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ERC Barum Czech Rally Zlín Day Report: Kopecký gives ŠKODA dream ERC victory on home soil.


31 August 2015

Jan Kopecký has won round seven of the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship, Barum Czech Rally Zlín, for the fourth time, after a masterful performance in his ŠKODA Motorsport Fabia R5.

Co-driven by Pavel Dresler, Kopecký’s blistering pace over the 15 fast and bumpy Tarmac stages was the only thing hotter than the weather, which exceeded +30°C today. Having started today’s second and final leg in a 35.4s lead, Kopecký had a scare with a quick spin on this morning’s opening stage, but after that eased off – cruising to a start to finish 27.3s victory. Victory also gives Kopecký another Czech national title.

“The whole weekend has been great,” said Kopecký. “I want to thank the whole ŠKODA Motorsport team, because they have done another great job. The crowd put on a special show for me and I am really happy to win here in front of such a huge amount of fans. I also want to thank Pavel for his cooperation, because he really helped me a lot, and the Fabia R5 has been very strong and reliable. It’s been a perfect event for us.”

Last year’s event winner Václav Pech was pleased with second place, having set two fastest stage times in his Mini John Cooper Works S2000.

Poland’s Kajetan Kajetanowicz has extended his lead in the ERC drivers’ standings after finishing an excellent third in his Pirelli-shod LOTOS Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5. The first non-Czech driver across the finish line broke the front left wheel rim on SS11 and was lucky to avoid a puncture, and also lost power with a pop-off valve problem on the last two stages. But despite these minor issues, it was otherwise another stunning performance, and his well deserved podium finish was never in doubt.

Alexey Lukyanuk finished an excellent fourth in his Ford Fiesta R5, even setting fastest time on the final two stages – one of which was Troják which, at 23.01kms, was the longest stage of the event – on only his second ever Tarmac rally.

Pavel Valoušek finished fifth in his family-run ŠKODA after an excellent mistake-free event, while former ERC Junior star Jan Černý was an excellent sixth in a similar Fabia S2000.

Craig Breen dug deep and scored valuable ERC points after a difficult event in his Peugeot Rally Academy 208 T16. Three punctures on leg one didn’t help his progress, but the Irishman fought back well and managed to snatch seventh place on the final stage – helped by Hermen Kobus spinning his ŠKODA Fabia R5 on the penultimate test.

Miroslav Jakeš dropped out of the top 10 when he collected a puncture mid-way through SS11, but he pushed hard in the closing stages to regain ninth in his ex-Bouffier Citroën DS3 R5, while Jan Jelínek rounded off the top 10 in his similar ŠKODA. Antonín Tlusťák collected a puncture on SS14 on his Tajmac-ZPS Fabia S2000, which dropped him down to 12th.

Charles Martin’s Peugeot Rally Academy 208 T16 stopped after a jump on SS11 and retired from eighth position. Austria’s Hermann Neubauer had to replace the engine in his Ford Fiesta S2000 after a problem in pre-event testing, but his efforts were unrewarded and after a troubled event he retired on SS14.

GPD Orsák Rally Sport team-mates Petter Kristiansen, Sepp Wiegand, Martin Hudec all completed the event. The Norwegian driver finishing 15th in his ŠKODA, despite stomach problems after what he suspects might have been a dodgy leg two lunch, the German 2014 ERC vice-champion came home 19th, after handling problems, which forced him to ease off on the bumps, even down the straights, while the Czech former motocross rider finished 20th on his first Tarmac rally in a Fabia S2000, after picking up a rear puncture on the final stage.

Botka storms to brilliant ERC2 victory
Dávid Botka scored a brilliant ERC2 victory, leading from start to finish in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX to win by 1m02.7s. Co-driven by Peter Szeles, and running on Pirelli tyres for the first time, the rapid Hungarian driver has done his title ambitions no harm at all with maximum points. He also finished 11th overall. The championship was firmly in Vojtěch Štajf’s mind. As soon as the Czech driver decided he didn’t want to risk going off in chasing Botka, the Subaru Czech National Team Impreza WRX STI settled for second and a strong haul of points. Dominykas Butvilas had been destined to complete the top three in his Subaru Poland Rally Team Impreza WRX STI, after losing three minutes with a puncture on SS2.

Bergkvist wins in Zlín, while Sirmacis becomes ERC Junior vice champion
Emil Bergkvist said that he “couldn’t have wished for a better end to the season” after winning the Michelin-supported ERC Junior category on his first appearance on the Barum Czech Rally Zlín. The ERC Junior champion was in a class of his own, and despite two punctures on leg one, the talented young Swede took his ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Adam R2 to an impressive 2m44.8s victory. After all the dramas of leg one, the race for the ERC Junior runner-up spot on leg two was between German driver Marijan Griebel and Latvia’s Ralfs Sirmacis, and whoever finished ahead of the other would be vice-champion. Griebel led by over a minute going into SS11, but less than halfway through the stage the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior driver had to stop to change a puncture on his Adam R2, losing three minutes. A puncture on the final loop saw Sirmacis finish the event with no spare, but the Sport Racing Technologies Peugeot 208 R2 held his nerve to finish second and secure the runner-up spot in the series. A transmission problem cost Aleks Zawada time leaving the stage starts this morning, but the hard-charging Adam R2 driver came home a well-deserved third, ahead of a recovering Griebel. Łukasz Pieniążek survived late overheating problems in his 208 to finish fifth. Both Joachim Wagemans and Kristóf Klausz felt unwell during the event, although the young Belgian and Hungarian drivers battled to the end and gained good experience in their 208, finishing sixth and seventh respectively. Transmission problems were to put Norway’s Steve Røkland out, and after gearbox problems in the morning, differential failure on SS13 finally stopped his 208. Chris Ingram wanted to finish a great 12 months with Peugeot UK on a high, but suffered a very nasty high-speed roll on SS11. Mattias Adielsson was enjoying a good run in his 208, despite the Swede wishing it was -10°C rather and +30°C! He was, somewhat unfortunately, able to have an early cold bath, after crashing out on SS11. Julius Tannert retired his Adam R2 before the final day’s opening stage with transmission problems.

Two fastest ERC3 stage times shows Bisaha pace
Ondřej Bisaha set two ERC3 fastest stage times, beating the ERC Junior field – and the Czech driver looked set to finish 23rd overall, but retired his Citroën DS3 R3T Max on the road section after the final stage. Double Romanian 2WD champion Alex Filip stopped to change a puncture on his Colina Motorsport-run Renault Clio R3 Maxi on SS11, ruining a potentially very good result.

TOP 10 POSITIONS (after 15 stages, 229.21 kilometres)
1. Jan Kopecký (CZE)/Pavel Dresler (CZE) ŠKODA Fabia R5 2h12m17.7s
2. Václav Pech (CZE)/Petr Uhel (CZE) Mini John Cooper Works S2000 +27.3s
3. Kajetan Kajetanowicz (POL)/Jarek Baran (POL) Ford Fiesta R5 +39.9s
4. Alexey Lukyanuk (BLR)/Alexey Arnautov (BLR) Ford Fiesta R5 +1m10.8s
5. Pavel Valoušek (CZE)/Veronika Havelková (CZE) ŠKODA Fabia S2000 +2m30.0s
6. Jan Černý (CZE)/ Petr Cernohorsky (CZE) ŠKODA Fabia S2000 +4m07.0s
7. Craig Breen (IRL)/Scott Martin (GBR) Peugeot 208 T16 +4m25.0s
8. Hermen Kobus (NLD)/Erik de Wild (NLD) ŠKODA Fabia R5 +4m31.1s
9. Miroslav Jakeš (CZE)/Jaroslav Novák (CZE) Citroën DS3 R5 +5m46.2s
10. Jan Jelínek (CZE)/Petr Machů (CZE) ŠKODA Fabia S2000 +6m41.0s

FIA ERC2: Dávid Botka (HUN)/Péter Szeles (HUN) Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX
FIA ERC3: Emil Bergkvist (SWE)/Joakim Sjöberg (SWE) Opel Adam R2
FIA ERC Junior: Emil Bergkvist (SWE)/Joakim Sjöberg (SWE) Opel Adam R2
Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy: Emil Bergkvist (SWE)

SS1: Václav Pech
SS2-15: Jan Kopecký

Day one (Friday 28 and Saturday 29 August, 141.85 kilometres):
SS1: SSS Zlín (9.51kms): Pech/All given same time/All given same time/All given same time
SS2: Slušovice 1 (16.05kms): Kopecký/Botka/Bisaha/Griebel
SS3: Pindula 1 (18.43kms): Kopecký/Botka/Bergkvist/Bergkvist
SS4: Maják 1 (13.72kms): Kopecký/Botka/Griebel/Griebel
SS5: Kudlovice 1 (17.97kms): Kopecký/Botka/Bergkvist/Bergkvist
SS6: Slušovice 2 (16.05kms): Kopecký/Botka/Bergkvist/Bergkvist
SS7: Pindula 2 (18.43kms): Kopecký/Botka/Bergkvist/Bergkvist
SS8: Maják 2 (13.72kms): Kopecký/Botka/Bergkvist/Bergkvist
SS9: Kudlovice 2 (17.97kms): Kopecký/Botka/Bergkvist/Bergkvist
Day two (Sunday 30 August, 87.36 kilometres):
SS10: Semetín 1 (11.74kms): Breen/Botka/Bergkvist/Bergkvist
SS11: Troják 1 (23.01kms): Kopecký/Štajf/Bergkvist/Bergkvist
SS12: Žlutava 1 (8.93kms): Kajetanowicz/Štajf/Bisaha/Griebel
SS13: Semetín 2 (11.74kms): Pech/Botka/Griebel/Griebel
SS14: Troják 2 (23.01kms): Lukyanuk/Štajf/Bergkvist/Bergkvist
SS15: Žlutava 2 (8.93kms): Lukyanuk/Botka/Bergkvist/Bergkvist

ERC wins in 2015: Breen 3, Kajetanowicz 1, Loix 1, Lukyanuk 1, Kopecký 1.
ERC stage wins in 2015: Kajetanowicz 28, Breen 27, Lukyanuk 19, Kopecký 9, Loix 5, Lefebvre 4, Bouffier 4, Barrable 4, Kangur 3, Abbring 3, Pech 2, J Moffett 1, Kruuda 1, Jeets 1, Moura 1.

Go to for the championship positions following round seven of 10.


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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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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

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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