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THIERRY NEUVILLE EXTENDS LEAD ON PENULTIMATE DAY OF RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA

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Thierry Neuville extends lead on penultimate day of Rally Italia Sardegna.

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Thierry Neuville has increased his lead of Rally Italia Sardegna to 16.1s over Jari-Matti Latvala at the end of the penultimate day after another strong performance for the Belgian and two more stage wins
A steady Saturday for Dani Sordo saw the Spaniard move into the top-four on the overall classification during the afternoon loop after issues for Andreas Mikkelsen and Mads Østberg
Kevin Abbring took his maiden WRC stage win in SS10 but a slow puncture in SS12 and gearbox trouble caused by an impact in the repeat loop hampered his progress.

Rally Italia Sardegna Day Two

11 June 2016

Alghero, Sardinia

June 11, 2016 – Hyundai Motorsport has extended its lead in Rally Italia Sardegna, the sixth round of the FIA World Rally Championship, with Thierry Neuville holding a 16.1s advantage over second-placed Jari-Matti Latvala at the end of Saturday’s six stages.

Neuville saw his lead reduced to under three seconds at the end of the morning loop but fought back strongly in the afternoon, taking two stage wins. On another solid day for Dani Sordo, the Spaniard moved into fourth place following retirements for Andreas Mikkelsen and Mads Østberg in the repeat loop.

Kevin Abbring started the day on a high, registering his first ever WRC stage win on SS10, but he endured a number of issues during the day, which limited his progress. He also finished second behind Neuville in SS 13 (Monti di Alá 2), securing Hyundai Motorsport a stage 1-2.

Neuville and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul (#20 New Generation i20 WRC) have been the crew to beat all weekend so far, and it’s been another impressive day for the Belgians. Today’s two stage wins takes their weekend tally to seven – almost 50% of all stages so far. Only four stages separate them from a second WRC win with Hyundai Motorsport.

Neuville commented: “It’s been another fantastic day for Nicolas and me. The New Generation i20 WRC has been great to drive on the stages this afternoon, and it’s great to extend our lead to 16.1s. The morning loop did not go as smoothly as yesterday and I didn’t feel as comfortable; we couldn’t find the same rhythm particularly in the narrower sections. I had to take extra care to avoid making a mistake but the feeling in the afternoon was much better and we could push. It is a pleasure to be involved in this thrilling battle with Jari-Matti, and we have to see what tomorrow brings. It will be a tough fight but we’re up for it.”

Sordo and co-driver Marc Martí (#4 New Generation i20 WRC) have concentrated on staying out of trouble on today’s stages, getting the best out of their car and themselves. It is a strategy that has paid off for the Spaniards as they have moved up two positions to fourth heading into the final day.

Sordo commented: “We have had another generally trouble-free day. We have just focused on our own rally, keeping each stage clean and getting the best we can out of the New Generation i20 WRC. We struggled for grip in some stages but we found things improving in the afternoon loop. We had some rain in SS14 (Coiluna-Loelle 2), which made things a bit tricky and then, in the final stage (Monte Lerno 2), we experienced a throttle issue so we had to take things a bit easier. We got past Mads for fourth place so we could afford to take more care and just make sure we completed the stage safely. We have four more stages tomorrow on which to secure fourth place, and important points for the team.”

Abbring (#10 Hyundai i20 WRC) and co-driver Seb Marshall were looking to bounce back after a tough Friday – and in what style! The young Dutchman and his British co-driver took a wonderful stage win in SS10 (Monti di Alá), their first in WRC. Unfortunately a slow puncture at the end of the morning loop, and gearbox issues in the afternoon meant they had to nurse their car back to service.

Abbring commented: “I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the day than taking our first ever WRC stage win. What a special feeling. Unfortunately, our luck was not to last as we had a few issues during the day. We lost some time in the final morning stage with a puncture, but we were back on it in the afternoon. We set the second best time in the repeat of Monti di Alá but in the next stage we hit a stone, which damaged the gearbox. We were leaking oil from the car so the team advised us to take it easy and get back to service. We’ve learned a lot today, and the stage win is a very positive memory to take forward to the final day.”

Hyundai Motorsport has been the pace-setting team for most of the Sardinia weekend with eight stage wins from 15. The team picked up another 1-2 stage result and has two cars inside the top-four with just four stages remaining. It promises to be a tense Sunday for the team, with a potential second win of the 2016 season in sight.

Team Principal Michel Nandan commented: “Thierry and Nicolas have had another great day. They have kept cool, calm and collected in all stages and did not let pressure get to them. When the lead was reduced to less than three seconds by lunchtime service, they just dug deep and worked on building up an even bigger gap in the afternoon loop. Full credit to them! They have victory in their sights but it will be a big battle tomorrow, and a tantalising one. Dani is on course for another strong points finish in fourth, and needs to maintain his consistent approach. What a morning for Kevin and Seb with their first stage win in WRC. Our congratulations go to them both on a fine achievement. Their pace was clear today but they had some issues, including a gearbox problem after they took a heavy knock on the penultimate stage. It’s all part of their learning curve; they are still in the rally and will hope for better fortune on the final day. For the team, we were aiming for the podium this weekend but with Thierry holding a very defendable lead, who knows what Sunday will bring…”

Four stages remain on Sunday with Cala Flumini and Sassari-Argentiera run twice over a distance of 40.26km. The final run through Sassari-Argentiera will act as the Power Stage.

Overall Classification after Day Two
1-T. Neuville / N. Gilsoul (Hyundai New Generation i20 WRC) 3:07:35.2
2-J. M. Latvala / M. Anttila (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +16.1
3-S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +1:15.0
4-D. Sordo / M. Marti (Hyundai New Generation i20 WRC) +2:19.2
5-O. Tanak / R. Molder (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +4:50.6
6-H. Solberg / I. Minor (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +5:32.4
7-E. Camilli / B. Veillas (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +5:38.5
8-M. Østberg / O. Floene (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +11:14.0
9-K. Kruuda / M. Jarveoja (Ford Fiesta R5) +11:35.3
10-M Prokop / J. Tomanek (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +12:33.1

17- K. Abbring / S. Marshall (Hyundai i20 WRC) +22:23.2

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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.

More information about Hyundai Motor and its products can be found at: http://worldwide.hyundai.com or http://globalpr.hyundai.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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 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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