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Tue May 29, 2012

Grönholm Wins in opening GRC Round General Grönholm Wins in opening GRC Round Best Buy Mobile driver Marcus Grönholm claimed victory and maximum series points in the opening round of the 2012 Global Rallycross Championship at Charlotte Motor Speedway today.   The elated Finn, who progressed through the seeding and heat stages with a clean sheet of wins, ...

PROTON Rally of Queensland review General PROTON Rally of Queensland review The PROTON Motorsports team collected more valuable points in the pursuit of back-to-back FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship titles with a podium finish on the International Rally of Queensland, which finished on Sunday.  ...

Mon May 28, 2012

Another successful weekend for Skoda Skoda Another successful weekend for Skoda ŠKODA Motorsport (factory team) had a very successful rallying weekend. Appearing in two concurrent rallies, the team celebrated victory at both events. ​Hänninen & Markkula were fastest in Croatia, Kopecký & Dresler won in Èeský Krumlov to continue their dominance on Czech...

Campana determined to secure full programme Peugeot Campana determined to secure full programme Following an impressive run at the recent Tour de Corse event, rally sensation Pierre Campana has his sights set on a full-time opportunity in either Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) or the World Rally Championship (WRC)....

Sun May 27, 2012

Live TV for Barum Rally Zlin IRC Live TV for Barum Rally Zlin One of the fastest rounds of the all-action Intercontinental Rally Challenge, Barum Czech Rally Zlín, will benefit from four hours of live television coverage on Eurosport at primetime slots during the last weekend of the summer holidays....

Sat May 26, 2012

Andreucci set to star at Targa Florio Peugeot Andreucci set to star at Targa Florio Multiple Italian champion Paolo Andreucci looks set to be a major contender for victory when Targa Florio-Rally Internazionale Di Sicilia joins the Intercontinental Rally Challenge for the first time next month following his victory on the most recent round of his national champi...

Bouffier wants more IRC action General Bouffier wants more IRC action Bryan Bouffier says he doesn’t want his return to the Intercontinental Rally Challenge on Giru di Corsica-Tour de Corse to be a one-off and is already working on plans to take part on more rounds of the all-action series this season...

Hard work for Skoda factory team Skoda Hard work for Skoda factory team The factory ŠKODA Motorsport team will be hard at work this weekend when it enters Juho Hänninen and Jan Kopecký on separate rallies in Croatia and Czech Republic....

Hänninen leads Croatia Skoda Hänninen leads Croatia For the second time this season, ŠKODA Motorsport (factory team) is appearing in two concurrent rallies. While Juho Hänninen & Mikko Markkula are taking part in the Croatia Rally (3rd event of the European Championship) for the first time in their rallying careers, ŠKODA Motorspo...

Mon May 21, 2012

PROTON Rally of Queensland preview General PROTON Rally of Queensland preview PROTON Motorsports will aim to finish the job it started on last year’s International Rally of Queensland, when this year’s event gets underway in Caloundra next week....

Krozser looks to next rally after Corsica General Krozser looks to next rally after Corsica Menyhert "Menya" Krozser was left contemplating what might have been after retiring from the IRC Tour De Corse on Friday. During the fifth special stage on the second day, mechanical problems, meant the Hungarian driver, his co-driver Gyorgy Papp and the team of Gyula Hering had ...

Crews praise Corsica adventure format IRC Crews praise Corsica adventure format Leading co-drivers Sabrina de Castelli and Carlos del Barrio have praised the format of this year’s Giru di Corsica-Tour de Corse, the fourth round of the 2012 Intercontinental Rally Challenge season, due to the sense of adventure the roving route created....

Sordo: IRC is great for the fans IRC Sordo: IRC is great for the fans Dani Sordo celebrated his debut victory in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge last weekend by praising the level of competition in the series, the fan-friendly format and the live television coverage on Eurosport....

Sun May 20, 2012

Ford dealer Evans family in the BRC Ford Ford dealer Evans family in the BRC The phrase “win on Sunday, sell on Monday” has never been truer than for Welsh Ford dealer, Elfyn Evans, who is currently leading the British Rally Championship, with three back-to-back class victories in his Ford Fiesta R2 rally car....

Citroën delivers 100th DS3 R3 Citroen Citroën delivers 100th DS3 R3 Versatile, high-performance and affordable are the main qualities synonymous with DS3 R3. Since its launch in 2010, Citroën’s two-wheel drive powerhouse has not stopped demonstrating its abilities. A product of Citroën Racing’s expertise, this true racing car has established ...

Rallying with the Gods WRC Rallying with the Gods Ciao a tutti! 'A quick introduction – I'm Bruno De Pianto, Team Manager of WRC Team MINI Portugal and I’m going to keep you up to speed with the team's adventures during Acropolis Rally of Greece, sixth round of the 2012 FIA World Rally Championship....

Sat May 19, 2012

20th ConXion Ypres Historic Rally IRC 20th ConXion Ypres Historic Rally The twentieth edition of the Ypres Historic Rally powered by CONXION will take place in the weekend of 22-23 June. At the wheel of legendary rally cars, drivers and co-drivers tackle 13 special stages in search of victory. The Ypres Historic Rally powered by CONXION is a classic ...

Ford goes for gold in Greece Ford Ford goes for gold in Greece As the Olympic flame journeys from Greece to Britain for the London games, Ford World Rally Team heads in the opposite direction for one of the FIA World Rally Championship’s classic fixtures.  The team will go for gold in the gruelling Acropolis Rally of Greece (24 -27 May), tra...

Nasser & Thierry look to new hights Citroen Nasser & Thierry look to new hights After finishing in the points in the last few rallies, the Nasser Al- Attiyah/Giovanni Bernacchini (Qatar WRT) and Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (Citroën Junior WRT) crews head into the Acropolis Rally looking to achieve more of the same. On one of the most demanding cours...

Go. Greece lightning! Citroen Go. Greece lightning! The FIA World Rally Championship continues its long series of gravel rallies in Greece. Renowned for its unforgiving route, the Acropolis Rally has over the years become a long sprint for the leading contenders. Both previous winners of the event, the Sébastien Loeb/Daniel El...

Fri May 18, 2012

Skoda Citigo Rally at Worthersee festival Skoda Skoda Citigo Rally at Worthersee festival At the largest tuning event featuring vehicles of the Volkswagen Group, ŠKODA AUTO will show exciting concept cars. At an exhibition area of more than 600 m², the concept cars “ŠKODA Citigo Rally” and “ŠKODA Citigo DJ Car” will make their first appearance. In the evening, an inte...

Tue May 15, 2012

Marcus Grönholm Q & A Ford Marcus Grönholm Q & A Marcus Grönholm Question & Answer to his 2012 rallycross program:...

Grönholm confirms 2012 rally-x program Ford Grönholm confirms 2012 rally-x program Following a successful pre-season test at the Willow Springs International Raceway in California last week and an inaguration event in Huntington Beach, Marcus Grönholm today confirmed his 2012 programme in his much-awaited full-time return to international competition. The 42 ye...

Neuville replaces Al Attiyah for NZ Citroen Neuville replaces Al Attiyah for NZ Due to his Olympic Games’ commitments, Nasser Al-Attiyah will be unable to take part in Rally New Zealand, the seventh round of the World Rally Championship, which is set to be held in Auckland on 21- 24 June of this year. The Qatari has chosen to entrust his Citroën DS3 WRC ...

Sat May 12, 2012

Full IRC Tour de Corse review IRC Full IRC Tour de Corse review *Debut IRC joy for Sordo and Mini in Corsica --- *ŠKODA extends lead in race for IRC manufacturers' crown --- *Wins for Subaru and Renault in support categories  ...

Kopecky storms to a valuable 2nd Skoda Kopecky storms to a valuable 2nd The most exhausting, the longest and the most difficult – all of these three attributes go together well with the Corsica Rally, the fourth event of this year's IRC series. Jan Kopecký of ŠKODA Motorsport (factory team) finished second after a great fight with winner Dani Sor...

Campana storms to faultless podium Peugeot Campana storms to faultless podium Pierre Campana has taken a spectacular podium result at Tour de Corse today following a competitive, reliable and mature performance at the wheel of the Munaretto-run Peugeot 207 in Corsica over the three days....

NEWS JUST IN

IRC F end - Mini wins on IRC debut! @ 06:04 PM - Sordo and Mini win their IRC debut, but a hard fought win. Kopecky defends 2nd place from Campana. Gaßner passes Leandri. Final results (after SS14)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Sordo/del Barrio, Mini, 3h22m01s6;
2nd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +17s9;
3rd= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +32s4;
4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +53s5;
5th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +4m19s;
6th= Breen/Roberts, Peugeot, +5m28s7;
7th= Manzagol/Patrone, Peugeot, +6m22s1;
8th= Wiegand/Gottschalk, Skoda, +6m54s8;
9th= Gaßner/Wicha, Skoda, +7m10s2;
10th= Leandri/Leonardi, Peugeot, +7m39s9

IRC F SS13 - Excitement for final TV stage @ 04:23 PM - Sordo looks save in front. Not the best time for Campana, but if he goes on the last stage like this morning he would still overtake Kopecky Results after SS13:
1st= Sordo/del Barrio, Mini, 3h03m00s1;
2nd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +23s8;
3rd= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +35s1;
4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +57s6;
5th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +4m06s2;
6th= Breen/Roberts, Peugeot, +5m16s2;
7th= Manzagol/Patrone, Peugeot, +5m45s3;
8th= Wiegand/Gottschalk, Skoda, +6m29s4;
9th= Leandri/Leonardi, Peugeot, +6m54s4;
10th= Gaßner/Wicha, Skoda, +6m54s8

IRC F SS12 - Kopecky and Breen gain places @ 02:20 PM - Kopecky regains 2nd place from Campana on the same place where he lost it before. Breen reports another spin, but smaller and regains 6th. Results after SS12:
1st= Sordo/del Barrio, Mini, 2h54m14s7;
2nd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +28s4;
3rd= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +32s6;
4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +55s4;
5th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +4m06s;
6th= Breen/Roberts, Peugeot, +5m15s4;
7th= Manzagol/Patrone, Peugeot, +5m32s4;
8th= Wiegand/Gottschalk, Skoda, +6m17s2;
9th= Leandri/Leonardi, Peugeot, +6m38s6;
10th= Gaßner/Wicha, Skoda, +6m51s7

IRC F SS11 - Kopecky vs Campana @ 12:54 AM - Kopecky only 0.4s behind Campana now. But he took about the same time off Campana than he did this morning, next one will be tricky for Kopecky. Breen closes on Manzagol again. Results after SS11:
1st= Sordo/del Barrio, Mini, 2h35m09s2;
2nd= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +31s8;
3rd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +32s2;
4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +54s6;
5th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +3m54s7;
6th= Manzagol/Patrone, Peugeot, +5m00s9;
7th= Breen/Roberts, Peugeot, +5m04s7;
8th= Wiegand/Gottschalk, Skoda, +5m34s6;
9th= Leandri/Leonardi, Peugeot, +5m58s;
10th= Gaßner/Wicha, Skoda, +6m26s9

IRC F SS10 - Campana takes 2nd @ 11:49 AM - Campana wins the stage and takes 2nd. In fact, although driver reports no problems, Kopecky's time is quite slow, giving Sordo a good lead now. A spin for Breen drops him back behind Manzagol. Results after SS10:
1st= Sordo/del Barrio, Mini, 2h26m19s6;
2nd= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +31s2;
3rd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +37s2;
4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +52s4;
5th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +3m56s7;
6th= Manzagol/Patrone, Peugeot, +4m49s2;
7th= Breen/Roberts, Peugeot, +5m00s9;
8th= Wiegand/Gottschalk, Skoda, +5m24s6;
9th= Leandri/Leonardi, Peugeot, +5m33s;
10th= Gaßner/Wicha, Skoda, +6m21s8

IRC F SS9 - Breen takes Manzagol @ 11:43 AM - Breen overtakes Manzagol and Kopecky stage win keeps fight open. Nikara retires with broken gearbox. Results after SS9:
1st= Sordo/del Barrio, Mini, 2h07m09s2;
2nd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +20s9;
3rd= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +31s9;
4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +48s5;
5th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +3m54s5;
6th= Breen/Roberts, Peugeot, +4m12s2;
7th= Manzagol/Patrone, Peugeot, +4m22s;
8th= Wiegand/Gottschalk, Skoda, +4m46s8;
9th= Leandri/Leonardi, Peugeot, +4m53s;
10th= Gaßner/Wicha, Skoda, +5m47s1

IRC F leg3 Description @ 00:03 AM - IRC offering a proper Tour de Corse makes the stages too interesting to try and include them in the stage-by-stage just ins.
So here goes leg3: This time more compact with a loop around Bastia and curiously for this year 2 stages run 3x each. But fantastic stages that have not been used on the tour de Corse for some 30 years!
first stage: shortish stage, fast uphill at the start, then stays on the mountain but gets twistier.
second stage: This is the TV live stage. 30km split in 3 different sections. First 10km right along the coast, second 10km turn right uphill, last 10km downhill towards Bastia.

Fri May 11, 2012

IRC newcomer Sordo tops dramatic day IRC IRC newcomer Sordo tops dramatic day Dani Sordo will start the final six stages of Giru di Corsica-Tour de Corse on Saturday firmly in contention for a debut victory in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge following a day of high drama on the demanding asphalt roads around Corte in the centre of the picturesque Medi...

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