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Fri September 2, 2011

Basso:Double finish to PROTON major step IRC Basso:Double finish to PROTON major step Giandomenico Basso says the factory PROTON Motorsports team has taken another important step after both of its cars finished Barum Czech Rally Zlin last week....

Thu September 1, 2011

Kangur recovery gives Honda 2WD Cup lead IRC Kangur recovery gives Honda 2WD Cup lead Martin Kangur’s heroic recovery drive on Barum Czech Rally Zlin last week has been credited for helping Honda to move into the lead of the IRC 2WD Cup standings....

Tue August 30, 2011

Super fast Mikkelsen on Barum Rally Skoda Super fast Mikkelsen on Barum Rally Andreas Mikkelsen was the fastest driver on Leg 2 of the Barum Czech Rally Zlín, setting four fastest times over the six stages to finish a magnificent 5th in his ŠKODA UK Motorsport Fabia S2000. Co-driven by Ola Fløene, he finished just 6.1 seconds away from 4th, despite losing ...

Kangur shows fighting spirit in Zlin IRC Kangur shows fighting spirit in Zlin Martin Kangur and Andreas Ots secured valuable points at this year's Barum Czech Rally Zlin, finishing 6th in the 2WD category. However the result was bitter-sweet for Kangur, as his competitive Civic suffered mechanical failure and forced the duo to undertake a dramatic figh...

Sun August 28, 2011

Proton Barum Review IRC Proton Barum Review n front of a 300,000-strong crowd, PROTON Motorsports demonstrated the pace and ability of the Satria Neo S2000 by scoring both drivers’ and manufacturers’ Intercontinental Rally Challenge points on the Barum Czech Rally Zlin, which finished this afternoon. ...

Peugeot just shy of the podium Peugeot Peugeot just shy of the podium Following heavy overnight rain, the difficult last leg of the 41st Barum Rally promised a dramatic day’s sport and the 207 Super 2000 drivers effectively suffered a variety of incidents. The bestplaced Peugeot driver at the finish was Thierry Neuville who came fourth…...

Kopecky wins dramatic Zlin showdown IRC Kopecky wins dramatic Zlin showdown Jan Kopecký has claimed his first victory in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge for more than a year after triumphing on a thrilling Barum Czech Rally Zlín. The ŠKODA Motorsport ace, roared on by approximately 300,000 home fans, beat Freddy Loix by 1.2s, the closest finish in t...

Skoda sweep the podium at home Skoda Skoda sweep the podium at home Seasoned by a fierce fight for every tenth of a second between two teammates, the 2011 Barum Czech Rally Zlín was dramatic until the last moment. At the end of the day, Jan Kopecký of ŠKODA Motorsport (factory team) won his first IRC event this season, only 1.2 sec ahead of s...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC CZ end - Kopecky wins at home! @ 01:03 PM - Loix wins stage, but Kopecky wins by smallest margin in IRC history, 1.2s! Gardemeister keeps 6th by 4.2s from Breen and Neuville defends 4th by 6.1s from Mikkelsen. Final results (after SS15)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 2h15m51s7;
2nd= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +1s2;
3rd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +37s4;
4th= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +1m59s6;
5th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +2m05s7;
6th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +3m43s2;
7th= Breen/Roberts, Ford, +3m47s4;
8th= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +4m21s5;
9th= Andersson/Axelsson, Proton, +4m41s1;
10th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Skoda, +4m54s4

IRC CZ SS14 - 2s now! @ 01:01 PM - Kopecky extends his lead to just 2s! But on the last stage first run Loix was 2.7s faster. Another battle is Breen 7.1s behind Gardemeister, on the previous run of the last stage Breen was 7.2s faster. Results after SS14:
1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 2h03m15s4;
2nd= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +2s;
3rd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +21s1;
4th= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +1m54s1;
5th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +2m05s1;
6th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +3m21s9;
7th= Breen/Roberts, Ford, +3m29s;
8th= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +3m50s2;
9th= Andersson/Axelsson, Proton, +4m18s5;
10th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Skoda, +4m28s

IRC CZ SS13 - Wilks out @ 11:44 AM - Wilks retired at the start of the stage with an engine related problem. Meanwhile at the front Kopecky increased his lead to just 1.7s. But the stunner stage win came from Mikkelsen. Results after SS13:
1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 1h57m52s3;
2nd= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +1s7;
3rd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +16s6;
4th= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +1m53s7;
5th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +2m05s8;
6th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +3m13s8;
7th= Breen/Roberts, Ford, +3m20s1;
8th= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +3m42s;
9th= Andersson/Axelsson, Proton, +4m07s7;
10th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Skoda, +4m19s

IRC CZ SS12 - Kopecky by 1s! @ 09:36 AM - Kopecky still leads, but Loix is now only 1s behind! And since this is not WRC (drop-scores, no 2-car limitations) don't expect team orders! Wilks, Kresta and PG all swap positions with PG having a spin in a Proton minus RWD. Mikkelsen overshot a junction. Results after SS12:
1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 1h45m35s1;
2nd= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +1s;
3rd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +10s2;
4th= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +1m53s9;
5th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +2m11s4;
6th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +2m53s6;
7th= Breen/Roberts, Ford, +3m05s7;
8th= Wilks/Pugh, Peugeot, +3m21s3;
9th= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +3m28s1;
10th= Andersson/Axelsson, Proton, +3m47s3

IRC CZ SS11 - Kopecky still in front @ 08:46 AM - It looks like Kopecky found a fix to his power steering problem. Though fastest is Mikkelsen, 0.2s from Loix. Wilks is getting very close to PG. Results after SS11:
1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 1h32m40s9;
2nd= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +3s7;
3rd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +5s5;
4th= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +1m39s3;
5th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +1m51s6;
6th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +2m32s5;
7th= Breen/Roberts, Ford, +2m51s8;
8th= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +3m01s5;
9th= Andersson/Axelsson, Proton, +3m09s9;
10th= Wilks/Pugh, Peugeot, +3m14s5

IRC CZ SS10 - Mega dramatic leg2 start! @ 08:14 AM - Leg2 starts with big troubles for both manufacturers! Bryan Bouffier crashed out of the rally, which means the fastest Peugeot is now 1m40 off the pace! Jan Kopecky still leads, but a failed powers steering drops his lead from around 20s to around 5s with two more stages before service! Results after SS10:
1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 1h27m10s6;
2nd= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +5s6;
3rd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +6s2;
4th= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +1m40s;
5th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +1m53s7;
6th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +2m26s9;
7th= Breen/Roberts, Ford, +2m45s1;
8th= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +2m54s3;
9th= Andersson/Axelsson, Proton, +3m02s;
10th= Wilks/Pugh, Peugeot, +3m13s3

Sat August 27, 2011

Bouffier leads Peugeot's bid Peugeot Bouffier leads Peugeot's bid Despite being run in darkness, Friday evening’s spectacular show stage was attended by an estimated 80,000 spectators. The roar of engines and piercing lights through the streets of Zlin got the 41st edition of the Barum Rally off to a flying start, while today’s close battle poi...

Kopecky leads after exciting day IRC Kopecky leads after exciting day Jan Kopecky heads a thrilling battle for victory on Barum Czech Rally Zlin following an action-packed opening day of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge qualifier. Driving a SKODA Motorsport Fabia Super 2000, the Czech hero heads team-mates Juho Hanninen and Freddy Loix, who are...

Skoda trio lead after Barum leg one Skoda Skoda trio lead after Barum leg one Although this year's Barum Czech Rally Zlín has been hit by extremely high temperatures of over 30º, the track is crowded with fans many of whom started looking for the best viewpoints in the early morning hours. Jan Kopecký of ŠKODA Motorsport (factory team) tops the rank...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC CZ leg1 - Loix & Hänninen tied 2nd @ 04:20 PM - The day started with a Skoda 1-2-3 and stops with one. In fact Loix moves up 2 places and is tied with Hänninen for 2nd. Results after leg1 (SS9):
1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 1h14m28s;
=2nd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +19s7;
=2nd= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +19s7;
4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +23s4;
5th= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +1m51s3;
6th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +2m09s5;
7th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +2m25s5;
8th= Breen/Roberts, Ford, +2m32s1;
9th= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +2m46s;
10th= Andersson/Axelsson, Proton, +2m50s2

IRC CZ SS8 - British punctures @ 03:47 PM - It's the same stage were Wilks punctured this morning, and he punctured again, dropping even outside the top10. Mikkelsen dropped to 6th with a puncture as well. Looks like a slightly comfortable lead for Kopecky as a result. PG has another high speed spin. Results after SS8:
1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 1h07m57s7;
2nd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +21s3;
3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +22s7;
4th= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +22s9;
5th= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +1m43s;
6th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +1m54s3;
7th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +2m13s6;
8th= Breen/Roberts, Ford, +2m25s2;
9th= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +2m35s4;
10th= Andersson/Axelsson, Proton, +2m38s4

IRC CZ SS7 - Wilks & Hänninen swap @ 02:57 PM - Wilks is unhappy with his tyres and the rear grip while Hänninen has a strong stage win. As a result Wilks drops from 3rd to 5th while Hänninen improves from 5th to 3rd. Bouffier remains unchanged. Puncture for Basso. Results after SS7:
1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 52m13s;
2nd= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +7s3;
3rd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +12s3;
4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +16s;
5th= Wilks/Pugh, Peugeot, +18s1;
6th= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +22s9;
7th= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +1m28s6;
8th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +1m43s7;
9th= Breen/Roberts, Ford, +2m10s3;
10th= Andersson/Axelsson, Proton, +2m12s

IRC CZ SS6 - Stage win for Loix @ 02:21 PM - But narrow gaps, top8 remain solid. Kopecky increases his lead over Mikkelsen though. Neuville and PG report big spins. Results after SS6:
1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 45m31s9;
2nd= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +10s4;
3rd= Wilks/Pugh, Peugeot, +14s9;
4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +15s5;
5th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +16s2;
6th= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +24s;
7th= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +1m20s4;
8th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +1m31s;
9th= Breen/Roberts, Ford, +2m;
10th= Andersson/Axelsson, Proton, +2m00s7

IRC CZ SS5 - Kopecky still leads @ 11:06 AM - Kopecky backed off after having a "moment", but still only Bouffier & Hänninen are faster. Kresta drops from 8th to 15th with a puncture. Results after SS5:
1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 40m51s8;
2nd= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +5s8;
3rd= Wilks/Pugh, Peugeot, +11s7;
4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +12s5;
5th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +14s4;
6th= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +24s6;
7th= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +47s;
8th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +1m25s7;
9th= Andersson/Axelsson, Proton, +1m30s2;
10th= Solowow/Baran, Ford, +1m51s6

IRC CZ SS4 - Puncture for Wilks @ 10:37 AM - But still lucky for Wilks puncture was near stage end. Loix on completely wrong tyres. Bouffier spins and still passes Loix. For the first time this event the lead doesn't change. Results after SS4:
1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 34m17s7;
2nd= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +2s5;
3rd= Wilks/Pugh, Peugeot, +11s5;
4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +15s7;
5th= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +15s8;
6th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +16s4;
7th= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +38s2;
8th= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +47s6;
9th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +1m06s8;
10th= Andersson/Axelsson, Proton, +1m17s1

IRC CZ SS3 - Valousek off @ 09:33 AM - Czech newcomer Pavel Valousek parked his Peugeot off the road and causing the stage to be stopped. At the front Mikkelsen-Wilks-Kopecky changed to Kopecky-Wilks-Mikkelsen. Results after SS3:
1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 18m28s7;
2nd= Wilks/Pugh, Peugeot, +2s1;
3rd= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +2s4;
4th= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +5s;
5th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +10s1;
6th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +11s;
7th= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +20s5;
8th= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +24s5;
9th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +37s5;
10th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Skoda, +40s8

IRC CZ SS2 - Stage win for Peugeot @ 09:26 AM - Following a Skoda 1-2-3-4 over night, Guy Wilks wins this stage and moves into 2nd. Hänninen only 9th fastest time and drops from 1st to 6th. Mikkelsen new leader but top3 within 0.3s. Sadly groupN star Vaclav Pech has a 40s penalty following a diff change and drops from 9th to 31st. Results after SS2:
1st= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, 11m46s9;
2nd= Wilks/Pugh, Peugeot, +0s1;
3rd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +0s3;
4th= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +1s6;
5th= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +7s;
6th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +7s1;
7th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +8s;
8th= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +13s7;
9th= Valousek/Hruza, Peugeot, +16s4;
10th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +24s

Fri August 26, 2011

Bouffier determined to fight in Zlin Peugeot Bouffier determined to fight in Zlin Peugeot France driver Bryan Bouffier has said he will do all he can to get his Intercontinental Rally Challenge title bid back on track on Barum Czech Rally Zlin, which takes place from 26-28 August....

Honda pair hope for dry weather in Zlin IRC Honda pair hope for dry weather in Zlin JAS Motorsport Honda Civic Type R drivers Martin Kangur and Janos Puskadi are hoping for dry weather conditions when the Intercontinental Rally Challenge resumes on Barum Czech Rally Zlin this week....

SKODA ace Kopecky plots Zlin revenge Skoda SKODA ace Kopecky plots Zlin revenge Jan Kopecky starts Barum Czech Rally Zlin this week, round seven of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, determined to make up for the disappointment of last season when he crashed out while leading on the final day of the event....

NEWS JUST IN

IRC CZ SS1 - Zlin Night Party @ 10:09 PM - Big party atmosphere, dry and warm conditions. Finn Hänninen wins the 10km superspecial with Mikkelsen 2nd despite a long gear ratio for Mikkelsen for tomorrow's stages. Some surprises in the top10 but no major dramas, except the retirement of Tomas Kostka maybe. Results after SS1:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 7m03s4;
2nd= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +0s5;
3rd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +1s1;
4th= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +2s2;
5th= Wilks/Pugh, Peugeot, +2s6;
6th= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +5s3;
7th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +8s;
8th= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +10s7;
=9th= Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +12s6;
=9th= Valousek/Hruza, Peugeot, +12s6

Thu August 25, 2011

Andreas predicts battle of the Skodas Skoda Andreas predicts battle of the Skodas ŠKODA UK Motorsport’s Andreas Mikkelsen predicts “a battle of the ŠKODAs” at the Barum Czech Rally Zlín (26-28 August), ŠKODA’s home round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC), as no fewer than 14 Fabia S2000s grace the 122 car entry list....

Wilks in CZ with everything to play for Peugeot Wilks in CZ with everything to play for With six rallies behind them and five to go, Guy and Phil remain optimistic that their fortunes for the rest of 2011 will turn around in their IRC title hunt. After the disappointment in the Azores, the pair feels there is everything to play for in the forthcoming venues, with th...

Tue August 23, 2011

Peugeot visit their rival's home soil Peugeot Peugeot visit their rival's home soil The Barum Czech Rally Zlin has been organised every year since 1971, and this will be the 41st running of the competition. This exceptionally popular event is a major fixture of both the European Championship and the IRC. The mission facing Peugeot’s runners promises to be qu...

Proton's Barum Czech Rally Zlin preview IRC Proton's Barum Czech Rally Zlin preview Next week’s Barum Czech Rally Zlin will kick-start one of the busiest periods in PROTON Motorsport’s history – as the Malaysian firm tackles five events on two continents in just seven weeks. ...

Kangur and Puskadi aim for 2WD points IRC Kangur and Puskadi aim for 2WD points The Intercontinental Rally Challenge heats up this weekend when the drivers head to the lightening-quick asphalt roads of the Barum Czech Rally Zlin in the Czech Republic, now in its 41st year....

Record number of Fabia S2000s to start Barum Skoda Record number of Fabia S2000s to start Barum Scheduled for the last weekend of August, the seventh event of this year's Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) will see 29 vehicles of the Super 2000 category, of which 14 with the winged-arrow emblem. ŠKODA Fabias dominated the event in the last two years and are amon...

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