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Sun April 27, 2008

Suzuki take positives from Jordan Suzuki Suzuki take positives from Jordan Prior to the event, the third and final day of the Jordan Rally had been billed as the toughest. With the arduous Jordan River stage - at 41.45km, the longest of the event - run twice, it was not going to be a battle to the finish in the continued scorching temperatures. The day ...

Another podium for Chris Subaru Another podium for Chris Chris Atkinson and Stéphane Prévot secured a podium finish on the final day of the Jordan Rally after another day of change amongst the front-runners. The only entry for the Subaru World Rally Team today, the duo snatched a step of the podium as those in front stumbled to make it...

Citroen Sordo scores a deserved podium

Ford All Stobart drivers score in Jordan

Ford Hirvonen sweeps to Jordan win

Sat April 26, 2008

Chris climbs to 4th Subaru Chris climbs to 4th Chris Atkinson and Stéphane Prévot hold fourth position overall for the Subaru World Rally Team after battling in-car temperatures of over 40 degrees Celsius. Petter Solberg and Phil Mills however were ruled out of the competition on the day’s final stage, having earlier demonstr...

JML & Mikko gear up for showdown Ford JML & Mikko gear up for showdown BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team goes into tomorrow's final day of the Jordan Rally perfectly poised to challenge for victory on this fifth round of the FIA World Rally Championship. Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila lie second in a Ford Focus RS World Rally Car with te...

Mixed day for Citroen Sport Citroen Mixed day for Citroen Sport The second day of the Jordan Rally ended this evening on the shores of the Dead Sea with Dani Sordo/Marc Martí still in front with their Citroën C4 WRC. Urmo Aava/Kuldar Sikk are fifth with their Citroën C4 WRC which is run by PH Sport with the support of technicians from Citr...

Andersson enjoys trouble free day 2 Suzuki Andersson enjoys trouble free day 2 P-G Andersson re-started the second day of Jordan Rally and set top 10 times on all but one of the day's eight stages in a solid display of consistent pace from the Swede. The double Junior Rally Champion's Suzuki SX4 WRC ran without any technical faults for the duration of...

Stobart a strong top 10 force in Jordan Ford Stobart a strong top 10 force in Jordan A drama-filled day 2 of the Jordan Rally has seen all three Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team members advance inside the top-ten leaderboard. The current results put both nominated points scoring crews in a strong position for another solid haul in the FIA World Rally Championsh...

Fri April 25, 2008

Gruelling first day in Jordan for SWRT Subaru Gruelling first day in Jordan for SWRT After the first intensely punishing day of competition on the very first WRC round in the Middle East, Chris Atkinson and Stéphane Prévot finished in fifth position overall. The Subaru World Rally Team duo of Petter Solberg and Phil Mills took an early lead but were forced to ret...

Citroen flying high in Jordan Citroen Citroen flying high in Jordan The fiercely fought opening leg of the Jordan Rally, the latest addition to the World Rally Championship calendar, saw Dani Sordo/Marc Martí and their Citroën C4 WRC complete the day on top of the provisional leaderboard, while Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena follow in second place...

Tricky start for Suzuki in Jordan Suzuki Tricky start for Suzuki in Jordan In a day of searing heat alongside the Dead Sea, the Suzuki World Rally Team had a challenging start to the first ever World Rally Championship round in Jordan. Finland's Toni Gardemeister ended the opening test inside the top 10 positions and in a confident mood. Unfortunatel...

Ford play tactics in Jordan Ford Ford play tactics in Jordan Measured performances in the furnace of the Dead Sea valley placed BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team in the ideal position following the opening day of the Jordan Rally. Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila lie third on this fifth round of the FIA World Rally Championship, wit...

Wilson leads Stobart attack Ford Wilson leads Stobart attack Matthew Wilson/Scott Martin lead the way for the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team after a successful opening day of Rally Jordan; round five of the FIA World Rally Championship. Team-mates Henning Solberg/Cato Menkerud brushed of a slowish start to finish day 1 in the final poi...

Solberg the first Global Ambassador Subaru Solberg the first Global Ambassador Petter Solberg has become the first Global Ambassador for HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein’s initiative to bring together conflicting communities across the world through sport. Solberg’s involvement with the programme was announced prior to the ceremonial start of the inaugural Rall...

Thu April 24, 2008

Stohl set for Portugal IRC Stohl set for Portugal Well-known Austrian Manfred Stohl (pictured) is to make his debut on the Intercontinental Rally Challenge on the Rally Portugal - where he will drive a Peugeot 207 S2000 for the first time....

Wed April 23, 2008

A step into the unknown for Suzuki Suzuki A step into the unknown for Suzuki In common with all the teams, Suzuki takes a step into the unknown next weekend with the very first World Championship rally in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. However, Suzuki will be hoping to turn this situation in to a positive - as for the first time all year nobody starts a...

Ford Stobart Team Jaunt to Jordan

Citroen C4 to compete below sea level Citroen Citroen C4 to compete below sea level For the first time in WRC history, the fifth round of the 2008 FIA World Rally Championship takes world class rallying to Jordan where Citroën has entered C4 WRCs for Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena and Dani Sordo/Marc Martí. Two privatelyentered C4s, run by PH-Sport with the support...

SWRT readied for sand, sea and salt Subaru SWRT readied for sand, sea and salt For the first time in the history of the World Rally Championship, crews will travel to the Middle East for the fifth event of the 2008 season. The debutant Rally Jordan is set to be a gruelling challenge of hard-base sandy roads that sprawl through the region’s desert plains fro...

Sat April 19, 2008

Poland joins IRC supporters IRC Poland joins IRC supporters The Rally Poland – which is the second-oldest rally in the world after Monte Carlo – has become an IRC Supporter Event. This means that the two oldest rallies in the world now have an affiliation with the IRC!...

Loix buoyed by pre-Portugal test IRC Loix buoyed by pre-Portugal test Peugeot Belgium driver Freddy Loix has been buoyed by a pre-Portugal test in the south of France, following his disappointment on the Istanbul when he lost nearly four minutes with a puncture on the opening morning. Loix’s test in Plan de la Tour concentrated particularly on i...

Fri April 18, 2008

Skoda continue with S2000 tests + video Skoda Skoda continue with S2000 tests + video Skoda Motorsport continued asphalt testing of the Fabia S2000 last week during a 2 day session at the famous test track at Bela pod Bezdezem near the team's Mlada Boleslav base. Formerly a military proving ground, Bela is now in private ownership and has been resurfaced. Jan K...

Wed April 16, 2008

Gronholm makes rallycross move Ford Gronholm makes rallycross move Ford of Sweden today announced that double world rally champion Marcus Grönholm will drive a 600bhp Ford Fiesta in up to six rounds of the 2008 European Rallycross Championship division one for Andreas Eriksson's Motor Sport Evolution team. Grönholm, who led the BP Ford World...

Campos awarded BFG drive in Portugal IRC Campos awarded BFG drive in Portugal Portuguese driver Miguel Campos has won the race to join the ´BFGoodrich drivers team´ - so he will drive this specially-liveried Peugeot 207 S2000 on his native Portugal Rally from May 8-10....

General Stuart Jones ready for Super 2008

Tue April 15, 2008

Stars line up for Portugal IRC Stars line up for Portugal The Rally de Portugal, round two of the IRC that takes place from May 8-10, will feature the most star-studded line-up yet to be seen in the history of the series. For a start, two-time World Rally Champion Marcus Gronholm will be driving the zero car (which covers all the sta...

IRC 2WD Cup gets underway IRC IRC 2WD Cup gets underway Istanbul was also the inaugural event of the IRC 2WD Cup, for two-wheel drive cars. The battle for the class win – which was only settled on the final stage – hung in the balance throughout the event, underlining just how closely matched the main contenders were....

Sat April 12, 2008

Rossetti aiming for more IRC IRC Rossetti aiming for more IRC IRC series leader Luca Rossetti is aiming to increase his programme this year after a hugely successful start. The Peugeot Italy driver has the Italian Championship as his main focus this year, but he is targeting some more IRC rounds as well. His next appearance is likely to ...

Fri April 11, 2008

Sola aims for stronger run in Portugal IRC Sola aims for stronger run in Portugal After his sixth place finish on the opening round of the 2008 Intercontinental Rallye Challenge, Spaniard Dani Sola was satisfied with his debut in a Punto and looks forward to making progress on the Rally de Portugal next month....

Tue April 8, 2008

WRC New Venue and Stages for Jordan

Mon April 7, 2008

BFGoodrich take the top 5 in Istanbul IRC BFGoodrich take the top 5 in Istanbul Luca Rossetti and his co-driver Matteo Chiarcossi (Peugeot 207 S2000/BFGoodrich) continued their unbeaten run in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge by securing their third victory from three starts in the series. The Italian pair finished the Istanbul Rally ahead of the similar...

Kopecky finished 5th in Istanbul IRC Kopecky finished 5th in Istanbul The Motorsport Kopecký crew comprised of Jan Kopecký-Petr Starý has finished in the opening race of this year's Intercontinental Rally Challenge circuit in fifth place....

Sun April 6, 2008

Istanbul: End positions, quotes & points IRC Istanbul: End positions, quotes & points Peugeot Italia driver Luca Rossetti has maintained his 100% success rate in the IRC by taking three victories from three participations in the series. Rossetti, who won in Ypres and Sanremo last year, now adds the Istanbul Rally to his list of victories. Although it was only hi...

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