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December 2004 News Archive


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Thu December 30, 2004

First customer Fabia WRCs go to UK Skoda First customer Fabia WRCs go to UK As they prepare to launch the second evolution of the Fabia WRC at the beginning of March 2005, Skoda Motorsport have sold 5 of their original Fabia WRCs to UK based customers. Irishman Derek McGarrity has bought two of the cars, one of which he will use to defend his Irish tarma...

Chris Atkinson on his way to Banbury Subaru Chris Atkinson on his way to Banbury Australian rally driver Chris Atkinson jetted out of Brisbane this afternoon headed for Banbury in England where he will join the Subaru World Rally team for his campaign in 2005 World Rally Championship. Prior to jetting out today, Atkinson spent some time at the Surfers Paradis...


WRC Monte Carlo Tipping @ - Our 2005 tipping competition is open for your Monte Carlo tips. Just click here.

Mon December 27, 2004

Monte start order-full Monte looks empty WRC Monte start order-full Monte looks empty Including JWRC and privateers we have a total of 34 entries in Monte Carlo. That's no good. That's still more than 10% of Monte entries of the 1980s! We have to do something about that. May I suggest 1-car teams instead of 2-car? Otherwise no big surprises, other than Monte...

Fri December 24, 2004


WRC Merry Christmas @ 05:48 PM - We thank you for your continued support in 2004 and look forward to bringing you WRC coverage and articles in 2005........along with a few other things that you may just like.........Seasons Greetings to all of our visitors.

Tue December 21, 2004

Skoda test for Monte and Sweden Skoda Skoda test for Monte and Sweden The Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team has been hard at work testing for the coming 2005 season. Tests have been taking place in recent weeks in the south of France and northern Finland in preparation for the first two events of the new season; Monte Carlo and Sweden. Armin Schwa...

Fri December 17, 2004

David Lapworth: The WRC Off Season Subaru David Lapworth: The WRC Off Season With rallying's 'off-season' running from mid-November to mid-January, the lack of WRC rallies means it's often regarded as a rest period. It's thought to be a time when teams can take a break, look back over the last year and get ready for Christmas ahead of the n...

Auriol and Pons to drive 206 on Monte Peugeot Auriol and Pons to drive 206 on Monte BOZIAN RACING Team , that will have 307 WRC at its disposal in the progress of the season , will be present in several events of the 2005 FIA World Rally Championship, as well as in others parallel programs . The Satellite Team of Peugeot-Spor...

Australian Chris Atkinson joins SWRT Subaru Australian Chris Atkinson joins SWRT Australia's brightest rally star Chris Atkinson will join the Subaru World Rally Team for the 2005 season. The 25-year-old will contest the majority (15 according to Australian sources) of the sixteen events that make up the FIA world championship series, starting with Rally S...

Thu December 16, 2004

Fab 4 for Sweden? Skoda Fab 4 for Sweden? Skoda may run as many as four Fabia WRCs on February's Swedish Rally as Jani Paasonen hopes to extend his programme with the Czech team to include the fast snow-lined event. Armin Schwarz and Janne Tuohino will drive cars 1 and 2 in Sweden, the second round of the 2005 World R...

Wed December 15, 2004

Stohl to compete in Xsara for 10 events Citroen Stohl to compete in Xsara for 10 events Exactly one month after the finale of the FIA World Rally Championship, OMV presents a new, extended and attractive rally programme for 2005. For the first time Central Europe's leading crude oil and natural gas group is being represented in the World Championship by a very s...

Mon December 13, 2004

WRC Suzuki to enter all 16 rounds

Fri December 10, 2004

Subaru confirms Sarrazin Subaru Subaru confirms Sarrazin Stéphane Sarrazin's remarkable performance at the wheel of a Subaru France backed Impreza this year has been rewarded with a works drive for the Subaru World Rally Team in the 2005 FIA World Rally Championship. As part of Subaru's well established driver development progra...

General Kankkunen for Safari

Thu December 9, 2004


Skoda 2005 Fabia half finished @ 10:11 AM - Skoda are reported to be about half way through development work on the 2005 Fabia WRC.

Skoda 3 events for Kopecky @ 10:10 AM - Latest mumblings says that Jan Kopecky will do 3 WRC events in 2005.

Skoda Ekstrom for further events? @ 10:09 AM - Skoda boss Martin Muehlmeier has said he would like Mattias Ekstrom to do further events next season as well as the Swedish Rally; probably after the DTM season has finished.

Skoda Meeke tests Fabia WRC @ 10:07 AM - Kris Meeke tested the Fabia WRC in France last weekend for about 30 miles. Colin McRae's protoge was asked to drive as Alex Bengue had to leave the test early.

Tue December 7, 2004

Rovanpera joins Mitsu for 2005 Mitsubishi Rovanpera joins Mitsu for 2005 Mitsubishi Motors today confirms that is has registered a two-car entry for the 2005 FIA World Rally Championship and the team will contest all 16 rounds of the series with the latest specification Mitsubishi World Rally Car, the Lancer WRC05. Mitsubishi Motors is therefore fulfi...

Mon December 6, 2004

Toni & Roman settle into Focus Ford Toni & Roman settle into Focus Ford rookies Toni Gardemeister and Roman Kresta took to the snow at the weekend, climbing behind the wheel of their new world rally challenger, the Ford Focus RS WRC, for the first time. The team mates covered just under 1,000kms in four days on snow covered roads near Kall, no...

Sun December 5, 2004

ROC a useful opportunity for Schwarz Skoda ROC a useful opportunity for Schwarz Armin Schwarz had the unique opportunity to try out two of his competitors cars this weekend whilst under contract to Skoda by competing in the Race of Champions in Paris. The German driver got behind the wheel of both the Citroen Xsara and Peugeot 307 WRCs whilst competing in th...

Sat December 4, 2004


WRC Harri No.1 at Mitsu? @ 04:54 PM - Mitsubishi are expected to confirm Harri Rovanpera as No.1 with the team on Tuesday. Gilles Panizzi is likely to share the second car with Gigi Galli.

Fri December 3, 2004

Ford sign Roman Kresta Ford Ford sign Roman Kresta Ford Motor Company is today announcing that Roman Kresta has signed a contract to drive in next season's FIA World Rally Championship. The Czech driver will tackle the 2005 championship at the wheel of a Ford Focus RS World Rally Car. He will partner Finland's Toni Gardemei...

Capello wins Monza Rally for Skoda Skoda Capello wins Monza Rally for Skoda Škoda Fabia WRC reached another international victory, driven by former Italian touring car champion and Le Mans winner Rinaldo ‘Dindo‘ Capello, on weekend Monza Rallye Show. In the factory car prepared by Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team, Capello left behind both experienced ra...


WRC Kresta to Ford @ 07:10 AM - Roman Kresta is to drive in the 2nd Ford seat alongside Toni Gardemeister.

Wed December 1, 2004

Ekstrom & Kopecky to share 3rd Fabia Skoda Ekstrom & Kopecky to share 3rd Fabia The Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team has finalised agreements with Mattias Ekström and Jan Kopecky to drive the third Škoda Fabia WRC on selected events during the 2005 World Rally Championship. Mattias won the 2004 German Touring Car (DTM) Champion driving for Audi Sport and ...

Markko joins Marcus at Peugeot Peugeot Markko joins Marcus at Peugeot Team Peugeot Total is delighted to announce that it has come to an agreement which will allow Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen to be partnered in 2005 by Markko Märtin and his co-driver Michael Park. After a 2004 season that failed to enable the team to achieve its objectiv...

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