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Sat March 31, 2012

More twists and turns for Araújo WRC More twists and turns for Araújo For the second year in a row the Vascão stage caused heartache for WRC Team MINI Portugal's No.1 driver Armindo Araújo as he retired for the day after breaking a suspension arm on his MINI John Cooper Works WRC. The Portuguese driver as always flanked by his experienced co-dr...

Resurgent Solberg charges up to fourth Ford Resurgent Solberg charges up to fourth Ford World Rally Team drivers Petter Solberg and Chris Patterson won four consecutive speed tests today during a tremendous recovery that powered them back up the Rally de Portugal leaderboard.  They climbed from 13th to fourth during the third leg in their Ford Fiesta RS World R...

Ford Fisher wins 1st Pirelli Accademy round

Citroen A perfect day for Hirvonen

Fri March 30, 2012

Hirvonen avoids the pitfalls Citroen Hirvonen avoids the pitfalls Despite being cut in half following the cancellation of the second loop, day two of Rally de Portugal was packed full of incident. After skilfully negotiating the incredibly muddy stages and the foggy conditions, Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen grabbed the lead in the overal...

Latvala and Solberg suffer in Portugal Ford Latvala and Solberg suffer in Portugal Ford World Rally Team suffered a double disappointment today as both Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila and team-mates Petter Solberg and Chris Patterson retired from the second leg of Rally de Portugal.  Both crews were caught out in treacherous weather and went off the road ...

Araújo edges towards Top 10 goal WRC Araújo edges towards Top 10 goal Armindo Araújo and co-driver Miguel Ramalho powered through the field today at Rally de Portugal, making up some of the time they lost due to yesterday's misfortunes. The WRC Team MINI Portugal duo started the day with their heads clear and still focused on taking a Top 10 fi...

Ford drivers lead Portugal Ford Ford drivers lead Portugal Ford World Rally Team lies first and second after today’s opening leg of Rally de Portugal.  Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila lead this fourth round of the FIA World Rally Championship in a Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car by 2.6sec from the similar car of team-mates Petter So...

Thu March 29, 2012

Latvala & Solberg take qualifying Ford Latvala & Solberg take qualifying Ford World Rally Team claimed first and second in qualifying for Rally de Portugal today.  Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila powered their Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car to fastest time by 1.771sec ahead of team-mates Petter Solberg and Chris Patterson over the 4.96km speed t...

Mini Portugal on home soil WRC Mini Portugal on home soil With a confidence boost after clinching his best ever WRC result at Rally Guanajuato México earlier this month, WRC Team MINI Portugal No. 1 driver Armindo Araújo and co-driver Miguel Ramalho are now ready to tackle their home event Rally de Portugal, fourth round of the 2012 FIA...

Jost Capito to head VW Motorsport WRC Jost Capito to head VW Motorsport Jost Capito (53) is to head Volkswagen Motorsport effective May 1, 2012. He takes over from Kris Nissen (51), who will support his successor during the transition phase and subsequently assist the Group in an advisory capacity....

Sun March 25, 2012

Brother Rally of Whangarei preview General Brother Rally of Whangarei preview The PROTON Motorsports team begins the defence of five of its seven* 2011 FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship titles on next week’s Brother International Rally of Whangarei (New Zealand)....

PROTON and DMACK join forces General PROTON and DMACK join forces Reigning FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Champion manufacturer PROTON has signed an agreement with DMACK for the supply of tyres for the defence of its APRC titles this season – starting with next week’s Brother International Rally of Whangarei (New Zealand, March 30-April 1)....

Kopecký & Dresler dominate Wallachian Skoda Kopecký & Dresler dominate Wallachian Kopecký & Dresler this year: three appearances, three wins --- ŠKODA Motorsport's crew dominated also the second event of the Czech Rally Championship --- ŠKODA's factory crew led from start to finish....

Ford and Solberg grab Fafe glory Ford Ford and Solberg grab Fafe glory Ford World Rally Team’s Petter Solberg and Chris Patterson chalked up their first victory for the squad today with a stunning performance to triumph in the Fafe Rally Sprint, a warm-up event for next weekend’s Rally de Portugal....

Sat March 24, 2012

Honda takes lead in IRC Cup IRC Honda takes lead in IRC Cup Thanks to blistering performances by Angel and Victor Marrero and German Hernandez and Israël Pereira at the Rallye Islas Canarias this weekend, Honda is now leading the charge in the 2012 IRC 2WD Manufacturer's Cup. The Marrero brothers took third place in the 2WD category, ...

Algarve adventure awaits Ford duo Ford Algarve adventure awaits Ford duo Ford World Rally Team takes on next week’s FIA World Rally Championship encounter in Portugal intent on carrying forward the form displayed in Mexico earlier this month.  Its Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car topped the speed test rankings after stepping up its dirt road pace and wi...

More progress for Nasser & Thierry? Citroen More progress for Nasser & Thierry? Nasser Al-Attiyah and Giovanni Bernacchini produced their best performance in the WRC last time out, claiming sixth position at Rally Mexico. The Qatar World Rally Team crew start the Portuguese round hoping to build on that result and their growing experience. Similarly, Thi...

From Fafe to Loulé via Lisbon Citroen From Fafe to Loulé via Lisbon Round four of this year‘s WRC, Rally de Portugal is one of the season’s most popular events. A three-time winner of the event, Citroën Total World Rally Team will be looking to secure another victory here with its crews. Thanks to wins in Monte-Carlo and Mexico, Sébastien Loe...

Vinyes keen on more IRC action IRC Vinyes keen on more IRC action Joan Vinyes wants to build on his success in the IRC 2WD Cup by tackling more rounds of the series this season. However, the Spaniard has conceded that funding issues would almost certainly prevent him from returning to the all-action contest in 2012....

Kopecky back on CZ duty Skoda Kopecky back on CZ duty Less than a week after his dramatic final-stage victory on Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Inglés, Jan Kopecký will be back in action on the second round of the Czech championship, the Bonver ValaŠská Rally....

Fri March 23, 2012

Stars line up for IRC IRC Stars line up for IRC Giandomenico Basso and Alastair Fisher have become the latest drivers to commit to the Intercontinental Rally Challenge....

Monzon proves he is not too old Peugeot Monzon proves he is not too old Luis Monzón has admitted he thought he was too old to finish on the podium in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge until he was proved wrong on the second round of the series last week....

Rugby ace tests Titanic stage IRC Rugby ace tests Titanic stage Former Ireland and Ulster rugby captain Simon Best has given the Titanic Super Special Stage - the centrepiece of next month's Donnelly Group Circuit of Ireland Rally - his seal of approval after he went for a high-speed ride around the course last week....

F1 driving tips boost Mikkelsen Skoda F1 driving tips boost Mikkelsen Co-driver Ola Fløene says Andreas Mikkelsen's speed on asphalt has improved significantly following sessions with ex-Formula One racer Alex Wurz....

Wed March 21, 2012

Luca Rossetti in  Turkish Championship General Luca Rossetti in Turkish Championship Luca Rossetti and United Business, the company that takes care of his sporting management, have signed an agreement with Pegasus Racing, with the cooperation of Skoda Turkey – Yuce Auto, to take part in the 2012 Turkish Rally Championship. The series consists of six events plus t...

Alessandro Perico with United Business General Alessandro Perico with United Business For the strong driver from Bergamo, the first seasonal event will be the 35th Rally del Ciocco e Valle del Serchio, the first round of the 2012 Italian Rally Championship, one of the finest Italian rallies to be held this weekend (22 - 23 to 24 March ) with start and finish at Ca...

IRC confirms Renault registration IRC IRC confirms Renault registration Renault has registered as an official manufacturer of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge for the first time, Eurosport Events, the IRC promoter, is delighted to confirm.  ...

Tue March 20, 2012

Fisher confirms Ireland & Ypres with Fiesta Ford Fisher confirms Ireland & Ypres with Fiesta Alastair Fisher will contest two rounds of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge in 2012, April’s Donnelly Group Circuit of Ireland Rally and the GEKO Ypres Rally in Belgium in late June....

Basso back in the IRC with A-Style Fiesta Ford Basso back in the IRC with A-Style Fiesta Giandomenico Basso, one of the most successful drivers in the history of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, will return to the series on May’s Tour de Corse as part of a planned programme of appearances in the all-action contest in 2012....

Sat March 17, 2012

Mikkelsen feels stings of a cactus IRC Mikkelsen feels stings of a cactus Jan Kopecký has claimed a dramatic final-stage victory on Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Inglés after an engine misfire slowed rival Andreas Mikkelsen with his first win in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge on asphalt in his grasp....

Canary Islands Rally dominated by Skoda Skoda Canary Islands Rally dominated by Skoda Fantastic battle between winner Kopecký and second-placed Mikkelsen up until the very end of the rally --- Second consecutive double for ŠKODA --- ŠKODA and Mikkelsen in Fabias top the IRC standings --- Another very good result for Sepp Wiegand...

Puskadi makes S2000 move IRC Puskadi makes S2000 move János Puskádi and co-driver Barnabas Godor will step up to the headlining Super 2000 category in this season's Intercontinental Rally Challenge, starting with Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Inglés....

Gardemeister takes different challenge General Gardemeister takes different challenge While his Intercontinental Rally Challenge rivals will be in action on the second event of the season in Gran Canaria this week, Toni Gardemeister is in Italy to undertake a task of a different kind, a cross-country rally....

Kopecky heads IRC thriller IRC Kopecky heads IRC thriller Round two of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Inglés, is set for a thrilling climax on Saturday with the top two drivers, Jan Kopecký and Andreas Mikkelsen, separated by just 1.2s heading into the closing six stages....

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