2018 Calendars: WRC & ERC

2018 FIA World Rally Championship

WRC

The WRC is the highest level of special stage rallying and features iconic events such as Rallye Monte-Carlo and Rally Finland.

Later in this post are details of the FIA European Rally Championship (underneath the WRC info).

WRC Google/iCal Calendar links:   ICAL  -or-  HTML

For more championships click here.

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Dakar 2012 – Stage 2

Stage 2

Santa Rosa de la Pampa > San Rafael

Route

Over 200km of road section leads into a 290km special stage on dirt and rock tracks, with some dunes at the end.

Magazine (1min):

Some of the top entries in the car category.

Stage 2 Summary (3min):

The Hummers on a charge!

Videos from the official Dakar YouTube channel / ASO.

Standings

Don’t read this until you’ve seen the videos.

Today – Bikes

1. Coma (KTM)
2. Despres (KTM) +1m18s
3. Barreda Bort (Husqvarna) +2m33s
4. Lopez (Aprilia) +2m44s
5. Przygonski (KTM) +4m17s

Overall – Bikes

1. Coma (KTM)
2. Lopez (Aprilia) +2m30s
3. Despres (KTM) +2m52s
4. Przygonski (KTM) +4m52s
4. Barreda Bort (Husqvarna) +8m16s

Today – Cars

1. Al-Attiyah (Hummer)
2. Peterhansel (MINI) +54s
3. Gordon (Hummer) +2m42s
4. Holowcyc (MINI) +3m31s
5. Roma (MINI) +4m15s

Overall – Cars

1. Peterhansel (MINI)
2. Gordon (Hummer) +2m28s
3. Holowcyc (MINI) +2m33s
4. De Villiers (Toyota) +3m49s
5. Roma (MINI) +5m32s

Only on stage 2 but the time gaps are starting to appear. This rally is about survival though, it can all change yet.

Dakar 2012 – Stage 1

The first motorsport event of any year is the Dakar Rally, which for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere is a great winter-warmer reminding us what it is like not to be cold (though thankfully the winter has been mild in the UK this season – so far) whilst also providing us a racing fix.

The organisers release ~3-minute highlight packages of each stage which are a great way to get a Dakar fix without a lot of commitment, so if you haven’t followed much of this year’s rally or want to relive it, do take a look. There are also short ‘magazine’ segments of about a minute. I’ll be posting videos here over the next week, all you have to do is come back here every day and watch no more than ten minutes of amazing footage. I wish I’d remembered these videos earlier rather than on the day the competitors contested Stage 10, so I’ll aim to post two stages per evening to catch up.

For those wanting more detail, there are 30-40 minute recap shows available on Eurosport (Europe), NBC Sports (USA), SBS (Australia), France Television (France) and other networks around the world. I watch those shows because they are good fun, but obviously it is a big commitment to ask everybody to do that for a fortnight. Do watch these shorter 3min videos for a taste of the action.

This year the rally travels from the Atlantic coast of Argentina to the Pacific coasts of Chile and Peru.

Again the rally is contested by different vehicles: bikes, quads, cars and trucks. My main interest lies with the cars (a fleet of (big) MINIs against Robby Gordon and Nasser al-Attiyah in Hummers, what a contrast!) and then the bikes (featuring an epic battle between Marc Coma and Cyril Despres), but the trucks and quads can be fun sometimes too. The videos should typically open with the bikes and then cover the cars.

Stage 1

Mara del Plata > Santa Rosa de la Pampa

Route

A short warm-up stage of just 57km to get things going, but with a long road section of 700km afterwards to get the competitors deep into Argentina.

Intro (1min):

Stage Summary (3min):

Sadly one of the characters of the Dakar was out on day one, Alfie Cox’s Volvo went up in flames.

Videos from the official Dakar YouTube channel / ASO.

Standings

Don’t read this until you’ve seen the videos – spoilers!

Bikes

1. Lopez (Aprilia)
2. Coma (KTM)
3. Pizzolito (Honda)
4. Cody (Honda)
5. Przygonski (KTM)

Cars

1. Novitskiy (MINI)
2. Holowcyc (MINI)
3. Peterhansel (MINI)
4. De Villiers (Toyota)
5. Gordon (Hummer)

Early days yet though.

2012 Race Schedules

For the last two seasons I’ve created race schedules for use in Google Calendar, iCal, Outlook and any other compatible diary system. 2012 is no exception and I can now announce the calendars for the year ahead are now, mostly, complete!

IWTMR Motorsport Calendar for May 2012 (click for Large)

If you want to track some of your favourite series and events, just load your selection of racing categories into your calendar so that you can make plans to watch live or set the DVR – and hopefully never miss another race!

Please go to the Calendar page for futher details and updates.