WRC A FULL 2016
Hyundai Motorsport holds provisional podium after dramatic start in Portugal.
20 May, 2016
Dani Sordo ends the first day of Rally de Portugal, round five of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), chasing a podium in third position
Thierry Neuville got off to a cautious start but holds a top-five slot with the Belgian showing strong pace. He took two stage wins in the Porto Street Stage this evening.
Hayden Paddon and Kevin Abbring had dramas today; the Kiwi rolled in SS5 and retired from the rally, while Abbring was forced to stop in the morning loop with a broken steering arm.
May 20, 2016 – Hyundai Motorsport has endured a dramatic start to the fifth round of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Rally de Portugal – although the team has two New Generation i20 WRCs battling competitively inside the top-five at the end of the first day.
Dani Sordo is the leading Hyundai Motorsport driver, as the Spaniard holds a provisional third place, just 5.4-seconds from Sébastien Ogier. Thierry Neuville has rebounded to fifth overall after a cautious opening stage on Friday morning. The Belgian ended the day with two stage wins on the streets of Porto.
Neither Hayden Paddon nor Kevin Abbring were able to complete the day’s scheduled running. Abbring, competing in his first WRC event of the 2016 season, suffered a broken steering arm in SS3 (Caminha 1 – 18.03km) after misjudging a left-hand corner.
Paddon rolled on SS5 (Ponte de Lima 2 – 27.44km). He and co-driver John Kennard were unharmed in the incident but the heat from the car’s exhaust set the trees alight and the resultant fire destroyed the #3 New Generation i20 WRC. The Kiwi crew will take no further part in this rally.
Sordo (#4 New Generation i20 WRC) and co-driver Marc Martí were on fine form throughout Friday, setting strong stage times and establishing themselves as podium contenders. A puncture in SS7 (Viana do Castelo 2 – 18.70km) dropped the crew to third but they will use the support from the enthusiastic local and travelling Spanish fans to fight back on Saturday.
Sordo said: “It has been a pretty good day in general, and I am pleased we have been able to show good pace in the New Generation i20 WRC. We had a competitive morning loop; we saved the tyres in the opening stage but then had a good run up to lunchtime service. The car felt great. We had an equally strong start to the afternoon loop. My stage times were quick and we were looking OK. We picked up a front-left puncture during SS7, which lost us some time. We don’t know exactly where it happened but the tyre started to deflate by the end of the stage. That moved us back to third overall but it’s been a positive start to the rally. The car has been behaving very well and when you have a good car, you have the confidence to push. The support from the fans is incredible as always and that is motivating us to fight more tomorrow. It’s a tough rally and the stage times are close, which makes it even better!”
Neuville (#20 New Generation i20 WRC) and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul, competing in Portugal for Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team, picked up a puncture on SS7 (Viana do Castelo 2 – 18.70km) but otherwise had a trouble-free day and ended it with two wins on the Porto Street Stage.
Neuville commented: “We can be relatively satisfied with our performance and position today. It was definitely a nice way to end Friday with two fastest times on the Porto Street Stage in front of so many fans. We got off an overly cautious start this morning. I wanted to take it easy in the opening stage but I had no idea we were losing so much time with that approach. I couldn’t believe it when I saw it was 30 seconds. From there, we picked up the pace and built some confidence. There was room for improvement but we were able to claw back some positions. It was a disrupted afternoon and we had an issue in SS7 with the front-left tyre. It was leaking air at the start of the stage and it fully deflated in the final five kilometres. That lost us some time but we made it through and can rebuild tomorrow from fifth – and who knows what could happen. We’ll keep pushing.”
Abbring (#10 Hyundai i20 WRC) and co-driver Seb Marshall had an early finish to their first full day of WRC action since last November. Driving a 2015-specification i20 WRC, the Dutch-British crew were acclimatising to the Portuguese gravel stages but suffered a broken steering arm in SS3. Unfortunately they weren’t able to fix it and were forced to retire for the day. They will re-join under Rally 2 on Saturday morning.
Abbring said: “It’s obviously a disappointing way to end our first day of World Rally action since we took part in Wales Rally GB last November. I am not so familiar with these stages and the purpose of me taking part in these next two rallies is to build my confidence on gravel. The conditions were OK and we were taking it carefully to ease ourselves into the rally. On SS3, in a left-hand corner, the surface was a bit sandy and we thought we would slide but there was more grip than expected. The car turned in more than planned and we touched a wall, which broke the steering arm. It took time to repair but we couldn’t continue. We can return under Rally 2 tomorrow thankfully!”
Paddon (#3 New Generation i20 WRC) and co-driver John Kennard were fortunate to escape unharmed from an ‘off’ in the afternoon loop. The Rally Argentina winners were making steady progress today but lost the car in SS5, rolling into the surrounding trees. The heat from the car’s exhaust caused a fire to break out, which engulfed the #3 car, destroying it completely.
Paddon commented: “I don’t know where to begin! That was definitely not part of our plan for this rally and I am very disappointed to have to retire in this way. We started the morning quite well despite some small technical niggles. We didn’t lose too much time and were definitely keeping in touch. We were hoping to close the gap in the afternoon loop but it wasn’t to be. Unfortunately, we were caught out by a big hole in the road on SS5 that sent the car into a roll off the road. The heat from the exhaust then set the surrounding bushes on fire, and totally destroyed the car. The consequences for a small mistake are very cruel. I’m sorry for the team and vow to come back stronger in Sardinia, a rally where we scored a podium last year.”
Hyundai Motorsport is hoping to continue its strongest ever start to a World Rally Championship campaign, following podiums in Monte-Carlo and Sweden, and the memorable victory in Argentina. Two New Generations i20 WRCs inside the top-five is an encouraging start to Rally de Portugal, a rally in which the team has a previous best of sixth place.
Team Principal Michel Nandan commented: “It has been a day of ups and downs. In our first rally of the season with four cars, we weren’t expecting a straightforward rally; it’s certainly been a challenge. Firstly, we are all glad that Hayden and John are OK after their incident this afternoon. Unfortunately, the car was burnt completely by the fire, putting an end to their rally. Kevin too experienced trouble in his first event of the season. It was a small rally incident that resulted in a retirement from the morning loop. They will continue learning under Rally 2 tomorrow. It’s not all been bad news today, though. Dani is in a highly commendable third place, not far from Ogier, with Thierry in fifth. They have shown encouraging performances today and I look forward to seeing what they have to show on Saturday. I’m sure we’re in for another thrilling day of WRC action.”
Overall Classification after Day One
1-K. Meeke / P. Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC) 1:28:53.3
2-S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +31.9
3-D. Sordo / M. Marti (Hyundai New Generation i20 WRC) +37.3
4-A. Mikkelsen / A. Jaeger (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +52.3
5-T. Neuville / N. Gilsoul (Hyundai New Generation i20 WRC) +1:12.2
6-S. Lefebvre / G. Moreau (Citroën DS3 WRC) +1:33.5
7-M. Østberg / O. Floene (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +1:46.0
8-E. Camilli / B. Veillas (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +1:49.7
9-J. M. Latvala / M. Anttila (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +3:50.9
About Hyundai Motorsport GmbH
Established on 19 December 2012, Hyundai Motorsport GmbH is responsible for Hyundai’s global motorsport activities and primarily for its World Rally Championship programme. Based in Alzenau on the outskirts of Frankfurt in Germany, the company embarked on its debut season in the FIA World Rally Championship in 2014 with a bespoke team of skilled staff and a brand new car, the Hyundai i20 WRC. The team made a strong impression in its first year claiming podium results in Mexico and Poland, as well as a memorable 1-2 in Germany. In its second season, the team was involved in a closely fought battle for second place in the Manufacturers’ Championship, adding more podiums and stage wins to its tally. For its third season in WRC, Hyundai Motorsport has developed a brand new car, the New Generation i20 WRC, which made its rally debut with a podium finish in Rallye Monte-Carlo in January 2016. The team registered its first win with the new car in Rally Argentina, the fourth round of the season.
Further information about Hyundai Motorsport is available at: http://motorsport.hyundai.com
About Hyundai Motor
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is committed to becoming a lifetime partner in automobiles and beyond. The company, which leads the Hyundai Motor Group, an innovative business structure capable of circulating resources from molten iron to finished cars, offers top-quality best-sellers such as Elantra, Sonata and Genesis. Hyundai Motor has eight manufacturing bases and seven design & technical centers worldwide and in 2015, sold 4.96 million vehicles globally. With more than 100,000 employees worldwide, Hyundai Motor continues to enhance its product line-up with localized models and strives to strengthen its leadership in clean technology, starting with the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen-powered vehicle, ix35 Fuel Cell.
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OGIER SUPERÓ A SORDO EN LA SEGUNDA ETAPA DE ASFALTO EN CATALUÑA Y VA POR SU CUARTO TÍTULO CON VOLKSWAGEN
OGIER SUPERÓ A SORDO EN LA SEGUNDA ETAPA DE ASFALTO EN CATALUÑA Y VA POR SU CUARTO TÍTULO CON VOLKSWAGEN.
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
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
WRC A FULL 2016
DANI SORDO CON POCAS CHANCES DE PODIO EN EL TOUR DE CORSE.
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 OF THE RALLY FRANCE
WRC A FULL 2016
Home, speed home –
Ogier in a league of his own on day one of the Rally France.
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)
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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