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Magalhães reiterates hopes of 2019 ERC action

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:00

Bruno Magalhães used the recent ERC Awards Ceremony to reiterate his hopes of a return to the FIA European Rally Championship in 2019.

Magalhães pushed Alexey Lukyanuk for title glory in his SEAJETS-backed ŠKODA Fabia R5, only to run short of funds ahead of the penultimate event of the season in Poland.

In his absence, Lukyanuk became the first Russian to win the ERC title while a further non-entry on Rally Liepāja, coupled with a second consecutive victory from Nikolay Gryazin, meant the Portuguese slipped to third in the final reckoning.

“I am going to try to continue in ERC because it’s the championship l love,” Magalhães said earlier this season. “The last two years were the best of my career. I achieved very important results. It was a very, very good atmosphere in these last two years and I am going to do everything I can to continue so I am focused now on 2019.”

Magalhães was one of two ARC Sport-run drivers honoured in Paris on 3 December with Emma Falcón (left) also in attendance to receive her reward for winning the ERC Ladies’ Trophy.

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Seeing Valentino Rossi in rear-view mirror surreal, says ERC Junior Yates

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 12:00

Podium-scoring FIA ERC Junior Rhys Yates has described competing against MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi – his childhood hero – as a surreal experience following his Monza Rally Show top 10 on Sunday.

Yates, who landed a podium on his ERC Junior debut on the Azores Airlines Rallye last March, was making his second appearance at the Italian Grand Prix venue’s traditional season closer, which Rossi won for a seventh time.

After driving an R5-specification Ford Fiesta to P18 overall at Monza in 2017, Yates stepped up to the World Rally Car version of the car last weekend and claimed a fine ninth overall with experienced French co-driver Denis Giraudet.

“Yet again the Monza Rally Show never fails to amaze me and what a great way to return to the event with a top-10 result,” said Brettex-backed Yates.

“The crowds and atmosphere are sensational but the real honour is being able to compete alongside my childhood heroes like Valentino Rossi. It was pretty surreal heading through Ascari and looking in my rearview mirror to see Rossi chasing me down.

“It’s been a real honour to compete [at Monza] once again so huge thanks to HK Racing for the car and of course to Denis for stepping into the co-driver’s seat again. It’s certainly been a weekend I really won't forget in a hurry.”

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Abarth Rally Cup joins forces with ERC

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 16:05

The Abarth Rally Cup will run in conjunction with the FIA European Rally Championship in 2019*, bringing together the hugely exciting one-make series and the leading regional competition promoted by Eurosport Events under a long-term agreement with motorsport’s world governing body.

Contested over six rounds of the eight-event ERC, the Abarth Rally Cup is open to competitors using the lightweight, rear-wheel-drive Italian sportscars, which conform to the FIA’s R-GT category technical regulations. The Abarth 124 rally is available for €110,000, which includes the ERC registration fee.

And following the FIA World Motor Sport Council’s decision on 5 December to allow R-GT cars to take part in the revitalised ERC2 category, Abarth Rally Cup drivers will be eligible for points in the popular showroom class, while also chasing a round-by-round and end-of-season prize fund.

“We are very pleased to enter into what we hope will be a long-term and fruitful partnership with the Abarth Rally Cup organisers and we thank Abarth for placing its trust in the FIA European Rally Championship,” said Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator. “Abarth is an illustrious name synonymous with rallying and we are delighted the company is opening the latest chapter of its motorsport story in the ERC.

“During 2018 we were given the opportunity to watch Abarth 124 rally drivers competing on selected rounds of the ERC as part of the FIA RGT Cup and it was clear that there is a lot of interest, plus a strong level of drivers and teams. The Abarth 124 rally also brings another dimension to ERC events, its viewers and fans as a fast and spectacular lightweight, rear-engined sportscar, which is available at a very interesting price.”

Luca Napolitano, Head of EMEA Fiat & Abarth Brands, commented: “In just two seasons, the Abarth 124 rally has established itself as the car to beat in the R-GT class, thrilling spectators and winning on all terrains. Rallies such as the Monte Carlo and Tour de Corse brought rich rewards: in the Principality, the 124 Abarth finished amongst the World Rally Cars in the race's toughest special stage with the fourth best time overall, while in Corsica, not only was a 124 rally victorious but the four cars in the race actually took the flag one after the other. Next year we want to improve on this year's results, continuing to star internationally in the ERC with our Cup. At each race, we will have our own Abarth area with our hospitality, which will become the meeting place for Scorpion drivers and fans. What's more, we will be providing teams with real-time support thanks to our in-race parts service and full cover by our technical staff.”

Napolitano continued: “Racing has always been central to Abarth's identity and embodies its values, and competition enables us to reinforce this bond with Abarth's history and future. What's more, it lets us try out technical innovations and new technologies in the toughest development conditions, ready for transfer to standard production models, because we want to offer our customers products with ever-improving performance and reliability.”

As part of the agreement between Eurosport Events and the Abarth Rally Cup, a dedicated highlights video will be published at FIAERC.com and via the ERC’s social media channels on each rally. Abarth Rally Cup drivers will also be featured in the weekly ERC Newsletter and through articles published at FIAERC.com. In addition, Abarth Rally Cup drivers will be invited to take part in promotional activities on ERC rounds, such as pre-rally press conferences and selfie sessions.

Meanwhile, a dedicated Abarth Rally Cup area will be created in event service parks, while Abarth Rally Cup drivers will enjoy ERC priority status, which gives them a seeded entry and access to Free Practice and the Qualifying Stage among other operational and promotional benefits.

The 2019 Abarth Rally Cup will be contested on the following FIA ERC events*:
Round 1: Rally Islas Canarias, 2-4 May (asphalt)
Round 2: Rally Liepāja (Latvia), 24-26 May (gravel)
Round 3: Rally Poland, 28-30 June (gravel)
Round 4: Rally di Roma Capitale (Italy), 19-21 July (asphalt)
Round 5: Barum Czech Rally Zlín, 16-18 August (asphalt)
Round 6: Rally Hungary, 8-10 November (asphalt)

On each round the following prize fund will be offered:

First position: €12,000
Second position: €10,000
Third position: €8,000
Fourth position: €4,000

At the end of the season the Abarth Rally Cup winner will receive a final prize of €30,000

 For more information on the Abarth Rally Cup visit: www.abarthpress.com

 *Subject to FIA WMSC validation

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Rossi wins outright, former ERC champion Rossetti tops R5 class at Monza

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 06:00

While MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi won the Monza Rally Show for a seventh time yesterday, Luca Rossetti, a three-time winner of the FIA European Rally Championship claimed victory in class in a Hyundai i20 R5.

Driving a Friulmotor-run Hyundai, Rossetti finished P10 overall at the Italian Grand Prix venue, one place behind ERC Junior Under 28 podium finisher Rhys Yates, who was competing in a Ford Fiesta RS WRC for the first time.

Other ERC drivers past and present in action included Andrea Crugnola, Giandomenico Basso and Giacomo Scattolon, who were classified third, fourth and fifth respectively in the R5 category.

Photo: Hyundai Motorsport

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Event-winning ERC team links up with WTCR racer Panis for Trophée Andros

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 06:00

There’s no rest for Saintéloc Racing during the winter with the French squad in action in the Trophée Andros ice-racing series, which begins in Val Thorens this weekend (8-9 December).

Saintéloc guided Miika Hokkanen and Simon Wagner to ERC Junior podiums and Catie Munnings to runner-up in the ERC Ladies’ Trophy in 2018. It’s running three cars in the Trophée Andros, which takes place over six events in France and Andorra.

Among its Trophée Andros line-up is Aurélien Panis, son of former Monaco Grand Prix winner Olivier Panis and a point-scorer in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO for Comtoyou Racing.

Photo: Trophée Andros

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Lukyanuk, Ogier the big FIA rally winners as Russian crowned ERC champion

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 12:00

Alexey Lukyanuk and co-driver Alexey Arnautov are officially the winners of the FIA European Rally Championship for 2018 after they were honoured at the governing body’s Prize Giving ceremony in St Petersburg, Russia, last night.

Lukyanuk, pictured left with team boss Miroslav Houšť (centre) and Arnautov (right) became the provisional ERC title winners on PZM Rally Poland, the penultimate event of the season in September, following a hugely impressive campaign in their Pirelli-equipped H-Racing Ford Fiesta R5.

At the FIA Prize Giving ceremony held in the Grand Hall of the historic St Petersburg Philharmonia, city residents Lukyanuk and Arnautov were handed their FIA trophies to officially secure the FIA European Rally Championship for Drivers and Co-drivers respectively.

The prize complements the perpetual trophy from ERC Eurosport Events, which was presented at the ERC Awards Ceremony in Paris on Monday night by Eurosport’s Laurent Prud’homme and the FIA’s Jérôme Roussel.

Other FIA title winners honoured in St Petersburg were FIA Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton, FIA World Rally Championship winner Sébastien Ogier and Johan Kristoffersson, who won the FIA World Rallycross Championship for a second time.

Meanwhile, Gabriele Tarquini and Yvan Muller collected the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO for Drivers and Teams respectively. Like the ERC, WTCR OSCARO is promoted by Eurosport Events.

Photo: https://www.facebook.com/lukyanuk/

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MOL Racing Team Polo-powered for ERC 2019

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 18:00

MOL Racing Team will contest the FIA European Rally Championship for a second consecutive season, only this time with the all-new Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 driven by Norbert Herczig and Ramón Ferencz.

Having secured two podiums in their maiden ERC season in 2018 – their first as a partnership – Herczig and Ferencz are now planning a seven-event European campaign in a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 from the Baumschlager Rallye & Racing (BRR) stable.

“Nine years ago we were among the first who chose the ŠKODA Fabia S2000 and after that the ŠKODA Fabia R5,” said Herczig, 43. “So we have spent nine wonderful years together [with ŠKODA], winning the Hungarian championship three times and twice standing on the ERC podium.

“It was hard to decide to change [from ŠKODA] but I trust [in that] we will be able to reach similar or even better results with the Volkswagen Polo GTI R5.”

Herczig has a total of four Hungarian titles to his name, the first coming in 2009 at the wheel of a Subaru Impreza WRC. Switching to ŠKODA power in 2010, Herczig claimed a trio of Hungarian titles between 2015-2017 before stepping up from national to international level in the 2018 ERC. After scoring points on his championship debut on the Azores Airlines Rallye last March, Herczig finished on the podium in Greece and Cyprus in June and placed sixth in the final ERC standings.

“It’s really good news to welcome Norbi, Ramón and the MOL Racing Team back to the ERC for a second season, their first with new Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 of course,” said ERC Co-ordinator Jean-Baptiste Ley. “We were really impressed with the progress they made in 2018, despite having no previous knowledge of any of the six events they contested. Their podiums were the result of strong performances and a great team effort and we have no doubt they will be among the frontrunners again in 2019 when we also welcome Rally Hungary to the schedule.”

The 2019 ERC calendar features four events on gravel and four on asphalt, including the season-closing Rally Hungary from 8-10 November in the city of Nyíregyháza. It will mean a home event for Herczig, Ferencz and the entire MOL Racing Team.

Herczig’s alliance with MOL Hungary began in 2016. What was initially a deal for the supply of MOL Racing Fuel RST (Rally Standard), developed into a fully-fledged partnership when MOL became his title sponsor during the 2017 Hungarian Rally Championship.

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Melegari back in “training” for ERC2 return

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 06:00

Zelindo Melegari used his class victory on the recent Tuscan Rewind to prepare for a return to the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC2 category in 2019.

Melegari has been a regular in the series in recent seasons, finishing second in the final standings in 2017 but suffering disappointment in 2018 due to a spate of mechanical issues.

Last weekend, the Italian was in action on the Tuscan Rewind rally, placing P11 overall and winning the N4 category alongside-co-driver Carlo Vezzano in a Subaru Impreza. Afterwards Melegari revealed that work is underway to prepare for the new season.

“I chose this rally on gravel because the stages are fantastic, most were part of Rallye Sanremo in the past,” said Melegari. “Also this was a good rally for training for next year in the ERC. There was also a special stage of 24 kilometres, which is hard to find in Italy because normally the stages are shorter. I enjoyed [the rally] a lot as it runs in the beautiful Tuscan scenery. "

Of his plans for the 2019 ERC, Melegari is still finalising the recruitment of a new co-driver and deciding on which car he will drive and for which team.

Photo: Tuscan Rewind/Photozini

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For ERC Junior U27 and ERC Junior U28 read ERC1 Junior and ERC3 Junior

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 06:00

The FIA ERC Junior Under 28 and FIA ERC Junior Under 27 championships will be renamed for 2019, bringing them in line with other FIA regional championships.

ERC Junior U28, for young stars in R5 cars, becomes the FIA ERC1 Junior Championship, while the Pirelli-supported ERC Junior 27, for rising talents in R2 machinery, will be titled the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship from 2019.

The changes were approved by the FIA World Motor Sport Council in St Petersburg (Russia) yesterday.

Meanwhile, the ERC Junior calendar for 2019, which features three events on gravel and three on aspjhalt, is as follows:

Round 1: Azores Airlines Rallye, 21-23 March, gravel (subject to promoter agreement)
Round 2: Rally Islas Canarias, 2-4 May, asphalt
Round 3: Rally Liepāja (Latvia), 24-26 May, gravel
Round 4: Rally Poland, 28-30 June, gravel
Round 5: Rally di Roma Capitale (Italy), 19-21 July, asphalt
Round 6: Barum Czech Rally Zlín, 16-18 August, asphalt

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ERC 2019 takes shape following FIA World Motor Sport Council decisions

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 19:30

The FIA World Motor Sport Council met in St Petersburg, Russia, today (5 December). During the meeting, a number of proposals presented by the FIA Rally Commission, some of which related to the FIA European Rally Championship, were approved. A summary of those appears below.

New names for ERC Junior categories
The FIA ERC Junior Under 28 and FIA ERC Junior Under 27 championships will be renamed for 2019, bringing them inline with other FIA regional championships. ERC Junior U28, for young stars in R5 cars, becomes the FIA ERC1 Junior Championship, while the Pirelli-supported ERC Junior 27, for rising talents in R2 machinery, will be titled the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship from 2019.

ERC2 goes from strength to strength
On the back of its most successful season yet in terms of competitor numbers, ERC2 is set for another strong year in 2019 with cars conforming to the R4-K and RGT technical regulations permitted to take part alongside traditional N4 machinery, such as the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X and Subaru Impreza STI.

Planned 2019 calendar gets seal of approval
The calendar for the 2019 FIA European Rally Championship season has been approved as follows:

Round 1: Azores Airlines Rallye, 21-23 March (ERC Junior), gravel (subject to promoter agreement)
Round 2: Rally Islas Canarias, 2-4 May (ERC Junior), asphalt
Round 3: Rally Liepāja (Latvia), 24-26 May (ERC Junior), gravel
Round 4: Rally Poland, 28-30 June (ERC Junior), gravel
Round 5: Rally di Roma Capitale (Italy), 19-21 July (ERC Junior), asphalt
Round 6: Barum Czech Rally Zlín, 16-18 August (ERC Junior), asphalt
Round 7: Cyprus Rally, 27-29 September, gravel
Round 8: Rally Hungary (Hungary), 8-10 November, asphalt*

*Rally Hungary’s inclusion on the calendar had been subject to the outcome of an FIA inspection, which the event duly passed.

ERC1 drivers, ERC3 drivers, ERC Teams and ERC Nations will count their best six scores, ERC2 drivers will count their best four scores, ERC1 Junior and ERC3 Junior drivers will count their best four scores from a possible six, ERC Ladies will count their best four scores.

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ERC recruits Petr Linhart

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 12:00

Petr Linhart, a highly respected team co-ordinator and manager, plus event organiser will bring his knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to the FIA European Rally Championship in 2019 in an exciting new role.

Linhart, known universally as Pluto, has been recruited by ERC promoter Eurosport Events as the ERC Competitor Officer.

Reporting to ERC Co-ordinator Jean-Baptiste Ley, Linhart will manage all aspects of driver and team registration, provide a point of contact to competitors on- and off-event, advise drivers and teams entering the ERC for the first time and generally assist with the smooth running of the championship.

Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Pluto as the ERC Competitor Officer. In Pluto, we have recruited an individual whose passion for the championship and long-term involvement in the ERC working with drivers, teams and rally organisers, makes him the perfect choice for what is a very busy and very important role.”

Linhart said: “I am really happy to join the ERC organising team in an official capacity having worked closely with them for a number of years in previous roles I performed. I am passionate about the ERC and I really want the success it has achieved to continue. I will devote all my knowledge and enthusiasm to this role and cannot wait to get started.”

Czech Linhart will formally start work in his new capacity from 1 January 2019.

Photo: Chris Rawes/Rawcast Media

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ERC aces celebrate 2018 in Paris

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 00:00

Leading drivers from the FIA European Rally Championship gathered in Paris last night (3 December) to celebrate the 2018 season.

A boat cruise on the River Seine in the French capital provided a superb setting for the event, which was organised by ERC promoter Eurosport Events and welcomed almost 150 guests, including title-winning drivers, team representatives, championship and ASN officials and partners.

ERC Co-ordinator Jean-Baptiste Ley said: “It was a great privilege to welcome so many members of the ERC family to Paris to not only celebrate the 2018 season and honour the successful drivers and teams, but also to remember all the great stories, the action and all the effort that, along with the support of our partners, contributed to making the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship a great success. And with 2018 drawing to an end, the hard work is well underway to ensure the 2019 season is even better.”

The 2018 FIA European Rally Championship was contested over eight events and the following drivers were honoured in Paris:

FIA EUROPEAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ERC1:
Driver: ALEXEY LUKYANUK (RUSSIA) Russian Performance Motorsport Ford Fiesta R5
Co-driver: ALEXEY ARNAUTOV (RUSSIA)

Second-place driver: NIKOLAY GRYAZIN (RUSSIA) Sports Racing Technologies ŠKODA Fabia R5
Second-place co-driver: YAROSLAV FEDOROV (RUSSIA)

Third-place driver: BRUNO MAGALHÃES (PORTUGAL) ARC Sport ŠKODA Fabia R5
Third-place co-driver: HUGO MAGALHÃES (PORTUGAL)

FIA EUROPEAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ERC2:
Driver: TIBOR ÉRDI JR (HUNGARY) Érdi Rallye Team Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
Co-driver: GYÖRGY PAPP (HUNGARY)

Second-place driver: SERGEI REMENNIK (RUSSIA) Russian Performance Motorsport
Second-place co-driver: MARK ROZIN (RUSSIA) Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X

Third-place driver: JUAN CARLOS ALONSO (ARGENTINA) RMC Motorsport
Third-place co-driver: JUAN PABLO MONASTEROLO (ARGENTINA) Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X

FIA EUROPEAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ERC3:
Driver: MĀRTIŅŠ SESKS (LATVIA) ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team Opel ADAM R2
Co-driver: RENĀRS FRANCIS (LATVIA)

Second-place driver: TOM KRISTENSSON (SWEDEN) ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team Opel ADAM R2
Second-place co-driver: HENRIK APPELSKOG (SWEDEN)

Third-place driver: EFRÉN LLARENA (SPAIN) Rally Team Spain PEUGEOT 208 R2
Third-place co-driver: SARA FERNÁNDEZ (SPAIN)

FIA ERC JUNIOR UNDER 28 CHAMPIONSHIP:
Driver: NIKOLAY GRYAZIN (RUSSIA) Sports Racing Technologies ŠKODA Fabia R5
Second-place driver: CHRIS INGRAM (GREAT BRITAIN) Toksport WRT ŠKODA Fabia R5
Third-place driver: FABIAN KREIM (GERMANY) ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland Fabia R5

FIA ERC JUNIOR UNDER 27 CHAMPIONSHIP:
Driver: MĀRTIŅŠ SESKS (LATVIA) ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team Opel ADAM R2
Second-place driver: TOM KRISTENSSON (SWEDEN) ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team Opel ADAM R2
Third-place driver: EFRÉN LLARENA (SPAIN) Rally Team Spain PEUGEOT 208 R2

FIA EUROPEAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP FOR TEAMS:
First position: ADAC OPEL RALLYE JUNIOR TEAM
Second position: SAINTÉLOC JUNIOR TEAM
Third position: RUSSIAN PERFORMANCE MOTORSPORT

ERC LADIES’ TROPHY:
Driver: EMMA FALCÓN (SPAIN) ARC Sport Citroën DS3 R3T
Second-place driver: CATIE MUNNINGS (GREAT BRITAIN) Saintéloc Junior Team PEUGEOT 208 R2
Third-place driver: TAMARA MOLINARO (ITALY) Ford Fiesta R5

ERC NATIONS’ CUP:
First position: ADAC OPEL RALLYE JUNIOR TEAM
Second position: RALLY TEAM SPAIN (RFEDA)
Third position: ACCR CZECH TEAM

Subject to confirmation and FIA World Motor Sport Council approval, the 2019 ERC season will open on the Azores Airlines Rallye from 21-23 March and feature a further seven events.

*Subject to confirmation of results by the FIA

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King Kajto pushed hard by ERC Junior contender Marczyk

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 06:00

Miko Marczyk once again underlined his reputation as one of rallying’s big hopes for the future by taking on and almost beating record-breaking FIA European Rally Championship winner Kajetan Kajetanowicz on Rajd Barbórka last weekend.

Marczyk finished a fine fifth overall and fourth in ERC Junior Under 28 on September’s PZM Rally Poland in a ŠKODA Polska Motorsport Fabia R5.


On Rajd Barbórka last Saturday, Marczyk beat Kajetanowicz on the opening stage, set three top-two stage times and came within 4.18s of winning the famous Warsaw-based event against Kajetanowicz, who had swapped his usual LOTOS Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5 for a World Rally Car version of the M-Sport-developed machine.


Afterwards Kajetanowicz praised his younger compatriot’s performance. “Congratulations to Miko Marczyk, he was very fast and did a great job.”


Marczyk, 23, placed second in the Polish championship standings in 2018 with two wins despite it being his first season in R5 machinery and only his third in rallying.

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The boss done good: Houšť guides Lukyanuk to P7 in Prague

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 06:00

Alexey Lukyanuk joined forces with none other than his team boss Miroslav Houšť for the Tipcars Pražský Rallysprint in the Czech Republic capital Prague yesterday (1 December).

Despite being forced to tackle treacherous stage conditions with standard tyres fitted to their Ford Fiesta R5, Lukyanuk and Houšť set a handful of top three stage times on their way to seventh overall for the Rufa Sport team.

“Thanks to my co-driver Miro, he was reading pacenotes in Russian and Czech,” said Lukyanuk, the winner of the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship*.

Martin Koči, who was registered for the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship this season, won the event.

*Subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA

 Photo: Facebook.com/lukyanuk

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French rally will make me even stronger, says top ERC Junior Gryazin

Sat, 12/01/2018 - 06:00

Nikolay Gryazin believes his impressive run to fourth place on Rallye du Var last weekend can only make him a better driver as he prepares for the next stage of his, thus far, hugely promising career.

Gryazin, the winner of the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship for 2018* alongside co-driver Yaroslav Fedorov, was using the challenging French asphalt event to build his experience for 2019, when he’s planning to compete in the world championship alongside an ERC campaign, his reward for his ERC Junior achievements this year.

“Rallye du Var will count as a valuable experience because the race showed us what we need to work on,” said the 21-year-old Russian, who was driving a Sports Racing Technologies ŠKODA Fabia R5. “The lack of testing on the dirty and wet Tarmac resulted in flawed set-ups, and I had to experiment, carefully adjusting the settings during the rally.

“This is a truly legendary event, and the fourth place finish is quite a good result, especially considering [the] difficult conditions and the fact that for us it was our Rallye du Var debut. We’re very pleased with the quickest time on three special stages, but this is the result of a combination of weather and road conditions which were suitable for us.

“Moreover, it’s very nice to see such a strong level of competition. It’s always good when the pace of your rivals leaves you no time to relax. Such a close run makes you push to the limit and show your best.

“Rallye du Var has completed our season. Now we’re going to start preparation work for 2019. We will conduct winter test sessions and preparations for Rally Sweden. We [have] planned a big test programme and [are] going to take part in a few races in Scandinavia and, perhaps, [the] Baltics.”

*Subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA

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Saintéloc at the double: two-pronged attack on 2019 ERC with PEUGEOT 208 R2 and new Citroën C3 R5

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 09:00

Multiple event and title-winning squad Saintéloc Racing is targeting success with R2 and R5 machinery in the 2019 FIA European Rally Championship.

The highly-respected French outfit has purchased a Citroën C3 R5 as its flagship challenger and also has seats available at its Saintéloc Junior Team offshoot, which is planning to field a trio of PEUGEOT 208 R2s in ERC Junior next season.

“With the 2018 ERC season over we’re working overtime to prepare for 2019,” said Saintéloc Racing’s Rally Manager Vincent Ducher. “After running a successful 2018 campaign with multiple PEUGEOT 208 R2s and a T16 R5, we now have our sights set on signing a top driver for our Citroën C3 R5, while also looking to recruit a number of younger, less experienced talents to drive our fleet of PEUGEOT 208 R2s. At the same time, we are looking for partners to help ensure a great year of rallies and tests.”

As part of its ongoing preparations for 2019, Saintéloc entered promising Swedish driver Mattias Adielsson on last week’s Rallye du Var in its Citroën C3 R5. Despite limited pre-event running, ERC Junior graduate Adielsson set top-20 stage times against 30 other R5s. He completed the event under Rally2 rules following minor damage on the opening leg.

Finn Aki Sahila was also in action for Saintéloc on Rallye du Var, finishing third in the R2 class in a PEUGEOT 208. Frenchman Alexandre Mollard drove another Saintéloc-run 208.

Saintéloc has a strong record of success in the ERC having managed the PEUGEOT Rally Academy programme from 2013-2015 and from 2017-2018. Drivers to have benefited from the team’s expertise and experience include Kevin Abbring, Jérémi Ancian, Craig Breen, Diogo Gago, Miika Hokkanen, Stéphane Lefebvre, Pepe López, Charles Martin, Catie Munnings, Laurent Pellier, José Suárez and Simon Wagner.

Subject to confirmation and FIA World Motor Sport Council approval, the 2019 ERC season will open on the Azores Airlines Rallye from 21-23 March and feature a further seven events. In total, four will run on asphalt and four on gravel. ERC Junior will be contested over six rounds on an equal spread of surfaces.

Meanwhile, Saintéloc hopes to continue its alliance with Briton Catie Munnings, who has enjoyed success in ERC Junior with the team in the last two seasons.

Photo: Damien Saulnier Photographie

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From second to first: ERC class winner Bernardi is a Clio champion

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 06:00

Florian Bernardi, who took ERC3 honours on Rally Islas Canarias in May, celebrated winning the European Clio R3T Trophy title with a fourth class win on Rallye du Var last weekend.

Co-driven by fellow Frenchman Victor Bellotto, Bernardi was also challenging for class success in the FIA European Rally Championship-counting Rally di Roma Capitale in July when he crashed into retirement.

However, he responded with back-to-back Clio R3T Trophy wins to take the one-make title having finished runner-up in 2017.

“Obviously we are more than satisfied with our results this season, we won the Clio R3T Trophy, which was the number one goal,” said Bernardi. “In parallel with these results, we discovered an exceptional team with outstanding values. The work of Fred Anne was smooth throughout the season without forgetting the collaboration with Rtec Suspensions. I also wanted to thank all my partners who have been with me for years.”

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New home for ERC-winning make ŠKODA

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 12:00

FIA European Rally Championship-winning outfit ŠKODA Motorsport has a new home in its native Czech Republic.

Located in Plazy on the outskirts of Mladá Boleslav, where ŠKODA AUTO is located, the purpose-built facility will improve working practices and delivery of its rally cars to customers, according to the Czech firm.

Christian Strube, Head of Technical Development at ŠKODA AUTO, says: “Due to an improved workflow, we can develop and [build] up cars even more [efficiently] and make our service for our customers even better. Last year, our target was to provide more than 200 Fabia R5 to customers worldwide. Up to now, almost 250 Fabia were sold. In order to keep that momentum, these new premises are an ideal foundation for the future success of our motorsport programme.”

Michal Hrabánek, ŠKODA Motorsport boss, added: “This brand new facility clearly demonstrates ŠKODA’s commitment to motorsport. It will help us a lot to improve our customer service and to continue the success story of ŠKODA Motorsport worldwide.”

The new premises cover 16,400 square metres and feature 1859 square metres of office space and 3844 metres of workshop and storage facilities. Meanwhile, the warehouse has room for 5000 Fabia R5 components.

ŠKODA’s Fabia R5 powered four different winners in the 2018 ERC, while Nikolay Gryazin – who claimed two outright wins – claimed the ERC Junior Under 28 title* in a Fabia R5 run by Sports Racing Technologies. Esappeka Lappi was ŠKODA's last overall champion in 2014.

*Subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA

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Last chance to vote for ERC’s FIA Action of the Year nomination

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 15:00

Today, Tuesday 27 November, is the last chance to vote for Fabian Kreim’s near miss on the final stage of Rally Liepāja as the FIA European Rally Championship’s nomination for the annual FIA Action of the Year Competition.

Fans are invited to vote for their favourite moment from a wide range of disciplines to be in with the chance of winning a pair of tickets to a top-level FIA motorsport event in 2019.

Once the 2018 FIA Action of the Year has been announced during the glittering Prize Giving ceremony in St Petersburg, Russia on 7 December, a lucky voter will be selected at random from those who voted for the winning championship’s video. They will receive travel and two tickets to an event in the 2019 edition of that championship*.

ERC promoter Eurosport Events has selected Kreim’s high-speed trip into a ditch and subsequent save in the ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland Fabia R5 he was sharing with co-driver Frank Christian.

The following championships have submitted their standout moment to the public vote and more information is available here:

Formula 1
Formula 2
Formula 3
Formula E
World Endurance Championship
World Rally Championship
World Rallycross Championship
WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO
European Rally Championship
European Truck Racing Championship
FIA Karting World Championships

*Click here for terms and conditions

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ERC champion* Lukyanuk set for Czech adventure

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 18:00

Alexey Lukyanuk will be back in action for the first time since clinching the FIA European Rally Championship title* when he contests the Tipcars Pražský Rallysprint in Czech Republic this weekend.

Lukyanuk and co-driver Alexey Arnautov are top seeds for the Prague event, which they will contest in a Rufa Sport-entered Ford Fiesta R5.

ERC podium finish Grzegorz Grzyb will be among Lukyanuk’s rivals for victory, while Vojtěch Štajf, a former ERC regular, will be another driver to watch when he makes his first start in Volkswagen’s all-new Polo GTI R5.

The all-asphalt Tipcars Pražský Rallysprint takes place on 1 December.

*Subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA

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PZM 75. Rajd Polski / PZM 75th Rally Poland

PZM 75th Rally Poland

2018 Calendar

22-24 March

Azores Airlines Rallye (Portugal)

3-5 May

Rally Islas Canarias (Spain)

1-3 June

Acropolis Rally (Greece)

15-17 June

Cyprus Rally (Cyprus)

0-22 July

Rally di Roma Capitale (Italy)

24-26 August

Barum Czech Rally Zlín (Czech Republic)

21-23 September

Rally Poland

12-14 October

Rally Liepaja (Lativa)