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VITA BEGINS CIR JUNIOR CAMPAIGN WITH SANREMO PODIUM FINISH

Rising Italian rally star Mattia Vita’s path to the World Rally Championship began with a solid podium finish on Rallye Sanremo, securing vital points in the Italian Junior Championship which awards its champion a drive in the 2020 Junior WRC.

Sanremo is one of the icons of rallying, having been part of the World Rally Championship until 2003, with former winners including legends such as Sebastien Loeb, Colin McRae, Markku Alen and Sandro Munari. The all-asphalt event takes place in the mountain roads above the Ligurian coastal resort, using stages that form part of the sport’s history. The route is characterised by changeable asphalt, with a variety of surfaces that is matched only by the mix of weather conditions.

Once again, the Sanremo Rally showcased both sunshine and showers this year, as well as night stages, adding yet more elements to the formidable challenge. This year, the Sanremo Rally formed the first round of Mattia’s Junior championship campaign, with the top prize of a budget towards next year’s Junior WRC campaign.

Mattia began the event on the back foot, with Sanremo his first event in a rally car for six months. The last time he had set foot in a car to rally competitively was on Rally Liepāja in October 2018, while many of his class rivals had already clocked hundreds of competitive kilometres in 2019.

Rather than risk making a costly mistake, Mattia drove a sensible event, persevering as others faltered. Knowing he needed to pick up experience aboard his ACI Team Italia Ford Fiesta R2B – a car he’d never driven competitively before this week – and also bank CIR Junior points for his title aspirations, that approach paid off with a third place finish.

There were still signs of Mattia’s underlying pace on show towards the end of the event, as his confidence began to build up once more in drier conditions. He fell only 0.4s short of a CIR Junior stage win on the 10.53 kilometre San Bartolomeo test.

“We came home with some points and got some experience, which is the main thing, but I still think we could have done better,” said Mattia. “On the dry stages we had the speed to fight for victory. On the wet stages, we unfortunately didn’t make the right tyre choice, and that compromised our race. In the end though, we got to the finish of this very long and demanding rally and got back into the rhythm of driving, which was important. I like the car and I loved the rally: it feels amazing to be behind the wheel again. I think we’ve made a solid start, all things considered, and we can definitely move forwards from here. Thanks to my new co-driver, Massimiliano Bosi, for an excellent job, to the Italian automobile federation ACI for their faith in me. and of course to all my sponsors and partners who make our programme possible.”

Mattia’s next stop on his six-round CIR Junior programme will be Rally Adriatico, which takes place on May 4-5. He was competitive on his debut outing on the event in 2017, running in podium contention from the outset until being forced to retire.

 

MATTIA’S 2019 PROGRAMME 

12-14 April Rallye Sanremo CIR 
4-5 May Rally Adriatico CIR 
13-16 June Rally d’Italia Sardegna WRC 
19-21 July Rally di Roma Capitale ERC  
30-31 August Rally del Friuli Venezia Giulia CIR 
3-6 October Wales Rally GB WRC 
24-27 October RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España WRC  
23-24 November Tuscan Rewind CIR 

 

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HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT 🇰🇷 🇩🇪 ADJUST DRIVER LINE-UP FOR RALLY DE PORTUGAL 🇵🇹 WILL BE JOINED BY SÉBASTIEN LOEB 🇫🇷 FOR THE GRAVEL RALLY PORTUGUESE 🇵🇹

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Hyundai Motorsport adjusts driver line-up for Rally de Portugal

Hyundai Motorsport has revealed a revised three-car line-up for Rally de Portugal, round seven of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)
Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul and Dani Sordo/Carlos del Barrio will be joined by Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena for the gravel rally
The line-up reflects Hyundai Motorsport’s ambitions in an increasingly close and competitively fought manufacturers’ championship.

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May 21, 2019 – Hyundai Motorsport has revealed a change to its crew line-up for the forthcoming Rally de Portugal, round seven of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC).

Following a competitive performance at Rally Chile, Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena will take part in Portugal alongside the previously announced Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul and Dani Sordo/Carlos del Barrio.

Loeb took third place in Chile, securing his first-ever podium in Hyundai Motorsport colours, and finishing as the highest placed Hyundai Motorsport crew. The result helped the team to retain its lead of the manufacturers’ championship after Neuville’s rally retirement.

Hyundai Motorsport holds a 29-point advantage in the title chase as the season approaches its halfway mark. The team has vowed to raise its game against tough opposition in another closely contested championship battle.

Andreas Mikkelsen and Anders Jæger-Amland will return to the i20 Coupe WRC for Rally Italia Sardegna next month.

Team Director Andrea Adamo said: “This decision was not taken lightly. We need to move forward as a team and make the most effective use of our versatile crew line-up. Sébastien and Daniel had a competitive event in Chile, and have found a good feeling in the car on gravel. We felt their contribution would allow us to increase our points-scoring potential in Portugal. We are trying hard to find a way to get Andreas’s confidence back and we are sure he will approach his next event, Sardinia, in the same way he was able to in Argentina. When you have a line-up like ours and look at the results from Chile, it’s necessary to react quickly.”

Sébastien Loeb said: “I had a great feeling with the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC in Chile, which was shown by our podium finish. I am pleased to have the chance to build some important momentum by taking part in Rally de Portugal. This is an unexpected decision but I am feeling in a positive frame of mind and determined to get another strong result for the team.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MECHANICAL ISSUES HOLD BACK KELLY RACING TCR PERFORMANCE

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Mechanical issues hold back Kelly Racing TCR performance

Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW (19 May, 2019) Unfortunately mechanical dramas hampered Kelly Racing’s final TCR Australia race for the weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park. The team was able to improve the cars from yesterday and fix the gearbox issues that held up André Heimgartner and Molly Taylor’s Subarus. All four cars were able to complete Race Two with good pace.

In the final race André was able to get into second position in the #777 Kangan Institute Subaru WRX, however a suspension failure during a close battle with Dylan O’Keefe put the car off the track at the second to last corner and out of the race.

Chelsea Angelo went off the track at the same spot in her #37 Dare Iced Coffee Holden Astra due to a steering failure and also didn’t complete the final race.

Alex Rullo’s #62 Castrol Racing Astra had a good chassis balance and was quick in the corners, however it really struggled with straight-line grunt. Molly Taylor’s Castrol Subaru WRX also improved over the day, but suffered a puncture during the final race.

It’s still early days with these TCR cars and team is looking forward to improving them in the coming weeks and hitting the track at Philip Island for round two.

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André Heimgartner, #777 Kangan Institute Subaru WRX

“It was a bit unfortunate we managed to have some good tyre strategy and made some good places up in the races before and we were on for a good result in race three, we had a faster car than Dylan so I think we would have eventually got past but it wasn’t to be today.”

“We had a suspension failure at the second to last corner and that was that so disappointing to say the least after all of the gearbox drama we had to finally be able to get somewhere and then have this, it’s pretty annoying but we’ll regroup and see what we can improve for next round.”

Molly Taylor, #6 Castrol Racing Subaru WRX

“I felt like I made a lot of progress today in the two races, the pace was better than where we ended up so I just need to now work on my overtaking skills to make the most of that. We had that plan going into race two and unfortunately we got a puncture early on and a few issues with the front end that we need to look at once we get back to the workshop.”

“Overall though it was a great weekend, I really enjoyed it all. The team was fantastic to work with and so supportive of me. I just want to thank Nikki too who was my engineer, it was her first time solo engineering a car and she did a great job. Looking forward to the next race at Philip Island.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kelly Racing completes first TCR Australia race

Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW (18 May, 2019) Today Kelly Racing completed its first qualifying and race in the TCR Australia series at Sydney Motorsport Park. While car issues held back the team’s ultimate performance, we were able to finish the race with all four cars avoiding damage and making it safely through to tomorrow’s races.

Please see below for quotes from Team Owner Todd Kelly and drivers.

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Todd Kelly, Team Owner

“This first race has been an experience, it’s been good and there’s been a few challenges. We’ve had a few teething problems with all four of the cars to be honest. We’ve got a handle on the two Astras now, the two Subarus we’re still working through but keeping in mind we’ve only just received these cars a little over a week ago and it’s early days so I’m sure we’ll get on top of it all but this first round has certainly been keeping us busy.

“But I couldn’t really be happier with the fact that we’ve got all four cars to the finish line and four cars nice and straight at the end of the race and we’ve learnt a huge amount about each and every one of them. The drivers have all done a fantastic job in dealing with the challenges and doing what’s required and I think there’s potential there.”

“I don’t think this track is particularly one of the stronger tracks that the Astra will race on, but I don’t really want to jump to any conclusions until we at least get another race under our belts.”

“Today I’ve been engineering Chelsea’s car and that’s been a really good experience, she has done a fantastic job and I really like how she goes about everything, she did a spot-on job in the race and did everything we asked of her.”

“We made a lot of progress and made some big changes on the car each time and we’ve got the car pretty nice now for her and her feedback is really good so I think there’s definitely potential there for us to improve tomorrow.”

André Heimgartner, #777 Kangan Institute Subaru WRX

“The first TCR was was a bit of a struggle, we had some gearbox issues which really got bad towards the end so we were only able to do what we did but it was a good little taste of what’s to come and hopefully we can get all of the little issues fixed and be able to race tomorrow.”

“It’s a different way of driving with the TCR, obviously being front wheel drive you really have to look after the front tyres because they’ll just run out on you straight away because you’re braking, turning in and accelerating through them.”

“The tyres were really starting to run out by the end of the race, started pushing wide here and there so it is what it is.”

Molly Taylor, #6 Castrol Racing Subaru WRX

“It was definitely a baptism of fire and I was expecting that and I wasn’t planning on spinning on the first lap, I tried to go around Alex around the outside and in hindsight there wasn’t the grip with cold tyres. Lesson learned there.”

“From there I was in no-mans land by the time I got back on the track so unfortunately I just got to cut some laps and feel what the car does over the progression of the race but there wasn’t much I could do from there. It was a good experience and onwards and upwards from here.”

“For me it’s kilometres, you have to experience everything to know what to do so there are going to be a lot of different scenarios that I’m going to have to experience but hopefully we can learn from that and stay a bit more in the race next time.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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