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Mon February 28, 2005

Revised Impreza Keenly Anticipated Subaru Revised Impreza Keenly Anticipated After a 12-month joint development programme involving teams at Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) in Japan and the Subaru World Rally Team (SWRT) in England, the latest evolution of the Subaru Impreza World Rally Car, the Impreza WRC2005, will make its competitive debut on 11 March at ...

Sun February 27, 2005

The making of a Photograph Subaru The making of a Photograph Unknown to rally fans across the world, on a cold, damp and rainy morning in mid- February the brand new Subaru Impreza WRC2005 was being loaded into a truck at the Subaru World Rally Team Headquarters in Banbury, UK to be covertly moved to a top-secret studio 30 miles away. Un-l...

Fri February 25, 2005

Tom Hunt - Test Team Manager Subaru Tom Hunt - Test Team Manager Meet the Subaru World Rally Team's test manager Tom Hunt. He's one of the most crucial members of the squad, but even if you've followed rallying for a long time, the chances are you've never noticed him before. Like many in the team, Tom's working life is sp...

New navigator for Kresta Ford New navigator for Kresta Jan Tománek, co-driver to Roman Kresta in the BP-Ford World Rally Team, is stepping down with immediate effect. The 32-year-old Czech, who has partnered Kresta throughout his career, has been forced to pause on medical advice after 12 years in the sport. Kresta's co-dri...

Sun February 20, 2005

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General Sever Downtime @ - Thanks for your patience as our server was undergoing a few changes. We're working to fix a few remaining issues like some article images not loading - thanks.

Sat February 19, 2005

Safari 05 route confirmed WRC Safari 05 route confirmed The 2005 East African Safari Rally (1-10 December) has already attracted an entry of 35 crews representing 14 countries, with former World Rally Champions Juha Kankkunen and Stig Blomqvist currently topping the entries alongside 1994 Safari Rally winner Ian Duncan. The ...

Wed February 16, 2005

Ford Nominates Daniel Sola - Mexico Ford Ford Nominates Daniel Sola - Mexico FIA World Rally Championship leader Ford has named Spain's Dani Solà and Xavier Amigo as nominated drivers for next month's Corona Rally Mexico. The pair will drive an M-Sport prepared Ford Focus RS World Rally Car on the third round of the FIA World Rally Championship. T...

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General Scheduled Server Down-time @ - Rallye-Info.com will be un-reachable, for a few hours, one day within the week - we'll be back. We will be sorting a few technical issues. Thanks.

Mon February 14, 2005

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General Server Outage @ - Apologies for the two days of server outage folks. We're now catching up with news and photos. New Photos from Sweden are now up.

Sun February 13, 2005

Dramatic and Difficult Final Day Skoda Dramatic and Difficult Final Day Jani Paasonen and Mattias Ekström finished in 9th and 10th places respectively on the Swedish Rally. During the final day Mattias climbed six places to claim his first WRC points for the Skoda Motorsport World Rally Team but Janne Tuohino went off near the end of the penultimate ...

Points for both nominated Lancers Mitsubishi Points for both nominated Lancers The Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports WRC team scored points with both its nominated Lancer WRC05s in the Swedish Rally, the second round of the FIA World Rally Championship. Harri Rovanperä and Risto Pietiläinen exceed their result in Monte-Carlo by finishing fourth, rounding the e...

Petter Takes Swedish Win Subaru Petter Takes Swedish Win Petter Solberg claimed victory on the Swedish Rally to take his first WRC win of the year, his first in Sweden and the eleventh of his career. Locked in a thrilling battle with Marcus Gronholm until the final stages, the Norwegian and co-driver Phil Mills took six stage wins and ...

Three Fords in the top-8 Ford Three Fords in the top-8 BP-Ford World Rally Team leads both the drivers' and manufacturers' standings in the FIA World Rally Championship after claiming a podium finish on the Swedish Rally today. Toni Gardemeister and Jakke Honkanen finished third in a Ford Focus RS World Rally Car to head the d...

Excellent Second for Markko Martin Peugeot Excellent Second for Markko Martin Although the weather forecast was for snow storms on the final leg of the Rally Sweden, a storm of a different sort was taking place on the icy stages. Peugeot driver Marcus Gronholm started the day just behind Subaru's Petter Solberg, but while he kept pace with the rally lea...

One to Forget Citroen One to Forget After the success of the 2004 Rally of Sweden, when Sébastien Loeb became the first non-Scandinavian to win the event, the contrast with the 2005 even for Citroen could not be greater, with Loeb forced into retirement two stages from the end and team mate Duval loosing time after...

Fri February 11, 2005

Citroen Within Striking Distance Citroen Citroen Within Striking Distance At the end of the first day of the Swedish Rally, held under beautiful blue skies, the Citroen Xsaras of Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena and François Duval/Stéphane Prévot arrived in Karlstad this evening in third and fifth positions respectively. The day had been divided up in...

Gigi Galli Fourth, Harri 8th Mitsubishi Gigi Galli Fourth, Harri 8th After the opening leg of the 2005 Swedish Rally, the Italian Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05 crew of "Gigi" Galli and Guido D’Amore have powered up the leaderboard into fourth position, setting one fastest stage time en route to their best position in a world rally. Team-mates Harri Rova...

Solberg Challenging for the lead Subaru Solberg Challenging for the lead At the end of the first day of the Swedish Rally, Petter Solberg holds second position overall, just 0.2 seconds off Marcus Gronholm's overall lead. Demonstrating an impressive pace aboard his Subaru Impreza WRC2004, the Norwegian took two stage wins and set a string of top-th...

All three Skodas set top 6 times Skoda All three Skodas set top 6 times Mattias Ekström, Janne Tuohino and Jani Paasonen hold 9th, 10th and 14th places respectively after the opening day of the Swedish Rally. All three Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team drivers set times in the top six during the day with Jani taking fifth fastest on the opening stag...

Gronholm holds overnight lead Peugeot Gronholm holds overnight lead The opening day of the Rally Sweden has seen a fierce battle over the icy stages, with Peugeot driver Marcus Gronholm emerging in a slender lead from the Subaru of Petter Solberg. Peugeot Markko Martin ends the leg in sixth place, while a third 307 WRC driven by up-and-coming Swe...

Toni holds points place for Ford Ford Toni holds points place for Ford A solid afternoon performance enabled BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Toni Gardemeister and Jakke Honkanen to recover from a disappointing morning and end today's opening leg of the Swedish Rally in a points-scoring position. The Finns lie seventh in their Ford Focus RS Worl...

Atkinson - Order of the Day is Snow Subaru Atkinson - Order of the Day is Snow Snow is not normally high on the agenda for a Gold Coast resident but for Subaru World Rally team driver Chris Atkinson snow fall has been high on his wish list as he prepares for his World Rally Championship in Sweden today. On Wednesday night Atkinson got his wish of a h...

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WRC SWE SS1 Results @ 09:17 AM - Unofficial results after SS1: 1 Solberg 12m16.3s 2 Loeb +5.4s 3 Carlsson +8.0s 4 Gronholm +9.0s 5 Paasonen +10.9s 6 Gali +13.8s 7 Ekstrom +14.2s 8 Sohlberg +14.9s 9 Duval +16.0s 10 Martin +17.2s

WRC SWE SS6 Overall @ - Mitsubishi's GALLI TURNS FIRST ITALIAN TO WIN A WRC STAGE SINCE OVER 10 YEARS! and Solberg the lead by 0.1s! H.Solberg drops form seventh to 11th. Rovanpera up to places. Unofficial results after SS6: 1 Solberg 56m13.3s 2 Gronholm +0.1s 3 Loeb +12.5s 4 Galli +15.5s 5 Duval +28.8s 6 Martin +35.2s 7 Rovanpera +56.4s 8 Gardemeister +57.3s 9 Tuohino +59.4s 10 Ekstrom +59.6s - only the short Super-Special Stage remains today.

WRC SWE SS5 Overall @ - Unofficial results after SS5: 1 Gronholm 46m22.5s 2 Solberg +3.1s 3 Loeb +15.2s 4 Galli +18.7s 5 Duval +27.1s 6 Martin +31.2s 7 H.Solberg +46.4s 8 Tuohino +47.7s 9 Rovanpera +50.6s 10 Ekstrom +54.2s

WRC SWE SS4 Overall @ - Petter Solberg takes his second stage. Unofficial results after SS4: 1 Gronholm 40m23.8s 2 Solberg +3.8s 3 Galli +16.0s 4 Loeb +18.2s 5 Duval +24.0s 6 Martin +28.8s 7 Tuohino +39.4s 8 Rovanpera +46.4s 9 H.Solberg +47.0s 10 Ekstrom +48.9s

WRC SWE SS3 - top3 by 0.2s only!!!! @ - There is a very close 3-way battle. Fastest Peugeot so far of Daniel Carlsson spun and caught some wheel damage. Unofficial results after SS3: 1 Grönholm 28m17.1s 2 Loeb +0.1s 3 Solberg +0.2s 4 Galli +13.6s 5 Märtin +19.1s 6 Duval +19.5s 7 Ekstrom +25.1s 8 Tuohino +28.8s 9 Paasonen +36.2s 10 Rovanperä +36.3s

WRC SWE SS2 Overall @ - Petter Solberg takes his second stage. Unofficial results after SS2: 1 Solberg 18m19.4s 2 Loeb +7.5s 3 Carlsson +10.7s 4 Gronholm +11.9s 5 Paasonen +10.9s 6 Galli +18.8s 7 Duval +22.3s 8 Sohlberg +22.9s 9 Paasonen +23.0s 10 Martin +26.1s

Wed February 9, 2005

Marcus, Markko & Carlsson - Sweden Peugeot Marcus, Markko & Carlsson - Sweden After finishing with both its cars in the points in Monte Carlo, Peugeot Sport travels to the season's second round in Sweden where it will be looking to add a further win to the four Swedish Rally successes it has secured since 2000. The team's colours will be represented ...

Jnr Crews ready to experience Mexico WRC Jnr Crews ready to experience Mexico The 2005 FIA Junior World Rally Championship makes its debut outside Europe at Corona Rally México - the North American event marking the second of the eight-round series. Of the 13 registered entrants, five have elected to make the long journey to México to sample a completely n...

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WRC Check out our new Vidoes @ 08:08 AM - A large collection of streaming rally videos are now available. Follow the "Videos" link at the top of every page or click here. There's a number of old classics in there too.

Tue February 8, 2005

Comments from Atkinsons Snow Tests Subaru Comments from Atkinsons Snow Tests Australian Chris Atkinson continued his preparations for his debut with the Subaru World Rally Team in Sweden today when he completed an intensive day of testing aboard the Impreza WRC2004. While the temperatures dropped to minus four throughout the day Atkinson’s confiden...

Rovi and Galli  Head to the Snow Mitsubishi Rovi and Galli Head to the Snow The Swedish Rally is the country’s biggest sporting event, for it is a unique challenge and one of the most daunting in the FIA World Rally Championship. It is the only round of the series in which sub-zero temperatures are guaranteed. The snow-covered forest tracks of central Sw...

Questions to the Citroen Team Citroen Questions to the Citroen Team Questions to Guy Fréquelin… Your first words after Sébastien's win in Monaco were "I'll never get tired of this…"!...

In defence of the Swedish crown! Citroen In defence of the Swedish crown! For the Swedish Rally, Round 2 of the 2005 FIA World Rally Championship, Team Citroën Total has entered two Xsara WRCs for its usual crews, Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena and François Duval/Stéphane Prévot. Twelve months ago, Sébastien Loeb, Daniel Elena, the Xsara WRC and the Ci...

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