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FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC 2015): HYUNDAI SHELL WORLD RALLY TEAM- HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT SHOW PACE TO LEAD RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA AFTER OPENING DAY

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Hyundai Motorsport show pace to lead Rally Italia Sardegna after opening day.

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The Hyundai Motorsport team have shown competitive form on the opening day of Rally Italia Sardegna, the sixth round of the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship
Hayden Paddon has led the charge from the outset with the Kiwi showing outstanding form to take three stage wins and to top the overall classification by 8.8 seconds
Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo fought hard but had issues in the closing stages of the day, with Neuville dropping to sixth and Sordo forced to retire after pulling off a wheel on SS10.

Alghero, Sardinia

13 June 2015

June 12, 2015 – Hyundai Motorsport has enjoyed a competitive but mixed start to this weekend’s Rally Italia Sardegna, completing the first full day of action at the top of the overall classification with Hayden Paddon in the #20 Hyundai i20 WRC .

All three of the team’s cars were running strongly in the top five mid-way through the day but issues on the #7 and #8 cars pushed Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo down the classification.

The rally began on Thursday evening with a Super Special Stage in Cagliari before a range of new and returning stages on today’s opening loop. Road position benefited those later to run, while tyre choice also proved a factor in performance. Nonetheless, the stages also placed a premium on accurate pace notes and driver commitment, which initially rewarded the Hyundai Motorsport drivers.

One year on from his competitive debut with Hyundai Motorsport, Paddon was arguably the standout driver of the entire field today. The young Kiwi and his co-driver John Kennard took a hat trick of stage wins this morning – in SS2 (Grighine Sud), SS3 (Grighine Nord) and SS4 (Montiferru) – to lead the rally from the start of the day. Further competitive stages during the afternoon maintained their advantage and established them as firm podium contenders this weekend.

Paddon commented: “It’s been a great day. To lead the rally at any point is an amazing feeling but to do so throughout the whole day is more than we could ever have imagined. We didn’t expect these stages to be our best but we made the most of our road position and tyre choice and things just clicked. The car felt competitive and I was confident in myself, so the perfect combination really. Taking the three stage wins was a surprise but we kept focused on the job in hand. Things were a bit tougher in the afternoon with more slippery conditions. We lost a bit of rhythm at times and we were fortunate to finish the day after puncture on the final stage. Overall, though, I loved driving the car and had a nice comfortable speed today. There’s still a long way to go so it’s important to stay calm and concentrate on the remaining stages.”

Thierry Neuville (#7 Hyundai i20 WRC) showed flashes of competitiveness but his day was compromised. The Belgian recovered from a puncture in SS3 and an engine stall in SS4 but still held a top-five position heading into the afternoon. Unfortunately, issues related to a loose pipe on his turbo unit lost him a lot of time in the penultimate stage. He was able to partially resolve the issue to make it safely to the end of SS10, ending the day inside the top six.

Neuville commented: “It has not been the start of the rally that we had hoped for. The morning loop wasn’t perfect but it was good to build up my confidence with the car. We had a couple of issues, including a puncture in the first stage and an engine stall, which lost us five seconds in SS3 but generally it was OK. These stages are very tricky and technical so we had to take extra care with the pace notes. We started the afternoon well but we experienced a loss of power in SS9 as a result of a broken turbo pipe. I tried to fix it but had to manipulate it in order to get the car to the finish. The team will look at this overnight and we hope to return strongly for Saturday’s long day. There’s still a lot to play for here in Sardinia.”

Sordo (#8 Hyundai i20 WRC) picked up a ten second penalty on Thursday for a start line infringement but pushed hard on Friday morning. With four top-three stage times, he was holding an encouraging fourth place into the afternoon loop but reported issues on SS9, which turned out to be a broken rear anti-roll bar. He then had an impact in the day’s final session, SS10, and lost the rear left wheel. The damage meant he had to retire but he will restart under Rally 2 on Saturday.

Sordo commented: “The day was going quite well until the very last stage. It wasn’t ideal to start the day with the ten seconds time loss but we put that quickly behind us and focused on pushing through the nine stages today. We were in the fight, more or less, and we could find some good pace from the car and ourselves. Our start position was good and that helped a bit in the morning loop but we still had to make the right tyre choices. The afternoon started fine but in SS9 (Grighine Nord 2), something felt strange with the car and it was moving around a lot, it turned out we had a broke rear anti-roll bar. We lost some time but kept going. Then, in the final stage, we were a bit unlucky because we had a contact and lost a wheel. We made it to the stage-end but had to retire due to the damage incurred. It was a very frustrating end to what was a positive day for me and the team up to that point but we’ll re-join under Rally 2 tomorrow and see what can be achieved.”

Hyundai Motorsport took its first 1-2 in a stage at last year’s Rally Italia Sardegna so it was timely for the team to repeat that performance level. Three more stage wins today takes the team’s season total to 12 and reiterated the performance potential of the Hyundai i20 WRC against tough competition. Despite the issues faced at the end of the day, the team remains in confident mood.

Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “We have mixed feelings this evening because we had a good day overall but a tough end to the afternoon loop. The great news is that we are leading the rally at the end of this first day with our young Kiwi, Hayden, who has been driving maturely and confidently all day. He has managed to avoid a lot of the problems others have faced on these challenging stages and he can be proud of his performance. An eight-second lead over Ogier is impressive considering Hayden only made his WRC debut at this event last year. Dani had a good day. He was consistent with his times and made astute tyre choices. It was a shame that he had an issue on the final stage when he lost a rear wheel through a contact. Thierry, too, had a good morning but suffered mechanical problems in SS9 with handbrake and turbo related problems. We’ll look into the issue tonight and aim to return tomorrow with all three drivers resuming their charges for position, with Dani restarting under Rally 2.”

Saturday’s schedule takes in nine stages including the long and demanding 42.22km Monte Lerno stage, which will be held twice with the famous Micky’s Jump. A total SS distance of a staggering 212.83km will greet teams and drivers tomorrow, so there’s all to play for and plenty to lose.

Overall Classification after Day One

1- H. Paddon / J. Kennard (Hyundai i20 WRC) 1:35:08.5
2- S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +8.8
3- J.M Latvala / M. Anttila (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +25.8
4- O. Tanak / R. Molder (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +57.1
5- M. Østberg / J. Andersson (Citroën DS3 WRC) +1:50.4
6- T. Neuville / N. Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC) +1:51.7
7- M. Prokop / J. Tomanek (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +2:10.3
8- L. Bertelli / L. Granai (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +4:07.7
9- P. Andreucci / A. Andreussi (Peugeot 208 T16) +4:07.8
10- E. Evans / D. Barritt (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +4:17.9

19. D. Sordo / M. Martí (Hyundai i20 WRC) +10:36.6

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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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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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