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Thu July 31, 2008

Scandola ready for Madeiran challenge IRC Scandola ready for Madeiran challenge Italian driver Umberto Scandola (pictured), who has been drafted in at the last minute to replace the illness-hit Anton Alen, says he is ready for the challenge of competing on the Madeira Rally....

Civic ready to fly in Finland WRC Civic ready to fly in Finland Guy Wilks and the Honda Civic Type R R3 will take on the fastest and most spectacular rally in the world next weekend, when they start Rally Finland, formerly known as the 'Rally of the Thousand Lakes'...

WRC Conrad Rautenbach in Finland

IRC Madeira TV Times

IRC Rally Madeira: Preview

NEWS JUST IN

IRC P.VM SS1 - Vouilloz likes the Prominade @ 10:20 PM - The Rali Vinho Madeira kicked off with a short but very spectacular Sea Promenade stage in the island's capital Funchal. 30,000 spectators whitnessed Vouilloz winning the stage. Positions after SS1: 1st= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 1m33s3; 2nd= Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +1s5; 3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +1s7; 4th= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +1s8; 5th= Tirabassi/Gordon, Peugeot, +2s; 6th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +2s8; 7th= Fontes/Costa, Fiat Abarth, +2s9; 8th= Pascoal/Duarte, Peugeot, +3s; 9th= Solowow/Baran, Peugeot, +3s4; 10th= Scandola/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +3s5

Wed July 30, 2008

Alen ruled out of Madeira by virus IRC Alen ruled out of Madeira by virus Abarth driver Anton Alen (pictured) has been forced to pull out of this weekend´s Madeira Rally after being struck down with a virus. The Finn will be replaced on the event by Umberto Scandola, who drives for Abarth on the Italian Rally Championship....

Mon July 28, 2008

IRC Betti looking forward to Madeira

Sun July 27, 2008

Valousek wins Czech BFG drive IRC Valousek wins Czech BFG drive Czech driver Pavel Valousek, aged 29, has been chosen to drive the BFGoodrich-backed Peugeot 207 S2000 on the Barum Rally Zlin in the Czech Republic, the sixth round of the IRC from August 22-24....

Sat July 26, 2008

Rossetti aims to reclaim lead IRC Rossetti aims to reclaim lead Peugeot Italy driver Luca Rossetti, who currently leads the IRC series jointly with Nicolas Vouilloz on 26 points, is aiming to re-etablish his advantage at the head of the IRC leaderboard. Rossetti won the opening two rallies of the IRC season, in Turkey and Portugal, but was...

Fri July 25, 2008

Loeb hopes to tick Finland off his list Citroen Loeb hopes to tick Finland off his list The second half of this year's World Rally Championship kicks off with the former 'Great Race' of Jyväskylä', later known as the 1000 Lakes Rally from 1954 until 1996, and now officially called the Rally Finland. Citroën Total has entered two C4 WRCs for this year&#...

New evolution Suzuki debuts in Finland Suzuki New evolution Suzuki debuts in Finland Of the rallies that make up the FIA World Rally Championship, Finland has the most fearsome reputation of them all. The Jyvaskyla-based event - which is a true legend in the rallying world - is easily the fastest rally of the year, with compact gravel roads that are as quick a...

Subaru aiming for progress in Finland Subaru Subaru aiming for progress in Finland After a six week break, Rally Finland heralds the return of the 2008 World Rally Championship with a bang. One of the most renowned events in the calendar, the Jyvaskyla-based rally is a heady mix of flat-out straights, huge jumps that send cars airborne, and maximum commitment c...

Stobart aim to fly high in Finland Ford Stobart aim to fly high in Finland Round nine of the FIA World Rally Championship gets underway next Thursday when the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team heads to Scandinavia for the Neste Oil Rally Finland. Currently fourth in the Manufacturers’ Championship the Stobart squad will be looking for some solid result...

Ford's Finns look for home victory Ford Ford's Finns look for home victory Two Finnish pairings, one of which leads the drivers' standings in the FIA World Rally Championship, eager to claim a maiden victory on their home rally and one of the sport's classic fixtures, competing for a team that leads the manufacturers' title race – the scene is ...

Thu July 24, 2008

Basso upbeat for Madeira IRC Basso upbeat for Madeira Last year’s Rally Madeira winner, Giandomenico Basso, is feeling confident that his Abarth team can improve its performance heading into this year’s event, following a strong run on the Rally Russia. On the Russian event, the two Abarths of Anton Alen and Basso finished second...

Madeira Curiosities IRC Madeira Curiosities Again, small island could have us confused with surnames - tempting to say incest, but that would be mean. And I actually do have dear friends there and I love the island, so no offense please. But it is so funny how only 3 surnames seem to be existing on Madeira. José Camacho th...

Wed July 23, 2008

66 entries for Madeira IRC 66 entries for Madeira The Madeira Rally, which is the next round of the IRC from August 1-2, will have a total of 66 entries consisting of the top IRC stars as well as many strong local challengers....

Skoda set for IRC 2009? Skoda Skoda set for IRC 2009? Skoda look set to register for the 2009 IRC after bosses from the Czech manufacturer visited the Ypres Rally two weeks ago for discussions with series promoter Eurosport Events. The firm's Fabia S2000 has been undergoing heavy development testing in recent months in the hands ...

Tue July 22, 2008

Hanninen aims for more IRC IRC Hanninen aims for more IRC Finn Juho Hanninen, who won the latest IRC round in Russia by leading from start to finish, is hoping to compete on some more IRC rounds this year, having enjoyed his very first taste of Super 2000 machinery. Hanninen’s full-time programme is the Production Car World Rally Cha...

Mon July 21, 2008

24 drivers compete for Barum 207 IRC 24 drivers compete for Barum 207 A total of 24 applications have been received from crews wishing to drive the BFGoodrich Drivers’ Team Peugeot 207 S2000 on the forthcoming Barum Rally Zlin (August 22-24). A secret ballot will take place on July 24 in Prague to select the crew that will be given the opportuni...

Sun July 20, 2008

San Remo to feature 59km stage IRC San Remo to feature 59km stage The Sanremo Rally in Italy, which will run as round eight of the IRC from 25-27 September, has revealed a special route to mark its 50th anniversary. As usual it will run entirely on asphalt through the mountains surrounding the Italian coastal resort. In total there will be 12...

Thu July 17, 2008

Fabia S2000 set for Barum debut Skoda Fabia S2000 set for Barum debut According to sources in the Czech Republic, Skoda's new Fabia S2000 will make it's debut on August's Barum Rally. The bumpy asphalt roads around the host city of Zlin form the 6th round of this year's IRC, running from 22nd-23rd August. It is likely that the Fabia'...

Sat July 12, 2008

Kopecky finishes Russia in 6th place IRC Kopecky finishes Russia in 6th place Crews battling for points in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge have ventured into Russia, where on the gravel roads they went head to head in the fourth race of the IRC series. The Czech crew Jan Kopecký-Filip Starý with their Peugeot 207 S2000 under the colors of Motorsport K...

Rally Russia: Final quotes & positions IRC Rally Russia: Final quotes & positions Flying Finn Juho Hanninen has won the Rally Russia commandingly by more than two minutes on his debut in a Super 2000 car. Despite having only tested his Peugeot 207 S2000 for 60 kilometres prior to the start of the event, he took the lead from the very first stage and held it...

Strong run for Wilks in Russia IRC Strong run for Wilks in Russia Englishman Guy Wilks enjoyed an excellent Intercontinental Rally Challenge debut on the all-gravel Rally Russia, holding a comfortable top-10 position before retiring with just two stages to go as a result of a transmission-related failure....

Guest driver saves Peugeot's day IRC Guest driver saves Peugeot's day Leg2 more than confirmed the sensation we whitnessed on the opening day. Anton Alen, 25 year old son to rally legend Markku Alen, won the Rally Russia last year. But on this web site we tipped several times another Finnish newcomer Juho Hänninen and 17 year old Russian Evgeney No...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC RUS SS11 - Novikov loses time @ 11:12 AM - This very short stage could be crucial for Novikov, as he lost time and is now under heavy pressure of Alen. Kopecky won this stage. Mironov out. One very hard, long stage to go. Positions after SS11: 1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Peugeot, 2h02m05s7; 2nd= Novikov/Moscatt, Subaru, +1m43s8; 3rd= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +2m00s3; 4th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +2m27s3; 5th= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +2m54s5; 6th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +4m44s5; 7th= Kopecky/Stary, Peugeot, +5m50s3; 8th= Tirabassi/Gordon, Peugeot, +7m01s1; 9th= Jean-Joseph/Boyère, Citroen, +9m31s3; 10th= Antropov/Sharipov, Mitsubishi, +15m49s8

IRC RUS SS10 - Basso wins stage... @ 08:12 AM - ...and consolidates 4th place, which was under threat from Loix. Zheludov/Subaru retires from top10. Positions after SS10: 1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Peugeot, 1h55m22s; 2nd= Novikov/Moscatt, Subaru, +1m09s5; 3rd= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +1m57s4; 4th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +2m21s9; 5th= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +2m54s2; 6th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +4m37s7; 7th= Kopecky/Stary, Peugeot, +5m54s2; 8th= Tirabassi/Gordon, Peugeot, +6m46s7; 9th= Jean-Joseph/Boyère, Citroen, +8m55s5; 10th= Mironov/Denisov, Mitsubishi, +11m52s

IRC RUS SS9 - no change on short stage @ 07:59 AM - SS9 Perevoznoe was a short stage en route to yesterday's stage area. Although Hänninen was only 5th quickest, he is less than 8sec from the winning time. However Kopecky drops half a min, souprallier Wilks drops over 1min. Positions after SS9: 1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Peugeot, 1h43m18s3; 2nd= Novikov/Moscatt, Subaru, +59s6; 3rd= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +1m51s1; 4th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +2m23s; 5th= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +2m44s3; 6th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +4m29s6; 7th= Kopecky/Stary, Peugeot, +5m29s8; 8th= Tirabassi/Gordon, Peugeot, +6m19s8; 9th= Jean-Joseph/Boyère, Citroen, +8m03s; 10th= Zheludov/Kolomeytzeva, Subaru, +11m52s

IRC RUS end - Novikov out on last stage! @ 00:29 AM - Juho Hänninen takes sensational win for Peugeot! Poor 17years old Evgeny Novikov's Subaru retires from 2nd place on very last stage! Full results and championship tables in the according sections soon.

Fri July 11, 2008

Hanninen extends lead in Russia IRC Hanninen extends lead in Russia Juho Hanninen has stretched his lead of the Rally Russia to nearly two minutes, with just four stages left to run during the final leg tomorrow. The action was once more split into two loops of two stages, containing some of the longest – and roughest – stages of the rally. De...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC RUS leg2 - Hänninen by a minute @ 01:52 PM - Sadly in the last stage of the day Wilks/Honda and Vertunov/Subaru joined Meeke/Renault, Sola/Fiat and Auriol/Fiat on the retirement list. Hänninen set extremely impressive times in this loop. Positions after leg2: 1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Peugeot, 1h36m26s; 2nd= Novikov/Moscatt, Subaru, +1m01s; 3rd= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +1m54s1; 4th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +2m27s4; 5th= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +2m51s9; 6th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +4m28s8; 7th= Kopecky/Stary, Peugeot, +5m02s2; 8th= Tirabassi/Gordon, Peugeot, +6m06s8; 9th= Jean-Joseph/Boyère, Citroen, +7m35s3; 10th= Zheludov/Kolomeytzeva, Subaru, +11m51s6

IRC RUS SS6 - Crazy time by Novikov @ 08:41 AM - In long SS6 Topolki stunning stage win by 17 year old Novikov, Alen also moves up, Kopecky lost 4 minutes, Russian champ Zhigunov out. Positions after SS6: 1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Peugeot, 1h02m45s2; 2nd= Novikov/Moscatt, Subaru, +31s3; 3rd= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +59s7; 4th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +1m04s; 5th= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +1m11s3; 6th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +1m31s; 7th= Vertunov/Troshkin, Subaru, +2m36s2; 8th= Tirabassi/Gordon, Peugeot, +3m45s8; 9th= Gavrilov/Zinoviev, Subaru, +3m50s; 10th= Wilks/Moynihan, Honda, +3m53s3

IRC RUS SS5 - Basso loses 2nd @ 08:32 AM - New day starts with another 1-2 stage time for the Finns Hänninen-Alen. Young Evgeny Novikov moves up to 3rd. Positions after SS5: 1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Peugeot, 46m00s3; 2nd= Kopecky/Stary, Peugeot, +33s; 3rd= Novikov/Moscatt, Subaru, +49s8; 4th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +54s8; 5th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +58s; 6th= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +1m10s3; 7th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +1m11s6; 8th= Zhigunov/Ter-Oganesiants, Mitsubishi, +1m44s9; 9th= Vertunov/Trishin, Subaru, +1m58s3; 10th= Zheludov/Kolomeytzeva, Mitsubishi, +2m02s9

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