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Thu October 29, 2009

Meeke looking forward to mixed surfaces IRC Meeke looking forward to mixed surfaces The Intercontinental Rally Challenge will feature two mixed surface events next season. And Kris Meeke, the IRC drivers’ champion, said he cannot wait to take on the challenge of competing on gravel and asphalt on the same rally....

Wed October 28, 2009

Scottish champ set for home event IRC Scottish champ set for home event David Bogie, the winner of the Motor Sports Association-sanctioned Scottish Rally Championship, will make his Intercontinental Rally Challenge debut on Rally of Scotland next month. ...

Tue October 27, 2009

6 IRC manufacturers for Scotland IRC 6 IRC manufacturers for Scotland All but one of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge’s seven manufacturers will represented on RACMSA Rally of Scotland next month, the man in charge of running the event has confirmed....

Sun October 25, 2009

CJT end first year on a high Citroen CJT end first year on a high The 2009 World Rally Championship drew to a close today in Great Britain. Two of the C4 WRCs entered under the Citroën Junior Team banner have finished in the points. Petter Solberg/Phil Mills occupy fourth place while Conrad Rautenbach/Daniel Barritt are eighth. The team therefo...

Victory and 6th title for Loeb Citroen Victory and 6th title for Loeb It was an emotional final day of Rally GB for the Citroën Total WRT. In spite of having led from the outset, Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena only saw the rally swing decisively in their favour on the penultimate stage....

Perfect points finish for Stobart Ford Perfect points finish for Stobart The Stobart VK M-Sport Ford team kept up their remarkable record of scoring manufacturer points at every round of this season’s FIA World Rally Championship as Henning Solberg and Matthew Wilson produced a strong finish to the season at Rally GB....

Mikko misses title by single point Ford Mikko misses title by single point Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen's dream of a maiden FIA World Rally Championship title ended in disappointment today in Wales after a stirring final day battle. The BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers missed the drivers' crown by just one point after finishing seco...

Sat October 24, 2009

Loeb pulls away on day two Citroen Loeb pulls away on day two Starting the day with a slender five-second advantage, Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena handled Day 2 of the 2009 Rally GB with aplomb. They set four fastest stage times in six stages, and took their Citroën C4 WRC to a lead of over half a minute. The five-time World Champions see...

Stobart solid on day two Ford Stobart solid on day two Henning Solberg and Matthew Wilson produced a solid performance on the toughest day so far of Rally GB to stay in the points going into the final day of this year’s FIA World Rally Championship. The Stobart VK M-Sport Ford drivers held their ground despite the foul weather condit...

Mikko takes title fight to final day Ford Mikko takes title fight to final day Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen's bid for a maiden FIA World Rally Championship title will go down to the final day of the 2009 season in Wales tomorrow. The BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers will start the final leg of Rally of Great Britain in second place in a Fo...

Fri October 23, 2009

Advantage Loeb on day one Citroen Advantage Loeb on day one The first day of Rally Great Britain, the final round of the 2009 World Rally Championship, took crews to the infamous gravel stages of South Wales. Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena won four of the six tests, which handed them a narrow lead in the overall standings....

Stobart struggle on day one Ford Stobart struggle on day one It was a disappointing start to Rally GB, the final round of the FIA World Rally Championship, for Stobart VK M-Sport Ford drivers Henning Solberg and Matthew Wilson as they battled against the unpredictable Welsh weather and mechanical problems throughout Day One. But both drive...

Hirvonen holds nerve on day one Ford Hirvonen holds nerve on day one A thrilling opening day of the FIA World Rally Championship decider in Great Britain ended with BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen lying second, just 5.3sec from the lead. The Finns, in a Ford Focus RS World Rally Car, traded seconds with...

Wed October 21, 2009

WRC 2010 Sporting Regulations WRC WRC 2010 Sporting Regulations Following a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) today, the following decisions were confirmed....

Tue October 20, 2009

4 C4s for Citroen Juniors in Wales Citroen 4 C4s for Citroen Juniors in Wales For the first time the Citroën Junior Team will enter four Citroën C4 WRCs on the Rally Great Britain: the final round of this year’s FIA World Rally Championship. The regular Citroën Junior Team crews of Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia and Conrad Rautenbach/Daniel Barritt wil...

Loeb targets 6th world title in Wales Citroen Loeb targets 6th world title in Wales After wrapping up Citroën's fifth Manufacturers' world title* in Spain, the Citroën Total World Rally Team heads for the Rally of Great Britain looking to pull off yet another feat. This time, its mission will be to give Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena the means to secure...

Stobart target perfect home performance Ford Stobart target perfect home performance A successful season for the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford team comes to an exciting climax next week as the team prepares to celebrate its best year ever at its home event, the thrilling final round of the FIA World Rally Championship, Rally GB. Matthew Wilson is already assured of his...

Hirvonen targets title in Wales showdown Ford Hirvonen targets title in Wales showdown After 11 rounds, 219 speed tests and 3774.37km of competition, Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen's challenge for the FIA World Rally Championship drivers' title will be decided at the final fixture in Wales next weekend. The BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team duo start Ral...

Mon October 19, 2009

Skoda 1-2-3 on Rallye Bohemia Skoda Skoda 1-2-3 on Rallye Bohemia Taking place in the surroundings of Mladá Boleslav, this year's Bohemia Rally was substantially affected by bad weather. Of the originally planned 12 special stages and 222 kilometres, the competitors only did five and 60 km, respectively. With three special stages won, the ov...

Sun October 18, 2009

Honda ready for IRC finale IRC Honda ready for IRC finale Honda will be hoping to secure the coveted runner-up spot in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge’s 2WD Cup on the final round in Scotland next month....

Meeke praises Monte route IRC Meeke praises Monte route Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion, Kris Meeke, has praised the changes being planned for the Monte Carlo Rally, which will open the 2010 IRC season from January 19-22....

Sat October 17, 2009

2010 IRC calendar confirmed IRC 2010 IRC calendar confirmed Eurosport Events, promoter of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) is delighted to announce the 2010 IRC calendar, featuring 12 rounds with a mix of legendary and well-established events across Europe and South America....

Thu October 15, 2009

2010 calendars take shape General 2010 calendars take shape The WRC calendar for 2010 has been announced and the IRC's own schedule is also taking shape, with some websites reporting that Eurosport have already confirmed the dates for next year. The WRC season kicks off with Sweden in February and takes in thirteen events ending with R...

Wed October 14, 2009

Monte Carlo: Live TV for entire rally! IRC Monte Carlo: Live TV for entire rally! Eurosport Events, the promoter of the IRC (Intercontinental Rally Challenge), and ACM (Automobile Club de Monaco) have revealed at Sportel in Monaco the broadcast plan for the 2010 Rallye Monte-Carlo on January 20-23, which will be the most televised rally in the sport's histo...

Tue October 13, 2009

British Champion set for Scotland IRC British Champion set for Scotland British rally champion Keith Cronin is set to boost the Ralliart assault on RACMSA Rally of Scotland, the final round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge in November....

Neuville aiming for more IRC IRC Neuville aiming for more IRC Thierry Neuville doesn’t want his starring drive in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge to be a one-off and is considering further outings in the series next season....

Mon October 12, 2009

Hirvonen set for Cambrian Rally Ford Hirvonen set for Cambrian Rally Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen will finalise their preparations for the FIA World Rally Championship title decider in Great Britain later this month by driving in the Cambrian Rally (17 October) in north Wales next weekend. The BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team duo will pilo...

Sun October 11, 2009

Loix & Vouilloz opt out of Scotland IRC Loix & Vouilloz opt out of Scotland Peugeot Belgium-Luxembourg has decided not to compete in the RAC Rally of Scotland, the final round of the 2009 IRC. "Our crews have competed in the IRC since 2008," said Kronos team boss Marc van Dalen. "This year they were equally competitive, playing a major part in Peugeot l...

Sat October 10, 2009

Q&A with Scotland organisers IRC Q&A with Scotland organisers Iain Campbell has been heading up the organisation and route planning of the inaugural RAC MSA Rally of Scotland, the first British round of the IRC and the grand finale to this season´s action. We caught up with him to see how progress is going....

Fri October 9, 2009

McRae to replace Wilks in Proton IRC McRae to replace Wilks in Proton Former British and Asia-Pacific rally champion Alister McRae will contest the forthcoming Rally of Scotland at the wheel of the promising Proton Satria Neo S2000....

Wed October 7, 2009

Skoda set to miss Scotland IRC Skoda set to miss Scotland The works Skoda Motorsport team are set to miss the Rally of Scotland, final round of the 2009 IRC, and instead concentrate on preparations for the 2010 season. The Czech outfit can no longer claim either of the IRC titles after Jan Kopecky's second stage accident on Rally San...

Tue October 6, 2009

Loix & Vouilloz battle for third IRC Loix & Vouilloz battle for third Kris Meeke may well have secured the Intercontinental Rally Challenge drivers’ title with his fourth victory of the season in Sanremo recently but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything left to fight four on the season finale in Scotland in November....

Sun October 4, 2009

Ogier makes top five Citroen Ogier makes top five On their first participation in the Catalunya Rally at the wheel of a Citroën C4 WRC, Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia have finished the event fifth after setting two fastest stage times. This result has underlined the potential of the Citroen Junior Team on a wide variety ...

1-2 gives Citroen makes title Citroen 1-2 gives Citroen makes title The Citroën Total World Rally Team's flag-to-flag domination of this weekend's RallyRACC Catalunya was rewarded by the outfit's third one-two finish of the season. Thanks to their sixth win of the year, Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena have succeeded in closing to withi...

Stobart secure more points in Spain Ford Stobart secure more points in Spain Matthew Wilson and Henning Solberg set up the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford team for a strong finish to the 2009 FIA World Rally Championship season at the team’s home event, Rally GB in three weeks time, earning another solid points-scoring finish at the Rallye de España. With both dr...

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