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Sun April 30, 2017

A missed opportunitiy for Citroen Citroen A missed opportunitiy for Citroen Frustrating on many levels, the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT's weekend in Argentina ended with both cars retiring. The team remains confident in its potential and must now turn its attention to the next few events where, as ever, it will be looking to get back to winning ways....

Tidemand takes WRC2 championship lead Skoda Tidemand takes WRC2 championship lead Pontus Tidemand and co-driver Jonas Andersson (SWE/SWE) not only celebrated their third WRC 2 win in 2017 with their ŠKODA FABIA R5, they also took over the outright lead in World Rally Championship category WRC 2. On the last two legs of the event nobody was able to follow the s...

WRC Two wins in a row fo Hyundai

Ford Double podium for M-Sport

Wed April 26, 2017

ERC Rallye Canarias attracts 125 entries IRC ERC Rallye Canarias attracts 125 entries The popularity of the all-action FIA European Rally Championship has once again been underlined, this time with the Rally Islas Canarias organising team confirming a 125-car entry for the second event of the 2017 ERC season. Sixty-eight crews will tackle the ERC section of the...

Tue April 25, 2017

VW Polo WRC revival in Austria General VW Polo WRC revival in Austria The world championship-winning car is back: the Volkswagen Polo R WRC will return to action at the Wechselland Rally (28/29 April), which forms part of the Austrian Rally Championship. Raimund Baumschlager (A), competing for the Baumschlager Rallye & Racing Team, will be the firs...

Loudon-Clear guide Rally Argentina WRC Loudon-Clear guide Rally Argentina In recent seasons, one World Rally Championship round stands out as being wide open in terms of winners… Rally Argentina's had four different winners in the last four years. Loeb, Latvala, Meeke and Paddon are the most recent names on a piece of silverware unique in the ...

Fri April 21, 2017

Bouffier is back to ERC IRC Bouffier is back to ERC Bryan Bouffier has become the latest title-winning driver to sign up for a season-long FIA European Rally Championship campaign. Following on from French champion Sylvain Michel’s decision earlier this week to prove his talent in the ERC, Bouffier is targeting a six-event prog...

Thu April 20, 2017

ERC and Canarias extend agreement IRC ERC and Canarias extend agreement FIA European Rally Championship promoter Eurosport Events and the Rally Islas Canarias organising team have finalised a two-year extension to their existing agreement. Currently due to expire following next month’s 41st edition, the extended deal will ensure that the event wil...

Thu April 13, 2017

Skoda enters Gill and Veiby for APRC Skoda Skoda enters Gill and Veiby for APRC ŠKODA driver pairing for the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship has been decided. Reigning champs Gaurav Gill/Glen Macneall, which won the title in 2013 and 2016, will compete with Norwegian rookie team Ole Christian Veiby/Stig Rune Skjaermoen. Both teams enter the competition i...

Wed April 12, 2017

Citroen Tour de Corse debriefing Citroen Citroen Tour de Corse debriefing Contested in glorious sunshine throughout, the Tour de Corse provided yet further evidence of how evenly matched the 2017 World Rally Championship field is, with victory secured by a different manufacturer for the fourth consecutive rally! Between Kris Meeke's spectacular sta...

Sun April 9, 2017

Breen finishes 5th at Tour de Corse Citroen Breen finishes 5th at Tour de Corse The Tour de Corse provided further drama on the third and final day, as Craig Breen and Scott Martin grabbed fourth place, before dropping back to fifth overall, losing out in the end by just a tenth of a second! Back in action, Stéphane Lefebvre and Gabin Moreau made sure that C...

Neuville and Hyundai win Corsica WRC Neuville and Hyundai win Corsica Hyundai Motorsport has registered its maiden victory of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with Thierry Neuville securing victory in Tour de Corse in the #5 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC. Dani Sordo made it a rally to celebrate for the team, picking up his first podium of 20...

Convincing win for Mikkelsen General Convincing win for Mikkelsen Andreas Mikkelsen and co-driver Anders Jæger-Synnevaag led the field from start-to-finish in their ŠKODA FABIA R5 to score a convincing victory that never looked at risk in the WRC 2 category at the Tour de Corse. Jan Kopecký and co-driver Pavel Dresler put in an impressive perfo...

Ogier excels on Corsica Ford Ogier excels on Corsica M-Sport prevailed in the face of adversity at this weekend's Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse. Enduring a rally of attrition, the team had to dig deep to deliver a fourth podium in as many events for the Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC. Sébastien Ogier and Julien I...

Thu April 6, 2017

Meeke grabs top3 in Shakedown Citroen Meeke grabs top3 in Shakedown (Note by Rallye-info: Photo is Craig Breen co driven by Paul Nagle(!!) during the Tour de Corse 2013) Contested in Sorbo-Ocagnono, the Tour de Corse shakedown provided the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi team's crews with the chance to make a few final adjustments before the start. K...

Sun April 2, 2017

Azores Airlines Rallye press conference IRC Azores Airlines Rallye press conference FIA European Rally Championship 2017: Round 1 of 8 Azores Airlines Rallye, 30 March-1 April Present: Bruno Magalhães/Hugo Magalhães, first overall; Marijan Griebel/Stefan Kopczyk, second overall; Josh Moffett/James Fulton, third overall ...

Magnificent Magalhaes wins Azores IRC Magnificent Magalhaes wins Azores Portuguese driver Bruno Magalhães has taken an incredible third Azores Airlines Rallye victory. Magalhães, who previously won the spectacular mid-Atlantic event in 2008 and 2010, was contesting his first gravel rally for 18 months and was driving a Skoda Fabia R5 for the first ti...

Sat April 1, 2017

Pirelli on spotlight in SanRemo & Azores IRC Pirelli on spotlight in SanRemo & Azores It was an exciting weekend of international rallying for Pirelli, with a double triumph in Sanremo and a strong performance in the Azores, highlighting up and coming young talents. ERC - AZORES AIRLINES RALLY. At the first round of the FIA European Rally Championship, Alexey L...

Bruno Magalhaes win and ERC lead! IRC Bruno Magalhaes win and ERC lead! Bruno Magalhães has become a three-time winner of the Azores Airlines Rallye following a dramatic start to the FIA European Rally Championship season and an exciting new era for ERC Junior. To provide a clear path from national level to the world championship, ERC Junior has b...

Paddon secures 2nd in San Remo General Paddon secures 2nd in San Remo Hayden Paddon fought to second overall at Rallye Sanremo, as he made his debut at the event, and at the wheel of the New Generation i20 R5. The event, a former stop on the World Rally Championship (WRC) calendar, is now one of the most famous and challenging rounds of the Ita...

San Remo with two stages to go General San Remo with two stages to go After closing in the lead the first day of 64th Rallye Sanremo thanks to the success in four out of 6 SS, Paolo Andreucci and Anna Andreussi re-started Day 2 of the event valid for the Italian Rally Championship, with the same winning pace. The nine times Italian Champion in the ...


IRC P/AZ SS16 - end @ 06:31 PM - Bruno Magalhaes wins on his 1st rally since over a year! Lopez keeps 4th, Vieira gains a place. Ingram wins 2WD as Huttunen crashed in the famous watersplash 100metres from the finish! Final results (after SS16)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, 2h37m04s3;
2nd= Griebel/Kopczyk, Skoda, +1m34s4;
3rd= Moffett/Fulton, Ford, +4m50s9;
4th= Lopez/Rozada, Peugeot, +6m05s9;
5th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +6m10s9;
6th= Meireles/Castro, Skoda, +7m29s7;
7th= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +7m33s8;
8th= Barros/Henriques, Ford, +9m06s;
9th= Vieira/Carvalho, Citroen, +9m18s7;
10th= Rego/da Silva, Ford, +10m17s5

IRC P/AZ SS15 - And now Cerny @ 05:42 PM - Rally of never ending drama. Now Cerny from 3rd retires with an accident on this narrow, technical stage, crew OK. Lopez passes Meireles for 4th but now has Gryazin only 2.1s behind. Results after SS15:
1st= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, 2h18m39s2;
2nd= Griebel/Kopczyk, Skoda, +1m00s4;
3rd= Moffett/Fulton, Ford, +4m10s5;
4th= Lopez/Rozada, Peugeot, +5m53s;
5th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +5m55s1;
6th= Meireles/Castro, Skoda, +6m16s3;
7th= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +7m05s1;
8th= Barros/Henriques, Ford, +8m19s7;
9th= Rego/da Silva, Ford, +8m23s8;
10th= Vieira/Carvalho, Citroen, +8m26s1

IRC P/AZ SS14 - Now Moura out @ 04:31 PM - Drama never ends. Now 2nd placed Moura, less than 10s from the lead, stopped with a technical problem, possible engine. Puncture for Gryazin and puncture number 5(!) for Sirmacis. Lopez has a big spin. Moffett flying and only 0.4s from 3rd. Huttunen took lead in 2WD for first time. Results after SS14:
1st= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, 2h02m54s;
2nd= Griebel/Kopczyk, Skoda, +43s9;
3rd= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +3m26s5;
4th= Moffett/Fulton, Ford, +3m26s9;
5th= Meireles/Castro, Skoda, +5m08s2;
6th= Lopez/Rozada, Peugeot, +5m39s4;
7th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +5m46s9;
8th= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +6m25s1;
9th= Rego/da Silva, Ford, +7m02s6;
10th= Barros/Henriques, Ford, +7m11s3

IRC P/AZ SS13 @ 02:48 PM - Short spectator superspecial and big, big action! Lukyanuk doesn't even start after his SS12 dramas. In this show stage both Polish Ford drivers Habaj (from 7th) and Kaspeczyk (10th) land heavily and damage their radiators, retire on the spot. Results after SS13:
1st= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, 1h52m26s1;
2nd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +9s6;
3rd= Griebel/Kopczyk, Skoda, +42s1;
4th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +2m52s2;
5th= Moffett/Fulton, Ford, +3m02s;
6th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +4m24s9;
7th= Meireles/Castro, Skoda, +4m36s3;
8th= Lopez/Rozada, Peugeot, +4m55s9;
9th= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +5m38s2;
10th= Rego/da Silva, Ford, +6m08s2

IRC P/AZ SS12 - Lukyanuk loses lead! @ 12:47 AM - Big news is that Lukyanuk (again!) hit something and lost 9min. Suarez also crashed. Gryazin power steering issues. So close to the finish and all is upside down, i.e. Cerny moves from 7th to 4th. Now Magalhaes in a small lead on his comeback after over a year. Results after SS12:
1st= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, 1h48m57s3;
2nd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +9s31;
3rd= Griebel/Kopczyk, Skoda, +36s8;
4th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +2m50s5;
5th= Moffett/Fulton, Ford, +2m56s8;
6th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +4m11s;
7th= Habaj/Dymurski, Ford, +4m26s5;
8th= Meireles/Castro, Skoda, +4m26s9;
9th= Lopez/Rozada, Peugeot, +4m54s4;
10th= Kasperczyk/Syty, Ford, +5m17s3

IRC P/AZ SS11 @ 11:46 AM - Day 3 is on and fastest time for Lukyanuk with Magalhaes 2nd. Big fog in narrow stage leading to spins for Kajto (who is only a re-starter anyway) and Vieira, the Citroen driver drops from 8th to 13th. Peugeot's Lopez has a strong time, climbing from 15th to 11th. Results after SS11:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 1h29m43s3;
2nd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +37s1;
3rd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +50s4;
4th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +1m17s9;
5th= Griebel/Kopczyk, Skoda, +1m22s4;
6th= Moffett/Fulton, Ford, +3m04s;
7th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +3m19s4;
8th= Habaj/Dymurski, Ford, +4m12s7;
9th= Meireles/Castro, Skoda, +4m23s1;
10th= Kasperczyk/Syty, Ford, +4m47s

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