Tag Archive: World Rally Championship

Dec 25

Ford enjoys positive test

Ford’s test in Sweden follows on from a four-day session on gravel roads in Portugal

FordFiesta RS WRCMikko Hirvonen  Monte-Carlo winnerFord World Rally Team technical director Christian Loriaux has described the squad’s five-day test in Sweden last week as “positive”. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 26

Raikkonen sells F3 team

Kimi Raikkonen and his managers have sold their stakes in the British F3 team Raikkonen Robertson Racing.

The Woking based team will be renamed Double R Racing after Anthony Hieatt took over from the 2007 world champion and his managers Steve and David Robertson, according to reports. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 15

Kimi finishes Rally Great Britain in the points

Red Bull Wales Rally Great Britain day three report

So this is where the remarkable WRC journey ends for Kimi Raikkonen in 2010, after 11 rallies contested and five points finishes, making a total of 25 points and 10th in the drivers’ championship at the end of his debut season. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 13

Gassner Jr continues his learning curve in Britain

 Forced to retire from the opening day 

Red Bull Rallye Team driver Hermann Gassner Jr has been forced to retire from the opening day of the Rally Great Britain on the final stage because of a transmission problem. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 11

Superleague Formula set to shake Cardiff

It won’t be the first time that the championship’s cars have strutted their stuff in an urban environment

Superleague FormulaMaria de VillotaSuperleague Formula will take to the city streets once again this weekend when Chris van der Drift demos the Liverpool FC car in Cardiff, Wales. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 09

Kimi ready for wet and wild stages in Wales (+photos)

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 09

Raikkonen has no regrets as rally foray enters second year

“Rally is like a national sport in Finland”

Kimi Raikkonen Rally Spain 20101021Kimi Raikkonen  20101108As 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 09

Red Bull aims for Super 2000 title with Sandell

In the Rally Great Britain this weekend 

Red Bull’s Patrik Sandell is aiming to add the Super 2000 World Rally Championship title to the Junior World Championship title that he won in 2006 when he contests the Rally Great Britain this weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 27

Raikkonen close to staying in rally with Citroen – boss

More rumours had linked Raikkonen with a move to Ford

Kimi Raikkonen Rally Spain 20101021Kimi Raikkonen 23-09-2010Kimi 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 27

Solberg: Ogier needs to watch out on Wales Rally GB

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 22

Kimi feels the pain in Spain

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 12

Ace Ogier lands victory number two in Japan

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 10

Midday wrap: Solberg rules in Japan

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 29

New ‘Iceman’ clothing launched in Finland

The clothes bear the same famous “iceman” logo

2010-07-29 - Iceman - Kimi Raikkonen capTo celebrate his first season in the World Rally Championship with Red Bull, the 2007 Formula One World Champion Kimi Raikkonen – known simply as “The Iceman” – is launching an eye-catching new clothing range on Rally Finland. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 28

MINI confirms WRC comeback

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’. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

Pirelli eyes Raikkonen for F1 tyre testing

Kimi Raikkonen could be asked to test formula one tyres for the sport’s new exclusive supplier Pirelli.

PirelliIt 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 06

Kimi takes on Taddy at the Erzberg Rodeo showdown

Red Bull Hare Scramble

Kimi Raikkonen - Taddy BlazusiakRed Bull driver Kimi Raikkonen faced a brand new different challenge today, when he took on multiple trial bike champion Taddy Blazusiak at a breathtaking head-to-head race in Austria. Read the rest of this entry »

May 25

Gassner Jr aims for Portugal success after road trip (+photo)

 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. Read the rest of this entry »

May 25

Kimi looks to work wonders in Portugal

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). Read the rest of this entry »

May 16

Jourdain aims to break the mould with three-year WRC bid

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 28

Raikkonen still not ruling out F1 return

“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. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 22

Championship leader L’Estage and Richard aims to stay on top

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 22

Auto GP to be aired live on Motors TV

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 18

Sebastien Loeb wins Rally of Turkey!

Loeb extend his lead in the FIA Drivers’ standings

Citroen C4 WRC driver Sebastien Loeb sealed victory on the Rally of Turkey today, round four of the 2010 World Rally Championship, to extend his lead in the FIA Drivers’ standings. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 16

Delight in Turkey for Kimi and Kaj (+result)

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 12

Kimi hopes to make Christmas come early in Turkey

 Red Bull Rally of Turkey preview

When learning anything for the first time – such as world rallying – it’s important to distinguish fact from fiction. For example, turkeys do not actually come from Turkey. Instead they come from North America. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 04

Points finish for Sandell on the Jordan Rally (+photo)

 Round three of the Super 2000 World Rally Championship

Patrik Sandell, driving a Red Bull backed Skoda Fabia S2000, has finished fifth on the all-gravel Jordan Rally. This was despite being delayed twice on some of the roughest roads that the World Rally Championship crews will face all year. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 04

Kimi celebrates Easter with baptism of fire

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 03

Loeb takes dominant Jordan win

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

Kimi aims to stay afloat in Jordan

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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