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Tue June 9, 2015

Opel keeps ERC Juniors lead IRC Opel keeps ERC Juniors lead Motorsport can sometimes be cruel. This not entirely new realization came true for the ADAC Opel Junior drivers on the final day of the SATA Rallye Acores. At first it caught Emil Bergkvist (20, Torsåker) and his co-driver Joakim Sjöberg (29, Ösmo). Three stages from the end of t...

Chris' magnificent maiden ERC win Peugeot Chris' magnificent maiden ERC win PEUGEOT UK’s rising rally star Chris Ingram fought off a stomach bug on the final day of SATA Rallye Açores (4-6 June) to score a magnificent maiden victory in the FIA European Junior Rally Championship in his PEUGEOT 208 ‘R2’ rally car. Co-driven by Gabin Moreau, the talented...

Sun June 7, 2015

Breen wins three in a row in ERC Peugeot Breen wins three in a row in ERC After claiming the last two rounds of the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) in Latvia and Ireland, Craig Breen and Scott Martin repeated their winning ways on the dirt stages of the Azores. Their third victory in a row on as many different surface types saw the Peugeot R...

Breen wins exciting SATA Rallye Acores IRC Breen wins exciting SATA Rallye Acores Craig Breen has won the SATA Rallye Açores, making it three FIA European Rally Championship victories in a row for the Peugeot Rally Academy 208 T16 driver. Co-driven by Scott Martin, the Irishman had been in a close battle for the win with Kajetan Kajetanowicz, with both driv...

Sat June 6, 2015

SATA Rallye Acores gripping finale IRC SATA Rallye Acores gripping finale Irishman Craig Breen has won the 50th anniversary edition of SATA Rallye Acores, after three days of action and 17 stages, through rain, mud, bright sunshine and fog: all conditions that are part and parcel of this epic event. Peugeot driver Breen finished the first and second...

Fight for victory intensifies IRC Fight for victory intensifies On the final day of the 50th anniversary of SATA Rallye Acores, the fight for victory is expected to come down to just two drivers - and they happen to be separated by just half a second after SS12! ...

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IRC P/Acores SS17 - End @ 06:34 PM - Breen wins. Kajto drives very carefully. Luis Rego has suspension troubles, loses over 12min. At same time Charles Martin has a strong time and that means we have a surprise tie for 9th place! Bergkvist loses several places with gearbox stuck in 2nd. Final results (after SS17)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 2h45m59s6;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1m02s1;
3rd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +2m14s3;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +3m04s9;
5th= Consani/Vilmot, Citroen, +5m54s2;
6th= Fontes/Ramalho, Citroen, +6m38s8;
7th= S.Moffett/Atkinson, Ford, +8m01s4;
8th= Butvilas/Heller, Subaru, +9m18s3;
=9th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +10m55s9
=9th= Martin/Salva, Peugeot, +10m55s9

IRC P/Acores SS16 @ 05:35 PM - Breen seems under control, though the last stage is probably the trickiest of the season! Consani has brake issues and a small fire from the exhaust on the rear plastic bumper, but still pulled time out of his Citroen rival Fontes. Results after SS16:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 2h28m19s2;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +24s9;
3rd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +1m56s7;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +2m57s8;
5th= Consani/Vilmot, Citroen, +5m35s7;
6th= Fontes/Ramalho, Citroen, +6m06s2;
7th= S.Moffett/Atkinson, Ford, +7m18s4;
8th= Butvilas/Heller, Subaru, +8m24s6;
9th= Rego/Silva, Mitsubishi, +9m15s8
10th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +9m59s9

IRC P/Acores SS15 @ 04:55 PM - Fast stage with 12% asphalt before we come to the two long extremely technical stages. Breen takes good advantage of this one. Results after SS15:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 2h13m21s3;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +22s3;
3rd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +1m39s3;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +2m39s5;
5th= Consani/Vilmot, Citroen, +4m57s7;
6th= Fontes/Ramalho, Citroen, +5m22s9;
7th= S.Moffett/Atkinson, Ford, +6m27s9;
8th= Butvilas/Heller, Subaru, +7m11s3;
9th= Rego/Silva, Mitsubishi, +8m18s5
10th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +8m54s9

IRC P/Acores SS14 @ 02:07 PM - Short play at the superspecial with not surprisingly no changes. Breen without risks. Midday point now reached. Results after SS14:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 2h03m48s6;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +13s1;
3rd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +1m20s1;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +2m19s9;
5th= Consani/Vilmot, Citroen, +4m35s4;
6th= Fontes/Ramalho, Citroen, +4m42s2;
7th= S.Moffett/Atkinson, Ford, +5m54s9;
8th= Butvilas/Heller, Subaru, +6m32s3;
9th= Rego/Silva, Mitsubishi, +7m35s6
10th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +8m20s6

IRC P/Acores SS13 - Clear lead now @ 12:44 AM - Kajetanowicz struggles on with tyres, heading a clear lead back to Breen. Results after SS13:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 2h00m10s;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +15s8;
3rd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +1m21s3;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +2m22s3;
5th= Consani/Vilmot, Citroen, +4m32s2;
6th= Fontes/Ramalho, Citroen, +4m38s1;
7th= S.Moffett/Atkinson, Ford, +5m51s1;
8th= Butvilas/Heller, Subaru, +6m28s2;
9th= Rego/Silva, Mitsubishi, +7m29s5
10th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +8m13s4

IRC P/Acores SS12 - what a start to the day! @ 11:48 AM - Lead changes again! Kajto say wrong tyres, too hard, maybe better for next stage, but Breen says the same and loses lead! Moura wins stage. Consani has brake problems but overtakes the other Citroen. Lots of fog in first km. Results after SS12:
1st= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, 1h42m14s1;
2nd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +0s5;
3rd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +1m18s4;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +2m16s9;
5th= Consani/Vilmot, Citroen, +4m06s4;
6th= Fontes/Ramalho, Citroen, +4m06s5;
7th= S.Moffett/Atkinson, Ford, +4m57s3;
8th= Butvilas/Heller, Subaru, +5m42s9;
9th= Rego/Silva, Mitsubishi, +6m33s4
10th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +6m59s3

Fri June 5, 2015

Breen & Kajto in huge fight IRC Breen & Kajto in huge fight The incredibly close battle between Craig Breen (Peugeot Rally Academy 208 T16) and Kajetan Kajetanowicz (LOTOS Rally Team Fiesta R5) continued on day two of the SATA Rallye Açores - with Breen regaining the lead on the day's final stage to lead overnight by just 2.3 seconds....

Sata Rallye Acores end of day2 IRC Sata Rallye Acores end of day2 As has often been the case on SATA Rallye Acores, the battle for the rally win will go down to the final day - and perhaps even the final stage, if the close competition today is anything to judge by. Peugeot 208 T16 driver Craig Breen claimed the lead again after the second r...

Jean-Pierre Nicolas on the Azores IRC Jean-Pierre Nicolas on the Azores Jean-Pierre Nicolas is a successful rally driver in his own right, having won five World Rally Championship events throughout his career and claimed 13 podiums. He was also sporting director for Peugeot and is now the general co-ordinator for the European Rally Championship. As s...

Acores monument for the rally IRC Acores monument for the rally Some of the top dignitaries from the Azores have gathered to unveil a monument to the most iconic stage on the SATA Rallye Acores, before the 50th edition gets underway on Thursday, counting as round four of the European Rally Championship. A sign depicting the route of the Se...

Markko Märtin remembers the Acores IRC Markko Märtin remembers the Acores Continuing our celebrations of 50 years of SATA Rallye Acores, we look back at Markko Martin's win on Sao Miguel in 2000. Following his victory on SATA Rallye Acores, he would go on to win five WRC events, before moving on to manage his own team. He continues to run MM-Motors...

When Juha Kankkunen won in the Acores IRC When Juha Kankkunen won in the Acores There have been some truly great winners in the history of the SATA Rallye Acores, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. But they don't come much greater than four-time World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen, who triumphed on the rally in 2001 driving a Subaru Impreza...

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IRC P/Acores SS11 - day2 @ 05:50 PM - Famous volcano stage, 10% asphalt. Just as on day1 Breen snaps the lead on the last stage of the day. Barros has spun and blocked the stage for some time, so some stage times are delayed. Tlustak crashed. Results after day2 (SS11):
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 1h26m44s7;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +2s3;
3rd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +1m20s9;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +2m09s1;
5th= Fontes/Ramalho, Citroen, +3m30s2;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Citroen, +3m39s8;
7th= S.Moffett/Atkinson, Ford, +4m34s7;
8th= Butvilas/Heller, Subaru, +4m49s6;
9th= Rego/Silva, Mitsubishi, +5m29s1
10th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +ms

IRC P/Acores SS10 @ 05:00 PM - A very technical stage, slippy downhill, full gravel. Breen keeps eating away from Kajto's lead with the volcano stage left for the day. Results after SS10:
1st= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, 1h06m08s9;
2nd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +2s8;
3rd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +1m03s2;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +1m43s;
5th= Fontes/Ramalho, Citroen, +2m45s2;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Citroen, +2m48s8;
7th= S.Moffett/Atkinson, Ford, +3m38s5;
8th= Butvilas/Heller, Subaru, +3m46s9;
9th= Rego/Silva, Mitsubishi, +3m52s6
10th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +4m07s9

IRC P/Acores SS9 @ 04:17 PM - Far more technical stage with 20% asphalt. Fontes passed Consani again. Costenaro as first on the road went off and blocked the road for the next two drivers. This means the times for Moffett and Butvilas are to be adjusted. Results after SS9:
1st= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, 1h00m34s8;
2nd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +4s1;
3rd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +59s5;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +1m35s8;
5th= Fontes/Ramalho, Citroen, +2m28s9;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Citroen, +2m30s4;
7th= S.Moffett/Atkinson, Ford, +3m21s5;
8th= Butvilas/Heller, Subaru, +3m29s1;
9th= Rego/Silva, Mitsubishi, +3m30s4
10th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +3m46s1

IRC P/Acores SS8 @ 03:48 PM - Very fast stage with 40% asphalt. But everybody came through without problems this time with Kajto & Moura tied for 2nd and Breen 1.6s faster. Results after SS8:
1st= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, 55m43s8;
2nd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +5s1;
3rd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +58s1;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +1m32s3;
5th= Consani/Vilmot, Citroen, +2m19s4;
6th= Fontes/Ramalho, Citroen, +2m22s8;
7th= S.Moffett/Atkinson, Ford, +2m59s8;
8th= Butvilas/Heller, Subaru, +3m07s5;
9th= Costenaro/Bardini, Peugeot(S2000), +3m12s1
10th= Rego/Silva, Mitsubishi, +3m06s9

IRC P/Acores SS7 @ 01:31 PM - This is the famous Sete Cidades volcano stage. Breen had 2 spins and lost his lead. Costenaro and Tlustak had spins too. Consani passes Fontes for fastest Citroen. Raoux is stopped with a mechanical problem. Results after SS7:
1st= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, 52m09s5;
2nd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +6s7;
3rd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +58s1;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +1m27s7;
5th= Consani/Vilmot, Citroen, +2m11s8;
6th= Fontes/Ramalho, Citroen, +2m16s6;
7th= S.Moffett/Atkinson, Ford, +2m50s;
8th= Butvilas/Heller, Subaru, +2m57s3;
9th= Costenaro/Bardini, Peugeot(S2000), +2m57s5
10th= Rego/Silva, Mitsubishi, +3m06s9

IRC P/Acores SS6 @ 12:44 AM - Breen had a slow puncture at the end of previous stage and minus spare must go careful here and in Sete Cidades. Botka lost his ERC2 lead again with a mechanical problem. Results after SS6:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 31m16s9;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +2s4;
3rd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +19s1;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +54s5;
5th= Fontes/Ramalho, Citroen, +1m10s9;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Citroen, +1m22s;
7th= Butvilas/Heller, Subaru, +1m35s6;
8th= Costenaro/Bardini, Peugeot(S2000), +1m39s6;
9th= Rego/Silva, Mitsubishi, +1m41s2
10th= Barros/Henriques, Ford, +1m41s4

IRC P/Acores SS4 @ 11:32 AM - Josh Moffett 4th fastest only to crash after the finish line. Consani with gear shift problems. This stage is SS2 reverse and has 40% asphalt. Results after SS4:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 20m44s3;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1s5;
3rd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +7s2;
4th= J.Moffett/Rowan, Ford, +27s3;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +39s3;
6th= Fontes/Ramalho, Citroen, +42s2;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Citroen, +50s3;
8th= Butvilas/Heller, Subaru, +56s4;
9th= Botka/Michalik, Mitsubishi, +58s7
10th= S.Moffett/Atkinson, Ford, +59s7

Thu June 4, 2015

Breen leads after day1 IRC Breen leads after day1 Craig Breen leads SATA Rallye Açores overnight, the first gravel round of the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship, after the opening three stages on the mid-Atlantic island of São Miguel. Co-driven by Scott Martin, the Peugeot Rally Academy 208 T16 driver had trailed Kajetan ...

SATA Acores end of day1 IRC SATA Acores end of day1 European Rally Championship leader Craig Breen is in front of the SATA Rallye Acores after the first three stages, which consisted of two short speed tests (the Grupo Marques superspecial at 3.22 kilometres and Solucoes M at 7.23 kilometres) followed by the first longer stage of ...

Drivers choose their starting order IRC Drivers choose their starting order European Rally Championship leader Craig Breen finished the qualifying stage fastest this morning - as a result of which he had the right to choose his preferred starting position for the 50th SATA Rally Acores, which gets away this afternoon at 17:00 (local time) with the Grupo ...

Breen fastest in Acores qualifying IRC Breen fastest in Acores qualifying Irishman and European Rally Championship leader Craig Breen, who was deprived of the chance to win SATA Rally Acores last year due to a mechanical problem, has got the 50th anniversary edition off to the best possible start by winning the qualifying stage in his Peugeot 208 T16. ...

Peugeot high hopes for Acores Peugeot Peugeot high hopes for Acores As in Ireland, the Peugeot Rally Academy is fielding its full line-up in the Azores for Round 4 of the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship (ERC). The island of São Miguel will host a 49-strong entry which features the three Peugeot Rally Academy crews, namely Craig Breen/Scott M...

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IRC P/Acores SS3 - day1 @ 08:03 PM - Breen wins stage and takes tiny lead. Sam Moffett did not want to finish 10th today for starting order tomorrow, but he might have been a little too good for that! Results after day1 (SS3):
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 17m09s7;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1s4;
3rd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +6s2;
4th= J.Moffett/Rowan, Ford, +24s7;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +31s;
6th= Fontes/Ramalho, Citroen, +32s7;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Citroen, +38s6;
8th= Butvilas/Heller, Subaru, +42s3;
9th= S.Moffett/Atkinson, Ford, +44s;
10th= Costenaro/Bardini, Peugeot(S2000), +48s1

IRC P/Acores SS2 @ 07:14 PM - Breen wins stage but fellow 208 T16 drivers Magalhaes and Martin have more problems with th epop off valve, Martin losing over a minute. Results after SS2:
1st= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, 7m15s5;
2nd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +1s4;
3rd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +1s8;
4th= J.Moffett/Rowan, Ford, +12s6;
5th= Consani/Vilmot, Citroen, +13s4;
6th= Butvilas/Heller, Subaru, +13s5;
7th= Botka/Michalik, Mitsubishi, +16s1;
8th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +16s5;
9th= Fontes/Ramalho, Citroen, +16s8;
10th= Vale/Medeiros, Subaru, +16s9

IRC P/Acores SS1 @ 06:42 PM - Kajetanowicz dominates the Grupo Marques stage as the gaps are surprisingly big for a superspecial show stage. Several Peugeots complain about a problem with the pop off valve. Results after SS1:
1st= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, 3m33s7;
2nd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +1s5;
3rd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, +3s;
4th= Costenaro/Bardini, Peugeot(S2000), +5s;
5th= Rodrigues/Rodrigues, Mitsubishi, +5s1;
6th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +5s4;
7th= Vale/Medeiros, Subaru, +5s5;
8th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +5s7;
9th= Butvilas/Heller, Subaru, +6s3;
10th= Consani/Vilmot, Citroen, +6s7

Wed June 3, 2015

Opel ready for the Azores Adventure IRC Opel ready for the Azores Adventure It is with great anticipation and hope that the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team starts with the two works-ADAM R2 into the gravel adventure of the SATA Rallye Acores. With two victories in the two FIA ERC Junior Championship rounds so far, the Swedish Opel works driver Emil Bergkvis...

Q&A Bruno Magalhaes IRC Q&A Bruno Magalhaes Bruno Magalhaes on winning in the Azores, doing the recce aged 14, and why his life is all about cars and houses. Bruno Magalhaes from Portugal is a two-time winner of the SATA Rallye Acores, in 2008 and 2010. This year he's back with a Peugeot 208 T16 in the top R5 class - a...

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