WRC Features. Page 14



  • January 2006

    Open article Post-event press conference - Rally Monte Carlo.
    22 January 2006: Drivers / co-drivers: Marcus Gronholm and Timo Rautiainen (BP-Ford), Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena (Kronos Total Citroen) and Toni Gardemeister and Jakke Honkanen (Astra Racing). Team principal: Malcolm Wilson (BP-Ford).

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rallye Monte Carlo - Leg 2.
    21 January 2006: "The Focus has again been really good today but the conditions mean that it's not enjoyable to drive this rally because on every corner I'm waiting for something to happen. It's hard to judge what is a good pace." - Marcus Gronholm.

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rallye Monte Carlo - Leg 1.
    20 January 2006: "It's fantastic to be leading and the Focus has been perfect all day. I drove a little too carefully sometimes but conditions were terrible and it was hard to judge the correct speed..." - Marcus Gronholm.

  • Open article Pre-event press conference - Monte Carlo - Pt. 1.
    19 January 2006: Drivers: Marcus Gronholm (Ford) and Petter Solberg (Subaru).

  • Open article Pre-event press conference - Monte Carlo - Pt. 2.
    19 January 2006: Drivers: Sebastien Loeb (Kronos Citroen), Manfred Stohl (OMV Peugeot Norway). Team representative: Armin Schwarz (Red Bull Skoda). Tyre representative: Aime Chatard (BF Goodrich tyres).

  • Open article PCWRC: Pre-event press conference - Monte Carlo.
    19 January 2006: Drivers: David Higgins and Nasser Al-Attiyah.

  • Open article Event timetable: Rallye Monte Carlo.
    16 January 2006: Complete event timetable for the 74th Rallye Monte Carlo - the opening round out of sixteen in the 2006 FIA World Rally Championship.

  • Open article Major changes for 2006.
    15 January 2006: The following is a summary of the major changes to WRC for 2006, as provided by the FIA - the sports' governing body.


  • December 2005

    Open article Remembering Richard.
    22 December 2005: Today [Thursday] sees the memorial service in London for the 2001 WRC champion Richard Burns, who lost his battle against illness last month at the age of just 34. Here Claire Walker looks back at the relationship she enjoyed with the only Englishman to lift the World Rally Championship title...

  • Open article Ford Focus RS WRC 06 - from concept to reality.
    1 December 2005: The Ford Focus RS WRC 06 that will contest the 2006 FIA World Rally Championship has been conceived, designed, built and developed in a staggeringly short space of time. Less than 12 months after Ford reconfirmed its long-term commitment to the WRC, the Focus RS WRC 06 made its debut and set fastest stage times on Rally Australia, the closing round of the 2005 championship. How did BP-Ford World Rally Team technical director Christian Loriaux and his team of designers and engineers at M-Spor

  • Open article Ford Focus RS WRC 06 - key technical elements.
    1 December 2005: What follows are the key technical elements of the new Ford Focus RS WRC 06 - along with M-Sport technical director, Christian Loriaux's thoughts on the solutions that he and his team of engineers developed...

  • Open article Ford Focus RS WRC 06 - technical specifications.
    1 December 2005: Complete technical lowdown on the new Ford Focus RS WRC 06 rally car...


  • November 2005

    Open article Tributes: Richard Burns - 1971-2005.
    28 November 2005: 2001 World Rally champion, Richard Burns passed away on Friday after a long battle against a brain tumour. What follows is a selection of tributes:

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rally Australia - Leg 3.
    13 November 2005: "I've been waiting and hoping for this victory for so long. I would like to say a big thank you to Citroen, to my parents, to Guy Frequelin who has given me so much help, and to Sven who has done a tremendous job. I naturally found the final stages very long. But everything went OK. It's a great way to end what has at times been a difficult season for me." - Francois Duval.

  • Open article Post-event press conference - Rally Australia.
    13 November 2005: Drivers/co-driver: Francois Duval/Sven Smeets (Citroen), Harri Rovanpera/Risto Pietilainen (Mitsubishi), Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor (Citroen Team OMV) Team personnel: Guy Frequelin (Citroen)

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rally Australia - Leg 2.
    12 November 2005: "I am pleased with the set-up of my Xsara and my tyre choice was good. Being in front doesn't really change that much: I still need to drive quite quickly because my chasers aren't that far behind and I need to stay focused to make sure I don't make any mistakes. But that was already the case..." - Francois Duval.

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rally Australia - Leg 1.
    11 November 2005: "It's been great fun out there today, better than I expected actually, the car and tyres have been perfect and I'm really enjoying myself. In Japan we saw how much of a step we'd made on gravel and today it's felt good to be fighting for the lead again - that's what we're here for. Running second on the road today there was lots of loose gravel about and it was extremely slippery and easy to make a mistake and spin. We pushed where we could, but the main objective was to get through cleanly and

  • Open article Pre-event press conference - Rally Oz - Pt. 1.
    10 November 2005: Team principals: Isao Torii (Mitsubishi) and Malcolm Wilson (Ford).

  • Open article Pre-event press conference - Rally Oz - Pt. 2.
    10 November 2005: Drivers: Chris Atkinson (Subaru) and Colin McRae (Skoda).

  • Open article Pre-event press conference - Rally Oz - Pt. 3.
    10 November 2005: Drivers: Marcus Gronholm (Peugeot) and Sebastien Loeb (Citroen).

  • Open article PCWRC: Pre-event press conference - Rally Oz.
    10 November 2005: Drivers: Toshihiro Arai (Subaru), Marcos Ligato (Subaru) and Nasser Al-Attiyah (Subaru).


  • October 2005

    Open article Post-event press conference - Rally Catalunya.
    30 October 2005: Drivers/co-drivers: Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena (Citroen, Francois Duval/Sven Smeets (Citroen), Mikko Hirvonen/Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford) Team principal: Guy Frequelin (Citroen)

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rallye France - Leg 3.
    23 October 2005: "Everyone was expecting me to win in Corsica, so I had to do something a little different! I really wanted to win here, not only because this is my home rally but also because I love the Corsican stages. I admit that at the beginning of the season the two objectives I set myself were to win in Finland and Corsica. Marcus [Grönholm] proved the man to beat in Finland, but like him I am very pleased to have won my home round, with a little touch of panache. What makes me even happier is having been

  • Open article Post-event press conference – Rallye France.
    23 October 2005: Q: Seb, this was your first win in Corsica, but was it more important to win the rally or to set fastest time on every stage? Sebastien Loeb: Winning the rally was the most important thing. That's what I came here to do. I have won Monte Carlo, Germany and other rallies several times, but never here. I was very motivated to score my first Tour de Corse victory. I attacked on the first day and set fastest time on each stage. After that I consolidated a little, but still the f

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rallye France - Leg 2.
    22 October 2005: "Eight fastest times from eight...everything's fine. Everybody is now asking whether I can make it a grand slam. That's not my objective, but if I can win more stages driving at this pace, which is sufficiently quick to ensure the Xsara is easy to drive and for me to remain fully concentrated, then that will be a bonus. However, my main aim is to win to try to score maximum points for Citroen" - Sebastien Loeb

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rallye France - Leg 1.
    21 October 2005: "The first two stages were practically all-dry and everything went well. The car is perfect and I didn't make any mistakes. Four stages… four fastest times. I felt totally confident in my car from the start. I've said that I want to win this event and I couldn't have dreamt of a better start. That said, I was leading after Leg 1 in 2003 too and I can distinctly remember the mistake I made the following day which put me out of contention. So I am very aware that I mustn't drop my guard. Perhaps w

  • Open article Pre-event press conference - Rallye France – Pt.1.
    20 October 2005: Q: Welcome to both of you. Alex, Corsica is the event where people first noticed you two years ago. You set some very good times then... Alex Bengue: It's true that I made my first World Rally Car appearance in a WRC event in Corsica. Generally things went well, even though, unfortunately, I didn't make the finish. I particularly like this event. The roads are tight and quite bumpy, but you can get into a good rhythm. It's challenging and very enjoyable.

  • Open article Pre-event press conference - Rallye France – Pt.3.
    20 October 2005: Press conference: Q: You've never won a rally on asphalt, although you've come close. Is this something you feel is a serious omission from your CV? Marcus Gronholm: It would be nice to win on tarmac, but this year it will be difficult. We have improved the car and tyres a bit, but I feel I cannot match the speed of the Citroën.

  • Open article Pre-event press conference - Rallye France – Pt.2.
    20 October 2005: Press conference: Q: Welcome to both of you. Gilles, Corsica is one of “your” rallies. How confident do you feel in the car after your experience with it in Japan? Gilles Panizzi: The confidence for me is better than on gravel at the moment because driving on Tarmac is more natural. I have tested the car a little bit more and am starting with more confidence here.

  • Open article Event timetable – Rallye France - Tour de Corse.
    20 October 2005: Complete event timetable for Rallye France – Tour de Corse - the 14th round out of sixteen in the 2005 FIA World Rally Championship.

  • Open article Century up for Focus WRC.
    14 October 2005: The Rallye de France – Tour de Corse next weekend will have added importance for the Ford World Rally team as the Focus WRC makes its 100th start in the World Rally Championship.

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rally Japan - Leg 3.
    2 October 2005: "The most important thing for me is that this victory is in memory of Michael Park: we want it to be for him. We were pushing hard to the end and we were always close to the pace of Petter. Whether or not that was why he went off is something we will never know, but we were never far off him. It was a difficult rally: in some places we lost time because of incorrect tyre choices and we also had a couple of problems on the second day. Under the circumstances this was the best possible result we c

  • Open article Post-event press conference – Rally Japan.
    2 October 2005: Yeah it's true, it is quite emotional. Because two weeks ago it was a really bad thing that happened for everyone in the team: Michael's accident. So it was really good to come here. First we did not know we were going to come here at all and then we decided to do the rally and maybe it was the right decision to come here and carry on with life and do it. I am happy with that and I think the team is also" - Marcus Gronholm

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rally Japan - Leg 2.
    1 October 2005: "It feels good, we're on target but there's still a long way to go. I've pushed to the maximum today, perhaps a little too much in the morning but my tyre choice was too hard and I had no option. We gave away a lot of seconds for free on the first group of stages but the afternoon was much better. It's not easy out there, the stages have been terrible. My biggest fight today was not with Marcus, it was with the roads. It's been a long time since I won a rally and it's a feeling I want back. I'm


  • September 2005

    Open article Rally reactions: Rally Japan - Leg 1.
    30 September 2005: "I'm very happy to be back fighting for stage wins again! To be honest the day has gone better than even I expected, we had a few punctures in the afternoon but apart from that it has been just perfect. I love driving and when the package works as well as it has done today then there's no better feeling. Of course there's a long way still to go but I feel positive after what we've achieved today and everyone in the team is hungry to succeed" - Petter Solberg

  • Open article Pre-event press conference – Rally Japan – Pt.1.
    29 September 2005: Welcome to the press conference. Joining us are Toshiya Azuma, Isao Torii and Jean-Pierre Nicolas. Torii-san thank you for the welcome to Japan, how clever of you to organise such great weather. What does it mean for your team to have WRC come to Japan?

  • Open article Pre-event press conference – Rally Japan – Pt.2.
    29 September 2005: Gigi, you have a big following. You've met some of your fans - tell me about them.

  • Open article Pre-event press conference – Rally Japan – Pt.3.
    29 September 2005: Drivers: Sebastien Loeb (Citroen), Peter Solberg (Subaru) Press conference: Q: You won here last year. What does it take to win in Japan?

  • Open article PCWRC: Pre-event press conference - Rally Japan.
    29 September 2005: Drivers: Toshi Arai (Subaru), Natalie Barratt (Mitsubishi) Marcos Ligato (Subaru) and Fumio Nutahara (Mitsubishi) Press conference: Q: Toshi, this is the first time the PWRC has come to Japan. How popular is it here?

  • Open article Event timetable – Rally Japan.
    28 September 2005: Complete event timetable for Rally Japan - the 13th round out of sixteen in the 2005 FIA World Rally Championship.

  • Open article Tributes: Michael Park - 1966-2005.
    18 September 2005: The Wales Rally GB came to a premature end Sunday in tragic circumstances on the second stage of the day - SS15 - when Markko Martin's Peugeot was involved in an accident that fatally injured his British co-driver, Michael Park. The rally was stopped and the two remaining stages were abandoned. What follows is a selection of tributes made following that incident...

  • Open article Rally reactions: Wales Rally GB - Leg 2.
    17 September 2005: "I admit we pushed very hard all day today. But we didn't have a single problem and the car was nicely balanced. Switching to slightly harder compound tyres for the afternoon's loop was a judicious move. The surface is exceptionally dry for this event but I have to say that the stages are just as fun to drive in these conditions. Tomorrow it will obviously be a case of trying not to make any mistakes." - Sebastien Loeb.

  • Open article Rally reactions: Wales Rally GB - Leg 1.
    16 September 2005: "The ten second time penalty adds to the suspense. We've got a good fight on our hands with Petter, and Marcus is coming back very strongly. Tomorrow I'll keep to the same pace. I feel comfortable with the car. I will play the game as long as I feel I can win, but I keep the option of changing tactics open." - Sebastien Loeb.

  • Open article Pre-event press conference - Rally GB - Pt. 1.
    15 September 2005: Team bosses: David Lapworth (Subaru) and Malcolm Wilson (Ford).

  • Open article Pre-event press conference - Rally GB - Pt. 2.
    15 September 2005: Drivers: Harri Rovanpera (Mitsubishi) and Colin McRae (Skoda).

  • Open article Pre-event press conference - Rally GB - Pt. 3.
    15 September 2005: Drivers: (Sebastien Loeb - Citroen) and Marcus Gronholm (Peugeot).

  • Open article Event timetable - Wales Rally GB.
    9 September 2005: Complete event timetable for the 73rd Wales Rally GB - the twelfth round out of sixteen in the 2005 FIA World Rally Championship.


  • August 2005

    Open article Rally reactions: Rallye Deutschland - Leg 3.
    28 August 2005: "Everyone knows that I consider the Deutschland Rally to be my home event. This is the rally my childhood friends come to watch and I really wanted to win it again; it's great to have succeeded. Like Francois, we pushed hard on Day 1, and then it was a case of controlling from in front. That's less fun, but that was amply outweighed by the pleasure we derived from scoring such a superb result for the team. It's looking promising for the rest of the season." - Sebastien Loeb.

  • Open article Post-event press conference - Rallye Deutschland.
    28 August 2005: Drivers / co-drivers: Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena (Citroen), Francois Duval and Sven Smeets (Citroen) and Marcus Gronholm and Timo Rautiainen (Peugeot). Team principal: Guy Frequelin (Citroen).

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rallye Deutschland - Leg 2.
    27 August 2005: "I upped my pace through the cleaner portions, but took things more carefully wherever there was gravel on the road. A day like today is obviously less fun than when you've got a good fight on your hands. But knowing how to control from in front is part of a rally driver's job. Given the gaps, there wasn't much else to do..." - Sebastien Loeb.
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