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Sun December 31, 2006

Commission plans WRC changes WRC Commission plans WRC changes World Rally Commission President Morrie Chandler has put forward a programme of proposed changes to the WRC, detailing the direction the sport could take up to 2012....

Stohl will compete at Planai Classic Citroen Stohl will compete at Planai Classic Manfred Stohl, last season’s Rally-WRC-fourth, will take up his motor sports activities already on January 4. Just two weeks prior to the beginning of the FIA World Rally Championship in Monte Carlo the 34-year-old OMV driver will get in tune with racing vehicles once again at th...

Wed December 20, 2006

UK could lose terrestrial WRC coverage WRC UK could lose terrestrial WRC coverage The WRC could be set to lose it's UK terrestrial TV deal amidst faltering talks between WRC rights holders International Sportworld Communications and British broadcaster ITV....

Sun December 17, 2006

Ekstrom wins Race of Champions General Ekstrom wins Race of Champions Mattias Ekström silenced the Parisian crowd at the Stade de France this evening with a surprise win over home star Sébastien Loeb to claim victory in The 2006 Race of Champions....

Sat December 16, 2006

Stohl to drive OMV Kronos Citroen Citroen Stohl to drive OMV Kronos Citroen Manfred Stohl has come up with a new team in time for the entry deadline for the FIA World Rally Championship. His successes so far enable the 34-year-old Austrian to compete once again in all 16 runs to the FIA World Rally Championship in 2007....

Fri December 15, 2006

Aigner to contest 2007 PWRC Mitsubishi Aigner to contest 2007 PWRC The Red Bull Rally Team and his partners are pleased to announce that Andreas Aigner will continue in the World Rally Championship in 2007. He will compete in all P-WRC rallies and other selected WRC events. In the production class, Andreas is offered the chance to assert himself...

Tue December 12, 2006

Ford confirmed as 2006 champions Ford Ford confirmed as 2006 champions Ford has been confirmed officially as the 2006 Manufacturers' World Rally Champion in the 2006 FIA World Rally Championship. ...

Mon December 11, 2006

Why the IRC should be a success IRC Why the IRC should be a success Sorry, if Chris B gets excited about anything rallye, especially after such a long drought where every single change just makes you cringe, be prepared for a looong, deeep analysis. Let’s compare the IRC to the WRC. Well, I admit with most changes in the WRC during the pas...

Skoda Auto presents new Fabia Skoda Skoda Auto presents new Fabia The new Škoda Fabia is characterized by all of the core values, which have made more than 1.5 million customers buy the first generation – and this has been further developed even further by Škoda. In its class, the Fabia is the vehicle with the largest knee and headroom in the r...

Sat December 9, 2006

Duval and Kopecky could team up Skoda Duval and Kopecky could team up This years most successful Skoda drivers, Jan Kopecky and Francois Duval, could be set to join forces next season in a new Skoda M2 team. Skoda Auto have already promised continued support to Kopecky to continue a Fabia WRC programme in 2007, despite the Czech manufacturers new f...

Real IRC Real "RAC" could make a return The "RAC" Rally could make a return to international championship status as early as 2008, according to this weeks Autosport magazine. Just days after the "Rally Around Cardiff" rounded off the 2006 WRC season, news has emerged that the promoters of the new Intercontinental Rally...

Tuohino and Sola test Toyota S2000 General Tuohino and Sola test Toyota S2000 Some of the world’s fastest rally drivers attended a RED World Rally Team test session on Monday and are seriously considering the Toyota S2000R as part of their plans for 2007....

Wed December 6, 2006

IRC: A new series, a new generation IRC IRC: A new series, a new generation The 2007 Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC), a newly created international series authorised by the FIA, will start in March 2007 and will mark the birth of a new rally generation....

Analysis: Skoda give Red Bull the boot Skoda Analysis: Skoda give Red Bull the boot The Red Bull Skoda team this morning announced that their team would not be competing in the 2007 World Rally Championship. After a difficult year which saw the Austrian squad finish bottom of the manufacturer championship standings, Skoda Auto have decided to withdraw their supp...

Skoda confirm Fabia S2000 project Skoda Skoda confirm Fabia S2000 project The history of motorsport activities of the brand Škoda will be continued in the rally sport. Škoda Auto board of directors approved the plan to start the development of the new rally car based on the next generation of Škoda Fabia, which will be launched early next year....

Red Bull Skoda Withdraw from 2007 WRC Skoda Red Bull Skoda Withdraw from 2007 WRC Red Bull Skoda Team will not participate in the 2007 World Rally Championship. Skoda Auto will set up their new Super 2000 project based on the Fabia next year and therefore pool all its development capacities for the sport of rallying on it, Skoda Auto announced in a press relea...

Mon December 4, 2006

RED happy with Toyota progress WRC RED happy with Toyota progress Once again it was a day of triumph and tragedy for the RED World Rally Team. Alister McRae and the Toyota S2000R hit the headlines on the first three of today’s four stages, setting dazzling times through the gloomy Welsh forests north of the Rally Great Britain base in Cardiff. ...

Kopecky happy with GB result Skoda Kopecky happy with GB result The Czech Rally Team Škoda-Kopecký finished the challenging Wales Rally - the final event in the 2006 World Rally Championship - in tenth place. The Škoda Fabia WRC again proved its reliability in the last event of this year's championship and underlined the careful preparatio...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC RI World Rally Tipping Champion @ 10:58 AM - Congratulations KRP (Sweden) 1st and fellow country-man Gerd J on a Swedish 1-2 in the 2006 Rallye-Info.com World Rally Tipping Championship!. The final step on the podium goes to Rando (Estonia). Thank you to everyone who competed this year, the championship will be back again next year and we'll do our best to open the tipping for every round of the WRC. And who knows, maybe theres a new championship in the winds that might be worth tipping on. Rally GB results here.

Sun December 3, 2006

Great season finale for Stohl Peugeot Great season finale for Stohl The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team has completed the most successful season in the history of rallying with a sensational result at the “Wales Rally GB”. Following Australia and New Zealand the OMV duo Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor reached the podium for the third time in a r...

Stobart celebrate end of season success Ford Stobart celebrate end of season success The Stobart VK M-Sport Ford team celebrated its finest hour in the World Rally Championship today, clinching fourth position on its home round of the series, Wales Rally Great Britain....

A solid points finish to end season Citroen A solid points finish to end season Both of the Kronos Total Citroen Xsara crews have finished in the points on the last round of the season, underlining once more their perfect balance between speed and consistency despite their tender years. Xevi Pons/Carlos Del Barrio are fifth, while Dani Sordo/Marc Marti ar...

Ford complete championship year with win Ford Ford complete championship year with win Ford ended its FIA World Rally Championship winning season by claiming its first Rally GB victory for 27 years today. Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen led the three-day event from start to finish through the muddy forests of south Wales to triumph by 1min 35.5sec in their For...

Subaru finish with a flourish Subaru Subaru finish with a flourish The Subaru World Rally Team finished Rally GB with a flourish, setting three fastest stage times from the day’s four special stages and ending the day with both cars firmly in the points. Petter Solberg and Phil Mills were fastest on the leg and finished third, maintaining the st...

Harri nets best result of season Skoda Harri nets best result of season The Red Bull Skoda was able to celebrate a positive end to this year’s rally season at the final WRC event in Wales. Despite Andreas Aigner’s early retirement on the first day, Finland’s Harri Rovanpera achieved P9 in the final standings, which was rewarded with one point for the...

Interesting end to the season WRC Interesting end to the season Ford and Marcus Grönholm won the RAC Rally – Sorry, the Rally Around Cardiff. This is truely a legendary, if not ironic result in Ford’s rally heritage. For Ford the RAC was always something special. Until the late 1970s, even when the WRC was in full swing, ...

Sat December 2, 2006

McRae nets fastest category time WRC McRae nets fastest category time Alister McRae and the RED World Rally Team experienced the full range of emotions in the sport today. The Scotsman guided the Toyota S2000R to its first ever fastest category time in the World Rally Championship on the day's penultimate forest stage, but was then sidelined wit...

Solid performance by Stobart Ford Solid performance by Stobart The Stobart VK M-Sport Ford team continued to impress the watching World Rally Championship with a strong run at the head of the field of Rally Great Britain....

Xavi Pons on verge of podium Citroen Xavi Pons on verge of podium Xevi Pons/Carlos Del Barrio finish a challenging second day on the verge of scoring their first podium in a World Rally Car, having battled through wet and muddy weather that is typical of Wales in December. The Spanish duo are fourth, with less than 25 seconds separating them...

Petter's broken steering dents hopes Subaru Petter's broken steering dents hopes Petter Solberg and Chris Atkinson are still in points-scoring positions after the second leg of Rally GB in south Wales today. Petter and co-driver Phil Mills dropped back from second to third place after clipping a gatepost and damaging their car’s steering on SS11. Chris increa...

Manfred a stunning 2nd after day two Peugeot Manfred a stunning 2nd after day two The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team continues driving on the fast lane at the „Wales Rally GB“, the last run to the FIA World Rally Championship 2006. After day two the Austrian OMV duo Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor lies in sensational second place. Their Norwegian teammates H...

Gronholm stretches lead Ford Gronholm stretches lead BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen extended their lead during today's second leg of Rally GB. The Finns won five speed tests in the forests of south Wales in their Ford Focus RS World Rally Car, and returned to the final overnight halt in Swa...

Rovanpera progresses on day 2 Skoda Rovanpera progresses on day 2 On the second day of Wales Rally GB, run in very changeable conditions, Finland’s Harri Rovanpera was Red Bull Skoda’s sole representative....

Solid debut for Toyota S2000 WRC Solid debut for Toyota S2000 Alister McRae enjoyed a solid first day in the RED World Rally Team-run Toyota S2000R, as the Scotsman and the Widnes-based firm became the first to use a Super 2000 rally car on Britain's round of the WRC....

Fri December 1, 2006

Kopecky building up the speed Skoda Kopecky building up the speed The last event in the 2006 World Rally Championship began with the initial leg today. The Czech Rally Team Škoda-Kopecký, comprising the crew of Jan Kopecký and Filip Schovánek in a Škoda Fabia WRC, was also represented in Friday's leg of the Wales Rally. After Friday's six...

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