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Mon May 31, 2010

Ford plans test session on Serbia Rally Ford Ford plans test session on Serbia Rally BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen will enter next month's Serbia Rally (18 - 20 June) in a Ford Focus RS World Rally Car. The Finns will use the two-day asphalt event, which takes place during the summer break in the FIA World Rally...

Ketomaa takes second sWRC win WRC Ketomaa takes second sWRC win Finnish Jari Ketomaa won his second consecutive Super 2000 World Rally Championship (S-WRC) round in the Algarve this weekend and is steadily closing the gap on the current series leader, Spanish Xevi Pons....

Sun May 30, 2010

Raikkonen takes points in Portugal Citroen Raikkonen takes points in Portugal Portugal is well known as a land of exploration and discovery. Back in 1497, Portuguese adventurer Vasco da Gama was the first person to sail from Europe, all the way around Africa, to India. Most people thought that this was impossible, because at the time they assumed that the ...

Ogier takes first WRC win in Portugal Citroen Ogier takes first WRC win in Portugal Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia have taken their first victory in the FIA World Rally Championship at the end of the Rally de Portugal. This great result puts the Citroën Junior Team crew into second place in the World Championship for drivers. Kimi Räikkönen and Kaj Linds...

C4 WRCs score another triple in Portugal Citroen C4 WRCs score another triple in Portugal For the second time this season after Rally Mexico, Citroën scored a triple in a round of the FIA World Rally Championship. Behind Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia, the two Citroën Total World Rally Team crews completed the podium. Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena finished s...

Stobart squad score in Portugal Ford Stobart squad score in Portugal Stobart M-Sport Ford’s Matthew Wilson/Scott Martin made it safely to the end of a tough round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in Portugal this weekend, finishing in sixth position overall. Team-mates Henning Solberg/Ilka Minor were less fortunate and retired in the fina...

Mikko takes a fighting 4th in Portugal Ford Mikko takes a fighting 4th in Portugal BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team's Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen finished fourth in Rally de Portugal today after a thrilling three-car battle for the final podium place. After three days of flat-out driving in the hills above the Algarve coastline, the fight for third...

Sat May 29, 2010

Raikkonen holds 9th after leg two Citroen Raikkonen holds 9th after leg two It takes up to 50 years for a vintage Port wine to mature to its full complexity, and the greatest Port vintage of this century is reckoned by experts to date from 1927, with several cases still in existence....

Ogier maintains his lead on leg two Citroen Ogier maintains his lead on leg two Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia looked after their lead perfectly throughout the second day of the Rally de Portugal. The Citroën Junior Team crew maintains a 21.1-second advantage over Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena with fewer than 90 competitive kilometres left to run b...

Strong leg two for Citroen Citroen Strong leg two for Citroen Four Citroën C4 WRC are currently leading Rally Portugal at the end of the second day of the event. Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena have been the quickest crew today with four fastest times out of six stages, and they are now in second place 21.1s behind Sébastien Ogier and Jul...

Stobart on track for healthy points haul Ford Stobart on track for healthy points haul Stobart M-Sport Ford’s Matthew Wilson/Scott Martin and Henning Solberg/Ilka Minor remained steady on day two of Rally de Portugal and are still on track for another healthy points haul at the end of the sixth round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)....

A tough day 2 for Ford in Portugal Ford A tough day 2 for Ford in Portugal BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team's Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen ended today's second leg of Rally de Portugal in fifth position after another tough day's competition. The Finns have not ruled themselves out of a podium finish in their Ford Focus RS World Rally...

Fri May 28, 2010

Cautious start for Raikkonen in Portugal Citroen Cautious start for Raikkonen in Portugal The tourist resorts around Faro, according to some people, resemble a Garden of Eden. There is field after field of lush green grass, interrupted only by the occasional strip of sand and deep hole....

Ogier leads after day one in Portugal Citroen Ogier leads after day one in Portugal Just as was the case in Turkey and New Zealand, Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia end a day leading the overall classification. The Citroën Junior Team crew set five fastest times in seven stages and now hold a 26.6-second lead over Dani Sordo and Marc Marti in second. Kimi ...

Three C4 WRCs fill the provisional podium Citroen Three C4 WRCs fill the provisional podium Three Citroën C4 WRCs monopolise the first three places in the overall classification at the end of the first day of Rally Portugal. Behind Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia, entered under the Citroën Junior Team banner, the two Citroën Total World Rally Team C4 WRCs are lyi...

Strong first day for Solberg & Stobart Ford Strong first day for Solberg & Stobart Stobart M-Sport Ford’s Henning Solberg finished day one of Rally de Portugal on a high as he went third fastest on the final stage and ensured the Cumbrian team was well placed to fight for third spot in the Manufacturers’ Championship. ...

Ford duo poised after tough day one Ford Ford duo poised after tough day one BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team are well-positioned after today's demanding opening leg of Rally de Portugal. Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen lie fourth in their Ford Focus RS World Rally Car with team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila in sixth, after a day in...

Thu May 27, 2010

Great number of Super 2000 cars in Ypres IRC Great number of Super 2000 cars in Ypres Just one more month to go to the 2010 Geko Ypres Rally and we are starting to get a good picture of what the list of participants will look like. Some put their name down on Day One of the registrations but amongst the top drivers, we are still waiting for a few big names. The mo...

Pugh ready for Sardinia after China win Skoda Pugh ready for Sardinia after China win Phil Pugh took a break from his co-driving duties alongside Guy Wilks in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge to win the latest round of the Chinese championship, which he said was the perfect preparation for Rally d'Italia-Sardegna next week....

Wed May 26, 2010

Sardinia test to boost Magalhaes Peugeot Sardinia test to boost Magalhaes Bruno Magalhães’ bid for a strong result on Rally d’Italia-Sardegna will be boosted by a pre-event test on the island next Tuesday. The Peugeot Sport Portugal ace has scored points on all four rounds of this year’s Intercontinental Rally Challenge and will be aiming to extend...

Tue May 25, 2010

Al-Attiyah unsure on Sardinia IRC Al-Attiyah unsure on Sardinia Nasser Al-Attiyah remains committed to the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, even though he is currently unsure whether or not he will be able to enter Rally d’Italia-Sardegna from 4-6 June....

Mon May 24, 2010

Proton: points and pace in Japan General Proton: points and pace in Japan The PROTON R3 Rally Team once again demonstrated the pace and potential of the Satria Neo S2000 on last weekend's Rally Hokkaido - with Alister McRae taking points after setting more fastest times among the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship competitors....

Raikkonen & Ogier head to Portugal Citroen Raikkonen & Ogier head to Portugal After the long trip to New Zealand, the World Rally Championship gets back to European soil this weekend. The Rallye de Portugal, round six of the season, will be an excellent opportunity for Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia to underline their recent strong performances. Ki...

Citroen out for Portuguese hat-trick Citroen Citroen out for Portuguese hat-trick Thanks to their victories in 2007 and 2009, Sébastien Loeb, Daniel Elena and the Citroën C4 WRC are unbeaten in Rally Portugal. On their third outing in this event they are determined to score a hat trick, which will help them to extend their lead in the Drivers’ World Champion...

Fiesta S2000 crews head to Portugal Ford Fiesta S2000 crews head to Portugal Six Ford Fiesta Super 2000 cars will make their way to Portugal next week where four of the crews will take part in the fifth round of the Super World Rally Championship category (S-WRC). Series leader, Spaniard Xevi Pons, will aim to hold onto his current lead but will face tou...

Stobart look for points in Portugal Ford Stobart look for points in Portugal The Stobart M-Sport Ford World Rally Team will be pushing to move into a podium position in the Manufacturers’ championship standings when it competes in the 44th edition of the Vodafone Rally de Portugal next week....

Ford plan to prosper in Portugal Ford Ford plan to prosper in Portugal The record-breaking BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team will aim to end the opening half of the FIA World Rally Championship season on a high note in Portugal next week. Victory in New Zealand earlier this month was Ford's 75th WRC success. Not only did it make the company t...

Sun May 23, 2010

Skoda aces help launch Fabia RS Skoda Skoda aces help launch Fabia RS Skoda Motorsport team-mates Juho Hanninen and Jan Kopecky took time out of their preparations for Rally d'Italia-Sardegna, round five of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, to help launch the Czech firm's Fabia RS road car....

Sat May 22, 2010

Cetinkaya tests for Ypres Peugeot Cetinkaya tests for Ypres Burcu Cetinkaya was due to complete a two-day test in France yesterday (Friday) at the wheel of her Peugeot Sport Turkey 207 Super 2000. The 29-year-old from Istanbul will contest at least seven rounds of this year's Intercontinental Rally Challenge, starting with next mo...

Fri May 21, 2010

Ogier & Andreucci confirmed for Sardinia Peugeot Ogier & Andreucci confirmed for Sardinia Sebastien Ogier will make his return to the Intercontinental Rally Challenge when he contests Rally d'Italia-Sardegna next month. Ogier, who was victorious on his IRC debut on Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo last season, will drive a Peugeot 207 Super 2000 on the demanding ...

Thu May 20, 2010

Proton starts IRC campaign in Ypres General Proton starts IRC campaign in Ypres The PROTON R3 Rally Team will start its Intercontinental Rally Challenge campaign on next month’s Geko Ypres Rally. The British-based MEM team which prepares and runs the official Satria Neo S2000s will send two cars to the classic two-day Belgian event which is rated as one o...

PROTON aims to set the pace in Japan General PROTON aims to set the pace in Japan The PROTON R3 Rally Team has arrived in Japan for the second round of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship - Rally Hokkaido - which starts from Makubetsu on Friday (May 21) evening. After stunning the opposition with a string of fastest times and the rally lead on last mont...

Wed May 19, 2010

Cetinkaya wants driving to do the talking Peugeot Cetinkaya wants driving to do the talking Burcu Cetinkaya wants to be judged on her performances behind the wheel of her Peugeot Sport Turkey 207 Super 2000 and not the amount of publicity she generates when she begins her season-long Intercontinental Rally Challenge campaign in Sardinia next month....

Mon May 17, 2010

Latvala buoyed by Focus race experience Ford Latvala buoyed by Focus race experience Ford rally star Jari-Matti Latvala is keen for more circuit racing experience after driving a Focus RS in the Nürburgring 24-hour race last weekend. The 25-year-old Finn raced the legendary Nordschleife track in Germany and posted class-leading lap times in his 24-hour race debu...

Sun May 16, 2010

Andersson to make IRC debut on Sardinia Mitsubishi Andersson to make IRC debut on Sardinia Former double Junior world champion P-G Andersson will make his Intercontinental Rally Challenge debut on Rally d'Italia-Sardegna next month....

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