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FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC 2015): HYUNDAI SHELL WORLD RALLY TEAM- HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT READY TO TACKLE ALL-NEW RALLY DE PORTUGAL

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Hyundai Motorsport is ready for its next event in the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship, the completely renewed Rally de Portugal – round five of thirteen this season

Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo will once again run under the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team banner, while Hayden Paddon will fly the flag for the Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team

A comprehensive six-day test was held in the area of the rally – in Northern Portugal – back in April with all three drivers.

18 May th, 2015

Alzenau, Germany

May 18, 2015 – After two long-haul events in the Americas, the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) returns to Europe next week with Rally de Portugal, round five of this year’s 13-event calendar. As the rally moves from the Southern Region of Algarve – where it has been held since 2007 – and returns to its origins in the North, the event will represent a new challenge not only for Hyundai Motorsport but for most competitors and teams.

After a tough rally in Argentina, the young Alzenau-based team is eager to get back to WRC action and is looking for a positive result on Portuguese soil. The team will once again field three Hyundai i20 WRC cars at Rally de Portugal with Thierry Neuville, Dani Sordo and Hayden Paddon driving the #7, #8 and #20 cars respectively.

Rally de Portugal returns to Northern Portugal to roads that haven’t seen WRC action since 2001 when the event was run for the last time in the region. New stages mean recce and pre-event preparation will be especially important for the crews and brand new pace-notes mean a lot of extra work for the co-drivers. Some WRC drivers – including Neuville and Sordo – had a taste of the stages up North as they contested the Fafe Rally Sprint (held from 2012 to 2014) which was held in a portion of six kilometres of the famous Fafe-Lameirinha stage.

The team used a six-day test in the area of the rally in April to prepare for the event with all three drivers sharing duties at the wheel of the Hyundai i20 WRC. The test was held in different areas and on different roads to ensure complete preparation and to allow the drivers to find the best set-up for the upcoming event.

Hyundai Motorsport will try to continue to amass as many Manufacturers’ points as possible to regain the second place in the standings, using all the experience gained from the recent test and from last year’s Fafe Rally Sprint.

Team Principal Michel Nandan commented: “We did some testing in Portugal last month to prepare for the rally and we have tried some different roads in order to cover a wider range of conditions which we will encounter next week. We used some sandy stages but also some more compact gravel – still soft but not as dusty. Each driver had two days in the car and from their feedback they are quite happy with the set-up for their Hyundai i20 WRC cars. We’re expecting the new route to be faster than in the South, while road cleaning will be a factor, which could be good for our drivers who are sixth, seventh and 11th in the championship right now. The late May date means we’re not expecting the rain and mud that caused so many problems when Rally de Portugal last took place in the North of the country in 2001. But what we can be sure about is no one should have a big advantage because it’s a new event for everybody. There will be some surprises but our drivers are quite happy to try something different.”

With four previous participations in the Algarve-based Rally de Portugal, Neuville will use previous testing experience of the new Portuguese roads, hoping to find a good feeling with the Hyundai i20 WRC from the beginning of the event and, ultimately, a positive result.

Neuville said: “Rally de Portugal this year is new for everyone as it moves from the Algarve to the North, close to Porto. We have tested in this region both last year and also in April, using different roads and experiencing different conditions. I also participated in the Fafe Rally Sprint in 2013 so I know what to expect from that stage. I really hope to find good settings straight away and be competitive. We made a mistake in Argentina which cost us quite a lot so we’re looking to have a clean run this week and achieve a positive result for us and the team.”

With the stages running close to his native Spain, for Sordo Rally de Portugal will be a home away from home event with the Spaniard having a lot of support from local fans and from the thousands of supporters who will travel from Spain to watch the rally. Sordo and co-driver Marc Martí – who is one of the few competitors to have contested the rally when it was up North in the past –also participated in the Fafe Rally Sprint last year where they came third, while Sordo also won the event in 2013.

Sordo commented: “Rally de Portugal this year will be like what we saw at the Fafe Rally Sprint in the last couple of years, with the stages being a bit more slippery than in the South. From what we know from Fafe, and from testing, the stages are really nice so I’m really looking forward to driving there next week. Also, for me it’s a quite special event as we are close to Spain and there will be a lot of Spanish people in the stages to support me together with the Portuguese fans who are really enthusiastic – I’m sure the atmosphere will be great and we’re really hoping for a good result.”

Rally de Portugal brings back good memories to young Kiwi Paddon as he won the SWRC and PWRC categories in the past. Confident with the configuration of next week’s stages and with his previous experience of similar terrains, Paddon will be looking for a step forward in his performance and will be aiming for a top five result.

Paddon said: “It’s great being back in the North for Rally de Portugal; new stages for everyone means it gives us a more level playing field. From what we saw at test, the stages look nice and fast but maybe a little sandier and softer compared to the rally in the South. We also found out in testing that if it rains the roads become like ice – very slippery. For me, the key on this event is to be consistently fast on every stage and write good pace notes. If we can do that then we would like to try and be in the top five but that is never easy. Still, we are ready to step up our pace and try to be closer to the front.”

The 49th edition of Rally de Portugal goes back to its origins with some traditional stages like Ponte de Lima, Fafe and Lousada being back in the rally scene for the first time in over a decade. The ceremonial Start on Thursday 21 May in the picturesque city of Guimarães will be followed by a short Super Special Stage on the Lousada rallycross track. The event base will be the Exponor fairgrounds close to Porto where the Service Park and Rally Headquarters will be located. Friday’s stages will bring the competitors close to the Spanish border for three stages repeated twice, while on Saturday the action will be East near Amarante with six more stages – including the 37,67km Fridão stage, the longest of the event. Finally, Sunday will feature the Vieira do Minho stage and the famous Fafe test run twice also as the Power Stage.

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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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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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