• Baja TT Rota do Douro


    26 e 27 de Setembro de 2014
  • Baja TT Idanha-a-Nova


    12 e 13 de Setembro de 2014
  • Baja TT Oleiros / Proença / Mação


    27 e 28 de Junho de 2014
  • Baja Terras de Alcoutim


    31 de Maio e 1 de Junho de 2014
  • Vinhos Ervideira Rali TT


    25 e 26 de Abril de 2014

quinta-feira, 3 de setembro de 2015

Tempo de decisões na Baja TT Idanha-a-Nova

Prova pode decidir títulos nos automóveis e nas motos 

A Escuderia Castelo Branco organiza, nos dias 11 e 12 de Setembro, mais uma edição da Baja TT Idanha-a-Nova, prova a contar para o Campeonato Nacional de Todo-o-Terreno – autos, motos, quads, UTV-buggies, e ainda para o Desafio Total Mazda, para o Campeonato Europeu de Bajas e para a Baja FIM World Cup. Está tudo pronto para que haja muita emoção e competição com especial interesse nos campeonatos absolutos de automóveis e motos que podem ficar já decididos na Baja TT Idanha-a-Nova.

 A organização volta a contar com todo o apoio da Câmara Municipal de Idanha-a-Nova que garantiu à Escuderia a possibilidade de voltar a apostar nas mudanças protagonizadas no ano passado. Assim, a Escuderia Castelo Branco apresenta, para os automóveis, um percurso com cerca de 360 quilómetros. A competição começa com uma dupla passagem pela super-especial que tem cerca de 7 km (14 km no total) e com dois sectores seletivos com 178 Km cada.

 As motos, os quads, e os UTV/buggies terão dois sectores seletivos distintos, um com cerca de 105 quilómetros e um segundo com 178 km. O prólogo com um pouco mais de 7 Km realiza-se dia 11, sexta-feira, nos mesmos moldes dos automóveis. As motos começam o primeiro setor seletivo, já no sábado, dia 12, no mesmo local que os automóveis. A partida e a chegada têm lugar na ermida de N. Sra. do Almortão.

 Horário

11 de Setembro de 2015
8h30 às 13h30 – Verificações documentais automóveis e motos
9h00 às 13h30 – Verificações técnicas automóveis e motos
14h30 – Partida para a super-especial do 1º concorrente de motos
16h35 – Partida para a 1ª passagem na super-especial do 1º concorrente de automóveis
18h05 – Partida para a 2ª passagem na super-especial do 1º concorrente de automóveis

12 de Setembro de 2015
7h30 – Partida para o 1º sector selectivo do 1º concorrente de motos
9h40 – Partida para o 1º sector selectivo do 1º concorrente de automóveis
12h30 – Partida para o 2º sector selectivo do 1º concorrente de motos
16h00 – Partida para o 2º sector selectivo do 1º concorrente de automóveis
18h45 – Entrega de prémios no pódio em frente à Câmara Municipal de Idanha-a-Nova

Team Peugeot Total faz dobradinha na etapa do China Silk Road Rally

· Peterhansel and Despres begin to edge clear of Haval team rivals 

· Jincheng’s Su Wen Min claims first bike stage win; KTM’s Hernandez still leads 

Team Peugeot Total hammered home its advantage on the demanding fifth selective section of the China Silk Road Rally between Ejina Qi and Alxa Youqi Right Banner in Inner Mongolia on Thursday.

 The French duo of Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret claimed their third successive stage win in a time of 2hr 49min 42sec in slippery and wet conditions and completed the timed test 5min 23sec in front of their fellow Peugeot 2008 DKR crew of Cyril Despres and David Castera. The result also means that five-time Dakar winner, Despres, was able to pull clear of Han Wei and strengthen his hold on second place in the overall standings.

  “It was a very nice track, quite fast, but it was slippery because we had some rain from the start to the finish,” said Peterhansel. “The last 40km were very twisty on a big sandy track. It was fun.”

 The special started in the desert village of Wentugaole and finished at Alateng Aobao. The stage finish location achieved notoriety in November 2011 when it entered the Guinness World Records’ list for hosting the largest-ever camel race with 555 entries. This has since been beaten by a larger race, held in northwest China.

 Haval’s Han Wei dropped around six minutes to Despres and retains third position, while French team-mate Christian Lavieille recorded the fourth quickest time and retains a similar place in the overall standings. “It was very fast at the beginning and the car was skidding quite a lot, because we didn’t have the right set-up in the slippery conditions and the rain,” admitted Lavieille.

 Wei Hong Jei performed well to set the fifth fastest time in his Buggy, although the Chinese admitted that his open cockpit was not ideal in the wet conditions. Liu Kun was sixth on the stage, although the Mitsubishi Panda MPR11 driver complained that he had to stop on two occasions because of poor visibility. “There was a fog inside the car on the windscreen. It rained from start-to-finish and we had poor ventilation inside the cockpit,” said the Chinese.

 China’s Su Wen Min claimed Jincheng’s first stage win of the event in the motorcycle category on his 450Y Rally and the Chinese duly strengthened his grip on second place behind Spain’s Armand Monleón Hernandez. He rode with the Spaniard for much of the day and then passed the Red Bull KTM when Armand stopped 15km from the finish.

  “I had a 15-minute lead, so I prefer to let them follow me rather than open the road and make the track,” confessed Hernandez. “I had a problem with my GPS. The water came inside. It stopped and that enabled Su Wen Min to pass me near the finish.”

 Zhao Hong Yi finished the stage in third position on a KTM, but Jincheng’s Zhou Tien maintains third in the unofficial overall standings.

 Amongst the international crews in the car category, Adrian Di Lallo’s Isuzu MU-X was 20th, Teruhito Sugawara finished the stage with his Hino truck in 24th and French co-driver Sebastien Delaunay and his Chinese driver Zhang Guoyu were 30th in an ATV Polaris 900.

 Di Lallo said: “Today was super. The stage was very long and challenging with a lot of mud and heavy sand, with rolling dunes and flat out salt flats, similar to some stages in the north-west of Australia and parts of Argentina.”

 The rally is being organised by the China Silk Road Rally Auto Sports Management Company Limited, in association with CCTV Sports and Entertainment Company Ltd. and the Beijing Motorsports Development Company, with the full cooperation of the Federation of Automobile Sports of China (FASC) and the support of the sporting bureaux of several Chinese regions. 

Tomorrow (Friday), the event remains at the bivouac in Alxa Youqi, while competitors tackle a loop stage through Inner Mongolia.

 A run out of 221.35km to the start in Menggen Bulage will be followed by a selective section of 201.79km and a 76.55km link guides teams back to the overnight halt.

 2015 China Silk Road Rally – overall positions after SS5 (Cars):

 1. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA)/Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA) Peugeot 2008 DKR 7hr 21min 15sec
 2. Cyril Despres (FRA)/David Castera (FRA) Peugeot 2008 DKR 7hr 37min 10sec
 3. Han Wei (CHN)/Pan Hong Yu (CHN) Haval 7hr 44min 09sec 
4. Christian Lavieille (FRA)/Jean-Pierre Garcin (FRA) Haval 7hr 52min 42sec
 5. Liu Yan Gui (CHN)/Sha He (CHN) Mitsubishi L200 8hr 15min 01sec
 6. Lui Kun (CHN)/Liao (CHN) Mitsubishi Pajero MPR11 8hr 23min 11sec

quarta-feira, 2 de setembro de 2015

Paulo Gonçalves vence segunda etapa no Chile

Piloto português redimiu-se do azar tido na etapa inaugural devido a uma avaria elétrica e recuperou ao 11.º lugar da tabela geral. 

Paulo Gonçalves venceu hoje a segunda etapa do Atacama Rally 2015, quinta prova do calendário mundial de Ralis Todo-o-Terreno, e recuperou tempo aos líderes da corrida depois de no dia de ontem – primeira etapa da prova chilena – ter perdido mais de uma hora com uma avaria mecânica na sua Honda oficial.

 A segunda etapa desenrolou-se entre La Serena e o deserto da região do Atacama com uma única “especial” cronometrada de 367.30 quilómetros. Paulo Gonçalves foi o mais rápido do dia com um total de 2:23’44”, apenas menos dez segundos que o líder da tabela geral provisória, Matthias Walkner.

“Depois do pequeno problema de ontem, as coisas correram muito melhor no dia de hoje. Comecei de trás. Havia leitos secos de rios com alguns perigos causados pelas chuvas, tinha todos os pilotos em prova pela frente o que tornava muito difícil as ultrapassagens, principalmente derivado aos Quads. O pó impediu-me de andar mais rápido. Optei por manter o meu ritmo e no final ainda conseguimos a vitória. Tudo correu perfeitamente hoje, vou continuar a lutar arduamente nos próximos três dias, dando o meu melhor ao nível da navegação, ritmo e resistência”, comentou Paulo Gonçalves, que agora ocupa o 11.º lugar na tabela geral a 55’53” do líder.

 A terceira etapa do Atacama Rally será disputada em “loop” sobre o deserto do Atacama, com um total de 236 quilómetros cronometrados.

Paulo Gonçalves recupera e vence segunda etapa no Atacama

Team HRC riders bounced back, after the misfortunes of yesterday, with a fierce attack on day two of the Atacama Rally, the fifth race of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship. Paulo Gonçalves took victory on the day.

 After an unfavourable start to the Atacama Rally yesterday, Team HRC went on the offensive in both parts of today’s stage. The first leg played out over some 90 kilometres of fast track through a dried-up riverbed requiring very nifty navigational skills. After refuelling there were 120 kilometres of full throttle down dusty paths that called for far less navigation.

 It was Team HRC’s Paulo Goncalves who had notched up the day’s quickest time as the riders made it to the finish-line. Paulo put on a fine display of riding prowess in spite of having to navigate in the midst of the cloud of dust churned up by the riders ahead. By the end, the rider had muscled his Honda CRF450 RALLY into first position. Paulo climbs several places to eleventh on the overall scoreboard.

 Jeremías Israel set off looking to make up for lost time. This proved to be his undoing in the first part of the day given the difficulty of finding some of the hard-to-reach waypoints at top speed. By race end Team HRC’s Chilean rider had finished in eighth, 17’22 behind his winning team-mate.

 Tomorrow, the third stage of the rally will be disputed in the Atacama loop. The route starts and finishes at the bivouac and will include 236 kilometres of timed special.

Peterhansel amplia liderança no China Silk Road Rally com o melhor tempo em Ejina Qi

· Haval’s Christian Lavielle climbs to second; China’s Zu Guanghai on form 

· Third successive stage win for Spanish biker Armand Monleón Hernandez 

The French duo of Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean Paul Cottret extended their overall lead to nearly nine minutes, as competitors crossed the desolate wastelands of Inner Mongolia during the fourth selective section of the China Silk Road Rally, between Alxa Zouqi and Ejina Qi, on Wednesday. 

The Peugeot 2008 DKR driver clocked a time of 1hr 48min 52sec on the tricky special stage and, as teams headed towards the overnight bivouac in the Populus Euphatica forest in Ejina Qi, the 11-time Dakar champion had managed to pull away from the two factory Havals of Christian Lavieille and Han Wei and Peugeot team-mate Cyril Despres.

  “I took a higher rhythm today, but it was quite hard to see the tracks in the bright conditions and the road was difficult to read,” said Peterhansel. “We made no mistakes with the navigation either.” 

Cottret added: “the navigation was quite tricky. The notes were very precise. The GPS is quite slow in changing the heading, so you have to be very careful and don’t go too fast when it is not so evident. It was a good day!”

 Chinese Buggy driver Zu Guanghai stunned the front-runners by recording the second quickest time.

Haval driver Christian Lavieille was third on the modified stage and the defending China Grand Rally champion was rewarded with a climb into an unofficial second place at the expense of Han Wei and Despres. The latter holds third overall in the second Peugeot after admitting to making a few small mistakes on the stage. Han Wei lost time with a small navigational error and recorded the seventh quickest time on the special.

  “Finally a day with nothing bad,” enthused Frenchman Lavieille. “The track was quite nice. It was quite fast at the beginning, but it suited me perfectly. I like these type of tracks.”

 Chinese driver Lui Kun continued his impressive move through the top 10 after first stage delays and propelled his Mitsubishi MPR11 to the fifth fastest time behind Buggy driver Fan Tingjun.

 Armand Monleón Hernandez recorded his third successive fastest time in the motorcycle category with his Red Bull KTM 450 Rally, but the Spaniard was pressured throughout the stage by local rider Su Wen Min and only managed to win the shortened timed test by 2min 07sec.

 Zhao Hong Ye was a distant third on a KTM 450 Rally and Zhou Tien retained third behind Jincheng Team colleague Su Wen Min with the fifth quickest time of the day.

 Japan’s Teruhito Sugawara continues to make progress in his Hino truck and was classified in 28th position on the day’s stage. Australian Adrian Di Lallo (Isuzu MU-X) finished the special in 29th and Dutchman Jan de Mooij was 36th overall in his McRae Evolution.

 A traditional folk show was put on by local authorities in Ejina Qi on Wednesday evening to welcome competitors and officials to the bivouac.

 The rally is being organised by the China Silk Road Rally Auto Sports Management Company Limited, in association with CCTV Sports and Entertainment Company Ltd. and the Beijing Motorsports Development Company, with the full cooperation of the Federation of Automobile Sports of China (FASC) and the support of the sporting bureaux of several Chinese regions. 

Tomorrow (Thursday), the route of the 2015 China Silk Way Rally heads out of Ejina Qi and across Inner Mongolia and the Badain Jaran Desert to an overnight halt at Alxa Right Banner.

 A liaison of 198.60km takes teams to the start of a 271.73km selective section and another link of 304.10km brings crews to the overnight halt at a horse racing course in the prefecture of Alxa Right Banner.

2015 China Silk Road Rally – overall positions after SS4 (Cars):

 1. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA)/Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA) Peugeot 2008 DKR 4hr 31min 33sec
 2. Christian Lavieille (FRA)/Jean-Pierre Garcin (FRA) Haval 4hr 40min 04sec
 3. Cyril Despres (FRA)/David Castera (FRA) Peugeot 2008 DKR 4hr 42min 15sec
 4. Han Wei (CHN)/Pan Hong Yu (CHN) Haval 4hr 42min 33sec
 5. Liu Yan Gui (CHN)/Sha He (CHN) Mitsubishi L200 4hr 54min 37sec

terça-feira, 1 de setembro de 2015

Início intenso no Atacama Rally

Paulo Gonçalves and Jeremías Israel got the fifth date of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship underway in Chile. The first stage of the Atacama Rally proved to be a far-from-easy one, although the team remains firmly focused on their objectives.

 Torrential downpours over the last few weeks, which have left the tracks and race route in a poor state, finally forced race officials to drastically reduce the length of the opening stage of the Atacama Rally. The opening stage of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship’s first visit to South America this year was thus reduced to a fifteen kilometre route that was raced over two laps.

 Paulo Gonçalves, after clocking the fastest time in yesterday’s prologue, had the privilege of choosing today’s starting position as the rally headed off from Viña del Mar. The Portuguese rider on the Honda CRF450 RALLY set off hoping to gain time on his rivals up ahead. Nevertheless, an unexpected electrical fault in the dunes held Paulo up and saw him concede time to adversaries. 

Chilean rider Jeremías Israel, seventh in the curtain-raiser, scored a similar final finish position on today’s first day of racing, likewise overcoming a minor electrical failure and experiencing a fall on second lap of the timed section.

 Tomorrow sees the second stage of the Atacama Rally with a special stage of 367.30 kilometres from La Serena to Atacama.

Problemas elétricos na Honda atrasam Paulo Gonçalves na primeira etapa do Atacama Rally

Piloto português perdeu cerca de uma hora devido à avaria mecânica logo ao início da etapa e numa difícil zona de dunas de areia. 

A primeira etapa do Atacama Rally 2015, quinta prova do calendário do Campeonato do Mundo de Ralis Todo-o-Terreno, decorreu hoje entre Viña del Mar e La Serena. Devido às fortes chuvas que têm abatido a região nas últimas semanas, a organização acabou por reduzir o percurso do dia a apenas dois setores cronometrados de quinze quilómetros, cancelando assim o segundo setor projetado em mais 180 quilómetros a contrarrelógio. 

Depois da vitória no prólogo desta segunda-feira, Paulo Gonçalves teve o privilégio de escolher a posição de partida para a primeira etapa mas ainda no decorrer da primeira volta, numa zona exigente de dunas acabou por sofrer um problema elétrico na sua Honda CRF450 Rally que o faria perder cerca de uma hora para os principais adversários e fechar o dia no 15.º lugar a 1h00m11s do vencedor da primeira tirada, o chileno Pablo Quintanilla.

“Hoje a prova começou da forma que menos queríamos. Depois de vencer o prólogo de ontem, pude escolher uma boa posição de partida. Tivemos a etapa de hoje com o percurso reduzido a dois ‘loops’ de quinze quilómetros numa zona de dunas. Infelizmente, tive um problema elétrico no primeiro setor cronometrado e acabei por estar parado mais de uma hora. Agora, resta-nos seguir em frente aproveitando os quilómetros que temos pela frente para preparar da melhor maneira possível a participação da equipa na próxima edição do Rali Dakar”, explicou Paulo Gonçalves.

 Amanhã, na segunda etapa do Atacama Rally, a caravana terá pela frente uma única “especial” cronometrada na ordem dos 367.30 quilómetros entre La Serena e o imponente deserto chileno do Atacama.

Terceira etapa do China Silk Road Rally cancelada

· Race planned to head from Alxa Zuoqi to Ejina Qi on Wednesday morning 

Race officials have been forced to cancel Tuesday’s third stage of the China Silk Road Rally on safety concerns.

 Communications issues meant that the team had no option other than to nullify the loop stage around the Swan Lake bivouac near Alxa Zouqi in Inner Mongolia.

  “We have encountered communication problems and that means there is no communications link between race control and marshals, so we were left with no option other than to cancel the stage,” said clerk of the course Hubert Auriol.

 The event is being organised by the China Silk Road Rally Auto Sports Management Company Limited, in association with CCTV Sports and Entertainment Company Ltd. and the Beijing Motorsports Development Company, with the full cooperation of the Federation of Automobile Sports of China (FASC) and the support of the sporting bureaux of several Chinese regions. 

Tomorrow (Wednesday), the route heads from Alxa Zuoqi to the city of Ejina Qi and runs for 720.47km. A liaison of 121.91km takes competitors to the start of a fourth selective section and a second liaison guides the field into the overnight halt.

 The stage has been shortened from 203.75km to 159km to conserve an area of vegetation and the second liaison section modified accordingly.

 Ejina Qi is situated in the former northwest of the province of Gansu and has been a banner of the autonomous region of Inner Mongolia since 1956. It runs under the administration of the Alxa League.