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Tue September 29, 2015

Loeb tries to find Dakar Peugeot Loeb tries to find Dakar Sébastien Loeb, the greatest rally driver ever, will take on one of the biggest challenges of his illustrious career when he lines up as part of Peugeot's dream team at the legendary Dakar in January for the first time. The nine-time World Rally Championship winner and Pi...

Fabia R5 on Tour de Corse Skoda Fabia R5 on Tour de Corse ŠKODA heads to the Rally Corsica (1 to 4 October) with the new Fabia R5 on the back of three WRC 2 victories in succession. Armed with its new rally car, the Czech manufacturer will be pushing for more success at the eleventh round of the 13-round season in the FIA World Rally Ch...

Mon September 28, 2015

Pirelli on verge to clinch ERC title IRC Pirelli on verge to clinch ERC title Pirelli driver Kajetan Kajetanowicz has taken maximum European Rally Championship points on the latest round of the series in Cyprus, putting him on the verge of clinching the title. With two rounds to go (the Acropolis Rally in Greece and the Rallye du Valais in Switzerland) ...

Sun September 27, 2015

Kajetanowicz increases ERC lead IRC Kajetanowicz increases ERC lead Kajetan Kajetanowicz has increased his lead in the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship after winning the CNP ASFALISTIKI Cyprus Rally, which finished in Larnaca today. Co-driven by Jarek Baran, the Polish star set the fastest time on 14 of the fast 16 mixed-surface stages in ...

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IRC CY SS16 - end @ 02:41 PM - 100% gravel. Al Attiyah wins the rally, Kajetanowicz gets max ERC points. Final results (after SS16)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
Results after SS15:
1st= Al Attiyah/Baumel, Ford, 2h08m38s4;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +7s;
3rd= Al Kuwari/Clarke, Ford, +4m;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +4m32s1;
5th= Consani/Vanneste, Citroen, +5m43s
6th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +6m16s8;
7th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +7m22s5;
8th= Botka/Szeles, Mitsubishi, +8m03s8;
9th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +8m29s3;
10th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +9m46s7

IRC CY SS15 - New overall leader! @ 01:42 PM - 81% gravel. Al Attiyah takes overall lead by 1.3s with one stage to go. Results after SS15:
1st= Al Attiyah/Baumel, Ford, 2h02m03s6;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1s3;
3rd= Al Kuwari/Clarke, Ford, +3m48s5;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +4m09s7;
5th= Consani/Vanneste, Citroen, +4m59s6
6th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +5m52s8;
7th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +6m26s3;
8th= Botka/Szeles, Mitsubishi, +7m34s6;
9th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +7m44s4;
10th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +9m06s1

IRC CY SS14 @ 01:07 PM - 87% gravel. The fight for the lead is down to 4.4s! And Al Kuwari overtakes Magalhaes, but Magalhaes is still on course to get massive points for 2nd in ERC. Results after SS14:
1st= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, 1h56m44s1;
2nd= Al Attiyah/Baumel, Ford, +4s4;
3rd= Al Kuwari/Clarke, Ford, +3m43s1;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +3m52s4;
5th= Consani/Vanneste, Citroen, +4m46s7
6th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +5m36s5;
7th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +6m04s1;
8th= Botka/Szeles, Mitsubishi, +7m16s6;
9th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +7m22s6;
10th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +8m38s6

IRC CY SS13 @ 12:26 AM - 87% gravel. Puncture for Lukyanuk, who now has to continue without spare. Magalhaes' 3rd place under threat from Al Kuwari. Results after SS13:
1st= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, 1h49m56s9;
2nd= Al Attiyah/Baumel, Ford, +13s2;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +3m30s5;
4th= Al Kuwari/Clarke, Ford, +3m32s2;
5th= Consani/Vanneste, Citroen, +4m24s6
6th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +5m06s7;
7th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +5m38s7;
8th= Botka/Szeles, Mitsubishi, +6m41s4;
9th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +6m45s1;
10th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +8m03s2

IRC Kajto is ERC Gravel Master @ 10:28 AM - After SS11 Kajto is virtually crowned ERC Gravel Master. Kajto has 296pts, Breen 153, Lukyanuk 146. This gives Kajto a lead of 143pts with 5 stages left in this event and the Acropolis Rally only consisting of 9 stages, hence only 140pts are left for grabs.

IRC CY SS12 @ 10:23 AM - 100% gravel: Kajto has to reset the car 3 times for power steering failure. Jeets drops over 10min with a rock jamming a wheel stuck between rim and brake disk. Results after SS12:
1st= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, 1h42m45s2;
2nd= Al Attiyah/Baumel, Ford, +17s9;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +3m14s2;
4th= Al Kuwari/Clarke, Ford, +3m25s5;
5th= Consani/Vanneste, Citroen, +4m11s6
6th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +4m43s2;
7th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +5m06s5;
8th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +6m08s1;
9th= Botka/Szeles, Mitsubishi, +6m13s;
10th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +6m52s2

IRC CY SS11 @ 09:41 AM - 81% gravel. Unusual for cyprus some drivers complain of being in the rev limiter. Al Kuwari closes on Magalhaes with his dust inside car problem. Results after SS11:
1st= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, 1h35m47s2;
2nd= Al Attiyah/Baumel, Ford, +32s5;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +3m15s3;
4th= Al Kuwari/Clarke, Ford, +3m24s5;
5th= Consani/Vanneste, Citroen, +4m06s6
6th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +4m28s1;
7th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +5m14s2;
8th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +5m44s5;
9th= Botka/Szeles, Mitsubishi, +5m55s1;
10th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +6m23s8

IRC CY SS10 @ 09:36 AM - 87% gravel. Lukyanuk moves up 2 more places. Magalhaes has lots of dust inside the car. Results after SS10:
1st= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, 1h30m27s;
2nd= Al Attiyah/Baumel, Ford, +34s9;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +2m59s3;
4th= Al Kuwari/Clarke, Ford, +3m19s5;
5th= Consani/Vanneste, Citroen, +3m50s;
6th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +4m05s2;
7th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +5m08s5;
8th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +5m20s9;
9th= Botka/Szeles, Mitsubishi, +5m32s7;
10th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +5m53s8

IRC CY SS9 @ 09:28 AM - 87% gracel. Al Attiyah has a puncture. Now clear lead for Kajto. Consani fast and takes Tarabus. Lukyanuk with power steering now on the way up. Results after SS9:
1st= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, 1h26m36s6;
2nd= Al Attiyah/Baumel, Ford, +35s7;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +2m36s7;
4th= Al Kuwari/Clarke, Ford, +3m07s4;
5th= Consani/Vanneste, Citroen, +3m33s7;
6th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +3m36s;
7th= Demostheous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +4m43s1;
8th= Botka/Szeles, Mitsubishi, +4m58s9;
9th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +5m03s8;
10th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +5m14s7

Sat September 26, 2015

Kaijto conquers day1 IRC Kaijto conquers day1 Kajetan 'Kajto' Kajetanowicz has taken control of the CNP ASFALISTIKI Cyprus Rally, after a superb opening day in which the FIA European Rally Championship leader has set all-but one fastest stage time to lead overnight by 2m17.8s. ...

Jeets looking for double gravel adventure IRC Jeets looking for double gravel adventure Estonia's Raul Jeets is looking forward to a double FIA European Rally Championship gravel adventure, as he contests this weekend's CNP ASFALISTIKI Cyprus Rally, and the following SEAJETS Acropolis Rally (10-11 October), both for the very first time. Jeets will drive the ...

Lukyanuk surprises in road position choice IRC Lukyanuk surprises in road position choice The road selection process for this weekend's CNP ASFALISTIKI Cyprus Rally 2015 caused a big surprise, when the leading FIA European Rally Championship crews adopted completely different tactics. ERC leader Kajetan Kajetanowicz had been fastest over this morning's Qualify...

Kajto's heart beats faster IRC Kajto's heart beats faster Kajetan Kajetanowicz says that leading the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship is making his "heart beat faster", as he hopes to extend his advantage on this weekend's CNP ASFALISTIKI Cyprus Rally. The Polish LOTOS Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5 driver has arrived in Cyprus with ...

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IRC CY SS8 - day1 @ 04:46 PM - 77% asphalt, spectacular stage in the UN border zone between Greek and Turkish part of Cyprus. Botka passes Tlustak again. Results after day1 (SS8):
1st= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, 1h16m22s6;
2nd= Al Attiyah/Baumel, Ford, +13s2;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +2m17s8;
4th= Al Kuwari/Clarke, Ford, +2m58s9;
5th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +3m07s8;
6th= Consani/Vanneste, Citroen, +3m19s1;
7th= Demostheous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +3m58s7;
8th= Botka/Szeles, Mitsubishi, +4m23s6;
9th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +4m35s9;
10th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +4m57s7

IRC CY SS7 @ 01:39 PM - 64% asphalt. Kajto now 9sec clear of Al Attiyah. Lukyanuk has to do all day without power steering. Tlustak passes Botka. Results after SS7:
1st= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, 1h10m57s5;
2nd= Al Attiyah/Baumel, Ford, +9s1;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +2m12s5;
4th= Al Kuwari/Clarke, Ford, +2m40s4;
5th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +2m59s;
6th= Consani/Vanneste, Citroen, +3m16s6;
7th= Demostheous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +3m43s1;
8th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +4m13s3;
9th= Botka/Szeles, Mitsubishi, +4m13s6;
10th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +4m42s3

IRC CY SS6 @ 11:59 AM - 66% gravel. Kajto again pulls clear of Al Attiyah. Kind of strange, this is the main fight right now, but they drive for two different championships. Results after SS6:
1st= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, 1h04m43s3;
2nd= Al Attiyah/Baumel, Ford, +5s;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +1m53s8;
4th= Al Kuwari/Clarke, Ford, +2m22s8;
5th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +2m41s5;
6th= Consani/Vanneste, Citroen, +2m54s7;
7th= Demostheous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +3m21s5;
8th= Botka/Szeles, Mitsubishi, +3m39s8;
9th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +3m43s4;
10th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +4m06s4

IRC CY SS5 @ 11:57 AM - 86% asphalt. Al Attiyah pulls some time back on Kajto. Results after SS5:
1st= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, 56m12s7;
2nd= Al Attiyah/Baumel, Ford, +1s3;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +1m36s4;
4th= Al Kuwari/Clarke, Ford, +2m04s1;
5th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +2m24s1;
6th= Consani/Vanneste, Citroen, +2m33s7;
7th= Demostheous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +3m00s6;
8th= Botka/Szeles, Mitsubishi, +3m03s;
9th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +3m18s2;
10th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +3m33s7

IRC CY SS4 @ 08:49 AM - 64% asphalt Results after SS4:
1st= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, 40m13s1;
2nd= Al Attiyah/Baumel, Ford, +3s5;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +1m19s1;
4th= Al Kuwari/Clarke, Ford, +1m37s;
5th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m48s3;
6th= Consani/Vanneste, Citroen, +1m58s6;
7th= Demostheous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +2m14s2;
8th= Botka/Szeles, Mitsubishi, +2m21s3;
9th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +2m31s2;
10th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +2m48s9

IRC CY SS3 @ 08:40 AM - 66% gravel. Kajto takes very narrow overall lead over the MERC leader. Butvilas retires from 7th. Results after SS3:
1st= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, 33m57s9;
2nd= Al Attiyah/Baumel, Ford, +0s1;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +1m02s3;
4th= Al Kuwari/Clarke, Ford, +1m17s;
5th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m24s5;
6th= Consani/Vanneste, Citroen, +1m37s4;
7th= Botka/Szeles, Mitsubishi, +1m52s8;
8th= Demostheous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +1m56s5;
9th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +1m57s1;
10th= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +2m20s9

IRC CY SS2 @ 07:08 AM - 86% asphalt and longest stage of the rally. ERC leader Lukyanuk drops a lot of time down to 11th as his power steering does not work at all now. Results after SS2:
1st= Al Attiyah/Baumel, Ford, 25m17s4;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +5s5;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +44s9;
4th= Consani/Vanneste, Citroen, +58s5;
5th= Al Kuwari/Clarke, Ford, +1m05s8;
6th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +1m07s1;
7th= Butvilas/Heller, Subaru, +1m31s4;
8th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +1m34s9;
9th= Botka/Szeles, Mitsubishi, +1m38s7;
10th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +1m41s8

IRC CY SS1 @ 06:38 AM - 8% gravel. Al Attiyah leads overall, Lukyanuk leads ERC even though Lukyanuk reports broken power steering on last kms. Results after SS1:
1st= Al Attiyah/Baumel, Ford, 9m19s1;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +6s9;
3rd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +8s8;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Peugeot, +27s8;
5th= Tarabus/Trunkat, Skoda, +28s7;
6th= Consani/Vanneste, Citroen, +33s1;
7th= Butvilas/Heller, Subaru, +36s3;
8th= Tlustak/Kucera, Skoda, +49s2;
9th= Al Kuwari/Clarke, Ford, +51s5;
10th= Demosthenous/Laos, Mitsubishi, +52s5

Fri September 18, 2015

Q&A Alexey Lukyanuk IRC Q&A Alexey Lukyanuk Alexey Lukyanuk has scored 62 points from the last two ERC rounds thanks to a victory on gravel at auto24 Rally Estonia and fourth on the Tarmac of Barum Czech Rally Zlín. Fiaerc.com caught up with the Russian as he prepares for his first visit to Cyprus....

Cyprus Rally Preview IRC Cyprus Rally Preview Kajetan 'Kajto' Kajetanowicz has a great chance to extend his lead in the FIA European Rally Championship when round eight, the CNP ASFALISTIKI Cyprus Rally 2015 (25-27 September), gets underway next week. ...

The Duncan Capri rides again General The Duncan Capri rides again The good news for all supporters and fans of the Kenya Airways Safari Classic Rally is that Ian Duncan will be on the start line on November 19th. The winner of the Safari Classic when it was last run in 2013, Duncan initially ran into difficulties when he entered for 2015 in the...

Safari: Exit the gladiators General Safari: Exit the gladiators During the next days all round Europe, teams that are entering the Kenya Airways Safari Classic 2015 will be packing their rally cars into containers along with a suitable quantity of spare parts, tools and tyres and sending them off marked “Destination Mombasa”. ...

Tue September 15, 2015

Peugeot 1-2 in China Peugeot Peugeot 1-2 in China Team Peugeot Total's Stéphane Peterhansel and Cyril Despres overcame the exceptionally varied challenges thrown at them by the atypical China Silk Road Rally to collect a highly encouraging one-two finish for the PEUGEOT 2008 DKR at the end of the 5, 442-kilometre event!...

Kumho tyres help Kobus into Barum top10 IRC Kumho tyres help Kobus into Barum top10 Considering the Dutch pairing of Hermen Kobus and Erik de Wild were experiencing the first major event in their new Skoda Fabia R5, a result of 8th overall in the Barum Czech Rally Zlín (August 29/30) was a mighty impressive result. But for a harmless spin on the second day it wo...

Sun September 13, 2015

Hyundai cement championship position WRC Hyundai cement championship position Hyundai Motorsport continues to hold second place in the WRC Manufacturers Championship following a successful Rally Australia in which all three Hyundai i20 WRC cars registered top-eight finishes. The final day of the tenth event of 2015 has seen competitors tackle five stag...

Tänak proves potential down under Ford Tänak proves potential down under M-Sport World Rally Team's Ott Tänak showed his potential at this weekend's Rally Australia. The Estonian finished in sixth place - an impressive feat on what was his first taste of the Australian stages with M-Sport's top-specification Ford Fiesta RS WRC. Getting to ...

Volkswagen crowned World Champions* WRC Volkswagen crowned World Champions* Three in one - Volkswagen claimed a triumphant success in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) won the Rally Australia, ahead of team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), to secure their third World Championship title in a r...

Deserved podium finish for Kris Meeke Citroen Deserved podium finish for Kris Meeke Second overall this morning, just 0.3 seconds behind Sébastien Ogier, Kris Meeke was involved in a four-way battle at the front. With five stages to go, there were only 9.1 seconds between the top four. The running order was changed for the short final leg. Kris Meeke continue...

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