April 2009 News Archive

 or 

View news for another month or specific event?
Use the right hand drop-downs.

Search the news archive

  Search term:  Within selected month/event?:  

This is page 1 of 3 of the current month, use the links below to navigate the pages.

Thu April 30, 2009

Kresta set for IRC return on Barum IRC Kresta set for IRC return on Barum Roman Kresta could prove a major threat to the established Intercontinental Rally Challenge regulars when he contests Barum Rally Zlin in August....

Wed April 29, 2009

Strong entry for Azores IRC Strong entry for Azores An impressive line-up of 49 crews will contest the first International Rally Challenge event to be held on the Azores islands. Sata Rally Azores, which takes place from May 7-9, is the fourth round of the IRC. Of the registered drivers, 12 will compete in Super 2000 machinery, in...

Sun April 26, 2009

Ogier makes it to the finish Citroen Ogier makes it to the finish The Rally Argentina, the fifth round of the 2009 FIA World Rally Championship, has stayed true to its reputation of being hard on all the cars. The competitors had to battle with the difficult terrain all the way to the finish. While Citroën scored a memorable one-two thanks to...

Citroen score emphatic one-two Citroen Citroen score emphatic one-two A perfectly-paced display from the Citroën Total World Rally Team on the 2009 Rally Argentina has produced another one-two finish for the French squad, while the faultless drive of Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena has taken their personal score to five straight wins on the Sout...

Solberg celebrates perfect podium Ford Solberg celebrates perfect podium The Stobart VK M-Sport Ford team romped to their best result since Rally Japan in 2007 as Henning Solberg achieved his first podium of 2009, finishing third, with Matthew Wilson coming in hot on his heels in fifth. The ten-point haul means that the Stobart team have closed the ga...

Latvala claims points despite drama Ford Latvala claims points despite drama BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila finished sixth on Rally Argentina today after bouncing back from a final day drama. The Finns were on course for third in their Ford Focus RS World Rally Car until they lost an agonising eight minut...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC No re-start for Hirvonen @ 03:33 AM - Just since I have not seen this info anywhere else yet, Mikko Hirvonen's temperature problem was due to the new fuel pump leading to terminal engine failure, while Conrad Rautenbach's crash seemed quite bad. Both will not start the last leg of Rally Argentina, while Sébastien Ogier will restart after his damper failure. In other classes atrition rate combined with superally have been so weird, that PWRC is bound to be won by a driver who had major problems, while JWRC as guaranteed to be won by a driver who did not do the rally (as in not completed the distance)!

Sat April 25, 2009

Citroen Juniors fail to finish leg two Citroen Citroen Juniors fail to finish leg two Today’s Rally Argentina stages – renowned for being amongst the most difficult of all on the FIA World Rally Championship – did not smile on the Citroën Junior Team. Neither Conrad Rautenbach/Daniel Barritt nor Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia were able to make the finish on da...

Citroen heading for one-two Citroen Citroen heading for one-two Loeb and Sordo looking good for a one-two The second day of the 2009 Rally Argentina has played into the hands of Citroën Total World Rally Team. After turning on the speed this morning, Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena succeeded in taking control thanks to a faultless display ...

Stobart heading for points haul Ford Stobart heading for points haul Stobart VK M-Sport Ford drivers Henning Solberg and Matthew Wilson overcame a frustrating morning on the second day of Rally Argentina to secure strong point-scoring positions going into the final five stages of the rally tomorrow. With just 48kms of stages remaining Solberg is l...

Latvala aims for the podium Ford Latvala aims for the podium Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila delivered another mature performance during today's second leg of Rally Argentina to climb to third in their Ford Focus RS World Rally Car. The Finns moved three places up the leaderboard during one of the classic day's competition in ...

Fri April 24, 2009

Citroen Juniors stay on track Citroen Citroen Juniors stay on track On a rally renowned for its many pitfalls, the Citroën Junior Team crews have stuck perfectly to the strategy selected at the start of the rally. Having shown impressive consistency, Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia and Conrad Rautenbach/Daniel Barritt are in the top 10 at the ...

Sordo leads for Citroen Citroen Sordo leads for Citroen Dani Sordo, Marc Marti and Citroën emerge in front The thrilling opening leg of the 2009 Rally Argentina saw no fewer than seven leader changes in the course of just nine stages. Dani Sordo and Marc Marti emerged from the day's final test on top and the Spanish crew will co...

Stobart crews run in the points Ford Stobart crews run in the points Stobart VK M-Sport Ford drivers Henning Solberg and Matthew Wilson both lie in excellent point-scoring positions going into the second day of Rally Argentina after producing an accomplished display of driving in difficult conditions on the 142.15kms of day one action....

Hirvonen sitting pretty for Ford Ford Hirvonen sitting pretty for Ford BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen are well-placed in second, just over five seconds from the lead, after today's enthralling opening leg of Rally Argentina. The Finns twice led this fifth round of the FIA World Rally Championship in ...

Wed April 22, 2009

Citroen Juniors aim high in Argentina Citroen Citroen Juniors aim high in Argentina The line-up of Conrad Rautenbach/Daniel Barritt and Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia will defend the honours of the Citroën Junior Team on the Rally Argentina, at the wheel of their familiar Citroën C4 WRCs. This first rally of the season held outside of Europe is set to be a r...

Stobart ready for Argentine assault Ford Stobart ready for Argentine assault Stobart VK M-Sport Ford drivers Matthew Wilson and Henning Solberg are bound for South America as round five of the FIA World Rally Championship moves away from Europe for the first time this season and picks up in the sierras of central Argentina....

General Rally Poland accommodation

Ypres: Cycling Champs and Opel S2000 IRC Ypres: Cycling Champs and Opel S2000 In contrary to what has been published already by some, Paolo Bettini and Franco Ballerini do not have the entire budget yet to take it to the starting line of the next Belgium Ypres Rally. The cycling champions are working on it however....

Loeb looks to extend winning run Citroen Loeb looks to extend winning run The Citroën Total World Rally Team makes the journey out to the Rally Argentina with unfeigned enthusiasm. The cocktail of quality stages, stunning landscapes, omnipresent spectators and its recent record of top results in South America makes this a rally apart for the team. Af...

Ford joins Argentinian passion WRC Ford joins Argentinian passion Ford's Finns Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala believe the passion and enthusiasm of Argentina's rally fans can drive them on when this season's FIA World Championship ventures outside Europe for the first time next week.  Rally Argentina (23 - 26 April) is one of th...

Mon April 20, 2009

Rallies could be unique so easily General Rallies could be unique so easily The WRC needs recognizable events and a calendar with cornerstones, so Joe Public can grasp the show. Instead the WRC has been shrinking their events beyond recognition and they insist on event rotation, which nowadays sadly means nothing more than switching classic names as Mont...

Sun April 19, 2009

Why Latvala should be sacked! WRC Why Latvala should be sacked! One of the big talking points after Rallye Portugal was fans comparing Jari-Matti Latvala to a young Ari Vatanen and questioning why Ford does not have the same patience with Latvala as they had with Vatanen. A very interesting question! Well, it is the rules to blame – once agai...

Rally Russia details revealed IRC Rally Russia details revealed Outline details of Rally Russia, which forms round six of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge from July 9-11, have been announced....

Sat April 18, 2009

Betti to appear on 4 IRC events IRC Betti to appear on 4 IRC events Luca Betti will enter four rounds of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge this season in a Peugeot 207 Super 2000 run by the new Kimera Motorsport team....

Fri April 17, 2009

Rautenbach enters Sata Rallye Acores IRC Rautenbach enters Sata Rallye Acores Conrad Rautenbach will make his Intercontinental Rally Challenge debut on Sata Rally Azores on May 7-9....

Thu April 16, 2009

Ace cyclist set for IRC debut IRC Ace cyclist set for IRC debut Retired cyclist Paolo Bettini will make his Intercontinental Rally Challenge debut when he contests the Ypres Rally in Belgium from June 18-20....

News splitter of the week WRC News splitter of the week I was often thinking of doing such weekly news splitter articles. Often I get info that is not official (tricky publishing than anyway) or that are just vague splitters that need further research, for which again I don't find the time. Yet they are so interesting that it is a ...

Wed April 15, 2009

Pascoal hopes experience will pay IRC Pascoal hopes experience will pay Vitor Pascoal will be hoping to make the most of his local knowledge when he contests two rounds of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge later this season....

Tue April 14, 2009

Safari win boosts Mitsubishi's bid IRC Safari win boosts Mitsubishi's bid Mitsubishi closed to within ten points of Peugeot in the battle for the Intercontinental Rally Challenge manufacturers' crown when Carlo Tundo won his home event, the Safari Rally, in Kenya earlier this month....

Sun April 12, 2009

Ypres ticket sales have started IRC Ypres ticket sales have started We are getting closer and closer to the start of the Belgium Ypres Rally 2009. Especially teams and drivers need to start getting their act together. The organisers have done everything to welcome the top teams and large numbers of spectators in Ypres again....

Kenyan organisers tribute to Yusuf IRC Kenyan organisers tribute to Yusuf The Safari Rally organisers and the Kenyan Motor Sport Federation pay tribut to Farakh Yusuf, who passed away very unexpectedly only days after finishing 5th on the 2009 Safari Rally. Reigning Kenyan rally champion Farakh is the navigator to Baldev Chager, Farakh is on the right ...

Sat April 11, 2009

VW confirm IRC programme with Maurin IRC VW confirm IRC programme with Maurin Volkswagen will return to the Intercontinental Rally Challenge when the Rene Georges Rally Sport operation fields a Volkswagen Polo Super 2000 for rising star Julien Maurin....

Fri April 10, 2009

Sordo tests hybrid C4 WRC Citroen Sordo tests hybrid C4 WRC The day after the fourth round of this year’s WRC season in Portugal, which was won by the C4 WRC, Citroën Racing did some testing with the Citroën C4 WRC HYbrid4 concept car on an asphalt road close to Faro. Spanish star Dani Sordo was at the wheel....

Ford to start work on Fiesta S2000 Ford Ford to start work on Fiesta S2000 After completing a detailed feasibility study, M-Sport has announced that it will be developing a Super 2000 car which will conform to the new FIA World Rally Championship sporting regulations and satisfy current Super 2000 customer market demand....

This is page 1 of 3. Use these links to see the other pages :
 
   Previous Page | 1 | 2 | 3 | Next Page