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Fri March 31, 2006

More support for Francois Duval Skoda More support for Francois Duval After receiving official support for the 2006 programme from Skoda Auto a few days before the Rally de Espana - Catalunya Costa Daurada, First Motorsport Skoda Team has now learned that the Belgian importer, Skoda Import, has also confirmed its support for the team's remain...

Peugeot Interview: Aaron Burkart

Thu March 30, 2006

Rovanpera replaces Panizzi at RB Skoda Skoda Rovanpera replaces Panizzi at RB Skoda The Red Bull Skoda Team is delighted to announce the signing of Finland's Harri Rovanpera for the remaining seven WRC events. He will take over from Gilles Panizzi with immediate effect, already going into action in Corsica, where he will be celebrating his 40th birthday in st...

Wed March 29, 2006

Catalunya results and Corsica news WRC Catalunya results and Corsica news Update: The Tour de Corse entry list is now found under the link below. Please note that you can generally find such info in our top menu bar under "events". Further below is the Tour de Corse entry list once again - here showing the starting order....

Mon March 27, 2006

Best ever result for Fabia WRC Skoda Best ever result for Fabia WRC This year Škoda Auto is supporting three private partners in its revised WRC co-operation, one based in the Czech Republic and the other in Austria and in Belgium. Czech Rally Team Škoda Kopecký is based around Czech Champion Jan Kopecký and, like First Motorsport Škoda Team, is ...

The Slower The Better WRC The Slower The Better EuroSport’s German commentator had interesting things to report in the Catalunya leg3 coverage: He said that Skoda manager Armin Schwarz told Panizzi to slow down and let the Subarus go. He carried on that Armin Schwarz then said to Aigner to slow down and take it easy. Next appa...

Sun March 26, 2006

1-2 for Kronos Citroen! Citroen 1-2 for Kronos Citroen! Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena and Dani Sordo/Marc Martí have completed a faultless and trouble-free third day of the Catalunya Rally in order to give the Kronos team its first one-two, following on from the squad’s debut victory in Mexico three weeks ago....

Wilson looses wheel in sight of finish Ford Wilson looses wheel in sight of finish Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team driver Matthew Wilson ended his RallyRACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada early on the final day in Spain after a wheel parted company with his Ford Focus RS WRC05 with just two stages remaining in the FIA World Rally Championship round. Wilson was in s...

Marcus fights back for podium spot! Ford Marcus fights back for podium spot! BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen completed a remarkable recovery from an opening day time loss to finish third on the Rally de España today. The Finns were fastest on all four speed tests during the final leg in their Ford Focus RS World Rally...

Solberg grabs 2 drivers points Subaru Solberg grabs 2 drivers points The Subaru World Rally Team concentrated on optimising asphalt set-up and appraising different tyre options during the final Leg of Rally Catalunya. Petter Solberg was encouraged by improvements throughout the day and secured two top-five stage finishes to end the rally seventh a...

Fabulous 5th for Kopecky Skoda Fabulous 5th for Kopecky The Czech crew of Jan Kopecký and Filip Schovánek placed an excellent fifth in the Rallye de Catalunya, the fourth event in the World Rally Championship. From the opening stage, the youngsters from the Czech Rally Team Škoda-Kopecký featured among the top seven crews in the inter...

Stohl just misses the points in Spain Peugeot Stohl just misses the points in Spain The OMV Norway World Rally Team finished the “Movistar RallyRACC Catalunya - Costa Daurada” in 12th overall place. The premiere of the OMV duo Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor in a WorldRallyCar in Catalonia was dominated by set-up-work for tarmac surface from the second half of day one ...

Duval pleased with 6th Skoda Duval pleased with 6th Francois Duval and co-driver Patrick Pivato completed the Rally de Espana Catalunya-Costa Daurada in sixth place for the First Motorsport Skoda Team. It was a strong performance throughout three days of flat-out driving under clear blue skies and in temperatures that quickly ros...

Points for both RB Skodas Skoda Points for both RB Skodas After the successful start to the season in Monte Carlo, the third WRC event for Red Bull Skoda, and its supervising team of BRR from Upper Austria, in Spain can be summed up rather positively. Both drivers managed to bring home points for the manufacturers' championship, ther...

Sat March 25, 2006

Wilson sets a steady pace Ford Wilson sets a steady pace Day two of RallyRACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada saw Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team driver Matthew Wilson set a steady pace with impressive split times on stages as the young Brit continued with his debut on the Spanish round of the FIA World Rally Championship. Wilson, in his fi...

Imprezas struggle for grip Subaru Imprezas struggle for grip The Subaru Impreza WRC2006s of Petter Solberg and Stéphane Sarrazin continued to run faultlessly throughout the second day of Rally Catalunya. The form was not however reflected in the final Leg positions as the duo struggled to find grip on the slippery Spanish asphalt and dropp...

Loeb holds lead but Pons crashes out Citroen Loeb holds lead but Pons crashes out Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena, in the lead of the Catalunya Rally, followed by Dani Sordo/Marc Martí, in second, have successfully avoided the pitfalls of a tricky leg two. The two Xsara WRC drivers have kept up and even consolidated their positions at the head of the field. Xe...

Marcus fights back on day two Ford Marcus fights back on day two BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen were fastest over today's second leg of the Rally de España to power their Ford Focus RS World Rally Car back up the leaderboard into fourth place. The Finns were fastest on three of the six asphalt speed te...

Kopecky climbs to 5th Skoda Kopecky climbs to 5th Jan Kopecký and Filip Schovánek put in a fine performance in Saturday's leg of the Rallye de Catalunya, moving up from sixth place after the first leg to fifth at the end of the second. A big plus for the crew of the Czech Rally Team Škoda-Kopecký is that Jan and Filip finishe...

Duval moves up with stage win on day 2 Skoda Duval moves up with stage win on day 2 Francois Duval and co-driver Patrick Pivato turned their overnight ninth position into a strong points-scoring opportunity today after completing the second leg of Rally de Espana Catalunya-Costa Daurada in sixth place....

Strong times by both Red Bulls on Leg 2 Skoda Strong times by both Red Bulls on Leg 2 Today's second leg of the Rally Catalunya was a very satisfying one for the team of Red Bull Skoda. In the presence of Skoda's technical director Dr. Harald Ludanek the drivers were both able to achieve several top ten times as well as get both Fabia WRCs within points rang...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Catalunya SS10, 1 Citroen down @ 00:54 AM - Daniel Sordo takes his career first stage win. Xavier Pons in turn crashed in SS10, such Citroen's 1-2-3 is blown, but we still have a PSA 1-2-3. provisional results after SS10: 1 Loeb, Citroen 1h58m34s 2 Sordo, Citroen +34s6 3 Bengué, Peugeot +1m41s5 4 Kopecky, Skoda +1m58s5 5 Grönholm, Ford +2m12s6 6 Solberg, Subaru +2m46s9 7 Sarrazin, Subaru +2m49s5 8 Duval, Skoda +2m58s2 9 Atkinson, Subaru +3m24s7 10 Stohl, Peugeot +3m49s9

WRC Catalunya exciting day2 @ - Interesting to see a real performance show between these many rough rallies. We see some real split second battles. With 1 day and 4 stages to go, Alex Bengué's podium place is under big thread while Duval just passed both works Subarus. Provisional results after day2: 1 Loeb, Citroen 2h24m57s9 2 Sordo, Citroen +34s4 3 Bengué, Peugeot +2m05s4 4 Grönholm, Ford +2m09s5 5 Kopecky, Skoda +2m23s9 6 Duval, Skoda +3m30s2 7 Solberg, Subaru +3m42s 8 Sarrazin, Subaru +3m56s5 9 Stohl, Peugeot +4m40s3 10 Hirvonen, Ford +5m03s7

Fri March 24, 2006

1-2-3 for Citroen after leg one! Citroen 1-2-3 for Citroen after leg one! At the end of the first and longest leg of the Catalunya Rally, the Kronos team has three Citroen Xsaras occupying the top three places, crewed by Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena, Dani Sordo/Marc Marti and Xevi Pons/Carlos Del Barrio. Nonetheless, the feelings of the Xsara crews thi...

Petter 4th after leg one Subaru Petter 4th after leg one The Subaru World Rally Team worked hard to optimise asphalt set-up during the first Leg of Rally Catalunya. The Impreza WRC2006s of Petter Solberg and Stéphane Sarrazin ran faultlessly throughout the day and the duo finished all stages within the top ten to go into Leg two in fou...

Final stage woe for Ford on Leg One Ford Final stage woe for Ford on Leg One BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen dominated much of today's opening leg of the Rally de España in their Ford Focus RS World Rally Car. The Finns blitzed the opposition on this fourth round of the FIA World Rally Championship to w...

Red Bull hopeful of points Skoda Red Bull hopeful of points The final three stages of the first day again had positive as well as negative events in store for the Red Bull Skoda team. Andreas Aigner performed well and was quite comfortable in his first tarmac rally at the helm of the Fabia WRC: "I gained a lot of experience again today an...

Stohl struggles with setup Peugeot Stohl struggles with setup The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team finished day one of the “Movistar RallyRACC Catalunya - Costa Daurada” in eleventh place. Stohl had to struggle with the set-up of the Peugeot 307 WRC right from the beginning of stage one. It took until the last two special stages to final...

Duval 9th after Leg One Skoda Duval 9th after Leg One Francois Duval and co-driver Patrick Pivato completed the opening six stages of the first leg of Rally de Espana Catalunya-Costa Daurada in ninth place. The cool temperatures when the crews left the service park at PortAventura quickly gave way to hot and sunny weather on the sta...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Catalunya after day1: All Citroen @ 05:11 PM - After day1 it's a Citroen 1-2-3. Alex Bengué showed a couple of interesting stage times toward the leg's end. Ford's new Focus was very competitive at first but both cars hit engine problems during the last loop, making it 4 private PSA cars in the top5. 1 Loeb, Citroen 1h16m7s 2 Sordo, Citroen +27s3 3 Pons, Citroen +1m01s5 4 Solberg, Subaru +1m25s6 5 Bengué, Peugeot +1m32s6 6 Kopecky, Skoda +1m36s 7 Sarrazin, Subaru +1m50s4 8 Atkinson, Subaru +2m25s5 9 Duval, Skoda +2m32s3 10 Grönholm, Ford +2m33s6 further: Stohl 11th, Hirvonen 14th, Panizzi 15th

WRC Catalunya lead changes @ 04:00 PM - Grönholm has turbo problems on SS5 and such hands the lead to Loeb, who now leads by nearly half a minute!

Thu March 23, 2006

Duval fastest in shakedown Skoda Duval fastest in shakedown Francois Duval and co-driver Patrick Pivato set the fastest time at today’s official shakedown test for this weekend’s Rally de Espana Catalunya-Costa Daurada. Skakedown is the final chance for teams to test the cars before tonight’s ceremonial start on the seafront of Salou and ...

A good day for Skoda fans Skoda A good day for Skoda fans Francois Duval topped the shakedown times for Rally Catalunya today in his Skoda Fabia WRC just as the Czech manufacturer today confirmed it will continue to build World Rally Cars....

Red Bull satisfied with shakedown Skoda Red Bull satisfied with shakedown To start off this year's Rally Catalunya, today's shakedown was held on a 4.34 kilometres long stage near Tivissa, about 60 kilometres from Salou. Both drivers of the Red Bull Skoda Team were able to complete this final test without any problems, while the supervising team...

WRC World Rally Commission News

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