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ERC Q&A: Emilio Fernandez

Sat, 09/28/2019 - 08:00

Chilean Emilio Fernández is gearing up for his FIA European Rally Championship debut this week. This is what the Toksport WRT driver has had to say.

What’s brought you to Cyprus for your ERC debut?
“It was a rally I could fix in my calendar but obviously it’s a difficult rally and I love difficult rallies.”

It’s your first year competing in R5 cars. How are you finding the challenge?
It’s my first year in R5, my second rally outside Chile in this car after I did Estonia. I don’t have too much kilometres so I came here to learn.”

Your Qualifying Stage performance was impressive with the ninth fastest time, but what was your reaction afterwards?
“I was very happy with qualifying, it was a surprise for me. It means I could choose my starting position.”

What’s your objective for the rally?
“The principal objective is to gain more kilometres in this car and we will see. The stages are very nice for me.”

Looking to the future, maybe some ERC next year?
“Maybe next year but I need to make my calendar. If I could add five races here I will but I don’t know.”

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Cyprus Rally Saturday live on ERC Radio and Facebook

Sat, 09/28/2019 - 06:00

ERC Radio’s live coverage of the Cyprus Rally continues on Saturday with Julian Porter and Chris Rawes providing all the action and reaction from the FIA European Rally Championship counter.

The expert and highly respected duo will begin their live coverage of leg one from 09h30 local time (08h30 CET) and will be reporting live from all stage finishes throughout the day.

In addition to ERC Radio’s live coverage of the event, the will be a Facebook Live from stage three and stage five via the championship’s official Facebook page.

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ERC3 title-chasing Cais prepared for tough Cyprus debut

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 23:00

Erik Cais is not giving up hope of winning the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC3 title as he prepares to make his Cyprus Rally debut.

Cais is 59 points behind ERC3 leader Efrén Llarena with two events remaining. However, when the dropped score rule is applied, Spaniard Llarena’s advantage could be trimmed significantly, leaving the ACCR Czech Rally Team driver in a strong position to pounce in his Ford Fiesta R2T.

“I am here to get the experience but it would be great to get the points for ERC,” said Cais, who took up rallying after he was forced to give up his downhill mountain bike racing career through injury. “From the bicycle this rally is nothing but I’m joking because it’s really difficult.”

A podium finisher on the last two ERC rounds, Cais added: “It’s like Rallye du Var but on gravel because you are going from corner to corner to corner and you don’t have many straights. This will be really difficult to get a nice flow. But if you reach the finish with good flow you will have a really a good result.”

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Hirvonen wants more “twisty” events like ERC’s Cyprus Rally

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 18:00

World rally star Mikko Hirvonen is keen to get started on the Cyprus Rally’s “twisty” gravel roads, an event which marks his return to the FIA European Rally Championship after 17 years away.

Hirvonen, who is competing in a Ford Fiesta R5 prepared by Markko Märtin’s MM-Motorsport outfit, has tackled the Cyprus Rally four times previously, most recently in 2009.

It was also the event on which he scored his first world championship point in 2003, less than a year after his last ERC appearance on Rally Terra Sarda.

“When we did the recce, there were a lot of locations where I remember being. I remember this coffee place, or this junction, or whatever. But I didn't remember it was so twisty!” said the Finn, a 15-time winner at the highest level of rallying.

“It would be nice to see [more of this]. There are tough rallies now like Turkey and Greece, but none of them are as twisty as this.”

Despite plenty of experience to bank on, Hirvonen suggested his rivals would be showing him the way over the next two days of action, not the other way around.

“I think they're going to show me how it's done. I've been out for too long!” he quipped.

“I'm going to have a good time and hopefully I can get to the finish without any difficulties and see where we are. But mostly I'm here just to have fun and enjoy driving.”

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ERC drivers support FIA Action for Road Safety campaign

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 17:00

Drivers from the FIA European Rally Championship have backed the FIA Action for Road Safety campaign ahead of the Cyprus Rally.

They took part in a photocall to promote the vital initiative, which was launched in support of the United Nations’ Decade of Action for Road Safety and is based around four key priorities.

Advocacy at the highest levels: The FIA has developed key working relationships with international institutions such as the UN, the World Health Organisation, the European Union and the World Bank and governments around the world.

Action by clubs on the ground: The FIA is supporting its club network through the FIA Grant Programme. Established in 2012, the Grant Programme works with clubs to improve road safety at a local level.

Motorsport and Road Safety: The FIA has mobilised the motorsport community to promote the FIA’s Action for Road Safety.

Campaigns and Partnerships: The FIA has launched its own initiatives, such as the 10 Golden Rules and an online pledge in its mission to make roads safer. To mobilise for the cause, the FIA has also established numerous institutional and corporate partnerships with leading actors.

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Q&A: ERC champion Alexey Lukyanuk’s Cyprus survival guide

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 16:08

The Cyprus Rally is widely considered one of the toughest stage rallies on the planet, thanks to its rough, rock-strewn roads with never-ending sequences of corners and baking-hot temperatures. Reigning FIA European Rally Champion Alexey Lukyanuk gave us his top tips on how to survive such a tough event.

Q: Alexey, with all the twists and turns, the Cyprus Rally sounds quite physically demanding. Will that be a factor in the results?

AL: For some, maybe. But I am strong, I am fit, and I am ready!

Q: The heat is quite severe, though. How do you as a driver deal with it?

AL: It's not that dramatic. We had a pretty intensive test day and I spent maybe six hours in the car, because it was an official test and we had a really big queue before the start of each run. So we were sitting like 20 minutes sometimes just waiting in the sun. In the evening, I was OK, ready to run two to three kilometres, maybe more, so I hope it will be good for me.

Q: What preparation is needed, then? Is staying hydrated the most important thing or are you doing anything special?

AL: I think if you are not already ready, it doesn't help much, but for sure water and some minerals are quite essential for good performance here. We have some stuff in the team, so we will mix it and prepare for the camel [drinks] bag.

Q: And what about food? Is there a particular food that would help you in these conditions?

AL: Yes. Nothing heavy: no potatoes, no salts. Chicken and rice should be fine.

Q: Is it a tough challenge to get through those stages?

AL: We know what to expect but the stages are really long, like 20 kilometres, and there are no straights, no time to think or rest, just left-right-right-left. But the pace should be there. Hopefully the pacenotes work, because it's not possible to predict anything. Almost every second corner is blind and it's almost exactly the same as the previous corner, so it's easy to get lost and lose the pace if you don't follow your pacenotes.

Q: They've re-introduced some of the mountain stages which haven't been seen on this event since 2009. Is this the roughest Cyprus you've experienced?

AL: Yes, for sure, it was a surprise when we saw the stages on the recce. It's quite different, in some places it's like Greece in previous years, but it's not like Cyprus has been before. It's a new Cyprus for us!

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Alonso explains ERC Cyprus Qualifying Stage absence

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 14:59

Juan Carlos Alonso, who currently leads the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC2 category standings, has explained his absence from Cyprus Rally’s Qualifying Stage.

Three-time ERC2 rally winner Alonso arrived in Cyprus with a five point lead over Abarth Rally Cup series leader Andrea Nucita but hit trouble – quite literally – during free practice on Friday morning.

“We hit a rock and broke the oil pump, and we stopped the car with a red light on for the oil,” explained Alonso.

“Now the team is working, maybe everything is OK to start tomorrow.”

Though the notoriously tough Cyprus roads had already bitten him before the rally had even begun, Alonso was still confident his past experience would help him complete the rally and boost his ERC2 title hopes.

“It’s the roughest rally of the season and it's very similar to our rallies in Argentina. I think we are well prepared.

“My strategy is only to stay on the road. I need this. I think it's not very easy at all but we are in a strong situation now. We need to start in the back of the class, so we'll see. We will work all the weekend to get the title.”

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Cypriot Psaltis selects leading honour for home ERC event

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 13:16

Andreas Psaltis has chosen the honour of leading the FIA European Rally Championship field into action on the first day of Cyprus Rally, his home event.

Friday morning’s 15 fastest drivers from the Qualifying Stage selected their road order positions in Cyprus’s capital city, Nicosia, and the Psaltis Auto Parts driver chose to go first on the road, having qualified P14 earlier.

The 13 fastest drivers on the 3.53-kilometre Yeri Qualifying Stage all elected to start in reverse order, meaning five-time Cyprus Rally winner Nasser Al-Attiyah will start P15 on the road tomorrow.

ERC title rivals Łukasz Habaj (Sports Racing Technologies), Chris Ingram (Toksport WRT) and Alexey Lukyanuk (Saintéloc Junior Team) will start ninth, P11 and P14 respectively on Saturday morning.

Having originally finished P13 on the Qualifying Stage this morning, Paulo Nobre was able to make the tenth pick for road position. Stewards adjusted his time down by seven seconds due to time spent stuck behind Tibor Érdi Jr’s delayed ŠKODA Fabia R5, allowing him to pick sixth position on the road.

All the crews are now heading for the seaside town of Larnaca for the ceremonial start, which takes place on the town’s promenade at 19h00 local time (18h00 CET).

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Cyprus ERC adventure continues for von Thurn und Taxis despite rollover

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 11:00

Albert von Thurn und Taxis rolled his Baumschlager Rallye & Racing ŠKODA Fabia R5 during free practice for the Cyprus Rally, but will be back for the first stages on Saturday.

Approaching a slow right-hander on his second free practice run, von Thurn und Taxis ran wide and fell down a small embankment, sending his Fabia into a roll.

But thankfully for von Thurn und Taxis, who has retired from the last three ERC events, the rollcage on his Fabia was undamaged, allowing Baumschlager Rallye & Racing to get to work repairing the car for the first stages of the rally tomorrow.

Cyprus Rally has been a happy hunting ground for von Thurn und Taxis since he joined the ERC in 2017, recording a fifth place finish on his debut year and then finishing eighth last year.

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Hot pace gives Al-Attiyah ERC Qualifying Stage win in sunny Cyprus

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 10:02

Nasser Al-Attiyah topped the Qualifying Stage for the Cyprus Rally, beating the FIA European Rally Championship title contenders to fastest time.

Five-time Cyprus Rally winner Al-Attiyah went 1.5s faster than reigning ERC champion Alexey Lukyanuk, who begins the rally only one point behind current points leader and ERC1 Junior Championship runner-up Chris Ingram.

“The pace is hot. We were pushing! But we need to have a good position for tomorrow,” said Al-Attiyah.

“The car is working very well and I’m happy to compete here against all the good ERC drivers. We are so excited.”

Norbert Herczig (MOL Racing Team) pulled off a stunning Qualifying Stage time to go third fastest, half a second faster than last year’s winner Simos Galatariotis (Petrolina Racing Team) who qualified fourth.

Ingram (Toksport WRT) completed the top five ahead of Mikko Hirvonen (MM-Motorsport), who is making his first ERC appearance since 2002. The 15-time world championship rally winner clipped a chicane and picked up cosmetic damage to the front-right corner of his Ford Fiesta.

The last of the three ERC title contenders, Łukasz Habaj (Sports Racing Technologies), went seventh quickest, with Niki Mayr-Melnhof, Emilio Fernàndez (Toksport WRT) and Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari completing the top 10.

Panayiotis Yiangou (Yiangou Motorsport Ltd) will be the last driver to select their road order position in Larnaca this afternoon, thanks to finishing P15 on the Qualifying Stage.

Tibor Érdi Jr. (Érdi Team Kft.) had gone sixth quickest on his only free practice run but lost the chance to replicate his earlier pace on the Qualifying Stage, his car grinding to a halt mid-stage with a technical issue.

After a long delay Érdi was able to fire up his car and complete the stage, eight minutes slower than Al-Attiyah’s time.

Albert von Thurn und Taxis (Baumschlager Rallye & Racing) and Juan Carlos Alonso both missed the Qualifying Stage due to issues for both in free practice: a rollover for von Thurn und Taxis and an oil leak on Alonso’s Mistubishi Lancer Evolution X.

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Cyprus Rally Qualifying Stage live on ERC Radio

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 08:00

The Cyprus Rally Qualifying Stage will be live on ERC Radio with Julian Porter and Chris Rawes reporting all the action as it happens.

ERC Radio is available at FIAERC.com, the FIA European Rally Championship's official website, or via the ERC app.

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Friday on the ERC Cyprus Rally

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 06:00

The 2019 Cyprus Rally, round seven of the FIA European Rally Championship, gets underway today with Free Practice and the Qualifying Stage from 07h00 and 10h03 local time respectively providing the early form indicators.

At 13h30, the fastest 15 drivers from qualifying will select their starting position for Saturday’s opening leg with the Qualifying Stage pacesetter first to pick at a ceremony in Nicosia followed by the second fastest driver and so on until all 15 positions have been selected.

Crews will then head south to Larnaca for the ceremonial start on the city’s promenade from 19h00.

Photo: Julian Porter/ERC Radio

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Galatariotis to fly the Cypriot flag highest in ERC

Thu, 09/26/2019 - 21:00

Last year’s winner Simos Galatariotis will top the list of local drivers contesting the Cyprus Rally, the penultimate round of the 2019 FIA European Rally Championship.

Galatariotis became the first home competitor since Nicos Thomas in 2008 to claim victory on the Cyprus Rally when he triumphed by a slender margin of 0.6s following a dramatic climax to the gravel event.

He returns in 2019 in a ŠKODA Fabia R5 under the Petrolina Racing Team banner, while compatriots Andreas Psaltis (Citroën DS3 R5) and Panayiotis Yiangou (Hyundai i20 R5) will also be in action in ERC1.

There’s also a strong Cypriot representation in ERC2 courtesy of Antonis Chilimindris, Louis Papageorgiou and Petros Panteli, the ERC2 class winner in 2018. Christos Mannouris and Konstantinos Televantos carry Cypriot hopes in ERC3.

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ERC3 aces take on experienced locals

Thu, 09/26/2019 - 15:00

Four leading lights from the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC3 category will take on two vastly experienced local drivers on the Cyprus Rally this week.

Orhan Avcioglu (Turkey) and event rookies Florian Bernardi (France), Erik Cais (Czech Republic) and Efrén Llarena (Spain) will go up against Cypriots Christos Mannouris and Konstantinos Televantos, who have nine Cyprus Rally starts between them.

Ekaterina Stratieva will also be chasing ERC3 points in Cyprus. Like Bernardi, Cais and Llarena, the Bulgarian is competing on the island for the first time.

The Cyprus Rally starts in Larnaca on Friday evening and features 12 special stages over a competitive distance of 199.76 kilometres.

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ERC Q&A: Chris Ingram

Thu, 09/26/2019 - 12:00

Chris Ingram starts this week’s Cyprus Rally leading the FIA European Rally Championship standings. This is what the Toksport WRT driver has had to say ahead of the challenging gravel event.

Cyprus is all-new for you but what do know about the event and its fearsome reputation?
"Cyprus will be a huge challenge. Last year on Rally Turkey I had a podium in World Rally Championship 2 on my debut so we can take confidence as it is similar in terms of the hot temperatures, rough gravel surface and technical roads."

How have you prepared for the event?
"I spent some time with my Toksport WRT mechanics and have prepared well with videos and training. However, most of my time has been spent trying to find sponsors and funding to compete in Cyprus, which is still challenging, but I will not stop."

What’s the objective for the Cyprus Rally?
"The target is to keep the championship lead, to do my best job for the team and everyone who has supported me. In Barum I regained a lot of self-belief and I want to keep the positive momentum."

You’ll be up against some rallying big hitters in Cyprus like Al-Attiyah and Hirvonen, what do you think of that prospect?
"It will be amazing to compete directly with the likes of Mikko Hirvonen and Nasser and it is a huge honour for me to be car 1, 10 years after [Sébastien] Loeb was car 1 on this rally. I always dreamed of being car 1 on an international rally and I hope to make the most of my opportunity. I want to say a huge thanks to everyone who has supported us, my team Toksport and my sponsors Michelin and CarFinance247."

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Von Thurn und Taxis hoping ERC luck changes following treble trouble

Thu, 09/26/2019 - 06:00

ERC driver Albert von Thurn und Taxis will be hoping the good times return on the Cyprus Rally.

The ex-GT racer finished fifth on his event debut in 2017 and returns to the country yearning for a change of fortune after three consecutive non-finishes in this season’s FIA European Rally Championship.

And to give himself the best possible chance of a going the distance in Cyprus, von Thurn und Taxis completed a one-day test on Tuesday in the Baumschlager Rallye & Racing ŠKODA Fabia R5 he will use on the gravel event, which is based in Nicosia from 27-29 September.

Photo: Lina Arnautova/Autosportmedia.ru

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ACCR Czech Rally Team on top in ERC Nations’ Cup

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 18:00

The ACCR Czech Rally Team can add to its ERC Nations’ Cup points total on the Cyprus Rally.

Represented on the Mediterranean island by ERC3 Junior ace Erik Cais and squad newcomer Tomáš Kurka (pictured testing yesterday), the Autoclub of the Czech Republic-backed effort has a commanding ERC Nations’ Cup advantage over Rallye Team Spain and FPAK Team Portugal with two events remaining.

Meanwhile, this year’s Cyprus Rally will mark start number 10 in the ERC for Kurka, who made his FIA European Rally Championship debut in 2005 on his home event, Barum Czech Rally Zlín.

While Kurka will enjoy Ford Fiesta R5 power on the Cyprus Rally – his car of choice since 2017 – Kurka has also sampled a MINI John Cooper Works WRC. A class champion in Slovakia in 2016, Kurka has tackled two rallies in his homeland so far in 2019.

Photo: Lina Arnautova/Autosportmedia.ru

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Toksport goes large for ERC Cyprus Rally

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 12:00

Toksport WRT will enter not one but four cars on this week’s Cyprus Rally, the penultimate event of the FIA European Rally Championship season.

In addition to team regulars Orhan Avcioglu (Turkey) and Chris Ingram (Great Britain), the Germany-based team will also enter Rakan Al-Rashed from Saudi Arabia and Chilean Emilio Fernández.

While Al-Rashed has ERC experience from May’s Rally Liepāja, Fernández is a newcomer to the leading regional rally championship.

Ingram, who heads the overall ERC standings, will join fellow ŠKODA Fabia R5 drivers Al-Rashed and Fernández in ERC1 with Avcioglu the lone Toksport WRT representative in ERC3 at the wheel of a Peugeor 208 R2.

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Top ERC Junior Llarena begins Peugeot Rally Academy career in Cyprus

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 06:00

Efrén Llarena’s life as a Peugeot Rally Academy driver has begun after he test-drove his 208 R2 in Cyprus yesterday in preparation for the country’s FIA European Rally Championship counter later this week.

Llarena, who is the provisional winner of the Pirelli-supported ERC3 Junior title for 2019 subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA, is switching from his regular Rallye Team Spain-entered 208 to a Peugeot Rally Academy equivalent for what will be his Cyprus Rally debut.

“I am really grateful to the Peugeot Rally Academy for this fantastic opportunity to represent it on the Cyprus Rally and to build my experience on what I know will be a very demanding event,” said Llarena, who is co-driven by compatriot Sara Fernández. “I will do all I can to repay Peugeot Rally Academy for the faith it has shown in us and to help Sara win the ERC3 Co-Drivers’ title.”

Llarena and Fernández are beginning two days of reconnaissance ahead of the gravel event getting underway on Friday.

Photo: Lina Arnautova/Autosportmedia.ru

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Lukyanuk’s ERC Cyprus win bid is go!

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 18:00

Alexey Lukyanuk’s bid to win the Cyprus Rally for a second time – and regain control of the FIA European Rally Championship leaderboard from Chris Ingram – is go.

The Russian, one point behind Ingram in the title fight, joined several ERC drivers at a test today (Tuesday) where he worked on finalising the set-up on his Saintéloc Junior Team Citroën C3 R5.

Lukyanuk also used the test to give high-speed passenger rides to winners of a lottery held by Cypriot company Onan Kynpoy, which is also a sponsor of the 2018 ERC champion.

The Cyprus Rally takes place from 27-29 September.

Photo: Lina Arnautova/Autosportmedia.ru

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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