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Post by rah » Mon Jan 23, 2006 1:44 pm

Our Chris did well for his first time there.
Ok, Lewis may win the WDC in 07, but Sato will beat him in 08.

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Post by Julian Mayo » Mon Jan 23, 2006 2:27 pm

It was a good outing for Chris Atkinson in his Subaru. The Australian is unfamiliar with tarmac events and ran conservatively throughout the event to finish and secure points in the championship. This was a novel approach for Chris, as conservative is not a word usually assosciated with his driving. It is a make or break year for him, last year was a steep learning curve, now he, and the team expect results. He is looking forward to getting back on the dirt, where rally cars belong.
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Gronholm wins Rally Sweden

Post by mlittle » Fri Feb 10, 2006 2:34 pm

Ford got its' second win of the 2006 WRC season, as Marcus Gronholm won at the series' only snow event, the Rally Sweden. His win was close, however, as reigning champion Sebastien Loeb came to within a second of beating Gronholm, but Gronholm won the last three stages to eke out a win. Joining them on the podium was Daniel Carlsson in a privateer Mitsubishi. Herre are the top 10 results from the rally......

NOTE:(P)-Privateer entry



1}M. Gronholm, Ford...................3 hrs., 09:01.9 secs.
2}S. Loeb, Citroen(P)..................-0.9 secs.
3}D. Carlsson, Mitsubishi(P).........-2:56.8 secs.
4}G. Galli, Mitsubishi(P)...............-3:03.8 secs.
5}T. Radstrom, Subaru(P)...........-5:53.5 secs.
6}K. Katajamaki, Ford(P).............-7:34.8 secs.
7}X. Pons, Citroen(P)..................-8:35.6 secs.
8}H. Solberg, Peugeot(*)............-9:01.5 secs.
9}J. Joge, Peugeot(P).................-9:17.2 secs.
10}J. Tuohino, Citroen(P)............-9:43.0 secs.

(*)---techincally, Peugeot's running all their teams as privateers, but....according to the WRC's website, Henning Solberg's car is listed as a "works"(factory-supported) team, not a privateer entry. :? :shock:
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Loeb wins Rally Mexico, retakes points lead

Post by mlittle » Mon Mar 06, 2006 8:07 am

After two so-so rounds, 2-time WRC champion Sebastien Loeb is back in the saddle, as he wins the Rally Mexico and retakes the WRC points lead at the moment. After struggling on the first day of the rally, Loeb fought his way back into the lead over works Subaru driver Petter Solberg, who had to settle for second after suffering brake problems on the last day. Rounding out the podium in third was the privateer Peugeot of Manfred Stohl, who ran a consistent rally to capture his first podium of the year.

Top 10 results from the WRC Rally Mexico.....
1}S. Loeb, , Citroen(P)...................3 hrs., 47:08.8 secs.
2}P. Solberg, Subaru......................-48.9 secs.
3}M. Stohl, Peugeot(P)....................-4:39.1 secs.
4}D. Sordo, Citroen(P)...................-5:27.7 secs.
5}H. Solberg, Peugeot(SP)..............-12:35.4 secs.
6}G. MacHale, Ford(P)....................-16.20.3 secs.
7}C. Atkinson, Subaru....................-20:39.5 secs.
8}M. Gronholm, Ford......................-21:44.2 secs.
9}T. Arai, Subaru...........................-22:34.6 secs.
10}R. Trivino, Peugeot(P)...............-22:47.6 secs.

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Post by mlittle » Thu Mar 23, 2006 11:53 am

Current WRC driver's standings after the Rally Mexico.....(top-10)

1}Sebastien Loeb(FRA).............................26 pts.
2}Marcus Gronholm(FIN)..........................21 pts.
3}Manfred Stohl(AUT)...............................11 pts.
4}Petter Solberg(NOR)...............................8 pts.
t-5}Toni Gardemeister(FIN)...........................6 pts.
t-5}Daniel Carlsson(SWE).............................6 pts.
t-5}Daniel Sordo(EST)................................. 6 pts.
t-8}Gigi Galli(ITA)........................................5 pts.
t-8}Henning Solberg(NOR)............................5 pts.
t-8}Chris Atkinson(AUS)...............................5 pts.

FRA-France, FIN-Finland, AUT-Austria, NOR-Norway, SWE-Sweden, EST-Estonia, ITA-Italy and AUS-Australia


Current WRC Manufacturers' Standings..................

1}Kronos Total Citroen WRT............................34 pts.
2}BP-Ford World Rally Team............................30 pts.
3}OMV-Peugeot Norway..................................21 pts.
4}Subaru World Rally Team............................20 pts.
5}Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT.......................9 pts.
6}Red Bull-Skoda Team...................................3 pts.
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Loeb wins second-cons. WRC event in Catalunya

Post by mlittle » Mon Mar 27, 2006 7:18 am

2-time WRC champion Sebastien Loeb expanded his points lead, winning the Rally de Catalunya over fellow Citroen driver Daniel Sordo and Ford works driver Marcus Gronholm, who saw his chances fall on Friday w/turbo-boost problems in the engine. Rounding out the top-5 were the Peugeot of Alex Bengue and the Skoda of Jan Kopecky.

Top-10 results from the Rally of Catalunya......
1}S. Loeb, Citroen(P).......................3 hrs., 22:01.7 secs.
2}D. Sordo, Citroen(P)........................-48.2 secs.
3}M. Gronholm, Ford........................-1:45.8 secs.
4}A. Bengue, Peugeot(P)..................-2:01.9 secs.
5}J. Kopecky, Skoda(P)....................-2:57.2 secs.
6}F. Duval, Skoda(P)........................-3:37.8 secs.
7}P. Solberg, Subaru........................-3:48.2 secs.
8}S. Sarrazin, Subaru.......................-4:36.4 secs.
9}M. Hirvonen, Ford.........................-5:01.6 secs.
10}G. Panizzi, Skoda(P)........................-5:04.4 secs.

Next stop on the World Rally Championship....the Tour de Corse, Corsica, France Apr. 7-9; updated points stdgs. to be posted later this evening....
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Three-in-a-row for Loeb in Corsica

Post by mlittle » Mon Apr 10, 2006 2:29 pm

Three consecutive rallies......three consecutive wins for reigning WRC champion Sebastien Loeb as he cruised to victory in the Rallye de Corsica this weekend. Loeb, who last year who pretty much every stage, won most of the stages in winning by 29 seconds over Ford works driver Marcus Gronholm. Rounding out the podium was Loeb's fellow Kronos Citroen privateer entry of Daniel Sordo. Here are the top-10 results from this weekend's rally......


1}S. Loeb, Citroen(P)..........................3 hrs., 43:05.4 secs
2}M. Gronholm, Ford...........................-29.0 sec
3}D. Sordo, Citroen(P)........................-1:48.7 sec
4}M. Hirvonen, Ford............................-1:59.2 sec
5}A. Bengue, Peugeot(P).....................-2:47.7 sec
6}X. Pons, Citroen(P)..........................-3:10.2 sec
7}M. Stohl, Peugeot(P)........................-5:10.3 sec
8}S. Sarrazin, Subaru.........................-5:21.9 sec
9}G. Galli, Peugeot(P).........................-5:42.5 sec
10}J. Kopecky, Skoda(P).....................-6:11.4 sec
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Post by mlittle » Mon Apr 10, 2006 4:34 pm

Current WRC standings following Rallye de France......

1}Sebastien Loeb(FRA)..........................46 pts
2}Marcus Gronholm(FIN)........................35 pts
3}Daniel Sordo(SPN)..............................20 pts
4}Manfred Stohl(AUT).............................13 pts
5}Petter Solberg(SWE)...........................10 pts
6}Alexandre Bengue(SPN).......................9 pts
7}Mikko Hirvonen(FIN)............................7 pts
t-8}(8)Toni Gardemeister(FIN)..................6 pts
t-8}(9)Daniel Carlsson(SWE)....................6 pts
t-8}(10)Stephane Sarrazin(FRA)................6 pts

Current WRC Manufacturers Stdgs.................
1}Kronos Total Citroen WRT.........................59 pts
2}BP-Ford World Rally Team.........................56 pts
3}Subaru World Rally Team..........................38 pts
4}OMW-Peugeot Norway...............................21 pts
5}Red Bull-Skoda Team................................11 pts
6}Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT.....................10 pts
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4 in a row for Loeb

Post by mlittle » Tue May 02, 2006 9:01 am

For reigning 2-time WRC champion Sebastien Loeb, it was business as usual as he won his fourth consecutive event, this time being the Rally Argentina, winning by 3/4ths' of a minute over second-place finisher Petter Solberg. Rounding out the podium in third was the privateer Peugeot entry of Gigi Galli. Here are the top-10 results............

1}S. Loeb, Citroen(P)....................4 hrs., 06:51.3 sec
2}P. Solberg, Subaru....................-44.6 sec
3}G. Galli, Peugeot(P)...................-3:24.6 sec
4}M. Stohl, Peugeot(P)..................-3:40.0 sec
5}H. Solberg, Peugeot(SP)............-5:40.2 sec
6}C. Atkinson, Subaru..................-5:43.8 sec
7}D. Sordo, Citroen(P)..................-9.30.4 sec
8}M. Wilson, Ford..........................-10:34.6 sec
9}J. Perez-Companc, Ford(P).........-10:52.3 sec
10}M. Gronholm, Ford....................-14:08.7 sec

Current WRC Drivers Stdgs. after 6 of 16 rounds................(top-10)
1}Sebastien Loeb(FRA)............................56 pts
2}Marcus Gronholm(FIN)..........................35 pts
3}Daniel Sordo(SPN)................................24 pts
t-4}(4)Petter Solberg(SWE).......................18 pts
t-4}(5)Manfred Stohl(AUT).........................18 pts
6}Gigi Galli(ITA).......................................11 pts
7}Alexandre Bengue(SPN)..........................9 pts
8}Chris Atkinson(AUS)...............................8 pts
t-9}(9)Mikko Hirvonen(FIN).........................7 pts
t-9}(10)Henning Solberg(SWE)....................7 pts

Current WRC Manufacturer Stdgs. after 6 of 16 rounds......
1}Kronos Total Citroen WRT........................69 pts
2}BP-Ford World Rally Team........................57 pts
3}Subaru World Rally Team.........................51 pts
4}OMV-Peugeot Norway..............................31 pts
5}Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT...................15 pts
6}Red Bull-Skoda WRT................................11 pts

NOTE #1}(P)-Privateer, (SP)-SemiPrivateer
NOTE #2}FRA-France, FIN-Finland, SPN-Spain, SWE-Sweden, AUT-Austria, ITA-Italy, AUS-Australia
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5 in a row for Loeb in Sardinia

Post by mlittle » Mon May 22, 2006 5:37 pm

In what is quickly becoming the "Sebastien Loeb" show, the 2-time and current World Rally Championship driver won the Rally Italy this weekend, as his two main opponents, Marcus Gronholm and Petter Solberg, both had mechanical problmes during the event. Rounding out the podium behind Loeb were the works Ford of Mikko Hirvonen and Loeb's privateer teammate Daniel Sordo. Here are the top-10 from the Rally Italy.....

1st}S. Loeb, Citroen(P)......................3 hrs., 54:18.9 sec
2nd}M. Hirvonen, Ford.......................-2:41.4 sec
3rd}D. Sordo, Citroen(P)...................-3:27.7 sec
4th}X. Pons, Citroen(P).....................-5:28.3 sec
5th}J. Valimaki, Mitsubishi(P).............-7:08.8 sec
6th}K. Solberg, Subaru.....................-7:36.9 sec
7th}M. Stohl, Peugeot(P)...................-8:18.4 sec
8th}F. Duval, Skoda(P)......................-9:45.8 sec
9th}P. Solberg, Subaru......................-10:19.9 sec
10th}C. Atkinson, Subaru..................-11:03.9 sec
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Gronholm wins Acropolis Rally

Post by mlittle » Tue Jun 06, 2006 8:52 am

For the first time in six World Rally events, Sebastien Loeb did not come out the winner.....this time, at the Rally Acropolis, it was Loeb's nearest rival, Marcus Gronholm, who won by over two minutes over Loeb. Rounding out the podium in third was the works Ford driven by Mikko Hirvonen. Unfortunately, the top-10 results are unavailable at the moment; however, here are the updated driver's and constructors' stdgs. after an action-packed Rally Acropolis...........

Top-10 driver's standings............
1st}Sebastien Loeb(FRA)...............................74 pts
2nd}Marcus Gronholm(FIN)...........................45 pts
3rd}Daniel Sordo(SPN).................................33 pts
4th}Mikko Hirvonen(FIN)...............................21 pts
t-5th}(5)Petter Solberg(NOR)........................20 pts
t-5th}(6)Manfred Stohl(AUT)..........................20 pts
7th}Gigi Galli(ITA).........................................11 pts
t-8th}[8]Toni Gardemeister(FIN)....................11 pts
t-8th}[9]Xavier Pons(SPN).............................11 pts
t-8th}[10]Henning Solberg(NOR)....................11 pts

WRC Constructors Standings..............
1st}Kronos Total Citroen WRT..........................96 pts
2nd}BP-Ford World Rally Team.........................81 pts
3rd}Subaru World Rally Team..........................63 pts
4th}OMV-Peugeot Norway................................41 pts
5th}Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT....................17 pts
6th}Red Bull-Skoda Team................................14 pts
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Post by Ed » Thu Jul 06, 2006 8:01 pm

The FIA announced the 2007 World Rally Championship Calendar.

The season opener will be the Monte-Carlo Rally from the 19th to the 21st of January 2007.
The season ends after 16 rounds with the Rally of Great Britain between the 30 of November and the 2nd of December 2007.

Full World Rally Championship Schedule

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Post by mlittle » Wed Aug 16, 2006 12:57 am

It's been a couple of months as the WRC took its' mid-year break, but once everyone got back on the road again......what else is new, Sebastien Loeb won again, at the Rally Deutschland; for Loeb, he joins Carlos Sainz with 26 WRC wins, the most for any driver in the series. Here are the top-10 results from the rally.........

1}S. Loeb, Citroen(P)....................................3 hrs., 28:34.1 sec
2}D. Sordo, Citroen(P)..................................-33.8 sec
3}M. Gronholm, Ford.....................................-2:19.2 sec
4}T. Gardemeister, Ford................................-2:33.8 sec
5}M. Stohl, Peugeot(P)..................................-4:25.9 sec
6}A. Aigner, Skoda(P)...................................-5:42.6 sec
7}J. Kopecky, Skoda(P).................................-5:45.8 sec
8}C. Atkinson, Subaru...................................-7:25.2 sec
9}M. Hirvonen, Ford......................................-8:25.9 sec
10}G. MacHale, Ford(P).................................-12:56.3 sec
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Post by Julian Mayo » Wed Aug 16, 2006 1:00 am

mlittle wrote:It's been a couple of months as the WRC took its' mid-year break, but once everyone got back on the road again......what else is new, Sebastien Loeb won again, at the Rally Deutschland; for Loeb, he joins Carlos Sainz with 26 WRC wins, the most for any driver in the series. Here are the top-10 results from the rally.........

1}S. Loeb, Citroen(P)....................................3 hrs., 28:34.1 sec
2}D. Sordo, Citroen(P)..................................-33.8 sec
3}M. Gronholm, Ford.....................................-2:19.2 sec
4}T. Gardemeister, Ford................................-2:33.8 sec
5}M. Stohl, Peugeot(P)..................................-4:25.9 sec
6}A. Aigner, Skoda(P)...................................-5:42.6 sec
7}J. Kopecky, Skoda(P).................................-5:45.8 sec
8}C. Atkinson, Subaru...................................-7:25.2 sec
9}M. Hirvonen, Ford......................................-8:25.9 sec
10}G. MacHale, Ford(P).................................-12:56.3 sec
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Post by mlittle » Wed Aug 16, 2006 11:17 am

That sometimes happens in rally events..... :shock: :shock: :shock:
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