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Wed September 30, 2009

Skoda turn focus to Bohemia Skoda Skoda turn focus to Bohemia Having won the first speed trial of the 51st San Remo Rally, Jan Kopecký and Petr Starý of Škoda Motorsport, Škoda Auto's factory team, started this challenging event full of challenging bends and quick changes in the driving rhythm really excellently. Unfortunately, the expec...

Sun September 27, 2009

San Remo victory crowns Meeke IRC San Remo victory crowns Meeke Kris Meeke has claimed the 2009 Intercontinental Rally Challenge title in fine style, with victory on this weekend’s Rallye Sanremo....

Sat September 26, 2009

IRC Leg2 mid day quotes

San Remo leg1 summary IRC San Remo leg1 summary At the end of the first leg, made up of four special stages, a total of 85 timed kilometers, Paolo Andreucci and Anna Andreussi are leading. ...

Andreucci flies, Kopecky crashes IRC Andreucci flies, Kopecky crashes Italian rally stars dominate the top positions at the end of the opening day of the Rallye Sanremo, round 10 of the 2009 Intercontinental Rally Challenge. The classic Italian event, taking place on the mountainous roads around the Riviera town of Sanremo, has become a two-way bat...

IRC Quotes and updates mid day leg1

IRC Comments at pre event press conference

NEWS JUST IN

IRC I end - Meeke IRC Champ! @ 03:54 PM - Meeke wins gripping San Remo and now has an 11points lead. Early rally leader Andreucci drops more places, from 4th to 6th, Travaglia gains from 5th to 3rd on last stage. Chentre drops from 8th to 13th. Abarth 2nd. End results (after SS9)(pending on last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, 2h20m03s5;
2nd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Fiat Abarth, +15s7;
3rd= Travaglia/Granai, Peugeot, +16s5;
4th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +16s9;
5th= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, +19s8;
6th= Andreucci/Andreussi, Peugeot, +28s1;
7th= Cantamessa/Capolongo, Peugeot, +1m28s6;
8th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +1m41s8;
9th= Longhi/Imerito, Skoda, +2m03s2;
10th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +2m36s2

IRC I SS8 - Meeke flies before last stage @ 02:34 PM - Meeke wins penultimate stage, receiving more breathing space by a slow time from Andreucci, who is now in a last stage fight with Vouilloz. Duval drops 2min with puncture. Results after SS8:
1st= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, 1h59m36s1;
2nd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Fiat Abarth, +11s1;
3rd= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +16s7;
4th= Andreucci/Andreussi, Peugeot, +17s5;
5th= Traaglia/Granai, Peugeot, +22s1;
6th= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, +23s;
7th= Cantamessa/Capolongo, Peugeot, +1m28s3;
8th= Chentry/Pogliono, Peugeot, +1m29s2;
9th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +1m34s5;
10th= Longhi/Imerito, Skoda, +1m52s2

IRC I SS7 - Meeke spins on mini stage! @ 11:32 AM - Travaglia passes Loix. Just a 3km hillclimb stage, but demanding. Meeke's huge charge ends in a spin, making the title fight even more interesting. Top3 now just 5sec apart! 2 stages but 57km still to go. For Meeke 1st or 3rd is the difference between 3 or 7 points effective title lead going into RAC! Results after SS7:
1st= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, 1h40m29s8;
2nd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Fiat Abarth, +3s1;
3rd= Andreucci/Andreussi, Peugeot, +5s9;
4th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +11s1;
5th= Travaglia/Granai, Peugeot, +17s3;
6th= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, +18s5;
7th= Chentry/Pogliono, Peugeot, +1m18s1;
8th= Duval/Giraudet, Fiat Abarth, +1m21s2;
9th= Cantamessa/Capolongo, Peugeot, +1m21s7;
10th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +1m26s4

IRC I SS6 - Meeke takes crazy risks @ 10:56 AM - After leg1 Andreucci & Rossetti were in a tight battle for lead by 1.7s. Today Meeke wins both stages, in SS6 he is 16s faster than near tied Andreucci and Rossetti and Meeke takes the lead! Bad stage time for Longhi create more top10 re-shuffle Results after SS6:
1st= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, 1h38m03s4;
2nd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Fiat Abarth, +11s4;
3rd= Andreucci/Andreussi, Peugeot, +15s8;
4th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +20s8;
5th= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, +27s3;
6th= Travaglia/Granai, Peugeot, +27s7;
7th= Chentry/Pogliono, Peugeot, +1n26s5;
8th= Duval/Giraudet, Fiat Abarth, +1m28s4;
9th= Cantamessa/Capolongo, Peugeot, +1m30s;
10th= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +1m35s2

IRC I SS5 - New Day, New Leader! @ 09:42 AM - Mega time by Meeke. Rossetti Abarth takes lead from Andreucci Peugeot by 4.3s. Results after SS5:
1st= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Fiat Abarth, 1h17m38s7;
2nd= Andreucci/Andreussi, Peugeot, +4s3;
3rd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +4s9;
4th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +16s6;
5th= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, +19s7;
6th= Travaglia/Granai, Peugeot, +24s3;
7th= Longhi/Imerito, Skoda, +53s6;
8th= Chentry/Pogliano, Peugeot, +1m05s9;
9th= Scandola/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +1m08s8;
10th= Duval/Giraudet, Fiat Abarth, +1m14s6

Fri September 25, 2009

San Remo Back to the Future IRC San Remo Back to the Future After Rallye Monte Carlo another organiser showing fingers at WRC event layout changes of the last decade or so, robbing the events of their unique characters. The Rallye San Remo organisers announced before the start of their event that for 2010 they want to return to what made ...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC I SS4 - Mega 44km Night Stage @ 10:57 PM - All main driers surprisingly remained trouble free. Rossetti in the Abarth was absolutely flying in this stage and closes the gap to Andreucci to under 2sec overall! Vouilloz vs Meeke, Travaglia vs Longhi & Cantamessa vs Scandola all swap places. Results after SS4:
1st= Andreucci/Andreussi, Peugeot, 58m13s9;
2nd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Fiat Abarth, +1s7;
3rd= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +12s3;
4th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +22s5;
5th= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, +23s8;
6th= Travaglia/Granai, Peugeot, +31s9;
7th= Longhi/Imerito, Skoda, +38s7;
8th= Cantamessa/Capolongo, Peugeot, +58s1;
9th= Scandola/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +59s3;
10th= Chentre/Pogliano, Peugeot, +1m04s4

IRC I SS3 - Andreucci flies! @ 08:03 PM - 2nd stage win in a row has 'ucci in an 8s lead. Slow time (puncture?) for Perico promotes Meeke into 3rd. Results after SS3:
1st= Andreucci/Andreussi, Peugeot, 28m05s7;
2nd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Fiat Abarth, +8s1;
3rd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +13s7;
4th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +13s9;
5th= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, +15s8;
6th= Longhi/Imerito, Skoda, +18s7;
7th= Travaglia/Granai, Peugeot, +21s5;
8th= Scandola/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +36s3;
9th= Cantamessa/Capolongo, Peugeot, +38s9;
10th= Chentre/Pogliano, Peugeot, +45s4

IRC I SS2 - Kopecky out!!!! @ 07:00 PM - Kopecky confirmed to have lost a wheel in SS2! Meeke could secure title now in San Remo, but he needs a win to do this. Italian leaders is not for lack of competition: Hänninen is 13th, Duval 14th. Results after SS2:
1st= Andreucci/Andreussi, Peugeot, 21m07s;
2nd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Fiat Abarth, +3s5;
3rd= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +4s3;
4th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +6s3;
5th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +7s9;
6th= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, +9s9;
7th= Travaglia/Granai, Peugeot, +12s6;
8th= Longhi/Imerito, Skoda, +13s5;
9th= Scandola/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +15s;
10th= Cantamessa/Capolongo, Peugeot, +21s7

IRC I SS1 - Flying start for Kopecky @ 06:55 PM - First stage without drama so far. First leader title candidate Kopecky, but top8 only within 5sec. Results after SS1:
1st= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, 8m27s3;
2nd= Andreucci/Andreussi, Peugeot, +0s1;
3rd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +2s;
4th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Fiat Abarth, +2s5;
5th= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +3s;
6th= Loix/Miclotte, Peugeot, +3s8;
7th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +4s1;
8th= Longhi/Imerito, Skoda, +5s3;
9th= Medici/de Luis, Peugeot, +10s7;
10th= Scandola/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +10s8

Thu September 24, 2009

IRC San Remo special stage evolution

Rallye Sanremo - Preview IRC Rallye Sanremo - Preview The glittering Rallye Sanremo takes place this weekend, one of the most historic and prestigious events on the rally calendar – and the Intercontinental Rally Challenge’s penultimate round of the 2009 season. For the IRC contenders there is the drivers’ title battle at fever pitc...

Wed September 23, 2009

Applications open for Scotland BFG drive IRC Applications open for Scotland BFG drive BFGoodrich and Kronos Racing, in association with the Motor Sports Association – governing body of UK motor sport – are offering a fully-funded entry for a British rally driver to compete in the Scottish round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) on November 19-21. The...

Mon September 21, 2009

Wittmann expects a tough time in Italy IRC Wittmann expects a tough time in Italy In Spain Franz Wittmann missed one IRC point only by a hair’s breadth. With ninth place the young Lower Austrian nevertheless had reached his best IRC tarmac result so far and once more proven his talent. To repeat this feat in one week will be a much more difficult challenge for...

Proton pleased with Spain improvement IRC Proton pleased with Spain improvement The boss of the factory Proton team believes Guy Wilks’ Intercontinental Rally Challenge campaign has turned a corner following Rally Principe de Asturias in Spain recently....

Sun September 20, 2009

Dotta speaks of Asturias sorrow IRC Dotta speaks of Asturias sorrow Mitia Dotta has revealed the anguish he and driver Giandomenico Basso felt when they lost the lead of Rally Principe de Asturias in Spain recently....

Vouilloz aiming for top 3 in title race IRC Vouilloz aiming for top 3 in title race Nicolas Vouilloz is targeting a top three finish in this year’s Intercontinental Rally Challenge, even though he has accepted that he can no longer defend the title he won for the first time last season....

Sat September 19, 2009

IRC situation in San Remo IRC IRC situation in San Remo With two rounds still remaining before the end of the season, Rallye Sanremo (asphalt) and Rally Scotland (gravel), there are only two drivers fighting for the title, Kris Meeke (Peugeot 207 S2000, 50 points and three wins) who hopes to be able to resist the fantastic recovery of...

Fri September 18, 2009

Meeke: I'm staying in IRC IRC Meeke: I'm staying in IRC IRC Championship leader Kris Meeke has confirmed that he will stay in the series for 2010. Although the Northern Irishman has yet to conclude a deal for next year, it is thought likely he will continue with his Peugeot UK supported, Kronos run team....

Thu September 17, 2009

Duval looking to extend IRC involvement IRC Duval looking to extend IRC involvement Francois Duval is already looking to extend his involvement in the IRC as he sets off for Italy to join the works Abarth squad for their home rally next week. The Belgian, who has twice previously appeared on IRC events, is looking to gain more experience with S2000 cars before r...

Duval to lead Abarth squad on Sanremo IRC Duval to lead Abarth squad on Sanremo Asphalt specialist and former WRC star Francois Duval returns to the IRC with Abarth to expunge his disastrous appearance on home soil in June´s Belgium Rally Ypres. The 28-year-old star has a strong record with the Italian team and is looking forward to the event....

Wed September 16, 2009

129 entries for 51st San Remo IRC 129 entries for 51st San Remo Entries to the 51st edition of Rallye Sanremo closed yesterday evening. Sergio Maiga, President of the Organizing Committee, collected the last fax at 11.00 pm: 129 total entries, 102 of them I.R.C., 17 Sanremo Challenge and 10 Legenda, and will start from Colombo Square in Sanre...

Tue September 15, 2009

A THIRD IRC TITLE FOR PEUGEOT IRC A THIRD IRC TITLE FOR PEUGEOT The result of this weekend's Rally Principe de Asturias in Spain has handed Peugeot its third consecutive Manufacturers' crown in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC), with two rounds of the 2009 series remaining....

Costa Smeralda, Alen retires after lead IRC Costa Smeralda, Alen retires after lead Abarth driver Anton Alen led during the opening stages of the Costa Smeralda Rally this weekend, a round of the Italian Rally Championship, but was forced to retire with a mechanical failure while fighting for victory. ...

Mon September 14, 2009

Exciting IRC title showdown IRC Exciting IRC title showdown Peugeot is the 2009 IRC World Champion! That is the big news of the weekend. However it is difficult to see how close the makes title fight would have been had Peugeot not closed the bag in Spain. And it is amasing how close Peugeot was not to win the title already in Spain! The ...

Skoda delighted to take third IRC win Skoda Skoda delighted to take third IRC win Jan Kopecký and Petr Starý of the Škoda Motorsport factory team have won the Principe de Asturias Rally taking place near Oviedo, Spain, thus making the finish of this year's IRC series really dramatic. Continuing in less than two weeks in San Remo, Italy, with Škoda Motorspor...

Sun September 13, 2009

Millet takes 2wd win in Spain IRC Millet takes 2wd win in Spain While there were no challengers from Honda, Skoda or Volkswagen in Asturias, the battle for honours in the 2WD Cup proved tense and extremely competitive between the two men at the top of the points table....

Peugeot crowned makes champion IRC Peugeot crowned makes champion Peugeot has completed its 100 per cent record of manufacturers´ championship wins on the Intercontinental Rally Challenge. Its total of 109 points after the Rally Principe Asturias puts the French giant out of reach of its rivals with two rounds remaining....

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