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Fri October 31, 2003

Colin McRae the great to skip 2004 Citroen Colin McRae the great to skip 2004 Colin McRae, Britain's first World Rally Champion and an icon in millions of homes around the world, today announced a sabbatical from the FIA World Rally Championship. After 16 years on the world scene, next week's Wales Rally GB will therefore be Colin's last outing in...

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WRC Rally of Great Britain @ 09:58 AM - Less than a week to get your tips in for the final round of 2003!

Thu October 30, 2003

Corrado Provera: Peugeot Corrado Provera: "Never give up" With the year's final showdown in the forests of Wales looming large, the combination of victory in Catalonia – with the still highly competitive 206 WRC and the back-to-form Gilles Panizzi – and the team's unshaken motivation have put Peugeot well and truly back into the c...

Wed October 29, 2003

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WRC Catalunya Photos Added @ 08:23 AM - We've added a heap more photos from Catalunya - take a look.

Tue October 28, 2003

Count the points for Rally GB WRC Count the points for Rally GB It’s that time of the year again: Some trick with the clock means it’s dark most of the day now and it is getting colder also at least in the northern part of the globe. It feels like Christmas is not too far away. And in the World of rallying Christmas should come early for some...

Sun October 26, 2003

Fabia Completes Spain in Good Shape Skoda Fabia Completes Spain in Good Shape The Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team completed October’s trio of asphalt rallies in good shape with the Fabia WRC consistently improving its performance. On an exceptionally difficult final day in Spain, Toni Gardemeister battled through heavy rain to take 12th place, setting fo...

Markko Scores Another Ford Podium Ford Markko Scores Another Ford Podium Ford BP Rallye Sport drivers Markko Märtin and Michael Park claimed the team's second podium finish in consecutive weekends when their Focus RS World Rally Car finished third on Spain's Rally Catalunya today. Rain transformed the third and final leg of this penultimate roun...

A Flying Finish for Subaru Subaru A Flying Finish for Subaru Capitalising on his talent in wet-weather conditions and the competitive performance of the Pirelli/Subaru combination, 555 Subaru driver Petter Solberg delivered an impressive performance at the wheel of his Impreza today. Setting a string of consistently good times, the Norwegi...

Seb Almost Takes Win and Title Lead Citroen Seb Almost Takes Win and Title Lead Not content with taking the lead in the Drivers' and Manufacturers' World Rally Championships in Corsica a week ago, Citroën now has two drivers at the top of the Drivers' league table with Carlos Sainz and Sébastien Loeb on equal first after the weekend's (24-26 Octo...

Gilles thrills! Peugeot Gilles thrills! Catalunya 2003 is definitely one of Peugeot’s most exciting victories ever. It is no secret that the last two asphalt events had been disappointing for Peugeot. Embarrassing mistakes mainly in tyre choices and sometimes accidents cost Peugeot dearly. When Catalunya started on Fri...

Another mega asphalt thriller WRC Another mega asphalt thriller This must have been the most dramatic rally in a very long time. After two days of action, we had Sébastien Loeb in a convincing lead with Ford’s Markko Märtin 2nd and Peugeot’s Gilles Panizzi in 3rd. The Subaru’s were after two dry days as far down as 10th & 11th. But this could...

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WRC Makes title battle @ 07:19 AM - provisional, unofficial standings after Catalunya: 1st Citroen 147points // 2nd Peugeot 142 without mathematical chance on the title left: 3rd Subaru 93 // 4th Ford 89 // 5th Skoda 21

WRC Drivers title battle @ 07:18 AM - provisional, unofficial standings after Catalunya: 1st Loeb 63points // 2nd Sainz 63 // 3rd Solberg 62 // 4th Burns 58 without mathematical chance on the title left: 5th Märtin 49 // 6th Grönholm 46 // 7th Mc Rae 40 // 8th Panizzi 27 // 9th Duval 26 // 10th Mäkinen 24 // 11th Rovanperä 18

WRC E SS22 - Panizzi WINS!!!! @ 07:15 AM - What a thriller! As we predicted before this stage, if he keeps going like that, he can actually take Loeb - and he did! Entering the stage 31s down, illes came out the other end winning the rally! Sainz engine stopped for no apparent reason in the last few meters of the rally and dropped places! Unofficial, provisional positions after SS22: 1. Panizzi 3:55:09.4, 2. Loeb +13.0 3. Märtin +13.6 4. Duval +55.4 5. Solberg +1:10.8 6. Grönholm +1:29.1 7. Sainz +1:33.0 8. Mäkinen +1:55.1 9. Mc Rae +3:15.2 10. Bugalski +5:13.6

WRC E SS21 - Loeb in danger? @ 05:53 AM - With one more stage to go, Panizzi and Märtin have further closed in on Loeb. At a rate of 1s per km faster over the previous two stages, the last stage might indeed be long enough for Loeb to be caught. Mäkinen dropped back behind Grönholm. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS21: 1. Loeb 3:31:00.0, 2. Panizzi +31.0 3. Märtin +41.3 4. Sainz +1:04.2 5. Duval +1:14.1 6. Solberg +1:19.7 7. Grönholm +1:59.3 8. Mäkinen +2:07.5 9. Mc Rae +2:22.9 10. Bugalski +4:19.9

WRC E SS20 - we are on last loop @ 05:51 AM - Still raining quite strongly, but Subaru/Pirelli combination not as far ahead as on the previous loop. Obviously road position and clean roads played into their hands first time round. Loeb taking it maybe a little too easily? Loeb dropped 17.2s on Märtin and 11.2s on Panizzi in this only 11km stage. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS20: 1. Loeb 3:27:29.5, 2. Panizzi +38.5 3. Märtin +45.1 4. Sainz +1:09.7 5. Duval +1:22.2 6. Solberg +1:24.6 7. Mäkinen +2:01.3 8. Grönholm +2:07.6 9. Mc Rae +2:19.4 10. Bugalski +4:05.1

WRC E SS19 - One long, wet havoc @ 02:58 AM - Burns crashes out of the rally, Subarus move up many places, Panizzi moves ahead of Märtin. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS19: 1. Loeb 3:20:42.9, 2. Panizzi +49.7 3. Märtin +1:02.3 4. Sainz +1:19.3 5. Duval +1:35.2 6. Solberg +1:39.2 7. Mäkinen +2:13.2 8. Grönholm +2:16.8 9. Mc Rae +2:19.9 10. Bugalski +4:02.0

WRC E SS18 - Kresta wins stage @ 02:29 AM - Bravo Roman Kresta, it's his 2nd WRC stage win. However it also shows how havoc the conditions are, Märtin posted the 13th fastest time as conditions worthened as the stage went on. Longest stage of the rally to come next, expect many changes. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS18: 1. Loeb 2:56:36.5, 2. Märtin +27.5 3. Panizzi +44.2 4. Sainz +1:02.7 5. Duval +1:14.9 6. Burns +1:47.6 7. Mc Rae +2:12.9 8. Solberg +2:18.9 9. Grönholm +2:22.9 10. Mäkinen +2:59.8

WRC E SS17 - Rain Reigns @ 02:28 AM - The rain havoc is here again and Loeb's lead is under serious threat while Subaru and Pirelli are flying. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS17: 1. Loeb 2:53:14.5, 2. Märtin +24.0 3. Panizzi +44.9 4. Sainz +1:03.9 5. Duval +1:12.6 6. Burns +1:47.9 7. Mc Rae +2:11.9 8. Grönholm +2:15.0 9. Solberg +2:21.1 10. Bugalski +2:48.8

WRC The rain is here @ 01:57 AM - At the start of leg3 in Lloret de Mar we have 8.5 degrees centigrade and light rain!

Sat October 25, 2003

Day Two Wrap - Toni Shows Speed Skoda Day Two Wrap - Toni Shows Speed Škoda Motorsport Team driver Toni Gardemeister finished today’s second leg of the Catalunya Rally in 13th position but team mate Didier Auriol retired from the event 3kms into this morning’s first stage when the clutch on his Škoda Fabia WRC developed a fault and caught fire.Once...

Tenth and Eleventh Ahead of Final Day Subaru Tenth and Eleventh Ahead of Final Day Less than a week after claiming victory in Corsica, 555 Subaru driver Petter Solberg put in a strong performance aboard his Subaru Impreza WRC today as he sought to make up time incurred by a penalty in Leg one. After delivering a string of top ten times, the Norwegian will start...

Hurting Markko still in the hunt Ford Hurting Markko still in the hunt Ford crew Markko Märtin and Michael Park were fastest through today's second leg of Spain's Rally Catalunya to climb to second overall on this penultimate round of Championship. Their Ford Focus WRC won three of today's eight asphalt speed tests in the mountains north o...

Title isn't easy Peugeot Title isn't easy Gilles Panizzi has made up one position during leg2 and importantly for Peugeot’s manufacturer title hopes it was Citroen’s Carlos Sainz he managed to pass. Meanwhile Richard Burns managed to pull clear of Citroen’s Colin Mc Rae and at the same time Marcus Grönholm closed in on C...

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WRC E SS16 - Loeb responds @ 09:02 AM - Top3 of the stage match top3 overall. But watch out for these battles: Sainz vs Duval, Mc Rae vs Grönholm and Bugalski vs Solberg. Unofficial, provisional positions after leg2: 1. Loeb 2:46:28.6, 2. Märtin +20.8 3. Panizzi +36.7 4. Sainz +1:05.2 5. Duval +1:08.8 6. Burns +1:40.4 7. Mc Rae +2:12.2 8. Grönholm +2:16.8 9. Bugalski +2:39.1 10. Solberg +2:39.8

WRC E SS15 - Pressure grows on Loeb @ 09:01 AM - Markko Märtin is the man of this loop of stages. Another stage win has him move further clear of Panizzi and now to less than 20s off the lead. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS15: 1. Loeb 2:38:23.1, 2. Märtin +19.2 3. Panizzi +34.8 4. Sainz +1:00.6 5. Duval +1:05.9 6. Burns +1:34.5 7. Mc Rae +2:03.0 8. Grönholm +2:13.8 9. Bugalski +2:31.7 10. Solberg +2:34.4

WRC E SS14 - Fast Märtin @ 08:58 AM - Märtin fastest over the stage, importantly taking time out of Panizzi and Loeb. Duval would have passed Sainz on the stages, but incured a 10s penalty for leaving service late. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS14: 1. Loeb 2:29:58.5, 2. Märtin +24.3 3. Panizzi +31.0 4. Sainz +1:01.8 5. Duval +1:08.8 6. Burns +1:32.5 7. Mc Rae +1:58.4 8. Grönholm +2:11.5 9. Bugalski +2:27.0 10. Solberg +2:35.1

WRC E SS13 - Short one @ 06:37 AM - Stage win for Burns. Märtin reclaims 2nd of Panizzi but only just, while both ever so slightly close in on Loeb. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS13: 1. Loeb 2:18:18.1, 2. Märtin +27.7 3. Panizzi +28.2 4. Sainz +53.4 5. Duval +55.1 6. Burns +1:25.9 7. Mc Rae +1:48.1 8. Grönholm +2:10.0 9. Bugalski +2:13.5 10. Solberg +2:21.9

WRC E SS12 - Big battles for 2nd & 4th @ 06:35 AM - Indeed. Duval wins stage and bites 10s out of Sainz' advantage. Sainz still heads Duval for 4th, but only by 0.9s. Meanwhile Panizzi manages to pass Märtin into 2nd, but only by 0.1s! Grönholm moves past Bugalski into 8th. Solberg moves past Mäkinen into 10th. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS12: 1. Loeb 2:15:19.0, 2. Panizzi +28.3 3. Märtin +28.4 4. Sainz +53.7 5. Duval +54.6 6. Burns +1:26.7 7. Mc Rae +1:47.1 8. Grönholm +2:09.9 9. Bugalski +2:12.3 10. Solberg +2:21.9

WRC E SS11 - Top3 battle @ 04:28 AM - The top3 of the rally have been the top3 of the stage as well, Panizzi fastest but only half a second ahead of joined 2nd Loeb & Märtin. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS11: 1. Loeb 1:59:45.8, 2. Märtin +26.2 3. Panizzi +30.4 4. Sainz +46.4 5. Duval +57.4 6. Burns +1:23.3 7. Mc Rae +1:44.9 8. Bugalski +2:05.3 9. Grönholm +2:11.7 10. Mäkinen +2:16.3

WRC E SS10 - Märtin in charge @ 04:27 AM - Loeb complains about there being a lot of gravel on the road, Sainz does not know why he is losing time. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS10: 1. Loeb 1:51:38.6, 2. Märtin +26.2 3. Panizzi +30.9 4. Sainz +42.1 5. Duval +54.4 6. Burns +1:21.7 7. Mc Rae +1:39.5 8. Bugalski +1:57.7 9. Grönholm +2:05.5 10. Mäkinen +2:06.5

WRC E SS9 - Wow Panizzi & Märtin @ 03:49 AM - Panizzi and Märtin flying through the stage, much faster than Sainz. Could they even put pressure on Loeb? Auriol has retired with clutch failure. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS9: 1. Loeb 1:43:19.5, 2. Märtin +29.4 3. Panizzi +31.2 4. Sainz +39.2 5. Duval +57.4 6. Burns +1:22.3 7. Mc Rae +1:33.8 8. Bugalski +1:54.3 9. Grönholm +2:02.0 10. Mäkinen +2:02.2

WRC weather update 08:30 @ 03:03 AM - While leg2 gets under way, at 08:30 this morning, it is cold and crisp, only around 1.5 degrees centigrade, but roads are dry and sun is shining, light clouds.

Fri October 24, 2003

3rd & 5th put Ford right in the battle Ford 3rd & 5th put Ford right in the battle Ford BP Rallye Sport drivers Markko Märtin and Michael Park battled against the effects of last weekend's heavy accident in Corsica to hold a fighting third place in their Focus RS World Rally Car after the first leg of the Rally Catalunya in Spain today. Team-mates François D...

Subaru Behind but Ready to Push Subaru Subaru Behind but Ready to Push A day of mixed fortunes for the 555 Subaru World Rally Team. After clinching a stage win and demonstrating the competitive performance of the Subaru Impreza WRC, Petter Solberg collected a 50 second time penalty after an unexpected service delay. At the end of Leg 1, he holds ove...

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