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Mon November 3, 2014

JRM Subaru retired from lead in Valais Subaru JRM Subaru retired from lead in Valais JRM has been forced to withdraw its brand-new Gp N Subaru WRX STI from the lead of the FIA European Rally Championship’s Production Car Cup category at Rallye International du Valais in Switzerland, after the car was struck down by an unusual transmission problem earlier....

Mon October 27, 2014

Craig Breen's thrilling comeback Peugeot Craig Breen's thrilling comeback This weekend's visit to Switzerland provided the Peugeot 208 T16 with another opportunity to showcase its competitive potential with a score of 14 stage wins from a possible 19. However, the Peugeot Rally Academy's Craig Breen and Kevin Abbring met with mixed fortunes in ...

Lappi wins and is ERC title favorit IRC Lappi wins and is ERC title favorit Esapekka Lappi and Sepp Wiegand will battle for the FIA European Rally Championship on the final round in Corsica next month after the ŠKODA Motorsport aces finished first and third respectively on Rallye International du Valais in Switzerland today. Co-driven by fellow Finn ...

Sat October 25, 2014

Lappi wins in Switzerland Skoda Lappi wins in Switzerland The European Rally Champion will be a ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 driver once again this year. The works drivers Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN) extended their lead in the overall standings with their victory at the “Rallye International du Valais”, the penultimate race of the FIA...

Exciting pictures, exciting final IRC Exciting pictures, exciting final This time I have to explain the order of photos in the gallery. But even more so, I can't help but feeling extremely excited about the Rallye du Valais finale today/Saturday. Everything can still happen on the very last stage - a scenario that the WRC never achieved and for t...

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IRC CH end (SS19) @ 04:10 PM - Lappi wins the rally. Breen wins the stage. Carron never started stage with previous stage problems. But biggest news of the finale is Consani having a puncture and overcooking it with the flat tyre, understeering into a pole. He drops from 4th to 6th in the process. Final results (after SS19)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 2h46m22s4;
2nd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +42s;
3rd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +3m04s1;
4th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +4m10s2;
5th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +4m17s8;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +4m24s8;
7th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +5m56s9;
8th= Perroud/Marchand, Skoda, +6m22s5;
9th= Gonon/Horgnies, Subaru, +7m08s9;
=10th= Radoux/Gregoire, Ford, +ms

IRC CH SS18 @ 03:26 PM - And the dramas continue. Burri's car survived the stage with the clutch problem. He even made a place when Carron lost a driveshaft and a minute with it. Both will have to carry these problems through the last long stage. Abbring also in dramas after having gone off the stage before. Lappi won SS18. Results after SS18:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 2h32m29s8;
2nd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +44s4;
3rd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +2m41s5;
4th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +3m14s;
5th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +3m50s8;
6th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +4m04s3;
7th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +4m41s2;
8th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +5m30s8;
9th= Perroud/Marchand, Skoda, +5m50s3;
=10th= Gonon/Horgnies, Subaru, +6m39s9

IRC CH SS17 @ 02:51 PM - Most dramatic finale. Kajetanowicz never started SS17 following his previous engine fire. Tarabus slid off the road in a slow corner. And Burri reports a serious clutch problem. Results after SS17:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 2h21m38s3;
2nd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +43s;
3rd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +2m28s1;
4th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +3m00s7;
5th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +3m32s3;
6th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +3m38s6;
7th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +3m48s1;
8th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +5m04s4;
9th= Perroud/Marchand, Skoda, +5m26s2;
=10th= Gonon/Horgnies, Subaru, +6m18s1

IRC CH SS16 @ 02:07 PM - Breen overtakes Kajetanowicz for 2nd, but the big news is that at the stage finish Kajetanowicz has a small engine fire. He can continue, but unclear what caused the fire we have to watch this situation. Orsak retired, engine. Results after SS16:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 2h12m44s;
2nd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +51s;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +54s9;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +2m20s5;
5th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +2m22s4;
6th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +3m12s3;
7th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +3m27s2;
8th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +3m34s5;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +4m29s2;
=10th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +4m47s1

IRC CH SS15 @ 11:56 AM - Surprisingly no position changes in this longest and most changeable stage. Breen and Lappi were a lot faster than the rest even though Breen said he lost 20sec with 2 "stupid spins". Abbring won every stage this morning, even though he had a puncture. Results after SS15:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 2h02m28s1;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +56s1;
3rd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +53s8;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +2m14s2;
5th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +2m42s3;
6th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +3m06s1;
7th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +3m18s6;
8th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +3m19s7;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +4m06s5;
=10th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +4m22s1

IRC CH SS14 @ 10:56 AM - Kajetanowicz drops a bit of time compared to Lappi and Breen. A real ding-dong battle between Carron and Hirschi, who swap places yet again. Results after SS14:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 1h41m10s;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +39s;
3rd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +52s5;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m31s5;
5th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +2m10s2;
6th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +2m25s8;
7th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +2m31s2;
8th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +2m33s5;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +3m13s7;
=10th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +3m38s9

IRC CH SS13 @ 10:27 AM - Many drivers had their first experience with asphalt tyres on gravel and couldn't judge their times. Abbring fastest ahead of Breen. Carron takes back his place from Hirschi, but a strong time moves Consani past both. Results after SS13:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 1h30m21s8;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +26s1;
3rd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +55s5;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m22s9;
5th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m53s;
6th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +1m56s;
7th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +1m56s6;
8th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +2m15s7;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +2m46s3;
=10th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +3m09s8

IRC CH SS12 @ 10:04 AM - Abbring wins stage (but with now superally in ERC no overall time for him). Most rivers say they did many little mistakes. Hirschi passes Carron. Results after SS12:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 1h21m30s1;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +31s4;
3rd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +1m03s5;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m31s9;
5th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +1m40s6;
6th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +1m43s9;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m50s8;
8th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +2m02s9;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +2m44s6;
=10th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +2m59s

Fri October 24, 2014

Skoda defends its lead in Valais Skoda Skoda defends its lead in Valais ŠKODA has defended its lead at the “Rallye International du Valais“. On the second day of the penultimate race of the season of the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC), the ŠKODA factory duo Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN) took the lead. Sepp Wiegand/Frank Christian (D/D) f...

Lappi leads battle of foursome IRC Lappi leads battle of foursome Esapekka Lappi can make it two wins out of two on Switzerland’s round of the FIA European Rally Championship – providing he makes it through Saturday’s longest leg unscathed in his ŠKODA Motorsport Fabia Super 2000. Finn Lappi, one of four drivers in ERC title contention, hol...

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IRC CH day2 (SS11) @ 05:12 PM - Stage win for Breen, a somewhat quieter stage. The rally moves now camp from Sion to Martigny and as a result tomorrow we will have the longest and highest stages of the rally with some 30km of gravel too - why can't WRC do this? Results after day2 (SS11):
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 1h11m03s5;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +23s;
3rd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +1m01s5;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m16s2;
5th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +1m24s6;
6th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +1m29s8;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m35s4;
8th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +1m47s4;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +2m21s1;
=10th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +2m28s

IRC CH SS10 @ 04:05 PM - Wiegand had a puncture and lost around 4s with it. Burri still unmotivated, muses that he may not even start tomorrow. Results after SS10:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 1h05m41s;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +19s1;
3rd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +1m03s5;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m12s6;
5th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +1m16s4;
6th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +1m22s5;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m30s5;
8th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +1m34s;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +2m13s2;
=10th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +2m18s5

IRC CH SS9 @ 03:37 PM - First stage win for Kajetanowicz. Breen passes Carron and Hirschi for 4th. Burri drops a place too, reporting he has lost his motivation after previous bad stage times. Results after SS9:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 59m05s3;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +16s7;
3rd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +26s1;
4th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +1m02s3;
5th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +1m04s1;
6th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +1m11s;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m19s;
8th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +1m19s3;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m57s6;
=10th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +2m01s5

IRC CH SS8 @ 02:48 PM - Stage win for Breen, even though his handbrake does not work at all. Breen gains places too. Wiegand meanwhile feels happier with his tyres, so it will be harder for Breen to catch up now. (not time for Hirschi yet) Results after SS8:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 51m30s4;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +19s2;
3rd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +21s9;
4th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +49s2;
5th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +1m00s7;
6th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +1m02s5;
7th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +1m05s6;
8th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m08s;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m40s3;
=10th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +1m41s9

IRC CH SS7 @ 12:30 AM - Breen wins this stage again. Burri is really slow in this short and flat stage without an explanation but not finding rhythm. He drops a place. Results after SS7:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 43m47s5;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +14s6;
3rd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +20s5;
4th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +38s4;
5th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +52s7;
6th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +54s7;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +58s5;
8th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +1m03s6;
9th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +1m25s;
=10th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m28s5

IRC CH SS6 @ 11:17 AM - Now a clear stage win for Lappi. But Breen still catching up. Kajetanowicz took 2nd from Wiegand. There is ice on a narrow bridge but all drivers have got through. Results after SS6:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 38m21s8;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +9s5;
3rd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +15s1;
4th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +29s4;
5th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +36s;
6th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +41s3;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +49s4;
8th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +1m04s4;
9th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +1m13s1;
=10th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m18s

IRC CH SS5 @ 10:56 AM - Breen wins stage again. He is 15s faster than Wiegand with 14 stages remaining, so there is still a fight. Meanwhile Lappi take lead from Wiegand. Results after SS5:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 31m38s5;
2nd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +4s1;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +6s6;
4th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +22s5;
5th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +22s7;
6th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +29s3;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +36s5;
8th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +57s5;
9th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +59s1;
=10th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +1m00s9

IRC CH SS4 @ 09:49 AM - Both Academy Peugeots refused to start in parc fermé. While Breen could eventually start and even win the stage, Abbring's car got stranded again before the stage start. Higgins retired too, transmission. Results after SS4:
1st= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, 23m50s5;
2nd= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +4s8;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +15s1;
4th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +17s3;
5th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +18s5;
6th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +20s9;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +24s6;
8th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +40s3;
9th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +46s;
=10th= Perroud/Marchand, Skoda, +59s2

Thu October 23, 2014

Skoda 1-2 lead in Valais Skoda Skoda 1-2 lead in Valais Good opener for ŠKODA at the “Rallye International du Valais”: After the first three of a total of 19 special stages in the penultimate race of the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) season, Sepp Wiegand/Frank Christian (D/D) from the ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland team are at the top...

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IRC CH day1 (SS3) @ 05:34 PM - Peugeot bad luck moves Wiegand into the lead. Breen picks up a puncture and Abbring gets stranded with stuck on brakes. Unbelievable, the Pugs are always fast but after a few stages there is problems... Results after day1 (SS3):
1st= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, 15m55s1;
2nd= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +4s4;
3rd= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), +6s3;
4th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +13s1;
5th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +17s4;
6th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +17s8;
7th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +18s;
8th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +24s2;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +31s;
=10th= Althaus/Ioset, Skoda, +37s6

IRC CH SS2 @ 04:13 PM - Stage was shortened to 4km for too much snow. Breen wins this stage and moves up 3 places after slow SS1 time. Jonathan Hirschi keeps convincing with good times (reason for slight delays as he is car # 22). Results after SS2:
1st= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), 7m19s9;
2nd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +2s3;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +3s7;
4th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +4s5;
5th= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +4s6;
6th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +7s2;
7th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +7s3;
8th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +10s8;
9th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +13s;
=10th= Perroud/Marchand, Skoda, +15s

IRC CH SS1 @ 03:07 PM - Stage re-started heavily delayed. Magalhaes out of the rally. Breen said he was sliding a lot. Lappi took it careful. Abbring wins stage and leads rally, surprisingly ahead of Wiegand. Results after SS1:
1st= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), 5m13;
2nd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +2s1;
3rd= Hirschi/Landais, Peugeot(T16), +3s8;
4th= Burri/Ferrero, Ford, +3s9;
5th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +4s2;
6th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +5s1;
7th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +5s6;
8th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +9s9;
9th= Perroud/Marchand, Skoda, +10s9;
=10th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +11s

IRC CH SS1 - interim report @ 02:11 PM - Dramatic start to Valais! Bruno Magalhaes chose to start 1st on the road. About 1km into SS1 n incident is reported. Magalhaes skidded on ice and hit a rock face. Both crew are OK but the car blocks the road. SS1 is halted before the 2nd car even started!

Wed October 22, 2014

4 ERC title contenders #4 Craig Breen IRC 4 ERC title contenders #4 Craig Breen Four drivers will battle for the ERC title in Switzerland. This is what they have had to say ahead of the penultimate round of the season. Q&A: Craig Breen Nationality: Irish Team: Peugeot Rally Academy Car: Peugeot 208T16 Co-driver: Scott Martin (Great Britain) Position: Fourth...

4 ERC title contenders #3 Kajetanowicz IRC 4 ERC title contenders #3 Kajetanowicz Four drivers will battle for the ERC title in Switzerland. This is what they have had to say ahead of the penultimate round of the season. Q&A: Kajetan Kajetanowicz Nationality: Polish Team: LOTOS Rally Team Car: Ford Fiesta R5 Co-driver: Jarek Baran (Poland) Position: Third Poi...

Altitude running for Peugeot Peugeot Altitude running for Peugeot Before wrapping up its 2014 European Championship campaign on home soil in Corsica early next month, the Peugeot Rally Academy travels to Switzerland this week for the 55th Rallye International du Valais. Craig Breen and Kevin Abbring will be looking to steer the official Peugeot...

Tue October 21, 2014

4 ERC title contenders #2 Sepp Wiegand IRC 4 ERC title contenders #2 Sepp Wiegand Four drivers will battle for the ERC title in Switzerland. This is what they have had to say ahead of the penultimate round of the season. Q&A: Sepp Wiegand Nationality: German Team: ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland Car: ŠKODA Fabia S2000 Co-driver: Frank Christian (Germany) Position: Sec...

4 ERC title contenders #1 Esapekka Lappi IRC 4 ERC title contenders #1 Esapekka Lappi Four drivers will battle for the ERC title in Switzerland. This is what they have had to say ahead of the penultimate round of the season. Q&A: Esapekka Lappi Nationality: Finnish Team: ŠKODA Motorsport Car: ŠKODA Fabia S2000 Co-driver: Janne Ferm (Finland) Position: First P...

Title race goes on in Switzerland IRC Title race goes on in Switzerland The battle for the Drivers’ crown in the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) is coming to a head. When Europe’s rallying elite line up at the penultimate round of the season – the “Rallye International du Valais” – this weekend (23 to 25 October), ŠKODA works duo Esapekka Lappi...

Mon October 20, 2014

Full Rally du Valais preview IRC Full Rally du Valais preview Four top driving talents will showcase the Serious Competition Ahead in the FIA European Rally Championship when Rallye International du Valais hosts the thrilling race to clinch the coveted ERC title from 23-25 October. Based in the canton of Valais in southwest Switzerland ...

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