This latest issue covers rallying news from the UK, France, Greece, Bulgaria, and South America, all at a click of your computer’s mouse of swipe of your hand on your tablet. With the Acropolis Rally starting this evening for two days of thrilling asphalt and traditional gravel stages, the stage is set for an event of high action and high speeds. That is the same for Peugeot Sport as their engineers design and develop their 2008 model to tackle the 2015 Dakar (and we secretly think Sebastien Loeb will find a way into this mix soon). Enjoy the read!
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Ekaterina Stratieva will promote her native Bulgaria through her exploits in the FIA European Rally Championship, which continue on this week’s Acropolis Rally in Greece.
Stratieva, a contender for ERC Production Car Cup honours, has launched a new initiative, the Bulgarian rose on the European rally stages, as she explained: “The idea of this project is that from now I want to present to all my friend, fans, competitors, organisers, media and other people from where I come what is typical for Bulgaria. Continue reading Ekaterina Stratieva is the Bulgarian Rally Rose
For visitors to the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed – the UK automotive event extravaganza – Peugeot has, driven by its brand signature ‘Motion & Emotion’, plans in place to yet again thrill the audience.
With a very modern, stylish and broad appeal range, Peugeot will be promoting its performance models at this year’s Festival of Speed. Static and dynamic displays will include concept cars, road cars and motorsport entries, but the largest head-tuning moment is most likely to be Sébastien Loeb reacquainting himself with a unique return drive and attempt on the famous Goodwood hillclimb in the awesome 875bhp/875kg Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak car – this time tuned for sea-level, not the 14,000ft altitude of the Colorado finish line…
Loeb’s drive in the 208 T16 has been granted with the kind permission of Citroën Racing, who also has him driving one of its cars at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The hillclimb is the Festival of Speed’s principal attraction and the fastest time up the 1.16-mile (1.85km) course is 41.6sec, set by Nick Heidfeld in the McLaren MP4-13 in 1999.
Taking place throughout the weekend, this challenging white-knuckled course starts as a tree-lined run through the southern corner of the Goodwood Estate which then turns to sweep past the front of Goodwood House before climbing a steep and narrow Estate road bordered by flint walls and dense woodland groves towards Goodwood’s equine racecourse on top of the magnificent South Downs. The course rises over 300ft from the start line to the finish, and is very technical and challenging, putting the skills of the world’s very best drivers and riders to the ultimate test of concentration and speed.
The Richard Burns Foundation has launched its new-look website. Available at http://www.richardburnsfoundation.com, the website includes the latest news from the charity, details of fundraising initiatives and how money can be donated, plus information on upcoming events.
The Richard Burns Foundation was established following the death of England’s first world rally champion from an astrocytoma, a virulent form of brain tumour, in November 2005. Continue reading Richard Burns Foundation’s website gets new look
Volkswagen Sasolracing’s 19-year old Henk Lategan left South Africa last week to contest the FIA Europena Rally Championship’s (ERC) Acropolis Rally in Greece. This rally takes place from Friday to Sunday, 28 – 30 March.
“The Acropolis Rally takes place on both gravel and tar,” says Lategan. “There is a very strong entry list and I’m expecting it will be a tough weekend, not just facing the top drivers and teams there, but also the unfamiliar stages.”
Lategan contested three international events last year, with his best result a fifth overall in Croatia. In preparation for the Acropolis Rally, part of the European Rally Championship, he will make a quick stop in Austria to spend some time testing with the BRR (Baumschlager Rallye & Racing).
“Competing in Europe can be very different to competing in South Africa,” says Lategan. “The road surfaces, the stage layouts and also the language can often be obstacles that need to be overcome. It certainly adds a different dimension to competing there.”
To this end, Lategan will be teamed with navigators experienced in competition in the European championship. For the Acropolis event his co-driver is Klaus Wicha, a German competitor with more than three decades of experience and one of the top professionals in his field. The pair will contest a Skoda Fabia S2000 in the RC2 class, a category which accounts for most of the entry list.
In celebration of M-Sport’s 50th completed R5 Ford Fiesta rally machine, we took a look at the future of this rallying class and what lies in store for competitors and fans alike, plus we also feature the first round of the always-exciting South African National Rally Championship – and this was no disappointment in terms of high drama and action action aplenty.
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Launched in the midst of 2013, the Ford Fiesta R5 has received global recognition and has fast become one of M-Sport’s most successful models. As interest grows, the Cumbrian firm hit a significant milestone last week as the team completed work on the 50th car for delivery.
As the latest concept in M-Sport’s award-winning range of Ford Fiesta rally cars, the Fiesta R5 has become truly global. Eligible for a range of championships at both regional and international level, the diversity of the new Fiesta – teamed with its proven speed and reliability – has attracted interest from around the world. Continue reading M-Sport complete’s 50th Ford Fiesta R5