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Spanish leaders for ERC action

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 12:00

The leaders of both the Spanish Supercampeonato and the Spanish Asphalt championships will be in action on next month’s Rally Islas Canarias.

Xavi Pons (ŠKODA Fabia R5) starts the all-asphalt event – a combined round of the FIA European Rally Championship and Spanish series – leading the Supercampeonato classification, while former ERC1 Junior contender Pepe López (pictured) heads the Spanish Tarmac title chase in his Citroën C3 R5 following his victory on the recent Rallye Sierra Morena.

Former Spanish champion Iván Ares, ex-ERC1 Junior José Suárez-Alberto Iglesias (Hyundai i20 R5), and Spanish championship frontrunner Surhayén Pernía are also set to contest Rally Islas Canarias, which takes place from 2-4 May.

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Remembering when… Lukyanuk takes ERC Rally Islas Canarias hat-trick

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 12:00

Alexey Lukyanuk held off the threat from the leading FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship drivers to make it three Rally Islas Canarias wins in succession following a sublime performance alongside co-driver Alexey Arnautov on Gran Canaria’s demanding all-asphalt stages on 5 May 2018.

In doing so they became the first crew since Luca Rossetti and Matteo Chiarcossi in 2011 to win the first two events of an ERC season, a result that enables them to extend their title advantage in their Pirelli-equipped Russian Performance Motorsport Ford Fiesta R5 on the back of 10 stage wins from 14.

“I am very very happy,” Lukyanuk said afterwards. “We were winning a lot of stages and showing good confidence. We had some worries that the young drivers here would push really hard but we managed to do a good job, the weather was okay for us, the starting position was very clever and helped us to maintain a good speed. Thanks to Pirelli for tyres, everything worked well with no big problems so quite good for us.”

Nikolay Gryazin and Yaroslav Fedorov landed the ERC Junior Under 28 spoils in style in second overall with a deliberately “calm” approach. After winning the Qualifying Stage on Thursday, they claimed two more stage bests in their Sports Racing Technologies ŠKODA Fabia R5.

Behind Gryazin, a late turn of speed decided an epic battle for the final podium position between ERC Junior U28 drivers Fabian Kreim and José Suárez. Kreim had edged ahead early on today after taking third place on Friday night, and though Suárez, in a Hyundai Motor España i20 R5, retaliated just before midday service, ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland-backed Kreim confirmed his first ever ERC podium finish with a storming drive through the rally’s final stage.

ERC Junior Experience graduate Laurent Pellier capped a fantastic second ERC appearance with a top five overall finish, following on from his first ever stage win in Friday morning’s second test. PEUGEOT Rally Academy’s young star also recorded his first top five in ERC Junior U28, coming fourth and only 1.5s behind third placed Suárez.

Diogo Gago made it two ERC Junior Under 27 wins from two starts following a thrilling battle with Mārtiņš Sesks, which had been a three-way scrap in the Pirelli-supported category until Efrén Llarena crashed heavily in his Rally Team Spain entry on the final morning, fortunately without injury to neither he nor co-driver Sara Fernández.

Tibor Érdi Jr recovered from his Azores Airlines Rallye exit to dominate ERC2 by going fastest on all but one stage. And with round one winner Juan Carlos Alonso failing to finish due to a technical issue, Érdi Jr’s title defence is back on track, despite a throttle fault causing him to stop three times on the last run to make emergency repairs.

Championship newcomer Florian Bernardi claimed the ERC3 victory in his Renault Clio, while Canary Islander Emma Falcón took the ERC Ladies’ Trophy spoils ahead of Catie Munnings, who overcame a late scare when a sensor issue struck nearing the finish of the final stage.

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Record interest: ERC Rally Islas Canarias gets 120-car entry

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 06:00

A record 120 crews have entered next month’s Rally Islas Canarias, round two of the FIA European Rally Championship and the Abarth Rally Cup opener.

Featuring 30 top-of the-range R5 cars, the all-asphalt event from 2-4 May has attracted interest from 20 countries.

All current ERC category leaders are due to take part, while Pepe López, who tops the Spanish Asphalt standings following his opening round victory, is also set for action in Gran Canaria.

The full list of entries is due to be published by the event organisers at 14h00 local time on 22 April.

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ERC champion Kajetanowicz spreads his wings

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 06:00

Kajetan Kajetanowicz, the only driver in history to win the FIA European Rally Championship three times in succession, will be embarking on an adventure of a different kind 12,000 kilometres from home next week.

The LOTOS Rally Team driver is entered for the world championship events in Argentina and Chile as he builds on his strong start to his second season in the sport’s top tier.

“Honestly I have to admit that I still can’t believe that it is really happening, another sporting dream comes true,” said Polish driver Kajetanowicz, whose Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 is run by Raimund Baumschlager’s BRR outfit.

“We are facing a very difficult challenge and a fight against competitors who already know these roads. Every rally means different routes and corners, weather conditions or road surface, but also intensive preparations and logistics.”

Kajetanowicz won the ERC title in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

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ERC Junior Cais stars in R5 try-out

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 06:00

Czech federation-backed Erik Cais further underlined his potential when he finished second overall on last weekend’s Vančík Rallysprint Kopná, his debut in an R5 car.

The former downhill mountain bike champion turned FIA ERC3 Junior Championship contender, swapped his Ford Fiesta R2 for the R5 version for the Slušovice-based event, which runs on sections of stages that feature on the route of Barum Czech Rally Zlín, Cais’ home round of the European Rally Championship.

Co-driven by Jindřiška Žáková, Cais was 10.8s behind winner Miroslav Jakeš but ahead of a number of drivers with vastly more experience.

Part of the ACCR Czech Rally Team in the ERC, Cais entered the Vančík Rallysprint Kopná as a replacement for next month’s Rally Islas Canarias, which he is unable to contest due to clashing school exams.

Photo: Dalibor Benych

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New ERC-bound 208 R2 tests

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 06:00

Peugeot’s replacement for its best-selling 208 R2 has turned a wheel for the first time – and customers should get their hands on the new machine ahead of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship season.

Based on the new road-going Peugeot 208, the R2-specification contender is lighter and features a 1.2-litre turbocharged, three-cylinder PureTech engine.

The recent test in the Vosges region of France was the culmination of months of work by Peugeot Sport engineers, which began last summer.

According to Peugeot Sport, the engineers were tasked with creating a “rapid and reliable car that’s great fun to drive but also benefits from running costs that are as low as possible”.

Bruno Famin, Peugeot Sport Director, said: “I’ve been very pleased to see the first tests. The improvement comes above all thanks to the new 1.2-litre turbo PureTech engine, which will lead to a substantial increase in performance. Now we’re getting the test phase underway, which is a key step. The goal within the next few months will be to build on that and gain the maximum amount of experience and data through a number of other tests on all sorts of surfaces and in a variety of conditions. This will allow us to define and then confirm the car’s final technical specification, in order to be ready to attack the 2020 season.”

More than 450 examples of the original 208 R2 were built with Efrén Llarena taking the ERC3 Junior honours on the Azores Rallye in one of the current models. The Pirelli-supported championship resumes on Rally Islas Canarias from 2-4 May.

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ERC leader Habaj gets the Italian job done to prepare for Rally Islas Canarias

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 12:00

Łukasz Habaj says his outing on Rallye Sanremo has made him “smart” ahead of next month’s Rally Islas Canarias, which he will start as the leader of the FIA European Rally Championship.

The Azores Rallye winner finished in eighth place on the Italian championship event, his first experience of driving his Sports Racing Technologies ŠKODA Fabia R5 on asphalt.

“It was a huge testing field for us and we got a lot of information we have to analyse,” Habaj told Rallylink.it’s Gianluca Nataloni. “The result maybe was not great but the objective was to do some testing. Now I have some information about how this car is working. I had to get some feelings and now I am smart.”

One-time ERC title contender Craig Breen beat Simone Campedelli to victory by 4.3s with former European champions Giandomenico Basso and Luca Rossetti third and fourth respectively. For Breen’s co-driver Paul Nagle, it was the Irishman’s first Rallye Sanremo victory for 10 years after he partnered Kris Meeke to victory in 2009.

Rally Islas Canarias takes place from 2-4 May. The ERC will be making its annual visit to Italy and Rally di Roma Capitale from 19-21 July

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ERC Abarth Rally Cup in numbers

Sat, 04/13/2019 - 06:00

The FIA European Rally Championship-based Abarth Rally Cup begins on Rally Islas Canarias next month. Here are just some of the key numbers.

124: The Abarth Rally Cup is exclusively for the newly-enhanced Abarth 124 rally

6: A total of six ERC rallies make up the Abarth Rally Cup with all scores counting

2: In addition to the four all-asphalt rounds in Gran Canaria, Italy, Czech Republic and Hungary, two events take place on gravel in Latvia and Poland

25: The winner of each round scores 25 points and earns €12,000 in prize money

30,000: An-of-season prize of €30,000 will be awarded to the Abarth Rally Cup champion

102,000: If a driver wins all six rounds and the overall title they will earn €102,000 in prize money

4: As well being handed €4,000, the driver finishing in fourth place on each round of the Abarth Rally Cup will receive four Pirelli tyres

3000: It costs €3,000 excluding VAT to register for the Abarth Rally Cup. However, crews can sign up for single events and pay €650 at a time

5000: More than 5000 kilometres of testing have been covered with the aim of improving the Abarth 124 rally’s performance and handling, while the introduction of a gravel kit will help drivers to optimise car set-up

40: The Abarth 124 rally kit enables the ride height to be increased by 40 millimetres albeit without compromising suspension performance

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FIA launches Rally Safety Guidelines

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 18:00

The FIA has launched a new set of Rally Safety Guidelines to improve safety at every level of the sport, while maintaining the action and spectacle loved by fans around the world.

Gathering together the best practices currently being applied in the FIA World Rally Championship, the guidelines come in a format that can be used by event organisers at regional and national level.

Close proximity to the cars on stage is all part of the thrilling fan experience and a key aspect of the guidelines is to help promoters further increase spectator protection.

There are also other suggestions for safety best practice throughout the 100-page manual.

For example, the FIA is encouraging all of its National Sporting Authorities (ASNs) to have their own safety delegates at each event they sanction. This will be supported by a training programme for safety delegates, with a pilot training seminar this year. From 2020 onwards regional training seminars will be conducted for these Safety Delegates from each country around the world.

Other key points in the guidelines cover the role and responsibilities of officials; the use of safety cars and the safety plan; special stage set-up; communication with marshals and fans; and incident handling. Many of these initiatives are designed to be implemented with little to no cost and the FIA will work with ASNs to ensure that is the case.

Yves Matton, FIA Rally Director, said: "Safety is the key for the sustainability of rallying in the future and one of the keys in safety is education – we see this around the world. These guidelines will help educate all to have the best procedures and the best habits in rallying.”

The FIA Rally Safety Guidelines are available to download here

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Tarmac next for ERC Juniors

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 12:00

The FIA European Rally Championship’s Junior contingent will test their skills on Tarmac next as Rally Islas Canarias gets ready to host round two of the ERC1 Junior and ERC3 Junior championships from 2-4 May.

With three events on gravel and three on asphalt, ERC Junior provides an excellent opportunity for drivers to build their experience on the two main stage surfaces.

And following the gravel-based Azores Rallye season opener last month, the young talents take on the all-asphalt stages of Rally Islas Canarias before reverting to gravel for the upcoming Rally Liepāja (24-26 May) and Rally Polan (28-30 June).

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Flying Finn Hokkanen: Hard competition behind ERC3 Junior return

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 09:00

Former Finnish two-wheel-drive champion Miika Hokkanen is embarking on a second season in the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship because of the “hard competition” he will face.

After claiming two podiums during his first international campaign in 2018 following his step up from national level, Hokkanen is now looking to make more progress in the Pirelli-supported category for drivers born on or after 1 January 1992 competing in R2 cars.

Hokkanen has joined Spanish outfit Mavisa Sport and recruited fellow Finn Rami Suorsa to co-drive his Peugeot 208 R2. He will make his 2019 debut on the all-asphalt Rally Islas Canarias from 2-4 May.

“Last year was my first season in ERC, a logical step from Finnish championship,” said the 22-year-old university student. “The ERC Junior series is great with huge competition with very talented drivers. It’s always a pleasure to race against hard competition. Also the races are very different to each other, so you get to learn different surfaces.”

Of his aims for 2019, Hokkanen continued: “I don’t think it was a strong debut season, hopefully we can make this one better. We got two podiums in the last two races. But the opponents are strong so we really need to be in a top form to make good results.”

Hokkanen, who is planning a one-day test on Gran Canaria ahead of Rally Islas Canarias, delayed starting his ERC Junior season following surgery on an old shoulder injury during the winter. “It’s been a big push to get the shoulder to rally condition,” Hokkanen explained. “At the moment I don’t know if it will work or not. We will find it out in Canarias.”

And after watching the season-opening Azores Rallye from afar, Hokkanen is in no doubt about the level of competition he will face, which includes his team-mate and round one winner Efrén Llarena from Spain. “The opposition in ERC3 Junior is always tough,” Hokkanen said. “I think there is many drivers who will be fighting for the top places this year.”

Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator, said: “After some tough luck at the start of his first season of international competition in ERC Junior, Miika made lots of progress and his podiums in the final two events were a reward for his effort and talent. It’s great to have him back for another season when we are sure he’ll put into use everything he has learned since graduating from national level.”

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ERC get to know: Rally Islas Canarias’ stages part two

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 18:00

From 2-4 May leading contenders from the FIA European Rally Championship will be battling for glory on Rally Islas Canarias. Here's a guide to leg two's stages.

SS9/13 Arucas (7.18km): Leg two begins close to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Starting from Bañaderos and heading towards Arucas, this is a wide stage run on good asphalt. A spectacular right-hand junction at Arucas links to a section of road used last year, which runs from La Montañeta in the direction of Cambalud.

SS10/14 Moya (15.28km): Moya is the longest stage on the final leg. Crews tackle a roundabout at the start before heading towards Fontanales on a twisty and challenging road. After Fontanales, a new section connects with Montaña Alta and includes a tricky right-hand junction.

SS11/15 Gáldar (14.95km): An all-new stage start provides a fresh test for competitors as they near the end of this tough event. Running parallel to one of Gran Canaria’s main roads, this narrow route takes crews to Hoya de Pineda following a left junction. The following section is well-known in Rally Islas Canarias history. After Caideros, a fast right junction closely followed by a left at Lomo El Palo leads to the finish.

SS12/16 Valleseco (14.57km): The rally-closing test leaves Fontanales towards Monte Gusano. Engine power is key on this section and there’s a jump that will provide added entertainment. From there, drivers need to maintain a good rhythm as the road rises and falls. A new section from Los Lavadores to Valleseco will challenge competitors to the finish.

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ERC get to know: Rally Islas Canarias’ stages part one

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 18:00

Rally Islas Canarias is next up on the FIA European Rally Championship schedule from 2-4 May. Here’s a guide to leg one's all-asphalt stages.

SS1/4 Valsequillo (10.96km): A longer version of the Valsequillo Qualifying Stage, which measures 3.15 kilometres, the full Valsequillo features a left-right corner close to the start, which should grab the crews’ attention, while the asphalt route is fast and technical.

SS2/5 San Mateo (12.01km): The first few kilometres are new for 2019. From the start in San Mateo the road is narrow, but it soon gets wider and faster as the route takes rally regulars into more familiar territory. A tight-left heading to Cueva Grande near the end of the test could catch out the unwary.

SS3/6 Tejeda (24.10km): The rally’s longest stage, Tejeda is a daunting prospect for both crews and cars. Starting on the demanding Cuevas Caídas road, the new asphalt of Cruz de Tejeda is next before the stage heads to Las Emisoras. After two spectacular junctions, the Monte Gusano road then leads to Fontanales. Long, technical and with changes of rhythm, event organisers predict the stage will present a significant challenge.

SS7/8 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (1.44km): Leg one ends in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, where competitors will tackle this short stage twice in quick succession. The compact route should prove a real crowd-pleaser.

Visit FIAERC.com soon for a guide to leg two's stages.

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Monteiro plots more ERC action in Gran Canaria

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 06:00

Aloísio Monteiro and Sancho Eiró will resume their FIA European Rally Championship campaign on next month’s Rally Islas Canarias, eager to build on their P12 finish on the recent Azores Rallye.

The FPAK Team Portugal ERC pair are keen to improve on their Azores showing when they swap gravel for asphalt.

“We are optimistic because we have shown a good progress, within what we have proposed,” said Monteiro. “I am sure that in the next rally we will show that the result in the Azores was only a setback.”

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The ERC’s international appeal

Sun, 04/07/2019 - 06:00

Recent confirmation of Japanese driver Hiroki Arai’s FIA European Rally Championship entry has further increased the ERC’s international appeal.

Ahead of next month’s Rally Islas Canarias, the following nations are represented with more expected to follow:

Argentina
Austria
Belgium
Brazil
Bulgaria
Cyprus
Czech Republic
France
Germany
Hungary
Japan
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Russia
Spain
Sweden
United Kingdom
USA

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Llarena rules out home ERC advantage

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 09:00

Efrén Llarena insists he won’t have a home advantage when he bids for his second consecutive victory in the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship on Rally Islas Canarias next month.

The Rally Team Spain-backed driver tops the Pirelli-supported category following his season-opening win on the Azores Rallye last month.

However, Llarena says his limited knowledge of the all-asphalt event around Las Palmas means he won’t necessarily have the edge over his rivals.

“Technically it’s not my home rally because I did it only last year for the first time,” said the Spaniard. “But we have some experience and we will try to do our best.”

Rally Islas Canarias takes place from 2-4 May. Llarena is pictured with co-driver Sara Fernández.

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Arai joins Stohl’s STARD operation for ERC bid

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 17:30

Hiroki Arai is the latest young driver to choose the 2019 FIA European Rally Championship to prove their talent and build their experience of international competition.

The 25-year-old from Japan has joined Manfred Stohl’s STARD Driver Pool for a programme of ERC and Japanese championship events. Eligible for ERC1 Junior, the category for young stars in R5 cars, Arai will also be involved in future STARD motorsport projects as a development driver.

Arai will follow in the footsteps of his famous rally-driving father Toshi Arai by working with Stohl, a winner of three European championship rallies in the past. Arai Sr drove for Stohl Racing in the ERC in 2013.

Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator, welcomed confirmation of Arai’s European championship campaign. “It’s really good news to welcome a driver of Hiroki’s ability and potential to the ERC family. As well as building his experience for future progression, Hiroki will go up against fellow young, talented and like-minded drivers in ERC1 Junior. His programme of events also makes a lot of sense with two rallies on asphalt and two rallies on gravel.”

Stohl said: “We are very pleased to have Hiroki in our Driver Pool for rally and research and development activity. We have worked with Hiroki already in his very early days as a rally driver. Hiroki is very talented and I see a prosperous future for him among the world rally driver’s elite in the near future. Besides our big focus on World RX, it certainly feels good to start a very exciting rally project with STARD as well. The 2019 season will be very exciting and we look forward to some very strong results for Hiroki.”

Arai, who has one ERC start to his name from 2016, will begin his ERC campaign on Rally Liepāja before going on to contest Rally Poland, Rally di Roma Capitale and Barum Czech Rally Zlín.

Meanwhile, Chris Ingram beat Alexandros Tsouloftas to ERC1 Junior honours on the season-opening Azores Rallye last month with Miguel Correia finishing second. The championship continues on the all-asphalt Rally Islas Canaras from 2-4 May.

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Érdi Jr ready for ERC action following practice rally run

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 09:00

Tibor Érdi Jr is ready to battle for the top 10 on Rally Islas Canarias next month as he continues to acclimatise to R5 power.

After winning the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC2 title for a second time in 2018, Érdi Jr is stepping up to ERC1 in a ŠKODA Fabia R5 under the Érdi Rallye Team banner.

To prepare for the Spanish island event, which takes place from 2-4 May, Érdi Jr took part on the recent Credobus Eger Rallye having also undertaken a Tarmac test near to the city of Pécs.

His Eger Rallye outing, alongside new co-driver Szabolcs Kovács, didn’t quite go to plan due to damage caused by driving for five kilometres on a punctured front-right tyre, which dropped him to P16 before he recovered to finish in seventh place.

Despite the delay, Érdi Jr was satisfied. “The weather was good, people were nice, so it was great to race in my homeland again. I am satisfied with my new co-driver and the car also, so I can't wait to the first stage of Rally Islas Canarias. It is always a pleasure to be there, because the atmosphere of the ERC and the people of the island. I expect big fights for the podium, but I know my limits and we would like to finish in the top 10.”

Photo: Norbert Cseh

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Nobre kicks off season with ERC top 10, dedicates result to former co-driver Paula

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 09:00

Paulo Nobre paid an emotional tribute to former co-driver Edu Paula following his top 10 finish on the opening round of the FIA European Rally Championship last month.

Nobre and co-driver Gabriel Morales finished P10 on the Azores Rallye in their Palmeirinha Rally ŠKODA Fabia R5, a result that Brazilian Nobre admitted had exceeded expectations but also took on added significance.

“It was my first rally for three months,” Nobre explained. “My expectation was to do my best and come to the end with the car in one piece, so to be top 10 is something really, really special.

“One point for us is more important than a victory for a top driver. Edu Paula, a good, good friend and my ex-co-driver unfortunately passed away at the beginning of the year. It was something really sad but this point is for him.”

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ERC Rally Islas Canarias: the countdown begins

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 12:00

With 30 days to go until Rally Islas Canarias hosts round two of the 2019 FIA European Rally Championship from 2-4, the countdown is very much underway.

Based in Las Palmas, the all-asphalt event will take on added significance as the opening round of the Abarth Rally Cup, the exciting new one-make series for the Abarth 124 rally.

With the stages climbing and descending at a frequent rate, drivers pay close attention to corner speed and lines to ensure optimal momentum is maintained, while precise car set-up and pacenote accuracy are vital.

One of the notable features of the sealed stages is the abrasive surface, constructed partly from volcanic lava. It means grip levels are high and remain constant if it rains, although tyre wear can increase. However, with the opportunity to take ‘cuts’ through corners limited, the roads remain relatively debris-free.

Returning to the ERC schedule in 2016, it’s a rally big on challenge and spectator numbers.

Click here for more information.

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PZM 75. Rajd Polski / PZM 75th Rally Poland

PZM 75th Rally Poland

2019 Calendar

21-23 March

Azores Airlines Rallye (Portugal)

02-04 May

Rally Islas Canarias (Spain)

24-26 May

Rally Liepāja (Latvia)

28-30 June

76th Rally Poland

19-21 July

Rally di Roma Capitale (Italy)

16-18 August

Barum Czech Rally Zlín

27-29 September

Cyprus Rally

08-10 November

Rally Hungary