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Mon November 14, 2005

Stohl wraps up the season with podium Citroen Stohl wraps up the season with podium The OMV World Rally Team (Citroen Xsara WRC) definitely has reason to rejoice. Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor reached a sensational third place at the season’s finale of the FIA World Rally Championship in Australia. This means the second podium place this season for the 33-year-ol...

Australia Post-event Press Conference WRC Australia Post-event Press Conference 1st Francois Duval – Sven Smeets – Citroen
2nd Harri Rovanpera – Risto Pietilainen – Mitsubishi
3rd Manfred Stohl – Ilka Minor – Citroen Team OMV
Guy Frequelin, team principal Citroen ...

Sun November 13, 2005

François the First! Citroen François the First! A first for François Duval! Impeccably partnered by his co-driver Sven Smeets, and five days before his 25th birthday, the Citroën driver coolly picked up the first world class win of his career today, a feat which only Henri Toivonen and Markku Alén achieved at a younger age. Fr...

Harri gives Mitsubishi Second Mitsubishi Harri gives Mitsubishi Second The Mitsubishi Motorsport crew of Harri Rovanperä and Risto Pietiläinen claimed the team's best result of the season today when they finished on the podium in second position. The Finns claimed five fastest stage times during the three-day event, demonstrating the increased pe...

Cruelest end to Skodas Podium Prospect Skoda Cruelest end to Skodas Podium Prospect Colin McRae's dream of getting the Škoda Fabia WRC 05 onto the podium of Rally Australia was shattered when a normally routine clutch change took longer than expected just three stages from the finish. At the time the Scot was lying third and ready to push hard to try and take...

Focus seals impressive rally debut Ford Focus seals impressive rally debut The all-new Ford Focus RS World Rally Car claimed two special stage victories on today's final leg of Rally Australia to end a hugely impressive debut for Ford's 2006 FIA World Rally Championship challenger. BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Roman Kresta and Jan Tománek and...

Atkinsons dominitating comeback to 4th Subaru Atkinsons dominitating comeback to 4th Subaru World Rally Team's Chris Atkinson finished his debut year in the World Rally Championship in style with a fourth place on today's final Leg of Rally Australia, only six seconds away from a podium finish. The result is the 25-year-old's second top four finish since...

Arai's dream title becomes reality WRC Arai's dream title becomes reality Japan’s Toshihiro Arai (Subaru) and New Zealander Tony Sircombe have finally realised their dreams of claiming a Production Cup World Rally Championship (PWRC) title when they completed Telstra Rally Australia 2005. ...

Duval takes maiden victory WRC Duval takes maiden victory Citroen’s Francois Duval has taken his first ever WRC rally win at Telstra Rally Australia, while veteran Colin McRae in the Skoda Fabia WRC topped the list of today’s retirements with clutch problems. This year’s rally was hugely tricky, with many experienced drivers failing to ...

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WRC AUS Duval Wins @ 06:11 AM - Unofficial Standings after Leg 3: 1 Duval 3h19m55.0s 2 Rovanpera +52.9s 3 Stohl +1m33.0s 4 Atkinson +1m39.0s 5 Galli +3m04.4s 6 Kresta +3m09.0s 7 Sola +6m17.4s 8 Schwarz +8m04.3s 9 Arai +15m43.2s 10 Higgins +17m29.8s

WRC AUS SS24 @ 04:09 AM - Unofficial Standings after Atkins II: 1 Duval 2h53m36.8s 2 Rovanpera +35.0s 3 Stohl +1m29.2s 4 Atkinson +1m51.8s 5 Gardemeister +2m32.4s 6 Galli +2m49.0s 7 Kresta +3m22.3s 8 Sola +5m42.7s 9 Schwarz +7m09.0s 10 Arai +13m46.2s

WRC AUS Colin McRae retires in service @ - Gear shift and clutch problems could not be fixed in service in time. Colin McRae has retired from third position.

WRC AUS SS23 - Duval holds 36.8s buffer @ - Unofficial Standings after Helena South I: 1 Duval 2h50m36.2s 2 Rovanpera +36.8s 3 McRae +43.7s 4 Stohl +1m32.3s 5 Atkinson +1m55.2s 6 Gardemeister +2m35.8s 7 Galli +2m48.2s 8 Kresta +3m24.2s 9 Sola +5m38.5s 10 Schwarz +7m05.1s

Sat November 12, 2005

Stohl aiming for podium Citroen Stohl aiming for podium The OMV World Rally Team (Citroen Xsara WRC) is about to score its second place on the podium this year at the „Telstra Rally Australia“ after having reached second place in Cyprus. The OMV duo Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor is lying in fourth place after 20 of 26 special stages. D...

McRae Marvels Wespine Yumps Crowd Skoda McRae Marvels Wespine Yumps Crowd Colin McRae made maximum use of his start position for the opening day of Rally Australia to complete the second leg in second place. Colin's Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team partner Armin Schwarz finished 10th as he contests the final rally of his career....

BP-Ford delighted by performance Ford BP-Ford delighted by performance The all-new Ford Focus RS World Rally Car continued to impress during today's second leg of Rally Australia, the final round of the FIA World Rally Championship. BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Toni Gardemeister and Jakke Honkanen and team-mates Roman Kresta and Jan Tománek ...

Reliable Lancers Third and Fifth Mitsubishi Reliable Lancers Third and Fifth The Mitsubishi Motorsport WRC team looks set to round off the 2005 FIA World Rally Championship season on a high note, following fierce battles and a potential podium position at the end of the second leg of Rally Australia. Harri Rovanperä and Risto Pietiläinen have been on grea...

Duval v. McRae down under WRC Duval v. McRae down under At the end of the second leg of Rally Australia Citroen's Francois Duval stands just six stages away from his maiden WRC victory. What a turbulent year it has been for the Belgian, who was sidelined by the French team earlier in the year in the light of erratic performances. ...

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WRC AUS SS18 - Atkinson Moving Up @ 04:39 AM - Atkinson fastest, Rovanpera/McRae/Duval. Unofficial Standings after Flynns II: 1 Duval 2h18m02.7s 2 McRae +24.4s 3 Rovanpera +30.8s 4 Stohl +1m09.1s 5 Galli +1m46.4s 6 Atkinson +1m51.4s 7 Kresta +1m56.0s 8 Gardemeister +2m04.7s 9 Sola +3m20.7s 10 Schwarz +4m52.0s

WRC AUS SS17 - Duval holds his lead @ 04:39 AM - Atkinson fastest, Duval/McRae/Gardemeister. Stohl moves infront of Galli. Unofficial Standings after Beraking II: 1 Duval 2h06m15.5s 2 McRae +24.6s 3 Rovanpera +31.1s 4 Stohl +1m06.7s 5 Galli +1m08.3s 6 Kresta +1m53.3s 7 Atkinson +1m55.3s 8 Gardemeister +2m03.7s 9 Sola +2m54.0s 10 Schwarz +4m15.4s

WRC AUS SS16 - McRae up to Second @ 04:39 AM - Duval fastest again, but Harri dropped 10.8s to Duval and McRae is up to second. Galli infront of Stohl. Atkinson and Gardemeister swap positions again. Unofficial Standings after Banister Central II: 1 Duval 1h53m25.8s 2 McRae +23.8s 3 Rovanpera +28.6s 4 Galli +1m00.5s 5 Stohl +1m02.0s 6 Kresta +1m48.0s 7 Atkinson +2m01.0s 8 Gardemeister +2m02.8s 9 Sola +2m27.9s 10 Schwarz +3m33.9s

WRC AUS SS14 - Petter Retires @ 02:17 AM - Leader, Petter Solberg has retired from Rally Australia 2005 - he hit a Kangaroo on SS13. Duval now leads and Rovanpera second, after setting the fastest time. Atkinson moves ahead of Gardemeister. Unofficial Standings after Banister Loop: 1 Duval 1h35m42.6s 2 Rovanpera +15.9s 3 McRae +16.1s 4 Stohl +46.5s 5 Galli +52.4s 6 Kresta +1m32.5s 7 Atkinson +1m45.3s 8 Gardemeister +1m46.1s 9 Sola +1m57.0s 10 Schwarz +2m44.3s

WRC AUS SS13 @ 02:17 AM - Atkinson moves ahead of Sola. Petter Solberg loses +37.8s while Duval/McRae were 2nd/3rd on stage - Petter's lead is now only 13.9s. Rovanpera won the stage. Gardemeister also drops 40.8s. Unofficial Standings after Banister Central I: 1 Solberg 1h33m29.8s 2 Duval +13.9s 3 McRae +28.8s 4 Rovanpera +32.5s 5 Stohl +59.6s 6 Galli +1m04.7s 7 Kresta +1m40.9s 8 Gardemeister +1m51.1s 9 Atkinson +1m58.0s 10 Sola +2m07.3s

WRC AUS SS12 @ 02:17 AM - Petter/Duval/Rovanpera on SS12. Unofficial Standings after Banister North I: 1 Solberg 1h23m30.2s 2 Duval +50s8 3 McRae +58s8 4 Rovanpera +1m10s3 5 Stohl +1m25s7 6 Galli +1m34s4 7 Gardemeister +1m48s1 8 Kresta +2m03s9 9 Sola +2m23s6 10 Atkinson +2m26s7

WRC AUS L2 Duval leads McRae Leg 2 @ - Unofficial Standings after Leg 2: 1 Duval 2h21m12.6s 2 McRae +27.1s 3 Rovanpera +32.2s 4 Stohl +1m11.3s 5 Galli +1m47.1s 6 Atkinson +1m54.3s 7 Kresta +1m58.7s 8 Gardemeister +2m06.7s 9 Sola +3m26.3s 10 Schwarz +4m53.9s

WRC AUS SS15 @ - Duval takes the stage win. Gardemeister back infront of Atkinson. Unofficial Standings after Banister North II: 1 Duval 1h44m10.4s 2 Rovanpera +17.8s 3 McRae +21.5s 4 Stohl +54.6s 5 Galli +59.6s 6 Kresta +1m42.1s 7 Gardemeister +1m51.6s 8 Atkinson +1m53.6s 9 Sola +2m12.2s 10 Schwarz +3m07.9s

Fri November 11, 2005

Stohl an excellent 5th after day one Citroen Stohl an excellent 5th after day one A great beginning for the OMV World Rally Team (Citroen Xsara WRC) at the “Telstra Rally Australia“. Manfred Stohl lies in sensational fifth place after the first day. This despite the 33-year-old OMV driver’s having been rather discontent in the morning and complaining about tun...

Subaru News: Two leaders on leg 1 Subaru Subaru News: Two leaders on leg 1 Subaru World Rally Team driver Petter Solberg holds the overnight lead of Rally Australia tonight after a trouble-free run on the first Leg of the competition. He set top five times throughout the day and won three stages. With two days of the rally remaining Solberg lies more th...

Mac is Back - Skoda as high as 2nd Skoda Mac is Back - Skoda as high as 2nd Colin McRae made maximum use of his start position for the opening day of Rally Australia to complete the first leg in 3rd place. Colin’s Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team partner Armin Schwarz finished 11th as he contests the final rally of his career....

Peugeot final rally totally cut short Peugeot Peugeot final rally totally cut short The first leg of the Rally Australia proved to be the very last for the Peugeot Total team, who lost both cars on the opening morning. Marcus Gronholm broke his front- right suspension on SS7, while Daniel Carlsson went off the road a kilometre and a half after the start of SS3....

New Ford Focus RS makes its mark Ford New Ford Focus RS makes its mark The all-new Ford Focus RS World Rally Car made an instant impact during its first public appearance on Rally Australia today. Just 11 months after work began on the car, BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Toni Gardemeister and Jakke Honkanen and team-mates Roman Kresta and Jan Tom...

Solberg Leads as Others Falter Leg 1 WRC Solberg Leads as Others Falter Leg 1 Nine stages was all it took for the mighty to take a fall in the first day of Telstra Rally Australia. Three World Rally Championship drivers retired along with two second priority drivers, one of those retirements being World Champion elect Sebastien Loeb. ...

McRae stunning amid the carnage WRC McRae stunning amid the carnage What an incredible first day it has been on Rally Australia; with the crews now safely back in parc ferme, Petter Solberg leads the rally with a comfortable margin of 46 seconds from Citroen's Francois Duval, with Colin McRae lying in an icreadible third place in the Skoda Fab...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Solberg clear at end of leg @ 01:07 PM - Rally Australia - overall classification at the end of the first leg: 1 SOLBERG 1:13:22.7 ... 2 DUVAL +46.7 ... 3 MCRAE +47.3 ... 4 ROVANPERÄ +1:03.8 ... 5 STOHL +1:13.0 ... 6 GALLI +1:20.2 ... 7 GARDEMEISTER +1:36.4 ... 8 KRESTA +1:45.1 ... 9 SOLA +1:58.4 ... 10 ATKINSON +2:08.6

WRC Loeb exits the rally! @ 10:04 AM - News Flash ... It appears that Sebastien Loeb has crashed out of Rally Australia on the 20kms of the first run through the Flynns test. Petter Solberg regains the lead by 46 seconds.

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