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Wed July 31, 2013

Bessenyey strengthens 2WD lead IRC Bessenyey strengthens 2WD lead Zoltan Bessenyey and co-driver Yulianna Nyirfas can be pretty happy with their very first experience of the Sibiu Rally, the 7th round of the European Rally Championship; three victories out of the thirteen special stages, sixth place overall and a total of 12 points all helped t...

Mon July 29, 2013

Kopecky seals Sibiu victory IRC Kopecky seals Sibiu victory Jan Kopecký and co-driver Pavel Dresler have begun the second half of the FIA European Rally Championship season in style with victory number four of their campaign on the Sibiu Rally in Romania’s stunning Transylvania region. ...

Kopecky drives superbly to 4th ERC win Skoda Kopecky drives superbly to 4th ERC win Jan Kopecký und Pavel Dresler (CZ/CZ) put in a superb performance to take their fourth victory of the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) season at the Sibiu Rally in Romania. This latest success has extended the ŠKODA pairing’s lead at the top of the overall standings and give...

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IRC RO end - Anti-climax finale @ 01:51 PM - Waiting 3hrs to finish the rally with a 2km superspecial - who expected anything to happen in the results? End results - subject to last road section and scrutineering (after SS14):
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 2h18m07s8;
2nd= Delecour/Savignoni, Peugeot, +3m02s8;
3rd= Arai/McLaughlin, Subaru, +6m03s6;
4th= Tempestini/Baggio, Skoda, +7m33s1;
5th= Botka/Mihalik, Mitsubishi, +7m48s3;
6th= Porcisteanu/Dobre, Mitsubishi, +8m39s8;
7th= Orsak/Kostka, Mitsubishi, +9m15s6;
8th= Puskadi/Godor, Skoda, +9m59s4;
9th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +11m39s1;
10th= Barbu/Baltador, Citroen, +18m33s

IRC RO SS13 - Cancelled, too rough @ 01:47 PM - Stage cancelled for safety reasons - the surface is too rough, only off roaders could take that. So the rally ends with quite an anti-climax. Only stage left now is a superspecial. I will never get how waiting for 3 hours for a 2km superspecial is supposed to give us an exciting finale!

IRC RO SS12 - Keleti out from 4th @ 01:32 PM - That's basically the rally sorted. Keleti retired with a technical problem. When Delecour saw him parked, Delecour himself took speed out to make sure of a finish. Porcisteanu on a flyer. Results after SS12:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 2h14m50s3;
2nd= Delecour/Savignoni, Peugeot, +2m56s7;
3rd= Arai/McLaughlin, Subaru, +5m55s5;
4th= Tempestini/Baggio, Skoda, +7m23s5;
5th= Botka/Mihalik, Mitsubishi, +7m42s1;
6th= Porcisteanu/Dobre, Mitsubishi, +8m31s4;
7th= Orsak/Kostka, Mitsubishi, +9m01s9;
8th= Puskadi/Godor, Skoda, +9m39s5;
9th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +11m25s3;
10th= Filip/Iancu, Renault, +18m15s1

IRC RO SS11 - Fast stage @ 01:28 PM - No changes. Interesting layout. This is a short but near stupidly fast stage, average speeds around 120km/h. But next two stage make together 50km of distance and both very technical with an average of 85km/h. Results after SS11:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h53m10s8;
2nd= Delecour/Savignoni, Peugeot, +1m20s1;
3rd= Arai/McLaughlin, Subaru, +5m26s1;
4th= Keleti/Csomortani, Mitsubishi, +5m38s1;
5th= Tempestini/Baggio, Skoda, +6m29s;
6th= Botka/Mihalik, Mitsubishi, +7m09s9;
7th= Orsak/Kostka, Mitsubishi, +8m26s1;
8th= Porcisteanu/Dobre, Mitsubishi, +8m26s2;
9th= Puskadi/Godor, Skoda, +8m43s3;
10th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +10m08s5

IRC RO SS10 - Puncture for Delecour @ 01:22 PM - Now easy game for Kopecky as Delecour drops another half a minute with a puncture. Arai passes Keleti for 3rd. Results after SS10:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h48m54s3;
2nd= Delecour/Savignoni, Peugeot, +1m16s7;
3rd= Arai/McLaughlin, Subaru, +5m19s8;
4th= Keleti/Csomortani, Mitsubishi, +5m27s1;
5th= Tempestini/Baggio, Skoda, +6m17s2;
6th= Botka/Mihalik, Mitsubishi, +7m06s5;
7th= Orsak/Kostka, Mitsubishi, +8m15s9;
8th= Porcisteanu/Dobre, Mitsubishi, +8m18s2;
9th= Puskadi/Godor, Skoda, +8m25s6;
10th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +9m54s1

IRC RO SS9 - Girtofan retires from 4th @ 01:10 PM - Longest stage of the event. Dan Girtofan has a technical problem and retires. Delecour gets a jump start penalty of 10s. Results after SS9:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h34m42s5;
2nd= Delecour/Savignoni, Peugeot, +49s8;
3rd= Keleti/Csomortani, Mitsubishi, +4m46s8;
4th= Arai/McLaughlin, Subaru, +4m49s3;
5th= Tempestini/Baggio, Skoda, +5m40s9;
6th= Botka/Mihalik, Mitsubishi, +6m29s4;
7th= Orsak/Kostka, Mitsubishi, +7m24s2;
8th= Puskadi/Godor, Skoda, +7m36s9;
9th= Porcisteanu/Dobre, Mitsubishi, +7m59s4;
10th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +9m03s7

IRC RO SS8 - Kopecky pulls away again @ 01:01 PM - Kopecky wins stage. Unusually for ERC/IRC no changes in top10 at all. Results after SS8:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h13m03s;
2nd= Delecour/Savignoni, Peugeot, +23s9;
3rd= Keleti/Csomortani, Mitsubishi, +3m49s1;
4th= Girtofan/Berghea, Skoda, +3m51s6;
5th= Arai/McLaughlin, Subaru, +4m02s3;
6th= Tempestini/Baggio, Skoda, +4m31s1;
7th= Botka/Mihalik, Mitsubishi, +5m23s5;
8th= Puskadi/Godor, Skoda, +6m11s;
9th= Orsak/Kostka, Mitsubishi, +6m25s1;
10th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +7m36s8

Fri July 26, 2013

Kopecky to start first in Sibiu IRC Kopecky to start first in Sibiu Jan Kopecký is not only the leader of the FIA European Rally Championship, he’ll also lead the near-capacity entry over the first seven stages of the Sibiu Rally in Romania on Friday. ...

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IRC Saturday stage by stage @ 09:12 PM - Please note that on Saturday stage by stage results in this section cannot be shown until Sunday because of a date clash with another important rally. Sorry about this, this will be the only event this will happen for this year!

IRC RO leg1 - When Delecour is angry @ 08:33 PM - Delecour at his best. We have seen already situations in Jänner and Latvia. This time, Kopecky 1st on road. Delecour big dust, like driving in fog, didn't see anything, he is really really angry. Time: 11s faster than Kopecky! Results after day1 (SS7):
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 1h08m50s6;
2nd= Delecour/Savignoni, Peugeot, +15s4;
3rd= Keleti/Csomortani, Mitsubishi, +3m31s8;
4th= Girtofan/Berghea, Skoda, +3m37s8;
5th= Arai/McLaughlin, Subaru, +3m49s8;
6th= Tempestini/Baggio, Skoda, +4m10s3;
7th= Botka/Mihalik, Mitsubishi, +5m16s1;
8th= Puskadi/Godor, Skoda, +5m53s8;
9th= Orsak/Kostka, Mitsubishi, +6m09s;
10th= Tlustak/Vyoral, Skoda, +7m16s7

IRC RO SS6 - fantastic night loop @ 08:29 PM - This stage is completely asphalt, next stage completely gravel and crosses this one over a bridge towards the end! Kopecky wins stage. Results after SS6:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 57m39s1;
2nd= Delecour/Savignoni, Peugeot, +26s;
3rd= Girtofan/Berghea, Skoda, +2m59s1;
4th= Keleti/Csomortani, Mitsubishi, +2m59s3;
5th= Tempestini/Baggio, Skoda, +3m11s6;
6th= Arai/McLaughlin, Subaru, +3m18s2;
7th= Puskadi/Godor, Skoda, +4m36s4;
8th= Botka/Mihalik, Mitsubishi, +4m37s7;
9th= Orsak/Kostka, Mitsubishi, +5m10s1;
10th= Porcisteanu/Dobre, Mitsubishi, +5m29s7

IRC RO SS5 - superspecial dramatic too @ 06:57 PM - Unusual to have a dramatic superspecial. But Arai dropped 3 places with his gearbox problem and Porcisteanu retired with a broken achsle. Szabo and Simone Tempestini (Subaru) already retired at end of SS4. Results after SS5:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 51m44s5;
2nd= Delecour/Savignoni, Peugeot, +23s7;
3rd= Keleti/Csomortani, Mitsubishi, +2m45s6;
4th= Girtofan/Berghea, Skoda, +2m45s7;
5th= Tempestini/Baggio, Skoda, +2m56s3;
6th= Arai/McLaughlin, Subaru, +3m01s8;
7th= Puskadi/Godor, Skoda, +4m17s5;
8th= Botka/Mihalik, Mitsubishi, +4m32s3;
9th= Orsak/Kostka, Mitsubishi, +4m54s7;
10th= Porcisteanu/Dobre, Mitsubishi, +5m27s3

IRC RO SS4 - Bouffier out, much drama @ 05:14 PM - Seems rough. Bouffier out, suspected accident. Delecour has engine problems. Arai is only left with 4th gear. Porcisteanu has a broken suspension. Pushkar puncture. Orsak oil leak. Kopecky moves from 3rd to 1st. Results after SS4:
1st= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, 48m22s3;
2nd= Delecour/Savignoni, Peugeot, +23s3;
3rd= Arai/McLaughlin, Subaru, +2m38s7;
4th= Keleti/Csomortani, Mitsubishi, +2m41s3;
5th= Girtofan/Berghea, Skoda, +2m42s2;
6th= Tempestini/Baggio, Skoda, +2m52s3;
7th= Porcisteanu/Dobre, Mitsubishi, +3m54s2;
8th= Puskadi/Godor, Skoda, +4m08s6;
9th= Botka/Mihalik, Mitsubishi, +4m25s6;
10th= Orsak/Kostka, Mitsubishi, +4m47s5

IRC RO SS3 - 3rd stage 3rd winner @ 05:09 PM - This time stage win for Kopecky, but thanks to his earlier problem and this being a short stage there are no major changes. Results after SS3:
1st= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, 28m33s9;
2nd= Delecour/Savignoni, Peugeot, +1s8;
3rd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +10s;
4th= Porcisteanu/Dobre, Mitsubishi, +52s4;
5th= Keleti/Csomortani, Mitsubishi, +1m10s6;
6th= Arai/McLaughlin, Subaru, +1m14s9;
7th= Tempestini/Baggio, Skoda, +1m30s6;
8th= Girtofan/Berghea, Skoda, +1m37s4;
9th= Smiderle/Marchiori, Subaru, +1m47s;
10th= S.Tempestini/Pulpea, Subaru, +2m01s7

IRC RO SS2 - Bouufier pushes to the front @ 05:01 PM - Bouffier wins stage and takes lead, narrowly from Delecour. Kopecky loses a few seconds with a power steering problem. Results after SS2:
1st= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, 24m17s7;
2nd= Delecour/Savignoni, Peugeot, +0s1;
3rd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +10s9;
4th= Porcisteanu/Dobre, Mitsubishi, +42s4;
5th= Keleti/Csomortani, Mitsubishi, +1m02s;
6th= Arai/McLaughlin, Subaru, +1m02s4;
7th= Smiderle/Machiori, Subaru, +1m16s1;
8th= Tempestini/Baggio, Skoda, +1m18s;
9th= Girtofan/Berghea, Skoda, +1m25s2;
10th= S.Tempestini/Pulpea, Subaru, +1m44s3

IRC RO SS1 - Delecour leads the rally! @ 04:52 PM - Delecour wins stage, though short stage and tiny margin. Results after SS1:
1st= Delecour/Savignoni, Peugeot, 4m23s7;
2nd= Kopecky/Dresler, Skoda, +0s2;
3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +3s;
4th= Keleti/Csomortani, Mitsubishi, +5s;
5th= Pushkar/Myshin, Mitsubishi, +5s7;
6th= Porcisteanu/Dobre, Ford, +8s;
7th= Tempestini/Baggio, Skoda, +11s9;
8th= Marisca/Itu, Mitsubishi, +12s2;
9th= Szabo/Borbely, Mitsubishi, +12s3;
10th= Girtofan/Berghea, Skoda, +13s5

Mon July 22, 2013

Kopecky back on title hunt for Skoda Skoda Kopecky back on title hunt for Skoda The Czech racing duo of Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler will recommence ŠKODA’s challenge for the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) title in Romania. The Sibiu Rally, which will be taking place from the 25 to 27 July, kicks off the critical phase of this prestigious competition...

Fri July 19, 2013

Preview Sibiu Rally Romania IRC Preview Sibiu Rally Romania There's no time to rest in the all-action FIA European Rally Championship. Less than a month after Belgium's Geko Ypres Rally brought the curtain down on the first half of the season, the chase for on-stage success resumes with the Sibiu Rally in Romania from 25-27 July. ...

Thu July 18, 2013

Qualifying stage to spice up Sibiu IRC Qualifying stage to spice up Sibiu Priority drivers contesting round seven of the FIA European Rally Championship will take part in a Qualifying Stage to help determine the start order for the leg one of the Sibiu Rally. ...

Record breaking entry for Sibiu IRC Record breaking entry for Sibiu Sibiu Rally organisers have attracted a record-breaking entry for round seven of the FIA European Rally Championship. A total of 68 crews – two less than the 70-car capacity – have registered for the exciting event in Romania, which uses a mixture of gravel and asphalt stages – i...

Tue July 16, 2013

Exciting Sibiu Rally in store IRC Exciting Sibiu Rally in store Entries for the Sibiu Rally, round seven of the FIA European Rally Championship, closed yesterday with organisers receiving more than 50 registrations between the international and national events. ...

Fri July 5, 2013

ERC focus switches to Sibiu IRC ERC focus switches to Sibiu With the dust still settling on another action-packed Geko Ypres Rally, the focus is now turning to the Sibiu Rally in Romania, round seven of the FIA European Rally Championship. ...

Thu June 6, 2013

Sibiu bosses in stage repair mission IRC Sibiu bosses in stage repair mission Sibiu Rally organisers are going all out to ensure the stages on Romania’s upcoming round of the FIA European Rally Championship are in the best condition possible. ...

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