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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