Signatech Alpine fait sa rentrée au Mexique avec de l’ambition

    • Après la trêve estivale, le Championnat du Monde d’Endurance FIA WEC reprend ses droits avec les 6 Heures de Mexico.
    • Cette course marque le début d’une tournée « outre-mer » qui se poursuivra aux USA, au Japon, en Chine et à Bahreïn.
    • Actuellement troisième du classement Équipes LMP2, Signatech Alpine engage l’Alpine A470 n°36 avec un équipage composé de Nicolas Lapierre, Gustavo Menezes et André Negrão.

De Silverstone au Nürburgring en passant par Spa-Francorchamps et Le Mans, le Championnat du Monde d’Endurance FIA WEC a débuté sur les circuits les plus célèbres d’Europe. Après sept semaines de pause – le temps de réviser les voitures avant de les expédier de l’autre côté de l’Atlantique – la rentrée aura lieu à Mexico City, sur l’autodrome des frères Rodriguez.

L’équipe Signatech Alpine retrouvera avec plaisir la ferveur et la passion des Mexicains pour le sport automobile. L’an passé, la course s’était déroulée dans une ambiance survoltée, avec un final à suspense pour la victoire en LMP2. L’Alpine A460 n°36 avait terminé deuxième… à moins de deux secondes des vainqueurs !

Douze mois plus tard, la bagarre est toujours aussi intense dans la catégorie. À mi-saison, Signatech Alpine occupe la troisième place du classement Équipes, à treize points du deuxième. Sachant qu’il reste 130 points lors de cette seconde moitié de saison, tous les scénarios restent envisageables pour les Champions du Monde en titre !

À Mexico, l’équipage n°36 sera constitué du Français Nicolas Lapierre, de l’Américain Gustavo Menezes et du Brésilien André Negrão. Après avoir débuté la saison sur l’Alpine A470 n°35, le Brésilien se voit récompensé de ses performances en rejoignant l’équipage tenant du titre. Nicolas, Gustavo et André aborderont le week-end mexicain avec des ambitions élevées et la victoire en ligne de mire !

Une des clés du succès reposera sur la capacité de l’équipe à adapter les réglages aux conditions atmosphériques : à 2200 mètres d’altitude, la raréfaction de l’oxygène influe sur la performance du moteur, mais également sur l’aérodynamique et le refroidissement des freins. Comme toujours, la gestion des pneumatiques sera également à prendre en compte, surtout s’il fait chaud !

Les concurrents du FIA WEC prendront la piste pour la première fois le vendredi après-midi. Après deux autres séances d’essais libres, les qualifications samedi en début de soirée. Le départ des 6 Heures de Mexico sera donné dimanche à 12h00 heure locale (GMT-5).

Ils ont dit

Bernard Olivier, Directeur général-adjoint d’Alpine
«Nous sommes toujours heureux de nous rendre au Mexique, un pays important dans l’histoire d’Alpine : entre 1964 et 1974, près de sept-cents Dinalpin y ont été fabriquées sous licence. Il nous reste cinq courses à disputer cette saison et nous allons nous bagarrer sur chacune d’entre elles, en étant prêts à saisir la moindre opportunité. J’ai le sentiment que les 6 Heures du Nürburgring ont marqué un tournant dans notre saison et que nous avions sensiblement progressé dans tous les domaines, y compris la gestion des pneumatiques. J’espère donc que nous nous appuierons sur cela pour poursuivre sur la même lancée. Nos pilotes, plus soudés et motivés que jamais, seront un atout de taille. L’opposition en LMP2 est telle que le challenge est difficile, mais c’est justement cela qui nous motive.»

Philippe Sinault, Team principal Signatech Alpine Matmut
«Dès notre retour du Nürburgring, l’équipe a préparé le matériel pour cette longue tournée en Amérique, en Asie et au Moyen-Orient. En moins de trois mois, la seconde partie de la saison sera intense et nous nous sommes bien préparés pour cela. Pour commencer cette série de courses, le circuit de Mexico est à part Avec l’altitude, la raréfaction de l’oxygène impose d’adapter les réglages du moteur et du châssis. Nous nous attendons à une bagarre intense et à des écarts très serrés dès les qualifications. Les dépassements étant relativement difficiles sur ce tracé, il faudra être bien qualifié pour rester dans le bon wagon dès les premiers tours. Je suis confiant sur l’association entre Nicolas Lapierre, Gustavo Menezes et André Negrão. Depuis le début de la saison, André a non seulement brillé par son niveau de performance, mais aussi par de grandes facultés d’adaptation. Nos ambitions sont élevées et nous serions déçus de ne pas terminer sur le podium dimanche soir.»

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MotoGP World Championship, Silvertone Grand Prix (GB)

Rabat scores points

Although he only qualified for the last row of the starting grid at Silverstone, Tito Rabat managed to climb back up to twelfth place and add four points to his standings. The Spanish rider had not finished in the top fifteen since the Dutch Grand Prix.

 

The Races

Although he had difficulty during the practice test sessions and was only twenty-first on the starting grid, Tito Rabat did a good job. Taking advantage of a good start and an excellent first lap, the Marc VDS rider quickly moved into the middle of the pack before climbing back up to twelfth place two laps from the finish, overtaking Karel Abraham. Jack Miller had power control problems and had to settle for sixteenth place. In Moto2, Alex Marquez and Franco Morbidelli made the show by fighting it out for first place for a dozen laps, until the Spaniard crashed after making a mistake in his bike’s trajectory and the Italian had a clutch problem. Franco nonetheless managed to make it to the third step of the podium, while Alex bravely climbed back up to fourteenth place to score two points. In Moto3, Fornfeil and Pulkkinen rode the race in vain. The Czech finished twenty-third, the Finn twenty-fourth.

The Championship

While Tito Rabat has kept his eighteenth position, Jack Miller has lost a place in the MotoGP overall classification. The Australian is now fourteenth. In Moto2, Morbidelli has increased his lead at the top of the championship. The Italian is now twenty-nine points ahead of Thomas Lüthi. Marquez has kept his third place but the Swiss rider has increased his lead over him to thirty-nine points. There is no change in the MotoGP standings. Kornfeil remains twenty-seventh while Pulkkinen has still not made it to the standings.

The Background

With the announcement of Thomas Lüthi’s signature on the eve of the British Grand Prix, the 2018 season is now clearly set for the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS.

 It was important to be able to finalize the last contracts before attacking the last straight of the championship. We can now concentrate on winning the Moto2 world championship title with Franco.

 Michael Bartholemy

Now that he’s been promoted next year to the premier-class category, Morbidelli will team up with his current rival in the race for the title.

We had several options for finding the rider we were looking for to complete our MotoGP 2018 team; Thomas was chosen unanimously although he has never raced in this category. He’s been world champion in 125cc and his regularity during his seven seasons in Moto2 is simply incredible, his worst result being a sixth place in 2013. He’s still got what it takes in Moto2, and this year he’s the one who’s doing the most to help us win the world championship title. We’re very happy we can let him move up to the premier-class category.

Marc van der Straten, president of VDS Racing

In Moto2, Alex Marquez will team up with Joan Mir, the current leader in the Moto3 World Championship.

Superbike World Championship, Germany

For Rea, two times two is one

By clocking up two second places at the Lausitzring, Jonathan Rea has consolidated his position as leader in the Championship standings. The Kawasaki rider now has a seventy-point lead lead over his team-mate.

The Races

On a circuit that has always been difficult for Kawasaki, and in conditions made more difficult by the rain, Jonathan Rea played his cards right by finishing both races on Saturday and Sunday hard on the heels of Chaz Davies, unbeatable in Germany. In the first race, from start to finish Rea led the hunt for the rider who would finally win, taking the checkered flag only two seconds behind Chaz Davies’ rear wheel. The next day, the reigning world champion managed to fight it out for a few laps before giving in to Davies.

As soon as my rear tire degraded, the bike became difficult to drive and I was struggling to keep my pace. The same thing happened in both races. In the end, on a circuit that’s complicated for us because it’s very bumpy, I am fairly pleased with the result.

Jonathan Rea

Finishing third on Saturday, Sykes was placed fourth on Sunday.

After winning pole position, I was hoping to do a lot better; apparently I didn’t choose the best tyres for the race conditions, and both Chaz and Jonathan were faster than me in the race.

Tom Sykes

Finishing twelfth in the first race, Randy Krummenacher fell in the second. In Supersport, Kenan Sofuoglu placed second in a race stopped by a red flag after the crash of a competitor the Kawasaki rider had just overtaken. Kyle Ryde ranked sixteenth, just behind Michael Canducci who scored a point.

The Championship

Although Chaz Davies had a good day’s results, Jonathan Rea has confirmed his leading position in Germany. The double world champion is now seventy points ahead of his teammate. Tom Sykes leads Chaz Davies by thirty-five points. Randy Krummenacher is placed fifteenth with fifty points. In Supersport, Kenan Sofuoglu is only one point behind Lucas Mahias, who still leads in the overall standings. Kyle Ryde ties tenth with the ninth competitor, Roberto Rolfo. Michael Canducci is in fifteenth place with twenty-five points.

The Background

For the fourth time in a row, the Kawasaki riders won the first two places on the starting grid this weekend. Only Ducati have done better, in 1992, scoring five times in a row the two best times in the qualifying sessions. The performance achieved by the two Brits is all the more remarkable in that the Lausitzring circuit is not the favourite hunting ground for the Ninja ZX-10RR. The proof is that the machine has only scored one victory on the German circuit, that won last year by Jonathan Rea. And the last pole position for Kawasaki at Lausitzring dates back to 2007. That year, Fonsi Nieto and Régis Laconi even chalked up a twin-win during the practice test sessions… like Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea this weekend.

MIKKELSEN RUNNER-UP AT RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND

ADAC Rallye Deutschland (17-20 August 2017) – Day 3

Following a stylish, controlled performance, Andreas Mikkelsen and Anders Jæger grabbed second place for the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT at Rallye Deutschland. A strong weekend for the team was rounded off by Craig Breen and Scott Martin, who finished fifth for the sixth time this season!
    • The third and final leg of Rallye Deutschland featured two runs on the Losheim am See and St. Wendeler Land stages, contested with no service period.

    • Andreas Mikkelsen left service this morning second overall and in confident mood, determined to keep up the pressure on Ott Tänak and to snuff out any chance of a comeback for Sébastien Ogier.

    • The Norwegian put his plan into action straight away: with two second fastest times – a few tenths off the stage-winning times – on the first pass on the stages, he narrowed Tänak’s lead to 18s and extended his advantage over Ogier to 19.3s

    • Craig Breen also made a positive start to the morning, as he made up ground on fifth position. After SS19, the Irishman was just 7.1s behind Elfyn Evans.

    • The Irish ace then pushed again to claim his first stage win of the rally on Losheim am See 2. On the Power Stage, he rounded off an impressive final day performance to move ahead of his rival. Following identical results in Monte-Carlo, Sweden, Corsica, Portugal and Finland, Craig Breen and Scott Martin finished fifth overall for the sixth time this season!

    • With the roads getting increasingly dirty as more cars completed the stages, Andreas Mikkelsen decided not to jeopardise his second place by pushing on the final speed test. At the end of the Power Stage, the Norwegian was all smiles as he claimed the 21st podium finish of his WRC career.

    • The next round of the World Rally Championship will be held following a long break. The RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España is due to take place on 6-8 October.

Yves Matton, Citroën Racing Team Principal
“This result is very important for the entire team and is just rewards for the enormous amount of work we put into preparing for this year’s Rally Deutschland. It’s been a long wait to get two cars into the top five and we’ve secured our second best result of the season thanks to Andreas Mikkelsen. We also managed to achieve our target of winning some stages, both through Andreas and Craig Breen. This fifth place provides yet further evidence of his consistency since the start of the season.”

Andreas Mikkelsen
“I’m very happy, I think this is the best second place of my career! I’m proud of what Citroën Racing, Anders and myself have managed to do this weekend. Despite starting well down the running order on day one, we managed to stay in the fight for first place by pushing to the limit. We made a few minor mistakes after that, but I’m pleased to have kept Sébastien Ogier behind us.”



Craig Breen

“It’s almost unbelievable to be fifth again, but it shows our consistency. I pushed from start to finish. I couldn’t have gone any quicker over the final jump on the Power Stage. In fact, the landing was so heavy that we cracked the windscreen! But we managed to sneak into the top five so overall, it’s been a pretty positive weekend. We learned a lot at an event that I didn’t know very well, so that’ll be useful for me in the future.”

MotoGP World Championship, Austrian Grand Prix

Morbidelli increases his lead

After a disappointing race in the Czech Republic, Franco Morbidelli returned to Austria to win over his team-mate. The Italian took the opportunity to retake the lead in the Moto2 championship standings.

 

The Races

After both of them qualified for the first row of the starting grid, Morbidelli and Marquez dominated the eleventh race of the Moto2 season from start to finish. Leader from the first lap onwards, the Italian crossed the finish line with little more than a second’s lead over his teammate, who had to fight it out with Swiss rider Lüthi. In so doing, Morbidelli won his seventh victory in eleven races, the two Marc VDS riders making it to the podium together for the first time of the season. Michael Bartholemy’s riders were less successful in the MotoGP category, however. Neither Miller nor Rabat managed to score a single point on the Spielberg circuit. The Australian fell during the twentieth lap when he was eleventh. The Spaniard finished nineteenth after not succeeding in finding the right settings for his Honda RC213V during the practice test sessions. In Moto3, Kornfeil and Pulkkinen finished twentieth and twenty-fourth respectively.

The Championship

In winning on the Spielberg circuit, Morbidelli increased his lead over Lüthi at the top of the Moto2 standings to twenty-six points. Marquez consolidated his third place with a capital of one hundred and fifty-three points. In MotoGP, Miller lost a place and has dropped back to thirteenth, while Rabat stays eighteenth. In Moto3 Kornfeil is now twenty-seventh, while Pulkkinen is still racing to chalk up his first point.

The Background

It has been almost three years since the Marc VDS team had two riders on the first two steps of the podium.

It was in 2014 in Misano, during the San Marino and Rimini Coast’s motorcycle Grand Prix

Michael Bartholemy

That day, Tito Rabat won in front of Mika Kallio. The Spaniard was well on his way to the Moto2 world championship title. Last year, Franco Morbidelli and Alex Marquez already made it together to the podium. But although the Italian won the race, the Spaniard was only third. For their first joint podium of the season, this time the two men managed to beat Thomas Lüthi, the only rider who still has a hope of standing in Franco Morbidelli’s way to the title.

 This year’s Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix was fantastic because you can’t do better than finish first and second. Both Franco and Alex rode wonderfully well, and it was a great result for the team on our way to the world championship title.

Michael Bartholemy

MotoGP World Championship, Grand prix of the Czech Republic

Marquez makes it to the podium

After a month of summer break, Alex Marquez kicked off the second half of the championship by making it to the podium of the Czech Grand Prix. The Spaniard dedicated the second place to the memory of Angel Nieto, the motorcycle racing legend who recently died.

The Races

With rain starting to fall shortly after the start of the Grand Prix Moto2, the tenth event of the season was run on only six laps. Alex Marquez was one of the most skilled in negotiating the sprint race, quickly overtaking to reach second place behind Tom Lüthi.

I am very happy to be back on the podium because the last few weeks have not been easy since my fall in Germany ; I still have neck pains and I couldn’t train during the summer.

Alex Marquez

In the lead group before the race was interrupted, Franco Morbidelli had much more trouble with the rain tires than he had with the slicks at the initial start.

I don’t understand what happened because I felt really well on Friday in the rain.

Franco Morbidelli

regretted the Italian after crossing the finish line in eighth position. In MotoGP, on a track which dried very quickly after the start, Jack Miller thought he’d get the upper hand by stopping very early to change motorcycles, as did the future winner Marc Marquez. Unfortunately, the Australian lost time in the pits and experienced grip problems afterwards. He finished fourteenth, three places ahead of his teammate Tito Rabat, who also had problems of feeling with his rear tire. In the Moto3 category, Kornfeil finished twentieth and Pulkkinen thirtieth.

The Championship

Despite his modest eighth place, Franco Morbidelli remains in the lead of the overall Moto2 standings, seventeen points ahead of Tom Lüthi. By making it to the podium Alex Marquez moved up to third place. In MotoGP, Jack Miller stays in twelfth place, only one point behind Alvaro Bautista. On the other hand Tito Rabat has lost a place, and is now eighteenth. Kornfeil has dropped to 26th place in the Moto3 championship.

The Background

Like all the Spanish riders who made it to the podium in the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic, Alex Marquez did not fail to dedicate his second place to the memory of Angel Nieto, who died on August 3, at the age of 70, after a traffic accident on the island of Ibiza. With thirteen world championship titles and ninety Grand Prix victories, Nieto was one of the greatest riders in the history of motorcycle racing, but also and foremost a legend of Spanish sport, serving as an emblem during the period after the civil war when the country was stifled by Franquism. From Rafael Nadal to Fernando Alonso and Pau Gasol, Spanish sportsmen and women everywhere wished to salute the memory of Angel Nieto. The Barcelona and Real Madrid football clubs as well as the King of Spain also paid tribute to this illustrious pioneer who paved the way for generations of champions.

KAMAZ-MASTER WINS SILK WAY RALLY

KAMAZ-master finishes the Silk Way rally 2017 with a full podium in Xi’an

EXCEPTIONAL TEAM PERFORMANCE

KAMAZ-master trucks won the championship in the Silk Way Rally 2017 after driving 9 608 km from Moscow to Xi’an. The team fought with competitors in 17 special distances. KAMAZ-master pilots, co-pilots and mechanics showed exceptional driving performance and navigation skills through twisting roads, boundless fields, sandy desert dunes and speedy sections. The finish line awarded the 1st place to Dmitry Sotnikov, who shared the podium with team-mates Anton Shibalov (2nd place) and Ayrat Mardeev (3d place).

TOTAL LUBRICANTS AS CRUCIAL COMPONENT OF VICTORY

Dmitry Sotnikov drove a new modification of KAMAZ-master truck. A part of its victory was guaranteed by an excellent performance of Total lubricants. Total products were specially selected by Total Vostok technical team in alliance with KAMAZ-master lub advisors. Giant dunes and great sand massifs, extreme temperatures, sudden changes of direction and hidden traps made the journey to Xi’an an extreme test for truck engines and gearboxes. Total lubricants provided advanced engine protection, reduced friction wear and helped cooling. KAMAZ-master team members had an incredible human and physical experience, while technical performance of the trucks was safely guarded by Total lubricants. KAMAZ-master recommends Total.

The Team Peugeot Total wins the Silk Way Rally

Six months after their superb triple in the Dakar, Total lubricants contributed to the victory of the #100 Peugeot DKR driven by Despres-Castera.

10 OUT OF 13

Cyril Despres and David Castera, already winners of the Silk Way Rally in 2016, doubled up when they took the flag at the finish in Xi’an after a cross-country rally run over a distance of 9333 km! The Team Peugeot Total is the benchmark in this branch of motor sport, and emerged victorious in 10 out of the 13 legs in Russia, Kazakhstan and China. Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret, winners of the Dakar in January, finished the Silk Way Rally in fifth place in the #106 Peugeot DKR. Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena who led the event for a long time were obliged to retire, but not before they had shown the full potential of the new DKR Maxi, which will race in the 2018 Dakar.

THE PREPONDERANT ROLE OF TOTAL LUBRICANTS

In cross-country rallies the V6 twin turbo diesel powering the DKR is subjected to extreme running conditions. The engine has exceptional torque and it reaches high running temperatures over long periods. Thus, logically speaking, reliability is the priority for the Peugeot Sport engineers. To prevent friction and wear of the components as well as helping cooling Total provides a high viscosity engine oil – Total Quartz Racing 10W50. The need for robustness requires the formulation of an extreme pressure lubricant (80W140) for the gearbox: the protection of the mobile assemblies must be guaranteed without penalising the power output.

In collaboration with their counterparts in Peugeot Sport, the Total engineers are currently developing new lubricants for the next Dakar.