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Fri March 31, 2017

NEWS JUST IN

IRC P/AZ SS10 - day2 @ 05:29 PM - Magalhaes wins 2nd stage in a row and passes Moura for 2nd! Lukyanuk touched a wall after a jump and lost rear window. Suarez and Koltun hit banks and damaged suspensions. Both continued but with time losses of around 7 min. Results after day2 (SS10):
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 1h14m04s5;
2nd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +27s8;
3rd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +33s8;
4th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +1m05s6;
5th= Griebel/Kopczyk, Skoda, +1m08s4;
6th= Moffett/Fulton, Ford, +2m17s5;
7th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +2m47s4;
8th= Vieira/Carvalho, Citroen, +2m53s8;
9th= Habaj/Dymurski, Ford, +3m06s6;
10th= Meireles/Castro, Skoda, +3m19s1

IRC P/AZ SS9 @ 04:49 PM - Magalhaes wins stage. Lukyanuk is taking it taking it carefully after his SS8 puncture. He enters the big volcano stage next without a spare wheel! Results after SS9:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 56m40s1;
2nd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +21s9;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +28s;
4th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +45s7;
5th= Suarez/Carrera, Peugeot, +55s6;
6th= Griebel/Kopczyk, Skoda, +1m03s2;
7th= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +1m15s6;
8th= Moffett/Fulton, Ford, +1m39s9;
9th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +1m52s4;
10th= Vieira/Carvalho, Citroen, +2m01s

IRC P/AZ SS8 @ 04:26 PM - In a funny turn of events, leader Lukyanuk has a puncture. A puncture funny? Last stage in a massive attack Lukyanuk exactly doubled his lead, one stage later with a puncture he exactly halfed his lead again! Results after SS8:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 51m10s9;
2nd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +21s6;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +29s8;
4th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +41s5;
5th= Suarez/Carrera, Peugeot, +49s6;
6th= Griebel/Kopczyk, Skoda, +59s;
7th= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +1m12s8;
8th= Moffett/Fulton, Ford, +1m33s2;
9th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +1m43s2;
10th= Vieira/Carvalho, Citroen, +1m47s3

IRC P/AZ SS7 @ 01:31 PM - First run over the famous volcano stage and Lukyanuk flies. He exactly doubles his leading margin! So much to him driving careful, his excuse "It is impossible to drive this beautiful stage carefully!" Results after SS7:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 46m23s9;
2nd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +41s3;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +50s9;
4th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +1m03s1;
5th= Suarez/Carrera, Peugeot, +1m09s3;
6th= Griebel/Kopczyk, Skoda, +1m20s2;
7th= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +1m32s4;
8th= Moffett/Fulton, Ford, +1m47s;
9th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +1m59s4;
10th= Vieira/Carvalho, Citroen, +2m02s

IRC P/AZ SS6 @ 12:48 AM - Lukyanuk says he is taking it careful now, but will he stick to that, seeing past incidents? Griebel has a puncture and swaps 4th for 6th places with Gryazin, with Suarez in 5th being the meat in the sandwich. Results after SS6:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 28m47s4;
2nd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +20s6;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +30s;
4th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +32s1;
5th= Suarez/Carrera, Peugeot, +36s9;
6th= Griebel/Kopczyk, Skoda, +53s9;
7th= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +54s3;
8th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +58s2;
9th= Moffett/Fulton, Ford, +1m00s1;
10th= Barbosa/Ramalho, Skoda, +1m10s4

IRC P/AZ SS5 - Kajto out @ 12:12 AM - Day2 starts with a bang. ERChamp and rally leader Kajto crashed (crew) OK into a wall after a jump. Lukyanuk described it as "Lots of spare parts for my car all over the road". On top Sirmacis puncture and slow-ish time by Gryazin means Griebel and Suarez gain 3 positions each. Results after SS5:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 23m11s8;
2nd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +19s1;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +23s5;
4th= Griebel/Kopczyk, Skoda, +25s9;
5th= Suarez/Carrera, Peugeot, +28s2;
6th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +28s5;
7th= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +30s;
8th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +41s8;
9th= Moffett/Fulton, Ford, +51s7;
10th= Habaj/Dymurski, Ford, +55s2

Thu March 30, 2017

Driver quotes before San Remo General Driver quotes before San Remo In the charming frame of the Sanremo Casino Theatre there was the pre event press conference in front of media and fans. These the quotes of the main protagonists of the event. Romeo Olmo – A warm welcome to all drivers of Rallye Sanremo from my side as Manager of the casino of ...

Rallye San Remo 2017 preview General Rallye San Remo 2017 preview The preparation is finish. The 64th Rallye Sanremo, after sporting check and scrutineering and the today’s Shakedown is ready to start. Tomorrow, Friday March 31st the 57 crews admitted to departure at noon sharp will be on the starting platform located on Corso Imperatrice in f...

Kajto heads Lukyanuk in close duel IRC Kajto heads Lukyanuk in close duel Azores Airlines Rallye leg one section one report: 30 March 2017 Kajetan Kajetanowicz leads the Azores Airlines Rallye by just 1.1 seconds after a thrilling opening section of the FIA European Rally Championship opener. Two-time ERC champion Kajetanowicz is engaged in an in...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC P/AZ SS4 - day1 @ 07:13 PM - Just a short spuperspecial, but enough for Kajto to snap the lead from Lukyanuk. Bostanci has his rear axle damaged with his car driving sideway on the straights. Lopez carries on with his car stuck in 3rd gear and dropping to 20th. Results after day1 (SS4):
1st= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, 18m44s3;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +1s1;
3rd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +13s8;
4th= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +17s3;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +19s5;
6th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +21s9;
7th= Griebel/Kopczyk, Skoda, +22s5;
8th= Suarez/Carrera, Peugeot, +23s7;
9th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +34s2;
10th= Moffett/Fulton, Ford, +41s3

IRC P/AZ SS3 @ 06:05 PM - Longest stage of the day and Lukyanuk & Kajto are 10s faster than the rest of the field. Lopez in the works Peugeot has a technical problem and dropped to around 15th. Results after SS3:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 15m17s8;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +0s9;
3rd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +9s3;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +13s;
5th= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +16s3;
6th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +16s5;
7th= Griebel/Kopczyk, Skoda, +17s5;
8th= Suarez/Carrera, Peugeot, +20s8;
9th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +27s;
10th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +31s9

IRC P/AZ SS2 @ 05:16 PM - First proper stage, though still quite a bit of asphalt and drivers surprised how worn their drivers are. Especially Moura and Lukyanuk, 1st and 2nd now, may have a tyre problem in the next stage, which is the longest of the day at 14km. Results after SS2:
1st= Moura/Costa, Ford, 5m09s8;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +0s3;
3rd= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +1s;
4th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1s1;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +1s6;
6th= Griebel/Kopczyk, Skoda, +2s9;
7th= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +3s9;
8th= Suarez/Carrera, Peugeot, +4s5;
9th= Botka/Szeles, Citroen, +4s9;
10th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +6s2

IRC P/AZ SS1 @ 04:57 PM - ERC 2017 is go. However 1st stage is a short show stage, quite nice, but half asphalt and most drivers chose to safe their soft gravel tyres for later. So don't read too much into the results yet. Results after SS1:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 1m34s7;
2nd= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +0s5;
3rd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +0s8;
4th= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +1s;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +1s1;
6th= Lopez/Rozada, Peugeot, +1s5;
=7th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1s8;
=7th= Botka/Szeles, Citroen, +1s8;
9th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +2s;
10th= Suarez/Carrera, Peugeot, +2s1

Wed March 29, 2017

Total & PSA extend partnership General Total & PSA extend partnership Leading note by Rallye-info: Yes, this is not strictly a rally story, but more concerns Total Oils. However the Total partnership to PSA also includes Citroen's WRC and Peugeot's ERC rally programs! More even, Total is writing WRC history here! Talking oil and petrol part...

Exceptional entry set for Azores Rally IRC Exceptional entry set for Azores Rally A record-breaking top-class field has assembled for this week's Azores Airlines Rallye, which promises to kick-start the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship in spectacular style. Based on São Miguel island, the largest in the mid-Atlantic archipelago, the event has moved ...

History making planned by Kajto IRC History making planned by Kajto Kajetan Kajetanowicz will aim to go from pacemaker to history-maker when the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship fires up on the Azores Airlines Rallye this week (30 March-1 April). Co-driven by Jarek Baran, Kajetanowicz has set the pace in the ERC for the last two years and ...

ERC: What's new in 2017? IRC ERC: What's new in 2017? FIA European Rally Championship: What’s new in 2017? The 2017 FIA European Rally Championship blasts off with the Azores Airlines Rallye from 30 March-1 April. This is a summary of what’s new for the season ahead. ...

Tue March 28, 2017

VW: Realignment of motorsport program General VW: Realignment of motorsport program The realignment of Volkswagen Motorsport is in full swing. Following the withdrawal from the FIA World Rally Championship, Volkswagen Motorsport is now introducing its customer racing programme for 2017. The focus is on offering customers all over the world top-class products for...

ERC Junior U28 quotes IRC ERC Junior U28 quotes FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship pre-event quotes; Round 1 of 6: Azores Airlines Rallye, 30 March-1 April ...

ERC Junior U27 quotes IRC ERC Junior U27 quotes FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship pre-event quotes; Round 1 of 6: Azores Airlines Rallye, 30 March-1 April ...

Sun March 26, 2017

Czech winning streak continues for Skoda Skoda Czech winning streak continues for Skoda The ŠKODA works duo of Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (CZ/CZ) has won the season-opener in the Czech Rally Championship (MČR). The defending champions claimed victory at the Rally Janča Valašská and remained undefeated in their ŠKODA FABIA R5 for the eleventh race over three...

ERC Jr: Future World Champ search is on IRC ERC Jr: Future World Champ search is on The restructured FIA ERC Junior category, which has helped to grow the careers of 67 drivers since it was introduced in 2014, gets underway on the Azores Airlines Rallye next week (30 March-1 April) with 19 drivers chasing success – and future career progression – in two differen...

Preview Azores Airlines Rallye IRC Preview Azores Airlines Rallye Full preview of Azores Airlines Rallye, ERC 2017 round1 or 8 with a full list of facts from different categories. ...

Sat March 18, 2017

Ahlin wins 1st round of BRC 2017 General Ahlin wins 1st round of BRC 2017 Fredrik Ahlin and co-driver Torstein Eriksen won the Brick & Steel Border Counties Rally, the curtain-raising round of the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship this weekend (17/18 March). The Swedish/Norwegian pairing came out on top after nine hard-fought stages to open Brita...

Fri March 17, 2017

Paddon to run San Remo in i20 R5 General Paddon to run San Remo in i20 R5 Hayden Paddon will drive a New Generation i20 R5 on the Rallye Sanremo later this month (March 29-April 1). This will be his first taste at the wheel of Hyundai Motorsport's latest R5 design. The event, the second round of the premier Italian national championship, will f...

Rovanperä ready for Rally Il Ciocco General Rovanperä ready for Rally Il Ciocco The world's youngest rally champion is ready for his factory debut this weekend, which has been made possible with the help of Pirelli. Kalle Rovanpera from Finland, aged just 16 but already the reigning national champion in Latvia - which has special rules to allow young ...

Wed March 15, 2017

Full guide to the British Championship General Full guide to the British Championship British Rally Championship revs up for exciting new season Your guide to the 2017 Championship ---- BRC set to excel in extremes with new title partner Prestone ---- Continued TV coverage on Channel 4, BT Sport and Motorsport TV ---- Substantial cash prize fund of £3...

Lukyanuk returns to ERC in 2017 Ford Lukyanuk returns to ERC in 2017 Alexey Lukyanuk has vowed to “fight” to become the first Russian to win the FIA European Rally Championship after deciding to focus on the ERC instead of a WRC2 campaign. Lukyanuk had planned to follow a long line of ERC graduates by stepping up to the world championship this ...

Tue March 14, 2017

Citroen Mexico maiden win and high hopes Citroen Citroen Mexico maiden win and high hopes Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle emerged victorious in Mexico to claim the Citroën C3 WRC's first win. Secured on gravel - the surface on which the majority of the World Championship is contested - this result confirms the potential of the car developed by Yves Matton's troops. ...

Mon March 13, 2017

Josh Moffett anounces ERC program Citroen Josh Moffett anounces ERC program Josh Moffett has chosen the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship to help him achieve his aim of competing in the World Rally Championship in the future. The new-for-2017 category offers a one-off drive on a European round of the global series in 2018 to its eventual champion, ...

Swede Ahlin aims for more ERC action IRC Swede Ahlin aims for more ERC action Swedish driver Fredrik Åhlin is targeting more outings in the FIA European Rally Championship in 2017. The 25-year-old was in contention for a podium position early on his ERC debut on last year’s Circuit of Ireland, his first asphalt rally for nearly four years. This year ...

Meeke claims C3's first win in style Citroen Meeke claims C3's first win in style Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle kept up their impressive form and (just about) held their nerve on the final day of Rally Mexico. Despite running off the road a few corners before the end of the Power Stage, the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT crew secured the C3 WRC's maiden rally win...

Sun March 12, 2017

Tidemand wins dramatic Mexico WRC2 Skoda Tidemand wins dramatic Mexico WRC2 Pontus Tidemand/Jonas Andersson (S/S) emerged triumphant from a dramatic duel to win the Rally Mexico and continue ŠKODA’s winning run in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC 2). At the end of the 295 kilometres of special stage, the new world championship leader finished 42.7 s...

Hyundai Rally Mexico report WRC Hyundai Rally Mexico report Hyundai Motorsport has opened its 2017 podium tally after Thierry Neuville completed Rally México in third position overall. After disappointing results in Monte-Carlo and Sweden, in which they were forced to relinquish a commanding lead, the Belgian crew of Neuville and co-d...

M-Sport lead World Championship Ford M-Sport lead World Championship M-Sport World Rally Team's Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia secured their third podium in as many events at this weekend's Rally Mexico. Piloting their Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC to second place, the Frenchmen have also regained the lead in the drivers' stan...

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