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Sat May 31, 2008

New Impreza shows its promise Subaru New Impreza shows its promise The Impreza WRC2008 gave a taste today of what is to come for the Subaru World Rally Team as Petter Solberg and Phil Mills delivered a solid performance to finish second overall, and a mere 28.7 seconds from the lead. It is the great step forward the team have been working so har...

Mixed fortunes for Suzuki Suzuki Mixed fortunes for Suzuki It has been a day of mixed fortunes for the Suzuki World Rally Team. At one stage, both SX4 WRCs of P-G Andersson and Toni Gardemeister were inside the top 10, with Andersson was running sixth after an agonisingly tough second run through the Agii Theodori test. The second day...

Ford Henning on course for a podium

Ford Survival the name of the game for Ford

Citroen Loeb leads after leg two

Citroen Rautenbach battles through day 2

Fri May 30, 2008

Petter holds 3rd spot on new car debut Subaru Petter holds 3rd spot on new car debut On the 55th running of the notoriously punishing Acropolis Rally, the all-new Subaru Impreza WRC2008 made its competitive debut today to great acclaim. On this real event of attrition, Petter Solberg and Phil Mills grabbed third place overall on the opening day, whilst team-mates...

Suzuki in the top 10 in Greece Suzuki Suzuki in the top 10 in Greece Following last night¹s exceptionally popular ceremonial start at the Parthenon in the centre of Athens, the Suzuki SX4 WRC drivers Toni Gardemeister and P-G Andersson started the main event and the competitive action north of the city of Athens this morning....

Henning leads Stobart charge Ford Henning leads Stobart charge The opening day of the Acropolis Rally of Greece has served the Stobart VK-Sport Ford rally team with mixed fortunes as Norwegians Henning Solberg/Cato Menkerud lead the way in fourth position. Team-mates Matthew Wilson/Scott Martin pushed through some early issues to bounce back...

Ford trio on the rocks in Greece Ford Ford trio on the rocks in Greece BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team made a strong start to the toughest round of the FIA World Rally Championship in Greece today, only for its daylong endeavours to end in disappointment in the final kilometres. Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila lie sixth on the Acropolis Ra...

Citroen Tough day for Rautenbach

Olympian effort for Loeb & Sordo Citroen Olympian effort for Loeb & Sordo The opening day of the 2008 Acropolis Rally, round seven of this year's World Rally Championship, saw excellent runs from of Citroën Total's Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena and Dani Sordo/Marc Martí who finished at the top of the provisional leaderboard with their respective ...

Thu May 29, 2008

Snijers awarded BFG drive for Ypres IRC Snijers awarded BFG drive for Ypres Belgian rally legend Patrick Snijers (pictured at the wheel of a Mitsubishi last year) is to drive the BFGoodrich Peugeot 207 S2000 on the Ypres Rally Belgium next month, having been elected to the drive by a jury of 16 Belgian journalists....

Mon May 26, 2008

Suzuki take on the tough roads of Greece Suzuki Suzuki take on the tough roads of Greece Suzuki’s latest challenge in its WRC adventure is the legendary Acropolis Rally, one of the oldest and most prestigious events on the World Rally Championship. The all-gravel event has changed beyond recognition since it was first run as an asphalt rally in 1951, but the tradi...

Citroen in the land of the Greek gods Citroen Citroen in the land of the Greek gods Following the team's superb win in Sardinia, Citroën Total has already turned its attention to the 2008 Acropolis Rally, round seven of this year's World Rally Championship. Four Citroën C4 WRCs will be in Greece to take on the country's demanding stages: two for Citro...

Henning rejoins Stobart for Greece Ford Henning rejoins Stobart for Greece Next week the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team take on the BP Ultimate Acropolis Rally of Greece. The seventh round of the FIA World Rally Championship will see Henning Solberg/Cato Menkerud return to the squad as a nominated points scoring crew....

Ford aim to add to win record in Greece Ford Ford aim to add to win record in Greece Rocky mountain tracks, punishing heat and physically demanding cockpit conditions are the hallmarks of the Acropolis Rally of Greece (29 May - 1 June), widely regarded as the toughest challenge in the FIA World Rally Championship calendar. It is a trial in which BP Ford Abu Dhab...

New Subaru hatches out in Greece Subaru New Subaru hatches out in Greece The completely redesigned and eagerly anticipated Subaru Impreza WRC2008 will make its competitive debut on the classic Acropolis Rally, after an official introduction to the car on Wednesday evening before shakedown. Aboard their new machines, Solberg and Atkinson will relish th...

Rautenbach looks forward to Acropolis Citroen Rautenbach looks forward to Acropolis This is the World Rally Championship's benchmark rough and tough rally. It's a car killer and one of the most arduous and physically demanding events a driver will ever compete on. The route has changed down the years, with a more sprint-oriented WRC demanding slightly ...

Sat May 24, 2008

Sting in the tail for Ypres IRC Sting in the tail for Ypres The 44th Ypres Rally Belgium, which is scheduled to take place from June 27-28, will contain a mammoth new 42-kilometre stage, run twice over the course of the Belgian event....

Tue May 20, 2008

WRC2008 to launch in Greece Subaru WRC2008 to launch in Greece The Subaru World Rally Team and STi are pleased to announce the launch date of the Impreza WRC2008. The most radically different Subaru World Rally Car in 15 years, the WRC2008 is ready to make its debut on the seventh round of this year’s World Rally Championship, the Acropolis ...

Sun May 18, 2008

Rautenbach enjoys final day in Sardinia Citroen Rautenbach enjoys final day in Sardinia Conrad Rautenbach enjoyed his most competitive day of Rally d'Italia-Sardgena today. The reigning FIA African Rally Champion's exceptional form was mirrored by the faultless performance of the PH Sport-run Citroen C4 WRC he was driving. He and British co-driver David Se...

Double podium keeps Ford ahead Ford Double podium keeps Ford ahead BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team finished second and third in an enthralling Rally d'Italia Sardegna today to retain the lead in both the manufacturers' and drivers' standings in the FIA World Rally Championship. Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen claimed second in a F...

Reliable run for Andersson Suzuki Reliable run for Andersson P-G Andersson has ended the Rally d'Italia Sardegna inside the top 10, following three days of faultless running for his SX4 WRC. Andersson - who ended up ninth - described his car as "perfect" throughout the entire rally, with the SX4 WRC requiring nothing more than routine s...

Galli takes 4th at home Ford Galli takes 4th at home Italians Gigi Galli/Giovanni Bernacchini have impressed this weekend finishing fourth on their home event of Rally d’Italia Sardegna; round six of the FIA World Rally Championship. The fantastic achievement also helps the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team edge closer to third in...

Chris holds third in title race Subaru Chris holds third in title race After a tough Rally Sardinia, Chris Atkinson and Stéphane Prevot collected a crucial three championship points for their sixth position finish, keeping the duo third in the drivers’ title hunt. Similarly, the Subaru World Rally Team remain third in the Manufacturers’ race....

Loeb takes 40th win Citroen Loeb takes 40th win The finish ceremony of the Rally d'Italia Sardegna this afternoon alongside Porto Cervo's Marina Vechia saw Sébastien Loeb, Daniel Elena and their C4 WRC claim top prize in the sixth round of the 2008 World Championship. The second Citroën Total car finished fifth in the ...

Sat May 17, 2008

Petter looses time with a puncture Subaru Petter looses time with a puncture The Subaru World Rally Team entry of Chris Atkinson and Stéphane Prévot concluded a nail-biting second day on the island of Sardinia in sixth position overall after the intense battle between the front-runners continued to rage. Meanwhile team mates Petter Solberg and Phil Mills ...

Rautenbach suffers handbrake problems Citroen Rautenbach suffers handbrake problems Conrad Rautenbach started day two of the event with his sights set on the top 10. He was embroiled in a fight with Stobart Ford driver Matthew Wilson through the morning and aimed to continue the battle with the Briton through the afternoon. Unfortunately for the reigning FIA...

Galli leaps to 4th on day 2 Ford Galli leaps to 4th on day 2 Day 2 of Rally d’Italia Sardegna has seen Gigi Galli/Giovanni Bernacchini fire with all guns blazing as they moved to fourth position overall on this sixth round of the FIA World Rally Championship. Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team-mates Matthew Wilson/Scott Martin have put in ...

Andersson hopes to prove a point Suzuki Andersson hopes to prove a point The Suzuki SX4 WRC of P-G Andersson has ended the second day of the Rally d¹Italia Sardegna just outside the points, after making solid progress that has underlined the Suzuki World Rally Team¹s focus on reliability. Andersson was ninth at the end of the opening day, while his...

Mixed day for Citroen Citroen Mixed day for Citroen The second day of the Rally d'Italia Sardegna, round six of the 2008 World Rally Championship, saw Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena successfully defend the lead they carved out on Friday. Dani Sordo/Marc Martí fell to overnight fifth in the second Citroën Total-run C4 WRC, but th...

Six out of six for JML Ford Six out of six for JML BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team delivered a perfect performance on today's second day of Rally d'Italia Sardegna to power up the leaderboard into second and third places. Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila won all six demanding speed tests on the gravel roads of the ...

Fri May 16, 2008

Suzuki make a solid start in Sardinia Suzuki Suzuki make a solid start in Sardinia Both Suzuki drivers have made a solid start to the Rally d'Italia Sardegna, round six of the World Rally Championship. Toni Gardemeister returned to final service at the harbourside in Olbia occupying a provisional 10th position, while his team mate P-G Andersson was about n...

Conrad fighting Fords Citroen Conrad fighting Fords Conrad Rautenbach spent the day on the fringes of the top 10. He enjoyed a close fight with manufacturer driver Federico Villagra through the afternoon, moving ahead of the Argentinian on the second run through the longest stage of the day. Rautenbach admitted he hadn't en...

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