• 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

terça-feira, 26 de julho de 2016

João Ramos e Victor Jesus em 6º lugar na Baja de Aragón, reforçando a liderança na Taça Ibérica de todo-o-terreno

João Ramos e Victor Jesus terminam no 6º lugar da geral na Baja de Espanha “Aragón” 2016, prova da Taça do Mundo FIA e Taça Ibérica de todo-o-terreno. Aos comandos da Toyota Hilux obtiveram a melhor posição enquanto equipa portuguesa e um excelente resultado entre as equipas oficias.

 A cidade de Teruel foi palco da partida e chegada de prova da Taça do Mundo FIA e Taça Ibérica de todo-o-terreno dominada por um traçado de diferentes contrastes em que a Toyota Hilux da dupla portuguesa João Ramos e Victor Jesus, conquistou o 6º lugar da prova.

 Após o oitavo lugar obtido no prólogo, João Ramos e Victor Jesus tiveram no dia seguinte, 3 furos na SS2 e fortes problemas nos travões na SS3, que complicaram a prova da dupla em Hilux - Team Caetano Racing, no entanto, no domingo conseguiram terminar o terceiro e ultimo dia de prova na 6ª posição numa lista de inscritos altamente competitiva entre as equipas oficias e como melhor representante entre as equipas portuguesas. O vencedor foi o qatari, Nasser Al Attiyah também em Toyota Hilux, sendo a classificação final composta por: 2º Carlos Sainz, 3º Mikko Hirvonen, 4º Orlando Terranova, 5º Xavier Pons, com João Ramos em 6º.

 João Ramos comentou: “Estamos muito orgulhosos, enquanto equipa portuguesa, por representar bem o nosso país perante as melhores equipas do mundo desta modalidade. Com 3 furos e problemas nos travões na SS2 e SS3, ficamos impedidos de alcançar o Top 5. Após o duplo furo por ter batido numa vala, fui novamente vítima de mais um furo no final da mesma classificativa, o que me obrigou a percorrer cerca de 15 km com a roda traseira furada. Nos últimos 50 km da prova da SS2 tivemos problemas de travões, o que nos limitou o andamento, e que nos levou a gerir o 6º lugar na ultima classificativa. Com este resultado aumentamos a liderança na Taça Ibérica e cumprimos o nosso objetivo!”

Rui Sousa em excelente nível

• Rui Sousa foi 2º português; 4º Taça Ibérica 

• Transmissão condiciona Edgar Condenso

 Foi ao melhor nível que Rui Sousa / Rui Franco defenderam as côres da ISUZU neste regresso à Taça do Mundo de Todo-o-Terreno, na mítica Baja de Aragon em Espanha.

 Menos feliz foi a participação da dupla, Edgar Condenso / Nuno Silva, do Team Consilcar que no BMW série 1 Proto, acabaram por desistir a pouco mais de 20 quilómetros do final do 2º sector selectivo a contas com problemas de transmissão.

 Rui Sousa foi a Espanha com o objectivo de amealhar pontos para o Taça Ibérica, e essa missão foi cumprida com distinção. Ajudado por Rui Franco e pela Equipa técnica da Prolama, Rui Sousa apoiado pela Cepsa rodou sempre com esta intensão, defendendo onde era necessário e aumentando o ritmo na parte final para subir alguns lugares na geral, conforme referiu no final de dois intensos dias de competição; “…foi uma verdadeira prova da Taça do Mundo, muito dura e difícil, com muitas armadilhas e bastante diferente das ultimas edições que aqui disputei. De qualquer forma o nosso principal objectivo foi cumprido, com a conquista do 4º posto reservado à Taça Ibérica, e 2º entre todos os portugueses que se deslocaram até à Baja de Espanha. A Isuzu D-Max não deu qualquer problema, passando com distinção este duro teste. Apenas sentimos alguns problemas de travões no final do primeiro dia, que acabou por condicionar um pouco o desempenho á geral, mas estou contente com o trabalho desenvolvido e aproveito para agradecer a excelente colaboração do Rui Franco que aceitou o meu desafio, e também de toda a Equipa da Prolama que esteve no terreno a trabalhar para que esta participação fosse um sucesso. Obrigado também a todos os nossos Patrocinadores e Amigos que nos apoiam incondicionalmente…” conclui Rui Sousa.

 Edgar Condenso e Nuno Silva fizeram um inicio de corrida muito bom, e preparavam-se para entrar na luta pelo Top Tem, mas a mecânica não colaborou e a dupla foi forçada a desistir, de uma corrida que consideram muito interessante e de grande mediatismo …” não foi este o regresso que desejava, mas adorei as pistas e fica já agendado que temos de voltar no próximo ano. Adoro este tipo de traçado e o próprio ambiente da prova…” declarou Edgar Condenso no final.

 A próxima prova da Taça Ibérica de Todo-o-Terreno, será a Baja de Portalegre que decorre de 27 a 29 de outubro, e volta a ter os principais pilotos que disputam a Taça do Mundo e Ibérica.

domingo, 24 de julho de 2016

Baja Aragon: Two MINI ALL4 Racing pairings secure top-five positions

• Hirvonen makes it to the podium 

• Jutta Kleinschmidt takes the buggy to 12th place

 While a part of the X-raid team celebrated on the Silk Way Rally finish podium in China’s capital Beijing, today, another part battled it out for the podium positions in Spain’s Baja Aragon. At the end of three days and four special stages, Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) and Michel Périn (FRA) finished third behind Al-Attiyah and Carlos Sainz, with Orlando Terranova (ARG) / Tom Colsoul (BEL) coming fifth. The buggy pairing Jutta Kleinschmidt / Philipp Beier (both GER) secured 12th place. Meanwhile, Ricardo Porém und Paulo Fiuza withdrew after an accident on the second day.

 In the prologue on Friday afternoon, Hirvonen, Porém and Terranova secured the positions five to seven. In the starting-order determination procedure for the top 10, where the drivers could chose their position in the starting order, Porém selected the first starting positionn, followed by Terranova and Hirvonen.

 In the second special stage on Saturday morning, Hirvonen was able to match the pace of the quickest to finish just eight seconds behind Sainz. Terranova secured the fine fifth place but Porém had bad luck: he crashed into a ditch and the result: a irreparably damaged MINI ALL4 Racing. In the afternoon, Hirvonen and Terranova once again were among the quickest. Hirvonen defended his second position in the overall standings and Terranova worked his way up to fourth

 On Sunday, however, things didn’t run that well, for the Fin, the Argentinean and their MINI ALL4 Racing vehicles. Both suffered a tyre damage and lost several minutes while changing the tyres. The lost time meant for Hirvonen that he dropped from second to third position. “We had a good weekend,” said the Fin. “I wanted to pressurise Carlos on Sunday as he was just two minutes ahead and indeed: we made good progress until we had the puncture. Unfortunately, this offered Nasser the opportunity to also pass us. But we nonetheless made it to the podium.”

 In addition to the time he lost because of the tyre damage, Terranova also received a time penalty for speeding in a speed zone and consequently dropped back to fifth. “Altogether, contesting this rally was fun,” revealed Terranova. “Unfortunately Mikko and I had to assume the pathfinder role on Saturday and this didn’t make things easier. And then the puncture and the time penalty on Sunday."

 Kleinschmidt contested her buggy debut in a Baja and secured the solid 12th place. Having finished 19th in the prologue, the German really went for it on Saturday to come 12th and ninth, in the two special stages. On Sunday, however, she also suffered a puncture. Due to the lost time she had to settle for finishing 24th and dropped back from 8th to 12th in the overall standings.

 Overall standings after stage 4:

1st N. Al-Attiyah (QAT) / M. Baumel (FRA) Toyota - 6h 59m 59s
2nd C. Sainz (ESP) / L. Crusz (ESP) Peugeot - 7h 00m 18s
3rd M. Hirvonen (FIN) / M. Périn (GER) MINI ALL4 Racing - 7h 03m 29s
4th X. Pons(ESP) / S. Lafuente (URU) Ford - 7h 09m 56s
5th O. Terranova (ARG) / T. Colsoul (BEL) MINI ALL4 Racing - 7h 15m 21s
... 12th J. Kleinschmidt (GER) / P. Beier (GER) Buggy - 7h 58m 21s

Victory for Barreda in the Baja Aragón 2016

Joan Barreda has taken top honours in the Baja Aragón 2016. The Spaniard from Team HRC ruled the roost from start to finish throughout the entire rally. This is his third overall triumph in the event. Teammate Michael Metge, from France, likewise rode a storming final race to land a podium spot.

 In spite of starting the day with almost a seven-minute surplus over second place Joan Pedrero, today Barreda was not resting on his laurels. Setting an imposing pace over the 184 kilometre stage against the clock, the rider scorched to victory adding a further minute to his overall advantage. The Baja Aragón is one of the flagship races of the discipline in which points count towards the FIM Bajas World Cup. Barreda took a full house of victories in the special stages of 2016 – the 33rd edition of the event. The final tally sees the Team HRC star accumulate an 8’17” difference over runner-up Gerard Farrés to make it a hat-trick of Baja Aragón victories.

 Team HRC brother-in-arms, Frenchman Michael Metge, took everyone by surprise to produce the third fastest time in the final special stage. Metge, on the Honda CRF450 RALLY, showed that, although not being armed with the most appropriate bike for this kind of Baja terrain, he was still able to blaze a trail around the sinuous, dusty tracks around Teruel. Metge moves up a place on the overall leader board to grab a podium place alongside Barreda as third place finisher of this Baja Aragón 2016.

 Two other Honda riders – Oriol Mena and David Adrià – rounded out the top spots to finish an excellent weekend for the marque. The two, who are supported by Honda España on behalf of Impala and RedMoto, took fourth and fifth final positions respectively.

 Joan Barreda: I’m really happy, particularly because we were able to race without making any mistakes, which was our original aim. We set out looking for a very fast pace. There were some stretches where we were really able to push hard. I had to really get to grips with the smaller, more aggressive bike, which will be good for us when we move back to the bigger bike. Congratulations to Metge for the great results, he surprised me with his speed. These are very positive results for the team that will give us valuable information.

Ricardo Leal dos Santos termina Baja Aragón depois de ter problemas técnicos

Piloto da Nissan Navara chegou a ser o mais rápido logo atrás dos carros das equipas oficiais

Ricardo Leal dos Santos, acompanhado por Maykel Justo, concluiu hoje mais uma participação na Baja Aragón. O problema mecânico com uma bomba de direção defeituosa que ontem afetou a Nissan Navara da equipa condicionou bastante a sua corrida, com a partida para a derradeira etapa da prova a ser feita na 23ª posição da tabela. Houve assim dificuldades acrescidas pelas muitas ultrapassagens que tiveram que ser realizadas o que prejudicou bastante o andamento da equipa. 

Apesar dos contratempos, e sempre que possível, Ricardo Leal dos Santos conseguiu imprimir um ritmo eficaz chegando a ser até Inter 1 (km 34) o mais rápido em pista atrás dos carros das equipas oficiais “Estava muito pó e fazer ultrapassagens nestas circunstâncias não é fácil. Ainda assim passámos sete carros com péssimas condições de visibilidade, fomos bastante rápidos e fizemos bons tempos. Enquanto apanhámos pista limpa andámos bem e conseguimos divertir-nos muito com a condução”, contou Ricardo Leal dos Santos.

SOUTH RACING LEARNS FROM SILK WAY RALLY WITH CHILE’S GARCES AND GERMANY’S SCHRÖDER REACHING BEIJING FINISH

· South Racing’s Garces and Schröder finish 46th and 49th in Silk Way Rally 

South Racing took part in one of its greatest ever challenges, when it entered two cars in the daunting 15-day Silk Way Rally across Russia, Kazakhstan and China and brought both its cars to the finish ramp in Beijing on Sunday.

 Despite their own fair share of problems on one of the most demanding off-road rallies in the world calendar, the Chilean duo of Hernan Garces and Luis Eguigeran guided their South Racing-run Ford Ranger to the finish ramp in 46th position.

 The German pairing of Jürgen and Maximilian Schröder gave South Racing a 100% finishing record on the new event, despite severe battery issues on the unlucky 13th 367.44km special stage between Alahan and Wuhai in China. That knocked them further down the leader board to an eventual 49th overall in a Nissan Navara.

 Both drivers worked tirelessly to maintain their place in the rally and that was achieved with sterling effort from the South Racing mechanics.

  “The Silk Way was a great adventure for the entire team,” said South Racing’s managing director Scott Abraham. “It has been demanding and has tested everyone. Both crews were unfortunately delayed on some stages and then came back fighting. A huge thanks goes out to everyone connected with our operation, who worked tirelessly.”

 After a ceremonial send-off in Moscow, the South Racing-run pair had started conservatively on the first two-kilometre special stage in Kazan and were classified in 29th and 86th positions.

 The rally then passed through Ufa en route to the longer and more demanding selective sections, starting with a stage between Ufa in Russia and Kostanay in Kazakhstan. Schröder was an impressive 22nd in his Navara and Garces settled well into the pace with 38th overall.

 Punishing heat welcomed teams into the Kazakh capital of Astana, but the next special stage of 293.48km took place in mud after recent heavy rains and was shortened to 223km because of an impassable bridge on the route. Schröder revelled in the conditions to hold 15th, while Garces was 37th.

 The fifth section between Astana and Balkash was demanding and 568.24km in length. It ruined multiple Dakar winner Stéphane Peterhansel’s chance of winning the event, but Schröder and Garces set the 17th and 23rd quickest times and were classified in 16th and 25th overall.

 The sixth stage into Almaty on July 14th was shortened because of storm warnings in the area and the South Racing cars reached the night halt and the subsequent rest day in Almaty in 16th and 23rd overall.

 Stage seven took teams out of Almaty towards Bortala and Schröder and Garces found an impressive pace and stayed clear of trouble to record the 14th and 22nd quickest times and hold 14th and 22nd in the overall standings.

 But rallies of this nature and stature have a way of biting back when the going is good and serious transmission issues hampered Schröder on the 256.93km special between Bortala and Urumqi on July 17th and cost the German several hours on the stage and a fistful of time penalties. The delay pushed him down to 53rd overall. Garces recorded the 19th quickest time and broke into the top 20 for the first time.

 Punishing heat and temperatures in excess of 45 degrees Centigrade in the Turpan-Hami depression and the area around the dry Lake Ayding – one of the lowest places on earth – tested man and machine to the limit, as the ninth stage of 384.40km passed between Urumqi and Hami and the first major dunes on the event. Schröder lost further time in the sand and Garces rolled his Ford Ranger and the car sustained substantial damage. It was a fraught day for South Racing.

 There was no respite on the 10th stage of 340km in China between Hami and Dunhuang, but Schröder recovered from his earlier delays to record the 19th fastest time and move back up to 40th overall.

 A violent sandstorm forced race officials to abandon the special stage and the day’s action between Dunhuang and Jiayuguan and that enabled South Racing to get back on track after several long days. 

Garces had rejoined the rally, after his car was repaired, and the Chilean recorded the 31st quickest time to hold 54th overall. Schröder was delayed again in 65th place and reached the end of the stage in 43rd, but battery issues cost him a lot of time in the subsequent 13th stage.

 The final stage on July 23rd ran between Wuhai and Hohhot, before the non-competitive run in to Beijing the following day.

 Garces survived unscathed in his Ranger to card the 45th quickest time and ensure that he headed for Beijing in 46th overall. Schröder was also able to tackle the final stage and was given a finishing position of 49th overall after his additional time penalties had been added.

 South Racing was founded in 2013. Based near Frankfurt in Germany, the young, customer-driven team also has workshops in Portugal and has extensive experience of the Dakar Rally and rallying in South America.

Sebastian Bühler termina Baja Aragón em 15º

Sebastian Bühler concluiu hoje a Baja de Aragón 2016 no 15º posto da classificação geral da competição destinada às motas. Na sequência da forte queda que sofreu durante a etapa de ontem, o piloto viu-se obrigado a condicionar o seu andamento devido às dores que sentiu no pulso. Por esse motivo, e de modo a não comprometer a corrida, acabou por imprimir um ritmo mais cauteloso. Ainda assim conseguiu realizar os 184.8 quilómetros que compunham a derradeira especial cronometrada da Baja Aragón em 2h42m54s.

 Para o piloto da Yamaha o mais importante foi terminar a corrida sem mais quedas: “hoje, mal arranquei, comecei logo a sentir muitas dores no pulso. Como não tinha força na mão decidi não arriscar para poder terminar a corrida sem mais quedas. Esta situação acabou por não permitir que eu evoluísse mais na corrida. Agora a minha intenção é recuperar e começar a treinar mais a navegação para estar em forma para competição que se realiza brevemente na Grécia e para o Rali de Marrocos”, contou Sebastian Bühler.

 Sebastian Bühler regressa às competições já no final do mês de Agosto altura em que se realiza o Serres Rally que se disputa na Grécia entre 28 de Agosto e 3 de Setembro.

XAVIER PONS RETURNS TO GUIDE HIS DMAS SOUTH RACING FORD RANGER TO A FINE FOURTH PLACE IN BAJA SPAIN ARAGÓN

· Fernando Alvarez and Pablo Monasterolo finish eighth overall 

· Czech duo of Ourednicek and Vaculik take 11th in third South Racing car 

Spaniard Xavier Pons stormed back into the rallying limelight with an impressive performance at the wheel of a DMAS South Racing-run Ford Ranger in Baja Spain Aragón, round five of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies.

 Absent from the cross-country scene since steering his Air Europa-backed Ford Ranger to the finish of his first ever Dakar Rally in January, Pons teamed up with new Uruguayan co-driver Sergio Lafuente for the first time in the baking heat and dust of a Spanish summer and the bonded well from the outset.

 Pons set several impressive stage times to eventually reach the finish of the three-day event in Teruel in fourth overall behind Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah, Carlos Sainz and Mikko Hirvonen – three of the fastest WRC drivers in the world.

 Spaniard Fernando Alvarez and Argentinean Pablo Monasterolo were also in good form in their Conarpesa-backed South Racing Toyota Hilux and finished in eighth position.

 The Czech pairing of Tomas Ourednicek and Pavel Vaculik drove a third Ford Ranger with support from South Racing. They reached Teruel in 11th.

  “Once again it was a good race for South Racing and for Xavier in particular with fourth place,” said South Racing’s managing director Scott Abraham. “He had a slight roll yesterday and also a puncture that cost him some time, but the plan today was to push on and try and catch Orlando Terranova and either sit in the dust or try and get passed. Then Orly got a puncture and ‘Xevi’ was able to get passed and take fourth place. 

 “It was a solid rally for Fernando. He got stuck behind another car on both stages on Saturday, but his experience of racing in Argentina has been very positive and he set some good times with no problems to finish eighth. It was the first time in the car for Tomas. He also got stuck in the dust for a time, but he had a good pace, especially as this was the first time for him in the car. 

 “I say a big thanks to all my team and everyone at Neil Woolridge Motorsport in South Africa for supplying this car and for all their work. It is clear to see that the ongoing development work is clearly paying off.” 

“We now have around a week to regroup after the hard work everyone has put in over the recent weeks and then we have three rallies in Hungary, Poland and Atacama in August.” Xavier

Pons was delighted with his result: “We are very happy. This was a great step and to finish fourth was the best we could have hoped for. We have set some very good times and matched the very best drivers on these difficult stages. I want to thank Raul Antonio, my sponsors and all the people at DMAS South Racing and Ford for supporting me in achieving this result.”

 Pons made a superb start on his return to the South Racing line-up by clocking the second fastest time behind Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah in the opening 9.2km super special stage, near Teruel, on Friday evening. The DMAS South Racing Ford Ranger driver recorded a time of 6min 03.1sec. Alvarez was 20th fastest in his Toyota Hilux with a time of 7min 01.7sec and Ourednicek was 23rd. 

Two selection sections of 162km and 184.80km were on the agenda for Saturday, winding their way along remote tracks and through farmland in the Jiloca and Comarca de Teruel regions.

 Carlos Sainz recorded the quickest time to snatch the lead, but Pons was also in superb form with the Ford Ranger and netted the fifth fastest time to hold a top five position heading back to the midday service in Teruel. Alvarez and Ourednicek finished the special in 12th and 24th overall.

 Pons continued his impressive pace through the second Alfambra stage and the fifth quickest time ensured that he reached Teruel and the overnight halt in a similar position in the overall standings. Alvarez climbed to an impressive ninth and Ourednicek moved up to 12th overall.

 The Alfambra stage was repeated on Sunday morning and Sainz posted the target time of 2hr 23min 55sec. Pons pressed hard over the closing kilometres and his persistence was rewarded with the fourth quickest time behind eventual winner Al-Attiyah Sainz and Hirvonen. His reward was fourth place after the Argentinean Orlando Terranova was handed an additional seven minutes of time penalties at the finish.

 Alvarez gained a place at the expense of former Dakar winner Jutta Kleinschmidt to finish eighth overall and Ourednicek reached Teruel in 11th overall after carding the 11th quickest time in the final stage.

 South Racing was founded in 2013. Based near Frankfurt in Germany, the young, customer-driven team also has workshops in Portugal and has extensive experience of the Dakar Rally and rallying in South America.