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FIA EUROPEAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (ERC 2015): ERC ACROPOLIS RALLY: KAJETANOWICZ BECOMES 2015 FIA EUROPEAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER WINNING WEATHER-SHORTENED ACROPOLIS RALLY

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ERC Acropolis Rally Day Report: Kajetanowicz becomes 2015 FIA European Rally Champion after winning weather-shortened Acropolis Rally.

02 KAJETANOWICZ Kajetan BARAN Jaroslaw FORD Fiesta R5 Ambiance Portrait during the European Rally Championship 2015 - Acropolis Rally Of Grece - Loutraki From october 7th to 11 th in Loutraki Photo Gregory Lenormand / DPPI

12 October 2015

2015 FIA European Rally Championship, round nine of 10 SEAJETS Acropolis Rally 2015 Leg two, Sunday 11 October.

Kajetan Kajetanowicz is the 2015 FIA European Rally Champion, after winning the SEAJETS Acropolis Rally in his LOTOS Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5.

Extreme weather conditions, including a big thunderstorm and torrential rain in the Loutraki region, caused the event’s final three stages, totalling 57.26 kilometres, to be cancelled. With 69% of the event completed, full ERC points were awarded, meaning that Kajetanowicz scores this third ERC victory of the season to clinch the title for the first time. He also wins the ERC Gravel Master title.

Co-driven by Jarek Baran, Kajetanowicz is the third Polish driver to win the ERC title, following in the footsteps of Sobiesław Zasada (1966, ‘67, ‘71) and Krzysztof Hołowczyc (1997).

“Yes, we did it, it’s been an amazing day,” said an overjoyed Kajetanowicz. “It was a dream but now it’s come true. What can I say? Thanks to my team like always. To be honest it was a really hard year for us but we did it, we’re European champions. It’s amazing.

“It’s a big, big, really big day, probably the best day in my life. I don’t know – how can I say it? We did it with winning Acropolis Rally. It’s also a big thing, one of the most difficult rallies in the world, not only in European championship.

“I want to say thank you to my parents, mum and dad. They believe in me every time, everywhere. I have no time for them but I want to change it because they are very important for me. They are always with me, and they are always in my heart.”

Craig Breen started the day in third place, 14.7 seconds behind leader Lambros Athanassoulas (ŠKODA Fabia R5). In the incredibly muddy and foggy conditions, the Irishman drove brilliantly to set fastest time on SS4 (by 20.3s) and SS5 (by 16.4s) to lead by 33.7s. Unfortunately, the bonnet of his Peugeot Rally Academy 208 T16 flew opening on SS6 and blocked his view, costing him so much time that he dropped to second place, 10s behind Kajetanowicz. When the weather deteriorated and the remaining three stages were cancelled, unclipped bonnet pins would go down in history as costing him a repeat Acropolis Rally win. Breen’s efforts did not go unrewarded, as he received the Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy.

Had Breen won the Acropolis Rally and Kajetanowicz finished second, the Polish driver would have still secured the ERC title, however.

Athanassoulas achieved his target of scoring an ERC podium finish. On his first gravel rally for four years, and first time out in a Fabia R5, the local driver did exceptionally well to challenge for stage wins with the regular ERC drivers in the daylight, and delighted the fans with his third place finish. Just 15.3s separated the top three cars at the finish.

Jaromír Tarabus came home fourth, despite hitting a bank at the flying finish of SS5 in his ŠKODA Fabia S2000 and feeling a little disappointed to be almost three minutes off the podium. ERC2 winner Dávid Botka (Mitsubishi) finished fifth, while Raul Jeets was sixth in his MM-Motorsport Fiesta R5. The Estonian survived a few moments and had to reverse after an overshoot on SS6, but was gaining in experience all the time and was aiming to push hard and claim fifth place on the final loop of stages. Dominykas Butvilas (Subaru) was seventh, while Antonín Tlusťák was pleased to complete such a difficult event, bringing his Fabia S2000 home in eighth.

Alexey Lukyanuk was fourth going into SS4, but mistook a tight hairpin for a fast fourth-gear corner, hit a wall and broke the front right suspension on his H-Racing Ford Fiesta R5. The Russian Performance Motorsport-backed driver lost 16 minutes in the stage, and with two more stages to do before service, he retired on the following road section.

Botka wins ERC2 in Greece and takes series lead
Dávid Botka finished a fantastic fifth overall on the SEAJETS Acropolis Rally, winning ERC2 on the event by 46.1s. The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX driver now leads the category by 18-points, meaning that the title will be decided on the final round. The Hungarian driver’s rival, Czech ace Vojtěch Štajf (Subaru Czech National Team), missed the Acropolis Rally, as he was contesting the La Carrera Panamericana in Mexico. Dominykas Butvilas was flying on the opening stages today, reducing Botka’s 1m15.7s overnight lead to 28.1s after SS5. Unfortunately, he’d picked up front suspension damaged which slowed his Subaru Poland Rally Team Impreza WRX STI in SS6, and the cancellation of the final three stages prevented the Lithuanian driver from resuming his attack after repairs were made. Lambros Kirkos returned under Rally2 rules and ran first on the road today. The Team Greece Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX driver’s efforts were reward with him winning the Greek rally championship title for a fourth time.

TOP 10 POSITIONS (after 6 stages, 126.23 kilometres)
1. Kajetan Kajetanowicz (POL)/Jarek Baran (POL) Ford Fiesta R5….1h32m11.1s
2. Craig Breen (IRL)/Scott Martin (GBR) Peugeot 208 T16….+10.0s
3. Lambros Athanassoulas (GRE)/Nikolaos Zakcheos (GRE) ŠKODA Fabia R5….+15.3s
4. Jaromír Tarabus (CZE)/Daniel Trunkát (CZE) ŠKODA Fabia S2000….+3m12.5s
5. Dávid Botka (HUN)/Péter Mihalik (HUN) Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX….+3m54.5s
6. Raul Jeets (EST)/Andrus Toom (EST) Ford Fiesta R5….+4m30.9s
7. Dominykas Butvilas (LIT)/Kamil Heller (POL) Subaru Impreza WRX STI….+4m40.6s
8. Antonín Tlusťák (CZE)/Ladislav Kučera (CZE) ŠKODA Fabia S2000….+8m48.2s
9. Petros Panteli (CYP)/Constantinos Constantinou (CYP) Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X….+11m44.0s
10. Jourdan Serderides (BEL)/Frederic Miclotte (BEL) Citroën DS3 R5….+11m45.8s

FIA ERC2: Dávid Botka (HUN)/Péter Szeles (HUN) Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX
Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy: Craig Breen (IRL)

RALLY LEADERS
SS1: Kajetan Kajetanowicz
SS2: Lambros Athanassoulas
SS3: Kajetan Kajetanowicz
SS4-6: Craig Breen

STAGE WINNERS
Day one (Saturday 10 October, 67.52 kilometres):
SS1: SEAJETS Kineta-Loutraki (43.19kms): Kajetanowicz/Botka
SS2: EKO Racing Kineta (24.33kms): Athanassoulas/Butvilas

Day two (Sunday 11 October, 135.11 kilometres):
SS3: SEAJETS Athikia 1 (17.93kms): Kajetanowicz/Butvilas
SS4: Klenia Mycenae 1 (20.81kms): Breen/Butvilas
SS5: Kefalari 1 (18.66kms): Breen/Butvilas
SS6: EKO Racing Ziria (20.31kms): Kajetanowicz/Botka
SS7: Athikia 2 (17.93kms): Cancelled
SS8: Klenia Mycenae 2 (20.81kms): Cancelled
SS9: Kefalari 2 (18.66kms): Cancelled

KEY STATISTICS
ERC wins in 2015: Breen 3, Kajetanowicz 3, Loix 1, Lukyanuk 1, Kopecký 1.
ERC stage wins in 2015: Kajetanowicz 45, Breen 29, Lukyanuk 21, 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, Athanassoulas 1.

CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS
Go to Fiaerc.com for the championship positions following round nine of 10.

WATCH INSIDE ERC ON EUROSPORT – CHECK OUT THE WATCH IT ON TV SECTION OF FIAERC.COM FOR LOCAL BROADCAST DETAILS

WHAT’S NEXT?
Rallye International du Valais (Switzerland), 30 October – 01 November 2015: Taking place in the mountains of southwest Switzerland close to Lake Geneva on mainly asphalt roads, the event enjoys a rich history in the ERC. More information: Riv.ch Media contact: André Marzoli, media@riv.ch

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OGIER SUPERÓ A SORDO EN LA SEGUNDA ETAPA DE ASFALTO EN CATALUÑA Y VA POR SU CUARTO TÍTULO CON VOLKSWAGEN

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ŠKODA HACE EL 1-2 EN LA WRC2 CON KOPECKÝ Y TIDEMAND.

M-SPORT & VW, PRESENTARÁN SUS NUEVOS COCHES WRC 2017 A MEDIADOS DE DICIEMBRE.

15 de Octubre 2016

La ilusión del cántabro Dani Sordo, del día de hoy, era mantener la lígera diferencia que cosechó ayer en la etapa de ripio mojado con algunos sectores con barro tripulando su efectivo Hyundai i20 WRC New Generation.

Pero hoy nada fue sencillo para el español, en primera instancia con problemas de subviraje en su unidad coreana armada en la factoría alemana de Alzenau, que le hicieron perder al término de la jornada valiosos segundos. Sin embargo, hay que decir, que el galo Sébastien Ogier realizó una remontada de aquellas, estableciendo cronos al más no poder, con un ataque frénetico sobre el piloto local de Hyundai, demostrando porque es el conductor de la especialidad del momento con casi cuatro coronas consecutivas en su haber, pilotando de forma perfecta el Polo R WRC junto a su amigo e inseparable navegante Julien Ingrassia. Descontando los 17 segundos que había de distancia entre ambos al finalizar el día inicial de tierra y ahora aventajando por 5.8 segundos contra la motivación intacta que origina Sordo, en el Rally de su casa, frente a su público y ante la gran oportunidad de cortar la racha negativa de no poder ganar en Cataluña.

En tercer escalón y en discordia se ubicó el belga Thierry Neuville, con el otro i20 WRC oficial de última evolución, con tiempos aceptables, pero lejos de Ogier y Sordo, y favoreciéndose, tras al abandono sorpresivo por vuelco del noruego Andreas Mikkelsen en la prueba especial 12, cuándo ocupaba la tercera plaza y tenía opciones de podio. Sin poder implementar su gran actuación del 2015, el rubio de Noruega, se va con las manos vacías de Salou.

En tanto que el fines Jari-Matti Latvala ha tenido un Rally para el olvido con el Polo R WRC número 2, con muchos inconvenientes, tanto en errores de conducción, con trompos, etc y pérdida de tiempo relevante en los varios pinchazos que lo consumió, quedando entre los 20 mejores clasificados al culminar este día sábado en PortAventura.

El “Kiwi” Hayden Paddon se recompuso de la mala puesta a punto del viernes y sostuvo un plan de trabajo constante a bordo de su i20 WRC, optando por la interesante cuarta posición, teniendo al británico Kris Meeke de la DS3 WRC by Abu Dhabi y al noruego Mads Ostberg de M-Sport entre el quinto y sexto puesto respectivamente, a sus espaldas, del talento de Nueva Zelanda, que se anima a decir, que sueña con el podio en suelo catalán.

Mientras que en la WRC2, las cosas están muy claras, solo una escuadra que domina a voluntad, los checos de ŠKODA, con sus dos estrellas que manejaron formidablemente sus Fabia R5, el experimentado Jan Kopecký y el sueco Pontus Tidemand. Que desde mañana buscarán el 1-2 fantástico para la marca que gestiona Michal Hräbanek y Pavel Hortek, desde su cuartel general ligado a Praga en Mladá Bolesvav.

Para finalizar dos cosas, los constructores M-Sport de Ford y Volkswagen Motorsport han confirmado que mostrarán próximamente a la prensa especializada a mediados del mes de diciembre sus nuevos autos de cara al revolucionario WRC 2017. Los esperados nuevos Fiesta RS WRC y VW Polo R WRC con las innovaciones aligeradas de las especificaciones que propone la FIA bajo la regulación WRCar 017 desde Montecarlo, la apertura central del Mundial en el año próximo.

54 – RallyRACC-Cataluña-Costa Daurada WRC 2016

Clasificación General Día 2

1-Ogier-Ingrassia-VW Polo R WRC – 2h.35m.12s.8/10 99.813 km/h.
2-Sordo-Marti-Hyundai i20 WRC New Generation -a 5s.8/10
3-Neuvile-Gilsoul-Hyundai i20 WRC New Generation -a 1m.03s9/10.
4-Paddon-Kennard-Hyundai i20 WRC New Generation -a 1m.20s.
5-Meeke-Nagle-DS3 WRC -a 1m.57s.9/10
6-Ostberg-Floene-Ford Fiesta RS WRC -a 2m.35s.7/10
7-Tanak-Molder-Ford Fiesta RS WRC -a 4m.24s.7/10

WRC2
1-Kopecky-Dresler-ŠKODA Fabia 2h.42m.54s.4/10 95.138 km/h.
2-Tidemand-Andersson-ŠKODA Fabia-a 14s.3/10

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DANI SORDO CON POCAS CHANCES DE PODIO EN EL TOUR DE CORSE

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Dani Sordo pierde opciones de podio en Córcega.

Cuando ocupaba la tercera posición provisional del Rally Tour de Corse, Dani Sordo se ha visto retrasado debido a un pinchazo en la última especial disputada hoy.

Sordo se ha visto apeado de la lucha por el podio por el que peleaba igual que en el pasado Rally de Alemania, y afrontará la segunda etapa de la prueba corsa en novena posición con el objetivo de llegar con el mayor número de puntos posibles el domingo a Porte-Vecchio, donde finalizará la presente edición del Rally Tour de Corse, décima prueba puntuable para el Campeonato del Mundo de Rallyes.

Dani empezaba la jornada acusando algo de subviraje en su Hyundai i20 WRC, a pesar de lo que marcaba el tercer mejor tiempo en la primera especial del día, Acqua Doria-Albitreccia, de 49,72 kilómetros. El piloto español del Hyundai Shell World Rally Team se iba encontrando más a gusto a medida que transcurría la etapa, pero pinchaba una de las ruedas traseras a pocos kilómetros del comienzo del último tramo cronometrado disputado hoy, perdiendo aproximadamente dos minutos: “Después de los tramos de la mañana me encontraba más a gusto con el coche, y he conservado los neumáticos en el primer tramo de la tarde de cara al último, pero he notado que el coche se movía de la parte trasera hasta que hemos comprobado que se trataba de un pinchazo y hemos tenido que parar a cambiar la rueda en pleno tramo. Ha sido decepcionante. No sé cómo ha ocurrido. Una pena, ya que nos encontrábamos en una buena tercera plaza. Intentaremos ganar alguna posición de aquí al domingo”, explicaba Sordo tras finalizar el último tramo disputado hoy.

Con salida y llegada desde Bastia, al norte de la isla, la jornada de mañana sábado será la más larga del Rally Tour de Corse y estará compuesta de dos bucles a los tramos La Porta-Valle di Rostino (53,72 kilómetros) y Novella-Pietralba (30,80 kilómetros).

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HOME, SPEED HOME – OGIER IN A LEAGUE OF HIS OWN ON DAY OF THE RALLY FRANCE

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Home, speed home –
Ogier in a league of his own on day one of the Rally France.

Sébastien Ogier (F), Julien Ingrassia (F) Volkswagen Polo R WRC (2016) WRC Rally France - Corsica 2016 Photo: Bodo Kräling

Four stages, four fastest times – Ogier/Ingrassia open commanding lead on home soil
Latvala/Anttila and Mikkelsen/Jæger within touching distance of the podium in third and fourth

30th September 2016

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC)
RALLY FRANCE

Wolfsburg (30 September 2016). It doesn’t get any better than this. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) made a perfect start to the Rally France on Corsica in their Polo R WRC. The three-time world champions, who could claim the title for the fourth time in a row with victory at their home race – provided other results go their way – won all four special stages on the opening day of round ten of this season’s FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Two of the duos out to prevent the Frenchmen from getting their hands on the title this weekend are their Volkswagen team-mates, who are also on course for success: Jari-Matti Latvala/Mikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) ended day one in third place, just ahead of Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger (N/N) in fourth. Second place after 157.68 of 390.92 kilometres against the clock is occupied by Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (B/B, Hyundai). While Ogier/Ingrassia opened a commanding lead of 44 seconds, just 15 seconds separate the chasing pack of three in their battle for second and third.

The opening day featured some typical Corsican special stages: narrow, winding roads and long sections put driver, co-driver and car through their paces in gorgeous autumn weather.

Quotes after day one of the Rally France

Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1
“An ideal opening day for Julien and me – beautiful stages, superb weather and a perfect car. The key to stage one was to find our rhythm. Looking at the lead we opened, we appear to have done just that. It was pretty hot in the cockpit in the afternoon, particularly on the long 50-kilometre stage. We have a similarly demanding day ahead of us tomorrow, particularly if the weather deteriorates. However, we obviously want to continue as we were today, to make sure we win in the end. That is definitely the goal at our home rally.”

Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2
“We were a little too cautious at first, but gradually found our rhythm the further into the rally we got. We can make a few improvements here and there, for example when braking, but apart from that we are racing the right way for the Rally Corsica. That only makes the outstanding times set by our team-mate Sébastien Ogier all the more astonishing. Hats off to his performance. We will obviously try to stick with him tomorrow and on Sunday. If we can, we have a good chance of finishing on the podium.”

Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9
“We are not so much focusing on winning the world championship, but more on securing second place. With that in mind, we are going nicely in fourth place. I struggled to know how hard to brake in the morning. Unfortunately, we lost a lot of time as a result. Apart from that, though, it was a good day for us, but we have two more challenging days ahead to come.”

Sven Smeets, Volkswagen Motorsport Director
“We could hardly hope for a better start to the Rally France. Sébastien Ogier was clearly in a league of his own, while Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen are also well-placed. First, third and fourth is more than we had expected and hoped for. However, everyone in the team is well aware that we are only one third of the way into the rally and we still have a lot of work ahead of us. If we remain as focused as we have been so far, there is a good chance we will be rewarded with a strong result.”

And then there was …

… a little milestone. Andreas Mikkelsen is contesting his 75th rally in the World Rally Championship at the Rally France – the 45th with Volkswagen and the tenth with his co-driver Anders Jæger. The Norwegian made his debut at the 2006 Rally Great Britain. Since then, he has finished on the podium on 18 occasions, including victories at the 2015 Rally Spain and the 2016 Rally Poland – all with the Polo R WRC.

Standings after day two of the Rally France

01. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Volkswagen, 1h 37m 52.8s
02. Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (B/B), Hyundai, + 44.0s
03. Jari-Matti Latala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), Volkswagen + 58.0s
04. Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger (N/N), Volkswagen, + 59.3s
05. Craig Breen/Scott Martin (GB/GB), Citroën, + 1m 18.7s
06. Hayden Paddon/John Kennard (NZ/NZ), Hyundai, + 1m 26.2s
07. Eric Camilli/Benjamin Veillas (F/F), Ford, + 2m 00.7s
08. Elfyn Evans/Craig Perry (GB/GB), Ford, + 2m 36.3s
09. Dani Sordo/Marc Martí (E/E), Hyundai, + 2m 39.1s
10. Mads Østberg/Ola Fløene (N/N), Ford, + 2m 41.9s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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