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Sun August 31, 2014

Nail biting finale for Skoda Skoda Nail biting finale for Skoda Sepp Wiegand/Frank Christian (D/D) finish second on the podium after a nail-biting finale, Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN) defend their leading position in the championship: The ŠKODA team thrilled tens of thousands of fans at their home rally in the FIA European Rally Champi...

Lefebvre flies the Peugeot colours Peugeot Lefebvre flies the Peugeot colours After a dominating start that saw the team top the leaderboard early on, the Peugeot Rally Academy's two Peugeot 208 T16s were sidelined halfway into the opening day. Stéphane Lefebvre and Thomas Dubois marked the Barum Czech Rally Zlin's FIA ERC Junior battle to claim a ...

IRC Pech wins dramatic ERC counter

NEWS JUST IN

IRC CZ end - Many position changes still! @ 01:39 PM - Kostka has engine problems and loses 2nd by 0.2s. Kajetanowicz even loses 2 places in very tight battle for 4th. We urgently need a shoot out stage, then 3-way battles will no more be possible! Final results (after SS15)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Pech/Uhel, BMW Mini, 2h16m28s7;
2nd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +51s5;
3rd= Kostka/Houst, Ford, +51s7;
4th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +1m12s8;
5th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m13s6;
6th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1m14s4;
7th= Tänak/Reiger, Ford, +2m41s5;
8th= Vlcek/Lasevic, Skoda, +5m30s2;
9th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +6m05s8;
=10th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +7m07s3

IRC CZ SS14 - Dramas in penultimate stage @ 12:43 AM - Consani stopped for 8min with an exhaust fire. Odlozilik crashed. Crew OK but for safety reasons stage stopped after Odlozilik. From 8th place drivers are likely to get notional times. Still fights for 2nd and 5th places in last stage. Results after SS14:
1st= Pech/Uhel, BMW Mini, 2h04m51s8;
2nd= Kostka/Houst, Ford, +58s6;
3rd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m02s6;
4th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1m22s6;
5th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +1m28s8;
6th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m31s4;
7th= Tänak/Reiger, Ford, +2m44s4;
8th= Vlcek/Lasevic, Skoda, +5m08s1;
9th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +5m41s;
=10th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +6m40s4

IRC CZ SS13 - Good battle for 2nd @ 11:58 AM - Kostka takes 2nd for now. Barrable reported retired again. Lappi wins stage. Results after SS13:
1st= Pech/Uhel, BMW Mini, 1h54m43s4;
2nd= Kostka/Houst, Ford, +58s7;
3rd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m02s;
4th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1m22s6;
5th= Odlozilik/Turecek, Ford, +1m26s3;
6th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +1m38s3;
7th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m41s;
8th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +2m24s3;
9th= Tänak/Reiger, Ford, +2m44s6;
=10th= Vlcek/Lasevic, Skoda, +4m30s1

IRC CZ SS12 - Orsak on a mission @ 09:12 AM - Now a stage win proper for Orsak. So we have a 3-way battle for 4th now! Barrable had a puncture. Results after SS12:
1st= Pech/Uhel, BMW Mini, 1h46m36s3;
2nd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +1m01s4;
3rd= Kostka/Houst, Ford, +1m06s3;
4th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1m27s4;
5th= Odlozilik/Turecek, Ford, +1m34s;
6th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +1m41s3;
7th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m49s4;
8th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +2m19s9;
9th= Tänak/Reiger, Ford, +2m45s;
=10th= Vlcek/Lasevic, Skoda, +4m17s2

IRC CZ SS11 - Strong time for Orsak @ 08:11 AM - Lappi wins stage with Orsak next, as Orsak gains 2 places o/a. Pindula is not the longest but the trikiest stage of the rally. Kostka closing in on 2nd. Results after SS11:
1st= Pech/Uhel, BMW Mini, 1h34m54s3;
2nd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +59s3;
3rd= Kostka/Houst, Ford, +1m08s;
4th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1m28s7;
5th= Odlozilik/Turecek, Ford, +1m35s5;
6th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +1m49s;
7th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m54s3;
8th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +2m01s6;
9th= Tänak/Reiger, Ford, +2m37s3;
=10th= Vlcek/Lasevic, Skoda, +3m48s2

IRC CZ SS10 - Solid start for everyone @ 07:37 AM - Tarabus wins stage and starts moving up places. Lappi and Barrable restarted today, Kresta, Jakes, Breen and Abbring did not. Higgins retired with an engine problem on his Subaru. Results after SS10:
1st= Pech/Uhel, BMW Mini, 1h24m47s6;
2nd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +54s;
3rd= Kostka/Houst, Ford, +1m08s4;
4th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1m23s6;
5th= Odlozilik/Turecek, Ford, +1m33s;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m50s9;
7th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m52s3;
8th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +1m52s8;
9th= Tänak/Reiger, Ford, +2m30s6;
=10th= Vlcek/Lasevic, Skoda, +3m07s4

Sat August 30, 2014

Pech leads home event IRC Pech leads home event Václav Pech leads Barum Czech Rally Zlín following a day of high drama in the FIA European Rally Championship. The Czech champion, who was second to Robert Kubica on the ERC season-opener in Austria, is 54.1s in front in his Michelin-shod MINI John Cooper Works S2000 with Sep...

Peugeot backing like a dream says Ingram Peugeot Peugeot backing like a dream says Ingram Chris Ingram says carrying the colours of Peugeot UK on his 208 R2 is a dream come true. The 20-year-old British talent has attracted support from Peugeot Financial Services and Peugeot UK for his FIA ERC Junior Championship bid. ...

New Subaru impresses Higgins Subaru New Subaru impresses Higgins Mark Higgins can’t wait for round eight of the FIA European Rally Championship to get underway because it will mean significantly more seat time in JRM’s all-new Subaru WRX STI. ...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC CZ day2 - Strange turn in fight for 2nd @ 05:47 PM - Going into the stage Kostka was only 1.7s behind Wiegand and catching. Now Wiegand hat a puncture, but Kostka lost even more time with power steering failure. Valousek disqualified at weigh bridge before stage. Results after day2 (SS9):
1st= Pech/Uhel, BMW Mini, 1h16m35s;
2nd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +54s1;
3rd= Kostka/Houst, Ford, +1m12s7;
4th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1m25s9;
5th= Odlozilik/Turecek, Ford, +1m37s;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m43s1;
7th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +1m54s7;
8th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m57s7;
9th= Tänak/Reiger, Ford, +2m21s2;
=10th= Vlcek/Lasevic, Skoda, +2m51s8

IRC CZ SS8 - Tarabus hits back @ 05:19 PM - After losing 8 places with an off on the previous stage, Tarabus now claims a stage win. Kostka also strong, fighting Wiegand for 2nd. Results after SS8:
1st= Pech/Uhel, BMW Mini, 1h09m58s4;
2nd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +29s5;
3rd= Kostka/Houst, Ford, +31s1;
4th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1m17s2;
5th= Odlozilik/Turecek, Ford, +1m21s6;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m33s2;
7th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +1m36s1;
8th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m54s8;
9th= Valousek/Slehoferova, Skoda, +2m04s2;
=10th= Tänak/Reiger, Ford, +2m15s6

IRC CZ SS7 - Next drivers in problems @ 03:08 PM - What's going on here? Now Tarabus and Magalhaes both 2min delayed. No information on Tarabus, but Magalhaes is stuck in 5th gear. But 7 stages in and the list of drivers with problems is easily at over 50%! Results after SS7:
1st= Pech/Uhel, BMW Mini, 56m59s4;
2nd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +25s;
3rd= Kostka/Houst, Ford, +29s;
4th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1m02s4;
5th= Odlozilik/Turecek, Ford, +1m05s2;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m11s9;
7th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +1m22s4;
8th= Valousek/Slehoferova, Skoda, +1m44s9;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m56s4;
=10th= Tänak/Reiger, Ford, +2m01s8

IRC CZ SS6 - No retirements for a change @ 02:32 PM - Though Kresta dropped out of results now. Strong time by Kostka too. Results after SS6:
1st= Pech/Uhel, BMW Mini, 52m05s1;
2nd= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +11s8;
3rd= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +18s8;
4th= Kostka/Houst, Ford, +25s8;
5th= Odlozilik/Turecek, Ford, +54s8;
6th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +56s9;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +57s;
8th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +1m17s5;
9th= Valousek/Slehoferova, Skoda, +1m32s7;
=10th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +1m45s5

IRC CZ SS5 - More top driver dramas @ 01:47 PM - Now new leader Kresta has a broken manifold and is unlikely to continue as this could be a risk of fire. Breen & Barrable didn't start the stage following SS4 offs. Well, if the top6 all retire, Wiegand has good chances on another podium... Results after SS5:
1st= Pech/Uhel, BMW Mini, 42m;
2nd= Kresta/Stary, Skoda, +3s6;
3rd= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +14s6;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +16s1;
5th= Kostka/Houst, Ford, +24s8;
6th= Odlozilik/Turecek, Ford, +52s1;
7th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +52s6;
8th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +53s3;
9th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +1m14s3;
=10th= Valousek/Slehoferova, Skoda, +1m23s7

IRC CZ SS4 - Top3 cars in dramas! @ 12:46 AM - We often had dramatic stages in IRC & ERC, but did we evr have this? Leader Abbring out with a blown engine. 2nd Lappi out after a crash. 3rd Breen drops 30sec being off road. Results after SS4:
1st= Kresta/Stary, Skoda, 35m22s8;
2nd= Pech/Uhel, BMW Mini, +3s8;
3rd= Kostka/Houst, Ford, +8s6;
4th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +9s2;
5th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +11s7;
6th= Breen/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), +21s9;
7th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +31s9;
8th= Odlozilik/Turecek, Ford, +37s6;
9th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +39s4;
=10th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +43s3

IRC CZ SS3 - Kresta fast too @ 09:44 AM - Kresta 2nd fastest. Tänak had a spin early in the stage and Barrable has a broken driveshaft after he handbraked round a hairpin. Results after SS3:
1st= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), 22m09s;
2nd= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +10s5;
3rd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +11s8;
4th= Kresta/Stary, Skoda, +15s8;
5th= Kostka/Houst, Ford, +15s9;
=6th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +19s1;
=6th= Pech/Uhel, BMW Mini, +19s1;
8th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +20s7;
9th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +27s9;
=10th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +29s7

IRC CZ SS2 - Strong start for Abbring @ 09:16 AM - Strong stage win for Abbring. Another slow time by Tänak. Pech Mini is slowed by gearbox problems, downshit not working proper. Jakes DS3 R5 retired on road section before stage. Results after SS2:
1st= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), 17m14s6;
2nd= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +9s9;
3rd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +10s9;
4th= Kostka/Houst, Ford, +11s8;
5th= Kresta/Stary, Skoda, +15s5;
6th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +16s5;
7th= Pech/Uhel, BMW Mini, +17s4;
8th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +19s1;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +20s1;
=10th= Orsak/Smeidler, Skoda, +23s8

Fri August 29, 2014

The first World Champion died, RIP :-( WRC The first World Champion died, RIP :-( Björn Waldegaard sadly died today suffering from cancer. Maybe one consolation is that Björn did not have to suffer long, as this sad news reached us as a big surprise. Björn won the first drivers World Championship ever and was 70 years of age. ...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC CZ day1 - Big party with surprises @ 10:11 PM - Big party, fireworks, 5-digit spectator numbers, 10km in Zlin town centre. Quite clear stage win for Abbring, while Estonia winner Tänak surprisingly is in 15th place, 17s off the pace. Results after day1 (SS1):
1st= Abbring/Marshall, Peugeot(T16), 7m10s6;
2nd= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +2s8;
3rd= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +4s6;
4th= Kostka/Houst, Ford, +4s7;
5th= Pech/Uhel, BMW Mini, +4s8;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +7s3;
7th= Kresta/Stary, Skoda, +8s7;
8th= Wiegand/Christian, Skoda, +9s4;
9th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +11s3;
=10th= Odlozilik/Turecek, Ford, +12s1 =10th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +12s1

Wed August 27, 2014

Barum home rally for Skoda Skoda Barum home rally for Skoda The ŠKODA drivers line up in first and second place in the championship, the two works Fabia Super 2000s will once again boast their stylish retro RS look, and action is guaranteed at the ŠKODA Motorsport Park: ŠKODA is looking forward to its home event at the Barum Czech Rally Z...

Strong performances for Pirelli WRC Strong performances for Pirelli A strong performance from the Pirelli drivers on Rallye Deutschland showcased the capabilities of the latest generation of RK and RKW tyres that were introduced to the World Rally Championship in Germany. Using the new RK5A hard compound and RKW7 soft, Pirelli drivers Bernardo...

Injury forces Bessenyey out of Barum IRC Injury forces Bessenyey out of Barum Reigning 2WD champion Zoltan Bessenyey will not be travelling to the Barum Rally this week to defend his title. The Hungarian driver damaged his left ankle playing badminton last week and after taking medical advice has decided to withdraw from the Czech classic. The Eurosol-C...

Tue August 26, 2014

205 T16 - 1st victory 30 years ago Peugeot 205 T16 - 1st victory 30 years ago The legendary Peugeot 205 T16 started its success story in 1984. First overall victory came already at the third start in the rally world championship. Two world championship titles [for the car, plus two for the drivers] and all together 16 rally victories were scored in just tw...

Sun August 24, 2014

Hyundai Shell WRT celebrate historic 1-2 WRC Hyundai Shell WRT celebrate historic 1-2 The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has today scored a sensational maiden victory in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with Thierry Neuville leading team-mate Dani Sordo home for an historic 1-2 finish in only the team’s ninth WRC event. The team, run by Hyundai Motorspor...

With the finish line in sight... Citroen With the finish line in sight... Second going into today's final leg of Rallye Deutschland, Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle moved into first place overall at the end of Dhrontal (SS15). However, in the opening stages of Grafschaft (SS16), the number 3 DS3 WRC went off the road, leading to the retirement of the Bri...

Next World champ will also drive a VW WRC Next World champ will also drive a VW Crunch time in the World Rally Championship - the result of the Rally Germany means that the 2014 World Rally Champion will again be behind the wheel of a Volkswagen. Only Sébastien Ogier (F), Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) and Andreas Mikkelsen (N) still have a mathematical chance of ...

Elfyn Evans powers to career best Ford Elfyn Evans powers to career best M-Sport World Rally Team's Elfyn Evans and Daniel Barritt have completed Rallye Deutschland with their best ever performance in the FIA World Rally Championship - powering their Ford Fiesta RS WRC to fourth place and their first ever stage win....

Cruel misfortune for Kubica Ford Cruel misfortune for Kubica Cruel misfortune brought Robert Kubica's Rallye Deutschland to an undeserving end today. The Pole had climbed into a points-paying position and had been driving well until a transmission issue forced him to retire on the liaison to SS15. Recovering from an off on the open...

3rd win for Stéphane Lefebvre Citroen 3rd win for Stéphane Lefebvre Ten crews had been entered for this, the fourth round of the season. The rally saw the return of local hero Christian Riedemann, alongside co-driver Michael Wenzel, and the WRC debuts of Eric Camilli and Mohammed Al Mutawa, two drivers taken from Citroën Racing's talent findi...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Photos of Latvala off @ 09:13 AM - Photos to Latvala's off in the Dhrontal stage this morning now in the Rallye Deutschland gallery:
http://www.rallye-info.com/gallery.asp?rallyid=17&year=2014

Sat August 23, 2014

Stage wins for Kubica Ford Stage wins for Kubica RK M-Sport World Rally Team's Robert delivered a flawless performance on the sealed-surface roads of Rallye Deutschland today. Setting two fastest stage times, the Pole climbed the leader board and is now in a points-paying 10th place....

Volkswagen in dramas WRC Volkswagen in dramas There's no place like home - Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) have opened up a commanding lead for Volkswagen on day two of the Rally Germany. Fresh from their recent win in Finland, the pair currently second in the World Championship standings won five of the day&...

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