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Tue August 31, 2004

WRC Prévot withdraws from Rally Japan

Sat August 28, 2004

WRC Commission News & 2005 Calendar WRC WRC Commission News & 2005 Calendar The World Rally Championship Commission and a number of other stakeholders involved in the World Rally Championship met in Paris today (August 27) to discuss proposals to be presented to the World Motor Sport Council on October 13, 2004....

Fri August 27, 2004

WRC Japan starting order

WRC Japan itinerary

Grönholm tries to last more than 1 curve Peugeot Grönholm tries to last more than 1 curve The Rally Japan is a completely new event in the WRC. Therefore there is no event history to report and no driver really knows what to expect. Only Sébastien Loeb was here last year for the recce. The stages are reported to be narrow and soft. It also is a shame that the entry is...

Peugeot Grönholm: “Finn win felt fantastic”

Trier to blame for early exit in Trier Peugeot Trier to blame for early exit in Trier Ouch, sorry, but it was just too tempting to spoil this Peugeot press release and blame Marcus Grönholm's early Rallye Deutschland exit near Trier on his physio, who by coincidence is called Trier! It is a complete meaningless pun and the blame is not to be taken serious. In f...

Ford to shine in country of rising sun Ford Ford to shine in country of rising sun BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Markko Märtin and Michael Park and team-mates François Duval and Stéphane Prévot will hope that history repeats itself when the Rally Japan (2 - 5 September) makes its debut in the FIA World Rally Championship next week. Their Ford Focus RS World...

Tue August 24, 2004

Schwarz: Germany a success Skoda Schwarz: Germany a success Skoda's Armin Schwarz has hailed the team's performance on his home round of the championship in Germany last weekend as a success, despite being frustrated to go home without points. The Fabia driver recorded the car's first ever fastest stage time, five years after doi...

Mon August 23, 2004

Tommi Makinen goes for Rally Japan Zero WRC Tommi Makinen goes for Rally Japan Zero Four times world rally champion and living legend of the sport, Tommi Makinen is to drive a course safety car during the inaugural World Rally Championship round in Japan. The idea to invite the famous driver to drive the 'Zero' car was there from the beginning of the year....

Sun August 22, 2004

Duval and Prévot excel in wet Ford Duval and Prévot excel in wet BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers François Duval and Stéphane Prévot produced the best performance of their careers to finish second on the Rallye Deutschland today in a Focus RS World Rally Car. Team-mates Markko Märtin and Michael Park were fourth in a similar Focus RS to climb...

Cedric and Freddy do an excellent job Peugeot Cedric and Freddy do an excellent job Peugeot drivers Cedric Robert and Freddy Loix have finished the Rallye Deutschland in fifth and sixth places respectively, after an exciting battle throughout the final day. Today's conditions in Germany were typical of the rally as a whole: intermittent rain and slippery asph...

Mikko Takes 8th and 3 Points for Subie Subaru Mikko Takes 8th and 3 Points for Subie Heading the Subaru challenge in Germany following Petter's retirement in Leg two, Mikko Hirvonen delivered a solid performance aboard his Subaru Impreza WRC2004 to move up the overall leaderboard and finish in eighth position. Today's spirited performance meant Mikko collec...

Citroën Strengthens Championship Grip Citroen Citroën Strengthens Championship Grip Citroën has strengthened its grip on the 2004 World Rally Championship with a commanding win by Sébastien Loeb in his Citroën Xsara at the German round of the WRC at the weekend (20-22 August 2004), his third consecutive win the German Rally, his six win this season and Citroën&#...

Skoda delighted with asphalt improvement Skoda Skoda delighted with asphalt improvement Rallye Deutschland confirmed the progress made by Škoda Motorsport’s Fabia WRC development programme. Toni Gardemeister and Armin Schwarz finished the 411.06kms of slippery asphalt stages in 7th and 11th places respectively. Czech driver Roman Kresta retired from sixth position a...

One hand on driver's crown for Loeb WRC One hand on driver's crown for Loeb Sebastien Loeb proved that he has lost none of his skill on asphalt with a stunning victory on the Deutschland Rally, eventually winning by 29.1 seconds from Ford's re-energised Belgian Francois Duval. Loeb was made to work over the final day's seven stages by Duval, with ...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Stunning Loeb wins in Germany @ 07:12 AM - Deutschland Rally final leaderboard (after SS24) ... 1. LOEB 4:01:57.4 ... 2. DUVAL +29.1 ... 3. SAINZ +1:09.5 ... 4. MÄRTIN +2:40.4 ... 5. ROBERT +3:30.1 ... 6. LOIX +4:06.0 ... 7. GARDEMEISTER +5:44.2 ... 8. HIRVONEN +6:41.1 ... 9. SARRAZIN +6:58.9 ... 10. BENGUE +10:26.7

WRC All steady after first loop of three ... @ 04:12 AM - Positions after SS20 (Birkenfelder Land 1) ... 1. LOEB 3:31:37.2 ... 2. DUVAL +44.6 ... 3. SAINZ +1:01.7 ... 4. MÄRTIN +2:26.1 ... 5. ROBERT +3:21.2 ... 6. LOIX +3:36.1 ... 7. GARDEMEISTER +4:58.3 ... 8. SARRAZIN +5.52.7

Sat August 21, 2004

Citroen Xsara's Maintain First and Third

Peugeot Peugeot Drivers Fight Back

Ford Duval Excels in Rain-Soaked Germany

Subaru Mikko 9th as Petter Exits Dramatically

Mitsubishi Panizzi Joins Sola on the sidelines

Armin sets Fabia's first fastest time Skoda Armin sets Fabia's first fastest time The Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team has continued to set new records on the second day of Rallye Deutschland. Armin Schwarz gained the first fastest stage time for the Fabia on a WRC event when he won a rain-soaked SS13 and set two other top three times. However his overall pos...

Loeb holds off Duval in tyres war WRC Loeb holds off Duval in tyres war A day of drama on the damp and slippy stages of Baumholder has seen the gaps at the top move to and fro, but with just the final super special to go to complete the second leg Citroen's Sebastien Loeb leads the field by 54.7 seconds from Ford's Francois Duval. Loeb's te...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Duval keeps Loeb honest @ 03:43 PM - Deutschland Rally overall positions at the end of leg two ... 1. LOEB 3:04:20.3 ... 2. DUVAL +54.7 ... 3. SAINZ +1:00.4 ... 4. MÄRTIN +2:24.1 ... 5. ROBERT +3:33.6 ... 6. LOIX +3:46.2 ... 7. GARDEMEISTER +4:10.9 ... 8. SARRAZIN +5:07.3 ... 9. HIRVONEN +5:19.5 ... 10. BENGUE +9:37.8

WRC Loeb's lead holds strong @ 12:14 AM - Overall positions after SS16 (Panzerplatte Lang 2) ... 1. LOEB 3:00:44.7 ... 2. SAINZ +50.5 ... 3. DUVAL +56.6 ... 4. MÄRTIN +2:27.1 ... 5. ROBERT +3:40.0 ... 6. LOIX +3:48.7 ... 7. GARDEMEISTER +4:10.5 ... 8. SARRAZIN +5:01.5 ... 9. HIRVONEN +5:15.5 ... 10. BENGUE +9:26.8

WRC Solberg crashes out @ 06:46 AM - Petter Solberg crashed out around 400 metres into the SS12 Panzerplatte Lang stage. Co-Driver Phil Mills has been taken to hospital for precautionary checks and the stage has been interrupted.

WRC Positions after SS11 @ 05:42 AM - 1. Loeb 2. Sainz +27.7s 3. Duval +47.9s 4. Solberg +1m18.2s 5. Martin +1m51.8s 6. Gardemeister +3m16.8s 7. Robert +3m19.1s 8. Sarrazin +3m21.1s

WRC Panizzi crashes out @ 05:00 AM - Gilles Panizzi crashed out of the Rallye Deutschland on the 9th special stage, the first of the second leg. Panizzi's Mitsubishi hit a post and damaged the drivers door of the car. Panizzi needed help to get out of the car and is being taken to hospital with a suspected broken arm. Brother and co-driver Herve Panizzi is reported to be fine.

Fri August 20, 2004

Skoda up the asphalt pace Skoda Skoda up the asphalt pace All three of the Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team drivers set times in the top 10 during the opening day of Rallye Deutschland. Fourth place on SS3 for Armin Schwarz and third on SS5 for Roman Kresta set new records for the individual performance of the Fabia WRC. Armin was sixt...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Loeb extends lead @ 10:22 AM - Sebastien Loeb extended his lead in SS6 after winning the stage. Armin Schwarz (Fabia) had brake problems and Alex Bengue (206) had a slight off but continues. PWRC leader Galli had severe electrical problems in SS6. Positions after SS6: 1. Loeb 2. Sainz +20.1s 3. Duval +26.5s 4. Solberg +1m02.4s 5. Kresta +1m42.4s 6. Martin +1m44.7s 7. Panizzi +1m50.4s 8. Robert +2m06.8s

WRC Kresta flies in SS5 @ 09:43 AM - Loeb wins the stage with Citroen teammate Carlos Sainz second but 3rd Fabia driver Roman Kresta sets an amazing third fastest time on only his 5th stage in the car. Positions after SS5: 1. Loeb 2. Sainz +16.7s 3. Duval +17.7s 4. Solberg +48.6s 5. Robert +1m18.4s 6. Schwarz +1m23.9s 7. Kresta +1m24.3s 8. Panizzi +1m27.4s

WRC After SS4 @ 08:22 AM - 1. Loeb 2. Duval +3.5s 3. Sainz +15.3s 4. Solberg +44.2s 5. Robert +1m11.3s 6. Schwarz +1m14.8s 6=. Panizzi +1m14.8s 8. Martin +1m16.5s

WRC Positions after SS1 @ 04:49 AM - 1. Sainz 2. Loeb +2.5s 3. Sola +4.4s 4. Solberg +12.0s 5. Duval +17.9s 6. Robert +20.4s 7. Gardemeister +20.5s 8. Panizzi +21.0s

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