• 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, 22 de novembro de 2017

Ricardo Porém e Pedro Grancha juntos pela vitória

Um triunfo que falta a dois campeões 

Ricardo Porém e Pedro Grancha vão, no próximo fim-de-semana, participar na mítica competição de 24 Horas de Todo-o-Terreno que desde há 20 anos se disputa na vila alentejana de Fronteira. Dois campeões nacionais de Todo-o-Terreno que se juntam a uma formação francesa com um claro objetivo de lutar por uma vitória que falta no palmarés de ambos.

Os pilotos portugueses irão competir aos comandos de um MMP Off Road que vão partilhar com Laurent Poletti – vencedor da edição do 2005 – e Ronald Basso.

“Estou muito satisfeito por ter recebido este convite de uma das principais formações que habitualmente disputa a prova portuguesa de 24 Horas, uma competição de elevado nível internacional. O nosso objetivo é lutar pela vitória”, refere o atual campeão nacional Ricardo Porém que acrescenta: “Temos a nosso favor uma equipa muito homogénea e uma máquina extremamente fiável e de alta performance. Espero que a sorte esteja connosco”.

Para Pedro Grancha que este ano regressou às provas competindo no disputadíssimo campeonato de SSV onde foi um dos vencedores de corridas “esta é uma excelente oportunidade de lutar pela vitória. Conseguimos reunir todas as condições para participar na prova dentro de um projeto ganhador e agora vamos trabalhar de forma a conseguirmos alcançar os nossos objetivos”, lembrou o ex-Campeão Nacional.

O programa das 24 Horas TT Vila de Fronteira compreende verificações durante o dia de 5º feira que incluí ainda um briefing às 19h30m e uma cerimónia de partida às 21h30m. O dia seguinte compreende diversas sessões de treinos livres e cronometrados. A partida para a longa maratona de 24 horas será dada no Sábado pelas 14 horas.

2018 Dakar: X-raid launches second drive concept

· Now with two-wheel drive too: MINI John Cooper Works Buggy 

· MINI John Cooper Works Rally improved 

In the 2018 Dakar Rally, X-raid dares to make the first steps into a new era by presenting the MINI John Cooper Works Buggy! In the past 15 years, the Trebur based team fully focused on four-wheel drive vehicles but in the 2018 Dakar that will start in early January at Lima, Peru, it will enter – for the first time – a X-raid designed two-wheel drive desert racer! “We are absolutely delighted with having the opportunity to present our buggy today, a vehicle our entire team worked really hard on, in the past months,” said X-raid Team Principal Sven Quandt. “This development is unique in the X-raid history as never before so many engineers were involved in the development of an X-raid vehicle.” Although investing a lot of time in the development of the buggy, the MINI John Cooper Works Rally was also improved in many areas and drastically redesigned whilst keeping its proven reliability.

MINI John Cooper Works Buggy

“Due to the regulation advantages, we came up with the idea of building a buggy for quite a while,” Quandt revealed. And in late 2016 the idea began to take shape. The work on the project began February 2017. Altogether, more than 45 engineers of X-raid and numerous partners worked on the new buggy. “The aero package was of major importance and was enhanced together with KLK Motorsport in many simulations,” says Quandt, “And the final looks of the vehicle was created in cooperation with MINI design.” BMW Steyr designed – within the framework of the regulations – a completely new engine, based on the well-known BMW six-cylinder power unit. And it goes without saying that long-term partners, such as BMW Motorsport, Magna, Heggemann, CP Autosport and Faster, also were involved. “It was the very first buggy designed and built by us but we could hark back to our cross-country experience”

Bringing together on site all those engineers involved would not only have resulted in high costs but also would have been virtually impossible, time-wise. So, it was decided to hold Webex conferences. “These conferences dictated our lives for four months,” adds Sven Quandt. ”But they offered us the opportunity to not only discuss small details quickly and in-depth but also take a close look at them and adapt them.”

In early September, the MINI John Cooper Works Buggy covered its first kilometres during the roll-out at the X-raid headquarters in Trebur. And just a few days later it went out for its first off-road test in Hungary. “Prior to this test we were really excited,” reveals Sven Quandt, “But everything went fine and the buggy completed the tests without encountering any major problems.” Consequently, the team could send it to difficult terrain and the buggy was put through its paces for three weeks in Morocco. “Of course we detected several things that could be improved but throughout the three weeks of testing the buggy never was stopped by a technical problem – and that’s really remarkable. The biggest challenge was to manage this project and without losing track of any detail.”

In further tests, the team continued the preparations of the MINI John Cooper Works Buggy for the big challenge represented by the Dakar Rally. “We are well aware of the fact that contesting an event with an all new vehicle can be risky,” admits Sven Quandt. “But we and the buggy are prepared for challenges and strains in South America as well as possible for the time which has been available.” 

Enhancement of the MINI John Cooper Works Rally

At the same time, the MINI John Cooper Works Rally also was refined in many areas. “Despite all the euphoria you definitely should not forget the 4x4,” underlined Sven Quandt. “There are routes and terrains where the all-wheel drive definitely represents an advantage. Furthermore, our car is extremely reliable and it was the car’s reliability that helped us claiming numerous successes.” Not only the new technical regulation but also the new engine designed for the MINI John Cooper Works Buggy allowed for a significant improvement of the four-wheel drive MINI John Cooper Works Rally. The main improvements resulting from the new regulations are the increased spring travel (from 250 to 280mm) and the reduction of the total minimum weight from 1952 to 1850kg.

“We succeeded in achieving the new minimum weight,” added Sven Quandt. “We attended to absolutely every component.” So, the thickness of the carbon-fibre body and the weight of the frame were reduced. „We also checked all the screws what helped us to save another three to four kilograms. This demonstrates that reducing the car’s weight really was an in-depth effort.”  

“It’s our goal to make it to the podium,” concluded Sven Quandt. “No matter if with the MINI John Cooper Works Buggy or the MINI John Cooper Works Rally. There are many variables we can’t control, such as the routing, the weather and – of course – a dose of luck. Something you definitely also need if you want to succeed in the Dakar.” 

Miko Hirvonen, driver John Cooper Works Buggy

How does it feel to drive the new MINI John Cooper Works Buggy?
“Getting behind the wheel of an all new car always is exciting. We covered a lot of kilometres with it and driving it feels extremely good. What impressed me the most was its handling on bumpy terrain. The buggy is a lightweight vehicle and features a bigger spring travel than any car I have driven to date. Therefore, it has got what it takes to also cope with these sections without problems. And it also is physically less demanding. Of course there still are lot of things to be learned but we are heading in the right direction.”

Could you please describe how it felt to switch from 4x4 to the buggy?
“There are a lot of things you have to accustom to. On nearly every terrain, the buggy must be driven in a different way than the 4x4. On bumpy roads we can drive much faster and it will take us some time to find the limit. The speed you can drive at over bumps is just incredible. In winding sections that resemble WRC stages, however, the buggy is somewhat less precise than the 4x4. In addition, the rear wheel drive makes you slide more. But I think that we have found a good balance. In the dunes the difference is big and at the beginning I found driving over the big dunes more difficult. That could be a special challenge in the Dakar.” 

What is your goal for the 2018 Dakar?
“Despite the new vehicle and although it looks as if we will spend more time in the dunes, this year, I want to fight for a podium finish at least. Andi and I are a good pairing and he is extremely experienced.”

Orlando Terranova, driver MINI John Cooper Works Rally

How do you assess the enhanced MINI John Cooper Works Rally?
“I am really delighted about the enhanced MINI as we made a real step forward. When I drove the car with the bigger spring travel and the lower weight for the first time it was a good feeling right away. The reliability is still there but the handling and the brake performance have been improved. The new suspension allows us to go faster on bumpy terrain and it also improves the ride comfort. A true advantage if you are getting a good shaking while sitting in the car for many hours.” 

What is your goal for the 2018 Dakar?
We want to fight for a podium. To achieve this goal we have to be absolutely focused throughout the event and must avoid making any mistakes. This applies to both the driving and the navigating. Making it to the top three is my goal and my dream but we will have to fight hard to make this dream come true

Crews Dakar Rally 2018

MINI John Cooper Works Buggy
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) / Andreas Schulz (GER)
Bryce Menzies (USA) / Pete Mortensen (USA)
Yazeed-Al Rajhi (KSA) / Timo Gottschalk (GER)

MINI John Cooper Works Rally
Orlando Terranova (ARG) / Ronnie Graue (ARG)
 Nani Roma (ESP) / Alex Haro (ESP)
Jakub Przygonski (POL) / Tom Colsoul (BEL)
Boris Garafulic (CHI) / Filipe Palmeiro (POR)

The 40th edition of the Dakar is expected to make the history books

Paulo Gonçalves, second-place finisher for Honda in 2015, today took part in the official 2018 Dakar Rally presentation, as details of the race were revealed. The 40th edition looks set to be a hard-fought event in which the Monster Energy Honda Team will have their sights firmly set on a final victory.

One of the longest-awaited days for the Dakar community finally arrived yesterday. Until then, all that was know about the rally was what had been unveiled earlier in March with the announcement of the locations for the 2018 odyssey with its coveted bronze Tuareg statuette prize. This time it was the Pavilion d’Armenonville in the French capital that on Wednesday hosted the official presentation of the key details of the 40th edition of the Dakar – the mother of all rallies – the longest and toughest challenge for both riders and mechanics.

 The event began with an ample summary of the race’s thirty-nine year history with some of the most poignant pictures, highlighting the courage of the riders over nearly four decades of offroad thrills and spills. Dakar Director Étienne Lavigne spoke about the epic South American adventure: ‘It is likely to be exceptional. Peru will again feature, like it did in 2012 and 2013. Bolivia will host the race for the fifth time too and Argentina will also be present as it has done every year since 2009′.

There remains only a month and a half before the busy streets of Lima begin to reverberate to the howl of the Dakar engines on January 6, 2018. The capital of Peru returns to the competition after a four-year hiatus. With just forty five days to showtime the Monster Energy Honda Team are primed and poised to get their Honda CRF450 RALLY on the road for the mammoth 9000 kilometre trek that leads to the final finish line in Córdoba, Argentina. En route competitors will be faced with thirteen gruelling days of racing. By the time the entourage arrives at the halfway stage for the rest day in La Paz, the capital of Bolivia, riders will barely have time to catch their breath or prepare for the final intense week which is expected to be one of the toughest rallies in the ten years that the event has been held in South America.

‘The Dakar has been the race of my life,’ was how Sporting Director Marc Coma described the Dakar Rally at the presentation. ‘It will be a dream ride to celebrate the four decades of this extraordinary race. It will be a magic edition where the riders will be able to battle through the dunes and get lost in Peru. Once again we will be able to surrender to the adoration of Bolivia, before we end up back at South America’s motorsport capital Cordoba, where there will be a big party to celebrate ten years of the Dakar in South America. We have juggled around the stages, for example, with the second stage, where the bikes will start after the cars. Also, stage four will have a motocross-style start and the alternating fifth stage will be where the riders will get to see the Tanaca dunes for the first time. In Bolivia, after the rest day in the capital La Paz, the first of the two marathon stages for motorcycles takes place. One of the longest stages will be Stage 8 from Uyuni-Tupiza. The entrance to Argentina will begin to mark out the clear favourites to win the race,’ stated Coma, ‘The altitude will be left behind and the sand will welcome us. Navigation will be a key factor and the starting order for the Fiambalá Super Special may also be crucial before reaching the final part of the Dakar, which will end in Cordoba with a final special loop in the mountain range, crossing numerous rivers’. 

Lavigne also went over some of the data of this edition, which will feature about 337 vehicles, including 190 motorcycles. The Monster Energy Honda Team will participate with Joan Barreda (# 5), Paulo Gonçalves (# 6), Michael Metge (# 14), Ricky Brabec (# 20) and Kevin Benavides (# 47) and will be hoping to live up to their role as one of the Dakar 2018’s favourites with a corresponding place on the final podium in Córdoba.

Miguel Oliveira do Moto GP para os SSV

Equipa PMF de Pedro Ferreira junta Miguel Oliveira e Filipe Campos 

Miguel Oliveira será a grande novidade da competição de 3 horas destinada aos SSV e que se disputa em paralelo com as famosas 24 horas de Todo-o-Terreno que no próximo fim-de-semana irão animar a vila alentejana de Fronteira. Depois de três vitórias consecutivas em Moto2 o piloto de Almada vai fazer a sua estreia da disciplina que nos últimos anos tem trazido uma enorme animação ao todo-o-terreno.

 Aos comandos de um Can-Am Maverick X3 será acompanhado pelo ex-campeão de todo-o-Terreno Filipe Campos, também ele a fazer estreia nesta disciplina, enquanto para Pedro Ferreira esta será a sua segunda prova depois de uma estreia no inicio da temporada no Raid TT da Ferraria.

  “Este Can-Am Maverick foi adquirido no inicio do ano porque percebi que seria uma viatura excelente para treinar e teria ainda a possibilidade de participar em corridas que não coincidissem com as do campeonato auto. Estreei-me na Ferraria e diverti-me imenso. Estou certo que o Miguel Oliveira e o Filipe Campos se vão divertir também” salienta Pedro Ferreira que disputou esta temporada de TT aos comandos de uma VW Amarok.

 Ex-campeão de todo-o-terreno com diversas vitórias internacionais no seu currículo Filipe Campos não tem dúvidas: “Estas máquinas são fantásticas. Nunca fiz nenhuma corrida, mas já tive a oportunidade de testar diversos modelos e este Maverick X3 é um verdadeiro veículo de competição”, salientou o piloto portuense que, no passado mês de julho, foi parceiro de Nani Roma no tradicional comparativo anual dos SSV do CNTT.

 A presença de Miguel Oliveira na equipa foi tida em conta pelo ACP, organizador da prova que atribuiu o nº 244 à formação da PMF. “Estou ansioso por começar esta minha primeira experiencia em terra. Vou ter a companhia de dois pilotos da especialidade, o Pedro Ferreira e o Filipe Campos, mas para mim será uma estreia absoluta” salienta Miguel Oliveira que faz questão de convidar todos a virem até Fronteira para acompanharem de perto esta corrida.

 O programa das 3 Horas TT Vila de Fronteira compreende verificações na manhã de 6ª feira, um briefing pelas 11 horas e uma sessão de treinos livres e cronometrados das 12h30m até às 14 horas. No sábado a corrida arranca às 8 horas.

Toyota Hilux de João Ramos em destaque no Salão do Automóvel 2017

A pick-up Hilux, da dupla João Ramos e Victor Jesus que participou no Campeonato Nacional de Todo-o-Terreno 2017 vai estar em destaque no espaço Toyota, situado no pavilhão 1 da FIL, no âmbito do Salão do Automóvel 2017.

 Os visitantes ao espaço Toyota na FIL poderão candidatar-se a acompanhar o piloto João Ramos durante um evento Co-Drive, através de um passatempo para esse efeito.

 Com uma presença dominante desde 1968, o lendário modelo da Toyota, a Hilux, que conta com mais de 18 milhões de unidades comercializadas em 180 países, vai-se apresentar na versão de competição. Este modelo conta com um motor aspirado V8, de 5 litros de cilindrada capaz de produzir uma potência de 380 CV e 600 Nm de binário. Assente num chassis tubular, este bloco encontra-se acoplado a uma caixa de velocidades de 6 relações sequenciais.

 Poderá visitar o espaço da Toyota e ver de perto a Hilux - Team Caetano Racing entre os dias 21 a 26 de novembro, no pavilhão 1, Espaço 5 da FIL – Parque das Nações, Lisboa.

segunda-feira, 13 de novembro de 2017

Mário Patrão com Crédito Agrícola no apoio aos apicultores de Seia

O Crédito Agrícola vai entregar, no próximo sábado, dia 11 de novembro, meia tonelada de alimento para abelhas a vários apicultores do concelho de Seia. Uma ação solidária que tem como objetivo ajudar a minimizar os estragos causados pelos incêndios de 15 de outubro, que devastaram esta zona do país.

 Uma iniciativa que será efetuada através do Núcleo Motard do Centro de Cultura e Desporto do CA e que vai contar com a participação do pluricampeão nacional de motociclismo, Mário Patrão, natural do Concelho de Seia e que terá o apoio do Crédito Agrícola da Serra da Estrela e do Município de Seia.

  "Toda a ajuda é pouca nestas situações de catástrofe. Felizmente o apoio tem vindo de todo o lado, o que é bastante positivo. Estudos recentemente realizados revelaram que no âmbito agrícola, a apicultura foi uma das áreas diagnosticadas como sendo de maior carência. Rapidamente me mostrei disponível para ajudar e é, para mim um enorme prazer contribuir para estas causas”, explica Mário Patrão.

 De salientar que no caso dos apicultores, estes perderam centenas de colmeias e enfrentam nesta altura grandes dificuldades para alimentar as abelhas que sobreviveram aos fogos. Uma situação que afeta o sector e coloca em causa o rendimento de inúmeras famílias que vivem da produção de mel.

 O Grupo Crédito Agrícola solidariza-se desta forma para com todos os apicultores desta área do país contribuindo assim para a sustentabilidade da economia daquela região.

sexta-feira, 10 de novembro de 2017

Monster Energy Honda Team at EICMA with the latest Honda innovations

The five riders from the Monster Energy Honda Team were present at the prestigious EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy. Besides visiting the team’s collaborators, the squad were there to back the launch of several of Honda’s latest models.

 Joan Barreda, Paulo Gonçalves, Kevin Benavides, Ricky Brabec and Michael Metge were the official Honda Racing Corporation riders in attendance at Milan’s EICMA show as the rally team came out in support of the brand.

 In the official presentation of both the brand new Honda models and the different top category teams, the Honda Rally team – the Monster Energy Honda Team – was the most numerous as well as the most sought-after team for press interviews. Subsequently, the riders made their presence noticed at the Honda stand where bike fans in attendance at Milan’s EICMA were able to savour the brand’s latest range of offerings, including the special model that commemorates the thirtieth anniversary of the launch of the Africa Twin, one of the marque’s most celebrated models.

 The team also took the opportunity to pay a visit to several of Monster Energy Honda Team’s collaborators, such as Motul, Showa, Michelin, Givi, Termignoni, Acerbis, Beta, Tucano Urbano, Supersprox and Vibram, among others.

quinta-feira, 9 de novembro de 2017

Monster Energy Honda Team celebrates ‘Dakar Day’ 2018

There was a great atmosphere and good vibes at the Dakar Day, the annual meeting which Monster Energy Honda Team and their riders held for the press at the Honda Security Institute facility in Barcelona.

 If you wished to experience the full-on Dakarian environment, as lived by the Monster Energy Honda Team, look no further than the Dakar Day. The presentation of the team before the press this year was done so by no less than Tetsuhiro Kuwata, General Manager and Director of Honda Racing Corporation, who accompanied the riders and wished them the best of luck, in the hope that they return from South America with the best possible result

 The Honda Security Institute in the Honda Motor Europe Spain complex situated in Santa Perpètua de la Mogoda, Barcelona, hosted the Monster Energy Honda Team presentation for the second consecutive year. With less than two months before the engines of the Honda CRF450 RALLY begin to reverberate through the streets of Lima, the capital of Peru, the five riders of the Monster Energy Honda Team in attendance gave their impressions and expectations for the 2018 edition of the Dakar Rally.

 Television, newspapers, digital media and radio flocked to ‘Dakar Day’ to spend an agreeable winter morning rubbing shoulders with the team and were able to get the lowdown on how the Monster Energy Honda Team is structured for each Dakar stage. Also on display were the vehicles that will transport the team and equipment, such as the motorhomes and tents, as well as the support vehicles including the Monster Energy truck. More than 30 communication professionals were lucky enough to get a close-up and a look inside these vehicles in the H.I.S. installations of Honda Motor Europe Spain.

 Over the coming ten days, the team will finalize the details before boarding the vehicles in the French port of Le Havre, bound for Lima the capital of Peru.