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Thu November 30, 2006

Subaru confirm tyre switch Subaru Subaru confirm tyre switch The Subaru World Rally Team announced today that it will use BFGoodrich tyres for its 2007 World Rally Championship campaign....

Markko Martin criticises Red Bull Skoda Skoda Markko Martin criticises Red Bull Skoda Former Subaru, Ford and Peugeot works driver Markko Martin has criticised the Red Bull Skoda team, saying there is "more life and more fire in the Fabia WRC"...

Peugeot OMV confident after shakedown

Skoda Satisfactory shakedown for RB Skoda

Wed November 29, 2006

Daniel Elena awarded Michael Park trophy WRC Daniel Elena awarded Michael Park trophy On September 18th 2005, Michael PARK (“Beef”), Markko MARTIN’s co-driver, was killed in a tragic accident during the Wales Rally GB....

RED to make history on Wales Rally GB WRC RED to make history on Wales Rally GB The RED World Rally Team will make history later this week, when it becomes the first team ever to run a Super 2000 car on Britain’s round of the World Rally Championship. Former British champion and global rally superstar Alister McRae will drive the RED Toyota S2000R on the nat...

Skoda to return with Fabia S2000 Skoda Skoda to return with Fabia S2000 According to Czech sport paper "Denik Sport", the Volkswagen executive committee have given approval for Skoda Motorsport to start work on an S2000 version of the forthcoming new Fabia....

Tue November 28, 2006

Stohl chasing Sordo Peugeot Stohl chasing Sordo The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team will take up the last run to the FIA World Rally Championship, the Wales Rally GB, from November 29 to December 3 in the Cardiff area with a lot of self-confidence. Manfred Stohl and Henning Solberg have bestowed the OMV Peugeot Norway WRT ...

Mon November 27, 2006

New Skoda Roomster Scout Skoda New Skoda Roomster Scout Škoda Auto is introducing the Roomster Scout, a brand new version of its compact MPV. After the premiere of the Octavia Scout at the Paris Motor Show, the Roomster Scout is a second vehicle of the Scout family, a design line that adds distinct off-road elements to passenger vehic...

Sat November 25, 2006

McRae completes Rally GB test WRC McRae completes Rally GB test Alister McRae completed a highly successful two day Rally GB test today in Mid-Wales. Delays in shipping the brand new Toyota S2000 car to the UK, meant that the test planned for earlier in the week had to be postponed. "It was worth the wait" said McRae, "we came here with a cle...

Wilson looking forward to home run Ford Wilson looking forward to home run Cumbrian world rally sensation Matthew Wilson arrives back in Britain after a whirlwind 11 months, taking in 15 countries and 15 rallies on five continents, as the most successful 19-year-old driver ever to compete in the World Rally Championship. Despite only just being out of s...

Petter hoping for muddy GB Subaru Petter hoping for muddy GB As the Subaru World Rally Team heads to south Wales this weekend for Rally GB, it is preparing not only for the final challenge of the season, but also one of the toughest events on the calendar....

Champions want to end season in style Ford Champions want to end season in style Newly-crowned FIA World Rally champions BP-Ford aim to complete the most successful season in their history by ending a long winless streak on next week's Wales Rally GB (30 November - 1 December). After securing the manufacturers' world title earlier this month for the f...

Fri November 24, 2006

Kronos look forward to classic finale Citroen Kronos look forward to classic finale Still often called ‘RAC Rally’ – the legends are persistent – Britain’s FIA WRC round which has become Wales Rally GB, comes back to the traditional wintry date it had held since 1959. The rally fans can only be delighted to experience again an event where the competitors drive t...

Thu November 23, 2006

RB Skoda hoping for strong season finale Skoda RB Skoda hoping for strong season finale Both Skoda Fabia WRCs will be well-prepared for the season finale of this year's World Rally Championship in Cardiff. An additional test in Wales has been organised for this coming Monday with the help of the sponsors. The two team bosses Raimund Baumschlager and Armin Schwarz...

Wed November 22, 2006

Duval could continue with Skoda Skoda Duval could continue with Skoda Francois Duval could continue with his First Motorsport Skoda team in 2007. The Fabia driver, speaking in an interview with Belgian website "DH Net", says though that he has no concrete plans for next season yet....

WRC concern over rival series WRC WRC concern over rival series The Super2000 category could supercede S1600 cars as the vehicle of choice for the JWRC from 2009 onwards. According to last week's Autosport magazine, there is concern over the potential rivalry from the burgeoning IRC series, run by SRW Events and promoted by Eurosport. The ...

Sun November 19, 2006

BP Ford win 2006 WRC title Ford BP Ford win 2006 WRC title New Zealand, November 19, 2006 - The Ford Focus RS World Rally Car 06, which made its Championship debut just over a year ago in Australia, has continued its successful first year in competition by securing the FIA WRC Manufacturers' Championship 2006 for Ford....

Strong finish for Stobart Ford Ford Strong finish for Stobart Ford Britain’s leading world rally star Matthew Wilson set a blistering pace through the final day of Rally New Zealand, one of the FIA World Rally Championship’s toughest events, near Hamilton today. Wilson continued to impress onlookers, demonstrating pace and maturity well beyond h...

Podium again for Stohl Peugeot Podium again for Stohl The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team can celebrate another great triumph. Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor reached the podium at the “Propecia Rally New Zealand”, just like they had three weeks ago in Australia. The OMV duo held the attacking Citroen works team at bay during the f...

Perfect weekend for BP Ford Ford Perfect weekend for BP Ford BP-Ford World Rally Team today secured the FIA World Rally Championship manufacturers' title after powering to a 1-2 finish in Rally New Zealand. Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen took their sixth victory of the season in a Ford Focus RS World Rally Car, finishing 56.0sec a...

4th and 5th for Kronos Citroen Citroen 4th and 5th for Kronos Citroen Xevi Pons/Carlos Del Barrio and Dani Sordo/Marc Marti have finished the final leg of the Rally New Zealand with no problems. The two Spanish Kronos Total Citroen crews end the event in fourth and fifth places respectively....

Petter secures points finish Subaru Petter secures points finish The Subaru World Rally Team’s focus for the final leg of Rally New Zealand was to get Petter Solberg to the end of the rally in a points-scoring position and gather data ahead of the final World Rally Championship round in Wales in two weeks’ time. Even though changeable weather ...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Rally of New Zealand @ 08:48 AM - Final (Unofficial) Overall Classification ... 1 M Gronholm 4:02:30.7 ... 2 Hirvonen 4:03:26.7 ... 3 Stohl 4:05:10.0 ... 4 Pons 4:05:26.8 ... 5 Sordo 4:05:51.4 ... 6 P Solberg 4:06:27.8 ... 7 Companc 4:13:02.3 ... 8 Latvala 4:17:53.1 ... 9 Hanninen 4:20:00.9 ... 10 Mason 4:22:50.7

WRC Gronholm wins title for Ford @ 08:45 AM - Marcus Gronholm wins the Rally of New Zealand and with it Ford secure their first manufacturer's title since 1979 ... the Finn leads from start to finish to head Mikko Hirvonen and Manfred Stohl on the podium. Rossi finishes in 11th.

Sat November 18, 2006

Companc lying 7th after day two Ford Companc lying 7th after day two Teenage rally hero Matthew Wilson turned in a consistent and quick performance in his Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team Focus RS WRC 06 on today's second leg of Rally New Zealand, the penultimate round of this season's FIA World Rally Championship. The 19-year-old rocketed...

Pons and Sordo battle for podium Citroen Pons and Sordo battle for podium Having finished the second day in fourth and fifth places respectively, Dani Sordo/Marc Marti and Xevi Pons/Carlos Del Barrio have not given up on their hopes of making the podium in New Zealand. They have six more stages, comprising nearly 100 competitive kilometres, in which to...

Mixed day for Impreza crews Subaru Mixed day for Impreza crews The Subaru World Rally Team experienced an up-and-down day, although both drivers showed flashes of pace after overnight set-up changes took the performance of the cars in the right direction....

Stohl moves up to 3rd Peugeot Stohl moves up to 3rd On the second day of Rally New Zealand the OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team can rejoice with Manfred Stohl. The 34-year-old Austrian fought a duel with Citroen works driver Dani Sordo and finally overtook him on the ninth special stage. Thus the OMV driver lies in third place ...

Gronholm dancing in the rain Ford Gronholm dancing in the rain Ford World Rally Team remained firmly in control of Rally New Zealand during today's rainswept second leg. Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen, who have led since the opening kilometre yesterday, extended their lead over team-mates Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen to 50.3sec ...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Nz after Leg Two @ 03:08 PM - Rally New Zealand, after SS11:
1) Gronholm 2h56m17.2s
2) Hirvonen +50.3s
3) Stohl +2m06.2s
4) Sordo +2m23.1s
5) Pons +2m38.4s
6) P Solberg +3m25.7s
7) Perez-Companc +8m41.1s
8) Latvala +11m08.1s
9) Baldacci +11m12.4s
10) Mason +12m28.1s
.. 13) V Rossi +16m45.8s

Fri November 17, 2006

Five out of Five for Marcus Ford Five out of Five for Marcus BP-Ford World Rally Team dominated today's opening leg of Rally New Zealand as Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen and team-mates Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen powered into first and second respectively. Grönholm completed a clean sweep by winning all five speed tests in ...

Almost perfect day for OMV Peugeot Peugeot Almost perfect day for OMV Peugeot The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team has stood their ground on day one of the “Propecia Rally New Zealand”. Manfred Stohl is on the course for a podium place despite several minor problems. The 34-year-old OMV driver lies in fourth place after five of 17 special stages. Hennin...

Companc in the points Ford Companc in the points South America's fastest rally driver Luis Perez Companc ended the opening leg of Rally New Zealand in a sensational, point-scoring position for the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford team. Companc was on scintillating form through today's five stages – four of which ran to the south-w...

Tough day for Subaru crews Subaru Tough day for Subaru crews The Subaru World Rally Team has two cars within the top ten at the end of the first leg. Petter Solberg holds sixth position, with team-mate Chris Atkinson in ninth spot. Petter and Chris had a tough morning and both drivers struggled to find grip on gravel roads made treacherous...

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