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Tue February 28, 2012

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IRC Azores photos @ 07:08 PM - Photos from the 2012 IRC Sata Rallye Azores are now available here

Sun February 26, 2012

Sata Rally Acores Review IRC Sata Rally Acores Review Mikkelsen sets new IRC record with Acores victory --- ŠKODA celebrates one-two finish as Bouffier stars for Peugeot --- Support category wins for Moura and Maciel...

Mikkelsen in a Skoda dominated Acores Skoda Mikkelsen in a Skoda dominated Acores Reigning IRC champion Andreas Mikkelsen of ŠKODA UK Motorsport made the best possible step in his effort to repeat his last year's victory in the IRC championship. In the opening event of the 2012 IRC, the Sata Rally Acores, Mikkelsen put in a brilliant performance to mark...

Sat February 25, 2012

NEWS JUST IN

IRC P/AC end - Mikkelsen wins Acores @ 04:59 PM - Reigning IRC Champ wins opening round and leads Championship again. Final results (after SS14)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, 2h12m43s2;
2nd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +25s1;
3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +2m04s8;
4th= Wiegand/Gottschalk, Skoda, +5m20s3;
5th= Gaßner/Wicha, Skoda, +6m23s9;
6th= Moura/Eiro, Mitsubishi, +8m43s5;
7th= Saliuk/Cherepin, Ford, +10m28s1;
8th= Silva/Nunes, Subaru, +16m00s1;
9th= Rodrigues/Rodrigues, Mitsubishi, +17m15s;
10th= Barbosa/Reis, Mitsubishi, +18m01s6

IRC P/AC SS13 - Puncture for Gaßner @ 04:07 PM - Gaßner felt his tyres were too hard for this stage on the first loop. Now he chose the softer compound and collected a puncture. That ended the fight between the Germans in Wiegand's favour. The front seems settled. Results after SS13:
1st= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, 1h54m07s8;
2nd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +27s4;
3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +2m03s1;
4th= Wiegand/Gottschalk, Skoda, +4m58s9;
5th= Gaßner/Wicha, Skoda, +5m47s5;
6th= Moura/Eiro, Mitsubishi, +7m31s8;
7th= Saliuk/Cherepin, Ford, +9m38s;
8th= Silva/Nunes, Subaru, +12m09s9;
9th= Rodrigues/Rodrigues, Mitsubishi, +13m46s4;
10th= Barbosa/Reis, Mitsubishi, +14m28s7

IRC P/AC SS12 - No changes @ 03:21 PM - Well, what changes would you have expected from a mini superspecial stage? Results after SS12:
1st= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, 1h40m10s2;
2nd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +24s;
3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +1m49s7;
4th= Wiegand/Gottschalk, Skoda, +4m28s3;
5th= Gaßner/Wicha, Skoda, +4m38s;
6th= Moura/Eiro, Mitsubishi, +6m29s5;
7th= Saliuk/Cherepin, Ford, +8m25s;
8th= Silva/Nunes, Subaru, +12m09s9;
9th= Rodrigues/Rodrigues, Mitsubishi, +13m46s4;
10th= Barbosa/Reis, Mitsubishi, +14m28s7

WRC P/AC SS11 - Another stage for Mikkelsen @ 12:38 AM - Although long stage, no changes at the front. But 2 of the top3 cars in the 2WD Cup (Consani/Renault, Nogueira/Citroen) retire on the same spot. A very good stage time moves Barbosa from 12th to 10th. Results after SS11:
1st= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, 1h38m08s8;
2nd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +23s1;
3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +1m47s;
4th= Wiegand/Gottschalk, Skoda, +4m25s1;
5th= Gaßner/Wicha, Skoda, +4m34s7;
6th= Moura/Eiro, Mitsubishi, +6m25s;
7th= Saliuk/Cherepin, Ford, +8m23s1;
8th= Silva/Nunes, Subaru, +12m01s7;
9th= Rodrigues/Rodrigues, Mitsubishi, +13m38s9;
10th= Barbosa/Reis, Mitsubishi, +14m21s7

IRC P/AC SS10 - Mikkelsen in control @ 11:23 AM - At long last nice weather. Mikkelsen increases lead by 1.7s. There is a battle of the Germans. Wiegand regains the 4th place he lost last night after Gaßner stalls. Results after SS10:
1st= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, 1h19m39s7;
2nd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +17s9;
3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +1m36s1;
4th= Wiegand/Gottschalk, Skoda, +4m04s6;
5th= Gaßner/Wicha, Skoda, +4m06s;
6th= Moura/Eiro, Mitsubishi, +5m39s2;
7th= Saliuk/Cherepin, Ford, +7m33s3;
8th= Silva/Nunes, Subaru, +10m09s4;
9th= Rodrigues/Rodrigues, Mitsubishi, +11m52s6;
10th= Lousado/da Silva, Subaru, +12m23s5

Fri February 24, 2012

Champ Mikkelsen closes on victory IRC Champ Mikkelsen closes on victory Andreas Mikkelsen will start the final day of SATA Rallye Açores with a strong chance of getting the defence of his Intercontinental Rally Challenge title off to a winning start on the demanding gravel event in the mid-Atlantic....

Mikkelsen in a Fabia remains in the lead Skoda Mikkelsen in a Fabia remains in the lead Day 2 of the Sata Rally Acores offered another battle for the top position between two Scandinavians, Mikkelsen and Hänninen – having put in an excellent performance again, the Norwegian driver remains top with a 16.2s lead. Red Bull's Hermann Gassner is fourth, Sepp Wieg...

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IRC P/AC leg2 - Much shortened end of leg @ 05:33 PM - Normally sandy roads are quite an exciting difference. However for ongoing rain SS8 has been cancelled completely and SS9 shortened by 10km. SS9 was shortened similar to yesterday, while SS8 was yesterday run as SS1. On this stage now, Gaßner overtook Wiegand. Results after leg2 (SS9):
1st= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, 1h05m34s;
2nd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +16s2;
3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +1m17s8;
4th= Gaßner/Wicha, Skoda, +3m26s3;
5th= Wiegand/Gottschalk, Skoda, +3m36s2;
6th= Moura/Eiro, Mitsubishi, +4m55s8;
7th= Saliuk/Cherepin, Ford, +6m43s9;
8th= Silva/Nunes, Subaru, +8m33s2;
9th= Rodrigues/Rodrigues, Mitsubishi, +10m10s1;
10th= Lousado/da Silva, Subaru, +10m14s4

IRC P/AC SS7 - Hänninen 0.1s from Mikkelsen @ 02:50 PM - Hänninen beats Mikkelsen by just 0.1s on this 25km vulcano stage. Marco Tempestini retires his Subaru with mechanical problems. Results after SS7:
1st= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, 1h00m14s4;
2nd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +15s4;
3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +1m07s5;
4th= Wiegand/Gottschalk, Skoda, +3m12s1;
5th= Gaßner/Wicha, Skoda, +3m13s4;
6th= Moura/Eiro, Mitsubishi, +4m20s3;
7th= Saliuk/Cherepin, Ford, +5m51s;
8th= Silva/Nunes, Subaru, +7m36s7;
9th= Rodrigues/Rodrigues, Mitsubishi, +9m11s2;
10th= Lousado/da Silva, Subaru, +9m18s

IRC P/AC SS6 - Magalhaes on the roof! @ 02:26 PM - The big news is that Bruno Magalhaes is on the roof and won't continue. He was challenging for 3rd. For the other drivers no major dramas. Next stage again the big, picturesque Sete Cidades. Results after SS6:
1st= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, 42m13s;
2nd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +15s5;
3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +56s2;
4th= Wiegand/Gottschalk, Skoda, +2m26s2;
5th= Gaßner/Wicha, Skoda, +2m27s;
6th= Moura/Eiro, Mitsubishi, +2m51s1;
7th= Saliuk/Cherepin, Ford, +3m42s2;
8th= Silva/Nunes, Subaru, +5m11s2;
9th= Rodrigues/Rodrigues, Mitsubishi, +6m06s6;
10th= Rego/Rodrigues, Mitsubishi, +6m21s4

IRC P/AC SS5 - Some changes at last @ 12:19 AM - Magalhaes reports a huge moment and Hänninen has kissed a wall, but both with minor time losses. Moura drops behind the two German Skoda drivers for this stage doesn't suit groupN cars. Al Ketbi however is out for a broken suspension and Tamrazov is out for an accident. Results after SS5:
1st= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, 36m54s4;
2nd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +13s6;
3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +45s;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +51s3;
5th= Wiegand/Gottschalk, Skoda, +2m13s3;
6th= Gaßner/Wicha, Skoda, +2m13s8;
7th= Moura/Eiro, Mitsubishi, +2m36s;
8th= Saliuk/Cherepin, Ford, +3m13s1;
9th= Silva/Nunes, Subaru, +4m36s4;
10th= Rodrigues/Rodrigues, Mitsubishi, +5m27s3

IRC P/AC SS4 - Moura takes Wiegand @ 11:45 AM - Ricardo Moura overtakes Sepp Wiegand for 5th and Bruno Magalhaes gets slightly closer to Bryan Bouffier. Next is Cidades, the fantastic volcano stage. Results after SS4:
1st= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, 19m17s7;
2nd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +3s2;
3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +30s6;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +35s9;
5th= Moura/Eiro, Mitsubishi, +1m10s7;
6th= Wiegand/Gottschalk, Skoda, +1m12s;
7th= Gaßner/Wicha, Skoda, +1m13s6;
8th= Saliuk/Cherepin, Ford, +1m46s3;
9th= Al Ketbi/Al Kendi, Skoda, +2m15s;
10th= Silva/Nunes, Subaru, +2m29s9

Thu February 23, 2012

Mikkelsen tops close battle after day one IRC Mikkelsen tops close battle after day one Season six of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge has got off to a thrilling start with Norway’s Andreas Mikkelsen heading Finn Juho Hänninen by a tight margin of 1.4s following the opening three stages of SATA Rallye Açores today (Thursday)....

Strong start for Skoda on Azores Skoda Strong start for Skoda on Azores Azores Rally started the new season of Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) championship 2012. The competition, divided into three days, offered the first three stages today. From the beginning the two frontrunners – last year’s winner of the Azores rally Juho Hänninen and ...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC P/AC leg1 - No changes @ 05:34 PM - Short superspecial. Fantastic scenery but on the sporting side this is not what we are used to from IRC. This is day1 and virtually all day there was no change in the top9 at all. Results after leg1 (SS3):
1st= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, 13m53s7;
2nd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +1s4;
3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +23s;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +29s9;
5th= Wiegand/Gottschalk, Skoda, +52s;
6th= Moura/Eiro, Mitsubishi, +53s7;
7th= Gaßner/Wicha, Skoda, +56s1;
8th= Saliuk/Cherepin, Ford, +1m17s5;
9th= Al Ketbi/Al Kendi, Skoda, +1m37s2;
10th= Tamrazov/Arena, Ford, +1m42s9

IRC P/AC SS2 - Spooky conditions @ 04:39 PM - This stage had to be shortened massively from 15km to just 6km for the soggy road conditions. Hänninen responds to Mikkelsen with a stage win. Unusual for IRC, entry is so bad this year, 2nd stage of a rally and no position changes in the top9 at all! Results after SS2:
1st= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, 11m54s;
2nd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +1s2;
3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +20s4;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +27s3;
5th= Wiegand/Gottschalk, Skoda, +47s;
6th= Moura/Eiro, Mitsubishi, +49s7;
7th= Gaßner/Wicha, Skoda, +50s8;
8th= Saliuk/Cherepin, Ford, +1m13s4;
9th= Al Ketbi/Al Kendi, Skoda, +1m29s4;
10th= Tempestini/Pulpea, Subaru, +1m37s1

IRC P/AC SS1 - Foggy soggy start @ 04:29 PM - Foggy start but crews report good grip. Champ Mikkelsen wins first stage of the season. First retirement of the season is Laszlo Vizin in the Fabia R2. Results after SS1:
1st= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, 6m43s5;
2nd= Hänninen/Markkula, Skoda, +3s2;
3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +10s1;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +15s8;
5th= Wiegand/Gottschalk, Skoda, +23s6;
6th= Moura/Eiro, Mitsubishi, +26s4;
7th= Gaßner/Wicha, Skoda, +30s8;
8th= Saliuk/Cherepin, Ford, +30s9;
9th= Al Ketbi/Al Kendi, Skoda, +46s9;
10th= Silva/Nunes, Subaru, +50s5

Wed February 22, 2012

Mikkelsen ready after pre-event test Skoda Mikkelsen ready after pre-event test ŠKODA UK Motorsport’s Andreas Mikkelsen has scored an A+ result on his pre-Sata Rallye Açores test, which took place today on one of last year’s stages....

Gassner to break new ground on Azores Skoda Gassner to break new ground on Azores Hermann Gassner jun./Klaus Wicha (GER/Škoda Fabia S2000) will contest the season opener of the IRC, the 2012 Intercontinental Rally Challenge. Hermann Gassner jun. and his German co-driver Klaus Wicha are about to compete in the opening event of their 2012 rally season. And both ...

Sata Rallye Azores - Preview IRC Sata Rallye Azores - Preview SATA Rallye Açores stands out as one of the best gravel events on the Intercontinental Rally Challenge schedule. And for the first time this year, it also marks the opening round of the all-action, 13-event IRC series, which is set to thrill once again in 2012....

Mon February 20, 2012

Stage1 Technology confirmed for WRC WRC Stage1 Technology confirmed for WRC Info is courtesy of Stage 1 Technologies themselves : British firm Stage 1 Technology has agreed terms with the FIA to supply timing, tracking and results systems to the World Rally Championship for the remainder of the 2012 season....

Hanninen to lead Skoda challenge on Azores Skoda Hanninen to lead Skoda challenge on Azores Scheduled for the upcoming weekend, the Azores Rally is about to open the 2012 season of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC). After the most successful year in the 111-year history of its motorsport efforts, ŠKODA's ambition in 2012 is to win a third consecutive ch...

Wed February 15, 2012

Ypres: 60% of stages revamped IRC Ypres: 60% of stages revamped Organizers of the Geko Ypres rally have finalized the itinerary and special stages for the 2012 event. Crews will tackle 18 special stages in total, covering almost 300 km of narrow, twisty and bumpy farm roads. Up to 60% of rally distance has been revamped, including a completel...

Civic Type-R on course for IRC opener IRC Civic Type-R on course for IRC opener The Honda Civic Type R is revving-up for a revamped 2012 Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC), as Honda itself vies for a second consecutive IRC 2WD manufacturers' title. ...

Mon February 13, 2012

Peugeot Sport's 2012 customer program Peugeot Peugeot Sport's 2012 customer program Around the world, in circuit racing and in rallying at national, regional and club levels, there is invariably a Peugeot on the entry list. The Customer Competition Department is one of the cornerstones of Peugeot Sport’s activities and that tradition is poised to continue in...

PROTON Rally Sweden Review WRC PROTON Rally Sweden Review PROTON Motorsports dominated the second round of the FIA Super 2000 World Rally Championship, with P-G Andersson taking a three-minute SWRC victory on Rally Sweden, which ended in Karlstad this afternoon. ...

Sun February 12, 2012

Hirvonen's first podium with Citroen Citroen Hirvonen's first podium with Citroen With clear gaps already established between the frontrunners, the third and final day of Rally Sweden saw no changes at the top of the overall standings. Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen ended their second rally with the Citroën Total World Rally Team by securing second spot...

A rally full of valuable lessons Citroen A rally full of valuable lessons Rally Sweden, with its very specific road conditions, was the venue for Nasser Al-Attiyah and Giovanni Bernacchini’s first competitive outing in the Citroën DS3 WRC. The Qatar World Rally Team crew achieved their goal by reaching the finish without making any mistakes. It was...

Araujo's Mini safely home WRC Araujo's Mini safely home WRC Team MINI Portugal driver Armindo Araújo and his co-driver Miguel Ramalho successfully negotiated the treacherous slow and ice to complete their first outing in their MINI John Cooper Works WRC at Rally Sweden this weekend. After three days of tough competition and mixed f...

Ford and M-Sport secure 50th world rally Ford Ford and M-Sport secure 50th world rally The Rally Sweden 2012 victory is not only Ford's 6th Swedish win in a row, but a landmark 50th win for the Ford & M-Sport partnership....

Latvala makes it 6 in a row for Ford Ford Latvala makes it 6 in a row for Ford Ford World Rally Team drivers Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila won Rally Sweden today by 16.6sec after a tense finale to this second round of the FIA World Rally Championship.  Victory in a Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car was Ford’s sixth consecutive success at the only true ...

Sat February 11, 2012

Hirvonen keeps up the pressure Citroen Hirvonen keeps up the pressure After pushing hard every inch of the way, Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen held on to second position in Rally Sweden. The Citroën Total World Rally Team crew now trail Jari-Matti Latvala by 23s ahead of the final day of racing. Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena achieved their ...

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