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Fri November 29, 2013

EA Safari 2013 Provisional Results General EA Safari 2013 Provisional Results What an event. I guess the WRC organisers are right. We need shorter rallies to make the last day finale more exciting. The Safari offered 9 days, over 4000km and over 16hours of competitive driving on sand, mud, water, Black Cotton, Rift Valley, Kilimanjaro, Thaita Hills ferns a...

Double Podium for Tuthill Porsche General Double Podium for Tuthill Porsche British team Tuthill Porsche has ended this year's East African Safari Classic with a double podium in what turned out to be a bitter sweet end for the team who were within touching distance of delivering Porsche its second consecutive Safari victory. ...

General Duncan & Ford Capri win close Safari

Thu November 28, 2013

Safari day8 the two man struggle General Safari day8 the two man struggle In the endurance struggle that is the East African Safari Classic Rally, with just one day and three competitive sections to go, the point is normally reached when one would expect to find competitors separated by whole fractions of an hour and looking to conserve their positions...

Blomqvist locked in epic duel General Blomqvist locked in epic duel The battle for the 2013 East African Safari Classic crown will go down to the wire tomorrow as Team Tidö's Stig Blomqvist - who is driving a blue Race4Health Tuthill Porsche 911 - and Kenya's Ian Duncan are separated by only nine seconds going into the event's closing...

Blomqvist snatches back Safari lead General Blomqvist snatches back Safari lead This year's East African Safari Classic has turned into an epic two-way battle between Team Tidö's Stig Blomqvist in a Tuthill prepared Porsche 911 and local hero, Ian Duncan. Duncan was leading Blomqvist overnight but a puncture for the Kenyan driver on the opening stage...

Safari day7: shorter but not sweeter General Safari day7: shorter but not sweeter There is rarely an uneventful day on East African Safari Classic Rally and today was no exception, despite being shorter than planned due to cancellation of two out of four of the competitive sections. In the first section Ian Duncan in his Ford Capri kept his lead from Stig Blom...

Hänninen confirmed as Hyundai driver WRC Hänninen confirmed as Hyundai driver Hyundai Motorsport has today revealed that its current test driver Juho Hänninen will drive the second i20 WRC car at selected FIA World Rally Championship events in 2014, as team-mate to recently-announced lead driver Thierry Neuville. 32-year-old Hänninen has become well-acq...

Tue November 26, 2013

Tuthill cars dominate top5 General Tuthill cars dominate top5 British team Tuthill Porsche has three of its Tuthill prepared Porsche 911s placed in the top five of this year's East African Safari Classic after day six of the nine-day event. Team Tidö's Stig Blomqvist has dropped to second in his blue Race4Health liveried Tuthill 911...

Safari day6, the battle continues General Safari day6, the battle continues On the sixth day of this epic rally, the battle between local rally hero Ian Duncan and former World Rally Champion Stig Blomqvist continued on the East African Safari Classic Rally. The Kenyan crew have re-taken the lead they had after day three in their Ford Capri and are now 2...

Mon November 25, 2013

New developments for 2014 ERC IRC New developments for 2014 ERC New developments for 2014 ERC revealed --- *Car makes to contest new ERC Manufacturers’ Cup --- *New ERC Junior Championship to offer platform for showcasing talent and building international experience --- *Introduction of further cost-cutting measures to help competitors --...

ERC events 2014 described General ERC events 2014 described Here is a quick overview what makes each of the 2014 ERC rounds special in their own rights (shame San Remo is not there any more, but otherwise really good calendar)...

ERC 2014 Calendar IRC ERC 2014 Calendar ERC reveals exciting new-look calendar for 2014 --- *Twelve rallies, one rally per month to facilitate ERC teams’ logistics --- *Four new events: Acropolis, Circuit of Ireland, Cyprus and Estonia --- *Sibiu switches to February for inclusion in three-event ERC Winter Challenge...

Blomqvist leads again after day4 General Blomqvist leads again after day4 British team Tuthill Porsche is once again leading this year's East African Safari Classic as former world rally champion Stig Blomqvist ends day four with a 50 second advantage over second-placed Ian Duncan. Experienced Safari driver Gerard Marcy has moved up to third in a s...

Waldegaard crashes out of Safari General Waldegaard crashes out of Safari Björn Waldegård has retired from this year’s East African Safari Classic following an incident on today’s 154 kilometre Jeshini competitive section. Waldegård and his navigating son Mathias were 8km into the day’s opening competitive section when the Swedes passed over a concret...

Waldegaard retires from 2013 Safari General Waldegaard retires from 2013 Safari Tuthill Porsche driver Björn Waldegård has retired from this year's East African Safari Classic following an incident on today's 154 kilometre Jeshini stage. Waldegård and his navigating son Mathias were 8km into the day's opening stage when the Swedes passed over ...

Tuthill cars 2nd & 3rd after day2 General Tuthill cars 2nd & 3rd after day2 Two former world rally champions lead the way for British team Tuthill Porsche as Stig Blomqvist and Björn Waldegård end day two of the epic East African Safari Rally in second and third respectively. Both drivers are piloting Tuthill-prepared Porsche 911s. Experienced Belgian dr...

Tuthill and Blomqvist lead after day1 General Tuthill and Blomqvist lead after day1 British team Tuthill Porsche has completed the opening day of this year's East African Safari Classic with three of its Porsche 911s placed in the top four. Former world rally champion Stig Blomqvist leads the way out of the 17 Tuthill Porsce crews competing in Africa, with f...

Q&A with Safari leader Stig Blomqvist General Q&A with Safari leader Stig Blomqvist Kenya, November 25, 2013 - Tuthill Porsche and Stig Blomqvist are leading this year's East African Safari Classic at the event's half-way point. We caught up with the 67-year-old former world rally champion as he rested with the other crews at Amboseli National Park in th...

Q&A with Björn Waldegaard General Q&A with Björn Waldegaard Former world rally champion Björn Waldegård will spearhead Tuthill Porsche's campaign on this year's East Africa Safari Classic as the veteran Swedish driver returns to Kenya to defend his title. Popularly regarded as one of the world's greatest rally drivers, Björ...

Chardonnet wins Citroen Top Driver Citroen Chardonnet wins Citroen Top Driver Cheers all round for Sébastien Chardonnet and his co-driver Thibault de la Haye, who have won the Citroën Top Driver championship. The French crew therefore earn the right to enter the 2014 WRC2 championship in a DS3 R5. Quentin Gilbert and Renaud Jamoul won the season's fina...

Podium finish and vice-champion Neuville Ford Podium finish and vice-champion Neuville Qatar World Rally Team's Thierry Neuville finished his season on another high today as a seventh podium result was enough to secure the runner-up spot in the FIA World Rally Championship's drivers' standings*. Elfyn Evans too gave the Welsh fans something to cheer abo...

Volkswagen signs season off with 1-2 WRC Volkswagen signs season off with 1-2 Volkswagen added another sporting highlight to a memorable year at the finale of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). The final result of the season: Ogier/Ingrassia, followed by Latvala/Anttila with Mikkelsen/Markkula fifth. The three works duos in the Polo R WRC achieved the...

Disappointing season end for Citroen Citroen Disappointing season end for Citroen The 2013 World Rally Championship concluded today in Wales. The only Citroën Racing crew still in the race, Dani Sordo and Carlos del Barrio made it to the end in seventh place. The Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team finished as runners-up in the Manufacturers' champion...

Ogier wins Wales Rally GB WRC Ogier wins Wales Rally GB Newly crowned World Champion Sébastien Ogier rounded off a sensational season in fine style by claiming his first ever Wales Rally GB victory this weekend (14-17 November). The Volkswagen Motorsport star had already won eight WRC events during the 2013 campaign and secured the...

Breen to wait for new generation Peugeot Peugeot Breen to wait for new generation Peugeot Craig Breen says he is happy to wait for Peugeot’s new-generation 208 T16 to be readied for competition use. The French make’s R5 challenger will be eligible for next year’s FIA European Rally Championship just as soon as it is homologated in early 2014. ...

Mon November 11, 2013

Spirited fight back from Peugeot Peugeot Spirited fight back from Peugeot Between them, Peugeot 207 S2000 drivers Craig Breen and Jérémi Ancian notched up more stage victories than all their rivals on the 2013 Rallye International du Valais, with 12 wins and seven one-two finishes to their name after the weekend's 18 tests. After leading early on, ...

Safari Musical Chairs, Kenneth Eriksson General Safari Musical Chairs, Kenneth Eriksson When Stig Blomqvist invited fellow Swede and ex-WRC co-driver for Kenneth Eriksson, Staffan Parmander, to join him in the Team Tidö Porsche 911 on the 2013 Kenya Airways Safari Classic a certain amount of re-shuffling was needed. Parmander had co-driven for Steve Perez in his Kic...

Safari Rally, some in, some out General Safari Rally, some in, some out News just came through that the driver of car number 8, one of the Tuthill Porsche 911s, will not be coming to the start in Mombasa. Paolo Faldini, has suffered an injury to his left wrist that would make driving 4,100 km of tough Kenyan and Tanzanian roads an impossibility. He d...

Sat November 9, 2013

Lappi wins ERC 2013 finale IRC Lappi wins ERC 2013 finale The all-action 2013 FIA European Rally Championship reached its climax in Switzerland this afternoon with rising star Esapekka Lappi underlining his huge potential by winning an action-packed Rallye International du Valais alongside co-driver Janne Ferm. ...

Flying Finn wins again for Skoda Skoda Flying Finn wins again for Skoda The ‘flying Finn’ Esapekka Lappi has triumphed once again for ŠKODA in the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) final in the Swiss Alps. Together with his co-driver Janne Ferm, the exceptionally talented driver scored a confident win with a substantial lead in the Rallye Interna...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC CH end - still surprising end result @ 03:26 PM - Burri drops near a minute with more engine problems and just about keeps 2nd place! Ancian with another storming drive makes up 2 places on the last stage! Reuche loses 2WD win with engine problems. End results - subject to last road section and scrutineering (after SS18):
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 3h13m42s8;
2nd= Burri/Saucy, Ford(T), +3m28s2;
3rd= Breen/Vanneste, Peugeot, +3m36s2;
4th= Ancian/Vitrani, Peugeot, +6m21s1;
5th= Orsak/Kostka, Skoda, +6m26s7;
6th= Althaus/Ioset, Peugeot, +6m42s9;
7th= Gonon/Horgnies, Subaru, +7m47s7;
8th= Perroud/Marchand, Peugeot, +13m15s9;
9th= Michel/Arlettaz, Citroen, +13m17s7;
10th= Salinas/Micheli, Renault, +14m12s4

IRC CH SS17 - Ancian amazes @ 02:39 PM - Ancian wins stage just from Lappi and 10s faster than Breen. Burri still has a misfire problem. Results after SS17:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 2h57m04s7;
2nd= Burri/Saucy, Ford(T), +2m33s4;
3rd= Breen/Vanneste, Peugeot, +3m32s;
4th= Orsak/Kostka, Skoda, +5m41s7;
5th= Althaus/Ioset, Peugeot, +6m00s1;
6th= Ancian/Vitrani, Peugeot, +6m09s5;
7th= Gonon/Horgnies, Subaru, +6m59s9;
8th= Reuche/Deriaz, Renault, +11m33s1;
9th= Michel/Arlettaz, Citroen, +12m00s7;
10th= Perroud/Marchand, Peugeot, +12m02s9

IRC CH SS16 - First Lappi stage win today @ 02:19 PM - Though for a change a stage without dramas to report and without position changes. Burri however reports a power problem, which may play into Breen's hands. Results after SS16:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 2h46m12s8;
2nd= Burri/Saucy, Ford(T), +2m17s2;
3rd= Breen/Vanneste, Peugeot, +3m23s;
4th= Orsak/Kostka, Skoda, +5m21s7;
5th= Althaus/Ioset, Peugeot, +5m33s4;
6th= Ancian/Vitrani, Peugeot, +6m09s6;
7th= Gonon/Horgnies, Subaru, +6m38s2;
8th= Reuche/Deriaz, Renault, +10m48s9;
9th= Perroud/Marchand, Peugeot, +10m58s1;
10th= Michel/Arlettaz, Citroen, +11m09s3

IRC CH SS15 - Gryazin out from 3rd @ 01:14 PM - Gryazin has a technical problem just as Breen was catching him for the last podium place. Orsak passes Althaus and Ancian passes Gonon. Results after SS15:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 2h32m17s7;
2nd= Burri/Saucy, Ford(T), +1m34s5;
3rd= Breen/Vanneste, Peugeot, +2m57s4;
4th= Orsak/Kostka, Skoda, +4m43s3;
5th= Althaus/Ioset, Peugeot, +4m46s4;
6th= Ancian/Vitrani, Peugeot, +5m48s5;
7th= Gonon/Horgnies, Subaru, +5m59s4;
8th= Reuche/Deriaz, Renault, +9m34s5;
9th= Perroud/Marchand, Peugeot, +9m38s5;
10th= Michel/Arlettaz, Citroen, +9m47s5

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