Marcus Grönholm/Timo Rautiainen: "It felt like I could go off on every corner so I drove cautiously. I need to think about the points to be gained from third place rather than risk losing everything by chasing Loeb in the rain on the wrong tyres.
I had no feeling with the car in the wet and I was scared to push. The car was great in the dry on the previous stage b weiter >>
43e Rally RACC Catalunya Costa Daurada (4-7 octobre 2007)
La première étape du 43e Rally Catalunya s'est achevée ce soir à Salou sur un doublé Citroën.
Au volant de leur C4 WRC, Sébastien Loeb et Daniel Elena occupent la première place du classement général provisoire. Sur une voiture identique, Dani S weiter >>
FIA World Rally Championship Rally RACC Catalunya Costa Daurada, 5 October 2007 Leg 1
Both points scoring Stobart VK M-Sport Ford crews are firmly positioned inside the top-ten after day 1 of Rally RACC Catalunya Costa Daurada. Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila lead the way in seventh positio weiter >>
Car number 7 Petter Solberg: "Today I am experiencing a lack of grip from the car, which on a fast rally like this where you have to lean on the chassis and tyres through the corners, is very costly so our overall position is disappointing given our pace in testing here.
I have been changing some aspects of the suspension throughout today to feel the changes in gr weiter >>
Driver quotes from Service A (after SS2)
Car number 7
Petter Solberg: "Not so bad, it worked quite well. The conditions on stage were very slippery, wet and difficult, but that’s the same for everybody. We had two front punctures on SS1 but the mousse worked okay so it didn’t cause us any big problems."
Deep emotions and feelings in homage to Colin McRae
The rain forced a change of setting for the tribute to former World Rally Champion Colin McRae, who passed away in a helicopter accident three weeks ago. The ceremony was finally held in the porch of Port Aventura Hotel, the Headquarters of the 43 RallyRACC Catalunya-COSTA DAURADA, Rally de España, instead o weiter >>
* This will be the 43rd running of the event that was first organised in 1916, although it will only be the 17th time it has counted towards the World Rally Championship.
* After being based in Lloret de Mar, north of Barcelona, for many years, the event has been run out of the Costa Daurada resort Salou, around 100km to the south, for the past two years. For the th weiter >>
Marcus Grönholm/Timo Rautiainen: "I like the fast roads, they are like a race circuit in places. The most difficult aspect for me is the dirt that is pulled onto the roads during the first pass.
It's slippery during the second run and, if they are not cleaned, also on those stages that are run in both directions because the dirt is then on parts of the road that y weiter >>
This morning, the TV-3031 road, from Tivissa to La Serra d’Almos, was the stage for the shakedown, or test stage where drivers put the finishing touches to the cars for the 43 RallyRACC Catalunya-COSTA DAURADA, Rally de España.
The 12th round of the World Championship will start tomorrow in the Costa Daurada. This was especially useful because it was raced on the same st weiter >>
The Catalunya Rally this weekend in Spain marks a big test for the JAS Motorsport team, as for the first time its Honda Civic Type R R3 will take on equivalent cars in the highly competitive Junior Championship.
The all-new Civic made it world debut with a class win on the Sanremo Rally last weekend (part of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge) but it will face the World weiter >>
Vorschau: Rallye Spanien 2007 Die Rallye Spanien aus Sicht von BFGoodrichDas erwarten die Partnerteams von BFGoodrichSo verlief die Rallye Spanien 2006 Statistisches
Nach einmonatiger Pause geht die Rallye-Weltmeister weiter >>
FIA World Rally Championship Rally RACC Catalunya Costa Daurada, 5-7 October 2007
After a four week break, the FIA World Rally Championship will get back into full-swing as the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team head to Spain for Rally RACC Catalunya Costa Daurada. This twelfth round of the championship is the third all-asphalt rally of the year.
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• Spanischer Klassiker erster von zwei WM-Läufen in acht Tagen
• Rundstrecken-Profi bereitet Marcus Grönholm speziell vor
Der Sommer ist vorbei und die Sommerpause der Rallye-Weltmeisterschaft mit ihm: In Spanien geht das BP Ford World Rally Team am kommenden Wochenende in die heiße Phase einer Saison, die mit dem Titelgewinn für das Werksteam und de weiter >>
FIA World Rally Championship Rally RACC Catalunya Costa Daurada, 5-7 October 2007
Next week the Munchi’s Ford World Rally Team have their first attempt at an all-asphalt event as the FIA World Rally Championship’s twelfth round gets underway in Spain for Rally RACC Catalunya Costa Daurada.
While this is the first time both Luis Perez Companc/Jose Maria Volt weiter >>
Vierter Sieg im vierten WM-Lauf: . WM-Debütant BFGoodrich gewinnt auch auf Asphalt
Die Erfolgsgeschichte von BFGoodrich in der Rallye-Weltmeisterschaft setzt sich weiter fort: Die amerikanische Reifenmarke gewann nach ihrem Einstieg in die Königsklasse des Rallye-Sports den vierten WM-Lauf hintereinander. Nach seinem Sieg bei der reinen Schotter-Veranst weiter >>
The third and final leg of the 2006 RallyRACC Catalunya - Costa Daurada was relatively drama-free for the runners. Both Sebastien Loeb and Dani Sordo had backed off their pace, with enough of a lead not to need to push too hard and risk the one-two result for Citroen. BP-Ford's Marcus Gronholm continued to push though, making up time and positions following his loss of turbo boos weiter >>
Sebastien Loeb has won the fourth round of the 2006 FIA World Rally Championship - RallyRACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada. Loeb held onto the top position from stage five, when BP-Ford World Rally Team driver Marcus Gronholm fell due to mechanical problems, to the end of the event. At one point during the rally, three Kronos Total weiter >>
2 X. PONS (E)Citroën Xsara A8 TC 12D ACCIDENT
17 G. MAC HALE (IRL)Ford Focus WRC 04 A8 SF 1 ACCIDENT
36 L. BETTI (E)Renault Clio Super 1600 A6 TC 12D RETIRED
42 J. PRESSAC (F)Citröen C2 A6 TC 12D RETIRED
53 B. CLARK (GB)Ford Fiesta N3 SF 2 WITHDRAWN
54 A. Nicolai BURKART (D)Citroën C2 GT A6 SF 2 ACCIDENT
61 K. BARRETT (IRL)Subaru Im weiter >>
The Rally RACC Catalunya - Costa Daurada will be one to forget for Matthew Wilson. He was caught speeding on the recce and fined more than 11,000 Euros. He then struggled throughout the event with his pace note system. Then, despite resiliently continuing, on the second stage of the final day, the wheel studs on his Focus sheared and the wheel came on, in a "controlled manner". weiter >>
The Kronos Total Citroën World Rally Team ended the penultimate stage of RallyRACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada with a firm grip on the first and second overall positions. Sebastien Loeb carries his lead into the final stage of the event, while Dani Sordo is working toward his first ever FIA World Rally Championship podium finish. BP-Ford World Rally Team ace Marcus Gronholm, who has weiter >>
BFGoodrich boss Aime Chatard has explained that a combination of stability and consistency are key to the company's dominance of the RallyRACC Catalunya - Costa Daurada so far.
Stability means that the car and tyre work together and give the driver instant response to steering, braking or ac weiter >>
At the penultimate service of the 2006 RallyRACC Catalunya - Coast Daurada, Marcus Gronholm said Sebastien Loeb is like "a machine". The Finn's compliment refers to a staggering degree of consistency in the Frenchman's performance this weekend. With the exception of his brake problem on the first stage, Loeb has had no troubl weiter >>
Marcus Gronholm has been all over the leaderboard during RallyRACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada. Gronholm began the rally by taking an early lead which he held until a turbo-boost problem caused him to fall from first overall to tenth. Over the next several stages, Gronholm fought back, and when the cars entered Parc Ferme at the weiter >>
After his off on the last loop of stages on the second leg, the Citroen Xsara WRC of Xavier Pons did not re-start leg three. It remains under covers in the Kronos Total Citroen service area.
This is significant, since even with the penalties he would have got if he did restart under SupeRally regulations, he was just one place outside the manufacturer points. However, if weiter >>
The first stage of Leg three of RallyRACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada saw Red Bull Skoda driver Gilles Panizzi move into the top eight by moving past Subaru World Rally Team driver Stephane Sarrazin. Panizzi had the second quickest time on the stage by 0.5 seconds ahead of Francois Duval. Duval holds the sixth overall position and finished the stage with the fourth fastest time. Pani weiter >>
The second day of the RallyRACC Catalunya - Costa Daurada saw Frenchman Sebastien Loeb retain the lead, followed by team-mate Dani Sordo. However, the big story was the monumental fight-back for the two Ford Focus' after a loss of turbo boost at the end of the first leg. Marcus Gronholm climb weiter >>
Like the main WRC field, the morning's Junior World Rally Championship action was dominated by Citroen. Irishman Kris Meeke took the first two stage wins, followed by Martin Prokop and Julien Pressac, placing three C2 S1600s on the podium.
This continued for the third stage but on the fourth, Meeke hit Jari-Matti Latvala's Focus WRC, which was partially blocking the stage weiter >>
After the final stage of the second day of the RallyRACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada, Sebastien Loeb continues the lead he captured from Marcus Gronholm after stage five. Marcus Gronholm charged all day, hoping to make up for lost time due to a mechanical problem with his turbo-boost during stage five of Leg one. Gronholm now s weiter >>
Subaru World Rally Team driver Chris Atkinson suffered from the loose gravel on the stage and went off the road. He was pushed back onto the stage by spectators, finished the stage, but lost a large amount of time in the process. Atkinson now holds 10th position overall.
Hopes for a Kronos Total Citroën World Rally Team podium sweep were dashed during stage 10 when Xavier weiter >>
As the running order continued on the fourth stage of Leg two, drivers complained of loose gravel. BP-Ford World Rally Team driver Marcus Gronholm benefited from his early running order and captured the second quickest time on the stage with 8 minutes 5.7 seconds. Dani Sordo finished the stage with the fastest time on the weiter >>
Spectating in Spain, Tony Gardemeister admitted that he is no closer to renewing his WRC campaign. "It's very boring just spectating," said the Finn. "I was supposed to be doing this event and Corsica but there do not appear to be any cars available. The Peugeot 307 Astra had has been sold to a team in the Canary Isl weiter >>
The final stage before the first service of Leg two, Margalef la-Palma d'Ebre 1, saw Subaru World Rally Team driver Petter Solberg continue to fall through the standings as BP-Ford World Rally Team driver Marcus Gronholm has taken sixth position on the leaderboard. Gronholm finished the stage with the second fastest time of 9 minutes 36.1 seconds at the end of the stage. Rally le weiter >>