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Espana (WRC): ‘50th’ celebrations on the Costa Daurada

Espana (WRC): ‘50th’ celebrations on the Costa Daurada

This weekend’s RallyRACC-Rally de Espana is the event’s 50th edition. The history of the fixture is as complex as its official name: the RACC-Rally Catalunya-Costa Daurada-Rally de Espana. ...
The ERC title trail moves to Switzerland

The ERC title trail moves to Switzerland

Round 10 of the 11-round 2014 FIA European Rally Championship takes teams to the Rallye International du Valais which has reverted to its traditional late-October slot. The 55th running of the event promises an exciting showdown between the ERC front-runners ...
WRC (Espana): a single point will suffice!

WRC (Espana): a single point will suffice!

Sébastien Ogier only needs to score one point more than VW/Michelin team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala in Spain to secure his second straight FIA WRC Drivers’ crown on Sunday. If he fails, celebrations for one of the two will have to wait ...
The WRC Commission’s proposals

The WRC Commission’s proposals

The WRC Commission met yesterday (Thursday) at Geneva, Switzerland. A number of proposals will be submitted to the FIA World Council which is due to gather on December 3. Issues debated included event formats and start orders for 2015. ...
The 2015 Hyundai is running

The 2015 Hyundai is running

The 2015-specification Hyundai WRC ran for the first time in September and is expected to make its WRC debut in the course of next season. ...
Wednesday’s WRC notes: France

Wednesday’s WRC notes: France

Dani Sordo was the best-placed ‘Latin’ finisher on the 2014 Rallye de France (4th), while Bryan Bouffier (9th) was the best-placed Frenchman. It’s the first time there hasn’t been a Latin on the podium and a French driver in the ...
Video: highlights from Rallye de France

Video: highlights from Rallye de France

Watch the highlights from 2014 Rallye de France which was won by Jari-Matti Latvala (Volkswagen-Michelin) ...
Rallye de France (WRC): Latvala triumphs in Alsace

Rallye de France (WRC): Latvala triumphs in Alsace

After claiming 11 wins on snow and gravel, Finn Jari-Matti Latvala has at last notched up his first world class victory on asphalt. The Rallye de France-Alsace saw his team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen provide Volkswagen/Michelin with another one-two finish and Kris ...
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 11h22
    Ogier fastest, Neuville +8.5 and Ostberg +11.9 - Break now while the crews go for regroup and service. SS5 re-run of Gandes stage (7 kilometres) and goes live at 13:54 local time (CET)
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 11h08
    [SS3] Yuriy Protasov (Ford) "I have dust in the car and outside. I couldn't see anything. I had to drive in four gears. It was a good learning experience for me."
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 11h07
    [SS3] Hayden Paddon (Hyundai) Dramatic stage for Paddon. "Pushed a litte hard on the first corner, we spun and hit a bank. We had two punctures so we had to stop to change them. Luckily we had two spares." - Lost over five minutes.
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 11h01
    [SS3] Robert Kubica (Ford) "It is a bit better, really used the tyres on the tarmac section, so it was really slippery the last section of the stage."
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 10h59
    [SS3] Kris Meeke (Citroen) Did not start stage due to double puncture on the previous stage. Looks like he is out for the day.
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 10h55
    [SS3] Dani Sordo (Hyundai) "A little better than the first stages. The car is a little bit better, but I can't drive the car like I want."
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 10h52
    [SS3] Martin Prokop (Ford) "Very difficult to find a driving rythem and a grip. I am still struggling with the car."
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 10h49
    [SS3] Elfyn Evans (Ford) "it's been difficult for sure. There has been a couple of mistakes. Hopefully, we will do better this afternoon. There has been some issues with the dust but we have come through."
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 10h46
    [SS3] Mads Ostberg (Citroen) "The stage went quite well. The dust was still a problem. I lost a time because I had to reverse at some point, it cost me some time, but overall we did well."
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 10h42
    [SS3] Andreas Mikkelsen (Volkswagen) "Struggling to see, not easy when the conditions are like this. There is no way to go when the conditions are like this." -The dust is still causing problem.
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 10h40
    [SS3] Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) "It is unbelievable, we are stuck in the dust behind. It is very difficult. Even in the tarmac section, with the dust I couldn't really see."
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 10h36
    [SS3] Mikko Hirvonen (Ford) "It was really difficult,I may have done better than the others, but I am still having a problem with the dust. It is a real problem for me.
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 10h33
    [SS3] Andreas Mikkelsen (Volkswagen) "struggling to see, not easy when the conditions are like this. there is no way to go when the conditions are like this." -the dust is still causing problem.
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 10h30
    [SS3] Jari-Matti Latvala (Volkswagen) "The car has not been good to drive today. I have been really struggling. I have not been happy with the car. " - Lost a lot of time on the stage.
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 10h27
    [SS3] Sebastien Ogier (Volkswagen) "It was the same, luckily with this one there was a bit of tarmac in the middle, but mostly it was the same as the last stage. I will keep on pushing."
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h55
    [SS3] Khalid Al Qassimi (Citroen) “It was very difficult, we had to cut off a lot of places. I used the glasses because the sun was very low, and I thought it would help.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h52
    [SS3] Yuriy Protasov (Ford) “It is very dusty, nothing to look. We managed to stay on the road.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h47
    [SS3] Robert Kubica (Ford) 15:32.9 “It was a very difficult stage when the sun is low, I couldn’t really see.” - Double difficulty also a bit of haze inside of the car.
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h44
    [SS3] Hayden Paddon (Hyundai) 15:26.6 - Fastest so far - “Maybe Christmas has come early! It was scary, but John (co-driver) send before the stage to trust the notes. It is still quite slippery but it is cleaning.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h42
    [SS3] Dani Sordo (Hyundai) 15:43.6 “Really, really bad, impossible to see.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h37
    [SS3] Martin Prokop (Ford) 15:58.2 “It was horrible… All the time, the problem was to find the road and find the braking points. We were driving slowly on the long straights trying to find the corners.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h36
    [SS3] Elfyn Evans (Ford) 15:44.8 “Very bad, really bad dust in there. Couldn’t get it stopped…” Had a brief off.
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h34
    [SS3] Kris Meeke (Citroen) 20:17.2 - Front left puncture and rear right puncture - “We have had a bad stage in here, a double puncture so I don’t think we are going much further…”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h29
    [SS3] Mads Ostberg (Citroen) 15:36.6 “Too long ( held up by Meeke). I got all the way up to him…” Not happy after being held up by team-mate Meeke.
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h28
    [SS3] Kris Meeke (Citroen) - Moving again
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h27
    [SS3] Kris Meeke (Citroen) - Stopped in the stage 19 kilometres into the stage
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h25
    [SS3] Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) 15:30.2 “It is really bad condition, you cannot see, even if my pace notes were completely right.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h24
    [SS3] Kris Meeke (Citroen) - Dropping time on the splits, already 22.1 seconds down on Ogier at 16 kilometers
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h21
    [SS3] Mikko Hirvonen (Ford) 15:32.3 “There is so much dust it is difficult to see in places., lets see how it is for the boys behind.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h18
    [SS3] Andreas Mikkelsen (Volkswagen) “I don’t see anything… The car is feeling nice.” - Problems with the dust.
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h17
    [SS3] Jari-Matti Latvala (Volkswagen) 15:30.7 “The dust is quite heavy one. I am struggling with the car on the turn in” - Not happy
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h16
    [SS3] Sebastien Ogier (Volkswagen) 15:28.7 - Happy enough with his performance.
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h15
    [SS3] Kris Meeke (Citroen) - Has started the stage a minute later than expected… A problem?
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h13
    Meeke fastest, Ostberg +1.5 and Nevuille +1.6 - Overall Mikkelsen holds lead, with Meeke and Neuville chasing.
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h09
    [SS2] Robert Kubica (Ford) 4:29.2 “Pace notes are not so good… All okay.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h07
    [SS2] Hayden Paddon (Hyundai) 4:28.3 “Quite slippy in there, the second half is cleaning up, but the first half is quite slippery.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h06
    [SS2] Dani Sordo (Hyundai) 4:31.6 “The time is not so good, I hoped to do better but it is like this for the moment.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h01
    [SS2] Martin Prokop (Ford) “It was very slippery, I had very bad grip on the rear. I expect more grip, really tricky.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h00
    SS3 is now live...
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 08h57
    [SS2] Elfyn Evans (Ford) 4:28.6 “Less grip than expected, I was a bit wide in places, a bit untidy.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 08h54
    [SS2] Mads Ostberg (Citroen) 4:27.8 “I can see the line, it is getting faster and faster. Quite a nice stage. Enjoyable morning.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 08h52
    [SS2] Kris Meeke (Citroen) 4:26.3 “Was nice, very slippery off the line. I have to make best use of it (road position) while I’m here.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 08h49
    [SS2] Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) 4:27.9 “My car is okay, everything is fine. It is very slippy and we are sliding around. There are no lines yet.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 08h46
    [SS2] Mikko Hirvonen (Ford) 4:30.9 “It seemed to go alright. Don’t really have any traction. Now I wish I had been on the softer spring. At some point I think if we had softer spring there would have been more traction.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 08h43
    [SS2] Andreas Mikkelsen (Volkswagen) 4:29.2 “Everything is fine. It is a bit dusty to see sometimes. It is getting better for sure (line). I was missing some fuel, we had only a bit but we thought it was safe to push bit.” - Pushed the car into service this morning due to shortage of fuel.
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 08h41
    [SS2] Jari-Matti Latvala (Volkswagen) 4:32.3 - Clipped a rock in the dust - “There was quite a lot of dust in the beginning of the stage and I did not see it, I touched a rock. It was a very difficult rhythm, I did not have a rhythm on the stage.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 08h40
    [SS2] Sebastien Ogier (Volkswagen) 4:30.6 “For sure the grip is to so good. I am happy, I done a good stage. There is a lot of wind, normally there is a lot of dust in the gravel section, but not today.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 08h38
    The first stage of the day SS2 Gandesa (7.0 kilometres) is already underway with Ogier into the test
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 08h37
    Today we have 6 gravel special stages before the cars are re-equipped and set-up for 2 days of tarmac
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 08h36
    Good morning and welcome to gravel day of Rally de Espana the penultimate round of the FIA World Rally Championship 2014
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h58
    That is it for today and the opener for Rally de Espana. Tomorrow is the gravel day of the rally with 138.54 kilometres before the re-fit of the cars into tarmac spec. The first stage of the day, SS2 Gandesa (7.00 kilometres) gets underway at 8:33 local time (CET)
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h54
    [SS1] Sebastien Ogier (Volkswagen) 3:40.9 “The real start is tomorrow. Was an okay stage for us, not so much risk. It is a great place to start the rally.”
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h50
    [SS1] Jari-Matti Latvala (Volkswagen) 3:42.2 “Was a very demanding stage, I think the car seas performing well. A few places I was hesitating. I will lose on this stage.”
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h47
    [SS1] Andreas Mikkelsen (Volkswagen) 3:39.1 “I think there is more. I am happy with that, tomorrow will be an interesting day running early on the road. I still think we have a better tyre this year to cope with the distance than last year.”
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h44
    [SS1] Mikko Hirvonen (Ford) 3:45.0 “Time was not so bad, but it was good fun. I had fun.”
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h41
    [SS1] Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) 3:42.0 “Quite a good run. Small lost time in the donut, I tried it in second gear, I maybe lost out in second. My feeling is good, I want to have again a good weekend. We are going to try and give it a little push.”
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h39
    [SS1] Kris Meeke (Citroen) 3:43.1 “Good for the sport to come to a famous capital and bring it to the people. Definitely did not want to make any mistakes.”
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h38
    [SS1] Elfyn Evans (Ford) 3:49.5 “Trying to be careful, it is a tricky little stage. Did not have a lot of grip on the front end, not too tidy.”
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h37
    [SS1] Martin Prokop (Ford) 3:46.3 “It was fantastic stage, very nice. If you were not limited by the tyres (gravel tyres) it would be good fun. We manage the stage quite clear and ready for tomorrow.”
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h37
    [SS1] Mads Ostberg (Citroen) 3:43.7 “Fantastic stage, I think my favourite spectator stage. So many people… This scene is fantastic”
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h36
    [SS1] Robert Kubica (Ford) 3:48.2 “It was not easy, on tarmac with gravel tyres, is not easy. I did not judge properly the grip. It really is not easy.”
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h36
    [SS1] Hayden Paddon (Hyundai) 3:47.5 “Quite enjoyed this supper special. The grip is very consistent all the way. A lot of smoke and have a lot of fun.”
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h36
    [SS1] Dani Sordo (Hyundai) 3:42.7 “Really nice. After the hairpins, we do not have power in first gear.” - Problems with 1st gear.
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h35
    [SS1] Khalid Al Qassimi (Citroen) 3:57.0 “A lot of sideways, a lot of action, I enjoyed it.”
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h35
    [SS1] Yuriy Protasov (Ford) 3:51.2 “Very slow stage and very slippery.”
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h34
    The first stage is already underway with drivers into the test.
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h33
    Welcome to Spain and Rally de Espana the penultimate round of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship.
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h33
    Tonight we have a short opening stage in Barcelona (3.20 kilometres) before three days of dull on rally action. Rally de Espana is a mixed surface event with Friday on gravel and Saturday/Sunday on tarmac.
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 12h23
    Welcome to RallyRACC- Rally de Espana, penultimate round of 2014 WRC
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