WRC Features. Page 17



  • October 2004

    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

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rallye de France - Leg 1.
    15 October 2004: "I've made no serious mistakes and my tyre choice has been good. I really enjoy asphalt rallies and it's good for me when conditions are damp and slippery like this. Some corners this afternoon were tricky because mud had been dragged onto the road during the first pass this morning. My car has been perfect all day and I just hope I can stay in this position until Sunday afternoon..." - Francois Duval.

  • Open article Team talk: Science of the splits!
    15 October 2004: Thanks to the Global Positioning System [GPS] tracking system used in the WRC since 2002, teams and crews have access to far more data about the performance of their cars on rally stages now than ever before...

  • Open article Pre-event press conference - Tour de Corse.
    14 October 2004: Drivers: Daniel Carlsson (Peugeot Bozian), Stéphane Sarrazin (Subaru FFSA), Markko Martin (Ford), Freddy Loix (Peugeot), Sébastien Loeb (Citroën), Petter Solberg (Subaru)

  • Open article Michelin preview - Rallye de France.
    13 October 2004: At this potentially decisive phase of the 2004 season, which coincides with the sport's return to asphalt, the tension is understandably mounting. The result of this weekend's visit to Corsica will tell us whether the Constructors' championship leader Citroen-Michelin has succeeded in pulling definitively clear of Ford-Michelin, the only team with a mathematical chance of thwarting the former's title bid. Indeed, the French carmaker only needs another seven points to clinch the crown, while f

  • Open article Event timetable - Rallye de France-Tour de Corse.
    8 October 2004: Complete event timetable for the 48th Rallye de France-Tour de Corse - the fourteenth round out of sixteen in the 2004 FIA World Rally Championship.

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rally Italia Sardinia - Leg 3.
    3 October 2004: "It's a fantastic feeling, but it's been really hard work all the way - Phil was cheering as we crossed the finish line, but I was still too focused on the driving to take it all in! It's been a very good few rallies, let me tell you, and it's a great feeling to take another win here, the team have been working so hard, and I think we've proved that we're the best team on gravel now..." - Petter Solberg.

  • Open article Post-event press conference - Rally Italia.
    3 October 2004: Drivers / co-drivers: Petter Solberg and Phil Mills (Subaru), Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena (Citroen) and Carlos Sainz and Marc Marti (Citroen). Team boss: David Lapworth (Subaru).

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rally Italia Sardinia - Leg 2.
    2 October 2004: "It's been really good fun out there. A perfect day with no problems at all and everything has worked well. The stages were better today than yesterday. It's still been tough, but we've done seven stages and to win six of those is not too bad at all. Of course, it's difficult to fight for the championship when Sebastien is so close behind me, but all I can do is carry on and concentrate on doing the best job I can. It won't be an easy day tomorrow, I have to keep my concentration, but I'm lookin

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rally Italia Sardinia - Leg 1.
    1 October 2004: "I must say I'm enjoying the stages more than I thought I would, you have to drive very precisely and use the throttle a lot to keep the car in the correct line, it reminded me a bit of my rallycross days in fact. I'm pleased with the position so far, but on this rally 30 seconds is really nothing at all, tomorrow is difficult, and Sunday even more difficult, so of course I'll keep pushing to try and increase the gap." - Petter Solberg.

  • Open article Pre-event press conference - Rally Italia.
    1 October 2004: Drivers: Marcus Gronholm (Peugeot), Sebastien Loeb (Citroen) Team personnel: Martin Muehlmeier (Skoda), Nobuhiro Tajima (Suzuki), Malcolm Wilson (Ford)

  • Open article Colin McRae goodies up for grabs!
    1 October 2004: The latest game in the hugely popular Colin McRae Rally series, Colin McRae 2005, is out to buy now, and to celebrate Crash.net has decided to run a competition.


  • September 2004

    Open article Michelin preview - Rally Italia Sardinia.
    28 September 2004: Rally Italia won't be the final challenge of the 2004 season. It will however be the last of the new features of this year's calendar which, with the promotion of Mexico and Japan to WRC status and the re-timing of Rally GB, have been more widespread than usual.

  • Open article Event timetable - Rally Italia Sardinia.
    24 September 2004: Complete event timetable for the 1st Rally Italia Sardinia - the thirteenth round out of sixteen in the 2004 FIA World Rally Championship.

  • Open article The WRC - looking back over 30 years.
    21 September 2004: Everyone has spent the weekend talking about Wales Rally GB, as Petter Solberg and Sebastien Loeb battled for honours on the British round of the World Rally Championship.

  • Open article Post-event press conference - Wales Rally GB.
    19 September 2004: Post rally press conference, Wales Rally GB

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rally GB - Leg 3.
    19 September 2004: Petter Solberg [Subaru]: “It's been the hardest finish I can remember, but one of the best. Sebastien is a very determined guy. We had the most incredible battle, this is a good result for the sport and we put on a great show - but it was not an easy task today! On the first part of Margam it was very slippery. I hit rocks and everything, but when it dried I thought, right, let's go and I absolutely nailed it. I tried everything, but it worked out. I'm so pleased for everyone in the te

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rally GB - Leg 2.
    18 September 2004: Sebastien Loeb [Citroen]: “With the rain, we found cleaner roads, as the mud was swept off and left a stony surface. They were the same conditions as yesterday morning. The fine-tuning we've done on the car's suspension last night also paid off. In the first loop, I drove at a good pace and I think the car and tyre combination worked really well. As I was fastest on the first test, I decided it was worth pushing hard in the next ones to make up the gap.”

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rally GB - Leg 1.
    17 September 2004: "On this kind of terrain, it's difficult to find the right rhythm – it needs to be fast but controlled. Conditions were extremely tricky in the last two stages with some fog becoming thicker and thicker in Rheola 2. In some places, I had to brake before seeing the corner. My plan was to drive as I felt on the first day, and look at the results. Leading tonight after such a day gives me the choice of tactics, and I like that." - Sebastien Loeb.

  • Open article Pre-event press conference - Rally GB - Pt. 1.
    16 September 2004: Team personnel: Guy Frequelin (Citroen) and Malcolm Wilson (Ford).

  • Open article Pre-event press conference - Rally GB - Pt. 2.
    16 September 2004: Drivers: Harri Rovanpera (Peugeot) and Mikko Hirvonen (Subaru).

  • Open article Pre-event press conference - Rally GB - Pt. 3.
    16 September 2004: Drivers: Francois Duval (Ford) and Sebastien Loeb (Citroen).

  • Open article Game focus: Colin McRae Rally 2005.
    15 September 2004: Colin McRae Rally 2005 and the new all-in-one arcade Race Pac experience made its public premier earlier this month at the Game Stars Live exhibition in London's Docklands - to say the game was popular would be merely stating the obvious. Crash.net later caught up with Richard Tysoe from Codemasters [their motorsport community manager], to grill him on their latest offering. He told us all you need to know about the game, and a lot more besides... Don't forget its o

  • Open article Michelin preview - Wales Rally GB.
    13 September 2004: The second half of this year's FIA World Rally Championship continues at the same unrelenting pace, with a fixture scheduled every two weeks all the way through to the series' final showdown in Australia, mid-November. And after the recent Rally Japan, there is still a great deal that is new to be discovered, including the forthcoming 'RAC Rally' which has been programmed in September instead of November, a break with a tradition that dates back to the late 1950s. In tyre terms, this switch s

  • Open article Event timetable - Wales Rally GB.
    10 September 2004: Complete event timetable for the 60th Wales Rally GB - the twelfth round out of sixteen in the 2004 FIA World Rally Championship.

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rally Japan - Leg 3.
    5 September 2004: "It's an incredible feeling let me tell you! I'm so happy to have won here; It's such a special event for Subaru that to come here and win in Japan on the first attempt is almost like a dream come true. It couldn't be better! There are so many people I have to thank, at the team in the UK, at Subaru in Japan, and at Pirelli too, they all share this success and I'm so grateful. And to the spectators who came to watch us out in the stages, I hope you had a good time watching us, it's been a fantas

  • Open article Post-event press conference - Rally Japan.
    5 September 2004: Drivers / co-drivers: Petter Solberg and Phil Mills (Subaru), Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena (Citroen) and Markko Martin and Michael Park (Ford). Team principal: David Lapworth (Subaru).

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rally Japan - Leg 2.
    4 September 2004: "I'm very pleased with what we've achieved today. The lead is a little more comfortable now but, as I know more than most, things can change so quickly that there's no alternative than to keep pushing. The car and the tyres have been so good today, that I just have to keep focused, follow the split times and keep it steady. I'm not out to prove anything more than that." - Petter Solberg.

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rally Japan - Leg 1.
    3 September 2004: "It's been a tough day but things have gone really well, better than I expected in fact, and I'm very happy. The car has been perfect, no problems at all. Perhaps I took a little bit of a wrong tyre choice for those last stages, but I can't complain, I'm just really pleased that my confidence in driving is back to normal and we've got a good chance for this rally. Of course there's still a long, long way to go, and Sebastien is doing well as always, but I'll be giving it my best shot tomorrow."

  • Open article Team talk: Rallying comes home for Subaru.
    3 September 2004: This weekend's Rally Japan is the first WRC event to be held in Subaru's homeland and marks the first time the Subaru World Rally Team has competed in Japan since it was established in 1993. Subaru's manufacturer principal, Toshiya Azuma, explains the significance of the new event...

  • Open article Pre-event press conference - Rally Japan - Pt.1.
    2 September 2004: Team personnel: David Lapworth (Subaru), Corrado Provera (Peugeot)

  • Open article Pre-event press conference - Rally Japan - Pt.2
    2 September 2004: Drivers: Markko Martin (Ford), Petter Solberg, Subaru

  • Open article Pre-event press conference - Rally Japan - Pt.3.
    2 September 2004: Drivers: Marcus Gronholm (Peugeot), Carlos Sainz (Citroen)


  • August 2004

    Open article Event timetable - Rally Japan.
    31 August 2004: Complete event timetable for the 1st Rally Japan - the eleventh round out of sixteen in the 2004 FIA World Rally Championship.

  • Open article Keeping a WRC star on his toes.
    27 August 2004: Much of the focus will be on Marcus Gronholm and Harri Rovanpera when the Peugeot World Rally team makes the long trip to the Far East for the inaugural Rally Japan.

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rallye Deutschland - Leg 3.
    22 August 2004: "Winning for the third time so close to my home is just great. This result is very important for the world championship. Because of the adverse weather conditions, it was a very, very difficult rally." - Sebastien Loeb.

  • Open article Post-event press conference - Rallye Deutschland.
    22 August 2004: Drivers / co-drivers: Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena (Citroen), Francois Duval and Stephane Prevot (Ford) and Carlos Sainz and Marc Marti (Citroen). Team principal: Guy Frequelin (Citroen).

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rallye Deutschland - Leg 2.
    21 August 2004: "The first time through Bosenberg [SS9] was one of the worst moments I have ever had. Even with rain tyres, anything could have happened. Throughout the rest of the day, I tried to stay within the narrow safety margin, particularly when, for special stages 13 to 15, we chose dry tyres, with soft rubber, which had been deeply cut. The choice was logical, but the weather sometimes made it look wrong." - Sebastien Loeb.

  • Open article Rally reactions: Rallye Deutschland - Leg 1.
    20 August 2004: "It would be difficult to have a better day. However, that does not mean that it was easy. A damp road, then dry at the start, a road made dirty by the first pass through when we went through for the second time. About this matter, I must admit that the indications from the organisation's official gravel crews are useful. However, we are still constantly alert, which will be especially necessary tomorrow in Baumholder." - Sebastien Loeb.

  • Open article Technical talk: Tyres on asphalt and gravel.
    20 August 2004: Want to know the difference between tyres used on gravel and those used on asphalt? Then read on...

  • Open article Pre-event press conference - Rallye Deutschland.
    19 August 2004: Drivers: Cédric Robert (Peugeot), Daniel Solá (Mitsubishi), François Duval (Ford), Sébastien Loeb (Citroën) Team personnel: Aime' Chatard (Michelin), Paul Hembery (Pirelli)

  • Open article Michelin preview - Rallye Deutschland.
    17 August 2004: For the first time, WRC competitors will start the Deutschland Rally with a pre-established number of tyres at their disposal...

  • Open article Event timetable - Rallye Deutschland.
    15 August 2004: Complete event timetable for the 23rd Rallye Deutschland - the tenth round out of sixteen in the 2004 FIA World Rally Championship.

  • Open article Rally reactions: Neste Rally Finland - Leg 3.
    8 August 2004: "We've waited a long time for this! This is certainly a victory that we've had to work for, but that makes it all the more worthwhile. I wasn't completely confident when we started the rally, but my feeling got better and we were able to keep the lead without pushing too hard. The gearbox problem on the second day really worried me, as it meant that our top speed was limited to 160kph. But we lost less time than I thought we would, and so the final day was a question of driving safely but quickl

  • Open article Post-event press conference - Rally Finland.
    8 August 2004: Drivers / co-drivers: Marcus Gronholm and Timo Rautianen (Peugeot), Markko Martin and Michael Park (Ford) and Carlos Sainz and Marc Marti (Citroen). Team principal: Corrado Provera (Peugeot).

  • Open article Rally reactions: Neste Rally Finland - Leg 2.
    7 August 2004: "Today has not been an easy day, but I'm delighted to be leading. We started off with a feeling that was quite all right, but still not completely perfect. Then we had the gearbox problem that was a real worry, but we actually lost less time than I thought we would. The last stages were fine, but I could not relax for a minute. We have to keep pushing hard until the very end." - Marcus Gronholm.
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