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The making of a Special Stage at the ADAC Rallye Deutschland.


A glimpse at the planners’ work – the Bosenberg Special Stage
Experience, tact and attention to detail are the planners’ essential skills
Teamwork is the key to success at the German FIA WRC rally

19 May th, 2015

Munich/Trier, 15 May 2015 – The ADAC Rallye Deutschland is known to deliver spectacular rally racing. It holds 21 Special Stages in store for the drivers and teams in 2015. Each of the 374km must be prepared to perfection to allow World Champion Sébastien Ogier, 2014 winner Thierry Neuville, Jari-Matti Latvala, and the other WRC drivers to deliver top performance. Clerk of the Course Alfred Rommelfanger and his assistants, Stefan Bayer and Franz-Rudolf Ubach, go about planning the Special Stages (SS) with the required precision and thoroughness. Their mission requires plenty of experience, tact and attention to detail.

Variety and regional diversity are the planners’ guiding principles
“Planning requires the most in terms of time and effort for new Special Stages and some that were not on the itinerary for some time”, explained Mr Rommelfanger. “But we rise to the challenge since we want to offer the fans and participants some novelty every time. When we put together our selection of Special Stages, we look first and foremost for regional diversity. This year, for instance, we sought a new challenge in the Saarland.” What they came up with is a revival of the challenging Bosenberg Special Stage near the town of St. Wendel. It was on the itinerary last in the 2011 ADAC Rallye Deutschland.”

Panning begins early and synergies are exploited
Taking Bosenberg as an example, Alfred Rommelfanger explains the step-by-step planning of a new Special Stage: “At an early stage, we involved ADAC Saarland, the regional club on site. The colleagues’ first suggestion was Bosenberg. At that location, good experiences were made with rallies at state level, for instance the German Rally Championship (DRM) and the ADAC Rallye Masters. And the Special Stage had been found fit for a WRC rally before.” Within ADAC, the decision to include the Bosenberg Special Stage was made after an on-site inspection. The planner in charge of the stage itinerary in this case was Assistant Clerk of the Course Stefan Bayer.

Special requirements for a WRC event
Once a Special Stage receives the go-ahead, several on-site inspections are carried out by different bodies involved in the planning process, such as stage safety and spectator management as well as the designated Special Stage management. In the following stages of planning, certain requirements must be taken into account, said Mr Rommelfanger: “First, there is the length of the Special Stage: The FIA specifies that the length of a Special Stage should represent at least 25% of the whole rally.” Outside such predetermined criteria, much of the final set-up and arrangements comes down to the experience of the planners. “For instance, you have to create a certain infrastructure around the start and finish area to allow you to manage the large WRC field of starters. The same goes for spectator areas, the parking lots, access and exit roads. When it comes to that, the ADAC Rallye Deutschland is a major spectator event in the true sense of the word,” added Mr Rommelfanger.

Consensual planning involving the communities affected
At the same time the planning team holds the first meetings with the town administrations and local authorities involved. “In the case of Bosenberg, we had the advantage that the local authorities already had rally experience. If a Special Stage is selected for the first time, planning begins a year ahead: This gives the local counterparts involved the opportunity of a first-hand look at the ADAC Rallye Deutschland on location. This makes the follow-through meetings and talks so much easier,” said the Clerk of the Course. When the ADAC team is through planning the stage itinerary, the next step is getting the official approval process started. In this process, the focus is on environmental protection and conservancy issues as well as on the interests of the locals living next to the rally stage. Meeting all the requirements is prerequisite to being allowed to run the event.

The FIA approves the itinerary
At least five months prior to the rally, the planned itinerary must be sumbitted to the FIA for approval. The document for this years ADAC Rallye Deutschland was submitted to the FIA by mid March 2015. “Normally, the FIA does not have any further issues. Compared with other international rallies notably, the planning for the ADAC Rallye Deutschland is exemplary,“ said Mr Rommelfanger. At the time of the submission to the FIA, the planned itinerary also goes to the WRC teams to input theirexperiences.During review by the FIA, the planning for the German WRC event continues at full throttle: Now, the Rally Guide, the Road Book and other planning documents are compiled.

Staff planning for the Special Stages
In the weeks and months leading up to the rally, the planners focus their attention on staffing needs for the Special Stages. For stage security, ADAC relies on assistance from its regional and local clubs from all over the country. Even the neighbouring countries regularly chip in their active support. Assistant Clerk of the Course Franz-Rudolf Ubach coordinates the organisation of spectator management. As a matter of policy, ADAC involves the towns along the itinerary in the organisation, furnishing and operation of spectator areas, car parks and catering to the spectators. These tasks are then usually assigned to local associations, groups and businesses.

Setting up and dismantling Special Stages
In the last few days before the ADAC Rallye Deutschland, the Special Stages take shape through the work of the installation and removal team. The Bosenberg SS is approx. 17km long. The team in charge of setting up and dismantling the stage furniture will comprise numerous volunteers led by Special Stage manager Ralf Brocker (MSC Obere-Nahe motor sport club). They will strictly implement the stage safety plan. Countless signs, miles and miles of fencing and barriers of all kind must be taken to the specified points along the Special Stages and installed. Immediately after the last rally vehicle has passed a Special Stage the team begins dismantling and completely removing the furniture. At the ADAC Rallye Deutschland it is the organisers’ intention to leave nature as intact after a Special Stage as it was before.

Team work is the key to success
The ADAC Rallye Deutschland Special Stages have always been famous. Whereas the rally teams love the various challenges of the sport, the fans look forward to perfect conditions to watch high-level rally racing live. The appreciation the organisers earn is not a matter of course, it is the result of a coordinated and smooth team effort: “Even after a lifetime of involvement in organising and running rallies, for me the shaping and growing of a Special Stage is a fascinating process every time. From the initial idea through laying out the stage and through actually running it – nothing happens without the committed and purposeful work of dedicated people,” is the bottom line for the Clerk of the Course.

2015 ADAC Rallye Deutschland has more to offer than ever before.


Mega action on a total of 21 Special Stages
Five Special Stages at the legendary Panzerplatte
Comeback of the Mittelmosel and Bosenberg Special Stages
Optimised layout of the Service Park Trier

More mileage, more Special Stages, more action: The ADAC Rallye Deutschland is expanding again this year. With a total of some 374 kilometres to cover, the German event of the FIA World Rally Championship is approx. 48 kilometres longer this year than in 2014. The number of Special Stages has also increased: A total of 21 Special Stages – three more than in 2014 – will be on the officially approved itinerary for World Champion Sébastien Ogier, 2014 winner Thierry Neuville, Jari-Matti Latvala, and the other WRC drivers. Five of these will take place on the notorious Panzerplatte alone. Rally fans all over the world know what this means: The 2015 ADAC Rallye Deutschland will be the most attractive yet!

Thursday, 20 August 2015
Before the action starts in the Mosel Region around Trier as well as in the Eifel Region, the Saarland and on the Baumholder military range, the Shakedown at Konz is the first item on the agenda on Thursday (20 August). During this warm-up, fans will have all day to watch the rally vehicles in various points. That same evening’s autograph signing session with the WRC stars on Trier’s main market place is a must for the fans. So is the subsequent Show Start in front of the impressively illuminated Porta Nigra gate, ushering in a three-day spectacular that showcases the elite of rally-racing.

Friday, 21 August 2015
Friday (21 August) starts off with the 14.84km Sauertal Special Stage near the border with Luxembourg. Next, the rally stars will chase up and down the slopes of the Eifel Region on the 16.40km Waxweiler Special Stage near the Belgian border. Then, the Moselland Special Stage will see the competitors race 23.24km against the clock , including narrow vineyard service roads with extremely tight hairpin turns. After a one-year hiatus, the popular Mittelmosel Special Stage will return to the ADAC Rallye Deutschland in a more compact version. 13.67km long and set amid the vineyards, it is a highlight with numerous spectacular viewpoints. All four Special Stages will again be on the schedule for Friday afternoon.

Saturday, 22 August 2015
Saturday (22 August) will be another action-packed day: It will start off with the 18.35km Grafschaft Special Stage including its unique panoramic road overlooking the river Mosel. The Bosenberg Special Stage represents yet another comeback: The challenging test in the Saarland Region was on the ADAC Rallye Deutschland itinerary for the last time in 2011. This year, it will take the competitors along the prominent landmark near the town of St. Wendel over 17.13km.

The highlight of the day will be the Baumholder military range spectacular, which ADAC has enhanced yet again: A total of five spectacular Special Stages will take place in the Arena Panzerplatte this year. Successfully introduced last year, the Sprint format will be a double act this year: The teams will complete the 2.87km circuit – most of it in full view of the fans – twice in a row in the morning. So, once across the Finish line, it’s back to square one! Of course, the ADAC Rallye Deutschland would not be complete without its crown jewel: This year, the Panzerplatte Long Special Stage will cover a total of 45.61km. In the afternoon, the same Special Stages will be on the agenda again, but in a slightly different sequence: After the Grafschaft Special Stage, the rally will return to the Baumholder military range, where yet another Sprint and long stint will excite the fans. The second Bosenberg Special Stage will wrap up the day’s rallying.

Sunday, 23 August 2015
The final day (23 August) of the 2015 ADAC Rallye Deutschland also holds something new in store: For the first time, the second leg of the Dhrontal Stage, shortened to 14.08km, will be run as a Power Stage. Which means: The drivers who cross the finish line at Neumagen-Dhron, the oldest wine-grower’s village in Germany, can add valuable extra points to their WRC standings. But first, they will have to complete the 19.59km Stein & Wein Special Stage east of Trier, before negotiating the countless hairpin turns in the vineyards of the Dhrontal Special Stage. Once again, the historic Roman Porta Nigra gate in Trier will provide the backdrop for the podium ceremony of the ADAC Rallye Deutschland. Here, the numerous fans can celebrate the best drivers and teams of the 2015 ADAC Rallye Deutschland to their heart’s content.

Optimised layout of the Service Park Trier
With the event schedule officially approved, plans for the Service Park are beginning to take shape as well. The Trier fairgrounds will once more be the hub of the ADAC Rallye Deutschland. ADAC will optimise the layout of the various areas and walks this year for even more spectator friendliness. For instance, the regrouping of the vehicles will take place in a different spot. The Service Park is worth a visit every day of the event: Here, the fans are close to the action at all times and have the opportunity to obtain autographs and watch the teams at work. At the Service Park you will also find the fan shops, the info point, food and refreshments, sanitary facilities, as well as a medical station and other services.

Get your pre-sale vouchers and passes now!
The pre-sale of tickets to the 2015 ADAC Rallye Deutschland has started: Rally passes/vouchers are now available for €69.00 (€64.00 for ADAC members) at . Along with the pass, you can pre-order the official rally magazine at an extra €5.00.

The rally pass at a glance:
The rally pass is the universal fan ticket to the entire four-day event of the ADAC Rallye Deutschland. It provides access to the Shakedown and to all spectator areas along the Special Stages. The pass also includes admission to the Service Park. As the hub of the event, the Service Park has numerous attractions in store for the fans. Here, they can watch the mechanics at work, admire the WRC stars along with their rally cars and obtain their autographs.

The pass includes:

Access to all Special Stages on all days
Access to the Service Park on all days
Access to the Shakedown on Thursday
A spectator map providing all the essential information about the rally
An ADAC Rallye Deutschland pass lan-yard
An ADAC Rallye Deutschland sticker

2015 ADAC Rallye Deutschland information:
The ADAC Rallye Deutschland has a unique world-wide reputation. Its mix of hairpin stages in the Moselle vineyards, tough tracks on the Baumholder tank range and fast blacktop roads presents extreme challenges for both teams and drivers, putting their skill and versatility to the test. Diversity, high-class action and closeness to the fans are the ingredients that make the ADAC Rallye Deutschland such an attractive package for spectators as well. Year after year, this major event draws enthusiastic crowds from all over Europe, giving it a special, international atmosphere.













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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”.


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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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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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