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SEAJETS reflects on ERC successes with Ingram and Lukyanuk

8 hours 14 min ago

SEAJETS, which has one of the largest high-speed vessel fleets in the world, has savoured another successful season associated with the FIA European Rally Championship and drivers Chris Ingram and Alexey Lukyanuk.

With support from SEAJETS, Ingram claimed the prestigious FIA title with Lukyanuk finishing a close runner-up on Rally Hungary’s final-round decider last weekend.

Marios Iliopoulos, SEAJETS’ Head of Strategic Planning and Development, who actively and successfully participates in motorsport competitions (he was once again the Greek hillclimb champion in the racing saloon category) said: "All of us at SEAJETS are very happy to support this great sporting event in motorsport this year as well and congratulate Chris Ingram and Alexey Lukyanuk for their outstanding performance.SEAJETS, along with Chris and Alexey, are the frontrunners in the European championship, celebrating with them the first and second place.

“Success for us is the way forward, so remaining attached to our vision, we commit to keep supporting in the future the leading institutions and athletes that promote excellence, diligence and discipline, principles and values that characterise our entire activity."

 Ingram said: “Many thanks to Marios Iliopoulos and SEAJETS for supporting us. We have become the first British crew to win the FIA European Rally Championship in 50 years. A dream came true!”

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How unlucky Tejpar lost out on ERC Ladies’ Trophy glory

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 12:00

Nabila Tejpar has spoken about the stage 10 accident that ended her bid to win the ERC Ladies’ Trophy at her first attempt on Rally Hungary last weekend.

Tejpar was on course to beat rival Ekaterina Stratieva to first place on the FIA European Rally Championship season finale when she crashed out in treacherous conditions on the final morning of the event, striking a tree and rolling her Peugeot 208 R2.

“I just can’t believe it, I was so close,” said the Briton. “I’ve never seen road conditions like this on a rally before and I thought I’d got the measure of them. That stage in particular had claimed so many people but the whole rally was plagued by retirements due to the conditions. Sadly, that one just caught me out and I was a passenger, there was nothing I could do.”

Tejpar’s misfortune let in Stratieva for a third ERC Ladies’ Trophy title.

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Mares demonstrates podium pace on ERC prize drive

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 12:00

Filip Mareš underlined his huge potential on his first of two prize drives from FIA European Rally Championship promoter Eurosport Events for winning the ERC1 Junior title earlier this season*.

Driving a ŠKODA Fabia R5 Evo for Kresta Racing, the ACCR Czech Rally Team driver was in third place on the Tarmac-based Rally Hungary last weekend when a puncture dropped him to fourth in the overall classification at the end of the opening leg, albeit 6.8s behind eventual winner Frigyes Turán.

Although his efforts to make up lost ground on the deciding day of the event were thwarted by powersteering failure, the 28-year-old nevertheless made a strong impression with a succession of top-five stage times alongside co-driver Jan Hloušek.

“It was bad luck for us to retire because I hoped it would be a good second day and another experience in wet conditions, but that’s rally,” said Mareš, who competes with the support of the Czech ASN, the Autoclub of the Czech Republic. “Shortly before the first stage of day two we lost the powersteering completely so it would have been very difficult to go through the whole loop. Together with the team we decided to retire, mainly because of safety reasons as there were some doubts about the real cause of the problem.”

Mareš was third starting Saturday’s closing test when he was delayed by a deflated tyre, which dropped him 6.8s off the final podium place overnight.

“We did a puncture maybe five or four kilometres before the end of the last stage of the day,” Mareš explained at the completion of Saturday’s first leg. “We had something a little bit broken in the steering but the first day was quite a good day for us, very tricky, something new for us because it was my first experience on this kind of [muddy] surface. But what is optimistic from my point of view is we are on the same pace as the local drivers although for sure Chris [Ingram] and Lucas [Alexey Lukyanuk] were flying at the front of the field so there is still a lot of work for us to do. But we completed the first day in touch of a podium position and Chris was not so far ahead of us.”

Mareš will take up the second of his two ERC1 Junior prize drives on the opening round of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship, the Azores Rallye, which takes place on the Portuguese island of São Miguel from 26-28 March. By contesting this all-gravel event, Mareš will be able to grow his experience of driving on loose surfaces. And following the Azores Rallye, it is hoped that Mareš will be able to put together a full programme to mount an overall ERC title campaign in 2020.

*Subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA

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ERC champions* celebrated during spectacular Budapest ceremony

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 12:00

The 2019 FIA European Rally Championship title winners were honoured at the annual ERC Awards Ceremony in Budapest yesterday evening (Monday).

Held at the Budapest Music Center, the event was attended by a star-studded line-up including recently crowned FIA European champions Chris Ingram and Ross Whittock*, ERC2 title winner* Juan Carlos Alonso, plus ERC3 champions* Efrén Llarena and Sara Fernández.

Filip Mareš was present to collect his trophy for winning the ERC1 Junior title*, Llarena also received his ERC3 Junior award, while Andrea Nucita was recognised for his capture of the first Abarth Rally Cup to be run within the ERC structure, although he couldn’t attend in person.

Saintéloc Junior Team, represented by Vincent Ducher, was honoured as the winner of the FIA European Rally Championship for Teams*, Tomáš Kunc received the ERC Nations’ Cup on behalf of the ACCR Czech Rally Team. Ekaterina Stratieva collected the ERC Ladies’ Trophy.

Another notable attendee was Zelindo Melegari, the ERC2 regular who was injured in a crash on Barum Czech Rally Zlín in August, but who had scored sufficient points earlier in the season to secure third in the final ERC2 table.

Terenzio Testoni from ERC3 Junior tyre partner Pirelli, Anita Passalis, the FIA Sporting Delegate, and Jérôme Roussel, the FIA Category Manager – Regional Rally, were among those to present awards on the night.

Guests were treated to a number of spectacular videos produced by Eurosport’s production team, which looked back on a memorable season.

The full list of award winners appears below*:

FIA European Rally Championship ERC1:
First position: Chris Ingram (GBR)/Ross Whittock (GBR)
Second position: Alexey Lukyanuk (RUS)/Alexey Arnautov (RUS)
Third position: Łukasz Habaj/Daniel Dymurski (POL)

FIA European Rally Championship ERC2:
First position: Juan Carlos Alonso (ARG)/Juan Pablo Monasterolo (ARG)
Second position: Andrea Nucita (ITA) and Corrado Bonato (ITA)
Third position: Zelindo Melegari (ITA) and Łukasz Sitek (POL)

FIA European Rally Championship ERC3:
First position: Efrén Llarena (ESP)/Sara Fernández (ESP)
Second position: Erik Cais (CZE)/Jindřiška Žáková (CZE)
Third position: Ken Torn (EST)/Kauri Pannas (EST)

FIA ERC1 Junior Championship:
First position: Filip Mareš (CZE)
Second position: Chris Ingram (GBR)
Third position: Mattias Adielsson (SWE)

FIA ERC3 Junior Championship:
First position: Efrén Llarena (ESP)
Second position: Ken Torn (EST)
Third position: Sindre Furuseth (NOR)

FIA European Rally Championship for Teams:
First position: Saintéloc Junior Team (FRA)
Second position: Toksport WRT (DEU/TUR)
Third position: ACCR Czech Rally Team (CZE)

Abarth Rally Cup:
First position: Andrea Nucita (ITA)
Second position: Dariusz Poloński (POL)
Third position: Alberto Monarri (ESP)

ERC Nations’ Cup:
First position: ACCR Czech Rally Team
Second position: Rallye Team Spain
Third position: FPAK Portugal Team ERC

ERC Ladies’ Trophy:
First: Ekaterina Stratieva (BGR)
Second position: Nabila Tejpar (GBR)
Third position: Catie Munnings (GBR)

The 2020 FIA European Rally Championship gets underway on the Azores Rallye, which takes place on the ever-spectacular Portuguese island of São Miguel from 26-28 March. Contested over eight rounds, next year’s ERC schedule also includes Rally Islas Canarias, Rally Liepāja, 77th Rally Poland, Rally di Roma Capitale, Barum Czech Rally Zlín, Cyprus Rally and Rally Hungary.

*Subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA.

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ERC would suit Devine just fine

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 18:00

Callum Devine plans to use his maiden FIA European Rally Championship podium as a catalyst to a full campaign in 2020.

Devine was one of a number of runners to master the challenging weather conditions during the Rally Hungary weekend and came through to finish third overall in a Hyundai i20 R5 run by Hyundai Motorsport N and supported by his national ASN, Motorsport Ireland.

Speaking following the finish in Nyíregyháza, Devine said: “The ERC is our main plan for next year if we can get everything together. This was a good learning curve for us to see what we’re up against next year. We’ll see where we go from here.”

Devine also conceded his podium finish had exceeded pre-event expectations. “I didn’t think coming to this rally [it would be possible] because it was a last-minute plan put together between Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing and Motorsport Ireland, so to be here with this result is fantastic for us. From a rally point of view, it was extremely challenging, probably the hardest rally I ever did for myself and Brian. I’m really pleased.”

Co-driver Brian Hoy added: “Callum definitely made the most of what he was given this weekend and definitely made a really good impression. We’re happy with this.”

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From ERC Junior rookie to European champion*: Ingram nets the ultimate prize

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 12:00

Chris Ingram’s FIA European Rally Championship tittle success* alongside co-driver Ross Whittock completes his transition from rookie to overall champion in a space of six seasons.

He began his European adventure in a Renault Twingo in 2014, earning the Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy on the Circuit of Ireland, only his second appearance in the championship, which ultimately ended in a huge crash.

A chance with Peugeot UK followed before he was recruited by the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team. After losing out on the 2016 ERC3 Junior title on a final-round decider to team-mate Marijan Griebel in Liepāja, Ingram bounced back to take the crown the following season, this time ahead of fellow Opel driver Jari Huttunen.

That result, along with the prize purse from Eurosport Events, helped Ingram secure a step up to ERC1 Junior for 2018 and he narrowly lost out on championship glory to Nikolay Gryazin at the end of his first campaign at R5 level.

Despite limited finances – which had to be bolstered by a crowd-funding campaign launched by his mother plus the support of his Toksport WRT team – Ingram took the title battle to the final round in August, only to miss out on first place to Filip Mareš by 0.3s. But that defeat on Barum Czech Rally Zlín, which he completed leading the overall standings due to his early season scores, served as a catalyst to a, at times, unlikely title push.

“It’s been a bloody hard road to get but this is everything to us,” said Ingram, a 25-year-old from Manchester in the UK. “Thank you so much to everyone who has helped us, everyone who has supported us. The support has been absolutely unbelievable and we are so grateful.

“It’s been such a hard year but I’ve not done this alone. Ross has been unbelievable, he’s the most reliable guy, I’m a complete dope. But he’s the most focused person in the whole world. The team have been absolutely amazing. The car has been perfect. Thank you so much to them for making it happen.”

Ingram took the ERC title by nine points following a dramatic final stage on Rally Hungary yesterday when both he and title rival Alexey Lukyanuk suffered punctures.

*Subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA

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Celebration time for ERC Abarth Rally Cup winner Nucita

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 06:00

Andrea Nucita was able to celebrate winning the first Abarth Rally Cup to take place within the FIA European Rally Championship following his battling drive on Rally Hungary.

Co-driven by Bernardo di Caro, Nucita restarted on Sunday’s second leg knowing that a finish would be enough to secure the laurels and the 30,000 euros on offer to the champion.

While Nucita duly finished, his rival Dariusz Poloński’s early retirement meant it was a relatively calm run through the closing stages, despite the testing weather conditions and a clutch issue.

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Stratieva wins ERC Ladies’ Trophy after dramatic twist

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 23:00

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

The British driver ran wide and hit a tree, rolling over as a result, although she and co-driver Hugo Magalhães were uninjured.

Bulgarian Stratieva therfore knew that a finish would secure a third ERC Ladies’ Trophy title, and she duly negotiated her way through the treacherous stages to secure the points she needed.

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Czech federation-backed Cais wins ERC3 to secure second place in final order

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 22:00

Despite receiving a 20-second penalty for a late check-out from Saturday morning service while his team rushed to complete a gearbox change, Erik Cais completed a dominant first victory over Marijan Griebel, winning ERC3 on Rally Hungary by more than seven minutes.

Griebel was left to rue a lack of wet weather tyres as the conditions turned for the worse heading into Sunday’s second leg and adopted a cautious strategy to bring his Toksport WRT Peugeot 208 R2 home in a comfortable second position.

A fresh downpour during SS9 meant that Cais took it relatively carefully as Saturday morning leader Miklós Csomós claimed the stage win. Conditions were far worse on the next test which allowed Cais to pull away further from Griebel behind.

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

After going off the road on the opening day, Ohran Avciouglu returned in his Toksport Peugeot but alternator issues affected his speed.

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Turan wins Rally Hungary, Ingram clinches ERC title in final-stage decider

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 21:00

Toksport WRT’s Chris Ingram has become the first British driver to win the FIA European Rally Championship title for 52 years after finishing fourth in a dramatic season showdown in Hungary**.

Alongside co-driver Ross Whittock, the ŠKODA Fabia R5-powered Ingram overcame two tyre deflations – the second coming on the final stage of the event – and a spin to finish the season on 141 points, taking into account dropped scores and leg bonus points.

Saintéloc Junior Team’s Russian Alexey Lukyanuk finished second to rally winner Frigyes Turán after suffering his own puncture on the last test. He and co-driver Alexey Arnautov could only pick up two Sunday leg bonus points, and finished on 131 points, nine adrift of Ingram and Whittock.

Ingram came into the weekend 19 points ahead of Sports Racing Technologies’ Łukasz Habaj, and a further nine ahead of Lukyanuk, the reigning champion. With the best six results out of eight counting towards the championship, Ingram was set to lose 12 points from his end-of-season total, with Habaj and Lukyanuk potentially dropping four and three respectively.

But in a dramatic final stage, Ingram came through to clinch the crown as Frigyes Turán took the Rally Hungary victory, his first in the ERC to become the eighth different winner in as many rounds in 2019.

Ingram’s success completes his transition from rookie to overall champion in a space of six seasons. He began his FIA European Rally Championship adventure in a Renault Twingo, earning the Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy on the Circuit of Ireland, only his second appearance, which ended in a huge crash. A chance with Peugeot UK followed before he was recruited by the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team. After losing out on the 2016 ERC3 Junior title on a final-round decider to team-mate Marijan Griebel in Liepāja, Ingram bounced back to take the crown the following season, this time ahead of team-mate Jari Huttunen.

That result helped Ingram secure a step up to ERC1 Junior for 2018 and he narrowly lost out on championship glory to Nikolay Gryazin at the end of his first campaign at R5 level. Despite limited finances – which had to be bolstered by a crowd-funding campaign launched by his mother plus the support of his Toksport WRT team – Ingram took the title battle to the final round, only to miss out on first place to Filip Mareš by 0.3s. But that defeat on Barum Czech Rally Zlín, which he completed leading the overall standings, served as a catalyst to a, at times, unlikely title push.

“It’s been a bloody hard road to get but this is everything to us,” said Ingram, a 25-year-old from Manchester in the UK. “Thank you so much to everyone who has helped us, everyone who has supported us. The support has been absolutely unbelievable and we are so grateful.  It’s been such a hard year but I’ve not done this alone. Ross has been unbelievable, he’s the most reliable guy, I’m a complete dope. But he’s the most focused person in the whole world. The team have been absolutely amazing. The car has been perfect. Thank you so much to them for making it happen.”

Lukyanuk’s final-stage puncture, meanwhile, denied him the event win and what have been a second title following Ingram’s drama ahead of him on the road. He settled for second as Callum Devine, driving a Hyundai Motorsport N-entered i20 R5, took third in his first ERC1 start made possible by backing from his national ASN, Motorsport Ireland.

Andrea Nucita celebrated Abarth Rally Cup success with Czech federation-supported Erik Cais’s win in ERC3 enough to secured second place in the final ranking behind provisional champion Efrén Llarena.

Ekaterina Stratieva won the ERC Ladies’ Trophy for a third time with her Saintéloc Junior Team winning the FIA European Rally Championship for Teams ahead of Toksport WRT and ACCR Czech Rally Team.

Leg two report: Wet-weather master Lukyanuk denied at the last as Turán triumphs
Recently-crowned national champion Ferenc Vincze won Sunday’s opening run, the 10.60-kilometre Óhuta-Fony stage, as title chasers Lukyanuk and Ingram hit trouble with the Russian losing his rear brakes from the beginning and Ingram dropping “about 5 or 10 seconds” following a half-spin and a stall.

Things got worse for Ingram in the morning’s second stage as a front-right puncture early on forced him to stop for a replacement before continuing. He lost more than two minutes, which allowed stage winner Frigyes Turán to move into second behind Lukyanuk.

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

Lukyanuk made it through the treacherous stage 10 with the fastest time and the Russian also topped the city stage in Nyíregyháza to take a lead of more than two minutes into the final loop of two stages with Ingram third behind Turan and a comfortable 1m38s ahead of fourth-placed Norbert Herczig, the MOL Racing Team’s four-time national champion, who would go on to claim his first stage win of 2019 on the penultimate test.

After suffering three punctures on Saturday, Herczig’s up-and-down home event ended with yet another deflation on the final stage as heavy rain, thunder and lightning tested the crews still further. He finished fifth in his Volkswagen Polo GTI R5.

As conditions worsened, Ingram came through with a front-right puncture, dropping him out of the podium places and seemingly handing the title to Lukyanuk. Incredibly, Lukyanuk was forced to stop and replace another puncture during the stage, dropping nearly two minutes and a place to second.

This promoted Turán to the lead, but attentions focused on how far down the Sunday leg positions Lukyanuk fell. The Russian could only score two points for being sixth fastest at the end of the leg, which left Ingram champion by a margin of nine points.

Sunday got off to a disappointing beginning for ERC1 Junior champion Filip Mareš, who failed to start SS8 following powersteering issues. The Czech federation-backed star, on the first of two prize drives from ERC promoter Eurosport Events for his championship success, was 6.8s from third starting leg two.

Erstwhile title contender Łukasz Habaj retired before the end of Saturday’s leg following powersteering and suspension issues, a sad end to a very impressive campaign for the Pole, which included winning the season-opening Azores Rallye.

ERC Junior regular Kristóf Klausz went off the road on SS9, while early rally leader Vincze also retired with a technical issue after suffering overheating problems and a puncture in his Korda Racing Team ŠKODA Fabia R5 on Saturday.

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Turán celebrates maiden ERC win – by phone!

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 18:06

Frigyes Turán has revealed he found out he’d claimed his maiden event win in the FIA European Rally Championship when he got a phone call from his team with the good news.

Hungarian Turán admitted before the start that he’d be hard pushed to break into the top 10 in the final order due to his lack of familiarity with his ŠKODA Fabia R5, but ended up winning the event when long-term leader Alexey Lukyanuk, who was running behind him on the road, picked up a puncture on the deciding stage of Rally Hungary.

“I was on the way to the service park when I got a call from the team that we finished third, but first,” said Turán. “I could hardly believe it. It took some time to realise it, and to tell you the truth, I was absolutely moved. It is awesome!

“I must admit that first I thought I did not really need that last stage because of the extreme conditions due to the fog. But now I think it was well-needed.

“Overall the race was fantastic, I love these stages, only the rain had some negative impact, but right now I think everything is much more than perfect. We are among those few drivers, who haven’t had any punctures, even if the conditions were really tough. I could not hope this kind of result, it is unbelievable.”

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Saintéloc crowned ERC champion team*

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 17:37

The Saintéloc Junior Team has won the FIA European Rally Championship for Teams* thanks to the combined efforts of its Rally Hungary trio, Alexey Lukyanuk, Sean Johnston and Ekaterina Stratieva.

Based in France, the Saintéloc Junior Team also counted on points scored by Sindre Furuseth earlier in the season.

Saintéloc’s winning total over Toksport WRT was nine points, Lukyanuk’s deficit to Toksport pilot Chris Ingram in his ultimately unsuccessful bid to win the ERC Drivers’ title. ACCR Czech Rally Team finished third but arrived in Hungary have already clinched the ERC Nations’ Cup.

*Subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA

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Chris Ingram is provisional ERC champion for 2019*

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 16:48

Subject to confirmation of the final results by the FIA, Chris Ingram has taken the coveted regional title for the first time alongside co-driver Ross Whittock in a Toksport-run ŠKODA Fabia R5.

“We've worked so hard to get to this point. This means everything to us, thanks to everyone who has helped us this year,” said Ingram, who scored 141 points compared to the 132 registered by Alexey Lukyanuk.

A full Q&A with the champion and the Rally Hungary leg two report will be issued later this evening.

*Subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA

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Cais remains on course for ERC3 victory in Hungary

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 13:41

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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ERC title battle evenly poised ahead of final loop

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 13:13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Safety considerations lead to cancellation of SS14 on ERC decider

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 12:54

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

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

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

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

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Ingram loses time and second place with puncture on SS9

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 10:43

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 09:56

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

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

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

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Mares out of power in ERC

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 09:38

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

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

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

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

Photo: Julian Porter/ERC Radio

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

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 09:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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)