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Andreucci prepared for tough fight with IRC regulars

Paolo Andreucci is readying himself for next weekend' IRC Rally Italia d'Sardegna.

Paolo Andreucci fears that his knowledge of the stages won’t be enough to stave off the threat posed by the Intercontinental Rally Challenge regulars on Rally d’Italia-Sardegna next week.

Andreucci will drive a Peugeot Sport Italia 207 Super 2000 on the gravel event, round five of the 12-event IRC series, where his main opposition will include factory Skoda drivers Juho Hanninen and Jan Kopecky, plus fellow Peugeot runners Kris Meeke and Sebastien Ogier.

“I’m really excited by this rally, but I know that it’s going to be very tough as there will be so many good drivers,” said the four-time Italian rally champion, who will be starting his first IRC event of 2010. “For me, to be honest, I think a podium will be difficult. But I would like to finish in the top five though and that is what I will be aiming for.”

The 45-year-old continued: “I know some of the stages well and some I don’t know at all. The stages I know I like a lot: they are very tricky though, because there are lots of little things that can catch you out. I’ve done the [Sardinia-based] Costa Smeralda Rally every year, but I haven’t done the WRC event stages since 2004, when I did the rally in a Super 1600 Punto.”
– Credit: www.ircseries.com

The eMagazine – Issue 133

Cover of Issue 133

Welcome to issue 133 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

Cetinkaya prepares for Sardinia with two-day test

Burcu Cetinkaya was due to complete a two-day test in France tomorrow (Friday) at the wheel of her Peugeot Sport Turkey 207 Super 2000. 

The 29-year-old from Istanbul will contest at least seven rounds of this year’s Intercontinental Rally Challenge, starting with next month’s gravel-based Rally d’Italia-Sardegna.

Although the test took place on asphalt roads, Cetinkaya said she hoped that the test had given her vital experience of the 207. 

”The test is really for the Ypres Rally [in June] but it is always good to spend as much time as possible in the car because there are still some things I have to learn,” said Cetinkaya. “We will have a test on Sardinia just before the rally so I think we will be well prepared.” 

Cetinkaya called on Sebastien Ogier to offer guidance on set-up and driving during the test. The Frenchman has experience of driving the 207 S2000.
– Credit: http://www.ircseries.com

Skoda aces help launch Fabia RS road car

Skoda Motorsport team-mates Juho Hanninen and Jan Kopecky took time out of their preparations for Rally d’Italia-Sardegna, round five of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, to help launch the Czech firm’s Fabia RS road car. 

Hanninen, who currently tops the IRC standings after finishing on the podium on the opening four rounds of the season, has been spending this week at the Sosnova circuit in Czech Republic trialling the Fabia RS, which is based on the S2000-specifiction machine he is using in the IRC. Team-mate Kopecky was present on Monday and Tuesday.

Other Skoda drivers who took part in the launch event include Skoda UK Motorsport’s Guy Wilks, Belgian ace Freddy Loix, who will contest selected rounds of the IRC in a Fabia, Spaniard Alberto Hevia and Frenchman Nicolas Vouilloz, who finished third overall on Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo back in January at the wheel of a Fabia S2000.
– Credit: http://www.ircseries.com

Ogier to make a return to Sardinia’s stages

Sebastien Ogier set to return to Sardinia's rally stages.

Sebastien Ogier will make his return to the Intercontinental Rally Challenge when he contests Rally d’Italia-Sardegna next month.

Ogier, who was victorious on his IRC debut on Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo last season, will drive a Peugeot 207 Super 2000 on the demanding gravel event, which is based in Olbia from 4-6 June. 

It will mark the Frenchman’s second appearance in the IRC in 2010 after he entered Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo for a second time back in January, only to retire on the final night while he was firmly in contention for a repeat victory. 

Ogier is no stranger to the Sardinian stages, having contested the island’s world championship qualifier back in 2008 en route to winning the Junior world title that season. 

In addition to Ogier, the Peugeot challenge in Sardinia will also be boosted by Paolo Andreucci. The four-time Italian champion will drive a similar 207 S2000 and will start as one of the pre-event favourites.
– Credit: http://www.ircseries.com

Proton starts IRC campaign at Gecko Ypres Rally next month

The Proton R3 Rally Team will start its Intercontinental Rally Challenge campaign on next month’s Geko Ypres Rally. 

The British-based MEM team which prepares and runs the official Satria Neo S2000s will send two cars to the classic two-day Belgian event which is rated as one of the best asphalt rallies in the world. The Proton R3 Rally Team line-up for its first IRC appearance of the year will remain the same as for this year’s FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship: Scotsman Alister McRae and Australian Chris Atkinson. Continue reading Proton starts IRC campaign at Gecko Ypres Rally next month

IRC regulars excited by Sardinia TV coverage

Eurosport will cover four stage LIVE in Sardinia - Picture by http://www.ircseries.com

Competitors from the Intercontinental Rally Challenge have revealed their delight at the news that Eurosport will show four stages of Rally d’Italia-Sardegna live.

Europe’s largest television sports channel will screen approximately six hours of coverage from the gravel-based event, which runs from 4-6 June, including live footage of the Monte Grighine stages on Saturday and the Coiluna tests on Sunday. Continue reading IRC regulars excited by Sardinia TV coverage