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Sun March 30, 2014

208 T16 claims maiden victory! Peugeot 208 T16 claims maiden victory! The keenly-awaited international debut of the new 208T16 was rewarded with the first victory of its career! The Peugeot Rally Academy's Craig Breen took the win on the Greek European Rally Championship round, 30 years after the first success of the famous 205 T16!...

Double ERC first for Breen & 208 T16 IRC Double ERC first for Breen & 208 T16 Craig Breen has become the third different winner in as many rounds of this year’s FIA European Rally Championship with an emotional maiden victory in the all-action series. The Irishman’s success on the legendary Acropolis Rally marked a debut ERC win for Peugeot’s all-new 2...

Skoda Skoda works driver Lappi in 4th

NEWS JUST IN

IRC GR end - Debut win for 208 T16 & Breen! @ 02:48 PM - Peugeot 208 T16 wins its first international rally in Rally Acropolis! It is also Craig Breen's first victory at this level. Now how good does that look on anybody's CV! Congrats! Final results (after SS13)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot (T16), 2h21m20s2;
2nd= Bouffier/Panseri, Citroen, +8s1;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +42s1;
4th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +1m33s;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +4m40s;
6th= Gryazin/Eremeev, Ford (S2000), +6m11s8;
7th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +7m51s2;
8th= Raoux/Magat, Peugeot, +9m08s6;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +9m18s4;
10th= Consani/Landais, Peugeot, +9m52s9

IRC GR SS12 - Spinning fight! @ 02:15 PM - While Kajetanowicz declares himself content with 3rd place, the battle for the win is still on. Bouffier comes in first and reports a spin. Then Breen comes in and he spun too! Just over 16km to go with the gap being just over 16s too. Results after SS12:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot (T16), 2h09m15s7;
2nd= Bouffier/Panseri, Citroen, +16s5;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +37s;
4th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +1m27s9;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +4m19s4;
6th= Gryazin/Eremeev, Ford (S2000), +6m01s3;
7th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +7m27s9;
8th= Raoux/Magat, Peugeot, +8m36s2;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +8m41s5;
10th= Consani/Landais, Peugeot, +9m23s7

IRC GR SS11 - Kajetanowicz loses a little @ 12:47 AM - Kajetanowicz insists there was no problem. But so far today he and Bouffier swapped position in every single stage, to now lose 10sec is a bit surprising. Breen wins stage narrowly ahead of Bouffier. Results after SS11:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot (T16), 1h55m26s7;
2nd= Bouffier/Panseri, Citroen, +18s3;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +29s5;
4th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +1m27s;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +3m47s1;
6th= Gryazin/Eremeev, Ford (S2000), +5m45s5;
7th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +7m04s6;
8th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +7m42s8;
9th= Raoux/Magat, Peugeot, +7m50s;
10th= Tlustak/Skaloud, Skoda, +8m28s7

IRC GR SS10 - Superspecial @ 11:26 AM - Bit of a mini Mickey Mouse stage, so no surprise Tlustak wins this stage, but then it turns out he used Asphalt tyres on the gravel day (no tyre changes scheduled) - 3min penalty. Bouffier passes Kajetanowicz again. Results after SS10:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot (T16), 1h43m54s;
2nd= Bouffier/Panseri, Citroen, +14s6;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +14s9;
4th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +1m20s4;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +3m19s1;
6th= Gryazin/Eremeev, Ford (S2000), +m22s4;
7th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +6m25s4;
8th= Raoux/Magat, Peugeot, +6m56s6;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +7m10s3;
10th= Tlustak/Skaloud, Skoda, +7m27s

IRC GR SS9 - Kajetanowicz back in 2nd @ 09:51 AM - Kajetanowicz and Bouffier have a real ding-dong battle. And both of them close on Breen heavily. Magalhaes has a problem on rear suspension, but should be OK to reach service. Orsak drops behind Gryazin again. Results after SS9:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot (T16), 1h42m37s4;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +14s1;
3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Citroen, +14s5;
4th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +1m18s2;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +3m17s3;
6th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +4m11s3;
7th= Gryazin/Eremeev, Ford (S2000), +5m21s1;
8th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +6m23s7;
9th= Raoux/Magat, Peugeot, +6m56s6;
10th= Tlustak/Skaloud, Skoda, +7m27s

IRC GR SS8 - Stage full of drama @ 09:18 AM - Bouffier wins stage quite clearly ahead of Breen. But Kajetanowicz slowed by a power steering problem, while Lappi & Gryazin suffer punctures. Orsak bend suspension. Results after SS8:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot (T16), 1h30m19s9;
2nd= Bouffier/Panseri, Citroen, +19s4;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +21s4;
4th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +1m13s6;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +2m49s1;
6th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +3m43s4;
7th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +4m06s7;
8th= Gryazin/Eremeev, Ford (S2000), +4m46s2;
9th= Raoux/Magat, Peugeot, +6m12s3;
10th= Tlustak/Skaloud, Skoda, +6m34s7

IRC GR SS7 - the 208 carries on on gravel @ 07:40 AM - First gravel stage and the 208 T16 with Breen wins that too. Only by 0.8s, but good the car works well on all surfaces. Kajetanowicz re-takes 2nd. Lategan has not taken the start of the stage yet. Results after SS7:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot (T16), 1h16m07s4;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +15s8;
3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Citroen, +26s3;
4th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +54s3;
5th= Gryazin/Eremeev, Ford (S2000), +2m02s4;
6th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +2m29s8;
7th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +2m56s6;
8th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +3m07s3;
9th= Raoux/Magat, Peugeot, +5m18s1;
10th= Tlustak/Skaloud, Skoda, +5m22s9

Sat March 29, 2014

Breen leads thrilling Acropolis Rally IRC Breen leads thrilling Acropolis Rally Round three of the FIA European Rally Championship, the legendary Acropolis Rally, is set for a thrilling climax when it switches to gravel on Sunday. Craig Breen holds top spot after the opening Tarmac leg, but a debut ERC win for Peugeot’s 208T16 is far from guaranteed with...

Skoda with chance on Acropolis podium Skoda Skoda with chance on Acropolis podium At the end of the first day of the Acropolis Rally in Greece, ŠKODA is in the running for a podium finish. The works pair Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN) finished the first half of the third race of the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) season in fourth in their Fabia Sup...

M-Sport look to progress in Portugal Ford M-Sport look to progress in Portugal As the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) returns to Europe, the M-Sport World Rally Team will be looking to make further progress at next week's Vodafone Rally de Portugal. With both Mikko Hirvonen and Elfyn Evans growing in confidence, the team will be chasing a strong resu...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC GR leg1 - 208 T16 leads after day1 @ 02:41 PM - Breen wins stage and leads the day. Bouffier passes Kajetanowicz for 2nd. Tomorrow action will switch onto gravel. Results after leg1 (SS6):
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot (T16), 1h04m08s7;
2nd= Bouffier/Panseri, Citroen, +14s7;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +15s;
4th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +43s8;
5th= Gryazin/Eremeev, Ford (S2000), +1m53s1;
6th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +2m03s5;
7th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +2m37s;
8th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +2m37s9;
9th= Lategan/Wicha, Skoda, +3m38s8;
10th= Raoux/Magat, Peugeot, +4m09s7

IRC GR SS5 - Troubles for leader Abbring @ 01:10 PM - Abbring loses 3min in the stage for an overheating problem. He finishes the stage but with no service for another 40km of stages it is unclear if it is wise to continue. Stage win for Bouffier. Results after SS5:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot (T16), 54m08s;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +12s7;
3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Citroen, +13s7;
4th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +36s9;
5th= Gryazin/Eremeev, Ford (S2000), +1m28s3;
6th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +1m44s4;
7th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +2m09s7;
8th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +2m10s5;
9th= Lategan/Wicha, Skoda, +2m55s7;
10th= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot (T16), +3m07s5

IRC GR SS4 - Wiegand out @ 01:06 PM - Another stage win for Abbring. Wiegand stopped mid stage with a suspension problem. There was rain now in about half the stage. Results after SS4:
1st= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot (T16), 42m38s9;
2nd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot (T16), +5s8;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +15s3;
4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Citroen, +22s;
5th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +41s4;
6th= Gryazin/Eremeev, Ford (S2000), +1m10s1;
7th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +1m23s6;
8th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +1m44s4;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m49s7;
10th= Lategan/Wicha, Skoda, +2m26s9

IRC GR SS3 - Looking good for 208 T16 @ 09:58 AM - Slower and twistier stage. 2nd Peugeot 208 T16 1-2 on stage and this time without problems for Bouffier/Citrtoen RRC & Kajetanowicz/Fiesta R5. Lappi passes Wiegand and drops behind again for a jump start penalty. Results after SS3:
1st= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot (T16), 32m02s4;
2nd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot (T16), +2s9;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +13s;
4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Citroen, +17s5;
5th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +25s1;
6th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +33s4;
7th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +52s4;
8th= Gryazin/Eremeev, Ford (S2000), +52s6;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m15s3;
10th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +1m22s

IRC GR SS2 - 208 T16 1-2 @ 08:29 AM - Leader Bouffier had a puncture for the last 4km. This surely helped, but what a debut, new 208 T16 now 1st & 2nd. Stage was very fast with changing grip. Results after SS2:
1st= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot (T16), 21m52s7;
2nd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot (T16), +6s7;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +9s6;
4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Citroen, +17s1;
5th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +18s3;
6th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +19s9;
7th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +40s1;
8th= Gryazin/Eremeev, Ford (S2000), +41s2;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +53s;
10th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +1m04s5

IRC GR SS1 - Bouffier leads, 208 strong @ 08:04 AM - Stage in parts very narrow and twisty, but fast end. Next stage will be very fast. Abbring 2nd fastest despite a lose rear and losing the gearshift display. Bouffier takes narrow lead. Results after SS1:
1st= Bouffier/Panseri, Citroen, 10m25s5;
2nd= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot (T16), +0s8;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1s1;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +4s8;
5th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot (T16), +5s8;
6th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +14s2;
7th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +19s8;
8th= Gryazin/Eremeev, Ford (S2000), +20s3;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +26s;
10th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +29s6

Fri March 28, 2014

New tyres in WRC: Hankook WRC New tyres in WRC: Hankook Marty McCormack has waited a long time for this moment; the world awaits the Northern Irishman. The World Rally Championship that is. The Draperstown driver will realise a lifetime ambition next week, when he starts his first ever World Rally Championship programme. McCormack ...

New tyres in WRC: Pirelli WRC New tyres in WRC: Pirelli Pirelli's latest Scorpion tyre for gravel will make its debut on a World Rally Car at the Rally Portugal next weekend, from April 3-6. The Scorpion name has not been seen at the very top level of rallying since Pirelli ended its exclusive supply contract with the World Ral...

Thu March 27, 2014

Circuit of Ireland launched in Belfast IRC Circuit of Ireland launched in Belfast While the focus of the FIA European Rally Championship is on the upcoming Acropolis Rally, which starts tomorrow, Friday, the official launch of the Circuit of Ireland Rally took place in Belfast earlier today. ...

Craig Breen: Acropolis is wide open IRC Craig Breen: Acropolis is wide open Craig Breen says predicting a winner of round three of the FIA European Rally Championship will be too close to call. None of the FIA or ERC priority drivers contesting the 60th running of the Acropolis Rally have tackled the event before, while the asphalt stages that make up...

R5 alive in ERC IRC R5 alive in ERC The new-generation R5 category continues to go from strength to strength in the FIA European Rally Championship. M-Sport’s Ford Fiesta R5 is already a winner in the ERC courtesy of Kajetan Kajetanowicz, while Peugeot’s 208T16 will make its first start in the championship on th...

Hyundai 3-car team in Portugal WRC Hyundai 3-car team in Portugal --- Hyundai Motorsport will run three Hyundai i20 WRCs at Rally de Portugal next week marking the first time for the young team to enter three cars into a WRC event --- Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 WRC #7) and Juho Hänninen (Hyundai i20 WRC #8) will compete under the Hyundai M...

Wed March 26, 2014

Peugeot Dakar comeback in 2015 Peugeot Peugeot Dakar comeback in 2015 After their extraordinary adventure in 2013, which saw them smash the record for the celebrated Pikes Peak Hill Climb, Peugeot Sport, Red Bull and Total have again joined forces for another exacting yet equally exciting challenge: the Dakar. To take on the 10, 000km of the world&...

Lappi expects big challenge in Greece IRC Lappi expects big challenge in Greece FIA European Rally Championship leader Esapekka Lappi reckons next week’s Acropolis Rally, which he’s contesting for the first time, will be a “big challenge”. ...

Q&A Bruno Magalhaes Peugeot Q&A Bruno Magalhaes Top Portuguese and ERC event winner Bruno Magalhães will be back on international rallying duty on next week’s Acropolis Rally in a Peugeot 207 Super 2000. He spoke to www.fiaerc.com. ...

Tue March 25, 2014

Khalid Al Qassimi takes 2nd in Kuwait Citroen Khalid Al Qassimi takes 2nd in Kuwait --- After finishing on the podium in Qatar, Khalid Al Qassimi and Chris Patterson ended the Kuwait Rally as runners-up, having led in the early stages. --- The Citroën DS3 RRC crew thus moved into second place in the FIA Middle East Rally Championship standings. --- Competing...

Q&A Kevin Abbring IRC Q&A Kevin Abbring Along with Peugeot Rally Academy team-mate Craig Breen, highly-rated Dutchman Kevin Abbring is one of two drivers charged with giving Peugeot’s 208 T16 its FIA European Rally Championship debut on the Acropolis Rally in Greece....

Full Rally Acropolis preview IRC Full Rally Acropolis preview ERC aces target God-like status on the legendary Acropolis Rally There will be serious competition ahead when the legendary Acropolis Rally returns to the FIA European Rally Championship roster for the first time in almost 50 years next week (28-30 March)....

Breen & Abbring in the 208 T16 Peugeot Breen & Abbring in the 208 T16 The Peugeot Rally Academy's second outing of the year takes the squad to the next European Rally Championship clash in Greece where it will be running the 208 T16 for the very first time. Two cars have been entered for Craig Breen and Kevin Abbring and they will be keen to do...

Skoda lines up at Gulf of Corinth IRC Skoda lines up at Gulf of Corinth ŠKODA lines up at the third round of the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) with high expectations on the back of a success. Following the win at the Rally Latvia in February, the ŠKODA works pair of Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN) travel to the legendary Acropolis Rally o...

Thu March 20, 2014

Peugeot & Loeb to thrill at Goodwood Peugeot Peugeot & Loeb to thrill at Goodwood For visitors to the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed - the UK automotive event extravaganza - PEUGEOT has, driven by its brand signature ‘Motion & Emotion', plans in place to yet again thrill the audience....

High speed action for 50th Ypres IRC High speed action for 50th Ypres For the 50th anniversary edition of the Geko Ypres Rally, the sixth round of the FIA European Rally Championship, organizers present an extremely compact, high-paced route. In total 53% of the itinerary will be run against the clock, leaving drivers little time to catch their bre...

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