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ERC champion Lukyanuk: expect unexpected in Cyprus

Mon, 09/02/2019 - 06:00

Alexey Lukyanuk has issued a pre-Cyprus Rally warning to event rookies, urging them to ‘expect the unexpected’ due to the demanding nature of the mainly gravel event.

Lukyanuk, who won in Cyprus in 2016, is playing catch-up in his bid to successfully defend his FIA European Rally Championship crown.

Ahead of the Nicosia-based rally, which takes place from 27-29 September, the Saintéloc Junior Team driver is second in the standings, one point behind Chris Ingram.

“It’s a very good but a very tough rally at the same time,” said the Russian. “A lot of unexpected things can happen like stones [on the line] but normally we enjoy and we go fast there.”

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ERC Cyprus Rally 2019 is go!

Sun, 09/01/2019 - 12:00

The 2019 FIA European Rally Championship fires back into life on the Cyprus Rally from 27-29 September.

Since 1970, the Cyprus Rally has put car and crew to a significant test. And while the current format is a little less taxing than it once was, underestimating the challenging nature of this rallying heavyweight is a big mistake.

Although fundamentally a gravel event, some Tarmac sections feature, while punishing ambient and ground temperatures are a factor.

Returning to Nicosia for 2019 has resulted in mountain stages around the capital being revived. However, the street stage through the United Nations-controlled Buffer Zone between Nicosia’s Greek Cypriot and Turkish inhabited areas still features on the combined European and Middle East championship counter.

While Nicosia takes over as host of the event headquarters and service park, Larnaca continues to host the start and finish ceremonies.

The Rally Guide and supplementary regulations are available by clicking here.

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From testing hell to seventh heaven in ERC for Tarabus

Sat, 08/31/2019 - 06:00

Jaromír Tarabus went from this testing crash (above) to placing seventh in the FIA European Rally Championship-counting Barum Czech Rally Zlín recently.

Once a podium finisher in the ERC, Tarabus explained what went wrong during a test on Tuesday before the rally.

“There was very slippery Tarmac, absolutely like glass or liquid,” said Tarabus, who is co-driven by Daniel Trunkát. “We hadn’t perfectly prepared the brakes, we lost the grip and at almost no speed we go onto the roof. It was a pity because we wanted to find the set-up for the car, but we had no chance. But we were lucky we could be here.”

Photo supplied by Jaromír Tarabus

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Pech was at “maximum” prior to Zlin ERC retirement

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 18:00

Czech legend Václav Pech has admitted he could not have gone faster when the FIA European Rally Championship his homeland earlier this month.

Pech retired from fourth place on Barum Czech Rally Zlín after a driveshaft failed on his EuroOil – Invelt Team Ford Fiesta R5.

“I was very satisfied with the result, I was going on my maximum level,” Pech said. “I was happy with my position with these young guys [Chris Ingram and Filip Mareš] but I hope I will be faster than them.”

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Stajf’s bad luck strikes again in ERC

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 12:00

Vojtěch Štajf’s bad luck on Barum Czech Rally Zlín continued when he retired from his home round of the FIA European Rally Championship for the third year running.

After a car fire in 2017 and a crash in 2018,Štajf’s bid to finish the event ended on the final stage following an accident in the Racing 21-prepared Volkswagen Polo GTI R5, which is co-driven by Veronika Havelková.

“The luck left us in the final stage and we didn’t finish,” said Štajf.

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Why it was a perfect ERC start for Arai

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 06:00

Japan’s Hiroki Arai enjoyed the perfect beginning to his Barum Czech Rally Zlín debut earlier this month after his famous rally-driving father Toshi flagged him over the start ramp.

Arai Sr, a competitor in the FIA European and world championships in the past, was a welcomed visitor to the sealed-surface event, which his son was contesting in a Team STARD Citroën C3 R5 alongside Austrian co-driver Ilka Minor.

Asked about Hiroki Arai’s performances in the FIA ERC1 Junior Championship, Toshi Arai said: “It’s not so bad because he’s on the Yokohama development tyre, which is getting better and better but still needs more development. He’s very, very fast and he’s also driving in the Japanese championship now. He’s much, much faster than me and I’m so angry for this but he’s a new-generation driver!”

Hiroki Arai, who dropped out of Barum Czech Rally Zlín contention with an early off, said: “I was a bit surprised [to see him with the flag] but it was nice and I really loved the atmosphere. It was a shame we couldn’t complete the stages but that’s how it is.”

Arai Sr confirmed his son’s plans for 2020 centre around a European championship campaign, confirming he was “looking at some sponsors to continue in ERC”.

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Tough luck for Klausz in ERC return

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 18:00

Back on FIA ERC3 Junior Championship duty for the first time since Rally Liepāja in late May, Kristóf Klausz endured a Barum Czech Rally Zlín to forget.

After engine issues halted his progress on leg one, Klausz restarted on leg two only to retire his Pirelli-equipped Peugeot 208 R2 with three stages remaining.

“We had engine issues that caused some power loss for us so we changed some parts with the hope that it would work on the second day,” said Klausz, who will be back on home soil when the inaugural Rally Hungary brings the curtain down on the 2019 ERC season from 8-10 November.

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Lundberg cheered by Zlin ERC experience

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 12:00

Elias Lundberg said the difficult nature of the sealed-surface Barum Czech Rally Zlín meant the experience gained was even more valuable.

Lundberg was making his debut on the event, the deciding round of the 2019 FIA ERC3 Junior Championship. He finished the final stage seventh in class but elected not to drive to the finish due to health reasons.

“The first day was really tough but really good to get the experience from this rally because it’s so difficult,” said the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team-run Swede. “We had big brake problems on the last two stages on Saturday and lost a lot of time. We were learning the event but we were also trying to push a bit although we didn’t get the right rhythm. The atmosphere created by the fans was a very special experience for us.”

Lundberg and co-driver David Arhusiander scored a season-best third in the Pirelli-supported category on the Azores Rallye in March.

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Talas fast but out of luck on home ERC Junior counter

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 06:00

Jan Talaš was fast but twice out of luck when the 2019 FIA ERC3 Junior Championship concluded on his home event, Barum Czech Rally Zlín on 18 Augusut.

The ACCR Czech Rally Team driver was forced to retire his Pirelli-equipped Peugeot 208 R2 from both legs due to electrical issues.

Partnered by stand-in co-driver Tomáš Šmíd, Talaš was nevertheless able to demonstrate an impressive turn of speed with a series of top-six stage times and was on course for a top-six finish when he first hit trouble on the opening afternoon.

“The stages were good, but very difficult and very slippery,” said the 2018 Czech Junior and 2WD champion.

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Zlin ERC3 run helps Hungarian Peugeot pair

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 18:00

Co-driver Attila Nagy reckons Barum Czech Rally Zlín has given he and driver Miklós Csomós a clear idea of the level of competition they’ll face when the ERC visits their homeland for the season-closing Rally Hungary in November.

Csomós and Nagy were making their second appearance in the FIA European Rally Championship on the sealed-surface event and placed eighth in ERC3 following brake issues and a problem with the brake and accelerator pedals.

“Day two was quite better because we could find our pace, we learned a lot and we learned our pace was not enough here because these guys are crazy like hell,” said Nagy. “But we are happy to finish.”

Csomós and Nagy lead the Peugeot 208 Cup in Hungary. Meanwhile, the inaugural Rally Hungary ERC event takes place from 8-10 November on asphalt-only stages.

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Molle rolls with it on ERC comeback

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 12:00

Amaury Molle was back on ERC3 Junior duty for the first time in four years on Barum Czech Rally Zlín from 16-18 August.

Unfortunately for the Belgian, a third-stage off and the decision not to restart on leg two, meant he never got the chance to show his true speed on his event debut at the wheel of a Pirelli-equipped Peugeot 208 R2.

“We were on a good pace, but the pacenotes were announced too fast,” Molle explained. “We adapted the rhythm of announcing but then they were too slow and I arrived on a flat-five crest without knowing there was a tight right corner after the crest. I immediately push the brake, but I blocked the wheel on the gravel present. We rolled into the meadow without touching anything. We managed to get to the end of the stage [after a long delay] but we had one broken wheel and one spare, but two wheels were damaged so at the regroup we had to retire.”

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Late delay costs Johnston ERC3 point but development remains on track

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 06:00

Ex-sportscar racer Sean Johnston had every reason to be satisfied at the completion of the recent Barum Czech Rally Zlín, even though a late puncture cost him a top 10 finish in the ERC3 category.

The Saintéloc Junior Team driver’s Peugeot 208 R2 picked up a front-right puncture on stage 13, which ultimately dropped him behind Orhan Avcioglu to P11 in the final classification.

“The main thing here is to get to the end, get the kilometres and get the experience,” said Johnston, who is in his first season of international rallying. “We’re happy with the development of our pace for the first time on these very tricky stages. And we had a blast given the circumstances that I was feeling a bit sick.”

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Munster’s ERC Junior experience to last a lifetime

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 18:00

Experience gained during his 2019 FIA ERC3 Junior Championship will last Grégoire Munster a lifetime, according to the Opel-powered Belgian.

Munster retired from the season-closing Barum Czech Rally Zlín with an alternator issue. And while his season in the Pirelli-supported category didn’t go quite to plan, Munster said he learned plenty.

“It’s not [good] to have to retire due to a mechanical issue but it happens to be inherently linked to a mechanical sport,” said the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team driver. “This is not the manner in which we wished to end our European campaign. But that’s the way it is. Our European season was perhaps not perfect, but we have gained a fair amount of experience and they cannot take that away from me.”

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ERC Junior Jeets seventh on “hardest” rally

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 12:00

Gregor Jeets came home seventh in the Pirelli-supported ERC3 Junior division on Barum Czech Rally Zlín earlier this month.

Part of the Estonian Autosport Junior Team, Jeets was making only his second appearance on a sealed-surface event with experienced co-driver Kuldar Sikk.

The ex-international kart racer said: “I was trying to be very careful, especially on the night stages that were really hard, the hardest I have ever seen. I was getting good experience all the time, but I was trying to improve my driving as well. We did every stage on the final day a little bit better and the feeling was much better than before the rally. But it was a really hard rally, one of the hardest of my career so far.”

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Toksport tweaks boost Avcioglu in ERC3

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 06:00

Orhan Avcioglu credited set-up changes by his Toksport WRT team for his upturn in form on Barum Czech Rally Zlín.

The Turkish driver was P13 in ERC3 after leg one but rose to P10 by the finish of the FIA European Rally Championship counter.

He said: “Sunday was much better than Saturday, we did some changes to the set-up overnight, which worked well. We went quite a bit harder, we found a sweet spot and the time improved.”

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Old rally, new car: Stratieva impresses on ERC return

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 18:00

Ekaterina Strateiva made her 11th start on Barum Czech Rally Zlín – and just missed out on winning the ERC Ladies’ Trophy on her first appearance in a Peugeot 208 R2.

Stratieva completed a late deal to contest her favourite round of the FIA European Rally Championship earlier this month. Despite her absence of car experience, the Bulgarian made the most of her knowledge of the sealed-surface stages to take the fastest time in class outright eight times, eventually finishing second to Nabila Tejpar by 7.2s after an engine issue led to a 20-second time penalty.

“This participation was not planned and without the support from my fans and partners we couldn’t have started,” said Stratieva, the 2015 ERC Ladies’ Trophy winner. “In recent years I have not been actively competing, but that has not prevented me from wishing and fighting for a place in the top three.

“It was a pleasure for me to compete with the leading lady, Nabila Tejpar, and this weekend gave me the impetus and hope for a serious return in 2020.”

Photo supplied by Ekaterina Stratieva

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What happens when a post gets in the way? Nobre explains ERC Zlin delay

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 12:00

Paulo Nobre has explained how an innocuous spin caused him big problems on his latest FIA European Rally Championship appearance.

Brazilian Nobre was in the on Barum Czech Rally Zlín top 30 after two stages but an off on stage three put him out of the sealed-surface event’s first leg before his return under Rally2 rules on day two.

The Palmeirinha Rally team driver said: “On one left in a crest the back wheels of the car got loose and we spin. In the next corner that was exactly after this corner they make some protections to stop people from cutting. In most of the parts they make this with some sticks and that is okay, but in that corner they put some big stones and we hit one of these big stones with the right back wheel [as we spin] and we completely destroyed the shock absorber and broke one [suspension] arm. We couldn’t do anything.”

After restarting on Sunday, Nobre and co-driver Gabriel Morales placed P32.

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FPAK Portugal Team ERC’s Monteiro gets to grips with new Fabia

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 06:00

Aloísio Monteiro and co-driver Sancho Eiró finished 12th of the ERC1 contenders on Barum Czech Rally Zlín as they tried their new ŠKODA Fabia R5 Evo for the first time.

The Racing Factory team responsible for Monteiro’s FIA European Rally Championship campaign took delivery of the new Czech machine the week before the sealed-surface event, leaving Monteiro playing catch-up as he adapted to the revamped car.

“Everything was new for us with the car,” said the FPAK Portugal Team ERC driver. “It was tricky with the road position, so we tried to be safe, tried to learn the car, which is a good car.”

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ERC aces claim world championship success in Germany

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 00:00

ERC graduates Jan Kopecký and Fabian Kreim scored notable class victories when the FIA World Rally Championship stopped off in Germany last week.

While Kopecký, ERC champion in 2013, claimed top spot in the world championship’s second division Pro category on ADAC Rallye Deutschland, Kreim – a winner in ERC1 Junior last season – was also on top form.

Competing in the World Rally Championship 2 category, Kreim led home double ERC Junior champion Marijan Griebel with three-time European title winner Kajetan Kajetanowicz third. Simone Tempestini, another former ERC regular, placed fourth with ERC1 Junior champion Nikolay Gryazin fifth following a puncture.

The 2019 FIA European Rally Championship resumes on the Cyprus Rally from 27-29 September.

Photo: ADAC-Motorsport.de

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Bernardi scores in Zlin, plans Cyprus ERC2 mission

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 18:00

Florian Bernardi scored more important points in his bid to win the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC3 category when he made his Barum Czech Rally Zlín debut earlier this month.

The class winner on Rally Islas Canarias in early May, Bernardi was denied a top-five ERC3 finish by 0.6s and travelled back to his native France with 10 points after finishing in sixth place.

“This rally takes a lot of confidence and the experience we gained will serve us for future years,” said the Renault Clio R3T driver. “Even if the performance was not at the level we wanted, we draw a lot of positives from this experience.”

Bernardi is planning to contest the Cyprus Rally from 27-29 September as he builds his knowledge of driving.

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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