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FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC 2015): CITROËN TOTAL ABU DHABI WORLD RALLY TEAM – A SECOND POSITION TO DEFEND

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A SECOND POSITION TO DEFEND.

WRC TOUR DE CORSE  2015  - PHOTO : CITROEN RACING/AUSTRAL 03 Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT, Meeke Kris, Nagle Paul, DS3 WRC, Action

After reclaiming second place in the Manufacturers’ World Rally Championship, the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team now heads to Spain for RallyRACC Catalunya – Costa Daurada.
Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson and Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle will be tasked with defending the team’s position at the only mixed-surface event on the WRC calendar.
Khalid Al Qassimi/Chris Patterson will be competing alongside them in the team’s third DS 3 WRC.

RALLYRACC CATALUNYA – COSTA DAURADA (22-25/10/2015) – PREVIEW

16 October 2015

Since 2010, Rally de España has become something of a special round on the World Championship calendar. Based in Catalonia, this mixed-surface event serves up a unique course for the crews, with the opening leg held on gravel before switching to tarmac for Saturday and Sunday.

The first leg often proves to be the most important. In a region familiar to all the teams, the running order has a major influence on how the start of the race pans out. For Mads Østberg, currently fourth in the Drivers’ standings, and sixth-placed Kris Meeke, it will be a question of finding the right pace quickly.

On Friday evening, the change in road surface will call for a substantial amount of work to be carried out within each service area to adapt the cars. In 1 hour 15 mins, the DS 3 WRC will lose the protective mouldings needed for gravel roads and be fitted with the ‘tarmac’ parts that are essential to compete in the rest of the rally.

Specific preparations, managed effectively now due to experience acquired in previous years, and considerably more logistics work enable the DS 3 WRC to be radically changed. Many parts are replaced on the body, in the engine and in the cockpit and the entire set-up is reviewed.

However, it will be mainly up to the crews to find the right feeling in the car when they hit the tarmac on Saturday morning. Mads Østberg, who finished fourth overall here last season in the DS 3 WRC, will have another opportunity to consolidate his fourth position in the championship standings.

Kris Meeke was running in second place at this round last year in the DS 3 WRC before a puncture dashed his hopes of good result. Currently lying sixth in the Drivers’ standings, having scored 27 points at the last two events, he will also be pushing for a podium finish.

The Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team has entered a third car for Khalid Al Qassimi, who will be making his fifth WRC start of the season after competing in Argentina, Portugal, Italy and Finland.

Last year’s FIA Junior WRC champion, Stéphane Lefebvre continues to learn about rallying at this level. Following appearances in Germany, Australia and Corsica, the talented young Frenchman will continue to drive a DS 3 WRC at Rally Catalunya, before finishing the year by competing in the top-spec car again at Wales Rally GB.
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Yves Matton (Citroën Racing Team Principal): “This is a very interesting round thanks to the mix of surfaces. Although the crews spend more time on tarmac, the gravel stages are particularly demanding and technical. In the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team, Mads Østberg and Kris Meeke have shown themselves to be capable of producing some remarkable performances on both surfaces. The DS 3 WRC is equally competitive on all surfaces. The aim is to remain highly consistent throughout the rally to hold onto our second position in the manufacturers’ standings.”

Mads Østberg: “The course for this rally provides a unique challenge. After the Tour de Corse on tarmac, we took part in some testing on gravel so we should be well prepared to drive on both surfaces. The stages on day one are pretty similar to what we have seen here before. There are some great gravel roads. This leg will obviously be vital in making a good start to the race, but all three days will be just as important as each other. On gravel, I always look to finish on the podium. We’ll need to get among the leaders at the start, whilst remaining sufficiently competitive on tarmac to stay among the frontrunners. Obviously, a podium finish would be an excellent result!”

Kris Meeke: “I really like the idea of a rally made up of one day on gravel and two days on tarmac. Although I don’t know the gravel stages very well, the roads are very beautiful. Since we start later on Friday morning, we should avoid any problems due to the dust. On asphalt, the route is fantastic. Last year, we were very competitive and the DS 3 WRC was perfect. We only lost out on a big result after picking up two punctures. The new stages mean we’ll have to work on our pace notes. If we have a trouble-free week-end, then a podium should be a realistic target, but the real goal is to consolidate our second place in the manufacturers’ standings.”

Khalid Al Qassimi: “Rally de España is one of my favourite events. There is always a great atmosphere here and a lot of supporters follow our team. The gravel roads are different to those I am used to tackling in the Middle East Rally Championship. For example, tyre management will be important here. The majority of the stages are nonetheless contested on tarmac, with very high levels of grip. Generally, I feel very confident in the car on these roads. I think that about 40% of the stages are new this year, so we’re going to have to work a lot on the pace notes to try and secure a positive result. This round is also vital for the team, which must try to collect as many points as possible to consolidate second place in the championship. I would like to wish Kris and Mads the very best in Catalonia!”

Stéphane Lefebvre: “We are continuing to learn about rallying at this level with a very specific event. On gravel, we’ll have a good starting position. I’d like to drive like we did in Australia. The aim is to have a good race and keep out of trouble. We’ll then have to adjust to the tarmac very quickly. The roads suit me a bit more than those on the Tour de Corse, with more natural bends and technical sections offering more track-style driving. Given the substantial experience of the other drivers, we’ll have to try to set a good pace and take full advantage of the new stages.”
TWO RALLIES IN ONE

The WRCs will tackle the shakedown on Thursday, 22 October in gravel configuration. Starting at 8am, the crews will complete runs on a 2.97 kilometre-long mixed-surface stage in Salou, near to the PortAventura service park.

Later on the same day, the opening stage will get underway at 6.08pm near the base of the Montjuïc hill in Barcelona. A road section of around a hundred kilometres will then take the crews back to parc ferme in PortAventura.

On Friday morning, the first car will enter the service park at 8.45am. In the order of the World Championship standings, the drivers will tackle a loop of gravel stages twice: Móra d’Ebre-Ascó (9.62km), Caseres (12.50km), Bot (6.50km) and Terra Alta (35.68km), part of which is on tarmac. No service breaks will be permitted between stages, with only a tyre change period scheduled in the middle of the day. Once back in PortAventura, the crews will hand over their cars to their teams for 1 hour 15 mins in order to prepare them for the rest of the rally.

The race resumes on Saturday morning at 8.15am with a series of four tarmac stages: first up is Porrera (7.43km), one of the new tests, followed by La Figuera (26.26km), Poboleda (10.63km) and Capafonts (19.80km). After a thirty-minute midday service, La Figuera, Poboleda and Capafonts will be contested for a second time before the leg concludes with a 2.24km stage held in the streets of Salou.

On Sunday, after the clocks go back, the priority drivers will leave PortAventura before daylight at 6am in the reverse order of the standings. The leg features two identical loops of three stages, without any service break and without any tyre change period, starting with the brand-new test Els Guiamets (6.80km), followed by Pratdip (19.30km) and Duesaigües (12.10km), a version of Riudecanyes run in the opposite direction. The second run on Duesaigües will serve as the televised Power Stage, at 12.08pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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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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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