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Sun October 29, 2006

A delighted Petter Second Subaru A delighted Petter Second Subaru World Rally Team driver Petter Solberg finished Rally Australia in second place today after an excellent performance on the red gravel roads around Perth. Solberg’s Impreza WRC2006 ran perfectly over the final 103 kilometres and enabled him to win three of the day’s stages...

Interview with the 2006 Champion- Loeb Citroen Interview with the 2006 Champion- Loeb It was 5:30 this morning in France when Sébastien Loeb became FIA World Rally Champion for the third consecutive time*…. You chose not to follow the first leg of Rally Australia live during the night from Thursday to Friday…...

Peugeot Manfred shines and reaches podium

Citroen Third world title for Loeb and Elena

Ford More points for Stobart team

Ford Hirvonen secures first win

WRC Mikko Wins final Rally Australia, Perth

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Mikko takes his first win in style @ 08:09 AM - Latvala move to Group N lead in final stages. Unofficial final standings:
01. Mikko Hirvonen /Lehtinen
02. Petter Solberg/Mills +37.1 sec.
03. Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor +3:58.6 sec.
04. Xavi Pons/Del Barrio +4:45.4 sec.
05. Marcus Groholm +12:23.8 sec.
06. Latvala +17:09.2 sec.
17. Baldacci +17:42.9 sec.
08. Dean Herridge +18:22.0 sec.
09. Beltran +26:23.5 sec.
10. Chris Atkinson +27:05.5 sec.

WRC Australia after SS23 @ 01:36 AM - Unofficial positions after SS23:
01. Mikko Hirvonen /Lehtinen
02. Petter Solberg/Mills +37.1 sec.
03. Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor +3:16.2 sec.
04. Xavi Pons/Del Barrio +4:04.4 sec.
05. Marcus Groholm +12:18.8 sec.
06. Ligato ++13:48.2
07. Latvala +14:52.4
08. Teiskonen +14:52.4
09. Dean Herridge +15:13.7
10. Baldacci +15:30.2

Sat October 28, 2006

Wilson and Companc on form in Oz Ford Wilson and Companc on form in Oz Stobart VK M-Sport Ford men Matthew Wilson and Luis Perez Companc turned in fault-free drives through some of the most demanding conditions this year's World Rally Championship will provide....

Stohl moves up to 3rd Peugeot Stohl moves up to 3rd One could call the OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team the winner of the second day of the “Telstra Rally Australia”. During the 120,36 special stage kilometres, Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor overtook the Spanish duo Xavi Pons/Carlos del Barrio, who are giving a strong performance...

Petter enjoys his leg 2 fight Subaru Petter enjoys his leg 2 fight Subaru World Rally Team driver Petter Solberg holds second place overall at the end of the second day of competition on Rally Australia. Solberg’s Impreza WRC2006 ran faultlessly throughout the Leg and enabled him to set a string of top-three times, as well as the stage win on th...

BP-Ford dominating down under Ford BP-Ford dominating down under Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen continue to lead Rally Australia after today's second leg. The BP-Ford World Rally Team pair returned to Perth this evening having extended their opening day advantage to 32.3sec in their Ford Focus RS World Rally Car. The Finns, chasing the...

Xevi Pons fourth… Leg 2 Citroen Xevi Pons fourth… Leg 2 After an action-packed opening leg, day two of the Rally Australia was considerably calmer. The two Kronos Total Citroen Xsara WRCs enjoyed a trouble-free run through all the stages. Xevi Pons and Carlos Del Barrio end the day in fourth place. Having picked up 40 minutes of road ...

Australia is Mikko's domain on leg 2 WRC Australia is Mikko's domain on leg 2 The Bannister stages ~70 kilometres South East of Perth laid host to the morning rally action of leg 2. The stages around Bannister were made famous by their sequence of jumps and watersplash - and as well for their speed. The wider stages although faster than leg 1 were easier o...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Hirvonen holds lead SS16 @ 09:18 AM - Unofficial positions after SS16:
01. Mikko Hirvonen /Lehtinen
02. Petter Solberg/Mills +26.4 sec.
03. Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor +2:08.2 sec.
04. Xavi Pons/Del Barrio +2:19.6 sec.
05. Arai +08:56.5
06. Ligato +9:19.0
07. Latvala +9:39.4
08. Teiskonen +9:47.1
09. Dean Herridge +9:48.5
10. Baldacci +10:32.0

Fri October 27, 2006

Mixed fortunes for OMV Peugeot Peugeot Mixed fortunes for OMV Peugeot The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team has completed the first day of the “Telstra Rally Australia”. While Manfred Stohl can be content, Henning Solberg’s first Australia adventure ended with a take-off at high speed on special stage six. A restart within SupeRally will not be p...

Hirvonen leads for Ford after dramatics Ford Hirvonen leads for Ford after dramatics BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen lead Rally Australia tonight after an extraordinary opening leg. The Finns are 26.2sec clear in their Ford Focus RS World Rally car after a day in which the treacherously slippery gravel tracks of Western Austral...

Xevi Pons : mission podium! Citroen Xevi Pons : mission podium! Xevi Pons and Carlos Del Barrio have held their own throughout an extremely difficult opening leg. The Spanish Kronos Total Citroen crew are in a provisional third place overall : a position they hope to defend to the end of the rally. The drivers knew that they were starting ...

Tough Leg for Stobart team Ford Tough Leg for Stobart team The Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Team mechanics came into their own after Matthew Wilson and Luis Perez Companc hit early problems on the opening leg of Rally Australia in Perth today. The Cumbrian-based outfit refettled both Ford Focus RS WRC 06s in record time to ensure Wilson and C...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Solberg drops lead on Flynns I SS9 @ 01:21 PM - With a lead of only 1.3s on SS8 Beraking I, Petter Solberg was not able to keep up the pace and we have a new rally leader - Mikko Hirvonen for Ford. An exciting battle also rages in Group N, not only is Australia's Dean Herridge 5th outright but there are 5 drivers behind him within a minute. Unofficial positions after SS9:
01. Mikko Hirvonen /Lehtinen
02. Petter Solberg/Mills +25.8 sec.
03. Xavi Pons/Del Barrio +1:25.0 sec.
04. Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor +1:33.2 sec.
05. Dean Herridge +05:29.5
06. Arai +05:32.0
07. Teiskonen +05:43.0
08. Baldacci +05:44.8

WRC Unofficial standings SS7. @ 08:35 AM - Chaos out on the stages this morning as top-driver after top driver took to the scenery rather than the track during Leg 1 of Rally Australia. Accidents include Marcus Gronholm, Chris Atkinson and Matthew Wilson. Unofficial standings after SS7: 01. Petter Solberg/Mills +2,1 sec.
02. Mikko Hirvonen /Lehtinen +2.7 sec.
03. Xavi Pons/Del Barrio +36.2 sec.
04. Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor +53.2 sec.
05. Dean Herridge +03:08.3
06. Baldacci +03:17.1
07. Arai +03:26.5
08. Teiskonen +03:43.8

Thu October 26, 2006

Successful super stage for OMV Peugeot Successful super stage for OMV The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team has already proven during the first two super stages (two kilometres each) of the “Telstra Rally Australia” that Manfred Stohl and Henning Solberg will be a force to be reckoned with in the next three days. The Austrian OMV duo defeated the...

Gronholm starts as he means to go WRC Gronholm starts as he means to go BP Ford World Rally Team driver Marcus Gronholm started Telstra Rally Australia as he intends to finish it, setting the fastest time at the ‘shakedown’ testing stage on the Gloucester Park Super Special stage last night. Telstra Rally Australia, running from 26 to 29 Octobe...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Standings after two special stages @ 06:44 PM - 01. Marcus Grönholm/Rautiainen (Fin) Ford Focus WRC 2:41,8 min.
02. Mikko Hirvonen /Lehtinen (Fin) Ford Focus WRC +1,9 sec.
03. Petter Solberg/Mills (Nor) Subaru Impreza WRC +2,1 sec.
04. Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor (Aut) Peugeot 307 WRC +2,5 sec.
05. Dani Sordo/Marti (Spa) Citroen Xsara WRC +3,3 sec.
06. Xavi Pons/Del Barrio (Spa) Citroen Xsara WRC +4,4 sec.
07. Henning Solberg/Cato Menkerud (Nor) Peugeot 307 WRC +4,5 sec.
08. Chris Atkinson/Macneall (Aus) Subaru Impreza WRC +4,6 sec.

Tue October 24, 2006

Two Focus 06s for Stobart Ford Two Focus 06s for Stobart Britain's leading World Rally Championship driver, 19-year-old Matthew Wilson, will continue his high-speed education of the most challenging roads on the globe with next week's Telstra Rally Australia....

OMV amongst the favourites in Oz Peugeot OMV amongst the favourites in Oz The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team departs for Australia with a luggage full of self-confidence. Mainly responsible for this is Henning Solberg’s third place in Turkey where the Norwegian OMV driver reached the podium for the first time in his career. But Manfred Stohl is al...

Sun October 22, 2006

Petter aiming for more in Oz Subaru Petter aiming for more in Oz After two events in the Mediterranean, next week the Subaru World Rally Team travels to the other side of the globe for Rally Australia and three days of flat-out action on the red earth roads around Perth....

Kronos youngsters ready for Oz challenge Citroen Kronos youngsters ready for Oz challenge With the absence in Australia of masters Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena, Kronos Racing has decided to play the youth card and to nominate for the first time together Xevi Pons/Carlos Del Barrio and Dani Sordo/Marc Marti. The Spanish crews will both take part in the FIA WRC’s ...

Dani aiming for points on Oz debut Citroen Dani aiming for points on Oz debut After a very good performance in Turkey and at the eve of the Australian round which he knows unforgiving for beginners, the Junior world champion evaluates his progression… In Turkey, you were happy with your pacenotes. You posted very good times even on the first passage...

Fri October 20, 2006

Title battle moves down under Ford Title battle moves down under Title chasing BP-Ford aims to strengthen its advantage at the head of the FIA World Rally Championship as the series returns to Australia where the latest generation Focus RS World Rally Car made its debut a year ago. The team takes an eight-point advantage to Perth for Rally Au...

Wed October 18, 2006

Sordo and Pons nominated in Oz Citroen Sordo and Pons nominated in Oz Sébastien Loeb had to renounce to the long journey to Australia. To insure a new interim at the wheel of the number 1 Xsara, the Kronos Total Citroën WRT has decided to nominate the Spanish team-mates Xevi Pons and Carlos Del Barrio....

Fri October 13, 2006

World's Greatest Remember Australia WRC World's Greatest Remember Australia With only one round of the FIA World Rally Championship remaining before Telstra Rally Australia, the drivers, teams, and personnel have preparations well under way for the final running of a WRC in Perth from 26 to 29 October, but this time, they’re packing with nostalgia. Top d...

Wed August 23, 2006

Rally Australia To Move to Queensland WRC Rally Australia To Move to Queensland The Official website of the Australian Rally Championship has reported this evening Wednesday Aug 23rd that the FIA World Rally Championship event, Rally Australia - currently held in Perth, Western Australia has found a new home. Although the 2007 Calendar as is does not include...

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