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Tue September 30, 2008

Suzuki aim for the points in Spain Suzuki Suzuki aim for the points in Spain The Rally de España is the fastest asphalt event of the entire World Rally Championship, with fast, sweeping stages that are often reminiscent of a racing circuit. The pair of Suzuki SX4 WRCs will use a ground-hugging asphalt set-up in order to cling to the road and find the q...

Latvala rejoins Stobart for Spain Ford Latvala rejoins Stobart for Spain Next week will see yet another action-packed rallying event as the FIA World Rally Championship heads towards the Mediterranean coast and Spain’s Costa Daurada for the first of two back-to-back asphalt events – RallyRACC Catalunya - Rally de España....

Ford Duval strengthens Ford squad for Spain

Subaru 3 Imprezas set for Spanish tarmac

Citroen Loeb and Sordo ready for Catalunya

Mon September 29, 2008

Peugeot claim IRC manufacturers title IRC Peugeot claim IRC manufacturers title Peugeot has mathematically won the 2008 IRC manufacturers' title, after finishing second and third on the Sanremo Rally in Italy with Nicolas Vouilloz and Luca Rossetti....

Sun September 28, 2008

50th San Remo classic highlights IRC 50th San Remo classic highlights One of the highlights of the IRC is that the series combines true classic rallies with events on important markets. For the teams this leads to memorable and unique rallies with great marketing potential. The Rallye San Remo is such an example. That the WRC switched from San Remo...

General Zheludov takes win on WRC candidate

Success for Honda in San Remo IRC Success for Honda in San Remo Alessandro Bettega new leader in the IRC 2WD cup The Honda Civic Type R R3 has claimed first and second places in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge's two-wheel drive cup on the Sanremo Rally in Italy. Alessandro Bettega, the son of the legendary Italian driver Attilio Be...

Sat September 27, 2008

Basso wins Sanremo IRC Basso wins Sanremo Abarth driver Giandomenico Basso (pictured) has won the Sanremo Rally for the first time in his career to move up to second place overall in the IRC standings with two rounds left to go. The Italian took the lead on the 59.66-kilometre Ronde stage on Thursday night, and did not l...

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IRC I end - Abarth wins, Peugeot champ! @ 01:14 PM - Loix's problems carry on as he drops behind Travaglia. Rossetti is Italian champ. Interesting IRC points system. For drop scores Abarth avoids Peugeot to score any points at all. But in return Peugeot avoids Abarth to score 18, und such the title goes to France! Final positions (after SS12/subject to last road section and scrutineering): 1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 2h56m25s4; 2nd= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +42s6; 3rd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +1m09s3; 4th= Loix/BuysmansKlinger, Peugeot, +2m20s9; 5th= Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +8m04s8; 6th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +4m35s4; 7th= Cantamessa/Capolongo, Peugeot, +5m44s2; 8th= Longhi/Imerito, Subaru, +5m54s6; 9th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +6m01s1; 10th= Torlasco/Brega, Peugeot, +6m11s1

IRC I SS10 - Vouilloz attacks Rossetti @ 09:47 AM - Quite some scenario for Rossetti. After Andreucci's drama he shouldn't risk anything and secure the Italian title. However stunning times by Vouilloz and Loix has Rossetti in danger of dropping from 2nd to 4th! Positions after SS10: 1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 2h27m14s3; 2nd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +44s7; 3rd= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +45s3; 4th= Loix/BuysmansKlinger, Peugeot, +52s5; 5th= Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +2m04s4; 6th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +3m39s; 7th= Longhi/Imerito, Subaru, +4m50s8; 8th= Cantamessa/Capolongo, Peugeot, +5m06s3; 9th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +5m28s9; 10th= Torlasco/Brega, Peugeot, +5m43s7

IRC I SS9 - Andreucci rally deciding drama @ 09:09 AM - Vouilloz overtakes Loix for 3rd. Andreucci loses 2 1/2 minutes for unconfirmed problems. Shame for Mitsubishi, who looks unlikely to score points now, but more this means the Italian championship is tightly in Rossetti's grips, who won't be attacking any more! Positions after SS9: 1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 2h10m14s5; 2nd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +56s2; 3rd= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +1m08s2; 4th= Loix/BuysmansKlinger, Peugeot, +1m12s9; 5th= Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +2m12s; 6th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +3m25s5; 7th= Longhi/Imerito, Subaru, +4m39s4; 8th= Cantamessa/Capolongo, Peugeot, +5m06s5; 9th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +5m14s8; 10th= Torlasco/Brega, Peugeot, +5m20s7

IRC I SS11 - Huge battle for 2nd! @ 00:12 AM - Loix loses 50sec for an undisclosed problem and with it all chance on 2nd place. But it is not over for Rossetti yet, as Vouilloz passes him for 2nd now! Positions after SS11: 1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 2h39m33s5; 2nd= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +50s; 3rd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +57s3; 4th= Loix/BuysmansKlinger, Peugeot, +1m52s3; 5th= Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +2m20s; 6th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +4m06s9; 7th= Cantamessa/Capolongo, Peugeot, +5m33s6; 8th= Longhi/Imerito, Subaru, +5m33s8; 9th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +5m53s7; 10th= Torlasco/Brega, Peugeot, +6m02s5

Fri September 26, 2008

Basso keeps up the pace on leg 2 IRC Basso keeps up the pace on leg 2 After a dramatic opening leg of the Sanremo Rally last night, Giandomenico Basso started the second day with a lead of just under 30 seconds. The Italian Abarth driver concentrated on trying to maintain his advantage throughout today's four stages, which were split into two lo...

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IRC I SS7 - Casier VW crashed out @ 11:09 AM - He did so already in SS6, blocking the route once again. This is the reason why the rally is delayed and we can only deliver times for top8 right now, Casier was 9th. Positions after SS7: 1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 1h49m20s9; 2nd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +50s8; 3rd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +1m03s4; 4th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +1m11s5; 5th= Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +1m54s2; 6th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +2m59s5; 7th= Andreucci/Andreussi, Mitsubishi, +3m43s; 8th= Longhi/Imerito, Subaru, +3m53s; 9th= Cavallini/Zanella, Peugeot, +ms; 10th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +ms

IRC I SS6 - Vouilloz attacks @ 08:56 AM - and moves closer to Loix. Meanwhile the notional times of SS4 last night have been adjusted to those of Perico, which moves Perico ahead of the groupN cars again. SS6 has been stopped after 8 cars for unknown reason. Positions after SS6: 1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 1h31m56s5; 2nd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +46s5; 3rd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +1m01s6; 4th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +1m05s6; 5th= Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +1m41s6; 6th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +2m37s8; 7th= Andreucci/Andreussi, Mitsubishi, +3m08s2; 8th= Longhi/Imerito, Subaru, +3m17s3; 9th= Cavallini/Zanella, Peugeot, +ms; 10th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +ms

IRC I SS5 - another Bassp stunner @ 08:49 AM - Basso wins the opening stage in the same style as the last stage last night, over 13sec quicker than anybody on 24km! Perico moves up, Alen drops. Positions after SS5: 1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 1h23m33s3; 2nd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +41s; 3rd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +52s5; 4th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +1m03s7; 5th= Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +1m33s1; 6th= Andreucci/Andreussi, Mitsubishi, +1m54s6; 7th= Longhi/Imerito, Subaru, +2m05s7; 8th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +2m25s8; 9th= Casier/Miclotte, Volkswagen, +2m36s5; 10th= Cavallini/Zanella, Peugeot, +2m40s

IRC I leg2 - Vouilloz wins stage @ 00:12 AM - But Basso keeps convincing lead after leg2. Positions after leg2 (SS8): 1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 1h57m44s1; 2nd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +52s8; 3rd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +1m05s3; 4th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +1m10s5; 5th= Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +2m02s2; 6th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +3m09s8; 7th= Andreucci/Andreussi, Mitsubishi, +3m53s9; 8th= Longhi/Imerito, Subaru, +4m07s; 9th= Cavallini/Zanella, Peugeot, +ms; 10th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +ms

Thu September 25, 2008

Basso leads after day one in Sanremo IRC Basso leads after day one in Sanremo At the end of a remarkable opening four stages of the Sanremo Rally, Abarth driver Giandomenico Basso leads by 27.6 seconds from Peugeot Italy's Luca Rossetti....

Rally Sanremo: TV Times IRC Rally Sanremo: TV Times Rally Sanremo, round 8 of this year's IRC, gets underway this evening with the first four special stages. Stage 4 is a particular highlight, 60km of stage mileage, all in the dark! TV programmes start tonight at 10pm CET (9pm British Summer Time) ...

Last minute San Remo preview IRC Last minute San Remo preview This is a late preview, but it must be done! Because I am so much looking forward to this event. Why? One of my complaints in WRC is that every event looks the same, has the same pattern and layout by the rules. The IRC does not pose restrictions like this on their events with th...

Leg1 stage description IRC Leg1 stage description As usual, the IRC’s Motorsport Development Manager Jean-Pierre Nicolas drove through all the stages of the Sanremo Rally prior to the start. The event gets underway tonight at 17:00 and the crews will contest four stages in total this evening – with the last one being the longest...

Honda wins national 2WD titles General Honda wins national 2WD titles The new Honda Civic Type R R3, built by JAS Motorsport in Italy, has claimed its first national rally championship titles of 2008. Designed to the latest FIA R3 regulations, and equipped with an engine tuned by Mugen, the Honda has punched well above its weight this year on ca...

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IRC I leg1 - 60km night Abarth nightmare @ 11:01 PM - This stage has likely decided the makes championship. Absolute stunner time by Basso, but Scandola (crash), Navarra (gearbox) and Auriol all reported stopped in stage! However it was the accident of Yokohama Peugeot driver Sandro Sottile that has the stage neutralised after 6 cars. Crew is fine but their stricken car blocks the stage. Positions after leg1 (SS4): 1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 1h06m12s; 2nd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +27s6; 3rd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +35s2; 4th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +45s2; 5th= Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +1m09s; 6th= Andreucci/Andreussi, Mitsubishi, +1m15s3; 7th= Longhi/Imerito, Subaru, +1m20s; 8th= Cantamessa/Copolongo, Peugeot, +1m21s3; 9th= Casier/Miclotte, Volkswagen, +1m39s5; 10th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +1m45s6

IRC I SS3 - 60km night stage next! @ 06:51 PM - SS3 San Romolo is a Vouilloz-Basso tie. But with Scandola 4th and Rossetti 6th Scandola even increases his lead. Basso back in 3rd past Loix. Perico loses relatively much time to Vouilloz. Positions after SS3: 1st= Scandola/d'Esposito, Fiat Abarth, 24m57s1; 2nd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +16s6; 3rd= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +17s6; 4th= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +18s5; 5th= Navarra/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +20s6; 6th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +26s7; 7th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +37s6; 8th= Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +42s6; 9th= Sottile/Gorni, Peugeot, +46s5; 10th= Andreucci/Andreussi, Mitsubishi, +48s9

IRC I SS2 - More Scandola! @ 06:22 PM - Also the 2nd stage goes to Scandola by surprising margin! Loix takes Basso. Positions after SS2: 1st= Scandola/d'Esposito, Fiat Abarth, 17m51s3; 2nd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +15s; 3rd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +17s5; 4th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +20s8; 5th= Navarra/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +22s7; 6th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +24s5; 7th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +29s9; 8th= Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +35s8; 9th= Andreucci/Andreussi, Mitsubishi, +37s2; 10th= Sottile/Gorni, Peugeot, +40s1

IRC I SS1 - Surprise leader Scandola @ 05:50 PM - Young works Abarth driver Umberto Scandola won the 1st stage by 8sec! He is followed by Rossetti ahead of Basso with Navarra also strong. Positions after SS1: 1st= Scandola/d'Esposito, Fiat Abarth, 10m35s; 2nd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +8s6; 3rd= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +11s6; 4th= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +11s9; 5th= Navarra/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +13s; 6th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +14s6; 7th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +18s5; 8th= Travaglia/Granai, Fiat Abarth, +22s2; 9th= Sottile/Gorni, Peugeot, +23s7; 10th= Andreucci/Andreussi, Mitsubishi, +24s3

Wed September 24, 2008

All female crew in a 207 for Sanremo IRC All female crew in a 207 for Sanremo Last year’s top female crew in Sanremo – who drove a Super 1600 car in 2007 - are back this year with a state-of-the-art Super 2000 machine, and aiming for more success. Patrizia Sciascia (pictured) and Cristiana Biondi have enjoyed plenty of good results in the past in Italy, an...

Tue September 23, 2008

Fabia set for zero car duties again Skoda Fabia set for zero car duties again Having impressed the crowds on the Barum Rally Zlin last month, Skoda’s brand new Fabia Super 2000 (pictured) will once more perform the vital zero car role on the Sanremo Rally in Italy this weekend....

WRC comes to Russia WRC WRC comes to Russia Here you find information on the WRC event that is to be hosted in Russia in 2010. The Novorossiysk Rally of Russia promises to be quite different to the Rally Russia we know from the IRC series. It is also gravel, but here the similarities stop, it is in a very different area an...

Rallye San Remo preview IRC Rallye San Remo preview The eighth round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge is the legendary Sanremo Rally, a well-known fixture on the international calendar that celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Based in the glamorous coastal resort of Sanremo, the all-asphalt event uses a number of cla...

Fri September 19, 2008

Bumper entry for Sanremo IRC Bumper entry for Sanremo A total of 55 IRC entrants will take the start of next weekend's Sanremo Rally, round eight of the IRC, with 19 of them driving Super 2000 cars. As well as being the penultimate European round of the IRC this year, Sanremo also counts for the Italian Rally Championship, which ...

Thu September 18, 2008

Bettega confident for Sanremo IRC Bettega confident for Sanremo Italian driver Alessandro Bettega (pictured) – the son of the legendary Attilio Bettega – is optimistic heading into the next round of the IRC, the Sanremo Rally, after a successful second day on the Principe de Asturias Rally....

Wed September 17, 2008

Sola aiming for 2009 IRC programme IRC Sola aiming for 2009 IRC programme Spanish driver and former Junior World Rally Champion Dani Sola (pictured) is aiming for another season of the IRC in 2009, after a strong performance on the Principe de Asturias Rally....

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