IRC - 2012 : Barum Czech Rally [Day 1]

Barum Czech Rally - Day 1 kicked off with a superb SSS with just a little over 9kms of stage. The stage was reportedly wet, but no rains prevalent during the course of the rally, however a spectator was found to be indisciplined which stalled the stage for a few minutes until organisers intervened.

The Shakedown stage held yesterday was pretty action packed too with almost the entire competition at atmost attack regardless of the group or class of the cars and their teams.

A whopping 99 cars took start for the Leg 1 of the rally with a minute gap between each starting car, in reverse order though.

SS1 : Results

Pos. No. Driver / Co-driver
Group SS time Aver. speed
1 14
Kostka Tomáš / Houšť M.
Škoda Fabia S2000
2 00:07:40.0 73.25
2 3
Kopecký Jan / Dresler Pavel
Škoda Fabia S2000
2 00:07:43.0 72.78
3 15
Barrable Robert / Loudon Stuart
Škoda Fabia S2000
2 00:07:44.7 72.51
4 19
Orsák Jaroslav / Šmeidler David
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
3 00:07:45.2 72.43
5 1
Hänninen Juho / Markkula Mikko
Škoda Fabia S2000
2 00:07:46.4 72.25
Results courtesy
Complete results can be seen at this link

  • Competitor #9 - Valoušek Pavel / Kostka Lukáš: technical problem - engine in SS 1, DNF, 
  • Competitor #61 - Chentre Elwis / D'Herin Igor broken wheel, however completed the stage,
  • Competitor #89 - Kašík Martin / Uhřík Karel, retired in SS 1,
  • Competitor #104 - Yakimakho Dmitri / Zakharava Volha, technical problem,
  • Competitor #68 - Štefan Roman / Šillerová Klára, technical problem before start.

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Yesterday's Shakedown stage action.

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Barum Czech Rally - Tests

On the preparation of the rally, almost all of the teams tested their machines for the best setup and handling. Below are the videos of the respective tests of their machines and crews.

The tests are now becoming more common and essential these days even with the privateers nowadays as the competition gets more serious and demanding.

Test of Peugeot Delimax Total team before Barum Czech Rally Zlín 2012, Pavel Valoušek - Lukáš Kostka / Peugeot 207 S2000 Evolution.

Odložilík Roman, Koči Martin, Orsák Jaroslav, Březík Martin

Polish-italian test before 2012 Barum Rally Zlin. Luca Rossetti, a former Peugeot factory driver, shared with us his valuable advice.

Rajdem Barum. Gościem zespołu Synthos Cersanit Rally Team był Włoch Luca Rossetti.

Test of Andreas Mikkelsen, Sepp Wiegand nad Tomáš Kostka before Barum Czech Rally Zlín 2012

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Mystery Driver tests Ford Fiesta RS WRC @ French race track!

The rumour is that a mystery tarmac expert was testing Ford Fiesta RS WRC, in the Circuit des Ecuyers test track near the French town of Château-Thierry. He was accompanied along with both the top Ford drivers, Solberg & Latvala, while the team's Technical Director, Christian Loriaux was happy with the feedback from the new driver.

Loriaux was however stirred up when Kubica's name was speculated, and reported that all went well with the testing. It was obvious since that Latvala will be moving out of Ford at the end of the season to VW Motorsports. There was no official confirmation about Kubica by Ford WRC team.

Robert Kubica has been in the recovering corrective surgery recently after his accident in a Skoda S2000 car, nearly 18months ago in Italy early last year. The below video is however making round in the internet, which is more likely to be Ford's testing in Baumholder area, pre-Rally Germany. Whatever, it will be really nice if he is back at the sport's top most seat. This has come at a time when Kimi has expressed his love for the sport. Could this be him either? !!

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IRC [2012] Round 9 : Barum Czech Rally Zlin

In about 2 days from now, the ninth round of the IRC season 2012, the 42nd Barum Czech Rally kicks off at the city of Zlin. The entry list of total 123 cars is impressive and has about 29 S2000 cars, 33 PWRC/R4, and the rest in being the 2wd cars. As a special, Thierry Neuville will be driving in a Peugeot 207 S2000 car, Czech Rally Legend Emil Triner is returning after 6 year gap, Ekaterina Stratieva also makes a return to the IRC round this time.

Barum is a local tyre maker from Czech who is a longtime partner to the event. Barum Czech Rally Zlín includes about 260 km of special stages covered with various types of tarmac. Zlín is located in the valley, surrounded by wooden hills offering splended scenery and diverse landscape. Moravian regional town Zlín is about 300 km east from the capital Prague and about 200 km north from Austrian capital Vienna.

The documents of the rally for reference,

Action clip from last year..

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WRC - 2012 : Sebastien Loeb crowned at ADAC Rallye Deustchland [Germany]

Sebastien Loeb is the King!! He is the unstoppable.. especially on the hard and sealed surface, whatever the conditions. Period.

The 9th round of the WRC season 2012, Rallye Deutschland was dominated by Loeb since day 1, which he has kept it till the end to claim the top honors in style. The event first held in 1982 in the German Rally Calendar, was included into the WRC calendar since 2002 [except for 2009] and had been dominated for 8-long dominance by this french-man, until last year, which he lost it to his compatriot Sebastien Ogier after he lost time in an unexpected puncture of his left front wheel of his Citroen DS3 WRC. As for this year, as we all know that Ogier has moved to VW and not in the WRC car and  hence no virtual threat was spelled with just a brief Ott Tanak & JM Latvala managing to claim a few stage wins.

In the penultimate stage of the rally, Norwegian Mads Ostberg goes faster ahead of the lot, much ahead of his compatriot and Ford WRT driver Petter Solberg. It was understood that Loeb wouldn't do any silly thing to loose his super advantageous position with nearly a 2 minute with the nearest rival Latvala. But after the last split Mads lost his lead ended 2nd fastest, Dani Sordo finished 3rd, however Petter [being fastest] took his revenge with the German Rally after his crashing his car's right rear wheel against a rock yesterday at Panzerplatte 2. Rally Leaders, Latvala, Loeb & Mikko were 5th, 6th & 7th fastest through the rain-hit wet stage.

The last and the most celebrated Stage of the rally, Circus Maximus in the heart of the city Trier is the Power Stage of the rally. Last year, Loeb had snatched those vital max. 3 points as he had lost his first place to Ogier after a puncture.

But, this year it was Loeb again, taking those 25+3 points into his kitty account for the Championship chase! Mikko takes the third with 15 + 2 points from the second fastest in power-stage, and surprisingly it was Nasser Al-Attiyah Andreas Mikkelsen who takes the 1 point by being third fastest in Circus Maximus. Latvala might not have taken any of those extra points, but makes 18 points to his account by the second place on the podium.

Complete report of the event is compiled here
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