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FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC 2015): WALES RALLY GB – CITROËN TOTAL ABU DHABI WORLD RALLY TEAM – CITROËN RACING READY FOR FINAL SPRINT IN WALES

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CITROËN RACING READY FOR FINAL SPRINT IN WALES.

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Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson and Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle will lead the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team at Wales Rally GB, the final round of the 2015 season.
The DS 3 WRC crews will be aiming to hold onto second position in the Manufacturers’ World Championship standings.
A third DS 3 WRC will be entered for Stéphane Lefebvre and Stéphane Prévot.

WALES RALLY GB (12-15/11/2015) – PREVIEW

6 November 2015

With five podiums, including an important one-two finish in Argentina, Mads Østberg and Kris Meeke have taken Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team to second position in the Manufacturers’ World Championship standings coming into the final round of the season.

The DS 3 WRCs head into Wales Rally GB needing to defend a four-point lead if they are to finish second in the Manufacturers’ championship.

Based in the north of the country for the last two years, Wales Rally GB retains all of the characteristics that has made it one of rallying’s unmissable events. The route, like the conditions, are well known to the competitors. Rain, fog and mud are the essentials ingredients that combine to make the stages through the Welsh forests some of the trickiest on the calendar.

Regardless of the weather, the grip levels change on the stages as more cars complete, and from one stage to the next. The roads are fast throughout, but the crews must identify – starting in recce – the sections that provide sufficient grip and those that are as slippery as black ice, if they are to keep out of trouble.

For the technical team, operations will be kept to a minimum during the race. The first service is not scheduled to be held until the end of the first leg. On Saturday, the crews will complete seven stages and 109 kilometres before they return to Deeside to prepare for two evening tests and the final day features another uninterrupted succession of timed stages.

In order to be fully prepared for this round, the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers took advantage of a substantial test session before taking part in recce, with the opportunity to fine-tune the set-up of the DS 3 WRCs.

Fourth in the Drivers’ World Championship, Mads Østberg has always enjoyed good results in Wales. In nine previous starts, he has produced some fine performances, finishing second in 2011 and third last year in the DS 3 WRC.

For Kris Meeke, competing in Wales is almost like a home event. The Northern Irishman, who contested his first ever rally in the region, finished sixth here in 2014 with Citroën Racing. He currently lies fifth in the Drivers’ standings.

Winner of the 2014 FIA Junior WRC, Stéphane Lefebvre has been driving a DS 3 WRC since Rallye Deutschland. In Wales, he will be able to call upon the experience acquired over the last year in four-wheel drive cars, as he looks to continue learning about rallying in the World Championship.
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Yves Matton (Citroën Racing Team Principal): “The main objective of this final round of the season is to hold onto our second place in the manufacturers’ standings. We will be able to call upon the experience of our team at this specific event. Mads Østberg and Kris Meeke have had the opportunity to prepare for the final round with a test session, to help them get a feel for what is a very demanding, slippery and muddy course. Our strategy will be similar to the one we have used successfully since September. This is practically Kris Meeke’s home rally and Mads Østberg has always been quick here. Their aim will be to keep their rivals at bay and maintain our lead in the championship. How we manage things from a sporting perspective will obviously need to be fine-tuned as the race unfolds.”

Mads Østberg: “Wales Rally GB is always a great event. I really like this rally; I have done well here several times in the last few years. The character of the roads is rather particular. It’s quite easy to get a good rhythm, because the stages are pretty smooth and the roads are very fast. The weather also plays a big role. In 2011, I remember finishing second here and since then, I have been competitive every year. I think we have a chance of getting another good result here. It is important to finish the season well, but we mustn’t get side-tracked from our main goal. In Wales, the goal is to defend our second place in the manufacturers’ standings. So, I’m going to push, whilst also focusing on the job I have to do for the team. It would be great to finish on the podium, like last year.”

Kris Meeke: “This is more or less my home rally and there’ll be lots of supporters out for us. I took part in my very first rally in these forests, so they are very familiar to me and I have my bearings on these roads. I love the region and the course, with the surface that can be muddy and slippery. It’s cold and dark, it all adds to the special atmosphere of this race. Having said that, I don’t have as much experience at this event as the drivers who have competed here for the last ten years. The majority of the stages are held on natural roads where the driving is smooth. Inside the car, you sometimes get the feeling you’re fighting the elements and that just makes it even more fun to drive. We know what we have to do, we have to finish second in the championship. So we have to try and finish in front of our rivals and, if possible, on the podium.”

Stéphane Lefebvre: “Like in Germany, I’ll have the advantage of being familiar with some of the stages at Wales Rally GB. Above all, it will be a return for me to the place where I first contested a full rally in four-wheel drive car. I loved competing here last year in the tricky conditions. I’m going to try and have a good race and use the experience I have acquired throughout the season. My aim will be to get as close as possible to the leading drivers’ times and produce a few good performances.”
A TEST OF ENDURANCE

The shakedown will be held on Thursday 12 November between 8am and 11am at Clocaenog Forest on a 3.32-kilometre stage. The ceremonial start will be held in Llandudno in the evening, but the rally proper won’t get underway until early on Friday morning from 6.30am.

After a long road section, the crews will tackle a loop of three stages. Following Hafren (32.14km), Sweet Lamb (3.33km) and Myherin (30.23km), a regroup in Newtown will enable the crews to change tyres before they complete second runs on the same stages. The leg will conclude with the opening 45-minute service in Deeside.

On Saturday morning, the WRCs will set off from Deeside even earlier, at 5am, for Gartheiniog (11.34km) with the stage due to start at 7.29am, seven minutes before sunrise. The day will continue with Dyfi (25.86km) and second runs on Gartheiniog and Dyfi before Dyfnant (19.02km), Aberhirnant (13.91km) and Chirk Castle (2.06km). After these two sections, featuring 109 kilometres of timed stages, the crews will head back to service to prepare for an evening loop on Dyfnant and Aberhinant. The crews are expected back in Deeside from 9.17pm.

The rally and the 2015 season draws to a close on Sunday with four stages, without a service break: Brenig 1 (10.64km), Alwen (10.41km) and Great Orme (4.74km) with Brenig 2, the Power Stage, broadcast live on television from 12.08pm. The rally is scheduled to finish in Deeside in the early afternoon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 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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