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Sun June 13, 2004

LSM Modern cars dominate classic Tuscany General LSM Modern cars dominate classic Tuscany After the eventful Monte Carlo stage the London-Sydney moves to yet more classic WRC stages. The Rally San Remo used to be a mixed event. The typical WRC layout was leg1 in the Ligurian Alps, asphalt mountain stages around San Remo, then 2 days on Tuscany powder gravel before ret...

Thu June 10, 2004

London-Sydney on Monte territory! General London-Sydney on Monte territory! On to days 4 & 5 of this year’s London-Sydney Rally, the event moved from Rodez via Gap to Il Ciocco. In geographical rallye language the convoy moved from the Pyrenees along the French Riviera to Gap. Stages were as typical for Southern France hilly and extremely twisty tarmac. ...

Wed June 9, 2004

Fabia: Post Acropolis analysis Skoda Fabia: Post Acropolis analysis The Acropolis Rally has been and gone and Skoda's 6 months off from frontline WRC competition seems to have passed by in a flash. The faces at the very top of the team have changed, Didier Auriol was given the boot in favour of Armin Schwarz and the team has been streamlined. ...

Tue June 8, 2004

London-Sydney, the classic adventure! General London-Sydney, the classic adventure! Over the next month we want to cover a real adventure, the London-Sydney Rally! It is a personal favourite of mine. The event should be a nice, refreshing change to modern WRC events. The London-Sydney Rally 2004 underlines its adventure status as it’s competitors face 55 stages ...

Sun June 6, 2004

Skoda pleased with return to WRC Skoda Skoda pleased with return to WRC The Škoda Motorsport Team contested all three legs of the Acropolis Rally despite having to withdraw from the competitive part of the event. Both Toni Gardemeister and team mate Armin Schwarz retired from the rally on Friday but new rules introduced before this event meant that t...

Maiden Greek win for Solberg WRC Maiden Greek win for Solberg Norway's Petter Solberg secured a maiden win in Greece as he overcame a half-minute penalty for the absurd absence of mudflaps on his Impreza to win by a relatively comfortable margin of 18 seconds from the hard-chasing Sebastien Loeb. The Citroen man chipped away at the lead...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Makes title battle @ 07:41 AM - provisional, unofficial standings after Acropolis: 1st Citroen 65points // 2nd Ford 60 // 3rd Subaru 50 // 4th Peugeot 39 // 5th Mitsubishi 9 //

WRC Drivers title battle @ 07:39 AM - provisional, unofficial standings after Acropolis: 1st Loeb 43points // 2nd Solberg 38 // 3rd Märtin 34 // 4th Grönholm 24 // 5th Duval 19 // 6th Sainz 19 // 7th Rovanperä 10 // 8th Tuohino 10 // 9th Hirvonen 10 // 10th Carlsson 6

WRC GR 04 end - results @ 07:34 AM - Unofficial, provisional final positions: 1. Solberg 4:39:06.2 2. Loeb +18.4 3. Rovanperä +28.3 4. Duval +2:19.4 5. Carlsson +6:50.1 6. Stohl +10:01.6 7. Tuohino +11:12.5 8. Vovos +14:07.0 9. Warmbold +16:32.9 10. Panizzi +19:01.4

WRC Loeb hunts second place @ 03:46 AM - Solberg maintains lead with final loop of three stages to go ... 1. SOLBERG 4:02:36.0 ... 2. ROVANPERÄ +31.1 ... 3. LOEB +31.4 ... 4. DUVAL +1:24.1 ... 5. CARLSSON +5:27.2 ... 6. PANIZZI +6:10.0 ... 7. STOHL +8:33.8 ... 8. TUOHINO +9:39.5 ... 9. VOVOS +11:17.0 ... 10. WARMBOLD +14:25.8

Sat June 5, 2004

Skoda press on with live testing Skoda Skoda press on with live testing Škoda Motorsport sent both Armin Schwarz and Toni Gardemeister back into action for the second day of the Acropolis Rally, using the new SupeRally system that allows retired crews to rejoin the competition. SupeRally gave the Škoda Motorsport Team a valuable opportunity to ca...

Tough Sunday ahead for Petter WRC Tough Sunday ahead for Petter Subaru's Petter Solberg looked to be in control after 16 stages of the rugged and car-breaking Acropolis Rally, and a lead of 58 seconds over Harri Rovanpera and the chasing pack looked to be just enough for the six stages of the final leg. However, a 30 seconds penalty impos...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Solberg stung by penalty @ 02:45 PM - Acropolis Rally overall positions after leg two (after SS16) ... 1. SOLBERG 3:25:49.5 ... 2. ROVANPERÄ +28.5 ... 3. LOEB +37.3 ... 4. DUVAL +46.9 ... 5. CARLSSON +4:08.8 ... 6. PANIZZI +4:43.2 ... 7. STOHL +5:50.3 ... 8. TUOHINO +8:03.3 ... 9. VOVOS +8:31.8 ... 10. WARMBOLD +12:27.2

Fri June 4, 2004

Armin and Toni to restart on leg two Skoda Armin and Toni to restart on leg two Škoda Motorsport is expecting to have both of its Fabia WRC cars in action on the Acropolis Rally tomorrow, making maximum use of the new SupeRally system. This allows ‘retired’ cars to be repaired and return to contest subsequent legs of the event although no longer able to scor...

Solberg leads after SS4 WRC Solberg leads after SS4 Subaru's Petter Solberg leads the 2004 Acropolis Rally after an action packed first four stages. The Norwegian World Champion has built up a 20.3s lead over Peugeot's Marcus Gronholm with Ford's Francois Duval in third. Retirements so far (and likely restartees for the 2...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC GR04 - Marcus Holds the Lead @ 02:26 AM - Unofficial positions after SS3. Toni Gardemeister lies 9th in his Skoda Fabia: 1. Grönholm 2. Rovanperä +7.8 3. P. Solberg +10.1 4. Duval +16.6 5. Loeb +34.0 6. Hirvonen +35.0 7. Carlsson +36.1 8. Sainz +37.2 9. Gardemeister +47.4 10. Panizzi +49.9

Wed June 2, 2004

Peugeot Pumped for Greeces Challenges Peugeot Peugeot Pumped for Greeces Challenges In the wake of the team's strong performance in Cyprus, everyone at Peugeot Sport team has been back at work with the aim of consolidating its return to top form with a good points haul on the Acropolis Rally, Round 6 of the sixteen-round 2004 World Championship. The French sq...

Citroen Running on Olympic Form Citroen Citroen Running on Olympic Form There may be two months to go before the start of the Olympic Games, but the attention of Xsara WRC crews Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena and Carlos Sainz/Marc Marti is turned already to sunny Greece. Currently second in the Constructors' standings, just one point behind the leade...

The Heat in Greece - Acropolis Preview Subaru The Heat in Greece - Acropolis Preview The Subaru World Rally Team will enter two cars in Greece, which will be driven by Petter Solberg (co-driven by Phil Mills) and Mikko Hirvonen (co-driven by Jarmo Lehtinen). Having achieved two podium finishes in the last three years, Petter Solberg will be aiming to score his fi...

Tue June 1, 2004

Ford Focused on another Focus Win Ford Ford Focused on another Focus Win Ford BP Rallye Sport faces the hostile environment of central Greece intent on extending its mastery of the Acropolis Rally (3 - 6 June) by claiming a fifth consecutive victory on one of the toughest events in the FIA World Rally Championship. The Ford Focus RS World Rally Car h...

Gilles and Dani Solà To Tackle Acroplis Mitsubishi Gilles and Dani Solà To Tackle Acroplis The Acropolis Rally of Greece (June 3-6) follows hot on the heels of another of the roughest gravel rallies in the FIA World Rally Championship and the challenge posed for the teams contesting the series will be as tough as ever. The event marks the debut competitive outing of th...

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