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Fri July 19, 2013

Preview Sibiu Rally Romania IRC Preview Sibiu Rally Romania There's no time to rest in the all-action FIA European Rally Championship. Less than a month after Belgium's Geko Ypres Rally brought the curtain down on the first half of the season, the chase for on-stage success resumes with the Sibiu Rally in Romania from 25-27 July. ...

Thu July 18, 2013

ERC leader Kopecky goes racing Skoda ERC leader Kopecky goes racing Not only did Jan Kopecký race to victory on last week’s Czech championship Rally Bohemia, he has also been demonstrating his talents behind the wheel at the famous Goodwood Race Circuit in the United Kingdom. ...

Taylor hopes for more luck in ERC Citroen Taylor hopes for more luck in ERC Molly Taylor will resume her bid for the FIA ERC Ladies’ Trophy on next week’s Sibiu Rally hoping for a change of fortune. ...

ERC-bound Fiesta R5 flies on debut Ford ERC-bound Fiesta R5 flies on debut M-Sport’s Ford Fiesta R5, which along with the Peugeot 208 T16, is helping to form part of the FIA European Rally Championship’s exciting future, has proved an instant hit. ...

Qualifying stage to spice up Sibiu IRC Qualifying stage to spice up Sibiu Priority drivers contesting round seven of the FIA European Rally Championship will take part in a Qualifying Stage to help determine the start order for the leg one of the Sibiu Rally. ...

Record breaking entry for Sibiu IRC Record breaking entry for Sibiu Sibiu Rally organisers have attracted a record-breaking entry for round seven of the FIA European Rally Championship. A total of 68 crews – two less than the 70-car capacity – have registered for the exciting event in Romania, which uses a mixture of gravel and asphalt stages – i...

Tue July 16, 2013

Pirelli and Scandola win San Marino General Pirelli and Scandola win San Marino Skoda Italia driver Umberto Scandola has won the San Marino Rally, the latest round of the Italian Rally Championship, to lead home a Pirelli one-two-three. Giandomenico Basso finished second after a battle that lasted from start to finish, while Mauro Trentin was third. The rall...

Porec SSS to be a Croatia Rally highlight IRC Porec SSS to be a Croatia Rally highlight An exciting two-by-two superspecial stage based in host town Poreč will be one of the highlights of the Croatia Rally, organisers have confirmed. ...

Breen stars on 2 wheels and airwaves IRC Breen stars on 2 wheels and airwaves FIA European Rally Championship podium finisher Craig Breen (right) has been keeping busy since his dramatic capture of third place on the recent Geko Ypres Rally. ...

Exciting Sibiu Rally in store IRC Exciting Sibiu Rally in store Entries for the Sibiu Rally, round seven of the FIA European Rally Championship, closed yesterday with organisers receiving more than 50 registrations between the international and national events. ...

Sun July 14, 2013

VW with star drivers at Goodwood General VW with star drivers at Goodwood A galaxy of stars and a first at the 20th Goodwood Festival of Speed: Volkswagen was represented by the Polo R WRC at the iconic motorsport event in the county of West Sussex in the south of England....

Lappi victory fires APRC title fight Skoda Lappi victory fires APRC title fight Esapekka Lappi has moved back into the lead of the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship by winning the International Rally of Queensland today (Sunday). The 22-year-old from Finland, co-driven by Janne Ferm, claimed a commanding victory, his second of 2013, with Australian Simon K...

Skoda secures Bohemia Rally win Skoda Skoda secures Bohemia Rally win ŠKODA is celebrating victory on its home ground. Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler in a factory Fabia Super 2000 have won the Bohemia Rally to convert their third appearance in this year´s Czech Championship into a third victory....

Skoda MRF win in Queensland Skoda Skoda MRF win in Queensland The newly formed team ŠKODA MRF has dominated in the third round of this year’s Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC). Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm in a ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 secured the International Rally of Queensland in Australia by a big margin....

ERC champ secures manufacturer chance General ERC champ secures manufacturer chance Juho Hänninen, the winner of the FIA European Rally Championship in 2012, has landed a prestigious testing contract with car manufacturer Hyundai, which is gearing up for a return to the world championship in 2014 with its all-new i20 WRC. ...

ERC & Eurosport great combo says Meeke IRC ERC & Eurosport great combo says Meeke Leading international rally driver Kris Meeke used his appearance in Peugeot’s 208 T16 course car on round six of the FIA European Rally Championship in Ypres last month to praise Eurosport’s coverage of the series. ...

Fri July 12, 2013

A drive in Henry Ford own 1901 race car General A drive in Henry Ford own 1901 race car Ford Racing, in partnership with The Henry Ford Museum, gave NASCAR star Carl Edwards the chance to drive the historic 1901 Sweepstakes, driven by Henry Ford in his one and only race. Edwards drove the car around the grounds of Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford, under the g...

Foust and Fiesta ST on Nürburgring Ford Foust and Fiesta ST on Nürburgring Ford Global Rallycross Championship driver Tanner Foust took on the legendary Nurburgring Nordschleife in a Ford Fiesta ST road car before the recent Global Rallycross Championship round in Munich. ...

Fiesta ST top5 lock out in Hampshire GRC Ford Fiesta ST top5 lock out in Hampshire GRC Ford filled the top five places in the fourth round of the Global Rallycross Championship in New Hampshire, United States, last night with Fiesta ST. Highlights of the competition were: ...

Evans returns home for testing chance Ford Evans returns home for testing chance Welshman, Elfyn Evans will return to his homeland to compete on the Nicky Grist Stages this weekend in the new Ford Fiesta R5. ...

Mon July 8, 2013

Kopecky looks to win Bohemia Rally Skoda Kopecky looks to win Bohemia Rally After winning the Hustopeče Rally, ŠKODA Motorsport´s Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (factory crew) are looking to win also the Bohemia Rally. Taking place in the surroundings of Mladá Boleslav, the place of the brand´s head office and the very heart of ŠKODA, the 40th Bohemia Ra...

Skoda wants success in Australia too Skoda Skoda wants success in Australia too With two victories from two races in the bag, the factory supported ŠKODA MRF team goes into the Queensland Rally in Australia (12-14 July) as the hot favourites. ŠKODA pairings Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (Finland) and Gaurav Gill/Glenn Macneall (India/New Zealand) want to continu...

Hänninen named as one Hyundai driver General Hänninen named as one Hyundai driver Hyundai Motorsport has today announced Finnish driver Juho Hänninen as one of the team’s test drivers for 2013, ending weeks of speculation over the mystery man behind the wheel of the Hyundai i20 WRC in May. Hyundai Motorsport has been building up its new operation from scrat...

Fri July 5, 2013

New Michelin tyre praised after debut IRC New Michelin tyre praised after debut MICHELIN’s PILOT Sport R asphalt tyre has been praised after Freddy Loix claimed a debut victory with the new tyre on last week’s Geko Ypres Rally, round six of the FIA European Rally Championship. ...

ERC focus switches to Sibiu IRC ERC focus switches to Sibiu With the dust still settling on another action-packed Geko Ypres Rally, the focus is now turning to the Sibiu Rally in Romania, round seven of the FIA European Rally Championship. ...

Loix & Wiegand for Skoda at Goodwood Skoda Loix & Wiegand for Skoda at Goodwood Freddy Loix and Sepp Wiegand will star for ŠKODA at the Goodwood Festival of Speed – driving a pair of factory-prepared Fabia S2000s on the Forest Rally Stage and Hillclimb. Fresh from his record-extending eighth victory on the Ypres Rally (and his third in a Fabia S2000) 42-y...

a second home run for Hollywood Citroen a second home run for Hollywood Of course he’s Norwegian rather than Swedish, but the rallycross round at Holjes this weekend is definitely like a second home for the 2003 World Rally Champion, as the Petter Solberg RX Team is based in Sweden – specifically in Torsby – and his wife Pernilla and her family are f...

Vatanen wants to Max ERC experience IRC Vatanen wants to Max ERC experience Max Vatanen hopes his FIA European Rally Championship debut in Belgium last week won’t be his last in the all-action series. ...

Thu July 4, 2013

Drivers back first asphalt qualifying IRC Drivers back first asphalt qualifying Leading drivers have come out in favour of the FIA European Rally Championship’s first Qualifying Stage to run on asphalt. ...

New R5 makes huge impact on ERC IRC New R5 makes huge impact on ERC Fans attending last week’s Geko Ypres Rally, round six of the FIA European Rally Championship, were treated to a glimpse of the sport’s future when M-Sport and Peugeot Sport ran their all-new R5 challengers as course cars on the asphalt event. ...

Pikes Peak winning 208 to Goodwood Peugeot Pikes Peak winning 208 to Goodwood The Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak car was driven to success by nine-times World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb to convincingly win the 91st Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with a stunning time of just 8 minutes, 13.878 seconds over its 12.42 mile course that includes 156 turns an...

Wed July 3, 2013

Neuville praises M-Sport's Fiesta R5 Ford Neuville praises M-Sport's Fiesta R5 Having driven M-Sport's Ford Fiesta R5 at the head of the field on last weekend's Geko Ypres Rally, Thierry Neuville was full of praise for the company's latest challenger after completing all 19 stages as part of the FIA European Rally Championship. ...

Fiesta R5 story starts proper Ford Fiesta R5 story starts proper Coinciding with the homologation date (1 July 2013), M-Sport's first crop of Ford Fiesta R5s left the firm's Cumbrian base bound for the first customers and the model's first taste of competition. ...

Heikkinen gets gold at X-games Ford Heikkinen gets gold at X-games A victory by Toomas Heikkinen in the second of two Global Rallycross (GRC) events at X Games Munich on Sunday helped Ford Fiesta ST earn four of six X Games medals this weekend. For Heikkinen, it was his first gold medal and his third podium in GRC this season. The Bluebeam Ol...

Block takes silver at X-games Ford Block takes silver at X-games A second place finish by Ken Block in the first of two Global Rallycross (GRC) events at X Games Munich helped Ford Fiesta ST get off to a strong start this weekend. For Block, it was his third silver medal and his first podium in GRC this season. The Ford Fiesta ST RX43 drive...

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