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Mon November 19, 2007

Latvala's podium moves Stobart up Ford Latvala's podium moves Stobart up The Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team have moved up to occupy third place in the FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers thanks to Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila’s magnificent third place at this weekend’s penultimate championship round, Rally Ireland. This result ...

Three Focus' in Ireland top-8 Ford Three Focus' in Ireland top-8 Ford today won the manufacturers' title in the FIA World Rally Championship for the second straight season with the Focus RS World Rally Car. Fourth place for BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen in Rally Ireland was sufficient to ensure the crow...

Citroen Citroen 1-2 puts Loeb back on track

Subaru Petter secures solid 5th

Sun November 18, 2007

NEWS JUST IN

WRC IRL end - Ford is World Champion! @ 02:07 PM - The unofficial provisional results will be shown in a minute in the according section. Loeb wins the rally and takes the drivers championship lead, Ford wins the title.

WRC IRL SS18 - Hirvonen wins stage... @ 11:01 AM - ...and now is only 15.8s down on Latvala's 3rd place. The main battle however seems in groupN. McShae takes the lead in SS17 but Araujo takes it back again here. Unofficial provisional positions after SS18: 1 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 2h53m04s6; 2 - Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +54s3; 3 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +2m02s7; 4 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +2m18s5; 5 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +3m00s8; 6 - Wilks/Pugh, Subaru, 6m07s7; 7 - Wilson/Orr, Ford, +9m51s7; 8 - G.McHale/Harryman, Ford, +10m44s; 9 - Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +13m01s3; 10 - Araujo/Ramalho, Mitsubishi, 15m58s2

WRC IRL SS17 - Longest stage of the day @ 10:23 AM - Top4 trying to keep position Unofficial provisional positions after SS17: 1 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 2h43m59s6; 2 - Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +58s3; 3 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +2m06s9; 4 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +2m33s1; 5 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +3m04s1; 6 - Wilks/Pugh, Subaru, 6m11s1; 7 - Wilson/Orr, Ford, +9m42s1; 8 - G.McHale/Harryman, Ford, +10m37s8; 9 - Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +13m08s1; 10 - McShae/Clarke, Subaru

WRC IRL SS19 - Araujo crashed from gN lead @ 00:51 AM - With 1 short but challenging stage left, the championship contenders really take out speed. Latvala wins stage 5s from Wilks and some 15s ahead of everyone else. Unofficial provisional positions after SS19: 1 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 3h00m19s8; 2 - Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +54s5; 3 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +1m47s8; 4 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +2m15s8; 5 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +2m58s3; 6 - Wilks/Pugh, Subaru, 5m57s8; 7 - Wilson/Orr, Ford, +10m04s1; 8 - G.McHale/Harryman, Ford, +11m07s8; 9 - Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +13m06s; 10 - McShae/Clarke, Subaru, 16m24s6

Sat November 17, 2007

NEWS JUST IN

WRC IRL leg2 - Higgins off @ 04:36 PM - Citroen have a good lead. It looks like groupN leader Mark Higgins had a roll, spoiling his title chances and handing groupN lead and top10 place to Portuguese Armindo Araujo. Unofficial provisional positions after leg2: 1 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 2h30m35s2; 2 - Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +59s3; 3 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +2m08s8; 4 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +2m37s6; 5 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +2m53s2; 6 - Wilks/Pugh, Subaru, 5m52s; 7 - Wilson/Orr, Ford, +9m25s3; 8 - G.McHale/Harryman, Ford, +10m07s7; 9 - Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +13m-and-a-week; 10 - Araujo/Ramalho, Mitsubishi

WRC IRL SS14 - Atkinson wins a stage @ 04:32 PM - As most drivers concentrate on keeping it on the road now. Latvala had an off, though, but lost only 30sec. Unofficial provisional positions after SS14: 1 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 2h13m29s3; 2 - Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +49s6; 3 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +2m09s8; 4 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +2m33s9; 5 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +2m55s7; 6 - Wilks/Pugh, Subaru, 5m25s5; 7 - Wilson/Orr, Ford, +8m48s4; 8 - G.McHale/Harryman, Ford, +9m24s9; 9 - M.Higgins/Martin, Mitsubishi, +ms; 10 - Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +12m-and-a-week

WRC IRL SS13 - Gripping Morning @ 11:03 AM - Well, road conditions were not so gripping on the morning loop. Stohl went off in SS13, Sordo dropped 30s with an overshot on SS12. We have also lost this morning the Ford of Ray Breen and Gareth Jones and the 9th placed Subaru of Tim McNulty. Unofficial provisional positions after SS13: 1 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 2h02m01s1; 2 - Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +50s7; 3 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +1m38s2; 4 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +2m29s1; 5 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +2m41s7; 6 - Wilks/Pugh, Subaru, 5m02s3; 7 - Wilson/Orr, Ford, +8m19s8; 8 - G.McHale/Harryman, Ford, +8m53s; 9 - M.Higgins/Martin, Mitsubishi, +ms; 10 - Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +12m-and-a-week

Fri November 16, 2007

Latvala in podium fight Ford Latvala in podium fight For the second event in a row Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila have finished day 1 in a podium position as they occupy third at this weekend’s Rally Ireland. Stobart VK M-Sport Ford team-mates Matthew Wilson/Michael Orr have kept things consistent to finish the leg in the points...

Petter taking it steady Subaru Petter taking it steady Leg one finished with the Subaru World Rally Team duo of Petter Solberg and Phil Mills lying fifth overall, but with team-mates Chris Atkinson and Xevi Pons both counting the cost of mistakes on the unforgiving Irish stages. ...

Stohl safely in the points Citroen Stohl safely in the points The OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team has successfully weathered one of the most difficult days of this year’s FIA World Rally Championship. After ten of 20 special stages the OMV pair Stohl/Minor lies in excellent seventh overall place and thus safely within scoring ranks. At ...

Perfect start for Citroen Citroen Perfect start for Citroen The first leg of the 15th and penultimate round of the 2007 World rally Championship ended this evening with the two Citroën Sport C4 WRCs in first and second positions. Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena are the overnight leaders, 11.2s ahead of their team-mates Dani Sordo/Marc Mart...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC IRL leg1 - Citroen ahead after day1 @ 05:47 PM - Unofficial provisional positions after leg1: 1 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 1h33m15s9; 2 - Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +11s2; 3 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +1m28s4; 4 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +1m53s2; 5 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +2m19s2; 6 - Wilks/Pugh, Subaru, 4m16s3; 7 - Stohl/Minor, Citroen, +4m41s9; 8 - Wilson/Orr, Ford, +6m45s4; 9 - McNulty/O'Donnell, Subaru, +7m55s9; 10 - G.McHale/Harryman, Ford, +7m59s8

WRC IRL SS8 - Glenboy overshoots @ 04:24 PM - Glenboy the name of the stage, but all of the top drivers had some form of spin or overshot. Henning Solberg even off for good. Unofficial provisional positions after SS8: 1 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 1h19m46s9; 2 - Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +10s4; 3 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +1m13s6; 4 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +1m25s8; 5 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +1m57s1; 6 - Wilks/Pugh, Subaru, +3m21s7; 7 - Stohl/Minor, Citroen, +3m54s5; 8 - Wilson/Orr, Ford, +5m37s7; 9 - McNulty/O'Donnell, Subaru, +6m20s; 10 - G.McHale/Harryman, Ford, +6m58s8

WRC IRL SS7 - Battle for best Ford @ 02:45 PM - Citroens dominate stage, overall Fords of Latvala & Hirvonen only 0.2s apart. Unofficial provisional positions after SS7: 1 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 1h07m50s9; 2 - Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +6s8; 3 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +1m11s6; 4 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +1m11s8; 5 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +1m51s3; 6 - H.Solberg/Bergsten, Ford, +2m08s4; 7 - Wilks/Pugh, Subaru, +2m52s5; 8 - Stohl/Minor, Citroen, +3m13s2; 9 - Wilson/Orr, Ford, +4m58s5; 10 - McNulty/O'Donnell, Subaru, +5m20s5

WRC IRL SS6 - Citroen seem clear for now @ 01:50 PM - Hirvonen's stage time was not fantastic and so for now the Citroen duo is 1min clear after only 5 stages. Unofficial provisional positions after SS6: 1 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 56m53s9; 2 - Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +8s3; 3 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +55s7; 4 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +1m00s2; 5 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +1m37s3; 6 - H.Solberg/Bergsten, Ford, +1m48s7; 7 - Wilks/Pugh, Subaru, +2m25s8; 8 - Stohl/Minor, Citroen, +2m47s1; 9 - Meeke/Nagle, Subaru, +3m35s6; 10 - Wilson/Orr, Ford, +4m02s3

WRC IRL SS5 - 10 little Subarus @ 01:07 PM - Loeb back in lead. Solberg and Meeke engine problems, Atkinson delayed SS4, Pons out SS4, 4 stages run and 4 Subarus in problems, who is next? Unofficial provisional positions after SS5: 1 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 40m44s3; 2 - Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +4s4; 3 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +39s; 4 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +50s6; 5 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +1m19s; 6 - H.Solberg/Bergsten, Ford, +1m25s6; 7 - Wilks/Pugh, Subaru, +2m03s4; 8 - Stohl/Minor, Citroen, +2m15s4; 9 - Meeke/Nagle, Subaru, +3m; 10 - Wilson/Orr, Ford, +3m06s2

WRC IRL SS4 - Bosse out @ 10:25 AM - Bosse went off big towards end of SS4. Until then Loeb was clearly slower than Bosse for his problem and now Sordo leads! Unofficial provisional positions after SS4: 1 - Sordo/Marti, Citroen, 34m20s1; 2 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, +2s2; 3 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +29s3; 4 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +42s8; 5 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +1m00s9; 6 - H.Solberg/Bergsten, Ford, +1m14s3; 7 - Wilks/Pugh, Subaru, +1m27s8; 8 - Meeke/Nagle, Subaru, +1m41s4; 9 - Stohl/Minor, Citroen, +1m51s; 10 - Wilson/Orr, Ford, +2m36s9

WRC IRL SS3 - Up and down in top10 @ 09:42 AM - Very slippery roads from cutting. Loeb struggles on with broken rear suspension and Sordo wins on longest stage of the day. Unofficial provisional positions after SS3: 1 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 23m24s9; 2 - Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +0s5; 3 - Grönholm/Rautiainen, Ford, +4s; 4 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +19s1; 5 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +34s8; 6 - Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +36s3; 7 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +46s6; 8 - Meeke/Nagle, Subaru, +52s4; 9 - H.Solberg/Bergsten, Ford, +53s2; 10 - Wilks/Pugh, Subaru, +1m06s

WRC IRL SS2 - Loeb vs Grönholm @ 09:34 AM - ...but in an unusual twist. Grönholm is on wet tyres, Loeb on slicks and Loeb with a broken rear suspension - he still takes the lead. Unofficial provisional positions after SS2: 1 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 7m37s4; 2 - Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +4s; 3 - Grönholm/Rautiainen, Ford, +5s1; 4 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +9s8; 5 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +17s8; 6 - Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +19s2; 7 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +21s5; 8 - Meeke/Nagle, Subaru, +21s6; 9 - Stohl/Minor, Citroen, +25s; 10 - Solberg/Bergsten, Ford, +25s8

Wed November 14, 2007

Stobart set to make Irish WRC history Ford Stobart set to make Irish WRC history The Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team are set to be a part of history as round 15 of the FIA World Rally Championship heads to Ireland for the first ever time next week. This tarmac event marks the penultimate round of the 2007 WRC series as championship standings begin to heat-...

Stohl aims for the points in Ireland Citroen Stohl aims for the points in Ireland The OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team has prepared itself for the penultimate run to the FIA World Rally Championship, the “Rally Ireland”, at the OMV Rally Waldviertel. Not in a World Rally Car, though, but the approximately 180 special stage kilometres were meant to heighten ...

Ford prepare for title showdown Ford Ford prepare for title showdown BP-Ford World Rally Team heads into the final three weekends of the FIA World Rally Championship season in head-to-head fights for both the manufacturers' and drivers' titles. Two rallies remain in that three-week period and the squad makes the short journey to Rally Irela...

Subaru looking forward to Irish premier Subaru Subaru looking forward to Irish premier Following the long-haul trip to Japan at the end of last month, November takes the Subaru World Rally Team closer to home, to Rally Ireland and the penultimate round of the 2007 World Rally Championship. A new addition to the WRC calendar, this year is the first that Rally Irelan...

Tue November 13, 2007

Citroen hope Irish eyes smile on them Citroen Citroen hope Irish eyes smile on them One thing is certain: the outcome of the 2007 World Rally Championship will be decided in the British Isles, and quite possibly on the first of the season's last two fixtures – the inaugural Rally Ireland – for which Citroën Sport has entered two C4 WRCs for Sébastien Loeb/...

Wed October 24, 2007

Local ace for Fabia WRC on Rally Ireland Skoda Local ace for Fabia WRC on Rally Ireland Irish tarmac ace Eugene Donnelly will drive a Skoda Fabia WRC on Rally Ireland, having purchased the car from Erik Wevers. The 40 year old driver from Maghera is confident in the Fabia's sealed-surface abilties having visited the Tour de Corse last weekend where Skoda regular ...

Thu June 21, 2007

Wanna be WRC Rally Ireland Marshal? WRC Wanna be WRC Rally Ireland Marshal? Rally Ireland has launched a drive to recruit motorsport marshals for the penultimate round of the World Rally Championship, which will take place from the 15th-18th of November....

Loeb on his Irish mission WRC Loeb on his Irish mission It was more than mission accomplished for Sebastien Loeb, co-driver Daniel Elena and the Citroen Sport team in the Shell Donegal International Rally that took place this weekend. The World champion stormed his way to one of the most impressive wins ever witnessed on Irish rallyin...

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