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Sat April 30, 2005

Loeb Untouchable at the top Citroen Loeb Untouchable at the top Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena succeeded in controlling from in front throughout Leg 2 and their efforts have seen them extend their cushion over Petter Solberg from 31.7s this morning to 55.2s tonight. Meanwhile, François Duval and Stéphane Prévot were able to re-start today th...

Disappointing 2nd day for Skoda Skoda Disappointing 2nd day for Skoda Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team drivers Janne Tuohino and Armin Schwarz retired from day two of Rally Italia-Sardinia although, under the 2005 regulations, they remain classified in 12th and 16th places respectively this evening and Janne is still in the championship points pos...

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WRC I leg2 - Loeb by a minute @ 05:15 PM - And yet more lottery rally victims, this time end of road for Gardemeister (oil pressure) and Tuohino (off) and Johannson (suspension) and Sarrazin (transmission) and.... Unofficial results after leg2: 1 Loeb 3h13m44s7 2 Solberg +55s2 3 Rovanperä +3m01s4 4 Grönholm +3m14s6 5 Märtin +3m20s5 6 Higgins +7m23s8 7 Kresta +7m37s6 8 Pykälistö +8m23s9 9 Warmbold +8m34s4 10 Stohl +8m54s7

WRC I SS10 - close gaps for 3rd place @ 04:09 PM - The gap between places 3-4-5-6 is onle 14 seconds! But they can't really fight for positions, first of all the cars have to stay in one piece. Victims of this stage: Henning Solberg, Armin Schwarz... basically no-one left in JWRC either. Unofficial results after SS10: 1 Loeb 2h46m07s3 2 Solberg +35s6 3 Rovanperä +2m40s6 4 Märtin +2m45s4 5 Gardemeister +2m49s 6 Grönholm +2m53s8 7 Higgins +5m58s6 8 Kresta +6m14s5 9 Johansson +6m40s7 10 Pykälistö +6m42s7

WRC I SS8 - more rough @ 11:32 AM - And to make it all cheaper we do souprally and give Atkinson (suspension) and Galli (no fuel pressure) the chance to wreck and retire their cars for the 2nd time in 1 rally. Both the OMV Citroens drop severe time too. Unofficial results after SS8: 1 Loeb 2h22m49s7 2 Solberg +36s2 3 Rovanperä +2m11s9 4 Märtin +2m22s4 5 Gardemeister +2m34s9 6 Grönholm +2m37s1 7 H Solberg +4m41s2 8 Higgins +5m03s5 9 Schwarz +5m13s3 10 Kresta +5m31s5

WRC I SS7 - rough lottery day @ 09:30 AM - Carlsson and sensationally 3rd yesterday Hirvonen have stopped on the stage with suspected suspension damage. Pons crashed and is blocking the stage. And this was supposed to be the smoothest stage of the day. Unofficial results after SS7: 1 Loeb 1h54m38s2 2 Solberg +38s7 3 Rovanperä +1m37s3 4 Gardemeister +1m49s9 5 Märtin +1m52s 6 Grönholm +2m21s2 7 Pykälistö +3m20s8 8 Schwarz +3m35s4 9 Kresta +3m41s7 10 H Solberg +3m45s3

Fri April 29, 2005

Loeb with firm lead on leg 1 Citroen Loeb with firm lead on leg 1 It's never over until the finish line has been crossed, and that adage proved true once again today when Citroën's hopes of a close formation finish in Sardinia were dashed in a matter of seconds on SS5 (‘Crastazza 2'). Minutes previously, the team's two Xsara WRCs ha...

Rovanpera 4th - Leg 1, Gali Out Mitsubishi Rovanpera 4th - Leg 1, Gali Out The Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05 crew of Harri Rovanperä and Risto Pietiläinen hold a fine fourth overall at the end of the opening leg of Rally Italia Sardinia, round five of the FIA World Rally Championship. Team-mates "Gigi" Galli and Guido D’Amore were on the pace from the outset ...

Peugeot Ups and Downs Peugeot Peugeot Ups and Downs Marcus Gronholm, who picked hard tyres, surprised all his rivals by setting the quickest time over the opening stage which was nearly 30 kilometres long. His compatriot Harri Rovanpera, who set second fastest time, was 9 seconds behind followed by Petter Solberg and Sebastien Loe...

Solberg Holds Second after Leg 1 Subaru Solberg Holds Second after Leg 1 Subaru driver Petter Solberg holds second place on Rally Italia Sardinia tonight after a gruelling day of competition. Despite running first on the road, the Norwegian delivered a string of competitive times aboard his Subaru Impreza WRC2005 to end the day 31 seconds behind the l...

Gardemeister recovers to 5th Ford Gardemeister recovers to 5th Two Ford Focus RS World Rally Cars held top five positions after a dramatic first day of the Rally Italia Sardinia. BP-Ford World Rally Team's Toni Gardemeister and Jakke Honkanen staged a tremendous fightback up the leaderboard after delays this morning to end the leg in fif...

Positive 1st day for Skoda Skoda Positive 1st day for Skoda Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team drivers Armin Schwarz and Janne Tuohino hold eighth and 15th places respectively after the opening day of Rally Italia-Sardinia, the fifth round of the 2005 World Rally Championship. Today’s opening leg was run under clear blue skies and in tempe...

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WRC I leg1 - Loeb clear @ 04:08 PM - Unofficial results after leg1: 1 Loeb 1h34m51s3 2 Solberg +31s7 3 Hirvonen +59s 4 Rovanperä +1m17s7 5 Gardemeister +1m33s8 6 Märtin +1m34s5 7 Grönholm +2m11s9 8 Schwarz +2m16s3 9 Pykälistö +2m21s8 10 Stohl +2m28s1

WRC I SS5 - Crastazza stage asking its toll @ 03:24 PM - Atkinson retired with suspension problems, Galli delayed for similar problem, Duval retired after rolling. Unofficial results after SS5: 1 Loeb 1h22m27s7 2 Solberg +25s7 3 Hirvonen +42s3 4 Rovanperä +54s2 5 Märtin +1m12s7 6 Gardemeister +1m21s3 7 Schwarz +1m27s8 8 Grönholm +1m45s1 9 Carlsson +2m01s1 10 Kresta +2m04s4

WRC I SS4 - Grönholm back in shape @ 02:31 PM - ... winning SS4 following his major SS3 roll. Unofficial results after SS4: 1 Loeb 1h09m32s2 2 Duval +9s1 3 Solberg +11s7 4 Hirvonen +25s 5 Rovanperä +30s1 6 Schwarz +49s4 7 Märtin +50s 8 Atkinson +50s8 9 Galli +51s9 10 Gardemeister +1m06s4

WRC I SS3 - Grönholm rolls, as usual @ 10:29 AM - This means within 2 stages Loeb moves from 9th to 1st, Grönholm from 1st to 22nd. Unofficial results after SS3: 1 Loeb 48m14s3 2 Hirvonen +7s9 3 Solberg +8s7 4 Duval +9s1 5 Atkinson +9s9 6 Rovanperä +22s5 7 Schwarz +23s5 8 Märtin +33s3 9 Galli +37s9 10 Carlsson +40s8

WRC I SS2 - Loeb wins the stage @ 09:59 AM - Unofficial results after SS2: 1 Grönholm 35m15s9 2 Loeb +16s6 3 Atkinson +16s4 4 Duval +19s1 5 Hirvonen +19s6 6 Solberg +21s8 7 Rovanperä +24s1 8 Schwarz +27s6 =9 Märtin +37s9 =9 Carlsson +37s9

WRC I SS1 - rocky start @ 08:52 AM - With Toni Gardemeister first to hit rock damage but still running. Strong times by Mitsubishi. Atkinson as quick as Solberg. Unofficial results after SS1: 1 Grönholm 21m47s9 2 Rovanperä +9s =3 Solberg +10s1 =3 Atkinson +10s1 5 Galli +12s8 6 Duval +17s 7 Schwarz +17s9 8 Hirvonen +18s3 9 Loeb +19s8 10 Higgins +20s8

Thu April 28, 2005

Rally Japan Races Ahead WRC Rally Japan Races Ahead Rally Japan today released its pre-event information guide, Rally Guide 1. The event will be similar in structure to 2004, though with new stages to reduce the overall time of the route. The main challenge for the Organisers will be to repeat their success in providing a high...

Wed April 27, 2005

Questions to the Citroen Team Citroen Questions to the Citroen Team Questions to Guy Fréquelin… Rally New Zealand brought a smile back to your face… "How could I not have been pleased? The team has succeeded in finding the key to success in New Zealand. It was one of the objectives I had set it and everyone dearly wanted to achieve i...

Debut Trip to Sardinia for Lancer WRC Mitsubishi Debut Trip to Sardinia for Lancer WRC After the long haul to México and New Zealand, the FIA World Rally Championship returns to Europe for the first of four events hosted in the Mediterranean. Rally Italia is hosted on the diverse south-westerly island of Sardinia, immediately south of Corsica where the teams will h...

Lack of Experience No Italian Hinderance Ford Lack of Experience No Italian Hinderance BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Toni Gardemeister and Jakke Honkanen and team-mates Roman Kresta and Jan Možný face a steep learning curve as Sardinia's gravel roads signal the FIA World Rally Championship's return to Europe after two flyaway rounds. However, their lack o...

Citroen Aim to Repeat Kiwi Success Citroen Citroen Aim to Repeat Kiwi Success Back in Europe after its successful trip to New Zealand, World Champions Citroën and Sébastien Loeb will aim for their third win of the season in Sardinia and the Italian round of the world rally Championship this weekend (April 28 - 1 May 2005), but despite a podium finish last ...

Subaru Trio on Sardinia Subaru Subaru Trio on Sardinia Subaru will take a three-car team to Sardinia. The latest specification Impreza WRC2005's will be driven by Petter Solberg (co-driven by Phil Mills), Chris Atkinson (co-driven by Glenn MacNeall) and Stéphane Sarrazin (co-driven by Denis Giraudet). After winning two of the firs...

Jyväskylä or Lahti as Finland 06 Host? WRC Jyväskylä or Lahti as Finland 06 Host? 2005 is the last year of the current 3-year-contract which Neste Rally Finland organisers, AKK Sports Ltd, have with the city of Jyväskylä that has hosted the Finnish round of the FIA World Rally Championship since 1951. The city of Lahti has also expressed a strong interest in h...

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WRC Pacenotes - all you need to know @ 08:42 AM - Our pacenotes feature article has been updated with the images that have been missing. If you haven't read Chris' three-page article it's well worth a read.

Mon April 25, 2005

Skoda looking for better result in Italy Skoda Skoda looking for better result in Italy After ‘long-haul’ events in Mexico and New Zealand returns to Europe for the next four gravel rounds of the World Rally Championship. Round five, Rallye d’Italia-Sardinia (April 28-May 2) again sees the Fabia WRC 05 being driven by Armin Schwarz/Klaus Wicha and Janne Tuohino/Mikk...

3 cars for Skoda in Greece Skoda 3 cars for Skoda in Greece The Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team is to make a three-car Fabia WRC 05 entry for the Acropolis Rally in Greece (June 23-26), the eighth round of the 2005 World Rally Championship. Janne Tuohino/Mikko Markkula and Jani Paasonen/Jani Vainikka will join Armin Schwarz/Klaus Wicha ...

Thu April 21, 2005

Interview Beef Park Peugeot Interview Beef Park Somehow it makes me laugh this interview flew into my hands with a head line "I should have paid more attention at school". I actually once went to school with Beef Park. It was years ago a navigator school in the UK Peugeot Cup. Beef was the teacher! Together with your ...

Interview: Vencent Laverne Peugeot Interview: Vencent Laverne Just like the two-faced Roman God entrusted with watching over the gates of the city, Vincent Laverne's mission is to check everything that can affect the team's operation during a round of the World Rally Championship. You have been Peugeot Sport's WRC coordina...

Peugeot ready to battle in Sardinia Peugeot Peugeot ready to battle in Sardinia Round 5 of the 2005 World Rally Championship's sixteen qualifying events takes crews to Sardinia for the first in a sequence of four rough gravel events which all take place in Mediterranean rim countries. Marcus Grönholm and Markko Märtin go into the first of these encounters...

WRC Sardinia itinerary

Fri April 15, 2005

New designer for Ford Ford New designer for Ford M-Sport, the British-based team which runs Ford's programme in the FIA World Rally Championship, has named Simon Carrier as its new chief designer. Carrier, who has worked at M-Sport since 2002, will play a prominent role in the design of the new Focus RS World Rally Car whic...

Tue April 12, 2005

Fabia S1600 to make rally debut Skoda Fabia S1600 to make rally debut Jan Kopecky will start the Rallysprint Pelhøimov this weekend with No.1 on the door of a Super 1600 Fabia Kit Car. The new machine, which has been prepared as a joint project between Skoda Auto, Skoda Motorsport and Impromat Car S.R.O., has not yet been homologated as the eng...

Mon April 11, 2005

Mitsubishi Barratt gains valuable experience

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