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Aunque ninguno de ellos es de Gales, Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle, Craig Breen, Scott Martin y Chris Patterson sienten al Rally de Gales GB como su cita de «casa». Tres semanas después de su victoria en Cataluña, el equipo Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT disputa la penúltima prueba de la temporada con muchas ganas y ambiciones.

Rally de Gales Gran Bretaña (26 al 29 de octubre)- Previo

24 de Octubre 2017

EL ENCANTO DE LOS BOSQUES EMBARRADOS DE GALES

Lluvia, barro, niebla y ocasionalmente, incluso hielo, esto esperan encontrarse en los bosques de Gales durante la penúltima prueba del Campeonato Mundial FIA de Rallys. Pero no hay que equivocarse, a pesar de esta descripción tan sombría, el Rallye de Gales GB es muy popular entre los pilotos y aficionados. Los espectadores están más que preparados para afrontar el mal tiempo con tal de ver y admirar a sus pilotos favoritos volando a toda velocidad por los caminos de tierra, famosos por sus constantes cambios de nivel de agarre.

La cita de este año promete ser interesante, sobre todo porque será la primera salida de los World Rally Car 2017 en los resbaladizos y siempre espectaculares tramos de tierra galeses. Además, los títulos mundiales pueden decidirse al final de este duodécimo rally de la temporada.

Con la base en Deeside, al norte de Gales, el rally comenzará el jueves por la noche con una súper especial que se disputará en la pista de carreras Tir Prince. Pero la verdadera acción dará comienzo el viernes, con dos bucles de tres especiales clásicas, bien conocidas por los pilotos. Con muy poco tiempo para elegir neumáticos al mediodía, cualquier error o problema mecánico es probable que resulte muy costoso. El segundo día será aún más difícil, con diecisiete horas por delante con siete especiales que se disputarán sin asistencia y luego dos pruebas de velocidad que se realizarán después del anochecer. El domingo, las últimas cinco especiales determinarán el orden de llegada de los principales participantes, para luego dirigirse a la ceremonia del podio en Llandudno.

Desde el comienzo del rally en el Tir Prince, los fans tendrán varias oportunidades para ver a los pilotos de cerca: en la zona de neumáticos en Newtown (viernes a la 1:27 pm), se reagruparán en Chester (el viernes a las 7h01pm), Corris (sábado a las 11h13 a.m.) y Brenig (el domingo a las 11h28 a.m.), así como la zona del Castillo de Cholmondeley (sábado a las 15h45). Todos los pilotos son británicos: Kris Meeke (Irlanda del Norte), Paul Nagle (Irlanda), Craig Breen (Irlanda), Scott Martin (Inglaterra) y Chris Patterson (Irlanda del Norte), y serán sin duda los más solicitados en la firma de autógrafos.

EL DESAFÍO: SEGUIR MEJORANDO EL CITROËN C3 WRC

Con el segundo puesto de Andreas Mikkelsen en Alemania y el de Kris Meeke en España, el Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT ha comenzado una etapa de resultados positivos en los dos últimos rallyes. El arduo trabajo de los ingenieros, técnicos, pilotos y copilotos, ha comenzado a mostrarse y estos resultados han fortalecido la determinación del equipo dirigido por Yves Matton.

Dicho esto, todos saben que las características de las pistas de Gales son diferentes a las de las últimas pruebas. Sin embargo, el rendimiento mostrado en Polonia deja claro que el Citroën C3 WRC tiene un potencial real sobre tierra resbaladiza. Como suele ser el caso, la combinación de las condiciones climáticas y el orden de salida en la primera etapa puede tener una gran influencia en el resultado final de la carrera. Si llueve el viernes, la octava y novena posición de Craig Breen y Kris Meeke en la salida supondrá un hándicap difícil de superar. Pase lo que pase, los pilotos de Citroën están decididos a dar un gran espectáculo a sus seguidores.

Antes de llegar a Gales, Kris Meeke ha estado mucho tiempo al volante de un WRC. Tan pronto como completó los test previos a la cita de Gales, fue hasta San Marino para participar en el Rallylegend con un Citroën Xsara WRC. Ganador de dos rallys esta temporada, como Sébastien Ogier y Ott Tanak, Kris inevitablemente estará en el punto de mira en su cita de casa. A medida que se acerca el final del año, el piloto del Ulster quiere estar en la mejor forma posible antes de afrontar la temporada 2018. Para su décima participación en esta prueba, le encantaría repetir su carrera casi perfecta de 2015, al final de la cual se proclamó subcampeón.

Craig Breen, seis veces participante en este rally, tiene menos experiencia que su compañero de equipo, pero ha demostrado regularmente su capacidad para adaptarse y demostrar su consistencia en el Citroën C3 WRC. Tras terminar quinto seis veces esta temporada, el irlandés buscará un resultado similar, o incluso mejor. El tercer coche será pilotado por Khalid Al Qassimi. El de Abu Dhabi no ha disputado la cita británica del WRC desde 2010, pero también está muy motivado para seguir mejorando al volante del C3 WRC.

Como preparación para esta cita, Citroën Racing disputó una sesión de pruebas en el sur de Francia, en superficies similares a las de las pistas de tierra de los bosques de Gales. Y no faltaron lluvia, barro y niebla.

21 especiales cronometradas con un total de 304,36 km. 
28 neumáticos Michelin por piloto durante el rally, eligiendo entre Latitude Cross S5 (blandos) and H4 (duros). 
3 victorias de Citroën en el Rally de Gales GB desde 2008 a 2010 con Sébastien Loeb y Daniel Elena (Citroën C4 WRC).

YVES MATTON, DIRECTOR DE CITROËN RACING 
«Para la última prueba europea de la temporada, afrontaremos un evento especial en el que Citroën no ha tenido mucho éxito en el pasado. Con cada prueba, el C3 WRC se está desarrollando, tanto en pequeños detalles como con cambios más significativos. El objetivo es siempre hacer que el coche sea más versátil y más fácil de pilotar. El Rally de Gales GB nos dará una buena oportunidad de evaluar los progresos que hemos hecho en esta área en los últimos meses. Mantendremos la vista puesta en la previsión del tiempo, porque tendrá una enorme influencia en nuestro rendimiento el primer día. Pase lo que pase, estaremos satisfechos si tenemos uno de los coches en el podio.»

KRIS MEEKE 
«El Rally de Gales GB es, naturalmente, una prueba especial para mí. Aquí tomé parte en mi primer rally, hace casi veinte años. Así que es la prueba que conozco mejor y la superficie que me resulta más natural. Nuestra victoria en España fue una buena inyección de moral para todo el equipo. Dicho esto, no garantiza nada para esta prueba. Veremos qué nivel de rendimiento tenemos en los bosques de Gales. Por supuesto, dependerá mucho del tiempo. Salir en novena posición el viernes será una desventaja si llueve. En cualquier caso, estoy muy motivado y haré todo lo posible por conseguir otro buen resultado para Citroën.»

Número de participaciones en la prueba: 9
Mejor resultado: 2º (2015)

CRAIG BREEN
«Entre mis apariciones en el campeonato británico de rallys y el WRC, siento que conozco bastante bien esta prueba. Tengo muchos buenos recuerdos de aquí, especialmente cuando gané el título WRC Junior. Eso fue en 2011 y fue aún más especial porque mi copiloto, que entonces era Gareth Roberts, era galés. Después de perderme el último rally, estoy muy contento de volver al C3 WRC para las dos últimas pruebas de la temporada. Como siempre, es bastante difícil marcar un objetivo específico, teniendo en cuenta que las condiciones pueden afectar mucho a la clasificación, pero después de acabar quinto seis veces, me gustaría hacerlo un poquito mejor.»

Número de participaciones en la prueba: 6
Mejor resultado: 13º (2012 y 2015)

KHALID AL QASSIMI 
«La última vez que competí en el Rally de Gales GB fue en 2010. Por tanto, será un reto totalmente nuevo para mí. Sabemos lo difícil que puede ser este rally, sobre todo debido al tiempo, que puede hacer que los tramos estén embarrados. Antes de ir a Gales tomaré parte en un día de test y confío en la experiencia del equipo para tener un C3 WRC con los reglajes adaptados a mi estilo de pilotaje.»

Número de participaciones en la prueba: 3
Mejor resultado: 11º (2010)

LA PREGUNTA TOTAL:
¿CUÁNTAS VICTORIAS DEL CAMPEONATO DEL MUNDO HAN LOGRADO JUNTOS CITROËN Y TOTAL?

Con el apoyo de total desde el principio, los equipos de fábrica de Citroën han ganado carreras en tres campeonatos del mundo de la FIA. En Rallys Cross Country, Pierre Lartigue, Ari Vatanen y Timo Salonen consiguieron 36 victorias en carrera. Luego están los trofeos ganados durante las tres temporadas en el WTCC, con un total de 47 carreras ganadas por José María López, Yvan Muller, Sébastien Loeb y Ma Qing Hua. Después del Rally de España de este año, Total y Citroën tienen ahora 98 victorias en WRC, gracias a Sébastien Loeb, Sébastien Ogier, Kris Meeke, Carlos Sainz, Philippe Bugalski, Dani Sordo, Mikko Hirvonen, François Duval y Jesús Puras. Todo ello suma un total de 181 victorias en campeonatos del mundo … y siguiendo.

VISIT ABU DHABI
LOS PATRIMONIOS DE UNESCO EN AL AÏN

Antiguamente un oasis de verdor, Al Ain (que significa ‘La Primavera’) es uno de los lugares habitados más antiguos del mundo. El Patrimonio de la Humanidad de la UNESCO incluye los seis oasis de Al Ain y los enclaves arqueológicos de Bida bint Saud, Hafeet y Hili, todos ellos testimonios de la ocupación sedentaria humana en una región desértica desde el periodo neolítico. Los “notables vestigios” citados por la UNESCO incluyen tumbas construidas de forma circular (datadas en torno al 2.500 aC), pozos y muchas otras construcciones. Hili también tiene uno de los más antiguos ejemplos del falaj, un sistema de irrigación inteligente que data de la edad de hierro.

PROGRAMA RALLY DE GALES GB 
GMT+1 HASTA EL 28/10/17
GMT EL 29/10/17

JUEVES 26 DE OCTUBRE
8.00am: Shakedown – Clocaenog (3,32km)
6.57pm: Salida (Tir Prince Raceway)
7.00pm: ES1 – Visit Conwy Tir Prince (1,49km)
8.00pm: Parque cerrado (Deeside)

VIERNES 27 DE OCTUBRE
7.15am: Asistencia A (Deeside – 15 mins)
10.20am: ES2 – Myherin 1 (20,28km)
11:00am: ES3 – Sweet Lamb 1 (4,24km)
11:15am: ES4 – Hafren 1 (35,14km)
1.27pm: Zona de cambio de neumáticos y faros (Newtown – 15 mins)
2.31pm: ES5 – Myherin 2 (20,28km)
3.11pm: ES6 – Sweet Lamb 2 (4,24km)
3.26pm: ES7 – Hafren 2 (35,14km)
8.01pm: Flexi Asistencia B (Deeside – 45 mins)

SÁBADO 28 DE OCTUBRE
6.10am: Asistencia C (Deeside – 15 mins)
7.55am: ES8 – Aberhirnant 1 (13,91km)
8.47am: ES9 – Dyfnant 1 (17,91km)
9.59am: ES10 – Gartheiniog 1 (12,61km)
10.28am: ES11 – Dyfi 1 (25,86km)
12.08pm: ES12 – Gartheiniog 2 (12,61km)
12.37pm: ES13 – Dyfi 2 (25,86km)
3.48pm: ES14 – Cholmondeley Castle (1,80km)
4.55pm: Asistencia D (Deeside – 30 mins)
6.55pm: ES15 – Aberhirnant 2 (13,91km)
7.47pm: ES16 – Dyfnant 2 (17,91km)
10.26pm: Flexi Asistencia E (Deeside – 45 mins)

DOMINGO 29 DE OCTUBRE
7.00am: Asistencia F (Deeside – 15 mins)
8.34am: ES17 – Alwen 1 (10,41km)
9.08am: ES18 – Brenig 1 (6,43km)
10.06am: ES19 – Gwydir (7,49km)
11.09am: ES20 – Alwen 2 (10,41km)
12.18pm: ES21 – Brenig 2 Power Stage (6,43km)
1.35pm: Final (Llandudno)

FLASHBACK: RALLY GALES GB 2009

Al comienzo de la última prueba de la temporada, Sébastien Loeb estaba un punto por detrás de Mikko Hirvonen en la clasificación del campeonato. El piloto del Citroën C4 WRC se hizo enseguida con el liderato. Sin embargo, al final del primer día estaba solamente 5,3s por delante de su rival. A la mañana siguiente, el piloto francés se separó del resto luchando al máximo bajo la lluvia: en apenas dos tramos, aumentó su ventaja a 25s. Pero nunca está todo dicho hasta el final… El domingo por la mañana, Seb perdía buena parte de su ventaja debido a un problema técnico. El equipo Citroën estaba preocupado, pero en el siguiente tramo era Mikko el que perdía todo un minuto. En ese momento, ya nada podía impedir que Loeb y Elena ganaran la carrera y lograran su sexto título mundial consecutivo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RRM ARGENTINA WRC 18 AÑOS

POLO GTI R5: GERARD-JAN DE JONGH BY VOLKSWAGEN MOTORSPORT – INTERVIEW SPECIAL

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POLO GTI R5: GERARD-JAN DE JONGH BY VOLKSWAGEN MOTORSPORT – INTERVIEW SPECIAL.

 

 

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Two years in development, roughly 10,000 kilometres of testing.

As a race engineer, he guided Sébastien Ogier to four titles in the World Rally Championship (WRC) between 2013 and 2016. Nowadays, Dutchman Gerard-Jan de Jongh is responsible for the Polo GTI R5 in his role as project leader at Volkswagen Motorsport. The 200-kW (272-PS) rally car will, in the future, be run by professional teams in the FIA World Rally Championship, interregional series like the FIA European Rally Championship, and national championships. In an interview shortly before the planned homologation on 1 October, 40-year-old de Jongh describes the challenges of the R5 regulations. The engineer also gives an overview of the development steps behind the Polo GTI R5 and looks ahead to the car’s competitive debut at the Rally Spain at the end of October.

Mr. de Jongh, for several years you were Sébastien Ogier’s race engineer at Volkswagen Motorsport. Do you miss the competitive outings?

My role as project leader for the development of a completely new rally car is obviously very different. I had the opportunity to continue to work as a race engineer, but found this new challenge at Volkswagen Motorsport very appealing. My job was suddenly far more complicated and complex than before. I am pleased that I took on this challenge.

When did you start to develop the Polo GTI R5?

In the week after the Rally Australia in November 2016, the last world championship event for the WRC team at the time. I started as soon as I got back to my office. The idea came from François-Xavier Demaison, Technical Director at Volkswagen Motorsport.

Demaison is known as a perfectionist. How heavily involved was he in your work?

FX (Demaison’s nickname) is currently responsible for four different projects. Despite this, he has still been very heavily involved in the development of the Polo GTI R5, right from the word go. We have had weekly meetings from the outset, at which we have discussed the further development of the car. FX is one of the most experienced engineers in rallying. His backing really helped me and the whole development team.

What form did the first steps take in the development of the Polo GTI R5?

I first thought about the basic concept of the Polo GTI R5, after which we came up with a design briefing. The next task was to find the right suppliers for the car components that are not made at Volkswagen Motorsport. In this regard, we were able to turn to a whole string of reliable contacts, with whom we worked on the Polo R WRC. They include Xtrac for the gearbox, Bosch for the engine electronics, ZF Sachs for the shock absorbers, and Alcon for the brakes.

How big was the team that developed the Polo GTI R5?

At Volkswagen Motorsport, we have design teams for the chassis, engine and suspension, each consisting of three to six employees. The work was divided between the team members. I was mainly in contact with the heads of department, but also with the designers. Experience has shown me that there is nothing better than personal contact.

What were the basic parameters for the development of the Polo GTI R5?

It was clear that the Polo GTI R5 had to be based on the 2017 generation of the production car. However, the new sixth generation Polo was not yet available when we started to develop the rally car. For this reason, we had to work exclusively with computer data. Thanks to the computer simulation, we had the chassis ready relatively early on in proceedings. We were then able to work with that in the wind tunnel. When defining the specification, we also placed great importance on ensuring that it was possible for private teams to look after the technical side of the Polo GTI R5 without any problems.

How many components were you able to adopt from the Polo R WRC?

Hardly any at all, because the technical regulations are completely different and the Polo R WRC was based on the previous model. However, we did adapt the design philosophy. For example, the mounting position of the shock absorbers, the spring deflection, the geometry of the suspension, and the position of the driver’s seat are similar. Exactly as we did with the Polo R WRC, we strived to make every single component as light as possible, in order to keep the car’s centre of gravity as low as possible. Here too, however, we were restricted by the regulations. Price limits are specified for many parts and a minimum weight is often stipulated – for the bodyshell, for example.

The International Automobile Federation FIA specifies a fixed budget for R5 cars …

… and sticking to this budget with an R5 car like the Polo GTI R5 actually represents a major challenge. It would obviously be possible to build a more effective car within the framework of the technical regulations. However, that would be too expensive and would have to come at a sacrifice. That is out of the question for our company and would not be in the interest of the sport. We have gained similar customer sport experience in touring car racing with the Golf GTI TCR. We were able to build on that for the R5. Furthermore, the regulations stipulate the use of production parts in certain areas, including the steering, radiator, drive shafts, cardan shaft and the engine.

Where did you have to make compromises?

Weight is a big issue with any racing car. As a rule, however, the lighter a part is the more expensive it is. As such, I had to make sure that the suppliers, with whom we wanted to cooperate, understood that we would have to find a compromise between performance and cost. Let’s take a part of the suspension, for example. In simple terms, we designed 90 percent of the part. We then took this design to the potential suppliers and asked them what price they would be able to supply the part for? The important thing was the quantity. We sometimes only needed a handful of the components for the Polo R WRC. In the case of the Polo GTI R5, which is designed for customer sport, we are talking about 50, 100 or even more parts. That obviously has a big influence on the price.

1.6-litre turbo engines are required in the R5 class. However, the production version of the Polo does not have this kind of engine …

The regulations do give us more leeway in this regard. The rules state that the rally car’s engine must stem from one of the group’s production models. We opted for the engine with the internal code EA888, a similar form of which, with a two-litre displacement, is also installed in the new Polo GTI. It was then modified accordingly for the Polo GTI R5.

How long have you been testing with the Polo GTI R5, and which drivers were involved in the tests?

The first test took place in November 2017 at the test facility in Fontjoncouse, France. Since then, Volkswagen test and development driver Dieter Depping, Pontus Tidemand, former world rally champions Petter Solberg and Marcus Grönholm, Raimund Baumschlager, Eric Camilli, and Emil Lindholm have all driven the car. The test programme was demanding: temperatures ranged from – 16 °C to +40 °C and the testing took place at sea level and at 2,800 metres in the mountains. We tested in such varied conditions, in order to ensure that our customers receive a car that performs reliably at all times and everywhere. We also wanted to gauge the opinion of drivers with different driving styles, as well as asphalt and gravel experts. The Polo GTI R5 must be versatile and driveable by the widest possible range of drivers. In total, we will have completed about 10,000 test kilometres by the time the car makes its competitive debut – roughly half of those were on gravel and half on asphalt, as well as a few on snow and ice.

The Polo GTI R5 will make its competitive debut at the end of October at the Rally Spain, the penultimate round of the FIA World Rally Championship. What are your expectations?

We will run two Polo GTI R5s, in order to show the potential of the car. The goal is to demonstrate how competitive the new Polo GTI R5 is at the highest level and on different surfaces. The Spanish round of the world championship is particularly well suited to this, as it is the only one held on both asphalt and gravel. However, we are well aware, from our time with the Polo R WRC in the FIA World Rally Championship, that good planning does not guarantee good results – particularly in rallying. We would be pleased with a good result in WRC2.

In Eric Camilli and Petter Solberg, Volkswagen will have two experienced drivers at the wheel of the Polo GTI R5 at the Rally Spain. Why did you choose these two?

Eric Camilli and his co-driver Benjamin Veillas played a key role in the development of the Polo GTI R5. Both have a wealth of experience in the WRC2 class of the FIA World Rally Championship and finished runner-up in 2017. For them to be involved in the competitive debut of the Polo GTI R5 is the logical next step. Plus, we really value their detailed feedback and analytical approach. Petter Solberg was also involved in the development of the Polo GTI R5. He is one of the most experienced rally drivers in the world and his knowledge is a big plus for any team. Furthermore, he is associated with Volkswagen Motorsport through his team’s commitment in the FIA World Rallycross Championship (WRX). It is a special honour and great to have him driving the Polo GTI R5 at the Rally Spain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PETTER BACK TO THE WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP WITH VOLKSWAGEN

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Salou-based event will be the debut rally for Volkswagen’s all-new Polo GTI R5

Petter Solberg will return to the World Rally Championship to drive Volkswagen Motorsport’s Polo GTI R5 at Rally de España next month.

The Norwegian, who won the WRC title in 2003, will join the factory Volkswagen Motorsport team alongside Eric Camilli (FRA) for its one-off outing at the Salou-based event from October 25-28.

Petter, who first tested the Polo GTI R5 in Sweden at the start of the season, will test the car ahead of his rally return.

Since departing the World Rally Championship, Petter has focused his efforts on the World Rallycross Championship, where he won two more FIA world titles (2014/15). For the last two years, Petter’s own team – PSRX Volkswagen Sweden – has worked closely with Volkswagen Motorsport; the squad’s Polo R Supercars are prepared ahead of each World RX round in Hannover.

Petter said: “I think everybody knows about my passion for rallying and when Sven [Smeets, Volkswagen Motorsport director] asked me if I would like to do Spain in the Polo, I jumped at the chance.

“When I drove the car in January, I didn’t want to stop. Everything about the Polo GTI R5 worked from the very beginning. To be in the car for the very first time is a real privilege for me – I’m very happy that Volkswagen trusted this job to me and to Eric [Camilli].”

Norway’s Veronica Engan will co-drive Petter, having worked alongside him at his January test of the Polo GTI R5. Veronica is well acquainted with the Solberg family –she’s normally found co-driving Petter’s son Oliver.

Petter’s illustrious WRC career spanned 14 years and 188 starts. He won 13 of those events, scored 54 podiums and collected 457 stage wins and 852 points.

Beyond the numbers, Petter remains one of the sport’s most popular drivers and going back to Salou is bound to bring a range of emotions.

“This is the place where I did my last event before I decided to switch to rallycross,” said Solberg. “It will be fantastic to be back, especially with this car and team. The chance to drive Volkswagen’s Polo GTI R5 on gravel and asphalt in the WRC’s only mixed-surface event is a challenge I can’t wait to start. I have seen what Volkswagen Motorsport does from the inside in World RX and it’s going to be a real pleasure to work with them in rallying.

“As well as that, it will be great to see some old friends and fans again. Spain was always one of the events I really loved, the passion and atmosphere there is just fantastic.”

Being a natural competitor, Petter will have an eye on the times at an event where he finished second overall in 2010.

“I know how good the Polo GTI R5 is,” said Petter, “and I think people know I’m not just going there to drive around. It’s an honour to join the team for this event and I will go there to do my best and push as hard as I can.”

Volkswagen Motorsport director Sven Smeets said: “Petter is a true rally hero. We have already experienced his passion and professionalism working alongside him in World Rallycross. To give everything, always 110 per cent is Petter’s trademark.

“He tested the Polo GTI R5 and, from the beginning, it was our dream to have him in the car to give this new customer rally car its debut. It’s fantastic that he joins us in Spain to drive the Polo R5; I’m sure everybody is looking forward to seeing him back again – and our new car.

“For sure, everybody in Volkswagen Motorsport is excited to be working on a rally and on this special event with Petter and our second driver Eric Camilli.”

Rally de España startswith a spectacular opening stage in Barcelona before moving into day one’s dirt stages in the Tarragona hills. For the weekend, it’s all about the racetrack-smooth roads inland from the service park at Salou’s popular holiday park PortAventura.

Petter will face 18 stages on a 1,496 kilometres (929 miles), of which 331km (205 miles) are competitive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WRC COMEBACK WITH VOLKSWAGEN: PETTER SOLBERG TO DRIVE THE NEW POLO GTI R5 IN SPAIN

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WRC COMEBACK WITH VOLKSWAGEN: PETTER SOLBERG TO DRIVE THE NEW POLO GTI R5 IN SPAIN.

 

 

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WRC comeback with Volkswagen: Petter Solberg to drive the new Polo GTI R5 in Spain

2003 world rally champion returns to the scene of his last WRC Rally

Three world champions in one rally: Sébastien Loeb, Sébastien Ogier and Petter Solberg

Debut for the new Polo GTI R5 for customer sport only planned outing as works team

Wolfsburg (20 September 2018). He’s back! 2003 champion Petter Solberg (N) returns to the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with the Volkswagen Polo GTI R5. Solberg and co-driver Veronica Engan (N) will compete in the WRC 2 class at the Rally Spain in Catalonia from 25 to 28 October. Six years after his last rally in 2012, the Norwegian will make his comeback in precisely the same place, at which he called time on his rally career. Solberg, who drives a Polo for his PSRX Volkswagen Sweden team in the FIA World Rallycross Championship (WRX), will briefly change fields. The new Polo GTI R5 will make its competitive debut at the Rally Spain, which will be the car’s only outing with the Volkswagen works team. The racing car will then be run by customer teams in national and international championships, in accordance with R5 regulations.

“The opportunity to make a WRC comeback with Volkswagen is a unique one, and I was very happy to accept the offer,” said Solberg. “When I drove the car in January in Sweden, I didn’t want to stop. Everything about the Polo GTI R5 worked from the very beginning. I am really looking forward to the Rally Spain. I always used to like the combination of gravel and asphalt. It will obviously be a special feeling to return to the place I brought the curtain down on my rally career back in 2012. It will be a fantastic reunion with the WRC Family, but one with a professional background. I obviously want to get the R5 Polo off to a good start with a good result.”

Volkswagen Motorsport Director, Sven Smeets: “Petter is a true rally hero. We have already experienced his passion and professionalism working alongside him in World Rallycross. To give everything, always 110 per cent is Petter’s trademark. He has tested the Polo GTI R5 and has always been one of our preferred candidates for the debut of our new customer sport car. It is fantastic that he will drive the R5 Polo in Spain. Everyone in the team is looking forward to the rally and to working with Petter and his team-mate Eric Camilli.”

Petter Solberg returns to his rallying roots

Solberg returns to the WRC from the WRX for a weekend. This sees the Norwegian return to his rallying roots. Between 1998 and 2012, he made 188 appearances in the World Rally Championship – with Toyota, Ford, Subaru and Citroën. In 2003, Solberg won the world championship title with Subaru, ending the season just one point ahead of eventual record-breaking champion Sébastien Loeb and third-placed Spaniard Carlos Sainz. He remains the last nordic world rally champion. In 2009, 2010 and 2011, Solberg competed in the WRC with his own team. He then spent one final year as a works driver with Ford in 2012. Solberg claimed 52 podium results in the World Rally Championship, 13 of them victories. The Rally Spain marks Solberg’s first rally with Volkswagen, and his debut in an R5 car.

Three world champions in one WRC rally for the first time for eight years

Solberg is the third world rally champion set to drive at the 2018 Rally Spain, where he will line up against reigning champion Sébastien Ogier and the returning Sébastien Loeb. As such, the last three men to win the title will all compete in Spain – albeit in different classes. The last time three world champions raced at the same event was the 2010 Rally Finland (Loeb, Solberg, Kankkunen).

Solberg and Volkswagen in the WRX – an extremely successful combination

After switching from WRC to WRX, the 43-year-old won the Drivers’ title in both 2014 and 2015. Volkswagen Motorsport and Petter Solberg’s PSRX team announced a partnership at the start of 2017. This has proven to be a winning combination: the team took the Team title and was behind the world champion, Johan Kristoffersson (S), in its very first year. Volkswagen is responsible for the development and technical preparation of the two Polo R Supercars, while PSRX Volkswagen Sweden looks after the logistics, on-site running of the car, and the marketing side of things. Solberg remains the only driver to have won the Drivers’ title in two different FIA world championships.

The Solberg dynasty: drifting and full throttle are in the blood

Solberg originally wanted to be a painter – however, he gave up his training place for motorsport. The rally pedigree within his family tree is evidence of the fact that speed is in his blood. “Mr. Hollywood” comes from an extremely successful dynasty of rally drivers: his parents both successfully took part in Autocross races. His brother Henning Solberg recently claimed the best result for an R5 car in the overall standings at the Rally Turkey – sixth place – and can also look back on an eventful WRC career. When Petter married his wife Pernilla, the Solbergs joined forces with the Walfridsson family – already an established name on the Rallycross and rallying scene. Pernilla was long regarded as one of the best female rally drivers in the world. It is no wonder then that their son Oliver has already enjoyed great success as he follows in his parents’ footstep – including in the FIA Baltic Rally Trophy and the Latvian and Estonian Rally Championship.

Already part of the family: Veronica Engan in the co-driver seat at the Rally Spain

The choice of co-driver for the Rally Spain was an obvious one. Veronica Engan has competed alongside son Oliver in various R2 rallies since 2017, and is virtually a member of the family. The 34-year-old can point to roughly 150 starts with Nordic rally drivers, including Eyvind Brynildsen (N), Marius Aasen (N), Johan Kristoffersson (S), Bernt Kollevold (N) and Anders Grøndal (N). Her career started in 2003, since when she has 27 WRC and seven WRC 2 rallies to her name. Her best result came in 2009, when she finished seventh alongside Mads Østberg at the Rally Italy on Sardinia.

Petter Solberg’s career at a glimpse
Date/place of birth: 18 November 1974 in Askim (N)

Career highlights 
2003: 1st place FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)
2002, 2004 and 2005: 2nd place FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)
2010: 3rd place FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)
2014, 2015: 1st place FIA World Rallycross Championship (WRX)

WRC statistics 
188 rallies, 52 podium finishes (13 wins)
459 stage wins
852 championship points

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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