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Sat February 28, 2009

Hanninen confident of Fabia pace IRC Hanninen confident of Fabia pace Juho Hanninen is confident he will be able to display the same level of pace he showed on the Monte Carlo Rally when he resumes his Intercontinental Rally Challenge campaign with the factory Skoda team later this season....

Fri February 27, 2009

Ford test for Cyprus Ford Ford test for Cyprus BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen and fellow Finns Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila have completed one of the team's longest test sessions in recent years in Sardinia as preparation for the forthcoming Cyprus Rally (12 - 15 March...

Thu February 26, 2009

Abarth encouraged by gravel tests IRC Abarth encouraged by gravel tests The factory Abarth team has been testing the Grande Punto S2000 in preparation for the forthcoming gravel rounds of the IRC. All three works drivers - Giandomenico Basso, Anton Alen, and Luca Rossetti - spent time behind the wheel of the latest-specification Grande Punto on some ...

Wed February 25, 2009

Fans come first on revamped Ypres IRC Fans come first on revamped Ypres Fans attending the Ypres Westhoek Rally in Belgium will be able to take advantage of several new initiatives when the Intercontinental Rally Challenge heads to the historic Belgian town from June 19-21....

Tue February 24, 2009

Subaru & WRC History up for sale Subaru Subaru & WRC History up for sale The very first Subaru Impreza World Rally Car (WRC) is for sale for £85,000 on a new Prodrive website dedicated to pre-owned Prodrive-built rally cars. The WRC97 debuted at Rally Monte Carlo in 1997, the car for sale is the original example of this model, the first test-car. It w...

Crews look forward to Brazillian stages IRC Crews look forward to Brazillian stages Crews competing on the Rally de Curitiba in Brazil on March 5-7 have been given a sneak preview of the stages that will make up the second round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge....

Mon February 23, 2009

Gronholm to return for Portugal WRC Gronholm to return for Portugal In addition to the best drivers in the world competing in all three categories of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC, J-WRC and P-WRC), the 2009 edition of the Vodafone Rally de Portugal (2-5 April) will have an additional point of interest: former world champion Marcus Grö...

Ligato targets points for Mitsubishi IRC Ligato targets points for Mitsubishi Mitsubishi's chances of claiming a strong haul of manufacturers' points on the Rally de Curitiba have improved after rapid Argentine Marcos Ligato entered the Intercontinental Rally Challenge qualifier next month....

Sun February 22, 2009

Loix to take steady approach in Brazil IRC Loix to take steady approach in Brazil Freddy Loix has admitted he won't drive flat-out to win the Rally de Curitiba in Brazil next month....

Fri February 20, 2009

Uncertainty around Ypres cleared up IRC Uncertainty around Ypres cleared up It is now official: the Flemisch motorsport event of the year, ie. The 45th Belgium Ypres Rally and the Ypres Historic Rally, will go ahead from 18 until 20 June 2009. ...

Kopecky tips Vouilloz for Brazil win IRC Kopecky tips Vouilloz for Brazil win Jan Kopecky has tipped defending Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion, Nicolas Vouilloz, to win the next round of the series in Brazil on March 5-7....

Thu February 19, 2009

Ogier wants more IRC outings IRC Ogier wants more IRC outings Sebastien Ogier would like to compete on more rounds of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge in 2009....

Tue February 17, 2009

Loeb win on Pirelli Sottozero WRC Loeb win on Pirelli Sottozero LOEB CLAIMS 49TH CAREER WIN ON NEW PIRELLI SOTTOZERO WINTER TYRE     Hamar, 15 February 2009 - Pirelli's new generation of Sottozero studded tyres have proved their worth on the World Rally Championship's only all-snow event, Rally Norway, which took place close to t...

Sousa plans IRC campaign IRC Sousa plans IRC campaign Bernardo Sousa could compete on as many as three rounds of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge this season....

Sun February 15, 2009

Rules for the Records WRC Rules for the Records Sébastien Loeb won half the rallies he started, and Citroen is threatening to break all records too. Time for a fresh look at the records of WRC history. But also with a critical view on the rules. Many fans find the IRC more exciting than the WRC. I personally pin this down to W...

Experience & points for Citroen Juniors Citroen Experience & points for Citroen Juniors The three Citroën Junior Team crews returned to Hamar this afternoon after the third and final day of Rally Norway. Evgeny Novikov and Dale Moscatt score two points in the World Championship for Manufacturers, while Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia have placed their Citroë...

Loeb takes shock snow win Citroen Loeb takes shock snow win The outcome of the 2009 Rally Norway went all the way down to the wire, but Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena ended up securing their 49th world class win after a thrilling clash with Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen. The event saw the Franco-Monegasque pair claim their first e...

Super Solberg scores for Stobart Ford Super Solberg scores for Stobart The Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team continued its fine start to the 2009 FIA World Rally Championship when all three of its crews scored points at Rally Norway....

Double podium for Ford in Norway Ford Double podium for Ford in Norway BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team claimed a double podium finish in Rally Norway today after a gripping final day's action in the frozen forests near the Olympic city of Lillehammer. Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen finished second in a Ford Focus RS World Rally Car after a...

Debut pWRC win for Fabia S2000! Skoda Debut pWRC win for Fabia S2000! A great success for the Austrian Red Bull Rally Team! The defending champions were immediately victorious again in the season opener of the 2009 Production Car World Rally Championship!...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC N end - Loeb wins narrowly @ 01:26 PM - Unofficial, provisional end positions (SS23): 1st= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 3h28m15s9; 2nd= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +9s8; 3rd= Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +1m21s8; 4th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +3m33s5; 5th= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +3m52s; 6th= Solberg/Mills, Citroen Xsara, +6m25s4; 7th= Wilson/Martin, Ford, +6m35s6; 8th= Aava/Sikk, Ford, +6m49s1; 9th= Ostberg/Unnerud, Subaru, +10m00s5; 10th= Ogier/Ingrassia, Citroen, +12m49s8

WRC N SS21 - Loeb penalised 1st on road @ 11:48 AM - All is happening with 2 stages to go. Loeb loses over 6sec off his lead. Speed of other drivers, even Sordo, show his road position is a problem on re-run stages. Petter Solberg surprised by his fast time as he has a severely slipping clutch. Ogier quickest mid stage, then went off for 2min. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS21: 1st= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 3h11m26s1; 2nd= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +8s2; 3rd= Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +1m11s1; 4th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +3m25s7; 5th= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +3m45s3; 6th= Solberg/Mills, Citroen Xsara, +6m07s7; 7th= Wilson/Martin, Ford, +6m17s8; 8th= Aava/Sikk, Ford, +6m36s4; 9th= Ostberg/Unnerud, Subaru, +9m39s4; 10th= Ogier/Ingrassia, Citroen, +12m33s3

WRC N SS20 - Hirvonen giving it a fight @ 10:16 AM - Hirvonen winning 2 of the 3 morning stages, but Loeb hitting back in the middle one. No change in the top10. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS20: 1st= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 2h54m56s3; 2nd= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +14s6; 3rd= Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +1m09s2; 4th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +3m21s6; 5th= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +3m43s4; 6th= Solberg/Mills, Citroen Xsara, +6m05s1; 7th= Wilson/Martin, Ford, +6m08s7; 8th= Aava/Sikk, Ford, +6m33s4; 9th= Ostberg/Unnerud, Subaru, +9m05s9; 10th= Ogier/Ingrassia, Citroen, +10m24s1

Sat February 14, 2009

Mikko on the limit as battle rages Ford Mikko on the limit as battle rages A second thrilling day's competition in picture-postcard surroundings ended with the Ford World Rally team retaining second and third positions in Rally Norway....

Citroen Juniors battle on Citroen Citroen Juniors battle on After a particularly encouraging performance yesterday, the Citroen Junior Team drivers were forced to show their determination today. By overcoming some of the hurdles thrown up in an action-packed day, the three Citroën C4 WRC crews gained a huge amount of experience and set th...

Loeb extends lead on day two Citroen Loeb extends lead on day two Overnight leaders Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena profited from the second day of the 2009 Rally Norway to put in a perfectly paced run which has seen them extend their margin at the top of the provisional leaderboard. The five-time World Champions claimed five of the day’s faste...

Henning surges to 4th after leg two Ford Henning surges to 4th after leg two Henning Solberg produced a magnificent performance for the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team to finish the second full day at Rally Norway in fourth position....

Sandell extends his lead on leg two Skoda Sandell extends his lead on leg two The Red Bull Rally Team continues to set the tone in the PWRC classification of Rally Norway. Sandell/Axelsson further established their lead with another four fastest times on the second day....

NEWS JUST IN

WRC N leg2 - Loeb by just 15sec @ 03:59 PM - Very level between top3. Petter Solberg moves back past Wilson. Unofficial, provisional positions after leg2 (SS17): 1st= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 2h22m11s1; 2nd= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +15s; 3rd= Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +43s2; 4th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +2m41s3; 5th= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +2m53s3; 6th= Solberg/Mills, Citroen Xsara, +4m50s9; 7th= Wilson/Martin, Ford, +4m53s2; 8th= Aava/Sikk, Ford, +5m18s5; 9th= Ostberg/Unnerud, Subaru, +6m57s8; 10th= Ogier/Ingrassia, Citroen, +8m50s2

WRC N SS13 - Andersson out @ 10:53 AM - Only mini stage, but enough for Andersson's Skoda to retire with a blown clutch moments before mid day service. The small leading gap is also interesting, as running first will be a bigger issue on repeat stages! Unofficial, provisional positions after SS13: 1st= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 1h47m12s4; 2nd= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +10s7; 3rd= Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +49s9; 4th= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +2m26s8; 5th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +2m39s; 6th= Solberg/Mills, Citroen Xsara, +3m01s1; 7th= Wilson/Scott, Ford, +3m58s1; 8th= Aava/Sikk, Ford, +4m45s; 9th= Ostberg/Unnerud, Subaru, +5m59s8; 10th= Rautenbach/Barritt, Citroen, +6m42s8

WRC N SS12 - hectic morning @ 10:03 AM - Ogier slowed severely with alternator problems, Novikov stuck in snow wall for 5min, Loeb not hampered by road position, good battle between Andersson and Solberg brothers, the 3 of them catching Sordo. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS12: 1st= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 1h46m00s6; 2nd= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +9s4; 3rd= Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +48s7; 4th= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +2m24s1; 5th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +2m37s7; 6th= Andersson/Fredriksson, Skoda, +2m45s3; 7th= Solberg/Mills, Citroen Xsara, +2m57s8; 8th= Wilson/Scott, Ford, +3m54s9; 9th= Aava/Sikk, Ford, +4m40s2; 10th= Ostberg/Unnerud, Subaru, +5m56s

WRC N SS15 - Solberg ups and downs @ - Peter had a misfiring engine in SS14, which could be fixed but cost time. At the same time Henning wins SS14 and takes Sordo! After SS15 the brothers are split by 2min rather than 20sec. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS15: 1st= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 2h05m46s8; 2nd= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +11s; 3rd= Latvala/Anttila, Ford, +44s9; 4th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +2m37s4; 5th= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +2m40s9; 6th= Wilson/Martin, Ford, +4m30s7; 7th= Solberg/Mills, Citroen Xsara, +4m31s3; 8th= Aava/Sikk, Ford, +5m01s3; 9th= Ostberg/Unnerud, Subaru, +6m19s7; 10th= Ogier/Ingrassia, Citroen, +8m23s

Fri February 13, 2009

Ogier leads Citroen Junior's charge Citroen Ogier leads Citroen Junior's charge In what were perfect conditions for a winter rally, the three Citroën Junior Team crews showed themselves to be competitive throughout the opening day of the Rally Norway. Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia have brought their car home in ninth place, a few seconds ahead of t...

Loeb slips into the lead on leg one Citroen Loeb slips into the lead on leg one The thrilling opening day of the 2009 Rally Norway saw five changes at the top of the leaderboard as competitors contested the stages of the Kongsvinger region. Both Citroën Total World Rally Team crews revelled in the perfect conditions, with Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena c...

Stobart on course for strong points haul Ford Stobart on course for strong points haul The Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team finished the first full day at Rally Norway firmly in contention for a healthy points haul....

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