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Sun September 30, 2012

Iliev makes it 7 IRC winners in 2012 IRC Iliev makes it 7 IRC winners in 2012 Dimitar Iliev, in a ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000, has made it seven different winners in this season’s all-action Intercontinental Rally Challenge with victory on the Mabanol Sliven Rally in Bulgaria today, his sixth on the high-speed asphalt event....

Lappi & Ferm make winning Skoda debut Skoda Lappi & Ferm make winning Skoda debut Esapekka Lappi and his co-driver Janne Ferm driving for ŠKODA Motorsport dominated the 69th Rajd Polski, the penultimate event of this year´s European Championship. This year´s Finnish Rally Champions thus converted their debut in a factory ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 into the bes...

IRC Skoda is IRC makes champion

Ford Ford keen to carry momentum

NEWS JUST IN

IRC BG end - Iliev wins @ 11:12 AM - Gyoshev wins stage, Iliev wins rally. Final results (after SS13)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Iliev/Yanakiev, Skoda, 1h48m58s7;
2nd= Gyoshev/Spasov, Peugeot, +11s2;
3rd= Donchev/Yordanov, Peugeot, +3m25s3;
4th= Slavov/Filipov, Renault, +3m49s9;
5th= Avci/Gucenmez, Ford, +4m09s5;
6th= Kangur/Järveoja, Honda, +8m04s5;
7th= Bostanci/Vatansever, Ford(R2), +10m30s4;
8th= Consani/Klinger, Renault, +12m24s4;
9th= Titov/Mirchev, Citroen, +12m51s1;
10th= Stratieva/Poenaru, Citroen, +13m25s5

IRC BG SS12 - Krozser out from 6th @ 10:03 AM - Iliev has another stage win and goes into the final stage with a 16s advantage over the two Peugeots. Results after SS12:
1st= Iliev/Yanakiev, Skoda, 1h39m10s4;
2nd= Gyoshev/Spasov, Peugeot, +16s3;
3rd= Donchev/Yordanov, Peugeot, +3m05s5;
4th= Slavov/Filipov, Renault, +3m38s8;
5th= Avci/Gucenmez, Ford, +4m00s8;
6th= Kangur/Järveoja, Honda, +7m31s3;
7th= Bostanci/Vatansever, Ford(R2), +9m32s8;
8th= Consani/Klinger, Renault, +11m26s9;
9th= Titov/Mirchev, Citroen, +12m04s6;
10th= Stratieva/Poenaru, Citroen, +12m28s8

IRC BG SS11 - Donchev into 3rd @ 09:54 AM - Donchev overtakes sensational Clio R3 driver Todor Slavov for 3rd. Vasilev retires from 8th. But Iliev pulls clear for lead on this longest stage of rally. Results after SS11:
1st= Iliev/Yanakiev, Skoda, 1h33m23s5;
2nd= Gyoshev/Spasov, Peugeot, +14s6;
3rd= Donchev/Yordanov, Peugeot, +3m01s4;
4th= Slavov/Filipov, Renault, +3m26s1;
5th= Avci/Gucenmez, Ford, +3m43s5;
6th= Krozser/Papp, Renault, +5m34s8;
7th= Kangur/Järveoja, Honda, +6m53s8;
8th= Bostanci/Vatansever, Ford(R2), +8m56s6;
9th= Consani/Klinger, Renault, +10m21s5;
10th= Titov/Mirchev, Citroen, +11m26s5

IRC BG SS10 - Gyoshev stage win @ 09:48 AM - Peter Gyoshev wins stage but Iliev keeps lead. No changes at all in top20. Results after SS10:
1st= Iliev/Yanakiev, Skoda, 1h21m43s5;
2nd= Gyoshev/Spasov, Peugeot, +10s1;
3rd= Slavov/Filipov, Renault, +2m44s8;
4th= Donchev/Yordanov, Peugeot, +2m52s3;
5th= Avci/Gucenmez, Ford, +3m12s4;
6th= Krozser/Papp, Renault, +4m48s8;
7th= Kangur/Järveoja, Honda, +6m00s6;
8th= Vasilev/Dobrev, Mitsubishi, +7m23s3;
9th= Bostanci/Vatansever, Ford(R2), +7m49s1;
10th= Consani/Klinger, Renault, +8m26s

Sat September 29, 2012

Vive la France et Mini WRC Vive la France et Mini 'Salut everyone, 'My name is Céline Grasland the Hospitality Manager at WRC Team MINI Portugal, and I'm proud to be your guide through the team's adventures at Rallye de France, the upcoming round of the 2012 FIA World Rally Championship....

Neuville & Al Attiyah in Alsace Citroen Neuville & Al Attiyah in Alsace Continuing their season of new experiences, Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (Citroën Junior World Rally Team) and Nasser Al- Attiyah/Giovanni Bernacchini (Qatar World Rally Team) will be competing at the Rallye de France-Alsace in their Citroën DS3 WRCs. Faced with an extrem...

Citroen sets its sights on two titles Citroen Citroen sets its sights on two titles Held for the third time this year in Alsace and the Vosges, the Rallye de France should see the Citroën Total World Rally Team enjoy great support from the home crowds. As was the case in 2010, Loeb and Elena return to Seb’s native region with a chance of being crowned World ...

Iliev edges exciting fight for IRC glory IRC Iliev edges exciting fight for IRC glory Dimitar Iliev can make it seven different winners in this year’s all-action Intercontinental Rally Challenge providing he can maintain his advantage out front when the Mabanol Sliven Rally concludes in Bulgaria tomorrow (Sunday)....

Esapekka Lappi in the lead in Poland Skoda Esapekka Lappi in the lead in Poland Esapekka Lappi driving for ŠKODA Motorsport is in the lead of the Poland Rally after its first half. Lappi and his co-driver Janne Ferme are making their debut in a factory ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000....

NEWS JUST IN

IRC BG leg1 - Iliev leads @ 03:50 PM - Iliev wins last stage of the day. However an early 20s time penalty drops Avci behind Donchev. Results after leg1 (SS9):
1st= Iliev/Yanakiev, Skoda, 1h12m58s7;
2nd= Gyoshev/Spasov, Peugeot, +11s7;
3rd= Slavov/Filipov, Renault, +2m24s9;
4th= Donchev/Yordanov, Peugeot, +2m50s3;
5th= Avci/Gucenmez, Ford, +2m54s6;
6th= Krozser/Papp, Renault, +4m18s3;
7th= Kangur/Järveoja, Honda, +5m26s9;
8th= Vasilev/Dobrev, Mitsubishi, +6m37s4;
9th= Bostanci/Vatansever, Ford(R2), +6m57s7;
10th= Consani/Klinger, Renault, +7m29s1

IRC BG SS8 - Gyoshev fastest again @ 03:42 PM - Another fastest for Gyoshev, who moves close to the lead. Consani problems with driveshaft. Results after SS8:
1st= Iliev/Yanakiev, Skoda, 1h04m34s;
2nd= Gyoshev/Spasov, Peugeot, +7s1;
3rd= Slavov/Filipov, Renault, +2m00s6;
4th= Avci/Gucenmez, Ford, +2m40s2;
5th= Donchev/Yordanov, Peugeot, +2m42s5;
6th= Krozser/Papp, Renault, +3m47s4;
7th= Kangur/Järveoja, Honda, +4m52s;
8th= Vasilev/Dobrev, Mitsubishi, +5m40s5;
9th= Bostanci/Vatansever, Ford(R2), +6m01s6;
10th= Consani/Klinger, Renault, +6m24s7

IRC BG SS7 - Stage win for Gyoshev @ 03:36 PM - Gyoshev wins stage, Donchev moves up a place. Results after SS7:
1st= Iliev/Yanakiev, Skoda, 52m51s;
2nd= Gyoshev/Spasov, Peugeot, +21s7;
3rd= Slavov/Filipov, Renault, +1m56s8;
4th= Avci/Gucenmez, Ford, +2m24s2;
5th= Donchev/Yordanov, Peugeot, +2m54s2;
6th= Krozser/Papp, Renault, +3m07s8;
7th= Kangur/Järveoja, Honda, +4m13s1;
8th= Vasilev/Dobrev, Mitsubishi, +4m41s9;
9th= Consani/Klinger, Renault, +4m53s4;
10th= Bostanci/Vatansever, Ford(R2), +4m53s8

IRC BG SS6 - Donchev fights back @ 01:08 PM - Fastest time for Donchev, but he remains in 6th place for now. Tempestini retires with turbo and oil leak problems. Results after SS6:
1st= Iliev/Yanakiev, Skoda, 47m03s8;
2nd= Gyoshev/Spasov, Peugeot, +22s5;
3rd= Slavov/Filipov, Renault, +1m45s5;
4th= Avci/Gucenmez, Ford, +2m12s4;
5th= Korzser/Papp, Renault, +2m44s1;
6th= Donchev/Yordanov, Peugeot, +2m51s8;
7th= Kangur/Järveoja, Honda, +3m44s5;
8th= Consani/Klinger, Renault, +3m58s4;
9th= Vasilev/Dobrev, Mitsubishi, +4m01s2;
10th= Tempestini/Pulpea, Subaru, +4m04s2

IRC BG SS5 - Donchev in trouble @ 11:11 AM - Krum Donchev drops 2 1/2 minutes, possibly with a puncture, into 6th place. Results after SS5:
1st= Iliev/Yanakiev, Skoda, 37m21s2;
2nd= Gyoshev/Spasov, Peugeot, +19s4;
3rd= Slavov/Filipov, Renault, +1m32s6;
4th= Avci/Gucenmez, Ford, +1m57s4;
5th= Korzser/Papp, Renault, +2m15s2;
6th= Donchev/Yordanov, Peugeot, +2m53s1;
7th= Consani/Klinger, Renault, +2m58s2;
8th= Kangur/Järveoja, Honda, +3m06s6;
9th= Tempestini/Pulpea, Subaru, +3m34s9;
10th= Bostanci/Vatansever, Ford(R2), +3m36s4

IRC BG SS4 - Hunt heavily delayed @ 10:50 AM - Harry Hunt drops 14min with an off. Yagiz Avci stage times are simply disappointing. Results after SS4:
1st= Iliev/Yanakiev, Skoda, 28m57s5;
2nd= Gyoshev/Spasov, Peugeot, +11s2;
3rd= Donchev/Yordanov, Peugeot, +22s3;
4th= Slavov/Filipov, Renault, +1m05s7;
5th= Avci/Gucenmez, Ford, +1m17s3;
6th= Krozser/Papp, Renault, +1m41s9;
7th= Tempestini/Pulpea, Subaru, +2m08s3;
8th= Consani/Klinger, Renault, +2m11s8;
9th= Kangur/Järveoja, Honda, +2m30s9;
10th= Bostanci/Vatansever, Ford(R2), +2m43s9

IRC BG SS3 - Iliev confirms speed @ 10:22 AM - Leader Iliev wins stage, but it looks like this rally should turn into a good battle between Iliev, Donchev and Gyoshev. But Yalta winner Avci is even under threat of a Clio R3 driver. Results after SS3:
1st= Iliev/Yanakiev, Skoda, 17m34s5;
2nd= Gyoshev/Spasov, Peugeot, +5s9;
3rd= Donchev/Yordanov, Peugeot, +14s2;
4th= Avci/Gucenmez, Ford, +33s;
5th= Slavov/Filipov, Renault, +33s1;
6th= Hunt/Durant, Citroen, +42s8;
7th= Krozser/Papp, Renault, +47s3;
8th= Tempestini/Pulpea, Subaru, +1m00s9;
9th= Consani/Klinger, Renault, +1m10s;
10th= Bostanci/Vatansever, Ford(R2), +1m15s8

IRC BG SS2 - Iliev takes lead @ 09:32 AM - Donchev wins stage and jumps from 16th to 3rd. Avci time slow as in Yalta and drops from 1st to 4th. Results after SS2:
1st= Iliev/Yanakiev, Skoda, 11m50s3;
2nd= Gyoshev/Spasov, Peugeot, +3s9;
3rd= Donchev/Yordanov, Peugeot, +9s4;
4th= Avci/Gucenmez, Ford, +12s6;
5th= Slavov/Filipov, Renault, +17s6;
6th= Hunt/Durant, Citroen, +20s9;
7th= Krozser/Papp, Renault, +26s8;
8th= Tempestini/Pulpea, Subaru, +29s2;
9th= Consani/Klinger, Renault, +35s4;
10th= Kangur/Järveoja, Honda, +42s9

Fri September 28, 2012

Martin Kangur going for victory in 2WD IRC Martin Kangur going for victory in 2WD The Intercontinental Rally Challenge continues its tour of Eastern Europe this week, with drivers and crews arriving at Bulgaria for the Mabanol Sliven Rally. Dominated by lightening quick asphalt stages in the mountains around Sliven – with a hilltop 1050m above sea-level - t...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC BG SS1 - Super special start of rally @ 08:51 PM - Not many surprises in 2min mini stage, Krum Donchev in a 207 S2000 surprisingly in 16th. Results after SS1:
1st= Avci/Gücenmez, Ford, 2m00s5;
2nd= Tempestini/Pulpea, Subaru, +0s5;
3rd= Consani/Klinger, Renault, +3s4;
4th= Iliev/Yanakiev, Skoda, +4s;
5th= Hunt/Durant, Citroen, +5s;
6th= Gyoshev/Spasov, Peugeot, +5s9;
7th= Krozser/Papp, Renault, +8s1;
8th= Stratieva/Poenaru, Citroen, +10s5;
9th= Shen/Lin, Renault, +11s6;
10th= Bostanci/Vatansever, Ford(R2), +12s4

Thu September 27, 2012

Citroen & Abu Dhabi partnership Citroen Citroen & Abu Dhabi partnership Citroën Racing has outlined plans for its future involvement in motorsport in an announcement at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Thanks to the partnership agreed with Abu Dhabi, the seven-time World Championshipwinning team will continue to compete in rallying, entering three Citroë...

Hot autumn on the “Flowers Riviera” IRC Hot autumn on the “Flowers Riviera” Triple confront for the participants in the race on the Liguria West Coast. Drivers will not compete only for the supremacy in their respective Championships and Trophies, but above there will be confront face-to-face between the Italian Championship’s drivers and the IRC’s drive...

Hyundai ready for WRC return WRC Hyundai ready for WRC return Hyundai is poised to return to the FIA World Rally Championship (better known as the WRC) and has today unveiled a rally-ready version based on the New i20 at the Paris Motor Show. The WRC is one of the world’s toughest motorsport series, and the vehicle has been engineered to...

Mon September 24, 2012

Esapekka Lappi to drive for Skoda Skoda Esapekka Lappi to drive for Skoda › This year´s Finnish Rally Champion Esapekka Lappi will make his debut in a factory ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 --- › Scheduled for September 28 – 30, the Poland Rally is the penultimate event of this year´s European Championship --- › ŠKODA Motorsport´s factory driver Juho Hännine...

Rally Sliven Bulgaria Preview IRC Rally Sliven Bulgaria Preview Full preview: 2012 Intercontinental Rally Challenge, round 11 of 13 Mabanol Sliven Rally, 28-30 September: IRC set for Bulgaria debut  ...

Sun September 23, 2012

IRC Champ turns marathon man IRC IRC Champ turns marathon man Defending Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion Andreas Mikkelsen will swap his rally boots for a pair of running shoes when he takes part in the Oslo Marathon on Saturday....

New name for Bulgarian round IRC New name for Bulgarian round Sliven Rally organisers have confirmed a new event name and tweaked logo for their first appearance in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge next week....

Q&A Yagiz Avci IRC Q&A Yagiz Avci Three questions to: YAĞIZ AVCI Prime Yalta Rally winner on making it big in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge...

Saintélog San Remo preview Peugeot Saintélog San Remo preview Saintéloc Racing is continuing its programme in the IRC and has entered two Peugeot 207 Super 2000s for the Sanremo Rally (12-13 October). To prepare for this prestigious event Craig Breen-Paul Nagle and Florian Gonon-Sandra Arlettaz will do a couple of days testing on Monday 24t...

Hirvonen wins national French rally Citroen Hirvonen wins national French rally Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen have won the 27th running of the Rally Vosgien. This full-scale test session proved to be a very useful learning experience for the crews, given the extreme conditions with which they had to contend. However, it also saw more than one great ...

Neuville steps in for Al Attiyah Citroen Neuville steps in for Al Attiyah The Rally d’Italia Sardegna, the penultimate round of the World Rally Championship, has now been added to this season’s programme for the Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul crew. Set to be busy testing the buggy in which he will be competing in the 2013 Dakar Rally, the Qatari ...

Wed September 19, 2012

Skoda driver already European Champ Skoda Skoda driver already European Champ With two events still to go, ŠKODA's Juho Hänninen/Mikko Markkula (factory crew) have already won this year's European Championship. This is one of the reason why ŠKODA has decided to test new talent behind the wheel of its factory ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 at the Poland Ral...

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