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Tue April 27, 2004

WRC Cyprus starting order

Rally Japan keen to get the word out WRC Rally Japan keen to get the word out Organisers of Rally Japan, having just returned from their event’s official launch at Rally New Zealand on 15 April, conducted a second presentation on 20 April for the Japanese media. Held at a major Tokyo hotel, the presentation was a great success, with over 300 people attendi...

WRC Richard Burns Positive as Ever

Mon April 26, 2004

Feature: Fuelling the Impreza WRCar Subaru Feature: Fuelling the Impreza WRCar Like all cars running in the WRC, the Subaru Impreza WRC2004 runs on an unleaded fuel controlled and supplied by the FIA. The fuel is similar to pump fuel used by road cars, but has a slightly higher RON or octane rating. In the interests of safety and fairness the fuel is stored...

Tue April 20, 2004

Feature: Impreza WRCar Electricals Subaru Feature: Impreza WRCar Electricals The wiring loom in the Subaru Impreza WRC2004 can be described as the car's heart and veins. Running from a console unit located in the centre of the car, it includes 4040 metres of cable, 108 joins and 2100 separate crimp connections, and is painstakingly hand-built at the Su...

Mon April 19, 2004

Many debuts in France! Peugeot Many debuts in France! The Rallye Lyon-Charbonnières, the first round of the French Rallye Championship 2004, took place last weekend. Ironically this event is based just around the Bozian home, while the entire Bozian team were on another event about as far away from home as they could get, in NZ! Sti...

Sun April 18, 2004

WRC NZ Post-event Press Conference

Petter Cements 40th WRC Win for Subaru Subaru Petter Cements 40th WRC Win for Subaru After a thrilling final leg duel with Marcus Gronholm, Subaru driver Petter Solberg kept his nerve aboard his Impreza WRC2004 to claim his first ever victory on Rally New Zealand. Achieving the sixth WRC win of his career, Petter scored a maximum ten points in the Drivers' and...

Strong finish for Citroën Citroen Strong finish for Citroën During this morning’s service, Carlos Sainz adopted the settings used by Sébastien Loeb yesterday. The two Xsaras were thus in identical configuration, tyre choice included, when they set off for the first of the two loops. "Seb" finished in superb style, putting both his name an...

Harri's superb drive acknowledged! Peugeot Harri's superb drive acknowledged! Harri Rovanperä has had a superb rally NZ, which you might have guessed has done no harm to his bid to stay in the 2nd Peugeot 307 WRC. He led the rally on day one and closed the first leg just 5s off the overall lead. In day 3 Harri could confirm this performance. He had a spin,...

307 fastest car in NZ! Peugeot 307 fastest car in NZ! Peugeot was narrowly beaten for a debut victory of the 307. But the team leaves NZ following another fine show. In the brand’s history, Peugeot started on the Rally NZ 7 times now and in these 7 starts they had 7 podium finishes including 5 victories! In the 2004 edition Peugeot ...

Märtin & Ford lead championships Ford Märtin & Ford lead championships Ford BP Rallye Sport drivers Markko Märtin and Michael Park claimed the outright lead in the FIA World Rally Championship today after finishing third in a dramatic Rally New Zealand. The podium finish in their Ford Focus RS World Rally Car moved them one point clear at the top o...

A good result for everybody! WRC A good result for everybody! Somehow everybody has something to celebrate after this Rally NZ. Well, apart from Mitsubishi, who didn’t really want to get their party off the ground. And all those manufacturers that don’t take part, but then, it’s their loss! The Rally NZ has come to a most spectacular conclu...

The Whaanga Coast Thriller! WRC The Whaanga Coast Thriller! Whaanga Coast is a notoriously twisty stage and a true Rally NZ classic. Today the stage has just proved why it is a classic. Only last year we had to live without Whaanga Coast as the stage was considered too far away for the, after all not so compact, central service format. Wh...

Sat April 17, 2004

Petter Holds out Fierce Competitors Subaru Petter Holds out Fierce Competitors Petter Solberg delivered a sparkling performance in his Subaru Impreza WRC2004 today to retain the overall lead of Rally New Zealand and pull further ahead of the second placed car. The 29-year-old Norwegian collected another stage win, his fifth of the rally and will start tomor...

Marcus wins stages Peugeot Marcus wins stages Peugeot is definitely on the right track with the new 307 WRC. The teething problems so far seem under control and the performance is very promising indeed, despite the car still not being in its full spec. The Rally NZ has today proved to be a rally just as we all enjoy it: No c...

Märtin and Ford in 3-car fight Ford Märtin and Ford in 3-car fight Ford BP Rallye Sport drivers Markko Märtin and Michael Park will start tomorrow's third and final leg of the Rally New Zealand in the midst of a three-way battle at the head of the leaderboard after today's thrilling second leg. They returned to Auckland tonight in third p...

NZ a true thriller! WRC NZ a true thriller! Leg2 of Rally New Zealand has been exactly what real rally fans want to see. There have been no accidents and no major retirements, but there has been nail biting stuff in form of clean split seconds battles throughout the day. The battles seemed to concentrate between 2nd, 3rd a...

Peugeot Peugeot quotes at mid day service

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Makes title battle @ 10:00 PM - provisional, unofficial standings NZ: 1st Ford 47points // 2nd Citroen 38 // 3rd Peugeot 33 // 4th Subaru 31 // 5th Mitsubishi 5 //

WRC Drivers title battle @ 09:58 PM - provisional, unofficial standings after NZ: 1st Märtin 26points // 2nd Loeb 25 // 3rd Grönholm 24 // 4th Solberg 23 // 5th Duval 14 // 6th Sainz 13 // 7th Hirvonen 6 // 8th Tuohino 5 // =9th Loix 4 // =9th Rovanperä 4

WRC NZ end - Bosse stars, Solberg wins @ 09:57 PM - Solberg wins a rally for the first time as a reigning World Champion. But the star of the last stage was rönholm, winning the stage over 10s ahead of anybody else! And it wasn't lack of the competition tying, i.e. Märtin was tied with Grönholm before the stage and dropped 19.7s without having any incidents to report! Daniel Carlsson went off but kept his place. Unofficial, provisional final positions: 1. Solberg 4:02:29.5 2. Grönholm +5.9 3. Märtin +25.6 4. Loeb +1:05.2 5. Rovanperä +2:23.7 6. Sainz +3:08.9 7. Hirvonen +5:42.5 8. Carlsson +13:23.8 9. Herridge +15:42.9 10. Stohl +16:23.8

WRC NZ SS22 - Grönholm & Märtin tied! @ 09:17 PM - Incredibly Grönholm spins again, near the stage start, dropping around 20s. While this has Solberg back in the lead, we have a tie for 2nd place! Whaanga Coast next! Unofficial, provisional positions after SS22: 1. Solberg 3:41:32.0 =2. Grönholm +16.3 =2. Märtin +16.3 4. Loeb +52.7 5. Rovanperä +1:48.1 6. Sainz +2:52.6 7. Hirvonen +5:00.1 8. Carlsson +6:27.9 9. is there anybody left? 10. is there, hello, thank you two car rules.

WRC NZ SS21 - Gap now 1.9s @ 08:48 PM - This is going down to the wire! Grönholm wins stage but extends lead only by less than a second. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS21: 1. Grönholm 3:30:46.6 2. Solberg +1.9 3. Märtin +13.8 4. Loeb +48.1 5. Rovanperä +1:36.2 6. Sainz +2:41.5 7. Hirvonen +4:39.0 8. Carlsson +6:13.5 9. is there anybody left? 10. is there, hello, thank you two car rules.

WRC NZ SS20 - Whaanga Coast Drama!!!! @ 07:27 PM - Marcus Grönholm goes off on a junction, drops 12s and still takes the lead! We are yet waiting for reports what happened to Solberg - and Rovanperä for that matter who drops behind Loeb, please wait for proper article on that stage! Unofficial, provisional positions after SS20: 1. Grönholm 3:23:06.6 2. Solberg +1.0 3. Märtin +13.2 4. Loeb +47.0 5. Rovanperä +1:26.1 6. Sainz +2:33.1 7. Hirvonen +4:23.0 8. Carlsson +6:04.2 9. is there anybody left? 10. is there, hello, thank you two car rules.

WRC NZ SS19 - Solberg shows his intentions @ 06:47 PM - Petter Solberg wins the stage ahead of Grönholm. The gap is back to what it was. More, the next stage is the classic Whaanga Coast, 30km of it as well. Whaanga Coast is notoriously twisty and should hand a clear disadvantage to Grönholm's 4-speed gearbox. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS19: 1. Solberg 3:01:00.6 2. Grönholm +19.9 3. Märtin +33.6 4. Rovanperä +1:01.8 5. Loeb +1:15.6 6. Sainz +2:41.0 7. Duval +3:06.3 8. Hirvonen +3:26.8 9. Carlsson +5:44.5 10. Sola +12:44.6

WRC NZ SS18 - Bosse applies pressure! @ 06:16 PM - Solberg is 2nd quickest on the day's opening stage, but Grönholm beats him and narrows the gap. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS18: 1. Solberg 2:50:05.9 2. Grönholm +17.4 3. Märtin +25.3 4. Rovanperä +52.7 5. Loeb +1:07.5 6. Sainz +2:22.7 7. Duval +2:41.5 8. Hirvonen +3:06.3 9. Carlsson +5:04.9 10. Sola +12:00.2

WRC NZ leg2 - Solberg responds @ 01:23 AM - Solberg responds with his first fastest stage time of the day. His lead is still less than 20s with over 100km of action left for tomorrow. Unofficial, provisional positions after leg2: 1. Solberg 2:42:11.4 2. Grönholm +19.5 3. Märtin +24.2 4. Rovanperä +45.1 5. Loeb +1:01.3 6. Sainz +2:10.8 7. Duval +2:29.2 8. Hirvonen +2:48.3 9. Carlsson +4:47.3 10. Sola +11:30.4

WRC NZ SS16 - Stage win for Loeb @ 00:55 AM - Yep, it seems Loeb wanted a headline as well. Meanwhile the Solberg chase continues. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS16: 1. Solberg 2:32:37.0 2. Grönholm +14.2 3. Märtin +16.4 4. Rovanperä +36.9 5. Loeb +56.4 6. Sainz +2:04.1 7. Duval +2:16.5 8. Hirvonen +2:35.0 9. Carlsson +4:21.0 10. Is there anybody left?

WRC NZ SS15 - Solberg gets under pressure @ 00:33 AM - For the first time since ages 2nd place has not changed. It seems that rather the potential 2nd placed fighters have agreed a pact - as Grönholm slams Solberg's lead from 23.5s to 15.8s in only the last 17km and with Märtin trailing him closely! Unofficial, provisional positions after SS15: 1. Solberg 2:26:08.1 2. Grönholm +15.8 3. Märtin +18.7 4. Rovanperä +35.8 5. Loeb +59.0 6. Sainz +2:03.7 7. Duval +2:10.9 8. Hirvonen +2:30.7 9. Carlsson +4:09.8 10. Is there anybody left?

Fri April 16, 2004

Leg 1 Summary - Subaru Team Subaru Leg 1 Summary - Subaru Team After completing nine of 23 stages, Petter Solberg holds the overnight lead of Rally New Zealand. On the first leg of the competition Solberg put in an excellent performance at the wheel of his Subaru Impreza WRC2004 and collected four stage wins. On his fourth event with the Sub...

Hyrvä Harri! Peugeot Hyrvä Harri! Peugeot had a very positive 1st leg on the Rally NZ! For Rally NZ new differentials and a new 5-speed gearbox were on the agenda for the still very young Peugeot 307 WRC. In the last event the cars were however so regularly bugged by the same power steering fault, caused by vibra...

Strong start for new Focus Ford Strong start for new Focus Ford's new Focus RS World Rally Car made a winning debut on the Rally New Zealand by claiming top honours on the opening speed test of this fourth round of the FIA World Rally Championship. The 2004 version of the Focus RS WRC maintained its strong start and Ford BP Rallye Sp...

Leg 1 - Solberg Tailed by two 307WRCars WRC Leg 1 - Solberg Tailed by two 307WRCars Harri Rovanpera lead going into the final two Super Special Stage runs, however, dropping time in his close battle with Petter see Petter lead at days end. Petter, after claiming the overnight lead on the Super Special Stage lost it to Marcus Gronholm on the third stage today. Ho...

Peugeot Peugeot quotes after SS5

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