WRC Rally New Zealand - Citroen Leads!

Latvala might have been quick, but it was Loeb who claimed the top honors at the end of Day 1. In an action drama unfolding all throughout the day, all the top 10 drivers faced challenges not just with the competitors, but also with the weather that staged to play with them!

At the beginning of the day, Latvala took the first stage victory by a very little margin only to loose at the next stage. It looked like the tire choices played a vital role in commanding the top spots, as we have witnessed in the past. Haven't we!?.

Citroens were fielding with soft compound tires, which favored them with the wet and damp stages. But for Ford it is difficult to understand why Petter Solberg always chooses the wrong tire choices on almost every round of this championship, however the question is, is it his decision or the team's! 

Latvala was also sporting hard compounds, if not less he also crashed in SS7 after cutting too much into a corner and going off the road into a fence post and getting his car's wheel entangled in the fencing wire.. I mean how dramatic can it get to this finn, ever! Always!? Or is it the issue with the ever consistent Loeb and ex-Ford's and new Loeb's team-mate Mikko Hirvonen. The duo managed 1-2 position at the end of the day and hopes to retain it till the finish.

Well as the golden line with the WRC drivers, "YOU NEVER KNOW"!!!

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FIA - Calls for WRC Time Keeper for 2013 and beyond!

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FIA has officially announced for players into the official timekeeping for WRC rounds from 2013 season, with an optional 2 years of contractual agreement. FIA also announces the call for Official Timing Partner also in the same announcement.

The requirement is detailed in this official document. It is going to be interesting to know how many players are capable of such feat and would be applying.

The existing time keeper is Stage One technolgies, & timing partner is Edox Watches.

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The First Indian MotoGP Racer who finished on Podium!

The MotoGP has seen many legends racing on its circuits from quite a long time, but it took way too many decades to take an Indian on its circuits. So celebrating a first International event Indian winner Sarath Kumar, was supposed to be quite nostalgic! However, it is not quite that way back in his homeland!

Also almost anyone reading this name must be wondering who this young heart might be! It is not very surprising to have such reactions as the matters with motorsports back here in India rarely makes it to the headlines, despite many roaring success in India and beyond!

Give it a try and go with this little video to know more about this racing lad from India!

Sarath Kumar made history by being the first Indian ever to secure a podium in an international motorcycle racing championship. His third place at Monza, Italy, in April this year is today overshadowed by certain realities that could stand in the way of a bright future.

Today, Sarath juggles the work of a taxi driver and that of a professional motorsports racer. His will is strong and the challenges ahead tough. The Indian motorsports eco-system was perhaps not yet ready for his success.

In this touching webisode, Sarath talks candidly about his life and dreams. We believe this history-making youngster has slightly changed the course of our nation's sporting future.

Whatever it is, Sarath Kumar has an iconic status in Indian motorsports fraternity.

Let god bless on these young souls who want to make it big, for themselves and their country!

We wish him the best for his racing future and his personal life too! Go get more trophies for all of us Sarath :)
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WRC 2012 : Round 7, Brother Rally New Zealand

Over-ruling the chaos in FIA & WRC Events, the round 7 of 2012 season kicks off in just 2 days from this moment. Rally New Zealand with chief promoter Brother makes it, an one of the scenic stages along the sea-lined and rich green curvy mountain gravel roads. The roads are very similar to Finland, minus the treacherous landscapes found in here. Almost all drivers love these roads, experienced or not, is what makes it a must have on the calendar.

Joy is doubled when one can find exceptionally enthusiastic local and international fans alongside the stages/roads to find their heroes charging past those flowing curvy gravel surfaced country roads and small stretches on tarmac sections too. It is one of a kind to watch, for sure!

This years rally has about 14 WRC cars fighting for the top spot, five in S2000 [SWRC] class, and 18 production class, out of which 9 competing for points in PWRC, the rest of the field with 2WD cars for a grand total of 42 cars lined-up in the start line. Well, thats a treat for the eyes and ears.. isn't it! The highlights of this rally is the return of Dani Sordo in Prodrive's Mini WRC, Louise Cook's entry in production car [sans points scoring], Colin's younger brother along with P.G.Anderson in the factory team Proton Satrio Neo S2000 cars.

This rally was first induced into the WRC in 1977, and ever since, it was cherised both by drivers and its fans. The previous winner Jari.M.Latvala is the one to beat here and every one among the top 5 in the drivers list are anticipated to make it to the top, also not forgetting Dani Sordo, who is equally capable. VW Motorsports will be absent from this round, as they seem little too busy in developing the much awaited Polo R WRC in the coming season. Well it is quite a task in developing a WRC car ain't it!?

For more news about this rally can be found at our LIVE-Channel, exclusive and instantly updated report at WRC-Channel's page.
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Gareth Roberts - A Tribute

In an unfortunate incident that shook the IRC community and motorsports world early yesterday, has left us short of one more rising star! Gareth Roberts, who parted us at a very chirping and young at just over 24 departed the rallying scene forever while doing his beloved part of his life.. co-driving (navigating) in the 5th round of IRC Targo Florio Rally's special stage 8.

Gareth was co-driving for Craig Breen since 2009 since they paired up for rallies to come after. The pair won the inaugural FIA Academy in the WRC, in the previous season - 2011.

Gareth Roberts, from Wales, GB, was trained as an electrician for living and was very much involved in motorsports from a very young age and did is successfully to claim the FIA Academy championship too. We recall Craig Breen had once saying, "Gareth is a magician, he’s incredible how he gets every note out so quickly. I couldn’t do it without him."

Let the almighty give enough strength for his family, friends, and fans alike, to bear the loss of the soul lost. 

Rest in peace, Gareth Roberts! We will miss you!!
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