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FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC 2015): TOUR DE CORSE – VOLKSWAGEN RED BULL MOTORSPORT – LATVALA! ANTTILA VOLKSWAGEN CLAIMS WRC WIN NUMBER TEN ON CORSICA

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Latvala! Anttila! Volkswagen claims WRC win number ten on Corsica.

Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN), Miikka Anttila (FIN) Volkswagen Polo R WRC (2015) WRC Rally France - Corsica 2015

Latvala/Anttila repeat last year’s victory at the Rally France
Podium for the twelfth time: Mikkelsen/Fløene are third
Power Stage points for Ogier/Ingrassia at the world champions’* home rally

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC)
RALLY FRANCE

4 October 2015

Wolfsburg (04 October 2015). Short, tough, successful: Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) won the Rally France for the second time in a row. After last year’s historic victory in Alsace, the pair currently second in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) was this time successful on Corsica. Following last year’s victory in France, this latest triumph was the Finnish duo’s second win on asphalt, their 15th in total and their eighth success in the Polo R WRC. The Volkswagen success story was completed by Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N), who finished third to add a 22nd podium finish to Volkswagen’s collection this season – and still with two of the 13 WRC rounds to come. There was a happy ending for their team-mates Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) at the end of a difficult home event: they won the Power Stage for the ninth time this season – and the 25th time in their careers – to claim the three bonus points.

Second win in France, first on Corsica: Latvala/Anttila victorious again on asphalt

Another plus for Finnish-French relations: Latvala and Anttila’s second success of their career on asphalt was another remarkable story. At the fastest asphalt rally of all time – in Alsace in 2014 – the Volkswagen duo brought to an end a 15-year barren stretch for the proud rallying nation of Finland, who had had to wait a decade and a half for one of their countrymen to win again on this surface. Not only did they repeat the feat this time around, but they also showed their pace on what were probably the toughest conditions seen in recent years, and at a Rally France with an extremely diverse character. In doing so, they cut the gap to just one victory in the long-running battle between Finnish drivers (175 wins) and their French counterparts (176 ). Latvala/Anttila are only the second Finnish duo ever to win a World Championship event on the Mediterranean island, following in the footsteps of Markku Alén/Ilkka Kivimäki (1983 and 1984).

A round dozen: third for Mikkelsen/Fløene – twelfth podium for Volkswagen

A dozen times on the podium: Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Fløene continued their extremely impressive season with their seventh podium of the year in France. In doing so, they stayed in touch with their Volkswagen team-mates Latvala/Anttila to keep alive any hope of finishing runners-up in the World Championship. Seven podium finishes in the past eleven rallies this season – only reigning world champions and champions* elect Ogier/Ingrassia have been involved in the traditional champagne shower more often, having stepped onto the podium on nine occasions. With two rallies remaining this season, Mikkelsen/Fløene in third place now trail Latvala/Anttila by 34 points. A maximum 28 points are on offer at each round. At the same time, they were able to extend their lead over fourth-placed Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson (N/S, Citroën) in the Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ Championship to 28 points.

Mr. Power Stage – Misfortune for Ogier/Ingrassia concludes with a happy ending on the final stage

After their “black Friday” – at their home rally, of all places – there was some small consolation for Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia on Corsica, in the form of victory on the closing Power Stage. This sort of happy ending is truly Volkswagen’s domain and, above all, a speciality of Ogier/Ingrassia. For the 25th time in their career they picked up the maximum three bonus points on the final stage of the rally, on which, since 2011, the three fastest crews are rewarded with extra points towards the Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ Championship. On 22 of these 25 occasions, Ogier/Ingrassia were at the wheel of the Polo R WRC. Ogier/Ingrassia had initially suffered a set-back on Friday, losing about 1.40 minutes due to a slow puncture. Their misery was then compounded by a ten-minute penalty for re-joining the race under Rally 2 regulations after having to change the gearbox outside of the regular service. Although this dashed any hopes of finishing in the points, they did go on to win the longest (SS6, “Muracciole–Col de Sorba”, 48.46 km) and the fastest (SS7, “Sotta–Chialza”, average speed of 103.68 km/h) stages of the rally.

Their Volkswagen team-mates also picked up a bonus point: Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila finished third on the Power Stage.

Extreme weather and tyre gambles – an extremely challenging “Tour de Corse”

Two of the nine special stages were cancelled due to landslides, while up to 361 litres of rain fell on Corsica during the Rally France – the teams and drivers were constantly battling extreme weather throughout the three days of the rally. Friday was dominated by a hurricane and heavy rain, while the mud-covered asphalt stages made life difficult for the drivers and co-drivers on Saturday. On Sunday, the biggest challenge facing the crews was a route that was damp in some places, dry in others, and was gradually drying out over the course of the day. The Volkswagen drivers primarily put their faith in the softer Michelin tyres, while the opposition opted for more of the hard compound. And the decision proved to be the correct one: Latvala/Anttila extended their lead by over 40 seconds to 43.1 seconds on the final day – with 94.91 kilometres against the clock the longest of the rally. Meanwhile, Mikkelsen/Fløene cut the gap to second-placed Elfyn Evans/Daniel Barritt (GB/GB, M-Sport-Ford) by 30 seconds to just 3.2 seconds.

* Subject to the official publication of the results by the FIA.

Quotes after day three of the Rally France

Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1
“Julien and I ended the rally with another fantastic day in the Polo here on Corsica. The conditions and profile of the route were very nice and spectacular today. Our strategy of fitting four soft tyres for the second stage of the day was perhaps a little too risky, but generally speaking I am very happy with the way the rally ended. And we won the Power Stage, which was a nice way for us to end this Rally France. Next year I will do everything in my power to ensure that the Tricolore is back flying the highest, after two Finnish victories in a row. For now, however, I would like to congratulate Jari-Matti and Miikka.”

Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2
“I am struggling to put it all into words. It is a fantastic feeling to win here on Corsica. The conditions were not easy again today, as we were constantly switching between dry and damp sections. And my lead over Elfyn Evans was not exactly what you would call comfortable. Despite this, I wanted to avoid taking too many risks, to extend my lead in a controlled and cool manner, and to wrap up the win. I did exactly that. I would like to dedicate my victory to my idol Henri Toivonen. That is another reason why today is such a special day for me.”

Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9
“The bottom line is, we are very happy with the way the Rally France panned out. Third place is a good result, although we were pushing really hard to catch Elfyn Evans in second place towards the end. We fought back really well, but unfortunately just came up short. Congratulations to Jari-Matti Latvala and Elfyn – they both drove a strong rally. I was perhaps a little too defensive at the start, but I still struggle a bit with the switch from gravel to asphalt. I can, and will, work on that. However, Saturday and Sunday worked out as I had hoped. We drove a sensible, but still fast, pace. As such, Ola and I can be happy with our performance. Sure, our goal still remains to finish runner-up in the World Championship – but we will have to perform some magic if we are to catch our team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala, who has a big gap. Whatever happens, we will definitely do our best.”

Jost Capito, Volkswagen Motorsport Director
“What a nerve-wracking Rally France. Storms, the most difficult conditions for years, and three outstanding Volkswagen drivers on top of their game. We are proud of this win. Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila drove a tactically intelligent rally, holding back in the extreme weather and then attacking when and where they had to. They were worthy winners – I take my hat off to them. The same goes for Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Fløene. The fact that only the reigning world champions and champions elect have claimed more podium finishes this year tells you everything. Speaking of the world champions: unfortunately Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia were the victims of several doses of bad luck at their home race here on Corsica. However, victory on the Power Stage showed that they are still hungry for success and will fight right through to the finish.”

And then there was …

… the shortest WRC rally ever. Landslides forced the organisers of the Rally France to cancel two special stages – the two scheduled runs of “Casamozza–Ponte Leccia” on Friday and Saturday, each of which would have been 43.69 kilometres long. As such, the rally on Corsica was reduced to 245.35 kilometres against the clock. Before this weekend, the 2007 Rally Argentina (248.90 kilometres) and the 2011 Rally Jordan (259.56 kilometres) were the shortest races in the history of the World Rally Championship.

FIA Rally World Championship (WRC),
Rally France – Final Results
1. Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), Volkswagen 2h 39m 46.7s
2. Elfyn Evans/Daniel Barritt (GB/GB), Ford + 43.1s
3. Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N), Volkswagen + 46.3s
4. Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle (GB/IRL), Citroën + 1m 33.4s
5. Hayden Paddon/John Kennard (NZ/NZ), Hyundai + 1m 53.6s
6. Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson (N/S), Citroën + 1m 59.8s
7. Dani Sordo/Marc Martí (E/E), Hyundai + 2m 10.4s
8. Bryan Bouffier/Thibault De la Haye (F/F), Ford + 2m 12.8s
9. Stéphane Sarrazin/Jacques-Julien Renucci (F/F), Ford + 2m 39.3s
10. Ott Tänak/Raigo Mõlder (EST/EST), Ford + 3m 43.0s

15. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Volkswagen + 9m 07.3s

FIA Rally World Championship (WRC),
Rally France – Power Stage Results
1. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Volkswagen 10m 23.2s
2. Robert Kubica/Maciej Szczepaniak (PL/PL), Ford + 8.6s
3. Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), Volkswagen + 10.2s
FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Overall Standings
Drivers’ Championship
points
1. Sébastien Ogier 238
2. Jari-Matti Latvala 160
3. Andreas Mikkelsen 126
4. Mads Østberg 98
5. Thierry Neuville 86
6. Kris Meeke 83
7. Elfyn Evans 81
8. Hayden Paddon 66
9. Ott Tänak 63
10. Dani Sordo 60
Manufacturers’ Championship
points
1. Volkswagen Motorsport 369
2. Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT 184
3. Hyundai Motorsport 183
4. M-Sport 170
5. Volkswagen Motorsport II 91
6. Hyundai Motorsport N 59
7.
Jipocar Czech National Team 45
8. FWRT 9

FIA World Rally Championship (WRC),
Rally France / Tour de Corse – 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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THE DRIVER OF BRAZIL, PALMEIRINHA RALLY TEAM, PAULO NOBRE PERFORMED A PREPARATORY TEST OF EARTH IN ITALY ON THE ŠKODA FABIA R5 THAT MANAGES MOTORSPORT ITALIA WITH BRUNO DE PIANTO AND MAX RENDINA.

 

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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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