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Wed March 30, 2005

Interview: Chief Rally Engineer Subaru Interview: Chief Rally Engineer Pierre Genon, tell us about your job. Working as Chief Rally Engineer, I'm responsible for engineering all the SWRT cars on rallies and tests. I decide the car's specification; its base set-up for each event and the tyre selection. I run a department of four engineer...

Tue March 29, 2005

Stohl prepared for New Zealand Citroen Stohl prepared for New Zealand The time of waiting is over. OMV driver Manfred Stohl returns to the cockpit after a break at the rallies in Sweden and Mexico. The 32-year-old Viennese competes in New Zealand (8th to 10th of April 2005) where he had been successful in the past and celebrates his Xsara-premiere ...

Pykalisto gets 2nd OMV Xsara Citroen Pykalisto gets 2nd OMV Xsara Kronos Racing announced the second driver for the OMV World Rally Team just in time before the closing of entries for the Sardinia Rally (28th of April – 1st of May 2005). Juuso Pykälistö will drive the second Citroen Xsara WRC beside Austrian Manfred Stohl at the fifth run to th...

Thu March 24, 2005

Carlsson with extensive program WRC Carlsson with extensive program Promising Swede Daniel Carlsson is able to announce his most extensive WRC program to date. Sweden was once the 2nd strongest nation alongside Finland in providing rally superstar drivers, such as Stig Blomqvist, Björn Waldegaard and Erik Carlsson (no relation to Daniel), but in ...

Wed March 23, 2005

CAMS starts search for new rally home WRC CAMS starts search for new rally home The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) will shortly call for expressions of interest from Governments and other interested parties around Australia to host and promote Australia's round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) from 2006. This follows the adv...

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WRC Rally Australia Petition @ 04:32 AM - A petition has been created for those who would like to voice their opposition to the Western Australia Government's decision to no longer host Rally Australia. Click here. It currently has over 2100 signatures in just over 24 hours and has generated a stir amongst the local media, voice your opinion.

Mon March 21, 2005

Rally Australia Motorsport Body Release WRC Rally Australia Motorsport Body Release CAMS (Australian motorsport body) has the rights to host the WRC in Australia for a number of years, and had an agreement with the West Australian government to run it in Perth for the length of that period - unless WA decided against it. Press release follows: The Confeder...

Government signals the end for Rally Oz WRC Government signals the end for Rally Oz In a press release from the West Australian State government the future of the WRC Rally Australia in Perth looks bleak. Press release follows: The State Government will seek to end its contract with the motorsport event Rally Australia in 2006 in light of concerns over the...

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WRC Rally Australia Petition @ 11:08 AM - A petition has been created for those who would like to voice their opposition to the Western Australia Government's decision to no longer host Rally Australia. Click here.

Fri March 18, 2005

Skoda confirm driver switch Skoda Skoda confirm driver switch Janne Tuohino/Mikko Markkula will drive the second registered Škoda Fabia WRC 05 on next month’s Rally New Zealand (April 7-10), replacing Jani Paasonen/Jani Vainikka as team mates to Armin Schwarz/Klaus Wicha in the Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team for the event. The decision r...

Thu March 17, 2005

Skoda happy with car but not drivers Skoda Skoda happy with car but not drivers Skoda boss Martin Muehlmeier branded the Czech teams Rally Mexico "a disaster" after the team came away with just one point from Armin Schwarz's 9th place finish on the debut of the new Fabia WRC05. Finnish team-mate Jani Paasonen crashed out of the event and that has cost...

Wed March 16, 2005

Tuohino in, Paasonen out for NZ? Skoda Tuohino in, Paasonen out for NZ? Janne Tuohino could be set to replace fellow Finn Jani Paasonen as Skoda's 2nd driver for April's Rally of New Zealand after Paasonen crashed out of last weekend's Rally Mexico on SS2 - according to top British magazine Motorsport News. Having set a promising 6th fas...

Tue March 15, 2005

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WRC Mexico Tipping Results Calculated @ 07:44 AM - Some very accurate tipping and big scores for Mexico tipping results. "Racer X" managed to tip the top-5 correctly while "solberg" and "Tobinen" (who now leads the 2005 tipping series) also featured with great tips.

Sun March 13, 2005

Tough Point for 05 Fabia Debut Skoda Tough Point for 05 Fabia Debut Armin Schwarz and Jani Paasonen ended Rally Mexico in ninth and 13th places respectively. The Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team’s newly homologated Fabia WRC 05 showed its improved potential but the event proved difficult as the team had no previous knowledge of the demanding con...

Mitsubishi takes a points double Mitsubishi Mitsubishi takes a points double The Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports WRC team scored points with both its nominated Lancer WRC05s in the Corona Rally México, the third round of the 2005 FIA World Rally Championship. Harri Rovanperä and Risto Pietiläinen fought hard to finish fifth and team-mates Gilles and Hervé ...

Gardemeister extends Ford's score Ford Gardemeister extends Ford's score BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Toni Gardemeister and Jakke Honkanen finished sixth on the Corona Rally Mexico today to extend Ford's record-breaking points scoring tally to 47 rallies with the Focus RS World Rally Car. The Finns maintained their 100 per cent record in this ...

Peugeot takes WRC lead Peugeot Peugeot takes WRC lead After an excellent double podium result on the all-gravel Rally Mexico, Peugeot takes the lead of the World Rally Championship for the first time since Rally Australia 2003. Marcus Gronholm has finished second and Markko Martin is third, at the end of a tough rally that clearly d...

Loeb Makes a comeback Citroen Loeb Makes a comeback Sébastien Loeb and his Citroen are the comeback kings of the Rally of Mexico at the weekend (11-13 March 2005) after a staggering final day performance saw the Frenchman take an average of half a second per kilometre out of his two main rivals to leap frog into fourth place after...

Petter takes Start to Finish Win Subaru Petter takes Start to Finish Win Petter Solberg and the new Subaru Impreza WRC2005 won Rally Mexico by a margin of 34.5 seconds today. Having led the event from start to finish, the Norwegian took six stage wins to claim his second WRC victory of the year and the 12th of his career. Claiming ten points in both t...

Armin & Jani move up the order Skoda Armin & Jani move up the order Armin Schwarz and Jani Paasonen hold ninth and 14th places respectively after the second day of Rally Mexico. Both Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team drivers set top eight times but as several rivals hit problems on the fast but extremely difficult Mexican stages it was important ...

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WRC MEX end - Loeb up 2 places in stage! @ 05:24 PM - Atkinson's Subaru retired for the 2nd time in 1 rally, engine! Everybody else going slowly, as predicted. Subaru wins the rally, so we give the points to Peugeot! Unofficial end results: 1 Solberg 3h41m06s2 2 Gronholm +34s5 3 Märtin +1m38s3 4 Loeb +3m51s1 5 Rovanperä +3m58s1 6 Gardemeister +4m05s6 7 Warmbold +6m01s 8 Panizzi +6m01s7 9 Schwarz +8m05s3 10 Duval +16m14s2

WRC MEX SS13 - results seem clear... @ - ...as the points system dictates. With 14 points in the bag Peugeot would be stupid to not give Solberg a victory he such has not to fight for! Unofficial results after SS13: 1 Solberg 3h11m50s8 2 Gronholm +34s 3 Märtin +1m30s9 4 Rovanperä +4m11s3 5 Gardemeister +4m12s8 6 Loeb +4m37s4 7 Warmbold +5m30s 8 Panizzi +5m53s8 9 Schwarz +7m09s3 10 Duval +16m06s1

Sat March 12, 2005

Loeb Fighting Back Citroen Loeb Fighting Back The Citroën team could be forgiven for believing that it is written somewhere that its two Xsaras are forbidden from tasting success simultaneously in Mexico. Last year, Sébastien's retirement left Carlos Sainz to fly the firm's flag alone, the Spaniard going on to do...

Rovanpera 5th Overall Mitsubishi Rovanpera 5th Overall After an eventful leg two of the 2005 Corona Rally México, the Finnish Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05 crews of Harri Rovanperä and Risto Pietiläinen lies in fifth position and team-mates Gilles Panizzi and Hervé Panizzi hold eighth place in the second Lancer WRC05. Crews left the...

Flu-hit Gardemeister in Fourth Ford Flu-hit Gardemeister in Fourth BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Toni Gardemeister and Jakke Honkanen ended today's second leg of the Corona Rally Mexico in fourth place after a tough day which sidelined several top drivers. Despite continuing to suffer from the 'flu, Gardemeister battled through the six...

Leading Petter, Amazing Atkinson Subaru Leading Petter, Amazing Atkinson Petter Solberg and the new Subaru Impreza WRC2005 lead Rally Mexico tonight after another dominating performance on the event's treacherous gravel stages. Taking another three stage wins, increasing his event total to six, the Norwegian topped the leaderboard all day to end th...

Two 307's climb the leader board Peugeot Two 307's climb the leader board Warm and sunny weather greeted the drivers at the start of leg two of Rally Mexico, which once more consisted of two loops of three stages with central service in Leon. The total competitive distance comprised 147.2 kilometres to the east of the city, with the stages today charac...

Frustrating day for Skoda Motorsport Skoda Frustrating day for Skoda Motorsport Armin Schwarz ended the opening day of Rally Mexico – the third round of the 2005 World Rally Championship - in 12th position as the Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team debuted the new Fabia WRC05. Armin has had no technical problems today but, as this is his first time competing i...

Fri March 11, 2005

Mitsu's Progress Punctured Mitsubishi Mitsu's Progress Punctured After the opening leg of the 2005 Corona Rally México, the Finnish Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05 crews of Harri Rovanperä and Risto Pietiläinen lie in seventh position and team-mates Gilles Panizzi and Hervé Panizzi hold 11th position in the second Lancer WRC05, after a challenging day...

Citroen Mixed Fortunes in Mexico Citroen Citroen Mixed Fortunes in Mexico Since Thursday's shakedown session, the two Xsaras have met with varying fortunes in Mexico. While the pre-start test session went off without a hitch for François Duval, Sébastien Loeb was forced to interrupt his run when the underneath of his car took a hefty knock from a bi...

Two 307's chase the lead Peugeot Two 307's chase the lead The Corona Rally Mexico got underway in a typically Mexican fashion on Thursday night in the ancient town of Guanajuato, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Thousands of enthusiastic fans lined the narrow streets of the old mining town to witness the best that the World Rally Champions...

Mex Leg 1 - 05 Impreza Leads Subaru Mex Leg 1 - 05 Impreza Leads Marking an impressive debut for the new Subaru Impreza WRC2005, Subaru's Petter Solberg leads the Corona Rally Mexico tonight. Dominating the event from the first stage, the Norwegian clinched three stage wins and ended the day 20.5 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Pett...

Kresta tops Ford Standings- Leg1 Ford Kresta tops Ford Standings- Leg1 BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Roman Kresta and Jan Možný produced a superb display on today's opening leg of the Corona Rally Mexico to head a four-strong group of Focus RS World Rally Cars on the leaderboard. The Czechs, competing together and in Mexico for the first time...

Mexico: Pre-event press conference WRC Mexico: Pre-event press conference Welcome to the press conference. Joining us are Guy Frequelin, Malcolm Wilson, Gilles Panizzi, Jani Paasonen, Markko Martin and Petter Solberg. Guy, the last rally, in Sweden, was the scene of a rare mechanical retirement for Sebastien Loeb. Have you identified the prob...

Solberg tops the odds for Mexico WRC Solberg tops the odds for Mexico Subaru's Petter Solberg, driving his new Impreza WRC05, tops the odds for Rally Mexico after his win in Sweden last month. The Norwegian comes in at 5/4 ahead of championship rival and Monte Carlo winner Sebastien Loeb of Citroen at 5/2. Next up are the Peugeot boys Marcus...

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