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Tue August 26, 2008

Rossetti laments Barum puncture IRC Rossetti laments Barum puncture Italian driver Luca Rossetti (pcitured), who won the opening two rounds of the IRC this year, has admitted that his chances of claiming the title have suffered a major setback on the Barum Rally Zlin. Rossetti ran as high as third, but a puncture at the end of the opening day mea...

Sun August 24, 2008

Loix takes Barum win IRC Loix takes Barum win Peugeot Belgium driver Freddy Loix has claimed his second IRC win of the season on the Barum Rally Zlin, round six of this year’s series. The result has boosted him up to third overall in the standings, and also increased Peugeot’s lead of the manufacturers championship....

Barum: Peugeot 9 out of 10 IRC Barum: Peugeot 9 out of 10 Renato Travaglia spoiled Peugeot’s party. Had it not been for Renato Travaglia finishing 5th in his Abarth Grande Punto, the top10 would have been exclusive to Peugeot! This doesn’t change the championship situation being about to be closed. On the next event Peugeot only needs t...

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IRC CZ end - Top3 unchanged after all @ 01:31 PM - Loix wins, Vouilloz recovers and keeps 2nd, Odlozilik takes top10 on last stage. Final positions (subject to last road section and scrutineering): 1st= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, 2h24m24s3; 2nd= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +59s9; 3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +1m09s6; 4th= Valousek/Hruza, Peugeot, +2m23s4; 5th= Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +2m26s2; 6th= Toth/Tagai, Peugeot, +3m13s9; 7th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +4m09s1; 8th= Petak/Benesova, Peugeot, +6m08s3; 9th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +6m22s5; 10th= Odlozilik/Odlozilik, Peugeot, +6m45s7 More results and championship tables in the according web site event/points sections soon!

IRC CZ SS12 - Vouilloz & Ojeda in the wars @ 10:34 AM - The mechanical problems for Vouilloz (driveshaft, 30sec) and Ojeda (unknown, another 4min) carry on. Alen retires again. Odlozilik drops outside top10. Positions after SS12: 1st= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, 1h54m51s7; 2nd= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +55s6; 3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +1m34s8; 4th= Valousek/Hruza, Peugeot, +2m19s; 5th= Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +2m38s2; 6th= Toth/Tagai, Peugeot, +2m54s3; 7th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +3m45s3; 8th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +4m17s; 9th= Petak/Benesova, Peugeot, +5m23s2; 10th= Kostka/Krecman, Fiat Abarth, +5m56s8

IRC CZ SS11 - Deciding stage for Loix! @ 10:24 AM - Not only for Loix, but Vouilloz dropped 20s. Travaglia makes up 2 places for Abarth, as he overtakes Toth on driving, plus Ojeda dropped 5min to 15th place for an unidentified problem. Casier crashed the Volkswagen. Positions after SS11: 1st= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, 1h42m13s9; 2nd= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +24s9; 3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +1m40s4; 4th= Valousek/Hruza, Peugeot, +2m14s; 5th= Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +2m39s2; 6th= Toth/Tagai, Peugeot, +2m44s7; 7th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +3m43s8; 8th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +3m58s6; 9th= Odlozilik/Odlozilik, Peugeot, +4m18s9; 10th= Petak/Benesova, Peugeot, +5m02s1

IRC CZ SS10 - Volkswagen drops down @ 10:19 AM - Leg2 starts with Casier in the Polo dropping outside the top10. Grzyb in the Abarth did not re-start. Vouilloz closes gap Positions after SS10: 1st= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, 1h30m03s; 2nd= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +2s7; 3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +1m41s8; 4th= Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +1m49s8; 5th= Valousek/Hruza, Peugeot, +2m09s9; 6th= Toth/Tagai, Peugeot, +2m27s9; 7th= Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +2m34s3; 8th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +3m37s8; 9th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +3m42s7; 10th= Odlozilik/Odlozilik, Peugeot, +4m01s2

IRC CZ SS14 - Vouilloz v Bouffier showdown @ 00:43 AM - Vouilloz seems to have more problems, while Bouffier posted an absolute stunner of a stage time. This means for the last stage we have excitement, as Bouffier is now only 6sec behind Vouilloz. However 2 years ago Bouffier had an embarrassing crash on this long stage. Also Kostka's top01 place under threat. Positions after SS14: 1st= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, 2h11m47s9; 2nd= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +1m16s6; 3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +1m23s1; 4th= Valousek/Hruza, Peugeot, +2m17s2; 5th= Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +2m32s4; 6th= Toth/Tagai, Peugeot, +3m08s4; 7th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +3m53s5; 8th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +4m47s8; 9th= Petak/Benesova, Peugeot, +5m52s2; 10th= Kostka/Krecman, Fiat Abarth, +6m29s5

IRC CZ SS13 - Short stage, settled situation @ 00:13 AM - Positions after SS13: 1st= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, 1h59m36s2; 2nd= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +57s6; 3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +1m36s4; 4th= Valousek/Hruza, Peugeot, +2m20s9; 5th= Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +2m41s8; 6th= Toth/Tagai, Peugeot, +3m01s5; 7th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +3m49s2; 8th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +4m24s3; 9th= Petak/Benesova, Peugeot, +5m31s3; 10th= Kostka/Krecman, Fiat Abarth, +6m06s7

Sat August 23, 2008

Not Abarths rally-but Peugeots title? IRC Not Abarths rally-but Peugeots title? This really doesn’t look like Abarth’s season. So far Peugeot has won every IRC event this year. Peugeot may have a very good car, but so does Abarth. On most rounds so far at least Giandomenico Basso has proven that he can go the speed of the Peugeots in his Abarth Grande Punto ...

IRC Barum: TV Times IRC IRC Barum: TV Times The Barum Rally Zlin, 6th round of this years IRC, gets underway on Friday evening with a long spectator superspecial stage around the city streets before the first full day of action on Saturday. The tv shows begin Saturday evening as detailed below, all times are CET (one hour ...

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IRC CZ leg1 - Rossetti punctures @ 04:51 PM - He stopped to change, damage 3min. Bouffier gets 1min time penalty. 6min time loss for leading Abarth of Grzyb. Except gap 1st - 2nd being only 4s, this now is not only a Peugeot Party, but the gaps have now become rather large. Positions after leg1: 1st= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, 1h25m16s2; 2nd= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +4s; 3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +1m39s8; 4th= Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +1m46s6; 5th= Valousek/Hruza, Peugeot, +2m07s4; 6th= Toth/Tagai, Peugeot, +2m20s1; 7th= Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +2m29s8; 8th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +3m31s7; 9th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +3m41s1; 10th= Casier/Miclotte, Volkswagen, +3m54s1

IRC CZ SS8 - More Peugeot Party @ 04:22 PM - Best non-Peugeot is now the Abarth of Grzegorz Grzyb and Przemyslaw Mazur - and that is no joke! Positions after SS8: 1st= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, 1h09m56s5; 2nd= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +9s2; 3rd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +28s; 4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +41s7; 5th= Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +1m32s1; 6th= Valousek/Hruza, Peugeot, +1m50s4; 7th= Toth/Tagai, Peugeot, +2m01s2; 8th= Grzyb/Mazur, Fiat Abarth, +2m10s9; 9th= Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +2m13s3; 10th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +3m00s4

IRC CZ SS7 - Peugeot top7 @ 03:40 PM - Positions after SS7: 1st= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, 1h03m27s6; 2nd= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +6s7; 3rd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +26s1; 4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +39s3; 5th= Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +1m14s; 6th= Valousek/Hruza, Peugeot, +1m34s4; 7th= Toth/Tagai, Peugeot, +1m44s1; 8th= Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +1m54s1; 9th= Grzyb/Mazur, Fiat Abarth, +1m57s9; 10th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +2m34s1

IRC CZ SS6 - All non-Peugeots retire @ 03:00 PM - It's Peugeot party as Basso (Abarth), Alen (Abarth) and Pech (Mitsubishi) all retire in service with gearbox problems! New leader too. Positions after SS6: 1st= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, 56m23s4; 2nd= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +4s3; 3rd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +19s8; 4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +29s8; 5th= Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +1m04s9; 6th= Valousek/Hruza, Peugeot, +1m23s1; 7th= Toth/Tagai, Peugeot, +1m27s7; 8th= Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +1m38s6; 9th= Grzyb/Mazur, Fiat Abarth, +1m42s4; 10th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +2m16s6

IRC CZ SS5 - Again not Abarth's rally! @ 11:48 AM - Basso punctures and drops 2min just as he looked like catching up! Alen also missing at stage end. Not Abarth's season. Even for Peugeot it can't be fun if incidents make it that easy! Further Pech drops a min in his Mitsubishi, he could have been the dark horse in the rain that is expected later today. Positions after SS5: 1st= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 46m36s7; 2nd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +4s7; 3rd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +14s1; 4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +25s5; 5th= Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +49s2; 6th= Valousek/Hruza, Peugeot, +1m06s4; 7th= Toth/Tagai, Peugeot, +1m09s9; 8th= Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +1m19s6; 9th= Grzyb/Mazur, Fiat Abarth, +1m22s7; 10th= Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +1m37s6

IRC CZ SS4 - Vouilloz consistant @ 11:36 AM - This time stage win for Rossetti ahead of Bouffier and Basso. Such Vouilloz doesn't win stages but remains firmly in the lead. All positions change behind top3. Positions after SS4: 1st= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 31m02s2; 2nd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +2s9; 3rd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +8s6; 4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +29s1; 5th= Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +31s5; 6th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +39s3; 7th= Valousek/Hruza, Peugeot, +41s4; 8th= Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +42s6; 9th= Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +51s5; 10th= Toth/Tagai, Peugeot, +52s7

IRC CZ SS3 - Loix's battle @ 10:12 AM - Loix won both stages so far today but can't take lead. Positions after SS3: 1st= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 24m19s9; 2nd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +0s7; 3rd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +12s6; 4th= Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +27s1; 5th= Valousek/Hruza, Peugeot, +30s1; 6th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +32s4; 7th= Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +34s8; 8th= Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +35s2; 9th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +42s; 10th= Toth/Tagai, Peugeot, +43s7

IRC CZ SS2 - Favourite Kresta crashed! @ 10:05 AM - Local hero Roman Kresta crashed his new Peugeot 207. The accident was not severe, both crew are fine but out of the rally. It happened mid stage, just before an open hairpin. Apart from top3, everything changes in top10. Positions after SS2: 1st= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 17m08s5; 2nd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +1s2; 3rd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +4s4; 4th= Valousek/Hruza, Peugeot, +20s3; 5th= Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +21s1; 6th= Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +22s9; 7th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +24s9; 8th= Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +28s2; 9th= Toth/Tagai, Peugeot, +29s4; 10th= Kostka/Krecman, Fiat Abarth, +31s2

Fri August 22, 2008

Barum Rally Zlin live online tv IRC Barum Rally Zlin live online tv Rally fans will be able to see all the action from the Barum Rally Zlin on the internet first, thanks to a series of exclusive live internet broadcasts. These broadcasts – bringing the action direct from the service park near Zlin – will be available on the official IRC series we...

Vouilloz looks to stay out of trouble IRC Vouilloz looks to stay out of trouble The current IRC series leader Nicolas Vouilloz believes that keeping out of trouble is the key to success on this weekend´s Barum Rally Zlin, which he won last year....

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IRC CZ SS1 - Spectacular opener @ 10:01 PM - Barum Rally kicked off with a spectacular, 9km night stage, 3 laps through Zlin town centre! Bad start for works Abarth, Basso spins and is 28th, Alen 21st. Positions after SS1: 1st= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 7m09s9; 2nd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +1s8; 3rd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +4s2; 4th= Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +7s1; 5th= Kresta/Gross, Peugeot, +9s2; 6th= Valousek/Hruza, Peugeot, +10s6; 7th= Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +13s6; 8th= Casier/Miclotte, Volkswagen, +14s1; 9th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +14s8; 10th= Betti/Barone, Peugeot, +15s

Thu August 21, 2008

Barum Rally Zlin: Preview IRC Barum Rally Zlin: Preview The sixth round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge is the Barum Rally Zlin in the Czech Republic, which for several years has also been a mainstay of the European Rally Championship. The stages are all run on asphalt, but this is a far from typical asphalt rally....

Wed August 20, 2008

Valousek tests BFG 207 IRC Valousek tests BFG 207 Czech driver Pavel Valousek has had his first taste of the Peugeot 207 S2000 that he will drive on his native Barum Rally Zlin at the end of the month. Valousek, who previously competed on the Junior World Rally Championship, was awarded the drive as part of the BFGoodrich Dri...

Tue August 19, 2008

Kresta picks a Peugeot for Barum IRC Kresta picks a Peugeot for Barum Former World Rally Championship driver Roman Kresta, who was one of the fastest drivers on the Barum Rally Zlin last year, has chosen a Peugeot 207 S2000 run by the Tescoma Rally Team for his home round of the IRC next weekend (pictured). The Czech driver is also in a position to...

Garcia-Ojeda looks forward to IRC return IRC Garcia-Ojeda looks forward to IRC return The reigning IRC champion, Enrique Garcia Ojeda (pictured), is looking forward to his return to the series on the Barum Rally Zlin next weekend. Nonetheless, the Spaniard hopes to contest even more IRC rounds this year prior to a full-time return to the series in 2009....

Mon August 18, 2008

Record S2000 entry for Barum IRC Record S2000 entry for Barum The Barum Rally Zlin, which takes place as round six of the IRC in the Czech Republic next week, has witnessed a record number of 22 Super 2000 cars taking the start. This smashes the previous record for the number of Super 2000 machines to start an IRC event....

Wed August 13, 2008

Fabia S2000 confirmed for Barum Skoda Fabia S2000 confirmed for Barum Škoda Motorsport has been working on a new racing car which would take up the successes of the team in recent past. Škoda Fabia Super 2000 was exposed in the start and finish during Rally Bohemia and will appear at Barum Rally as a zero car, driven by Jan Kopecký. This informatio...

Sun July 27, 2008

Valousek wins Czech BFG drive IRC Valousek wins Czech BFG drive Czech driver Pavel Valousek, aged 29, has been chosen to drive the BFGoodrich-backed Peugeot 207 S2000 on the Barum Rally Zlin in the Czech Republic, the sixth round of the IRC from August 22-24....

Mon July 21, 2008

24 drivers compete for Barum 207 IRC 24 drivers compete for Barum 207 A total of 24 applications have been received from crews wishing to drive the BFGoodrich Drivers’ Team Peugeot 207 S2000 on the forthcoming Barum Rally Zlin (August 22-24). A secret ballot will take place on July 24 in Prague to select the crew that will be given the opportuni...

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