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Sun October 28, 2012

IRC Cyprus Preview IRC IRC Cyprus Preview Full preview: 2012 Intercontinental Rally Challenge, round 13 of 13, Cyprus Rally, 2-4 November: Titles up for grabs on IRC finale...

Skoda is Asia-Pacific Rally Champion Skoda Skoda is Asia-Pacific Rally Champion › ŠKODA achieves a historic victory in the Manufacturers category of the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) --- › Chris Atkinson & Stephane Prevot in a ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 become APRC Champions in the Drivers category --- › ŠKODA wins a third international title this...

Subaru Fuchs debut PWRC win with Symtech

Wed October 24, 2012

PROTON China Rally Longyou preview General PROTON China Rally Longyou preview Defending FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Champions PROTON Motorsports will be chasing a third successive APRC win on the China Longyou Rally this week.   The Malaysian manufacturer will be led into the final encounter of the 2012 APRC series by Alister McRae. The Scot secured the APRC ...

Andreas plans ultimate celebration Skoda Andreas plans ultimate celebration ŠKODA UK Motorsport’s Andreas Mikkelsen is planning the ultimate celebration run on the Cyprus Rally (November 2-4), as the 23-year old Fabia S2000 pilot is set to become the first driver to retain the Intercontinental Rally Challenge title. Andreas and co-driverOla Fløene won...

Sun October 21, 2012

Ford duo leave dramas behind Ford Ford duo leave dramas behind Ford World Rally Team avoided the dramas that afflicted the squad yesterday to enjoy a clean run through today’s third leg of Rally Italia Sardegna.  With hopes of a top result ended after Petter Solberg and Chris Patterson and team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila bot...

Hirvonen provisionally wins Sardegna Citroen Hirvonen provisionally wins Sardegna Note by ChrisB: Sorry, he hasn't won yet, but the last day is 16km, so what is going to happen? This is silly, when we are asking for longer events, I never meant such silly short days. Let's have a marathon rally with 10 days of 10km each and the total distance after 10 ...

Sat October 20, 2012

Double crash disappointment for Ford Ford Double crash disappointment for Ford Ford World Rally Team endured a double disappointment at Rally Italia Sardegna as both cars crashed into retirement during today’s second leg.  Petter Solberg and Chris Patterson retired from second in their Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car after hitting a rock, following the demis...

Hirvonen keeps out of trouble Citroen Hirvonen keeps out of trouble If the long list of retirements is anything to go by, day two of Rally Italia proved to be very tricky. Whilst Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena’s rally ended prematurely, Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen produced a flawless performance to keep out of trouble on the Sardinian ...

Fri October 19, 2012

Rally and title win for Pirelli IRC Rally and title win for Pirelli Peugeot Italia driver Paolo Andreucci has become Italian Rally Champion for the seventh time, his sixth title with Pirelli, while the Pirelli-equipped Ford Fiesta of Giandomenico Basso won the Sanremo Rally last weekend. A third place finish for the privateer Peugeot of Alessandr...

Harry Hunt on S2000 debut IRC Harry Hunt on S2000 debut London-based rally driver Harry Hunt made an excellent debut in a four-wheel drive, two-litre Super 2000 car on the Sanremo Rally in Italy: one of the classic rounds of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, run on mountain roads above the coastal resort of Sanremo....

Pierra Campana fight back in Italy Peugeot Pierra Campana fight back in Italy Corsican rally driver Pierre Campana battled through a series of set-backs during this weekend’s Rally San Remo, showing perseverance and determination to claim ninth place overall, having been down in 24th after the opening day. Pierre, driving a Munaretto Sport engineered Pe...

Craig Breen's successful comeback Peugeot Craig Breen's successful comeback Craig Breen was back behind the wheel of the Peugeot 207 Super 2000 entered by the Saintéloc Racing Team in the Sanremo Rally where he put on a stunning performance. This round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC), traditionally dominated by Italian drivers, gave Craig a...

Mon October 15, 2012

Ford withdraws WRC sponsorship Ford Ford withdraws WRC sponsorship Ford of Europe today announced that it will withdraw from the FIA World Rally Championship as a title sponsor after the 2012 season.   The company said it made the decision as part of a review of its European business in the current difficult economic environment....

Sat October 13, 2012

Rally San Remo final report IRC Rally San Remo final report Giandomenico Basso and Mitia Dotta, Ford Fiesta RRC, win the 54th edition of Rallye Sanremo, winning five out of ten special stages. They have lead throughout the entire race. .“I’m very happy for this win and I want to dedicate it to my team. It may be considered trite, but the ...

Rally San Remo Review IRC Rally San Remo Review Giandomenico Basso has followed in the wheel tracks of rallying legend Colin McRae by winning Rallye Sanremo for a second time. The result, his sixth victory in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, followed a dominant performance on the asphalt event at the wheel of an M-Sport F...

Skoda wins 3rd IRC makes title Skoda Skoda wins 3rd IRC makes title › With 27 wins, ŠKODA is the most successful brand in the history of the IRC --- › With 11 wins, factory driver Juho Hänninen is the most successful driver in the IRC --- › With 7 wins, his teammate Jan Kopecký is the second most successful driver in the history of the IRC -...

Basso King of the Night IRC Basso King of the Night Giandomenico Basso and Mitia Dotta, Ford Fiesta RRC, avenge the ill-fated performance of last year, scoring the fastest time in the long and legendary, stage Ronde of 44 km, with a time of 30'20 "4. This success confirms the pilot from Cavaso del Tomba at the top of the stand...

Jan Kopecky is 2nd in San Remo Skoda Jan Kopecky is 2nd in San Remo Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler, one of ŠKODA Motorsport´s factory crews, are second after today´s Stage 1 of the San Remo Rally, the penultimate event of this year´s IRC. The team´s other crew, Hänninen/Markkula, gave up after an accident in Stage 4....

Thierry Neuville aims even higher Citroen Thierry Neuville aims even higher After finishing in fourth place a few days ago at the Rallye de France, Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul are now looking for their first WRC podium finish. As was the case in New Zealand, the Belgian crew will be driving for the Qatar World Rally Team in the absence of Nas...

Citroen going for the win in Italy Citroen Citroen going for the win in Italy Just two weeks after the Rallye de France, the WRC moves on to Sardinia for the penultimate round of the season. Having already secured the Manufacturers' and Drivers’ titles*, the Citroën Total World Rally Team and the Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena crew could relax and take...

Ford ready for Italian job Ford Ford ready for Italian job Ford World Rally Team enters the final gravel round of the world championship season in Italy next week eager to extend its strong run of form.  One win and two second places in the last three rallies with the Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car means the squad journeys to Rally Itali...

Basso leads San Remo day1 IRC Basso leads San Remo day1 A storming drive through the gruelling 44-kilometre Ronde night stage has put Giandomenico Basso 25.6s clear in the battle for victory on the legendary Rallye Sanremo, the penultimate round of the all-action Intercontinental Rally Challenge in Italy....

NEWS JUST IN

IRC I end - Basso wins in Fiesta RRC @ 03:00 PM - Basso wins. Campana makes it from 11th to 9th on last stage. Final results (after SS10)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Basso/Dotta, Ford(T), 2h19m03s6;
2nd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +35s7;
3rd= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +2m13s7;
4th= Albertini/Scattolin, Peugeot, +3m08s3;
5th= Andreucci/Andreussi, Peugeot, +3m55s5;
6th= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +5m00s2;
7th= Turan/Sziros, Ford, +6m50s8;
8th= Campedelli/Fappani, Citroen, +7m20s5;
9th= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +8m07s;
10th= Vescovi/Guzzi, Renault, +8m18s9

IRC I SS9 - Still some changes @ 02:04 PM - Turan takes 7th from Campedelli. Campana on the edge to get into the top10. Results after SS9:
1st= Basso/Dotta, Ford(T), 2h06m32s8;
2nd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +37s7;
3rd= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +1m54s1;
4th= Albertini/Scattolin, Peugeot, +2m41s5;
5th= Andreucci/Andreussi, Peugeot, +3m33s1;
6th= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +4m50s5;
7th= Turan/Sziros, Ford, +6m31s4;
8th= Campedelli/Fappani, Citroen, +6m39s9;
9th= Vescovi/Guzzi, Renault, +7m34s4;
10th= Michelini/Bosi, Citroen, +7m51s8

IRC I SS8 - Basso eases @ 01:26 PM - Kopecky wins stage, but positions should be quite clear now with 2 stages to go. Results after SS8:
1st= Basso/Dotta, Ford(T), 1h52m28s6;
2nd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +47s3;
3rd= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +1m41s3;
4th= Albertini/Scattolin, Peugeot, +2m23s2;
5th= Andreucci/Andreussi, Peugeot, +3m10s3;
6th= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +4m59s7;
7th= Campedelli/Fappani, Citroen, +6m15s2;
8th= Turan/Sziros, Ford, +6m15s7;
9th= Vescovi/Guzzi, Renault, +6m58s;
10th= Michelini/Bosi, Citroen, +7m11s4

IRC I SS7 - Problems for Breen @ 10:08 AM - Yet unconfirmed problem, possibly puncture, losing him 3min and 1 position. Stage win goes to leader Basso. Results after SS7:
1st= Basso/Dotta, Ford(T), 1h38m50s2;
2nd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +52s6;
3rd= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +1m28s9;
4th= Albertini/Scattolin, Peugeot, +1m55s5;
5th= Andreucci/Andreussi, Peugeot, +2m49s7;
6th= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +4m58s2;
7th= Campedelli/Fappani, Citroen, +5m37s2;
8th= Turan/Sziros, Ford, +5m42s3;
9th= Vescovi/Guzzi, Renault, +6m15s6;
10th= Michelini/Bosi, Citroen, +6m26s8

IRC I SS6 - Perico wins stage @ 09:28 AM - First IRC stage win for Allessandro Perico. Albertini takes 4th back from Breen. Results after SS6:
1st= Basso/Dotta, Ford(T), 1h26m25s1;
2nd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +44s;
3rd= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +1m22s1;
4th= Albertini/Scattolin, Peugeot, +1m44s3;
5th= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m48s8;
6th= Andreucci/Andreussi, Peugeot, +2m17s8;
7th= Campedelli/Fappani, Citroen, +4m52s;
8th= Turan/Sziros, Ford, +5m09s3;
9th= Vescovi/Guzzi, Renault, +5m22s7;
10th= Michelini/Bosi, Citroen, +5m34s7

IRC I SS5 - Mega time for Basso @ 08:46 AM - Basso wins stage by 14s! Breen passes Albertini by 0.1s. Results after SS5:
1st= Basso/Dotta, Ford(T), 1h12m26s2;
2nd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +40s2;
3rd= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +1m22s8;
4th= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m37s7;
5th= Albertini/Scattolin, Peugeot, +1m37s8;
6th= Andreucci/Andreussi, Peugeot, +1m47s1;
7th= Campedelli/Fappani, Citroen, +4m09s6;
8th= Turan/Sziros, Ford, +4m27s7;
9th= Vescovi/Guzzi, Renault, +4m37s5;
10th= Michelini/Bosi, Citroen, +4m43s

Fri October 12, 2012

NEWS JUST IN

IRC I SS4 - Real drama action stage @ 08:55 PM - 44km night stage. Hänninen retires, Andreucci, Campana, Albertini all delayed! Results after leg1 (SS4):
1st= Basso/Dotta, Ford(T), 58m59s3;
2nd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +25s6;
3rd= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +1m06s6;
4th= Albertini/Scattolin, Peugeot, +1m12s9;
5th= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m13s3;
6th= Andreucci/Andreussi, Peugeot, +1m19s5;
7th= Campedelli/Fappani, Citroen, +3m14s9;
8th= Turan/Sziros, Ford, +3m18s9;
9th= Vescovi/Guzzi, Renault, +3m35s7;
10th= Michelini/Bosi, Citroen, +3m43s

IRC I SS3 - Scandola gives up @ 02:48 PM - Scandola never started this stage after his earlier bad luck. Basso wins downhill stage. Surprising 2nd fastest stage time by Stefano Albertini. Hänninen takes 4th from Perico. Results after SS3:
1st= Basso/Dotta, Ford(T), 28m38s9;
2nd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +12s7;
3rd= Andreucci/Andreussi, Peugeot, +14s2;
4th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +14s4;
5th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +19s8;
6th= Albertini/Scattolin, Peugeot, +25s6;
7th= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +42s3;
8th= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +1m03s7;
9th= Turan/Sziros, Ford, +1m21s7;
10th= Campedelli/Fappani, Citroen, +1m25s2

IRC I SS2 - Not Scandola's rally @ 02:28 PM - Umberto Scandola has to stop and change a puncture. Added to his 1st stage off the shakedown winner is now 6min down. Puncture also for Hunt. Kopecky wins stage and moves into 2nd. Results after SS2:
1st= Basso/Dotta, Ford(T), 21m20s7;
2nd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +5s7;
3rd= Andreucci/Andreussi, Peugeot, +7s;
4th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +11s3;
5th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +11s4;
6th= Albertini/Scattolin, Peugeot, +23s6;
7th= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +28s5;
8th= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +37s4;
9th= Campedelli/Fappani, Citroen, +57s8;
10th= Turan/Sziros, Ford, +1m03s

IRC I SS1 - Basso wins 1st stage @ 02:06 PM - The first stage was uphill, the 2nd is flatter, the 3rd downhill, will be interesting if Basso can keep his turbo advantage. Scandola has been out of road briefly, losing 40s. Results after SS1:
1st= Basso/Dotta, Ford(T), 8m40s2;
2nd= Andreucci/Andreussi, Peugeot, +4s2;
3rd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +6s6;
4th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +9s;
5th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +9s4;
6th= Albertini/Scattolin, Peugeot, +14s1;
7th= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +15s;
8th= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +21s3;
9th= Hunt/Moscatt, Peugeot, +24s9;
10th= Campedelli/Fappani, Citroen, +27s1

Thu October 11, 2012

New co-driver for Hunt Peugeot New co-driver for Hunt Harry Hunt will get a new co-driver when he competes on a round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge in a Super 2000 car for the first time....

Basso nearly could not start Ford Basso nearly could not start Giandomenico Basso has left it late to secure his return to the Intercontinental Rally Challenge on Rallye Sanremo this week....

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