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This is Topic: WRC Rally News 2010
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2016 WRC: Meeke masters Portugal for second win
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 01:09 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
2016 WRC: Meeke masters Portugal for second win


Kris Meeke became the fourth different winner in five WRC rounds this season after triumphing at Vodafone Rally de Portugal on Sunday afternoon.

The Northern Irishman, returning to the championship after missing the previous two rallies in the Americas, shook off the rust to win the four-day rough road event by 29.7sec in Citroën’s DS 3. It was his second success after victory in Argentina last year.

Thirty-six-year-old Meeke followed Sébastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and Hayden Paddon onto the top step of the WRC podium this year after building a lead of almost a minute during the first part of the rally and measuring his pace through the final day-and-a-half.

He took the lead in the second stage on Friday morning and remained troublefree on the rocky mountain roads in the north of the country, making the most of clean, grippy conditions courtesy of a low start position.


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2016 WRC: Meeke leads amid drama in Portugal
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 06:30 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
2016 WRC: Meeke leads amid drama in Portugal


Kris Meeke led Vodafone Rally de Portugal on Friday night after dominating an action-packed day in the hills overlooking northern Spain.

The Briton, returning to the WRC after missing the previous two rounds, claimed the lead by winning this morning’s opening speed test. He was fastest in four more to head world championship leader Sébastien Ogier by 31.9sec with two days remaining.

Hayden Paddon, winner of the previous round in Argentina, and Ott Tänak provided the drama. Both rolled at the same place this afternoon and their cars caught fire, fierce flames reducing Paddon’s car to a shell in minutes. Both drivers and co-drivers were unhurt.

Two stage wins this morning enabled Meeke to build a 11.5sec lead in Citroën’s DS 3 over Ogier, fastest in last night’s curtain-raising test. As the gravel roads became heavily rutted, he stretched his lead to 35.2sec in the repeat pass, before Ogier narrowed the gap in the final two asphalt street tests in Porto.


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2016 WRC: Meeke retains control in Portugal
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 04:02 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
2016 WRC: Meeke retains control in Portugal


Kris Meeke will carry a comfortable lead into the final leg of Vodafone Rally de Portugal after distancing world champion Sébastien Ogier over rough mountain roads on Saturday. Meeke, returning to FIA World Rally Championship action after a two-event absence, completed a clean sweep of wins in the three morning stages to extend his lead to almost a minute. He measured his pace over rougher afternoon roads to lead tonight by 45.3sec.

Aware of the dangers on the rock-strewn gravel tracks, Meeke opted to carry two spare wheels in Citroën’s DS 3 instead of the usual one to guard against punctures. He needed neither but had to contend with different handling in the heavier car.


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Meeke leads amid drama in Portugal
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, May 20, 2016 - 05:37 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Meeke leads amid drama in Portugal


Kris Meeke led Vodafone Rally de Portugal on Friday night after dominating an action-packed day in the hills overlooking northern Spain. The Briton, returning to the WRC after missing the previous two rounds, claimed the lead by winning this morning’s opening speed test. He was fastest in four more to head world championship leader Sébastien Ogier by 31.9sec with two days remaining.

Hayden Paddon, winner of the previous round in Argentina, and Ott Tänak provided the drama. Both rolled at the same place this afternoon and their cars caught fire, fierce flames reducing Paddon’s car to a shell in minutes. Both drivers and co-drivers were unhurt.


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Paddon: My targets stay the same
Posted by: ASkyler on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 05:51 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Paddon: My targets stay the same


Haydon Paddon refuses to let his breakthrough WRC victory in Argentina last month alter his season’s targets as he prepares for this week’s Vodafone Rally de Portugal (19 - 22 May). The New Zealander held off Sébastien Ogier in a dramatic finale to secure a popular maiden win, but is adamant he will continue to use this season to put building blocks in place for a future title challenge.

"The win in Argentina was definitely a confidence booster but my feet remain firmly on the ground," said the 29-year-old Hyundai i20 driver. "We know that in equal conditions we still have work to do to become a regular challenger to Seb.


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Barcelona Welcomes The Dakar 2017 And Team HRC
Posted by: newsla on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 06:22 AM
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Barcelona Welcomes The Dakar 2017 And Team HRC


Team HRC Rally today took part in the Rally Dakar 2017 presentation, held in one of the most emblematic places in the city of Barcelona.

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Pirelli Continues To Lead European Rally Championship
Posted by: newsla on Monday, May 09, 2016 - 05:42 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Pirelli Continues To Lead European Rally Championship


Pirelli driver Kajetan Kajetanowicz continues to lead the FIA European Rally Championship after setting eight out of 12 fastest stage times on the legendary Acropolis Rally. In total, a Pirelli driver won every stage apart from one.

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Team HRC Set To Participate In The New Dakar 2017
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 05:32 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Team HRC Set To Participate In The New Dakar 2017


Team HRC were present this morning as the route for the forthcoming 39th edition of the Dakar Rally was announced. The race, in South America, will run through Paraguay -new country in this race-, Bolivia and Argentina.

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Paddon triumphs in Argentine thriller
Posted by: ASkyler on Monday, April 25, 2016 - 06:15 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
Paddon triumphs in Argentine thriller


Hayden Paddon scored his first WRC victory at YPF Rally Argentina on Sunday afternoon after fighting off world champion Sébastien Ogier in a thrilling finale to a scintillating last day duel.

The pair were separated by just 2.6sec ahead of the final legendary El Condor speed test, but Paddon stunned the Frenchman to hurtle down the rock-strewn mountain almost 12sec faster and secure a 14.3sec winning margin in his Hyundai i20.

He became the first New Zealand driver to win a WRC round in the championship’s 43-year history and crushed Volkswagen’s ambitions of securing an unprecedented 13 consecutive victories.

"I can’t believe it, I really didn’t think I stood a chance before the last stage after losing time to Ogier this morning," said Paddon, who celebrated his 29th birthday the day before the start. "I gave that last stage everything I had. Tight and twisty roads like El Condor aren’t my strength but I drove the stage of my life."


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Rally Argentina: Paddon leads Argentina as Latvala crashes
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 07:46 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Rally Argentina: Paddon leads Argentina as Latvala crashes


Hayden Paddon is on course for his maiden WRC victory after Jari-Matti Latvala rolled out of the lead of YPF Rally Argentina on Saturday afternoon.

Paddon, seeking to become the first New Zealander to win a WRC round, ended the penultimate leg of the four-day event with a 29.8sec advantage over championship leader Sébastien Ogier. Less than 60km of gravel speed tests remain tomorrow.

Latvala seemed to have withstood a determined charge from Paddon this morning to enter the penultimate special stage with a 14.5sec advantage in his Volkswagen Polo R. The Finn was almost seven seconds quicker midway through when he crashed heavily and retired.


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Rally Argentina: Latvala out front after opening leg in Argentina
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 06:07 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
Rally Argentina: Latvala out front after opening leg in Argentina


Jari-Matti Latvala made a determined start in his quest for back-to-back FIA World Rally Championship wins by leading YPF Rally Argentina after Friday’s first full day of action.

Latvala, victorious at the previous round in Mexico, won four of today’s eight speed tests to head Volkswagen Polo R team-mate Sébastien Ogier by 7.9sec.



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Rally Argentina: Ogier targets WRC grand slam
Posted by: ASkyler on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 07:31 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Rally Argentina: Ogier targets WRC grand slam


Sébastien Ogier will complete a career grand slam of WRC event victories if he wins this week’s YPF Rally Argentina (21 - 24 April).

The rough road south American rally is the only one on the calendar* that Ogier has yet to win during a career which has netted 34 triumphs.

Success in Argentina has eluded the triple world champion, who scored his maiden win in Portugal in 2010, in six previous attempts. He finished runner-up to Sébastien Loeb in 2013 and Volkswagen team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala the following year.

"Argentina is the only rally on the calendar I have not yet won," said 32-year-old Ogier. "This year will not be easy either because we will once again be the first car onto the route. Whatever happens, I will do my best to improve my record here and to win for the first time.


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Citroen Racing Completes Initial Testing Of Its 2017 World Rally Car
Posted by: ASkyler on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 07:31 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Citroen Racing Completes Initial Testing Of Its 2017 World Rally Car


On schedule, Citroën Racing has completed initial testing of the car that will be entered by the brand in the World Rally Championship from next season. On the gravel roads around the Château de Lastours and then in Fontjoncouse, Kris Meeke has already tested the reliability and performances of this new generation model.

First and foremost, it is worth remembering what a 2017-spec World Rally Car actually is. Because compared with the models that first appeared in 2011 the change is set to be dramatic, for eyes and ears alike! 55mm wider, the bodywork enjoys great aerodynamic freedom, with a front bumper fitted with a splitter, prominent air inlets and outlets, a rear diffuser, and so on. It is no accident that comparisons have been made with the legendary Group B cars of the 1980s!

Under the bonnet, the 1.6-litre direct injection turbo engine is now fitted with a 36mm booster flange, like the Citroën C-Elysée WTCCs. With some 380bhp under the right-hand pedal, the drivers will be able to savour the power on offer, especially as the minimum regulatory weight has been reduced by 25kg and the four-wheel drive now comes with a central differential that improves traction…


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Argentina Awaits For Pirelli Scorpion K Tyres
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 06:04 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Argentina Awaits For Pirelli Scorpion K Tyres


The varied gravel stages of Rally Argentina are the next stop on the World Rally Championship for Pirelli.

The championship’s only event in South America is a classic part of the calendar that is known for the region’s passionate rally fans, more than a million of whom watch the stages each year.

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WRC TV turns spotlight on WRC 2 with new highlights show
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, April 15, 2016 - 07:13 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
WRC TV turns spotlight on WRC 2 with new highlights show


· WRC Promoter extends WRC 2 coverage

· Bespoke broadcast focuses on WRC support category at each round

· New launch adds to WRC’s comprehensive HD programme portfolio

WRC TV will provide standalone highlights of the WRC 2 action from all future rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship following a surge in entries for the series’ principal support category.

Starting at next week’s Rally Argentina (21 - 24 April), the story of the weekend’s WRC 2 battle will be told in a bespoke round-up made available to broadcasters within hours of the Sunday finish.


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Team HRC Rally Moves To Montesa-Honda, In Spain
Posted by: newsla on Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 06:49 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Team HRC Rally Moves To Montesa-Honda, In Spain


Honda Racing Corporation’s Rally Team has recently set up headquarters in the Montesa-Honda installations in Santa Perpetua de la Mogoda, in Barcelona.

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Red Bull Global Rallycross Returns to DIS June 17-19; Tickets On Sale Now
Posted by: newsla on Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 06:48 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Red Bull Global Rallycross Returns to DIS June 17-19; Tickets On Sale Now


The high-intensity action of Red Bull Global Rallycross returns to Daytona International Speedway for the third straight year, June 17-19. The series comes to the “World Center of Racing” for a doubleheader that will make up Rounds 4 and 5 of the 2016 season.

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Pirelli Looks To Emulate Podium Monopoly In Ireland
Posted by: newsla on Monday, April 04, 2016 - 03:41 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Pirelli Looks To Emulate Podium Monopoly In Ireland


Having taken the top two podium positions on the opening round of the European Rally Championship on the Canary Islands, Pirelli is hoping to emulate the feat on the next round of the series: the Circuit of Ireland.

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ERC Newsletter 2016-02
Posted by: newsla on Friday, March 18, 2016 - 06:09 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
ERC Newsletter 2016-02


KAJETANOWICZ: DEFENDING ERC TITLE WILL BE TOUGHER THAN WINNING IT
Kajetan Kajetanowicz reckons defending his FIA European Rally Championship title could be even harder than winning it in the first place. The LOTOS Rally Team driver was speaking after slipping to second place on the final day of the season-opening Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Inglés last week. “It’s one thing to attack, another to defend,” said the Ford Fiesta R5-driving Pole. “The strong performance on the rally from Alexey [Lukyanuyk] and Mads Østberg just goes to show how tough the opposition will be this year. And we don’t know who is coming next either. I have a very tricky job to try and keep the title.” Kajetanowicz will head to next month’s Circuit of Ireland Rally with 29 points in the bag and he knows that he cannot afford any more mistakes in order to sustain his title challenge after he set his tyre pressures too high on Gran Canaria. “The strongest challenge is yet to come, so I have to try and be perfect everywhere,” he pointed out. “My lack of experience in the Canary Islands showed, and I made a mistake that meant I was lucky to stay in the rally. I could easily have come away with zero points.”

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Two-Time Dakar Winner Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah Return To Overdrive Racing For FIA
Posted by: newsla on Friday, March 18, 2016 - 06:02 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
Two-Time Dakar Winner Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah Returns To Overdrive Racing For FIA World Cup Events


Qatar’s esteemed rally driver Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah has made a sensational return to Overdrive Racing and will drive a Toyota Hilux for the Belgian team in the forthcoming Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and Sealine Cross-Country Rally, rounds two and three of the 2016 FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup.

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Four Japanese Teams Enter International Rally Of Whangarei
Posted by: newsla on Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 10:45 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
Four Japanese Teams Enter International Rally Of Whangarei


The 2016 International Rally of Whangarei will welcome four Japanese teams to compete in the first round of the 2016 FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship. Cusco Racing, Ahresty Rally Team, Cherish Rally Team, and Astronaut Rally Racing are currently shipping cars and equipment to New Zealand, especially for the event starting 29th April.

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Big Land, Air Operation Helps Drivers, Riders, Pass Extreme Test
Posted by: newsla on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 06:05 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Big Land, Air Operation Helps Drivers, Riders, Pass Extreme Test In Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge


The world’s leading cross country rally drivers and riders are again shaping up to tackle the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge POWERED BY Nissan, and they will rely on a big land and air operation as well as their own skill and experience to survive one of motor sport’s most extreme tests.

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One-Two For Pirelli On FIA European Rally Championship Opener
Posted by: newsla on Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 01:37 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
One-Two For Pirelli On FIA European Rally Championship Opener


Pirelli has clinched a one-two finish on the first round of the FIA European Rally Championship: the Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Ingles.

Russian driver Alexey Lukyanuk picked up where he left off last season, by winning in the Canary Islands, having previously triumphed on the final round of the 2015 season: the Rallye du Valais in Switzerland.

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ERC Rally Islas Canarias Post-Event Press Conference
Posted by: newsla on Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 08:34 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
ERC Rally Islas Canarias Post-Event Press Conference


Present:
Alexey Lukyanuk/Alexey Arnautov, Ford Fiesta R5, first place
Kajetan Kajetanowicz/Jarek Baran, LOTOS Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5, second place
Luis Monzón/José Carlos Déniz, Auto-Laca Competition Citroën DS3 R5, third place
Wojciech Chuchała/ Daniel Dymurski, Subaru Poland Rally Team Impreza STi, ERC2 first place
Łukasz Habaj/Piotr Woś, Rallytechnology Peugeot 208 R2, ERC3 first place

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ERC Rally Islas Canarias Day Two Report: Lukyanuk Beats Kajetanowicz
Posted by: newsla on Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 08:29 AM
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ERC Rally Islas Canarias Day Two Report: Lukyanuk Beats Kajetanowicz


Alexey Lukyanuk won the opening round of the 2016 FIA European Rally Championship after defeating the defending champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz on the final day of Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Inglés.

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