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Sat July 30, 2005

Good Tampere test for Jani Skoda Good Tampere test for Jani Jani Paasonen/Jani Vainikka finished third on Saturday’s Tampere Rally as the Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team carried out a final two and a half days of testing with the Fabia WRC 05 ahead of this week’s Rally Finland that starts on Thursday evening....

Fri July 29, 2005

Two Finns field Fabias for Finland Skoda Two Finns field Fabias for Finland The Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team will enter three cars for Rally Finland (August 4-7) with Armin Schwarz/Klaus Wicha and Jani Paasonen/Jani Vainikka nominated for points on the tenth round of the 2005 World Rally Championship. A third Škoda Fabia WRC 05 will be entered on th...

Wed July 27, 2005

Back to the future - S2000 WRC Back to the future - S2000 At Eifel Rally Sven Haaf – reigning German S1600 Champion in a Citroën Saxo – suddenly was back in the Lada. Strange scenario, because Sven was driving the S1600 Lada 112 as course opening car in Rallye Deutschland 2003. Back at that point there were a lot of rumours about a Lada...

Back to the future - Historic WRC Back to the future - Historic At the recent Eifel Rallye in Germany there was not just an international field but a Historic Rallye Party. It is a show organised by photographer Reinhard Klein under the very fitting name “Slowly Sideways”. This Rallye Party meanwhile is a regular and even in itself already le...

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WRC Eifel Rally Video @ 00:06 AM - A video compilation from the 2005 Eifel Rally can be downloaded by clicking here. Download to see and hear the awesome action including Fabia WRC, Audi Quattro, Super 1600 cars and other historic vehicles. You will need Quicktime player or a Quicktime MOV codec to view the movie. Enjoy.

Tue July 26, 2005

Skoda Auto to present new Octavia RS Skoda Skoda Auto to present new Octavia RS The Octavia RS features extraordinary dynamics provided by a 2.0 TFSI turbo direct injection engine developing 147 kW (200 PS) and a torque of 280 N.m at 1800 to 5000 rpm. Škoda’s fastest and most powerful production car shows 0-100 kph acceleration time of just 7.3 seconds and r...

Mon July 25, 2005

Märtin takes top honors at home rally Peugeot Märtin takes top honors at home rally The Estonian crew Markko Märtin-Michael Park easily took top honors at the E.O.S. Peugeot Rally 2005 held this weekend on the gravel roads of South Estonia. Märtin's winning margin over another Estonian pair Margus Murakas-Aare Ojamäe was a full 3 minutes, as he won all stages...

Sun July 24, 2005

Bengue heads Fabia 1-2 on Eifel Rallye Skoda Bengue heads Fabia 1-2 on Eifel Rallye Alex Bengue/Caroline Escudero won the ADAC Eifel-Rallye on Saturday evening with their Škoda Motorsport Fabia WRC 05 leading home the Škoda Auto Deutschland entered Fabia WRC of Matthias Kahle/Peter Gobël by 23.1 seconds. Alex won 14 of the 17 stages with Matthias winning the oth...

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WRC 76 extra Argentina photos added @ 02:21 PM - 76 extra high-quality Rally Argentina photos have been added to our galleries. These have been made available thanks to Carlos Mayer, Argentina. Enjoy.

Mon July 18, 2005

Galli, McRae, Waldegard - UK Rally Day WRC Galli, McRae, Waldegard - UK Rally Day Mitsubishi Motor Sports have just confirmed that their star driver and their newest World Rally Car will both take part in Rallyday 2005 at Castle Combe Circuit on Saturday 13 August. Gigi Galli (from the World Championship team) will give the Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05 its fi...

Ford nominates Mikko Hirvonen -Finland Ford Ford nominates Mikko Hirvonen -Finland Ford will tomorrow name Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen as nominated drivers for next month's Rally Finland. The Finns will drive an M-Sport prepared 2005-specification Ford Focus RS World Rally Car on their home event, tenth round of the FIA World Rally Championship. They...

Sun July 17, 2005

Marcus second in Argentina Peugeot Marcus second in Argentina After a brilliant second leg of the Rally Argentina, where Marcus Gronholm seized the runner-up spot after a brave fight, he decided not to attempt mission impossible by winning the event. Instead he finished an excellent second, with his team mate Markko Martin sixth. The 11 con...

Petter crosses finish ramp in 3rd place WRC Petter crosses finish ramp in 3rd place Petter Solberg achieved a podium result on today's final Leg of Rally Argentina. The Norwegian was fastest on two of the day's five stages, and brought his Subaru Impreza WRC2005 over the finish ramp in third place to collect six Championship points and maintain his second ...

Armin scores first Argentine finish Skoda Armin scores first Argentine finish Armin Schwarz brought the Škoda Fabia WRC 05 home in 16th place to record his first ever finish on the Rally of Argentina. His overall result was affected when he lost more than 10 minutes with a broken strut mount on the opening day but on today’s classic stages of El Condor and...

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WRC Unofficial provisional makes points: @ 04:13 PM - 1 Citroen 96p 2 Peugeot 90p 3 Ford 62p 4 Subaru 54p 5 Mitsubishi 41p 6 Skoda 8p

WRC Unofficial provisional drivers points: @ 04:07 PM - 1 Loeb 75p 2 Solberg 48p 3 Grönholm 45p 4 Gardemeister 44p 5 Märtin 42p 6 Rovanperä 20p 7 Stohl 12p 8 Sainz 11p 9 Kresta 10p 10 H Solberg 9p

WRC RA SS20 - Loeb makes it 6 wins in a row @ 04:03 PM - Only 2 completely useless superspecials left that won't change the result. Unofficial provisional results after SS20: 1 Loeb 3h51m08s6 2 Grönholm +32s7 3 Solberg +1m02s3 4 Gardemeister +2m44s1 5 Rovanperä +2m51s9 6 Märtin +4m21s3 7 Duval +5m34s3 8 Stohl +5m46s6 9 Atkinson +6m00s1 10 Pons +8m20s8

WRC RA SS19 - Mina Clavero @ 03:23 PM - Unofficial provisional results after SS19: 1 Loeb 3h37m25s8 2 Grönholm +30s7 3 Solberg +1m08s3 4 Gardemeister +2m48s1 5 Rovanperä +2m56s4 6 Märtin +4m11s4 7 Duval +5m18s7 8 Stohl +5m45s4 9 Atkinson +5m57s2 10 Kresta +8m03s7

WRC RA SS18 - Famous El Condor stage @ 01:35 PM - Loeb wins stage. Pons passes Kresta for 10th. Rovanperä closes in on Gardemeister to only 5.9s for 4th. Unofficial provisional results after SS18: 1 Loeb 3h17m31s4 2 Grönholm +29s5 3 Solberg +1m03s4 4 Gardemeister +2m54s1 5 Rovanperä +3m 6 Märtin +3m56s9 7 Duval +5m06s5 8 Stohl +5m23s5 9 Atkinson +5m48s 10 Kresta +7m48s9

Sat July 16, 2005

Clean leg 2 run for Armin Skoda Clean leg 2 run for Armin After the second day of Rally Argentina Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team driver Armin Schwarz is holding 16th place in the Fabia WRC 05, his position largely determined by the 11 minutes he lost yesterday afternoon while having to drive four stages with a broken strut mounting....

Both OMV Xsaras in top 10 Citroen Both OMV Xsaras in top 10 The OMV World Rally Team (Citroen Xsara WRC) has passed the longest leg of the 25th Rally Argentina (162,34 km) with flying colours. Manfred Stohl, who had encountered two tyre damages and a spin in the morning achieved one sixth and one ninth overall time in the afternoon. Which...

Gronholm fights for podium Peugeot Gronholm fights for podium Marcus Gronholm has fought like a lion throughout the opening leg of the Rally Argentina, which made up almost 50% of the total competitive distance. Marcus finishes the leg third in his Peugeot 307 WRC, and has promised to push hard again tomorrow. An improved tyre choice for th...

Gardemeister leads Ford assault Ford Gardemeister leads Ford assault BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Toni Gardemeister and Jakke Honkanen and team-mates Roman Kresta and Jan Možný produced strong performances on today's opening leg of Rally Argentina. Gardemeister's consistent pace earned fourth in his Ford Focus RS World Rally Car while K...

Another unlucky event for Skoda Skoda Another unlucky event for Skoda The Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team endured a difficult opening day of Rally Argentina, round nine of the World Rally Championship. After ending last night’s superspecial stages in ninth place Jani Paasonen was forced to retire on SS5 and will not continue in the event. Team ma...

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WRC RA leg2 - Mud fighting end of day @ 09:14 PM - The day finished off with a stage with all the mud in all the wrong places. Märtin off with a dented door, Stohl and Gardemeister both collect suspension damage. Unofficial provisional results after leg2: 1 Loeb 3h03m45s9 2 Grönholm +26s6 3 Solberg +1m01s7 4 Gardemeister +2m46s2 5 Rovanperä +2m57s2 6 Märtin +3m48s5 7 Duval +4m38s7 8 Stohl +5m14s2 9 Atkinson +5m33s1 10 Kresta +7m18s9

WRC RA SS16 - Loeb keeps winning stages @ 08:23 PM - Unofficial provisional results after SS16: 1 Loeb 2h56m03s8 2 Grönholm +27s7 3 Solberg +46s1 4 Gardemeister +2m35s4 5 Rovanperä +2m51s4 6 Märtin +3m24s 7 Duval +4m19s1 8 Stohl +4m44s3 9 Atkinson +5m27s4 10 Kresta +6m56s5

WRC RA SS15 - Carlos Paz @ 07:56 PM - Unofficial provisional results after SS15: 1 Loeb 2h50m10s4 2 Grönholm +25s6 3 Solberg +38s7 4 Gardemeister +2m30s4 5 Rovanperä +2m50s9 6 Märtin +3m10s5 7 Duval +4m11s2 8 Stohl +4m36s8 9 Atkinson +5m22s2 10 Kresta +6m44s5

WRC RA SS14 - Hot battle for 2nd @ 04:43 PM - Gap only 1.3s after Grönholm wins stage. Unofficial provisional results after SS14: 1 Loeb 2h40m14s 2 Grönholm +25s2 3 Solberg +26s5 4 Gardemeister +2m19s5 5 Rovanperä +2m43s5 6 Märtin +2m49s6 7 Duval +4m00s9 8 Stohl +4m22s5 9 Atkinson +5m10s6 10 Kresta +6m21s7

Fri July 15, 2005

OMV make cautious start in Argentina Citroen OMV make cautious start in Argentina The OMV World Rally Team (Citroen Xsara WRC) was overwhelmed after the first two super stages on Thursday. More than 100.000 rally-fans crowded the Pro Racing-area close to Villa Carlos Paz. A further proof, after the sensational success of the Acropolis Rally, that the FIA World...

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WRC Shakedown photos @ 10:57 AM - Photos from Rally Argentina shakedown are now available by clicking here

Thu July 14, 2005

Paasonen to drive Tampere Rally Skoda Paasonen to drive Tampere Rally Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team driver Jani Paasonen/ Jani Vainikka will contest the Tampere Rally (last year Exide Rally), July 30, as part of the team’s final preparations for the following week’s Rally Finland, the 10th round of the 2005 World Rally Championship. The team co...

Wed July 13, 2005

307WRC Rally Argentina preview Peugeot 307WRC Rally Argentina preview After a sequence of four Mediterranean rallies, the ninth round of the 2005 calendar takes competitors to Argentina where Peugeot's two drivers know they have an excellent chance. Marcus Grönholm won this event outright in 2003, while Markko Märtin has also produced some top p...

Six WRC wins in a row for Loeb? Citroen Six WRC wins in a row for Loeb? The big question for this weekend's (14-17 July) round of the World Rally Championship is will the 1.5 million spectators who turn out for the Argentinean round of the WRC watch Sébastien Loeb take his sixth win in a row and set a new World record for consecutive wins. The ...

Tue July 12, 2005

First time for Fabia in Argentina Skoda First time for Fabia in Argentina As the second half of the 2005 World Rally Championship begins, the Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team will enter Armin Schwarz/Klaus Wicha and Jani Paasonen/Jani Vainikka for the ninth round Rally Argentina (July 14-17)....

Mitsu winter & watersplashes preview Mitsubishi Mitsu winter & watersplashes preview As the FIA World Rally Championship heads into the second half of its season, the heat of the Mediterranean summer is replaced by cold winter weather in the southern hemisphere. Rally Argentina was first held as recently as 1979 and draws on a rich motorsport tradition, using twi...

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