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Thu August 13, 2009

Meeke: 5th was crucial in Madeira IRC Meeke: 5th was crucial in Madeira Kris Meeke has described his fifth-place finish on Rali Vinho Madeira as being crucial in his bid to claim the Intercontinental Rally Challenge title, adding that his haul of four points was harder to achieve than the three maximum scores he has landed this season....

Wed August 12, 2009

Alen hails Basso victory in Madeira IRC Alen hails Basso victory in Madeira Giandomenico Basso’s first win in this year’s Intercontinental Rally Challenge is just the fillip the factory Abarth squad needs in its efforts to get its season back on track....

Tue August 11, 2009

IRC Llovera endorses IRC TV Package

Mon August 10, 2009

Portuguese celebrate Rali Madeira IRC Portuguese celebrate Rali Madeira Pedro Araujo, the clerk of the course of Rali Vinho Madeira, has described the recent Intercontinental Rally Challenge qualifier as one of the best ever....

Mon August 3, 2009

Basso wins Madeira by 3.5 seconds! IRC Basso wins Madeira by 3.5 seconds! Giandomenico Basso has won his third Rali Vinho Madeira for Abarth after a thrilling duel with local hero Bruno Magalhaes, which ended with just 3.5s between them after 21 stages. Basso joins two other men – Americo da Silva Nunes and Pierro Liatti – in the record books of three-...

Sat August 1, 2009

Basso leads into final day IRC Basso leads into final day The 50th Rali Vinho Madeira, Round 7 of the 2009 Intercontinental Rally Challenge, restarts today for the second and final leg after an engrossing 13 special stages so far....

NEWS JUST IN

IRC P-M end - Abarth wins an IRC round! @ 05:15 PM - But how close was that! Magalhaes posts amazing time and comes within 3.5s of victory! The closest winning margin ever in IRC. Final results after SS21 = subject to last road section and scrutineering:
1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 3h09m55s4;
2nd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +3s5;
3rd= Camacho/Calado, Peugeot, +41s7;
4th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +49s4;
5th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m21s9;
6th= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, +1m28s4;
7th= Nunes/Calado, Peugeot, +4m57s9;
8th= Fontana/Cassina, Peugeot, +5m50s6;
9th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +7m29s9;
10th= Freitas/Figueiroa, Renault, 10m22s4

IRC P-M SS20 - Huge battles before final SS @ 04:13 PM - With a 22km stage left gaps are for 1st = 7.6s, for 3rd = 8s, for 5th = 8.3s. Cavigioli lost 10th place for suspension problems. Results after SS20:
1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 2h56m12s7;
2nd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +7s6;
3rd= Camacho/Calado, Peugeot, +41s2;
4th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +49s2;
5th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m18s5;
6th= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, +1m26s8;
7th= Nunes/Calado, Peugeot, +4m36s8;
8th= Fontana/Cassina, Peugeot, +5m22s1;
9th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +6m53s8;
10th= Freitas/Figueiroa, Renault, 9m30s3

IRC P-M SS19 - Atlantic battles! @ 03:19 PM - SS19 Atlantic West cost stage, next SS20 right across the island where Rossetti crashed, final SS near Funchal, incorporating parts of Campo del Golf. Magalhaes wins SS19 and closes further on Basso. Vouilloz closes on Camacho for 3rd and Loix closes on Meeke for 5th! Results after SS19:
1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 2h47m51s7;
2nd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +8s3;
3rd= Camacho/Calado, Peugeot, +37s3;
4th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +48s;
5th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m17s4;
6th= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, +1m20s3;
7th= Nunes/Calado, Peugeot, +4m21s7;
8th= Fontana/Cassina, Peugeot, +5m05s6;
9th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +6m33s7;
10th= Cavigioli/Cantoni, Fiat Abarth, 8m56s

IRC P-M SS18 - Basso/Abarth in trouble? @ 02:27 PM - For unknown reasons Basso lost 10s and half his lead on first stage of last loop! Basso spun. And as Vouilloz wins stage, Camacho's 3rd is open too. This stage is hilly, heading West, Atlantic Coast stage next. Results after SS18:
1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 2h39m58s1;
2nd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +8s9;
3rd= Camacho/Calado, Peugeot, +36s2;
4th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +48s3;
5th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m14s8;
6th= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, +1m19s1;
7th= Nunes/Calado, Peugeot, +4m11s8;
8th= Fontana/Cassina, Peugeot, +4m52s7;
9th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +6m13s8;
10th= Cavigioli/Cantoni, Fiat Abarth, 8m36s1

IRC P-M SS17 - Vouilloz for 3rd? @ 12:37 AM - Camacho loses 7.5s to Basso and Magalhaes, which seems huge in this event. Vouilloz coming closer to Cmacho's podium place. Results after SS17:
1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 2h32m38s4;
2nd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +17s4;
3rd= Camacho/Calado, Peugeot, +43s4;
4th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +58s5;
5th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m23s6;
6th= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, +1m28s5;
7th= Nunes/Calado, Peugeot, +4m13s7;
8th= Fontana/Cassina, Peugeot, +4m57s4;
9th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +6m13s1;
10th= Cavigioli/Cantoni, Fiat Abarth, 8m16s6

IRC P-M SS16 - Rossetti crashed! @ 11:26 AM - After winning the first 2 stages of the day for Abarth, Rossetti does an Alen and crashed out of 5th place. Basso wins stage for Abarth instead. This is maybe the hilliest stage, crossing the island plain, a reverse version of yesterdays SS6&10. Results after SS16:
1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 2h18m55s2;
2nd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +17s2;
3rd= Camacho/Calado, Peugeot, +35s9;
4th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +53s;
5th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m15s6;
6th= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, +1m22s1;
7th= Nunes/Calado, Peugeot, +3m46s3;
8th= Fontana/Cassina, Peugeot, +4m35s2;
9th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +5m48s2;
10th= Cavigioli/Cantoni, Fiat Abarth, 7m39s4

IRC P-M SS15 - now Rossetti Abarth show @ 10:42 AM - Today it's Rossetti rather than Basso winning every stage for Abarth. Basso & Magalhaes tied 2nd here. This is the furthest West Atlantic coast stage. Results after SS15:
1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 2h10m34s6;
2nd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +15s5;
3rd= Camacho/Calado, Peugeot, +32s6;
4th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +50s2;
5th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Fiat Abarth, +1m02s1;
6th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m10s5;
7th= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, +1m13s2;
8th= Nunes/Calado, Peugeot, +3m29s;
9th= Fontana/Cassina, Peugeot, +4m19s;
10th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +5m29s7

IRC P-M SS14 - closest start in history! @ 10:02 AM - Wow, who is to believe that! 11km stage, stage result winner Rossetti at 7m11.2s, Loix +0.1s, Magalhaes 0.4, Meeke 0.6, Vouilloz 0.8, Basso 0.9 - that's 6 drivers in less tan a second! Results after SS14:
1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 2h02m40s4;
2nd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +15s5;
3rd= Camacho/Calado, Peugeot, +31s4;
4th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +49s6;
5th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Fiat Abarth, +1m02s7;
6th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m07s4;
7th= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, +1m11s;
8th= Nunes/Calado, Peugeot, +3m21s2;
9th= Fontana/Cassina, Peugeot, +4m06s1;
10th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +5m15s7

Fri July 31, 2009

Basso leads at end of day one IRC Basso leads at end of day one Bruno Magalhaes took his third stage win to end the day just 16s adrift of Giandomenico Basso as the field returns to Funchal with just one day remaining in Madeira....

NEWS JUST IN

IRC P-M leg1 - Meeke charging @ 07:21 PM - Magalhaes wins the stage, Basso 2nd still firmly in the lead, but Meeke's 3rd fastest stage time means he has now moved 4.1s ahead of Loix and also only 4.1s behind Rossetti! Results after leg1 (SS13):
1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 1h55m28s3;
2nd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +16s;
3rd= Camacho/Calado, Peugeot, +29s4;
4th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +49s7;
5th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Fiat Abarth, +1m03s6;
6th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m07s7;
7th= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, +1m11s8;
8th= Nunes/Calado, Peugeot, +3m13s5;
9th= Fontana/Cassina, Peugeot, +4m01s4;
10th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +5m05s1

IRC P-M SS12 - Meeke for a change @ 06:52 PM - Kris Meeke wins his first stage of the event. But the top7 are seperated by just 3sec on this stage, such overall results remain stable. Last stage of the day will be to the East of the island the Campo del Golf stage, which in previous years was the long, twisty final stage. Results after SS12:
1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 1h45m43s2;
2nd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +17s1;
3rd= Camacho/Calado, Peugeot, +26s7;
4th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +47s5;
5th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Fiat Abarth, +1m00s7;
6th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m05s9;
7th= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, +1m08s5;
8th= Nunes/Calado, Peugeot, +3m01s4;
9th= Fontana/Cassina, Peugeot, +3m41s5;
10th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +4m34s4

IRC P-M SS11 - Battle Loix-Meeke hots up @ 06:20 PM - Loix with brilliant time closes to Meeke within 0.3s, a real ding dong battle. The stage win is however this time for Magalhaes followed by Basso and Camacho, the usual trio. Results after SS11:
1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 1h36m58s8;
2nd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +17s3;
3rd= Camacho/Calado, Peugeot, +25s8;
4th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +46s1;
5th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Fiat Abarth, +1m00s4;
6th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m07s6;
7th= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, +1m07s9;
8th= Nunes/Calado, Peugeot, +2m45s8;
9th= Fontana/Cassina, Peugeot, +3m27s1;
10th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +4m14s7

IRC P-M SS10 - Same people so close @ 05:56 PM - The same crazy game carries on. This time Basso wins the stage ahead of Magalhaes and Camacho, the 3 seperated by 0.8s! Meeke 4th fastest to retake Loix. Results after SS10:
1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 1h30m26s8;
2nd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +19s4;
3rd= Camacho/Calado, Peugeot, +25s7;
4th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +45s;
5th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Fiat Abarth, +59s5;
6th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m05s3;
7th= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, +1m07s6;
8th= Nunes/Calado, Peugeot, +2m30s4;
9th= Fontana/Cassina, Peugeot, +3m17s5;
10th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +3m56s8

IRC P-M SS9 - Basso by 0.3s @ 03:58 PM - Stage win number 7 for Basso, but again by less than a second! Loix passes Meeke again. Results after SS9:
1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 1h22m02s3;
2nd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +19s1;
3rd= Camacho/Calado, Peugeot, +24s9;
4th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +41s;
5th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Fiat Abarth, +53s9;
6th= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, +1m00s3;
7th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m03s8;
8th= Nunes/Calado, Peugeot, +2m16s8;
9th= Fontana/Cassina, Peugeot, +3m02s4;
10th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +3m05s6

IRC P-M SS8 - Basso dominance broken @ 03:29 PM - Magalhaes wins this stage. But again how incredibly close, our top3 Magalhaes-Camacho-Basso are seperated by less than 1sec on a 14km stage! Results after SS8:
1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 1h12m10s1;
2nd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +16s9;
3rd= Camacho/Calado, Peugeot, +24s6;
4th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +37s6;
5th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Fiat Abarth, +44s9;
6th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +55s4;
7th= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, +56s1;
8th= Nunes/Calado, Peugeot, +2m07s4;
9th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +2m37s6;
10th= Fontana/Cassina, Peugeot, +2m39s5

IRC P-M SS7 - Basso-Magalhaes-Camacho @ 02:56 PM - Top3 in this stage is equal to top3 overall. Gaps are very narrow every stage, but Basso has won 6 stages in a row now and on most stages are Magalhaes and Camacho 2nd and 3rd in random order. Results after SS7:
1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 1h03m16s6;
2nd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +17s8;
3rd= Camacho/Calado, Peugeot, +25s;
4th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +34s8;
5th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Fiat Abarth, +40s7;
6th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +50s2;
7th= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, +55s8;
8th= Nunes/Calado, Peugeot, +2m02s;
9th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +2m20s;
10th= Fontana/Cassina, Peugeot, +2m23s5

IRC P-M SS6 - Top3 in point3! @ 02:22 PM - Basso wins again, but Camacho only 0.1s down, Magalhaes only 0.3s down - on a 14km stage this is! Results after SS6:
1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 56m42s8;
2nd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +17s1;
3rd= Camacho/Calado, Peugeot, +22s7;
4th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +30s6;
5th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Fiat Abarth, +37s2;
6th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +43s8;
7th= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, +53s2;
8th= Nunes/Calado, Peugeot, +1m49s7;
9th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +2m02s4;
10th= Fontana/Cassina, Peugeot, +2m10s5

IRC P-M SS5 - Absolute stunner by Basso @ 12:45 AM - Basso posts a stunning time with the gap on this stage 1st to 2nd being as big as 2nd to 7th! Basso doubles his lead to 16.8s. Meeke overtakes Loix Results after SS5:
1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 48m11s5;
2nd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +16s8;
3rd= Camacho/Calado, Peugeot, +22s6;
4th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +28s;
5th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Fiat Abarth, +31s5;
6th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +41s4;
7th= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, +48s6;
8th= Nunes/Calado, Peugeot, +1m39s3;
9th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +1m41s2;
10th= Freitas/Figueiroa, Renault, +1m46s4

IRC P-M SS4 - Basso confirms his pace @ 12:03 AM - 3 stage wins in 3 stages for Basso and Abarth!!!! But gaps remain close. Results after SS4:
1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 34m53s5;
2nd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +8s4;
3rd= Camacho/Calado, Peugeot, +13s6;
4th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +18s5;
5th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Fiat Abarth, +21s9;
6th= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, +30s2;
7th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +30s9;
8th= Nunes/Calado, Peugeot, +1m06s5;
9th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +1m07s3;
10th= Fontana/Cassina, Peugeot, +1m14s

IRC P-M SS3 - Basso and Abarth again! @ 10:36 AM - Basso and Abarth extend their lead with yet another stage win. Fastest Peugeots are the locals Magalhaes and Camacho. Meeke drops 2 places, Rossetti in another Abarth gains a place. Results after SS3:
1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 24m58s3;
2nd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +4s1;
3rd= Camacho/Calado, Peugeot, +10s6;
4th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +16s;
5th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Fiat Abarth, +18s7;
6th= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, +24s9;
7th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +26s3;
8th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +50m7;
9th= Nunes/Calado, Peugeot, +52s7;
10th= Fontana/Cassina, Peugeot, +56s7

IRC P-M SS2 - Basso's big surprise! @ 10:02 AM - Peugeot dominated in the first 4 places after last night's short Funchal sea front stage, but in the first stage proper Basso wins and delivers the first event lead for Abarth this season! Results after SS2:
1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 11m33s4;
2nd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +0s6;
3rd= Camacho/Calado, Peugeot, +2s3;
4th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +3s8;
5th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +5s;
6th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Fiat Abarth, +5s4;
7th= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, +6s0;
8th= Nunes/Calado, Peugeot, +17m3;
9th= Fontana/Cassina, Peugeot, +19s5;
10th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +20s5

Wed July 29, 2009

Rali Vinho Madeira - TV Times IRC Rali Vinho Madeira - TV Times Eurosport, Eurosport2 and Eurosport Asia-Pacific will broadcast daily highlights from Madeira plus a review show the following week. Read on for the broadcast times (please note times are CET)...

Rali Vinho Madeira - Preview IRC Rali Vinho Madeira - Preview More than 70 crews will contest the 50th running of Rali Vinho Madeira, round seven of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, next week. The all-asphalt event starts on Thursday July 30 and draws to a close on Saturday August 1 and features a total of 21 stages....

Mon July 27, 2009

Rossetti returns to IRC for Madeira IRC Rossetti returns to IRC for Madeira Luca Rossetti will return to the Intercontinental Rally Challenge later this month when he drives a second factory Abarth Grande Punto on Rali Vinho Madeira....

Sun July 26, 2009

Strong entry for Madeira IRC Strong entry for Madeira More than 70 crews will contest the 50th running of Rali Vinho Madeira, round seven of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, next week. The all-asphalt event starts on Thursday July 30 and draws to a close on Saturday August 1 and features a total of 21 stages....

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