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Fri February 27, 2015

Belgian season opener looks exciting General Belgian season opener looks exciting This weekend, starting Saturday the 28th February, we have the Rally van Haspengouw. It is the first round of the Belgian Rally Championship 2015. And looking through the entry list and through the news coming from Belgium, there are some interesting surprises at the Rally van Ha...

Thu February 19, 2015

German asphalt test for Opel Junior duo IRC German asphalt test for Opel Junior duo Emil Bergkvist and Marijan Griebel will use the upcoming ADAC Saarland-Pfalz Rallye as a valuable chance to test on asphalt ahead of the next round of the FIA European Rally Championship – the demanding Circuit of Ireland Rally (2-4 April). ...

ERC entries open for Circuit of Ireland IRC ERC entries open for Circuit of Ireland Entries have officially opened for round three of the FIA European Rally Championship, the Circuit of Ireland Rally (2-4 April). ...

Ford rally stars at Beaulieu Ford Ford rally stars at Beaulieu The National Motor Museum welcomes two new rallying exhibits in support of its new exhibition, A Chequered History, celebrating the history of motor sport. The Ford GT70 and the Ford RS200, which belong to Ford’s Heritage collection, are both prototypes of fascinating designs ...

Mon February 16, 2015

Development of the Fabia R5 on schedule Skoda Development of the Fabia R5 on schedule The development of ŠKODA’s eagerly awaited new rally car is going to plan. Asia-Pacific champion Jan Kopecký (CZ) and European champion Esapekka Lappi (FIN) put the Fabia R 5 through its paces on a wide range of surfaces and weather conditions during a series of comprehensive tes...

Sun February 15, 2015

Petter Solberg wins Sweden historics WRC Petter Solberg wins Sweden historics Mr and Mrs Solberg celebrated Valentine’s Day in the perfect way – with a third successive victory on Rally Sweden Historic, which finished in Hagfors this afternoon (Saturday February 14). Petter’s latest rally success comes 10 years after his dominant win with the Subaru World ...

Hyundai takes spectacular podium WRC Hyundai takes spectacular podium The Hyundai Motorsport team will step onto the WRC podium for the fourth time in its short history as Thierry Neuville (#7 Hyundai i20 WRC) stormed to second place in Rally Sweden, round two of the FIA World Rally Championship. The result sees Hyundai Motorsport consolidate s...

See you in Mexico! Citroen See you in Mexico! This morning's final leg of Rally Sweden featured three timed stages. Fourth overall at the start of the day, Mads Østberg ran into trouble on Lesjöfors. He lost control of his DS 3 WRC, got stuck in a snow bank and it took him over five minutes to get going again. He drop...

Strong finish for M-Sport in Sweden Ford Strong finish for M-Sport in Sweden M-Sport World Rally Team's Ott Tänak and Elfyn Evans showcased the determination that will see them go far at this weekend's Rally Sweden. Overcoming earlier issues, the pairing recovered strongly to secure fourth and sixth place overall. Having lost 20 seconds caught in ...

Dramatic finale in Sweden WRC Dramatic finale in Sweden Breath-taking action right down to the final few metres: Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia won the Rally Sweden. The French Volkswagen duo came through to defeat Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (F/F, Hyundai) and their Volkswagen team-mates Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N) ...

Kubica and Protasov set fastest times WRC Kubica and Protasov set fastest times For the first time since Pirelli's return to rallying last year, two different privateer drivers have set fastest stage times with Pirelli tyres on the same event - underlining the capacity of the Italian rubber to give privately-entered drivers the chance to compete against ...

Fri February 13, 2015

Mikkelsen leads Rally Sweden WRC Mikkelsen leads Rally Sweden A day out in Norway proved to be a great day for the Norwegians - Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Fløene top the overall standings after day one of the second round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Having completed the only special stages on the WRC calendar in their native N...

Hyundai trio in winter wonderland WRC Hyundai trio in winter wonderland The first full day of action in this week’s FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) second round, Rally Sweden, has delivered promising results for the Hyundai Motorsport team with all three Hyundai i20 WRC car crews displaying strong performances today. ...

Solid start for M-Sport in Sweden Ford Solid start for M-Sport in Sweden M-Sport World Rally Team's Ott Tänak is holding a strong fifth place after a dramatic day of competition at Rally Sweden. The Estonian made a solid start to the rally and is well placed to build on his position as the FIA World Rally Championship event continues tomorrow....

Ostberg in podium position in Sweden Citroen Ostberg in podium position in Sweden Over the last few weeks, the weather had looked like it would provide perfect conditions for Rally Sweden. However, an expected mild spell changed the nature of the stages yesterday morning. The warmer temperatures meant less snow and more humidity, and it was widely felt that...

Thu February 12, 2015

Wales Rally GB for major tourism award WRC Wales Rally GB for major tourism award The organisers of Wales Rally GB are proud to announce that the November event has been shortlisted for a major accolade at the National Tourism Awards for Wales. The UK's round of the FIA World Rally Championship is shortlisted among just three finalists in the Best Even...

Strong ERC Junior start for Ingram Peugeot Strong ERC Junior start for Ingram Chris Ingram’s FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) campaign got off to a strong points-scoring start in Latvia, when he finished sixth in the ERC Junior category in his PEUGEOT 208 ‘R2’ rally car. The talented 20-year old Manchester-based driver was competing against 15 othe...

Ostberg wins Finnskog Rally in Norway Citroen Ostberg wins Finnskog Rally in Norway After a successful test session organised last week, the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team lined up at the start of Rally Finnskog, the second round of the Norwegian championship. Competing here with the aim of preparing as effectively as possible for the forthcoming Ra...

Mon February 9, 2015

Opel triumphs on ERC opener! IRC Opel triumphs on ERC opener! Sweden's Emil Bergkvist wins the Rally Liepaja in an Opel ADAM R2. Truly sensational performance in adverse conditions against toughest competition. Marijan Griebel in the second Opel ADAM retires following an accident. ...

Sun February 8, 2015

Victory for Craig Breen & 208 T16 ! Peugeot Victory for Craig Breen & 208 T16 ! A perfectly paced performance in Latvia saw Craig Breen and his co-driver Scott Martin collect the second ERC victory of their career in the Peugeot 208 T16. The Peugeot Rally Academy pair's result puts them back in contention ahead of the European Championship's next rou...

Breen storms to Liepaja ERC glory IRC Breen storms to Liepaja ERC glory Craig Breen has won the second round of the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship, Rally Liepāja in Latvia, after a faultless drive in his Peugeot Rally Academy 208 T16. Co-driven by Great Britain’s Scott Martin, the 25-year old Irishman mastered the most difficult of win...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC LV SS12 cancelled @ 12:38 AM - Thanks god for that. This was a 1.4km drive round a soccer field. Why wait another 3 hours for the results when nothing is going to change any more? Something the WRC could learn, too!

IRC LV SS11 (end) @ 12:31 AM - Bergkvist gives Opel a 1st win! Janis Vorobjovy breaks his suspension and loses several places with still a question mark if he can last the road section. Final results (after SS11)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 1h56m49s1;
2nd= Plangi/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +1m40s7;
3rd= Butvilas/Heller, Subaru, +5m48s6
4th= Svilis/Pukis, Mitsubishi, +6m39s2;
5th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +6m51s5;
6th= Bergkvist/Sjöberg, Opel R2, +7m29s9;
7th= Vorobjovs/Malnieks, Mitsubishi, +7m58s;
8th= Rokland/Aldridge, Peugeot R2, +8m;
9th= Sirmacis/Simins, Peugeot R2, +8m09s1;
10th= Jeets/Toom, Ford, +8m36s

IRC LV SS10 @ 11:51 AM - Calm stage. One stage to go. Results after SS10:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 1h44m47s2;
2nd= Plangi/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +1m25s9;
3rd= Butvilas/Heller, Subaru, +5m34s7
4th= Vorobjovs/Malnieks, Mitsubishi, +5m47s5;
5th= Svilis/Pukis, Mitsubishi, +6m04s2;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +6m18s6;
7th= Bergkvist/Sjöberg, Opel R2, +6m49s1;
8th= Rokland/Aldridge, Peugeot R2, +7m04s4;
9th= Jeets/Toom, Ford, +7m09s9;
10th= Sirmacis/Simins, Peugeot R2, +7m13s6

IRC LV SS9 @ 11:18 AM - Jeets had to plough some frehs snow and also was off into a field. Several position changes. Results after SS9:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 1h38m06s1;
2nd= Plangi/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +1m16s2;
=3rd= Vorobjovs/Malnieks, Mitsubishi, +5m25s
=3rd= Butvilas/Heller, Subaru, +5m25s;
5th= Svilis/Pukis, Mitsubishi, +5m38s3;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +6m02s2;
7th= Bergkvist/Sjöberg, Opel R2, +6m19s3;
8th= Rokland/Aldridge, Peugeot R2, +6m28s8;
9th= Jeets/Toom, Ford, +6m37s4;
10th= Sirmacis/Simins, Peugeot R2, +6m44s1

IRC LV SS8 @ 08:12 AM - FWD cars slowly dropping the order. Adielsson went off after finish line. Sirmacis went off in stage. Results after SS8:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 1h31m03s4;
2nd= Plangi/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +1m12s9;
3rd= Vorobjovs/Malnieks, Mitsubishi, +5m06s
=4th= Butvilas/Heller, Subaru, +5m14s5;
=4th= Svilis/Pukis, Mitsubishi, +5m14s5;
6th= Jeets/Toom, Ford, +5m53s1;
7th= Bergkvist/Sjöberg, Opel R2, +5m53s5;
8th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +5m54s7;
9th= Rokland/Aldridge, Peugeot R2, +5m58s9;
10th= Sirmacis/Simins, Peugeot R2, +6m20s5

IRC LV SS7 @ 07:34 AM - This stage is very fast with lots of snow, won by Lukyanuk. Leading 2WD Bergkvist drops 2 places. Results after SS7:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 1h18m43s3;
2nd= Plangi/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +1m05s;
3rd= Butvilas/Heller, Subaru, +4m42s2
4th= Vorobjovs/Malnieks, Mitsubishi, +4m51s;
5th= Svilis/Pukis, Mitsubishi, +4m58s;
6th= Bergkvist/Sjöberg, Opel R2, +5m03s6;
7th= Jeets/Toom, Ford, +5m04s9;
8th= Sirmacis/Simins, Peugeot R2, +5m16s4;
9th= Rokland/Aldridge, Peugeot R2, +5m16s6;
10th= Adielsson/Bäck, Peugeot R2, +5m19s2

IRC LV SS6 @ 07:02 AM - FWD advantage clearly gone, so we will see several position changes today. Breen has a spin and fastest drivers on stage are retirees Kajetanowicz and Lukyanuk. Results after SS6:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 1h11m56s5;
2nd= Plangi/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +1m02s7;
3rd= Butvilas/Heller, Subaru, +4m11s7
4th= Bergkvist/Sjöberg, Opel R2, +4m29s;
5th= Vorobjovs/Malnieks, Mitsubishi, +4m33s;
6th= Svilis/Pukis, Mitsubishi, +4m36s6;
7th= Rokland/Aldridge, Peugeot R2, +4m44s6;
8th= Jeets/Toom, Ford, +4m45s5;
9th= Adielsson/Bäck, Peugeot R2, +4m46s;
10th= Sirmacis/Simins, Peugeot R2, +4m46s1

Sat February 7, 2015

Breen on course for ERC Liepaja glory IRC Breen on course for ERC Liepaja glory Craig Breen leads round two of the FIA European Rally Championship, after an incredibly difficult opening day of Rally Liepāja that saw many of the top drivers retire, an ERC2 driver in second and four ERC Junior drivers finish in the top 10. Co-driven by Scott Martin, t...

Starting order for Rally Liepaja IRC Starting order for Rally Liepaja After the qualifying stage (does anybody know why this idea was cancelled from WRC? Oh yes, of course, it was a good idea and good ideas or for ERC only!), drivers chose their starting position for the Latvian Rally Liepaja:...

WRC France 2015 IS Tour de Corse! WRC WRC France 2015 IS Tour de Corse! FIA European Rally Championship promoter Eurosport Events acknowledges the decision taken by l’Assemblée de la Collectivité Territoriale de Corse to support the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) bid from the Fédération Française du Sport Automobile (FFSA). ...

Lukyanuk wins Liepaja qualifying IRC Lukyanuk wins Liepaja qualifying Alexey Lukyanuk will start 15th on the road for the opening leg of Rally Liepāja after he set the fastest time on the Qualifying Stage for round two of the FIA European Rally Championship. ...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC LV day1 @ 04:42 PM - Dramatic end of day after a calm 36km SS4: Costenaro, Orsak and 2nd placed Kajetanowicz both out with broken wheels. This means Breen is the only top driver left. Results after day1 (SS5):
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 1h04m22s8;
2nd= Plangi/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +1m23s;
3rd= Buttvilas/Heller, Subaru, +4m00s7
4th= Bergkvist/Sjöberg, Opel R2, +4m04s1;
5th= Adielsson/Bäck, Peugeot R2, +4m14s;
6th= Svilis/Pukis, Mitsubishi, +4m29s7;
7th= Rokland/Aldridge, Peugeot R2, +4m33s4;
8th= Vorobjovs/Malnieks, Mitsubishi, +4m33s5;
9th= Sirmacis/Simins, Peugeot R2, +4m39s8;
10th= Jeets/Toom, Ford, +4m47s1

IRC LV SS4 @ 04:27 PM - 36km, heavy rain, no dramas with front crews, but ERC3 drivers Griebel, and Gryazin are out. Advantage of 2WD cars clearly gone now on 2nd loop. Results after SS4:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 54m54s;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +22s6;
3rd= Plangi/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +1m18s4
4th= Bergkvist/Sjöberg, Opel R2, +3m43s5;
5th= Butvilas/Heller, Subaru, +3m44s1;
6th= Rokland/Aldridge, Peugeot R2, +3m51s3;
7th= Adielsson/Bäck, Peugeot R2, +3m59s2;
8th= Vorobjovs/Malnieks, Mitsubishi, +4m03s8;
9th= Svilis/Pukis, Mitsubishi, +4m06s8;
10th= Sirmacis/Simins, Peugeot R2, +4m27s2

IRC LV SS3 @ 01:01 PM - It's a 2-way-battle really now. The strength of the R2 cars is the long straights don't need traction and the weather means with every car there is less snow. Results after SS3:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 34m45s7;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +21s;
3rd= Plangi/Sarapuu, Mitsubishi, +47s6
4th= Bergkvist/Sjöberg, Opel R2, +1m54s9;
5th= Rokland/Aldridge, Peugeot R2, +2m07s3;
6th= Adielsson/Bäck, Peugeot R2, +2m18s3;
7th= Butvilas/Heller, Subaru, +2m27s1;
8th= Rohtmets/Rohtmets, Citroen R2, +2m33s2;
9th= Vorobjovs/Malnieks, Mitsubishi, +2m34s3;
10th= Blums/Vilsons, Ford R2, +2m42s3

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