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Mon December 4, 2006

RED happy with Toyota progress WRC RED happy with Toyota progress Once again it was a day of triumph and tragedy for the RED World Rally Team. Alister McRae and the Toyota S2000R hit the headlines on the first three of today’s four stages, setting dazzling times through the gloomy Welsh forests north of the Rally Great Britain base in Cardiff. ...

Kopecky happy with GB result Skoda Kopecky happy with GB result The Czech Rally Team Škoda-Kopecký finished the challenging Wales Rally - the final event in the 2006 World Rally Championship - in tenth place. The Škoda Fabia WRC again proved its reliability in the last event of this year's championship and underlined the careful preparatio...

Sun December 3, 2006

Great season finale for Stohl Peugeot Great season finale for Stohl The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team has completed the most successful season in the history of rallying with a sensational result at the “Wales Rally GB”. Following Australia and New Zealand the OMV duo Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor reached the podium for the third time in a r...

Stobart celebrate end of season success Ford Stobart celebrate end of season success The Stobart VK M-Sport Ford team celebrated its finest hour in the World Rally Championship today, clinching fourth position on its home round of the series, Wales Rally Great Britain....

A solid points finish to end season Citroen A solid points finish to end season Both of the Kronos Total Citroen Xsara crews have finished in the points on the last round of the season, underlining once more their perfect balance between speed and consistency despite their tender years. Xevi Pons/Carlos Del Barrio are fifth, while Dani Sordo/Marc Marti ar...

Ford complete championship year with win Ford Ford complete championship year with win Ford ended its FIA World Rally Championship winning season by claiming its first Rally GB victory for 27 years today. Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen led the three-day event from start to finish through the muddy forests of south Wales to triumph by 1min 35.5sec in their For...

Subaru finish with a flourish Subaru Subaru finish with a flourish The Subaru World Rally Team finished Rally GB with a flourish, setting three fastest stage times from the day’s four special stages and ending the day with both cars firmly in the points. Petter Solberg and Phil Mills were fastest on the leg and finished third, maintaining the st...

Harri nets best result of season Skoda Harri nets best result of season The Red Bull Skoda was able to celebrate a positive end to this year’s rally season at the final WRC event in Wales. Despite Andreas Aigner’s early retirement on the first day, Finland’s Harri Rovanpera achieved P9 in the final standings, which was rewarded with one point for the...

Interesting end to the season WRC Interesting end to the season Ford and Marcus Grönholm won the RAC Rally – Sorry, the Rally Around Cardiff. This is truely a legendary, if not ironic result in Ford’s rally heritage. For Ford the RAC was always something special. Until the late 1970s, even when the WRC was in full swing, ...

Sat December 2, 2006

McRae nets fastest category time WRC McRae nets fastest category time Alister McRae and the RED World Rally Team experienced the full range of emotions in the sport today. The Scotsman guided the Toyota S2000R to its first ever fastest category time in the World Rally Championship on the day's penultimate forest stage, but was then sidelined wit...

Solid performance by Stobart Ford Solid performance by Stobart The Stobart VK M-Sport Ford team continued to impress the watching World Rally Championship with a strong run at the head of the field of Rally Great Britain....

Xavi Pons on verge of podium Citroen Xavi Pons on verge of podium Xevi Pons/Carlos Del Barrio finish a challenging second day on the verge of scoring their first podium in a World Rally Car, having battled through wet and muddy weather that is typical of Wales in December. The Spanish duo are fourth, with less than 25 seconds separating them...

Petter's broken steering dents hopes Subaru Petter's broken steering dents hopes Petter Solberg and Chris Atkinson are still in points-scoring positions after the second leg of Rally GB in south Wales today. Petter and co-driver Phil Mills dropped back from second to third place after clipping a gatepost and damaging their car’s steering on SS11. Chris increa...

Manfred a stunning 2nd after day two Peugeot Manfred a stunning 2nd after day two The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team continues driving on the fast lane at the „Wales Rally GB“, the last run to the FIA World Rally Championship 2006. After day two the Austrian OMV duo Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor lies in sensational second place. Their Norwegian teammates H...

Gronholm stretches lead Ford Gronholm stretches lead BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen extended their lead during today's second leg of Rally GB. The Finns won five speed tests in the forests of south Wales in their Ford Focus RS World Rally Car, and returned to the final overnight halt in Swa...

Solid debut for Toyota S2000 WRC Solid debut for Toyota S2000 Alister McRae enjoyed a solid first day in the RED World Rally Team-run Toyota S2000R, as the Scotsman and the Widnes-based firm became the first to use a Super 2000 rally car on Britain's round of the WRC....

Fri December 1, 2006

Kopecky building up the speed Skoda Kopecky building up the speed The last event in the 2006 World Rally Championship began with the initial leg today. The Czech Rally Team Škoda-Kopecký, comprising the crew of Jan Kopecký and Filip Schovánek in a Škoda Fabia WRC, was also represented in Friday's leg of the Wales Rally. After Friday's six...

Latvala in with podium chance Ford Latvala in with podium chance For the first time in its short history in the sport, the Stobart VK M-Sport team ends the leg of a World Rally Championship event challenging for a podium position. Despite this being his first event in a Ford Focus RS WRC 06, Finland's Jari-Matti Latvala turned in a stunning...

Stohl strong in 3rd Peugeot Stohl strong in 3rd The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team is once again surprising the rally world at the „Wales Rally GB“, the last run to the FIA World Rally Championship. After day one the Austrian OMV Team Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor lies in sensational third overall place. Not to mention tha...

Petter a strong 2nd Subaru Petter a strong 2nd The Subaru World Rally Team ended the opening leg of Rally GB with two cars in the points and with Petter Solberg in a strong second place. At the end of the day, the Norwegian was on top form and set two fastest stages times. On the final run through Rheola, he took eight second...

Sordo and Pons fight back Citroen Sordo and Pons fight back Dani Sordo/Marc Marti and Xevi Pons/Carlos Del Barrio end the day separated by less than a second, in fifth and sixth places respectively. Both drivers overcame small setbacks at the very start of the rally to fight their way back up the order – and this will continue to be the...

Gronholm takes charge again Ford Gronholm takes charge again BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen lead Rally GB after controlling today's opening leg in south Wales. The Finns, winners of six rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship this season, were fastest on four of the six speed tests in their Ford...

Highs and lows on day one Skoda Highs and lows on day one Finland’s Harri Rovanpera had a solid and very consistent performance in the early stages of Wales Rally GB. After posting 10th to 13th fastest times, he is classified tenth overall and stands a good chance of getting into a points-paying position over the course of the next two ...

Kopecky ready for Wales Rally GB Skoda Kopecky ready for Wales Rally GB Jan Kopecký and Filip Schovánek went round the track of the official shakedown four times before the start of the Wales Rally. The rally in Wales rounds off this year's programme for the Czech Rally Team Škoda-Kopecký and also happens to be the last event in the 2006 World Ral...

Thu November 30, 2006

OMV confident after shakedown Peugeot OMV confident after shakedown The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team continued the successful performances of the last months during the shakedown to the “Wales Rally GB”. The Norwegian OMV Team Henning Solberg and Cato Menkerud reached third-best time. Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor (Aut) finished in sixth pl...

Satisfactory shakedown for RB Skoda Skoda Satisfactory shakedown for RB Skoda One day prior to the start of the final WRC event, the shakedown was run today near Swansea on a stage 3.9 kilometres in length. The conditions for the drivers were good, the roads too were in perfect order....

Wed November 29, 2006

RED to make history on Wales Rally GB WRC RED to make history on Wales Rally GB The RED World Rally Team will make history later this week, when it becomes the first team ever to run a Super 2000 car on Britain’s round of the World Rally Championship. Former British champion and global rally superstar Alister McRae will drive the RED Toyota S2000R on the nat...

Tue November 28, 2006

Stohl chasing Sordo Peugeot Stohl chasing Sordo The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team will take up the last run to the FIA World Rally Championship, the Wales Rally GB, from November 29 to December 3 in the Cardiff area with a lot of self-confidence. Manfred Stohl and Henning Solberg have bestowed the OMV Peugeot Norway WRT ...

Sat November 25, 2006

McRae completes Rally GB test WRC McRae completes Rally GB test Alister McRae completed a highly successful two day Rally GB test today in Mid-Wales. Delays in shipping the brand new Toyota S2000 car to the UK, meant that the test planned for earlier in the week had to be postponed. "It was worth the wait" said McRae, "we came here with a cle...

Wilson looking forward to home run Ford Wilson looking forward to home run Cumbrian world rally sensation Matthew Wilson arrives back in Britain after a whirlwind 11 months, taking in 15 countries and 15 rallies on five continents, as the most successful 19-year-old driver ever to compete in the World Rally Championship. Despite only just being out of s...

Petter hoping for muddy GB Subaru Petter hoping for muddy GB As the Subaru World Rally Team heads to south Wales this weekend for Rally GB, it is preparing not only for the final challenge of the season, but also one of the toughest events on the calendar....

Champions want to end season in style Ford Champions want to end season in style Newly-crowned FIA World Rally champions BP-Ford aim to complete the most successful season in their history by ending a long winless streak on next week's Wales Rally GB (30 November - 1 December). After securing the manufacturers' world title earlier this month for the f...

Fri November 24, 2006

Kronos look forward to classic finale Citroen Kronos look forward to classic finale Still often called ‘RAC Rally’ – the legends are persistent – Britain’s FIA WRC round which has become Wales Rally GB, comes back to the traditional wintry date it had held since 1959. The rally fans can only be delighted to experience again an event where the competitors drive t...

Thu November 23, 2006

RB Skoda hoping for strong season finale Skoda RB Skoda hoping for strong season finale Both Skoda Fabia WRCs will be well-prepared for the season finale of this year's World Rally Championship in Cardiff. An additional test in Wales has been organised for this coming Monday with the help of the sponsors. The two team bosses Raimund Baumschlager and Armin Schwarz...

Wed November 8, 2006

Wales Rally GB Fully Subscribed WRC Wales Rally GB Fully Subscribed Largest Wales Rally GB entry for five years could make December’s event the most popular in the 2006 FIA World Rally Championship. The Wales Rally GB entry list, published today, Wednesday 1st November, details 118 Amateur and Professional teams from 32 Countries intending ...

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