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Fri June 29, 2012

In the Spotlight: Dario d'Esposito IRC In the Spotlight: Dario d'Esposito A double Rally San Marino-winning co-driver, D’Esposito is now the team co-ordinator for ŠKODA UK Motorsport, which runs Andreas Mikkelsen’s IRC title-winning Fabia Super 2000 ...

Preview: Rallye San Marino IRC Preview: Rallye San Marino FULL PREVIEW: 2012 Intercontinental Rally Challenge, round seven of 13 Rally San Marino, 5-7 July   Rally San Marino preview: IRC stars back on gravel...

IRC Lotus partner up with Beta

Wed June 27, 2012

Ypres serves as test for new Lotus IRC Ypres serves as test for new Lotus The Lotus Exige R-GT made its debut as a course car at the weekend’s Geko Ypres rally in West Flanders, among the most beautiful rally venues in the world.   Portuguese driver Bernardo Sousa, who is set to race the Lotus Exige R-GT in anger later this year, drove the offici...

PROTON Rally NZ preview WRC PROTON Rally NZ preview The PROTON Motorsports team scored valuable points and plenty of fastest stage times on its latest outing in the FIA Super 2000 World Rally Championship, Rally New Zealand which ended in Auckland on Sunday....

Ypres 2WD victory for Martin Kangur IRC Ypres 2WD victory for Martin Kangur Martin Kangur roared to the top of the 2012 IRC 2WD Drivers' Cup this weekend, following a stunning victory with co-driver Andres Ots at the Geko Ypres Rally. It is the second IRC win for Kangur in the Honda Civic Type R, repeating his success in the rally of Scotland last ye...

Tue June 26, 2012

Difficult but positive debut for Molly IRC Difficult but positive debut for Molly At the Geko Ypres Rally, valid for the European Rally Championship and the Intercontinental Rally Challenge seated in the picturesque town of Ypres in Belgium, Australian Molly Taylor, codriven by Englishman Seb Marshall, concluded the race with honour despite the difficulties en...

Sun June 24, 2012

Andreas keeps IRC lead despite Ypres setback Skoda Andreas keeps IRC lead despite Ypres setback ŠKODA UK Motorsport’s Andreas Mikkelsen continues to lead the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, despite a very strong run on Round 6 of the series, the Geko Ypres Rally, coming to a premature end....

Skoda reinforce championship leads Skoda Skoda reinforce championship leads Juho Hänninen & Mikko Markkula of ŠKODA Motorsport put in a great performance to win the Ypres Rally in Belgium, beat seven times winner of this event Freddy Loix in a Peugeot Super 2000 who came second and win points for both the Manufacturers category of the IRC and the Drivers...

Hanninen sets new records with Ypres victory IRC Hanninen sets new records with Ypres victory Juho Hänninen has underlined his status as the most successful driverin the six-year history of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge by winningthe Geko Ypres Rally in Belgium on Saturday, the first Finn to do so since the late Henri Toivonen in 1984....

Sat June 23, 2012

5 out of 5 for Kopecky at home Skoda 5 out of 5 for Kopecky at home Leading from start to finish, Kopecký & Dresler achieved another victory in Hustopece and, with the maximum possible number of points, they are near winning the Czech Championship title. Having won in Hustopece just like last year, they have extended their spectacular string of v...

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IRC B records, Skoda most successful make @ 09:21 PM - Not only is Juho Hänninen the first Finn since Henri Toivonen to win Ypres. This win also makes Skoda now the most successful manufacturer in IRC history!

IRC B end - First Finn win since Toivonen! @ 09:01 PM - Hänninen becomes the first Finn to win Ypres since Henri Toivonen in 1984. Snijers finishes event with a 2nd fastest stage time. Verschueren VW retires on last stage from 7th. Final results (after SS17)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 2h36m52s7;
2nd= Loix/Vanneste, Peugeot, +46s5;
3rd= Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Skoda, +2m14s6;
4th= Snijers/Gitsels, Mini, +2m55s7;
5th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +5m25s4;
6th= Flodin/Bergsten, Ford, +5m55s5;
7th= Viaene/Vyncke, Peugeot, +9m37s8;
8th= Langenakens/Beernaert, Peugeot, +9m55s6;
9th= Aigner/Ertl, Subaru, +10m27s1;
10th= Tlustak/Skaloud, Skoda, +10m38s9

IRC B SS17 - Mathias Viaene flying @ 08:45 PM - Amazing show by Mathias Viaene. He not only overtakes the groupN leader, but also his team mate Lagenakens in one stage. Amazing show too by the two leaders. After 29km Hollebeke separated by 0.6s! Results after SS17:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 2h29m10s1;
2nd= Loix/Vanneste, Peugeot, +38s3;
3rd= Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Skoda, +2m06s;
4th= Snijers/Gitsels, Mini, +2m50s8;
5th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +5m08s3;
6th= Flodin/Bergsten, Ford, +5m51s5;
7th= Verschueren/Vanassche, Volkswagen, +8m17s2;
8th= Viaene/Vyncke, Peugeot, +9m21s8;
9th= Langenakens/Beernaert, Peugeot, +9m25s2;
10th= Aigner/Ertl, Subaru, +9m54s5

IRC B SS16 - Exciting changes in top10 @ 06:34 PM - Robert Barrable, 7th, did not start stage with a sick gearbox. Langenakens overtakes Aigner and moves from 10th to 8th in one stage. Viaene overtakes Tlustak for the top10. Results after SS16:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 2h13m14s2;
2nd= Loix/Vanneste, Peugeot, +38s9;
3rd= Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Skoda, +1m54s5;
4th= Snijers/Gitsels, Mini, +2m41s4;
5th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +4m46s1;
6th= Flodin/Bergsten, Ford, +5m29s1;
7th= Verschueren/Vanassche, Volkswagen, +7m33s;
8th= Langenakens/Beernaert, Peugeot, +8m43s3;
9th= Aigner/Ertl, Subaru, +8m44s7;
10th= Viaene/Vynck, Peugeot, +9m00s7

IRC B SS15 - still pushing at the front @ 06:22 PM - Although the gap is at near 40s, both Hänninen and Loix say they are flat out still. Results after SS15:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 2h06m26s1;
2nd= Loix/Vanneste, Peugeot, +38s6;
3rd= Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Skoda, +1m53s1;
4th= Snijers/Gitsels, Mini, +2m36s5;
5th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +4m34s3;
6th= Flodin/Bergsten, Ford, +5m19s4;
7th= Barrable/Loudon, Skoda, +7m14s5;
8th= Verschueren/Vanasche, Volkswagen, +8m20s2;
9th= Aigner/Ertl, Subaru, +8m22s4;
10th= Langenakens/Beernaert, Peugeot, +8m39s2

IRC B SS14 - Hänninen bites back @ 06:01 PM - On the 27km long Heuvelland classic Hänninen rectifies his earlier time loss to Loix. Otherwise drama free stage. Viaene tries hard to get back in top10, from 15th to 12th by now. Results after SS14:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 1h58m53s1;
2nd= Loix/Vanneste, Peugeot, +40s;
3rd= Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Skoda, +1m52s2;
4th= Snijers/Gitsels, Mini, +2m34s1;
5th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +4m24s3;
6th= Flodin/Bergsten, Ford, +5m09s;
7th= Barrable/Loudon, Skoda, +6m42s3;
8th= Verschueren/Vanasche, Volkswagen, +6m55s9;
9th= Aigner/Ertl, Subaru, +8m01s;
10th= Langenakens/Beernaert, Peugeot, +8m04s1

IRC B SS13 - Saliuk drops outside top10 @ 04:12 PM - Saliuk went into ditch and lost 6 minutes. Accordingly other drivers move up. Hänninen and Loix only seperated by 0.1s on 19km Kemmelberg classic. Results after SS13:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 1h44m53s3;
2nd= Loix/Vanneste, Peugeot, +27s1;
3rd= Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Skoda, +1m40s6;
4th= Snijers/Gitsels, Mini, +2m18s1;
5th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +3m51s6;
6th= Flodin/Bergsten, Ford, +4m46s3;
7th= Barrable/Loudon, Skoda, +5m55s8;
8th= Verschueren/Vanasche, Volkswagen, +6m15s2;
9th= Aigner/Ertl, Subaru, +7m12s3;
10th= Langenakens/Beernaert, Peugeot, +7m13s2

IRC B SS12 - Loix stars on show stage @ 04:08 PM - Surprisingly Loix wins the 1.8km show stage by 2.7s! Normally you would not expect much change, mind you last year Tsjoen crashed from 4th here. Results after SS12:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 1h37m15s;
2nd= Loix/Vanneste, Peugeot, +27s;
3rd= Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Skoda, +1m32s7;
4th= Snijers/Gitsels, Mini, +2m13s1;
5th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +3m27s7;
6th= Saliuk/Aftanaziv, Ford, +4m09s5;
7th= Flodin/Bergsten, Ford, +4m40s4;
8th= Barrable/Loudon, Skoda, +5m19s5;
9th= Verschueren/Vanasche, Volkswagen, +5m54s3;
10th= Tlustak/Skaloud, Skoda, +6m37s6

IRC B SS11 - Off to France @ 02:12 PM - Although the short French show stage is yet to come, no cahnges or dramas on the bigger Lille stage. Results after SS11:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 1h35m51s7;
2nd= Loix/Vanneste, Peugeot, +29s7;
3rd= Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Skoda, +1m31s7;
4th= Snijers/Gitsels, Mini, +2m12s3;
5th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +3m23s4;
6th= Saliuk/Aftanaziv, Ford, +4m08s2;
7th= Flodin/Bergsten, Ford, +4m37s8;
8th= Barrable/Loudon, Skoda, +5m17s5;
9th= Verschueren/Vanasche, Volkswagen, +5m51s3;
10th= Tlustak/Skaloud, Skoda, +6m32s

IRC B SS10 - Hänninen vs Loix @ 01:50 PM - Hänninen takes 4s out of Loix again on the long, 30km Hollebeke stage. Aigner's groupN power is not enough to stay in the top10. Results after SS10:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 1h31m29s2;
2nd= Loix/Vanneste, Peugeot, +26s9;
3rd= Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Skoda, +1m27s8;
4th= Snijers/Gitsels, Mini, +2m05s7;
5th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +3m09s;
6th= Saliuk/Aftanaziv, Ford, +3m55s;
7th= Flodin/Bergsten, Ford, +4m30s1;
8th= Barrable/Loudon, Skoda, +5m04s1;
9th= Verschueren/Vanasche, Volkswagen, +5m33s6;
10th= Tlustak/Skaloud, Skoda, +6m11s3

IRC B SS9 - Fast Freddy even Faster @ 11:09 AM - Freddy Loix takes a surprising 10s out of Hänninen's lead on the 113km Watou stage. Results after SS9:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 1h15m34s6;
2nd= Loix/Vanneste, Peugeot, +22s8;
3rd= Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Skoda, +1m06s2;
4th= Snijers/Gitsels, Mini, +1m48s1;
5th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +2m37s4;
6th= Saliuk/Aftanaziv, Ford, +3m10s5;
7th= Flodin/Bergsten, Ford, +4m02s7;
8th= Barrable/Loudon, Skoda, +4m14s;
9th= Verschueren/Vanasche, Volkswagen, +4m47s1;
10th= Aigner/Ertl, Subaru, +5m13s8

IRC B SS8 - Loix wins stage @ 10:56 AM - Loix wins stage but Hänninen has kind of a save lead. Flodin drops several positions with his driveshaft problem. Viaene lost 3min and a fantastic top10 place for unknown reasons. Results after SS8:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 1h08m35s3;
2nd= Loix/Vanneste, Peugeot, +33s4;
3rd= Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Skoda, +1m10s2;
4th= Snijers/Gitsels, Mini, +1m45s7;
5th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +2m33s;
6th= Saliuk/Aftanaziv, Ford, +3m05s6;
7th= Flodin/Bergsten, Ford, +3m15s5;
8th= Barrable/Loudon, Skoda, +4m02s7;
9th= Aigner/Ertl, Subaru, +4m20s2;
10th= Verschueren/Vanasche, Volkswagen, +4m34s9

IRC B SS7 - Mikkelsen retires @ 10:10 AM - The long Saturday leg starts with retirement for Mikkelsen afte he broke his suspension. Flodin inherits 5th place despite a broken driveshaft. Another SS7 victim, with an accident, is 2WD leader and 3rd in gN Kris Princen. Results after SS7:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 1h00m57s2;
2nd= Loix/Vanneste, Peugeot, +38s2;
3rd= Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Skoda, +1m11s6;
4th= Snijers/Gitsels, Mini, +1m39s9;
5th= Flodin/Bergsten, Ford, +2m13s8;
6th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +2m24s;
7th= Viaene/Vynck, Peugeot, +2m49s7;
8th= Saliuk/Aftanaziv, Ford, +2m55s4;
9th= Barrable/Loudon, Skoda, +3m44s6;
10th= Verschueren/Vanasche, Volkswagen, +3m54s

Fri June 22, 2012

Hänninen top as Mikkelsen hits trouble IRC Hänninen top as Mikkelsen hits trouble Intercontinental Rally Challenge champions past and present suffereddiffering fortunes on the opening day of the Geko Ypres Rally in Belgium.While Juho Hänninen, IRC title winner in 2010, impressed by reachingthe overnight halt leading by 26.8s, defending champion AndreasMikkelse...

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IRC B leg1 - Hänninen leads the day @ 08:45 PM - But Mikkelsen is on the move up again. This was the first running of Langemark, a fresh stage for everyone. Flodin had a not so good stage time, but Mikkelsen also managed to pass Snijers again, to move from 6th to 4th. Results after leg1 (SS6):
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 46m42s3;
2nd= Loix/Vanneste, Peugeot, +26s8;
3rd= Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Skoda, +1m00s6;
4th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +1m14s;
5th= Snijers/Gitsels, Mini, +1m16s6;
6th= Flodin/Bergsten, Ford, +1m29s;
7th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +1m52s1;
8th= Viaene/Vynck, Peugeot, +2m12s6;
9th= Saliuk/Aftanaziv, Ford, +2m25s4;
10th= Barrable/Loudon, Skoda, +3m03s2

IRC B SS5 - Mikkelsen off for 1min! @ 08:04 PM - Mikkelsen misjudged a junction and went into a ditch for 1min. The front now is Hänninen from Loix. Snijers overtakes Flodin, making it 3 Belgians to chase Juho. Results after SS5:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 36m53s6;
2nd= Loix/Vanneste, Peugeot, +24s8;
3rd= Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Skoda, +51s8;
4th= Snijers/Gitsels, Mini, +1m04s7;
5th= Flodin/Bergsten, Ford, +1m06s1;
6th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +1m12s6;
7th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +1m27s6;
8th= Viaene/Vynck, Peugeot, +1m54s;
9th= Saliuk/Aftanaziv, Ford, +2m01s9;
10th= Barrable/Loudon, Skoda, +2m20s7

IRC B SS4 - Hänninen looks like asphalt ace @ 07:28 PM - Another fastest time for Hänninen. Only by 2.5s, but his overall lead is now over 10s after 4 stages. Saliuk overtakes Barrable. Results after SS4:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 28m41s9;
2nd= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +11s6;
3rd= Loix/Vanneste, Peugeot, +17s1;
4th= Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Skoda, +39s5;
5th= Flodin/Bergsten, Ford, +47s1;
6th= Snijers/Gitsels, Mini, +49s7;
7th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +1m04s6;
8th= Viaene/Vynck, Peugeot, +1m31s;
9th= Saliuk/Aftanaziv, Ford, +1m41s3;
10th= Barrable/Loudon, Skoda, +1m43s8

IRC B SS3 - Good time from Hänninen @ 05:38 PM - Hänninen is 5.9s faster than anyone on this stage, while most drivers wonder about power and grip. Results after SS3:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 20m48s2;
2nd= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +9s1;
3rd= Loix/Vanneste, Peugeot, +12s3;
4th= Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Skoda, +26s8;
5th= Flodin/Bergsten, Ford, +32s3;
6th= Snijers/Gitsels, Mini, +32s9;
7th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +43s2;
8th= Viaene/Vynck, Peugeot, +1m04s8;
9th= Barrable/Loudon, Skoda, +1m07s7;
10th= Saliuk/Aftanaziv, Ford, +1m19s

IRC B SS2 - Hänninen takes the lead @ 04:57 PM - Hänninen describes the stage as "quite an off followed by many interesting moments", but he is fastest. Flodin passes Snijers. van den heuvel drops around a minute. Results after SS2:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 12m30s5;
2nd= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +3s2;
3rd= Loix/Vanneste, Peugeot, +5s1;
4th= Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Skoda, +9s6;
5th= Flodin/Bergsten, Ford, +15s5;
6th= Snijers/Gitsels, Mini, +17s6;
7th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +20s6;
8th= Saliuk/Aftanaziv, Ford, +37s6;
9th= Viaene/Vynck, Peugeot, +40s2;
10th= Barrable/Loudon, Skoda, +48s1

IRC B SS1 - Mikkelsen early leader @ 04:42 PM - Mikkelsen very narrowly in front of Hänninen and Loix. Saintelog team entered three 207s, started with only one and that rolled now, last years gN winner Gonon out. Results after SS1:
1st= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, 8m09s;
2nd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +0s8;
3rd= Loix/Vanneste, Peugeot, +1s2;
4th= Tsjoen/Chevaillier, Skoda, +5s4;
5th= Snijers/Gitsels, Mini, +9s4;
6th= Flodin/Bergsten, Ford, +11s6;
7th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +13s8;
8th= van den Heuvel/Botson, Mitsubishi, +15s;
9th= Barrable/Loudon, Skoda, +20s6;
10th= Saliuk/Aftanaziv, Ford, +24s6

Wed June 20, 2012

Spectators take center stage in Ypres IRC Spectators take center stage in Ypres Little less than a month before the start, organizers of the Geko Ypres Rally have announced a number of changes to increase spectator comfort and make sure fans can optimally enjoy the action. First and foremast organizers have drastically increased the number of Spectator Arena...

Skoda fights in two events Skoda Skoda fights in two events The ŠKODA Motorsport team is going to make its third concurrent appearance in two rallies this year. Taking place in Belgium over the upcoming weekend, the Ypres Rally will see Juho Hänninen & Mikko Markkula (FIN) fight for both IRC and European Championship points. At the same t...

Mon June 18, 2012

PROTON: Gareth Roberts IRC PROTON: Gareth Roberts Following the accident on SS8 of the Targa Florio Rally, PROTON Motorsports team principal Chris Mellors would like to pass on the following message on behalf of the whole team:...

In the Spotlight: Freddy Loix IRC In the Spotlight: Freddy Loix Seven-time Ypres Rally winner is back in the IRC for his home event and hoping for more glory ...

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