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Sun October 30, 2005

Fabulous 4th for Pons in Spain Citroen Fabulous 4th for Pons in Spain A great success for the OMV World Rally Team and Xavier Pons (Citroen Xsara WRC). The 25-year-old Spaniard and co-driver Carlos del Barrio reached a sensational fourth overall place at their home rally, the „Movistar Rally RACC Catalunya“. Even a place on the podium had been with...

Bernardi claims 6th for Peugeot Peugeot Bernardi claims 6th for Peugeot Nicolas Bernardi and Jean Marc Fortin have driven faultlessly for three days in order to bring their Peugeot 307 WRC home in sixth place on the Catalunya Rally. Their well-deserved result earns Peugeot Sport five points in the manufacturers championship....

Ford Podium for Mikko on Focus finale

Mitsubishi Fastest time underlines Mitsu potential

Subaru Frustrating weekend for Subaru

Citroen Third title for Citroen secured in Spain

Skoda First WRC points for Kopecky

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WRC E end - Who says Sundays are boring? @ 11:17 AM - Loeb wins rally, Sordo is JWRChamp. Amazing last stage battle for 3rd: Pons goes off near start, 7.3s down at 5km split, then Pons & Hirvonen are tied on last split, Hirvonen beats Pons by 1.2s! Unofficial provisional end results: 1 Loeb 3h31m07s 2 Duval +1m21s9 3 Hirvonen +2m46s7 4 Pons +2m47s9 5 Kresta +3m24s6 6 Bernardi +4m09s4 7 Warmbold +5m00s3 8 Kopecky +5m22s3 9 Atkinson +5m40s2 10 Rovanperä +7m39s3

Sat October 29, 2005

Hirvonen lies 3rd in Spain! Ford Hirvonen lies 3rd in Spain! Two Ford Focus RS World Rally Cars held top five positions after today's drama-filled second leg of Spain's Rally Catalunya - Costa Daurada. BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Roman Kresta and Jan Tománek are fifth after an incident-packed leg. But pride of place among the ...

Bad luck for Marcus at end of day 2 Peugeot Bad luck for Marcus at end of day 2 The second leg of the Catalunya Rally was one of mixed fortunes for Peugeot. On the positive side, Nicolas Bernardi really got to grips with his 307 WRC to move from tenth to sixth place after an excellent drive. But Marcus Gronholm, who had held a strong third place, was forced ...

Kopecky flies the flag for Skoda Skoda Kopecky flies the flag for Skoda Jan Kopecky heads the Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team drivers in a points-scoring eighth place after day two of the Catalunya-Costa Daurada Rally. Despite a failing gearbox on the day’s final stage Armin Schwarz finished the leg 11th and remains poised to score manufacturers’ c...

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WRC E leg2 - surprise stage winner! @ 05:09 PM - Stage win for, you guessed?, Mikko Hirvonen in his private Ford Focus! Grönholm dropped 30s. Unofficial provisional results after leg2: 1 Loeb 2h49m17s5 2 Duval +57s8 3 Grönholm +2m11s8 4 Hirvonen +2m41s3 5 Pons +2m53s6 6 Kresta +3m17s5 7 Bernardi +3m28s4 8 Warmbold +4m36s 9 Kopecky +4m43s 10 Atkinson +5m11s4

Fri October 28, 2005

Marcus fighting strong in Spain Peugeot Marcus fighting strong in Spain Marcus Gronholm has ended a difficult first leg of the Catalunya Rally in third place behind the two Citroens, while Nicolas Bernardi had an unlucky day that he ended in 10th place....

Strong Focus presence in Spain Ford Strong Focus presence in Spain BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Toni Gardemeister and Jakke Honkanen and team-mates Roman Kresta and Jan Tománek each held top six places after a fluctuating opening day of the Rally Catalunya - Costa Daurada. They led a quartet of Ford Focus RS World Rally Cars in the top eigh...

Tricky day as Alex leads Fabias Skoda Tricky day as Alex leads Fabias Alex Bengue heads the Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team drivers after the opening leg of the new-look Catalunya-Costa Daurada Rally. He was always the leading Fabia WRC 05 driver but a timing error at the start of SS4 cost him one minute and left him in 12th position on his debut...

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WRC E SS4 - interesting start to Catalunya @ 01:51 PM - Solberg retired after crashing in SS3, Grönholm strong despite crash in SS1. Unofficial provisional results after SS4: 1 Loeb 1h00m55s3 2 Grönholm +39s3 3 Duval +42s2 4 Gardemeister +1m00s8 5 Galli +1m06s2 6 Kresta +1m30s1 7 Hirvonen +1m31s6 8 Sarrazin +1m38s9 9 Sola +1m39s7 10 Pons +1m51s

WRC E SS3 - Sola up, Solberg down @ 11:54 AM - Sola wins stage, Solberg drops 90s, also impressive stage times for Hirvonen, Pons and Bernardi. Grönholm went off in earlier. Unofficial provisional results SS3: 1 Loeb 43m37s3 2 Duval +29s8 3 Grönholm +33s8 4 Kresta +41s1 5 Gardemeister +45s8 6 Galli +51s9 7 Sola +54s8 8 Hirvonen +58s2 9 Pons +1m01s5 10 Sarrazin +1m23s7

WRC E SS2 - Citroen dominates again @ 09:16 AM - Unofficial provisional results SS2: 1 Loeb 26m43s5 2 Duval +17s6 3 Kresta +25s9 4 Grönholm +29s9 5 Gardemeister +37s5 6 Solberg +38s9 7 Galli +51s 8 Hirvonen +54s8 9 Bengué +59s6 10 Sola +1m01s2

WRC E SS1 - Catalunya starts wild @ 08:20 AM - Bernardi off with considerable rear damage, Sola break problems, Sarrazin drops a minute, Voullioz stopped, both reason unknown. Unofficial provisional results SS1: 1 Loeb 14m02s8 2 Grönholm +10s1 3 Duval +10s3 4 Kresta +15s1 5 Solberg +20s 6 Gardemeister +22s2 7 Galli +31s6 8 Hirvonen +33s9 9 Bernardi +36s3 10 Bengué +42s5

Thu October 27, 2005

Skoda confirm McRae for Oz Skoda Skoda confirm McRae for Oz Following a successful return to the World Rally Championship with the Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team at September’s Rally GB, Colin McRae and co-driver Nicky Grist will contest their second event of the season when they drive the Škoda Fabia WRC 05 at next month’s Rally Austr...

Skoda to decide future before Australia Skoda Skoda to decide future before Australia Skoda will announce the decision about their future in the World Rally Championship before Rally Australia, team manager Juan Sureda confirmed today. The indications are that the Czech team are likely to retain at least some involvement in the WRC next year but that they are ...

McRae set for Oz Skoda drive Skoda McRae set for Oz Skoda drive Colin McRae looks set to drive for Skoda again on the season ending Rally Australia. After his successful one-off drive on Rally GB, Skoda bosses were keen for the Scot to get back behind the wheel of the Fabia WRC and an agreement is now close....

2006 Ford Focus WRC completes tests Ford 2006 Ford Focus WRC completes tests The first all-new 2006 Ford Focus RS World Rally Car completed almost 500km during its initial three-day test session in England last week. The car, which will spearhead the BP-Ford World Rally Team's challenge in the FIA World Rally Championship next season, completed a seco...

World Motorsport Council WRC Shakeup WRC World Motorsport Council WRC Shakeup The World Motor Sport Council met in Rome on October 26, 2005. The following decisions were taken in regards to the World Rally Championship....

Citroen: We'll be back in 2007 Citroen Citroen: We'll be back in 2007 Citroën has confirmed the rumours are true. The team that has dominated the World Rally Championship for the past three years will return to the sport in 2007 following the announcement that the sport's organising body, the FIA, has agreed rule changes to slash the cost of com...

Wed October 26, 2005

No Break as Skoda head for Spain Skoda No Break as Skoda head for Spain With no chance to draw breath after Corsica the Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team heads to main- land Europe for the penultimate round of the 2005 World Rally Cham-pionship, the Catalunya-Costa Daurada Rally (October 27-30). The same three crews will contest this final asphalt ev...

Asphalt Challenge - Take 2 Mitsubishi Asphalt Challenge - Take 2 Hot on the heels of the Rallye de France - Tour de Corse, the FIA World Rally Championship contenders head directly to Spain for the penultimate round of the series and the last asphalt event of the season. The Rally RACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada (October 27-30) - replacing the ev...

Subaru ready for Costa Daurada Subaru Subaru ready for Costa Daurada Just one week after the Tour de Corse, crews will start another WRC asphalt event, Rally Catalunya, based in southern Spain, from 27-30 October. For the first time this season two FIA World Rally Championship events will be run 'back to back' and this will also be the first...

Tue October 25, 2005

Loeb's Record- fastest on every stage Citroen Loeb's Record- fastest on every stage The 2005 World Rally Championship has already seen Citroën set the world records for most wins in one season and most consecutive wins, now Citroën and its newly crowned World champion, Sébastien Loeb, can add another record to their list following an emphatic win in the weekend&...

Mon October 24, 2005

Rally Australia to remain in WA for 2006 WRC Rally Australia to remain in WA for 2006 The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) has announced that a move from Perth cannot occur in 2006. "Time is simply against us," said CAMS Chief Executive Officer Dr Rob Nethercote....

Sun October 23, 2005

Two Lancers finish difficult event Mitsubishi Two Lancers finish difficult event The Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports WRC crew of “Gigi” Galli and Guido d'Amore finished the Rallye de France - Tour de Corse, the 14th round of the FIA World Rally Championship, in ninth position. Team-mates Harri Rovanperä and Risto Pietiläinen were 10th, claiming the final Ma...

Solberg makes the podium Subaru Solberg makes the podium The Subaru World Rally Team recorded a strong final result at the Tour de Corse with Petter Solberg on the podium in third and Stéphane Sarrazin fourth....

Bernardi finishes with a flourish Peugeot Bernardi finishes with a flourish Nicolas Bernardi deserves more than his eventual eighth place on the Rally de France-Tour de Corse, after a final leg in which he was twice in the top three stage times. After playing himself in over the opening day, Nicolas showed himself to be entirely worthy of the trust that ...

Excellent result for Focus' centenary Ford Excellent result for Focus' centenary BP-Ford World Rally Team claimed its best result of the season in Corsica today to celebrate the centenary appearance of the Ford Focus World Rally Car. Toni Gardemeister and Jakke Honkanen finished second on the Rallye de France Tour de Corse in a Focus RS WRC, securing the 60t...

Loeb does the Grand-Slam! Citroen Loeb does the Grand-Slam! In a year that has seen the Citroën team establish a long list of new WRC records, Sébastien Loeb, Daniel Elena and the Xsara WRC today picked up an emphatic, memorable win over the challenging mountain roads of Corsica, winning every single stage in the process for the first tim...

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