Your insight into the world of rallying, part #247

Welcome to issue 247 of HANDBRAKES & HAIRPINS, your favourite free source of rally entertainment!

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As always, please enjoy this week’s read!

Yours in Rallying,

Evan Rothman (Editor) and Eva Kovkova (Photojournalist)

Quick, quicker, quickest: Tanak, Neuville and Novikov and Ostberg

The sport’s “next big thing” is an all-too-familiar phrase nowadays. We’ve all read the reports, seen the interviews and the exciting clips on YouTube, and maybe even bought the Fan Club t-shirts. Growing in confidence and skills on the world stage is a tough ask for any sport athlete, and when one involves as much behind-the-scenes financial backing and muscling as motorsport, driver managers and sponsors need to even more committed to their young guns than ever before. Continue reading Quick, quicker, quickest: Tanak, Neuville and Novikov and Ostberg

Mosel, Baumholder and Trier: Loeb dances to victory

The WRC ADAC Rallye Deutschland was once again a Loeb Show, with the Frenchman wowing all with his controlled pace at the front of the field from the first to the last stage. No-one was able to challenge Loeb or his Citroën Total World Rally Team’s DS3 WRC for victory, with Ford World Rally Team’s Jari-Matti Latvala in second place overall two minutes adrift…

The rally saw crashes, cars burning out and the infamous hinkelsteins of the Baumholder military ranges causing more than just a few headaches for leading WRC crews. Here’s a great video report by rallymedia on the event.

BRC makes Trax

The MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) is on tour this weekend as cars and drivers from the 2012 series attend the popular Trax Performance Car Show at Silverstone.

The event, which takes place on Sunday 2nd September at the home of the British Grand Prix, will host a selection of BRC cars including M-Sport’s Fiesta R1, Monster Sport Europe’s Twingo R1, James Grint’s Citroën DS3 and from the NGK Spark Plugs BRC Challenge, Tony Simpson’s Fiesta ST.

Rally models from all three Official Manufacturers, Citroën, Ford and Renault are on display. Renault UK are also providing additional support to the event, displaying their works 1996 BRC campaigning Mégane Maxi rally car alongside the 1995 BTCC Laguna racing car, funky new electric Twizy, Mégane 260 Cup and Clio Renaultsport road cars.

Championship staff will be on hand to welcome members of the general public on to the stand. Joining them will be the International Rally Drivers Club as well as BRC partners Competition Car Insurance, Ravenol Oils and Mantis.

Hundreds of club enthusiasts will have their cars on display, while amongst the action on track will be the fifth round of the British Drift Championship as well as track time dedicated for individuals to run their cars on the circuit.

The fast road car and motorsport expo attracts thousands of fans from around the country. 16,000 attendees enjoying last year’s event. Gates open at 9am on Sunday and advance tickets are still available via the event website For more information on the MSA British Rally Championship visit

Stratieva aims for success in Barum Czech Rally Zlin

Ekaterina Stratieva returns to the Intercontinental Rally Challenge on Barum Czech Rally Zlín next week determined to “enjoy every centimetre” of the asphalt showcase.

The Bulgarian has called on double European champion Simon Jean-Joseph to help her prepare for the event, where she will be chasing success in the IRC 2WD Cup.

“For two months I don’t do another race because I want to concentrate on Zlín,” said Stratieva. “Simon Jean-Joseph helped me a lot by telling me to be more relaxed and enjoy every centimetre that I drive. I am in love with the stages on this rally, very hard and technical. All the time you must have very good concentration. I hope we will get a good result.”

Stratieva and co-driver Carmen Poenaru are one of three all-female crews competing in Czech Republic.

Your insight into the world of rally, #246

Welcome to issue 246 of HANDBRAKES & HAIRPINS, your favourite free source of rally entertainment!

To download this week’s issue, please click here:

As always, please enjoy this week’s read!

Yours in Rallying,

Evan Rothman (Editor) and Eva Kovkova (Photojournalist)

Nicolas Klinger moves with Evgeniy Novikov PLUS Shakedown Stage results

Evgeniy Novikov’s ALM Russia Ford Fiesta RS WRC landed heavily in Day One of the WRC Neste Oil Rally Finland, and left co-driver Denis Giraudet with an injured back. Giraudet, ever the professional, completed the event, but the pairing were unable to chase after a strong result in Jyvaskyla.

Giraudet subsequently underwent back surgery after the event and was ruled out of the WRC car for the foreseeable future as he recuperates and regains his strength. Replacing him for the WRC ADAC Rallye Deutschland is Nicolas Klinger, an experience co-driver in the sport with a keen insight into the sport and the complexities of a WRC situation.

“Unfortunately it was one jump we misjudged during recce and it destroyed my back and started to destroy our rally and then we roll,” said Giraudet. “It was not the perfect start, but we tried to come back and we managed to finish with a lot of experience so we have to look at the bigger picture. It’s still positive.”

At the 4.55km Shakedown Stage for this event, the pacesetters are the usual WRC suspects:
01) S. Loeb – 02m 25.2s
02) J-M. Latvala + 0.8s
03) M. Ostberg + 0.8s
04) P. Solberg + 01.1s
05) T. Neuville + 01.4s
06) M. Hirvonen + 01.6s