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Sun March 13, 2005

Tough Point for 05 Fabia Debut Skoda Tough Point for 05 Fabia Debut Armin Schwarz and Jani Paasonen ended Rally Mexico in ninth and 13th places respectively. The Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team’s newly homologated Fabia WRC 05 showed its improved potential but the event proved difficult as the team had no previous knowledge of the demanding con...

Mitsubishi takes a points double Mitsubishi Mitsubishi takes a points double The Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports WRC team scored points with both its nominated Lancer WRC05s in the Corona Rally México, the third round of the 2005 FIA World Rally Championship. Harri Rovanperä and Risto Pietiläinen fought hard to finish fifth and team-mates Gilles and Hervé ...

Ford Gardemeister extends Ford's score

Peugeot Peugeot takes WRC lead

Citroen Loeb Makes a comeback

Subaru Petter takes Start to Finish Win

Skoda Armin & Jani move up the order

NEWS JUST IN

WRC MEX end - Loeb up 2 places in stage! @ 05:24 PM - Atkinson's Subaru retired for the 2nd time in 1 rally, engine! Everybody else going slowly, as predicted. Subaru wins the rally, so we give the points to Peugeot! Unofficial end results: 1 Solberg 3h41m06s2 2 Gronholm +34s5 3 Märtin +1m38s3 4 Loeb +3m51s1 5 Rovanperä +3m58s1 6 Gardemeister +4m05s6 7 Warmbold +6m01s 8 Panizzi +6m01s7 9 Schwarz +8m05s3 10 Duval +16m14s2

WRC MEX SS13 - results seem clear... @ - ...as the points system dictates. With 14 points in the bag Peugeot would be stupid to not give Solberg a victory he such has not to fight for! Unofficial results after SS13: 1 Solberg 3h11m50s8 2 Gronholm +34s 3 Märtin +1m30s9 4 Rovanperä +4m11s3 5 Gardemeister +4m12s8 6 Loeb +4m37s4 7 Warmbold +5m30s 8 Panizzi +5m53s8 9 Schwarz +7m09s3 10 Duval +16m06s1

Sat March 12, 2005

Loeb Fighting Back Citroen Loeb Fighting Back The Citroën team could be forgiven for believing that it is written somewhere that its two Xsaras are forbidden from tasting success simultaneously in Mexico. Last year, Sébastien's retirement left Carlos Sainz to fly the firm's flag alone, the Spaniard going on to do...

Rovanpera 5th Overall Mitsubishi Rovanpera 5th Overall After an eventful leg two of the 2005 Corona Rally México, the Finnish Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05 crews of Harri Rovanperä and Risto Pietiläinen lies in fifth position and team-mates Gilles Panizzi and Hervé Panizzi hold eighth place in the second Lancer WRC05. Crews left the...

Flu-hit Gardemeister in Fourth Ford Flu-hit Gardemeister in Fourth BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Toni Gardemeister and Jakke Honkanen ended today's second leg of the Corona Rally Mexico in fourth place after a tough day which sidelined several top drivers. Despite continuing to suffer from the 'flu, Gardemeister battled through the six...

Leading Petter, Amazing Atkinson Subaru Leading Petter, Amazing Atkinson Petter Solberg and the new Subaru Impreza WRC2005 lead Rally Mexico tonight after another dominating performance on the event's treacherous gravel stages. Taking another three stage wins, increasing his event total to six, the Norwegian topped the leaderboard all day to end th...

Two 307's climb the leader board Peugeot Two 307's climb the leader board Warm and sunny weather greeted the drivers at the start of leg two of Rally Mexico, which once more consisted of two loops of three stages with central service in Leon. The total competitive distance comprised 147.2 kilometres to the east of the city, with the stages today charac...

Frustrating day for Skoda Motorsport Skoda Frustrating day for Skoda Motorsport Armin Schwarz ended the opening day of Rally Mexico – the third round of the 2005 World Rally Championship - in 12th position as the Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team debuted the new Fabia WRC05. Armin has had no technical problems today but, as this is his first time competing i...

Fri March 11, 2005

Mitsu's Progress Punctured Mitsubishi Mitsu's Progress Punctured After the opening leg of the 2005 Corona Rally México, the Finnish Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05 crews of Harri Rovanperä and Risto Pietiläinen lie in seventh position and team-mates Gilles Panizzi and Hervé Panizzi hold 11th position in the second Lancer WRC05, after a challenging day...

Citroen Mixed Fortunes in Mexico Citroen Citroen Mixed Fortunes in Mexico Since Thursday's shakedown session, the two Xsaras have met with varying fortunes in Mexico. While the pre-start test session went off without a hitch for François Duval, Sébastien Loeb was forced to interrupt his run when the underneath of his car took a hefty knock from a bi...

Two 307's chase the lead Peugeot Two 307's chase the lead The Corona Rally Mexico got underway in a typically Mexican fashion on Thursday night in the ancient town of Guanajuato, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Thousands of enthusiastic fans lined the narrow streets of the old mining town to witness the best that the World Rally Champions...

Mex Leg 1 - 05 Impreza Leads Subaru Mex Leg 1 - 05 Impreza Leads Marking an impressive debut for the new Subaru Impreza WRC2005, Subaru's Petter Solberg leads the Corona Rally Mexico tonight. Dominating the event from the first stage, the Norwegian clinched three stage wins and ended the day 20.5 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Pett...

Kresta tops Ford Standings- Leg1 Ford Kresta tops Ford Standings- Leg1 BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Roman Kresta and Jan Možný produced a superb display on today's opening leg of the Corona Rally Mexico to head a four-strong group of Focus RS World Rally Cars on the leaderboard. The Czechs, competing together and in Mexico for the first time...

Mexico: Pre-event press conference WRC Mexico: Pre-event press conference Welcome to the press conference. Joining us are Guy Frequelin, Malcolm Wilson, Gilles Panizzi, Jani Paasonen, Markko Martin and Petter Solberg. Guy, the last rally, in Sweden, was the scene of a rare mechanical retirement for Sebastien Loeb. Have you identified the prob...

Solberg tops the odds for Mexico WRC Solberg tops the odds for Mexico Subaru's Petter Solberg, driving his new Impreza WRC05, tops the odds for Rally Mexico after his win in Sweden last month. The Norwegian comes in at 5/4 ahead of championship rival and Monte Carlo winner Sebastien Loeb of Citroen at 5/2. Next up are the Peugeot boys Marcus...

Steady but confident approach - Chris Subaru Steady but confident approach - Chris On the eve of his second FIA World Rally Championship event with the Subaru World Rally team Chris Atkinson’s confidence has been given a boost following an impressive performance during today’s final shakedown for this weekend’s Corona Rally Mexico. While he set one of th...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC MEX leg1 - Grönholm wins SS6 @ 10:57 PM - Unofficial results after leg1: 1 Solberg 1h23m56s 2 Gronholm +20s5 3 Märtin +30s9 4 Duval +33s9 5 Atkinson +50s6 6 Kresta +1m16s8 7 Rovanperä +1m19s6 8 Sola +1m29s3 9 Warmbold +1m36s2 10 Gardemeister +1m36s9

WRC MEX SS4 - Stage win for Solberg @ 09:31 PM - Unofficial results after SS4: 1 Solberg 55m32s4 2 Gronholm +18s7 3 Duval +22s3 4 Märtin +29s1 5 Atkinson +37s4 6 Panizzi +45s7 7 Kresta +55s9 8 Rovanperä +57s5 9 Gardemeister +1m03s3 10 Warmbold +1m09s2

WRC MEX SS3 - Loeb in trouble @ 05:54 PM - Action packed 1st loop of stages. New Impreza starts with a stage win and current lead, but stages 2 & 3 go to Peugeots of Grönholm and Märtin. Loeb went off in SS2 and had to complete SS3 with a broken right rear shock absorber as a result. Paasonen also went off and retired. Unofficial results after SS3: 1 Solberg 42m21s2 2 Gronholm +9s3 3 Duval +11s7 4 Märtin +12s9 5 Atkinson +20s8 6 Panizzi +25s5 7 Warmbold +46s4 8 Rovanperä +46s5 9 Gardemeister +48s8 10 Kresta +49s5 16 Loeb +3m53s

Wed March 9, 2005

First Full Gravel Rally for Lancer 05 Mitsubishi First Full Gravel Rally for Lancer 05 After the ice and snow of Sweden, Corona Rally México - the third round of the FIA World Rally Championship - presents a totally different challenge to the Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports WRC team. Harri Rovanperä and Risto Pietiläinen return to the scene of a crushing victory, wh...

Tue March 8, 2005

Aiming for the championship lead Peugeot Aiming for the championship lead Currently 2nd in the Manufacturers' world championship, Peugeot travels to the third round of the 2005 season in Mexico with the primary objective of harvesting as many points as possible with its two 307 WRCs. This target is shared by Marcus Grönholm, who is looking to put hi...

Ford & Toni take WRC lead to Mexico Ford Ford & Toni take WRC lead to Mexico BP-Ford World Rally Team will defend its lead in the FIA World Rally Championship in Mexico next week as the series moves for the first time in 2005 onto the gravel roads which are the dominant surface of the season. The team that leads both the manufacturers' and drivers'...

Mon March 7, 2005

Interview: Sebastien and Francois Citroen Interview: Sebastien and Francois Questions to Sébastien Loeb… In 2003, you only took part in the recce but you came away with a good feeling for the event. Was that positive impression confirmed in 2004? "It was! I found both the country and the warmth of the welcome we received remarkable. Globally, it...

Mexico Awaits for Citroen Citroen Mexico Awaits for Citroen This weekend (11-13th March 2005) the World Rally Championship does one of the major climatic and geographical swaps that makes it the toughest challenges for drivers and cars alike, with the snow of Sweden swapped for the dust and rocks of Mexico and a leap in altitude from near...

Sun March 6, 2005

Solberg and Atkinson Debut 05 Impreza Subaru Solberg and Atkinson Debut 05 Impreza Three weeks after Rally Sweden, on which Subaru claimed its 45th WRC victory, the 2005 FIA World Rally Championship moves to North America next week for the first gravel round of the series, Corona Rally Mexico. The Subaru World Rally Team will be entering two cars on the ...

Fri March 4, 2005

Revised Fabia ready for Mexican debut Skoda Revised Fabia ready for Mexican debut The Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team heads for Rally Mexico (March 10-13), the third round of the 2005 World Rally Championship with a new car, the Fabia WRC 05. Rally Mexico joined the WRC for the first time last year and was voted one of the best events in the championshi...

Wed February 16, 2005

Ford Nominates Daniel Sola - Mexico Ford Ford Nominates Daniel Sola - Mexico FIA World Rally Championship leader Ford has named Spain's Dani Solà and Xavier Amigo as nominated drivers for next month's Corona Rally Mexico. The pair will drive an M-Sport prepared Ford Focus RS World Rally Car on the third round of the FIA World Rally Championship. T...

Wed February 9, 2005

Jnr Crews ready to experience Mexico WRC Jnr Crews ready to experience Mexico The 2005 FIA Junior World Rally Championship makes its debut outside Europe at Corona Rally México - the North American event marking the second of the eight-round series. Of the 13 registered entrants, five have elected to make the long journey to México to sample a completely n...

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