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FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC 2015): CITROËN TOTAL ABU DHABI WORLD RALLY TEAM- KRIS MEEKE POSITIONED AS THE HUNTER

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KRIS MEEKE POSITIONED AS THE HUNTER.

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Having secured their first World Championship win at the start of the month, Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle are among the frontrunners once again in Portugal.

On brand-new stages, they ended the first leg in second place overall. Mads Østberg and Jonas Andersson hold seventh position.

In the third DS 3 WRC, Khalid Al Qassimi and Chris Patterson had to retire for the day before the start of the fourth stage.

VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL (21-24/05/2015) – DAY 1

22 May 2015

This year, Rally de Portugal has left the Algarve to set up base 550 kilometres further north. Centred around Porto, the rally has returned to a region that loves racing, with huge crowds lining the roads.

Abandoned since 2001, these stages are therefore totally unfamiliar to all the World Championship drivers. The conditions thus provided Kris Meeke with an opportunity to demonstrate his impressive ability to adapt to a situation.

Starting in fifth position, the Northern Irishman produced consistently strong performances in the morning loop to move into second overall. The very slippery road surface changed as the day wore on. Often becoming quicker, the lines were also dirtied by rocks pulled out as more cars came through the stages. In opting to go with soft tyres in the afternoon, he ended the leg in second place, eleven seconds behind the leader, Jari-Matti Latvala.

Second in the Drivers’ Championship, Mads Østberg had to contend with a much tougher starting position. Forced to sweep the loose gravel off the racing line, the Norwegian lost a lot of time on Ponte de Lima (SS2) and Viana do Castelo (SS4). On a less demanding road surface, he nonetheless set the fastest time on the 18 kilometre-long SS3! On the second loop, Mads confirmed his pace to end the day in seventh place, around twenty seconds adrift of his team-mate.

The third driver competing for Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team this weekend, Khalid Al Qassimi found himself stuck at the start of the fourth stage with a handbrake problem. The Abu Dhabi driver will rejoin the rally tomorrow.

In his DS 3 R5, Stéphane Lefebvre ended the opening leg in fourth position in the WRC2 standings. Increasingly close the stage-winning times, the Frenchman racked up further experience without making any mistakes.

In the FIA Junior WRC championship, the Frenchmen Quentin Gilbert and Terry Folb finished the day ahead of the Norwegian Ole-Christian Veiby. The three DS 3 R3s also dominated the WRC3 category.

On Saturday, the longest day of the rally will get underway at 7.30am. 165.40 kilometres of timed sections will be spread across three stages, each run two times, with service periods in Matosinhos at 1pm and 6.35pm.

QUOTE, UNQUOTE

Yves Matton (Citroën Racing Team Principal): “Kris and Mads both had a very good day. With different difficulties due to their respective starting positions, they made the most of a reliable car in what were really tough conditions, especially on the second loop. Kris managed his race perfectly, even though tyre choice wasn’t easy. Mads did more than hold his own given that he was second on the road. He pretty much matched Sébastien Ogier’s times. The aim is to keep doing the same thing, like in Argentina, and for both DS 3 WRCs to finish as high as possible.”

Mads Østberg: “I really enjoyed these stages even though the conditions were difficult. I learned a lot by starting in second position on the road. Obviously, I’m not really pleased with the overall position, but this is where I expected to be at the end of the first day. The roads on tomorrow’s stages should be better for us. We also made good tyre choices which leaves us with options for the rest of the rally.”

Kris Meeke: “We weren’t really expecting the roads to change so much between the two runs. At the midday service, we had to take a gamble based on the data we had. In hindsight, if we did it all again, I think I would have gone for a slightly different set-up and tyres. We still managed to be pretty quick and consistent. You can see that in the overall standings! Tomorrow, we’ll be tackling more new stages. We’ll need to keep up the same pace.”

Khalid Al Qassimi: “We had to retire due to a mechanical problem. The handbrake became stuck at the start of SS4. I’m really disappointed, but that’s part and parcel of racing. There were a lot of rocks on the stages. I tried to avoid them on SS2 and I took a few more risks on SS3. There’s plenty of room for improvement, depending on the state of the roads.”

Stéphane Lefebvre: “The roads were very rough this afternoon, but we enjoyed ourselves in the DS 3 R5. The times we set were pretty good. We now lie fourth in the WRC2 category but this is just the first day of the rally. There is still a long way to go and we’ll have to keep up the same pace.”

HOW THE ACTION UNFOLDED

SS1 – Lousada (3.36km) – The rally kicked off with a super special stage held on a mixed gravel/tarmac surface. Andreas Mikkelsen set the fastest time. Kris Meeke and Mads Østberg finished in the top 7, two seconds off the pace.

SS2 – Ponte de Lima 1 (27.53km) – On a particularly dusty, loose surface, the early runners carved out the racing line. Dani Sordo set the fastest time to become the new overall leader. Kris Meeke grabbed the fourth fastest time, whilst Mads Østberg was eighth. Adopting a cautious approach, given the large number of rocks on the racing line, Khalid Al Qassimi lost slightly over a minute. Elfyn Evans stopped due to an electrical problem.

SS3 – Caminha 1 (18.05km) – On faster and harder roads, Mads Østberg grabbed the stage win, followed by Jari-Matti Latvala and Kris Meeke. The Briton moved into second place overall, behind Andreas Mikkelsen.

SS4 – Viana do Castelo 1 (18.76km) – The third stage of the loop handed the drivers further down the order, with a cleaner racing line, an advantage again. The stage win went to Jari-Matti Latvala, ahead of Hayden Paddon and Kris Meeke. As the crews headed for the midday service, Latvala held a six-second lead over Meeke. Mads Østberg was sixth overall. Stuck at the start of the stage with a handbrake problem, Khalid Al Qassimi was unable to finish the leg.

SS5 – Ponte de Lima 2 (27.53km) – Forest fires on the hillsides forced the organisers to cancel the stage. A new itinerary was drawn up between the service park and the start of SS6.

SS6 – Caminha 2 (18.05km) – First on the road, Sébastien Ogier set the fastest time on the sixth stage. Kris Meeke was fourth fastest, thus consolidating his second position despite the roads breaking up very badly in places. Mads Østberg dropped back into seventh place.

SS7 – Viana do Castelo 2 (18.76km) – Conditions were again very tough on this second pass. Jari-Matti Latvala won the stage to maintain his overall lead before the crews headed back to the service park. Kris Meeke remained second, ahead of Andreas Mikkelsen, Ott Tanak, Dani Sordo, Sébastien Ogier and Mads Østberg.

STANDINGS AFTER DAY 1

1. Jari-Matti Latvala / Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) 1:07:19.4
2. Kris Meeke / Paul Nagle (DS 3 WRC) +11.1
3. Andreas Mikkelsen / Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +16.0
4. Ott Tanak / Raigo Molder (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +17.8
5. Dani Sordo / Marc Marti (Hyundai i20 WRC) +21.8
6. Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +25.9
7. Mads Østberg / Jonas Andersson (DS 3 WRC) +31.3
8. Hayden Paddon / John Kennard (Hyundai i20 WRC) +40.0
9. Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC) +1:08.0
10. Robert Kubica / Maciej Szczepaniak (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +1:29.1…

FASTEST TIMES

Jari-Matti Latvala, 2 – Mads Østberg, Andreas Mikkelsen, Dani Sordo and Sébastien Ogier, 1 (1 SS cancelled).

LEADERS

SS1 and SS3: Andreas Mikkelsen

SS2: Dani Sordo

SS4 to SS7: Jari-Matti Latvala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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