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Solberg Encouraged by Growth in U.S. Rallying

The last man not named Sebastien Loeb to be World Rally Champion is Petter Solberg. His title with Subaru in 2003 was followed up by two second places to Loeb in '04 and '05.

Now Solberg drives for the Ford World Rally team after a couple seasons with his own private program in a Citroen. He's obviously happy to be with a factory program again and has illustrated that with a third place standing in the WRC points after two events this season.

He goes to Rally Mexico in two weeks to an event he won in 2005, one of his 13 WRC victories in a brilliant career. more...

CrazyLeo Hungers for Gravel Outing

CrazyLeo Urlichich wants gravel for breakfast.

Following two consecutive snow and ice rallies, the Russian ex-pat is anxious to run the first loose surface event on the American national calendar. “For the last three months I’ve been dying to get the 'Beast' back on gravel, and finally, we get that chance at 100 Acre Wood,” said CrazyLeo.

100 Acre Wood is one of the fastest rallies in the U.S. more...

Higgins Motivated to Win in Missouri

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Subaru Rally Team USA driver David Higgins finished a couple days of testing ready for Friday's ceremonial start to the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood.

The 2011 American rally champion said he's anxious to win this weekend after finishing second last year to event winner Antoine L'Estage.

"I'd been in China for five years where you're driving on very narrow, very technical stages but not these fast speeds," Higgins said. "I really didn't like getting beat by Antoine." Higgins lost last year's 100 Acre Wood rally by nearly 18 seconds. more...

Pre-100 Acre Wood Drama for Hołowczyc

There's already drama at the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood in Missouri. The event's ceremonial start is Friday but Wednesday night we learned that former European Champion Krzysztof 'Holek' Hołowczyc may not even get to that start.

We've been told that the engine in the 2006 Mitsubishi EVO IX he was to drive in the rally failed after a day of testing.

The specific cause of the engine failure has not yet been determined. more...

Comments from L'Estage, CrazyLeo, and Vincent

Antoine L'Estage and co-driver Nathalie Richard began the defense of their 2011 Canadian Rally Championship with a dominating victory at the Rallye Perce-Neige Saturday near Maniwaki, Quebec. L'Estage whipped his newly-built 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink Mitsubishi Evo X across 245 kilometers of snow-covered ice stages. It was his fifth Perce-Neige win.

L'Estage's comments from the podium: more...

L'Estage and Richard Dominate Rallye Perce-Neige

Antoine L'Estage and co-driver Nathalie Richard begin their Canadian title defense in fine form winning Rallye Perce-Neige today in Maniwaki, Quebec.

The crew finished the one-day 244.37km (151.84 mi) CRC season opener with a dominant lead of 8 minutes and 32.2 seconds over second-placed CrazyLeo Urlichich and co-driver Carl Willamson. more...

BREAKING: L'Estage Wins Rallye Perce-Neige

Antoine L'Estage and co-driver Nathalie Richard begin their Canadian title defense in fine form winning Rallye Perce-Neige today in Maniwaki, Quebec. L'Estage had a flawless run in his newly-built 2011 Rockstar Energy Mitsubishi Evo X to claim the fifth Perce-Niege win of his career.

Cars are arriving in Maniwaki for the podium. more...

Carré in Perfect Position for Podium

Two years ago Bruno Carré won his first Canadian national rally at Perce-Neige. Guess where he is again this Saturday?!

And the conditions are much the same. Ice, snow and mechanical issues have decimated the field leaving Carré in second behind defending Canadian champion Antoine L'Estage with only four stages to go and less than six minutes separating L'Estage and Carré.

Now, normally, that wouldn't be a consideration. But these aren't normal conditions. One mistake and... more...

Riddle Retires from Perce with Blown Motor

Former MX5 Cup driver Max Riddle has grown enormously in his transition to becoming a rally driver in Canada. His start to the 2012 season at Rallye Perce-Neige, however, wasn't seamless.

Riddle and co-driver Aaron Neumann were sitting sixth after the first two stages before he slid into a snowbank on Stage 3. There were further problems when he lost an engine on Stage 4 and had to retire from the season opener.

Riddle won his first regional rally when he launched his gravel career in 2010. He was immediately called a future Canadian rally champion. more...

Disappointment for Richard at Perce-Neige

Subaru Rally Team Canada's Pat Richard and co-driver Alan Ockwell face a disappointing start to their season. The factory squad has retired from the CRC opener after stopping on Stage 9 due to mechanical failure.

Richard had temporarily held a slight lead on Stage 4 after L'Estage suffered a puncture, but landed an unexpected jump so hard that his Subaru's intercooler split in half and the car lost its boost. Richard continued for a few more stages and eventually the car quit.

Richard's DNF leaves him at a disadvantage in the race for championship points. more...


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