• 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, 24 de agosto de 2016

Paulo Gonçalves segue em terceiro no Chile

Piloto português sofreu uma aparatosa queda na fase inicial da tirada mas manteve-se na luta pelos lugares cimeiros até ao final. 

Paulo Gonçalves cumpriu hoje a segunda etapa do Atacama Rally, no Chile, averbando o quarto melhor tempo por entre a lista de concorrentes ao Campeonato do Mundo da especialidade e mantém o terceiro lugar da classificação geral, a escassos 5 minutos do líder da prova.

 A segunda de cinco etapas do Atacama Rally foi a mais longa desta edição da prova chilena, com um total ascendente a 460 quilómetros entre Antofagasta e Bahía Inglesa. Paulo Gonçalves sofreu uma queda na fase inicial da corrida que o deixou com algumas dores na zona abdominal, mas mesmo assim conseguiu rodar na dianteira do pelotão, tendo sido o quarto mais rápido do dia a 3min35s do vencedor do dia, o australiano Toby Price. À geral, Gonçalves mantém o 3.º lugar a 5min22s do líder chileno Pablo Quintanilla.

 A terceira etapa do Atacama Rally disputa-se em “loop” em redor de Bahía Inglesa, na região de Copiapó, com um total de 200 quilómetros cronometrados onde a navegação será decisiva para a classificação final.

 Paulo Gonçalves: “Terminámos a mais longa ‘especial’ deste rali, uma etapa muito completa, difícil, com muita navegação, caminhos rápidos e com muita pedra. Estou muito satisfeito com o comportamento da minha mota, o trabalho que temos vindo a fazer está a mostrar-se na prática. Ao quilómetro 14 sofri uma queda que me deixou com algumas dores na zona abdominal, ainda assim consegui chegar ao final sem contratempos.”

Tough day for Team HRC who remain amongst the leaders at the Atacama Rally

Team HRC’s trio of riders Paulo Gonçalves, Kevin Benavides and Ricky Brabec continue to rub shoulders the leaders in the Atacama Rally in spite of suffering the severity of the rally’s longest stage.

 It was a long and tough stage today at the Atacama Rally around the spectacular ‘Hand of the Desert’ in Antofagasta. The second 460 kilometre stage was fought out over some very rapid and rock-filled off-piste areas as riders also got their first taste of the dunes of Bahía Inglesa towards the end of the run.

 Team HRC headed out poised to attack, hoping to pull back some time and improve on overall times. However both Paulo Gonçalves and Kevin Benavides crashed in separate incidents. Portuguese Gonçalves had got off to a swift start but fell injuring his abdomen forcing a stage strategy rethink. The rider went into damage limitation mode, cutting the risks and managing to make it home without significant loss of time. Gonçalves holds third place overall.

 Likewise, Kevin Benavides was also to crash in a high-speed zone on one of the shorter tracks. The impact damaged the front end of the Honda CRF450 RALLY although the Argentine fortunately escaped without injury. Pressing on, he was able to post a third spot on the day, just several minutes behind the stage winner. The rider from Salta now lies in fourth in the general rankings.

 Ricky Brabec continues with his apprenticeship in the Chilean desert on his first participation in the Atacama Rally. After a rapid start the American slowed down the pace in the second part of the special, but remains in the top five in the general standings.

 Tomorrow, Thursday, will see the third stage disputed around the Bahía Inglesa loop which will take in over 200 kilometres of the Copiapó region where navigation could prove to be decisive.

terça-feira, 23 de agosto de 2016

Paulo Gonçalves foi terceiro no arranque do Atacama Rally

Piloto português fez quase toda a 1.ª Etapa sem GPS na sua Honda mas conseguiu manter-se sempre na dianteira da prova chilena. 

Paulo Gonçalves disputou esta terça-feira a primeira etapa do Atacama Rally, quarta prova do Campeonato do Mundo de Ralis Todo-o-Terreno que decorre até ao próximo sábado no Chile, averbando o terceiro melhor tempo do dia numa “especial” que ascendeu aos 230 quilómetros. 

Depois de ter sido igualmente o terceiro classificado no prólogo de 10 quilómetros realizado na tarde desta segunda-feira, Paulo Gonçalves escolheu sair no quinto posto para a primeira tirada do Atacama Rally, mas cerca do quilómetro 30 viria a sentir algumas dificuldades com a avaria do seu sistema de GPS que viria a comprometer o melhor ritmo do piloto português.

 Gonçalves fechou o dia com a terceira melhor marca a 2min50s do vencedor, o chileno Pablo Quintanilla, que perfez a etapa num total de 2h14min56s.

 A segunda etapa do Atacama Rally, a mais longa da prova chilena, decorre entre Antofagasta e Bahía Inglesa, com um total de 400 quilómetros.

 Paulo Gonçalves: “Uma primeira etapa muito boa, um dia longo com 230 quilómetros de "especial". Inicialmente tive alguns problemas com o muito pó dos pilotos que saíram na frente, além disso também perdi o GPS ao quilómetro 30 e tive alguma dificuldade em alcançar alguns "waypoints". Amanhã vai ser mais um longo dia de prova, vamos continuar focados em fazer bons quilómetros e testar sem problemas.”

SPANIARD PONS TEAMS UP WITH RONNIE GRAUE TO DRIVE DMAS SOUTH RACING FORD RANGER IN BAJA POLAND

· Czech duo of Ourednicek and Vaculik crew second DMAS South Racing car 

Spanish former WRC star Xavier Pons is preparing to tackle his third event of the cross-country rallying season, when he and new Argentinean navigator Ronnie Graue tackle this weekend’s Columna Medica Baja Poland, round seven of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, in a DMAS South Racing-backed Ford Ranger.

 After finishing the gruelling Dakar Rally with DMAS South Racing, Pons teamed up with the team again at July’s Baja Spain Aragón and was partnered by Uruguayan co-driver Sergio Lafuente on his way to a fine fourth overall behind Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah, Carlos Sainz and Mikko Hirvonen.

 The Polish outing will be the first time that Pons and Graue have competed together. His navigator hails from Mendoza in northwestern Argentina and has considerable experience of rallying in major cross-country events, having finished fifth and 12th on the Dakar Rally in 2012 and 2013. Graue was also the navigator for Lucio Alvarez when South Racing teamed up with Neil Woolridge Motorsport to run a Ford Ranger for the first time at the Dakar in 2014.

 The Czech pairing of Tomas Ourednicek and Pavel Vaculik crew the second DMAS South Racing Ford Ranger in Poland. The pair enjoyed a successful first event with their new team in Spain and reached the finish of that event in Teruel in 11th position.

  “It will be the first time that the team races Baja Poland and we are looking forward to the strong competition,” said South Racing’s managing director Scott Abraham.” We are using the Baja as a test and development event to put kilometres on the new parts and, most importantly, to give Xevi and Ronni seat time in the DMAS South Racing Ranger.

  “It is great to have Tomas and Pavel back with us for their second outing in the Buggyra Racing Ford Ranger. They’re familiar with the event and the region and have competed here on numerous occasions, both in the FIA World Cup and the CEZ Championship. The experience there will be a great benefit,”

 Columna Medica Rally Poland is being organised by Foundation Baja Poland and is centred around the Szczecin, Dobra and Zachodniopomorskie areas of northern Poland. The host city of Szczecin is the seventh largest in the country, is a major port near the Baltic Sea and the capital of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship.

 Scrutineering checks and administration will tae place at Northeast Marina in Szczecin on Thursday (August 25), before crews will be permitted to carry out a shakedown test at the military shooting range on Friday morning. After the ceremonial start in Szczecin at 17.00hrs on Friday evening, teams will then tackle the opening 6.9km super special stage in the militarised area from 18.00hrs. 

Saturday’s action comprises two selective sections of 175km apiece in the area around Drawsko Pomorskie from 08.20hrs and 13.40hrs.

 Sunday’s action consists of two repeat runs through a pair of shorter special stages of 39.50km and 18.20km in length. These Dobra and Lubieszyhn specials will then be repeated at 12.30hrs and 13.20hrs, before the ceremonial finish in the Szczecin Rally Park from 14.30pm. In a total route of 787.68km, teams will tackle a total of 472.30 competitive kilometres.

Solid start to the Atacama Rally for Team HRC riders

Chile’s Atacama Rally kicked off today – the fourth round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship – with Team HRC performing well in stage one after dominating yesterday’s prologue.
Team HRC faired well over the 230 kilometre first stage of the Atacama Rally and finished the day well-poised to tackle tomorrow’s stage – the longest of the event. Nevertheless, were it not for a minor navigation error by Argentinean Team HRC rider Kevin Benavides, the result could have been even better. Benavides had won the curtain-raiser on the Honda CRF450 RALLY the previous day and chose to start from an attacking position in fourth place.

 Indeed, attack he did from the outset this morning, which had been delayed due to early morning mist that wouldn’t allow the race helicopter to take off. By kilometre thirty the Argentine had overtaken the three riders who had started ahead and now found himself opening the track. However, an incorrect choice of path lost him several minutes and the leadership to local rider Pablo Quintanilla.

 Portuguese Paulo Gonçalves, third in the prologue yesterday, chose a fifth place start and attacked in his inimitable style. In spite of maintaining a scorching pace, a GPS issue left the rider without a signal for over 100 kilometres, forcing him to slow the rhythm down. Quintanilla was able to catch up and the two crossed the line virtually together.

 American rider Ricky Brabec was feeling at home with the off-piste type of rallying that featured throughout the first stage of the Atacama. After a steady ride, the Team HRC man finished in fifth spot, some five and a half minutes adrift of the race leader.

 Argentinean Franco Caimi, from Honda South America Rally Team, also got off to a notable start to the rally taking seventh place on the Honda CRF450 RALLY.

Baja Poland: Holowczyc to go again for it on native soil

• A total of four MINI ALL4 Racing vehicles to contest the event 

• Penultimate Baja in the FIA World Cup calendar 2016 

Four MINI ALL4 Racing vehicles will contest the Baja Poland (26th to 28th August, 2016), the seventh round of the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup. For Krzysztof Holowczyc who was teamed-up with his young compatriot Lukasz Kurzeja, contesting the off-road event in his home country is a must. And Poland’s young Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski also wants to contest the Baja Poland with Tom Colsoul in the navigator seat. Chiles Boris Garafulic and Portuguese Filipe Palmeiro form the third pairing and the fourth MINI ALL4 Racing will be raced by the two Dutchmen Erik van Loon and Wouter Rosegaar.

 Actually, Holowczyc had retired from off-road racing in 2015 but the five-time Baja Poland winner just couldn’t resist the chance of contesting his home event again and with a MINI ALL4 Racing, he wants to repeat the victory he celebrated in 2015. For Przygonski who competed in the Dakar and the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, the Baja Poland will be the third appearance in the 2016 off-road racing season. For Garafulic, however, who extra travels from Chile to Poland to contest the event it will be the first off-road appearance since the Dakar. Meanwhile, van Loon and Rosegaar who had to cope with a massive dose of bad luck in the Hungarian Baja want to demonstrate that they have got what it takes to become a factor in the battle for the win.

 Following the events in Italy, Spain and Hungary, the Baja Poland is the fourth consecutive Baja on the calendar. This year, the event will feature an extended mileage. The competitors will have to cover a total of 788 kilometres, with the special-stage distance amounting to 472 kilometres. Furthermore, the schedule features seven special stages instead of the five in previous Baja Poland editions. After the traditional prologue, contested on Friday not far from Szczecin, the pairings will have to contest two special stages on a military training area not far from Drawsko Pomorskie. And on Sunday, the event schedule comprises another four special stages around the city of Dobra.

OVERDRIVE RACING ENTERS FIVE CARS IN BAJA POLAND AS NASSER AL-ATTIYAH BIDS TO CONFIRM FIA WORLD CUP TITLE

· Dabrowski, Chabot, Khalifa Al-Attiyah and Jes Munk complete team line-up 

Overdrive Racing’s season of FIA World Cup for Cross-Country rallying continues when it enters five Toyota Hiluxes in this weekend’s Columna Medica Baja Poland, round seven of the nine-event series, in Szczecin in northwestern Poland

 FIA World Cup leader Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah returns from a disappointing skeet shooting programme at the Rio Olympics to try and secure a fifth successive rally victory since joining Overdrive Racing before the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge in April.

 The Qatari again teams up with French navigator Matthieu Baumel and arrives in Szczecin with a massive 88-point lead in the title race. Victory in Poland would give the Qatari a total of 210 points and make it mathematically impossible for him to be caught with two events remaining in Morocco and Portugal.

 The Polish duo of Marek Dabrowski and Jacek Czachor return to cross-country action in the second Team Orlen car and aim to improve on the driver’s sixth position in the championship standings. The duo finished fifth on their home event last year in a Toyota Hilux.

 Frenchman Ronan Chabot and his navigator Gilles Pillot crew the third car and the Dane Jes Munk and Polish co-driver Rafal Marton return to action with Overdrive Racing for the first time since visa issues forced them to withdraw prematurely from the recent Silk Way Rally in Asia to occupy the fourth Toyota. Chabot and Pillot enjoyed a successful Dakar outing with the team in January.

 Al-Attiyah’s brother Khalifa drives the fifth car with backing from the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF). Although a relative newcomer to the discipline of off-road rallying, Khalifa has considerable experience of FIA Middle East special stage rallying and teams up with Belgian co-driver Stéphane Prevot. The duo finished July’s Baja Spain Aragon together in 13th position, but retired from the recent Hungarian Baja.

 Overdrive Racing has also supplied a sixth car for the Polish duo of Marcin Maluszynski and Julita Maluszynska.

  “This is another important event for Overdrive Racing and a superb opportunity for Nasser and Matthieu to secure the title for the team and for our other drivers to continue their experience with the Toyota Hilux,” said Overdrive Racing’s CEO Jean-Marc Fortin.

 Columna Medica Rally Poland is being organised by Foundation Baja Poland and takes place in the Szczecin, Dobra, and Zachodniopomorskie areas and across the military zone in Drawsko Pomorskie. The host city of Szczecin is the seventh largest in the country and the capital of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship.

 The Northeast Marina will host scrutineering checks and administration in Szczecin on Thursday (August 25), before crews will be permitted to carry out a shakedown test at the nearby military range on Friday morning.

 After the ceremonial start in Szczecin at 17.00hrs on Friday evening, teams will then tackle the opening 6.9km super special stage in the militarised area from 18.00hrs.

 Saturday’s action comprises two selective sections of 175km apiece in the militarised area around Drawsko Pomorskie from 08.20hrs and 13.40hrs.

 Sunday’s action consists of two repeat runs through a pair of shorter special stages of 39.50km and 18.20km in length. These Dobra and Lubieszyhn specials will then be repeated at 12.30hrs and 13.20hrs, before the ceremonial finish in the Szczecin Rally Park from 14.30pm. In a total route of 787.68km, teams will tackle a total of 472.30 competitive kilometres.

segunda-feira, 22 de agosto de 2016

Paulo Gonçalves disputa Campeonato do Mundo no Chile

Piloto português inicia esta segunda-feira o Atacama Rally, a quarta prova do Campeonato do Mundo de Ralis Todo-o-Terreno. 

Paulo Gonçalves participa com a equipa oficial Honda no Atacama Rally, quarta prova do calendário de 2016 do Campeonato do Mundo de Ralis TT que tem lugar no Chile até ao próximo sábado, 27 de agosto, com o exigente deserto do Atacama a servir como pano de fundo da competição.

 Composto por um prólogo, a realizar já esta segunda-feira, e mais cinco etapas extensíveis até ao dia de sábado, o Atacama Rally será mais um importante teste de preparação de Paulo Gonçalves e da equipa HRC para a próxima edição do Rali Dakar, prova que parte a 2 de janeiro de 2017 da cidade de Assunção, no Paraguai, e ruma a Buenos Aires, na Argentina, palco de meta para os resistentes depois de mais uma passagem “festiva” pela Bolívia.

 Ausente da totalidade do Campeonato do Mundo de Ralis Todo-o-Terreno em 2016, competição que venceu em 2013, foi segundo em 2014 e terceiro em 2015, Paulo Gonçalves e a equipa Honda optaram este ano por realizar apenas as provas de maior interesse na preparação para o Dakar, a maior competição do mundo da especialidade e que teve já o piloto de Esposende e a Honda muito próximos de alcançar a vitória final na passada edição de 2015.

 Paulo Gonçalves: “O Atacama Rally será mais um importante desafio de preparação para o Dakar. Apesar de não termos o Chile na lista de países que recebem o Dakar em 2017, o seu território e a exigência dos seus percursos, principalmente do deserto do Atacama, permitem-nos testar com grande eficácia os novos upgrades da Honda CRF450 Rally em contexto de competição. O importante é estar sempre na frente da corrida, com um bom ritmo e com a mota sempre a responder positivamente ao desafio.”