Rali Vinho da Madeira : ERC 2012 - Round 7


Rally Madeira is the 7th round of ERC, organized by 'Club Sports da Madeira', the 'Rali Vinho da Madeira' debuted in 1979 as a round of FIA European Championship Rally and is also one of the top events in the Portuguese Rally Championship calendar.

What adds special charm to the island is that the competitors challenging their driving skills on spectacular asphalt stages in a classic contrast of the mountain, sea, sun, and exquisite natural beauty around the place. It is estimated, that 30,000 or more local and international motorsport fans gather in the heart of historical city of Funchal for the special opening stage. Later stages of the rally flows into the snaking mountain ranges over three exciting days of competition.


Here is a short video , what is in store from this rally!



Skoda Motorsport's Friday video!



Here is the shakedown video of the rally, by one of the top competitors Luca Betti.

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Grand Opening of London Olympics 2012



Watch the spectacular opening ceremony of the 124th edition of Olympics.


The Olympic Cauldron is lit at the Olympic Stadium for the London 2012 Olympic Games on 27th July 2012, by seven young British athletes!

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WRC 2012 : [tests] Rally Finland action



After a month or more long break, WRC teams are gearing up for the upcoming superfast & super spectacular gravel rally of the season, Neste Oil Rally Finland!

Most of the drivers and teams had finished testing a while back, but it was Ford WRC team found testing yesterday with Petter's day out in his Ford Fiesta WRC. He tested for two days at Finland, and the videos of it below.





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Update : [27-July-2012] Chris Atkinson [ATKO] tests his WRC car for the next weekend in Finland! 



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Update : [28-July-2012] Jari-Matti Latvala / Mikka Antilla tests Ford Fiesta WRC car for the upcoming Rally Finland!


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London : All set for Olympics [ 2012 : 124th Edition]



London Olympics is all set for a spectacular Opening Ceremony.

The live video streaming can be viewed here!
http://www.olympic.org/ioc-session-london-live-stream

Also here on youtube
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Donegal International Rally 2012 - Irish Tarmac Rally Championship

[pictures courtesy : www.msportimages.com]

Last weekend, the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship for season 2012, Round 04 - Donegal International Rally 2012 concluded. Here below are official broadcasted video highlights of the event.


Day 1 :





Day 2 :



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2 more Motorsports Casualty : Rally Città di Lucca


It is never a good feeling on a Monday morning to report a death news or a casualty from the last weekend's tragedy.., but it is the fact that is more important. One thing is for sure! Motorsports are not for the faint-hearted who just want fun! It was such an unfortunate tragic incident that these two young racing couple couldn't get out nor could be saved by the first spotters, as the car plunged into the small and tight canal aside the road bend/corner after the driver lost control and hitting the mountain face on the outside the curve. The video says it all.

The Peugeot 207 S2000 was driven by Valerio Catelani and co-driven/navigated by Daniela Bertoneri [they were a couple], who both were consumed by the fire that broke immediately on the impact of the car hitting the mountain face and it made even the fans/onlookers impossible if not difficult to even get near the car to help the duo to evacuate as the raging inferno was so intense. They were competing in 47th Rally Città di Lucca, and it was at special stage 4, a night stage, about 3.5kms from the start, in the city Brancoli, in Italy. The accident took place after approx 2.minutes from the stage start, and could not be realised or spotted until the fire/smoke was seen. Even the following car could not spot them at that time, how tragic! By the time the rescuers reached the spot, it was too late and the fire was out of control at the first few moments and when it subsided, the accident had claimed those two lives. The couple were no new to the sport, who had 10 or more years of experience in the sport.

Our deep condolences to the family, friends, the dearest & nearest. May their souls rest in peace!



One piece of advice to the competitors: It is not the one and only competition you would be doing, so take it easy & be realistic with your and your car's capabilities. It is not deniable that motor-racing is all about speed, but speed is not all! Hope there are no more such incidents, as they make the organizers and federation to rethink every time such moments to take drastic measures, where either the events are restricted or banned..

We can also expect that the local authorities take on account of such places which could lead to such incident, even for regular commuters & not competition alone. It is going to be debate even with barriers, as it was not very long we saw Gareth loose his life to a armco barrier.. Its been too many lives gone this year in this sport, if not less.. Hoping road engineers come-out with a better solution in such tricky places.
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