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Thu October 23, 2014

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IRC CH day1 (SS3) @ 05:34 PM - Peugeot bad luck moves Wiegand into the lead. Breen picks up a puncture and Abbring gets stranded with stuck on brakes. Unbelievable, the Pugs are always fast but after a few stages there is problems... Results after day1 (SS3):
1st= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, 15m55s1;
2nd= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +4s4;
3rd= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), +6s3;
4th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +13s1;
5th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +17s4;
6th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +17s8;
7th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +18s;
8th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +24s2;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +31s;
=10th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +37s6

IRC CH SS2 @ 04:13 PM - Stage was shortened to 4km for too much snow. Breen wins this stage and moves up 3 places after slow SS1 time. Jonathan Hirschi keeps convincing with good times (reason for slight delays as he is car # 22). Results after SS2:
1st= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), 7m19s9;
2nd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +2s3;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +3s7;
4th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +4s5;
5th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +4s6;
6th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +7s2;
7th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +7s3;
8th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +10s8;
9th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +13s;
=10th= Perroud/Marchand, Skoda, +15s

IRC CH SS1 @ 03:07 PM - Stage re-started heavily delayed. Magalhaes out of the rally. Breen said he was sliding a lot. Lappi took it careful. Abbring wins stage and leads rally, surprisingly ahead of Wiegand. Results after SS1:
1st= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), 5m13;
2nd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +2s1;
3rd= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +3s8;
4th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +3s9;
5th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +4s2;
6th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +5s1;
7th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +5s6;
8th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +9s9;
9th= Perroud/Marchand, Skoda, +10s9;
=10th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +11s

IRC CH SS1 - interim report @ 02:11 PM - Dramatic start to Valais! Bruno Magalhaes chose to start 1st on the road. About 1km into SS1 n incident is reported. Magalhaes skidded on ice and hit a rock face. Both crew are OK but the car blocks the road. SS1 is halted before the 2nd car even started!

Wed October 22, 2014

4 ERC title contenders #4 Craig Breen IRC 4 ERC title contenders #4 Craig Breen Four drivers will battle for the ERC title in Switzerland. This is what they have had to say ahead of the penultimate round of the season. Q&A: Craig Breen Nationality: Irish Team: Peugeot Rally Academy Car: Peugeot 208T16 Co-driver: Scott Martin (Great Britain) Position: Fourth...

4 ERC title contenders #3 Kajetanowicz IRC 4 ERC title contenders #3 Kajetanowicz Four drivers will battle for the ERC title in Switzerland. This is what they have had to say ahead of the penultimate round of the season. Q&A: Kajetan Kajetanowicz Nationality: Polish Team: LOTOS Rally Team Car: Ford Fiesta R5 Co-driver: Jarek Baran (Poland) Position: Third Poi...

Max Vatanen aims for rookie price IRC Max Vatanen aims for rookie price Up and coming Finnish star Max Vatanen is aiming to come away from the Rally of Spain this weekend with the coveted accolade of top rookie in his inaugural season of the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy. Heading into the last round, Max is currently fifth in the overall standings and...

Altitude running for Peugeot Peugeot Altitude running for Peugeot Before wrapping up its 2014 European Championship campaign on home soil in Corsica early next month, the Peugeot Rally Academy travels to Switzerland this week for the 55th Rallye International du Valais. Craig Breen and Kevin Abbring will be looking to steer the official Peugeot...

Tue October 21, 2014

4 ERC title contenders #2 Sepp Wiegand IRC 4 ERC title contenders #2 Sepp Wiegand Four drivers will battle for the ERC title in Switzerland. This is what they have had to say ahead of the penultimate round of the season. Q&A: Sepp Wiegand Nationality: German Team: ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland Car: ŠKODA Fabia S2000 Co-driver: Frank Christian (Germany) Position: Sec...

4 ERC title contenders #1 Esapekka Lappi IRC 4 ERC title contenders #1 Esapekka Lappi Four drivers will battle for the ERC title in Switzerland. This is what they have had to say ahead of the penultimate round of the season. Q&A: Esapekka Lappi Nationality: Finnish Team: ŠKODA Motorsport Car: ŠKODA Fabia S2000 Co-driver: Janne Ferm (Finland) Position: First P...

Title race goes on in Switzerland IRC Title race goes on in Switzerland The battle for the Drivers’ crown in the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) is coming to a head. When Europe’s rallying elite line up at the penultimate round of the season – the “Rallye International du Valais” – this weekend (23 to 25 October), ŠKODA works duo Esapekka Lappi...

Mon October 20, 2014

Full Rally du Valais preview IRC Full Rally du Valais preview Four top driving talents will showcase the Serious Competition Ahead in the FIA European Rally Championship when Rallye International du Valais hosts the thrilling race to clinch the coveted ERC title from 23-25 October. Based in the canton of Valais in southwest Switzerland ...

Top Gear enters Wales Rally GB WRC Top Gear enters Wales Rally GB BBC Top Gear Magazine's Ollie Marriage is champing at the bit to take on the legendary forests and trails of Wales Rally GB next month (13-16 November), after giving his newly-liveried Hyundai i20 a shakedown run at Brenig and receiving some words of advice from FIA World Ral...

Fri October 17, 2014

Hyundai ready to tackle mixed surfaces WRC Hyundai ready to tackle mixed surfaces The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team is gearing up for the penultimate round of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) – and the only mixed surface event of the season – RallyRACC Catalunya – Costa Daurada, Rally de Españ a next week. Three Hyundai i20 WRC cars will tackle...

Double rations for the DS3 WRCs Citroen Double rations for the DS3 WRCs Since it first appeared on the World Rally Championship calendar in 1991, Rally de España has been won by all of Citroën Racing's models. In 1999, the Brand claimed its first ever win in the WRC thanks to the Xsara Kit-Car driven by Philippe Bugalski and Jean-Paul Chiaroni. F...

Volkswagen trio hungry for victory WRC Volkswagen trio hungry for victory Will it all be done and dusted? Or are we set for a super finale? The title race in the Drivers' and Co-Drivers' Championship enters the finishing straight at the penultimate round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC): the Rally Spain (23.10.-26.10.). The spotlight a...

M-Sport mount mixed surface challenge Ford M-Sport mount mixed surface challenge M-Sport World Rally Team's Mikko Hirvonen and Elfyn Evans are ready to mount a challenge on the mixed surface stages of next week's RallyRACC - Rally de España. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Spanish fixture is the FIA World Rally Championship's (WRC) only true...

Wed October 15, 2014

Sarrazin set for ERC return IRC Sarrazin set for ERC return Le Mans 24 Hours racer and ex-Formula One driver Stéphane Sarrazin will return to the FIA European Rally Championship next month when he tackles Giru di Corsica-Tour de Corse for a fifth time. The Frenchman will compete in a Ford Fiesta RRC on the legendary island rally from 6...

Jan Cerny in a dream test Peugeot Jan Cerny in a dream test Jan Černý has said an invitation from Peugeot Sport to test its 208T16 in Corsica last week was a “dream come true”. The two-time FIA ERC Junior Championship event winner in a Peugeot 208 R2 sampled the new-generation R5 machine on the French island after getting tips from P...

JRM Subaru finalises ERC squad Subaru JRM Subaru finalises ERC squad The British JRM team has announced its driver line-up for the remaining two rounds of this year’s FIA European Rally Championship. Mark Higgins will continue at the wheel of the firm’s Group N-specification Subaru WRX STI for Rallye International du Valais, with Keith Cronin, ...

Ari Vatanen: a true legend WRC Ari Vatanen: a true legend Wales Rally GB is delighted to announce that motor sport superstar Ari Vatanen will be the official 'Rally Legend' at next month's concluding round of the FIA World Rally Championship (13-16 November). The 'Rally Legend' is a new annual honour being introd...

Mon October 13, 2014

Latvala and Polo thril in San Marino General Latvala and Polo thril in San Marino In the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) is competing for the World Championship title, during the 2014 Rallylegend the Finn in his Volkswagen Polo R WRC was able to get underway without any pressure. The winner of the most recent WRC round in France de...

Geko Ypres Rally hosts RGT World Cup IRC Geko Ypres Rally hosts RGT World Cup The Geko Ypres Rally, to be held from 25th through to 27th June 2015, will once again be revealing an eye opener. The European Rally Championship 2015 round Geko Ypres Rally will be hosting the new FIA R-GT Cup. This new championship is to be held over five rounds. Apart from the...

Andreucci in 208 T16 is Italian Champ Peugeot Andreucci in 208 T16 is Italian Champ Pirelli driver Paolo Andreucci has claimed his eighth career drivers' title and his seventh title together with Pirelli by winning the all-asphalt Rally Due Valli around Verona, the final round of this year's Italian Rally Championship. On the previous round, the Rally...

Tue October 7, 2014

Abbring puts the 208 T16 on top Peugeot Abbring puts the 208 T16 on top France's round of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship saw Kevin Abbring and his co-driver Seb Marshall claim the RC2 class win in their 208T16 which also completed the event as the best-placed non-WRC car. The Peugeot Rally Academy driver produced a stunning performance thr...

Sun October 5, 2014

Tuthill Porsche Rallye de France day3 WRC Tuthill Porsche Rallye de France day3 Francois Delecour treated his home fans to a display of inch-perfect driving as he thundered through the Saverne woods north of Strasbourg in Tuthill Porsche's 911 RGT. The Frenchman was unbeatable in R-GT on this final day of Rallye de France Alsace. Delecour bounced bac...

All three Hyundais finish in France WRC All three Hyundais finish in France The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has finished Rallye de France, the 11th round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), with all three Hyundai i20 WRC cars in the top ten, meeting the team’s primary targets for the event. In its first full season in the WRC, the team has ...

Meeke grabs podium in France for Citroen Citroen Meeke grabs podium in France for Citroen The Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team began the final leg of the Rallye de France-Alsace with all eyes looking up to the heavens and glued to the weather forecast on the Météo France screens. The rain forecast for midday persuaded both crews it was best to opt for a mix of...

Fisher wins as Lefebvre takes title Citroen Fisher wins as Lefebvre takes title Ten crews lined up at the start of Rallye de France with a very strong French contingent. Half of the field were competing in their home round on the roads of Alsace. The French crews certainly wasted no time in showcasing their talents. Frédéric Hauswald and Yohan Rossel fini...

Historic win for Latvala WRC Historic win for Latvala Finnish party in Alsace - Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila won the Rally France and made history in the process. The Volkswagen duo is the first Finnish pairing for just short of 15 years to win an all-asphalt round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). With their fourt...

Positive finish for M-Sport in France Ford Positive finish for M-Sport in France M-Sport World Rally Team's Mikko Hirvonen and Elfyn Evans finished Rallye de France Alsace in positive fashion today, coming away with fifth and sixth places respectively. As the crews travelled north for two loops of two identical stages, both Hirvonen and Evans were locked ...

Kubica's drive cut short Ford Kubica's drive cut short RK M-Sport World Rally Team's Robert Kubica was on course to secure a career-best fourth place at Rallye de France - Alsace before a roll on the final stage relegated him from the results. Robert adopted a near-perfect strategy for the event - gradually building his pace and ...

Sat October 4, 2014

Tuthill Porsche after day1 WRC Tuthill Porsche after day1 When four-time world rally winner Francois Delecour woke this morning, his dream became reality: he started his first ever World Rally Championship stage in a Porsche 911 RGT. The Tuthill Porsche-prepared 911 didn't miss a beat through the opening day's seven stages, ...

Meeke & Ostberg confident Citroen Meeke & Ostberg confident Back on tarmac after a good performance on gravel in Australia, the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team was in impressive form again right from the word go. After a strong showing in the shakedown, Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle grabbed third place overall after the daunting "...

Evans' impressive pace unrewarded Ford Evans' impressive pace unrewarded M-Sport World Rally Team's Elfyn Evans looked on course to deliver his best ever performance behind the wheel of the Ford Fiesta RS WRC today. The Welshman was running in a strong fourth place during the opening phases of Rallye de France - Alsace and was in contention to cha...

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