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CITROËN TOTAL WORLD RALLY TEAM: MADS ØSTBERG MAKES IT THROUGH THE DUST

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MADS ØSTBERG MAKES IT THROUGH THE DUST.

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Mads Østberg and Jonas Andersson lie third overall at Rally de España at the end of day one.
After completing seven stages in gravel configuration, the DS3 WRCs will be converted this evening in preparation to be driven on tarmac from tomorrow.
Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle picked up two punctures on one test, and were therefore unable to complete all of today’s stages. Khalid Al Qassimi and Chris Patterson ended the leg in thirteenth position.

 

RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España (23-26/10/2014) – Day 1

24 October 2014

Before the start of this, the only mixed-surface event on the calendar, Mads Østberg had warned that the first day on gravel would set the tone for his rally.

The Norwegian managed to combine speed and consistency, despite the hanging dust which held him up more than any other driver.

Second fastest behind Kris Meeke on SS2, Mads lost several seconds on the following stage when he caught up with his team-mate after the second of his two punctures.

Having grabbed a top-three spot before the midday service by setting a good time on the 35 kilometre-long Terra Alta 1, the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team driver edged closer to the leader before the day’s final stage.

Once again slowed by the dust kicked up by Thierry Neuville on SS7, Mads saw the seconds slip away as he was forced to focus only on avoiding making any mistakes given the very poor level of visibility.

Mads Østberg therefore ended the day in third place, less than a second behind the second-placed driver.

For Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle, the leg was over on SS3. After starting the day with a stage win on Gandesa, the British driver was running in second overall when he suffered two punctures. Unable to continue with only one spare tyre on board, he had no choice but to retire for the day. The DS3 WRC will be able to rejoin on Saturday in its tarmac version, with a 20-minute penalty.

The longest service period of the year will take place this evening in Salou. In 1 hour 15 minutes, all the cars will switch from gravel to tarmac configuration. Tomorrow, the route is completely changed, featuring six stages, including two runs on the fifty kilometre-long Escaladei. The cars are due to leave parc ferme at 8.00am. They are expected back in Salou at 5.00pm for a city-centre super special stage before concluding the day with a flexi-service at 5.32pm.
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Mads Østberg: “Overall, we can feel happy with our performance today. We just lost a lot of time in the dust. But it was important to prove that we were capable of being competitive. Our goal was to finish the first leg on gravel in the top 3 and we’ve done that. We have made a lot of progress recently on tarmac. I hope we can prove that tomorrow.”

Kris Meeke: “We went fastest on the first stage of the day. On the next stage, after three or four kilometres, I went off the line, ran wide and put a wheel off the road on a fifth-gear corner. I didn’t think that I had lost any time, but I felt that the tyre was beginning to deflate. We therefore decided to stop to change the tyre. When we set off again, we were still in the dust kicked up by the other cars. The team asked us to park at the side of the road to let Mads past. Towards the end of the stage, I realised that I’d also picked up a puncture at the front. As we only had one spare tyre, we couldn’t continue.”

Khalid Al Qassimi: “I didn’t push too hard. My aim here was above all to have fun in the DS3 WRC. We tried to find the right balance, but I know that I can go a little bit quicker. We did some good work on the set-up, but tomorrow will be a very different day. If I have a good feeling on asphalt, I will try to drive a bit quicker. The long stage looks like it will be particularly tricky.”
HOW THE ACTION UNFOLDED

SS1 – Barcelona (3.20km) – Held on Thursday evening in the streets of the capital of Catalonia, this tarmac stage brought the rally action closer to the fans. Andreas Mikkelsen won the stage. Kris Meeke and Mads Østberg followed one another in sixth and seventh positions. Sébastien Chardonnet set the 13th fastest time overall, better than any of the other WRC2 competitors.

SS2 – Gandesa 1 (7.00km) – With a light breeze, the Citroën drivers took advantage of the good conditions to record their first one-two finish of the season. Kris Meeke beat Mads Østberg to the win, and moved closer to the overall lead.

SS3 – Pesells 1 (26.59km) – Kris Meeke arrived at the end of the stage having suffered two punctures, thus forcing him to retire for the day. Hampered by the dust, Mads Østberg lost a few seconds and fell back to eighth overall. Eleventh on the road, Hayden Paddon set the fastest time. Thierry Neuville moved into the overall lead. In his DS3 R5, Stéphane Lefebvre was forced to retire.

SS4 – Terra Alta 1 (35.68km) – First on the road, Sébastien Ogier avoided the handing dust kicked up as more cars completed the stage. He set the fastest time on the longest stage of the day to grab the overall lead. Mads Østberg climbed back into the top 3 with the third-fastest time.

SS5 – Gandesa 2 (7.00km) – Mads Østberg grabbed another third fastest time to reduce the gap to Thierry Neuville in second. Sébastien Ogier extended his lead at the front.

SS6 – Pesells 2 (26.59km) – Mads Østberg maintained his good form to edge closer to the leader at the end of Pessels, a stage won by Thierry Neuville.

SS7 – Terra Alta 2 (35.68km) – A puncture forced Thierry Neuville to stop on the stage to change the tyre. He set off again in front of Mads Østberg, who was forced to drive through a thick cloud of dust. The Norwegian lost quite a bit of time and with it, second position, whilst Sébastien Ogier grabbed the stage win. Jari-Matti Latvala moved up into second place… In the WRC2, Sébastien Chardonnet stopped a few kilometres from the end of the stage.
STANDINGS AFTER DAY 1

1. Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) 1:29:04.0
2. Jari-Matti Latvala / Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +36.6
3. Mads Østberg / Jonas Andersson (Citroën DS3 WRC) +37.2
4. Andreas Mikkelsen / Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +37.3
5. Mikko Hirvonen / Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +41.4
6. Robert Kubica / Maciej Szczepaniak (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +57.0
7. Dani Sordo / Marc Marti (Hyundai i20 WRC) +1:24.9
8. Martin Prokop / Jan Tomanek (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +2:18.2
9. Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC) +2:29.5
10. Nasser Al-Attiyah / Giovanni Bernacchini (Ford Fiesta RRC) +4:50.4…
13. Khalid Al Qassimi / Chris Patterson (Citroën DS3 WRC) +6:13.9…

FASTEST TIMES

Sébastien Ogier, 3 – Kris Meeke, Andreas Mikkelsen, Hayden Paddon and Thierry Neuville, 1.

LEADERS

SS1 and SS2: Andreas Mikkelsen
SS3: Thierry Neuville
SS4 to SS7: Sébastien Ogier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CHINESE RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (CRC 2015): PRODRIVE MOTORSPORT – ATKINSON WINS AGAIN IN CHINA VW GOLF 7 SCRC

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ATKINSON WINS AGAIN IN CHINA WITH VW GOLF 7 SCRC.

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30 September 2015

Chris Atkinson has won the latest round of the Chinese Rally Championship in the VW Golf SCRC. Atkinson won comfortably by a minute and 40 seconds from Mark Higgins in the Subaru and Manfred Stohl in a Citroen DS3.

Chen Dean in the second Golf was fifth with Li ninth in the third car.

That makes it three wins from four events for Atkinson as the Championship heads to the next round Longyou at the end of October. Longyou was the debut event for the VW Golf SCRC last year when Atkinson to its maiden win.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DAKAR RALLY ARGENTINA – BOLIVIA – ARGENTINA 2016: PEUGEOT TOTAL TEAM – LA LEYENDA DEL RALLY SÉBASTIEN LOEB SE UNE AL » DREAM TEAM» DE PEUGEOT TOTAL

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La leyenda del rally Sébastien Loeb se une al “Dream Team” de Peugeot-Total.

Sebastien Loeb poses for a portrait in Peugeot Sport workshop, France, on September 21, 2015
Sébastien Loeb, el mejor piloto de rally de todos los tiempos, se enfrentará al mayor reto de su carrera al unirse por primera vez al equipo de Peugeot en el legendario Dakar del próximo mes de enero.

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29 Septiembre 2015

El nueve veces campeón del WRC y plusmarquista del Pikes Peak se ha unido al equipo de Peugeot 2008DKR junto a Carlos Sainz para el Rally du Maroc del próximo mes (del 3 al 9 de octubre) antes de hacer frente al mayor reto de este deporte, el Dakar, durante 13 días en Argentina y Bolivia en 2016. Junto a él en Sudamérica también estarán Stéphane Peterhansel y Cyril Despres completando así el “dream team” de pilotos de Peugeot-Total.

El francés de 41 años, Sébastien Loeb, uno de los pilotos con más éxito de la historia de los deportes de motor con un porcentaje de victorias sin precedentes del 46,2% en el WRC dijo: “Descubrí los deportes de motor cuando tenía 18 años y empecé a competir en mis primeros rallys. Desde entonces me han interesado todo tipo de deportes de motor y el Dakar es uno de ellos. Creo que es un gran reto competir y conducir en el desierto”.

“El Dakar es completamente diferente a las carreras que hago en este momento. va a ser muy larga, más de dos semanas, y necesitas tener aguante para cuidar del conductor y del coche. Es una carrera con un enfoque distinto pero lo descubriré en enero”.

Hasta entonces, Loeb se unirá a Sainz en Marruecos para su debut en el competitivo Cross Country, aunque ya pilotó el rival de Peugeot a principios de año. Para Loeb ésta será una reunión muy especial pues ya fue compañero de equipo de Sainz durante su primera temporada completa en el Mundial de Rallys del 2003, hasta que el español se tuvo que retirar del WRC de 2004. En Marruecos Sainz pilotará el último Peugeot 2008DKR16 mientras que Loeb pilotará un coche con especificaciones de 2015.

“Cuando probé el PEUGEOT 2008DKR en junio me sorprendió muchísimo y por supuesto ha cambiado mucho desde entonces”, dijo Loeb -que en la actualidad está compitiendo en el Campeonato Mundial de Turismos de la FIA con Citroen.

“Lo que más me impactó fue lo diferente que es conducir el coche del Dakar, era una experiencia completamente nueva para mí. En el WRC acostumbro a rodear obstáculos pero con este coche puedes simplemente pasar por encima, ¡y cuesta tener la suficiente confianza en uno mismo para creer que puedes hacerlo!”

“ También estoy acostumbrado a tener notas de copiloto muy detalladas pero en el Cross Country tienes que abrirte paso e improvisar tu ruta. Esta, además, es la primera vez que he pilotado diferentes tipos de coche diesel en una competición por lo que tengo que aprender mucho pero tengo muchas ganas de hacerlo”.

Además de haber ganado más rallys, etapas especiales y campeonatos que cualquier otro piloto, Sébastien Loeb también se ha convertido en el “Rey del Peak” al batir el record del Pikes Peak Hillclimb con Peugeot y Red Bull hace dos años en América. Un triunfo épico que ya forma parte de la historia legendaria de los deportes de motor.

Ahora forma parte del mejor equipo que se haya enfrentado jamás al Dakar. Tal y como dijo el 11 veces campeón del Dakar Stéphane Peterhansel: “Sébastien Loeb es un referente del motor. Hay muy poco que yo o cualquier otro le pueda enseñar”.

El cinco veces campeón de motos Cyril Despres añadió: “Desde que cambié las dos ruedas por cuatro, la experiencia no ha hecho más que mejorar. Y saber que ahora Sébastien se une al equipo la remata aún más”.

El dos veces campeón del WRC y campeón del Dakar en 2010 Carlos Sainz, que será una vez más el compañero de Loeb en Marruecos dijo: “No tengo nada más que decir sobre Sébastien que no haya dicho ya. Por supuesto que el rally raid va a ser una nueva aventura para él, pero va a ser capaz de adaptarse sin problemas. Como yo mismo he podido comprobar aprende muy rápido”.

“El Dakar es algo que me llama, es una gran aventura”, añadió Loeb, quien ya dominó el Pikes Peak y el WTCC. “El rally en Marruecos me mostrará lo que es realmente el Cross Country, así que para mí esta es una oportunidad fantástica para aprender, en especial al lado de unos compañeros tan buenos”.

Tal y como pasó con sus nueve títulos mundiales y sus 78 victorias en el WRC hasta la fecha, Loeb tendrá como copiloto al campeón mundial de deportes de motor monegasco Daniel Elena. Marruecos marcará la vuelta de la pareja con más éxito jamás vista en la historia del motor que emprende una nueva aventura juntos tras 17 gloriosos años en los rallys.

Al igual que Loeb, el copiloto de 42 años Elena nunca ha competido antes en Cross Country, pero se ha preparado a fondo para las exigencias de la navegación más dura del mundo, en la que los equipos tienen que reaccionar rápidamente para conquistar el terreno offroad más sobrecogedor. Cuentan además con la ayuda de un sofisticado sistema de GPS que les guiará de punto a punto.

El director deportivo de Peugeot Bruno Famin comentó: “ Sébastien fue impresionante desde que se sentó en el coche, como ya sabíamos tras haber trabajado con él anteriormente. Adoptó ese enfoque calculado que tanto le caracteriza para entender el coche paso a paso, pero después su habilidad natural se encargó del resto. Tras mejorar diferentes aspectos del coche desde la última vez que estuvimos en el Dakar, el fichaje de Sébastien Loeb es la pieza que le faltaba al puzzle”.

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The 2008 DKR 16 in Peugeot Sport workshop, France, on September 21, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DAKAR RALLY ARGENTINA – BOLIVIA – ARGENTINA 2016: PEUGEOT TOTAL TEAM – RALLY LEGEND SÉBASTIEN LOEB JOINS » D-REAM TEAM PEUGEOT – TOTAL

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Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena pose for a portrait during the Peugeot test in Erfoud, Morocco on September 16, 2015

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Rally Legend Sébastien Loeb joins “D-ream TEAM Peugeot-Total” © Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool

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Sébastien Loeb, the greatest rally driver ever, will take on one of the biggest challenges of his illustrious career when he lines up as part of Peugeot’s dream team at the legendary Dakar in January for the first time.

The nine-time World Rally Championship winner and Pikes Peak record-holder has joined Peugeot’s 2008DKR line-up alongside Carlos Sainz for next month’s Rallye du Maroc (October 3-9) before facing the sport’s toughest challenge, the Dakar, over 13 days in Argentina and Bolivia in 2016. Joining him in South America will also be Stéphane Peterhansel and Cyril Despres, completing Team Peugeot Total’s dream team driver line-up.

The 41-year old Loeb, one of the most successful drivers in the history of motorsports, with an unprecedented 46.2% wins-to-starts ratio in WRC, said: “I only discovered motorsports when I was 18 and I started competing in my first rallies. Since then I have been interested in all types of different motorsports and Dakar is one of them. I think it’s a great challenge to go and compete there and drive in the desert.

“The Dakar is completely different from the racing I’m doing at the moment. It will be very long, over two weeks, and you need to have the endurance to look after the driver and the car. It’s another approach to racing but I’ll discover that in January.”


Before then, Loeb will line up with Sainz in Morocco next week for his competitive Cross Country debut – although he already tested Peugeot’s Dakar challenger in the country earlier this year. For Loeb, this will be a very special reunion: he was previously team-mates with Sainz for his very first full season in the World Rally Championship in 2003, until the Spaniard decided to end his WRC career at the end of 2004. In Morocco, Sainz will drive the latest PEUGEOT 2008DKR16 whereas Loeb will drive a 2015-specification car.

“When I tried the PEUGEOT 2008DKR out in June, it was immediately very impressive for me – and of course it has changed a lot since then,” said Loeb, who is currently competing in the FIA WTCC with Citroen.

“What struck me most of all is how the Dakar car was a completely new experience: in the WRC I have been used to going round obstacles but with this car you can just drive straight over them, and it takes some time to have the confidence to believe it!

“I’ve also been used to having very detailed pace notes: in Cross Country, you have to find the road for yourself and improvise your route. And this is actually the first time I have driven any type of diesel car in competition too. So there is a lot for me to learn, but I am eager to find out more.”

As well as winning more rallies, special stages and championships than any other driver, Sébastien Loeb also became ‘King of the Peak’ when he pulverised the Pikes Peak hill climb record with Peugeot and Red Bull two years ago in America: an epic feat that is already remembered as a legendary part of motorsport history.

Now he forms part of the greatest team ever to tackle the Dakar. As 11-time Dakar winner Stéphane Peterhansel said: “Sébastien Loeb is a reference in motorsport. There’s very little that I, or anybody else, can teach him.”

Five-time bike winner Cyril Despres added: “Since I made the switch from two wheels to four, the experience has got better and better. And to see Sébastien arrive in the team now, everything is complete.”

Two-time WRC champion and Dakar 2010 winner Carlos Sainz, who will be Loeb’s team-mate once more in Morocco, concluded: “There is nothing more I can say about Sébastien that his career hasn’t said already. Of course rally raid will be a new adventure for him, but he has every capacity to adapt to it with no problem. As I have seen for myself in the past, he is a quick learner in everything he does.

“Dakar is something that appeals to me; it is a huge adventure,” added Loeb, who has already mastered rallying, Pikes Peak and the World Touring Car Championship. “The rally in Morocco will give me a very interesting idea of what Cross Country is all about, so this is a fantastic opportunity for me to learn; particularly alongside such successful team-mates.”

Just as has been the case throughout his nine world titles and 78 WRC victories to date, Loeb will be co-driven by Monaco’s motorsport world champion: Daniel Elena. Morocco will mark the comeback of the most successful pairing ever seen in the history of motorsport, as they start a new adventure together following 17 magnificent years in rallying.

Like Loeb, the 42-year-old Elena has never competed in Cross Country before, but he has undergone intensive training to prepare him for the demands of some of the most challenging navigation in the world, where crews have to think instantly on their feet to conquer the daunting off-road landscape. They are aided by sophisticated GPS equipment, guiding their route from waypoint to waypoint.

Peugeot Sport director Bruno Famin commented: “Sébastien was impressive from the moment he first sat in the car, as we knew would be the case after having had the privilege of working with him before. He took his usual measured approached to understand the car step by step: from there his natural ability took over. Having improved the car in several different areas since we were last at the Dakar, the signing of Sébastien Loeb is the final piece in the puzzle.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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