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Fri July 5, 2013

New Michelin tyre praised after debut IRC New Michelin tyre praised after debut MICHELIN’s PILOT Sport R asphalt tyre has been praised after Freddy Loix claimed a debut victory with the new tyre on last week’s Geko Ypres Rally, round six of the FIA European Rally Championship. ...

Vatanen wants to Max ERC experience IRC Vatanen wants to Max ERC experience Max Vatanen hopes his FIA European Rally Championship debut in Belgium last week won’t be his last in the all-action series. ...

Thu July 4, 2013

Drivers back first asphalt qualifying IRC Drivers back first asphalt qualifying Leading drivers have come out in favour of the FIA European Rally Championship’s first Qualifying Stage to run on asphalt. ...

New R5 makes huge impact on ERC IRC New R5 makes huge impact on ERC Fans attending last week’s Geko Ypres Rally, round six of the FIA European Rally Championship, were treated to a glimpse of the sport’s future when M-Sport and Peugeot Sport ran their all-new R5 challengers as course cars on the asphalt event. ...

Wed July 3, 2013

Neuville praises M-Sport's Fiesta R5 Ford Neuville praises M-Sport's Fiesta R5 Having driven M-Sport's Ford Fiesta R5 at the head of the field on last weekend's Geko Ypres Rally, Thierry Neuville was full of praise for the company's latest challenger after completing all 19 stages as part of the FIA European Rally Championship. ...

Mon July 1, 2013

ERC Ypres joy for record breaker Loix IRC ERC Ypres joy for record breaker Loix Home hero Freddy Loix has won the Geko Ypres Rally for an eighth time on the back of a faultless display as the FIA European Rally Championship made its annual visit to Belgium for the all-asphalt spectacular. ...

Successful debuts for 208 T16 & Breen IRC Successful debuts for 208 T16 & Breen The delicate weather conditions which marked this year's Ypres Rally allowed the Peugeot 208 T16 to make a positive first impression in the hands of Kris Meeke. For his first attempt at Belgium's round of the European Rally Championship (ERC), Craig Breen delivered a stro...

Legend Loix triumphs for Skoda in Ypres Skoda Legend Loix triumphs for Skoda in Ypres Belgian rallying legend Freddy Loix secured a superb victory for ŠKODA on home soil. Despite coming up against challenging weather conditions, the 42-year-old celebrated with co-driver Frederic Miclotte in the Fabia S2000 an impressive start-to-finish victory at the FIA European ...

Mission accomplished for Bessenyey IRC Mission accomplished for Bessenyey Zoltan Bessenyey and co-driver Julianna Nyirfas finished 9th in the 2WD class of the Geko Ypres Rally this weekend, the 6th round of the European Rally Championship. The result means Bessenyey remains leader in the ERC 2WD Driver Championship, 22 points clear of compatriot Lukacs...

Sat June 29, 2013

NEWS JUST IN

IRC B end - dramatic fire finale @ 09:20 PM - Actually 2 cars are on fire! Pajunen (souprally) is on fire suspected after off. Then Vanneste's car caught fire for mechanical reasons. Leandri also has mechanical problems. All crews are OK, but Vanneste and Leandri will not be able to do the last road section! Breen was off too, but with last stage cancelled he should be able to see the finish ramp. Results as SS19 minus Vanneste and Leandri. End results - subject to last road section and scrutineering (after SS20):
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 2h32m19s4;
2nd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +1m21s;
3rd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m52s5;
4th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +6m36s4;
5th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +6m41s2;
6th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +7m;
7th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +9m38s5;
8th= Hadik/Kertesz, Subaru, +10m09s3;
9th= Tlustak/Skaloud, Skoda, +10m25s6;
10th= Croes/Tack, Mitsubishi, +12m07s7

IRC B SS20 - Interim report @ 09:08 PM - Results are either delayed or as of SS19. The long Hollebeke stage is interrupted. At the moment there are infos that Mikka Pajubnen crashed and Davy Vanneste's car is on fire, could be a misunderstanding.

IRC B SS19 - Drama for Vanneste @ 08:49 PM - Everybody seems to settle for position with just a fight between Vanneste and Lefevere. All conditions but snow. After yesterday rain, now is totally dry but last stage gets dark. Results after SS19:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 2h32m19s4;
2nd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +1m21s;
3rd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m52s5;
4th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +6m28s5;
5th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +6m36s4;
6th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +6m41s2;
7th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +7m;
8th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +9m38s5;
9th= Hadik/Kertesz, Subaru, +10m09s3;
10th= Tlustak/Skaloud, Skoda, +10m25s6

IRC B SS18 - What is the weather @ 07:15 PM - Drivers praise how Sunny the spectacular Kemmelberg stage was, road completely dry now depite the kobble stone bits under trees. But forcast for the last 2 stages is rain! Results after SS18:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 2h24m02s2;
2nd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +1m25s1;
3rd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m55s7;
4th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +6m14s4;
5th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +6m20s9;
6th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +6m32s9;
7th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +6m52s8;
8th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +9m15s9;
9th= Hadik/Kertesz, Subaru, +9m53s5;
10th= Tlustak/Skaloud, Skoda, +10m10s8

IRC B SS17 - Stage win for Breen @ 07:09 PM - But only by a narrow margin. Top 3 positions look secure now, but don't forget the rally ends with the longest stage of the event. Results after SS17:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 2h15m56s7;
2nd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +1m29s6;
3rd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +1m58s6;
4th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +6m;
5th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +6m01s4;
6th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +6m20s4;
7th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +6m44s4;
8th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +8m46s6;
9th= Hadik/Kertesz, Subaru, +9m26s3;
10th= Tlustak/Skaloud, Skoda, +9m43s1

IRC B SS16 - Sun is coming out! @ 06:59 PM - For the first time this zeekend the sun is coming out. Bouffier beats Breen by only 0.3s. Vanneste overtakes Lefevere for 4th. Results after SS16:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 2h11m31s5;
2nd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +1m31s8;
3rd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +2m02s7;
4th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +5m58s4;
5th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +5m59s7;
6th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +6m14s9;
7th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +6m35s3;
8th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +8m40s;
9th= Hadik/Kertesz, Subaru, +9m17s3;
10th= Tlustak/Skaloud, Skoda, +9m33s2

IRC B SS15 - Bouffier gains momentum @ 05:22 PM - Yesterday in the rain Bouffier struggled, but now, when breen is attacking for 2nd place, Bouffier keeps being slightly faster in the stages. Results after SS15:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 2h07m49s5;
2nd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +1m33s7;
3rd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +2m03s3;
4th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +5m48s6;
5th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +5m48s7;
6th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +6m00s9;
7th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +6m23s2;
8th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +8m23s5;
9th= Hadik/Kertesz, Subaru, +8m54s;
10th= Tlustak/Skaloud, Skoda, +9m15s3

IRC B SS14 - Paddon out @ 03:38 PM - Hollebeke, longest stage of the rally. Haydon Paddon from NZ is out from 4th after hitting one of the famous Belgian telegraph poles. Crew is OK. Breen reports to have lost around 8s with an overshot, but is only 3.6s slower than Bouffier. Results after SS14:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 1h57m13s1;
2nd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +1m34s7;
3rd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +2m04s2;
4th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +5m36s3;
5th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +5m38s2;
6th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +5m51s5;
7th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +6m15s2;
8th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +8m00s3;
9th= Hadik/Kertesz, Subaru, +8m39s9;
10th= Tlustak/Skaloud, Skoda, +8m49s7

IRC B SS13 - Short show stage @ 03:30 PM - Not much change expected as only very short Industrial park stage, though no superspecial in the silly stadion sense. Results after SS13:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 1h40m39s2;
2nd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +1m38s2;
3rd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +2m04s1;
4th= Paddon/Kennard, Ford, +2m36s6;
5th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +5m09s8;
6th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +5m19s4;
7th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +5m22s4;
8th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +5m59s9;
9th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +7m17s6;
10th= Hadik/Kertesz, Subaru, +7m54s

IRC B SS12 - French T16 debut delayed @ 03:24 PM - Frenchman Bouffier wins French Lille stage. He has to respond, Breen nearly halfed his disadvantage. 208 T16 misses the French stages for a small electrical glitch. It's sorted already, so the car will rejoin from SS15. Results after SS12:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 1h39m16s4;
2nd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +1m37s9;
3rd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +2m02s9;
4th= Paddon/Kennard, Ford, +2m33s6;
5th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +5m01s6;
6th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +5m13s9;
7th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +5m16s5;
8th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +5m55s4;
9th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +7m10s2;
10th= Hadik/Kertesz, Subaru, +7m44s7

IRC Weather update @ 11:31 AM - After a dry but cloudy morning loop, it just started raining in Ypres; It looks like the next loop - which crosses borders for two sttages in France - is bound to be in the wet again.

IRC B SS10 - Several positions change @ 11:00 AM - Aigner has left rear impact and damages suspension. Breen overtakes Paddon. Results after SS10:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 1h25m31s;
2nd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +1m37s3;
3rd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +2m10s4;
4th= Paddon/Kennard, Ford, +2m21s5;
5th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +4m26s6;
6th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +4m29s6;
7th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +4m40s4;
8th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +5m44s8;
9th= Aigner/Heigl, Subaru, +6m14s1;
10th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +6m29s2

IRC B SS9 - Battle for 5th-8th @ 10:51 AM - Actually fez battles going on. Breen wins another stage, moving ever closer to 3rd. Aigner seems to not prefer the dry conditions, the 3-way battle for 6th turns into a 4-way battle for 5th. Results after SS9:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 1h17m19s7;
2nd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +1m36s1;
3rd= Paddon/Kennard, Ford, +2m07s8;
4th= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +2m11s2;
5th= Aigner/Heigl, Subaru, +4m04s7;
6th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +4m06s1;
7th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +4m08s7;
8th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +4m17s1;
9th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +5m41s5;
10th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +6m04s7

IRC B SS8 - Breen in attack mode @ 10:46 AM - Breen wins another stage, at that rate he should be back on podium soon. Davy Vanneste drops another place in good battle for 6th-7th-8th places. Results after SS8:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 1h12m47s9;
2nd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +1m35s3;
3rd= Paddon/Kennard, Ford, +2m05s5;
4th= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +2m12s6;
5th= Aigner/Heigl, Subaru, +3m51s9;
6th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +4m00s9;
7th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +4m06s5;
8th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +4m12s1;
9th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +5m37s3;
10th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +5m57s2

IRC B SS7 - Breen fights back in the dry @ 10:40 AM - Dry conditions this morning, but very cloudy. Breen wins stage. Kobus moves up to 6th - on Khumo tyres! Results after SS7:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 1h05m52s;
2nd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +1m32s2;
3rd= Paddon/Kennard, Ford, +2m03s6;
4th= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +2m15s2;
5th= Aigner/Heigl, Subaru, +3m28s1;
6th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +3m51s7;
7th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +3m58s3;
8th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +3m59s2;
9th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +5m23s3;
10th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +5m45s4

Fri June 28, 2013

ERC Geko Ypres photos online soon IRC ERC Geko Ypres photos online soon One little note as there seem quite a lot of new fans and friends visiting Rallye-info during the Geko Ypres Rally. ...

Paddon wants podium Ford Paddon wants podium Hayden Paddon wants a podium finish on his FIA European Rally Championship debut on the Geko Ypres Rally. Paddon and co-driver John Kennard have flown in from New Zealand to compete on Belgium’s premier asphalt event from 27-29 June. ...

Home hero Loix on top in Ypres IRC Home hero Loix on top in Ypres Freddy Loix is on course to make it a record-extending eighth victory on the Geko Ypres Rally following a dominant performance on round six of the FIA European Rally Championship in Belgium today (Friday)....

Freddy Loix dominates on home soil Skoda Freddy Loix dominates on home soil ŠKODA driver Freddy Loix dominated the first day at his home rally in Belgium. In rainy conditions, the 42-year-old rallying legend and his co-driver Frederic Miclotte put on a stunning display at the FIA European Rally Championship's (ERC) sixth meeti...

Rallye-info saves the day for Vatanen IRC Rallye-info saves the day for Vatanen FIA European Rally Championship rookie Max Vatanen has revealed how he turned to Facebook to secure his entry for this week’s Geko Ypres Rally....

Thierry and Fiesta R5 ready for Ypres Ford Thierry and Fiesta R5 ready for Ypres Fresh from their best ever result in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul are ready and eager to take to the stages of the Geko Ypres Rally as part of the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) this weekend. Swapping their Ford Fiesta RS WRC...

Last minute changes before Ypres IRC Last minute changes before Ypres Some last minute changes and info before the start of Geko Ypres Rally. In the Qualifying stage the R5 cars were very similar to the top S2000 cars, only a fraction slower than Loix and Breen. We try to show times of the R5 cars during the event. But there have also been changes ...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC B leg1 - Breen drops another place @ 08:28 PM - Breen still suffers from his broken driveshaft. Loix took it steady as actually Paddon wins the stage. Results after leg1 (SS6):
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 57m56s8;
2nd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +1m36s2;
3rd= Paddon/Kennard, Ford, +2m09s;
4th= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +2m22s2;
5th= Aigner/Heigl, Subaru, +3m17s9;
6th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +3m46s9;
7th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +3m47s3;
8th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +3m56s1;
9th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +5m22s5;
10th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +5m33s9

IRC B SS5 - Several cars in trouble @ 08:10 PM - Neuville Fiesta R5 had an overshot. Meeke 208 T16 had to change a puncture. Breen broke a driveshaft and did the complete stage in RWD. Solowow went off. Results after SS5:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 51m55s7;
2nd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +1m36s6;
3rd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +2m02s2;
4th= Paddon/Kennard, Ford, +2m09s7;
5th= Aigner/Heigl, Subaru, +3m15s8;
6th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +3m38s4;
7th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +3m39s4;
8th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +3m43s1;
9th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +5m11s5;
10th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +5m12s5

IRC B SS4 - Similar story again @ 07:43 PM - 4th stage in a row that Loix wins from Breen. It is still raining too. 1st run on this stage was dry, but this time drivers will be on next 2 stages on correct tyres. Vanneste drops 2 places. Results after SS4:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 37m55s4;
2nd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +21s3;
3rd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +1m10s9;
4th= Paddon/Kennard, Ford, +1m42s6;
5th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +1m59s4;
6th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +2m33s7;
7th= Aigner/Heigl, Subaru, +2m35s2;
8th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +2m38s7;
9th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +2m50s5;
10th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +3m41s5

IRC B SS3 - Very slippery @ 06:50 PM - Roads are wet. Even the course opening car Thierry Neuville says it is extremely slippery. Loix wins stage from Breen again. Corsica winner Bouffier says that he has no confidence on this rally ins such conditions. Loix nearly hit a telegraph pole. Verschueren went off from 12th. Results after SS3:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 29m18s;
2nd= Breen/Nagle, Peugeot, +15s7;
3rd= Bouffier/Vanneste, Peugeot, +57s1;
4th= Paddon/Kennard, Ford, +1m21s4;
5th= Solowow/Rozwadowski, Ford, +1m39s7;
6th= Vanneste/Squedin, Peugeot, +1m58s;
7th= Kobus/de Wild, Ford, +2m00s1;
8th= Aigner/Heigl, Subaru, +2m02s9;
9th= Lefevere/Vangheluwe, Mitsubishi, +2m12s5;
10th= Debackere/Cokelaere, Peugeot, +2m34s6

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