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Sun November 30, 2003

Analysis: Who performed in 2003? WRC Analysis: Who performed in 2003? This article is inspired by a recent poll on our front page: “Which car do you think has been the best across all the surfaces of the WRC in 2003?” The result was Ford Focus, Citroen Xsara and Subaru Impreza all fairly level at 30% but the Peugeot 206 only down at around 8%. This...

Loeb is the Champion of the Champions General Loeb is the Champion of the Champions Sébastien Loeb today won the famous Race of Champions, the Michèle Mouton inspired rally season finale in which the rally world champions have a head to head shoot out on the Gran Canaries. Over the weekend there have been several competitions. The ROC Nations Cup and the ROC Jun...

Fri November 28, 2003

Relief as Ford confirms 2004 Ford Relief as Ford confirms 2004 Ford has confirmed its participation in the WRC for the 2004 season and strengthened its relationship with M-Sport. Ford will retain overall control of the programme while M-Sport, the Cumbria-based team which has successfully handled the brand's world rallying programme sinc...

Thu November 27, 2003

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Lancer Evo 8 WRCar Photos @ 10:39 AM - For large background wallpaper photos of the new Evo 8 Mitsubishi Lancer WRCar click here and follow the links.

Sun November 23, 2003

Mitsubishi Evolution 8 Lancer

Wed November 19, 2003

(Last?) interesting ERC finale General (Last?) interesting ERC finale Bruno Thiry wins the ERC moments before midnight. Sorry, couldn’t avoid the hint that the Rallye du Condroz included several characterful, firework atmosphere night stages as you see on the photos. It as well is a reference to the threat that this might be the last ERC season aft...

Mon November 17, 2003

Richard unable to compete in 2004 WRC Richard unable to compete in 2004 Richard Burns has been undergoing tests in hospital to determine the cause of the health problem he suffered before Rally of Wales. These tests have been concluded and the doctors have now confirmed that he has a Astrocytoma. Richard will undergo a course of radiotherapy treatme...

Mon November 10, 2003

Tommi we Salute You Subaru Tommi we Salute You Wrc-Online would like to congratulate Tommi Makinen on his success in the WRC, including this weekend in Wales. We're sad to see one of the great bow out of the sport but glad for all the memories. Thanks Tommi. Quotes from the people who work closest to him:...

Sun November 9, 2003

Auriol Brings it home for Skoda Skoda Auriol Brings it home for Skoda The Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team completed Rally GB with Didier Auriol finishing 11th in Wales to score the second set of Manufacturers’ points for the Fabia WRC. Toni Gardemeister slid into a ditch on today’s opening stage and was unable to regain the track, thereby missing...

World Rally Manufacturer Champions Citroen World Rally Manufacturer Champions In its debut year in the World Rally Championship, Citroën and, more specifically, the Citroën Xsara, has been crowned the 2003 World Rally Champion, with Sébastien Loeb clinching the WRC Manufacturer's Championship for Citroën in the UK round of the World Rally Championship h...

Fifth place for François Duval Ford Fifth place for François Duval Fifth place for François Duval and Stéphane Prévot on the Wales Rally GB today secured a record for Ford BP Rallye Sport unmatched in the modern era of the sport. The four points secured by the Belgian duo in their Focus RS World Car ensured the team scored points on all 14 roun...

An Assault on the Senses at Subaru Subaru An Assault on the Senses at Subaru History was made in Wales today when 555 Subaru World Rally Team driver Petter Solberg became the first Norwegian to win the FIA World Rally Championship for drivers. In a spectacular finale to the 2003 WRC series, the 28-year-old won the Wales Rally GB by a margin of 43.6 second...

Lost World title for 1st time ever Peugeot Lost World title for 1st time ever For the first time ever Peugeot has not won a rally World championship they competed for. But consolation is taken from two facts: For one Peugeot wasn’t dominated by anybody, so no reason for embarrassement. For the other, the makes title stayed in house as after all the Citroen...

Magnificent Solberg heralds new era WRC Magnificent Solberg heralds new era Norway's Petter Solberg secured his maiden world title after winning the Wales Rally GB in Cardiff, after he managed to negotiate the final 7 miles of Margam Park without a hitch. His season long battle with Sebastien Loeb and Markko Martin to be the first of the new generati...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Makes title battle @ 08:52 AM - provisional, unofficial final standings: 1st Citroen 160points // 2nd Peugeot 145 // 3rd Subaru 109 // 4th Ford 93 // 5th Skoda 23

WRC Drivers title battle @ 08:51 AM - provisional, unofficial final standings: 1st Solberg 72points // 2nd Loeb 71 // 3rd Sainz 63 // 4th Burns 58 // 5th Märtin 49 // 6th Grönholm 46 // 7th Mc Rae 45 // 8th Mäkinen 30 // 9th Duval 30 // 10th Panizzi 27

WRC Solberg World Champ! @ 08:49 AM - Solberg wins rally & title subject to final scrutineering. Mc Rae suffers a puncture, he had to change but kept his position. Unofficial, provisional final positions: 1. Solberg 3:28:58.1, 2. Loeb +43.6 3. Mäkinen +2:58.8 4. Mc Rae +5:28.1 5. Duval +7:16.1 6. Loix +8:06.5 7. Stohl +8:48.4 8. Kresta +9:02.6 9. Pykälistö +9:53.6 10. Latvala +12:25.3

WRC GB SS17 - penultimate stage of 2003 @ 06:43 AM - Unofficial, provisional positions after SS17: 1. Solberg 3:21:50.7, 2. Loeb +32.5 3. Mäkinen +2:39.6 4. Mc Rae +2:49.8 5. Duval +7:00.6 6. Loix +7:43.5 7. Stohl +8:29.3 8. Kresta +8:40.1 9. Pykälistö +9:26.5 10. Latvala +11:42.3

WRC GB SS16 - Action again @ 03:35 AM - Loeb won stage with Solberg's car set up in safe mode. This stage however claimed Gardemeister (off) and Rovanperä (clutch). Unofficial, provisional positions after SS16: 1. Solberg 3:05:26.1, 2. Loeb +36.0 3. Mäkinen +2:30.1 4. Mc Rae +2:38.6 5. Duval +6:20.4 6. Loix +7:04.3 7. Stohl +7:54.8 8. Kresta +8:02.0 9. Pykälistö +8:46.2 10. Latvala +10:53.5

Sat November 8, 2003

Petter and Tommi Flying on Day 2 Subaru Petter and Tommi Flying on Day 2 555 Subaru driver, Petter Solberg dominated Leg two. Delivering a steadfast performance aboard his Subaru Impreza WRC, the Norwegian held his nerve and was quickest on every stage to increase his overnight lead and end the day 41.2 seconds ahead of rival, Sebastien Loeb. With 73....

Consistent Duval keeps Ford target Ford Consistent Duval keeps Ford target François Duval and Stéphane Prévot kept their Focus RS World Rally Car on course for a points finish in the Wales Rally GB after climbing to sixth during today's second leg. The Ford BP Rallye Sport drivers regained much of the confidence missing during yesterday's opening...

Didier Avoids Technical Dramas Skoda Didier Avoids Technical Dramas With just tonight’s final showdown at the Cardiff superspecial to go, Didier Auriol completed today’s seven forest stages in 12th place with Toni Gardemeister 15th and factory supported Jan Kopecký climbing from last night’s 33rd place to 19th this evening. The second day of Rall...

Solberg just three stages from title WRC Solberg just three stages from title Unofficial ... Subaru's Petter Solberg is closing in on the coveted WRC driver's title as the second leg of the Wales Rally GB comes to a close. The Norwegian has been given breathing space by Citroen's Sebastien Loeb, who is under great stress to bring the Xsara to a f...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Petter leads into nervous Sunday @ 03:13 PM - Petter Solberg leads into leg three (unofficial positions) ... 1. SOLBERG 2:48:55.4 ... 2. LOEB +41.2 ... 3. MÄKINEN +2:25.2 ... 4. MCRAE +2:31.4 ... 5. ROVANPERÄ +4:33.9 ... 6. DUVAL +5:53.7 ... 7. LOIX +6:29.2 ... 8. KRESTA +7:36.5

WRC GB SS14 - longest stage of the rally @ 11:29 AM -

WRC GB SS13 - Margam Park 1 @ 09:08 AM - Unofficial, provisional positions after SS13: 1. Solberg 2:24:29.0, 2. Loeb +31.3 3. Mäkinen +2:03.9 4. Mc Rae +2:14.1 5. Rovanperä +3:59.4 6. Duval +4:57.4 7. Loix +5:50.6 8. Stohl +6:24.4 9. Kresta +6:44.0 10. Pykälistö +7:03.1

WRC GB SS12 - Margam Forest @ 08:54 AM - Unofficial, provisional positions after SS12: 1. Solberg 2:17:20.2, 2. Loeb +24.8 3. Mäkinen +1:58.1 4. Mc Rae +2:08.0 5. Rovanperä +3:43.0 6. Duval +4:42.9 7. Loix +5:33.1 8. Stohl +6:06.2 9. Kresta +6:18.3 10. Sola +6:42.7

WRC GB SS11 - Everything settles @ 06:37 AM - Loeb backed off throughout the morning thanks to team orders. Solberg as well said no need to take risks anymore now. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS11: 1. Solberg 2:07:22.5, 2. Loeb +24.7 3. Mäkinen +1:53.6 4. Mc Rae +2:05.4 5. Rovanperä +3:30.8 6. Duval +4:30.0 7. Loix +5:13.9 8. Stohl +5:51.5 9. Kresta +5:58.9 10. Sola +6:23.7

WRC GB SS9 - Halfway @ 03:47 AM - The stage called Halfway marks the halfway point of the rally. However the stage went absolutely free of any drama and changes. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS9: 1. Solberg 1:50:03.5, 2. Loeb +14.7 3. Mäkinen +1:42.6 4. Mc Rae +1:54.0 5. Rovanperä +3:05.8 6. Duval +4:05.8 7. Kresta +4:46.1 8. Loix +4:49.2 9. Stohl +5:18.4 10. Pykälistö +5:40.9

WRC GB SS8 - Loeb backs off @ 03:38 AM -

Fri November 7, 2003

An enjoyable day all-round Subaru An enjoyable day all-round An excellent day for the 555 Subaru World Rally Team. With both Pirelli-shod Subaru Impreza WRC2003s proving 100 per cent reliable, Petter Solberg and Tommi Mäkinen ended the day in overnight first and third position respectively. Having been locked in a thrilling duel with Sebas...

Duval keeps Ford flag flying Ford Duval keeps Ford flag flying Ford BP Rallye Sport drivers François Duval and Stéphane Prévot hold a solid points scoring position after today's demanding opening leg of the Wales Rally GB. The Belgian pair lie seventh in their Ford Focus RS World Rally Car following an action-packed day of competition in...

Battered, but intact after a day 1 Skoda Battered, but intact after a day 1 With today's five forest stages of Rally GB completed and with just the city-centre superspecial to go, the Škoda Motorsport Team emerged from the Welsh forests battered but intact after a day of intense drama. Didier Auriol is 14th and Toni Gardemeister is 19th. Toni Gardemei...

Peugeot Title hopes are slim

Titles dilemma for Seb after day one WRC Titles dilemma for Seb after day one Unofficial report at the end of leg one ... Three of the main contenders for victory on the Wales Rally GB were to fall by the wayside before noon on leg one of the event, however after 102 miles of special stages Petter Solberg (pictured) and Sebastien Loeb find themselves just ...

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