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POULTER/COETZEE LEAD IMPERIAL TOYOTA CULLINAN RALLY AFTER DAY ONE

Current S2000 championship leaders Leeroy Poulter and Elvéne Coetzee (Castrol Team Toyota Yaris) got their second half of the SA National Rally Championship off to the best possible start by leading at the end of day one of the Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally today. They won three of the day’s six gravel stages (stages two, […]

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It is not over

Just to show that he still has some fight in him, Mark Cronje in the Ford Dealer Ford Fiesta won the last stage of the day on the Imperial Cullinan Rally. “SS6 is done, and we recorded the fastest time. We’re now 6th overall after 77km of action. We eat, sleep, repeat it tomorrow.” But […]

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Cronje has a job on his hands

The 2014 National Rally Championship has not been such a good year to Mark Cronje.And luck has not been on his side on the first four rallies of the season. On the Imperial Toyota Rally, looks like his not going to have a very good time. His broken gearbox on stage one forced his technicians […]

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Here we go again!

As Jan Hettema used to sing at the start of the Economy Run: “On the road again”, it was pretty much the same old story with the Imperial Toyota Rally in Cullinan. Mark Cronje in Ford Dealer Ford Fiesta S2000 did what he has done so many times in the past, by winning stage one. […]

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Project “Home Rally Reconciliation” – Volkswagen has big plans for their WRC home rally in Germany

* World championship match points for Volkswagen in the drivers’, co-drivers’ and manufacturers’ standings * Volkswagen drivers hungry for home success at first asphalt rally of the year * VIP guests Baumgartner, Maffay and Co to visit world championship spectacle in Trier. Back home with a score to settle – Volkswagen goes into the ninth […]

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Germany countdown: the stages

Some new, some old and some familiar but with a twist – that’s the menu competitors will taste next at ADAC Rallye Deutschland, round nine of the FIA World Rally Championship.First the new. Friday’s opening leg includes two passes over the unused 16.40km Waxweiler in the Eifel hills, close to the Belgian border. There are […]

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LATEGAN/WHITE FIRST AWAY IN IMPERIAL TOYOTA CULLINAN RALLY

The Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally will stir up the dust on the seasonally dry farm roads around Cullinan and in the Bronkhorstspruit areas today and tomorrow as the cream of South Africa’s rally crews do battle in round five of the SA Rally Championship. First car away from the ceremonial podium at the Zonderwater Correctional […]

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Opel Adam R2 Seeing Success In FIA European Rally Championship

Opel today is highlighting the successes achieved by its Adam R2 rally car since it was first homologated for use on the FIA European Rally Championship seven months ago. The nimble, 190 horsepower Adam R2 has so far racked up 12 class wins over 15 starts in national championship rounds in Germany, Spain, France and […]

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Hyundai Ready For Rallye Deutschland Battle

The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team head Germany  with Bryan Bouffier making his debut with the team in the World Rally Championship alongside regular drivers Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo.Rallye Deutcschland marks the first rally of the season which can be considered a tarmac rally with the first half being dominated by gravel. The team is based […]

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Next Leg Of ADAC Opel Rallye Cup Part Of World Rally Championship

The next leg of the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup will be the ADAC Rallye Deutschland beginning on August 21. The event will bring a new dimension of racing for many of the competitors in the Rallye cup, as it is also part of the FIA World Rally Championship. The Rallye Deutschland will be based at […]

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Rallye Deutschland attracts a bumper entry

A bumper entry of 89 cars will contest the next round of the FIA World Rally Championship ADAC Rally Deutschland. The Trier-based event is the first true asphalt rally of the season and takes place between 21-24 August. As well as welcoming the usual factory cars from Citroen, Hyundai, Volkswagen and M-Sport, ADAC Rallye Deutschland […]

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Latvala scores second success in seven days

Jari-Matti Latvala continued his rally-winning form on Finnish soil at the weekend when he won the Lathi Historic Rally in his very own Audi Quattro.  The Neste Oil Rally Finland winner used the latest round of the FIA European Historic Sporting Rally Championship as a debut event for his 1982-specification machine that has been built […]

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New Zealand’s iconic Race to the Sky to return in 2015

Andrew Hawkeswood competing at the last Race to the Sky held in 2007. Photo / Supplied Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell today announced New Zealand’s iconic Race to the Sky hill climb will return next year under new management after an eight year hiatus.Held in the Cardrona Valley near Wanaka, the high-profile event known as […]

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NAD Fiesta Duo Determined to Taste Champagne on Cullinan Rally

Enthusiastic S2000 rally privateers Japie van Niekerk and Gerhard Snyman (NAD Ford Fiesta) will be going all-out this weekend to better their result from the 2013 Cullinan Rally, an event on which they finished fifth. It was their outstanding performance of the season, and achieved in only their third outing in a Fiesta. The New […]

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Skoda ready for Asian leg of APRC

 ŠKODA works driver Jan Kopecký (CZ) embarks on his Malaysian adventure full of confidence following his home win at the Rally Bohemia. 10,000 kilometres from his last outing, an extremely demanding route awaits championship leader Kopecký and his team-mate Gaurav Gill (IND) at the fourth round of the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC). The works-assisted ŠKODA […]

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BIG OPPORTUNITY FOR NORTHERN REGIONS RALLY CREWS

Competitors in the Northern Regions rally championship have a great opportunity to compete with the best rally drivers and co-drivers in the country when they join forces in the Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally, round five of the SA National Rally Championship on August 15 and 16 . The Northern Regions contingent of 12 entries will […]

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CASTROL TEAM TOYOTA UNDER PRESSURE ON IMPERIAL TOYOTA RALLY IN CULLINAN

There are four rounds left in the 2014 South African National Rally Championship, and with Castrol Team Toyota’s Leeroy Poulter just 16 points clear at the top of the table, the pressure will be on during Round 5, the Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally. Teammates Hergen Fekken and Carolyn Swan are currently in third place in […]

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Rally legend Marcus Grönholm tests the Volkswagen Polo R WRC

The 46-year-old Finn’s expertise valuable in the development of the Polo R WRC Volkswagen Motorsport has secured the services of former World Rally Champion Marcus Grönholm: the 46-year-old Finn, winner of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in 2000 and 2002, will support the works team at test sessions with the Polo R WRC. Grönholm […]

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Diamonds and dust await Volkswagen Sasolracing team at round five of rally championship THE middle of August will see the Volkswagen Sasolracing team contest round five of the South African National Rally Championship. The team heads to Cullinan for the Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally on Friday and Saturday, 15 and 16 August – and 12 […]

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Lategan second on Rally Weiz in Belgium

The young South African rally star, Henk Lategan, achieved his best result yet in an European rally when he was placed second overall on the Rally Weiz, the fifth round of the Belgium Rally Championship. The event was won by the Belgian Rally Champion, Raimund Baumsclager. Lategan said after the event it was the most […]

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Cronje/Houghton Favourites for the Win Ahead of the Cullinan Rally

Can they make it three wins in a row…that’s the Million ZAR question being asked by the rivals of reigning National Rally Champions Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton as the countdown to the Cullinan Rally, the fifth round of the championship, begins in earnest.   Proceedings get underway at Zonderwater Correctional Services at 11h00 on […]

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WRC shootout could be for top three

The World Rally Championship’s 2015 final-stage shootout format could be for the top three drivers on each rally rather than the first two as originally mooted.The much-debated format for next year’s WRC events looks set to be revealed in September, and the concept of a last-stage decider remains on the cards. But instead of the […]

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Wilson disappointed in Hirvonen

 M-Sport World Rally Championhship team boss Malcolm Wilson admitted he was “really disappointed” with lead driver Mikko Hirvonen after Rally Finland.Hirvonen, who won his home WRC round in 2009 and finished on the podium four years in succession, was a distant fifth and almost three minutes behind the winner last week. “I have to go […]

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Colin McRae would have turned 47 today

While Britain has groomed plenty of star rally drivers, few rose as high as Colin McRae. The Scottish-born driver won the British Rally Championship in 1991 and ’92 and won the World Rally Championship in 1995, becoming the first Brit to do so as well as the youngest ever to win the prestigious title, driving […]

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Nelson Piquet jr to make Sprint Cup debut this weekend

Ex-formula one racer Nelson Piquet is returning to the NASCAR circuit  this weekend, but he is moving up the ranks.Brazilian racer Nelson Piquet Jr. is remembered in Formula One as the son of a former champion caught up in a massive scandal. He’s remembered in NASCAR as that guy who tried to kick Brian Scott below […]

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Craig Breen likely to cancel German start

 Craig Breen is focused on being fully fit for round eight of the FIA European Rally Championship later this month after he hurt his back in a heavy landing during Finland’s world championship qualifier yesterday.Breen, an ERC event-winner with the Peugeot Rally Academy squad, was in ninth position when the incident occurred and required medical […]

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Max Vatanen lears a lot in Finland

Max Vatanen gained more vital experience in the cut and thrust of the World Rally Championship with a stage-winning performance on Rally Finland, the fastest WRC event of them all.The 23-year-old son of Finnish rallying legend Ari Vatanen was taking part in the Jyvaskyla-based event for the first time as part of the Drive DMACK […]

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IMPERIAL TOYOTA CULLINAN RALLY FEATURES THREE NEW SPECIAL STAGES

The Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally, round five of the SA National Rally Championship, will feature three new special stages out of a total of 12 over the two-day event that starts from the Zonderwater Correctional Services facility north-east of Pretoria on August 15.There will be six special stages on Friday covering some 78 kilometres of […]

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Rally Finland: Home win for Latvala

Volkswagen’s Jari-Matti Latvala delivered in front of his home fans and took an emotional victory on Rally Finland on Sunday. It was Latvala’s third WRC win of the season and his second on the ‘1000 Lakes Rally’, as it use to be known. The result also means Volkswagen stretches its unbroken run of WRC triumphs […]

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Latvala increases lead

The final day opened with a Rally Finland classic. Ruuhimäki is famed for a sequence of flat-out jumps near the end. After a long straight and several 90 degree corners, the jumps started at 2.5km, building up to the big ones in the final section. Fastest time for Jari-Matti Latvala through the opening stage of […]

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Two-part thriller — Latvala holds the lead in Finland

 Dominance followed by drama: Latvala/Anttila still up front in their home event  Victory within reach for Ogier/Ingrassia, Mikkelsen/Fløene comfortably in fourth place  Volkswagen Polo R WRC celebrates 600th top-three time since January 2013      . With a combination of driving expertise and nerves of steel, Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) held on to their […]

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Rally Finland: SS 21 Ogier closing on struggling Latvala

Surkee had several rhythm changes which challenged drivers’ abilities to adapt. Wide roads contrasted with narrower sections, with rocks lining the roadside in the latter.Jari-Matti Latvala’s Neste Oil Rally Finland lead came under threat from Volkswagen team-mate Sébastien Ogier as brake problems continued to hinder the Finn. Latvala ceded 7.3sec to his colleague as he […]

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Rally Finland: Ostberg out with damaged roll cage

Mökkiperä is a Finland classic but this year it was run in the opposite direction to normal. The first part was on flat roads with long straights and 90 degree corners, before turning into a high-speed roller coaster over big jumps and through fast bends. Mads Østberg retired from fifth place at Neste Oil Rally […]