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Fri September 30, 2005

Loeb Comfortable in second, leg 1 Citroen Loeb Comfortable in second, leg 1 At the end of the long opening day of the 2005 Rally Japan, which lasted practically fourteen hours, Sébastien Loeb, Daniel Elena and their Xsara WRC this evening figure in 2nd position, while François Duval and Sven Smeets are in 7th place....

Rovanpera & Galli 5th & 6th Mitsubishi Rovanpera & Galli 5th & 6th The Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports WRC team enjoyed a successful opening day in Rally Japan, the 13th round of the FIA World Rally Championship. While Harri Rovanperä/Risto Pietiläinen lead the team’s assault in fifth position and rounded the day off with a fastest time, team-mat...

Subaru Solberg and Atkinson Fly

Peugeot Marcus Gronholm on the top-3

Ford Japanese debut proves tough leg 1

Skoda Mixed day one for Skoda

Thu September 29, 2005

Skoda look forward to Japan debut Skoda Skoda look forward to Japan debut The Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team heads to Rally Japan (September 30-October 2) Where the Fabia WRC 05 will make its first appearance amid the ancient traditions and cultures of the Far East. Armin Schwarz/ Klaus Wicha lead the team as usual while the second Fabia WRC 05 will...

Wed September 28, 2005

Subaru hope to repeat 04 Rally Japan Subaru Subaru hope to repeat 04 Rally Japan The Subaru World Rally Team will enter two WRC cars in Japan driven by Petter Solberg (co-driven by Phil Mills) and Chris Atkinson (co-driven by Glenn Macneall). Stephane Sarrazin will complete the recce to gain experience of the event. Petter Solberg makes his second Rally ...

Atkinson Counting on Experience Subaru Atkinson Counting on Experience Australian Chris Atkinson will be counting on his experience from the past two years in the Asia-Pacific Championship when he tackles Rally Japan, the thirteenth round of the 2005 FIA World Rally Championship, aboard his Subaru Impreza WRC later this week....

Rally Japan pays their respects WRC Rally Japan pays their respects As a sign of respect for Michael Park, the flags surrounding the WRC Rally Japan headquarters and at the ceremonial start of the rally will be at half-mast on Thursday 29th September 2005. All flags will be raised with the playing of the national anthem, prior to the first...

Thu September 22, 2005

Skoda delay 2006 decision Skoda Skoda delay 2006 decision Skoda Auto have postponed their decision on whether or not to remain the WRC next year until October or November. Following on from Colin McRae's strong performance on Rally GB, the team will analyse the performance on the Welsh event as well as the huge publicity the Scot...

Wed September 21, 2005

Peugeot communique Peugeot Peugeot communique Following his tragic accident on the final day of the recent Wales Rally GB, Markko Märtin will not compete in next week's Rally Japan. The Peugeot Total crews for Round 13 of the 2005 World Rally Championship (September 28th - October 2nd) will be: - Marcus...

Personal Statement From Marie Park Peugeot Personal Statement From Marie Park In the unfortunate curcumstances of Sunday, 18 September 2005, the rally world was shocked and saddened. Following Michael Park's passing it has now understandably been decided driver, Markko Martin, will miss the next rally in Japan. With factory teams required by the FIA to ...

Sun September 18, 2005

Sad end to McRae's return Skoda Sad end to McRae's return Colin McRae achieved his stated aim of bringing the best result of the season for the Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team when he finished seventh on Rally GB. Team mate Armin Schwarz ended the British event 14th. The Fabia WRC 05 proved reliable throughout the three-day event and ...

Solberg takes a bitter win Subaru Solberg takes a bitter win Following the death of Michael Park - Markko Martin's co-driver - Sebastien Loeb decided to arrive early at the final check point to receive a penalty, which dropped him from first to third place in the race standings....

Both Mitsubishis finish tragic event Mitsubishi Both Mitsubishis finish tragic event Harri Rovanpera and Gianluigi Galli respectively finished fourth and thirteenth today in the Wales Rally GB....

WRC Ford pay respects to Park

WRC Loeb takes time penalty to avoid win

WRC OMV Team Mourn for Park

Too sad to think of a title WRC Too sad to think of a title We are sorry to inform you that Michael "Beef" Park has died following a crash in SS15 Margam Park. His driver Markko Märtin was really not prone to accidents and he was the only driver to this point to score WRC points on every round this season. It underlines in a sad way that ...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC GB FLASH - Margam 1 stopped @ 09:39 AM - Following Markko Märtin's crash in SS15, it is not clear yet how the rally will proceed. The only confirmed information we have so far is that Peugeot withdraws Marcus Grönholm's car in respect of Beef Park.

WRC Rally GB halted @ 00:45 AM - Organisers have confirmed that Wales Rally GB will not continue following the tragic death of Michael Park. Rest in Peace.

Sat September 17, 2005

McRae slowed by gearbox trouble Skoda McRae slowed by gearbox trouble Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team drivers Colin McRae and Armin Schwarz ended the second leg of Rally GB in 11th and 18th places respectively. After six stages in the fast Welsh forests, the leg ended with possibly the shortest stage in the championship, the 1.10kms indoor supers...

Ford not Japanese or light enough! WRC Ford not Japanese or light enough! The Ford Focus of Toni Gardemeister has been disqualified from the Wales Rally GB because it was not a Subaru! He also is not allowed to restard under super rally rules, although the offense was yesterday, not today. The official statement claimed that in a weight check during le...

A good start for Citroen Citroen A good start for Citroen The Xsara WRCs of Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena and François Duval/Sven Smeets emerged from the longest leg of the 2005 Wales Rally GB in 1st and 5th positions....

Petter in contention after day one Subaru Petter in contention after day one After the first day of competition on Wales Rally GB, Subaru's Petter Solberg holds second place overall, less than 10 seconds off the lead....

NEWS JUST IN

WRC GB leg2 - Loeb wins every stage today @ 07:39 PM - As we try to poisen some spectators in the first complete indoors stage in WRC history. Unofficial provisional results after leg2: 1 Loeb 2h15m12s7 2 Solberg +44s7 3 Grönholm +1m29s8 4 Duval +1m53s2 5 Rovanperä +1m53s9 6 Märtin +2m24s4 7 Galli +2m44s2 8 Stohl +3m01s3 9 Kresta +3m37s9 10 McRae +3m51s5

WRC GB SS12 - Dirty Harri @ 05:17 PM - Rovanperä swapped fighting Grönholm for Duval as his gearbox broke. Next we try to poisen some spectators in the first complete indoors stage in WRC history. Unofficial provisional results after SS12: 1 Loeb 2h14m07s9 2 Solberg +44s5 3 Grönholm +1m28s8 4 Duval +1m51s9 5 Rovanperä +1m52s5 6 Märtin +2m24s3 7 Galli +2m44s 8 Stohl +2m58s7 9 Kresta +3m34s2 10 McRae +3m49s1

WRC GB SS11 - Loeb in control @ 04:43 PM - Unofficial provisional results after SS11: 1 Loeb 2h03m52s1 2 Solberg +32s6 3 Rovanperä +1m18s7 4 Grönholm +1m25s4 5 Duval +1m45s8 6 Märtin +2m07s2 7 Galli +2m24s 8 Stohl +2m48s1 9 Kresta +3m17s7 10 Meeke +3m28s4

WRC GB SS10 - Loeb again winning stage @ 04:03 PM - Unofficial provisional results after SS10: 1 Loeb 1h56m38s8 2 Solberg +27s1 3 Rovanperä +1m10s3 4 Grönholm +1m21s8 5 Duval +1m43s 6 Märtin +1m57s3 7 Galli +2m19s6 8 Stohl +2m35s2 9 Kresta +3m04s4 10 Meeke +3m13s9

WRC GB SS8 - Epynt @ 11:47 AM - Grönholm completed the Epynt stage for the first time since 2001! Unofficial provisional results after SS8: 1 Loeb 1h35m48s6 2 Solberg +18s8 3 Rovanperä +52s1 4 Grönholm +1m16s3 5 Duval +1m32s8 6 Märtin +1m34s8 7 Galli +1m55s8 8 Stohl +2m12s5 9 Kresta +2m24s9 10 McRae +2m38s8

WRC GB SS7 - turbulent start to day2 @ 11:23 AM - Toni Gardemeister was not allowed to start the day. Henning Solberg and Chris Atkinson both crashed on the day's first stage. Unofficial provisional results after SS7: 1 Loeb 1h28m38s3 2 Solberg +16s1 3 Rovanperä +42s 4 Grönholm +1m12s8 5 Duval +1m28s4 6 Märtin +1m31s5 7 Galli +1m49s1 8 Stohl +2m01s2 9 Kresta +2m10s1 10 McRae +2m23s9

WRC GB SS9 - Halfway point @ 00:26 AM - The stage is actually called Halfway. Good battle between Duval&Märtin and Rovanperä&Grönholm. Unofficial provisional results after SS9: 1 Loeb 1h46m11s1 2 Solberg +23s7 3 Rovanperä +1m01s8 4 Grönholm +1m19s5 5 Duval +1m37s2 6 Märtin +1m45s2 7 Galli +2m09s2 8 Stohl +2m22s5 9 Kresta +2m51s2 10 Meeke +2m59s2

Fri September 16, 2005

Ford duo slip and slide through leg one Ford Ford duo slip and slide through leg one Treacherously slippery conditions made today's opening leg of the Wales Rally GB exceptionally demanding, but both BP-Ford World Rally Team pairings survived unscathed in their Focus RS World Rally Cars. Toni Gardemeister and Jakke Honkanen ended the day in ninth, less than s...

Harri 3rd after Leg One Mitsubishi Harri 3rd after Leg One After the opening leg of Wales Rally GB, the 12th round of the FIA World Rally Championship, the Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05 crew of Harri Rovanperä and Risto Pietiläinen are on the provisional podium, in third. Team-mates “Gigi” Galli and Guido d'Amore have been easing themselves...

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