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Stars set for toughest ever course

Dakar Rally from January 6-20, 2018.

Dakar team line-ups revealed as former champions face brutal title challenges.

The Red Bull Desert Wings squad will face a tough challenge to their Dakar Rally dominance when the 40th edition of the iconic rally raid race returns to South America from January 6-20, 2018.

Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel knows all too well what you need to conjure up in order to succeed over the rocky and sandy terrain having won the event 13 times on both two and four wheels.

In order to defend his car title, the 52-year-old will not only have to fend off Team Peugeot Total team-mates Carlos Sainz, Cyril Despres and Sébastien Loeb but the likes of MINI rookie Bryce Menzies and former champions Nasser Al-Attiyah and Giniel De Villiers.

Peterhansel said, “The tension builds in September that gives way to pure excitement in December when you just want to get out there and do some kilometres, then, when you finally arrive, you’re flat-out from the off.”

Thirty-year-old American Menzies added, “It was very unfortunate that I had to give up my chance at the 2017 Dakar. It has been my lifetime ambition to compete so it was tough to have to wait one more year. But now I’m ready to race the most difficult rally-raid in the world.”

 


Stephane Peterhansel from Team Peugeot Total performs during a test run with the new Peugeot 3008 DKR Maxi in Erfoud

 

Slovnaft Team’s Stefan Svitko will be one rider hoping to break Red Bull KTM Factory Team’s stranglehold in the bike series after 17 consecutive Dakar wins.

Sam Sunderland is the reigning champion, however, Australian team-mate Toby Price is also eager to get his crown back after he crashed out in the latest edition.

The 30-year-old declared, “I was off riding for close to eight or nine months. It’s clearly not the preparation any rider would want leading up to the biggest race of the year, but then you don’t forget how to ride a motorcycle.”

Chilean Ignacio Casale finished second in the quads category in 2017 but believes he can go one better this time around after clinching his first win back in 2014.

He revealed, “I’ve had good results this year including a win at the Atacama Rally. As well as racing I’ve been very focused on training and testing.”

Finally, in the trucks, Dmitry Sotnikov will be hoping to get the better of Team Kamaz Master team-mate Eduard Nikolaev – who won by nearly 19 minutes in 2017.

The Russian claimed, “From the very beginning of the race there’s heat and dunes and then the high altitude of Bolivia. This course is going to be tough for crews and their trucks.”

 

 


 

 

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Ogier wins fifth WRC title

The championship ends at the dirt road Kennards Hire Rally Australia which is based in Coffs Harbour on 16 – 19 November.

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Frenchman into second on all-time list after FIA World Rally Championship win.


A finely-judged third place at Dayinsure Wales Rally GB guaranteed a fifth consecutive FIA World Rally Championship for Sébastien Ogier with the 33-year-old Frenchman moving to second in the all-time rankings behind nine-time champion Sébastien Loeb.

Victory for team-mate Elfyn Evans was his maiden WRC triumph, made all the sweeter as he achieved it on home soil. The Welshman became the first Briton to win the wet and muddy forest road event since Richard Burns in 2000.

Evans is the seventh different driver to win in a remarkably unpredictable season. He headed Thierry Neuville’s Hyundai i20 by 37.3sec after leading for virtually the entire four-day, 304.36km event. Ogier finished a further 7.9sec behind.

A tense last leg culminated at the Power Stage finale alongside Llyn Brenig reservoir. Title rival Thierry Neuville charged to fastest time to claim maximum bonus points, while Ogier crept into a points-paying position by 0.1sec to seal the title with a round to spare.

“I had big emotions on the finish line,” said Ogier. “It’s been a tough year and we’ve all had to work very hard. It’s so amazing to be champion with M-Sport World Rally Team.”

Evans’ victory offset the crushing disappointment of losing by 0.7sec to Neuville in Argentina six months ago in the third-closest finish in history.

“I’m very grateful to everyone who has stuck by me through all these years. A lot of people have supported me and this win is for them,” said the 28-year-old former British champion.

To seal a remarkable weekend for Ogier and Evans, their M-Sport team lifted the manufacturers’ title for the first time since 2007. Their privately-run squad toppled three of the world’s biggest car companies after finishing on the podium on every round to date.

Andreas Mikkelsen did his best to relegate Ogier to assist team-mate Neuville. The Norwegian overhauled Jari-Matti Latvala to finish fourth, 4.6sec off the podium. Latvala struggled with the handling of his Toyota Yaris and finished half a second behind.

The championship ends at the dirt road Kennards Hire Rally Australia which is based in Coffs Harbour on 16 – 19 November.

Leading positions
1. E Evans / D Barritt GBR Ford Fiesta 2hr 57min 00.6sec
2. T Neuville / N Gilsoul BEL Hyundai i20 + 37.3sec
3. S Ogier / J Ingrassia FRA Ford Fiesta + 45.2sec
4. A Mikkelsen / A Jaeger NOR Hyundai i20 + 49.8sec
5. J-M Latvala / M Anttila FIN Toyota Yaris + 50.3sec
6. O Tänak / M Järveoja EST Ford Fiesta + 1min 02.3sec

Championship positions
1. S Ogier 215pts
2. T Neuville 183pts
3. O Tänak 169pts

 

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Elfyn Evans (GB), Thierry Neuville (BEL), Sebastien Ogier (FRA) celebrate the podium during FIA World Rally Championship in Deeside, Great Britain on 29.10.2018

 

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Evans closes in on first WRC win.

Elfyn Evans is chasing a first home victory for 17 years.

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Welshman remains on track for maiden victory at Dayinsure Wales Rally GB.


Elfyn Evans is chasing a first home victory for 17 years and at the same time lending a massive helping hand to team-mate Sébastien Ogier in his quest for a fifth consecutive world title.

He won five of the six wet and muddy morning speed tests in mid-Wales, before surviving a torrid evening in thick fog and rain to return his Ford Fiesta to the overnight halt in Deeside with a 53.1sec lead over Ogier.

The early dank conditions were a present for Evans, whose Fiesta was fitted with a new range of tyres developed for such weather.

“This morning we had perfect conditions, we couldn’t have wished for better. But I’m glad tonight is over. It was absolutely mad in the fog and I couldn’t see a thing in places,” he said.

Ogier was a relieved man. He drove cautiously, knowing victory for Evans could be enough to deny Neuville and Ott Tänak the points they need to take the title battle to next month’s final round in Australia.

But the penultimate Aberhirnant stage was engulfed in fog and Ogier hit a stone, puncturing his Fiesta’s front left wheel and damaging the brakes. The Frenchman worked furiously to remove the brake disc before easing through the final test.

“I did the stage with only three brakes, it’s a miracle we’re here now. We couldn’t push because we had no power on the brakes. We had to brake early all the time,” he said.

Neuville threw caution to the wind to overhaul Tänak and Ogier for second in a bid to keep his championship chances alive until the weather delivered a cruel blow and dropped him behind Ogier by 0.5sec.

“We probably had the most fog. I was trying but it was impossible to see. It’s so disappointing. We’ve been fighting hard and never given up and then you get this,” he said.

Tänak fared even worse in the fog. He plunged from third to sixth, although just 13sec cover five cars behind Evans.

Jari-Matti Latvala was fourth, 4.1sec adrift of Neuville, as he finally began to get on top of the traction and understeer issues that have blighted him all weekend. Andreas Mikkelsen was fifth in another i20, the Norwegian 5.9sec further back.

Sunday’s finale comprises five forest tests in north Wales covering 41.17km. The final test alongside the picturesque Llyn Brenig reservoir forms the Power Stage, with bonus points awarded to the fastest five drivers.

Photo “Courtesy of Red Bull Racing”

 

 

Leading positions:
1. E Evans / D Barritt GBR Ford Fiesta 2h32m39.2s
2. S Ogier / J Ingrassia FRA Ford Fiesta + 53.1sec
3. T Neuville / N Gilsoul BEL Hyundai i20 + 53.6sec
4. J-M Latvala / M Anttila FIN Toyota Yaris + 57.7sec
5. A Mikkelsen / A Jaeger NOR Hyundai i20 + 1m03.6s
6. O Tänak / M Järveoja EST Ford Fiesta + 1m06.1s

 


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Elfyn Evans (GBR) , Daniel Barrit (GBR) perform during FIA World Rally Championship in Deeside, Great Britain on 28.10.2018

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Ogier closes on fifth crown

Ogier has been unbeatable in the muddy forests of Dayinsure Wales Rally GB for the past four seasons.

 

M-Sport chase two titles in British forests at penultimate 2017 WRC race.

 

 

Sébastien Ogier stands on the verge of a fifth consecutive FIA World Rally Championship title in Britain this weekend.

Ogier has been unbeatable in the muddy forests of Dayinsure Wales Rally GB for the past four seasons.

A record fifth victory would secure another drivers’ title and complete a dream double on home soil for M-Sport World Rally Team.

It would also clinch a first manufacturers’ crown since 2007 for the privately-run British squad over the might of three of the world’s biggest car firms.

“This could be a very special event for the team but we can’t think too much about that. We just need to focus on enjoying the rally and delivering the best performance we can,” said the Ford Fiesta driver.

Ogier holds a 37-point lead over team-mate Ott Tänak with the British fixture and next month’s final round at Kennards Hire Rally Australia (16 – 19 November) remaining. Thierry Neuville is a further point behind.

The permutations are complex but to keep the championship alive until Australia, Estonian Tänak must score at least seven points more than Ogier this weekend while Hyundai Motorsport’s Neuville must take eight more.

It’s a tough task against a driver who has been so dominant in Wales for the last four years.

Ogier also has the advantage of starting first in Friday’s opening leg, a position which secures the best grip on the muddy tracks.

He added, “It’s one of the most challenging rallies of the year and there is a real art to judging the grip levels through the forests. It’s an event that takes a while to get to grips with, quite literally, but I have to say that I now feel at home on the Welsh stages.”

A fifth drivers’ title would promote Ogier to second in the all-time rankings. However, he would still be some distance behind Sébastien Loeb, who won nine in a row between 2004 and 2012 and will be in Britain to follow the fortunes of his fellow countryman.

The battle for the manufacturers’ title is simpler. If one of M-Sport’s three nominated drivers – Ogier, Tänak or Elfyn Evans – finishes in Britain, irrespective of the overall position, it will secure the four points that are required.

“It’s hard to find the words to describe just what a momentous achievement we are on the verge of securing this week,” said team principal Malcolm Wilson.

“But it’s not done yet and we cannot forget just what a challenging event Wales Rally GB can be. The changeable weather, unpredictable grip and long days make it one of the most demanding events of the year.”

The Deeside-based rally starts on Thursday evening and finishes on Sunday afternoon after 21 speed tests covering 304.36km.


 

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Andreas Mikkelsen joins Hyundai

Andreas Mikkelsen joins Hyundai to drive I20 WRC car for final three 2017 rounds.

 

Andreas Mikkelsen joins Hyundai to drive I20 WRC car for final three 2017 rounds.

 

Andreas will partner Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo at next month’s RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España (5 – 8 October), with Hayden Paddon dropped for the mixed surface encounter.

Hyundai said its lineup for Dayinsure Wales Rally GB (26 – 29 October) and Kennards Hire Rally Australia (16 – 19 November) would differ from Spain but did not provide details.

It is likely Paddon will return, with Sordo missing out. Team principal Michel Nandan acknowledged the decision to make changes was not easy, but necessary in an effort to rekindle its manufacturers’ title hopes. Hyundai trails M-Sport World Rally Team by 64 points after poor performances at the most recent rounds in Finland and Germany.

“Discussions with Andreas have been ongoing since he was out of a drive but we had nothing to offer him, as our lineup was fixed,” he said.

“However, with us losing ground, we decided to re-evaluate the situation. We had an open discussion with all three of our crews and informed them of our decision to make this adjustment.”

Mikkelsen lost his full-time seat when Volkswagen Motorsport left the WRC at the end of 2016. He tested with Hyundai in Portugal in April, but speculation he would join its lineup soon after came to nothing.

Instead, he joined the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi squad, ushering in several updates to the troubled C3 car and driving three rallies, culminating in second place at last month’s ADAC Rallye Deutschland.

It is believed that Mikkelsen joining Hyundai for the final three rounds was conditional on being offered a longer-term deal for next season.

“It is a great team with some very talented people, and the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC has proven itself to be a winning car on every surface,” he said.

“I had the chance to test on gravel earlier this year. I had a really positive feeling, which I am sure we will find again in these last three events of the season. My aim is to do all I can to help the team in the manufacturers’ championship.

“I have a great belief in them and the car, so I am super excited. Anders (co-driver Jaeger) and I are ready for this and we hope it will be the start of something more long-term.”


 

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Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) performs during FIA World Rally Championship 2016 Finland in Jyvaskyla on July 28, 2016


 




 


 

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2017 Ford GT-team vil forsvare Le Mans-seier

Om bare noen dager skal de fire Ford Chip Ganassi Racing GT-sjåførene stille seg opp på Circuit de la Sarthe for 2017-utgaven av 24 timers løpet i Le Mans og forsvare fjorårets seier for Ford GT.

Fra Ford Motor Norge AS

 

I fjor hadde Ford en ny supersportsbil, et nytt team og en ny utfordring. De skulle vinne det klassiske 24-timers løpet i Le Mans nøyaktig 50 år etter de tapetserte pallen i det samme løpet.

Teamet leverte en historisk seier og har siden det blitt enda bedre og vunnet seire i løp verden rundt. De har konkurrert både i FIA World Endurance Championship og WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Om bare ti dager skal de fire Ford Chip Ganassi Racing GT-sjåførene stille seg opp på Circuit de la Sarthe for 2017-utgaven av 24 timers løpet i Le Mans og forsvare fjorårets seier for Ford GT.

– Å komme til Le Mans i fjor og vinne GTE Pro-klassen gjorde våre ansatte over hele verden veldig stolte. Det viser at når vi drar i samme retning, kan vi få til fantastiske ting. Vi gleder oss veldig til å komme tilbake til Le Mans for å forsvare tittelen fra i fjor, sier styreformann i Ford Motor Company, Bill Ford.

Fire GT klare for å vinne igjen

2017-utgaven av Le Mans markerer også et annet viktig jubileum: Det er nå nemlig femti år siden Dan Guerny og AJ Foyt vant Le Mans med sin Ford GT40. Dette var den andre av i alt fire seire etter hverandre som for alvor markerte Ford som det mest dominerende merket i verdens største billøp.

– Alle fra våre fire mannskap gleder seg over å være tilbake for å forsvare seieren fra i fjor. Det er alltid gøy å konkurrere når du vet at du har fire team som alle kan vinne dette historiske billøpet. 2016 var fantastisk. Vi vil gjøre 2017 enda bedre, sier eieren av teamet, Chip Ganassi.

Bourdais ut, Kanaan inn

Sébastien Bourdais, som var en del av vinnerlaget ifjor, #68 Ford GT, er ute på grunn av en ulykke han var utsatt for i kvalifiseringen for Indianapolis 500. Bourdais, som er fra Le Mans, blir erstattet av Indycar-stjernen Tony Kanaan.

– Le Mans blir ikke det samme uten Seb. Men vi er et sterkt team og vi er klare for denne utfordringen. Jeg har trent hardt hver dag for å være fysisk forberedt på dette. Le Mans er også en tøff mental påkjenning, men jeg har god støtte fra min familie. Det hjelper meg mye. Jeg tror at når hodet ditt fungerer bra ellers, fungerer det også bra for racing, sier racing sjåfør på #68-teamet Joey Hand.

Stor opplevelse å stå på pallen

Også team-medlemmene som tok en tredjeplass, #69 Ford GT, er offensive foran årets løp.

– Å stå på pallen var en stor opplevelse i fjor. Det var et historisk comeback for Ford. Jeg gleder meg enormt til å komme tilbake, sier racing-sjåfør Ryan Briscoe.

Det tredje Ford-teamet tok en fjerdeplass i fjorårets løp. De ble ilagt en straff for et ødelagt bilnummerlys.

– Den straffen kostet oss noe som kunne vært et veldig godt resultat, men sånn er Le Mans. Du må ha et helt perfekt løp for å vinne, sier racing sjåfør Stefan Mücke på #66 Ford GT-teamet.

Det fjerde Ford-teamet, #67 Ford GT, fikk sitt løp delvis ødelagt av et girkasseproblem som oppsto før start. I år er de klare for revansj.

– Vårt mål er selvsagt å vinne, sier sjåfør på teamet, Harry Tincknell.

 


Her er litt fakta:

Antall Le Mans-starter for Ford GT sjåførene:

Stefan Mücke -–10 (2007-2016)

Olivier Pla -–9 (2008-2016)

Richard Westbrook -–6 (2010-2014, 2016)

Dirk Müller -–5 (1999-2000, 2010-2011, 2016)

Andy Priaulx -–3 (2010-2011, 2016)

Harry Tincknell -– 3 (2014-2016)

Ryan Briscoe -–3 (2013, 2015-2016)

Joey Hand –- 2 (2011, 2016)

Pipo Derani –- 2 (2015-2016)

Scott Dixon –- 1 (2016)

Billy Johnson -– 1 (2016)

Tony Kanaan – Første gang på Le Mans

 

Hvilke Ford GT er det?

De fire Ford GT’ene som kjører Le Mans vil ha de samme rød, hvite og blå fargene. For å skille dem fra hverandre har de fargerike striper på frontruten, på speilene og LED-lysstriper loddrett ned midt i frontruten.

Disse fargene er:

#66 GRØNN

#67 BLÅ

#68 RØD

#69 GUL

 

Nytt av året er også en selvlysende farge på speilene som også synes i mørket og gjør deg i stand til å skille mellom bilene – også når det er mørkt.


 

 

Link til: 

FIA WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP CALENDAR

 


Post photo by Kevin Decherf – Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK – Ford GT #66

Drivers: Olivier Pla, Stefan Mücke, Billy Johnson





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Race 6 Hours of Silverstone FIA WEC Final Classification

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finish line / #8 TOYOTA GAZOO RACING / JPN / Toyota TS050 – Hybrid – Hybrid FIA WEC 6 Hours of Silverstone – Silverstone Circuit – Towcester – United Kingdom


 

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Qualifying result for the FIA WEC 6 Hours of Silverstone

FIA WEC 6 Hours of Silverstone Qualifying Provisional Classification

 

 


 

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6 hours of Silverstone – 2017

 


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#98 ASTON MARTIN RACING / GBR / Aston Martin V8 Vantage – FIA WEC 6 Hours of Silverstone – Silverstone Circuit – Towcester – United Kingdom

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Saturday time schedule – 6 hours of Silverstone

2017 – 6 hours of Silverstone


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Practice 1 – #7 TOYOTA GAZOO RACING / JPN / Toyota TS050 – Hybrid – Hybrid – FIA WEC 6 Hours of Silverstone – Silverstone Circuit – Towcester – United Kingdom

 


 

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