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FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2015: CITROËN ABU DHABI WORLD RALLY TEAM-POINTS UP FOR GRABS FOR THE DS 3 WRCs!

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Rallye Sweden, Rally, WRC, Day Two 13.02.2015

Mads Østberg and Jonas Andersson head into the final day of Rally Sweden fourth overall in the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team’s DS 3 WRC.
Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle secured their maiden stage win in Sweden. After yesterday’s misfortune, they moved back up the standings today and now lie ninth overall.
There are three stages left to contest tomorrow before the end of the rally.

14 February 2015

The crews were up and about before daylight this morning, heading for their DS 3 WRCs at 6.00am. After the early service, Mads Østberg and Kris Meeke covered over eighty kilometres to get to the start of the day’s opening timed stage. With temperatures just above freezing and very good visibility, conditions were perfect as they set off on Fredriksberg 1.

Firmly established in the leading quartet, Mads Østberg lost precious seconds on SS11 with a puncture on his rear left-hand tyre. Trailing the leader by over a minute at that point, he made up time throughout the rest of the leg, arriving back in Hagfors 53.4 seconds off the pace.

Twelfth overall this morning after hitting a snow bank during the first leg, Kris Meeke started to take advantage of the experience he has acquired on the Swedish stages. After moving back into the top 10 at the end of the day’s first stage, the Briton then closed the gap on his fellow countryman, Elfyn Evans. In particular, Kris claimed his first stage win in Sweden on Rämmen 2 (SS16) as ruts appeared on the lines.

In the RC2 class, Stéphane Lefebvre moved up the standings in his DS 3 R5 to claim fourth place. In his DS 3 R3-MAX, Ole-Christian Veiby continues to lead the FIA WRC3 Championship.

There are three stages left to run tomorrow morning. The day starts at 7.40am as the crews head for Lesjöfors (15.00km) before they complete two runs on Värmullsåsen, the second of which will serve as the Power Stage and will be broadcast live on television at 12.08pm. The podium ceremony is due to begin at 3.00pm in Karlstad.

QUOTE, UNQUOTE

Yves Matton (Citroën Racing Team Principal): “Unfortunately, Mads lost time on the opening stage of the day. He needs to maintain a strong pace and if he gets an opportunity, he’ll also have to grab it. Kris produced some strong performances. He is continuing to learn at this level by driving on the stages. But he can’t make up the time he lost yesterday.”

Mads Østberg: “It was a tough day. Most of the stages went very well, but I had a few problems. I also made a mistake on the first stage of the day. We picked up a puncture and lost about 45 seconds. I’m disappointed but I’m going to concentrate on fourth position and enjoy the last three stages. We’ll see what happens.”

Kris Meeke: “We won our first stage in Sweden on the snow. I have to be pleased with my day, despite the frustration from yesterday. On Friday evening, we were 3 minutes 31 seconds behind the leader and now the gap is 3 minutes 22 seconds. This is only my second Rally Sweden. We have to keep up the same pace tomorrow because we’re less than a second behind Elfyn Evans and Prokop is only 19 seconds ahead. There are still places up for grabs!”
HOW THE ACTION UNFOLDED

SS11 – Fredriksberg 1 (18.15km) – Good conditions greeted the crews at the start of the day, but there was a lot of snow on the racing line. Andreas Mikkelsen set the fastest time, whilst Mads Østberg picked up a puncture. Kris Meeke set the fourth fastest time. Henning Solberg lost over five minutes after he got stuck in a snow bank.

SS12 – Rämmen 1 (14.76km) – With the road surface much harder on this test, Sébastien Ogier was able to add another stage win to his tally. Mads Østberg found his pace again to finish third fastest. Kris Meeke had to contend with a racing line muddied by other crews completing the stage ahead of him.

SS13 – Hagfors Sprint 1 (1.87km) – Sébastien Ogier topped the timesheets again on this stage, held on the former rallycross circuit. Østberg set the fifth fastest time, whilst Meeke was seventh.

SS14 – Vargåsen 1 (24.63km) – The final stage of the morning loop with the first run over the famous Colin’s Crest jump. Sébastien Ogier won the stage to close within 1.7 seconds of overall leader Andreas Mikkelsen. Meeke and Østberg headed for the midday service after recording the third and fourth fastest times.

SS15 – Fredriksberg 2 (18.15km) – Although those higher up the running order had to carve out the racing line at the start of the second pass, the later runners had to contend with very rutted lines. Thierry Neuville set the fastest time ahead of Mikkelsen and Meeke. Less comfortable, Mads Østberg finished eleventh.

SS16 – Rämmen 2 (14.76km) – A one-two finish for the DS 3 WRCs! Kris Meeke claimed his first stage win in Sweden, with Mads Østberg second.

SS17 – Hagfors Sprint 2 (1.87km) – Making the most of the conditions again, Robert Kubica went quickest, finishing ahead of Ott Tanak, Yurii Protasov and Kris Meeke. Mads Østberg was sixth fastest.

SS18 – Vargåsen 2 (24.63km) – Thierry Neuville produced another impressive performance thanks to adopting a different tyre strategy to his rivals. The Belgian therefore grabbed the overall lead. Kris Meeke, Sébastien Ogier and Mads Østberg completed the top four on the day’s final stage.
STANDINGS AFTER DAY 2

1. Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC) 2:29:54.5
2. Andreas Mikkelsen / Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +1.5
3. Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +9.6
4. Mads Østberg / Jonas Andersson (Citroën DS3 WRC) +53.4
5. Ott Tanak / Raigo Molder (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +1:29.2
6. Hayden Paddon / John Kennard (Hyundai i20 WRC) +2:35.7
7. Martin Prokop / Jan Tomanek (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +3:03.1
8. Elfyn Evans / Daniel Barritt (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +3:22.1
9. Kris Meeke / Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC) +3:22.5
10. Yurii Protasov / Pavlo Cherepin (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +4:19.6…

FASTEST TIMES

Sébastien Ogier, 7 – Thierry Neuville, 3 – Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen, 2 – Kris Meeke, Pontus Tidemand, Yurii Protasov and Robert Kubica, 1.

LEADERS

SS1: Pontus Tidemand

SS2 to SS8: Sébastien Ogier

SS9 to SS17: Andreas Mikkelsen

SS18: Thierry Neuville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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ATKINSON WINS AGAIN IN CHINA WITH 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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The 2008 DKR 16 in Peugeot Sport workshop, France, on September 21, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena pose for a portrait during the Peugeot test in Erfoud, Morocco on September 16, 2015

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Rally Legend Sébastien Loeb joins “D-ream TEAM Peugeot-Total” © Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool

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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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