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Wed July 30, 2014

Vatanen revved up for home run WRC Vatanen revved up for home run This weekend is when it all comes home - quite literally - for Max Vatanen. The 23-year-old has made the annual pilgrimage to Jyvaskyla for Rally Finland quite literally more times than he can remember, but this is actually the first time that he will have ever driven on the even...

Toyota GT86 CS-R3 to make WRC debut! WRC Toyota GT86 CS-R3 to make WRC debut! Toyota's new GT86 CS-R3 rally car will make its public debut next month on the ADAC Rallye Deutschland, ninth round of this year's FIA World Rally Championship. Engineered by Toyota Motorsport (TMG), this competition version of the multi-award-winning coupe marks a retur...

Sat July 26, 2014

Kruuda back in Fiesta for Finland Ford Kruuda back in Fiesta for Finland Karl Kruuda will be reunited with the car that he took to the biggest victory of his career so far when he contests Rally Finland from July 31-August 3. The Estonian rising star, 21, is switching back to the Ford Fiesta S2000 he used to win the WRC 2 section of Rally Sweden ba...

M-Sport debuts facelift Fiesta Ford M-Sport debuts facelift Fiesta M-Sport World Rally Team's Ford Fiesta RS WRCs will be sporting a new-look next week when Mikko Hirvonen and Elfyn Evans power through the high-speed forests of the 64th Neste Oil Rally Finland. As rallying's spiritual home, there is perhaps no batter backdrop on which to...

Hyundai Finland preview WRC Hyundai Finland preview After a short summer break, the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team will resume its debut campaign in the FIA World Rally Championship at Rally Finland next weekend, the fastest and most spectacular round of the series. The Alzenau-based team secured a well-earned podium result in...

Citroen ready for 2nd half of season Citroen Citroen ready for 2nd half of season CITROËN AND RALLY FINLAND: FOUR WINS SINCE 1962 Back when the Swedes were the only drivers that could compete with the Finns at their home event, Citroën enjoyed its first win at the "1,000 Lakes Rally" in 1962 when local drivers Pauli Toivonen and Jaakko Kallio secured victory ...

Fast track learning for the juniors Citroen Fast track learning for the juniors The first half of the season, contested exclusively on gravel, is set to conclude at very high speed on roads through the Finnish forests and lakes. Junior WRC leader, having claimed two successive wins in Portugal and Poland, Stéphane Lefebvre will be one of the few drivers in t...

Drift, jump, full throttle WRC Drift, jump, full throttle For many it is the essence of rallying: the Rally Finland. The Volkswagen works duos go into the eighth round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), from 31 July to 3 August, in first, second and third place in the championship. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Jari-Ma...

Wed July 23, 2014

Kruuda's high speed gravel ride IRC Kruuda's high speed gravel ride Karl Kruuda will continue his WRC 2 glory chase on Rally Finland next week armed with recent experience of competing on high-speed gravel stages. The 21-year-old rising star from Estonia was contesting his home round of the European Rally Championship, which finished in the co...

Bessenyey takes ERC 2WD Champ lead IRC Bessenyey takes ERC 2WD Champ lead After fourteen grueling stages in the summer heat, Zoltan Bessenyey completed his debut at the Rally Estonia in style with a podium finish. The Hungarian took 3rd place in the 2WD category and the result now means Bessenyey and co-driver Yulianna Nyirfas sit atop the standings fo...

Sun July 20, 2014

Estonian hotshot Tänak triumphs at home IRC Estonian hotshot Tänak triumphs at home Ott Tänak has made it six winners from seven rounds of this season’s FIA European Rally Championship with an emphatic victory on auto24 Rally Estonia today – five years after his legendary team boss Markko Märtin won the high-speed gravel event. ...

Home hero Tänak wins with Sparco IRC Home hero Tänak wins with Sparco The seventh round of this season’s competitive FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) came to a conclusion on Saturday with home star Ott Tanak securing a popular victory in front of 30,000 spectators. Tanak, driving his M-M Motorsport Ford Fiesta R5, once again wore Sparco’s h...

Skoda drivers extend their ERC lead Skoda Skoda drivers extend their ERC lead The ŠKODA drivers picked up valuable championship points at the high-speed Rally Estonia. Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN) finished in fifth place at the seventh race of the season in the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC), which sees them extend their lead in the overall s...

Sat July 19, 2014

Long straights, big jumps Skoda Long straights, big jumps ŠKODA is on course to finish in the points after day one of the high-speed Rally Estonia. Finnish duo Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm currently lie fifth in their Fabia Super 2000 at the seventh round of the FIA European Rally Championship. The championship leaders are just ahead of Se...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC EST end - Plangi out on last stage @ 05:34 PM - Lukyanuk even wins this twisty stage and takes 2nd. Sadly Plangi crahsed out on this last stage. Every driver is full of praise for this rally. Final results (after SS15)(provisional as subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Tänak/Mölder, Ford, 1h49m36s4;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +47s1;
3rd= Körge/Pints, Ford, +55s4;
4th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +2m11s7;
5th= Lappi/Ferme, Skoda, +2m17s2;
6th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Peugeot(T16), +2m56s8;
7th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +3m24s1;
8th= Murakas/Adler, Mitsubishi, +3m41s8;
9th= Chardonnet/de la Haye, Citroen, +4m27s7;
10th= Sohlberg/Flythström, Ford, +5m59s

IRC EST SS14 - Big battle for 2nd @ 05:06 PM - Lukyanuk wins stage and takes 2nd, but this stage suited his Mitsubishi while last stage apparently is twistiest of the whole rally and suits the R5 cars more. Jeets had an accident and stage is stopped, results of Aus & Murakas may not be accurate. Results after SS14:
1st= Tänak/Mölder, Ford, 1h43m15s2;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +52s4;
3rd= Körge/Pints, Ford, +57s2;
4th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +2m05s;
5th= Lappi/Ferme, Skoda, +2m11s;
6th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Peugeot(T16), +2m51s6;
7th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +3m14s3;
8th= Murakas/Adler, Mitsubishi, +3m33s7;
9th= Chardonnet/de la Haye, Citroen, +4m09s4;
10th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Peugeot(T16), +5m26s3

IRC EST SS13 - Longest stage @ 03:20 PM - Tänak says he has taken out speed now, while Körge reports handling problems and is now only 0.1s ahead of Lukyanuk in 2nd. Results after SS13:
1st= Tänak/Mölder, Ford, 1h37m24s4;
2nd= Körge/Pints, Ford, +54s5;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +54s6;
4th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +1m49s;
5th= Lappi/Ferme, Skoda, +2m04s5;
6th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Peugeot(T16), +2m42s;
7th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +3m06s6;
8th= Murakas/Adler, Mitsubishi, +3m09s8;
9th= Chardonnet/de la Haye, Citroen, +3m56s1;
10th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Peugeot(T16), +4m45s2

IRC EST SS12 - Tänak without puncture @ 02:40 PM - Everybody else had punctures, Plangi hit a tree stump that was in his notes, but Tarabus, Sohlberg, Wiegand, Lappi & Körge all appear to have hit the same rock. Results after SS12:
1st= Tänak/Mölder, Ford, 1h24m04s7;
2nd= Körge/Pints, Ford, +49s3;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +52s5;
4th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +1m34s5;
5th= Lappi/Ferme, Skoda, +1m51s8;
6th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Peugeot(T16), +2m25s7;
7th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +2m45s6;
8th= Murakas/Adler, Mitsubishi, +2m50s5;
9th= Chardonnet/de la Haye, Citroen, +3m27s7;
10th= Sohlberg/Flythström, Ford, +4m40s4

IRC EST SS11 - Lukyanuk wins this one @ 11:55 AM - Longest stage, plenty of drama. Lukyanuk in a gN car wins this. Tänak cpomplains about power loss. Lappi has a spin. Kruuda has a puncture but still takes Wiegand. Plangi hower loses much time with a transmission issue. Results after SS11:
1st= Tänak/Mölder, Ford, 1h18m02s3;
2nd= Körge/Pints, Ford, +48s3;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +49s;
4th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +1m24s1;
5th= Lappi/Ferme, Skoda, +1m47s2;
6th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Peugeot(T16), +2m17s1;
7th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +2m23s;
8th= Murakas/Adler, Mitsubishi, +2m28s8;
9th= Chardonnet/de la Haye, Citroen, +3m11s9;
10th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Peugeot(T16), +3m49s4

IRC EST SS10 - Day starts in funny weather @ 11:23 AM - After first two cars it suddenly started raining and later runners suffered more. Plangi moves closer to Kruuda & Wiegand. Chardonnet takes Vorobjovs for 10th. Results after SS10:
1st= Tänak/Mölder, Ford, 1h04m27s7;
2nd= Körge/Pints, Ford, +46s5;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +53s2;
4th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +1m13s9;
5th= Lappi/Ferme, Skoda, +1m30s2;
6th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m59s7;
7th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Peugeot(T16), +2m03s9;
8th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Peugeot(T16), +2m05s6;
9th= Murakas/Adler, Mitsubishi, +2m14s5;
10th= Chardonnet/de la Haye, Citroen, +2m51s6

Fri July 18, 2014

Old rules for new names part 2 IRC Old rules for new names part 2 This is a follow up article on "New old names in Estonia". In that story I make a few references that new WRC rules made it impossible for new talents to make a career in WRC and that change happened somewhere between the career starts of Markko Märtin and Urmo Aava. ...

Home hero Tänak heads Estonia IRC Home hero Tänak heads Estonia Ott Tänak has delivered a virtuoso performance on day one of auto24 Rally Estonia to lead his country’s inaugural round of the FIA European Rally Championship by an impressive margin of 44.2 seconds alongside co-driver Raigo Mölder. ...

Eli Evans & Zoltan Bessenyey for Honda IRC Eli Evans & Zoltan Bessenyey for Honda After a short break, the 2014 FIA European Rally Championship returns this week for the Auto24 Rally Estonia. The rally, a newcomer to the ERC calendar, takes place in the beautiful countryside of Otepää in the southern region of the Baltic country, renowned for its fast gravel s...

Q&A Karl Kruuda IRC Q&A Karl Kruuda Karl Kruuda, 21, will be taking a break from his WRC 2 commitments to drive a Peugeot 208T16 on his home round of the European Rally Championship, auto24 Rally Estonia, from July 17-19. ...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC EST day1 - Tänak clear in front @ 07:58 PM - Tänak leads but many close battles behind, even if not much changed in the short but exciting city roads stage. Results after day1 (after SS9):
1st= Tänak/Mölder, Ford, 58m18s1;
2nd= Körge/Pints, Ford, +44s2;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +47s4;
4th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +1m07s;
5th= Lappi/Ferme, Skoda, +1m25s9;
6th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m48s7;
7th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Peugeot(T16), +1m56s1;
8th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Peugeot(T16), +2m01s7;
9th= Murakas/Adler, Mitsubishi, +2m05s7;
10th= Vorobjovs/Malnieks, Mitsubishi, +2m36s9

IRC EST SS8 - Plangi gains another @ 05:35 PM - Only a short asphalt stage left now for the day, but not so much a superspecial as a start-finish stage through the city centre of Tartu - could be exciting. Results after SS8:
1st= Tänak/Mölder, Ford, 57m12s;
2nd= Körge/Pints, Ford, +42s2;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +43s5;
4th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +1m05s2;
5th= Lappi/Ferme, Skoda, +1m23s4;
6th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m47s6;
7th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Peugeot(T16), +1m52s1;
8th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Peugeot(T16), +1m58s4;
9th= Murakas/Adler, Mitsubishi, +2m02s;
10th= Chardonnet/de la Haye, Citroen, +2m04s5

IRC EST SS7 - Plangi on the up @ 04:42 PM - Lukyanu says he takes it easy now. Plangi takes Chardonnet and is only 1s behind Murakas. Results after SS7:
1st= Tänak/Mölder, Ford, 51m23s;
2nd= Körge/Pints, Ford, +39s3;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +41s5;
4th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +55s4;
5th= Lappi/Ferme, Skoda, +1m19s3;
6th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m37s4;
7th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Peugeot(T16), +1m43s3;
8th= Murakas/Adler, Mitsubishi, +1m50s8;
9th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Peugeot(T16), +1m51s8;
10th= Chardonnet/de la Haye, Citroen, +1m56s

IRC EST SS6 - Tänak again @ 03:15 PM - Tänak clearly wins this stage again. Though short stages this afternoon, still at least between 7th & 10th gaps are very small, Plangi should manage to move up places soon. Results after SS6:
1st= Tänak/Mölder, Ford, 47m01s3;
2nd= Körge/Pints, Ford, +36s1;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +37s6;
4th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +50s;
5th= Lappi/Ferme, Skoda, +1m13s9;
6th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m28s8;
7th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Peugeot(T16), +1m34s1;
8th= Murakas/Adler, Mitsubishi, +1m40s2;
9th= Chardonnet/de la Haye, Citroen, +1m43s9;
10th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Peugeot(T16), +1m44s9

IRC EST SS5 - Stage win for Lukyanuk @ 02:37 PM - Short stage. Many drivers seem frustrated by Lukyanuk's speed. It must be said though, that these are very fast stages and the gN Mitsubishis traditionally have a very long gearbox ratio. Kruuda takes Murukas. Results after SS5:
1st= Tänak/Mölder, Ford, 41m09s5;
2nd= Körge/Pints, Ford, +31s8;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +33s5;
4th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +42s4;
5th= Lappi/Ferme, Skoda, +1m05s2;
6th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m18s1;
7th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Peugeot(T16), +1m22s6;
8th= Murakas/Adler, Mitsubishi, +1m24s3;
9th= Chardonnet/de la Haye, Citroen, +1m31s8;
10th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Peugeot(T16), +1m35s7

IRC EST SS4 - Tänak again @ 12:52 AM - Tänak wins this stage again, but only narrowly from Mitsubishi driver Lukyanuk, who in turn passes Aus for 3rd. Kaur did not start the stage. Results after SS4:
1st= Tänak/Mölder, Ford, 36m43s9;
2nd= Körge/Pints, Ford, +29s9;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +34s1;
4th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +38s1;
5th= Lappi/Ferme, Skoda, +56s6;
6th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m08s7;
7th= Murakas/Adler, Mitsubishi, +1m11s3;
8th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Peugeot(T16), +1m13s9;
9th= Chardonnet/de la Haye, Citroen, +1m20s2;
10th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Peugeot(T16), +1m28s8

IRC EST SS3 - Tänak dominates @ 12:20 AM - Tänak fastest by some way, Lukyanuk keeps impressing, Lappi improved now too. Results after SS3:
1st= Tänak/Mölder, Ford, 25m24s3;
2nd= Körge/Pints, Ford, +22s3;
3rd= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +31s1;
4th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +31s9;
5th= Lappi/Ferme, Skoda, +44s9;
6th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +51s9;
7th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Peugeot(T16), +52s5;
8th= Murakas/Adler, Mitsubishi, +55s4;
9th= Kaur/Lepikson, Mitsubishi, +59s6;
10th= Chardonnet/de la Haye, Citroen, +1m01s

IRC EST SS2 - Kangur rolls out of rally @ 10:13 AM - Kruuda out, crew OK. Another stage win for Tänak, strong time this time by Plangi. Results after SS2:
1st= Tänak/Mölder, Ford, 18m30s4;
2nd= Körge/Pints, Ford, +15s7;
3rd= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +17s6;
4th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +25s2;
=5th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Peugeot(T16), +35s;
=5th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +35s;
7th= Murakas/Adler, Mitsubishi, +36s8;
8th= Lappi/Ferme, Skoda, +38s;
9th= Chardonnet/de la Haye, Citroen, +46s6;
10th= Kaur/Lepikson, Mitsubishi, +52s

IRC EST SS1 - Dramatic start @ 09:40 AM - Plenty of drama, see what the top10 look like. Koitla seems retired damaging his radiator over a jump, Tänak had a small spin, Raul lost near 3min, Kruuda feels the engine is not pulling, Plangi had a puncture from the start. Results after SS1:
1st= Tänak/Mölder, Ford, 7m00s7;
2nd= Kangur/Ots, Ford(S2000), +3s;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +5s2;
4th= Körge/Pints, Ford, +6s4;
5th= Aus/Koskinen, Mitsubishi, +11s5;
6th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +13s6;
7th= Chardonnet/de la Haye, Citroen, +14s3;
8th= Lappi/Ferme, Skoda, +14s7;
9th= Kruuda/Järveoja, Peugeot(T16), +14s9;
10th= Murakas/Adler, Mitsubishi, +16s8

Tue July 15, 2014

New old names in Estonia IRC New old names in Estonia Even though the Rally Estonia is part of an international championship for the first time this year, the event already has a very good reputation. In the build up to the event we find many old names again. Most rally fans would remember Markko Märtin, and that he runs a team now....

Q&A Siim Plangi Peugeot Q&A Siim Plangi Rising Estonian star and university graduate Siim Plangi will get a dream drive on his country’s FIA European Rally Championship qualifier next week when he lines up in a Saintéloc Peugeot 208 T16. ...

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