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Thu October 20, 2016

Ypres 2017 part of Tour European Rally General Ypres 2017 part of Tour European Rally Once again Ypres and the Westhoek will be in full rally competition mode on the 23rd and 24th of June. Not only will the Belgian championship stalwarts be going head to head on the narrow roads of the Kenotek Ypres Rally, but will be joined by the top players of the British Rally...

Mon October 17, 2016

Osian Pryce wins DDFT title Ford Osian Pryce wins DDFT title Welshman Osian Pryce won the 2016 Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy with a brilliant high-pressure drive in Spain. The Rally of Spain finished after a nail-biting climax in Salou this afternoon (Sunday). Pryce and Finland's Max Vatanen went into today's final four stages ...

MacCrone/Loudon win Tour of Mull General MacCrone/Loudon win Tour of Mull Stuart returned to compete on the Mull Rally for the first time since he and John MacCrone retired a Ford Fiesta R2000 with transmission trouble in 2014. The Scotsmen won the Hebridean island event the year before in a Ford Fiesta S2400. They scored their second Mull Rally su...

Sun October 16, 2016

Ostberg takes 5th in Spain Ford Ostberg takes 5th in Spain M-Sport World Rally Team's Mads Østberg and Ola Fløene secured a comfortable fifth place behind the wheel of their Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta RS WRC at this weekend's RallyRACC Catalunya - Costa Daurada. Despite enduring the worst of the conditions through the openi...

Ogier/Ingrassia claim 4th World title General Ogier/Ingrassia claim 4th World title Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) were crowned World Rally Champions for the fourth time in a row after taking victory at the Rally Spain. They guided their Volkswagen Polo R WRC to a fifth win of the season in Catalonia, finishing ahead of Dani Sordo/Marc Martí (E/E, Hyunda...

Hyundai registers double podium WRC Hyundai registers double podium Hyundai Motorsport has today claimed its second double podium result and its tenth individual podium of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), scoring well-earned second and third positions in Rally de España. Home hero Dani Sordo started Sunday with a 5.8s deficit to r...

1-2 victory for Skoda in WRC2 Spain Skoda 1-2 victory for Skoda in WRC2 Spain Celebrations in the sunshine on the Costa Daurada: ŠKODA Motorsport has repeated the one-two victory from 2015 at the Rally Spain. After a dramatic duel over 321.08 kilometres, it was the Czech champions Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler who triumphed this time, 15,3 seconds ahead of the...

Craig Breen in Espana in top10 Citroen Craig Breen in Espana in top10 After Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle retired due to an electrical problem, the Abu Dhabi Total WRT were able to count on Craig Breen/Scott Martin and Khalid Al Qassimi/Chris Patterson to represent the team at the end of Rally de España. Craig and Scott concluded a rewarding race tenth...

Sun October 9, 2016

Lukyanuk wins ERC Cyprus finale IRC Lukyanuk wins ERC Cyprus finale Alexey Lukyanuk produced a perfect conclusion to the 2016 FIA European Rally Championship, taking victory on the CNP ASFALISTIKI Cyprus Rally and also winning the Love Cyprus Golden Stage to earn a total of 32,000 euros in prize money. Lukyanuk absolutely mastered the mixed-su...

Pirelli triumphs in Cyprus IRC Pirelli triumphs in Cyprus The Cyprus Rally, the final round of the FIA European Rally Championship, finished with three out of the top four drivers - including the winner Alexey Lukyanuk, in a Ford Fiesta R5 - running on Pirelli tyres. A particularly significant result was the second place overall secu...

ERC Cyprus post event press conference IRC ERC Cyprus post event press conference ERC CYPRUS RALLY POST-EVENT PRESS CONFERENCE. Limassol Promenade, 15h30, Sunday 9 October 2016. Present: Alexey Lukyanuk/Alexey Arnautov, first place. Marijan Griebel/Pirmin Winklhofer, second place. Ralfs Sirmacis/Arturs Šimins, third place. ...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC CY SS14 - end @ 11:53 AM - 86% Gravel, 14% Asphalt. Lukyanuk won 11 of 13 stages this weekend including this Golden Stage with the price money. Sirmacis is 2nd in the stage and Griebel 2nd in the rally. Final results (after SS13)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 2h06m55s9;
2nd= Griebel/Winklhofer, Skoda, +2m12s2;
3rd= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +2m56s;
4th= Botka/Szeles, Citroen, +6m20s2;
5th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +7m13s2;
6th= Chips/Chrysostomou, Mitsubishi, +9m13s1;
7th= Zenonos/Christofi, Mitsubishi, +9m23s4;
8th= Savva/Papandreou, Mitsubishi, +12m31s8;
9th= Posedias/Erikson, Mitsubishi, +14m23s3;
10th= Antoniou/Pieri, Mitsubishi, +15m25s6

IRC CY SS13 - cancelled @ 11:49 AM - SS13, Golden Stage cancelled on safety reasons.

IRC CY SS12 @ 07:59 AM - 71% Gravel, 29% Asphalt. Another calm stage before the Golden Stage finale. Results after SS12:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 1h57m49s7;
2nd= Griebel/Winklhofer, Skoda, +1m59s3;
3rd= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +2m45s2;
4th= Botka/Szeles, Citroen, +5m38s;
5th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +5m58s7;
6th= Chips/Chrysostomou, Mitsubishi, +8m17s9;
7th= Zenonos/Christofi, Mitsubishi, +8m22s8;
8th= Savva/Papandreou, Mitsubishi, +11m15s2;
9th= Posedias/Erikson, Mitsubishi, +13m09s7;
10th= Antoniou/Pieri, Mitsubishi, +14m06s3

IRC CY SS11 @ 06:59 AM - 64% Asphalt, 36% Gravel. Day3 starts quite calm as drivers seem to concentrate on the Golden Stage. Results after SS11:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 1h45m16s9;
2nd= Griebel/Winklhofer, Skoda, +1m42s4;
3rd= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +2m29s9;
4th= Botka/Szeles, Citroen, +4m45s4;
5th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +4m55s8;
6th= Chips/Chrysostomou, Mitsubishi, +7m22s2;
7th= Zenonos/Christofi, Mitsubishi, +7m32s1;
8th= Savva/Papandreou, Mitsubishi, +10m00s2;
9th= Posedias/Erikson, Mitsubishi, +11m55s5;
10th= Antoniou/Pieri, Mitsubishi, +12m45s1

Sat October 8, 2016

Cyprus day2, Lukyanuk with good lead IRC Cyprus day2, Lukyanuk with good lead Alexey Lukyanuk leads the CNP ASFALISTIKI Cyprus Rally into the final day of the FIA European Rally Championship season, while ERC Junior champion Marijan Griebel is a superb second having had an amazing battle with two other graduates of the category. Lukyanuk flew into a health...

Cyprus day1, Lukyanuk in front IRC Cyprus day1, Lukyanuk in front Alexey Lukyanuk has made a flying start to the final round of the 2016 FIA European Rally Championship on the opening two stages in darkness on the CNP ASFALISTIKI Cyprus Rally, pursued by two young stars fresh from the ERC Junior Championship. ...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC CY SS10 - day2 @ 03:04 PM - 77% Asphalt, 23% Gravel. Superspecial with sections in UN neutral zone between Greece & Turkey. Athanassoulas has not started the stage and Botka in troubles with smoke. Results after day2 (SS10):
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 1h39m00s3;
2nd= Griebel/Winklhofer, Skoda, +1m35s5;
3rd= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +2m17s1;
4th= Botka/Szeles, Citroen, +4m27s7;
5th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +4m35s1;
6th= Chips/Chrysostomou, Mitsubishi, +6m46s7;
7th= Zenonos/Christofi, Mitsubishi, +7m00s9;
8th= Savva/Papandreou, Mitsubishi, +9m24s2;
9th= Posedias/Erikson, Mitsubishi, +11m15s1;
10th= Antoniou/Pieri, Mitsubishi, +12m06s8

IRC CY SS9 @ 12:25 AM - 66% Gravel, 34% Asphalt. Lukyanuk in control. But Athanassoulas has another puncture and reports "It doesn't matter, every stage another problem, there is no result for us anyway". Results after SS9:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 1h33m51s6;
2nd= Griebel/Winklhofer, Skoda, +1m28s5;
3rd= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +2m12s4;
4th= Botka/Szeles, Citroen, +4m01s6;
5th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +4m10s1;
6th= Athanassoulas/Kouzionis, Ford, +5m30s8;
7th= Chips/Chrysostomou, Mitsubishi, +6m15s;
8th= Zenonos/Christofi, Mitsubishi, +6m32s2;
9th= Savva/Papandreou, Mitsubishi, +8m53s9;
10th= Posedias/Erikson, Mitsubishi, +10m46s4

IRC CY SS8 @ 11:33 AM - 86% Asphalt, 14% Gravel. Very technical and long stage. Lukyanuk in control, Griebel takes time back from Sirmacis. Results after SS8:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 1h25m23s9;
2nd= Griebel/Winklhofer, Skoda, +1m17s4;
3rd= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +1m57s4;
4th= Botka/Szeles, Citroen, +3m38s5;
5th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +3m40s3;
6th= Athanassoulas/Kouzionis, Ford, +4m49s3;
7th= Chips/Chrysostomou, Mitsubishi, +5m42s;
8th= Zenonos/Christofi, Mitsubishi, +5m59s8;
9th= Savva/Papandreou, Mitsubishi, +7m56s9;
10th= Posedias/Erikson, Mitsubishi, +9m52s6

IRC CY SS7 @ 11:05 AM - 100% Gravel. Repeat of the very fast 1st stage of the day. Lukyanuk wins stage and Sirmacis claws a little time back on Griebel. Botka climbs to 4th and Athanassoulas to 6th. Results after SS7:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 1h09m15s1;
2nd= Griebel/Winklhofer, Skoda, +1m15s6;
3rd= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +1m44s6;
4th= Botka/Szeles, Citroen, +3m04s8;
5th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +3m06s7;
6th= Athanassoulas/Kouzionis, Ford, +4m19s7;
7th= Chips/Chrysostomou, Mitsubishi, +4m38s8;
8th= Zenonos/Christofi, Mitsubishi, +4m59s4;
9th= Savva/Papandreou, Mitsubishi, +6m33s1;
10th= Posedias/Erikson, Mitsubishi, +8m08s9

IRC CY SS6 @ 09:07 AM - 66% Gravel, 34% Asphalt. Action packed stage. Spin for Lukyanuk, but 2nd placed Gryazin retires with an off. Athanassoulas delayed with puncture. And Galatariotis has a badly damaged suspension and won't continue even he ends this stage 7th. Results after SS6:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 1h01m48s4;
2nd= Griebel/Winklhofer, Skoda, +1m04s3;
3rd= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +1m37s4;
4th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +2m28s2;
5th= Botka/Szeles, Citroen, +2m28s7;
6th= Chips/Chrysostomou, Mitsubishi, +3m51s9;
7th= Galatariotis/Ioannou, Mitsubishi, +3m52s7;
8th= Athanassoulas/Kouzionis, Ford, +3m53s4;
9th= Zenonos/Christofi, Mitsubishi, +4m18s3;
10th= Savva/Papandreou, Mitsubishi, +5m36s

IRC CY SS5 @ 07:56 AM - 86% Asphalt, 14% Gravel. Longest stage of the day and most of it on Asphalt! When WRC drivers would complain about driving asphalt with gravel tyres, most drivers here called it the best stage! Results after SS5:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 52m57s9;
2nd= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +50s7;
3rd= Griebel/Winklhofer, Skoda, +56s5;
4th= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +1m40s9;
5th= Botka/Szeles, Citroen, +2m14s3;
6th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +2m29s7;
7th= Athanassoulas/Kouzionis, Ford, +2m48s6;
8th= Galatariotis/Ioannou, Mitsubishi, +2m54s9;
9th= Chips/Chrysostomou, Mitsubishi, +3m35s2;
10th= Zenonos/Christofi, Mitsubishi, +4m03s3

IRC CY SS4 @ 07:10 AM - 100% Gravel but much twistier than last stage. And Lukyanuk really dominates the stage. Botka moves up places. Athanassoulas has water pressure problems. Results after SS4:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 36m55s3;
2nd= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +39s5;
3rd= Griebel/Winklhofer, Skoda, +45s8;
4th= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +1m24s3;
5th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +1m54s7;
6th= Botka/Szeles, Citroen, +1m57s1;
7th= Galatariotis/Ioannou, Mitsubishi, +2m09s8;
8th= Athanassoulas/Kouzionis, Ford, +2m30s2;
9th= Chips/Chrysostomou, Mitsubishi, +2m42s7;
10th= Zenonos/Christofi, Mitsubishi, +3m07s1

IRC CY SS3 @ 06:23 AM - 100% Gravel. Now Sirmacis can see where he is going, he wins this stage, but just 0.1s from Lukyanuk. Lukyanuk in turn says he has tyres more suited to the twistier stages as at over 100km/h average this is a very unusual stage for Cyprus. Results after SS3:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 27m10s8;
2nd= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +29s4;
3rd= Griebel/Winklhofer, Skoda, +32s9;
4th= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +1m08s5;
5th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +1m18s2;
6th= Galatariotis/Ioannou, Mitsubishi, +1m20s7;
7th= Botka/Szeles, Citroen, +1m22s9;
8th= Athanassoulas/Kouzionis, Ford, +1m55s3;
9th= Chips/Chrysostomou, Mitsubishi, +1m56s7;
10th= Zenonos/Christofi, Mitsubishi, +2m11s9

Fri October 7, 2016

NEWS JUST IN

IRC CY SS2 - day1 @ 07:17 PM - 71% Gravel, 29% Asphalt. Main MERC contender Al Suwaidi retired in this stage. Sirmacis still complains that he is unable to drive in the dark. Griebel has an overshot. Timotheous and Polykarpou retire before stage with punctures. Results after day1 (SS2):
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 19m30s4;
2nd= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +28s3;
3rd= Griebel/Winklhofer, Skoda, +30s1;
4th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +53s4;
5th= Galatariotis/Ioannou, Mitsubishi, +55s3;
6th= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +1m08s6;
7th= Athanassoulas/Kouzionis, Ford, +1m11s3;
8th= Botka/Szeles, Citroen, +1m12s9;
9th= Chips/Chrysostomou, Mitsubishi, +1m28s4;
10th= Zenonos/Christofi, Mitsubishi, +1m38s9

IRC CY SS1 @ 06:14 PM - 64% Asphalt, 36% Gravel. Puncture for Timotheou. Stage win for Lukyanuk with Griebel a strong 2nd. Sirmacis slow saying he doesn't like driving in the dark. Results after SS1:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 6m29s9;
2nd= Griebel/Winklhofer, Skoda, +4s;
3rd= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +9s8;
4th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +11s2;
5th= Galatariotis/Ioannou, Mitsubishi, +18s1;
6th= Botka/Szeles, Citroen, +19s7;
7th= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +25s5;
8th= Athanassoulas/Kouzionis, Ford, +25s6;
9th= Chips/Chrysostomou, Mitsubishi, +31s3;
10th= Al Suwaidi/Clarke, Ford, +35s2

Wed October 5, 2016

Citroen announces 2017 & 2018 drivers Citroen Citroen announces 2017 & 2018 drivers Just a few days after the Citroën C3 WRC concept car was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, Citroën Racing has announced the crews that will be competing for the team in the next two seasons of the FIA World Rally Championship. Already confirmed to drive for the team until 2018, K...

Hyundai  finalises 2017 driver line up WRC Hyundai finalises 2017 driver line up Hyundai Motorsport has finalised its driver line-up for the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with the announcement today that Thierry Neuville has signed a two-year extension to his contract with the team. Neuville will compete with Hyundai Motorsport in the 2017 and 2...

Sun October 2, 2016

Tempestini claims WRC Junior title Citroen Tempestini claims WRC Junior title The French contingent of drivers impressed in front of their home fans at the Tour de Corse, the fifth and penultimate round of the FIA Junior WRC. Following a closely-contested head-to-head battle over the three days, Laurent Pellier claimed victory ahead of Yohan Rossel, as the...

A victorious finale for Evans Ford A victorious finale for Evans Contesting the FIA World Rally Championship's premier support series, M-Sport World Rally Team's Elfyn Evans and Craig Parry closed their WRC 2 campaign in style today - securing their third victory of the year at the legendary Tour de Corse. Taking an early lead, the...

Meeke ends Corsica in style Citroen Meeke ends Corsica in style Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle were in sublime form on the final day of Tour de Corse, as the pair won both the speed tests. In the second Abu Dhabi Total WRT car, Craig Breen and Scott Martin confirmed their potential as they secured a top-five finish on their first tarmac rally in a...

Camilli shows promise in Corsica Ford Camilli shows promise in Corsica M-Sport World Rally Team's Éric Camilli and Benjamin Veillas enjoyed a positive weekend as the FIA World Rally Championship travelled to the legendary Tour de Corse - bringing their Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta RS WRC home in a creditable eighth place. Determined to deliv...

i20 R5 shows promise WRC i20 R5 shows promise Hyundai Motorsport endured a tough competitive debut with the New Generation i20 R5 on the Tour de Corse - Rallye de France, as a water leak stopped Kevin Abbring during the rally's second afternoon. The long stages for which the Corsican event is known were a tough provi...

Hyundai takes Tour de Corse podium WRC Hyundai takes Tour de Corse podium Hyundai Motorsport has achieved its pre-event objectives of a podium finish in this weekend's Tour de Corse as Thierry Neuville and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul finished in second position on the overall classification. The Belgian crew put in a faultless performance over te...

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