Friday, September 17, 2021

WRC Details - Coming Soon

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Kalle Rovanpera / Jonne Halttunen (Toyota Yaris WRC) deservedly won the Rally Acropolis 2021.

Kalle Rovanpera / Jonne Halttunen (Toyota Yaris WRC) deservedly won the Rally Acropolis 2021. The Finns did not give a chance to the competition and led the race from the third stage. Second place went to Ott Tanak / M. Jarveoja (Hyundai i20 Couple WRC) at +42.1 seconds. Sebastien Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Toyota Yaris WRC) failed to beat Tanak and took the honorable third place in the Greek Rally at 1: 11.3 after Rovanpera.
Dani Sordo / C. Carrera (Hyundai i20 Couple WRC) held the fourth place, not really fighting for positions due to the big differences. Sordo trailed the leader by 3: 01.0.
The big loser from the Acropolis Rally is Thierry Neuville, who finished eighth with a time of 8: 41.1.
Today, light rain in some places created problems for pilots who used notes in dry weather, as Neuville visibly returned the gas, stopping to trust the optimistic notes. Only in the initial stage today CE13 Tarzan 1 (23.37km) Neuville lost 42.1 seconds.
In the longest CE14 Pyrgos of 33.20 km, the driver Rovanpera lost 9.9 seconds due to the mud in the forest, where it was not yet dry and the use of hard tires in front.
According to Ogier, the best choice is soft tires, but most pilots rely on hard tires.
Power Stage was won today by Kalle Rovanpera with a lead of 1.2 seconds over Elfyn Evans, who was definitely not on the level with his huge lag in the stages.
In the RC2 category, Andreas Mikkelsen / E. Edmondson (Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo) had a hard time taking first place and were only 16.7 seconds ahead of Marco Bulacia / M. Der Ohannesian (Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo).
Just three rounds before the end of the championship Sebastien Ogier has a comfortable lead with an asset of 180 points over Elfyn Evans with 136 points. The third position is for Thierry Neuville with 130 points, and Kalle Rovanpera taking the maximum 30 points reached the 4th place with 129 points.


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After a very wet and rainy shakedown and the first special stage on Friday, the race started with dry tracks in places and a temperature of about 23 degrees.

After a very wet and rainy shakedown and the first special stage on Friday, the race started with dry tracks in places and a temperature of about 23 degrees.
Sebastien Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Toyota Yaris WRC) took the lead after the second stage with a length of 17.54 km, followed by Ott Tanak / M. Jarveoja (Hyundai i20 Couple WRC) only 0.8 seconds behind.
The big loser at this stage is Mads Ostberg (Citroen C3 Rally2), who had a problem with the differential, losing almost 5 and a half minutes.
In the CE 3 - Loutraki (19.40 km) Kalle Rovanpera / Jonne Halttunen (Toyota Yaris WRC) took the lead with 3 seconds ahead of Ott Tanak. Ogier dropped to third place with a minimal lag of 4.3 seconds.
Thierry Neuville had problems with the car's behavior, and Ott Tanak complained of overheating of the shock absorber.
After the end of the first day, Kalle Rovanpera / Jonne Halttunen (Toyota Yaris WRC) has a fragile lead of 3.7 seconds ahead of Ott Tanak / M. Jarveoja (Hyundai i20 Couple WRC) and 3.9 ahead of Ogier.
Very good performance and safe piloting of the crew Dani Sordo / C. Carrera (Hyundai i20 Couple WRC), who secured fourth place despite a 10 second penalty.
On the second day there are no more rains and a wet track. It is dry and with ideal conditions of +17 C in the morning.
Throughout the second day, Kalle Rovanpera gained the lead in each of the 4 stages in the first part of the day. Although he complained about a poor choice of tires, Rovanpera had no competition.
And although the last two stages Kalle Rovanpera failed to win the stages due to lack of accurate tires, still after Day 2 Kalle Rovanpera / Jonne Halttunen (Toyota Yaris WRC) lead by 30.8 seconds.
In second place are Ott Tanak / M. Jarveoja (Hyundai i20 Couple WRC) and third Sebastien Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Toyota Yaris WRC) in 40.2 seconds.
Dani Sordo continued to lose a lot of time, but still retained fourth place at 2: 09.4.
After Sordo are the crews of the Ford Fiesta WRC led by Adrien Fourmaux / Renaud Jamoul, but now with a serious delay.
First in RC2 are Marco Bulacia / M. Der Ohannesian with Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo.
40 crews continue on Sunday with only three special stages until the final of the Acropolis Rally 2021.


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Germany is likely to decide by the end of the year how much government assistance US electric vehicle maker Tesla will receive for its planned battery cell plant near Berlin, an economy ministry spokesman said Sunday.

Germany is likely to decide by the end of the year how much government assistance US electric vehicle maker Tesla will receive for its planned battery cell plant near Berlin, an economy ministry spokesman said Sunday.

The European Union in January approved a plan that includes government assistance to Tesla, BMW and others to support the production of batteries for electric vehicles and help the block reduce imports from China, an industry leader. The EU approval of the €2.9 billion (US $3.45 billion) European Battery Innovation project, involving more than 40 companies, follows the launch of the European Battery Union in 2017 to support the industry in its transition from fossil fuels.

The German Economy Ministry estimates that Tesla plans to invest 5 billion euros in its battery plant in Grünheide, near Berlin, to complement its nearly finished electric vehicle plant at the same location. The unusually high investment volume means the American carmaker can count on German government subsidies of €1.14 billion, the Tagesspiegel newspaper reported Sunday. This is consistent with a February Business Insider report, which said Tesla will receive at least €1 billion in government funding from Germany to open a battery factory near Berlin.

Source: World-Signals News


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