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Thu December 22, 2005

Panizzi and Ekstrom for Red Bull Skoda Panizzi and Ekstrom for Red Bull The Red Bull Skoda team confirmed today the signing of Gilles Panizzi and Mattias Ekstrom. Panizzi will drive Monte Carlo, Corsica and Catalunya whilst Ekstrom has been confirmed for Sweden only thus far....

Wed December 21, 2005

Stohl to compete in all 16 events Peugeot Stohl to compete in all 16 events The sensation came as a Christmas gift. Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor will be competing with the Peugeot 307 WRC in all 16 runs of the FIA World Rally Championship 2006. Therefore the chances for a top ranking within the driver’s competition will be heightened. For the first time ...

Tue December 20, 2005

Sarrazin picks Prevot for 2006 Subaru Sarrazin picks Prevot for 2006 Subaru World Rally Team driver Stéphane Sarrazin has selected Stéphane Prevot to be his co-driver for the 2006 season. Prevot, 36, partnered his fellow Belgian François Duval on six rounds of the 2005 World Rally Championship and will make his competitive debut alongside Sarraz...

Fri December 16, 2005

Ford signs Kresta as test driver Ford Ford signs Kresta as test driver Czech driver Roman Kresta has signed an exclusive test contract with the BP-Ford World Rally Team for 2006. Kresta, who drove a Focus RS World Rally Car for BP-Ford during 2005 and finished eighth in the FIA World Rally Championship, will be the team's official test driver ne...

RED's Skoda negotiations collapse Skoda RED's Skoda negotiations collapse RED World Rally Team's negotiations with Skoda have collapsed, and so seeminly the chance of Colin McRae securing a 2006 Fabia drive. There is a slim chance the Scot could drive the 2nd Red Bull Fabia which has yet to be allocated....

Thu December 15, 2005

Stohl and Henning for OMV 307s Peugeot Stohl and Henning for OMV 307s OMV, Central Europe’s leading crude oil and natural gas group, continues to be active in the FIA World Rally Championship. After the highly successful 2005 season (ninth place in driver’s WRC ranking and two places on the podium) OMV broadens its activities. For the first time th...

Wed December 14, 2005

McRae could still drive Fabia Skoda McRae could still drive Fabia Colin McRae could still drive a Fabia WRC in the 2006 World Rally Championship, despite the manufacturers withdrawal of it's official entry from the series. The Scot's manager, Campbell Roy, talking in today's Motorsport News said: "Skoda were never going to continue...

Mitsubishi Suspends its 2006 Program Mitsubishi Mitsubishi Suspends its 2006 Program Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has announced that it has decided to suspend participation in the FIA World Rally Championship series from 2006. With the Mitsubishi Motors Revitalization Plan as a basis, MMC has made a solid start toward revitalizing its business operati...

Sun December 11, 2005

Safari last day - Emotional Finish General Safari last day - Emotional Finish The final day of the Safari Rally 2005 was another one of huge excitement, although the results have not changed a great deal. But for the day itself, the atmosphere at the finish was so great that the competition seemed to take a back seat. Therefore let us take a slightly diffe...

Sat December 10, 2005

Safari day8 - Preparing for a hot final General Safari day8 - Preparing for a hot final Following the exciting and adventure packed day7, today’s day8 seemed more like preparing for the big final. Not intentionally, though. After a 6am start the teams went onto a non-competitive transition section past Nairobi to the Kibini Quarry. Kibini is situated just outside of...

Fri December 9, 2005

Skoda confirm WRC pull out Skoda Skoda confirm WRC pull out Škoda Auto is to continue giving official support to entries in next season’s FIA World Rally Championship with the Fabia WRC model again spearheading the programme. Two private teams chosen to be run from the Czech Republic and Austria....

Safari day7 - Mystique Rift Valley General Safari day7 - Mystique Rift Valley To say today has been the most picturesque and unique day of the rally would be unfair to all the other beautiful spots we have seen. Every day so far was unique with its own characters and challenges. Still, day7 has been one of strong contrasts and one can’t stop wondering why ...

Wed December 7, 2005

Safari day6 - Too much for WRChamps General Safari day6 - Too much for WRChamps Following a rest day in the Masai Mara game reservoir near Lake Victoria, the crews went back to the Delamere Ranch. It’s not simply driving back where we came from. The teams passed the last two stages before the rest day on a road section. Action started over the Mau Escarpartm...

Tue December 6, 2005

Safari day4 - True Adventure General Safari day4 - True Adventure Monday’s leg4 left Kenya’s capital Nairobi for Safari stages that are more known to late WRC followers. The first stage of the day was an over 50km blast through the garden of Lord Delamere. In the late WRC days of the Safari Rally, nearly the whole event was helt on Lord Delamer...

Sun December 4, 2005

Safari day3 - Kilimanjaro to Nairobi General Safari day3 - Kilimanjaro to Nairobi Yet again the Safari Rally proved spectacular in scenery and action alike. Today saw the crews head from Mount Kilimanjaro to Nairobi. The first stage was fully inside Tanzania and another “black cotton” stage. Actually, the stage was more sandy than muddy, but finding traction s...

Sat December 3, 2005

General Safari day2 - Tanzania's black cotton

Fri December 2, 2005

General Safari day1 - Stars chase Blomqvist

Thu December 1, 2005

Ford unveil Focus06 Ford Ford unveil Focus06 Ford of Europe today officially unveiled the all-new Ford Focus RS World Rally Car 06 at the Bologna Motor Show in Italy. The car will be Ford's challenger in the FIA World Rally Championship from 2006 onwards and was unveiled in the eye-catching livery in which it will make ...

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