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Fri December 21, 2007

Loix signs for Kronos Peugeot IRC Loix signs for Kronos Peugeot Belgian star Freddy Loix will drive a Peugeot 207 S2000 run by the Kronos team next year as part of its new extended line-up. Loix is also switching co-drivers next year, with Robin Buysmans – his regular partner on the Belgian Championship – back in the navigator’s seat for the ...

Abarth confirm Basso and Alen IRC Abarth confirm Basso and Alen The Italian-based Abarth team will return to the Intercontinental Rally Challenge next year with a two-car Grande Punto team. The driver line-up will be Giandomenico Basso, a former European Champion and the reigning Italian Champion, and Anton Alen – the son of rally legend Mark...

Ford Galli joins Stobart for 2008

Tue December 18, 2007

Ford Confirms new Focus RS Road Car Ford Ford Confirms new Focus RS Road Car Ford of Europe is confirming its plan to deliver an exciting all-new, high performance Focus RS model for launch in 2009. A design image released by the company today hints at the exciting direction the new model is taking. The new Focus RS will be based on the dynamic new...

Mon December 17, 2007

Gardemeister & Andersson for Suzuki WRC Gardemeister & Andersson for Suzuki Toni Gardemeister and Per-Gunnar Andersson will be piloting the all-new Suzuki SX4 WRC in 2008. By nominating the Scandinavians, Suzuki brings a famous face back to the WRC tracks and enables one of its juniors to enter the worlds most demanding motor sport competition, thus foll...

Ekström beats Schumacher in ROC title General Ekström beats Schumacher in ROC title Reigning Champion of Champions Mattias Ekström pulled off the seemingly impossible at Wembley Stadium today, beating the ever-dominant Michael Schumacher in The Race of Champions final. Taking the battle down to the wire, both motorsport heavy-weights claimed one win each in t...

Germany wins the ROC Nations Cup General Germany wins the ROC Nations Cup Fans at Wembley Stadium witnessed history in the making today as Team Germany, with Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel, claimed The ROC Nations Cup for the first time in the history of The Race of Champions. Motorsport’s best drivers gave the crowd plenty to cheer for as ...

Ford reveals new 2008 team WRC Ford reveals new 2008 team • Hirvonen and Lehtinen take up the challenge following Grönholm and Rautiainen retirement • Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila join driver line-up for 2008 season ...

Sun December 16, 2007

BFGoodrich and Kronos team up IRC BFGoodrich and Kronos team up A number of drivers are to be given the opportunity to contest their home round of the IRC (Intercontinental Rally Challenge) in 2008. The drivers chosen will compete in a Kronos-run Peugeot 207 Super 2000 with full, professional technical support....

Sat December 8, 2007

Ford crowned world champion in Monaco Ford Ford crowned world champion in Monaco Ford was crowned World Rally Champion for the second consecutive year during the annual Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile award ceremony tonight. The Blue Oval was presented with the FIA World Rally Championship manufacturers' trophy....

Fri December 7, 2007

WRC World Motorsport Council WRC Decisions

Garcia-Ojeda collects his trophy IRC Garcia-Ojeda collects his trophy The champions of the inaugural Intercontinental Rally Challenge received their trophies in a glittering ceremony held yesterday at the Paris headquarters of French television company TF1, in front of drivers, manufacturers, partners, media and some special guests. The ceremony ca...

Thu December 6, 2007

Gould captures 2007 Fiesta Trophy Ford Gould captures 2007 Fiesta Trophy The 2007 Fiesta SportingTrophy (FST) International Shootout has been won by FST UK wildcard Adam Gould this week at M-Sport’s base in northern England. Eleven nationalities made up the 23-strong group who ventured from as far as New Zealand to compete for one of the most sought a...

BFGoodrich look forward to IRC 2008 IRC BFGoodrich look forward to IRC 2008 The Intercontinental Rally Challenge, which was first organised in 2006, made a big leap forward this year and certain observers do not hesitate to refer to the series when talking about the future of rallying. Michelin Competition's Director Frédéric Henry-Biabaud suggests se...

Wed December 5, 2007

BFGoodrich looks back on 2007 IRC IRC BFGoodrich looks back on 2007 IRC After securing two world titles in 2006 with Loeb and Ford, and while we wait for the final outcome in this year's World Rally Championship, not to mention the FIA's verdict regarding the official result of the 2007 European Rally Championship, BFGoodrich recently added two...

Tue December 4, 2007

Safari Björn/Ford anniversary win General Safari Björn/Ford anniversary win The East African Safari Classic Rally was only born on initiative of Mike Kirkland in 2003, when the Safari lost it’s WRC status after it’s 49th edition in 2002, and Kirkland felt at least there should be a 50th edition. The December 2003 marathon was such a success that it was r...

Mon December 3, 2007

Civic R3: good WRC gravel debut WRC Civic R3: good WRC gravel debut The JAS Motorsport Honda Civic Type R R3 has emerged triumphant from its very first event on gravel, despite an off for Dani Sola on the first day and a puncture on the second day. The all-new Honda is the first Group A two-wheel drive car home, winning class A7....

Safari day8 - Rivers and Sand General Safari day8 - Rivers and Sand As it was predictable for the layout of the rally, other than we have just seen at the final World Championship round, the Safari would keep us on the toes until the very last moment. The penultimate day’s thrilling action must be put into at least 2 points: 1) Stig Blomqvist had...

Sun December 2, 2007

Stohl makes a point on season finale Citroen Stohl makes a point on season finale The OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team has completed a very changeful FIA World Rally Championship 2007with eighth overall place by Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor. Thus the OMV pair was able to score points at the British WRC-rally for the fifth time in a row. Even though the 35-y...

Wilson ends the season on a high Ford Wilson ends the season on a high Matthew Wilson/Michael Orr have stepped up a gear on their home event by finishing sixth overall on this final round of the 2007 FIA World Rally Championship, Wales Rally GB. Britain’s only fulltime WRC driver drove faultlessly to finish as the top placed Stobart VK M-Sport Ford ...

Loeb takes 4th title Citroen Loeb takes 4th title Finishing the 2007 Wales Rally GB in third place sufficed for Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena to secure their fourth straight Drivers' and Co-drivers' titles in the World Rally Championship today in Cardiff....

Ford end the season in style Ford Ford end the season in style FIA World Rally champions* BP-Ford ended the 2007 campaign in perfect style by claiming first and second on Rally GB in Wales today. Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen led from start to finish to score their third victory of the season in a Ford Focus RS World Rally Car. Team-ma...

Subaru secure 3rd in the title race Subaru Subaru secure 3rd in the title race The Subaru World Rally Team ended a consistent weekend with the Impreza of Petter Solberg and Phil Mills finishing in fourth place on the Welsh co-driver’s home event. Team-mates Chris Atkinson / Stephane Prevot and Xevi Pons / Xavier Amigo both finished inside the top ten....

Kopecky rounds off a strong year Skoda Kopecky rounds off a strong year The Czech Rally Team Kopecký crew comprised of Jan Kopecký-Filip Schovánek has given their farewell to this year's world championship by finishing twelfth in the Wales Rally, which was the final race of the World Rally Championship in 2007....

Safari day7 - Twisty Kilimanjaro General Safari day7 - Twisty Kilimanjaro In this report we will cover day7, although day8 has by now finished too and will come very soon in a seperate report. It seems there were reception problems which delayed the info on day7 and now day8 info is here already. Tho nothing to blame anyone. In fact to mention the spon...

General World Rallying lost Tony Fall

Stohl battles for another points finish Citroen Stohl battles for another points finish The OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team didn’t encounter any noteworthy problems on day two of the “Wales Rally GB”. Unfortunately they didn’t move up, either. Matthew Wilson (GB/Ford Focus WRC) in the Citroen Xsara WRC seems out of reach and Xavier Pons (E/Subaru Impreza WRC), i...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC GB end - Loeb is World Champion! @ 02:14 PM - Again dramatic final really, after all! Hirvonen off and only just wins! Gareth Jones retired on last stage, Atkinson had mechanical problems on last stage, Latvala misses Pons by 3.6s! Unofficial provisional rally results and championship positions in the according sections on our site in a few moments.

WRC GB SS16 - one more to go @ 01:40 PM - One stage left, be anything can happen in rallying. Remember Carlos Sainz lost a World title 300yrads from the finish of the season's last stage? Latvala meanwhile moved into the top10. Unofficial provisional positions after SS16: 1 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, 3h05m44s1; 2 - Grönholm/Rautiainen, Ford, +29s8; 3 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, +1m37s8; 4 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +3m00s2; 5 - Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +3m21s9; 6 - Wilson/Orr, Ford, +7m12s4; 7 - Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +7m51s8; 8 - Stohl/Minor, Citroen, +8m37s7; 9 - Pons/Amigo, Subaru, +9m17s2; 10 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +10m08s2

WRC GB SS14 - Atkinson down @ 09:25 AM - Atkinson has some sort of mechanical problem and drops 12.8s behind Wildon, so there may still be a fight for 6th. Latvala moves up to 11th and should get a top10 place at this rate. Unofficial provisional positions after SS14: 1 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, 2h32m41s5; 2 - Grönholm/Rautiainen, Ford, +37s5; 3 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, +1m29s9; 4 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +2m41s6; 5 - Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +3m08s7; 6 - Wilson/Orr, Ford, +6m21s9; 7 - Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +6m34s7; 8 - Stohl/Minor, Citroen, +7m37s; 9 - Pons/Amigo, Subaru, +8m21s8; 10 - Ostberg/Unnerud, Subaru, +9m55s1

Sat December 1, 2007

Latvala dominates day two Ford Latvala dominates day two The Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team have shown once again they will be a future force to be reckoned with after a stunning display on leg 2 of Wales Rally GB, the final round of the 2007 FIA World Rally Championship....

Petter holds station in 4th Subaru Petter holds station in 4th Subaru World Rally Team drivers Petter Solberg and Phil Mills finished the second day of Wales Rally GB in fourth place overall after battling more treacherous winter conditions. Ahead of the final day of competition, their team mates Xevi Pons and Chris Atkinson hold sixth and n...

Loeb sticks to the plan Citroen Loeb sticks to the plan It had already been dark for some time when the Citroën C4 WRCs of first Dani Sordo/Marc Martí, then Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena pulled into the service park in Swansea this evening after the second leg of the 2007 Wales Rally GB. The Spanish pair continue to figure in fifth p...

Hirvonen retains lead after day two Ford Hirvonen retains lead after day two Newly-crowned FIA World Rally champions* BP-Ford continued to dominate the top of the leaderboard during today's second leg of Rally GB. Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen returned to Swansea with a 35.5sec advantage over team-mates Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen after a ...

Kopecky battles through leg one Skoda Kopecky battles through leg one World Rally Championship in 2007 is being closed out traditionally by Rally Wales, which rightfully belongs among the most popular races of the Championship. At the starting line of today's rally, which has seventeen special stages in its schedule with a total distance of 365 ...

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