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Wed May 5, 2010

Meeke knocked from early lead Peugeot Meeke knocked from early lead Claiming nine stage wins from a possible 14 isn't always a guarantee of victory, as the reigning IRC champ Kris Meeke found out to his cost on last weekend's Rally Islas Canarias. The Peugeot 207 Super 2000 driver dominated the event but dropped two minutes after picki...

Sat May 1, 2010

Kopecky wins Rally Islas Canarias IRC Kopecky wins Rally Islas Canarias Jan Kopecky has secured his first victory of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge season following a tense finish to Rally Islas Canarias today (Saturday). Kopecky moved in front when Kris Meeke suffered a puncture on Friday's penultimate stage, but then had to stave off pres...

Skoda lock out the podium in Canarias Skoda Skoda lock out the podium in Canarias The Canary Islands Rally, the fourth event of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC), saw the second consecutive absolute triumph of Škoda Fabia Super 2000 vehicles - Jan Kopecký and Petr Starý of Škoda Motorsport (factory team) won, their team-mates Juho Hänninen and Mikko ...

Wilks nets podium hat-trick for Skoda UK Skoda Wilks nets podium hat-trick for Skoda UK Guy Wilks and co-driver Phil Pugh scored a sensational third consecutive podium finish in the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge after coming home 3rd on the Rally Islas Canarias 'Trofeo El Corte Ingles' – which finished in Las Palmas today....

Accident ends Wittmann's Rally Canarias Peugeot Accident ends Wittmann's Rally Canarias “Labour Day” unfortunately only lasted for about 30 kilometres for Franz Wittmann and Klaus Wicha (Peugeot 207 S2000). Two kilometres prior to the end of the eleventh special stage things quickly turned bad. During a left turn the right rear tyre broke off. This spelled a prematu...

Rally Islas Canarias: TV Schedule IRC Rally Islas Canarias: TV Schedule Eurosport, Europe’s largest television channel, has confirmed the tv schedule for Rally Islas Canarias, round four of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge....

NEWS JUST IN

IRC E end - Meeke overtakes Magalhaes @ 03:05 PM - Top3 unchanged, Meeke overtakes Magalhaes, but maybe with a little help, as Magalhaes' time was not really startling. End results (SS15)(subject to last road section and scrutineering): 1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 2h12m27s4;
2nd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +9s1;
3rd= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +36s4;
4th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m05s5;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +1m18s8;
6th= Hevia/Iglesias, Skoda, +2m25s;
7th= Vinyes/Mercader, Suzuki, +8m05s;
8th= Gracia/Sanuan, Mitsubishi, +10m06s5;
9th= Vallejo/Vallejo, Ford, +12m50s;
10th= Barrio/Rivero, Subaru, +13m12s6

IRC E SS14 - Neuville out @ 02:15 PM - Neuville crashed, not big but is out. Meeke fastest by a long way. With Skoda 1-2-3 a certainty, Meeke's time is the setting of the last battle. Meeke reduced the gap to Magalhaes to ust 8.9s, but the last stage is a very short one. Results after SS14: 1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 2h06m54s3;
2nd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +11s2;
3rd= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +33s9;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +1m01s5;
5th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m10s4;
6th= Hevia/Iglesias, Skoda, +2m17s2;
7th= Vinyes/Mercader, Suzuki, +7m43s8;
8th= Gracia/Sanuan, Mitsubishi, +9m42s3;
9th= Vallejo/Vallejo, Ford, +12m04s5;
10th= Barrio/Rivero, Subaru, +12m34s1

IRC E SS13 - Stage win for Meeke @ 01:16 PM - The next stage is the long one and maybe tactics are the talking point. Meeke won this short stage now, while Kopecky said he was saving his tyres for the long one. Sounds like a switch of strategies between these drivers since the first loop. Results after SS13: 1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 1h51m07s;
2nd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +12s;
3rd= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +32s8;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +58s;
5th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m20s3;
6th= Hevia/Iglesias, Skoda, +1m54s5;
7th= Neuville/Klinger, Peugeot, +4m01s5;
8th= Vinyes/Mercader, Suzuki, +6m47s8;
9th= Gracia/Sanjuan, Mitsubishi, +8m17s6;
10th= Vallejo/Vallejo, Ford, +8m24s9

IRC E SS12 - Kopecky hits back @ 10:56 AM - But if that was the attack tactics, Meeke gained more time on the long stage than Kopecky could take back with his 2 stage wins of the loop. Still, with only 3 stages left, this looks like Skoda's rally now. Results after SS12: 1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 1h46m26s3;
2nd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +10s8;
3rd= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +33s;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +57s;
5th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m21s9;
6th= Hevia/Iglesias, Skoda, +1m49s1;
7th= Neuville/Klinger, Peugeot, +3m56s6;
8th= Vinyes/Mercader, Suzuki, +6m32s5;
9th= Vallejo/Vallejo, Ford, +7m32s4;
10th= Gracia/Sanjuan, Mitsubishi, +7m56s

IRC E SS11 - Longest stage of day @ 10:11 AM - SS11 is a 5km shortened and reverse version of yesterday's dramatic SS8. Meeke wins stage and passes Hevia, Vallejo in the Fiesta suffers power steering failure and drops behind Neuville. Wittman out crash, Oliveira out mechanical. Results after SS11: 1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 1h40m57s2;
2nd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +10s2;
3rd= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +29s9;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +54s4;
5th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m20s8;
6th= Hevia/Iglesias, Skoda, +1m38s9;
7th= Neuville/Klinger, Peugeot, +3m51s8;
8th= Vinyes/Mercader, Suzuki, +5m12s3;
9th= Vallejo/Vallejo, Ford, +6m16s9;
10th= Gracia/Sanjuan, Mitsubishi, +7m30s1

IRC E SS10 - Skoda top3 on stage too @ 10:07 AM - koda takes top3 places on stage and defend top3 overall. Magalhaes says he has a close ratio gearbox and this is longest stage of the rally. Same for Meeke? Results after SS10: 1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 1h25m06s9;
2nd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +13s8;
3rd= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +31s5;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +50s9;
5th= Hevia/Iglesias, Skoda, +1m23s9;
6th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m29s;
7th= Vallejo/Vallejo, Ford, +3m43s5;
8th= Neuville/Klinger, Peugeot, +3m44s9;
9th= Vinyes/Mercader, Suzuki, +4m16s5;
10th= Gracia/Sanjuan, Mitsubishi, +6m16s

Fri April 30, 2010

Strong day one for Skoda on Canarias Skoda Strong day one for Skoda on Canarias After the first day of Rally Canarias, the fourth round of the Interncontinental Rally Challenge series, the first two places belong to the crews of Skoda Motorsport. After the first day of Rally Canarias, the fourth round of the Interncontinental Rally Challenge series, the firs...

Kopecky leads as Meeke hits trouble Skoda Kopecky leads as Meeke hits trouble Jan Kopecky holds a 14.4-second lead on Rally Islas Canarias heading into the event's final leg tomorrow (Saturday). Cheered on by thousands of enthusiastic spectators, Kopecky, from Czech Republic, tops a Skoda Fabia one-two-three following a dramatic day of action on Gran C...

Wilks finishes leg one in third place Skoda Wilks finishes leg one in third place Guy Wilks set a blistering pace on his first appearance on the Rally Islas Canarias 'Trofeo El Corte Ingles' to complete an exciting and hotly contested opening day ahead of all the local Spanish drivers and in 3rd position in his Škoda UK Motorsport Fabia S2000. The 29-y...

Set-up issue caused Meeke's puncture Peugeot Set-up issue caused Meeke's puncture Kronos Racing boss Marc van Dalen has said the set-up of Kris Meeke’s Peugeot 207 Super 2000 caused the puncture that put the Northern Irishman out of the lead of Rally Islas Canarias. The defending Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion was 14.4 seconds in front of Jan...

Tyre damage delays Wittmann Peugeot Tyre damage delays Wittmann When it rains, it pours. Just when things started to go better for Franz Wittmann and Klaus Wicha (Peugeot 207 S2000), a tyre damage stopped the race to catch up of the Interwetten Racing-duo. About two kilometres into the next to last special stage of the day Wittmann had a flat...

Wittmann 9th after opening loop Peugeot Wittmann 9th after opening loop Franz Wittmann and Klaus Wicha (Peugeot 207 S2000) lie in ninth overall place after three of 15 special stages of the “34th Rally Islas de Canarias”. The gap on leader Kris Meeke (GB/Peugeot 207 S2000) amounts to 42 seconds. But there are only 7,7 seconds missing on a place withi...

Hevia's focus on local battle Skoda Hevia's focus on local battle Alberto Hevia has ruled out a repeat of his heroics on last year’s Intercontinental Rally Challenge-counting Rally Principe de Asturias when he makes his return to the series in Gran Canaria this week....

NEWS JUST IN

IRC E SS9 (end leg1) - Cancelled @ 07:32 PM - Stage cancelled. Too many spectators, combined with delays giving us a stage turning dark. For end of leg1 results, see previous SS8 just in.

IRC E SS8 - Pug puncture, Skoda leads!!!! @ 07:03 PM - Now we have a Skoda 1-2-3! Meeke collected a front end puncture on this long, smooth asphalt stage. Meeke believes there are similarities to Kronos' problems on Madeira last year. Still, 20s lead turned into 90s behind. Punctures for Neuville and Wittmann too. Results after SS8: 1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 1h20m25s;
2nd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +13s4;
3rd= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +31s4;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +49s3;
5th= Hevia/Iglesias, Skoda, +1m17s;
6th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m28s;
7th= Vallejo/Vallejo, Ford, +3m35s6;
8th= Neuville/Klinger, Peugeot, +3m40s9;
9th= Vinyes/Mercader, Suzuki, +4m00s1;
10th= Gracia/Sanjuan, Mitsubishi, +5m51s5

IRC E SS7 - Sole Fiesta drops @ 06:25 PM - And next stage matters. Another stage win for Meeke. The sole Ford Fiesta S2000 of Sergio Vallejo is late out of service and gets a time penalty. All close, but next stage is the longest of the rally at 30km. Results after SS7: 1st= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, 1h01m14s1;
2nd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +17s9;
3rd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +22s6;
4th= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +44s2;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +57s8;
6th= Hevia/Iglesias, Skoda, +1m11s1;
7th= Neuville/Klinger, Peugeot, +1m18s9;
8th= Wittmann/Wicha, Peugeot, +1m47s9;
9th= Vinyes/Mercader, Suzuki, +3m14s7;
10th= Vallejo/Vallejo, Ford, +3m29s8

IRC E SS6 - 3 in a row for Meeke @ 02:54 PM - Perfect aternoon or Meeke, but SS6 he only wins by 0.1s from Kopecky. Results after SS6: 1st= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, 56m16s2;
2nd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +14s5;
3rd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +21s9;
4th= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +41s2;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +52s5;
6th= Hevia/Iglesias, Skoda, +1m00s9;
7th= Neuville/Klinger, Peugeot, +1m13s9;
8th= Vallejo/Vallejo, Ford, +1m20s;
9th= Wittmann/Wicha, Peugeot, +1m38s2;
10th= Vinyes/Mercader, Suzuki, +2m53s3

IRC E SS5 - Bigger lead for Meeke now @ 02:26 PM - Strong stage for Meeke. SS5 is the second longest stage of the day, but as SS2 it was won by Hänninen by only 0.5s, this time Meeke takes 8.4s! Magalhaes passed Hevia. Stage stopped after 11th placed 207 S2000 owner set his Lancer Evo on fire. Results after SS5: 1st= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, 49m09s8;
2nd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +14s4;
3rd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +19s5;
4th= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +35s;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +50s2;
6th= Hevia/Iglesias, Skoda, +55s6;
7th= Neuville/Klinger, Peugeot, +1m04s9;
8th= Vallejo/Vallejo, Ford, +1m10s3;
9th= Wittmann/Wicha, Peugeot, +1m24s9;
10th= Vinyes/Mercader, Suzuki, +2m32s9

IRC E SS4 - Peugeots strong in Moya stage @ 02:20 PM - Repeat of SS1 and Meeke repeated his SS1 stage win with Magalhaes 3rd fastest, 5.6s down. Overall Kopecky passes morning sensation Hänninen or 2nd. Results after SS4: 1st= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, 33m17s4;
2nd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +6s;
3rd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +9s5;
4th= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +19s6;
5th= Hevia/Iglesias, Skoda, +34s2;
6th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +36s6;
7th= Neuville/Klinger, Peugeot, +44s;
8th= Vallejo/Vallejo, Ford, +45s1;
9th= Wittmann/Wicha, Peugeot, +53s6;
10th= Vinyes/Mercader, Suzuki, +1m41s1

IRC E SS3 - Magalhaes in problems @ 10:40 AM - Bruno Magalhaes lost 20s with a transmission problem. Kopecky, Hänninen & Meeke are the top3 on the stage, split by only 0.2s. Results after SS3: 1st= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, 28m18s6;
2nd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +3s7;
3rd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +3s8;
4th= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +13s3;
5th= Hevia/Iglesias, Skoda, +26s6;
6th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +31s;
7th= Vallejo/Vallejo, Ford, +34s;
8th= Neuville/Klinger, Peugeot, +34s6;
9th= Wittmann/Wicha, Peugeot, +42s3;
10th= Vinyes/Mercader, Suzuki, +1m20s4

IRC E SS2 - Stage win for Hänninen @ 10:26 AM - This stage is 3 times as long as the opener, 24km, but Meeke only loses 0.5s to surprise stage winner Hänninen. No major dramas yet except Oliveira having a spin. Results after SS2: 1st= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, 21m08s7;
2nd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +3s7;
3rd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +4s;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +8s;
5th= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +10s;
6th= Hevia/Iglesias, Skoda, +21s9;
7th= Neuville/Klinger, Peugeot, +24s;
8th= Vallejo/Vallejo, Ford, +25s7;
9th= Wittmann/Wicha, Peugeot, +31s2;
10th= Vinyes/Mercader, Suzuki, +59s5

IRC E SS1 - Short fast opener @ 10:16 AM - Kris Meeke become first leader of the rally, but short fast stage means tiny gaps. Results after SS1: 1st= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, 5m04s4;
2nd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +1s4;
3rd= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +2s;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +3s3;
5th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +4s2;
6th= Hevia/Iglesias, Skoda, +7s3;
7th= Vallejo/Vallejo, Ford, +7s8;
=8th= Wittmann/Wicha, Peugeot, +8s5;
=8th= Neuville/Klinger, Peugeot, +8s5;
10th= Vinyes/Mercader, Suzuki, +17s8

Thu April 29, 2010

Wittmann puts on a show in shakedown Peugeot Wittmann puts on a show in shakedown With the shakedown, Franz Wittmann and Klaus Wicha (Peugeot 207 S2000) have passed the first assignment within the “34th Rally Islas de Canarias” with flying colours. The Interwetten Racing-duo completed four turns on the 2,5 kilometres long course and was very satisfied afterwar...

Meeke tops Canarias shakedown IRC Meeke tops Canarias shakedown Kris Meeke has set the fastest time during shakedown for Rally Islas Canarias, round four of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge. Kris Meeke has set the fastest time during shakedown for Rally Islas Canarias, round four of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge....

Q&A with Thierry Neuville Peugeot Q&A with Thierry Neuville Thierry Neuville begins his six-event Intercontinental Rally Challenge programme on Rally Islas Canarias from 29 April-1 May driving a Team Peugeot Belgium-Luxembourg 207 Super 2000 for Kronos Racing. He talks about his career so far and his hopes for this season....

Wed April 28, 2010

Meeke happy after Canarias test Peugeot Meeke happy after Canarias test Kris Meeke says he was “very happy” with the set-up of his Peugeot UK-backed 207 Super 2000 following a test on Gran Canaria on Monday. The reigning Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion was one of several championship regulars to take part in a pre-event test as part ...

Magalhaes hopes to up his game Peugeot Magalhaes hopes to up his game Bruno Magalhães has vowed to kick-start his Intercontinental Rally Challenge title bid on Rally Islas Canarias this week. The Peugeot Portugal driver is sixth in the drivers’ standings after three rounds but admits he has so far been unable to recapture the form that has t...

Tue April 27, 2010

New territory for Peugeot Peugeot New territory for Peugeot The 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge's fourth port of call is the Rally Islas Canarias (Gran Canaria) which has stepped in to replace the Rally Principe de Asturias as the Spanish round of the Eurosport-initiated competition. The island's stages will be totally new f...

Mon April 26, 2010

Rally Islas Canarias - Preview IRC Rally Islas Canarias - Preview Following the Intercontinental Rally Challenge's action-packed double-header in South America last month, the series returns to European soil from 29 April-1 May with its first visit to the Canary Islands for the fourth round of what is already shaping up to be an exhilaratin...

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