Prokop crashes and troubles for Ostberg
On stage 3, Mads Ostberg (Ford Fiesta WRC) goes straight on at a junction.
Having failed to learn his lesson, later in the same stage he hits a wall
and loses seven minutes checking the suspension. Martin Prokop (Ford Fiesta
S2000) is not so lucky, hitting a wall at speed and force to retire.
WRC Classics - Rallye Monte Carlo 1993 with pure engine sounds
Classic rally action with the very best drivers of the Group A era in
action in the 1993 edition of the legendary WRC event Rallye Monte Carlo.
It was an event of many debuts with the all-new Ford Escort RS Cosworth and
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo I making their first appearance in the World Rally
Championship. Also it was the debut event for Carlos Sainz, Juha Kankkunen
and Didier Auriol in their new teams. 4 teams, 3 days and one night - and
thousands of fanatic spectators. This is Monte at its best.
[HD] WRC Rally Germany 2013 - @BunningsVideo
Rally Deutschland 2013: incl. Crash Campedelli, Jumps & Show
Dani Sordo takes his first ever WRC victory.
Leaders on the final morning of Rallye Deutschland, Dani Sordo and Carlos
del Barrio sweated blood and tears on the fourth leg to secure their maiden
World Rally Championship win. Citroën Racing thus claimed its twelfth
consecutive win in Germany, the eleventh since the rally joined the WRC
Thanks to the third place secured by Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen, the
Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team has cut a large part of their
rival's lead in the Manufacturers' Championship.
The situation going into day four of the rally was straightforward enough.
With a lead of just 8/10ths of a second over Thierry Neuville, Dani Sordo
had to push all the way on the two runs on the 24.58km-long Dhrontal stage.
As the roads were dry when the drivers chose their tyres, everyone went
with soft-compound Michelin Pilot Sport tyres.
In the service park, all eyes were focussed on the green and red squares on
the timing screens, which indicate the split times. The start of SS15 went
well for Neuville, but Sordo fought back to win the stage by 2.2 seconds.
"I made a minor mistake in the first few kilometres of the stage," reported
an out of breath Dani at the stop control. "It was very slippery, with
quite a lot of mud towards the end. I concentrated and pushed hard to try
and get ahead, but it's going to go down to the wire!"
At the start of SS16, in which the Power Stage bonus points were up for
grabs, Dani Sordo therefore held a three second lead over Thierry Neuville.
In other words, not a lot! Quicker on the opening two 'splits', Dani could
see his rival was slightly ahead of him by the half-way point of the stage.
Tied with four kilometres to go, the two drivers were responsible for many
a sweaty brow in the service park! In the end, Neuville faltered and went
off the road, leaving Dani to win by 53 seconds!
"It's fantastic to claim my first win after such a close fight," commented
the delighted Spaniard. "We had no choice but to keep applying the pressure
and in the end, Thierry was forced into a mistake. We didn't get off to a
particularly good start, but we all worked together to improve. We did the
hardest part yesterday, but we had to maintain our form today and that's
exactly what we did. Now that I have my first win, I want some more!"
A long way clear of the fourth-placed driver, Mikko Hirvonen wasn't
competing in the same race as the front two. Adopting a sensible pace,
dictated by the split times, he drove in controlled fashion to the end to
secure third place. On the podium for the first time since Rally de
Portugal, the Finn enjoyed the moment: "Above all, I'm pleased that Dani
has finally won his first WRC rally. Of all the WRC drivers, he's the one
who deserves it the most! My result means that the team has closed the gap
in the Manufacturers' World Championship, so the end of the season should
be interesting. It'll be my turn to win in Australia!"
"It's a great day for the entire team," concluded Yves Matton, Citroën
Racing Team Principal. "Dani has competed in so many rallies with us that
we are particularly pleased to have supported him in winning a round of the
World Championship. This win ensures that Citroën maintains its unbeaten
record in Germany and it equally shows that the DS3 WRC can also win
without Sébastien Loeb. We were right not to give up; we'll be pushing
hard in the final part of the season and have every intention of fighting
our corner right to the end!"
WRC ADAC Rallye Deutschland 2014 [HD] by JM
The best of ADAC Rallye Deutschland 2014 with a lot of show !
WRC Acropolis Rally 2012
58th Acropolis Rally (24-27 May 2012)
Some moments from the Rally of Gods. Winner Sebastien Loeb. Enjoy it...
[HD] WRC Rally Germany 2014 - @BunningsVideo
WRC Rallye Deutschland: First win for Neuville and Hyundai 24 August 2014
Thierry Neuville bounces back from his massive shakedown crash to take his
first win in the WRC and the first for the new Hyundai World Rally Team
It was a brilliant result for the Belgian, especially given he had that
massive crash in the shakedown, when he rolled his Hyundai i20 WRC multiple
times before the event had even started.
He kept his head after that, however, as the favourites – first Sebastien
Ogier and then Jari-Matti Latvala - fell by the wayside, finishing the
opening day in fifth and then the second day in third.
Neuville eventually came through 40.7 seconds up on Dani Sordo, who he was
second in the sister car, making it a double celebration for Hyundai.
“It is a nice feeling [to win here]. We have done an unbelievable job. I
can only say thank you to the team [after the job they did after the
shakedown]. It is unbelievable. I could never believe we could do such a
good result here. But we put the pressure on our rivals and got the
result,” said Neuville, after breaking his duck to become only the second
Belgian to win a WRC event - following in the footsteps of Francois Duval,
who managed the feat back in 2005 on Rally Australia.
It was a dramatic event, with championship protagonists Ogier and Latvala
initially vying for the lead on Friday, before Ogier went off the road in
the final test, the 21.02 km Moselland 2 test.
The Frenchman re-started on Saturday under Rally 2, albeit now well down,
but then crashed out again in SS8 – this time for good.
With Ogier out, Latvala took over at the front and he won five of the seven
stages during the second leg, extending his lead over Citroen's Kris Meeke
from 37 seconds to almost a minute.
Sunday though brought more woe for Volkswagen, with Latvala going off in
the opening test - 4 kilometres from the end.
Meeke inherited P1 at this point, but not for long, as he crashed into a
wall just 2 kilometres into the next stage, ripping the rear left wheel off
his Citroen. Neuville then found himself on for the win and he didn't
Sordo meanwhile was delighted to get back on the podium and in the process
take his first WRC finish with Hyundai: “I am really happy,” said the
Spaniard, who won this event twelve months ago. “I am very happy for the
team [too] - the people are working so hard. Normally I want to win, but
Thierry has driven very, very well.”
Volkswagen Motorsport II driver Andreas Mikkelsen took the final spot on
the podium, 17.3 seconds back.
“I missed this rally last year,” said the Norwegian, “so we drove our
own event, step by step, no big mistakes and put in a steady drive.”
Behind, M-Sport's Elfyn Evans put in arguably his best drive yet in the WRC
to take fourth. The Welshman finished with a flourish, holding off
experienced team-mate and team leader Mikko Hirvonen, as well as taking the
Power Stage win. Evans was also second in SS16 on the final day and third
in SS15 and SS17. P4 equals his previous best overall WRC result in Mexico.
“It has been an absolutely fantastic weekend,” said the Crash.net
columnist. “It has been one of the best weekend's I have had in a long
while, although probably not my best rally.”
Hirvonen finished 6.9 seconds back in fifth: “I really tried to push on
the last stage, but Elfyn drove well,” said Mikko. “I was so on the
limit to try and catch him. It was good fun.”
Further back, Citroen's Mads Ostberg was next up and admitted it had been a
Ford privateer Martin Prokop was seventh, despite what he described as a
terrible start, while Dennis Kuipers was eighth in another Fiesta RS WRC
car, followed home by Pontus Tidemand and Ott Tanak.
Tidemand snatched the WRC2 victory in the very final test, edging out Tanak
by just 1.8 seconds. Armin Kremer took third, with Julien Maurin dropping
to fourth after picking up a puncture in the penultimate stage. Maurin had
been leading by 24.3 seconds.
In terms of retirements, in addition to Ogier, Latvala and Meeke, Robert
Kubica and Bryan Bouffier also failed to get to the end. Kubica was forced
out with mechanical problems on the final day, while Hyundai debutant
Bouffier, who re-started this morning under Rally 2, crashed in the last
test – the only downer for Hyundai.
The 2014 FIA World Rally Championship now continues with Rally Australia
next month, which runs from September 11-14.
WRC Rally Finland 2014 - Highlights
JARI-MATTI LATVALA CLAIMED HIS SECOND NESTE OIL RALLY FINLAND VICTORY WHEN
HE WON AN ENTHRALLING EIGHTH ROUND OF THE FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP IN
The Finn, driving a Volkswagen Polo R, defeated team-mate and championship
leader Sébastien Ogier by 3.6sec. Kris Meeke finished third in a Citroen
DS3, a further 47.0sec behind.
Ogier won the rally-closing live TV Power Stage to take maximum bonus
points. Latvala claimed two points for second with Meeke taking one.