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Thu May 31, 2007

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Dust biting trend @ 05:18 PM - Further to the latest article "Another one bites the dust", it appears that Toni Gardemeister is taking the start in the Acropolis Rally tomorrow. However not at the start line will be (once again!) Hamed Al Qassimi, Focus WRC; Mats Ostberg, Subaru and Niall McShae, Subaru!

Wed May 30, 2007

Another one bites the dust - part2 WRC Another one bites the dust - part2 News of the week is that we have yet another driver with budget problems and yet another change of personal at Munchies Ford....

Abarth prepare for Ypres IRC Abarth prepare for Ypres The Abarth team, based in Italy, has completed five days of testing with the Grande Punto on asphalt, as it gears up to the first sealed-surface round of the IRC in Belgium....

Tue May 29, 2007

Ford Munchis aim for their first points

OMV Kronos promise full attack Citroen OMV Kronos promise full attack Following seventh place in Sardinia two weeks ago the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team has drawn hope again. This uptrend shall be continued at the “BP ultimate Acropolis Rally of Greece”. A vital factor will be to avoid as many tyre damages as possible at the eighth run to th...

Fri May 25, 2007

Stobart ready for Acropolis action Ford Stobart ready for Acropolis action Next week the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford team head to Greece for the BP Ultimate Acropolis Rally, round eight of the FIA World Rally Championship. The team currently lies third in the Manufacturers’ Championship heading into the 54th running of this historical event....

Ford look to build on lead Ford Ford look to build on lead After claiming its third win of the FIA World Rally Championship season in Italy earlier this month, BP-Ford World Rally Team takes its lead of both the manufacturers' and drivers' series to Greece next week for the toughest challenge of the season. The Acropolis Rally of ...

Subaru looking for an improvement Subaru Subaru looking for an improvement Every round of the World Rally Championship presents a tough challenge, but next weekend’s Acropolis Rally of Greece is one of the most difficult of them all. A combination of searing heat, boulder-strewn gravel roads and difficult stage layouts make this a true survival of the f...

C4 faces a rough & tough time in Greece Citroen C4 faces a rough & tough time in Greece Just before the calendar's two-month summer recess, the World Rally Championship moves on to Greece for the 54th Acropolis Rally for which Citroën Sport has entered two Citroën C4 WRCs for Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena and Dani Sordo/ Marc Martí. ...

Tue May 22, 2007

News of the day with consequences General News of the day with consequences Already on 6th of May we reported that Daniel Carlsson's season was over (see article another one bites the dust, Kronos also announced their departure towards IRC at the end of the season). Thereafter Carlsson took the start ramp of Rally Sardinia and withdraw immediately aft...

Sun May 20, 2007

Henning close to a podium! Ford Henning close to a podium! Henning Solberg/Cato Menkerud finished just one place outside the podium, helping their Stobart VK M-Sport Ford team strengthen its position in the Manufacturers' Championship at this weekend's Rally d'Italia Sardegna, round seven of the FIA World Rally Championship....

Sordo takes a podium in Sardinia Citroen Sordo takes a podium in Sardinia The 2007 Rally d'Italia-Sardegna ended today with the third and final leg which saw Dani Sordo, Marc Martí and their Citroën C4 WRC secure an excellent third place. Overnight leaders Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena were eliminated, however, when they hit a rock on today's...

Ford take a lucky 1-2 in Sardinia Ford Ford take a lucky 1-2 in Sardinia BP-Ford World Rally Team lead both the manufacturers' and drivers' standings in the FIA World Rally Championship after finishing first and second on Rally d'Italia Sardegna today. Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen won this seventh round of the series in a Ford Focus R...

Both Subarus finish top-10 Subaru Both Subarus finish top-10 The Subaru World Rally Team entries of Petter Solberg/Phil Mills and Chris Atkinson/Stephane Prevot both came home inside the top ten after three days of hard driving in Sardinia. Both crews maintained their pace throughout the final six stages, but did not take unnecessary risks...

OMV Kronos Citroen win 2 points Citroen OMV Kronos Citroen win 2 points The OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team has finished the “Rally d’Italia Sardegna” in seventh overall place. Thus Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor not only won two points for the driver WRC but also three points in the FIA World Rally Championship for manufacturers. In any case, the seve...

Loeb & Grönholm 1-2 in stats WRC Loeb & Grönholm 1-2 in stats Is it that these two guys are that outstanding above every one else in history? Is it that the competition is that slim in the last years? Without a straight answer to that, we note that not only on most rally results sheets of late we have a Loeb-Grönholm 1-2, but also in the WR...

Kopecky retires as steering goes awry Skoda Kopecky retires as steering goes awry Luck has turned its back on Czech Rally Team Kopecký also in the second leg of Rally d'Italia Sardegna. Transmission problems stopped the Škoda Fabia WRC car driven by Jan Kopecký in the initial leg; the team however, took advantage of the Superally rule and entered into the s...

Sat May 19, 2007

Two Stobarts in the top ten Ford Two Stobarts in the top ten The Stobart VK M-Sport Ford team now have two drivers in the top ten and more importantly two drivers in points-scoring positions for the Manufacturers' Championship after leg 2 of Rally d'Italia Sardegna....

Loeb leads in Sardinia Citroen Loeb leads in Sardinia Sébastien Loeb, Daniel Elena and their Citroën C4 WRC profited from the very hot second day of the Rally d'Italia-Sardegna to extend their lead at the top of the leaderboard, while Dani Sordo and Marc Martí put in an equally polished performance with the second Citroën to en...

Petter holds 6th in Sardinia Subaru Petter holds 6th in Sardinia Petter Solberg and Phil Mills ended the second day of action in Sardinia in sixth position overall. The Subaru World Rally Team pairing are 40 seconds off fourth position with six stages left to run tomorrow. After not completing two stages yesterday, Chris Atkinson and Stephane ...

Stohl within site of Gardemeister Citroen Stohl within site of Gardemeister After twelve of 18 special stages of the “Rally d’Italia Sardegna” the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team not only secured eighth place but also has chances for seventh place. They are only 23,3 seconds behind Toni Gardemeister (Fin/Mitsubishi Lancer WRC). Now the 34-year-old Au...

Ford hold 2nd and 3rd Ford Ford hold 2nd and 3rd BP-Ford World Rally Team maintained its grip on two steps of the podium during today's second leg of Rally d'Italia Sardegna. Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen won two speed tests in their Ford Focus RS World Rally Car as they preserved their overnight second position. ...

Thu May 17, 2007

BFGoodrich report - Rally of Turkey IRC BFGoodrich report - Rally of Turkey Nicolas Vouilloz, his co-driver Nicolas Klinger and their Peugeot 207 S2000/BFGoodrich hit the ground running in the 2007 Intercontinental Rally Challenge by winning the Fiat Rally – Rally Turkey, second round of the series. ...

IRC heading for Scotland in 2008? IRC IRC heading for Scotland in 2008? The IRC could be heading to Scotland as early as next year as the series' organisers look to expand the calendar to between 10 to 12 events. According to a report in today's Autosport magazine, the all-new championship is looking for a round in the British Isles and Scotlan...

Wed May 16, 2007

Kopecky ready after Sardinia test Skoda Kopecky ready after Sardinia test The preparations of the Czech Rally Team Kopecký for Rally Sardinia continued with two days of testing in Italy. The complete team arrived on location of the race some time ahead, because the Czech Rally Team Kopecký scheduled two days of testing before the start of the race on l...

Tue May 15, 2007

More driver-team news WRC More driver-team news Following news of Duval's program back on track from Acropolis and Pons as pay driver at Subaru from Finland, we don't want this bit of info from the same day to get lost: There has been a driver change at Munchies Ford already with effect from next weekend's Rally Sardi...

Duval's season back on track Skoda Duval's season back on track Francois Duval's season looks like it will finally get underway at the Acropolis Rally early next month after his team secured the use of 3 Fabia WRCs....

Pons to join Subaru Subaru Pons to join Subaru Spain’s Xavier ‘Xevi’ Pons will contest the second half of 2007 and entire 2008 World Rally Championship seasons with the Subaru World Rally Team. ...

Mon May 14, 2007

Stobart to attack on Sardinia Ford Stobart to attack on Sardinia The Stobart VK M-Sport Ford team look to attack on the sun-drenched Mediterranean island of Sardinia next week, coming off a high on Rally Argentina where they regained third spot on the Manufacturers’ table. Rally d’Italia Sardegna is the seventh round of the FIA World Rally Cha...

Jean-Joseph praises Turkish stages IRC Jean-Joseph praises Turkish stages Simon Jean-Joseph and Jack Boyère took their BFGoodrich-shod, PH Sport-run Citroën C2 S1600 to 8th place overall on this weekend's Rally Turkey. They also secured victory in both Group A and the Super 1600 category....

Sun May 13, 2007

IRC Rally Turkey was dramatic! IRC IRC Rally Turkey was dramatic! The Rally Turkey showed us excellent sport, and that even though the entry is still slim compared to what is expected for round 3 in Ypres on 22nd - 23rd June! During Saturday Anton Alen in the Abarth Grande Punto S2000 has built a convincing lead, but the fastest man of the day ...

IRC Türkey Sunday - new day, new situation

Points getting harder for OMV Kronos Citroen Points getting harder for OMV Kronos The OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team will try a new attack on a top-8-place at the “Rally d’Italia Sardegna”. For only then the the commitment in the FIA World Rally Championship is justified. But scoring points is getting more and more difficult this season for Manfred Stohl/...

Loeb and Sordo to resume battle Citroen Loeb and Sordo to resume battle After its long and triumphant trip to Argentina, Citroën Sport returns to Europe and the island of Sardinia for Round 7 of the 2007 WRC calendar. Two C4 WRCs have been entered for the Rally d'Italia-Sardegna for Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena and Dani Sordo/ Marc Martí....

Petter missing podium feeling Subaru Petter missing podium feeling The Subaru World Rally Team moves from the grassy Pampas of Argentina to the dramatic Mediterranean landscape of Sardinia for round seven of the 16-event World Rally Championship....

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