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Sat June 29, 2013

Citroen calls on Meeke! Citroen Citroen calls on Meeke! After the traditional summer break, the second half of the season kicks off at Rally Finland. Citroën’s works crews, Dani Sordo/Carlos del Barrio and Mikko Hirvonen/Jarmo Lehtinen, will line up at the fastest, most spectacular event on the WRC calendar. They will be joined by Nor...

Pikes Peak to start Sunday 9:30 am local Peugeot Pikes Peak to start Sunday 9:30 am local Sébastien Loeb will be attempting to make history with the 208 T16 Pikes Peak when he embarks on the 20 kilometres and 156 corners of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb from approximately 09:30am on Sunday morning. ...

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IRC B end - dramatic fire finale @ 09:20 PM - Actually 2 cars are on fire! Pajunen (souprally) is on fire suspected after off. Then Vanneste's car caught fire for mechanical reasons. Leandri also has mechanical problems. All crews are OK, but Vanneste and Leandri will not be able to do the last road section! Breen was off too, but with last stage cancelled he should be able to see the finish ramp. Results as SS19 minus Vanneste and Leandri. End results - subject to last road section and scrutineering (after SS20):
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 2h32m19s4;
2nd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +1m21s;
3rd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m52s5;
4th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +6m36s4;
5th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +6m41s2;
6th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +7m;
7th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +9m38s5;
8th= Hadik/Kertesz, Subaru, +10m09s3;
9th= Tlustak/Skaloud, Skoda, +10m25s6;
10th= Croes/Tack, Mitsubishi, +12m07s7

IRC B SS20 - Interim report @ 09:08 PM - Results are either delayed or as of SS19. The long Hollebeke stage is interrupted. At the moment there are infos that Mikka Pajubnen crashed and Davy Vanneste's car is on fire, could be a misunderstanding.

IRC B SS19 - Drama for Vanneste @ 08:49 PM - Everybody seems to settle for position with just a fight between Vanneste and Lefevere. All conditions but snow. After yesterday rain, now is totally dry but last stage gets dark. Results after SS19:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 2h32m19s4;
2nd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +1m21s;
3rd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m52s5;
4th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +6m28s5;
5th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +6m36s4;
6th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +6m41s2;
7th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +7m;
8th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +9m38s5;
9th= Hadik/Kertesz, Subaru, +10m09s3;
10th= Tlustak/Skaloud, Skoda, +10m25s6

IRC B SS18 - What is the weather @ 07:15 PM - Drivers praise how Sunny the spectacular Kemmelberg stage was, road completely dry now depite the kobble stone bits under trees. But forcast for the last 2 stages is rain! Results after SS18:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 2h24m02s2;
2nd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +1m25s1;
3rd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m55s7;
4th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +6m14s4;
5th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +6m20s9;
6th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +6m32s9;
7th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +6m52s8;
8th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +9m15s9;
9th= Hadik/Kertesz, Subaru, +9m53s5;
10th= Tlustak/Skaloud, Skoda, +10m10s8

IRC B SS17 - Stage win for Breen @ 07:09 PM - But only by a narrow margin. Top 3 positions look secure now, but don't forget the rally ends with the longest stage of the event. Results after SS17:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 2h15m56s7;
2nd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +1m29s6;
3rd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m58s6;
4th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +6m;
5th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +6m01s4;
6th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +6m20s4;
7th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +6m44s4;
8th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +8m46s6;
9th= Hadik/Kertesz, Subaru, +9m26s3;
10th= Tlustak/Skaloud, Skoda, +9m43s1

IRC B SS16 - Sun is coming out! @ 06:59 PM - For the first time this zeekend the sun is coming out. Bouffier beats Breen by only 0.3s. Vanneste overtakes Lefevere for 4th. Results after SS16:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 2h11m31s5;
2nd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +1m31s8;
3rd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +2m02s7;
4th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +5m58s4;
5th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +5m59s7;
6th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +6m14s9;
7th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +6m35s3;
8th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +8m40s;
9th= Hadik/Kertesz, Subaru, +9m17s3;
10th= Tlustak/Skaloud, Skoda, +9m33s2

IRC B SS15 - Bouffier gains momentum @ 05:22 PM - Yesterday in the rain Bouffier struggled, but now, when breen is attacking for 2nd place, Bouffier keeps being slightly faster in the stages. Results after SS15:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 2h07m49s5;
2nd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +1m33s7;
3rd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +2m03s3;
4th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +5m48s6;
5th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +5m48s7;
6th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +6m00s9;
7th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +6m23s2;
8th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +8m23s5;
9th= Hadik/Kertesz, Subaru, +8m54s;
10th= Tlustak/Skaloud, Skoda, +9m15s3

IRC B SS14 - Paddon out @ 03:38 PM - Hollebeke, longest stage of the rally. Haydon Paddon from NZ is out from 4th after hitting one of the famous Belgian telegraph poles. Crew is OK. Breen reports to have lost around 8s with an overshot, but is only 3.6s slower than Bouffier. Results after SS14:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 1h57m13s1;
2nd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +1m34s7;
3rd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +2m04s2;
4th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +5m36s3;
5th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +5m38s2;
6th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +5m51s5;
7th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +6m15s2;
8th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +8m00s3;
9th= Hadik/Kertesz, Subaru, +8m39s9;
10th= Tlustak/Skaloud, Skoda, +8m49s7

IRC B SS13 - Short show stage @ 03:30 PM - Not much change expected as only very short Industrial park stage, though no superspecial in the silly stadion sense. Results after SS13:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 1h40m39s2;
2nd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +1m38s2;
3rd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +2m04s1;
4th= Paddon/Kennard, Ford, +2m36s6;
5th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +5m09s8;
6th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +5m19s4;
7th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +5m22s4;
8th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +5m59s9;
9th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +7m17s6;
10th= Hadik/Kertesz, Subaru, +7m54s

IRC B SS12 - French T16 debut delayed @ 03:24 PM - Frenchman Bouffier wins French Lille stage. He has to respond, Breen nearly halfed his disadvantage. 208 T16 misses the French stages for a small electrical glitch. It's sorted already, so the car will rejoin from SS15. Results after SS12:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 1h39m16s4;
2nd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +1m37s9;
3rd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +2m02s9;
4th= Paddon/Kennard, Ford, +2m33s6;
5th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +5m01s6;
6th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +5m13s9;
7th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +5m16s5;
8th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +5m55s4;
9th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +7m10s2;
10th= Hadik/Kertesz, Subaru, +7m44s7

IRC B SS11 - Delays for Aigner and Kobus @ 01:15 PM - This loop (now heading to France) is a real lottery. After mid day rain roads are dry again but it' drizzling. Another stage win for Breen. Aigner has a puncture and drops more places (to 14th) after his earlier mild off. Kobus also loses places. Results after SS11:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 1h34m00s5;
2nd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +1m41s1;
3rd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +2m02s9;
4th= Paddon/Kennard, Ford, +2m28s5;
5th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +4m46s4;
6th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +5m04s9;
7th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +5m07s4;
8th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +5m49s9;
9th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +6m57s3;
10th= Hadik/Kertesz, Subaru, +7m31s

IRC Weather update @ 11:31 AM - After a dry but cloudy morning loop, it just started raining in Ypres; It looks like the next loop - which crosses borders for two sttages in France - is bound to be in the wet again.

IRC B SS10 - Several positions change @ 11:00 AM - Aigner has left rear impact and damages suspension. Breen overtakes Paddon. Results after SS10:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 1h25m31s;
2nd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +1m37s3;
3rd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +2m10s4;
4th= Paddon/Kennard, Ford, +2m21s5;
5th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +4m26s6;
6th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +4m29s6;
7th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +4m40s4;
8th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +5m44s8;
9th= Aigner/Heigl, Subaru, +6m14s1;
10th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +6m29s2

IRC B SS9 - Battle for 5th-8th @ 10:51 AM - Actually fez battles going on. Breen wins another stage, moving ever closer to 3rd. Aigner seems to not prefer the dry conditions, the 3-way battle for 6th turns into a 4-way battle for 5th. Results after SS9:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 1h17m19s7;
2nd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +1m36s1;
3rd= Paddon/Kennard, Ford, +2m07s8;
4th= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +2m11s2;
5th= Aigner/Heigl, Subaru, +4m04s7;
6th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +4m06s1;
7th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +4m08s7;
8th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +4m17s1;
9th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +5m41s5;
10th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +6m04s7

IRC B SS8 - Breen in attack mode @ 10:46 AM - Breen wins another stage, at that rate he should be back on podium soon. Davy Vanneste drops another place in good battle for 6th-7th-8th places. Results after SS8:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 1h12m47s9;
2nd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +1m35s3;
3rd= Paddon/Kennard, Ford, +2m05s5;
4th= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +2m12s6;
5th= Aigner/Heigl, Subaru, +3m51s9;
6th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +4m00s9;
7th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +4m06s5;
8th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +4m12s1;
9th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +5m37s3;
10th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +5m57s2

IRC B SS7 - Breen fights back in the dry @ 10:40 AM - Dry conditions this morning, but very cloudy. Breen wins stage. Kobus moves up to 6th - on Khumo tyres! Results after SS7:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 1h05m52s;
2nd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +1m32s2;
3rd= Paddon/Kennard, Ford, +2m03s6;
4th= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +2m15s2;
5th= Aigner/Heigl, Subaru, +3m28s1;
6th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +3m51s7;
7th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +3m58s3;
8th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +3m59s2;
9th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +5m23s3;
10th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +5m45s4

Fri June 28, 2013

ERC Geko Ypres photos online soon IRC ERC Geko Ypres photos online soon One little note as there seem quite a lot of new fans and friends visiting Rallye-info during the Geko Ypres Rally. ...

Paddon wants podium Ford Paddon wants podium Hayden Paddon wants a podium finish on his FIA European Rally Championship debut on the Geko Ypres Rally. Paddon and co-driver John Kennard have flown in from New Zealand to compete on Belgium’s premier asphalt event from 27-29 June. ...

Home hero Loix on top in Ypres IRC Home hero Loix on top in Ypres Freddy Loix is on course to make it a record-extending eighth victory on the Geko Ypres Rally following a dominant performance on round six of the FIA European Rally Championship in Belgium today (Friday)....

Freddy Loix dominates on home soil Skoda Freddy Loix dominates on home soil ŠKODA driver Freddy Loix dominated the first day at his home rally in Belgium. In rainy conditions, the 42-year-old rallying legend and his co-driver Frederic Miclotte put on a stunning display at the FIA European Rally Championship's (ERC) sixth meeti...

Rallye-info saves the day for Vatanen IRC Rallye-info saves the day for Vatanen FIA European Rally Championship rookie Max Vatanen has revealed how he turned to Facebook to secure his entry for this week’s Geko Ypres Rally....

Thierry and Fiesta R5 ready for Ypres Ford Thierry and Fiesta R5 ready for Ypres Fresh from their best ever result in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul are ready and eager to take to the stages of the Geko Ypres Rally as part of the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) this weekend. Swapping their Ford Fiesta RS WRC...

Last minute changes before Ypres IRC Last minute changes before Ypres Some last minute changes and info before the start of Geko Ypres Rally. In the Qualifying stage the R5 cars were very similar to the top S2000 cars, only a fraction slower than Loix and Breen. We try to show times of the R5 cars during the event. But there have also been changes ...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC B leg1 - Breen drops another place @ 08:28 PM - Breen still suffers from his broken driveshaft. Loix took it steady as actually Paddon wins the stage. Results after leg1 (SS6):
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 57m56s8;
2nd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +1m36s2;
3rd= Paddon/Kennard, Ford, +2m09s;
4th= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +2m22s2;
5th= Aigner/Heigl, Subaru, +3m17s9;
6th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +3m46s9;
7th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +3m47s3;
8th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +3m56s1;
9th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +5m22s5;
10th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +5m33s9

IRC B SS5 - Several cars in trouble @ 08:10 PM - Neuville Fiesta R5 had an overshot. Meeke 208 T16 had to change a puncture. Breen broke a driveshaft and did the complete stage in RWD. Solowow went off. Results after SS5:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 51m55s7;
2nd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +1m36s6;
3rd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +2m02s2;
4th= Paddon/Kennard, Ford, +2m09s7;
5th= Aigner/Heigl, Subaru, +3m15s8;
6th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +3m38s4;
7th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +3m39s4;
8th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +3m43s1;
9th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +5m11s5;
10th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +5m12s5

IRC B SS4 - Similar story again @ 07:43 PM - 4th stage in a row that Loix wins from Breen. It is still raining too. 1st run on this stage was dry, but this time drivers will be on next 2 stages on correct tyres. Vanneste drops 2 places. Results after SS4:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 37m55s4;
2nd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +21s3;
3rd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +1m10s9;
4th= Paddon/Kennard, Ford, +1m42s6;
5th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +1m59s4;
6th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +2m33s7;
7th= Aigner/Heigl, Subaru, +2m35s2;
8th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +2m38s7;
9th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +2m50s5;
10th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +3m41s5

IRC B SS3 - Very slippery @ 06:50 PM - Roads are wet. Even the course opening car Thierry Neuville says it is extremely slippery. Loix wins stage from Breen again. Corsica winner Bouffier says that he has no confidence on this rally ins such conditions. Loix nearly hit a telegraph pole. Verschueren went off from 12th. Results after SS3:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 29m18s;
2nd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +15s7;
3rd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +57s1;
4th= Paddon/Kennard, Ford, +1m21s4;
5th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +1m39s7;
6th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +1m58s;
7th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +2m00s1;
8th= Aigner/Heigl, Subaru, +2m02s9;
9th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +2m12s5;
10th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +2m34s6

IRC B SS2 - More rain and convincing Loix @ 05:08 PM - Longest stage of the day. Top4 confirm their pace, Solowow overtakes Aigner. Melissa Debackere makes it into the top10. Though Orsak retires into ditch and Pajunen didn't start stage with mechanical problems. Results after SS2:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 21m32s9;
2nd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +12s3;
3rd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +45s2;
4th= Paddon/Kennard, Ford, +1m02s5;
5th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +1m13s9;
6th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +1m28s1;
7th= Aigner/Heigl, Subaru, +1m28s6;
8th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +1m31s8;
9th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +1m40s1;
10th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +1m59s1

IRC B SS1 - First marker for Loix @ 04:20 PM - Weather: All dry, but right now it started raining a little, chances are SS2 and 3 are wet with everybody on dry tyres. Loix and Breen dominate the first stage. Consani however dropped nearly 10mins with a roll. Paddon was more Lucky ploughing through a field on the first corner. Results after SS1:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 8m12s4;
2nd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +2s;
3rd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +15s9;
4th= Paddon/Kennard, Ford, +21s9;
5th= Aigner/Heigl, Subaru, +29s5;
6th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +31s1;
7th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +36s2;
8th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +39s;
9th= Orsak/Smeidler, Mitsubishi, +42s7;
10th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +44s

Wed June 26, 2013

Symtech & Paddon ready for Geko Ypres Ford Symtech & Paddon ready for Geko Ypres Hayden Paddon definitely is the man who travelled the furthest to make it to the Geko Ypres Rally. Coming all the way from New Zealand, Paddon arrived last Friday in Belgium and immediately visited the workshops of Belgian Symtech Racing to get to see the Fiesta S2000 he will be ...

Tue June 25, 2013

Citroen to enter FIA WTCC with Loeb Citroen Citroen to enter FIA WTCC with Loeb --- Citroën confirms entry into the FIA WTCC from 2014 onwards --- Sébastien Loeb confirmed as first driver for the new race team --- Work has begun in the Versailles technical centre with first tests of the car --- Sébastien Loeb: ‘I can’t wait to get out on...

Full preview: Geko Ypres Rally IRC Full preview: Geko Ypres Rally Event preview: 2013 FIA European Rally Championship, round six of 12 Geko Ypres Rally (Belgium), 27-29 June R5 cars to thrill Ypres fans on ERC asphalt showcase ...

Q&A Thierry Neuville IRC Q&A Thierry Neuville Six questions, Q & A Thierry Neuville. Thierry will drive the new generation Ford Fiesta R5 as course opening car on the very event where he was discovered a few years ago....

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