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#RACEATHOME: ERC Junior champion Llarena sends a message of advice and support

10 hours 23 min ago

Efrén Llarena has issued a message to ERC fans, urging them to follow official advice and stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Rallye Team Spain driver, who claimed an ERC3/ERC3 Junior title double in 2019, said: “For sure we don’t know how long we will be at home but follow the official advice, stay safe, stay at home and for sure we’ll be back as soon as possible. Thank you for your support.”

Llarena and co-driver Sara Fernández are preparing for their step up to the FIA European Rally Championship’s top division in 2020. They will compete in a Citroën C3 R5 run by Sports&You and also chase ERC1 Junior points.

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ERC ace Lukyanuk backs “fantastic” Azores Virtual Rallye

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 06:00

Former ERC champion and Azores Rallye winner Alexey Lukyanuk has praised the Azores Virtual Rallye organisers for their “fantastic idea”.

Running from 23-29 March, the Azores Virtual Rallye is an online challenge based on the Dirt Rally 2.0 game, which is available on the STEAM, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One gaming platforms.

Organised by Grupo Desportivo Comercial, the company behind the spectacular ERC event – postponed to 17-19 September due to the coronavirus pandemic – the Azores Virtual Rallye features 12 special stages to be tackled by each competitor in selected Rally2 (R5) cars.

Because it has not been possible to produce virtual versions of the spectacular stages that make the real Azores Rallye so appealing to fans and drivers alike, the Azores Virtual Rallye will be based on special stages from New Zealand, due to their similarity with the layouts on offer on São Miguel.

“We should always take everything that we can from every situation, so creating an opportunity to compete with professional drivers, e-sportsmen and rally fans on virtual stages is a really fantastic idea,” said Lukyanuk, who will contest this year’s FIA European Rally Championship in a Saintéloc Junior Team Citroën C3 R5.

More than 800 simracers have entered the Azores Virtual Rallye, including reigning ERC champion Chris Ingram.

Image: Facebook.com/lukyanuk

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ERC Rally Liepaja Q&A: Eyvind Brynildsen

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 06:00

With Rally Liepāja scheduled to host the opening round of the delayed 2020 FIA European Rally Championship season, the event’s Roberts Graudiņš spoke to Eyvind Brynildsen, who has the pace to challenge for victory on the high-speed gravel event.

This is one of the fastest events of the season and what happened to you in 2018 proves the Latvian stages can be very unforgiving?
“I would say that the stages themselves are a bit easier than in other events. You can read the road well. Unfortunately, if you do make a mistake, it can end your event, as we experienced first hand in 2018.”

How will the fact you’ve competed on Rally Liepāja two times before help your preparation for this year’s event
“I really enjoy this event. The special stages match well with my driving style, and this is a fantastic country with the greatest fans on the planet!”

Have you had a chance to take in the Latvian nature and enjoy Liepāja when not competing?
“Not really. I hope to have some time for that this year – this is a nice city with a wonderful port.”

How do you like the atmosphere and work of the organiser?
“As mentioned before, Rally Liepāja has incredible fan support. Special stages are filled with people, and this year one of them will have an opportunity to sit in the co-driver’s seat during my tests on the Monday before. That will definitely be an unforgettable experience.”

Latvians say that Liepāja is the birthplace of wind. What weather would you prefer for this year’s event?
“I am hoping for a sunny and eventful weekend! This year, I hope to be spraying champagne from the top step of the podium. I am looking forward to this event!”

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ERC Junior Bassas: a life less ordinary

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 06:00

Pep Bassas will make his debut in the Pirelli-supported FIA ERC3 Junior Championship in 2020, his prize for winning the Real Federación Española de Automovilismo (RFEDA)-backed Beca Júnior R2 title last season.

But the 26-year-old is no ordinary rally driver as this short career profile attests. And for Spanish-speakers, this video from Marca.com, available by clicking here, is not to be missed.

Hailing from the village of Seva (like former 500cc motorcycle world champion Àlex Crivillé) in the rally-mad Osona region of Spain, Bassas was essentially born into the sport.

His father, Josep Bassas (also known as Pep), was a Spanish rallying legend and was a rival to Carlos Sainz and Jesus Puras during their early careers.

After winning the Spanish title driving a BMW M3 in 1989, Bassas helped to establish his own team, Baporo Motorsport, but sadly succumbed to illness in 2008, aged 46. Pili Mas co-drove Bassas for several seasons. They later married but Mas also passed away.

A number of family and friends, including Antonio Zanini, the ERC champion of 1980, helped Pep Jr compete in the Volant RACC, the regional cup where Dani Solà began his career. He took the title, earning the support of RACC to compete in Beca Júnior R2.

After finishing second to Jan Solans in 2018, Bassas dominated the championship in 2019, taking the title and the 2020 ERC3 Junior prize drive in a Mavisa Sport-run Peugeot.

When he’s not competing, Pep works as a mechanic with Ramón Cornet, another young driver from Catalunya.

With thanks to Nacho Villarin

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Rally Islas Canarias to host FIA ERC season decider

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 09:00

Rally Islas Canarias will host the deciding round of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship from 3-5 December** due to government restrictions – introduced as a result of the coronavirus pandemic – making it not possible for the event to run as scheduled from 7-9 May.

In what is an extremely challenging and ever-changing situation, health and safety considerations remain the absolute priority and the thoughts of the entire ERC family are with all those people experiencing great difficulty and suffering at this time.

However, the importance of maintaining the ERC’s eight-event schedule, not just for everybody who depends upon the rallies taking place for their income and enjoyment, but for all the businesses located within communities hosting events, is also recognised.

Therefore, Eurosport Events, the ERC promoter, has worked closely with the local organising team, Club Deportivo Todo Sport, the government authorities and municipalities on Gran Canaria, the Spanish ASN, RFEDA, and the FIA, to achieve an alternative date, which also had to take into account the requirements of the local and national championships that include Rally Islas Canarias on their respective calendars.

Like Rally Hungary, which was originally scheduled as the season finale but now becomes the penultimate round from 6-8 November, Rally Islas Canarias is a very well run and promoted event. It will be a more than worthy host of the deciding round of the 2020 championship.

Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator, said: “Clearly, postponing and rescheduling events brings upheaval and is not the work of a moment. By monitoring the situation on a continuous basis with all organisations who make Rally Islas Canarias possible, we have been able to secure an alternative date and maintain the planned eight-event calendar. We thank everyone involved for helping us to achieve this, including the promoters of other ERC events affected by the change of dates.

“We obviously realise the delayed start to the season is resulting in considerable compromise and hardship, but we continue to acknowledge the support and cooperation we are receiving from our drivers, teams and partners. Preparations for the upcoming events are in full swing and we look forward to another action-packed and highly competitive ERC season getting underway.”

Germán Morales, President of the Rally Islas Canarias Organising Committee, said: “Needless to say, this situation was not in our plans, but during this time we have had the full support and understanding of Eurosport Events, the FIA ​​and RFEDA. Keeping the date would have led us, quite possibly, to a hasty cancellation with uncertain consequences. This new calendar slot allows us to work with all the enthusiasm and with the extra honour of being the rally that decides the 2020 season, also hosting the awards ceremony. December will allow us to show off more about our archipelago, landscapes and climate.”

The ERC season is now set to begin on Rally Liepāja from 29-31 May.

Updated 2020 FIA European Rally Championship calendar (subject to FIA validation)
Round 1: Rally Liepāja (Latvia, gravel), 29-31 May
Round 2: 77th Rally Poland (gravel), 26-28 June
Round 3: Rally di Roma Capitale (asphalt), 24-26 July
Round 4: Barum Czech Rally Zlín (asphalt), 28-30 August
Round 5: Azores Rallye (gravel), 17-19 September**
Round 6: Cyprus Rally (gravel), 16-18 October**
Round 7: Rally Hungary (asphalt), 6-8 November
Round 8: Rally Islas Canarias (asphalt), 3-5 December**

**Date subject to FIA validation

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ERC champion Ingram on 857-strong Azores Virtual Rallye entry

Sun, 03/22/2020 - 06:00

Chris Ingram, winner of the FIA European Rally Championship in 2019, is one of 857 drivers entered for the inaugural Azores Virtual Rallye, such has been the huge level of interest in the online event.

Running from 23-29 March, the Azores Virtual Rallye is an online challenge based on the Dirt Rally 2.0 game, which is available on the STEAM, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One gaming platforms.

Organised by Grupo Desportivo Comercial, the company behind the spectacular ERC event – postponed to 17-19 September due to the coronavirus pandemic – the Azores Virtual Rallye features 12 special stages to be tackled by each competitor in selected Rally2 (R5) cars.

Because it has not been possible to produce virtual versions of the spectacular stages that make the real Azores Rallye so appealing to fans and drivers alike, the Azores Virtual Rallye will be based on special stages from New Zealand, due to their similarity with the layouts on offer on São Miguel.

To make the event as realistic as possible, GDC’s simracing department head and Azores Virtual Rallye event director Luís Carreiro has prepared an itinerary featuring stages in the dry, in rain and in mud with some held in clear view, some in fog.

In addition to Ingram, other ERC stars set to take part include Marijan Griebel, Eyvind Brynildsen and former Azores winner Alexey Lukyanuk. Portuguese quartet Pedro Almeida, Hugo Mesquita, Henrique Moniz and Miguel Nunes also appear on the entry list.

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ERC1 Junior attack tempts Tempestini

Sun, 03/22/2020 - 06:00

World title-winning rally driver Simone Tempestini will bring his considerable talent to the FIA ERC1 Junior Championship in 2020.

Italy-born Romanian Tempestini, the Junior World Rally champion from 2016, is set to contest the eight-event European championship season with fellow Romanian Sergiu Itu co-driving. The 25-year-old’s choice of Rally2 car and team will be made at a later date.

“I’m not only interested to compete, but to also race for the win of the championships, ERC and ERC1 Junior,” said Tempestini. “We want to be fast and fight for the victory at every rally and if we are able to do that, it means that we could fight also for the overall championship. For sure it won’t be easy as the competition in the ERC is quite strong and this year it looks to be even stronger.”

As well as winning the Romanian championship on four occasions, including becoming the youngest driver to do so aged 21 in 2015, Tempestini claimed a WRC3/Junior World Rally Championship title double in 2016.

He has 15 ERC starts to his name having made his European debut on Rally Liepāja in 2013. After initially campaigning production machinery, Tempestini sampled Super 2000, R3 and R5 power before a three-event programme in an Abarth 124 rally in 2018. His best ERC event finish to date remains the fifth place he scored on Rally di Roma Capitale in 2017 at the wheel of a Citroën DS3 R5.

“I haven’t had the opportunity to run for a full season in ERC, but I’m quite familiar with most of the races,” Tempestini said. “Competing in rallies where you’ve already been clearly makes things easier, but our mindset to stay highly competitive in order to fight for the win must be from scratch. I have been closely watching the ERC competition, both the overall championship but also the Junior category and I found it very interesting, with many very fast drivers from all over Europe. On top of that, I believe that Eurosport Events, as official promoter, does a great job and gives a lot of visibility to the championship.”

 

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Relive the 2019 ERC season at FIAERC.com

Sat, 03/21/2020 - 06:00

All the key action from the 2019 FIA European Rally Championship is being replayed at FIAERC.com over the next few months.

Every five days from 20 March, a review of each round of the action-packed 2019 ERC season will be available with each new video published at 10h00 CET.

First up is the Azores Rallye until 25 March. See below for the full schedule:

From 10h00 CET, Friday 20 March: Azores Rallye 2019

From 10h00 CET, Wednesday 25 March: 43 Rally Islas Canarias

From 10h00 CET, Monday 30 March: Rally Liepāja 2019

From 10h00 CET, Saturday 4 April: PZM 76th Rally Poland

From 10h00 CET, Thursday 9 April: Rally di Roma Capitale 2019

From 10h00 CET, Tuesday 14 April: Barum Czech Rally Zlín 2019

From 10h00 CET, Sunday 19 April: Cyprus Rally 2019

From 10h00 CET, Friday 24 April: Rally Hungary 2019

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Ex-racer Mayr-Melnhof expands ERC mission

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 09:00

Niki Mayr-Melnhof will look to continue his impressive transition from racer to rally driver when he embarks on a full-season FIA European Rally Championship campaign.

Following a successful GT racing career, rallying became the Austrian’s focus from 2016. He took his national title two years later and made his ERC event debut on Rally Liepāja in October 2018.

After registering for ERC priority status in 2019, Mayr-Melnhof impressed by scoring on his first event, Rally Islas Canarias, before claiming a top-five finish on the Cyprus Rally.

Great competition and destinations appeal to Mayr-Melnhof
“The ERC is the most competitive and best championship in the R5 category in the world and has some incredible destinations. I had the pleasure of competing in a few events last year and would also love to see the rest of the calendar.”

More learning planned in 2020
“We learned a lot during the last season and hope we can continue the progress and build up our speed gradually. We are very aware of the strong competition, which motivates our team even more to do the best job possible. We will fight hard to get to the top but consistency will be key.”

Pushed to the limits during pre-season preparations
“The whole team has put a lot of effort into the preparation of the new season, spending the winter working on the set-up. I’m still learning the car but we had successful tests on gravel and Tarmac, and we will see where we stand after the first few rallies. I’ve also had good training with my coach, Zsolt Matics, at Fit4Race. He is an amazing trainer and pushes you to your limits and beyond.”

Mayr-Melnhof and Welserscheimb keep DriftCompany
Poldi Welserscheimb will continue to co-drive his fellow Austrian Mayr-Melnhof, who is extending his partnership with former Austrian champion Beppo Harrach’s DriftCompany organisation, which will run a new-for-2020 Ford Fiesta R5 MkII. “I’m still learning a lot at every rally but I’m very fortunate to have a very strong and experienced team, which helped me tremendously over the last few years,” said Mayr-Melnhof.

A completely different world
“The biggest differences from circuit racing is to know when you can attack 100 per cent and when you need to be a little bit cautious. But it’s a completely different world because you are adapting to constantly changing conditions and the patience you need in difficult conditions.”

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New date for ERC Rally Islas Canarias

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 23:17

The 44 Rally Islas Canarias will be postponed due to government restrictions introduced as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, event organiser Club Deportivo Todo Sport has confirmed.

A new date has been submitted to the FIA for approval and is due to be announced next week when more details will become available.

Rally Islas Canarias is one of the most popular events on the calendar and had been due to open the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship season from 7-9 May.

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New podcast for Hungarian ERC fans

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 06:00

Hungarian ERC fans can enjoy a new series of podcasts hosted by the country’s hugely-respected motorsport broadcaster and pundit Zoltán Szujó.

The work of Rally Hungary promoter TRP, Right Three Hard has been launched to keep fans updated with developments in the ERC and Rally Hungary – the season-deciding event scheduled from 6-8 November – and entertained while they cope with all the issues brought about by the coronavirus epidemic.

Hungary’s FIA European Rally Championship podium finisher Norbert Herczig and co-driver Ramón Ferencz, from the MOL Racing Team, joined TRP CEO Tamás Őry for the first of 10 planned episodes, which is available by clicking here.

"I’ve spent 18 years in the F1 paddock and last year I had the opportunity to work as a speaker on the Super Special Stage of Rally Hungary,” said Szujó. “It was love at the first sight so to host the show this year was never a question. It’s great news for the hardcore Hungarian rally fans when the COVID-19 virus has caused cancellations and postponements in the whole racing world including the ERC.”

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ERC3 Junior Radstrom gets all-new Fiesta Rally4

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 13:00

Dennis Rådström’s bid to win the Pirelli-supported FIA ERC3 Junior Championship in 2020 has shifted up a gear with confirmation that he will use M-Sport Poland’s all-new Ford Fiesta Rally4.

Rådström announced his ERC3 Junior programme back in January. At the time, the Swede revealed he would use 2019-specification Fiesta R2T. However, with the Fiesta Rally4 update coming on stream ahead of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship season getting underway, Rådström will switch to the latest creation from Kraków.

“I was lucky enough to have been involved in the development of the Fiesta Rally4 over the winter and I am really impressed with what M-Sport Poland have achieved,” said Rådström, who will be co-driven by compatriot Johan Johan in 2020. “The 2019 R2 was already an extremely competitive package but the Rally4 update really suits me, the additional traction and power gives it a new edge allowing you to push harder.

“The two-wheel-drive competition has always been very close in ERC which is something I really thrive from, I’ve not seen all of the entries for ERC but I’m sure it will be as close as ever and I’m ready for the challenge.”

M-Sport Poland’s Maciej Woda said: “Dennis is a driver that has demonstrated his ability to consistently push a car to its limit in order to come out on top. I am confident that with the new Ford Fiesta Rally4, Dennis will be equipped with the best equipment to push for ERC3 Junior victories and the championship.”

Find out more about Dennis Rådström by clicking here.

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Vita is back: Italian Junior aims for ERC glory

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 09:00

Mattia Vita says he has unfinished business in the FIA European Rally Championship after he announced his ERC return for the 2020 season.

Vita, 23, belied his lack of international experience to hit a rich vein of form during his first ERC3 Junior campaign in 2018, landing a trio of top-five finishes from Rally di Roma Capitale onwards.

A focus on events closer to home in 2019 meant his ERC aspirations were put on hold. But he’s back for the planned six-event ERC3 Junior season in a Pirelli-equipped Peugeot run by H Motorsport from Romania. His fellow Italian Massimiliano Bosi will co-drive.

Unfinished business in young driver category
Vita, who studies political science at university in Pisa when he’s not competing, believes he has yet to show his true pace in ERC3 Junior. “I’ve been learning more all the time, about the events and the car, and this extra experience makes a massive difference,” said Vita. “Thanks also to my co-driver Max, whose knowledge brings so much to our partnership, we’re ready to try and fight for the title this year.”

Mid-season car switch planned
While Vita will begin his 2020 ERC3 Junior campaign in Peugeot’s previous-generation 208 R2, a switch to the make’s 208 Rally4 is planned for the Italian’s home round, Rally di Roma Capitale. “I’m obviously really looking forward to getting my hands on the new car – I think it will be a game-changer. The old car is still competitive though, and we can definitely take advantage of our experience with it.”

From track to stage
Vita raced in karts and Formula 3 before his switch to rallying. “That experience was definitely useful: I’m still racing karts now, which helps me a lot on asphalt events in particular. But although my background is asphalt, I feel just as comfortable on gravel. The ERC offers us a bit of everything.”

Did you know?
Mattia Vita’s parents are both former competitors. His father, Gianluca, was an accomplished driver in the Italian Rally Championship, while his mother, Simonetta, enjoyed a successful co-driving career, partnering her husband on a number of occasions.

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ERC event organisers confirm Azores Virtual Rallye is go!

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 06:00

Grupo Desportivo Comercial, the organisation behind the FIA European Rally Championship-counting Azores Rallye, has gone virtual!

With the real-life Azores Rallye postponed until 17-19 September due government restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 outbreak, GDC has launched the Azores Virtual Rallye to give fans their rallying fix and encourage them to stay safe at home.

The Azores Virtual Rallye from 23-29 March is an online challenge based on the Dirt Rally 2.0 game, which is available on the STEAM, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One gaming platforms.

It will feature 12 special stages to be tackled by each competitor in selected Rally2 (R5) cars.

Because it has not been possible to produce virtual versions of the spectacular stages that make the real Azores Rallye so appealing to fans and drivers alike, the Azores Virtual Rallye will be based on special stages from New Zealand, due to their similarity with the layouts on offer on São Miguel.

For example, the Waimara Point stage in New Zealand will double as the Graminhais stage from the Azores Rallye. It will then double as Tronqueira when run in reverse.

Elsthorpe Sprint will serve as Vila Franca/São Brás, Coroa da Mata will be based on the One Beach Sprint stage, the reverse of Te Awanga will form the Feteiras stage, while Sete Cidades will comprise the Ocean Beach stage. All stages will run twice.

Registrations are now open by emailing virtual@azoresrallye.com with the entry period open until 23h59 local time on 21 March. The supplementary regulations and roadbook are available by clicking here.

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Discounted ERC Rally Liepāja tickets on sale

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 06:00

Fans have until 20 March to purchase tickets for Rally Liepāja at the discounted rate of 15 euros for all special stages.

Available from Biļešu Serviss locations, as well as online at bilesuserviss.lv, the all-stage tickets for the high-speed FIA European Rally Championship qualifier will increase in price from 21 March to 24 May, when they will cost 20 euros. From 25-31 May, they will cost 30 euros.

For this year it will not be possible to buy a ticket to access a single special stage. Instead, one day tickets will be available for fans who wish to see all the action around the city of Talsi on 30 May, or the battles near Liepāja on 31 May.

The price of the one-day ticket (to see stages in either the Talsi or Liepāja region) will remain unchanged throughout the whole sales period at 15 euros.

Children aged 10 and under and those with disabilities can follow the action free of charge. There’s a 10 per cent discount for retired workers purchase tickets from Biļešu Serviss locations.

Click here for more information and conditions.

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New Fiesta Rally4 coming to ERC

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 18:00

M-Sport Poland has introduced its new Ford Fiesta Rally4, which is set for service in the FIA European Rally Championship this season.

According to M-Sport Poland, the company’s latest two-wheel-drive offering comes with more power from the Ford EcoBoost engine, improved gear ratios, better handling and a new aggressive appearance.

It’s the first car from M-Sport Poland that falls in line with the FIA Rally Pyramid, which sets out a clear structure from grassroots to the top of the sport – and is a development of the Kraków-based firm’s hugely successful Fiesta R2T from 2019.

In other improvements, the 999cc turbocharged Ford EcoBoost engine has been optimised with increases in power and torque delivering 210 bhp and 315 Nm respectively.

M-Sport Poland has also worked on improving gear ratios and strengthening driveshafts to better handle the delivery of the increased power and torque.

The Fiesta Rally4’s cooling system will benefit from the addition of bonnet vents, a lighter exhaust will be fitted, while the suspension has been enhanced.

Existing Fiesta R2T models can be fitted with a Ford Fiesta Rally2 upgrade kit available to order from 1 April.

M-Sport Poland’s Maciej Woda said: “With so many [R2] cars distributed and kilometres covered, the engineering team at our base in Kraków was able to quickly identify a development strategy thanks to the constructive feedback received from a huge pool of drivers from a variety of backgrounds.”

M-Sport Managing Director Malcolm Wilson said: “M-Sport and Ford have always been at the forefront when it comes to supporting all levels of the sport, and we’re constantly developing our product range to provide a cost-effective and competitive route from grass-root to top-level rallying. As the FIA’s new Rally Pyramid becomes more identifiable, we plan to have a car to represent every level.”

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ERC drivers and teams successful in Mexico

Sun, 03/15/2020 - 09:00

Nikolay Gryazin, the 2018 ERC1 Junior champion, and top FIA European Rally Championship team Toksport WRT are celebrating a successful Rally Mexico today.

Gryazin and co-driver Yaroslav Fedorov finished a season-best second in the World Rally Championship 2 category aboard a Hyundai i20 R5 ’20, while Toksport WRT guided Pontus Tidemand to the class victory on the event, which was curtailed on Saturday night due to the ongoing travel restrictions linked to the global COVID-19 outbreak.

Elsewhere, Emilio Fernández finished runner-up in the World Rally Championship 3 section in another Toksport WRT entry, as three-time ERC champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz finished seventh following a trouble-hit event.

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ERC-bound Rally3: the key facts

Sat, 03/14/2020 - 06:00

The FIA Rally Department used the recent World Motor Sport Council meeting to provide further details on Rally3, which is set for action in the FIA European Rally Championship in 2021.

Essentially a Rally4 (formerly R2) car with four-wheel drive, Rally3 is already attracting interest from regions around the world as a replacement for the Group N category, that can appeal to both gentlemen drivers and their career-focused counterparts stepping up from 2WD machinery.

Here are the key facts:

*Manufacturers convert bodyshell from 2WD to 4WD configuration

*Common front and rear parts (wishbones, dampers, brake calipers, etc) to cut costs

*Car width the same as standard production car (not widened as in Rally2)

*Standard bodywork (bumpers and fenders can be bought from local car dealerships)

*Fuel tank simple in shape to reduce costs, positioned higher in car for simple design

*One gearbox ratio set only, two differential ramp angles to lessen engineering input

*Homologated from 1 January, 2021

*Minimum weight set at 1,180 kilograms

*210 bhp balanced by a turbo restrictor

*Price cap of €100,000

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ERC cars for FIA Motorsport Games

Fri, 03/13/2020 - 18:00

Cars eligible for use in the FIA European Rally Championship will be in action when the FIA Motorsport Games takes place for the second time at Circuit Paul Ricard in France from 23-25 October.

The Olympic Games of motorsport is adding a rally to its roster of disciplines for 2020 with Rally2 (formerly R5) and Rally4 (what was R2) cars set to make up the entry.

Drivers with ERC experience to have rallied at Circuit Paul Ricard, which hosts the annual Rallycircuit Cote d’Azur, include Robert Consani, Stéphane Lefebvre and Pepe López.

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Cyprus Rally set to welcome ERC stars one week later than planned

Fri, 03/13/2020 - 12:00

The Cyprus Rally will host the FIA European Rally Championship one week later than planned this October.

Subject to FIA approval, the gravel event is set to take place from 16-18 October to accommodate the rescheduled Azores Rallye, which is now due to take place from 17-19 September, again subject to FIA approval.

The Cyprus Rally, won in 2019 by Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel, had originally been scheduled for 16-18 October.

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PZM 76th Rally Poland - Newsfeed LEG 2

PZM 76. Rajd Polski - Etap 2

Kalendarz 2020

29-31.05.

Rally Liepaja (Łotwa)

26-28.06.

77. Rajd Polski

24-26.07.

Rally di Roma Capitale (Włochy)

28-30.08.

Barum Czech Rally Zlín (Czechy)

17-19.09.

Azores Rallye (Portugalia)

09-11.10.

Cyprus Rally (Cypr)

06-08.11.

Rally Hungary (Węgry)

03-05.12.

Rally Islas Canarias (Hiszpania)