• 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

sábado, 25 de julho de 2015

Ricardo Leal dos Santos brilha em Espanha

Nissan Navara da Equipa BAMP a bater-se contra Mini e Toyota 

Depois de um excelente 8º lugar no prólogo, Ricardo Leal dos Santos, navegado pelo brasileiro Mykel Justo, brilhou hoje na etapa inaugural da edição 2015 da Baja Aragón, ao colocar uma renovada Nissan Navara do projeto lusófono BAMP na 6ª posição, a escassos 11 segundos do Mini que ocupa o 5º lugar.

 Nesta jornada da Taça do Mundo de Todo-o-Terreno que se está a disputar na região de Zaragoza-Teruel, recheada de excelentes máquinas e pilotos, Ricardo Leal dos Santos está a fazer jus ao seu valor e à qualidade da sua máquina ombreando com as mais cotadas máquinas do TT mundial.

 Apesar do excelente resultado o piloto português bem se pode queixar de ser sido muito penalizado no primeiro troço do dia já que apanhou ao km 30 o piloto que partiu à sua frente e que não o deixou passar até ao final do troço. Já no troço disputado da parte da tarde voltaria a apanhar o mesmo piloto que desta vez encostou a sua Toyota para deixar passar a Nissan da equipa BAMP.

  “O troço da manhã foi mesmo mau. Perdemos cerca de quatro minutos que nos colocariam agora a discutir o 4º lugar com o Reinaldo Varela. Da parte da tarde já nos foi possível mostrar o real valor da nossa máquina na qual temos trabalhado afincadamente desde o Dakar. É um projeto lusófono em que acreditamos muito e estamos a conseguir comprovar isso”, salientou no final da 1ª etapa Ricardo Leal dos Santos, piloto da equipa BAMP, projeto apoiado pela SPEED®, Nº1 das bebidas energéticas em Angola.

sexta-feira, 24 de julho de 2015

Ricardo Leal dos Santos no Top 10

Excelente resultado da Nissan Navara da Equipa BAMP, apesar de travado pelo pó 

Ricardo Leal dos Santos, navegado pelo brasileiro Mykael Justo e aos comandos de uma renovada Nissan Navara do projeto lusófono BAMP, foi esta tarde o oitavo mais rápido no prólogo da Baja Aragón, jornada da Taça do Mundo de Todo-o-Terreno que se está a disputar na região de Zaragoza-Teruel.

 Esta participação na Baja espanhola, que regista mais de 200 veículos inscritos, marca o regresso do piloto luso e do projeto desta equipa que reúne elementos do Brasil, Angola, Moçambique e Portugal, países reunidos no acrónimo BAMP, às competições depois de uma estreia muito positiva no Dakar 2015.

 De salientar que neste desafio do todo-o-terreno internacional a equipa tem pela frente adversários de grande calibre, como sejam os seis carros da Mini e outras tantas Toyota Hilux. Por isso mesmo o resultado deste prólogo é excelente e vai permitir ao experiente piloto português enfrentar os 450 quilómetros de setor seletivo amanhã, repartidos por dois troços cronometrados, numa posição muito interessante.

  “Estou bastante satisfeito. As alterações introduzidas na Nissan funcionaram de forma muito positiva e isso permitiu-nos imprimir um andamento sempre muito vivo. Fomos infelizmente travados na ponta final do prólogo, porque apanhámos o concorrente que arrancou à nossa frente e perdemos alguns segundos que nos poderiam ter permitido melhorar a nossa posição, mas o importante era estar à partida para a corrida neste grupo da frente”, salientou no final do prólogo Ricardo Leal dos Santos, piloto da equipa BAMP, projeto apoiado pela SPEED®, Nº1 das bebidas energéticas em Angola.

quinta-feira, 23 de julho de 2015

Discoteca Bliss recebe Elisabete Jacinto

Elisabete Jacinto vai estar na Discoteca Bliss em VilamouraA piloto de todo-o-terreno Elisabete Jacinto vai estar no próximo dia 24 de Julho na discoteca Bliss em Vilamoura, no Algarve, na festa OLEOBAN® que será animada pelo duo britânico Sigma autores do single de sucesso “Nobody to Love”.

 Esta iniciativa levada a cabo pela marca de cuidados da pele, que existe no mercado português há mais de 30 anos, pretende ser um momento de aproximação aos seus consumidores. Elisabete Jacinto, figura de destaque na sociedade portuguesa e embaixadora da marca OLEOBAN® contribuirá para animar ainda mais um evento que promete ficar na memória.

 Elisabete Jacinto estará na discoteca Bliss para conviver e conversar com os fãs e todos os amantes do desporto motorizado. Além de Elisabete Jacinto também o MAN TGS de competição da equipa estará presente no espaço o que certamente suscitará a curiosidade de todos.

 A OLEOBAN® associou-se este ano à discoteca Bliss, um dos espaços mais in do Algarve, para realizar um evento, com decoração oriental, que animará esta noite de verão.

quarta-feira, 22 de julho de 2015

Ricardo Leal dos Santos na Baja España Aragón

Numa renovada Nissan Navara a Equipa BAMP participa na 32ª edição da maior baja europeia 

O projeto lusófono BAMP está de regresso para mais um marcante desafio do todo-o-terreno internacional. Depois de uma estreia muito positiva no Dakar 2015 a equipa vai marcar presença, no próximo fim-de-semana, em mais uma edição da Baja Aragón, que se vai disputar na região de Zaragoza-Teruel.

 Para esta competição a formação lusófona irá apresentar o piloto português Ricardo Leal dos Santos aos comandos de uma renovada Nissan Navara que será navegado pelo brasileiro Mykael Justo e tendo como diretora de logística Izilda Mossuela, manequim e apresentadora angolana.

 A equipa que reúne elementos do Brasil, Angola, Moçambique e Portugal, países reunidos no acrónimo BAMP, é apoiada pela bebida energética Nº1 em Angola, SPEED® e trabalhou afincadamente nestes últimos meses na pickup Nissan de modo a solucionar pequenos problemas registados na sua participação no Dakar do início deste ano. Algumas das alterações efetuadas ocorreram ao nível do motor, suspensão, arrefecimento e admissão.

 A Baja Aragón disputa-se de 24 a 26 de Julho e reúne uma impressionante lista de inscritos com muitos dos maiores nomes do TT mundial, registando mais de 200 veículos inscritos.

terça-feira, 21 de julho de 2015

X-Raid com seis MINI All4 Racing na Baja Aragon

- Al-Attiyah fights for the world cup lead 

- Debut appearance for Mikko Hirvonen 

Spain’s Baja Aragon (24th to 26th July, 2015) is one of the events on the calendar that are particularly popular with the drivers. Consequently, X-raid will be represented by six MINI ALL4 Racing vehicles, in the sixth race of FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup. The Baja Aragon held at the city of Teruel is the second of the four Bajas representing the ‘European season’. X-raid has truly fond memories of the Spanish event: After all, the seven previous editions all were won by a car from Trebur.

 One pairing certainly will attract a particularly attention: Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) and Michel Périn (FRA). The Finn is going to cover his first special-stage kilometres at the wheel of the MINI ALL4 Racing and in cross-country rallying. The Baja Aragon represents a good event for making his first steps in off-road rallying as the narrow and usually solid terrain should suit his WRC experiences well. “In the Baja Aragon, you need a style of driving I am accustomed to,” says Hirvonen. “But contesting an event without the pace notes we use to produce in WRC rallying while driving down the track prior to the event won’t be easy for me and I also have to keep on familiarising myself better with the MINI.”

 ‘Pace notes’ significantly differ from a road book. In off-road rallying, the competitors don’t know the track, prior to the start, and have to find their way to the finish only by the information provided by the road book. In rallying, the competitors may drive down the special stage a few days before in a road car at legal speed and while doing so, the crew gathers the most different information – such as speed, corner radii, terrain conditions etc. And during the special stage, the co-driver guides the driver by reading this information to him.

 Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) and Mathieu Baumel (FRA) have set themselves a clear goal, for the Baja Aragon: To close the gap to the world cup leader as far as possible or even overtake him. Currently, Al-Attiyah’s gap to the leader amounts to 21 points, with 30 being awarded for the win in a Baja. “I’m going to fight for the win as I do in every race,” stresses the driver from Qatar. “We have to focus on ourselves and then we have to wait and see how our rivals deliver.” Harry Hunt (GB) who already contested the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and the Qatar Sealine Rally, with a MINI ALL4 Racing, is about to contest the first Baja in his still short off-road rallying career and he is going to do so with Frenchman Xavier Panseri as navigator.

 For Nani Roma and his Co-driver Alex Haro, the Baja Aragon is the home race as they both reside not far from Barcelona. In the 2009 Baja Aragon, Nani Roma made his first appearance for X-raid and won the event right away. And in 2013 and 2014, he added another two home wins to his tally. Second place in these rallies was secured by Argentinean Orlando Terranova who is going to contest this year’s edition with his compatriot Bernardo ‘Ronnie’ Graue and finally wants to make it to the highest step on the podium. Also back in action is the Dutch pairing Erik van Loon / Wouter Rosegaar, this time with a new livery.

 The Baja Aragon will be kicked off on Friday evening with a short 7,8-kilometre prologue. On Saturday, the pairings will have to contest two special stages, with distances of 160 (the first) and 310 kilometres (the second, in the afternoon). The distance of the final special stage on Sunday adds up to 180 kilometres.

segunda-feira, 20 de julho de 2015

Al-Qassimi junta-se de novo à Overdrive para a Baja Aragon enquanto Vasilyev falha a prova espanhola

· Abu Dhabi’s Khalid Al-Qassimi set for second Toyota Hilux outing of season 

· Illness forces Vladimir Vasilyev to miss chance to extend FIA World Cup lead 

· Brazilian Varela and Pole Dabrowski bolster powerful Overdrive line-up 

· French duo of Vozniak and Brucy crew fourth Overdrive Racing Toyota 

Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Khalid Al-Qassimi will join forces with Overdrive Racing for the second time this season at this weekend’s Baja Aragon Spain (July 24-26).

 The Emirati lines-up alongside the Brazilian Reinaldo Varela and Poland’s Marek Dabrowski in a powerful line-up of Toyota Hiluxes run under the watchful eye of the Belgium-based car preparation company. Overdrive Racing will also run a fourth Toyota Hilux for the French driver Romain Vozniak and his French former enduro rider/co-driver Jean Brucy.

 Vladimir Vasilyev, the defending FIA World Cup champion, was scheduled to defend a 21-point lead in the FIA World Cup standings, but has recently undergone a heart procedure and plans to return to competitive action in Hungary next month.

 WRC star Al-Qassimi made his debut in the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies at his local Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge in April and set some impressive times, despite his obvious lack of experience in the specialised cross-country form of rallying.

 The twisty nature of the rural tracks of Baja Spain should suit him down to the ground, however, and he and new French navigator Edouard Boulanger will be pushing for a potential podium finish when the three-day event draws to a close in Teruel on Sunday afternoon.

  “I really enjoyed the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and working with the team at Overdrive,” said Al-Qassimi.

“It was a new challenge for me and a new racing discipline. This will also be something new for me. I was pleased with my performance in the dunes, now I need to carry that forward to the terrain that will face us in Spain. It will not be easy. The entry list is very strong, with some experienced names.” 

Overdrive Racing Toyota Hiluxes finished second, third and fourth at the last round of the FIA World Cup in Italy. The Brazilian duo of Varela and Gustavo Gugelmin were second and that has catapulted Varela into outright third place in the FIA World Cup standings. The Brazilian was fifth in Baja Spain in 2014 and has been a model of consistency this season.

 He arrives in Teruel seven points ahead of fellow Toyota driver Marek Dabrowski in the points’ standings. Dabrowski drives the fourth Team Orlen-backed car with Jacek Czachor working as his co-driver. The Polish duo finished 10th in last year’s Baja Aragon Spain.

  “It is obviously disappointing for Vladimir to miss this event and we look forward to welcoming him back again soon,” said Overdrive team director Jean-Marc Fortin.

  “This is always a difficult and demanding rally with the temperatures and the tyre wear and the fact that the new rules dictate that you only have 10 tyres per car. This makes the strategy interesting for the team managers. 

 “Maybe it helps us a little as well, because we have a little less engine torque than our rivals and, perhaps, a little less tyre wear. There is one very long stage of over 300km, so it will be important for us to make a good start to ensure we have a good road position and don’t suffer delays in the dust.”

 The Kazazhstan duo of Kanat Shagirov and Alexandr Moroz will run another Toyota under the Mobilex Racing Team banner and the Russian duo of Artur Murashkin and Alexander Zheludov will use an Overdrive Toyota Hilux under a Protech Motorsport entry.

 Baja Aragon Spain is based at the eastern Spanish town of Teruel and is likely to feature demanding high summer temperatures in the high thirties Centigrade and dusty conditions. The competitive action gets underway with a timed 7.8km super special stage from 18.59hrs on Friday evening (July 24).

 The bulk of the competitive action takes place on Saturday (July 25) and features a 160km selective section between Calamocha and Calatayud from 08.24hrs and a second 300km timed test between Calatayud and Teruel, starting at 11.28hrs.

 After an overnight halt in Teruel, the competitive action draws to a close on Sunday (July 26) with a 180km section between Calamocha and Teruel, starting at 10.29hrs. The ceremonial finish takes place in Teruel later in the afternoon.

terça-feira, 14 de julho de 2015

Mikko Hirvonen assina com a X-Raid

- The Finn to race the MINI ALL4 Racing in the Dakar Rally 

- Debut in Spain’s Baja Aragon

 Even after having celebrated four consecutive Dakar wins, X-raid isn’t ready to rest. Instead, it is working on creating the best possible package for the coming years. On the one hand, the X-raid team consistently enhances the MINI ALL4 Racing, currently the most successful off-road vehicle of the world, and on the other, X-raid succeeded in signing another competitive driver for its line-up: Mikko Hirvonen. The experienced rally driver already demonstrated his skills at the wheel of the MINI ALL4 Racing in tests.

 The former WRC ace was thrilled by the MINI ALL4 Racing right from the start. Although the switch to off-road rallying represents a major challenge for the Finn. To provide him the best possible support on the way to coping with the new challenge, X-raid teams him up with the experienced co-driver Michel Périn. Périn is a four-time Dakar winner who celebrated his last Dakar-win to date in 2014: together with Nani Roma in a MINI ALL4 Racing. And although the Frenchman had announced his retirement from motor racing, early this year, he didn’t want to miss out on this opportunity. He already acted as Hirvonen’s co-driver in the tests and was fascinated by the Finn right away. In his 13 WRC years, Hirvonen finished second in the World Championship four times (2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012) but at the end of the 2014 season, the 35 year old retired from the WRC sport for good.

In June, he tested the MINI ALL4 Racing in Morocco for the first time and in a few days, in Spain’s Baja Aragon held in late July, Hirvonen will drive the MINI ALL4 Racing for the first time in anger.

  “We are really delighted with having succeeded in signing Mikko” said X-raid's Team Manager Sven Quandt. “He certainly will be an asset not only to our team but to the Dakar, too. In the tests in Morocco he delivered in truly impressive style and felt good on the ‘new terrain’ right from the start. Nonetheless, one shouldn’t have too high expectations regarding his Dakar debut. Mikko still has to gather a lot of experience as the Dakar is a unique event. But on the other hand, Michel is a very experienced co-driver who has got what it takes to support him in many areas.” 

Three questions to Mikko Hirvonen

 1st What do you know about Dakar?

I can say that six months ago I didn't know a lot, just what I have seen on TV. Of course, I knew it was a real long-distance race without pace notes and that it's far more about navigation and not so much about driving flat out. But now I've been executing long tests with the X-raid Team and I've been lucky to have been teamed-up with my very experienced co-driver, Michel Périn. He and the team helped me a lot to get a better picture of what it’s all about and the more they tell me, the more I'm getting excited about the challenge. 

2nd How was your feeling in the MINI during the tests and how was it to change your driving style?

Of course, the car and the terrain where we were driving differed a lot from what you have to cope with in WRC rallying. A WRC car is more precise and more responsive but wouldn’t be able to go to the places we can go to with the MINI. And the MINI’s strength and ruggedness is just incredible. Sometimes we aren’t racing on roads but have to contest full off-road sections and the punishment this car is able to take is extremely impressive. Meanwhile, the speed isn’t a real problem for me – but understanding the limits of the car in the bad section still is. In addition, I would say that contesting the long sections in Raid rallying is more physical than what you have to cope with in the conventional rally sport.

 3rd What is your goal for the Dakar and the Baja Aragon?

It's a lot about the experience. Dakar is such a long race and the dunes there are in a world of their own. So, to finish the event without encountering major problems or without getting stuck anywhere already would represent a really good achievement for my first Dakar. Meanwhile, the Baja Aragon is going to be more of the kind of rallying I'm used to. But driving without pace notes in your road book is not so easy and I still have to keep on familiarizing myself with the MINI as well. But should I feel good in the car and everything works well we hopefully will be able to set some good times in Baja Aragon.

quarta-feira, 1 de julho de 2015

Novo pódio para Teo Viñaras

Teo Motos Competicion com três pilotos no Top5 

Depois da excelente vitória alcançada por Teo Viñaras na Baja TT Cidade Europeia do Desporto Loulé 2015 a equipa Teo Motos Competicion voltou a estar em excelente plano na Baja TT Proença-a-Nova/Oleiros/Mação onde os seus três pilotos terminaram a corrida no Top 5.

 Nesta quinta etapa do Campeonato Nacional de Todo-o-Terreno, Teo Viñaras voltou a subir ao pódio depois de ter colocado o seu Polaris RZR 1000 na 3ª posição e ainda no 2º lugar entre os UTV. Nas posições seguintes terminaram Roberto Viñaras e o jovem Miguel Jordão, que venceu ainda a Classe Promoção.

 Antes da corrida Teo Viñaras recebeu o Prémio Fedima por se ter destacado em Combatividade e Fairplay na jornada anterior. Um prémio atribuído a partir de uma votação entre todos os pilotos participantes da disciplina.

 No prólogo de 9,6 quilómetros, disputado no primeiro dia de prova, a Teo Motos Competicion colocou os seus três pilotos no Top 10. Os irmãos Roberto e Teo Viñaras foram respetivamente segundo e terceiro classificados, separados por 5,39s. Miguel Jordão averbou a décima posição.

 Para o dia seguinte os concorrentes tinham de enfrentar sucessivamente um troço de 105 e outro de 118 quilómetros. No final do primeiro sector selectivo o mais rápido da equipa era Miguel Jordão no 4º lugar, com oito segundos de vantagem para Teo Viñaras. Roberto Viñaras surgia na 8ª posição, a escassos dois segundos do piloto que o precedia na classificação.

 Até ao final do setor seletivo mais longo Teo Vinãras ascenderia à terceira posição, com uma vantagem de 1m41s sobre o seu irmão, enquanto o terceiro elemento da equipa, Miguel Jordão, terminava num excelente quinto lugar, a escassos 10 segundos de Roberto.

 Com este resultado Teo Viñaras manteve o segundo lugar do Campeonato Nacional de Todo-o-Terreno da competição UTV/Buggy onde Miguel Jordão e Roberto Viñaras ocupam a 5ª e a 6ª posição.

 Classificações do Campeonato (após 5 das 7 provas) 1º João Lopes, 60; 2º Teo Viñaras, 50; 3º Dorothee Ferreira e Pedro Santinho Mendes, 42; 5º Miguel Jordão, 39; 6º Roberto Viñaras, 36; 7º Bruno Martins, 34.

 A próxima jornada do Campeonato Nacional de Todo-o-Terreno será a Baja TT Idanha-a-Nova competição que se vai disputar nos dias 11 e 12 de Setembro.