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Sat September 13, 2008

Basso wins Spanish duel with Vouilloz IRC Basso wins Spanish duel with Vouilloz Once more, the action went down to the very final stage on the latest round of the IRC, the Principe de Asturias Rally in Spain. Although the all-asphalt event was brand new to the series this year as round seven, it became one of the closest fought contests in the IRC's histo...

Loix loses time, Sola crashes out IRC Loix loses time, Sola crashes out Peugeot Belgium driver Freddy Loix (pictured) has dropped more time on SS12 with power steering problem, and he now has Enrique Ojeda - the reigning IRC champion - only 38 seconds behind him. Dani Sola crashed out of 4th place earlier on. There were no problems for Basso, who now...

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IRC E end - Abarth wins at last! @ 02:46 PM - Basso/Abarth & Vouilloz/Peugeot end their fight in style. Starting the day tied, the win the last stage tied! This result keeps the manufacturer championship open until San Remo. Final positions (after SS15/subject to last road section and scrutineering): 1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 2h43m39s; 2nd= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +12s2; 3rd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +1m54s5; 4th= Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +2m34s3; 5th= Fuster/Medina, Fiat Abarth, +4m05s7; 6th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +4m16s7; 7th= Vallejo/Vallejo, Peugeot, +5m12s1; 8th= Hevia/Iglesias, Mitsubishi, +6m40s6; 9th= Burgo/Burgo, Mitsubishi, +9m12s9; 10th= Vinyes/Mercader, Renault, +13m46s

IRC E SS14 - Its close before last stage! @ 02:12 PM - One stage to go, Abarth still has to fight for win! Monzon loses a place with spin. Positions after SS14: 1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 2h26m18s9; 2nd= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +12s2; 3rd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +1m38s3; 4th= Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +2m22s5; 5th= Fuster/Medina, Fiat Abarth, +3m54s9; 6th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +4m06s5; 7th= Vallejo/Vallejo, Peugeot, +4m50s7; 8th= Monzon/Deniz, Peugeot, +5m09s2; 9th= Hevia/Iglesias, Mitsubishi, +6m26s4; 10th= Burgo/Burgo, Mitsubishi, +8m43s9

IRC E SS12 - Basso builds lead @ 11:20 AM - Basso builds lead, Loix has power steering problems, but Peugeot can still clinch the title here as Sola crashed out. Positions after SS12: 1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 2h03m48s8; 2nd= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +20s1; 3rd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +1m27s4; 4th= Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +2m05s5; 5th= Fuster/Medina, Fiat Abarth, +3m26s8; 6th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +3m55s4; 7th= Monzon/Deniz, Peugeot, +4m20s6; 8th= Vallejo/Vallejo, Peugeot, +4m31s8; 9th= Hevia/Iglesias, Mitsubishi, +5m49s9; 10th= Lemes/Penate, Mitsubishi, +6m37s5

IRC E leg1 - A TIE! @ 11:11 AM - Unbelievable, how close an it get?! Basso/Abarth and Vouilloz/Peugeot tie for the lead on the split second! Peugeot Spains youngster Oscar Garre retired. Positions after leg1 (SS9): =1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 1h32m46s3; =1st= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +0; 3rd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +24s2; 4th= Sola/Sanchez, Fiat Abarth, +1m23s1; 5th= Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +1m37s1; 6th= Fuster/Medina, Fiat Abarth, +2m19s6; 7th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +2m46s8; 8th= Monzon/Deniz, Peugeot, +3m16s6; 9th= Vallejo/Vallejo, Peugeot, +3m22s1; 10th= Hevia/Iglesias, Mitsubishi, +4m13s

IRC E SS13 - Vouilloz responds @ 00:39 AM - This is going to be another exciting final, Vouilloz narrows Basso's lead to 14s in 11km with 31km left to go! In 10th is a swap of Mitsubishi drivers as Lemes retires. Positions after SS13: 1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 2h11m34s9; 2nd= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +14s4; 3rd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +1m22s5; 4th= Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +2m04s9; 5th= Fuster/Medina, Fiat Abarth, +3m36s5; 6th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +3m53s7; 7th= Monzon/Deniz, Peugeot, +4m24s1; 8th= Vallejo/Vallejo, Peugeot, +4m31s4; 9th= Hevia/Iglesias, Mitsubishi, +6m04s1; 10th= Burgo/Burgo, Mitsubishi, +7m49s2

Fri September 12, 2008

Basso and Vouilloz tied after day one! IRC Basso and Vouilloz tied after day one! After 161 competitive kilometres, the Principe de Asturias Rally has come to a thrilling conclusion at the end of day one, with Peugeot Belgium driver Nicolas Vouilloz and Abarth driver Giandomenico Basso (pictured) both tied for the lead on exactly the same time! This is the fir...

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IRC A tie at the top in Asturias! @ 09:06 PM - After 161 competitive kilometres, the Principe de Asturias Rally has come to a thrilling conclusion at the end of day one, with Peugeot Belgium driver Nicolas Vouilloz and Abarth driver Giandomenico Basso both tied for the lead on exactly the same time! Click here to read more

IRC E SS7 - Good stage for Abarth @ 03:52 PM - Basso wins stage but after an excellent 1st split he fails to make a further impression on Vouilloz. Abarth drivers Salo, Alen, Fuster all gain positions Positions after SS7: 1st= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 1h05m19s8; 2nd= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +17s4; 3rd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +47s5; 4th= Sola/Sanchez, Fiat Abarth, +1m27s9; 5th= Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +1m31s4; 6th= Fuster/Medina, Fiat Abarth, +2m11s7; 7th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +2m14s; 8th= Vallejo/Vallejo, Peugeot, +2m26s4; 9th= Monzon/Deniz, Peugeot, +2m30s1; 10th= Garre/Marcos, Peugeot, +3m05s7

IRC E SS6 - Tough fight for Alen @ 03:07 PM - Alen drops from 6th to 9th, however these 4 drivers are within 3.8s! Positions after SS6: 1st= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 45m39s7; 2nd= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +19s6; 3rd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +28s1; 4th= Garcia/Ojeda, Peugeot, +58s6; 5th= Sola/Sanchez, Fiat Abarth, +1m13s3; 6th= Vallejo/Vallejo, Peugeot, +1m40s9; =7th= Monzon/Deniz, Peugeot, +1m43s1; =7th= Fuster/Medina, Fiat Abarth, +1m43s1; 9th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +1m44s7; 10th= Hevia/Iglesias, Mitsubishi, +1m59s7

IRC E SS5 - Vouilloz vs Basso @ 11:40 AM - Vouilloz and Basso are the drivers at the top of the stage time sheets as well as overall. Alen & Monzon tied! Positions after SS5: 1st= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 38m29s6; 2nd= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +17s4; 3rd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +22s3; 4th= Garcia/Ojeda, Peugeot, +49s; 5th= Sola/Sanchez, Fiat Abarth, +1m03s7; =6th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +1m25s3; =6th= Monzon/Deniz, Peugeot, +1m25s3; 8th= Vallejo/Vallejo, Peugeot, +1m27s5; 9th= Fuster/Medina, Fiat Abarth, +1m29s7; 10th= Hevia/Iglesias, Mitsubishi, +1m39s1

IRC E SS4 - Lead changes @ 10:55 AM - Basso has no answer to stunning Peugeot times on longest stage. Positions after SS4: 1st= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 31m20s9; 2nd= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +11s8; 3rd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +13s2; 4th= Garcia/Ojeda, Peugeot, +43s; 5th= Sola/Sanchez, Fiat Abarth, +52s4; 6th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +1m07s4; 7th= Monzon/Deniz, Peugeot, +1m07s5; 8th= Fuster/Medina, Fiat Abarth, +1m08s3; 9th= Vallejo/Vallejo, Peugeot, +1m11s8; 10th= Hevia/Iglesias, Mitsubishi, +1m16s3

IRC E SS3 - Abarth strong, Honda out! @ 09:57 AM - So the Abarth is competitive, on the event Peugeot could win the title, Basso/Abarth won both stages so far. Alen mooves up too. Bettega/Honda had a strong start but retired before SS3. Positions after SS3: 1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 9m37s6; 2nd= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +5s5; 3rd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +7s1; 4th= Hevia/Iglesias, Mitsubishi, +16s2; 5th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +17s5; 6th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +18s; 7th= Garcia/Ojeda, Peugeot, +18s3; 8th= Monzon/Deniz, Peugeot, +20s5; 9th= Sola/Sanchez, Fiat Abarth, +24s5; 10th= Vallejo/Vallejo, Peugeot, +28s

IRC E SS2 - Cancelled! @ 08:05 AM - Too many spectators, the stage had to be cancelled for safety reasons.

IRC E SS1 - Basso leads for Abarth! @ 07:53 AM - Excusing an earlier timing problem from the organisers. Strong times for Alen Abarth and Hevia Mitsubishi. Positions after SS1: 1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 4m53s5; 2nd= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +4s; 3rd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +5s8; 4th= Hevia/Iglesias, Mitsubishi, +6s8; 5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +9s1; 6th= Monzon/Deniz, Peugeot, +9s7; 7th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +11s7; 8th= Garcia/Ojeda, Peugeot, +13s1; 9th= Garre/Marcos, Peugeot, +17s6; 10th= Sola/Sanchez, Fiat Abarth, +18s1

Thu September 11, 2008

Principe Asturias live internet tv times IRC Principe Asturias live internet tv times Once again, internet viewers will be able to see all the action from the Principe de Asturias Rally first via Eurosport’s live streaming. There will be three exclusive live internet programmes from the service park: two on Friday and one on Saturday....

Tue September 9, 2008

Abarth hope to bounce back in Spain IRC Abarth hope to bounce back in Spain Despite suffering from gearbox problems on the Barum Rally Zlin, the Abarth team aims to bounce back on the forthcoming Principe de Asturias Rally in Spain next week. Both Giandomenico Basso (pictured) and Anton Alen are confident that they can put in a strong performance with th...

Rallye Principe de Asturias preview IRC Rallye Principe de Asturias preview Round seven of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge marks a new departure for the series, with the first-ever event in Spain, the Principe de Asturias Rally. The all-asphalt event is based in the city of Oviedo: a well-known capital of Spanish motorsport as it is the birthplace o...

Sat August 30, 2008

41 Spanish crews compete for BFG 207 IRC 41 Spanish crews compete for BFG 207 No fewer than 41 Spanish crews have entered the race to join the BFGoodrich Drivers’ Team on the Principe de Asturias Rally. This joint venture between BFGoodrich and Kronos Racing gives a variety of talented local drivers the chance to drive an official Peugeot Belgium 207 Su...

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