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Thu March 31, 2011

Skoda to focus on IRC after Czech win Skoda Skoda to focus on IRC after Czech win Skoda Motorsport will focus its efforts on its Intercontinental Rally Challenge bid for the next few months following Jan Kopecky’s victory on the Czech championship-counting Wallachia Rally last weekend. ...

PROTON considers third car for IRC IRC PROTON considers third car for IRC Chris Mellors has welcomed the addition of Giandomenico Basso to the PROTON Motorsports team and revealed that the Anglo-Malaysian squad could add a third Satria Neo Super 2000 to its line-up on Intercontinental Rally Challenge events later this season....

IRC RAC Scotland to run from 7-9 October

Peugeot Peugeot and the Tour de Corse

Mon March 28, 2011

PROTON drivers delighted with upgrades General PROTON drivers delighted with upgrades The PROTON Motorsports Satria Neo S2000 will start this week’s Malaysian Rally with further developments on the engine and suspension....

Clean sweep for Citroen DS3 WRC Citroen Clean sweep for Citroen DS3 WRC A year after scoring their first victory in the FIA World Rally Championship in Portugal, Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia made it two wins in two attempts at the Algarve-based event. After driving the perfect race, the Citroën Total World Rally Team’s DS3 WRCs scored the fir...

Petter and Kimi in the points Citroen Petter and Kimi in the points Petter Solberg and Chris Patterson were the best privately-entered performers at the end of the Rally of Portugal, leading a group of three Citroën DS3 WRCs entered by independent teams with the backing of Citroën Racing Technologies. They finished sixth, one place ahead of Kimi ...

Dominant victory for Symtech in Portugal Subaru Dominant victory for Symtech in Portugal Belgian team Symtech Racing, which is based in Grobbendonk, made a big impression on its debut in the 2011 Production car World Rally Championship. Its crew of Hayden Paddon and John Kennard dominated the Rally of Portugal in their Subaru Impreza STR11, ending the weekend with a ...

Sun March 27, 2011

Ford retains WRC lead Ford Ford retains WRC lead Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team retained the lead of both the manufacturers' and drivers' standings in the FIA World Rally Championship in Portugal today.  Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila's third place in Rally de Portugal and fourth for team-mates Mikko Hirvone...

Sat March 26, 2011

Basso joins PROTON IRC Basso joins PROTON Italian rally star Giandomenico Basso will drive a PROTON Satria Neo S2000 on six rounds of this year’s Intercontinental Rally Challenge. ...

Latvala retains podium place Ford Latvala retains podium place Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team remains on course for a podium finish in Rally de Portugal despite both drivers suffering heavy time losses during today's second leg.  Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila are third in their Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car, with team-mates Mik...

Kopecky dominates Czech Championship opener Skoda Kopecky dominates Czech Championship opener Jan Kopecký & Petr Starý in a factory Fabia Super 2000 won the 30th Wallachia Rally, the opening competition of the seven-event Czech International Championship. Spread over two days and comprising 10 special stages (altogether 152 kilometres), the race was dominated by Kopec...

Fri March 25, 2011

Ford holds 1st & 2nd after opening leg Ford Ford holds 1st & 2nd after opening leg Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team is first and second after today's opening leg of Rally de Portugal.  Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila lead this third round of the FIA World Rally Championship in a Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car by 11.5sec from the similar vehicle of fell...

Skoda confirm Italian campaign for Mikkelsen Skoda Skoda confirm Italian campaign for Mikkelsen Andreas Mikkelsen and co-driver Ola Fløene will contest the 2011 Trofeo Rally Terra – the Italian Gravel Rally Championship – in a Škoda Rally Team Italia Fabia S2000. The programme is in addition to the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC), which they will continue to do with ...

Goodwood Forest stage presented by Skoda Skoda Goodwood Forest stage presented by Skoda As part of Škoda Motorsport’s 110th anniversary celebrations in 2011, Škoda UK is proud to announce that it will be an official partner to the Goodwood Festival of Speed (June 30-3 July) for the first time – and in doing so, have its biggest ever presence at the event....

Thu March 24, 2011

Van Dalen: Wilks for IRC glory Peugeot Van Dalen: Wilks for IRC glory Kronos Racing boss Marc van Dalen is more convinced than ever that Peugeot UK driver Guy Wilks will be a contender for the Intercontinental Rally Challenge title in 2011....

Skoda Fabia R2 for IRC 2WD Cup Skoda Skoda Fabia R2 for IRC 2WD Cup Skoda, which clinched the Intercontinental Rally Challenge drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles in 2010, could be about to make a similar impact on the IRC 2WD Cup following the unveiling of an all-new car. ...

Citroen DS3 top the bill in Portugal Citroen Citroen DS3 top the bill in Portugal After its victory in Rally Mexico, the Citroën DS3 WRC could be considered as a benchmark on gravel in the World Rally Championship. On its return to Europe, the Citroën Total World Rally Team has but a single aim – continue its winning streak. The two crews entered by the F...

Hayden Paddon in Symtech Subaru Subaru Hayden Paddon in Symtech Subaru Preparation is everything, which is why Belgian team Symtech Racing and its new driver Hayden Paddon recently carried out two intensive days of testing in Spain. It was Hayden's first experience of working with the Grobbendonk-based team and also his first taste of the Subaru...

Sun March 20, 2011

Sousa determined to secure Azores outing Ford Sousa determined to secure Azores outing Rising star Bernardo Sousa says he won’t be satisfied until he has won Sata Rallye Acores. ...

Canarias a step into unknown for Pons Ford Canarias a step into unknown for Pons Xevi Pons will enter an Intercontinental Rally Challenge round in a Super 2000 car for the first time when he contests Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Ingles next month in what his team manager Luis Moya has said will be a step into the unknown....

WRC leader Ford targets Portugal success Ford WRC leader Ford targets Portugal success Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team journeys to Portugal next week aiming to strengthen its lead in both the manufacturers' and drivers' standings in the FIA World Rally Championship.  Rally de Portugal (24 - 27 March) is the third round of the 13-event series, and provides t...

Thu March 10, 2011

Skoda goes retro for Czech Championship bid Skoda Skoda goes retro for Czech Championship bid Škoda Motorsport (factory team) is going to appear in selected events of the International Czech Republic Rally Championship this year. The team is going to be represented by one of its factory crews, Jan Kopecký & Petr Starý, and the first event to see Škoda Motorsport in ac...

Kronos IRC 2WD Cup attack for De Mevius Peugeot Kronos IRC 2WD Cup attack for De Mevius Kronos Racing will branch out into the Intercontinental Rally Challenge 2WD Cup with a single Peugeot 207 R3T for Ghislain De Mevius....

Basso keen on PROTON for IRC after test IRC Basso keen on PROTON for IRC after test Giandomenico Basso has tested for PROTON Motorsports and says he would seriously consider driving for the Malaysian team in this year’s Intercontinental Rally Challenge....

Skoda Belgium partners Geko Ypres Rally Skoda Skoda Belgium partners Geko Ypres Rally After a highly successful 2010 edition, with a record sixth victory for Freddy Loix in Ypres at the wheel of the Fabia S2000, the Geko Ypres Rally and Skoda Belgium are proud to announce they will further intensify their partnership. Skoda Belgium will not only chase a seventh vi...

Tue March 8, 2011

Hanninen scores 2nd on sWRC Mexico Skoda Hanninen scores 2nd on sWRC Mexico Juho Hänninen & Mikko Markkula (FIN) of Red Bull Škoda finished second at the opening S-WRC event in the surroundings of Leon, Mexico. The crew were gradually narrowing the lead of their rivals after a mistake they'd made at the beginning of the first stage on Friday, but ...

Skoda present Fabia R2 Skoda Skoda present Fabia R2 With the Fabia R2, Škoda is introducing a new rally car in the market, which is to be used in the rally category R2. The car was developed, extensively tested, and prepared to its use in rallies for almost two years. In principle, the Fabia R2 is based on the series model of t...

Gardemeister teams up with Hankook for IRC Skoda Gardemeister teams up with Hankook for IRC The Finnish rally ace will contest selected rounds in the Skoda S2000 EVO 2 with support from Hankook – and both parties are confident that 2011 will prove a classic year for rallying....

Mon March 7, 2011

Mikkelsen's excellent test for Corsica Skoda Mikkelsen's excellent test for Corsica Andreas Mikkelsen and co-driver Ola Fløene sealed an excellent two-day test in Corsica in their Škoda UK Motorsport Fabia S2000 with victory on the Ronde De La Giraglia (5-6 March)....

Loeb scores DS3's maiden victory Citroen Loeb scores DS3's maiden victory Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena, who have been unbeaten in Mexico since 2006, yesterday racked up their fifth consecutive victory and in doing so, scored a maiden win for the Citroën DS3 WRC. Loeb and Elena are now in second place in the Drivers’ World Championship....

Ford streches championship lead Ford Ford streches championship lead Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team claimed a double podium in Rally Mexico today to extend its lead in both the manufacturers' and drivers' standings in the FIA World Rally Championship.  Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen finished second in the gravel debut of the new Ford F...

SWRC driver summary - Mexico WRC SWRC driver summary - Mexico Driver by driver summary of Rally Mexico, SWRC round 1 of 8...

Al Attiyah dominates then disqualified WRC Al Attiyah dominates then disqualified The prestige of recent Dakar winner Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT, Ford Fiesta, Michelin) and his co-driver Giovanni Bernacchini was clear as they led the opening round of the 2011 FIA Super 2000 World Rally Championship from start to finish this weekend at Guanajuato Rally México....

Sun March 6, 2011

Hirvonen&Latvala hold station in Mexico Ford Hirvonen&Latvala hold station in Mexico Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team maintained a firm grip on third and fourth places after another punishing day in Rally Mexico.  Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen occupy the final podium place in a Fiesta RS World Rally Car following the second leg of this second round of the FIA ...

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