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FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC 2015): HYUNDAI SHELL WORLD RALLY TEAM- HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT MOTIVATED FOR CHALLENGING RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA

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Hyundai Motorsport Motivated for Challenging Rally Italia Sardegna.

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• Hyundai Motorsport is ready for Rally Italia Sardegna, round six of thirteen in the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship

• Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo will once again represent the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team in the #7 and #8 Hyundai i20 WRC cars respectively

• Hayden Paddon will drive under the Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team in the #20 car, one year on from his debut for Hyundai Motorsport in Sardinia.

5 June 2015

Hyundai Motorsport Motivated for Challenging Rally Italia Sardegna

• Hyundai Motorsport is ready for Rally Italia Sardegna, round six of thirteen in the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship

• Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo will once again represent the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team in the #7 and #8 Hyundai i20 WRC cars respectively

• Hayden Paddon will drive under the Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team in the #20 car, one year on from his debut for Hyundai Motorsport in Sardinia.

June 5, 2015 – After mixed successes at the new-look Rally de Portugal held in late May, the Hyundai Motorsport team heads to the Mediterranean island of Sardinia for round six of the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship.

Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo will once again head to Italy in the #7 and #8 Hyundai i20 WRC cars respectively, while Hayden Paddon will drive under the Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team in the #20 car, one year on from his debut for Hyundai Motorsport in Sardinia.

The Hyundai Motorsport team completed testing for Rally Italia Sardegna in April in Portugal, during the same window that they used to prepare for Rally de Portugal. Sardinia will be the first time that the new paddle shift system, which has already been used in the #7 and #8 cars, is used in the #20 Hyundai i20 WRC driven by Hayden Paddon.

The Italian event was originally based in Sanremo and known as the Rally of the Flowers (Rallye dei Fiori) when first held in 1928. It became a part of the WRC calendar right from the championship’s inaugural year in 1973 and was then moved to Sardinia in 2004. Rally Italia Sardegna is famous for its combination of different landscapes.

The fast but narrow roads are lined with trees and rocks, leaving no room for driver error. Typically with a hard base covered by sand and gravel that will be swept away during first pass, the roads will provide an additional challenge for early cars. Hard and soft compound tyres will be available and proper selection will be a key factor in performance. Temperatures in mid June can be expected to reach above 30°C, providing discomfort for driver crews and higher stress levels on engines and transmissions.

Team Principal Michel Nandan commented: “We have made a lot of preparation for this event and our team is coming in with a lot of motivation from Portugal where both Dani and Hayden completed the rally in the top eight. We learned a lot last year in Sardinia and claimed our first stage 1-2 so we hope to show that we have improved in that time. The roads should be similar to last year although it is likely to be slightly warmer as the event is a bit later. The Hyundai i20 WRC has now claimed nine stage wins, giving us encouragement that we can compete against the top runners in the championship. Thierry did not have good luck in Portugal, rolling his car early on the Saturday, so he has been preparing hard for Sardinia and will try his best to get back his rhythm. Dani, after a very strong performance in Portugal, will be looking to continue his success. Hayden has set a lot of fast times throughout this season and is looking to continue to build his speed and consistency a year on from his first event with us. The Sardinia event is exciting with lots of history – conditions will be hot and dry and the challenging roads
will make sure that we all stay focused.”

Thierry Neuville has had a mixed 2015 season so far and eager to make headway on a positive performance into the second half of the year after tactical tyre choices did not pay off in Portugal. He finished 16th in 2014 at the Sardinia event for Hyundai Motorsport and will be aiming to improve on the 2015 event.

Neuville said: “I think we had a pretty good start to the race last year. We had some trouble with the car, while we were leading the rally actually. That was quite a disappointment but we had benefited from a good positioning that brought us into the lead. We did some good times we were quite competitive. It is going to be an interesting one this year again, for sure. It’s a tricky race – you need a couple of years of experience before you can be really fast and confident here because it is quite narrow, with many twisty and dusty sections. The very slippery and sandy gravel make road cleaning quite important there as well.”

Dani Sordo is currently seventh overall in the Drivers’ Championship, just ahead of his Belgian teammate, and is riding high after his performance in Portugal. It will be his first time completing the Rally Italia Sardegna under the Hyundai Motorsport’s flag and he will be eager to continue his strong 2015 season with a clean and fast performance this weekend.

Sordo said: “Sardinia is a special rally and a very difficult one, because it is very slippery and narrow with a lot of stones along the sides of the roads. It is normally very hot as well, and quite unique because of the sheer amount of change that goes into the road between the first and second passes, with the grip levels changing a lot. The first pass here is much more slippery than the second one, which is also much more aggressive. It is a lot like the event we just had in Portugal, actually. I want to strengthen my position in the drivers’ standings so will be working hard to make sure that we try our absolutely hardest to finish all the stages and do so in the fastest possible time.”

Hayden Paddon will see this year’s Rally Italia Sardegna as an anniversary as it is at the 2014 edition of this event that the young Kiwi driver completed his first race under the Hyundai Motorsport team banner. He has developed extensively since then and is currently establishing a strong 2015 season performance with multiple top three stage times.

Paddon said: “I think that things have come a long way since that first event, both with the car and with myself, and with the team in general in the twelve months that we have now all worked together. I am excited to get back out there and see how far we have progressed! I think that last year I found the stages in Sardinia quite difficult, but I also think that was partly due to the fact that it was my debut with the team, and the first time in the Hyundai i20 WRC, and we were probably a bit taken back by all that. The stages here are technical and quite sandy, similar to some of the surfaces that we saw in Portugal. To be honest, they are probably not my favourite types of stage in the world championship – they definitely are a challenge but we are going to push on and try and make some good improvements from last year and get closer to the front.”

The Rally Italia Sardegna will see drivers take on 24 stages over 400km of Mediterranean gravel. The action will kick off with the street stage in the southern city of Cagliari on Thursday night, then move to Oristano for Friday’s stages, some of which have not been driven since 2011 and while others will be entirely new.

A marathon Saturday will see drivers complete over 200km of stages, some run in the opposite direction to last year, in what will be the longest leg of the WRC since 2012. Highlights include the stomach-churning Micky’s Jump in Monte Lerno and the new Ozieri-Ardara stage. Sunday’s stages, run north of Alghero on the west coast where the service park will be hosted for a second year, include the new Monte Baranta test and the Cala Flumini coastal run, which will provide the weekend’s Power Stage.

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About Hyundai Motorsport GmbH
Established on 19 December 2012, Hyundai Motorsport GmbH is responsible for Hyundai’s global motorsport activities and primarily for its World Rally Championship programme. Based in Alzenau on the outskirts of Frankfurt in Germany, the company embarked on its debut season in the FIA World Rally Championship in 2014 with a bespoke team of skilled staff and a brand new car, the Hyundai i20 WRC. The team made a strong impression in its first year claiming podium results in Mexico and Poland, as well as a memorable 1-2 in Germany with Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo. 2015 is Hyundai Motorsport’s second season in WRC and the team aims to build on the firm foundations laid in its maiden year of competition.

Further information about Hyundai Motorsport is available at: http://motorsport.hyundai.com

About Hyundai Motor Company
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is committed to becoming a lifetime partner in automobiles and beyond. The company, which leads the Hyundai Motor Group, an innovative business structure capable of circulating resources from molten iron to finished cars, offers top-quality best-sellers such as Elantra, Sonata and Genesis. Hyundai Motor has eight manufacturing bases and seven design & technical centers worldwide and in 2014, sold 4.96 million vehicles globally. With almost 100,000 employees worldwide, Hyundai Motor continues to enhance its product line-up with localized models and strives to strengthen its leadership in clean technology, starting with the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen-powered vehicle, ix35 Fuel Cell.

More information about Hyundai Motor and its products can be found at: http://worldwide.hyundai.com or http://www.hyundaiglobalnews.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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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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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