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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 […]

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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 […]