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Tue May 31, 2011

IRC Prime Yalta Rally preview IRC IRC Prime Yalta Rally preview Here the full IRC round 4 of 12 Prime Yalta in Ukraine at the Black Sea coast preview...

Proton Prime Yalta preview IRC Proton Prime Yalta preview PROTON Motorsports will arrive at the start of this week’s PRIME Yalta Rally on the back of a positive three-day test in Ukraine....

Peugeot Uncharted territory for Peugeot’s crews

Mon May 30, 2011

Skoda ready for new challenge in Ukraine Skoda Skoda ready for new challenge in Ukraine The fourth IRC event this season, the Prime Yalta Rally scheduled to take place in the Ukraine over June 4-6, will see ŠKODA Motorsport (factory team) at full strength. The team's ambitions for this asphalt rally that is part of the IRC calendar for the first time in histo...

Sun May 29, 2011

Hirvonen takes second in Argentina Ford Hirvonen takes second in Argentina Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen finished second in Rally Argentina today after a thrilling three-car battle for victory through the final speed test. The Finns missed the top step of the podium by just 2.3sec in their Ford Fiesta RS Worl...

PWRC Argentina driver by driver WRC PWRC Argentina driver by driver Argentina PWRC driver by driver round up...

Haydon Paddon makes it 2 out of 2 WRC Haydon Paddon makes it 2 out of 2 Kiwi pairing Hayden Paddon and John Kennard clinched their second victory in-a-row in their Michelin-shod Subaru Impreza on the third round of the 2011 FIA Production car World Rally Championship at Rally Argentina this weekend. Paddon, who didn’t nominate Rally Sweden as a sco...

Mikko climbs to 2nd after dramatic leg Ford Mikko climbs to 2nd after dramatic leg Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen climbed the Rally Argentina leaderboard today to complete a dramatic second leg in second position.  The Finns are 43.7sec from the lead in their Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car with one day remaining in thi...

Sat May 28, 2011

Neuville ups IRC bid with Yalta entry Peugeot Neuville ups IRC bid with Yalta entry Thierry Neuville has stepped up his bid to win the Intercontinental Rally Challenge drivers’ crown by confirming his participation on the Prime Yalta Rally....

Praise for Al Rajhi from van Dalen Peugeot Praise for Al Rajhi from van Dalen Kronos Racing head Marc van Dalen has praised driver Yazeed Al Rajhi following the Saudi driver’s run to 14th overall on Tour de Corse-E.Leclerc earlier this month....

Latvala takes charge of Rally Argentina Ford Latvala takes charge of Rally Argentina Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila led Rally Argentina tonight after a tough opening leg in the mountains near Cordoba.  The Finns won four of today's six rocky speed tests in their Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car to build a 18.2sec a...

Thu May 26, 2011

PROTON helps make history on Yalta Rally IRC PROTON helps make history on Yalta Rally One of the Ukraine’s most famous rallying partnerships will be reunited on next week’s Prime Yalta Rally when Alexander Saliuk Sr and Evgen Chervonenko get back into a rally car for the biggest moment in their nation’s rallying history....

Wed May 25, 2011

Geko extends Ypres Rally sponsorship deal IRC Geko extends Ypres Rally sponsorship deal Ypres Rally organizers are pleased to announce that Geko Woonwereld has extended its title sponsorship of the rally until 2014. Geko became the name sponsor of the rally two years ago, and both parties are eager to continue their partnership for at least three more rounds of the ...

Tue May 24, 2011

Solberg & van Merksteijn in Argentina Citroen Solberg & van Merksteijn in Argentina Petter Solberg and Peter van Merksteijn Jr will drive two Citroën DS3 WRCs entered under their own banner provided by Citroën Racing Technologies in Rally Argentina, the sixth round of the 2011 World Rally Championship....

Citroen determined to continue winning Citroen Citroen determined to continue winning Since the start of the season the Citroën DS3 WRCs have won all four rallies run on gravel. Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena, victorious in Mexico and Italy, and Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia, winners in Portugal and Jordan, have shared Citroën’s successes. The Citroën Tota...

Fri May 20, 2011

Exciting changes for Rally of Scotland IRC Exciting changes for Rally of Scotland RACMSA Rally of Scotland organisers have revealed several exciting changes to the route of their Intercontinental Rally Challenge qualifier scheduled to run from 7-9 October....

Honda Tour de Corse review IRC Honda Tour de Corse review The Hungarian team Janos Puskadi/Barna Gonor in their Honda Civic Type R finished 4th overall in the R3C category at the end of the Corsica Rally, 3rd leg of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC)....

Ford leads the fiesta at Rally Argentina Ford Ford leads the fiesta at Rally Argentina Ford's Fiesta RS World Rally Car has a VIP invitation to one of Argentina's biggest fiesta occasions next weekend.  More than a million fanatical Latin Americans will flock into the pampas to watch Rally Argentina (26 - 29 May), and Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team's c...

Thu May 19, 2011

Impressive TV audience for IRC Corse IRC Impressive TV audience for IRC Corse Eurosport Events, promoter of the IRC, is delighted to announce that a global reach of more than 5.2 million different viewers across Europe watched Eurosport’s coverage of Tour de Corse-E.Leclerc from 12-14 May, round three of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (1)....

Arai confident of improved Subaru pace Subaru Arai confident of improved Subaru pace Japanese star Toshi Arai is confident that the pace of his Yokohama-equipped Subaru Impreza WRX STI will improve as he continues his Intercontinental Rally Challenge campaign this year....

Kangur confirms 7 event Honda IRC bid IRC Kangur confirms 7 event Honda IRC bid Martin Kangur will contest a further six rounds of this season’s IRC 2WD Cup at the wheel of a Honda Civic Type R....

Skoda maintains makes' title lead Skoda Skoda maintains makes' title lead Skoda continues to head the race for the Intercontinental Rally Challenge manufacturers’ title following the recent Tour de Corse-E.Leclerc, despite Thierry Neuville taking victory for the rival Peugeot marque....

Sun May 15, 2011

Skoda take 2nd & 3rd on thrilling Corsica Skoda Skoda take 2nd & 3rd on thrilling Corsica The third event of the IRC championship offered a thrilling spectacle from the first kilometre to the last. For the first time in history, the series moved to Corsica to take the drivers to 321 kilometres of a narrow track and a mix of bends and difficult uphill and downhill s...

Neuville secures Peugeot's 4th Corse win Peugeot Neuville secures Peugeot's 4th Corse win Following the wins of Bruno Saby in 1986 (205 Turbo 16) and Gilles Panizzi in 2000 and 2002 (206 WRC), it was the turn of Peugeot Belux’s youngsters Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul to put Peugeot on the top step of the podium on this year’s Tour de Corse....

Corsica IRC joy for rising star Neuville IRC Corsica IRC joy for rising star Neuville Thierry Neuville has claimed his maiden victory in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge after winning Tour de Corse-E.Leclerc, which finished in Ajaccio this evening (Saturday)....

Sat May 14, 2011

Campana demonstrates talent with 4th Peugeot Campana demonstrates talent with 4th Pierre Campana has shown the rallying world just what he is capable of with a masterful performance at the wheel of his Peugeot 207 S2000 in this year’s Tour de Corse. The Corsican driver finished the prestigious three-day event in fourth place overall after a highly competitive ...

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IRC F end - Neuville wins, Bouffier crash @ 06:28 PM - Neuville becvomes the youngest IRC winner with a really mature yet spectacular drive. Bouffier crashes big trying to defend 4th from Campana. The crash was for nothing as Campana lost 3min with a puncture! Final results (after SS14)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, 3h20m51s;
2nd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +15s5;
3rd= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +1m02s6;
4th= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +3m59s1;
5th= Magalhaes/Grave, Peugeot, +4m28s2;
6th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +4m30s1;
7th= Maurin/Ural, Ford, +4m33s3;
8th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +6m33s3;
9th= Sandell/Parmander, Skoda, +8m28s8;
10th= Leandri/Leonardi, Peugeot, +9m41s5

IRC F SS13 - all open befor last live stage! @ 06:23 PM - The last live stage was not to everybody's taste when run as SS9 this morning. It was here where Neuville lost 9s, he now leads by just 13.8s! Mikkelsen needs 18.4s to make up 2 places to Maurin, this morning he was 18.4s faster than Maurin! Results after SS13:
1st= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, 3h03m16s8;
2nd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +13s8;
3rd= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +53s2;
4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +1m16s9;
5th= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +1m19s8;
6th= Maurin/Ural, Ford, +4m15s1;
7th= Magalhaes/Grave, Peugeot, +4m20s4;
8th= Maikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +4m33s9;
9th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +4m43s3;
10th= Sandell/Parmander, Skoda, +7m39s9

IRC F SS12 - Puncture for Mikkelsen @ 03:10 PM - So Mikkelsen drops from 3rd to 8th. But still many fights. 1st-2nd = 16.5s, 4th-5th (with Bouffier just taking Campana) = 0.1s, 6th-7th = 0.9s, 8th-9th = 4.3s! Results after SS12:
1st= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, 2h49m54s9;
2nd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +16s5;
3rd= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +44s8;
4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +1m17s7;
5th= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +1m17s8;
6th= Maurin/Ural, Ford, +4m06s2;
7th= Magalhaes/Grave, Peugeot, +4m07s1;
8th= Maikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +4m17s9;
9th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +4m22s2;
10th= Sandell/Parmander, Skoda, +7m03s8

IRC F SS11 - Neuville on a charge @ 01:20 PM - Neuville fastest, but Kopecky 2nd and the battle is still on. Loix closes back to 2s on Mikkelsen again. Bouffier also gaining on Campana. Results after SS11:
1st= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, 2h36m41s6;
2nd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +16s2;
3rd= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +37s1;
4th= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +39s1;
5th= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +1m06s3;
6th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +1m13s7;
7th= Maurin/Ural, Ford, +3m48s4;
8th= Magalhaes/Grave, Peugeot, +3m53s1;
9th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +4m06s1;
10th= Sandell/Parmander, Skoda, +6m34s1

IRC F SS10 - Neuville vs Kopecky @ 10:33 AM - Neuville wins stage just 0.3s from Kopecky, so lead gap remains at under 15s. Mikkelsen passes Loix. Sandell reaches top10 when Leandri has a puncture. Results after SS10:
1st= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, 2h23m16s9;
2nd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +14s8;
3rd= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +32s5;
4th= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +35s4;
5th= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +1m00s9;
6th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +1m09s6;
7th= Maurin/Ural, Ford, +3m32s8;
8th= Magalhaes/Grave, Peugeot, +3m33s8;
9th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +3m43s8;
10th= Sandell/Parmander, Skoda, +5m55s2

IRC F SS9 - first stage win for Skoda @ 10:21 AM - Kopecky wins stage and narrows gap to the lead from 23s to 14s. Otherwise no dramas on the first Ajaccio stage. Results after SS9:
1st= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, 2h10m01s3;
2nd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +14s5;
3rd= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +26s3;
4th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +26s4;
5th= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +47s5;
6th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +1m05s5;
7th= Maurin/Ural, Ford, +3m09s3;
8th= Magalhaes/Grave, Peugeot, +3m11s9;
9th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +3m22s1;
10th= Leandri/Leonardi, Peugeot, +4m32s5

Fri May 13, 2011

Neuville holds lead in Corsican thriller IRC Neuville holds lead in Corsican thriller Thierry Neuville has maintained his overnight advantage at the head of the Tour de Corse-E.Leclerc leaderboard following the second day of the all-action Intercontinental Rally Challenge qualifier on the picturesque Mediterranean island....

Leg2 Neuville's dominating run continues Peugeot Leg2 Neuville's dominating run continues The second of the 54th Tour de Corse’s three legs lived up every bit to its promise. It had the makings of being a tough day of competition, and that’s exactly what it turned out to be. The morning’s loop saw three Peugeot 207 S2000s monopolise the provisional podium at one m...

Campana shows front running pace Peugeot Campana shows front running pace Corsican rally star Pierre Campana has broken into the top five overall classification after a sensational performance on the second day of action at the Tour de Corse, his home rally, today....

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