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Rome is where the heart is: ERC drivers star in the capital

Fri, 07/24/2020 - 21:15

FIA European Rally Championship stars have completed their motorised tour of Rome ahead of Rally di Roma Capitale getting underway tomorrow (Saturday).

Driving under police escort they followed a spectacular route, which began at the Castel Sant’Angelo and included and took in a number of stunning attractions including the Piazza Venezia, Colosseo (pictured) and the Terme di Caracalla.

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ERC1 Junior Solberg picks first on Rally di Roma Capitale

Fri, 07/24/2020 - 20:36

Oliver Solberg will start first on the road when the long-awaited 2020 FIA European Rally Championship season begins on Rally di Roma Capitale tomorrow (Saturday).

Swede Solberg was the fourth driver to select their starting position in Rome’s Castel Sant’Angelo this evening and elected to run at the front rather than follow the order being established by the first three drivers to pick.

Loran-entered Italian Giandomenico Basso, who chose first following his Qualifying Stage victory, opted to run at number two with second-fastest Russian Alexey Lukyanuk (Saintéloc Junior Team) choosing third on the road followed by Andrea Crugnola (F.P.F. Sport). He was third fastest and opted for fourth.

Emil Lindholm starts fifth for Team MRF Tyres followed by Fabian Kreim (Pole Promotion) and Simone Tempestini. Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy’s Calum Devine starts eighth with Lindholm’s team-mate Craig Breen ninth and Norbert Herczig completing the top 10 for MOL Racing Team.

The opening special stage of Rally di Roma Capitale, Pico-Greci, gets underway at 09h13 local time. A link to the start list appears below.

Rally di Roma Capitale 2020 leg one start list

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Bring on the speed: Mayr-Melnhof ready for a faster ERC Fiesta

Fri, 07/24/2020 - 15:00

Niki Mayr-Melnhof is preparing to start his first full season in the FIA European Rally Championship at the wheel of an even faster Ford.

The former Austrian champion has upgraded to M-Sport’s Ford Fiesta R5 MkII for 2020 and has high hopes for his new challenger.

“We are anticipating there is a good change made and for sure it will be faster,” said Mayr-Melnhof. “The main thing is the engine, there is much more power in the low revs, [compared] with the old car. The centre of gravity is much, much lower the steering is a big advantage.

“I drove a World Rally Car five or six years ago and the steering seems very similar to a World Rally Car. There are a lot of small changes which add up to better car, more drivable and easier to drive. We also hope it’s quicker.”

As well as testing in Italy on Tuesday, Mayr-Melnhof has tested and rallied in Hungary and Czech Republic ahead of the new ERC season.

“We still got a bit to do set-up wise but we’re going to work with an engineer from M-Sport who is going to come out for the rally and squeeze out the last potential of the car,” said the Drift Company Rally Team driver. “I will also try to squeeze myself as much as possible but I’m really happy to be back, to bring a good show and have fun out there.”

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Basso is best: Double ERC champion tops Rally di Roma Capitale qualifying as Junior drivers impress

Fri, 07/24/2020 - 12:27

Giandomenico Basso has emerged as the driver to beat on Rally di Roma Capitale after he went fastest on the Qualifying Stage for the opening round of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship season.

Driving a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 in competition for the first time, the double ERC champion took 2m11.350s to complete the 4.02-kilometre test in Fumone this morning.

Alexey Lukyanuk, the 2018 ERC title winner, was second fastest, 0.385s slower than his Italian rival in a Saintéloc Junior Team Citroën C3 R5.

“It was amazing to start again,” said the Russian. “The stage is tricky with a lot of loose stones. But I had a clean run, not crazy things.”

Former ERC3 Junior driver Andrea Crugnola, who was fastest on 13 out of 15 stages in Rome last year, was third quickest in a F.P.F. Sport C3 R5 with Rally di Roma Capitale rookie Oliver Solberg (Volkswagen Polo GTI R5) fourth and the quickest of the ERC1 Junior contenders despite an overshoot at the first corner. Emil Lindholm was fifth for Team MRF Tyres with Fabian Kreim next up.

Simone Tempestini and Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy’s Callum Devine were seventh and eighth respectively. Craig Breen was ninth in the second Team MRF Tyres entry followed by Norbert Herczig, the four-time Hungarian champion from the MOL Racing Team and M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s Adrien Fourmaux (Ford Fiesta R5 MkII).

Efrén Llarena (Rallye Team Spain), Hyundai Junior Driver Grégoire Munster were P12 and P13 respectively followed by ERC newcomer and ex-circuit racer Avbelj Boštjan and former ERC2 frontrunner Giocomo Scattolon.

Abarth Rally Cup contender Andrea Mabellini was fastest in ERC2 on his championship debut. Miika Hokkanen set the pace in ERC3 and ERC3 Junior in Peugeot’s all-new 208 Rally4.

The top 15 drivers, eight of which are eligible for ERC1 Junior, earn the right to select their starting positions for Saturday’s opening leg in Rome this evening with Basso picking first. Click here for live timing.

Photo: Chris Rawes/ERC Radio

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Mares hoping for ERC Rally di Roma Capitale start following practice crash

Fri, 07/24/2020 - 10:07

Filip Mareš is hoping his Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo can be repaired in time to enable him to start Rally di Roma Capitale.

Mareš, the ERC1 Junior champion from 2019, crashed in Free Practice this morning and has not been able to take part in the Qualifying Stage for the FIA European Rally Championship season-opener as a result.

“I am not able to say what exactly has happened,” said the ACCR Czech Rally Team driver. “I lost the rear in a fast, bumpy section after the start. I get a big slide and went off backwards. We will see if we are able to repair the car until the start, the car is still in the bushes. But we will try.”

Mareš is likely to have to take the ceremonial start in Rome this evening on foot while his Rexteam mechanics work on repairing his Michelin-shod Fabia.

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New team, new co-driver but the “love and happiness” remain for ERC1 Junior champion Mares

Tue, 07/21/2020 - 15:00

Filip Mareš is targeting Rally di Roma Capitale’s top five when the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship begins in Italy this week.

The Czech will complete the second of two prize drives from promoter Eurosport Events for winning last season’s ERC1 Junior crown by a two-point, 0.3s margin over Chris Ingram in a thrilling final-round decider on Barum Czech Rally Zlín in August 2019.

And having finished fifth on Rally di Roma Capitale in 2019, Mareš wants to at least match that performance in the Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo he will share with new co-driver Radovan Bucha.

“I like this event but it’s very difficult, especially when it’s a hot temperature,” he said. “It’s not easy to stay on the road and it’s demanding for the set-up. But it’s a really interesting rally and I will do everything to repeat our result from the previous year, which was fifth place. Hopefully we can fight for the top five.”

Mareš: “Very good feeling” to be back on ERC duty
“For sure it’s a very good feeling to be back as the ERC1 Junior champion from last season,” said Mareš. “To do this I have beaten Chris Ingram who is the overall ERC champion and this is very good for me. It’s also good to be back in the ERC and to see the organisers of the championship. I am sure it will be a great rally in Rome. Hopefully I can do more ERC events this year but maybe just the Tarmac rallies because it’s difficult for me to collect the budget for all the season. In these difficult times economically it’s not easy.”

New co-driver on board
With long-term co-driver Jan Hloušek joining forces with former European champion Jan Kopecký for 2020, Mareš has recruited Radovan Bucha as his replacement. “We did Rally Bohemia together, it was the first race for us and my co-driver was in a new situation because it was the first rally he did in the R5 category,” Mareš explained. “We are still setting up together but we are working very hard to be in a good shape before Rally di Roma. It will take some time and there is still a lot of things to work on for us.”

Mareš graduates with flying colours
Having completed his partnership with the Autoclub of the Czech Republic, which performed a key role in his development from national-level driver to FIA ERC1 Junior Championship winner, Mareš has joined the Laureta Auto Škoda Team, which is operated by the Rexteam and owned by the Cvrček family. Entry Engineering and Michelin are also partners in the project, which includes a Czech championship campaign.

“Many things are new because I have a new team, new co-driver, new people helping me and it’s a quite busy time for me because I am sometimes also the manager of the team as well as being the driver,” said Mareš. “But it’s also about happiness because I love it and this week I will be 100 per cent a rally driver.”

Mareš will still be entered under the ACCR Czech Rally Team banner on Rally di Roma Capitale to underline the long-standing co-operation between the two.

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Ready in red: wraps come off Team MRF Tyres’ ERC challengers

Tue, 07/21/2020 - 12:00

The wraps have come off the two cars that will fly the flag for Team MRF Tyres in the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship.

Following a test in Italy on Monday, part of the Indian tyre company’s extensive ongoing development programme, Craig Breen and Paul Nagle and Emil Lindholm and Mikael Korhonen unveiled the colour schemes that will flank their respective Hyundai i20 R5 and Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo during the upcoming ERC season, which gets underway on Rally di Roma Capitale this Friday (24 July).

Breen, a five-time ERC event winner, commented: “I think we can agree that it is a great looking car.”

Visit FIAERC.com tomorrow (Wednesday) for more on Breen’s ERC return.

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New ERC1 Junior Battistolli aims to make his own luck with ACI Team Italia

Tue, 07/21/2020 - 09:00

Alberto Battistolli plans to make his own luck when he starts his FIA ERC1 Junior Championship bid on Rally di Roma Capitale from 24-26 July.

Battistolli, who turns 23 on the final day of the rally, is the son of Luigi ‘Lucky’ Battistolli, who has achieved considerable success in FIA European Historic Rally Championship events.

But while his famous father is the inspiration behind his career, Battistolli Jr wants to make a name for himself when he carries the colours of the Italian federation’s ACI Team Italia initiative in this year’s ERC.

“I can’t wait to get back in the car,” said Battistolli. “I will use my head to put to good use the many lessons received from great professionals in the tests that I was able to carry out recently, and repay the investment, especially financial, which first of all my father, the federation, GLS Lucente Autotrasporti and Scuderia Palladio are doing to allow me to race.”

Plans tweaked following testing crash
Battistolli had planned to rely on the extensive expertise of co-driver Fabrizia Pons, who has partnered his father for several seasons, only for sizeable testing crash last month to force a line-up rethink.

“The accident we had in the first tests after the long stop is now left behind, even if Fabrizia suffered a little more from a physical point of view,” said Battistolli. “I hope that she will recover as soon as possible and to be able to have her again by my side to show her that I have improved.”

With Pons on the sidelines, Battistolli has turned to the highly capable co-driver Simone Scattolin. “It’s a great pleasure to have him on board,” said Battistolli, who is reading economics and management at university in Siena. “He has a great background and was an obvious choice [to replace Fabrizia] because he has a great experience.”

ERC experience key during learning season
“For this season I am thinking about making experience in order to be competitive,” said the Vicenza driver. “It’s one of my first times on Tarmac with this car and my first time on Rally di Roma Capitale so everything will be a surprise for me. I won’t try to compete for results but to have as much experience as I can get. I have chosen to register in ERC1 Junior because even if I will not achieve anything this year it will be a great opportunity for the future.”

A different route to the European championship
Battistolli began his competition career in historic events, initially at the wheel of a Fiat 131 Abarth. “My first year with a modern car was in 2018 and I have only done six races with my Škoda and only five on Tarmac,” said Battistolli. “My father was an official driver for Opel in Italy and for Ferrari. He was rallying in the 1970s and 1980s and has won the Mitropa Cup. He has the background I fell in love with. My total inspiration is because of him. He suggested to me to start with historic cars to have a background in different cars. I haven’t achieved so much with historic cars but I did come close to winning an Italian championship and a European one.”

Rally Città di Lucca helps Battistolli warm-up for Rome
Battistolli warmed-up for his ERC debut on Rally di Roma Capitale by contesting Rally Città di Lucca in Italy last weekend, his first competitive outing with co-driver Scattolin. “I was careful to gain experience, the goal of bringing the car home without a scratch has been met. This was a very nice rally, with extremely difficult and technical stages, I hope to return with more experience.”

Photo with grateful thanks to Max Ponti

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Widlak’s ERC2 look revealed

Tue, 07/21/2020 - 06:00

This is the Mitsubishi Lancer that ERC newcomer Igor Widłak will use on Rally di Roma Capitale this week.

Widłak, from Poland, will be eligible for the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC2 category. Łukasz Włoch will co-drive.

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Nesetril brings Porsche power to ERC2

Mon, 07/20/2020 - 18:00

Petr Nešetřil is bringing Porsche power to the FIA European Rally Championship in 2020, starting with this week’s Rally did Roma Captiale.

Nešetřil, from Czech Republic, has registered for FIA ERC2 points in his spectacular Porsche 997 GT3 and plans to contest up to three rounds alongside co-driver Jiří Černoch. He will face opposition in the ERC2 category from drivers in Mitsubishi Lancers, Subaru Imprezas and the Abarth 124 rally.

New challenges excite Nešetřil
“My team and I are always looking for new challenges and the ERC is not only a logical choice but also a great opportunity to broaden our horizons on the most famous rally stages and to get unique experience with the best,” said Nešetřil, who will also contest the Czech championship and rounds of the FIA RGT Cup in 2020.

Porsche brings “positive emotions”
Nešetřil built his competition experience driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX before switching to Porsche power for 2017.

“Porsche is a car full of positive emotions and the sound of the flat-six engine is like a drug!” said Nešetřil. “The RGT category may not be as large as the others but I am very enthusiastic in promoting this car at rally races and I am convinced this category has its place by right. I can see the car has many fans everywhere I come.”

Title-winning pedigree
Success has been plentiful for Nešetřil in recent seasons. After claiming the Czech championship /Class 4 title in 2018, Nešetřil repeated the feat in 2019. Despite these achievements, Nešetřil admits his ERC campaign will be an opportunity to gain more experience and improve behind the wheel.

“My goals for this year basically overlap the long-term ones I follow: to improve my skills in different and difficult European rallies, to acquire more experience and deeper insight by comparing with other European drivers and their technical equipment. I try to get some points in our category and, most of all, to have fun.”

Hungary times for Nešetřil
As well as contesting Rally di Roma Capitale, Nešetřil plans to contest Rally Hungary from 6-8 November, while an outing on the ERC season-closing Rally Islas Canarias is also under consideration.

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ERC Ladies’ Trophy winner Stratieva plans delayed ERC start

Mon, 07/20/2020 - 15:00

Ekaterina Stratieva is still planning to compete in the FIA European Rally Championship this season – only later than planned.

Stratieva, who last season won the final ERC Ladies’ Trophy allowed to be awarded, had been due to contest this week’s Rally di Roma Capitale but withdrew for personal reasons.

However, she’s already working on plans to compete on next month’s Rally Liepāja, an event she last contested in 2014 when it ran as a winter event.

“I am ready to start this season and we will compete for Saintéloc and I will rely entirely on them for service assistance,” said the Bulgarian. “I am really sorry that we will be not able to start in Rome but I am looking forward and preparing for Latvia.”

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ERC1 Junior Marczyk to look back to 2019 in Rome

Mon, 07/20/2020 - 12:00

Miko Marczyk won’t forget 2019 when he begins his bid for FIA ERC1 Junior Championship success on Rally di Roma Capitale.

As well as being the year when he captured the Polish title, Marczyk completed the recce for Rally di Roma Capitale, experience he plans to make the most of this week alongside co-driver Szymon Gospadarczyk.

“We did the recce last year when we followed the other Polish drivers,” said the ORLEN Team driver. “Fortunately, the roads are quite similar compared to 2019 so we have a basis for our pacenotes. We saw the first day of the rally, especially the Pico-Greci stage, it will be bumpy and difficult, but the second day will be typical Italian roads from my perspective. It’s great to be going there, we know how the stages look like but of course from the rally car in the first run it will be very interesting.”

Marczyk prepared for Rally di Roma Capitale with a test in Poland last week in his Sports Racing Technologies-run Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo. “It was really nice to start the test sessions after the long break. We have done two days of testing in Poland, which was very important because my last real rally was in September 2019, Rajd Śląska in the Polish championship. After this long break I didn’t have a proper Tarmac test but now we did more than 100 kilometres and it’s much better to prepare the driving.”

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New year, new car, same double ERC champion Basso

Mon, 07/20/2020 - 09:00

Giandomenico Basso will return to the FIA European Rally Championship in his native Italy this week bidding to make it two Rally di Roma Capitale victories in succession.

Basso won the ERC in 2006 and 2009 and last scored an impressive first place in Rome driving a Škoda Fabia R5.

What will be his first outing of 2020 will also be his first competitive run in a Rally2-specification Volkswagen Polo GTI R5. Compatriot Lorenzo Granai will co-drive.

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We Are Back: ERC 2020 prepares for action

Mon, 07/20/2020 - 06:00

The 2020 FIA European Rally Championship is go – at last – on Rally di Roma Capitale in Italy from 24-26 July with new drivers, new teams, new cars and new rules in store.

WATCH THE TEASER VIDEO HERE.

 

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ERC Rally di Roma Capitale: The big entry numbers reminder

Sun, 07/19/2020 - 18:00

The entry list for Rally di Roma Capitale demonstrates the appeal of the ERC and commitment from the competing teams and drivers during the unprecedented period caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. See below for some of the key numbers.

87: A total of 87 crews have entered Rally di Roma Capitale.

56: Of the 87 drivers entered, 56 (64%) have registered for the FIA European Rally Championship.

42: Some 42 top-of-the-range Rally2 cars are set for action in Rome with 29 crewed by ERC drivers.

26: The ERC Junior championships have attracted a total of 26 entries, with 13 eligible for ERC1 Junior (for Rally2 cars) and 13 in contention for ERC3 Junior honours in Pirelli-equipped Rally4 and Rally5 cars.

24: With 24 nationalities represented by the competing drivers, the international appeal of the ERC is underlined once again.

4: Reigning national champions from Germany, Italy, Poland and Romania, plus the ERC1 Junior and ERC3 Junior title holders set to take part.

34: Drivers competing in Rome have won a combined 34 ERC events and claimed 3 overall FIA European Rally Championship titles.

3: The opening round of the Abarth Rally Cup will be a three-driver battle between Dariusz Poloński and newcomers Roberto Gobbin and Andrea Mabellini.

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Getting ready in style: Tempestini starts ERC1 Junior bid a winner

Sun, 07/19/2020 - 15:00

Simone Tempestini is heading to Rome a double winner following his triumph on Raliul Perla Harghitei Tess in his native Romania yesterday.

It was the defending Romanian champion’s second successive national championship rally win and his third of 2020. And to underline his dominance, the Napoca Rally Academy driver has won all but one stage since the Romanian championship got underway at the end of June.

Tempestini’s outing on Rally di Roma Capitale from 24-26 July marks the start of his FIA European Rally Championship campaign for 2020, when he will be in contention for the ERC1 Junior crown in his Tagai Racing Technology-run, Pirelli-equipped ŠKODA Fabia R5. Sergiu Itu will co-drive.

Photo: Facebook.com/NapocaRallyAcademy/

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Pollara up for more “beautiful” ERC appearances

Sun, 07/19/2020 - 12:00

Marco Pollara is open to more appearances in the FIA European Rally Championship this season.

The ACI Sport Italia driver has registered for the Pirelli-supported ERC3 Junior Championship on the upcoming Rally di Roma Capitale.

With the FIA Junior World Rally Championship not due to resume until September, Pollara is keen to keep busy

“Having won the Italian Junior championship in 2019, our main programme for 2020 is the Junior World Rally Championship,” said Pollara, who is co-driven by Maurizio Messina. “In fact, we are the crew of ACI Sport Italia and for this opportunity I want to thank my federation.

“Unfortunately, after the 10th place on Rally Sweden the programme had to stop due to COVID-19. With the JWRC we should start again in September [but] we have also registered for the ERC3 Junior Championship and after Roma we will see if it will be possible to be present at other races of this beautiful championship to gain more and more experience.”

Photo: M-Sport/FIA Junior World Rally Championship

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ERC all you need to know about… #1 Italy

Sun, 07/19/2020 - 09:00

With Italy gearing up to host the opening round of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship from 24-26 July, here’s what you need to know about the home of Abarth, triple ERC champion Luca Rossetti, Pirelli, pizza and Rally di Roma Capitale.

1: The three colours that make up the Italian flag signify hope (green), faith (white) and charity (red).

2: Count Francesco Baracca, a famous Italian air force pilot during World War I, inspired Ferrari’s prancing horse logo: it was painted on the side of his planes.

3: The ancient city of Pompeii was buried under some six metres of volcanic ash and pumice following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.

4: Naples was the place to be around in 1860 as that’s when pizza was invented, one of Italy’s most famous exports.

5: The eating of pasta is not without its rules. For example, Italians never eat pasta with a spoon, with chicken an ingredient or with ketchup.

6: Italy’s list of famous folk is endless and includes Marco Polo, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.

7: Gelato isn’t just ice cream, it’s lower-fat ice cream, served at a warmer temperature and with less air in it.

8: As the name suggests, Candido Enzo Jacuzzi is the man behind the whirlpool bath.

9: Between them Italian drivers have claimed 23 FIA European Rally Championship titles – more than any other country has managed.

10: Raffaele Pinto became Italy’s first ERC champion in 1972, while Luca Rossetti’s triumphant season in 2011 made him the country’s most recent European champion.

Fast facts
1:
 The Torre UniCredit building in Milan is Italy’s highest at 231 metres
2: Opera originated in Italy in the 16th century
3: The Po is Italy’s longest river at 652 kilometres
4: Rome is Italy’s biggest city, Sicily its biggest island
5: Etna on Sicily is Europe’s most active volcano
6: Italy’s tally of UNESCO World Heriage Sites stands at a table-topping 54
7: The city of Venice is built on 117 islands
8: Only Brazil (five) has won more FIFA World Cups than Italy (four)
9: Italy’s national animal is the grey wolf
10: The acronym FIAT stands for Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino

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ERC Rally di Roma Capitale facts and stats

Sun, 07/19/2020 - 06:00

Next week's Rally di Roma Capitale (24-26 July) marks the start of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship. Here are some essential facts and stats.

Essentials:
What: 2020 FIA European Rally Championship round 1 of 6
When: 24-26 July 2020
Where: Fiuggi, near Rome, Italy
Stages: 15
Distance: 197.80 kilometres
Longest stage: Santopadre-Arpino (21.17 kilometres)
Shortest stage: Rocca di Cave (7.25 kilometres)
Surface: Tarmac
ERC appearances (since 2004 restructuring): 3 (2017-2019)

Recent winners:
2019: Giandomenico Basso/Lorenzo Granai (Škoda Fabia R5)
2018: 
Alexey Lukyanuk/Alexey Arnautov (Ford Fiesta R5)
2017: Bryan Bouffier/Xavier Panseri (Ford Fiesta R5)
2016: Umberto Scandola/Guide D’Amore (Škoda Fabia R5) (Non-ERC event)
2015: Umberto Scandola/Guide D’Amore (Škoda Fabia R5) (Non-ERC event)

The big entry numbers:
The entry list for Rally di Roma Capitale demonstrates the appeal of the ERC and commitment from the competing teams and drivers during the unprecedented period caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some of the key numbers:

87: A total of 87 crews have entered Rally di Roma Capitale.
56: Of the 87 drivers entered, 56 (64%) have registered for the FIA European Rally Championship.
42: Some 42 top-of-the-range Rally2 cars are set for action in Rome with 29 crewed by ERC drivers.
26: The ERC Junior championships have attracted a total of 26 entries, with 13 eligible for ERC1 Junior (for Rally2 cars) and 13 in contention for ERC3 Junior honours in Pirelli-equipped Rally4 and Rally5 cars.
24: With 24 nationalities represented by the competing drivers, the international appeal of the ERC is underlined once again.
4: Reigning national champions from Germany, Italy, Poland and Romania, plus the ERC1 Junior and ERC3 Junior title holders set to take part.
34: Drivers competing in Rome have won a combined 34 ERC events and claimed 3 overall FIA European Rally Championship titles.
3: The opening round of the Abarth Rally Cup will be a three-driver battle between Dariusz Poloński and newcomers Roberto Gobbin and Andrea Mabellini.

Five facts:
1: Rally di Roma Capitale took place for the first time in 2013 and joined the ERC roster in 2017.
2: The event hosted the closest finish in recent ERC history that year as Bryan Bouffier beat Kajetan Kajetanowicz by 0.3s.
3: The commune of event base Fiuggi, to the southeast of central Rome, was made famous by its natural spring water and the healing powers it possesses.
4: Max Rendina, who heads up Rally di Roma Capitale organiser Motorsport Italia, has three ERC starts to his name.
5: Rome was one of two European capitals to host the ERC in 2019. Nicosia is home to the Cyprus Rally.

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Fourmaux on a mission as ERC Rally di Roma Capitale approaches

Sat, 07/18/2020 - 18:00

Adrien Fourmaux will be on a mission when he makes his FIA European Rally Championship debut on Rally di Roma Capitale next week.

Frenchman Fourmaux is entered for the all-asphalt event under the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team banner at the wheel of a Michelin-equipped Ford Fiesta MkII.

“This is a great opportunity for me to prove our pace,” said the 25-year-old World Rally Championship 2 ace. “I don’t know these stages, but I’ve always liked the challenge of experiencing a new rally for the first time. We showed good pace on asphalt at the start of the year and I think we are quite confident on this surface. The podium is our target, and I would be really happy if we were able to fight for the victory too.”

Fourmaux, who is co-driven by Belgian Renaud Jamoul, will be eligible for ERC1 Junior points.

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PZM 76th Rally Poland - Newsfeed LEG 2

PZM 76th Rally Poland - Leg 2

2020 Calendar

24-26.07.

Rally di Roma Capitale (Italy)

14-16.08.

Rally Liepaja (Latvia)

28-30.08.

Barum Czech Rally Zlín

17-19.09.

Azores Rallye (Portugal)

16-18.10.

Cyprus Rally

06-08.11.

Rally Hungary

03-05.12.

Rally Islas Canarias (Spain)