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MASTER OF FASTER: OGIER TAKES THE LEAD AT RALLY GERMANY

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Master of Faster: Ogier takes the lead at Rally Germany.

Sébastien Ogier (F), Julien Ingrassia (F) Volkswagen Polo R WRC (2016) WRC Rally Germany 2016

Ogier/Ingrassia strike on the “Panzerplatte” to lead by half a minute
Thrilling battle for second place – slender advantage for Mikkelsen/Jæger
Four tyre selections, four gambles: changeable conditions around Trier

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC)
RALLY GERMANY

20 August 2016

Wolfsburg (20 August 2016). A good eye for the tyres – and the winner at the end of the day: Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) have moved into the lead at Rally Germany on the back of a performance worthy of world champions. Despite the frequently-changing conditions out on the route, which proved incredibly difficult to predict, they leapfrogged ahead of Volkswagen team-mates Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger (N/N) at the top of the overall standings. They extended their lead to 33.4 seconds and are on course for victory with just 59.26 kilometres of special stage remaining on Sunday. In contrast, second place at round nine of this season’s FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) is still wide open. Mikkelsen/Jæger have put themselves in pole position, and go into the final day 3.6 seconds clear of Dani Sordo/Marc Martí (E/E, Hyundai) and 4.0 seconds ahead of Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (B/B, Hyundai).

Tyre selection for the iconic “Panzerplatte” stage on the Baumholder military training ground, which hosted five of the day’s nine stages, proved to be a major challenge, with a mixture of damp and dry ground in the morning and drying roads on the afternoon loop. Four times the drivers and co-drivers were faced with the dilemma of whether to put their faith in the harder or softer-compound Michelin competition tyre. Ogier/Ingrassia and Mikkelsen/Jæger opted for completely different strategies. Mikkelsen/Jæger went for an all-soft combination in the morning, with Ogier/Ingrassia adopting that same tactic in the afternoon.

Quotes after day two of the Rally Germany

Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1
“First of all, I am relieved that, given the circumstances, Stéphane Lefebvre and Gabin Moreau are okay after their big crash. Julien and I would like to take this opportunity to wish them both a speedy recovery! On the whole, it was a long and tough day of rallying, but I am certainly pleased with our performance. The right tyre selection played a key role. It was very slippery in places, particularly on the long Panzerplatte stage, which meant that the decision to go for soft tyres on the second run was spot on. The lead is reassuring, but we still have about 60 kilometres of special stage in the vineyards ahead of us. We know from experience that anything can happen there.”

Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2
“First and foremost, we would like to wish Stéphane Lefebvre and Gabin Moreau a good recovery and hope they are back in good health soon. Today was predominantly about the weather and tyre selection. It was very wet in places in the morning, and then it kept raining on and off. After I only managed to complete seven kilometres, I took a while to find my rhythm. We were still able to win a stage, even though we are well down the overall standings. Tomorrow I will try to pick up a few points.”

Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9
“Today was about making the right tyre selection, controlled attack, and making as few mistakes as possible. The day began almost perfectly for us – the right tyre selection meant I was able to gain some time on Seb, but I then made a mistake that cost us a lot of time. We tried to make up ground with another aggressive tyre strategy in the afternoon – but our selection was simply not the right one. All in all, our focus now is on second place –the battle against Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo is going to be really exciting again tomorrow. I would have liked to have been battling for the win. However, despite the minor disappointment for us personally, there is some good news to come out of today: Stéphane Lefebvre and Gabin Moreau are doing okay after their big crash. Anders and I wish them all the best and a speedy recovery.”

Jost Capito, Volkswagen Motorsport Director
“An extremely tricky day at the Rally Germany, but one that all three Volkswagen duos dealt with well. Tyre selection was far from easy, as the changing conditions out on the route did not really give any indication as to what would be the best choice. Andreas Mikkelsen got lucky on one occasion, Sébastien Ogier on another. Seb also drove extremely well on the Panzerplatte – he deserves his lead. Andreas also produced a strong driving display and has a thrilling finale ahead of him tomorrow. If he drives as well as he did today, I am sure he will come out on top in the three-way battle for second. Jari-Matti Latvala could not really hope for much on his return under Rally2 regulations – for him, tomorrow is solely about scoring points on the Power Stage and towards the Manufacturers’ Championship.”

And then there were …

… three taxi rides for charity. Fans at the “Panzerplatte” had the opportunity to bid for one of three rides in the Polo R WRC alongside “Mr. Maximum Attack”, Markku Alén. The proceeds go towards the RTL foundation “Wir helfen Kindern”. About 2,000 Euros were raised in total. The three highest bidders also enjoyed an unforgettable ride in a World Rally Car with the unofficial 1978 world champion at the wheel.

And then there was also …

… a bit of nostalgia. Right opposite the Volkswagen service area at Messepark Trier, where the three Polo R WRC cars are prepared for the special stages, a Race Touareg 3 from 2011 is the landmark beckoning people to visit a small but excellent exhibition to mark 50 Years of Volkswagen Motorsport. Roughly half of all the Volkswagen mechanics working on the WRC project today were also in action at the Dakar Rally back in the day. As such, they can be forgiven for the odd nostalgic glance in that direction. In 2011, Nasser Al-Attiyah/Timo Gottschalk (Q/D) presented Volkswagen with its third win in a row at the desert classic – the team has fantastic memories of a successful and adventurous time. The Race Touareg 3 is not the only highlight of the exhibition in Trier – others include the twin-engine Golf that was on course to set the fastest time at the iconic Pikes Peak hillclimb in 1987.

Provisional result after day two of the Rally Germany

01. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Volkswagen, 2h 25m 10.5s
02. Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger (N/N), Volkswagen, + 33.4s
03. Dani Sordo/Marc Martí (E/E), Hyundai, + 37.0s
04. Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (B/B), Hyundai, + 37.4s
05. Hayden Paddon/John Kennard (NZ/NZ), Hyundai, + 3m 33.9s
06. Mads Østberg/Ola Fløene (N/N), Ford, + 4m 06.4s
07. Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN), Škoda, + 7m 16.2s
08. Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (CZ/CZ), Škoda, + 8m 26.1s
09. Armin Kremer/Pirmin Winklhofer (D/D), Škoda, + 8m 44.5s
10. Ghislain de Mevius/Johan Jalet (B/B), Škoda, + 9m 30.5s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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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