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ERC supports #WDoR2018

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The FIA European Rally Championship is supporting the World Day of Remembrance for road traffic victims, which is taking place today (18 November).

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Kreim’s near miss is the ERC’s FIA Action of the Year nomination

Sat, 11/17/2018 - 06:00

Fabian Kreim’s near miss on the final stage of Rally Liepāja is the FIA European Rally Championship’s nomination for the annual FIA Action of the Year Competition.

Fans are invited to vote for their favourite moment from a wide range of disciplines to be in with the chance of winning a pair of tickets to a top-level FIA motorsport event in 2019.

Once the 2018 FIA Action of the Year has been announced during the glittering Prize Giving ceremony in St Petersburg, Russia on 7 December, a lucky voter will be selected at random from those who voted for the winning championship’s video. They will receive travel and two tickets to an event in the 2019 edition of that championship*.

ERC promoter Eurosport Events has selected Kreim’s high-speed trip into a ditch and subsequent save in the ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland Fabia R5 he was sharing with co-driver Frank Christian.

The following championships have submitted their standout moment to the public vote and more information is available here:

Formula 1
Formula 2
Formula 3
Formula E
World Endurance Championship
World Rally Championship
World Rallycross Championship
WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup
European Rally Championship
European Truck Racing Championship
FIA Karting World Championships

*Click here for terms and conditions

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Roma head praises ERC, reveals spectacular finish plans

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 18:00

Rally di Roma Capitale bosses have praised the FIA European Rally Championship for the role it has played in promoting the all-asphalt contest.

The Italian event joined the ERC roster for the first time in 2017 and is becoming established as one of the highlights of the season with a “more spectacular finish” planned for next year when it’s scheduled to take place from 19-21 July, subject to FIA World Motor Sport Council approval.

Bruno De Pianto of Motorsport Italia, the event promoter, said: “We are really glad to part of 2019 ERC. We strongly believe this is the right platform to promote our sport. We are already working on the 2019 edition of Rally di Roma Capitale that will see new stages as part of the programme and even a more spectacular finish.”

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Rally Liepāja 2019 unprecedented, says organiser

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 12:00

Rally Liepāja will be bigger than ever before when FIA European Rally Championship heads to Latvia for a seventh time next May.

Subject to FIA World Motor Sport Council approval, Rally Liepāja will host the ERC from 24-26 May albeit overly a significantly expanded route.

Raimonds Strokšs, Director of RA Events, the event promoter, explained: “In 2019, we will create a unique European championship event in Latvia. Its base will still be located in Liepāja, but the stages will cover a much wider area than before – the first special stages will take place in the Talsi region, followed by the Kurzeme region’s best roads, before the crews return to Liepāja to conclude the event.

“Our vision and plan [for next year] are unique and something that has not been done before. There are lots of challenges to overcome, but, if we were afraid of them, Latvia would not have hosted the FIA European Rally Championship and the FIA World Rallycross Championship round.

“We are being encouraged by our partners – Eurosport Events, Latvian Automobile Federation, the cities of Liepāja and Talsi – who have conceptually approved our plans and will work with us to make them a reality. I sincerely hope that other rally friends will also support us in this adventure, to create a European Rally Championship event in an unprecedented scale and quality.”

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Remennik revs up for FIA European Rally Trophy bid

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 06:00

Sergei Remennik will fly the FIA European Rally Championship flag when he contests the FIA European Rally Trophy finale in Portugal this weekend.

A winner in ERC2 this season, Remennik has qualified for the ERT showdown through his success in the FIA Baltic Rally Trophy, which he completed in equal first place.

He will challenge for honours in the FIA European Rally Trophy for ERT2 competitors on what will be the Russian’s debut on Rallye Casinos do Algarve, which has the honour of hosting the ERT finale for the second time from 16/17 November.

“It’s a great opportunity to compare our possibilities with local champions from different regions in the ERT finals,” said Remennik, who drives a Mitsubishi Lancer. “Initially we didn’t plan to participate in this race, and my co-driver Mark Rozin will not be able to take part – he is on a business trip. So I invited Marina Danilova to assist me. It will be our first joint race; we will start to work as a crew at the test runs in Portugal.”

With the Rallye Casinos do Algarve an all-asphalt affair, Remennik admits he’ll face a tougher challenge than had the event run on his preferred gravel surface.

“It’s more difficult for me than gravel,” he said. “But it’s great that we have the opportunity to take part in another rally because the next tests in our tight schedule were planned for the end of December in Finland, when we will have free time and good ice. We haven’t planned anything except tests yet, and it coincided so that I have some free time, and can travel to this race not with Mark, but with Marina.

“It’s very interesting for me to do it with another co-driver, especially a lady, because I’ve never had such experience before. Let’s see what will happen.”

Co-driver Danilova is a four-time Russian champion and has experience in the world championship, the Russian Rally Cup and on events in the Baltics with more than 150 starts to her name.

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Klausz: Nyíregyháza stages would suit ERC

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 06:00

ERC Junior Kristóf Klausz has stated the stages used on last weekend’s Nyíregyháza Rally, which has been included on the provisional FIA European Rally Championship calendar for 2019 as Rally Hungary, would do the ERC proud.

Klausz has made 20 ERC starts since 2013 and has amassed experience of a number of European championship rounds during that time.

Speaking ahead of the Nyíregyháza Rally, the 22-year-old Hungarian said: “According to the experience we gained during the recce we can confirm that these stages are suitable for hosting an ERC race. I like them very much.”

Rally Hungary’s ERC counter going ahead is subject to FIA World Motor Sport Council approval and dependent on the event passing the governing body’s inspection, which was carried out when the event ran as the Nyíregyháza Rally last weekend

“From bumpy and wide asphalt to high quality forest roads, this race will provide everything,” Klausz continued. “It would be a great feeling if we could come back here within the ERC and we could fight with the best of Europe at home. It would be an advantage for us that we would surely benefit from. Spectators also miss an international race in Hungary and by making a bid for the ERC, something has already started. I will be very happy if this process continues.”

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Érdi Jr relishing home ERC counter

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 15:00

Tibor Érdi Jr, the provisional double ERC2 champion, can’t wait for his native Hungary to host a round of the FIA European Rally Championship in 2019.

Rally Hungary is on the next season’s planned calendar, which is subject to FIA World Motor Sport Council approval and dependent on the event passing the governing body’s inspection, which was carried out when the event ran as the Nyíregyháza Rally last weekend.

“I heard that Nyíregyháza was preparing for hosting a European championship race and I thought it is a must-do opportunity,” said Érdi Jr, who was in action on the all-Tarmac rally in his recently-acquired ŠKODA Fabia R5. “It is also important that if next year the ERC is held in Nyíregyháza we know the stages that matter.”

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Thrilling finale: Hadik wins new ERC rally, takes title*

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 21:51

Home crew András Hadik and Attila Deák had double reason for celebration at the finish of the Nyíregyháza Rally.

Not only did they win the event, which is set to join the FIA European Rally Championship in 2019 under its new name, Rally Hungary, they also claimed their first national title.

By winning Saturday’s leg and claiming 10 fastest stage times out of a possible 17 – including the power stage – the Ford Fiesta R5 duo beat Frigyes Turán and László Bagaméri to the Hungarian championship by a single point in a dramatic conclusion to the 2018 season.

“A simple victory was not enough for us, we had to win one of the days,” said Hadik, whose winning margin was a comfortable 37.8s. “We did it yesterday and even [won] the power stage so both brought extra points. When I got to the start of the last stage I knew that this stage suited us and we could win, although I was anxious about not to hit a tyre chicane, because the penalty could destroy everything. I did not drive at the limit but we did not lose more than one second at the stage. I started my career in 1992 with a Trabant so I have waited for this day for quite long time. It is a dream comes true and it is an awesome feeling.”

Behind Turán, Ferenc Vincze completed the podium and also claimed third in the final championship stanings. Two-time champion Miklós Kazár finished fourth with Tibor Érdi Jr, the provisional double FIA ERC2 champion, finishing his first asphalt rally in his newly-acquired ŠKODA Fabia R5, which was also his first event with co-driver Szabi Kovács. “We produced second and third times overall but I can see many things to improve.”

*Rally Hungary’s inclusion on the 2019 ERC calendar is subject to FIA confirmation

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Hadik in front as Nyíregyháza’s ERC dress rehearsal continues

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 23:14

András Hadik and Attila Deák are on course to win Nyíregyháza Rally, which is set to join the FIA European Rally Championship in 2019 under its new name, Rally Hungary.

At the overnight halt they lead by 37.8s after going fastest on five of Saturday’s seven all-asphalt stages in northeast Hungary.

Serving as a dress rehearsal for next season the event is running over an increased distance compared to regular Hungarian championship events to enable organisers to adapt to running a longer ERC-standard event and trial stages in the Zemplén hills.

“In the first round [Frigyes] Turán decreased the gap by some seconds, but I suspected the reason, so we also made some changes, said Hadik, who fast fastest on all stages this afternoon in his Ford Fiesta R5. “There was no more at the first stage of the second round, I could not push harder. Fog was not bad in daytime, but in the dark it made our task really difficult. Overall I think everything went well and we are leading the race. It would be great, if we could win the final day as well.”

Turán and László Bagaméri also won stages during the day as they maintained their push for victory, which was hampered by a spin on Friday’s superspecial. “Our car is fantastic and we made up great tyre tactic that had huge benefit in the morning,” said Turán. “We did a good job in the afternoon, too, we improved at all stages, so I am proud of this result. Hadik put on speed after service and I think we could not go faster. It was a great day.”

Ferenc Vincze, who is leading the overall Hungarian championship, holds third overnight but hasn’t been entirely satisfied with his performance. “The stages are great, I like them, but unfortunately we are slow,” he said. “I cannot find any excuse. Although I did not get out of bed on the wrong side, I cannot find the speed. In the morning I scared myself sometimes, but it could not cause this huge gap.”

Miklós Kazár overcame an early impact and a near-off to hold fourth spot with double ERC2 champion Tibor Érdi Jr in fifth and still adapting to his recently-acquired ŠKODA Fabia R5.

Seven-time Hungarian champion János Tóth Jr will restart under Rally2 rules on Sunday after damaging his PEUGEOT 208 R2. The event’s closing leg consists of eight stages.

Photo: MNASZ/Szabó-Jilek Ádám

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Eight events on provisional 2019 ERC calendar

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 09:00

Subject to FIA World Motor Sport Council approval on 5 December, the 2019 FIA European Rally Championship will feature eight events from March to November.

Starting with the Azores Airlines Rallye and concluding with the all-new Rally Hungary, the calendar features an equal split of asphalt and gravel events.

A reminder of the provisional schedule for 2019*:

Round 1: Azores Airlines Rallye, 21-23 March** (ERC Junior), gravel
Round 2: Rally Islas Canarias, 2-4 May (ERC Junior), asphalt
Round 3: Rally Liepāja (Latvia), 24-26 May (ERC Junior), gravel
Round 4: Rally Poland, 28-30 June (ERC Junior), gravel
Round 5: Rally di Roma Capitale (Italy), 19-21 July (ERC Junior), asphalt
Round 6: Barum Czech Rally Zlín, 16-18 August (ERC Junior), asphalt
Round 7: Cyprus Rally, 27-29 September, gravel
Round 8: Rally Hungary (Hungary), 1-3 November, asphalt***

*Subject to FIA World Motor Sport Council approval
**Subject to signing of event promoter agreement
***Subject to FIA observation

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Hadik leads future ERC rally after night-time city stage

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 23:44

András Hadik leads the Nyíregyháza Rally following tonight’s superspecial, overcoming foggy and damp conditions to top the times in northeast Hungary.

A few hours after Rally Hungary – which the Nyíregyháza Rally is due to become next year following its inclusion on the provisional FIA European Rally Championship calendar for 2019 – Hadik shrugged off the limited visibility and slippery asphalt to set the pace ahead of double ERC2 champion Tibor Érdi Jr.

“It was an interesting stage,” said Hungarian Hadik, whose Ford Fiesta R5 is being co-driven by Attila Deák. “We drove in big fog, though I tried to push as much as I could. I needed big eyes to see everything. I tried to go safely and fast and I think I could manage to do it. Due to the fog and the slippery road it was very easy to make a mistake, thanks God, we did not make any.”

While Hadik avoided making mistakes, top seed Frigyes Turán, currently second in the Hungarian championship standings, suffered a spin and is 17.4s behind Hadik at the overnight halt.

Érdi Jr, meanwhile, was a mere 2.0s down on Hadik on his first appearance in the Hungarian championship in nine years. “Before the start I forgot to switch on the lights, so I was looking for the button while I was driving,” he said. “Despite this small issue everything went well. I knew that the race was not decided by this stage. We will try to speed up.”

The Nyíregyháza Rally continues tomorrow (Saturday) with eight all-asphalt stages.

Photo: MNASZ/Norbert Kacsándi

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Nyíregyháza Hungary for ERC action as new event joins 2019 European rally calendar*

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 18:00

Hungary will return to the FIA European Rally Championship for the first time since 2003 with a new Tarmac event in the city of Nyíregyháza included on the provisional calendar for 2019.

Featuring eight events – four on asphalt and four on gravel – the planned list of dates for next season was approved by the FIA Rally Commission in Geneva on 7 November. The calendar will now be presented to the FIA World Motor Sport Council for final approval when it sits in St Petersburg on 5 December.

New asphalt rally for ERC season showdown
Rally Hungary is an exciting addition to the ERC schedule for 2019. The all-asphalt event will enjoy support from the Hungarian government and local authorities. It’s based in the city of Nyíregyháza in northeast Hungary, approximately two hours 30 minutes by car from the capital Budapest.

While the event is brand new for 2018 – hosting the closing round of the Hungarian championship this weekend (9-11 November) as the Nyíregyháza Rally – its origins date back to the late 1980s when the city was a regular host of national-level events.

“Eurosport Events, the ERC promoter, is really pleased and very excited to include Rally Hungary on the provisional calendar for 2019 for what we hope will be the start of a long-term partnership,” said Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator. “It’s the culmination of several months of discussion and we’ve already been impressed by the dedication and professionalism of the organising team. We also welcome the support of the Hungarian government and local authorities, including the Mayor of Nyíregyháza.”

Several Hungarian drivers contest the European Rally Championship each season with Tibor Érdi Jr winning the ERC2 title for a second year running in 2018, subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA. Dávid Botka was a stage winner in the Azores and Cyprus this year, while Norbert Herczig stepped up to the ERC in 2018 as a four-time national champion and was twice on the podium for the MOL Racing Team. Kristóf Klausz has been a regular in ERC Junior since the championship’s inception in 2014.

Dr Tünde Szabó, the Hungarian State Secretary for Sport, said: “It is a huge step and also a great success that Rally Hungary has been included in the draft FIA ERC calendar. In previous decades Nyíregyháza proved to be an excellent host of many of the most significant events in national motorsport. By gaining the right to host the ERC we can join in with international motorsport and get Nyíregyháza on the European map. Hosting the ERC fits perfectly with our sport politics goal, presenting the country and our cities by gaining the right to organise more prestigious sport events.”

Dr Ferenc Kovács, Mayor of Nyíregyháza, said: “It is a huge honour for Nyíregyháza to host such a high prestige event and the expectations are very high. We think in the long term the rally will be a significant event from a touristic point of view as well. Certainly, we are ready to make further steps and organise a European championship race. Nyíregyháza has already been buzzing with the arrival of the rally, people have been looking for where to watch the city stage. And I believe that this is only the first step and there could be a new motorsport arena in our city in the future.”

Gyárfás Oláh, President of the Association of the Hungarian Motorsport, said: “The announcement is a huge milestone for Hungarian motorsport and especially for rally. Hungary can get on the international rally map again. The ERC returns to us and there will be a Rally Hungary on the calendar. Our drivers have already proved that they belong to the European elite and now it is our turn, as the professional background of the sport, to live up to the trust. The Nyíregyháza Rally hosts the announcement and this city will host the ERC race, too. I hope that we can celebrate the announcement with an excellent race. Thank you for the support of the Hungarian Government and the state guarantee, the promoter’s faith and the trust of Eurosport, furthermore thanks for everybody’s help without whom it could not happen.”

Tamás Őry, event organiser, said: “When we decided to apply for hosting a European championship race, we could choose to organise a normal national race with 150 kilometres, since that could be enough for the FIA delegate to see that we were capable to organise a safe and great race. But we decided to organise a race on European rally standards. More than 600 people will work on the race at the weekend, we have the relationships with 52 municipalities. We will close a four-kilometre section in the city centre of Nyíregyháza and a further 113 kilometres in Zemplén.

“Since for us the competitors are the most important, we tried to set out stages of high quality. These stages were last used in the 1980s, so practically nobody remembers them. There will be a 26-kilometre stage that is very unusual in the Hungarian series but a requirement of an international race so we tried to follow this trend. We have set out spectator points, where we would like to provide our spectators with information and infrastructure.

“We are aiming long term to involve new rally fans outside the thousands of fanatics who follow races, or to bring back the old fans to the stages. We have made some steps to make the rally more easy to follow by setting up a huge screen at Kossuth Square in Nyíregyháza where the superspecial can be watched and the stage in Mád on Saturday also can be seen live by the spectators. We are extremely happy to be the part of the draft calendar of the ERC and we will do our best to meet the high expectations and organise a very good race at the weekend.”

Some of the features of this year’s event include a 69-car entry, 17 stages over a competitive distance of 223.10 kilometres, a city-based superspecial, a 25.15-kilometre stage and live streaming of selected runs.

Liepāja, Poland and Cyprus events in schedule switch
In other changes to the ERC calendar for 2019, Rally Liepāja in Latvia and Rally Poland will take place earlier than scheduled in recent years. Host of the season showdown in 2017 and 2018, Rally Liepāja moves forward to late May, while Poland’s counter occupies a late June date after running on the penultimate weekend of September in 2018, when it celebrated its 75th anniversary.

Popular island rallies offer early challenge
The Azores Airlines Rallye, located on the mid-Atlantic island of São Miguel – part of the Portuguese archipelago – and Rally Islas Canarias on Gran Canaria provide the early test for ERC crews, who will benefit from travel support for both events.

Mid-season asphalt adventures in store
The 2019 ERC calendar includes two mid-season rallies on asphalt: Rally di Roma Capitale and Barum Czech Rally Zlín, which takes place two weeks earlier than usual.

Even split of surfaces to help young talents learn in ERC Junior
Young talents competing in the ERC Junior championships will get to build their experience on asphalt and gravel with three sealed-surface and three loose-surface events appearing on the roster for 2019.

FIA European Rally Championship 2019 provisional calendar*
Round 1: Azores Airlines Rallye, 21-23 March** (ERC Junior), gravel
Round 2: Rally Islas Canarias, 2-4 May (ERC Junior), asphalt
Round 3: Rally Liepāja (Latvia), 24-26 May (ERC Junior), gravel
Round 4: Rally Poland, 28-30 June (ERC Junior), gravel
Round 5: Rally di Roma Capitale (Italy), 19-21 July (ERC Junior), asphalt
Round 6: Barum Czech Rally Zlín, 16-18 August (ERC Junior), asphalt
Round 7: Cyprus Rally, 27-29 September, gravel
Round 8: Rally Hungary (Hungary), 1-3 November, asphalt***

*Subject to FIA World Motor Sport Council approval
**Subject to signing of event promoter agreement
***Subject to FIA observation

Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator, said: “We are very pleased to present the provisional 2019 FIA European Rally Championship calendar, which remains subject to FIA World Motor Sport Council approval. Once again we have responded to competitor requests to limit the schedule to eight events spread across the year and on an even split of asphalt and gravel.

“In Rally Hungary we welcome a new and exciting event to the schedule, while we are also very pleased to renew our long-term partnerships with the Azores Airlines Rallye, Rally Islas Canarias, Rally Liepāja, Rally Poland, Rally di Roma Capitale, Barum Czech Rally Zlín and the Cyprus Rally.

“Although the Acropolis Rally will take a break from the ERC calendar in 2019, we are already in discussions about a return in 2020. It’s a high-quality, legendary event, very well run and Eurosport Events and the OMAE have always enjoyed a strong working relationship that we want to preserve. The door is always open to the Acropolis Rally.”

Photo: FTF Pictures/Tamás Farkas

 

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R5 chance for ERC Junior Llarena

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 06:00

Efrén Llarena has been handed a huge opportunity to prove his talent in an R5 car on the Spanish championship finale in Madrid later this month.

Llarena, who finished third in the Pirelli-supported FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship in 2018 as part of the RFEDA-backed Rally Team Spain initiative, has been handed a dream drive in a Ford Fiesta R5.

With continued support of the Spanish federation, plus backing from Arcomóvil – the official Ford dealer from Murcia – Llarena will contest the Rally Comunidad de Madrid from 23-24 November alongside regular co-driver Sara Fernández.

Following the announcement, Llarena tweeted: “Many thanks to RFEDA and Arcomóvil for making this dream a reality. We promise you won’t regret it.”

Meanwhile, Fernández will get the opportunity to get equated with the car when she co-drives Spanish federation president Manuel Aviñó in the same Fiesta on Rally de La Nucía-Mediterráneo in Alicante this weekend (9-11 November).

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ERC Junior Yates impresses on rare co-driving run

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 06:00

FIA European Rally Championship points-scorer Rhys Yates proved he can do more than just drive when he navigated his brother James on a national rally in his native United Kingdom last weekend, ending up just six seconds shy of victory.

Yates, a podium finisher in FIA ERC Junior Under 28 – the category for young stars in R5 cars – took on co-driving duties for his younger sibling during the Neil Howard Memorial Stages, held at the Oulton Park race circuit on 3 November.

Despite it being James Yates’s fifth rally and first appearance in the family’s Brettex Rally Team ŠKODA Fabia R5, he finished runner-up and was quick to praise his brother’s contribution.

“Considering he has only read pacenotes once before for my dad, he did really well,” James Yates said of brother Rhys. “I’m sure it wasn’t his favourite place to be and I think a few times he wanted to get into my side of the car but I understand that; it's his car after all. I think I better hand the keys back now.”

Rhys Yates contested four rounds of the ERC in 2018 – his first season at international level – proving his talent on outings with both CA1 Sport and Kresta Racing.

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Rival wanted Llarena fight in ERC

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 06:00

Tom Kristensson has revealed his disappointment after he was unable to fight Efrén Llarena for the runner-up spot in the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship.

Swede Kristensson (right) beat Llarena (left) to the Pirelli-supported category victory on PZM Rally Poland in late September and was set to start the season-closing Rally Liepāja 14 points in front of his Spanish rival.

However, when Llarena and co-driver Sara Fernández were forced to pull their entry from the Latvian event, Kristensson was unchallenged in his bid to finish runner-up to fellow ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team driver Mārtiņš Sesks.

“It’s very, very sad he was not here to compete against us because I really wanted a fight on the stages,” said Kristensson. “I’m really sorry for them but rally is rally and everybody knows how hard it is. I just hope he can come back stronger next year.”

Kristensson was also quick to praise Llarena and Fernández for their performances in 2018. “We enjoyed to have them as competitors this year, they are really, really good, especially on Tarmac, they are really strong and also showed a really good pace in Poland.”

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Margaillan keen on ERC future

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 06:00

French talent Hugo Margaillan wants to try the FIA European Rally Championship for real in 2019 with an ERC Junior Under 27 campaign in the planning.

Margaillan and co-driver Sébastien Poujol scooped the ‘junior’ section of the 208 Rally Cup in their homeland this season and also enrolled in the ERC Junior Experience training programme.

“The ERC Junior Experience helped me a lot to progress,” said Margaillan, 22. “It's a really great training, very well framed with workshops, very well targeted for the evolution of the crew. For next year we will be engaged in ERC Junior driving [a PEUGEOT] 208 R2.”

Of his PEUGEOT one-make title success, which came following a ninth-place finish on Rallye Terre des Cardabelles last month, Margaillan added: “I am very happy to have won this title, it's rewarding a whole year of work. We are much more serene for the end of the season and will be able to go to the last event, Rallye du Var, without pressure.”

Prior to Rallye du Var, Margaillan and Poujol will contest Rallye Terre de Vaucluse from 10-11 November, stepping up to a Citroën C3 R5 for the occasion.

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ERC Junior Kreim shines with Lausitz win

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 09:00

Less than a month after finishing a fine third in the final FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship standings, Fabian Kreim has been impressing again, this time winning the ADMV Lausitz Rallye in his native Germany.

Co-driven as ever by Frank Christian, Kreim led from the start and completed the 10-stage event with a winning margin of 13.0s over Matthias Kahle in his Pirelli-equipped ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland Fabia R5.

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If at first you don’t succeed… ERC Junior U28 champion Gryazin plans France return mission

Sun, 11/04/2018 - 06:00

Nikolay Gryazin won’t be put off from rallying in France after his outing on Critérium des Cévennes ended in final-stage disappointment last weekend.

Gryazin, fresh from winning the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship on Rally Liepāja in Latvia in mid-October, was in second place on the French Tarmac event in Montpellier when a rare mistake forced his early exit.

However, Gryazin is set to return to French asphalt for Rallye du Var from 23-25 November with fellow Russian Yaroslav Fedorov co-driving his Sports Racing Technologies-run ŠKODA Fabia R5.

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Why Acropolis was the ERC turning point for Nobre

Sat, 11/03/2018 - 06:00

Ever-present FIA European Rally Championship competitor Paulo Nobre has picked the EKO Acropolis Rally as his best moment of 2018.

Nobre scored ERC points for the first time on the Lamia-based event in June, which coincided with an upturn in pace from the Motorsport Italia-run Brazilian.

“All rallies were new for me and every rally had it’s own characteristic and you can like or don’t like,” said Nobre. “I try to take the glass full always and try to enjoy the best of every one. But if I would take one moment I would say in Greece where we were top 10 and where we start to drive a little bit better. We changed a little bit our speed and our confidence and we could make some points in the next rally in Cyprus if we didn’t have the flat tyre.”

Nobre and co-driver Gabriel Morales placed ninth on the EKO Acropolis Rally.

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Win double exceeded Kristensson’s ERC expectations

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 06:00

Tom Kristensson underlined his potential – and determination – by completing his debut season in the FIA European Rally Championship with back-to-back wins.

Kristensson stepped up to the Pirelli-supported ERC Junior Under 27 Championship in 2018, his prize for winning the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup in Germany the previous season.

After crashing out of the season-opening Azores Airlines Rallye, the talented Swede regained his composure and showed progression on each event, ending the year with class triumphs in Poland and Latvia alongside co-driver Henrik Appelskog.

“I’m having troubles finding the words for this end of season, it’s not what I expected,” said the Swede, who partnered ERC Junior U27 champion Mārtiņš’ Sesks at the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team. “It feels really good to end the season with this double victory, thank you to my fantastic team.”

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PZM 75. Rajd Polski / PZM 75th Rally Poland

PZM 75. Rajd Polski

Kalendarz 2018

22-24 marca:

Azores Airlines Rallye (Portugalia)

03-05 maja:

Rally Islas Canarias (Hiszpania)

01-03 czerwca:

Acropolis Rally (Grecja)

15-17 czerwca:

Cyprus Rally (Cypr)

20-22 lipca:

Rally di Roma Capitale (Włochy)

24-26 sierpnia:

Barum Czech Rally Zlín (Czechy)

21-23 września:

Rajd Polski

12-14 października:

Rally Liepaja (Łotwa)