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Sun September 21, 2014

Al Rajhi fights back to Cyprus victory IRC Al Rajhi fights back to Cyprus victory Yazeed Al-Rajhi has claimed a debut victory in the FIA European Rally Championship to become the eighth different winner of the all-action ERC season. By finishing second on the CNP Asfalistiki Cyprus Rally, Kajetan Kajetanowicz is one of four drivers still firmly in contenti...

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IRC CY end - More drama for Breen @ 03:10 PM - 75% gravel. Al Rahji becomes the 8th different winner in 9 ERC rounds. After all the dramas Breen stopped 16 minutes 4km from the finish with electrical problems. Final results (after SS15)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Al Rajhi/Orr, Ford, 3h03m44s4;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +48s9;
3rd= Al Kuwari/Duffy, Ford, +1m30s5;
4th= Al Qassimi/Patterson, Citroen, +2m05s7;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +3m23s3;
6th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +7m44s;
7th= Antoniou/Chips, Mitsubishi, +9m42s6;
8th= Panteli/Alexandrou, Mitsubishi, +11m56s1;
9th= Pushkar/Mishyn, Mitsubishi, +12m37s8;
=10th= Tlustak/Skaloud, Skoda, +15m26s

IRC CY SS14 - Kajetanowicz is Gravel Master @ 02:20 PM - 96% gravel. Al Rajhi wins the stage by only 1s but it will be very difficult now for Kajetan to catch him. Last stage is longest of the day, extremely twisty with 25% asphalt, so still not decided. Results after SS14:
1st= Al Rajhi/Orr, Ford, 2h43m10s2;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +34s4;
3rd= Al Kuwari/Duffy, Ford, +1m10s6;
4th= Al Qassimi/Patterson, Citroen, +1m42s4;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +3m11s4;
6th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +4m11s9;
7th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +6m36s9;
8th= Antoniou/Chips, Mitsubishi, +7m54s;
9th= Panteli/Alexandrou, Mitsubishi, +10m00s9;
=10th= Pushkar/Mishyn, Mitsubishi, +10m31s5

IRC CY SS13 - Al Qassimi master of Tseri @ 01:01 PM - 100% gravel. Al Qassimi won this Tseri stage both times by a good margin. Magalhaes slow despite claiming all was good. There is an apparent timing error with Kajetanowicz, so we have to wait to confirm his time. Results after SS13:
1st= Al Rajhi/Orr, Ford, 2h31m33s6;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +33s4;
3rd= Al Kuwari/Duffy, Ford, +1m05s1;
4th= Al Qassimi/Patterson, Citroen, +1m32s7;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +2m53s2;
6th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +4m04s1;
7th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +6m03s3;
8th= Antoniou/Chips, Mitsubishi, +7m38s;
9th= Panteli/Alexandrou, Mitsubishi, +7m39s1;
=10th= Pushkar/Mishyn, Mitsubishi, +9m39s4

IRC CY SS12 - Now looks good for Al Rajhi @ 10:14 AM - 75% gravel. Really great stage win by Al Rajhi, helped by engine problems (temp, no power) for Kajetanowicz increases his lead from 4s to 35s! Results after SS12:
1st= Al Rajhi/Orr, Ford, 2h23m28s4;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +35s6;
3rd= Al Kuwari/Duffy, Ford, +1m01s;
4th= Al Qassimi/Patterson, Citroen, +1m37s4;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +2m39s;
6th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +3m42s5;
7th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +5m34s1;
8th= Panteli/Alexandrou, Mitsubishi, +7m08s7;
9th= Antoniou/Chips, Mitsubishi, +7m14s1;
=10th= Posedias/Christophi, Mitsubishi, +8m37s6

IRC CY SS11 - Al Rajhi clings to lead @ 09:25 AM - 96% gravel. Most drivers claim engine overheating problems. Very tricky, technical stage, top drivers at average speeds of less than 60km/h! Results after SS11:
1st= Al Rajhi/Orr, Ford, 2h03m10s9;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +4s1;
3rd= Al Kuwari/Duffy, Ford, +34s7;
4th= Al Qassimi/Patterson, Citroen, +55s7;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +2m06s2;
6th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +3m03s7;
7th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +4m23s3;
8th= Antoniou/Chips, Mitsubishi, +5m51s2;
9th= Panteli/Alexandrou, Mitsubishi, +5m55s5;
=10th= Posedias/Christophi, Mitsubishi, +7m10s7

IRC CY SS10 - Again lead changes @ 08:14 AM - 100% gravel. Al Rajhi spins and still takes the lead back as Kajetanowicz struggles with tyres. Results after SS10:
1st= Al Rajhi/Orr, Ford, 1h51m24s7;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +3s2;
3rd= Al Kuwari/Duffy, Ford, +27s;
4th= Al Qassimi/Patterson, Citroen, +49s8;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +1m48s2;
6th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +2m49s2;
7th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +4m00s6;
8th= Antoniou/Chips, Mitsubishi, +5m13s3;
9th= Panteli/Alexandrou, Mitsubishi, +5m30s9;
=10th= Pushkar/Mishyn, Mitsubishi, +6m36s3

Sat September 20, 2014

Kajetanowicz narrow lead after leg1 IRC Kajetanowicz narrow lead after leg1 Kajetan Kajetanowicz has produced the ultimate comeback drive by cancelling a deficit of more than 30 seconds – and overcoming a 10-second time penalty – to lead round nine of the FIA European Rally Championship starting the final day of the CNP Asfalistiki Cyprus Rally on Sunday...

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IRC CY day2 - End of day new leader! @ 04:03 PM - 62% gravel. Kajetanowicz now moves past Al Rajhi to take the lead by 3.8s. This stage seems to suit groupN cars, both runs the best gN car is 3rd overall in this stage. Breen now loses oil. Results after day2 (SS9):
1st= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, 1h43m09s6;
2nd= Al Rajhi/Orr, Ford, +3s8;
3rd= Al Kuwari/Duffy, Ford, +28s4;
4th= Al Qassimi/Patterson, Citroen, +58s6;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +1m35s6;
6th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +3m02s1;
7th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +3m26s3;
8th= Antoniou/Chips, Mitsubishi, +4m56s4;
9th= Panteli/Alexandrou, Mitsubishi, +4m59s1;
=10th= Pushkar/Mishyn, Mitsubishi, +6m09s3

IRC CY SS8 - Al Rajhi defends lead @ 03:05 PM - 74% gravel. Al Rajhi wins stage narrowly, but lead still under 5s. Breen fixed power steering but has bigger overheating problem now. Results after SS8:
1st= Al Rajhi/Orr, Ford, 1h36m35s4;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +4s3;
3rd= Al Kuwari/Duffy, Ford, +25s7;
4th= Al Qassimi/Patterson, Citroen, +53s6;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +1m22s2;
6th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +2m40s8;
7th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +3m23s9;
8th= Panteli/Alexandrou, Mitsubishi, +4m37s9;
9th= Antoniou/Chips, Mitsubishi, +4m54s1;
=10th= Posedias/Christophi, Mitsubishi, +5m30s9

IRC CY SS7 - Consani out @ 02:45 PM - 86% asphalt. Al Kuwari's has not paid off, even loses a place to Kajetan. Consani stranded with suspected technical problems mid stage. Breen now as well power steering problems. Results after SS7:
1st= Al Rajhi/Orr, Ford, 1h19m57s4;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +3s7;
3rd= Al Kuwari/Duffy, Ford, +15s6;
4th= Al Qassimi/Patterson, Citroen, +41s9;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +1m03s3;
6th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +2m30s;
7th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +2m56s;
8th= Panteli/Alexandrou, Mitsubishi, +3m46s7;
9th= Antoniou/Chips, Mitsubishi, +3m56s5;
=10th= Posedias/Christophi, Mitsubishi, +4m25s1

IRC CY SS6 - Kajetanowicz wins stage @ 01:16 PM - 79% gravel. Al Kuwari gambles with tyres on asphalt stages. Breen's problems have not really been solved in service. Results after SS6:
1st= Al Rajhi/Orr, Ford, 1h03m46s9;
2nd= Al Kuwari/Duffy, Ford, +14s5;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +17s8;
4th= Al Qassimi/Patterson, Citroen, +37s8;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +1m08s6;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m52s;
7th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +2m11s2;
8th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +2m27s7;
9th= Panteli/Alexandrou, Mitsubishi, +3m01s8;
=10th= Antoniou/Chips, Mitsubishi, +3m07s

IRC CY SS5 - Breen delayed @ 11:12 AM - 62% asphalt. In contrast to the previous stage Breen's car was on pace again, but he started the stage late, so penalties are likely to be added. Kajetanowicz wins stage despite a puncture for the last kms. Results after SS5:
1st= Al Rajhi/Orr, Ford, 54m17s8;
2nd= Al Kuwari/Duffy, Ford, +10s5;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +21s1;
4th= Al Qassimi/Patterson, Citroen, +36s8;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +57s;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m24s8;
7th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +1m59s3;
8th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +2m09s7;
9th= Panteli/Alexandrou, Mitsubishi, +2m28s2;
=10th= Antoniou/Chips, Mitsubishi, +2m41s8

IRC CY SS4 - Up and down for Kajetan @ 10:09 AM - 74% gravel. Stunning time by Kajetanowicz but 1min penalty for checking in early (penalty later removed). Al Rajhi wins stage. Breen's problems continue. Results after SS4:
1st= Al Rajhi/Orr, Ford, 47m36s;
2nd= Al Kuwari/Duffy, Ford, +12s3;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +27s6;
4th= Al Qassimi/Patterson, Citroen, +34s1;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +47s8;
6th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +55s;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m04s5;
8th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +2m02s7;
9th= Panteli/Alexandrou, Mitsubishi, +2m19s5;
=10th= Posedias/Christofi, Mitsubishi, +2m38s5

IRC CY SS3 - Problems for Breen @ 09:01 AM - 86% asphalt. Breen still 2nd fastest time behind Kajetanowicz, but Breen has all warning lights on and did the stage in road mode. Results after SS3:
1st= Al Rajhi/Orr, Ford, 30m48s3;
2nd= Al Qassimi/Patterson, Citroen, +5s6;
3rd= Al Kuwari/Duffy, Ford, +8s2;
4th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +8s3;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +15s;
6th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +26s7;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +39s1;
8th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +1m32s;
9th= Zenonos/Laos, Mitsubishi, +1m39s7;
=10th= Pushkar/Mishyn, Mitsubishi, +1m44s1

IRC CY SS2 - Al Attiyah out @ 08:03 AM - 79% gravel. Orsak did not restart. Nasser Al Attiyah retired on road section before stage. Not his rally after problems in qualifying and SS1. Breen had a puncture and Kajetanowicz no power steering. Results after SS2:
1st= Al Qassimi/Patterson, Citroen, 14m46s4;
2nd= Al Rajhi/Orr, Ford, +2s;
3rd= Al Kuwari/Duffy, Ford, +10s5;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +19s4;
5th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +19s8;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +31s2;
7th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +42s8;
8th= Antoniou/Chips, Mitsubishi, +45s1;
9th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +50s9;
=10th= Zenonos/Laos, Mitsubishi, +55s3

Fri September 19, 2014

Al Rajhi fastest on Nicosia streets IRC Al Rajhi fastest on Nicosia streets Yazeed Al-Rajhi leads round nine of the FIA European Rally Championship as the CNP Asfalistiki Cyprus Rally got off to a dramatic start through the streets of Nicosia live on Cypriot television....

Favourites by absent ERC stars IRC Favourites by absent ERC stars Nasser Al-Attiyah and Craig Breen are the joint favourites to win the CNP Asfalistiki Cyprus Rally, which counts as round nine of the FIA European Rally Championship. ...

Cyprus Rally Qualifying IRC Cyprus Rally Qualifying While Kajetan Kajetanowicz was elated after setting the fastest time on the Qualifying Stage for round nine of the FIA European Rally Championship on Thursday afternoon, three-time Cyprus winner Nasser Al-Attiyah was left deflated. ...

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IRC CY day1 - Super dramatic start @ 04:05 PM - What a stage, 6km town centre start-finish stage with gravel bits. Al Attiyah hit something and has overheating, Kajetan broken steering, holding up Breen, Tlustak & Orsak with broken wheels, hardly anyone without problems on this short spectacle! Results after day1 (SS1):
1st= Al Rajhi/Orr, Ford, 5m04s1;
2nd= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +2s8;
3rd= Al Qassimi/Patterson, Citroen, +4s;
4th= Al Kuwari/Duffy, Ford, +6s7;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +8s;
6th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +10s;
7th= Al Attiyah/Bernacchini, Ford, +12s6;
8th= Polykarpou/Winter, Mitsubishi, +21s6;
9th= Hudec/Picka, Mitsubishi, +22s2;
=10th= Pushkar/Mishyn, Mitsubishi, +22s9

Thu September 18, 2014

Full ERC Cyprus preview IRC Full ERC Cyprus preview Playing catch-up will be key when the FIA European Rally Championship heads back to Cyprus for the first time since 1999 next week. With three scoring opportunities remaining before the all-action 2014 ERC season reaches its climax in Corsica, Craig Breen and Zoltán Bessenyey wil...

20+14 facts about winning the WRC WRC 20+14 facts about winning the WRC Crazy! World champions again*! With a 1-2-3 victory at the Rally Australia, Volkswagen celebrated winning the manufacturers' standings in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). The icing on the cake is that either Volkswagen driver Sébastien Ogier (F) or his team-mate Jari-M...

Daniel McKenna is British Rally Champion Citroen Daniel McKenna is British Rally Champion The final two rounds of the 2014 MSA British Rally Championship took place at the Rally Isle of Man, and the drivers’ title was to be decided between the Citroën DS 3 crews of Daniel McKenna and Osian Pryce. Citroën had the opportunity to win a third consecutive constructors’ tit...

Sun September 14, 2014

Hyundai team on Australian debut WRC Hyundai team on Australian debut The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has achieved its primary objective for this weekend’s Rally Australia as all three Hyundai i20 WRC cars completed the 20-stage event inside the top ten. On its first trip to Rally Australia, the team has worked well to get all cars to the fi...

3..2..1, World Champion WRC 3..2..1, World Champion 3..2..1, World Champion*! Volkswagen wrapped up the title in the Manufacturers' Championship of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with a one-two-three at the Rally Australia. With three rallies still remaining this season, the best result in the history of the team means...

Meeke scores strongly Citroen Meeke scores strongly After being handed a penalty yesterday evening, Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle left the service park in fifth position. On the first stage of the day, the DS3 WRC crew moved up a place ahead of Mikko Hirvonen. Throughout the leg, the British driver produced the kind of pace that would...

Solid points for M-Sport Ford Solid points for M-Sport M-Sport World Rally Team's Mikko Hirvonen and Elfyn Evans delivered a solid performance at Rally Australia to strengthen the team's position in the FIA World Rally Championship standings....

Kubica enjoys Australian gravel Ford Kubica enjoys Australian gravel RK M-Sport World Rally Team's Robert Kubica overcame yesterday's misfortune to finish his first experience of Rally Australia in a strong ninth place overall. Driving well, the Pole is finding the art of gravel rallying more enjoyable with each new kilometre....

Fri September 12, 2014

WRC calendar 2015 announced WRC WRC calendar 2015 announced WRC Promoter has today announced a 13-round calendar for the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship. All rallies in the 2014 schedule were confirmed for next year by the FIA World Motor Sport Council at its meeting in Beijing, with some significant date changes in the first part of...

Hyundai official car partner to Rally GB WRC Hyundai official car partner to Rally GB The organiser of Wales Rally GB is delighted to announce that Hyundai Motor UK has been appointed as the 'Official Car Partner' to Britain's concluding round of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship. Following the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team's first WRC vic...

Hyundai gets off to a steady start WRC Hyundai gets off to a steady start The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has ended the opening day of Rally Australia with all three Hyundai i20 WRC cars still in the mix after eight special stages, including two runs of the Hyundai Super Special Stage this evening. ...

Hirvonen battles at the top Ford Hirvonen battles at the top M-Sport World Rally Team's Mikko Hirvonen is battling for the top positions at Rally Australia with just 7.9 seconds separating the leading five drivers going into tomorrow's penultimate day....

VW trio beats adverse start positions WRC VW trio beats adverse start positions Excitement right down to the last metre - Volkswagen overcame the disadvantage of opening the route to end the first leg of the Rally Australia occupying the top three positions. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) lead after the first third of the WRC event down under, just f...

Mon September 8, 2014

Petter gives Citroen RallyX home win Citroen Petter gives Citroen RallyX home win Petter Solberg extended his lead in this year’s FIA World Rallycross Championship with his third win of the season, dominating the World RX of France final at Lohéac, France today (Sunday). Solberg, who made more World RX history today by becoming the first driver to win thre...

Conwy County increases Rally GB support WRC Conwy County increases Rally GB support The organiser of Wales Rally GB is delighted to announce that Conwy County Borough Council is increasing its support to become official 'Host County' for this year's FIA World Rally Championship event (13-16 November). The move comes after the huge success of last...

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