diciembre 2010


All preparations completed motivation high: Volkswagen starts the 2011 Dakar Rally in Argentina and Chile on New Year’s Day with four Race Touareg. The entire team’s clear goal: To follow the victories from 2009 and 2010 with another. At technical scrutineering the previous day the four new Race Touareg 3 received official start permission from the organiser A.S.O. (Amaury Sport Organisation). The “Dakar” begins on 1 January with the ceremonial start and the opening liaison stage from Buenos Aires to Victoria. With which expectations, goals and strategies the Volkswagen teams approach the desert classic? The comments before the start.
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Tras haber finalizado los últimos ajustes en la Aprilia RXV450 durante los días previos, Joan Barreda ha realizado en el día de hoy las verificaciones administrativas y técnicas en Buenos Aires, quedando la moto estacionada en el Parque Cerrado situado en el complejo La Rural.

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El piloto de BURN-XRAIDS piensa en disputar una carrera sin prisas pero sin pausas. Sabe que el Dakar no es una carrera al sprint y su fuerte es la constancia, entereza y  resistencia, por lo que tiene claro que la prueba se tiene que disputar a un 70 u 80 por cien de sus posibilidades.

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El piloto de Aprilia Giofil ya se encuentra en Argentina y desembarcó en el día de ayer su motocicleta con la que participará en el Dakar 2011, carrera que lleva preparando concienciadamente durante gran parte del año 2010 y de la que espera hacer un buen papel.

Barreda y su equipo realizan los últimos ajustes para que el próximo día 31 todo este listo para las verificaciones técnicas y administrativas y prepararse para la primera etapa que partirá desde Buenos Aires el próximo día de Año Nuevo.

El de Torreblanca realizó en el día de ayer, tras bajar su motocicleta del barco, un entrenamiento de 180 Km. y prácticamente todo está ya preparado para comenzar la carrera más importante de su vida.

La cuenta atrás ha comenzado, los preparativos del equipo Volkswagen para la prueba de 9.600 kilómetros por los desiertos de Argentina y Chile están en plena marcha a sólo dos días para que arranque el Rally Dakar. Los equipos realizan a lo largo de la jornada de hoy y mañana las verificaciones técnicas y administrativas así como ultimar todos los detalles antes de que el sábado arranque la carrera del podio instalado en Buenos Aires.

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Nasser Al-Attiyah and Timo Gottschalk – one of four Volkswagen pairs with overall victory in the 2011 Dakar Rally in Argentina and Chile firmly in its sights. The Qatari and his German navigator form a successful team since 2009. In the previous Dakar Rally as second overall they were narrowly beaten by their Volkswagen team mates Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz (E/E) in the closest “Dakar” finish ever. If things go to plan between 1 and 15 January Al-Attiyah/Gottschalk aim to take revenge. In the 33rd running of the desert classic Nasser Al-Attiyah sees the ninth part as key stage.
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A change in regulations towards the WPM system will change the lives of the co-drivers, who will see their role become more important on the 2011 Dakar. Lucas Cruz, who has already had the chance to test the new rules and with success, on the Silk Way Rally with Carlos Sainz explains what the stakes are of this reform.

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Vitaly, how does it feel to be confirmed at Lotus Renault GP?
It feels great. I learned so much this year and I know that I can come back stronger in 2011.
I’m extremely proud to be part of this team and I’m determined to repay the faith they have shown in me.

Looking back on your rookie season, what did you enjoy the most?
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Lotus Renault GP is delighted to announce that Vitaly Petrov will complete its driver line-up for the 2011 and 2012 Formula 1 seasons. He will partner Robert Kubica next year.

Gérard Lopez, Chairman of Lotus Renault GP, commented: “We’re delighted to have Vitaly on board for another two years. Last season, he showed on several occasions that he clearly has the potential to deliver. It was just a matter of putting everything together during the same weekend, race after race, and this will be his target for 2011. Also, thanks to Vitaly and the team, Russia is opening up to Formula 1. Over the past few months, we’ve established close links with this country and with some of its strongest companies. We’re looking forward to building on this special relationship and turning it into a very successful adventure over the next two seasons.”

Eric Boullier, Lotus Renault GP Team Principal, commented: “We are very pleased to confirm that Vitaly will be staying with us for 2011 and 2012, in order that both he and the team can build on a promising 2010 campaign. The entire team has been working flat out over the past months to improve our competitiveness, and a stable driver line-up is essential to achieving our targets. Robert Kubica provides a remarkable benchmark for both speed and consistency, and we are certain that Vitaly will move closer to this level of performance next year.”

Vitaly Petrov commented: “I am very happy to continue with the team and proud to be representing Lotus Renault GP for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. I learned a lot about the sport, the circuits and the car this year. That will help me improve even more in the future. I am very excited about working with this great team once more, and I’m confident that I will deliver. In many ways, 2010 was about learning. 2011 will be about performing. Today, I feel I am ready to rise to this challenge.”

 

Siguiendo con su programa de tests, GTA Motor desplazó recientemente hasta el Circuito de la Comunidad Valenciana Ricardo Tormo una unidad de pruebas del GTA Spano para llevar a cabo los últimos tests del año. En esta ocasión, GTA Motor contó con la colaboración de los pilotos valencianos José Manuel Pérez Aicart y Borja García, los cuales quedaron gratamente sorprendidos con el comportamiento de este Superdeportivo. Ambos no dudaron en destacar al GTA Spano como “el mejor coche de serie que jamás hemos probado en un circuito”.

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