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Mon October 29, 2007

Last stage top4 upside down! IRC Last stage top4 upside down! The Rallye du Valais started and ended with a bang, while in between things seemed a bit calmer. Before the rally Peugeot had a serious chance to put their title beyond doubt, while in the drivers championship we had a 3-way-battle. Both title fighting brands, Peugeot and Fiat-Ab...

Sun October 28, 2007

Excellent result for Stobart Ford Ford Excellent result for Stobart Ford Both Henning Solberg/Cato Menkerud and Matthew Wilson/Michael Orr have scored their best ever results in the FIA World Rally Championship, helping their Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team strike back to within two points of Subaru in the Manufacturers’ Championship, at this weeke...

Stohl regains motivation Citroen Stohl regains motivation The OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team has reached sixth overall place at the “Rally Japan”. Up to the last kilometre the OMV pair Stohl/Minor tried to catch up with Ford drivers Wilson and Perez Companc. But in the end the 40-seconds-penalty from Saturday made this a close but ...

Podium for Sordo in Japan Citroen Podium for Sordo in Japan The third and final leg of the Rally Japan saw Dani Sordo and Marc Martí successfully steer their Citroën C4 WRC to second place at the finish in Obihiro this afternoon....

End to disappointing event for Subaru Subaru End to disappointing event for Subaru After the final day of competition of Rally Japan, the two remaining Subaru World Rally Team cars of Petter Solberg / Phil Mills and Xevi Pons / Xevi Amigo finished 17th and 36th respectively. Over the final 97km, both crews put on a good show in front of Subaru’s home crowd, and...

Japanese joy for Hirvonen Ford Japanese joy for Hirvonen BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen today won Rally Japan to claim their second victory of the season and the team's seventh success. The Finns ended a dramatic three-day encounter with a 37.4sec advantage in their Ford Focus RS World Rally Car....

Sat October 27, 2007

Henning and Matthew in top 5 Ford Henning and Matthew in top 5 Day two of Rally Japan has been another successful one for the Stobart M-Sport Ford rally team as both Henning Solberg/Cato Menkerud and Matthew Wilson/Michael Orr occupy firm positions inside the top-five....

Stohl aims for 4th Citroen Stohl aims for 4th There are highs and lows for the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team at the “Rally Japan” but in the end the positive side wins out. After the 35-year-old OMV driver had found his rhythm on the second day a broken clutch had him drop back again. The Austrian needed all his experi...

Four stage wins for Petter but Pons out Subaru Four stage wins for Petter but Pons out After a disappointing first leg of Rally Japan, when the Subaru team lost any realistic chance of a home rally win, Petter Solberg and co-driver Phil Mills were back on stage winning form on today’s second leg of competition. Solberg netted four outright stage wins in a drama-fil...

Back to square one for Loeb Citroen Back to square one for Loeb For Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena, the second leg of the 2007 Rally Japan turned out to be just as troubled as the weather that had moved in over the Obihiro region during the night....

Vouilloz wins action packed Valais IRC Vouilloz wins action packed Valais Peugeot driver Nicolas Vouilloz has taken his third IRC victory of the year on the Rallye du Valais, while Peugeot has sealed the 2007 IRC manufacturers´ title....

Hirvonen builds lead on leg two Ford Hirvonen builds lead on leg two Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen stretched their lead in Rally Japan during a dramatic day's action on the country's most northerly island of Hokkaido today. The BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers returned to Obihiro with a 38.2sec advantage in their Focus RS World Rally Ca...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC Valais results and points table... @ 06:02 PM - ...is all entered and ready for you to find in our front page Rallye du Valais control board.

IRC CH end - Peugeot Champions! @ 03:30 PM - Not all top10 in yet, but what a most dramatic end! Vouilloz re-takes lead on final stage. Scandola wins final stage, such all places in the top4 have changed!!!! Betti and Honda into 9th overall, 4 IRC points! Final Positions (subject to scrutineering): 1 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 2h44m28s6; 2 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +6s5; 3 - Scandola/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +18s9; 4 - Loix/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, +19s7; 5 - Burri/Gordon, Subaru, +3m33s3; 6 - Hotz/Ravasi, Renault, +5m17s6; 7 - Beck/Stierle, Renault, +11m59s2; 8 - Butor/Toth, Suzuki, +12m17s8; 9 - Betti/Bernacchini, Honda, +14m18s6; 10 - Radoux/Gregoire, Mitsubishi, +15m06s6

IRC CH SS16 - Absolute krimi! @ 03:23 PM - Navarra out with a blown engine! That's all his title hopes gone too! Vouilloz meanwhile experienced fuel pump problems, but his deficit to Ojeda only dropped from 0.4s to 0.6s! Loix to Scandola also just 0.3s! Only 12km left to finish! Positions after SS16: 1 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, 2h36m56s1; 2 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +0s6; 3 - Loix/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, +23s4; 4 - Scandola/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +23s7; 5 - Burri/Gordon, Subaru, +3m11s3; 6 - Hotz/Ravasi, Renault, +4m35s7; 7 - Beck/Stierle, Renault, +11m30s8; 8 - Butor/Toth, Suzuki, +11m48s3; 9 - Cremona/Palotti, Mitsubishi, +12m18s4; 10 - Radoux/Gregoire, Mitsubishi, +13m35s9

IRC CH SS15 - All positions change! @ 02:25 PM - Vouilloz keeps struggling and loses his lead to Ojeda by only 0.4s! At the same time Loix wins stage and moves past Scandola by only 3.3s! Positions after SS15: 1 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, 2h30m08s5; 2 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +0s4; 3 - Loix/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, +20s7; 4 - Scandola/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +24s; 5 - Burri/Gordon, Subaru, +3m01s; 6 - Navarra/d'Esposito, Fiat Abarth, +3m29s8; 7 - Hotz/Ravasi, Renault, +4m08s9; 8 - Cremona/Palotti, Mitsubishi, +10m40s1; 9 - Beck/Stierle, Renault, +11m03s6; 10 - Butor/Toth, Suzuki, +11m15s7

IRC CH SS14 - Dramatic development! @ 02:20 PM - SS14 is only a very short 6km stage, won by Navarra for a change. Goon retires from 8th. But the drama is leader Nicolas Vouilloz drops 18s! It is suspected he has a wrong tyre choice or something like that, which means his lead is under serious thread! Positions after SS14: 1 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 2h13m48s5; 2 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +15s1; 3 - Scandola/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +33s3; 4 - Loix/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, +42s; 5 - Burri/Gordon, Subaru, +2m48s4; 6 - Navarra/d'Esposito, Fiat Abarth, +3m14s2; 7 - Hotz/Ravasi, Renault, +3m49s7; 8 - Cremona/Palotti, Mitsubishi, +9m40s1; 9 - Butor/Toth, Suzuki, +10m07s8; 10 - Beck/Stierle, Renault, +10m08s3

IRC CH SS13 - Honda 8th fastest @ 11:57 AM - Superb stage times for R3 cars, Luca Betti/Honda 8th fastest on stage, Charly Beck/Renault moves into top10. Now last service. Positions after SS13: 1 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 2h08m04s7; 2 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +28s; 3 - Scandola/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +51s4; 4 - Loix/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, +55s; 5 - Burri/Gordon, Subaru, +3m02s5; 6 - Navarra/d'Esposito, Fiat Abarth, +3m32s4; 7 - Hotz/Ravasi, Renault, +3m54s2; 8 - Gonon/Lambiel, Mitsubishi, +8m46s5; 9 - Cremona/Palotti, Mitsubishi, +9m45s4; 10 - Beck/Stierle, Renault, +10m06s3

IRC CH SS12 - really dramatic morning @ 10:42 AM - Also in the first stage Jaquillard was in trouble and losing time. He seems to have retired before SS12. Positions after SS12: 1 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 2h00m47s4; 2 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +27s8; 3 - Scandola/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +45s5; 4 - Loix/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, +54s1; 5 - Burri/Gordon, Subaru, +2m56s8; 6 - Navarra/d'Esposito, Fiat Abarth, +3m28s; 7 - Hotz/Ravasi, Renault, +3m38s8; 8 - Gonon/Lambiel, Mitsubishi, +7m53s8; 9 - Cremona/Palotti, Mitsubishi, +9m18s9; 10 - Butor/Toth, Suzuki, +9m33s5

IRC CH SS11 - Stunning time by Ojeda @ 10:34 AM - Enrique Ojeda wins 1st stage of the last day and reduces gap to the leader by 12s! Navaup to 6th, Ballinari retires from 9th. Positions after SS11: 1 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 1h53m35s7; 2 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +24s4; 3 - Scandola/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +42s1; 4 - Loix/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, +50s2; 5 - Burri/Gordon, Subaru, +2m41s6; 6 - Navarra/d'Esposito, Fiat Abarth, +3m18s3; 7 - Hotz/Ravasi, Renault, +3m23s7; 8 - Jaquillard/Jaquillard, Peugeot, +5m21s9; 9 - Gonon/Lambiel, Mitsubishi, +7m08s8; 10 - Cremona/Palotti, Mitsubishi, +8m45s5

Fri October 26, 2007

Vouilloz holds on to lead IRC Vouilloz holds on to lead After the second leg of the Rallye du Valais – the longest day of the event – Peugeot Spain driver Nicolas Vouilloz (left) holds a lead of just over 30 seconds from his team mate Enrique Garcia Ojeda....

Stobart dominate top 10 Ford Stobart dominate top 10 Round 14 of the FIA World Rally Championship, Rally Japan, has offered the Stobart M-Sport Ford Rally Team its best opening leg with both nominated points scoring drivers inside the top five....

Hirvonen leads but Marcus out Ford Hirvonen leads but Marcus out Ford World Rally Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen lead Rally Japan after today's dramatic opening leg in which three frontrunners were sidelined. The Finns returned to the rally base in Obihiro with a 10.3sec advantage in their Ford Focus RS World Rally Car after...

Feeling of success returns at OMV Citroen Feeling of success returns at OMV The OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team is back on the road to success at the “Rally Japan”, the 14th run to the FIA World Rally Championship. Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor were able to secure a place in scoring ranks after the first day. Sixth intermediate place also means that t...

Leg one disaster for Subaru Subaru Leg one disaster for Subaru Leg one of Rally Japan proved disappointing for the Subaru World Rally Team after two of its three cars retired from the event. Petter Solberg’s day came to a premature end with a gear selection problem after SS5, while Chris Atkinson crashed off the road during SS6. Xevi Pons no...

Both C4s strong in Japan Citroen Both C4s strong in Japan The long and challenging first leg of the 2007 Rally Japan has seen Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena conclude the day in second position overall with their Citroën C4 WRC, 10.3s behind the provisional leader....

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IRC CH leg2 - Vouilloz wins SS9 & SS10 @ 06:39 PM - Positions seem settled, but Ojeda under pressure. Positions after leg2: 1 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 1h37m01s2; 2 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +36s8; 3 - Scandola/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +42s8; 4 - Loix/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, +57s8; 5 - Burri/Gordon, Subaru, +2m20s3; 6 - Hotz/Ravasi, Renault, +2m56s2; 7 - Navarra/d'Esposito, Fiat Abarth, +3m12s6; 8 - Jaquillard/Jaquillard, Peugeot, +3m48s7; 9 - Ballinari/Pianca, Renault, +5m02s9; 10 - Gonon/Lambiel, Mitsubishi, +6m12s7

WRC CH SS8 - Navarra from 10th to 7th @ 06:17 PM - Gaps become closer as Ojeda wins this 22km stage followed by Loix, Scandola, Vouilloz "only" 4th. Excitement in that battle for 7th, Navarra moved from 10th to 7th, Jaquillard from 9th to 8th, while Galli & Gillet hit problems! Positions after SS8: 1 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 1h25m55s8; 2 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +24s8; 3 - Scandola/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +36s5; 4 - Loix/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, +48s9; 5 - Burri/Gordon, Subaru, +1m47s8; 6 - Hotz/Ravasi, Renault, +2m27s1; 7 - Navarra/d'Esposito, Fiat Abarth, +2m55s9; 8 - Jaquillard/Jaquillard, Peugeot, +3m11s6; 9 - Ballinari/Pianca, Renault, +3m35s; 10 - Gonon/Lambiel, Mitsubishi, +5m12s1

IRC CH SS7 - hot battle for places 7-10 @ 03:15 PM - Not only another 1-2 in the order Vouilloz-Ojeda, but Ojeda also got a 20s time penalty, which makes the positions look sorted. Galli and Gillet swap places. Between 7th and 10th places the gap is 11.5s! Positions after SS7: 1 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 1h11m23s1; 2 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +34s; 3 - Scandola/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +37s6; 4 - Loix/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, +51s3; 5 - Burri/Gordon, Subaru, +1m23s1; 6 - Hotz/Ravasi, Renault, +1m54s2; 7 - Galli/Brusadelli, Citroen, +2m26s5; 8 - Gillet/Glannaz, Renault, +2m28s8; 9 - Jaquillard/Jaquillard, Peugeot, +2m30s2; 10 - Navarra/d'Esposito, Fiat Abarth, +2m35s1

IRC CH SS6 - update @ 02:46 PM - Again a delay. SS7 is delayed by half an hour for unknown reasons. Scandola's time penalty has been confirmed, 30s for leaving service late. This dropped Umberto Scandola from 3rd to 4th.

IRC CH SS6 - Positions confirmed @ 01:37 PM - Another stage with Vouilloz-Ojeda 1-2. Positions after SS6: 1 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 1h05m05s3; 2 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +10s3; 3 - Scandola/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +31s2; 4 - Loix/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, +46s3; 5 - Burri/Gordon, Subaru, +1m10s8; 6 - Hotz/Ravasi, Renault, +1m43s8; 7 - Gillet/Glannaz, Renault, +2m02s8; 8 - Galli/Brusadelli, Citroen, +2m11s1; 9 - Jaquillard/Jaquillard, Peugeot, +2m19s1; 10 - Navarra/d'Esposito, Fiat Abarth, +2m26s3

IRC CH SS5 - Navarra into top10... @ 01:24 PM - ...and a 30s time penalty drops Scandola behind Loix (Scandola time penalty later again removed). Positions after SS5: 1 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 1h00m13s8; 2 - Scandola/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +26s; 3 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +28s1; 4 - Loix/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, +44s; 5 - Burri/Gordon, Subaru, +1m01s9; 6 - Hotz/Ravasi, Renault, +1m35s2; 7 - Gillet/Glannaz, Renault, +1m47s8; 8 - Galli/Brusadelli, Citroen, +2m00s9; 9 - Jaquillard/Jaquillard, Peugeot, +2m05s9; 10 - Navarra/d'Esposito, Fiat Abarth, +2m14s1

IRC Photos from Valais @ 10:43 AM - The first photos from Rally du Valais are available by clicking here

IRC CH SS4 - Longest stage to Peugeot @ - Leg2 kicked off with the longest stage of the rally, icy and hilly "Les Cols". This could have been a decider for the titles. The stage is won by the Peugeot Spain drivers Ojeda ahead of Vouilloz. Over 37km they are seperated by only 0.3s! Positions after SS4: 1 - Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 45m43s2; 2 - Scandola/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +17s3; 3 - Ojeda/Barrabes, Peugeot, +27s3; 4 - Loix/Chevaillier, Fiat Abarth, +34s9; 5 - Burri/Gordon, Subaru, +47s7; 6 - Hotz/Ravasi, Renault, +1m07s8; 7 - Gillet/Glannaz, Renault, +1m19s7; 8 - Galli/Brusadelli, Citroen, +1m26s; 9 - Jaquillard/Jaquillard, Peugeot, +1m27s1; 10 - Ballinari/Pianca, Renault, +1m49s6

Thu October 25, 2007

Vouilloz leads after leg one IRC Vouilloz leads after leg one At the end of the opening leg of the Rallye du Valais, with three special stages gone, Peugeot Spain driver Nicolas Vouilloz leads the general classification by just seven seconds....

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