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FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC) 2015: M-SPORT WORLD RALLY TEAM-M-SPORT TO BUILD CONFIDENCE AT MEXICAN FIESTA

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Following the freezing temperatures of Rally Sweden, the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) will next see M-Sport World Rally Team’s Elfyn Evans and Ott Tänak tackle the gravel tracks of Rally Mexico – another unique event in pursuit of a confidence-building result.

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The Mexican fixture might mark the first of six loose-surface rounds, but the rally has an individuality which sets it apart from the more traditional gravel events.

The opening street stage through the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Guanajuato is a must see – fireworks illuminating the Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta RS WRCs as they navigate the cobbled streets and tunnels which once formed a part of the region’s mining industry – but the route itself also offers a distinct challenge which never fails to excite.

Traversing the Sierra de Lobos and Sierra de Guanajuato mountains to the north and east of León, road position is a tricky affair. Those at the head of the field are forced to sweep a clean line for the cars behind, but hanging dust can often make visibility an issue. Should the dust clear, M-Sport’s crews must make the most of their advantageous road position – attacking before the conditions become more consistent for all competitors on the second pass.

Of course road position is not the only factor to contend with. The stages are fast and flowing – interspersed with more twisty, technical sections – and play host to some of the highest temperatures and altitudes of the year; all of which place substantial stress on man and machine alike.

Air temperatures linger around the 30°C mark, but those inside the cockpit can rise as high as 50°C. Both driver and co-driver need to be in peak physical condition to contend with the sweltering heat and maintain focus through the long speed tests – the longest of which is a mammoth 55.82 kilometres.

The route also reaches more than 2,700 metres at its peak which places significant strain on the engines. The oxygen-starved air can see performance fall by as much as 20 per cent and although the team have made extensive use of Ford’s environmental test laboratory to best simulate the expected conditions, the crews must adapt their driving style to account for the reduced performance.

Braking points differ from those on more familiar gravel events and the smallest of mistakes become more difficult to recover. A precise driving style with perfect pacenotes is essential, and that is exactly what Evans and co-driver Daniel Barritt delivered on their debut last year.

The British pairing secured their best WRC finish of fourth overall – the result of an intelligent drive on what was only their fourth outing with the Fiesta RS WRC.

Returning to Mexico for a second time, Evans will be keen to build on last year’s performance – coupling his risk-free strategy with an increase of speed. If the Welshman can deliver on this strategy, a strong result won’t be far away.

In the sister M-Sport Fiesta RS WRC, Tänak and co-driver Raigo Mõlder have the speed and potential to go far in Mexico. Focussing on his own event, the spoils could be there for the taking as the Estonian continues to build confidence on his return to the WRC’s top flight.

There is no doubting Tänak’s speed on all surfaces. The M-Sport man posted the second fastest time on the event’s opening stage last year – just 0.3 seconds adrift of the lead with his Ford Fiesta R5. If he can combine that pace with the reassuring performance he delivered in Sweden, anything is possible behind the wheel of the Fiesta RS WRC

As the team prepare to launch the latest evolution of the top-specification Fiesta, confidence is everything. Both drivers have completed an extensive test in the lead-up to the event and a strong result with some top stage times will see them well placed to impress as the season continues.

Elfyn Evans said:

“I’ve got some good memories from Mexico. Last year was a bit of a surprise result for us. It’s a tricky event and a lot of people had problems which we were able to capitalise on. It’s important to keep out of trouble and if we can do that again whilst showing an increase in speed it could be another good event. We’re keen to carry the performance forward from Monte and Sweden, just without the mistakes!

“We’ve not rallied on dry gravel since September last year so it’s a bit of a strange feeling initially. We were able to do two full days of testing this week though and the feeling is more or less back so that’s good.

“The heat is a big part of this event, and when you combine that with the high altitude you have to be in peak physical condition. It can be a bit of a shock to the system so we’ll head out a little earlier to do some fitness training and get fully acclimatised.

“The climate affects the car too. There’s a significant reduction in power so you have to be really smooth and not so aggressive with your driving style. Mistakes are harder to recover. If you scrub speed before a long straight or sequence of fast corners the engine doesn’t have the power to carry you through and you can lose a lot of time. It’s really important to keep momentum and have a good rhythm; you can almost compare it to driving a front-wheel-drive car like the [Ford] Fiesta R2.”

Ott Tänak said:

“I’m looking forward to driving on gravel again and Mexico is a great event. The stages are really nice and smooth and the atmosphere means that it’s always a lot of fun.

“We had a two-day test this week and it was good to see that we were able to get back up to speed fairly quickly. It’s always a bit strange going back to gravel after so long, but it felt good and we are feeling well prepared.

“We also try to prepare as much as possible for the heat and altitude but that is not always so easy. I have a sauna every night but that’s not quite the same, so we’ll head out to Mexico a little earlier than usual to get used to the conditions.

“The altitude is the hardest part. It’s hard on the crews but it’s also hard on the cars. There’s a lot less power so you need to think about that when you’re in the stages. You need to be very clean and precise and make sure that you keep the speed up all the time.

“The stages on the first day are quite tricky so it will be important to make it through them cleanly without any problems. Then, if the feeling is there, we can look to push a bit more. The main thing is to keep everything clean and tidy – if we can do that and gradually build the speed then it could be a good event for us.”

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Once again, M-Sport’s range of Ford Fiesta rally cars account for the bulk of the entry with six Ford Fiesta RS WRCs lining up alongside three Ford Fiesta RRCs, four Ford Fiesta R5s and one Ford Fiesta ST.

The Fiesta RS WRCs of Elfyn Evans and Ott Tänak may be the only top-specification Fiestas in the M-Sport service area, but they will be joined by three WRC 2 contenders – the Fiesta RRCs of Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari and Yuriy Protasov and the Fiesta R5 of Nicolás Fuchs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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