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Fri October 29, 2010

FxPro Cyprus Rally Preview IRC FxPro Cyprus Rally Preview After 11 months of gruelling competition over several thousand kilometres of competitive stages, the curtain comes down on another enthralling Intercontinental Rally Challenge season in Cyprus next week (4-6 November)....

Peugeot UK announces Guy Wilks Peugeot Peugeot UK announces Guy Wilks The waiting is over as Peugeot UK announces that Guy Wilks will join the team to drive the  Peugeot UK 207 S2000 in next year’s IRC rally championship....

IRC IRC titles up for grabs in Cyprus

IRC Thomas heads all-Cypriot rally team

Thu October 28, 2010

Wittmann excited by Limassol SSS IRC Wittmann excited by Limassol SSS Franz Wittmann says the Lemesos Super Special Stage, which will be used twice on the FxPro Cyprus Rally, the final round of the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge, will provide plenty of drama and must be treated with the utmost respect by the competitors. ...

Mikkelsen plans full Golden Stage attack Ford Mikkelsen plans full Golden Stage attack Andreas Mikkelsen has vowed to go on "maximum attack" when he contests the inaugural Love Cyprus Golden Stage Rally on Sunday 7 November....

Skoda UK to continue in IRC 2011 Skoda Skoda UK to continue in IRC 2011 Škoda UK today confirmed that it will contest the 2011 IRC Series, running a Fabia S2000....

Wed October 27, 2010

Michelin to give away free tyres IRC Michelin to give away free tyres French tyre giant Michelin will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Monte Carlo Rally by giving away 100 free racing tyres to the 25 highest-placed amateur competitors at the end of the event. Scheduled to take place from 18 to 22 January 2011, the rally - round one of the IRC...

Hungary Rally looks forward to IRC IRC Hungary Rally looks forward to IRC The Mecsek Rally, which will form part of the IRC calendar next year after enjoying official Supporter Event status, ran last weekend and proved that it has everything it takes to become a successful round of the IRC....

First infos on 2011 Ypres Rally IRC First infos on 2011 Ypres Rally Even if it is still more than 8 months before the 2011 Geko Ypres Rally takes place, the preparations are already in top gear. The rally will traditionally be organized during the last weekend of June, more specifically on 23 -25th of June. The main event on the Belgian calendar ...

Sun October 24, 2010

Robert Kubica shows Monte interest IRC Robert Kubica shows Monte interest Renault's Formula One star Robert Kubica is interested in a return to the Monte Carlo Rally next year, having taken part in the event this year....

Renault Sport to star on Monte IRC Renault Sport to star on Monte Renault Sport will have a strong presence on the Monte Carlo Rally, as once more the Clio Renault Sport R3 Trophy will kick off at the IRC season-opener next year....

Thumbs up for Scotland IRC Thumbs up for Scotland The Rally of Scotland, which was run last week as the penultimate round of the IRC, met with a universal thumbs up from all the drivers and teams. Skoda's Juho Hanninen, who won the rally, said: "This was an absolutely fantastic event. These Scottish stages are well-known for...

4th for Latvala,hopes on title runner up Ford 4th for Latvala,hopes on title runner up BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team finished fourth and fifth in Rally de España today.  Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila were fourth in a Ford Focus RS World Rally Car after three days of gravel and asphalt action in the hills west of Barcelona.  Team-mates Mikko Hirvonen an...

Honda Civic wins class in Scotland IRC Honda Civic wins class in Scotland Honda driver Siim Plangi from Estonia, aged only 18, has equalled the Honda Civic Type R R3's best-ever finish on an Intercontinental Rally Challenge event by claiming fifth overall on the Rally of Scotland: the penultimate round of the Eurosport-backed series....

Thu October 21, 2010

Wilson considered Scottish start IRC Wilson considered Scottish start World championship regular Matthew Wilson has revealed that he came close to entering RACMSA Rally of Scotland, which gets underway this weekend....

IRC title ceremony this time not in Paris IRC IRC title ceremony this time not in Paris IRC's end of season awards ceremony in Limassol, Cyprus, on November 7, 2010...

Campbell: let's rally in the dark IRC Campbell: let's rally in the dark The IRC RAC MSA Rally of Scotland had a very slim entry (and inexplicably many retirements). Now the event's Clerk of the Course comes out with some interesting thoughts on the issue. The interview and text below is courtesy of our friends at iRally and IRC Rally Radio. Many ...

Excellent result for Peugeot Turkey Peugeot Excellent result for Peugeot Turkey Peugeot Sport Turkey, with the first one and unique feminine team of the Intercontinental Championship of the Rallies (IRC) composed from Burcu Çetinkaya and Çiçek Güney that has disputes his sixth race in this championship has raised the Turkish flag this time in Scotland. Peuge...

Sainz joins 200th M-Sport party Ford Sainz joins 200th M-Sport party This weekend's Rally de España marks the 200th world rally since M-Sport joined Ford as its partner in the FIA World Rally Championship. ...

Wed October 20, 2010

Ford drivers excited in Fiesta WRC test Ford Ford drivers excited in Fiesta WRC test Ford's FIA World Rally Championship drivers, Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala, drove the all-new Fiesta RS World Rally Car for the first time during testing this week....

Mixed surfaces = new challenge for Ford Ford Mixed surfaces = new challenge for Ford BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team journeys to northern Spain next week for the FIA World Rally Championship's first traditional mixed gravel and asphalt round since 1996.  Rally de España (21 - 24 October) is the penultimate event in the 13-round series and the new format is...

Tue October 19, 2010

Dani Sordo's home turf Citroen Dani Sordo's home turf Three weeks after Rally France in which Sébastien Loeb, Daniel Elena and the Citroën Total Rally team clinched the world titles,* the FIA World Rally Championship heads for the region of Catalonia for the penultimate round of the 2010 season - Rally de Espana....

Mixed menu for Citroen Juniors in Spain Citroen Mixed menu for Citroen Juniors in Spain The Citroën Junior Team starts round 12 of the season with two objectives: sealing third place in the World Rally Championship for manufacturers and allowing Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia to defend their second place in the drivers' standings....

Top3 for Meeke, points for Cetinkaya Peugeot Top3 for Meeke, points for Cetinkaya The second RAC Rally of Scotland, which was also the penultimate round of the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge, proved (too) rich in drama for many of the Peugeot 207 S2000 runners. Kris Meeke nonetheless finished in the top three, while the young Burçu Cetinkaya notched up ...

Peugeot UK ends 2010 on podium Peugeot Peugeot UK ends 2010 on podium After two fantastic years with Peugeot UK, Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle ended their final IRC Rally with a podium position at last weekend's RACMSA Rally of Scotland....

Sun October 17, 2010

Hänninen conquers Scotland IRC Hänninen conquers Scotland DAY THREE REPORT: RACMSA Rally of Scotland, 15-17 October, 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge, round 11 of 12     Third win of the year for Finnish ace First IRC podium for Mikkelsen...

Proton's Scotland review IRC Proton's Scotland review The PROTON R3 Rally Team struggled to match the pace which carried them to second overall on the Rally of Scotland last season, with both factory cars hitting trouble on the Perth-based penultimate round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge. The third, semi-works car of 18-yea...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC GB end - Multiple drama on last SS too @ 02:23 PM - Unbelievable rally. Cave & Greer both crashed out from points, Meeke lost 2min with a puncture. Boland overtakes Cetinkaya. For the first time ever we are showing the full results in such just in, because only 9 IRC teams finished! Final results (after SS12)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 2h01m07s4;
2nd= Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +25s5;
3rd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +2m24s2;
4th= Bogie/Rae, Mitsubishi, +12m01s3;
5th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Honda, +14m39s;
6th= Boland/Morrissey, Mitsubishi, +16m38s8;
7th= Cetinkaya/Güney, Peugeot, +16m56s1;
8th= Hunt/Marshall, Ford R2, +21m39s5;
9th= Barry/Brady, Mitsubishi, +23m46s5;
10th= nobody left!

IRC GB SS11 - Hänninen stage win and lead @ 01:01 PM - Hänninen wins stage and still leads by 20s with one stage to go. Boland is even slower than Cetinkaya, who moves up to 7th. Results after SS11:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 1h42m11s8;
2nd= Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +19s8;
3rd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m42s7;
4th= Greer/Roberts, Mitsubishi, +7m43s5;
5th= Bogie/Rae, Mitsubishi, +10m09s8;
6th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Honda, +12m37s7;
7th= Cetinkaya/Güney, Peugeot, +14m05s4;
8th= Boland/Morrissey, Mitsubishi, +14m11s;
9th= Cave/Parry, Proton, +16m38s3;
10th= Hunt/Marshall, Ford, +18m35s3

IRC GB SS10 - 4 top10 drivers in problems @ 10:53 AM - So few drivers so many problems. Neuville crashed out 100metres before finish, even though he looked slow. Thorburn crashed out 1km from the start. Punctures for Oliveira and the sole Proton of Cronin. Results after SS10:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 1h32m03s5;
2nd= Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +13s1;
3rd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m41s7;
4th= Greer/Roberts, Mitsubishi, +7m07s9;
5th= Bogie/Rae, Mitsubishi, +9m30s8;
6th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Honda, +11m26s2;
7th= Boland/Morrissey, Mitsubishi, +12m40s3;
8th= Cetinkaya/Güney, Peugeot, +12m43s7;
9th= Cave/Parry, Proton, +16m01s;
10th= Hunt/Marshall, Ford, +16m30s1

IRC GB SS9 - Meeke passes Neuville @ 10:01 AM - Neuville had a puncture, though. Wilks fastest, but as ITC does not officially have superally Wilks does not countz for overall results. Results after SS9:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 1h13m09s4;
2nd= Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +12s6;
3rd= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m44s8;
4th= Neuville/Klinger, Peugeot, +2m22s4;
5th= Cave/Parry, Proton, +4m47s5;
6th= Thorburn/Beaton, Mitsubishi, +5m52s6;
7th= Greer/Roberts, Mitsubishi, +6m23s;
8th= Oliveira/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +8m03s3;
9th= Bogie/Rae, Mitsubishi, +8m33s3;
10th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Honda, +9m28s4

Sat October 16, 2010

MOR end - de Mevius wins, just! General MOR end - de Mevius wins, just! Day 7 Report: Agadir-Marrakech 3 stages, stage distance = 170km, liaison distance = 190km, total = 360km...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC GB leg2 - Mikkelsen wins stage @ 06:16 PM - Meeke struggled on with only 50% brakes after road repairs. Only 14 cars left. Bogie went off from 5th. Mikkelsen wins stage narrowly and is the only driver to stay out fo trouble all day along young Proton driver Tom Cave. Results after leg2 (SS8):
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 1h03m01s2;
2nd= Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +11s1;
3rd= Neuville/Klinger, Peugeot, +1m30s4;
4th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m46s2;
5th= Cave/Parry, Proton, +4m20s3;
6th= Thorburn/Beaton, Mitsubishi, +5m08s5;
7th= Greer/Roberts, Mitsubishi, +5m51s8;
8th= Oliveira/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +6m59s2;
9th= Bogie/Rae, Mitsubishi, +8m00s9;
10th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Honda, +8m22s5

IRC GB SS7 - Meeke without brakes @ 03:48 PM - More problems, everything change in top10, as Wilks and Cronin now don't show up any more and Meeke drops a minute with no brakes at all. Results after SS7:
1st= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, 53m04s8;
2nd= Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +12s;
3rd= Neuville/Klinger, Peugeot, +1m20s7;
4th= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m30s4;
5th= Bogie/Rae, Mitsubishi, +2m40s6;
6th= Cave/Parry, Proton, +3m44s3;
7th= Thorburn/Beaton, Mitsubishi, +4m40s5;
8th= Greer/Roberts, Mitsubishi, +5m10s2;
9th= Oliveira/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +5m11s1;
10th= Plangi/Sarapuu, Honda, +7m21s1

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