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Daily Archives: May 9th, 2015

manxnat15 (6)The largest entry in a decade saw challenging conditions for the crews on the Isle of Man. Paul Bird & Aled Davies (Focus WRC) struck early and held a comfortable lead after the first four stages before Melvyn Evans & Mark Glennerster (Impreza WRC) struck back on stage 5 to cut the gap back to 20 seconds. It was short lived however as Evans was unable to start stage 6 due to electrical issues so Bird took an overnight lead of just under a minute ahead of Jason Pritchard & Phil Clarke (Focus WRC). After level pegging roughly on Saturday’s opening pair of stages, Bird started to extend his lead and he had almost a minute and three quarters going in to stage 11. That stage would see the demise of Bird though as he punctured early on and by the time the wheel was changed the lead had long since gone and he retired from the rally. This left Pritchard to back up his 2014 win with another excellent result in 2015. Read More »

2003_WRC_-Finland_Citroen_McRaeThere won’t be a dry eye in the house when rally fans see what the Citroen World Rally Team has planned for next week’s McRae Rally Challenge. They are planning to bring a Citroen Xsara World Rally Car to the event for Argentine Rally winner Kris Meeke to drive.

And it’s not just any Citroen Xsara, this one will look exactly as it was when Colin McRae drove for the French Team 12 years ago.

Given the unique nature of this event being staged to commemorate the 20th anniversary of McRae’s World Rally title, Citroen have decided to make their own special tribute to McRae by having the vehicle liveried as it was 12 years ago when he drove for the team. Read More »