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A dream first day for Abu Dhabi Total WRT!.

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 -WRC Portugal (POR) -  WRC 19/05/2016 to 22/05/2016 - PHOTO :  @World

20 May, 2016

On its return to the WRC after a three-month break, the Abu Dhabi Total WRT was in impressive form on the opening leg of Rally de Portugal. Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle produced a near-perfect display to end the day in the lead, more than thirty seconds clear of their closest challengers. Stéphane Lefebvre and Gabin Moreau also delivered a very fine performance, which left them in sixth place in the overall standings. Meanwhile, Khalid Al Qassimi and Chris Patterson ended the day in sixteenth position.

Following Thursday evening’s ceremonial start held in front of the Castelo de Guimarães, the crews contested the opening super special stage on the Lousada rallycross circuit. This morning, the cars headed for service to fit soft Michelin LTX Force tyres, well suited to the slightly damp conditions that lingered on the gravel roads.

More than five months after his last gravel rally, Kris Meeke quickly found the right feeling in the car. He won the Ponte de Lima and Caminha stages (SS2 and SS3) to grab and then consolidate the overall rally lead. The Northern Irishman then increased his lead on Viana do Castelo to head back for Porto some 11.5s clear of Sébastien Ogier.

At this stage of the rally, Stéphane Lefebvre was ninth overall. The Frenchman had lost around twenty seconds on SS3 due to a loose tyre, but he was generally happy with this pace. Within two tenths per kilometre of the stage-winning time on SS4, he had already shown he was making significant progress.

After the midday service, the cars completed second runs on the three stages. Unlike most of their rivals, the Abu Dhabi Total WRT drivers opted to go with hard compound Michelin tyres.

The second run on Ponte di Lima (SS5) saw a series of incidents, including a heavy crash for Hayden Paddon that left his car burnt out and led to the breakout of a fire in the surrounding forest. Unsurprisingly, the stage was cancelled before Kris Meeke came through, but he was later handed the stage-winning time by the stewards based on his run in the morning loop.

Taking full advantage of his tyre choice, Kris set the fastest times on the next two stages to extend his lead to over half a minute.

Continuing to combine speed and consistency, Stéphane Lefebvre benefited from racing incidents and his astute tyre choice to move up the leaderboard. Seventh after SS5, he claimed another place to grab sixth position.

The day ended in a festive atmosphere, in front of thousands of spectators gathered in the streets of Porto. The crews had to complete two runs on a stage held on the paved streets of the Portuguese city. The standings remained unchanged, Kris Meeke ending the day ahead of Ogier, Sordo, Mikkelsen, Neuville and Lefebvre. Particularly delighted with the performances of his team-mates, Khalid Al Qassimi ended the leg in 16th position after having made up five places in the afternoon.


Kris Meeke (#7): “I’m very pleased at the end of this day, we were quick from start to finish. Perhaps spending the last few months away from the rallies has just whetted my appetite! We made the right call on tyre choice for the afternoon loop. After SS5 was cancelled, we just drove slowly through the stage and there was a really nasty section where Hayden went off. Fortunately, I had set a good time this morning and the time awarded by the stewards didn’t penalise me. The flip side of our strategy was being a little bit less comfortable with the hard tyres on the street stages in Porto, but it was still the best decision for the loop overall. I wasn’t expecting to finish the day with such a big lead. Having said that, it’s only Friday and there’s still a long way to go! I’m going to keep driving the same way and we’ll see where we are come Sunday…”

Stéphane Lefebvre (#8): “It’s been a good day for the team and it was certainly my most solid performance to date in a World Rally Car. We had good splits, and some pretty impressive stage times. But it was very difficult on the second runs, the roads were full of potholes and rocks. I really had to look hard to see where to put my wheels in the ruts. Although my experience on gravel is still limited, I feel like I am beginning to understand the car. I was expecting to improve compared with previous rallies, because I had prepared well, but I didn’t think I would be so close to the leading guys.”

Khalid Al-Qassimi (#14): “It’s fantastic to see Abu Dhabi Total WRT in the lead with Kris Meeke. The team deserves credit for this result. Although we are not competing in the full championship and we missed two rallies, we have come back with a vengeance. Kris is leading and Stéphane is doing a good job as well. In such difficult conditions, Kris’ performance has been incredible. As for me, I was pleased with the car. It handled well, despite the very rough road surface. I adopted a measured pace and I enjoyed myself behind the wheel.”


1-Meeke / Nagle (DS 3 WRC) 1:28:53.3
2-Ogier / Ingrassia (VW Polo-R WRC) +31.9
3-Sordo / Marti (Hyundai i20 WRC) +37.3
4-Mikkelsen / Jaeger (VW Polo-R WRC) +52.3
5-Neuville / Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC) +1:12.2
6-Lefebvre / Moreau (DS 3 WRC) +1:33.5
7-Ostberg / Floene (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +1:46.0
8-Camilli / Klinger (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +1:49.7
9-Latvala / Anttila (VW Polo-R WRC) +3:50.9
10-Prokop / Tomanek (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +4:06.4
… 16. Al Qassimi / Patterson (DS 3 WRC) +5:54.4











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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.

“I took out the [safety] helmets and forgot to close the boot so I make one special stage with the boot open so it was the opposite to Poland [when it was the bonnet that was open].”











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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.”












Anna Louise Rudd
Media M-Sport Ford World Rally Team

Photos: @M-Sport Ford World Rally Team

8 June 2019

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