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Sun February 28, 2010

Raikkonen & Ogier look forward to Mexico Citroen Raikkonen & Ogier look forward to Mexico Following the wintery conditions of the Rally Sweden, the Citroën Junior Team now changes continent and surface to contest the first gravel round of the 2010 FIA World Rally Championship season. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia and Kimi Räikkönen/Kaj Lindström will drive the te...

Loeb aims for 4th Mexican win in a row Citroen Loeb aims for 4th Mexican win in a row After a snowy debut, the FIA World Rally Championship begins a series of five gravel rallies in Mexico. As always, the Citroën Total World Rally Team will start the event with a single ambition – victory! Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena who finished second in Sweden are aiming ...

Ford Fiesta looks for sWRC honours in Mexico

Ford Stobart aim to make mark in Mexico

Ford Hirvonen set for 100th WRC start in Mexico

Fri February 26, 2010

Peugeot stars head south for Temporada Peugeot Peugeot stars head south for Temporada For several decades rallying's European winter break gave South American organisers a chance to run an event that would go on to become one of the sport's classics: the Temporada. This March sees the Intercontinental Rally Challenge revive that legend from its ashes, and ...

Peugeot prepares for Curitiba Peugeot Peugeot prepares for Curitiba After an early January’s Rallye Monte Carlo, the Brazilian round (March 4-6) will be the second fixture of the 2010 IRC. This year, however, it will be followed just two weeks later by the Rally Argentina, which is still based in the Cordoba region but which will be taking pla...

Thu February 25, 2010

Eurosport events launch Golden Stage Rally General Eurosport events launch Golden Stage Rally Eurosport Events and the Cyprus Automobile Association (CAA) have today announced the creation of an innovative standalone rallying event, the Golden Stage Rally, the first edition of which will be run in Cyprus on 7 November, 2010....

Magalhaes switches to old 207 for Brazil Peugeot Magalhaes switches to old 207 for Brazil Bruno Magalhães will revert back to the Peugeot 207 Super 2000 he drove for the first time three years ago when he resumes his Intercontinental Rally Challenge bid in Brazil next week. The three-time Portuguese champion, 29, will drive Peugeot Portugal’s gravel-spec 207 on...

Tue February 23, 2010

Wilks tests in ideal conditions Skoda Wilks tests in ideal conditions Škoda UK Motorsport driver Guy Wilks prepared for Rally Internacional de Curitiba in Brazil next week with a two-day test on the island of Sardinia last weekend. Wilks covered 180 kilometres in a Fabia S2000, which marked the first time he had driven the car on gravel sinc...

Mon February 22, 2010

Street superspecial for Argentina IRC Street superspecial for Argentina A superspecial stage through the streets of Carlos Paz will be among the highlights when the Intercontinental Rally Challenge visits Argentina for the first time next month....

Sat February 20, 2010

Fiesta ranks set to grow Ford Fiesta ranks set to grow The number of M-Sport Ford Fiesta S2000s competing in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge is set to rise after Martin Prokop and Bernardo Sousa confirmed that they will contest selected events in the car. Prokop, from Czech Republic, and Sousa, from Portugal, are both hig...

Al Attiyah hoping for IRC wins Skoda Al Attiyah hoping for IRC wins Nasser Al-Attiyah has said the opportunity to win rallies outright was one of the major influences behind his decision to enter the Intercontinental Rally Challenge this year. Al-Attiyah, from Qatar, will drive a Rene Georges Rally Sport-run Skoda Fabia S2000 on at least s...

Fri February 19, 2010

Wilks to test on gravel this weekend Skoda Wilks to test on gravel this weekend Guy Wilks will test a Škoda Fabia S2000 in Sardinia this weekend (20-21 February) in preparation for the first gravel round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, Rally Internacional de Curitiba, in Brazil (4-6 March). The 29-year old Škoda UK Motorsport driver will spen...

Meeke's gravel test hit by snow Peugeot Meeke's gravel test hit by snow Kris Meeke says he’s still on course to win Rally Internacional de Curitiba for a second time next month, despite snow affecting the third and final day of his test in France last week. The Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion was using Peugeot Sport’s 207 S2000 develo...

Thu February 18, 2010

Mikkelsen: IRC is the place to be Ford Mikkelsen: IRC is the place to be Andreas Mikkelsen has revealed he chose the Intercontinental Rally Challenge because he believes the tough competition he will encounter will make him a better driver. The Norwegian will begin his seven-event IRC campaign in Sardinia in June at the wheel of an M-Sport Ford...

Rally Scotland alters schedule IRC Rally Scotland alters schedule The penultimate round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, the RAC MSA Rally of Scotland, will start a day later than first scheduled. Originally due to run from 14-16 October, the gravel event will now get underway on Friday 15 October with the finish timetabled for S...

Wed February 17, 2010

Wittmann aims to keep match fit Peugeot Wittmann aims to keep match fit Franz Wittmann plans to stay ‘match fit’ ahead of his next Intercontinental Rally Challenge event by contesting a handful of national rallies in his Interwetten Racing Peugeot 207 S2000. Wittmann isn’t scheduled to return to the IRC until the fourth round of the series, Ra...

Prokop to enter three IRC events Ford Prokop to enter three IRC events Martin Prokop is planning to contest a limited programme of Intercontinental Rally Challenge events this season, starting with Rally d’Italia Sardegna from 4-6 June. Prokop, the reigning Junior world champion, also plans to enter his home event, Barum Czech Rally Zlín, in ...

Tue February 16, 2010

Sousa aiming for Azores & Madeira Ford Sousa aiming for Azores & Madeira Interest in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge continues to grow with the confirmation that Bernado Sousa will compete on at least two rounds of the series this year in an M-Sport Ford Fiesta S2000....

Meeke welcomes new IRC recruits Peugeot Meeke welcomes new IRC recruits Kris Meeke has welcomed the prospect of taking on an influx of new competitors in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge this season. The IRC title-holder was speaking following confirmation that Nasser Al-Attiyah and Andreas Mikkelsen will contest several rounds of the seri...

Mon February 15, 2010

M-Sport pleased with Fiesta's WRC debut Ford M-Sport pleased with Fiesta's WRC debut Rally Sweden proved to be another highly successful event for M-Sport’s new Ford Fiesta S2000 as three finished in the top four places of the S-WRC category and the car scored an overall WRC stage win for the first time. Four of the new generation rally cars were in action ...

Sun February 14, 2010

Raikkonen makes progress in Sweden Citroen Raikkonen makes progress in Sweden Driving the two Citroën C4 WRCs entered by the Citroën Junior Team, Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia and Kimi Räikkönen / Kaj Lindström showed off their talents on the Rally Sweden, round one of the 2010 FIA World Rally Championship. The French crew finished fifth on their fi...

Loeb & Citroen start season on the podium Citroen Loeb & Citroen start season on the podium The third and final day of Rally Sweden did not change anything among the front-runners. Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena finished the first round of the 2010 FIA Rally World Championship in second place. Dani Sordo and Marc Marti, their team-mates in the Citroën Total World Ra...

Healthy Swedish points haul for Stobart Ford Healthy Swedish points haul for Stobart A healthy points haul and a stunning stage win marked a fine start to the 2010 FIA World Rally Championship for the Stobart M-Sport Ford Rally Team. Henning Solberg and Matthew Wilson finished the opening round of the season in sixth and seventh overall, securing a triple p...

Hirvonen starts season with victory Ford Hirvonen starts season with victory BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen started the 2010 FIA World Rally Championship in style with victory in Rally Sweden today. The Finns won the opening round by 42.3sec in a Ford Focus RS World Rally Car after three days' competition...

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Ford Ford is the best ever! @ 10:53 AM - Ford's win in Sweden means this is Ford's WRC win N°74. Thus Ford has now knocked Lancia off the top of the most successful WRC manufacturers chart!

Sat February 13, 2010

Raikkonen gains experience on day 2 Citroen Raikkonen gains experience on day 2 Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia started the day fifth and solidly kept their position throughout the second day of the Rally Sweden. Kimi Räikkönen and Kaj Lindström suffered a delay yesterday but strung together an encouraging series of top 10 stage times to accumulate a ...

Loeb still in the running for victory Citroen Loeb still in the running for victory The second day of Rally Sweden was exactly like the first – hotly disputed and full of twists. After 243 timed kilometres, Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena are still in second place 16’’6 behind Mikko Hirvonen. The Citroën Total World Rally Team crew are still in the running for...

Stobart crews keep it in the points Ford Stobart crews keep it in the points The Stobart M-Sport Ford Rally Team enjoyed highs and lows on the second full day of Rally Sweden. Having started the morning’s 126.34km of competitive stage distance with the Ford Focus RS WRCs of Henning Solberg and Matthew Wilson in top-ten points-scoring positions, the ...

Hirvonen extends Ford's lead Ford Hirvonen extends Ford's lead BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen extended their lead in Rally Sweden today after a blistering afternoon performance in the frozen Scandinavian forests. The Finns managed their tyre strategy to perfection on their Ford Focus RS World Ra...

Fri February 12, 2010

Solberg & Wilson end day 1 in the points Ford Solberg & Wilson end day 1 in the points The first full day of Rally Sweden provided a mighty challenge for the Stobart M-Sport Ford Rally Team and the rest of the FIA World Rally Championship field. After the event’s action-packed first leg Stobart’s Henning Solberg and Matthew Wilson were placed comfortably insi...

Hirvonen starts season in style Ford Hirvonen starts season in style BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen made the perfect start to the 2010 FIA World Rally Championship to lead the first round in Sweden after today's opening leg. The Finns, runners-up in the 2009 series, top the leaderboard in Rally Sw...

Mixed day for Citroen Juniors Citroen Mixed day for Citroen Juniors The Citroën Junior Team got its second World Rally Championship campaign underway on the snowy roads of Rally Sweden. The first full day allowed Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia, in fifth place overnight, to display all their skills on what was only their first visit to thi...

Loeb & Sordo in close battle at the front Citroen Loeb & Sordo in close battle at the front The first day of Rally Sweden was the scene of a no-holds-barred battle in which every second counted, and it enabled the Citroën Total World Rally Team to clearly state their ambitions for the coming season in the first round. Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena are currently lyin...

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