Tag Archive: Mikko Hirvonen

Jan 11

Raikkonen could have kept improving in rally – Hirvonen

“The results would certainly have improved, but how much would have depended on how much enthusiasm Kimi had for practicing and testing.”

2012-06-10_0529Mikko Hirvonen Ciroen 3Mikko Hirvonen, the 2012 world rally championship runner up, believes countryman Kimi Raikkonen would have kept improving had he stayed in rallying. Finn Raikkonen, F1’s 2007 world champion who has driven for top teams McLaren and Ferrari, finished the 2012 season in third place as he made his return to the sport. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 27

Final World Rally Ranking 2012

The Rally Driver No. 1 is Sébastien Loeb – The Rally Codriver No. 1 is Daniel Elena

World Rally Ranking logoSebastian Vettel - Sébastien Loeb (photo © DPPI - Thierry Bovy)Sébastien Loeb is without question the number 1 of international rallying, as confirmed by the 2012 world rally ranking WRR (World Rally Ranking) promoted by the IRDA (International Rally Drivers Association), the first place is always occupied by the French driver, in second place the Finnish Mikko Hirvonen, the podium is completed by Norvegian Andreas Mikkelsen. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

Portugal Rally: Hirvonen: Conditions were exceptional (+result)

 Citroen’s Mikko Hirvonen will take a 36.3 second advantage into Saturday’s third day of Rally de Portugal 

Mikko Hirvonen Citroen 1Rally Portugal logoCitroen’s Mikko Hirvonen holds the lead at the end of the second day of Rally de Portugal and following the cancellation of the repeat loop he will now take a 36.3 second advantage into Saturday’s third leg. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 12

Rally Sweden: Latvala gets the job done (+result)

Loeb remains Championship leader

Jari-Matti Latvala  SwedenRally Sweden logoIt wasn’t exactly an easy run to the finish for Jari-Matti Latvala, but the Ford number one kept his head through a tense final morning to claim Rally Sweden victory and get his 2012 FIA World Rally Championship powered by Nokia title challenge properly underway. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 27

Loeb excited ahead of Monte-Carlo return

Sebastien Loeb says he is relishing starting his bid for his ninth World Rally Championship title on Rallye Monte-Carlo

Sebastien Loeb 2011-08-16Sébastien Loeb  2011-09-14The event, which begins in the French city of Valence on Tuesday 17 January, returns to the WRC trail for the first time in three years. Loeb says the rally is “mythical” and that its return is another boost to the championship’s popularity. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 18

Al-Attiyah secures Citroen drive

Nasser Al-Attiyah to drive a third factory Citroen DS3 WRC in 2012

Nasser Al-Attiyah Citroën WRC 2011 -30-09-2010Citroen has confirmed it will expand its WRC programme to run a third car for Nasser Al-Attiyah during the 2012 season. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 23

Raikkonen says F1 future ‘an open question’

Kimi Raikkonen’s chances of returning to formula one next year with Williams seem to have receded.

Kimi Raikkonen2011-08-28 - AT&T Williams - Belgium - 01The Italian magazine Autosprint reports that the 2007 world champion’s prospective sponsors may have withdrawn their interest, leaving fellow Finn and rookie Valtteri Bottas at the top of the candidates list now.

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Oct 23

Loeb reigns in Spain (+result)

His seventh win in Spain and his fifth of the season

Sebastien Loeb Spain VictorySebastien Loeb - CatalogneSebastien Loeb has won RallyRACC-Rally de Espana to edge clear of Mikko Hirvonen in the race for the 2011 World Rally Championship crown. Driving a Citroen DS3 WRC, Loeb maintained his overnight advantage for his seventh win in Spain and his fifth of the season alongside co-driver Daniel Elena. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 22

Saturday WRC wrap

Loeb leads, Latvala flies

Sebastien Loeb - CatalogneJari-Matti Latvala  FranceSebastien Loeb continues to lead RallyRACC-Rally de Espana following another strong display in his Citroen DS3 WRC. But while Loeb maintained his advantage out front, Jari-Matti Latvala shone with a trio of stage wins in his Ford Fiesta RS WRC. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 31

Sebastien Loeb wins in Finland (+result & photo)

 Driving a Citroen DS3 WRC

Sebastien Loeb 2011-07-30Rally Finland logoSebastien Loeb has extended his lead at the top of the Word Rally Championship to 27 points following a stunning second win on Neste Oil Rally Finland, which finished in the city of Jyvaskyla on Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 28

Loeb leads in Finland (+result)

Ogier was second fastest on the opening test

Sébastien Loeb  Finlande 2011-07-28Rally Finland logoSebastien Loeb will take a lead of 2.8s into day two of Neste Oil Rally Finland, which has got off to a dramatic start on the high-speed gravel stages north of the service park in Jyvaskyla this evening (Thursday). Read the rest of this entry »

May 08

Loeb wins Italian WRC thriller (+result)

Sebastien Loeb has extended his lead of the World Rally Championship for drivers

Sebastien Loeb SardaigneSébastien Loeb (1) - France - 03-10-2010After winning Rally d’Italia Sardegna for a fourth time. Driving a Citroen DS3 WRC, Loeb faced the daunting prospect of running first on the road and clearing a line through the loose surface gravel for the drivers behind for three consecutive days to claim his second victory of 2011 alongside co-driver Daniel Elena. Read the rest of this entry »

May 05

Another boost for the WRC as Volkswagen signs up (+ photos)

Volkswagen confirmed a five-year commitment to the WRC

WRC logo2011-01-13_0582Today’s news that Volkswagen will be returning to the FIA World Rally Championship from 2013 has been heralded by the series promoter as further proof of the increasing value of the sport to manufacturers and its relevance to their production cars. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 24

WRC makes huge impact with Lisbon street stage

“It was a nice atmosphere with a lot of people and it’s been a very good day” – Loeb

WRC logoMarvin - Sebastien Loeb -SThe FIA World Rally Championship underlined its huge public appeal when it brought the streets of the Portuguese capital Lisbon to a standstill for the opening stage of Vodafone Rally de Portugal this afternoon (Thursday). Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 23

Ogier rocks, Block rolls on Portugal shakedown (+result)

In warm and sunny conditions close to the rally’s base of Faro

Sébastien Ogier 001-201009-09-11_145Sébastien Ogier continues to edge team-mate Sébastien Loeb for outright pace in the 2011 World Rally Championship, as Citroën lock out the top three on the shakedown for this weekend’s Rally Portugal – and Ken Block goes for a roll. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 06

Loeb wins in Rally Mexico (+Top Ten)

Sebastien Loeb has won Rally Guanajuato Mexico for the fifth time

Sebastien LoebSebastien Loeb 091107The Citroen Total World Rally Team star began the final day of the event locked in a close battle with team-mate Sebastien Ogier, 10.5s adrift. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 05

Loeb hits trouble in Mexico

Wrc.com stage summary – Stage data: SS15, Ibarrrilla 2 (29.90 kilometres)

Rally Guanajuato Mexico logoSebastien Loeb  Rally UK 20101113By 2010 Rally Mexico winning co-driver Daniel Elena: “This stage is the longest of the rally. It’s a technical stage with changing of rhythm. It’s an interesting stage because some parts are narrow and slow and after it is very, very fast. It’s a good, good stage but again you have the problem if you are first on the road because you are cleaning the road and it really is not easy and the others are trying to push.” Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 10

World Rally Championship entries hit new high

Eight teams are currently registered for the prestigious FIA World Rally Championship

WRC logoTop 5 championshipsInterest in the World Rally Championship has hit a new high with more than 10 teams set to chase manufacturers’ points during the course of the 2011 season which kicks off this week with Rally Sweden (10 – 13 February). Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 16

WRC: Ford shows off new colour scheme

Ford launches it 2011 WRC programme at the Autosport Show

Ford WRC 2011WRCFord’s all-new Fiesta RS World Rally Car was revealed in its 2011-specification today when the company unveiled the colour scheme that will adorn the car in the FIA World Rally Championship. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 13

Huge entry for World Rally Championship opener

Nearly 130 cars will start the Karlstad event
New TV deal gives UK WRC fans more coverage than ever before 

Rally Sweden logoWRCThe 2011 World Rally Championship is set to get off to a thrilling start in Sweden next month after all the series’ big guns lodged entries for the snow spectacular. Read the rest of this entry »

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