WRC Interviews. Page 7



  • March 2006

    Open article Q&A: Chris Atkinson - EXCLUSIVE.
    17 March 2006: Chris Atkinson is one of the WRC's upcoming young stars. The Aussie had his first full season in the series in 2005 and now heads into his second year with Subaru. Here Crash.net Radio caught up with Chris prior to next weekend's Rally Catalunya...

  • Open article Q&A: Alister McRae - EXCLUSIVE.
    11 March 2006: Ex-WRC driver, Alister McRae announced on Friday that he will compete in the Chinese Rally Championship this year. Here Crash.net Radio caught up the Scot to talk about that and more...


  • December 2005

    Open article Q&A: Malcolm Wilson - EXCLUSIVE.
    5 December 2005: Ford will use a new Focus in the 2006 FIA World Rally Championship and will also have a completely new driver line-up - in the shape of double world champion, Marcus Gronholm and fellow Finn, Mikko Hirvonen. Speaking following the official unveiling of the new Focus in its 2006 livery at the Bologna Motor Show last week, Crash.net Radio caught up with M-Sport boss, Malcolm Wilson to ask him about the coming season...


  • November 2005

    Open article JWRC: Q&A: Kris Meeke - exclusive.
    18 November 2005: Colin McRae protege, Kris Meeke is one of Britain's rising rallying stars and he finished third in the Junior World Rally Championship [JWRC] this season. Here, talking exclusively to Crash.net, he reflects on his year - and reveals what he will need to do in 2006 in order to make sure he continues to go forward...


  • September 2005

    Open article Q&A: Sebastien Loeb - exclusive.
    15 September 2005: Citroen ace, Sebastien Loeb is the current 'man of the moment' in the FIA World Rally Championship - and the Frenchman could even sow up the title this weekend in Wales if things fall his way. Here speaking exclusively to Crash.net Radio on the eve of the Wales Rally GB, we caught up with him to get his thoughts on his season to date and his plans for 2006...

  • Open article Q&A: Kris Meeke - exclusive.
    8 September 2005: Citroen C2 driver Kris Meeke is one of Britain's rising rallying stars, along with Guy Wilks, and both are hotly tipped to emulate the likes of Colin McRae and Richard Burns in the not to distant future. Here, speaking exclusively to Crash.net Radio as part of our build-up to Wales Rally GB, Meeke, who will be making his debut in a World Rally Car on that event, gives his thoughts on stepping up and his bid to win the Junior title...

  • Open article Q&A: Petter Solberg - exclusive.
    5 September 2005: Subaru team leader Petter Solberg will be gunning for his fourth successive Wales Rally GB win next weekend, when the FIA World Rally Championship heads to Cardiff for round twelve. Speaking exclusively to Crash.net Radio as part of our build up to the Rally GB, the Norwegian gave his views on Sebastien Loeb's domination in the WRC, the new Impreza, which will be unveiled next week, and loads more...


  • August 2005

    Open article Q&A: Gwyndaf Evans - exclusive.
    21 August 2005: Gwyndaf Evans is a rallying veteran, having won the British Rally Championship in 1996 - as well as having finished runner-up in 1995, 1998 and 1999 – so who better then than to give us his thoughts on the current state of the sport? From the very top, with Sebastien Loeb dominating the WRC, to the BRC, where Mark Higgins is on course to take the title, Gwyndaf was prepared to talk rallying. He may not have been out in the thick of things as much as he would have liked this year, but he still

  • Open article Q&A: Mark Higgins - exclusive.
    20 August 2005: Eddie Stobart Motorsport driver, Mark Higgins has had a busy year thus far, and as well as contesting the British Rally Championship, he has also been taking part in various events in the World Rally Championship. Here speaking exclusively to Crash.net Radio at the recent Rallyday he talks about his season to date and much, much more...

  • Open article Q&A: Isao Torii - exclusive.
    19 August 2005: Mitsubishi boss Isao Torii was at the 2005 Rallyday last Saturday and, while 'his' team may not have had the results they had hoped for this year, he is eager for them to grab podiums in the final few events of the season. Here speaking exclusively to Crash.net Radio he reveals more...

  • Open article Q&A: Alister McRae - exclusive.
    19 August 2005: It wasn't that long ago Alister McRae was competing at the top of the WRC - first with Hyundai and then with Mitsubishi. Following the latter's decision to take a year out though in 2003 he was left somewhat in the lurch and watching from the sidelines. Despite returning last year to contest the Production Car WRC, and nearly taking the title until a mechanical failure put him out of the final event in Australia, he again failed to secure anything for 2005. Crash.net Radio caught up wi

  • Open article Q&A: Phil Mills - exclusive.
    18 August 2005: Petter Solberg's co-driver, Phil Mills kindly took time out of his schedule at the recent Rallyday to talk to Crash.net Radio. Here, he chats about the current state of the WRC and the new Impreza, which is scheduled to be officially unveiled next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show - and loads more...

  • Open article Q&A: Gigi Galli - exclusive.
    18 August 2005: Mitsubishi ace Gigi Galli attended the 2005 Rallyday last Saturday at Castle Combe, where Crash.net Radio caught up with the Italian to grill him on the event, his plans for 2006 and loads, loads more...

  • Open article Q&A: Malcolm Wilson - exclusive.
    12 August 2005: Ford may not have won this year in the World Rally Championship but it hasn't all been bad, quite the contrary in fact and Toni Gardemeister's run which has seen him notch up three podiums and score points on every event thus far has given them plenty of reasons to smile. Prior to the Rally Finland Crash.net Radio spoke to M-Sport boss, Malcolm Wilson and asked him about the year to date, how work is progressing on the new Focus and, of course, which drivers they hope to sign in 2006..

  • Open article Q&A: Markko Martin - exclusive.
    11 August 2005: Peugeot WRC driver, Markko Martin enjoyed what was probably one of his best rallies of the season at the weekend, when he managed to finish third on the Rally Finland. While the Estonian had already had three podiums this year - in Sweden, Mexico and Cyprus - this was the first time he felt he had managed it on merit and really felt at one with the 307 WRC. Here speaking exclusively to Crash.net Radio on the Thursday prior to the Rally Finland we caught up with the former Ford a


  • July 2005

    Open article Q&A: Paddy Hopkirk - exclusive.
    25 July 2005: Paddy Hopkirk is a British rallying legend, having won the Monte Carlo Rally back in 1964 in Mini Cooper. Crash.net Radio caught up with Paddy at Silverstone recently, where he was promoting his book 'The Paddy Hopkirk Story - a dash of the Irish'. Here he talks about that book, as well as the current state of rallying and why he thinks upcoming Ulsterman Kris Meeke has the potential to go all the way...

  • Open article Q&A: David Lapworth - exclusive.
    7 July 2005: Subaru have been somewhat off the boil of late and as such, after Sebastien Loeb's run of five successive wins, Petter Solberg has dropped well behind the Frenchman in the battle for the 2005 drivers' title. The Norwegian now trials Loeb by 23 points but, with eight events still to go, the battle is by no means over. Here, speaking exclusively to Crash.net Radio in the week prior to the Rally Argentina, the event that will kick off the second half of the season, we caught up with Su


  • June 2005

    Open article Q&A: Armin Schwarz - exclusive.
    17 June 2005: Skoda team leader Armin Schwarz is part of the 'old guard' in the WRC, having made his debut on the RAC Rally GB back in 1988. The German is currently in his second year with the Czech manufacturer, having rejoined the outfit in 2004. Thus far, neither party has enjoyed the best of results this season as, on the whole, the Fabia WRC has struggled to match the other manufacturer entries. Speaking exclusively to Crash.net Radio, Schwarz speaks about his season thus far, his hopes for


  • May 2005

    Open article Q&A: Guy Wilks - exclusive.
    25 May 2005: Suzuki driver Guy Wilks is the reigning BRC Junior champion and currently, along with fellow Briton Kris Meeke, is one of the countries hottest prospects. Both are being strongly tipped to step up from the Junior WRC to 'senior' level in the not so distant future and replace former British WRC stars, Colin McRae and Richard Burns, as household names. Here, speaking exclusively to Crash.net Radio following his S1600 win in Cyprus, and ahead of the next event in Turkey, Wilks speaks a

  • Open article Q&A: Kris Meeke - exclusive.
    7 May 2005: Colin McRae's protege, Kris Meeke is one of two Brit's vying for the Junior World Rally Championship [JWRC] this year, along with fellow countryman, Guy Wilks. Currently Meeke leads the championship by one point, following his win at the season-opening Monte Carlo Rally and a third place finish last weekend in Sardinia – an event which could so easily have been win number two. Here, talking exclusively to Crash.net Radio, he reflects on that event - 'the one that got away' - and looks

  • Open article Q&A: Natalie Barratt - exclusive.
    4 May 2005: Britain's leading female rally driver, Natalie Barratt kicked off her Production Car WRC campaign in New Zealand at the beginning of April, and her next event will be in Cyprus in two weeks' time. Here, talking exclusively to Crash.net Radio, she reflects on the trip to the other side of the world and casts her thoughts towards the next challenge...


  • March 2005

    Open article Q&A: Toni Gardemeister - exclusive.
    29 March 2005: Ford number one driver, Toni Gardemeister has already enjoyed much success this season, after leaving the struggling Skoda outfit at the end of 2004. Having grabbed his first podium at the season opening Monte Carlo Rally, he followed that up with another top-three finish in Sweden before coming home sixth in Mexico. As a result he now lies third in the drivers' championship, just three points off leader, Petter Solberg. What's he made of the year thus far? How does the Focus compare to th

  • Open article Q&A: Petter Solberg - exclusive.
    22 March 2005: Subaru team leader, Petter Solberg currently leads the WRC drivers' championship, following two convincing back-to-back wins in Sweden and Mexico - the latter marking the debut of the new 2005 spec Impreza. Crash.net Radio caught up with Petter ahead of next month's Rally New Zealand to get his thoughts on the season thus far, and on the exit of Citroen and Peugeot. Is he worried? Read on to find out...

  • Open article Q&A: Chris Atkinson - exclusive.
    1 March 2005: Chris Atkinson blasted onto the WRC scene last year and having joined Subaru for 2005, the Australian is already turning heads. His performance in Sweden, his first with the Banbury based squad, was impressive to say the least - for not only was it's his first outing in a World Rally car, but it was also his first time on snow. This guy is going to be one to watch over the next few seasons, and will surely give Petter Solberg and Sebastien Loeb a few sleepless nights as he gains in years...


  • January 2005

    Open article Q&A: Chris Atkinson - exclusive.
    19 January 2005: Subaru's Chris Atkinson was at the Autosport International show last weekend and although the 25 year-old will sit out this weekend's opener in Monte Carlo, he's all geared up for the second round in Sweden, which begins on February 11. Here the Aussie tells Crash.net Radio all about the coming year, including what he has been up to thus far, his first impressions of the team and loads, loads more...
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