• 29ª Baja Portalegre 500


    22 a 24 de Outubro de 2015
  • Baja TT Idanha-a-Nova


    11 e 12 de Setembro de 2015
  • Baja TT Proença / Mação / Oleiros


    20 e 21 de Junho de 2015
  • Baja Cidade Europeia do Desporto


    30 e 21 de Maio de 2015
  • Rali TT Vinhos Carmim


    1 e 2 de Maio de 2015
  • Baja TT Rota do Douro


    27 e 28 de Março

quarta-feira, 16 de novembro de 2016

X-raid presents: The New MINI John Cooper Works Rally

- First race appearance in the 2017 Dakar Rally

 - From technology to body: an all new X-raid racer

 For X-raid, this day represents the beginning of a new chapter in the company’s 14 years of history: after very exciting and successful years with the MINI ALL4 Racing, the Trebur based team now presents the MINI John Cooper Works Rally! Compared to its predecessor, the team’s new challenger has been enhanced in several areas: further developments made for a lowered centre of gravity, improvements of several performance features and improved drivability.

 Visible at first sight are the changes on the new MINI John Cooper Works Rally’s exterior that looks clearly more aggressive, now. The all new cross-country racer is a completely new design, based on the MINI Countryman and the experiences gained with the MINI ALL4 Racing. But the new car also features a lot of enhancements under its skin. The tubular steel frame is a new design and allows for stowing a third spare wheel in the lower section of the car. With this move, the designers of the vehicle created the necessary room in the rear for placing the cooling system at a lower point. Both changes resulted in an even lower centre of gravity.

 At the same time, the new MINI John Cooper Works Rally also represented a step forward when it came to the aerodynamics. To achieve this goal, the desert racer spent numerous hours in the BMW Group’s wind tunnel. In cooperation with a new engine mapping, the MINI John Cooper Works Rally will be able to push in the Dakar Rally with new performance parameters.

  “The new MINI John Cooper Works Rally is just great,” X-raid CEO Quandt said with delight about the latest addition to the family. “It’s a vehicle that also is based on a thorough wind-tunnel design. This made for better aerodynamics and in combination with further new functions we succeeded in clearly increasing the car’s performance. One of the advantages achieved in the wind tunnel is a higher top speed combined with a better acceleration at beyond 140kph – important areas for improvements. The vehicle’s centre of gravity was lowered significantly. We placed some 50kg in the centre of the car about 50 centimetres lower, thus improving the vehicle’s handling and its drivability on any kind of terrain as well as improving its agility on a winding rally track.“

MINI John Cooper Works Rally: technical specifications

• Engine: BMW Group TwinPower Turbo Six-Cylinder Diesel
• Output: 340 bhp / 3250 rpm
• Torque (approx.): 800 Nm / 1850 rpm
• Capacity: 2993 cc
• Air restrictor: 38 mm diameter
• Top speed (approx.): 184 km/h
• Transmission: six-speed sequential gearbox
• Braking: 4 x six-piston calipers – air-cooled front, air / water-cooled rear. Discs: 320 x 32 mm
• Length / width / height: 4350 / 1999 / 2000 mm
• Wheel base: 2900 mm
• Track width: 1736 mm
• Weight: 1952.5 kg
• Fuel tank capacity (approx): 385 litres
• Chassis: tubular steel with composite bodywork
• Tyres: BF Goodrich 245/80R 16

Domínio absoluto de Nani Roma no Rally TT de Cuenca

A MRacing, em parceria com a Overdrive, deslocou-se no passado fim de semana à Vila de Cuenca, onde teve lugar a última corrida do Campeonato de Espanha de Todo o Terreno.

 Ao volante da Toyota Hilux da equipa esteve Nani Roma, com Alex Haro a seu lado. “Foi um fim de semana positivo”, afirmou Roma sobre a sua participação e vitória em Cuenca.

  "Realmente, foi uma boa corrida. Muito bonita, longa e dura - sinceramente difícil. Foi um bom exercício, um bom trabalho realizado juntamente com Alex Haro. A pista não estava assinalada com setas, pelo que tivemos de navegar pelo roadbook. Por isso, foi dificil. Houve troços muito lentos, com zonas de trial, em que tínhamos de procurar o caminho. Foi, portanto, um bom teste" reconheceu o piloto da Toyota.

 Nani Roma não deu hipótese aos seus adversários em todas as especiais, tanto no sábado como no domingo. "O balanço é positivo. Fizemos o que queríamos fazer, que era treinar e fazer quilómetros de corrida. Para nós, era importante acabar a corrida", remata Nani.

 O piloto de Folgueroles agradece à equipa portuguesa MRacing, "que nos fez uma grande assistência", e o carro que conduziu: "A Toyota Hilux funcionou muito bem, mesmo sendo um modelo de 2014". O modelo com que participará no próximo Dakar está a ser preparado na Overdrive.

 Para Manuel Russo, ”foi uma operação de última hora, mas que deu um excelente resultado. Realmente, o Nani impôs um grande ritmo que não deu qualquer hipotese à concorrência, tanto portuguesa como espanhola. Estamos muito contentes também com o desempenho da nossa Toyota, que rodou imaculadamente”.

 Faltam menos de 50 dias para começar a grande aventura do Dakar, onde Nani Roma estará presente com o número 305.

A Taça é Portuguesa - João Ramos e Victor Jesus conquistam a Taça Ibérica de Todo-o-Terreno no Rally TT Cuenca 2016

A dupla João Ramos / Victor Jesus em Toyota Hilux - Team Caetano Racing obteve o segundo melhor tempo no Prólogo e atacou desde início, controlando os seus mais diretos adversários pelos exigentes trilhos dos montes de Cuenca, conquistando a Taça Ibérica de Todo-o-Terreno.

 Numa prova muito exigente no coração de Espanha (Castela-Mancha), João Ramos e Victor Jesus mostraram ao que vinham logo no prólogo de 5,8km na sexta-feira ficando em segundo lugar, a escassos segundos de Nani Roma também em Toyota Hilux que viria a vencer a prova.

 No sábado a dupla portuguesa demonstrou uma concentração elevadíssima ao longo dos dois sectores seletivos com um traçado muito exigente e em alguns locais bastante traiçoeiros. Com bastante público pelos montes de Cuenca a aplaudir a dupla Portuguesa, João Ramos e Victor Jesus nunca perdeu de vista o seu objetivo e terminou o “Rally TT Cuenca 2016” em terceiro lugar da geral.

  “Estou muito satisfeito com o nosso desempenho nesta prova. Definimos para esta época dois grandes objetivos: o Campeonato Nacional de Todo-o-Terreno, onde estivemos na luta até aos derradeiros quilómetros, e o de sermos Campeões da Taça Ibérica de Todo-o-Terreno, objetivo que acabamos de alcançar. Nesta época obtivemos um resultado excelente, traduzido pela nossa consistência e competitividade e dedico esta vitória a todos os que me apoiaram neste ano incrível, deixando uma palavra de agradecimento a toda a minha equipa e aos meus patrocinadores.” Comentou João Ramos no final da prova.

segunda-feira, 14 de novembro de 2016

Ricardo Leal dos Santos em bom plano em Cuenca

Nissan Navara V8 Dakar entre os mais rápidos, subiram de 33º até ao 5º lugar 

Ricardo Leal dos Santos e a sua Nissan Navara V8 Dakar regressaram este fim-de-semana a pistas espanholas para disputar a etapa final da Taça Ibérica de Todo-o-Terreno no Rallye TodoTerreno Cuenca 2016. Uma competição recheada de excelentes máquinas e onde o objetivo do piloto, agora acompanhado do consagrado Nuno Rodrigues da Silva, passava em primeiro lugar por realizar um derradeiro teste esta temporada a uma máquina bastante competitiva, mas que tinha sido forçada a abandonar a Baja de Portalegre devido a um inédito problema mecânico.

 O teste foi muito positivo com a dupla lusa a terminar na 5ª posição mau grado um toque numa pedra no prólogo ter impedido a equipa de ser mais ambiciosa e lutar por um lugar no pódio que estaria ao seu alcance. “A nossa Nissan tem um bom comportamento e aproveitámos esta prova para, com ajuda do Nuno Rodrigues da Silva, testarmos soluções para a próxima época. Ficou claro que os problemas que anteriormente surgiram tanto em Portalegre como em Aragón estão definitivamente superados. Infelizmente demos um toque no prólogo que nos obrigou a perder um tempo significativo e fomos forçados a partir para a corrida de uma posição recuada. Fomos ganhando posições, mantendo sempre um ritmo muito forte e estou certo de que sem o toque, poderíamos ter lutado por um lugar de pódio, mas a concorrência era bastante forte”, refere Ricardo Leal dos Santos.

 O Rallye TodoTerreno Cuenca 2016 compreendeu, para além do prólogo, dois sectores seletivos num total de três centenas e meia de quilómetros cronometrados. A vitória foi alcançada por Nani Roma, piloto oficial da Toyota Overdrive, enquanto João Ramos, também em Toyota, foi o terceiro classificado, sendo o novo campeão ibérico.

Eight pairings to represent the X-raid colours in the 2017 Dakar

• Hirvonen, Al-Rajhi, Menzies and Terranova are the spearheads 

• Altitude will be a true challenge

 The Dakar Rally is the most gruelling cross-country event in the world and in the coming edition, the enormous heights in Bolivia and the difficult navigation will take drivers and navigators to their limits. Eight pairings will cross the starting line Asuncion, the capital of Paraguay, for X-raid. Several drivers of the line-up have been collaborating with X-raid for quite a while others are going to make their Dakar debut with a 4x4, this time.

 This year X-raid relies on younger drivers, to build a competitive squad for the future. In addition, the four top drivers come from four completely different parts of the world: Finland’s Mikko Hirvonen, Yazeed Al-Rajhi from Saudi Arabia, US-American Bryce Menzies and Argentinean Orlando Terranova.

 It will be the second Dakar for Mikko Hirvonen. He already impressed in his debut appearance by finishing fourth, last year. Together with his French co-driver Michel Périn he gathered more cross-country rallying experience, in the past months and celebrated his maiden win in the sport in the Hungarian Baja.

“I’m really looking forward to my second Dakar,” says Hirvonen. “I learned a lot in my first Dakar appearance and we worked hard in cooperation with the team to prepare as good as possible. I know that we will have to face another major challenge but I just can’t wait for rolling across the starting ramp. Of course I want to try to make it to the podium, in January. It’s a difficult race and anything can happen but with a little luck we will become a factor in the battle for the win.”

Yazeed Al-Rajhi and Timo Gottschalk (GER) will contest their first Dakar for X-raid. However, the pairing already contested the event held in South America twice. In the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, the Sealine Cross Country Rally in Qatar and the 2016 Silk Way Rally from Moscow to Beijing 2016 he finished runner-up three times in a MINI.

  “It will be thrilling for us as we are going to contest the rally with a new car and for a new team. We are really look forward to the Dakar and the MINI is a great car,” reveals Al-Rajhi. “But we also know that the competition will be tough and that it won’t be easy for us. First of all we want to make it to Buenos Aires but we also want to try hard to make it to the podium. We know what we are able to achieve and want to contest the event with a clever strategy and without making any mistakes.”

For Bryce Menzies and Pete Mortensen (USA), the event held in January represents virgin soil. They are going to contest the Dakar for the first time. In his first cross-country rallying season, Menzies already secured several fine results. In his first rally, the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, he surprised by coming fourth and in the Hungarian Baja he even made it to second place.

“Competing in the Dakar has been my dream for quite a while. I just can’t wait for contesting the event together with X-raid, thus making this dream come true,” Menzies said. “X-raid is one of the most successful teams in the history of the Dakar and therefore, I couldn’t have a better partner. They supported me and my co-driver a lot when it came to finding the necessary speed. I competed in several events on different terrains and although none of them prepared me for the Dakar hundred percent I feel well with the team and in the car.”

Orlando Terranova once again will race for X-raid, in 2017. For the Argentinean, the Dakar Rally virtually is a home race. In this edition he will be accompanied by the extremely experience German navigator Andreas Schulz. Terranova who finished fifth twice, in the Dakar, wants to battle it out for the podium, in front of his compatriots.

Boris Garafulic (CHI) and Filipe Palmeiro (POR) are a well-rehearsed pairing. They have been contesting rallies as a team since 2014 and secured several top-10 results. For Garafulic it will be the fourth Dakar he is going to contest for X-raid.

Following his switch from the motorbike to four wheels last year, Jakub ‚Kuba‘ Przygonski familiarised himself better and better with his new vehicle. In the Dakar, the young Pole will team-up with the experienced Belgian Tom Colsoul. The pairing finished fifth in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and the Rallye du Maroc during this season.

Stephan Schott (GER) isn’t ready to miss out on the ninth Dakar on the South American continent. After having been forced into early retirement in the 2016 Dakar – the first time the German didn’t make it to the finish line – he once again wants to go for it, this January. Schott will rely on the navigation skills of Paulo Fiúza from Portugal.

The latest asset to the MINI ALL4 Racing squad is Qatar’s Mohamed Abu Issa. He contested the event in the recent past on a quad and in his first Dakar, in 2014, he finished fourth. The 2017 Dakar will be his first behind the wheel of a 4x4. He will be teamed-up with French navigator Xavier Panseri.

In late November, the team will take all the service and racing vehicles to Le Havre, France. There they will be loaded on board of a car ferry to then be shipped to South America. And on the 02nd of January, the Dakar Rally will be started in Asuncion, Paraguay’s capital.

Monster Energy joins forces with Team HRC to face the Rally Dakar

Honda Racing Corporation takes great pleasure in welcoming Monster Energy – producer of energy drinks – to the ranks of the official Honda HRC Rally Team.

 Milan’s Spazio Davide Campari today hosted the official presentation of all the brand new 2017 Honda models. Also unveiled were the new HRC teams set to compete in the various motorcycle disciplines: MotoGP, MXGP, Trial and Rally. The event’s big news was the announcement of energy drink-maker Monster Energy as the Rally team’s leading collaborator. The team will now be known as: Monster Energy Honda Team.

 All those present in the Spazio Davide Campari were able to witness how the team – made up of Joan Barreda, Paulo Gonçalves, Michael Metge, Ricky Brabec and Kevin Benavides – revealed the new livery that the squad will now be sporting. Monster Energy unites with Team HRC in a long term agreement for the rally team project.

Monster Energy is an energetic and youthful brand, strongly linked to motorsport, and in particular, motorcycle racing. The company has strong faith in the commitment and ambition of Team HRC and their desire to accomplish the main aim of winning the Rally Dakar.

“The Dakar is the ultimate challenge for every off-road enthusiast. It’s much more than a race, it’s a pure human adventure and teaming up with Factory Honda could not have been a better partner,” said Mitch Covington, vice president of sports marketing, Monster Energy.

 Tetsuhiro Kuwata, Honda Racing Corporation Director and General Manager: “We’re really proud to start this collaboration with Monster Energy for the Dakar Project. This partnership will help and strengthen the team in its goal: to conquer the Dakar Rally”.

 Monster Energy’s image will be displayed on various parts of the Honda CRF450 RALLY and likewise will emblazon the equipment and outfits of riders, team members and Team HRC’s support vehicles.

Visitors to Milan’s EICMA show will be able to get an up-close view of the Honda CRF450 RALLY in Pavilion 4.

Hélder Rodrigues vai ter capacete para o Dakar 2017 desenhado por fãs

Está em contagem decrescente o desafio “Desenha o Capacete do Hélder” lançado por Hélder Rodrigues. Até dia 19 de Novembro os interessados ainda podem aceder ao site www.redbull.pt/capacetedohelder e criar o capacete que piloto português irá estrear, já no início de Janeiro, no Rali Dakar de 2017.

 Hélder Rodrigues acolheu esta iniciativa com muita satisfação: "Estou muito contente com a adesão que temos tido. Já recebemos vários projectos bastante originais e vai ser muito difícil escolher o melhor de entre todos os vários trabalhos interessantes que nos têm chegado. Quem quiser participar ainda o pode fazer, mas atenção às regras e à data limite de participação”, referiu Hélder Rodrigues.

 Para participar nesta iniciativa os interessados devem consultar o regulamento disponível na página do desafio e desenhar um capacete a partir de uma ideia original. É, no entanto, necessário seguir algumas indicações do piloto tendo em consideração as temáticas relacionadas com: deserto / dunas; estrelas; Rally Dakar e motas (Yamaha). O trabalho mais criativo será escolhido pelo piloto.

 O vencedor deste desafio, além de ver o seu trabalho exposto num dos maiores eventos desportivos do mundo, vai ter ainda a oportunidade de passar um dia com o próprio Hélder Rodrigues e receber um equipamento oficial completo (Casaco, Jersey e Calças) autografado pelo piloto.

KAZAKHSTAN TO HOST SIX-DAY ROUND OF FIA WORLD CUP FOR CROSS-COUNTRY RALLIES IN MAY 2017

· Inaugural round of FIA World Cup to be based at Aktau City on Caspian Sea 

· Fred Gallagher appointed Clerk of the Course to work with organisers 

The Automotorsport Federation of the Republic of Kazakhstan is delighted to announce that Rally Kazakhstan will be the fourth or fifth round of the 2017 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies for the first time on May 20-27, 2017.

 The rally will be open to FIA T1, T2, T3 and T4 classes and runs under the management of the Mobilex Sport Club. It will be based in the western city of Aktau, situated on the shores of the Caspian Sea.

 The route of the new FIA World Cup event will pass through demanding desert and rocky off-road terrain in the world’s ninth largest country, sandwiched between the Russian Federation to the north, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan to the south, the Caspian Sea to the west and China to the east.

 The competitive route will be divided into six selective sections of around 1,800km in total. Stage one is scheduled to run for 268km and this will be followed by stages of 331km, 275km, a fourth day split into two sections of 357km and 50km and the final two days of 334km and 180km.

 Aktau City is located on the Mangyshlak Peninsula, is the only major sea port in the country and has direct international flight links with several major European and central Asian cities, including Moscow, Istanbul, Baku, Kiev, Tbilisi and Yerevan.

 Rally headquarters and the media centre for the country’s inaugural round of the FIA World Cup will be based at the Marriott Renaissance Aktau Hotel. The city will also play host to the start and finish ceremonies at the nearby seaside square and the overnight halt after days one, five and six of the event.

 The bivouac after the second and fourth selective sections will be located at the Kenderly Caspian Sea Resort in Kenderly, a seashore located around 210km south-east of Aktau. The stages will loop around the nearby city of Zhanaozen in the Mangystau region of the country.

  “This is a really great achievement for us, as organisers of Rally Kazakhstan and also for our country, to be a part of the international calendar for the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies,” said Marat Abykayev, President of the Automotorsport Federation of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

“We have been trying to achieve this goal for several years and eventually, for the first time in the history of Kazakhstan, we have earned the right to host one of the counting rounds of this prestigious championship. I hope that with a mutual collaboration and team effort we will be able to promote positive news about Kazakhstan on a global scale and establish ourselves and our scenic and challenging special stages as popular additions to the FIA cross-country calendar.” 

This year’s candidate event took place in June and was won by FIA World Cup regular Yuriy Sazonov of Kazakhstan and his Ukrainian navigator Dmitry Tsyro in a Mobilex Racing Team-run Land Rover.

The experienced former WRC co-driver and event organiser Fred Gallagher worked as Rally Director alongside the local organising committee at that candidate rally and he will continue to work in the role of Clerk of the Course for Kazakhstan’s inaugural round of the FIA World Cup.

A three-time winner of the Safari Rally and a double winner of the Ivory Coast Rally with Toyota, Gallagher has also worked as a consultant on numerous other FIA events, including WRC rallies in the UK, Corsica, Cyprus and Jordan and FIA World Cup events in Russia, Abu Dhabi and Qatar.

Recent immigration changes mean that residents of 19 countries, including citizens of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Great Britain, the UAE and the United States of America, can visit Kazakhstan for up to 15 days without the need for a visa. The Kazakhstan government intends to expand this list still further next year in preparation for the country hosting the International Exhibition Astana Expo 2017 from June-September.

 Rally officials have liaised closely with management at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, Sealine Cross-Country Rally and the Italian Baja to ensure the smooth passage of vehicles and equipment between events in the 2017 FIA World Cup to adhere to the rigid transportation deadlines required. Detailed shipping details and precise timings are available from rallykazakhstan.com.