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Wed May 31, 2006

OMV aim for trouble free event Peugeot OMV aim for trouble free event The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team is under testing pressure prior to the “bp ultimate acropolis rally”. Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor (Aut) encountered no problems when they completed 120 testing kilometres on Saturday. On Monday it will be the turn of OMV teammates Henning ...

Sun May 28, 2006

Surprising end in Carrera Sudamericana General Surprising end in Carrera Sudamericana From our last report the Carrera Sudamericana moved across the border from Peru to Equador. However the first 40km gravel stage had to be cancelled. It would have been a dead lovely twisty and technical stage with the longest straight reported to be 200metres. However the first i...

Acropolis: Kronos team interviews Citroen Acropolis: Kronos team interviews Marc Van Dalen, team principal… You were delighted at the finish of the Rally of Sardinia…
“The raw and excellent result would have been sufficient to delight me but another satisfaction added to that: I’m very satisfied to see that the team is worki...

Sat May 27, 2006

Interview with Dani Sordo Citroen Interview with Dani Sordo Within only seven events behind the wheel of a World Rally car, Dani Sordo has finished three times on the podium. The young Spaniard lies in third position in the Championship and dreams to conclude the first half of the season with a seventh points scoring…...

Wilson reaches debut season mid-point Ford Wilson reaches debut season mid-point Brit Matthew Wilson reaches the half-way mark in his rookie FIA World Rally Championship season with one of the toughest rallies on the calendar, BP Ultimate Acropolis Rally, based around the Athens home of the 2004 Olympic Games....

Petter aiming for memorable Acropolis Subaru Petter aiming for memorable Acropolis The FIA World Rally Championship stays in the Mediterranean as teams head to Greece for round eight of the 16 event calendar. The Acropolis Rally of Greece will take place from 1 to 4 June and is the last rally before the mid-season nine week break....

Kronos Citroen ready for Greek challenge Citroen Kronos Citroen ready for Greek challenge Eighth and last round of the first half of the championship before a twomonth break, the Greek event offers with a completely new rally route and – apparently – tougher, a real challenge to the FIA World Rally Championship’s teams....

Ford ready for toughest event Ford Ford ready for toughest event BP-Ford World Rally Team ends the first half of its 2006 campaign next week by taking on what is expected to be the toughest round of the FIA World Rally Championship. The Acropolis Rally of Greece (1 - 4 June) is one of the series' classic events, which was voted the best in...

Red Bull hope for better in Greece Skoda Red Bull hope for better in Greece Red Bull Skoda will participate in the Acropolis Rally in Greece with both Fabia WRC just two weeks after Rally Sardinia. The car transporter has already been shipped to Athens, the crew has little time to prepare for the next WRC event. A lot will depend on Thursday’s shakedown....

Thu May 25, 2006

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General Shake up at Carrera Sudamericana @ 01:05 AM - Now in Equador last night (Wednesday) New Zealand's Honda driver Joe McAndrew has hit mechanical trouble. This is the more surprising as McAndrew dominated the event for 24 days and with only 2 days left to go. We don't know the exact nature of his problems, but so far he has already dropped to 5th place and without any chance of victory!

Wed May 24, 2006

Aigner to change co-driver Skoda Aigner to change co-driver Red Bull Skoda has announced that starting with the next WRC event in Greece, Germany's Klaus Wicha will go into action as new co-driver to Andreas Aigner in the Fabia WRC until the end of the season. Timo Gottschalk, Andreas Aigner’s previous co-driver, made this decision bec...

Sudamericana, Mike Kirkland delayed General Sudamericana, Mike Kirkland delayed Now with the updated, complete results. The Carrera Sudamericana’s last leg is a full 10 days long. Today is only day12, so the last leg takes nearly half the event! So the leg starts in easy but stunning fashion. Like on the way to La Paz in Bolivia, the highest city of th...

Sun May 21, 2006

Kopecky delighted with stage win Skoda Kopecky delighted with stage win Jan Kopecký and Filip Schovánek put in a superb performance in the third leg of the Rally d'Italia Sardegna. In the six stages of the final leg, the crew of the Czech Rally Team Škoda-Kopecký managed to place in the top ten four times. The day culminated fantastically when the...

Character building rally for VK Ford Ford Character building rally for VK Ford Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team driver Matthew Wilson finished Rally d'Italia Sardegna in a lowly 34th position after an event the 19 year-old Cumbrian could truly describe as 'character building' after his fastest stage time and point score in Rally Argentina – where...

Loeb win gives Elena record Citroen Loeb win gives Elena record Sébastien Loeb, Daniel Elena and their Citroen Xsara WRC took their fifth win of the season in Porto Cervo today. This latest victory – also their fifth in a row – marked the 25th success in 77 World Championship events for Kronos Racing’s famous franco-monegasque pairing....

Final stage woe for Subaru Subaru Final stage woe for Subaru Both Petter Solberg and Chris Atkinson demonstrated the stage-winning pace of the Subaru Impreza WRC2006 on the final Leg of Rally d’Italia Sardegna. Petter secured two stage wins while Chris set his first fastest time of the year, however problems in the final stage of the rally...

Five points for OMV Peugeot Peugeot Five points for OMV Peugeot The battle of the “Rally Italia Sardegna” is over – but the result is not entirely to the liking of the OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team. Since Henning Stolberg forwent a SupeRally-start on Sunday, Manfred Stohl inherited two places on the final day and finished the seventh WR...

Career best 2nd for Hirvonen Ford Career best 2nd for Hirvonen BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen scored the best result of their careers by finishing second on the Rally d'Italia Sardegna today. The Finns took no risks in their Ford Focus RS World Rally Car during the final leg of this seventh round of th...

3 points for Red Bull despite problems Skoda 3 points for Red Bull despite problems In a nutshell, the seventh WRC event of the season did not quite go according to plan for the entire Red Bull Skoda team. Despite rather positive results in testing and the Sardinia shakedown, there were small problems right from the start, team boss Armin Schwarz confirms: “Andr...

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WRC unofficial provisional results @ 01:21 PM - Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena take their 25th career win. This makes Daniel the all time most successful WRC navigator! Séb will soon follow into the history books, he has to beat Carlos Sainz's 26 wins. See the unofficial, provisional results in "events", "Sardinia" and the championship positions in the according section further down the front page.

Sat May 20, 2006

Mixed fortunes for Stobart Fords Ford Mixed fortunes for Stobart Fords The second day of Rally d'Italia Sardegna was one of mixed fortune for the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team. Matthew Wilson and Luis Perez Companc enjoyed a solid runs through the 137km of stage distance however the team's highest placed driver, Kosti Katajamaki, rolled h...

Kopecky gains gravel experience Skoda Kopecky gains gravel experience The crew of the Czech Rally Team Škoda-Kopecký entered the second leg of the Rally d'Italia Sardegna with the aim of gaining valuable experience of this demanding gravel event....

Loeb moves into lead Citroen Loeb moves into lead There were as many twists and turns to day two as there were over the harsh Sardinian landscape, in conditions that were as hot as those of the opening leg yesterday. The three Kronos Racing crews proved to be as fast and reliable as their Xsara WRCs, coming into their own th...

Mikko powers into 2nd place Ford Mikko powers into 2nd place Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen are chasing a career-best result after climbing to second during today's second leg of Rally d'Italia Sardegna. The Finns, who finished third in Spain last year, set a strong pace in their Focus RS over the gravel tracks on the sun-kissed ...

Crash puts Henning out of contention Peugeot Crash puts Henning out of contention The “Rally Italia Sardegna” proved unlucky for the OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team so far. After Henning Solberg had managed to reach the podium following special stage eight, he had to retire during the next stage. The OMV driver hit a tree on SS 9 just 300 metres short of t...

Chris holds 5th after day two Subaru Chris holds 5th after day two Chris Atkinson continues to lead the Subaru World Rally Team’s challenge on the second day of Rally d’Italia Sardegna. With six more stages to run tomorrow Chris holds fifth place overnight. After retiring from the first day of the competition, Petter Solberg restarted with the p...

Better day for RB Skoda Skoda Better day for RB Skoda Red Bull Skoda driver Andreas Aigner started the second day of Rally Sardinia as first car on the road, just like he did in Corsica. This meant both an advantage and a disadvantage for the young man from Styria in his first true WRC event on gravel....

Henning a strong 4th after day one Peugeot Henning a strong 4th after day one The beginning of the “Rally Italia Sardegna” was everything the OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team and Henning Solberg could have hoped for. The Norwegian had a spectacular infight with his brother Petter (World Champion 2003), finally overtaking him on special stage five. The O...

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WRC Loeb survives scare to lead @ 05:03 PM - Overall classification at the end of leg two ... 1 LOEB 3:02:26.0 ... 2 HIRVONEN +02:17.0 ... 3 SORDO +02:56.0 ... 4 GALLI +02:57.3 ... 5 PONS +04:27.1 ... 6 ATKINSON +05:56.7 ... 7 VÄLIMÄKI +06:01.6 ... 8 SOHLBERG +06:29.1 ... 9 P SOLBERG +06:57.8 ... 10 STOHL +07:12.3

WRC Rock spells end for Marcus @ 03:29 PM - Well can you believe it? Marcus Gronholm sees his rally win go up in smoke as he hits a rock in SS8, and despite Loeb hitting the very same rock, he survives to open out a nearly-two minute lead after SS11. Hirvonen lies in second, Galli in third and Sordo in fourth.

Fri May 19, 2006

Wilson struggles through day one Ford Wilson struggles through day one From the highs of setting the fastest stage time in the last stage he drove in Rally Argentina, Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team driver Matthew Wilson experienced the opposite end of the rally spectrum as he crawled through the first day of Rally d'Italia Sardegna due to sus...

Atkinson leads Subaru challenge Subaru Atkinson leads Subaru challenge Chris Atkinson leads the Subaru World Rally Team challenge after the first Leg of Rally d’Italia Sardegna. The Australian drove consistently throughout the day to end Leg one in seventh place overall. Petter Solberg started well and maintained a top six position until three punct...

Three Xsaras in the points Citroen Three Xsaras in the points At the end of a very difficult first leg, run in intensely hot conditions, Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena occupy second place in the provisional classification, 35.4 seconds behind Marcus Grönholm. Dani Sordo and Marc Marti are fifth while Xevi Pons and Carlos Del Barrio are...

Gronholm dominates opening leg Ford Gronholm dominates opening leg BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen lead the Rally d'Italia Sardegna after dominating today's opening leg on the rocky roads of the Mediterranean island. The Finns built a large advantage after winning all three of this morning's sp...

Kopecky will start 2nd Leg Skoda Kopecky will start 2nd Leg The challenging Rally d'Italia Sardegna did not start well for Jan Kopecký and Filip Schovánek, the established crew of the Czech Rally Team Škoda-Kopecký. A rev counter malfunction forced their Škoda Fabia WRC out of the first stage right at the off. This minor technical defe...

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