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Tue December 30, 2008

Abarth test for Monte IRC Abarth test for Monte Italian driver Giandomenico Basso (pictured) is confident that a pre Monte Carlo test will kick start an even more successful season for his Abarth team in 2009. Basso clinched two wins at the end of this year’s season, but he is determined to hit the ground running in 2009....

Sun December 28, 2008

207 prize drive open for Monte IRC 207 prize drive open for Monte The applications to join the BFGoodrich Drivers' Team on the Monte Carlo Rally, at the wheel of a factory-specification Peugeot 207 S2000 run by Kronos Racing, close at the end of this year....

Wed December 24, 2008

Citroen introduces M2 junior team Citroen Citroen introduces M2 junior team Citroën Sport is delighted to announce the launch of the Citroën Junior Team which will run as a 'Manufacturers 2' team in the 2009 FIA World Rally Championship. The programme will be handled by Citroën Sport Technologies and will feature several talented young drivers ov...

Tue December 23, 2008

Meeke: S2000 should suit my style IRC Meeke: S2000 should suit my style British driver Kris Meeke, a former protégé of the late Colin McRae, is to compete on the IRC series next year in a Peugeot 207 S2000 entered by Peugeot UK and run by the championship-winning Kronos Racing team....

Mon December 22, 2008

Monte Carlo testing videos IRC Monte Carlo testing videos The works Abarth, Peugeot and Skoda teams have all been busy testing for next months Rallye Monte Carlo in recent weeks. The weather in the French Alps has been "classic Monte" with the teams encountering a mix of dry and damp asphalt, icy sections and heavy snowfall as well. Aba...

Ground breaking tv coverage for Monte IRC Ground breaking tv coverage for Monte The Monte Carlo Rally, which opens the Intercontinental Rally Challenge next year, will get an unprecedented six hours of live television coverage from the stages on Eurosport - including uninterrupted live broadcasts from the four mythical Col du Turini stages that conclude the ...

Sun December 21, 2008

Rossetti switches to Abarth IRC Rossetti switches to Abarth Reigning European and Italian Rally Champion Luca Rossetti has officially signed for the factory Abarth team, it was announced this week. The 31-year-old Italian driver will begin his career with the Italian marque as part of a four-car entry on next month’s Rallye Monte Carlo....

Wed December 17, 2008

Hanninen expects Fabia to be competitive Skoda Hanninen expects Fabia to be competitive Juho Hanninen expects the Skoda Fabia S2000 to be competitive straight out of the box. The Finn, runner up in the 2008 pWRC title race, signed a two year contract with Skoda after negotiations throughout the autumn months and several test sessions. Hanninen won the IRC Rally Russ...

Skoda confirm IRC programme IRC Skoda confirm IRC programme The Škoda Fabia Super 2000 is going to have a competition premiere at the upcoming Rally Monte Carlo (21-24 January, 2009) as part of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge series (IRC). The Škoda Motorsport factory team will have two crews in action, Czechs Jan Kopecký with Petr S...

Tue December 16, 2008

Subaru withdraw from WRC Subaru Subaru withdraw from WRC Subaru has announced its decision to withdraw from the 2009 World Rally Championship. This sudden decision was in response to the widespread economic downturn that is affecting the entire automotive industry, and follows Suzuki’s withdrawal announced yesterday....

Peugeot UK confirm Meeke's IRC deal IRC Peugeot UK confirm Meeke's IRC deal Peugeot UK has teamed up with Kronos Racing to prepare and support a Peugeot 207 S2000 in next year’s Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC). The IRC Challenge will be contested over 12 rounds starting with the legendary Monte Carlo Rally in January and finishing in November wit...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Subaru pull out of WRC @ 09:23 AM - According to Reuters, Fuji Heavy Industries (owners of Subaru) confirmed at a press conference in Tokyo this morning their withdrawal from WRC, stating economic reasons. They join Suzuki who announced their withdrawal yesterday, leaving just two works teams in the WRC.

Mon December 15, 2008

Suzuki confirm WRC exit Suzuki Suzuki confirm WRC exit Suzuki Motor Corporation has decided to suspend the FIA World Rally Championship activities from 2009. The company made the 2008 season entry with two SX4 WRCs....

Skoda test for Monte (+ videos) Skoda Skoda test for Monte (+ videos) Jan Kopecky and Juho Hanninen have been busy testing in the French alps last week for January's Monte Carlo Rally. The pair, yet to be officially confirmed as Skoda's 2009 driver lineup, drove the Fabia S2000 on a mixture of icy asphalt and full snow conditions....

Fri December 12, 2008

FIA confirm S2000 future for WRC WRC FIA confirm S2000 future for WRC The FIA today confirmed an S2000 based future for the WRC, which is thought to include a kit of a control turbocharger, rear wing and other small parts costing in the region of £25,000. The statement released today, from the December World Motorsport Council meeting, failed to gi...

Wed December 10, 2008

Alen warns Meeke: IRC won't be easy IRC Alen warns Meeke: IRC won't be easy Abarth's Anton Alen has warned Kris Meeke not to expect an easy ride in next year's IRC. Rallye-Info.com understands that an agreement has now been reached that will see Meeke drive a minimum 8 of 12 events on next year's IRC calendar with the Kronos Racing team, for who...

Quesnel takes control of Peugeot Sport Peugeot Quesnel takes control of Peugeot Sport Olivier Quesnel has been appointed Director of both Citroën Sport and Peugeot Sport. He will take up his position on January 1, 2009. Peugeot Sport's current Director Michel Barge has moved on to another post....

Mon December 8, 2008

Miettinen wins Rally China IRC Miettinen wins Rally China This year's IRC series has concluded once more with the China Rally, which was held at an all-new venue: Shaowu, close to Fuzhou city. This year the China Rally was visited by two Finnish stars: Juha Salo and Jarkko Miettinen, both driving Group N Mitsubishis. Their battle was...

Sun December 7, 2008

Rossi charges to the finish Ford Rossi charges to the finish The final round of the 2008 FIA World Rally Championship has come to a close as has another fantastic year for the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team at this weekend’s Wales Rally GB....

Petter happy with 4th in Wales Subaru Petter happy with 4th in Wales After a long season, a final brace of four stages on the last day of competition in the 2008 World Rally Championship confirmed both fourth position on Wales Rally GB for Petter Solberg and Phil Mills, and third position in the WRC Manufacturers’ Championship for the Subaru World...

Suzuki finish 2008 on a high Suzuki Suzuki finish 2008 on a high The Suzuki World Rally Team has finished its debut World Rally Championship season with the SX4 WRC on a high note, equalling the team's best-ever result. Up-and-coming Swede P-G Andersson was fifth at the end of the Wales Rally GB, matching the result he obtained on the Ra...

Citroen take the makes title Citroen Citroen take the makes title The final round of the 2008 World Rally Championship in Wales ended with Citroën claiming the 2008 Manufacturers' world title*. This year's crown comes after those previously notched up by the French firm in 2003, 2004 and 2005 and adds a further line to the make's alr...

Latvala settles for 2nd in Wales Ford Latvala settles for 2nd in Wales BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila finished second on Wales Rally GB today after a titanic final day battle. The Finns led for most of this 15th and final round of the FIA World Rally Championship in their Focus RS World Rally Car. ...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC GB end - Loeb wins after all! @ 01:04 PM - Loeb takes win by 2.7s on final stage, never mind the jump start. Citroen are makes champs! Unofficial, provisional positions after SS19 (end): 1st= Loeb/Elena, Ford, 2h43m19s6; 2nd= Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +2s7; 3rd= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +1m10s6; 4th= Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +1m49s6; 5th= Andersson/Andersson, Suzuki, +3m54s1; 6th= Duval/Giraudet, Ford, +4m57s8; 7th= Gardemeister/Tuominen, Suzuki, +5m15s; 8th= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +5m28s8; 9th= Wilson/Martin, Ford, +8m03s9; 10th= Clark/Nagle, Ford, +9m43s1

WRC GB SS18 - rally result on green table? @ 11:59 AM - Loeb would have taken lead but gets a jump start penalty, w2hich he said he will protest tooth and nail. Henning Solberg retired with broken rear wheel. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS18: 1st= Latvala/Anttila, Ford, 2h32m05s4; 2nd= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, +2s2; 3rd= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +58s2; 4th= Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +1m35s8; 5th= Andersson/Andersson, Suzuki, +3m22s3; 6th= Duval/Giraudet, Ford, +4m16s; 7th= Gardemeister/Tuominen, Suzuki, +4m53s1; 8th= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +5m20s7; 9th= Wilson/Martin, Ford, +7m26s7; 10th= Clark/Nagle, Ford, +8m45s7

WRC GB SS17 - Very tight for lead @ 09:56 AM - Unofficial, provisional positions after SS17: 1st= Latvala/Anttila, Ford, 2h15m31s2; 2nd= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, +1s4; 3rd= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +42s9; 4th= Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +1m29s3; 5th= Andersson/Andersson, Suzuki, +2m57s5; 6th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +3m08s9; 7th= Duval/Giraudet, Ford, +3m48s1; 8th= Gardemeister/Tuominen, Suzuki, +4m28s3; 9th= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +5m21s2; 10th= Wilson/Martin, Ford, +6m26s2

WRC GB SS16 - Loeb wants the win! @ 09:12 AM - He narrows gap from 7.4s to 2.2s. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS16: 1st= Latvala/Anttila, Ford, 2h04m12s5; 2nd= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, +2s2; 3rd= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +33s1; 4th= Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +1m06s6; 5th= Andersson/Andersson, Suzuki, +2m34s1; 6th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +2m51s7; 7th= Duval/Giraudet, Ford, +3m20s6; 8th= Gardemeister/Tuominen, Suzuki, +4m03s3; 9th= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +5m07s1; 10th= Wilson/Martin, Ford, +6m02s7

Sat December 6, 2008

Rossi rockets up the ranks Ford Rossi rockets up the ranks After two days of Wales Rally GB complete the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team have two crews inside the top-seven as the final round of the 2008 FIA World Rally Championship comes to a dramatic close....

Petter up to 4th Subaru Petter up to 4th On the second day of frosty competition in Wales, the sole remaining Subaru World Rally Team entry of Petter Solberg and Phil Mills performed strongly on their way to claiming fourth position overall. ...

Both Suzukis holding points places Suzuki Both Suzukis holding points places With just one day of this year's World Rally Championship remaining, both the factory Suzuki SX4 WRCs are in the points and are set to finish the team's debut season on a high. P-G Andersson is currently fifth while Toni Gardemeister is eighth, with neither car encounter...

Citroen on course for title Citroen Citroen on course for title The weather promised to stay bright and sunny as crews set out this morning for Leg 2 of the Wales Rally GB, the final round of the 2008 World Rally Championship. Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena approached the day intent on attacking, while at the same time keeping a close on e...

Latvala holds on to lead Ford Latvala holds on to lead BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila continue to lead Wales Rally GB after a second day of fighting ice-bound forest tracks. The Finns won two speed tests in the slippery forests of south Wales to overnight with a 7.3sec lead in their ...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC GB leg2 - Ostberg out, Hirvonen in top10 @ 04:04 PM - Not much happening on 1km indoor kindergarden (so not reporting about that). Unofficial, provisional positions after leg2 (SS14): 1st= Latvala/Anttila, Ford, 1h46m52s4; 2nd= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, +10s8; 3rd= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +30s; 4th= Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +55s6; 5th= Andersson/Andersson, Suzuki, +2m07s3; 6th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +2m10s8; 7th= Duval/Giraudet, Ford, +2m32s5; 8th= Gardemeister/Tuominen, Suzuki, +3m34s5; 9th= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +4m46s7; 10th= Wilson/Martin, Ford, +4m50s9

WRC GB SS13 - Loeb closes gap @ 03:45 PM - Unofficial, provisional positions after SS13: 1st= Latvala/Anttila, Ford, 1h37m51s8; 2nd= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, +2s4; 3rd= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +22s6; 4th= Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +48s9; 5th= Ostberg/Unnerud, Subaru, +1m43s3; 6th= Andersson/Andersson, Suzuki, +1m52s1; 7th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +1m59s9; 8th= Duval/Giraudet, Ford, +2m11s3; 9th= Gardemeister/Tuominen, Suzuki, +3m14s1; 10th= Wilson/Martin, Ford, +4m21s4

WRC GB SS12 - Brilliant time by Hirvonen @ 02:09 PM - As he moves close to top10. Road conditions are a bit more normal now. Henning S. takes Duval. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS12: 1st= Latvala/Anttila, Ford, 1h26m33s9; 2nd= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, +8s4; 3rd= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +21s4; 4th= Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +46s; 5th= Ostberg/Unnerud, Subaru, +1m28s9; 6th= Andersson/Andersson, Suzuki, +1m41s3; 7th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +1m52s5; 8th= Duval/Giraudet, Ford, +1m56s6; 9th= Gardemeister/Tuominen, Suzuki, +2m54s6; 10th= Wilson/Martin, Ford, +3m56s7

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