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22-01-21 Ogier and Loeb in
Sébastien Ogier outgunned arch-rival Sébastien Loeb as the two
Rallye Monte-Carlo masters went head-to-head in a spectacular opening night
of the FIA World Rally Championship season on Thursday.
Ogier, an eight-time winner in the French Alps, opened the series pioneering
new hybrid-powered era by winning both speed tests in his Toyota GR Yaris
to build a 6.7sec lead.
Snapping on his heels was seven-time Monte winner Loeb. In his first WRC drive
for more than a year, the French master finished second in both stages in
M-Sport Fords Puma.
It was hard to imagine a more daunting opening to the sports new generation.
Two stages on winding roads in darkness, including the crossing of the iconic
Col de Turini, with frost settling on the asphalt and drivers yet to learn
the mix of electric and combustion engine power in competition.
It didnt feel so great in the first stage, there was a lot of
humidity and frost in places, explained Ogier. It was a little
better in the second one. We are just trying little things in the car and
we are happy to be through.
Loeb was the first of three pouncing Pumas in the top five and his performance
turned the clock back to memories of his last Monte victory in 2013.
We had a good start in the first one, but it was very tricky on the
top with some white parts and ice, he smiled. I didnt want
to make a mistake on the ice so I was a bit too careful. The second one was
hard on the tyres. I overheated them before the middle of the stage and struggled
to keep the car in the right position.
Elfyn Evans, championship runner-up in 2021, was third in another GR Yaris,
the Welshman struggling to acclimatise to the additional hybrid power. He
was third in both stages and returned to the overnight halt in Monaco 11.2sec
off the lead.
Puma pilots Adrien Fourmaux and Gus Greensmith were fourth and fifth and separated
by 4.0sec after rousing opening night drives. Just 6.6sec back was Thierry
Neuvilles Hyundai i20 N. The Belgian gambled on tyre choice but struggled
with overheating rubber and brake issues.
Craig Breen in seventh headed a downbeat Ott Tänak, whose long
list of woes included engine and hydraulic troubles in his i20 N.
Takamoto Katsuta was ninth in another GR Yaris, with Oliver Solberg completing
the leaderboard despite a spin at the top of the Turini. He also endured intercom
problems meaning he could not hear co-driver Elliott Edmondsons pace
Friday heads further north for two loops of three stages in the Mercantour
National Park covering 97.86km. As if the challenge of the Alps was not enough
for the first full day of hybrid action, there is no service from leaving
Monaco in the morning until returning at night. Drivers must make do with
a tyre change only in Puget-Théniers between loops.
1. S Ogier / B Veillas FRA Toyota GR Yaris 25min 48.4sec
2. S Loeb / I Galmiche FRA Ford Puma +6.7sec
3. E Evans / S Martin GBR Toyota GR Yaris +11.2sec
4. A Fourmaux / A Coria FRA Ford Puma +17.9sec
5. G Greensmith / J Andersson GBR Ford Puma +21.9sec
6. T Neuville / M Wydaeghe BEL Hyundai i20 +28.5sec
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22-01-19 WRCs pioneering
hybrid era breaks cover at Rallye Monte-Carlo
It's a fresh start for the WRC stars as new season begins in Monaco. The curtain
is raised on a ground-breaking new FIA World Rally Championship era at this
weeks Rallye Monte-Carlo as hybrid-powered cars launch the series into
an exciting future.
Innovative new Rally1 cars blend a 100kW electric motor with a 1.6-litre turbocharged
engine as the WRC celebrates its 50th season with new regulations to drive
the championship towards a more sustainable future.
Energy regeneration from the plug-in hybrid system, a 100 percent hydrocarbon
fossil-free fuel and sustainable energy supplies are key to the WRCs
commitment to a greener outlook.
The new cars pack a punch. Peak performance will soar above 500hp on the mountain
roads in the French Alps, while two Monte masters return to renew rivalries
as the door opens on the new generation.
Sébastien Ogier, who clinched his eighth crown last year before stepping
back to a part-programme, goes head-to-head with fellow Frenchman and arch-rival
Sébastien Loeb, whose nine titles make him the sports most successful
driver. Ogier has eight Monte victories compared to Loebs seven.
Ogier drives Toyota Gazoo Racings GR Yaris with new co-driver Benjamin
Im at the beginning of a different stage in my career and, as
Im not taking part in the full championship, the feeling is a little
bit different to usual for me at this time of the year. But Im still
a competitor and I still want to win, he said.
I know the team has been working very hard to be ready with this new
generation of car and big steps have been made in every test. Its quite
a big change and its an exciting challenge to try and adapt to that.
Theres more uncertainty than ever going into this rally.
Loeb hopes to pounce in his first WRC drive in more than a year in M-Sport
Fords Puma. He starts less than a week after finishing second in Saudi
Arabias desert at the Dakar Rally.
He is partnered by Isabelle Galmiche following the retirement of Daniel Elena,
with whom Loeb has tackled every one of his previous 180 WRC starts.
Its a radical change of scenery after spending three weeks on
the Dakar Rally! quipped Loeb, who squeezed in a brief test at the start
of the week.
For this rally, I will certainly be less prepared than the other drivers,
but the feeling with the Puma Rally1 was immediately very good and everything
just came together, he said.
Manufacturers champions Toyota also field 2021 drivers runner-up
Elfyn Evans and Kalle Rovanperä. Takamoto Katsuta steers a fourth GR
Yaris in Toyotas second-string squad.
Loeb is joined by new signing Craig Breen and Adrien Fourmaux at M-Sport Ford.
Gus Greensmith drives a fourth entry.
Hyundai Motorsport is fired up after a disappointing 2021 campaign. Former
world champion Ott Tänak, Thierry Neuville and youngster Oliver Solberg
pilot i20 N cars.
Unpredictable mountain weather means competitors can encounter snow, ice and
dry asphalt within a handful of kilometres. Cunning tyre selection in such
conditions is key and while the forecast suggests this might not be a true
winter Monte, nobody will be lulled into a false sense of security.
The rally starts in Monacos refurbished Casino Square on Thursday evening.
Crews will face 17 mountain stages covering 296.03km before Sunday afternoons
22-01-19 Säsongsstart i
värstingklassen för Oliver Solberg
20-årige Oliver Solberg är med från start som fabriksförare
för Hyundai Motorsport i WRC-klassen när årets Rally-VM går
av stapeln i Monte-Carlo på torsdag.
Efter fyra VM-tävlingar som "lärling" i ett satellitteam
2021, står Oliver Solberg officiellt på första raden i den
sydkoreanska bilfabriken tillsammans med teamkamraterna Thierry Neuville och
Ott Tänak i den 90-åringe klassikern Rally Monte-Carlo.
-Det ska bli väldigt speciellt att köra den första tävlingen
med officiella färger på kläder och bil. Det känns extra
spännande att få vara med om allt från start och jag är
helt klart väldigt förväntansfull. Det här är något
jag har drömt om och arbetat för väldigt länge. Att få
börja säsongen som en fullblodsfabriksförare är något
helt fantastiskt, säger Oliver Solberg - den yngsta deltagaren i WRC-klassen
Planen är att unge Solberg ska dela teamets tredje Hyundai i20 N Rally1-bil
med den spanske veteranen Daniel Sordo under hela säsongen.
I det 50:e världsmästerskapet i rally görs radikala tekniska
förändringar. För första gången kommer hybridbilar
att användas i VM-serien. Rally1-bilarna blandar en elmotor med 100 kilowatt
prestanda och en tävlingstestad 1,6-liters turboladdad bensinmotor, som
har drivit sportens toppbilar sedan 2011. Allt är uppbyggt kring ett
uppgraderat säkerhetscells-chassi. Muskelpaketet når prestandanivåer
till mer än 500 hästkrafter (tidigare cirka 350), samtidigt som
de skadliga utsläppen minskar då alla Rally1-bilar kommer att köras
med 100 procent hållbart bränsle.
-Jag tror att alla går runt och är exalterade över allt nytt.
Man är ganska nervös över om man har förstått all
teknik och hur den kan utnyttjas. Den första tävlingen kommer att
ge svar på vem av förarna som har förstått det bäst
av alla, säger Solberg.
Efter att ha slutat sjua i sin WRC-debut i Arctic Rally Finland förra
säsongen, avslutade Oliver säsongen 2021 med en femteplats i ACI
Rally Monza. Det var även första tävlingen med ny kartläsare
Elliott Edmondson (27).
Rally Monte-Carlo innehåller totalt 17 specialsträckor fördelade
på fyra dagar. De två första kör i mörker på
torsdagskvällen. Säsongsöppningen avslutas tidigt på
Rally-VM 2022 består av 13 tävlingar fördelade på fyra
Efter säsongsinledningen i Monte-Carlo åker mästerskapet vidare
till Umeå i Sverige om en månad. Säsongen avslutas enligt
plan i Japan den 13 november.
22-01-15 FIA World Rally Championships
new hybrid era hits top gear
Covers come off the all-new Rally1 cars during live Hangar-7 launch event.
Star drivers and pioneering new hybrid cars delivered a high-voltage introduction
to the 2022 FIA World Rally Championship in Austria on Saturday evening. The
WRCs ground-breaking new Rally1 cars from the three manufacturers gathered
for the first time in Salzburgs Hangar-7 as the 2022 season was launched
five days before the opening round at Rallye Monte-Carlo (January 20-23).
Here is all you need to know:
- In the presence of FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem, reigning champions
Toyota Gazoo Racing, Hyundai Motorsport and M-Sport Ford revealed their stunning
all-new cars which will compete across 13 rounds on four continents.
- Among those attending were Toyotas 2021 championship runner-up Elfyn
Evans and team-mate Kalle Rovanperä, who became the youngest WRC rally
winner in history last season.
- Also present were Hyundais lead drivers Thierry Neuville and Ott Tänak.
New M-Sport Ford signing Craig Breen appeared alongside the teams hotly-tipped
youngster, Adrien Fourmaux.
- In the championships 50th season, the WRC will undergo major environmental
changes as new FIA technical regulations drive the series towards a more sustainable
- Plug-in hybrid-powered cars built around an upgraded safety cell chassis,
100 percent fossil-free fuel and sustainable energy supplies are key to the
sports commitment to a greener future.
- The new hybrid cars blend a 100kW electric motor with a competition-proven
1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which has powered the sports top-tier
cars since 2011. The package raises peak performance levels to more than 500bhp
whilst also reducing harmful emissions.
- President Ben Sulayem, a former WRC competitor himself, said: Todays
launch of the new Rally1 era is a very proud and significant moment for the
FIA, the entire rally family and I would like to congratulate WRC Promoter
for delivering a great show at the start of the championships 50th anniversary
- The enthusiasm for the FIAs new technical regulations has been
very much in evidence in recent months and the event further underlined the
momentum coming from the teams and manufacturers, with Rallye Monte-Carlo
just a few days away.
- Beside the hybrid technology adding a new dynamic layer of performance
combined with safety improvements, Rally1 cars will be using 100 percent sustainable
fuel and work is also ongoing to achieve greater sustainability in the organisation
of each round of the series. I look forward to an exciting season.
- WRC Promoter managing director Jona Siebel welcomed the start of a landmark
period for the championship: Tonight weve seen what the
future of the WRC looks like. I applaud the manufacturers hard work
and commitment in readying these amazing and innovative Rally1 cars for the
WRCs new era."
This evening was a marvellous opportunity to showcase the WRC and exhibit
the strong desire to create an environment where both fiercely competitive
motorsport and the planet can thrive together.