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Tue September 27, 2011

Bad luck for Sotille & Kangur IRC Bad luck for Sotille & Kangur The Rally Sanremo, the 9th round of the International Rally Challenge, ended in disappointment for the two participating Honda crews, who were both forced to retire on the first day....

PROTON San Remo Review IRC PROTON San Remo Review PROTON Motorsports team principal Chris Mellors says Rallye Sanremo, which ended in Italy last night, represents the Satria Neo S2000’s most competitive outing in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge to date....

Sat September 24, 2011

Neuville wins IRC thriller by 1.5s IRC Neuville wins IRC thriller by 1.5s Thierry Neuville has won Rallye Sanremo following a thrilling finish to the Intercontinental Rally Challenge round on the Italian Riviera this afternoon. Driving a Team Peugeot Belgium-Luxembourg 207 Super 2000, Neuville surged ahead on the demanding asphalt event with one stage ...

ŠKODA comes second at San Remo Skoda ŠKODA comes second at San Remo A breathtaking drama and unexpected changes until the last moment – the ninth event of this year's IRC was an attractive spectacle where winning or losing was once again a matter of just tenths of a second. After a thrilling finish, Andreas Mikkelsen lost to Neuville in a...

Majors grand-slam success for Peugeot Peugeot Majors grand-slam success for Peugeot The 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge calendar features three of rallying’s most famous events, and they have all been won by Peugeot 207 S2000 drivers. Following Bryan Bouffier’s success on January’s Rallye Monte-Carlo, Thierry Neuville went on to win the Tour de Corse i...

Frustration for Campana Peugeot Frustration for Campana Rally star Pierre Campana endured a weekend to forget at Rallye Sanremo after a series of technical issues hampered his progress from the very opening loop of the event. The Corsican ace battled valiantly in spite of the many challenges that presented themselves over the two-day ...

Loix wins dramatic day1 finish IRC Loix wins dramatic day1 finish A thrilling battle for victory is in store on the final day of Rallye Sanremo with a little more than two seconds covering the top two drivers on the Intercontinental Rally Challenge event. SKODA UK Motorsport’s Andreas Mikkelsen was leading up until the 44-kilometre Ronde nig...

San Remo & Asphalt Trophy leg1 IRC San Remo & Asphalt Trophy leg1 Once again the 44 km long “Ronde” stage proved to be decisive for the final result. The Belgian driver Freddy Loix attacked since the beginning, imposing over Andreas Mikkelsen with 7”2. The Norwegian is now 2”7 behind the leader. As most races of the IRC the difference among the...

Peugeot runners in contention Peugeot Peugeot runners in contention No fewer than five Peugeot 207 S2000s completed the first of the 2011 Rallye Sanremo’s two legs in the top nine places. Thierry Neuville and Bryan Bouffier, who are currently third and fourth, figure among the four drivers still in contention....

Loix in Fabia leads San Remo Skoda Loix in Fabia leads San Remo The ninth event of this year's IRC, the legendary San Remo Rally, has been a success story for ŠKODA so far. Freddy Loix in a Fabia Super 2000 is in the lead, followed by Andreas Mikkelsen of ŠKODA UK Motorsport who is only 2.7 sec behind him. IRC leader Jan Kopecký is fi...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC I end - Neuville wins! @ 04:36 PM - Neuville wins by just 1.5s! This is the 3rd IRC round in a row where the winning margin is less than 2s! Final results (after SS13)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
Results after SS12:
1st= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, 2h19m57s8;
2nd= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +1s5;
3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +16s;
4th= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +1m09s1;
5th= Magalhaes/Grave, Peugeot, +1m26s;
6th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +3m47s8;
7th= Scandola/d'Amore, Ford, +4m05s9;
8th= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +4m28s;
9th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +5m24s1;
10th= Basso/Dotta, Proton, +7m26s9

IRC I SS12 - 0.3s with 1 stage to go! @ 03:42 PM - Neuville takes lead by just 0.3s from Mikkelsen. Last stage is 15.5km. Results after SS12:
1st= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, 2h09m36s5;
2nd= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +0s3;
3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +9s3;
4th= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +51s;
5th= Magalhaes/Grave, Peugeot, +1m14s3;
6th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +3m32s;
7th= Scandola/d'Amore, Ford, +3m47s5;
8th= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +4m05s1;
9th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +5m06s6;
10th= Basso/Dotta, Proton, +7m03s7

IRC I SS11 - Loix blocks stage @ 02:46 PM - No stage times as Loix, 1st car on the road, crashed and blocked the stage. Crew is OK. This means with two stages to go Mikkelsen leads with 1.9s from Neuville. Results after SS10 (without Loix):
1st= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, 1h56m01s5;
2nd= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +1s9;
3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +9s;
4th= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +32s7;
5th= Magalhaes/Grave, Peugeot, +1m00s8;
6th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +3m11s1;
7th= Scandola/d'Amore, Ford, +3m33s5;
8th= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +3m40s1;
9th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +4m38s8;
10th= Hotz/Ravasi, Peugeot, +6m29s9

IRC I SS10 - Loix back in lead @ 11:45 AM - How things change in such a close battle. Loix leads by 2,5s, while Neuville is now only 1,9s behind Mikkelsen. Basso stopped 1m with electric problems. Scandola loses a place for a puncture. Results after SS10:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 1h55m59s;
2nd= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +2s5;
3rd= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +4s4;
4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +11s5;
5th= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +35s5;
6th= Magalhaes/Grave, Peugeot, +1m03s3;
7th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +3m13s6;
8th= Scandola/d'Amore, Ford, +3m36s;
9th= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +3m42s6;
10th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +4m41s3

IRC I SS9 - Top3 bei less than 5s now! @ 10:41 AM - Mega time by Neuville. Seems to be a bit of a Peugeot stage. Nevertheless, a fast time of Neuville, followed by Bouffier, with a comparatively slow-ish time by Mikkelsen, means the top3 are now covered by 4.9s (from an overnight 16.6)! Results after SS9:
1st= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, 1h45m29s9;
2nd= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +1s3;
3rd= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +4s9;
4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +10s;
5th= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +33s2;
6th= Magalhaes/Grave, Peugeot, +57s6;
7th= Scandola/d'Amore, Ford, +57s9;
8th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +2m56s6;
9th= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +3m21s1;
10th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +4m23s4

IRC I SS8 - Mikkelsen takes it back @ 09:50 AM - Mikkelsen re-takes lead by just 2s with a fine time, but the stage win goes to Neuville. Campana has fuiel pressure problems, Basso has brake problems. Results after SS8:
1st= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, 1h31m43s6;
2nd= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +2s;
3rd= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +13s;
4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +16s6;
5th= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +32s1;
6th= Magalhaes/Grave, Peugeot, +49s;
7th= Scandola/d'Amore, Ford, +52s7;
8th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +2m44s7;
9th= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +2m56s8;
10th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +3m59s7

Fri September 23, 2011

Mikkelsen tops shakedown IRC Mikkelsen tops shakedown Andreas Mikkelsen has set a blistering pace to go fastest on shakedown for Rallye Sanremo, round nine of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge....

Heloise targets Subaru upgrade in 2012 Peugeot Heloise targets Subaru upgrade in 2012 French driver Johan Heloise could contest more rounds of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge in 2012 – if plans to drive an R4-specification Subaru Impreza reach fruition....

Albertini talks down IRC 2WD Cup hopes General Albertini talks down IRC 2WD Cup hopes Stefano Albertini is refusing to acknowledge the possibility that he can win the IRC 2WD Cup this season, despite back-to-back victories promoting him into second position in the title fight....

Atkinson to tap into Basso’s knowledge IRC Atkinson to tap into Basso’s knowledge Chris Atkinson plans to make the most of PROTON Motorsports’ team-mate Giandomenico Basso’s knowledge of the Rallye Sanremo stages when he tackles the Intercontinental Rally Challenge qualifier for the first time....

Peugeot gunning for IRC classic triple Peugeot Peugeot gunning for IRC classic triple eugeot will start Rallye Sanremo on Friday looking to extend its run of victories on the Intercontinental Rally Challenge’s trio of classic events to three....

NEWS JUST IN

IRC I leg1 - Loix takes stage and lead @ 10:22 PM - Mega 44km night stage. Loix wins the stage and takes the lead with Mikkelsen close behind in both. No top10 retirements from this mega stage, but sadly Basso, had super fast splits, but then he lost the intercom, and that very moment for a missed pace note went off for 4min! Results after leg1 (SS7):
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 1h17m49s7;
2nd= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +2s7;
3rd= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +16s6;
4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +17s8;
5th= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +34s2;
6th= Magalhaes/Grave, Peugeot, +39s2;
7th= Scandola/d'Amore, Ford, +47s1;
8th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +2m39s9;
9th= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +2m40s3;
10th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +3m35s9

IRC I SS6 - Mikkelsen & Neuville tied @ 05:08 PM - For the stage win that is. So Mikkelsen's lead untocuhed, but Neuville to within 0.9s of Loix again. Magalhaes takes Scandola. Basso's time OK again, so previous statge incident probably an overshot or spin. Next is the 44km night stage at 22:33CET Results after SS6:
1st= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, 48m09s5;
2nd= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +4s5;
3rd= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +5s4;
4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +12s2;
5th= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +20s5;
6th= Magalhaes/Grave, Peugeot, +21s4;
7th= Scandola/d'Amore, Ford, +24s3;
8th= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +1m04s2;
9th= Basso/Dotta, Proton, +1m07s7;
10th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +1m24s5

IRC I SS5 - Loix takes Neuville @ 04:39 PM - Loix takes 2nd from Neuville, but fastest time again Mikkelsen. Basso drops 30s with some unconfirmed problem. Results after SS5:
1st= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, 41m22s5;
2nd= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +4s1;
3rd= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +5s4;
4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +7s7;
5th= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +15s5;
6th= Scandola/d'Amore, Ford, +17s7;
7th= Magalhaes/Grave, Peugeot, +18s9;
8th= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +47s3;
9th= Basso/Dotta, Proton, +58s8;
10th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +1m12s1

IRC I SS4 - Kopecky back in business? @ 04:15 PM - Set up changes at service seem to have helped Kopecky, as he moves up to 5th again with a fine time. But the stage win goes to Mikkelsen again. Results after SS4:
1st= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, 29m03s1;
2nd= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +3s;
3rd= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +3s3;
4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +4s9;
5th= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +10s1;
6th= Scandola/d'Amore, Ford, +12s1;
7th= Magalhaes/Grave, Peugeot, +12s3;
8th= Basso/Dotta, Proton, +22s1;
9th= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +29s3;
10th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +47s4

IRC I SS3 - Kopecky keeps dropping @ 02:18 PM - No drama for Kopecky, still less than 10s down. Just since SS1 Kopecky dropped from 4th to 7th, Loix with fastest stage time again from 7th to 3rd now. Top3 in less than 2s! Results after SS3:
1st= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, 20m41s;
2nd= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +1s4;
3rd= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +1s9;
4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +4s;
5th= Scandola/d'Amore, Ford, +7s;
6th= Magalhaes/Grave, Peugeot, +7s8;
7th= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +9s2;
8th= Basso/Dotta, Proton, +13s;
9th= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +21s3;
10th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +34s7

IRC I SS2 - Loix fastest, all close @ 01:51 PM - Loix fastest, and he was only 7th in SS1, showing how close it all is. Mikkelsen keeps the lead with 4th fastest time. Neuville passes Bouffier. Basso in the proton just 2.8s off stage pace! Results after SS2:
1st= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, 13m47s8;
2nd= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +1s4;
3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +2s6;
4th= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +3s6;
5th= Scandola/d'Amore, Ford, +4s6;
6th= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +5s1;
7th= Magalhaes/Grave, Peugeot, +6s5;
8th= Basso/Dotta, Proton, +8s6;
9th= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +10s6;
10th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +21s5

IRC I SS1 - Same retirements as always! @ 01:29 PM - Same retirements as always. Wilks title chances get slim. After 3 mostly mechanical retirements in a row, he now hit a bridge quite badly! Proton guest driver Chris Atkinson is parked with a mechanical problem. Mikkelsen fastest from 2 Peugeots. Results after SS1:
1st= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, 8m27s3;
2nd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +2s9;
3rd= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +3s;
4th= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +3s5;
5th= Scandola/d'Amore, Ford, +4s9;
6th= Magalhaes/Grave, Peugeot, +5s;
7th= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +5s4;
8th= Basso/Dotta, Proton, +7s6;
9th= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +8s5;
10th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +16s5

Thu September 22, 2011

San Remo pre event action IRC San Remo pre event action Today Sanremo hosted the “Star Parade” a challenge among rally Champions of the past. In the afternoon took place the pre event press conference while waiting the start of the challenge on the asphalt of the Ligurian west coast, of the third last round of the Intercontinental R...

Wed September 21, 2011

Driver quotes of Leggenda event IRC Driver quotes of Leggenda event Just few days before the start of the historic race on the roads of the Ligurian west coast. The rally this is divided in two parts: 53rd Rallye Sanremo, valid for the 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge and the South West Europe Cup and Rallye Sanremo Leggenda. The latter one ...

San Remo Stars Parade IRC San Remo Stars Parade This year AC Sanremo propose to the several fans of Rallye Sanremo a new show just before the rally starts, the “The Stars Parade”. On Thursday September 22nd at 16h00, on a special stage created at Pian di Poma, winners of previous editions of “Sanremo” and drivers who made ...

Tue September 20, 2011

Skoda crews head to classic Italian asphalt Skoda Skoda crews head to classic Italian asphalt The IRC Championship continues with its ninth event this weekend, the 53rd San Remo Rally. ŠKODA Motorsport will use the fresh IRC leaders and winners of the last two events, Jan Kopecký and Petr Starý. Beside them, the crews to drive Fabia Super 2000s include Freddy Loix & F...

Peugeot looking for 3rd win Peugeot Peugeot looking for 3rd win The Rallye Sanremo is one of rallying's most famous fixtures. For 30 years, it counted towards the World Rally Championship and was respected by all the drivers. Since 2008, its organisers (ACI Sanremo) have chosen to be a round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge. Follow...

Andreas on a night vision mission Skoda Andreas on a night vision mission With perfect young night driving vision, Andreas Mikkelsen adores rallying in the dark – so even without much experience of the Sanremo Rally (22-24 September), the 22-year old ŠKODA UK Motorsport Fabia S2000 driver is aiming for a good result on the event, thanks, in part, to a ...

Pre-event driver comments IRC Pre-event driver comments While the Organizers of 53rd Rallye Sanremo are taking care of the last details of the event, we have got some comments of the major protagonists of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge. Program of the event: Start from Sanremo at 13h20 on Friday September 23rd and final arriva...

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