Results Superbike Australia

Baz Begins with a Bang

Fifth and second in the first two races of the season, Loris Baz leaves the Australian leg with a second place in the Superbike World championship. A great start for the rookie rider of the Kawasaki team.cr1-2014_01_WSBK_Phillip_Island_02484

The Races

The Phillip Island circuit is always difficult for tires, and the first places often go to riders who knew how best to save them. In this part of the game, Loris Baz has proven to be one of the most skilful. Fifth in the first race of the Australian event, in the second the Kawasaki rider made it to his first podium of the season alongside Tom Sykes, who finished seventh in the first race. David Salom also got off to a good start in the championship, finishing ninth and tenth and was the leading Evo rider in both races. In the Supersport category, Kenan Sofuoglu got little reward for the great work he did during the practice test sessions. The event was stopped after Jack Kennedy blew his engine, so the race was run on just five laps. The sprint proved fatal to the reigning world champion, who fell after staying in the lead from the start.

The Championship

On a circuit that is not the easiest for Kawasakis, Loris Baz and Tom Sykes reaped their just rewards, allowing them to leave Australia in the second and sixth place overall in the Superbike World championship. David Salom is in ninth position, while in Supersport, Kenan Sofuoglu ended the first event of the season without a single point.

The Background

Ever since the start of the winter practice sessions, Loris Baz has continued to ramp up his results. So much so that Sykes, his world champion teammate, has requested that there be no exchange of technical information between the two sides of the Kawasaki garage. “It means that Tom also now considers me as a candidate for the title,” grins the young French rider as he starts his second full season in the Superbike World championship. “What makes me happy and encourages me is that I’ve often been faster than him this winter. Unfortunately, the three falls that I had during the free practice sessions in Australia did not leave me in the best frame of mind for the start of the championship.” Maybe so, but that hasn’t stopped him from finishing each time ahead of his British teammate. “I’m really pleased to begin the season with results like these,” says the young Frenchman. “I felt better in the second race with a different choice of front tire making it easier to turn the bike, which confirms that we are moving in the right direction. We made progress this winter with the electronics settings, and I feel I can regularly make the podium. Racing in the team of the world champion also allows me to see what’s wrong when I’m not riding well. It’s easier to see if it’s me or the bike that’s at fault. Whatever the case, I don’t want to set my sights too high, we’ll just see where we are at the end of the season.”

Rallye Monte-Carlo

 

Sébastien Loeb’s farewell tour of the WRC got underway with a majestic victory in Monte Carlo. The Citroën Total driver will make three more appearances in 2013.

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The big show

 

Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena remain the masters of Monte Carlo, one of the most feared events due to its challenging stages but also the most glamorous thanks to its finish in the glittering Principality of Monaco. For a decade, the nine-time world champion has dominated the rally’s mountain roads. “I never found conditions like this before,” he said at the end of this year’s edition. “The snow started to fall the day before the start. On every stage we needed to use studded tyres. It was so slippery that we risked going off on each corner.” They drove, attacked, made no mistakes and chose all the right tyres: Sébastien Loeb and his team were faultless on the opening round of the championship. “I’m just driving for fun now because I’m not doing the whole season,” he explained. “But I’ve still got the will to win, especially when I’m up against tough opposition.”

 

Loeb gets a surprise

 

The rally got underway with a big surprise. Driving the brand new Volkswagen Polo R WRC, making its competition debut in Monte Carlo, Sébastien Ogier won the first special stage. Would Germany’s new rally car be able to take on the world’s best straight out of the box? On the following stage, Sébastien Loeb gave his answer. Throughout the first day the Citroën driver pulled out a gap over his younger French rival. And on the snow and ice, Loeb’s smooth and precise driving style performed miracles. By the end of the day, his lead made him much more serene. “We’re beginning to have a good advantage,” he commented. “But it’s a long way from being decisive. Still, from now on I can base my times on those of Ogier.

 

Snowstorms

 

Another snowstorm caused the cancellation of the final loop of stages. None of it mattered to Sébastien Loeb as he had won the rally in style. Together with his Monegasque co-driver, Loeb had been able to successfully manage the gap to his most dangerous rival. The winter weather made the rally extremely uncertain from start to finish. Some of the Ford drivers fell victim to the conditions on the Col de Turini: their retirements benefitted Loeb’s team mates. On his return to Citroën, Spanish driver Dani Sordo finished on the podium, just ahead of Finland’s Mikko Hirvonen. The three crews will be reunited on the following round in Sweden, from 7-10 February.

 

Sweden

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In tricky road conditions around Hagfors and Karlstad, the reigning world champion Sébastien Ogier went off in the first stage of the second day, losing more than 4 minutes in a snowbank while he was leader. Teammate Jari -Matti Latvala made the most of it to take his third win in Sweden almost 54 seconds ahead of fellow VW driver Andreas Mikkelsen. Sweden rally remained a Nordic affaire, as it was in 1950 and 2003, before the advent of Sébastien Loeb’s win, as Ostberg rounded up the podium following an healthy come-back .

Figure
384 . – This is the number of spikes per tire in Sweden, the lone round held 100 percent on snow-covered roads in the season. These tungsten spikes protrude by 6.5 millimetres tungsten. They are a key factor in grip and hence performance performance. Their efficiency peaks in icy conditions.

Quote
“I am very happy to be on the podium in Sweden for the fourth time ! ” Ostberg is a new Citroën driver this season but he is used to Rally Sweden. Norwegian debuted 18 in 2006. It was the main podium chance for Citroën. Teammate Kris Meeke still finished 10th.

The anecdote
Rally Sweden ? Not totally actually. The 324 km special stages were partly accross the Norway border for four special during the first day.

Next-up
Mexico, 6-9 March

Back on 2014


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6 hours of Bahrain: Toyota ends on a high

bahreinAnthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi and Stephane Sarrazin took the eighth and final race of the season in the World Championship FIM Endurance, the Bahrain 6 Hours, globally under Japanese brand’s dominance and strong showing.
Toyota started with sweeping the front row with its #7 (Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre and Kazuki Nakajima) ahead of #8 ( Davidson, Buemi, Sarrazin). Both TS030 HYBRID started seamlessly when lights came out in the twilight, in Sakhir circuit . After one hour, the #8 took the lead and an hour later the #7 retired on an engine problem. The English-Swiss-French then controlled the last Audi running to take the chequered flag with a 1 meb 10 sc margin over André Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler .

The numbers
14 races, five pole positions, 10 podiums ans 5 wins are among the stats of the Toyota TS030 Hybrid, which hit the track in competition last year in Le Mans Hours.

The quote
“I am very happy. Also we could show our real performance to the wider world; something that hasn’t necessarily been reflected in the results in the last few races.” Team President Yoshiaka Kinoshita was particularly pleased with the way his car met success in Sakhir, finally showing a clear advantage over world champion Audi.

The anecdote
Bahrain is the second success for Toyota this season, after the somewhat curtailed Shanghai, but it is also the second time in 2013 that the Japanese brand sweeps the freont row after the first event held in April at Silverstone.

Classification
1. P1 Davidson/Buemi/Sarrazin Toyota 6h01m15.303s
2. P1 Lotterer/Treluyer/Fassler Audi +1m10.585s
3. P2 Rusinov/Martin/Conway Delta-ADR ORECA-Nissan +15 laps
4. P2 Pla/Heinemeier Hansson/Brundle OAK Morgan-Nissan +15 laps
5. P2 Wirdheim/Reip/Lancaster Greaves Zytek-Nissan +15 laps
6. P2 Baguette/Gonzalez/Plowman OAK Morgan-Nissan +17 laps
7. P2 Nicolet/Ihara/Cheng OAK Morgan-Nissan +19 laps
8. P2 Giroix/Kerr/Dolby Delta-ADR ORECA-Nissan +21 laps
9. GTE P Bruni/Vilander AF Ferrari +24 laps
10. GTE P Bergmeister/Pilet Manthey Porsche +24 laps

6 hours of Shanghaï: Toyota endures Chinese torture

shangaiThe two Toyotas TS030 HYBRID were flying to success a little over an hour from the end of the 6 Hours of Shanghai when a twist of fate handed a sixth win in seven races to Audi.

The facts
After the win in a curtailed race at home in Fuji, Toyota aimed to convert their advantage in performance in Shanghai. Alex Wurz and Nicolas Lapierre’s was the best start to the weekend. On the day after, the #7 of the French-Austrian duo lead the start soon followed by sister-car # 8 with Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi and Stephane Sarrazin.
For more than four hours, a historic double loomed lap after lap. Then a puncture hit the #7 which had just refuelled. A few minutes later, the #8 was retired following a broken suspension.
The Audi R18 #1 with Andre Lotterer, Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer took the opportunity close the gap to to return in the wake of the 7 and Tréluyer passed Wurz after a thrilling duel to win with the final 16 seconds feed .

The sentence
“It was an amazing weekend until the last 90 minutes of the race.”
French driver Stephane Sarrazin, like all Toyota team, believed a second victory in two years in Shanghai was possible for the TS030 HYBRID. The mechanical issues lead to a “a huge disappointment” for his teammate Anthony Davidson.

The figure
162 – With 162 points one race to season end, Allan McNich, Loïc Duval and Tom Kristensen , who secured 3rd place in Shanghai, are the new World Endurance champions .

The anecdote
The Toyota was still reflecting, at the end of last weekend, regarding the origin of their suspension failure which cost dear to the #8. “The suspension problem was maybe due to contact with another car at the beginning; we are investigating exactly why this happened,” team boss Yoshiaki Kinoshita said.

Next up
Bahrain Six Hours, 30 November 2013

Classification
Pos Cl Drivers Team/Car Time/Gap
1. P1 Lotterer/Treluyer/Fassler Audi 6h01m33.343s
2. P1 Wurz/Lapierre Toyota +15.374s
3. P1 Kristensen/Duval/McNish Audi +1 laps
4. P1 Belicchi/Beche/Prost Rebellion Lola-Toyota +5 laps
5. P2 Rusinov/Martin/Conway Delta-ADR ORECA-Nissan +13 laps
6. P2 Pla/Heinemeier Hansson/Brundle OAK Morgan-Nissan +13 laps
7. P2 Baguette/Gonzalez/Plowman OAK Morgan-Nissan +13 laps
8. P2 Graves/Kerr/Dolby Delta-ADR ORECA-Nissan +14 laps
9. P2 Shulzhitckiy/Lux/Wirdheim Greaves Zytek-Nissan +15 laps
10. P2 Nicolet/Ihara/Cheng OAK Morgan-Nissan +18 laps
11. P2 Holzer/Kraihamer/Charouz Lotus +18 laps
12. GTE P Turner/Mucke Aston Martin +21 laps
13. GTE P Lamy/Senna/Stanaway Aston Martin +21 laps
14. GTE P Bergmeister/Pilet Manthey Porsche +22 laps
15. GTE P Bruni/Fisichella AF Ferrari +22 laps
16. GTE P Kobayashi/Vilander AF Ferrari +23 laps
17. GTE P Lieb/Lietz Manthey Porsche +23 laps
18. GTE A Potolicchio/Aguas/Rigon 8Star Ferrari +24 laps
19. GTE A Narac/Vernay/Palttala Imsa Porsche +25 laps
20. GTE A Campbell-Walter/Hall/Adam Aston Martin +25 laps
21. GTE A Ried/Roda/Ruberti Proton Porsche +25 laps
22. GTE A Bornhauser/Canal/Rees Larbre Corvette +26 laps
23. GTE A Gerber/Griffin/Cioci AF Ferrari +26 laps
24. P1 Davidson/Buemi/Sarrazin Toyota +47 laps
25. GTE A Krohn/Jonsson/Mediani Krohn Ferrari +51 laps