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Wed April 30, 2014

World RC ace Meeke backs ERC Juniors IRC World RC ace Meeke backs ERC Juniors Kris Meeke has backed the new-for-2014 FIA ERC Junior Championship, describing it as a “great platform” for young stars to showcase their talents and raise the funding needed to continue their competition careers. ...

21 and counting for Skoda in ERC Skoda 21 and counting for Skoda in ERC Esapekka Lappi’s victory on last week’s Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland Rally was significant in more ways than one. Not only did the Finnish driver’s first place put him back on top of the FIA European Rally Championship drivers’ standings, it was also the 21st win ...

Peugeot Peugeot aces look ahead to Acores

IRC Moffett brothers target more ERC outings

IRC Q&A Stephen Ferris

Mon April 28, 2014

Andrew Coe departs RAC MSA WRC Andrew Coe departs RAC MSA The Motor Sports Association has confirmed that Andrew Coe will leave his post as Chief Executive of International Motor Sports Ltd., the MSA's wholly-owned commercial subsidiary, on 2nd May. ...

Bryan Bouffier is 2014 test driver WRC Bryan Bouffier is 2014 test driver --- Hyundai Motorsport integrates French driver Bryan Bouffier into its test driver line-up --- Bouffier will join the team on several development tests ahead of the 2015 season throughout the rest of this year --- The team also announces its participation in Rallye Antibes C...

Skoda at home in Cesky Krumlov Skoda Skoda at home in Cesky Krumlov Czech Rally fans have a real treat in store this weekend. The 42nd staging of the Rally Český Krumlov (2–3 May) will see two of ŠKODA’s works driver teams in action. In addition to the European Champions Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (CZ/CZ), who are primarily competing in the F...

Thu April 24, 2014

Q&A Stephen Ferris IRC Q&A Stephen Ferris Ulster and Ireland rugby star Stephen Ferris has become a big rallying fan following his first visit to the FIA European Rally Championship last weekend. He told Fiaerc.com why: ...

2nd chance to watch Ireland on Eurosport General 2nd chance to watch Ireland on Eurosport There will be a second chance to watch Inside ERC on Eurosport. In addition to Tuesday night’s broadcast, a replay of the Inside ERC magazine show will be broadcast tomorrow (Friday 25 April) at 08:30hrs CET. ...

Tue April 22, 2014

Zoltan Bessenyey happy with 4th IRC Zoltan Bessenyey happy with 4th It was mission accomplished for Zoltan Bessenyey and co-driver Yulianna Nyirfas this weekend, after successfully completing their début in the tough Circuit of Ireland Rally. Navigating their way through the course's renowned technical, and often bumpy, special stages, they m...

Simpson finishes a flying 5th on Circuit Skoda Simpson finishes a flying 5th on Circuit Neil Simpson finished a flying 5th overall on his first attempt at the Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland Rally, after an excellent performance in his ex-factory Simpsons ŠKODA Fabia S2000. Co-driven by Claire Mole, the 41-year old dealer principal from Clitheroe in ...

Sun April 20, 2014

Lappi lands dominant Circuit win IRC Lappi lands dominant Circuit win Finnish star Esapekka Lappi has made it two wins from three starts in this year’s all-action FIA European Rally Championship with a dominant victory on the Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland Rally, which finished in Belfast’s sun-drenched Titanic Quarter this evening. ...

Sat April 19, 2014

Happy Easter for Skoda Skoda Happy Easter for Skoda ŠKODA pulled off the Easter surprise they were hoping for: At the Circuit of Ireland Rally, the fourth round of the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC), the brand from Mladá Boleslav celebrated a resounding one-two victory. The “Flying Finns” Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm won ten o...

Breen & 208 T16 are 2nd in championship Peugeot Breen & 208 T16 are 2nd in championship The 208T16's memorable win in Greece can hardly compensate for the disappointments endured by Kevin Abbring and Craig Breen this weekend in Northern Ireland. This notoriously difficult round of the FIA European Rally Championship proved tough for both Peugeot Rallye Academy d...

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IRC IRL end - Lappi wins @ 03:15 PM - Lappi is the 3rd Finn to win Circuit of Ireland, joining Skoda's Juho Hänninen in 2012 (IRC) and Pentti Airikkala in a Vauxhall Chevette in 1979. It's the first Skoda 1-2 finish since Barum Rally 2012. Final results (after SS18)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 2h06m15s5;
2nd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m50s;
3rd= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +1m57s5;
4th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +5m34s;
5th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +6m33s5;
6th= McKenna/Kierans, Citroen, +10m46s5;
7th= Moffett/Rowan, Mitsubishi, +11m00s6;
8th= Cerny/Kohout, Peugeot, +12m57s4;
9th= Greer/Riddick, Citroen, +13m50s1;
10th= Parpottas/Kihurani, Ford, +15m10s1

IRC IRL SS17 - Moment for Barrable @ 02:01 PM - In battle for 2nd Barrable overshots through a gate and has to return, damage 15sec and loss of 2nd place. Josh Moffett has brake problems, swapping places with McKenna. Results after SS17:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 1h57m37s4;
2nd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m49s4;
3rd= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +1m54s6;
4th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +5m07s4;
5th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +6m08s3;
6th= McKenna/Kierans, Citroen, +10m08s3;
7th= Moffett/Rowan, Mitsubishi, +10m18s1;
8th= Cerny/Kohout, Peugeot, +12m05s2;
9th= Greer/Riddick, Citroen, +12m55s5;
10th= Parpottas/Kihurani, Ford, +14m11s

IRC IRL SS16 - Battle for 2nd hotting up @ 01:13 PM - While Lappi backs off Wiegand suddenly wins stages and narrows the gap to Barrable. Next stage is the penultimate as well as the longest of rally. Results after SS16:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 1h41m47s5;
2nd= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +1m45s1;
3rd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m52s;
4th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +4m27s2;
5th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +5m20s7;
6th= Moffett/Rowan, Mitsubishi, +8m44s2;
7th= McKenna/Kierans, Citroen, +8m50s1;
8th= Cerny/Kohout, Peugeot, +10m27s6;
9th= Greer/Riddick, Citroen, +11m14s2;
10th= Parpottas/Kihurani, Ford, +12m22s4

IRC IRL SS14&15 - Lisburn show @ 01:07 PM - I combine the stages as they were run under British merge&split system with first drivers fed back into the stage after only 15min, so the stages were run parallel. Lisburn, only 1.1km but famous. Results after SS15:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 1h34m01s2;
2nd= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +1m49s4;
3rd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m58s1;
4th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +4m07s9;
5th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +5m07s9;
6th= Moffett/Rowan, Mitsubishi, +8m09s3;
7th= McKenna/Kierans, Citroen, +8m17s2;
8th= Cerny/Kohout, Peugeot, +9m34s8;
9th= Greer/Riddick, Citroen, +10m06s2;
10th= Parpottas/Kihurani, Ford, +11m14s4

IRC IRL SS13 - Ingram out too @ 09:48 AM - Chris Ingram had a big crash from sensational 8th overall in his Renault Twingo R2. Crew OK. But stage interrupted. This morning they are dropping like flies. Results after SS13:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 1h32m00s7;
2nd= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +1m48s7;
3rd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m58s2;
4th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +4m06s;
5th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +5m02s1;
6th= Moffett/Rowan, Mitsubishi, +7m56s2;
7th= McKenna/Kierans, Citroen, +8m06s4;
8th= Cerny/Kohout, Peugeot, +9m23s7;
9th= Greer/Riddick, Citroen, +9m54s5;
10th= Parpottas/Kihurani, Ford, +11m02s9

IRC IRL SS12 - Now Sam Moffett in troubles @ 08:28 AM - Now Sam Moffett heavily delayed with an electrical problem. Following Breen's retirement this now seems the air is out of the event a bit. Results after SS12:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 1h23m13s6;
2nd= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +1m44s8;
3rd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m58s9;
4th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +3m54s;
5th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +4m47s1;
6th= Moffett/Rowan, Mitsubishi, +7m25s1;
7th= McKenna/Kierans, Citroen, +7m28s9;
8th= Ingram/Moreau, Renault, +8m45s5;
9th= Cerny/Kohout, Peugeot, +8m52s6;
10th= Greer/Riddick, Citroen, +9m23s4

IRC IRL SS11 - Breen out! @ 07:48 AM - Breen stopped in stage with a suspected electrical problem. Big shame, this ends the fight for victory. Results after SS11:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 1h07m04s2;
2nd= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +1m40s4;
3rd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m55s1;
4th= Moffett/O'Reilly, Ford, +2m00s3;
5th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +3m16s2;
6th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +4m10s7;
7th= McKenna/Kierans, Citroen, +6m17s5;
8th= Moffett/Rowan, Mitsubishi, +6m27s;
9th= Ingram/Moreau, Renault, +7m32s4;
10th= Cerny/Kohout, Peugeot, +7m41s7

Fri April 18, 2014

Skoda's Lappi leads Circuit of Ireland IRC Skoda's Lappi leads Circuit of Ireland Dream start for ŠKODA at the “Circuit of Ireland Rally”: On the first of two rally days around Belfast, Northern Ireland's capital city, the “flying Finns” Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm in the Fabia Super 2000 won seven of ten special stages. The duo will start the closing eight ...

Good ERC Circuit of Ireland Friday IRC Good ERC Circuit of Ireland Friday Esapekka Lappi has enjoyed an Easter Good Friday to remember with a stunning performance on leg one of the Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland Rally, which has put him on course for win number two in this year’s all-action FIA European Rally Championship. Finn Lappi,...

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IRC IRL day1 - Lappi leads @ 07:57 PM - Just a short town circuit stage, but seems quite fun and Breen manages to narrow Lappi's lead by another 1.8s. Results after day1 (SS10):
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 59m11s2;
2nd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +12s6;
3rd= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +1m40s2;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m49s;
5th= Moffett/O'Reilly, Ford, +2m05s5;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +3m05s4;
7th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +3m50s3;
8th= McKenna/Kierans, Citroen, +5m45s5;
9th= Moffett/Rowan, Mitsubishi, +6m00s2;
10th= Ingram/Moreau, Renault, +6m50s5

IRC IRL SS9 - Breen catches up a little more @ 07:28 PM - This time Breen 4s faster than Lappi. British Champ Korhonen crashes out from 9th. Results after SS9:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 57m06s3;
2nd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +14s4;
3rd= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +1m36s6;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m49s5;
5th= Moffett/O'Reilly, Ford, +1m50s4;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +3m03s8;
7th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +3m50s3;
8th= McKenna/Kierans, Citroen, +5m31s8;
9th= Moffett/Rowan, Mitsubishi, +5m47s1;
10th= Ingram/Moreau, Renault, +6m44s9

IRC IRL SS8 - Stage win for Breen @ 06:33 PM - First stage Lappi didn't win and Lappi misses stage win only by 0.1s. Results after SS8:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 52m03s7;
2nd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +18s4;
3rd= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +1m34s7;
4th= Moffett/O'Reilly, Ford, +1m43s3;
5th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m48s8;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +2m52s3;
7th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +3m34s8;
8th= McKenna/Kierans, Citroen, +4m45s;
9th= Korhonen/Salminen, Citroen, +4m59s4;
10th= Moffett/Rowan, Mitsubishi, +5m22s6

IRC IRL SS7 - Abbring in problems @ 05:04 PM - Abbring lost over two minutes and likely retires. Seems connected to the radiator problems incurred the stage before. Results after SS7:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 46m28s6;
2nd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +18s5;
3rd= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +1m27s8;
4th= Moffett/O'Reilly, Ford, +1m29s;
5th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m40s7;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +2m27s6;
7th= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), +3m01s6;
8th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +3m12s1;
9th= McKenna/Kieras, Citroen, +4m16s5;
10th= Korhonen/Salminen, Citroen, +4m29s5

IRC IRL SS6 - Many out of road @ 04:23 PM - Breen had the biggest moment of his life. Abbring (with possible radator damage), Wiegand, both Moffatts all describe big moments, overshots, spins. Next stage the famous Hamilton Folly jumps. Results after SS6:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 37m50s6;
2nd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +17s2;
3rd= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), +18s3;
4th= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +1m04s1;
5th= Moffett/O'Reilly, Ford, +1m10s6;
6th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m21s4;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m58s6;
8th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +2m30s9;
9th= McKenna/Kieras, Citroen, +2m44s;
10th= Korhonen/Salminen, Citroen, +3m47s1

IRC IRL SS5 - Lappi clean sweep @ 01:16 PM - Lappi wins every stage so far, but the last 3 the gap was less than 1s and on the others never more than 3s. Results after SS5:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 30m42s5;
2nd= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), +7s7;
3rd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +9s1;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +50s5;
5th= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +52s2;
6th= Moffett/O'Reilly, Ford, +57s9;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m39s6;
8th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +1m58s7;
9th= McKenna/Kieras, Citroen, +2m44s;
10th= Moffett/Rowan, Mitsubishi, +3m04s4

IRC IRL SS4 - Moffett drops a bit @ 01:11 PM - Though no dilemma for Sam Moffett, times are close, he narrowly dropped 2 places within 1.3s. Brother Josh had brake problems the stage before. Results after SS4:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 25m39s;
2nd= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), +6s;
3rd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +8s2;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +44s3;
5th= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +44s6;
6th= Moffett/O'Reilly, Ford, +45s6;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m23s1;
8th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +1m44s8;
9th= McKenna/Kieras, Citroen, +2m18s8;
10th= Korhonen/Salminen, Citroen, +2m36s9

IRC IRL SS3 - Everybody loves it @ 11:35 AM - I don't remember ever hearing so many drivers how much they enjoyed themselves. Apparently they are more than 50% in the air despite stage being quite twisty. It's the stage with the famous Bertie Fisher Opel Manta 400 jump. Results after SS3:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 19m59s5;
2nd= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), +5s4;
3rd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +8s;
4th= Moffett/O'Reilly, Ford, +32s5;
5th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +33s;
6th= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +34s4;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m02s1;
8th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +1m28s6;
9th= McKenna/Kieras, Citroen, +1m47s5;
10th= Korhonen/Salminen, Citroen, +1m58s6

IRC IRL SS2 - Lappi again @ 11:09 AM - Lappi really surprises. Barrable passes Wiegand. Aaron McHale off road and damaged the radiator in doing so. Results after SS2:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 11m12s4;
2nd= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), +5s2;
3rd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +5s9;
4th= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +14s3;
5th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +15s3;
6th= Moffett/O'Reilly, Ford, +16s7;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +33s5;
8th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +51s8;
9th= Moffett/Rowan, Mitsubishi, +53s2;
10th= McKenna/Kierans, Citroen, +58s5

IRC IRL SS1 - Lappi surprise leader @ 10:32 AM - Lappi himself was surprised as he felt he braked too early mostly. Stage starts twisty and ends fast and bumpy, weather try. Results after SS1:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 3m54s;
2nd= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), +2s2;
3rd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +3s1;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +4s6;
5th= Barrable/Loudon, Ford, +6s6;
6th= Moffett/O'Reilly, Ford, +8s3;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +12s6;
8th= Moffett/Rowan, Mitsubishi, +19s6;
9th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +19s8;
10th= McKenna/Kierans, Citroen, +20s2

Mon April 14, 2014

An Easter first for Neil Simpson Skoda An Easter first for Neil Simpson Easter will be full of firsts for returnee rally driver Neil Simpson, as he makes his Circuit of Ireland debut in his ex-factory Simpsons ŠKODA Fabia S2000. Co-driven by Claire Mole, Neil will head to the fast and bumpy closed Irish Tarmac lanes to compete against the top Euro...

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