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Skoda drivers looking forward to Belgium

Mladá Boleslav — The Geko Ypres Rally is taking place for the 50th time, and the Škoda drivers have their sights set on playing a major role at the anniversary event. After the one-two at the Circuit of Ireland Rally, Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (Finland) and the Škoda AUTO Deutschland team of Sepp Wiegand/Frank Christian (Germany) […]

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Ogier wins again in Italy

Business as usual in the end… sweeping the gravel on Friday, and only ninth after the opening stage that day, but Sébastien Ogier, World Champion and Championship leader wins 2914 Rally Italia Sardegna They finished: Ogier, Østberg, Latvala, Mikkelsen, Evans, Prokop, Solberg, Kubica, Bertelli, Al-QassimiI.t’s Ogier’s 20th WRC win, taking his level with the French […]

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Rally Italy: Ogier stays on top

The crews entered the final three stages of the rally this morning.. The first was the 14.0km run at ‘Castelsardo’ and this was quickly followed by the slightly longer ‘Tergu-Osilo’ stage that measured 14.88km. The last stage of the rally was the ‘Cala Flumini Power Stage’ where extra championship points were awarded to the fastest […]

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Kubica in trouble again in Italy

Those that survived the morning’s 59.13km ‘Monte Lerno 1’ stage had to tackle it again in the afternoon. The test featured the legendary ‘Micky’s Jump’ that never fails to disappoint as the cars are launched high into the Sardinian sky. This test followed the shorter ‘Monte Olia 2’ stage. As soon as Jari-Matti Latvala returned […]

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Rally Italy: Latvala’s overheating opens gap for Ogier

Ogier started the third day of action 22.4sec behind his Volkswagen team-mate. Latvala stretched that by more than six seconds in the opening test, but conceded 11.0sec when his engine temperature soared in the marathon 59.13km Monte Lerno stage. The gap plunged to 17.7sec, but Ogier felt it could have been even lower after confusion […]

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Rally Italy: Heat worries for Latvala

Sebastien Ogier moved 11s closer to Jari-Matti Latvala on the grueling 59km ‘Monte Lerno 1’ stage after the engine temperature in the Finn’s Polo climbed to worrying levels in the Sardinian heat. He was forced to back off in a bid to save his rally. “The temperature went up to 132 degrees (Celsius),” he explained. […]

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Rally Italy: Volkswagens pick up the pace

The afternoon’s stages were a re-run of the four that conspired to turn the leaderboard upside down when they were run as the morning loop.Martin Prokop’s good run in the morning faltered on SS6 as he was overhauled by Andreas Mikkelsen and Sebastien Ogier who moved into third and fourth places respectively. The VW Motorsport […]

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Rally Italy: Day 1 will be tough

This morning’s competitive mileage consists of four stages. The first is the 20km opener at ‘Terranova Nord 1’ and this is quickly followed by the 12.4km run through ‘Terranova Sud 1’. After a short stop to refuel, the crews then tackle the 20.29 km ‘Coiluna-Crastazza 1’ and the 27.30km ‘Loelle 1’ stages. Hyundai fill the […]

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Toyota on top of title chase

After three of the eight rounds of the 2014 South African Rally Championship, the top five contenders are clearly identified.Castrol Toyota Yaris S2000 crews Leeroy Poulter/Elvéne Coetzee and Hergen Fekken/Carolyn Swan occupy the top two positions, tied on 57 points. Henk Lategan (Sasol VW Polo) lies third in the drivers’ championship with 44 points after […]

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Ogier beginning to enjoy Rally Italia

World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier is starting to enjoy the Rally Italia, and is looking to extend his standings lead in Sardinia. The Frenchman won the event in 2013 on his way to the title. However, despite that success, the Volkswagen driver revealed in an interview with World RallyChampionship’s official website that he is not […]

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Kubica quickest in Italy shakedown

Robert Kubica was the surprise pacesetter through this morning’s shakedown stage at Rally Italia Sardegna. It was the first fastest time on a WRC gravel stage for the Pole who comes into the rally fresh from a weekend test in Sardinia. “I had quite a good feeling straight away and the grip was better than […]

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Successful dress rehearsal: Volkswagen in good form at the Shakedown in Italy

•  Ogier, Latvala and Mikkelsen second, third and fifth fastest •  Plenty of dust and sun – 4.33-kilometre warm-up ahead of the Rally Italy Successful warm-up for what promises to be a red-hot duel for the World Championship lead: Volkswagen duos Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) and Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila were second and third fastest in […]

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Subaru Rally Team dominates Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally

SUBARU RALLY Team USA’s David Higgins and Craig Drew dominated the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally (STPR), the fourth round of the Rally America National Championship, on May 30-31 in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. It is the third overall victory for the team this season to widen their Rally America points standings lead. Higgins and Drew won all […]

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Citroën Racing seek Sardinian success

SIXTH ROUND of the WRC season, Rally Italia Sardegna is set to welcome the World Rally Championship crews and teams on a partially renewed route.Held on roads around Sanremo from 1970 and then in Sardinia from 2004 onwards, Rally Italia has seen a Citroën winner on six different occasions. The French car maker’s first win […]

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Italy countdown: The Challenge

THE SIXTH ROUND of the FIA World Rally Championship is held on the tranquil island of Sardinia. But the profile of Rally Italia Sardegna doesn’t quite match its setting.With potentially rally-ending hazards on every stage, next week’s Rally Italia will be anything but tranquil for the WRC crews tackling it. The specific challenges are: The […]

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DAVID HIGGINS AND CRAIG DREW WIN THEIR SIXTH OREGON TRAIL RALLY

SUBARU RALLY Team USA’s David Higgins and Craig Drew dramatically won the Oregon Trail Rally by overtaking teammates Travis Pastrana and Chrissie Beavis on the next to last stage. The Oregon Trail Rally is the third round of the Rally America National Championship held in Portland and Hood River, Ore. Action sports icon Travis Pastrana […]

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Paddon learns aplenty ahead of debut

HYUNDAI rookie Hayden Paddon believes he has learned more in two tests with his new team than in the previous three years added together. Paddon will debut for the German-based squad at next week’s Rally Italia Sardegna and recently tested on gravel and asphalt in France, followed by loose surface work in Poland last week […]

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Lappi and Breen battle for ERC Asphalt Master honours in Ypres too

IT IS NOT JUST the lead of the FIA European Rally Championship that will be up for grabs when the Geko Ypres Rally takes place from 19-21 June. The 2014 ERC Asphalt Masters accolade is currently a straight fight between overall championship title chasers Esapekka Lappi and Craig Breen with the Finn 51 points ahead […]

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Marshall: Abbring has pace to win ERC Geko Ypres Rally

KEVIN ABBRING’s co-driver Seb Marshall says the Dutch ace has the pace to win next month’s Geko Ypres Rally, round six of the FIA European Rally Championship. Abbring and Marshall will head to Belgium on a high following their second-place finish on SATA Rallye Açores recently. And they are hoping for further success in their […]

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CRONJE AND HOUGHTON TAKE THE HONOURS IN PMC GAUTENG RALLY

AFTER WINNING two of yesterday’s three gravel stages (stage four was cancelled because of extremely dusty conditions), they controlled matters from the front today, adding another two stage wins (stages five and seven) and finished 49 seconds ahead of Henk Lategan and Barry White (Volkswagen Sasolracing Polo S2000). The VW pair produced the performance of […]

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PMC Gauteng Rally: Cronje leads comfortably

WITH SEVEN of the events eleven stages done and dusted Cronje was leading with a total time of 1:25.04.1. He was 54.6 ahead of the chasing Lategan who won stage 6 this morning. Hergen Fekken, who started in second place this morning, found himself demoted to third by his former teammate Lategan and is +1:08.5 […]

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CHAMPIONS BACK ON SONG AS CHAMPIONSHIP LEADERS FALTER

THEY WON two of the day’s three gravel special stages in the Bapsfontein area and will start tomorrow 24 seconds ahead of Hergen Fekken and Carolyn Swan (Castrol Team Toyota Yaris). There were four stages scheduled covering a total distance of some 82 kilometres, but this was unavoidably reduced to 77 kilometres when extremely dusty […]

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PMC Rally Dust cuts stages short

IN SECOND overall, and the only one of three works toyota’s entered, was Hergen Fekke, in a Castrol Toyota Yaris. He was 24.2 seconds behind Cronje. In third place ater the end of stage three and 42.0 second of the pace was the Dutch Volkswagen Racing driver in a Volkswagen Polo. He was followed by […]

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PMC Rally start in Bapsfontein

THE FIRST CAR to leave the start ramp at the RallyStar Driving Academy near Bapsfontein will be the Ford Dealer Team Fiesta of defending champions Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton. They will be followed by current championship leaders Leeroy Poulter/Elvéne Coetzee (Castrol Team Toyota Yaris), the visiting Dutch/Belgian duo of Hans Weijs Jnr and Bjorn […]

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World Rally Championship drivers want voice in format change debate

THE CHAMPIONSHIP’S most experienced driver Mikko Hirvonen said: “It would be nice if we could be listened to a little bit more, we all have some ideas about the future.”For me, the idea of the shootout on Sunday is stupid, but my co-driver [Jarmo Lehtinen] came up with a good plan. “Jarmo’s idea is to […]

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STPR Rally pivotal in Rally America battles

The battle for America HIGGINS comes fresh off a dramatic Oregon Trail Rally victory over action sports icon, Travis Pastrana, to extend his points standings lead at the beginning of the month. Higgins could strengthen his position even further with another overall victory at STPR, however, his rally won’t be without challenges when Hoonigan Racing’s […]

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Fifty-seven crews to line up in Sardinia

R5 cars make their first appearance ALSO back for his first outing since the season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo is Slovakian Jaroslav Melicharek who will drive a Fiesta RS. The WRC 2 category features its strongest entry of the season with 26 crews lined up, including the top four in the standings – Yuriy Protasov, Lorenzo Bertelli, […]

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Sousa beats Abbring in Azores Rally thriller

Win leaves Sousa speechless IT WAS THE SAME 21.3km stage that had proved to be Abbring’s downfall on the final morning, when he went off twice, losing the best part of 20s to Sousa, who had held a narrow lead overnight. Abbring spent the rest of the day clawing back the gap, while Sousa tried […]

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Another 1-2 for Skoda in APRC

Very difficult roads conditions “WE HAD QUITE a big lead on day two, so I just wanted to avoid making any mistakes on the muddy roads. I was under no pressure, and could relax in the Fabia Super 2000, which was perfect – as always,” said Kopecký, who was delighted with his first win at […]