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ERC team SRT’s key numbers make for impressive reading

6 hours 39 min ago

Leading FIA European Rally Championship team Sports Racing Technologies has revealed the effort it goes to in order to be successful.

Having guided Nikolay Gryazin to ERC1 Junior gold in 2018, the Latvian team helped turn Łukasz Habaj into an outright title contender with the Polish ace claiming his first overall victory as he challenged for the 2019 championship against Chris Ingram and Alexey Lukyanuk.

While SRT’s activities include a number of championships and categories, its end-of-season number summary makes for impressive reading.

During 2019, SRT…

Competed in 21 countries
Took part in 113 events
Prepared 13 cars
Ran 16 drivers
Completed 19323 stage kilometres
Undertook 58 test days
Employed 35 team members
Entered seven championships
Scored 56 podium finishes

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ERC champion Ingram reiterates world championship ambitions

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 06:00

Chris Ingram has reiterated his desire to use his FIA European Rally Championship title success as a launchpad to the sport’s top level.

Ingram, who won the 2019 ERC title in a thrilling final-stage decider with Alexey Lukyanuk in Hungary last November, is working hard to secure the necessary budget to enable his progression alongside co-driver Ross Whittock.

“I have made no secret of my desire to move into world championship and that time is now,” said the 25-year-old. “Building on our achievements in last year’s title-winning European Rally Championship season, we are ready to demonstrate our credentials on the world’s stages. To do this, we have to meet some pretty ambitious funding targets as we fight to overcome the odds [of finding a budget] once again.”

Ingram has joined forces with a marketing agency, SQN, to help his sponsorship search, with the company also charged with his personal brand development.

Claire Ritchie-Tomkins, the company’s CEO, said: “Chris and Ross are the next big thing in international motorsport. Their ERC title is evidence of their talent and their unrelenting determination. We have spent two decades bringing brands into motorsport; we recognise the unique benefits that motorsport can bring to them. Chris is a hugely marketable, personable, well-presented and talented young man, who would be a fantastic asset for the right company to associate themselves with.”

While progression to the world championship is Ingram’s main goal, he isn’t ruling out further ERC appearances in the future.

“I want to stay with Toksport WRT and win another big title,” Ingram said last month. “Realistically we are exploring all options but I am sure we will be back in the ERC at some point definitely.”

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ERC organisers attend FIA Rally and Cross-Country Officials Seminar in Prague

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 06:00

Organisers of the eight FIA European Rally Championship events were among a record number of 206 officials and representatives of the rally and cross-country communities, together with experts and speakers, who attended the 2020 FIA Rally and Cross-Country Officials Seminar in Prague from 17-18 January, the first to include both disciplines.

The delegates – stewards, clerks of the course, scrutineers and event organisers – representing 48 ASNs, spent two productive days at the Autoklub of the Czech Republic’s historic headquarters where they joined a number of interactive seminars, meetings and workshops.

Following a welcome video speech from FIA President Jean Todt, Yves Matton, the FIA Rally Director, officially opened the session, assisted by Jérôme Roussel, Category Manager – Regional Rally, and Jutta Kleinschmidt, President of the FIA Cross-Country Rally Commission.

Jan Stovicek, President of the Autoklub of the Czech Republic, and Tomáš Kunc, Secretary General, also delivered a short welcome message to the participants as the hosts of the event.

Matton started by recalling the FIA’s rally vision and summarising the main achievements from 2019. He then set out the aims for 2020, which included highlighting the rally pyramid and the introduction of the Rally3 category, which is set to begin in 2021. Jérôme Roussel followed up with an update on the Regional Rally Championships and a focus on the daring FIA’s Rally Star talent detection programme, due to be officially launched during the FIA Sport Conference in Thailand in June.

Scrutineers spent Friday morning attending a seminar hosted by the FIA Technical team before heading to the workshops of Racing 21, an FIA European Rally Championship entrant, for a practical session. The FIA Safety task force delivered a seminar on rally safety best practice.

Saturday’s agenda began with Uwe Schmidt, Rally Commission Vice-President, summarising changes to the International Sporting Code and Regional Rally Regulations for 2020.

The afternoon part of the seminar comprised sessions relating to the more practical aspects of the work of the officials, such as rally observer guidelines and rally control best practice. There was also a focus on the environment with observers attending regional rallies now tasked with completing a five-stage environmental section within their event report. The day ended with a number of steward case study sessions, before the closing speeches led by Yves Matton.

Summarising the seminar, the FIA Rally Director said: “It has been a great pleasure to see so many event officials joining this seminar and such a high level of professionalism and commitment during the sessions. We can never stop our efforts to maintain the highest standards and keep improving in the areas of regulations, safety and environment. In this regard, this meeting was, once again, an essential platform for sharing the latest updates and best practices.”

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ERC Rally Liepaja gets refreshed logo

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 06:00

Rally Liepāja bosses have produced a refreshed logo for their 2020 FIA European Rally Championship counter.

The third event of the upcoming season, Rally Liepāja has been part of the ERC roster since its inception in 2013.

For 2020, event founder and promoter RA Events has tweaked the existing logo by replacing the previous green background with a white background.

The city of Talsi, around which leg one takes place on 30 May, is mentioned along with Liepāja, where the event’s deciding leg starts and finishes on 31 May.

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ERC 2020: Rally Liepaja refresher

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 06:00

Rally Liepāja hosts the second all-gravel round of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship in late May. A summary of the key details appears below.

When: 29-31 May
Where: Liepāja, Latvia
Surface: Gravel
ERC appearances (since 2004 restructuring): 7 (2013-2019)

The rally in 100 words: The brainchild of driver turned promoter Raimonds Strokšs and first run to great acclaim in 2013, Rally Liepāja was originally a winter event but switched to autumn in 2016 for more guaranteed weather. The new date effectively made for an all-new rally as crews adjusted to gravel roads free of snow and ice. Although the time of year had changed, the high-speed stages in western Latvia continued to thrill drivers and spectators alike. Organisers of this forward-thinking event made more changes for 2019 with a late May date and an expanded route taking in popular stages around the Talsi region.

Event eligibility:
FIA European Rally Championship 2020, round 3 of 8
FIA ERC1 Junior Championship 2020, round 3 of 6
FIA ERC3 Junior Championship 2020, round 3 of 6
Abarth Rally Cup 2020, round 2 of 6

Also counting for…
​FIA ERC2, FIA ERC3, FIA European Rally Championship for Teams

Recent winners:
2019:
 Oliver Solberg/Aaron Johnston (Volkswagen Polo GTI R5)
2018: Nikolay Gryazin/Yaroslav Fedorov (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
2017: Nikolay Gryazin/Yaroslav Fedorov (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
2016: Ralfs Sirmacis/Arturs Šimins (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
2015: Craig Breen/Scott Martin (Peugeot 208 T16)

Five facts:
1: 
Rally Liepāja ran for the first time in 2013 with Jari Ketomaa/Kaj Lindström taking victory in a Ford Fiesta RRC. It was the first and only year the really finished in Ventspils, up the Baltic coast from the host city.
2: In recent years, Rally Liepāja has formed part of the Festival of Speed Kurzeme, which brings speedboat racing to the city’s Tirdzniecības canal, plus other motorised attractions to the local area.
3: Two former Liepāja winners, Craig Breen and Esapekka Lappi, have both gone on to secure factory drives in the World Rally Championship.
4: Oliver Solberg is the event’s youngest winner, taking top spot in 2019 aged 17 years, eight months and three days.
5: Liepāja can claim to be the only Latvian city outside the capital Riga to offer air, land and sea transport options, while its city council chairperson, Uldis Sesks, is a former rally driver of note and father of Mārtiņš Sesks, the 2018 FIA ERC3 and ERC3 Junior champion.

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Pacesetting ERC cars set to top the 1000 mark in 2020

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 06:00

The number of Rally2 (R5) cars produced is set to reach the 1000 mark during 2020.

Prior to the 2020 season, 979 cars conforming to the FIA’s hugely successful category have been built since 2013.

During that time, R5 cars have scored a total of 45 FIA European Rally Championship victories starting with Kajetan Kajetanowicz’s success on Rally Poland in 2013 driving a Ford Fiesta R5.

In addition to Ford, through its rallying partner M-Sport, Citroën, Hyundai, Peugeot, ŠKODA and Volkswagen have either constructed or endorsed Rally2 category cars used on ERC events.

Craig Breen is pictured giving Peugeot's 208 T16 a debut victory on the 2014 Acropolis Rally, the second ERC win for an R5 car.

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National drivers to prove their talent in ERC

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 06:00

National-level drivers will once again go up against some of Europe’s top talents during the upcoming FIA European Rally Championship season.

ERC 2020 consists of eight events, which are all rounds of the respective host country’s national series.

The calendar structure gives local stars and event specialists the chance to showcase their talents against international opposition, while offering ERC drivers plenty of serious competition.

And here’s how it will work in 2020:

Azores Rallye: Opening round of the European and Azores championships, second event of the Portuguese championship season.

Rally Islas Canarias: The second event of the ERC season is round three of the Spanish championship and round two of the Canary Islands championship.

Rally Liepāja: The Latvian championship takes place over two legs of Rally Liepāja, round four of ERC 2020.

77th Rally Poland: Round four of the ERC is also round four of the Polish championship.

Rally di Roma Capitale: Not only is this asphalt counter the fifth round of the ERC, it’s also the fifth scoring opportunity for Italian championship competitors.

Barum Czech Rally Zlín: The penultimate event of the Czech championship season is round six of the ERC.

Cyprus Rally: The Cyprus championship qualifier is the penultimate round of the ERC.

Rally Hungary: Rally Hungary doubles as the deciding round of the ERC and Hungarian championship seasons.

Ricardo Teodósio (pictured) was the third best Portuguese championship finisher on the Azores Rallye last season. He ended the year as national champion for the first time.

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Former ERC Junior champion Gryazin’s got talent… and he’s proved it to Hyundai!

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 06:00

Nikolay Gryazin, the winner of the 2018 FIA ERC1 Junior Championship, has been handed another career boost after Hyundai recognised his talent by signing him for its FIA World Rally Championship 2 attack.

Gryazin, the 22-year-old Russian sensation who progressed through the ERC ranks before stepping up to the world stage in 2019, will drive for Hyundai Motorsport N in 2020, competing in a Hyundai i20 R5 ’20 alongside compatriot and long-term co-driver Yaroslav Fedorov.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Yaroslav and me. It is great to feel their motivation and support,” said Gryazin, whose career to date has been overseen by Sports Racing Technologies. “Joining a manufacturer is another step in my career and I am convinced I will be able to move onto other levels with Hyundai Motorsport in the future.”

He continued: “I am fully committed to achieving the best results with the team. I admire what Hyundai has accomplished and all the hard work that led them to become champions. I am sure my team-mates will be able to teach me a lot of things. I would like to thank Hyundai Motorsport and Andrea Adamo for entrusting this program to me.”

Gryazin isn’t the first ERC graduate to receive Hyundai recognition: Jari Huttunen was recruited for the Korean make’s driver development scheme for the 2018 season after finishing runner-up in ERC3 Junior the previous year.

Did you know? All five official Hyundai drivers contesting Rallye Monte-Carlo later this month have ERC event experience. In addition to Gryazin, the quintet includes Sébastien Loeb, Thierry Neuville, Ott Tänak and Ole Christian Veiby, son of respected talented backer Erik Veiby.

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Rally5 drivers for ERC3 Junior

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 06:00

Drivers in Rally5 cars (formerly R1) will be eligible for this season’s FIA ERC3 Junior Championship – providing they were aged under 27 at the start of 2020.

A new rule from motorsport’s world governing body, the FIA, permits Rally5 cars for ERC3 Junior for 2020 in addition to Rally4 cars (formerly R2).

While drivers Rally4 cars are likely to set the pace, entry-level Rally5 cars, such as M-Sport Poland’s Ford Fiesta R1, will be attractive to ERC3 Junior newcomers aiming to build their event and international competition experience.

ERC3 Junior takes place over six rounds of the FIA European Rally Championship with three on gravel and three on asphalt. Drivers use Pirelli tyres as standard.

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Brynildsen describes 2020 ERC campaign as a point of no return

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 06:00

Eyvind Brynildsen believes he has the perfect package to challenge for the FIA European Rally Championship title, describing his season as “a point of no return”.

The talented Norwegian has often been restricted to partial programmes due to budget constraints but has landed enough support to tackle all eight events that make up the ERC in 2020.

Brynildsen has recruited Austrian Ilka Minor to co-drive a ŠKODA Fabia R5 Evo run by Toksport WRT, which guided Chris Ingram and Ross Whittock to the 2019 FIA European Rally Championship. He has high hopes for the season ahead.

What’s your target for ERC 2020?
“To win! It will be a bit of a point of no return for my career. When we have been able to do a full season, we have been able to win stages, rallies and titles. When we don’t have a full season it’s really difficult to get into each rally and you spend the first stages learning the car.”

What makes you think you can be champion?
“I have one of the best co-drivers in Ilka, a great team in Toksport and a great team manager in Serkan Duru. He’s really involved in every process and really wants everybody to reach their goals and you can see that with what he did with Chris Ingram last year. We will also have an engineer from ŠKODA Motorsport and we will start to prepare for the Azores Rallye with a test at Sweet Lamb in Wales.”

Given the strong package you’ve put in place, how much pressure are you under to deliver?
“There will be pressure to win but, at the same time, there will be less pressure because I know if I do a mistake in the Azores, for example, there is still the opportunity to gain the points back on another event. I will have the time to breathe and take the points for fourth rather than fighting for the victory on every rally. I have to be consistent and use my experience to win the championship, maybe by not always being the fastest. On a guitar you have different strings and it’s about how you play those strings that matters.”

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ERC3 winner Bernardi chosen by Renault to lead Rallye Monte-Carlo

Sun, 01/12/2020 - 06:00

Florian Bernardi, a winner in the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC3 category, will get to lead Rallye Monte-Carlo, no less.

Bernardi has been chosen by Renault Sport to drive the all-new Renault Clio 5 Rally on the world championship season opener later this month.

While the French talent will actually be on duty as the course-opening zero car driver, it’s nevertheless a significant opportunity for Bernardi and co-driver Victor Bellotto.

"It will indeed be a real baptism in this role at Rallye Monte-Carlo,” said Bernardi. “We will have the chance to experience from the inside the first appearance of the all-new Renault Clio 5 Rally and, moreover, on one of the most legendary rallies in the world. After participating in development, it is a real honour to represent Renault Sport and an exceptional opportunity to accumulate precious kilometres with this new car. We would like to thank Renault Sport and the Automobile Club de Monaco for their confidence.”

Bernardi made five appearances in ERC3 last season, winning the class on Rally Islas Canarias and claiming fifth in the final standings.

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ERC 2020: Rally Islas Canarias refresher

Sat, 01/11/2020 - 06:00

Round two of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship takes place on the all-asphalt stages of Rally Islas Canarias. Here's a reminder of what's in store.

When: 7-9 May 2020
Where: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Surface: Asphalt
ERC appearances (since 2004 restructuring): 5 (2013, 2016-2019)

The rally in 100 words: With the stages climbing and descending at a frequent rate, drivers pay close attention to corner speed and lines to ensure optimal momentum is maintained, while precise car set-up and pacenote accuracy are vital. One of the notable features of the sealed stages is the abrasive surface, constructed partly from volcanic lava. It means grip levels are high and remain constant if it rains, although tyre wear can increase. However, with the opportunity to take ‘cuts’ through corners limited, the roads remain relatively debris-free. Returning to the ERC schedule in 2016, it’s a rally big on challenge and spectator numbers.

Event eligibility:
FIA European Rally Championship 2020, round 2 of 8
FIA ERC1 Junior Championship 2020, round 2 of 6
FIA ERC3 Junior Championship 2020, round 2 of 6
Abarth Rally Cup 2020, round 1 of 6

Also counting for…
​FIA ERC2, FIA ERC3, FIA European Rally Championship for Teams

What’s new for 2020?
Of the details announced so far, Free Practice and the Qualifying Stage move to Guía and a new 3.45-kilometre test. The Las Palmas de Gran Canaria-DISA features a shortened but no less challenging 1.53-kilometre route.

Recent winners:
2019: 
Pepe López/Borja Rozada (Citroën C3 R5)
2018: 
Alexey Lukyanuk/Alexey Arnautov (Ford Fiesta R5)
2017: Alexey Lukyanuk/Alexey Arnautov (Ford Fiesta R5)
2016: Alexey Lukyanuk/Alexey Arnautov (Ford Fiesta R5)
2015: Miguel Fuster/Ignacio Aviñó (Porsche 997 GT3 RS)*
*Non-ERC event

Five facts:
1: 
Rally Islas Canarias boasts a number of prominent former winners including Didier Auriol, Piero Liatti and Carlos Sainz, who claimed five consecutive victories in the 1980s
2: The Canary Islands is known for its good weather with the ambient temperature ranging from 17-24 degrees centigrade
3: Rally Islas Canarias joined the ERC for the first time in 1982 and has counted for Europe’s premier rally championship 24 times
4: Islas Canarias comes from the Latin Insula Canaria, or Island of the Dogs, which were believed to be a type of monk seal
5: A dish of choice in the Canary Islands is ropa vieja, made from chicken, beef, potatoes and beans

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Irish ASN project instrumental in Devine’s ERC opportunity

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 06:00

Confirmation of Callum Devine’s FIA European Rally Championship bid for 2020 owes plenty to an initiative created by his country’s motorsport federation to help young talents rise to the top.

The Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy, now in its second year, is designed to develop, support and promote young Irish rally drivers as they progress to the sport’s highest echelons.

Devine is one of three young talents to benefit from the scheme along with Josh McErlean and James Wilson, who will compete in the British and Irish championships respectively.

Leo Hassett, CEO Motorsport Ireland, said: “It is a great testament to the work of the Academy that we are in [this] position. These young men and their co-drivers have the opportunity to compete at the highest level in the sport both at home and internationally.

“This unique opportunity is only possible because of the incredible support we have received from Sport Ireland, the Team Ireland Foundation, which is generously supported by, amongst others, John Coyne and John Campion.

“Of course, Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing and their work with the academy also needs to be acknowledged. As important is the proven ability of the Billy Coleman Award process to identify talent and reward its participants with this type of experience that will be invaluable in their future careers as drivers representing Ireland on the international stage.”

Sean McHugh, Co-ordinator of the MI Rally Academy said: “We are delighted to see these three young Irish drivers moving forward in developing their careers. Having the winners of the Billy Coleman Award for each of the last three years progress to top-flight cars contesting major championships at home and abroad demonstrates the significant impact of the Rally Academy initiative.”

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Devine announces full-season ERC bid with support from Irish ASN

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 13:30

Callum Devine has announced a major FIA European Rally Championship campaign in 2020 with support from his national ASN, Motorsport Ireland.

The Irish International Driver of the Year for 2019 will build on his stage and podium-winning performance on last November’s ERC-counting Rally Hungary by contesting all eight rounds of the 2020 season with a focus on the ERC1 Junior title, which will be decided over the first six events.

Powered by a Hyundai i20 R5, Devine 25, and co-driver Brian Hoy, 26, will receive additional support from FYTH, Curran Gate, The Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy and Hyundai Customer Racing.

“We can mix it at this level”
“Hungary opened our eyes last year, it was a strange kind of event but to set competitive times at that level in a new car, in horrendous conditions made us realise we can mix it at this level,” said Devine, who placed third on the sealed-surface event. “I’m under no illusions about how tough this year will be, but everything is coming together at the right time to give this a go.”

Learning by finishing key for 2020
“The realistic aim will be to push on the Tarmac events and keep learning on the gravel events and above all, get finishes,” Devine continued. “Points win prizes and if last year’s ERC showed us anything, it showed us that. I’m hugely thankful to everyone who’s working so hard to make this happen for us and I’m really looking forward to the season ahead. It will also be nice to continue developing alongside Hyundai, I know Hyundai Customer Racing is putting a big effort into their R5 car and its programmes which is great, hopefully, we can take advantage of that too.”

Did you know?
Devine won the FIA Celtic Trophy in 2019 when he was also a frontrunner in the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship, scoring one event win and two podium finishes. He has previous experience at world championship level and made three ERC starts in two-wheel-drive machinery. prior to his Rally Hungary outing. When he’s not competing, Devine works in the construction industry.

Where to watch Callum Devine in 2020?
Azores Rallye, 26-28 March; Rally Islas Canarias, 7-9 May; Rally Liepāja (Latvia), 29-31 May; 77th Rally Poland, 26-28 June; Rally di Roma Capitale (Italy), 24-26 July; Barum Czech Rally Zlín, 28-30 Augus; Cyprus Rally, 9-11 October; Rally Hungary, 6-8 November.

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Why 17 is the magic number for ERC Rally Islas Canarias?

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 06:00

Seventeen will be the magic number when the FIA European Rally Championship visits Rally Islas Canarias for round two of the 2020 season.

Event organiser Club Deportivo Todo Sport has unveiled the outline route for its asphalt showcase from 7-9 May.

It features 17 special stages over a competitive distance of 202.33 kilometres with visits to the municipalities of Guía, Valsequillo, San Mateo, Artenara, Tejeda, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Valleseco, Gáldar, Moya and Arucas, some of which were badly affected by the wildfires that struck last August.

“The commitment of the event with the Canarian society is very important and we could not be oblivious to the pain we all suffered last summer,” Germán Morales, President of the event organising committee. “Therefore, we want the passage of the rally through these different points to help revitalise the economy of those affected areas. Although it is still too early to reveal specific details of the special stages, in this first step we show the backbone of the itinerary of the next edition.”

Rally Islas Canarias 2020 in short
*Free Practice and the Qualifying Stage move to Guía with the new 3.45-kilometre test opening for action at 12h15 local time on 7 May
*As is Rally Islas Canarias tradition, the Parque Santa Catalina in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria will host the ever-popular and ever-spectacular ceremonial start from 20h30
*Leg one on 8 May consists of four repeated stages plus a one single-use test as part of a 99.81-kilometre timed route. The Las Palmas de Gran Canaria-DISA stage brings Friday’s action to a close, albeit over a shortened 1.53-kilometre route
*The deciding leg on 9 May covers 102.52 kilometres of action with the double-use Valleseco-DISA stage the rally’s longest at 14.17 kilometres

And before Rally Islas Canarias…
The Azores Rallye opens the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship season from 26-28 March.

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ERC Q&A: Dennis Radstrom

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 15:00

Dennis Rådström is targeting FIA ERC3 Junior Championship title success in 2020. This is what the 25-year-old Swede has had to say after announcing his plans for the upcoming season, which he’ll tackle in a Pirelli-equipped Ford Fiesta R2T.

Why have you chosen the ERC for 2020?
“After three years in the Junior World Rally Championship I have been looking to progress my career in four-wheel drive. But that’s a lot of money and the ERC is great for my development because I will be working in a team environment with everyone around you, the engineers, wanting only you to win. The ERC is also a great championship with great events and great competition. It was quite an easy choice.”

But becoming world champion remains your ultimate goal, right?
“Yeah, but there are a lot of stars in the world championship at the moment who have been through the ERC in their careers. This is an opportunity to get more experience and join them in the future.”

How would you rate your ERC event knowledge?
“I did Rally Poland in the world championship in 2017 and finished second in my class. Last year I went to Barum Czech Rally Zlín as a spectator and that’s where I saw the Orsák team and the professional way they operated. Of course, I’m lacking experience of most of the ERC rallies although I do have good experience on asphalt and gravel. I will just need to be good on the recces!”

What’s your goal for 2020?
“The only goal is to win the championship and have some fun as a bonus. We have a lot of experience in the Fiesta already, we have a good team and knowledge on every surface. We will give it our all.”

Photo: M-Sport/FIA Junior World Rally Championship

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Introducing… New ERC3 Junior recruit Dennis Radstrom

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 12:00

Swedish hope Dennis Rådström is the latest in a long line of young stars going for glory in the Pirelli-supported FIA ERC3 Junior Championship. Here’s what you need to know.

It was go, go, Volvo: After finishing runner-up in the 2015 Swedish Crosskart Championship, Rådström got his hands on a Volvo 940 for his rallying debut aged 16.

Like father, like son: Rådström’s father Arne is a regular on the stages and has three ERC starts to his name.

Rookies rock: Co-driven by Johan Johansson, Rådström completed his maiden season in the FIA Junior World Rally Championship in 2017 as the top rookie in fifth place.

Second best: The Swedes made more progress in 2018, taking two JWRC wins on their way to second in the final table. They placed third last season.

Performing and learning: When he’s not competing, 25-year-old Rådström is a performance driving instructor in his native Sweden. He studied economics at university but “motorsport is the main thing” in his life.

Photo: M-Sport/FIA Junior World Rally Championship

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Radstrom revs up for ERC Junior title push

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 09:00

Dennis Rådström will prove his talent in the FIA European Rally Championship in 2020 after joining forces with Orsák Rallysport for an ERC3 Junior title assault.

Co-driven by fellow Swede Johan Johansson, Rådström brings experience and a strong reputation from the FIA Junior World Rally Championship for his first ERC campaign when he will follow in the wheel tracks of compatriots Emil Bergkvist and Tom Kristensson.

Leading Czech team Orsák Rallysport will run Rådström in a Pirelli-equipped Ford Fiesta R2T on the six-event ERC3 Junior schedule, which features three events on asphalt and three on gravel.

“The ERC is a great championship with great events and great competition,” said the 25-year-old. “The only goal is to win the championship. We have a lot of experience in the Fiesta already, we have a good team and knowledge on every surface. We will give it our all.”

Photo: M-Sport/FIA Junior World Rally Championship

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ERC’s Zala leads Dakar Rally

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 06:00

ERC frontrunner Vaidotas Žala leads the Dakar Rally following the opening day of action in Saudi Arabia yesterday (Sunday).

The Lithuanian national champion set several top-five stage times on his FIA European Rally Championship debut on last May’s Rally Liepāja. He had been a contender for victory on PZM 76th Rally Poland one month later only for engine failure in Free Practice to prevent him from taking the start in Mikołajki.

While Žala’s ability has never been in doubt, his pacesetting start to the Dakar aboard an Agrorodeo X-raid MINI is considered something of a surprise given the calibre of his opposition, which includes former event winners Nasser Al-Attiyah, Stéphane Peterhansel and Carlos Sainz.

Peterhansel is second after the opening stage with Sainz third and Al-Attiyah fourth.

Today’s 367-kilometre second stage takes crews from Al-Wajh to Neom.

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ERC helped me learn, says champion co-driver Whittock

Sun, 01/05/2020 - 06:00

Ross Whittock has credited the FIA European Rally Championship for equipping him with the knowledge needed to win a major international title.

Whittock co-drove fellow Briton Chris Ingram to the 2019 ERC crown following Rally Hungary’s dramatic three-way championsip decider.

“I’ve only been co-driving for five years and to achieve [the title] in five years is just incredible really,” said Whittock. “I started from the bottom in the UK and just worked my way up and luckily [I got] the opportunity with Chris two and a half years ago to start in the ERC with relatively low experience. I’ve learned all my experience of international rallying in the ERC.”

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Kalendarz 2019

21-23.03.2019:

Azores Airlines Rallye (Portugalia)

02-04.05.2019

Rally Islas Canarias (Hiszpania)

24-26 05.2019

Rally Liepāja (Łotwa)

28-30.06.2019

Rajd Polski

19-21.07.2019

Rally di Roma Capitale (Włochy)

16-18.08.2019

Barum Czech Rally Zlín (Czechy)

27-29.09.2019:

Cyprus Rally (Cypr)

08-10.11.2019:

Rally Hungary (Węgry)