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Fri October 24, 2003

3rd & 5th put Ford right in the battle Ford 3rd & 5th put Ford right in the battle Ford BP Rallye Sport drivers Markko Märtin and Michael Park battled against the effects of last weekend's heavy accident in Corsica to hold a fighting third place in their Focus RS World Rally Car after the first leg of the Rally Catalunya in Spain today. Team-mates François D...

Tue October 21, 2003

Petter - Right in the championship fight Subaru Petter - Right in the championship fight Petter Solberg really was the come-back king in Corsica on the weekend. A crash in shakedown on Thursday, competing in a rebuilt car on Friday morning and rally winner on Sunday afternoon. It's little wonder he's a happy chappy and looking forward to Catalunya. The below is...

Sun October 19, 2003

Duval Equals His Best Ford Duval Equals His Best Ford BP Rallye Sport drivers François Duval and Stéphane Prévot matched their career-best result by finishing third on the Rallye de France - Tour de Corse today. Their podium finish at the wheel of a Ford Focus RS World Rally Car was their second of the season and came after a t...

Carlos Leads the WRC Drivers Title! Citroen Carlos Leads the WRC Drivers Title! Citroën has taken control of the 2003 World Rally Championship with the French car maker leading the manufacturers' title chase and, after the weekend's (17-19 October 2003) Rally of Corsica, Carlos Sainz leads the Drivers' Championship in his Citroën Xsara WRC. Colin M...

Subaru - Come Back Kings! Subaru Subaru - Come Back Kings! Continuing yesterday’s remarkable performance, Petter Solberg delivered another strategically perfect drive to maintain his overnight lead and win the rally, the fourth victory of his WRC career. Winning by a margin of 36.6 seconds, the Norwegian claimed a maximum ten points in b...

Fabia WRC makes asphalt improvement Skoda Fabia WRC makes asphalt improvement Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team driver Toni Gardemeister finished the Tour de Corse in 11th position to make up for the disappointment of team mate Didier Auriol having been forced to retire from the event following an electrical problem on the start line of the opening stage. ...

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WRC Makes title battle @ 07:33 AM - provisional, unofficial standings after Tour de Corse: 1st Citroen 137points // 2nd Peugeot 129 without mathematical chance on the title left: 3rd Subaru 88 // 4th Ford 78 // 5th Skoda 21

WRC Drivers title battle @ 07:32 AM - provisional, unofficial standings after Tour de Corse: 1st Sainz 61points // 2nd Solberg 58 // 3rd Burns 58 // 4th Loeb 55 // 5th Grönholm 43 // 6th Märtin 43 without mathematical chance on the title left: 7th Mc Rae 40 // 8th Mäkinen 23 // 9th Duval 21 // 10th Rovanperä 18 // 11th Panizzi 17

WRC 1st Rally World Champ 2003: @ 07:31 AM - ...is Martin Rowe, the 2003 PWRChampion! Martin had to finish in 5th place in the category. Then even a win by his closest hunter Toshi Arai would not have been enough to take the title away of Martin. As it was, Arai finished 2nd, Rowe 3rd in the category this event. The provisional final championship positions: 1st Rowe 43points // 2nd Arai 38 // 3rd Blomqvist 30

WRC F SS16 - Solberg wins @ 07:29 AM - Petter wins, Sainz snatches 2nd off Duval in the very last stage through a brave tyre gamble. Interestingly in this weather lottery the winner's time is nearly half an hour down on last year's Tour de Corse winning time. Unofficial, provisional positions at end of rally: 1. Solberg 3:20:15.3, 2. Sainz +36.6 3. Duval +41.7 4. Grönholm +1:09.2 5. Mc Rae +1:26.0 6. Panizzi +1:58.7 7. Mäkinen +2:25.8 8. Burns +2:36.7 9. Bugalski +2:46.8 10. Hirvonen +3:55.4

WRC F SS15 - Tyre gamble goes on @ 06:42 AM - It's still Pirelli weather, mainly wet with dry patches. The big loser is Carlos Sainz, the only driver to go out on a slick, although heavily cut. As a result Sainz lost 10s to Duval and 20s to Grönholm, who may now even have a slime chance to snatch 3rd of Sainz on the last stage, but with Mc Rae breathing down Grönholm's neck as well. Märtin went off and retired. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS15: 1. Solberg 3:59:59.9, 2. Duval +38.5 3. Sainz +49.1 4. Grönholm +1:25.4 5. Mc Rae +1:29.3 6. Panizzi +1:43.5 7. Mäkinen +2:33.9 8. Burns +2:44.3 9. Bugalski +2:57.9 10. Hirvonen +3:47.5

WRC F SS14 - Lucky Solberg @ 03:51 AM - The morning's stages have been damp and very slippy, still Pirelli weather, allowing Solberg to increase his lead. To add to it, Duval dropped quite a bit of time through the last 2/3rd of the stage, now being only 0.1s ahead of Sainz. Interesting battle for 4th between Grönholm, Mc Rae and Panizzi. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS14: 1. Solberg 3:44:27.8, 2. Duval +36.5 3. Sainz +36.6 4. Grönholm +1:31.5 5. Mc Rae +1:34.2 6. Panizzi +1:38.8 7. Mäkinen +2:25.5 8. Burns +2:40.4 9. Bugalski +2:55.9 10. Hirvonen +3:39.1

WRC F SS13 - leg3 started @ 03:06 AM - Märtin had a gear selction problem, otherwhise drama free start. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS13: 1. Solberg 3:24:35.9, 2. Duval +22.2 3. Sainz +29.8 4. Mc Rae +1:24.1 5. Grönholm +1:29.9 6. Panizzi +1:36.8 7. Mäkinen +2:17.6 8. Burns +2:34.0 9. Bugalski +2:47.3 10. Hirvonen +2:54.9

Sat October 18, 2003

Duval sets sights on victory Ford Duval sets sights on victory Ford BP Rallye Sport drivers François Duval and Stéphane Prévot hold second position after a dramatic second leg of the Rallye de France - Tour de Corse today. The Belgian duo led this 12th round of the FIA World Rally Championship for most of the day in their Ford Focus RS Worl...

Leg 2 - Solberg Leads in Corsica Subaru Leg 2 - Solberg Leads in Corsica In a perfectly measured drive, which capitalised on the wet-weather performance of the Pirelli/Subaru combination and his own talent behind the wheel, 555 Subaru driver Petter Solberg delivered an outstanding performance today. By setting a string of consistently good times, incl...

Toni sets top 3 time on day two Skoda Toni sets top 3 time on day two Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team driver Toni Gardemeister set third fastest time on a rain-affected second stage today. While the sport’s acknowledged asphalt experts struggled for grip, Toni discovered that the Fabia WRC’s excellent handling was perfect for the conditions when ...

Unlucky or embarrassing? Peugeot Unlucky or embarrassing? Luck doesn’t seem to want to turn Peugeot’s way this year. Peugeot’s reliability issues this year were minor, but we can’t ignore that Citroen runs virtually total trouble free all year. Given that the latest Ford Focus is not exactly hanging about, in the performance the Peugeot...

Subaru and Pirelli shine in the rain WRC Subaru and Pirelli shine in the rain Who said asphalt rallies are boring? Well, surely you did not expet the leader board to look like that after leg2! The weather conditions have been very changeable and the right tyre choice was absolutely crucial. Big drama already happened on the 2nd stage of the day. It may hav...

Bizarre Island Rocks WRC Bizarre Island Rocks Just wake everybody up with a bucket of water, why don't you? Leg2 of the Tour de Corse got underway with most bizarre action and everything in the leaderboard changed. The leg started off with damp stages after overnight rain, but with blue skies by now. The betting was that ...

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WRC F SS12 - Pirelli flies @ 12:07 AM - More weather gamble. Peugeot pulls the trick of running the previous wet stages on dry tyres and now this dry stage on wet tyres, such severely harming their championship bid. Meanwhile this stage sees a Subaru 1-2 and Solberg taking the lead of the rally. Unofficial, provisional positions after leg2: 1. Solberg 3:09:13.6, 2. Duval +17.9 3. Sainz +22.4 4. Mc Rae +1:15.5 5. Grönholm +1:23.6 6. Panizzi +1:25.5 7. Mäkinen +2:10.3 8. Burns +2:22.0 9. Bugalski +2:32.9 10. Hirvonen +2:33.9

WRC F SS11 - Pirelli weather @ 09:57 AM - Solberg won the tyre gamble in unpredictable stages. Grönholm kept on losing time after his off a stage earlier. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS11: 1. Duval 2:41:54.8, 2. Solberg +3.2 3. Sainz +7.8 4. Panizzi +58.3 5. Mc Rae +59.9 6. Grönholm +1:04.8 7. Burns +1:47.5 8. Bugalski +1:57.3 9. Mäkinen +2:04.3 10. Hirvonen +2:15.3

WRC F SS10 - Solberg attack @ 09:03 AM - Impressive fastest stage time for Petter Solberg. op3 of this rally move very close together indeed. But Marcus Grönholm had an off just after the start of the stage. He got going again but lost a lot of time. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS10: 1. Duval 2:31:29.2, 2. Sainz +5.1 3. Solberg +6.5 4. Panizzi +47.8 5. Grönholm +53.6 6. Mc Rae +54.7 7. Bugalski +1:38.8 8. Burns +1:40.9 9. Mäkinen +1:56.4 10. Hirvonen +2:08.2

WRC F SS9 - The long one @ 06:32 AM - Still very mixed conditions. Convincing fastest time by Gilles Panizzi. Duval increases lead slightly. Burns spins and stalls in a hairpin. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS9: 1. Duval 2:05:48.6, 2. Sainz +11.6 =3. Solberg +26.4 =3. Grönholm +26.4 5. Panizzi +44.9 6. Mc Rae +49.8 7. Bugalski +1:14.2 8. Burns +1:17.0 9. Mäkinen +1:48.0 10. Hirvonen +1:49.8

WRC Loeb out! @ 04:20 AM - Loeb is out of the rally! He spun off onto a bank and although damage to the car is not as severe as first indicated, he lost over 10 minutes. Märtin had to change a tyre after a mild off, he is as well out of contention now.

WRC F SS8 - Rain HAVOC @ 04:07 AM - Everything changed!!!!! Loeb out! Markko Märtin had to change tyre after off. Burns should now have had the perfect tyre, but as the rain increased with every car going through, Miko Hirvonen celebrates his first WRC stage win. Duval leads the Rally. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS8: 1. Duval 1:38:17.7, 2. Sainz +10.6 3. Solberg +15.3 4. Grönholm +16.8 5. Mc Rae +27.1 6. Burns +33.2 7. Bugalski +50.8 8. Panizzi +52.3 9. Mäkinen +1:16.2 10. Robert +1:38.4

WRC F SS7 - Gamble in the damp @ 03:33 AM - And Peugeot is the big loser in the gamble. Overnight rain means the stages are damp. Only Richard Burns choose intermediate tyres over slicks, which very much was a big mistake. Grönholm also posts a bad time. Märtin and Solberg move up. Sensational Bengué goes bang, he crashed out of the rally. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS7: 1. Loeb 1:27:05.8, 2. Märtin +9.6 3. Duval +10.4 4. Sainz +14.3 5. Grönholm +29.9 6. Solberg +39.3 7. Mc Rae +42.2 8. Burns +54.2 9. Bugalski +1:22.7 10. Panizzi +1:23.0

Fri October 17, 2003

Duval 2nd as Focus RS wins Four Ford Duval 2nd as Focus RS wins Four Ford BP Rallye Sport drivers Francois Duval and Stéphane Prévot and team-mates Markko Märtin and Michael Park lie second and fifth respectively after their Ford Focus RS World Rally Cars dominated today's opening leg of the Rallye de France – Tour de Corse. The Ford BP pair s...

Solberg's Shakedown Crash Report Subaru Solberg's Shakedown Crash Report After two weeks of meticulous preparation at the 555 Subaru team's headquarters in Banbury, Petter Solberg's Impreza WRC2003 was in bad shape yesterday after an accident at shakedown threatened to end his rally before it had even begun. Solberg was negotiating a right-hand ...

Solberg Eigth after Leg 1 Subaru Solberg Eigth after Leg 1 After a determined effort that saw the team work through the night to repair Petter Solberg’s damaged car, both 555 Subaru World Rally Team entries took the start in Ajaccio this morning. Both Solberg and Tommi Mäkinen enjoyed a trouble free day. Solberg put in a strong performan...

Bad day for Didi but Toni progresses Skoda Bad day for Didi but Toni progresses Toni Gardemeister said today that the recent development work on the Škoda Fabia WRC has been turned into an improvement in the car’s handling and overall performance. He finished today's six stages in 13th position. Toni said: “The engine feels much smoother than in San Re...

Ford meat in PSA sandwitch Peugeot Ford meat in PSA sandwitch Indeed, from a manufacturer championship point of view, Peugeot’s situation could hardly be worse. The good news is that Marcus Grönholm is only 5.3s off the lead. The attention in the championship battle is clearly between Peugeot and Citroen. It seems that the battles concentra...

Peugeot Peugeot Quotes after SS3

NEWS JUST IN

WRC F SS6 - End of leg1 @ 10:15 AM - Unofficial, provisional positions after SS6: 1. Loeb 1:01:24.7, 2. Duval +3.9 3. Grönholm +5.3 4. Sainz +10.2 5. Märtin +18.5 6. Burns +19.5 7. Mc Rae +29.4 8. Solberg +43.4 9. Bengué +1:00.7 10. Bugalski +1:05.7

WRC F SS5 - Panizzi not happy @ 09:36 AM - Panizzi's times are just hopeless, but it is unclear what the problem might be. Loeb extends lead slightly, but Ford are the pace setters. French Championship leader Alexandre Bengué is an amazing 4th fastest on the stage! Unofficial, provisional positions after SS5: 1. Loeb 50:39.4, 2. Grönholm +5.0 3. Duval +5.5 4. Sainz +10.2 5. Burns +15.2 6. Märtin +20.6 7. Mc Rae +24.4 8. Solberg +33.7 9. Bengué +51.0 10. Panizzi +58.3

WRC F SS4 - Märtin slows... @ 08:59 AM - ... and loses the lead of the rally after he spun in style close to the end of the stage. Hope for Peugeot in shape of Grönholm posting a good stage time and closing in on the lead by less than 3 seconds. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS4: 1. Loeb 40:33.2, 2. Grönholm +2.9 3. Sainz +4.3 4. Duval +5.1 5. Burns +10.4 6. Mc Rae +18.9 7. Märtin +23.2 8. Solberg +23.7 9. Panizzi +36.7 10. Bugalski +48.5

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