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Barbados Rally Club celebrates 25th Anniversary in style.


27 May 2015


The final running order for Sol Rally Barbados 2015 (May 29-31), published by the Barbados Rally Club (BRC) in advance of this evening’s Briefing Meeting at the Accra Beach Hotel & Spa in Rockley, lists competitors from 15 nations among the 90 crews for the Caribbean’s biggest annual motor sport International.
As the BRC celebrates the 25th Anniversary of its premier event, records have been broken – overseas entries (44), total of overseas participants (89), first-time overseas participants (40), cars in the 4wd classes (27) and the number of female competitors (16), while the quality of the entry across the board means all bets are off.
BRC Chairman Mark Hamilton said: “It would seem that there are many in the rallying fraternity across the world who want to help the Barbados Rally Club celebrate the first 25 years of special stage rallying in the island. We are overwhelmed by the support shown this year, not only by our long-term repeat visitors, but also by the record number of newcomers. We welcome them and thank them all for their support . . . and it is now up to us, and that special vibe that ‘rally’ in Barbados creates, to ensure that our first-time participants come back year after year as well.
“Sunday’s LIME King of the Hill has truly set us up for an amazing weekend of competition – overall victory was decided by just five-hundredths of a second, and four classes were settled by less than a second, too! This is unheard of . . . I believe that next weekend will be something very special.”
With seeding based on the results of last Sunday’s LIME King of the Hill, 13-time winner Roger Skeete and Louis Venezia (Sol/LIME/Simpson Motors/Automotive Art Subaru Impreza WRC S12) will start at number one. Jamaica’s Jeffrey Panton – he won the International All-Stage Rally in 1998 – and Michael Fennell Jnr are at two, in the Rubis/Total/Sandals Barbados Ford Focus WRC06, with 2012 & ’13 winner Paul Bird and Aled Davies at three in the Rubis/Cockspur/Frank Bird Poultry/Hager/Mac Tools/Elas/Pirelli/C4L Focus WRC08.
Also in contention are former World Rally Championship contender, Finland’s Toni Gardemeister, who will campaign the Red Bull Global Rallycross/Simpson Motors/Bushy Park Barbados Suzuki SX4 WRC with countryman Timo Alanne, and double European Rally Champion, France’s Simon Jean-Joseph, who will be partnered in Trinidad ace John Powell’s Intercontinental Shipping/Trinidad Mooring & Launch Services Focus WRC08 by Jack Boyere, who shared both his ERC titles in 2003 & ’07.
Josh Read and Mark Jordan are top 2wd seeds for the first time, starting at eight in the Stihl/Gliptone/Sprite/Hankook/Weetabix/Chutney’s/Royal Purple/EZone Toyota Starlet, with Neil Armstrong and Barry Ward (Rubis/Chefette/Hankook/Nassco/GUNK Starlet) at 11, Roger Mayers and Sean Corbin (Chefette/Sol/Digicel/DHL/Hankook/Illusion Graphics WR Starlet) at 12, and the highest-placed 2wd overseas newcomers Simon Mauger and Melanie Holmes (Major Motorsport/Smith and Jones Engines/Ravenol/Virgin Atlantic Airways/Redline Fuels/Accra Beach Hotel/Stoutes Car Rentals Ford Escort MkII) at 14.
In addition to the battle for overall and 2wd supremacy, there will be 15 separate classes contested, in all but two of which island competitors will enjoy the challenge of pitting their skills against regional or international entries.
Sol RB15 will start and finish on the unique Race Of Champions Parallel Track at Bushy Park Barbados; on Friday night, the facility will play host to the first two of 22 special stages, while Sunday’s SuperSpecial will give drivers the chance to let their hair down head-to-head, safe in the knowledge that the times are not included in the results.
On the other side of the island, the Vaucluse Raceway (VRW) will be the focal point of the Saturday of Sol RB15, with four runs southbound through the facility, followed by a further two northbound runs on Sunday morning. The introduction of the ROC track and new sections of VRW combined with the reconfiguration of other familiar stages present a refreshed challenge for competitors, while seeding arrangements change, too: in addition to the traditional Sunday morning re-seed based on overnight classification, the same will happen on Saturday morning.

Sol Rally Barbados 2015 statistics:
• 90 crews on the final running order
• a record 27 entries in the 4wd classes
• a record 44 overseas entries
• competitors from 15 nations (including Barbados)
• a record 89 overseas drivers and co-drivers, 40 new to the event (also a record)
• 46 local entries
• a record 16 female competitors, two drivers (for the first time), 14 co-drivers
• cars from 13 manufacturers, Ford best-represented with 26, followed by Toyota (15), Mitsubishi (13) and Subaru (9)
• 120 entries received on-line – 30 withdrawn (20 International, 1 Regional, 9 Local)

Sol Rally Barbados (May 29-31) and LIME King of the Hill (May 24) are organised and promoted by the Barbados Rally Club, which celebrated its 55th Anniversary in 2012; title sponsors are the Sol Group and LIME. Marketing partners are Simpson Motors, Automotive Art and Banks; official partners are Accra Beach Hotel & Spa, the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association, Barbados Port Inc, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc, Geest Line, the Tourism Development Corporation and Virgin Atlantic Airways; associate sponsors are Chefette, Cockspur Rum, Glacial Pure, Little Switzerland, 104 The Beat, Redline Fuels, REIS, Stoute’s Car Rental and Up Beat Wholesale.



Final running order at May 26, 2015

Key to nationalities (competitor from Barbados unless shown) – 14: ANT – Antigua & Barbuda; CDN – Canada; ENG – England; FIN – Finland; FRA – France; IRL – Republic of Ireland; JAM – Jamaica; NED – The Netherlands; NIR – Northern Ireland; NZL – New Zealand; SCO – Scotland; TCI – Turks & Caicos; TRI – Trinidad & Tobago; WAL – Wales

1 Roger Skeete/Louis Venezia (WRC-1 Sol/LIME/Simpson Motors/Automotive Art Subaru Impreza WRC S12)
2 Jeffrey Panton – JAM/Michael Fennell Jnr – JAM (WRC-1 Rubis/Total/Sandals Barbados Ford Focus WRC06)
3 Paul Bird – ENG/Aled Davies – WAL (WRC-1 Rubis/Cockspur/Frank Bird Poultry/Hager/Mac Tools/Elas/Pirelli/C4L Ford Focus WRC08)
4 Simon Jean-Joseph – FRA/Jack Boyere – FRA (WRC-1 Intercontinental Shipping/Trinidad Mooring & Launch Services Ford Focus WRC08)
5 Rob Swann – ENG/Aled Edwards – WAL (WRC-1 Waves Hotel and Spa Barbados/Terra Caribbean/Cygnet Plant/R A Swann Subaru Impreza WRC S11)
6 Toni Gardemeister – FIN/Timo Alanne – FIN (WRC-1 Red Bull Global Rallycross/Simpson Motors/Bushy Park Barbados Suzuki SX4 WRC)
7 Roger Duckworth – ENG/Ross Weir – ENG (WRC-2 Intrinsys Subaru Impreza WRC S6)
8 Josh Read/Mark Jordan (SM10 Stihl/Gliptone/Sprite/Hankook/Weetabix/Chutney’s/Royal Purple/EZone Toyota Starlet)
9 Roger Hill/Graham Gittens (WRC-2 Nassco/Esso/Pennzoil/MotorMac Toyota Corolla WRC)
10 Kevin Procter – ENG/Philip Hopkins – ENG (WRC-2 Procters Coaches/Compass Royston/Swift Signs/Corner House Hotel/Hopkins Motorsport Subaru Impreza WRC S7)
11 Neil Armstrong/Barry Ward (SM10 Rubis/Chefette/Hankook/Nassco/GUNK Toyota Starlet)
12 Roger Mayers/Sean Corbin (SM10 Chefette/Sol/Digicel/DHL/Hankook/Illusion Graphics WR Starlet)
14 Simon Mauger – ENG/Melanie Holmes – ENG (SM11 Major Motorsport/Smith and Jones Engines/Ravenol/Virgin Atlantic Airways/Redline Fuels/Accra Beach Hotel/Stoutes Car Rentals Ford Escort MkII)
15 Dane Skeete/Tyler Mayhew (SM11 Sol/LIME/Automotive Art Peugeot 306 Maxi)
16 Rhett Watson/James Hutchinson (SM12 Chefette/Power King/Gliptone/Stihl in support of Little Pink Gift BMW M3)
17 Andrew Jones/Lindsey Pilkington – ENG (SM11 AP Jones Pharmacy/Southern Surf Beach Apartments/Lucozade Ford Escort MkII)
18 Andrew Mallalieu/Geoff Goddard (GpN Terra Caribbean/Blue Sky Luxury Subaru Impreza N10)
19 Mark Thompson/Wayne King (GpN Automotive Art/Stag Beer/Glassesco/NKM Clothing/Bio Beauty Day Spa Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
20 Joe McQuillan – NIR/Sean Donnelly – SCO (GpA Masserene Park Farms Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
21 Rupert Lomax – WAL/David Alcock – WAL (GpA DigIt Plant Hire/SMS Motorsport/Almax Racing Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI)
22 Neil Corbin/Matthew Staffner (M6 Nassco/Jason Jones/BG Products & Services/Auto Solutions/Valvoline/Max Meyer Paints/Emtage Electric Toyota Starlet)
23 Avinash Chatrani/Andrew Skeete (GpA iShop Barbados/Electric Avenue/PowerBass/Lenovo/1 of K/Copocabana/Sign Station Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI)
24 Barry Groundwater – SCO/Martin Forrest – SCO (GpA Groundwater Lift Trucks/Steve Reid Autobody/AMS Motorsport Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
25 David Coelho – TRI/James Harris – ENG (GpN Total/Lubetech/Zanzibar/Kaizan Sushi/ Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
26 Daryl Clarke/Russell Brancker (M7 MQI Collision Repair/Mom’s Pasta Products/Roberts Manufacturing/Valvoline Honda Civic)
27 Paul Horton – TCI/Dwayne Forde (M7 Sky Motorsports/Java Island/Real Ford Escort MkI)
28 Peter Shaun Sinclair – SCO/Ruaridh Allan – SCO (SM11 Ford Escort MkII)
29 Greg Cozier/Natasha Farnum (Int-Hist Barbados Historic Rally Carnival/Jondel Engines Ford Escort RS)
30 Hugh Peat – ENG/Mike Sendall – ENG (GpN Wemix Concrete/CC Motors Subaru Impreza N11)
31 John Powell – TRI/Jason Costelloe – TRI (GpN Intercontinental Shipping Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
32 Kyle Gregg – JAM/Michael Worme (GpN Sunitrac Tyres/B D Gregg Bros Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
33 Justin Campbell/Juan Watts (SM12 Dream Solutions/ Racing Team/Castrol/Hilton Barbados/One Media/Biz Needz BMW M3)
34 Fraser Louden – SCO/Abi Louden – SCO (WRC-1 ALS Oil & Gas/MGS Logistics/Retro Restorations Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
35 Brendon Mckenzie/Dominic Straker (M6 Mck Motorsport Toyota Corolla)
36 Stan Hartling – CDN/Heath Hazell (SM12 Bambarra Rum BMW M3)
37 Edward Corbin/Rodney Clarke (M7 Valvoline/Prosales Toyota Corolla RunX)
38 Pete Rayner – ENG/Maria Rayner – ENG (GpB Perry Road Autos/Tamdown Group Ford Escort MkII)
39 Oliver Hopkins – ENG/Ashley Trimble – ENG (GpA Hopkins Motorsport/Dan Cuff Motor Engineering Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI)
40 Pierre Negre – FRA/Gilles Gaussens – FRA (GpA Conseil General de la Guadeloupe Ford Escort RS Cosworth)
41 Rob Smith – ENG/Paul Willetts – ENG (Int-Hist HJ Weir Engineering/Weir Laundry Equipment/Ocean Two Resort/RSR Historic Engineering Triumph TR7 V8)
42 Chris Ullyett/Chantal Ullyett (SM12 Ullyett’s Machine Shop/Proj-Rx Inc/MG America BMW M3)
43 Jamal Brathwaite/Dario Hoyte (M7 Platinum Motors/Valvoline/Automotive Art/R S Electrical/Ellesmere Quarries/JSB Motorsport/Chicken Pen Racing/Codgies Customs Brokers Honda Civic Type-R)
44 Donnie MacDonald – SCO/Ashleigh Will – SCO (GpA Culloden Car Sales/Topcar Inverness/Romms/DMC Performance Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
45 Shelly Taunt – ENG/Julie Murphy – ENG (GpN Guest & Flore Bricklayers/Combined Scaffolding/ASF Sign Factory/Jim Griffiths Car Body Repairs Subaru Impreza N10)
46 Andrew Costin-Hurley – ENG/Stuart Andrews – WAL (GpB ARP/Earl’s Performance/Zeta Engineering Hoses Ford Puma Evo)
47 Kenny Hall – SCO/Fenny Wesselink – NED (M6 Halltune Garage Ford Puma S1600)
48 Peter Morris – WAL/Lyndon Mohammed – TRI (WRC-1 Valvoline Oils/DMack Tyres Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X)
49 Harold Morley – ENG/Ken Mohammed – TRI (GpN Saints/Red Square/Costco Subaru Impreza WRX STi R4)
50 Terry Sealy/Rommel Coppin (GpN Speedline Performance Auto/Premier World Cargo/Cockspur Rum/Little Switzerland Subaru Impreza STi)
51 Allan Mackay – SCO/Mo Downey – NIR (SM11 Tunnocks Tea Cakes/Mountune Ford Anglia WRC)
52 Martin Stockdale – ENG/Stephen Ritchie – ENG (SM12 Divi Southwinds Beach Resort/Drive-a-Matic/Quarry Motors BMW Spares BMW 1M Coupe)
53 Mark Kinch/Andrew Peirce (SM9 Black Pearl Party Cruises/Jolly Roger 1/Rubis Kirtons/Ultraviolet Entertainment/Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum Toyota Starlet)
54 Sean Field/Shannon Kirton (M7 Field Insurance Brokers Peugeot 306 GTi6)
55 Freddie Gale/Kyle Proverbs (M7 Gale’s Hatcheries/VP Racing Fuels/Nassco Toyota Corolla RunX)
56 David St Hill/Ian Grimes (SM12 Solar & Wind Energy Solutions BMW M3)
57 Stuart McChlery/Jonathan Johnson (SM11 Lubriguard/Gunk Ford Escort MkI)
58 Brian Watson – SCO/Caroline Will – SCO (SM11 Ford Escort MkII)
59 Nigel Worswick – ENG/Rebecca Kirsch – ENG (SM11 Worswick Engineering/Rallytech Composites/Rockwell Automation Ford Escort MkII)
60 Paul Rees – WAL/Paul Briggs – ENG (M7 Coconut Court Beach Hotel/Vauxcare Vauxhall Astra Mk2)
61 Jeremy Croney/Andrew Croney (Club Warrens Lubricants/Sign Station/SRG Engineering/Sweet Temptations Peugeot 206XS)
62 Clifford Cox/Scott Bentham (SM9 Toyota Starlet)
63 Wayne Archer/Derek Edwards (Hist Archers Hall Design Centre/Diamonds International/CACS BMW 325)
64 Raymond Clough – ENG/Stephen Bell (Int-Hist Saint-Gobain Weber/DBP Bradford/The Builders Center Sheffield/Yorkshire Fixings Otley/Encon Leeds/Minster Sheffield Ford Escort MkI)
65 Dick Mauger – ENG/Steve McNulty – ENG (SM10 Major Motorsport Ford Escort MkII)
66 Cliff Roett/Joshua Plaza – TRI (SM10 Nassco/Paulo’s Churasco do Brazil/Roett’s Garage Toyota Starlet)
67 Warren Philliskirk – ENG/Garry Green – ENG (Int-Hist Philliskirk Drainage/Autosparks Ford Escort RS1800 MkII)
68 Nick Marshall – NZL/Nigel Hutchinson – ENG (M7 Peugeot 206 GTi 180)
69 Norman Catwell/Kyle Catwell (M7 CPR Racing/Ellesmere Quarries/Jenvy Motorsport Induction Systems/John Hardman Engineering/Elite Transmissions Volkswagen Golf GTI)
70 Kurt Thompson/Adam Straker (M7 Glassesco/NKM Clothing/Bio-Beauty Day Spa/Digicel 4G/Beacon Insurance Honda Civic)
71 Jeremy Sisnett/Justin Sisnett (M7 The Tiki Bar/Autolink/Indoor Plant Services Ford Fiesta ST)
72 Kurt Ward/Kirt King (SM9 SDRR/Precision Racing Ford Escort MkI)
73 Shareef Walcott/Jan-Yves Hinds (SM9 Novus Tech/MMXI/246 Dip/ Toyota Corolla)
74 Winston Thompson/Fiona Catwell – ANT (SM9 Ellesmere Quarries/BCR/Island Projects Construction/SDRR Industrial & Hydraulic Spares/Chicken Pen Racing Toyota Starlet)
75 Chris Shooter – ENG/Bev LeGood – ENG (Int-Hist Sparrow Hill Cars Ford Escort MkII)
76 Stuart Tomlinson – ENG/Nick Taylor – ENG (Hist Tomlinsons/Atlas Copco UK Ford Escort MkII)
77 Marcus Tinsley – ENG/James Crosland – ENG (M5 Tinsley Joiners/Rodgers Plant Hire/Taylor Signs/Golcar Brewery/GroupKit/David Brown Motor Club Peugeot 205 Rallye)
78 Jeremy Gonsalves/Chris Corbin (M6 Sign Depot/Makita/Star Products/Guava Tech/John Hardman Engineering/Valvoline Opel Corsa)
79 Steve Finch – ENG/Aaron Rayner – ENG (SM10 Ford Escort MkII)
80 Jonathan Ince/David Armstrong (Hist Ocean Fisheries/Hankook Daihatsu Charmant)
81 John Corbin/Owen Proverbs (Hist Valvoline/Corbins Garage/Pro Sales Toyota Corolla)
82 Mike Marshall – NZL/Marc Keen – NZL (M6 Peugeot 106 Maxi)
83 Pierre Clarke/Ezra Gibbs (Club SDRR Hydraulics & Industrial Spares Honda Civic)
84 Paul Inniss/Jason Tull (M6 Durex/Sun General Insurance/Caribbean Villa Chefs/Chicken Stop Inc/Illusion Graphics/Hugh Auto Body/HIV Aids Commission/Erie Tyre Service/JJ Racing Team Honda Civic)
85 Fabien Clarke/Arlington Hoyte (M6 RCR Tours/Bovell Auto Repair/Barbados Business Listings Suzuki Ignis Sport)
86 Rommell Martin/Rashid Phillips (Club Winston Enterprise/Fusion Boutique/VV&K Rentals/B3 Imaging/Candy Lane/Rallymaxx Toyota Starlet)
87 Trevor Mapp/Alister Nurse (Club JSB Motorsport/Chicken Pen Racing/AS Autostop Mitsubishi Colt Mivec RS)
88 David Brewster/Alex Kirton (GpB Innovative Security Solutions/Castrol/SRG Engineering Peugeot 205GTi)
89 Chris Williams/Reuben Nelson (M6 Cutters Barbados/Sun Flower Events/Solo/Royal Chinese Restaurant Ford Fiesta)
90 Antony Pownall – ENG/Malcolm Clark – ENG (GpN Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
91 Peter Gallagher – IRL/Rene Forde (M6 Dublin Crystal Peugeot 206XSi)
92 Cheryl Spencer – ENG/Barry Spencer – ENG (Club Dover Beach Hotel/Waterfront Accident Repair/Mission Bodyshop/Central Park Bodyshop/Euro Car Parts/AB Autos/Airport Bodyshop/ABS Embroidery/Capricorn Canvas/Katz Auto Services/SRG Engineering Vauxhall Astra)


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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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