finish since Barum Rally 2012. Final results (after SS18)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 2h06m15s5;
2nd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m50s;
3rd= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +1m57s5;
4th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +5m34s;
5th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +6m33s5;
6th= McKenna/Kierans, Citroen, +10m46s5;
7th= Moffett/Rowan, Mitsubishi, +11m00s6;
8th= Cerny/Kohout, Peugeot, +12m57s4;
9th= Greer/Riddick, Citroen, +13m50s1;
10th= Parpottas/Kihurani, Ford, +15m10s1

IRC IRL SS17 - Moment for Barrable @ 02:01 PM - In battle for 2nd Barrable overshots through a gate and has to return, damage 15sec and loss of 2nd place. Josh Moffett has brake problems, swapping places with McKenna. Results after SS17:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 1h57m37s4;
2nd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m49s4;
3rd= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +1m54s6;
4th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +5m07s4;
5th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +6m08s3;
6th= McKenna/Kierans, Citroen, +10m08s3;
7th= Moffett/Rowan, Mitsubishi, +10m18s1;
8th= Cerny/Kohout, Peugeot, +12m05s2;
9th= Greer/Riddick, Citroen, +12m55s5;
10th= Parpottas/Kihurani, Ford, +14m11s

IRC IRL SS16 - Battle for 2nd hotting up @ 01:13 PM - While Lappi backs off Wiegand suddenly wins stages and narrows the gap to Barrable. Next stage is the penultimate as well as the longest of rally. Results after SS16:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 1h41m47s5;
2nd= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +1m45s1;
3rd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m52s;
4th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +4m27s2;
5th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +5m20s7;
6th= Moffett/Rowan, Mitsubishi, +8m44s2;
7th= McKenna/Kierans, Citroen, +8m50s1;
8th= Cerny/Kohout, Peugeot, +10m27s6;
9th= Greer/Riddick, Citroen, +11m14s2;
10th= Parpottas/Kihurani, Ford, +12m22s4

IRC IRL SS14&15 - Lisburn show @ 01:07 PM - I combine the stages as they were run under British merge&split system with first drivers fed back into the stage after only 15min, so the stages were run parallel. Lisburn, only 1.1km but famous. Results after SS15:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 1h34m01s2;
2nd= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +1m49s4;
3rd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m58s1;
4th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +4m07s9;
5th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +5m07s9;
6th= Moffett/Rowan, Mitsubishi, +8m09s3;
7th= McKenna/Kierans, Citroen, +8m17s2;
8th= Cerny/Kohout, Peugeot, +9m34s8;
9th= Greer/Riddick, Citroen, +10m06s2;
10th= Parpottas/Kihurani, Ford, +11m14s4

IRC IRL SS13 - Ingram out too @ 09:48 AM - Chris Ingram had a big crash from sensational 8th overall in his Renault Twingo R2. Crew OK. But stage interrupted. This morning they are dropping like flies. Results after SS13:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 1h32m00s7;
2nd= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +1m48s7;
3rd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m58s2;
4th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +4m06s;
5th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +5m02s1;
6th= Moffett/Rowan, Mitsubishi, +7m56s2;
7th= McKenna/Kierans, Citroen, +8m06s4;
8th= Cerny/Kohout, Peugeot, +9m23s7;
9th= Greer/Riddick, Citroen, +9m54s5;
10th= Parpottas/Kihurani, Ford, +11m02s9

IRC IRL SS12 - Now Sam Moffett in troubles @ 08:28 AM - Now Sam Moffett heavily delayed with an electrical problem. Following Breen's retirement this now seems the air is out of the event a bit. Results after SS12:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 1h23m13s6;
2nd= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +1m44s8;
3rd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m58s9;
4th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +3m54s;
5th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +4m47s1;
6th= Moffett/Rowan, Mitsubishi, +7m25s1;
7th= McKenna/Kierans, Citroen, +7m28s9;
8th= Ingram/Moreau, Renault, +8m45s5;
9th= Cerny/Kohout, Peugeot, +8m52s6;
10th= Greer/Riddick, Citroen, +9m23s4

IRC IRL SS11 - Breen out! @ 07:48 AM - Breen stopped in stage with a suspected electrical problem. Big shame, this ends the fight for victory. Results after SS11:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 1h07m04s2;
2nd= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +1m40s4;
3rd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m55s1;
4th= Moffett/O'Reilly, Ford, +2m00s3;
5th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +3m16s2;
6th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +4m10s7;
7th= McKenna/Kierans, Citroen, +6m17s5;
8th= Moffett/Rowan, Mitsubishi, +6m27s;
9th= Ingram/Moreau, Renault, +7m32s4;
10th= Cerny/Kohout, Peugeot, +7m41s7

Fri April 18, 2014

Skoda's Lappi leads Circuit of Ireland IRC Skoda's Lappi leads Circuit of Ireland Dream start for ŠKODA at the “Circuit of Ireland Rally”: On the first of two rally days around Belfast, Northern Ireland's capital city, the “flying Finns” Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm in the Fabia Super 2000 won seven of ten special stages. The duo will start the closing eight ...

Good ERC Circuit of Ireland Friday IRC Good ERC Circuit of Ireland Friday Esapekka Lappi has enjoyed an Easter Good Friday to remember with a stunning performance on leg one of the Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland Rally, which has put him on course for win number two in this year’s all-action FIA European Rally Championship. Finn Lappi,...

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IRC IRL day1 - Lappi leads @ 07:57 PM - Just a short town circuit stage, but seems quite fun and Breen manages to narrow Lappi's lead by another 1.8s. Results after day1 (SS10):
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 59m11s2;
2nd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +12s6;
3rd= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +1m40s2;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m49s;
5th= Moffett/O'Reilly, Ford, +2m05s5;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +3m05s4;
7th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +3m50s3;
8th= McKenna/Kierans, Citroen, +5m45s5;
9th= Moffett/Rowan, Mitsubishi, +6m00s2;
10th= Ingram/Moreau, Renault, +6m50s5

IRC IRL SS9 - Breen catches up a little more @ 07:28 PM - This time Breen 4s faster than Lappi. British Champ Korhonen crashes out from 9th. Results after SS9:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 57m06s3;
2nd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +14s4;
3rd= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +1m36s6;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m49s5;
5th= Moffett/O'Reilly, Ford, +1m50s4;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +3m03s8;
7th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +3m50s3;
8th= McKenna/Kierans, Citroen, +5m31s8;
9th= Moffett/Rowan, Mitsubishi, +5m47s1;
10th= Ingram/Moreau, Renault, +6m44s9

IRC IRL SS8 - Stage win for Breen @ 06:33 PM - First stage Lappi didn't win and Lappi misses stage win only by 0.1s. Results after SS8:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 52m03s7;
2nd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +18s4;
3rd= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +1m34s7;
4th= Moffett/O'Reilly, Ford, +1m43s3;
5th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m48s8;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +2m52s3;
7th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +3m34s8;
8th= McKenna/Kierans, Citroen, +4m45s;
9th= Korhonen/Salminen, Citroen, +4m59s4;
10th= Moffett/Rowan, Mitsubishi, +5m22s6

IRC IRL SS7 - Abbring in problems @ 05:04 PM - Abbring lost over two minutes and likely retires. Seems connected to the radiator problems incurred the stage before. Results after SS7:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 46m28s6;
2nd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +18s5;
3rd= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +1m27s8;
4th= Moffett/O'Reilly, Ford, +1m29s;
5th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m40s7;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +2m27s6;
7th= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), +3m01s6;
8th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +3m12s1;
9th= McKenna/Kieras, Citroen, +4m16s5;
10th= Korhonen/Salminen, Citroen, +4m29s5

IRC IRL SS6 - Many out of road @ 04:23 PM - Breen had the biggest moment of his life. Abbring (with possible radator damage), Wiegand, both Moffatts all describe big moments, overshots, spins. Next stage the famous Hamilton Folly jumps. Results after SS6:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 37m50s6;
2nd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +17s2;
3rd= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), +18s3;
4th= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +1m04s1;
5th= Moffett/O'Reilly, Ford, +1m10s6;
6th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m21s4;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m58s6;
8th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +2m30s9;
9th= McKenna/Kieras, Citroen, +2m44s;
10th= Korhonen/Salminen, Citroen, +3m47s1

IRC IRL SS5 - Lappi clean sweep @ 01:16 PM - Lappi wins every stage so far, but the last 3 the gap was less than 1s and on the others never more than 3s. Results after SS5:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 30m42s5;
2nd= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), +7s7;
3rd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +9s1;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +50s5;
5th= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +52s2;
6th= Moffett/O'Reilly, Ford, +57s9;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m39s6;
8th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +1m58s7;
9th= McKenna/Kieras, Citroen, +2m44s;
10th= Moffett/Rowan, Mitsubishi, +3m04s4

IRC IRL SS4 - Moffett drops a bit @ 01:11 PM - Though no dilemma for Sam Moffett, times are close, he narrowly dropped 2 places within 1.3s. Brother Josh had brake problems the stage before. Results after SS4:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 25m39s;
2nd= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), +6s;
3rd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +8s2;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +44s3;
5th= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +44s6;
6th= Moffett/O'Reilly, Ford, +45s6;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m23s1;
8th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +1m44s8;
9th= McKenna/Kieras, Citroen, +2m18s8;
10th= Korhonen/Salminen, Citroen, +2m36s9

IRC IRL SS3 - Everybody loves it @ 11:35 AM - I don't remember ever hearing so many drivers how much they enjoyed themselves. Apparently they are more than 50% in the air despite stage being quite twisty. It's the stage with the famous Bertie Fisher Opel Manta 400 jump. Results after SS3:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 19m59s5;
2nd= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), +5s4;
3rd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +8s;
4th= Moffett/O'Reilly, Ford, +32s5;
5th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +33s;
6th= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +34s4;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m02s1;
8th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +1m28s6;
9th= McKenna/Kieras, Citroen, +1m47s5;
10th= Korhonen/Salminen, Citroen, +1m58s6

IRC IRL SS2 - Lappi again @ 11:09 AM - Lappi really surprises. Barrable passes Wiegand. Aaron McHale off road and damaged the radiator in doing so. Results after SS2:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 11m12s4;
2nd= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), +5s2;
3rd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +5s9;
4th= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +14s3;
5th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +15s3;
6th= Moffett/O'Reilly, Ford, +16s7;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +33s5;
8th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +51s8;
9th= Moffett/Rowan, Mitsubishi, +53s2;
10th= McKenna/Kierans, Citroen, +58s5

IRC IRL SS1 - Lappi surprise leader @ 10:32 AM - Lappi himself was surprised as he felt he braked too early mostly. Stage starts twisty and ends fast and bumpy, weather try. Results after SS1:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 3m54s;
2nd= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), +2s2;
3rd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +3s1;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +4s6;
5th= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +6s6;
6th= Moffett/O'Reilly, Ford, +8s3;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +12s6;
8th= Moffett/Rowan, Mitsubishi, +19s6;
9th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +19s8;
10th= McKenna/Kierans, Citroen, +20s2

Mon April 14, 2014

An Easter first for Neil Simpson Skoda An Easter first for Neil Simpson Easter will be full of firsts for returnee rally driver Neil Simpson, as he makes his Circuit of Ireland debut in his ex-factory Simpsons ŠKODA Fabia S2000. Co-driven by Claire Mole, Neil will head to the fast and bumpy closed Irish Tarmac lanes to compete against the top Euro...

Skoda: 1-2 victory in APRC opener Skoda Skoda: 1-2 victory in APRC opener The factory-backed ŠKODA MRF team is celebrating the perfect start to the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) with a one-two victory. The defending champions Gaurav Gill/Glenn Macneall (IND/NZ) won the Rally of Whangarei in New Zealand with an 11.9-second lead over the Europea...

Sat April 12, 2014

ERC Circuit of Ireland preview IRC ERC Circuit of Ireland preview EVENT PREVIEW: 2014 FIA European Rally Championship, round four of 12 Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland Rally, 17-19 April 2014 ERC young stars set for voyage of discovery on Tarmac showcase ...

Wilson considers ERC reinforcement IRC Wilson considers ERC reinforcement M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson is considering bolstering his company’s presence in the FIA European Rally Championship by fielding one of his WRC stars in a Ford Fiesta R5 on selected events. ...

Ypres countdown, entries open IRC Ypres countdown, entries open Countdown to the Geko Ypres Rally has officially started now that entries have been opened for the fiftieth anniversary of the event. Interested crews better not wait too long to complete their registration form, given the massive interest from teams to take on Europe's rally...

Max Vatanen rollercoaster in Portugal WRC Max Vatanen rollercoaster in Portugal MAXRALLY-backed Max Vatanen faced some ups and downs on Rally de Portugal - an event where he set two fastest stage times and also explored a bit of the scenery. But you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs, and for Max's first time out on a World Rally Champio...

Skoda ready for APRC title defence Skoda Skoda ready for APRC title defence The factory-backed team ŠKODA MRF is setting its sights on defending its title in the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) with two top driver duos. Last year’s champions Gaurav Gill/Glenn Macneall (IND/NZ) will be lining up alongside the European champions Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dr...

Tue April 8, 2014

Hyundai modifies driver line up WRC Hyundai modifies driver line up --- Hyundai Shell World Rally Team will still enter next month’s Rally Argentina with two Hyundai i20 WRC cars. · --- Thierry Neuville (#7 Hyundai i20 WRC) will be joined by Spaniard Dani Sordo in the sister #8 car following his stellar performance in Portugal last weeken...

Breen out of luck in Kerry Peugeot Breen out of luck in Kerry The Fel’s Point Circuit of Kerry Rally was the perfect event for Peugeot Rally Academy driver Craig Breen and Peugeot Sport to acclimatize the new 208 T16 to the bumpy tarmac roads of Irish rallying ahead of the upcoming ERC Circuit of Ireland Rally round four of the FIA European...

Mon April 7, 2014

Maiden Junior win for Stéphane Lefebvre Citroen Maiden Junior win for Stéphane Lefebvre --- Fourteen crews took part in the opening round of the 2014 FIA Junior WRC Championship at Rally de Portugal. --- French driver Stéphane Lefebvre finished ahead of the German Christian Riedemann and the Slovakian Martin Koci. --- The Briton Alastair Fisher, who led the clas...

Portugal mission accomplished for Kruuda Ford Portugal mission accomplished for Kruuda Karl Kruuda has underlined his WRC 2 title credentials with a fine fourth place on Rally de Portugal today (Sunday). The 21-year-old excelled in his Super 2000-specification Ford Fiesta, beating several rivals in turbocharged machinery in the process. ...

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