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Sun September 5, 2010

True international IRC mix for Yokohama IRC True international IRC mix for Yokohama In difference to the WRC, the IRC provides an open, competitive field for tyre manufacturers. BFGoodrich, Pirelli & Yokohama are all even official partners to the series, while Hankook prominently supports a team. Yokohama is mainly represented through Peugeot Turkey’s lady drive...

Sun August 29, 2010

Skoda wins title with luckiest podium Skoda Skoda wins title with luckiest podium Skoda is the new IRC World Champion! And since the IRC exists fully, Skoda is the first manufacturer ever to defeat Peugeot. They did so in style, though on this rally Peugeot was unlucky. I am not checking all the history stats now, but Skoda in Zlin 2010 must be about the lucki...

Loix maintains perfect record with Barum win IRC Loix maintains perfect record with Barum win Freddy Loix has become the most successful driver in the history of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge by taking a record-breaking sixth win and his third in as many starts this season after a dramatic climax to Barum Czech Rally Zlin today (Sunday) when the lead changed hands ...

Wittmann satisfied with Barum finish Peugeot Wittmann satisfied with Barum finish It was a great relief when Franz Wittmann/Klaus Wicha (Peugeot 207 S2000) crossed the finish ramp of the Barum Rally on Sunday in Zlin. For after three retirements this season, reaching the finish had not only been the professed goal but also a boost for the self-confidence. Even...

Skoda claim IRC title with perfect result Skoda Skoda claim IRC title with perfect result The 40th Barum Czech Rally Zlín was dominated by Škodas Fabia Super 2000. The ninth Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) event and at the same time the sixth Czech championship event of this season was affected by fast-changing weather conditions, with sunny moments...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC CZ end - Bouffier crashes on last SS! @ 01:50 PM - In an all or nothing attack Bryan Bouffier has thrown away a possible IRC win for Peugeot on Skoda's home soil about half way through the last stage. This now gives Freddy Loix 3 wins in 3 IRC starts this year! To add to Peugeot's hoes, Valousek passes Meeke with wrong tyres on last stage! Final results (after SS16)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 2h31m31s;
2nd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +25s;
3rd= Valousek/Hruza, Skoda, +1m20s2;
4th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m57s6;
5th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +2m33s9;
6th= Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +3m07s4;
7th= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +3m41s1;
8th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Ford, +5m18s;
9th= Kostka/Houst, Skoda, +6m13s1;
10th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +6m52s2

IRC CZ SS16 - And now Loix leads! @ 01:39 PM - And again fortunes turned rapidly. Now Bouffier with a slow time on the penultimate stage and Loix takes the lead. If Bouffier's form was the wet, Loix can make it 3 win in 3 starts, as the weather in Zlin has brightened up a lot now. But even Loix's time wasn't brilliant in SS16. Loix leads by 3.8s with only one 20km stage left. Results after SS16:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 2h20m44s3;
2nd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +3s8;
3rd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +21s8;
4th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m06s1;
5th= Valousek/Hruza, Skoda, +1m24s5;
6th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +2m22s5;
7th= Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +2m48s3;
8th= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +3m34s1;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Ford, +5m07s;
10th= Odlozilik/Turecek, Skoda, +5m24s1

IRC CZ SS15 - Bouffier beat Skoda at home? @ 01:17 PM - Bouffier sees his chance and took a full 4s out of Loix. That would be a sensation if Peugeot could beat Skoda on their home soil with Bouffier. In those mixed conditions, a dangerous attack. Results after SS15:
1st= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, 2h16m24s3;
2nd= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +7s2;
3rd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +35s1;
4th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m14s8;
5th= Valousek/Hruza, Skoda, +1m34s;
6th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +2m35s5;
7th= Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +2m51s6;
8th= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +3m39s5;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Ford, +5m18s8;
10th= Kostka/Houst, Skoda, +5m34s

IRC CZ SS14 - Rain claims Kopecky's reign @ 01:06 PM - Drama for the local fans! As predicted in the mid day update, mixed weather maxes this fight far from over. Rally dominator Jan Kopecky slid wide in rain and damaged the car too much to continue. The lead goes to Peugeot's Bryan Bouffier, who however leads only 3.2s from stage winner Freddy Loix. Josef Beres also crashed out. Results after SS14:
1st= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, 2h10m18s9;
2nd= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +3s2;
3rd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +23s4;
4th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m13s1;
5th= Valousek/Hruza, Skoda, +1m26s2;
6th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +2m28s;
7th= Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +2m37s3;
8th= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +3m29s3;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Ford, +5m05s7;
10th= Kostka/Houst, Skoda, +5m12s9

IRC CZ mid leg2 update @ 11:14 AM - The morning loop has been dry and sunny, though surprisingly cold. However as the cars reach service just now, there is a short but strong shower. Seems to ease again, but the sky is full of dark clouds. This means the rally is still wide open. With only 4 stages left, all in 1 loop, there is a 50/50 chance of rain and the finale turns a roulette.

IRC CZ SS13 - Puncture for Pech @ 11:09 AM - And another amazing stage win by Valousek, he snatches 6th back from puncture hampered Pech. Loix under pressure. Bouffier pulls away from him with 2nd fastest stage time, Hänninen is catching him fast. Results after SS13:
1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 1h56m07s6;
2nd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +26s;
3rd= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +30s5;
4th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +36s1;
5th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m11s;
6th= Valousek/Hruza, Skoda, +1m45s3;
7th= Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +2m22s7;
8th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +2m30s5;
9th= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +3m20s5;
10th= Odlozilik/Turecek, Skoda, +4m41s3

IRC CZ SS12 - Kopecky shows his authority @ 11:06 AM - Kopecky wins stage narrowly and confirms his lead. Valousek now only 0.2s behind Pech. Results after SS12:
1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 1h45m30s3;
2nd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +26s7;
3rd= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +27s6;
4th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +34s9;
5th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m11s1;
6th= Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +1m50s8;
7th= Valousek/Hruza, Skoda, +1m51s;
8th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +2m27s9;
9th= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +3m17s2;
10th= Kostka/Houst, Skoda, +4m21s7

IRC CZ SS11 - Bouffier wins stage @ 08:51 AM - Vaclav Pech comes to within 0.3s of Mitsubishi's 1st stage win of the season. All this means reshuffles. Pech regains the 6th place he just lost to Valousek. Bouffier takes 2nd from Loix. Results after SS11:
1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 1h41m41s1;
2nd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +24s2;
3rd= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +24s4;
4th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +33s7;
5th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m07s1;
6th= Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +1m46s7;
7th= Valousek/Hruza, Skoda, +1m48s5;
8th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +2m22s5;
9th= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +3m12s5;
10th= Kostka/Houst, Skoda, +4m13s9

IRC CZ SS10 - Valousek fastest by far @ 08:40 AM - Skoda's CZ championship driver Pavel Valousek must have had something in his cafe this morning. Hänninen, Loix and Bouffier were all within 0.7s of each other on that 25km stage, Valousek beat the lot by over 7s! Meeke has put in a shlow-ish time. Looks like he is only going for a finish now. Orsak, top10 here yesterday and in Monte Carlo, crashed. Results after SS10:
1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 1h35m36s7;
2nd= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +24s1;
3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +24s4;
4th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +30s4;
5th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m01s;
6th= Valousek/Hruza, Skoda, +1m43s3;
7th= Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +1m46s6;
8th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +2m16s5;
9th= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +3m07s2;
10th= Odlozilik/Turecek, Skoda, +3m47s1

Sat August 28, 2010

Kopecky heading for IRC glory in rain IRC Kopecky heading for IRC glory in rain Jan Kopecky and co-driver Petr Stary are on course to repeat their Barum Czech Rally Zlin victory of 2009 after completing the opening, rain-hit leg of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge counter with a lead of 28.2 seconds....

NEWS JUST IN

IRC CZ leg1 - Big stage with changes @ 04:26 PM - Times are slower than the morning, but the Skodas of Hänninen and Kopecky make identical times. Mixed conditions, both tyres good. However the stunner time came from Loix, who passes Bouffier, while Hänninen passes Meeke. proton lost both cars in successive stages now, this time mechanical. Results after leg1 (SS9):
1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 1h22m12s7;
2nd= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +28s2;
3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +28s5;
4th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +35s2;
5th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +49s7;
6th= Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +1m44s3;
7th= Valousek/Hruza, Skoda, +1m55s2;
8th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +2m09s6;
9th= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +2m48s5;
10th= Odlozilik/Turecek, Skoda, +3m25s

IRC CZ SS8 - Hänninen wins weather games @ 03:50 PM - SS6 was drying out, 7 dry, 8 wet. And it seems Skoda plays an interesting tyre game. Kopecky won SS7, beating i.e. Hänninen by 12.7s, Hänninen won SS8, beating Kopecky by 9.8s. Seems Hänninen on wet, Kopecky on dry tyres. Longest stage of the rally next with 50% chance of rain. Cronin crashed his Proton. Results after SS8:
1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 1h05m05s;
2nd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +22s6;
3rd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +31s9;
=4th= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +35s;
=4th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +35s;
6th= Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +1m22s9;
7th= Valousek/Hruza, Skoda, +1m47s3;
8th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +2m05s2;
9th= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +2m48s5;
10th= Odlozilik/Turecek, Skoda, +2m51s6

IRC CZ SS7 - Kopecky replies @ 03:08 PM - Kopecky wins stage from Loix and such he pulls further away from Hänninen and the Peugeots. Ex-Peugeot driver Loix gets dangerous for Peugeopt's championship elect Meeke. Results after SS7:
1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 57m43s9;
2nd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +28s3;
3rd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +32s6;
4th= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +32s7;
5th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +44s8;
6th= Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +1m03s9;
7th= Valousek/Hruza, Skoda, +1m46s8;
8th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +2m05s;
9th= Orsak/Vajik, Mitsubishi, +2m25s9;
10th= Odlozilik/Turecek, Skoda, +2m37s4

IRC CZ SS6 - Stage win for Pavel Valousek! @ 02:16 PM - Fantastic stage win for Skoda's young CZ championship pilot. Fast Freddy woke up too, only 0.2s down after the morning saw the Ypres and Madeira winner down in 5th. Kopecky, Hänninen and Meeke are in 6-8th places in this stage. It seems a very short shower just before the stage got live helped to this. Results after SS6:
1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 49m36s3;
2nd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +23s2;
3rd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +28s;
4th= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +31s;
5th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +32s1;
6th= Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +53s9;
7th= Valousek/Hruza, Skoda, +1m40s6;
8th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +1m52s;
9th= Orsak/Vajik, Mitsubishi, +2m11s2;
10th= Odlozilik/Turecek, Skoda, +2m18s2

IRC CZ leg1 mid day weather update @ 01:51 PM - The roads are still mostly dry, as all morning, but it is cold and so overcast that it is nearly worth putting on the light pods. Anything but a odd showers, even heavy ones, in the coming loop would be a big surprise. With 4 stages in one loop, the last one being the biggest of the whole rally, this is going to be a real roulette.

IRC CZ SS5 - Hänninen off, Kresta out @ 11:39 AM - It was only a minor off for Hänninen, but with over half a minute lost Kopecky has a clear lead over Bouffier - who only 2 stages ago was down in 9th! Kresta has crashed in the early part of the stage, he was 5th before. Results after SS5:
1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 44m14s3;
2nd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +24s2;
3rd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +25s9;
4th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +30s2;
5th= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +35s5;
6th= Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +37s1;
7th= Valousek/Hruza, Skoda, +1m45s3;
8th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +1m52s;
9th= Orsak/Vajik, Mitsubishi, +2m15s6;
10th= Odlozilik/Turecek, Skoda, +2m15s6

IRC CZ SS4 - Hänninen becomes asphalt threat @ 10:56 AM - Hänninen wins the short SS4 by 5s! Neuville has stopped in this stage. Next stage is at near 30km the longest of the rally. Results after SS4:
1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 27m15s3;
2nd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +1s;
3rd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +20s4;
4th= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +21s6;
5th= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +27s6;
6th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +28s3;
7th= Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +30s;
8th= Valousek/Hruza, Skoda, +42s4;
9th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +46s;
10th= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +56s7

IRC CZ SS3 - Bouffier drops time @ 09:59 AM - Bouffier spun into a field. Nothing too dramatic but enough to drop from 3rd to 9th for now. Meeke passes Loix. Strong times for locals Kresta and Pech. For Kopecky it is a hat-trick of stage wins. Results after SS3:
1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 20m07s3;
2nd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +6s2;
3rd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +10s3;
4th= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +11s7;
5th= Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +17s1;
6th= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +21s8;
7th= Neuville/Klinger, Peugeot, +23s2;
8th= Valousek/Hruza, Skoda, +23s4;
9th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +23s9;
10th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +34s

IRC CZ SS2 - Kopecky starts day with win @ 09:16 AM - Narrow stage win. Bouffier overtakes Meeke and Loix. Fontana stopped briefly on stage. Weather is much cooler than previous days after last night's rain, but dry now. To show how technical and long last nights SSS was, this SS2 is same distance but over 2min faster. Results after SS2:
1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 12m17s8;
2nd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +5s;
3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +7s5;
4th= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +8s3;
5th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +9s;
6th= Neuville/Klinger, Peugeot, +12s2;
7th= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +12s5;
8th= Valousek/Hruza, Skoda, +13s3;
9th= Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +14s;
10th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +14s9

Fri August 27, 2010

NEWS JUST IN

IRC CZ SS1 - Mega town centre show @ 11:03 PM - Skoda 1-2-3 after Zlin centre superspecial. A 9km and extremely technical stage on wet surface, followed by fireworks and party. Unlike previous years the stage stayed drama free for the top runners except broken rims after impacts for Beres and Oleksowicz. Results after SS1:
1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 7m15s;
2nd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +2s2;
3rd= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +3s;
4th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +3s2;
5th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +4s;
6th= Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +6s5;
7th= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +7s4;
=8th= Valousek/Hruza, Skoda, +7s5;
=8th= Neuville/Klinger, Peugeot, +7s5;
10th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +8s8

Thu August 26, 2010

Peugeot into rival territory Peugeot Peugeot into rival territory The ninth round of the 2010 IRC takes teams to the Barum Czech Rally Zlin in the Czech Republic, home of the biggest rivals of the Peugeot 207 S2000 and its drivers! This explains why the French make's representatives have set their sights so high for the weekend, although th...

Symtec at Barum Rally with Impreza STR10 IRC Symtec at Barum Rally with Impreza STR10 Symtech Racing will be at the Barum Rally next weekend in Zlin, with Ukrainian Rally Champion Yuri Protasov. The driver from Kiev is contesting the entire European Championship this year, and he already ran under the Symtech Racing banner on the Geko Ypres Rally at the end of Jun...

Live TV coverage for Barum Rally Zlin IRC Live TV coverage for Barum Rally Zlin Eurosport, Europe's largest television sports channel, will show live coverage from Barum Czech Rally Zlin, round nine of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, this weekend (27-29 August)....

Sun August 22, 2010

Record S2000 entry in Barum Rally Zlin IRC Record S2000 entry in Barum Rally Zlin A record-breaking 28 Super 2000 cars are set to start Barum Czech Rally Zlin, round nine of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, which runs from 27-29 August....

Sat August 21, 2010

Proton returns to IRC IRC Proton returns to IRC The PROTON R3 Rally Team returns to Intercontinental Rally Challenge competition on next week's Barum Czech Rally Zlin. Niall McShea returns to the PROTON team for the first time since his sensational debut in the car on last year's World Rally Championship-qualifying Ra...

Barum Czech Rally Zlin preview IRC Barum Czech Rally Zlin preview THE CHALLENGE With four events of another enthralling Intercontinental Rally Challenge season remaining, the battle for the prestigious title is tightly poised as the series heads to Czech Republic next week for the 40th running of the all-asphalt Barum Czech Rally Zlin....

Tue August 10, 2010

McShea and Cronin for Proton in CZ IRC McShea and Cronin for Proton in CZ Former Production Car World Rally Champion Niall McShea will be re-united with the PROTON R3 Rally Team on the Barum Czech Rally Zlin later this month, where he will be joined in the all-star team by reigning British Rally Champion Keith Cronin....

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