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ERC Junior U28 Rome leader Ingram learning quickly on asphalt

1 hour 34 min ago

Chris Ingram, who currently leads Rally di Roma Capitale in the FIA European Rally Championship’s Junior Under 28 category, is finding his ERC return more challenging than his last full event on Azores Airlines Rallye.

After retiring early on from Rally Islas Canarias with health issues, Ingram is back at full speed, leading Rally di Roma Capitale amongst his ERC Junior U28 cohorts after Saturday morning’s loop of stages.

Though he was quickly up to speed on his R5-specification debut, winning ERC Junior U28 on Azores Airlines Rallye, Ingram has found adapting to asphalt a more difficult challenge.

"It's so good to be back. It's so much fun,” he enthused.

"It does take so much time to take this step. In the Azores on gravel it was like a PlayStation, it was really easy and we were on the pace. Here it's taken a lot more work but we're getting closer all the time which is really promising.”

His path to first place was aided by issues for Nikolay Gryazin, who was leading ERC Junior U28 until an engine fire – caused by a leaking power steering system – dropped him almost three minutes.

"That's bad luck. [I’m] sorry for Nikolay. Hopefully he can be back in the fight. It's going to be a really good fight in the ERC Junior Under 28s because Fabian [Kreim] is flying as well."

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Magalhães rues “very difficult start” to ERC Rally di Roma Capitale

3 hours 25 min ago

SEAJETS-backed FIA European Rally Championship points leader Bruno Magalhães is planning set-up changes at Saturday’s Rally di Roma Capitale midday service, after an unsettled car left him down in eighth place.

Magalhães has finished outside a podium position only once this season, but faced a challenging start to the rally, feeling unable to push flat-out.

Though he holds a 15 point advantage over his main championship rival Alexey Lukyanuk, the Russian Performance Motorpsort driver is currently leading Rally di Roma Capitale, with Magalhães 45.5s behind after only four stages.

"It was a very difficult start. The car is too soft,” explained Magalhães.

“When you have a left-right, right-left, when you need to change direction fast the car moves, so it's not possible to make the corner flat-out. I need to release the throttle.

“I can fix this in the service park with different anti-roll bars."

Despite his lowly overall position rapid progress up the overall classification is still an attainable goal for Magalhães. He is currently 13.7s behind ERC Junior Under 28 Championship category leader Chris Ingram, who holds fourth place overall.

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Sesks locked in ERC Junior U27 battle with Opel rivals

3 hours 44 min ago

ADAC Opel Rallye Junior talent Mārtiņš Sesks leads a 1-2-3 formation of Opel ADAM R2s on Rally di Roma Capitale, holding a 3.3 second advantage in the FIA European Rally Championship’s Junior Under 27 category.

Sesks had begun Saturday morning’s stages tied for first place with Saintéloc Junior Team’s Simon Wagner.

Despite being forced to rewrite all his pace notes from scratch with co-driver Gerald Winter last night, Wagner took 6s out of Sesks to make first place his own.

His lead was a brief one, crashing into a wall only two kilometres into SS3 and turning the lead battle into a Sesks versus Sindre Furuseth affair.

ERC Junior U27 debutant Furuseth continued to impress, taking second place on SS2 before falling behind Sesks one stage later. He remains close behind Sesks, with 4.3s separating the pair despite Furuseth taking a wrong turn and needing to reverse on Saturday morning’s final stage.

Sesks’ ADAC Opel Rallye Junior team-mate Tom Kristensson is third in his Pirelli-shod ADAM, 10.8s off first place.

After Wagner’s retirement Miika Hokkanen picked up the baton as Saintéloc’s main hope, jumping past fellow PEUGEOT 208 R2 driver Efrén Llarena for fourth position. Only 2.0s separate them heading into midday service.

Mattia Vita drew a short straw when it came to weather conditions, a downpour starting as he came to finish SS3 and continuing as he began SS4 which many rivals avoided by running earlier in the road order.

The Italian holds sixth place on his home ERC event, 56.1s behind Llarena but 38.5s ahead of ERC Ladies’ Trophy leader Catie Munnings in seventh.

Joining Munnings’ team-mate Wagner on the retirement list was ACCR Czech Team’s Dominik Brož, who hit a wall and broke a wheel. ERC Junior U27 first-timer Sebastian Johansson also crashed out.

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ERC Junior U28 prodigy Pellier retires after dramatic crash

4 hours 35 min ago

FIA European Rally Championship Junior Under 28 talent Laurent Pellier has retired from Rally di Roma Capitale, following a dramatic crash on Saturday morning’s second stage.

Already on the back foot following a puncture in SS2, Pellier ran wide at speed, colliding with a tree. The impact pitched him across the road and down an embankment on the outside of the following corner.

Fresh from ERC3 victory last time out at the Cyprus Rally with Saintéloc Junior Team, it was a disappointing end to a difficult morning.

"I braked a little bit too late and we hit a tree. That's the way, it's only my second crash in 5 seasons,” said the PEUGEOT Rally Academy driver.

“We will see if we can restart tomorrow. I hope so. We are OK, this is the most important thing.”

Pellier can still recover points in Sunday’s second leg despite his retirement, as points are offered out for the fastest time across each individual leg.

Photo: Julian Porter

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Lukyanuk takes Roma lead after fire for ERC Junior Gryazin

4 hours 52 min ago

Alexey Lukyanuk has moved into first place on Rally di Roma Capitale, after a small fire for FIA European Rally Championship Junior Under 28 runner Nikolay Gryazin cost him over three minutes.

Sports Racing Technologies driver Gryazin had led overnight but could not hold Lukyanuk at bay, who won all three stages on Saturday morning.

Despite losing the overall lead Gryazin still held a comfortable advantage in ERC Junior U28, until a fire broke out midway through SS4 and led to power steering failure, forcing him to stop. He has dropped out of the top 10 overall.

Last year’s Italian championship winner on Rally di Roma Capitale Simone Campedelli has moved from P25 to second place, recovering brilliantly from mechanical problems that plagued him throughout Thursday’s action.

Campedelli is 14.7s behind Lukyanuk, with his compatriot Giandomenico Basso a further 3.1s behind in third place.

Chris Ingram has inherited first place in ERC Junior U28 after Gryazin’s woes while also snatching fourth place overall, 31.8s in arrears to Lukyanuk.

Italian rally hero Paolo Andreucci and Grzegorz Grzyb hold fifth and sixth places, with ERC Junior U28 championship leader Fabian Kreim in tow, second in his class and seventh overall with only 0.4s deficit to Grzyb.

Bruno Magalhães struggled with his set-up, complaining of an unsettled car on his way to eighth place at midday service, with ŠKODA junior talent Juuso Nordgren 10s behind in ninth. ACCR Czech Team’s Jan Černý completes the top 10 and completes the podium positions in ERC Junior U28 with third.

Laurent Pellier suffered a dramatic morning, picking up a puncture on Saturday’s opening stage before a high-speed crash on the final metres of the following test forced his retirement.

Umberto Scandola, who had been in overall podium contention, retired on the same stage as Pellier with a mechanical issue.

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Bernardi promoted to P3 in ERC3 after time adjustment

7 hours 39 min ago

Florian Bernardi has jumped from P12 to third in the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC3 category on Rally di Roma Capitale, after asking for a new stage time from stewards on Friday.

Showing good pace through ACI Roma Arena, a tight and twisty 1.8 kilometre test in the heart of Italy’s capital city, Bernardi found himself stuck behind Emma Falcón.

ERC Ladies’ Trophy points leader Falcón had been struggling with turn-in issues on Friday evening’s opening stage, along with problems selecting reverse when needed.

Bernardi caught Falcón and was forced to stop for several seconds, putting him P12 and over 11 seconds off ERC3 stage winning pair Mārtiņš Sesks and Simon Wagner, who were tied for fastest time.

On review stewards recognised Bernardi’s quick pace before that point, handing him a time 0.1s slower than FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship frontrunners Sesks and Wagner.

Bernardi has a 100% win record in ERC3 this season, having taken class victory in Rally Islas Canarias in May.

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Saintéloc ERC juniors work into the night after theft

9 hours 29 min ago

FIA European Rally Championship Junior Under 27 drivers Simon Wagner and Catie Munnings were forced to recce Rally di Roma Capitale's stages well into Friday night, following a break-in to one of their Saintéloc team’s recce cars.

Wagner and Munnings, along with their co-drivers Gerald Winter and Anne Katharina Stein, lost their pace notes, race suits and other equipment in a theft on Thursday before SS1 in Rome.

Saintéloc's third driver Miika Hokkanen and co-driver Reeta Hämäläinen were not adversely affected, despite their recce car also being involved.

"Our recce car was parked in central Rome and broken into. They stole everything, we have nothing," explained Wagner on Thursday.

"The laptop is gone, the GoPro camera is gone. They also stole a six pack of water bottles, it's crazy."

With their pace notes gone, Wagner and Winter were granted special dispensation by organisers to recce all of the rally's remaining stages, while Munnings and Stein were permitted to recce all of Saturday's tests.

This allowed both crews to write replacement notes from scratch by driving through the stages first-hand, rather than relying on video footage, some of which had also gone missing in the theft.

"Our preparation was perfect. I was really happy with everything but now it's a new game for us. I hope we will survive," Wagner concluded.

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It’s Saturday on ERC Rally di Roma Capitale

11 hours 29 min ago

Rally di Roma Capitale gets serious today with seven stages over a competitive distance of 98.02 kilometres in store for the FIA European Rally Championship crews.

First up following service in Fiuggi is the 19.46-kilometre Pico-Greci from 09h54 local time with the action continuing on Roccasecca-Colle San Magno next from 10h49. Santopadre-Arpino completes the morning loop from 11h39 ahead of service in Fiuggi.

The afternoon loop is a repeat of the morning’s itinerary with the exception of the Pico Superstage from 19h15.

Follow all the action live on ERC Radio, the ERC app, website and social media channels.

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Avcioğlu an ERC super special(ist) again on Rally di Roma Capitale

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 21:52

Orhan Avcioğlu has demonstrated his first FIA European Rally Championship stage win on Rally Islas Canarias was no fluke by going third quickest in Rally di Roma Capitale’s opening test.

Turkish driver Avcioğlu, who races for his compatriots at Toksport WRT, held fastest time for much of Friday’s rally-opening superspecial.

Though he was eventually beaten to first by FIA ERC Junior U28 hotshot Nikolay Gryazin and Alexey Lukyanuk, who has won two rallies outright this year, Avcioğlu’s performance once again showed his adeptness in the slow, tricky roads of city superspecials.

"It was a little bit slippy at the start but after that, it went OK for us. It was quite a good run with no problems, so a good start to the rally,” said Avcioğlu.

“It's nice to get a grip for the handbrake turns. I'm going to be using the handbrake a lot [this weekend]."

Avcioğlu starts Saturday’s stages with only a 0.6s deficit to rally leader Gryazin, with 0.7s in hand over fourth placed Grzegorz Grzyb.

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ERC Junior U28’s Åhlin suffers mechanical woe in Rome

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 21:12

FIA European Rally Championship Junior Under 28 competitor Fredrik Åhlin faces a nervy wait for Saturday morning’s Rally di Roma Capitale service, as a broken driveshaft ruined his opening stage in the Italian capital.

Exiting one of ACI Roma Arena’s many hairpins, Åhlin spun out of control, smashing through the lightweight barriers marking the course and looped back through the same hairpin once again.

“I think we have a driveshaft problem because the car is rear wheel drive only. We have to and look and see what we can do,” Åhlin told ERC Radio reporter Julian Porter at stage end.

“We can probably make it back to Fiuggi and try and do something in the morning.”

Lightning struck twice in Rome as Italian championship frontrunner Simone Campedelli, who is also competing in ERC this weekend, suffered a near-identical issue, his car’s rear end sliding constantly.

“I broke the driveshaft or rear differential at the fifth hairpin right. I have no chance to fight anymore. It looks like this car is falling down,” he said, referencing engine issues which have plagued his car since Rally San Marino three weeks ago.

Both drivers and their respective teams, CA1 Racing and Orange1 Racing, will have only 15 minutes before Saturday’s stages to repair their cars in morning service.

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Sesks and Wagner tied for ERC Junior U27 lead after first Rome stage

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 20:40

ADAC Opel Rallye Junior protégé Mārtiņš Sesks and Saintéloc Junior driver Simon Wagner share first place in the FIA European Rally Championship’s Junior Under 27 category after Rally di Roma Capitale’s opening stage.

Pulling off a finish most would struggle to choreograph, Sesks and Wagner had been paired together for Friday’s opening stage, a short 1.8 kilometre blast through the two-at-a-time ACI Roma Arena superspecial in Italy’s capital city.

They came across the line together side-by-side in their respective lanes, establishing a 0.8s advantage over Sesks’ team-mate Tom Kristensson in an identical Pirelli-shod Opel ADAM R2.

Wagner had the added difficultly of racing without pace notes, after a break-in to one of Saintéloc’s recce cars left Wagner without his own race suit and his co-driver Gerald Winter without his pace note book.

Efrén Llarena was 1.3s behind Sesks and Wagner, driving his usual Rally Team Spain-prepared PEUGEOT 208 R2.

Mattia Vita began his home round of ERC Junior U27 with fifth fastest time in the Rome city stage, 0.1s faster than ACCR Czech Team’s Dominik Brož and 0.3s ahead of series debutant Sindre Furuseth in seventh place.

Miika Hokkanen was eighth quickest, 5.5s off team-mate Wagner’s pace but 2.7s ahead of next-best Roland Stengg in 9th. ERC Junior U27’s second debutant Sebastian Johansson completed the top 10, 8.s behind Sesks and Wagner.

Catie Munnings had unfortunately suffered the same fate as Wagner, her pace notes and race equipment having been stored in the same vehicle.

Her opening stage was a difficult one, spinning at a hairpin and struggling to reverse. She eventually had to pull over to let Kristensson past due to the short nature of Rome’s superspecial, losing 28.5s to team-mate Wagner.

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Gryazin pips Lukyanuk again for opening ERC Rome stage win

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 19:46

Nikolay Gryazin continued his Qualifying Stage form at Rally di Roma Capitale, beating FIA European Rally Championship frontrunner Alexey Lukyanuk to fastest time in Friday’s rally-opening test.

A clean run through Rome’s tight, twisty opening superspecial earned FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship title contender Gryazin a slim 0.5s advantage over Lukyanuk heading into Saturday’s first full day of action.

Toksport WRT’s Orhan Avcioğlu demonstrated his superspecial skills once again with third fastest time, showing his stage win in Rally Islas Canarias was no fluke by finishing only 0.6s behind Gryazin.

Grzegorz Grzyb piloted his Rufa Sport ŠKODA Fabia R5 to fourth quickest time, 1.3s slower than Gryazin and edging out the Italian championship’s quickest pairing in SS1, two-time Rally di Roma Capitale winner Umberto Scandola and 10-time Italian champion Paolo Andreucci.

Double ERC champion Giandomenico Basso went seventh fastest, 1.9s off Gryazin’s pace and only 0.1s faster than ERC Junior U28 championship leader Fabian Kreim, driving his ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland-prepared Fabia.

ERC championship leader Bruno Magalhães is ninth after ACI Roma Arena’s short 1.8 kilometre burst, with Chris Ingram P10.

Fredrik Åhlin suffered drama when a driveshaft failure left him with only rear-wheel-drive, causing him to spin exiting a hairpin and wiping out a barrier lining the superspecial.

Simone Campedelli suffered a near-identical issue and though he was sliding around as a consequence, kept his car pointing the right way throughout. Åhlin and Campedelli ended P24 and P25 respectively after their mechanical troubles.

Tibor Érdi Jr picked up where he left off in ERC's production category, as the ERC2 points leader went 3.1s faster than nearest rival Sergei Remennik. Juan Carlos Alonso dropped 9.1s to Érdi thanks to a conservative approach, while ERC2 debutant Csaba Juhász is fourth, 11.1s off Érdi's pace.

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Italian legend Andreucci will lead ERC field into Rome battle

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 14:52

10-time Italian rally champion Paolo Andreucci will lead the FIA European Rally Championship field into battle at Rally di Roma Capitale, choosing to start first in the road order for Saturday’s first full day of action.

Andreucci had gone eighth quickest on Thursday’s Qualifying Stage and so earned the right to be the eighth driver to select a starting position.

With half the top 15 starting positions still available, Andreucci selected the honour of leading his rivals into his home ERC round.

Starting behind Andreucci on Saturday morning is ERC championship leader Bruno Magalhães. He chose to start high up the order after struggling with loose gravel being swept onto Thursday’s Qualifying Stage, going only seventh quickest and making his road order selection immediately before Andreucci.

Grzegorz Grzyb will head out third into Saturday’s tests, followed by Qualifying Stage winner Nikolay Gryazin, who used his freedom of choice to pick fourth place in the road order.

Second place in the Qualifying Stage went to Alexey Lukyanuk, who chose to start one position behind Gryazin in fifth. FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship leader Fabian Kreim continued that trend, selecting sixth when picking immediately after Lukyanuk.

A block of fellow ERC Junior U28s followed ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland driver Kreim, as CA1 Sport pair Fredrik Åhlin and Rhys Yates were split by Toksport WRT’s Chris Ingram in seventh, ninth and eighth respectively.

Juuso Nordgren starts P10, ahead of Italian championship frontrunners Giandomenico Basso, who is racing for ERC2 production class regular Zelindo Melegari’s Metiorsport.it team, Orange1 Racing’s Simone Campedelli and ŠKODA Italia Motorsport’s Umberto Scandola in P11, P12 and P13.

PEUGEOT Rally Academy’s Laurent Pellier and ACCR Czech team driver Jan Černý complete Saturday’s top 15 running order.

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Gryazin: ERC Junior U28 glory the goal

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 14:00

Nikolay Gryazin has vowed not to lose track of his main objective on this week’s Rally di Roma Capitale, Italy’s round of the FIA European Rally Championship.

Gryazin is in the battle to win the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 crown and insists the category for young stars in R5 cars is his main focus. That’s despite his fastest outright time on Thursday’s Qualifying Stage, which he completed 0.1s faster than Alexey Lukyanuk, his fellow Russian and an outright title contender.

The target is to try and win the ERC Junior U28 class,” said the Sports Racing Technologies-run 20-year-old. “We have shown some good speed but aren’t quite ready to beat [Alexey] Lukyanuk in a straight fight overall so to try and match him blow for blow could be dangerous. We need championship points and everyone in the U28 class will also be very fast.

“Some of the stages will be the same as last year which should help us. We secured a podium on a similar event [earlier this month] and found an okay set-up with the car, but we hope to find the perfect one for Rome.”

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Campedelli fighting invisible engine problem on ERC return

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 12:00

Orange1 Racing’s Simone Campedelli is facing a tough reintroduction to the FIA European Rally Championship, fighting an engine problem on Rally di Roma Capitale which his team “can’t see”.

Campedelli’s first point-scoring ERC event since Rallye Sanremo in 2013 is already off to a difficult start, after he suffered a lack of power through Thursday’s free practice and Qualifying Stage.

His issues first began three weeks ago on the previous round of the Italian championship and, despite measures to remedy his power problems, Campedelli is still struggling.

“It's a problem that we found at our last rally in San Marino. We changed the engine but we don't have power anymore. It's strange because it's something we can't see,” he said.

It is a stark contrast to 10 months ago, when Campedelli was victorious in the Italian championship classification on this event.

“We will try hard to solve the problem and see if we can make something because we have good memories from here since last year, where we were quite fast.

“Even comparing to the other ERC drivers, we were in the battle.

“We have to remain concentrated on our driving and try to push at maximum speed as well. We'll see what we can do by the end of the weekend.”

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Bernardi saving his ERC3 car for Friday’s first stage

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 10:00

FIA European Rally Championship ERC3 category frontrunner Florian Bernardi elected to skip Thursday’s Rally di Roma Capitale’s Qualifying Stage, preferring instead to save his equipment for today’s first test.

Rally di Roma Capitale is Bernardi’s second ERC3 appearance this season, following on from a maximum points haul at Rally Islas Canarias in May where he scored a class victory and two fastest leg times.

Bernardi had been third quickest during his first free practice run, but picked up damage during his second run, setting the slowest time of any ERC3 driver.

As a precaution Bernardi and his team elected to skip the Qualifying Stage that followed, taking time to remedy his earlier damage and focus on Friday’s opening test.

He, ERC Ladies' Trophy points leader Emma Falcón and 11 Pirelli-shod rivals from ERC Junior Under 27 will face off against each other for ERC3 glory, starting with a superspecial around ACI Roma Arena from 18h30 CET today.

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Juhász fulfilling a dream with ERC debut

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 07:00

FIA European Rally Championship debutant Csaba Juhász is fulfilling a “dream” by competing in Rally di Roma Capitale, having been inspired by watching Eurosport's television coverage of the championship.

Juhász has three class championship titles under his belt in native Hungary and is making his first foray into international-level rallying, competing in FIA ERC’s production category, ERC2, this weekend.

Having admired ERC from afar through his television set, Juhász was excited to finally be participating in the series, driving his family-run Mistubishi Lancer Evolution X.

"It was my dream to run in the European Rally Championship. We saw it on Eurosport many years ago and now we’re trying it,” said Juhász.

Though he has prior asphalt rallying experience, Juhász’s ERC debut presents an entirely new challenge after 15 years of rallying in his homeland.

When asked if Rally di Roma Capitale’s roads were anything like what he had experience in Hungary, he replied “No, totally different. [It’s] very difficult and very hard. We've done some rallies in Italy but not like this."

Though he has only completed Thursday’s free practice runs and Qualifying Stage so far, Juhász is already keen for more ERC action, with plans in place to attempt another entry this season on Rally Poland, circumstances allowing.

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It’s Friday on ERC Rally di Roma Capitale

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 06:00

All roads will lead to Rome today when the FIA European Rally Championship descends on the Italian capital.

First up is the start order selection in Rome’s EUR district from 14h00 followed by the ceremonial start at the Castel Saint’Angelo, which is located close to the Vatican.

Drivers will then head off in groups of 10 for a motorised tour of some of Rome’s most famous landmarks. Following behind a police escort they will pass several sites including the Piazza Venezia, Colosseo, Circo Massimo and the Terme di Caracalla before arriving at the Piazza Barcellona in readiness for the opening stage of Rally di Roma Capitale, the ACI Roma Arena test, from 18h30 local time.

Drivers will go in pairs over three laps for a total distance of 1.80 kilometres with thousands of fans expected to follow the action.

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A remarkable 72 hours for ERC2’s Sergei Remennik!

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 19:48

When Sergei Remennik irreparably damaged his car during testing for Rally di Roma Capitale, his team managed a remarkable feat to have him ready for this weekend’s FIA European Rally Championship round.

Russian Performance Motorsport pilot Remennik had wrecked the front left corner of his Mistubishi Lancer Evolution X only three days before Rally di Roma Capitale was set to kick-off.

For many drivers this would mean an early trip home. However, Remennik and co-driver Mark Rozin were aided by a mammoth effort by their team. A new car was sourced, travelling round the clock from approximately 2,500 kilometres away and changing it over from gravel to tarmac specification in time for Thursday’s action.

“My team just managed it. In the next two hours [after my crash] a new car from Latvia [was brought],” explained Remennik.

"They went about 30 hours without sleep to deliver a new car. In the next 16 hours [after delivery] my team replaced all the parts for tarmac spec. This car just finished Rally Estonia and immediately after was delivered here."

Explaining how his accident occurred, Remennik had carried 10km/h extra speed while also braking slightly deeper into a tight corner, leading to his accident.

“As far as I remember, the speed was OK but the corner was too tight!” he remarked jokingly.

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Nordgren plays it safe in Rally di Roma Capitale qualifying

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 19:10

ŠKODA Motorsport protégé Juuso Nordgren took a safety-first approach to Rally di Roma Capitale’s Qualifying Stage, keen to bounce back from a challenging second FIA European Rally Championship outing.

Nordgren has included ERC in his rally programme for 2018 to give him more experience in a variety of challenging conditions, from the rough gravel of EKO Acropolis Rally to Rally di Roma Capitale’s asphalt surface.

Though top finishes have yet to come, Nordgren has already set three fastest stage times in his first pair of ERC rallies. He retired from both EKO Acropolis Rally and Cyprus Rally from excessive tyre wear and accident damage respectively, so clean stages are his highest priority this weekend.

That safety-first approach meant he was only P10 in Thursday’s Qualifying Stage, albeit with potential to go much faster as the weekend progresses.

"[It was] quite difficult. [There was] surprisingly much gravel on the road, so [I was] very cautious in those places,” said Nordgren after his qualifying run.

Nordgren’s Qualifying Stage result means he will be the 10th driver to select a start order position tomorrow, which takes place at 1500 CEST in Rome’s iconic Castel Sant’Angelo.

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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)