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Sat August 31, 2013

NEWS JUST IN

IRC CZ day2 - Clean sheet for Kopecky @ 07:06 PM - Kopecky wins every stage so far. Tarabus passes Wiegand again for 4th. Stage stayed dry but started to get dark. Results after day2 (SS9):
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h13m56s1;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, Mini, +37s5;
3rd= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +1m05s5;
4th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m51s7;
5th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m56s9;
6th= Jakes/Norek, Mitsubishi, +5m24s5;
7th= Bonnefis/Fournier, Renault, +5m48s6;
8th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +5m57s7;
9th= Orsak/Kostka, Mitsubishi, +6m09s5;
10th= Koristka/Drozd, Mitsubishi, +6m46s5

IRC CZ SS8 - Now Lappi out too @ 06:29 PM - Following his SS6 accident Lappi posted a very good time on SS7, but in service it was found the roll cage was damaged. Stage dry but next one could be wet again. Results after SS8:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h04m06s1;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, Mini, +35s7;
3rd= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +57s8;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m33s5;
5th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m46s8;
6th= Jakes/Norek, Mitsubishi, +4m02s6;
7th= Bonnefis/Fournier, Renault, +5m01s9;
8th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +5m11s;
9th= Koristka/Drozd, Mitsubishi, +5m25s;
10th= Orsak/Kostka, Mitsubishi, +5m25s5

IRC CZ SS7 - Now rain too @ 03:16 PM - And now Tlustak in problems, also only RWD. Kostka meanwhile retired. Kopecky keeps his clean sheet of stage wins. Results after SS7:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 59m11s5;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, Mini, +29s4;
3rd= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +53s6;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m30s4;
5th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m42s3;
6th= Jakes/Norek, Mitsubishi, +3m41s4;
7th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +4m37s9;
8th= Bonnefis/Fournier, Renault, +4m38s3;
9th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +4m53s2;
10th= Koristka/Drozd, Mitsubishi, +4m54s4

IRC CZ SS6 - Dramatic afternoon @ 02:47 PM - SS6 proves as drama packed as SS5. Valousek loses near 6min with a puncture, Lappi went off for 4min. Kostka continues to have diff problems. Results after SS6:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 52m37s9;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, Mini, +26s8;
3rd= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +51s4;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m17s5;
5th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m38s6;
6th= Jakes/Norek, Mitsubishi, +3m21s8;
7th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +3m43s7;
8th= Bonnefis/Fournier, Renault, +4m10s2;
9th= Koristka/Drozd, Mitsubishi, +4m27s3;
10th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +4m33s7

IRC CZ SS5 - Problems for Kostka @ 01:39 PM - Yet another stage win for Kopecky. Kostka has only RWD with diff problem. He even pulled over to let Tarabus past. Jelinek retired from 9th following a road accident. Results after SS5:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 40m35s1;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, Mini, +21s4;
3rd= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +29s8;
4th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +35s2;
5th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m03s4;
6th= Valousek/Stardova, Ford(R5), +1m20s;
7th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m34s1;
8th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +2m19s9;
9th= Jakes/Norek, Mitsubishi, +2m35s;
10th= Koristka/Drozd, Mitsubishi, +3m06s1

IRC CZ SS4 - Valousek, Consani offs @ 10:22 AM - Time penalty 60s early check in for Tarabus. Kopecky won every stage so far. Valousek reports an off with time loss. But to be honest, I would have expected more of this big talent in the Fiesta R5 on the other stages too. Consani crashed and blocks stage, crew OK. Results after SS4:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 30m50s3;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, Mini, +18s8;
3rd= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +22s8;
4th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +27s6;
5th= Kostka/Houst, Ford(R5), +41s1;
6th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +46s9;
7th= Valousek/Stardova, Ford(R5), +59s3;
8th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m24s3;
9th= Jelinek/Machu, Skoda, +1m38s;
10th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +1m42s4

IRC CZ SS3 - Kopecky again, but... @ 09:44 AM - Longest stage of the day and surprisingly Tarabus only 1.4s off Kopecky's pace with Kresta posting a strong time too. Results after SS3:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 24m13s9;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, Mini, +15s1;
3rd= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +18s8;
4th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +19s6;
5th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +23s7;
6th= Kostka/Houst, Ford(R5), +24s8;
7th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +31s8;
8th= Valousek/Stardova, Ford(R5), +37s8;
9th= Jelinek/Machu, Skoda, +1m09s4;
10th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +1m13s8

IRC CZ SS2 - Kopecky sets a marker @ 08:58 AM - Kopecky wins stage, quite clear even for such a short stage. Arai's Subaru has engine problems now following last nights fuel starvation. Results after SS2:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 12m01s2;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, Mini, +9s1;
3rd= Kostka/Houst, Ford(R5), +12s8;
4th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +15s;
5th= Kresta/Gross, Skoda, +16s4;
6th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +16s6;
7th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +18s2;
8th= Valousek/Stardova, Ford(R5), +20s8;
9th= Jelinek/Machu, Skoda, +41s6;
10th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +43s4

Fri August 30, 2013

NEWS JUST IN

IRC CZ day1 - What a party! @ 09:52 PM - What a way to start a rally. Not a real SSS but a 9km 3 laps loop through all of Zlin town centre with fireworks and everything. Kopecky fastest, fuel starvation problem on Arai's Subaru. Petak retired, engine. Similar problems for Lappi but still in. Results after day1 (SS1):
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 7m06s7;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, Mini, +3s2;
3rd= Kostka/Houst, Ford(R5), +9s2;
4th= Valousek/Stardova, Ford(R5), +9s7;
5th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +10s5;
6th= Krosta/Gross, Skoda, +10s6;
7th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +10s9;
8th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +13s3;
9th= Jelinek/Machu, Skoda, +17s8;
10th= Orsak/Kostka, Mitsubishi, +20s6

Wed August 28, 2013

Full Barum Rally Zlin Preview IRC Full Barum Rally Zlin Preview The FIA European Rally Championship is back with a bang and back on asphalt with the 43rd instalment of Barum Czech Rally Zlín next week (30 August-1 September). One of Europe’s most challenging rallies due to the proliferation of high-speed blasts through forests, sections o...

Tue August 27, 2013

New co-driver for Mikkelsen WRC New co-driver for Mikkelsen Ireland's Paul Nagle has taken over the role of co-driver to Volkswagen works driver Andreas Mikkelsen (N) at the Rally Australia. Nagle is standing in for Mikko Markkula (FIN), who is currently recovering from two injured vertebrae. The Norwegian/Finnish duo had to withdraw ...

Three Skoda teams for home rally Skoda Three Skoda teams for home rally ŠKODA is entering no less than three teams into its home rally in the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC), in its pursuit of victory. The local heroes Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (CZ/CZ) intend to defend their overall lead in the highlight of the season, the Barum Czech Rally Zlí...

Kubica grabs lead in WRC2 Citroen Kubica grabs lead in WRC2 Playing their part in Citroën Racing's dominant performance at this year's Rallye Deutschland, Robert Kubica and Maciek Baran took their third WRC2 win. This first win on tarmac means that the DS3 RRC crew now lead the championship standings. ...

Loeb and Solberg meet in France General Loeb and Solberg meet in France Remember Frankie goes to Hollywood? Well, this time Hollywood goes to France. Round seven of the FIA European Rallycross Championship takes place at Loheac in Brittany, northern France, this weekend and it’s been billed as one of the biggest events of the year. ...

Sun August 25, 2013

Wiegand finishes home event in 4th Skoda Wiegand finishes home event in 4th After a strong finish, the ŠKODA duo Sepp Wiegand and Frank Christian wrapped up Rally Germany in fourth place in the WRC 2 category. In the final stages of the last day, the top German drivers managed to move up one more place. Overnight, the ŠKODA mechanics had had to repair th...

Skoda extends APRC lead Skoda Skoda extends APRC lead ŠKODA has extended its lead in the championship for manufacturers in the fourth leg of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC). Gaurav Gill/Glenn Macneall (India/New Zealand) won all seven special stages of the Rally Malaysia in their ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 on Sunday. Gill too...

APRC: surprising Malaysia Rally General APRC: surprising Malaysia Rally Toyota driver Michael Young has claimed his maiden victory in the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship as title rivals Gaurav Gill and Esapekka Lappi both hit trouble on the Malaysian Rally, which finished today (Sunday) following two days of dramatic competition in the sun-baked ...

Neuville in nail-biting fight to finish Ford Neuville in nail-biting fight to finish Qatar World Rally Team's Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul put in another sensational performance this weekend to finish second overall at ADAC Rallye Deutschland. In a nail-biting fight to the finish, the duo secured the runner-up spot for the third event in succession an...

Highlights and lowlights for VW at home WRC Highlights and lowlights for VW at home It was the home rally of all races where Volkswagen would fall short of their own high expectations for the first time since joining the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in January 2013. This was the first time Volkswagen have missed out on a podium place in a season which has ...

Sordo secures first WRC win Citroen Sordo secures first WRC win Leaders on the final morning of Rallye Deutschland, Dani Sordo and Carlos del Barrio sweated blood and tears on the fourth leg to secure their maiden World Rally Championship win. Citroën Racing thus claimed its thirteenth consecutive win in Germany, the twelfth since the rally j...

Chardonnet wins Citroen Top Driver Citroen Chardonnet wins Citroen Top Driver The first round of the Citroën Top Driver contested on tarmac proved to be particularly demanding and difficult for the crews taking part. Quick and efficient, Sébastien Chardonnet and Thibault de la Haye managed to keep out of trouble and enjoyed an error-free rally. Keith Croni...

Fri August 23, 2013

Title race lives on WRC Title race lives on Volkswagen experienced both sides of the coin on day one of the Rally Germany. At the end of the second day of the manufacturer's home event, Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) lead the overall standings in their Polo R WRC. In contrast, the leaders in the driver and...

No let up in hostilities Citroen No let up in hostilities Held on roads along the banks of the Mosel river, the second leg of Rallye Deutschland provided a thrilling four-way contest at the front of the field. In the thick of the action, the two Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team crews ended the day in third and fourth positions, ...

Neuville & Evans in hunt for silver Ford Neuville & Evans in hunt for silver Qatar World Rally Team's Thierry Neuville produced in a near-perfect performance on the second day of ADAC Rallye Deutschland today to put himself well and truly in the hunt for victory. Securing no fewer than four stage wins, the Belgian was outstanding on what is his pure-a...

Wiegand on course for podium Skoda Wiegand on course for podium At the halfway point in Rally Germany, Sepp Wiegand and Frank Christian are on course for a podium position for ŠKODA. The top German duo are ranked third in the WRC 2 category after eight of their home rally’s 16 special stages. The highlight of the ninth event in this year’s Wo...

Ford mid day2 quotes Ford Ford mid day2 quotes Thierry Neuville (2nd) said: "It's been a good morning and I think we made the right tyre choice. We started on used tyres, but I didn't feel any loss of performance. We're driving well and we set three fastest [stage] times, so we certainly can't complain ...

Again soccer player in a VW WRC Again soccer player in a VW "Poldi" on the attack in the den Polo R WRC - footballer Lukas Podolski came, saw, and was given a good shaking. The German national team player swapped sports for an afternoon and took his place next to rally ace and Volkswagen works driver Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN), who currentl...

Thu August 22, 2013

Good start to home rally for Wiegand Skoda Good start to home rally for Wiegand Sepp Wiegand and Frank Christian got off to a good start in their home event, Rally Germany, in their ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000. After the first two of a total of 16 special stages, the German duo are third in the WRC 2 category and are on course for the podium finish they have set ...

Dream start to home rally WRC Dream start to home rally Cologne Cathedral as a backdrop, enthralled spectators and a perfect start - Volkswagen made an outstanding start to its home WRC event with the Polo R WRC. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) set the fastest time on both of the opening day's special stages to move into th...

Ford end of day1 updates and quotes Ford Ford end of day1 updates and quotes Thierry Neuville (3rd) said: "I hope tomorrow will be a good day for us. We struggled a little with the set-up this evening and I lost some confidence in the first stage [SS1] as it was really slippery. Even with just two cars in front of me there was a lot of mud in the c...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Photos @ 00:52 AM - First Rallye Deutschland photos are online, see our gallery

Wed August 21, 2013

Mikkelsen & Markkula withdrawn WRC Mikkelsen & Markkula withdrawn Andreas Mikkelsen and Mikko Markkula (N/FIN) have had to withdraw from the Rally Germany for health reasons. A diagnosis prior to the start of the Rally Germany revealed that co-driver Mikko Markkula had fractured his seventh vertebra and partially fractured his eighth vertebra, ...

Tue August 20, 2013

Skoda sets sights on 4th win in Malaysia Skoda Skoda sets sights on 4th win in Malaysia After three successful races, the works-assisted ŠKODA MRF team now lines up at the fourth round of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) in Malaysia. Championship leaders Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN) and the second ŠKODA pairing of Gaurav Gill/Glenn Macneall (IND/NZ)...

Mon August 19, 2013

Wiegand optimistic ahead of home event Skoda Wiegand optimistic ahead of home event ŠKODA duo Sepp Wiegand (D) and Frank Christian (D) are optimistic ahead of their home event at the Rally Germany (22 to 25 August). The race on the asphalt roads around Trier and the subsequent Barum Rally in ŠKODA’s home of the Czech Republic (30 August to 1 September) represent...

Sat August 17, 2013

Wales Rally GB hospitality packages WRC Wales Rally GB hospitality packages Wales Rally GB organisers, International Motor Sports, have today announced the four exclusive and official hospitality packages now available and on sale for the final round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), on 14-17 November. With the event heading back to its roots...

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