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Fri November 30, 2012

Jänner stages will thrill says Nicolas IRC Jänner stages will thrill says Nicolas Next year’s FIA European Rally Championship will get off to a spectacular start if the stages of the Jännerrallye are anything to go by.   That’s the view of ERC General Co-ordinator Jean Pierre Nicolas, a former international-level rally winner, following a drive through the A...

Skoda announce program 2013 Skoda Skoda announce program 2013 ŠKODA has a new factory crew for the upcoming season (2013) – Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm (FIN) will appear in selected WRC-2 events. The brand´s other factory crew, Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler, will take part in selected European Championship events....

Tue November 27, 2012

Daniel Elena tries new DS3 R1 Citroen Daniel Elena tries new DS3 R1 In addition to the C4 WRC driven by the Robert Kubica/Emanuele Inglesi crew and the twelve DS3 R3s competing in the Citroën Racing Trophy, Daniel Elena also took part in this year's Rallye du Var in a Citroën DS3 R1. The Monegasque drove Citroën Racing’s latest offering f...

Mon November 26, 2012

Christmas Ideas General Christmas Ideas If you are still searching for Christmas ideas to remember for a whole year, for yourself or as a gift for someone, please check out the fantastic new McKlein Calendars. You can find them following the shop button at the top menu....

Sun November 25, 2012

Symtech announce Rally Class 2013 Subaru Symtech announce Rally Class 2013 Following a successful inaugural season, Symtech Racing has confirmed that the hotly-contested Rally Class will return to next year's FIA World Rally Championship. The Rally Class will also make its debut in the new-look European Rally Championship with a full schedule of eve...

Protasov wins inaugural Rally Class Subaru Protasov wins inaugural Rally Class Ukrainian driver Yuri Protasov has resoundingly won the inaugural Rally Class series by sealing yet another victory on the Rally of Spain – the final rally of the six-round series. Protasov racked up 147 points over the course of the season, while Mexican driver Ricardo Trivino s...

GEKO Ypres part of new refurbished ERC IRC GEKO Ypres part of new refurbished ERC Geko Ypres Rally and Eurosport Events, the new ERC promoter, are pleased to announce that they have entered into a new agreement to ensure that the Geko Ypres Rally will be part of the 2013 FIA European Rally Championship. The rally keeps its traditional spot on the calendar and ...

Opel returns to rallying General Opel returns to rallying Note by ChrisB: What follows is an Opel press release. It is not much. They will also use an Astra GTC for a Nürburgring privateers orientated racing series. But note that they actually talk of two new rally cars, an Adam R2 and a Corsa. The interesting rumour is that the Corsa w...

Safari 2013 preps - A roaring start General Safari 2013 preps - A roaring start With just twelve months to go before the start of the 2013 Kenya Airways Safari Classic Rally, the entry list is filling up fast. It is not just quantity – there are twenty-six entries already – but also the quality of both cars and crews that will be bound to ensure an excellent...

Thu November 15, 2012

New ERC logo revealed IRC New ERC logo revealed New logo introduced for new-look European Rally Championship *“Serious Competition Ahead” strapline to underpin fresh identity   To signal the beginning of the new-look FIA European Rally Championship from 2013, the promoter, Eurosport Events, has unveiled a new official logo ...

Dani Sordo re-joins Citroen Citroen Dani Sordo re-joins Citroen Having driven for the Brand between 2005 and 2010, Dani Sordo has spent the majority of his WRC career with Citroën Racing. Alongside co-driver Carlos del Barrio, the 29 year-old Spaniard is set to rejoin the Citroën Total World Rally Team to compete in the 2013 World Rally C...

Sun November 11, 2012

Protasov wins inaugural Rally Class WRC Protasov wins inaugural Rally Class Ukrainian driver Yuri Protasov has resoundingly won the inaugural Rally Class series by sealing yet another victory on the Rally of Spain – the final rally of the six-round series.         Protasov racked up 147 points over the course of the season, while Mexican d...

Latvala clinches 3rd in championship Ford Latvala clinches 3rd in championship Ford World Rally Team drivers Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila finished second in Rally de España today to secure third place in the 2012 FIA World Rally Championship.  The Finns ended this 13th and final round of the series just 7.0sec from victory in their Ford Fiesta RS W...

A season closer WRC A season closer 'Ciao everyone, 'Bruno again! After a long weekend we're at the end of Rally de España, the last round of the 2012 World Rally Championship. Another rally done and another good result for WRC Team MINI Portugal. Both our MINI John Cooper Works Countrymen finished s...

2012 season draws to a close Citroen 2012 season draws to a close Featuring unpredictable conditions throughout, the Rally de Espana caught out many competitors. After having to retire on day one, Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul (Citroën Junior World Rally Team) returned to action on day two and produced a fine, consistent performance ...

Loeb & Citroen round off season with win Citroen Loeb & Citroen round off season with win Sébastien Loeb, Daniel Elena and the Citroën Total World Rally Team finished the season in the same way as they started it: on the top step of the podium! The statisticians will note that in winning the Rally de Espana, the Franco-Monegasque crew notched up their 76th career w...

Sat November 10, 2012

The tarmac experts come to the fore Citroen The tarmac experts come to the fore After the first leg was largely contested on muddy gravel, Rally de Espana continued today on Catalonia’s fast, wide roads. Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena grabbed the lead on the second stage of the day before going on to build a substantial lead of close to half a minute ov...

Smooth Latvala climbs the order Ford Smooth Latvala climbs the order Ford World Rally Team’s Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila delivered a performance as smooth as the Spanish asphalt as they climbed to second in Rally de España today.  An accomplished sealed surface display gave them the advantage in the battle for third place in the final FI...

Fri November 9, 2012

A mud bath for the Citroen DS3s Citroen A mud bath for the Citroen DS3s The rain-sodden gravel stages in the south of Catalonia presented the competitors with a real challenge on day one of the Rally de Espana. Managing to steer clear of trouble throughout the day, the Citroën Total World Rally Team drivers are well placed to challenge in the rest...

Latvala 3rd as rain brings attriction Ford Latvala 3rd as rain brings attriction Ford World Rally Team drivers Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila ended a remarkably savage opening day of Rally de España in third.  Heavy rain transformed the dry gravel roads into a muddy mess, and after a careful morning the Finns excelled in treacherously slippery conditio...

Mon November 5, 2012

The new look ERC 2013 IRC The new look ERC 2013 Since the last FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting on 28 September when it was confirmed as the promoter of the FIA European Rally Championship under a 10-year agreement, Eurosport Events has met organisers of rallies on the existing ERC and Intercontinental Rally Challenge sch...

PROTON Catalunya Preview WRC PROTON Catalunya Preview PROTON Motorsports driver P-G Andersson knows Super 2000 victory on next week’s Catalunya Rally will be enough for him to secure a third world championship title – and a first SWRC win with the Malaysian manufacturer....

Sun November 4, 2012

Skoda completes hattrick of titles Skoda Skoda completes hattrick of titles › ŠKODA has won its third consecutive title in both the Manufacturers and the Drivers categories of the IRC --- › Andreas Mikkelsen &s Ola Floene have repeated their last year´s victory --- › Drivers of ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000s dominated the overall IRC standings – - 1. Mikkelse...

Al Attiyah wins Cyprus IRC Al Attiyah wins Cyprus Nasser Al-Attiyah has completed the all-action Intercontinental Rally Challenge season six with victory on the Cyprus Rally, which finished in Pafos this afternoon following two days of high drama on the demanding mixed-surface stages of the picturesque Mediterranean island....

Al Attiyah tops IRC finale IRC Al Attiyah tops IRC finale Nasser Al-Attiyah leads the Cyprus Rally following a day of high drama on the sun-baked final round of the all-action 2012 Intercontinental Rally Challenge.   In ambient temperatures of 26 degrees centigrade, the Qatari, who took time out of his rallying career during the summe...

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IRC CY end - Al Attiyah wins @ 02:06 PM - Full asphalt stage. Al Attiyah wins his comeback event for Ford. Apparently he has a big year 2013 with Ford! Final results (after SS13)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Al Attiyah/Bernacchini, Ford(T), 3h16m25s2;
2nd= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +3m35s3;
3rd= Arai/Moscatt, Subaru, +10m07s1;
4th= Nikara/Kalliolepo, Subaru, +12m42s1;
5th= Wiegand/Gottschalk, Skoda, +14m00s6;
6th= Savva/Papandreou, Mitsubishi, +15m45s1;
7th= Kremer/Wicha, Subaru, +16m52s4;
8th= Al Marri/Arena, Mini, +17m27s;
9th= Vizin/Sziros, Skoda, +19m00s2;
10th= Hunt/Moynihan, Citroen, +19m12s1

IRC CY SS12 - Time to settle @ 01:24 PM - Full gravel. Mikkelsen 5s slower than Al Attiyah. Positions seem clear before final stage of IRC history. Results after SS12:
1st= Al Attiyah/Bernacchini, Ford(T), 3h04m34s7;
2nd= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +2m49s7;
3rd= Arai/Moscatt, Subaru, +9m58s8;
4th= Nikara/Kalliolepo, Subaru, +12m35s;
5th= Wiegand/Gottschalk, Skoda, +13m51s6;
6th= Savva/Papandreou, Mitsubishi, +15m00s9;
7th= Kremer/Wicha, Subaru, +16m07s;
8th= Al Marri/Arena, Mini, +16m50s3;
9th= Vizin/Sziros, Skoda, +18m06s3;
10th= Hunt/Moynihan, Citroen, +18m28s4

IRC CY SS11 - Puncture for Mikkelsen @ 12:42 AM - 2/3 gravel, 1/3 asphalt. That should be Mikkelsen's challenge for the win over. Wiegand moved up another place. Results after SS11:
1st= Al Attiyah/Bernacchini, Ford(T), 2h51m45s;
2nd= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +2m44s1;
3rd= Arai/Moscatt, Subaru, +9m42s5;
4th= Nikara/Kalliolepo, Subaru, +12m17s2;
5th= Wiegand/Gottschalk, Skoda, +13m44s2;
6th= Savva/Papandreou, Mitsubishi, +14m09s3;
7th= Kremer/Wicha, Subaru, +15m24s2;
8th= Al Marri/Arena, Mini, +16m29s8;
9th= Vizin/Sziros, Skoda, +17m07s6;
10th= Hunt/Moynihan, Citroen, +17m27s6

IRC CY SS10 - Mikkelsen again @ 09:40 AM - Now full asphalt stage. Mikkelsen wins again, but only 8.8s from Al Attiyah. Al Marri well back into top10. Wiegand gains place too. Results after SS10:
1st= Al Attiyah/Bernacchini, Ford(T), 2h38m50s4;
2nd= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +49s;
3rd= Arai/Moscatt, Subaru, +8m38s4;
4th= Nikara/Kalliolepo, Subaru, +11m36s2;
5th= Savva/Papandreou, Mitsubishi, +12m28s2;
6th= Wiegand/Gottschalk, Skoda, +13m19s1;
7th= Kremer/Wicha, Subaru, +13m57s9;
8th= Al Marri/Arena, Mini, +15m21s6;
9th= Hunt/Moynihan, Citroen, +15m32s5;
10th= Vizin/Sziros, Skoda, +15m37s1

IRC CY SS9 - Gap now under 1min @ 09:06 AM - Full gravel. Mikkelsen within 1min of Al Attiyah. Wiegand on the move up. Note that because of MERC we have souprally. Results after SS9:
1st= Al Attiyah/Bernacchini, Ford(T), 2h27m34s6;
2nd= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +57s8;
3rd= Arai/Moscatt, Subaru, +7m58s1;
4th= Nikara/Kalliolepo, Subaru, +10m55s5;
5th= Savva/Papandreou, Mitsubishi, +11m42s8;
6th= Kremer/Wicha, Subaru, +12m57s9;
7th= Wiegand/Gottschalk, Skoda, +13m00s5;
8th= Kyriacou/Aristidou, Subaru, +13m01s7;
9th= Vizin/Sziros, Skoda, +14m27s2;
10th= Al Marri/Arena, Mini, +14m29s4

IRC CY SS8 - Mikkelsen attacks @ 08:16 AM - 2/3 gravel, 1/3 asphalt. Mikkelsen takes 20s off Al Attiyah. At that rate it would be enough for Mikkelsen to win the rally. Mini driver Al Kuwari crashes out from 3rd. Unusually for IRC on this rally is SupeRally, but only for day1 retirees. Results after SS8:
1st= Al Attiyah/Bernacchini, Ford(T), 2h14m23s3;
2nd= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +1m08s9;
3rd= Arai/Moscatt, Subaru, +7m41s9;
4th= Nikara/Kalliolepo, Subaru, +10m47s2;
5th= Savva/Papandreou, Mitsubishi, +11m08s1;
6th= Kremer/Wicha, Subaru, +12m14s;
7th= Kyriacou/Aristidou, Subaru, +12m21s6;
8th= Wiegand/Gottschalk, Skoda, +13m09s6;
9th= Hunt/Moynihan, Citroen, +13m30s5;
10th= Vizin/Sziros, Skoda, +13m35s3

Sat November 3, 2012

Ford aims high at WRC finale Ford Ford aims high at WRC finale Ford aims to end its official participation in the FIA World Rally Championship on a high note next week when the 2012 season comes to a close in Spain.  After the decision to stop its factory team at the end of the year, Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila and team-mates Pette...

Viva la vida for Mini WRC Viva la vida for Mini ‘Ciao everyone, ‘Bruno at WRC Team MINI Portugal here! We’re all set to tackle Rally de España, the final round of this year’s World Rally Championship. It might be the last event on this year's calendar, but as always we're approaching it head on with maximum focus!...

Hans Weijss joins Thierry Neuville Citroen Hans Weijss joins Thierry Neuville The final round of the 2012 season, Rally de Espana will provide the crews with the last opportunity of the year to showcase their talents. With fourth position his best result to date, Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul (Citroën Junior World Rally Team) will be determined t...

Final flourish in Spain Citroen Final flourish in Spain The final round of the 2012 World Rally Championship, Rally de Espana will also see Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena’s last full season in WRC draw to a close. For the Citroën Total World Rally Team, it will be very much the end of an era, and one which has seen nine consecuti...

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