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Sun April 28, 2013

All 3 crews survive amazing conditions Peugeot All 3 crews survive amazing conditions The fourth round of the 2013 European Rally Championship was the Sata Rallye Açores which will be remembered for years to come for its appalling weather conditions. The three Peugeot Rally Academy crews did their best in the storm, with Craig Breen and Jérémi Ancian finishing sec...

The survival of Zoltan Bessenyey IRC The survival of Zoltan Bessenyey After nineteen extremely difficult Special Stages behind the wheel of their Eurosol-Honda Civic Type R, Zoltan Bessenyey and co-driver Yulianna Nyirfas reigned supreme this weekend, clinching 1st place in the 2WD category of the SATA Rallye Açores, the fourth round of the Europea...

Sat April 27, 2013

Kopecky makes it three in the ERC IRC Kopecky makes it three in the ERC Jan Kopecký continued his impressive start to the FIA European Rally Championship season by making it three wins out of four with his first gravel victory on SATA Rallye Açores today.   Driving a Michelin-shod ŠKODA Motorsport Fabia Super 2000 alongside navigator Pavel Dresler,...

Simply Kopecky - Skoda wins on Acores Skoda Simply Kopecky - Skoda wins on Acores Third rally, third victory – by winning on the Azores, ŠKODA and Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (CZ/CZ) claimed the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) season’s highlight event. Simultaneously Kopecký celebrated his maiden gravel victory. However, the victory champagne was hard-earn...

Sata Rally Acores day2 is a thriller IRC Sata Rally Acores day2 is a thriller Kopecký leads ERC thriller in Açores as Kubica rolls. There was high drama on round four of the FIA European Rally Championship in Açores today as overnight pacesetter Robert Kubica hit trouble on the mid-Atlantic archipelago, handing top spot to ERC title-leader Jan Kopecký in t...

Skoda driver Kopecky leads Acores IRC Skoda driver Kopecky leads Acores Despite extreme weather conditions and challenging special stages: ŠKODA leads the Rally Azores with driver duo Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (CZ/CZ) at the two-thirds mark....

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IRC P/AC end - Kopecky wins Acores! @ 06:43 PM - Kopecky wins 3 in a row. Moura fastest Portuguese. Magalhaes as a privateer without testing needed too long to find the right setup. Final results (after SS19)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 2h26m32s2;
2nd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +32s2;
3rd= Moura/Eiro, Skoda, +58s8;
4th= Magalhaes/da Silva, Peugeot, +2m37s6;
5th= Ancian/de Turckheim, Peugeot, +3m27s4;
6th= Kubica/Baran, Citroen, +9m19s1;
7th= Bruschetta/Baraini, Subaru, +14m57s4;
8th= Rego/Silva, Mitsubishi, +16m36s;
9th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +17m42s1;
10th= Tempestini/Pulpea, Subaru, +18m10s6

IRC P/AC SS18 - Only live TV stage left @ 05:38 PM - The main gaps have enlarged rather than closed, so it seems the rally is pretty much decided. Still worth watching the last stage, it is 22km super technical, narrow, corner after corner, average speeds around 70km/h only! Results after SS18:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 2h08m11s8;
2nd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +26s7;
3rd= Moura/Eiro, Skoda, +58s;
4th= Magalhaes/da Silva, Peugeot, +2m32s9;
5th= Ancian/de Turckheim, Peugeot, +3m20s9;
6th= Kubica/Baran, Citroen, +9m04s9;
7th= Bruschetta/Baraini, Subaru, +13m44s9;
8th= Rego/Silva, Mitsubishi, +14m16s9;
9th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +15m55s7;
10th= Puskadi/Godor, Skoda, +16m15s5

IRC P/AC SS17 - Kopecky stage win @ 04:39 PM - It looks good for Kopecky. He has extended his lead to 23s, but there are two really long and technical stages still to come. Results after SS17:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h52m21s8;
2nd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +23s;
3rd= Moura/Eiro, Skoda, +50s8;
4th= Magalhaes/da Silva, Peugeot, +2m04s;
5th= Ancian/de Turckheim, Peugeot, +3m09s7;
6th= Kubica/Baran, Citroen, +8m31s6;
7th= Bruschetta/Baraini, Subaru, +12m02s3;
8th= Rego/Silva, Mitsubishi, +12m19s4;
9th= Puskadi/Godor, Skoda, +13m39s4;
10th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +13m51s

IRC P/AC SS16 - Just a superspecial @ 01:51 PM - Expectedly nothing happened. Results after SS16:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h46m43s9;
2nd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +20s8;
3rd= Moura/Eiro, Skoda, +45s7;
4th= Magalhaes/da Silva, Peugeot, +1m52s9;
5th= Ancian/de Turckheim, Peugeot, +3m00s5;
6th= Kubica/Baran, Citroen, +8m20s1;
7th= Bruschetta/Baraini, Subaru, +11m38s5;
8th= Rego/Silva, Mitsubishi, +11m50s5;
9th= Puskadi/Godor, Skoda, +13m08s4;
10th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +13m24s8

IRC P/AC SS14 - Stage win for Moura @ 11:54 AM - First stage win for Moura. Breen gains 0.2s on Kopecky but has a mild electrical fear (smoke) in his car. Results after SS14:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h39m49s5;
2nd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +15s1;
3rd= Moura/Eiro, Skoda, +39s3;
4th= Magalhaes/da Silva, Peugeot, +1m40s4;
5th= Ancian/de Turckheim, Peugeot, +2m55s6;
6th= Kubica/Baran, Citroen, +8m16s8;
7th= Bruschetta/Baraini, Subaru, +11m05s;
8th= Rego/Silva, Mitsubishi, +11m15s7;
9th= Puskadi/Godor, Skoda, +12m20s5;
10th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +12m43s2

IRC P/AC SS13 - Now Sousa out @ 11:03 AM - The hot Portuguese battle got a dent when Sousa went off. Crew fine but out of the rally. Moura overtakes Magalhaes. Latter had a disappointing time, giving no reason but being distracted by Sousa's off. Raoux crashed out too and gN leader Barbosa very slow time with a Nissan style interwarmer. Results after SS13:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h21m20s2;
2nd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +15s7;
3rd= Moura/Eiro, Skoda, +41s3;
4th= Magalhaes/da Silva, Peugeot, +1m19s;
5th= Ancian/de Turckheim, Peugeot, +2m37s8;
6th= Kubica/Baran, Citroen, +7m27s6;
7th= Rego/Silva, Mitsubishi, +9m24s9;
8th= Bruschetta/Baraini, Subaru, +9m30s7;
9th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +10m33s6;
10th= Puskadi/Godor, Skoda, +10m36s3

Fri April 26, 2013

Kubica stage hat-trick on Acores IRC Kubica stage hat-trick on Acores Formula One race winner Robert Kubica has continued his impressive start to his career in the FIA European Rally Championship by winning all three stages that ran on SATA Rallye Açores today.   Driving a Citroën DS3 Regional Rally Car, Kubica holds an advantage of 9.7s over ERC...

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IRC P/AC leg2 - Last stage cancelled @ 06:06 PM - Sadly the last live TV stage of the day had to be cancelled. Fog was in places even worse than in the morning, you wouldn't have seen much on TV, but also driving like that over the rim of the volcano is maybe not the best idea. For end of day results see SS11.

IRC P/AC SS11 - Breen fast, Kubica rolls @ 05:59 PM - Kubica rolls but continues. Stage win this time for Breen, closely followed by Sousa. The 3 Portuguese drivers now within 2.2s. Results after SS11:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h05m11s9;
2nd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +13s1;
3rd= Magalhaes/da Silva, Peugeot, +33s9;
4th= Moura/Eiro, Skoda, +35s5;
5th= Sousa/Magalhaes, Ford(T), +36s1;
6th= Ancian/de Turckheim, Peugeot, +2m01s;
7th= Raoux/Mazotti, Peugeot, +4m06s2;
8th= Kubica/Baran, Citroen, +5m10s4;
9th= Barbosa/Silva, Mitsubishi, +6m01s6;
10th= Rego/Silva, Mitsubishi, +7m07s7

IRC P/AC SS10 - Battle of the locals @ 05:07 PM - Just after Sousa won 2 stages and passed Magalhaes, now Magalhaes is 2nd fastest on the stage, 0.5s behind Kubica, and passes Sousa and Moura as well. Wallenwein was off for 10 minutes. Results after SS10:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 59m10s5;
2nd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +15s9;
3rd= Magalhaes/da Silva, Peugeot, +32s1;
4th= Moura/Eiro, Skoda, +33s2;
5th= Sousa/Magalhaes, Ford(T), +37s3;
6th= Kubica/Baran, Citroen, +1m04s2;
7th= Ancian/de Turckheim, Peugeot, +1m51s4;
8th= Raoux/Mazotti, Peugeot, +3m45s2;
9th= Barbosa/Silva, Mitsubishi, +5m28s8;
10th= Rego/Silva, Mitsubishi, +6m16s

IRC P/AC SS9 - Another Sousa win @ 04:30 PM - This is the stage that had to be cancelled yesterday as SS1. And Bernardo Sousa shows he can wins stages in normal conditions too, gaining a place over Bruno Magalhaes in the process. Results after SS9:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 53m26s6;
2nd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +15s4;
3rd= Moura/Eiro, Skoda, +24s8;
4th= Sousa/Magalhaes, Ford(T), +28s8;
5th= Magalhaes/da Silva, Peugeot, +32s8;
6th= Kubica/Baran, Citroen, +1m05s4;
7th= Ancian/de Turckheim, Peugeot, +1m47s;
8th= Raoux/Mazotti, Peugeot, +3m22s8;
9th= Wallenwein/Kopczyk, Skoda, +3m41s;
10th= Barbosa/Silva, Mitsubishi, +4m48s

IRC P/AC SS8 - Surprise stage, new leader @ 02:20 PM - Kopecky takes the lead despite being 37s off the pace in the stage. Brilliant stage win for Bernardo Sousa, while Kubica waited for the pace car to come out in the fog. Results after SS8:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 46m11s5;
2nd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +16s4;
3rd= Moura/Eiro, Skoda, +19s;
4th= Magalhaes/da Silva, Peugeot, +19s3;
5th= Sousa/Magalhaes, Ford(T), +30s1;
6th= Kubica/Baran, Citroen, +1m04s5;
7th= Ancian/de Turckheim, Peugeot, +1m38s6;
8th= Wallenwein/Kopczyk, Skoda, +2m36s6;
9th= Raoux/Mazotti, Peugeot, +2m57s1;
10th= Barbosa/Silva, Mitsubishi, +4m05s2

IRC P/AC SS7 - Puncture for Breen @ 01:25 PM - Breen puncture, not too big a damage in time, but a big dent in his chances to challenge for victory. Breen will have to be careful now on the TV volcano stage too. Kopecky fastest this time, narrowing Kubica's lead. Results after SS7:
1st= Kubica/Baran, Citroen, 27m00s4;
2nd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +4s9;
3rd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +27s1;
4th= Moura/Eiro, Skoda, +28s6;
5th= Magalhaes/da Silva, Peugeot, +38s1;
6th= Ancian/de Turckheim, Peugeot, +44s;
7th= Sousa/Magalhaes, Ford(T), +1m11s8;
8th= Wallenwein/Kopczyk, Skoda, +1m32s7;
9th= Orsak/Smeidler, Mitsubishi, +1m46s6;
10th= Barbosa/Silva, Mitsubishi, +2m07s4

IRC P/AC SS6 - Top3 within 1.1s on stage @ 12:42 AM - Very close, but even if only by 0.1s, stage win goes to Kubica again. Magalhaes recovers one place again with a strong time. Another poor time by Sousa, though. Results after SS6:
1st= Kubica/Baran, Citroen, 21m09s2;
2nd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +11s1;
3rd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +16s5;
4th= Moura/Eiro, Skoda, +29s5;
5th= Magalhaes/da Silva, Peugeot, +34s5;
6th= Ancian/de Turckheim, Peugeot, +38s4;
7th= Sousa/Magalhaes, Ford(T), +1m09s2;
8th= Wallenwein/Kopczyk, Skoda, +1m16s3;
9th= Orsak/Smeidler, Mitsubishi, +1m31s3;
10th= Keleti/Csomortani, Mitsubishi, +1m45s1

IRC P/AC SS5 - Kubica again @ 12:15 AM - Even though this was quite a short stage, quite a few position changes. Breen overtakes Moura. Sousa lost over half a min for unknown reasons and drops 2 places. Stage is very foggy and weather is cool. Results after SS5:
1st= Kubica/Baran, Citroen, 15m28s3;
2nd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +11s;
3rd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +15s4;
4th= Moura/Eiro, Skoda, +15s7;
5th= Ancian/de Turckheim, Peugeot, +25s7;
6th= Magalhaes/da Silva, Peugeot, +27s7;
7th= Sousa/Magalhaes, Ford(T), +47s3;
8th= Wallenwein/Kopczyk, Skoda, +55s6;
9th= Orsak/Smeidler, Mitsubishi, +1m08s8;
10th= Keleti/Csomortani, Mitsubishi, +1m12s

Thu April 25, 2013

Why you should follow Sata Rally Acores IRC Why you should follow Sata Rally Acores Sata Rally Acores ( Azores ) is an absolute season highlight for rallying full stop, regardless of the series title. Actually the series title does maybe matter for unexpected reasons. ERC: Serious competition ahead! We just don't see this type of variation in WRC these days....

Full Peugeot squad on Sata Rally Acores Peugeot Full Peugeot squad on Sata Rally Acores The Peugeot Rally Academy, which was set up this year to promote the careers of three talented young drivers, will have its complete line-up in the Azores for the first time this season. The cars of Craig Breen, Jérémi Ancian and Stéphane Lefebvre will be run by Saintéloc and the...

Skoda to appear on Sata Rally Acores Skoda Skoda to appear on Sata Rally Acores ŠKODA´s factory crew, Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler, will appear at the Azores Rally as the current ERC leaders, their ambition before the fourth event of the 2013 ERC being to continue their success story in this year´s European Championship. The SATA Rally Azores is scheduled for A...

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IRC P/AC leg1 - Clean day for Kubica @ 06:41 PM - Just a superspecial, not many changes, though Kopecky back in 2nd. Leg points are applied only for day 2 & 3. Results after day1 (SS4):
1st= Kubica/Baran, Citroen, 11m13s5;
2nd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +9s7;
3rd= Moura/Eiro, Skoda, +10s5;
4th= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +11s4;
5th= Sousa/Magalhaes, Ford(T), +13s6;
6th= Ancian/de Turckheim, Peugeot, +18s9;
7th= Magalhaes/da Silva, Peugeot, +19s4;
8th= Cerny/Kohout, Skoda, +39s8;
9th= Wallenwein/Kopczyk, Skoda, +43s;
10th= Orsak/Smeidler, Mitsubishi, +49s8

IRC P/AC SS3 - Breen careful after puncture @ 06:18 PM - The puncture was at the end of the earlier stage, but Breen couldn't risk another puncture and dropped 2 places. Local Moura now 2nd but 2 stage wins for Kubica. Results after SS3:
1st= Kubica/Baran, Citroen, 9m12s4;
2nd= Moura/Eiro, Skoda, +7s9;
3rd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +8s9;
4th= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +9s5;
5th= Sousa/Magalhaes, Ford(T), +11s;
6th= Ancian/de Turckheim, Peugeot, +15s4;
7th= Magalhaes/da Silva, Peugeot, +16s3;
8th= Cerny/Kohout, Skoda, +33s8;
9th= Wallenwein/Kopczyk, Skoda, +37s5;
10th= Orsak/Smeidler, Mitsubishi, +44s9

IRC P/AC SS2 - Actually 1st stage shortened @ 05:26 PM - Kubica wins this stage narrowly, but good times by Breen and Moura too. Bouffier did not start. Results after SS2:
1st= Kubica/Baran, Citroen, 4m51s1;
2nd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +2s2;
3rd= Moura/Eiro, Skoda, +3s6;
=4th= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +7s4;
=4th= Magalhaes/da Silva, Peugeot, +7s4;
6th= Ancian/de Turckheim, Peugeot, +8s2;
7th= Sousa/Magalhaes, Ford(T), +8s6;
8th= Cerny/Kohout, Skoda, +22s;
9th= Orsak/Smeidler, Mitsubishi, +22s2;
10th= Wallenwein/Kopczyk, Skoda, +22s6

IRC P/AC SS1 - Weather havoc @ 04:56 PM - SS1 cancelled and SS2 shortened by 10km. Heavy rains lead to very soggy tracks that would cut to impassable, deep mud within just a few cars. We experienced similar in 2009, when the last stages had to be cancelled and Anton Alen still found a chance to get stuck and tumble from the lead to 18th place. Not starting will be Bryan Bouffier following a blown engine in the pre-event test.

Sat April 20, 2013

Kris Meeke: Don't miss Acores live TV! IRC Kris Meeke: Don't miss Acores live TV! Kris Meeke has urged fans not to miss the live coverage of round four of the FIA European Rally Championship next week. ERC promoter Eurosport Events will produce for live broadcast six stages of SATA Rallye Açores, an event Meeke won in 2009 before finishing in second place one ...

Q&A Bruno Magalhaes Peugeot Q&A Bruno Magalhaes Q&A: BRUNO MAGALHAES Portugal’s finest and double Açores winner prepares for ERC return. The Sata Rally Acores is a very special Rally for Bruno. At first his strongest events seemed asphalt, always a front runner on Madeira, but Sata Acores 2010 eventually became his only IRC o...

Fri April 19, 2013

Fully Sata Rally Acores preview IRC Fully Sata Rally Acores preview EVENT PREVIEW: 2013 FIA European Rally Championship, round four of 13 SATA Rallye Açores (Portugal), 25-27 April   ERC HEROES SET FOR LIVE TELEVISION SPECTACULAR...

Stargazing in the ERC IRC Stargazing in the ERC A star-studded entry will ensure there’s serious competition ahead when the FIA European Rally Championship thunders back into life in Açores from 25-27 April....

Kubica ready for ERC gravel adventure Citroen Kubica ready for ERC gravel adventure Less than a month after his sensational FIA European Rally Championship debut on asphalt, Robert Kubica will be trying gravel for size when the ERC resumes in Açores from 25-27 April....

Yulianna: the guide of Zoltan Besseny IRC Yulianna: the guide of Zoltan Besseny For the fourth round of the European Rally Championship we're off to São Miguel, the largest island in the Atlantic archipelago of the Açores. The Sata Rallye Açores is renowned for its stunning landscape and challenging drivers with its technical gravel stages and changeable...

Thu April 18, 2013

Aditional Acores live stages online IRC Aditional Acores live stages online The coverage of the FIA European Rally Championship’s visit to the Açores later this month has stepped up another gear with confirmation that a further two stages will be shown live – and free of charge – on the internet.   For the first time ever, the ERC’s official website, w...

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