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Sun April 30, 2006

Argentina win no. 24 for Loeb WRC Argentina win no. 24 for Loeb World champion Sebastien Loeb secured his second consecutive Rally Argentina win today and also the Frenchman's 24th victory at WRC level, after a wonderfully controlled victory over Petter Solberg. The Norwegian had narrowed the overnight gap to 44 seconds, but everything wa...

Petter clings on to slim hopes WRC Petter clings on to slim hopes Two Subarus that are still mechanically sound is perhaps the nest news to emerge after the second leg of the rally of Argentina. Petter Solberg again demonstrated the Impreza WRC2006’s competitive pace on gravel. The Norwegian set two fastest stage times to consolidate his secon...

WRC Business as usual for Loeb

WRC Petter chips away at Seb's lead

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Loeb secures wonderful victory @ 08:31 PM - Rally Argentina - final classification ... 1 LOEB 4:06:51.3 ... 2 SOLBERG +44.6 ... 3 GALLI +3:24.3 ... 4 STOHL +3:40.0 ... 5 SORDO +5:40.2 ... 6 ATKINSON +5:43.8 ... 7 H SOLBERG +9:28.7 ... 8 WILSON +10:34.6 ... 9 PEREZ COMPANC +10:52.3 ... 10 GRÖNHOLM +14:08.7

WRC Argentina results @ 04:26 PM -

WRC Argentina results @ 04:26 PM - Provisional, unofficial end results of Rally Argentina 2006 and championship points tables after the event are found in the top frame menu under events > Argentina and under points

WRC Petter closes on Seb @ 09:07 AM - Overall positions at the end of leg two ... 1 LOEB 3:31:03.6 ... 2 SOLBERG +43.1 ... 3 GALLI +02:36.4 ... 4 H SOLBERG +03:36.8 ... 5 STOHL +03:41.1 ... 6 ATKINSON +04:22.7 ... 7 SORDO +05:04.0 ... 8 PEREZ COMPANC +09:26.6 ... 9 WILSON +09:37.5 ... 10 GRÖNHOLM +14:20.8

Sat April 29, 2006

OMV on course for podium Peugeot OMV on course for podium The “Rally Argentina” was true to its reputation in the afternoon of day one. Several drivers fell victim to the extremely tough special stages. The OMV Peugeot World Rally Team, however, impressed with sensational special stage times. At the end of day one Manfred Stohl had reac...

Both Stobart Fords in top 10 Ford Both Stobart Fords in top 10 The Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team ended the first leg of Rally Argentina with both cars inside the overall top ten despite the tough and gruelling nature of the dusty rock strewn stages around Cordoba in central Argentina, with 19 year-old British driver Matthew Wilson 37 se...

Seb walks on watersplashes Citroen Seb walks on watersplashes At the end of a gruelling first leg, which comprised almost half the competitive distance of the rally, Sébastien Loeb, Daniel Elena and their Kronos-run Citroen Xsara WRC returned to the Feriar Complex in Cordoba leading the event. Dani Sordo and Marc Marti were sixth overnig...

Solberg close to Loeb Subaru Solberg close to Loeb Petter Solberg holds second place overall at the end of Leg one of Rally Argentina. Solberg was fastest on three of the Leg’s nine stages and will start tomorrow’s second day of competition less than 20 seconds behind rally leader Sebastien Loeb. On only his second Rally Argentin...

Gronholm leads before retirement Ford Gronholm leads before retirement BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen led Rally Argentina for much of today's opening leg until problems halted their Focus RS World Rally Car this afternoon. The Finns won two speed tests to build an advantage on this sixth round of the FIA Wor...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Loeb leads as weather hits rally @ 06:09 PM - It's been a windy and raining morning as Loeb opens up a comfortable cushion to Solberg after SS14 (Cabalango 2) ... 1 LOEB 2:45:14.0 ... 2 SOLBERG +57.5 ... 3 GALLI +02:00.6 ... 4 H SOLBERG +03:10.7 ... 5 STOHL +03:17.9 ... 6 ATKINSON +03:46.1 ... 7 SORDO +03:48.2 ... 8 WILSON +07:21.1 ... 9 PEREZ COMPANC +07:26.0 ... 10 MACHALE +10:52.4

Fri April 28, 2006

Marcus falters to let Loeb in WRC Marcus falters to let Loeb in The first seven stages of the Rally of Argentina went smoothly for Ford's Marcus Gronholm, as he opened up an 8 seconds lead at the end of the first run through the 12 kms of La Falda (SS7). World champion Sebastien Loeb (above) had spun on stage three, and whilst he was slow...

Strong Shakedown for OMV Peugeot Strong Shakedown for OMV The differences to recent years at the „Rally Argentina 2006“, sixth run to the FIA World Rally Championship, were already obvious during the shakedown on Thursday. Prior to 2006 the rally was held in July, the Argentinan winter, while this year’s run takes place in April, the So...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Argentina - End of Leg One @ 09:50 PM - After SS10 (La Cumbre 1) ... 1 LOEB 1:53:58.7 ... 2 SOLBERG +19.8 ... 3 GALLI +59.4 ... 4 STOHL +01:12.1 ... 5 H SOLBERG +01:31.8 ... 6 SORDO +02:15.1 ... 7 ATKINSON +02:29.4 ... 8 WILSON +04:08.7 ... 9 PEREZ COMPANC +04:46.1 ... 10 MACHALE +07:07.2

WRC Argentina final results(?) @ 08:03 PM - That was quick! Marcus Grönholm has stopped on SS8 after hitting a rock a stage earlier. With no-one else started, we congratulate Sébastien Loeb on winning the Rally Argentina!

Sun April 23, 2006

FFSA's idea of rallye action WRC FFSA's idea of rallye action Nicolas Vouilloz in the Yacco-BSA Peugeot 307 WRC (using the car Alex Bengué drove in Catalunya and Corsica recently) took a convincing victory on the Rallye Lyon-Charbonnières, the opening round of the French Rallye Championship. After a short leg1 Nicolas Vouilloz/Nicolas Kling...

Fri April 21, 2006

Prodrive's new rally project WRC Prodrive's new rally project Since entries in WRC events seem slim this year and FFSA seems to be fighting a bit with FIA (recently there were reports of FFSA head Jacques Regis as the ex-rallies commission president and ISC boss David Richards having several “different oppinions” on the WRC future in public...

Stohl's 100th WRC Stohl's 100th Manfred Stohl celebrates his 100th WRC start in the Rally Argentina next week. It also is his 25th start in a WRCar at world level. Other drivers may have got further after 100 WRC starts (i.e. Loeb has his 76th start, tho he is extreme), but Manfred’s career has been unusual. Ma...

Mon April 17, 2006

Football star Podolski goes rallying Skoda Football star Podolski goes rallying Lukas Podolski, the 20 year old shooting star of German football, ventured on an excursion into rallying last week. On a special stage of a rally in Daun, over twelve kilometres of closed off road, he experienced the Skoda Fabia World Rally Car, driven by Armin Schwarz, as a co-d...

Wed April 12, 2006

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Photo and Tipping Updates @ 02:45 PM - UPDATE:

Mon April 10, 2006

Outlook on Argentina WRC Outlook on Argentina Meanwhile we have already the entry list for Rally Argentina. Unfortunately after super exciting Tour de Corse, this is going to be a wake up call to modern world championship reality. Don't want to say much more. Rather spend the rest of the day thinking about the event that ...

Sun April 9, 2006

23rd win for Sebastien Loeb Citroen 23rd win for Sebastien Loeb Just two weeks after the RallyRACC Catalunya, it’s a case of deja-vu for the Kronos team. The squad finishes the sequence of asphalt events at the start of the year with two victories in two rallies. Once more there are two Xsara WRCs on the podium. And in Corsica, there are thre...

Two Points for Manfred Stohl Peugeot Two Points for Manfred Stohl The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team has reached its goal at the “Rallye de France - Tour de Corse”. Seventh overall place and two WRC-points mean that the OMV duo Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor defended fourth place in the FIA World Rally Championship intermediate ranking. Thus the...

Corsica podium for Gronholm Ford Corsica podium for Gronholm BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen claimed their fourth podium finish in five rallies by finishing second on the Rallye de France Tour de Corse today. The Finns won two speed tests and were fastest in the third and final leg over the twisty and...

Wilson brings it home 16th Ford Wilson brings it home 16th Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team driver Matthew Wilson fought back in the final day of Rallye de France – Tour de Corse to move up the standings after crashing out of the running early on Saturday. The 19-year old from Cumbria is the youngest and only British full-time driver i...

Corsica turns asphalt test for Subaru Subaru Corsica turns asphalt test for Subaru Petter Solberg and Stéphane Sarrazin continued to test set-ups and gather more development data in the final Leg of the 2006 Tour de Corse. Both drivers had trouble-free runs in their Subaru Impreza WRC2006s and finished the rally eighth and 11th respectively to collect seven man...

3 Points for Red Bull Skoda Skoda 3 Points for Red Bull Skoda Today's final leg in Corsica was a bit monotonous for Harri Rovanpera. His twelfth position was safe from Chris Atkinson behind him, and Petter Solberg was several minutes ahead: "The rally was very tough for me from the beginning. To drive a completely new car for a new team ...

Kopecky fends of Solberg for 10th Skoda Kopecky fends of Solberg for 10th The Czech Rally Team Škoda-Kopecký crew of Jan Kopecký and Filip Schovánek came tenth in the challenging asphalt rally of the Tour de Course. The game plan for the final part of the rally was to close the gap on Galli and challenge Sarazzin. However, the efforts of Jan and Filip ...

Loeb wins gripping Tour de Corse WRC Loeb wins gripping Tour de Corse Sébastien Loeb again won the Tour de Corse. It is traditionally a good event for French car manufacturers and also for Loeb (and not for Subaru, in contrary to what that manufacturer claimed in press releases before the event).It is Loeb’s 23rd world championship rally victory, p...

Loeb wins gripping Tour de Corse WRC Loeb wins gripping Tour de Corse Sébastien Loeb again won the Tour de Corse. It is traditionally a good event for French car manufacturers and also for Loeb (and not for Subaru, in contrary to what that manufacturer claimed in press releases before the event).It is Loeb’s 23rd world championship rally victory, p...

Kopecky climbs to 10th on day two Skoda Kopecky climbs to 10th on day two Jan Kopecký and Filip Schovánek continued Saturday's leg of the asphalt Tour de Course in their Škoda Fabia WRC in the colours of the Czech Rally Team Škoda-Kopecký....

NEWS JUST IN

WRC F SS11 - 1 to go and still fighting @ 11:34 AM - Loeb clearly eased off. But Hirvonen narrows gap to 3rd to only 5.2s! Solberg spins and is again 12.1s away from top10. Provisional unofficial results after SS11: 1 Loeb, Citroen 3h24m04s1; 2 Grönholm, Ford +33s3; 3 Sordo, Citroen +1m42s6; 4 Hirvonen, Ford +1m47s8; 5 Bengué, Peugeot +2m45s1; 6 Pons, Citroen +2m58s9; 7 Stohl, Peugeot +4m31s6; 8 Sarrazin, Subaru +4m58s6; 9 Galli, Peugeot +5m24s6; 10 Kopecky, Skoda +5m50s4;

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