WRC Features. Page 16



  • June 2005

    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

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rally Italia Sardinia - Leg 1.
    29 April 2005: "It only took a couple of corners for me to realise that the suspension settings were a bit too soft [this morning on SS1] since the rear had tended to float about too much. Also, in the trees, I was hampered by the dust thrown up by Petter [Solberg]. Between SS1 and SS2, I adjusted the front and rear shock absorber settings by a number of clicks and immediately knew on SS2 that we had gone in the right direction, as revealed by our splits and fastest times over the last two stages of the first

  • Open article Pre-event press conference - Rally Italia.
    28 April 2005: Drivers: Gigi Galli (Mitsubishi), Francois Duval (Citroen), Marcus Gronholm (Peugeot) and Petter Solberg (Subaru). Manufacturers: Joan Sureda (Skoda) and Jost Capito (Ford).

  • Open article Ravin' Rall': Skoda on endangered list?
    25 April 2005: Let's be blunt here and don't beat around the bush. Peugeot and Citroen are not the only teams that look set to leave the WRC. Skoda has never really achieved a great deal and the signs are nothing looks like changing this year... so it must beg the question: Why oh why? What's the point?

  • Open article Event timetable - Rally Italia Sardinia.
    22 April 2005: Complete event timetable for the 2nd Rally Italia Sardinia - the fifth round out of sixteen in the 2005 FIA World Rally Championship.

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rally New Zealand - Leg 3.
    10 April 2005: "It's very nice to win here in New Zealand after our frustrating outings in Sweden and Mexico. It shows that we were simply down on luck on those two rallies. I am particularly pleased with this weekend's result because we won in a straight fight with Marcus and Petter..." - Sebastien Loeb.

  • Open article Post-event press conference - Rally New Zealand.
    10 April 2005: Drivers / co-drivers: Sebastien Loeb 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 New Zealand - Leg 2.
    9 April 2005: "[On the second loop] The surface had been swept clean during the first run and my wear-resistant, hard compound tyres allowed me to corner hard. They were great. When I saw the split times showing that I was pulling clear of my rivals, I decided to push hard." - Sebastien Loeb.

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rally New Zealand - Leg 1.
    8 April 2005: "...Those in the hunt for victory tomorrow will benefit from the same stage conditions. I will try not to make any mistakes and defend the gap I have pulled out." - Sebastien Loeb.

  • Open article Pre-event press conference – Rally New Zealand.
    7 April 2005: Pre event press conference for Rally New Zealand

  • Open article Spectator safety in NZ.
    4 April 2005: As is the case every year, spectator safety is once again paramount as organisers prepare for Rally New Zealand starting on Thursday this week.

  • Open article Event timetable - Rally New Zealand.
    4 April 2005: Complete event timetable for the 35th Propecia Rally New Zealand - the fourth round out of sixteen in the 2005 FIA World Rally Championship.


  • March 2005

    Open article Ravin' Rall': Why Loeb won't retain the title.
    25 March 2005: Subaru set to kick arse this season? Sorry Citroen, Peugeot et al but looking into my crystal ball again, I would say the signs are that could definitely be the case...

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rally Mexico - Leg 3.
    13 March 2005: "It's incredible, I'm just so happy! To get a win with the old car in Sweden and another with the new one here is a great feeling - for sure there's still more to come from this car but I'm very happy with the progress we've made already..." - Petter Solberg.

  • Open article Post-event press conference - Rally Mexico.
    13 March 2005: Drivers / co-drivers: Petter Solberg and Phil Mills (Subaru), Marcus Gronholm and Timo Rautiainen (Peugeot) and Markko Martin and Michael Park (Peugeot). Team principal: David Lapworth (Subaru).

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rally Mexico - Leg 2.
    12 March 2005: "It's been very good today; it's fun out there! The new car is getting better and better and the feeling is already starting to get really good. I know there's more to come, but we're getting nearer all the time. Today I've been concentrating on keeping at a safe pace, watching the split times and not taking much risk. I'm happy with the lead I've got, but still so many things can have an influence on the final result that I'm not thinking about that yet..." - Petter Solberg.

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rally Mexico - Leg 1.
    11 March 2005: "I'm very happy to be leading this event with the new car - it's been good fun out there. To be honest I wasn't feeling too confident with the set-up yesterday, and I thought we might struggle a bit, but we've made a few adjustments during the day and already the car is good enough to put us at the top of the leaderboard. I know the car is capable of a lot more though, and until I've got it set-up correctly, I won't be completely happy. But for sure the new car is very good. We'll change a few t

  • Open article Technical talk: One engine, two events.
    11 March 2005: FIA regulations introduced for the 2005 WRC season mean that rallies are now 'paired' and WRC manufacturers must use one engine for two events. Here Subaru team boss David Lapworth talks about what this means for the team and the new Impreza WRC2005...

  • Open article Pre-event press conference – Rally Mexico.
    11 March 2005: Pre-event press conference – Rally Mexico. Present: Guy Frequelin (Citroen), Malcolm Wilson (Ford), Gilles Panizzi (Mitsubishi), Jani Paasonen (Skoda), Markko Martin (Peugeot), Petter Solberg (Subaru)

  • Open article Event timetable - Rally Mexico.
    7 March 2005: Complete event timetable for the 18th Corona Rally Mexico - the third round out of sixteen in the 2005 FIA World Rally Championship.

  • Open article Skoda Fabia WRC 05 - technical specifications.
    2 March 2005: Complete technical lowdown on the new Skoda Fabia WRC 05, which will make its debut at the Rally Mexico...


  • February 2005

    Open article Subaru Impreza WRC2005 - technical specifications.
    28 February 2005: Complete technical lowdown on the new Subaru Impreza WRC2005, which will make its debut at the Rally Mexico next month...

  • Open article Ravin' Rall': Loeb to join Subaru in '06?
    18 February 2005: Okay, so it may be a bit premature to start talking about who goes where in 2006, especially as it is only February, and we are only two rounds into this year's championship, but why not?

  • Open article Rally reactions: Swedish Rally - Leg 3.
    13 February 2005: "It's a great feeling, like a big dream, I almost can't believe it's true. This rally is so special but has been tough for me in the past, and now this year it's just gone perfectly. We made no mistakes all rally - not in the car, or in the team, or anywhere - it just all came into place so well. There are so many people to thank, everyone from Phil Mills, to the guys who work on my car, to Pirelli who have built such an incredible tyre, and the supporters out on the stages who cheered us along.

  • Open article Post-event press conference - Swedish Rally.
    13 February 2005: Drivers / co-drivers: Petter Solberg and Phil Mills (Subaru), Markko Martin and Michael Park (Peugeot) and Toni Gardemeister and Jakke Honkanen (Ford). Team principal: David Lapworth.

  • Open article Rally reactions: Swedish Rally - Leg 2.
    12 February 2005: "I'm very pleased to be leading tonight, it's been difficult on the stages - judging the amount of grip is tough when it changes on just about every corner! Pirelli and the guys in the team did a great job working out a tyre strategy for today, and I think this really helped on the last stages where I was able to extend the lead a little..." - Petter Solberg.

  • Open article Rally reactions: Swedish Rally - Leg 1.
    11 February 2005: "I'm very pleased to be in the lead, but I am not a hundred percent happy with some of the settings on my car: there are still some areas in which we can improve. Today was quite difficult as the stages in the afternoon were not in very good condition, so it became a question of looking after the tyres to make sure that all the studs stayed in. I am feeling quite confident for tomorrow, but I am sure that everybody is hoping for a bit more snow to make this a proper winter rally!" - Marcus Gr

  • Open article Pre-event press conference - Swedish Rally.
    10 February 2005: Drivers: Francois Duval (Citroen), Mattias Ekstrom (Skoda), Harri Rovanpera (Mitsubishi), Henning Solberg (Ford), Marcus Gronholm (Peugeot) and Petter Solberg (Subaru).

  • Open article Event timetable - Uddeholm Swedish Rally.
    5 February 2005: Complete event timetable for the 54th Uddeholm Swedish Rally - the second round out of sixteen in the 2005 FIA World Rally Championship.


  • January 2005

    Open article Rally reactions: Rallye Monte Carlo - Leg 3.
    23 January 2005: "I was perhaps happier after the 2002 event because it was all so new. I made a name for myself that year by dominating the others until a time penalty dropped me to second place. Ever since, this rally has been good to me. Each time I take the start I am as motivated as ever and I'm certainly not tired of winning. There's something special about this event: it's the most famous rally of them all and it's where my co-driver Daniel comes from. And I couldn't have got my 2005 campaign off to a bet

  • Open article Post-event press conference - Rallye Monte Carlo.
    23 January 2005: Drivers / co-drivers: Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena (Citroen), Toni Gardemeister and Jakke Honkanen (Ford) and Gilles Panizzi and Herve Panizzi (Mitsubishi). Team principal: Guy Frequelin (Citroen).
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