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Dakar Excitement, Easy to Follow

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Dutch rallyfans – and others of course – find on a dedicated website Raceteevee all ins and outs of the Dakar 2011 including links to other places to find information. Including teams that are participating, channels where news about the Dakar edition will be broadcast and more information. This is an easy starting point for the rally which is starting on 1 January 2011 in Buenos Aires to make its round through South America. At this very moments, the teams are arriving and making the first preparations to their trucks, cars and buggies which will be racing in the first weeks of the year.

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Written by joostboers

28/12/2010 at 3:41 pm

What’s that – a rally car not for daily use?

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Why not take your rally car for a ride to the winter sports?

Why not take your rally car for a ride to the winter sports?

If you see a problem, you see the solution as well! If you have that everyday environmentally-friendly but otherwise useless car and you want to have a go at the wintersport, why don’t you take a car that you’ve used to challenge muddy, dusty and snowy raods anyway? The Ford Focus WRC is good for it, don’t you think? Well, just start, put the skis on top and the cases inside and go to the snow and the ski slopes! You will not be the only one embracing this concept. However, looking at the signs at the side, I’d doubt if the driver really likes the snow or prefers the sunshine.

Written by joostboers

26/12/2010 at 1:37 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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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

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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!

 

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29/11/2010 at 10:55 pm

Citroën DS3 WRC on the Road

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Citroën DS3 WRC on the Road

Citroën DS3 WRC on the Road

For who can read French: the Citroën DS3 WRC is on the road. The car is painted in the colours of the sponsor – which means very colourful and bright. The C4 WRC had a victory in the last rally of the saison and the DS3 WRC has to be a worthy successor of the good old C4. Will it be? Let’s see first! Sebastian Loeb will be the driver again so the wheel will be in trusted hands. The competition will be tough: Ford also downsized making use of the Fiesta WRC and the Prodrive Mini Countryman WRC is a newcomer that has to prove better than the good old Subarus.

 

Written by joostboers

25/11/2010 at 11:00 pm

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