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Special Interview


16th March 2016

From his home in England, Antti us responds to our concerns about his views with respect to WRC, their videos and Formula 1.

What does the WRC for your life and its difference with the F1?

First of all, you shouldn’t compare these two sports. They are completely different. I think at some moment in the early 21st Century people deciding for the WRC matters thought that WRC should be a bit like F1. And that was a huge mistake, a colossal mistake. You must embrace the sport for what it is, an adventure across the landscapes. Not try to change it to some other successful formula that is completely different. I wouldn’t want WRC 24/7 in my life and neither would I want F1 24/7 in my life. You need different things in life, in sport, in everything. If F1 is a 90 minute Hollywood popcorn movie then maybe WRC is more like a three hour art film. But like I said, in life we need both and there is room for both.

Antti, so far how many videos have you done with respect to Rally?

I have honestly lost count. In the early years, starting from 2005, I did a huge amount of videos compared to today as I was just starting. Youtube wasn’t really a thing back then yet and all of those early videos are not even online anymore in any form probably. It must be somewhere around 50 rally videos alone.

Is the Rally Finland for your opinion, is the cutest of the WRC?

Well, it’s my «home rally». There’s a lot of emotion involved when thinking about Rally Finland as its in those forests and by those lakes that I have been so often watching the rally live. But part of the charm of WRC is that there are events that are completely different. Maybe less so nowadays than in the old days, but WRC still has it and its one of its most important ingredients to have this amazing variety of landscapes, terrains and types of events. And that element should be preserved as much as possible, that’s why the name of the series is World Rally Championship. I remember when I started to follow WRC myself in the late 90s when the season would start in the icy mountains of Monte Carlo, from there move to the snowy forests of Sweden, then to the dusty Safari rally and gravel roads of Portugal, moving on to the wide and smooth tarmac roads of Catalunya which sometimes resemble more a F1 circuit than a rally stage. That’s five completely different type of events with different set of driving skills needed in each event.

What features pilot has to have a driver to win in Jyvaskyla?

Finland really highlights the importance of accurate pace notes, because there are so many blind corners over crests, blind braking areas etc. So to be fast you need to either know the roads really well or have a good pace note system. And of course a generally smooth driving style is good to have as the roads are so fast that you don’t want to lose time by going too much sideways. There’s a good example I think that illustrates these features well. Rally Finland was the weakest event in the whole WRC calendar for Colin McRae. He was an amazing driver with most natural talent of all drivers of his time probably. But Colin’s problem was that his pace notes were relatively simple compared to many other drivers in the sense that they lacked extra information. Also he liked to throw the car sideways a lot which often is not the best style in Finland. I think this was his biggest problem against succeeding in Finland. For example of the foreign drivers of his time, Richard Burns always did better than McRae in Finland. But Burns had very accurate pace notes as well as a very smooth driving style, perfect combination for Finland.

What is the video that you like best of you worked to show the skill that is in the Rally?

WRC – Four Seasons.

A brief concept of topicality of the Finnish drivers of yesterday and today in the WRC?

Well Finland has not had champions in ages. Latvala and Hirvonen have been extremely good drivers, not great, but extremely good. They have been the Barrichellos and Massas of WRC. You have to remember that between them they have seven second places in the WRC season standings. That’s an amazing achievement to have in any sport, but it also tells you that more than likely these men are not winners with a big W, Latvala still has time to grow into one of course. Also you can’t say that either of them would have ever deserved to win the Championship. If the stars had been right, they might have won the title in some seasons but that doesn’t really make a difference. Hirvonen came really close in 2009, but that year belonged to Loeb, no question. If Hirvonen had won it that year, there would have been a similar taste of a fluke like Räikkönen’s championship in F1 in 2007. But Kimi’s championship at least felt a bit like a belated Oscar win for his 2005 performance which was World Champion worthy. There are world champions and then there are World Champions. Both Loeb and Ogier belong to the latter category. They are predators, killers, winning machines if you like, born to win. You just have to look into their eyes and you see it. Ogier is the only true champion in the WRC at the moment, both on paper and in reality, the only real successor to Loeb. Grönholm was a driver like this and Tommi Mäkinen definitely was a winning predator in his time. And sometimes you don’t have to win the world championship to be World Champion, just look at Markku Alén. Now that man oozed the winning killing mentality unlike no other and at one point he held the record for most WRC wins as well as most stage wins in WRC history. But never won a world championship for some reason or another.

What is the scandinavian driver who has impressed you most, Juha Kankkunen, Henri Toivonen, Ari Vatanen, Tommi Mäkinen, Markku Alen, Hannu Mikkola, Marcus Gronholm, etc?

Everyone has impressed me in their own way. The amazing thing about the Finnish rally heroes have been that they have all been such different personalities, both on and off the stage. There is no single «winning Finnish rally driver personality». But it’s the same with the Frenchmen, Auriol, Loeb and Ogier, all completely different characters on and off the stage. Kankkunen impressed me his absolute smoothness and his relaxed attitude, Toivonen with his pure speed, especially on tarmac, Vatanen with his views on life and amazing comeback to life after his serious injury, Mäkinen with his amazing versatility and intelligence, Markku Alén for his winning attitude that I was talking about, Mikkola for his longevity in the sport, Grönholm for many of the same reasons than Markku Alén, total winning mentality.

What can you tell us about the great time living with Toni Gardemeister by TGS Team and Fabia R5 of the Teemu Suninen?

I don’t know enough about Suninen to make a comment. I know he is a promising driver who is on the way up and that’s it.

Will the next big star of the WRC, maybe Kalle Rovanperä? What with only 15 years is dazzling all the wheel of the Fabia Super 2000 by TGS Team?

Too early to tell. It’s just best to enjoy his talents now for what they are and not start to write stories yet. To be a star or World Champion you need something more than just talent or possibility to drive rally cars all your life like Kalle Rovanperä. There are many drivers who never won a World Championship despite the talent and a lot of resources since young age. Let’s wait and see patiently and enjoy Kalle’s talent.

What do you think the project is evaluating Tommi Mäkinen do with Toyota’s entry in the 2017 WRC?

With an almost full squad from Scandinavia and observing the idea to convince Sébastien Loeb & Petter Solberg to join the Yaris WRC program in one year? Considering a third pilot finnish, Jari-Matti Latvala or Esapekka Lappi, etc?

I have a suggestion, Tommi should bring his old friends Juha Kankkunen and Carlos Sainz to develop the car. If you put those two guys to develop a car under the guidance of Tommi Mäkinen, you will have a winning car I promise you. Sainz and Kankkunen are the greatest development drivers in WRC history and it is not a coincidende that Sainz was orchestrating both Citroen’s and VW’s mega success. If you want to develop a car, call Carlos. Petter’s development skills I feel much more suspect about honestly, when he was left alone at Subaru when Mäkinen left the team, things started to get gradually worse and worse. About race pilots, it’s harder to tell and depends who is available/willing to try something new. If everyone was available then you would take Loeb and Ogier and never look back. But realistically thinking would be nice to see a young guy get a chance alongside an experienced and ultra consistent guy like Dani Sordo or maybe Hirvonen if Tommi can bring him back from retirement. It’s a waste of time to put there two number two drivers, so one strong number two like Sordo or Hirvonen and a young potential future number one in the other seat. Neuville has potential to be a number one if he gets his head back together, but at the moment he is a very rough diamond.

Can Toyota with TMR, think about cutting the current domain with Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen?

Of course. That is the attitude they must have. Otherwise what’s the point at all. Tommi Mäkinen and Toyota is such a strong combination that you would think if anyone can, they can.

Like the idea that originates the FIA, with the WRC 2017 regulatory change, with more powerful cars and lightweight aerodynamics, to qualify with similar new car to Group B of the future?

Purely from the point of view of spectacle, yes. The problem with these ideas is that they should be kept somehow cost effective that the series won’t start to lose participants. What WRC needs is consistency and strength in its rule making, not to scare people away with indecision and lack of direction. The sport needs a strong and sure pair of hands which will convince people that the series is worth trusting in. We shouldn’t compare these new regulations to Group B though. That time will never come back. You have to remember that the WRC cars have evolved so much from those days and a modern car would be a lot easier to drive with similar amounts of horse power than the Group B car had. I don’t think safety would be a problem either. It would still be pretty much as safe/dangerous as it is right now. The safety equipments of the car are at a completely different level nowadays than in the Group B days and I would say that driving a modern WRC car with Group B levels of horsepower is much more safe than driving a 1987 Group A car with 300 horsepowers. Sometimes it can actually be safer to drive when you have more power at your use, you can escape situations that you couldn’t escape with a less powerful car.

To conclude, that video has in mind with respect to rally in the short term and a small denomination, their special video Born to Race?

That is a very personal video. It is an artistic video as well and hopefully something people can relate with, but it is also a personal video. Every video I make is personal to some extent, but this was on another level in that regard. It captures my dreams in a very literal way. And they are real dreams, real ambitions and honest thoughts from inside of me. I didn’t make anything up for that video, it’s all what I thought back then and think still inside of me. I don’t expect anyone else to understand that video completely like I do because it’s so personal, but hopefully people can still find some inspiration to their own lives from it.

Thank you Pablo.

Made By Antti

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 -WRC Finland (FIN) - WRC 30/07/2015 to 02/08/2015 - PHOTO : @World

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 -WRC Finland (FIN) - WRC 30/07/2015 to 02/08/2015 - PHOTO : @World

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 -WRC Finland (FIN) - WRC 30/07/2015 to 02/08/2015 - PHOTO : @World


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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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