GMSC Members at the Snowman 

GMSC Members at the Snowman

Well Saturday saw a few well known faces at the Rally who were out spectating for the day. 

Making a change from organizing,marshaling and generally servicing on events throughout the year, Ian Park,Robert Ness and Jonathan Stepney took the trip north on the friday night to prepare for the day ahead. 
After a fair nights sleep and a healthy breakfast the threesome took off from the startline at the Thistle Hotel and headed to the 1st special stage , Millbuie, where Ian had found a back door  entrance courtesy of a very friendly farmer who had let them park in his field which lay immediately beside the live stage.
 
Togged up against the elements of a cold biting wind the trio joined a few others , some known as Team Africa and another Glenrothes local of Colin Hay to watch the exciting downhill into a 90 left and 90 right with a very slippy non grippy surface for the competitors to handle. 
 
First to appear was the entertaining Q! in his Evo cleaning the road on behalf of his fellow competitors. Ther were some very mixed approaches to the corners from all the front runners, none less than Craig McMiken who was very lucky to get away with his visit through the ditch, oh for 4 wheel drive ! 
 
However with the stage being slippy and wet it cut quickly and many of the speccys got showered in mud as the proffesionals powered their way through the corners. 
 
The 90 left also saw the demise of one of the intrepid three when DAN took a roll down the banking and through the awaiting ditch , as he explained to the others how not to ditch hook ! However he survived and made it out the stage with the others and continued to navigate his way to stage three at Rogie where the three joined many others at the dam entry and the short walk up to the narrow passage under thr railway bridge. Dan decided he would stay with the transport as he could see more of the stage from his vantage point tho , and save any more acting out rally terms to his Welsh counterpart , Jonathan , who was visiting these stages for his very first time. 
 
This stage proved to be equally as interesting to spectate , as first to appear was Jock , a good five mins in front of all the rest of the pack, but the reason became clear , when news filtered through that he was out with a driveshaft failure and had decided to call it a day with a cut and run. Several others also became unstuck in ,or before this point, but it was sad to see our very own Glenrothes Vice President suffering with a severe misfire amongst other things on his first event in his newly aquired Accent WRC. he did manage to finish tho. 
 
Eventually having watched all the teams pass the three spectators grabbed a quick sandwich and headed to the finish ramp.
 
The finish ramp was attended by many of the followers who had watched the battles all day long and were glad to hear that all had gone well this year despite a few offs. 
 
Everyone had their tales to tell as the top three sprayed the champagne,, even our three !
 
DAN is now resting his torn achillies and being attended to hand ond foot by his ever patient wife. 
 
Super event and see you all again soon.
 
-Ian DAN Park.

Frustrating but promising season opener for BBR rally team.  

Blair Brown and Richard Simmonds on stage at the Arnold Clark Thistle Snowman Rally courtesy of West Coast Photos.
Blair Brown and Richard Simmonds on stage at the Arnold Clark Thistle Snowman Rally courtesy of West Coast Photos.

The opening round of the 2014 ARR Craib Scottish Rally Championships set off in Inverness at the Arnold Clark Thistle Snowman rally last Saturday.  The Snowman rally would also be the first event of the year for Kinross 18 year old Blair Brown, driver of the Peugeot 205 1.6 GTI, backed by QTS Group. Preparations for the rally began early and a test day was complete the week before, allowing Blair and Co-driver Richard Simmonds from Duns, to settle into the car ahead of their season opener.

Blair who is the 2013 and 2014 Royal Scottish Automobile Clubs New Talent Scholar set a strict objective to finish the rally at all costs whilst setting times to the team’s class rivals.  On entering special stage one, Millbuie, Blair and Richard were met by a slippery but fast forest lined with spectators and after a clean run the duo were second fastest in class three in their humble Peugeot 205.

With the team delighted with the first stage it was off to special stage two. After tackling the first two miles with aggression Blair hit a deep pot hole which had formed in front of a concrete river crossing, on opposite lock. The hit resulted in a broken drive shaft. Without hesitating the crew lept into action to change the driveshaft on stage, a task which even in a well equipped garage may take some time. With their simple tool kit and small jack only used for changing wheels, Blair and Richard replaced the driveshaft in just over 15 minutes. The team finished the stage and were back in the rally.

Although all hopes of a top end finish were lost the crew still had the point to prove that they will be the ones to watch this season. So with little to lose Blair and Richard were ready to go for the mid day special stage. With the daunting thought in the back of Blair’s mind whether the replaced shaft would hold together and even the thought of the wheel nuts not being tightened the pair of focussed competitors set off into the packed woods for a third time. With no idea of what sort of time the team had set the crew arrived back at service covered in mud and soaking wet to find they had won the stage in their class by a healthy margin of 13 seconds.

But there was no time to celebrate, the old but trusty Peugeot 205 1.6 GTI developed a misfire on the way to service, which thanks to the expertise of the BBR service team was fixed quickly and the team were ready for the final leg of the rally.

Special Stage four was the longest at 12.10 miles long. After reaching the midpoint of the stage the crew were caught out by a front puncture and with little opportunities arising for safe places to change the destroyed tyre and wheel, the team battered on to the end of stage.

Only one stage was left to be complete, Blair and Richard were back into their tool kit once again to change the tyre when a warning light appeared on the dash board. It had appeared that Polly dropped water and the car was running hot. After getting water into the car again the driver and co-driver moved onto the last stage, hoping to cruise the stage and gather the remaining points left for the day, but it did not seem that a cruise was what was in mind. After exiting the last stage of the day Blair and Richard had again won another stage in their class by two seconds.

 

Blair Brown – QTS Group BBR rally team driver

‘I am extremely happy with our result today even though some people may not be of the same opinion if it was to be theirs. We have won two stages and come second in another. We have been battered with problems and have resolved them. At the end of the day I think I have learnt more today than I did in half of last season. I can’t wait to get to the Border Counties Rally in March to prove we can and will do it’

 

Richard Simmonds – QTS Group BBR rally team co-driver

‘Enjoyable, frustrating, promising, delicious and educational are words that can be used to describe the 2014 Snowman Rally. Enjoyable being part of an enthusiastic rally team. Frustrating, breaking a drive shaft and getting a puncture. Promising, our times were up there with the best in our class. Delicious, the soup and burger in service. Educational, things we learnt just to get to the finish. As I have been told by somebody much wiser than me that is rallying.

At the end of the event Blair and Richard finished fifth in class three and 69th overall despite their very difficult day.

Blair, Richard and the rest of the QTS Group BBR rallying team will be next out at the Brick and Steel Border Counties rally on March the 22nd in Jedburgh. The team will be in their newly built Peugeot 205 1.6 GTI and they will be ready for a fight.

2014 Scottish Navigational Rally Championship Aquarius Rally  

1st Clubman - Jonathan Stepney & Brodie Balfour — at Kinross Services.  Richard Crozier in centre.
1st Overall - Drew Barker & Stuart Waite — with Drew Barker at Kinross Services. Richard Crozier in center.
1st Non-Expert - Richard Stewart & Niall Thomson — with Richard Stewart at Kinross Services.  Richard Crozier in centre.
Glenrothes Motor Sport Club played host to the opening round of the 2014 Scottish Navigational Rally Championship on Saturday 1st Feb, with 100 miles of Perth & Kinross lanes on Map 58 to kick off the season. Unfortunately it would be a quieter start to the year than expected, with a disappointing entry of just 5 crews lining up for scrutineering at Kinross Services. Some consideration was given to calling off the event, but the organisers pressed on regardless, aiming to put on a good show for those that had given the event their support, and to build on momentum and attract a larger entry for 2015.
 
As was the case with Neil Jones on this event last year, the reigning Scottish Champion Expert Driver would take a step down in class for this event – 2nd on this event (and her rally debut) last year, Sally Skinner had exchanged Ewan Leeming for current Edinburgh University Motor Sport Club Captain Stephen Walls, who would be aiming to build on his experience. Gone also was her trusty Nissan Micra, replaced by a Peugeot 106 – resplendent with paw-print stickers (very apt for a student vet!) – receiving its maiden outing, albeit very much a shakedown.
 
The Car 1 slot that Skinner had occupied 12 months prior would this year be taken up by the Vauxhall Corsa of Drew Barker and Stuart Waite – Barker looking “to get his eye in” ahead of the North West Stages in Blackpool the following weekend, and Waite making a return to the hot seat for the first time in 12 years!
 
They would be joined in the lanes by 2013 Hairst winner Harry Merry in his Ford Fiesta, partnered for the first time by local prodigy Craig Horsburgh, the Skoda Fabia of Richard Stewart – an experienced stage campaigner making his debut in the lanes – alongside Niall Thomson, and a last-minute entry from Jonathan Stepney’s Vauxhall Corsa, with Junior 1000 driver Brodie Balfour making his debut on the maps, looking to get a feel for what things are like in the “other seat”!
 
Heavy rain during signing on proved ominous, but mercifully– bar a few slippy miles up the Dunning Glen – the forecasted snow and/or freezing conditions failed to materialise. Even the rain would ease after the opening few miles, giving way a surprisingly dry and pleasant evening.
 
After a short 2-mile run-out down the A977, the competition opened in earnest, with a regularity section around Coldrain and Drum. The recent implementation of 40mph “cyclist and pedestrian friendly roads” in this area stymies more “spirited” motoring, but still provides a good canvas for regularity, with competitors reaching for their speed tables, and with it a useful tie-break dropper.Most accurate over this section were Skinner & Walls – with Walls putting in an excellent performance on his first ever regularity section – dropping just 7 seconds.
 
Free of the only regularity section of the evening, the pace could begin in earnest – beginning with a blast north up the B934 through Dunning Glen. Barker/Waite would drop 2 minutes on the first part, with Waite later admitting to being a bit a rusty during the early going… clearly at this stage just settling in and blowing the cobwebs away! A simple 4-mile section without junctions wouldn’t prove overly taxing on the navigators, but the twisty nature of the road, combined with a +120-metre descent and some snow underfoot, meant that it was anything but an easy task for the drivers, with both Clubman crews dropping a minute apiece.
 
After the only neutral section of the evening to guide the crews through the narrow confines of Dunning village – though not without its perils, as Balfour’s inexperience showed… collecting 30 minutes penalty for early arrival at the neutral control! – the route turned North-West into relatively unfamiliar territory for Glenrothes MSC… Under the A9, over the River Earn, and into the land of 55 Car Club (Perth). With 55 having been somewhat inactive, this would be the first appearance of rally cars in this area for many a year.
 
It started somewhat with a stutter, with a marshal getting lost en route to his post at TC7 resulting in a 15-minute delay, and then an unmanned control at TC8. However, Skinner & Walls would sadly get to sample little of these cracking roads, as Walls, suffering from a bout of “mal de nav”, failed to spot they had taken a wrong slot just after Kinkell Bridge, eventually travelling 3 miles and stumbling across TC11, at which point they decided to call it a night.
 
The route reached its North-Westernmost extremity at TC9, where Stewart/Thomson and Stepney/Balfour would drop a minute apiece. There then followed provided one of the biggest droppers of the night– numerous junctions around St David’s &Madderty, the fabulously twisty road from Dubheads to Trinity Gask, and time-consuming map reference navigation (avoid map refs for the Experts and Non-Experts), would provide a stern challenge for all the crews. Stewart/Thomson would impress to go fastest over this section, dropping just a single minute, ahead of Stepney/Balfour on 2, Merry/Horsburgh on 3, and the sole Experts Barker/Waite on 4. At the card collect at TC11, sole Experts Barker/Waite held the lead, with 1:10 separating the Non-Experts of Stewart/Thomson and Merry/Horsburgh.
 
A fast blast through along the roman road yellow to FindoGask, tricky downhill esses through Lawrencefield, staggered crossroads over the A9, and under the railway bridge, and crews were again faced with another dropper. The “adding map references” navigation wasn’t overly taxing, but combined with the twisty roads and numerous junctions near Forteviot and Forgadenny (including a tasty slot hairpin right just west of Forgadenny), meant Stepney/Balfour impressed to be the only crew clean, with Barker/Waite and Stewart/Thomson both emerging on 3 minutes, Merry/Horsburgh on 4.
 
There then followed one of the classic sections on this map, and one of the favourites from last year’s event – the Path of Condie, a stretch of twisting tarmac draped over the Ochil Hills. This year the route would split straight on after the hairpins at Pathstruie, heading South-East past the Perthshire Off Road Driving Centre. Not a special test this year… maybe some other time! The Path added to its fearsome reputation, sadly adding Merry/Horsburghto its list of victims down the years, as an unlucky hit on some potholes resulted in two buckled wheels, the resulting pair of slow punctures resulting in a DNF a few miles further down the road. Others were far from having it their own way either – after a quick jink through the easy-to-miss slot at Hilton of Duncrievie, and staggered crossroads throughDuncrievie village itself, even a fast run down the B996 could not prevent Barker/Waite and Stewart/Thomson from dropping 2 and 5 minutes apiece, nor Stepney/Balfour from missing the control entirely. Indeed it would be here that the latter’s impressive Novice performance began to unravel so close to the finish, deciding to cut two controls en route to the finish, but nonetheless a very stout showing from the pair. A quick transport section down the M90 would allow the remaining crews to catch back some lateness and alleviate any concerns about going OTL, before tackling the final three sections. Barker/Waite and Stewart/Thomson both finished on a flourish, remaining clean through the lanes around Tillochie, Carnbo, Dalqueich and to the north of Milnathort, before a final blast down the side of Loch Level to the finish control at.
 
A short journey through Kinross to a well-earned coffee and biscuits courtesy of Costa Coffee back at the Services, and after a short results period, Barker/Waite were declared the overall winners, with Stewart/Thomson and Stepney/Balfour claiming the Non-Expert and Clubman class wins respectively, both proving that “to finish first, first you must finish”.
 
Thanks go to the marshals for braving the weather, particularly for such a small entry, and to the competitors themselves for supporting the event. The Aquarius will return in 2015, likely around the same time of year, but provisionally with reduced mileage in Perth & Kinross, instead venturing back onto Glenrothes’ home territory of Fife on Map 59. Before then, the next round of the 2014 Scottish Navigational Rally Championship will be the Nuit Blanche on the 1st of March, where Edinburgh University Motor Sport Club promise to provide a thrilling route around the epic maze of lanes in East Lothian on Map 66. Don’t miss it!
 
 
 
AQUARIUS RALLY
Glenrothes MSC - 1st February 2014
OVERALL RESULTS

 

No.

Driver

Navigator

Car

Class

Time

 

Pos

Cls Pos

1

Drew Barker

Stuart Waite

Vauxhall Corsa

E

13:16

 

1

 

3

Richard Stewart

Niall Thomson

Skoda Fabia

S

10:32

 

2

1

5

Jonathan Stepney

Brodie Balfour

Vauxhall Corsa

C

02:51:02

 

3

1

 
 


 AWARD WINNERS

 1st

 1st Overall

1     Drew Barker

 Stuart Waite                          Vauxhall Corsa

 1st

Class 1 - Experts

Not Awarded

 

 1st

 Class 2 - Semi-Experts

3     Richard Stewart

Niall Thomson                      Skoda Fabia

 1st

Class 3 - Novices

Not Awarded

 

 1st

 The Aquarius Clubman Rally

5     Jonathan Stepney

 Brodie Balfour                       Vauxhall Corsa



 

TIME CONTROL PENALTIES

No.

Driver

Navigator

Class

MTC0

TTC1

IRTC2

RTC3

TC4

TC5

NTC6

TC7

TC8

TC9

TC10

TC11

1

Drew Barker

Stuart Waite

E

 

 

01:12

01:04

02:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

04:00

2

Harry Merry

Craig Horsburgh

S

 

 

01:36

00:06

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

03:00

3

Richard Stewart

Niall Thomson

S

 

 

00:15

00:17

 

 

 

 

 

01:00

 

01:00

4

Sally Skinner

Stephen Walls

C

 

 

00:06

00:01

 

01:00

 

 

30:00

30:00

30:00

30:00

5

Jonathan Stepney

Brodie Balfour

C

 

 

00:13

00:49

 

01:00

30:00

01:00

 

01:00

 

02:00

 Times in Italics are penalties for early arrival

 


TIME CONTROL PENALTIES

No.

Driver

Navigator

Class

TC12

TC13

TC14

TC15

TTC16

TC17

TC18

MTC1

1

Drew Barker

Stuart Waite

E

 

03:00

 

02:00

 

 

 

 

2

Harry Merry

Craig Horsburgh

S

01:00

04:00

02:00

 

 

30:00

30:00

30:00

3

Richard Stewart

Niall Thomson

S

 

03:00

 

05:00

 

 

 

 

4

Sally Skinner

Stephen Walls

C

30:00

30:00

30:00

30:00

30:00

30:00

30:00

 

5

Jonathan Stepney

Brodie Balfour

C

 

 

 

30:00

 

30:00

30:00

 

Times in Italics are penalties for early arrival



PC and  RC PENALTIES

No.

RC1

RC2

RC3

RC4

RC5

RC6

RC7

RC8

RC9

RC10

RC11

RC12

RC13

RC14

RC15

RC16

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

m

m

m

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

 

m

m

m

m

m

m

m

m

m

m

m

m

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

m

 

m

m

p* = PC penalty, m = not visited, s = no signature, a = wrong approach, d = wrong departure

 



POSITIONS AFTER TIME CARD 1

No.

Driver

Navigator

Car

Class

Time

 

Pos

Cls Pos

1

Drew Barker

Stuart Waite

Vauxhall Corsa

E

08:16

 

1

 

3

Richard Stewart

Niall Thomson

Skoda Fabia

S

02:32

 

2

1

2

Harry Merry

Craig Horsburgh

Ford Fiesta

S

04:42

 

3

2

5

Jonathan Stepney

Brodie Balfour

Vauxhall Corsa

C

36:02

 

4

1

4

Sally Skinner

Stephen Walls

Peugeot 106

C

02:01:07

 

5

2

 


LIST OF STARTERS

No.

Driver

Navigator

Car

Class

1

Drew Barker

Stuart Waite

Vauxhall Corsa

E

2

Harry Merry

Craig Horsburgh

Ford Fiesta

S

3

Richard Stewart

Niall Thomson

Skoda Fabia

S

4

Sally Skinner

Stephen Walls

Peugeot 106

C

5

Jonathan Stepney

Brodie Balfour

Vauxhall Corsa

C



NON-FINISHERS
No Driver Navigator Car Note
2 Harry Merry Craig Horsburgh Ford Fiesta Punctures
4 Sally Skinner Stephen Walls Peugeot 106 Mal de Nav

                                                                   

                                                       

2014 Winter Autotest 

2014 Winter Autotest

Fourteen competitors braved arctic conditions to make the trip to Knockhill for the 2014 Winter Autotest and were rewarded by steadily improving weather which ended up being quite a pleasant day.

Brodie Balfour brought out the new Aygo only to have a CV joint break on the very first test, but better to happen there than on the first Rally of the season.

Rory Briant, the new Development Officer for Scottish Motor Sport, came along and was persuaded to have a go in one of David Barlow's Micras. He demonstrated his considerable driving skills by winning the Production Car section of the event with Bob Watson sitting beside him. Only Colin Rae in the Mini Special was quicker on the day.

The "Barrel Run" part of the event was held in the West Padock but the main attraction was the two tests held on the Rally course on the hillside.

Despite the drying conditions, the course was very slippery as Knockhill have recently carried out some construction works on the concrete roads, leaving generous quantities of mud on the surface. Rumour has it that some of the quicker Junior drivers were grabbing third gear on the quickest part of the second test!

Needless to say there were huge smiles at the end, and calls for more of the same next time.

Because of the distance and lack of visibility between start and  finish lines, the Club radios were used to communicate betwen the two which gave a distinct "Rally" feel to the tests. However the trusty marshals coped admirably helping to make the whole event go off without incident.

 

Next Autotest will be the Andy Wilson Memorial event, provisional date, 20th April.

 

 Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Andreas Mikkelsen/Mikko Markkula (N/FIN), Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Sébastien Ogier
Andreas Mikkelsen
Jari-Matti Latvala
Volkswagen Service
  • Volkswagen drivers dominate day one of the Rally Sweden
  • Ogier, Mikkelsen, Latvala – three-way battle at the only all-snow rally of the year
  • Six of seven stage wins go to Wolfsburg

On course for gold, silver and bronze at the rallying world’s Winter Games – Volkswagen ended the first day of the Rally Sweden in first, second and third. Just with their noses in front are Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia (F/F). Over the course of the first seven of 24 special stages, the World Champions were involved in a thrilling internal duel at the top of the standings with fellow Volkswagen pair Andreas Mikkelsen/Mikko Markkula (N/FIN). A mere 5.8 seconds separate Ogier and Mikkelsen, who both have three stage wins to their name. And team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) are not to be forgotten either. They are a further 6.4 seconds behind Mikkelsen/Markkula in third place – well within striking distance of the leaders.

Following yesterday evening’s opening stage in Karlstad, the Rally Sweden took its competitors on a loop into Norway and back to the Service Park in Hagfors. Four of the six special stages were held over the border. Despite unusually warm weather in the run-up to the Rally Sweden, the “Torsby”, “Kirkener” and “Finnskogen” special stages were in good condition. As World Championship leader, Sébastien Ogier was first out onto the route. His team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen followed him in third and sixth positions respectively. All three Volkswagen drivers now find themselves excellently placed going into day two: the Polo R WRC has so far set 14 of a possible 21 top-three times at this year’s Rally Sweden.

Quotes after day one of the Rally Sweden

Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1
“To be first onto the route at a winter rally in Sweden is always difficult. As such, I was not sure what position we would find ourselves in come the evening. Anything in the top three would have been great. I am really extremely happy that we are actually leading the rally. The conditions were remarkably good, and better than we had expected. I am very happy with my own performance. It was a perfect day for us, and to have won three special stages from this starting position is a dream result. We now go into day two full of optimism.”

Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2
“I coped very well with the fast, flowing sections today. However, I unfortunately lost too much time on the short, winding stages. I had problems finding enough grip and a good rhythm on them. Séb and Andreas really set fantastic times. Andreas, in particular, was virtually unbeatable in his native Norway. Tomorrow is a new day, and I start from a good position in third. Maybe I can mix things up a bit at the top of the standings.”

Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9
“That was definitely the best day I have had since I joined Volkswagen. I won three stages and led the rally – and all on my own doorstep. Then there were the many Norwegian flags, my family and friends who came here to cheer me on. You obviously want to put on a particularly good show with all that support. The conditions were not easy today. I actually held a slender lead going into the final special stage of the day, but decided to save my tyres for tomorrow morning. As such, I lost a bit of time. My goal remains a podium finish. I will certainly not risk everything, but anything is possible.”

Jost Capito, Volkswagen Motorsport Director
“The job of Volkswagen Motorsport Director is a dream job – especially today. One, two and three – it just doesn’t get any better than this. I am extremely proud of the entire team: the drivers and co-drivers, engineers and mechanics. However, I am particularly proud of Andreas Mikkelsen and Mikko Markkula. They produced an outstanding display today, going head-to-head with the World Champions and leading the rally for a while. I am delighted for them both. However, Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia took full advantage of their opportunities today, even though they were first out onto the route. Last, but definitely not least: Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila in third place, who still have a good chance of winning and were in no way inferior to their team-mates. They rounded off the most successful day of rallying to date for Volkswagen.”


And then there was ...

... the unofficial Rally Norway – won today by Volkswagen. And by a Norwegian. The “Kirkener” and “Finnskogen” special stages, each of which was tackled twice, were held just over the border between Sweden and Norway. The only Volkswagen driver in the top three on all four stages: Andreas Mikkelsen.

 

 

FIA World Rally Championship (WRC),
Rallye Sweden – results
 
Wednesday,
05 February 2014
km #1
Ogier/
Ingrassia
#2
Latvala/
Anttila
#9
Mikkelsen/
Markkula
SS 01S Karlstad 1 01.90 P02
(+ 0.8s)
P04
(+ 2.4s)
P01
Overall classification P02
(+ 0.8s)
P04
(+ 2.4s)
P01
 
Thursday,
06 February 2014
km #1
Ogier/
Ingrassia
#2
Latvala/
Anttila
#9
Mikkelsen/
Markkula
SS 02 Torsby 1 07.03 P01 P03
(+ 2.7s)
P04
(+ 3.8s)
SS 03 Kirkener 1 07.16 P01 P03
(+ 6.6s)
P02
(+ 5.7s)
SS 04 Finnskogen 1 16.82 P06
(+ 7.1s)
P03
(+ 2.3s)
P01
SS 05 Kirkener 2 07.16 P05
(+ 3.0s)
P06
(+ 3.6s)
P03
(+ 1.9s)
SS 06 Finnskogen 2 16.82 P02
(+ 0.7s)
P03
(+ 1.7s)
P01
SS 07 Torsby 2 07.03 P01 P05
(+ 4.5s)
P08
(+ 6.0s)
Overall classification P01 P03
(+ 12.2s)
P02
(+ 5.8s)
 
Peugeot Sport Director, Bruno Famin with Hansen Motorsport Team Manager Kenneth Hansen
  • Peugeot joins Ford in signing up to motorsport’s newest and fastest-growing World Championship 
  • Team Peugeot-Hansen to benefit from extensive French and Swedish rallycross expertise
  • Manufacturer looking forward to competing in ‘strategically important markets’ in 2014

Peugeot has followed in the wheel tracks of Ford in becoming the second major manufacturer to commit to the inaugural season of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy.
 
A name synonymous with rallycross success – having clinched eight French drivers’ championship crowns between 1988 and 2012 and boasting a similar record across the various different divisions in Europe over the same period – Peugeot is a natural fit for motorsport’s newest and most exciting World Championship.
 
After Ford pledged its official backing to OlsbergsMSE’s World RX effort in 2014, fellow big-hitter Peugeot has joined forces with another of rallycross’ leading outfits, Hansen Motorsport, as it prepares to enter the fray for the championship’s debut campaign this year. Team Peugeot-Hansen will compete in the Supercar class in all 12 rounds on the calendar – beginning at Montalegre in Portugal in May – with a T16 silhouette version of its 208 model.
 
Peugeot’s broad involvement in motorsport over the decades has yielded title glory in the FIA World Rally Championship, FIA World Sportscar Championship, gruelling Dakar Rally and round-the-clock Le Mans 24 Hours, not to mention extraordinary record-breaking feats at Pikes Peak hillclimb in the United States.
 
Martin Anayi, Managing Director of World RX Promoter, IMG Motorsport, welcomed the confirmation of the French manufacturer’s latest challenge.
 
“We are delighted that Peugeot Sport has joined Ford Racing in committing to officially supporting professional race teams entering the FIA World Rallycross Championship in its inaugural year,” he said. “To have a second major manufacturer involved in this way is another significant coup for our fast-growing series.
 
“With the knowledge, experience and expertise of Hansen Motorsport behind the project, the team looks set to be a front-running contender in what is sure to be a thrilling and fiercely-disputed season of rallycross competition.”
 
Peugeot Sport Director, Bruno Famin explained that rallycross’ burgeoning popularity amongst a whole new generation of fans – allied to the rapidly-growing discipline’s exhilarating and affordable entertainment in vital markets – made World RX a perfect match for the brand’s international ambitions.
 
“At Peugeot Sport, we are constantly looking to explore different forms of motorsport,” he said. “Rallycross is a discipline that is expanding quickly, and that includes the introduction of an FIA-sanctioned World Championship from this year. We were attracted to the sport by a long list of factors, including its spectacular side, the big crowds it draws and the cars that are involved. They are very close to our target.
 
“We naturally sought to strike up a relationship with one of the best teams in the business, namely Hansen Motorsport. Team Peugeot-Hansen is starting from scratch for this new championship, and we face a fascinating challenge with a calendar of 12 rounds across the world in some of the most strategically important markets for the brand.”
 
Hansen Motorsport Team Manager Kenneth Hansen is the most successful driver in rallycross history, with no fewer than 14 FIA European Championship titles to his name, six silver medals in the series and ten Swedish crowns. The ultra-experienced Swede is hoping his squad can continue adding to its impressive trophy collection in World RX – a championship whose entry list is looking more competitive by the day.
 
“We are very proud and honoured to be working with Peugeot Sport in this year’s FIA World Rallycross Championship,” Hansen said. “We couldn’t be more motivated, but we are also acutely aware that the programme comes with a huge responsibility. Be sure, though, that we will do everything in our power to make sure Peugeot has no regrets about placing its faith in Hansen Motorsport.
 
“My entire focus is now on getting on with the work that awaits us, from the team’s branding to the tiniest of screws which will go into the car. Hansen Motorsport can look back at a successful record, and our big dream right now is to fight at the very front with Peugeot. This is a completely new project which starts here and now, so we will need to work harder than ever in our bid to secure more success in 2014.”
 
The Team Peugeot-Hansen driver line-up will be revealed at a later date.

Twingo Trophy UK prize announced 

Garry Pearson was the first winner of the Rallye du Var prize

The Twingo Renaultsport Trophy UK will take its place in the MSA British Rally Championship for the third consecutive year, with a fantastic prize drive on the final round of the French Rally Championship.

The arrive and drive prize in a Twingo R2 is supplied once again by Renault Sport Technologies, but this year it is possible to win the prize competing in either BRC3 or BRC5 classes.

The cost-effective series is open to anyone driving a Twingo complying with the FIA R1 regulations (1600cc with limited modifications), although the excellent prize is restricted to junior drivers (born on or after 1st January 1990).

BRC5 crews, the entry level class running within the NGK Spark Plugs BRC Challenge Trophy, will compete directly against BRC3 Twingos with the points based on equivalent stages at the end of the rally.

The series will follow all seven rallies, the final event, Rallye Sunseeker International leaving just four weeks before the Rallye du Var prize takes place on stages similar to those of the recent WRC Rallye Monte Carlo.

 Hyundai Shell World Rally Team, Rally Sweden

The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team is looking to continue its ambitious learning curve at the next round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Rally Sweden, which takes place next week from February 5 to 7.

Heading into only its second competitive rally outing, the Alzenau-based team will be determined to complete the challenging 24 special stages with both cars in the tough snowy conditions that participants will face in the popular Swedish event. 

For the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team, still in its infancy, accumulating mileage and experience in the competitive WRC environment is of paramount importance as it seeks to further develop the promising Hyundai i20 WRC cars.

The team will see a slight change to its driver line-up for Sweden as lead driver Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 WRC #7, co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul) will be joined by Finnish ace – and Hyundai test driver in 2013 – Juho Hänninen, who will be behind the wheel of the Hyundai i20 WRC #8, flanked by his compatriot Tomi Tuominen. 

The team started to prepare for Rally Sweden in early December with a five-day test in Rovaniemi, Finland, close to the Arctic Polar Circle, where both Neuville and Hänninen had a first taste of driving the Hyundai i20 WRC on snow. The test was used to identify the correct set-up for the rally and to give the drivers the right level of confidence to drive the Hyundai i20 WRC on snow at high speed. Both drivers will have an additional day of testing ahead of next week’s rally.

Team Principal of the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team Michel Nandan commented: “Rally Sweden next week represents our next opportunity to develop the Hyundai i20 WRC and to collect valuable feedback and data. Sweden is a specialised event where we will face several challenges: we have to ensure the car works in the extreme low temperatures, especially on road sections where the engine is not revving as high and make sure we have a good set-up for our cars to have as much traction and stability as possible. The third main challenge is the presence of snow banks on the side of the roads; it is very easy for the engines to digest snow even in the smallest collision. At Rallye Monte-Carlo, we didn’t cover the mileage we were hoping for but we still learned some important lessons for the future. The objective for Rally Sweden will be once again to bring both cars to the finish and to accumulate as many kilometres and as much experience as possible,” Nandan concluded.

Determined as ever after an unlucky Rallye Monte-Carlo, Neuville and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul have only one objective for Rally Sweden: to bring their Hyundai i20 WRC to the finish: “I don’t have much experience on Rally Sweden having only competed there twice before - and snow is probably my least favourite surface but it’s a rally where I enjoy a lot driving and where we got a good result last year (fifth place). It’s a unique rally - very fast, with narrow roads and big snow banks alongside the roads. We tested for a couple of days for Sweden back in December where we got the first feeling of driving the Hyundai i20 WRC in full winter conditions. We also started to work on set-up solutions for this specific event. We will have another day of testing at the weekend which will allow us to do some final adjustments and cover some more kilometres ahead of the rally. After retiring at Rallye Monte-Carlo so early in the competition, Nicolas and I are really looking forward to get a fresh start and we want to finish Rally Sweden for ourselves and for the entire team,” he said.

Hänninen – who clinched his best WRC result to date at Rally Sweden last year – has four previous starts to his credit on this event which will mark his competitive debut within the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team: “I’m very proud to have the chance to drive for the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team at Rally Sweden. I was already privileged to be the first behind the wheel of the Hyundai i20 WRC back in May 2013 but being in Sweden with the team will feel even more special. It will be my first event within a WRC factory team and, for sure, it will be a special moment that I will remember for a long time. Rally Sweden is one of my favourite events. For a Finn, to drive on snow is almost a natural thing so of course we would like to get a good result but the main target for Tomi and I will be to finish the event and get as much experience as possible for the team which will be helpful for the rest of the year and for 2015 when we will put into practice what we learned during our first season in competition.”

Traditionally, the only true winter event on the WRC calendar, Rally Sweden will take the competitors to the forests of the Värmland region, crossing the border for two stages in Norway. To best cope with the extreme conditions, Hyundai Shell WRT’s partner Michelin will supply winter tyres fitted with over 380 tungsten-tipped studs which ensure perfect grip on the hard frozen surface underneath the soft snow. Meanwhile, drivers handle the cold with anti-glare glasses and heated boots.  This year’s edition of Rally Sweden includes 24 special stages (12 repeated twice), covering a total of 323.54 competitive kilometres.

 

Hyundai Shell World Rally Team Crews’ Info

Hyundai i20 WRC #7

Chassis number: 003

 

 

 

Thierry Neuville

Nicolas Gilsoul

DOB

16 June 1988

5 February 1982

First WRC event

2009, Rally Catalunya

2007, Rallye Monte-Carlo

WRC starts

34

29

WRC podiums

7

7

WRC wins

-

-

Rally Sweden starts

2

3

Rally Sweden previous results

2012: 12th (11th WRC), 2013: 5th

2008: 30th (16th N4 class),
2012: 12th (11th WRC),
2013: 5th

 

Hyundai i20 WRC #8

Chassis number: 001

 

 

 

Juho Hänninen

Tomi Tuominen

DOB

25 July 1981

8 November 1971

First WRC event

2006, Rally Sweden

1999, Rally Finland

WRC starts

36

24

WRC podiums

-

-

WRC wins

-

-

Rally Sweden starts

4

2

Rally Sweden previous results

2006: 15th,
2007: Excl.,
2008: 8th (1st PWRC),
2013: 6th

2008: 7th, 2013: 6th