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CRC A FULL 2015 / 2016

FAW-VW Defended CRC Championship of the Year at Jixi Stop.


The final game of China Rally Championship (CRC) was concluded on Jan. 17th on Xingkai Lake, Mishan, Jixi. FAW-VW team successfully defended Championship of Confederations Cup, Championship of Carmaker of the Year Cup, Grand Championship of Racing Team of the Year, and Championship of the Year of National Four-wheel Drive Group. Chen De’an received Grand Championship of Domestic Riders of the Year. FAW-VW Sagitar Championship was also awarded S3-Group championship of stop games again, win this season’s «three successive championship.»

All FAW-VW team members worked hard to overcome challenges and difficulties in the game caused by adverse weather conditions with full cooperation and continuous struggles, and the imposing style perfectly concluded CRC 2015 season.

Promoting racing cause and racing culture has been regarded by FAW-VW as a corporate social responsibility beyond simple competitions.

The final game of China Rally Championship (CRC) was concluded on Jan. 17 on Xingkai Lake, Mishan, Jixi. The eight-month long 2015 season started in the end of last month was officially completed. FAW-VW racing team, which had demonstrated eye-catching performances in previous games of this season, won Jixi leg again. With leading total points, the racing team successfully defended Championship of Confederations Cup, Championship of Carmaker of the Year Cup, Grand Championship of Racing Team of the Year, and Championship of the Year of National Four-wheel Drive Group. As chief driver and team manager, Chen De’an lived up to expectations and won Championship of Domestic Riders of the Year with robust performance throughout the season.

FAW-VW Sagitar Team adopting new Sagitar racing cars again claimed the S3-Group championship of stop games; win three successive championship of this season. FAW-VW team’s performance in that game could be described as very productive and even the biggest winner of the season. The model of cooperation between carmakers and racing teams having been insisted by FAW-VW for many years was indeed a successful model for the industry.

Chen De’an won Championship of Domestic Riders of the Year with robust performance throughout the season.

Golf had no fear for challenges of coldness
CRC had not participated in any ice & snow rally in Jixi for years and its return to the frozen Xingkai Lake of Jixi in the final game of this season brought the passionate shock by the roaring engine to riders and enthusiasts in the snowy weather. However, given the ice solidity of Xingkai Lake, Jixi game was postponed from December until January of this year.

The seventh generation Golf chariot had no fear for the challenges of cold and snow
As the boundary lake of China and Russia, Xingkai Lake was located in the southeast of Heilongjiang Province. Usually the lake began to freeze in December and would be completely frozen within ten to fifteen days. When frozen, repeatedly pressed by vehicles or when it snowed, the almost one-meter-thick ice layer would be even more slippery, bringing more difficulties compared with previous stops, which made the game more changing and dangerous. To this end, three seventh-generation Golf changed for dedicated studded tires for icy road conditions and suspensions of vehicles were also adjusted. In addition, Jixi’s highest temperature during the game was merely sixteen or seventeen degrees below zero, and the harsh environment was self-evident. Therefore, the numbers of registered teams and riders had decreased.

Since the game was delayed for nearly a month, FAW-VW team actively prepared for the game during that period of time and they went to Changchun for one week-long winter training in early January. Chen De’an said during the special training that all vehicles were brought to the ice surface where riders’ control became more delicate and their response much sharper, also the work ability of the logistic team was improved.

Judging from the competition process, the winter training was obviously helpful for FAW-VW team. All riders, navigators and logistical and technical support team worked closely and struggled to overcome challenges caused by extreme weather conditions and difficulties that appeared during the game. The seventh generation Golf chariot had no fear for the cold, so Chen De’an and FAW-VW team could successfully win the final battle.

New Sagitar gained new successes
Besides seventh generation Golf chariot’s continued efforts, new Sagitar had also acquitted itself well since Longyou stop of last year. Back in 2007, FAW-VW organized FAW-VW Sagitar team and the previous generation Sagitar was the competing model. FAW-VW Sagitar championship team returned to CRC in this season and the new generation Sagitar racing cars had taken on an entirely new look.

According to S3-Group’s modification rules, the new Sagitar racing car still retained its original engine and some important components. It was precisely those restrictions that showed the new model’s superior performance and excellent quality. During the Longyou stop which was known as the «devil stage», new Sagitar making its debut became a dark horse of S3 Group and won the group championship with unparalleled results. New Sagitar took the crown again in Wuyi, Zhejiang, where many riders crashed out.

New Sagitar’s performance on ice was equally outstanding
Faced with ice and snow road conditions for the first time, the new Sagitar’s performance was still impressive. Fine suspension tuning and perfect snow equipment ensured the new Sagitar racing car’s performance advantages in acceleration and turn-making, laying a solid foundation for the third championship. The test of muddy mountain road and slippery ice and snow road conditions demonstrated the new model’s hard power, and its performance in the next season would be more exciting.

Close experience of racing culture
The successes of Golf chariots and the new Sagitar make it possible for FAW-VW to conclude CRC 2015 season with an imposing momentum. Reviewing the entire 2015 season, we not only see FAW-VW persistent performance, but also the carmaker’s strong support for the event and the team.
As we all know, as one of China’s first automakers to participate in motor sport, FAW-VW has been tightly bound to CRC. From the registration of Jetta GTX as a completion model of international N-Group, the establishment of FAW-VW Qingyang Golf Team in cooperation with Beijing Qingyang Racing Team in 2005, to the recent participation of seventh generation Golf in racing fields as well as its innumerable great achievements, FAW-VW’s investment in the team and its participation in CRC had been gradually increased.

In 2014 season, FAW-VW team cooperated with Prodrive, an internationally renowned technical team, and completed a world-class modification of seventh generation Golf chariot comparable to WRC racing cars. In addition, the accession of WRC rider Atkinson made it possible for many riders and enthusiasts to witness the skills and style of the top-ranking driver. By these means, FAW-VW allowed the team to acquire the hard power to take the title and brought the overall competitiveness to a new level.

For FAW-VW, racing cars and the team’s performance is admittedly important, what is more important was to let more people approach car racing, feel car racing and like car racing, and in the course of the game they could experience the cultural connotations of automobile and automotive society’s civilization consciousness. In fact, promoting the racing cause and racing culture has been regarded by FAW-VW as a corporate social responsibility that beyond simple competitions.
FAW-VW has been since 2014 season inviting media correspondents, users and fans to each stop and closely experience everything about CRC, which has now become a good approach for FAW-VW to participate in and communicate CRC, and this practice is well received among its fans.
Time flies and CRC 2015 season, after seven races of Hunan Guiyang, Gansu Zhangye, Beijing Huairou, Henan Dengfeng, Zhejiang Longyou, Zhejiang Wuyi and Heilongjiang Jixi, has left many unforgettable memories to racing enthusiasts. In 2016, the increasingly mature FAW-VW team will definitely bring more surprises to its fans and the industry, let’s just wait and see!











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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

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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Rally de Córcega Día 1

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 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


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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