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Sun September 2, 2007

Fifth for Latvala in NZ Ford Fifth for Latvala in NZ All three members of the Stobart M-Sport Ford rally team have successfully finished inside the top ten at this weekend's Rally New Zealand, round eleven of the FIA World Rally Championship....

Good final day for Stohl Citroen Good final day for Stohl It was at least a conciliatory ending for the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team at the “Rally New Zealand”. The third day went mainly according to plan which was mirrored by the times of OMV pair Stohl/Minor. But more than a move up from 16th to 12th place was not possible. Yet...

Subaru Atkinson wins battle for 4th

Ford Gronholm wins Sunday showdown

Citroen A memorable fight for Loeb

NEWS JUST IN

WRC NZ SS17 - Now Grönholm lead again @ 02:47 AM - Bosse retakes lead, tiny gap, only SSS left. Also Atkinson passes Latvala. Unofficial provisional positions after SS17: 1 - Grönholm/Rautiainen, Ford, 3h50m01s; 2 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, +0s7; 3 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +1m40s4; 4 - Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +2m30s7; 5 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +2m33s4; 6 - Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +3m39s6; 7 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +3m54s6; 8 - Aava/Sikk, Mitsubishi, +9m11s1; 9 - H.Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +9m52s5; 10 - Wilson/Orr, Ford, +10m15s

WRC NZ SS16 - It's getting close @ 02:06 AM - Loeb's lead trimmed to only 0.2s! It is thought Loeb and Grönholm are on different tyres and the 30km Whaanga Coast could also be less dry. Unofficial provisional positions after SS16: 1 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 3h29m28s7; 2 - Grönholm/Rautiainen, Ford, +0s2; 3 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +1m33s3; 4 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +2m24s6; 5 - Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +2m28s8; 6 - Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +3m32s4; 7 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +3m47s; 8 - Aava/Sikk, Mitsubishi, +8m45s1; 9 - H.Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +9m36s9; 10 - Wilson/Orr, Ford, +9m45s2

WRC NZ SS15 - Gap reduced again @ 01:35 AM - Short stage only, but Marcus beats Séb by 0.6s. Unofficial provisional positions after SS15: 1 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 3h21m43s6; 2 - Grönholm/Rautiainen, Ford, +2s3; 3 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +1m32s9; 4 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +2m23s2; 5 - Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +2m27s2; 6 - Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +3m30s4; 7 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +3m44s2; 8 - Aava/Sikk, Mitsubishi, +8m35s7; 9 - H.Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +9m31s8; 10 - Wilson/Orr, Ford, +9m38s3

WRC NZ SS14 - Whaanga Coast Classic @ 00:15 AM - Whaanga Coast is a real classic, 30km winding along coast, you will see photos. The stage could only be included for now we have a remote(!) service, no clover leaf, next stage after service in 50min from now! On Whaanga Coast half way point Grönholm was 1.8s ahead of Loeb, but in the end Loeb beat Grönholm by 2.4s! Fight Latvala vs Atkinson also good! Unofficial provisional positions after SS14: 1 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 3h19m03s3; 2 - Grönholm/Rautiainen, Ford, +2s9; 3 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +1m32s9; 4 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +2m22s5; 5 - Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +2m27s2; 6 - Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +3m29s4; 7 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +3m43s7; 8 - Aava/Sikk, Mitsubishi, +8m29s8; 9 - H.Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +9m29s4; 10 - Wilson/Orr, Ford, +9m36s1

Sat September 1, 2007

Latavla battling hard in NZ Ford Latavla battling hard in NZ Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila continue to show phenomenal pace this year as they move up into fourth position after leg 2 of Rally New Zealand. In a fierce battle with Chris Atkinson all day, Latvala had the edge with a perfect tyre choice all the way to the final stage to fi...

Stohl tests during leg two Citroen Stohl tests during leg two The OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team completed the second day at the “Rally New Zealand” comparatively problem-free. But the thrill is gone. Following the slip on day one tactics have changed. Since a top result has become impossible for Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor they now d...

Chris battling for 4th Subaru Chris battling for 4th The second leg of Rally New Zealand ended this evening with Subaru World Rally Team drivers Chris Atkinson and Stephane Prevot locked in a thrilling, nip-and-tuck battle for fourth with Ford’s Flying Finn, Jari-Matti Latvala....

Loeb flies into the lead Citroen Loeb flies into the lead Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena will start the final day of the 2007 Rally New Zealand in the lead with their Citroën C4 WRC. Saturday's six stages, which were contested at a blistering pace, saw them take command while their team-mates Dani Sordo and Marc Marti completed t...

Sunday showdown ahead for Marcus Ford Sunday showdown ahead for Marcus BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen face a thrilling final leg showdown tomorrow with arch rival Sébastien Loeb as the victory battle on Rally New Zealand reached a remarkable intensity today. The Finns start the last day of this 11th round of th...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC NZ SS13 - Loeb retakes lead! @ 11:38 PM - What an amazing ding dong battle. Grönholm took the lead in 1st stage today by only 01.s. Now Loeb is back in the lead, but also only by 0.5s! How was that, the Sunday legs are boring, let's get rid of them? Unofficial provisional positions after SS13: 1 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 2h58m02s5; 2 - Grönholm/Rautiainen, Ford, +0s5; 3 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +1m20s5; 4 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +2m10s6; 5 - Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +2m20s; 6 - Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +3m04s5; 7 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +3m32s9; 8 - Aava/Sikk, Mitsubishi, +7m43s6; 9 - Wilson/Orr, Ford, +8m54s7; 10 - H.Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +9m02s3

WRC NZ SS12 - Grönholm back in lead! @ 11:00 PM - Short stage, heavy rain, Grönholm retakes lead by smallest possible margin! Unofficial provisional positions after SS12: 1 - Grönholm/Rautiainen, Ford, 2h50m08s1; 2 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, +0s1; 3 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +1m16s2; 4 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +2m04s; 5 - Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +2m15s4; 6 - Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +2m55s2; 7 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +3m27s3; 8 - Aava/Sikk, Mitsubishi, +7m26s4; 9 - Wilson/Orr, Ford, +8m40s1; 10 - H.Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +8m51s

WRC NZ leg2 - Amazing Loeb! @ 05:51 AM - More amazing ding dong battle, Séb Loeb takes the rally lead on the very last split of the leg! And 7 stages tomorrow, proper day! Unofficial provisional positions after leg2: 1 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 2h47m25s1; 2 - Grönholm/Rautiainen, Ford, +1s7; 3 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +1m12s5; 4 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +2m02s3; 5 - Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +2m12s8; 6 - Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +2m49s4; 7 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +3m25s9; 8 - Aava/Sikk, Mitsubishi, +7m17s2; 9 - Wilson/Orr, Ford, +8m34s8; 10 - H.Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +8m45s2

WRC NZ SS10 - Ding Dong Battle @ 05:09 AM - Hot battle for the lead all stage between Grönholm and Loeb. Excitement should stay the same. This stage was Te Akau South at 32km, Next stage is Te Akau North at 32km! Unofficial provisional positions after SS10: 1 - Grönholm/Rautiainen, Ford, 2h30m21s6; 2 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, +3s7; 3 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +1m01s; 4 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +1m50s4; 5 - Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +2m00s2; 6 - Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +2m25s9; 7 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +2m53s3; 8 - Aava/Sikk, Mitsubishi, +6m28s6; 9 - Wilson/Orr, Ford, +7m35s9; 10 - H.Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +8m07s

WRC NZ SS8 - Loeb hits back big! @ 00:36 AM - Amazing stage time by Loeb on this 32km Franklin classic. Grönholm's lead shrinks from 14.9s to 3.6s only! H.Solberg delayed with a clogged radiator. Unofficial provisional positions after SS8: 1 - Grönholm/Rautiainen, Ford, 2h09m01s6; 2 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, +3s6; 3 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +54s5; 4 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +1m46s4; 5 - Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +1m50s3; 6 - Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +2m08s; 7 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +2m36s4; 8 - Aava/Sikk, Mitsubishi, +5m47s4; 9 - Wilson/Orr, Ford, +6m42s9; 10 - H.Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +7m42s1

Fri August 31, 2007

All Stobarts in top 10 Ford All Stobarts in top 10 All three Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team crews have finished inside the top-ten after day 1 of Rally New Zealand, round eleven of the FIA World Rally Championship. Charging on were Finns Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila who currently occupy fifth position....

Loeb in close persuit of Gronholm Citroen Loeb in close persuit of Gronholm The first leg of the 2007 Rally New Zealand ended this evening with Sébastien Loeb, Daniel Elena and their Citroën C4 WRC on the second step of the overnight podium and in the immediate wake of the provisional leader. Dani Sordo and Marc Martí are currently sixth with the second ...

Stohl slips up on leg one Citroen Stohl slips up on leg one OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team and Manfred Stohl were flat out of luck on leg one of Rally New Zealand....

Chris pleased with overnight 4th Subaru Chris pleased with overnight 4th Subaru World Rally Team driver Chris Atkinson holds fourth position overall at the end of the first leg of Rally New Zealand. With Petter Solberg in seventh spot, the team has two cars within the top ten....

Great start for Gronholm WRC Great start for Gronholm BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen controlled today's opening leg of Rally New Zealand to lead from start to finish in their Focus RS World Rally Car. The Finns dominated the morning to win both speed tests and build a lead they maintained ov...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC NZ SS7 - Thanks Possum @ 11:47 PM - SS7 is named after the dearly missed NZ rally star Possum Bourne. On the first 2 stages this morning no major changes though, except Latvala passing Atkinson. Unofficial provisional positions after SS7: 1 - Grönholm/Rautiainen, Ford, 1h47m34s6; 2 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, +14s9; 3 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +52s4; 4 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +1m34s2; 5 - Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +1m37s6; 6 - Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +1m51s9; 7 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +2m09s2; 8 - H.Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +2m41s2; 9 - Aava/Sikk, Mitsubishi, +4m01s; 10 - Wilson/Orr, Ford, +5m18s4

WRC NZ Leg 1 - Loeb in Ford Sandwich @ 07:59 AM - Only Stohl and Pons' falter during the leg changed positions with any significance. Unofficial provisional positions after Leg 1 (5 stages): 1 - Grönholm/Rautiainen, Ford, 1h27m20.1s; 2 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, +13.0s; 3 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +49.2s; 4 - Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +1m21.4s; 5 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +1m29.2s; 6 - Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +1m33.5s; 7 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +1m33.5s; 8 - H.Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +2m17.2s; 9 - U.Aava/K.Sikk, Mistubishi(N), +3m26.6s 10 - M.Wilson/M.Orr , Ford, +4m29.7s

WRC NZ SS2 - 43km of Waitomo... @ 01:11 AM - ...without major drama. Rain making first on road advantage. Unofficial provisional positions after SS2: 1 - Grönholm/Rautiainen, Ford, 42m28s3; 2 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, +14s8; 3 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +33s6; 4 - Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +45s8; 5 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +53s; 6 - Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +59s6; 7 - Pons/Amigo, Subaru, +1m06s9; 8 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +1m12s1; 9 - H.Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +1m24s; 10 - Stohl/Minor, Citroen, +1m33s2

WRC NZ SS1 - Bosse boss of NZ @ 00:16 AM - Convincing start by Grönholm. Gaps behind him quite big. Tho next stage is one of the longest of the season at 43km. Tho at moment wet roads make 1st on road (Grönholm) a big advantage. Unofficial provisional positions after SS1: 1 - Grönholm/Rautiainen, Ford, 13m40s5; 2 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, +7s2; 3 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +13s6; 4 - Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +15s5; 5 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +20s4; 6 - Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +25s6; 7 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +28s1; 8 - Pons/Amigo, Subaru, +28s7; 9 - Stohl/Minor, Citroen, +33s8; 10 - H.Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +35s

Thu August 30, 2007

Citroen head south for NZ challenge Citroen Citroen head south for NZ challenge This week sees World Rally Championship regulars make the long-haul trip to the other side of the planet for the eleventh round of the 2007 series, the Rally New Zealand. Citroën Sport has entered two C4 WRCs for the event, for Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena and Dani Sordo/Marc M...

Wed August 29, 2007

OMV Hungry for success in NZ Citroen OMV Hungry for success in NZ The OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team has no intention of resting on its laurels. Following Francois Duval’s second place in Germany Manfred Stohl now plans to take care of a top result on gravel. An opportunity to achieve this will present itself from August 30 to September 2 ...

BP Ford counts on gravel form Ford BP Ford counts on gravel form BP-Ford World Rally Team heads to New Zealand for the third rally in just five weekends intent on maintaining its outstanding form on gravel. Victory on the last three loose surface events with the Ford Focus RS World Rally Car has propelled the team into the lead of both the ma...

Subaru ready for smooth NZ gravel Subaru Subaru ready for smooth NZ gravel Two weeks after the smooth asphalt of Germany, the WRC returns to gravel once more for the 37th Rally New Zealand. The stunning gravel roads of Hamilton are like rollercoasters that carve through the lush green countryside of the North Island. Heavily cambered, they favour the br...

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