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Rally fever grips Argentina


One of the highlights of the World Rally Championship, Argentina hosts the fifth round of the 2014 season.

Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson and Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle will drive the two DS3 WRCs entered by the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team.

Citroën Racing has a record of nine consecutive wins in Argentina as part of the World Rally Championship.


3 May 2014
When people talk about motor racing and passion, Citroën’s love affair with Rally Argentina invariably comes up. Since its debut season as a works team in the WRC in 2003, Citroën Racing has enjoyed a nine-year winning run at Rally Argentina. After its first win in 2004 with Carlos Sainz/Marc Marti, and then with Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena, Citroën’s Xsara WRCs, C4 WRCs and DS3 WRCs have never been beaten on the roads around Carlos Paz.

Having amassed nine consecutive wins, Citroën has enjoyed thrilling the hundreds of thousands of fans that gather here every year. José-María López has been part of the crowd on many occasions, but the current leader of the WTCC won’t be watching the stages next weekend, as he’ll be in Slovakia competing in his Citroën C-Elysée WTCC.

A popular event for many of the crews, Rally Argentina is one of the most comprehensive tests on the World Championship calendar. During the three days of racing, the WRC drivers have to deal with some very specific conditions.

Compact, flowing gravel roads on day one are followed by more technical stages on the sandy roads of the Santa Rosa de Calamuchita region on day two and finally, competitors tackle the narrow, rocky roads in the mountains of Traslasierra on day three.

“Rally Argentina is one of the highlights of our season,” emphasized Marek Nawarecki, who will assume the role of Deputy Team Principal in the absence of Yves Matton, who is set to be busy with the WTCC. “The weather and road conditions can really vary. It’s a great event and one which is especially interesting for the team.”

To adapt to the constantly-varying conditions, the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team prepares for the event long before it starts and draws on its extensive experience: “There are some sections at over 2,000 metres above sea level,” analysed Didier Clément, Chief Operations Engineer for the DS3 WRCs. “For that, we’ll use the work we did before Rally Mexico. For the set-up, we have had two days of testing with our drivers. Using our experience, we suggest tried and tested solutions for the various Argentinean stages. Then, we use a database and their feelings to adjust the set-up of the Citroën DS3 WRC, always with minor changes. Our aim is to help them to feel full of confidence.”

It is during these pre-event test sessions that the driver and his engineer must concur with and understand one other: “We know the type of set-up to adopt for each day of the rally. We also know what pitfalls must be avoided. But we are also currently working on development of the car. For Rally Argentina, we have the possibility of introducing some minor upgrades to the set-up. These are elements that have undergone testing and been approved. We never try to revolutionise the car in its entirety. We have made the upgrades available to our drivers, who were able to compare their feelings during testing. The aim is to have another option which may be useful to them. They don’t necessarily make the same choices, because their driving styles are different. But the settings are never that far apart.”

For his fourth appearance at Rally Argentina, Mads Østberg is looking forward to enjoying the event’s famous atmosphere: “Argentine is in the top 5 of my favourite rallies. The fans and their passionate support create a real party atmosphere. And some of the stages are very beautiful.”

Having finished on the podium twice this year, in Sweden and more recently in Portugal, the Norwegian is hoping to keep improving: “Our preparation has been perfect. Since the final day of Rally Mexico, the development has been very positive. Testing enabled me to confirm the progress we have made. I am working on my driving style in to order to be more competitive in the Citroën DS3 WRC. We have managed to achieve some good results with the engineers. It’s a long process which isn’t going to work overnight but the pace at which we are improving already is very promising!”

Third in the Drivers’ World Championship standings, Mads Østberg claimed a podium finish at Rally Argentina in 2012: “The goal is the same this year. This event is as tough as ever. We’ll need to be consistent. I can’t wait to drive the stages on Saturday’s leg. They are quick with a lot of rhythm. On Sunday, we have to tackle Mina Clavero downhill. When you drive it uphill, it’s complicated enough, so that promises to be provide one hell of a challenge at the end of the rally! The aim is to come away with a good result. Depending on the conditions, we’ll see if we can push a bit more…”

Unlike Sweden, Mexico and Portugal, Kris Meeke has a little experience of Rally Argentina. He has never made the trip to Carlos Paz, however, to compete in World Rally Championship event.

“I competed at this rally as part of the IRC calendar in 2010,” reported Kris. “The stages weren’t all the same but I have a good idea of what the roads are like here. I’ll be a little bit less in the dark than in the previous rounds.”

During testing organised in Sardinia, Kris and Paul were able to get their bearing in the Citroën DS3 WRC again: “It was really great to be back in the car. Driving a WRC isn’t something you can practice at home. The tests went really well. The entire team has worked really hard, constantly trying to develop new solutions. We have better traction and the car is better balanced. I feel confident and I have great faith in the Citroën DS3 WRC.”

Having finished on the podium at the opening round of the season, the British crew will be looking to open their account on gravel: “We have to finish a rally without making any mistakes. Whatever happens, regardless of the conditions, we must bring the car home. Since the start of the season, we have had good pace. We just need to cut out the mistakes. And first and foremost, that means making good notes during recce.”

One of the key rounds in the World Rally Championship for Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team, Rally Argentina begins a week before the actual start of the event for Kris Meeke and Mads Østberg.

The drivers are due to take part in a number of promotional activities in Buenos Aires before hopping on a plane to Cordoba.

Recce will get underway on Tuesday, 6 May from 8am. Two days later, the shakedown will kick off proceedings on Thursday, which will also see the ceremonial start and a super special stage in Carlos Paz at 4pm local time.

On Friday, the crews head north for the roads around La Cumbre. Two stages are due to be completed twice: Santa Catalina – La Pampa (27.09km) and the huge Ascochinga – Agua de Oro (51.88km). A thirty-minute service period is scheduled to begin at 12.18pm.

Saturday’s two stages will be held on roads to the south. The crews set off from parc ferme at 6.25am and head for the Calamuchita Valley. Once again, two runs on San Agustin – Villa del Dique (39.99km) and Amboy – Yacanto (39.16km) will be separated by a thirty-minute service period.

The final day will be a shorter affair, with only 76.78 kilometres of timed sections. Crews will tackle the moonlike landscapes of the Giulio Cesare – Mina Clavero (22.07km) and El Condor – Copina (16.32km) stages without any service period. The legendary Giulio Cesare stage will be run in the opposite direction to previous rallies, from the top of the mountain down into the Traslasierra Valley.

The second pass on El Condor will serve as the Power Stage. The rally is scheduled to finish in Carlos Paz on Sunday, 11 May from 2.48pm.










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The 140th edition of RRM is eagerly awaited, with all the latest news from the World Rally Championship. Offering special reports with exclusive interviews of international level.
In this time the edition of the month of March, has in its credit everything what happened with the triumph in Sweden, of the British Elfyn Evans with Toyota.

What will come from the Rome Capitale Rally 2020, valid for the European competition, organized by the Italian firm Motorsport Italia, which is headed by Max Rendina.
An intense note from the top executive of TEIN INC. in Japan, Mr. Yoshio Fujimoto, with his sporting support for their stable programs in Motorsport on a global level, both with the professional support of the Japanese shock absorbers for the WRX and WRC. Counting on his successful sports campaign as a driver in the 90’s with Toyota.
Which left the Monte Carlo Rally, with the princely victory of the Belgian Thierry Neuville, who drives the fabulous Hyundai Coupe i20 WRC Plus.

An exquisite and unique report to Mr. Yasuo Hiraoka, the head of Subaru Tecnica International, (STI), who thanks to the management of «kumi» Shinozaki, we were able to make this fantastic review with Mitaka’s boss.
Oliver Solberg, and his debut with the Fabia R5 EVO in Torsby.
The truncated schedule of the Speedagro Rally Argentina 2020, which has been postponed by the Coronavirus. And the Top Run of the Agnello brothers, who acquired a new generation Fabia R5 to run in the short term in the WRC3.
JESSICA VERZIN, the blonde Italian girl, who is in charge of the professional catering work for W RACING PROJECT for the 2019 world champion team of constructors, Hyundai Motorsport GmbH, stands out in the publication, showing her feminine and sensual side, and confirming the excellent work that WRP is doing, to provide a fantastic food service, from Italy to
the whole WRC Plus circus.

Finally the new French weapon of Renault Sport Racing of France, the New CLIO Rally 5, which was shown as car 0 in Monte Carlo and debuts in the Mexican Rally Azteca with the Argentinean driver Martin Suriani.
Leaves a bitter and sad taste the postponement of the 40 years of the Rally of the Republic of Argentina, but it is a reason of world health, that exceeds to all, and the first thing is the common sense and the prevention of all.
We expect news soon, with the 2 month interval that the WRC will have, after the dispute in the WRC 2020 in Leon.

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Paulo Nobre completed stage five of Rally di Roma Capitale with his car boot open.

The FIA European Rally Championship regular from Brazilian explained that he forgot to close it properly prior to the run.

“I took out the [safety] helmets and forgot to close the boot so I make one special stage with the boot open so it was the opposite to Poland [when it was the bonnet that was open].”











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M-Sport and Ford are proud to introduce the all-new EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta R5. Replacing its hugely successful predecessor, the new Fiesta promotes the latest motorsport technology and road-going design.

Based on the Ford Fiesta ST-Line which is manufactured at Ford’s world-class facility in Cologne, M‑Sport has worked closely with the Ford Motor Company to ensure the new Fiesta R5 provides a big step forward in terms of pace and performance.

The original Fiesta R5 is M-Sport’s most successful global rally car and continues to win stages, rallies and championships worldwide. With more than 250 cars in competition, the outgoing Fiesta remains a capable and competitive winner, but its successor boasts improvements in all areas.

The 1.6 turbo charged engine delivers 290 BHP and 475 Nm of torque at 4,000 RPM. The direct injection power plant is also fitted with a 32mm restrictor in conjunction with R5 regulations and provides a significant improvement in response and drivability

Brand-new suspension components include front and rear McPherson struts with redesigned three‑way adjustable dampers from Reiger. The new aluminium damper bodies save considerable weight, and the geometry has been remodelled for optimised traction and stability.

A newly designed Sadev five-speed sequential gearbox mated to front and rear differential units is accompanied by hydraulic servo-assisted rack and pinion steering, and Brembo forged four-piston front and rear calipers provide the stopping power.

The initial design and development started in January 2018, with the first test session taking place in December that same year. Since then, eight test drivers have completed more than 30 days testing on a mix of different roads and conditions.

Smooth Tarmac, rough Tarmac, hot gravel, loose gravel, seasoned test drivers, rally winners, and even Formula One race winners – the latest Fiesta has been put through its paces and no stone has been left unturned in search of optimum speed, reliability and performance.

The project also upholds M-Sport’s support of young talent with 28-year-old Bernardo Fernandes – who engineered Sébastien Ogier to championship success in 2017 – leading the team.

Delving into his knowledge of the award-winning Ford Fiesta WRC, as well as the original Fiesta R5, Fernandes’ experience has been combined with the innovation of youth – his team creating one of M-Sport’s most long-awaiting and exciting creations.

Just like its predecessor, the all-new Fiesta R5 will get its first public outing at next month’s Ypres Rally – Éric Camilli taking to the wheel as the event’s VIP car. As one of the most experienced development drivers around, Camilli knows the car inside out and the event’s fast asphalt roads provide the perfect setting for the car’s debut performance.

More information on the all-new Fiesta R5 can be found in the Technical Specification, and those wishing to make an order are encouraged to contact M-Sport’s dedicated Sales Team at the following email address: R5Support@M‑

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

“The Ford Fiesta R5 is our most successful global rally car. It’s a very special car for M-Sport and even though the original cars continue to win rallies and championships all over the world, we have taken our time to ensure this new model is even better with performance gains in every area.

“The test programme has been extensive, and we have worked hard to ensure this new car suits every level of driver. We have quite literally travelled the world – testing on a wide range of surfaces, in varying conditions and with a whole host of drivers taking to the wheel. This car is extremely important to us, and its adaptability is vital to its success.

“I’m extremely proud of this project. As a company we have always promoted young talent, and the design and development of the all-new Fiesta R5 was headed by one of our most ambitious young engineers – Bernardo Fernandes.

“We’ve always given opportunities to youngsters who show a real drive and passion for what they do. Bernardo is a prime example of this, and having driven the car myself I can tell you that he and his team have done a fantastic job. I’m looking forward to seeing the all-new Ford Fiesta R5 in action, and hope to secure even more success!”

Ford Performance Senior Manager, Gerard Quinn, said:

“This is another important milestone for Ford as the introduction of the all-new Ford Fiesta R5 heralds the introduction of the latest in motorsport technology packaged into Europe’s best-selling car in its category.

“Ford investment in the new Fiesta R2 revealed earlier this year and the latest Fiesta R5 ensures that we are supporting a sustainable future in rally for competitors and our partners M-Sport.

“This new Fiesta R5 also enables us to provide a high-quality replacement for its remarkably successful predecessor which was introduced six years ago. In the past two seasons the Fiesta R5 has won more than 40 championships globally, and we are looking forward to much more success with this latest model.”

M-Sport Rally Engineer, Bernardo Fernandes, said:

“This was my first time heading up a project. It was a challenge, but also a real privilege to be given the responsibility. The outgoing Ford Fiesta R5 was so successful, and is still very competitive in the right hands, but we have taken our time to revise and improve every area of the car.

“The R5 category has always been extremely competitive and the biggest challenge is in finding the best compromise between cost and performance. We had a lot of previous experience that helped, and devised a rigorous test programme with a range of different surfaces and drivers.

“The whole team have worked exceptionally hard and we pushed every element to the limit in search of peak performance and reliability. I also need to say a special thanks to Richard Christensen who headed up the design team – his input was integral to the project and we couldn’t have done it without him.

“Overall, I’m confident that we’ve taken a significant step forward and I’m looking forward to seeing what the all-new Ford Fiesta R5 can deliver in the hands of our customers.”












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8 June 2019

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