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Tue May 28, 2013

New tyre restrictions for ERC IRC New tyre restrictions for ERC The number of tyres that crews can use in the FIA European Rally Championship will be restricted from round six onwards as part of continued efforts by ERC promoter Eurosport Events to reduce the cost of competing in the flagship competition. ...

Mon May 27, 2013

In the spotlight: Lorenzo Bertelli IRC In the spotlight: Lorenzo Bertelli Lorenzo Bertelli, the son of famed fashion designer Miuccia Prada, is a relative novice when it comes to driving rally cars having started out in 2010....

The ERC movers and shakers IRC The ERC movers and shakers Despite his three-event winning run coming to an end, Jan Kopecký left Corsica with his margin at the top of the FIA European Rally Championship points’ table widened by 10 points. ...

Le Mans racer Sarrazin shines in ERC IRC Le Mans racer Sarrazin shines in ERC Stéphane Sarrazin, a podium finisher in the Le Mans 24 Hours, made his return to rallying on last week’s Giru di Corsica-Tour de Corse and marked his outing by finishing third overall on the FIA European Rally Championship round. ...

Ogier with a Porsche in Monaco GP General Ogier with a Porsche in Monaco GP Not only is he quick on the gravel roads of this world, but also on the racetrack: Volkswagen Rally driver Sébastien Ogier thrilled the crowds with a fine performance on his guest appearance in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in Monaco. The Frenchman, who leads the FIA World Rally C...

So near, yet so far for Hollywood General So near, yet so far for Hollywood Petter ‘Hollywood’ Solberg was denied a place in the final at round three of the FIA European Rallycross Championship at Nyirad in Hungary by a puncture during the semi-final, having topped the times in practice yesterday and won his group in heat four today. ...

Sat May 25, 2013

Meeke relishes Corsica ERC zero car run Peugeot Meeke relishes Corsica ERC zero car run While French star Bryan Bouffier was doing the winning on Giru di Corsica-Tour de Corse last week, Kris Meeke had the honour of leading the pack throughout the two-day event, round five of the FIA European Rally Championship. ...

Miss France & Henry Leconte in Corsica IRC Miss France & Henry Leconte in Corsica Two high-profile celebrities visited round five of the FIA European Rally Championship in Corsica last weekend. ...

ERC performances cheer Kubica IRC ERC performances cheer Kubica Formula One race winner Robert Kubica says he’s been able to take plenty of positives away from his first three appearances in this year’s FIA European Rally Championship. ...

Fri May 24, 2013

Qatar M-Sport awaits rally of attrition Ford Qatar M-Sport awaits rally of attrition As one of the most iconic events in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), a win at the Acropolis Rally of Greece is something every driver dreams of adding to their repertoire. Mixing rough, mountain tracks with blistering temperatures, this is an event which demands brains as ...

VW ready for WRC acid test in Greece WRC VW ready for WRC acid test in Greece Rocky, bumpy gravel roads, temperatures of up to 50 °C in the cockpit and huge dust clouds - the Rally Greece is considered a real acid test for man and machine. The team from Volkswagen Motorsport is ideally prepared for the sixth round of this year's FIA World Rally Champio...

A marathon sprint Citroen A marathon sprint Reputed to be the most demanding event on the WRC calendar, the 2013 Acropolis Rally will nonetheless be contested at breakneck speeds. The Citroën To tal Abu Dhabi World Rally Team will be represented by the crews Mikko Hirvonen/Jarmo Lehtinen and Dani Sordo/Carlos del Barrio fo...

Sun May 19, 2013

Breen wins most stages, Peugeot wins Peugeot Breen wins most stages, Peugeot wins The 56th running of the 'Giru di Corsica-Tour de Corse', round five of the 2013 FIA European Rally Championship, was marked by unsettled weather which made the island's stages particularly treacherous. The Peugeot Rally Academy's Craig Breen collected the highest ...

Skoda scores double in NZ Skoda Skoda scores double in NZ The first competition for the newly formed ŠKODA MRF team has turned into a total triumph. Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (Finland) won the Rally Whangarei in New Zealand on their Skoda Fabia S2000. Their teammates Gaurav Gill/Glen Macneall (India/New Zealand) came second in what was ...

Lappi lands perfect APRC debut General Lappi lands perfect APRC debut Rising Finnish star Esapekka Lappi dominated the first round of the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship in New Zealand this weekend, leading home a Team MRF one-two on the International Rally of Whangarei. ...

Sat May 18, 2013

Bouffier wins thrilling Tour de Corse IRC Bouffier wins thrilling Tour de Corse Bryan Bouffier has ended Jan Kopecký’s run of success in the FIA European Rally Championship with his maiden victory on Giru di Corsica-Tour de Corse, which reached a thrilling climax live on Eurosport and France 3 Corsica earlier today. ...

Skoda's Kopecky extends ERC lead Skoda Skoda's Kopecky extends ERC lead ŠKODA and driving duo Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (CZ/CZ) finished runner-up at the iconic Corsica Rally to extend their overall lead in the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC). The 56th staging of the tarmac rally on the Mediterranean island of Corsica, which is one of the absol...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC F end - Still problems for some @ 05:50 PM - Bouffier wins, while Kopecky's engine runs on 3 cylinders. Let's hope he manages the final road section. Breen misses 3rd by just 3.2s. Leandri passes Bonnefis. Oliveira crashes out from 9th. Final results (after SS11)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, 2h41m58s2;
2nd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +39s8;
3rd= Sarrazin/Renucci, Mini, +1m37s6;
4th= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m40s8;
5th= Delecour/Savignoni, Peugeot, +3m25s;
6th= Maurin/Klinger, Ford, +3m27s6;
7th= Aigner/Heigl, Subaru, +7m53s9;
8th= Leandri/Jamoul, Peugeot, +8m47s8;
9th= Bonnefis/Fournier, Renault, +9m16s8;
10th= Raoux/Mazotti, Peugeot, +13m54s3

IRC F SS10 - Close battles before last stage @ 04:30 PM - Bouffier extends lead slightly. But Breen drops behind Sarrazin again. Leandri has a puncture, which means Bonnefis in the FWD gN Renault is now 8th, but only 6s ahead of 2 S2000 cars! Results after SS10:
1st= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, 2h24m18s4;
2nd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +13s;
3rd= Sarrazin/Renucci, Mini, +1m25s3;
4th= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m33s2;
5th= Delecour/Savignoni, Peugeot, +2m58s7;
6th= Maurin/Klinger, Ford, +3m20s9;
7th= Aigner/Heigl, Subaru, +6m48s;
8th= Bonnefis/Fournier, Renault, +7m55s;
9th= Oliveira/Magalhaes, Ford, +8m00s9;
10th= Leandri/Jamoul, Peugeot, +8m01s3

IRC F SS9 - More position changes @ 01:10 PM - Breen passes Sarrazin for 3rd. Kopecky moves closer to the lead again. Manzagol retired from 7th. Results after SS9:
1st= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, 2h12m23s3;
2nd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +10s7;
3rd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m22s2;
4th= Sarrazin/Renucci, Mini, +1m22s8;
5th= Delecour/Savignoni, Peugeot, +2m45s4;
6th= Maurin/Klinger, Ford, +3m07s6;
7th= Leandri/Jamoul, Peugeot, +5m58s8;
8th= Aigner/Heigl, Subaru, +6m21s1;
9th= Bonnefis/Fournier, Renault, +7m15s4;
10th= Oliveira/Magalhaes, Ford, +7m30s3

IRC F SS8 - Another fastest for Bouffier @ 11:56 AM - Vera drama free stage, even though the end part is part of the former longest and most classic Corsica stage. Breen attacks for 3rd, Aigner attacks for 8th. Results after SS8:
1st= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, 1h58m46s3;
2nd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +19s5;
3rd= Sarrazin/Renucci, Mini, +1m15s4;
4th= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m18s8;
5th= Delecour/Savignoni, Peugeot, +2m31s8;
6th= Maurin/Klinger, Ford, +2m58s1;
7th= Manzagol/Patrone, Peugeot, +5m11s8;
8th= Leandri/Jamoul, Peugeot, +5m36s7;
9th= Aigner/Heigl, Subaru, +5m39s6;
10th= Bonnefis/Fournier, Renault, +6m12s2

IRC F SS7 - Dramatic first stage @ 10:20 AM - It's wet this morning. And it's the former WRC last stage, where i.e. in 2000 Delecour dropped behind Panizzi by team orders. This time Delecour likes the stage, strong time. Kopecky did not like the stage and loses lead. Breen spins into a rock face and drops 40s. So top4 places all change. Results after SS7:
1st= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, 1h40m56s3;
2nd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +12s3;
3rd= Sarrazin/Renucci, Mini, +59s5;
4th= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m14s5;
5th= Delecour/Savignoni, Peugeot, +2m07s2;
6th= Maurin/Klinger, Ford, +2m30s9;
7th= Manzagol/Patrone, Peugeot, +4m39s1;
8th= Leandri/Jamoul, Peugeot, +4m48s1;
9th= Aigner/Heigl, Subaru, +4m55s;
10th= Bonnefis/Fournier, Renault, +5m10s4

Fri May 17, 2013

Corsica set for thrilling showdown IRC Corsica set for thrilling showdown There will be serious competition ahead when round five of the FIA European Rally Championship concludes on Giru di Corsica-Tour de Corse tomorrow. At the completion of Friday’s opening leg, which featured four different leaders, ERC title pacesetter Jan Kopecký tops the lege...

Kopecky in the lead in Corsica Skoda Kopecky in the lead in Corsica Half way through the Corsica Rally, ŠKODA’s driver duo Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (CZ/CZ) is in the lead, despite the sometimes slippery asphalt making the driving conditions challenging. The pair clinched the top spot by winning the last special stage....

Delecour delighted to be back in ERC IRC Delecour delighted to be back in ERC François Delecour has revealed his delight after securing a late deal to contest round five of the FIA European Rally Championship this week. ...

Sarrazin braced for serious competition IRC Sarrazin braced for serious competition Stéphane Sarrazin is expecting serious competition ahead when the FIA European Rally Championship resumes on the legendary Giru di Corsica-Tour de Corse from 16-18 May. ...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC F leg1 - 4 leaders in 4 stages @ 07:53 PM - Kopecky takes Bouffier. So Breen-Kubica-Bouffier-Kopecky, 4 different leaders. Delecour has a broken exhaust and can't hear his navigator as well as losing power. Aigner takes Production lead on last stage. Results after leg1 (SS6):
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h28m49s;
2nd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +3s6;
3rd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +39s8;
4th= Sarrazin/Renucci, Mini, +54s;
5th= Delecour/Savignoni, Peugeot, +1m59s;
6th= Maurin/Klinger, Ford, +2m08s6;
7th= Manzagol/Patrone, Peugeot, +3m42s6;
8th= Leandri/Jamoul, Peugeot, +4m20s6;
9th= Aigner/Heigl, Subaru, +4m30s4;
10th= Bonnefis/Fournier, Renault, +4m34s9

IRC F SS5 - Kubica retires @ 05:42 PM - Kubica dropped 6 minutes with an electrical problem. Unable to find the problem Kubica retires after the stage. So Bouffier now leads. Next Bertelli's Fiesta is on fire, stage cancelled. Results after SS5:
1st= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, 1h13m12s5;
2nd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +3s8;
3rd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +43s5;
4th= Sarrazin/Renucci, Mini, +49s;
5th= Delecour/Savignoni, Peugeot, +1m36s3;
6th= Maurin/Klinger, Ford, +1m51s9;
7th= Manzagol/Patrone, Peugeot, +2m55s4;
8th= Leandri/Jamoul, Peugeot, +3m28s9;
9th= Bonnefis/Fournier, Renault, +3m49s;
10th= Aigner/Heigl, Subaru, +3m51s9

IRC F SS4 - Puncture for Breen @ 02:55 PM - The stage of the Henri Toivonen scene, though opposite direction and stopping before the Henri corner. Breen went off and collected a puncture, dropping from a convincing lead to 5th. Results after SS4:
1st= Kubica/Baran, Citroen, 57m09s3;
2nd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +7s5;
3rd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +8s8;
4th= Sarrazin/Renucci, Mini, +38s9;
5th= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +56s7;
6th= Delecour/Savignoni, Peugeot, +1m18s1;
7th= Maurin/Klinger, Ford, +1m25s;
8th= Manzagol/Patrone, Peugeot, +2m17s;
9th= Leandri/Jamoul, Peugeot, +2m40s1;
10th= Bertelli/Dotta, Ford, +2m49s4

IRC F SS3 - First drivers in troubles @ 02:08 PM - Jérémi Ancien goes off and Germain Bonnefis loses several places with an ill tyre choice. Breen wins the stage. Maurin moves narrowly ahead of Delecour. Results after SS3:
1st= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, 47m28s2;
2nd= Kubica/Baran, Citroen, +26s4;
3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +31s7;
4th= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +35s4;
5th= Sarrazin/Renucci, Mini, +56s;
6th= Maurin/Klinger, Ford, +1m29s7;
7th= Delecour/Savignoni, Peugeot, +1m30s3;
8th= Manzagol/Patrone, Peugeot, +2m24s3;
9th= Leandri/Jamoul, Peugeot, +2m34s1;
10th= Bertelli/Dotta, Ford, +2m46s8

IRC F SS2 - Another fastest for Breen @ 10:46 AM - Stage is near all dry, 2nd time for Kopecky, places 2-3-4 move closer together. We are already centre of the island. Results after SS2:
1st= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, 31m52s;
2nd= Kubica/Baran, Citroen, +19s5;
3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +25s3;
4th= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +25s6;
5th= Sarrazin/Renucci, Mini, +36s8;
6th= Delecour/Savignoni, Peugeot, +56s;
7th= Maurin/Klinger, Ford, +56s6;
8th= Bonnefis/Fournier, Renault, +1m38s4;
9th= Leandri/Jamoul, Peugeot, +1m39s;
10th= Manzagol/Patrone, Peugeot, +1m39s6

IRC F SS1 - Strong start for Breen @ 08:06 AM - Breen with superb time. Puncture for Ancian. Stage is 50% wet and a north-west coastal road near Calvi. Results after SS1:
1st= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, 16m29s;
2nd= Kubica/Baran, Citroen, +11s5;
3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +17s8;
4th= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +22s2;
5th= Sarrazin/Renucci, Mini, +23s7;
6th= Delecour/Savignoni, Peugeot, +28s;
7th= Maurin/Klinger, Ford, +29s4;
8th= Manzagol/Patrone, Peugeot, +50s4;
9th= Marchi/Nanni, Peugeot, +50s6;
10th= Bonnefis/Fournier, Renault, +52s1

Wed May 15, 2013

Skoda also wishes to succeed in Corsica Skoda Skoda also wishes to succeed in Corsica Three appearances, three victories – ŠKODA´s performances in the ERC have been perfect so far, and the brand´s factory crew, Jan Kopecký & Pavel Dresler in a ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000, wish to succeed also in Corsica. The fifth event of this year´s ERC takes place in Corsica over 16...

Skoda APRC debut in NZ Skoda Skoda APRC debut in NZ ŠKODA is getting ready for a very special motorsport premiere: the Rally of Whangarei in New Zealand (May 17 – 19) will see the ŠKODA MRF team make its debut in the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC). Having received full-fledged factory support, the team will field two crews...

Loeb with 208 on Mont Ventoux Peugeot Loeb with 208 on Mont Ventoux Peugeot Sport chose Mont Ventoux, one of the most legendary stages of the famous Tour de France cycle race, as the setting for its final full-scale dress rehearsal in France before its fast-approaching journey to the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. ...

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