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Cais remains on course for ERC3 victory in Hungary

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 13:41

Erik Cais remains in control of the ERC3 class after producing another flawless performance on the final morning of Rally Hungary.

The Czech driver, in an ACCR Czech Rally Team-prepared Ford Fiesta R2T, holds a 6m05.2s lead over Marijan Griebel.

Cais came into the final leg with a five-minute margin over his German rival and extended it by another 51-seconds on the opening stage as Griebel struggled with a lack of wet tyres.

A fresh downpour in SS9 meant that Cais took it relatively carefully as Saturday morning leader Miklós Csomós claimed the stage win.

Condtions were far worse on the next test which allowed Cais to pull away further from Griebel behind.

Csomós then took a popular city stage win in Nyíregyháza to end the loop on a positive note.

After suffering dramas on the opening day – with a crash – Ohran Avciouglu returned in his Peugeot 208 R2. He and co-driver Burçin Korkmaz lie fifth in class, albeit more than 37 minutes off the leader Cais.

The Ladies’ Trophy title battle took a dramatic twist over the course of the morning, as points leader Nabila Tejpar’s run came to an abrupt end of SS10.

The British driver ran wide and hit a tree, rolling over as a result; she and co-driver Hugo Magalhães exited the car uninjured.

 

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ERC title battle evenly poised ahead of final loop

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 13:13

The FIA European Rally Championship title battle remains evenly poised between Chris Ingram and Alexey Lukyanuk heading into the final two stages following another dramatic morning on Rally Hungary.

Heavy rain affected much of the early action with conditions proving the most demanding on the penultimate test before service (SS10) after which event organisers elected to cancel the second pass (SS14).

Lukyanuk (Saintéloc Junior Team Citroën C3 R5) continues to lead the way in the overall classification, but points leader Chris Ingram remains in the best place to secure the title, despite the British driver suffering a puncture and half-spin in the morning.

Sunday began with the first pass of the 10.60-kilometre Óhuta-Fony stage, won by Ferenc Vincze. Both Lukyanuk and Ingram had dramas in this stage, with the Russian losing his rear brakes from the beginning and Ingram losing “about 5 or 10 seconds” following a half-spin and a stall.

Things got worse for Ingram in the second stage of the morning as a front-right puncture early on forced him to stop and replace the wheel before continuing. The Toksport WRT driver – alongside co-driver Ross Whittock – lost more than two minutes, which allowed stage winner Frigyes Turán to move into second behind Lukyanuk.

The opening loop did not go well for ERC1 Junior champion Filip Mareš, who failed to start SS8 following steering issues. The Czech federation-backed star, on the first of two prize drives from ERC promoter Eurosport Events for his championship success, was 6.8s from third starting leg two.

Erstwhile title contender Łukasz Habaj was also missing from the first stage of the day after retiring from the event following powersteering and suspension issues at the end of the first leg.

Kristóf Klausz had an off in SS9 and has retired, while early rally leader Vincze is also out with a technical issue after suffering overheating problems in his Korda Racing Team ŠKODA Fabia R5.

Lukyanuk also topped the city stage in Nyíregyháza, with Ingram third. Lukyanuk takes a lead of over two minutes into the final loop, while Ingram remains 1m38s ahead of fourth-placed Norbert Herczig.

Erik Cais leads the ERC3 battle ahead of Marijan Griebel after the morning loop which the former described as “very tricky”.

In the Ladies’ Trophy battle, Nabila Tejpar hit a tree and rolled out of the event on SS10 amid treacherous conditions. Both Tejpar and co-driver Hugo Magalhães were unharmed.

Andrea Nucita is now assured of the Abarth Rally Cup title after rival Dariusz Polónski retired from the rally with yet more oil pressure problems.

As it stands, Ingram only needs to finish on the podium to secure his first ERC title come the end of the day. The action resumes with the second running Óhuta – Fony from 15h41 local time.

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Safety considerations lead to cancellation of SS14 on ERC decider

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 12:54

The final stage of Rally Hungary, SS14, has been cancelled for safety reasons, meaning the FIA European Rally Championship season decider will conclude on SS13.

SS14, Disznókő – Mád 1, ran as SS10 this morning and took place in heavy rain, which created treacherous driving conditions for crews.

As result and after due consideration the event Clerk of the Course confirmed the 10.02-kilometre would not be re-run this afternoon.

SS13, Telkibánya – Újhuta 2, is due to get underway at 15h41 local time over a competitive distanced of 27.48 kilometres.

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Ingram loses time and second place with puncture on SS9

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 10:43

The battle for the FIA European Rally Championship took a turn following a dramatic second stage of Sunday morning on Rally Hungary as points leader Chris Ingram lost time with a deflated tyre on the Telkibánya test.

Ingram came into the stage in second position to rally leader and chief title rival Alexey Lukyanuk but suffered a puncture early on which forced the Toksport WRT driver to stop and change the wheel.

Ingram and co-driver Ross Whittock shipped over two minutes as a result, which drops them to third overall.

"We don't have a clue how it happened as we were driving so carefully," Ingram told ERC Radio's Julian Porter at the end of SS9.

"It was at the very start of the gravel section, about 10km into the stage. We had to stop and change it."

Lukyanuk, suffering with the loss of the rear brakes on his Saintéloc Junior Team Citroën C3 R5 on the previous stage, caught Ingram during the test but was unable to pass the ŠKODA Fabia R5 due to the tight confines of the roads.

"We have a mechanical problem with the brakes, so we have no rear brakes. It was really tricky on [SS9] actually as we caught Chris and he was going really slowly," Lukyanuk said.

Lukyanuk remains in charge of the overall classification, with Frigyes Turán being elevated to second.

Ingram meanwhile maintains a 1m08.6 advantage over the Hyundai i20 R5 of Callum Devine, meaning the British driver remains on course to secure his first ERC title at the end of the day.

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Joy and despair: Nucita is provisional ERC Abarth Rally Cup champion as Polonski retires

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 09:56

Andrea Nucita is the provisional ERC Abarth Rally Cup champion for 2019 after Dariusz Poloński retired prior to the start of Rally Hungary’s eighth stage this morning.

Poloński effectively needed to win the one-make category for the Abarth 124 rally in Hungary with Nucita non-scoring in order to take the title and the 30,000 euros on offer to the champion.

However, Poloński’s exit due to a suspected oil pressure issue means it’s Sicilian Nucita who takes the spoils, subject to confirmation of the results.

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Mares out of power in ERC

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 09:38

Filip Mareš has been forced to retire from Rally Hungary, his bid for a podium finish on the FIA European Rally Championship decider coming to an end due to a powersteering failure.

Taking up his first prize drive from ERC promoter Eurosport Events for winning the 2019 FIA ERC1 Junior Championship*, Mareš started leg two 6.8s behind Frigyes Turán in the battle for third place.

But prior to starting this morning’s opening stage, a powersteering fault developed on the Kresta Racing-run ŠKODA Fabia R5 Mareš shares with co-driver and fellow Czech Jan Hloušek.“Shortly before the first start of the day we lost the powersteering completely so it would be very difficult to go through the whole loop and together with the team we decided to retire,” the Czech federation-backed driver told ERC Radio's Julian Porter. “It’s bad luck for us because I hope it would be a good day for us and another experience in wet conditions, but that’s rally.”

With Mareš out, Motorsport Ireland-backed Callum Devine moves into fourth place in his Hyundai Motorsport N-entered i20 R5.

Photo: Julian Porter/ERC Radio

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ERC chooses P1 Racing Fuels as Official Fuels Partner, announces P1 Racing Fuels Podium Challenge

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 09:00

P1 Racing Fuels has signed a new partnership agreement with FIA European Rally Championship promoter Eurosport Events to become the ERC’s Official Fuels Partner for the next three seasons.

Under the new agreement, the specialist in high-performance fuels will offer high-quality fuels and service from its dedicated area within the refuel zone at all ERC rounds from 2020 through to 2022.

Founded in Ireland and based in Germany, P1 Racing Fuels combines a deep heritage in motorsport with extensive technical expertise in fuels technology and innovation. Its portfolio includes a range of bespoke race formulations designed specifically for a variety of racing formats. This includes P1 XR5, a high-end racing fuel designed and tested on special stages with leading automotive OEMs to deliver maximum performance and power output for Rally2 (formerly R5) cars, which will be made available to all competitors across the ERC1 and ERC2 divisions.

The partnership will also result in the launch of a new P1 Racing Fuels Podium Challenge, which is being run for the first time on the 2019 ERC season finale in Hungary this weekend. The all-new challenge will reward the top three finishes on every ERC1 and ERC2 round with fuel vouchers that can be exchanged for P1 XR5 race fuel at subsequent events, helping drivers to further reduce the cost of competing. Across both categories, winning drivers will be entitled to 150 litres of fuel, while second and third placed drivers will receive 100L and 50L of the product respectively. Full challenge details can be found by clicking here.

“We are very excited to come on board as the Official Fuels Partner of the FIA European Rally Championship, and to bring the P1 Racing Fuels Podium Challenge to competitors across the continent for the first time. P1 Racing Fuels are hugely invested in the world of motorsport and rallying, having supported some of the sport’s most prominent drivers throughout their careers.

“This partnership underscores our commitment to providing superior products and top-quality services, and value-added initiatives to support the sport and its growth,” said Martin Popilka, CEO of P1 Racing Fuels.

“The partnership with P1 Racing Fuels will allow all competitors in the field to benefit from a high-quality product and service provided by a company with a proven track record in motorsport. The P1 Racing Fuels Podium Challenge will take this yet further by offering drivers and teams further opportunities to improve performance and competitiveness, while reducing cost,” added Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator.

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Don’t miss Rally Hungary live on ERC Radio and Facebook

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 08:00

The inaugural Rally Hungary concludes today with coverage of the FIA European Rally Championship season finale live on ERC Radio and Facebook.

Chris Rawes will be broadcasting live from the finish of Sunday’s opening stage with Julian Porter taking over live transmission duties for SS9.

There will be a Facebook Live hosted by Rawes during stage 10 and by Porter on stage 12. Porter and Rawes will then join forces for a final Facebook Live of 2019 from the finish line of the deciding stage.

ERC Radio is available at FIAERC.com or via the ERC app. Click here to watch live coverage of the ERC on Facebook.

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Prize-drive winner Mares eyes ERC Hungary podium

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 06:00

Filip Mareš, who is taking up the first of two prize drives from ERC promoter Eurosport Events for winning the FIA ERC1 Junior title*, is on the cusp of a podium finish heading into the deciding day of Rally Hungary.

The ACCR Czech Rally Team driver starts today’s closing leg 6.8s behind Frigyes Turán in fourth position. Mareš was third starting Saturday’s closing test when he was delayed by a deflated tyre.

“We did a puncture maybe five or four kilometres before the last stage of the day,” Mareš explained. “We had something a little bit broken in the steering but it was quite a good day for us, very tricky, something new for us because it was my first experience on this kind of [muddy] surface. But what is optimistic from my point of view is we are on the same pace as the local drivers although for sure Chris [Ingram] and Lucas [Alexey Lukyanuk] are flying so there is still a lot of work for us to do.

“We are now fourth but it’s still okay, it could still be a podium because we are in touch with third position and also Chris is not so far ahead of us so it’s still open.”

*Subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA

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Penalty no problem for charging Cais in ERC3

Sat, 11/09/2019 - 20:54

Erik Cais leads the ERC3 category by a commanding margin over Marijan Griebel, despite a fraught start to Saturday’s action on Rally Hungary.

The ex-downhill mountain bike champion reported a gearbox issue during Friday’s opening superspecial, which necessitated a replacement unit being fitted by his Orsák Rally Sport mechanics in service this morning.

They completed the change in 17 minutes but Cais left service two minutes late to earn a 20-second time penalty.

Undeterred, the Czech federation talent was a close second to Miklós Csomós when the Hungarian went off the road on SS4. That left Cais in a lead he’s held ever since as a puncture and gearbox issue slowed Griebel, who is second overnight.

ERC Ladies’ Trophy title rivals Ekaterina Stratieva and Nabila Tejpar are third and fourth respectively and just 20.2s apart. Griebel’s Toksport WRT team-mate Orhan Avcioglu went off the road on SS4.

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ERC Abarth Rally Cup set for final-day decider

Sat, 11/09/2019 - 20:50

The first Abarth Rally Cup to take place within the FIA European Rally Championship will be decided on Sunday’s closing leg after rivals Andrea Nucita and Dariusz Poloński both retired.

Nucita stopped with an electrical issue shortly after leaving morning service, while an oil pressure glitch forced Poloński to park his Abarth 124 rally during the afternoon loop.

Local driver Mátyás Nagy, a rival to Nucita and Poloński in the ERC2 category, was delayed by an off and a puncture and failed to complete the day’s running.

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Von Thurn und Taxis leads Sunday road order for ERC finale

Sat, 11/09/2019 - 20:17

Albert von Thurn und Taxis will be the first car on the road for the final leg of the FIA European Rally Championship season when he takes his BRR Baumschlager ŠKODA Fabia R5 through Sunday’s Rally Hungary stages.

Overall title contenders Chris Ingram (Toksport WRT) and Alexey Lukyanuk (Saintéloc Junior Team) will be ninth and tenth on the road respectively as the championship fight reaches its conclusion Nyíregyháza tomorrow evening.

With road conditions proving tricky on the first full day’s action in Hungary, and rain forecast for Sunday, the early runners are expected to be at an advantage to those behind.

Local drivers Pál Lovász and Norbert Herczig, the latter having suffered three tyre deflations in six stages today, will be among the early runners.

Behind Ingram and Lukyanuk is R5 newcomer Sean Johnston in his Saintéloc Junior Team Citroën C3.

ERC3 leader Erik Cais will be 13th on the road, while early overall leader Ferenc Vincze will start 16th following overheating troubles at the end of Saturday’s running.

The contenders for the Ladies’ Trophy Ekaterina Stratieva (Saintéloc Junior Team) and Nabila Tejpar start together, 25thand 26th on the road respectively.

It’s the same story in the battle for the Abarth Rally Cup honours as Andrea Nucita (29th on the road) and Dariusz Polónski (30th) hope to recover from their Day 2 retirements on the final leg.

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Lukyanuk edges ERC title rival Ingram in Hungary

Sat, 11/09/2019 - 18:26

Alexey Lukyanuk’s hopes of winning the FIA European Rally Championship for a second year running remain alive after he completed the opening leg of Rally Hungary at the front of the pack in his Saintéloc Junior Team Citroën C3 R5.

The Russian returned to the overnight halt in Nyíregyháza with a lead of 44.4s over title rival Chris Ingram following an action-packed day on the challenging asphalt stages in the north east of the country.

He set the pace on four of the six tests that made up Saturday’s 107.14-kilometre route and recovered from a left-rear puncture on SS5 to top the provisional rankings.

More to follow...

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Mad times for Erdi after ERC exit

Sat, 11/09/2019 - 17:00

Tibor Érdi Jr is focusing on his Rally Hungary return on Sunday morning after a crash on the Mád – Disznókő stage left him on the sidelines.

Double ERC2 champion Érdi Jr was hoping that competing on home soil would boost his chances of claiming his first FIA European Rally Championship points of 2019.

Instead, Érdi Jr went out on stage four, albeit with only minimal damage to his ŠKODA Fabia R5.

“I think I pushed the stage in Mád too much, because I performed well on it last year,” said Érdi Jr. “We enjoyed almost the full stage, we kept control, but one of the corners was too muddy. I did not expect it, because on the recce it was different. We slipped off the road and the suspension [is] damaged. I tried to fix it on the stage, but I could not manage it.

“I am very sorry for it, because we expected more, but anyone can make a mistake in a rally, if they push hard. But we will continue tomorrow, the damage is not so big, and we want to collect kilometres for gaining more experiences.”

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Habaj’s ERC title hopes hanging by a thread after SS6 crash

Sat, 11/09/2019 - 16:49

Łukasz Habaj’s ERC title aspirations have been dealt a massive blow after the Sports Racing Technologies driver crashed out of Rally Hungary on SS6.

The Pole, who had been fighting his way back up the order following a crash on Friday, is reported to have lost power steering, while the resulting suspension damage has curtailed his running for the remainder of Saturday’s leg.

Having missed the qualifying stage and being forced to start 17th on the road for each of the day’s stages, Habaj had made it back into the top ten.

Following the opening stage of the afternoon, the Pole in the ŠKODA Fabia R5 was up to sixth before his crash.

His team will now have the rest of the day to see if they can repair Habaj’s car once more in time for the final leg of the season tomorrow.

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Lukyanuk keeps Hungary lead despite SS5 puncture

Sat, 11/09/2019 - 16:07

Alexey Lukyanuk maintains a 20s margin at the front of Rally Hungary over ERC title rival Chris Ingram despite sustaining a right-rear puncture on a dramatic SS5.

Saintéloc Junior Team’s Lukyanuk came into the first stage of the afternoon loop with a similar margin over the Ferenc Vincze’s ŠKODA Fabia R5, with the latter also suffering a puncture on the Újhuta test.

While others elected to stop and change wheels, Lukyanuk battled on to the end of the stage, finishing fifth and only losing 20s to stage winner Ingram.

Ingram is now second in the classification after gapping Filip Mareš in third, while Vincze dropped to tenth after shipping over three minutes.

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Abarth ERC ace Nucita set to restart

Sat, 11/09/2019 - 16:00

Andrea Nucita will restart on leg two of Rally Hungary to keep alive his hopes of winning the first Abarth Rally Cup to take place within the FIA European Rally Championship.

Nucita just needs to finish the event to deny rival Dariusz Poloński the 30,000 euros on offer to the champion, but there we were early fears when Nucita retired his Abarth 124 rally shortly after leaving service inNyíregyháza this morning.

Following repairs, which included changing a faulty sparkplug, Nucita will be back in action on Sunday when seven stages are scheduled.

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When Nagy got a helping hand in the ERC

Sat, 11/09/2019 - 16:00

This is the moment when Mátyás Nagy needed people power to get him back on the road on Rally Hungary’s second stage this morning.

Nagy, who his making his debut in the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC2 category, lost more than two minutes during the incident but was able to continue only to suffer a front-left puncture on stage five.

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Birthday to forget for ERC’s Mayr-Melnhof

Sat, 11/09/2019 - 15:00

Niki Mayr-Melnhof’s birthday celebrations were short-lived after gearbox failure put him out of Rally Hungary this morning.

The 2018 Austrian champion was expected to challenge for a strong finish on the FIA European Rally Championship season-closer only for trouble to strike some six kilometres from the finish of the third stage of the event.

“The first stage today was okay, we took it really cautious because of our starting position,” said Mayr-Melnhof, who turns 41 today. “We had a lot of mud on the road in the cuts so we tried to take it easy and we were quite happy with the set-up.

“On the second stage after the refuelling the first part was really good, but 20 kilometres into the stage on a fast, downhill section I started noticing a noise, then all of a sudden the fifth gear exploded, then fourth, then the third gear. We tried to continue but the car was stuck in second gear so we stopped and that was it.”

Mayr-Melnhof is expected to restart on day two of the Nyíregyháza-based event.

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ERC points leader Ingram “too cautious” amid tricky morning stages in Hungary

Sat, 11/09/2019 - 14:24

FIA European Rally Championship points leader Chris Ingram says he has got to keep pushing despite the road conditions on Rally Hungary making life difficult during the opening loop of stages.

Ingram, who leads the overall standings by 19 points over Łukasz Habaj, currently occupies the final spot on the podium in third, just 1.2s ahead of Filip Mareš.

The Toksport WRT driver started the day well, increasing his lead over his Czech rival to nearly 10s before losing time on the final stage before service.

Ingram said: “We’re not taking any risks out there, everything is going to plan so far and we can definitely go faster [than we are].”

“As long as I don’t have any rubbish stages like the last one, we’ve got enough pace to get the podium that we need.

“Every time I drive well, we’re faster. I always have a bad stage and Filip catches up but on every other stage, we’re faster than him.”

Ingram bemoaned the fact he was almost too careful amid increasingly muddy stages during the morning. The British driver says he must now find the balance between caution on the slippery roads and pushing to keep Mareš behind him heading into the second leg on Sunday.

“[I was] just far too cautious on the mud. We got the information that it was just horrific and I think we were expecting it to be much worse [than it was]. But you’ve still got to keep pushing.”

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