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Tue January 31, 2006

OMV Peugeot Norway Swede Adventures Peugeot OMV Peugeot Norway Swede Adventures Two weeks after the premiere in Monte Carlo the OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team (Peugeot 307 WRC) is facing its new assignment. Once again Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor (Aut) and Henning Solberg/Cato Menkerud (Nor) want to be up front with the best at the “Uddeholm Swedish Rally”,...

Mon January 23, 2006

Kopecky pleased with 11th on Monte Skoda Kopecky pleased with 11th on Monte Sunday saw the final leg of the Rallye Monte Carlo. The opening event in the World Rally Championship featured six stages on Sunday, and once again the surface conditions were highly challenging. The rally was rounded off by a tricky stage which took the crews through the legenda...

Sun January 22, 2006

But for a slip on the ice Citroen But for a slip on the ice With ten of the 16 stages run in the 2006 Monte Carlo Rally carrying the name of Citroen's World Champion Sébastien Loeb as the fastest driver, there can be little doubt who was the quickest in this year's event, but it was not enough to give Loeb his fourth Monte win....

Top result for OMV Peugeot Norway Peugeot Top result for OMV Peugeot Norway The OMV Peugeot Norway WRT has met success already at the first run of the FIA World Rally Championship. Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor gave a sensational performance and finished in excellent fourth overall place. They only missed 19,2 seconds on the podium. The 33-year-old OMV dr...

5th/6th for Sarrazin/Atkinson on Monte Subaru 5th/6th for Sarrazin/Atkinson on Monte The Subaru World Rally Team had a successful end to the first rally of the season. Stéphane Sarrazin finished the rally in fifth position, scoring valuable manufacturer points on the Subaru Impreza WRC2006’s debut. Stéphane finished three stages in the top three and was just one ...

Grönholm scores debut win for Ford Ford Grönholm scores debut win for Ford Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen claimed a masterful victory on their debut in the new Ford Focus RS World Rally Car on the Rallye Monte Carlo today. The BP-Ford World Rally Team duo triumphed on the legendary Monaco-based event, the opening round of the FIA World Rally Champ...

Points for both RB Skodas Skoda Points for both RB Skodas A successful first run for Red Bull Skoda at the season opener in Monte Carlo: Having both cars finish, and both in a points-paying position for the manufacturers‘ championship, is very satisfactory to team managers Armin Schwarz and Raimund Baumschlager....

Sat January 21, 2006

Duval won't restart on Sunday Skoda Duval won't restart on Sunday Though the adventure ended prematurely, the results achieved by François Duval - Patrick Pivato and the Skoda Fabia WRC « First » show everybody that Willy Collignon and his Skoda Import and Kizz-Me partners have brilliantly taken up the challenge, within a few weeks only....

Panizzi on course for points Skoda Panizzi on course for points The second day of the 74th edition of the Monte Carlo Rally was again a quite successful one for Red Bull Skoda. Although Gilles Panizzi dropped down to P8 from his fourth position yesterday, points are well within reach for the Frenchman at this year’s season opener: "My car see...

Fri January 20, 2006

Atkinson 2nd at leg 1 end! Subaru Atkinson 2nd at leg 1 end! The opening Leg of Rallye Monte Carlo brought mixed fortunes for the Subaru World Rally Team. Making a remarkable Monte Carlo debut, Chris Atkinson finished the day second overall after a trouble free run through the twisty asphalt stages. The young Australian recorded three top-...

Sebastien retires from the Leg 1 lead Citroen Sebastien retires from the Leg 1 lead This Friday is known in the church as Saint Sebastian’s day. It started off as Seb’s party, in every way. He was the hero of the morning, with an inspired choice of ‘BFGoodrich Winter’ tyres, containing a row of studs on the inside of the tyre. The two-time World Champion exhibit...

Ford Tough opening day for Wilson & Tsjoen

Dream Focus debut for Gronholm Ford Dream Focus debut for Gronholm BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen made a sensational debut in the new Focus RS World Rally Car to lead the Rallye Monte Carlo after today's opening leg. The Finns lead by 1min 23.7sec on their first appearance with the Ford squad after a dem...

Stohl lies strong 5th Peugeot Stohl lies strong 5th The beginning of the FIA World Rally Championship 2006 was an organisational hurdle race for the drivers. Only eleven drivers made it to the start of the first special stage – among them OMV driver Manfred Stohl. But the 33-year-old Viennese chose the wrong set of tyres and lost ...

Duval wins a stage on first day in Fabia Skoda Duval wins a stage on first day in Fabia From the very beginning of the Rallye de Monte Carlo’s first leg - opening round of the 2006 World Rally Championship - François Duval and his teammate, the French Patrick Pivato, behind the wheel of the Skoda Fabia WRC’05 prepared by the « First Motorsport » team, have already s...

Kopecky 13th after leg one Skoda Kopecky 13th after leg one The changeable weather was not the only factor complicating the first leg of this year’s Rallye Monte Carlo. Only eleven cars managed to start Stage 1; local traffic congestion prevented the other crews from reaching the starting line....

Strong debut for Red Bull Skoda Skoda Strong debut for Red Bull Skoda Quite a positive first day for the Red Bull Skoda Team. After lying second overall this morning, local hero Gilles Panizzi managed P4 at the end of the day despite a spin in Special Stage 6: "Unfortunately I had a spin at the exit of the very first corner of SS 6. Even before tha...

3rd stage neutralised - updated WRC 3rd stage neutralised - updated The third stage of the Rallye Monte Carlo was run at non-competitive pace in order to neutralise the stage. The organisers have now decided to completly cancel stage 3 whilst giving notional times to the drivers who did not complete stage one and two....

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Loeb leads in Monte Carlo @ 10:19 AM - Only 11 cars have passed through the first two tests due to spectator congestion, and world champion Loeb has made a quick start ... (after SS2) ... 1. Loeb 0:24:53.7 ... 2. Panizzi +30.9 ... 3. Gronholm +34.0 ... 4. Galli +39.4 ... 5. Atkinson +1:12.7 ... 6. Gardemeister +1:43.6 ... 7. Stohl +1:59.4 ... 8. Sarrazin +2:07.0 ... 9. Duval +2:36.0 ... 10. Hirvonen +2:50.0 ... 11. Solberg +2:59.0

WRC Leg 1 Unofficial Standings @ 02:42 AM - 1. M Grönholm/T Rautiainen 1hr 09min 30.8sec 2. C Atkinson/G MacNeall 1hr 10min 54.5sec 3. T Gardemeister/J Honkanen 1hr 10min 57.9sec 4. G Panizzi/H Panizzi 1hr 11min 05.4sec 5. M Stohl/I Minor 1hr 11min 09.9sec 6. F Duval/P Pivato 1hr 11min 36.6sec 7. S Sarrazin/S Prévot 1hr 12min 17.6sec 8. S Loeb/D Elena 1hr 13min 14.4sec 9. D Sordo/M Marti 1hr 13min 28.2sec 10. M Hirvonen/J Lehtinen 1hr 13min 29.6sec

Thu January 19, 2006

Peugeot OMV Peugeot ready after Shakedown

Successful first run for Red Bull Skoda Skoda Successful first run for Red Bull Skoda Today’s 9.6 kilometre shakedown test near Menton finished in a very positive fashion for the team of Red Bull Skoda. At first, the road was icy with all drivers using spikes, but then the sun came out, the road surface got softer and some drivers finally switched to slicks, which...

Kopecky ready after Monte shakedown Skoda Kopecky ready after Monte shakedown Changeable driving conditions were prevalent at today’s official pre-rally shakedown at the opening event of this year’s World Rally Championship, the Rally Monte Carlo. One of the crews tackling this challenging route was the Czech pairing of Jan Kopecký and Filip Schovánek, who...

Atkinson ready for season opener Subaru Atkinson ready for season opener After spending the past three months on the Gold Coast enjoying the Australian summer Chris Atkinson returned to the cold European winter earlier this month to prepare for his campaign in the 2006 World Rally Championship....

Tue January 17, 2006

Kronos Team Pre-Monte Interviews Citroen Kronos Team Pre-Monte Interviews Questions to Marc Van Dalen, team principal… You have entered the Kronos Total Citroën World Rally Team in the Manufacturers one category. Which are the terms of your agreement with Citroën Sport? ...

Successful test for Red Bull Skoda Skoda Successful test for Red Bull Skoda For the past three days, the Red Bull Skoda Team thoroughly tested the Skoda Fabia WRC near Le Moulins in the Maritime Alps of Southern France. On 4.5 kilometres of damp and sometimes icy tarmac, used in either direction, Gilles Panizzi/Herve Panizzi covered more than 300 kilomet...

Wilson and Tsjoen ready for Ford attack Ford Wilson and Tsjoen ready for Ford attack Cumbria’s Matthew Wilson will make history when he arrives in Monte Carlo for the start of this year’s World Rally Championship on Thursday the 19th of January. The 18-year-old becomes the youngest driver ever to start a full programme of events in the sport’s global series....

Citroen Kronos Racing Monte Preview Citroen Citroen Kronos Racing Monte Preview The Kronos Racing Belgian team participates in the event with three Xsara WRCs. Two of these will be entered under the colours of the Kronos Total Citroën World Rally Team: one for two-times World Champions Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena, and the other one for their Spanish team...

Impreza WRC2006 Monte Debuts Subaru Impreza WRC2006 Monte Debuts The Subaru World Rally Team launches its 2006 World Rally Championship campaign in style next week in the glamorous principality of Monaco. Commencing on Friday 20 January, the historic Rallye Monte Carlo will see the competitive debut of the Subaru World Rally Team’s latest titl...

Ford begins new era in Monte Carlo Ford Ford begins new era in Monte Carlo The opening of the FIA World Rally Championship season on the Rallye Monte Carlo (19 - 22 January) heralds a new era for Ford. An exciting new Focus RS World Rally Car is complemented by a fresh driver line-up comprising the experience of double world champions Marcus Grönholm a...

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