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Around the world in 13 victories:
Volkswagen looks to break record winning run in Argentina.


XXL appetite for victory: Ogier, Latvala and Mikkelsen want 13th win for the Polo R WRC
Unbeaten from Portugal 2015 to Mexico 2016, Argentina would make it a full house
Long break for the drivers: skiing, decorating, new additions to the family


Wolfsburg (15 April 2016). From Portugal to Mexico, and now hopefully Argentina: Volkswagen goes into the fourth round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in a particularly determined frame of mind. The Rally Argentina sees the world championship-winning team return to the very last place, at which the Wolfsburg-based car maker did not stand on top of the podium with the winners’ champagne. Between Argentina 2015 and Argentina 2016, Sébastien Ogier (F), Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) and Andreas Mikkelsen (N) have put together a historic winning run of twelve successive victories. Together with co-drivers Julien Ingrassia (F), Miikka Anttila (FIN) and Anders Jæger (N), they now have their sights set on continuing this remarkable success story. Were they to do so, they would go an entire year and once round the world unbeaten. However, the duos in the three Polo R WRC face a big challenge: the 18 special stages feature a total distance of 364.68 kilometres against the clock – and not a single stage remains unchanged from 2015.

“There is no question about it: when you have achieved a run like this and have the opportunity to put the icing on the cake, you are particularly motivated,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito. “Once around the world without a single defeat – that is something that no manufacturer has ever achieved in the World Rally Championship. However, we are going about this task in an extremely calm and meticulous manner – as we do at every round of the world championship. We know that the last time we were not successful was in Argentina, so we need to raise our game. However, I am 100 per cent certain that everyone in the team will do their very best.”

Twelve victories, three continents and almost once around the globe

Wins at the rallies in Portugal, Italy, Poland, Finland, Germany, Australia, France, Spain, Great Britain, Monte Carlo, Sweden and Mexico – Volkswagen has put together a historic winning run for the second time. The only other manufacturer ever to have achieved this feat was Volkswagen itself, when the Polo R WRC went undefeated for twelve rallies from Australia 2013 to the Rally Finland 2014. An achievement, of which Volkswagen is particularly proud – the third-longest winning run belongs to Citroën with eight back-to-back victories. Volkswagen could put the icing on the cake in Argentina: one more triumph would see the Wolfsburg-based outfit become the first manufacturer ever to go undefeated around the world for twelve months. The Polo R WRC’s only previous victory in Argentina came back in 2014, when Jari-Matti Latvala was first and team-mate Sébastien Ogier finished second.

Blind spot: Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia have a score to settle

Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia have a score to settle with the Rally Argentina, which is the only rally on the WRC calendar that they are yet to win. They have won all of the remaining twelve rounds that they have lined up at in the past, from Monte Carlo to Australia (China makes its first appearance in the WRC since 1999 in September), at least once. The closest they have come recently to winning in South America was in 2013 and 2014: in 2013 they finished runner-up behind record world champions Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena (F/MC, Citroën), whilst Volkswagen team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) also pushed them into second place in 2014.

Route: “El Cóndor”, “Mina Clavero” and “Los Gigantes”

Not a single special stage remains unchanged from last year. 22.8 per cent of the total distance will be held on completely new sections of route. The drivers and co-drivers will have to be fully focussed on the Recce at the Rally Argentina. The duos must ensure that their pace notes are spot on, as over half of the stages that have featured on the rally since 2011 must be tackled in the opposite direction. These include the infamous “El Cóndor” Power Stage. Furthermore, the popular “Mina Clavero” stage, not far from “El Cóndor”, returns to the itinerary. In contrast, the drivers must tackle the “Los Gigantes” stage, of which only a short section featured on the 2012 route, for the first time.

Logistics: marathon journey for team, cars and equipment

On its journey to Argentina, the Volkswagen team must take the longest non-stop flight that airlines like Lufthansa offer. And this is just part of what is truly a logistics marathon. When the team arrives in Carlos Paz, the venue for the Rally Argentina, the equipment will already be there waiting. Eight overseas containers travelled by ship straight from the previous round in Mexico to Argentina. A further eight air freight containers were flown from Volkswagen’s motorsport headquarters in Hannover to Carlos Paz. The cargo included the three Polo R WRC and the most important spare parts. The Rally Argentina is followed by five European rallies in a row, before China represents the next overseas rally. As such, the sea freight will travel straight from Argentina to the Beijing region.

Private: skiing and family additions

The spring break is over, and it is back to the rigours of the World Rally Championship. During the break in the racing, however, the Volkswagen drivers have recharged their batteries in a variety of ways. Sébastien Ogier used the time to go skiing in Kitzbühel and looked after the new addition to his family – mongrel Gypsy, who the world rally champion and his wife rescued from the Munich animal shelter. Andreas Mikkelsen enjoyed a holiday in Thailand, went skiing in Meribel and decorated his apartment in Monaco. Jari-Matti Latvala was also a busy man: he went on long skidoo trips in Lapland – covering a total distance the equivalent of two WRC rallies – and a road trip across California. However, none of the three of the works drivers neglected their comprehensive fitness programmes. In summary: the drivers are ready and raring to go at the Rally Argentina.

Quotes ahead of the Rally Argentina

Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1
“The Rally Argentina is the only rally on the calendar that Julien and I have not yet won. This year will not be easy either, because we will once again be the first car onto the route. Whatever happens, I will do my best to improve my record here and to win the rally for the first time. Julien and I have had a great season so far. We have always achieved the best possible result. With this in mind, I am very optimistic about Argentina. However, the weather can be very tricky. Thick fog often restricts visibility, which is not very pleasant for a racing driver. As far as the surface is concerned, we must adapt from Mexico, as the gravel is much softer and the ground far sandier. That requires a different driving style.”

Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2
“After the victory in Mexico I had the feeling that we had finally arrived in the season. We must now carry this momentum on to Argentina, in order to ensure we continue to move in the right direction there. I will approach Argentina in exactly the same way as Mexico. Starting sixth generally gives you a little advantage – if the stages remain dry. There are more special stages this year than last year. But they are a bit shorter. I like this concept. I also like the mix of old and new stages. About a quarter of the route is completely new. We need new pace notes for this, but that goes for every team. I am most looking forward to the ‘Mina Clavero’ stage on Sunday, which was last part of the route in 2013.”

Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9
“Last year I was really unlucky in Argentina. First a puncture developed into a far larger problem and cost us a lot of time. Last but not least, we had to retire on the Power Stage following a collision with a rock. One thing is certain: I have set my sights on finishing on the podium here. However, that will not be easy, as the rally consists of a lot of new special stages. Unlike Mexico, the surface in Argentina is relatively soft and sandy. As such, deep ruts form quickly in the gravel. I really like the Rally Argentina, even though it is not easy. It is a nice place. I have always been quick there, but have never achieved a good result yet. That has to change this year.”

Number for the rally weekend in Argentina: 922.37

Probably the fastest globetrotter in the world: the Polo R WRC has so far covered enough distance at rally speed to travel around the world almost exactly once. Ahead of the fourth round of the WRC in Argentina, the Polo R WRC had completed exactly 39,063.05 kilometres of special stage since the start of the Rally Monte Carlo in 2013. For comparison: the equator is 39,985.42 kilometres long. As such, with Ogier, Latvala and Mikkelsen set to cover a combined distance of 922.37 kilometres in Argentina, Volkswagen could have completed enough kilometres to travel once around the world. After the spring break between overseas rallies in the World Rally Championship, the car from Wolfsburg can certainly claim to be a real globetrotter, with 43 rallies to its name. The 2016 World Rally Championship will take place in 15 countries on five continents.












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The 140th edition of RRM is eagerly awaited, with all the latest news from the World Rally Championship. Offering special reports with exclusive interviews of international level.
In this time the edition of the month of March, has in its credit everything what happened with the triumph in Sweden, of the British Elfyn Evans with Toyota.

What will come from the Rome Capitale Rally 2020, valid for the European competition, organized by the Italian firm Motorsport Italia, which is headed by Max Rendina.
An intense note from the top executive of TEIN INC. in Japan, Mr. Yoshio Fujimoto, with his sporting support for their stable programs in Motorsport on a global level, both with the professional support of the Japanese shock absorbers for the WRX and WRC. Counting on his successful sports campaign as a driver in the 90’s with Toyota.
Which left the Monte Carlo Rally, with the princely victory of the Belgian Thierry Neuville, who drives the fabulous Hyundai Coupe i20 WRC Plus.

An exquisite and unique report to Mr. Yasuo Hiraoka, the head of Subaru Tecnica International, (STI), who thanks to the management of «kumi» Shinozaki, we were able to make this fantastic review with Mitaka’s boss.
Oliver Solberg, and his debut with the Fabia R5 EVO in Torsby.
The truncated schedule of the Speedagro Rally Argentina 2020, which has been postponed by the Coronavirus. And the Top Run of the Agnello brothers, who acquired a new generation Fabia R5 to run in the short term in the WRC3.
JESSICA VERZIN, the blonde Italian girl, who is in charge of the professional catering work for W RACING PROJECT for the 2019 world champion team of constructors, Hyundai Motorsport GmbH, stands out in the publication, showing her feminine and sensual side, and confirming the excellent work that WRP is doing, to provide a fantastic food service, from Italy to
the whole WRC Plus circus.

Finally the new French weapon of Renault Sport Racing of France, the New CLIO Rally 5, which was shown as car 0 in Monte Carlo and debuts in the Mexican Rally Azteca with the Argentinean driver Martin Suriani.
Leaves a bitter and sad taste the postponement of the 40 years of the Rally of the Republic of Argentina, but it is a reason of world health, that exceeds to all, and the first thing is the common sense and the prevention of all.
We expect news soon, with the 2 month interval that the WRC will have, after the dispute in the WRC 2020 in Leon.

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Paulo Nobre completed stage five of Rally di Roma Capitale with his car boot open.

The FIA European Rally Championship regular from Brazilian explained that he forgot to close it properly prior to the run.

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M-Sport and Ford are proud to introduce the all-new EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta R5. Replacing its hugely successful predecessor, the new Fiesta promotes the latest motorsport technology and road-going design.

Based on the Ford Fiesta ST-Line which is manufactured at Ford’s world-class facility in Cologne, M‑Sport has worked closely with the Ford Motor Company to ensure the new Fiesta R5 provides a big step forward in terms of pace and performance.

The original Fiesta R5 is M-Sport’s most successful global rally car and continues to win stages, rallies and championships worldwide. With more than 250 cars in competition, the outgoing Fiesta remains a capable and competitive winner, but its successor boasts improvements in all areas.

The 1.6 turbo charged engine delivers 290 BHP and 475 Nm of torque at 4,000 RPM. The direct injection power plant is also fitted with a 32mm restrictor in conjunction with R5 regulations and provides a significant improvement in response and drivability

Brand-new suspension components include front and rear McPherson struts with redesigned three‑way adjustable dampers from Reiger. The new aluminium damper bodies save considerable weight, and the geometry has been remodelled for optimised traction and stability.

A newly designed Sadev five-speed sequential gearbox mated to front and rear differential units is accompanied by hydraulic servo-assisted rack and pinion steering, and Brembo forged four-piston front and rear calipers provide the stopping power.

The initial design and development started in January 2018, with the first test session taking place in December that same year. Since then, eight test drivers have completed more than 30 days testing on a mix of different roads and conditions.

Smooth Tarmac, rough Tarmac, hot gravel, loose gravel, seasoned test drivers, rally winners, and even Formula One race winners – the latest Fiesta has been put through its paces and no stone has been left unturned in search of optimum speed, reliability and performance.

The project also upholds M-Sport’s support of young talent with 28-year-old Bernardo Fernandes – who engineered Sébastien Ogier to championship success in 2017 – leading the team.

Delving into his knowledge of the award-winning Ford Fiesta WRC, as well as the original Fiesta R5, Fernandes’ experience has been combined with the innovation of youth – his team creating one of M-Sport’s most long-awaiting and exciting creations.

Just like its predecessor, the all-new Fiesta R5 will get its first public outing at next month’s Ypres Rally – Éric Camilli taking to the wheel as the event’s VIP car. As one of the most experienced development drivers around, Camilli knows the car inside out and the event’s fast asphalt roads provide the perfect setting for the car’s debut performance.

More information on the all-new Fiesta R5 can be found in the Technical Specification, and those wishing to make an order are encouraged to contact M-Sport’s dedicated Sales Team at the following email address: R5Support@M‑

M-Sport Managing Director, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:

“The Ford Fiesta R5 is our most successful global rally car. It’s a very special car for M-Sport and even though the original cars continue to win rallies and championships all over the world, we have taken our time to ensure this new model is even better with performance gains in every area.

“The test programme has been extensive, and we have worked hard to ensure this new car suits every level of driver. We have quite literally travelled the world – testing on a wide range of surfaces, in varying conditions and with a whole host of drivers taking to the wheel. This car is extremely important to us, and its adaptability is vital to its success.

“I’m extremely proud of this project. As a company we have always promoted young talent, and the design and development of the all-new Fiesta R5 was headed by one of our most ambitious young engineers – Bernardo Fernandes.

“We’ve always given opportunities to youngsters who show a real drive and passion for what they do. Bernardo is a prime example of this, and having driven the car myself I can tell you that he and his team have done a fantastic job. I’m looking forward to seeing the all-new Ford Fiesta R5 in action, and hope to secure even more success!”

Ford Performance Senior Manager, Gerard Quinn, said:

“This is another important milestone for Ford as the introduction of the all-new Ford Fiesta R5 heralds the introduction of the latest in motorsport technology packaged into Europe’s best-selling car in its category.

“Ford investment in the new Fiesta R2 revealed earlier this year and the latest Fiesta R5 ensures that we are supporting a sustainable future in rally for competitors and our partners M-Sport.

“This new Fiesta R5 also enables us to provide a high-quality replacement for its remarkably successful predecessor which was introduced six years ago. In the past two seasons the Fiesta R5 has won more than 40 championships globally, and we are looking forward to much more success with this latest model.”

M-Sport Rally Engineer, Bernardo Fernandes, said:

“This was my first time heading up a project. It was a challenge, but also a real privilege to be given the responsibility. The outgoing Ford Fiesta R5 was so successful, and is still very competitive in the right hands, but we have taken our time to revise and improve every area of the car.

“The R5 category has always been extremely competitive and the biggest challenge is in finding the best compromise between cost and performance. We had a lot of previous experience that helped, and devised a rigorous test programme with a range of different surfaces and drivers.

“The whole team have worked exceptionally hard and we pushed every element to the limit in search of peak performance and reliability. I also need to say a special thanks to Richard Christensen who headed up the design team – his input was integral to the project and we couldn’t have done it without him.

“Overall, I’m confident that we’ve taken a significant step forward and I’m looking forward to seeing what the all-new Ford Fiesta R5 can deliver in the hands of our customers.”












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8 June 2019

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