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Having started Rally Catalunya on gravel with two stage wins, Mads Østberg and Jonas Andersson ended day one in the top five in their DS 3 WRC.
Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle reached the end of the opening leg in eighth position in the second Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team car.
The technical team now has 75 minutes to convert the DS 3 WRCs and adapt them to run on tarmac only for the next two days.


23 October 2015

A unique event on the World Championship calendar, Rally Catalunya calls for specific preparations. On Thursday morning and throughout Friday’s leg, the crews focused on managing the tyres provided by Michelin.

This strategy would go a long way to determining the standings at the end of the first part of the rally, contested on gravel. It was vital for drivers to keep their tyres in good condition during the morning and afternoon sessions on Friday so as to remain competitive on Terra Alta, a 35-kilometre test that concluded each loop.

Mads Østberg proved to be especially committed and focused. Sixth in Barcelona, he began the gravel leg with a stage win and grabbed second place overall on SS3 (Caseres). However, on the longest stage, he picked up a slow puncture when on course to move into the overall lead and dropped 28 seconds, falling back to fifth place. In the afternoon, the Norwegian was among the frontrunners again and moved closer to the podium places with a stage win on SS7. He ended the day in fifth, 29.7 seconds behind the leader.

Less experienced on these roads, Kris Meeke adopted a more measured pace. Fourth on Thursday’s test, he ended this morning’s loop in ninth position. The Ulsterman used the afternoon’s second runs to close the gap to the leaders. He held eighth position after SS9, less than thirty seconds adrift of his team-mate.

In the third DS 3 WRC, Khalid Al Qassimi was held up by a handbrake problem at the end of SS7. Forced to disconnect the system between stages, the Abu Dhabi Racing driver picked up a three-minute penalty for arriving late at the time control. He finished the opening leg on gravel down in 22nd position.

In another DS 3 WRC, Stéphane Lefebvre continued to accumulate more experience. He was thirteenth overall as the WRCs headed for service to convert to tarmac-spec. In the FIA Junior WRC, the championship leader held the advantage after day one: Quentin Gilbert led by three seconds from Simone Tempestini, with Terry Folb third over two minutes back.

A long service is set to take place this evening in Salou. In 1 hour 15 minutes, the technical team will convert the DS 3 WRCs from gravel to tarmac configuration. When they make it to parc ferme, all the cars will be ready to tackle the 200 kilometres of tarmac stages spread over the next two days.

Yves Matton (Citroën Racing Team Principal): “Mads was very quick today. He was in confident mood and won two stages. He would have been better placed in the standings had it not been for the puncture. He was already shown he can be competitive on tarmac in Spain, so the rest of the rally may also suit him. It was a more difficult day for Kris, who didn’t contest these stages last year. He was more on the pace this afternoon on the second runs. We all know how good he is on tarmac in the DS 3 WRC, so he has a chance to move up the standings starting tomorrow.”

Mads Østberg: “I’m very pleased with our performance today! It really was a great day. Obviously, the puncture on the longest stage lost us time, but these things happen. This afternoon, we managed to be on the pace again. The nature of the rally is now going to change. It will be a totally different challenge on tarmac and I want to keep fighting at the front.”

Kris Meeke: “I couldn’t call upon my knowledge of these stages, because I made a mistake last year. Without that experience, the roads are genuinely difficult and have lots of tricky sections. I’m fairly happy with my pace on the second runs. I hope I can find the right rhythm on tarmac and climb a few places. That’s the aim for tomorrow: move up the standings.”

Khalid Al Qassimi: “We found the right balance between driving fast and staying on the road. Having put soft tyres on the rear for the first three gravel stages, there was a lot of movement and we went off the line a few times, without any dramatic consequences. On the second loop, on hard tyres, the car’s handling was better. Unfortunately, we had a problem with the handbrake at the end of SS7. We had to perform repairs and it took us about twenty minutes to disconnect the system. Although I had to pump on the brake pedal to slow the car on the last two stages, I think that this was the right decision in order to be able to finish the day.”

SS1 – Barcelona (3.20km) – The crews set off on Thursday afternoon for 222 kilometre road section in order to contest the opening stage on tarmac, in gravel configuration, in the streets of Barcelona. Sébastien Ogier set the fastest time, ahead of Thierry Neuville, Andreas Mikkelsen and Kris Meeke. Mads Østberg was sixth fastest, whilst Stéphane Lefebvre and Khalid Al Qassimi finished outside the top 10.

SS2 – Móra d’Ebre – Ascó 1 (9.62km) – The first gravel stage of the rally and first stage win for Mads Østberg, shared with Hayden Paddon. Sébastien Ogier held onto first position, just ahead of Robert Kubica. Kris Meeke set the eighth fastest time. Stéphane Lefebvre and Khalid Al Qassimi lost 15 and 29 seconds respectively. Lorenzo Bertelli retired on this, the day’s first stage.

SS3 – Caseres 1 (12.50km) – Stage win for Robert Kubica, who grabbed the overall lead. He finished ahead of Mads Østberg and Hayden Paddon on this stage. Kris Meeke was eleventh fastest, Stéphane Lefebvre was thirteenth and Khalid Al Qassimi ended in twenty-fifth place.

SS4 – Bot 1 (6.50km) – Ott Tanak set the fastest time on the day’s shortest stage, just ahead of Mads Østberg who closed to within 3.2 seconds of overall leader Robert Kubica. Kris Meeke set the ninth fastest time. Stéphane Lefebvre and Khalid Al Qassimi lost 10 and 14.8 seconds respectively.

SS5 – Terra Alta 1 (35.68 km) – Featuring a mix of gravel and tarmac, the day’s longest test proved to be a costly experience for Mads Østberg. The Norwegian picked up a slow puncture whilst on his way to grabbing the overall lead, losing almost thirty seconds. Jari-Matti Latvala claimed the stage win, ahead of Sébastien Ogier. The World Championship leader reclaimed the overall lead before the regroup that marked the mid-way point of the day. Kris Meeke set the ninth fastest time, whilst Khalid Al Qassimi and Stéphane Lefebvre dropped more than a minute. Robert Kubica lost over five minutes after picking up a puncture.

SS6 – Móra d’Ebre – Ascó 2 (9.62km) – After stopping in Ascó to change tyres, Ott Tanak and Robert Kubica shared the joint stage win, just ahead of Mads Østberg. Jari-Matti Latvala became the new overall leader ahead of Tanak, Ogier, Sordo and Østberg. Kris Meeke was eighth fastest, climbing up to eighth overall. Lefebvre was seventeenth on the stage whilst Al Qassimi was 21st.

SS7 – Caseres 2 (12.50km) – Second stage win of the day for Mads Østberg, followed by the leader Jari-Matti Latvala and Thierry Neuville. Kris Meeke finished tenth fastest, just ahead of Stéphane Lefebvre in twelfth. Khalid Al Qassimi stopped after the stage with locked-on handbrake.

SS8 – Bot 2 (6.50km) – On the second on the shortest stage of the day, Ott Tanak finished in front of Jari-Matti Latvala and Dani Sordo. The DS 3 WRCs were all bunched together, with Mads Østberg and Kris Meeke finishing in eighth and ninth positions, ahead of Stéphane Lefebvre, who was twelfth. After checking into time control eighteen minutes later in order to disconnect the handbrake, Khalid Al Qassimi managed to get away again.

SS9 – Terra Alta 2 (35.68km) – Sébastien Ogier won the final stage of the day and reclaimed the overall lead ahead of Jari-Matti Latvala, Ott Tanak, Dani Sordo and Mads Østberg. Kris Meeke ended the leg in eighth position and Stéphane Lefebvre made it back to service in thirteenth. After being handed a three-minute penalty, Khalid Al Qassimi fell out of the top 20.


1. Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) 1:24:58.4
2. Jari-Matti Latvala / Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +4.0
3. Ott Tanak / Raigo Molder (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +11.3
4. Dani Sordo / Marc Marti (Hyundai i20 WRC) +26.9
5. Mads Østberg / Jonas Andersson (DS 3 WRC) +29.7
6. Andreas Mikkelsen / Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +37.4
7. Hayden Paddon / John Kennard (Hyundai i20 WRC) +38.3
8. Kris Meeke / Paul Nagle (DS 3 WRC) +59.4
9. Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC) +1:03.8
10. Elfyn Evans / Daniel Barritt (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +1:09.2
13. Stéphane Lefebvre / Stéphane Prévot (DS 3 WRC) +3:32.1
22. Khalid Al Qassimi / Chris Patterson (DS 3 WRC) +8:28.9


Ott Tanak, 3 (including 1 tied) – Sébastien Ogier, 2 – Mads Østberg and Robert Kubica, 2 (including 1 tied) – Jari-Matti Latvala, 1 and Hayden Paddon, 1 tied.


SS1 and SS2: Sébastien Ogier
SS3 and SS4: Robert Kubica
SS5: Sébastien Ogier
SS6 to SS8: Jari-Matti Latvala
SS9: Sébastien Ogier











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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.


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.

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)

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,, 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

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

Aloísio Monteiro (PRT)/Sancho Eiró (PRT) FPAK Portugal Team ERC












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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

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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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.

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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.


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