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Yates to use ERC skills on Scottish practice run

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:00

Rhys Yates will put the experience he gained on his FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship debut to good use when he contests a rally in Scotland this weekend.

Brettex-backed Yates placed an impressive third in the class for young stars in R5 cars on the Azores Airlines Rallye last month and will now focus on his British title campaign, starting with a practice run on the Scottish championship-counting Speyside Stages on 21 April.

“I wanted to test before the Carlisle Rally and it made sense to get some mileage under our belt,” said the 25-year-old Briton. “I don’t have any prior knowledge of the stages so I will be a little green and not being able to use our own pacenotes will be tough, but we will certainly still be doing our best.”

Driving a CA1 Sport-run ŠKODA Fabia R5, Yates is contemplating July’s Rally di Roma Capitale for his next ERC adventure, although his British championship programme remains his priority in 2018.

Photo: Josef Petru

Big interest as ERC Rally Islas Canarias 2018 is launched

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:00

Round two of the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship is officially underway following yesterday’s launch in Las Palmas.

Some 100 dignitaries, officials, sponsors and media assembled at the Salón Gran Fórum in the AC Hotel Gran Canaria to learn more about May’s all-asphalt event and gain a further understanding of the rally’s importance to the local community and beyond.

Antonio Morales, President of Cabildo de Gran Canaria, said: “This rally contributes to the fact that this brand of Gran Canaria as a European sports island transcends our borders and becomes a benchmark for physical activity and social cohesion through sports. It also means an extraordinary projection of the island, of our climate and our landscapes. It generates productive economy and, to finish, it is an example of how public and private initiative can join forces to carry out an event of these characteristics. You can not build the future of a territory without everyone's participation and this rally makes this collaboration visible.”

Manuel Aviñó, President of the Real Federación Española de Automovilismo (RFEDA), explained that last year’s Rally Islas Canarias was the most valued of all Spanish championship rounds. Wishing “all the luck to the organising committee for an even better event than last year, Aviñó highlighted the participation of Efrén Llarena in ERC Junior Under 27 as part of the Rally Team Spain initiative, his prize for winning the Beca Junior R2 crown in Spain last season.

Jean-Baptiste Ley, ERC Co-ordinator, commented on the huge popularity of the championship and some of the recent innovations, including the introduction of a two-tier ERC Junior Championship and a move to an eight-event calendar as part of cost-cutting efforts.

This year’s Rally Islas Canarias takes place from 3-5 May. Entries closed yesterday evening and the draft list is due to be published at 14h00 local time on 23 April.

Russian squad on top in ERC battle of the teams

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:00

Russian Performance Motorsport will lead the FIA European Rally Championship for Teams by two points when battle resumes on Rally Islas Canarias next month.

It heads Rally Team Spain with Toksport WRT and ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team seven points further back.

MOL Racing Tam and ACCR Czech Team are equal fifth with 12 points apiece.

Registered teams can nominate a maximum of three cars from ERC-registered drivers, in either four- or two-wheel drive configuration or a combination of both, to score points on each event.

The results of the two highest-placed cars from a team count, with teams tallying their best six scores from a possible eight. And with points distributed according to the four- and two-wheel-drive classifications of the rally, a team could score a maximum of 50 points per event with 25 on offer in 4WD and 25 also up for grabs in 2WD.

There’s a prestigious FIA title up for grabs for the winning team.

ERC drivers set for early Czech adventure

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 18:00

Alexey Lukyanuk and Albert von Thurn und Taxis are set for an early Czech adventure when they contest Rallye Šumava Klatovy this weekend (20-21 April).

The national championship event will provide useful Tarmac running for the duo ahead of next month’s ERC-counting Rally Islas Canarias, as well as aiding their preparations for the FIA European Rally Championship’s visit to the Czech Republic for Barum Czech Rally Zlín in August.

Other drivers in action include defending Czech champion and former ERC title winner Jan Kopecký, ERC Junior Under 28 contender Jan Černý and ERC Junior U27 graduate Filip Mareš, who is embarking on his first season in R5 machinery with support from the Autoklub of Czech Republic.

Pellier tames Spanish Tarmac ahead of ERC Junior outing

Sun, 04/15/2018 - 12:00

Laurent Pellier warmed up for his next FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship appearance with a fine second place on Rallye Sierra Morena in Spain yesterday (14 April).

Pellier was using the Córdoba-based event to prepare for the upcoming Rally Islas Canarias. As well as building his experience of his PEUGEOT 208 T16 on asphalt, the Frenchman impressed by beating a host of Spanish championship regulars, including 2017 title winner Iván Ares.

PEUGEOT Rally Academy-run Pellier is tackling the six-event ERC Junior U28 season alongside co-driver and fellow Frenchman Geoffrey Combe. Rally Islas Canarias is up next from 3-5 May.

ERC Junior Koči makes strong start at home

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 18:00

Slovakia’s Martin Koči made a strong start to his national title bid with second place on Rallye Prešov earlier today.

He finished runner-up to ERC podium finisher, former Polish champion and four-time Slovak title holder Grzegorz Grzyb in a similar ŠKODA Fabia R5.

Polish prospect and domestic Group N champion Mikołaj Marczyk completed an all-Fabia podium.

Koči is mounting a combined ERC Junior Under 28 and Slovak championship campaign in a Fabia R5 backed by his country’s ŠKODA importer.

Birdman achieves new heights in ERC

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 06:00

Hubert Ptaszek, the driver known as Birdman based on a rough English translation of his surname, achieved new heights on his FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship debut last month.

Although his challenge was undone by an administrative issue that kept him out of Friday’s action, the Pole responded by scoring his first outright stage win courtesy of his quickest time through the Grupo Marques spectator stage on the Azores Airlines Rallye’s final leg.

“We were setting some good times and it was nice to win my first overall stage for the first time in my life because it was not easy to catch the World Rally Cars when I was in WRC2,” said Ptaszek, who is competing in a Tagai Racing Technology ŠKODA Fabia R5. “That stage was for my dad because I know he’s sitting in the company thinking ‘what’s happened, what’s happened’ but now we win.”

Munnings on top in ERC Ladies’ Trophy

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 06:00

Catie Munnings will top the ERC Ladies’ Trophy when battle resumes on Rally Islas Canarias next month.

Munnings heads Tamara Molinaro under a new scoring system for 2018 introduced by FIA European Rally Championship promoter Eurosport Events, which is committed to encouraging the participation of women in motorsport and has revamped the ERC Ladies’ Trophy accordingly.

Rather than recognise the achievements of women when competing against other women drivers, to promote gender equality, drivers will score points based on where they appear in the final four- or two-wheel-drive order.

Munnings was ninth of the 2WD finishers and scores 50 points. Molinaro, P14 in 4WD, scores 37 points. Emma Falcón failed to finish.

All rounds of the ERC are included in the ERC Ladies’ Trophy with all classes (ERC1, ERC2 and ERC3) eligible. Drivers count their best four scores.

Avcioğlu up for full ERC bid

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 06:00

Orhan Avcioğlu is planning to contest the remaining rounds of this season’s FIA European Rally Championship after graduating to the series for 2018.

Last year’s FIA Balkan Rally Trophy winner was in the top 20 on the recent Azores Airlines Rallye when a crash put him out on the final morning.

Undeterred, he is set to compete in his ŠKODA Fabia R5 for only the third time when he contests Rally Islas Canarias from 3-5 May.

“We plan to do the full season,” said Avcioğlu. “If we are consistent the plan is to be in the top five by the end of the season.”

Avcioğlu forms part of Germany-based Toksport WRT’s three-car ERC assault. Chris Ingram won the ERC Junior Under 28 category on the Azores Airlines Rallye. Menderes Okur finished fourth in ERC2.

Habaj happy with ERC points

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 06:00

This season’s FIA European Rally Championship is already proving to be better for Łukasz Habaj than last based on how the Pole has begun his 2018 campaign.

After a non-finish and non-start from the first two ERC events in 2017, Habaj finished the season-opening Azores Airlines Rallye in seventh place to register his first points of the year.

“I’m really happy to be in the finish because we had quite a lot of problems,” said the Rallytechnology-run driver. “The rally was much tougher for us and the competition was hard but we kept trying.”

Habaj’s issues included a powersteering glitch on the opening day, a puncture and a mistake on the second pass of Sete Cidades, which cost 20 seconds.

ERC NEWSLETTER 10-18

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 00:19

With Rally Islas Canarias starting in a litle more than 20 days, here's a recap on some of the latest developments in the FIA European Rally Championship.

ERC Junior Loubet impresses on world run

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 07:00

FIA ERC Junior Under 28 contender Pierre-Louis Loubet impressed on his home round of the world championship in Corsica last weekend, twice setting the second fastest time in his category alongside co-driver Vincent Landais.

Although a mistake on stage eight prevented Loubet from completing the entire rally route, the Team OSCARO driver’s performance on the penultimate stage of Tour de Corse was particularly noteworthy with the stage covering a mammoth 55 kilometres.

"We are happy with the performance of the Hyundai i20 and our feeling with the car is improving," said Loubet. “I am sorry for the mistake, but I am sure we will have a lot of satisfaction starting from the next race valid for the ERC on the Canary Islands from 3-5 May.”

ERC Junior Loubet impresses on world run

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 06:00

FIA ERC Junior Under 28 contender Pierre-Louis Loubet impressed on his home round of the world championship in Corsica last weekend, twice setting the second fastest time in his category alongside co-driver Vincent Landais.

Although a mistake on stage eight prevented Loubet from completing the entire rally route, the Team OSCARO driver’s performance on the penultimate stage of Tour de Corse was particularly noteworthy with the stage covering a mammoth 55 kilometres.

“We are happy with the performance of the Hyundai i20 and our feeling with the car is improving,” said Loubet who drives for the BRC Racing Team from Italy. “I am sorry for the mistake, but I am sure we will have a lot of satisfaction starting from the next race valid for the ERC on the Canary Islands from 3-5 May.”

Former ERC champion Kopecký king of the world

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 19:00

Jan Kopecký, winner of the FIA European Rally Championship in 2013, continued his hugely impressive start to his world series campaign with class victory on Tour de Corse, which finished earlier today.

The ŠKODA Motorsport driver won the WRC2 class on Rallye Monte-Carlo in January and took his first win in Corsica alongside co-driver and fellow Czech Pavel Dresler.

Former ERC Junior Fabio Andolfi finished third, while Team OSCARO-backed Pierre-Louis Loubet, who is also contesting this season's ERC Junior Under 28 Championship, finished sixth.

Former ERC champion Kopecký king of the world

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 18:00

Jan Kopecký, winner of the FIA European Rally Championship in 2013, continued his hugely impressive start to his world series campaign with class victory on Tour de Corse, which finished earlier today.

The ŠKODA Motorsport driver won the WRC2 class on Rallye Monte-Carlo in January and took his first win in Corsica alongside co-driver and fellow Czech Pavel Dresler.

Former ERC Junior Fabio Andolfi finished third, while Team OSCARO-backed Pierre-Louis Loubet, who is also contesting this season’s ERC Junior Under 28 Championship, finished sixth.

ERC Rally Islas Canarias info online

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 07:00

Full details of Rally Islas Canarias, round two of the FIA European Rally Championship, are available at the event’s website.

The event itinerary, route map, regulations and more can be found here. Based in Las Palmas on Gran Canaria, the all-Tarmac rally takes place from 3-5 May.

ERC Rally Islas Canarias info online

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 06:00

Full details of Rally Islas Canarias, round two of the FIA European Rally Championship, are available at the event’s website.

The event itinerary, route map, regulations and more can be found here. Based in Las Palmas on Gran Canaria, the all-Tarmac rally takes place from 3-5 May.

Calmer Lukyanuk wants more ERC joy

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 07:00

Alexey Lukyanuk’s will be hoping his more conservative approach will allow him to challenge for a second consecutive victory in the FIA European Rally Championship when action resumes on Rally Islas Canarias next month.

Lukyanuk began his 2018 title bid with an impressive first place on the Azores Airlines Rallye last month and will be a favourite to bag a second successive triumph this season and in Gran Canaria when the Tarmac counter takes place from 3-5 May.

“I tried to suppress my open way to drive, my feelings and my intention to push harder all the time,” said the Russian Performance Motorsport driver. “It was a really tough rally for me having to control myself but everything worked and it paid off. Thank you for the team and sponsors and everybody who supports us. We’ll keep going like this I hope.”

Lukyanuk claimed an emphatic victory on Rally Islas Canarias last season. Although injuries sustained in a testing crashed ruled out his participation on the next two events, his latter campaign was undone by a spate of non-finishes, which has promoted a calmer approach for 2018.

Calmer Lukyanuk wants more ERC joy

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 06:00

Alexey Lukyanuk will be hoping his more conservative approach will allow him to challenge for a second consecutive victory in the FIA European Rally Championship when action resumes on Rally Islas Canarias next month.

Lukyanuk began his 2018 title bid with an impressive first place on the Azores Airlines Rallye last month and will be a favourite to bag a second successive triumph this season and in Gran Canaria when the Tarmac counter takes place from 3-5 May.

“I tried to suppress my open way to drive, my feelings and my intention to push harder all the time,” said the Russian Performance Motorsport driver. “It was a really tough rally for me having to control myself but everything worked and it paid off. Thank you for the team and sponsors and everybody who supports us. We’ll keep going like this I hope.”

Lukyanuk claimed an emphatic victory on Rally Islas Canarias last season. Although injuries sustained in a testing crashed ruled out his participation on the next two events, his latter campaign was undone by a spate of non-finishes, which has promoted a calmer approach for 2018.

Zawada gets Hyundai for ERC Junior U28 step

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 13:00

Aleks Zawada will step up to the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship in 2018 – and this is the car he'll drive.

The Pole had been planning an ERC Junior Under 27 bid having come so close to the crown last season. However, he's switching from his Opel ADAM R2 to a top-of-the-range Hyundai i20 R5 instead with Rally Islas Canarias up first on his schedule.

"An opportunity arose that I just could not turn down," Zawada explained. "The chance to compete in an R5 does not come along often, and it is something that I just had to jump on. It will not be easy but I have to believe in myself and I relish the challenge."

Visit FIAERC.com soon for more on Zawada's dream drive.

 

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2018 Calendar

22-24 March

Azores Airlines Rallye (Portugal)

3-5 May

Rally Islas Canarias (Spain)

1-3 June

Acropolis Rally (Greece)

15-17 June

Cyprus Rally (Cyprus)

0-22 July

Rally di Roma Capitale (Italy)

24-26 August

Barum Czech Rally Zlín (Czech Republic)

21-23 September

Rally Poland

12-14 October

Rally Liepaja (Lativa)