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Tue February 28, 2006

Petter hoping for repeat of success Subaru Petter hoping for repeat of success The Subaru World Rally Team will enter two cars in Rally Mexico driven by Petter Solberg (co-driven by Phil Mills) and Chris Atkinson (co-driven by Glenn Macneall). Petter won Rally Mexico in 2005 by a margin of 34.5 seconds, having led the event from start to finish. The Norw...

Fri February 24, 2006

Citroen Kronos Racing team interviews

Dani Sordo: the challenge continues Citroen Dani Sordo: the challenge continues After he perfectly handled the first two difficult rounds in Monaco and Sweden, the Junior World Champion discovers Mexico and the joy of driving a World Rally Car on gravel… Straight after the finish of the Swedish Rally, you were already thinking of the Mexican event and se...

Skoda's WRC future FIA dependent Skoda Skoda's WRC future FIA dependent Skoda Auto today released it's annual report confirming another successful year for the resurgent Czech auto-maker, more than doubling profits to £189 million. The Mlada Boleslav based firm pulled it's official team out of the World Rally Championship at the end of 20...

Mon February 20, 2006

C4 WRC at the Stade de France! Citroen C4 WRC at the Stade de France! In response to an invitation from the organisers of the 2006 Andros Trophy, the Citroën C4 WRC is to make its maiden appearance at the competition's Super Final which takes place to the prestigious backdrop of the Stade de France in Paris. Citroën's two-time World Rally Cha...

Sun February 12, 2006

OMV Peugeot Norway victory at home Peugeot OMV Peugeot Norway victory at home The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team (307 WRC) celebrated its first victory. Henning Solberg/Cato Menkerud won thirteen out of 14 special stages and triumphed at the “Rally Norway” with a lead of over 5 minutes. The OMV Team’s strongest competitor, Daniel Carlsson (SWE) in th...

Thu February 9, 2006

Nicky Grist takes role at Rally New York WRC Nicky Grist takes role at Rally New York Nicky Grist will advise Rally New York USA and has agreed to serve as one of the Stewards for the event that will take place in Monticello, New York on April 7 - 8, 2006. ...

Sun February 5, 2006

Bad luck for RB Skoda on day 3 Skoda Bad luck for RB Skoda on day 3 After two successful days of the Swedish Rally near Hagfors the final day of the event did not go according to plan for Red Bull Skoda....

One for the stats gurus WRC One for the stats gurus Congrats to Ford for their 50s victory in WRC history! Congrats to Marcus Grönholm for his 20th WRC victory on his 38th birthday (not meaning he won all 20 of them on his 38th birthday)! In driver statistics this makes virtually a historic battle between probably the ...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Gronholm takes second win @ 01:46 PM - Final classification (unofficial) after 19 stages ... 1 GRÖNHOLM 3:09:01.9 ... 2 LOEB +30.9 ... 3 CARLSSON +02:56.8 ... 4 GALLI +03:03.8 ... 5 RÅDSTRÖM +05:53.3 ... 6 KATAJAMÄKI +07:34.8 ... 7 PONS +08:35.6 ... 8 H SOLBERG +09:01.5 ... 9 JOGE +09:17.2 ... 10 TUOHINO +09:43.0

Sat February 4, 2006

Loeb hunting Gronholm in Sweden Citroen Loeb hunting Gronholm in Sweden Despite temperatures that were well below freezing, the sun shone on a battle between Marcus Grönholm and Sébastien Loeb that was as hot as ever, giving the thousands of fans who flocked to the forests something to remember....

Wilson set for manufacturer points Ford Wilson set for manufacturer points After another tricky day on the frozen stages in central Sweden, Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team drivers Matthew Wilson and Kosti Katajamaki are poised to score their first ever manufacturer points in the World Rally Championship....

Bad luck for OMV on day two Peugeot Bad luck for OMV on day two It was a jinxed eleventh special stage for the OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team at the "Uddeholm Swedish Rally". First Henning Solberg/Cato Menkerud’s Peugeot 307 WRC overturned just two kilometres short of the finish. Thanks to the help of fans they were able to complete the ...

Subaru experiment with setup Subaru Subaru experiment with setup After a problematic Leg one for the Subaru World Rally Team, Petter Solberg and Chris Atkinson’s main focus for today’s second Leg was testing and development work. Experimenting with different car settings, Petter made an impressive start to the day and recorded top three times ...

Gronholm extends lead on Leg 2 Ford Gronholm extends lead on Leg 2 BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen dominated today's second leg of the Swedish Rally to extend their advantage at the top of the leaderboard. They won five of the day's seven speed tests in the frozen forests of central Sweden to arrive at...

Ekstrom in close Swedish battle Skoda Ekstrom in close Swedish battle Arctic temperatures again on the second day of the Uddeholm Swedish Rally near Hagfors at 21 degrees centigrade below zero. The stages were firmly frozen, which led to several incidents with corresponding damage to the bodywork....

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WRC Gronholm holds slim lead @ 06:43 PM - Overall classification at the end of day two ... 1 GRÖNHOLM ... 2 LOEB +25.1 ... 3 CARLSSON +02:32.7 ... 4 GALLI +02:33.0 ... 5 EKSTRÖM +03:28.1 ... 6 TUOHINO +03:28.2 ... 7 SOHLBERG +03:42.4 ... 8 RÅDSTRÖM +04:26.5 ... 9 H. SOLBERG +05:14.6 ... 10 KATAJAMÄKI +05:55.0

WRC Bosse holds off Loeb @ 02:19 PM - Overall postions after SS11 (Sundsjon) ... 1 GRÖNHOLM 01:59:04.4 ... 2 LOEB +28.1 ... 3 CARLSSON +02:12.4 ... 4 GALLI +02:14.8 ... 5 TUOHINO +02:53.1 ... 6 EKSTRÖM +02:57.5 ... 7 SOHLBERG +03:03.4 ... 8 RÅDSTRÖM +03:39.8 ... 9 H. SOLBERG +04:33.8 ... 10 KATAJAMÄKI +05:15.6

Fri February 3, 2006

Grönholm freezes out rivals to lead Ford Grönholm freezes out rivals to lead BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen lead the Swedish Rally after today's ice-bound opening leg in the frozen forests of Värmland. The Finns led from the very first kilometre in the same Ford Focus RS World Rally Car with which they won the Ral...

Loeb duals with Marcus, leg1 Citroen Loeb duals with Marcus, leg1 The small town of Hagfors, the venue for the Swedish Rally’s central service park, is well-known for its steel works and extensive forests. After a breathtaking battle on the icy roads that snake through the wooded countryside, Marcus Grönholm and Sébastien Loeb returned to parc ...

Stohl 6th, Henning back on track Peugeot Stohl 6th, Henning back on track The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team has successfully started into the "Uddeholm Swedish Rally". The Austrian OMV duo Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor in the Peugeot 307 WRC lies in sixth place after six of 19 special stages. This in spite of a moment of shock on special stage two...

Disappointing and Frustrating -Leg1 Subaru Disappointing and Frustrating -Leg1 Leg one of Rally Sweden proved disappointing and frustrating for Subaru World Rally Team drivers Petter Solberg and Chris Atkinson. Last year’s winner Solberg ended the day 21st overall after mechanical problems prevented him from showing the potential of the new Impreza WRC2006....

Kopecky aims to move up Skoda Kopecky aims to move up The crew of the Czech Rally Team Škoda-Kopecký entered the first leg of the demanding Swedish Rally with respect. During the stages, Jan Kopecký and Filip Schovánek clocked up times further down the pecking order and ranked seventeenth after Stage Six....

Positive first day for Ekstrom Skoda Positive first day for Ekstrom Severely cold weather down to 17 degrees centigrade below zero, icy sections and glorious stages completely covered in snow enthralled tens of thousands of fans on the very first day of the Swedish Rally near Hagfors....

NEWS JUST IN

General SWE Leg 1 Unofficial Standings @ 10:07 PM - 1. M Grönholm/T Rautiainen 1hr 12min 29.8sec 2. S Loeb/D Elena 1hr 12min 40.0sec 3. G Galli/G Bernacchini 1hr 13min 27.3sec 4. D Carlsson/B Holmstrand 1hr 13min 32.8sec 5. M Ekström/S Bergman 1hr 13min 52.2sec 6. M Stohl/I Minor 1hr 13min 58.5sec 7. H Solberg/C Menkerud 1hr 14min 10.1sec 8. K Sohlberg/K Lindström 1hr 14min 18.2sec 9. J Tuohino/R Pietilainen 1hr 14min 21.2sec 10. T Rådström/J Skallman 1hr 14min 41.2sec

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