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Mon June 30, 2014

Neil Simpson for more ERC action Skoda Neil Simpson for more ERC action Neil Simpson is such a big fan of the FIA European Rally Championship that he’s coming back for more – three more – events that is. The Briton has run in the top 10 on his two ERC appearances so far in 2014 at the wheel of the ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 driven last season by Esape...

Serious competition in ERC Juniors IRC Serious competition in ERC Juniors The serious competition ahead in the FIA European Rally Championship was underlined when Stéphane Lefebvre claimed ERC Junior glory on the Geko Ypres Rally tied on time with Andrea Crugnola following almost 300 kilometres of stage action. ...

IRC Q&A Freddy Loix

IRC ERC star Abbring visits Spa WTCC

Sun June 29, 2014

Karl Kruuda to focus on ERC Estonia IRC Karl Kruuda to focus on ERC Estonia Promising Estonian driver Karl Kruuda is putting a frustrating trip to Poland to the back of his mind and focusing his efforts on winning his home round of the European Rally Championship next month. The 21-year-old's bid for more WRC 2 points faltered during an accident o...

Fri June 27, 2014

ERC Junior car at FIA Sport conference IRC ERC Junior car at FIA Sport conference The Opel ADAM R2 German star Marijan Griebel is using to contest the inaugural FIA ERC Junior Championship took centre stage during the FIA Sport Conference in Munich from 24-26 June. ...

A room with a view for Thierry Neuville IRC A room with a view for Thierry Neuville Hyundai Shell World Rally Team star Thierry Neuville was treated to a spectacular view of Ypres during a promotional visit to his home round of the FIA European Rally Championship last week. ...

ERC Rally Estonia countdown IRC ERC Rally Estonia countdown Following last week’s thrilling 50th anniversary Geko Ypres Rally, auto24 Rally Estonia is officially the next round of the FIA European Rally Championship and already the countdown has begun. Here are five reasons why it’s going to be another highlight of the 2014 ERC calendar w...

Thu June 26, 2014

British Rally Championship takes a break General British Rally Championship takes a break The UK's Governing Body, the Motor Sports Association, today announced that they would be suspending the MSA British Rally Championship for 2015, and from 2016 the series would be run in house, with International Motorsport Services as the promoter. ...

No more WRC reporting for soccer WRC No more WRC reporting for soccer The united nations of Volkswagen Motorsport - football fever has taken hold in the service park in Mikołajki. Even at the seventh race of the season in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), the football World Cup in Brazil is the world's favourite pastime. Drivers and ...

No more WRC reporting for soccer WRC No more WRC reporting for soccer Excitement around the FIFA World Cup has reached fever pitch in Poland as the Hyundai Motorsport service area has played host to a special penalty shoot-out in celebration of Hyundai’s sponsorship of the FIFA World Cup....

Sun June 22, 2014

Fast Freddy impresses in Ypres IRC Fast Freddy impresses in Ypres Freddy Loix is one victory away from making it 10 Geko Ypres Rally wins following a dramatic climax to Belgium’s FIA European Rally Championship qualifier, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in glorious sunshine today and with thousands of fans lining the challenging route. ...

Kopecky wins for Skoda in Australia Skoda Kopecky wins for Skoda in Australia A beaming Jan Kopecký (CZ) lifts the winner’s trophy aloft in Australia. The European Champion produced a flawless display at the International Rally of Queensland to present the works-assisted ŠKODA MRF team with its third win in three races in the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Champio...

Skoda claims 5th win in a row in Ypres Skoda Skoda claims 5th win in a row in Ypres Record win for ŠKODA on golden anniversary of the Ypres Rally: victory marks the first time in the 50-year history of the asphalt rally around the town of Ypres in West Flanders that one manufacturer has won the event five times in a row. Freddy Loix (B), who is supported by ŠKOD...

Sat June 21, 2014

NEWS JUST IN

IRC B end -- Loix Ypres win number 9! @ 08:40 PM - Tsjoen wins stage and Loix takes his 9th Ypres vidtory. Now the real rally can start - the traditional Ypres party! Final results (after SS20)(provisional as subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Loix/Gitsels, Skoda, 2h43m13s7;
2nd= Cherain/Leyh, Ford, +1m09s9;
3rd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +2m14s2;
4th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford(S2000), +2m32s5;
5th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Skoda, +3m44s5;
6th= Vanneste/Snaet, Peugeot, +5m25s4;
7th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +6m11s5;
8th= Duquesne/Cuvelier, Ford, +6m53s5;
9th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +6m59s7;
10th= Hadik/Kertesz, Subaru, +9m01s6

IRC B SS19 - Loix in control @ 08:30 PM - There is still a small battle for 3rd, but Loix in control even though Cherain won stage. Last stage is longest of rallye and provided lots and lots of drama last year. Results after SS19:
1st= Loix/Gitsels, Skoda, 2h27m14s7;
2nd= Cherain/Leyh, Ford, +1m07s5;
3rd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +2m11s4;
4th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford(S2000), +2m24s3;
5th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Skoda, +3m32s2;
6th= Vanneste/Snaet, Peugeot, +4m58s3;
7th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +5m38s2;
8th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +6m25s6;
9th= Duquesne/Cuvelier, Ford, +6m44s2;
10th= Hadik/Kertesz, Subaru, +8m36s5

IRC B SS18 - More surprises to come @ 06:36 PM - Strong time by Kobus now, even though he declares to have ploughed through a mais field. Stage win for Rossetti. Results after SS18:
1st= Loix/Gitsels, Skoda, 2h18m58s7;
2nd= Cherain/Leyh, Ford, +1m08s5;
3rd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +2m10s2;
4th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford(S2000), +2m19s9;
5th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Skoda, +3m30s1;
6th= Vanneste/Snaet, Peugeot, +4m36s4;
7th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +5m12s8;
8th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +5m58s4;
9th= Duquesne/Cuvelier, Ford, +6m25s3;
10th= Hadik/Kertesz, Subaru, +8m13s3

IRC B SS17 - Loix wins stage again @ 06:25 PM - Meanwhile even Loix says he is missing the fight. Results after SS17:
1st= Loix/Gitsels, Skoda, 2h14m33s6;
2nd= Cherain/Leyh, Ford, +1m08s3;
3rd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +2m11s5;
4th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford(S2000), +2m21s1;
5th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Skoda, +3m37s4;
6th= Vanneste/Snaet, Peugeot, +4m35s;
7th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +5m09s8;
8th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +5m54s6;
9th= Duquesne/Cuvelier, Ford, +6m23s9;
10th= Hadik/Kertesz, Subaru, +8m03s7

IRC B SS16 - Stage win for Rossetti @ 05:56 PM - Rossetti wins stage while Loix is clearly cruising after all the drama so far. Results after SS16:
1st= Loix/Gitsels, Skoda, 2h07m48s7;
2nd= Cherain/Leyh, Ford, +1m05s7;
3rd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +2m11s5;
4th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford(S2000), +2m19s3;
5th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Skoda, +3m37s3;
6th= Vanneste/Snaet, Peugeot, +4m30s4;
7th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +4m58s2;
8th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +5m40s6;
9th= Duquesne/Cuvelier, Ford, +6m14s5;
10th= Hadik/Kertesz, Subaru, +7m48s1

IRC B SS15 - Next out Tsjoen @ 05:35 PM - Tsjoen ditched his 208 T16 300 meters from the finish. Slow time by Loix, as he seemingly just goes for the finish now. Stage win for Casier. Results after SS15:
1st= Loix/Gitsels, Skoda, 2h00m08s5;
2nd= Cherain/Leyh, Ford, +1m10s5;
3rd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +2m14s3;
4th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford(S2000), +2m21s9;
5th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Skoda, +3m46s;
6th= Vanneste/Snaet, Peugeot, +4m12s9;
7th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +4m47s7;
8th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +5m27s2;
9th= Duquesne/Cuvelier, Ford, +6m04s6;
10th= Hadik/Kertesz, Subaru, +7m20s1

IRC B SS14 - Abbring out, Loix leads @ 03:30 PM - Hollebeke longest stage of the rally, and what drama! Abbring retires before stage with unidintified tech probs. Breen retires in stage with a broken diff. Debackere loses time with the fire extinguisher going off for no reason. Simpson loses masses of time in a ditch. Results after SS14:
1st= Loix/Gitsels, Skoda, 1h52m10s5;
2nd= Cherain/Leyh, Ford, +1m16s2;
3rd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +2m13s7;
4th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford(S2000), +2m30s;
5th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Skoda, +3m53s7;
6th= Vanneste/Snaet, Peugeot, +4m12s8;
7th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +4m44s7;
8th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +5m15s;
9th= Duquesne/Cuvelier, Ford, +6m04s6;
10th= Hadik/Kertesz, Subaru, +7m15s4

IRC B SS13 - Abbring fastest again @ 03:24 PM - First stage win for the 208 T16 on French soil. Lead extended to near 21s, but Abbring reports a strange sound at the end of the stage. Rossetti takes Simpson. Results after SS13:
1st= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), 1h36m01s8;
2nd= Loix/Gitsels, Skoda, +20s9;
3rd= Cherain/Leyh, Ford, +1m26s9;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +2m16s9;
5th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford(S2000), +2m35s2;
6th= Vanneste/Snaet, Peugeot, +4m09s6;
7th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Skoda, +4m17s1;
8th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +4m17s7;
9th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +4m42s6;
10th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +5m02s

IRC B SS12 - Famous Kemmelberg stage @ 01:41 PM - Very much a battle Loix vs Abbring. Abbring wins stage by 0.2s. Breen overshots a junction. Rossetti passes Lefevere. Results after SS12:
1st= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), 1h30m57s2;
2nd= Loix/Gitsels, Skoda, +20s;
3rd= Cherain/Leyh, Ford, +1m19s;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +2m12s9;
5th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford(S2000), +2m26s7;
6th= Vanneste/Snaet, Peugeot, +3m57s6;
7th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +4m05s2;
8th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Skoda, +4m15s3;
9th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +4m30s8;
10th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +4m51s

IRC B SS11 - Freddy now attacking @ 11:38 AM - 2nd stage win for Loix. Breen has repeating fuel pressure problems, lost well over 2 minutes. Tsjoen had a spin. Results after SS11:
1st= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), 1h22m59s5;
2nd= Loix/Gitsels, Skoda, +19s8;
3rd= Cherain/Leyh, Ford, +59s4;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m43s9;
5th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford(S2000), +2m00s5;
6th= Vanneste/Snaet, Peugeot, +3m18s;
7th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +3m21s3;
8th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +3m48s6;
9th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Skoda, +4m02s4;
10th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +4m24s5

IRC B SS10 - Loix finds form @ 11:08 AM - Loix wins stage and takes 4.2s out of leader Abbring. Breen has an electronics glitch and loses 20s and a place resetting the car. Results after SS10:
1st= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), 1h18m29s9;
2nd= Loix/Gitsels, Skoda, +20s4;
3rd= Cherain/Leyh, Ford, +56s8;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m39s4;
5th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford(S2000), +1m55s1;
6th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +2m09s1;
7th= Vanneste/Snaet, Peugeot, +3m08s8;
8th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +3m12s2;
9th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +3m44s9;
10th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +4m00s8

IRC B SS9 - Stage neutralised @ 10:48 AM - Stage neutralised after 7 cars as Lappi went off and blocked the road. Crew OK. Breen passed Kobus before neutralisation. Results after SS9:
1st= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), 1h11m45s;
2nd= Loix/Gitsels, Skoda, +24s6;
3rd= Cherain/Leyh, Ford, +55s6;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m36s;
5th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +1m48s;
6th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford(S2000), +1m49s1;
7th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +2m57s;
8th= Vanneste/Snaet, Peugeot, +3m01s3;
9th= Duquesne/Cuvelier, Ford, +3m14s9;
10th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +3m33s1

IRC B SS8 - Day starts dusty @ 10:34 AM - Weather is sunny today, getting towards 25 degrees. Most drivers, even locals, are surprised about the amount of gravel on the stage. Lappi comes out with a narrow but surprising stage win. Simpson passes Vanneste. Results after SS8:
1st= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), 1h04m14s4;
2nd= Loix/Gitsels, Skoda, +24s6;
3rd= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +37s3;
4th= Cherain/Leyh, Ford, +57s6;
5th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m36s;
6th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford(S2000), +1m46s3;
7th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +1m58s;
8th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +2m57s;
9th= Vanneste/Snaet, Peugeot, +3m01s3;
10th= Pons/Haro, Ford, +3m01s5

Fri June 20, 2014

Abbring heads Ypres master Loix IRC Abbring heads Ypres master Loix Kevin Abbring will start day two of the Geko Ypres Rally on course for his maiden victory in the FIA European Rally Championship after he outgunned local hero and eight-time winner Freddy Loix during an action-packed opening day in Belgium....

NEWS JUST IN

IRC B day1 - Abbring strong on dramatic day @ 08:44 PM - Short but technical stage to close the day. Abbring won every stage bar one. Kobus has a massive moment blinded by low sun and drops behind Wiegand. Results after SS7:
1st= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), 56m30s7;
2nd= Loix/Gitsels, Skoda, +24s8;
3rd= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +39s1;
4th= Cherain/Leyh, Ford, +53s8;
5th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m32s;
6th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford(S2000), +1m33s2;
7th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +1m58s9;
8th= Vanneste/Snaet, Peugeot, +2m40s8;
9th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +2m45s4;
10th= Pons/Haro, Ford, +2m48s1

IRC B SS6 - Rossetti & Consani in dramas @ 08:28 PM - Dramatic stage. Abbring fine again, but Rossetti had an off with puncture and Consani's car caught fire, though they might even continue. Verschueren in the DS3 R5 lost 10min with fuel pump issues. Results after SS6:
1st= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), 52m19s4;
2nd= Loix/Gitsels, Skoda, +21s7;
3rd= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +35s2;
4th= Cherain/Leyh, Ford, +47s;
5th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford(S2000), +1m22s6;
6th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m26s1;
7th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +1m50s3;
8th= Vanneste/Snaet, Peugeot, +2m27s2;
9th= Simpson/Mole, Skoda, +2m32s8;
10th= Pons/Haro, Ford, +2m37s3

IRC B SS5 - Rossetti passes Loix @ 08:00 PM - Abbring fastest again. Loix reports an overshot. Strong time by Rossetti. Breen's brakes fixed and back into top10. Results after SS5:
1st= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), 40m03s3;
2nd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Skoda, +17s4;
3rd= Loix/Gitsels, Skoda, +18s;
4th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +25s1;
5th= Cherain/Leyh, Ford, +36s7;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +46s7;
7th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford(S2000), +58s6;
8th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m06s8;
9th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +1m32s;
10th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +1m40s1

IRC B SS4 - At last stage win for Loix @ 06:39 PM - Loix wins this stage, but Rossetti and Abbring are within half a second. Verschueren's Citroen R5 has fuel pressure problems, cutting out for power. Results after SS4:
1st= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), 32m06s8;
2nd= Loix/Gitsels, Skoda, +11s;
3rd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Skoda, +13s5;
4th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +18s6;
5th= Cherain/Leyh, Ford, +32s2;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +37s5;
7th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford(S2000), +48s1;
8th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +54s6;
9th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +1m10s6;
10th= Vanneste/Snaet, Peugeot, +1m17s5

IRC B SS3 - 3rd stage win for Abbring @ 06:33 PM - Strong show from Abbring. Lefevere drops 10 places with a puncture. Results after SS3:
1st= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), 24m41s1;
2nd= Loix/Gitsels, Skoda, +11s5;
3rd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Skoda, +13s6;
4th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +16s;
5th= Cherain/Leyh, Ford, +27s1;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +32s9;
7th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford(S2000), +41s1;
8th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +48s8;
9th= Verschueren/Hosten, Citroen, +55s6;
10th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +1m

IRC B SS2 - Peugeot up and down @ 05:26 PM - Abbring another clear stage win, but Breen has a broken brake pipe from his first stage puncture. Results after SS2:
1st= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), 20m26s4;
2nd= Loix/Gitsels, Skoda, +7s6;
3rd= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +12s6;
4th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Skoda, +13s5;
5th= Cherain/Leyh, Ford, +18s6;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +28s;
7th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford(S2000), +35s;
8th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +42s8;
9th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +44s6;
10th= Verschueren/Hostens, Citroen, +51s3

IRC B SS1 - dramatic and surprising start @ 04:33 PM - Kevin Abbring fastest on SS1 with Belgian newcomer Cedric Cherain 2nd. Craig Breen had a puncture, Luca Rossetti and Pieter Tsjoen both had overshots and Bernd Casier even retired with a lost front wheel. Results after SS1:
1st= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), 8m00s8;
2nd= Cherain/Leyh, Ford, +4s9;
3rd= Loix/Gitsels, Skoda, +5s2;
4th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +5s3;
5th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Skoda, +5s9;
6th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford(S2000), +13s5;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +16s;
8th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +19s5;
9th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +19s6;
10th= Verschueren/Hostens, Citroen, +22s4

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