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Experience-chasing Munster ready for ERC step

3 hours 12 min ago

Grégoire Munster plans to use next week’s FIA European Rally Championship season-opening Rally di Roma Capitale to increase his knowledge of Hyundai’s Rally2-specificaiton i20 challenger.

Luxembourg-born Munster was selected for the Hyundai Junior Driver programme earlier this season but has been restricted to one i20 outing so far due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Next week’s Rally di Roma Capitale, which he contested last season in an Opel ADAM R2 as part of his ERC3 Junior bid, will therefore provide an excellent opportunity for Munster to build his experience behind the wheel of the Hyundai.

“We already have experience with the R5 cars, but it’s only our second rally with the Hyundai and we still have to drive some kilometres to get some experience with the car, that will be the biggest challenge,” said the 21-year-old, who is registered for ERC1 Junior points. “In general Rome was not a bad experience for us last season so we thought to get some experience there would be a great idea with the Hyundai.”

A return to Rome
Munster and Belgian co-driver Louis Louka were fifth in ERC3 Junior on Rally di Roma Capitale last season. They were competitive throughout but dropped out of contention for a podium finish following a “small mistake” on leg one. “Every rally from the ERC is a bit of a challenge,” said Munster. “They are really interesting roads. What is particular about Rome is that the first day is different from the second day. The second is a bit more fluent with larger roads, while the first day has some stages with bumpy sections. It was difficult to adapt your set-up between the stages. But it’s a nice experience and it’s good learning.”

Hyundai initiative a great opportunity
“It’s a great opportunity to get the support from Hyundai, get their feedback and support from engineers to make sure the learning curve goes even quicker,” said Munster of his inclusion in the Hyundai Junior Driver initiative. “We have only driven the Hyundai in Belgium where the grip level is quite low compared to other rallies and countries. We were not perfect with the set-up but we are still in this learning phase. There was a lot of potential in the car. We are really eager to find out what the maximum is and how to use it fully.”

Family time awaits
Munster will drive for BMA Autosport on Rally di Roma Capitale, the team run by his father Bernard Munster, a winner of four ERC rallies in the past. A test is planned for next Tuesday.

Further ERC appearances under consideration
“We are for sure considering it,” said Munster. “Our main focus is on the Belgian championship. But we want to do as many kilometres as possible in an international context abroad.”

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Llarena tries Tarmac as ERC Rally di Roma Capitale preparations continue

6 hours 12 min ago

This is Efrén Llarena continuing his preparations for next week’s Rally di Roma Capitale where he will step up to Rally2 level as the reigning ERC3 and ERC3 Junior champion.

Llarena and co-driver Sara Fernández were putting their Rallye Team Spain Citroën C3 R5 through its paces during a test last week.

Rally di Roma Capitale marks the start of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship season from 24-26 July.

Photos: Shakedown Media

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Who will be Rome’s fourth ERC winner?

9 hours 12 min ago

Three drivers have taken victory on Rally di Roma Capitale since the event joined the FIA European Rally Championship for the 2017 season.

Ahead of this year's event taking place from 24-26 June here’s a reminder of who won and when:

2019: Giandomenico Basso/Lorenzo Granai (ŠKODA Fabia R5, pictured)
2018: 
Alexey Lukyanuk/Alexey Arnautov (Ford Fiesta R5)
2017: Bryan Bouffier/Xavier Panseri (Ford Fiesta R5)

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Radstrom lands pre-ERC Rally di Roma Capitale win

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 18:00

Dennis Rådström underlined his FIA ERC3 Junior Championship title credentials with a dominant class victory on Rally Bohemia in Czech Republic yesterday.

Co-driven by fellow Swede Johan Johansson, Rådström was quickest in his category on all 18 stages at the wheel of his Orsák Rallysport Ford Fiesta Rally4.

“It has been really fun to be back in the car and we mainly take with us the joy of driving a rally to the European championship in Rome,” Rådström said. “We have found good security and speed in the car, which we want for Italy. Johan and the team have worked perfectly all weekend and the new Ford Fiesta Rally4 from M-Sport Poland is absolutely fantastic to drive.”

Johansson added: “Despite the fact that we had a large lead, we have been able to focus on each stage to make it as good as possible. We have a really good feeling for Rome.”

Photos: Vandraq Studio

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P1 Racing Fuels Podium Challenge is go for ERC 2020!

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 15:00

The P1 Racing Fuels Podium Challenge will continue to reward successful competitors in the FIA European Rally Championship in 2020.

Run for the first time during the 2019 ERC season finale on Rally Hungary last November, the top three finishers on every ERC1 and ERC2 round will receive fuel vouchers that can be exchanged for P1 XR5 race fuel at subsequent events, thereby helping competitors 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 are available here: P1 Racing Fuels Podium Challenge rules.

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Kreim aims for more Fab times in ERC

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 12:00

Fabian Kreim will return to the scene of his maiden FIA ERC1 Junior Championship victory when he contests Rally di Roma Capitale from 24-26 July in a Rally2-specification Volkswagen Polo GTI R5.

Kreim won two German titles before embarking on his European championship adventure in 2018 with his class triumph in Italy and overall podium on Rally Islas Canarias among the highlights of that season.

After challenging for the ERC1 Junior title, he switched his focus to winning a third national crown in 2019, a feat he achieved in a Škoda Fabia co-driven by Tobais Braun.

Reunited with long-term co-driver Frank Christian, Kreim has switched from Škoda to Volkswagen power for the all-asphalt ERC opener and will be a contender for a strong overall and ERC1 Junior result.

“I am very happy about our participation in this very technical and specialist asphalt event," said Kreim, 27. “I tested the VW Polo GTI R5 on asphalt. I had a good feeling right away. The car has potential, even though the handling is completely different in terms of set-up than in the Škoda. We will have an incredibly big competition. With the VW Polo we can certainly still gain experience. Nevertheless, it is my goal to fight for the ERC1 Junior victory.”

Christian added: “It was an incredibly nice feeling to be back in the car after the past few months and to travel a few kilometres in the rally car. Fabian asked me if I could imagine starting in Rome and I didn't hesitate for a second to accept.”

Kreim on Pole (Promotion)
Kreim’s ERC campaign is being supported by Pole Promotion. Owner Dennis Rostek explained: "Together we launched this project in the last few days and hope to motivate our partners for further runs within the ERC. Under the direction of Pole Promotion, we have developed many drivers like René Rast and Nikki Thiim in international racing. One of our goals is to support and accompany racing drivers on their way to professional sports. With Fabian we have one of the best talents in German rallying that we want to develop further. Together with our long-standing business partner Porta Möbel and Volkswagen, we managed to put together a strong package for Rally di Roma Capitale.”

Eight ERC rallies and counting for German talent
Kreim made his ERC debut on the Ypres Rally in Belgium in 2014 before scoring a top-five finish on Barum Czech Rally Zlín in 2016, his first appearance in the championship in a top-of-the-range R5 car.

He returned for more ERC action in 2018, embarking on a full ERC1 Junior campaign under the Škoda Auto Deutschland banner. He claimed three class podiums and one victory alongside co-driver Frank Christian. He took part in the three-way ERC1 Junior title showdown on Rally Liepāja against Nikolay Gryazin and Chris Ingram, eventually finishing third in the table.

To date, Kreim has made eight starts at ERC level. He has three stage wins to his name and his third-place finish on Rally Islas Canarias in May 2018 remains his best ERC finish to date.

Three reigning national champions in ERC1 Junior
Confirmation of Fabian Kreim’s entry for Rally di Roma Capitale means three reigning national champions have registered for the FIA ERC1 Junior Championship. As well as Kreim, the 2019 German DRM champion, last season’s Polish title winner, Miko Marczyk, and current Romanian champion Simone Tempestini are also registered for the category for young stars in Rally2 cars. The full list of ERC1 Junior drivers contesting Rally di Roma Capitale will be announced at a later date.

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ERC Junior Landa: Practice will make perfect

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 06:00

This is the moment when Nikolai Landa’s preparations for his FIA ERC3 Junior Championship debut on Rally di Roma Capitale next week didn’t go entirely to plan.

Austrian promise Landa was contesting Rally Velenje in Slovenia last weekend as practice for the European season opener when he rolled on the fifth stage of the event.

But as Landa’s co-driving father Günther confirmed, the incident won’t affect their participation on Rally di Roma Capitale, which takes place from 24-26 July, in their Ford Fiesta Rally4 run by Beppo Harrach’s DriftCompany team.

“We are in the lucky position of having the best mechanics of Beppo’s DriftCompany and the car is already under repair,” said Landa Sr

Photo supplied by Landa Racing Project

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Catch him if you can: Double wins sets up Crugnola for ERC return

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 06:00

Andrea Crugnola prepared for his FIA European Rally Championship return in style by making it two wins in as many weekends aboard his F.P.F. Sport-run Citroën C3 R5.

Following his triumph on Rally Internazionale del Casentino at the start of the month, Crugnola and co-driver Pietro Ometto claimed a victory double with first place on RallyLana yesterday (Sunday).

Their next appearance will be on the ERC season-opening Rally di Roma Capitale.

Photo: FotoAlquati-RallyLana

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Importance of ASN support clear for ERC Junior Devine

Sun, 07/12/2020 - 06:00

Callum Devine will start his maiden FIA ERC1 Junior Championship title bid boosted by the knowledge handed down to him during a Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy Development Day earlier this month.

Devine (pictured) joined the 10 other drivers and the seven co-drivers from the Irish ASN initiative at the Mondello Park racing circuit south of the capital Dublin on 3 July.

Co-ordinator Sean McHugh explained: “We had planned to have four academy days this year. We already had the first day in January, which was a classroom and fitness day. Then when the lockdown cancelled the second, we turned to online and held the next one over several Zoom meetings. It’s [been] great to get all the Academy members, 11 drivers and seven co-drivers, physically back together. By following the government’s stay safe guidelines and with the re-opening of Mondello Park, it offered an opportunity for us to get #BackonTrack. Many thanks to Roddy Greene and to the staff here at Mondello for an excellent and professional job, accommodating us under the present circumstances.”

During the day-long gathering, as well as track time in a Philip Case Rallysport-prepared Hyundai i20 R5, the Academy members also got the chance to build on their simrallying experience thanks to Digital Motorsports, which is based at the Country Kildare track.

Also, providing expert support on the day were journalist Leo Nulty, who carried out PR and media training with the group; Alan Heary, a sports psychologist who focused on mental fitness; and vastly experienced co-driver Killian Duffy from onthepacenote, who worked on pacenote preparation.

William Creighton, who has recently signed up for ERC3 Junior action on Rally di Roma Capitale, is also a member of the Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy and took part in the various training sessions at Mondello Park.

Photo: Motorsport Ireland

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Extra time given to crews to enter ERC Rally di Roma Capitale

Sat, 07/11/2020 - 06:00

The entry period for Rally di Roma Capitale has been extended to tomorrow (12 July) in response to travel issues being faced by some crews trying to finalise their travel to the event.

Entries for the FIA European Rally Championship opener had been due to close on 8 July. But with restrictions preventing residents of certain countries reaching Italy due to the COVID-19 pandemic, agreement has been reached to extend the deadline for registering, thereby giving the crews facing difficulties more time to complete their travel plans.

Rally di Roma Capitale organisers have reported that “dozens of important entries and a great number of R5 cars” have been secured for the event, which is scheduled to take place from 24-26 July. More details on how to enter the event are available by clicking here.

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Radstrom joins Czech mates for Roma ERC warm-up

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 18:00

Dennis Rådström and Johan Johansson’s preparations for Rally di Roma Capitale will continue this weekend when they contest Rally Bohemia in Czech Republic.

Following a successful test last month, Rådström will enter the Tarmac event in the Orsák Rallysport Ford Fiesta Rally4 he’ll use to contest the Pirelli-supported FIA ERC3 Junior Championship in 2020.

“The feeling before the rally is good,” said Rådström. “We have driven through all stages and there are both fast and twisty sections with wide and narrow roads. You can cut a lot in some places.

“We will drive Rally Bohemia like any other rally to get into the competition bubble and get a good race before Rome. We will, as usual, do our best here in Rally Bohemia.”

Rådström’s team-mate, Adrienn Vogel from Hungary, will also be contesting Rally Bohemia.

Photo: Vandraq Studio

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All roads leads to Rome: Oliver Solberg set for ERC season opener

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 10:00

The youngest winner of an FIA European Rally Championship event will contest the opening round of the 2020 ERC, the world’s oldest international rally series, later this month.

Oliver Solberg, who made history when he won the ERC-counting Rally Liepāja last season aged 17 years, eight months and three days, will make his debut on Rally di Roma Capitale from 24-26 July, which marks the resumption of FIA international-level rallying as certain restrictions, resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, ease in some countries.

Solberg, the son of 2003 World Rally champion Petter Solberg, will drive a Pirelli-equipped Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 run by Alessandro Perico’s PA Racing team from Italy. Aaron Johnston will co-drive.

Tarmac turn for rising star
The asphalt-only contest offers an opportunity for Solberg, now 18, to build his experience of Tarmac driving in Rally2 machinery. But with no knowledge of Rally di Roma Capitale to call on, Solberg’s focus is on reaching the finish following almost 200 kilometres of stage action south-east of the Italian capital.

“I did Rallye Monte-Carlo in January but Rome should be the first dry Tarmac rally with the Polo,” said the Norway-born Swede. “But I’ve never seen the roads so it will be interesting. I will do some testing before the event, just to get a little back into rallying again and to get properly prepared for Tarmac. I’m just trying to learn all the time, but I think I’m quite a good and smooth driver on Tarmac so I hope I will get to terms with it quite quick. To get some experience, to come through and get to the finish is the target.”

City tour a “cool” opportunity
Prior to the opening special stage on Saturday 25 July, Solberg will join his ERC rivals for a motorised tour of central Rome the previous afternoon at the wheel of his Volkswagen Polo GTI R5. With the route passing by a number of Rome’s historic buildings and landmarks, it’s a prospect that Solberg is relishing.

“I’ve seen some videos of the parade and it looks fantastic when they drive through the city with their rally cars,” he said. “It’s strange to see but it’s cool that the organisers can make it happen.”

ERC1 Junior shaping up for Rome
Several rising talents will contest the ERC1 Junior category on Rally di Roma Capitale. In addition to Solberg, those to have announced their plans include Erik Cais (Czech Republic), Callum Devine (Ireland), Dominik Dinkel (Germany), Emil Lindholm (Finland), Efrén Llarena (Spain) and Miko Marczyk (Poland).

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ERC1 Junior champion Mares recruits new co-driver

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 18:00

Filip Mareš, who beat Chris Ingram to the 2019 FIA ERC1 Junior Championship crown by 0.3s, has recruited a new co-driver for 2020.

Following the decision of his co-driver of six years, Jan Hloušek, to link up with factory ŠKODA Motorsport star Jan Kopecký, Mareš has recruited Radek Bucha, who like Mareš, is from Mladá Boleslav.

They will compete under the LAURETA AUTO ŠKODA TEAM banner starting from this weekend’s Rally Bohemia.

“Filip and I met during the winter when working together in another racing team,” Bucha explained. “When Jan Hloušek left, we soon found a common ground. I believe that despite the time-consuming preparations for the new team, we will be well prepared at the start of the season and we will transform our hard work into the best possible results.”

Visit FIAERC.com soon for more details of Mareš’ FIA European Rally Championship campaign.

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Brazzoli makes ERC move in Polo

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 12:00

Reigning FIA RGT champion Enrico Brazzoli will make his FIA European Rally Championship debut in 2020.

The Italian, who is also a two-time ERC Historic class title-winner, has yet to announce his full programme for the remainder of the season, but will contest Rally di Roma Capitale in a PA Racing-run Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 with backing from Allianz.

“It's great to go back to racing, we can't wait, and it's nice to do it on Italian roads with the Polo R5 that Alessandro Perico's PA Racing has made available to us,” said Brazzoli, who won the FIA RGT title driving an Abarth 124 rally. “An unexpected surprise for us, while waiting for the world championship to start again and understand what races we could do, we signed up for the ERC with the opportunity to focus our efforts on this championship.”

The vastly experienced Maurizio Barone, who has made 49 starts at ERC level, will co-drive Brazzoli.

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Updated ERC Rally di Roma Capitale itinerary online

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 18:00

The updated itinerary for Rally di Roma Capitale, the opening round of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship, has been published.

Based in the town of Fiuggi from 24-26 July, the fourth Rally di Roma Capitale to count for ERC points features 15 stages over a planned competitive distance of 197.80 kilometres.

The itinerary is available here: Rally di Roma Capitale 2020 itinerary (updated)

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ERC Rally di Roma Capitale calling for Creighton

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 12:00

William Creighton is the latest young hopeful to choose the FIA European Rally Championship to build his experience at international level and show the potential that had made him the favourite to win this season’s Motorsport UK British Junior title.

Creighton, 22, has registered for FIA ERC3 Junior Championship points on Rally di Roma Capitale later this month (24-26 July), having switched to the regional contest following the cancellation of the British championship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

He won his class on the first event of the British championship season, the Cambrian Rally in Wales in February. But with no further BRC rounds taking place, Rally di Roma Capitale provides an ideal opportunity for Creighton to step up to a higher level and complete more competitive kilometres in his new-for-2020 Ford Fiesta R2T, having rallied a Peugeot 208 R2 previously.

“At the start of the year our plan was 100 per cent the Junior BRC,” said Creighton. “It was a good start but then everything stopped due to COVID-19, unfortunately. But we’ve had a good break and now we’re busting to get back at it. Rome is an opportunity and an adventure. We’ve entered the ERC Junior Championship and the ERC is obviously up there with the world championship, but it’s hard to know what to expect until I see the entry list.”

Creighton, an ex-karter and university graduate, has made one ERC appearance to date, the 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally. He managed a sole outing on asphalt, Ireland’s Mayo Stages in March, in his Fiesta, which is being prepared by the experienced David Greer Motorsport team.

“I suppose being from Ireland means driving well on Tarmac is no problem, but Rome will be quite different I’m sure to what we have over here,” Creighton explained. “We were always in the 208 [on asphalt] and we’ve only done a little bit of mileage in the Fiesta on Tarmac so it will take a bit of time to get bedded in. This is definitely going to be a new experience for us.”

Creighton, who will be co-driven by Irishman Liam Regan, is one of number of rising talents contesting the Pirelli-supported ERC3 Junior category on Rally di Roma Capitale. Rallye Team Spain’s Pep Bassas, Amaury Molle from Belgium, Austrian Nikolai Landa and Sweden’s Dennis Rådström are among the ERC3 Junior contingent announced so far for the all-asphalt event.

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography/Motorsport UK British Rally Championship

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ERC Junior Antunes gives Peugeot Rally4 debut win

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 18:00

Pedro Antunes, a frontrunner in the 2019 FIA ERC3 Junior Championship, gave Peugeot’s all-new Rally4 model a debut class victory on Rali de Castelo Branco in Portugal last weekend.

Finishing ninth overall, Antunes and new co-driver Pedro Alves were fastest in their class on all seven stages.

Almost 100 orders have been placed for Peugeot Sport’s exciting challenger with the car’s international debut set for the ERC season-opening Rally di Roma Capitale from 24-26 July.

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New tonight: Introducing ERC Eye of the Expert

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 12:00

As the build-up to the eagerly anticipated 2020 FIA European Rally Championship season continues, promoter Eurosport Events is delighted to introduce ERC Eye of the Expert.

ERC Radio reporters Julian Porter and Chris Rawes will take it in turns to host the online show, which looks back on key moments of recent ERC history and hears from the main protagonists to get the view from behind the scenes.

In tonight’s premiere, which is available from 17h30 CET on Facebook and Twitter, Julian Porter sits down, virtually, with Łukasz Habaj to discuss the Pole’s standout maiden ERC victory on last season’s Azores Rallye and how the success set up a European championship title challenge.

Among the topics Habaj will discuss are:

*The demanding nature of the Azores Rallye, “one of the most challenging rallies on the globe”, according to the former Polish champion

*His team, Sports Racing Technologies’, decision to test at two different venues when most rival squads used one test road

*The treacherous conditions on the final day due to heavy rain and strong wind

*Tyre management and how it became a “key factor”, especially given the changing conditions

*The importance of maintaining full concentration during the three days of competition

*Taking the lead in the closing stages and having to complete “one of the most difficult stages in my life” with local hero Ricardo Moura chasing him down

*Becoming the first Polish driver to win in the Azores, by a margin of only 8.4s, for what was his maiden ERC rally win and the “special feeling” that gave him

*Why the result exceeded his expectations and helped to set up a championship challenge in his Pirelli-equipped Škoda Fabia R5.

Spectacular footage includes helicopter shots of Habaj and co-driver Daniel Dymurski attacking the iconic Sete Cidades volcano stage, myriad onboard camera sequences and the podium in Ponta Delgada.

Łukasz Habaj looks back: “The first win is always a special feeling. I remember my first win in the national championship and this is a special feeling, the first stage win is a special feeling. It’s so intense, the feelings, the emotions. It’s the only activity you can reach this level of emotions. I have been doing many things in my life but none of them get even close to what kind of emotions you have when you are participating on a rally. Being in the fight for a win in the European Rally Championship is just amazing and more than I ever expected from my rally career. Not being a professional driver and for a small team, we only came with a few people, to fight for a win in this rally was amazing. It’s something that will stay with me forever.”

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Revealed: Fourmaux’s Orange crush on ERC

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 18:00

This is the striking orange colour scheme that will flank Adrien Fourmaux’s Ford Fiesta R5 MkII when he makes his FIA European Rally Championship on Rally di Roma Capitale later this month.

The new livery celebrates the successful partnership between M-Sport and Orange1 Racing and will be put through its paces on the all-asphalt ERC season opener from 24-26 July.

M-Sport and Orange1 Racing joined forces for last year’s Italian Rally Championship when Simone Campedelli took a win and five podiums in a Fiesta R5.

The 2019 edition of Rally di Roma Capitale was Campedelli’s first appearance in M-Sport’s EcoBoost-powered Fiesta R5 MkII.

M-Sport will also be represented in the separate Rally Stars event for current-specification World Rally Cars with ‘Pedro’ at the wheel of the FIA World Rally Championship-winning, EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC, which has taken nine wins and 31 podiums so far in the sport’s top tier.

Belgian Renaud Jamoul will co-drive Fourmaux, while ‘Pedro’ can count on fellow Italian Emanuele Baldaccini’s co-driving skills.

M-Sport Managing Director, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said: “It’s been a tough time for the business over the past few months, so it’s great to see competitive rallying now starting to return in Europe. Rally di Roma signals the restart of international rallying, and provides the perfect platform for us to showcase our cars in what is sure to be a really competitive field. And I think I speak for every rally fan when I say that I’m looking forward to seeing some of the sport’s big names back battling it out on the stages.”

Team Principal, Richard Millener, added: “It’s fantastic to be looking forward to a rally again. Adrien was quick when he last drove the Fiesta R5 MkII on asphalt, and the hope is to see him demonstrate that same pace as he tackles Rally di Roma for the first time. It’s also great to see ‘Pedro’ taking to the wheel of the Fiesta WRC. When he joined us last year he instantly became a valued and popular member of the team, and we’re delighted to give him an opportunity to drive our top-specification car on home soil.”

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P1 Racing Fuels ready to support ERC Rally di Roma Capitale crews

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 06:00

P1 Racing Fuels, the FIA European Rally Championship’s Official Fuels Partner, is ready to support crews contesting the season-opening Rally di Roma Capitale from 24-26 July.

The specialist in high-performance fuels will offer high-quality fuels and service from its dedicated area within the refuel zones at the event service park in Fiuggi and Ceprano.


P1 Racing Fuels is taking orders for the following products:


*RON98: A fuel mandatory for ERC3 Junior competitors but not available from fuel stations in Italy (in Fiuggi). This fuel is accessible to all competitors (not only ERC3 Junior) at the same price.
*102Pro: A higher-performance fuel available at a special promotional price for Rally di Roma Capitale
*XR5: The top-level performance fuel from P1 Racing Fuels, developed for Rally2 (formerly R5) cars.


The deadline for placing fuel orders is Monday 13 July at 08h00 CET. And more information, including pricing details, order forms and terms and conditions can be found at this link:


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSehKF0IBk8fMTLTZT_ec53VXI4yPI13HLLNF1-XSkjcBb0r0A/viewform?fbzx=5056609461598903915


Meanwhile, the P1 Racing Fuels Podium Challenge is confirmed for 2020. Run for the first time during the 2019 ERC season finale on Rally Hungary last November, the top three finishers on every ERC1 and ERC2 round will receive fuel vouchers that can be exchanged for P1 XR5 race fuel at subsequent events, thereby helping competitors 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 are available here: P1 Racing Fuels Podium Challenge rules.

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PZM 76th Rally Poland - Newsfeed LEG 2

PZM 76th Rally Poland - Leg 2

2020 Calendar

24-26.07.

Rally di Roma Capitale (Italy)

14-16.08.

Rally Liepaja (Latvia)

28-30.08.

Barum Czech Rally Zlín

17-19.09.

Azores Rallye (Portugal)

16-18.10.

Cyprus Rally

06-08.11.

Rally Hungary

03-05.12.

Rally Islas Canarias (Spain)