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Mini Countryman WRC on Stage

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It’s a new entry in the rallyscene, the Mini Countryman WRC and it’s doing well. I came across this movie where it is driving during a stage on a beautiful mountain road (with tarmac, that is) and shows a well-controlled oversteer. Have a look yourself!

 

Written by joostboers

13/08/2011 at 8:33 am

Tim Coronel start raceteam

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Tom Coronel driving SEAT Leon at Marrakech (20...

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Het Coronel Racing Team zal in 2011 met vier nieuwe coureurs de strijd aan gaan om het kampioenschap in de Radical Benelux Cup. Teambazen Tim en Tom Coronel maakte deze week bekend dat zij met twee Radical SR3-RS-en een gooi gaan doen om de titel in deze spectaculaire nieuwe klasse binnen te halen. Het Coronel Racing  Team verwelkomde daarom ook vier nieuwe gezichten binnen het team en dat zijn zeker niet de minste namen op racegebied. Marc Koster, Bertus Sanders, Tim van Gog en Marth de Graaf zullen de gelederen komen versterken met maar één doel voor ogen, het kampioenschap!
Formido Swift Cup
Na een aantal jaren succesvol geweest te zijn in de Formido Swift Cup gooit het Coronel Racing Team het in 2011 over een andere boeg.  Met de komst van de nieuwe Radical Benelux Cup heeft de Nederlandse autosport er een volwassen klasse bij gekregen en zowel Tim als Tom Coronel waren meteen enthousiast. Toch zal het team ook in 2011 in de Formido Swift Cup actief blijven met de snelle Bart van Os. Van Os maakte vorig jaar zijn debuut bij het team in de Formido Swift Cup en wil dit jaar voor de podiumplaatsen gaan strijden en is een goede outsider voor het kampioenschap in deze competitieve klasse. Of  Bart van Os concurrentie gaat krijgen vanuit zijn eigen team is op dit moment nog niet duidelijk, maar er wordt nog onderhandelt over het inzetten van een tweede Suzuki Swift.

Radical Benelux Cup
Met ervaren coureurs als Marc Koster en Bertus Sanders denkt het Coronel Racing Team een winnende equipe binnengehaald te hebben. Zowel Koster als Sanders hebben hun sporen in de racerij reeds verdient en lieten tijdens de Final 4 zien dat zij de snelheid in de Radical SR3-RS hebben gevonden. Koster en Sanders vielen in leidende positie uit met een versnellingsbak probleem, maar domineerden het hele weekend. Marc Koster en Bertus Sanders kennen elkaar  goed en werden in 2008 kampioen in de Toerwagen Diesel Cup met een BMW 120d en in 2010 reden Koster en Sanders met een Porsche in de Dutch GT4.

WRC or What is Rally

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Since I have updated the rally calendar page and the Dakar has started (and first victims fell already). WRC has as a video showing how beautiful the sport is!

Written by joostboers

12/01/2011 at 9:51 pm

Annual review Ford WRC 2010

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The WRC Season 2010 has ended and the year is walking on its last legs as well… a good time for a review you would think! And as the snow outside doesn’t make going out attractive (I have tot take care of my words here I realise) if possible at all, Ford has made a 10-minute review of the last year of performances. It’s worth looking at the Focus WRC performing in various parts of the world. So what more to say than ‘enjoy it’?

 

Written by joostboers

19/12/2010 at 11:57 am

MINI Countryman on it’s way on asphalt

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Kris Meeke at Blair Altholl Castle Services. P...

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MINI driver Kris Meeke says he was delighted with his first taste of the MINI Countryman WRC on asphalt after running the car for two days in Sardinia last week. Beyond some rudimentary shakedown mileage completed in the UK, the Countryman had never turned a wheel in anger on asphalt prior to Meeke’s Sardinia test close to Sassari.

The Northern Irish driver said the car was everything he’d hoped for, reporting positive feedback in what was only the car’s third ever test. “The car was great,” said Meeke. “The feedback from the chassis was perfect and that’s something which is much more pronounced on asphalt. I have driven a lot of cars in the last few years and I can tell you this one has been born very well. I’m really pleased, I just want to get on and drive it more and more.”

In addition to the asphalt running, Meeke also drove the car for two days on gravel, where he established a base set-up for the car’s suspension.

The team’s technical boss David Lapworth, who was present throughout the test, added: “We made a few sensitivity changes to see how the car reacted on asphalt, but we ended the test very close to where we had started in terms of set-up, which was very good.”

The test also offered MINI the first opportunity to test Michelin’s asphalt tyre. Lapworth said: “We tested soft and hard [asphalt] tyres in wet and dry conditions. The weather went from very wet to nearly dry on the first day and nearly dry to dry on the next day. When we arrived at the test and the rain was horizontal and the wind was 50 miles per hour or something, we thought this could be a disaster, but the conditions actually turned out to be very good. And, let’s face it, when you can experience those conditions on a rally, you’ve got to be prepared for them by testing.”

Spaniard Dani Sordo, who is discussing a possible deal to drive for MINI in next year’s WRC, also attended the test.

Written by joostboers

05/12/2010 at 7:22 pm

Dutch Driver in Ford Fiesta RS WRC

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The 25-year old Dennis Kuipers is participating in the FIA World Rally Championship with a Ford Fiesta RS WRC prepared by M-Sport. He aims to start in ten rallies for the WRC. It is the first time a Dutch driver is participating this intensively. He will start in the Swedish Rally (10-13 February) where Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala start in the same car, but also Sebastien Loeb will be starting. His car will carry the Ipatec colour scheme, which cooperation already existed in this saison.

Movie: Dennis Kuipers in the Rally d’Alsace 2010

Written by joostboers

30/11/2010 at 10:53 pm

Sebastien Ogier Tests DS3

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In preparation of the new saison, also the Citroën DS3 WRC is tested. France is big and challenging enough to find good routes to do so. Whilst Peugeot tests their road cars in the Alsace roads, Citroën has chosen the Ardeche for the stage tests of the new rally car. It is defenitly not afraid of speed, this is promising for the 2011 rally year!

 

Written by joostboers

29/11/2010 at 10:55 pm

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