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Sun August 10, 2008

Wilks & Honda look back at Finland WRC Wilks & Honda look back at Finland Both British driver Guy Wilks and JAS Motorsport team principal Alessandro Mariani have described the performance of the new Honda Civic Type R R3 on the Rally Finland last weekend as "beyond our biggest expectations."...

Sun August 3, 2008

More points for Suzuki Suzuki More points for Suzuki Toni Gardemeister and Tomi Tuominen drove an inch-perfect final day to bring their Suzuki SX4 WRC home in eighth place. Gardemeister's drive is rewarded with a drivers' championship point for him and two for the Suzuki World Rally Team. The Finn's team-mate P-G Anders...

Loeb claims first Finnish victory Citroen Loeb claims first Finnish victory The 58th Rally Finland, ninth round of the 2008 World Rally Championship, promises to be remembered as a landmark event in the history of world class rallying. The final leg saw Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena clinch their first ever win here, while Dani Sordo and Marc Martí cl...

Hirvonen takes home 8 points Ford Hirvonen takes home 8 points BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen finished second in Rally Finland today after a thrilling duel with arch-rival Sébastien Loeb during the four-day event. The Finns' seventh podium in nine rallies this year preserves their lead in the...

Atkinson cliches Finnish podium Subaru Atkinson cliches Finnish podium The Subaru World Rally Team entry of Chris Atkinson and Stéphane Prévot clinched a crucial third place on Rally Finland with a resolute fight-back after they slipped to ninth position on the opening day. The result marks the first points-score for the duo in the new Impreza WRC20...

Henning finishes 5th in Finland Ford Henning finishes 5th in Finland Round nine of the FIA World Rally Championship has seen an event of mixed fortunes for the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team this weekend. Topping the Neste Oil Rally Finland time-sheets for the team was Henning Solberg/Cato Menkerud who finished in a solid fifth position overal...

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WRC Loeb wins Finland @ 10:14 AM - Loeb beats Jyväskylän Ford driver in Jyväskylä! Full rally results and points after this weekend in the according points section and front page current rally menus, Thank you.

WRC FIN SS23 - Loeb spins! @ 09:21 AM - Loeb spins with only one stage to go. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS22: 1st= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 2h50m49s6; 2nd= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +11s8; 3rd= Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +3m15s4; 4th= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +3m28s; 5th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +3m56s4; 6th= Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +4m07s1; 7th= Rantanen/Lönegren, Ford, +6m11s; 8th= Gardemeister/Tuominen, Suzuki, +8m16s5; 9th= Wilson/Martin, Ford, +8m36s8; 10th= Rautenbach/Senior, Citroen, +10m25s

WRC FIN after SS22 remarks @ 09:07 AM - If Sordo keeps going 13sec per stage slower than Aava, he will never threaten Atkinson for 3rd. Luis Perez Companc sadly ends his career last rally for his codriver having an injury.

WRC FIN SS22 - tied stage for leaders @ 09:02 AM - Stage explains situation. At 23km longest stage of the rally and Loeb & Hirvonen are exactly tied. If Sordo keeps going 13sec per stage slower than Aava, he will never threaten Atkinson for 3rd. Luis Perez Companc sadly ends his career last rally for his codriver having an injury. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS22: 1st= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 2h44m54s5; 2nd= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +18s2; 3rd= Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +3m13s4; 4th= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +3m26s2; 5th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +3m47s6; 6th= Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +4m09s3; 7th= Rantanen/Lönegren, Ford, +6m06s2; 8th= Gardemeister/Tuominen, Suzuki, +8m05s3; 9th= Wilson/Martin, Ford, +8m39s8; 10th= Rautenbach/Senior, Citroen, +10m13s9

Sat August 2, 2008

Mixed fortunes for Suzuki Suzuki Mixed fortunes for Suzuki Day two lived up to its billing as the most demanding of this year's Rally Finland. With 168 kilometres of flat-out action on a difficult and often deceptive mixture of roads and varying surfaces, Suzuki drivers Toni Gardemeister and P-G Andersson were both making strong progr...

Loeb has victory in sight Citroen Loeb has victory in sight There were lots of smiles in the Citroën Total camp after the long, tough second day of the Rally Finland, round nine of the 2008 World Rally Championship. Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena, who have led since Thursday evening’s start, profited from today’s thrilling clash to conso...

Atkinson moves into podium position Subaru Atkinson moves into podium position Chris Atkinson and co-driver Stéphane Prévot have finished the second and longest day of Rally Finland by decisively snatching third position in the final stage of the day after a very strong performance punctuated by a raft of top three stage times. Petter Solberg and Phil Mills...

Hirvonen maintains 2nd Ford Hirvonen maintains 2nd BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen maintained second place during today's second leg of Rally Finland after a titanic battle for the lead over the fastest and most challenging roads in the FIA World Rally Championship. The Flying Finns...

Solberg leads Stobart charge Ford Solberg leads Stobart charge A tough second day on round nine of the FIA World Rally Championship sees Henning Solberg/Cato Menkerud lying in fifth position overall. The pair lead the way for the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team as Neste Oil Rally Finland moves into the final day tomorrow....

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WRC FIN leg2 - last stage effort by Loeb @ 04:26 PM - Most of the day it looked like Hirvonen closing in on Loeb, leaving him a dilemma as road sweaper tomorrow. However in last stage Loeb gained 4sec, in last 2 stages stretching lead from 11 to 18sec! Atkinson's Subaru did not look convincing for 18 stages, but last 3 stages he moved into 3rd, just 1s ahead of Sordo! Unofficial, provisional positions after leg2: 1st= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 2h33m43s5; 2nd= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +18s2; 3rd= Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +3m03s6; 4th= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +3m04s6; 5th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +3m31s6; 6th= Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +3m58s7; 7th= Rantanen/Lönegren, Ford, +5m55s2; 8th= Gardemeister/Tuominen, Suzuki, +7m28s6; 9th= Wilson/Martin, Ford, +7m54s5; 10th= Rautenbach/Senior, Citroen, +9m29s1

WRC FIN SS20 - Atkinson flying @ 03:39 PM - While Henning Solberg drops further with dust in the car, Chris Atkinson closes in on Daniel Sordo. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS20: 1st= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 2h25m21s; 2nd= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +14s1; 3rd= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +2m48s6; 4th= Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +2m54s7; 5th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +3m15s6; 6th= Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +3m41s4; 7th= Rantanen/Lönegren, Ford, +5m30s5; 8th= Gardemeister/Tuominen, Suzuki, +6m48s8; 9th= Wilson/Martin, Ford, +7m30s5; 10th= Rautenbach/Senior, Citroen, +8m55s6

WRC FIN SS19 - Atkinson vs H.Solberg @ 02:45 PM - Atkinson passes H.Solberg. Even though this is a repeat stage, Hirvonen reduces gap to Loeb. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS19: 1st= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 2h14m16s8; 2nd= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +11s5; 3rd= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +2m35s1; 4th= Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +2m51s9; 5th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +2m53s6; 6th= Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +3m27s; 7th= Rantanen/Lönegren, Ford, +5m10s4; 8th= Gardemeister/Tuominen, Suzuki, +6m33s1; 9th= Wilson/Martin, Ford, +6m56s2; 10th= Rautenbach/Senior, Citroen, +8m17s

WRC FIN SS17 - Hirvonen pulls back @ 10:56 AM - The next stage, SS18, is one of only two repeats today, which may be a chance for Loeb. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS17: 1st= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 1h55m42s9; 2nd= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +12s9; 3rd= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +2m10s9; 4th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +2m21s2; 5th= Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +2m35s9; 6th= Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +3m07s4; 7th= Rantanen/Lönegren, Ford, +4m30s6; 8th= Gardemeister/Tuominen, Suzuki, +5m35s5; 9th= Wilson/Martin, Ford, +5m53s7; 10th= Rautenbach/Senior, Citroen, +7m10s1

WRC FIN SS16 - Galli & Andersson falter! @ 10:03 AM - Galli gone off trying to defend 3rd from Sordo. Stage is drying, bad for road sweeping. Hirvonen was ahead on splits throughout long stage, but admits to Yle radio: "My driving was not good on last section, so I know I am losing time" Unofficial, provisional positions after SS16: 1st= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 1h48m34s6; 2nd= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +14s3; 3rd= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +2m06s5; 4th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +2m11s2; 5th= Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +2m33s1; 6th= Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +2m57s7; 7th= Rantanen/Lönegren, Ford, +4m15s6; 8th= Gardemeister/Tuominen, Suzuki, +5m19s; 9th= Wilson/Martin, Ford, +5m36s7; 10th= Rautenbach/Senior, Citroen, +6m51s7

WRC FIN SS15 - Mikko wins long stage @ 09:25 AM - Leustu, the first of the long stages, Hirvonen pulls 4.6sec back, both Suzuki with technical gremlins. Sordo takes Henning Solberg and attacks Galli. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS15: 1st= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 1h37m46s3; 2nd= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +11s1; 3rd= Galli/Bernacchini, Ford, +1m42s5; 4th= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +1m49s9; 5th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +1m52s5; 6th= Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +2m19s3; 7th= Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +2m30s7; 8th= Rantanen/Lönegren, Ford, +3m48s7; 9th= Andersson/Andersson, Suzuki, +3m50s8; 10th= Gardemeister/Tuominen, Suzuki, +4m51s7

WRC FIN SS14 - Loeb fights from front @ 08:27 AM - Loeb won this stage despite road sweeping (it's moist tracks). Gardemeister looses a min with power steering failure. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS14: 1st= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 1h27m29s3; 2nd= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +15s7; 3rd= Galli/Bernacchini, Ford, +1m31s2; 4th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +1m39s6; 5th= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +1m40s8; 6th= Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +2m09s6; 7th= Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +2m21s1; 8th= Andersson/Andersson, Suzuki, +3m16s2; 9th= Rantanen/Lönegren, Ford, +3m28s9; 10th= Wilson/Martin, Ford, +4m24s5

WRC FIN SS13 - Short stage, much action @ 08:08 AM - Loeb wins 5min stage, Atkinson now leading Subaru, both Suzuki re-take Rantanen. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS13: 1st= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 1h19m25s9; 2nd= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +15s1; 3rd= Galli/Bernacchini, Ford, +1m20s1; 4th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +1m23s6; 5th= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +1m29s7; 6th= Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +2m01s1; 7th= Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +2m02s2; 8th= Andersson/Andersson, Suzuki, +2m57s1; 9th= Gardemeister/Tuominen, Suzuki, +3m06s2; 10th= Rantanen/Lönegren, Ford, +3m09s

WRC FIN SS12 - Galli & Rantanen up @ 07:55 AM - Loeb loses 3sec to Hirvonen. Galli passes Henning Solberg, Rantanen ahead of both Suzuki now. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS12: 1st= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 1h13m38s2; 2nd= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +11s4; 3rd= Galli/Bernacchini, Ford, +1m06s4; 4th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +1m09s9; 5th= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +1m19s; 6th= Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +1m49s3; 7th= Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +1m50s3; 8th= Rantanen/Lönegren, Ford, +2m38s7; 9th= Andersson/Andersson, Suzuki, +2m40s; 10th= Gardemeister/Tuominen, Suzuki, +2m46s9

WRC FIN SS18 - Loeb wins repeat stage @ 00:04 AM - Last stage before long service break. After service is 3 stages of around 20km, one of those a repeat. Chris Atkinson getting close to Henning Solberg Unofficial, provisional positions after SS18: 1st= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 2h03m38s8; 2nd= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +14s8; 3rd= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +2m22s8; 4th= Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +2m39s8; 5th= Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +2m42s7; 6th= Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +3m18s9; 7th= Rantanen/Lönegren, Ford, +4m48s4; 8th= Gardemeister/Tuominen, Suzuki, +6m04s1; 9th= Wilson/Martin, Ford, +6m21s9; 10th= Rautenbach/Senior, Citroen, +7m40s2

Fri August 1, 2008

Imprezas 6th & 7th after day one Subaru Imprezas 6th & 7th after day one At the finish of the opening day of Rally Finland, round nine of the World Rally Championship, the Subaru World Rally Team duos of Petter Solberg / Phil Mills and Chris Atkinson / Stéphane Prévot brought their Impreza WRC2008s across the line in sixth and seventh respectively....

Two Stobarts in the top four Ford Two Stobarts in the top four After the opening day of Neste Oil Rally Finland both nominated points scoring drivers for the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team sit nicely inside the top-four. Henning Solberg/Cato Menkerud lead the way in third after an impressive string of top-three stage times this afternoon...

Suzuki pleased with first day in Finland Suzuki Suzuki pleased with first day in Finland The first leg of the event known as the 'Finnish Grand Prix' took the crews out to the west of the rally's base in Jyvaskyla for nine long tests and one final run around the Killeri superspecial stage. After warm summer sunshine throughout the recce and shakedown for ...

Loeb dominates leg one in Finland Citroen Loeb dominates leg one in Finland The long and challenging opening day of this year's Rally Finland saw crews get off to an early start, with competitive action continuing well into the evening. The ninth round of the 2008 World Championship marked a successful return to WRC business for Citroën Sport which ...

Hirvonen 2nd, Latvala out Ford Hirvonen 2nd, Latvala out BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen have been embroiled in a fierce fight for supremacy at the head of the leaderboard in Rally Finland today. The FIA World Rally Championship leaders hold second in their Ford Focus RS World Rally Car aft...

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WRC FIN leg1 - Loeb's tactic: confidence! @ 03:54 PM - Loeb 1st on road for leg2. Was this a good idea? It's 10 stages of which only 2 are repeats! Brave and nice for the sport. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS10: 1st= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 1h03m37s9; 2nd= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +13s1; 3rd= H.Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +52s; 4th= Galli/Bernacchini, Ford, +54s; 5th= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +1m04s8; 6th= Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +1m36s7; 7th= Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +1m40s5; 8th= Andersson/Andersson, Suzuki, +2m17s7; 9th= Gardemeister/Tuominen, Suzuki, +2m23s3; 10th= Rantanen/Lönegren, Ford, +2m23s6

WRC FIN SS9 - Aava off @ 03:25 PM - Last corner, he tries to retrieve the car and carry on, but his battle for 3rd is over. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS9: 1st= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 53m00s7; 2nd= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +9s1; 3rd= Galli/Bernacchini, Ford, +44s4; 4th= H.Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +45s8; 5th= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +49s4; 6th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +1m03s1; 7th= Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +1m14s3; 8th= Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +1m24s6; 9th= Gardemeister/Tuominen, Suzuki, +1m58s1; 10th= Andersson/Andersson, Suzuki, +1m58s5

WRC FIN SS8 - 2 Fords on podium now @ 02:45 PM - Sordo spins and drops behind Galli. Stage win for Hirvonen this time. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS8: 1st= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 49m08s3; 2nd= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +8s4; 3rd= Galli/Bernacchini, Ford, +38s6; 4th= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +42s1; 5th= H.Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +42s7; 6th= Aava/Sikk, Citroen, +50s2; 7th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +57s1; 8th= Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +1m06s5; 9th= Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +1m17s9; 10th= Gardemeister/Tuominen, Suzuki, +1m48s4

WRC FIN SS6 - Ostberg out of 10th @ 11:21 AM - Ostberg crashed same place as Latvala this morning. Close battle for 4th. Unofficial, provisional positions after SS6: 1st= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 35m59s3; 2nd= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +6s6; 3rd= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +25s5; 4th= Galli/Bernacchini, Ford, +32s3; 5th= Aava/Sikk, Citroen, +35s8; 6th= H.Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +37s9; 7th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +38s4; 8th= Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +46s7; 9th= Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +50s2; 10th= Gardemeister/Tuominen, Suzuki, +1m14s9

WRC FIN SS5 - Loeb still strong @ 10:28 AM - Unofficial, provisional positions after SS5: 1st= Loeb/Elena, Citroen, 30m30s5; 2nd= Hirvonen/Lehtinen, Ford, +6s6; 3rd= Sordo/Marti, Citroen, +22s4; 4th= Aava/Sikk, Citroen, +28s2; 5th= Galli/Bernacchini, Ford, +28s7; 6th= Mikkelsen/Floene, Ford, +29s5; 7th= H.Solberg/Menkerud, Ford, +34s1; 8th= Solberg/Mills, Subaru, +38s8; 9th= Atkinson/Prevot, Subaru, +39s3; 10th= Ostberg/Unnerud, Subaru, +1m00s9

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