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Mon November 30, 2015

Blomqvist wins 2015 Safari Classic Rally General Blomqvist wins 2015 Safari Classic Rally Stig Blomqvist and co-driver Stéphane Prévot of the Swedish Team Tido Race4Health rally team have won the 2015 East African Safari Classic Rally in a classic Porsche 911 rally car prepared and run by Britain's Tuthill Porsche. After taking an early lead on the nine-day, 4,0...

East African Safari Classic Rally results General East African Safari Classic Rally results After the breathtaking 9 day event (day5 = rest day) here we bring you the 2015 East African Safari Rally overall results. ...

Ford M-Sport announce drivers for 2016

Fri November 27, 2015

Safari last day: Thaita Hills to Mombasa General Safari last day: Thaita Hills to Mombasa It was a Swede dominated podium, as rally car ace Stig Blomqvist navigated by Stephane Prevot in car no 3 was this year’s winner of the East African Safari Classic, only the second rally he has won in Africa. Congratulated by his son on twitter for fulfilling his “long held drea...

Tlustak considers R5 options for 2016 IRC Tlustak considers R5 options for 2016 Antonín Tlusťák, who contested all 10 rounds of the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship in a ŠKODA Fabia S2000, is planning to move to an R5 car in 2016 - but he hasn't decided whether it will be a Ford Fiesta R5 or a ŠKODA Fabia R5 yet. The Czech driver recently drove ...

ERC2 Champ moves up to Citroen DS3 R5 Citroen ERC2 Champ moves up to Citroen DS3 R5 ERC2 champion Dávid Botka has bought a Citroën DS3 R5 for the 2016 FIA European Rally Championship. The rapid Hungarian driver won three out of the last four rounds to clinch the ERC2 title in a dramatic final round showdown....

Thu November 26, 2015

Lukyanuk's Estonia win nominated by FIA IRC Lukyanuk's Estonia win nominated by FIA Alexey Lukyanuk's dramatic two-wheel moment on the final corner of the 2015 auto24 Rally Estonia has been nominated for the FIA Action of the Year award. Within sight of the finish line, Lukyanuk put his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X high up on two wheels. Despite this, the R...

A very different memory of Richard Burns WRC A very different memory of Richard Burns On 25th November it was 10 years since Richard Burns left this planet. Richard was World Rally Champion in 2001 and throughout his career he won 10 WRC events. This was a lot considering his career ended when it most likely still didn't even reach its peak. You may have read ...

Wed November 25, 2015

Safari day7: The longest section General Safari day7: The longest section Controlling the pace today helped Stig Blomqvist retain his lead on the road, in another exciting day of rallying, which included the longest single section of the rally, at a distance of 158kms. “I took it easy,” said the seasoned rally champ who did his first East African rally...

Tue November 24, 2015

Safari day6: Dry, rough to Arusha General Safari day6: Dry, rough to Arusha As the cars raced from Mto wa Mbu after their gentle rest day and thorough overhaul on day 5, Car no 3 Stig Blomqvist’s Porsche 911 retained his road and points lead over the rest of the cars, zooming out of CS15 after completing the 232kms with no issues. “It was smooth,” said t...

Sun November 22, 2015

Safari day4: Into Tanzania General Safari day4: Into Tanzania After a long, challenging day rallying from Amboseli, Kenya through to Tanzania, Stig Blomqvist’s blue Porsche 911 was the first to arrive into the service park at Mto wa Mbu despite having to fix several punctures during today’s 415km of driving. He was followed on the road by C...

Sat November 21, 2015

Safari day3: Fun river crossings General Safari day3: Fun river crossings Swedish racing ace Richard Goransson in car no 6, a Porsche 911 achieved the fastest time in CS7, the opening stage for Day 3, clocking 43.23 against Stig Blomqvist’s 45:20 in the first section of the day. “We caught Stig in the dust and managed to take back about two minutes in ...

Fri November 20, 2015

Safari day2: dust, long drives, ditches General Safari day2: dust, long drives, ditches As cars raced towards Amboseli on the second day of the East African Safari Classic, the leader at each Section’s time-control changed througout the day, on this, the longest stage of the nine-day rally. In the lead time-wise during the first section of the day were Siddall/W...

Thu November 19, 2015

Tuthill Porsche at the Safari Rally General Tuthill Porsche at the Safari Rally Tuthill Porsche has prepared twelve historic 911 rally cars for this year's East African Safari Classic Rally, which starts in Mombasa, Kenya on November 19. The first team members landed in Kenya at the start of November, to unload numerous containers of cars and parts an...

Safari day1 full of incidents General Safari day1 full of incidents Changes and unexpected drama dominated the first day of the rally starting with a late night bulletin cancelling the third leg - section CS3 due to route deterioration and a submerged bridge. This did little to diminish the action on the two remaining legs. An early dampness ...

Ian Duncan out of Safari before the start General Ian Duncan out of Safari before the start The 2013 winner of the East African Safari Classic, Ian Duncan has pulled out of this year’s rally at the last minute. Citing cam shaft problems in his Ford Capri 3100 V6 engine, the rally ace said “I am shattered and disappointed. The engine has given me hassles all the time, fr...

Details of the East African Safari 2015 General Details of the East African Safari 2015 Since its inception in 1953, the Safari Rally’s reputation as one of the toughest events on the international rally circuit gave it great kudos, until governance woes removed it in 2003 from the World Rally Championship roster. The East African Safari Classic rally, set up th...

Substantial upgrade for Fiesta R5 Ford Substantial upgrade for Fiesta R5 M-Sport's globally successful Ford Fiesta R5 will receive an extensive upgrade from 1 January 2016. The development will bring substantial performance enhancements to what is already a championship-winning vehicle. Since its debut in the middle of 2013, the Fiesta R5 has ...

Safari: One good result deserves another? General Safari: One good result deserves another? At least one competitor on the Kenya Airways Safari Classic Rally has chalked up a good result on an international rally in the week prior to the Safari getting out on the road in Mombasa on Thursday morning. The man is question is Stéphane Prévot who was co-driving for Stéphane ...

No Citroen in 2016, but back in 2017! Citroen No Citroen in 2016, but back in 2017! --- As it unveiled its future in motor sport, Citroën announced it will be taking part in the World Rally Championship from 2017. --- The team's entry will be based on a model designed in line with the FIA's new technical regulations. In order to dedicate as many resour...

Mon November 16, 2015

Max Vatanen keeps 100% record WRC Max Vatanen keeps 100% record Fast Finn Max Vatanen set some blistering times on last weekend's Wales Rally GB. He and co-driver Jacques-Julien Renucci finished second in their class on the final round of the World Rally Championship. More pleasing to Vatanen and Renucci was their 100 per cent record. ...

JRM Subaru dominates production class Subaru JRM Subaru dominates production class JRM's brand-new NR4-spec Subaru WRX STI made a stunning FIA World Rally Championship debut at Wales Rally GB this weekend, finishing 20th overall, winning the production category by more than five minutes and beating a number of R5-specification cars into the bargain. ...

Sun November 15, 2015

Ogier completes Wales Rally GB hat-trick WRC Ogier completes Wales Rally GB hat-trick Sébastien Ogier completed a Wales Rally GB hat-trick today and swiftly dedicated his victory to the French people, after conquering some of the most challenging conditions the event has ever seen. Storm Abigail, the remnants of Hurricane Kate, gale force winds and driving rain...

Hyundai concludes season with a final push WRC Hyundai concludes season with a final push Hyundai Motorsport has brought its second season in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) to a competitive conclusion with two cars registering top-five finishes in Wales Rally GB, the final round of 2015. Dani Sordo and Hayden Paddon both enjoyed trouble-free runs through ...

Kubice concludes season in top10 WRC Kubice concludes season in top10 Polish star Robert Kubica has concluded Rally Great Britain, and the 2015 World Rally Championship, in the top 10. During a year in which the Polish star continued to learn plenty about what he described as "probably the hardest form of motorsport in the world", he set nine fa...

VW & Ogier victorious at Rally GB WRC VW & Ogier victorious at Rally GB 26 podiums from 13 rallies, including twelve wins - the 2015 season will go down in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) history books as Volkswagen's most successful to date. Three-time world champions* Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) claimed their eighth win of the...

Evans salvages 6th at home Ford Evans salvages 6th at home M-Sport World Rally Team's Elfyn Evans salvaged sixth place from this weekend's Wales Rally GB as the team's home event dished out its fair share of misfortune. As torrential rain and gale force winds battered the stages, Evans and co-driver Daniel Barritt got the Wel...

Citroen finishes 2nd in the Championship Citroen Citroen finishes 2nd in the Championship The very short final leg of Wales Rally GB promised to deliver a dramatic, nail-biting finale. For the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team crews, the aim was to hold onto their positions in order to score the points required to confirm second place in the manufacturers' ...

Last Junior round goes to Veiby Citroen Last Junior round goes to Veiby In Wales only to try and wrap up the WRC 3 title, Quentin Gilbert was not eligible to score any points in the FIA Junior WRC at this, the seventh and final round of the season. Having already won the category, he let Simone Tempestini, Ole Christian Veiby and Terry Folb fight ...

Thu November 12, 2015

Welsh finale for manufacturer battle WRC Welsh finale for manufacturer battle Hyundai and Citroën go head-to-head at Wales Rally GB (12 - 15 November) in a last gasp push to secure the runners-up spot in the WRC manufacturers' championship. The title has been secured by Volkswagen, but as the season reaches its 13th and final round in the forests...

Recce, steady, go WRC Recce, steady, go The countdown is almost over and Wales Rally GB is revving up to fire into life, with the Deeside Service Park in place and the recce run ahead of the hotly-anticipated finale to the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship. Wales Rally GB is one of the most traditional and invariab...

JRM Subaru enters Wales Rally GB Subaru JRM Subaru enters Wales Rally GB JRM is pleased to confirm that one of its NR4-specification Subaru WRX STI production rally cars will tackle this week’s Wales Rally GB – the final round of this year’s FIA World Rally Championship. The 2015 car – the newest NR4 rally car in the world – has been commissioned and ...

M-Sport edition Ford Fiesta revealed Ford M-Sport edition Ford Fiesta revealed An M-Sport edition of the globally successful Ford Fiesta road car has today been revealed. M-Sport's partners at Permashine are behind the project which includes a number of performance and aesthetic enhancements. Mirroring the EcoBoost powered Ford Fiesta RS WRC, the M-Spo...

M-Sport bid farewell to legend Millington Ford M-Sport bid farewell to legend Millington After 18 full years of loyal service, John 'Milly' Millington is hanging up his radio and bidding a fond farewell to the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Having attended 317 rallies - 266 of which with M-Sport - the team wish him a very happy and relaxing retirement. ...

Gallagher steps down as Clerk of Course WRC Gallagher steps down as Clerk of Course Wales Rally GB bade a fond farewell today to one of its staunchest supporters and most loyal servants - as Clerk of the Course Fred Gallagher confirmed his retirement from the role on the eve of his 20th event. Gallagher has enjoyed a long and proud career in rallying at the ...

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