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FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC 2015): TOUR DE CORSE – VOLKSWAGEN RED BULL MOTORSPORT – LATVALA! ANTTILA VOLKSWAGEN CLAIMS WRC WIN NUMBER TEN ON CORSICA

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Latvala! Anttila! Volkswagen claims WRC win number ten on Corsica.

Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN), Miikka Anttila (FIN) Volkswagen Polo R WRC (2015) WRC Rally France - Corsica 2015

Latvala/Anttila repeat last year’s victory at the Rally France
Podium for the twelfth time: Mikkelsen/Fløene are third
Power Stage points for Ogier/Ingrassia at the world champions’* home rally

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC)
RALLY FRANCE

4 October 2015

Wolfsburg (04 October 2015). Short, tough, successful: Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) won the Rally France for the second time in a row. After last year’s historic victory in Alsace, the pair currently second in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) was this time successful on Corsica. Following last year’s victory in France, this latest triumph was the Finnish duo’s second win on asphalt, their 15th in total and their eighth success in the Polo R WRC. The Volkswagen success story was completed by Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N), who finished third to add a 22nd podium finish to Volkswagen’s collection this season – and still with two of the 13 WRC rounds to come. There was a happy ending for their team-mates Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) at the end of a difficult home event: they won the Power Stage for the ninth time this season – and the 25th time in their careers – to claim the three bonus points.

Second win in France, first on Corsica: Latvala/Anttila victorious again on asphalt

Another plus for Finnish-French relations: Latvala and Anttila’s second success of their career on asphalt was another remarkable story. At the fastest asphalt rally of all time – in Alsace in 2014 – the Volkswagen duo brought to an end a 15-year barren stretch for the proud rallying nation of Finland, who had had to wait a decade and a half for one of their countrymen to win again on this surface. Not only did they repeat the feat this time around, but they also showed their pace on what were probably the toughest conditions seen in recent years, and at a Rally France with an extremely diverse character. In doing so, they cut the gap to just one victory in the long-running battle between Finnish drivers (175 wins) and their French counterparts (176 ). Latvala/Anttila are only the second Finnish duo ever to win a World Championship event on the Mediterranean island, following in the footsteps of Markku Alén/Ilkka Kivimäki (1983 and 1984).

A round dozen: third for Mikkelsen/Fløene – twelfth podium for Volkswagen

A dozen times on the podium: Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Fløene continued their extremely impressive season with their seventh podium of the year in France. In doing so, they stayed in touch with their Volkswagen team-mates Latvala/Anttila to keep alive any hope of finishing runners-up in the World Championship. Seven podium finishes in the past eleven rallies this season – only reigning world champions and champions* elect Ogier/Ingrassia have been involved in the traditional champagne shower more often, having stepped onto the podium on nine occasions. With two rallies remaining this season, Mikkelsen/Fløene in third place now trail Latvala/Anttila by 34 points. A maximum 28 points are on offer at each round. At the same time, they were able to extend their lead over fourth-placed Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson (N/S, Citroën) in the Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ Championship to 28 points.

Mr. Power Stage – Misfortune for Ogier/Ingrassia concludes with a happy ending on the final stage

After their “black Friday” – at their home rally, of all places – there was some small consolation for Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia on Corsica, in the form of victory on the closing Power Stage. This sort of happy ending is truly Volkswagen’s domain and, above all, a speciality of Ogier/Ingrassia. For the 25th time in their career they picked up the maximum three bonus points on the final stage of the rally, on which, since 2011, the three fastest crews are rewarded with extra points towards the Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ Championship. On 22 of these 25 occasions, Ogier/Ingrassia were at the wheel of the Polo R WRC. Ogier/Ingrassia had initially suffered a set-back on Friday, losing about 1.40 minutes due to a slow puncture. Their misery was then compounded by a ten-minute penalty for re-joining the race under Rally 2 regulations after having to change the gearbox outside of the regular service. Although this dashed any hopes of finishing in the points, they did go on to win the longest (SS6, “Muracciole–Col de Sorba”, 48.46 km) and the fastest (SS7, “Sotta–Chialza”, average speed of 103.68 km/h) stages of the rally.

Their Volkswagen team-mates also picked up a bonus point: Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila finished third on the Power Stage.

Extreme weather and tyre gambles – an extremely challenging “Tour de Corse”

Two of the nine special stages were cancelled due to landslides, while up to 361 litres of rain fell on Corsica during the Rally France – the teams and drivers were constantly battling extreme weather throughout the three days of the rally. Friday was dominated by a hurricane and heavy rain, while the mud-covered asphalt stages made life difficult for the drivers and co-drivers on Saturday. On Sunday, the biggest challenge facing the crews was a route that was damp in some places, dry in others, and was gradually drying out over the course of the day. The Volkswagen drivers primarily put their faith in the softer Michelin tyres, while the opposition opted for more of the hard compound. And the decision proved to be the correct one: Latvala/Anttila extended their lead by over 40 seconds to 43.1 seconds on the final day – with 94.91 kilometres against the clock the longest of the rally. Meanwhile, Mikkelsen/Fløene cut the gap to second-placed Elfyn Evans/Daniel Barritt (GB/GB, M-Sport-Ford) by 30 seconds to just 3.2 seconds.

* Subject to the official publication of the results by the FIA.

Quotes after day three of the Rally France

Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1
“Julien and I ended the rally with another fantastic day in the Polo here on Corsica. The conditions and profile of the route were very nice and spectacular today. Our strategy of fitting four soft tyres for the second stage of the day was perhaps a little too risky, but generally speaking I am very happy with the way the rally ended. And we won the Power Stage, which was a nice way for us to end this Rally France. Next year I will do everything in my power to ensure that the Tricolore is back flying the highest, after two Finnish victories in a row. For now, however, I would like to congratulate Jari-Matti and Miikka.”

Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2
“I am struggling to put it all into words. It is a fantastic feeling to win here on Corsica. The conditions were not easy again today, as we were constantly switching between dry and damp sections. And my lead over Elfyn Evans was not exactly what you would call comfortable. Despite this, I wanted to avoid taking too many risks, to extend my lead in a controlled and cool manner, and to wrap up the win. I did exactly that. I would like to dedicate my victory to my idol Henri Toivonen. That is another reason why today is such a special day for me.”

Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9
“The bottom line is, we are very happy with the way the Rally France panned out. Third place is a good result, although we were pushing really hard to catch Elfyn Evans in second place towards the end. We fought back really well, but unfortunately just came up short. Congratulations to Jari-Matti Latvala and Elfyn – they both drove a strong rally. I was perhaps a little too defensive at the start, but I still struggle a bit with the switch from gravel to asphalt. I can, and will, work on that. However, Saturday and Sunday worked out as I had hoped. We drove a sensible, but still fast, pace. As such, Ola and I can be happy with our performance. Sure, our goal still remains to finish runner-up in the World Championship – but we will have to perform some magic if we are to catch our team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala, who has a big gap. Whatever happens, we will definitely do our best.”

Jost Capito, Volkswagen Motorsport Director
“What a nerve-wracking Rally France. Storms, the most difficult conditions for years, and three outstanding Volkswagen drivers on top of their game. We are proud of this win. Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila drove a tactically intelligent rally, holding back in the extreme weather and then attacking when and where they had to. They were worthy winners – I take my hat off to them. The same goes for Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Fløene. The fact that only the reigning world champions and champions elect have claimed more podium finishes this year tells you everything. Speaking of the world champions: unfortunately Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia were the victims of several doses of bad luck at their home race here on Corsica. However, victory on the Power Stage showed that they are still hungry for success and will fight right through to the finish.”

And then there was …

… the shortest WRC rally ever. Landslides forced the organisers of the Rally France to cancel two special stages – the two scheduled runs of “Casamozza–Ponte Leccia” on Friday and Saturday, each of which would have been 43.69 kilometres long. As such, the rally on Corsica was reduced to 245.35 kilometres against the clock. Before this weekend, the 2007 Rally Argentina (248.90 kilometres) and the 2011 Rally Jordan (259.56 kilometres) were the shortest races in the history of the World Rally Championship.

FIA Rally World Championship (WRC),
Rally France – Final Results
1. Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), Volkswagen 2h 39m 46.7s
2. Elfyn Evans/Daniel Barritt (GB/GB), Ford + 43.1s
3. Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N), Volkswagen + 46.3s
4. Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle (GB/IRL), Citroën + 1m 33.4s
5. Hayden Paddon/John Kennard (NZ/NZ), Hyundai + 1m 53.6s
6. Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson (N/S), Citroën + 1m 59.8s
7. Dani Sordo/Marc Martí (E/E), Hyundai + 2m 10.4s
8. Bryan Bouffier/Thibault De la Haye (F/F), Ford + 2m 12.8s
9. Stéphane Sarrazin/Jacques-Julien Renucci (F/F), Ford + 2m 39.3s
10. Ott Tänak/Raigo Mõlder (EST/EST), Ford + 3m 43.0s

15. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Volkswagen + 9m 07.3s

FIA Rally World Championship (WRC),
Rally France – Power Stage Results
1. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Volkswagen 10m 23.2s
2. Robert Kubica/Maciej Szczepaniak (PL/PL), Ford + 8.6s
3. Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), Volkswagen + 10.2s
FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Overall Standings
Drivers‘ Championship
points
1. Sébastien Ogier 238
2. Jari-Matti Latvala 160
3. Andreas Mikkelsen 126
4. Mads Østberg 98
5. Thierry Neuville 86
6. Kris Meeke 83
7. Elfyn Evans 81
8. Hayden Paddon 66
9. Ott Tänak 63
10. Dani Sordo 60
Manufacturers‘ Championship
points
1. Volkswagen Motorsport 369
2. Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT 184
3. Hyundai Motorsport 183
4. M-Sport 170
5. Volkswagen Motorsport II 91
6. Hyundai Motorsport N 59
7.
Jipocar Czech National Team 45
8. FWRT 9

FIA World Rally Championship (WRC),
Rally France / Tour de Corse – TV broadcast

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Andorra (Canal +), Austria (ORF, Servus TV, Sport1, LAOLA1.tv, RTL), Belgium (Canal +, RTBF), Cyprus (Cyta Vision), Europe (MOTORS TV), Finland (YLE, Nelonen), France (Canal +, France TV, Léquipe 21), Germany (Sport1, Servus TV, LAOLA1.tv, Sky, RTL), Greece (OTE), Italy (RAI, Fox Sports), Ireland (BT Sport, itv4), Liechtenstein (Sport1, Servus TV, RTL), Luxembourg (Canal +, Servus TV, Sport1, RTL), Monaco (Canal +, France TV, Léquipe 21), Norway (TV2), Portugal (Sport TV, RTP), Spain (Canal +, TV3), Sweden (SVT), Switzerland (Canal +, Sport1, Servus TV, RTL), UK (BT Sport, itv4), Wales (S4C)

Eastern Europe
Belarus (Auto Plus), Bosnia and Herzigovina (Arena TV), Bulgaria (BNT), Croatia (Arena TV), Czech Republic (Czech TV, O2, Sport 5), Estonia (Estonia TV, Auto Plus), Kososvo (Arena TV), Latvia (Auto Plus), Lithuania (Auto Plus), Macedonia (Arena TV), Moldova (Auto Plus), Montenegro (Arena TV), Poland (Polsat, TVP, tvn), Romania (Dolce Sport), Russia (Auto Plus), Serbia (Arena TV), Slovakia (Sport5), Slovenia (Arena TV), Turkey (NTV), Ukraine (First Automotive Channel, Auto Plus)

Middle East and Africa
Algeria (Dubai Sports Channel), Angola (Canal +, Sport TV), Bahrain (Dubai Sports Channel), Benin (Canal +), Botswana (Canal +), Burkina Faso (Canal +), Burundi (Canal +), Cameroon (Canal +), Cape Verde (Canal +, Sport TV), Djibouti (Dubai Sports Channel), Egypt (Dubai Sports Channel), Equatorial Guinea (Canal +), Eritrea (Dubai Sports Channel), Ethopia (Canal +), Gabon (Canal +), Gambia (Canal +), Guinea (Canal +), Guinea-Bissau (Canal +), Iran (Dubai Sports Channel), Iraq (Dubai Sports Channel), Israel (Charlton), Ivory Coast (Canal +), Jordan (Dubai Sports Channel), Kenya (Canal +), Kuwait (Dubai Sports Channel), Lebanon (Dubai Sports Channel), Libya (Dubai Sports Channel), Madagascar (Canal +), Malawi (Canal +), Mali (Canal +), Mauritania (Canal +, Dubai Sports Channel), Mauritius (Canal +), Morocco (Dubai Sports Channel), Mozambique (Canal +, Sport TV), Namibia (Canal +), Nigeria (Canal +), Niger (Canal +), Oman (Dubai Sports Channel), Pakistan (Neo Sports), Palestine (Dubai Sports Channel), Qatar (Dubai Sports Channel), Sao Tome (Canal +), Saudi Arabia (Dubai Sports Channel), Senegal (Canal +), Seychelles (Canal +), Sierra Leone (Canal +), Somalia (Dubai Sports Channel), Sudan (Dubai Sports Channel), Syria (Dubai Sports Channel), Tanzania (Canal +), Togo (Canal +), Tunisia (Dubai Sports Channel), Uganda (Canal +), United Arab Emirates (Dubai Sports Channel), Yemen (Dubai Sports Channel), Zambia (Canal +), Zimbabwe (Canal +)

Asia Pacific
Armenia (Auto Plus), Australia (Fox Sports), American Samoa (MAV TV), Azerbeijan (Auto Plus), Baker Island (MAV TV), Bangladesh (NEO Sports), Bhutan (NEO Sports), China (CCTV 5, PPTV), Guam (MAV TV), Georgia (Auto Plus), Howland Islands (MAV TV), India (NEO Sports), Kazakhstan (Auto Plus), Kyrgyzstan (Auto Plus), Japan (J-Sport), Jarvis Island (MAV TV), Kingman Reef (MAV TV), Malaysia (Astro), Micronesia (MAV TV), Midway Islands (MAV TV), Navassa Island (MAV TV), Nepal (NEO Sports), New Zealand (Sky Sports), Norther Marianas (MAV TV), Palau (MAV TV), South Korea (SBS Sport), Sri Lanka (NEO Sports), Tajikistan (Auto Plus), Thailand (Truevision), Turkmenistan (Auto Plus), U.S. Virgin Islands (MAV TV), Uzbekistan (Auto Plus), Wake Islands (MAV TV)

North and Latin America
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The 140th edition of RRM is eagerly awaited, with all the latest news from the World Rally Championship. Offering special reports with exclusive interviews of international level.
In this time the edition of the month of March, has in its credit everything what happened with the triumph in Sweden, of the British Elfyn Evans with Toyota.

What will come from the Rome Capitale Rally 2020, valid for the European competition, organized by the Italian firm Motorsport Italia, which is headed by Max Rendina.
An intense note from the top executive of TEIN INC. in Japan, Mr. Yoshio Fujimoto, with his sporting support for their stable programs in Motorsport on a global level, both with the professional support of the Japanese shock absorbers for the WRX and WRC. Counting on his successful sports campaign as a driver in the 90’s with Toyota.
Which left the Monte Carlo Rally, with the princely victory of the Belgian Thierry Neuville, who drives the fabulous Hyundai Coupe i20 WRC Plus.

An exquisite and unique report to Mr. Yasuo Hiraoka, the head of Subaru Tecnica International, (STI), who thanks to the management of „kumi“ Shinozaki, we were able to make this fantastic review with Mitaka’s boss.
Oliver Solberg, and his debut with the Fabia R5 EVO in Torsby.
The truncated schedule of the Speedagro Rally Argentina 2020, which has been postponed by the Coronavirus. And the Top Run of the Agnello brothers, who acquired a new generation Fabia R5 to run in the short term in the WRC3.
JESSICA VERZIN, the blonde Italian girl, who is in charge of the professional catering work for W RACING PROJECT for the 2019 world champion team of constructors, Hyundai Motorsport GmbH, stands out in the publication, showing her feminine and sensual side, and confirming the excellent work that WRP is doing, to provide a fantastic food service, from Italy to
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Finally the new French weapon of Renault Sport Racing of France, the New CLIO Rally 5, which was shown as car 0 in Monte Carlo and debuts in the Mexican Rally Azteca with the Argentinean driver Martin Suriani.
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We expect news soon, with the 2 month interval that the WRC will have, after the dispute in the WRC 2020 in Leon.

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NOBRE’S OPEN-BOOT POLICY IN THE ERC

Paulo Nobre completed stage five of Rally di Roma Capitale with his car boot open.

The FIA European Rally Championship regular from Brazilian explained that he forgot to close it properly prior to the run.

“I took out the [safety] helmets and forgot to close the boot so I make one special stage with the boot open so it was the opposite to Poland [when it was the bonnet that was open].”

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THE ALL-NEW FORD FIESTA R5

M-Sport and Ford are proud to introduce the all-new EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta R5. Replacing its hugely successful predecessor, the new Fiesta promotes the latest motorsport technology and road-going design.

Based on the Ford Fiesta ST-Line which is manufactured at Ford’s world-class facility in Cologne, M‑Sport has worked closely with the Ford Motor Company to ensure the new Fiesta R5 provides a big step forward in terms of pace and performance.

The original Fiesta R5 is M-Sport’s most successful global rally car and continues to win stages, rallies and championships worldwide. With more than 250 cars in competition, the outgoing Fiesta remains a capable and competitive winner, but its successor boasts improvements in all areas.

The 1.6 turbo charged engine delivers 290 BHP and 475 Nm of torque at 4,000 RPM. The direct injection power plant is also fitted with a 32mm restrictor in conjunction with R5 regulations and provides a significant improvement in response and drivability

Brand-new suspension components include front and rear McPherson struts with redesigned three‑way adjustable dampers from Reiger. The new aluminium damper bodies save considerable weight, and the geometry has been remodelled for optimised traction and stability.

A newly designed Sadev five-speed sequential gearbox mated to front and rear differential units is accompanied by hydraulic servo-assisted rack and pinion steering, and Brembo forged four-piston front and rear calipers provide the stopping power.

The initial design and development started in January 2018, with the first test session taking place in December that same year. Since then, eight test drivers have completed more than 30 days testing on a mix of different roads and conditions.

Smooth Tarmac, rough Tarmac, hot gravel, loose gravel, seasoned test drivers, rally winners, and even Formula One race winners – the latest Fiesta has been put through its paces and no stone has been left unturned in search of optimum speed, reliability and performance.

The project also upholds M-Sport’s support of young talent with 28-year-old Bernardo Fernandes – who engineered Sébastien Ogier to championship success in 2017 – leading the team.

Delving into his knowledge of the award-winning Ford Fiesta WRC, as well as the original Fiesta R5, Fernandes’ experience has been combined with the innovation of youth – his team creating one of M-Sport’s most long-awaiting and exciting creations.

Just like its predecessor, the all-new Fiesta R5 will get its first public outing at next month’s Ypres Rally – Éric Camilli taking to the wheel as the event’s VIP car. As one of the most experienced development drivers around, Camilli knows the car inside out and the event’s fast asphalt roads provide the perfect setting for the car’s debut performance.

More information on the all-new Fiesta R5 can be found in the Technical Specification, and those wishing to make an order are encouraged to contact M-Sport’s dedicated Sales Team at the following email address: R5Support@M‑Sport.co.uk

M-Sport Managing Director, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:

“The Ford Fiesta R5 is our most successful global rally car. It’s a very special car for M-Sport and even though the original cars continue to win rallies and championships all over the world, we have taken our time to ensure this new model is even better with performance gains in every area.

“The test programme has been extensive, and we have worked hard to ensure this new car suits every level of driver. We have quite literally travelled the world – testing on a wide range of surfaces, in varying conditions and with a whole host of drivers taking to the wheel. This car is extremely important to us, and its adaptability is vital to its success.

“I’m extremely proud of this project. As a company we have always promoted young talent, and the design and development of the all-new Fiesta R5 was headed by one of our most ambitious young engineers – Bernardo Fernandes.

“We’ve always given opportunities to youngsters who show a real drive and passion for what they do. Bernardo is a prime example of this, and having driven the car myself I can tell you that he and his team have done a fantastic job. I’m looking forward to seeing the all-new Ford Fiesta R5 in action, and hope to secure even more success!”

Ford Performance Senior Manager, Gerard Quinn, said:

“This is another important milestone for Ford as the introduction of the all-new Ford Fiesta R5 heralds the introduction of the latest in motorsport technology packaged into Europe’s best-selling car in its category.

“Ford investment in the new Fiesta R2 revealed earlier this year and the latest Fiesta R5 ensures that we are supporting a sustainable future in rally for competitors and our partners M-Sport.

“This new Fiesta R5 also enables us to provide a high-quality replacement for its remarkably successful predecessor which was introduced six years ago. In the past two seasons the Fiesta R5 has won more than 40 championships globally, and we are looking forward to much more success with this latest model.”

M-Sport Rally Engineer, Bernardo Fernandes, said:

“This was my first time heading up a project. It was a challenge, but also a real privilege to be given the responsibility. The outgoing Ford Fiesta R5 was so successful, and is still very competitive in the right hands, but we have taken our time to revise and improve every area of the car.

“The R5 category has always been extremely competitive and the biggest challenge is in finding the best compromise between cost and performance. We had a lot of previous experience that helped, and devised a rigorous test programme with a range of different surfaces and drivers.

“The whole team have worked exceptionally hard and we pushed every element to the limit in search of peak performance and reliability. I also need to say a special thanks to Richard Christensen who headed up the design team – his input was integral to the project and we couldn’t have done it without him.

“Overall, I’m confident that we’ve taken a significant step forward and I’m looking forward to seeing what the all-new Ford Fiesta R5 can deliver in the hands of our customers.”

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8 June 2019

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