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FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC 2015): CITROËN TOTAL ABU DHABI WORLD RALLY TEAM- KRIS MEEKE ONE OF THE FOUR ACES

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KRIS MEEKE ONE OF THE FOUR ACES.

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23 May 2015

Just over twenty seconds covered the top four drivers in the overall standings at Rally de Portugal after 300 kilometres of timed stages.
Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle claimed two stage wins today to lie third overall ahead of tomorrow’s final leg.
Mads Østberg and Jonas Andersson ended the day in eighth place, whilst Khalid Al Qassimi and Chris Patterson rejoined this morning under Rally 2 rules.

VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL (21-24/05/2015) – DAY 2

Just over twenty seconds covered the top four drivers in the overall standings at Rally de Portugal after 300 kilometres of timed stages.
Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle claimed two stage wins today to lie third overall ahead of tomorrow’s final leg.
Mads Østberg and Jonas Andersson ended the day in eighth place, whilst Khalid Al Qassimi and Chris Patterson rejoined this morning under Rally 2 rules.

After the opening day route took the drivers and teams along the Spanish border, Rally de Portugal headed east for the long second leg. Although the roads were less rough, they remained just as slippery. And managing the allocation of just 16 soft tyres therefore became a decisive factor in determining the standings.

Second overall as the cars left parc ferme this morning, Kris Meeke was running in fifth position on the road. The Northern Irishman relinquished second place to Andreas Mikkelsen on the opening stage, before grabbing it back with two stage wins on Marão (SS9) and Fridão (SS10). At the midday service, his DS 3 WRC was just 6.1 seconds behind the leader, Jari-Matti Latvala.

In the afternoon, the four-way battle continued between Latvala, Meeke, Ogier and Mikkelsen. By opting to fit a combination of three hard tyres and one soft tyre, in order to prepare for the end of the rally, Kris lost a little time. However, after almost three hours of racing, there were just 21.1 seconds between the leading quartet, with the DS 3 WRC in third position.

Still looking for the right feeling, Mads Østberg became embroiled in a three-way battle for sixth place. Struggling for speed in the second loop, he headed back to the service park in eight place, less than ten seconds behind Dani Sordo and Hayden Paddon.

Following Elfyn Evans’ retirement on the opening stage of the day, Khalid Al Qassimi was handed the unenviable job of running first on the road. The Abu Dhabi had to contend with an especially slippery surface as he swept the loose gravel off the racing line. He nonetheless managed to move up a few places, which means he should have a better starting position tomorrow.

In the WRC2, Stéphane Lefebvre remained just outside the top three. Once again very consistent, he managed to end the day in fourth place in his DS 3 R5. In the FIA Junior WRC, the Frenchman Quentin Gilbert continued to lead the standings in his DS 3 R3-MAX.

There are 55 kilometres of timed stages left to complete tomorrow before we find a winner. After an initial pass on Fafe (11.15km) and a single run on Vieira do Minho (32.35km), the rally is scheduled to finish at 1.15pm following a second run on the legendary Fafe stage. The famous test will also serve as the Power Stage and be broadcast live at 11.08am local time.

QUOTE, UNQUOTE

Yves Matton (Citroën Racing Team Principal): “We’re very pleased with Kris’ performance today. Obviously, the aim is to secure a place on the podium for the DS 3 WRC, not forgetting that the Manufacturers’ championship remains the priority. Mads is fighting for sixth place, despite the technical difficulties he had to contend with today. He has a good opportunity to make up one or two places.”

Mads Østberg: “It wasn’t my best day, but we’ll have a better starting position tomorrow. If I feel confident, I’ll push to try and move up the overall standings.”

Kris Meeke: “I drove at my own pace without worrying about the times of the other guys. My goal is still to make it to the finish and score good points. We’ve had two good days since the start, so we’re fairly pleased for the moment. We have to keep it up and that way, we’ll get another good result here.”

Khalid Al Qassimi: “It was a fairly strange day. As we were first on the road, the conditions were extremely difficult. We had to carve out the racing line, sweeping the loose gravel off the surface. The stages were so slippery that I decided not to take too many risks without feeling fully confident. We’ll see what state the roads are in tomorrow.”

Stéphane Lefebvre: “We worked hard to improve our pace notes, especially on the first stage of the loop. I don’t think we had the best set-up today, although we did manage to set good times on Baião. The roads are very slippery with a lot of sand. It’s been a great learning experience that we’ll be trying to convert into points tomorrow.”

HOW THE ACTION UNFOLDED

SS8 – Baião 1 (18.57km) – Stage win for Andreas Mikkelsen, who moved into second overall ahead of Kris Meeke, who went fourth fastest. Mads Østberg set the seventh fastest time. After rejoining under Rally 2 rules, Khalid Al Qassimi stopped on the stage to make sure Elfyn Evans and Daniel Barritt were okay after the British crew went off just ahead.

SS9 – Marão 1 (26.30km) – Kris Meeke won the stage to reclaim second place and move to within 11.2 seconds of the overall leader, Jari-Matti Latvala. Mads Østberg was fifth fastest, moving closer to Dani Sordo in the overall standings. First on the road, Khalid Al Qassimi had the unenviable task of carving out the racing line.

SS10 – Fridão 1 (37.67km) – Another fastest time for Kris Meeke on the longest stage of the rally. The Northern Irishman finished ahead of Ogier and Latvala. Mads Østberg moved to within a second of Dani Sordo as the crews reached the midday service.

SS11 – Baião 2 (18.57km) – Sébastien Ogier kicked off the afternoon loop with a stage win. He moved up into third overall, 7.4 seconds behind Kris Meeke, who was fourth fastest on this test. Mads Østberg continued his battle with Dani Sordo for sixth place.

SS12 – Marão 2 (26.30km) – Sébastien Ogier collected another stage win, cutting the gap to Latvala and Meeke. Mikkelsen lost a little bit more ground to the leading three. Hayden Paddon muscled in on the battle for sixth with Mads Østberg and Dani Sordo.

SS13 – Fridão 2 (37.67km) – The day concluded with another stage win for Sébastien Ogier, who grabbed second overall from Kris Meeke. The Briton therefore ended the day in third position, just ahead of Andreas Mikkelsen, whilst Jari-Matti Latvala held onto the overall lead. Although he lost a little time to Dani Sordo, Mads Østberg made up some ground on Hayden Paddon on this, the final stage of the day.

STANDINGS AFTER DAY 2

1. Jari-Matti Latvala / Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) 2:56:19.9
2. Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +9.5
3. Kris Meeke / Paul Nagle (DS 3 WRC) +20.0
4. Andreas Mikkelsen / Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +21.1
5. Ott Tanak / Raigo Molder (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +1:11.1
6. Dani Sordo / Marc Marti (Hyundai i20 WRC) +1:55.4
7. Hayden Paddon / John Kennard (Hyundai i20 WRC) +2:01.0
8. Mads Østberg / Jonas Andersson (DS 3 WRC) +2:05.0
9. Robert Kubica / Maciej Szczepaniak (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +3:06.9
10. Martin Prokop / Jan Tomanek (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +5:49.7…

FASTEST TIMES

Sébastien Ogier, 4 – Kris Meeke, Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen, 2 – Mads Østberg and Dani Sordo, 1 (1 SS cancelled).

LEADERS

SS1 and SS3: Andreas Mikkelsen

SS2: Dani Sordo

SS4 to SS13: 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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