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PURSUING THE PODIUM IN POLAND

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PURSUING THE PODIUM IN POLAND.

Mads Ostberg (NOR) / Jonas Andersson - Ford Fiesta RS WRC. Day two, 2012 Rally Mexico

M-Sport World Rally Team have their sights firmly set on challenging for another FIA World Rally Championship podium this week as Mads Østberg and Éric Camilli take their Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta RS WRCs to the ultra-quick stages of Rally Poland.

27 June 2016

Based in the Masurian Lake District, the event is famed for its speed. As one of the fastest events on the calendar, average speeds exceed 120 kilometres per hour and the crews will need to be quick out of the blocks if they are to challenge for the top positions.

So as to be best prepared for the increase in pace, Østberg and Camilli both conducted a comprehensive pre-event test in the Orzysz and Pasym regions last week.

Growing accustomed to the incredible speed on roads similar to those they’ll encounter later this week, the pairing also worked on optimising set-ups for the second pass where the soft nature of the Polish roads can often provide a stark contrast to the opening loop.

But it’s not just the speed and variation that the crews will need to keep on top of. Much of the route is lined with high grasses that limit visibility and conceal obstacles on the approach to corners.

Rein in your speed and you risk being left behind, but plough flat-out into the unknown and you risk bringing your rally to a premature end. A thorough reconnaissance and precise pacenotes are vital and the crews will need to be full of confidence from very first speed test.

Østberg certainly has confidence on his side. Feeling at one with his Fiesta RS WRC, the downshift worries which had hindered him at the start of the season are long gone and the Norwegian was setting stage-winning pace last time out in Sardinia.

The Polish fixture hasn’t been kind to him in the past, but with his confidence high and co-driver Ola Fløene at his side, Østberg will be looking to put that right. Fløene certainly knows what it takes to conquer the Polish roads having finished on the podium at the previous two encounters.

In the sister M-Sport Fiesta RS WRC, Camilli and co-driver Benjamin Veillas will be discovering the Polish stages for the very first time. The pairing have shown impressive progress over the past three events, but they’ll be venturing into the unknown this week.

Keen to discover the level required to contest these ultra-quick stages, the pairing will use the event to continue their development. Yet, as recent history has proven, the Frenchmen can never be discounted to spring a surprise or two and their pre-event test has seen them well placed ahead of the event.

Also returning to the world stage and pursuing the top WRC 2 positions is Elfyn Evans and co-driver Craig Parry – making a welcome return to the wheel of their M-Sport World Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5 Evo.

Currently leading the WRC 2 standings, the pairing will be looking to strengthen their hold on the support series with another solid victory.

It’s a busy time for the Welshmen as they contest three events in just three weeks, but their goals remain the same and Evans will be looking to set the pace through Poland’s incredibly fast stages.

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Mads Østberg said:

“After a string of relatively low-speed events, it’s easy to forget how fast the roads are in Poland – but we were quickly reminded of that during our pre-event test! The speed really is incredible and it is so much fun to drive.

“The test went well and we can’t wait to get out on the stages. This event hasn’t been too kind to me in the past, but the speed has been there and we’re feeling confident and well prepared this year.

“The podium is always our aim, and we’ll be aiming to challenge for the top positions again this week. There’ll be a lot of strong competition and the stages aren’t without their obstacles, but we’re feeling good and ready to give it our all. If everything goes to plan, I see no reason why we can’t be setting stage-winning pace once again.”

Éric Camilli said:

“This will be my first time at Rally Poland. It won’t be an easy event, and there will be a lot to discover, but we’re really looking forward to the challenges ahead.

“We got a taste of what to expect during our pre-event test and the roads are fast, really fast! I think they suit my driving style, but we need to play the clever game this year and focus on gaining as much experience as possible for the future.

“Having never competed here before, it will be important for us to increase our knowledge and remain focused on the job in hand – which is to continue our development and strengthen our understanding of everything that is required to compete at this level.

“We’ll focus on our own rally, but if the feeling is there, we’ll certainly push on to see what’s possible.”

Elfyn Evans said:

“It’s going to be a busy few weeks for myself and Craig, but we’re really looking forward to being back on the world stage. Portugal seems like a long time ago now, so we’re looking forward to Poland and the incredibly fast stages that this event has to offer.

“One thing is for certain, Poland is fast, and we’ll need to get up to speed straight out of the blocks. The goal is the same wherever we are, and we’ll be aiming to take three victories over these three weekends.

“The competition looks strong in Poland, but if everything goes to plan I see no reason why we can’t rack up our third WRC 2 win of the year – that’s certainly the target.”

Team Principal, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:

“Rally Poland is a highlight. The roads are incredibly fast and the crews get a real adrenaline boost from delivering the perfect stage. Not surprisingly, all of the M-Sport crews are really looking forward to this week’s event.

“One thing you need to do well here is confidence, and it seems as though Mads is full of that at the moment. He had a great time on the pre-event test and, after his stage-winning performance in Sardinia, he’s in a really positive mood. We’ll be hoping to see him and Ola challenge for the podium, and I see no reason why they can’t achieve that.

“Eric and Ben have shown some fantastic progression over the last couple of events, but this will be something totally different for them. Neither of them have any prior experience of Rally Poland, so they will use the weekend to get accustomed to the level that is required to conquer these fast stages. That said, Éric’s precise driving style is perfectly suited to these kinds of roads so I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw him spring another surprise or two!

“Elfyn is also making a return to the WRC 2 championship this week. It’s a busy few weeks for him and Craig as they contest three events in three weeks, but as always, their goal will be to secure the victory – something they and the Fiesta R5 Evo are certainly capable of.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 CON POCAS CHANCES DE PODIO EN EL TOUR DE CORSE.

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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

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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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