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Furuseth beats Llarena by 0.1s for early ERC3 lead

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 18:54

FIA ERC3 Junior Championship rivals Sindre Furuseth and Efrén Llarena went head-to-head on PZM 76th Rally Poland’s opening Mikołajki Arena superspecial, with Furuseth triumphing in ERC3 by the narrowest of margins.

Driving near-identical Pirelli-shod Peugeot 208 R2s, ERC3 Junior title rivals Furuseth (Saintéloc Junior Team) and Llarena (Rally Team Spain) lined up alongside each other for the superspecial, with the pair first and second fastest and separated by only 0.1s.

“It looks like I’m 2-1 in superspecials this year!” exclaimed Furuseth at stage end, pointing out it was the third time this year the two had been paired together on a superspecial.

Llarena though had a minor disadvantage, with his intercom failing and leaving him unable to hear co-driver Sara Fernandez’s pace-notes.

“I am really happy because the time is good,” Llarena said afterwards. “In this type of stage you can see the road so it’s not so bad than in a real stage.”

Ken Torn, driving with a brand new Ford Fiesta R2T chassis after crashing his previous car in pre-event testing, was 0.6s off Furuseth and is third.

Polish driver Tomasz Zbroja (GO+Cars GO+EAuto) bounced back from a broken radiator on the Qualifying Stage to take fourth in ERC3 , 0.1s ahead of ACCR Czech Rally Team junior Erik Cais, who is fifth in ERC3 and fourth in ERC3 Junior.

Steve Røkland, who was fastest of the ERC3 Junior runners on Friday’s Qualifying Stage, completes the top five in ERC3 Junior.

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Antunes set for ERC Poland start following crash

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 18:16

Pedro Antunes is set to start PZM 76th Rally Poland after his mechanics worked tirelessly to fix his damaged Peugeot following his crash in Free Practice this morning.

The FPAK Portugal Team ERC driver was starting his second practice run when he hit trouble on a right-hand corner, rolling a number of times to the extent he was unable to take part in the Qualifying Stage.

“In the first hard brake of the stage we were like sideways,” Antunes explained. “The car didn’t touch anything, and I don’t know exactly what happened, | wasn’t going too fast, but the rear left wheel just got stuck and the car rolled, it was slow not very fast. Thankfully the damage was to the outside of the car, not the mechanical parts."

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Mareš picks first, goes last in ERC road order

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 16:15

Filip Mareš took advantage of his PZM 76th Rally Poland Qualifying Stage win in the FIA European Rally Championship to pick an optimal road order position, starting P15 for Saturday’s stages.

With the starting order for this evening’s Mikołajki Arena superspecial being chosen by the organisers, the top 15 from Friday’s Qualifying Stage instead picked their road order for stages two to nine, which all take place on Saturday.

All 15 drivers picked the lowest road order position available to them, with Qualifying Stage winner Mareš picking P15 and those after him picking one place above whoever had gone previously.

“It’s an easy selection for me because I’m not so experienced on gravel and there’s no doubt about this position,” said Mareš.

“I’m quite sure this position will help me a lot on the stages and I will try to do my best.”

Also benefiting from strong road order positions were ERC1 Juniors Miko Marczyk (ŠKODA Polska Motorsport) in P13 and Matias Adielsson (Sweden National Team) in P11, the duo sandwiching ERC3 Junior graduate Jari Huttunen (Hyundai Motorsport N) in P12.

However, ERC championship leader Łukasz Habaj (Sports Racing Technologies) faces a tough start to his home rally, with some potential road sweeping effects to deal with as fourth car on the road.

“It will be difficult tomorrow,” said Habaj.

“There are some parts which are softer and I think road order on this rally is not so crucial as on Rally Liepāja, for example, so I hope it won't ruin the whole rally.”

PZM 76th Rally Poland begins with a superspecial around Mikołajki Arena at 18h00 CEST today, with Saturday’s first stage, the 11.26 kilometre Paprotki stage, beginning at 08h30 CEST tomorrow.

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Adielsson made “big push” for best-ever ERC qualifying result

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 14:19

Matias Adielsson put in a “big push” to secure his best-ever result on an FIA European Rally Championship Qualifying Stage, going fifth fastest on PZM 76th Rally Poland’s pre-rally qualifier.

Sweden National Team’s young star in an R5 car, who is contending for ERC1 Junior Championship honours in a Saintéloc Racing-prepared Citroën C3 R5, has earned a strong start order selection position with his P5 in qualifying.

Being able to pick early on will allow Adielsson to select a better road position for Saturday, giving him a strong platform to aim for his best result yet.

“It’s a big, big push I promise. I said we’d go for it! I had the [good] feeling from the free practice.

“It’s a good start. I’m really happy with that for my third race in ERC.”

Adielsson was also third quickest among his ERC1 Junior rivals, only 0.638s off outright Qualifying Stage winner Filip Mareš (ACCR Czech Rally Team) and only 0.1s off Škoda Polska Motorsport’s Miko Marczyk.

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Nucita outqualifies Poloński in Abarth title battle

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 13:15

Andrea Nucita took a good first step in his title battle with home favourite Dariusz Poloński on PZM 76th Rally Poland, winning the Qualifying Stage in the Abarth Rally Cup category.

Loran SRL pilot Nucita and Rallytechnology driver Poloński are battling it out for a €30,000 championship prize in the one-make series for Abarth’s rear-wheel drive 124 Rally machine, with Nucita four points ahead of Poloński before this rally.

Despite home advantage for Poloński, Nucita was 1.4s faster on the 3.26-kilometre Talty Qualifying Stage.

Nucita’s time was also good enough for third in FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC2 category, despite Poland’s gravel roads favouring the four-wheel drive Mistubishi Lancer Evolution Xs used by the non-Abarth competitors.

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ERC3 Junior: Røkland best of the R2 bunch in Poland qualifying

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 12:57

Steve Røkland was straight on the pace in the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship category, going fastest on PZM 76th Rally Poland’s Qualifying Stage.

Two-time ERC3 Junior podium finisher Røkland was 0.1s faster than fellow Peugeot 208 R2 runner Miika Hokkanen, both of whom trumped current ERC3 Junior championship leader Efrén Llarena (Rally Team Spain) in third.

Ken Torn, who took a stellar ERC3 Junior victory on Rally Liepāja on his ERC debut, kept his momentum from Latvia going by going fourth-fastest aboard Estonian Autosport Junior Team Ford Fiesta R2T.

Sean Johnston’s seventh-fastest time was a very good start for the American driver, given he was trying out a new pace-note system adapted from those used by World Rally Championship pairing Andreas Mikkelsen and Anders Jæger for the first time.

FIA ERC3 Junior Championship front-runner Pedro Antunes hit trouble during free practice, rolling his FPAK Portugal Team ERC-run Peugeot 208 R2.

That meant Antunes was unable to set a time on the Qualifying Stage, as his car was stuck in the stage after his roll.

Senior ERC3 runner Tomasz Zbroja (GO+Cars GO+EAuto) did not set a time either, suffering radiator damage and unable to finish the Qualifying Stage.

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Žala out of Rally Poland before it begins

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 12:00

Vaidotas Žala’s hopes of an FIA European Rally Championship top five finish on PZM 76th Rally Poland are already over, as damage to his car forced him out before the Qualifying Stage.

Racing a ŠKODA Fabia R5 under the Agrorodeo banner, Žala showed fantastic pace on his ERC debut at Rally Liepāja last month.

Žala had looked set to finish in the top five in Liepāja had he not picked up a puncture on stage three, setting seven top-six stage times.

But hopes of building upon that promising debut were dashed before his second ERC rally had even begun, picking up engine damage during free practice when he hit an object in the middle of the road.

The nature of the damage meant it was not repairable at service in Mikołajki, forcing Žala to withdraw.

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Mareš tops ERC Junior domination of Poland Qualifying

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 11:36

ACCR Czech Rally Team’s FIA European Rally Championship charger Filip Mareš led a dominant performance by ERC1 Junior drivers on PZM 76th Rally Poland’s Qualifying Stage, beating Alexey Lukyanuk by 0.276s.

Setting the pace with a 1m49.217s, Mareš earned the right to be first to select their road order position this afternoon, taking his first ever Qualifying Stage victory.

“This is for my brother. It is his 30th birthday today so I wanted to push for him. So happy birthday brother!” said Mareš.

ERC1 Junior stars in R5 cars made up five of the top 10 drivers on the Qualifying Stage.

Behind reigning ERC champion Lukyanuk in second, Škoda Polska Motorsport’s young talent Marczyk was third fastest, only 0.519s behind Mareš.

Former ERC3 Junior Championship star Jari Huttunen was fourth for Hyundai Motorsport N, only 0.003s up on Sweden National Team’s Matias Adielsson in a Citroën C3 R5.

Norbert Herczig (MOL Racing Team) was sixth fastest, less than a tenth of a second up on ERC1 Junior points leader Chris Ingram in seventh.

Hiroki Arai, making his second ERC1 Junior appearance with Team STARD, completed the top 10, ahead of 2017 ERC1 Junior champion Marijan Griebel in P11.

Championship points leader Łukasz Habaj (Sports Racing Technologies) struggled to make an impact, 2.379s behind Mareš with his time only good enough for P12.

Albert von Thurn und Taxis (Baumschlager Rallye & Racing) will be the last driver to select their road order position, having gone P15 on the Qualifying Stage.

Vaidotas Žala (Agrorodeo) and Pedro Antunes (FPAK Portugal Team ERC) did not take part in the Qualifying Stage, with impact damage and a rollover in Free Practice respectively side-lining both.

Start order selection takes place at 15h15 CEST in Mikołajki's Main Square, followed by the ceremonial start 45 minutes later.

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ERC Junior preview: PZM 76th Rally Poland

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 06:00

The final gravel event of the campaign ahead of the two all-asphalt closing rounds in Italy and Czech Republic, PZM 76th Rally Poland will provide a high-speed test to the 20 ERC Junior drivers set for action.

Chris Ingram heads the ERC1 Junior division, the category for drivers in R5 cars aged 28 and under as of the start of the year. After winning in the Azores, the Briton bagged important podiums – and points – on Rally Islas Canarias and Rally Liepāja. He can strengthen his grip on the title – and the 100,000 euros that will be handed to the eventual champion to contest the final two rounds of the season – with another strong result in Poland.

However, Ingram’s opposition will come thick and fast in the form of ACCR Czech Rally Team’s Filip Mareš, Swedish National Team’s Mattias Adielsson, Japan’s Hiroki Arai, and Polish hopeful Miko Marczyk, who, like Mareš, leads his national championship standings.

With support from the RFEDA Rally Team Spain programme, Efrén Llarena continues to lead the Pirelli-supported ERC3 Junior category for drivers 27 and under in R2 cars. The Spaniard won his class on the season-opening Azores Rallye in a Peugeot 208 R2 but lost out to Jean-Baptiste Franceschi and Ken Torn in Gran Canaria and Latvia respectively. While Torn will be in action in Poland in his Ford Fiesta R2T, a clashing event means Franceschi won’t be including the event as one of his four-scoring rounds, as allowed by the championship regulations. Norwegians Sindre Furuseth and Steve Røkland finished second and third behind Torn in Latvia and will battle the Estonian hard for category honours this weekend.

Having contested Rally Liepāja in a Ford Fiesta R2T, FPAK Portugal Team ERC’s Pedro Antunes switches back to his more familiar Peugeot for his Rally Poland debut when he will aim to continue his impressive start to his first full ERC3 Junior campaign.

Erik Cais (ACCR Czech Rally Team) endured a Rally Liepāja to forget after crashing in testing and during the event. The former downhill mountain biker racer is hoping his Poland debut provides a welcomed confidence boost. Gravel novice Jan Talaš, his country’s current Junior and 2WD champion, completes the Czech federation-backed entry.

Finn Miika Hokkanen was a podium finisher in Poland last season and was quick in Latvia where Ken Torn’s Estonian Autosport Junior Team colleague Gregor Jeets was also in action on what was only the former kart star’s eighth rally at the time.

Elias Lundberg enters the second half of the ERC3 Junior season hoping for a frustrating run of results to come to an end by following in the wheeltracks of fellow Swede Tom Kristensson. Like Lundberg, Kristensson graduated to the ERC after winning the Germany-based ADAC Opel Rallye Cup before going on to triumph in Poland last September. Belgian promise Grégoire Munster completes the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team attack.

Germany’s Roman Schwedt starts in Poland boosted by his first ERC3 Junior points in Latvia, while Swede Adam Westlund makes his championship debut with Saintéloc Junior Team.

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Four points in it as Nucita revs up to take on ERC Abarth rival Polonski in Poland

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 21:00

Andrea Nucita holds a four-point advantage over Dariusz Poloński in the battle to win the first Abarth Rally Cup to run as part of the FIA European Rally Championship.

While Nucita did the winning on the last event in Latvia, PZM 76th Rally Poland is Poloński’s home round of the exciting one-make series of the Abarth 124 rally.

But although Nucita is competing in Mikołajki for the first time, the Italian is determined to demonstrate the pace of the Abarth 124 rally. “I'm facing this race with the will of demonstrating the competitiveness of the Abarth 124 rally on gravel as well, especially on the fast roads, where it can compete with the all-wheel drive cars.”

Rallytechnology-run Poloński added: “After the first two races I think I understand how to drive the Abarth 124 rally and, in my country, I hope to achieve a good result, especially in the Abarth Rally Cup.”

Meanwhile, PZM 76th Rally Poland will mark Giovanni Bernacchini’s last event in his role as Abarth’s sporting head having achieved his objectives.

Luca Napolitano, Head of EMEA Fiat and Abarth Brands, said: "I want to thank Giovanni because he supported the development of our racing project with his international experience and achieved the goals we set at the beginning of the collaboration.”

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Griebel/Winklhofer partnership reunited in ERC

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 18:00

The hugely successful Griebel/Winklhofer partnership is reforming on PZM 76th Rally Poland, the fourth round of the 2019 FIA European Rally Championship.

Pirmin Winklhofer (pictured right) co-drove fellow German Marijan Griebel (left) to the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship in 2016. Their last event together was the Cyprus Rally of that year when they finished second overall. It was the prize for their title triumph and also marked their step up from R2 to R5 level.

Since then Griebel has enjoyed continued European success, linking up with Stefan Kopczyk to win the ERC1 Junior crown in 2017. Griebel then recruited Alexander Rath to win the German title last season, while continuing to work with Kopcyzk.

Winklhofer’s return alongside Griebel had always been planned once the co-driver had completed a period of study abroad.

But while his partnership with Winklhofer has been revived, the challenge of driving on gravel with limited experience of R5 machinery remains, as Griebel explained.

“On fast gravel roads we still lack the experience in the R5,” said Griebel, who will continue to pilot a ŠKODA Fabia R5 for Raimund Baumschlager’s BRR operation. “But we have learned a lot during our last assignment in Latvia and I assume that the characteristics of the special stages are similar."

Griebel has one Rally Poland start to his name, tackling the event in an Opel ADAM R2 in 2016 when it counted as a round of the world championship. Ella Kremer, daughter of former ERC champion Armin Kremer, one of Griebel’s main supporters, co-drove.

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Talaš is back, Semerád out of ERC Rally Poland

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 15:00

Jan Talaš will return to the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship on PZM 76th Rally Poland – but Petr Semerád has been forced to pull his entry.

Talaš, the reigning Czech Junior and 2WD champion, didn’t include Rally Liepāja as one of his four scoring rounds, but returns to chase points in the Pirelli-supported category on what will be a rare start on gravel.

“It will be another brand-new rally for us, so the most important thing will be to gain experience and finish the rally,” said Talaš. “But for sure we will also try to push on some stages.”

Semerád, who turned 18 last month, had been due to join Talaš in the ACCR Czech Rally Team attack but a recent crash on a rally in his homeland has hit his budget to the extent he will be a non-starter in Poland.

Domink Brož, another Czech promise, joins compatriot Semerád on the sidelines for personal reasons.

PZM 76th Rally Poland is the fourth round of the 2019 FIA European Rally Championship and takes place from 28-30 July.

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Zbroja steps up to the ERC at home

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 12:00

Tomasz Zbroja will step up to the FIA European Rally Championship on his home event, PZM 76th Rally Poland, highly rated and with a strong reputation to uphold.

Zbroja, 27, heads the Polish 2WD standings after the opening two rounds in his GO+Cars GO+Eauto rally team Citroën DS3 R3T Max, making him one of the contenders for honours in the ERC3 category.

And his skills behind the wheel have already left a lasting impression on experienced driver coach Vittorio Caneva, who rates him as “one of the biggest talents” he has worked with, according to the GO+Cars GO+Eauto rally team.

“I am very excited and grateful for the GO+Cars GO+Eauto rally team for allowing us to participate in this FIA European Rally Championship round,” said Zbroja. “Rally Poland is one of the few rallies in the national RSMP cycle where we can score double points. Our main priority is to keep the lead in the national 2WD class. We did not do too many kilometres on gravel ahead of the rally, but we are confident about our pace, skills and prepared well for this rivalry. Being able to compare our pace with top European drivers of front-wheel-drive cars will be the icing on the cake for us during this rally."

To aid his transition to the European stage, Zbroja can rely on the support of experienced co-driver Jakub Wróbel, who has started 10 ERC rounds in the past.

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ERC’s Jeets Jr calls on father Raul for Poland stage tips

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 09:00

ERC3 Junior contender Gregor Jeets has received some fatherly advice ahead of his week’s PZM 76th Rally Poland.

The Estonian Autosport Junior Team prospect is a newcomer to the high-speed gravel stages around host town Mikołajki.

However, his father Raul – once a regular in the FIA European Rally Championship – took part on the event in 2017 when it ran as a round of the world championship.

“I’ve watched some videos with my father and they look quite like what we have in Estonia and these kinds of roads can be good for me,” said the ex-karter, who campaigns a Pirelli-equipped Ford Fiesta R2T in ERC Junior. “I did the latest round of the Estonian championship last weekend. It was good practice and I was on the pace until we lost third gear and had to retire.”

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Hokkanen can’t wait for “beautiful” ERC Poland stages

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 06:00

Miika Hokkanen is eagerly awaiting the start of Poland’s round of the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship – because he can’t wait to tackle the high-speed gravel stages in the Masurian lake district.

Finn Hokkanen landed his first podium in the Pirelli-supported division in Poland last September and showed strong pace on the all-gravel Rally Liepāja in late May but only after he’d return to action following a mechanical failure on leg one.

“I start every race trying to get as good results as possible,” said Hokkanen, part of the Mavisa Sport line-up in ERC Junior. “After the problems we had on the first day in Latvia I was happy with my speed on the second day, but this is a new race and we know that the competition is high.”

Of the stages that will make up PZM 76th Rally Poland, Hokkanen said: “I really like [them]. They are very beautiful, a bit more narrow in some places than what you have in Latvia, but very enjoyable.”

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Schwedt is ERC Poland-bound feeling good

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 18:00

Roman Schwedt will make his first appearance on PZM 76th Rally Poland with a “good feeling” following his confidence-boosting first FIA ERC3 Junior points in Latvia last month.

Schwedt ended his run of bad luck in the Pirelli-supported category on Rally Liepāja with the German teenager and former karter making it to the finish of his first high-speed gravel event – scoring points for eighth place in the process.

Ahead of his first visit to Mikołajki, Schwedt, whose Team ROMO Peugeot 208 R2 is co-driven by fellow German Lina Meter, said: “I have a really good feeling for the rally after Liepāja and I have a really good feeling on gravel with the car. I want to make some good stage times and get another good finish.”

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Cais: ERC Poland debut like going back to school

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 12:00

Downhill mountain bike racer turned FIA ERC3 Junior Championship contender Erik Cais has likened his upcoming debut on PZM 76th Rally Poland to going back to school.

Czech federation-supported Cais is still building his experience in rallying with gravel events particularly alien to the Pirelli-equipped Ford Fiesta R2T driver.

With his progress hampered by a double crash on Rally Liepāja last month, Cais admits there is plenty to learn in the all-action ERC.

“My main objective is not to destroy the car like I did on Rally Liepāja, which was really horrible,” said Cais, who is co-driven by fellow Czech Jindřiška Žáková.“It wasn’t good for our budget because we damaged two cars and it also wasn’t good for my head.

“I’m thinking it’s going to be difficult to get my focus back on the rally but that is what we will do. I am looking at this rally like being at school – I need to learn and get the experience but then go on full throttle when I come back next year.”

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From Rally Poland fan to Rally Poland contender: Torn goes for ERC Junior glory

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 06:00

Ken Torn will return to Rally Poland to bid for a second consecutive FIA ERC3 Junior Championship victory two years after attending the event as a spectator.

Torn travelled from his native Estonia to Rally Poland when it last counted for world championship points in 2017.

He’ll be back in Mikołajki this week armed with an Estonian Autosport Junior Team Ford Fiesta R2T and eager to build on his debut victory in the Pirelli-supported category in Latvia last month.

“For sure we hope to make a good result like in Liepāja but first of all let’s see if we can keep the pace,” said Torn, who abandoned his Junior world championship programme to chase ERC success. “I’ve never done the rally before, but I was there as a spectator in 2017 when it was part of the world championship. I remember seeing some very fast jumps and some sandy and soft places. It looks enjoyable and I hope I can get a good result.”

PZM 76th Rally Poland takes place from 28-30 June.

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Belgian Munster wants ‘momentum transfer’ in ERC

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 18:00

Grégoire Munster will head from his native Belgium to Poland for his latest rallying fix keen to “transfer the momentum” that he began building in the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship in Latvia last month.

Munster, part of the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team in the Pirelli-supported ERC3 Junior category, is still growing his experience on gravel, but showed encouraging speed on Rally Liepāja only to retire with a damaged driveshaft.

Ahead of this week’s ERC-counting PZM 76th Rally Poland, Munster said: “We managed to steadily increase our pace on gravel throughout the last rally in Latvia, which was quite encouraging. Unfortunately, I did a small mistake then and had to retire.

“Meanwhile my co-driver Louis [Louka] and I had a successful experience winning our class at the ADAC Rallye Stemweder Berg in Germany in an Opel ADAM Cup. So the goal is to transfer the momentum to Poland and into our ADAM R2, continue to progress on gravel and set some good times. The boys from the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team will do all they can to support us in aiming for this goal.”

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ERC Junior Adielsson targets better road position in Poland

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 12:00

Mattias Adielsson will be hoping to secure a better road position on PZM 76th Rally Poland – in order to show his true pace in the FIA ERC1 Junior Championship.

Sweden National Team’s Adielsson was hampered by running higher up the order on the all-gravel Rally Liepāja last month, losing considerable time as a result of having to ‘clean’ a more consistent surface for the drivers running behind.

With the Mikołajki event also running on gravel-only stages, starting position will again be a key factor for Adielsson and his R5 category rivals. That will place a major onus on the results of Friday’s Qualifying Stage, which help to decide the top 15 starting positions for the rally’s opening leg.

“I enjoyed Latvia very much but hopefully we will have a better start position this time and we will see how competitive we can be,” said Adielsson, who drives a Saintéloc-runCitroën C3 R5. “We are aiming for a podium in ERC Junior of course and it would be nice to do it on this rally because it’s similar to the rallies we have in Sweden.”

Adielsson is a Rally Poland newcomer but has an understanding of what lies ahead. “It will be great to do this rally,” he said. “They are really fast roads, some nice jumps, kind of my type of road.”

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PZM 76th Rally Poland - Leg 2

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