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Sun May 21, 2006

Kopecky delighted with stage win Skoda Kopecky delighted with stage win Jan Kopecký and Filip Schovánek put in a superb performance in the third leg of the Rally d'Italia Sardegna. In the six stages of the final leg, the crew of the Czech Rally Team Škoda-Kopecký managed to place in the top ten four times. The day culminated fantastically when the...

Character building rally for VK Ford Ford Character building rally for VK Ford Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team driver Matthew Wilson finished Rally d'Italia Sardegna in a lowly 34th position after an event the 19 year-old Cumbrian could truly describe as 'character building' after his fastest stage time and point score in Rally Argentina – where...

Citroen Loeb win gives Elena record

Subaru Final stage woe for Subaru

Peugeot Five points for OMV Peugeot

Ford Career best 2nd for Hirvonen

Skoda 3 points for Red Bull despite problems

NEWS JUST IN

WRC unofficial provisional results @ 01:21 PM - Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena take their 25th career win. This makes Daniel the all time most successful WRC navigator! Séb will soon follow into the history books, he has to beat Carlos Sainz's 26 wins. See the unofficial, provisional results in "events", "Sardinia" and the championship positions in the according section further down the front page.

Sat May 20, 2006

Mixed fortunes for Stobart Fords Ford Mixed fortunes for Stobart Fords The second day of Rally d'Italia Sardegna was one of mixed fortune for the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team. Matthew Wilson and Luis Perez Companc enjoyed a solid runs through the 137km of stage distance however the team's highest placed driver, Kosti Katajamaki, rolled h...

Kopecky gains gravel experience Skoda Kopecky gains gravel experience The crew of the Czech Rally Team Škoda-Kopecký entered the second leg of the Rally d'Italia Sardegna with the aim of gaining valuable experience of this demanding gravel event....

Loeb moves into lead Citroen Loeb moves into lead There were as many twists and turns to day two as there were over the harsh Sardinian landscape, in conditions that were as hot as those of the opening leg yesterday. The three Kronos Racing crews proved to be as fast and reliable as their Xsara WRCs, coming into their own th...

Mikko powers into 2nd place Ford Mikko powers into 2nd place Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen are chasing a career-best result after climbing to second during today's second leg of Rally d'Italia Sardegna. The Finns, who finished third in Spain last year, set a strong pace in their Focus RS over the gravel tracks on the sun-kissed ...

Crash puts Henning out of contention Peugeot Crash puts Henning out of contention The “Rally Italia Sardegna” proved unlucky for the OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team so far. After Henning Solberg had managed to reach the podium following special stage eight, he had to retire during the next stage. The OMV driver hit a tree on SS 9 just 300 metres short of t...

Chris holds 5th after day two Subaru Chris holds 5th after day two Chris Atkinson continues to lead the Subaru World Rally Team’s challenge on the second day of Rally d’Italia Sardegna. With six more stages to run tomorrow Chris holds fifth place overnight. After retiring from the first day of the competition, Petter Solberg restarted with the p...

Better day for RB Skoda Skoda Better day for RB Skoda Red Bull Skoda driver Andreas Aigner started the second day of Rally Sardinia as first car on the road, just like he did in Corsica. This meant both an advantage and a disadvantage for the young man from Styria in his first true WRC event on gravel....

Henning a strong 4th after day one Peugeot Henning a strong 4th after day one The beginning of the “Rally Italia Sardegna” was everything the OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team and Henning Solberg could have hoped for. The Norwegian had a spectacular infight with his brother Petter (World Champion 2003), finally overtaking him on special stage five. The O...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Loeb survives scare to lead @ 05:03 PM - Overall classification at the end of leg two ... 1 LOEB 3:02:26.0 ... 2 HIRVONEN +02:17.0 ... 3 SORDO +02:56.0 ... 4 GALLI +02:57.3 ... 5 PONS +04:27.1 ... 6 ATKINSON +05:56.7 ... 7 VÄLIMÄKI +06:01.6 ... 8 SOHLBERG +06:29.1 ... 9 P SOLBERG +06:57.8 ... 10 STOHL +07:12.3

WRC Rock spells end for Marcus @ 03:29 PM - Well can you believe it? Marcus Gronholm sees his rally win go up in smoke as he hits a rock in SS8, and despite Loeb hitting the very same rock, he survives to open out a nearly-two minute lead after SS11. Hirvonen lies in second, Galli in third and Sordo in fourth.

Fri May 19, 2006

Wilson struggles through day one Ford Wilson struggles through day one From the highs of setting the fastest stage time in the last stage he drove in Rally Argentina, Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team driver Matthew Wilson experienced the opposite end of the rally spectrum as he crawled through the first day of Rally d'Italia Sardegna due to sus...

Atkinson leads Subaru challenge Subaru Atkinson leads Subaru challenge Chris Atkinson leads the Subaru World Rally Team challenge after the first Leg of Rally d’Italia Sardegna. The Australian drove consistently throughout the day to end Leg one in seventh place overall. Petter Solberg started well and maintained a top six position until three punct...

Three Xsaras in the points Citroen Three Xsaras in the points At the end of a very difficult first leg, run in intensely hot conditions, Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena occupy second place in the provisional classification, 35.4 seconds behind Marcus Grönholm. Dani Sordo and Marc Marti are fifth while Xevi Pons and Carlos Del Barrio are...

Gronholm dominates opening leg Ford Gronholm dominates opening leg BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen lead the Rally d'Italia Sardegna after dominating today's opening leg on the rocky roads of the Mediterranean island. The Finns built a large advantage after winning all three of this morning's sp...

Kopecky will start 2nd Leg Skoda Kopecky will start 2nd Leg The challenging Rally d'Italia Sardegna did not start well for Jan Kopecký and Filip Schovánek, the established crew of the Czech Rally Team Škoda-Kopecký. A rev counter malfunction forced their Škoda Fabia WRC out of the first stage right at the off. This minor technical defe...

Bad luck for Red Bull drivers on Leg One Skoda Bad luck for Red Bull drivers on Leg One The drivers for Red Bull Skoda suffered from a lot of bad luck today at the start of the seventh WRC event in Sardinia. Both Andreas Aigner and Harri Rovanpera had their share of problems and consequently lost plenty of time....

Red Bull drivers happy after shakedown Skoda Red Bull drivers happy after shakedown Rally Italia-Sardinia got under way today with the shakedown run on four kilometres of closed-off road near the seaport of Olbia. Harri Rovanpera, who has completely forgotten about Monday’s testing accident, ran the stage three times and was more than satisfied: “Since we tested...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Marcus opens up healthy lead @ 03:57 PM - Overall classification after SS5 (Onani 2) 1 GRÖNHOLM 1:16:27.1 ... 2 LOEB +35.3 ... 3 HIRVONEN +47.8 ... 4 H SOLBERG +01:14.4 ... 5 ATKINSON +01:36.4 ... 6 P SOLBERG +01:40.7 ... 7 GALLI +01:41.0 ... 8 SORDO +01:45.7 ... 9 PONS +01:59.3 ... 10 STOHL +02:07.5

WRC Marcus leads in dust bowl @ - Overall classification at end of leg one (after SS6) 1 GRÖNHOLM 1:33:39.9 ... 2 LOEB +35.4 ... 3 HIRVONEN +01:04.2 ... 4 H SOLBERG +01:44.5 ... 5 SORDO +02:04.3 ... 6 GALLI +02:06.8 ... 7 ATKINSON +02:14.1 ... 8 PONS +02:29.6 ... 9 VÄLIMÄKI +02:54.2 ... 10 SOHLBERG +03:16.1 ... and poor old Petter ... 14 P SOLBERG +06:40.7

Wed May 17, 2006

Kronos hopes to extend winning streak Citroen Kronos hopes to extend winning streak After the first six rounds of the 2006 FIA WRC, Sébastien Loeb, Daniel Elena and the Kronos Total Citroën team stand in first place in both Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ championships thanks to four consecutive wins. To defend these positions and to try to extend its winning stre...

Peugeot counts on strength on gravel Peugeot Peugeot counts on strength on gravel The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team is good and ready for the next assignment in the FIA World Rally Championship, the “Rally d’Italia Sardegna“. Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor (Aut) and Henning Solberg/Cato Menkerud (Nor) count on their excellence at drifting for the first gravel ...

Subaru Praying for another Italian Win Subaru Subaru Praying for another Italian Win The Subaru World Rally Team will enter two Impreza WRC2006s in Rally d’Italia Sardegna. One car will be driven by Petter Solberg (co-driven by Phil Mills) with the other by Chris Atkinson (co-driven by Glenn Macneall). Subaru has a good record in Sardinia. In 1994 Piero Liatti sc...

Italy kicks off European gravel Focus Ford Italy kicks off European gravel Focus The Rally d'Italia-Sardegna (18 - 21 May) provides the first opportunity for the BP-Ford World Rally Team to showcase the new generation Focus RS World Rally Car on a gravel event in Europe. Although the FIA World Rally Championship season is nearing the halfway point, with t...

Stobart d'Italia Preview Ford Stobart d'Italia Preview Youngest-ever WRC driver points scorer Matthew Wilson and the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team head to Sardinia this coming weekend for the sixth round of the FIA World Rally Championship, Rally d’Italia Sardegna, with the aim of beating their last result of two cars in the top...

Mon May 15, 2006

Rovanpera rolls Fabia test car Skoda Rovanpera rolls Fabia test car The test sessions in Sardinia were very successful for Red Bull Skoda up until Monday afternoon. On Saturday, Harri Rovanpera spent a day at the wheel of the Fabia WRC, on Sunday it was Andreas Aigner’s turn. The team was able to test a lot of different suspension settings and ty...

Fri May 12, 2006

Harri aiming for top six Skoda Harri aiming for top six After quite a long absence – the Argentinian round was not entered – the season of Red Bull Skoda, run by BRR, continues next week with its fifth WRC event in Sardinia. For both drivers it will be the first gravel rally of the year. Accordingly, the team’s preparations are intens...

Sun May 7, 2006

Next WRC event, Sardinia WRC Next WRC event, Sardinia The Rally Sardinia proved to be a very rough event last year, and too similar to Turkey, Acropolis and Cyprus. Yet last year the entry list had a few surprises. Mikko Hirvonen was leading the event in the early stages, but partly because he wa going at a speed his car could not s...

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