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Mon June 29, 2009

Sordo grabs 2nd in Poland Citroen Sordo grabs 2nd in Poland The very last stage of WRC newcomer Rally Poland – which was an immediate hit – saw the consistent run of Dani Sordo and Marc Marti rewarded with second place. Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena concluded their fight-back by finishing seventh overall, while Citroen has succeeded in ...

CJT play the team game Citroen CJT play the team game The Citroen Junior Team once again showed the potential of its C4 WRCs and its three crews with some strong performances at Rally Poland, round eight of the FIA World Rally Championship. This impressive form gives the team plenty of confidence for the rest of the season....

Ford Hirvonen moves into championship lead

Ford Henning makes the podium in Poland

Fri June 26, 2009

Speedy start for CJT in Poland Citroen Speedy start for CJT in Poland Having finished on the podium of the Acropolis Rally in Greece two weeks ago, Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia got off to a careful start on what was a very different type of event at Rally Poland....

Hirvonen & Latvala shine in Poland Ford Hirvonen & Latvala shine in Poland The Ford World Rally Team won all six of today's speed tests to hold first and second positions after the opening leg of Rally Poland....

Citroen counting on Sordo Citroen Citroen counting on Sordo The first leg of Rally Poland was marked by the retirement of five-time World Champions Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena who will rejoin the competition on Saturday morning under the SupeRally ruling....

Solberg relights his fire Ford Solberg relights his fire The Stobart VK M-Sport Ford team are well-placed to close the gap on leaders Citroën in the manufacturer championship as Henning Solberg and Matthew Wilson moved into strong points-scoring positions at the end of day one of Rally Poland, the eighth round of the FIA World Rally Ch...

Thu June 25, 2009

CJT face new territory Citroen CJT face new territory The Citroen Junior Team will field three C4 WRCs on the Rally Poland for Conrad Rautenbach/Daniel Barritt, Evgeny Novikov/Dale Moscatt and Sebastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia. The eighth round of the 2009 World Rally Championship will take place in Miko³ajki from 25-28 June....

Citroen aim to get back on track Citroen Citroen aim to get back on track WRC newcomer Rally Poland promises to be an important fixture for the Citroen World Rally Team: both the team and its best-placed crew Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena will start the eighth round of the 2009 FIA World Rally Championship at the top of their respective points tables, bu...

Ford aim for hat-trick Ford Ford aim for hat-trick Back-to-back victories have rejuvenated the Ford World Rally Team's title challenge ahead of this week's journey into uncharted territory in Poland. Rally Poland (25 - 28 June) is the first of two all-new fixtures in the 2009 FIA World Rally Championship and the last of a c...

Stobart aim for Pole Position Ford Stobart aim for Pole Position Stobart VK M-Sport Ford drivers Matthew Wilson and Henning Solberg take a step into the unknown next week as they aim to rise to the challenge of the newest rally on the FIA World Rally Championship calendar, Rally Poland. But there will be one Stobart driver who will be familiar...

Wed June 24, 2009

FIA confirm 1600Turbos from 2011 General FIA confirm 1600Turbos from 2011 The date for introduction of the 1600cc turbo engine for the WRC car has been brought forward to 2011 to bring it in line with the engine used in the cars on sale to the public....

Mon June 22, 2009

Kopecky finishes 2nd in Belgium Skoda Kopecky finishes 2nd in Belgium Just like at the Azores Rally a few weeks ago, Škoda Auto's factory team Škoda Motorsport came second at this weekend's Ypres Rally in Belgium, thanks to an excellent performance put in by Jan Kopecký – Petr Starý. Furthermore, the other factory crew, Juho Hänninen and Mikk...

Sat June 20, 2009

Meeke makes it three in a row! IRC Meeke makes it three in a row! Peugeot UK driver Kris Meeke has won his third consecutive IRC event by claiming victory on his first participation in the Belgium Ypres Rally, round five of the IRC series. The momentous win has promoted Meeke to a six-point lead in the standings over Peugeot Belgium driver Fred...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC B end - Traditional last stage dramas @ 10:00 PM - Last stage excitement is traditional for IRC, but also for Abarth, as Basso collects his traditional last stage puncture and drops from 5th to 8th. Hänninen puncture drops from 3rd to 5th. Peugeot gains from a 1-4-6-8 to 1-3-4-6. Final Results (SS16)
1st= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, 2h32m16s3;
2nd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +20s4;
3rd= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +1m40s5;
4th= Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Peugeot, +2m35s3;
5th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +3m35s1;
6th= Schammel/Jamoul, Peugeot, +4m06s4;
7th= van den Heuvel/Kolman, Mitsubishi, +4m06s5;
8th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +4m24s9;
9th= Betti/Capolongo, Peugeot, +5m48s3;
10th= Fontana/Cassina, Peugeot, +6m24s5

IRC Meeke wins Ypres! @ 09:22 PM - Kris Meeke put in a great performance to win the Ypres Westhoek Rally from Jan Kopecky's Skoda. Freddy Loix moved back onto the podium on the final stage as Hanninen and Basso both picked up final stage punctures.

IRC B SS15 - Loix just 9s behind Hänninen @ 09:00 PM - Loix wins stage and has hope to pass Hänninen on live stage. Results after SS15
1st= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, 2h15m42s1;
2nd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +24s5;
3rd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +1m42s6;
4th= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, +1m51s6;
5th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +2m16s;
6th= Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Peugeot, +2m28s1;
7th= van den Heuvel/Kolman, Mitsubishi, +3m48s6;
8th= Schammel/Jamoul, Peugeot, +3m53s5;
9th= Betti/Capolongo, Peugeot, +5m10s5;
10th= Fontana/Cassina, Peugeot, +5m59s9

IRC B SS14 - Loix tries to fight back @ 06:58 PM - Loix wins Kemmelberg stage, showing his car has no lasting damage. But he will have to attack in the live stage if he wants to snatch podium from Hänninen. Results after SS14
1st= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, 2h11m24s8;
2nd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +23s8;
3rd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +1m42s9;
4th= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, +1m52s8;
5th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +2m08s8;
6th= Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Peugeot, +2m20s9;
7th= van den Heuvel/Kolman, Mitsubishi, +3m38s7;
8th= Schammel/Jamoul, Peugeot, +3m48s8;
9th= Betti/Capolongo, Peugeot, +4m57s6;
10th= Fontana/Cassina, Peugeot, +5m44s8

IRC B SS13 - Number 13 brings decission! @ 06:42 PM - The hot Peugeot battle ended in Loix losing 1m25s in a ditch. That now gives Meeke a lead of 21s over Kopecky. Realistically Loix can fight for 3rd now. Results after SS13
1st= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, 2h05m43s7;
2nd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +21s5;
3rd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +1m43s1;
4th= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, +1m53s3;
5th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +2m04s7;
6th= Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Peugeot, +2m16s6;
7th= van den Heuvel/Kolman, Mitsubishi, +3m30s3;
8th= Schammel/Jamoul, Peugeot, +3m38s9;
9th= Betti/Capolongo, Peugeot, +4m39s7;
10th= Fontana/Cassina, Peugeot, +4m32s5

IRC B SS12 - New leader!! @ 06:14 PM - Kris Meeke has been slowly eating into local man Freddy Loix's lead all morning. Now it is the 2nd time Meeke drives over the stages. Meeke takes the lead, but it's still less than a second. Fontana passes Betti again. Results after SS12
1st= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, 1h59m39s7;
2nd= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, +0s8;
3rd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +19s9;
4th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +1m37s8;
5th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +1m56s8;
6th= Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Peugeot, +2m08s8;
7th= van den Heuvel/Kolman, Mitsubishi, +3m19s5;
8th= Schammel/Jamoul, Peugeot, +3m28s8;
9th= Betti/Capolongo, Peugeot, +4m24s1;
10th= Fontana/Cassina, Peugeot, +4m28s4

IRC B SS11 - Lead down to 0.2s! @ 06:01 PM - On the 33km live stage with a fastest stage time of over 16min, Meeke beats Loix by 1.4s and narrows the lead to 0.2! Betti moves ahead in Italian battle. Results after SS11
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, 1h48m05s8;
2nd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +0s2;
3rd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +18s8;
4th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +1m30s3;
5th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +1m45s2;
6th= Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Peugeot, +1m58s3;
7th= van den Heuvel/Kolman, Mitsubishi, +2m56s5;
8th= Schammel/Jamoul, Peugeot, +3m19s9;
9th= Betti/Capolongo, Peugeot, +4m06s;
10th= Fontana/Cassina, Peugeot, +4m07s9

IRC B SS10 - Meeke comes closer @ 05:52 PM - It's so close between top3. NOTES: Wittmann retired before SS10 with transmission problems. Schammel suddenly 8th is due to a time correction on SS5, where he was slowed by Neuville's big crash. Sorry I was late with this. Results after SS10
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, 1h31m43s4;
2nd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1s6;
3rd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +17s7;
4th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +1m14s7;
5th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +1m25s8;
6th= Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Peugeot, +1m39s6;
7th= van den Heuvel/Kolman, Mitsubishi, +2m27s2;
8th= Schammel/Jamoul, Peugeot, +2m53s2;
9th= Fontana/Cassina, Peugeot, +3m29s4;
10th= Betti/Capolongo, Peugeot, +3m30s4

IRC B SS8 - Good Skoda stage, Vouilloz out @ 01:22 PM - Kopecky wins the stage. It is the first stage not won by Loix or Meeke. Meanwhile Hänninen passes Basso for 4th. Vouilloz crashed. Results after SS8
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, 1h21m41s6;
2nd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +3s5;
3rd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +12s;
4th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +1m08s9;
5th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +1m11s4;
6th= Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Peugeot, +1m25s3;
7th= van den Heuvel/Kolman, Mitsubishi, +2m11s2;
8th= Fontana/Cassina, Peugeot, +3m02s1;
9th= Betti/Capolongo, Peugeot, +3m07s1;
10th= Wittmann/Ettel, Mitsubishi, +5m35s9

IRC B SS7 - Loix' lead down to 2s! @ 00:57 AM - Meeke wins stage and is really breathing down Loix's neck, however on the first split Kopecky was fastest. Vouilloz overtakes Casier in the battle for 13th place. Results after SS7
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, 1h15m32s4;
2nd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +2s;
3rd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +12s4;
4th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +1m04s6;
5th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +1m05s4;
6th= Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Peugeot, +1m18s2;
7th= van den Heuvel/Kolman, Mitsubishi, +2m03s5;
8th= Fontana/Cassina, Peugeot, +2m53s5;
9th= Betti/Capolongo, Peugeot, +2m59s1;
10th= Wittmann/Ettel, Mitsubishi, +5m09s5

IRC B leg1 - Loix leads Meeke @ 00:17 AM - Remarkable for the whole day, as in SS5 Meeke wins stage but Loix leads. Basso overtakes Hänninen for 4th. Snijers retires with technical problems. Results after leg1 (SS6)
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, 1h03m46s4;
2nd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +4s9;
3rd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +13s3;
4th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +56s9;
5th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +57s1;
6th= Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Peugeot, +1m09s2;
7th= van den Heuvel/Kolman, Mitsubishi, +1m41s;
8th= Betti/Capolongo, Peugeot, +2m40s6;
9th= Fontana/Cassina, Peugeot, +2m41s4;
10th= Wittmann/Ettel, Mitsubishi, +3m57s1

IRC B SS9 - Loix and Meeke so close @ - Loix wins the stage to extend his lead from 3.5 to 3.7s! Results after SS9
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, 1h27m24s6;
2nd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +3s7;
3rd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +16s;
4th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +1m13s8;
5th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +1m19s8;
6th= Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Peugeot, +1m32s3;
7th= van den Heuvel/Kolman, Mitsubishi, +2m18s6;
8th= Fontana/Cassina, Peugeot, +3m17s9;
9th= Betti/Capolongo, Peugeot, +3m20s1;
10th= Wittmann/Ettel, Mitsubishi, +ms

Fri June 19, 2009

Loix leads after day one in Belgium IRC Loix leads after day one in Belgium Last year's Belgium Ypres Rally winner Freddy Loix (Peugeot 207 S2000) holds a lead of just under five seconds at the overnight halt, from IRC series leader Kris Meeke. "I'm just trying to drive carefully and keep my concentration," said Loix at the finish. "I know this eve...

Ypres Rally started with a bang IRC Ypres Rally started with a bang Several bangs in fact as some of the entries we waited for in desperation went out before they recorded a single time. Once again the IRC proves to be a mega competitive show. And as well the IRC tries to have rallies that are totally different from one another, and Ypres does no...

Ypres Shakedown times IRC Ypres Shakedown times Normally Shakedown doesn't say much. It's just a shakedown, some do one run, some 10, some just play around to try handling.... But with the debuts of Opel and Proton we thought this time we bother nevertheless. Shakedown in Ypres has just finished....

NEWS JUST IN

IRC B SS5 - Meeke's stage, Loix's lead @ 10:19 PM - Meeke takes 27km stage by only 1s from Loix. Casier punctures. Proton lost 5min with an off and then retires with broken suspension when just about to move into top10. Also Bruyneel's Subaru off. We also lose Neuville from 4th. Results after SS5
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, 58m17s1;
2nd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +7s3;
3rd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +15s4;
4th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +54s8;
5th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +55s8;
6th= Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Peugeot, +1m02s3;
7th= van den Heuvel/Kolman, Mitsubishi, +1m30s8;
8th= Betti/Capolongo, Peugeot, +2m27s5;
9th= Fontana/Cassina, Peugeot, +2m33s4;
10th= Wittmann/Ettel, Mitsubishi, +3m31s3;

IRC B SS4 - Loix-Kopecky-Meeke @ 09:58 PM - For the 3rd stage running same top3! Pieter Tsjoen's promise to attack backfired slightly as he dropped 3 places despite not experiencing any kind of drama. Results after SS4
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, 43m32s2;
2nd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +8s3;
3rd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +14s9;
4th= Neuville/Maraite, Peugeot, +43s;
5th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +43s2;
6th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +46s8;
7th= Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Peugeot, +47s;
8th= Casier/Caesemaeker, Fiat Abarth, +58s3;
9th= van der Heuvel/Kolman, Mitsubishi, +1m09s1;
10th= Schammel/Jamoul, Peugeot, +1m16s7

IRC B SS3 - Loix wins live stage also @ 07:56 PM - But top3 still very close. Tsjoen and promising BFGoodrich driver Neuville confirm he following places. Wilks in the Proton still just outside top10. Results after SS3
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, 31m51s4;
2nd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +5s7;
3rd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +12s9;
4th= Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Peugeot, +23s4;
5th= Neuville/Maraite, Peugeot, +26s4;
6th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +29s6;
7th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +34s6;
8th= Casier/Caesemaeker, Fiat Abarth, +37s7;
9th= van der Heuvel/Kolman, Mitsubishi, +48s8;
10th= Schammel/Jamoul, Peugeot, +56s8

IRC B SS2 - Loix wins stage and takes lead @ 07:39 PM - Another local hero Freddy Loix takes the lead from Kris Meeke, just. The 3 main actors of the rally at this moment appear to be Loix, Meeke and Kopecky. Another SS1 casualty to still report is Belgian championship leader lady driver Melissa Debackere, blowing her engine. Results after SS2
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, 26m24s6;
2nd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +3s9;
3rd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +12s5;
4th= Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Peugeot, +19s2;
5th= Neuville/Maraite, Peugeot, +23s3;
6th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +26s5;
7th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +30s5;
8th= Casier/Caesemaeker, Fiat Abarth, +31s2;
9th= van der Heuvel/Kolman, Mitsubishi, +37s1;
10th= Schammel/Jamoul, Peugeot, +45s3

IRC B SS1 - Duval fastest for 200metres @ 07:10 PM - Local hot favourit Duval crashed out of the rally only 200metres into SS1! His sponsors and team will think twice about a further progam. Apparently some years back Duval crashed his Ford Puma S1600 at the same spot. But the 1st stage had even more drama. Vouilloz has a front right impact and loses bodywork and near 3min. The debut of Alex Bengué in the Opel ends in 1st stage retirement for mechanical problems. Kris Meeke wins the stage.
Results after SS1
1st= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, 11m43s;
2nd= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, +1s4;
3rd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +9s3;
4th= Casier/Caesemaeker, Fiat Abarth, +9s9;
5th= Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Peugeot, +10s9;
6th= Neuville/Maraite, Peugeot, +11s;
7th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +12s4;
8th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +14s1;
9th= Schammel/Jamoul, Peugeot, +14s2;
10th= van der Heuvel/Kolman, Mitsubishi, +16s7

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