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Mon November 28, 2005

Skoda negotiations continue Skoda Skoda negotiations continue Negotiations about Skoda's future in the World Rally Championship are continuing this week whilst various rumours persist about who might drive for any privately operated Fabia squad in 2006....

General Dramatic Lombard Rally

Sun November 27, 2005

General RAC Revival Rally tough and exciting.

Sat November 26, 2005

WRC Richard Burns dies at age 34

Wed November 23, 2005

Red Bull Skoda in talks with McRae Skoda Red Bull Skoda in talks with McRae Former Skoda driver Armin Schwarz looks set to take control of the Czech marque's WRC effort from next year with backing from energy drinks manufacturer Red Bull. As has been widely rumoured for the past couple of months, Schwarz intends to run a squad of Fabia WRCs in the...

Escorts dominate RAC as usual WRC Escorts dominate RAC as usual The Roger Albert Clark RAC Rally ended in a near traditional Ford Escort and Mark Higgins domination. The Ford Escort was always the car to beat on the RAC in the 1970s. No less then 8 times in a row the Ford Escort won this event between 1972 and 1979. Add 2nd places in 1980 & 1...

Tue November 22, 2005

PWRC Courted in Rally Alliance WRC PWRC Courted in Rally Alliance The organisers of the Australian, Japanese and New Zealand rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) have formed a new alliance aimed at attracting competitors registered in the 2006 Production World Rally Championship (PWRC)....

Mon November 21, 2005

Two victories for Skoda Skoda Two victories for Skoda Škoda Motorsport was victorious at the weekend on two events. The Czech Republic Meeting of Champions held at the Autodrom Sosnová was the setting for a fourth successive victory for Jan Kopecký and his second with the Fabia WRC 05. Meanwhil at the Monza Rally Show in Italy Rinal...

Subaru signs Atkinson for 2006 WRC Subaru Subaru signs Atkinson for 2006 WRC The Subaru World Rally Team has announced that it has re-signed Australia's brightest rallying star, Chris Atkinson, to partner Petter Solberg in the 2006 World Rally Championship. The 25-year-old will contest all 16 rounds of the series with current co-driver Glenn Macneall....

Sun November 20, 2005

Higgins leads proper Rally GB WRC Higgins leads proper Rally GB Mark Higgins leads the 2005 RAC Rally – the 2nd running of the Roger Albert Clark Rally. As for the first time last year the event is one of two attempts to revive the Rally GB. Yes, you heard right. Of course we had Rally GB in September, but by many enthusiasts the WRC event is...

Sat November 19, 2005

Suzuki WRCar unlikely WRC Suzuki WRCar unlikely Japanese manufacturer Suzuki now look unlikely to further develop their plans for a World Rally Car after motorsport boss Nobuhiro Tajima said the Championship must attract more manufacturer entries in order to make it a viable proposition....

Fri November 18, 2005

Ford signs Hirvonen for 2006 Ford Ford signs Hirvonen for 2006 The BP-Ford World Rally Team has signed Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen to drive the all-new Focus RS World Rally Car in the FIA World Rally Championship. A three-year agreement will see the Finns joining fellow countrymen Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen in the BP-Ford Wor...

Thu November 17, 2005

Top WRC personalities urge Skoda to stay Skoda Top WRC personalities urge Skoda to stay With less than 10 weeks to go to the start of the 2006 WRC season, Skoda have still yet to confirm whether they will continue in the sport next season. The latest suggestions coming from the Czech Republic suggest that Skoda are unlikely to continue as a works team in the for...

Tue November 15, 2005

Colin back in the Fabia this weekend Skoda Colin back in the Fabia this weekend The World Rally Championship finale in Australia has not ment the end of the season for the Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team. The Fabia WRC 05 will contest two ‘celebratory’ events on the weekend of November 19-20 in both Italy and the Czech Republic....

Mon November 14, 2005

Stohl wraps up the season with podium Citroen Stohl wraps up the season with podium The OMV World Rally Team (Citroen Xsara WRC) definitely has reason to rejoice. Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor reached a sensational third place at the season’s finale of the FIA World Rally Championship in Australia. This means the second podium place this season for the 33-year-ol...

Australia Post-event Press Conference WRC Australia Post-event Press Conference 1st Francois Duval – Sven Smeets – Citroen
2nd Harri Rovanpera – Risto Pietilainen – Mitsubishi
3rd Manfred Stohl – Ilka Minor – Citroen Team OMV
Guy Frequelin, team principal Citroen ...

Sun November 13, 2005

François the First! Citroen François the First! A first for François Duval! Impeccably partnered by his co-driver Sven Smeets, and five days before his 25th birthday, the Citroën driver coolly picked up the first world class win of his career today, a feat which only Henri Toivonen and Markku Alén achieved at a younger age. Fr...

Harri gives Mitsubishi Second Mitsubishi Harri gives Mitsubishi Second The Mitsubishi Motorsport crew of Harri Rovanperä and Risto Pietiläinen claimed the team's best result of the season today when they finished on the podium in second position. The Finns claimed five fastest stage times during the three-day event, demonstrating the increased pe...

Cruelest end to Skodas Podium Prospect Skoda Cruelest end to Skodas Podium Prospect Colin McRae's dream of getting the Škoda Fabia WRC 05 onto the podium of Rally Australia was shattered when a normally routine clutch change took longer than expected just three stages from the finish. At the time the Scot was lying third and ready to push hard to try and take...

Focus seals impressive rally debut Ford Focus seals impressive rally debut The all-new Ford Focus RS World Rally Car claimed two special stage victories on today's final leg of Rally Australia to end a hugely impressive debut for Ford's 2006 FIA World Rally Championship challenger. BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Roman Kresta and Jan Tománek and...

Atkinsons dominitating comeback to 4th Subaru Atkinsons dominitating comeback to 4th Subaru World Rally Team's Chris Atkinson finished his debut year in the World Rally Championship in style with a fourth place on today's final Leg of Rally Australia, only six seconds away from a podium finish. The result is the 25-year-old's second top four finish since...

Arai's dream title becomes reality WRC Arai's dream title becomes reality Japan’s Toshihiro Arai (Subaru) and New Zealander Tony Sircombe have finally realised their dreams of claiming a Production Cup World Rally Championship (PWRC) title when they completed Telstra Rally Australia 2005. ...

Duval takes maiden victory WRC Duval takes maiden victory Citroen’s Francois Duval has taken his first ever WRC rally win at Telstra Rally Australia, while veteran Colin McRae in the Skoda Fabia WRC topped the list of today’s retirements with clutch problems. This year’s rally was hugely tricky, with many experienced drivers failing to ...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC AUS Duval Wins @ 06:11 AM - Unofficial Standings after Leg 3: 1 Duval 3h19m55.0s 2 Rovanpera +52.9s 3 Stohl +1m33.0s 4 Atkinson +1m39.0s 5 Galli +3m04.4s 6 Kresta +3m09.0s 7 Sola +6m17.4s 8 Schwarz +8m04.3s 9 Arai +15m43.2s 10 Higgins +17m29.8s

WRC AUS SS24 @ 04:09 AM - Unofficial Standings after Atkins II: 1 Duval 2h53m36.8s 2 Rovanpera +35.0s 3 Stohl +1m29.2s 4 Atkinson +1m51.8s 5 Gardemeister +2m32.4s 6 Galli +2m49.0s 7 Kresta +3m22.3s 8 Sola +5m42.7s 9 Schwarz +7m09.0s 10 Arai +13m46.2s

WRC AUS Colin McRae retires in service @ - Gear shift and clutch problems could not be fixed in service in time. Colin McRae has retired from third position.

WRC AUS SS23 - Duval holds 36.8s buffer @ - Unofficial Standings after Helena South I: 1 Duval 2h50m36.2s 2 Rovanpera +36.8s 3 McRae +43.7s 4 Stohl +1m32.3s 5 Atkinson +1m55.2s 6 Gardemeister +2m35.8s 7 Galli +2m48.2s 8 Kresta +3m24.2s 9 Sola +5m38.5s 10 Schwarz +7m05.1s

Sat November 12, 2005

Stohl aiming for podium Citroen Stohl aiming for podium The OMV World Rally Team (Citroen Xsara WRC) is about to score its second place on the podium this year at the „Telstra Rally Australia“ after having reached second place in Cyprus. The OMV duo Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor is lying in fourth place after 20 of 26 special stages. D...

McRae Marvels Wespine Yumps Crowd Skoda McRae Marvels Wespine Yumps Crowd Colin McRae made maximum use of his start position for the opening day of Rally Australia to complete the second leg in second place. Colin's Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team partner Armin Schwarz finished 10th as he contests the final rally of his career....

BP-Ford delighted by performance Ford BP-Ford delighted by performance The all-new Ford Focus RS World Rally Car continued to impress during today's second leg of Rally Australia, the final round of the FIA World Rally Championship. BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Toni Gardemeister and Jakke Honkanen and team-mates Roman Kresta and Jan Tománek ...

Reliable Lancers Third and Fifth Mitsubishi Reliable Lancers Third and Fifth The Mitsubishi Motorsport WRC team looks set to round off the 2005 FIA World Rally Championship season on a high note, following fierce battles and a potential podium position at the end of the second leg of Rally Australia. Harri Rovanperä and Risto Pietiläinen have been on grea...

Duval v. McRae down under WRC Duval v. McRae down under At the end of the second leg of Rally Australia Citroen's Francois Duval stands just six stages away from his maiden WRC victory. What a turbulent year it has been for the Belgian, who was sidelined by the French team earlier in the year in the light of erratic performances. ...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC AUS SS18 - Atkinson Moving Up @ 04:39 AM - Atkinson fastest, Rovanpera/McRae/Duval. Unofficial Standings after Flynns II: 1 Duval 2h18m02.7s 2 McRae +24.4s 3 Rovanpera +30.8s 4 Stohl +1m09.1s 5 Galli +1m46.4s 6 Atkinson +1m51.4s 7 Kresta +1m56.0s 8 Gardemeister +2m04.7s 9 Sola +3m20.7s 10 Schwarz +4m52.0s

WRC AUS SS17 - Duval holds his lead @ 04:39 AM - Atkinson fastest, Duval/McRae/Gardemeister. Stohl moves infront of Galli. Unofficial Standings after Beraking II: 1 Duval 2h06m15.5s 2 McRae +24.6s 3 Rovanpera +31.1s 4 Stohl +1m06.7s 5 Galli +1m08.3s 6 Kresta +1m53.3s 7 Atkinson +1m55.3s 8 Gardemeister +2m03.7s 9 Sola +2m54.0s 10 Schwarz +4m15.4s

WRC AUS SS16 - McRae up to Second @ 04:39 AM - Duval fastest again, but Harri dropped 10.8s to Duval and McRae is up to second. Galli infront of Stohl. Atkinson and Gardemeister swap positions again. Unofficial Standings after Banister Central II: 1 Duval 1h53m25.8s 2 McRae +23.8s 3 Rovanpera +28.6s 4 Galli +1m00.5s 5 Stohl +1m02.0s 6 Kresta +1m48.0s 7 Atkinson +2m01.0s 8 Gardemeister +2m02.8s 9 Sola +2m27.9s 10 Schwarz +3m33.9s

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