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Fri March 30, 2018

Lefebvre debuts C3 R5 on Tour de Corse Citroen Lefebvre debuts C3 R5 on Tour de Corse Citroën Racing has chosen the French round of the World Rally Championship for the maiden outing of the C3 R5, its new customer racing product. The car will be driven by works crew Stéphane Lefebvre and Gabin Moreau at the first of a seven-round WRC2 programme, as well as by Yoan...

All details on the new Citroen C3 R5 Citroen All details on the new Citroen C3 R5 All the details on the new Citroen C3 R5 with interviews, information on engine, transmission, suspension, chassis and all the specifications. ...

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Sun March 25, 2018

Lukyanuk wins Azores IRC Lukyanuk wins Azores Alexey Lukyanuk laid down an emphatic marker for his ERC rivals to aim for, leading the Azores Airlines Rallye from Thursday afternoon all the way through to Saturday’s final stage, and capping his wining start to this year’s FIA European Rally Championship with donuts before the...

Sat March 24, 2018

NEWS JUST IN

IRC Azores SS15 - End @ 07:09 PM - As always in Azores, Tronqueira is an amazing stage. Koci and Ptaszek off, Yates drops 2 places, and best bit Lukyanuk drops 35sec doing donuts before stage finish! Final results (after SS15)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 2h33m51s7;
2nd= Moura/Costa, Skoda, +16s4;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +25s7;
4th= Ingram/Whittock, Skoda, +1m24s2;
5th= Ahlin/Sjöberg, Skoda, +2m33s1;
6th= Herczig/Ferencz, Skoda, +4m02s9;
7th= Habaj/Dymurski, Ford, +4m12s2;
8th= Yates/Edmondson, Skoda, +4m15s7;
9th= Teodosio/Teixeira, Skoda, +4m43s;
10th= Fontes/Babo, Citroen, +5m01s2

IRC Azores SS14 @ 06:35 PM - Exciting finale. Penultimate stage and Ingram's plan seems to work as he moves past Koci into 4th again. And Bruno is catching Moura for 4th. Botka on edge of top10 went off. Herczig passes habaj and eventually a time for Yates. Results after SS14:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 2h15m38s8;
2nd= Moura/Costa, Skoda, +47s9;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +1m02s;
4th= Ingram/Whittock, Skoda, +1m50s3;
5th= Koci/Schovanek, Skoda, +1m55s;
6th= Ahlin/Sjöberg, Skoda, +2m49s4;
7th= Yates/Edmondson, Skoda, +4m16s6;
8th= Herczig/Ferencz, Skoda, +4m25s;
9th= Habaj/Dymurski, Ford, +4m31s5;
10th= Teodosio/Teixeira, Skoda, +4m51s8

IRC Azores SS13 @ 05:22 PM - Tyre gambles? Surprise stage win for Kreim, who has been weak all weekend. Lukyanuk keeps his best tyres in the boot for later. Ingram dropped behind Koci, saying he did it on purpose to keep his tyres fresh for the long last stage. Results after SS13:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 2h00m48s8;
2nd= Moura/Costa, Skoda, +45s8;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +1m11s1;
4th= Koci/Schovanek, Skoda, +1m46s5;
5th= Ingram/Whittock, Skoda, +1m52s;
6th= Ahlin/Sjöberg, Skoda, +2m46s3;
7th= Yates/Edmondson, Skoda, +ms;
8th= Habaj/Dymurski, Ford, +4m15s1;
9th= Herczig/Ferencz, Skoda, +4m16s8;
10th= Rego/Henriques, Ford, +4m27s4

IRC Azores SS12 @ 03:03 PM - Just a short superspecial, which will be replaced by day1's longest stage for the afternoon loop. Still no decission on Yates' time correction, as he lost about 1m30s behind the Larsen accident in SS11. Results after SS12:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 1h47m59s9;
2nd= Moura/Costa, Skoda, +37s8;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +1m08s9;
4th= Ingram/Whittock, Skoda, +1m36s4;
5th= Koci/Schovanek, Skoda, +1m39s;
6th= Ahlin/Sjöberg, Skoda, +2m23s8;
7th= Yates/Edmondson, Skoda, +ms;
8th= Habaj/Dymurski, Ford, +4m02s;
9th= Herczig/Ferencz, Skoda, +4m06s3;
10th= Rego/Henriques, Ford, +4m06s4

IRC Azores SS11 @ 01:07 PM - Top4 drivers all in problems, so positions stay the same despite all the drame: Lukyanuk spin, Moura spin, Magalhaes rear diff problem, Ingram puncture. Yates time will be corrected after being held up by Larsen crash. Results after SS11:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 1h44m29s3;
2nd= Moura/Costa, Skoda, +31s7;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +1m03s9;
4th= Ingram/Whittock, Skoda, +1m33s4;
5th= Koci/Schovanek, Skoda, +1m36s7;
6th= Ahlin/Sjöberg, Skoda, +2m24s9;
7th= Yates/Edmondson, Skoda, +ms;
8th= Rego/Henriques, Ford, +4m03s6;
9th= Habaj/Dymurski, Ford, +4m05s2;
10th= Herczig/Ferencz, Skoda, +4m07s2

IRC Azores SS11 - interupted @ 11:55 AM - SS11 stopped after Larsen crashed and blocks the road. And Sousa didn't turn up for his oil cooler damage from SS10. Stage heavily delayed and Larsen and Sousa already out of top10 results.

IRC Azores SS10 @ 11:19 AM - Dramatic start to the last day. Griebel didn't start as he is frustrated fighting Kreim for best German in P17. Vieira has suspension damage and might have to retire. Sousa hit a wall in a spin and looks like a damaged oil cooler. Results after SS10:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 1h26m29s1;
2nd= Moura/Costa, Skoda, +24s5;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +57s6;
4th= Ingram/Whittock, Skoda, +1m06s;
5th= Koci/Schovanek, Skoda, +1m21s2;
6th= Ahlin/Sjöberg, Skoda, +2m08s4;
7th= Yates/Edmondson, Skoda, +3m02s7;
8th= Sousa/Cardoso, Citroen, +3m10s5;
9th= Larsen/Eriksen, Ford, +3m11s6;
10th= Rego/Henriques, Ford, +3m28s9

Fri March 23, 2018

Battles rage in Azores IRC Battles rage in Azores The Azores Airlines Rallye once again showed why it is such a formidable opening round of the FIA European Rally Championship, but as others hit trouble, Russian Performance Motorsport’s Alexey Lukyanuk held steady out front. Not even a herd of cows blocking the road on Friday...

Lukyanuk leads home hero Moura IRC Lukyanuk leads home hero Moura Alexey Lukyanuk has taken a narrow lead on the FIA European Rally Championship’s opening round, edging out Qualifying Stage winner Ricardo Moura despite running wide into a field during a drama-filled second stage of the Azores Airlines Rallye this afternoon. Vila Franca / São...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC Azores SS9 - day2 @ 05:35 PM - Another stage win for Magalhaes. Ingram moves up a place. Kasperczyk rolled (crew OK) in a narrow part and is blocking the stage. No times for Vieira and Teodosio below as both are blocked by the Kasperczyk accident. Results after day2 (SS9):
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 1h11m34s;
2nd= Moura/Costa, Skoda, +21s8;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +32s4;
4th= Ingram/Whittock, Skoda, +44s1;
5th= Koci/Schovanek, Skoda, +56s;
6th= Ahlin/Sjöberg, Skoda, +1m37s9;
7th= Sousa/Cardoso, Citroen, +1m54s9;
8th= Yates/Edmondson, Skoda, +2m23s1;
9th= Larsen/Eriksen, Ford, +2m26s3;
10th= Vieira/Carvalho, Hyundai, +2m45s8

IRC Azores SS8 @ 04:40 PM - Next stage the rim of the vulcano again. In here: Stage win this time for Magalhaes, who also moves up to 3rd. And a strong 2nd fastest for Ricardo Teodosio. Lukyanuk claims to take it a little safer now. Rego lost power steering. Results after SS8:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 54m50s4;
2nd= Moura/Costa, Skoda, +20s4;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +40s2;
4th= Koci/Schovanek, Skoda, +43s8;
5th= Ingram/Whittock, Skoda, +46s9;
6th= Ahlin/Sjöberg, Skoda, +1m18s8;
7th= Sousa/Cardoso, Citroen, +1m34s8;
8th= Yates/Edmondson, Skoda, +1m50s9;
9th= Vieira/Carvalho, Hyundai, +1m52s2;
10th= Teodosio/Teixeira, Ford, +1m56s5

IRC Azores SS7 @ 04:15 PM - Lukyanuk keeps winning stages. But the fight is so close, even though Chris Ingram is 5th fastest in the stage, this drops him from 3rd to 5th overall. Also note places 8-9-10 just seperated by 0.3s. Results after SS7:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 49m22s2;
2nd= Moura/Costa, Skoda, +21s;
3rd= Koci/Schovanek, Skoda, +40s5;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +41s9;
5th= Ingram/Whittock, Skoda, +44s;
6th= Ahlin/Sjöberg, Skoda, +1m10s8;
7th= Sousa/Cardoso, Citroen, +1m24s4;
8th= Vieira/Carvalho, Hyundai, +1m44s2;
9th= Yates/Edmondson, Skoda, +1m44s3;
10th= Rego/Henriques, Ford, +1m44s5

IRC Azores SS6 - Sete Cidades @ 01:26 PM - Famous Vulcano stage. Ingram elbowed past Koci by tiny margin. Kreim changed a puncture and then held up Yates for about half the stage. Results after SS6:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 44m59s5;
2nd= Moura/Costa, Skoda, +20s8;
3rd= Ingram/Whittock, Skoda, +40s;
4th= Koci/Schovanek, Skoda, +40s1;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +41s8;
6th= Ahlin/Sjöberg, Skoda, +1m06s8;
7th= Sousa/Cardoso, Citroen, +1m14s4;
8th= Rego/Henriques, Ford, +1m33s4;
9th= Vieira/Carvalho, Hyundai, +1m37s2;
10th= Yates/Edmondson, Skoda, +1m39s9

IRC Azores SS5 @ 12:37 AM - Lukyanuk and Ingram fly on this one, while Moura is slowed by a puncture. Next up is the 24km dance on a vulcano. Results after SS5:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 27m52s9;
2nd= Moura/Costa, Skoda, +14s8;
3rd= Koci/Schovanek, Skoda, +19s4;
4th= Ingram/Whittock, Skoda, +20s6;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +25s3;
6th= Ahlin/Sjöberg, Skoda, +28s9;
7th= Sousa/Cardoso, Citroen, +37s4;
8th= Yates/Edmondson, Skoda, +50s6;
9th= Larsen/Eriksen, Ford, +50s9;
10th= Griebel/Kopczyk, Peugeot, +55s6

IRC Azores SS4 @ 11:59 AM - Moura wins stage and Lukyanuk continues to lead. Fantastic 3rd fastest time for Rhys Yates, while Sousa and Griebel drop slightly down the order without any dramas reported. Results after SS4:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 22m20s2;
2nd= Moura/Costa, Skoda, +1s6;
3rd= Koci/Schovanek, Skoda, +5s3;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +14s6;
5th= Ingram/Whittock, Skoda, +17s;
6th= Ahlin/Sjöberg, Skoda, +17s6;
7th= Sousa/Cardoso, Citroen, +23s3;
=8th= Griebel/Kopczyk, Peugeot, +30s9;
=8th= Larsen/Eriksen, Ford, +30s9;
10th= Yates/Edmondson, Skoda, +37s5

Thu March 22, 2018

Live TV for Azores Airlines Rallye IRC Live TV for Azores Airlines Rallye The battle for victory on the opening round of the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship won’t just be fought out on São Miguel’s spectacular gravel stages but on live television as well. Under an exciting agreement between the Azores Airlines Rallye organiser, Rádio e Televisã...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC Azores SS3 - day 1 @ 07:07 PM - The day ends with the side by side Grupe Marques superspecial inside a quarry. Results after day1 (SS3):
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 17m52s3;
2nd= Moura/Costa, Skoda, +2s7;
3rd= Koci/Schovanek, Skoda, +3s8;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +13s2;
5th= Sousa/Cardoso, Citroen, +14s6;
6th= Ingram/Whittock, Skoda, +15s;
7th= Ahlin/Sjöberg, Skoda, +15s3;
8th= Griebel/Kopczyk, Peugeot, +20s5;
9th= Larsen/Eriksen, Ford, +22s5;
10th= Kreim/Christian, Skoda, +32s8

IRC Azores SS2 @ 06:02 PM - Only proper stage of the day, good, narrow, technical gravel. Lukyanuk went into a field and still won the stage. Ingram 4th fastest with a huge moment. Neubauer rolled and Loubet stopped with mechanical problems. Results after SS2:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 14m25s8;
2nd= Moura/Costa, Skoda, +2s6;
3rd= Koci/Schovanek, Skoda, +3s1;
4th= Ingram/Whittock, Skoda, +11s5;
5th= Sousa/Cardoso, Citroen, +11s9;
6th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +12s3;
7th= Ahlin/Sjöberg, Skoda, +16s2;
8th= Griebel/Kopczyk, Peugeot, +16s3;
9th= Larsen/Eriksen, Ford, +16s6;
10th= Habaj/Dymurski, Ford, +27s5

IRC Azores SS1 @ 04:27 PM - Just a short superspecial. Still surprising to see Botka in the lead. Results after SS1:
1st= Botka/Mesterhazi, Skoda, 1m33s9;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +0s1;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +0s6;
4th= Sousa/Cardoso, Citroen, +0s9;
5th= Yates/Edmondson, Skoda, +1s2;
6th= Moura/Costa, Skoda, +1s4;
7th= Koci/Schovanek, Skoda, +1s7;
8th= Larsen/Eriksen, Ford, +1s8;
9th= Rego/Henriques, Ford, +2s;
10th= Vieira/Carvalho, Hyundai, +2s1

Fri March 16, 2018

Full preview Azores Airlines Rallye IRC Full preview Azores Airlines Rallye Based on the mid-Atlantic archipelago’s largest island of São Miguel, the rally celebrated its half-century in 2015 and remains one of the most spectacular events on the international calendar. Stages criss-cross breath-taking scenery and lush countryside and are characterised by...

Mon March 12, 2018

Ford R5 quotes after Mexico Ford Ford R5 quotes after Mexico The Fiesta didn't just perform at the highest level - strong performances in the WRC 2 category highlighting the effectiveness of M-Sport and Ford's 'Ladder of Opportunity.' Securing career-best performances behind the wheel of their EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiest...

Citroen Mexico report & interview Budar Citroen Citroen Mexico report & interview Budar Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle ended the rally third overall, securing a second podium of the year for Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT and thus confirming the team's very strong start to the season. Meanwhile, Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena finished fifth overall - after having boldl...

Ogier triumphs in Mexico Ford Ogier triumphs in Mexico M-Sport Ford World Rally Team's Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia have secured the EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC's second victory of the year at this weekend's Rally Mexico. The victory comes 14 years after the Blue Oval's last Mexican triumph - when Mar...

Wed March 7, 2018

New line up for Opel in ERC Junior IRC New line up for Opel in ERC Junior The ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team might have changed its driver line-up for 2018 but the objective remains unchanged: to continue its winning streak in ERC Junior. Tom Kristensson and Mārtiņš Sesks are the two drivers charged with flying the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Te...

And Austrian Neubauer joins ERC IRC And Austrian Neubauer joins ERC Having excelled at national level, Hermann Neubauer will take on some of Europe’s rallying elite when he contests the FIA European Rally Championship in 2018. Austrian champion in 2016 and runner-up to Volkswagen Polo R World Rally Car driver Raimund Baumschlager last season, ...

Koci joins ERC as well IRC Koci joins ERC as well The FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship has attracted yet another rising talent with confirmation that Martin Koči will tackle the series for young stars in R5 cars. Koči, 24, will pilot a ŠKODA Slovakia Motorsport Fabia R5 in a combined progamme of national champio...

Tue March 6, 2018

Loudon-clear guide to Rally Mexico WRC Loudon-clear guide to Rally Mexico Seconds out, round three… Forget the snow, it's time to give Mexico a wave and say hello to the sunshine. Round three of this year's FIA World Rally Championship is upon us already and there's plenty to talk about ahead of the season's first longhaul event. ...

Loeb & Meeke head for the clouds Citroen Loeb & Meeke head for the clouds After the bitterly cold temperatures of Sweden, where Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT secured its first podium of 2018, the World Rally Championship heads across the Atlantic to the milder climate and high altitudes of Mexico, the setting for this year's third round. Mexico sees ...

Thu March 1, 2018

Ahlin chooses ERC program IRC Ahlin chooses ERC program Fredrik Åhlin has chosen the FIA European Rally Championship for his next challenge, stepping up from a successful season in the UK to bid for ERC Junior Under 28 category honours in 2018. Co-driven by fellow Swede Joakim Sjöberg, Åhlin is set to contest a full roster of ERC e...

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