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Tue September 30, 2014

New FIA RGT Cup for 2015 General New FIA RGT Cup for 2015 The FIA has announced a Cup for RGT cars to promote the RGT class. These cars with fantastic sound and looks should become a real hit with rally fans. It makes sense that the Cup is held on asphalt rallies. But it is interesting that the selected rounds are spread over the WRC as...

Delecour Porsche test briefing WRC Delecour Porsche test briefing Just hours after being confirmed as Romanian Rally Champion for a third consecutive season, Francois Delecour arrived in Strasbourg ready to test Tuthill Porsche's 911 RGT today. And he loved it. ...

Mon September 29, 2014

Delecour & Tuthill speak on the 911 RGT WRC Delecour & Tuthill speak on the 911 RGT Francois Delecour talks about driving a Tuthill Porsche on Rallye de France Alsace. And a hasty trip from Romania, where he won a third successive title on Sunday. ...

Karl Kruuda is Finnish Rally Champion General Karl Kruuda is Finnish Rally Champion Estonia's Karl Kruuda has made history by becoming the first non-Finn to win the Finnish Rally Championship in 59 years, thanks to a podium place on the Pirelli Rally in Tampere, driving a Ford Fiesta S2000. Karl concentrated on just bringing his car to the finish: no easy...

Double title for Skoda Skoda Double title for Skoda ŠKODA has every reason to celebrate: the Czech car maker has made motorsport history by clinching a double title early in the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC). It is ŠKODA’s third consecutive triumph in the APRC manufacturers’ and drivers’ championship*. With the win, ...

Sat September 27, 2014

RIP our dear friend Greg Strange General RIP our dear friend Greg Strange In deep shock I learned of the passing away of Greg Strange, in photo right. Greg was the founder of the original World Rally Radio, the ERC Radio and the iRally App. To be honest, I am lost for words. Someone once described him to me as the true British Gentleman of rallying, an...

Delecour in more powerful Porsche RGT WRC Delecour in more powerful Porsche RGT Multiple world rally winner Francois Delecour will start his home round of the World Rally Championship - next week's Rallye de France Alsace - at the wheel of Tuthill Porsche's 911 RGT. The 911 GT3-based rally car stole the hearts of the rally-watching public on last...

Wales Rally GB welcomes model Peta Todd WRC Wales Rally GB welcomes model Peta Todd • Co-driver to undergo intensive training programme in preparation for final round of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship • Husband Mark Cavendish '150 per cent jealous'! • Following in the wheel-tracks of 'golden girl' Amy Williams ...

APRC manufacturer title in sight Skoda APRC manufacturer title in sight ŠKODA continues its relentless pursuit of the title in the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) at the Rally Hokkaido. Championship leader Jan Kopecký (CZ) and defending champion Gaurav Gill (IND) head to the penultimate round of the season, in Japan from Friday to Sunday, ...

Fri September 26, 2014

Home advantage for the DS3 WRC Citroen Home advantage for the DS3 WRC Included in the World Rally Championship calendar since its inception, the Rallye de France was held in Corsica for many years. Citroën drivers have recorded some of the Brand's greatest sporting achievements on the 'Isle of Beauty'. In 1999, Philippe Bugalski/Jean-Pa...

M-Sport after silver in Alsace Ford M-Sport after silver in Alsace M-Sport World Rally Team's Mikko Hirvonen and Elfyn Evans head to Rallye de France - Alsace with a clear objective - to hunt down their rivals in the battle for second place in the FIA World Rally Championship Manufacturer standings....

Duel of year enters finishing straight WRC Duel of year enters finishing straight Match point on his own serve for one, the other poised ready to return - the eyes of the rallying world will be on two Volkswagen crews at the Rally France (02-05 October). The duel of the year - Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) against Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FI...

Match point for Lefebvre Citroen Match point for Lefebvre After winning in Portugal, Poland and Germany and finishing seventh in Finland, Stéphane Lefebvre will start the Rallye de France-Alsace with a 29-point lead over Martin Koči, his nearest challenger. Quentin Giordano is 32 points off the pace, whilst Christian Riedemann - wh...

Tue September 23, 2014

Al Qassimi back in MERC title race Citroen Al Qassimi back in MERC title race Having finished on the podium at the first three rounds of the season, Khalid Al Qassimi and Chris Patterson held second position in the MERC drivers' standings ahead of this round, after opting to miss the Rally of Lebanon. In Cyprus, the Abu Dhabi driver was aiming for a go...

1-2-3 in 2WD for Honda Civic Type-R IRC 1-2-3 in 2WD for Honda Civic Type-R Zoltan Bessenyey and co-driver Yulianna Nyirfas can be pretty pleased with their performance in the Cyprus Rally this weekend, the 9th round of the 2014 European Rally Championship. After fifteen grueling stages on demanding gravel roads, the Hungarian pair finished first in the ...

Promising young drivers test DS3 WRC Citroen Promising young drivers test DS3 WRC Sébastien Chardonnet, Stéphane Lefebvre, Martin Koci and Laurent Laskowski spent three days showing the assembled journalists the qualities of the cars designed by Citroën Racing. From the DS3 R1 to the DS3 R5, and including the DS3 R3-MAX, the full line-up was on show at the Iss...

Sun September 21, 2014

Al Rajhi fights back to Cyprus victory IRC Al Rajhi fights back to Cyprus victory Yazeed Al-Rajhi has claimed a debut victory in the FIA European Rally Championship to become the eighth different winner of the all-action ERC season. By finishing second on the CNP Asfalistiki Cyprus Rally, Kajetan Kajetanowicz is one of four drivers still firmly in contenti...

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IRC CY end - More drama for Breen @ 03:10 PM - 75% gravel. Al Rahji becomes the 8th different winner in 9 ERC rounds. After all the dramas Breen stopped 16 minutes 4km from the finish with electrical problems. Final results (after SS15)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Al Rajhi/Orr, Ford, 3h03m44s4;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +48s9;
3rd= Al Kuwari/Duffy, Ford, +1m30s5;
4th= Al Qassimi/Patterson, Citroen, +2m05s7;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +3m23s3;
6th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +7m44s;
7th= Antoniou/Chips, Mitsubishi, +9m42s6;
8th= Panteli/Alexandrou, Mitsubishi, +11m56s1;
9th= Pushkar/Mishyn, Mitsubishi, +12m37s8;
=10th= Tlustak/Skaloud, Skoda, +15m26s

IRC CY SS14 - Kajetanowicz is Gravel Master @ 02:20 PM - 96% gravel. Al Rajhi wins the stage by only 1s but it will be very difficult now for Kajetan to catch him. Last stage is longest of the day, extremely twisty with 25% asphalt, so still not decided. Results after SS14:
1st= Al Rajhi/Orr, Ford, 2h43m10s2;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +34s4;
3rd= Al Kuwari/Duffy, Ford, +1m10s6;
4th= Al Qassimi/Patterson, Citroen, +1m42s4;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +3m11s4;
6th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +4m11s9;
7th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +6m36s9;
8th= Antoniou/Chips, Mitsubishi, +7m54s;
9th= Panteli/Alexandrou, Mitsubishi, +10m00s9;
=10th= Pushkar/Mishyn, Mitsubishi, +10m31s5

IRC CY SS13 - Al Qassimi master of Tseri @ 01:01 PM - 100% gravel. Al Qassimi won this Tseri stage both times by a good margin. Magalhaes slow despite claiming all was good. There is an apparent timing error with Kajetanowicz, so we have to wait to confirm his time. Results after SS13:
1st= Al Rajhi/Orr, Ford, 2h31m33s6;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +33s4;
3rd= Al Kuwari/Duffy, Ford, +1m05s1;
4th= Al Qassimi/Patterson, Citroen, +1m32s7;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +2m53s2;
6th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +4m04s1;
7th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +6m03s3;
8th= Antoniou/Chips, Mitsubishi, +7m38s;
9th= Panteli/Alexandrou, Mitsubishi, +7m39s1;
=10th= Pushkar/Mishyn, Mitsubishi, +9m39s4

IRC CY SS12 - Now looks good for Al Rajhi @ 10:14 AM - 75% gravel. Really great stage win by Al Rajhi, helped by engine problems (temp, no power) for Kajetanowicz increases his lead from 4s to 35s! Results after SS12:
1st= Al Rajhi/Orr, Ford, 2h23m28s4;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +35s6;
3rd= Al Kuwari/Duffy, Ford, +1m01s;
4th= Al Qassimi/Patterson, Citroen, +1m37s4;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +2m39s;
6th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +3m42s5;
7th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +5m34s1;
8th= Panteli/Alexandrou, Mitsubishi, +7m08s7;
9th= Antoniou/Chips, Mitsubishi, +7m14s1;
=10th= Posedias/Christophi, Mitsubishi, +8m37s6

IRC CY SS11 - Al Rajhi clings to lead @ 09:25 AM - 96% gravel. Most drivers claim engine overheating problems. Very tricky, technical stage, top drivers at average speeds of less than 60km/h! Results after SS11:
1st= Al Rajhi/Orr, Ford, 2h03m10s9;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +4s1;
3rd= Al Kuwari/Duffy, Ford, +34s7;
4th= Al Qassimi/Patterson, Citroen, +55s7;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +2m06s2;
6th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +3m03s7;
7th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +4m23s3;
8th= Antoniou/Chips, Mitsubishi, +5m51s2;
9th= Panteli/Alexandrou, Mitsubishi, +5m55s5;
=10th= Posedias/Christophi, Mitsubishi, +7m10s7

IRC CY SS10 - Again lead changes @ 08:14 AM - 100% gravel. Al Rajhi spins and still takes the lead back as Kajetanowicz struggles with tyres. Results after SS10:
1st= Al Rajhi/Orr, Ford, 1h51m24s7;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +3s2;
3rd= Al Kuwari/Duffy, Ford, +27s;
4th= Al Qassimi/Patterson, Citroen, +49s8;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +1m48s2;
6th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +2m49s2;
7th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +4m00s6;
8th= Antoniou/Chips, Mitsubishi, +5m13s3;
9th= Panteli/Alexandrou, Mitsubishi, +5m30s9;
=10th= Pushkar/Mishyn, Mitsubishi, +6m36s3

Sat September 20, 2014

Kajetanowicz narrow lead after leg1 IRC Kajetanowicz narrow lead after leg1 Kajetan Kajetanowicz has produced the ultimate comeback drive by cancelling a deficit of more than 30 seconds – and overcoming a 10-second time penalty – to lead round nine of the FIA European Rally Championship starting the final day of the CNP Asfalistiki Cyprus Rally on Sunday...

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IRC CY day2 - End of day new leader! @ 04:03 PM - 62% gravel. Kajetanowicz now moves past Al Rajhi to take the lead by 3.8s. This stage seems to suit groupN cars, both runs the best gN car is 3rd overall in this stage. Breen now loses oil. Results after day2 (SS9):
1st= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, 1h43m09s6;
2nd= Al Rajhi/Orr, Ford, +3s8;
3rd= Al Kuwari/Duffy, Ford, +28s4;
4th= Al Qassimi/Patterson, Citroen, +58s6;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +1m35s6;
6th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +3m02s1;
7th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +3m26s3;
8th= Antoniou/Chips, Mitsubishi, +4m56s4;
9th= Panteli/Alexandrou, Mitsubishi, +4m59s1;
=10th= Pushkar/Mishyn, Mitsubishi, +6m09s3

IRC CY SS8 - Al Rajhi defends lead @ 03:05 PM - 74% gravel. Al Rajhi wins stage narrowly, but lead still under 5s. Breen fixed power steering but has bigger overheating problem now. Results after SS8:
1st= Al Rajhi/Orr, Ford, 1h36m35s4;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +4s3;
3rd= Al Kuwari/Duffy, Ford, +25s7;
4th= Al Qassimi/Patterson, Citroen, +53s6;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +1m22s2;
6th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +2m40s8;
7th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +3m23s9;
8th= Panteli/Alexandrou, Mitsubishi, +4m37s9;
9th= Antoniou/Chips, Mitsubishi, +4m54s1;
=10th= Posedias/Christophi, Mitsubishi, +5m30s9

IRC CY SS7 - Consani out @ 02:45 PM - 86% asphalt. Al Kuwari's has not paid off, even loses a place to Kajetan. Consani stranded with suspected technical problems mid stage. Breen now as well power steering problems. Results after SS7:
1st= Al Rajhi/Orr, Ford, 1h19m57s4;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +3s7;
3rd= Al Kuwari/Duffy, Ford, +15s6;
4th= Al Qassimi/Patterson, Citroen, +41s9;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +1m03s3;
6th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +2m30s;
7th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +2m56s;
8th= Panteli/Alexandrou, Mitsubishi, +3m46s7;
9th= Antoniou/Chips, Mitsubishi, +3m56s5;
=10th= Posedias/Christophi, Mitsubishi, +4m25s1

IRC CY SS6 - Kajetanowicz wins stage @ 01:16 PM - 79% gravel. Al Kuwari gambles with tyres on asphalt stages. Breen's problems have not really been solved in service. Results after SS6:
1st= Al Rajhi/Orr, Ford, 1h03m46s9;
2nd= Al Kuwari/Duffy, Ford, +14s5;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +17s8;
4th= Al Qassimi/Patterson, Citroen, +37s8;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +1m08s6;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m52s;
7th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +2m11s2;
8th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +2m27s7;
9th= Panteli/Alexandrou, Mitsubishi, +3m01s8;
=10th= Antoniou/Chips, Mitsubishi, +3m07s

IRC CY SS5 - Breen delayed @ 11:12 AM - 62% asphalt. In contrast to the previous stage Breen's car was on pace again, but he started the stage late, so penalties are likely to be added. Kajetanowicz wins stage despite a puncture for the last kms. Results after SS5:
1st= Al Rajhi/Orr, Ford, 54m17s8;
2nd= Al Kuwari/Duffy, Ford, +10s5;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +21s1;
4th= Al Qassimi/Patterson, Citroen, +36s8;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +57s;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m24s8;
7th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +1m59s3;
8th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +2m09s7;
9th= Panteli/Alexandrou, Mitsubishi, +2m28s2;
=10th= Antoniou/Chips, Mitsubishi, +2m41s8

IRC CY SS4 - Up and down for Kajetan @ 10:09 AM - 74% gravel. Stunning time by Kajetanowicz but 1min penalty for checking in early (penalty later removed). Al Rajhi wins stage. Breen's problems continue. Results after SS4:
1st= Al Rajhi/Orr, Ford, 47m36s;
2nd= Al Kuwari/Duffy, Ford, +12s3;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +27s6;
4th= Al Qassimi/Patterson, Citroen, +34s1;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +47s8;
6th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +55s;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +1m04s5;
8th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +2m02s7;
9th= Panteli/Alexandrou, Mitsubishi, +2m19s5;
=10th= Posedias/Christofi, Mitsubishi, +2m38s5

IRC CY SS3 - Problems for Breen @ 09:01 AM - 86% asphalt. Breen still 2nd fastest time behind Kajetanowicz, but Breen has all warning lights on and did the stage in road mode. Results after SS3:
1st= Al Rajhi/Orr, Ford, 30m48s3;
2nd= Al Qassimi/Patterson, Citroen, +5s6;
3rd= Al Kuwari/Duffy, Ford, +8s2;
4th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +8s3;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +15s;
6th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +26s7;
7th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +39s1;
8th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +1m32s;
9th= Zenonos/Laos, Mitsubishi, +1m39s7;
=10th= Pushkar/Mishyn, Mitsubishi, +1m44s1

IRC CY SS2 - Al Attiyah out @ 08:03 AM - 79% gravel. Orsak did not restart. Nasser Al Attiyah retired on road section before stage. Not his rally after problems in qualifying and SS1. Breen had a puncture and Kajetanowicz no power steering. Results after SS2:
1st= Al Qassimi/Patterson, Citroen, 14m46s4;
2nd= Al Rajhi/Orr, Ford, +2s;
3rd= Al Kuwari/Duffy, Ford, +10s5;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot(T16), +19s4;
5th= Breen/Martin, Peugeot(T16), +19s8;
6th= Consani/Vilmot, Peugeot, +31s2;
7th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +42s8;
8th= Antoniou/Chips, Mitsubishi, +45s1;
9th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +50s9;
=10th= Zenonos/Laos, Mitsubishi, +55s3

Fri September 19, 2014

Al Rajhi fastest on Nicosia streets IRC Al Rajhi fastest on Nicosia streets Yazeed Al-Rajhi leads round nine of the FIA European Rally Championship as the CNP Asfalistiki Cyprus Rally got off to a dramatic start through the streets of Nicosia live on Cypriot television....

Favourites by absent ERC stars IRC Favourites by absent ERC stars Nasser Al-Attiyah and Craig Breen are the joint favourites to win the CNP Asfalistiki Cyprus Rally, which counts as round nine of the FIA European Rally Championship. ...

Cyprus Rally Qualifying IRC Cyprus Rally Qualifying While Kajetan Kajetanowicz was elated after setting the fastest time on the Qualifying Stage for round nine of the FIA European Rally Championship on Thursday afternoon, three-time Cyprus winner Nasser Al-Attiyah was left deflated. ...

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