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Mon January 31, 2005

Henning takes win in Norway Ford Henning takes win in Norway Henning Solberg and his codriver Cato Menkerud showed brilliant form ahead of the Swedish Rally when they won the 2nd round of the Norwegian Rally Championship on Saturday. In a Ford Focus WRC02 Henning won all the seven stages in Rally Hadeland, some 150 km north of the Nor...

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Skoda Ekstrom makes successful debut @ 08:51 AM - Mattias Ekstrom made a successful debut behind the wheel of a Fabia WRC, winning all three stages of the Dan Andersson's Minne Rallye. Click here for photos of the Fabia in Red Bull livery.

Subaru Sarrazin Partnered by Giraudet @ - Subaru's second nomintated manufacturers points scoring driver in Sweden will be co-driven by Denis Giraudet, Didier Auriol's ex co-driver. In Monte Carlo Sarrazin's 2004 co-driver, Patrick Pivato, stood in for Renucci who was ill. The switch to Giraudet is reported to be a long-term move.

Sun January 30, 2005

Ekstrom makes successful debut in Fabia Skoda Ekstrom makes successful debut in Fabia Mattias Ekström dominated Saturday’s Dan Anderssons Minne Rally that was part of a two-day Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team test programme ahead of the Swedish Rally (February 10-13). The rally was run close to Fredriksberg, north east of Karlstad, on stages very close to ones s...

Sat January 29, 2005

Milner to drive Octavia WRC Skoda Milner to drive Octavia WRC Double British Rally Champion Jonny Milner will contest next weekend’s First Choice Flooring Galway International Rally in a Pirelli Competizioni supported ProSpeed Motorsport Skoda Octavia WRC as the first step in an audacious attempt to land the 2005 Pirelli Irish Tarmac Champi...

Fri January 28, 2005

Rally Mexico Rubber-Stamps 05 Route WRC Rally Mexico Rubber-Stamps 05 Route Following a detailed survey and final safety inspection in early January, the organization of Corona Rally México has confirmed its route for the 2005 event. In total, the rally will cover eight special stages, 14 in total, and 356.17 competitive kilometers in a total distance of...

Thu January 27, 2005

Last Chance to win with RallyeWebmail WRC Last Chance to win with RallyeWebmail As the end of the month draws near your last chance to win a "High on WRC" McKlein 2005 Rally Calendar draws to a close. If you want to be in with a chance, simply sign up for a RallyeWebmail account before the end of January. New for 2005 our Tue January 25, 2005

New Zealand Forges Japanese Ties WRC New Zealand Forges Japanese Ties While many sporting and recreational events in the Auckland region continue to suffer setback after setback, the Propecia Rally New Zealand continues to build on its already strong reputation as one of the major international events on the New Zealand sports and tourism calendar ...

JWRC Post-Event Press Conference WRC JWRC Post-Event Press Conference Attending the FIA Junior World Rally Championship press conference- Junior WRC winner, Kris Meeke as well as Chris Patterson....

Monte Post-Event Press Conference WRC Monte Post-Event Press Conference Joining us are the winners, Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena for Citroën, and their team principal Guy Fréquelin. In second place, Ford’s new pairing of Toni Gardemeister and Jakke Honkanen, and in third place the best ever result for the new Mitsubishi with Gilles Panizzi co-driv...

Sun January 23, 2005

Stohl scores points on Xsara debut Citroen Stohl scores points on Xsara debut The first run of the World Rally Championship is over. And OMV driver Manfred Stohl wrote down yet another piece of Austrian rally history. With place six overall the 32-year-old Viennese reaped three WC-points and moved into the limelight at his Citroen WRC premiere. Furthermore...

Gilles takes Lancer WRCs first podium! Mitsubishi Gilles takes Lancer WRCs first podium! The Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05 made a highly-successful debut in the 2005 FIA World Rally Championship and, in the hands of French Tarmac experts Gilles and Hervé Panizzi, claimed third position - the Lancer WRCs best-ever result and the team’s first podium placing since the 2001 Sa...

Monte hat-trick for Loeb Citroen Monte hat-trick for Loeb For the third year in a row, Sébastien Loeb, his Monaco-born co-driver Daniel Elena and the Citroën Xsara have triumphed in rallying's oldest and most prestigious fixture. In addition to leading from start to finish and claiming the highest number of stage wins, they put in a ...

Solberg unlucky to lose podium place Subaru Solberg unlucky to lose podium place Petter Solberg made an excellent start in Monte Carlo this morning by taking two stage wins and moving up the leaderboard into third position. Unfortunately a small mistake on a snow-covered corner cost him dearly and he retired from the event after losing a wheel. On his WRC deb...

Toni scores best ever result Ford Toni scores best ever result Ford claimed an early lead in the FIA World Rally Championship after Toni Gardemeister and Jakke Honkanen finished second on their debut for the BP-Ford team in the Monte Carlo Rally today. A career-best result for Gardemeister and eighth place for team-mates Roman Kresta and Ja...

Bengue gets first point of the year Skoda Bengue gets first point of the year The Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team began its 2005 World Rally Championship programme with ninth place for Alex Bengue at the Monte Carlo Rally, a result that brought one Manufacturers’ Championship point. This was Alex’s second Monte Carlo Rally and the first in a WRC car but ...

Loeb wins with consumate ease WRC Loeb wins with consumate ease Sebastien Loeb delivered a chilling warning to the rest of the WRC in this wonderful principality with a stroll in the park to ten points and first victory of 2005. I know that many will argue that the Monte Carlo Rally is not representative, and I'm sure that the Pirelli-sho...

Encouraging result for 307s Peugeot Encouraging result for 307s The two Peugeot 307 WRCs of Markko Martin and Marcus Gronholm have finally finished fourth and fifth on the Monte Carlo Rally – but the team was unlucky to miss out on their best result in the Principality after a dramatic end to the event. Marcus was in a comfortable secon...

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WRC MC end - Sospel for the 5th time @ 12:54 AM - Indeed, at least in parts these last 3 stages were used for the 5th time in this event! Otherwise it seems to be a lottery who should get a 5min time penalty (i.e. Sarrazin) or no result at all for the same problem (i.e. Solberg). Provisional unofficial results: 1 Loeb 4h13m05s6 2 Gardemeister +2m58s3 3 Panizzi +3m40s1 4 Märtin +5m27s7 5 Grönholm +7m33s8 6 Stohl +8m08s9 7 Rovanperä +8m29s3 8 Kresta +9m18s1 9 Bengué +10m32s 10 Warmbold +15m09s1

WRC MC SS14 - Lantosque for the 5th time @ 12:07 AM - Provisional unofficial results after SS14: 1 Loeb 3h51m25s2 2 Gardemeister +2m33s3 3 Panizzi +3m10s2 4 Märtin +5m01s4 5 Grönholm +7m16s1 6 Stohl +7m56s1 7 Rovanperä +8m06s 8 Kresta +9m02s1 9 Bengué +10m06s2 10 Warmbold +14m09s7

WRC MC SS13 - Col de Braus for the 5th time @ 11:37 AM - Stage win for Grönholm, otherwise cruising to the finish. Provisional unofficial results after SS13: 1 Loeb 3h37m53s7 2 Gardemeister +2m27s2 3 Panizzi +2m59s7 4 Märtin +4m53s2 5 Grönholm +7m09s8 6 Stohl +7m40s9 7 Rovanperä +7m53s 8 Kresta +8m58s5 9 Bengué +9m52s7 10 Warmbold +13m30s3

WRC MC Standing after SS12 @ - Petter retires with broken steering, while Marcus also suffers ahead of these results. Provisional unofficial results after SS12: 1 Loeb 2h50m34s8 2 Gardemeister +2m29s1 3 Panizzi +2m55s0 4 Märtin +4m36s3 5 Grönholm +7m11s9 6 Stohl +7m34s8 7 Rovanperä +7m38s8 8 Kresta +8m56s4 9 Bengué +9m29s9 10 Warmbold +13m10s1

Sat January 22, 2005

Subaru Leg 2 Update Subaru Subaru Leg 2 Update Petter Solberg set a string of top five stage times today to end the Leg in fourth place overall. Refining his car's set-up and tyre choices throughout the day, his growing confidence was reflected in his increasingly competitive pace. He will start tomorrow's final Leg les...

Toni moves into podium place Ford Toni moves into podium place BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Toni Gardemeister and Jakke Honkanen ended today's second leg of the Monte Carlo Rally in a podium position after a day of attrition in the mountains of southern France. Their Ford Focus RS World Rally Car lies third, and is closing on second-...

Action packed day as 307s press on Peugeot Action packed day as 307s press on The second leg of the Monte Carlo Rally was disrupted by separate accidents involving Francois Duval (Citroen) and Armin Schwarz (Skoda) on the second and third stages of the day respectively. Duval went off just before the end of SS6 and blocked the road, forcing his team mate S...

Mixed fortunes for Skoda Skoda Mixed fortunes for Skoda There were mixed fortunes for the Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team on today’s second leg of the Monte Carlo Rally. Alex Bengue set two fastest times during the morning but on SS7 (Pont des Miolans) Armin Schwarz crashed out of the event. Alex scored his first scratch time o...

Stohl moves up to 10th Citroen Stohl moves up to 10th Manfred Stohl starts getting into gear at the „Rallye Automobile Monte Carlo". After the second day he is right on course in the first run with the Citroen Xsara WRC of the Kronos Team. The OMV World Rally Team lies in 10th place overall after nine of 15 special stages – a place ...

WRC News from SS7

Quotes after SS5 WRC Quotes after SS5 N° 14 - WARMBOLD / CONNELLY
He has complained about a radio-link problem, and could not hear his co-driver. N° 11 - SCHWARZ / WICHA
Crossed the finish line with smoke in the cockpit. He thinks the problem comes from the brakes because the discs were ...

Focus boys move up after SS5 Ford Focus boys move up after SS5 Thirty-three of the original 34 starters left Monaco early this morning for the longest leg of this opening round of the FIA World Rally Championship. Five more asphalt speed tests in the Alpes-Maritimes region lay in wait, three of which are repeats of yesterday's special sta...

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WRC MC leg2 - Loeb at ease @ 05:55 PM - Provisional unofficial results after leg2: 1 Loeb 2h50m34s8 2 Grönholm +1m54s7 3 Gardemeister +2m08s3 4 Solberg +2m17s5 5 Panizzi +2m45s1 6 Märtin +3m44s3 7 Kresta +4m24s1 8 Bengué +4m58s1 9 Rovanperä +6m10s2 10 Stohl +7m13s7

WRC Schwarz off road @ 12:11 AM - Armin Schwarz went off the road in SS7 and has been airlifted to hospital. Stephane Prevot too has been airlifted to hospital after Duval went off in SS6.

WRC MC SS5 - Michelin stage @ 09:57 AM - Michelin proves its grip on asphalt, the Citroens take this stage by 20s and the Fords also look strong. This is a new record in modern WRC, it is the first time a stage has been run 3 times in a row without a different stage in between! Provisional unofficial results after SS5: 1 Loeb 1h42m55s 2 Duval +37s8 3 Grönholm +1m29s7 4 Gardemeister +1m48s7 5 Solberg +1m55s2 6 Märtin +2m08s 7 Panizzi +2m22s3 8 Auriol +2m47s2 9 Kresta +3m08s7 10 Sarrazin +3m22s3

WRC MC SS8 - Panizzi wins stage for Mitsu @ - Panizzi wins stage only narrowly ahead of sensational Bengué, while Loeb seems to be easing off now. Provisional unofficial results after SS8: 1 Loeb 2h30m25s4 2 Grönholm +1m36s2 3 Gardemeister +1m53s2 4 Solberg +1m57s2 5 Panizzi +2m36s7 6 Märtin +2m52s5 7 Kresta +3m49s2 8 Bengué +3m51s8 9 Rovanperä +5m11s7 10 Stohl +6m35s

WRC Bengue takes SS6&7 @ - Skoda's Alex Bengue trippled the Fabias score of stage wins by going quickest on SS6 and 7 of Monte Carlo. However, Sebastien Loeb was awarded the same time as Bengue for SS6 because of Duvals accident. Gardemeister, Solberg, Gronholm and Loeb were awarded the same time as Bengue for SS7 after Schwarz's accident.

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