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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Peter van Merksteijn jr. had to retire today with his Citroën DS3 WRC in the WRC Rallye de France. Together with his co-driver Erwin Mombaerts he went off on the slippery roads besides the track and damaged his car too badly to continue to fight for points in the World Rally Championship during the remaining two days of the rally. Read More »

The MINI WRC Team is leading Rally France-Alsace at the end of day one after Dani Sordo (ES) proved just how fast he is with his MINI John Cooper Works WRC on tarmac stages. After taking 1hour 23 minutes to complete the 148.38 kilometres over eight stages Sordo and Carlos del Barrio (ES) were a second ahead of Petter Solberg (NO) in his Citroen. It was also a good day for Kris Meeke (GB) and Paul Nagle (IR) on their debut in this event as they were fourth overall in the number 52 MINI.

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Andreas Mikkelsen will be aiming to give ŠKODA a hat-trick of wins on the RACMSA Rally of Scotland (7-9 October), when he contests ŠKODA UK Motorsport’s home round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) in his Fabia S2000. Read More »

Luca Rossetti and Matteo Chiarcossi, after having regained the lead in the overall standings of the European Rally Championship thanks to the points obtained in the 68th Rally of Poland, driving the Abarth Grande Punto S2000 bearing the colours of United Business, will be at the start of the 46th Rallye Antibes Cote d’Azur, which will be held from October 14th to 16th in France, with start and finish in Antibes and service area in Nice. Read More »

Every continent and every nation in motorsport and rallying in particular has its champions and very often there are many, but it has always been hard to determine who is the NUMBER 1, because the rally codrivers of a nation or a continent do not always compete in the same national or continental championships. It becomes impossible to establish who is the first, because the leagues are different, the standings are multiple and drawn with scores and criteria which are different and not homogeneous. From January 1st, 2010, the World Rally Ranking establishes with transparent and objective criteria the world ranking of rally drivers and codrivers. This is the ranking, obtained based on the results obtained by each individual rally codriver in the international events entered in the FIA calendar. The ranking is updated at today, Thursday  September 29th 2011.  The codrivers who have obtained the right to enter the World Rally Ranking are currently 1628   Read More »

Sara Williams, the young Welsh rally driver that has been tipped for big things, is on course to complete her most successful year yet in the sport. With just two rallies left in her first season with the Klarius Group as sponsors she has a clear opportunity to win a number of awards and is currently placed 3rd overall in the Welsh Clubman’s Series, a strong position from which to claim overall honours. Read More »

This weekend Peter van Merksteijn jr. will take the start in the second tarmac rally of the 2011 World Rally Championship, the Rallye de France. From the rally center in Strasbourg Peter jr. and co-driver Erwin Mombaerts will compete with the Citroën DS3 WRC against the other WRC drivers for the valuable championship points.

Prior to the WRC Rallye de France, Peter van Merksteijn jr. added an extra event to his calendar which consisted of only World Rally Championship events. Read More »

Milford Haven rally drive Nick Cristofaro had a disappointing end to his British Rally Championship season when a broken driveshaft led to his retirement from the Trackrod Rally Yorkshire while leading the Fiesta SportTrophy class. Read More »

Louise Cook, 24 from Maidstone in Kent, became the Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Ladies Champion this weekend and came 2nd from 13 in Britain’s most competitive one make rally series the M-Sport Ford Fiesta Sport Trophy, despite being in the older slower Fiesta ST against the 11 new Fiesta R2’s, top ten in the BRC Formula 2 championship, 7th/21 Junior, and 7th/21 in BRC R2 Class. “I am over the moon, I thought the cancellation of the Isle of Man Rally had taken all my chances away of a better championship position, but with no drop scores and our consistency through the season, in the end it worked in our favour!” Read More »

Samira Khan had a busy weekend recently as the Kenya Airways pilot, and the latest addition to the Kenyan rallying fraternity, continued her preparations for the forthcoming East African Safari Classic Rally. After meeting with female rally legend Yvonne Mehta at an Abdul Sidi Rally Academy seminar on Saturday, Samira and her Ford Escort Mk1 graced the Concours d’Elegance on Sunday as the 32 year old continues her search for additional funds for the gruelling ten day marathon in November.

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