Ford’s test in Sweden follows on from a four-day session on gravel roads in Portugal
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While Gassner Jr. aims to end the year on a high in Great Britain
Kimi Raikkonen, backed by Red Bull on the World Rally Championship this year, was exactly one month and four days old when the legendary Hannu Mikkola won what was then called the RAC Rally in 1979: a four-day marathon up and down the length of Great Britain in wet and wintry conditions, featuring 56 special stages and 687 competitive kilometres.
“Rally is like a national sport in Finland”
As he prepares to commit for another year to world rallying, Kimi Raikkonen insists he does not regret his decision to leave formula one. A year after leaving Ferrari to join Citroen in the world rally championship, the 2007 world champion was linked with a return to F1 with Renault.
More rumours had linked Raikkonen with a move to Ford
Kimi Raikkonen is reportedly close to deciding to stay in the world rally championship with Red Bull and Citroen next year. After F1’s world champion of 2007 quelled speculation he is looking to return to formula one next year with Renault, Citroen’s competition boss has now revealed that talks between Raikkonen and his sponsor Red Bull are well advanced.
Sebastien Ogier currently holds the runner-up spot on the World Rally Championship
But Petter Solberg is on a mission to take it from him on the final round of the year Former World Rally Champion and four-time winner of Rally Great Britain Petter Solberg has warned the Citroen Junior Team’s Sebastien Ogier to watch out for his runner-up spot on the World Rally Championship in Britain next month.
Red Bull Rally de Espana shakedown report
The Rally de Espana is well-known for being a compact event of the World Rally Championship, based on stages around the Port Aventura theme park in Salou. But this year, the rally will be particularly short for former Grand Prix Champion and Red Bull driver Kimi Raikkonen.
Sebastien Ogier has cemented second place in the World Rally Championship
With a stunning debut win on Rally Japan – the second of his career – in Sapporo, The 26-year-old from France started the final day 5.4 seconds adrift of overnight leader Petter Solberg in third place but moved in front with the fastest time through the first Naekawa stage.
A flu-ridden Petter Solberg drove a near-perfect morning to open a 10-second lead on Rally Japan
The Citroen C4 WRC driver was unhappy with the set-up of his car through last night’s two Sapporo Dome stages, but he was quickest out of the blocks when the cars hit the dirt this morning. Fastest through the long stages – Iwanke and Sikot – he was third quickest on the morning’s final short test.
The iconic MINI name will return to the World Rally Championship stages next year
After its parent BMW group announced a multi-year comeback for one of the most charismatic names in the sport’s history. From 2011, MINI will compete at selected rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship and will go on to contest the entire season from 2012 onwards. BMW says this involvement is planned ‘for several years’.
Kimi Raikkonen could be asked to test formula one tyres for the sport’s new exclusive supplier Pirelli.
It has emerged that the Italian company will supply two sets of tyres to each team at a special Abu Dhabi test immediately after November’s season finale. But Pirelli is also keen to do some testing before then, and – after initially running with a GP2 car – is considering using either an old BMW or Toyota car.
Red Bull-backed driver Hermann Gassner Jr is determined to score a top five finish
In the Group N category on his return to the World Rally Championship in Portugal this weekend. In order to give himself every chance of doing well, he has driven his own reconnaissance car from his home in Germany to the rally base in Faro.
Red Bull Rally de Portugal preview
There were originally seven wonders of the ancient world: the Colossus of Rhodes (a big statue), the Pyramids at Giza (the only ancient wonder that still exists), the hanging gardens of Babylon (a cheat, as they didn’t actually hang), the mausoleum at Halicarnassus (so that Greek leaders could enjoy being dead), the statue of Zeus at Olympia (apparently even bigger than the Colossus) and the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus (again, think super-size).
Mexico isn’t known as a hotbed of rallying talent but Michel Jourdain is one driver desperate to break the mould
A winner in Champ Car and a former NASCAR regular, Jourdain made his rally debut on Mexico’s world championship counter back in March. But despite his celebrity in his homeland, the 33-year-old insists the outing was far more than a simple publicity stunt.
“We will see at a point some time later this year,” said Raikkonen.
Kimi Raikkonen insists he still has not made a decision about returning to formula one in 2011. After agreeing to end his Ferrari contract a year early late in 2009, the Finn signed on with Red Bull and Citroen and then endured a difficult and crash-laden start to his new career in the World Rally Championship.
At Rally America Round 3 – Olympus Rally
Rally America championship leaders Antoine L’Estage and co-driver Nathalie Richard, both of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu (QC), are making their maiden voyage out west for this weekend’s Olympus Rally in Ocean Shores, Washington. The third round of the hotly contested Rally America series will see the fastest drivers on the continent vying for the victory.
Auto GP secured a top-notch TV coverage tiying a deal with Motors TV.
Thanks to this agreement, the series maiden season will be aired live in 38 countries, so having a full european coverage. This will happen right from the Brno Event, where the two races will be held on April 25. The first race will be aired live at 10 am UK time, while the second race will be delayed, but in full, at 4 pm.
Red Bull Rally of Turkey day one report
Mint, cinnamon, pistachio, roses and walnut: all flavours of lokum, which is better known throughout the world as ‘Turkish delight’. These exotic flavours sound considerably more romantic than the fattening reality of the ingredients: starch and sugar. So Turkish delight is not recommended for anybody on a diet.
Red Bull Jordan Rally day three report
In Finland, children celebrate Easter by handing out decorations and twigs in return for a bit of money. Other Finnish families grow rye grass in pots and then place eggs in them. Kimi Raikkonen instead celebrated Easter by racking up his first points finish in the World Rally Championship, ending up eighth overall on only his eighth-ever rally.
Sebastien Loeb has notched up his first Jordan Rally win
After a dominant performance on the final day of the third round of the World Rally Championship. The 36-year-old Frenchman was fastest on four of Saturday’s eight special stages in his Citroen C4 WRC to take his second victory of the 2010 season and extend his advantage at the top of the drivers’ classification to 25 points over Finn Jari-Matti Latvala, who finished second.
Red Bull Jordan Rally preview
There are actually no hidden bodies in the Dead Sea, close to Amman in Jordan: the venue for round three of Kimi Raikkonen’s World Rally Championship assault with Red Bull. Instead, the name comes from the fact that the water is made up of 33% salt, making it impossible for nature to stay alive for very long.