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FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC 2015): VOLKSWAGEN RED BULL MOTORSPORT – NO COMPROMISES – VOLKSWAGEN STARTS THE RALLY GERMANY WITH A HUNGER TO VICTORY YET TO BE SATISFIED

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No compromises – Volkswagen starts the Rally Germany with a hunger for victory yet to be satisfied.

Sébastien Ogier, Viktoria Rebensburg Volkswagen Polo R WRC (2015) VW Rally Track Test 2015

First win for the Polo R WRC at the Volkswagen home event hoping to be achieved at the third attempt
Ogier, Latvala and Mikkelsen favourites as first, second and fourth in the WRC standings
First asphalt event of 2015 is final “elusive win” for Volkswagen in the WRC
Ogier/Ingrassia have first “match point” for the third title win in a row

14 August 2015

Wolfsburg (14 August 2015). Victorious everywhere except for Germany so far – if Volkswagen get their way, between 20 and 23 August 2015, Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) or Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N) will close a small but crucial gap in the resumé of the Polo R WRC. The Rally Germany, the ninth event in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), is the only rally to date that the 318 hp World Rally Car is yet to win. Even though Volkswagen weren’t exactly blessed with luck at their home event around Trier in 2013 and 2014, retiring early with different drivers in the lead at each of the rallies, the team is taking its usual meticulous and highly motivated approach to the task in hand. However, the business of getting a home win is anything but easy: The Rally Germany is the first real asphalt event of the WRC in 2015, and is regarded as the “beast” that really does cause dramas.

“One thing’s for certain: Our record at our home event reflects neither our ambitious goals nor our previous performance in Germany,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito. “There is no other WRC event at which our desire to win is so great and so unfulfilled. We could have got the win under our own steam in 2013 and 2014, but retired with Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala in the lead respectively. But even though luck hasn’t exactly been on our side at home, there is no reason why we shouldn’t be fighting for first place again in 2015. With Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala we have two winners on asphalt lining up, and Andreas Mikkelsen is more than ready for his first ever race victory, and is pacy on all surfaces. And the team behind the three of them is also a winning bunch: They won’t be making any compromises at the Rally Germany, each of them will be putting in that extra bit of hard work and perfection.”

No fear of the “beast” Rally Germany

Volkswagen will take on the “beast” Rally Germany with the same respect as they have for every WRC event, but by no means with fear. Unlike in the previous years, Volkswagen will not be using newly built chassis for Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala, instead they will be using tried and tested chassis that were in action at the “Monte”, in Mexico, Portugal and Poland. And there is another difference from last year: Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila are proven asphalt winners – at the Rally France in 2014 they celebrated the first Finnish success on this surface in 14 years, eleven months and 23 days, and also got the win at the fastest asphalt race of all time. Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene also took this opportunity to prove that they are absolute all-rounders – coming second, after finishing in this position on ice and snow in Sweden and on gravel at the Rally Poland.

To build on these successes at the first pure asphalt event since then, Volkswagen has prepared meticulously for the special conditions at the Rally Germany during testing on Corsica and in Germany, and has devised basic tuning for the second generation Polo R WRC for all three driver pairings.

Four passes of Panzerplatte and real classics to finish – the 2015 route

The WRC drivers and co-drivers will be familiar with much of the 2015 edition of the Rally Germany. None of the special stages are completely new to the participants. The notorious Panzerplatte on the military training area of Baumholder – with its unyielding “menhirs” – is on the itinerary four times on Saturday with two different stages. The area, which is only open to civilians during the Rally Germany, has caused all sorts of dramas in the past due to its particularly slippery asphalt combined with those menhirs that are intended to stop tanks. The world’s elite will take on the drift of these special stages with the respect they deserve – at 2.87 and 45.61 kilometres in 2015, they are the longest and the shortest stage of the Rally Germany. However, the highlight is the two special stages on Sunday. “Stein & Wein” and “Drohntal” are characterised by the serpentine road along the vineyards, symbolic of the Rally Germany. The second pass of the Drohntal stage will be the closing “Power Stage” on which bonus points are awarded for the top three driver/co-driver duos.

Volkswagen’s best: Andreas Mikkelsen and the 2014 podium

They celebrated Volkswagen’s only podium result in Germany to date: Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Fløene. They finished the manufacturer’s home rally in third place in 2014. Six weeks later they proved their pace on this surface again – finishing second at the Rally France, which was still held in Alsace in 2014. Going into his 60th WRC start, Mikkelsen has ten podium results to his name – only one type is still missing: a win.

“Match point” number one: Ogier and Ingrassia have a theoretical chance of WRC title number three

Only a win would see Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia crowned world champions already at the 2015 Rally Germany. And even then, they would be relying on the help of their direct rivals Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila, Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson (N/S, Citroën), Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene and Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (B/B, Hyundai). Ogier/Ingrassia would need to extend their current lead of 89 points by 23 to make it 112. 25 points are awarded for a win, with a further three for winning the Power Stage.

Unfinished business: Jari-Matti Latvala, driving on asphalt and the Rally Germany

On a make-up tour of his own: Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila want to make peace with the rally around Trier in Germany. In 2014 they drove in a league of their own on “Planet JML” and had built up a lead of more than a minute before they came off the track on the final day and were forced to put the dream of their first win on asphalt to bed. This came soon afterwards in France. If Latvala/Anttila were to finish higher than seventh, the early championship victory of Ogier/Ingrassia would be deferred.

Quotes ahead of the Rally Germany

Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1
“I have mixed feelings about the Rally Germany. On the one hand, I won there in 2011 and have always been fast. On the other hand, I experienced the pain of minor errors on the narrow streets being penalised immediately in 2014. But that is history. We want to do better this year and that is definitely possible. However, we need to be focussed and avoid errors. Ahead of the Rally Germany we also tested brakes during testing in Trier so that we are properly prepared for the challenges of the asphalt tracks. Many sections of this year’s Rally Germany are similar or identical to those of last year. I particularly like the winding special stages along the vineyards. They are lovely to drive and are so much fun in the Polo. It would be possible for Julien and I to secure the title in the drivers’ and co-drivers’ world championship in Germany. But we will only be focussing on ourselves and want to complete the rally successfully – ideally finishing in the middle of the podium of course.”

Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2
“Naturally the home event in Germany is special to the team. I am definitely ready. The win in Finland has given me a massive motivational boost. Things weren’t going very smoothly before that, but at my home rally I showed that I can prevail in a head-to-head battle. Michelin are providing a new tyre for the Rally Germany, the H4, for which we adjusted the set-up of the Polo R WRC during testing a week ago. We also tested on Corsica this year. So I was able to get used to driving on asphalt. Asphalt rallies are something special because as drivers we need to get used to different surfaces with different characteristics in a short space of time. This is particularly difficult at the Rally Germany on the special stage ‘Panzerplatte’ – my favourite stage. It is a bit like in Finland: hilly, the road is wide, the grip changes constantly and the speed is high. I like it because it is smooth to drive. It’s much more technical along the vineyards. In 2013 I led the Rally Germany up until Saturday afternoon, and last year until Sunday morning – this year it would be nice if I could keep the lead until the end. A top three finish is realistic. That’s my goal.”

Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9
“At the Rally Germany we drive three asphalt rallies in one weekend because the surfaces on the three days are so different. Ahead of the Rally Germany I tested in the vineyards so that I could get used to the surface at rally speed. I haven’t driven on asphalt since the Rally Monte Carlo. But I’m looking forward to it. I like the special stages in Germany and I hope that I can find my rhythm quickly. Last year I was the best Volkswagen driver in third place. Naturally we want to do better as a team this year. I expect that we will be fighting for the lead. But we can’t forget about the competition: My friend Thierry Neuville and Hyundai won here last year. On top of that, Citroën with Kris Meeke and Mads Østberg are always quick on asphalt. The weather can also be a crucial factor, since it changes constantly. So there are many different challenges to master. My retirement at the Rally Finland means that I lost second place in the drivers’ championship. I want to regain that with a good result at the Rally Germany. My aim is to be fighting for a top three spot.”

Did you know that …

… local heroes Erwin Weber and Matthias Berg won the first Rally Germany in 1982? Weber, who was active for Volkswagen from 1987 until 1990, won in an Opel Ascona 400.

… a German car manufacturer has never won the Rally Germany since it has been on the WRC calendar? With the exception of 2009, when the race around Trier was not part of the WRC calendar, eleven wins have gone to Citroën and one to Hyundai.

… Volkswagen duo Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia won the Rally Germany in 2011? The two Frenchmen were victorious at the wheel of a Citroën.

… Record world champion Sébastien Loeb is also the record winner in Germany? The Frenchman won a total of nine times, and even eight times in a row from 2002 to 2010.

… as well as the WRC class and the supporting championships WRC2 and WRC3, participants of the RGT Cup introduced in 2015 will line up this year?

… Volkswagen test and development driver Dieter Depping won the Rally Germany a total of three times (1994, 1996 and 1997)? Until the winning streak of Frenchman Sébastien Loeb, the German held the record for the most victories.

… the show start and the prize-giving ceremony at the Rally Germany have only not been held in front of the impressive backdrop of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Porta Nigra once since it has been part of the WRC calendar? At Volkswagen’s first WRC home event in 2013, it was “Viva Colonia” – the drivers, co-drivers and World Rally Cars were presented on the southern side of the cathedral square in Cologne, “Roncalliplatz”.

The number of the Rally Germany: 50

Crew chief Ralf Arneke has a double celebration at the Rally Germany. In WRC action for the 50th time since Volkswagen started the Polo R WRC project, he will also be celebrating his 50th birthday on rally Saturday. And what is top of his birthday wish-list? See above.

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Rally Deutschland – TV broadcast

Western Europe
Andorra (Canal +), Austria (ORF, Servus TV, Sport1, LAOLA1.tv, RTL), Belgium (Canal +, RTBF), Cyprus (Cyta Vision), Europe (MOTORS TV), Finland (YLE, Nelonen), France (Canal +, France TV, Léquipe 21), Germany (Sport1, Servus TV, LAOLA1.tv, Sky, RTL), Greece (OTE), Italy (RAI, Fox Sports), Ireland (BT Sport, itv4), Liechtenstein (Sport1, Servus TV, RTL), Luxembourg (Canal +, Servus TV, Sport1, RTL), Monaco (Canal +, France TV, Léquipe 21), Norway (TV2), Portugal (Sport TV, RTP), Spain (Canal +, TV3), Sweden (SVT), Switzerland (Canal +, Sport1, Servus TV, RTL), UK (BT Sport, itv4), Wales (S4C)

Eastern Europe
Belarus (Auto Plus), Bosnia and Herzigovina (Arena TV), Bulgaria (BNT), Croatia (Arena TV), Czech Republic (Czech TV, O2, Sport 5), Estonia (Estonia TV, Auto Plus), Kososvo (Arena TV), Latvia (Auto Plus), Lithuania (Auto Plus), Macedonia (Arena TV), Moldova (Auto Plus), Montenegro (Arena TV), Poland (Polsat, TVP, tvn), Romania (Dolce Sport), Russia (Auto Plus), Serbia (Arena TV), Slovakia (Sport5), Slovenia (Arena TV), Turkey (NTV), Ukraine (First Automotive Channel, Auto Plus)

Middle East and Africa
Algeria (Dubai Sports Channel), Angola (Canal +, Sport TV), Bahrain (Dubai Sports Channel), Benin (Canal +), Botswana (Canal +), Burkina Faso (Canal +), Burundi (Canal +), Cameroon (Canal +), Cape Verde (Canal +, Sport TV), Djibouti (Dubai Sports Channel), Egypt (Dubai Sports Channel), Equatorial Guinea (Canal +), Eritrea (Dubai Sports Channel), Ethopia (Canal +), Gabon (Canal +), Gambia (Canal +), Guinea (Canal +), Guinea-Bissau (Canal +), Iran (Dubai Sports Channel), Iraq (Dubai Sports Channel), Israel (Charlton), Ivory Coast (Canal +), Jordan (Dubai Sports Channel), Kenya (Canal +), Kuwait (Dubai Sports Channel), Lebanon (Dubai Sports Channel), Libya (Dubai Sports Channel), Madagascar (Canal +), Malawi (Canal +), Mali (Canal +), Mauritania (Canal +, Dubai Sports Channel), Mauritius (Canal +), Morocco (Dubai Sports Channel), Mozambique (Canal +, Sport TV), Namibia (Canal +), Nigeria (Canal +), Niger (Canal +), Oman (Dubai Sports Channel), Pakistan (Neo Sports), Palestine (Dubai Sports Channel), Qatar (Dubai Sports Channel), Sao Tome (Canal +), Saudi Arabia (Dubai Sports Channel), Senegal (Canal +), Seychelles (Canal +), Sierra Leone (Canal +), Somalia (Dubai Sports Channel), Sudan (Dubai Sports Channel), Syria (Dubai Sports Channel), Tanzania (Canal +), Togo (Canal +), Tunisia (Dubai Sports Channel), Uganda (Canal +), United Arab Emirates (Dubai Sports Channel), Yemen (Dubai Sports Channel), Zambia (Canal +), Zimbabwe (Canal +)

Asia Pacific
Armenia (Auto Plus), Australia (Fox Sports), American Samoa (MAV TV), Azerbeijan (Auto Plus), Baker Island (MAV TV), Bangladesh (NEO Sports), Bhutan (NEO Sports), China (CCTV 5, PPTV), Guam (MAV TV), Georgia (Auto Plus), Howland Islands (MAV TV), India (NEO Sports), Kazakhstan (Auto Plus), Kyrgyzstan (Auto Plus), Japan (J-Sport), Jarvis Island (MAV TV), Kingman Reef (MAV TV), Malaysia (Astro), Micronesia (MAV TV), Midway Islands (MAV TV), Navassa Island (MAV TV), Nepal (NEO Sports), New Zealand (Sky Sports), Norther Marianas (MAV TV), Palau (MAV TV), South Korea (SBS Sport), Sri Lanka (NEO Sports), Tajikistan (Auto Plus), Thailand (Truevision), Turkmenistan (Auto Plus), U.S. Virgin Islands (MAV TV), Uzbekistan (Auto Plus), Wake Islands (MAV TV)

North and Latin America
Argentina (Channel 12, Fox Sports), Bahamas (MAV TV), Barbados (MAV TV), Belize (MAV TV), Bolivia (Fox Sports), Brazil (Fox Sports), Chile (Fox Sports), Colombia (Fox Sports), Costa Rica (Fox Sports), Cuba (Fox Sports), Dominican Republic (Fox Sports), Ecuador (Fox Sports), El Salvador (Fox Sports), Guatemala (Fox Sports), Haiti (MAV TV), Honduras (Fox Sports), Jamaica (MAV TV), Mexico (Fox Sports, TV4), Nicaragua (Fox Sports), Panama (Fox Sports), Paraguay (Fox Sports, Telefuturo), Peru (Fox Sports), Puerto Rico (MAV TV), Trinidad & Tobago (MAV TV, Channel 12), Uruguay (Channel 12), USA (MAV TV, Fox Sports), Venezuela (Fox Sports)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nobre / Morales are already in Ponta Delgada to start recognizing the Rally on the beautiful island of Lusa, which will be held next weekend, from March 21 to 23.

Nobre/Morales ya se encuentran en Ponta Delgada para iniciar los reconocimientos del Rally en la hermosa isla lusa, que se disputará el próximo fin de semana, entre el 21 al 23 de marzo.

ERC EVENT PREVIEW: AZORES RALLYE

he 2019 FIA European Rally Championship fires up in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean from 21-23 March when the Azores Rallye hosts the opening exchanges of what is set to be another action-packed chase for on-stage glory.

Essentials
What: FIA European Rally Championship round 1 of 8*
When: 21-23 March
Where: Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Azores
Stages: 15
Distance: 223.93 kilometres
Surface: Gravel
ERC appearances (since 2004 restructuring): 6 (2013-2018)
*Also counting for: FIA ERC1 Junior Championship, FIA ERC3 Junior Championship, ERC2, ERC3, FIA European Rally Championship for Teams, ERC Nations’ Cup, ERC Ladies’ Trophy

Recent winners:
2018: Alexey Lukyanuk/Alexey Arnautov (Ford Fiesta R5)
2017: Bruno Magalhães/Hugo Magalhães (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
2016: Ricardo Moura/António Costa (Ford Fiesta R5)
2015: Craig Breen/Scott Martin (Peugeot 208 T16)
2014: Bernardo Sousa/Hugo Magalhães (Ford Fiesta RRC)

Overview
The 2019 FIA European Rally Championship fires up in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean from 21-23 March when the Azores Rallye hosts the opening exchanges of what is set to be another action-packed chase for on-stage glory. Established stars, national champions, category stalwarts – plus a host of young prospects aiming to prove their talent in ERC Junior – will be competing on a mixture of asphalt and gravel events during an eight-round season between now and November. And they will do so in an exciting array of machinery. With several stages from the Azores broadcast live, a thrilling start to the season is in store.

Azores Rallye in 100 words
Based on São Miguel, the mid-Atlantic archipelago’s largest island, the event celebrated turning 50 in 2015 and remains one of the most spectacular on the international calendar. Gravel tests criss-cross breath-taking scenery and lush countryside, and are characterised by their sandy surface and narrow, undulating nature. And because the stages are often no wider than the width of a car, there is no margin for error, particularly on the iconic Sete Cidades, which runs along the rim of a volcanic crater lake, and where the weather can switch from sunshine to showers to fog in the blink of an eye.

What’s new for 2019?
Several changes have been made to this year’s route with new and tweaked stages – including the untried Mediana Remédios test on leg one. The City Show, the non-competitive pre-rally demonstration run in Ponta Delgada on Wednesday evening, has also been revised as organisers usher in the changes.

Changes to the ERC include the renaming of the ERC Junior categories: ERC Junior Under 28 becomes ERC1 Junior, ERC Junior U27 becomes ERC3 Junior with continued support from Pirelli. Meanwhile, R4-K and RGT cars are eligible for ERC2 points, while Rally Hungary joins the calendar for the first time as the deciding round in November.

Don’t miss!
Seven stages, including both runs of Sete Cidades on Friday 22 March, will be broadcast live on RTP Açores, and streamed on the official ERC website, FIAERC.com, and social media channels. However, before viewers are treated to the stunning Sete Cidades, they can enjoy the battle on the streets of Ponta Delgada, where the City Show takes place on the evening of Wednesday 20 March. On Thursday 21 March, fans can then watch live the event-opening Coroa da Mata stage followed by action from the Marques superspecial, which runs through the amphitheatre of a quarry. As well as the two visits to Sete Cidades, Friday’s live programming also includes the return to the Marques superspecial. Live coverage from Tronqueira, which hosts the second stage on Saturday 23 March and the rally’s deciding test that afternoon, will be the focus of leg three’s live output, which concludes with the podium finish in Ponta Delgada in early evening.

The Azores archipelago is located roughly equidistant between Lisbon and New York and is made up of nine islands. The fertile soil is perfect for a variety of crops and grazing for livestock.

Ribeira Grande, on São Miguel’s north coast, is becoming established as Portugal’s surfing capital with a number of national and international events being hosted there.

ERC entries at a glance

ERC1
Alexey Lukyanuk (RUS)/Alexey Arnautov (RUS) Saintéloc Junior Team / Citroën C3 R5

Bruno Magalhães (PRT)/Hugo Magalhães (PRT) Team Hyundai Portugal / Hyndai i20 R5

J Chris Ingram (GBR)/Ross Whittock (GBR) Toksport WRT / ŠKODA Fabia R5

Marijan Griebel (DEU)/Stefan Kopczyk (DEU) Baumschlager Rallye & Racing / Volkswagen Polo GTI R5

Norbert Herczig (HUN)/Ramón Ferencz (HUN) MOL Racing Team / Volkswagen Polo GTI R5

Łukasz Habaj (POL)/Daniel Dymurski (POL) Sports Racing Technologies / ŠKODA Fabia R5

Ricardo Moura (PRT)/António Costa (PRT) ARC Sport / ŠKODA Fabia R5

Vojtĕch Štajf (CZE)/Veronika Havelková (CZE) ACCR Czech Rally Team I / ŠKODA Fabia R5

J Alexandros Tsouloftas (CYP)/NAME (CYP) Toksport WRT / ŠKODA Fabia R5

J Pierre-Louis Loubet (FRA)/Vincent Landais (FRA) 2C Compétition / ŠKODA Fabia R5

J Mattias Adielsson (SWE)/Andreas Johansson (SWE) Sweden National Team / Citroën C3 R5

Paulo Nobre (BRA)/Gabriel Morales (BRA) Palmeirinha Rally / ŠKODA Fabia R5

Bernard Sousa (PRT)/Victor Calado (PRT) Raly/Aautoaçoreana Racing / Citroën C3 R5

J Pedro Almeida (PRT)/Nuno Almeida (PRT) ARC Sport / ŠKODA Fabia R5

J Miguel Correia (PRT)/Pedro Alves (PRT) ARC Sport / Ford Fiesta R5

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Along the way, it will visit some of the world’s most historic rallycross tracks, while introducing two exciting new challenges in the shape of Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit and the legendary Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. Following its successful debut last year, Silverstone’s Speedmachine Festival returns on May 25 26.

GCK announce 2019 FIA World Rallycross line up

FIA World Rallycross Championship team GC KOMPETITION (GCK), founded by French athlete Guerlain Chicherit, proudly announces its participation in the 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship with two permanent teams.

GCK entered their debut season in 2018 with two brand-new Renault Megane R.S. RX, before expanding the team
to three vehicles at the USA and Germany WRX events. Building upon this successful debut season GCK will now
expand their operations to include four permanent drivers in the 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship.

Returning as GC KOMPETITION team mate to team owner Chicherit in the GCK Megane R.S. RX is Swedish
European Rallycross Champion Anton Marklund.
Joining the GCK squad for 2019 as part of the all new GCK Academy team are RX2 Champion Cyril Raymond
(FRA) and RX2 Vice Champion Guillaume De Ridder (BEL) who will campaign a 2019 evolution of the successful

GCK Renault Clio R.S. RX.

GCK has appointed French engineering company FORS Performance to facilitate all WRX race operations from
2019 for both teams. Chicherit created the ‘GCK Academy’ team with a vision to further young rallycross talent and support junior drivers, giving them the opportunity to compete on a world championship motorsport stage. Having witnessed the growth of the FIA World Rallycross Championship and the increasing difficulties junior drivers face to develop in World Championship cars, Chicherit decided to start the GCK Academy, entering his GCK Clio R.S. RX into World
RX and adding 2 talented young race drivers to the GCK family.

Chicherit commented: «2019 is a really big year for GCK. We debuted the team in the FIA World Rallycross
Championship in 2018 and have been working really hard to further develop the GCK Megane R.S. RX, the first car to have been designed and built from scratch to compete in rallycross. To now enter the Championship with 4 cars is a big step. It allows me to compete in the GCK Megane R.S. RX alongside Anton who I’ve been working with closely over the last few months but also to support two super talented junior drivers in Cyril and Guillaume to develop in a World Championship driving the GCK Clio R.S. RX. I’m really excited to see what the season will bring.»

Returning to the GCK Megane RS RX for 2019 Anton Marklund commented:
«I’ve already been in contact with GCK since July 2018. This means we have already had a lot of time to work
together towards the upcoming season. First, I raced the GCK Mégane in the last 3 races of the 2018 season and
worked with Guerlain to further put together a development list for the car.
Then FORS Performance offered me to help them develop the GCK Clio during the winter which means I got to spend a lot of time and work closely with the team operating the cars this year.
With all those opportunities ahead of this season, Ialready feel very much at home in the team. I’m sure that with
the development and preparations we all have done during the winter, we have a good chance to race for top spots
in the 2019 season. I want to thank Guerlain and Bilstein for their trust and support and can’t wait to get the season
started!»

Following a successful 2018 rookie season in the FIA European Rallycross Championship, Cyril Raymond is
aiming to consistently compete for top six positions and work closely with his new team mate to bring success to
the GCK Academy programme. Cyril commented:
«My vision for 2019 is to improve my driving in supercars and to be a good teammate. I would like to show my
potential behind the wheel but also in the paddock at work. My target is to be in the final of the every race.

Joining GCK Academy is a really important moment of my career. I have finally become a race driver of the FIA World Rallycross Championship! It’s a dream come true. I’ll never forget this moment.»

Completing the GCK Academy roster, Belgium’s Guillaume De Ridder was identified by Guerlain Chicherit as a future World Rallycross star from when they both raced in RX2 during 2017. Throughout 2018, the GCK owner monitored De Ridder closely with the intention of presenting a Supercar opportunity to the Belgian.

Excited by the opportunity, Guillaume commented:
«Joining the GCK Academy is an incredible opportunity for me ! Being selected as one of the two junior drivers
representing the team is an awesome recognition. It has been many years now that I have been working so hard
and have given everything I had (sometimes even more than that!) in order to reach the highest level in motorsport, so it is finally a dream come true ! I would like to thank Guerlain Chicherit and all the GCK team for the opportunity they are giving me and I will work even harder to show them they have made the right choice. I am extremely excited and I can’t wait to start working with such a professional and ambitious team!»

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About GCK:

Inspired to create something different, innovative and of exceptional quality, GCK was founded by former freeskiing Champion and motorsport athlete Guerlain Chicherit in 2017. Encompassing his selection of unique, luxury ski and summer chalets in some of the most coveted holiday destinations, the GC KOLLECTION, his creative agency producing unique, award-winning and thought-provoking designs and interiors, GC KREATIV, and GC KOMPETITION, Chicherit’s latest venture – a professional Motorsport team that combines cutting-edge car design, the latest in technological developments and incredible brand marketing value with Championship-winning ability, supported by some of the biggest names
in the industry. GCK is here to change the rules – in the paddock, on the track and amongst its fans.

About FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy:

The FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy is head-to-head, short, sharp racing on mixed surfaces (dirt and asphalt) contained within amphitheatre venues. High profile drivers are equipped with RX Supercars with over 600bhp and an acceleration of 0-60mph in less than two seconds.

World RX debuted in 2014 with a calendar including events in Argentina, Turkey, Canada and throughout Europe. Building on the success of World RX’s first five seasons and the burgeoning momentum behind the series, the 2019 calendar will incorporate 10 rounds across four continents.

Along the way, it will visit some of the world’s most historic rallycross tracks, while introducing two exciting new challenges in the shape of Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit and the legendary Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. Following its successful debut last year, Silverstone’s Speedmachine Festival returns on May 25 26.

5 March 2019

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EL RALLY MUNDIAL DE ARGENTINA CONFIRMADO PARA EL 2019

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WRC A FULL 2019

EL RALLY MUNDIAL DE ARGENTINA CONFIRMADO PARA EL 2019.

SERÁ ENTRE EL 25 AL 28 DE ABRIL EN VILLA CARLOS PAZ.

 

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El Rally Argentina confirmado para el 2019

El Consejo Mundial de Automovilismo Deportivo de FIA, definió el calendario 2019 del Campeonato del Mundo FIA de Rally, donde Argentina vuelve a ser parte del certamen mundial.

El Rally Argentina se disputará del 25 al 28 de abril.
Será la 5ta fecha del WRC.
14 será el número total de fechas que se disputarán en el 2019.

En la tercera reunión del 2018 realizada por el Consejo Mundial de Automovilismo Deportivo de FIA, que se celebró hoy en París, se definió junto a otros temas, el calendario del WRC para la temporada 2019 con algunas novedades.

El Rally Argentina, organizado por el Automovil Club Argentino, vuelve a formar parte de esta competencia internacional en el mes de abril del próximo año y cumplirá su 39°edición.

Entre los cambios que ofrecerá el 2019, el calendario tendrá 14 fechas, una más que en estos últimos años, de las cuáles cinco seran disputadas fuera del continente americano con la incorporación de Chile como nueva cita mundialista.

🌐https://www.rallyargentina.com

Responsable Comunicación y Prensa:
Augusto Lobo

Prensa YPF Rally Argentina WRC 2019

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24 de Octubre 2018

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