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Taylor to Drive Citroen DS3

Written by Lee McKenzie McKinnon on . Posted in Motor Sport, News

Australia’s Molly Taylor has had her first test of the Citroen DS3 R3T rally car in Italy which she will complete in four events. The program of the crew Molly Taylor and navigator Seb Marshall comprises the participation in the Geko Ypres Rally, valid for the FIA European Rally Championship and the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, the Rally Coppa Città di Lucca, and two rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship, the Neste Rally Finland and the ADAC Rally Deutschland. The test allowed the crew to become familiar with their ner car, which they were using for the first time in the Belgian rally scheduled in a week. The car will be fitted with Prielli rubber for the events. “For me it is a fantastic opportunity, and a great step forward in my career”, said Molly Taylor. “To have the opportunity to work with a professional team and a different car from the ones I drove before will allow me to learn a lot. I am trying to soak as much as possible, this car has many possible settings, and we are trying to understand it as we go. We have a lot of work to do this year to gain experience; we will take what comes and try to make the most of it”. Pier Liberali from United Business, Taylor’s sports management team, said that they started this cooperation with Molly Taylor because they believe in this lady driver who has proven to be very solid and fast. “I think she is one of the fastest lady rally drivers at world level today. Just like we do for all the other professional drivers whose management we take care of , we have prepared for her a medium to long term program which caters for these events, although we are working to increase the number of races which she will be present in for 2012. “For these events we will use the structure of BP Racing, already used by another one of our drivers, and which has always proven to be a well prepared and very professional factory”. Fabrizia Pons (Representative of the FIA Women in Motorsport commission) said: “I am very happy that Molly has the opportunity to drive a performing car such as Citroen DS3: to start with Ypres is a beautiful challenge for her, but I’m sure that she will rise up to it”. The Geko Ypres Rally will start at 16:25 on Friday June 22nd , first leg with six special stages for 85 km, finish at 22:54. After the overnight halt, restart at 9:50 on Saturday June 23rd, second leg with 12 special stages for 209 km, finish in Ypres at 22:39.

Podium Finish for Reeves in Greece

Written by Lee McKenzie McKinnon on . Posted in Motor Sport, News

Brendan Reeves and Rhianon Smyth have finished the second round of the World Rally Championship Academy in a stunning third. The Acropolis Rally is tough on any rally car and it crew but Reeves pushed on to make it two podiums from two events in this year’s Championship. Starting the second day in fourth place, Reeves again took a steady approach knowing that Saturday’s stages would be extremely rough and rocky.  When Pontus Tidemand was forced to retire with a broken driveshaft, the Australian brother and sister moved up to third place.  The remaining stages of the day weren’t without drama, though.  A broken rear arm was a cause for concern and they nursed the car home for a well-deserved podium finish. After taking second at Rally Portugal and third in Greece, Reeves sits in third place in the WRC Academy Championship standings.  The next WRC Academy event on the calendar is Rally Finland, and with the experience gained from last year’s event, Reeves is confident of another top three finish.

31st GTi Meeting at Worthersee

Written by Lee McKenzie McKinnon on . Posted in News

For over 30 years the ‘GTI Meeting at Wörthersee’ has been a holiday in the calendar of fans of sporty Volkswagen vehicles. In 2012 this event will also see fans from right across Europe coming to the largest GTI meeting in the world in Austria. At this show of the superlatives, besides the Golf GTI Cabriolet, Volkswagen and Volkswagen Motorsport will be presenting the Polo R-WRC, the Polo WRC Street special edition model plus two further Golf GTI concept cars. Following the Golf GTI Cabriolet’s world premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show, GTI fans visiting the legendary Wörthersee event will have the chance to experience close up the dynamic advantages and sophisticated equipment features of this sports car from Wolfsburg. The key component of this highly dynamic soft top Golf is the 2.0-litre engine fitted for the first time in the Cabriolet. It is available with two engine/gearbox versions: as a manual gearbox or with the fast-changing dual-clutch gearbox (DSG), each with 6 speeds. A standard feature for the sporty Golf GTI Cabriolet is the XDL electronic differential lock on the front axle, which ensures perfect traction, enhanced agility and the utmost driving stability. To complete the picture, this hot hatch is fitted with 17-inch alloy wheels of the type ‘Denver’ (18-inch wheels of the type ‘Detroit’ are optionally available) in addition to a new diffuser with chrome tailpipes. From motor racing to the street is the motto of the Polo WRC Street concept car. At Wörthersee, Volkswagen will be presenting for the first time a preview of an extremely sporty small series, which is due to be launched in late 2013. With its highly unique and distinctive design, this model cuts an impressive figure with its rear spoiler, diffuser, sports suspension and an inscription with R-WRC logos. A powerful 2.0-litre TSI engine produces motorsport-like performance. With the newly developed Polo R WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport is presenting a road-going prototype for the FIA World Rally Championship. The “hottest Polo ever” – as it was called by Volkswagen Head of Development Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg even at its first official airing – will be starting its tour around the globe from 2013 at numerous WRC races. At the heart of this racing version beats a 1.6-litre TSI engine with approx. 221 kW power output, which ensures impressive acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds. Black as the night, with a red/black colour concept and lowered sports suspension, the ‘GTI Black Dynamic’ will be making an appearance at Wörthersee. Since October last year, nine Volkswagen apprentices – four young women and five young men – have been working on their ‘Apprentice Golf GTI 2012’. Their objective: vehicle concept design, styling, engine version and numerous details are meant to convey their interpretation of a classic sports car. Elegant and simple but with numerous stylish details, the ‘Black Dynamic’ is a real head turner.  It also features a 1,800 Watt sound system with nine loudspeakers, which takes up the entire boot space. This year’s ‘Golf GTI Black Dynamic’ is the fifth vehicle project to make its debut amongst the petrol heads in Austria. The attractive design study Golf GTI ‘White Concept’ is characterised by its remarkable ‘Oryx White matt’ paintwork. The vehicle interior affords an exciting black/red contrast. In addition to the sports seats in Nappa leather, red contrasting stitching adorns numerous details such as the steering wheel, handbrake lever and door armrests. A door sill trim – with the GTI logo and honeycomb pattern in White Matt and Aluminium – go to complete the unique appearance of the Golf GTI ‘Concept White’.  

Spirit of the WRC Academy

Written by Lee McKenzie McKinnon on . Posted in Motor Sport, News

Rallying is a sport that brings people with the same interest together in the same place and the FIA WRC Academy is full of young talent wanting to make their way to the top of the sport. M-Sport, one of the biggest companies in rallying, has announced a new award for the FIA WRC Academy’s second season. Applauding the camaraderie of the WRC Academy crews, the ‘Spirit of the FIA WRC Academy’ award will honour the most sportsman-like crew, driver or co-driver on each event. Supported by Ford Racing in Europe and with control tyres from Pirelli, the 2011 edition of the WRC Academy is well known for the close-knit bonds it encourages amongst the competing crews, and the new award aims to commend this. After treacherous conditions blighted the first round of the season at the Vodafone Rally de Portugal last month, the first ‘Spirit of the WRC Academy’ award has been presented to the brother and sister pairing of Brendan Reeves and Rhianon Smyth. “The conditions in Portugal were pretty treacherous and it could have been any one of us who became stranded,” said Brendan Reeves. “We all aided as much as we could but, unfortunately, we were still unable to move the beached [Ford Fiesta] RRC. “The attention the photo of our [Ford] Fiesta R2 pulling Yazeed’s [Al Rajhi] car out of the river received was incredible. This was something that I never expected to be doing in a WRC event, but I guess that is why it is one of the toughest championships in the world!” In coming to the aid of a more powerful car which had become stranded in a swollen river-crossing before the second loop of stages were cancelled due to treacherous conditions on Day 2, the Australian duo received a wealth of appreciation on the WRC Academy Facebook page. Some of the comments on the pairing’s attempted rescue included Si Gears’ “Lets see this kind of sportsmanship in other motorsports,” and Amanda Candler’s “This is why you guys are such amazing role models to so many – keep it up.” “Brendan and I have been raised to always help people when they are in need, so when we got to the river crossing there was no question that we would help out to the best of our ability,” said Rhianon Smyth. “We tried to tow Yazeed’s [Al Rajhi] car fully out of the river and I spent most of the time on the phone trying to sort out what we should all do next. “Helping out others is something Brendo and I both find important and we hope that if we ever needed help, the same would be done for us.”

Zoom Zoom Boom

Written by Lee McKenzie McKinnon on . Posted in Motor Sport, News

Brendan Reeves and Rhianon Smyth were having an excellent battle for outright honours before suffering a heartbreaking end to Targa Tasmania. On the final day of the event the pair suffered a mechanical problem forcing their retirement. Reeves and Smyth had driven a smart rally in their Mazda RX8 SP and were sitting in third outright position, leading 2WD car, in the gruelling event. After withstanding the pressure from fellow competitors in 4WD cars on the rally’s many wet stages, Reeves clawed back valuable time on the dry stages of Day 4 to hold a comfortable third place with just one day of competition to go. Reeves’ driving talents shone through with two fastest and two second-fastest stage times on the day which was impressive as the competition included a Lamborghini Gallardo and a Nissan GT-R. Setting off from Strahan on Sunday morning, Reeves was quick out of the blocks on the opening stage, but at the beginning of the second stage boost problems struck and he was forced to retire from the event mid way through the stage. It was a devastating blow to the 23 year old Victorian and his co-driving sister who had once again impressed all with their speed and talent in what were very difficult conditions for 2WD vehicles. “It’s a really disappointing way to end the event,” Reeves said. “The team have done a great job all week and we were in a great position to finish on the podium, but these things happen – that’s motorsport!” Targa Tasmania was won by Jason and John White in a Lamborghini Gallardo. Reeves and Smyth’s next event is the Acropolis Rally in Greece which starts on May 25.  The event is round two of the World Rally Championship (WRC) Academy.  Reeves and Smyth finished second in the opening round in March and are looking to improve on that result in Greece.

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