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TheDogBox #84 - WRC Rally Wales

Tue, 04 Dec 2007 04:17:03 PST

Play Show, or Right-Click to DownloadThis is the 84th and final 'DogBox'. Thank you to everyone who has downloaded and listened to the show, and the rally fans, from all over the world, who emailed me to share their enthusiasm for rallying and motorsport in general. It's been great fun producing the show over the last two years. Bruce.The last WRC event of 2007 and Marcus Gronholm's 150th and final event.Marcus didn't get the fairy-tale ending he'd hoped for. A strong second place behind team-mate Mikko Hirvonen was the best he could muster, while Sebastien Loeb hung on for third place, good enough to claim the 2007 drivers title.Rally Wales really threw the conditions at the crews, the rain and mud made even more difficult by stages run in darkness. And after an off late on day one, Jari-Matti Latvala showed just what he could do by winning the bulk of the stages on the final two days.There's a new generation of drivers waiting to take centre-stage, but 2007 will go down as one of the classic years in WRC history. Photos courtesy of Taz and Estoril.And don't forget to check out Phil Wilson's great sequence of Andreas Mikkelsen's stage 9 roll.Music this week from:Los Campesinos - You! Me! Dancing! Rather than offer some obvious comparisons, we'll just tell you that this band plays songs that are kind of melodic, maybe even 'joyous'.You can purchase Los Campesinos from eMusic, and this track comes courtesy of Arts & Crafts.Howard Jones - Just Look At You Now. It was in 1983 that Howard Jones released his first single ‘New Song’ in the UK. The expectation was that it might sell a few thousand copies and introduce his fresh new music to an unsuspecting world.The reality was quite different. His second album spawned a series of hits including ‘Like To Get To Know You Well’, ‘Look Mama’, ‘Things Can Only Get Better’ and the classic ‘No One Is To Blame’ which reached No.1 in the U.S. singles chart and has since had over 3 million radio plays in USA.Background music: Cargo Cult - 'Helium' (courtesy of Magnatune). Incidental music by Derek K. Miller.If you like the song, email the artist and let them know. Or, better still, buy a CD!Technorati Tags: Rally Wales, Marcus Gronholm, Mikko Hirvonen, Petter Solberg, Chris Atkinson, Sebastien Loeb, Dani Sordo, Henning Solberg, ARC, Australian Rally Championship, V8 Supercars, V8SC [...]


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TheDogBox #83 - WRC Season Round Up

Sun, 25 Nov 2007 12:11:47 PST

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(image) With just one week to go before the final round of the WRC for 2007, what better time could there be to catch up with Amberie Kat of What in the World Rally?

Amberie is a keen observer, commentator and fan of the WRC, and we get her thoughts on the '07 season and the performances of the leading drivers.(image)


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TheDogBox #82 - WRC Rally Ireland

Mon, 19 Nov 2007 12:56:34 PST

Play Show, or Right-Click to DownloadSebastien Loeb may have let Marcus Gronholm off the hook in Japan, but he certainly wasn't going to make the same mistake twice. Gronholm's exit on stage 4 opened the door for Loeb to take a six point lead in the championship with just one round to go.With Dani Sordo safely in second place, Jari-Matti Latvala pushed up into third place, while Mikko Hirvonnen stayed out of trouble in fourth, capturing enough points for Ford to take their second Manufacturers Championship. Photos courtesy of www.rallyireland.org.Music this week from:Pier Nineteen - Spiders and Webs. "The album is not only one of the most impressive recordings by a Galway band over the last few years but is probably as good as any album released by an Irish artist in quite a while" - Galway Advertiser. You can purchase the CD directly from the Pier Nineteen web site.Open Door Policy - Bending Out of Design. The band's sound combines infectious melody and clever dynamics to create energetic songs brimming with explosive choruses and lyrical positivity.Luka Bloom - Sunny Sailor Boy. Like many Irish familes, Luka comes from a family of singers, first going on tour with older brother, Christy Moore, in 1969. He was just 14 at the time, and since has played his songs in clubs, theatres, fesitivals, bars, arenas and dives all over the world. From McGanns in Boston to The Tivoli in Brisbane to Red Hot Club in Newbridge.Luka Bloom is available through Big Sky Records or iTunes.Background music: Cargo Cult - 'Helium' (courtesy of Magnatune). Incidental music by Derek K. Miller.If you like the song, email the artist and let them know. Or, better still, buy a CD!Technorati Tags: Rally Ireland, Marcus Gronholm, Mikko Hirvonnen, Petter Solberg, Chris Atkinson, Sebastien Loeb, Francois Duval, Dani Sordo, Henning Solberg, ARC, Australian Rally Championship, V8 Supercars, V8SC [...]


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TheDogBox #81 - ARC Rally of Melbourne

Wed, 14 Nov 2007 17:50:58 PST

Play Show, or Right-Click to DownloadToo big, too strong. Simon Evans and the Toyota team take home another series, clinching his second-straight championship during leg 1 of Rally of Melbourne.We got all the action from both legs, including interviews with Michael Guest, Glen Raymond, Spencer Lowndes, Brendan Reeves, Les Walkden, and the series champ Simon Evans. Photos courtesy of Toyota Racing Development, Pirtek Rally Team and paulbatten.com.Music this week from:The Exploders - I Can't Dance. It's not about where you're from, it's all about where you're at. Or in the case of Lake Bolac's finest sons The Exploders, where you're going. It may be a long way to the top if you wanna rock & roll, but The Exploders are showing every sign of making it with their second album 'Easy and the Sun', available through Rubber Records.Buy it from the iTunes Music StoreJosh Owen Band - Can I Get a Witness. "A sexy fusion of cataclysmic soul rhythms and white hot funk." - Buzz Magazine. The Josh Owen Band have seen both their debut independent album and EP receive massive critical acclaim and airplay all over Australia.The CD are available for purchase from their web site.If you like the song, email the artist and let them know. Or, better still, buy a CD!Background music: Cargo Cult - 'Wed' (courtesy of Magnatune). Incidental music by Derek K. Miller.Technorati Tags: Rally Melbourne, Simon Evans, Neal Bates, Eli Evans, Dean Herridge, Michael Guest, Darren Windus, Brenden Reeves, Super 2000 Toyota Corolla, Super 2000 Ford Fiesta ARC, Australian Rally Championship, V8 Supercars, V8SC, Formula 1 [...]


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APRC Live - Rally China

Wed, 14 Nov 2007 01:06:01 PST

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Cody Crocker only needed to cross the start line to claim a second APRC title. But he went further, and while his rivals fell away during the opening day, Crocker powered on, not only taking APRC win, but the overall rally victory ahead of higher-profile European drivers.

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Unfortunately for the MRF team, China provided no joy. Katsu Taguchi crashed out during the first morning, while Jussi Valimaki and Gaurav Gill were forced to stop thanks to contaminated fuel.

However China proved to be a treat for Brian Green, the only APRC driver, apart from Crocker, not to fall foul to the Chinese roads. He not only took second place on the podium, but also fourth for the series.(image)


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TheDogBox #80 - WRC Rally Japan

Mon, 29 Oct 2007 20:34:32 PDT

Play Show, or Right-Click to DownloadWe take a look at this years unbelievable Rally Japan. Just when you thought Marcus Gronholm had handed Sebastien Loeb a third-straight series title, Loeb crashed. The attrition rate was high, giving some of the series less visible competitors the chance to shine.Mikko Hirvonen and Dani Sordo finished 1-2 for Ford and Citroen, while Henning Solberg and Matthew Wilson put in a great finish for Stobart, just ahead of Luis Perez Companc and Federico Villagra in the Munchis cars. Photos courtesy of Rally Japan.Music this week from:Lukas - Feels Like Home. Lukas have spent the last year at various locations along the coast of NSW crafting songs with honest lyrics, strong, soaring melodies and killer hooks. Their brand-new EP, 'You and Me', launches on November 3, and will be available from their web site.Two Loons For Tea - Monkey. Two Loons for Tea is a Seattle-based dream-pop super-group reminiscent of Zero 7 or Portishead. As a live group, "Two Loons for Tea could open for [anyone from] Tricky to Willie Nelson and chances are they'd win over either audience" (Lollipop Magazine). Two Loons For Tea is available through Sarathan Records, or Amazon.com.Javelinas - Seven Sisters. With a sound as vast at the Midwestern rust belt, Chicago’s Javelinas have crafted a traditionally familiar sound all their own. The new album 'Seven Sisters' (Kentland Records), follows up their 2005 debut 'Dirtbath', taps into the psyche and history of Midwestern hard-living truths.You can purchase 'Seven Sisters' from CD Baby.Background music: Cargo Cult - 'Fifth' and 'Helium' (courtesy of Magnatune). Incidental music by Derek K. Miller.If you like the song, email the artist and let them know. Or, better still, buy a CD!Technorati Tags: Rally Japan, Marcus Gronholm, Mikko Hirvonnen, Petter Solberg, Chris Atkinson, Sebastien Loeb, Francois Duval, Dani Sordo, Henning Solberg, ARC, Australian Rally Championship, V8 Supercars, V8SC [...]


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TheDogBox #79 - Chris Atkinson

Mon, 22 Oct 2007 04:18:37 PDT

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(image) With a week off before Rally Japan, I thought now would be great time to catch up with Chris Atkinson. While the Subaru team will carry the weight of local expectation, Rally Japan is an event where Chris has had a fair degree of success.

I caught up with him on Friday night, just as he and the rest of the Subaru World Rally Team were about to fly out of London for Hokkaido.

Photo courtesy of the Subaru World Rally Team.


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TheDogBox #78 - WRC Tour de Corse

Wed, 17 Oct 2007 04:32:46 PDT

Play Show, or Right-Click to DownloadThe fourth-last rally of the WRC year, and Sebastien Loeb bags another one. But Marcus Gronholm wasn't letting the Frenchman out of his sight, and hung on for an important 2nd-place, Dani Sordo unable to challenge Gronholm.The championship could be decided by the performances of the Sordo and Hirvonnen, and whether they can 'steal' points from either Gronholm or Loeb.And 'Welcome to the WRC' Suzuki. The little white SX4 had a solid first outing; not too many problems and posting times near the top-10 all event. There's a really short video the Nicolas Bernardi in the SX4 up at YouTube. Photos courtesy of Rally Shots and Suzuki.Music this week from:Kick in the Can - Dan. Originally formed by Gregoire Nachbauer and Edouard Schmitt, the bands rhythm section was added in the form of Vincent Atlan and Thomas Flieg. The boys reside in Paris, and although they don't have a CD available at the moment, you can hear more of their tracks at their MySpace page. (Thanks to the PMN for providing the track).Nightshift - All Night Through. Gaël Benjamin & Jérôme Beuret share a common love of that 70's west coast American sound, and inspired by the Eagles, Steely Dan and Gerry Rafferty, they formed NightShift. Nightshift's debut album, 'Full Moon' is now available through Somekind Records, or iTunes.Stephane Pompougnac - This is the real Stephane Pompougnac, seen as an 'urban neo-aristocrat' in Italy, as a 'French signature DJ' in England, as Hotel Costes’ little prince turned 'Baroque Olympus' in Germany, and hailed worldwide as the icon of New French Sophistication.You can purchase Stephane's music from Amazon.com and the iTunes Music Store, and this track comes courtesy of Pschent Music.Background music: Cargo Cult - 'Fifth' and 'Helium' (courtesy of Magnatune). Incidental music by Derek K. Miller.If you like the song, email the artist and let them know. Or, better still, buy a CD!Technorati Tags: Rally France, Tour de Corse, Marcus Gronholm, Mikko Hirvonnen, Petter Solberg, Chris Atkinson, Sebastien Loeb, Francois Duval, Dani Sordo, Henning Solberg, ARC, Australian Rally Championship, V8 Supercars, V8SC [...]


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TheDogBox #77 - WRC Rally Spain

Mon, 08 Oct 2007 05:27:22 PDT

Play Show, or Right-Click to DownloadSebastien Loeb was expected to do well here, and he didn't disappoint. But, if not for the leg one rain, Marcus Gronholm would have posed more of a threat, and with Dani Sordo claimed second place on the podium, Gronholm's series lead is now reduced down to six points.To see Chris Atkinson's two-wheel antics in Spain, have a look at the first couple of minutes of YouTube. Photos courtesy of Miquel Rovira.Plus we'll talk about the Bathurst 1000, and various bits of rally news.Music this week from:The Pepper Pots - You Love Her. The Pepper Pots formed in 2002 with the aim of bringing back the sound and style of the Jamaican bands of the 60s. Their 2nd CD, 'Shake It!' was released this year; a disc for dancing, listening to and going back to the era when ska, rocksteady, early reggae or soul were the pop music of the moment. Purchase their CDs from their web site, and you can hear more of their tunes on their MySpace page.Will Deynes - Superwonderful. "Often compared to bands like Dashboard Confessional, Snow Patrol and Jimmy Eat World, Wil's debut EP 'Stay' is a mixture of up-tempo commercial pop, that runs from laidback to hard-driving—and everything in between."You can purchase Wil's debut CD from CD Baby.Mubashir Noor - In Transit. The ex-'Corduroy' frontman is the first Pakistani musician we've had on the show. This track, 'In Transit', has been providing him with plenty of attention, and he's been nominated international category of the Toronto' Exclusive Magazine' Music Awards, which will be announced in a couple of weeks time.Check out more of his music at MySpace.Background music: Cargo Cult - 'Fifth' and 'Helium' (courtesy of Magnatune). Incidental music by Derek K. Miller.If you like the song, email the artist and let them know. Or, better still, buy a CD!Technorati Tags: Rally Spain, Marcus Gronholm, Mikko Hirvonnen, Petter Solberg, Chris Atkinson, Sebastien Loeb, Francois Duval, Dani Sordo, Henning Solberg, ARC, Australian Rally Championship, V8 Supercars, V8SC [...]


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TheDogBox #76 - ARC Great Lakes Rally

Wed, 26 Sep 2007 04:51:14 PDT

Play Show, or Right-Click to DownloadAnother round of the ARC, and another win for Toyota. Simon Evans didn't have things all his own way with Steve Glenney, Eli Evans and Spencer Lowndes providing some early resistance. But Evans and his Group N(P) Corolla are in a league of their own at the moment, walking away with the win as others faltered.Second place was a good return for Neal Bates, who's hard work on the S2000 Corolla is starting to pay off, while Spencer Lowndes out-smarted the faster cars around him and capture third for the event. Photos courtesy of Toyota Racing Development, Pirtek Rally Team and Redline Photographics.Music this week from:Lover - Never. Their 2007 debut release features the award winning (2006 ABC Newcastle Music Awards, Best Rock Performance), dance-floor-cutter, 'Never', which was recorded under the sonic guidance of Rob Taylor (The Whitlams, Screaming Jets, INXS). The CD is available from the bands MySpace page.Dirty Pink Jeans - Dance. The 4-piece from Melbourne are gigging locally during September and October. Check out dates at their MySpace page, and their 5-track EP is available for purchase here.Cassette Kids - Acrobat. Cassette Kids are an up and coming new wave, indie/dance band from Sydney. The Kids formed in early 2007 and strip their music back to its basics. The Kids are currently working on their debut EP, which will be hitting the stores and ready for consumption in early November. But in the mean time, you can hear more from Cassette Kids at their MySpace page.If you like the song, email the artist and let them know. Or, better still, buy a CD!Background music: Cargo Cult - 'Wed' (courtesy of Magnatune). Incidental music by Derek K. Miller.Technorati Tags: Rally NSW, Great Lakes Rally, Simon Evans, Neal Bates, Eli Evans, Dean Herridge, Michael Guest, Darren Windus, Brenden Reeves, Super 2000 Toyota Corolla, Super 2000 Ford Fiesta ARC, Australian Rally Championship, V8 Supercars, V8SC, Formula 1 [...]


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No DogBox This Week

Tue, 18 Sep 2007 03:26:42 PDT

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Sorry everyone; I've run out of time to put a show together this week. But TheDogBox #76, with coverage of the NSW round of the Australian Rally Championship, will be out next week.(image)


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Colin McRae Tribute

Mon, 17 Sep 2007 20:07:45 PDT

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As the rally world comes to terms with the untimely and tragic death of Colin McRae, World Rally Radio have produced a wonderful tribute podcast, including interviews with Nicky Grist, David Richards.

You can download or listen to the podcast here.

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Lastest Rally Indonesia Video

Fri, 14 Sep 2007 13:49:50 PDT

'Hot off the press', here's the latest video from Rally Indonesia.

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The Last NSW ARC Round

Fri, 14 Sep 2007 13:49:14 PDT

It's been nearly two years since the ARC visited my home state, New South Wales. And for me, it has lots of good memories. Photos by SerdarThe round had moved away from the Central Coast (where I grew up) to Bathurst, and provided the opportunity to watch the super specials from the roof of the pit complex at Mount Panorama.They began on the race track start line, ran through Hell Corner and then made a left-hand turn onto the dirt course constructed behind the pit buildings. It not only offered a great view, it also allowed you to wander downstairs and eyeball the crews working on their cars in the pits.Mt Panorama also offered the first view of Fords brand new, rear-wheel drive, Group N(P) Focus. After promising all year they would contest the last couple of ARC rounds, the new Ford team had run out of time. But at least we could walk up and have a sticky-beak through the windows.Of course, this was the last time we saw the Subaru Australia team, and the last time Cody Crocker won an ARC round. (He'd well and truly wrapped up the '05 title before coming to Bathurst). And it was also the last time we'd see Juha Kangas in Australia, the popular Finn bowing out of the ARC in a Les Walkden Subaru.There was a great fight between Dean Herridge and Simon Evans. In the end, it was Dean who claimed second in both the rally and the championship.The 'bad luck' award went to Scott Pedder, who started the event holding 2nd place in the championship. But a big accident on day 1 saw him DNF the opening leg, and when the weather intervened during Sunday, he wasn't able to score enough points to hold off Herridge and Evans.But for me, my most lasting memory was of Sunday. After a gloriously sunny Saturday, Sunday was cold and wet and miserable.We got down to the Bobs Creek early and grabbed a good spot, and waited. And as it got closer to the start of the first stage, it got colder and it got mistier. 15 minutes or so before the first car was due, a mob of 'roos hopped their way down the course, although it was bit hard to see them, the mist reducing visibility to about 10 metres or so.And then to add insult to injury, it started to bucket down.I don't think I've ever been as wet as that Sunday in October 2005. The road became so muddy, the zero car nearly went off at a 90 deg left-hander. One or two competitors made it through before the stages were cancelled.There were a couple of super specials left to run, but we decided to head home, and I almost had a head-on with Eli Evans on the road back to the highway.All up, it was a great weekend. The sort of memories you can't get on TV, and you can't get sitting in a grandstand. And that's what I love about rallying.[...]



Atko's New Ride

Wed, 12 Sep 2007 21:28:45 PDT

The wraps have been official taken off the '08 Subaru Impreza, launched ahead of the
Frankfurt motor show by Petter Solberg.

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In their press release, Subaru say the car represents a fundamentally new approach to the Impreza, and they will commence testing before the end of the year.

"We are on schedule with development of the 2008 car and the first body shell will be completed within a matter of weeks. We aim to be running the car in the last quarter of this year, and its competitive debut will be decided by the progress of testing and also that of the current car." - Richard Taylor, SWRT.

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APRC Live - Rally Indonesia

Tue, 11 Sep 2007 05:16:19 PDT

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At last! Someone else wins! Jussi Valimaki dominated Rally Indonesia from start to finish, while Katsu Taguchi banked solid times all weekend to take 2nd. The MRF Lancers turned around the disaster of Malaysia, for their best finish since the opening round in New Caledonia.

A simple mistake by Cody Crocker midway through leg 1 wrecked his event, 5th his worst result of the last two seasons. But even 5th scored him enough points to claim back-to-back APRC titles.

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Crocker Hangs On For Second APRC Title

Sun, 09 Sep 2007 02:03:52 PDT

(image) Another tough day of rallying in Indonesia, and Finland's Jussi Valimaki made the most of his great start on day 1, to complete the event at the top of the time sheets. Valimaki claimed his second win of the season, nearly a minute ahead of his MRF team-mate Katsu Taguchi.



With wins on the two morning stages, Valimaki remained in the top three all day to take the win, jumping into second place in the series.

But coming home with a 'wet sail' was Motor Image Subaru driver Cody Crocker, winning the final four stages of the rally and taking his second APRC championship title.

Although he was unable to improve on his 5th place from Saturdays stages, Valimaki's maximum points haul means Taguchi will not be able to catch Crocker in the championship, even if the Motor Image driver fails to score points at the final round in China.

Hiroshi Yanagisawa put his DNF in Malaysia behind him to claim the final podium position, and climb past Rifat Sungkar in the battle for 4th place in the championship. The Japanese driver is now just one point behind India's Naren Kumar, who was forced to retire mid-way through leg 2.

The podcast of Rally Indonesia, with all the details of the rally and interviews with the drivers, will be available for download from aprclive.com from Tuesday morning.

Unofficial Final Results:

1. Jussi Valimaki
2. Katsuhiko Taguchi +1:41
3. Hiroshi Yanagisawa +2:45
4. Gaurav Gill +4:24
5. Cody Crocker +4:39
6. Rifat Sungkar +6:39
7. Brian Green +16:12

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Valimaki Leaves Others In His Dust

Sat, 08 Sep 2007 15:33:31 PDT

(image) In a shock turn-around to the APRC season, Jussi Valimaki and his MRF Lancer has blown away the rest of the field to lead after eight stages of Rally Indonesia.

And even more surprising, after a near trouble-free run all season, the man who looks most likely to take the title, Cody Crocker, has had his worst day of the season, 5th at the end of the leg and trailing Valimaki by a massive four and half minutes.

After a disastrous Rally Malaysia, the MRF Lancer team have turned it around in Indonesia, with Valimaki taking seven of the days eight stages, only bettered on stage 2 by his team-mate Katsu Taguchi.

By contrast Crocker and his team-mate, local hero Rifat Sungkar, have had a day to forget, unable to match the MRFs on the slow and dusty Sulawesi stages. By midday service, Crocker was just two seconds behind second-placed Taguchi. But after lunch he struck trouble, dropping two minutes on stage 6 and hemorrhaging more time on the final two stages of the day.

Another six stages await the crews on Sunday, and Crocker will need to catch Gaurav Gill, more than a minute ahead of him, to capture 4th place and enough points to seal the championship ahead of the final round in China.

Unofficial Results Leg 1 (Updated)
1 Jussi Valimaki 1:46:55
2 Katsuhiko Taguchi 1:47:52
3 Hiroshi Yanagisawa 1:48:53
4 Gaurav Gill 1:49:42
5 Cody Crocker 1:51:24
6 Naren Kumar 1:51:28
7 Rifat Sungkar 1:51:39
8 Brian Green 1:55:46



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VW Deny ARC 'Factory' Entry for 2008

Mon, 03 Sep 2007 23:34:51 PDT

(image) I mentioned on TheDogBox #75 there's a rumour going around that Volkswagen is preparing two Super 2000 spec Polos for entry into next years Australian Rally Championship.

I wasn't able to confirm the speculation in time for the show, but today Jon Dawe, GM of Press and PR at VW Australia contacted me to say: "From a factory perspective we have no involvement with the Australian Rally Championship next year."(image)



TheDogBox #75 - WRC Rally NZ

Mon, 03 Sep 2007 05:48:51 PDT

Play Show, or Right-Click to DownloadRally NZ 2007; it will probably go down as one of the great fights of WRC history. Sebastien Loeb almost grabbed an up-set win. But after losing the lead at the end of day 2, Marcus Gronholm came from behind to snatch victory. 350kms of stages over three days, the two were split by just 0.3 second.There's a great little video of Latvala on the Whaanga Coast stage up at YouTube. Photos courtesy of Alan MacDonald (Macspeed Photography) and Taniwhaiti.Plus, Ed Ordynski steps down as ARCom chairman, and rumours of new manufacturers for the ARC; Mitsubishi, Suzuki, and possible Volkswagen (????).Music this week from:The Ember Days - Your Eyes Light Up. From their brand new album "Your Eyes Light Up", which is being released on September 10 in New Zealand. For international orders, you can purchase the CD directly from The Ember Days MySpace page.Edwin Derricutt - Stay. Right from the very first chord I thought this was an album I was going to enjoy, and I haven’t changed my mind. The songs are well written, reflecting a thoughtfulness of notable faith and conviction. - Tim Page, NZ Musician Magazine.You can purchase Edwins debut CD from CD Baby.Tim Finn - Incognito In California (mp3) from "Feeding The Gods" (What Are Records). One of the most influential Kiwi artists over the last 30 years, Tim Finn has created an impressive body of work. Whether partnering brother Neil in Split Enz and Crowded Horse, or recording his solo albums, Tim Finn legacy can be heard in the recordings of antipodean bands of the past two decades. Buy it at eMusic or NapsterBackground music: Cargo Cult - 'Fifth' and 'Helium' (courtesy of Magnatune). Incidental music by Derek K. Miller.If you like the song, email the artist and let them know. Or, better still, buy a CD!Technorati Tags: Rally New Zealand, Marcus Gronholm, Mikko Hirvonnen, Petter Solberg, Chris Atkinson, Sebastien Loeb, Francois Duval, Dani Sordo, Henning Solberg, ARC, Australian Rally Championship, V8 Supercars, V8SC [...]


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The Daily Scott - Friday

Mon, 03 Sep 2007 05:38:13 PDT

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(image) A special edition of TheDogBox for Rally NZ, we talk to Scott Pedder from the Mystery Creek service park.


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Pedder Completes First Test

Mon, 03 Sep 2007 05:37:56 PDT

As I mentioned in last weeks DogBox, Scott Pedder and Glenn Weston will be competing in Rally New Zealand next weekend. Hopefully I'll be able to catch up with Scott at the end of each day to bring you his thoughts on the event.

But in the meantime, Scott has completed his first test of a brand new 'Trading Post' Lancer Evo IX, prepared by Reece Jones (who also prepares Lancers for Brian Green and Naren Kumar in the APRC). Check out the YouTube video below.

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Speaking on his web site, Scott said, "The car is very good and the guys...have done a fantastic job in a very short time. It was a very successful test session."(image)



MRF Left Scratching Their Head

Wed, 22 Aug 2007 19:33:10 PDT

(image) The major surprise to come out of Rally Malaysia was the forced retirement of Katsu Taguchi and Jussi Valimaki in the MRF Lancers. Valimaki had reported possible gearbox problems at the end of day 1, but the team was unable to fully examine the fault during service.

However the problem became crystal clear during Sundays first stage, Valimaki's rear differential failing and forcing him to retire at the end of the test. And things went from bad to worse, with Taguchi suffering the same problem on the very next stage.

(The third MRF Lance of Gaurav Gill suffered a broken short shaft in the front differential, which the team fixed during first service).

During the event team boss Lane Heenan suggested the rear diffs may have reached the end of their normal operating life.

But with the cars back at the Race Torque Engineering workshop, the team has investigated the matter further, and the mystery has deepened. Broken teeth were discovered in both rear diffs, which ultimately put Taguchi and Valimaki out of the rally.

What isn't apparent is why the teeth broke. After checking the team records, Heenan confirmed to APRC Live that neither rear differential was out of 'life', nor were they from the same batch.

Heenan and his team will continue to investigate problem, and both cars will be repaired and ready for Rally Indonesia. But unless the source of the problem can be found in time, both Valimaki and Taguchi will be hoping it doesn't raise its head again in the heat and dust of Sulawesi.(image)



TheDogBox #73 - WRC Rally Deutschland

Tue, 21 Aug 2007 21:40:07 PDT

Play Show, or Right-Click to DownloadAnother week, another DogBox, and this time we have coverage of the Rally Deutschland. A good effort by Sebastien Loeb to claim the second tarmac rally of the season in the Citroen C4. But after battling Francois Duval all weekend, disaster struck Marcus Gronholm on the very last stage.To check out the new Trier super special stage, have a look at this YouTube video. Photos courtesy of rally-shots.com.Music this week from:AnnA - Schneller Propeller. Lead singer Anna describes the whole world from her own point of view to the sound of electropop. It’s about all those everyday questions you busy yourself with while lying in the meadows and watching the clouds fly by. In November 2005 their first EP was released through “auf die plätze/Alive” followed by single and album in August 2006. The band would love to never leave their band bus again and tour non-stop, shoot embarrassing photos of themselves only to show them off and make their kind of pop music popular. That’s how it should be.Check them out at MySpace and you can purchase their CD from their web site.The Age of Sound - On a Sunday. The Age Of Sound create a sound which skirts the Brit-pop melodies of the 60s, delivering tunes that will please friends of British guitar music - PopConnection. Check their MySpace page for more music.The Winyls - Motor Rock. Helsinki-based ,The Winyls are already known as charismatic and energetic live act. "Ya gonna rock your socks off and lose some weight" says the frontman Leady Winyl. The Winyls rock like there's no tomorrow.Background music: Cargo Cult - 'Wed' (courtesy of Magnatune). Incidental music by Derek K. Miller.If you like the song, email the artist and let them know. Or, better still, buy a CD!Technorati Tags: Rally Deutschland, Marcus Gronholm, Mikko Hirvonnen, Petter Solberg, Chris Atkinson, Sebastien Loeb, Francois Duval, Dani Sordo, Henning Solberg, ARC, Australian Rally Championship, V8 Supercars, V8SC [...]


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APRC Live - Rally Malaysia

Wed, 15 Aug 2007 03:52:07 PDT

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Cody Crockers dream season keeps rolling on, Malaysia his fourth straight victory. Now with a 28 point lead, the rest of the year looks like to will be a fight for second between the MRF team-mates Katsu Taguchi and Jussi Valimaki.

And Malaysia was also a good event for the Reece Jones Motorsport entries, Naren Kumar and Brian Green claiming the other APRC podium positions.


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And we also have a chat with three-time APRC champ Karamjit Singh about his come-back to the Malaysian national series, and a possible return to the APRC next year.

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And if you have a look at the MotorImage web site, you'll find a short video of the event.(image)


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