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Mon November 11, 2013

Spirited fight back from Peugeot Peugeot Spirited fight back from Peugeot Between them, Peugeot 207 S2000 drivers Craig Breen and Jérémi Ancian notched up more stage victories than all their rivals on the 2013 Rallye International du Valais, with 12 wins and seven one-two finishes to their name after the weekend's 18 tests. After leading early on, ...

Sat November 9, 2013

Lappi wins ERC 2013 finale IRC Lappi wins ERC 2013 finale The all-action 2013 FIA European Rally Championship reached its climax in Switzerland this afternoon with rising star Esapekka Lappi underlining his huge potential by winning an action-packed Rallye International du Valais alongside co-driver Janne Ferm. ...

Flying Finn wins again for Skoda Skoda Flying Finn wins again for Skoda The ‘flying Finn’ Esapekka Lappi has triumphed once again for ŠKODA in the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) final in the Swiss Alps. Together with his co-driver Janne Ferm, the exceptionally talented driver scored a confident win with a substantial lead in the Rallye Interna...

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IRC CH end - still surprising end result @ 03:26 PM - Burri drops near a minute with more engine problems and just about keeps 2nd place! Ancian with another storming drive makes up 2 places on the last stage! Reuche loses 2WD win with engine problems. End results - subject to last road section and scrutineering (after SS18):
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 3h13m42s8;
2nd= Burri/Saucy, Ford(T), +3m28s2;
3rd= Breen/Vanneste, Peugeot, +3m36s2;
4th= Ancian/Vitrani, Peugeot, +6m21s1;
5th= Orsak/Kostka, Skoda, +6m26s7;
6th= Althaus/Ioset, Peugeot, +6m42s9;
7th= Gonon/Horgnies, Subaru, +7m47s7;
8th= Perroud/Marchand, Peugeot, +13m15s9;
9th= Michel/Arlettaz, Citroen, +13m17s7;
10th= Salinas/Micheli, Renault, +14m12s4

IRC CH SS17 - Ancian amazes @ 02:39 PM - Ancian wins stage just from Lappi and 10s faster than Breen. Burri still has a misfire problem. Results after SS17:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 2h57m04s7;
2nd= Burri/Saucy, Ford(T), +2m33s4;
3rd= Breen/Vanneste, Peugeot, +3m32s;
4th= Orsak/Kostka, Skoda, +5m41s7;
5th= Althaus/Ioset, Peugeot, +6m00s1;
6th= Ancian/Vitrani, Peugeot, +6m09s5;
7th= Gonon/Horgnies, Subaru, +6m59s9;
8th= Reuche/Deriaz, Renault, +11m33s1;
9th= Michel/Arlettaz, Citroen, +12m00s7;
10th= Perroud/Marchand, Peugeot, +12m02s9

IRC CH SS16 - First Lappi stage win today @ 02:19 PM - Though for a change a stage without dramas to report and without position changes. Burri however reports a power problem, which may play into Breen's hands. Results after SS16:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 2h46m12s8;
2nd= Burri/Saucy, Ford(T), +2m17s2;
3rd= Breen/Vanneste, Peugeot, +3m23s;
4th= Orsak/Kostka, Skoda, +5m21s7;
5th= Althaus/Ioset, Peugeot, +5m33s4;
6th= Ancian/Vitrani, Peugeot, +6m09s6;
7th= Gonon/Horgnies, Subaru, +6m38s2;
8th= Reuche/Deriaz, Renault, +10m48s9;
9th= Perroud/Marchand, Peugeot, +10m58s1;
10th= Michel/Arlettaz, Citroen, +11m09s3

IRC CH SS15 - Gryazin out from 3rd @ 01:14 PM - Gryazin has a technical problem just as Breen was catching him for the last podium place. Orsak passes Althaus and Ancian passes Gonon. Results after SS15:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 2h32m17s7;
2nd= Burri/Saucy, Ford(T), +1m34s5;
3rd= Breen/Vanneste, Peugeot, +2m57s4;
4th= Orsak/Kostka, Skoda, +4m43s3;
5th= Althaus/Ioset, Peugeot, +4m46s4;
6th= Ancian/Vitrani, Peugeot, +5m48s5;
7th= Gonon/Horgnies, Subaru, +5m59s4;
8th= Reuche/Deriaz, Renault, +9m34s5;
9th= Perroud/Marchand, Peugeot, +9m38s5;
10th= Michel/Arlettaz, Citroen, +9m47s5

IRC CH SS14 - Aigner off, Ancian puncture @ 11:14 AM - Stunning time by Breen. Ancian dropped 3min with puncture. Aigner off from 2nd. Crew OK, car not so and blocking the road. Happened right after start of longest stage of the rally (37km), so from Lappi start (and so results) is delayed. Results after SS14:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 2h25m32s9;
2nd= Burri/Saucy, Ford(T), +1m37s7;
3rd= Gryazin/Chumak, Ford, +2m45s6;
4th= Breen/Vanneste, Peugeot, +3m02s4;
5th= Althaus/Ioset, Peugeot, +4m39s;
6th= Orsak/Kostka, Skoda, +4m41s9;
7th= Gonon/Horgnies, Subaru, +5m49s5;
8th= Ancian/Vitrani, Peugeot, +5m53s1;
9th= Reuche/Deriaz, Renault, +9m19s9;
10th= Perroud/Marchand, Peugeot, +9m23s9

IRC CH SS13 - Ancian wins fantastic stage @ 10:25 AM - Very interesting stage going right to the end of a valley and coming back the other side. Ancian wins stage from Breen. Ancian moves past Althaus to. Results after SS13:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 2h00m52s7;
2nd= Aigner/Watzl, Subaru, +46s7;
3rd= Burri/Saucy, Ford(T), +1m26s8;
4th= Gryazin/Chumak, Ford, +2m21s1;
5th= Ancian/Vitrani, Peugeot, +3m21s;
6th= Althaus/Ioset, Peugeot, +3m28s7;
7th= Breen/Vanneste, Peugeot, +3m31s8;
8th= Orsak/Kostka, Skoda, +4m03s4;
9th= Gonon/Horgnies, Subaru, +5m09s3;
10th= Perroud/Marchand, Peugeot, +7m33s5

IRC CH SS12 - Peugeots move up @ 10:07 AM - A large part of this stage is gravel. Breean winning stage from Ancian for 2nd stage in a row. Both pass Orsak. Lappi has a spin dropping 12.5s to Aigner. Results after SS12:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 1h49m44s2;
2nd= Aigner/Watzl, Subaru, +35s7;
3rd= Burri/Saucy, Ford(T), +1m21s7;
4th= Gryazin/Chumak, Ford, +2m05s9;
5th= Althaus/Ioset, Peugeot, +2m44s6;
6th= Ancian/Vitrani, Peugeot, +3m27s;
7th= Breen/Vanneste, Peugeot, +3m35s4;
8th= Orsak/Kostka, Skoda, +3m45s9;
9th= Gonon/Horgnies, Subaru, +4m48s6;
10th= Perroud/Marchand, Peugeot, +6m51s

IRC CH SS11 - Good start for Breen @ 09:32 AM - Breen wins stage. Is he running out of bad luck? Ancian has another min time penalty. With a Finn leading a gN car, the main attraction of the day will be how far the Peugeots can move up rather than the fight for the win. Results after SS11:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 1h35m10s2;
2nd= Aigner/Watzl, Subaru, +48s2;
3rd= Burri/Saucy, Ford(T), +1m21s;
4th= Gryazin/Chumak, Ford, +1m52s6;
5th= Althaus/Ioset, Peugeot, +2m38s1;
6th= Orsak/Kostka, Skoda, +3m39s8;
7th= Ancian/Vitrani, Peugeot, +3m40s2;
8th= Breen/Vanneste, Peugeot, +3m52s8;
9th= Gonon/Horgnies, Subaru, +4m33s5;
10th= Michel/Arlettaz, Citroen, +6m21s8

Fri November 8, 2013

Lappi leads action packed Valais IRC Lappi leads action packed Valais Esapekka Lappi starts the final leg of Rallye International du Valais with a clear lead on the FIA European Rally Championship season-closer. However, with the longest day of the Swiss event remaining, Lappi’s second ERC victory is far from guaranteed. ...

China winner Lappi leads Valais Skoda China winner Lappi leads Valais He triumphed for ŠKODA in China last Sunday, and now he is in the lead ahead of the final day of the Rallye International du Valais too: the fast Finn Esapekka Lappi demonstrated his exceptional talent once again in the Swiss Alps. He and his co-driver Janne Ferm now have a 43.7-...

Aigner leads after dramatic start IRC Aigner leads after dramatic start Andreas Aigner and co-driver Barbara Watzl lead Rallye International du Valais after an action-packed start to the FIA European Rally Championship season-finale in Switzerland today. Driving a Subaru Impreza R4 STI on Yokohama tyres, they are 3.7s ahead of Esapekka Lappi and ...

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IRC CH leg2 - Stage win for Orsak @ 04:09 PM - Surprising stage win for Orsak. Lappi has good lead, but mainly thanks to the bad luck of Breen & Ancian. Not many changes on the last stage. Results after leg2 (SS10):
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 1h28m24s4;
2nd= Aigner/Watzl, Subaru, +43s7;
3rd= Burri/Saucy, Ford(T), +1m18s9;
4th= Gryazin/Chumak, Ford, +1m41s2;
5th= Althaus/Ioset, Peugeot, +2m19s8;
6th= Ancian/Vitrani, Peugeot, +2m41s2;
7th= Orsak/Kostka, Skoda, +3m33s1;
8th= Breen/Vanneste, Peugeot, +3m54s2;
9th= Gonon/Horgnies, Subaru, +4m20s4;
10th= Perroud/Marchand, Peugeot, +6m02s7

IRC CH SS9 - Stage win again for Ancian @ 02:48 PM - And Breen gains another place. Hotz however has retired on the road section before this stage. Although when Hotz lost a place on the stage before, this was straight fight, stage time was good. Results after SS9:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 1h22m36s3;
2nd= Aigner/Watzl, Subaru, +38s3;
3rd= Burri/Saucy, Ford(T), +1m14s8;
4th= Gryazin/Chumak, Ford, +1m40s9;
5th= Althaus/Ioset, Peugeot, +2m11s9;
6th= Ancian/Vitrani, Peugeot, +2m41s1;
7th= Orsak/Kostka, Skoda, +3m37s9;
8th= Breen/Vanneste, Peugeot, +3m57s;
9th= Gonon/Horgnies, Subaru, +4m10s8;
10th= Perroud/Marchand, Peugeot, +5m44s4

IRC CH SS8 - Another strong Lappi time @ 02:36 PM - Lappi wins stage. Ancian strong time too. Breen overtakes Hotz, while Hotz is another Peugeot driver on the move up after time penalties. Results after SS8:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 1h15m51s3;
2nd= Aigner/Watzl, Subaru, +31s1;
3rd= Burri/Saucy, Ford(T), +1m05s8;
4th= Gryazin/Chumak, Ford, +1m34s3;
5th= Althaus/Ioset, Peugeot, +2m01s4;
6th= Ancian/Vitrani, Peugeot, +2m43s1;
7th= Orsak/Kostka, Skoda, +3m16s6;
8th= Gonon/Horgnies, Subaru, +3m51s4;
9th= Breen/Vanneste, Peugeot, +3m57s;
10th= Hotz/Ravasi, Peugeot, +3m59s1

IRC CH SS7 - Peugeots on the move up @ 01:23 PM - Longest stage of the day. Although Lappi wins stage, strong times have Breen move from 14th to 10th and Ancian from 8th to 6th. Though Ancian has a water temperature problem. Results after SS7:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 1h08m10s4;
2nd= Aigner/Watzl, Subaru, +25s2;
3rd= Burri/Saucy, Ford(T), +58s2;
4th= Gryazin/Chumak, Ford, +1m20s4;
5th= Althaus/Ioset, Peugeot, +1m46s8;
6th= Ancian/Vitrani, Peugeot, +2m42s4;
7th= Orsak/Kostka, Skoda, +2m56s5;
8th= Gonon/Horgnies, Subaru, +3m20s6;
9th= Hotz/Ravasi, Peugeot, +3m53s8;
10th= Breen/Vanneste, Peugeot, +3m55s1

IRC CH SS6 - Surprising Ancian @ 10:50 AM - Ancian won every stage this morning. Aigner closes in on leader Lappi. Carron crashed out from 6th place. Results after SS6:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 53m06s3;
2nd= Aigner/Watzl, Subaru, +2s9;
3rd= Burri/Saucy, Ford(T), +34s;
4th= Gryazin/Chumak, Ford, +43s5;
5th= Althaus/Ioset, Peugeot, +1m10s5;
6th= Orsak/Kostka, Skoda, +2m08s6;
7th= Gonon/Horgnies, Subaru, +2m15s3;
8th= Ancian/Vitrani, Peugeot, +2m32s4;
9th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +3m23s4;
10th= Hotz/Ravasi, Peugeot, +3m30s6

IRC CH SS5 - Another stage win for Ancian @ 10:33 AM - Breen carries on with power steering problems for the whole loop. Ancian in turn wins another stage. Results after SS5:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 46m03s6;
2nd= Aigner/Watzl, Subaru, +5s5;
3rd= Burri/Saucy, Ford(T), +43s;
4th= Gryazin/Chumak, Ford, +43s8;
5th= Althaus/Ioset, Peugeot, +1m09s2;
6th= Carron/Rivaz, Peugeot, +1m19s4;
7th= Orsak/Kostka, Skoda, +1m46s1;
8th= Gonon/Horgnies, Subaru, +2m07s3;
9th= Ancian/Vitrani, Peugeot, +2m40s7;
10th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +3m00s5

IRC CH SS4 - More problems for Breen @ 09:37 AM - Not Breens rally, doing most of this twisty Alpine stage without power steering. Brilliant fastest time for Ancian, but it is Lappi who takes lead. Hotz late out of service and got time penalties. Consani retired again. Results after SS4:
1st= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, 38m09s3;
2nd= Aigner/Watzl, Subaru, +5s1;
3rd= Burri/Saucy, Ford(T), +29s3;
4th= Gryazin/Chumak, Ford, +35s9;
5th= Althaus/Ioset, Peugeot, +1m02s9;
6th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +1m09s1;
7th= Orsak/Kostka, Skoda, +1m23s4;
8th= Gonon/Horgnies, Subaru, +1m50s9;
9th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +2m21s5;
10th= Breen/Vanneste, Peugeot, +2m22s8

IRC CH leg1 - Strange time penalties @ 03:09 AM - Strangely Breen and Ancian have now both been checking in early. Probably trying to make up time on road for road position after being delayed the previous stage? Still, checking in early is a clear case for penalties. Breen now 16th, Ancian 28th. Lappi wins stage, Aigner surprise leader. Results after leg1 (SS3):
1st= Aigner/Watzl, Subaru, 22m30s6;
2nd= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +3s7;
3rd= Burri/Saucy, Ford(T), +22s3;
4th= Gryazin/Chumak, Ford, +23s1;
5th= Hotz/Ravasi, Peugeot, +28s7;
6th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +44s6;
7th= Althaus/Ioset, Peugeot, +49s5;
8th= Orsak/Kostka, Skoda, +51s4;
9th= Gonon/Horgnies, Subaru, +1m09s8;
10th= Consani/Landais, Renault, +1m16s5

IRC CH SS2 - Peugeots convince @ 02:51 AM - Time penalties could be given to Breen and Ancian as they were delayed for road works. Though every driver complains the timing was too tight. Results after SS2:
1st= Breen/Vanneste, Peugeot, 16m20s1;
2nd= Ancian/Vitrani, Renault, +5s3;
3rd= Aigner/Watzl, Subaru, +12s4;
4th= Hotz/Ravasi, Peugeot, +23s2;
5th= Burri/Saucy, Ford(T), +23s6;
6th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +25s4;
7th= Gryazin/Chumak, Ford, +30s9;
8th= Carron/Revaz, Peugeot, +36s8;
9th= Althaus/Ioset, Peugeot, +43s;
10th= Consani/Landais, Renault, +50s1

IRC CH SS1 - Tied leaders for starters @ 02:40 AM - We have a Peugeot tie between Breen and Ancian. Lappi had a spin. Roads seem slippy, but in fact it is 15°C and dry, which is far warmer and drier than in Germany! Results after SS1:
=1st= Breen/Vanneste, Peugeot, 7m26s1;
=1st= Ancian/Vitrani, Peugeot, +s;
3rd= Aigner/Watzl, Subaru, +4s3;
4th= Hotz/Ravasi, Peugeot, +4s8;
5th= Burri/Saucy, Ford(T), +8s8;
6th= Carron/Rivaz, Peugeot, +11s9;
7th= Gryazin/Chumak, Ford, +14s2;
8th= Althaus/Ioset, Peugeot, +15s5;
9th= Lappi/Ferm, Skoda, +18s3;
10th= Consani/Landais, Renault, +20s6

Wed November 6, 2013

Peugeot wants to end ERC 2013 on a high Peugeot Peugeot wants to end ERC 2013 on a high The Peugeot Rally Academy will field its full squad for the 54th Rallye International du Valais, the final round of the 2013 FIA European Rally Championship. Peugeot 207 S2000s have been entered for Craig Breen and Jérémi Ancian, while Stéphane Lefebvre will drive a Peugeot 208 R...

Lappi wants podium in Switzerland Skoda Lappi wants podium in Switzerland The fast Finn Esapekka Lappi and his co-driver Janne Ferm hope to secure a spot on the winners’ rostrum for ŠKODA in the final of the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) season. The pair plans to extend ŠKODA’s string of successes in the Rallye International du Valais to be hel...

Sat November 2, 2013

Orsak with new car and look in Valais IRC Orsak with new car and look in Valais Orsák has missed the last two rounds of the ERC in Croatia and Italy through injury but is now back in action, only this time the GPD Mit Metal Racing Team star has swapped his regular Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX R4 for a pacesetting Fabia S2000 for the Swiss event, which take...

Fri November 1, 2013

All eyes on Breen for last ERC round Peugeot All eyes on Breen for last ERC round The focus will be on Craig Breen when the 2013 FIA European Rally Championship concludes in Switzerland next week as he attempts to land the coveted runner-up spot in the final standings. ...

Coverage boost for Valais IRC Coverage boost for Valais The final round of this year’s FIA European Rally Championship will benefit from extensive coverage in Le Matin, the number one newspaper in French-speaking Switzerland. ...

Full Rallye du Valais preview IRC Full Rallye du Valais preview EVENT PREVIEW: 2013 FIA European Rally Championship, round 12 of 12 Rallye International du Valais, 7-9 November (Switzerland) ERC crews ready and waiting for season finale in Switzerland ...

Sun October 27, 2013

Lefebvre to underline potential in CH Peugeot Lefebvre to underline potential in CH Having shone on his first three appearances in the 2013 FIA ERC 2WD Championship, Peugeot Rally Academy ace Stéphane Lefebvre (right) will be gunning to convert his potential into his maiden class victory on the season-closing Rallye International du Valais. ...

Mon October 21, 2013

Valais ERC finale gets close IRC Valais ERC finale gets close With less than a month to go before the 2013 FIA European Rally Championship concludes on Rallye International du Valais, the excitement continues to grow ahead of the Swiss event. ...

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