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FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC) 2015: HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT ON THE PACE BUT OUT OF LUCK AFTER DRAMATIC FRIDAY IN RALLY MEXICO

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Hyundai Motorsport on the pace but out of luck after dramatic Friday in Rally Mexico.

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Dani Sordo leads the Hyundai Motorsport charge after the first full day of action in this weekend’s Rally Mexico, securing a top six position overall in the #8 Hyundai i20 WRC
Thierry Neuville was among the rally front-runners with two stage wins in the #7 Hyundai i20 WRC but a puncture in the afternoon El Chocolate stage brought his day to an early end
Hayden Paddon will restart Rally Mexico under Rally 2; the Kiwi stopped early in the morning’s SS4 after a small mistake caused damage to his #20 car.

7 March 2015

León, Mexico

March 6, 2015 – The Hyundai Motorsport team has shown impressive pace on the first full day of this weekend’s Rally Mexico with Thierry Neuville (#7 Hyundai i20 WRC) winning two stages (SS1 & SS5) and putting up a strong fight for the overall lead of the rally.

At the end of Friday’s eight stages, however, Dani Sordo and Marc Martí (#8 Hyundai i20 WRC), are the highest placed Hyundai Motorsport crew in sixth place after a solid start to this third FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) event of 2015.

Neither Neuville nor Hayden Paddon (#20 Hyundai i20 WRC) were able to complete Friday’s demanding stages after both suffered damage to their respective cars after incidents during the unforgiving El Chocolate stage.

Sordo will continue to mount a top six charge tomorrow after putting in solid times WRC in his first event with the team after missing Rally Sweden following a training injury. The Spaniard will be the highest classified Hyundai Shell World Rally Team driver heading into Saturday.

Sordo said: “For me, it’s been great to be back with the team here in Mexico and I have had a good day. We have had a few issues but the feeling is good with the car and finishing the first day in the top six is an encouraging start. On the first run of El Chocolate, I had some gearbox issues and then later – after the water splash – my windscreen was misty so visibility was poor. I was pleased with the final morning stage, Las Minas 1, and also with setting the third best time in the repeat Los Mexicanos (SS7) stage. There are a lot of positives to take from today; the car feels good and I feel physically fine but there is another tough day ahead of us tomorrow.”

Neuville had a stellar start to Rally Mexico with a fine stage win in Thursday evening’s opening run, as well as setting an impressive fastest time in Friday morning’s final stage – SS5 Las Minas 1 (15.54km). The Belgian, alongside compatriot Nicolas Gilsoul, was the closest challenger for the lead of the rally throughout Friday, and was setting pace-setting split times, but a puncture led to a roll in the second pass of El Chocolate this afternoon. The team will check the damage on the car and evaluate if the Belgian will be able to re-join Rally Mexico under Rally 2 regulations tomorrow.

Neuville said: “It is a sad end to what has been a very positive day of rally for me, Nicolas and the team. We didn’t expect to go as well today given our second place on the road today but a clever tyre choice as well as a competitive car helped us to compensate. I had a good rhythm and felt good in the car this morning. I had spin in SS4 which lost about ten seconds but then won the following Las Minas stage to mount a fight for the lead of the rally. The afternoon loop started well but towards the end of the repeat El Chocolate stage, I had a puncture and lost control of the car. We rolled and a hole in the radiator prevented us from continuing.”

In his first participation in Rally Mexico, Hayden Paddon (#20 Hyundai i20 WRC) had his first full day of action cut short early on after hitting a rock in the second stage of the day, the gruelling SS4 El Chocolate (44.13km). The Kiwi driver, alongside his Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team co-driver John Kennard, will re-join under Rally 2 on Saturday morning where they aim to continue learning in this uniquely demanding event.

Paddon said: “It was a trying start to our first full day of action here in Mexico. We started the morning quite encouragingly with the seventh best time in SS3. The car felt good, certainly the best it’s ever felt, and I was really starting to get into the groove. We wanted to continue that into the long El Chocolate stage, SS4, but the road was slippery and I made a small mistake about 3km into the stage, into a tight left hander. I lost the rear under braking, sliding wide and hitting a rock. We broke the front upright and unfortunately the part we needed to fix it wasn’t with us, so we had to stop in the stage. It was really a shame because the Hyundai i20 WRC felt very nice to drive. We will re-join tomorrow under Rally 2 but it will be tough being one of the first on the road, so we’ll just focus on learning curve as much as we can.”

For the Hyundai Motorsport team, the performances of all three drivers in the opening ten stages of this gruelling rally, give plenty of cause for optimism. Neuville’s two stage wins, as well as his fight for the overall lead of the rally, suggest that improvements made to the Hyundai i20 WRC have proved beneficial in this high altitude event.

Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “On the one hand, it is easy to be downhearted that we had two cars unable to complete today’s stages, but on the other we must take comfort in the fact that Thierry was once again the closest challenger for the outright rally lead. He has taken two stage wins so far and has consistently been near the front. Unfortunately, he had a puncture near the end of the second El Chocolate stage which put him into a roll. A hole in the radiator meant he couldn’t continue. Hayden, too, had a good start but a mistake in SS4 forced him wide and caused damage to his car that left him unable to complete the stage. Generally, though, the car has performed well today and all three drivers have reported that they have been pleased with their pace. Dani leads our charge at the end of Friday but Hayden will re-join under Rally 2 tomorrow and we hope Thierry will be able to restart as well but we have to evaluate the damage on his car first. We will continue to show what our Hyundai i20 WRC is capable of, and hope that all three drivers can put up a similar level of performance tomorrow.

Overall Classification after Day One

1- S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) 1:45:03.0
2- J.M Latvala / M. Anttila (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +13.5
3- M. Østberg / J. Andersson (Citroën DS3 WRC) +29.5
4- A. Mikkelsen / O. Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +45.2
5- E. Evans / D. Barritt (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +1:03.9
6- D. Sordo / M. Martí (Hyundai i20 WRC) +1:40.5
7- M. Prokop / J. Tomanek (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +2:03.5
8- Y. Protasov / P. Cherepin (Ford Fiesta RRC) +4:57.7
9- N. Al-Attiyah / M. Baumel (Ford Fiesta RRC) +5:12.2
10- N. Fuchs / F. Mussano (Ford Fiesta R5) +7:58.7
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19. T. Neuville / N. Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC) +21:04.3

27. H. Paddon / J. Kennard (Hyundai i20 WRC) +49:05.6

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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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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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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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