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Mon March 31, 2008

IRC 'IRC Classic' series launched

Gronholm to drive course car in Portugal IRC Gronholm to drive course car in Portugal Two-time World Champion Marcus Gronholm will drive the course car on the Vodafone Rally de Portugal, the second round of the IRC that takes place from May 8-10. “It’s an honour to come back to Portugal, on one of the best rallies in the world,” he said. “I hope to help put on ...

IRC Kopecky expects competitive IRC

Sun March 30, 2008

Suzuki takes valuable lessons WRC Suzuki takes valuable lessons The SX4 WRC of P-G Andersson has scored a manufacturers' point for Suzuki after an extremely challenging event featuring some of the worst conditions in recent memory. Just three stages made up the final day, but two of them were the most legendary and difficult of the whole e...

Three out of four podiums for Chris Subaru Three out of four podiums for Chris Chris Atkinson and Stéphane Prévot finished Rally Argentina in second position overall, making it three out of four podiums from the 2008 season. Team-mates Petter Solberg and Phil Mills were however dealt a cruel blow, being forced into retirement from second position with only ...

Rautenbach makes history Citroen Rautenbach makes history Conrad Rautenbach made sporting history for Zimbabwe in Argentina this afternoon. The 23-year-old FIA African Rally Champion became the first driver from Zimbabwe to score points in the World Rally Championship. And he did it in some style. Rautenbach and his British co-driver Da...

Galli makes the points Ford Galli makes the points Italian crew Gigi Galli/Giovanni Bernacchini have helped the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team to three vital manufacturers’ points on the fourth round of the FIA World Rally Championship this weekend. Galli’s seventh place in his Stobart Ford Focus RS WRC07 sees him maintain fi...

Both Fords score in Argentina Ford Both Fords score in Argentina BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team retained its lead in the FIA World Rally Championship after a punishing fourth round in Argentina this weekend. Resilient performances from Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen and team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila in Ford Focus RS ...

Loeb cruises to Argentina win Citroen Loeb cruises to Argentina win Sébastien Loeb, Daniel Elena and their Citroën C4 WRC overcame the three days of rain, fog and treacherous conditions that were thrown at them during the 2008 Rally Argentina to end the fiercely fought battle on top spot....

Sat March 29, 2008

Rock strewn stages stump Stobart Ford Rock strewn stages stump Stobart Day two of Rally Argentina has proven to be one of the most unpleasant in the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team’s history. All three crews retired from the leg on one of the most treacherous days the FIA World Rally Championship has seen in recent years. Despite their retirement...

Suzuki to re-start again on Sunday WRC Suzuki to re-start again on Sunday It has been another tough day for the Suzuki World Rally Team in Argentina, the fourth round of this year's World Rally Championship. The mud of the opening day continued to characterise the second leg of the all-gravel event, putting traction and grip at a premium in the slip...

Chris & Petter battle over 2nd Subaru Chris & Petter battle over 2nd Both Subaru Impreza WRC2007s remain firmly in the top three after another strong performance in Argentina. Team-mates Petter Solberg and Chris Atkinson spent the day trading faster stage times in a close fight for position, just seconds apart. Solberg emerged in second position o...

Hirvonen fights back to 6th Ford Hirvonen fights back to 6th BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen staged a superb recovery to power back up the Rally Argentina leaderboard today. During a second gruelling day of competition, which again proved too much for many rivals, the Finns kept cool to stay ou...

Loeb & Citroen revel in the mud Citroen Loeb & Citroen revel in the mud The conditions of the second day of the 2008 Rally Argentina, round four of this year's World Rally Championship, were every bit as treacherous as those encountered on Friday, but that didn't prevent Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena successfully defending their overnight l...

Fri March 28, 2008

Another tough day for Suzuki WRC Another tough day for Suzuki The Suzuki World Rally Team has had a day of mixed fortunes on the opening leg of the Rally Argentina, round four of the World Rally Championship. Young Swede P-G Andersson was forced to retire just four kilometres from the opening stage, as a result of a boost pressure sensor...

Galli gallops to 4th Ford Galli gallops to 4th Gigi Galli/Giovanni Bernacchini have had a stunning day with the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team to finish the opening leg of Rally Argentina in fourth overall. The Italian driver also picked up his second stage win of the year by finishing quickest over the 9.6 kilometre San ...

Rautenbach looking forward to leg 2 Citroen Rautenbach looking forward to leg 2 Day one of the event was centred around La Cumbre to the north of the rally’s base in Villa Carlos Paz. The first stage (re-run as SS8) of the rally climbed up out of the Punilla valley, with the next test (re-run as SS5) going back down into it. Stages 3/6 and 4/7 were at lower ...

Focus' show speed but hit problems Ford Focus' show speed but hit problems BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team won six of the nine speed tests during today's demanding opening leg of Rally Argentina. Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen and team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila each claimed three victories in Ford Focus RS World Rally Cars, b...

Both Subarus hold podium spots Subaru Both Subarus hold podium spots The Subaru World Rally Team has both Impreza WRC2007s in the top three positions overall after a rain-beaten first day of competition on Rally Argentina, the fourth round of the World Rally Championship. After a hot summer, flash rains in the morning left the stages muddy and rut...

Loeb on top in Argentina Citroen Loeb on top in Argentina The opening leg of the 2008 World Rally Championship's fourth round saw Citroën Sport get off to a positive start to celebrate its new livery in the colours of Red Bull. Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena enjoy a lead of more than one minute with their C4 WRC, while a fine run ...

Thu March 27, 2008

Procar Rally Team ready for IRC IRC Procar Rally Team ready for IRC Pistoia (Italy), march, 27 2008 - Procar Rally Team continues its planning 2008 sportseason. The team will participate in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge with one Grande Punto Abarth S2000 and the spaniard Dani Solà, 2002 Junior World Champion....

Wed March 26, 2008

FIA confirm new WRCar regulations WRC FIA confirm new WRCar regulations The new technical regulations for the future World Rally Car will become effective from 2011. The WRC Car will be based on the current Super 2000 and Group N cars, fitted with a supplementary kit, which includes turbo and rear-wing additions. The kit must be able to be fitted or ...

Istanbul Rally Turkey entry revealed IRC Istanbul Rally Turkey entry revealed The entry list for the first event of the IRC season - the Istanbul Rally Turkey - was released today and it includes a strong contingent of S2000 cars. In total, 8 Abarth Grande Puntos and 5 Peugeot 207s will take the start....

Tue March 25, 2008

Basso aiming for Turkish victory IRC Basso aiming for Turkish victory Abarth driver Giandomenico Basso (right) – contesting his first full year of the IRC series – says that his lack of experience should not stop him challenging for victory on the Istanbul Rally, which takes place from April 4-6....

Sun March 23, 2008

WRC Suzuki heads south to the Pampas

Sat March 22, 2008

Wilks & Honda go rallying in Australia General Wilks & Honda go rallying in Australia The new Honda Civic Type R R3 rally car, built by JAS Motorsport in Italy, will compete on two rounds of the Australian Rally Championship. Honda Australia will back the car in the Rally of Canberra from May 10th/11th - which is the second round of the Championship and also on N...

Tirabassi prepares for IRC campaign IRC Tirabassi prepares for IRC campaign Frenchman Brice Tirabassi – the 2003 Junior World Rally Champion – has tested the Peugeot 207 Super 2000 that he will use on this year’s Intercontinental Rally Challenge in the South of France....

Sola steps up to Punto for 2008 IRC Sola steps up to Punto for 2008 Spaniard Dani Sola, who starred on last year’s inaugural Intercontinental Rally Challenge with Honda, is planning to contest at least four IRC events this year – this time in a Super 2000 Abarth Grande Punto....

Fri March 21, 2008

Rautenbach aiming for Argentine points Citroen Rautenbach aiming for Argentine points Next week’s Rally Argentina will be Conrad Rautenbach’s debut on the World Rally Championship’s only South American event. The Zimbabwean, and his British co-driver David Senior, arrive in Argentina on the back of a positive test with their Citroen C4 WRC in the south of France e...

Stobart crews cruise to Cordoba Ford Stobart crews cruise to Cordoba Round four of the 2008 FIA World Rally Championship kicks off next Friday as crews head to South America for Rally Argentina. The Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team head into the event currently fourth in the Manufacturers’ Championship with Gigi Galli/Giovanni Bernacchini and He...

Loeb looks to extend winning run Citroen Loeb looks to extend winning run Rally Argentina has so much that makes it a unique experience, from the tremendous welcome of its aficionados, the turn-by-turn descriptions of the radio commentators and the region's breathtaking landscapes, to the makeshift asados barbecuing what could well be the best me...

Ford look to retain championship leads Ford Ford look to retain championship leads Ford takes its FIA World Rally Championship lead back across the Atlantic Ocean next week for the second fixture in the Americas this month. Having increased its advantage in the manufacturers' standings on Mexico's gravel roads, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team journeys...

SWRT look forward to diverse Argentina Subaru SWRT look forward to diverse Argentina After the first long haul event of the season three weeks ago, crews will once again head west, this time to South America and the gravel routes of Rally Argentina. The second in a back-to-back trio of long haul events, Argentina faces competitors with stages of a completely diff...

Thu March 20, 2008

Kopecky ready for start of IRC season IRC Kopecky ready for start of IRC season Jan Kopecky shook down his new Peugeot 207 S2000 this week ahead of his debut in the car on the forthcoming Istanbul Rally Turkey (4th-6th April). The talented young Czech driver will start the IRC season opener plus at least the following 3 events on the IRC calendar (Portugal, ...

Citroen join forces with Red Bull Citroen Citroen join forces with Red Bull Citroën Sport is pleased to announce the arrival of Red Bull as a new partner of its programme with the Citroën C4 WRC and its crews Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena and Dani Sordo/Marc Marti in the FIA World Rally Championship....

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