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Mon December 23, 2013

Bonnefis recovery is on track IRC Bonnefis recovery is on track Germain Bonnefis (centre of photo with his nurses), who shone for Team Renault Sport Technologies on several rounds of the 2013 FIA ERC Production Car Cup before injury cut short his season, says he is ready to get behind the wheel of a rally car once again. ...

Belfast backing for Circuit of Ireland General Belfast backing for Circuit of Ireland Bobby Willis, the Circuit of Ireland Rally Director, has welcomed backing from Belfast City Council after it was confirmed that the FIA European Rally Championship round will start and finish in Northern Ireland’s capital city. ...

IRC No New Year party for ERC drivers

Sun December 22, 2013

Full Jänner Rallye Preview IRC Full Jänner Rallye Preview Some of Europe’s best drivers will prove their worth as Ice Masters when the 2014 FIA European Rally Championship powers into action on the 31 Int. Jännerrallye, Oberösterreich from 3-5 January 2014. The asphalt showcase, which first ran in 1969 and attracted 100,000 spectato...

Abbring prepares for big ERC chance Peugeot Abbring prepares for big ERC chance Kevin Abbring, who will contest a minimum of six FIA European Rally Championship rounds in a new-generation Peugeot 208 T16 next season, has spoken of a feeling of satisfaction after he landed the prize drive. ...

ERC aces step up for Jänner Rallye IRC ERC aces step up for Jänner Rallye Several regulars from the FIA European Rally Championship will be taking a step up in performance when the 31 Int. Jännerrallye, Oberösterreich opens the new season from 3-5 January. ...

Kubica on top for ERC season opener IRC Kubica on top for ERC season opener There will be serious competition ahead when the 2014 FIA European Rally Championship starts in Austria next month. ...

Sat December 21, 2013

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Monte Carlo entry list @ 00:11 AM - The Rallye Monte Carlo 2014 entry list is now online too, follow menu WRC > Calendar or this link: http://www.rallye-info.com/event_entrylist.asp?event=615

Thu December 19, 2013

Champs given heroes welcome in MB plant Skoda Champs given heroes welcome in MB plant At the end of a magnificent year on the rally circuit, champions Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (CZ/CZ), Gaurav Gill/Glenn Macneall (IND/NZ) and Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN) were given a hero’s welcome when they visited the ŠKODA lead plant in Mladá Boleslav. As well as the dri...

Trio of ERC titles for Honda Civic IRC Trio of ERC titles for Honda Civic The inaugural FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) awards ceremony was held in Paris last week and much attention was made to the 2WD Cup and the drivers and team members of the Honda Civic Type R. ...

In the Spotlight: Kevin Abbring IRC In the Spotlight: Kevin Abbring Opportunities don’t get much better than the prize drive Kevin Abbring has secured for 2014....

Bouufier lands Colin McRae year award General Bouufier lands Colin McRae year award Bryan Bouffier was singled out as the worthy winner of the Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy Driver of the Year because he never gave up during the 2013 season. ...

Petter launches Norwegian dream team Citroen Petter launches Norwegian dream team Young rallycross sensation Alexander Hvaal has fulfilled his childhood dream by becoming a partner and apprentice under Petter ‘Hollywood’ Solberg in the first ever all-Norwegian World Rallycross team. The 21-year-old will drive a permanent second car in the Petter Solberg World ...

Wed December 18, 2013

Jänner Rallye entry list IRC Jänner Rallye entry list New season is here already, as the entry list of the Jänner Rallye 2014, 1st ERC round, has been published. And the WRC Rallye Monte Carlo entry list should follow still before Christmas. ...

New health monitor from Safari Rally General New health monitor from Safari Rally The cars on the East African Safari Classic Rally may originate from an almost bygone era but this year the event was a test-bed for a cutting-edge technology in motorsport safety. The appropriately named ‘Pilot’ system monitors the crews’ heart rate and other vital signs, relayi...

From Monaco to Macao Citroen From Monaco to Macao Citroën Racing presented details of its 2014 sporting programmes today at its technical centre in Versailles. For the first time ever, Citroën will be competing simultaneously in two FIA World Championships, with Rally Cars (WRC) and Touring Cars (WTCC). This commitment to motors...

Sun December 15, 2013

Citroen deal means Meeke makes it three IRC Citroen deal means Meeke makes it three Kris Meeke’s deal to drive for Citroën in the World Rally Championship in 2014 means there will be European championship or Intercontinental Rally Challenge representation in all three factory teams in the WRC next season. ...

Eurosport partnership pleases Todt IRC Eurosport partnership pleases Todt FIA President Jean Todt used his visit to the FIA European Rally Championship Awards Ceremony in Paris on Tuesday to speak about acknowledge the partnership between motorsport’s world governing body and ERC promoter Eurosport Events. ...

Kopecky enjoys Paris Skoda Kopecky enjoys Paris Jan Kopecký made sure he didn’t miss the FIA European Rally Championship Awards Ceremony in Paris on Tuesday night – he got behind the wheel of his ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000. ...

Fri December 13, 2013

Kubica confirms 2014 campaign Ford Kubica confirms 2014 campaign Robert Kubica and his long-term partner, Lotos, are delighted to announce their plans for the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). The Pole will contest all 13 rounds of next season's championship with a Lotos-supported Ford Fiesta RS WRC. ...

M-Sport confirm Hirvonen & Evans Ford M-Sport confirm Hirvonen & Evans M-Sport will field a mix of youth and experience in the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) as the winning potential of Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen are combined with the raw talent and ambition of Elfyn Evans and Daniel Barritt. Both crews will take to the Cumbrian firm...

Tue December 10, 2013

ERC Master to honour surface specialists IRC ERC Master to honour surface specialists Surface specialists will be recognised in the 2014 FIA European Rally Championship through three exciting new accolades*. At the ERC Awards Ceremony in Paris tonight, ERC promoter Eurosport Events revealed the creation of the ERC Asphalt, Gravel and Ice Masters. They will be ...

Hyundai launch 2014 line up WRC Hyundai launch 2014 line up Hyundai Motorsport has unveiled its full team line-up at a special launch event in Frankfurt today, as the manufacturer gears up for its debut in the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship at Monte Carlo next month. Hyundai Motorsport has set realistic targets for its debut season ...

Mon December 9, 2013

Citroen reveals 2014 driver line up Citroen Citroen reveals 2014 driver line up Citroën Racing is delighted to announce its line-up for the 2014 World Rally Championship. Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle and Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson will be the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team's driver/co-driver pairings in the DS3 WRC next season. ...

Fri December 6, 2013

Ford Ranger works team to Dakar Ford Ford Ranger works team to Dakar The Dakar Rally is widely regarded as the toughest race in the world, and requires a high level of physical fitness, endurance and mental focus in order to succeed. Accordingly the two Team Ford Racing crews that will be contesting Dakar 2014 are well into their preparations f...

Thu December 5, 2013

Skoda with R5 future Skoda Skoda with R5 future › ŠKODA Fabia R 5 to be ŠKODA’s new racing car --- › The successor to the Fabia Super 2000 rally car will arrive on the scene in 2015 --- › ŠKODA crews Kopecký/Dresler and Lappi/Ferm will line up in the works team in 2014 --- › ŠKODA will be in action in the APRC and ERC this ...

Pirelli to partner with Peugeot Italy Peugeot Pirelli to partner with Peugeot Italy Having recently secured a record fifth manufacturers championship with Peugeot Italia on the Italian Rally Championship, the Italian tyre firm will equip the French constructor once more in 2014. The agreement extends the enduring collaboration into a new era from next year on...

Tue December 3, 2013

Al Attiyah ends season on a high Ford Al Attiyah ends season on a high Nasser Al-Attiyah and Giovanni Bernacchini finished what was a near-perfect performance in this year's FIA Middle East Rally Championship on another high last weekend as they piloted their Ford Fiesta RRC to victory at the Dubai International Rally. ...

Impressive debut for M-Sport models Ford Impressive debut for M-Sport models As the latest model in M-Sport's successful range of Ford Fiesta rally cars, the Ford Fiesta R5+ got off to a sensational start at the Coppermines Grizedale Stages in the United Kingdom last weekend. With Matthew Wilson and co-driver Chris Patterson behind the wheel, the car...

Mon December 2, 2013

Consani shines on racing return IRC Consani shines on racing return Robert Consani is not just a hugely talented rally driver, he’s also got what it takes as a racing driver following a last-minute appearance in the final round of the Supertourisme 2L Endurance series at the Nogaro circuit in his native France earlier this month. ...

Exciting new Renault launched IRC Exciting new Renault launched This is the Clio Renaultsport R3T, which will be eligible for FIA European Rally Championship events from the middle of 2014 onwards. ...

Peugeot first to register for makes ERC Peugeot Peugeot first to register for makes ERC Peugeot Sport will register for the new-for-2014 FIA European Rally Championship Manufacturers’ Cup. As a result, drivers planning to contest the new ERC Junior Championship next season will be able to do so in a Peugeot 208 R2, which will now be eligible for the young driver cat...

Al Qassimi's stunning fightback Citroen Al Qassimi's stunning fightback The Dubai Rally, the final round of the Middle East Rally Championship, served up a thrilling contest from start to finish. Despite enjoying a superb race, Khalid Al Qassimi and Scott Martin were not rewarded with the result their performance deserved, as they were forced to reti...

Kristian Solberg confirms WRC return WRC Kristian Solberg confirms WRC return After a six-year break from the world stage, Finland's Kristian Sohlberg has confirmed he will take part in selected rounds of next year's FIA World Rally Championship at the wheel of an Autotek-run Ford Fiesta R5. ...

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