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This is Topic: WRC Rally News 2010
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ERC Drivers Praise Rally Di Roma Capital
Posted by: ASkyler on Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 05:35 PM
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ERC Drivers Praise Rally Di Roma Capital


FIA European Rally Championship drivers have described Rally di Roma Capitale as one of the events of the season following its scheduling as the penultimate event of the current campaign last week (14-17 September). The all-Tarmac rally, which marked Italy’s return to the ERC for the first time since 2013, began in spectacular fashion with a driving tour through Rome and culminated in a dramatic final-stage showdown with Bryan Bouffier taking victory over Kajetan Kajetanowicz by three-tenths of a second.

After bringing parts of central Rome to a standstill on Friday evening with an 18-kilometre driving tour of the historic city under police escort, which began at the Bocca della Verità (the Mouth of Truth) and passed by the Colosseum, a floodlit superspecial stage around the Colosseo Quadrato in Rome’s EUR district in front of 18,000 fans proved another highlight. The ceremonial finish in Ostia, a popular seaside destination on the banks of the Tyrrhenian Sea a short distance from Rome, brought the event to a spectacular close.


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WRC Promoter confirms 2018 championship calendar
Posted by: ASkyler on Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 05:33 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
WRC Promoter confirms 2018 championship calenda


WRC Promoter has announced the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship calendar today (Thursday).

The 13-round calendar marks the return of Turkey after a seven-year absence. It replaces Poland in the fixture list, which was approved by the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris this afternoon.

The championship begins with the traditional season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo in January and features a mix of gravel, asphalt, snow and ice action across four continents to find the world’s best all-round driver.


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ERC TV Audiences Increase By 45 Percent
Posted by: ASkyler on Thursday, September 07, 2017 - 06:37 PM
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ERC TV Audiences Increase By 45 Percent


*First four rounds of 2017 deliver huge viewer number rise
*Cumulative audiences for four-event period up from 30,156,000 in 2016 to 43,585,000 in 2017
*Fans in 88 markets tune in to all-action ERC coverage

The revamped FIA European Rally Championship has not only experienced a big upturn in interest from drivers and teams in 2017, it is also experiencing a big increase in television audiences.


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Thrilling season boosts WRC’s 2017 global TV audience
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, September 01, 2017 - 06:35 AM
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Thrilling season boosts WRC’s 2017 global TV audienc


The most exciting and unpredictable WRC title fight in a decade sparked a major increase in global TV audience during the opening half of the 2017 season.

Total audience for the first seven rounds rose to 463.45 million, a surge of 17 per cent compared with the same period in 2016, according to research from independent analyst Nielsen Sports.

Figures spanning January’s season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo up to June’s Rally Italia Sardegna also revealed a 10 per cent increase in worldwide broadcast time to almost 6650 hours.


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Bouffier Wins, Kajetanowicz Takes Erc Title Lead At Home
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, August 05, 2017 - 07:14 PM
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Bouffier Wins, Kajetanowicz Takes Erc Title Lead At Home


Kajetan Kajetanowicz’s bid to become the first driver to win the FIA European Rally Championship three years running is alive after he moved into the title lead with second place on his home event, Rally Rzeszow, as Bryan Bouffier made it five winners from five ERC rounds with his record-extending fifth victory on the high-speed asphalt counter in southeast Poland.

Marijan Griebel won ERC Junior Under 28 for a second time in a fine third overall, one place ahead of reigning Polish champion Grzegorz Grzyb. With his closest rival Pepe López non-scoring, Griebel increases his advantage in his quest for the coveted title and a prize drive in a World Rally Car on a European round of the world championship in 2018.

Jari Huttunen boosted his chances of winning the 100,000 euros career progression fund on offer to the ERC Junior Under 27 champion with his first category win. Tibor Érdi Jr looked set to win ERC2 after completing the final stage with his lead intact. However, engine failure forced him to retire moments later, leaving Zelindo Melegari to claim top spot. Huttunen also bagged the ERC3 honours, while Tamara Molinaro won the ERC Ladies’ Trophy. Castrol Ford Team Turkey continues to lead the FIA European Rally Championship for Teams.


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Bouffier Heads Erc Rally Rzeszow Victory Battle
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, August 05, 2017 - 07:13 AM
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Bouffier Heads Erc Rally Rzeszow Victory Battle


FIA European Rally Championship 2017: Round 5 of 8 Rally Rzeszow: Leg one report, 4 August

*Lukyanuk crashes out of the lead on return from injury
*Østberg holds top spot before powersteering failure strikes
*Gryazin excels to lead ERC Junior Under 28 in third overall
*First five covered by 35 seconds following dramatic day in Poland

Bryan Bouffier is on course for a fifth Rally Rzeszow victory following a dramatic start to Poland’s round of the FIA European Rally Championship today. But with 35 seconds covering the top five drivers with six stages remaining, the battle for first place is finely balanced.

Frenchman Bouffier heads home hero and reigning European champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz by 15.6s with ERC Junior Under 28 pacesetter Nikolay Gryazin a mere 3.0s further back followed closely by fellow ERC Junior U28 contenders Marijan Griebel and Sylvain Michel. And in a day of high drama, Alexey Lukyanuk, who is continuing his comeback from serious injury, crashed out of the lead on stage two, while a powersteering failure hit world championship star Mads Østberg’s hopes of success on his return to ERC action and promoted Bouffier into the lead after four stages. The Norwegian is sixth overnight, 2.0s behind French Tarmac champion Michel and 38.0s down on Bouffier but determined to fight back.


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Tanak bids to end Poland jinx
Posted by: ASkyler on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 07:06 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Tanak bids to end Poland jinx


Ott Tänak broke his FIA World Rally Championship duck by winning in Italy earlier this month and starts Orlen 74th Rally Poland keen to banish the memories of previous heartbreak there.

He led in 2015 and 2016, and was on course to win 12 months ago when a puncture in the penultimate speed test handed victory to Andreas Mikkelsen. A tearful Tänak was consoled by rivals at the finish.


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WRC Promoter seals new TV broadcast deals in United States
Posted by: ASkyler on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 06:14 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
WRC Promoter seals new TV broadcast deals in United States


WRC Promoter has strengthened its FIA World Rally Championship TV coverage in the United States after confirming agreements with two broadcast networks.

ELEVEN SPORTS and ESPN3 will both screen live action and highlights from the 2017 championship, which is shaping up to be one of the most exciting and wide open title fights in recent years.


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2017 WRC: Four from four in exciting new-era World Rally Championship
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, April 28, 2017 - 06:24 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
2017 WRC: Four from four in exciting new-era World Rally Championship


Dynamic new-look rally cars have provided the most gripping and unpredictable opening to the FIA World Rally Championship for more than 30 years.

The introduction of more powerful and aggressive World Rally Cars for 2017 has been rewarded with four thrilling opening encounters which have provided drama and excitement aplenty.

Four different drivers representing four manufacturers and four nationalities claimed the winner’s laurels in those opening four fixtures.


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Monster Energy Honda Team Head For Abu Dhabi
Posted by: newsla on Friday, March 31, 2017 - 06:41 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Monster Energy Honda Team Head For Abu Dhabi As The Cross-Country Rallies World Championship Gets Underway


Monster Energy Honda Team begin the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship campaign this weekend with the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. Paulo Gonçalves and Kevin Benavides line up for the race.

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Monster Energy Honda Team Back In Action
Posted by: newsla on Monday, March 20, 2017 - 06:37 PM
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Monster Energy Honda Team Back In Action


Ten weeks after the Dakar Rally, Monster Energy Honda Team returns to face the 2017 season due to culminate with the Dakar 2018.

The Monster Energy Honda Team, almost in its entirety, will kick off the 2017 campaign next week with the same strategy used last season: while one part of the team is in action in Mexico, the other riders will be simultaneously competing in the World Championship in the Middle East.

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2017 WRC: Central Mexico City rocks to World Rally fiesta
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, March 10, 2017 - 12:50 PM
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2017 WRC: Central Mexico City rocks to World Rally fiesta


Central Mexico City echoed to the sound of rally cars today (Thursday) as the FIA World Rally Championship transformed the iconic Zócalo square into a colourful and thrilling high-speed motorsport party.

Large crowds packed the heart of one of the world’s largest cities as Rally Guanajuato Mexico roared into life with two spectacular speed tests in the square and surrounding streets.

The atmosphere fizzed as the world’s best rally drivers delivered a fabulous show as they fought for crucial tenths of a second at the CDMX Street Stage presented by Michelin.


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2017 WRC: Mexico City's iconic heart beats to WRC rally rhythm
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, February 24, 2017 - 06:31 AM
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2017 WRC: Mexico City's iconic heart beats to WRC rally rhythm


The FIA World Rally Championship roars into the heart of one of the world’s largest cities next month when Mexico City hosts thrilling high-speed action at a venue made famous in James Bond movie ‘Spectre’.

Huge crowds will pack the iconic Zócalo square to watch exciting new-era World Rally Cars fight for tenths of a second at the opening two speed tests of Rally Guanajuato Mexico, the third round of the 2017 season.

Live television will broadcast the city spectacular in the evening of Thursday 9 March (local time) to a global audience for what promises to be one of the biggest occasions in the WRC’s 45-year history.


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Ogier seals fourth straight Monte-Carlo win
Posted by: ASkyler on Monday, January 23, 2017 - 06:33 AM
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Ogier seals fourth straight Monte-Carlo win


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Sébastien Ogier eased through the final leg in the mountains above Monaco to claim his fifth Monte-Carlo success in total by 2min 15.0sec in a Ford Fiesta World Rally Car.

It was a dream debut for the Frenchman with the M-Sport World Rally Team, for whom this was a first win since November 2012.

Jari-Matti Latvala finished second in a Toyota Yaris on the Japanese manufacturer’s return to the WRC after a 17-year absence.


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Ogier leads in Monte-Carlo after Neuville drama
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 05:58 AM
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Ogier leads in Monte-Carlo after Neuville drama


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Sébastien Ogier will start the final Rallye Monte-Carlo day on the cusp of a fourth straight win.

Thierry Neuville had never been headed since Thursday night’s start, but an impact midway through the final speed test of the penultimate leg broke his Hyundai i20 Coupe’s rear left suspension and handed the advantage to Ogier.

The Frenchman was 47.1sec ahead of Ford Fiesta team-mate Ott Tänak, with just four tests in the mountains above Monaco standing between the four-time world champion and victory.


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WRC Promoter confirms partnership with OneBet
Posted by: ASkyler on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 06:08 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
WRC Promoter confirms partnership with OneBet


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WRC Promoter has signed a multi-year contract with OneBet to become the first Official Sports Betting Partner of the FIA World Rally Championship.

From next month’s Rally Sweden (9 - 12 February), WRC fans can add to their enjoyment of the world’s toughest motorsport series for production-based cars with a wide range of betting opportunities at www.onebet.com.

OneBet will offer pool, odds and live betting as well as providing exclusive content and expert tips to add to the excitement of the new-era WRC, which begins on Thursday (19 January) at Rallye Monte-Carlo.


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New cars, new teams, new rules: new WRC era is ready for blast-off in Monte-Carlo!
Posted by: ASkyler on Monday, January 16, 2017 - 06:18 PM
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New cars, new teams, new rules: new WRC era is ready for blast-off in Monte-Carlo!


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The build-up and fever pitch expectation is almost over as next week’s Rallye Monte-Carlo (19 - 22 January) heralds the start of one of the most keenly-anticipated FIA World Rally Championship seasons in memory.

Dynamic new-look World Rally Cars will echo through the mountains of the French Alps as four of the world’s biggest automotive manufacturers begin the fight for supremacy in motorsport’s toughest championship for production-based cars.

The 13-round series spans four continents in an 11-month global tour, encompassing extreme temperatures that can reach a scorching 35°C in Sardinia and plunge to a bone-chilling -25°C in the harsh Swedish winter.


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Moral Victory For Monster Energy Honda Team In The Dakar Rally 2017
Posted by: newsla on Monday, January 16, 2017 - 06:09 AM
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Moral Victory For Monster Energy Honda Team In The Dakar Rally 2017


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The final stage in Río Cuarto has brought the Dakar Rally challenge to a close. Monster Energy Honda Team commanded throughout, winning half the stages disputed. Both Joan Barreda – winner of four stages – and Paulo Gonçalves finished among the top riders overall.

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Monster Energy Honda Team Refuse To Throw In The Towel, Sealing The Team's Fifth Stage Win With A One-Two For Barreda And Goncalves
Posted by: newsla on Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 09:49 AM
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Monster Energy Honda Team Refuse To Throw In The Towel, Sealing The Team's Fifth Stage Win With A One-Two For Barreda And Goncalves
Donate Now! Help PaddockTalk.com go ad-free in 2017! The Monster Energy Honda Team continue to show a high level of commitment to the race and are tenaciously battling on until the end. In the penultimate stage of the Dakar 2017, Joan Barreda was the best of the one hundred bikers who made it to Río Cuarto, with Paulo Gonçalves posting the day’s second quickest time. The Honda CRF450 RALLY has now triumphed in five stages.

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A Third Victory For Joan Barreda. Monster Energy Honda Team Has Now Won Half The Stages Of The Dakar 2017
Posted by: newsla on Friday, January 13, 2017 - 06:10 AM
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A Third Victory For Joan Barreda. Monster Energy Honda Team Has Now Won Half The Stages Of The Dakar 2017


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The natural disasters of two days ago in Jujuy and the cancelation of the ninth stage yesterday are now history and today the Dakar Rally was back on its scheduled route. In the suffocating regions of La Rioja and San Juan, the Monster Energy Honda Team grabbed the glory with a stage win.

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Joan Barreda Seals A Noteworthy Victory In A Chaotic Eight Stage
Posted by: newsla on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 06:09 AM
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Joan Barreda Seals A Noteworthy Victory In A Chaotic Eight Stage


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A second stage triumph for Joan Barreda who commanded from start to finish in both specials of the Rally Dakar 2017 eighth stage. The Monster Energy Honda Team once again gave a master class in a race hampered by the weather.

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South Racing's Bulacia Stays Out Of Trouble On First Half Of Dakar Marathon Stage Into Uyuni
Posted by: ASkyler on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 06:12 AM
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South Racing's Bulacia Stays Out Of Trouble On First Half Of Dakar Marathon Stage Into Uyuni


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The South Racing Ford Ranger crew of Marco Bulacia and Claudio Bustos resumed their challenge for honours at the 2017 Dakar Rally on a revised 161km special stage between La Paz and Uyuni in Bolivia on Monday.

Despite adverse weather conditions in the region over several days, race officials managed to find a makeshift stage that offered its very own perils and Bulacia - who started the day 19th on the road - continued his Dakar challenge to record a time of 2hr 23min 33sec and maintain 22nd in the overall standings.


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Overdrive Racing's Roma Climbs To Third Overall As De Villiers Is Third Fastest Into Uyuni
Posted by: ASkyler on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 06:09 AM
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Overdrive Racing's Roma Climbs To Third Overall As De Villiers Is Third Fastest Into Uyuni


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Overdrive Racing’s Joan Roma and Alex Haro resumed their challenge for a first ever Dakar Rally victory for the Toyota brand by moving up to third overall on the shortened 161km special stage between La Paz and Uyuni in Bolivia on Monday.

Running with support from Monster Energy, Power Electronics and Air Europa, Roma began the special from second position on the road behind Frenchman Sébastien Loeb and reached the amended finish in fifth place after dropping five minutes on the track.

The Spaniard now trails the rally-leading Stéphane Peterhansel by 11min 07sec heading into the second half of the Marathon stage, but he was able to move ahead of Cyril Despres and claim the final provisional podium position. Peterhansel extended his advantage over Loeb to 1min 57sec at the top of the leader board.

The special featured a lot of sandy sections, dunes and tricky navigation at the start and mud and large water splashes towards the finish.


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Dakar Gets Back To Business With A Bang On Epic Marathon Stage
Posted by: ASkyler on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 06:08 AM
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Dakar Gets Back To Business With A Bang On Epic Marathon Stage


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The midpoint Rest Day of the 2017 Dakar Rally is already a distant memory as racers are left fending for themselves on the fringes of the world’s largest salt flat in Uyuni, Bolivia. Stage Seven is the first half of this year’s marathon stage so every competitor still in the race spends tonight separated from their mechanics and any work needed on their machines must be performed solo.

Adding to the increased difficulty that comes with a marathon stage have been the “extreme climatic conditions” we have been experiencing in Bolivia. Heavy downpours of rain have played havoc with the course and a redesigned Stage Seven gave us a timed special stage of 161km over mostly sandy terrain. Taking a vantage point of the action today was windsurfing legend Robby Naish who after touring the Rest Day bivouac got to see those same machines unleashed over open country.


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2017 Dakar Rally - Stage 7: La Paz - Uyuni, 622 km
Posted by: ASkyler on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 06:07 AM
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2017 Dakar Rally - Stage 7: La Paz - Uyuni, 622 km


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A full day’s racing resumed at the 2017 Dakar today, with a revised Stage 7 route that integrated some of the locations from the cancelled Stage 6 into the road book. After poor weather conditions caused Stage 5 to be shortened and Stage 6 cancelled, yesterday’s rest day provided the perfect opportunity for organisers to change the first part of the marathon stage today. The Dakar website referred to the new road book as an unprecedented combination of the original routes, with the drivers doing battle on mostly sandy terrain for two of the day’s main sections.

The combination of a sandy stage and two days’ rest seemed to work well for Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) and Michel Perin (FRA) as the pair showed a return to form in the #303 MINI John Cooper Works Rally car. The Finn completed today’s section of the race in 4th position, just over 5 minutes behind the race winner to maintain 5th place in the overall standings.


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