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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 […]

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Third Time Lucky

The event brings challenges BY THEIR OWN high standards it has certainly been an inauspicious start to the season: it kicked off with an uncharacteristic mistake in KZN, and then ended prematurely with an equally atypical mechanical breakage in Mpumalanga. This after already having been delayed with a pair of punctures – one on the […]

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A KEEN BATTLE DEVELOPING IN S1600 RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Class very competitive A full house of 25 points and a 12-point lead over second-placed Willie van Straaten and Scott Howden (Toyota RunX) seems like a good cushion, but such is the competitiveness of the S1600 class that anything can, and usually does, happen. Van Straaten and Howden are a surprise package in their first […]

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SPARKS SET TO FLY IN ROUND THREE OF SA NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

The Ford Fight Back BACK-BACK wins by Leeroy Poulter and Elvéne Coetzee (Castrol Team Toyota Yaris) see the factory pairing leading the championship with 50 points from team-mates Hergen Fekken and Carolyn Swan, whose 40 points come from second in the Tour Natal Rally in March and third in the Sasol Rally in April. Third […]

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Volkswagen Sasolracing Set to Kick Up Dust

Seeking to improve points standing THERE ARE 172 km of rally stages waiting for the Volkswagen Sasolracing team at this third event, the last for the team before they tackle the Volkswagen Rally in July. The PMC event will be centred around Rallystar in the Bapsfontein area with five stages taking place on Friday and […]

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New old co-driver for Mikkelsen

Mutual Understanding IN 2012 they also paired up in Volkswagen Motorsport’s learning year in the WRC, which both team and driver contested in a Škoda Fabia S2000. Andreas Mikkelsen and his previous co-driver, who currently find themselves third in the Drivers’ Championship behind the Volkswagen duos of Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) and Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), […]

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Mt. Washington Hillclimb entry list includes some big names

Largest field in 110 year history The Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb, also known as the Climb to the Clouds, was first run in 1904 as part of the famous Glidden Tour and serves as one of North America’s oldest motorsports events. Following a 3-year hiatus, the 2014 Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb will be a 3-day […]

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Breen fastest on ERC SATA Rallye Açores Qualifying Stage

Peugeot 208 T16 R5 vs Ford Fiesta R5 “I WAS 3.5s quicker than in Free Practice,” said Breen. “The road is cleaning and I’m quite happy with the time although there are one or two small things to change.” Breen’s performance means he will be the first driver to select his starting position when the […]

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Team MRF start favourites at Rallye New Caledonia

MRF expected to be pace setters again JUST 11.9 seconds behind were their Czech team-mates, Jan Kopecky and Pavel Dresler, who were making their APRC debut.Gill knows the stages well. In a recent interview, he commented that his driving has become more refined over recent seasons. “With age and with time, my driving has become […]

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Hyundai announce line up for Poland

WITH THE itinerary featuring fast and flowing gravel stages – a kind of terrain very familiar to Finnish drivers – selecting Hänninen to partner Neuville was the ideal choice for the Alzenau-based team. As previously announced, Hayden Paddon and John Kennard will drive the Hyundai i20 WRC #20, scoring points for the Hyundai Motorsport N […]