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Thu January 31, 2013

Q&A Craig Breen IRC Q&A Craig Breen Five questions to Craig Breen prior to Rally Liepāja-Ventspils (Latvia), where he will start as Peugeot works driver....

From TV to the stages IRC From TV to the stages Zoltán Bessenyey won’t need to rehearse when he appears in front of Eurosport Events’ cameras during a round of the FIA ERC 2WD Championship. That’s because Bessenyey, from Hungary, is a TV presenter in his homeland....

Wed January 30, 2013

Most appropriately named ERC competitor? IRC Most appropriately named ERC competitor? When Aljoša Novak begins his FIA ERC 2WD Championship campaign on next month’s Rally Liepāja-Ventspils, he’ll have one of the most appropriately named co-drivers by his side....

Protasov bags podium on Monte debut Subaru Protasov bags podium on Monte debut Ukraine's Yuriy Protasov finished third in WRC 2 class and 12th overall on his debut at last week's Rallye Monte Carlo, round one of Protasov's five-round prize drive as a result of winning the 2012 FIA Rally Class.    ...

Pirelli to equip Skoda in Italy Skoda Pirelli to equip Skoda in Italy Pirelli will equip the official Skoda Italia entry on the Italian Rally Championship this year, which will be driven by up-and-coming talent Umberto Scandola....

Mon January 28, 2013

Peugeot's Snowmen Peugeot Peugeot's Snowmen Two of the Peugeot Rally Academy’s three recruits for the coming season are poised to make their 2013 debuts on the snow and ice of this weekend’s Latvia Rally, round two of this year’s FIA European Rally Championship. Ireland’s Craig Breen will drive a 207 Super 2000, while his ...

Al Qassimi DS3 RRC MERC debut Citroen Al Qassimi DS3 RRC MERC debut The first round of this year’s Middle East Rally Championship, the Qatar International Rally, served up some highly competitive racing at all levels. The Citroëns entered in the event enjoyed a successful weekend. Khalid Al Qassimi and his co-driver Scott Martin finished as r...

Mikkelsen's Skoda return for Arctic General Mikkelsen's Skoda return for Arctic Andreas Mikkelsen marked a brief return to SKODA with a crowd-pleasing second place finish on the Lapland Arctic Rally in Finland (25-26 Jan). Driving the same Fabia S2000 that took him to victory on the 2011 Cyprus Rally, Andreas entered the event as part of preparations for ...

Hondas in Rally Liepaja to Ventspils IRC Hondas in Rally Liepaja to Ventspils After the European Rally Championship début under the umbrella of Eurosport Events at the Austrian Jänner Rally, the caravan of the ERC moves on to Latvia for the second round - the Rally Liepāja-Ventspils. The Rally Liepāja-Ventspils is the first fully-fledged winter r...

Fri January 25, 2013

EA Safari: the entry list General EA Safari: the entry list Please note the entry list is not in seeded order yet! But some interesting names and cars there. Enjoy. We will report of course when the event is due in November this year! Older reports on this event you can find under news archive every odd year November/December....

Full Latvia Rally Preview IRC Full Latvia Rally Preview Event preview: 2013 FIA European Rally Championship, round two of 13 Rally Liepāja-Ventspils (Latvia), 1-3 February -   ERC aces head to Latvia for snow and ice spectacular  ...

EA Safari: Full House! General EA Safari: Full House! Traditionally, Christmas and the New Year is a quiet time for motor sport action, but in the Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally office in Nairobi there has been a virtual tsunami of entries arriving for the next edition due this November. The entry list is now full w...

208 Type R5 testing with Craig Breen Peugeot 208 Type R5 testing with Craig Breen After an initial shakedown test in December, development work on the 208 Type R5 continued this week with a four-day programme attended by Irish driver Craig Breen....

Thu January 24, 2013

Evans to compete for Innate in Australia General Evans to compete for Innate in Australia To mark the first anniversary of their entry into the Australian Rally Championship, FIA WRC Academy Champion, Elfyn Evans will drive a second Ford Fiesta R2 for Innate Motorsport in the opening round of the Australian Rally Championship (ARC), the National Capital Rally to be he...

Tushkanova confirms Latvia ERC entry IRC Tushkanova confirms Latvia ERC entry Inessa Tushkanova’s efforts to secure the funds necessary to contest Rally Liepāja-Ventspils next month have paid off after the 25-year-old glamour model confirmed her entry on round two of the FIA European Rally Championship....

Saintélog Peugeot Rally Academy Peugeot Saintélog Peugeot Rally Academy Why Saintélog Peugeot Rally Academy is a big bosst to the ERC... Confirmation of Saintéloc Peugeot Rally Academy’s entry in the FIA European Rally Championship is “very exciting news”, according to ERC General Co-ordinator and former international-level rally driver Jean-Pierre ...

Wed January 23, 2013

Consani takes two IRC Consani takes two Robert Consani will chase ERC 2WD Championship honours in 2013, dividing his time between a Renault Clio R3 and a Renault Mégane RS....

Tue January 22, 2013

Glamour comes to ERC IRC Glamour comes to ERC There won’t be just Serious Competition Ahead when the 2013 FIA European Rally Championship resumes in Latvia next month: Ukrainian glamour model Inessa Tushkanova is also planning to take part....

Sun January 20, 2013

Wiegand wins WRC2 Skoda Wiegand wins WRC2 What a premiere! The opening event of the new year of the World Championship, the new WRC-2 class and two wins for ŠKODA. Sepp Wiegand/Frank Christian of Germany score a valuable win in their first appearance at the legendary Monte Carlo Rally....

Sat January 19, 2013

Ostberg prospers for Qatar M-Sport Ford Ostberg prospers for Qatar M-Sport Rallye Monte-Carlo is treacherous at the best of times, but the 2013 edition of the legendary event witnessed some of the most difficult conditions the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) has seen in years. Nevertheless, as always rising to the challenge, Qatar M-Sport’s Mads Østb...

Loeb claims 7th Monte win Citroen Loeb claims 7th Monte win Just as testing as the first three days, despite Saturday’s two night stages on the Col du Turini being cancelled, day four saw Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena win the Rallye Monte-Carlo for the seventh time. Two Citroën DS3 WRCs finished on the podium at this year’s opening ...

Motorsport Italia Monte Carlo review WRC Motorsport Italia Monte Carlo review ‘Evening everyone, ‘Well I’m writing to you earlier than I thought I would be! I’d just set off for the final loop of stages when I heard that the last two tests wouldn’t be run. After a really tough day, Rallye Monte Carlo’s over and we’re pleased to have made it to the end a...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Rally ends early @ 09:02 PM - Sorry, can't resist, Turini Night stages (17-18) cancelled, there was not enough global warming!

Fri January 18, 2013

Motorsport Italia Mini Monte day3 WRC Motorsport Italia Mini Monte day3 ‘Hello Michał here again, ‘We’ve just arrived in Monte Carlo. Our MINI John Cooper Works WRC is safely in parc fermé and we’ve successfully finished a long day driving. It was a good day for us. We moved up one place to thirteenth in the overall classification and got thr...

Novikov moves into podium position Ford Novikov moves into podium position The Qatar M-Sport drivers put in another sterling performance today as Rallye Monte-Carlo ventured south for the third leg of competitive rallying. Producing a string of excellent stage times, Russian star Evgeny Novikov moved into the final podium position with Juho Hänninen mai...

Smooth transfer for Loeb & Elena Citroen Smooth transfer for Loeb & Elena Day three of the Rallye Monte-Carlo took the competitors from Valence to Monaco. As was the case on the first two legs, Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena managed to extend their lead at the top of the overall standings. The Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT crew is now 1m 47.4s ahead...

Thu January 17, 2013

Motorsport Italia Mini Monte day2 WRC Motorsport Italia Mini Monte day2 ‘Hello again from Valence! ‘This is the last time I’ll be able to say that, because tomorrow after midday service, we start our journey down to Monte Carlo and the new service park....

Loeb & Elena increase their lead Citroen Loeb & Elena increase their lead Held on predominantly snow-covered roads, the second leg of Rallye Monte-Carlo saw Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena increase their lead at the top of the overall standings. Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen had a tough day in the second Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC: the...

Wed January 16, 2013

Treacherous Monte conditions Ford Treacherous Monte conditions Qatar M-Sport’s quartet tackled the challenge of Rallye Monte-Carlo head-on today as they embarked on the traditional start of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)....

Monte day1 for Mini WRC Monte day1 for Mini 'Good evening everyone, 'Well, we always knew that Monte was going to be challenge and today certainly proved that! Most importantly, we’re happy to have completed both loops of stages successfully and be back at evening service. As I said earlier in the week, it’s a r...

Loeb & Elena full speed ahead Citroen Loeb & Elena full speed ahead The Rallye Monte-Carlo competitors had every possible condition thrown at them on day one of rally in the Ardèche, with wet and dry tarmac, icy patches, and in some places, roads covered with ice or snow. Looking for their seventh win at this rally, Sébastien Loeb and Daniel ...

Bad luck kills Lappi's hopes Skoda Bad luck kills Lappi's hopes Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm started their first appearance as ŠKODA Motorsport´s factory crew by winning Stage 1 of the WRC-2 category at the legendary Monte Carlo Rally. However, a defect on the front-left suspension meant a premature end in Stage 2....

Mon January 14, 2013

Debut for Qatar M-Sport quartet Ford Debut for Qatar M-Sport quartet A challenging debut awaits the Qatar M-Sport and Qatar World Rally Teams next week as the outfits make their debuts in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) at the series’ traditional start to the season – Rallye Monte-Carlo. Famed as one of the most demanding and punishing roun...

Monte Carlo ushers into new era Citroen Monte Carlo ushers into new era The 2013 World Rally Championship kicks off at the legendary Rallye Monte-Carlo in a season that promises many significant changes. Among the four Citroën DS3 WRCs entered in the rally, three will be driven by former winners of the event (Loeb, Hirvonen and Bouffier). Leadin...

Lotos Mini Monte preview WRC Lotos Mini Monte preview 'Hi everyone, 'It’s Michał from Lotos Team WRC here and in true Motorsport Italia style, I’ll be your ‘host’ for Rallye Monte Carlo!...

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