• Baja TT do Pinhal


    16 e 17 de Março de 2018

segunda-feira, 13 de agosto de 2018

Ready to rumble in Copiapó. The Atacama Rally gets underway

The Atacama Rally, third round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, kicks off this Monday with the curtain-raiser – a short prologue stage that will determine the competitors’ starting order for the first full stage. A buoyant Monster Energy Honda Team is all set and poised to take up the action.

 After making the first contact with Chilean terrain and overcoming the mandatory administrative and technical checks, Monster Energy Honda Team is hot to trot for the Atacama Rally which gets underway tomorrow, Monday, at 17:00 hrs (local time in Chile, GMT -4).

The squad made up of Kevin Benavides (Argentina), Paulo Gonçalves (Portugal), Ricky Brabec (USA), Joan Barreda (Spain) and local rider José Ignacio Cornejo, will dispute the short 2.5-kilometre prologue in Tierra Amarilla, near Copiapó, where the opening ceremony will also take place.

The result of the prologue will be decisive in establishing the starting positions for the first full Atacama Rally stage. The top finishers will be able to choose their positions – the fastest rider being the one who gets to choose last – for the starting order of the stage held on Tuesday August 14. The full stage will run from Copiapó-Copiapó, covering 358.87 kilometres, including a total of 266.30 kilometres of timed special.

domingo, 12 de agosto de 2018

Hungarian Baja: One-two for the MINI John Cooper Works Rally

Nani Roma wins in Hungary

Przygonski extends his FIA World Cup lead by finishing second

 The Hungarian Baja, event number eight on the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup calendar, ended with a huge success for X-raid. Joan ‚Nani‘ Roma and Alex Haro (both ESP) won the Baja with their MINI John Cooper Works Rally, followed by their team-mates Jakub ‚Kuba‘ Przygonki (POL) and Tom Colsoul (BEL) – who also raced a MINI JCW Rally – in second position. With this second place, the Pole also extended his lead in the FIA World Cup standings.

 The Baja was started on Friday with a short prologue that was won by Przygonski, with Roma coming third. The other four special stages were contested on Saturday. Roma and his MINI JCW Rally prevailed in SS3 and Przygonki in the fourth and fifth special stages. After having raced about 400 kilometres against the clock, Roma won the Baja with a 15-second lead over his team-mate. And with 258 points on his tally, Przygonski now holds a 57-point lead in the World Cup over Vladimir Vasilyev (201 points) in second position. Martin Prokop (184 points) follows in third.

 Round nine on the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup calendar – the Baja Poland – will be held in just two weeks.

 Nani Roma “I’m really delighted with having won the event. Kuba gave us quite a hard time. He was very fast. To contest a Baja right after a rally such as the Silk Way wasn’t easy. The speed is far lower. The MINI ran fantastically. On Saturday morning, torrential rain was falling and consequently, the track was very slippery and driving was anything but easy. In the afternoon, the conditions changed completely.”

Kuba Przygonski “It was a rather demanding event with a lot of water. We had a great battle with Nani and came close to winning the event. He is extremely experienced and it was great that we were able to match his pace. The points we scored by finishing second were important but now I’m looking forward to the Baja Poland.” 

Hungarian Baja overall standings:

1. J. Roma (ESP) / A. Haro (ESP) MINI JCW Rally – 3h 48m 22s
2. J. Przygonski (POL) / T. Colsoul (BEL) MINI JCW Rally – 3h 48m 38s
3. V. Vasilyev (RUS) / K. Zhiltsov (RUS) Toyota – 3h 58m 20s
4. X. Pons (ESP) / R. San Juan (ESP) Toyota – 3h 58m 39s
5. M. Prokop (CZE) / J. Tomanek (CZE) Ford – 4h 03m 35s

Mário Patrão vice-campeão na Taça do Mundo de Bajas

Piloto da KTM conquistou 2ª posição na Hungarian Baja 

Mário Patrão sagrou-se este fim-de-semana vice-campeão do mundo de Bajas na modalidade de Todo-o-Terreno depois de completar a sua participação na Hungarian Baja na segunda posição, imediatamente atrás de Stefan Svitko piloto eslovaco que em 2016 terminou o Dakar na 2ª posição. 

Foram semanas intensas de preparação para esta prova e o piloto apoiado pelo CRÉDITO AGRÍCOLA esteve à altura do título adquirido em Portugal de Mr. Bajas. Partiu do notável 6º lugar na Baja España Aragon com sede de alcançar mais e melhor.

 Aos comandos da sua KTM E450 EXC, Mário Patrão acrescenta agora este título mundial aos sete absolutos que tem no seu palmarés alcançados no Campeonato Nacional de Todo-o-Terreno de forma consecutiva.

  “Foi uma prova muito díspar, disputada em condições muito variadas. Para mim um enorme desafio do qual me orgulho. Cumpri as metas estabelecidas e a prova correu-me muito bem. Se o 2º lugar nesta Hungarian Baja foi conquistado a pulso, já o 2º lugar na Taça do Mundo é um prémio merecido pela nossa aposta na internacionalização. Fizemos um trabalho intenso para estar presente nesta prova e o esforço foi recompensado! Agradeço aos meus patrocinadores pelo apoio constante e pelas condições que me proporcionam. Um muito obrigado à minha equipa de assistência e a todos aqueles que de uma forma ou outra me apoiam e me ajudam”, salienta o piloto apoiado pela BAHCO.

 A Hungarian Baja iniciou-se com uma super especial de 12 quilômetros tendo no dia seguinte sido disputados mais dois troços de 220 quilómetros cada que Mário Patrão cumpriu num tempo total de 4h07m10s. Agora è tempo de fazer uma curta paragem para em setembro regressarmos ao campeonato nacional de TT.

sábado, 11 de agosto de 2018

OVERDRIVE RACING’S VASILYEV AND PONS FINISH THIRD AND FOURTH OVERALL IN HUNGARIAN BAJA

Russian driver Vladimir Vasilyev and Spaniard Xavier ‘Xevi’ Pons finished third and fourth in the overall standings at the Veszprém-based HunGarian Baja, round round eight of the 2018 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, on Saturday.

 The result enabled 48-year-old Vasilyev to maintain his challenge for a second FIA World Cup title, although the Toyota Hilux driver did cede a further five points to series leader Jakub Przygonski, the Pole finishing second overall behind Joan Roma in the first of two Eastern European rounds of the series in the space of a month.

 Vasilyev, who was partnered by his usual navigator Konstantin Zhiltsov, now trails the Pole by 57 points with 30 still available to the winner of each of the remaining Bajas in Poland and Portugal and 60 going to the winner of the Rally of Morocco in October.

Xavier ‘Xevi’ Pons enjoyed his second event with Overdrive Racing and reached the finish 19 seconds behind the Russian in a solid fourth position with fellow Spaniard Rodrigo San Juan.

Overdrive Racing’s CEO Jean-Marc Fortin said: “Both Vladimir and Xevi delivered solid performances to reach the finish in third and fourth. The Toyotas ran without problems, but Vladimir is still on the road to recovery from a big crash in Russia two weeks ago and Xevi is still learning about pure bumpy off-road tracks. This was a good finish for him and will give him confidence for the rest of the season.”

Pons and Vasilyev completed the opening 11.4km super special stage in fourth and sixth positions on Friday afternoon. Przygonski won the stage in a time of 6min 49sec.

Roma moved to the top of the leader board after the first of the two selective sections on Saturday morning. The Spaniard won the longer of the two parts of the competitive section to edge into a 46-second lead over Przygonski.

Vasilyev climbed to third with the fastest time on the short part of the stage and the third quickest time on the longer section. The Russian trailed the leader by 4min 24sec heading to the service point.

Pons was fourth overall after setting the fourth quickest time on both sections of the special. Pons and Vasilyev were second and fifth quickest on the repeat of the short section of the stage to maintain third and fourth overall, but the longer part was shortened to 153km and finished at PC2 because of inclement stage and weather conditions.

Roma clocked the target time of 1hr 13min 24sec to confirm the outright win over Przygonski by 16 seconds. Vasilyev’s stage time of 1hr 18min 31sec was enough to wrap up third place and Pons reached the finish in fourth overall.

Action resumes in the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies with the Columna Medica Baja Poland on August 30-September 2.

2018 HunGarian Baja– results after SS5 (unofficial @16.45hrs)

1. Joan Roma (ESP)/Alex Haro (ESP) MINI John Cooper Works Rally 3hrs 48min 22sec
2. Jakub Przygonski (POL)/Tom Colsoul (BEL) MINI John Cooper Works Rally 3hrs 48min 38sec
3. Vladimir Vasilyev (RUS)/Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS) Toyota Hilux 3hrs 58min 20sec
4. Xavier Pons (ESP)/Rodrigo San Juan (ESP) Toyota Hilux Overdrive 4hrs 3hrs 58min 39sec
5. Martin Prokop (CZE)/Jan Tománek (CZE) Ford Raptor RS Cross-Country 4hrs 03min 35sec
6. Miroslav Zapletal (CZE)/Marek Sykora (SVK) Ford F-150 Evo 4hrs 14min 45sec

FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies – standings after round 8:

1. Jakub Przygonski (POL) 258pts
2. Vladimir Vasilyev (RUS) 201pts
3. Martin Prokop (CZE) 184pts
4. Yazeed Al-Rajhi (SAU) 60pts
5. Yasir Seaidan (SAU) 58pts, etc

sexta-feira, 10 de agosto de 2018

Mário Patrão na Hungria com título mundial em mira

Mário Patrão inicia hoje a sua participação na Hungarian Baja terceira e derradeira jornada pontuável para a Taça do Mundo de Bajas, competição na qual o consagrado piloto português aspira lutar por uma das primeiras posições.

 As últimas semanas têm sido extremamente metódicas no que diz respeito à preparação para esta prova, pelo que a expectativa está a um nível muito alto. O piloto apoiado pelo CRÉDITO AGRÍCOLA, na sua estreia, alcançou um notável 6º lugar na Baja España Aragon, onde se defrontou com os melhores pilotos mundiais da disciplina.

 Aos comandos da sua KTM E450 EXC, Mário Patrão que tem no seu palmarés sete títulos absolutos consecutivos alcançados em duas rodas no Campeonato Nacional de Todo-o-Terreno, vai ter pela frente uma prova onde participa pela primeira vez e que apresenta uma extensão total de seis dezenas e meio de quilómetros, dos quais quatrocentos e cinquenta serão cronometrados.

  “Vai ser seguramente uma prova dura, difícil, mas ao mesmo tempo desafiante. Sinto-me cada vez melhor do ponto de vista físico o que me dá uma enorme confiança e motivação. O trabalho árduo será compensado. Tenho ao meu dispor uma moto muito bem preparada e que apresenta excelentes argumentos para uma prova com estas características. Vou competir contra adversários muito fortes e, estando em jogo um título mundial, parto para esta Hungarian Baja disposto a lutar por ele”, revela o piloto apoiado pela BAU.

 A Hungarian Baja arranca hoje com uma super especial de 12 quilômetros. O resultado desta primeira etapa ditará a ordem de partida para a etapa a disputar amanhã com dois troços de 220 quilómetros cada.

quarta-feira, 8 de agosto de 2018

Monster Energy Honda Team get back to work in Chile

The Atacama Rally sees the full Monster Energy Honda Team back in action for Round Three of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship. There won’t be any beach or holidays for the riders this summer, but they can, however, look forward to plenty of sand at the races.

 Kevin Benavides, Paulo Gonçalves, Joan Barreda, Ricky Brabec and Nacho Cornejo, the five riders of the Monster Energy Honda Team, are en route to Chile this week to take part in the Atacama Rally whose points count towards the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship.

 Four months have elapsed since the Monster Energy Honda Team competed in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, the opening event of the world championship. The squad’s Argentine rider made it onto the podium on that occasion, while Gonçalves finished fifth and Brabec sixth. Nacho Cornejo became the top junior with an eighth overall place in the Middle East race. Joan Barreda, after recovering from the wrist operation he had undergone in mid-February, returned to competition for the following Merzouga Rally in April, where he made off with a hard-fought victory, while Benavides added to the team’s successes with second place on the rostrum alongside his team-mate.

The Chilean race, which will have its nerve centre in the city of Copiapó, will start with the mandatory administrative and technical checks on Sunday, August 12, before the five Honda CRF450 RALLY can finally put pedal to the metal in the Atacama Desert. The action will run from Tuesday 14th August to Saturday 18th. The bivouac for the race will be located in Tierra Amarilla.

segunda-feira, 6 de agosto de 2018

TITLE-CHASING VASILYEV AND PONS TO REPRESENT OVERDRIVE RACING IN HUNGARIAN BAJA

Russian driver Vladimir Vasilyev and Spaniard Xavier ‘Xevi’ Pons will represent Overdrive Racing in this weekend’s HunGarian Baja, round eight of the 2018 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies.

 The 48-year-old Russian claimed victory in the 2014 FIA World Cup. Recent outright success at Spain’s Baja Aragón Teruel - on his first appearance with Overdrive Racing at the wheel of a Toyota Hilux - has lifted the G-Energy Team driver to within 52 points of the series-leading Polish driver Jakub Przygonski and 11 points in front of third-placed Czech rival Martin Prokop.

With Bajas still to run in Hungary and Portugal this season - and 30 points available to the winner of each – plus a maximum of 60 points heading to the winner of the Rally of Morocco in October, Vasilyev and navigator Konstantin Zhiltsov are quite rightly confident that they can make a late bid for a second FIA World Cup title in five seasons.

Former WRC driver Xavier ‘Xevi’ Pons joined Overdrive Racing for the first time in Spain last month and was lying in third overall at the start of the final morning before a technical issue cost him a potential podium finish. The experienced Spaniard returns to drive the second Toyota and teams up with fellow Spaniard Rodrigo San Juan de Eusebio.

Overdrive Racing has won the Hungarian event on two previous occasions. Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah climbed on to the top step of the podium with French navigator Matthieu Baumel in 2014 and repeated the feat last season with his Toyota Hilux. Dutchman Bernhard Ten Brinke and Belgian navigator Tom Colsoul finished second with the team in 2015.

Organised by Garzone Events, the Hungarian race is based at the baroque-style town of Veszprém, located 17km from Lake Balaton and in close proximity to the Bakony forest, a mountainous region in Transdanubia.

After technical checks and scrutineering at the nearby BudaWest airport, teams will head to the ceremonial start in Óváros Square, Veszprém, and then tackle a super special stage of 11.40km on Friday evening (August 10). This will determine the all-important starting order for the first of the two longer competitive sections.

Drivers will then tackle two runs through a selective section of 219.50km on Saturday before the ceremonial finish in Veszprém on Saturday evening.

FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies – standings after round 7:

1. Jakub Przygonski (POL) 237pts
2. Vladimir Vasilyev (RUS) 185pts
3. Martin Prokop (CZE) 174pts
4. Yazeed Al-Rajhi (SAU) 60pts
5. Yasir Seaidan (SAU) 58pts
6. José Luis Pena Campo (ESP) 48pts
7. Ahmed Al-Shegawi (SAU) 45pts
8. Aron Domzala (POL) 36pts
9. Claude Fournier (FRA) 31pts
10. Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah (QAT) 30pts, etc

domingo, 5 de agosto de 2018

JORDAN MOTORSPORT PROUDLY ANNOUNCES NEW JORDAN BAJA WILL RUN IN SEPTEMBER


Exciting new desert Baja to run out of Aqaba into Wadi Rum area of Jordan 

Jordan Motorsport has proudly announced the new 2018 Jordan Baja, the Hashemite Kingdom’s first entry into the world of cross-country rallying since the Marlboro BP 2000 Desert Challenge ran in 1987, 1988 and 1990. The three-day off-road event for cars, motorcycles and quads will take place in the stunning Wadi Rum area on September 27-29.

 Based at the Red Sea resort of Aqaba in the south of the country and in close proximity to the deserts around Wadi Rum near the border country with Saudi Arabia, rally officials hope that the Jordan Baja will catch on quickly with competitors and establish itself as a permanent fixture in future FIA and FIM motor sporting calendars.

 The Baja will run as an FIA candidate event for possible future inclusion in the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, where rally officials hope it will join other three-day Baja events currently running in Russia, Dubai, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Poland and Portugal.

The competition for cars running in FIA T1, T2 and T3 categories will be held in conjunction with the Royal Motorcycle Club of Jordan Cup for Baja Rallies competition (RMCJ-BR), which will look after the secondary event running for motor cycles and quads. The route will be entirely on a sandy surface and competitors will face 383.80 competitive kilometres in a route of 776.89km.

Othman Nassif chairs the organising panel alongside deputy chairman and clerk of the course George Khoury and his deputy Omar Zarour, with the team calling on all the expertise they have built up hosting the Jordan Rally, the opening round of this year’s FIA Middle East Rally Championship (MERC) and a former round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC).

Mousa Hazineh will be in charge of safety and Ashraf Juwinat and Zeid Abu Zeid will head the field and operations’ sections as assistant clerks of the course.

“We are delighted that a lot of hard work and planning has come to fruition and we are able to announce what we hope will be an exciting and challenging Baja and the start of a new future in cross-country rallying for Jordan,” said Othman Nassif, chairman of the organising committee.

“We are blessed with some stunning desert terrain in Jordan and we have a strong team with WRC pedigree that also puts on a very popular and well organised round of the MERC. This is a new and exciting challenge for all of us and we are looking forward to hosting this brand new addition to the motor sport calendar in the Middle East region.”

The event will be based at the Movenpick Hotel in Aqaba, while the start, finish and service park will all be located in the confines of the city.

Supplementary regulations are attached and also available from www.jordanrally.com. Entries are open and close at reduced rates on Thursday, August 30. The final cut-off for entries will be Tuesday, September 11.

The service park and rally offices open in Aqaba on Monday, September 24. Administration and scrutineering checks will be carried out on Wednesday, September 26 and the pre-event press conference precedes the ceremonial start (15.00hrs) in Aqaba and a timed four-kilometre super special stage (16.37hrs - first car) on Thursday, September 27.

Two challenging and scenic selective sections of 122.00km and 67.90km will be repeated twice through the stunning deserts around Wadi Rum and take centre stage on Friday, September 28 (first car - 08.48hrs and 12.58hrs) and Saturday, September 29 (first car - 09.35hrs and 12.47hrs) before the podium finish and prize giving in Aqaba from 18.00hrs.

Motorcycles and quads will tackle each of the stages before the cars.

The Marlboro BP 2000 Desert Challenge, Jordan’s only previous off-road event of its kind, ran for the first time in 1987. The late Kuwaiti driver Tariq Al-Wazzan ran out as the winner in a Range Rover. Abbas Al-Mosawi won the following year in a Mitsubishi Pajero and Qatar’s Saeed Al-Hajri won the last race in 1990 at the wheel of a Ford Bronco.