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Sat August 30, 2003

Exclusive interview: Ari Vatanen Peugeot Exclusive interview: Ari Vatanen During Rally Finland I bumped into Ari Vatanen several times. Ari had a fun event. He was charged for breaking the speed limit in recce no less than 12 times, which according to Juha Repo was to catch up from all the time they spent in pubs meeting people during recce. What is mo...

Mon August 11, 2003

Fabia completes 500 stage kilometres Skoda Fabia completes 500 stage kilometres Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team co-driver Paavo Lukander will return to the sport in which he made his competition debut to host an ice hockey match to be held at 6pm on Saturday evening at Kuovala Ice Hall. The event raises money for the Ice Hockey Club that works to help youn...

Sun August 10, 2003

Championship In Sights Citroen Championship In Sights Citroën - still in its debut season in the World Rally Championship - has strengthened its position in the World Rally Championship with Citroën Xsara WRC drivers Carlos Sainz and Sébastien Loeb finishing fourth and fifth in the Rally of Finland at the weekend (8-10 August 2003)....

Flying Markko with Another Win Ford Flying Markko with Another Win Ford BP Rallye Sport's Markko Märtin and Michael Park today became only the third non-Nordic drivers to win the Rally Finland in the event's 53-year history. The 27-year-old Estonian and his 37-year-old co-driver powered their Ford Focus RS World Rally Car to victory on th...

All the Risks Pay off for Petter - 2nd! Subaru All the Risks Pay off for Petter - 2nd! Locked in a thrilling battle for second place, Subaru driver Petter Solberg delivered a faultless performance at the wheel of his Impreza today. He set a string of consistently fast times and clinched two stage wins before overturning Richard Burns’ overnight advantage and snatch...

Not quite enough Peugeot Not quite enough For Peugeot sadly only one works car was left and even that suffered from the mysterious wheel bearing problems that emberassingly kept annoying Peugeot all weekend. Thankfully Peugeot has found wheel bearings of an older production batch, therefore on the last leg the problem sh...

Most nailbiting Finnish finish! WRC Most nailbiting Finnish finish! The last leg of Rally Finland 2003 started off with just as much excitement as the previous day provided. Markko Märtin in his fast Ford had a secure lead, yet to the delight of the many Estonian fans he refused to stop attacking and even posted a fastest time on the opening stag...

WRC Two Stages Remain - SS21 Update

Burns Snatches 2nd Back - SS20 WRC Burns Snatches 2nd Back - SS20 Teams return to service now before a repeat of the morning stages. But not before that, SS20 has seen Richard Burns take second place back and the mind games are continuing between the pair. With three stages to go Petter is playing down his chances, but in reality he has every c...

Markko Flying, Petter 2nd - SS19 WRC Markko Flying, Petter 2nd - SS19 Richard Burns was the quickest through the stage by with Petter Solberg only 0.3 seconds slower, Solberg keeps hold of second place overall. Solberg says he is pushing as hard as he can but wants to give more, while Markko Martin admitted he is now in a position to enjoy the rall...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC WRC positions after FIN @ 08:03 AM - Provisional makes: 1st Peugeot 101points / 2nd Citroen 97 / 3rd Ford 60 / 4th Subaru 60 / 5th Skoda 20 / 6th Hyundai 10

WRC WRC positions after FIN @ 08:03 AM - Provisional drivers: 1st Burns 49points / 2nd Sainz 44 / 3rd Grönholm 38 / 4th Solberg 38 / 5th Loeb 37 / 6th Märtin 37 / 7th Mc Rae 28 / 8th Mäkinen 18 / 9th Rovanperä 16 / 10th Duval 11

WRC Markko Wins, Petter Second!! @ 07:38 AM - Absolutely nail biting finish, Petter grabs second in the last kilometres of the last stage! A great win for Markko. 1. Martin 2. Solberg +58.9 3. Burns +1:00.1 4. Sainz +1:59.0 5. Loeb +2:48.7 6. Makinen +3:25.2 7. Tuohino +4:22.9 8. Lindholm 4:39.4 9. Pykalisto +6:23.9 10. Loix +8:19.2 11. Vatanen +11:49.3 12. Schwarz +12:51.5

WRC So Close with 1 to Go! @ 06:48 AM - 1. Martin 2. Burns +1:01.7 3. Solberg +1:03.5 4. Sainz +1:48.5 5. Loeb +2:42.6 6. Makinen +3:17.9 7. Tuohino +4:16.9 8. Lindholm 4:25.7 9. Pykalisto +6:19.5 10. Loix +7:53.0 11. Vatanen +11:26.6 12. Schwarz +12:26.9

WRC Overall After SS21 @ 06:15 AM - 1. Martin 2. Burns +1:02.6 3. Solberg +1:05.7 4. Sainz +1:39.5 5. Loeb +2:34.1 6. Makinen +3:08.3 7. Tuohino +4:00.4 8. Lindholm 4:08.1 9. Pykalisto +6:00.4 10. Loix +7:15.5 11. Vatanen +10:57.2 12. Schwarz +11:39.8

WRC Burns Takes 2nd Back - SS20 @ 04:27 AM - Back to service now. 1. Martin 2. Burns +1:03.7 3. Solberg +1:05.5 4. Sainz +1:35.7 5. Loeb +2:24.9 6. Makinen +3:04.4 7. Tuohino +3:51.6 8. Lindholm 4:03.8 9. Pykalisto +5:51.6 10. Loix +6:58.2 11. Vatanen +10:43.7 12. Schwarz +11:16.7

WRC SS19 Overall Standings @ 03:42 AM - 1. Martin 2. Solberg +1:14.6 3. Burns +1:15.0 4. Sainz +1:23.9 5. Loeb +2:13.5 6. Makinen +2:51.3 7. Tuohino +3:45.2 8. Lindholm 3:54.5 9. Pykalisto +5:42.6 10. Loix +6:34.8 11. Vatanen +9:56.2 12. Schwarz +10:34.5

WRC Carlos in Suspension @ 03:29 AM - Possible suspension problems for Carlos Sainz (7.3s slower) on SS19.

WRC Duval & Valimaki Off on SS19 @ 03:11 AM - Francios Duval & Jussi Valimaki both have had an off on stage 19. Välimäki was the first to go off about 5.5 kms into the stage. Duval then went off at the same place.

WRC SS18 - Petter Makes a Move @ 02:51 AM - 1. Martin 2. Solberg +1:14.8 3. Burns +1:15.5 4. Sainz +1:16.8 5. Loeb +2:08.1 6. Makinen +2:42.8 7. Tuohino +3:38.0 8. Lindholm 3:46.3 9. Pykalisto +5:35.0 10. Loix +6:18.1 11. Duval +8:14.2 12. Vatanen +9:26.4

Sat August 9, 2003

Martin Still Leads for Ford Ford Martin Still Leads for Ford Markko Märtin and Michael Park increased their narrow overnight lead to more than a minute during a gripping second leg of the Rally Finland today. The Ford BP Rallye Sport drivers were engaged in another daylong fight through the fastest speed tests in the FIA World Rally Champ...

Skoda Looking to Rally Australia Skoda Skoda Looking to Rally Australia Stage 13 has again proved to be an unlucky stage for Toni Gardemeister as Škoda Motorsport’s Flying Finn was forced to retire his Fabia WRC from Rally Finland. Toni was on the start line of the stage when the engine stalled and refused to restart, leaving the team no choice but t...

Remaining Xsaras Ready to Fight Citroen Remaining Xsaras Ready to Fight After a difficult second leg of Rally Finland, the Xsaras of Carlos Sainz – Marc Marti and Sébastien Loeb – Daniel Elena returned to Jyväskylä for the overnight halt lying third and fourth respectively. Colin McRae and Derek Ringer did not join their team - mates as their rally e...

Petter in the Thick of it Subaru Petter in the Thick of it The Subaru Imprezas of Tommi Mäkinen and Petter Solberg ran without fault again today and allowed the pair to push hard and improve on their overnight positions. Ending the day with a stage win, Petter Solberg holds fourth overall ahead of tomorrow’s final 100km. It’s extremely t...

Points in sight for Loix & Hyundai Hyundai Points in sight for Loix & Hyundai An eventful second day of Rally Finland saw Hyundai World Rally Team crews Freddy Loix/Sven Smeets, Jussi Välimäki/Jakke Honkanen and Armin Schwarz/Manfred Hiemer finished strongly bringing their Hyundai Accent WRC³s to overnight parc ferme in 10th, 13th and 14th positions respec...

Bearings bear mystery Peugeot Bearings bear mystery What a hugely disappointing day for Peugeot. OK, others had disappointments as well as leg2 of Rally Finland was packed with often terminal drama. This is a strong contrast to leg1, which saw no retirement of a top driver on the stages. But in leg2 already at the finish of the fi...

Leg 2 - An Amazing Day in Finland WRC Leg 2 - An Amazing Day in Finland Such an action packed day in Finland and there is still another day to go! What more could happen!? If you haven't been following it live on wrc-online you've missed out on a great day. The incredible battle between Estonia's Markko Martin and Finland's Marcus Gronhol...

WRC SS17 - Burns Loses Grip

WRC SS16 - McRae Rolls

WRC SS14 - It won't be 4 for Marcus

Markko Stuck in Matrix on SS13 WRC Markko Stuck in Matrix on SS13 Markko Martin has electrical problems with his car after SS13 and is stunned that there were no problems before service. See his quotes below after the stage. He's lying in second still just seconds behind Marcus Gronholm, but two stages remain before the next service and fing...

SS12 - 33kms of Ouninpohja WRC SS12 - 33kms of Ouninpohja After two stages Marcus Gronholm has been fastest on both, but Markko Martin only just behind is putting the pressure on. On the first stage Marcus experienced a slight off which caused only minor damage (see picture). While Richard Burns has a comfortable distance between him an...

WRC SS11 Päijäla Comments

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Standings After Leg 2 @ 11:39 AM - Check out the battle for second/third! 1. Martin 2. Burns +1:13.0 3. Sainz +1:13.3 4. Solberg +1:13.5 5. Loeb +2:02.6 6. Makinen +2:37.4 7. Tuohino +3:25.0 8. Lindholm 3:35.6 9. Pykalisto +5:12.6 10. Loix +5:54.6 11. Duval +7:52.6 12. Vatanen +8:55.7

WRC Burns Lucks Out @ 11:06 AM - Wheel bearing problems as Marcus had and it would seem his challenge to the leader, Markko, is out the window. Amazing stuff with so many things happening.

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