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Sat October 31, 2015

Peugeot ends ERC season with a victory Peugeot Peugeot ends ERC season with a victory (Rallye-info: Please note that this text was written before Breen's post event time penalty) A surefooted performance in Switzerland saw Craig Breen and Scott Martin collect their fourth European Rally Championship victory of the season. The Peugeot Rally Academy pair finally...

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IRC Breen loses victory @ 10:46 PM - Craig Breen has lost the Rallye du Valais win again. Breen's team used more tyres than allowed by the rules. This resulted in a 2min time penalty, handing victory of the final ERC round 2015 to Alexey Lukyanuk. Revised points will be shown tomorrow.

IRC CH SS17 - end @ 03:52 PM - Breen wins the rally. Sorry, from 7th onwards is delayed. Staif retired last stage, Magalhaes slow with gearbox problem, Delecour retired the stage before, Carron also in problems, so there is a bit of a delay for the last results to come in. Final results (after SS17)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 2h32m13s6;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +39s4;
3rd= Burri/Klinger, Citroen, +2m19s6;
4th= Bergkvist/Sjöberg, Peugeot, +3m14s1;
5th= Gonon/Guex, Peugeot, +3m26s7
6th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +5m13s8;
7th= Perroud/Beuret, Ford, +7m21s;
8th= Carron/Revaz, Ford, +9m54s2;
9th= Della Casa/Pozzi, Citroen, +11m18s8;
10th= Radoux/Forclaz, Mitsubishi, +ms

IRC CH SS16 @ 03:19 PM - Excitement to the end, with the 2nd longest stage left. Carron dropped time and a place now. Big fight still between Bergkvist & Gonon for 4th and between Della Casa & Radoux for 10th. Results after SS16:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 2h15m56s4;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +54s;
3rd= Burri/Klinger, Citroen, +1m51s7;
4th= Bergkvist/Sjöberg, Peugeot, +3m07s5;
5th= Gonon/Guex, Peugeot, +3m23s4
6th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +5m03s4;
7th= Carron/Revaz, Ford, +5m47s2;
8th= Perroud/Beuret, Ford, +6m06s4;
9th= Della Casa/Pozzi, Citroen, +10m17s5;
10th= Radoux/Forclaz, Mitsubishi, +10m20s9

IRC CH SS15 - Bad luck for Delecour @ 02:38 PM - Delecour not only got 2m20 time penalties for late out of service (changing a radiator), he also lost another 2 1/2 min in this stage for unknown reasons. This should have been the stage that suits him. Results after SS15:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 2h07m03s5;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +1m04s4;
3rd= Burri/Klinger, Citroen, +1m44s8;
4th= Bergkvist/Sjöberg, Peugeot, +2m51s6;
5th= Gonon/Guex, Peugeot, +3m18s
6th= Carron/Revaz, Ford, +3m58s9;
7th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +4m51s3;
8th= Perroud/Beuret, Ford, +5m11s1;
9th= Delecour/de Castelli, Porsche, +8m03s7;
10th= Della Casa/Pozzi, Citroen, +9m25s1

IRC CH SS14 @ 11:57 AM - Delecour loses another place on the short Casernes. There is only one real dry tarmac stage left which is SS15. Results after SS14:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 1h57m28s1;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +1m05s4;
3rd= Burri/Klinger, Citroen, +1m44s4;
4th= Bergkvist/Sjöberg, Peugeot, +2m44s;
5th= Gonon/Guex, Peugeot, +3m08s5
6th= Delecour/de Castelli, Porsche, +3m16s7;
7th= Carron/Revaz, Ford, +3m53s;
8th= Perroud/Beuret, Ford, +4m35s7;
9th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +4m42s3;
10th= Della Casa/Pozzi, Citroen, +8m22s5

IRC CH SS13 @ 11:21 AM - Plenty of drama in the long Les Cols. Hirschi and Tlustak off. Also Burri has been off but with minor time loss. Magalhaes lost brakes. Lukyanuk won stage. Results after SS13:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 1h51m45s;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +1m11s1;
3rd= Burri/Klinger, Citroen, +1m35s7;
4th= Bergkvist/Sjöberg, Peugeot, +2m40s3;
5th= Delecour/de Castelli, Porsche, +3m02s1
6th= Gonon/Guex, Peugeot, +3m08s4;
7th= Carron/Revaz, Ford, +3m45s4;
8th= Perroud/Beuret, Ford, +4m23s3;
9th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +4m43s1;
10th= Della Casa/Pozzi, Citroen, +7m59s8

IRC CH SS12 @ 10:15 AM - Near all gravel stage. Delecour unhappy, drops even behind Bergkvist, even though bergkvist had an overshot. Burri has his tyres ruined and drops behind Lukyanuk. Gonon may struggle next stages with brake problems. Next one is the big Les Cols. Results after SS12:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 1h30m02s4;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +1m18s7;
3rd= Burri/Klinger, Citroen, +1m19s9;
4th= Bergkvist/Sjöberg, Peugeot, +2m18s2;
5th= Delecour/de Castelli, Porsche, +2m20s8
6th= Gonon/Guex, Peugeot, +2m40s6;
7th= Perroud/Beuret, Ford, +3m12s2;
8th= Carron/Revaz, Ford, +3m20s8;
9th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +4m05s2;
10th= Hirschi/Bellotto, Peugeot, +4m35s2

IRC CH SS11 @ 09:26 AM - Stage win again for Breen. But start of stage really wet and slippy, spins for Magalhaes, Hirschi and Burri. As a result Lukyanuk is now only 4.3s behind Burri's 2nd place. 10s time penalty for Gonon moves Bergkvist into 5th. Results after SS11:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 1h21m10s7;
2nd= Burri/Klinger, Citroen, +1m13s5;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +1m17s8;
4th= Delecour/de Castelli, Porsche, +1m39s4;
5th= Bergkvist/Sjöberg, Peugeot, +2m06s4
6th= Gonon/Guex, Peugeot, +2m15s1;
7th= Perroud/Beuret, Ford, +2m16s7;
8th= Carron/Revaz, Ford, +3m13s3;
9th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +3m42s5;
10th= Hirschi/Bellotto, Peugeot, +4m21s6

Fri October 30, 2015

Rallye du Valais day2 report IRC Rallye du Valais day2 report Craig Breen has taken another big step towards winning the 2015 Rallye International du Valais, after a dominant performance on leg two of the Swiss round of the FIA European Rally Championship. Co-driven by Scott Martin, the Peugeot Rally Academy 208 T16 driver set the fastes...

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IRC CH SS10 - day2 @ 03:34 PM - This time stage win for Lukyanuk. Bergkvist a good 3rd fastest. Results after day2 (SS10):
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 1h11m37s2;
2nd= Burri/Klinger, Citroen, +55s9;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +1m09s7;
4th= Delecour/de Castelli, Porsche, +1m31s7;
5th= Gonon/Guex, Peugeot, +1m48s7
6th= Bergkvist/Sjöberg, Peugeot, +1m54s4;
7th= Perroud/Beuret, Ford, +2m03s1;
8th= Carron/Revaz, Ford, +3m00s9;
9th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +3m28s8;
10th= Hirschi/Bellotto, Peugeot, +3m52s8

IRC CH SS9 @ 03:18 PM - Delecour's take on driving carefully is 2nd fastest on a partially wet stage. Only Breen is faster for the stage win. Results after SS9:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 1h04m42s9;
2nd= Burri/Klinger, Citroen, +52s4;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +1m13s5;
4th= Delecour/de Castelli, Porsche, +1m28s;
5th= Gonon/Guex, Peugeot, +1m44s4
6th= Bergkvist/Sjöberg, Peugeot, +1m51s9;
7th= Perroud/Beuret, Ford, +1m56s2;
8th= Carron/Revaz, Ford, +2m52s9;
9th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +3m19s9;
10th= Hirschi/Bellotto, Peugeot, +3m46s6

IRC CH SS8 @ 02:21 PM - For the first time no changes in the top10. Delecour has been told to drive very carefully as the suspension arm is broken. Delecour's take on driving carefully is being 3rd fastest overall! Results after SS8:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 57m14s6;
2nd= Burri/Klinger, Citroen, +44s8;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +1m06s6;
4th= Delecour/de Castelli, Porsche, +1m24s4;
5th= Gonon/Guex, Peugeot, +1m35s4
6th= Bergkvist/Sjöberg, Peugeot, +1m46s4;
7th= Perroud/Beuret, Ford, +1m47s3;
8th= Carron/Revaz, Ford, +2m41s1;
9th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +3m03s;
10th= Hirschi/Belotto, Peugeot, +3m42s9

IRC CH SS7 @ 11:58 AM - The flat Caserne stage, part of which was used in shakedown. More superspecial style and very slippery, bad for Delecour's Porsche and first stage that Breen doesn't win. Surprise stage winner Gonon in the 207. Magalhaes loses another min with his SS6 damage. Results after SS7:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 49m23s1;
2nd= Burri/Klinger, Citroen, +36s4;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +52s6;
4th= Delecour/de Castelli, Porsche, +1m13s5;
5th= Gonon/Guex, Peugeot, +1m19s3
6th= Bergkvist/Sjöberg, Peugeot, +1m30s5;
7th= Perroud/Beuret, Ford, +1m35s1;
8th= Carron/Revaz, Ford, +2m22s2;
9th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +2m44s2;
10th= Hirschi/Bellotto, Peugeot, +3m31s8

IRC CH SS6 - Then there was this bridge @ 11:24 AM - Dramatic stage, especially one corner with a bridge. 0-car hits it, Hirschi hist it, loses 2min, Magalhaes hits it, loses 5min, Jakes hits it for good. Results after SS6:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 43m34s6;
2nd= Burri/Klinger, Citroen, +29s9;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +45s8;
4th= Delecour/de Castelli, Porsche, +1m01s1;
5th= Gonon/Guex, Peugeot, +1m20s1
6th= Bergkvist/Sjöberg, Peugeot, +1m23s5;
7th= Perroud/Beuret, Ford, +1m23s8;
8th= Carron/Revaz, Ford, +1m49s6;
9th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +2m36s7;
10th= Della Casa/Pozzi, Citroen, +3m22s3

IRC CH SS5 - Breen ERC Asphalt Master @ 11:14 AM - Another stage win for Breen sees him win the ERC Asphalt Masters. Jakes drops a few places, but no problem, just very small gaps. Results after SS5:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 36m39s8;
2nd= Burri/Klinger, Citroen, +27s4;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +43s4;
4th= Delecour/de Castelli, Porsche, +55s3;
5th= Perroud/Beuret, Ford, +1m10s4
6th= Hirschi/Belotto, Peugeot, +1m10s8;
7th= Gonon/Guex, Peugeot, +1m13s4;
8th= Bergkvist/Sjöberg, Peugeot, +1m15s3;
9th= Jakes/Novak, Citroen, +1m15s9;
10th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +1m30s1

IRC CH SS4 @ 09:36 AM - Delecour hits a house in drifting and is still 2nd fastest tied with Burri. Gonon passes Bergkvist and Magalhaes and Hirschi passes Magalhaes too, no dramas just times are very close. Results after SS4:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 29m04s1;
2nd= Burri/Klinger, Citroen, +22s6;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +37s7;
4th= Delecour/de Castelli, Porsche, +47s7;
5th= Jakes/Novak, Citroen, +1m
6th= Perroud/Beuret, Ford, +1m00s2;
7th= Gonon/Guex, Peugeot, +1m02s;
8th= Bergkvist/Sjöberg, Peugeot, +1m02s8;
9th= Hirschi/Belotto, Peugeot, +1m03s8;
10th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +1m12s6

Thu October 29, 2015

Q&A Jonathan Hirschi IRC Q&A Jonathan Hirschi Jonathan Hirschi is the top-seeded Swiss driver on the Rallye International du Valais. It might be his home round of the FIA European Rally Championship, but he lives a two-hour drive away from Sion - yet he knows the event well, and has a good record here. In his first full seas...

Stratieva retains ERC Ladies title IRC Stratieva retains ERC Ladies title Ekaterina Stratieva is celebrating winning back-to-back ERC Ladies' Trophy titles tonight, after starting the Rallye International du Valais. The Bulgarian driver was three points ahead of Martina Danhelová and Inessa Tushkanova, but as neither of her rivals started the final...

Rallye du Valais Day 1 report IRC Rallye du Valais Day 1 report Craig Breen has taken an early lead on the Rallye International du Valais, after recording his first ever clean run through the opening leg of the Swiss round of the FIA European Rally Championship. The Peugeot Rally Academy driver set fastest time on all three opening stages, to...

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IRC CH SS3 - day1 @ 04:23 PM - Too many hairpins and mud for Delecour's Porsche, but a time penalty for Lukyanuk (checking in late) keeps Delecour in 3rd. Carron drops a minute. (Time penalty temporarily removed, Lukyanuk traffic jam, not his fault) Results after day1 (SS3):
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 21m05s8;
2nd= Burri/Klinger, Citroen, +15s4;
3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +22s9;
4th= Delecour/de Castelli, Porsche, +40s5;
5th= Jakes/Novak, Citroen, +43s8
6th= Perroud/Beuret, Ford, +43s9;
7th= Bergkvist/Sjöberg, Peugeot, +47s4;
8th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +49s8;
9th= Gonon/Guex, Peugeot, +50s6;
10th= Hirschi/Belotto, Peugeot, +52s2

IRC CH SS2 @ 03:23 PM - Breen confirms lead. Lukyanuk moves up well. But what did this Delecour guy drink. After a spin he is still tied for 3rd. Results after SS2:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 12m35s6;
2nd= Burri/Klinger, Citroen, +6s2;
=3rd= Delecour/de Castelli, Porsche, +15s7;
=3rd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +15s7;
5th= Carron/Levaz, Ford, +18s4
6th= Perroud/Beuret, Ford, +19s8;
7th= Jackes/Novak, Citroen, +22s7;
8th= Hirschi/Bellotto, Peugeot, +25s1;
9th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +28s3;
10th= Bergkvist/Sjöberg, Peugeot, +30s1

IRC CH SS1 - Bouffier already out @ 02:04 PM - Bouffier tied with Magalhaes. Last year Magalhaes crashed out here, this time it's Bouffier, bent suspension in a spin, can't continue. Breen a tiny lead, Delecour very nice 3rd. Results after SS1:
1st= Breen/Martin, Peugeot, 5m09s7;
2nd= Burri/Klinger, Citroen, +0s6;
3rd= Delecour/de Castelli, Porsche, +1s5;
4th= Perroud/Beuret, Ford, +4s8;
5th= Carron/Levaz, Ford, +5s1
6th= Hirschi/Bellotto, Peugeot, +6s9;
7th= Jackes/Novak, Citroen, +9s6;
=8th= Bouffier/de la Haye, Citroen, +11s;
=8th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +11s;
10th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +11s1

Tue October 27, 2015

Q&A Emil Bergkvist IRC Q&A Emil Bergkvist Emil Bergkvist became 2015 ERC Junior champion in emphatic style, with three wins and a second place in his ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team Adam R2. His prize was a drive on the final round of the series in an R5 car, and through a collaboration between Eurosport Events, Opel Motors...

Peugeot looking to end season in style Peugeot Peugeot looking to end season in style For the final clash of the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship, Craig Breen and everyone at the Peugeot Rally Academy have their sights set on outright victory in Switzerland. As further evidence of the model's success, no fewer than five 208T16s figure on the entry list for...

Full Rallye du Valias preview IRC Full Rallye du Valias preview Craig Breen hopes to end the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship on a high by winning more rounds than his ERC rivals when he contests Rallye International du Valais next week (29-31 October). However, it will be no easy task for the Irishman with seven different types of ERC1 c...

Skoda R5 debut in China and APRC Skoda Skoda R5 debut in China and APRC ŠKODA will celebrate a title treble in the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) when it lines up in the core market of China. The grand finale at the China Rally Longyou from Friday to Sunday will be something of a triumphal procession for the Czech automobile manufacturer....

Turbo trouble keeps Max muted Ford Turbo trouble keeps Max muted Rally star Max Vatanen was frustrated to miss out on the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy at the championship showdown in Spain last weekend. The fast Finn had won the opening round of the season in Portugal earlier this year but his chances of taking the title were dashed on the fir...

Sun October 25, 2015

Hyundai Espana day3 WRC Hyundai Espana day3 The Hyundai Motorsport team has come away from a competitive Rally de España with a well-deserved podium finish following a dramatic Power Stage, which promoted Spaniard Dani Sordo into third position. All three of the team’s drivers had demonstrated good pace this weekend, r...

Skoda claims 1-2 in Catalunya Skoda Skoda claims 1-2 in Catalunya ŠKODA Motorsport celebrated a resounding one-two at the Rally Spain. ŠKODA works duo Pontus Tidemand/Emil Axelsson (S/S) won the penultimate race in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC 2) in their Fabia R5, claiming their first WRC 2 race victory for the Czech car-maker. Their ...

M-Sport after difficult Rally Spain Ford M-Sport after difficult Rally Spain M-Sport World Rally Team looked on course to secure a top position at this weekend's RallyRACC Catalunya - Costa Daurada, but when Ott Tänak and Elfyn Evans failed to finish yesterday's stages, the Spanish fixture turned into a fight of a different kind. Since Rallye Mont...

Kubica leads on gravel for first time WRC Kubica leads on gravel for first time Polish star Robert Kubica was able to use the extra speed of Pirelli's new Scorpion KHA gravel tyre to lead a gravel rally for the first time in his illustrious career, when he headed the field during the opening full day of the Rally RACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada. Unlike a...

Five out of Six for Quentin Gilbert Citroen Five out of Six for Quentin Gilbert After winning Rallye Monte-Carlo, in Portugal, Finland and France, Quentin Gilbert came into the Spanish round aiming for the same result. At the start of the only mixed-surface event (gravel/tarmac) on the calendar, he was also the first to spring into action. With his DS 3 R...

Important points for Citroen ahead of GB Citroen Important points for Citroen ahead of GB At the start of this, the final day of Rally Catalunya, Kris Meeke and Mads Østberg's aim was to hold onto their positions in the top six of the overall standings. Both Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers initially held firm, despite coming under pressure from...

Maiden WRC win for VW's Mikkelsen WRC Maiden WRC win for VW's Mikkelsen A superlative victory: Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Fløene have won the Rally Spain with Volkswagen to claim their first victory in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Their first WRC success completed a remarkable one-two for Volkswagen - the seventh of the season. The Norwegia...

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