Goodwood to celebrate Porsche 911s with rally style

Goodwood is honouring one of the world’s most versatile and popular sports cars – the Porsche 911 – with the main ‘Central Feature’ at the 2013 Festival of Speed (11-14 July). The one-off 911-inspired sculpture promises to be a highly distinctive ‘installation’ displayed prominently outside Goodwood House.

Marking the first half-century of the Porsche 911 at Goodwood is hugely appropriate in the Festival of Speed’s 20th anniversary year. To date, this legendary sports car has featured at every single Goodwood Festival, from the first event in 1993 – when an unexpectedly high 27,500 enthusiasts turned-up – to the 185,000+ visitors that attended the world’s greatest celebration of car culture last year.

Whether appearing in action in road and race form on the testing 1.16-mile Goodwood hillclimb, spitting gravel sideways around the Forest Rally Stage, or sitting serenely static yet inviting on the Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ concours lawn or Porsche exhibition stand, the 911 has played a key role in helping to put the Festival of Speed on the map over the last 20 years.

The 911 has been at the very heart of the Porsche brand for the past five decades. Few other sports cars in the world can look back on such a long tradition and continuity as the Porsche 911. It has been inspiring car enthusiasts the world over since its debut as the model 901 at the IAA International Automotive Show at Frankfurt in September 1963. Today the truly versatile 911 is considered by its many devoted fans to be the quintessential sports car, and the central point of reference for all other Porsche series, as each of the marque’s other models carry a piece of the 911’s philosophy.

Over 820,000 Porsche 911s have been built since 1963, and examples of each of its seven generations will be present at the 2013 Festival of Speed. From the very beginning the car has been at home on circuits all over the world, earning a reputation as a versatile and dependable winner, with two thirds of the 30,000 race victories achieved by Porsche to date being notched up by the 911.

In addition to Goodwood, Porsche will be celebrating the 911’s 50th anniversary around the world, including the USA, China, Continental Europe and Australia. During the summer the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart will also be marking ‘50 years of the Porsche 911’ with a special exhibition featuring the history and development of the car.

Also, its great to post a Porsche rally car photo!

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Your insight into the world of rallying, part 270!

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Toyota Yaris S2000: Set for action in South Africa

Toyota Motorsport has announced a formidable line-up of talent and experience to contest the 2013 South African Rally Championship.

Backed by the same sponsor with whom it has partnered for more than 30 years – together they have accumulated 10 national rally championships – the Castrol Team Toyota squad will sport new livery and a brand new rally contender.

In addition, Toyota Financial Service has joined the eminent group of sponsor partners that also includes the Imperial Toyota Group and the Innovation Group. “We’re delighted and proud to be associated with Castrol Team Toyota,” said Toyota Financial Services CEO Johan Brink. “Toyota Financial Services has been the Toyota customer preferred credit provider for more than a decade, underwriting nearly 50% of financed Toyota and Lexus dealer sales and close to 100,000 Toyota Hilux purchases since May 2000.”

The Castrol Toyota rally team has a new look about it that goes beyond the livery. While the driver/co-driver combinations remain unchanged – 2012 championship runners-up Johnny Gemmell/Carolyn Swan in car #2 and Leeroy Poulter/Elvene Coetzee in car #23 – the big news is they will be competing in a brand new car. The long-awaited successor to the Super 2000 Class Toyota Auris is the Yaris, which will make its debut in the TOTAL Rally in KwaZulu-Natal on 8 and 9 March.

It will be another first for South Africa and Toyota Motorsport, who helped pioneer the introduction of the S2000 class in South Africa in 2006 with the uniquely South African Corolla-based RunX rally car and its successor in 2008, the Auris. It will be the first Yaris to contest a national rally championship anywhere in the world and it has been designed and built in Toyota Motorsport’s Kyalami workshops.

“Currently, the Auris is 60kg over the minimum weight and this has been a major challenge for us,” said team principal Glyn Hall. “The international launch of the Yaris has changed all that. We’re in motorsport to win and this new car will give us a much better platform to work from, allowing us more scope within the rally regulations.

“It’s been a major challenge building this new rally car alongside our Dakar Rally and local motorsport commitments. The lads in the workshop have been extremely busy. We took everything we know from the Auris and designed and used all of this knowledge together with some innovative thinking to produce what I believe is a championship winner. It’s more nimble and has a much better weight distribution. We’ve gone the two-door route because of the rear design of the car, which is aesthetically more pleasing, and for practical reasons like accessibility.

“I believe this new car is exactly where Toyota wants to be,” said Hall. “It explores the limits of technology and it looks sensational. I am very excited about it and feel the same way as I did when I first saw the evolution 2013 Dakar Hilux. The whole project has been inspirational for the team.”

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New Ladies’ Trophy for 2013 ERC

The 2013 FIA European Rally Championship will feature a Ladies’ Trophy from round three – Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Inglés – onwards, ERC promoter Eurosport Events has confirmed.

Female drivers contesting the ERC will be eligible for the new accolade with three points handed to the winner, two to the second-placed driver and one to third based on the overall classification of each round regardless of car performance. Drivers are allowed to count their best four scores and do not have to be paired with a female co-driver to be eligible for points.

Eurosport Events will use its various communication tools, including the official ERC website,, to publicise the ERC Ladies’ Trophy throughout the season. An award will be presented at the ERC prize giving ceremony at the end of the year.

François Ribeiro, Motorsport Development Director of Eurosport Events, said: “Since the FIA has created the Women in Motor Sport Commission, we felt it was appropriate to do something at a high level in the ERC. While female drivers take part on ERC events on an equal footing with their male counterparts, an award like this will provide an additional incentive for women to contest rounds of the ERC but also the opportunity to showcase their ability and achievement.”

Last season, Bulgaria’s leading female driver, Ekaterina Stratieva, was classified sixth in the final overall ERC standings. Her navigator Carmen Poenaru, from Romania, was ranked sixth in the co-drivers’ classification.

The ERC Ladies’ Trophy will be contested over the remaining ERC rounds as follows:
03: Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Inglés (Spain), Asphalt, 21-23 March 2013
04: SATA Rallye Açores (Portugal), Gravel, 25-27 April 2013
05: Tour de Corse (France), Asphalt, 16-18 May 2013
06: GEKO Ypres Rally (Belgium), Asphalt, 27-29 June 2013
07: Rally San Marino*, Gravel, 11-13 July 2013
08: Sibiu Rally (Romania), Gravel, 25-27 July 2013
09: Barum Czech Rally Zlín, Asphalt, 30 August-1 September 2013
10: Rally Poland, Gravel, 13-15 September 2013
11: Croatia Rally, Asphalt, 26-28 September 2013
12: Rallye Sanremo (Italy), Asphalt, 10-12 October 2013
13: Rallye International du Valais (Switzerland), Asphalt, 7-9 November 2013

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IRC Sliven Rally, Sliven 28-30 09 2012

Happy Birthday, Sebastien Loeb!

Today is the birthday of nine-times World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb. As if you didn’t already have that jotted down in your diary. Here’s a tribute of this rally master for us to all enjoy of his art.

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Fast and challenging Total Rally to open South African’s 2013 rally season

Competitors in the opening round of the 2013 South African Rally Championship can expect a traditionally fast and challenging event when the Total Rally takes place in KwaZulu-Natal on 8 and 9 March.

Organised by the Natal Motorcycle and Car Club, the event will be headquartered at the old Durban drive-in site not far from Moses Mabhida Stadium, where it will start and finish each day and where a rally village offering entertainment and a service park will be established.

There will be 16 special stages covering a total distance of 171 kilometres, 14 on gravel in the South Coast areas of Scottburgh, Park Rynie and Umzinto and a tarmac Super Special that will end each day in Durban. The entire event, including liaison sections, totals some 660 kilometres.

The first car will be flagged away from the ceremonial start in Durban at 11:00 on Friday with the first of the day’s six gravel special stages starting near Scottburgh at 11:58. Three stages will be repeated with competitors visiting the service park at Scottburgh Country Club after stages one and five. A remote service park will operate at Drumdurroch after stage three.

A festive atmosphere will welcome fans at the Durban drive-in site for the closing night Super Special, which will start at 19:30 with competitors running against each other in pairs over a 1,35-kilometre course adjacent to the Total Rally Village.


Saturday’s action starts from Durban at 06:30 with the first of eight gravel stages (four repeated), Ellingham, near Park Rynie due to get underway at 07:50. The Scottburgh Country Club will host the service park, which competitors will visit after stages nine, 11, 13 and 15.

The final stage, a repeat of Friday’s night’s Super Special in Durban, will start at around 15:30. This will be followed by the podium ceremony and prize-giving.

While the usual farm roads in the South Coast area will be used for the gravel stages on Friday and Saturday, competitors should not necessarily expect to find familiar roads, warns clerk of the course Richard Vaughan. Heavy rain in the area in recent weeks has resulted in some modifications to the route and all the roads have been graded.

“They will be extra slippery and fast,” said Vaughan. “Some stages have had to be shortened and Montevideo, in particular, is not as rough and technical as it was last year and will be faster and more flowing.

“The landowners have once again been generous in their support of our event and we thank them for making it possible to put on one of the fastest and most popular rallies of the year.”

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Watch the Rally van Haspengouw’s highs and lows in HD

Round One of the 2013 Belgian Rally Championship took place this past weekend with “Fast” Freddy Loix claiming victory in style. Here’s a fantastic video we’ve uncovered showing the highlights of this action-packed event…

Final overall classification of Rally van Haspengouw:
01) F. Loix/F. Miclotte
Ford Focus RS WRC – 01h 28m 48.6s
02) K. Princen/P. Segers
Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X + 02m 14.0s
03) S. Lhonnay/V. Pironet
Skoda Octavia WRC + 02m 17.0s
04) B. Cornelis/M. Debaeke
Subaru Impreza WRC + 02m 25.1s
05) V. Verschueren/P. Vyncke
Volkswagen Polo S2000 + 02m 44.2s
06) A. Martin/M. Louette
Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX + 02m 50.4s
07) M. Debaekere/C. Cokelaere
Peugeot 207 S2000 + 03m 46.7s
08) M. Streel/K. Botson
Mitsubishi Lancer EVO + 04m 58.1s
09) C. Bal/B. Deforche
Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X R4 + 05m 45.0s
10) F. Jamoulle/E. Tack
Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X + 06m 17.2s

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