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Raikkonen up to speed after rallying to the call of Lotus

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Kimi Raikkonen returns to F1 after a spell in rally driving

Lotus deny Kimi Raikkonen deal is marketing ploy

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Portsmouth takeover completed by Russian businessman

Portsmouth have another set of new owners after Convers Sports Initiatives, controlled by London-based Russian businessman Vladimir Antonov, confirmed it had bought the Fratton Park outfit following approval by the Football League.

Rallying: Loeb surges past unlucky Hirvonen

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Rallying: Loeb takes no risks to seal Bulgaria win

Citroen's Sebastian Loeb eased to a comfortable victory in the Rally Bulgaria yesterday to claim his fourth win of the season.

Loeb finds hard road easy but crash ruins Raikkonen's promising start

Sebastien Loeb continued his brilliant run in the World Rally Championship yesterday, building up a lead of almost half a minute by winning all four stages on the first day of the Rally Bulgaria.

Toyota set for rally rehab

Toyota will begin the process of rebuilding its battered brand by entering a team in the 2011 World Rally Championship.

Loeb back on top with comfortable triumph

Six-times world champion Sébastien Loeb cruised to an easy victory in the Rally of Mexico yesterday to move top of the drivers' standings after two races.

Australia mourns as Ford Falcon rides into the sunset

It could be the end of a motoring era as a legendary car falls victim to global belt-tightening

Raikkonen set for rally switch

Kimi Raikkonen is to switch from Formula One to the World Rally Championship for next season.

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