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FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC) 2015: SKY-HIGH ROUND FOR THE DS 3 WRCS

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After the icy tarmac and frozen, snow-covered gravel of the first two rounds of the season, the World Rally Championship makes a dramatic change of scene in Mexico.
At close to 2,800 metres above sea level, the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team will tackle the gravel stages, in hot conditions.
Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson and Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle will be driving the two DS 3 WRCs. A DS 3 R5 has been entered for Stéphane Lefebvre and Stéphane Prévot in the WRC2 category.

RALLY GUANAJUATO MEXICO (5-8/03/2015) – PREVIEW

27 February 2015

The European winter is already long forgotten! As it crosses the Atlantic, the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team sets off on a long series of six consecutive gravel rallies, lasting until August.

And yet the DS 3 WRCs will be facing very specific conditions in Mexico. Far from the more typical courses thrown up by the WRC calendar, the León-based rally is contested exclusively at altitudes in excess of 1,800 metres above sea level.

Combined with high temperatures, often above 25°C, the conditions deprive the drivers and their cars of much-needed air. Tiring for the body, this lack of oxygen also results in a significant loss of engine power and difficulties in cooling the brakes.

Thanks to the upgrades made to the DS 3 WRCs during the off-season affecting the engine, transmission, chassis and suspension, and aerodynamics, Mads Østberg and Kris Meeke will have considerably quicker cars at their disposal than last year.

Fourth in Monaco, Mads Østberg also scored points on the Swedish snow. For his fifth appearance in León, the Norwegian can call upon his extensive knowledge of the surface. Having won five stages in 2014 in the DS 3 WRC, Mads had led the rally between SS3 and SS6.

Meanwhile, Kris Meeke enjoyed his first outing here last year. With a win on one of the stages, the Briton had acquired a great deal of experience at a rally that was entirely new to him.

Two DS 3 R5s will be competing in the FIA WRC2 championship. Category leader after the opening two rounds, Stéphane Lefebvre will be making his debut in Mexico.

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Yves Matton (Citroën Racing Team Principal): “We have assessed the first two round of the 2015 season. It’s obvious that our DS 3 WRCs are competitive, because the times prove just that. Although we clearly have the speed, we haven’t quite yet been efficient. We haven‘t converted our speed into results. In Mexico, it will be vital to score points and to take some off our main rivals. Our aim is to move back up the championship standings.”

Mads Østberg: “I’m pleased to be back on gravel for this third event. Rally Mexico is a great course and I have always been competitive on the stages here. It’s good to be back in León and leave the Norwegian winter behind! I love the local culture, the welcome and the atmosphere you get around the rally. Last year, I held the overall lead for part of the rally. But it’s difficult to get the balance perfectly right – you therefore need to adjust your driving style to counter the effects of the altitude. The secret is to be even more focussed than usual, because the slightest error can prove very costly. And with less engine power, it is almost impossible to make up the time lost by a minor mistake. The stages are flowing, fast and not too rough. We’re going to see how the upgrades to our DS 3 WRC respond on gravel. It will allow us to check whether the team’s hard work has paid off and to continue to learn for the rest of the season. We are going to do our best, avoid making any mistakes and adopt a good rhythm so we are on the pace.”

Kris Meeke: “Rally Mexico is real one-off event. Nowhere else do you get this combination of gravel, altitude and high temperatures. The car reacts differently in these sorts of conditions. You have to be more aggressive in the slower sections in order to carry as much speed as possible through the corners. But you have to avoid making any mistakes at all, because with the lack of air, you’ve got less engine power and the car is less responsive than usual. I was disappointed by my results in the first two rallies, despite winning stages in Monte-Carlo and in Sweden. I have to eliminate the mistakes to score points and turn my speed into results. I’m going to run my own race and I think our starting position will be an advantage.”

Stéphane Lefebvre: “It will be a huge learning experience for me. Apart from Wales Rally GB, which is a very different event, this will be my first gravel rally in a four-wheel drive car. I’m going to try and improve on each leg. I had a good feeling on gravel in terms of traction. The aim is to put in the miles and acquire experience. It will certainly be a test of endurance. I have to learn the stages first and foremost, but I’ll go for it if I have the chance to pick up big points for the championship.”

A HIGH-ALTITUDE ROUTE, VERY CONCENTRATED AROUND LEÓN

Apart from the León Street Stage (SS6/SS14), all the other tests are identical to those contested in 2014. The twenty-one stages included on the schedule can be split into three categories: six are short city-centre tests or super special stages on the León Autodrome, eight are between 8.25km and 15.54km in length and seven others are much longer, between 30.27km and 55.82km.

The shakedown will get underway on Thursday, 5 March at 9.00am, in Llano Grande, on a 5.55 kilometre-long stage. A few hours later, the very colourful ceremonial start will take the crews to the streets of the former mining city of Guanajuato, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The first morning will feature four stages. After Los Mexicanos (9.81km), El Chocolate will give a clearer idea of where everyone stands as the stage is some 44.13 kilometres in length and reaches a peak of 2,781 metres above sea level, the highest point of the rally. Las Minas (15.54km) and the León Street Stage (1.37km) will complete this section before the midday service. The afternoon features the same programme with Los Mexicanos, El Chocolate and Las Minas before the crews complete two runs on the Super Special Stage, on the León Autodrome.

With the first 150 kilometres done and dusted, the drivers will attack the rally’s longest leg on Saturday, with four stages over thirty kilometres long. After Ibarrilla (30.27km), the 42.90 kilometre-long Otates will be next up before the crews tackle El Brinco (8.25km), which will be broadcast live on television, and the León Street Stage. The 30-minute midday service will provide a break, before the repeated runs on Ibarrilla, Otates and El Brinco. The crews will end the day in the service park, after two more runs on the Super Special Stage at the Autodrome.

The final day features three stages. In their changed running order, the crews will set off on the 55.82km-long Guanajuatito test, before concluding the rally with the 11.59kms of Derramadero and a third run on the 8.25km-long El Brinco, which will be televised again and used as the Power Stage.

The rally is scheduled to finish in León on Sunday, 8 March from 2.30pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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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