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Mon September 30, 2013

San Remo: Rhyme with fifty-five IRC San Remo: Rhyme with fifty-five The final Special Stage of Day1 will be 55 km long, to honor this 55th edition of the event. Pity the roulette wheel gets only to number 36, otherwise 55 would have been the number to bet on. The 55th Rallye Sanremo highlight will be the Stage “Ronde”, a classic of the Town of F...

Gaurav Gill closes in on APRC title Skoda Gaurav Gill closes in on APRC title Indian driver Gaurav Gill is one step closer to clinching the 2013 FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship title after taking a dominant victory on this weekend's Rally Hokkaido at the wheel of his Team MRF ŠKODA Fabia S2000. Title rival and team-mate Esapekka Lappi was forced to...

IRC Bessenyey rewarded for strong pace

Skoda After ERC, win Czech title

General Hyundai tests i20 at altitude

Sat September 28, 2013

6th ERC win underlines title for Kopecky IRC 6th ERC win underlines title for Kopecky Jan Kopecký marked his first FIA European Rally Championship title triumph* by making it six wins from eight starts in the 2013 ERC with a dominant victory on the Croatia Rally today (Saturday). Kopecký, whose ŠKODA Motorsport team celebrated his and co-driver Pavel Dresler’s...

ERC champ Kopecky claims 6th win Skoda ERC champ Kopecky claims 6th win ŠKODA’s European champion elect*, Jan Kopecký, has added to his already remarkable record with victory at the 40th Rally Croatia. Together with co-driver Pavel Dresler, the exceptional Czech driver claimed his sixth win of the season in the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC). ...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC HR SS13/end - Kopecky wins! @ 02:14 PM - Kopecky wins. Hadik overtakes Humar. Sorry, why wait with the results for over 2hours for just a 1km superspecial? Nothing is going to change there, is it! End results - subject to last road section and scrutineering (after SS13 plus 1km SSS):
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 2h21m26s3;
2nd= Aigner/Watzl, Subaru, +1m59s5;
3rd= Gaßner jr/Mayrhofer, Mitsubishi, +2m13s3;
4th= Tsjoen/Casier, Skoda, +3m00s3;
5th= Lategan/White, Skoda, +4m00s3;
6th= Hadik/Kertesz, Subaru, +6m50s2;
7th= Humar/Rus, Renault, +6m59s7;
8th= Saskin/Bruner, Ford(T), +8m03s1;
9th= Trcek/Oslaj, Mitsubishi, +9m53s2;
10th= Bessenyey/Nyirfas, Honda, +10m08s1

IRC HR SS12 - Aigner pulls clear @ 01:38 PM - Aigner increases gap to Gaßner jr from 0.7 to 23.2s within only 2 stages. Tsjoen 2nd fastest, otherwise business as usual. Results after SS12:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 2h04m28s1;
2nd= Aigner/Watzl, Subaru, +1m27s9;
3rd= Gaßner jr/Mayrhofer, Mitsubishi, +1m51s2;
4th= Tsjoen/Casier, Skoda, +2m36s3;
5th= Lategan/White, Skoda, +3m37s6;
6th= Humar/Rus, Renault, +5m49s1;
7th= Hadic/Kertesz, Subaru, +5m59s3;
8th= Saskin/Bruner, Ford(T), +6m56s9;
9th= Trcek/Oslaj, Mitsubishi, +8m23s4;
10th= Bessenyey/Nyirfas, Honda, +8m37s2

IRC HR SS11 - Kopecky wins stage @ 01:17 PM - Conditions dry with many wet patches, very tricky. Kopecky has a moment and slightly hits a house, lucky escape. Results after SS11:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h55m44s1;
2nd= Aigner/Watzl, Subaru, +1m15s5;
3rd= Gaßner jr/Mayrhofer, Mitsubishi, +1m25s5;
4th= Tsjoen/Casier, Skoda, +2m30s4;
5th= Lategan/White, Skoda, +3m22s3;
6th= Humar/Rus, Renault, +5m14s4;
7th= Hadic/Kertesz, Subaru, +5m27s8;
8th= Saskin/Bruner, Ford(T), +6m18s9;
9th= Bessenyey/Nyirfas, Honda, +7m51s5;
10th= Trcek/Oslaj, Mitsubishi, +7m52s2

IRC HR SS10 - Tsjoen wins stage @ 11:11 AM - Longest stage of the rally. Tsjoen, who took over the driving from Casier today, wins the stage. Gaßner sr has a blown turbo. Results after SS10:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h46m32s3;
2nd= Aigner/Watzl, Subaru, +1m05s;
3rd= Gaßner jr/Mayrhofer, Mitsubishi, +1m05s7;
4th= Tsjoen/Casier, Skoda, +2m14s2;
5th= Lategan/White, Skoda, +2m46s4;
6th= Humar/Rus, Renault, +4m30s7;
7th= Hadic/Kertesz, Subaru, +4m42s4;
8th= Saskin/Bruner, Ford(T), +5m11s8;
9th= Bessenyey/Nyirfas, Honda, +7m06s1;
10th= Trcek/Oslaj, Mitsubishi, +7m20s9

IRC HR SS9 - Results delayed @ 10:22 AM - Kopecky wins the stage. But results will be delayed as apparently crews are given notional times for SS8, but notional times of who? Further start of SS10 will be delayed by at least half an hour. Results after SS8:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h29m22s1;
2nd= Aigner/Watzl, Subaru, +1m01s9;
3rd= Gaßner jr/Mayrhofer, Mitsubishi, +1m04s6;
4th= Tsjoen/Casier, Skoda, +2m24s6;
5th= Lategan/White, Skoda, +2m51s9;
6th= Humar/Rus, Renault, +3m53s7;
7th= Hadic/Kertesz, Subaru, +4m06s5;
8th= Saskin/Bruner, Ford(T), +4m27s6;
9th= Gaßner sr/Tannhäuser, Mitsubishi, +6m04s;
10th= Bessenyey/Nyirfas, Honda, +6m05s3

IRC HR SS8 - Cancelled, Sebalj out @ 10:15 AM - Stage has been cancelled after Sebalj from 5th crashed. Crew is OK but road is blocked. Only Tlustak, Consani & Saskin finished stage without hold up. Results after some (strange) notional times were applied: Results after SS8:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h20m56s5;
2nd= Aigner/Watzl, Subaru, +52s9;
3rd= Gaßner jr/Mayrhofer, Mitsubishi, +58s1;
4th= Tsjoen/Casier, Skoda, +2m16s1;
5th= Lategan/White, Skoda, +2m45s5;
6th= Humar/Rus, Renault, +3m26s1;
7th= Hadic/Kertesz, Subaru, +3m41s8;
8th= Saskin/Bruner, Ford(T), +4m12s;
9th= Gaßner sr/Tannhäuser, Mitsubishi, +5m28s8;
10th= Prodan/Drazenovic, Citroen, +5m31s3

Fri September 27, 2013

Kopecky with big lead in Croatia IRC Kopecky with big lead in Croatia Jan Kopecký completed leg one of the Croatia Rally by celebrating winning the FIA European Rally Championship for the first time*. Kopecký’s ŠKODA Motorsport team has officially acknowledged his and co-driver Pavel Dresler’s standout achievement after they added a further sev...

Skoda driver Kopecky confirms ERC title Skoda Skoda driver Kopecky confirms ERC title ŠKODA rally driver Jan Kopecký and his co-driver Pavel Dresler have won the European Rally Championship* for ŠKODA with races to spare. Regardless of the outcome of the on-going Rally Croatia, at which the duo is currently in the lead at the end of day one, the Czech pair have al...

Alsace asphalt awaits Qatar M-Sport Ford Alsace asphalt awaits Qatar M-Sport As the Alsace asphalt awaits the eleventh round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Qatar M-Sport will be hoping to continue their good form with another strong result at next week's Rallye de France-Alsace. ...

Al Kuwari secures WRC drive in Spain Ford Al Kuwari secures WRC drive in Spain Seashore Qatar Rally Team's Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari will progress to the Ford Fiesta RS WRC for next month's RACC Rally de España. Becoming accustomed to piloting his Ford Fiesta RRC to the top-step of the podium in this year's WRC 2 category, the Spanish fixture will see...

Memories of a 9-time World Champion Citroen Memories of a 9-time World Champion A few days before taking part in his 168th WRC round, the statistics from Sébastien Loeb's racing career are genuinely staggering: 78 overall wins, 116 podium-finishes, 896 stage wins, 1,619 points scored, only 20 retirements… and of course, 9 World Championship titles, share...

A date with history Citroen A date with history Regardless of the outcome, the 2013 Rallye de France Alsace will go down in world motorsport history. The rally is set to be Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena's last competitive outing for the works Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT. With 78 wins already under their belts, the nine-t...

Ogier has one hand on WRC title WRC Ogier has one hand on WRC title Just one small step from achieving the main goal: with three races still to go, one single world championship point is all that stands between Volkswagen duo Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) and the Driver and Co-Driver titles. The French pair has its sights set on picking ...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC HR leg1 - Clear lead for Kopecky now @ 05:14 PM - A bit more of the normal order now. May I just say I love the name of this stage: Brest2 Results after leg1 (SS7):
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h11m32s5;
2nd= Aigner/Watzl, Subaru, +52s9;
3rd= Gaßner jr/Mayrhofer, Mitsubishi, +58s1;
4th= Casier/Tsjoen, Skoda, +2m16s1;
5th= Sebalj/Klinc, Skoda, +2m28s;
6th= Lategan/White, Skoda, +2m42s8;
7th= Humar/Rus, Renault, +3m23s4;
8th= Hadic/Kertesz, Subaru, +3m39s1;
9th= Saskin/Bruner, Ford(T), +4m09s3;
10th= Gaßner sr/Tannhäuser, Mitsubishi, +4m48s2

IRC HR SS6 - Kopecky takes lead @ 03:41 PM - Kopecky now has the sole lead. Gaßner jr fighting with Aigner now for 2nd. Sebalj overtakes Lategan for 5th. Results after SS6:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 55m51s3;
2nd= Aigner/Watzl, Subaru, +17s6;
3rd= Gaßner jr/Mayrhofer, Mitsubishi, +23s2;
4th= Casier/Tsjoen, Skoda, +1m33s;
5th= Sebalj/Klinc, Skoda, +1m47s5;
6th= Lategan/White, Skoda, +2m00s4;
7th= Humar/Rus, Renault, +2m13s8;
8th= Hadic/Kertesz, Subaru, +2m43s5;
9th= Saskin/Bruner, Ford(T), +3m04s2;
10th= Prodan/Drazenovic, Citroen, +3m09s3

IRC HR SS5 - Tie for the lead @ 03:10 PM - Conditions drier and more of the expected people at the front. Stage win for Kopecky, who now ties with Aigner for the lead. Results after SS5:
=1st= Aigner/Watzl, Subaru, 47m17s3;
=1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +0s;
3rd= Gaßner jr/Mayrhofer, Mitsubishi, +9s1;
4th= Casier/Tsjoen, Skoda, +1m14s5;
5th= Lategan/White, Skoda, +1m29s3;
6th= Sebalj/Klinc, Skoda, +1m39s6;
7th= Humar/Rus, Renault, +1m43s3;
8th= Hadic/Kertesz, Subaru, +2m14s6;
9th= Prodan/Drazenovic, Citroen, +2m34s5;
10th= Saskin/Bruner, Ford(T), +2m45s5

IRC HR SS4 - Longest stage of day @ 11:59 AM - And at last a convincing stage win by Kopecky, though Aigner stays in the lead. Neubauer crashed out. As many low entry numbers are in top10 at the moment, results will be delayed. Results after SS4:
1st= Aigner/Watzl, Subaru, 38m04s4;
2nd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +10s5;
3rd= Gaßner jr/Mayrhofer, Mitsubishi, +14s7;
4th= Casier/Tsjoen, Skoda, +1m06s3;
5th= Lategan/White, Skoda, +1m19s8;
6th= Humar/Rus, Renault, +1m29s7;
7th= Sebalj/Klinc, Skoda, +1m30s9;
8th= Hadic/Kertesz, Subaru, +1m55s2;
9th= Prodan/Drazenovic, Citroen, +1m57s7;
10th= Barbu/Baltador, Citroen, +2m07s

IRC HR SS3 - Bonnefis out @ 10:24 AM - Stage has been stopped following an accident for Germain Bonnefis. Top2 remain the 2 gN cars with Kopecky moving into 3rd. Beyond top5 crews were given notional times. Results after SS3:
1st= Aigner/Watzl, Subaru, 21m25s;
2nd= Gaßner jr/Mayrhofer, Mitsubishi, +10s2;
3rd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +29s1;
4th= Casier/Tsjoen, Skoda, +54s1;
5th= Barbu/Baltador, Citroen, +1m02s1;
6th= Neubauer/Ettel, Suzuki, +1m03s6;
7th= Sebalj/Klinc, Skoda, +1m07s5;
8th= Prodan/Drazenovic, Citroen, +1m10s6;
9th= Lategan/White, Skoda, +1m13s;
10th= Humar/Rus, Renault, +1m13s7

IRC HR SS2 - GroupN stars @ 09:55 AM - Surprisingly Aigner leads from Gaßner jr, both about 20s faster than the fastest S2000. I didn't bother with Thursday action as this was just a stadion superspecial. Overnight leader Sebalj promptly dropped to 16th this morning. Results after SS2:
1st= Aigner/Watzl, Subaru, 11m55s2;
2nd= Gaßner jr/Mayrhofer, Mitsubishi, +2s9;
3rd= Casier/Tsjoen, Skoda, +21s1;
4th= Barbu/Baltador, Citroen, +22s2;
5th= Neubauer/Ettel, Suzuki, +23s7;
6th= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +26s6;
7th= Prodan/Drazenovic, Citroen, +30s7;
8th= Lategan/White, Skoda, +33s1;
9th= Humar/Rus, Renault, +33s8;
10th= Novak/Ocvirk, Skoda, +38s9

Thu September 26, 2013

Rallying cry for Welsh students WRC Rallying cry for Welsh students Two exciting new initiatives for students further underline the Welsh Government’s far-reaching support for Wales Rally GB (14-17 November), the UK’s concluding round of the 2013 FIA World Rally Championship. Maximising the benefits of hosting such a prestigious international ...

Andreucci swaps cars for Targa Florio Peugeot Andreucci swaps cars for Targa Florio Multiple Italian Rally Champion Paolo Andreucci is aiming to continue his success with Pirelli by clinching the manufacturers championship for Peugeot Italia on the all-asphalt Targa Florio this weekend: an event that he has won six times already. ...

Wed September 25, 2013

Skoda's title race Skoda Skoda's title race With five wins, a second and a third place from their seven ERC starts so far this year, ŠKODA works driver Jan Kopecký and his co-driver Pavel Dresler have set their sights on more points at this weekend’s 40th Rally Croatia in the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC). The asph...

Countdown begins for Bessenyey IRC Countdown begins for Bessenyey After the Polish gravel, the tenth round of the European Rally Championship is all about the lightning quick Croatian tarmac. The 40th Croatia Rally takes place this weekend around the holiday resort of Porec, 249 kilometres from Zagreb. But despite its idyllic setting, nestle...

Paddon to Qatar M-Sport for Spain WRC Paddon to Qatar M-Sport for Spain Hayden Paddon and John Kennard will step up to the Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team for next month's Rally de España as New Zealand's finest make their competitive debut at the FIA World Rally Championship's (WRC) highest level. ...

Wales: Rally Makers program announced WRC Wales: Rally Makers program announced An exciting new ‘Rally Makers’ programme has been announced, aimed at further enhancing the spectator experience at this year’s refreshed Wales Rally GB (14-17 November). Britain’s round of the 2013 FIA World Rally Championship has moved to a new headquarters in Deeside, north...

Wales: Flat out fun for all the family WRC Wales: Flat out fun for all the family The revitalised 2013 Wales Rally GB (14-17 November) – the UK’s concluding round of the 2013 FIA World Rally Championship – not only features a new home in north Wales but also an exciting new competitive route. The action-packed, four-day schedule includes 22 competitive spec...

Sun September 22, 2013

Full Rally Croatia Preview IRC Full Rally Croatia Preview ERC Heroes get set for Croatia asphalt spectacular With the dust still settling following Poland's action-packed FIA European Rally Championship counter last week, the focus switches to Croatia as ERC Super September concludes on the country’s spectacular Adriatic coast. ...

Poland winner praises new generation R5 IRC Poland winner praises new generation R5 LOTOS 70 Rally Poland winner Kajetan Kajetanowicz has praised the performance of the new-generation Ford Fiesta R5 he drove to victory on the FIA European Rally Championship counter last week – and is now trying to find the money to drive the car again. ...

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