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Mon July 30, 2007

General Second asphalt test for Honda

Tue July 24, 2007

WRC The good old U-turn game

Mon July 23, 2007

Basso to replace Scandola IRC Basso to replace Scandola Italian Rally Championship leader Giandomenico Basso will replace Umberto Scandola for Abarth on the next round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, the Madeira Rally from August 2-4....

Fri July 20, 2007

Principe de Asturias joins IRC IRC Principe de Asturias joins IRC The well-known Principe de Asturias Rally in Spain will form part of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge from 2008. The three-year deal was announced today in Madrid and Oviedo by Jacques Behar, the chairman and CEO of Eurosport Events, which is the promoter of the IRC. Among...

Thu July 19, 2007

Ford to debut Focus 07 in Finland Ford Ford to debut Focus 07 in Finland Reigning FIA World Rally champion BP-Ford will strengthen its challenge for the 2007 manufacturers' and drivers' titles when the latest specification Focus RS World Rally Car makes its debut in Finland next month. The Focus RS WRC 07 features improvements in several key ar...

Sat July 14, 2007

SJJ scores a fine 11th in Russia Citroen SJJ scores a fine 11th in Russia Simon Jean-Joseph and Jack Boyère crowned their second competitive outing at the wheel of the Citroën C2-R2 with a fine 11th place on the inaugural Rally Russia....

Duval joins Kronos for Germany Citroen Duval joins Kronos for Germany Two drivers will compete for the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team at the “ADAC Rallye Germany”. Francois Duval has been nominated for the second Citroen Xsara WRC in time for the entry deadline. The chances for a top result at the tenth run to the FIA World Rally Championship ...

Alen takes victory in Russia IRC Alen takes victory in Russia Abarth Grande Punto driver Anton Alen has won the Rally Russia, round four of the IRC, taking eight wins from a total of 10 stages. The 24 year-old Finn enjoyed a reliable and trouble-free run to the finish, having led from SS2, with an eventual winning margin of more than two mi...

Fri July 13, 2007

IRC Russia, amazing and unique IRC IRC Russia, amazing and unique Day 1 of Rally Russia turned out really unique. The main battle was as expected between Fiat-Abarth and Peugeot, but all with curiosity. A new star is born in this series, as Markku Alen’s son Anton Alen dominates the event. But the first leader was Jimmy Joge. While Sweden’s Jim...

IRC RUS SS4 - Alen ahead of Joge


IRC RUS SS6 - bad stage for Peugeot @ 06:04 PM - Peugeot must start believing there is something about Friday 13th myth. Lying in strong 2nd, 3rd & 4th places, just 5.5s off the lead, Peugeot had a nightmare SS6. Jimmy Joge retired with a broken suspension while Nicolas Vouilloz and Enrique Garcia are both delayed with punctures, handing Alen a lead of over 1 and a half minutes (in IRC section only)! Dani Sola in the Honda Civic R3 is a strong 6th overall, while team mate Luca Betti also joined the retirement list with a broken sump. Positions after SS6: 1 - Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, 2 - Novikov/Chumak, Subaru, +0s1 3 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +1m34s; 4 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +s;

IRC RUS SS2 - Alen Maximum Attack @ 10:53 AM - Anton Alen wins stage by over 5sec and takes lead. Note how well Russian drivers are doing, 2 in top10, in A6 Jean-Joseph is also lead by a Russian in a similar car. Positions after SS2: 1 - Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, 2 - Joge/Andersson, Peugeot, +1s3; 3 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +9s; 4 - Travaglia/Granai, Mitsubishi, +11s; 5 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +13s9; 6 - Zhigunov/Teroganesiants, Mitsubishi, +18s6; 7 - Zimin/Zhivoglazov, Mitsubishi, +s; 8 - Cavigioli/Arena, Mitsubishi, +s; 9 - Sola/Sanchez, Honda, +s; 10 - Navarra/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +s

IRC RUS SS1 - Newcomer leads @ 10:40 AM - This should turn another interesting IRC event. Newcomer Jimmy Joge, Sweden, Peugeot, wins 1st stage, series leader Navarra/Fiat is 11th, half a minute down without a problem to report! Positions after SS1: 1 - Joge/Andersson, Peugeot, overallhms; 2 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +3s9; 3 - Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +4s5; 4 - Travaglia/Granai, Mitsubishi, +6s6; 5 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +7s1; 6 - Zhigunov/Teroganesiants, Mitsubishi, +7s4; 7 - Zimin/Zhivoglazov, Mitsubishi, +10s5; 8 - Lagunov/Grudina, Mitsubishi, +17s; 9 - Cavigioli/Arena, Mitsubishi, +s; 10 - Sola/Sanchez, Honda, +s; 11 - Navarra/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +24s7

IRC RUS SS3 - Alen extends lead @ 00:54 AM - Positions after SS3: 1 - Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, 2 - Joge/Andersson, Peugeot, +8s8; 3 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +20s3; 4 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +25s2; 5 - Cavigioli/Arena, Mitsubishi, +s; 6 - Sola/Sanchez, Honda, 1m01s6 7 - Zhigunov/Teroganesiants, Mitsubishi, +ms 8 - Navarra/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +1m17s5 9 - Zimin/Zhivoglazov, Mitsubishi, +s;

IRC RUS SS4 - Alen ahead of Joge @ 00:18 AM - Positions after SS4: 1 - Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, 2 - Joge/Andersson, Peugeot, +5s5; 3 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +s; 4 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +s; more here:

Wed July 11, 2007

IRC Honda Civic steps into new territory

Tue July 10, 2007

43 crews for IRC Russia IRC 43 crews for IRC Russia Forty-three IRC crews will take the start of the Rally Russia next weekend: the first truly international motor sport event to be held in Russia since the St Petersburg Grand Prix in 1914....

Alen looking forward to Russia IRC Alen looking forward to Russia Abarth driver Anton Alen cannot wait to get back behind the wheel of the Grande Punto after a long wait since the Rally of Turkey. The 23 year-old up-and-coming Finn – whose father is rally legend Markku Alen – is contesting all the gravel rounds of the IRC this year....

First Motorsport considering options Skoda First Motorsport considering options First Motorsport are considering their options after Francois Duval announced his split with the Belgian team. Team boss Willy Collignon told "We are looking what we can do in the future; we wait for some news about sponsorship and we decide if we continue with th...

Mon July 9, 2007

Jean-Joseph in Tsar territory IRC Jean-Joseph in Tsar territory Simon Jean-Joseph and his co-driver Jack Boyère are poised to be part of motor sport history when they compete in the inaugural Rally Russia at the wheel of their Citroën Sport-run Citroën C2-R2....

Sat July 7, 2007

Duval and First-Skoda split Skoda Duval and First-Skoda split In a short statement on his personal website, Francois Duval has confirmed his short-lived 2007 programme with First Motorsport Skoda has terminated. Duval only took the start at the Acropolis Rally in Greece after funding problems hindered the start of his season....

Thu July 5, 2007


WRC FIA proving flexible @ 10:36 PM - It looks like in the very last minute the FIA has agreed that N-GT cars can start at the WRC round10, Rallye Deutschland. Tho Rallye Deutschland has a new attraction for the WRC! Several N-GT Porsches form part of the German championship, and Rallye Deutschland is also part of the German Championship. For the late agreement to the coup, only 2 N-GT Porsche 911 GT2 will start, as it looks at the moment. But rest assured that these noisy RWD cars will be a real spectacle, a highlight in the entry field!

Mon July 2, 2007

Ford sign deal with Abu Dhabi Ford Ford sign deal with Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi, July 2, 2007 - BP-Ford World Rally Team has strengthened its FIA World Rally Championship title challenge by agreeing a new partnership with the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA). The agreement announced this morning in the Middle East will provide a significant boo...

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