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Old 05-08-2009, 05:08 AM   #1
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May 7th:

The Intercontinental Rally Challenge resumed its fast and furious battle among the īnext generationī of top-flight rally cars and drivers today (Thurs) with the start of the Rallye Azores. A total of 50 cars were flagged away from the ceremonial start in the Atlantic port town of Ponta Delgada, with this new event for the IRC promising plenty of action on its combined gravel and asphalt stages ...

SS1 GRUPO MARQUES 1 Overall:


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The Pinhal da Paz stage was not kind to Juho Hanninen: the Finn was running in second place overall when he broke off a wheel, forcing him to stop his factory Skoda Fabia S2000 for emergency repairs.

Remarkably, Hanninen succeeded in reaching the finish line on three wheels, albeit after losing 10 minutes and falling far down the rankings. He is now heading for service but chances are Hanninen will be retiring from Rally Azores.

Meanwhile, Peugeot UK's Kris Meeke signed another stage win after completing the 14-kilometre distance in 10:03.4, about the same amount of time Hanninen lost with his three-wheel gravel driving.

Nicolas Vouilloz's Peugeot Belgium-Luxemburg took second place 4.4 seconds away from Meeke, but a full 7.2 seconds ahead of Anton Alen's Abarth team Grande Punto S2000.

Jan Kopecky came in a few seconds behind at the controls of the other official Skoda car, with former rally leader Freddy Loix claiming fifth position for the Peugeot Belux team.


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Overall SS7 L.MAIA-ACHADA DAS FURNA

Peugeot Belgiumīs Freddy Loix - who leads the IRC series by three points - has made up another place on SS7, passing Conrad Rautenbach for seventh. The winner of the stage was Kris Meeke, who now extends his lead to 22 seconds over the reigning IRC champion Nicolas Vouilloz. The crews are now making their way back to service before tackling the final three stages of the day ...



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Peugeot UK driver Kris Meeke (pictured)has won another stage and extended his lead of the Sata Rally Acores to nearly half a minute. None of the top eight positions changed during the short 7.47-kilometre Feteiras stage, but the competitors will now face a repeat of the longest stage of the day, the 14.64 kilometres of Cidades. The weather is expected to remain dry with temperatures of 18 degrees ...



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End of Day 1 Overall SS10 PINHAL DA PAZ 2

Juho Hanninen, in the number one Skoda, has retired after crashing on the final stage. The crew are uninjured but the Fabia S2000 was too badly damaged to continue. Hanninenīs accident blocked the stage and delayed the rally for around an hour. When it resumed, Meeke set his sixth fastest stage time of the day to take his overnight lead up to 40 seconds at the end of leg one ...



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Peugeot UK driver Kris Meeke has charged to a commanding lead at the end of the first full day's running at Rallye Acores.

In the course of nine stages, the 29-year-old Ulsterman passed overnight leader Freddy Loix's similar Peugeot 207 S2000 and survived a wheel-wrecking rock on SS4 to set consistent times through the day to keep ahead of his title rivals.

Meeke held good to his pre-event strategy of not being lured into over-stressing himself or his car when rivals not contesting the full 11-round IRC set impressive times.

Nevertheless he was able to take and retain the overall lead from Loix, the winner of last night's opening super special stage, before building a comfortable 30-second cushion over defending champion Nicolas Vouilloz, lying second at the end of the day in another Peugeot 207.

The first two stages of the day were a battle between Meeke and the Skoda Fabia of Finnish gravel ace Juho Hanninen, but the Finn dropped eleven and a half minutes on SS4, Pinhal da Paz, after damaging his wheels and suspension on the same rocks that Meeke had clipped.

On the day's final stage, the second run through Pinhal da Paz, Hanninen's hopes of recovering the lost time were dashed in a stage-stopping shunt that ended his rally in dramatic style.

The second factory Skoda Fabia, driven by Czech asphalt ace Jan Kopecky, responded with a fastest time on SS5 in a total of five top three stage times through the day to end up third at the overnight halt in host town Ponta Delgada.

Behind him the first of the Abarth Grande Punto S2000 runners, Finland's Anton Alen, made the best of his machinery with some brave performances to climb from eighth to fourth, keeping clear of Loix and local hero Fernando Peres' Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX.

Starting the final day in seventh place will be Alen's Italian teammate Giandomenico Basso. The Italian precedes eighth-placed Conrad Rautenbach who struggled with lack of experience on his first Super 2000 class outing at the wheel of a Peugeot 207.

The top ten is rounded out by 2008 Rallye Azores winner Bruno Magalhaes in another Peugeot 207, who earlier suffered transmission problems, and the Mitsubishi Lancer of Austrian Franz Wittmann.

The technically challeging surfaces of volcanic rock, loose gravel and asphalt have caused plenty of incidents, and a total of 13 cars from the 50 starters have retired due to either accidents or mechanical strain.

In the IRC 2WD Cup, Frenchman Denis Millet leads the way in his Peugeot 207 RC Rallye from Italy's Manuel Villa in his Fiat Punto S1600.

Saturday's final day of action in the Azores sees the crews complete a total of eight stages. The day starts at 08:15, followed by a loop of three stages that includes the longest and most challenging stage of the rally, the 22.37-kilometre Tronquiera test. The cars then return for a 20-minute service at Ponta Delgada at 12:40.

This service break is followed by three more stages. The second service of the day takes place at 15:14. Finally, there are two more stages before the last service halt at 19:15, followed by the finish ceremony.

Kris Meeke, Peugeot UK:
"It's been a really tricky day with stages that contained a bit of everything. This rally has been even more varied than I imagined it would be after the recce, which is saying something. We've tried not to take any risks and I've had a very good feeling with the car all day."

"There was an interruption at the end of the day for an hour before the last stage after Hanninen's accident, and while some people wanted to see the stage cancelled as it was getting late I wanted to continue as I knew that I could pull out some more time. I'm very happy but this rally is far from over so we need to be extra careful tomorrow."

Nicolas Vouilloz, Peugeot Belgium-Luxemburg:
"It's been incredibly tough, but we've had no real problems today apart from trying to keep the car on the road, which is never easy. Just as was the case in Brazil Kris has shown some really impressive pace and it's very hard for us to keep up. This does not mean we are giving up though: we're going to try and keep the same rhythm tomorrow and see where we end up at the finish. The plan is to score some useful points and so far we are on course to do that."

Jan Kopecky, Skoda:
"It's been a good day for us but the last stage was very difficult and we struggled to find a good rhythm. Even though he is perfectly OK, it is never nice to hear that your team mate has had an accident and that deconcentrated me a little bit. But we are happy to get to the end of the day on the podium and we will try to keep this place tomorrow. Before this rally I was not feeling so confident but so far we are on course for a good result. If I could finish anywhere in the top five then I would be very pleased."


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Overall SS11 RIBEIRA GRANDE



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Overall SS12 GRAMINHAIS 1

With the rain continuing to fall, SS12 on the Sata Rally Acores witnessed the retirement of Abarthīs Giandomenico Basso from sixth place. The Italianīs car had taken an earlier impact on the opening stage of the day and this resulted in suspension damage and retirement on the following stage. Meanwhile, Skodaīs Jan Kopecky got past Nicolas Vouilloz (Peugeot Belgium) to claim second. ...




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Overall SS13 TRONQUEIRA 1

While Kris Meeke won another stage and extended his dominant lead of the Sata Rally Acores, there is a tight battle for second. Peugeot Belgiumīs Nicolas Vouilloz set second-fastest time on the 21.94 kilometre Tronquiera stage and is now just 1.2 seconds behind Skodaīs Jan Kopecky - who is currently second. The cars are now heading to service in a rainy Ponta Delgada ...



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Overall SS14 MARQUES 2

Local driver Ricardo Moura has driven his Mitsubishi into the points and is currently holding eighth place on the Sata Rally Acores. Peugeot UK driver Kris Meeke is still leading but he dropped a bit of time with a cautious approach to the stage. Skoda driver Jan Kopecky, in second overall, won the stage and also managed to pull some time out of Peugeotīs Nicolas Vouilloz in third ...



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Overall SS15 COROA DA MATA 2

The fight for the final IRC point continues on the Sata Rally Acores. Peugeot driver Conrad Rautenbach - making his IRC debut - has got past the Mitsubishi of local driver Ricardo Moura. "Itīs been quite tough to adapt to S2000 machinery as it takes a while to get used to it," said the Zimbabwean. "But itīs a good car and from what Iīve seen of the IRC it is a very competitive series" ...




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The superspecial stage that opened the rally on Thursday night was run again as SS16, and Skoda driver Jan Kopecky emerged as the winner to consolidate his second place. Rally leader Kris Meeke (Peugeot UK) is controlling his advantage at the head of the field. The crews are now heading to service at Ponta Delgada, before the final two stages of the event ...



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Overall SS17 GRAMINHAIS 2

Abarth driver Anton Alen has lost his well-deserved fourth place after encountering problems on the penultimate stage. The Finn appears to have had a spin that cost him 15 minutes when his Grande Punto became stuck. Alenīs misfortunes have dropped him down to 18th with one stage to go, while Peugeot Belgiumīs Freddy Loix is now up to fourth place ...




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Overall SS18 TRONQUEIRA 2
The final stage of the Sata Rallye Acores has been cancelled, due to delays following SS17 and the fact that the road was heavily waterlogged after earlier rain.

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Peugeot's Kris Meeke rattled off the final stage of Sata Rallye Azores to win the fourth round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge - his second successive win in the series.

Despite the handicap of running first on the road on the final day, as torrential rain had soaked the stages, Meeke set the fastest time through the penultimate stage to seal victory as the final test was cancelled due to water-logging.

He beat Skoda's Jan Kopecky by 53.1secs.

Meeke takes the lead of the series thanks to his win, ahead of fellow Peugeot driver Freddy Loix.

There was late drama, as Anton Alen lost fourth place on the last stage. Loix came through the stage three minutes down on Meeke, as he had obviously been delayed by Alen's incident.

Eyewitnesses have reported a tow truck has been sent into the stage to retrieve the stricken car, which is believed to have rolled. Subsequent cars have been delayed by the crash.

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Sweet; I just got back from vacation and need to read up on this tomorrow.
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