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FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC 2015): HYUNDAI SHELL WORLD RALLY TEAM- POSITIVE PROGRESS FOR HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT ON PENULTIMATE DAY OF RALLY POLAND

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Positive progress for Hyundai Motorsport on penultimate day of Rally Poland.

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All four Hyundai Motorsport crews have made good progress on the second full day of action at Rally Poland, the seventh round of the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)
Two Hyundai i20 WRCs are in the top six of the overall classification with Hayden Paddon and Thierry Neuville in fifth and sixth positions at the end of Saturday
The new-look Rally Poland continues to present one of the biggest challenges of the 2015 season as drivers work hard to build their confidence levels on the fast Polish gravel.

4 July 2015

Mikolajki, Poland

July 4, 2015 – Hyundai Motorsport has completed the second day of this weekend’s Rally Poland with all four Hyundai i20 WRC cars still running well. The team has sought to make progress throughout the seven stages held today, but there are still areas of the cars’ performance to improve with two stages remaining on Sunday morning.

Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team driver Hayden Paddon (#20 Hyundai i20 WRC) has extended his grip on fifth place in the overall standings just one place ahead of Hyundai Shell World Rally Team driver Thierry Neuville (#7 Hyundai i20 WRC) in sixth. Dani Sordo (#8 Hyundai i20 WRC) and Kevin Abbring (#10 Hyundai i20 WRC) have both continued to build confidence in their respective cars and will hope to complete the rally with a flourish tomorrow.

Today’s planned itinerary of eight stages was to include two attempts at Mazury (17.70km), Wieliczki (12.87km) and Swietajno (21.25km) routes, as well as a solitary pre-lunch Paprotki stage – the longest run of the day at 23.25km. Unfortunately, the sheer number of spectators on the stage meant that SS14, the repeat run of Mazury, was cancelled, leaving just three afternoon stages for drivers to master. The day concluded once again with a Super Special Stage held at Mikolajki Arena.

Paddon and co-driver John Kennard have continued the solid performance level with which they started on Friday, extending their grasp on fifth place after another strong day of rallying.

Paddon said: “We have had another reasonably satisfying day and I think we can be pleased to be in the top five. We started off strongly this morning with two good stages but the two leading up to lunchtime service didn’t feel so good. The rhythm was missing and we lost some grip, which wasn’t ideal. I had a bit of a mental reset over lunchtime and the first stage of the afternoon went really well. The car felt good, the driving was clean and the time was decent. The penultimate stage of the day was tougher. We ran two hard tyres on the front and I nearly came off the road a few times as a result of some understeer at the beginning. Despite that, there are lots of positives to take from today and we now aim to defend our fifth place tomorrow.”

Neuville started the day in positive fashion by moving up one place on the overall classification to sixth place. A measured drive by the Belgian for the rest of the day ensured he retained that position heading into the rally’s final two stages on Sunday morning.

Neuville commented: “I think we have to be pleased with the way our day has gone. We used the morning stages to manage ourselves a bit, checking the pace notes and just making sure we kept Robert behind. We had no real dramas. After lunchtime service, we knew that tyre choice would be important with the increasing temperatures and the improving grip levels. Of course, SS14 was cancelled but with the soft tyres in SS15 things worked well and we were pleased with the time. Unfortunately, the next stage was not as easy, the car was moving around a lot and we couldn’t do more. However, we are in the top six, which is good for the Championship. Our target for tomorrow is to retain this position and finish the rally cleanly.”

Sordo has pushed hard today to find improvements in the #8 Hyundai i20 WRC. He remains inside the top ten and will use tomorrow’s final stages to understand more about the behaviour of the car in these tricky Polish stages.

Sordo said: “It’s been another day of trying to build confidence with the car and to find improvements. The opening stages of the day went OK and I felt sufficiently comfortable to push a bit in the third one of the morning. I wasn’t able to maintain that into the final stage, and I lost some time, but after lunchtime service we approached the loop with renewed motivation. I couldn’t have done any better in the first afternoon stage but in SS16, we were on the wrong tyres – the softer ones – which combined with a lot of dust made life very difficult. We are trying new things on the car and we’ll use tomorrow to hopefully find out more information for the future.”

For Abbring, it has been another valuable day of learning as he continues to acclimatise to the #10 Hyundai i20 WRC in the competitive rally environment. The Dutchman has built his confidence levels stage by stage and will now look to complete his second WRC event with Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team tomorrow.

Abbring said: “It’s been another great day and we have made a lot of progress despite some problems here and there. We started the morning well. The car felt much better, both in terms of traction and balance, and I immediately felt more confident. Unfortunately, in the penultimate morning stage (SS12), we landed in a bush after a crest and had to slow down because the water temperature was high. Then, in the final stage pre-service, we got stuck in a left corner which lost us over three minutes of time. The afternoon went OK. We had soft tyres and the conditions were better than I expected. All in all, I’m happy. We’ve tried some things on the car that work for me, personally, and this is very positive for the future.”

For the Hyundai Motorsport team to still have four cars running solidly after two highly competitive and challenging days at Rally Poland is a great achievement, particularly with two cars in the top six. However, the team never settles for less than its full potential, so will look to make more improvements in performance on Sunday morning.

Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “We can be happy to conclude the penultimate day of this difficult rally with all four cars still running. The day has not been without its troubles but on the whole, we have seen some good pace from the Hyundai i20 WRCs and encouraging progress from all four driver crews. Of course, we are never happy until we know we have met our potential so we will be analysing today’s stages to see what we can do for tomorrow, the final day. With Hayden and Thierry both battling well in the top six, and Dani and Kevin also hoping to make improvements, we will keep pushing right to the end.”

Sunday will see the 14.60km Baranowo stage run twice, the second being the Power Stage. Despite just 29.20km stage kilometres separating teams and drivers from the end of the rally, these complicated Polish stages will still demand utmost respect and attention.

Overall Classification after Day Two

1- S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) 2:12:23.2
2- A. Mikkelsen / O. Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +5.6
3- O. Tanak / R. Molder (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +17.6
4- J.M Latvala / M. Anttila (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +19.1
5- H. Paddon / J. Kennard (Hyundai i20 WRC) +55.7
6- T. Neuville / N. Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC) +1:15.1
7- R. Kubica / M. Szczepaniak (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +1:29.2
8- K. Meeke / P. Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC) +1:39.4
9- M. Østberg / J. Andersson (Citroën DS3 WRC) +1:56.0
10- D. Sordo / M. Martí (Hyundai i20 WRC) +2:17.1


16. K. Abbring / S. Marshall (Hyundai i20 WRC) +7:50.4

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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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