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Marcus Gronholm showed everybody that the title is not lost. Gronholm won this weekend the New Zealand Rally after a close fight with Citroen’s driver, Sebastien Loeb. Marcus won the rally by just 0.3 seconds in front of the French driver. Ford Ford had another driver on the podium. Hirvonen finished the rally in the 3rd place behind Sebastien Loeb. The driver was satisfied with the result."Overall it’s a good finish - six points and the last two days were quite good, so I’m really happy." said (...)
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For the sixth year in a row, Sébastien Loeb, Daniel Elena and Citroën were given a standing ovation by the crowd at the finish ceremony in front of the celebrated Porta Nigra gate in Trier. Yet again, the ancient Roman city turned out to be happy hunting ground for the French manufacturer which notched up its seventh Rallye Deutschland win this weekend, while Seb and Daniel took their score of world class successes to 33. The final day’s programme featured just 63km of against-the-clock (...)
Source: citroen
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The 10th round of the 2007 World Rally Championship kicked off in typically mixed ADAC Rallye Deutschland weather. Crews were greeted by overcast skies, wind, rain… and even a few rays of sunshine; all the traditional ingredients of this difficult event! Citroën C4 WRC crews Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena and Dani Sordo/Marc Martí both took part in the usual pre-start test. Dani was the first of the two drivers to cover the stage and he returned to the Citroën service area with a broad smile on (...)
Source: citroen
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TBP-Ford’s new Focus RS World Rally Car scored a one-two finish on its debut in Finland today as the team stretched its lead in the FIA World Rally Championship to 40 points. In winning Rally Finland for the seventh time in eight years, Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen entered the record books as the first drivers to win a full WRC event on seven occasions. Team-mates and fellow Finns Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen delighted the huge home crowds by taking second. The new Focus RS (...)
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The OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team was already able to turn the regained motivation into a good result at the shakedown to the “Neste Oil Rally Finland”. On their fastest turn on the 3,76 kilometres long course the OMV duo marked eighth-best time by 2:07,0 minutes. Only 2,4 seconds were missing on six-times Finland winner and shakedown dominator Marcus Grönholm. Now the joy of driving shall be turned into a good result at the rally. After the testing on Monday Manfred Stohl had already (...)
Source: OMV Kronos
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The new Ford Focus RS Ford Focus RS 07, the latest version of Ford ’s World Rally Car,will make its debut at the Neste Oil Rally Finland. The new Ford Focus will be driven only by the Bp-Ford World Rally Team.The drivers of the two cars will be Marcus Gronholm and Mikko Hirvonen. Ford Focus Ford Focus RS 07 represents an evolution of the 2006 model, which had featured many changes: a wider bodywork,transverse transmission,new aluminium engine mounted back to front into the chassis,with chain driven camshafts ad (...)
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OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team made an announce that the Belgian driver Francois Duval has been nominated to race the second Xsara WRC in this year’s ADAC Rallye Deutschland that will take place between 17th and 19th of August. Duval said that he is very happy with the decision taken by his partners and he is looking forward to make a big surprise an the German rally. Francois has already reached twice on the podium in Germany and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he wins the rally.He also (...)
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As part of its build-up to the future Rally of Finland (between 2nd and 5th of August) Citroen Sport team took the decision to enter a C4 WRC car for Dani Sordo and Marc Marti into the O.K Auto Ralli. The rally was extremely instructive for the team but only in the first part because in the second they were forced to retire the cause beeing a technical problem. This event was seen by the team as an opportunity to continue the development of the C4 WRC car, and for the drivers a good (...)
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Fia announced that the tyre contract for the Junior Rally Championship went to the Italians from Pirelli instead of the French tyre supplier Michelin . This decision comes after the contract obtained by the italians to supply all four-wheel drive cars competing in the WRC from 2008 .The only teams who will have the freedom in choosing the tyres will be only the private teams who driver two-wheel drive cars. Michelin, under the name of associated company BF Goodrich, will continue to (...)

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