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WRC A FULL 2014/2015

Caro Escudero, the codriver of France, who shone in the WRC with Peugeot and Škoda.


18 November 2014

From his office near the french capital in Paris, the known local co-driver Caro Escudero gave an interesting interview that explains his sporting career and his thoughts on current and future WRC.

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¿Caro, as you get started in the specialty in France?
I come from rally driver family, then, it was evident for me, at 16 years old and bornt in january. Then as son as I could, I took my first licence to make my first race in march, under the snow!
I am keeping a special thinking. And for me at this time, it was obvious, I had become a profesional co driver.
I always worked hard to be somebody strong in my job. I was a girl, Young, then I didn’t have another choice, I had to work harder tan anyone!

What does the navigation for a pilot in a Rally Car?
A brief concept of the time with the 206 and Peugeot 307 WRC alongside Alex Bengue in national and international tournaments?
I codrive a lot of french famous rally driver, but for sure I did the main time of my carrer alongside of Alex Bengue.
In 2002 In more than my proper program, I was safety crew for Alex in French championship.
After the first event we make some tests together just in case his cpdriverof this momento got a problem. Only one week before the second event his codriver got some health problems. Naturally I had to replace him. Alexwas really anxious, but we have won our first French national events with WRC Car.
All ours partnersdesired to keep our crew like that.
It was the beginning of eight years of collaboration. I was not all the time easy because we were not profesional, but our personal investment should be total, then no time to find jobo r something other to exist… But it was from my side my most beautiful school.
Alex is somebody very attentive, very serious and conscientious, when he Works. He was my best teacher…
Since, I am really serious and I work a lot to leave nothing to chance.
With206 and 307, it was like a dream. We worked with one of the best french team. Peugeot Sport helped us. We learnt a lot, about car’s setup… In 2004 the season was bit more complicate.
But we finished the french championship neck and neck with Stephane Sarrazin.
Hopefully, because it was difficult to continue and find more Budget, Skoda Motorsport tryed some drivers for 2005 season. We were lucky enough to be chosen. The life in WRC offical team was something special, at this time the dream comes true.
I never felt from somebody in WRC that I was less strong than another men codriver. All people was completly open, and the same with me and my team mate.

Caro, the year I ran with Škoda Motorsport by Fabia WRC with program in 2005 was positive for your sporting career?
For sure it was the most positive thing in my career because you become profesional sportman (woman). You meet a lot of person of influence with who I am still in touch with a lot of them, for my present job. Also when you are in this kind of atmosphere and team you improve your level, to be more profesional again, you have a lot of ways to be.

Do we then several, now follow up the work, working with Citroën, Peugeot, PH-Sport and other companies worldwide by Motorsport?
Now I am working for different type of companies. For sure in the motorsport to realize test as codriver and team logistic, but also for all other companies in evenementiel, often for automaker.

In recent months I have returned to run the Citroën Trophy DS3 with small different young French riders, who can tell us about?
Since last year I wanted to put my helmet for many reason.
The first it was because, before next year I can’t, but my shap was ok now. After an big crash in 2008. I needed several years to recover all my fitness.
The second one, because, I was Little bit annoyed to see some not profesional codriver, with not big experience, asked at these Young drivers, who don’t have money, to pay them.
I decided to help some Young drivers in whom I believe. My favorite is Laurent Laskowski. I accepted to codrive him in 2015. This Young driver comes from the french federation and Citroen detection, who finds a lot of famous drivers, as Alex Bengué, Bryan Bouffier ou Sebastien Ogier…
The first one and not the less important, I need to give back all that gave me. I realice that there was a shortage of codriver and it’s important to try to learn them to work.
A lot of them imagine that the job is just to go up in the rally car and read notes.

¿Caro, Were Also Working with the Arab driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi has quite WRC2 participation in this season with His Ford Fiesta RRC, as has-been the experience?
Concerning Yazeed Al Rajhi, I have to confess you that I am totally fan of him. Alex Bengué was the first and still Works with him. From my side in an very nice experience I really love to work with all the Yazeed Racing Team. I know very well Yazeed and Michael Orr (What I known since a lot time before Yazeed adventure). I appreciate to work with them because the requests are differents.

A brief concept living today currently the WRC and thinking to come for the future of the category with a possible regulatory revolution in 2017?
For today, from my side I think that the main problema is that there are not enough WRC Car entered in WRC Events.
Until 2005, it was quite easy for Young driver to try them one ore more rallies, even without being wealthy. The manufacturers could show taht this or other driver was able to do with this kind of car. After that it was easiest to choose between diferents crews.
Today we have the WRC2 and WRC3 championship but it’s not like when you can prove your talent with a WRC car. We have to do this championship but absolutly find a solution one mínimum, or two events with WRC car in front of official program.
Also without Junior Team, the manufacturers don’t want take so much risks, to spend money, to try drivers in WRC Car.
We showed that the junior team is the solution to plump up the chain. It was te way of Ogier or Mikkelsen.
We absolutly must find solution to give more chances at some Young drivers with talent, even if they don’t have a lot of money. May be the FIA should ask to have an junior team to all of WRC Manufacturers entered in WRC Championship or at least one “junior’s” car.
Since some years and untill now we have decide that is was simplier to take somebody middling with a lot of money or patners, than an top pilot a Little less rich.
Concerning the regulation I don’t want to give you my opinión because a lot of things can happen again, then I am not sure that my point of view is so important.

Is the Rally France Alsace should continue or are moving back to the island of Corsica, as rumored for next year?
I don’t know, for now, I never heard that.

Is France is synonymous with world champions discipline, Didier Auriol, Sébastien Loeb, Sébastien Ogier, who comes back as a young talent to continue the winning ways of His country winning drivers, Sébastien Chardonnet, Stéphane Lefebvre, etc?
I don’t know, for me, it should not be these drivers. I think about some otherwho arrived now in France Championship. Some drivers who are less experience but with already lot of talent. I can’t give you one name but for sure some Young talents drivers will arrive.
In France we have one good thing to find them, with Citroen and all the “citroen school”.
You start with DS3 R1 then DS3 R3, both in france, to get the international step with WRC3 championship where you can win the WRC2 championship for the year after.
In 2 years you can be in WRC junior Championship and 1 more years in WRC2 championship















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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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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.


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”.


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








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Rally Legend Sébastien Loeb joins “D-ream TEAM Peugeot-Total”.

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

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

29 September 2015

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

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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

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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