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“FAFE”, FANS AND FAVOURITES – VOLKSWAGEN READY FOR EXCITING WRC RACE IN PORTUGAL

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“Fafe”, fans and favourites – Volkswagen ready for exciting WRC race in Portugal.

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Chance for teams to take stock: entire field in action at first leg of European gravel season
World championship leader Ogier can draw level with Markku Alén with a fifth win in Portugal
More than 80,000 fans: the iconic “Fafe” stage on Sunday

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC)
RALLY PORTUGAL

13 May, 2016

Wolfsburg (13 May 2016). Looking ahead to what promises to be a spine-tingling experience – Volkswagen travels to the Rally Portugal with fond memories of the event. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) and Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger (N/N) are undefeated since 2013 with the Polo R WRC at round five of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), which takes place from 19 to 22 May 2016. Last year, Volkswagen claimed a one-two-three here and finished first, second and third on the Power Stage to become the first manufacturer to score a maximum 122 points. Points aside, the passionate fans in the north of Portugal traditionally provide an extra boost of adrenalin – particularly at the infamous jump on the “Fafe” special stage, which tens of thousands of fans transform into a rally festival each year.

“A one-two-three last year, plus the top three times on the Power Stage – a year ago, we enjoyed the most successful rally to date with the Polo R WRC in Portugal,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito. “It is not every day you score maximum points in the World Rally Championship – and this season has already shown emphatically just how exciting the rallies are, most recently in Argentina. I am sure that the Rally Portugal will be another round of the WRC with all four manufacturers involved in exciting battles for position. That is no more than the countless passionate fans who make this rally so extraordinary deserve.”

Excitement guaranteed: all the top teams in action at first European gravel race of season

A hard, dry clay surface, topped with loose sand – the drivers face a challenging mix at the Rally Portugal in the region around Porto. The rule of thumb for the state of the route: if it is dry, the later-starting World Rally Cars benefit, because the grip levels increase as the loose sand is swept from the road. In contrast, the early starters stand to benefit if it rains. Either way, the current World Championship standings mean Volkswagen has all bases covered in terms of starting positions. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia open the route as World Championship leaders, while Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger start fourth and last year’s winners Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila are sixth onto the route.

This also adds extra spice to the tight four-way battle for second place in the Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ Championship: as well as Hayden Paddon/John Kennard (NZ/NZ, Hyundai), the current runners-up in the overall standings, Mads Østberg/Ola Fløene (N/N, M-Sport-Ford), Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger and Dani Sordo/Marc Martí (E/E, Hyundai) are also hungry to take their place at the head of the chasing pack. These four pairings are currently separated by just 13 points. The return of rivals Citröen, making their first appearance on gravel of 2016, will only add to the excitement. Not only do they have a fast duo in Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle (GB/IRL), but can also look forward to what at first glance looks like the ideal starting position. Fans can also look forward to a repeat of Argentina’s battle between Ogier and Paddon, who are both first onto the route this time out.

Same again, please: route almost identical to last year

361.48 kilometres are identical, 6.52 kilometres are new – 98.23 per cent of the route for the 2016 Rally Portugal is the same as the 2015 race. The changes can be summed up in a nutshell: as well as the new “Porto Street Stage” spectator stage, which is 1.85 kilometres long and tackled twice, the final 1.41 kilometres of the 22.47-kilometre “Vieira do Minho”, which winds between massive crags and is also run twice, are also new. The remaining 15 special stages are unchanged from last year. These include some real classics: the 27.44-kilometre “Ponte de Lima” and “Amarante” – at 37.67 kilometres against the clock, the longest stage of the rally. The “Lousada” stage, on the Rallycross track, is particularly spectator-friendly. The icing on the cake is Sunday’s spectacular “Fafe” stage: the final 11.19 kilometres of the rally form the Power Stage, which will be broadcast live on TV.

“Fafe” and the fans – the highlight of the Rally Portugal

Hillsides lined with over 80,000 fans, the only shade offered by enormous wind turbines, and one of the World Rally Championship’s most infamous – if not the most infamous – jumps: the “Fafe” special stage produces the iconic images of the Rally Portugal. Few other places attract such a large gathering of drift fans. Few other winding stretches of gravel in the WRC set the pulses of rally drivers and co-drivers racing like this. It is with good reason that the 11.19-kilometre stage also forms the closing Power Stage, on which extra points are up for grabs for the top three driver/co-driver pairings.

It doesn’t get any better – 2015 super hat-trick the motivation for 2016

A one-two-three courtesy of Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila, Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia and Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene, coupled with a triple success – Ogier-Latvala-Mikkelsen – on the Power Stage: it is impossible to score more points with three cars. Volkswagen became the first manufacturer in the World Rally Championship to achieve this maximum points haul at the 2015 Rally Portugal. A fond memory, which serves as an extra dose of motivation for 2016.

Quotes ahead of the Rally Portugal

Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1
“I feel ready for Portugal. The rally is a very special one for me. It was there that I claimed my first WRC victory – a milestone in my career. I have enjoyed more success there than at any other rally. If I win this year’s Rally Portugal, I can actually draw level with the great Markku Alén, who won this rally five times. That gives me extra motivation, although I will not be thinking of that during the rally. What makes the rally so special are the Portuguese fans, who support us very enthusiastically. And the Fafe jump on the Power Stage is a spectacular highlight, which helps to make the rally a stand-out event.”

Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2
“The Rally Portugal will once again take place in the north of the country this year. Soft, loose sand on a permanent layer of clay means you get greater grip with the soft tyre compound. However, if the route has been swept clean, the soft tyres wear faster and the harder compound is the better option. If it stays dry, selecting the right tyre compound at the right time will once again be a key factor – particularly on the Saturday of the rally, when the special stages are longer. Last year was a close battle with my team-mates right down to the finish – with Miikka and I coming out on top. We would obviously like to repeat this success.”

Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9
“Third place in Argentina was very important for us and gives us a boost ahead of the coming rallies. We are still on track in the championship and are now looking forward to Portugal, where I have had good results in recent years. The route is almost identical to last year’s. That does not happen often. We will have to wait and see whether that is an advantage for Anders and me, as all the drivers will benefit from the fact that they already know the route. Despite this, I am very confident, as the Volkswagen Polo R WRC ran really well in Portugal in 2015. It was no coincidence that we claimed a one-two-three there. Whatever happens, we are perfectly prepared ahead of Portugal. My goal is to leave Portugal in second place in the Drivers’ World Championship.”

Number for the rally weekend in Portugal: zero

The recent Rally Argentina not only ended the longest winning run of all time for Volkswagen – with twelve victories in a row – but, the fourth round of this year’s FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) also brought another impressive run to an end. Ahead of the Rally Argentina, Volkswagen had won the Power Stage 15 times in a row – a winning run five times longer than any other manufacturer had ever achieved (Citroën, M-Sport-Ford – both three Power Stage wins in a row). When it comes to race wins and Power Stage victories, Volkswagen must now start from zero again in Portugal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 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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