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Sat July 31, 2010

Proton dominate day1 in Queensland General Proton dominate day1 in Queensland The PROTON R3 Rally Team enjoyed a day of near-dominance on the opening day of the International Rally of Queensland, round four of the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship. ...

Ford's records on Rally Finland Ford Ford's records on Rally Finland Ford's Flying Finns scoop top honours in Rally Finland...

Ford Latvala enters record books

Fri July 30, 2010

Loeb & Ogier well placed after leg one Citroen Loeb & Ogier well placed after leg one The first day of Rally Finland was the theatre of a thrilling battle between the best six drivers in the world championship. With its two C4 WRCs in third and fourth places, the Citroën Total World Rally Team achieved the best overall team result. Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ing...

Solid start for Citroen Junior Team Citroen Solid start for Citroen Junior Team The first half of the Rally Finland has gone perfectly to plan for the Citroën Junior Team. Dani Sordo and Marc Marti are fifth overall, having set a fastest stage time in the land of the 1000 lakes. Kimi Räikkönen and Kaj Lindström are currently eigth. A long day of 162 compet...

Wilson leads Stobart charge Ford Wilson leads Stobart charge Britain’s Matthew Wilson and Finland’s Juha Kankkunen lead the way for the Stobart M-Sport Ford Rally Team as they lie in sixth and seventh position at the end of Neste Oil Rally Finland’s opening eleven stages....

Latvala leads home event after leg one Ford Latvala leads home event after leg one Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila lead Rally Finland for the BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team after today's dramatic opening leg. The Finnish duo delighted their home fans by winning three speed tests to build a 9.1sec advantage in their Ford Focus RS World Rally Car. ...

Wed July 28, 2010

iRally: best rally App – and it’s FREE General iRally: best rally App – and it’s FREE iRally, the new independent, free application bringing all the latest rally news to the iPhone is celebrating a hugely successful start. iRally has delivered news and results to fans of the FIA World Rally Championship and the Intercontinental Rally Challenge since January, and h...

Tue July 27, 2010

Mini confirms WRC programme with Prodrive WRC Mini confirms WRC programme with Prodrive MINI is making a comeback on the international rally circuit. From 2011, the brand will compete at selected rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) and will go on to contest the entire season from 2012 onwards. This involvement is planned for several years....

Wittmann enters WRC Germany as Barum test Peugeot Wittmann enters WRC Germany as Barum test Since this year’s IRC assignment of the Interwetten Racing Team with Franz Wittmann/ Klaus Wicha in the Peugeot 207 S2000 hasn’t been satisfying so far due to the retirements by accident in Monte Carlo, Grand Canary and Sardinia and the subsequent absence from Ypres and the Azore...

Raikkonen ready for rollacoaster Finland Citroen Raikkonen ready for rollacoaster Finland Question: what do Finland's Kimi Raikkonen and America's Mike Powell have in common? Answer: both of them are experts at the long jump. Powell, born in Pennsylvania, broke Bob Beamon's 23-year-old long jump record at the 1991 Tokyo World Athletics Championship...

Sandell & Hanninen ready for Finland Skoda Sandell & Hanninen ready for Finland Super 2000 World Rally Championship frontrunner Patrik Sandell, driving a Skoda Fabia S2000 backed by Red Bull, is looking forward to the Rally Finland this weekend: the fastest and most spectacular event of them all....

Mon July 26, 2010

Basso's Madeira hopes not over Fiat Basso's Madeira hopes not over Giandomenico Basso's hopes of starting Rally Vinho Madiera, 8th round of the 2010 IRC, are not yet over despite a budget shortfall of around 15,000 Euros. According to Portuguese sources, the organisers are trying to persuade the local Fiat importer to make up for the budget ...

Monte Carlo decision delights Meeke IRC Monte Carlo decision delights Meeke Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion Kris Meeke says the decision of the Automobile Club de Monaco to continue its relationship with the IRC for a third season is "great news" for the Eurosport Events-promoted series....

Sun July 25, 2010

PROTON looks forward to Queensland General PROTON looks forward to Queensland The PROTON R3 Rally Team is gearing up for what's likely to be one of the biggest weekend's of the season, when native Queenslander Chris Atkinson, Australia's fastest and most successful rally driver, takes on all-comers in Malaysia's fastest rally car: the Satri...

Fri July 23, 2010

Hirvonen plans double celebration in Finland Ford Hirvonen plans double celebration in Finland Birthday boy Mikko Hirvonen and co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen will defend Ford's Rally Finland (29 - 31 July) title next week in one of the shortest FIA World Rally Championship events in history. Since the WRC's launch in 1973, only one rally has scheduled fewer competitive ...

Kankkunen joins Stobart for Finland Ford Kankkunen joins Stobart for Finland The Stobart M-Sport Ford Rally Team will welcome four-time FIA World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen to the Cumbria-based squad at Neste Oil Rally Finland next week....

Sordo joins Raikkonen at CJT for Finland Citroen Sordo joins Raikkonen at CJT for Finland Following the asphalt of Bulgaria, the FIA World Rally Championship gets back to gravel with the legendary Rally Finland. For the first time this year, Dani Sordo and Marc Marti will drive for the Citroën Junior Team. The team’s second Citroën C4 WRC will be in the hands of Kim...

2-Seb Citroen ready for Rally Finland Citroen 2-Seb Citroen ready for Rally Finland Three weeks after winning the Bulgarian Rally which was on the world championship calendar for the first time, the Citroën Total World Rally Team is preparing for an outing on more familiar territory, that of the mythic Rally Finland. In the land of 1000 Lakes, the C4 WRCs will...

Finland fires up Fiesta S2000 crews Ford Finland fires up Fiesta S2000 crews Eight Ford Fiesta Super 2000 crews will next week contest the most hotly anticipated event on the FIA World Rally Championship calendar – Rally Finland....

Thu July 22, 2010

Meeke takes well-earned 2nd on Acores Peugeot Meeke takes well-earned 2nd on Acores Peugeot scored a dramatic one-two in this weekend's SATA Rally Azores, the seventh round of this year's Intercontinental Rally Championship (IRC)....

Raikkonen gets to grips with Finnish gravel Citroen Raikkonen gets to grips with Finnish gravel Red Bull driver Kimi Raikkonen has enjoyed a successful two-day test close to Jyvaskyla, a week before starting his first Rally Finland at the wheel of the Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC....

Wed July 21, 2010

Podium keeps title hopes alive says Meeke Peugeot Podium keeps title hopes alive says Meeke Kris Meeke says his second-place finish on Sata Rallye Açores last weekend has kept alive his hopes of defending his Intercontinental Rally Challenge title....

Mikkelsen takes positives from Azores Ford Mikkelsen takes positives from Azores Andreas Mikkelsen says he was able to take several positives from Sata Rallye Açores, despite a troubled finale to the demanding gravel event. Mikkelsen took his M-Sport Ford Fiesta S2000 to fourth overall – the second event in a row that he has scored IRC drivers’ points – o...

Tue July 20, 2010

A sensational 1-2 for the 207 S2000 Peugeot A sensational 1-2 for the 207 S2000 The dramatic final day of the 2010 Rallye Açores saw Peugeot Portugal's Bruno Magalhaès take the win ahead of Peugeot UK driver Kris Meeke. The result hands the 207 S2000 its first one-two finish of the 2010 IRC campaign....

Loix to compete on three more IRC events Skoda Loix to compete on three more IRC events Freddy Loix will contest three more rounds of this year's Intercontinental Rally Challenge. The winner of last month's Geko Ypres Rally will enter the events in Madeira, Zlin (Czech Republic) and Sanremo (Italy) in a Skoda Fabia Super 2000 Facelift run by the Belgian Rene...

Mon July 19, 2010

Rallye Monte Carlo to stay in IRC for 2011 IRC Rallye Monte Carlo to stay in IRC for 2011 The 79th Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo will form the opening round of next year’s Intercontinental Rally Challenge, organiser the Automobile Club de Monaco has confirmed....

Citroen retain Loeb & Ogier for 2011 Citroen Citroen retain Loeb & Ogier for 2011 Sébastien Loeb will again compete in the 2011 FIA World Rally Championship with Citroën Racing for which he has driven since 2001. The team has also renewed its confidence in Sébastien Ogier for the next three seasons. The 2011 FIA World Rally Championship will mark a turning ...

Sun July 18, 2010

First Colin McRae trophy goes to Magalhaes Peugeot First Colin McRae trophy goes to Magalhaes Magalhaes was handed the prestigious award by a panel of judges consisting of IRC's Motorsport Development Manager Jean-Pierre Nicolas, Gilbert Roy, Eurosport Events' Director of Editorial and Programme Development, and Colin's father Jim McRae....

Final day frustration for Skoda on Azores Skoda Final day frustration for Skoda on Azores A great show all over the three days of the seventh event of this year's Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) that went so well for both Škoda Motorsport crews turned upside down in the last two special stages....

Sat July 17, 2010

Magalhaes lands dramatic Azores victory IRC Magalhaes lands dramatic Azores victory Bruno Magalhães has claimed his first victory in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge following a thrilling finish to Sata Rally Acores today (Saturday)....

NEWS JUST IN

IRC Magalhaes takes Azores win! @ 10:43 PM - Bruno Magalhaes won Rally Azores after Jan Kopecky crashed on the final stage of the event. Kris Meeke finished 2nd and Hanninen 3rd after a puncture.

IRC P/AC end - Victory for Magalhaes!!!! @ 06:47 PM - In yet another amazing twist Kopecky crashed out of the lead! It was a 22km stage and in the splits Magalhaes had halfed his gap, then Kopecky tried too hard and went off. Wow, anybody who would have betted on a Peugeot 1-2 two stages from the finish would have been declared insane! End results (after SS18):
1st= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, 2h34m00s4;
2nd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m00s1;
3rd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +1m20s7;
4th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +4m45s6;
5th= Moura/Eiro, Mitsubishi, +5m22s;
6th= Pascoal/Castro, Peugeot, +8m58s7;
7th= Vale/Medeiros, Mitsubishi, +10m55s3;
8th= Silva/Leal, Subaru, +12m54s5;
9th= Carmo/Reis, Mitsubishi, +14m23s6;
10th= Sousa/da Silva, Ford, +15m09s8

IRC P/AC SS18 - Drama for Hänninen! @ 06:39 PM - Hänninen has a puncture and loses his secure victory on the penultimate stage! At the same time strong stage for Kopecky, who moves from 3rd to 1st in one go. Meeke now 3rd ahead of Hänninen. Sousa loses time with his SS17 accident damage. Mikkelsen has power steering problems. Last stage leaders gap is 6.4s for 22km! Results after SS18:
1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 2h15m11s1;
2nd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +6s4;
3rd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m13s9;
4th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +1m32s1;
5th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +2m11s6;
6th= Moura/Eiro, Mitsubishi, +4m56s1;
7th= Pascoal/Castro, Peugeot, +8m33s4;
8th= Vale/Medeiros, Mitsubishi, +9m41s1;
9th= Sousa/da Silva, Ford, +10m29s2;
10th= Silva/Leal, Subaru, +11m05s6

IRC P/AC SS17 - Still hot fight @ 06:06 PM - Hänninen-Kopecky-Magalhaes in this order within 1.1s in this stage! Kopecky very close to Magalhaes now, is this to be another Skoda 1-2? Sousa lost 2min with a spin and rear corner impact. Results after SS17:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 1h59m18s6;
2nd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +21s;
3rd= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +22s3;
4th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m16s5;
5th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +1m30s3;
6th= Sousa/da Silva, Ford, +3m47s;
7th= Moura/Eiro, Mitsubishi, +4m36s1;
8th= Pascoal/Castro, Peugeot, +8m04s5;
9th= Vale/Medeiros, Mitsubishi, +8m42s3;
10th= Silva/Leal, Subaru, +9m28s1

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