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1 August 2014

-After seven rounds in Europe, the FIA WTCC now crosses the Atlantic for a meeting at the Termas de Río Hondo circuit in Argentina.

– José-María López, sitting pretty at the top of the World Championship standings, will be given a hero’s welcome by a partisan crowd.

-Sébastien Loeb, who has won Rally Argentina on eight occasions, will perhaps be the only other driver capable of matching his teammate’s popularity!

-Yvan Muller, who triumphed here last year, knows that he needs to make up some points on Pechito López to get back in contention for the title.

For Citroën Racing, its drivers, and the whole FIA WTCC, the meeting at the Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo will be a special one. To understand why, we need to go back one year, when the World Touring Car Championship came to Argentina for the very first time. Touring car racing is an extremely popular sport in this vast country, with three professional series: Super TC2000, Turismo Carretera and Top Race. The WTCC’s first visit, then, was a major event.

José-María López, already considered as something of an icon by motorsport fans, took part in the meeting on a one-off basis. Despite driving a car that was not as competitive as it might have been, the man from Córdoba pulled off the impressive feat of winning race 2. A little earlier, Yvan Muller had taken one step closer to his fourth world title by coming out on top in the first race.

Pechito’s performance caught Yves Matton’s eye. A few weeks later, in the utmost secrecy, the Argentine driver was test-driving the Citroën C-Elysée WTCC. His enthusiasm, impressive turn of speed and valuable technical input convinced the Citroën team to award him their third official driver’s berth for the 2014 season.

Less than a year after the story began, the driver of car number 37 is returning to Termas de Río Hondo as championship leader, a position he has occupied since the very first qualifying session of the season in Marrakech on 12 April. With five race wins under his belt, José-María López can now harbour realistic hopes of becoming motorsport’s first Argentine World Champion since Jean-Manuel Fangio won his fifth and final title in 1957.

In additional to its symbolic significance, the meeting also marks the resumption of the racing season after a six-week hiatus. The team took advantage of the time off to service the cars, before taking them to Antwerp and loading them onto a ship along with all of their equipment. Safely arrived in Buenos Aires after crossing the Atlantic, the containers were then forwarded to the province of Santiago del Estero, 1200 km away.

Following seven meetings in the short space of eleven weeks, the Citroën Racing drivers occupied themselves in various ways over the summer recess. Sébastien Loeb’s schedule included the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Le Mans Classic, and was rounded off with a few days’ holiday with family and friends in the Mediterranean. While he never strayed too far from a race track, Yvan Muller worked on his physical conditioning with plenty of cycling, including an ascent of Mont-Ventoux. Pechito López, meanwhile, was the first to cross the pond to rediscover his beloved Argentina…

Feeling rested and motivated, the three men are ready to return to the heat of the battle. López leads the overall standings, 39 points ahead of Muller, and 65 points in front of Loeb. With 275 points still up for grabs, there is still everything to play for for all three Citroën drivers!


José-María López: “When I used to race in Argentina, I would compete in as many as 44 meetings a season. So I couldn’t wait to get back in my C-Elysée WTCC again! Unlike most of the European circuits, I know the Termas track very well, and I have always done well here. That said, I think it will be close with Yvan and Seb again. We’re going to have to fight hard, as we have in every race this season.”

Yvan Muller: “The Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo is an interesting circuit to drive on. It’s fast, and there are overtaking opportunities. I have to continue to produce really good weekends like I did at Spa-Francorchamps to try and close the gap on Pechito. We have a habit of saying that there’s still a long way to go until the end of the season, but it’s getting closer all the time!”

Sébastien Loeb: “Coming to Argentina is always a huge pleasure. The welcome we get from the crowd is incredible. It’s really great to see so many people who are crazy about motorsport. I have great memories here, with eight WRC wins, and I hope to add some more in the WTCC. I need to keep improving, especially in the pack, where you have to overtake at the start of the race.”

With the WTCC and eight races of Turismo Nacional, the Argentinian meeting will be a 100% touring car affair! The World Championship drivers will take to the track for free practice on Friday at 12 noon and Saturday at 8.45 and 11 a.m. Qualifying will take place at 3 p.m. on the Saturday, while the races will start at 2.15 and 3.25 p.m. on the Sunday (GMT-3).







Marie-Pierre Rossi

Media Citroën Racing

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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
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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.
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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.”












Anna Louise Rudd
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8 June 2019

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