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Tue September 30, 2003

Fabia faces challenging month on asphalt Skoda Fabia faces challenging month on asphalt The Škoda Fabia WRC will get its first taste of traditional European mountain roads on the Sanremo Rally from October 2-5. The all-new Fabia WRC, Škoda Motorsport’s most sophisticated rally car to date, made its debut on Germany’s Rallye Deutschland in July but the sinuous asphal...

Peugeot and Marcus on the asphalt Peugeot Peugeot and Marcus on the asphalt This week we will whitness the last Rally San Remo. It is a traditional, even though often criticised event in the WRC calendar since the existance of the WRC. However for next year the Italian event will move to the Costa Smeralda region on gravel stages that are mainly on milit...

Skoda Interview with Toni Gardemeister

Skoda Interview with Didier Auriol

Subaru Rally San Remo Preview

Mon September 29, 2003

WRC Statistics - The Season So Far

NEWS JUST IN

WRC MSD confirm Italy no-show @ 02:06 PM - It will come as no surprise, but today MSD (the team running Hyundai's WRC squad) confirmed that it will not contest the Sam Remo Rally. The recce for the event started today, however the problems between MSD and Hyundai Motor Company are far from resolved - they could not join the recce and will therefore not compete in the event on safety grounds.

Sat September 27, 2003

Asphalt month of truth for Ford Ford Asphalt month of truth for Ford The Ford squad begins the busiest month in the history of the FIA World Rally Championship next week. The Rallye Sanremo (2 - 5 October) begins a quickfire tour of the Mediterranean which brings three asphalt events in just four weekends and provides the opportunity for the Focu...

Fri September 26, 2003

Skoda star Toni's charitable ways Skoda Skoda star Toni's charitable ways Škoda Motorsport driver Toni Gardemeister has donated the $5000 prize he won as the Inmarsat Star of the Rally in Australia to the Kuovola Ice Hockey Club at home in Finland. This adds up to the €14000 already raised by the Finnish Škoda Motorsport crew during the charity ice hoc...

Thu September 25, 2003

Gilles Panizzi Lionheart Peugeot Gilles Panizzi Lionheart Peugeot Sport's asphalt ace will be back in action as the WRC heads to the mountains of the Italian Riviera, a region the Frenchman knows particularly well for having won the Sanremo Rally for the past three years. Once again, he is raring to go, his sights set very much on vi...

Wed September 24, 2003

NEWS JUST IN

WRC San Remo - Italy @ 06:00 AM - San Remo is not too far away and you can now enter your top 8 predictions.

Mon September 22, 2003

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Enter your San Remo Tips @ 04:48 AM - San Remo is not too far away and you can now enter your top 8 predictions.

Sat September 20, 2003

Frankfurt Motorshow - Skoda Skoda Frankfurt Motorshow - Skoda If you were, say, Skoda and you were to go to a motorshow, let’s say the IAA in Frankfurt, what would you take to appear attractive, innovative and impressive to the audience? Since you are active in motorsports, more accurately World Rallying, you would take your WRCar? Correct!...

Fri September 19, 2003

Frankfurt Motorshow - Peugeot Peugeot Frankfurt Motorshow - Peugeot Peugeot was one of the makes that had a lot of more or less unusual attractions on their Frankfurt Motorshow stand. Although not as strongly as last year, Peugeot still had one of the most characterful stands that clearly distanced them from the norm in a pleasant way. The stand ...

Frankfurt Motorshow - Ford Ford Frankfurt Motorshow - Ford Ford had a big corner of one hall to themselves and you could easily spot them by the flood of blue lights. The main show however was all road cars as we know them already. It still was worth spending some time and the attitude of the Ford representatives gave you the impression ...

Frankfurt Motorshow - Mitsubishi Mitsubishi Frankfurt Motorshow - Mitsubishi Mitsubishi was there and showed a lot of plain silver cars. It seemed to be one of the less imaginative stands. But there were a number of interesting cars. The main attraction seemed to be the Mitsubishi Grandis, which is a new minibus type MPV and is in line to replace the Spac...

Frankfurt Motorshow - Citroen Citroen Frankfurt Motorshow - Citroen Citroen had easily the best stand on the Frankfurt Motorshow IAA. OK, that is my impression. But I am not normally the die-hard Citroen fan, so they must have done something right to make me say this. Citroen’s display was stunning, exciting and adventurous. It had a friendly atm...

Frankfurt Motorshow - General WRC Frankfurt Motorshow - General IAA – Internationale Automobil Austellung. These three letters identify the Frankfurt Motorshow. It is one of the biggest motorshows in the World. Unlike most motorshows, the IAA is bi-annually, it alters: Road cars in odd years and vans, busses and lorries in even years. When it...

Wed September 17, 2003

Hyundai to withdraw? Hyundai Hyundai to withdraw? It has been rumoured for a while, fueled by news lately that there was an argument between Hyundai headquarters in Korea and the make's preparation business MSD in the UK. Further there was a lack of driver negotiations for next season and there have been rumours that MSD have...

Tue September 16, 2003

Luis Moya - Subaru Sporting Director Subaru Luis Moya - Subaru Sporting Director The 555 Subaru World Rally Team has appointed former World Champion co-driver, Luis Moya, as its Sporting Director. Moya, 42, has "the perfect blend of hands-on experience, strategic know-how and enthusiasm" according to Team Principal David Lapworth and, after a hugely succe...

NEWS JUST IN

Subaru Moya Makes Rallying Comeback! @ 08:16 AM - The 555 Subaru World Rally Team has appointed former World Champion co-driver, Luis Moya, as its Sporting Director.

Sat September 13, 2003

Citroen McRae without a Seat, Citroen Line-up

WRC Rally Hokkaido Pre-Event Quotes

Wed September 10, 2003

Skoda driver decision not imminent Skoda Skoda driver decision not imminent Skoda are unlikely to confirm their driver lineup for the 2004 World Rally Championship until the end of October at the earliest. Young Finn Toni Gardemeister has already signed to stay for next year but team mate Didier Auriol has not yet decided whether he will stay on with the...

Tue September 9, 2003

Mexico Gets What It Wants For 2004 WRC Mexico Gets What It Wants For 2004 For the first time in history, Mexico will host a round of the FIA World Rally Championship. The organisers of Corona Rally Mexico have successfully secured a date in the 2004 World Rally Championship calendar and the Leon-based event will run as the third round of the series bet...

WRC New WRC Rules & 2004 Calendar

Surprising Points WRC Surprising Points FIA rule changes for World championship rallying always cause discussions and often raise doubts if it is sensible for the sport. Well, we can debate about them. There is a bunch of doubtful rule changes on the way, but we have to still wait and see what comes out of it. So let’s...

Sun September 7, 2003

Sébastien Loeb Shows Title Intentions Citroen Sébastien Loeb Shows Title Intentions The Xsaras of Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena, Colin McRae/Derek Ringer and Carlos Sainz/Marc Marti returned to Perth for the Rally Australia finnish, lying second, fourth and fifth respectively. For its first participation in the antipodean event, Citroën obtained a fantastic team r...

Hyundai Loix Grabs More Hyundai Points

Ford on a Points Streak, Aus Wrap Ford Ford on a Points Streak, Aus Wrap Ford maintained their record-breaking run of points finishes in the FIA World Rally Championship when Finns Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen extended the sequence to 24 consecutive events on the Rally Australia today. Their Ford Focus RS World Rally Car claimed the final point i...

Toni grabs Inmarsat award Skoda Toni grabs Inmarsat award Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team driver Toni Gardemeister has won the Inmarsat Star of the Rally Award for his performance on this year’s Rally Australia that the judges said: “Showed incredible skill and bravery.” Rally Australia saw both Škoda Fabia WRCs complete the 24 stages...

Victory for Solberg and Subaru Subaru Victory for Solberg and Subaru Thanks to another strategically perfect drive, Subaru's Petter Solberg claimed the third WRC victory of his young WRC career in Australia today. After two days of tactical driving, during which he traded stage wins with his closest competitor, Citroen's Sebastien Loeb, Solb...

PWRC: title decision close WRC PWRC: title decision close While the Rally World Championship is closely fought, one of its sub-championships is nearly finished. The JWRC still has 3 of its 7 rounds remaining: San Remo, Catalunya and Wales. The PWRC has only one event left: Tour de Corse. The penultimate round was this weekend in Austral...

Peugeot had to play waiting game Peugeot Peugeot had to play waiting game The Rally Australia turned into a tough rally for Peugeot. It was actually quite unusual for the exciting rallies we have lately. Peugeot had a bad 1st day and had no chance to recover from this on the remainder of the event. Marcus Grönholm retired from the lead in an unlucky in...

Petter Does it, Loeb Sensational - Leg 3 WRC Petter Does it, Loeb Sensational - Leg 3 A truly top class battle has been witnessed around the Banister area of Western Australia today. The final day of Telstra Rally Australia climaxing with Sebastien Loeb vs. Petter Solberg for the lead, Colin McRae vs. Carlos Sainz for fourth and Mikko Hirvonen vs. Francios Duval f...

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