January 2009 News Archive

 or 

View news for another month or specific event?
Use the right hand drop-downs.

Search the news archive

  Search term:  Within selected month/event?:  

This is page 1 of 3 of the current month, use the links below to navigate the pages.

Sat January 31, 2009

Citroen junior team makes its mark Citroen Citroen junior team makes its mark Chris Atkinson and Stéphane Prévot spearheaded the attack from the Citroen Junior Team on the second day of the Rally Ireland. Having stepped their pace up a gear, the Citroen C4 WRC crew now ends the second day of the event just a few seconds off fourth place. Sebastien Ogier...

Citroen C4 WRCs dictate the pace Citroen Citroen C4 WRCs dictate the pace The second leg of the 2009 Rally Ireland has seen the two Citroën Total World Rally Team crews strengthen their domination at the sharp end of the provisional leaderboard. A score of five fastest times from a possible six enabled Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena to keep a firm ...

Ford Stobart splash through leg two

Ford Hirvonen maintains 3rd for Ford

NEWS JUST IN

WRC IRL leg2 - all sorted for last day @ 04:02 PM - Final results should be forgone conclusion. Atkinson can take 4th, everything else big gaps. Gareth McHale lost turbo. Unofficial, provisional positions after leg2 (SS14): 1st= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 2h20m02s8; 2nd= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +1m09s1; 3rd= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +2m30s9; 4th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +5m57s4; 5th= Atkinson/Prevot, Citroen, +6m02s1; 6th= Ogier/Ingrassia, Citroen, +9m13s4; 7th= Wilson/Martin, Ford, +9m51s3; 8th= Al Qassimi/Orr, Ford, +11m50s; 9th= Boland/Morrissey, Subaru, +12m40s4; 10th= Aa.McHale/Duffy, Ford, +13m40s4

WRC IRL SS13 - Citroen jr. on the move @ 03:33 PM - Ogier passed Wilson and Atkinson is threatening Solberg. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS13: 1st= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 2h12m32s7; 2nd= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +1m04s9; 3rd= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +2m27s5; 4th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +5m47s4; 5th= Atkinson/Prevot, Citroen, +6m00s6; 6th= Ogier/Ingrassia, Citroen, +8m59s; 7th= Wilson/Martin, Ford, +9m27s8; 8th= G.McHale/Murphy, Ford, +11m07s; 9th= Al Qassimi/Orr, Ford, +11m24s4; 10th= Boland/Morrissey, Subaru, +11m57s7

WRC IRL SS12 - minor off for Loeb @ 02:42 PM - Loeb lost some 15sec. Ogier takes chunks of time out of Wilson. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS12: 1st= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 1h59m41s3; 2nd= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +59s8; 3rd= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +2m15s5; 4th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +5m27s2; 5th= Atkinson/Prevot, Citroen, +5m55s8; 6th= Wilson/Martin, Ford, +8m26s4; 7th= Ogier/Ingrassia, Citroen, +8m27s7; 8th= G.McHale/Murphy, Ford, +9m55s8; 9th= Al Qassimi/Orr, Ford, +10m31s4; 10th= Boland/Morrissey, Subaru, +10m43s8

WRC IRL SS11 - big gaps now @ 10:29 AM - Basically everything sorted. Maybe Ogier can attack Wilson. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS11: 1st= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 1h44m53s7; 2nd= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +1m12s2; 3rd= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +2m29s2; 4th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +5m15s; 5th= Atkinson/Prevot, Citroen, +6m02s; 6th= Wilson/Martin, Ford, +7m46s5; 7th= Ogier/Ingrassia, Citroen, +8m13s4; 8th= G.McHale/Murphy, Ford, +9m04s6; 9th= Boland/Morrissey, Subaru, +9m36s5; 10th= Al Qassimi/Orr, Ford, +9m52s3

WRC IRL SS10 - power steering for Hirvonen @ 09:56 AM - Is all settled already? Power steering problems cost Hirvonen 20sec in SS10, but will effect him much more on the next one! Unofficial, provisional positions after SS10: 1st= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 1h37m20s6; 2nd= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +1m06s8; 3rd= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +1m49s6; 4th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +4m56s8; 5th= Atkinson/Prevot, Citroen, +5m50s9; 6th= Wilson/Martin, Ford, +7m14s4; 7th= Ogier/Ingrassia, Citroen, +7m50s7; 8th= G.McHale/Murphy, Ford, +8m18s3; 9th= Boland/Morrissey, Subaru, +8m54s1; 10th= Al Qassimi/Orr, Ford, +9m19s8

WRC IRL SS9 - Ogier, Rautenbach off! @ 08:53 AM - All happening in the Citroen Junior team on the first stage. Rautenbach off for good, Ogier spun after having problems with the door lock! Unofficial, provisional positions after SS9: 1st= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 1h24m18s5; 2nd= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +57s1; 3rd= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +1m18s1; 4th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +4m14s8; 5th= Atkinson/Prevot, Citroen, +5m34s2; 6th= Wilson/Martin, Ford, +6m05s3; 7th= G.McHale/Murphy, Ford, +6m47s6; 8th= Ogier/Ingrassia, Citroen, +7m03s9; 9th= Boland/Morrissey, Subaru, +7m34s3; 10th= Al Qassimi/Orr, Ford, +8m12s5

Fri January 30, 2009

Citroen Juniours lie 5th, 6th & 7th Citroen Citroen Juniours lie 5th, 6th & 7th On its World Rally Championship debut, the Citroen Junior Team has ended up with fifth, sixth and seventh places at the end of day one on the Rally Ireland. Conrad Rautenbach and Daniel Barritt led the trio through some typically Irish conditions… The first day of the Rally Ir...

C4 WRCs have a firm grip on the helm Citroen C4 WRCs have a firm grip on the helm Despite torrential rain, the first day of this weekend's Rally Ireland, the opening round of the 2009 World Rally Championship, has seen the two Citroën C4 WRCs emerge in front. After a cautious start, Loeb/Elena and Sordo/Marti gradually upped their pace as the day progres...

Irish rain dampens Stobart's spirits Ford Irish rain dampens Stobart's spirits Early rally leader Urmo Aava saw his bid for victory slip from his grasp on the sixth stage of Rally Ireland. Having dominated the early stages of the event the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford driver’s Ford Focus RS left the road 6.6km into the 25.19km Aughnasheelan test, and was left st...

Mikko steers a clean line to third Ford Mikko steers a clean line to third BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen made a strong start to the 2009 FIA World Rally Championship season by splashing their way to third on today's rain-soaked opening leg of Rally Ireland. The Finns overcame treacherous conditions to s...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC IRL SS6 - Aava and Atko off @ 03:15 PM - Aava stuck in ditch. Atkinson had quite a big impact towards the end of stage and drops a min. Ogier moves up and breathes down the necks of Rautenbach and Solberg. end of day result as SS7 & 8 cancelled for too tricky conditions Unofficial, provisional positions after SS6: 1st= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 1h09m35s2; 2nd= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +44s4; 3rd= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +1m04s8; 4th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +3m09s4; 5th= Rautenbach/Barritt, Citroen, +4m18s3; 6th= Ogier/Ingrassia, Citroen, +4m23s2; 7th= Atkinson/Prevot, Citroen, +4m51s2; 8th= Wilson/Martin, Ford, +4m56s; 9th= G.McHale/Murphy, Ford, +5m05s1; 10th= Boland/Morrissey, Subaru, +5m54s5

WRC IRL SS5 - Back to the norm @ 02:39 PM - Aava can't keep ahead of established drivers, back to the norm with 2 Citroens in front. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS5: 1st= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 55m50s6; 2nd= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +40s5; 3rd= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +45s7; 4th= Sikk/Sikk, Ford, +1m00s2; 5th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +2m16s6; 6th= Rautenbach/Barritt, Citroen, +3m09s2; 7th= Atkinson/Prevot, Citroen, +3m22s3; 8th= Ogier/Ingrassia, Citroen, +3m36s2; 9th= G.McHale/Murphy, Ford, +3m42s2; 10th= Wilson/Martin, Ford, +3m46s9

WRC IRL SS4 - Loeb takes lead eventually @ 01:59 PM - And straight into a convincing lead for Loeb, despite no problems for Aava. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS4: 1st= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 48m10s1; 2nd= Aava/Sikk, Ford, +31s8; 3rd= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +32s2; 4th= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +34s2; 5th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +1m30s8; 6th= Rautenbach/Barritt, Citroen, +2m28s3; 7th= G.McHale/Murphy, Ford, +2m50s2; 8th= Wilson/Martin, Ford, +3m02s; 9th= Atkinson/Prevot, Citroen, +3m02s3; 10th= Ogier/Ingrassia, Citroen, +3m06s

WRC IRL SS3 - McShae Proton out from 5th @ 10:57 AM - Latvala (driveshaft from 1st) and McShae (electrics from 5th) join the retirement lists. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS3: 1st= Aava/Sikk, Ford, 36m26s; 2nd= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, +6s7; 3rd= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +30s9; 4th= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +36s9; 5th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +55s4; 6th= Rautenbach/Barritt, Citroen, +1m26s2; 7th= G.McHale/Murphy, Ford, +1m40s5; 8th= Boland/Morrissey, Subaru, +1m52s7; 9th= Wilson/Martin, Ford, +2m05s; 10th= Al Qassimi/Orr, Ford, +2m10s5

WRC IRL SS2 - Latvala hits problems @ 10:25 AM - Latvala has driveshaft and suspension problems. Proton S2000 still amazing. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS2: 1st= Aava/Sikk, Ford, 21m35s5; 2nd= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, +22s; 3rd= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +27s6; 4th= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +30s5; 5th= McShae/Clarke, Proton, +32s8; 6th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +37s6; 7th= G.McHale/Murphy, Ford, +51s5; 8th= Boland/Morrissey, Subaru, +59s5; 9th= Rautenbach/Barritt, Citroen, +1m00s5; 10th= Al Qassimi/Orr, Ford, +1m04s

WRC IRL SS1 - Weird start to rally @ - Amazing time by McShae in the Proton S2000, maybe helped by starting position. Extremely tricky conditions, Loeb and Ogier gamble on gravel tyres and are completely wrong! Unofficial, provisional positions after SS1: 1st= Latvala/Anttila, Ford, 12m44s; 2nd= Aava/Sikk, Ford, +17s6; 3rd= McShae/Clarke, Proton, +27s1; 4th= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +31s5; 5th= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +32s7; 6th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +35s9; 7th= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, +42s; 8th= G.McHale/Murphy, Ford, +46s; 9th= Boland/Morrissey, Subaru, +51s7; 10th= Atkinson/Prevot, Citroen, +52s5

Thu January 29, 2009

Outstanding ratings for IRC Monte Carlo IRC Outstanding ratings for IRC Monte Carlo Eurosport Events, the promoter of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge is delighted to announce outstanding viewing figures from the Monte Carlo Rally, the opening round of the 2009 IRC series....

WRC news round up WRC WRC news round up Petter Solberg will drive a privately entered Citroen Xsara WRC on his home event, Rally Norway, next month. The former World Champion was left high and dry after Subaru's withdrawal at the end of last year but now aims to do "as many WRC events as possible" in the Xsara, pend...

Wed January 28, 2009

A new era with the Citroen Junior Team Citroen A new era with the Citroen Junior Team The Citroen Junior Team will make its competition debut on the opening round of the 2009 FIA World Rally Championship, the Rally Ireland. Three Citroen C4 WRCs will be entrusted to Chris Atkinson/Stéphane Prevot, Conrad Rautenbach/Daniel Barritt and Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingr...

Loeb and Citroen out to defend titles Citroen Loeb and Citroen out to defend titles After the short, seven-week winter break, World Rally Championship action resumes in Ireland at the end of January. Following its exceptional 2008 campaign, which harvested 11 wins from 15 rounds, plus both world crowns, Citroën will be back to defend its two titles in 2009. A...

Ford look to use experience in Ireland Ford Ford look to use experience in Ireland BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team's young chargers plan to use the lessons learned last season to ignite their challenge in the 2009 FIA World Rally Championship which begins in Ireland next week (29 January - 1 February). Finns Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala raised t...

Stobart set for Eire raid Ford Stobart set for Eire raid The Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team will look to draw on experience as the 2009 FIA World Rally Championship season gets underway at Rally Ireland next weekend. It will be the first time the championship has started outside of Monaco since 1996, but the Cumbrian team’s previou...

Tue January 27, 2009

Sandell visits Monte to check out Fabia Skoda Sandell visits Monte to check out Fabia Patrik Sandell went to Monte Carlo to check out the performance of the Skoda Fabia Super 2000. Three weeks later he is to become the first independent competitor to use this new car when he starts Rally Norway on 12 February....

Mon January 26, 2009

Monte Carlo 2009, the future legend! IRC Monte Carlo 2009, the future legend! The Rallye Monte Carlo ended in a gigantic show. Here our report on the final night. Of the other stages we already have done reports on the day. However a quick flash back on the rally action overall. With the rally showdown being set over the Col de Turini, which is right at th...

Sun January 25, 2009

Successful premiere for Skoda Motorsport IRC Successful premiere for Skoda Motorsport The Škoda Motorsport factory team presented two Fabia Super 2000 racing cars at this season' s first IRC event, entering a new stage of their Fabia Super 2000 project after nearly two years of development work. Driven by Finns Juho Hänninen and Mikko Markkula and Czechs Jan K...

Sat January 24, 2009

Wittmann counts Monte a success IRC Wittmann counts Monte a success The starting position prior to the last four special stages had been extremely well for Franz Wittmann/ Bernhard Ettel. They were in excellent ninth overall place and at the same time the best team in a non-S-2000-car....

Peugeot 1-2-3 on thrilling Monte Peugeot Peugeot 1-2-3 on thrilling Monte The 2009 Rallye Monte-Carlo will doubtlessly be remembered for many years to come as one of the winter classic's most thrilling editions, if only because of the cocktail of wintry conditions and dramatic turnarounds that kept spectators on their toes from start to finish. Th...

Ogier wins Monte Carlo IRC Ogier wins Monte Carlo Reigning Junior World Rally Champion Sebastien Ogier has won the 77th Monte Carlo Rally for the BFGoodrich Drivers' Team: the first time that the programme - which chooses a different local driver from the five rounds of the IRC on which it operates - has resulted in a rally w...

Fri January 23, 2009

Leg3, Turini Night coming Games Leg3, Turini Night coming The last day is running and started with a bang. Well, 3 bangs in the top10 to be exact! Now the night action starts. The Turini Night is by all regarded as the key to success on the Rallye Monte Carlo. Though WRC restrictions meant this is the first Turini Night since over 10 ye...

Classic Monte, leg2 Skodas day - nearly! IRC Classic Monte, leg2 Skodas day - nearly! Leg2 was in every sense what we expected of a real Rallye Monte Carlo. And the best bit is still to come, the Turini Night. Skoda utterly dominated the first loop of leg2, while Peugeot’s drivers with favourite status in Monte Carlo faltered. But after near 2 days of Skoda lead, ...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC MC end - Sébastien wins Monte! @ 11:18 PM - It's a historic Peugeot 1-2-3 on this historic Monte! Final end positions (SS14, subject to last time control and scrutineering): 1st= Ogier/Ingrassia, Peugeot, 4h40m45s7; 2nd= Loix/Smets, Peugeot, +1m43s6; 3rd= Sarrazin/Renucci, Peugeot, +2m21s6; 4th= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +3m17s3; 5th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +4m28s; 6th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +10m49s7; 7th= Romeyer/Fournel, Mitsubishi, +20m30s3; 8th= Burri/Gordon, Fiat Abarth, +20m23s; 9th= Betti/Mattioda, Renault, +24m04s8; 10th= Artru/Virieu, Mitsubishi, +25m50s7

This is page 1 of 3. Use these links to see the other pages :
 
   Previous Page | 1 | 2 | 3 | Next Page