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Schmidt racing in 2010

Polish Championship:

Lotos Rally (14. to 16. may 2010):
Bryan Bouffier/Panseri Xavier: 9th. position

Polski Rally ( 04. to 6. june 2010):

Hołowczyc Krzysztof / Kurzeja Łukasz: 9th position
Ruta Szymon/Rozwadowski Sebastian: Excluded - Over time limit

Warszawski Rally (3. to 5. september 2010):
Ruta Szymon/Rozwadowski Sebastian: 4th position

Hungary Championship:
Start Autò Rally Eger (26. to 28. march 2010):
Janos Toth/Robbie Tagai: 2nd position

17. Miskolc Rally (23. to 25. april 2010):
Janos Toth/Robbie Tagai: 2nd position

Salgò-Gemer Rally (21. to 23. may 2010):
Janos Toth/Robbie Tagai: 2nd position

Szombathely Rally (18. to 19. june 2010):
Janos Toth/Robbie Tagai: 4th position

Veszprem Rally (16. to 18. july 2010):
Janos Toth/Robbie Tagai: 1st position

7. Borsod Rally (19. to 20. August 2010):

Janos Toth/Robbie Tagai 2nd position

Rally lotos (poland, 15.-16.5.2010)

A private sponsor managed the appreance of the former polish rallye champion Bryan Bouffier – one of team owner Rolf Schmidt’s favourite drivers – in the 207 Super 2000 at this championship event.

But luck was not on their side: Bouffier left the road in the early stages on the first day when rain damaged a really bad gravel road more and more. He could not make it back to the road and was pushed back by spectators in the wrong direction. He lost 13 minutes and a place on the podium.

Fighting hard on the second day, he finally made it back to 9th overall – without the 13 minutes he lost a place on the podium would have been possible.

At rallye Poland in June Schmidt racing will be back with Krystow Holowcyzc.

Schmidt racing in 2008

12. rally Mikulas (6.-7.12.2008, Veszprem) (Janos Toth – Robert Tagai)

An aggreable result for Hungarian pilot Janos Toth in this event free of technical restrictions (which allowed the group-N-cars to run without the restrictor): Second place overall for “Janika” under difficult conditions (mud, slippery) in his 207 Super 2000 (which had to compete in his normal configuration without turbocharger) despite a top speed on the long straights 30 kph lower than some of his competitors.

Rallye du Valais (24.-25.10.2008) (Janos Toth – Robert Tagai)

Once is not enough
Without any technical problems in the 207 Super 2000 entered by Schmidt racing our two friends from Hungary reached the finish of the extreme twisty Rally du Valais in the western part of Switzerland. But it was the first appearance of the former Hungarian rally champion in this part of Switzerland with all its tricky corners so eight place overall was the maximum within reach. Better result next time…

Rallye Orlen (19.-21.9.2008), (Krzystzof Holowczyc/Lukasz Kurzeja)

Too short is not long enough
Surprise for team owner Rolf Schmidt, when he unloaded the 207 Super 2000 from the transporter for the Rally Orlen in Poland: the short ratio for the driveshaft which was a main point on the list in the preparation of the car, was finally too short. So Rolf Schmidt sent a team member back home to Vienna to fetch another gear wheel which was monuted to the car as soon as possible. But Holowczyc was fast enough on the early stages and did not loose much time and won the first event of the Polish championship in this autumn to the surprise of everyone ahead of the reigning champion Bryan Bouffier.
But this victory will not be doubled in the future: Holowczyc has no intensions to compete in this years rally championship in Poland.

Barum Rallye (22.-24. August 2008) (Janos Toth/Robert Tagai, Roman Kresta/Petr Gross)

Two cars have been entered by Schmidt racing for the traditional event in the Czech republic: After his retirement last year Janos Toth clinched sixth place (the Hungarian driver competes in only a handful of events each year and has still some difficulties with the differencies between turbocharged engines like in the 206 WRC and normally aspirated engines like in the 207 Super 2000).

But Roman Kresta – highly motivated at his home event – destroyed his 207 Super 2000 on the first stage after the opening superstage when inofficial timekeeping showed him six seconds ahead of his well experienced rivals after only five kilometres. After a jump the Peugeot left the road on the right side and rolled heavily…

Conclusion of team principal Rolf Schmidt: “If someone drives as quick as Kresta it may happen that he leaves the road sometimes. In two weeks from now Waldemar Benedict competes with our support in the BP-ultimate-rally in Austria and has to make it to the finish line. So we need only one car because Peugeot Sport will have severe problems to deliver a new body shell in such a short time.”

Rallye Ypres (26.-28.6.2008) (Janos Toth/Robert Tagai)
18 Super-2000-cars at the starting line of Rallye Ypres – including Janos toth and Robert Tagai in the 207 S 2000 operated by Schmidt racing. In this very competitive field our two friends from Hungary established fifth time in the shakedown and eight and ninth place in the first stages. Then a puncture in stage 3 and place 12 overall. On the way back to the top ten there was a stone on stage nine which pushed the front suspension through the bonnet.

Rally Poland (June 6/7) (Michal Kościuszko/Maciej Szczepaniak)
No luck for Michal Kościuszko and codriver Maciej Szczepaniak in the 207 Super 2000 prepared by Schmidt racing at rally Poland: The young pilot was fastest at the shakedown and won the prologue easily, but a problem with the air pressure sensor cost him five minutes at a time control. Penalised with 50 seconds, he had to attack for the rest of the event as hard as possible.
But they had to retire on the first stage of day two: According to intermediate times he has gained back 20 seconds on the first 17 kilometres of this stage, but after a jump the car landed not correctly and rolled.
Team principal Rolf Schmidt stayed cool despite all the damage: “With the championship in mind, it was right to attack as hard as possible. And on the limit such things may happen…”

Rallye de Portugal (9.-10.5.2008) (Janos Toth/Robert Tagai)
No luck for Hungarian driver Janos Toth in the second round of this years IRC-championship: On the first day a cable broke and caused a shortcut in the car, on the second day the exhaust pipe broke and the gas disturbed the electronic system. With Luca Rossetti from Italy another Peugeot-driver won the event.

Rally Elmot (Poland, 9.-10.5. 2008)( Michal Kosciuszko/Maciej Szczepaniak)
A fight for seconds between Bryan Bouffier, the reigning polish championship in the 207 Super 2000 of the local importer, and local driver Michal Kosciuszko in the Peugeot supervised by Schmidt racing was the third event for the polish championship. After the first stages Kosciuszko was only four seconds behind leader Bouffier, but a puncture caused a big delay and meant place eight overall. When gaining back lost time, Michal had a spin and finished the rally on the first place behind the podium.

Rechberg hill climb (20.4.2008) (David Doppelreiter)
As a roll-out after severe technical changes, Schmidt racing entered David Doppelreiter for the famous hill climb in Austria. With his 207 Super 1600 rally car (too much weight for a hill climb car), with a chassis set up for rallies and on rally tires David saw the oil flag in the first heat and lost five seconds, but in the second heat he drove 2:32 minutes, won the event and is now leader in the European championship.

Rajd Krakowski (12.-13.4.2008) ( Michal Kosciuszko/Maciej Szczepaniak)
Up’s for Peugeot, but downs for Schmidt racing at the second event for the Polish rally championship 2008: The event was won by the reigning champion Bryan Bouffier in the “factory car” of Peugeot Poland, but Michal Kościuszko and codriver Maciej Szczepaniak in the 207 Super 2000 prepared by Schmidt racing had to retire after five stages with a mysterious problem with the exhaust system – the same problem occured at another 207 Super 2000. After three stages there were three 207 Super 2000 comfortably leading – Kościuszko as the winner of the first stage was one of them.

Schmidt racing promised to solve this problem (which is based on a strict noise limit with 98 phon) for the next event.

Rajd Magurski (2.-3. 2. 2008) ( Michal Kosciuszko/Maciej Szczepaniak)
"We have to get to know each other," was the main tenor for Peugeot Sport Poland with the new drivers Michal Kosciuszko and his copilot Maciej Szczepaniak in the 207 Super 2000 serviced by Schmidt racing at their first appearance in this year Polish rally championship. After the victory in 2007 they had to clean the roads with the number 1 on their car. Under really bad weather conditions (snow, ice and strong winds) driving on day one was very challenging, and on day 2 Michal got more and more used to the 207 and gained some stage wins. At the end he had won the S2000-class, missed fourth place overall only by 8 seconds and the podium by 20. But all the team was convinced at the finish line that at the next event the performance would be significantly better...

1. Kuzaj/Parry, PL, Subaru Impreza, 1:47:15,8
2. Sztuka/Kurzeja, PL, Mitsubishi Evo IX, +21,1
3. Stec/Gruszka, PL, Mitsubishi Evo IX, + 23,3
4. Kajetanowicz/Wislawski, PL, Mitsubishi Lancer, +35,6
5. Kosciuszko/Szczepaniak, PL, Peugeot 207 Super 2000, + 43,8

Austrian Rally Championship:

Waldemar Benedict/Elisabeth Hellinger Peugeot 207 Super 2000
Christian Rosner/Harald Gottlieb Porsche 911
April 4 - 5 Lavanttal Rally
May 2 - 3 Bosch Rally
May 23 - 24 Castrol Rally
September 5 - 6 BP Rally
September 26 - 27 ARBÖ Steiermark Rally

Polish Rally Championship:

Michal KosciuszkoPeugeot 207 Super 2000
February 2 - 3 Rajd Magurski
April 12 - 13 Rajd Krakow
May 10 - 11 Rajd Elmot
June 7 - 8 Rajd Polski
July 5 - 6 Rajd Subaru
August 9 - 10 Rajd Rzeszowski
August 30 - 31 Rajd Karkonoski
September 20 - 21 Rajd Orlen
Ocotber 11 - 12 Rajd Dolnoslaski

IRC Championship:

Janos Toth/Robert Tagai Peugeot 207 Super 2000
June 28 - 29 Ypres Rally
July 12 - 13 Russia Rally
August 23 - 24 Barum Rally
September 13 - 14 Rally Spain
September 28 - 29 San Remo Rally

Schmidt racing is in cooperation with Tagai Racing Technology the tuner of the Peugeot 207 Super 2000 which will be entered by Peugeot Hungaria this year for Janos Toth and his copilote Bea Bahor for these events of the European championship:

Already done:

September 28th-29th 2007 San Remo Rallye (Janos Toth/Robert Tagai)
No chance for "Janika" Toth to follow the other numerous Super 2000-drivers in Rallye San Remo. While Peugeots and Fiats fighted for the lead for seconds (finally Luca Rossetti in a Peugeot made it in front of Fiat-driver Giandomenico Basso), Janika was slowed by uncompetitive tyres for almost the whole event. The only positive thing: the team principals decided right in San Remo that next year another tyre brand will be used - the same as on the leader's cars.

September 21st-23th 2007 Orlen Rallye (Bryan Bouffier/Xavier Panseri)
Rally Orlen, the last event counting for this year polish rally championship, saw nail-biting spectators at the stages and nail-biting teams in the parc ferme: Bryan Bouffier had already fixed the drivers title and needed four stages to gain the lead in this event 1,2 seconds ahead of Anton Alen, the son of the great Markku. The Finn fighted back and took the lead in stage 5 by 1,9 seconds. After the next stage Alen’s advantage was only 1,2 seconds, and from then on Bouffier could regain first place by 0,6, 0,1, 0,2 and 3,7 seconds. In stage 11 the engine of Alen’s Punto lost a lot of power and Alen more than one minute! In the last stage finally Alen lost more than five minutes, which meant place 13 for him in the overall classification. Bryan Bouffier won also the last event of this year’s polish championship and catched the drivers and the brand’s title for Peugeot-Poland – with the help of the friends from Schmidt-racing!

September 8th-9th 2007 Nikon Rallye (Bryan Bouffier/Xavier Panseri)
Driving strictly tactically, Bryan Bouffier with codriver Xavier Panseri is also the winner of Rallye Nikon. He has won most of the stages, controlled his rivals from the front, stayed well within his limits and that of the car, and gained victory with more than one minute advantage over his rivals. With this victory he is the winner of this years Polish rally championship - well ahead of the last event.

Also the team of Schmidt racing is a real champion: they changed the gearbox in a new record time!

August 24 - 26 August 2007 Barum Rallye (Janos Toth/Bea Bahor
End of August saw Janika Toth at the starting line of this tough event counting for the European championship. There were lots and lots of attractive Super 2000-cars (Puntos for Navarra, Loix, Travaglia and the son of Markku Alen), Vouilloz and Ojeda in the 207 Super 2000 of the Spanish Peugeot importer, Joge in a 207 Super 2000 from Sweden and many “local heros” in competitive Mitsubishis. Against this strong competitors Janika was seventh overall after seven stages with his 207 Super 2000 prepared by Schmidt racing, but in the next stage on the bumpy Czech asphalt in the town of Zlutava he hit a kerbstone and lost the left front wheel of his car. 2007 is without doubt not Janikas year…

August 11st-12nd August 2007 16th Rajd Rzeszowski Matador Rallye (Bryan Bouffier/Xavier Panseri)
The 16th rally Rzeszowski Matador led to a dramatic change in the polish championship: After the early retirement of the leader Tomasz Kuchar Bryan Bouffier took the lead and gained more and more advantage over the rest of the field. Like a real champion he dominated the event with his Peugeot 207 Super 2000 serviced by Schmidt racing with codriver Xavier Panseri and with more than two minutes on the finish line. He is now leading the championship and the big favourite for the title 2007.

July 28.-29. 2007 Rajk Raid Lotos Rally (Bryan Bouffier/Xavier Panseri)
Peugeot-driver Bryan Bouffier was "man of the race" in this year rajd lotos, the next event in the Polish rally championship held on July 28 and 29.. He won all stages, but on the finish line he was only third due to a problem with a drive shaft which caused a delay of 30 seconds. Championship leader Kuchar came home fifth, which will lead to a hot autumn in the championship.

1. Gabrys/Natkaniec, Mitsubishi Evo IX,
2. Bebenek/Bebenek, Mitsubishi Evo IX, +6,3
3. Bouffier/Panseri, Peugeot 207 Super 2000, +10,8
4. Frycz/Rathe, Subaru Impreza, +56,3
5. Kuchar/Gerber, Subaru Impreza, +1:11,6

July 13st-14th 2007 Rajk Subaru Polen Rally (Bryan Bouffier/Xavier Panseri)
Subaru rally Poland was not won by Subaru-Driver and current leader of the championship Kuchar in his Impreza, but by Bryan Bouffier and Xavier Panseri in their Peugeot 207 Super 2000 technically supervised by Schmidt-racing. In the championship Bouffier (15 points) closed the gap to leader Kuchar (24 points).

June 22nd - 24th Ypres Westhoek Rallye Belgium (Janos Toth/Bea Bahor)
The third event with the new Peugeot 207 Super 2000 was the first with a technical failure: A broken toothbelt stopped the car in the third stage.

June 6th-10th Rallye Poland (Bryan Bouffier/Matthieu Baumel):
The 28-year-old French driver Bryan Bouffier and his codriver Matthieu Baumel finished Rallye Poland with their 207 in fifth place in front of several turbo-4WD cars. His greatest opponent, Turkish driver Volkan Isik in the Punto S2000 came home 14th, Tomasz Czopik in the Volkswagen Polo S2000 finished in position 27, starting leg 2 on position 49.

April 27 -28th Miskolc-Rallye (Janos Toth/Bea Bahor)
The first event for the new 207 Super 2000 brought bad luck for Janos Toth: As on almost every car, also the Peugeot was hit by a typre puncture, which caused a loss of 90 seconds. This threw him back from place eight to eigtheen on the first day. On the second day he moved up until the ninth place - but further progress was impossible.

Future events:

Rally San Remo (Janos Toth)

Further events planned.

On the other hand Schmidt racing cares about the following cars competing in the Austrian championship:

Waldemar Benedict/Elisabeth Hellinger Peugeot 206 Super 1600
Christian Rosner/Harald Gottlieb Porsche 911
Michi Brandner/Cathi Schmidt Ford Escort RS 2000

Next event:

September 28-29: ARBÖ Rallye
October 19.-20: Ostarrichi Rallye

July 2007 Ennstal Classic (Rob Oudshoorn/Rolf Schmidt)
Elder men love elder cars: Almost half a year after the big success in Abu Dhabi Rolf Schmidt entered again the cockpit of a vintage car. In an Austin Healey 3000 he led Rob Oudshorn, CEO of the Vredestein tire company, through the 15th “Ennstal-Classic” in Styria.

In his life Rolf Schmidt has spent much more time behind the wheel of one of his rally cars than on the right seat, so Franz Stehno, his copilot in Abu Dhabi, gave lots of useful hints and his mechanical stop watch.

In the heat of the fight against time three buttons on the stop watch led to some misunderstandings, but the team from the Netherlands and Austria managed it to the finish line and classified as number 146 – well ahead of Christian Geistdörfer, the former codriver of Walter Röhrl in his days with Audi Sport.

146 is not on the last page of the results list, and the target for next year is number 75.

Abu Dhabi Classic (Rolf Schmidt/Franz Stehno)
A fairy tale became true when Schmidt racing entered the world of vintage cars for the first time at the occasion of the 1st Abu Dhabi Classic in 2007. Respecting the long tradition with Peugeot, a 504 was found (and bought) from Tyrol (in the western part of Austria) and shipped to the Emirates. The only “tuning” measures taken were a professional rally tripmeter, four new tyres and a complete oil change.

There was no need to convince Franz Stehno, the press relations officer of the Peugeot importer in Austria, to put himself in the right seat. The 504 was not entered in the rally, but in the regularity event held behind the rally. Main goal here was to keep an average of 46 kph on the stages.

Rolf Schmidt showed on every meter of the track that he was not driving for the first time on sand, the car never got stuck and the codriver had to remind his pilot very often that he was much ahead of schedule on the stages, but finally it was enough for the Peugeot-team to gain first place in the regularity event. You see: at Schmidt racing, the boss knows quite well what to do (in competition)…






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