Rallye Açores Prepares Super Special


The popular Grupo Marques super special stage, which will once again form one of the highlights of the SATA Rallye Açores itinerary, is currently under construction on the island of São Miguel where Intercontinental Rally Challenge season six will blast into action from February 23-25.

Measuring 2.20 kilometres in length, SSS Grupo Marques is scheduled to run from 16:00hrs on Thursday February 23 and again from 12:18hrs on Saturday February 25. more...

Breen Bound for Rally Finnskog


Defending WRC Academy champion Craig Breen has entered Rally Finnskog (Feb 4th), an event based in Svullrya, Norway consisting of eight special stages stretched over 120km.

The Irishman will use the Norwegian event as a shakedown for the snowy roads he'll run the following weekend on WRC Rally Sweden (Feb 9th -12th), the second round of the 2012 Super 2000 World Rally Championship. more...

Peterhansel's Secret to Dakar Success


Stéphane Peterhansel’s resume shows ten Dakar victories over his impressive career in motorsports. What gave the Frenchman the winning edge in this year’s edition of the world’s toughest rally?

Following his his Dakar victory last Sunday (Jan 15), he disclosed that he had experienced certain thoughts about his success during the event.

"I was starting to doubt myself, to think I was growing too old for this, that I'd lost it or that I wasn't made for South America," Peterhansel divulged after the finish. "And in the end everything turned out fine." more...

New M-Sport Squad to Debut on Monte


With just over a two month break since the 2011 season finale in Wales last year, the World Rally Championship (WRC) is back to entertain us for another season.

Old friends and new join the series for 2012 as, following a three year absence, the legendary Monte Carlo Rally is restored to its natural place in the Championship; an inspiring backdrop for the all new M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s debut from January 17-22. more...

Q&A with Citroen Racing


Heading into this week's Rallye Monte-Carlo, opening round of the 2012 World Rally Championship, figures at Citroën Racing give their thoughts on what they expect in the new season and the changing dynamic of the team.

New driver Mikko Hirvonen and veteran Sebastien Loeb offer comments as do new Team Prinicpal, Yves Matton, and Technical Director, Xavier Mestelan Pinon.

Here's what they had to say:

Two Questions for Mikko Hirvonen (MH):

Q: How have things gone since you joined Citroën Racing? more...

Top Five Peugeot IRC Star Drivers


Peugeot, which has recently sold the 100th version of its 207 Super 2000 rally car, has achieved considerable success in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) with 23 overall victories, three drivers’ crowns, and three manufacturers’ titles.

Here are five drivers who have shone for Peugeot in the IRC:

Kris Meeke: Set an IRC record when he claimed four wins in the same season driving a 207 Super 2000 for the Kronos Racing-run Peugeot UK squad. That quartet of victories made him IRC champion at his first attempt in 2009. more...

Campana Ready for WRC Opener


Corsican rally star Pierre Campana is looking forward to a competitive start to 2012 as Rallye Monte Carlo, the first round of this year’s World Rally Championship, gets underway this week.

Pierre has the honour of flying the MINI WRC flag at this year’s Monte Carlo event, continuing his association with the legendary MINI marque from last year, and will be using his wealth of experience to help the MINI WRC Team in its first Monte Carlo. more...

Bird Heads Strong Jack Frost Field


The winner from the previous three years, Paul Bird, will square off against the winner of the two previous to that, Chris Wise, meaning a battle royal is expected on next Sunday's Darlington & District Motor Club organised Jack Frost Stages Rally at Croft Circuit.

Penrith driver Bird and Scottish co driver Kirsty Riddick will be bringing the Ford Focus WRC 07 which has seen them take victory for the past two seasons, to add to their Subaru success a year previous, but the Cumbrian ace knows he will face a strong challenge from 2007 and 2008 winners Wise and co-driver Tracey Taylor-West. more...

Peterhansel Wins Dakar 2012


Stéphane Peterhansel of the X-raid Team has won the 2012 Dakar Rally piloting his MINI ALL4 Racing to victory in Peru. This marks the Frenchman's tenth overall victory at the toughest rally in the world.

Peterhansel knows the Dakar Rally and knows that the winner is not crowned until the final stage is really over. The route is too tricky and the competitors just too good to celebrate prematurely. more...

Citroen to Focus on Title Defense


After a three-year absence, the Rallye Monte-Carlo makes a much-anticipated return to the FIA World Rally Championship as the opening event. Five-time winner in the Principality with Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena, Citroën Total World Rally Team is delighted to race again in the world’s most famous rally.

To kick off the 2012 season, the seven-time World Championship winning team has a new driver pairing in its second works DS3 WRC. Winners of the 2010 Rallye Monte-Carlo, Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen begin a new journey with Citroën. more...


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