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Sat October 12, 2013

Heartbreaking final decides the winner IRC Heartbreaking final decides the winner The TC area at Colle d’Oggia, where the 55th Rallye Sanremo virtually ended, was silent. After 9 special stages and several coupe de theater, Giandomenico Basso and Bryan Bouffier were playing their last cards to win this important race. Before the arrival of the divers a rumor s...

Pirelli claims 5th Italian title General Pirelli claims 5th Italian title Pirelli has claimed its fifth consecutive Italian Rally Championship title together with Peugeot Italia on the final round of the series in Sanremo. The Sanremo Rally was also the penultimate round of the FIA European Rally Championship, attracting some of the best crews from all...

IRC Basso clinches dramatic ERC victory

IRC Andreucci heads ERC thriller

IRC Rallye San Remo leg1 report

NEWS JUST IN

IRC I end - Dramatic Basso win @ 04:33 PM - Exciting end. Bouffier hits something and changes puncture. Perico spins, so Lappi moves from 4th to 2nd and Bouffier from 2nd to 4th. Ameglio (206 RC) as the 2WD leader retires. End results - subject to last road section and scrutineering (after SS10):
1st= Basso/Dotta, Peugeot, 2h37m37s3;
2nd= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +1m43s;
3rd= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +1m47s1;
4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +1m52s9;
5th= Albertini/Scattolin, Peugeot, +2m10s4;
6th= Andreucci/Andreussi, Peugeot, +10m01s;
7th= Gasperetti/Ferrari, Renault, +10m35s2;
8th= Vittalini/Tavecchio, Citroen, +11m40s2;
9th= Tassone/Rosso, Renault, +11m48s8;
10th= Gryazin/Chumak, Ford, +12m46s3

IRC I SS9 - Big Bouffier attack! @ 03:44 PM - This is going to be a mega finale. Bouffier took 13s out of everybody, narrow the gap to leader Basso to just 7s with a 20km stage still to come. Results after SS9:
1st= Basso/Dotta, Peugeot, 2h25m05s8;
2nd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +7s;
3rd= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +1m38s;
4th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +1m43s9;
5th= Albertini/Scattolin, Peugeot, +1m56s5;
6th= Andreucci/Andreussi, Peugeot, +9m47s8;
7th= Gasperetti/Ferrari, Renault, +9m52s5;
8th= Ameglio/Marinotto, Peugeot, +10m48s;
9th= Vittalini/Tavecchio, Citroen, +10m57s3;
10th= Tassone/Rosso, Renault, +10m58s4

IRC I SS8 - Basso responds @ 03:10 PM - Basso wins stage narrowly from Bouffier. But this morning Basso was 13.5s slower here, so he found his set up problem. Andreucci back in top10. But Gryazin dropped 4min now, wanting to fight back into top10. Results after SS8:
1st= Basso/Dotta, Peugeot, 2h09m11s9;
2nd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +20s;
3rd= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +1m26s2;
4th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +1m33s7;
5th= Albertini/Scattolin, Peugeot, +1m44s1;
6th= Gasperetti/Ferrari, Renault, +8m51s;
7th= Andreucci/Andreussi, Peugeot, +9m26s5;
8th= Vittalini/Tavecchio, Citroen, +9m47s8;
9th= Ameglio/Marinotto, Peugeot, +9m53s8;
10th= Tassone/Rosso, Renault, +9m56s8

IRC I SS7 - Big dramas everywhere @ 11:58 AM - Andreucci spun on cold tyres, bent rear suspension, repaired on stage but lost 10min. Cavallini is out too with a broken gearbox. And Scandola didn't start stage. Results after SS7:
1st= Basso/Dotta, Peugeot, 1h55m36s9;
2nd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +17s4;
3rd= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +1m11s8;
4th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +1m23s8;
5th= Albertini/Scattolin, Peugeot, +1m29s7;
6th= Gryazin/Chumak, Ford, +5m44s9;
7th= Gasperetti/Ferrari, Renault, +7m44s2;
8th= Vittalini/Tavecchio, Citroen, +8m36s5;
9th= Ameglio/Marinotto, Peugeot, +8m45s1;
10th= Tassone/Rosso, Renault, +8m55s4

IRC I SS6 - Brilliant speed by Bouffier @ 11:13 AM - ...or maybe not Andreucci's strongest stage. Bouffier fastest by 10s, making big leaps towards Basso & Andreucci. Now engine problems for Scandola. Results after SS6:
1st= Andreucci/Andreussi, Peugeot, 1h42m36s9;
2nd= Basso/Dotta, Peugeot, +25s5;
3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +47s7;
4th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +1m32s9;
5th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +1m40s5;
6th= Albertini/Scattolin, Peugeot, +1m46s9;
7th= Gryazin/Chumak, Ford, +5m39s8;
8th= Cavallini/Farnocchia, Ford(T), +5m46s5;
9th= Scandola/d'Amore, Skoda, +5m46s7;
10th= Gasperetti/Ferrari, Renault, +7m20s7

IRC I SS5 - Scandola with puncture @ 10:45 AM - Scandola loses over 4min and drops from 3rd. He wasn't too far off the elader. This means now a Peugeot should win. Super rally Breen has handling problems. Basso no problems but near 10s off leader Andreucci. Campedelli missing. Results after SS5:
1st= Andreucci/Andreussi, Peugeot, 1h26m35s9;
2nd= Basso/Dotta, Peugeot, +25s6;
3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +58s3;
4th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +1m14s5;
5th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +1m26s9;
6th= Albertini/Scattolin, Peugeot, +1m31s4;
7th= Cavallini/Farnocchia, Ford(T), +4m37s5;
8th= Scandola/d'Amore, Skoda, +4m59s8;
9th= Gryazin/Chumak, Ford, +5m09s4;
10th= Gasperetti/Ferrari, Renault, +6m12s3

Fri October 11, 2013

Cautious Lappi in 6th Skoda Cautious Lappi in 6th Safety first: ŠKODA racing talent Esapekka Lappi and his co-driver Janne Ferm lie in sixth place after the first day at the 55th Rallye Sanremo. The Finnish pair were cautious during their first start at the classic course of the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) and drove th...

Citroen Rally Cyprus preview Citroen Citroen Rally Cyprus preview The FIA Middle East Rally Championship (MERC) moves into its final phase as the penultimate round is held this weekend in Cyprus. Competing in the DS3 RRC of the Abu Dhabi Citroën World Rally Team, Khalid Al-Qassimi and Scott Martin are ready to tackle this demanding, mixed surfa...

Bessenyey take 2WD title without start? IRC Bessenyey take 2WD title without start? Zoltán Bessenyey will be paying close attention to the results of Rallye Sanremo this week and the performance of one driver in particular. ...

Rallye de France not last rally for Loeb Citroen Rallye de France not last rally for Loeb Rallye de France (Alsace) is not the last rally for Loeb. It seems Sébastien Loeb did not like ending his career with a crash. And as a further surprise it seems the Citroen team director himself wants to show his 2013 WRC drivers a thing or two after a so far disappointing seaso...

San Remo starts tomorrow IRC San Remo starts tomorrow More than 53 crews will start tomorrow from Italo Calvino seafront. These are the protagonists of the European Rally Championship and the Italian Rally Championship, followed by the Sanremo Leggenda competitors....

The 55km night stage must be split IRC The 55km night stage must be split The 55 km of the Ronde stage have been divided in two timed stretches respectively 34 and 21 km long. The President of the Organizing Committee explains this last minute decision....

More ERC titles up for grabs in Italy IRC More ERC titles up for grabs in Italy After ŠKODA Motorsport celebrated Jan Kopecký’s FIA European Rally Championship title triumph on the Croatia Rally last month*, the Stohl Racing Subaru team could be about to follow suit on Rallye Sanremo this week. ...

Renault gives young star a chance IRC Renault gives young star a chance Robert Consani will get a new co-driver when he resumes his FIA ERC Production Car Cup campaign on Rallye Sanremo this week in a Team Renault Sport Technologies Mégane R.S. N4. ...

Kopecky comes to support Lappi Skoda Kopecky comes to support Lappi Jan Kopecký might have completed his eight-event FIA European Rally Championship schedule by celebrating his title triumph in Croatia last month* but that won’t keep him away from Rallye Sanremo this week. ...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC I leg1 - Andreucci's night @ 09:50 PM - Andreucci fastest at night (even if you combine 4a & 4b). Breen didn't start 4b, Leandri out too. Albertini strong time but still loses places to Lappi & Bouffier. Results after leg1 (SS4b):
1st= Andreucci/Andreussi, Peugeot, 1h12m50s5;
2nd= Basso/Dotta, Peugeot, +16s2;
3rd= Scandola/d'Amore, Skoda, +36s2;
4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +1m02s4;
5th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +1m10s6;
6th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +1m17s2;
7th= Albertini/Scattolin, Skoda, +1m19s4;
8th= Campedelli/Fappani, Citroen, +3m28s8;
9th= Cavallini/Farnocchia, Ford(T), +4m14s1;
10th= Gryazin/Chumak, Ford, +4m40s9

IRC I SS4a - Exciting night @ 09:07 PM - Good night for Bouffier & Andreucci. Bouffier wins section but with his earlier time loss Andrucci extends lead. Breen has a suspension problem. Finished stage but unlikely to make it in time to part "b". Results after SS4a:
1st= Andreucci/Andreussi, Peugeot, 58m49s4;
2nd= Basso/Dotta, Peugeot, +11s9;
3rd= Scandola/d'Amore, Skoda, +15s1;
4th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +41s4;
5th= Albertini/Scattolin, Peugeot, +55s2;
6th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +57s2;
7th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +1m03s7;
8th= Campedelli/Fappani, Citroen, +2m38s;
9th= Cavallini/Farnocchia, Ford(T), +3m35s8;
10th= Gryazin/Chumak, Ford, +3m55s5

IRC I SS3 - Bouffier brief off @ 02:59 PM - This stage 21km downhill, the night stage will be tricky for Subarus. Bouffier loses a minute after hitting a barrier. Andreucci takes stage win and rally lead. Ancian retired with technical problems. Results after SS3:
1st= Andreucci/Andreussi, Peugeot, 35m46s6;
2nd= Scandola/d'Amore, Skoda, +0s4;
3rd= Basso/Dotta, Peugeot, +6s8;
4th= Breen/Vanneste, Peugeot, +11s7;
5th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +21s8;
6th= Albertini/Scattolin, Peugeot, +38s1;
7th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +40s6;
8th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +59s6;
9th= Campedelli/Fappani, Citroen, +1m29s2;
10th= Leandri/Jamoul, Peugeot, +2m05s5

IRC I SS2 - Scandola wins stage @ 02:32 PM - Scandola wins the stage where he went off last year and moves from 4th into 2nd. Results after SS2:
1st= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, 21m32s8;
2nd= Scandola/d'Amore, Skoda, +5s7;
3rd= Andreucci/Andreussi, Peugeot, +10s7;
4th= Basso/Dotta, Peugeot, +11s1;
5th= Breen/Vanneste, Peugeot, +15s5;
6th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +22s5;
7th= Albertini/Scattolin, Peugeot, +25s2;
8th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +29s7;
9th= Ancian/Vitrani, Peugeot, +46s1;
10th= Campedelli/Fappani, Citroen, +1m04s7

IRC I SS1 - Bouffier leads Italians @ 02:13 PM - Bouffier wins the first stage. As expected strong showing of Italians Andreucci, Basso & Scandola. Big brake problems for the Subarus of Aigner & Araj. Results after SS1:
1st= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, 9m10s2;
2nd= Andreucci/Andreussi, Peugeot, +2s9;
3rd= Basso/Dotta, Peugeot, +3s9;
4th= Scandola/d'Amore, Skoda, +5s9;
5th= Breen/Vanneste, Peugeot, +6s1;
6th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +9s5;
7th= Albertini/Scattolin, Peugeot, +10s1;
8th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +10s2;
9th= Cavallini/Farnocchia, Ford(T), +13s5;
10th= Ancian/Vitrani, Peugeot, +16s3

Thu October 10, 2013

Breen relishing battle with Italians IRC Breen relishing battle with Italians Craig Breen says he can’t wait to go up against Paolo Andreucci and Giandomenico Basso on Rallye Sanremo this week. ...

Rallye San remo in 100 words IRC Rallye San remo in 100 words With the action contained in a compact window of just over 24 hours, Rallye Sanremo is a big challenge for car and crew. The stages use narrow, mountainous roads overlooking the picturesque seaside town and feature fast, flowing sections, frequent changes of rhythm and blind and ...

San remo to be ERC 2WD title decider IRC San remo to be ERC 2WD title decider After Zoltan Bessenyey's and co-driver Yulianna Nyirfas' stunning 2nd place in the Croatia Rally last month, the 2WD title in the European Rally Championship would seem to be theirs for the taking. But with the Hungarian pair missing the penultimate round of the 2013 ERC ...

Wed October 9, 2013

Introduction of Perico & Albertini IRC Introduction of Perico & Albertini Willing to be on the final podium - They are both from Lombardia Region, both driving a Peugeot. They do not talk much before the race but they are ready to put their “lion” paw mark on this event. ...

Breen & Ancian targeting strong finish Peugeot Breen & Ancian targeting strong finish The Peugeot Rally Academy has entered a brace of 207 S2000s for the 2013 Rallye Sanremo. The two cars will be in the hands of Craig Breen/Lara Vanneste and Jérémi Ancian/Olivier Vitrani who will be looking to put their campaigns back on course after tough outings in Poland....

Andreucci, Basso, Scandola Talk San Remo IRC Andreucci, Basso, Scandola Talk San Remo The major drivers of Italian rallying talk about the forthcoming event on the “Flowers Riviera”. Ready to confront foreign drivers and convinced that the race on the Liguria west coast has an unique charm....

New World Champ ready for Wales WRC New World Champ ready for Wales Sébastien Ogier, the newly crowned 2013 FIA World Rally Champion, is hoping to end his title winning season in grand style with victory on Wales Rally GB (14-17 November). However it will be a tall order for the 29-year-old Frenchman who acknowledges that he’s yet to fully mas...

Tue October 8, 2013

Italian drivers vs the rest of Europe IRC Italian drivers vs the rest of Europe There are five Italians aiming to win the Town of Flowers’ event. Giandomenico Basso and Paolo Andreucci are trying to get their third win, Alessandro Perico wants to repeat the result of 2005, Umberto Scandola is looking for his first win in Sanremo, to crown his spectacular sea...

Kubica closes in on WRC2 title Citroen Kubica closes in on WRC2 title Robert Kubica and Maciek Baran produced a flawless performance at the Rallye de France Alsace to take their fourth win of the season in WRC2. The Citroën DS3 RRC crew also now leads the championship standings again and has a chance of securing the title at the next round, Rally d...

Citroen Top Drivers in France Citroen Citroen Top Drivers in France After completing 312 kilometres of timed stages, Quentin Gilbert and his co-driver Renaud Jamoul won the fifth round of the Citroën Top Driver series at the Rallye de France. The event's local driver was the weekend's top performer, finishing 53.9 seconds ahead of Sébasti...

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