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Fri February 29, 2008

Both Suzuki's suffer in Mexico WRC Both Suzuki's suffer in Mexico Both Suzuki SX4 WRCs have been forced to retire from the all-gravel Rally Mexico, after a tough day that took its toll on the engines. P-G Andersson had a promising run through the first three stages of the all-gravel event, setting top-eight times on all of them, but then he not...

Wilson flies the flag for Stobart Ford Wilson flies the flag for Stobart The Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team have finished day 1 of Rally Mexico – round three of the FIA World Rally Championship – with mixed fortunes as Brits Matthew Wilson/Scott Martin lead the way for the team in seventh position overall....

Citroen Loeb in the hunt after day one

Ford Latvala leads from the start

Subaru Strong start for Subaru in Mexico

WRC MEX SS4 - Just ask the Sébs Loeb & Ogier

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Mex leg1 - Loeb tactical in small field @ 11:49 PM - Much slimmed field in already weak entry. Loeb managed an under 10sec gap to keep Latvala cleaning road tomorrow. Hirvonen lost over 1min in that position in leg1. Next big Séb superstar from France? Sébastien Ogier in top10 on his WRC debut - in a C2 S1600!!!! Unofficial provisional positions after leg1: 1 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, 1h23m38s6; 2 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, +9s6; 3 - Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +22s4; 4 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +1m02s9; 5 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +1m10s6; 6 - Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +2m43s6; 7 - Wilson/Martin, Ford, +2m52s9; 8 - Villagra/Perez Companc, Ford, +5m30s; 9 - Trivino/Salom, Peugeot, +ms; 10 - Ogier/Ingrassia, Citroen, +9m13s

WRC MEX SS3 - Only 20 odd cars left @ 06:10 PM - Loeb wins SS2&3. Galli in ditch. Petter's Subaru and the 2nd Suzuki also hit by mechanical problems. Unofficial provisional positions after SS3/mid day: 1 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, 40m20s9; 2 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, +4s4; 3 - Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +11s2; 4 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +18s7; 5 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +53s9; 6 - Andersson/Andersson, Suzuki, +55s5; 7 - Wilson/Martin, Ford, +1m41s1; 8 - Villagra/Perez Companc, Ford, +1m48s8; 9 - Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +2m12s8; 10 - Galli/Bernacchini, Ford, +2m43s9

WRC MEX SS1 - crazy start, Sordo crashed @ 04:15 PM - Crazy start. For Citroen Loeb had choice of starting with questionable engine or a 5min penalty. He choose the ill engine. His team mate Sordo crashed out 1st stage! Gardemeister's Suzuki heavily delayed for being a Suzuki (mechanical problems). Kopecky Abarth S2000 out blown engine. Unofficial provisional positions after SS1: 1 - Latvala/Anttila, Ford, 14m14s6; 2 - Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +3s; 3 - Galli/Bernacchini, Ford, +7s3; 4 - Loeb/Elena, Citroen, +7s4; 5 - Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +9s8; 6 - Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +11s4; 7 - Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +13s1; 8 - Andersson/Andersson, Suzuki, +18s4; 9 - Wilson/Martin, Ford, +22s5; 10 - Villagra/Perez Companc, Ford, +31s7

Thu February 28, 2008

WRC set for S2000 future WRC WRC set for S2000 future The World Rally Championship looks set to adopt a formula based on S2000 cars for the 2010 series onwards after a meeting of the World Rally Commission last week finalised a blueprint for the regulations. The proposal will now be put forward to the World Motorsport Council on Mar...

Sun February 24, 2008

Safari Rally in further turmoil IRC Safari Rally in further turmoil The Safari Rally has now been postponed as the political situation shows no sign of easing. The Safari has been dropped from the IRC calendar following a civil war that erupted after a presidental election in which the former and provisionally current president faked votes. The S...

Sat February 23, 2008

New superspecial for Portugal IRC New superspecial for Portugal The Vodafone Rally de Portugal, round two of this year’s IRC from May 9-10, will get off to a spectacular start with an all-new spectator superspecial stage run around the historic streets of Faro – the rally’s host town. The two-kilometre stage will run on Thursday night as th...

Vouilloz expecting tougher year IRC Vouilloz expecting tougher year Frenchman Nicolas Vouilloz, the winner of three rounds of the IRC last season in Turkey, the Czech Republic and Switzerland, has signed a deal with Peugeot Belgium to drive a Peugeot 207 S2000 on the 2008 series. Vouilloz will be team mates with the experienced Freddy Loix, ...

Fri February 22, 2008

Loeb aims to get back on track in Mexico Citroen Loeb aims to get back on track in Mexico The third round of the 2008 World Rally Championship takes the series to Mexico where the stages twist through the hills near Leon, in the state of Guanajuato, which is situated at an altitude of 1,800 metres. Citroen Total has entered two C4 WRCs for Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena ...

Galli & Wilson aim to score for Stobart Ford Galli & Wilson aim to score for Stobart The Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team head to Corona Rally Mexico next week, for the third round of the FIA World Rally Championship, second in the Manufacturer standings. This will be the first gravel event in 2008 for the squad and the third consecutive event that a different ...

Toni set for 100th start in Mexico WRC Toni set for 100th start in Mexico Rally Mexico, round three of this year’s World Rally Championship, will mark an important milestone for Toni Gardemeister and Suzuki. For Gardemeister, Mexico is his 100th World Rally Championship start, while for Suzuki it is the SX4 WRC’s first competitive appearance outside of...

Latvala aiming for Mexico top three Ford Latvala aiming for Mexico top three After establishing a strong early season lead in the FIA World Rally Championship on asphalt and snow, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team journeys to North America next week for the first of seven consecutive gravel events. Loose surface roads are the dominant terrain in the ser...

Subaru prepared for first gravel of 2008 Subaru Subaru prepared for first gravel of 2008 The Subaru World Rally Team will travel west to the Americas for the third event of the season, the Corona Rally Mexico, after its late inclusion in this year’s WRC calendar. The first traditional gravel rally of the year is also the first long-haul event, and the only time the c...

Thu February 21, 2008

Citroen Reveals Group-R C2-R2 Max Citroen Citroen Reveals Group-R C2-R2 Max Citroën has today revealed the new Citroën C2-R2 MAX. The car is aimed at motorsport customers, and will be sold in kit form by Citroën Sport’s customer division. Before taking to the world’s special stages, Simon Jean-Joseph and Sébastien Ogier launched the all-new C2-R2 MAX at ...

Wed February 20, 2008

Skoda celebrate historic success Skoda Skoda celebrate historic success While completing the first tests of the Škoda Fabia Super 2000, Škoda Auto indirectly celebrated 100 years since one of the most successful periods of its competition history. In 1908, Laurin & Klement vehicles (the F, FC and FCS models) joined the ranks of leading car competitio...

Mon February 18, 2008

Abarth present 2008 team IRC Abarth present 2008 team During the 2008 season Abarth will compete in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge thanks to the sponsorship of Selenia, an important lubricant manufacturer that recently became part of the international Petronas group, and has also entered into a partnership agreement with Abart...

Nicolas Vouilloz joins Kronos Peugeot IRC Nicolas Vouilloz joins Kronos Peugeot Kronos Racing have confirmed that Nicolas Vouilloz will join their team for the 2008 IRC season, driving a Peugeot 207 S2000 alongside the already-signed Freddy Loix and a third car entered for a local star on each event, supported by BF Goodrich. A statement on Kronos Racing'...

Fri February 15, 2008

IRC launches 2wd cup IRC IRC launches 2wd cup The IRC will host a two-wheel drive cup this season, in order to reward participants who choose to compete on the series in two-wheel drive cars.This initiative has come about to provide greater recognition for manufacturers of two-wheel drive cars within the IRC series, some of ...

Fabia S2000 signals new era for Skoda Skoda Fabia S2000 signals new era for Skoda On Monday of this week Skoda Auto presented the first official testing pictures of their new rally weapon, the Fabia S2000. Originally presented as a design study at the Geneva Motorshow nearly one year ago, the Fabia S2000 has certainly undergone a long gestation period. Skoda M...

Mon February 11, 2008

27 year old record broken. WRC 27 year old record broken. The record for the youngest driver was rather old. No, not the driver, the record itself! When Jari-Matti Latvala won Rally Sweden this weekend, he became the youngest driver to win a WRC event in history. Jari-Matti is 22 years old, turning 23 in less than 2 months. The previous...

Flodin proves his pace on Swedish Rally Subaru Flodin proves his pace on Swedish Rally Swedish star Patrik Flodin has shown excellent pace on his home event in a Group N Subaru Impreza run by SYMS - despite an off-road excursion on day two that cost him the chance of victory. The 23 year-old came back on the final day under the Super Rally regulations and set one f...

Skoda begin testing Fabia S2000 Skoda Skoda begin testing Fabia S2000 Škoda Auto has started testing the first prototype of the Škoda Fabia Super 2000 today. Designed to be used in the Super 2000 category, the vehicle is based on the second-generation Fabia and, in compliance with the FIA regulations, is equipped with a two-litre atmospheric four-c...

Sun February 10, 2008

Dani fights back to finish 6th Citroen Dani fights back to finish 6th The second round of the 2008 World Rally Championship ended today in Sweden where Dani Sordo and Marc Martí succeeded in steering their Citroën C4 WRC to sixth place at the end of the three-day event. Their performance earns four additional Manufacturers' points for Citroën...

Galli makes the podium Ford Galli makes the podium On just the second round of the 2008 FIA World Rally Championship the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team have finished on the podium after a fine display of driving this weekend by freshly signed Italian crew Gigi Galli/Giovanni Bernacchini....

Latvala makes history in Sweden Ford Latvala makes history in Sweden BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team driver Jari-Matti Latvala made history by becoming the youngest driver to win a world rally in Sweden today. The 22-year-old Finn and co-driver Miikka Anttila claimed their maiden victory on the Swedish Rally in a Ford Focus RS World Rally Car....

Toni takes Suzuki's best result WRC Toni takes Suzuki's best result Toni Gardemeister has finished in the points for Suzuki on the Swedish Rally, claiming seventh position and the team's best result to date - scoring two driver points and three manufacturer points. Following on from P-G Andersson's result in Monte Carlo two weeks ago, this ...

Solid points finish for Petter Subaru Solid points finish for Petter The Subaru World Rally Team entry of Petter Solberg and Phil Mills finished the Swedish Rally in fourth overall after the final day of gravel-strewn forest roads. Chris Atkinson and Stéphane Prévot continued to climb the rankings to collect an all-important Manufacturers’ champio...

Sat February 9, 2008

Galli slides into a podium spot Ford Galli slides into a podium spot A day of mixed fortunes for the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team has left both its blue and green liveried cars inside the top-five at this weekend’s Uddeholm Swedish Rally, round two of the FIA World Rally Championship....

Petter up to 4th after day two Subaru Petter up to 4th after day two The Subaru World Rally Team entry of Petter Solberg/Phil Mills finished the second day of the Swedish Rally having climbed to fourth place overall. Team-mates Chris Atkinson/Stéphane Prévot steadily battled their way through the field focusing on gaining manufacturer points at th...

Toni keeps it in the points WRC Toni keeps it in the points At the end of the second day of the Swedish Rally, flying Finn Toni Gardemeister has maintained Suzuki's points-scoring pace on the event so far. Gardemeister's SX4 WRC returns to parc ferme in Karlstad occupying eighth place, although it has not been an entirely straightfo...

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