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Fri August 31, 2007

All Stobarts in top 10 Ford All Stobarts in top 10 All three Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team crews have finished inside the top-ten after day 1 of Rally New Zealand, round eleven of the FIA World Rally Championship. Charging on were Finns Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila who currently occupy fifth position....

Loeb in close persuit of Gronholm Citroen Loeb in close persuit of Gronholm The first leg of the 2007 Rally New Zealand ended this evening with Sébastien Loeb, Daniel Elena and their Citroën C4 WRC on the second step of the overnight podium and in the immediate wake of the provisional leader. Dani Sordo and Marc Martí are currently sixth with the second ...

Citroen Stohl slips up on leg one

Subaru Chris pleased with overnight 4th

WRC Great start for Gronholm

NEWS JUST IN

WRC NZ SS7 - Thanks Possum @ 11:47 PM - SS7 is named after the dearly missed NZ rally star Possum Bourne. On the first 2 stages this morning no major changes though, except Latvala passing Atkinson. Unofficial provisional positions after SS7: 1 - Grönholm/Rautiainen, Ford, 1h47m34s6; 2 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, +14s9; 3 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +52s4; 4 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +1m34s2; 5 - Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +1m37s6; 6 - Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +1m51s9; 7 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +2m09s2; 8 - H.Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +2m41s2; 9 - Aava/Sikk, Mitsubishi, +4m01s; 10 - Wilson/Orr, Ford, +5m18s4

WRC NZ Leg 1 - Loeb in Ford Sandwich @ 07:59 AM - Only Stohl and Pons' falter during the leg changed positions with any significance. Unofficial provisional positions after Leg 1 (5 stages): 1 - Grönholm/Rautiainen, Ford, 1h27m20.1s; 2 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, +13.0s; 3 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +49.2s; 4 - Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +1m21.4s; 5 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +1m29.2s; 6 - Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +1m33.5s; 7 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +1m33.5s; 8 - H.Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +2m17.2s; 9 - U.Aava/K.Sikk, Mistubishi(N), +3m26.6s 10 - M.Wilson/M.Orr , Ford, +4m29.7s

WRC NZ SS2 - 43km of Waitomo... @ 01:11 AM - ...without major drama. Rain making first on road advantage. Unofficial provisional positions after SS2: 1 - Grönholm/Rautiainen, Ford, 42m28s3; 2 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, +14s8; 3 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +33s6; 4 - Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +45s8; 5 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +53s; 6 - Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +59s6; 7 - Pons/Amigo, Subaru, +1m06s9; 8 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +1m12s1; 9 - H.Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +1m24s; 10 - Stohl/Minor, Citroen, +1m33s2

WRC NZ SS1 - Bosse boss of NZ @ 00:16 AM - Convincing start by Grönholm. Gaps behind him quite big. Tho next stage is one of the longest of the season at 43km. Tho at moment wet roads make 1st on road (Grönholm) a big advantage. Unofficial provisional positions after SS1: 1 - Grönholm/Rautiainen, Ford, 13m40s5; 2 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, +7s2; 3 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +13s6; 4 - Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +15s5; 5 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +20s4; 6 - Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +25s6; 7 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +28s1; 8 - Pons/Amigo, Subaru, +28s7; 9 - Stohl/Minor, Citroen, +33s8; 10 - H.Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +35s

Thu August 30, 2007

Citroen head south for NZ challenge Citroen Citroen head south for NZ challenge This week sees World Rally Championship regulars make the long-haul trip to the other side of the planet for the eleventh round of the 2007 series, the Rally New Zealand. Citroën Sport has entered two C4 WRCs for the event, for Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena and Dani Sordo/Marc M...

Wed August 29, 2007

OMV Hungry for success in NZ Citroen OMV Hungry for success in NZ The OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team has no intention of resting on its laurels. Following Francois Duval’s second place in Germany Manfred Stohl now plans to take care of a top result on gravel. An opportunity to achieve this will present itself from August 30 to September 2 ...

BP Ford counts on gravel form Ford BP Ford counts on gravel form BP-Ford World Rally Team heads to New Zealand for the third rally in just five weekends intent on maintaining its outstanding form on gravel. Victory on the last three loose surface events with the Ford Focus RS World Rally Car has propelled the team into the lead of both the ma...

Subaru ready for smooth NZ gravel Subaru Subaru ready for smooth NZ gravel Two weeks after the smooth asphalt of Germany, the WRC returns to gravel once more for the 37th Rally New Zealand. The stunning gravel roads of Hamilton are like rollercoasters that carve through the lush green countryside of the North Island. Heavily cambered, they favour the br...

Tue August 28, 2007

Which is your favourite IRC team livery? IRC Which is your favourite IRC team livery? The new IRC series apparantly already features very strong entry lists if the recent rounds are anything to go by, with a variety of different driver, team, car and sponsor combinations resulting in some interesting car liveries. But which is your favourite? A selection of the be...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC More great photos from Barum @ 09:18 PM - More great photos can now be found from Barum Rally Zlin by clicking here

Mon August 27, 2007

SJJ stages brilliant comeback Citroen SJJ stages brilliant comeback The gritty determination and fighting spirit of Simon Jean-Joseph and Jack Boyère saw the Citroën C2 Super 1600 crew complete the second day of the 2007 Barum Rally Zlín in an outstanding 10th position overall to bag valuable points that keep their European Championship (ERC) ...

Honda's Barum Rally IRC Honda's Barum Rally The JAS Motorsport Honda Civic Type R team has taken away a class win and many useful lessons from the Barum Rally Zlin, which is characterised by rough and bumpy asphalt roads, many of which were in very bad condition. Former Junior World Rally Champion Dani Sola was forced to s...

Sun August 26, 2007

Peugeot success in CZ IRC Peugeot success in CZ Below the IRC final press release to the Barum Rally. The event has been gripping to the very end again with several major changes inside the top10 until the very last stage. It was a stunning success for Peugeot, double worthwile since Peugeot has a major factory in CZ. Interest...

IRC IRC points after Barum CZ

NEWS JUST IN

IRC CZ end - Dramatic last stage! @ 02:10 PM - Peugeot takes 1-2. Casier moves into 5th. Top10 placed Mitsubishi drivers Dimitar Iliev & Miroslav Jandik both retire with mechanical problems. The finish is so dramatic that within 2 stages Jean-Joseph moves from 16th to 10th. Final (provisional) Positions: 1 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 2h28m10s8; 2 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +16s3; 3 - Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +1m56s3; 4 - Kresta/Gross, Mitsubishi, +2m28s8; 5 - Casier/Miclotte, Peugeot, +4m10s8; 6 - Arazim/Gal, Mitsubishi, +4m16s9; 7 - Navarra/d'Esposito, Fiat Abarth, +4m47s7; 8 - Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +5m44s; 9 - Grzyb/Hundla, Suzuki, +6m32s9; 10 - Jean-Joseph/Boyère, Citroen, +7m10s1

IRC CZ SS14 - Peugeots pacing @ 01:27 PM - Stage times show both official Peugeots are going slow to make sure of a finish. They are in a clear 1-2 with only 1 stage left, however a 27km stage that called for drama first time round. Travaglia attacks for last point. Positions after SS14: 1 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 2h12m37s3; 2 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +13s2; 3 - Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +1m56s4; 4 - Kresta/Gross, Mitsubishi, +2m39s7; 5 - Arazim/Gal, Mitsubishi, +4m08s3; 6 - Casier/Miclotte, Peugeot, +4m14s7; 7 - Navarra/d'Esposito, Fiat Abarth, +4m54s6; 8 - Iliev/Yanakiev, Mitsubishi, +5m36s8; 9 - Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +5m43s; 10 - Jandik/Chrastecky, Mitsubishi, +6m03s8

IRC CZ SS13 - Kresta wins stage @ 01:19 PM - Vouilloz a close 2nd in stage while Ojeda seems to pace himself and to be contend with 2nd overall. Positions after SS13: 1 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 2h07m37s3; 2 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +15s3; 3 - Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +1m57s7; 4 - Kresta/Gross, Mitsubishi, +2m46s8; 5 - Arazim/Gal, Mitsubishi, +3m59s9; 6 - Casier/Miclotte, Peugeot, +4m16s8; 7 - Navarra/d'Esposito, Fiat Abarth, +5m00s4; 8 - Iliev/Yanakiev, Mitsubishi, +5m34s6; 9 - Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +5m50s; 10 - Jandik/Chrastecky, Mitsubishi, +5m57s6

IRC CZ SS12 - More Drama, new leader! @ 10:32 AM - On the 27km Trojak stage leader Freddy Loix lost a wheel! Travaglia has a puncture. New leader however is not Ojeda but his team mate Vouilloz with a stunning stage win! Positions after SS12: 1 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 2h00m37s2; 2 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +4s; 3 - Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +1m52s; 4 - Kresta/Gross, Mitsubishi, +2m47s; 5 - Arazim/Gal, Mitsubishi, +3m47s8; 6 - Casier/Miclotte, Peugeot, +4m09s9; 7 - Navarra/d'Esposito, Fiat Abarth, +4m56s7; 8 - Iliev/Yanakiev, Mitsubishi, +5m18s2; 9 - Jandik/Chrastecky, Mitsubishi, +5m42s3; 10 - Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +5m48s3

IRC CZ SS10 - Loix extends lead @ 10:26 AM - Stage win for Vouilloz, Loix extends lead over Ojeda, Anton Alen did not start for extensive accident damage, Jimmy Joge retired for feeling unwell. Positions after SS10: 1 - Loix/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, 1h39m55s7; 2 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +5s9; 3 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +27s3; 4 - Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +1m49s7; 5 - Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +2m38s6; 6 - Kresta/Gross, Mitsubishi, +3m03s7; 7 - Arazim/Gal, Mitsubishi, +3m24s2; 8 - Navarra/d'Esposito, Fiat Abarth, +3m52s5; 9 - Casier/Miclotte, Peugeot, +4m03s4; 10 - Iliev/Yanakiev, Mitsubishi, +4m27s9

Sat August 25, 2007

An almost perfect day for Jean-Joseph Citroen An almost perfect day for Jean-Joseph The long opening leg of the 2007 Barum Rally, which featured more than 160km of againstthe- clock action, saw Simon Jean-Joseph, Jack Boyère and their Citroën C2 Super 1600 dominate Class A6 – reserved for two-wheel drive cars – thanks to a score of eight fastest times in thei...

Loix holds narrow lead after day one IRC Loix holds narrow lead after day one Privateer Abarth driver Freddy Loix leads the Barum Rally Zlin at the end of leg one after a thrilling battle with Peugeot’s Enrique Garcia Ojeda over the final two stages. Nonetheless, Ojeda’s second postion potentially places him in a strong position to take over the lead of th...

Bad start for Alen, Vouilloz leads IRC Bad start for Alen, Vouilloz leads Abarth Grande Punto driver Anton Alen has had a dramatic start to only his second-ever asphalt rally, when he went off on the very first corner of tonight´s spectator superspecial in Zlin. The incident cost him 21 seconds and he is now in 18th place....

NEWS JUST IN

IRC CZ leg1 - Now Alen out! @ 07:03 PM - What a dramatic day. New leader and 3 top10 drivers in trouble on the previous stage. Now Anton Alen crashed out of his very superb 4th place! Positions after leg1: 1 - Loix/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, 1h32m55s6; 2 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +4s1; 3 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +29s2; 4 - Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +1m38s3; 5 - Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +2m32s5; 6 - Kresta/Gross, Mitsubishi, +3m01s5; 7 - Arazim/Gal, Mitsubishi, +3m09s4; 8 - Navarra/d'Esposito, Fiat Abarth, +3m35s3; 9 - Casier/Miclotte, Peugeot, +3m53s1; 10 - Iliev/Yanakiev, Mitsubishi, +3m53s9

IRC CZ SS8 - All change! @ 06:09 PM - All change on the 24km Halenkovice stage. Loix is the new leader thanks to a fastest stage time that impressive that Ojeda's 3rd fastest stage time wasn't enough to retain his 14s lead! Travaglia has a puncture and Toth lost a wheel, Jean-Joseph dropped time too, all dropped several places! Positions after SS8: 1 - Loix/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, 1h20m34s; 2 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +1s3; 3 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +30s1; 4 - Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +1m04s6; 5 - Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +1m27s7; 6 - Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +2m16s5; 7 - Arazim/Gal, Mitsubishi, +2m47s7; 8 - Kresta/Gross, Mitsubishi, +2m56s2; 9 - Iliev/Yanakiev, Mitsubishi, +3m17s8; 10 - Navarra/d'Esposito, Fiat Abarth, +3m21s3

IRC CZ SS7 - Navarra drops @ 03:48 PM - After a slow morning series leader Navarra drops another 90s and 4 places when damaging a wheel, while Kresta moves into top10. Ojeda and Toth show excellent pace in SS7, so Ojeda's lead is no bigger for a good time by Loix the previous stage. Positions after SS7: 1 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, 1h07m38s9; 2 - Loix/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, +14s2; 3 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +36s4; 4 - Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +39s8; 5 - Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +1m01s2; 6 - Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +1m13s6; 7 - Toth/Bahor, Peugeot, +1m27s2; 8 - Arazim/Gal, Mitsubishi, +2m24s1; 9 - Jean-Joseph/Boyère, Citroen, +2m49s5; 10 - Kresta/Gross, Mitsubishi, +2m51s6

IRC CZ SS6 - no major changes @ 03:05 PM - At 10.6km the shortest stage of the day, all other stages over 20km. Positions after SS6: 1 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, 57m19s3; 2 - Loix/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, +13s2; 3 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +23s9; 4 - Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +30s; 5 - Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +55s9; 6 - Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +1m03s1; 7 - Toth/Bahor, Peugeot, +1m19s2; 8 - Navarra/d'Esposito, Fiat Abarth, +1m31s2; 9 - Arazim/Gal, Mitsubishi, +2m00s3; 10 - Jean-Joseph/Boyère, Citroen, +2m20s

IRC CZ SS5 - hot before mid day service @ 01:13 PM - Last stage before mid day halt was won by Loix. However Ojeda was only 0.2s behind and keeps his grip on the lead. Sola's Honda retired with a fire, Fontana Fiat lost a wheel. In the morning delays included Kresta with a puncture, Casier crash and extensive front damage, Betti powersteering failure. Positions after SS5: 1 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, 50m13s; 2 - Loix/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, +16s1; 3 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +30s2; 4 - Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +36s; 5 - Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +54s2; 6 - Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +59s8; 7 - Toth/Bahor, Peugeot, +1m15s2; 8 - Navarra/d'Esposito, Fiat Abarth, +1m32s6; 9 - Arazim/Gal, Mitsubishi, +1m52s3; 10 - Jean-Joseph/Boyère, Citroen, +2m12s6

IRC CZ SS3 - Surprise top3 @ 09:55 AM - Anton Alen superstar. The youngster with close to zero asphalt experience is 3rd fastest in the stage, beating all Abarth team mates by at least 6secs! However Roman Kresta in the Lancer beat Alen again by over 7sec! And still ahead of Kresta, by only 0.1s, Peugeot driver Ojeda, who also takes the lead! Positions after SS3: 1 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, 24m57s2; 2 - Loix/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, +11s2; 3 - Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +11s9; 4 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +12s; 5 - Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +24s7; 6 - Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +27s2; 7 - Navarra/d'Esposito, Fiat Abarth, +33s8; 8 - Toth/Bahor, Peugeot, +36s4; 9 - Kostka/Krecman, Mitsubishi, +50s5; 10 - Fontana/Casazza, Fiat Abarth, +53s8

IRC CZ SS2 - Early drama @ 09:23 AM - First proper stage in the Barum Rally, IRC round6. Strong start for Peugeot as the official Peugeot Spain drivers are a clear 1-2 in that stage. But local hero and event favourit Roman Kresta in a gN Lancer as well as the Kronos 207 of Bernd Casier drop over 2min each with unconfirmed problems! Positions after SS2: 1 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 14m21s7; 2 - Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +5s7; 3 - Loix/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, +7s3; 4 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +9s2; 5 - Navarra/d'Esposito, Fiat Abarth, +9s3; 6 - Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +20s; 7 - Fontana/Casazza, Fiat Abarth, +27s6; 8 - Iliev/Yanakiev, Mitsubishi, +28s1; 9 - Jean-Joseph/Boyère, Citroen, +28s5; 10 - Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +29s

IRC CZ SS4 - Spaniard at home in CZ @ 00:42 AM - Another stage win and extending lead for Enrique Garcia Ojeda. Anton Alen finds asphalt rallying difficult but keeps moving up, Navarra disappointing in comparison. Positions after SS4: 1 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, 37m48s6; 2 - Loix/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, +16s3; =3 - Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +25s2; =3 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +25s2; 5 - Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +40s4; 6 - Pech/Uhel, Mitsubishi, +46s6; 7 - Toth/Bahor, Peugeot, +56s9; 8 - Navarra/d'Esposito, Fiat Abarth, +1m06s3; 9 - Fontana/Casazza, Fiat Abarth, +1m30s2; 10 - Kostka/Krecman, Mitsubishi, +1m30s6

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