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FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC 2015): WALES WRC GB – M-SPORT WORLD RALLY TEAM – M-SPORT BID FAREWELL TO A WRC LEGEND

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2015 World Rally Championship / Round 13 /  Rally of Wales GB // 12th - 15th November, 2015 // Worldwide Copyright: M-Sport/McKlein

After 18 full years of loyal service, John ‘Milly’ Millington is hanging up his radio and bidding a fond farewell to the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Having attended 317 rallies – 266 of which with M-Sport – the team wish him a very happy and relaxing retirement.

11 November 2015

After 18 full years of loyal service, John ‘Milly’ Millington is hanging up his radio and bidding a fond farewell to the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Having attended 317 rallies – 266 of which with M-Sport – the team wish him a very happy and relaxing retirement.

‘Milly’ started his WRC career as a celebrated navigator and mechanic – contesting his first WRC event at the 1982 Acropolis Rally whilst reading the notes for Jeff Fielding. In 1986, he had his first taste of co-ordinating alongside semi-works operation RED and never looked back – progressing to join Ford’s factory team at Boreham.

When M-Sport secured the Ford contract towards the end of 1996, ‘Milly’ was a must and Malcolm Wilson swiftly contracted him to the team. Since then, M-Sport’s logistics manager hasn’t missed a single event – 18 years and 266 rallies of dedication at the helm.

QUESTIONS TO MILLY…
What was your first FIA World Rally Championship event?

The first rally I actually competed on was the Acropolis Rally in 1982. I navigated for Jeff Fielding in a Mk II Escort. We retired half way through leg two with a broken front suspension. The chase car was Roger Clark and Frank Rowlands who came to meet us with a new front strut. Frank fitted the strut while Roger showed me how to open a bottle of beer with the door catch of a Mk II Escort. We opened the beers while Frank fitted the strut.

How long have you been with M-Sport?

I’ve been with M-Sport since they secured the Ford contract at the end of 1996, but I also used to work with Malcolm when he ran the Michelin Pilot Escort in the British Rally Championship.

How did you first meet Malcolm?

I met Malcolm when we were both competing on road rallies. I came to Cumbria to do a rally with Ron Beecroft as a practice for another event we were going to do later in the year. We started as car three or four on the road and Malcolm arrived in a tired-looking Mk I Escort – having just won a local rough stage rally. That’s when I first saw him.

I knew who he was because at that time he was headline news – the new up-and-coming British rally talent. He retired two or three sections into that event, and when we got to the next control they wouldn’t sign our time card because they were waiting for Malcolm. That shows you how strong his local support was – we dropped time because they were waiting for him!

How did you join the M-Sport team?

I was working for Ford at Boreham. As soon as I realised the contract was being moved, I rang Malcolm and asked him for an interview. To this day it’s the only day other than my wedding day that I’ve worn a suit!

Have you ever missed a WRC event since being with M-Sport?

I’ve not missed a single WRC event. After Wales Rally GB that will be 266 events.

What has been your career highlight?

Definitely winning the manufacturers’ championship in 2006 – as a Ford man through and through that was something very special. The only downside was that we were in New Zealand so the whole team couldn’t be there to celebrate with us.

What is the most interesting place you’ve visited as part of the FIA World Rally Championship?

The most interesting places have to be China and Japan. I had two visits to China and it was so different and you had to completely change your way of thinking and working. Japan never failed to surprise me. It was so technically advanced with a real contrast of cultures. To this day I’ve never experienced anything like it.

What was the worst place you’ve visited?

Nowhere has been particularly bad, but certain parts of Indonesia and Nairobi could be a little scary. At the time, you felt as though you were just around the corner from conflict. You always felt a little uneasy and unsafe, even if you were in a group. It was a really funny concept because the girls felt totally safe there, but none of the boys ever did.

What will you miss the most?

The people – the rallies come and go, but it’s the people who make a lasting impression. It is said that there are no friends in motorsport, but I would disagree with that because I feel as though I have made a lot of friends who I hope to keep in touch with.

Anything you won’t miss?

There are certain aspects that I don’t particularly want to repeat and top of the list would be the bus ride back from Turkey closely followed by the RORO boat being delayed in Jordan! As big of an adventure as it was, it’s that part of the job that I won’t miss.

Who is the best driver you’ve worked with?

The ones you remember most are the characters – the ones who do the crazy things – and if you look at it that way it has to be Henning Solberg. I’ve been lucky enough to work with a lot of very impressive drivers over the years and no one really sticks out, but I was always particularly impressed with Carlos [Sainz]. His professionalism was so ahead of his time. Nowadays all of the drivers are professional athletes, but you didn’t get that years ago – apart from Carlos.

Who’s the best co-driver you’ve worked with?

Co-drivers are close to my heart and the one that I will always remember is Tiziano Siviero. He was brilliant. The information and the detail you got back from him was fantastic and he had a work ethic like no other. He was such a quiet man, and you wouldn’t see that side of him unless you worked with him. To be fair, there are very few co-drivers that I haven’t got along well with. They are all exceptionally good at what they do – much better than I ever was!

What’s next?

The rest of my life. My two step daughters are taking me to Las Vegas in May and there are a couple of long distance walks that I would like to do – the Coast2Coast in the UK and also a rather lovely walk in northern Italy that Mrs Wilson has told me about. Apart from that, I’ve got nothing planned. All I’ve done for the past 20 years is plan, so now it’s time for me not to do any of the planning. When I get home from Wales Rally GB I’ll be asking my wife Pauline what she has planned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

All The Best, Pablito, Pablo MACHI WRC

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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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