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SNOW, STUDS AND SPECTACLE: M-SPORT SIGHT SWEDISH SUCCESS

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SNOW, STUDS AND SPECTACLE: M-SPORT SIGHT SWEDISH SUCCESS

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31 January 2014

As the FIA World Rally Championship’s (WRC) only true winter event, Rally Sweden offers a unique challenge. Snow-covered stages and studded tyres provide one of the most spectacular events of the year and – having traditionally performed well at the Swedish fixture – M-Sport has its sights firmly set on further success.

Based in the rally-rich heart of Värmland, the region has benefited from significant snow-fall of late, which could well signal the return of some classic winter rallying.

Provided the snow cover remains good, Rally Sweden might surprise. Whereas other loose-surface events deliver unpredictable grip-levels, traction on snow is relatively high. With temperatures well below zero, Michelin’s X-ICE NORTH 2 tyres bite through the snow to capture grip on the hard ice below – affecting a smooth ride at breath-taking speeds.

But should the stages be covered with soft snow and little ice, the studs tear up the road surface leaving little room for error – exposed gravel threatening to damage the steel-tips and resulting in a considerable loss of traction.

Of course it’s not just tyres which are adapted to cope with the cold climate. The Ford Fiesta RS WRCs are fitted with extra protection to guard against the studded tyres and there are a few driver comforts to ensure the crews can perform to the best of their ability. The cars are fitted with heaters and the drivers and co-drivers benefit from such little luxuries as heated boots and thicker soled shoes.

One driver who knows what it takes to overcome the challenges thrown up by this specialist event is Mikko Hirvonen. He and co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen have contested the rally on ten previous occasions – making the podium no fewer than five times and winning the event with Ford and M-Sport in both 2010 and 2011. Their 2011 victory came on the Fiesta RS WRC’s maiden outing. In fact, the Fiesta claimed a clean-sweep of the podium that year – making it one of rallying’s most successful WRC debuts.

As one of Scandinavia’s most celebrated drivers, the art of winter rallying comes naturally to the Finn who first learnt to drive whilst sitting on his father’s knee on a frozen lake. Needless to say, Hirvonen’s season starts here and he will be looking towards a podium finish.

By contrast, next week will mark Elfyn Evans’ first venture to Sweden’s snow-covered stages. The Welshman has never contested a snow rally with studded tyres, but with the knowledge and guidance of his experienced team mate, he will be well prepared for the challenges ahead.
Partnered by co-driver Daniel Barritt, the pairing will be looking to gain as much knowledge and experience of the unfamiliar surface as possible. With the goal of making it through all 24 stages unscathed, next week provides another perfect opportunity for Evans to hone his skills and continue his development as one of the championship’s most promising up-and-coming young talents.

Mikko Hirvonen said:

“We’ve just completed a really good test and I’m feeling good. We knew from past experience that the Fiesta [RS WRC] would be really strong in the high-speed sections, and it was great to see that I had that same good feeling straight away.

“Rally Sweden is extra fun when it’s really cold and there is a lot of snow – there’s nothing better than bouncing your car off the compacted snow banks at high speed. Although the region has had some good snow fall recently, there might not be much ice and that could be tricky. It means that there will be a lot of gravel coming through the snow which makes tyre management really important.

“I’ve won this rally twice before, but I wouldn’t say that there was much of a secret to doing well here. It used to favour the Scandinavians, but I think last year proved that that is no longer the case and anyone can be quick here.

“The main thing to remember is to really commit to the stages. Especially in the high-speed sections, you need the confidence to go flat-out. It’s one of those events where a driver needs to really attack, but in the narrow sections you also have to be very precise. There’s a very narrow line that forms, and if you venture off that line you can easily find yourself in trouble.

“I really hope that we can get back to our best next week and be challenging for the top positions. Monte-Carlo was a really tricky event for us, so now I’m really looking forward to Sweden where I think we can be competitive. We’re certainly determined to show what we can do.”

Elfyn Evans said:

“This will be my first time driving a proper snow rally with full studded tyres, but I’m feeling good about the challenges ahead. We’ve had a really good test which has helped a lot with the confidence, but obviously the rally itself will be a completely different experience. Even the recce will be new to us – discovering how to best prepare the notes for these kinds of conditions.

“I think that the type of snow we encounter will be key. At the moment, it looks like it’s going to be fairly mild in Värmland so that could make it quite tricky and we will need to ensure that we take care to look after the studded tyres. We just need to take everything as it comes, one stage at a time, and gain as much experience as possible.

“Of course Mikko [Hirvonen] and Jarmo [Lehtinen] are well versed when it comes to this event. They have a lot of experience on snow and have won the rally twice already so we’ll be looking to harness their experience as much as we can. They’ve already been really helpful. After Monte and during this week’s test we have exchanged a lot of questions. Their advice will be invaluable to us next week, and I’m sure they’ll continue to share their knowledge throughout the event.”

ADDITIONAL M-SPORT CREWS

M-Sport developed machinery can boast 45 per cent of next week’s Rally Sweden entry. Impressively, the Cumbrian outfit has also amassed 53 per cent of the WRC 2 category and 53 per cent of the FIA World Rally Championship’s highest class with nine Ford Fiesta RS WRC’s lining up for the start at Karlstad’s famous Färjestad Trotting course.

Highlighting the effectiveness of Ford and M-Sport’s ‘Ladder of Opportunity’, the past three FIA WRC Academy and Junior WRC champions will all take to M-Sport’s top-specification Fiesta. Having excelled behind the wheel of the Ford Fiesta R2, the talented trio are now ready to progress their respective careers within the M-Sport fold.

As the only Swede to contest his home event in a world rally car, Pontus Tidemand powered to an impressive victory of over a minute and a half at last week’s Mountain Rally in Norway. Providing the perfect confidence boost, the youngster – who hails from near-by Charlottenberg – will be ready to see the Swedish flags flying high in Värmland.

Of course Tidemand is not the only local hero to take to the wheel of a Fiesta next week as both Fredrik Åhlin and Per-Arne Sääv take to M-Sport’s Ford Fiesta R5.

M-Sport Managing Director, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:

“To see so many [Ford] Fiestas on the entry list is absolutely fantastic. Together with Ford, M-Sport has constructed an effective ‘Ladder of Opportunity’ and nowhere is that more apparent than at next week’s Rally Sweden.

“We have some impressive young drivers behind the wheel of M-Sport cars, but most importantly, all three FIA WRC Academy and Junior WRC champions will be behind the wheel of a Ford Fiesta RS WRC – progressing their respective careers at rallying’s highest level.

“It’s also great to see a local hero behind the wheel of one of our Fiesta RS WRCs. As the only Swedish driver to take to a world rally car, I am sure that the Swedish flags will be out in support of Pontus [Tidemand]. He had a very impressive debut here last year, and considering the amount of effort and determination he has put into his preparation, I hope he will have a great rally, worthy of his considerable talent.”

A NEW CHALLENGE: KUBICA PREPARES FOR SWEDISH SNOW

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Following a sensational start to their 2014 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) campaign, Robert Kubica and Maciej Szczepaniak are back behind the wheel of their RK M-Sport World Rally Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC for the season’s traditional winter fixture – Rally Sweden.

Having led Rallye Monte-Carlo by over half a minute come the end of SS2, Kubica has already made his mark on rallying’s highest league, but as the team venture to the snow-covered region of Värmland, a new challenge lies in wait.

Snow is an unfamiliar surface for the Formula One race winner, and if local forecasts are anything to go by, there will be plenty of it next week. Determined as always, the Pole will conduct a thorough two-day test as he gets to grips with the art of winter rallying, but his ultimate goal will be to gain the vital knowledge and experience which driving in this winter wonderland demands.

Based in the heart of Sweden’s rally-rich territory, crews have to contend with temperatures as low as -25°C which sees both man and machine pushed to the limit. To best cope with these conditions, the rally cars are clad with Michelin’s skinny winter tyres – the X-ICE NORTH 2 – which are each fitted with over 380 tungsten-tipped studs and cut through the soft snow to capture grip on the hard ice below.
The Fiesta RS WRC is protected against the steel-tips and the crew benefit from the luxury of heated boots and a heated Fiesta so that they can be in peak condition when the time comes to power through the ice and snow.

Drivers can also ‘lean’ their cars against the compacted snow banks as a guide through the super-quick stages, but ‘lean’ too hard and they risk losing precious minutes having to dig themselves free of the white barriers.

Looking forward to the challenges ahead, Kubica will gain a wealth of experience as he contests his first full-snow rally – continuing his development and enhancing his skills as one of rallying’s most exciting up-and-coming talents.

Robert Kubica said:

«This is my first ever start on a full-snow event and my first participation at Rally Sweden. Honestly speaking, I don’t know what to expect, but the snow-covered stages will certainly provide a new and exciting challenge.

“Given my unfamiliarity of the surface, we know that this will be a difficult event. Our priority is to concentrate on learning the new stages and conditions, but I am really looking forward to the rally and the new challenges that lay in wait.”

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AL-ATTIYAH ?? SEALS 14TH QATAR ?? RALLY WIN AND FIRST REGIONAL SUCCESS FOR VOLKSWAGEN’S POLO GTI R5 ??

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AL-ATTIYAH ?? SEALS 14TH QATAR ?? RALLY WIN AND FIRST REGIONAL SUCCESS FOR VOLKSWAGEN’S POLO GTI R5 ?? 

 

 

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AL-ATTIYAH ?? SEALS 14TH QATAR ?? RALLY WIN AND FIRST REGIONAL SUCCESS FOR VOLKSWAGEN’S POLO GTI R5 ??

LUSAIL (Qatar): Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah cruised through the final six gravel special stages of the Manateq Qatar International Rally to seal a convincing victory on Saturday.

A record-breaking 14th victory in his home event also marked a remarkable 70th MERC victory in the 211-event history of the FIA Middle East Rally Championships since 1984. His French co-driver Matthieu Baumel duly claimed his third win in Qatar and a career 18th in the MERC.

The success also marked the first outright FIA championship rally win for Volkswagen’s Polo GTI R5 that made its debut at the WRC in Spain last October and claimed WRC 2 success in Sweden in February with Norwegian driver Ole Christian Veiby. Customer Polos have already won national events in Belgium, Norway, Sweden and Latvia this year

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RALLY MUNDIAL 2015: RALLY REPORT MAGAZINE ARGENTINA OBSERVA SU EDICIÓN 124 Y LLEGA A 11.000 MIL SEGUIDORES EN LA FANPAGE DE SU EDITOR

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Mucho trabajo, preparativos para el armado de la edición 124 de nuestra publicación RRM Argentina y además muy felices con la estupenda aceptación de miles de seguidores en nuestras fanpages en las redes sociales.  Mucho agradecimiento y confianza para seguir por más en todos los aspectos de la información en la actividad a nivel nacional e internacional.

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4 de Febrero 2015

Hola Amigos & fans, les quiero agradecer profundamente su seguimiento diario, mediante mis informes, fotos, links de mis fanpages de trabajo, de teams, drivers, videos y todo lo relacionado con la actividad que nos apasiona, y nos une en cada jornada, el RALLY, en especial el WRC. Llegamos juntos a 11.000 friends que comparten esta pasión, y labor junto a mí.

Los quiero mucho, un fuerte abrazo y vámos por más.
Les entrego esta emocionante foto de uno de mis autos favoritos, diría de leyenda el Subaru Impreza WRC 555 que tripulaban en el Rally de Cataluña en España 2002, el vikingo noruego Petter Solberg y su navegante galés Phil Mills junto a la histórica empresa británica Prodrive, bajo el apoyo económico desde Mitaka en Tokio en Japón by STI.

A menos de 10 días del Rally blanco de Suecia, con mucha expectativa para volver a ver a los mejores exponentes del WRC en los caminos forestales nórdicos, les dejamos una foto recordatoria de la edición 1995 con el Impreza 555 de Grupo A que intervinieron en esa instancia en el equipo azul de Prodrive, el español Carlos Sainz, el recordado escocés Colin McRae y el local Mat Jonsson.

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Hello Friends & fans, thank you deeply I want their daily tracking, by my reports, photos, links of my fanpages work, teams, drivers, videos and everything related to the activity that we love, and unites us in every day, RALLY, especially the WRC. We came together to 11,000 friends who share this passion, and work with me.

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MANRICO MARTELLA & MIQUEL LISO, SE JUNTARON EN LA PREVIA DEL RALLYRACC-CATALUNYA-COSTA DAURADA-ESPAÑA WRC 2014

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Los dos eximios fotógrafos se reunieron en Salou, para revivir su historia en el WRC, preparando todo para la cobertura de la 50 edición del Rally mixto catalán.

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22 de Octubre 2014

Dos grandes amigos y fotógrafos de la historia en el WRC, un italiano, Manrico Martella & Miquel Liso., un español que ha dado todo por el Rally en la década de los años 90. Hoy con dos trabajos diferentes, Manri con la labor a tiempo completo en el Rally Mondiale e Miquel con su talento innovador en las fotografías en la fórmula 1.
También con sus nuevos libros, que remiten la mítica leyenda de la Lancia Delta Hf Integrale & el anuario de la máxima categoría del automóvilismo internacional, la F1.
Esperando el Rally RACC Catalunya – Rally de España se encontraron en Salou para conversar de las vivencias del pasado y actuales que tienen hoy en día en el Motorsport en el plano global ambos con su esencia de buenas personas y con gran capacidad de lavoro, tomando las mejores imagénes de la actividad en el deporte del motor.
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