WRC Features. Page 15



  • September 2005

    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.

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rallye Deutschland - Leg 1.
    26 August 2005: "It's practically been a perfect day. It's been a good fight and there are two Citroens in front. I am not surprised by the times of Francois. He was my biggest challenger here last year and, if he hadn't had a clutch problem on SS4, it would have been an even closer run thing between the two of us. On the other hand, I'm pleasantly surprised by the gap we have pulled out, even over Marcus who is always quick here. I want to thank our technical team and our partner Michelin. I really have an exc

  • Open article Pre-event press conference - Germany - Pt.1.
    26 August 2005: Team bosses: Jost Capito (Ford), Jean-Pierre Nicolas (Peugeot) Drivers: Stephane Sarrazin (Subaru), Armin Schwarz (Skoda), Gigi Galli (Mitsubishi), Sebastien Loeb (Citroen).

  • Open article Pre-event press conference - Germany - Pt.2.
    26 August 2005: Team bosses: Jost Capito (Ford), Jean-Pierre Nicolas (Peugeot) Drivers: Stephane Sarrazin (Subaru), Armin Schwarz (Skoda), Gigi Galli (Mitsubishi), Sebastien Loeb (Citroen)

  • Open article Event timetable - Rallye Deutschland.
    21 August 2005: Complete event timetable for the 24th ADAC Rallye Deutschland - the eleventh round out of sixteen in the 2005 FIA World Rally Championship.

  • Open article Ravin' Rall': Musical chairs.
    18 August 2005: The current situation in the FIA World Rally Championship means the drivers' market has never been more interesting - or nail biting for those who need a drive. Indeed, it's a bit like musical chairs...

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rally Finland - Leg 3.
    7 August 2005: "It's been the perfect rally for us. We knew from the start that we could fight to win, but it was only last night, when we got a one-minute lead that we knew for sure that we were going to do it. It's not been an easy rally – we were always pushing hard and I was very worried about Timo. To avoid injuring his back any more I was definitely backing off over some of the bigger bumps, which cost us time. Although it's fantastic to win here, we still have to keep working hard to improve the car bec

  • Open article Post-event press conference - Rally Finland.
    7 August 2005: Drivers / co-drivers: Marcus Gronholm and Timo Rautiainen (Peugeot), Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena (Citroen) and Markko Martin and Michael Park (Peugeot). Team principal: Jean Pierre Nicolas (Peugeot).

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rally Finland - Leg 2.
    6 August 2005: "It's been a very good day, although I could not have expected to have a lead of a minute by the end of today! Actually that does not change things so much as we have been fast all day and I think we know that the speed is there. Our tyre choice this morning was perfect for Ouninpohja, and we had no problems at all. However there are still four stages run together tomorrow without service so we have to stay concentrated. Anything can still happen." - Marcus Gronholm.

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rally Finland - Leg 1.
    5 August 2005: "It's been a very good day for us but the last few stages were difficult because I was thinking about Timo's back all the time, so I was definitely backing off over some of the more violent crests. The car and the tyres have been perfect all day and it's a nice feeling to fight for the lead again. I've always had a very good feeling for these stages and it's fun to drive them. But we are in the middle of a very tight battle and we have to keep pushing, so it's always more fun when you have done

  • Open article Pre-event press conference - Rally Finland - Pt.1.
    4 August 2005: Team boss: Guy Frequelin (Citroen) and Isao Torii (Mitsubishi).

  • Open article Pre-event press conference - Rally Finland - Pt.2.
    4 August 2005: Drivers: Mikko Hirvonen (Ford) and Janne Tuohino (Skoda).

  • Open article Pre-event press conference - Rally Finland - Pt.3.
    4 August 2005: Drivers: Marcus Gronholm (Peugeot) and Petter Solberg (Subaru).

  • Open article JWRC: Pre-event press conference - Rally Finland.
    4 August 2005: Drivers: Kris Meeke (Citroen), Per-Gunnar Andersson, (Suzuki) and Kosti Katajamaki (Suzuki).

  • Open article Fiesta ST - road car to rally car in five months.
    3 August 2005: The Ford Fiesta ST was adapted from road car to Group N competition rally car in only five months by British-based preparation company M-Sport. Working to a specific brief from Ford TeamRS, the organisation within Ford which co-ordinates the company's European motorsport programmes and performance vehicle operations, Chris Williams headed up a small team at M-Sport's Dovenby Hall base. Williams, who has responsibility for engineering Roman Kresta's Ford Focus RS World Rally Car on the FIA Wor

  • Open article Ford Fiesta ST Group N - technical specifications.
    3 August 2005: Complete technical lowdown on the new Ford Fiesta ST Group N rally car...


  • July 2005

    Open article Event timetable - Rally Finland.
    29 July 2005: Complete event timetable for the 55th Rally Finland - the tenth round out of sixteen in the 2005 FIA World Rally Championship.

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rally Argentina - Leg 3.
    17 July 2005: "It wasn't easy. You only have to look at the gaps to see that. I can tell you, I pushed very hard right up to two stages from home. That forced me into a couple of mistakes, notably my spin in yesterday's loop to the south. Once again though, I was able to count on the Xsara's impeccable reliability and the team didn't put a foot wrong - again. Also, the 'eight' compound Michelin BTO tyre lived every bit up to our expectations. This may be our seventh win of the year, but it only strengthens ou

  • Open article Post-event press conference - Rally Argentina.
    17 July 2005: Drivers / co-drivers: Sebastien Leob and Daniel Elena (Citroen), Marcus Gronholm and Timo Rautiainen (Peugeot) and Petter Solberg and Phil Mills (Subaru). Team principal: Guy Frequelin (Citroen).

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rally Argentina - Leg 2.
    16 July 2005: "It's been a tough leg, and it's not over yet. We will have to carry on pushing hard tomorrow when the conditions will be much rockier. We will also be competing at altitude. It promises to be an interesting day." - Sebastien Loeb.

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rally Argentina - Leg 1.
    15 July 2005: "In SS7, 'La Cumbre', I came across a bull standing in the middle of the road. I thought it was going to move and it was only at the last minute that I realised it wasn't going to budge. I took to the ditch and punctured my front left tyre, but I still hit the animal with the front right corner. The damage was only superficial – the bonnet, a wing, the front bumper - but it was a big scare. You sometimes need a little luck, and I was lucky." - Sebastien Loeb.

  • Open article Pre-event press conference - Rally Argentina.
    14 July 2005: Drivers: Toni Gardemeister (Ford), Jani Paasonen (Skoda), Chris Atkinson (Subaru), Francois Duval (Citroen), Marcus Gronholm (Peugeot) and Harri Rovanpera (Mitsubishi).

  • Open article Event timetable - Rally Argentina.
    9 July 2005: Complete event timetable for the 25th Rally Argentina - the ninth round out of sixteen in the 2005 FIA World Rally Championship.

  • Open article Ravin' Rall': Bye, bye Sainz.
    6 July 2005: Well, it's official - 'King Carlos' has finally hung up his WRC hat (or should that be crown?) and driven off into the sunset.


  • June 2005

    Open article Rally reactions: Acropolis Rally - Leg 3.
    26 June 2005: "Five wins in a row? It hasn't really sunk in yet. All I know for the moment is that thanks to the team's efforts to give us perfect cars and also thanks to Michelin, this rally has been extremely positive in view of both title chases. We know we're not invincible and this winning run will come to an end one day but, if we want to extend it, we cannot afford to relax and next week we will be back out testing." - Sebastien Loeb.

  • Open article Post-event press conference - Acropolis Rally.
    26 June 2005: Drivers / co-drivers: Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena (Citroen), Toni Gardemeister and Jakke Honkanen (Ford) and Carlos Sainz and Marc Marti (Citroen). Team principal: Guy Frequelin (Citroen).

  • Open article Rally reactions: Acropolis Rally - Leg 2.
    25 June 2005: "When I feel as good as I do today at the wheel of my Xsara, I can do what I want with it. And that's a terrific feeling!" - Sebastien Loeb.

  • Open article Rally reactions: Acropolis Rally - Leg 1.
    24 June 2005: "For me the fact that I lead the championship and Petter Solberg lost time today is good. Still I have to try hard tomorrow, since the gap from Marcus Gronholm is small. In the second run I used wider tyres since the stages were cleaner than in the morning and the car seemed to be better." - Sebastien Loeb.

  • Open article Pre-event press conference - Acropolis Rally.
    23 June 2005: Drivers: Gigi Galli (Mitsubishi), Roman Kresta (Ford), Sebastien Loeb (Citroen), Stephane Sarrazin (Subaru) Team principals: Jean-Pierre Nicolas (Peugeot), Joan Sureda (Skoda)

  • Open article Event timetable - Acropolis Rally.
    20 June 2005: Complete event timetable for the 52nd Acropolis Rally of Greece - the eighth round out of sixteen in the 2005 FIA World Rally Championship.

  • Open article Focus: 'Back room boys' at Peugeot.
    20 June 2005: The mechanics at Peugeot form part of the team's front-line and stand out as indispensable links in the long chain which allows the French marque to shine in world class rallying. Here three of them take time to talk about their work in the wings...

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rally of Turkey - Leg 3.
    5 June 2005: Sebastien Loeb [Citroen]: "The muddy downhill section at the end of Chimera was just the sort of place you don't like when you're in the lead. There's much more of a chance of you making a mistake. I started Olympos at a good pace but then lifted when I saw the split times.

  • Open article Post-event press conference - Rally of Turkey.
    5 June 2005: Drivers / co-drivers: Daniel Elena (Citroen), Petter Solberg and Phil Mills (Subaru), Marcus Gronholm and Timo Rautiainen (Peugeot) Team principal: Guy Frequelin (Citroen)

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rally of Turkey - Leg 2.
    4 June 2005: Sebastien Loeb [Citroen]: "Both [opening] stages were very slippery first time through, although for different reasons. Kemer was damp, almost muddy, while Silyon was totally dry and therefore dusty. I didn't drive very well in Kemer. I was on the defensive and that doesn't suit me. I tend to make mistakes when I take it steadily.

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rally of Turkey - Leg 1.
    3 June 2005: Sebastien Loeb [Citroen]: "The surface was like a thick clay [in SS4] which clogged up the tyre treads, turning them into slicks. The car would go into a slide without warning, as if we were aquaplaning, or like when you try to slow down a toboggan...I concentrated on not making any mistakes. "It couldn't have gone better. The car was perfectly balanced and I was able to do what I wanted with it. If I wanted to slide, it responded progressively. And when I wanted to keep it smooth,

  • Open article Pre-event press conference – Rally of Turkey.
    2 June 2005: Drivers : Harri Rovanpera (Mitsubishi), Janne Tuohino (Skoda), Marcus Gronholm (Peugeot), Carlos Sainz (Citroen) Team principals : David Lapworth (Subaru), Malcolm Wilson (Ford)


  • May 2005

    Open article Ravin' Rall': Duval out in the cold.
    26 May 2005: It's tough at the top and life in the fast lane in the WRC is no different. Francois Duval found out just how tough following the Cyprus Rally and now, from being one of the sports hottest future prospects its all gone wrong - big time. Oh dear, Oh dear...

  • Open article Rally reactions: Cyprus Rally - Leg 3.
    15 May 2005: "This is the moment we've been waiting for these past two days. Ever since the real battle ended in fact. It's a bit of a strange win and I feel a certain relief that it's over. The car was perfect and didn't give us any problems, and we didn't make any mistakes. This win may not have been all that exciting but, like all the others, it's worth ten valuable points!" - Sebastien Loeb.

  • Open article Post-event press conference - Cyprus Rally.
    15 May 2005: Drivers / co-drivers: Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena (Citroen), Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor (Citroen) and Markko Martin and Michael Park (Peugeot). Team principal: Guy Frequelin (Citroen).

  • Open article Rally reactions: Cyprus Rally - Leg 2.
    14 May 2005: "I am pleased, of course. We didn't have any problems with the car and I didn't make any mistakes. Those two points were essential today and will be again tomorrow. I can't remember having previously led a WRC rally by such a big margin and it's a weird feeling. I tell myself that I am my own biggest rival. I must stay concentrated to avoid the sort of troubles that have decimated the field, especially since today's stages were in a better condition than yesterday's. Tomorrow's are rougher..." -

  • Open article Rally reactions: Cyprus Rally - Leg 1.
    13 May 2005: "The stages are just as we left them last year. Today's longest test [SS1 and 4, Lagoudera/Spilia - more than 38 km] was the worst of all. Incredible! Even driving at a snail's pace it was an absolute bone-shaker. There's no gravel left. We're driving directly over rocks." - Sebastien Loeb.

  • Open article Pre-event press conference - Cyprus Rally.
    12 May 2005: Drivers: Toni Gardemeister (Ford), Armin Schwarz (Skoda), Chris Atkinson (Subaru), Markko Martin (Peugeot) Manufaturers: Guy Frequelin (Citroen), Isao Torii (Mitsubishi)

  • Open article Event timetable - Cyprus Rally.
    9 May 2005: Complete event timetable for the 33rd Cyprus Rally - the sixth round out of sixteen in the 2005 FIA World Rally Championship.

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rally Italia Sardinia - Leg 3.
    1 May 2005: I was careful not to make any mistakes today while keeping a close eye on the times of my closest chaser, Petter Solberg. Winning back to back in New Zealand and here in Sardinia has put us back in the lead of the championship and promises some exciting battles to come!" - Sebastien Loeb.

  • Open article Post-event press conference - Rally Italia.
    1 May 2005: Drivers / co-drivers: Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena (Citroen), Petter Solberg and Phil Mills (Subaru) and Marcus Gronholm and Timo Rautiainen (Peugeot). Team principal: Guy Frequelin (Citroen).


  • April 2005

    Open article Rally reactions: Rally Italia Sardinia - Leg 2.
    30 April 2005: "By the time it was my turn to tackle the stages they had obviously been swept clear. But they were also badly cut up with a lot of rocks thrown up by the first cars through. You really had to stay concentrated all the time. I pushed quite hard while trying to drive as cleanly as possible. This is the sort of event where you can end up losing time if you try too hard and you risk hitting trouble..." - Sebastien Loeb
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