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Fri April 16, 2004

NEWS JUST IN

WRC NZ SS14 - And Grönholm back in 2nd! @ 11:40 PM - ...just. But this 2nd place has now changed for the 4th stage in a row! Unofficial, provisional positions after SS14: 1. Solberg 2:16:52.1 2. Grönholm +23.5 3. Märtin +24.3 4. Rovanperä +36.8 5. Loeb +1:03.9 6. Sainz +1:58.5 7. Duval +2:04.0 8. Hirvonen +2:21.1 9. Carlsson +3:48.4 10. Is there anybody left?

WRC NZ SS13 - Now Märtin 2nd, Rovis 4th! @ 09:35 PM - The battle between 2nd & 4th is exciting, Märtin moves up from 3rd to 2nd, Rovanperä drops from 2nd to 4th, all in just one 16km stage! Unofficial, provisional positions after SS13: 1. Solberg 2:04:05.1 2. Märtin +25.6 3. Grönholm +29.3 4. Rovanperä +33.7 5. Loeb +1:04.1 6. Sainz +1:47.9 7. Duval +1:48.6 8. Hirvonen +2:04.4 9. Carlsson +3:23.8 10. Is there anybody left?

WRC NZ SS12 - Top4 excitement @ 09:02 PM - Märtin manages to squeeze past Grönholm. 2nd, 3rd & 4th are now covered by only 4.2s!!!! Warmbold hits troubles and then gets in the way of Duval. Duval therefore loses around 30s and drops behind Sainz. ford will appreciate it! Unofficial, provisional positions after SS12: 1. Solberg 1:54:17.7 2. Rovanperä +23.9 3. Märtin +25.7 4. Grönholm +28.1 5. Loeb +59.3 6. Sainz +1:40.8 7. Duval +1:42.9 8. Hirvonen +1:54.8 9. Carlsson +3:01.1 10. Is there anybody left?

WRC NZ SS11 - Marcus moves closer @ 08:44 PM - Grönholm wins another stage and narrows gap to Rovanperä to only 3.6s and to the rally leader Solberg to only 21.2s. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS11: 1. Solberg 1:47:39.6 2. Rovanperä +17.6 3. Grönholm +21.2 4. Märtin +27.2 5. Loeb +57.9 6. Duval +1:13.9 7. Sainz +1:35.5 8. Hirvonen +1:48.7 9. Carlsson +2:44.0 10. Warmbold +7:07.3

WRC NZ SS10 - Grönholm fastest @ 07:55 PM - Grönholm fastest in the stage, but Rovanperä drops 10s, making Solberg's lead look more convincing. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS10: 1. Solberg 1:38:09.5 2. Rovanperä +14.8 3. Grönholm +28.2 4. Märtin +29.8 5. Loeb +57.1 6. Duval +1:09.2 7. Sainz +1:24.9 8. Hirvonen +1:42.3 9. Carlsson +2:19.7 10. Warmbold +6:28.2

Thu April 15, 2004

Electrical Problem Halts Both Lancers Mitsubishi Electrical Problem Halts Both Lancers The Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports team suffered the cruelest blow in the first section of the opening leg of Rally New Zealand and both Gilles Panizzi and Kristian Sohlberg were forced into retirement after the first run of this evening’s super special stage. "Both cars have suf...

Connelly: Give Super Rally a Chance WRC Connelly: Give Super Rally a Chance World Rally Championship Drivers should give the SUPERally concept in the WRC a chance to succeed according to the Chairman of the Australian Rally Commission, Garry Connelly. Noting recent comments by drivers who have never experienced SUPERally, Connelly confirmed his strong be...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC NZ SS7 - Hyrvä Harri!!!! @ 10:41 PM - ...is meant to mean "Bravo Harri", hope I have spelt it right. The battle Solberg vs Peugeots is hot! Rovanperä wins stage and takes lead by only 1s, 3rd change of lead in as many stages! Grönholm's car has cosmetical as well as suspension damage, but that didn't stop him to be 2nd fastest on this 48km stage and come back into 3rd! Unofficial, provisional positions after SS7: 1. Rovanperä 1:22:19.0 2. Solberg +1.0 3. Grönholm +29.1 4. Märtin +31.3 5. Loeb +45.4 6. Duval +53.8 7. Sainz +59.4 8. Hirvonen +1:24.5 9. Carlsson +1:43.4 10. Is there anybody else?

WRC NZ SS6 - Grönholm rolled! @ 09:30 PM - Damage thought to be just cosmetics and pride, but he has certainly have lost his lead! Time loss was 40s. ill this effect him in the next stage, a 48km mammoth? Rovanperä meanwhile has won the stage! Unofficial, provisional positions after SS6: 1. Solberg 53:13.0 2. Rovanperä +10.6 3. Märtin +24.7 4. Grönholm +36.4 5. Duval +43.2 6. Loeb +47.4 7. Sainz +54.0 8. Carlsson +1:01.5 9. Hirvonen +1:02.1 10. Warmbold +3:39.7

WRC NZ SS5 - Grönholm takes lead @ 07:43 PM - But only narrowly. For the 3rd time running Solberg, Grönholm & Rovanperä again share the top3 times in a stage. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS5: 1. Grönholm 42:43.0 2. Solberg +2.0 3. Rovanperä +13.4 4. Märtin +20.6 5. Duval +40.7 6. Loeb +44.4 7. Sainz +49.8 8. Hirvonen +54.3 9. Carlsson +56.0 10. Warmbold +3:02.4

WRC NZ SS4 - H Solberg out! @ 07:21 PM - Henning Solberg crashed out and retired. Like in the 1st proper stage Petter Solberg and the two Peugeot 307 appear to have the meassure of the new versions Ford Focus and Citroen Xsara. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS4: 1. Solberg 22:43.8 2. Grönholm +3.6 3. Rovanperä +9.9 4. Märtin +14.0 5. Duval +21.2 6. Carlsson +24.1 7. Hirvonen +31.9 8. Loeb +36.1 9. Sainz +36.8 10. Warmbold +1:45.2

WRC NZ SS3 - NZ is go! @ 06:54 PM - Good start for P Solberg and Peugeots, slow start for Citroens. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS3: 1. Solberg 13:30.1, 2. Grönholm +0.5 3. Rovanperä +7.7 =4. Märtin +11.1 =4. Duval +11.1 6. Carlsson +11.6 7. Hirvonen +17.6 8. H Solberg +22.3 9. Loeb +23.7 10. Sainz +25.6

WRC SS2: Super Special Solberg Leads @ 05:21 AM - Both Mistubishi's have electrical problems and are beleived to have retired. 1. P. Solberg 2:47.6, 2. Gronholm +0.5 3. Märtin +0.65 4. Duval +1.2 5. Hirvonen +1.8 6. Rovanpera +1.8 7. H. Solberg +3.1 8. Carlsson +3.2 9. Loeb +6.7 10. Sainz +7.8

WRC SS1: Martin Quickest on First @ 05:18 AM - 1. Märtin 1:24.5, 2. Gronholm +0.4 3. Duval +0.5 4. P. Solberg +0.7 5. Hirvonen +1.2 6. Rovanpera +1.2 7. H. Solberg +1.7 8. Carlsson +2.3 10. Sainz +2.5 9. Sohlberg +4.2

Tue April 13, 2004

Can Grönholm manage hatrick? Peugeot Can Grönholm manage hatrick? The Rally NZ is an absolute season highlight. New Zealand features the most spectacular landscape with ultra smooth gravel roads that are littered with fast, flowing curves. So much is the Rally NZ a favourite with the drivers, that even when the event was not part of the World C...

Subaru Aim to Confirm 04 Cars Potential Subaru Subaru Aim to Confirm 04 Cars Potential The Subaru World Rally Team will enter two cars in New Zealand, to be driven by Petter Solberg (co-driven by Phil Mills) and Mikko Hirvonen (co-driven by Jarmo Lehtinen). Petter Solberg has contested the event four times previously. Having finished third last year, the reigning w...

Ford Look to continue form with 04 Car Ford Ford Look to continue form with 04 Car Ford BP Rallye Sport will debut the 2004 version of the Focus RS World Rally Car in New Zealand next week fresh from last month's magnificent 1-2 finish in Mexico. The car is an evolution version of the all-new Focus RS WRC which made its first appearance on the Rally New Zea...

Kristian & Gilles Look Forward to NZ Mitsubishi Kristian & Gilles Look Forward to NZ After scoring points in Mexico in its first gravel rally since returning to the FIA World Rally Championship, the Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports Team is looking forward to heading to familiar territory around Auckland for the fourth round of the series: Propecia Rally New Zealand...

Wed April 7, 2004

Harri: „Happy to be with Peugeot again“ Peugeot Harri: „Happy to be with Peugeot again“ A short interview with Harri Rovanperä, as he gets ready for action in New Zealand. It will be his only 2nd event in the 307 WRC. His Rally NZ record includes 3rd place in 2001 and 2nd in 2002. However last year Harri Rovanperä was over 1 1/2 minutes behind Marcus Grönholm and ov...

Michel Nandan: Peugeot Michel Nandan: "Yours hydraulically…" Even more than in the case of road cars, hydraulics play a fundamental role in the performance of a World Rally Car. Peugeot Sport's Chief Engineer explains… In what ways are hydraulics used on the 307 WRC? "Hydraulics serve mainly to control a package of mechanical...

Armin completes second week of tests Skoda Armin completes second week of tests Armin Schwarz has just completed his second full week of testing behind the wheel of the Skoda Fabia WRC in preparation for the Czech marque's return to competition in a couple of months time. After a week in Italy carrying out gravel testing back in March, the team moved to F...

Sun April 4, 2004

Ford Christian Loriaux about new Focus RS 04

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