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Wed March 31, 2010

Hankook confirm IRC programme with Mikkelsen Ford Hankook confirm IRC programme with Mikkelsen Andreas Mikkelsen and co-driver Ole Fløene will be contesting selected rounds of the IRC (Intercontinental Rally Challenge) in a Hankook Ford Fiesta S2000 run by M-Sport. “This is such an exciting prospect for the season," said Hankook motorsport manger Mike Patterson. “We ...

Raikkonen & Ogier aim to conquer the desert Citroen Raikkonen & Ogier aim to conquer the desert After returning from Scandinavia and Central America, the Citroën Junior Team now heads to the Middle East for the Jordan Rally, round three of the 2010 World Rally Championship. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia and Kimi Räikkönen/Kaj Lindström will be at the wheel of the two C...

Citroen C4 WRCs ready to battle in the desert

Ford Stobart ready for Arabian adventure

Ford Ford hunt for highs in Jordan's lowlands

Tue March 30, 2010

Kopecky to compete in Italian Championship Skoda Kopecky to compete in Italian Championship The stable members of the Skoda Motorsport factory racing team, Jan Kopecký and Petr Starý, will participate at this year's Italian Rally Championship. This comprises eight races, with the introductory Rally 1000 Miglia programmed for 22 to 24 April. Kopecký and Starý will be...

Skoda UK confirm Wilks for Canarias Skoda Skoda UK confirm Wilks for Canarias Guy Wilks and Phil Pugh will contest the Rally Islas Canarias 'Trofeo El Corte Ingles' (28 April-1 May) in their Škoda UK Motorsport Fabia S2000. The famous Spanish rally has been added to Škoda UK Motorsport’s programme after the IRC promoter, Eurosport Events, ann...

Mon March 29, 2010

Six Ford Fiesta S2000s to start Rally Jordan Ford Six Ford Fiesta S2000s to start Rally Jordan Six Ford Fiesta S2000s will contest Rally Jordan in what is expected to be a fiercely fought third round of the Super 2000 World Rally Championship. The Ford Fiesta S2000 swept the board at the previous event, claiming all three podium places at Rally Mexico thanks to Xevi ...

Sun March 28, 2010

Cave set for expanded IRC programme IRC Cave set for expanded IRC programme Tom Cave, who at 18 is one of the youngest drivers competing in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, will embark on an expanded programme of events in 2010. Briton Cave announced in January that he would contest at least four rounds of the Eurosport-backed series this yea...

Sat March 27, 2010

Kronos confirm Neuville for 6 IRC events Peugeot Kronos confirm Neuville for 6 IRC events Thierry Neuville will contest six rounds of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge in a Peugeot Belgium–Luxembourg-backed 207 Super 2000 run by Kronos Racing. Neuville, 21, will begin his programme on Rally Islas Canarias from 29 April-1 May and will also contest the rallies ...

Fri March 26, 2010

Pozzo clinches Subaru individual award Subaru Pozzo clinches Subaru individual award Gabriel Pozzo has become the latest recipient of the Subaru Individual Award following his fine run to fourth overall on Rally Argentina last weekend. Pozzo had got the better of fellow Argentine Federico Villagra, in a Ford Fiesta S2000, for fifth place before he inherite...

Trelles makes comeback on IRC event Mitsubishi Trelles makes comeback on IRC event Gustavo Trelles has revealed how he used last weekend’s Intercontinental Rally Challenge qualifier in Argentina to start his first major rally for almost a decade. Trelles, a regular on events around the world until shortly after the turn of the new millennium, hadn’t comp...

Mon March 22, 2010

Entries roll in for Canarias IRC Entries roll in for Canarias Despite it's late addition to the 2010 IRC calendar, the Rally Islas Canarias looks set to boast a good entry after Eurosport Events arranged for the team's cars and equipment to be shipped straight from Argentina to the Spanish-owned Islands. Kronos Racing have confirmed...

Sun March 21, 2010

Skoda dominate Rally Argentina Skoda Skoda dominate Rally Argentina The world-famous Argentinean rally, the third race in the IRC championship, was dominated by Škodas. The Finnish driver Juho Hänninen, for the Škoda Motorsport works team, crowned his excellent performance with a convincing victory, second was Guy Wilks, driving for the Škoda UK ...

Hanninen takes dominant win in Argentina General Hanninen takes dominant win in Argentina Juho Hanninen and Skoda have made it three different winners from three rounds of this year's Intercontinental Rally Challenge following a dominant victory on Rally Argentina, which finished with a spectacular superspecial stage through the streets of host town Carlos Paz ear...

Wilks on the podium again for Skoda UK Skoda Wilks on the podium again for Skoda UK Guy Wilks scored the best result by a British driver on Rally Argentina for nine years, after he finished 2nd in his Škoda UK Motorsport Fabia S2000. Guy joins Colin McRae and Richard Burns as the only British drivers to score a podium finish in Argentina, and the first since 20...

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IRC RA end - Skoda's first podium lock out! @ 07:46 PM - Meeke retired, clear win for Hänninen, strong finish for Pozzo. End results (after SS15)(subject to final time control and scrutineering):
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 2h30m38s1;
2nd= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +51s;
3rd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +2m20s1;
4th= Pozzo/Stillo, Subaru, +5m03s9;
5th= Villagra/Perez Companc, Ford, +5m14s2;
6th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +6m11s;
7th= Madero/Piazzano, Mitsubishi, +6m47s5;
8th= Dominguez/Galindo, Mitsubishi, +7m39s3;
9th= Cancio/Garcia, Mitsubishi, +8m38s3;
10th= Marchetto/Franchello, Mitsubishi, +9m17s6

IRC RA SS14 - big trouble for Meeke! @ 06:22 PM - Peugeot can't convince here. While the Skodas run boringly faultless, Meeke adds a tight steering and a broken suspension joint to his earlier altitude and misfiring problems, losing near 4min and several places on the last stage proper! Menzi loses top10 place with similar problem. Results after SS14:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 2h28m08s1;
2nd= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +50s4;
3rd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +2m20s7;
4th= Pozzo/Stillo, Subaru, +4m59s1;
5th= Villagra/Perez Companc, Ford, +5m13s5;
6th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +5m41s7;
7th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +6m09s1;
8th= Madero/Piazzano, Mitsubishi, +6m25s7;
9th= Dominguez/Galindo, Mitsubishi, +7m35s6;
10th= Cancio/Garcia, Mitsubishi, +8m32s6

IRC RA SS13 - Stage win for Kopecky @ 05:53 PM - The announce3d rain storm did not happen, in contrary stage is dry and hard. This is a repeat of SS11 and for the first time this rally no change in top10. But there is still a fight between Pozzo & Villagra as well as Magalhaes & Madero. Results after SS13:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 2h14m01s1;
2nd= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +47s1;
3rd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m52s8;
4th= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +2m15s;
5th= Pozzo/Stillo, Subaru, +4m52s6;
6th= Villagra/Perez Companc, Ford, +5m00s2;
7th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +5m54s6;
8th= Madero/Piazzano, Mitsubishi, +6m06s4;
9th= Dominguez/Galindo, Mitsubishi, +7m08s;
10th= Menzi/Cagnotti, Subaru, +7m49s3

IRC RA SS12 - Storm expected for next loop @ 03:17 PM - Amazing push by Gabriel Pozzo, 4th fastest in this stage ahead of Meeke, overall he moved ahead of Villagra. Results after SS12:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 2h06m31s8;
2nd= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +45s4;
3rd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m51s2;
4th= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +2m17s4;
5th= Pozzo/Stillo, Subaru, +4m40s6;
6th= Villagra/Perez Companc, Ford, +4m49s2;
7th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +5m47s9;
8th= Madero/Piazzano, Mitsubishi, +5m57s4;
9th= Dominguez/Galindo, Mitsubishi, +6m56s6;
10th= Menzi/Cagnotti, Subaru, +7m35s9

IRC RA SS11 - dramatic rough stage @ 03:12 PM - Daniel Oliveira crashed out for good. Top10 candidates Claudio Menzi and Juan Marchetto hit suspension problems. Hänninen extends lead further. Results after SS11:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 1h52m26s;
2nd= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +44s9;
3rd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m44s;
4th= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +2m12s2;
5th= Villagra/Perez Companc, Ford, +4m24s8;
6th= Pozzo/Stillo, Subaru, +4m34s3;
7th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +5m12s3;
8th= Madero/Piazzano, Mitsubishi, +5m22s8;
9th= Dominguez/Galindo, Mitsubishi, +6m05s8;
10th= Trelles/del Buono, Mitsubishi, +7m04s9

IRC RA SS10 - Al Attiyah out @ 01:08 PM - The top4 get ever more settled. While Hänninen confirms it is rather an advantage being 1st on the road, Wilks has brake problems and Meeke has a bad engine misfire. Al Attiyah seems to have retired from 10th. Results after SS10:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 1h44m59s7;
2nd= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +40s8;
3rd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m33s9;
4th= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +2m07s8;
5th= Villagra/Perez Companc, Ford, +4m14s7;
6th= Pozzo/Stillo, Subaru, +4m22s6;
7th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +5m03s1;
8th= Madero/Piazzano, Mitsubishi, +5m08s6;
9th= Dominguez/Galindo, Mitsubishi, +5m51s6;
10th= Menzi/Cagnotti, Subaru, +6m16s7

IRC RA SS9 - Hänninen again @ - Hänninen wins the day's 1st stage narrowly rom Wilks, but Meeke's time is again disapointing without reason given. Puncture for Cancio and time penalty for Menzi late out of service means Al Attiyah now in top10 Results after SS9:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 1h29m51s4;
2nd= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +34s3;
3rd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m13s4;
4th= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +1m52s1;
5th= Villagra/Perez Companc, Ford, +3m43s8;
6th= Pozzo/Stillo, Subaru, +3m53s1;
7th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +4m26s;
8th= Madero/Piazzano, Mitsubishi, +4m29s5;
9th= Dominguez/Galindo, Mitsubishi, +5m05s
10th= Al Attiyah/Bernacchini, Skoda, +5m40s3

Sat March 20, 2010

Hanninen leads after leg one in Argentina IRC Hanninen leads after leg one in Argentina Juho Hanninen will start the final leg of the 30th Personal Rally Argentina with a lead of more than half a minute following a dominant performance at the wheel of his Skoda Motorsport Fabia Super 2000 today (20 March)....

Wilks in strong 2nd after leg 1 in Argentina Skoda Wilks in strong 2nd after leg 1 in Argentina Guy Wilks holds a strong 2nd position on Rally Argentina in his Škoda UK Motorsport Fabia S2000, as he battles for victory on Round 3 of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge with rally leader Juho Hänninen in a sensational Škoda 1-2. Co-driven by Phil Pugh, Guy set one fast...

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IRC RA leg1 - Meeke punctures @ 07:54 PM - Meeke drops 20s with a puncture, handing the rally even more firmly into Hänninen's hands. Actually, looks like a Skoda rally for makes points too, Skoda's 1st, 2nd, 4th, Peugeot's 3rd, 8th, 38th. Results after leg1 (SS8):
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 1h16m55s;
2nd= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +32s2;
3rd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +51s;
4th= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +1m26s2;
5th= Villagra/Perez Companc, Ford, +2m57s7;
6th= Pozzo/Stillo, Subaru, +3m11s1;
7th= Madero/Piazzano, Mitsubishi, +3m34s6;
8th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +3m45s9;
9th= Menzi/Cagnotti, Subaru, +3m56s8
10th= Dominguez/Galindo, Mitsubishi, +4m03s4

IRC RA SS7 - Big stage time for Hänninen @ 07:26 PM - Hänninen wins stage by 10s and now has a very firm grip on the lead. Magalhaes drops 2 places, but no maor drama, just a tight battle. Results after SS7:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 1h03m15s5;
2nd= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +29s3;
3rd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +31s3;
4th= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +1m20s2;
5th= Villagra/Perez Companc, Ford, +2m26s8;
6th= Pozzo/Stillo, Subaru, +2m41s5;
7th= Madero/Piazzano, Mitsubishi, +3m;
8th= Marchetto/Franchello, Mitsubishi, +3m07s8;
9th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +3m12s6
10th= Menzi/Cagnotti, Subaru, +3m21s4

IRC RA SS6 - Punctures for Al Attiyah @ 06:26 PM - This loop is the first loop bar SS4 repeated. And the track seems really rough now. Al Attiyah has two punctures but only drops a minute. Meeke and Kopecky also complain having chosen the wrong tyres now. But Kopecky's time was quite good, while Meeke drops behind Wilks. Results after SS6:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 52m22s6;
2nd= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +19s1;
3rd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +20s6;
4th= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +1m04s2;
5th= Villagra/Perez Companc, Ford, +1m57s5;
6th= Pozzo/Stillo, Subaru, +2m10s7;
7th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +2m31s6;
8th= Madero/Piazzano, Mitsubishi, +2m32s;
9th= Marchetto/Franchello, Mitsubishi, +2m36s7
10th= Dominguez/Galindo, Mitsubishi, +2m47s2

IRC RA SS5 - First on Road is best @ 02:27 PM - Another stage win or Hänninen, while Meeke is under big thread of Wilks. Rainy conditions mean the road is cutting up very quickly and that means 1st on road is best. Hänninen as 2nd on road certainly makes best use o this, but it does make Al Attiyah's claims even worse, as he is 1st on road. Ligato retired with diff problems. Results after SS5:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 43m00s9;
2nd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +13s5;
3rd= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +13s7;
4th= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +57s;
5th= Villagra/Perez Companc, Ford, +1m37s1;
6th= Pozzo/Stillo, Subaru, +1m39s8;
7th= Al Attiyah/Bernacchini, Skoda, +2m05s;
8th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +2m08s;
9th= Marchetto/Franchello, Mitsubishi, +2m11s;
10th= Madero/Piazzero, Mitsubishi, +2m17s9

IRC RA SS4 - Hänninen strong @ 01:23 PM - Wilks wins stage. While the top3 Hänninen-Meeke-Wilks are within 10s, Al Attiyah is winning the 2010 IRC title by losing half a minute every single stage! Results after SS4:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 36m49s3;
2nd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +6s6;
3rd= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +9s1;
4th= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +45s3;
5th= Villagra/Perez Companc, Ford, +1m13s9;
6th= Pozzo/Stillo, Subaru, +1m18s;
7th= Al Attiyah/Bernacchini, Skoda, +1m30s8;
8th= Menzi/Cagnotti, Subaru, +1m31s9;
9th= Marchetto/Franchello, Mitsubishi, +1m39s6;
10th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +1m43s

IRC RA SS3 - Two Peugeots in trouble @ 01:01 PM - Peugeot's makes title chance has just received another knock. While Kris Meeke has a superb battle with Hänninen or the lead, Magalhaes dropped rom 5th to 12th for wrong pace notes and resulting bad confidence, while Brazilian Daniel Oliveira went off for 15min. Results after SS3:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 23m07s1;
2nd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +3s1;
3rd= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +10s;
4th= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +25s7;
5th= Villagra/Perez Companc, Ford, +41s7;
6th= Pozzo/Stillo, Subaru, +47s5;
7th= Al Attiyah/Bernacchini, Skoda, +49s1;
8th= Bernardi/Cretu, Mitsubishi, +57s2;
9th= Menzi/Cagnotti, Subaru, +57s3;
10th= Madero/Piazzaro, Mitsubishi, +57s6

IRC RA SS2 - Action starts proper @ 11:50 AM - Hänninen wins the first proper stage and immediately moves from 4th ahead of the two Brits. Wonder about Al Attiyah's tactics here, since he claimed he is going to win the IRC title this year. Results after SS2:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 12m03s9;
2nd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +2s;
3rd= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +6s7;
4th= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +8s2;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +18s2;
6th= Villagra/Perez Companc, Ford, +21s3;
7th= Al Attiyah/Bernacchini, Skoda, +21s8;
8th= Pozzo/Stillo, Subaru, +23s8;
9th= Menzi/Cagnotti, Subaru, +27s6;
10th= Madero/Piazzaro, Mitsubishi, +29s8

Fri March 19, 2010

Meeke leads after superspecial IRC Meeke leads after superspecial Kris Meeke will take a slender lead of 1.4 seconds into the second section of leg one of the 30th Personal Rally Argentina after topping the times on the opening superspecial stage through the streets of Carlos Paz on Friday (19 March). In front of a capacity crowd of 12,0...

Hanninen tops Argentina shakedown Skoda Hanninen tops Argentina shakedown Juho Hänninen has set the fastest time during the pre-event shakedown for Rally Argentina. The Intercontinental Rally Challenge leader (pictured) registered a best time of 5m16.9s over the 6.23-kilometre course near Cabalango, which is a short drive from the service park in...

Ford accelerates Fiesta RS WRC development Ford Ford accelerates Fiesta RS WRC development Ford has accelerated development work on its all-new Fiesta-based challenger for the 2011 FIA World Rally Championship, following confirmation by the sport's governing body last week of technical regulations for the series' new formula. An agreement on engine spec...

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