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Tue March 22, 2016

Hyundai i20 R5 passes first tarmac test IRC Hyundai i20 R5 passes first tarmac test Hyundai Motorsport has reached an important new milestone with its New Generation i20 R5 car, having this week concluded its first ever tarmac test as part of four days of development work in the south of France. The arrival of warm, spring weather in southern France provided...

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IRC Fantastic Circuit entry @ 06:22 PM - Check out the fantastic entry list for the Circuit of Ireland. Alongside ERC regulars as Kajetan Kajetanowicz and Alexey Lukyanuk we have entries from Craig Breen, Elfyn Evans, Alastair Fisher and many more. See according section in the Circuit of ireland field or follow link: http://www.rallye-info.com/event_entrylist.asp?event=665

Mon March 21, 2016

Breen returns to ERC Circuit of Ireland Citroen Breen returns to ERC Circuit of Ireland Craig Breen will return to FIA European Rally Championship action next month (7-9 April) when he competes on the Circuit of Ireland Rally, aiming to repeat his victory of 2015. Runner-up in the ERC standings last year after spending three seasons in the series, Breen is now co...

Wed March 16, 2016

Spring time is Rallye Sanr Remo time General Spring time is Rallye Sanr Remo time The first week of April this event will see the competition of the Italian Rally Championship cars, the European and Italian Historic cars and the regularity historic cars. The major news is the Eco Rally that will bring to Sanremo alternative power supplied cars. The event will ...

3 rounds confirmed for Abbring WRC 3 rounds confirmed for Abbring Hyundai Motorsport has today revealed that its test and development driver Kevin Abbring will compete in three rounds of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in a fourth car, starting with Rally de Portugal and Rally Italia Sardegna. The Dutchman will drive the latest ...

Mon March 14, 2016

Canarias post-event press conference IRC Canarias post-event press conference Present: (AL) Alexey Lukyanuk/(AA) Alexey Arnautov, Ford Fiesta R5, first place; (KK) Kajetan Kajetanowicz/(JB) Jarek Baran, LOTOS Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5, second place; (LM) Luis Monzón/José Carlos Déniz, Auto-Laca Competition Citroën DS3 R5, third place; (WC) Wojciech Chu...

Pirelli 1-2 in ERC opener Canarias IRC Pirelli 1-2 in ERC opener Canarias Pirelli has clinched a one-two finish on the first round of the FIA European Rally Championship: the Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Ingles. Russian driver Alexey Lukyanuk picked up where he left off last season, by winning in the Canary Islands, having previously triumphed on t...

Sat March 12, 2016

Lukyanuk wins Canarias IRC Lukyanuk wins Canarias Alexey Lukyanuk won the opening round of the 2016 FIA European Rally Championship after defeating the defending champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz on the final day of Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Inglés. The triumph in Gran Canaria is a second consecutive ERC win for Russian drive...

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IRC E/Canarias SS13 - End @ 03:25 PM - Lukyanuk starts 2016 exactly as he finished the 2015 season in Valais: With an asphalt win! Final results (after SS12)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 2h13m52s4;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +32s7;
3rd= Monzon/Deniz, Citroen, +1m51s4;
4th= Perez/Lopez, Ford, +2m58s5;
5th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +5m09s6
6th= Chuchala/Dymurski, Subaru, +5m57s3;
7th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +6m17s;
8th= Puskadi/Godor, Skoda, +8m;
9th= Pernia/Garcia, Renault, +8m26s2;
10th= Kasperczyk/Syty, Ford, +8m37s

IRC E/Canarias SS12 @ 03:06 PM - Lukyanuk wins stage. Kajto narrowly beaten on stage but it seems he is taking it safe for a finish now. Results after SS12:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 2h03m49s6;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +32s3;
3rd= Monzon/Deniz, Citroen, +1m41s5;
4th= Perez/Lopez, Ford, +2m44s;
5th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +4m30s1
6th= Chuchala/Dymurski, Subaru, +5m27s;
7th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +5m28s1;
8th= Puskadi/Godor, Skoda, +7m18s1;
9th= Pernia/Garcia, Renault, +7m48s7;
10th= Kasperczyk/Syty, Ford, +8m01s4

IRC E/Canarias SS11 @ 02:18 PM - Ivan Ares dropped to 19th from fighting for 6th! He lost 5min changing a puncture. Kajto wins this stage but the gap is still at 28.8s. Results after SS11:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 1h55m05s7;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +28s8;
3rd= Monzon/Deniz, Citroen, +1m35s9;
4th= Perez/Lopez, Ford, +2m39s;
5th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +4m09s;
6th= Chuchala/Dymurski, Subaru, +5m09s2;
7th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +5m17s4;
8th= Puskadi/Godor, Skoda, +6m50s9;
9th= Pernia/Garcia, Renault, +7m23s6;
10th= Kasperczyk/Syty, Ford, +7m35s7

IRC E/Canarias SS10 @ 11:54 AM - Kajto drops another half a minute with his tyres completely ruined. Consani drops time with now brakes at all. Stage win for Luis Monzon. Results after SS10:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 1h41m09s4;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +36s7;
3rd= Monzon/Deniz, Citroen, +1m32s7;
4th= Perez/Lopez, Ford, +2m32s6;
5th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +4m01s9;
6th= Chuchala/Dymurski, Subaru, +4m40s7;
7th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +4m44s;
8th= Puskadi/Godor, Skoda, +6m07s7;
9th= Ares/Gonzalez, Ford, +6m22s7;
10th= Pernia/Garcia, Renault, +6m39s3

IRC E/Canarias SS9 @ 11:45 AM - Attrition carries on. Kobus crashes out and Kajetanowicz drops half a minute with tyre problems and loses the lead to Lukyanuk. Results after SS9:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 1h30m55s;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +2s6;
3rd= Monzon/Deniz, Citroen, +1m33s6;
4th= Perez/Lopez, Ford, +2m22s2;
5th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +3m16s;
6th= Chuchala/Dymurski, Subaru, +4m09s1;
7th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +4m29s2;
8th= Puskadi/Godor, Skoda, +5m38s1;
9th= Pernia/Garcia, Renault, +6m07s3;
10th= Ares/Gonzalez, Ford, +6m12s3

IRC E/Canarias SS8 @ - Very dramatic start to the day. Consani's Peugeot starts up 8min late in parc fermé and gets 80s time penalty. Costenaro has an alternator problem. Ostberg does not restart, car was too badly damaged in accident yesterday. Results after SS8:
1st= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, 1h21m35s8;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +28s5;
3rd= Monzon/Deniz, Citroen, +2m01s6;
4th= Kobus/de Wild, Skoda, +2m44s2;
5th= Perez/Lopez, Ford, +2m48s4;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +3m19s3;
7th= Chuchala/Dymurski, Subaru, +4m21s7;
8th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +4m47s;
9th= Puskadi/Godor, Skoda, +5m43s;
10th= Pernia/Garcia, Renault, +6m10s1

Fri March 11, 2016

Kajto leads, Ostberg crashes IRC Kajto leads, Ostberg crashes Defending champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz leads the opening round of 2016 FIA European Rally Championship, moving ahead on Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Inglés when Mads Østberg crashed near to the end of today’s final stage. Making his ERC debut, Østberg won the first stage of ...

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IRC E/Canarias SS7 - day1 @ 06:14 PM - OSTBERG OUT! Last stage of the day and Ostberg misses a breaking point and crashes into a rock face. Crew OK. Ares' problems continue and he drops to 11th. Results after day1 (SS7):
1st= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, 1h07m45s6;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +22s7;
3rd= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m45s3;
4th= Monzon/Denit, Citroen, +1m55s8;
5th= Perez/Lopez, Ford, +2m27s3;
6th= Kobus/de Wild, Skoda, +2m29s8;
7th= Costenaro/Bardini, Peugeot, +2m48s7;
8th= Chuchala/Dymurski, Subaru, +3m40s9;
9th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +4m00s2;
10th= Puskadi/Godor, Skoda, +4m45s2

IRC E/Canarias SS6 @ 05:18 PM - Ares drops 1 1/2 minutes for an unconfirmed problem. Kajto wins his 5th stage in a row against Ostberg. Results after SS6:
1st= Ostberg/Floene, Ford, 58m27s;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +6s9;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +30s8;
4th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m38s9;
5th= Monzon/Deniz, Citroen, +1m53s7;
6th= Kobus/de Wild, Skoda, +2m21s7;
7th= Perez/Lopez, Ford, +2m21s8;
8th= Ares/Gonzalez, Ford, +2m28s5;
9th= Costenaro/Bardini, Peugeot, +2m45s1;
10th= Chuchala/Dymurski, Subaru, +3m13s4

IRC E/Canarias SS5 @ 04:29 PM - Started raining just before Ostberg started. Ostberg & Lukyanuk are on hard tyres, Kajto on Medium and Kajto wins stage 0.9s from Ostberg. Monzon reports gearbox problems, Delacasa stopped in stage. Results after SS5:
1st= Ostberg/Floene, Ford, 49m29s3;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +8s4;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +26s2;
4th= Ares/Gonzalez, Ford, +1m05s9;
5th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m28s3;
6th= Monzon/Deniz, Citroen, +1m46s7;
7th= Perez/Lopez, Ford, +2m05s7;
8th= Kobus/de Wild, Skoda, +2m08s3;
9th= Costenaro/Bardini, Peugeot, +2m25s9;
10th= Chuchala/Dymurski, Subaru, +2m38s6

IRC E/Canarias SS4 @ 01:45 PM - Another stage win for Kajetanowicz. He passes Lukyanuk for 2nd as well. Though Ostberg's lead remains stable. Results after SS4:
1st= Ostberg/Floene, Ford, 33m53s2;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +9s7;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +14s;
4th= Ares/Gonzalez, Ford, +35s6;
5th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +54s4;
6th= Monzon/Deniz, Citroen, +1m03s7;
7th= Delacasa/Pozzi, Citroen, +1m10s8;
8th= Costenaro/Bardini, Peugeot, +1m24s5;
9th= Perez/Lopez, Ford, +1m38s1;
10th= Kobus/de Wild, Skoda, +1m43s3

IRC E/Canarias SS3 @ 12:47 AM - Kajetanowicz wins stage from Ostberg. But tyre choices (Lukyanuk soft, Kajto hard, Ostberg mixed) mean Luykanuk lost some 8sec here with Kajto losing 10sec in the previous stage. Results after SS3:
1st= Ostberg/Floene, Ford, 24m37s8;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +8s4;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +10s;
4th= Ares/Gonzalez, Ford, +26s9;
5th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +32s1;
6th= Monzon/Deniz, Citroen, +55s4;
7th= Delacasa/Pozzi, Citroen, +1m01s4;
8th= Kobus/de Wild, Skoda, +1m03s9;
9th= Costenaro/Bardini, Peugeot, +1m10s7;
10th= Perez/Lopez, Ford, +1m20s9

IRC E/Canarias SS2 @ 00:14 AM - Stage with always moving fog, changing conditions. Ostberg wins but only by 0.1s from Lukyanuk. However Lukyanuk fears his soft tyres are wrong choice for next stages. Tlustak stood for 9min with a gearbox problem. Results after SS2:
1st= Ostberg/Floene, Ford, 15m34s2;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +0s1;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +10s4;
4th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +20s2;
5th= Ares/Gonzalez, Ford, +25s3;
6th= Kobus/de Wild, Skoda, +44s2;
7th= Chuchala/Dymurski, Subaru, +47s6;
8th= Monzon/Deniz, Citroen, +49s2;
9th= Delacasa/Pozzi, Citroen, +50s;
10th= Costenaro/Bardini, Peugeot, +53s3

Thu March 10, 2016

Kajto and Pirelli in the Canary Islands IRC Kajto and Pirelli in the Canary Islands Kajetan Kajetanowicz will count on Pirelli tyres again in 2016 as he bids to retain his FIA European Rally Championship title, starting this weekend on Rally Islas Canarias. Polish driver Kajetanowicz defeated the odds last year to claim the crown as a privateer, using Pirelli...

Canarias pre event press conference IRC Canarias pre event press conference Parque Santa Catalina, Las Palmas, Thursday 10 March 2016. Present: (KK) Kajetan Kajetanowicz, LOTOS Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5 (AL) Alexey Lukyanuk, Ford Fiesta R5 (MO) Mads Østberg, RMC Motorsport Ford Fiesta R5 (LM) Luis Monzón, Auto-Laca Competition Citroën DS3 R5 ...

SS1 show stage in Canarias cancelled! IRC SS1 show stage in Canarias cancelled! The stage action for the opening round of the 2016 FIA European Rally Championship will begin with SS2 of Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Inglés. The scheduled SS1, a city stage after the ceremonial start this evening, had to be dropped due to a technical issue concerning the li...

Tue March 8, 2016

Full Rallye Islas Canarias preview IRC Full Rallye Islas Canarias preview The 2016 FIA European Rally Championship begins next week (10-12 March) on the asphalt roads of Gran Canaria for Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Inglés. One of the world’s leading drivers has signed up for the island-based challenge with Mads Østberg making his ERC debut. The st...

Elfyn plays his cards right in Wales General Elfyn plays his cards right in Wales Elfyn Evans and Craig Parry claimed victory on the opening round of the MSA British Rally Championship for the DMACK British Rally Team. The Welsh pairing used their Ford Fiesta R5 to good effect to conquer the competition and conditions. It was not to be plain sailing as they we...

Pirelli top10 in Mexico WRC Pirelli top10 in Mexico As the FIA World Rally Championship switched to gravel, Pirelli has helped its privateer customers to secure some of their best results against strong factory opposition, on the debut of the latest evolution Scorpion K gravel tyres. Pirelli privateers Martin Prokop, Lorenzo Be...

Mon March 7, 2016

Hyundai penalised in Mexico WRC Hyundai penalised in Mexico Spanish duo Dani Sordo and Marc Martí finished in third overall after the 21 stages of Rally Mexico – round three of the FIA World Rally Championship – this weekend. However, the Hyundai Motorsport crew was given a two-minute penalty after using 29 tyres - one in excess to the nu...

Sun March 6, 2016

M-Sport & Ford make WRC history Ford M-Sport & Ford make WRC history M-Sport and Ford created history today by becoming the first manufacturer to secure 200 consecutive point-scoring finishes in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). The first points finish in the record-breaking run came at Rallye Monte-Carlo in 2002 when Carlos Sainz and Co...

Podium hat-trick for Hyundai WRC Podium hat-trick for Hyundai Hyundai Motorsport has completed a hat-trick of podium finishes in the opening three rounds of this year’s FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with a strong third place finish for Dani Sordo at the conclusion of today’s two final stages. Sunday has seen drivers tackle the daun...

VW hits the heights in Mexico WRC VW hits the heights in Mexico Back in business, and making history for Volkswagen in the process - Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) claimed an important victory at the Rally Mexico. The Volkswagen duo enjoyed an emphatic return to form, dominating the rally to triumph ahead of team-mates Sébastien ...

Ostberg jumps to 2nd in championship Ford Ostberg jumps to 2nd in championship M-Sport World Rally Teams Mads Østberg has jumped to second place in the FIA World Rally Championship standings - courtesy of a fine fourth place behind the wheel of his Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta RS WRC at this weekend's Rally Mexico. Delivering a flawless drive alongs...

Tue March 1, 2016

The Stuart Loudon guide to Rally Mexico WRC The Stuart Loudon guide to Rally Mexico Surrounded by chocolate from five o'clock every morning, you might think you can have enough of a good thing. Wrong. This is the time of the year when everybody involved in the World Rally Championship starts talking about Chocolate. But there's not a wafer in sight an...

Recce begins in WRC Mexico WRC Recce begins in WRC Mexico Competitors are taking full advantage of two days of permitted reconnaissance to take a look at the challenging route of 21 special stages that lie ahead at this week's 13th Rally Guanajuato Corona, round three of the FIA World Rally Championship. An unofficial 29 cars a...

Loeb joins World Rally Cross Peugeot Loeb joins World Rally Cross Nine-time World Rally Champion, racing driver, and Dakar adventurer Sebastien Loeb will join Team Peugeot Hansen to contest a full season of the FIA World Rallycross Championship this season, which starts in Portugal on 15 April and ends up in Argentina on 27 November....

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