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FIA MIDDLE EAST RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2015: DOMINANT NASSER SALEH AL-ATTIYAH CONFIRMS CONVINCING 12TH WIN IN QATAR INTERNATIONAL RALLY

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DOMINANT NASSER SALEH AL-ATTIYAH CONFIRMS CONVINCING 12TH WIN IN QATAR INTERNATIONAL RALLY.

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· Troubled Al-Qassimi climbs back to second; Khalifa Al-Attiyah in third place

· Saudi’s Yazeed Al-Rajhi retires from second with broken rear suspension

· Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari out with broken engine on SS10; Group N win for Bin Eidan

2015 QMMF Qatar International Rally
FIA Middle East Rally Championship, round 1

8 February 2015

DOHA (Qatar): Qatar’s rally star Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah confirmed a record-breaking dusty dozen wins In the QMMF Qatar International Rally, round one of the 2015 FIA Middle East Rally Championship, which drew to a conclusion in Doha on Saturday afternoon.

The defending regional champion and his French navigator Matthieu Baumel won all but two of the 12 special stages in their Ford Fiesta RRC and controlled the pace of the rally from the start.

Baumel duly earned his fourth MERC success and Al-Attiyah’s 12th win at home in 13 years also marked his 55th career MERC win. The recent Dakar Rally winner is now just five Middle East rallies short of the 60 wins set by Dubai’s Mohammed Ben Sulayem between 1984 and 2002.

“It’s obviously always a special feeling to win here in Qatar and to make a winning start to the defence of my Middle East title was important,” said Al-Attiyah. “It’s been a great start to the year, with the win in Dakar and my 12th win on this rally. But this is a busy season and I must remain focused and take each event as it comes.”

Saudi Arabia’s Yazeed Al-Rajhi and Ulster co-driver Michael Orr needed to finish the event to get off to a clean start in their challenge for the regional title and they were on course for the runner-up spot until rear suspension damage intervened on the penultimate Salwa stage.

Abu Dhabi Racing’s Sheikh Khalid Al-Qassimi and Ulster co-driver Chris Patterson began the day in third in the only Citroën DS3 RRC on the entry list, but they dropped a minute on the second stage with a broken front drive shaft and lost even more time on the 10th special. But Al-Rajhi’s demise played into the Emirati’s hands and the Abu Dhabi driver snatched an unlikely second place, albeit 5min 53.20sec behind Al-Attiyah at the finish.

“I suppose after the time I lost with the tyre on Friday, the best I could hope for was second place and I am quite happy with that under the circumstances. It was important to score points here,” said Al-Qassimi.

After two time consuming wheel changes on Friday, Qatar’s Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari and Irish team mate Killian Duffy found a good pace on the first two specials of the final day. But they hit terminal engine trouble on the 10th stage and retired after moving into third place after stage nine.

The Qatari duo of Khalifa Al-Attiyah and Adel Hussein proved that it is possible to climb back to the podium from a Rally2 situation and they reached the finish in a fine third place in another Ford Fiesta RRC.

Salah Bin Eidan’s mechanics worked hard to repair his Mitsubishi’s broken suspension on Friday evening and the Kuwaiti was able to finish in fourth position and confirm maximum points in the Group N Trophy. The Iranian pairing of Ali Mesgarha and Vahidreza Vahdatinikzad put in an impressive showing on their Qatar debut to finish sixth and second in Group N.

Qatar’s Khalid Al-Suwaidi and Irish co-driver John Higgins restarted under Rally2 and reached the finish in fifth overall. Qatar’s Abdullah Al-Kuwari and Irish team mate Enda Sherry struggled to seventh after a catalogue of problems and a determined Edith Weiss came home eighth with her Greek co-driver Vicky Psarakis and won the Ladies’ category for the second year running.

Day 2 – as it happened

Al-Attiyah began the eighth Mekanes stage with a lead of 1min 17.50sec. Five survivors from the rigours of day one were joined by six returning in Rally2. Engine issues meant that the Iranian driver Mohammed Ghalehbani was not able to restart in his Subaru Impreza.

Nasser pipped Al-Rajhi by 2.6sec and extended his advantage to 1min 20.1sec and Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari was back on a competitive pace and only dropped 1.4sec to the leader with the second quickest time. All 11 cars survived the opener.

Crews headed to Salwa for the 15.33km of the ninth stage and Al-Attiyah extended his advantage over Al-Rajhi to 1min 29.7sec. Al-Qassimi dropped nearly a minute to the leader with a broken left-hand drive shaft and another impressive time by Al-Kuwari saw the Qatari move 5.1 seconds in front of Al-Qassimi to claim third.

The 10th stage, starting and finishing near a sand processing plant on the road to Dukhan, was the longest of the event at 27.80km. Al-Attiyah set the target time of 15min 28.7sec, but he was beaten by Al-Rajhi and the Saudi reduced the Qatari’s lead to 55 seconds.

Al-Kuwari’s brave morning challenge came to an end when he stopped with a broken engine and his battle with Al-Qassimi for third place was over, even though Al-Qassimi was struggling to service with his own transmission problems. “It’s one of those things that can happen to anybody, but very disappointing to happen here on my home rally,” said Al-Kuwari.

The three stages were repeated on Saturday afternoon, although Qatar’s Rashid Al-Naimi was unable to restart after technical issues. Al-Attiyah shaved 10 seconds off his morning’s time through Mekanes and that was sufficient for the Qatari to extend his lead over Al-Rajhi to one minute with two stages to run.

But the contest was settled in Al-Attiyah’s favour in Salwa 2 when Al-Rajhi suffered rear suspension damage and retired. His demise handed second to Al-Qassimi and third to Al-Attiyah’s brother Khalifa. Al-Qassimi’s consolation was the fastest time on the final stage. The rally proved as difficult as ever and only eight of the original 12 starters reached the finish in Doha.

Kuwait hosts the second round of the 2015 FIA Middle East Rally Championship on March 12-14.

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2015 QMMF Qatar International Rally – final positions (unofficial):

1. Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Matthieu Baumel (FRA) Ford Fiesta RRC 2hr 12min 10.1sec

2. Khalid Al-Qassimi (ARE)/Chris Patterson (GBR) Citroën DS3 RRC 2hr 18min 03.3sec

3. Khalifa Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Adel Hussein (QAT) Ford Fiesta RRC 2hr 27min 00.0sec

4. Salah bin Eidan (KUW)/Vili Oslaj (SLO) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 2hr 40min 30.3sec

5. Khalid Al-Suwaidi (QAT)/John Higgins (IRL) Ford Fiesta RRC 2hr 46min 15.0sec

6. Ali Mesgarha (IRN)/Vahidreza Vahdatinikzad (IRN) Subaru Impreza 2hr 55min 42.9sec

7. Abdullah Al-Kuwari (QAT)/Enda Sherry (IRL) Ford Fiesta R5 3hr 08min 02.1sec

8. Edith Weiss (GER)/Vicky Psarakis (GRE) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 3hr 28min 10.3sec

2015 Middle East Rally Championship – drivers’ positions after round 1:

1. Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah (QAT) 25 pts

2. Khalid Al-Qassimi (ARE) 18 pts

3. Khalifa Al-Attiyah (QAT) 15 pts

4. Salah bin Eidan (KUW) 12 pts

5. Khalid Al-Suwaidi (QAT) 10 pts

6. Ali Mesgarha (IRN) 8 pts

7. Abdullah Al-Kuwari (QAT) 6 pts

8. Edith Weiss (GER) 4 pts

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CHINESE RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (CRC 2015): PRODRIVE MOTORSPORT – ATKINSON WINS AGAIN IN CHINA VW GOLF 7 SCRC

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30 September 2015

Chris Atkinson has won the latest round of the Chinese Rally Championship in the VW Golf SCRC. Atkinson won comfortably by a minute and 40 seconds from Mark Higgins in the Subaru and Manfred Stohl in a Citroen DS3.

Chen Dean in the second Golf was fifth with Li ninth in the third car.

That makes it three wins from four events for Atkinson as the Championship heads to the next round Longyou at the end of October. Longyou was the debut event for the VW Golf SCRC last year when Atkinson to its maiden win.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DAKAR RALLY ARGENTINA – BOLIVIA – ARGENTINA 2016: PEUGEOT TOTAL TEAM – LA LEYENDA DEL RALLY SÉBASTIEN LOEB SE UNE AL ” DREAM TEAM” DE PEUGEOT TOTAL

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Sebastien Loeb poses for a portrait in Peugeot Sport workshop, France, on September 21, 2015
Sébastien Loeb, el mejor piloto de rally de todos los tiempos, se enfrentará al mayor reto de su carrera al unirse por primera vez al equipo de Peugeot en el legendario Dakar del próximo mes de enero.

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29 Septiembre 2015

El nueve veces campeón del WRC y plusmarquista del Pikes Peak se ha unido al equipo de Peugeot 2008DKR junto a Carlos Sainz para el Rally du Maroc del próximo mes (del 3 al 9 de octubre) antes de hacer frente al mayor reto de este deporte, el Dakar, durante 13 días en Argentina y Bolivia en 2016. Junto a él en Sudamérica también estarán Stéphane Peterhansel y Cyril Despres completando así el “dream team” de pilotos de Peugeot-Total.

El francés de 41 años, Sébastien Loeb, uno de los pilotos con más éxito de la historia de los deportes de motor con un porcentaje de victorias sin precedentes del 46,2% en el WRC dijo: “Descubrí los deportes de motor cuando tenía 18 años y empecé a competir en mis primeros rallys. Desde entonces me han interesado todo tipo de deportes de motor y el Dakar es uno de ellos. Creo que es un gran reto competir y conducir en el desierto”.

“El Dakar es completamente diferente a las carreras que hago en este momento. va a ser muy larga, más de dos semanas, y necesitas tener aguante para cuidar del conductor y del coche. Es una carrera con un enfoque distinto pero lo descubriré en enero”.

Hasta entonces, Loeb se unirá a Sainz en Marruecos para su debut en el competitivo Cross Country, aunque ya pilotó el rival de Peugeot a principios de año. Para Loeb ésta será una reunión muy especial pues ya fue compañero de equipo de Sainz durante su primera temporada completa en el Mundial de Rallys del 2003, hasta que el español se tuvo que retirar del WRC de 2004. En Marruecos Sainz pilotará el último Peugeot 2008DKR16 mientras que Loeb pilotará un coche con especificaciones de 2015.

“Cuando probé el PEUGEOT 2008DKR en junio me sorprendió muchísimo y por supuesto ha cambiado mucho desde entonces”, dijo Loeb -que en la actualidad está compitiendo en el Campeonato Mundial de Turismos de la FIA con Citroen.

“Lo que más me impactó fue lo diferente que es conducir el coche del Dakar, era una experiencia completamente nueva para mí. En el WRC acostumbro a rodear obstáculos pero con este coche puedes simplemente pasar por encima, ¡y cuesta tener la suficiente confianza en uno mismo para creer que puedes hacerlo!”

“ También estoy acostumbrado a tener notas de copiloto muy detalladas pero en el Cross Country tienes que abrirte paso e improvisar tu ruta. Esta, además, es la primera vez que he pilotado diferentes tipos de coche diesel en una competición por lo que tengo que aprender mucho pero tengo muchas ganas de hacerlo”.

Además de haber ganado más rallys, etapas especiales y campeonatos que cualquier otro piloto, Sébastien Loeb también se ha convertido en el “Rey del Peak” al batir el record del Pikes Peak Hillclimb con Peugeot y Red Bull hace dos años en América. Un triunfo épico que ya forma parte de la historia legendaria de los deportes de motor.

Ahora forma parte del mejor equipo que se haya enfrentado jamás al Dakar. Tal y como dijo el 11 veces campeón del Dakar Stéphane Peterhansel: “Sébastien Loeb es un referente del motor. Hay muy poco que yo o cualquier otro le pueda enseñar”.

El cinco veces campeón de motos Cyril Despres añadió: “Desde que cambié las dos ruedas por cuatro, la experiencia no ha hecho más que mejorar. Y saber que ahora Sébastien se une al equipo la remata aún más”.

El dos veces campeón del WRC y campeón del Dakar en 2010 Carlos Sainz, que será una vez más el compañero de Loeb en Marruecos dijo: “No tengo nada más que decir sobre Sébastien que no haya dicho ya. Por supuesto que el rally raid va a ser una nueva aventura para él, pero va a ser capaz de adaptarse sin problemas. Como yo mismo he podido comprobar aprende muy rápido”.

“El Dakar es algo que me llama, es una gran aventura”, añadió Loeb, quien ya dominó el Pikes Peak y el WTCC. “El rally en Marruecos me mostrará lo que es realmente el Cross Country, así que para mí esta es una oportunidad fantástica para aprender, en especial al lado de unos compañeros tan buenos”.

Tal y como pasó con sus nueve títulos mundiales y sus 78 victorias en el WRC hasta la fecha, Loeb tendrá como copiloto al campeón mundial de deportes de motor monegasco Daniel Elena. Marruecos marcará la vuelta de la pareja con más éxito jamás vista en la historia del motor que emprende una nueva aventura juntos tras 17 gloriosos años en los rallys.

Al igual que Loeb, el copiloto de 42 años Elena nunca ha competido antes en Cross Country, pero se ha preparado a fondo para las exigencias de la navegación más dura del mundo, en la que los equipos tienen que reaccionar rápidamente para conquistar el terreno offroad más sobrecogedor. Cuentan además con la ayuda de un sofisticado sistema de GPS que les guiará de punto a punto.

El director deportivo de Peugeot Bruno Famin comentó: “ Sébastien fue impresionante desde que se sentó en el coche, como ya sabíamos tras haber trabajado con él anteriormente. Adoptó ese enfoque calculado que tanto le caracteriza para entender el coche paso a paso, pero después su habilidad natural se encargó del resto. Tras mejorar diferentes aspectos del coche desde la última vez que estuvimos en el Dakar, el fichaje de Sébastien Loeb es la pieza que le faltaba al puzzle”.

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DAKAR RALLY ARGENTINA – BOLIVIA – ARGENTINA 2016: PEUGEOT TOTAL TEAM – RALLY LEGEND SÉBASTIEN LOEB JOINS ” D-REAM TEAM PEUGEOT – TOTAL

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Sébastien Loeb, the greatest rally driver ever, will take on one of the biggest challenges of his illustrious career when he lines up as part of Peugeot’s dream team at the legendary Dakar in January for the first time.

The nine-time World Rally Championship winner and Pikes Peak record-holder has joined Peugeot’s 2008DKR line-up alongside Carlos Sainz for next month’s Rallye du Maroc (October 3-9) before facing the sport’s toughest challenge, the Dakar, over 13 days in Argentina and Bolivia in 2016. Joining him in South America will also be Stéphane Peterhansel and Cyril Despres, completing Team Peugeot Total’s dream team driver line-up.

The 41-year old Loeb, one of the most successful drivers in the history of motorsports, with an unprecedented 46.2% wins-to-starts ratio in WRC, said: “I only discovered motorsports when I was 18 and I started competing in my first rallies. Since then I have been interested in all types of different motorsports and Dakar is one of them. I think it’s a great challenge to go and compete there and drive in the desert.

“The Dakar is completely different from the racing I’m doing at the moment. It will be very long, over two weeks, and you need to have the endurance to look after the driver and the car. It’s another approach to racing but I’ll discover that in January.”


Before then, Loeb will line up with Sainz in Morocco next week for his competitive Cross Country debut – although he already tested Peugeot’s Dakar challenger in the country earlier this year. For Loeb, this will be a very special reunion: he was previously team-mates with Sainz for his very first full season in the World Rally Championship in 2003, until the Spaniard decided to end his WRC career at the end of 2004. In Morocco, Sainz will drive the latest PEUGEOT 2008DKR16 whereas Loeb will drive a 2015-specification car.

“When I tried the PEUGEOT 2008DKR out in June, it was immediately very impressive for me – and of course it has changed a lot since then,” said Loeb, who is currently competing in the FIA WTCC with Citroen.

“What struck me most of all is how the Dakar car was a completely new experience: in the WRC I have been used to going round obstacles but with this car you can just drive straight over them, and it takes some time to have the confidence to believe it!

“I’ve also been used to having very detailed pace notes: in Cross Country, you have to find the road for yourself and improvise your route. And this is actually the first time I have driven any type of diesel car in competition too. So there is a lot for me to learn, but I am eager to find out more.”

As well as winning more rallies, special stages and championships than any other driver, Sébastien Loeb also became ‘King of the Peak’ when he pulverised the Pikes Peak hill climb record with Peugeot and Red Bull two years ago in America: an epic feat that is already remembered as a legendary part of motorsport history.

Now he forms part of the greatest team ever to tackle the Dakar. As 11-time Dakar winner Stéphane Peterhansel said: “Sébastien Loeb is a reference in motorsport. There’s very little that I, or anybody else, can teach him.”

Five-time bike winner Cyril Despres added: “Since I made the switch from two wheels to four, the experience has got better and better. And to see Sébastien arrive in the team now, everything is complete.”

Two-time WRC champion and Dakar 2010 winner Carlos Sainz, who will be Loeb’s team-mate once more in Morocco, concluded: “There is nothing more I can say about Sébastien that his career hasn’t said already. Of course rally raid will be a new adventure for him, but he has every capacity to adapt to it with no problem. As I have seen for myself in the past, he is a quick learner in everything he does.

“Dakar is something that appeals to me; it is a huge adventure,” added Loeb, who has already mastered rallying, Pikes Peak and the World Touring Car Championship. “The rally in Morocco will give me a very interesting idea of what Cross Country is all about, so this is a fantastic opportunity for me to learn; particularly alongside such successful team-mates.”

Just as has been the case throughout his nine world titles and 78 WRC victories to date, Loeb will be co-driven by Monaco’s motorsport world champion: Daniel Elena. Morocco will mark the comeback of the most successful pairing ever seen in the history of motorsport, as they start a new adventure together following 17 magnificent years in rallying.

Like Loeb, the 42-year-old Elena has never competed in Cross Country before, but he has undergone intensive training to prepare him for the demands of some of the most challenging navigation in the world, where crews have to think instantly on their feet to conquer the daunting off-road landscape. They are aided by sophisticated GPS equipment, guiding their route from waypoint to waypoint.

Peugeot Sport director Bruno Famin commented: “Sébastien was impressive from the moment he first sat in the car, as we knew would be the case after having had the privilege of working with him before. He took his usual measured approached to understand the car step by step: from there his natural ability took over. Having improved the car in several different areas since we were last at the Dakar, the signing of Sébastien Loeb is the final piece in the puzzle.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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