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Sun April 5, 2009

Four in a row for Loeb Citroen Four in a row for Loeb Sébastien Loeb, Daniel Elena and the Citroën Total World Rally Team extended their unbeaten run since the start of the 2009 World Rally Championship by securing their fourth win from four – and their 51st world class success – today in Portugal. Dani Sordo and Marc Marti were a...

Stobart extend points haul Ford Stobart extend points haul The Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team extended their lead over the Citroen Junior team in the FIA World Rally Championship manufacturer standings despite a final day drama which saw Matthew Wilson retire from the rally on the penultimate stage. Henning Solberg kept up his challe...

Ford Hirvonen claims second in Portugal

Sat April 4, 2009

Evgeny Novikov flies the flag Citroen Evgeny Novikov flies the flag The Citroën Junior Team ends the second day of the Rally de Portugal with two C4 WRCs in the top 10 positions. This evening, Evgeny Novikov/Dale Moscatt hold seventh position, while Conrad Rautenbach/Daniel Barritt in ninth place. Dropping out of the running at the beginning of...

Copybook day for Loeb and Sordo Citroen Copybook day for Loeb and Sordo A score of six fastest times from six saw Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena profit from the second leg of the 2009 Rally de Portugal to put in a faultless run. The five-time World Champions eased ahead after the day's second test and went on to pull out a lead of 26 seconds ov...

Stobart drivers' inter-team battle Ford Stobart drivers' inter-team battle Stobart VK M-Sport Ford drivers Matthew Wilson and Henning Solberg are perfectly placed to take home a good points haul from the Rally de Portugal as they lie fifth and sixth overall at the end of day two. The team mates are separated by less than a second setting up a thrilling ...

Hirvonen struggles with road sweeping Ford Hirvonen struggles with road sweeping BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen lie second after today's second and penultimate leg of Rally de Portugal. The Finns endured the worst of the driving conditions on the slippery gravel tracks in the hills above the Algarve holiday re...

Fri April 3, 2009

C4 WRCs hold a strong position Citroen C4 WRCs hold a strong position The first full day of the Rally de Portugal has seen the two Citroën Total World Rally Team crews emerge in a strong position in terms of their chances for a top result on Sunday. After emerging in front before the lunchtime break, Dani Sordo and Marc Marti ended the leg in sec...

Citroen Juniors start with style Citroen Citroen Juniors start with style Some remarkable performances from Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia and Evgeny Novikov / Dale Moscatt have allowed the Citroen Junior Team to place two C4 WRCs in the top eight at the end of day one. Conrad Rautenbach and Daniel Barritt end the day just off the top 10....

Stobart chase points in Portugal Ford Stobart chase points in Portugal Stobart VK M-Sport Ford drivers Matthew Wilson and Henning Solberg are in hot pursuit of yet another strong points finish in the latest round of the FIA World Rally Championship, the Rally de Portugal, after ending day one in seventh and ninth places respectively....

Hirvonen leads but Latvala crashes out Ford Hirvonen leads but Latvala crashes out BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen lead Rally de Portugal after today's sun-kissed opening day in the hills above the Algarve. After a strong morning in unfavourable conditions, the Finns moved ahead this afternoon and built a 15.0sec...

Portugal over for Red Bull on leg one Skoda Portugal over for Red Bull on leg one As was to be feared, Patrik Sandell’s high-speed crash this morning has decisive negative repercussions: Both the Skoda Fabia S2000’s car body and its engine are badly damaged. Thus BRR’s decision was rather obvious – resuming the event under SupeRally regulations was out of the ...

Tue March 31, 2009

New evolution Focus set for Portugal Ford New evolution Focus set for Portugal BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team begins the second quarter of its FIA World Rally Championship campaign in Portugal next week with subtle improvements to its record-breaking Focus RS World Rally Car. As the series heads to the Iberian Peninsula for Rally de Portugal (2 - 5 Apr...

Citroen Juniors set for gravel debut Citroen Citroen Juniors set for gravel debut For the first time in its history, the Citroën Junior Team will face an event that is held entirely on gravel, the most common surface of the World Rally Championship. On the Vodafone Rally de Portugal, Evgeny Novikov/Dale Moscatt, Conrad Rautenbach/Daniel Barritt and Sébastien...

Citroen out to continue winning streak Citroen Citroen out to continue winning streak Following its absence from the 2008 calendar, the Rally de Portugal returns to the FIA World Rally Championship this year. For Citroën Total WRT, which saw both its C4 WRCs finish on the podium here two years ago, this weekend's encounter will provide a pointer to the real p...

Stobart hope to prosper in Portugal Ford Stobart hope to prosper in Portugal Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team drivers Henning Solberg and Matthew Wilson are both looking to pick up where they left off in the last round of the FIA World Rally Championship in Cyprus as they prepare for round four of the series, the Vodafone Rally de Portugal....

Sandell expecting a fight in Portugal Skoda Sandell expecting a fight in Portugal Just three weeks after Cyprus the Production Car World Rally Championship continues this coming weekend (April 2nd to 5th) – the third event, the Vodafone Rallye de Portugal, will be run in the fabulous region around Faro....

Thu March 26, 2009

Gronholm ready for rally comeback Subaru Gronholm ready for rally comeback Marcus Gronholm is looking forward to his WRC comeback at Rally Portugal, following a successful pre-event test in his new Prodrive Impreza World Rally Car....

Sat March 21, 2009

Prodrive reveals Gronholm's Impreza Subaru Prodrive reveals Gronholm's Impreza The Prodrive Impreza WRC2008, which Marcus Gronholm will drive at the Rally of Portugal, has successfully completed its first shakedown. Gronholm will drive the test car in Wales this week, before undertaking a full two day pre-event test in Spain next week. This means the two-t...

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...

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