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Fri April 29, 2011

Competitive team-mates helps Kronos Peugeot Competitive team-mates helps Kronos Kronos Racing boss Marc van Dalen says that having two competitive drivers in his team is helping to up the level of competitiveness of his squad in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge....

Loix: IRC title still a strong possibility Skoda Loix: IRC title still a strong possibility Freddy Loix is convinced that he can be a contender for the Intercontinental Rally Challenge title this season even though he isn’t currently scheduled to contest the final two rounds in Scotland and Cyprus....

Thu April 28, 2011

Knudsen aims for PROTON IRC chance IRC Knudsen aims for PROTON IRC chance Martin Knudsen is aiming to become the first Danish driver to compete for a manufacturer-supported team in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge....

Subaru announces Impreza R4 IRC bid Subaru Subaru announces Impreza R4 IRC bid Subaru will enter a brace of Impreza WRX STIs, conforming to the new R4 technical regulations, on selected rounds of this year’s Intercontinental Rally Challenge for respected Japanese drivers Toshi Arai and Fumio Nutahara....

All work and no play, Ford in Sardinia Ford All work and no play, Ford in Sardinia Italy's holiday island of Sardinia is the fifth stop in Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team's challenge for the FIA World Rally Championship next week.  However, there will be no opportunity to sample the pleasures of the sparkling Emerald Coast as the squad returns to action...

Sat April 23, 2011

High praise for Neuville following podium Peugeot High praise for Neuville following podium Thierry Neuville’s Intercontinental Rally Challenge rivals believe the Team Peugeot Belgium-Luxembourg driver can improve on the third place he achieved on Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Ingles last weekend....

Skoda 1-2 cheers team boss Hrabanek Skoda Skoda 1-2 cheers team boss Hrabanek Skoda Motorsport head Michal Hrabanek has said the marque’s one-two finish on Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Ingles has laid down the foundations for another successful season in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge....

Tue April 19, 2011

Campana confirmed for Corsica Peugeot Campana confirmed for Corsica Corsican rally driver Pierre Campana is set to resume action in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) at the legendary Tour de Corse, his home rally event, in May, having been confirmed on the participants list earlier today with a Peugeot 207 S2000....

Mon April 18, 2011

Mikkelsen hits the target on Gran Canaria Skoda Mikkelsen hits the target on Gran Canaria Škoda UK Motorsport’s Andreas Mikkelsen achieved exactly what he set out to do on the Rally Islas Canarias Trofeo El Corte Inglés – and that was to enjoy a completely trouble-free run in his Fabia S2000 and finish in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) points. Co-driven by...

Sun April 17, 2011

Fantastic double for Skoda on Canarias Skoda Fantastic double for Skoda on Canarias A rally dramatic until the last kilometre and seasoned by a duel between two colleagues from Škoda Motorsport (factory team) – that was the second IRC event in the Canary Islands. The 2010 IRC champions Juho Hänninen & Mikko Markkula celebrated their first asphalt victory in I...

Sat April 16, 2011

Proton Canarias review IRC Proton Canarias review The PROTON Motorsports team enjoyed a manufacturers' point-scoring result from both Satria Neo S2000s on the Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Ingles, the second round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, which finished in Las Palmas this afternoon....

Thrilling Canarias victory for Hänninen IRC Thrilling Canarias victory for Hänninen Defending Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion Juho Hanninen has moved to the top of the IRC drivers’ standings with a sensational victory on a thrilling Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Ingles, the second round of the 12-event series, today (Saturday)....

Neuville, the top-roaring Lion Peugeot Neuville, the top-roaring Lion This weekend’s Rally Islas Canarias, round two of the 2011 IRC, ended with Peugeot in second place in the Manufacturers’ standings. The feat of the weekend was the performance of Peugeot Belgium’s Thierry Neuville who finished on the podium after challenging for the win all the w...

Latvala in world rally's closest finish Ford Latvala in world rally's closest finish ord Abu Dhabi World Rally Team's Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila missed a dramatic victory in the Jordan Rally by just 0.2sec today after the closest finish in world rallying history.  They held a slender 0.5sec lead in their Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car ahead of the ...

Jordan SWRC driver by driver WRC Jordan SWRC driver by driver The Stewards postponed the start of Jordan Rally. The Day One itinerary was cancelled and the competitors began with SS7, originally the opening stage of Day Two....

Sousa takes maiden SWRC win WRC Sousa takes maiden SWRC win Portuguese pairing Bernardo Sousa and new co-driver António Costa successfully steered their Ford Fiesta S2000 with Michelin tyres to victory on the second round of the 2011 FIA Super 2000 World Rally Championship (SWRC) this weekend at Jordan Rally. Sousa watched his competiti...

Kopecky heads four-way battle IRC Kopecky heads four-way battle Jan Kopecky’s bid to make it two wins out of two on Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Ingles remains on course after the Skoda Motorsport driver completed the opening day of the all-asphalt competition with a lead of 5.7s over rising star Thierry Neuville....

NEWS JUST IN

IRC E end - Hänninen wins by 1.5s @ 01:23 PM - Kopecky wins the last stage, but it's not enough, Hänninen wins the rally by 1.5s. 3rd fastest for Wilks means he keeps 5th. And Basso keeps 9th by just 0.4s from Gardemeister! Final results (after SS12)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 1h40m38s1;
2nd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +1s5;
3rd= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +8s2;
4th= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +16s7;
5th= Wilks/Pugh, Peugeot, +48s3;
6th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +55s6;
7th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +1m00s6;
8th= Magalhaes/Graves, Peugeot, +1m49s8;
9th= Basso/Dotta, Proton, +2m37s8;
10th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +2m38s2

IRC E SS11 - Advantage Hänninen b4 last SS @ 01:03 PM - Leader Hänninen wins penultimate stage, but top3 still within 6.6s. Basso & Gardemeister tied on stage in fight for 9th. Results after SS11:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 1h32m12s8;
2nd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +3s9;
3rd= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +6s6;
4th= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +12s5;
5th= Wilks/Pugh, Peugeot, +46s9;
6th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +49s9;
7th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +57s7;
8th= Magalhaes/Graves, Peugeot, +1m44s3;
9th= Basso/Dotta, Proton, +2m26s2;
10th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +2m28s4

IRC E SS10 - 2nd stage and 2nd new leader @ 09:45 AM - Hänninen takes the lead now! Neuville drops 5.6s on this stage and drops from 1st to 3rd, claiming he probably was on the wrong strategy with his SS9 push, as his tyres are completely gone. Wilks passes Mikkelsen, from 7th to 5th in 2 stages. Results after SS10:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 1h18m23s3;
2nd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +0s1;
3rd= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +4s6;
4th= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +7s2;
5th= Wilks/Pugh, Peugeot, +39s3;
6th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +40s4;
7th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +48s5;
8th= Magalhaes/Graves, Peugeot, +1m27s3;
9th= Basso/Dotta, Proton, +2m02s3;
10th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +2m04s5

IRC E SS9 - New day new leader @ 09:15 AM - Neuville 2nd fastest on stage and takes the lead from Kopecky by 0.9s! Hänninen fastest and closes to 0.1s of Kopecky. That means we now have top3 within exactly 1s! Wilks overtakes Bouffier and comes within 1.1s of Mikkelsen. Results after SS9:
1st= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, 1h09m57s7;
2nd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +0s9;
3rd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +1s;
4th= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +5s1;
5th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +38s8;
6th= Wilks/Pugh, Peugeot, +39s9;
7th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +44s5;
8th= Magalhaes/Graves, Peugeot, +1m19s4;
9th= Basso/Dotta, Proton, +1m50s5;
10th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +1m51s7

Fri April 15, 2011

Latvala's tactics for Jordan Rally Ford Latvala's tactics for Jordan Rally Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team's Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila are well-positioned in third after an intriguing tactical finale to the opening day of the shortened Jordan Rally.  The Finns deliberately slowed near the end of the final speed test in their Ford Fiesta ...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC E SS8 - cancelled @ 11:18 PM - Stage had to be cancelled for safety reasons, way too many spectators. So read the SS7 results for end of day results.

IRC E SS7 - Wilks struggles at night @ 11:06 PM - Without a reason given by the driver, Wilks only 8th fastest and drops 2 places. Loix is 6s off the pace in this stage and drops from 2nd to 4th. Kopecky wins the stage and it's the 1st time we have a lead of more than 5s all rally! Results after SS7:
1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 55m56s3;
2nd= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +5s7;
3rd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +8s6;
4th= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +9s;
5th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +37s6;
6th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +38s6;
7th= Wilks/Pugh, Peugeot, +40s7;
8th= Magalhaes/Graves, Peugeot, +1m03s8;
9th= Basso/Dotta, Proton, +1m31s7;
10th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +1m40s3

IRC E SS6 - top5 in 4s! @ 07:10 PM - Yet another puncture for Andersson, who now lost 6min total. Hänninen wins stage, but Kopecky keeps lead. Loix passes Neuville and Mikkelsen passes Bouffier again. Results after SS6:
1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 47m37s9;
2nd= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +3s1;
3rd= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +4s1;
4th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +4s2;
5th= Wilks/Pugh, Peugeot, +28s8;
6th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +30s3;
7th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +31s;
8th= Magalhaes/Graves, Peugeot, +50s6;
9th= Basso/Dotta, Proton, +1m21s1;
10th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +1m24s3

IRC E SS5 - Kopecky consolidates slightly @ 06:49 PM - Kopecky wins stage and improves lead eventually, but only 3s from Neuville. Neuville's team mate Wilks doesn't seem to like this stage, like in the first run as SS2 he lost around 15s! Andersson drops 3m with a puncture. Loix passes Hänninen again. Results after SS5:
1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 39m17s7;
2nd= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +3s4;
3rd= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +5s1;
4th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +6s3;
5th= Wilks/Pugh, Peugeot, +25s8;
6th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +29s2;
7th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +30s1;
8th= Magalhaes/Graves, Peugeot, +43s3;
9th= Basso/Dotta, Proton, +1m09s5;
10th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +1m12s8

IRC E SS4 - Kopecky-Neuville tie! @ 05:59 PM - Kopecky and Neuville tied for stage win, which means overall the gap stays at 0.4s! Results after SS4:
1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 25m17s8;
2nd= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +0s4;
3rd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +2s7;
4th= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +3s4;
5th= Wilks/Pugh, Peugeot, +10s6;
6th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +18s8;
7th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +19s9;
8th= Magalhaes/Graves, Peugeot, +25s6;
9th= Basso/Dotta, Proton, +43s6;
10th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +45s6

IRC E SS3 - Wilks wins stage @ 03:29 PM - Wilks wins stage but stay in 5th. Neuville just 0.4s behind Wilks in stage remains 2nd. Kopecky still leads, Hänninen overtakes Loix for 3rd. Results after SS3:
1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 23m54s9;
2nd= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +0s4;
3rd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +1s8;
4th= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +2s5;
5th= Wilks/Pugh, Peugeot, +10s4;
6th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +17s1;
7th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +18s8;
8th= Magalhaes/Graves, Peugeot, +23s7;
9th= Basso/Dotta, Proton, +41s1;
10th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +44s9

IRC E SS2 - Kopecky takes stage and lead @ 02:44 PM - No major dramas on first long stage. Kopecky wins stage and takes lead. Neuville strong. Results after SS2:
1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 15m32s8;
2nd= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +1s3;
3rd= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +1s6;
4th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +2s;
5th= Wilks/Pugh, Peugeot, +11s7;
6th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +14s8;
7th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +15s5;
8th= Magalhaes/Graves, Peugeot, +20s;
9th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +32s4;
10th= Basso/Dotta, Proton, +33s4

IRC E SS1 - Wilks surprise leader @ 02:03 PM - Short stage, but top10 within 3.3s is impressive. Spins for Mikkelsen & Andersson. Results after SS1:
1st= Wilks/Pugh, Peugeot, 1m23s2;
2nd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +0s5;
3rd= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +0s8;
4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +1s1;
5th= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +1s2;
6th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +1s3;
7th= Magalhaes/Graves, Peugeot, +1s9;
8th= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +2s2;
9th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +2s5;
10th= Basso/Dotta, Proton, +3s3

Tue April 12, 2011

Mini WRC team officially launched in Oxford WRC Mini WRC team officially launched in Oxford The return of MINI to one of the biggest stages in motorsport is approaching ever closer. On Monday, the MINI WRC Team was officially presented to the public at the Team Launch, which took place at the MINI Plant in Oxford (GB). This season, the team will contest six rounds of th...

Mon April 11, 2011

Peugeot UK head to sunshine Gran Canaria Peugeot Peugeot UK head to sunshine Gran Canaria The Spanish island of Gran Canaria will play host to the second round of this year’s Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC). Peugeot UK’s Guy Wilks and Phil Pugh will be aiming to improve on their third place position achieved at the IRC’s opening round in Monte Carlo....

Proton Rally Islas Canarias preview IRC Proton Rally Islas Canarias preview Following its victorious double podium on the opening FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship round in Malaysia earlier this month, the PROTON Motorsports team returns to the Intercontinental Rally Challenge in Gran Canaria later this week....

Sun April 10, 2011

Yalta preparations impress IRC officials IRC Yalta preparations impress IRC officials The Prime Yalta Rally’s first appearance on the Intercontinental Rally Challenge schedule in June is set to be an outstanding success according to two senior IRC officials who visited the Ukrainian city earlier this week....

Exciting entry for Rally Islas Canarias IRC Exciting entry for Rally Islas Canarias A total of 76 cars are set to contest Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Ingles, which takes place on the island of Gran Canaria from 14-16 April....

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