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Tue July 28, 2015

Kubica tackles fast Finland with Pirelli Ford Kubica tackles fast Finland with Pirelli Ford Fiesta RS WRC ace Robert Kubica is ready for the quickest and most famous rally of the entire world championship, as he and the other Pirelli runners head to the flat-out rollercoaster crests of Finland this weekend. Joining Kubica are a number of other privateer drivers, wh...

M-Sport's summer of speed Ford M-Sport's summer of speed M-Sport World Rally Team's Elfyn Evans and Ott Tänak continue their summer of speed next week as the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) embarks on what is arguably the highlight of the season - Rally Finland and the 'Gravel Grand Prix.'...

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Mon July 27, 2015

VW ahead of air show in Finland WRC VW ahead of air show in Finland All four wheels in the air 77 times, a pure flight time of more than half a minute - the legendary stage 'Ouninpohja' returns to the 'Neste Oil Rally Finland'. What the Nürburgring-Nordschleife is to racing drivers, this full throttle special stage through the for...

Hyundai aims to continue strong run WRC Hyundai aims to continue strong run Hyundai Motorsport will resume its recent run of competitive form when the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) returns from a short summer break at Rally Finland next week. The eighth round of the season will pick up where Rally Poland left off with high speeds requiring preci...

Fight for ERC overall title wide open IRC Fight for ERC overall title wide open The battle for the overall 2015 FIA European Rally Championship title is wide open, following a change of leadership after the auto24 Rally Estonia. Three wins in a row had given Craig Breen a strong lead, and while victory in Latvia, Ireland and Azores had given the Peugeot Rall...

Fri July 24, 2015

Lukyanuk wins Colin McRae Trophy IRC Lukyanuk wins Colin McRae Trophy Alexey Lukyanuk received the Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy for a fourth time, after his victory on the auto24 Rally Estonia. The prestigious award was presented by ERC Sporting Manager Jean-Pierre Nicolas. "It's amazing to win this great award one more time," said Lukyanuk....

Opel boss praises young champion IRC Opel boss praises young champion Opel Motorsport Director Jörg Schrott has praised Emil Bergkvist's outstanding performance this season. Having won the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup last year, Bergkvist - partnered by fellow Swede, co-driver Joakim Sjöberg - has become ERC Junior champion with one round (Barum Czech ...

Bergkvist is 2015 ERC Junior Champ IRC Bergkvist is 2015 ERC Junior Champ Emil Bergkvist is the 2015 FIA European Junior Rally Champion, after a truly stunning series campaign in his ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team Adam R2. Co-driven by Joakim Sjöberg, the 21-year old from Torsåker in Sweden won the title after finishing second on the auto24 Rally Estonia...

Wed July 22, 2015

Kenya Airways and East African Safari General Kenya Airways and East African Safari Kenya Airways support for the East African Safari Classic Rally goes into another year following the official launch in Nairobi last week of the seventh edition of the KQ-sponsored event that has so far attracted entries from fifty-five crews from across the globe. Speaking d...

Pirelli claims 1-2-3 in Estonia IRC Pirelli claims 1-2-3 in Estonia Italian tyre firm Pirelli has dominated the all-gravel Rally Estonia, claiming a one-two-three finish on the latest round of the FIA European Rally Championship. This monopoly of the podium has underlined Pirelli's ability to secure top results for its clients on every sur...

Sun July 19, 2015

Lukyanuk with sensational ERC win IRC Lukyanuk with sensational ERC win Alexey Lukyanuk has won the auto24 Rally Estonia, round six of the FIA European Rally Championship, in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, after a truly stunning drive over the ultra-fast gravel roads around Otepää in southern Estonia. Co-driven by Alexey Arnautov, the reigning...

Poor Estonian rewards for Peugeot Peugeot Poor Estonian rewards for Peugeot Despite their high hopes of a top result in Estonia, both Peugeot Rally Academy crews had difficult runs during round six of the 2015 FIA ERC. Craig Breen and Scott Martin were stopped in their tracks just as they appeared to be heading for a podium finish, while Diogo Gago and J...

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IRC EST SS16 - End @ 11:59 AM - Lukyanuk and Mitsubishi win this ERC round! In the battle for 4th amazingly both Körge and Plangi had punctures! An electric problem for Niinemae moves Bergqvist into 2nd in the Juniors and wins him the title. Final results (after SS16)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, 1h32m25s4;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +12s7;
3rd= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +1m07s;
4th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +2m06s9;
5th= Körge/Pints, Peugeot, +2m23s7;
6th= Jeets/Toom, Ford, +3m36s2;
7th= Butvilas/Mazur, Subaru, +4m50s8;
8th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +5m20s8;
9th= Botka/Michalik, Mitsubishi, +7m36s1;
10th= Sirmacis/Simins, Peugeot R2, +8m01s6

IRC EST SS15 - Breen out @ 11:39 AM - Breen did not start stage after a heavy landing in SS14. Plangi had a spin and a puncture and dropped behind Körge. Lukyanuk's lead now under 10s. Results after SS15:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, 1h26m25s;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +9s5;
3rd= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +59s6;
4th= Körge/Pints, Peugeot, +1m33s3;
5th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +1m33s8;
6th= Jeets/Toom, Ford, +3m26s;
7th= Butvilas/Mazur, Subaru, +4m28s1;
8th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +5m03s;
9th= Botka/Michalik, Mitsubishi, +7m10s1;
10th= Sirmacis/Simins, Peugeot R2, +7m29s9

IRC EST SS14 @ 11:27 AM - Kangur wins the stage but for his retirement yesterday does not feature on the overall results. Kajetanowicz takes 0.9s out of Lukyanuk. Results after SS14:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, 1h22m58s9;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +11s1;
3rd= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +56s6;
4th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +59s6;
5th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +1m02s7;
6th= Körge/Pints, Peugeot, +1m29s7;
7th= Jeets/Toom, Ford, +3m19s8;
8th= Butvilas/Mazur, Subaru, +4m18s1;
9th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +4m32s4;
10th= Botka/Michalik, Mitsubishi, +6m55s8

IRC EST SS13 @ 09:23 AM - Magic time from Lukyanuk. Egon Kaur crashed out (crew OK) from 3rd place. Results after SS13:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, 1h16m49s7;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +12s;
3rd= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +50s3;
4th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +56s8;
5th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +1m03s;
6th= Körge/Pints, Peugeot, +1m23s7;
7th= Jeets/Toom, Ford, +3m07s4;
8th= Butvilas/Mazur, Subaru, +4m;
9th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +4m14s9;
10th= Botka/Michalik, Mitsubishi, +6m22s4

IRC EST SS12 @ 08:53 AM - Still some good fights. Kaur again makes a place, now passing Aus. Results after SS12:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, 1h10m48s5;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +4s3;
3rd= Kaur/Arnek, Mitsubishi, +41s2;
4th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +43s2;
5th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +48s1;
6th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +58s;
7th= Körge/Pints, Peugeot, +1m12s;
8th= Jeets/Toom, Ford, +2m51s9;
9th= Butvilas/Mazur, Subaru, +3m36s7;
10th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +3m47s6

IRC EST SS11 @ 08:47 AM - The fight is on. Kajetanowicz wins the stage, but Lukyanuk clings to a small lead. Kaur passes Breen again. Results after SS11:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, 1h07m22s1;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +2s1;
3rd= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +36s4;
4th= Kaur/Arnek, Mitsubishi, +39s2;
5th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +42s2;
6th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +53s1;
7th= Körge/Pints, Peugeot, +1m04s3;
8th= Jeets/Toom, Ford, +2m40s5;
9th= Butvilas/Mazur, Subaru, +3m32s5;
10th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +3m33s8

Sat July 18, 2015

Consani opens the road in Estonia IRC Consani opens the road in Estonia Robert Consani will start the opening leg of auto24 Rally Estonia first on the road, following the road selection process in Tartu this evening. But as it was always going to be a difficult event for the Citroën DS3 R5 driver, the Frenchman is not that bothered about it. ...

All at ERC send best wishes to Gryazin IRC All at ERC send best wishes to Gryazin The FIA European Rally Championship community has come together as one to wish ERC Junior driver Vasily Gryazin their very best wishes for a full and swift recovery. The 21-year old Russian driver was travelling from Riga in Latvia to the Võrumaa Rallysprint on Saturday, where he...

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IRC EST SS10 - day2 @ 06:11 PM - Short SSS, so not much to happen. Still Breen passes Kaur and a stage win for Jeets makes a change. Results after day2 (SS10):
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, 1h01m07s7;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +2s4;
3rd= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +31s;
4th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +36s9;
5th= Kaur/Arnek, Mitsubishi, +37s;
6th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +50s8;
7th= Körge/Pints, Peugeot, +58s;
8th= Jeets/Toom, Ford, +2m24s7;
9th= Butvilas/Mazur, Subaru, +2m58s2;
10th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +3m04s3

IRC EST SS9 @ 06:03 PM - Lukyanuk confirms lead, though still just 1s. Plangi passes Körge. Results after SS9:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, 59m46s9;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1s;
3rd= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +29s6;
4th= Kaur/Arnek, Mitsubishi, +33s8;
5th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +36s8;
6th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +48s5;
7th= Körge/Pints, Peugeot, +52s7;
8th= Jeets/Toom, Ford, +2m24s8;
9th= Butvilas/Mazur, Subaru, +2m55s5;
10th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +3m01s

IRC EST SS8 @ 04:41 PM - Longest stage of the rally and the fight changes completely. Kruuda, before stage 1.2s off Kajto, retires with a broken radiator. Lukyanuk fantastic time and re-takes the lead after earlier time penalty. Results after SS8:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, 53m25s2;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +0s1;
3rd= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +25s7;
4th= Kaur/Arnek, Mitsubishi, +26s1;
5th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +33s9;
6th= Körge/Pints, Peugeot, +41s2;
7th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +42s7;
8th= Jeets/Toom, Ford, +2m07s;
9th= Butvilas/Mazur, Subaru, +2m40s2;
10th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +2m42s8

IRC EST SS7 @ 02:18 PM - Stage is shortened by 14km. Still plenty of drama. Kasperczyk (1st on road) rolled, Breen lost 2 places with a spin, Sola went off and had to change a puncture. Results after SS7:
1st= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, 36m45s9;
2nd= Kruuda/Järveoja, Citroen, +1s2;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +5s6;
4th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +19s3;
5th= Kaur/Arnek, Mitsubishi, +21s4;
6th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +25s5;
7th= Körge/Pints, Peugeot, +31s7;
8th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +36s3;
9th= Jeets/Toom, Ford, +1m19s1;
10th= Butvilas/Mazur, Subaru, +1m49s3

IRC EST SS6 @ 01:40 PM - Lukyanuk lead but has 10sec jump start penalty. The big news is that Kangur is out. Though there is an issue with stage end information, more info later. Results after SS6:
1st= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, 26m34s8;
2nd= Kruuda/Järveoja, Citroen, +1s5;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +7s1;
4th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +16s3;
5th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +17s6;
6th= Kaur/Arnek, Mitsubishi, +18s2;
7th= Körge/Pints, Peugeot, +20s;
8th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +20s7;
9th= Suninen/Markkula, Skoda, +29s;
10th= Salo/Salminen, Peugeot, +45s7

IRC EST SS5 @ 11:58 AM - Mid day point. First stage win for Kajetanowicz. But the lead goes back to Lukyanuk. Results after SS5:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, 22m13s6;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1s3;
3rd= Kangur/Sikk, Ford, +1s5;
4th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Citroen, +2s2;
5th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +16s3;
6th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +16s5;
7th= Körge/Pints, Peugeot, +17s9;
8th= Kaur/Arnek, Mitsubishi, +18s4;
9th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +21s1;
10th= Suninen/Markkula, Skoda, +27s5

IRC EST SS4 @ 11:26 AM - Kruuda back in the lead and Kangur remains the meat in the Kruuda-Lukyanuk sandwich. Next stage is faster, should be better for Lukyanuk's Mitsubishi again. Results after SS4:
1st= Kruuda/Järveoja, Citroen, 15m53s1;
2nd= Kangur/Sikk, Ford, +0s4;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +0s6;
4th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +4s9;
=5th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +14s3;
=5th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +14s3;
7th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +14s5;
8th= Kaur/Arnek, Mitsubishi, +15s6;
9th= Körge/Pints, Peugeot, +15s9;
10th= Suninen/Markkula, Skoda, +22s3

IRC EST SS3 @ 10:01 AM - Consani retired before the stage with an engine problem. Kruuda in the other Citroen has a problem with the pop off valve and loses lead to Lukyanuk. Plangi has a similar problem. Average speeds of 140 in here. Results after SS3:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, 11m43s;
2nd= Kangur/Sikk, Ford, +1s3;
3rd= Kruuda/Järveoja, Citroen, +1s6;
4th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +3s4;
5th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +11s4;
6th= Kaur/Arnek, Mitsubishi, +11s7;
7th= Körge/Pints, Peugeot, +12s5;
8th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +12s6;
9th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +12s8;
10th= Suninen/Markkula, Skoda, +16s7

IRC EST SS2 @ 09:35 AM - First proper stage with interesting outcome. Martin Kangur wins the stage, Karl Kruuda leads the rally. Results after SS2:
1st= Kruuda/Järveoja, Citroen, 5m17s9;
2nd= Kangur/Sikk, Ford, +0s8;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +1s9;
4th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +3s5;
5th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +5s;
6th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +6s8;
7th= Kaur/Arnek, Mitsubishi, +7s5;
8th= Körge/Pints, Peugeot, +7s8;
9th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +8s3;
10th= Suninen/Markkula, Skoda, +11s4

Fri July 17, 2015

Pärn out of ERC encounter IRC Pärn out of ERC encounter Sander Pärn is out of the auto24 Rally Estonia, following his accident on the Qualifying Stage. The young local Estonian driver and his Welsh co-driver James Morgan escaped unharmed after their MM-Motorsport Ford Fiesta R5 left the road and hit a tree at 100 km/h....

Lukyanuk in early lead IRC Lukyanuk in early lead Thousands of spectators created a party atmosphere as round six of the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship, auto24 Rally Estonia, got underway this evening. And there is a surprise early leader, as Alexey Lukyanuk set the fastest time around the opening Tartu City Stage in his E...

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IRC EST SS1 - day1 @ 06:33 PM - Short superspecial, so the big news is even before this stage as Pärn does not start following his qualifying stage crash. Lukyanuk wins the stage, which is surprising, his gN Mitsubishi should have an advantage only on the fast stages. Breen 15th. Results after day1 (SS1):
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, 1m06s7;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +0s3;
3rd= Kruuda/Järveoja, Citroen, +0s4;
4th= Botka/Michalik, Mitsubishi, +0s7;
5th= Kangur/Sikk, Ford, +1s6;
6th= Jeets/Toom, Ford, +1s8;
7th= Butvilas/Mazur, Subaru, +1s9;
=8th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +2s;
=8th= Körge/Pints, Peugeot, +2s;
10th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +2s1

Thu July 16, 2015

Looking for victory again Peugeot Looking for victory again With three assertive victories on different surface types to its name from the five ERC rounds contested so far, the 208T16 continues its European campaign with this weekend's Auto 24 Rally Estonia. Led by the championship's provisional leader Craig Breen, and with Diogo ...

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