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Sun May 11, 2008

Campos close to a points finish! IRC Campos close to a points finish! Miguel Campos and Paulo Babo were lying eighth overall with their BFGoodrich- and Portugal-liveried Peugeot 207 S2000 on this weekend's Rally de Portugal when they were cruelly sidelined 45km from home on the road section back to the end-of-rally parc ferme in the Algarve Stad...

Kopecky grabs silver in Portugal IRC Kopecky grabs silver in Portugal Excellent result in the form of a silver finish was achieved by the crew Jan Kopecký-Petr Starý with their Peugeot 207 S2000 belonging to the Motorsport Kopecký team in Rally de Portugal. The second race of this year's Intercontinental Rally Challenge circuit had a very even a...

Sat May 10, 2008

Rally de Portugal - Results & Quotes IRC Rally de Portugal - Results & Quotes Peugeot Italy driver Luca Rossetti has maintained his 100% success rate on the IRC by winning the Vodafone Rally de Portugal. This marks Rossetti’s fourth victory on the IRC (following on from Ypres and Sanremo in 2007, as well as Istanbul this year) from four participations a...

Rossetti ticks off Portugal too IRC Rossetti ticks off Portugal too In strong contrast to Portugal day1, on the final day the lead did not change quite as often. In fact, on day1 we had a new leader after every single stage. On day2 the lead remained firmly with Luca Rossetti all the way through. This did not make the rally less action and drama ...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC P end - Rossetti wins again! @ 04:39 PM - But it was far from an easy win. Basso takes Hänninen. Aigner wins last stage by a large margin, it was the first real muddy stage on the event. End result (pending on scrutineering): 1 - Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, 2h57m50s1; 2 - Kopecky/Stary, Peugeot, +45s8; 3 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +1m37s8; 4 - Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +2m18s7; 5 - Hänninen/Markkula, Mitsubishi, +2m21s2; 6 - Magalhaes/Castro, Peugeot, +3m11s6; 7 - Stohl/Minor, Peugeot, +3m51s3; 8 - Campos/Babo, Peugeot, +4m32s3; 9 - Aigner/Wicha, Mitsubishi, +8m09s5; 10 - Peres/Silva, Mitsubishi, +10m46s4

IRC P SS12 - One stage to go @ 03:53 PM - Rossetti now pacing himself, but watch Basso trying to snatch 4th from Hänninen. Positions after SS11: 1 - Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, 2h40m15s6; 2 - Kopecky/Stary, Peugeot, +43s8; 3 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +2m08s2; 4 - Hänninen/Markkula, Mitsubishi, +2m38s8; 5 - Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +2m42s7; 6 - Magalhaes/Castro, Peugeot, +3m19s; 7 - Stohl/Minor, Peugeot, +4m16s9; 8 - Campos/Babo, Peugeot, +4m35s8; 9 - Aigner/Wicha, Mitsubishi, +8m51s5; 10 - Lopez/Cortinhas, Subaru, +10m37s8

IRC P SS11 - Now Auriol and Sola out! @ 03:11 PM - Sadly "newcomer" Didier Auriol retired from 3rd place with broken suspension. Daniel Sola didn't even start the stage, despite just entering the top10, his engine problems got worse and the team withdrew. Watch battle Stohl vs Campos. Positions after SS11: 1 - Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, 2h23m35s9; 2 - Kopecky/Stary, Peugeot, +1m08s; 3 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +2m32s5; 4 - Hänninen/Markkula, Mitsubishi, +2m57s4; 5 - Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +3m14s5; 6 - Magalhaes/Castro, Peugeot, +3m45s; 7 - Stohl/Minor, Peugeot, +4m47s6; 8 - Campos/Babo, Peugeot, +4m48s1; 9 - Aigner/Wicha, Mitsubishi, +9m12s7; 10 - Lopez/Cortinhas, Subaru, +10m13s7

IRC P SS9 - Duval threatens Peugeots @ 10:47 AM - Duval fighting for lead, Tirabassi out from 6th. Positions after SS9: 1 - Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, 1h54m21s3; 2 - Duval/Pivato, Fiat Abarth, +9s3; 3 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +21s3; 4 - Kopecky/Stary, Peugeot, +42s5; 5 - Auriol/Giraudet, Fiat Abarth, +1m51s5; 6 - Hänninen/Markkula, Mitsubishi, +2m27s; 7 - Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +3m21s6; 8 - Magalhaes/Castro, Peugeot, +3m26s1; 9 - Campos/Babo, Peugeot, +4m09s1; 10 - Stohl/Minor, Peugeot, +4m39s6

IRC P SS8 - New day, old leader @ 10:24 AM - There is a first, no change of lead. Despite road sweeping, Rossetti consolidates lead, Duval gets closer to Vouilloz, Basso takes Magalhaes. Positions after SS8: 1 - Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, 1h38m22s2; 2 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +18s4; 3 - Duval/Pivato, Fiat Abarth, +21s4 4 - Kopecky/Stary, Peugeot, +44s1; 5 - Auriol/Giraudet, Fiat Abarth, +1m24s7; 6 - Tirabassi/Gordon, Peugeot, +1m26s1; 7 - Hänninen/Markkula, Mitsubishi, +2m19s7; 8 - Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +3m27s9; 9 - Magalhaes/Castro, Peugeot, +3m30s1; 10 - Campos/Babo, Peugeot, +3m51s7

IRC P SS10 - Now Rossetti alone @ 00:06 AM - At mid day point everything changes again. Charging Duval out, Vouilloz drops 3min with a puncture. Auriol now up to 3rd, but Vouilloz has very good chance to improve from 5th again. Positions after SS10: 1 - Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, 2h11m04s; 2 - Kopecky/Stary, Peugeot, +47s; 3 - Auriol/Giraudet, Fiat Abarth, +2m25s3; 4 - Hänninen/Markkula, Mitsubishi, +2m39s5; 5 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +2m41s3; 6 - Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +3m14s9; 7 - Magalhaes/Castro, Peugeot, +3m32s6; 8 - Campos/Babo, Peugeot, +4m37s; 9 - Stohl/Minor, Peugeot, +4m49s8; 10 - Sola/Sanchez, Fiat Abarth, +7m09s1

Fri May 9, 2008

Every single stage a new leader! IRC Every single stage a new leader! These days we keep expecting IRC events to be mega exciting rallies, yet they never cease to amaze. Rally Portugal has a really strong entry list too. There has been plenty of drama and retirements. And yet there is still easily a handful of drivers able to win this rally. I reme...

Kopecky a solid 4th after leg one IRC Kopecky a solid 4th after leg one Friday's program of Rally de Portugal, the second race of this year's Intercontinental Rally Challenge circuit, included six special stages. Following the Thursday's super special spectator stage the Jan Kopecký-Petr Starý crew with the Peugeot 207 S2000 bearing the colo...

Rossetti leads at end of day one IRC Rossetti leads at end of day one Peugeot Italy driver Luca Rossetti leads after the opening day of the Vodafone Rally de Portugal, following an intense battle in which the lead changed at the end of every one of today’s seven stages....

NEWS JUST IN

IRC P leg1 - Again new leader @ 05:08 PM - Every stage new leader, Rossetti retakes it from Vouilloz by 2.4s before last day. Positions after leg1: 1 - Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, 1h26m06s5; 2 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +2s4; 3 - Duval/Pivato, Fiat Abarth, +15s7 4 - Kopecky/Stary, Peugeot, +39s4; 5 - Auriol/Giraudet, Fiat Abarth, +1m02s8; 6 - Tirabassi/Gordon, Peugeot, +1m11s6; 7 - Hänninen/Markkula, Mitsubishi, +1m53s; 8 - Magalhaes/Castro, Peugeot, +3m16s4; 9 - Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +3m23s5; 10 - Campos/Babo, Peugeot, +3m26s2

IRC P SS6 - New leader every single stage! @ 04:06 PM - Such a packing rally, Loix out, Basso and Stohl slowed with punctures, Duval looks like taking lead with fantastic time, but then is Rosetti 12s faster and Vouilloz even faster than that! Positions after SS6: 1 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 1h14m02s3; 2 - Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +1s5; 3 - Duval/Pivato, Fiat Abarth, +14s4 4 - Kopecky/Stary, Peugeot, +36s1; 5 - Auriol/Giraudet, Fiat Abarth, +56s3; 6 - Tirabassi/Gordon, Peugeot, +1m04s9; 7 - Hänninen/Markkula, Mitsubishi, +1m42s; 8 - Sousa/Magalhaes, Mitsubishi, +2m44s1; 9 - Campos/Babo, Peugeot, +3m09s4; 10 - Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +3m13s8

IRC P SS5 - Loix punctures, Duval storms @ 03:09 PM - The rally remains action packed. Loix outside top10 now. Duval sets storming time and moves past previous leader Vouilloz, however leader now is Rossetti - by just 0.7s. Positions after SS5: 1 - Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, 58m50s8; 2 - Duval/Pivato, Fiat Abarth, +0s7; 3 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +2s6 4 - Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +14s; 5 - Kopecky/Stary, Peugeot, +17s5; 6 - Stohl/Minor, Peugeot, +27s8; 7 - Tirabassi/Gordon, Peugeot, +31s9; 8 - Auriol/Giraudet, Fiat Abarth, +41s7; 9 - Hänninen/Markkula, Mitsubishi, +1m17s8; 10 - Sousa/Magalhaes, Mitsubishi, +1m56s2

IRC P SS3 - Loix up 2, Rossetti down 2 @ 11:40 AM - ...and Stohl down 3. New leader with Bruno Magalhaes. "Youngster" Didi Auriol also with impressive time. Positions after SS3: 1 - Magalhaes/Castro, Peugeot, 31m33s2; 2 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +2s7; 3 - Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +8s6; 4 - Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +10s4; 5 - Rosetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +16s7; 6 - Duval/Pivato, Fiat Abarth, +26s3; 7 - Kopecky/Stary, Peugeot, +32s9; 8 - Stohl/Minor, Peugeot, +38s4; 9 - Tirabassi/Gordon, Peugeot, +47s4; 10 - Auriol/Giraudet, Fiat Abarth, +51s3

IRC P SS2 - Alen already out.... @ 10:48 AM - ...with suspected transmission failure. Also local hero Armindo Araujo retired with a blown turbo on his Mitsubishi. Otherwise as close as we expected, mega fight! Positions after SS2: 1 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 15m59s9; 2 - Magalhaes/Castro, Peugeot, +2s3; 3 - Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +9s2; 4 - Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +10s3; 5 - Stohl/Minor, Peugeot, +14s1; 6 - Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +16s3; 7 - Duval/Pivato, Fiat Abarth, +16s6; 8 - Tirabassi/Gordon, Peugeot, +23s8; 9 - Kopecky/Stary, Peugeot, +25s; 10 - Campos/Babo, Peugeot, +26s3

IRC P SS4 - Bad stage for locals! @ 00:48 AM - Magalhaes loses his lead, dropping all the way to 15th with an off. Campos and Fontes also drop minutes, latter with transmission problems. Vouilloz back in the lead. Positions after SS4: 1 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 43m59s7; 2 - Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +5s9; 3 - Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +9s; 4 - Duval/Pivato, Fiat Abarth, +20s6; 5 - Kopecky/Stary, Peugeot, +27s8; 6 - Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +35s8; 7 - Stohl/Minor, Peugeot, +39s3; 8 - Tirabassi/Gordon, Peugeot, +47s; 9 - Auriol/Giraudet, Fiat Abarth, +53s2; 10 - Hänninen/Markkula, Mitsubishi, +1m14s9

Thu May 8, 2008

Rally de Portugal is go! IRC Rally de Portugal is go! The Vodafone Rally de Portugal has got off to a rapid start at the spectator superspecial in downtown Faro, which was attended by thousands of fans. The 1.3-kilometre long stage, opened up by two-time World Champion Marcus Gronholm in the zero car, contained a tight and twisty...

Rossetti tops shakedown IRC Rossetti tops shakedown The area around Loulé started to feel all the emotions of the Vodafone Rally of Portugal this morning, with the usual shakedown that formed a final opportunity for the drivers test their cars before the official start this evening near the historic town of Faro....

Tue May 6, 2008

SJJ looks to confirm C2-R2 pace Citroen SJJ looks to confirm C2-R2 pace The third round of the European programme of Simon Jean-Joseph, Jack Boyère and the PH Sport prepared Citroën C2-R2 MAX will take place on the Rally of Portugal this weekend. The Citroën crew will once again be relying on experience, talent and its BFGoodrich tyres to continue ...

Sun May 4, 2008

Rally Portugal: BFGoodrich preview IRC Rally Portugal: BFGoodrich preview The people of Portugal have long been passionate about their motor sport and BFGoodrich has notched up an impressive list of international successes in the country on events like the Rally Transiberico, the Rally de Portugal and the Rali Vinho Madeira, as well as on the Dakar whi...

Sat May 3, 2008

Rally de Portugal - Preview IRC Rally de Portugal - Preview Round two of this year’s IRC takes place on the Rally Portugal, which is based in the Algarve city of Faro. The rally also contains the most impressive entry list yet to be seen on an IRC event, with former World Champion Didier Auriol amongst the leading entries and two-time ...

Thu April 24, 2008

Stohl set for Portugal IRC Stohl set for Portugal Well-known Austrian Manfred Stohl (pictured) is to make his debut on the Intercontinental Rally Challenge on the Rally Portugal - where he will drive a Peugeot 207 S2000 for the first time....

Sat April 19, 2008

Loix buoyed by pre-Portugal test IRC Loix buoyed by pre-Portugal test Peugeot Belgium driver Freddy Loix has been buoyed by a pre-Portugal test in the south of France, following his disappointment on the Istanbul when he lost nearly four minutes with a puncture on the opening morning. Loix’s test in Plan de la Tour concentrated particularly on i...

Wed April 16, 2008

Campos awarded BFG drive in Portugal IRC Campos awarded BFG drive in Portugal Portuguese driver Miguel Campos has won the race to join the ´BFGoodrich drivers team´ - so he will drive this specially-liveried Peugeot 207 S2000 on his native Portugal Rally from May 8-10....

Tue April 15, 2008

Stars line up for Portugal IRC Stars line up for Portugal The Rally de Portugal, round two of the IRC that takes place from May 8-10, will feature the most star-studded line-up yet to be seen in the history of the series. For a start, two-time World Rally Champion Marcus Gronholm will be driving the zero car (which covers all the sta...

Fri April 11, 2008

Sola aims for stronger run in Portugal IRC Sola aims for stronger run in Portugal After his sixth place finish on the opening round of the 2008 Intercontinental Rallye Challenge, Spaniard Dani Sola was satisfied with his debut in a Punto and looks forward to making progress on the Rally de Portugal next month....

Mon March 31, 2008

Gronholm to drive course car in Portugal IRC Gronholm to drive course car in Portugal Two-time World Champion Marcus Gronholm will drive the course car on the Vodafone Rally de Portugal, the second round of the IRC that takes place from May 8-10. “It’s an honour to come back to Portugal, on one of the best rallies in the world,” he said. “I hope to help put on ...

Tue March 11, 2008

BFG drivers' team in Portugal IRC BFG drivers' team in Portugal BFGoodrich and Kronos Racing will offer a free drive to an up-and-coming national driver on the Intercontinental Rally Challenge’s Vodafone Rally de Portugal from May 8-10....

Mon March 10, 2008

Portugal 08:  Rally of a new generation IRC Portugal 08: Rally of a new generation This year the Vodafone Rally of Portugal will be part of a vanguard competition designated as IRC (Intercontinental Rally Challenge). This automobile competition is an excellent way for the promotion and effective divulgation of sponsors and supporters. The event will have, thr...

Fri March 7, 2008

Duval set to join bumper Portugal entry IRC Duval set to join bumper Portugal entry Francois Duval confirmed late yesterday that he has entered the Rally de Portugal, second round of this year's IRC (Intercontinental Rallye Challenge). The talented Belgian will pilot a Fiat Grande Punto with navigator Patrick Pivato. Duval has rallied the Punto before, taking...

Sat February 23, 2008

New superspecial for Portugal IRC New superspecial for Portugal The Vodafone Rally de Portugal, round two of this year’s IRC from May 9-10, will get off to a spectacular start with an all-new spectator superspecial stage run around the historic streets of Faro – the rally’s host town. The two-kilometre stage will run on Thursday night as th...

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