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Sun May 31, 2009

Van den Heuvel reveals IRC programme IRC Van den Heuvel reveals IRC programme Jasper van den Heuvel will contest three rounds of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge this year, starting with next month's Belgium Ypres Rally. The 30-year-old Dutch driver is also planning to enter Barum Rally Zlin in Czech Republic in August before tackling the series fin...

Sat May 30, 2009

Peugeot expect big fight with Skoda IRC Peugeot expect big fight with Skoda Kronos Racing boss Marc van Dalen is bracing himself for a big battle for Intercontinental Rally Challenge honours with the factory Skoda outfit....

Fri May 29, 2009

Neuville awarded Ypres 207 drive IRC Neuville awarded Ypres 207 drive Belgium's Thierry Neuville has been named by a jury of journalists to drive the BFGoodrich Drivers Team Peugeot 207 S2000 on the forthcoming Belgium Ypres Rally (June 19-20)....

5 IRC events for Bengue, Opel & Hankook IRC 5 IRC events for Bengue, Opel & Hankook Tyre giant Hankook is stepping up its rally activities with plans to contest five rounds of the IRC this year ahead of a full championship assault in 2010....

Thu May 28, 2009

Loix confident he can regain title lead IRC Loix confident he can regain title lead Freddy Loix believes he can still win this year's Intercontinental Rally Challenge despite losing the title initiative to Kris Meeke on the Sata Rally Acores earlier this month....

Wed May 27, 2009

Fiesta goes to Pikes Peak Ford Fiesta goes to Pikes Peak The new Ford Fiesta may not be hitting the streets of America officially until next year, but high-performance motorsport examples of the car will make their U.S. racing debut this summer when the Olsberg Motor Sport Evolution team from Sweden, managed by Andreas Eriksson, brings...

Loeb receives the ‘Légion d’honneur’ Citroen Loeb receives the ‘Légion d’honneur’ Sébastien Loeb was today awarded a knighthood, receiving the ‘Légion d’honneur’ at the Elysée Palace in Paris from Nicolas Sarkozy, the President of the French Republic. The ‘Légion d'honneur’ is the highest award that can be given to any private individual in France, instit...

Galli tests Abarth Grande Punto General Galli tests Abarth Grande Punto Gigi Galli has tested an Abarth Grande Punto on gravel in recent weeks and the Italian is looking to get more mileage behind the wheel of S2000 machinery before the WRC swithces to a similar but as yet undefined formula in the near future....

Tue May 26, 2009

Snijers to drive Polo S2000 on Ypres IRC Snijers to drive Polo S2000 on Ypres Legendary Belgian driver Patrick Snijers will chase his fifth Belgium Ypres Rally victory at the wheel of a Volkswagen Polo Super 2000....

Sun May 24, 2009

Novikov scores his first WRC points Citroen Novikov scores his first WRC points After a rally that confirmed the potential already seen in their first three outings with the Citroën Junior Team, Evgeny Novikov and Dale Moscatt finished in fifth place on the Rally d’Italia – Sardegna, round six of the 2009 FIA World Rally Championship....

Citroen's tough week comes to an end Citroen Citroen's tough week comes to an end Citroën Total World Rally Team's winning run came to an end today in Sardinia where Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena finished the Rally d'Italia-Sardegna in fourth position. The result hasn't prevented them from completing the first half of the 2009 World Championship w...

Sandell narrowly misses pWRC win Skoda Sandell narrowly misses pWRC win Cruel luck! The Red Bull Rally Team missed its third win of the season in the Production Car World Rally Championship by 1.5 seconds today!...

Latvala wins as Ford take 1-2 Ford Latvala wins as Ford take 1-2 BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team claimed a dominant one-two finish on Rally d'Italia Sardegna today with the Focus RS World Rally Car. Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila led from start to finish to claim their second career win in the FIA World Rally Championship. The F...

Sat May 23, 2009

Novikov holds 5th after leg two Citroen Novikov holds 5th after leg two Having proved their pace from the very start of the Rally d’Italia Sardegna, Evgeny Novikov and Dale Moscatt end day two of the event in fifth overall. Conrad Rautenbach / Daniel Barritt and Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia did not manage to make the end of the second day, wh...

Loeb targets podium Citroen Loeb targets podium The second leg turned out to be Citroën Total World Rally Team's most troubled day of the season to date, with Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena losing time after suffering a puncture as they attempted to home in on the leaders. The five time World Champions are still in the run...

Solberg suffers, Wilson advances Ford Solberg suffers, Wilson advances Stobart VK M-Sport Ford driver Matthew Wilson remains on track to score more important manufacturer points for the team having moved up to sixth place overall at the end of day two of Rally d’Italia Sardegna. But team mate Henning Solberg fell victim to the punishing conditions a...

Ford tightens it's grip on lead Ford Ford tightens it's grip on lead BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team strengthened its one-two position at the head of the leaderboard in Rally d'Italia Sardegna today. Overnight leaders Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila retained top spot in their Ford Focus RS World Rally Car despite enduring the worst of...

Sandell moves into lead after leg two Skoda Sandell moves into lead after leg two Patrik Sandell/Emil Axelsson (SWE) – Skoda Fabia S2000 – assumed the PWRC lead with a fastest time on today’s very first stage and never surrendered it. On top of that, the two Swedes driving for the Upper Austrian BRR team even extended the lead – Sandell was fastest on three of...

Fri May 22, 2009

Strong day for Citroen Juniors Citroen Strong day for Citroen Juniors By putting in a series of top-eight performances, Evgeny Novikov and Dale Moscatt have ended the opening day of the Rally d’Italia-Sardegna in fifth overall in one of the three Citroën Junior Team C4 WRCs. Conrad Rautenbach and Daniel Barritt end the day in 11th. With midsumme...

Loeb in a good position after leg one Citroen Loeb in a good position after leg one Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena completed the opening day of the 2009 Rally Italia Sardinia in third place, a result which puts them in a position where they won't have to sweep the stages for their rivals when competition resumes on Saturday. It turned out to be a somewhat ...

Big battle for pWRC lead after day one Skoda Big battle for pWRC lead after day one Rally d’Italia Sardegna after Day 1: Red Bull Rally Team neck and neck with the leader Pure suspense! Patrik Sandell in P2 is just seven tenths of a second behind Patrick Flodin after the opening leg!...

Stobart well placed after leg one Ford Stobart well placed after leg one Stobart VK M-Sport Ford drivers Henning Solberg and Matthew Wilson overcame early problems to put themselves in a powerful position going into day two of Rally d’Italia Sardenga, the sixth round of the FIA World Rally Championship. With tactical driving strongly in evidence on da...

Ford hold 1-2 after day one of Sardinia Ford Ford hold 1-2 after day one of Sardinia BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team held first and second in Rally d'Italia Sardegna following today's opening leg after winning four of the six demanding gravel speed tests. Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila returned to the rally base in Olbia this evening with a 39.8s...

Thu May 21, 2009

Solberg: S2000 or I won't drive General Solberg: S2000 or I won't drive Former World Rally Champion Petter Solberg has threatened to drive elsewhere in 2010 unless the FIA bring forward a move to S2000 regulations early. Motorsport's governing body has faced criticsm in recent months for dithering over the future rules for the WRC, putting forward...

Robert Kubica buys a Skoda Fabia WRC Skoda Robert Kubica buys a Skoda Fabia WRC BMW-Sauber F1 driver Robert Kubica has bought himself a Skoda Fabia WRC. The Pole, pictured above with Skoda works driver Jan Kopecky, is a known rally fan and has bought the car for "private tests and fun"....

Wed May 20, 2009

Sandell aims for Sardinia win Skoda Sandell aims for Sardinia win After a short break in the Production Car World Rally Championship the second half of the season gets underway for the Red Bull Rally Team this weekend. From Friday to Sunday the “Rally d’Italia Sardegna” in Sardinia is on the schedule....

BP Ford hope to shine on Sardinia Ford BP Ford hope to shine on Sardinia Ford's FIA World Rally Championship drivers return to competition in Europe next week following last month's Argentine voyage as the 2009 season reaches its midpoint on the Italian holiday island of Sardinia. However, there will be little opportunity to enjoy the pleasures...

Loeb looks to extend records Citroen Loeb looks to extend records The Italian round of the 2009 World Rally Championship, which takes teams to Sardinia, will mark the season's halfway point, and Citroën Total World Rally Team travels to the event with the same hunger for success as usual. Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena, who are unbeaten s...

CJT hope to consolidate pace Citroen CJT hope to consolidate pace The Citroën Junior Team aims to consolidate its pace in Italy The Citroën Junior Team will run three Citroën C4 WRCs for Conrad Rautenbach / Daniel Barritt, Evgeny Novikov / Dale Moscatt and Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia at the Rally d’Italia – Sardegna, which takes plac...

Stobart strive for Sardinian success Ford Stobart strive for Sardinian success Stobart VK M-Sport Ford drivers Matthew Wilson and Henning Solberg are aiming for another points haul as they prepare for round six of the FIA World Rally Championship, Rally d’Italia Sardegna. Solberg and Wilson are returning to Europe full of confidence after scoring the best r...

IRC Mission accomplished for Rautenbach

Tue May 19, 2009

Vouilloz praises team mate Meeke IRC Vouilloz praises team mate Meeke Kris Meeke would be a worthy winner of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge according to Nicolas Vouilloz, the reigning IRC title-holder....

Mon May 18, 2009

Classic stages for IRC Scotland IRC Classic stages for IRC Scotland The inaugural RAC MSA Rally of Scotland will include stages not used for more than 20 years when it brings the curtain down on this year's Intercontinental Rally Challenge....

Sat May 16, 2009

Millet in contention for IRC 2wd cup IRC Millet in contention for IRC 2wd cup Frenchman Denis Millet (pictured) has powered into contention for the lead of the IRC 2WD Cup after winning the two-wheel drive category on the Sata Rally Acores....

Thu May 14, 2009

Duval to drive Fabia S2000 on Ypres IRC Duval to drive Fabia S2000 on Ypres Francois Duval will drive a Skoda Fabia S2000, prepared by the Belgian Rene Georges Rallyesport team on his native Ypres Rally, round 5 of the 2009 IRC. Duval will be co-driven by experienced Frenchman Denis Giraudet on the all asphalt event taking place from June 18th-20th. Duva...

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