With the WRC Rally de Portugal about to get underway with its Ceremonial Start, we bring you a 17-page rally read with news from the Shakedown Stage, all the ups and downs from the FIA ERC’s Acropolis Rally of Greece last weekend, a look at our European ambassador Ekaterina Stratieva’s first rally in her new Subaru Impreza WRX STI and a look under the bonnet of MML’s latest project. We also feature M-Sport’s astonishing entries for the Portuguese dust (and mud) as it has 42 cars in action!
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M-Sport achieved another boost this week as the team’s range of Ford Fiesta rally cars make up an impressive 49 percent of the Rally de Portugal entry.
Working together with Ford, M-Sport has created an effective ‘Ladder of Opportunity’ that allows drivers to progress within the sport; graduating from grass-root to top-level rallying alongside the Blue Oval. Continue reading
The 2014 edition of the fantastically technical Rally de Portugal takes place this weekend. To get you into the mood, here’s slow-mo action from 2013′s event…
This latest issue covers rallying news from the UK, France, Greece, Bulgaria, and South America, all at a click of your computer’s mouse of swipe of your hand on your tablet. With the Acropolis Rally starting this evening for two days of thrilling asphalt and traditional gravel stages, the stage is set for an event of high action and high speeds. That is the same for Peugeot Sport as their engineers design and develop their 2008 model to tackle the 2015 Dakar (and we secretly think Sebastien Loeb will find a way into this mix soon). Enjoy the read!
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Ekaterina Stratieva will promote her native Bulgaria through her exploits in the FIA European Rally Championship, which continue on this week’s Acropolis Rally in Greece.
Stratieva, a contender for ERC Production Car Cup honours, has launched a new initiative, the Bulgarian rose on the European rally stages, as she explained: “The idea of this project is that from now I want to present to all my friend, fans, competitors, organisers, media and other people from where I come what is typical for Bulgaria. Continue reading
For visitors to the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed – the UK automotive event extravaganza – Peugeot has, driven by its brand signature ‘Motion & Emotion’, plans in place to yet again thrill the audience.
With a very modern, stylish and broad appeal range, Peugeot will be promoting its performance models at this year’s Festival of Speed. Static and dynamic displays will include concept cars, road cars and motorsport entries, but the largest head-tuning moment is most likely to be Sébastien Loeb reacquainting himself with a unique return drive and attempt on the famous Goodwood hillclimb in the awesome 875bhp/875kg Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak car – this time tuned for sea-level, not the 14,000ft altitude of the Colorado finish line…
Loeb’s drive in the 208 T16 has been granted with the kind permission of Citroën Racing, who also has him driving one of its cars at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The hillclimb is the Festival of Speed’s principal attraction and the fastest time up the 1.16-mile (1.85km) course is 41.6sec, set by Nick Heidfeld in the McLaren MP4-13 in 1999.
Taking place throughout the weekend, this challenging white-knuckled course starts as a tree-lined run through the southern corner of the Goodwood Estate which then turns to sweep past the front of Goodwood House before climbing a steep and narrow Estate road bordered by flint walls and dense woodland groves towards Goodwood’s equine racecourse on top of the magnificent South Downs. The course rises over 300ft from the start line to the finish, and is very technical and challenging, putting the skills of the world’s very best drivers and riders to the ultimate test of concentration and speed.
The Richard Burns Foundation has launched its new-look website. Available at http://www.richardburnsfoundation.com, the website includes the latest news from the charity, details of fundraising initiatives and how money can be donated, plus information on upcoming events.
The Richard Burns Foundation was established following the death of England’s first world rally champion from an astrocytoma, a virulent form of brain tumour, in November 2005. Continue reading