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Калле Рованпера заменит Себастьена Ожье на Ралли Польши


Восьмикратный чемпион мира по классическому ралли WRC Себастьен Ожье и его штурман Винсент Ландэ попали в больницу после аварии, которая произошла во время ознакомления с трассой накануне Ралли Польши. Гонщики заводской команды Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT стали участниками дорожного инцидента с гражданской машиной, с которой они столкнулись лоб в лоб. Пострадавшие спортсмены, а также водитель и пассажир второго автомобиля были доставлены в больницу.

Никто из участников ДТП серьёзных травм не получил, однако если Ландэ был выписан, то Ожье остался под наблюдением врачей, но оба не смогут принять участие в гонке. Команда Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT запросила у Международной автофедерации FIA права заменить экипаж и получила разрешение заявить на гонку двукратного чемпиона WRC финна Калле Рованперу и штурману Йонне Халттунену, которым предоставят дополнительное время на ознакомление с трассой.

«Мы рады подтвердить, что Калле Рованпера и Йонне Халттунен заменят своих напарников по команде Себа и Винсента и примут участие в Ралли Польши — примут вызов и продемонстрируют отличный дух в нашей команде», — заявили в японском коллективе.

Экипаж Себастьена Ожье попал в аварию перед Ралли Польши



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Rovanpera to stand in for Ogier at WRC Rally Poland


Kalle Rovanpera will join Toyota’s World Rally Championship line-up at Rally Poland to replace Sebastien Ogier following his withdrawal from the event.

Stewards have granted permission for Rovanpera and co-driver Jonne Halttunen to take over the third GR Yaris at this weekend’s gravel rally after Ogier and his co-driver were involved in a road traffic accident while preparing pacenotes.

Ogier and Landais were driving a GR Yaris reconnaissance car when they collided with another vehicle. The driver and passenger of the other car involved, and two members of the public, were also hospitalised.

It has since been confirmed that all those involved in the accident have undergone scans which showed no signs of serious injury.

Landais has been discharged from hospital, but Ogier will remain under medical observation overnight and will not be able to participate in the event.

Toyota has since requested permission for its two-time world champion Rovanpera to replace Ogier for the event which has been granted by FIA stewards. Time to complete reconnaissance of the stages will be provided.

Kalle Rovanperä, Jonne Halttunen, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota GR Yaris Rally1

Kalle Rovanperä, Jonne Halttunen, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota GR Yaris Rally1

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“The Stewards authorise the change of Crew of Car #17 Sebastien Ogier/Vincent Landais with the Crew Kalle Rovanpera/Jonne Halttunen and changing the competition number to Car #69,” read the stewards report.

“The Stewards authorise Crew of Car No. 69 Kalle Rovanpera/Jonne Halttunen two passages of Reconnaissance as follows:
• On Wednesday 26 June 2024
• 8:00 to 18:00: SS 10/14, SS11/15, SS2/5, SS3/6, SS4/7 and SS9/13
• 18:00 to 19:15: SS 17/19 19:15 to 20:00: Shakedown
• On Thursday 27 June 2024: 13:30 to 15:30: SS 16/18 and SS1/8/12

A statement from Toyota added: “We are pleased to confirm that Kalle Rovanpera and Jonne Halttunen will step in for their team-mates Seb and Vincent and participate in Rally Poland: rising to the challenge and showing the great spirit in our team.”

Poland will be Rovanpera’s fourth event of his part-time campaign following outings in Sweden, Kenya and Portugal. The 23-year-old has already tasted victory this season after winning Safari Rally Kenya in March.

Rovanpera has since posted on Instagram: “Duty calls. Rally Poland here we come.”

Earlier this month, Rovanpera made his circuit racing debut competing in the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux at Zandvoort where he finished fourth and fifth in the pair of races.

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Ogier withdraws from WRC Rally Poland after reconnaissance crash


Toyota World Rally Championship driver Sebastien Ogier has avoided serious injuries following a Rally Poland reconnaissance crash, but will withdraw from this week’s event.

Eight-time world rally champion Ogier and co-driver Landais were taken to hospital on Tuesday morning for medical checks after being involved in a road traffic accident.

Ogier and Landais were driving a GR Yaris reconnaissance car which collided with another vehicle. The driver and passenger of the other car involved and two members of the public were also hospitalised.

The incident occurred while the duo were preparing their pacenotes for the Goldap special stage, which forms Stage 10 and Stage 14 for what would have been Ogier’s fifth round of a partial WRC campaign, following wins in Croatia and Portugal and second places in Monte Carlo and Sardinia.

Toyota has confirmed that everyone involved in the crash has avoided serious injuries, but Ogier and Landais will no longer compete in the seventh round of the WRC season as a pairing. The event’s first stage is due to begin on Friday.

«Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT crew Sebastien Ogier and Vincent Landais were taken to hospital for checks following a road traffic collision during reconnaissance for Rally Poland on Tuesday morning,» read the statement.

«Two occupants of the other vehicle involved, members of the public, were also taken to hospital for medical checks. The incident took place while Ogier and Landais were preparing for the Goldap special stage, which forms SS10 and SS14 of the rally this Saturday.

Sébastien Ogier, Vincent Landais, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota GR Yaris Rally1

Sébastien Ogier, Vincent Landais, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota GR Yaris Rally1

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«Ogier and Landais were driving a road car as is the standard practice for rally reconnaissance. All recce cars have GPS tracking, which shows the speeds were within the limits set.

«All involved have underdone scans which showed no serious injuries. While Landais has been discharged, Ogier will remain under medical observation overnight and will not be able to participate in the event.

«The safety and well-being of all involved remains the upmost priority of the team. Alongside this, the team is considering its options regarding any replacement and will provide an update in due course.»

Those options could conceivably include Rovanpera, while Sami Pajari is on the ground in Poland competing in a Rally2 specification GR Yaris.  

Rising star Pajari had been set to make his Rally1 debut with the team in Latvia next month, piloting a fourth entry, before Toyota announced plans on Monday to reshuffle its plans by putting Ogier in the seat, delaying Pajari’s outing to Finland. 



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Экипаж Себастьена Ожье попал в аварию перед Ралли Польши


Восьмикратный чемпион мира по классическому ралли WRC Себастьен Ожье и его штурман Винсент Ландэ попали в больницу после аварии, которая произошла во время ознакомления с трассой накануне Ралли Польши. Гонщики заводской команды Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT стали участниками дорожного инцидента, после которого их госпитализировали.

«Себ и Винсент попали в дорожно-транспортное происшествие во время ознакомления с трассой перед Ралли Польши и были доставлены на медицинское обследование. Мы предоставим дополнительную информацию, когда придёт время», — говорится в сообщении японского коллектива. Нет никаких сведений об обстоятельствах случившегося и о том, в каком состоянии пилот и штурман.

Ожье и Ландэ готовились к пятому этапу своей программы выступлений за Toyota в 2024 году. В текущем сезоне дуэт одержал победы на Ралли Хорватии и Ралли Португалии и занял второе место на Ралли Монте-Карло и Ралли Сардинии.



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15 000 км по дюнам, снегу и пустыням: как показало себя моторное масло


Моторное масло G-Energy выдержало 15 000 км пути по суровому бездорожью России и Монголии. Как показали исследования мобильной лаборатории, в экстремальных условиях перепробега по пересеченной местности масло сохранило свой ресурс и показало более 20% запаса эксплуатационных свойств.

Исследование моторного масла прошло в рамках разведки маршрута для проведения международного ралли-рейда. Финальные замеры показателей работающего масла проводились на отметке в 15 000 км, что в три раза выше рекомендованного автопроизводителем межсервисного пробега в условиях повышенных нагрузок. Снижение щелочного числа — показателя запаса моющих, диспергирующих и нейтрализующих свойств масла — по итогам проверки составило всего 33%, при стандартно допустимых 40%-50%. Кинематическая вязкость при 100 градусах также осталась в пределах класса SAE 30, – от 9,3 до 12,5 мм2/с. Иными словами, при фактически трехкратном перепробеге масло G-Energy готово работать дальше!

Условия испытаний

Моторное масло G-Energy F Synth EC 0W-30 было залито в двигатели гражданских внедорожников Toyota Hilux 2016 года выпуска. С середины апреля по конец мая автомобили преодолели маршрут высокой сложности по территории России и Монголии, чтобы составить дорожную книгу будущего ралли. Экипажи самостоятельно тестировали и фиксировали препятствия, которые в июле предстоит преодолеть командам гонщиков со всего мира. На их пути встречались русла рек и острые камни, участки вечной мерзлоты и дюны пустыни Гоби, где машина едва избежала падения с крутого обрыва. Дополнительным испытанием стали палящее солнце днём и заморозки по ночам с температурой ниже нуля.

Мобильная лаборатория G-Energy обеспечивала безопасность и надежную работу техники в экспедиции. Эксперты несколько раз на протяжении маршрута брали пробы масла из двигателей, что позволило контролировать состояние автомобилей. С помощью оборудования лаборатории всего по одной капле отработанного масла специалисты производят безразборную диагностику двигателя, что очень ценно для предотвращения серьезных поломок — ведь «в полях» провести полноценный ремонт невозможно.
Виктор Соколов, организатор международного ралли-рейда

Производитель Toyota Hilux рекомендует при повышенной нагрузке менять масло в двигателе каждые 5 000 км пробега. Но экспедиция проходила под контролем мобильной лаборатории G-Energy. Поэтому, когда на отметке в 5 000 км пробега по пересечённой местности замеры показали, что масло сохранило более 85% изначального ресурса, было решено продолжить путь без замены до достижения «финишной прямой» на 10 000 км. Однако затем свои коррективы внесли обстоятельства: снег на трассе в Монголии, наводнение в России. В итоге участники экспедиции проехали в полтора раза больше запланированного расстояния: финальный замер характеристик масла проводился на отметке 15 000 км.

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Секрет успеха масла G-Energy

Отличные результаты обусловлены особым составом моторного масла G-Energy F Synth EC 0W-30: его формула усилена магнием и органическим молибденом, которые защищают двигатель от износа. Продукт обладает оптимальными вязкостными характеристиками, позволяющими расходовать меньше топлива. Благодаря высокой концентрации полиальфаолефинов в составе, масло имеет низкую испаряемость и надолго сохраняет моющие и смазывающие качества. Другими словами, автовладелец может быть уверен, что масло не потеряет свои свойства, и детали его двигателя не будут изнашиваться даже при серьезных нагрузках.

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Pajari to make WRC Rally1 debut in Finland as Toyota rejigs Latvia line-up


Rising World Rally Championship star Sami Pajari will now make his Rally1 debut in Finland instead of Latvia following a change to Toyota’s driver line-up.

Toyota announced last month that Pajari and co-driver Enni Malkonen will step up from driving a Toyota GR Yaris Rally2 car in WRC2 to pilot a fourth GR Yaris Rally1 at the gravel rally that will make its WRC debut from 18-21 July.

However, the reigning world champion team has now decided to make an alteration to its plan. Pajari and Malkonen will now contest their home round Rally Finland from 1-4 August, with Toyota planning to field Sebastien Ogier in a fourth GR Yaris Rally1 for Latvia, alongside regulars Elfyn Evans, Takamoto Katsuta and part-time and two-time world champion driver Kalle Rovanpera.

Rovanpera was originally set to drive in Latvia and is also expected to contest his home round in Finland. 

“The decision for Pajari to compete in Finland has been taken in consultation with the driver while considering the best possible conditions for his debut. Before the event he will have the opportunity to test in the team’s local area near its base in Central Finland, on roads that are similar in character to those used in Rally Finland: an event Pajari is naturally familiar with,” read a statement from the team.

“The change in schedule also opens up the possibility for the team to enter Rally Latvia with the strongest available line-up of regular crews across its four entries, with full-season drivers Elfyn Evans and Takamoto Katsuta to be joined by world champions Kalle Rovanpera and Sebastien Ogier.”

Winner WRC2 Sami Pajari, Enni Mälkönen, Printsport Toyota GR Yaris Rally2

Winner WRC2 Sami Pajari, Enni Mälkönen, Printsport Toyota GR Yaris Rally2

Photo by: McKlein / Motorsport Images

Eight-time world champion Ogier says he is happy to add Latvia to his plans to help the team in its quest to retain its manufacturers’ title, after scoring two wins and a pair of second place finishes from his four events to date.

“It was not the original plan for me to be in Latvia, but the opportunity came up after analysing together with the team the situation in both the manufacturers’ and drivers’ championships,” said Ogier.

“There was a desire from the team for me to do some more events and that’s something that I‘ve gladly accepted. I want to give back to the team and thank them for allowing me the opportunity to continue driving with them in the way that I have done the last three years. I’m enjoying the season so far and the strong performances we’ve had.”

Pajari is also looking forward to making his first Rally1 foray on more familiar roads compared to those of Latvia which will make its WRC debut.

“It is even more special to be making my Rally1 debut at home. Latvia would have been a new rally for everyone and an equal start for me in a way, but in Finland of course I know the stages generally very well and our testing will be in Finland, so to have that chance to prepare the car on roads that are very similar to the rally will be a good help for me,” said Pajari.

“And in terms of the emotions, it’s even nicer to have this chance in Finland and I’m extremely looking forward to the event.

“To drive this car on those stages will be something really cool and also really demanding: they’re very high-speed roads and I will need to learn how the aerodynamics are working.

“But this is all about trying to learn as much as we can. Of course, I will try to enjoy it too because it’s like a dream come true, but the main target is just to gain the experience. I’m really excited for it.”

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WRC adds Paraguay to 2025 calendar in multi-year deal



The 2025 World Rally Championship calendar is edging closer to completion following the news Paraguay is set to make its debut next season.

The WRC has been eyeing a 14-round schedule for 2025 that provides a more global calendar than it has been able to contest in recent seasons following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Two events in the South America region had been targeted as key goal for 2025, which has now been realised. Earlier this year Paraguay and Argentina emerged as options, with the former now securing a multi-year deal, becoming the 38th country to host a WRC round. It is expected to join fellow South American nation Chile on next year’s schedule, after rejoining the WRC last year following its debut in 2019.

The announcement was made on Saturday evening in the Paraguayan capital Asunción by president Santiago Peña at the ceremonial start of Petrobras Rally Transchaco 2024 – the third round of the Paraguayan national championship.

“Paraguay is big, and the world is in the process of discovering us. Hosting world class events such as the WRC, is yet another way to show the world our greatness,” said president Peña.

A thriving rally scene is among the reasons why the WRC is keen to add Paraguay to its suite of events. The last eleven editions of the FIA South American Rally Championship have also been won by Paraguayan drivers, while Fabrizio Zaldivar has become an established WRC2 competitor and Diego Dominguez is among the Junior WRC and WRC3 title favourites.

“We have been in discussions with Paraguay already for a number of years and I am incredibly pleased to see this agreement across the line,” expressed WRC event director Simon Larkin, who attended the launch.

“There is no questioning the nation’s passion for rallying and we cannot wait to transmit this passion, as well as Paraguay’s spectacular scenery around the world.”

Paraguay’s date on the 2025 WRC calendar is yet to be confirmed. The gravel rally will however be based out of the southern city of Encarnacion. Stages will take place throughout the Itapua region, which annually hosts a round of the FIA South American Rally Championship.

Paraguay’s inclusion on the 2025 calendar follows the announcement that the WRC will also be heading to Saudi Arabia next year, as part of a 10-year deal that will bring the championship to the Middle East nation for the first time.

It will be the third new round in 2025 following confirmation that Rally Islas Canarias will graduate from the European Rally Championship to host the WRC for the first time, as Spain rejoins the calendar.

Paraguay appears likely to be among the final pieces in resolving the 2025 WRC calendar that is expected to be finalised in July.

In addition to the new events, it has been confirmed that Poland will drop off the schedule following its appearance this year, and Estonia will return in place of Latvia, which will make its debut this year after earning promotion from the ERC.

The WRC confirmed in April that it was working to extend the contract with Croatia which is in the final year of its agreement.

It is anticipated that Monte Carlo will open the campaign while Sweden, Kenya, Portugal, Italy (Sardinia), Finland, Greece, Chile and Japan are expected to feature.

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M-Sport reveals Ford Puma for WRC Rally1 debutant Sesks


Martins Sesks is all set to make his top-flight World Rally Championship debut now the covers have come off the non-hybrid powered Ford Puma Rally1 car he will pilot.

Sesks is set to make his Rally1 debut on Poland’s gravel roads next week which hosts the seventh round of the WRC. The event is part of a two-round deal, that includes Sesks’ home round in Latvia (18-21 July), which has been made possible thanks to a collaboration between the driver, M-Sport and the WRC Promoter.

As part of the arrangement, Sesks, the 2023 European Rally Championship runner-up, is set to drive a non-hybrid Ford Puma Rally1 car, marking its first appearance at WRC level in Poland, to aid their transition to the full hybrid version of the car in Latvia.

The FIA passed regulations this year which allows teams to field Rally1 cars without hybrid units with ballast added to compensate for the weight of the plug-in hybrid system.

Sesks jumped behind the wheel of the Puma for a test day in Estonia earlier this week to aid preparations for Poland.

Martins Sesks, Renārs Francis, M-Sport Ford Puma Rally1

Martins Sesks, Renārs Francis, M-Sport Ford Puma Rally1

Photo by: M-Sport

“I’m really excited to be back competing in Poland,» said the 24-year-old Sesks. «We have some great memories here, especially after winning the ERC round last year. For sure this year is a completely different game, this will be our first event in a Rally1 car.

«The testing we did last week was something incredible, and a completely different experience to anything I’ve done before! The car reacts so quickly, and how fast it goes round corners is just so unique and indescribable to anyone who hasn’t driven the car.

“It will be a big challenge to get up to speed, but this is the goal for Poland. We will be driving non-hybrid to get use to the aerodynamics of the car, get to know the team and to get more and more ready to be in good shape for Latvia. The goal is to get the mileage, finish the rally and learn as much as we can.

“The thought and the feeling with this kind of Latvian red-inspired livery was to show how grateful we are for everything that the country has done for us.”

Sesks’ addition to the Rally Poland entry list will see M-Sport field three Ford Pumas with the Latvian joining regulars Adrien Fourmaux and Gregoire Munster. The Pumas will be up against three car entries from Toyota and Hyundai.

Martins Sesks, Renārs Francis, M-Sport Ford Puma Rally1

Martins Sesks, Renārs Francis, M-Sport Ford Puma Rally1

Photo by: M-Sport

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«КАМАЗ-мастер» выставит пять грузовиков на ралли «Шелковый путь-2024»


Команда КАМАЗ-мастер объявила составы экипажей на международный ралли-рейд «Шелковый путь-2024».

Международный ралли-марафон «Шелковый путь-2024» пройдет с 5 по 15 июля по территории России и Монголии. Старт запланирован в Томске, а финиш – в Улан-Баторе. За 11 этапов участники гонки преодолеют более 5200 километров.

Экипажи Дмитрия Сотникова, Андрея Каргинова и Богдана Каримова будут бороться за победу на грузовиках семейства К5 «КАМАЗ-435091». Экипаж Эдуарда Николаева выступит на грузовике капотной компоновки «КАМАЗ-43509К». На грузовике «КАМАЗ-43509», использующем в качестве топлива газодизельную смесь, проедет экипаж Сергея Куприянова.

Экипажи КАМАЗ-мастер на «Шелковый путь-2024»
  • Пилот Эдуард Николаев, штурман Евгений Яковлев, механик Дмитрий Авдеев;
  • Дмитрий Сотников, Руслан Ахмадеев, Ильгиз Ахметзянов;
  • Андрей Каргинов, Иван Мальков, Данил Телепов;
  • Богдан Каримов, Дмитрий Никитин, Алмаз Ахмедов;
  • Сергей Куприянов, штурман Александр Куприянов, механик Иван Татаринов.

В грузовом зачете также примут участие команды «МАЗ-СПОРТавто», «УралМоторСпорт» и «ГАЗ Рейд Спорт».



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