2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge season

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2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge season
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The 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge was the fifth season of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge. The season consisted of twelve rounds and started on 19 January with the 78° Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo. The season ended on November 6, at the FxPro Cyprus Rally.

Juho Hänninen became the drivers' champion after winning Rally Scotland, the third of his rally wins during the season. Hänninen also won in Argentina and Sardinia as he finished on the podium in ten of the eleven events that he contested during the season, of which three wins and four second places counted towards the championship's best seven scores rule. Škoda Motorsport team-mate Jan Kopecký finished in second place, some 18 points behind Hänninen. Although not as consistent as his team-mate, Kopecký won one event during the season, winning in the Canary Islands.

Third place was claimed by the top Peugeot driver and reigning champion Kris Meeke, after a third place in Scotland took him ahead of Freddy Loix. Meeke's season was blighted by errors of which retiring from five of the eleven events he contested but did take a win in Brazil. Despite taking part in four rallies, Loix's tarmac expertise shone through, winning the events in Ypres, Belgium, Madeira and the Czech Republic as well as a third place in Sanremo. Four other drivers took victories during the season; World Rally Championship front-runner Mikko Hirvonen won a one-off outing in Monte Carlo, Bruno Magalhães took his first IRC win in the Azores, Paolo Andreucci won in Sanremo and Nasser Al-Attiyah won in Cyprus when many of the leading contenders skipped the event. Škoda took the manufacturers' championship after the Barum Rally Zlín in the Czech Republic.

Calendar[edit]

The calendar consisted of twelve events run on two continents. Changes for 2010 season included the replacement of Rally Russia, Rally Japan and the Safari Rally with Rally Argentina, Rally d'Italia Sardegna and FxPro Cyprus Rally.[1] In March it was announced that the Rally Islas Canarias would replace the Rally Principe de Asturias as the Spanish round on the schedule, moving from September to April.[2]

Round Dates Event title Rally HQ Surface
1 January 19–23 Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo France Valence Asphalt
2 March 4–6 Rally Internacional de Curitiba Brazil Curitiba Gravel
3 March 19–21 Rally Argentina Argentina Córdoba Gravel
4 April 29 – May 1 Rally Islas Canarias Spain Las Palmas Asphalt
5 June 4–6 Rally d'Italia Sardegna Italy Olbia Gravel
6 June 24–26 Geko Ypres Rally Belgium Ypres Asphalt
7 July 15–17 Sata Rallye Açores Portugal Ponta Delgada Gravel
8 August 5–7 Rali Vinho da Madeira Portugal Funchal Asphalt
9 August 27–29 Barum Czech Rally Zlín Czech Republic Zlín Asphalt
10 September 23–25 Rallye Sanremo Italy Sanremo Asphalt
11 October 15–17[3] RAC MSA Rally of Scotland United Kingdom Perth Gravel
12 November 4–6 FxPro Cyprus Rally Cyprus Limassol Asphalt/Gravel

Selected entries[edit]

M-Sport (Ford) and Subaru became the latest registered manufacturers to join the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, alongside Abarth (Fiat), Honda, Ralliart (Mitsubishi), Peugeot, Proton and Škoda.

Entrant Manufacturer[4] Car Driver Co-driver Tyres Rounds
United Kingdom Peugeot UK[5] Peugeot Peugeot 207 S2000 United Kingdom Kris Meeke Republic of Ireland Paul Nagle BF 1–11
France Peugeot France France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia BF 1
P 5
France Stéphane Sarrazin France Jacques-Julien Renucci BF 1, 6
France Bryan Bouffier France Xavier Panseri BF 9–10
Portugal Peugeot Sport Portugal[5] Portugal Bruno Magalhães Portugal Carlos Magalhães BF 1–8, 10
Austria Interwetten Racing Austria Franz Wittmann Germany Klaus Wicha BF 1, 4–5, 9
Germany Josefine Beinke 12
France Bryan Bouffier France Xavier Panseri BF 12
Italy Kimera Motorsport Italy Luca Betti Italy Alessandro Mattioda BF 1
Italy Pierangelo Scalvini 5
Austria Stohl Racing[6] Brazil Daniel Oliveira Spain Carlos Del Barrio BF 1, 3–4, 6–10
France Denis Giraudet 2
Brazil Armando Miranda 11–12
Belgium Peugeot Team Belux Belgium Thierry Neuville France Nicolas Klinger BF 4–6, 9–11
Saudi Arabia Yazeed Al Rajhi Team Saudi Arabia Yazeed Al Rajhi France Matthieu Baumel BF 5
Italy F.P.F. Sport SRL Italy Paolo Andreucci Italy Anna Andreussi P 5, 10
Turkey Peugeot Team Turkey Turkey Burcu Çetinkaya Turkey Çiçek Güney Y 5–12
Italy Bluthunder Racing Italy Italy Corrado Fontana Italy Nicola Arena P 6, 8–9
Belgium Autostal Duindistel Belgium Pieter Tsjoen Belgium Eddy Chevaillier BF 6
Portugal Amarante Rally Team Portugal Vítor Pascoal Portugal Mário Castro P 7–8
Italy Power Car Team Italy Marco Tempestini Romania Dorin Pulpea P 8
Portugal Team C.D. Nacional da Madeira Portugal Miguel Nunes Portugal Victor Calado BF 8
Cyprus Nicos Thomas Racing Cyprus Nicos Thomas Cyprus Angelos Loizides BF 12
United Kingdom M-Sport Ltd. M-Sport Ford Fiesta S2000 Finland Mikko Hirvonen Finland Jarmo Lehtinen P 1
France Julien Maurin France Gilles Thimonier P 1
Norway Andreas Mikkelsen Norway Ola Fløene H 5–7, 9–12
Argentina Munchi's Ford World Rally Team Argentina Federico Villagra Argentina Jorge Pérez Companc P 3
Spain ESC. Ourense Spain Sergio Vallejo Spain Diego Vallejo P 4
Poland Cersanit Rally Team Poland Michał Sołowow Poland Maciek Baran P 6
Portugal Team Ford Quinta do Lorde Portugal Bernardo Sousa Portugal Nuno Rodrigues da Silva P 7–8
Spain RMC Motorsport Portugal Miguel Campos Portugal Aloisio Monteiro BF 8
Czech Republic Czech Ford Rally Team Czech Republic Jaromír Tarabus Czech Republic Daniel Trunkát BF 9, 12
Czech Republic Martin Prokop Czech Republic Jan Tománek P 12
Italy Car Racing Italy Umberto Scandola Italy Guido D'Amore BF 10
Qatar Barwa Rally Team Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah Italy Giovanni Bernacchini P 12
Czech Republic Škoda Motorsport Škoda Škoda Fabia S2000 Czech Republic Jan Kopecký Czech Republic Petr Starý BF 1–10
Finland Juho Hänninen Finland Mikko Markkula BF 1–11
France Nicolas Vouilloz France Benjamin Veillas BF 1
Belgium Freddy Loix Belgium Frédéric Miclotte BF 6, 8–10
United Kingdom Škoda UK United Kingdom Guy Wilks United Kingdom Phil Pugh BF 1–5, 9–11
Qatar Barwa Rally Team Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah Italy Giovanni Bernacchini P 3
Spain A.C. Principado de Asturias Spain Alberto Hevia Spain Alberto Iglesias BF 4
Belgium René Georges Rally Sport Belgium Bernd Casier Belgium Francis Caesemaeker BF 6
Czech Republic Škoda Delimax Czech National Team Czech Republic Pavel Valoušek Czech Republic Zdeněk Hrůza BF 9
Czech Republic Mogul Racing Team Czech Republic Roman Kresta Czech Republic Petr Gross BF 9
Jordan Motortune Racing Lebanon Roger Feghali Lebanon Joseph Matar BF 12
Italy Astra Racing Abarth Abarth Grande Punto S2000 Finland Toni Gardemeister Finland Tomi Tuominen BF 1
Italy Procar Italy Luca Rossetti Italy Matteo Chiarcossi BF 8
Italy Abarth & C. Spa 10
Italy Giandomenico Basso Italy Mitia Dotta BF 10
Finland Tommi Mäkinen Racing Subaru Subaru Impreza WRX STI France Bryan Bouffier France Xavier Panseri BF 1
Argentina Barattero Argentina Gabriel Pozzo Argentina Daniel Stillo P 3
Argentina Claudio Menzi Argentina Diego Cagnotti P 3
Italy Motoring Club Finland Teemu Arminen Finland Tuomo Nikkola BF 5
Italy Movisport Italy Luigi Ricci Italy Christine Pfister Y 5
Japan Subaru Team Arai Japan Toshihiro Arai United Kingdom Daniel Barrit P 6
Brazil Intercontinental Motul Ralliart Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX Brazil Oswaldo Scheer Brazil Gilvan Jablonski Y 2
Brazil Sidinei Bröering 3
Brazil Eduardo Scheer Brazil Geferson Pavinatto Y 2–3
Argentina Tango Rally Team Argentina Federico Bassi Argentina Jorge García Quiroga BF 3
Argentina Agustín Elvíra Argentina Oscar Tagle BF 3
Argentina Agustín Rossi Argentina Leonardo Suaya BF 3
Argentina Gonzalo Monarca Argentina Laureano Grigera BF 3
Portugal Team Além Mar Portugal Ricardo Moura Portugal Sancho Eiró BF 7
Portugal António Costa 8
Czech Republic EuroOil Čepro Czech National Team Czech Republic Václav Pech Czech Republic Petr Uhel BF 9
Japan Advan-Piaa Rally Team Japan Fumio Nutahara Japan Hakaru Ichino Y 9
United Kingdom DGM Sport United Kingdom Jonathan Greer United Kingdom Dai Roberts P 11
United Kingdom David Bogie Rallying United Kingdom David Bogie United Kingdom Kevin Rae P 11
Czech Republic Kresta Racing Czech Republic Roman Kresta Czech Republic Petr Gross P

H

12
Argentina Tango Rally Team Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X Argentina Nicolas Madero Argentina Guillermo Piazzano BF 3
Argentina Marcos Ligato Argentina Rubén García BF 3
Argentina Luciano Bernardi Argentina Fabian Cretu BF 3
Argentina Alejandro Cancio Argentina Santiego García BF 3
Argentina Juan Jose Gil de Marchi Argentina Mauro Albornoz BF 3
Spain Escudería GPR Sport Spain Rubén Gracia Spain Diego Sanjuan BF 4
United Kingdom JRM Racing Sweden Per-Gunnar Andersson Sweden Anders Fredriksson P 5
Netherlands Heuvel Motor Sport Netherlands Jasper ven den Heuvel Netherlands Martine Kolman P 6
Malaysia Proton R3 Malaysia Rally Team Proton Proton Satria Neo S2000 Australia Chris Atkinson Belgium Stéphane Prévot BF 6–7
United Kingdom Alister McRae Australia Bill Hayes BF 6–7, 11
United Kingdom Tom Cave United Kingdom Craig Parry BF 6–7, 11
United Kingdom Niall McShea United Kingdom Marshall Clarke BF 9–10
Republic of Ireland Keith Cronin Republic of Ireland Barry McNulty BF 9, 11
France Gilles Panizzi Monaco Freddy Delorme BF 10
Estonia Catwees Honda Racing Honda Honda Civic Type-R R3 Estonia Siim Plangi Estonia Marek Sarapuu BF 9, 11

Results[edit]

Round Rally name Podium finishers
Rank Driver Car Time
1 Monaco/France 78è Rallye Monte-Carlo
(January 19–23) — Results and report
1 Finland Mikko Hirvonen Ford Fiesta S2000 4:32:58.5
2 Finland Juho Hänninen Škoda Fabia S2000 4:34:49.9
3 France Nicolas Vouilloz Škoda Fabia S2000 4:36:17.6
2 Brazil Rally Internacional de Curitiba
(March 4–6) — Results and report
1 United Kingdom Kris Meeke Peugeot 207 S2000 1:42:45.4
2 United Kingdom Guy Wilks Škoda Fabia S2000 1:43:32.1
3 Finland Juho Hänninen Škoda Fabia S2000 1:44:05.6
3 Argentina Rally Argentina
(March 19–21) — Results and report
1 Finland Juho Hänninen Škoda Fabia S2000 2:30:38.1
2 United Kingdom Guy Wilks Škoda Fabia S2000 2:31:29.1
3 Czech Republic Jan Kopecký Škoda Fabia S2000 2:32:58.2
4 Spain Rally Islas Canarias
(April 29 – May 1) — Results and report
1 Czech Republic Jan Kopecký Škoda Fabia S2000 2:12:27.4
2 Finland Juho Hänninen Škoda Fabia S2000 2:12:36.5
3 United Kingdom Guy Wilks Škoda Fabia S2000 2:13:03.8
5 Italy Rally d'Italia Sardegna
(June 4–6) — Results and report
1 Finland Juho Hänninen Škoda Fabia S2000 2:31:28.6
2 Italy Paolo Andreucci Peugeot 207 S2000 2:32:04.2
3 Czech Republic Jan Kopecký Škoda Fabia S2000 2:32:06.8
6 Belgium Geko Ypres Rally
(June 24–26) — Results and report
1 Belgium Freddy Loix Škoda Fabia S2000 2:35:36.9
2 Czech Republic Jan Kopecký Škoda Fabia S2000 2:35:58.3
3 Belgium Thierry Neuville Peugeot 207 S2000 2:37:42.4
7 Portugal Sata Rallye Açores
(July 15–17) — Results and report
1 Portugal Bruno Magalhães Peugeot 207 S2000 2:34:00.4
2 United Kingdom Kris Meeke Peugeot 207 S2000 2:35:00.5
3 Finland Juho Hänninen Škoda Fabia S2000 2:35:21.1
8 Portugal Rali Vinho da Madeira
(August 5–7) — Results and report
1 Belgium Freddy Loix Škoda Fabia S2000 3:08:14.3
2 Czech Republic Jan Kopecký Škoda Fabia S2000 3:08:52.1
3 Finland Juho Hänninen Škoda Fabia S2000 3:10:40.1
9 Czech Republic Barum Czech Rally Zlín
(August 27–29) — Results and report
1 Belgium Freddy Loix Škoda Fabia S2000 2:31:31.0
2 Finland Juho Hänninen Škoda Fabia S2000 2:31:56.0
3 Czech Republic Pavel Valoušek Škoda Fabia S2000 2:32:51.2
10 Italy Rallye Sanremo
(September 23–25) — Results and report
1 Italy Paolo Andreucci Peugeot 207 S2000 2:35:32.7
2 Finland Juho Hänninen Škoda Fabia S2000 2:35:37.1
3 Belgium Freddy Loix Škoda Fabia S2000 2:36:06.8
11 United Kingdom Rally Scotland
(October 15–17) — Results and report
1 Finland Juho Hänninen Škoda Fabia S2000 2:01:07.4
2 Norway Andreas Mikkelsen Ford Fiesta S2000 2:01:32.9
3 United Kingdom Kris Meeke Peugeot 207 S2000 2:04:31.6
12 Cyprus Cyprus Rally
(November 4–6) — Results and report
1 Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah Ford Fiesta S2000 3:11:53.5
2 Lebanon Roger Feghali Škoda Fabia S2000 3:12:24.2
3 Czech Republic Martin Prokop Ford Fiesta S2000 3:16:35.5

Standings[edit]

Drivers[edit]

  • Only the best seven scores from each driver counted towards the championship.
Pos Driver MON
Monaco
CUR
Brazil
ARG
Argentina
CAN
Spain
SAR
Italy
YPR
Belgium
AZO
Portugal
MAD
Portugal
ZLI
Czech Republic
SAN
Italy
SCO
United Kingdom
CYP
Cyprus
 T. Pts   Drop   Pts 
1 Finland Juho Hänninen 2 3 1 2 1 Ret 3 3 2 2 1 80 18 62
2 Czech Republic Jan Kopecký 5 4 3 1 3 2 Ret 2 Ret 6 50 3 47
3 United Kingdom Kris Meeke Ret 1 Ret 4 Ret Ret 2 Ret 4 4 3 39 39
4 Belgium Freddy Loix 1 1 1 3 36 36
5 Portugal Bruno Magalhães 7 5 6 5 5 6 1 Ret 10 30 30
6 United Kingdom Guy Wilks 6 2 2 3 Ret 7 Ret Ret 27 27
7 Norway Andreas Mikkelsen Ret 5 4 5 Ret 2 Ret 21 21
8 Italy Paolo Andreucci 2 1 18 18
9 Belgium Thierry Neuville Ret 4 3 Ret 8 Ret 12 12
10 Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah Ret 1 10 10
11 Finland Mikko Hirvonen 1 10 10
12 Lebanon Roger Feghali 2 8 8
13 Czech Republic Martin Prokop 3 6 6
14 Czech Republic Pavel Valoušek 3 6 6
15 France Nicolas Vouilloz 3 6 6
16 Czech Republic Jaromír Tarabus 8 4 6 6
17 France Stéphane Sarrazin 4 Ret 5 5
18 United Kingdom David Bogie 4 5 5
19 Belgium Bernd Casier 4 5 5
20 Portugal Miguel Nunes 4 5 5
21 Argentina Gabriel Pozzo 4 5 5
22 Portugal Ricardo Moura 5 10 4 4
23 Italy Luca Rossetti Ret 5 4 4
24 Portugal Vítor Sá 5 4 4
25 Cyprus Nicos Thomas 5 4 4
26 Argentina Federico Villagra 5 4 4
27 Estonia Siim Plangi Ret 6 4 4
28 Portugal Vítor Pascoal 6 18 3 3
29 Czech Republic Roman Kresta Ret 6 3 3
30 Brazil Eduardo Scheer 6 Ret 3 3
31 Finland Teemu Arminen 6 3 3
32 Portugal Filipe Freitas 6 3 3
33 Spain Alberto Hevia 6 3 3
34 Czech Republic Václav Pech 6 3 3
35 Republic of Ireland Eamonn Boland 19 7 3 3
36 Brazil Daniel Oliveira 20 7 Ret Ret Ret 21 Ret Ret Ret Ret 2 2
37 Italy Giandomenico Basso 7 2 2
38 Argentina Nicolás Madero 7 2 2
39 Portugal João Magalhães 7 2 2
40 Italy Luigi Ricci 7 2 2
41 Poland Michał Sołowow 7 2 2
42 Cyprus Charalambos Timotheou 7 2 2
43 Portugal Pedro Vale 7 2 2
44 Turkey Burcu Çetinkaya Ret Ret 19 44 38 8 15 2 2
45 Spain Ruben Gracia 12 2 2
46 Italy Daniele Batistini 8 1 1
47 Italy Luca Betti Ret 8 1 1
48 Paraguay Diego Domínguez 8 1 1
49 Portugal Sérgio Silva 8 1 1
50 Cyprus Constantinos Tingirides 8 1 1
51 France Jean-Sébastien Vigion 8 1 1
52 United Kingdom Harry Hunt 34 12 Ret 49 48 9 19 1 1
53 Portugal Pedro Peres 9 1 1
54 Brazil Marcos Tokarski 11 1 1
55 Spain Sergio Vallejo 13 1 1
Pos Driver MON
Monaco
CUR
Brazil
ARG
Argentina
CAN
Spain
SAR
Italy
YPR
Belgium
AZO
Portugal
MAD
Portugal
ZLI
Czech Republic
SAN
Italy
SCO
United Kingdom
CYP
Cyprus
 T. Pts   Drop   Pts 
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Black Excluded (EX)
White Did not start (DNS)
Blank Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

Manufacturers[edit]

  • Only the best seven scores from each manufacturer counted towards the championship.
Pos Manufacturer MON
Monaco
CUR
Brazil
ARG
Argentina
CAN
Spain
SAR
Italy
YPR
Belgium
AZO
Portugal
MAD
Portugal
ZLI
Czech Republic
SAN
Italy
SCO
United Kingdom
CYP
Cyprus
 T. Pts   Drop   Pts 
1 Czech Republic Škoda 14 14 18 18 16 18 6 18 18 14 10 8 172 52 120
2 France Peugeot 7 14 3 9 13 9 18 9 5 15 8 4 114 27 87
3 United Kingdom M-Sport 10 0 4 1 0 6 5 0 5 0 9 16 56 1 55
4 Japan Ralliart 0 3 3 2 0 0 6 5 3 0 8 5 35 2 33
5 Japan Subaru 0 0 5 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 11
6 Italy Abarth 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 6 6
Pos Manufacturer MON
Monaco
CUR
Brazil
ARG
Argentina
CAN
Spain
SAR
Italy
YPR
Belgium
AZO
Portugal
MAD
Portugal
ZLI
Czech Republic
SAN
Italy
SCO
United Kingdom
CYP
Cyprus
 T. Pts   Drop   Pts 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2010 International Series: Intercontinental Rally Challenge" (PDF). fia.com (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile). 2009-12-18. Retrieved 2009-12-19. 
  2. ^ "Rally Islas Canarias joins IRC schedule". ircseries.com (Intercontinental Rally Challenge). 2010-03-16. Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  3. ^ "Revised date for Rally of Scotland". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 2010-02-11. Retrieved 2010-02-11. 
  4. ^ "Manufacturers". ircseries.com. Intercontinental Rally Challenge. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  5. ^ a b "78e Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo 2010" (PDF). Intercontinental Rally Challenge (Monte Carlo Rally). 2010-01-11. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  6. ^ "Eight IRC events for young Brazilian Oliveira". ircseries.com (Intercontinental Rally Challenge). 2010-01-19. Retrieved 2010-03-03. 

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