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Sun November 19, 2006

Strong finish for Stobart Ford Ford Strong finish for Stobart Ford Britain’s leading world rally star Matthew Wilson set a blistering pace through the final day of Rally New Zealand, one of the FIA World Rally Championship’s toughest events, near Hamilton today. Wilson continued to impress onlookers, demonstrating pace and maturity well beyond h...

Podium again for Stohl Peugeot Podium again for Stohl The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team can celebrate another great triumph. Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor reached the podium at the “Propecia Rally New Zealand”, just like they had three weeks ago in Australia. The OMV duo held the attacking Citroen works team at bay during the f...

Ford Perfect weekend for BP Ford

Citroen 4th and 5th for Kronos Citroen

Subaru Petter secures points finish

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Rally of New Zealand @ 08:48 AM - Final (Unofficial) Overall Classification ... 1 M Gronholm 4:02:30.7 ... 2 Hirvonen 4:03:26.7 ... 3 Stohl 4:05:10.0 ... 4 Pons 4:05:26.8 ... 5 Sordo 4:05:51.4 ... 6 P Solberg 4:06:27.8 ... 7 Companc 4:13:02.3 ... 8 Latvala 4:17:53.1 ... 9 Hanninen 4:20:00.9 ... 10 Mason 4:22:50.7

WRC Gronholm wins title for Ford @ 08:45 AM - Marcus Gronholm wins the Rally of New Zealand and with it Ford secure their first manufacturer's title since 1979 ... the Finn leads from start to finish to head Mikko Hirvonen and Manfred Stohl on the podium. Rossi finishes in 11th.

Sat November 18, 2006

Companc lying 7th after day two Ford Companc lying 7th after day two Teenage rally hero Matthew Wilson turned in a consistent and quick performance in his Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team Focus RS WRC 06 on today's second leg of Rally New Zealand, the penultimate round of this season's FIA World Rally Championship. The 19-year-old rocketed...

Pons and Sordo battle for podium Citroen Pons and Sordo battle for podium Having finished the second day in fourth and fifth places respectively, Dani Sordo/Marc Marti and Xevi Pons/Carlos Del Barrio have not given up on their hopes of making the podium in New Zealand. They have six more stages, comprising nearly 100 competitive kilometres, in which to...

Mixed day for Impreza crews Subaru Mixed day for Impreza crews The Subaru World Rally Team experienced an up-and-down day, although both drivers showed flashes of pace after overnight set-up changes took the performance of the cars in the right direction....

Stohl moves up to 3rd Peugeot Stohl moves up to 3rd On the second day of Rally New Zealand the OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team can rejoice with Manfred Stohl. The 34-year-old Austrian fought a duel with Citroen works driver Dani Sordo and finally overtook him on the ninth special stage. Thus the OMV driver lies in third place ...

Gronholm dancing in the rain Ford Gronholm dancing in the rain Ford World Rally Team remained firmly in control of Rally New Zealand during today's rainswept second leg. Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen, who have led since the opening kilometre yesterday, extended their lead over team-mates Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen to 50.3sec ...

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WRC Nz after Leg Two @ 03:08 PM - Rally New Zealand, after SS11:
1) Gronholm 2h56m17.2s
2) Hirvonen +50.3s
3) Stohl +2m06.2s
4) Sordo +2m23.1s
5) Pons +2m38.4s
6) P Solberg +3m25.7s
7) Perez-Companc +8m41.1s
8) Latvala +11m08.1s
9) Baldacci +11m12.4s
10) Mason +12m28.1s
.. 13) V Rossi +16m45.8s

Fri November 17, 2006

Five out of Five for Marcus Ford Five out of Five for Marcus BP-Ford World Rally Team dominated today's opening leg of Rally New Zealand as Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen and team-mates Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen powered into first and second respectively. Grönholm completed a clean sweep by winning all five speed tests in ...

Almost perfect day for OMV Peugeot Peugeot Almost perfect day for OMV Peugeot The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team has stood their ground on day one of the “Propecia Rally New Zealand”. Manfred Stohl is on the course for a podium place despite several minor problems. The 34-year-old OMV driver lies in fourth place after five of 17 special stages. Hennin...

Companc in the points Ford Companc in the points South America's fastest rally driver Luis Perez Companc ended the opening leg of Rally New Zealand in a sensational, point-scoring position for the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford team. Companc was on scintillating form through today's five stages – four of which ran to the south-w...

Tough day for Subaru crews Subaru Tough day for Subaru crews The Subaru World Rally Team has two cars within the top ten at the end of the first leg. Petter Solberg holds sixth position, with team-mate Chris Atkinson in ninth spot. Petter and Chris had a tough morning and both drivers struggled to find grip on gravel roads made treacherous...

Sordo and Pons at home on fast NZ roads Citroen Sordo and Pons at home on fast NZ roads At the end of the short final spectator superspecial stage at Mystery Creek, which surrounds the service park, the two Citroens of Dani Sordo/Marc Marti and Xevi Pons/Carlos Del Barrio, finish the day in third and fifth places respectively. ...

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WRC NZ after opening leg @ - Rally New Zealand, after SS5:
1) Gronholm 1h31m58.0s
2) Hirvonen +31.2s
3) Sordo +1m16.2s
4) Stohl +1m18.4s
5) Pons +1m42.5s
6) P Solberg +1m48.3s
7) H Solberg +2m43.5s
8) Perez-Companc +3m23.8s
9) C Atkinson +3m48.8s
10) J Hanninen +5m35.5s
.. V Rossi +10m55.1s

Thu November 16, 2006

Trouble free shakedown for Stobart Ford Trouble free shakedown for Stobart Stobart VK M-Sport Ford team drivers Matthew Wilson and Luis Perez Companc enjoyed trouble-free runs through this morning's shakedown stage, the final pre-event test before the brace of Ford Focus RS WRC 06s are pressed into competitive action first thing tomorrow morning....

NZ: Pre-Event Press Conference WRC NZ: Pre-Event Press Conference Present: Nasser Al-Attiyah - FIA PWRC, Fumio Nutahara - FIA PWRC, Valentino Rossi, Sébastien Loeb - Kronos Total Citroën World Rally Team, Mikko Hirvonen - BP-Ford World Rally Team, Petter Solberg - Subaru World Rally Team. ...

Henning 2nd in NZ shakedown Peugeot Henning 2nd in NZ shakedown The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team has every reason to be confident for the “Propecia Rally New Zealand 2006”. The more so considering the results of the shakedown. There both Henning Solberg (Nor) and Manfred Stohl (Aut) proved that they are serious contenders for a podium ...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Fords take opening stage @ 09:57 PM - Rally New Zealand, SS1:
1) Gronholm 15m09.7s
2) Hirvonen +5.9s
3) Stohl +11.0s
4) Sordo +21.7s
5) P Solberg +41.5s
6) Pons +46.2s
7) Perez-Companc +46.8s
8) Wilson +50.7s
9) H Solberg +55.3s
10) J Latvala +1m10.5s
.. V Rossi +2m37.2s

Tue November 14, 2006

Stohl confident of another podium Peugeot Stohl confident of another podium The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team is very confident for the “Propecia Rally New Zealand”, the next-to-last run to the FIA World Rally Championship from November 16 to 19. Manfred Stohl and co-driver Ilka Minor are especially motivated to reach the podium once again, followi...

Mon November 13, 2006

Kronos: no pressure but huge motivation Citroen Kronos: no pressure but huge motivation Despite a 19.000 kilometre journey in between Belgium and New Zealand, the Kronos Total Citroën World Rally Team is looking forward to the kiwi round. On ‘Aotearoa’ - the ground of the long white cloud according to the Maori legend - the complete team will be gathered for the fir...

Subaru prepared for the rollercoasters Subaru Subaru prepared for the rollercoasters It’s all change as the Subaru World Rally Team heads back to the southern hemisphere for Rally New Zealand, which has a new date, route and base for 2006. Only four of the 17 fast, flowing gravel stages are identical to those used on last year’s rally. Of the other tests, Piro...

Stobart - Propecia Rally New Zealand Ford Stobart - Propecia Rally New Zealand A new venue and a new date for Rally New Zealand means a whole new challenge for the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team. For the first time, the rally has left the familiar surroundings of Auckland and headed south to the town of Hamilton; it’s also the first time the event has ...

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WRC Rally NZ without Loeb @ 07:32 PM - Sébastien Loeb will not start the Rally Nz. The #1 Citroen is again driven by Xavier Pons, while Ford now has excellent chances to win the makes title for the first time in 25years and ahead of their home rally.

Fri November 10, 2006

BP Ford aim to secure crown in NZ Ford BP Ford aim to secure crown in NZ BP-Ford can clinch the FIA World Rally Championship manufacturers' title on next week's Rally New Zealand (16 – 19 November). It goes into the penultimate round with a 16-point lead. A 19-point advantage by the finish of the three-day rally on the flowing gravel roads of ...

Wed November 8, 2006

Tight deadline for Propecia Rally NZ WRC Tight deadline for Propecia Rally NZ The first shipment of a total of 100 containers is due in Auckland today for the penultimate round of the World Rally Championship. Organisers are on a tight deadline to freight the 100 containers of rally cars and equipment in time for Propecia Rally New Zealand to be staged in...

Mon November 6, 2006

Rossi sports No 46 for Rally New Zealand Subaru Rossi sports No 46 for Rally New Zealand Seven times world motorcycling champion Valentino Rossi will be able to sport his favourite No 46 in this month's Propecia Rally New Zealand. The Italian ace is swapping two wheels for four in the penultimate round of the World Rally Championships to be held in and aroun...

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