WRC 2012 - Wales Rally GB / APRC 2012 - Rally Hokkaido / IRC 2012 - Prime Yalta Rally Ukraine ..

Coming week must witness the most spectacular rallies in this year's Rally Calendar as the top level Championships of the Motor Rally World is going to celebrate in WRC, IRC as well as the APRC, which are going to hold events exactly on the same weekend at different countries across the planet. Personally not a big fan of the dates clashes as it misses the heat of every competition with the teams choosing to go to best of their own and eventually killing the fun! However it will be the top level event, Wales Rally GB that will be the most celebrated with its rich history and legacy behind the event held without any break for a long while.


WRC - 2012 : Round 10

Wales Rally GB


The history dates back to the RAC Rally from the Royal Automobile Club of Great Britain. In those days it was one of the prestigious clubs that hosted a real treat for the auto enthusiasts who merely conducted at not in the format that is held today, but more like the generous TSD format. After the WRC really evolved the trend changed and changed to the stage format of what we know it for a while from now. The best part must be the Welsh forest stages that is the celebrated part of the whole WRC community. Perhaps there is no one in this planet who is a fan of the WRC and doesn't like these flowing, undulating and scenic forest roads where the best of the best drivers and their machines are found making love with the natural roads.. Yes!! It is that good of a treat both for the competitors and the fans. No doubt!

Last season, it was the most anticipated and closely monitored by the fans as it proved to be the last round of the 2011 season and would eventually the winner was supposed to pick up the Championship title. Mikko Hirvonen and Sebastien Loeb were merely 8 points away as the latter was leading with those numbers and the winner would have had the opportunity to pick up the World Driver's Title. Dramatically, Mikko crashed on the SS7, Day 2's 4th stage of the second day to retire [after limping through the stage] due to extensive damages to his car, which was beyond the scope of the service crew to even manage to make it under Super Rally format. So that was how Loeb managed pick up his 8th World title to his crown, unbeaten successively since 2004.

In this season, the rally is not the season ender [which is the tradition in almost every round of WRC, season after season around November] but has been moved a few rounds earlier to make it a drier event, as usually it is held during the rainy days of the Welsh countryside. Now, [again] Loeb is in a very comfortable lead in the championship and it still makes the event a still to be watched round, for above stated obvious reasons..


IRC - 2012 : Round 10

Prime Yalta Rally Ukraine

Tenth round in the IRC calendar for this season is going live at Prime Yalta Rally Ukraine in about 6 days from now. It is a asphalt-based event which uses the roads for stages over the mountains that overlook the Black Sea city of Yalta in Ukraine’s Crimea region. It is a compact rally was newly introduced in IRC last season, where as it has been a long-term fixture in the country’s national rally championship.

Since the Skoda top drivers will be a part of the VW WRC team, we haven't seen their entries at the event this year, which was very much expected! Entry list can be seen here, and beautifully prepared stage maps are here. The complete details of the event can be found in the Official site.

APRC - 2012 : Round 5

Rally Hokkaido

2012 season has seen so many changes in the competition with Team MRF Tyres turning into the S2000 category cars from its traditional GroupN/R4 Mitsubishi's that used to rally for them. The change in the cars have also bought some changes in the drivers lineup for both MRF as well as Proton Motorsports as Chris Atkinson had moved from Proton to MRF. As Atko [Atkinson] has moved to Mini WRC outfit to the top-level flavour, it brings a big change in the driver line up again. However it is funny to know that both the entry for Atko is both up at Wales Rally GB as well as in APRC Rally Hokkaido. For the question 'which one would it be?' it is most obvious that he would be at the wheel of the Mini WRC, yet still better to wait and watch! More details at the Official site.

The Championship is lead by the Chris Atkinson, followed by Alistair McRae [with a big margin of 45 points down the leader]. So, even if McRae wins the event, Atko will be in lead of the championship and he can return to the last round to claim the championship if he can still keep the numbers high. That is a very good advantage for him this time.

However, that doesn't mean that there would be little heat in the competition, as Indian driver Gaurav Gill has the speed and experience to win the event [last season, he narrowly missed out the championship behind the wheel of Evo-X from Team MRF Tyres.

All the news and reviews of the competition will be hot on our three channels, Ralli Heart - WRC, Ralli Heart - IRC & Ralli Heart - APRC. Stay tuned for more..
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Red Bull Signature Series : FULL TV EPISODES


Red Bull Signature Series : 

  Hare Scramble 2012 :

This is definitely a celebrated race marathon for off-road motorcycle riders. 2012 edition of the International Hare Scramble held at Erzberg, Austria  is just one of a kind event.  It is here where the event is held in an active mining area, which will be just closed for the event to be held. Over 15,000 riders take part in the qualification in which only 500 riders make it to the race and 10 starts of 50 riders each take the stage which is marked regularly with blue direction markers placed strategically. What it takes to make it to the event, just go through this stunning video.



Red Bull Signature Series :

  X-Fighters World Tour 2012 Madrid

In the historical bull ring of the city of Madrid, Spain - the exciting, extreme of extreme riding, the X-fighters' world entourage was presented to the ever cheering crowd. It was filled with wild maneuvers by the super-experienced riders across the planet.

Finally it was the New-Zealander Levi Sherwood who won the event with a narrow margin against the local boy Dany Torres. Enjoy the video of the event below.


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Barum Czech Rally Crash - Fatality involving a Spectator..

It is not a good feeling to share such videos, but necessary atleast to spread the awareness of the dangers involved in the sport. Let this show the seriousness of such accidents, which can happen in any rally/race to the spectators/fans.

Just my feeling & understanding, firstly that the car was pretty too fast through the corner to control, but also the spectator zone was not rightfully placed at the accident spot, as the driver will not be able to see below the horizon so that he could have avoided it... At those speeds the drivers will have limited sight called 'Tunnel Vision', which means the more the speed, the narrower his eyes will interpret creating the tunnel-effect, so there is little chance that he would have seen the spectators in time to avoid the mishap. So I think the safety implementation of the spectator zone the main issue here, if the spectators had not violated the organiser's safety guidelines.

I request everybody out there to spectate to think wisely where to decide to take place to spectate and  make sensible decisions. If you are a first timer on a rally stage, its better to ask the rally safety officials [who can be identified by the special apron they wear] and never deviate their guidance, which is mostly vital and also ensure to stay as much away from the stage. An experienced knows better, so you can take guidance from them too. I have also seen a few people drinking and spectating, which is NOT really a good idea as it slows-down your reflexes to react in case of such incidents. I know people are there to enjoy, but not at the cost of risking their & others lives, so just take care of yourself and others around you. There is always another rally if you missed it this year, but no other life, if you loose the one!

The clip of the crash [taken far from the spot].

Our sincere condolences to the bereaved.. Let his/her soul rest in peace!
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Juho Hanninen wins - Barum Czech Rally Zlin : IRC - 2012

In an unfolding event of what looked very different what we expected how the rally would end, Juho Hanninen stood there topping without any bleak change in his position. Local hero Jan Kopecky, the second placed Czech driver retired in SS13 after an engine failure. Third placed Andreas Mikkelsen however had punctures in SS10, which he had to stop twice as he didn't realise a two punctures after he went wide in a corner and clipped a kerb. However the rally was cut short of one stage, as SS15 was cancelled by the decision of the CoC after an accident in SS13 involving a spectator who sustained fatal injuries. So the overall timing at the end of SS14 was considered final and the results tabulated accordingly.

So with 2nd & 3rd dropping from the top 5 competition, it was the 4th and 5th placed at the start of the day who took the podium positions thrown at them to savour it. Roman Kresta & Tomas Kostka claimed them finally.

Pos. No.
Driver / Co-driver
Vehicle
Pos. SS time
Penalty
Total time Diff.Leader
Diff.Prev.
1 1
FIN

1
Hänninen Juho / Markkula Mikko
Škoda Fabia S2000 
2
1
02:11:28.2 02:11:28.2 00:00:00.0
00:00:00.0
2 7
CZE

2
Kresta Roman / Gross Petr
Škoda Fabia S2000 
2
2
02:13:11.3 02:13:11.3 00:01:43.1
00:01:43.1
3 14
CZE

3
Kostka Tomáš / Houšť M.
Škoda Fabia S2000 
2
3
02:13:20.0 02:13:20.0 00:01:51.8
00:00:08.7
4 11
CZE

4
Tarabus J. / Trunkát Daniel
Škoda Fabia S2000 
2
4
02:15:19.9
00:00:20.0
02:15:39.9 00:04:11.7
00:02:19.9
5 15
IRL

5
Barrable Robert / Loudon Stuart
Škoda Fabia S2000 
2
5
02:16:01.8 02:16:01.8 00:04:33.6
00:00:21.9
6 10
EST

6
Kruuda Karl / Järveoja M.
Škoda Fabia S2000 
2
6
02:16:31.2 02:16:31.2 00:05:03.0
00:00:29.4
7 20
AUT

7
Aigner Andreas / Minor Ilka
Subaru Impreza Sti R4 
2
7
02:17:02.8 02:17:02.8 00:05:34.6
00:00:31.6
8 4
NOR

8
Mikkelsen A. / Floene Ola
Škoda Fabia S2000 
2
8
02:17:04.0 02:17:04.0 00:05:35.8
00:00:01.2
9 12
POL

9
Sołowow M. / Baran Maciej
Peugeot 207 S2000 
2
9
02:17:36.9
00:00:10.0
02:17:46.9 00:06:18.7
00:00:42.9
10 6
DEU

10
Wiegand Sepp / Gottschalk Timo
Škoda Fabia S2000 
2
10
02:18:50.0 02:18:50.0 00:07:21.8
00:01:03.1
Results : Courtesy irc-results.com

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Barum Czech Rally Day-2 : IRC [2012]




Day 2 of the rally was as exciting as like ever before, although attrition rate was almost like 25%, with only 75 able to make it to the final Day 3. Juho Hanninen lead the rally at the end of the rally, with 3 of the Day's 8 stages, Czech's star driver Jan Kopecky won 2 stages and sits in second place with little over 11s to the rally leader, and Andreas Mikkelsen holds his 3rd overall with nearly half a minute behind the top driver with 3 stage wins. What really impressive here is that all the top 8 cars are Skoda Fabia S2000's, with Subaru Impreza R4 in 9th driven by Andreas Aigner with Ilka Minor [she has co-driven for Henning Solberg in WRC for a few seasons] and a lone Peugeot 207 S2000 makes its way at the final point scoring position in 10th with M Solowow behind the wheel.

Pos. No.
Driver / Co-driver
Vehicle
Pos. SS time
Penalty
Total time Diff.Leader
Diff.Prev.
1 1
FIN

1
Hänninen Juho / Markkula Mikko
Škoda Fabia S2000 
2
1
01:22:57.1 01:22:57.1 00:00:00.0
00:00:00.0
2 3
CZE

2
Kopecký Jan / Dresler Pavel
Škoda Fabia S2000 
2
2
01:23:08.5 01:23:08.5 00:00:11.4
00:00:11.4
3 4
NOR

3
Mikkelsen A. / Floene Ola
Škoda Fabia S2000 
2
3
01:23:26.5 01:23:26.5 00:00:29.4
00:00:18.0
4 14
CZE

4
Kostka Tomáš / Houšť M.
Škoda Fabia S2000 
2
4
01:23:45.2 01:23:45.2 00:00:48.1
00:00:18.7
5 7
CZE

5
Kresta Roman / Gross Petr
Škoda Fabia S2000 
2
5
01:23:53.8 01:23:53.8 00:00:56.7
00:00:08.6
6 15
IRL

6
Barrable Robert / Loudon Stuart
Škoda Fabia S2000 
2
7
01:25:59.0 01:25:59.0 00:03:01.9
00:02:05.2
7 10
EST

7
Kruuda Karl / Järveoja M.
Škoda Fabia S2000 
2
8
01:26:02.2 01:26:02.2 00:03:05.1
00:00:03.2
8 11
CZE

11
Tarabus J. / Trunkát Daniel
Škoda Fabia S2000 
2
9
01:26:03.3
00:00:20.0
01:26:23.3 00:03:26.2
00:00:21.1
9 20
AUT

10
Aigner Andreas / Minor Ilka
Subaru Impreza Sti R4 
2
10
01:26:29.8 01:26:29.8 00:03:32.7
00:00:06.5
10 12
POL

12
Sołowow M. / Baran Maciej
Peugeot 207 S2000 
2
11
01:26:54.3
00:00:10.0
01:27:04.3 00:04:07.2
00:00:34.5

Results courtesy irc-results.com

Below is the Onboards of Kopecky winning SS5, in his Skoda Fabia S2000. This video gives us to know how tricky the stages are and weather conditions making it even more.



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