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Ogier second, Mikkelsen third – Volkswagen set for big fightback on final day in Portugal.

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

Ogier/Ingrassia defend second place from Mikkelsen/Jæger at the Rally Portugal
Volkswagen duos within striking distance of victory, Latvala/Anttila climb to sixth
Support from Dr. Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand

21 May, 2016


Wolfsburg (21 May 2016). Not for the faint-hearted: Volkswagen is well-placed in the race for victory and podium places at the Rally Portugal. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) and Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger (N/N) were embroiled in a thrilling duel for second place on day two of the fifth round of the FIA World Rally Championship – behind the leading Citroën duo of Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle (GB/IRL). Ogier/Ingrassia produced an impressive performance on day two of the rally to retain the upper hand and a 3.1-second lead over Mikkelsen/Jæger. After exactly 300.68 of the 368.00 kilometres against the clock, Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) have climbed three places into sixth overall, having lost valuable time on Friday with a damaged power steering.

The Volkswagen drivers received support from on high, courtesy of Dr. Herbert Diess – Chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand – who greeted all three duos personally in the service park in Porto, before taking the opportunity to follow the second loop live out on the route. The afternoon was dominated by the Volkswagen drivers, who won all the afternoon loop’s stages, the melodious “Baião”, “Marão” and “Amarante”. In doing so, Ogier, Mikkelsen and Latvala clocked the three fastest times on stages 13 and 15 of the Rally Portugal, taking the number of Volkswagen one-two-threes to 100 from a possible 799.

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa paid the Volkswagen team a brief visit during the service on Saturday evening, where he not only met the Volkswagen drivers and co-drivers, but also Portuguese team members José Azevedo da Silva, Rui Cabeda, Marco Moreiras and João Passos.

Quotes after day two of the Rally Portugal

Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1
“It was a very tiring day, but Julien and I once again did everything we possibly could. We were right on the limit. As such, I am very happy with our performance. The Polo was perfect on the extremely tough and coarse routes, which really stretched me – particularly on the second loop. The tyre selection certainly contributed to us ending today in second place. I am now looking forward to the most spectacular stage of the rally – ‘Fafe’. For Julien and me, scrapping for points on the Power Stage in front of thousands of fans is a real highlight.”

Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2
“First and foremost, I would like to say a huge thank you to my mechanics. They did not have an easy job yesterday evening, and without them I would not be stood here. It goes without saying that Miikka and I were initially very disappointed with the start of the Rally Portugal. However, the important thing for today was to go and get some points towards the Manufacturers’ Championship and make up some places. We managed that. We may not be able to improve our position much anymore, but we will be giving it everything again on Sunday.”

Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9
“Compared to Friday I had a much better feel for the car today. We made a few changes to the set-up, which helped. That allowed me to drive as I like to today. Anders and I went beyond the limit. You can see the result in the overall standings. As such, we are more than confident going into Sunday’s final four stages. Anything can happen. It will certainly be an extremely exciting finale to the Rally Portugal.”

Jost Capito, Volkswagen Motorsport Director
“Ogier, Mikkelsen, Latvala – all three Volkswagen drivers were at their best today. You cannot ask for more than that. Andreas Mikkelsen, in particular, has made the battle for the podium at the Rally Portugal really exciting again. After fourth place yesterday, he has now climbed into third and goes into the Sunday just behind second place. Sébastien Ogier made the best of his starting position and can be proud of his performance. Jari-Matti Latvala showed great spirit after yesterday’s set-back and has also made progress up the standings. All in all, a good day for Volkswagen at the Rally Portugal.”

And then there was …

… soothing balm for ill-treated rally driver hands. After the power steering on his Volkswagen Polo R WRC broke, Jari-Matti Latvala had to work phenomenally hard at the wheel on the Friday of the Rally Portugal. At the end of the day, a number of painful blisters adorned the hands of the Finn in the Volkswagen team. Time for the healing hands of driver coordinator Willy Verhoeven, who, after consulting the medical department, dressed Latvala’s hands with soothing blister plasters. These worked miracles overnight, allowing Latvala to hold the steering wheel pain-free again on Saturday morning. Latvala’s way of thanking Verhoeven: a firm handshake.

Provisional result after day one of the Rally Portugal

01. Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle (GB/IRL), Citroën, 1h 28m 53.3s
02. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Volkswagen, + 45.3s
03. Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger (N/N), Volkswagen, + 48.4s
04. Dani Sordo/Marc Martí (E/E), Hyundai, + 1m 20.0s
05. Eric Camilli/Benjamin Veillas (F/F), Ford, + 3m 04.2s
06. Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), Volkswagen, + 4m 07.8s
07. Mads Østberg/Ola Fløene (N/N), Ford, + 6m 32.8s
08. Martin Prokop/Jan Tománek (CZ/CZ), Ford, + 8m 11.8s
09. Pontus Tidemand/Jonas Andersson (S/S), Škoda, + 9m 54.2s
10. Nicolas Fuchs/Fernando Mussano (RCH/RA), Škoda, + 10m 26.2s












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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.
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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.
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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.”












Anna Louise Rudd
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Photos: @M-Sport Ford World Rally Team

8 June 2019

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