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Mon May 30, 2016

Hyundai i20 R5 to debut in Ypres IRC Hyundai i20 R5 to debut in Ypres The New Generation i20 R5 will make its first public appearance at a rally next month at the 2016 Ypres Rally (June 23-25). Hyundai Motorsport's first entry into the competitive R5 class will run as a course car during the event, as the Customer Racing department continues wi...

Sun May 29, 2016

1-2 for Skoda in CZ Skoda 1-2 for Skoda in CZ Mission accomplished: At the 44th edition of the Rally Český Krumlov, ŠKODA Motorsport celebrated their second one-two result in the second race of the Czech Rally Championship (MČR) season. The 2015 winners, Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (CZ/CZ), were victorious again this...

Sat May 28, 2016

Full preview Acores Airlines Rally IRC Full preview Acores Airlines Rally EVENT PREVIEW: 2016 FIA European Rally Championship, round four of 10 Azores Airlines Rallye, 2-4 June (Portugal). *Stunning scenery and testing stages await drivers in the Azores. *New star Sirmacis takes on Kajetanowicz, Lukyanuk and Portugal’s best. ...

Fri May 27, 2016

First entries in for ERC Ypres IRC First entries in for ERC Ypres The entry list for round five of the 2016 FIA European Rally Championship, the Kenotek Ypres Rally, is building ahead of the Belgian asphalt classic on 23-25 June. ERC regulars Antonín Tlusťák and Dávid Botka are among the early entries, as is Martin McCormack in his Super ...

Portugals best register for ERC IRC Portugals best register for ERC he best rally drivers in Portugal have registered for the FIA European Rally Championship ahead of their ‘home’ round of the series, the Azores Airlines Rallye. A huge field of R5 cars will take part in the event on 2-4 June, bolstered by competitors from the strong Portuguese...

Ingram wins on German debut General Ingram wins on German debut Chris Ingram scored a class win on his first ever rally in Germany as he gained more experience in the factory-backed Opel he’s campaigning in the FIA European Rally Championship. The 21-year-old Briton, who finished second in ERC Junior on the Circuit of Ireland last month, f...

Thu May 26, 2016

ERC Junior: Perfect place to learn IRC ERC Junior: Perfect place to learn Pirelli’s rally activity manager Terenzio Testoni has pledged to put in place a comprehensive tyre training programme for ERC Junior drivers before the start of each round, with a session held on round one in Ireland, and another scheduled for the Azores, where the championship r...

Kopecky to defend his CZ champ'ship lead Skoda Kopecky to defend his CZ champ'ship lead ŠKODA Motorsport has set itself some lofty goals for the 44th Rally Český Krumlov: to repeat last year’s success, continue the winning run, and extend the lead in the Czech Rally Championship (MČR). Last year’s winners Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (CZ/CZ) are looking to ti...

Mon May 23, 2016

Kris Meeke & Paul Nagle win in Portugal Citroen Kris Meeke & Paul Nagle win in Portugal Leaders from from the second stage to the end, Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle produced a masterful performance at Rally de Portugal to claim their second World Championship win. This win, Citroën's 95th victory in the WRC, was just rewards for the hard work of the Abu Dhabi Total ...

More points for Prokop in Portugal WRC More points for Prokop in Portugal Following two rounds in the American continent, the World Rally Championship returned to Europe for the famous Rally de Portugal, where the Pirelli runners benefitted from the latest Scorpion K gravel tyres. Such was the strength as well as the performance of these Italian tyres ...

First Skoda win of 2016 in WRC2 Skoda First Skoda win of 2016 in WRC2 The speedy Swedes Pontus Tidemand/Jonas Andersson passed the ultimate endurance test at the Rally Portugal and gave ŠKODA Motorsport their first win of the season in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC 2). Despite two damaged tyres on the 368 classified kilometres, the works du...

Meeke masters Portugal for 2nd win WRC Meeke masters Portugal for 2nd win Kris Meeke became the fourth different winner in five WRC rounds this season after triumphing at Vodafone Rally de Portugal on Sunday afternoon. The Northern Irishman, returning to the championship after missing the previous two rallies in the Americas, shook off the rust to...

Odian Pryce wins the Dmack Fiestas Ford Odian Pryce wins the Dmack Fiestas Osian Pryce scored a brilliant debut win in the World Rally Championship-based Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy this afternoon - the Welshman finished Rally of Portugal with almost two minutes ahead of his nearest rival. Just down the road from Rally of Portugal's Porto base is ...

Sun May 22, 2016

Tempestini wins FIA Junior round Citroen Tempestini wins FIA Junior round Contested as part of Rally de Portugal, the opening round of the 2016 FIA Junior WRC Championship saw a fascinating head-to-head battle between Simone Tempestini and Martin Koci, with Terry Folb never far away, ready to seize any opportunities. The Italian only secured the win in...

Camilli delivers in Portugal Ford Camilli delivers in Portugal M-Sport World Rally Team's Éric Camilli delivered a breakthrough performance during the fifth round of the FIA World Rally Championship - piloting his Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta RS WRC to a career-best fifth place. Co-driven by fellow Frenchman Benjamin Veillas, the pai...

Mikkelsen 2nd in Portugal WRC Mikkelsen 2nd in Portugal Excitement right down to the wire, Mikkelsen beats Ogier, lucrative points haul - Volkswagen took an important step towards the defence of its titles at the Rally Portugal. Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger (N/N) finished runners-up for the works team from Wolfsburg, ahead of Sébast...

Hyundai secures its best Portugal result WRC Hyundai secures its best Portugal result Hyundai Motorsport has concluded Rally de Portugal, the fifth round of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with a fourth place finish, the team's best to date at the event. Following a weekend of highs and lows for the team, it was a trouble-free Sunday with both ...

Fri May 20, 2016

Meeke leads amid drama in Portugal WRC Meeke leads amid drama in Portugal Kris Meeke led Vodafone Rally de Portugal on Friday night after dominating an action-packed day in the hills overlooking northern Spain. The Briton, returning to the WRC after missing the previous two rounds, claimed the lead by winning this morning’s opening speed test. He was...

Hyundai dramas in Portugal WRC Hyundai dramas in Portugal Hyundai Motorsport has endured a dramatic start to the fifth round of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Rally de Portugal - although the team has two New Generation i20 WRCs battling competitively inside the top-five at the end of the first day. Dani Sordo is the l...

Wed May 18, 2016

The Loudon-clear guide to Rally Portugal WRC The Loudon-clear guide to Rally Portugal This week's Vodafone Rally of Portugal has everything: a South American-conquering Kiwi king coming to Europe to face some French resistance and Finnish sisu; Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle back in their Abu Dhabi Total World Rally Team DS 3 WRC and a massive WRC2 entry. Oh, an...

Gilbert example for FIA Juniors Citroen Gilbert example for FIA Juniors Last year's winner of the FIA Junior WRC, Quentin Gilbert has a six-race WRC2 programme this season. In Portugal, the Frenchman will therefore be competing in a DS 3 R5 whilst eleven crews begin their attempt to succeed him as champion! Winner of five races in 2015 - inclu...

Skoda enters hot phase of WRC2 Skoda Skoda enters hot phase of WRC2 ŠKODA Motorsport is entering the hot phase of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC 2) at the Rally Portugal. Pontus Tidemand/Jonas Andersson (S/S) and Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (CZ/CZ) will be battling for top results at the second World Championship start for the works team ...

Sun May 15, 2016

Abu Dhabi Total back in Portugal Citroen Abu Dhabi Total back in Portugal Three months after Rally Sweden, the Abu Dhabi Total WRT returns to action in the World Rally Championship. At Rally de Portugal, Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle, Stéphane Lefebvre/Gabin Moreau and Khalid Al Qassimi/Chris Patterson will once again enjoy the magnificent gravel stages in the...

Citroen tests C3 2017 in Portugal Citroen Citroen tests C3 2017 in Portugal Three weeks after the first outing, Citroën Racing continued development of its 2017 World Rally Car in the south of Portugal. Faced with a variety of weather conditions, Kris Meeke and Stéphane Lefebvre racked up the miles during four days of testing. ...

M-Sport prepare to pounce in Portugal Ford M-Sport prepare to pounce in Portugal M-Sport World Rally Team's Mads Østberg and Éric Camilli return to Europe fully prepared next week as the FIA World Rally Championship ventures to one of the most vibrant events of the year - Vodafone Rally de Portugal. A firm favourite amongst fans and competitors alike,...

Hyundai in Portugal with 4 car team WRC Hyundai in Portugal with 4 car team Hyundai Motorsport will enter four cars into next weekend's Rally de Portugal, round five of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), as the bids to continue its impressive start to the season. Test and development driver Kevin Abbring will make his 2016 WRC debut alo...

Fafe, Fans and Favourites WRC Fafe, Fans and Favourites Looking ahead to what promises to be a spine-tingling experience - Volkswagen travels to the Rally Portugal with fond memories of the event. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) and Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger (N/N) are undefeated...

Mon May 9, 2016

Post Acropolis press conference IRC Post Acropolis press conference Present: Ralfs Sirmacis/Arturs Šimins, Sports Racing Technologies ŠKODA Fabia R5, first place Lambros Athanassoulas/Elias Panagiotounis, Lascaris Foundation Team Greece ŠKODA Fabia R5, second place Jaromír Tarabus/Daniel Trunkát, T&T Czech National Team ŠKODA Fabia R5, third p...

Sensational Sirmacis wins Acropolis IRC Sensational Sirmacis wins Acropolis Young Latvian Ralfs Sirmacis has secured an incredible win on the legendary SEAJETS Acropolis Rally on his first start at the top level of the FIA European Rally Championship. The 21-year-old was competing in his first rally in an R5-specification car after stepping up from th...

Sun May 8, 2016

NEWS JUST IN

IRC GR SS12 - end @ 07:02 PM - Koltun and Erdi lose places with punctures. Lukyanuk manages top10 after all, previous stage was only a lose turbo pipe. iggest story of last stage: Athanassoulas caught car ahead and was stuck in his dust for 15km and keeps 2nd by only 0.1s - he gets a time correction by the stewarts later. Final results (after SS12)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, 2m53m12s5;
2nd= Athanassoulas/Panagiotounis, Skoda, +2m10s3;
3rd= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +2m42s4;
4th= Jeets/Toom, Skoda, +5m41s9;
5th= Chuchala/Dymurski, Subaru, +8m19s9;
6th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +9m11s1;
7th= Kasperczyk/Syty, Ford, +10m40s4;
8th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +13m58s1;
9th= Rios/Vargas Pena, Mitsubishi, +20m09s6;
10th= Lukyanuk/Kapustin, Ford, +20m15s5

IRC GR SS11 @ 06:30 PM - Next problem for Lukyanuk, turbo, no power at all. 2min time loss and question mark if he can even start the last, long stage. Results after SS11:
1st= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, 2m28m51s3;
2nd= Athanassoulas/Panagiotounis, Skoda, +1m40s4;
3rd= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +2m16s;
4th= Jeets/Toom, Skoda, +4m48s6;
5th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +5m31s6;
6th= Chuchala/Dymurski, Subaru, +6m57s6;
7th= Ranga/Ban, Mitsubishi, +8m40s;
8th= Kasperczyk/Syty, Ford, +9m09s;
9th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +14m10s8;
10th= Erdi/Papp, Mitsubishi, +16m10s1

IRC GR SS10 @ 06:10 PM - Iavaris Junior retires from 10th which helps Kajto into top10. Kajto wants day win, but it is Lukyanuk who wins stage. Results after SS10:
1st= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, 2m20m04s5;
2nd= Athanassoulas/Panagiotounis, Skoda, +1m30s9;
3rd= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +2m09s3;
4th= Jeets/Toom, Skoda, +4m33s5;
5th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +5m24s6;
6th= Chuchala/Dymurski, Subaru, +6m26s9;
7th= Ranga/Ban, Mitsubishi, +8m08s3;
8th= Kasperczyk/Syty, Ford, +8m34s9;
9th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +14m11s4;
10th= Erdi/Papp, Mitsubishi, +15m

IRC GR SS9 - Lukyanuk way down @ 09:19 AM - This now looks like a Sirmacis win with the main title competitors in similar delays. After Kajto dramas in SS1, now Lukyanuk hit a hole that wasn't in the pace notes and damaged the suspension, dropping 17min and way outside the top10. Panteli on fire, crew OK. Kajto now 11th with chance for top10, Lukyanuk 14th. Results after SS9:
1st= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, 2m08m42s5;
2nd= Athanassoulas/Panagiotounis, Skoda, +1m18s5;
3rd= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m54s2;
4th= Jeets/Toom, Skoda, +3m50s4;
5th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +5m09s7;
6th= Chuchala/Dymurski, Subaru, +5m52s8;
7th= Ranga/Ban, Mitsubishi, +7m10s2;
8th= Kasperczyk/Syty, Ford, +7m53s2;
9th= "Iavaris Jr"/Koltsidas, Mitsubishi, +9m40s8;
10th= Erdi/Papp, Mitsubishi, +13m37s4

IRC GR SS8 @ 08:32 AM - Kajto wins 2nd stage in a row. Lukyanuk loses a few more secs to Sirmacis, saying he is saving his tyres for the big 34km stage next. Athanassoulas passes Tarabus for 3rd. Results after SS8:
1st= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, 1m44m11s3;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Kapustin, Ford, +20s9;
3rd= Athanassoulas/Panagiotounis, Skoda, +1m09s2;
4th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m12s3;
5th= Jeets/Toom, Skoda, +2m56s1;
6th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +4m25s9;
7th= Chuchala/Dymurski, Subaru, +4m44s4;
8th= Ranga/Ban, Mitsubishi, +5m45s2;
9th= Kasperczyk/Syty, Ford, +6m24s7;
10th= Panteli/Konstantinov, Mitsubishi, +6m39s7

IRC GR SS7 @ 07:34 AM - Leading crews on a mission. Sirmacis and Lukyanuk both go off in the same corner! Both continue, however Lukyanuk with a puncture, so lead is back to Sirmacis. Koltun puncture plus 1min time penalty lateness. Athanassoulas catches Tarabus. Results after SS7:
1st= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, 1m35m16s2;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Kapustin, Ford, +17s6;
3rd= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m05s9;
4th= Athanassoulas/Panagiotounis, Skoda, +1m07s2;
5th= Jeets/Toom, Skoda, +2m40s4;
6th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +4m14s8;
7th= Chuchala/Dymurski, Subaru, +4m18s7;
8th= Ranga/Ban, Mitsubishi, +5m18s;
9th= Kasperczyk/Syty, Ford, +5m48s;
10th= Panteli/Konstantinov, Mitsubishi, +5m58s8

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