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 Lexus heeft de CT 200h Hybrid extra raffinement gegeven. Nieuw is het scherp geprijsde Lexus MoveOn navigatiesysteem met befaamde software van TomTom®. Tevens is de standaarduitrusting nog completer. ’s Werelds eerste Full Hybrid in het luxe C-segment is verkrijgbaar voor prijzen die beginnen bij 29.690 euro en is ook na 1 juli 2012 verkrijgbaar met slechts 14% bijtelling.  Continue reading

Zakelijke rijders kiezen voor leaseauto in 14% bijtellingscategorie

De zakelijke automobilist is massaal overgestapt op een leaseauto in een lage bijtellingscategorie. Dat blijkt uit de kwartaalanalyse van LeasePlan Nederland. Vanwege de veranderingen in het fiscale beleid, kozen duizenden leaserijders in aanloop naar 1 juli nog snel een leaseauto uit de 20%, maar vooral de 14% bijtellingscategorie. De maatregelen vanuit de overheid zorgden er niet alleen voor dat leaserijders massaal kozen voor een fiscaal aantrekkelijk model, ook gaf het duidelijk een extra impuls aan de leasemarkt in zijn totaliteit.

LeasePlan gaf eerder deze maand al aan een duidelijke piek te zien in het aantal bestellingen van zuinige leaseauto’s. Uit de laatste cijfers blijkt dat vooral auto’s uit de 14% bijtellingscategorie favoriet zijn: het aantal bestellingen steeg afgelopen kwartaal naar ruim 40%, een stijging van 18% ten opzichte van vorig jaar. Auto’s uit de 25% bijtellingscategorie daalden in een jaar tijd van 35% naar 16%. Opvallend is dat de maatregel ook invloed heeft gehad op de vraag naar leaseauto’s met 0% bijtelling, waaronder de Opel Ampera: LeasePlan zag het aantal bestellingen afgelopen kwartaal verdubbelen.

Voor bijna een op de vier leaseauto’s verandert de bijtellingscategorie door de nieuwe belastingregels die vandaag ingaan. Wie niet heeft geanticipeerd op deze wettelijke wijzigingen kan rekenen op honderden of in sommige gevallen zelfs duizenden euro’s extra bijtelling gedurende een leasecontract.

Goede prestaties in eerste half jaar
Mede dankzij het veranderende fiscale beleid kijkt LeasePlan terug op een positief eerste half jaar. De verzwaarde marktomstandigheden hebben geen effect gehad op de prestaties van de leasemaatschappij. Terwijl bedrijven met grote wagenparken kritischer zijn in het toewijzen van leaseauto’s aan medewerkers en zich richten op kostenbesparingen, laat de online leasemarkt een duidelijke groei zien, van bijna 15%. Vooral het MKB kiest massaal voor deze makkelijke en voordelige vorm van autoleasing.
De leasemaatschappij zag het aantal faillissementen binnen het bedrijfsleven iets toenemen, hetgeen in lijn ligt met het landelijk gemiddelde. Een belangrijke rol was het afgelopen kwartaal weggelegd voor de verkoop van ex-leaseauto’s. Vooral de verkopen van de tweedehands auto’s aan particulieren stegen flink, mede dankzij het succes van het tweede LeasePlan Occasion Center dat de leasemaatschappij begin april opende in Veghel.

Vergroening van wagenpark; Volkswagen en Renault populair
Vorig kwartaal meldde LeasePlan al dat de toenemende vraag naar zuinige auto’s leidt tot een aanzienlijke vergroening van het Nederlandse leasewagenpark. De leasemaatschappij zag de gemiddelde CO2-uitstoot in een jaar tijd zo’n 6 gram dalen. Deze daling zette de afgelopen drie maanden alleen bij dieselauto’s door, met nog circa 6 gram. Ondanks dat dieselauto’s steeds zuiniger werden, kozen leaserijders in toenemende mate voor benzineauto’s. Een opvallende verschuiving ten opzichte van de maanden ervoor, zeker gezien de hoge brandstofprijzen in de eerste helft van dit jaar.

Volkswagen was het meest populaire automerk onder leaserijders. Op modelniveau ging Renault echter het afgelopen kwartaal aan de leiding: de meest gewilde personenauto van het moment onder automobilisten is de zuinige Mégane Estate, op de voet gevolgd door de Ford Focus. Bij de bestelauto’s voeren de Volkswagen Transporter en de Peugeot Partner de lijst aan.

Raffaele Marciello wins Nuremberg rain race

Temperature track: 19.0 °C

Temperature air: 18.6 °C

Yesterday, it was still hot, but today, the young drivers in the Formula 3 Euro Series had to cope with heavy rain in the twelfth season round. At the 2.3 kilometres long Norisring, Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) came out on top, winning from his team-mate Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam). Guest driver Felix Serralles (Fortec Motorsport) ended up third in the race, which also counted towards the FIA European Formula 3 Championship, followed by the best-placed rookie Emil Bernstorff (ma-con Motorsport). Daniel Juncadella remains in the lead of the Formula 3 Euro Series drivers’ standings.

Due to the heavy rain, the first laps were completed behind the safety car before the race got underway on lap eight. In the first corner after the start, Raffaele Marciello took the lead. Second-placed Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport) was turned around by William Buller (Carlin). The Brit soon was given a drive-through penalty as a result and significantly dropped back. His rival retired in the pits with suspension damage. On lap 14, the clerk of the course sent the safety car out again. Because the rain didn’t get less, the race was stopped for good on lap 22. As less than 75 percent of the planned race distance of 48 laps had been completed, only half of the regular amount of points were allocated.

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam): “My car was good, which was clearly demonstrated by the fact that Daniel and I were doing really well. Unfortunately, we only had very few laps in normal racing conditions.”

Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam): “I was very optimistic going into this race, because I was the only driver in the top 20 who already had done a rain race at Norisring. Then, I had hopes of attacking Raffaele at the re-start, but after that, the race was stopped, which was the right decision in these conditions.”

Felix Serralles (Fortec Motorsport): “Driving in these conditions was very difficult. According to me, stopping the race was the right call. I am happy to be on the podium again in this strong field and in front of so many spectators.”

René Rast extends points’ lead with clear win in Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland

René Rast remains in formidable form at the halfway mark of the Carrera Cup Deutschland. Driving for the Team Deutsche Post by tolimit squad the German won both the race on Saturday and Sunday’s 80 kilometre event on the Norisring in Nuremberg. Heading off on a wet and extremely slippery track after heavy rainfall with very little grip, Rast put in an inspired performance over the 34 race laps. At the flag of the ninth meeting this season, he held an impressive 17.8 second advantage over the second placed Frenchman Kévin Estre (Hermes Attempto Racing) – an incredible gap in Germany’s one-make series that is run with identical, 450 hp 911 GT3 Cup race cars.

Behind Rast, the race for the other podium spots was even more suspenseful. For a while it seemed that Jaap van Lagen had third place safely under his belt, until in the closing phase Norbert Siedler clocked much better lap times. In the last hairpin of the last lap, the Konrad Motorsport pilot from Austria pulled alongside the Dutchman from FE Racing by Land-Motorsport. The fight between the two was literally decided at the finish line: There, Norbert Siedler, who had finished second in Saturday’s race, saw the flag by a nose in front of Van Lagen’s 911 – and clinched third place by a mere 0.013 seconds.

Yesterday fourth, today fifth: Switzerland’s Philipp Frommenwiler driving for Attempto Racing also underlined his good form on the tricky, 2.3 kilometre Nuremberg city circuit. As the best rookie in the Carrera Cup last year, the 22-year-old is again giving consistently good performances in his second season. After nine of 17 races, Frommenwiler is currently ranking ninth on the points’ table.

The unlucky loser of the race is Sean Edwards. Taking up the sprint from second on the grid, last year’s vice-champion was able to move into the lead at the first corner ahead of Rast, his teammate from Team Deutsche Post by tolimit, but quickly lost it again. The Briton, who finished Saturday’s race in third place, fought valiantly but was hampered with engine problems. Sixth place in the race and second overall are really just damage control for the title favourite.

David Jahn (Attempto Racing), however, was pleased with his seventh placing after becoming the innocent victim of an accident in yesterday’s meeting. Trailing the German after an eventful race was Porsche Junior Klaus Bachler in eighth. Competing for the Team Deutsche Post by tolimit squad, the Austrian set a sensational fourth in qualifying as a Norisring newcomer. When the race took off on the slippery circuit, the 20-year-old, who had secured an excellent third from his home race in Spielberg recently, took things cautiously. Because of this he initially lost two positions, which he managed to recapture. But in the ninth lap a spin forced Bachler to let a rival past. Eighth at the flag gives the junior valuable points in his year of learning.

Ninth place went to Felipe Fernandez Laser. With this, the German handed his Franconia team, Farnbacher ESET Racing, a top ten placing at their home race. Porsche-Junior Michael Christensen scored the tenth spot. The Dane driving for Konrad Motorsport, who celebrated a podium result at the Lausitzring, took up the sprint from 13th. After a failed braking manoeuvre in yesterday’s race that resulted in a crash in the first corner, the stewards of the meeting relegated him down the starting grid by five positions.

This evening at 18.00 hours, TV station Sport1 broadcasts all of Sunday’s race. Tomorrow, 2 July, the news station N24 televises the 30 minute “Porsche Carrera Cup Magazin” from 18.30 hours. Sport1 airs the Carrera Cup highlights on Saturday, 7 July, from 16.30 to 17.00 hours.

René Rast (winner): “That was a perfect race and a perfect weekend. But the track conditions today were really tough. I spun during the formation lap and had a bad start. Now I’m very happy to travel to the Nürburgring as points’ leader.”

Kévin Estre (second): “The fight early on with René and Sean was great, afterwards René pulled away. I quickly realised that I couldn’t keep up so I focused on bringing second place home safely. We still have a lot of races left on the calendar and I’m positive that we can still be strong. It’s a great feeling to be part of the championship fight.”

Norbert Siedler (third): “I got away well, but afterwards it was quite a job to stay on the track. My car had been set-up to be faster towards the end of the race and I could catch Jaap. In the last lap he ran wide in the Dutzendteichkehre, I snuck through on the inside and that’s how we both headed for the finish line side by side. I managed to take the flag just before him and third place keeps me in the race for the title.”

Klaus Bachler (Porsche-Junior, eighth): “At the start I was perhaps a little too cautious, but it was my first time here and the track was wet. Then the situation improved and I thought I could catch Jaap. But I lost the rear when I braked for the Schöller-S, the rear wheel hit a damp patch and I spun. When you’re fourth in qualifying, you can’t really be satisfied with eighth in the race.”

Michael Christensen (Porsche-Junior, tenth): “I started the race with relatively low air pressure and didn’t get the tyres up to the optimal temperature. The track conditions today were very difficult. When the tyres then began to get better, things were basically already settled. So I didn’t really have a chance to get ahead.”

Result race 9
1. René Rast (D), Team Deutsche Post by tolimit, 32:10.158 minutes
2. Kévin Estre (F), Hermes Attempto Racing, + 17.820 seconds
3. Norbert Siedler (A), Konrad Motorsport, + 30.973
4. Jaap van Lagen (NL), FE Racing by Land-Motorsport, + 30.986
5. Philipp Frommenwiler (CH), Attempto Racing,  + 43.026
6. Sean Edwards (GB), Team Deutsche Post by tolimit, + 44.049
7. David Jahn (D), Attempto Racing, + 45.173
8. Klaus Bachler (A), Team Deutsche Post by tolimit, + 46.300
9. Felipe Fernandez Laser (D), Farnbacher ESET Racing, + 48.809
10. Michael Christensen (DK), Konrad Motorsport, + 1 lap

Result Amateur
1. Hoevert Vos (NL), FE Racing by Land-Motorsport, 32:10.617 minutes
2. Harrie Kolen (NL), Land-Motorsport, + 26.079 seconds
3. Wolf Nathan (NL), FE Racing by Land-Motorsport, + 32.967

Points’ standings after 9 of 17 races
Drivers’ classification
1. René Rast (D), 136 points
2. Sean Edwards (GB), 125
3. Kévin Estre (F), 124
4. Norbert Siedler (A), 109
5. Jaap van Lagen (NL), 89

Amateur classification
1. ‘Bill Barazetti’ (D), 146 points
2. Harrie Kolen (NL), 142
3. Wolf Nathan (NL), 140

Rookie classification
1. Kévin Estre (F), 124 points
2. Michael Christensen (DK), 79
3. Philipp Eng (A), 44
4. Klaus Bachler (A), 43

Team classification:
1. Team Deutsche Post by tolimit, 265 points
2. Hermes Attempto Racing, 208
3. Konrad Motorsport, 187

Preview for races 10 and 11 on the Nürburgring

With races 10 and 11 on the Nürburgring on 17 to 19 August after the summer break, the Carrera Cup Deutschland is almost on the season’s finish straight. Afterwards, only Zandvoort, Oschersleben and the final in Hockenheim are on the calendar. After three wins so far this season, René Rast holds a clear lead, with an eleven point advantage over Sean Edwards and twelve points ahead of Kévin Estre. The Briton has mixed feelings about the Eifel circuit: Last year Edwards was leading only to have tyre damage rob him of victory in the final lap. His adversary Nick Tandy profitted, inherited the points’ lead and ultimately won the prestigious title. At the event in August, competitors race on the so-called short version which is just 3.629 kilometres long.

 

A terrific battle in the making!

With just one week before the start in Moscow’s Red Square on July 7, the competitors of the 4th edition of the Silk Way Rally are ready to get on with the business. More than 100 cars and 25 trucks will set off on the 4000km route, featuring 2092.64kms of timed sectors. And one thing is sure: it is going to be a rally-raid to remember with one of the most competitive fields ever in the two categories.

There are several contenders for overall victory in the car category, beginning with twice Dakar winner and five-time World Rally-Raid Cup champion, Jean-Louis Schlesser who makes his SWR debut with the announced intention of stepping on to the top step of the podium. But to do so, the Frenchman, in his emblematic blue buggy, will have to defeat the four-wheel drive entrants, including the very promising Argentinean Lucio Alvarez in a Toyota, who, with the same car finished fifth on the this year’s Dakar.

There will also be some « new » machines to contend with. Christian Lavieille can’t wait to show the full-potential of the latest Dessoude built Proto 11. German rally-raid veteran Mathias Kahle will take on the Russian deserts with the new SAM-Mercedes prototype, which after testing has been the talk of the all-terrain community.

Benefiting from racing in their native country, local entrants will have an advantage on the extremely varied terrain that they know by heart and should not be overlooked.  Boris Gadasin and Ilya Kuznetsov will lead the Russian contingent, but Miroslav Zapletal from the Czech Republic in his crowd favourite Hummer will be in the mix.

Among the others to keep a close eye on are ‘new comer’ to the sport, but long time WRC and IRC front-runner: Toni Gardemeister. The 37-year old Finn, who is a former Seat, Ford and Suzuki factory driver and took a career best 4th in the 2005 world rally championship, will make his rally-raid debut in the 2012 SWR and could create a surprise on the fast stages run on the steppe…

The battle for the win among the two-wheel cars will be just as exciting. In addition to Jean-Louis Schlesser, the top three finishers in this year’s Dakar; Ronan Chabot, Bernard Errandonea and Thierry Magnaldi are also entered. Three specialists ready to rekindle last January’s fight in the class. And Isabelle Patissier, who is making her Russian debut, shouldn’t be overlooked as well.

Defending truck category winner, Alès Loprais will put his title on the line, but at the wheel of a MAN! Seconded by the always consistent German Franz Echter, the Czech driver should be well armed to take on the mighty Kamaz factory entries, led by 2010 winner, Eduard Nikolaev and fellow Russian Ayrat Mardeev who finished fifth on the 2012 Dakar. Kazak Artur Ardavichus, who finished third overall in Lima in January, will be another to be reckoned with. Depending on how the rally plays out, the Ginaf, Renault and Maz entries could create a few surprises as well…

In other words the seven special stages, designed on a route that is more than 70% new, there could be very little in it between all these exceptional competitors in the battle for the win in the 4th edition of the Silk Way Rally… Media coverage records will also be broken. Daily reports will be aired in 197 countries via 63 channels, including Eurosport, CCTV, SPEED and FOX SPORTS.

CORTESE AND KENT FINISH 2-3 IN ASSEN IN GRIPPING MOTO3 GP

Sandro Cortese and Danny Kent, factory teammates at Ajo emerged from a five-rider dogfight in the closing stages of the Moto3 GP in Assen, Netherlands to finish 2-3 in a finish so close that it had to be decided by a photo.

Cortese’s second place to eventual winner Maverick Vinales means he slips seven points in the standings and clearly he was disappointed with the outcome. But as the competition is evolving between these two riders as a two-way fight for the title, the German racer needs to retain the consistency he has shown so far and he will retain the Spanish rider’s biggest challenger.

The race also highlighted the considerable talents of young UK rider Danny Kent who scored his first, but certainly not his last trip to a Moto3 podium. Clearly gaining in confidence since his good performance in Silverstone in the last round, Kent a front row starter and was right in with the mix of leading bikes throughout the 22-lap race throughout the 22-lap race on the traditional Dutch circuit.

In the final shakeout only eight hundredths of a second separated the first four riders at the checkered flag and as the tightly packed riders attacked the final corner the cards were reshuffled when Luis Salom threw his Kalex-KTM into the mix to eventually be classified at fourth and retain his challenge for the title.

It was also a fine race for young Niklas Ajo on the KTM Moto3 who started on the second row and was eighth at the flag. Malaysian KTM rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin also showed good speed registering the fastest lap in the final stages of the race.

Pit Beirer, Head of KTM Motorsport who watched the race from the pit garage of the Red Bull KTM Ajo Factory Team said KTM now felt they had reached a firm base from which to fight for the wins and maybe even the title.

“In the beginning we made some big steps with the development of the Moto3 GP bike and now we have made some smaller steps and I feel we are now in a position to fight for the victories. Now its up to the riders to do what they can and as we saw today we have two fantastic young riders in Sandro and Danny who are right up there with the best. We know it is a very tight competition but we are ready to fight.”

With four of the nine riders on KTM-driven Moto3 bikes in the top eight on today’s hard fought race, the Austrian brand had underlined its intention to be a major contender in this exciting new race format debuting this season in MotoGP.

Moto3 Results

1, Maverick Viñales, Spain, FTR Honda, 38’45.432
2, Sandro Cortese, Germany, KTM, +0.831
3, Danny Kent, GBR, KTM, +0.842
4, Luis Salom, Spain, Kalex KTM, +0.843
5, Louis Rossi, France, FTR Honda, +1.352
6, Alex Rins, Spain, Suter Honda, +5.033
7, Alexis Masbou, France, Honda, +7.817
8, Niklas Ajo, Finland, KTM, +7.855
9, Efren Vazquez, Spain, FTR Honda, +8.037
10, Miguel Oliveira, Portugal, Suter Honda, +8.243
Other KTM
11, Zulfahmi Khairuddin, Malaysia, KTM, +8.378
15, Hector Faubel, Spain, Kalex KTM, +12.533
16, Arthur Sissis, Australia, KTM +12.654
19, Alberto Moncayo, Kalex KTM, +12.944
20, Brad Binder, RSA, Kalex KTM, +21.342

Moto3 Standings after Round 7

1, M. Viñales, 130
2, Cortese, 123
3, Salom, 88
4, Fenati, 65
5, Rossi, 56
Other KTM
8, Khairuddin, 49
9, Kent, 42
12, Moncayo, 36
13, Sissis, 31
15, Faubel, 29
19, Ajo, 14
25, Binder, 5