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Fri October 31, 2008

Strong opening day for Suzuki Suzuki Strong opening day for Suzuki Both Suzuki SX4 WRC pilots are in the driver points at the end of the opening day of the Rally Japan, Suzuki's eagerly-anticipated home event. P-G Andersson returns to parc ferme in Sapporo holding a strong seventh place overall while his team mate Toni Gardemeister is eighth....

Perfect start for Ford Ford Perfect start for Ford BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team hit top form on the vastly shortened opening leg of Rally Japan to hold first and second places tonight. Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen dominated in their Ford Focus RS World Rally Car to lead from the opening speed test in this 14th and penu...

Citroen Loeb ideally placed after leg one

Subaru Imprezas 4th and 5th after leg one

Ford Mixed fortunes for Stobart on leg one

Wed October 29, 2008

Suzuki aim to shine on home territory Suzuki Suzuki aim to shine on home territory The penultimate round of this year's World Rally Championship marks an important occasion for Suzuki, as it is the first time that the SX4 WRC will be seen on its home territory. The rally takes place on Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido, more than a thousand kilom...

SWRT head home for all new Rally Japan Subaru SWRT head home for all new Rally Japan The Subaru World Rally Team will head to the northerly Japanese island of Hokkaido for the last long-haul rally and the penultimate round of the 2008 World Rally Championship season. It is the first time that the new Impreza WRC2008 will be seen in its homeland. Whilst still in H...

Stobart search for success in Sapporo Ford Stobart search for success in Sapporo An all-new location will play host to this year’s penultimate round of the FIA World Rally Championship as crews head to Sapporo for next week’s Rally Japan. The event will see the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team field two entrants – Matthew Wilson/Scott Martin and Franço...

A new challenge in Japan for Ford Ford A new challenge in Japan for Ford BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team steps into the unknown next week when it journeys to the Land of the Rising Sun for a new-look Rally Japan. This penultimate round of the FIA World Rally Championship is firmly established in the series. However, a new host city means that for...

Citroen hope to secure titles in Japan Citroen Citroen hope to secure titles in Japan Citroën Total has entered the 2008 Rally Japan – the penultimate round of this year's 15-round World Rally Championship – with C4 WRCs for Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena and Dani Sordo/Marc Martí. The team's trip to the land of the rising sun could prove decisive in both tit...

Tue October 28, 2008

Live IRC to revolutionise rallying on TV IRC Live IRC to revolutionise rallying on TV Eurosport made a surprise early debut with live tv coverage from the Rally du Valais last weekend, penultimate round of the 2008 IRC series. Earlier in October, the series promoter announced that January's Monte Carlo Rally would feature live footage from the stages, using a c...

Sat October 25, 2008

Nicolas Vouilloz reflects on title IRC Nicolas Vouilloz reflects on title Frenchman Nicolas Vouilloz has won the 2008 IRC Intercontinental drivers' title with one round to go, after finishing second on the Rallye du Valais in Switzerland. The 32-year-old Peugeot Belgium driver now cannot be beaten on the China Rally, which is the final event on this...

Loix wins Valais, Vouilloz takes title IRC Loix wins Valais, Vouilloz takes title Peugeot Belgium has enjoyed an extremely successful outing on the Rallye du Valais in Switzerland, the final European round of the IRC, with Freddy Loix claiming his third win of the year and Nicolas Vouilloz finishing second to claim the IRC drivers' title. Although one round...

The Valais situation before the finale IRC The Valais situation before the finale With 3 stages to go the situation in Valais is quite interesting....

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IRC CH end - Loix Rally, Vouilloz Title @ 02:51 PM - 2 major position changes on last stage. Loix takes win by just 4.5s, but for Vouilloz this is enough for the title! Basso takes Alen in straight fight. Final end positions (SS17, subject to last time control and scrutineering): 1st= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, 2h37m33s5; 2nd= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +4s5; 3rd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +53s9; 4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +1m30s3; 5th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +2m48s2; 6th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +2m52s8; 7th= Hotz/Ravasi, Peugeot, +3m24s3; 8th= Toth/Tagai, Peugeot, +6m15s9; 9th= Gonon/Arlettaz, Peugeot, +9m51s4; 10th= Radoux/Gregoire, Mitsubishi, +10m07s7

IRC CH SS16 - Vouilloz back in Lead! @ 02:22 PM - Lead is only 0.4s before last stage. Also Alen ahead of Basso by only 2.4s. Positions after SS16: 1st= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 2h31m10s; 2nd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +0s4; 3rd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +53s1; 4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +1m32s5; 5th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +2m50s8; 6th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +2m53s2; 7th= Hotz/Ravasi, Peugeot, +3m17s4; 8th= Toth/Tagai, Peugeot, +6m01s4; 9th= Gonon/Arlettaz, Peugeot, +9m41s1; 10th= Radoux/Gregoire, Mitsubishi, +9m52s8

IRC CH SS15 - Change of Lead! @ 01:22 PM - This should be a great showdown - and live on TV too! Loix just took the lead by 0.7s with 2 stages to go! Also tight for 5th place. Radoux takes Heintz. Positions after SS15: 1st= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, 2h25m28s6; 2nd= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +0s7; 3rd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +51s9; 4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +1m34s3; 5th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +2m48s6; 6th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +2m51s9; 7th= Hotz/Ravasi, Peugeot, +3m12s3; 8th= Toth/Tagai, Peugeot, +5m50s5; 9th= Gonon/Arlettaz, Peugeot, +9m31s; 10th= Radoux/Gregoire, Mitsubishi, +9m37s4

IRC CH SS13 - tight fight for top10 @ 10:18 AM - Vouilloz's lead narrowed again Good battle for 9th place between a gN Subaru and a gN Mitsubishi, both under attack of Gonon's 207. Positions after SS13: 1st= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 2h03m27s1; 2nd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +4s5; 3rd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +58s4; 4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +1m30s2; 5th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +2m43s1; 6th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +2m53s5; 7th= Hotz/Ravasi, Peugeot, +3m03s6; 8th= Toth/Tagai, Peugeot, +5m13s9; 9th= Heintz/Scherrer, Subaru, +8m43s4; 10th= Radoux/Gregoire, Mitsubishi, +8m44s2

IRC CH SS12 - Basso up to 6th @ 10:00 AM - Vouilloz extends lead again, but it doesn't matter, with Basso in 5th, Vouilloz is champion whatever the result. Positions after SS12: 1st= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 1h57m03s3; 2nd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +8s4; 3rd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +59s8; 4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +1m29s5; 5th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +2m38s5; 6th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +2m53s; 7th= Hotz/Ravasi, Peugeot, +2m55s1; 8th= Toth/Tagai, Peugeot, +4m50s5; 9th= Heintz/Scherrer, Subaru, +8m24s7; 10th= Radoux/Gregoire, Mitsubishi, +8m26s

IRC CH SS11 - Loix gets closer @ 09:24 AM - Vouilloz's lead under thread from team mate. Basso attacks Hotz. Positions after SS11: 1st= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 1h51m27s5; 2nd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +5s3; 3rd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +50s7; 4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +1m22s8; 5th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +2m28s8; 6th= Hotz/Ravasi, Peugeot, +2m44s1; 7th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +2m47s4; 8th= Toth/Tagai, Peugeot, +4m30s6; 9th= Heintz/Scherrer, Subaru, +7m54s7; 10th= Radoux/Gregoire, Mitsubishi, +8m02s8

IRC CH SS14 - Hotz wins stage @ 00:41 AM - 2nd fastest Bouffier. Loix reduces Vouilloz's lead to 4.3s. Best bit is, Vouilloz can fight for win, as Basso is too far down even if Vouilloz should overdo it. Shortest stage of the event has Gonon move from 11th to 9th. Positions after SS14: 1st= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 2h09m37s2; 2nd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +4s3; 3rd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +1m00s1; 4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +1m27s4; 5th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +2m45s; 6th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +2m52s9; 7th= Hotz/Ravasi, Peugeot, +2m59s8; 8th= Toth/Tagai, Peugeot, +5m21s; 9th= Gonon/Arlettaz, Peugeot, +8m51s5; 10th= Heintz/Scherrer, Subaru, +8m52s9

Fri October 24, 2008

Vouilloz sees title within reach IRC Vouilloz sees title within reach Peugeot Belgium driver Nicolas Vouilloz is tantalisingly close to claiming his inaugural IRC drivers' title, after finishing day two of the Rallye du Valais in the lead from his team mate Freddy Loix. Vouilloz claimed the rally lead after the opening 40-kilometre stage of the ...

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IRC CH leg2 - Vouilloz extends lead... @ 05:25 PM - ...only slightly but this sure is handy for the last day. Florian Gonon will be trying tomorrow to move his 207 S2000 past the two grouPn cars ahead into the top10. Positions after leg2 (SS10): 1st= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 1h35m41s7; 2nd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +11s7; 3rd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +41s9; 4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +1m11s9; 5th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +2m02s8; 6th= Hotz/Ravasi, Peugeot, +2m24s4; 7th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +2m43s7; 8th= Toth/Tagai, Peugeot, +3m45s3; 9th= Heintz/Scherrer, Subaru, +6m57s8; 10th= Radoux/Gregoire, Mitsubishi, +7m06s3

WRC CH SS9 - Basso's chances ever slimmer @ 04:40 PM - Col des Planches (a repeat of SS6) does not seem to be Abarth's stage. Aweful times for both Basso and Alen. Positions after SS9: 1st= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 1h29m21s4; 2nd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +7s4; 3rd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +38s; 4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +1m06s6; 5th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +1m51s4; 6th= Hotz/Ravasi, Peugeot, +2m11s6; 7th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +2m38s4; 8th= Toth/Tagai, Peugeot, +3m24s4; 9th= Heintz/Scherrer, Subaru, +6m27s5; 10th= Radoux/Gregoire, Mitsubishi, +6m35s2

IRC CH SS8 - Basso wins live stage @ 02:50 PM - ...but only just ahead of Vouilloz, who can extend his overall lead slightly. (Hotz time now corrected) Positions after SS8: 1st= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 1h15m08s8; 2nd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +10s7; 3rd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +38s6; 4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +1m06s9; 5th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +1m34s4; 6th= Hotz/Ravasi, Peugeot, +1m39s8; 7th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +2m17s7; 8th= Toth/Tagai, Peugeot, +2m57s9; 9th= Heintz/Scherrer, Subaru, +5m24s7; 10th= Radoux/Gregoire, Mitsubishi, +5m31s4

IRC CH SS7 - Loix closes on lead @ 02:00 PM - Positions after SS7: 1st= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 1h08m43s; 2nd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +8s7; 3rd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +36s9; 4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +1m02s9; 5th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +1m26s2; 6th= Hotz/Ravasi, Peugeot, +1m33s5; 7th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +2m17s9; 8th= Toth/Tagai, Peugeot, +2m39s6; 9th= Heintz/Scherrer, Subaru, +4m58s7; 10th= Radoux/Gregoire, Mitsubishi, +5m04s9

IRC CH SS6 - Is the title decided here? @ 01:11 PM - Could well be, as Basso dropped around 1m40s with a puncture and looks extremely unlikely now to gain the necessary top2 finish! Positions after SS6: 1st= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 1h01m50s1; 2nd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +10s4; 3rd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +26s; 4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +1m01s9; 5th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +1m08s6; 6th= Hotz/Ravasi, Peugeot, +1m19s9; 7th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +2m05s4; 8th= Toth/Tagai, Peugeot, +2m17s7; 9th= Heintz/Scherrer, Subaru, +4m08s1; 10th= Camandona/Helfer, Mitsubishi, +4m08s9

IRC CH SS5 - stage stopped @ 10:30 AM - This is unconfirmed, but the stage has been stopped after 3 cars following an incident involving Umberto Scandola. Positions after SS5: 1st= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 54m29s4; 2nd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +15s2; 3rd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +23s8; 4th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +30s4; 5th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +43s7; 6th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +58s1; 7th= Hotz/Ravasi, Peugeot, +1m03s5; 8th= Toth/Tagai, Peugeot, +1m50s1; 9th= Camandona/Helfer, Mitsubishi, +2m58s6; 10th= Heintz/Scherrer, Subaru, +3m02s

IRC CH SS4 - Scandola loses lead @ 09:18 AM - Great 40km stage, lots of action. Scandola spun and lost his lead, while Vouilloz makes his mark with a daring attack and stunning time. Burri and Gonon ran into problems and dropped outside the top10. Positions after SS4: 1st= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, 47m31s; 2nd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +15s2; 3rd= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +23s8; 4th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +30s4; 5th= Scandola/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +32s8; 6th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +43s7; 7th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +58s1; 8th= Hotz/Ravasi, Peugeot, +1m03s5; 9th= Toth/Tagai, Peugeot, +1m50s1; 10th= Camandona/Helfer, Mitsubishi, +2m58s6

Thu October 23, 2008

Valais: news & quotes after day one IRC Valais: news & quotes after day one The Rallye du Valais got underway today in the Swiss town of Martigny with three stages; a taster for the main action that begins at 09:00 tomorrow. A trio of title hopefuls come into the event with the possibility of lifting the IRC crown: Nicolas Vouilloz, the current series le...

Wrong drivers ahead in Valais! IRC Wrong drivers ahead in Valais! Just a quick round up after a short opening day in Valais. The rally could be the drivers title decider. Only 3 stages on day1, tomorrow will be the main day, starting off with the 40km Les Cols stage at 9:23 local time and totalling 7 stages and 128km. There were no major dramas...

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IRC CH leg1 - Scandola stars @ 04:33 PM - Scandola wins 2nd stage in a row and takes the lead, while Basso loses 15sec for an unknown problem. Positions after leg1 (SS3): 1st= Scandola/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, 21m54s5; 2nd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +1s1; 3rd= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +1s2; 4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +6s1; 5th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +10s9; 6th= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +13s7; 7th= Hotz/Ravasi, Peugeot, +15s7; 8th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +17s6; 9th= Gonon/Arlettaz, Peugeot, +33s9; 10th= Burri/Veillas, Fiat Abarth, +35s6

IRC CH SS2 - Loix ahead of Basso @ 03:42 PM - Loix could be the title deciding factor like this. But Scandola wins stage! Hervé van Dach, Peugeot, 14th, retired on road section after SS1. Positions after SS2: 1st= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, 15m42s; 2nd= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, +0s8; 3rd= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +1s5; 4th= Scandola/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +2s6; 5th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +4s5; 6th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +10s6; 7th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +13s7; 8th= Hotz/Ravasi, Peugeot, +25s5; 9th= Burri/Veillas, Fiat Abarth, +25s7; 10th= Gonon/Arlettaz, Peugeot, +26s8

IRC CH SS1 - Peugeots chase Basso @ 02:57 PM - Basso sets pace on 1st stage and makes sure all the Peugeots have their work cut out to help Vouillz's title chances. Positions after SS1: 1st= Basso/Dotta, Fiat Abarth, 7m16s7; 2nd= Loix/Buysmans, Peugeot, +2s; 3rd= Vouilloz/Klinger, Peugeot, +2s1; 4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +3s7; 5th= Rossetti/Chiarcossi, Peugeot, +5s4; 6th= Scandola/d'Amore, Fiat Abarth, +5s8; =7th= Alen/Alanne, Fiat Abarth, +7s; =7th= Hotz/Ravasi, Peugeot, +7s; 9th= Gonon/Arlettaz, Peugeot, +12s4; 10th= Burri/Veillas, Fiat Abarth, +13s1

Tue October 21, 2008

Ogier at Wales Rally GB Citroen Ogier at Wales Rally GB Following Sebasiten Ogier's excellent season which saw the young Citroen C2 S1600 driver clinch the 2008 Junior World Rally Championship title on the recent Rallye de France-Tour de Corse, Citroen Sport and France's motor sport governing body FFSA have decided to enter a Ci...

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