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Wed November 19, 2014

Why new codriver for Stéphane Lefebvre General Why new codriver for Stéphane Lefebvre This is a bit of an unusual report. You may have noticed that Stéphane Prevot navigated for double Junoir Champion Stéphane Lefebvre in Wales Rally GB. This could (and did) lead to a lot of speculation. Now this is a translated piece from a Facebook friend - navigator Thomas Dubo...

Citroen confirms Kris Meeke for 2015 Citroen Citroen confirms Kris Meeke for 2015 Third in the Junior WRC with Citroën in 2005 and winner of the IRC in 2009, Kris Meeke competed in his first rallies with the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team in 2013. This season, the Brit play a major part in Citroën securing second place in the Manufacturers' World...

Peugeot Peugeot's Young Lion roars in Wales

Ford Fighting performance for Kruuda

WRC Grand national wows rally fans

Tue November 18, 2014

Solberg & Pirelli star in GB Ford Solberg & Pirelli star in GB Just as he did on the snow-covered Rally Sweden earlier this year, privateer Pirelli driver Henning Solberg broke Volkswagen's domination of the stage times on Wales Rally GB, going fastest of all on the Chirk Castle stage. ...

Citroen finishes as runner up Citroen Citroen finishes as runner up After two solid days, the two DS3 WRCs set off this morning for the final six stages of the season in third and fourth positions in the overall standings. Whilst pushing to try and grab second place, Kris Meeke ran slightly wide into a ditch on the day's opening stage. Des...

Mission accomplished for Kubica Ford Mission accomplished for Kubica It was mission accomplished for RK M-Sport World Rally Team's Robert Kubica at Wales Rally GB - finishing the event with a controlled drive to gain a wealth of vital knowledge and experience. The FIA World Rally Championship's traditional finale is renowned as one of the ...

Hirvonen signs out in style Ford Hirvonen signs out in style M-Sport World Rally Team's Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen brought their FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) careers to an end in style today - securing second place at Wales Rally GB. The Finns were locked in an intense battle for the final podium positions throughout the w...

Brits steal the show in Wales WRC Brits steal the show in Wales Two-time FIA World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier clinched the final victory of the season on Wales Rally GB today (16 November), as British drivers grabbed the headlines with a podium challenge from Kris Meeke and standout performances throughout the field. With a comfortabl...

Volkswagen ends season with a win WRC Volkswagen ends season with a win The icing on the cake at the end of the season - the final round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) saw Volkswagen set a new record for the number of wins in one single season. Win number eight of the year for newly-crowned World Rally Champions* Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ing...

Hyundai final report WRC Hyundai final report The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has completed the final event of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship (FIA), Wales Rally GB, with all three Hyundai i20 WRCs – meeting the team’s main objectives for the rally. For the final day of Wales Rally GB, drivers have tackled six s...

Sun November 9, 2014

Mouton, Saby, Nicolas share T16 party Peugeot Mouton, Saby, Nicolas share T16 party Stéphane Lefebvre and Thomas Dubois steered their Peugeot Rally Academy-liveried Peugeot 208 R2 to their second international title of the season, while Kevin Abbring and Sebastian Marshall concluded their 2014 campaign on a high note with third place in Corsica at the wheel of t...

JRM Subaru dominates at Tour de Corse Subaru JRM Subaru dominates at Tour de Corse JRM's Gp N Subaru WRX STI underlined its position as the fastest car in the FIA European Rally Championship's Production Car Cup after dominating the category at this weekend's Tour de Corse. Keith Cronin, the three-time British Rally Champion, guided JRM's int...

Success for Kopecky in China Skoda Success for Kopecky in China It’s a day of celebration for ŠKODA: the driving duo Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (CZ/CZ) have put the icing on the cake of an outstanding season with a win at the final event in China. By winning the “China Rally Longyou”, the Czech automobile manufacturer concludes the FIA Asia-Pa...

Sat November 8, 2014

Sarrazin wins stunning ERC finale IRC Sarrazin wins stunning ERC finale There were celebrations aplenty on the 2014 FIA European Rally Championship finale in Corsica today when Stéphane Sarrazin became the ninth different winner from 11 rounds following a thrilling battle for top spot with fellow French Ford Fiesta RRC driver Bryan Bouffier. Whil...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC F end (SS11) @ 03:35 PM - Sarrazin wins Tour de Corse, his first international championship rally win. Everybody else has got through this demanding stage too and seems thrilled. Final results (after SS19)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Sarrazin/Renucci, Ford, 2h36m48s4;
2nd= Bouffier/Panseri, Ford, +18s9;
3rd= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), +1m38s2
4th= Camilli/Veillas, Peugeot, +2m24s1;
5th= Dumas/Giraudet, Porsche, +5m41s9;
6th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +6m29s9;
7th= Leandri/Gordon, Ford, +7m33s5;
8th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +7m51s3;
9th= Guglielmi/Vesperini, Renault, +10m19s;
=10th= Reuche/Deriaz, Renault, +13m21s

IRC F SS10 @ 02:40 PM - Bouffier had a spin trying to attack Sarrazin. This probably ends his chances. Maurin from 5th did not start this stage for unknown reasons. Results after SS10:
1st= Sarrazin/Renucci, Ford, 2h19m19s8;
2nd= Bouffier/Panseri, Ford, +24s4;
3rd= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), +1m29s2
4th= Camilli/Veillas, Peugeot, +2m08s7;
5th= Dumas/Giraudet, Porsche, +4m59s4;
6th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +5m57s7;
7th= Leandri/Gordon, Ford, +6m51s6;
8th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +6m58s2;
9th= Guglielmi/Vesperini, Renault, +9m14s5;
=10th= Reuche/Deriaz, Renault, +12m00s1

IRC F SS9 @ 10:45 AM - Bouufier says he attacks, but Sarrazin still managed to snatch a second away from him. Cronin in gN lead and edge of top10 has an off. Results after SS9:
1st= Sarrazin/Renucci, Ford, 2h07m58s6;
2nd= Bouffier/Panseri, Ford, +13s6;
3rd= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), +1m19s8;
4th= Camilli/Veillas, Peugeot, +1m49s6;
5th= Maurin/Klinger, Ford, +2m31s3;
6th= Dumas/Giraudet, Porsche, +4m32s3;
7th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +5m19s;
8th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +6m04s4;
9th= Leandri/Gordon, Ford, +6m11s5;
=10th= Guglielmi/Vesperini, Renault, +8m20s

IRC F SS8 @ 09:14 AM - Sarrazin extends lead. Breen had to spot for boars. Kajetanowicz does not appear to have started the stage after his previous double puncture. Results after SS8:
1st= Sarrazin/Renucci, Ford, 1h50m27s1;
2nd= Bouffier/Panseri, Ford, +12s4;
3rd= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), +58s5;
4th= Camilli/Veillas, Peugeot, +1m39s3;
5th= Maurin/Klinger, Ford, +2m28s6;
6th= Dumas/Giraudet, Porsche, +3m43s6;
7th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +4m38s3;
8th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +5m08s2;
9th= Leandri/Gordon, Ford, +5m34s2;
=10th= Guglielmi/Vesperini, Renault, +7m14s5

IRC F SS7 @ 08:08 AM - Longest stage of the day, but only run once as transfer stage between the south and Ajaccio. Strange stage for re-starters, Breen & Kajetanowicz re-starting for day points for 3rd in championship, both suffer punctures. Results after SS7:
1st= Sarrazin/Renucci, Ford, 1h39m01s3;
2nd= Bouffier/Panseri, Ford, +4s9;
3rd= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), +46s4;
4th= Camilli/Veillas, Peugeot, +1m17s6;
5th= Maurin/Klinger, Ford, +2m20s;
6th= Dumas/Giraudet, Porsche, +3m08s1;
7th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +3m47s8;
8th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +4m26s4;
9th= Leandri/Gordon, Ford, +4m54s7;
=10th= Guglielmi/Vesperini, Renault, +6m20s5

Fri November 7, 2014

Thrilling battle on ERC Corsica IRC Thrilling battle on ERC Corsica Flying Frenchmen Stéphane Sarrazin and Bryan Bouffier will embark on the final leg of Giru di Corsica-Tour de Corse just 1.7 seconds apart following a thrilling start to the FIA European Rally Championship season-closer. ...

Wilson and Michelin reunited Ford Wilson and Michelin reunited In 1994 Malcolm Wilson OBE piloted the Michelin Pilot Escort RS Cosworth to championship glory in the MSA British Rally Championship. Twenty years later, the iconic livery will be reunited with the Wilson family as Matthew Wilson takes to the wheel of a Ford Fiesta RRC at the FIA...

On Mikko Hirvonen retirement WRC On Mikko Hirvonen retirement For sure you have heard the news by now, that Mikko Hirvonen ends his career after Wales Rally GB. But rallying is in his blood, maybe it is not a retirment forever. I already know of news that Mikko has made enquiries in starting the Tour of Mull in Great Britain 2015 in a Ford ...

Welshman Osian Pryce's biggest week Ford Welshman Osian Pryce's biggest week Welsh rally star Osian Pryce will start the biggest week of his life on Monday, when he steps aboard his Ford Fiesta R5 to test the car for Wales Rally GB. Since confirming his entry on Wales' foremost sporting event and Britain's round of the World Rally Championship...

A home event with significance Ford A home event with significance M-Sport's home event has always been a season highlight but this year's Wales Rally GB will be all the more momentous. Not only will the team have the opportunity to fight for the runner-up spot in the manufacturers' championship, but the rally also holds special sign...

Skoda driver Lappi is European Champion Skoda Skoda driver Lappi is European Champion ŠKODA has secured the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) title* for the third time in a row. Despite Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN) being unable to finish the season finale on Corsica, the works drivers are the champions of the drivers’ and co-drivers’ standings. Sepp Wie...

VW will fight tooth and nail WRC VW will fight tooth and nail An open battle at the final rally of the year: Volkswagen duos Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) and Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N) go into the Rally Great Britain with one common goal - victory. The destinations of the World ...

The DS3 WRC looking to confirm Citroen The DS3 WRC looking to confirm One of the oldest events in world motorsport, Wales Rally GB was first contested in 1932. Since then, only World War II, the Suez Canal crisis and the foot-and-mouth outbreak in 1967 have prevented it from being held. For a long time, British, Swedish and Finnish drivers dominate...

Hyundai prepares for season finale WRC Hyundai prepares for season finale The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team is set to embark on the last challenge of its maiden season in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Wales Rally GB – the 13th and final round of the series - next weekend. The Deeside-based event marks the return of the WRC to full gravel...

ERC 2015 calendar revealed IRC ERC 2015 calendar revealed Crews contesting the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship will demonstrate their skills on ice, snow, asphalt and gravel over an exciting 10-event schedule from January to November. Eurosport Events, the ERC promoter under a long-term agreement with motorsport’s world governi...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC F day1 (SS6) @ 02:48 PM - Dramatic final stage. Lappi and Consani both crashed, crews OK, Maurin and Hirschi had punctures, Sarrazin's lead meanwhile narrowed to just 1.7s. Results after day1 (SS6):
1st= Sarrazin/Renucci, Ford, 1h22m05s4;
2nd= Bouffier/Panseri, Ford, +1s7;
3rd= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), +38s3;
4th= Camilli/Veillas, Peugeot, +1m11s;
5th= Maurin/Klinger, Ford, +2m14s2;
6th= Dumas/Giraudet, Porsche, +2m26s9;
7th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +2m58s7;
8th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +3m42s4;
9th= Leandri/Gordon, Ford, +4m20s8;
=10th= Guglielmi/Vesperini, Renault, +4m56s9

IRC F SS5 @ 01:45 PM - Bouffier wins stage, Sarrazin drops some 6sec. Lappi overtakes Abbring, Maurin overtakes Consani. Results after SS5:
1st= Sarrazin/Renucci, Ford, 1h04m54s4;
2nd= Bouffier/Panseri, Ford, +8s9;
3rd= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +32s8;
4th= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), +35s8;
5th= Camilli/Veillas, Peugeot, +48s9;
6th= Maurin/Klinger, Ford, +1m32s8;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m36s3;
8th= Dumas/Giraudet, Porsche, +1m50s4;
9th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +2m24s1;
=10th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +2m57s2

IRC F SS4 @ 12:44 AM - Breen has terminal transmission problems. Sarrazin re-takes lead when Bouffier punctures. Bouffier needs care for next 2 stages as he has no spare tyre now. Dumas/Porsche misses stage win by 1.7s. Results after SS4:
1st= Sarrazin/Renucci, Ford, 49m43s1;
2nd= Bouffier/Panseri, Ford, +14s6;
3rd= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), +33s4;
4th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +35s2;
5th= Camilli/Veillas, Peugeot, +45s;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m22s;
7th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +1m22s6;
8th= Dumas/Giraudet, Porsche, +1m23s3;
9th= Maurin/Klinger, Ford, +1m31s2;
=10th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +1m52s7

IRC F SS3 @ 10:26 AM - Bouffier takes lead in straight fight. Breen drops a minute with a transmission problem. Really long and slow stages. Next one (repeat of SS1) is fast, should suit the Porsche. Results after SS3:
1st= Bouffier/Panseri, Ford, 41m02s2;
2nd= Sarrazin/Renucci, Ford, +2s4;
3rd= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), +31s6;
4th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +36s;
5th= Camilli/Veillas, Peugeot, +39s1;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m15s9;
7th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +1m19s2;
8th= Dumas/Giraudet, Porsche, +1m24s;
9th= Maurin/Klinger, Ford, +1m28s9;
=10th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +1m39s7

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