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PEUGEOT SPORT FRANCE: THE PEUGEOT RALLY ACADEMY LOOKING TO END 2014 IN STYLE!

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ERC / GIRU DI CORSICA – TOUR DE CORSE: THE PEUGEOT RALLY ACADEMY LOOKING TO END 2014 IN STYLE!
208 T16 / PEUGEOT RALLY ACADEMY (November 6-8, 2014)

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4 November 2014

Less than two weeks after Switzerland’s Rallye International du Valais, the Peugeot Rally Academy drivers head for the legendary stages of France’s Tour de Corse. Should it win on home soil, the Peugeot 208 T16, which has been extremely competitive since the start of the season, stands to match the record of its illustrious predecessors, namely the 205 T16, the 206 WRC and the 207 S2000. Meanwhile, the season’s final clash will see Stéphane Lefebvre return to the Peugeot Rally Academy’s ranks in his bid to secure the 2014 FIA ERC Junior crown. The event will also serve as backdrop to the 30th anniversary celebrations of the 205 GTi and T16 in the presence of lady driver Michèle Mouton and Peugeot’s French sales network…

The 2014 Tour de Corse: a special ‘back-to-roots’ flavour

The 57th Tour de Corse event has switched back to the autumn slot it enjoyed for many years and this signals the return of the ingredients that forged the French classic’s legend. Indeed, the field of 56 crews faces a cocktail of unsettled weather, the challenge of mountain roads carpeted in fallen leaves and 250 competitive kilometres divided into 11 stages set to a backdrop of traditional Corsican scenery. The Peugeot Rally Academy’s Craig Breen, Kevin Abbring and Stéphane Lefebvre (208 R2) will all be in pursuit of different objectives, while Bruno Magalhães and Jonathan Hirschi have also chosen to contest the Mediterranean island event behind the wheel of a 208 T16.

Guest stars: Michèle Mouton and the Peugeot 205 Turbo 16!

The 2014 Tour de Corse will also mark the appearance of Michèle Mouton who contested the rally 11 times from 1974 until 1986. In 1986, the year she won the German Rally Championship in the colours of Peugeot Talbot Deutschland, Michèle Mouton took part in a Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 Evolution 2. The car will be on display at this year’s service parks as part of Peugeot France’s 30th anniversary celebrations of the GTi and T16 names. ‘Thirty Years’ versions of the 208 GTi will also appear as course cars!

Craig Breen and Kevin Abbring: sights set on victory!

After producing solid runs since the beginning of the season, the two Peugeot Rally Academy drivers are keen to wrap up the year in style. Craig Breen and his co-driver Scott Martin came close to snatching victory on the recent Rallye International du Valais and are eager to reap revenge in Corsica. The Irishman, who is third in the provisional FIA European Rally Championship standings, is always a competitive force on asphalt and stands out as a potential winner of the French event that saw him come fourth in 2013. Meanwhile, Kevin Abbring and Sebastian Marshall hope to turn the tables on the ill luck they have suffered since the start of the season and crown their evident speed with a top result on the Tour de Corse.

The Dutchman has collected 23 fastest stage times so far this year and should lose no time reacclimatising to the island’s roads, which he previously sampled in 2008, as he seeks to achieve the podium finish that has eluded him since the Rallye Açores.

Stéphane Lefebvre: a possible Junior ‘double whammy’ on home turf

With three ERC Junior victories to his name in 2014 (Açores, Ypres, Barum), Stéphane Lefebvre has a chance to win this year’s FIA ERC Junior crown. The French youngster recently made sure of the WRC’s Junior title and, along with co-driver Thomas Dubois, is dreaming of further glory on his home round driving a 208 R2. Success would earn him the opportunity to contest selected rounds of the 2015 FIA ERC in an R5 car. Stéphane tops the provisional standings but will need to keep a close eye on second-placed Andrea Crugnola who is also driving a 208 R2, the car he steered to Junior victory on the recent Rallye International du Valais. Two other young hopefuls in 208 R2s are Pole Aleksander Zawada and Belgium’s Gino Bux.

Driver quotes:

Craig Breen: “After coming second on the Rallye International du Valais, Scott and I are more determined than ever to produce a strong performance in Corsica which is home soil for the Peugeot Rally Academy. This will be my third attempt at the Tour de Corse but this year’s stages are practically all new to me so I won’t have any advantage over the others. It’s a rally I enjoy and the twisty stages give good grip. That said, the weather could be changeable at this time of year. I‘m sure it’s going to be a great rally. Even though we’re no longer in the running for the title, we will do our very best to round off the season in the best possible way!”

Kevin Abbring: “The Tour de Corse is a fantastic rally but it’s also hard on the cars and competitors. There aren’t many different stages but they are all a big test of brakes and tyres. On top of that, the weather stands to be changeable this year. The two legs visit different parts of the island and it will be difficult to find the ideal rhythm. The only other time I did the Tour de Corse was some years back in 2008. That said, we tested on the island last month and that gave me an opportunity to get a feel for the roads again. There are a number of drivers capable of winning this rally and I can hardly wait to get started!”

Stéphane Lefebvre: “This will be our last ERC outing of the year and possibly the last in the 208 R2, too. I’m looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of this car and we will do all we can to claim the FIA ERC Junior title. I think we will need to play it smart because second place will suffice should Andrea Crugnola take the win. If we have to push, we will, but only if it proves necessary…”

2014 FIA ERC standings ahead of the Giru di Corsica – Tour de Corse (round 11 of 11):
1, Esapekka LAPPI (Skoda Fabia Super 2000), 162 points. 2, Sepp WIEGAND (Skoda Fabia Super 2000), 128. 3, CRAIG BREEN / SCOTT MARTIN (PEUGEOT 208 T16), 104. 4, Kajetan KAJETANOWICZ (Ford Fiesta R5), 100. 5, Vaclav PECH (Mini John Cooper Works Super 2000), 63… 12, KEVIN ABBRING / SEBASTIAN MARSHALL (PEUGEOT 208 T16), 38. Etc.

2014 FIA ERC Junior standings ahead of the Giru di Corsica – Tour de Corse (round 7 of 7):
1, STEPHANE LEFEBVRE / THOMAS DUBOIS (PEUGEOT 208 R2), 113 points. 2, Andrea CRUGNOLA (PEUGEOT 208 R2), 104. 3, Jan CERNY (PEUGEOT 208 R2), 89. 4, Aleksander ZAWADA (PEUGEOT 208 R2), 73. 5, Gino BUX (PEUGEOT 208 R2), 70. 6, Chris INGRAM (PEUGEOT 208 R2), 63. Etc.

Timetable

Monday, November 3: recce and documentation
Tuesday, November 4: recce

Wednesday, November 5: recce and scrutineering
Thursday, November 6: free practice, qualifying and start ceremony
Friday, November 7: Leg 1
Saturday, November 8: Leg 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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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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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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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