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Mon May 30, 2005

Interview: François-Xavier Demaison Peugeot Interview: François-Xavier Demaison As the WRC travels from Cyprus to Greece via Turkey, the sport's 2005 tour of the Mediterranean's hotspots is in full swing. Marcus Grönholm's rally engineer Francois-Xavier Demaison explains how Peugeot Sport combats the effects of the searing heat invariably encountere...

Markko set to speed on home roads WRC Markko set to speed on home roads The top Estonian rally driver Markko Märtin has found a slot in his tight WRC schedule to grace the local fans by attacking the gravel roads at the “E.O.S. Peugeot Rally” that takes place in South Estonia on July 22-23....

Sun May 29, 2005

Interview: Fréquelin, Loeb and Sainz Citroen Interview: Fréquelin, Loeb and Sainz Questions to Guy Fréquelin You have been led to change one of your crews. Doesn't this difficult decision imply a certain amount of risk? "We have been through a period which gave us significant cause for concern, the origin of which being that my instructions ...

Pug Mediterranean tour continues Peugeot Pug Mediterranean tour continues After stopovers in Sardinia and Cyprus, and before the current Mediterranean tour concludes in Greece, Turkey will host the seventh of the sixteen-round 2005 World Rally Championship. Peugeot has finished both Rally Turkeys to be organised as WRC qualifiers to date with a car on ...

Petter can win in Turkey Subaru Petter can win in Turkey This week the Subaru World Rally Team will return to the Mediterranean for the start of the seventh round of the 16-event 2005 FIA World Rally Championship, the Rally of Turkey. Beginning on Friday 3 June, the event will be the second of a trio of rough, gravel rallies held throu...

Sebastien and Carlos in Turkey Citroen Sebastien and Carlos in Turkey Citroen has gone back to the future for the Turkish round of the world rally Championship that starts in Antalya on 2 June with the Citroen's team made up of last year's Rally of Turkey winner, Sébastien Loeb, and the return to the team of rally's inaugural victor, Carlo...

Ford geared up for more tough stuff Ford Ford geared up for more tough stuff After claiming a record-breaking 50th consecutive points finish in the FIA World Rally Championship on the toughest round of the season in Cyprus earlier this month, Ford aims to start its second half century on an event only marginally less arduous. The Rally of Turkey (2 - 5 J...

Fri May 27, 2005

Skoda looks for progress in Turkey Skoda Skoda looks for progress in Turkey The Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team travels north from Cyprus for the seventh round of the World Rally Championship, the Rally of Turkey (June 2-5) where the Fabia WRC 05 will again be driven by Armin Schwarz/Klaus Wicha and Janne Tuohino/Mikko Markkula....

Kopecky gets third Fabia for Germany Skoda Kopecky gets third Fabia for Germany Czech Rally Champions Jan Kopecký and Filip Schovánek will drive an official Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team Fabia WRC 05 on the Bohemia Rally (July 1-3), that is based in Mladá Boleslav the ‘home’ of Škoda Auto....

Sat May 21, 2005

Private Consortium Pitches for Australia WRC Private Consortium Pitches for Australia The following was a press release on Friday May 20 in which the former WA Rally Champion, Rod Slater, will spearhead a consortium to retain Rally Australia, a round of the World Rally Championship, in Western Australia where it has been successfully conducted over the past 17 ...

Fri May 20, 2005

Pons to join OMV for six events Citroen Pons to join OMV for six events After the sensational second overall place of Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor in Cyprus the OMV World Rally Team has even more reason to rejoice. The 25-year-old Spaniard Xavier Pons will drive the second Citroen Xsara WRC under the colours of the OMV. Pons is a young and talented drive...

Wed May 18, 2005

Cut calendar or we quit, teams warn FIA WRC Cut calendar or we quit, teams warn FIA The World Rally Championship could be thrown into crisis next year unless the FIA cut the number of events on the calendar, it has emerged. With Citroen and Peugeot already having announced their withdrawal at the end of the current season, both Skoda and Mitsubishi are said ...

Tue May 17, 2005

Holy Sainz - He's Back Citroen Holy Sainz - He's Back Carlos Sainz, the most successful rally driver of all time, has put his retirement on hold to get back behind the wheel of the Citroen Xsara WRC in the next round of the World Rally Championship, the Rally of Turkey on 3 to 5 June 2005. The change in plan, which will also s...

Sun May 15, 2005

Stohl makes history in Cyprus Citroen Stohl makes history in Cyprus The OMV World Rally Team (Citroen Xsara WRC) made rally history. Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor have achieved an almost incredible feat with their second place at the “Rally Cyprus”, the sixth WC-run of the season. In the end the only one to beat the OMV Team was World Champion Seb...

Loeb takes victory number four Citroen Loeb takes victory number four Sébastien Loeb, Daniel Elena and their trusty Citroën collected their third consecutive win today in Cyprus, their fourth of the 2005 season. This weekend's success – the crew's fourteenth at WRC level – takes the defending champions 11 points clear at the top of the provis...

Both Lancers finish tough Cyprus Mitsubishi Both Lancers finish tough Cyprus At the end of what is likely to be the toughest round of the FIA World Rally Championship, the Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports WRC team claimed manufacturer points with both its Lancer WRC05 cars, one of only two of the six registered teams to do so. Harri Rovanperä/Risto Pietiläi...

Atkinson brings home 2 points Subaru Atkinson brings home 2 points After a trouble-free run on today's final Leg of the Cyprus Rally, Subaru's Chris Atkinson moved three places up the leaderboard to achieve a top-ten finish....

Tuohino scores for Skoda Skoda Tuohino scores for Skoda Janne Tuohino brought the Škoda Fabia WRC 05 to the finish of the Cyprus Rally in ninth position, narrowly missing out on his first drivers’ championship points of the season. However his result brought three points for the Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team after the most gruelli...

Ford Celebrates Landmark in Cyprus Ford Ford Celebrates Landmark in Cyprus Ford created history on the Cyprus Rally today by claiming its 50th consecutive points finish in the FIA World Rally Championship. Three Focus RS World Rally Cars finished in the top six places of the season's toughest rally to ensure Ford reached its half century. Since the...

Martin makes it to the podium Peugeot Martin makes it to the podium By finishing third on the Cyprus Rally, Markko Martin has brought Peugeot eight precious points for the manufacturers championship and added six points to his own personal tally. This has allowed the Estonian to climb to second place in the drivers championship, a position he hol...

Sat May 14, 2005

Two Lancers will start final leg Mitsubishi Two Lancers will start final leg After a promising day of competition, in which the Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports crew of Harri Rovanperä/Risto Pietiläinen held sixth position, the Lancer WRC05 duo were ultimately forced to retire in the final stage with suspension damage. They nevertheless hold seventh in the ...

Atkinson learns the ropes in Cyprus Subaru Atkinson learns the ropes in Cyprus After re-starting this morning, Chris Atkinson moved seven places up the leaderboard to end the day in 13th position overall....

Loeb heads Citroen 1-2 after 2nd leg Citroen Loeb heads Citroen 1-2 after 2nd leg At the end of the second day of the 2005 Cyprus Rally, Citroën's Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena and Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor continue to figure in the top two places. After taking everyone by surprise by finishing Leg 1 in 2nd position, the Austrian crew put in another faultless ...

Stohl on course for podium Citroen Stohl on course for podium The OMV World Rally Team (Citroen Xsara WRC) are on their way to remain the sensation of the “Rally Cyprus”. After 12 of 18 special stages Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor are still in impressive second overall place. The OMV Team has a lead of 42 seconds on third-placed Norwegian He...

Tuohino in the points after day 2 Skoda Tuohino in the points after day 2 Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team driver Janne Tuohino holds a points-scoring eighth place after the second day of the gruelling Cyprus Rally but Armin Schwarz will again restart the final leg under the SupeRally system....

Martin survives day two Peugeot Martin survives day two The crews which survived the Kafkaesque nightmare that was leg one of the Rally Cyprus faced two loops of three stages on today's second leg, totalling 110 competitive kilometres. ...

Focus shows its reliability Ford Focus shows its reliability Ford holds three of the top six places on the Cyprus Rally tonight after a second highly destructive day's competition on the Mediterranean island. The rough and rugged gravel tracks again took a heavy toll, but the Ford Focus RS World Rally Car matched speed with reliability...

Fri May 13, 2005

Tuohino survives leg one Skoda Tuohino survives leg one Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team driver Janne Tuohino holds ninth place this evening but Armin Schwarz did not escape the problems although it was the failure of the alternator belt on the Fabia WRC 05 on the road section after SS3 that ended his participation in today’s leg. He...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Cyprus Claiming early victims @ 09:26 AM - After only SS1 an engine problem has slowed Mitsubishi's Gilles Panizzi, Harri Rovanperä (Mitsubishi) has had a gear problem, Marcus Gronholm (Peugeot) stopped on stage with a cam belt problem and Markko Märtin (Peugeot) had a puncture. SS2 Gilles lost third gear and Marcus retired. Petter Solberg (Subaru) and Sebastion Loeb (Citroen) have swapped fastest for SS1 and SS2 respectively.

WRC Cyprus Leg 1 Positions @ - Unofficial positions after leg 1: 1 Loeb 2h01m10.8s 2 Stohl +2m02.2s 3 H. Solberg +3m01.8s 4 Märtin +3m16.8s 5 Warmbold +4m44.3s 6 Duval +4m47.7s 7 Rovanpera +5m04.7s 8 Gardemeister +5m26.7s 9 Tuohino +5m47.6s 10 Kresta +5m56.8s

Wed May 11, 2005

Rally Australia services leg shakeup WRC Rally Australia services leg shakeup The Telstra Rally Australia Team is determined to make TRA 2005 the best event ever. Despite the Government’s announcement that TRA funding would cease after 2006, TRA is unwavering in its commitment to see the event out with a bang. In 2005, rally fans will see the return of som...

Tue May 10, 2005

Peugeot on the victory hunt Peugeot Peugeot on the victory hunt Less than a fortnight after Sardinia, it will be the turn of another Mediterranean island – Cyprus – to host a round of the World Rally Championship. Peugeot, who won this event in 2002, will be out to consolidate its lead in the Manufacturers' points table, while the 307 WRC ...

Mitsubishi to step up a gear in Cyprus Mitsubishi Mitsubishi to step up a gear in Cyprus The FIA World Rally Championship is firmly based in the Mediterranean for the next two months and the sixth round of the series takes the crews to the eastern island of Cyprus. Harri Rovanperä and Risto Pietiläinen will once again be leading the team assault on this rough and dem...

Third win for Loeb? Citroen Third win for Loeb? After his victories in New Zealand and Sardinia, Citroën's Sébastien Loeb will bid this weekend (12-15 May 2005) to consolidate his lead with a third successive win in the Cyprus round of the World Rally Championship, but it won't be easy with second Mediterranean island ro...

Target: 50th consecutive points finish Ford Target: 50th consecutive points finish Ford aims to create history on the Cyprus Rally (12 - 15 May) by extending its remarkable points scoring record in the FIA World Rally Championship to 50 consecutive events. Since the championship was officially launched in 1973, there have been 410 world rallies and no other ma...

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