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Sat February 23, 2013

Fiesta R5 set for debut run Ford Fiesta R5 set for debut run M-Sport’s Ford Fiesta R5 will appear on a competitive rally for the first time next month. Matthew Wilson (pictured) will drive the course opening zero car on the Malcolm Wilson Rally, a national event in the United Kingdom sponsored by his father, Malcolm, the Managing Direct...

Solberg commits to Euro Rally Cross Citroen Solberg commits to Euro Rally Cross World Rally Champion Petter Solberg has today confirmed he will contest every round of this year’s FIA European Rallycross (RX) Championship with the sole aim of lifting the 2013 title.   Solberg announced earlier this month that he would compete at the first round of the RX Ch...

Thu February 21, 2013

ERC ace Breen keeps busy Peugeot ERC ace Breen keeps busy Craig Breen has been keeping busy since his impressive run to second overall on Rally Liepāja-Ventspils earlier this month....

Renault enters ERC IRC Renault enters ERC Renault will enter two cars in the FIA ERC Production Car Cup for Teams starting on Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Inglés next month....

Tue February 19, 2013

Golden steering wheel award for Kopecky Skoda Golden steering wheel award for Kopecky › Czech rally Champion and IRC Vice-Champion wins the Rally category of the Golden Steering Wheel awards --- › Jan Kopecký wins his sixth Golden Steering Wheel in total and his third in a row --- › Prestigious poll among Czech motoring journalists and experts...

Sun February 17, 2013

Live ERC TV from Sata Rally Acores IRC Live ERC TV from Sata Rally Acores One of the most spectacular events on the FIA European Rally Championship calendar will be produced for live television broadcast by Eurosport Events, the promoter of the ERC.   SATA Rallye Açores, which takes place on the picturesque Atlantic archipelago from 25-27 April, will...

Protasov climbs to 2nd Subaru Protasov climbs to 2nd Ukrainian driver Yuriy Protasov has climbed up to second in the overall WRC2 standings after the all-snow Rally Sweden, where he finished a solid fourth on a surface that he does not know very well. Sweden, with its rapid stages and tall snowbanks, is one of the most specializ...

Sat February 16, 2013

Andreucci set for 208 R2 action Peugeot Andreucci set for 208 R2 action Multiple Italian champion Paolo Andreucci could be at the wheel of a Peugeot 208 R2 when the FIA European Rally Championship and Andreucci’s domestic contest join forces on Rally San Marino in July....

Kopecky linked to Canarias hattrick bit Skoda Kopecky linked to Canarias hattrick bit Double winner Jan Kopecký is set to chase a hat-trick of triumphs on Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Inglés from 21-23 March....

Tue February 12, 2013

Date changes for Croatia and Poland IRC Date changes for Croatia and Poland There will be Serious Competition Ahead in the FIA European Rally Championship during the month of September when three rounds take place over an exciting five-week period.   Super September will consist of the ERC rallies in Czech Republic, Poland and Croatia and is the result...

Sun February 10, 2013

Podium finish for Ostberg Ford Podium finish for Ostberg As the competitive action crossed the border into his native Norway, Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team’s Mads Østberg maintained a strong pace to claim his third successive podium in Rally Sweden today. The second round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) also proved fruitful ...

Citroen hold onto lead Citroen Citroen hold onto lead After pushing hard all the way on day three of Rally Sweden, Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena finished the event as runners-up, 41.8s behind the winners. In scoring two points in the Manufacturers’ World Championship, Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen ensured Citroën Total Ab...

Motorsport Italia Swedish review WRC Motorsport Italia Swedish review 'Hello for the last time from Rally Sweden, 'Today I had a road trip in a winter wonderland, following the rally car on a tour through Sweden and Norway. I headed off from the service park to refuel in the little town of Svulrya, then to Kirkener regroup, back to refue...

Ford started production of Fiesta ST Ford Ford started production of Fiesta ST Sorry, mild correction, what the heck is Kolocknee? Even as a German I have never heard of this place. I guess they mean the production facility in Köln? --- Ford has started production at its assembly plant in Cologne, Germany, of the new Ford Fiesta ST - the first produc...

Sat February 9, 2013

Ford mid day quotes Ford Ford mid day quotes Mid day quotes Rally Sweden day2......

Ford increases commitment to rallyX Ford Ford increases commitment to rallyX Ford Racing introduces new OlsbergsMSE-built Fiesta ST Global Rallycross Car (GRC) at the Chicago Auto Show.  The competition car is based on the new Ford Fiesta ST production car, which goes on sale this summer ---   Ford Racing and OlsbergsMSE sign a multi-year manufacturer...

Fri February 8, 2013

S1T now tries to start your days! General S1T now tries to start your days! After this, the rest of the day can only bring disappointment.   To celebrate a decade of timing and tracking the World Rally Championship, with a bit of fun, Stage One Technology has taken the next logical step...   They’re going to wake you up every day!...

Motorsport Italia Sweden leg1 WRC Motorsport Italia Sweden leg1 'Buona sera a tutti, 'It’s been an exciting first day at Rally Sweden. It was an early start - Michał and Maciek were second on the road, so they arrived at parc fermé just after 6am. Unfortunately, they immediately found the clutch on their MINI John Cooper Works...

Loeb shows some snow sense Citroen Loeb shows some snow sense Anyone hoping to end day one of Rally Sweden among the leaders certainly needed good turn of speed and some experience on these roads, but they probably needed a few acrobatic skills too! Lying in second position, half a minute behind the leader, Sébastien Loeb and Daniel El...

Strong comeback for Ostberg Ford Strong comeback for Ostberg Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team’s Mads Østberg put in a sterling performance to bring his Ford Fiesta RS WRC back from the brink of disaster today. Contesting the snow-covered stages of Rally Sweden, the Norwegian lies fourth going into the second day of competition with Evgeny No...

Thu February 7, 2013

Mikkelsen 2nd on Finnskog Rally Skoda Mikkelsen 2nd on Finnskog Rally Andreas Mikkelsen finished 2nd on Rally Finnskog (2 February) in a ŠKODA Fabia S2000, completing the icy eight stage event just 10.3 seconds behind Mads Østberg’s World Rally Car. The result gives the Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion and former ŠKODA UK Motorsport dri...

M-Sport Fiestas dominated last weekend Ford M-Sport Fiestas dominated last weekend M-Sport’s range of Ford Fiesta rally cars dominated the competitive action last weekend with victories in the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) as well as both the Norwegian and Swedish Championships.  ...

Tue February 5, 2013

Opel Adam for international rallying General Opel Adam for international rallying --- Geneva world premiere of concept study in FIA-based R2 specification --- ADAM is important part of Opel motorsport program --- Development and homologation during 2013 --- Admissible for all national championships in Europe ...

Proton withdraws PG WRC Proton withdraws PG PROTON Motorsports has withdrawn its entry for P-G Andersson on next month’s Rally Sweden.   The Malaysian team had intended to start its 2013 season in the snows of Scandinavia, aiming for a repeat of the dominant class win achieved by P-G Andersson on Rally Sweden 2012. Unfor...

Al Kuwari to contest WRC-2 Ford Al Kuwari to contest WRC-2 M-Sport are pleased to confirm that Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari will pilot a Ford Fiesta RRC in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) this year as the Qatari driver competes in the new WRC-2 category for the Seashore Qatar Rally Team. Starting his campaign in Mexico – with full support ...

Mon February 4, 2013

Wilson replaces Al Attiyah in Sweden Ford Wilson replaces Al Attiyah in Sweden It is with regret that Nasser Al-Attiyah will not start the second round of the FIA World Rally Championship at Rally Sweden this week. Falling ill over the weekend, the Qatari was unable to attend his scheduled pre-event test today (Monday 4 February) and will thus skip the even...

Qatar M-Sport chase Scandinavian success Ford Qatar M-Sport chase Scandinavian success Five Ford Fiesta RS WRCs will represent M-Sport and the State of Qatar next week as the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) embarks on the snow-covered stages of Rally Sweden. Notoriously a strong event for M-Sport and the firm’s range of Ford Fiesta rally cars, Mads Østberg, Evge...

Citroen Sweden preview Citroen Citroen Sweden preview After a snow-covered Monte-Carlo rally, the World Rally Championship competitors must now brace themselves for the coldest round of the year. Studded tyres will be the order of the day on the frozen roads of Sweden and Norway for one of the season’s most spectacular rallies. ...

Motorsport Italia Sweden preview WRC Motorsport Italia Sweden preview 'Ciao a tutti, 'Bruno here. I’m very excited to be writing to you ahead of Rally Sweden. Monday is our pre-event test in Likenas, around 40km north of the Hagfors service park, and double World Champion Marcus Grönholm is joining us to tutor Michał on the snow....

Sun February 3, 2013

Breen & Lefebvre in splendid form Peugeot Breen & Lefebvre in splendid form Craig Breen (207 S2000) and Stéphane Lefebvre (208 R2) kicked off the new Peugeot Rally Academy’s programme this weekend in Latvia, home of round two of the 2013 European Rally Championship. Despite the snowy, icy conditions, the two young recruits kept a cool head as they challe...

Ketomaa wins in Winter Wonderland IRC Ketomaa wins in Winter Wonderland Jari Ketomaa made history today when he won the first FIA European Rally Championship event to take place in Latvia. The Finn’s success on Rally Liepāja-Ventspils followed three days of thrilling high-speed competition on ice and snow-coated roads between the two Baltic citi...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC LV end - Victory for Ketomaa & Ford @ 01:24 PM - Congrats Ketomaa and Ford. Kisiels in the Mini overtakes Svedas Mitsubishi on the last stage. Last chance stage win for a Skoda, Cerny. Final results (after SS15)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Ketomaa/Lindström, Ford(T), 2h08m51s3;
2nd= Breen/Moynihan, Peugeot, +31s;
3rd= Delecour/Savignoni, Peugeot, +2m47s5;
4th= Cerny/Kohout, Skoda, +3m03s4;
5th= Kisiels/Ronis, Mini, +5m46s4;
6th= Svedas/Sakalauskas, Mitsubishi, +5m55s7;
7th= Egle/Dauga, Mitsubishi, +7m39s5;
8th= Jeets/Toom, Mitsubishi, +8m37s6;
9th= Orsak/Smeidler, Mitsubishi, +8m48s9;
10th= Pushkar/Mishyn, Mitsubishi, +9m25s

IRC LV SS14 - Lukyanuk out! @ 11:59 AM - Biig changes just before end. Lukyanuk, pushing for 3rd, has a blown engine! Lefèbvre in the 2WD 208 has a broken gearbox, he carries on but 2WD laurels are gone. Breen has a cracked manifold, so the winner is decided too. Results after SS14:
1st= Ketomaa/Lindström, Ford(T), 2h05m51s3;
2nd= Breen/Moynihan, Peugeot, +30s7;
3rd= Delecour/Savignoni, Peugeot, +2m43s9;
4th= Cerny/Kohout, Skoda, +3m06s2;
5th= Svedas/Sakalauskas, Mitsubishi, +5m41s8;
6th= Kisiels/Ronis, Mino, +5m46s4;
7th= Egle/Dauga, Mitsubishi, +7m33s8;
8th= Jeets/Toom, Mitsubishi, +8m28s7;
9th= Orsak/Smeidler, Mitsubishi, +8m45s2;
10th= Pushkar/Mishyn, Mitsubishi, +9m19s5

IRC LV SS13 - Big battle for 3rd @ 10:37 AM - Breen wins the stage, so his electrical issue is solved. Lukyanuk took quite some time out of Delecour, who as well struggles with losing his studs, so battle for 3rd is big! Results after SS13:
1st= Ketomaa/Lindström, Ford(T), 1h51m52s7;
2nd= Breen/Moynihan, Peugeot, +18s3;
3rd= Delecour/Savignoni, Peugeot, +2m18s1;
4th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +2m19s8;
5th= Cerny/Kohout, Skoda, +2m46s9;
6th= Svedas/Sakalauskas, Mitsubishi, +4m46s1;
7th= Kisiels/Ronis, Mini, +5m05s6;
8th= Egle/Dauga, Mitsubishi, +6m36s;
9th= Jeets/Toom, Mitsubishi, +7m29s9;
10th= Orsak/Smeidler, Mitsubishi, +7m56s6

IRC LV SS12 - Problems for Breen @ 08:53 AM - It didn't overly affect him in this stage, but might be a problem for coming stages. It is not quite clear what it is, just he has a car problem. Otherwise no big changes. Pushkar dropped outside the top10 with a slight off. Results after SS12:
1st= Ketomaa/Lindström, Ford(T), 1h40m14s7;
2nd= Breen/Moynihan, Peugeot, +19s5;
3rd= Delecour/Savignoni, Peugeot, +2m02s6;
4th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Mitsubishi, +2m13s9;
5th= Cerny/Kohout, Skoda, +2m44s3;
6th= Svedas/Sakalauskas, Mitsubishi, +4m07s2;
7th= Kisiels/Ronis, Mini, +4m39s3;
8th= Egle/Dauga, Mitsubishi, +5m54s9;
9th= Jeets/Toom, Mitsubishi, +6m51s;
10th= Orsak/Smeidler, Mitsubishi, +7m13s1

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