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Two-part thriller – Latvala holds on to lead in Finland

Rally Finland 2014

2 August 2014

Dominance followed by drama: Latvala/Anttila still up front in their home event
Victory within reach for Ogier/Ingrassia, Mikkelsen/Fløene comfortably in fourth place
Volkswagen Polo R WRC celebrates 600th top-three time since January 2013

With a combination of driving expertise and nerves of steel, Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) held on to their Rally Finland lead in the Volkswagen Polo R WRC in what became a real thriller. They clearly set the pace on the Saturday morning of their home rally and continuously pulled away from their teammates Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), then lived off this lead in the afternoon. Like the majority of the top drivers in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), they hit a large pothole during the seventh of the day’s ten special stages, thereby damaging the front right-hand brake line. Latvala/Anttila, who are second overall in the WRC, repaired the damage during the subsequent liaison section, but nevertheless had to defend their lead with braking power on only three of the four wheels. As a result, their lead over Ogier/Ingrassia, who likewise damaged their Polo R WRC on the same pothole, dwindled from 31.1 to 3.4 seconds. Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene performed well to finish in fourth place overall. With 36.60 timed kilometres to go on Sunday, they are currently 53.6 seconds ahead of their closest rivals, Mikko Hirvonen/Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN/FIN, M-Sport Ford).

During the day’s five special stages, which were each driven twice, Latvala/Anttila were the ones to set the standards in the morning: they were comfortably ahead in four of the stages, and only missed out narrowly to their teammates Ogier/Ingrassia once. They also got off to a great start on the second runs in the afternoon, but were then reined in later on. On the 17th stage, the Volkswagen drivers scored the 33rd three-way success in the special stage history of the Polo R WRC. This also marked the 600th top-three time achieved by the World Rally Car from Wolfsburg since Volkswagen joined the WRC at the legendary Rally Monte Carlo in January 2013.

Quotes, day 2, Rally Finland

Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1
“First of all, I would like to congratulate Jari-Matti Latvala on his achievement – he really put in an impressive performance today. If he hadn’t have had difficulties with his brakes, it would have been impossible for us to wear down so much of the 30-second lead he built up this morning. Jari-Matti deserved to win today, and coming second would have been perfectly OK for me in terms of the world championship. Julien and I do now of course have a chance of winning here. But we are facing the most difficult stage of the entire rally on Sunday, namely the Myhinpää stage. It won’t be easy for us to drive at the limit. But one thing’s for sure: it’s definitely going to be an exciting final day for the rally fans.”

Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2
“Things can go like clockwork if you have faith in your car, the set-up and your own driving style. And that’s exactly what happened to me today. I feel very at ease and comfortable in the car, and we have got a great rhythm. My plan for today was to take some time off Kris Meeke of Citroën and my teammate Sébastien Ogier here and there, in order not to be under too much pressure. This plan panned out this morning in particular. But we had a bit of a scare in the afternoon during the second run of the Jukojärvi stage when we hit a large pothole, which gave us some braking problems, meaning we had to ease off the accelerator a little. We didn’t have any braking power on the front right-hand wheel for the last 30 kilometres of the day. Even so, we managed to hold on to our lead. It was hard work today, and it won’t be easy to defend our lead all the way to the finishing line tomorrow. But I still have my sights set on winning Rally Finland.”

Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9
“Today was all about the traditional Rally Finland stages, and I felt very comfortable driving them. Based on my overall position in the rally, I played it safe today and didn’t take any risks. I now have a bit of a time buffer over Mikko Hirvonen behind me, which means I can tackle the final day of the rally in a controlled manner. Kris Meeke is 48.4 seconds ahead of me, in third place overall. Even if everything goes as normal, it will unfortunately not be possible to close this gap over the remaining 36.60 kilometres. So it looks like Ola and I will finish in fourth place. If that is the case, we will most definitely be the fastest Norwegians in Rally Finland.”

Jost Capito, Volkswagen Motorsport Director
“With such a high pace in Rally Finland, even minor things can make the difference between winning and losing. Jari-Matti Latvala was in a league of his own today in terms of driving skills, and was able to take a lot of time off the reigning world champion Sébastien Ogier this morning. Like most of the top drivers, he hit a large pothole during the 20th special stage and then had to defend his lead with only three out of four brakes working. But he achieved this magnificently and is still in the lead. The final day of the rally will be another exciting one for everybody. A Latvala vs. Ogier duel has already kept us guessing on a number of occasions this season. Andreas Mikkelsen in the third Polo R WRC put in an extremely strong performance today, comfortably held on to fourth place and significantly increased his lead over his closest rival. All in all, we at Volkswagen can be proud of what the team has achieved. There are a further 36.60 timed kilometres to be overcome tomorrow, but we are more than ready.”

And then there was …

… a veritable magic potion: JM Coffee. Finland can lay claim to having the highest per capita coffee consumption. And Jari-Matti Latvala’s enthusiasm for coffee is such that he even has his own variety. A pack of JM Coffee features not only his likeness, but also Volkswagen’s striking rally stripes. He drinks a healthy dose of the hot drink before the special stages get under way. And it pays off, as JML succeeded in winning five stages on Saturday alone. And on top of everything else, Jari-Matti’s coffee is good for giving you strong nerves.















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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.
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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.”












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8 June 2019

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