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Fri November 28, 2008

Loeb and Sarrazin swap cars Citroen Loeb and Sarrazin swap cars On the initiative of Peugeot Sport, Citroën Sport and Total, which is a partner of both teams, Sébastien Loeb and Stéphane Sarrazin were today given a chance to sample each other's cars, namely the Citroën C4 WRC and the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP. Thursday November 27 turned out ...

Thu November 27, 2008

Abarth want S2000 future for WRC WRC Abarth want S2000 future for WRC Abarth are considering stepping up to the WRC in the next few years, depending on the future technical regulations and commercial promotion of the sport. Fiat's sporting brand have spent the last few years developing a 'Super 2000' version of their Grande Punto, competin...

Tue November 25, 2008

2009 IRC calendar revealed IRC 2009 IRC calendar revealed Eurosport Events, the promoter of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, is proud to announce the 2009 IRC calendar, which will be presented to the FIA World Motorsport Council on December 12....

Thu November 20, 2008

BFGoodrich Drivers Team continues in 09 IRC BFGoodrich Drivers Team continues in 09 BFGoodrich has today confirmed that the BFGoodrich Drivers Team programme, which was organised for the first time this year, will be run again in 2009....

Wed November 19, 2008

Wittmann jnr signs up for 2009 IRC IRC Wittmann jnr signs up for 2009 IRC At the Pirelli Star Driver Shootout in Freistadt at the end of October, Franz Wittmann proved that he is one of the best junior rally drivers in Europe. The 24 year old Lower Austrian only narrowly missed the leap into the world championship, however, gained high recognition not ...

Mon November 10, 2008

Duval in line for Skoda IRC drive? IRC Duval in line for Skoda IRC drive? Francois Duval could be in line for an IRC drive with Skoda, it has emerged. Although everything from the Skoda side is still silent, it is widely expected that the marque will soon confirm a 2009 IRC campaign with two works supported cars. Jan Kopecky is a certainty for one, but...

Kronos Peugeot to continue in 2009 IRC Kronos Peugeot to continue in 2009 Peugeot Belgium-Luxembourg have confirmed they will continue in the IRC into 2009 and will retain their two current drivers Nicolas Vouilloz and Freddy Loix. The Belgian importer's team, run by Kronos Racing, took the driver's title with Vouilloz this year and strongly cont...

Thu November 6, 2008

Loeb and Sarrazin to swap cars Citroen Loeb and Sarrazin to swap cars Peugeot Sport, Citroën Sport and Total, which partners both operations, have taken the joint initiative of organising a special event that will see star drivers Sébastien Loeb and Stéphane Sarrazin share their respective experience and cars for a day....

Wed November 5, 2008

FIA fails to confirm new WRC rules WRC FIA fails to confirm new WRC rules The FIA today announced their latest World Motorsport Council decisions, but have again failed to confirm the technical specifications for 2010 onwards. Although the FIA are still pushing for an "S2000+" type formula, they are expressing concern at the costs rising higher due to ...

IRC 2wd battle to go down to the wire IRC IRC 2wd battle to go down to the wire The battle for honours in the IRC 2WD Cup category is poised to go down to the wire in China after a dramatic Rallye du Valais. Both title protagonists, Marco Cavigioli (Fiat Punto Diesel), and Alessandro Bettega (Honda Civic Type R R3) failed to finish in Switzerland, because of...

Ogier to contest Condroz in C2-R2 Citroen Ogier to contest Condroz in C2-R2 As part of this year’s programme to present the new Citroen C2-R2 MAX through various different rally events all over Europe, Sebastien Ogier – co-driven once more by Jack Boyere – will take the start of the 35th Rallye du Condroz in Belgium. The newly-crowned Junior World Rall...

Mon November 3, 2008

Loeb to test Red Bull Renault F1 car Citroen Loeb to test Red Bull Renault F1 car Fresh from getting out of his Citroen C4 WRC at the end of Rally Japan, newly-crowned five-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb was handed a fantastic prize for his title by Red Bull, Citroen Sport’s partner....

Loeb & Elena 5 times WRChamp! WRC Loeb & Elena 5 times WRChamp! Loeb breaks the biggest record of all. Sébastien Loeb and his navigator Daniel Elena have broken many records. Nobody is anywhere near 46 WRC event victories. Nobody else has won 10 rallies in a season. Nobody else has won every single stage of a WRC rally. Now the biggest record...

Kronos Peugeot close to 2009 IRC deal IRC Kronos Peugeot close to 2009 IRC deal The team principal of Kronos Racing, which runs the two Peugeot Belgium cars on the IRC, has confirmed that he is close to a deal to field "at least two cars" on the series next year....

Sun November 2, 2008

Wilson claims points for Stobart Ford Wilson claims points for Stobart Matthew Wilson/Scott Martin have scored a points’ finish on the penultimate round of the FIA World Rally Championship by finishing Rally Japan in seventh position today. The 21-year-old driver battled some treacherous conditions to post his sixth points’ finish for the 2008 seaso...

Atkinson claims a solid 4th Subaru Atkinson claims a solid 4th The final day of Rally Japan was by far the most treacherous as torrential rain hit the stages, creating rivers that flooded the roads, huge ruts in the thick mud that bounced rally cars left and right and very little traction. Through this, Chris Atkinson and Stéphane Prévot per...

Suzuki grab best ever result at home Suzuki Suzuki grab best ever result at home The Rally Japan has been a resounding success for Suzuki, with the cars claiming their best-ever results on home territory. At the end of this challenging event, up-and-coming Swede P-G Andersson has finished in fifth place while his Finnish team mate Toni Gardemeister was six...

Seb's 3rd secures title Citroen Seb's 3rd secures title Today, Sunday November 2, 2008, will be remembered in rallying's record books as the day Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena claimed their fifth consecutive world title, a unique feat in the history of the sport....

Ford keep makes title battle alive Ford Ford keep makes title battle alive BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team claimed a magnificent one-two result with the record-breaking Focus RS World Rally Car in Rally Japan today. Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen led from the opening speed test on Friday morning to take their third victory of the FIA World Rally ...

Sat November 1, 2008

Suzuki consistent on day two Suzuki Suzuki consistent on day two The second day of the Rally Japan took in ten more stages that were very different to those of the opening day, but the two Suzuki SX4 WRCs still displayed the pace and consistency that saw them both finish within the driver points at the end of Friday. After Saturday's action...

Atkinson 4th; Solberg crashes out Subaru Atkinson 4th; Solberg crashes out Just as was demonstrated yesterday, this afternoon proved a severe sting in the tail for the Subaru World Rally Team after another tough day of rallying in Japan. Chris Atkinson and Stéphane Prévot continue to hold firm in fourth position overall, however after an emphatic stage ...

Wilson up to 5th after day two Ford Wilson up to 5th after day two Twenty-one-year-old Matthew Wilson and co-driver Scott Martin continue to battle on for the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team as they moved to fifth overall after day 2 of Rally Japan; round 14 of the FIA World Rally Championship....

Citroen on course to meet objectives Citroen Citroen on course to meet objectives The second leg of the 2008 Rally Japan took place in sunny weather and saw Citroën Sport enjoy a particularly positive run. Sébastien Loeb, Daniel Elena and their C4 WRC succeeded in consolidating their third place which, if the situation remains unchanged tomorrow, will be enoug...

Ford retain lead after day two Ford Ford retain lead after day two BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team maintained its firm grip of the leading positions in Rally Japan during today's hugely challenging second leg in the forests near Sapporo. Day one pacesetters Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen retained their lead of this 14th and penultimate ...

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