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Fri September 30, 2011

Door opens for Ford duo in France Ford Door opens for Ford duo in France Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team’s world title aspirations took yet another unexpected twist on the winding asphalt roads of today’s dramatic opening leg of Rallye de France....

Bad luck for Skoda so far in France Skoda Bad luck for Skoda so far in France Friday was the first day of the last-but-one event of this year's SWRC. With eight stages to go on Day 1 (148 kilometres), both crews of the ŠKODA Red Bull team made an excellent start - championship leaders Hänninen & Markkula took the lead after Stage 2, Gassner & Wüste...

Thu September 29, 2011

Hanninen braced for Mikkelsen threat IRC Hanninen braced for Mikkelsen threat Defending Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion Juho Hanninen says he expects that Andreas Mikkelsen will be his toughest opponent when he returns to the series on RAC MSA Rally of Scotland....

Wilks tipped to fight back in Scotland Peugeot Wilks tipped to fight back in Scotland Marc van Dalen has backed Peugeot UK’s Guy Wilks to make up for the disappointment of his early exit from Rallye Sanremo earlier this month when the Intercontinental Rally Challenge resumes on RAC MSA Rally of Scotland next week....

Home hero Alister McRae makes IRC return IRC Home hero Alister McRae makes IRC return Alister McRae will return to the Intercontinental Rally Challenge on RACMSA Rally of Scotland from 7-9 October, 12 months after he last took part in the all-action series....

Tue September 27, 2011

sWRC enters the final phase for Skoda Skoda sWRC enters the final phase for Skoda The question who will win this year's SWRC is going to be answered soon: taking place next weekend (30 September – 2 October), the French Rally is the last-but-one event of this season's World Championship. The ambition of the Red Bull ŠKODA team in the season's s...

Bad luck for Sotille & Kangur IRC Bad luck for Sotille & Kangur The Rally Sanremo, the 9th round of the International Rally Challenge, ended in disappointment for the two participating Honda crews, who were both forced to retire on the first day....

PROTON Hokkaido Preview General PROTON Hokkaido Preview PROTON Motorsports is walking tall right now: five miles high, in fact. And travelling quickly: close on 1,000kph, in fact. This is the Japanese leg of the team’s Europe-Asia-Europe three-week trip. This week, it’s all about Rally Hokkaido and the penultimate round of the FIA Asi...

PROTON San Remo Review IRC PROTON San Remo Review PROTON Motorsports team principal Chris Mellors says Rallye Sanremo, which ended in Italy last night, represents the Satria Neo S2000’s most competitive outing in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge to date....

Mon September 26, 2011

New livery for Ford in France Ford New livery for Ford in France Ford will field its official Fiesta RS World Rally Cars in a stunning black colour scheme for the first time in competition at next week’s Rallye de France (29 September - 2 October).  Following a concerted campaign by fans on the team’s Facebook page, Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally ...

Mini Rallye Alsace preview WRC Mini Rallye Alsace preview The MINI WRC Team will again be competing on asphalt when it arrives in Strasbourg for its fourth event of 2011, Rally France-Alsace. The team is keen to capitalise on its third place in Germany for Dani Sordo (ES) and the tarmac performance shown by the MINI John Cooper Works WR...

Alsace, Citroen's home round Citroen Alsace, Citroen's home round After travelling to the other side of the world, the 2011 World Rally Championship will finish in Europe. The ‘Rallye de France-Alsace’, the first of the three remaining events, will be on Citroën’s home turf. Last year, Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena won their seventh world tit...

Solberg & Co up for Alsace Challange Citroen Solberg & Co up for Alsace Challange Petter Solberg, Kimi Räikkönen and Peter van Merksteijn Jr will all start the Rally de France-Alsace at the wheel of their Citroën Racing Technologies Citroën DS3 WRCs. The Citroën privateer drivers who scored points in Rally Germany – the first tarmac event of the season – are a...

Sat September 24, 2011

Neuville wins IRC thriller by 1.5s IRC Neuville wins IRC thriller by 1.5s Thierry Neuville has won Rallye Sanremo following a thrilling finish to the Intercontinental Rally Challenge round on the Italian Riviera this afternoon. Driving a Team Peugeot Belgium-Luxembourg 207 Super 2000, Neuville surged ahead on the demanding asphalt event with one stage ...

ŠKODA comes second at San Remo Skoda ŠKODA comes second at San Remo A breathtaking drama and unexpected changes until the last moment – the ninth event of this year's IRC was an attractive spectacle where winning or losing was once again a matter of just tenths of a second. After a thrilling finish, Andreas Mikkelsen lost to Neuville in a...

Majors grand-slam success for Peugeot Peugeot Majors grand-slam success for Peugeot The 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge calendar features three of rallying’s most famous events, and they have all been won by Peugeot 207 S2000 drivers. Following Bryan Bouffier’s success on January’s Rallye Monte-Carlo, Thierry Neuville went on to win the Tour de Corse i...

Frustration for Campana Peugeot Frustration for Campana Rally star Pierre Campana endured a weekend to forget at Rallye Sanremo after a series of technical issues hampered his progress from the very opening loop of the event. The Corsican ace battled valiantly in spite of the many challenges that presented themselves over the two-day ...

Loix wins dramatic day1 finish IRC Loix wins dramatic day1 finish A thrilling battle for victory is in store on the final day of Rallye Sanremo with a little more than two seconds covering the top two drivers on the Intercontinental Rally Challenge event. SKODA UK Motorsport’s Andreas Mikkelsen was leading up until the 44-kilometre Ronde nig...

San Remo & Asphalt Trophy leg1 IRC San Remo & Asphalt Trophy leg1 Once again the 44 km long “Ronde” stage proved to be decisive for the final result. The Belgian driver Freddy Loix attacked since the beginning, imposing over Andreas Mikkelsen with 7”2. The Norwegian is now 2”7 behind the leader. As most races of the IRC the difference among the...

Peugeot runners in contention Peugeot Peugeot runners in contention No fewer than five Peugeot 207 S2000s completed the first of the 2011 Rallye Sanremo’s two legs in the top nine places. Thierry Neuville and Bryan Bouffier, who are currently third and fourth, figure among the four drivers still in contention....

Loix in Fabia leads San Remo Skoda Loix in Fabia leads San Remo The ninth event of this year's IRC, the legendary San Remo Rally, has been a success story for ŠKODA so far. Freddy Loix in a Fabia Super 2000 is in the lead, followed by Andreas Mikkelsen of ŠKODA UK Motorsport who is only 2.7 sec behind him. IRC leader Jan Kopecký is fi...

NEWS JUST IN

IRC I end - Neuville wins! @ 04:36 PM - Neuville wins by just 1.5s! This is the 3rd IRC round in a row where the winning margin is less than 2s! Final results (after SS13)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
Results after SS12:
1st= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, 2h19m57s8;
2nd= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +1s5;
3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +16s;
4th= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +1m09s1;
5th= Magalhaes/Grave, Peugeot, +1m26s;
6th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +3m47s8;
7th= Scandola/d'Amore, Ford, +4m05s9;
8th= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +4m28s;
9th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +5m24s1;
10th= Basso/Dotta, Proton, +7m26s9

IRC I SS12 - 0.3s with 1 stage to go! @ 03:42 PM - Neuville takes lead by just 0.3s from Mikkelsen. Last stage is 15.5km. Results after SS12:
1st= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, 2h09m36s5;
2nd= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +0s3;
3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +9s3;
4th= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +51s;
5th= Magalhaes/Grave, Peugeot, +1m14s3;
6th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +3m32s;
7th= Scandola/d'Amore, Ford, +3m47s5;
8th= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +4m05s1;
9th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +5m06s6;
10th= Basso/Dotta, Proton, +7m03s7

IRC I SS11 - Loix blocks stage @ 02:46 PM - No stage times as Loix, 1st car on the road, crashed and blocked the stage. Crew is OK. This means with two stages to go Mikkelsen leads with 1.9s from Neuville. Results after SS10 (without Loix):
1st= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, 1h56m01s5;
2nd= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +1s9;
3rd= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +9s;
4th= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +32s7;
5th= Magalhaes/Grave, Peugeot, +1m00s8;
6th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +3m11s1;
7th= Scandola/d'Amore, Ford, +3m33s5;
8th= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +3m40s1;
9th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +4m38s8;
10th= Hotz/Ravasi, Peugeot, +6m29s9

IRC I SS10 - Loix back in lead @ 11:45 AM - How things change in such a close battle. Loix leads by 2,5s, while Neuville is now only 1,9s behind Mikkelsen. Basso stopped 1m with electric problems. Scandola loses a place for a puncture. Results after SS10:
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 1h55m59s;
2nd= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +2s5;
3rd= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +4s4;
4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +11s5;
5th= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +35s5;
6th= Magalhaes/Grave, Peugeot, +1m03s3;
7th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +3m13s6;
8th= Scandola/d'Amore, Ford, +3m36s;
9th= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +3m42s6;
10th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +4m41s3

IRC I SS9 - Top3 bei less than 5s now! @ 10:41 AM - Mega time by Neuville. Seems to be a bit of a Peugeot stage. Nevertheless, a fast time of Neuville, followed by Bouffier, with a comparatively slow-ish time by Mikkelsen, means the top3 are now covered by 4.9s (from an overnight 16.6)! Results after SS9:
1st= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, 1h45m29s9;
2nd= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +1s3;
3rd= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +4s9;
4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +10s;
5th= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +33s2;
6th= Magalhaes/Grave, Peugeot, +57s6;
7th= Scandola/d'Amore, Ford, +57s9;
8th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +2m56s6;
9th= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +3m21s1;
10th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +4m23s4

IRC I SS8 - Mikkelsen takes it back @ 09:50 AM - Mikkelsen re-takes lead by just 2s with a fine time, but the stage win goes to Neuville. Campana has fuiel pressure problems, Basso has brake problems. Results after SS8:
1st= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, 1h31m43s6;
2nd= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, +2s;
3rd= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +13s;
4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +16s6;
5th= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +32s1;
6th= Magalhaes/Grave, Peugeot, +49s;
7th= Scandola/d'Amore, Ford, +52s7;
8th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +2m44s7;
9th= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +2m56s8;
10th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +3m59s7

Fri September 23, 2011

Skoda to appear at the Race of Champions Skoda Skoda to appear at the Race of Champions The Race of Champions, an event with a history of over 20 years of exciting races of champions across various motorsport disciplines, will see the first appearance by ŠKODA and its Fabia Super 2000s this year. The first weekend of December (3 – 4 Dec, 2011), the best of the b...

Live TV schedule for Rally Scotland IRC Live TV schedule for Rally Scotland The all-action Intercontinental Rally Challenge will thrill millions of fans watching on television around the world next month when coverage of RACMSA Rally of Scotland, the penultimate round of the 2011 IRC season, is broadcast live on Eurosport. Eurosport, the IRC’s media p...

Mikkelsen tops shakedown IRC Mikkelsen tops shakedown Andreas Mikkelsen has set a blistering pace to go fastest on shakedown for Rallye Sanremo, round nine of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge....

Heloise targets Subaru upgrade in 2012 Peugeot Heloise targets Subaru upgrade in 2012 French driver Johan Heloise could contest more rounds of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge in 2012 – if plans to drive an R4-specification Subaru Impreza reach fruition....

Albertini talks down IRC 2WD Cup hopes General Albertini talks down IRC 2WD Cup hopes Stefano Albertini is refusing to acknowledge the possibility that he can win the IRC 2WD Cup this season, despite back-to-back victories promoting him into second position in the title fight....

Atkinson to tap into Basso’s knowledge IRC Atkinson to tap into Basso’s knowledge Chris Atkinson plans to make the most of PROTON Motorsports’ team-mate Giandomenico Basso’s knowledge of the Rallye Sanremo stages when he tackles the Intercontinental Rally Challenge qualifier for the first time....

Peugeot gunning for IRC classic triple Peugeot Peugeot gunning for IRC classic triple eugeot will start Rallye Sanremo on Friday looking to extend its run of victories on the Intercontinental Rally Challenge’s trio of classic events to three....

NEWS JUST IN

IRC I leg1 - Loix takes stage and lead @ 10:22 PM - Mega 44km night stage. Loix wins the stage and takes the lead with Mikkelsen close behind in both. No top10 retirements from this mega stage, but sadly Basso, had super fast splits, but then he lost the intercom, and that very moment for a missed pace note went off for 4min! Results after leg1 (SS7):
1st= Loix/Miclotte, Skoda, 1h17m49s7;
2nd= Mikkelsen/Floene, Skoda, +2s7;
3rd= Neuville/Gilsoul, Peugeot, +16s6;
4th= Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot, +17s8;
5th= Kopecky/Stary, Skoda, +34s2;
6th= Magalhaes/Grave, Peugeot, +39s2;
7th= Scandola/d'Amore, Ford, +47s1;
8th= Perico/Carrara, Peugeot, +2m39s9;
9th= Campana/de Castelli, Peugeot, +2m40s3;
10th= Gardemeister/Suominen, Skoda, +3m35s9

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