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Mon November 30, 2009

General Safari day9 - Duncan-Waldegaard battle

Sun November 29, 2009

Safari day8 - The big Rift Valley day General Safari day8 - The big Rift Valley day This was the big, long day through Rift Valley. See our day7 report closing chapter preview. We also reported of heavy rains when the crews reached the Naivasha night stop yesterday, but today has been completely dry and the Rift Valley roads dried out quickly. So again no wet Ri...

Sat November 28, 2009

Safari day7 - Nairobi celebrates Duncan General Safari day7 - Nairobi celebrates Duncan A long distance was covered on day7, the first after the rest day. Other than reported previously, Il Bissel3 was not exactly the reverse stage of the one leading into the Amboseli rest day location, as in fact this morning’s stage was at 119km total near 40km longer than Il Biss...

Fri November 27, 2009

General Safari Amboseli rest day update

Thu November 26, 2009

General Safari day5 - Duncan reaches home soil

Wed November 25, 2009

Safari day4 - Deep in Tanzania General Safari day4 - Deep in Tanzania This is day4 delayed. We are probably keeping reports of days 4 & 5 shorter. Which is difficult, as there is a lot to report about. The communication and organisation, with the help of internet provider and event co-sponsor Access Kenya works perfect, it is the Western World that...

McRae set for more IRC IRC McRae set for more IRC Scottish hero Alister McRae revelled in his appearance on the RACMSA Rally of Scotland, which brought a podium finish in the Mellors Elliott Motorsport Proton Satria Neo S2000. Now the former British and Asia-Pacific champion wants more....

Tue November 24, 2009

Safari day3 - Duncan than Waldegaard General Safari day3 - Duncan than Waldegaard In short one could describe the day as Duncan led Waldegaard by 4sec only, but Duncan won every stage and Waldegaard came 2nd on every stage and the pair are now split by just over 2min. Now 2min is nothing on Safari, but this succession of 1-2s combined with an interesting mix b...

Wittmann pleased with IRC debut year IRC Wittmann pleased with IRC debut year An interesting project by the Interwetten Racing Team had been presented to the public a little more than one year ago in Vienna. It dealt with the participation of Franz Wittmann/ Bernhard Ettel, in a Mitsubishi Evo IX by Stohl Racing, at eight runs of the Intercontinental Rally...

Safari mid day2 - top10 crews in trouble General Safari mid day2 - top10 crews in trouble One story picked up this morning from those that came in late last night was from the Datsun 1600SSS of Peter Stoehr and Crispin Sassoon . Up in the Taita Hills, on the third section yesterday, they broke a rear suspension arm. "They don't normally break but this was one past ...

Mon November 23, 2009

Safari day2 – 4seconds in 240km! General Safari day2 – 4seconds in 240km! The Kenya Airways East African Safari (Classic) Rally got under way in truly historic style today. Really long stages going into the classic Taita Hills (see preview in the last report) provided plenty of typical Safari action. The first news of the day however was that in pas...

Meeke confirms he will stay at Peugeot IRC Meeke confirms he will stay at Peugeot 2009 IRC series winner Kris Meeke announced today that he will return in 2010 to defend his title with Peugeot UK. Having taken the series by storm to claim 66 points from a maximum of 70, the 30-year-old from Dungannon pledged his allegiance to Peugeot....

Sun November 22, 2009

Marcy Porsche win Safari prologue General Marcy Porsche win Safari prologue The IRC RAC Rally Scotland, closing international championship rallying for 2009, is barely over, and we are into a real season showdown. The Kenya Airways East African Safari (Classic) Rally got off to a promising start today. This legendary event introduced something today that...

General Last preview before Safari action starts

Sat November 21, 2009

Historic podium for Proton IRC Historic podium for Proton The Proton MEM Satria Neo S2000 scored its first ever podium finish on the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, when Scottish rally hero Alister McRae crossed the finish line of the Rally of Scotland in third place in Stirling this afternoon. ...

Last minute Safari news - funny! General Last minute Safari news - funny! Mombasa, Saturday 17:30. The formalities of the last few days are now finished. At the Driver's briefing this evening, the event director, Surinder Thatthi, read out a short list of five competitors whose only lack was the completion of their service vehicle documents....

Meeke takes home win in Scotland IRC Meeke takes home win in Scotland The 2009 IRC season reached a rousing finale this weekend on the inaugural RACMSA Rally of Scotland, producing a fitting victory for series champion Kris Meeke in his home event. Starting out from Perth’s historic Scone Palace on Thursday under the most severe rainstorm to have h...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC GB end - SS13 cancelled @ 02:50 PM - 13 unlucky for some. It seems David Bogie has crashed and blocks the stage. Not much info yet, but leading cars all stopped and therefore as final results read SS12 results.

IRC GB SS12 - Last stage coming @ 02:11 PM - Meeke concedes 7sec to Wilks, but remember last stage is 33km, not over yet! Watch it live on TV! Results after SS12:
1st= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, 1h51m34s1;
2nd= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +20s7;
3rd= McRae/Hayes, Proton, +3m08s;
4th= Greer/Roberts, Mitsubishi, +5m42s5;
5th= Bogie/Rae, Mitsubishi, +6m24s2;
6th= Armstrong/Riddick, Subaru, +8m21s1;
7th= Koitla/Öts, Honda, +14m17s5;
8th= Boland/Morrissey, Mitsubishi, +15m09s5;
9th= Rousseaux/le Gars, Subaru, +17m20s;
10th= Cave/Parry, Ford, +17m28s4

IRC GB SS11 - Meeke spins! @ 01:50 PM - Torrential rain, standing water, extremely slippy. Kris Meeke spun and had to do a 3-point turn, but he was also trying that hard that in the whole stage he was ahrdly slower than Wilks! Remember in 15min last stage live TV starts! Results after SS11:
1st= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, 1h46m09s1;
2nd= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +27s1;
3rd= McRae/Hayes, Proton, +2m57s;
4th= Greer/Roberts, Mitsubishi, +5m35s1;
5th= Bogie/Rae, Mitsubishi, +6m10s1;
6th= Armstrong/Riddick, Subaru, +8m01s3;
7th= Koitla/Öts, Honda, +13m31s8;
8th= Boland/Morrissey, Mitsubishi, +14m35s2;
9th= Rousseaux/le Gars, Subaru, +15m35s2;
10th= Cave/Parry, Ford, +18m49s2

IRC GB SS10 - Meeke wins longest stage @ 10:50 AM - Martin Kangur, tied with Boland, crashed his Honda out of the rally. Kaspar Kiotla however in another Honda overtakes Boland's Mitsubishi. This 33km stage now displays many hard rocks and can be a sting in the tail as last stage of the rally this afternoon. Results after SS10:
1st= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, 1h34m55s1;
2nd= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +27s9;
3rd= McRae/Hayes, Proton, +2m30s6;
4th= Greer/Roberts, Mitsubishi, +5m23s8;
5th= Bogie/Rae, Mitsubishi, +5m38s1;
6th= Armstrong/Riddick, Subaru, +7m24s5;
7th= Koitla/Öts, Honda, +12m31s3;
8th= Boland/Morrissey, Mitsubishi, +13m02s8;
9th= Rousseaux/le Gars, Subaru, +13m45s5;
10th= Cave/Parry, Ford, +15m27s2

IRC GB SS9 - Meeke responds @ 10:43 AM - This is a stage with lose gravel and uncharacteristically for British forests many junctions. Strange it is here of all places where Kongur in the FWD Honda catches and ties with Boland. Results after SS9:
1st= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, 1h12m52s2;
2nd= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +19s6;
3rd= McRae/Hayes, Proton, +1m51s3;
4th= Greer/Roberts, Mitsubishi, +4m30s7;
5th= Bogie/Rae, Mitsubishi, +4m47s7;
6th= Armstrong/Riddick, Subaru, +6m13s4;
=7th= Boland/Morrissey, Mitsubishi, +10m23s9;
=7th= Kangur/Sikk, Honda, +10m23s9;
9th= Koitla/Öts, Honda, +10m35s9;
10th= Rousseaux/le Gars, Subaru, +11m35s5

IRC GB SS8 - Wilks tries @ 10:38 AM - Wilks wins this technical stage and narrows Meeke's lead to 18s. Curiously biggest fight at the moment seems Eammon Boland stay in front of the two Estonian FWD Hondas. Results after SS8:
1st= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, 1h07m37s8;
2nd= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +17s9;
3rd= McRae/Hayes, Proton, +1m41s1;
4th= Greer/Roberts, Mitsubishi, +4m16s1;
5th= Bogie/Rae, Mitsubishi, +4m31s;
6th= Armstrong/Riddick, Subaru, +5m53s1;
7th= Boland/Morrissey, Mitsubishi, +9m44s4;
8th= Kangur/Sikk, Honda, +9m46s1;
9th= Koitla/Öts, Honda, +9m56s8;
10th= Rousseaux/le Gars, Subaru, +10m52s4

Fri November 20, 2009

Disappointing end for Gould IRC Disappointing end for Gould Leading British driver Adam Gould has retired from the Rally of Scotland following a water pump failure aboard his BFGoodrich Drivers' Team Peugeot 207 S2000....

McRae and Proton star in Scotland IRC McRae and Proton star in Scotland To the delight of his home fans, Scottish rally star Alister McRae has ended the opening day of Rally of Scotland in third place, with the Proton Satria Neo S2000 running perfectly throughout....

Meeke & Wilks battle on leg one IRC Meeke & Wilks battle on leg one Kris Meeke and Guy Wilks, driving the two cars draped in their British flag, are turning the RACMSA Rally of Scotland into a private battle for victory. Meeke, already crowned as the 2009 Intercontinental Rally Challenge series winner, has led from the start in his Peugeot UK-ent...

Rally of Scotland begins with spectacle IRC Rally of Scotland begins with spectacle With the local radio traffic news advising people to stay at home unless their journeys were necessary, a mammoth crowd still ventured to historic Scone Palace this evening to cheer the start of the RACMSA Rally of Scotland: the final round of the 2009 Intercontinental Rally Chal...

Great start for Proton in Scotland IRC Great start for Proton in Scotland Proton MEM driver Alister McRae offered Scottish rally fans something to cheer about as he made a great start to the Rally of Scotland: the final round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, which got underway from Scone Palace in Perth this evening....

NEWS JUST IN

IRC GB leg1 - Weston & Sigurdarson out @ 05:10 PM - Dramatic final TV live stage. Dave Weston from 4th and Daniel Sigurdarson from 8th crashed out, Alastair Fisher from 9th never started the stage after earlier mechanical dramas. Wilks striggled with lights cutting off, which could be a mild decider for the rally outcome (Meeke lead quadrupled). Results after leg1 (SS7):
1st= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, 56m35s3;
2nd= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +21s2;
3rd= McRae/Hayes, Proton, +1m18s2;
4th= Greer/Roberts, Mitsubishi, +3m49s1;
5th= Bogie/Rae, Mitsubishi, +3m54s2;
6th= Armstrong/Riddick, Subaru, +4m44s4;
7th= Boland/Morrissey, Mitsubishi, +8m15s6;
8th= Kangur/Sikk, Honda, +8m34s5;
9th= Koitla/Öts, Honda, +8m49s9;
10th= Rousseaux/le Gars, Subaru, +9m13s5

IRC GB SS6 - Wilks halves the gap @ 02:13 PM - Treachorous technical Drummond Hill, narrow, slowing, steep drops. Wilks beats Meeke by 5.6s in the stage, Meeke leads Wilks by 5.6s overall. Alastair Fisher struggles with no brakes. Greer passes Bogie. Results after SS6:
1st= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, 45m14s3;
2nd= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +5s6;
3rd= McRae/Hayes, Proton, +1m03s1;
4th= Weston/Thomas, Subaru, +2m49s9;
5th= Greer/Roberts, Mitsubishi, +3m02s4;
6th= Bogie/Rae, Mitsubishi, +3m06s;
7th= Armstrong/Riddick, Subaru, +3m44s6;
8th= Sigurdarson/Brady, Mitsubishi, +3m58s5;
9th= Fisher/McNulty, Mitsubishi, +5m31s4;
10th= Boland/Morrissey, Mitsubishi, +6m15s3

IRC GB SS5 - Storming time by Meeke @ 01:04 PM - Adam Gould seems to have retired, so now the main action is between S2000 drivers Meeke/Peugeot, Wilks/Skoda & McRae/Proton. Drummond Hill next, which is an extremely technically, yet fast stage, and absolute highlight. Results after SS5:
1st= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, 33m27s5;
2nd= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +11s2;
3rd= McRae/Hayes, Proton, +44s2;
4th= Weston/Thomas, Subaru, +1m58s8;
5th= Bogie/Rae, Mitsubishi, +2m16s5;
6th= Fisher/McNulty, Mitsubishi, +2m17s9;
7th= Greer/Roberts, Mitsubishi, +2m29s6;
8th= Armstrong/Riddick, Subaru, +2m38s2;
9th= Sigurdarson/Brady, Mitsubishi, +2m38s3;
10th= Kangur/Sikk, Honda, +4m27s7

IRC GB SS4 - Wilks wins stage @ 10:49 AM - But rally lead is still with Kris Meeke. Alastair Fisher clipped some logs. Results after SS4:
1st= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, 20m18s1;
2nd= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +4s1;
3rd= McRae/Hayes, Proton, +25s4;
4th= Weston/Thomas, Subaru, +1m02s4;
5th= Bogie/Rae, Mitsubishi, +1m19s4;
6th= Fisher/McNulty, Mitsubishi, +1m23s4;
7th= Greer/Roberts, Mitsubishi, +1m25s7;
8th= Armstrong/Riddick, Subaru, +1m27s7;
9th= Gould/Marshall, Peugeot, +1m36s8;
10th= Sigurdarson/Brady, Mitsubishi, +1m41s

IRC GB SS3 - Abarth out, Proton strong @ 09:53 AM - Action packed start today. The only Abarth, driven by BRChamp Keith Cronin, is stopped on stage for unknown reasons. Alister McRae in the Proton is 2nd fastest in the stage and moves up to 3rd overall, Proton such joining the big fight between Peugeot/Meeke and Skoda/Wilks. Results after SS3:
1st= Meeke/Nagle, Peugeot, 13m27s8;
2nd= Wilks/Pugh, Skoda, +7s;
3rd= McRae/Hayes, Proton, +14s4;
4th= Weston/Thomas, Subaru, +38s5;
5th= Fisher/McNulty, Mitsubishi, +47s9;
6th= Gould/Marshall, Peugeot, +50s8;
7th= Greer/Roberts, Mitsubishi, +56s1;
8th= Armstrong/Riddick, Subaru, +1m01s5;
9th= Bogie/Rae, Mitsubishi, +1m02s;
10th= Sigurdarson/Brady, Mitsubishi, +1m07s9

Thu November 19, 2009

Ford M-Sport launch the all new Fiesta S2000

Proper Safari as season showdown General Proper Safari as season showdown The international championship season showdown will be the IRC RAC Scottish Rally this weekend. The WRC is long on holiday. But when the IRC closes this Saturday, the REAL season showdown starts the next day on Sunday! In fact action of the Safari Rally only gets underway proper ...

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