WRC Features. Page 16



  • April 2005

    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).

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rallye Monte Carlo - Leg 2.
    22 January 2005: "I pushed in the final stage without taking any risks, especially through the trickier portions. It seems I pulled out a gap at the end of the stage, in the narrow portion near Les Sausses which was really very slippery. I am generally pleased with my day, I felt very comfortable with the car and I made three good tyre choices. That said, like the team, I share Francois' disappointment. The team has done a fantastic job and I really want to obtain a good result for them." - Sebastien Loeb.

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rallye Monte Carlo - Leg 1.
    21 January 2005: "Everything went well. The only tiny incident was in SS3 when the engine stalled after a spin on snow thrown onto the road by spectators. On the day's final stage, I concentrated on managing my tyres, notably in the hairpins. Thanks to that, I was able to benefit from super tyres all the way to the flag which allowed me to finish the stage strongly." - Sebastien Loeb.

  • Open article Pre-event press conference – Rallye Monte Carlo.
    20 January 2005: Pre-event press conference – Rallye Monte Carlo. Present: Gilles Panizzi (Mitsubishi), Alexandre Bengué (Skoda), Toni Gardemeister (Ford), Markko Märtin (Peugeot), Sébastien Loeb (Citroen)

  • Open article Event timetable - Rallye Monte Carlo.
    16 January 2005: Complete event timetable for the 73rd Rallye Monte Carlo - the first round out of sixteen in the 2005 FIA World Rally Championship.


  • December 2004

    Open article Getting the groundwork right
    19 December 2004: If you believe that a rally begins with the start of Special Stage 1, think again. Peugeot Sport's test team explains how pre-event testing has been key to the make's success over the past four seasons...

  • Open article Feature: Chris Atkinson profile.
    17 December 2004: At 24 years of age Queenslander Chris Atkinson is proving to be Australia's best chance to become the country's first World Rally champion.

  • Open article A rally crew's kit.
    15 December 2004: Like all those actively involved in motor sport, rally drivers need to take every conceivable type of accident into account when it comes to ensuring their personal safety. In addition to enabling crews to proudly fly the colours of their team, their race wear needs to fulfil two missions: maximum safety and freedom of movement...

  • Open article Mitsubishi aim to improve Lancer for '05.
    7 December 2004: The Mitsubishi Lancer World Rally Car has undergone months of intense development work and the team's latest challenger for the FIA World Rally Championship - the Lancer WRC05 - will break cover at the 2005 Rallye Monte-Carlo next month.


  • November 2004

    Open article Rally reactions: Rally Australia - Leg 3.
    14 November 2004: "Carlos [Sainz] said that he wanted to be greeted in Madrid with the news that we had won. Once again, you [the Citroen team] gave us a perfect car which meant we were able to make that happen - thanks to everyone!" - Sebastien Loeb.

  • Open article Post-event press conference - Rally Australia.
    14 November 2004: Drivers / co-drivers: Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena (Citroen), Harri Rovanpera and Risto Pietilainen (Peugeot) and Francois Duval and Stephane Prevot (Ford). Team principal: Guy Frequelin (Citroen).

  • Open article Post-event press conference - PCWRC - Rally Oz.
    14 November 2004: Drivers / co-drivers: Toshi Arai and Tony Sircombe (Subaru) and Niall McShea and Michael Orr (Subaru).

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rally Australia - Leg 2.
    13 November 2004: "I am really disappointed for Marcus. It's very frustrating. I had hoped for a good, long fight, as exciting as my scrap with Petter Solberg last year..." - Sebastien Loeb.

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rally Australia - Leg 1.
    12 November 2004: "I'm very happy with the way that things have gone today, which is a tribute to all the hard work that the entire team has put into the development of our new 307 WRC. We've been trying to go at a sensible pace all day: pushing quite hard but not taking any stupid risks either. Apart from that there is very little to report – we just have to try and do the same again tomorrow. Of course it would be fantastic to end the season with a victory, but it is much too early to even start thinking about

  • Open article Team talk: WRC's fascination with gravel in Oz.
    12 November 2004: The red earth stages of Rally Australia are renowned for their slippery and inconsistent nature. While a WRC car can generate huge amounts of grip when the surface is clean and hard-packed, other sections feature a unique type of gravel that can easily bring an unplanned trip to the Outback.

  • Open article Pre-event press conference - Rally Oz - Pt. 1.
    11 November 2004: Team principals: Guy Frequelin (Citroen) and Malcolm Wilson (Ford). MC: John Desborough.

  • Open article Pre-event press conference - Rally Oz - Pt. 2.
    11 November 2004: Drivers: Marcus Gronholm (Peugeot), Sebastien Loeb (Citroen), Markko Martin (Ford) and Petter Solberg (Subaru). MC: John Desborough.

  • Open article Feature: Michelin's 2004 WRC season in figures.
    8 November 2004: On the eve of the season's final showdown, Rally Australia, Michelin has every reason to be pleased with the results of its 2004 FIA World Rally Championship campaign. Citroen took the number of consecutive world titles won by the Clermont-Ferrand based company since 1998 to seven, while Sebastien Loeb became the tenth champion to clinch the Drivers' title with Michelin.

  • Open article Event timetable - Telstra Rally Australia.
    7 November 2004: Complete event timetable for the 17th Telstra Rally Australia - the sixteenth and final round in the 2004 FIA World Rally Championship.

  • Open article Feature: From City suits to Subaru for Atkinson.
    5 November 2004: When people see Chris Atkinson climb out of his Prodrive built Subaru WRX Sti at Telstra Rally Australia in Perth next week it is hard to believe that only five years ago his daily routine consisted of suiting up of a different type - pushing papers in a stock broking office. In distinct difference to his earlier job Atkinson is now the hottest property in Australian rallying, and it is not because he is still wearing the Armani suits around the traps.


  • October 2004

    Open article Rally reactions: Rallye Catalunya - Leg 3.
    31 October 2004: Markko Martin [Ford]: "I drove according to the split times of the other drivers, which the team sent to us electronically during the stages. I just matched their pace and drove carefully. As a result I probably drove badly, because it's more difficult to drive relatively slowly than it is when you drive at normal pace.

  • Open article Post-event press conference - Rallye Catalunya.
    31 October 2004: FIA World Rally Championship: Present: Markko Martin, Michael (Beef) Park and Malcolm Wilson [Ford] Marcus Gronholm and Timo Rautiainen [Peugeot] Carlos Sainz and Marc Marti [Citroen]

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rallye Catalunya - Leg 2.
    30 October 2004: Markko Martin [Ford]: "There were some really big cuts in the corners and I'm not a big fan of those. It's possible to gain time by taking big cuts through the bends, but if the car hits something then that can be rally over. It was quite slippery in places. Some sections had a lot of grass on the road where previous cars had cut the corners and dragged it onto the driving line. "I'm not really attacking, just driving safely to keep ahead of those behind us and I would have adopte

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rallye Catalunya - Leg 1.
    29 October 2004: Sebastien Loeb [Citroen]: “That was good. A good, close fight. I was driving with total freedom. For tomorrow, I would prefer it to be dry – or at least, consistent throughout the day, so that we don't end up having to gamble. But no matter what, I will defend my position as hard as I can.”

  • Open article Pre-event press conference – Rally Catalunya.
    28 October 2004: Pre-event press conference – Rally Catalunya. Drivers: Mikko Hirvonen (Subaru), Jan Kopecky (Skoda), Marcus Gronholm (Peugeot), Francois Duval (Ford), Carlos Sainz (Citroen) Dani Sola (Mitsubishi)

  • Open article Michelin preview - Rally Catalunya.
    26 October 2004: The outcome of the 2004 FIA World Championship may well have been settled in Corsica, but the battle at the sharp end promises to be as fierce as ever as the season heads to its final two rounds.

  • Open article Grist: Colin McRae 2005 is top dog.
    25 October 2004: Colin McRae Rally 2005 is the latest in the ever popular rally series to share its name with one of the most famous names to have competed in the WRC.

  • Open article Event timetable - Rally Catalunya.
    25 October 2004: Complete event timetable for the Rally Catalunya – the 15th and penultimate round of the 2004 World Rally Championship.

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rallye de France - Leg 3.
    17 October 2004: "It's a great moment for me to win on asphalt for the first time. Corsica is the classic asphalt event and the ultimate one to win. It has been a brilliant weekend and we've had a really impressive run..." - Markko Martin. "...It is very nice for me and all the team to win the two titles here, in Corsica, in France. This was the nicest thing we could hope for this year." - Sebastien Loeb.

  • Open article Post-event press conference - Tour de Corse.
    17 October 2004: Drivers / co-drivers: Markko Martin and Michael Park (Ford), Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena (Citroen) and Carlos Sainz and Marc Marti (Citroen). Team principal: Malcolm Wilson (Ford).

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rallye de France - Leg 2.
    16 October 2004: "It's been a difficult, but good, day. We've had every type of weather you can imagine in the mountains. One moment it's nice and the next it's raining. It changed all the time and it worried me all day. I have a good set-up on my car. It's not perfect, it never is in Corsica, but it's worked superbly for me. If we don't make any big mistakes with our tyre selection, then I don't think the other teams can catch us. The stages are easier tomorrow. Francois is obviously my biggest threat but our m
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