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FIA WORLD TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP (WTCC): CITROËN AND LÓPEZ BEGIN TITLE DEFENCE

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CITROËN AND LÓPEZ BEGIN TITLE DEFENCE.

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– After amassing 17 race wins and two world titles in their very first season in the competition, the Citroà «n Total team are about to start a brand new FIA WTCC campaign.

– The first round takes place in Argentina, the home country of World Champion Pechito López.

– Four official C-Elysée WTCCs will be competing all season long. José María López, Yvan Muller, Sébastien Loeb and Ma Qing Hua will be aiming to bring more silverware Citroën’s way.

– A fifth car, driven by Mehdi Bennani and managed by Sébastien Loeb Racing, will be entered in a private capacity.

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For Citroën Racing, early March is all about the Americas this year. While the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team takes part in Rally Mexico, the WTCC team will head to Termas de Río Hondo, in Santiago del Estero Province.

In just two years, the circuit has earned a place in FIA WTCC folklore. In 2013, a certain José María López won there in his very first outing in the competition. That performance caught Citroën Racing’s eye as it sought to put together a team of drivers for 2014. Last year, in his return to Termas, Pechito was sensational, grabbing pole position and winning both races, a feat unequalled by anyone else all season! Those results put him firmly on course for the world title…

This time around, he will be starting from scratch, in what looks like being a very open season. Of course, José María López will be aiming to retain his crown. His teammate, Yvan Muller, meanwhile, will be seeking to claim a fifth world title. Having finished third in the overall standings last season, Sébastien Loeb is making no secret of his desire to move to the next level and give his teammates a run for their money. Racing a full programme for the first time this year, Ma Qing Hua is dreaming of emulating Pechito’s exploits… And then there are all the other teams, who have had plenty of time to up their game during the three-month off-season.

This first meeting will answer lots of questions, and give us an early indication of the pecking order. The Citroën Total team, which has placed its faith in stability – you don’t change a winning team, after all – will be wanting to stamp its authority on the competition from the off.

PRE-SEASON THOUGHTS

Yves Matton, Team Principal, Citroën Racing: “We haven’t done a lot of testing this winter. Our technical team was focused on getting the new DS 3 WRC homologated. That said, we had already worked on some changes to the cars, which will be showcased at Termas and throughout the season. The five Citroën C-Elysée WTCC competing in Argentina have a new front suspension system and an altered aerodynamic setup. Each of our drivers has prepared very conscientiously, in his own way. They all want to do the best they can and they all want to win! Just like last year, the watchwords will be team spirit and respect on the track. We are expecting fierce competition, and our drivers will have to work together to make sure Citroën comes out on top. Our goals are simple: to do as well as we did in 2014 and retain our titles!”

José María López (Citroën C-Elysée WTCC n°37): “It’s exciting to be starting my title defence at my home circuit! Everyone who was at Termas last year saw how passionate the Argentinian people are about motor sport. Everyone will be behind me, at a track I know like the back of my hand. It is going to be vital to start the season well, and if there’s one place where I can do that, it’s here! Every year, the first round brings its fair share of challenges. I haven’t changed, but my rivals know all about me now. They know what I’m capable of, and they’ll have me in their sights!”

Yvan Muller (Citroën C-Elysée WTCC n°68): “The start of this season will be different from other seasons, as we will be starting a long way from home, and in the middle of summer to boot! The first race of the season is always a special occasion, with lots of changes to the cars, the livery and the driving personnel. I’m in a good frame of mind. I feel calm and I don’t feel any pressure. I can’t wait to get going. It’s been a long winter. I’ve thought a lot about last season and about what I needed to change to get back to my best. I’m confident about the improvements made to the car, and the team has a year’s experience behind it now, which will be invaluable in helping us hit the ground running.”

Sébastien Loeb (Citroën C-Elysée WTCC n°9): “I’m not used to such a long off-season and I can’t wait to get out there again! My goal is to use the experience I have gained to keep on improving. I want to compete with Pechito and Yvan for the top places, score plenty of points and win more regularly. With five new circuits on the calendar this year, local experience won’t count for as much, and that will be good for me. The changes made to the Citroën C-Elysée WTCC have worked well in our test sessions. Let’s hope that they will work on the other circuits too, starting with Termas!”

Ma Qing Hua (Citroën C-Elysée WTCC n°33): “I’m really happy to be carrying on with Citroën Racing, and to be racing a full season too. Competing as often as the others can only help me to feel more at ease with the car. I prepared over the winter, with plenty of physical training and two good test sessions. I think the technical changes suit my driving style. I want to finish every race, and in a good position too. It’s about time we saw more Chinese flags on the podiums! Unlike my teammates, I haven’t raced at Termas before. On the simulator, it seemed like a tough circuit. The track is slippery, particularly when it’s hot, but that’s the same for everyone!”

CITROËN DRIVERS TO GO OUT AND MEET THEIR FANS

As is customary on their trips to Argentina, Citroën Racing’s drivers will be undertaking a number of promotional and media commitments. As soon as they land in Buenos Aires, José María López, Sébastien Loeb and Turismo Nacional Champion Matias Rossi will be the star attractions of a “champions’ roadshow” at the intersection between Avenida Diagonal Norte and Calle Suipacha. The event begins at 2 p.m. on March 1st.

On Tuesday afternoon, Pechito and Seb will be joined by Yvan Muller in Córdoba for another event, intended to offer support and comfort to the victims of the recent floods. Finally, on Wednesday evening, the drivers will once again go out and meet their fans in the streets of Santiago del Estero.

THE PROGRAMME

The season’s curtain-raiser kicks off on Friday 6 March, with a first session of free practice at 10.00 a.m. The two remaining sessions are scheduled for Saturday at 8.45 a.m. and 11 a.m. Qualifying will start at 3 p.m. and will follow the traditional Q1/Q2/Q3 format. The races will take place on Sunday, at 3.15 and 4.30 p.m. Argentina’s time zone is GMT-3, four hours behind France.

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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.
JESSICA VERZIN, the blonde Italian girl, who is in charge of the professional catering work for W RACING PROJECT for the 2019 world champion team of constructors, Hyundai Motorsport GmbH, stands out in the publication, showing her feminine and sensual side, and confirming the excellent work that WRP is doing, to provide a fantastic food service, from Italy to
the whole WRC Plus circus.

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.
We expect news soon, with the 2 month interval that the WRC will have, after the dispute in the WRC 2020 in Leon.

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NOBRE’S OPEN-BOOT POLICY IN THE ERC

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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THE ALL-NEW FORD FIESTA R5

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‑Sport.co.uk

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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