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Sat June 23, 2007

IRC IRC Championsip standings updated

Ypres, just north of Waterloo IRC Ypres, just north of Waterloo Ever seen a rally were until the 14th stage the podium changed every single stage? Ypres Rally has been another proof how brilliant rallying can be with a good set of rules. In a way WRCars are missing. But the excitement was not only fort he different categories of cars being fa...

IRC Ypres - how the fight developped

IRC Crazy morning in Ypres

IRC Cautious start for Jean-Joseph

IRC Ypres SS6 anulled

NEWS JUST IN

IRC B SS18 - Rosetti wins @ 09:09 PM - Last stage was 33km long and won by Larry Cols - but it wasn't enough, Enrique Ojeda was only 0.8s slower and so it is a Peugeot 1-2!

IRC B SS17 - Fight is on for 2nd @ 08:25 PM - Ojeda wins stage and takes 2nd from Cols by 1.4s! 1 stage left and that is 33km long! Positions after SS17: 1 - Rosetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, 2h19m06s1; 2 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +41s2; 3 - Cols/Godde, Mitsubishi, +42s6; 4 - Navarra/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +2m09s9; 5 - Casier/Miclotte, Peugeot, +2m40s3; 6 - Scandola/Pirollo, Fiat Abarth, +3m08s; 7 - Aava/Sikk, Suzuki, +4m35s9; 8 - Snijers/?, Mitsubishi, +5m26s4; 9 - Colsoul/Colsoul, Mitsubishi, +5m44s5 10 - Czopik/Zagorii, Volkswagen, +7m14s9

IRC B SS16 - Now Casier off road! @ 06:29 PM - And such again a new leader, how crazy is this rally? And Travaglia off too! And Iliev off too! And Tsjoen retired with differential problems! And Cols moved into 2nd by 1.1s! And... 2 stages to go! Positions after SS16: 1 - Rosetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, 2h10m28s9; 2 - Cols/Godde, Mitsubishi, +51s; 3 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +52s1; 4 - Navarra/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +2m16s3; 5 - Casier/Miclotte, Peugeot, +2m46s7; 6 - Scabdola/Pirollo, Fiat Abarth, +2m54s1; 7 - Aava/Sikk, Suzuki, +4m29s6; 8 - Snijers/?, Mitsubishi, +5m09s9; 9 - Colsoul/Colsoul, Mitsubishi, +5m33s9 10 - Czopik/Zagorii, Volkswagen, +7m02s8

IRC B SS15 - Diff problems for Tsjoen @ 06:21 PM - Tsjoen drops a lot of time with this. Haha, "a lot of time" on this rally is 9secs! However bad enough indeed to drop a place behind Larry Cols. Positions after SS15: 1 - Casier/Miclotte, Peugeot, 2h02m14s2; 2 - Rosetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +15s3; 3 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +1m05s; 4 - Cols/Godde, Mitsubishi, +1m13s3; 5 - Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, +1m18s2; 6 - Travaglia/Granai, Mitsubishi, +2m07s8; 7 - Navarra/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +2m35s2; 8 - Scandola/Pirollo, Fiat Abarth, +3m09s3; 9 - Aava/Sikk, Suzuki, +ms 10 - Snijers/?, Mitsubishi, +ms

IRC B SS14 - What no change? @ 05:52 PM - SS14 is the first stage of the whole event without change in the podium places! Scandola reports engine problem at end of stage. Positions after SS14: 1 - Casier/Miclotte, Peugeot, 1h55m10s1; 2 - Rosetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +11s; 3 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +1m03s7; 4 - Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, +1m08s4; 5 - Cols/Godde, Mitsubishi, +1m12s4; 6 - Travaglia/Granai, Mitsubishi, +2m; 7 - Navarra/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +2m34s; 8 - Scandola/Pirollo, Fiat Abarth, +3m00s6; 9 - Aava/Sikk, Suzuki, +ms 10 - Snijers/, Mitsubishi, +ms

IRC B SS13 - How close can it get?! @ 05:32 PM - When is the first stage we won't see podium changes? The top6 cars on this 16km SS13 were within 3sec - and still Ojeda and Tsjoen swapped 3rd place once again! Positions after SS13: 1 - Casier/Miclotte, Peugeot, 1h49m26s9; 2 - Rosetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +7s; 3 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +1m01s1; 4 - Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, +1m03s6; 5 - Cols/Godde, Mitsubishi, +1m12s9; 6 - Travaglia/Granai, Mitsubishi, +1m46s9; 7 - Navarra/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +2m18s8; 8 - Scandola/Pirollo, Fiat Abarth, +2m48s; 9 - Aava/Sikk, Suzuki, +4m02s2 10 - Snijers/?, Mitsubishi, +4m33s8

IRC B SS12 - yet another new leader! @ 03:35 PM - OK, this was the long 33km Heuvelland stage, but still what an amazing rally! New leader is Casier, 7.5s ahead of previous leader Rosetti now. Also in battle for 3rd, before the stage Ojeda 1.6s ahead of Tsjoen, now Tsjoen 1.1s ahead of Ojeda! Positions after SS12: 1 - Casier/Miclotte, Peugeot, 1h40m18s8; 2 - Rosetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +7s5; 3 - Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, +1m00s3; 4 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +1m01s4; 5 - Cols/Godde, Mitsubishi, +1m16s1; 6 - Travaglia/Granai, Mitsubishi, +1m47s5; 7 - Navarra/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +2m00s6; 8 - Scandola/Pirollo, Fiat Abarth, +2m33s3; 9 - Aava/Sikk, Suzuki, +3m46s9 10 - Iliev/Yanakiev, Mitsubishi, +4m30s

IRC B SS11 - Ojeda wins stage... @ 03:02 PM - ...and overtakes Tsjoen to another Peugeot 1-2-3. Positions after SS11: 1 - Rosetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, 1h20m40s3; 2 - Casier/Miclotte, Peugeot, +9s5; 3 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +1m05s; 4 - Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, +1m06s6; 5 - Cols/Godde, Mitsubishi, +1m19s9; 6 - Travaglia/Granai, Mitsubishi, +1m33s3; 7 - Navarra/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +1m55s6; 8 - Scandola/Pirollo, Fiat Abarth, +2m06s4; 9 - Aava/Sikk, Suzuki, +ms

IRC B SS10 - Vouilloz and Loix out @ 01:13 PM - and watch Princen in the FWD Clio in the wet! Loix reports engine problems on his Volkswagen, Peugeot driver Vouilloz has gone off. Positions after SS10: 1 - Rosetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, 1h11m59s3; 2 - Casier/Miclotte, Peugeot, +10s4; 3 - Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, +1m06s9; 4 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +1m08s7; 5 - Cols/Godde, Mitsubishi, +1m22s3; 6 - Travaglia/Granai, Mitsubishi, +1m30s9; 7 - Navarra/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +1m58s1; 8 - Scandola/Pirollo, Fiat Abarth, +2m00s6; 9 - Aava/Sikk, Suzuki, +3m09s0

IRC B SS9 - leader Tsjoen drops @ 00:28 AM - We have a new leader as Tsjoen loses over a min with an off! Positions after SS9: 1 - Rosetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, 1h03m52s3; 2 - Casier/Miclotte, Peugeot, +10s8; 3 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +18s2; 4 - Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, +1m03s1; 5 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +1m05s4; 6 - Cols/Godde, Mitsubishi, +1m21s7; 7 - Travaglia/Granai, Mitsubishi, +1m22s6; 8 - Navarra/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +1m52s9; 9 - Scandola/Pirollo, Fiat Abarth, +1m56s7; 10 - Loix/Buymans, Volkswagen, +2m19s1

IRC B SS8 - Mixing it @ 00:19 AM - SS7 stage times came in delayed. Also SS7 it started to rain after 4 cars, making the first 4 drivers un stage untouchable. SS8 Casier attacks and puts other Peugeots under pressure. Positions after SS8: 1 - Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, 56m28s5; 2 - Rosetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +9s2; 3 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +14s6; 4 - Casier/Miclotte, Peugeot, +14s7; 5 - Travaglia/Granai, Mitsubishi, +1m01s4; 6 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +1m01s5; 7 - Cols/Godde, Mitsubishi, +1m20s9; 8 - Navarra/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +1m43s7; 9 - Scandola/Pirollo, Fiat Abarth, +1m50s; 10 - Loix/Buymans, Volkswagen, +2m26s

Fri June 22, 2007

B leg1 - Dramatic day in Ypres IRC B leg1 - Dramatic day in Ypres This series just proves to be absolutely mega exciting. Belgian Pieter Tsjoen in his Fiat Abarth Grande Punto has never led the rally all day, but wins the leg! He is chased by 4 Peugeots, but they also were not the story of the day! For the first 4 stages it was a battle between...

IRC Ypres on EuroSport

NEWS JUST IN

IRC B SS5 - troubled leaders @ 09:12 PM - It looks like Navarra has hit problems in SS5. More as we get it. And Loix too! What a twist! Positions after SS5: 1 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 41m15s4; 2 - Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, +1s5; 3 - Rosetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +6s1; =4 - Travaglia/Granai, Mitsubishi, +8s4; =4 - Casier/Miclotte, Peugeot, +8s4; 6 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +18s1; 7 - Cols/Godde, Mitsubishi, +35s; 8 - Navarra/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +40s9; 9 - Scandola/Pirollo, Fiat Abarth, +44s; 10 - Snijers/?, Mitsubishi, +1m37s2 19 - Loix

IRC B SS4 - the leading duo @ 08:52 PM - Loix & Navarra swapped lead again. Fight for 3rd is great too with superb times for Casier and Ojeda in this stage. Positions after SS4: 1 - Loix/Buymans, Volkswagen, 33m10s3; 2 - Navarra/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +0s6; 3 - Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, +18s4; 4 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +24s2; 5 - Rosetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +28s1; 6 - Casier/Miclotte, Peugeot, +32s3; 7 - Travaglia/Granai, Mitsubishi, +32s5; 8 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +36s3; 9 - Cols/Godde, Mitsubishi, +51s9; 10 - Scandola/Pirollo, Fiat Abarth, +58s1

IRC B SS3 - very much Navarra vs Loix @ - Sola lost near a min in SS3. This 22km long stage seems different, Princen (Clio R3) in the fastest 2WD moves from 17th to 12th, but the best gN Lancers of Travaglia and Cols drop places. Positions after SS3: 1 - Navarra/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, 14m16s8; 2 - Loix/Buymans, Volkswagen, +3s9; 3 - Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, +14s1; 4 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +21s1; 5 - Rosetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +25s8; 6 - Travaglia/Granai, Mitsubishi, +26s4; 7 - Casier/Miclotte, Peugeot, +30s6; 8 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +34s3; 9 - Cols/Godde, Mitsubishi, +40s8; 10 - Scandola/Pirollo, Fiat Abarth, +52s4

IRC B SS2 - Loix and VW take lead @ - ...but only by the narrowest possible margin. Positions after SS2: 1 - Loix/Buymans, Volkswagen, 14m16s8; 2 - Navarra/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +0s1; 3 - Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, +4s6; 4 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +4s7; 5 - Travaglia/Granai, Mitsubishi, +8s; 6 - Cols/Godde, Mitsubishi, +11s; 7 - Rosetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +12s8; 8 - Casier/Miclotte, Peugeot, +13s4; 9 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +14s2; 10 - Scandola/Pirollo, Fiat Abarth, +26s6

IRC B Ypres SS1 - Navarra and Loix @ - Strong start for new VW, but Navarra wins 1st stage. The Abarth of Volkan Isik (6th in Turkey) dropped 2min for unknown reasons. Positions after SS1: 1 - Navarra/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, 6m37s3; 2 - Loix/Buymans, Volkswagen, +2s8; 3 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +4s7; 4 - Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, +6s3; 5 - Travaglia/Granai, Mitsubishi, +6s9; =6 - Cols/Godde, Mitsubishi, +7s1; =6 - Casier/Miclotte, Peugeot, +7s1; 8 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +8s2; 9 - Rosetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +9s2; 10 - Toth/Behar, Peugeot, +14s4

Thu June 21, 2007

Rally Ypres itinerary - watch it here IRC Rally Ypres itinerary - watch it here Sorry, I will find it hard to hide my sarcasm. Well, I like what I see! OK, I guess for David Richards and ISC this will be a boring rally, impossible to show on TV. I mean it is dark, isn't it? Malcolm Wilson also told us have you ever seen nice footage in the dark? Well, let...

Tue June 19, 2007

First quotes from IRC Ypres IRC First quotes from IRC Ypres Oh how much I wish to live somewhere near a town with a mayor who has such attitude, follows rallying actively and sees the true potential of rallying like this! From the other quotes it looks like this is a race, not a rally. I am also not sure on the "Racing" Director's comm...

Mon June 18, 2007

Jean-Joseph ready for Belgium IRC Jean-Joseph ready for Belgium Simon Jean-Joseph and Jack Boyère's European campaign makes a port of call in Belgium next weekend for the 43rd Belgium Ypres Westhoek Rally. The French crew will be looking for a top result with their Citroën C2 Super 1600 which is built and run by PH Sport in association ...

Thu June 14, 2007

Ypres organizers confirm entry details IRC Ypres organizers confirm entry details Thanks to the AC Targa Florio, the Ypres Rally organisers, to send us this additional, detailed information: Ten days to go. In a bit more than a week, the 43th edition of the Belgium Ypres Westhoek Rally will set off. And the 2007 race looks exceptionally promising....

Tue June 12, 2007

Strong entry expected for Ypres IRC Strong entry expected for Ypres The Belgium Rally Ypres is making its final preparations, prior to the start of the all-asphalt event that takes place from June 21-24. The definitive entry list, which will be published this week on www.ypresrally.com, is set to feature some star names....

Mon June 4, 2007

Kronos prepare for IRC debut IRC Kronos prepare for IRC debut The Belgium-based Kronos team, which took Sebastien Loeb to the World Rally Championship last year, will prepare for its assault on the Intercontinental Rally Challenge with a one-day test on June 13....

Wed May 30, 2007

Abarth prepare for Ypres IRC Abarth prepare for Ypres The Abarth team, based in Italy, has completed five days of testing with the Grande Punto on asphalt, as it gears up to the first sealed-surface round of the IRC in Belgium....

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