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Wed April 29, 2015

Bruno Magalhaes will start Acores & more Peugeot Bruno Magalhaes will start Acores & more Bruno Magalhães is returning to FIA European Rally Championship action in a Peugeot 208 T16 starting with his home round of the series, SATA Rallye Açores (4-6 June). ...

Entries open for Sata Rallye Acores IRC Entries open for Sata Rallye Acores The regulations have been published and entries are now open for round four of the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship, SATA Rallye Açores. ...

Skoda First Skoda R5 for customer team

Mon April 27, 2015

Hyundai fights to 5th WRC Hyundai fights to 5th Hyundai Motorsport has completed a tough Rally Argentina, round four of the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), with a top-five finish following two passes of the dramatic El Condor stage today. Dani Sordo (#8 Hyundai i20 WRC) was the highest classified Hyundai Motorspor...

VW still lead the WRC WRC VW still lead the WRC Volkswagen Motorsport suffered a disappointing result at the fourth round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), but still goes into the coming rally in Portugal leading the Manufacturer, Driver and Co-Driver standings in the World Championship. The toughest rally of the year...

Meeke makes history for Britain WRC Meeke makes history for Britain Kris Meeke today became the first British driver to win a round of the FIA World Rally Championship for more than a decade. The 35-year-old from Northern Ireland made his big breakthrough in Argentina with an historic victory on round four of this year's WRC. He is the fi...

1-2 finish for the DS3! Citroen 1-2 finish for the DS3! Citroën Racing really does love Rally Argentina. The French team has now won ten of its last eleven appearances in Carlos Paz. This victory, built from the outset by Kris Meeke, has been the perfect way to launch the DS brand in South America. Having already set the joint fast...

Pirelli claims best result since return WRC Pirelli claims best result since return Pirelli has claimed its best overall result on a rally since returning to the World Rally Championship last year, thanks to fourth place for Martin Prokop - equalling his own best-ever career result - and a win in the WRC2 category for Qatari driver Abdulaziz Al Kawari: his best ...

Evans secures maiden podium Ford Evans secures maiden podium M-Sport World Rally Team's Elfyn Evans and Daniel Barritt secured their first FIA World Rally Championship podium at Rally Argentina today. The milestone achievement is thoroughly deserved and marks the next phase in Evans' development as a driver. The Welshman came to Ar...

Sat April 25, 2015

Winning career start for Skoda Fabia R5 Skoda Winning career start for Skoda Fabia R5 First race, first commanding victory, and the fastest time on eleven of twelve special stages: the new ŠKODA Fabia R5 enjoyed a dazzling rally debut in its native Czech Republic. Asia-Pacific champion Jan Kopecký (CZ) guided the rally car to a dominant victory at the 50th anniver...

Wed April 22, 2015

Prodrive moved into new headquarters General Prodrive moved into new headquarters Prodrive has last week been handed the keys to its new headquarters in Banbury, UK. The British motorsport and advanced technology business has already begun relocating to its new 110,000 sq ft facility alongside the M40 motorway and has started manufacturing its first parts. ...

Fabia R5 to celebrate world debut in CZ Skoda Fabia R5 to celebrate world debut in CZ The brand new ŠKODA Fabia R5 will make its debut on the international rally stage at the home of the manufacturer in the Czech Republic. Reigning Asia-Pacific champion Jan Kopecký (CZ) will be at the wheel of the new racing car at the 50th anniversary of the Rally Šumava Klatovy....

Tue April 21, 2015

Mikkola & Quattro at McRae Anniversary General Mikkola & Quattro at McRae Anniversary Former World Rally Champion Hannu Mikkola together with a number of rare and exotic Audi quattro rallycars are heading to Knockhill next month (16-17 May) - Group B machines that changed the sport in the 1980s for ever. The “Flying Finn” and long standing co-driver Arne Hertz ...

Mon April 20, 2015

Hyundai Argentina preview WRC Hyundai Argentina preview Hyundai Motorsport is optimistic for another positive result as the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) resumes following a six-week break for next week’s Rally Argentina, round four of this year’s 13-event series. Hyundai Motorsport has shown competitive pace in the thre...

Volkswagen returns to Argentina WRC Volkswagen returns to Argentina The fastest drifters in the world are back in business after a 38-day break: Volkswagen kicks off the second quarter of the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) at the Rally Argentina (23-26 April). After three back-to-back victories, double world champions Sébastien Ogier/Jul...

M-Sport eager for Argentina Ford M-Sport eager for Argentina M-Sport World Rally Team's Elfyn Evans and Ott Tänak will be keen to get back behind the wheel of their Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta RS WRCs when the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) returns to Rally Argentina next week. Following a six week break, both are looking forward ...

An enurance rally in Argentina Citroen An enurance rally in Argentina Seven weeks after Rally Mexico, the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team crosses the Atlantic again to contest the fourth round of the World Championship calendar in Argentina. For the first time in 2015, three DS 3 WRCs will line up at the start. Mads Østberg and Kris Mee...

Pirelli heads to the Pampas in Argentina WRC Pirelli heads to the Pampas in Argentina Round four of the World Rally Championship takes Pirelli to South America next week - the company's biggest global market - and Rally Argentina. Argentina is a classic event that contains a bit of everything: rocks, mud, gravel and varied weather. One of the best-known cha...

First privateer Hyundai win with Pirelli General First privateer Hyundai win with Pirelli The very first Hyundai i20 WRC to be run by run by a private team has won for the first time with Pirelli. Former World Rally Championship competitor Corrado Fontana, co-driven by Gio Agnese, won the Rallye Elba in Italy, the first round of the International Rally Challenge (w...

Ken Block wins Rally Whangarai Ford Ken Block wins Rally Whangarai International rally driving sensation Ken Block, a Pirelli brand ambassador, has won the Whangarei Rally in New Zealand with his Ford Fiesta HFHV (Hybrid Function Hoon Vehicle) on Pirelli's Scorpion gravel rally tyres. The 'gymkhana' superstar took the lead of the ...

Thu April 16, 2015

Q&A Alexey Lukyanuk IRC Q&A Alexey Lukyanuk On his first full Tarmac rally, Alexey Lukyanuk didn’t expect to even score FIA European Rally Championship points on the Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland Rally. But not only did he score points, he finished sixth overall, moved up to third in the drivers’ standings a...

Martin impresses on his ERC debut Peugeot Martin impresses on his ERC debut Charles Martin finished a very impressive fifth on the Circuit of Ireland – his first FIA European Rally Championship event in his Peugeot Rally Academy 208 T16. ...

ERC is good advertising for Skoda R5 Skoda ERC is good advertising for Skoda R5 ŠKODA unveiled its stunning new Fabia R5 this week, saying that customers like those in the FIA European Rally Championship are “primarily” to raising awareness of the brand though motorsport. ...

Mon April 13, 2015

Pirelli monopolises San Remo General Pirelli monopolises San Remo Multiple champions Paolo Andreucci and Anna Andreussi won the Sanremo Rally - round two of the Italian Rally Championship - in their Pirelli-equipped Peugeot 208 T16, having led from start to finish and setting fastest time on seven of the 10 stages. Sanremo, formerly a World Ral...

Andreucci wins Rallye San Remo General Andreucci wins Rallye San Remo Paolo Andreucci and Anna Andreussi, in a Peugeot 208, are the winners of the 62nd edition of Rallye Sanremo, second round of the Italian Rally Championship. The Champion from Tuscany wins here for the third time and put his name in the Roll of Honour of this event, after a race h...

Fri April 10, 2015

Andreucci leads San Remo after day1 General Andreucci leads San Remo after day1 After two special stages and almost 25 timed kilometers driven in perfect dry conditions Paolo Andreucci and Anna Andreussi are in the lead at 62nd edition of Rallye Sanremo. At the wheel of his Peugeot 208, the driver from Tuscany won both stages ahead of Giandomenico Basso and ...

New i20 debut in Monte 2016 as a 5-door WRC New i20 debut in Monte 2016 as a 5-door The Hyundai Motorsport team has recently completed a four-day test of the New Generation i20 WRC car in the Spanish region of Almeria. The test marked the next important phase of development for the car, which will make its debut in the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). ...

Wed April 8, 2015

FIA gives green light to Fabia R5 Skoda FIA gives green light to Fabia R5 Milestone for ŠKODA: the highest authority in motorsport, the International Automobile Federation FIA, has given the new ŠKODA Fabia R 5 the green light. Following its successful homologation, the new rally car can now continue the Czech automobile manufacturer’s 114-year motorsp...

Dramatic weekend for Tuthill Porsche IRC Dramatic weekend for Tuthill Porsche Tuthill Porsche achieved another milestone last weekend, when its 911 R-GT rally car became the first contemporary Porsche 911 to start the Circuit of Ireland Rally in almost thirty years. Driver Robert Woodside and co-driver Allan Harryman delighted thousands of rally fans wi...

Ingram on Circuit of Ireland podium IRC Ingram on Circuit of Ireland podium Chris Ingram has moved up to second in the FIA European Junior Rally Championship, after finishing third on the Circuit of Ireland (2nd - 4th April) in his PEUGEOT UK 208 ‘R2’. This year’s event was held over 18 fast and bumpy stages in counties Antrim and Down – and the chang...

Mon April 6, 2015

Emontional Peugeot win in Ireland Peugeot Emontional Peugeot win in Ireland The Peugeot Rally Academy produced another top performance on the Circuit of Ireland Rally where Craig Breen and the 208 T16 rounded off a solid display with top prize on home soil which takes them into the championship lead! There were solid runs from the other Peugeot Rally Aca...

Sat April 4, 2015

Breen achieves his dream victory IRC Breen achieves his dream victory Craig Breen has achieved a childhood ambition by winning the Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland Rally – and in doing so, the Peugeot Rally Academy driver has taken the lead of the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship. ...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC IRL SS18 - End @ 05:38 PM - Breen has an overshot and stalled the engine and can't believe he still won. Greer on the other hand has an electrical fire after the finish line, so he won't be in the final results. Final results (after SS18)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 2h04m04s5;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +6s4;
3rd= J.Moffett/Rowan, Ford, +1m42s3
4th= S.Moffett/Atkinson, Ford, +2m24s1;
5th= Martin/Salva, Peugeot, +2m41s2;
DNF= Greer/Riddick, Citroen, +4m31s7 6th= Lukyanuk/Chervonenko, Ford, +4m36s1;
7th= Doyle/Hayes, Skoda, +ms;
8th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +7m29s7;
9th= Jeets/Toom, Ford, +8m39s5;
10th= Bergkvist/Sjöberg, Opel, +ms

IRC IRL SS17 - Breen spins @ 05:01 PM - Unfortunately timing is very slow. Only the stage before Barrable went out. So now Breen spins and goes into the last stage with only 5sec ahaed of Kajetanowicz. Results after SS17:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 1h55m27s1;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +5s;
3rd= J.Moffett/Rowan, Ford, +1m16s9
4th= S.Moffett/Atkinson, Ford, +1m56s5;
5th= Martin/Salva, Peugeot, +2m16s5;
6th= Greer/Riddick, Citroen, +4m15s;
7th= Lukyanuk/Chervonenko, Ford, +4m28s2;
8th= Doyle/Hayes, Skoda, +4m55s4;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +7m07s4;
10th= Jeets/Toom, Ford, +7m59s9

IRC IRL SS16 - Barrable out! @ 04:03 PM - Longest stage of the day and Barrable went over a bank into a field and out of the rally. Thorburn never started the stage. Giacomo Costenaro, who would have moved into the top10 as a result, was heavily slowed by a broken driveshaft. Results after SS16:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 1h49m59s;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +19s8;
3rd= J.Moffett/Rowan, Ford, +1m22s4
4th= S.Moffett/Atkinson, Ford, +1m59s5;
5th= Martin/Salva, Peugeot, +2m22s9;
6th= Greer/Riddick, Citroen, +4m17s8;
7th= Lukyanuk/Chervonenko, Ford, +4m35s9;
8th= Doyle/Hayes, Skoda, +4m56s6;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +7m08s6;
10th= Jeets/Toom, Ford, +7m58s6

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