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Fri April 30, 2010

Strong day one for Skoda on Canarias Skoda Strong day one for Skoda on Canarias After the first day of Rally Canarias, the fourth round of the Interncontinental Rally Challenge series, the first two places belong to the crews of Skoda Motorsport. After the first day of Rally Canarias, the fourth round of the Interncontinental Rally Challenge series, the firs...

Kopecky leads as Meeke hits trouble Skoda Kopecky leads as Meeke hits trouble Jan Kopecky holds a 14.4-second lead on Rally Islas Canarias heading into the event's final leg tomorrow (Saturday). Cheered on by thousands of enthusiastic spectators, Kopecky, from Czech Republic, tops a Skoda Fabia one-two-three following a dramatic day of action on Gran C...

Skoda Wilks finishes leg one in third place

Peugeot Set-up issue caused Meeke's puncture

Peugeot Tyre damage delays Wittmann

Peugeot Wittmann 9th after opening loop

Skoda Hevia's focus on local battle

NEWS JUST IN

IRC E SS9 (end leg1) - Cancelled @ 07:32 PM - Stage cancelled. Too many spectators, combined with delays giving us a stage turning dark. For end of leg1 results, see previous SS8 just in.

IRC E SS8 - Pug puncture, Skoda leads!!!! @ 07:03 PM - Now we have a Skoda 1-2-3! Meeke collected a front end puncture on this long, smooth asphalt stage. Meeke believes there are similarities to Kronos' problems on Madeira last year. Still, 20s lead turned into 90s behind. Punctures for Neuville and Wittmann too. Results after SS8: 1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 1h20m25s;
2nd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +13s4;
3rd= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +31s4;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +49s3;
5th= Hevia/Iglesias, Skoda, +1m17s;
6th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m28s;
7th= Vallejo/Vallejo, Ford, +3m35s6;
8th= Neuville/Klinger, Peugeot, +3m40s9;
9th= Vinyes/Mercader, Suzuki, +4m00s1;
10th= Gracia/Sanjuan, Mitsubishi, +5m51s5

IRC E SS7 - Sole Fiesta drops @ 06:25 PM - And next stage matters. Another stage win for Meeke. The sole Ford Fiesta S2000 of Sergio Vallejo is late out of service and gets a time penalty. All close, but next stage is the longest of the rally at 30km. Results after SS7: 1st= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, 1h01m14s1;
2nd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +17s9;
3rd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +22s6;
4th= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +44s2;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +57s8;
6th= Hevia/Iglesias, Skoda, +1m11s1;
7th= Neuville/Klinger, Peugeot, +1m18s9;
8th= Wittmann/Wicha, Peugeot, +1m47s9;
9th= Vinyes/Mercader, Suzuki, +3m14s7;
10th= Vallejo/Vallejo, Ford, +3m29s8

IRC E SS6 - 3 in a row for Meeke @ 02:54 PM - Perfect aternoon or Meeke, but SS6 he only wins by 0.1s from Kopecky. Results after SS6: 1st= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, 56m16s2;
2nd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +14s5;
3rd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +21s9;
4th= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +41s2;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +52s5;
6th= Hevia/Iglesias, Skoda, +1m00s9;
7th= Neuville/Klinger, Peugeot, +1m13s9;
8th= Vallejo/Vallejo, Ford, +1m20s;
9th= Wittmann/Wicha, Peugeot, +1m38s2;
10th= Vinyes/Mercader, Suzuki, +2m53s3

IRC E SS5 - Bigger lead for Meeke now @ 02:26 PM - Strong stage for Meeke. SS5 is the second longest stage of the day, but as SS2 it was won by Hänninen by only 0.5s, this time Meeke takes 8.4s! Magalhaes passed Hevia. Stage stopped after 11th placed 207 S2000 owner set his Lancer Evo on fire. Results after SS5: 1st= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, 49m09s8;
2nd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +14s4;
3rd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +19s5;
4th= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +35s;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +50s2;
6th= Hevia/Iglesias, Skoda, +55s6;
7th= Neuville/Klinger, Peugeot, +1m04s9;
8th= Vallejo/Vallejo, Ford, +1m10s3;
9th= Wittmann/Wicha, Peugeot, +1m24s9;
10th= Vinyes/Mercader, Suzuki, +2m32s9

IRC E SS4 - Peugeots strong in Moya stage @ 02:20 PM - Repeat of SS1 and Meeke repeated his SS1 stage win with Magalhaes 3rd fastest, 5.6s down. Overall Kopecky passes morning sensation Hänninen or 2nd. Results after SS4: 1st= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, 33m17s4;
2nd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +6s;
3rd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +9s5;
4th= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +19s6;
5th= Hevia/Iglesias, Skoda, +34s2;
6th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +36s6;
7th= Neuville/Klinger, Peugeot, +44s;
8th= Vallejo/Vallejo, Ford, +45s1;
9th= Wittmann/Wicha, Peugeot, +53s6;
10th= Vinyes/Mercader, Suzuki, +1m41s1

IRC E SS3 - Magalhaes in problems @ 10:40 AM - Bruno Magalhaes lost 20s with a transmission problem. Kopecky, Hänninen & Meeke are the top3 on the stage, split by only 0.2s. Results after SS3: 1st= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, 28m18s6;
2nd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +3s7;
3rd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +3s8;
4th= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +13s3;
5th= Hevia/Iglesias, Skoda, +26s6;
6th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +31s;
7th= Vallejo/Vallejo, Ford, +34s;
8th= Neuville/Klinger, Peugeot, +34s6;
9th= Wittmann/Wicha, Peugeot, +42s3;
10th= Vinyes/Mercader, Suzuki, +1m20s4

IRC E SS2 - Stage win for Hänninen @ 10:26 AM - This stage is 3 times as long as the opener, 24km, but Meeke only loses 0.5s to surprise stage winner Hänninen. No major dramas yet except Oliveira having a spin. Results after SS2: 1st= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, 21m08s7;
2nd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +3s7;
3rd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +4s;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +8s;
5th= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +10s;
6th= Hevia/Iglesias, Skoda, +21s9;
7th= Neuville/Klinger, Peugeot, +24s;
8th= Vallejo/Vallejo, Ford, +25s7;
9th= Wittmann/Wicha, Peugeot, +31s2;
10th= Vinyes/Mercader, Suzuki, +59s5

IRC E SS1 - Short fast opener @ 10:16 AM - Kris Meeke become first leader of the rally, but short fast stage means tiny gaps. Results after SS1: 1st= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, 5m04s4;
2nd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +1s4;
3rd= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +2s;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +3s3;
5th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +4s2;
6th= Hevia/Iglesias, Skoda, +7s3;
7th= Vallejo/Vallejo, Ford, +7s8;
=8th= Wittmann/Wicha, Peugeot, +8s5;
=8th= Neuville/Klinger, Peugeot, +8s5;
10th= Vinyes/Mercader, Suzuki, +17s8

Thu April 29, 2010

Wittmann puts on a show in shakedown Peugeot Wittmann puts on a show in shakedown With the shakedown, Franz Wittmann and Klaus Wicha (Peugeot 207 S2000) have passed the first assignment within the “34th Rally Islas de Canarias” with flying colours. The Interwetten Racing-duo completed four turns on the 2,5 kilometres long course and was very satisfied afterwar...

Meeke tops Canarias shakedown IRC Meeke tops Canarias shakedown Kris Meeke has set the fastest time during shakedown for Rally Islas Canarias, round four of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge. Kris Meeke has set the fastest time during shakedown for Rally Islas Canarias, round four of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge....

Q&A with Thierry Neuville Peugeot Q&A with Thierry Neuville Thierry Neuville begins his six-event Intercontinental Rally Challenge programme on Rally Islas Canarias from 29 April-1 May driving a Team Peugeot Belgium-Luxembourg 207 Super 2000 for Kronos Racing. He talks about his career so far and his hopes for this season....

Wed April 28, 2010

Wilks gets his hands on Skoda Octavia RS Skoda Wilks gets his hands on Skoda Octavia RS Škoda UK Motorsport super-star rally driver Guy Wilks has just received his new company car – and what better for the international sports star than one of Škoda’s sportiest models, the 200bhp Octavia vRS. Guy, who currently lies second in the Intercontinental Rally Challen...

Meeke happy after Canarias test Peugeot Meeke happy after Canarias test Kris Meeke says he was “very happy” with the set-up of his Peugeot UK-backed 207 Super 2000 following a test on Gran Canaria on Monday. The reigning Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion was one of several championship regulars to take part in a pre-event test as part ...

Magalhaes hopes to up his game Peugeot Magalhaes hopes to up his game Bruno Magalhães has vowed to kick-start his Intercontinental Rally Challenge title bid on Rally Islas Canarias this week. The Peugeot Portugal driver is sixth in the drivers’ standings after three rounds but admits he has so far been unable to recapture the form that has t...

Tue April 27, 2010

New territory for Peugeot Peugeot New territory for Peugeot The 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge's fourth port of call is the Rally Islas Canarias (Gran Canaria) which has stepped in to replace the Rally Principe de Asturias as the Spanish round of the Eurosport-initiated competition. The island's stages will be totally new f...

Good Proton performance in Malaysia General Good Proton performance in Malaysia The PROTON R3 Rally Team gave the thousands of Malaysian rally fans plenty to cheer about on this weekend's Malaysian Rally, which finished in Johor this afternoon. Both Alister McRae and Chris Atkinson set fastest times in their Satria Neo S2000s, with McRae just missing out...

Mon April 26, 2010

APRC: PROTON season guide General APRC: PROTON season guide The PROTON R3 Rally Team will contest this year's FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) with two Satria Neo S2000s, driven by the region's number one rally star Chris Atkinson and global motorsport legend Alister McRae....

Rally Islas Canarias - Preview IRC Rally Islas Canarias - Preview Following the Intercontinental Rally Challenge's action-packed double-header in South America last month, the series returns to European soil from 29 April-1 May with its first visit to the Canary Islands for the fourth round of what is already shaping up to be an exhilaratin...

Sun April 25, 2010

Wilks aims for another podium Skoda Wilks aims for another podium Guy Wilks might have been grounded by volcanic ash for much of his journey back to the UK from a recent rally test in Italy, but the Škoda UK Motorsport driver is aiming to fly high again when he tackles Round 4 of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, the Rally Islas Canarias &#...

Wittmann aims for points on Canarias Peugeot Wittmann aims for points on Canarias Franz Wittmann and Klaus Wicha (Peugeot 207 S2000) are currently in the best of moods. Following the victory at the Vogelsberg-Rallye, a run to the German Rally Championship, last weekend, the Interwetten Racing-duo wants to turn the positive experience and the testing results in...

Sat April 24, 2010

Volcano disrupts Hanninen's testing Skoda Volcano disrupts Hanninen's testing Travel disruption, caused by the dust cloud from the Icelandic volcano eruption, forced Juho Hanninen to miss his pre-Rally Islas Canarias test earlier this week. Hanninen was due to fly to Czech Republic for the asphalt test, which had been scheduled to help the Finn reac...

Meeke expects 'wide open' Canarias Peugeot Meeke expects 'wide open' Canarias Kris Meeke, the defending Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion, says the fourth round of the series, Rally Islas Canarias, next week will be the most open of the season so far. Although the Gran Canaria-based event, which takes place from 29 April-1 May, is well estab...

Neuville looks forward to Canarias Peugeot Neuville looks forward to Canarias Thierry Neuville says he can´t wait to begin his Intercontinental Rally Challenge campaign on Rally Islas Canarias next week. Neuville, 21, will contest six rounds of the IRC in a Peugeot Team Belux 207 Super 2000 run by the Belgian Kronos Racing team, which guided Nicolas ...

Fri April 23, 2010

Abarth reveal 2010 colours Fiat Abarth reveal 2010 colours Abarth have unveiled their colours for 2010 featuring the logos of Malaysian oil company Petronas who recently bought long time Abarth partner Selenia. The Italian team are fielding a pair of updated Puntos for asphalt aces Giandomenico Basso and Luca Rossetti in their dome...

Cetinkaya pleased with first run in 207 Peugeot Cetinkaya pleased with first run in 207 Burcu Cetinkaya says her outing on Rally of Turkey last weekend was the ideal preparation for her Intercontinental Rally Challenge campaign, which gets underway on Rally d’Italia Sardegna from June 4-6. Cetinkaya used the world championship rally to acclimatise to the Peug...

Wilks enjoys pre-Canarias test Skoda Wilks enjoys pre-Canarias test Guy Wilks began his preparations for Rally Islas Canarias with a two-day test in northern Italy earlier this week. The Škoda UK Motorsport driver, currently second in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, covered 120 kilometres on Tarmac roads near Sanremo and said the test, ...

Thu April 22, 2010

Campana aims for IRC starts Peugeot Campana aims for IRC starts Pierre Campana hopes his outing on this weekend's Lyon-Charbonnieres Rally will be a springboard to driving a Super 2000 car in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge this season. Campana, who has contested two IRC events in the past, albeit in a front-wheel drive Renaul...

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