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Remembering when: Home hero Galatariotis claimed ERC Cyprus glory by 0.6s!

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 06:00

Home hero Simos Galatariotis became the first Cypriot winner of his country’s FIA European Rally Championship counter for a decade with a dramatic last-gasp victory over Bruno Magalhães by 0.6s on 17 June 2018.

In what was the third-closest finish in recent ERC history, Galatariotis and co-driver Antonis Ioannou triumphed despite carrying a front-right puncture to the end of the closing ENEOS Golden Stage.

Although victory eluded SEAJETS-backed Magalhães and namesake co-driver Hugo by the smallest of margins, the Portuguese moved to the top of the ERC standings at what was the halfway point of the season.

Nasser Al-Attiyah had stormed into first place on the penultimate stage, taking 20.6s out of Galatariotis to gain a 2.3s lead with one stage remaining. However, Al-Attiyah was forced to stop and change a puncture close to the finish of the Cyprus Rally’s final test, his attempts to continue with a deflating tyre for several kilometres ultimately in vain.

ARC Sport’s Magalhães overtook Al-Attiyah in-stage moments before the finish line to snatch second and the ERC points lead. The Portuguese driver's approach of being sensible and avoiding rocks at all costs paid dividends, ensuring another top result after his win on the EKO Acropolis Rally two weeks previously.

Four-time Hungarian champion Norbert Herczig was promoted to a surprise second consecutive podium finish by Al-Attiyah’s delay, finishing 1m21.4s behind Galatariotis aboard his MOL Racing Team ŠKODA Fabia R5. Al-Attiyah settled for fourth place for Autotek Motorsport after his late tyre change, while fifth went to Toksport WRT’s Orhan Avcioğlu, his first ERC top five finish.

ACCR Czech Team-entered Vojtĕch Štajf beat Dávid Botka to sixth by 13.4s, while Albert von Thurn und Taxis scored his first ERC points finish of 2018 in eighth.

Petros Panteli sealed ninth overall and the ERC2 win for the Q8 Oils Rally Team, ahead of a rapidly recovering Alexandros Tsouloftas in P10. It was an astounding day’s work from Tsouloftas, going fastest on leg two to score seven bonus points and also win the Golden Stage cash prize.

Laurent Pellier dominated ERC3 in a Saintéloc Junior Team Peugeot 208 R2, while Emma Falcón beat Catie Munnings to ERC Ladies’ Trophy honours.

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Drivers warned against illegal ERC Cyprus Rally reconnaissance

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 18:00

Drivers contesting the Cyprus Rally later this month have been warned not to carry out reconnaissance of the special stages outside of the official schedule.

Any breach of the rules will result in a fine of 1000 euros while further punishment may be imposed by the event stewards.

A statement from the event organisers reads: “It should be made clear that the presence of any participant and/or crew member in any part of the special stages in any way whatsoever, will be considered as reconnaissance and will be penalised immediately.”

The recce for the Cyprus Rally, the penultimate round of the 2019 FIA European Rally Championship, is scheduled from 08h00-17h00 on Wednesday 25 September and 08h00-15h00 on Thursday 26 September.

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Dream come true time as Munster links up with ERC legend Snijers

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 06:00

ERC3 Junior Grégoire Munster will swap seats when he co-drives rallying legend Patrick Snijers on the Belgian championship Omloop van Vlaanderen from tomorrow (Friday).

Munster, who drove for the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team in the Pirelli-supported ERC3 Junior category this season, is deputising for Snijers’ regular co-driver Davy Thierie in the Porsche 997 GT3 run by Munster’s father Bernard’s BMA Autosport team.

“I reckon that thousands of people would dream to be able to compete in a rally with Patrick,” said Munster. “When I heard that Patrick was on the look-out for a co-driver I proposed my father, and when he could not find a true co-driver, I said that I would be delighted to take on the job myself.

“Apart from it being a fun opportunity I also take it to be a part of my ongoing learning curve with a view to becoming a better and more complete rally driver. When seated next to such a great champion you will always pick something up.

“It won’t be easy because the pacenotes are in Dutch. On top of that Patrick uses a different system to the one Louis [Louka] and I have. But that’s also especially interesting and instructive. In addition, I will also be in a rear-wheel driven Porsche developing more than 500bhp. I have a lot of work in front of me but I’m really looking forward to it.”

Munster showed plenty of pace during his first season-long ERC3 Junior campaign in 2019 but was often out of luck. He was classified seventh in the provisional standings with a best result of fourth in class on Rally Islas Canarias in May.

He has seven starts to his name as a co-driver, while Snijers won the FIA European Rally Championship in 1994.

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Twelve of the best for ERC Cyprus Rally

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 06:00

Cyprus Rally organisers have announced details of an exciting route for the penultimate round of the 2019 FIA European Rally Championship.

Featuring 12 mainly gravel stages with some Tarmac sections over a competitive distance of 200.07 kilometres, the event will be based in Nicosia from 27-29 September.

And the shift to the Cypriot capital, after Larnaca was used as the event hub in 2018, has resulted in the semi-mountainous stages around Nicosia being used once again. Famous for their spectacular views and turns, the stages are characterised by their demanding nature.

Start and finish ceremonies for Larnaca
While Nicosia to the north will host the event service park and headquarters, Larnaca to the south east is home to the start and finish ceremonies. As in 2018, these will take place on the beachfront of Finikoudes with the start taking place at 19h00 local time on Friday 27 September with entertainment beginning at 17h30. The finishing podium will begin at 18h00 on Sunday 29 September.

Qualifying Stage moves to Yeri
A 3.60-kilometre run in Yeri, just outside Nicosia, will host the Qualifying Stage from 10h03 on Friday 27 September. The fastest 15 drivers in qualifying will select their staring positions in Nicosia at 13h30. Free Practice is from 07h00-09h00.

Six stages for Spectacular Saturday
Saturday’s opening leg consists of six stages with Politiko (14.60 kilometres) and Lefkara (23.23 kilometres) run once in the morning and again in the afternoon. There will be a single visit to Analyontas (14.41kilometres) ahead of midday service in Nicosia. Following re-runs of Politiko and Lefkara, Saturday’s action concludes with the spectacular Super Special Stage in Nicosia.

Stage action concludes on Super Sunday
Sunday’s action begins withtheclassic20.17-kilometre Kapourasstage followed by Kourdali(21.57 kilometres) and Asinou (11.07 kilometres). The trio of tests will be repeated in the afternoon following a midday service halt in Nicosia.

It’s a gravel rally but not as we know it…
While the Cyprus Rally is fundamentally a gravel event, 13 per cent of the route is on asphalt, which creates a unique challenge for drivers and their teams, plus a thrilling spectacle for fans watching the action unfold.

Three in one for Cyprus Rally 2019
As well as counting for ERC points, the 2019 Cyprus Rally is the fourth round of the FIA Middle East Rally Championships and the fifth event of the Cyprus Rally Championship.

Organisers will publish the full itinerary in due course.

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ERC Ladies’ Trophy winner Falcón flies with two stage bests

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 18:00

Emma Falcón further underlined her promise since stepping up to R5 level by setting two fastest stage times on the 44 Rallye Ciudad de Telde in Gran Canaria last weekend.

The 2018 ERC Ladies’ Trophy winner, who ran in the top 10 of the FIA European Rally Championship-counting Rally di Roma Capitale in July, was quickest on two of the opening four stages in her Citroën C3 R5.

It was the first time in 65 years that a female driver had scored a stage win on a Canary Islands-based rally.

Unfortunately for Falcón, a small accident on a left-hander on stage five forced the Canary Islander to retire. However, she will get another chance to show her pace when she contests the combined Spanish and Spanish Supercopa Rally Princesa de Asturias – Ciudad de Oviedo from 12-14 September.

Meanwhile, the Cyprus Rally hosts round seven of the 2019 FIA European Rally Championship from 27-29 September.

Additional reporting and photo: Javier Viera

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Ingram’s mother launches fundraising bid to keep son’s ERC title dream alive

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 06:00

Chris Ingram’s mother, Jo, has launched an online fundraising appeal to help her son contest this month’s Cyprus Rally, the penultimate round of the 2019 FIA European Rally Championship.

Ingram moved to the top of the overall ERC standings on last month’s Barum Czech Rally Zlín following what turned out to be a bitter-sweet event for the Toksport WRT driver.

Although the 25-year-old is on course to become the first Briton since Vic Elford in 1967 to win the prestigious regional title, he’s lacking the funds to do so following a dramatic conclusion to the sealed-surface rally.

By finishing 0.3s behind Filip Mareš in the Czech Republic, Ingram missed out on the ERC1 Junior title and the 100,000 euros handed to the champion to compete in Cyprus and the season-deciding Rally Hungary in November.

In a post on the Gofundme.com website, Ingram’s mother wrote: “My son has dedicated his life to becoming a champion rally driver. He and his co-driver Ross Whittock are now leading the FIA European Rally championship. The boys have been desperately struggling for financial support this season, due to a main sponsor pulling out last minute. Chris will tell me off for setting this up [but] at the moment Chris and Ross have little chance to compete and fight for the European championship due to their lack of funds. Any help, however big or small, would be hugely appreciated.”

A link to Ingram’s Gofundme.com page is available here.

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ERC history-maker Solberg celebrates double title triumph

Mon, 09/02/2019 - 18:00

Oliver Solberg, who became the youngest winner of an FIA European Rally Championship counter when he triumphed on Rally Liepāja earlier this season aged 17, has more reason to celebrate this week.

Partnered by Aaron Johnston, Solberg drove his Sports Racing Technologies Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 to second overall on last weekend’s Lõuna-Eesti Ralli (South Estonia Rally), which was enough to clinch the Baltic and Latvian titles.

“It was a fantastic weekend; the car and the team were perfect,” said Solberg, the son of 2003 World Rally champion Petter Solberg.

Solberg Jr, who missed out on the outright win by 3.9s to a World Rally Car crewed by Estonians Georg Gross and Raigo Mölder, can also add the Estonian title to his already impressive CV: the teenager leads the standings with one event remaining, the Saaremaa Rally from 11-12 October.

Photos: Volkswagen Motorsport

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ERC champion Lukyanuk: expect unexpected in Cyprus

Mon, 09/02/2019 - 06:00

Alexey Lukyanuk has issued a pre-Cyprus Rally warning to event rookies, urging them to ‘expect the unexpected’ due to the demanding nature of the mainly gravel event.

Lukyanuk, who won in Cyprus in 2016, is playing catch-up in his bid to successfully defend his FIA European Rally Championship crown.

Ahead of the Nicosia-based rally, which takes place from 27-29 September, the Saintéloc Junior Team driver is second in the standings, one point behind Chris Ingram.

“It’s a very good but a very tough rally at the same time,” said the Russian. “A lot of unexpected things can happen like stones [on the line] but normally we enjoy and we go fast there.”

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ERC Cyprus Rally 2019 is go!

Sun, 09/01/2019 - 12:00

The 2019 FIA European Rally Championship fires back into life on the Cyprus Rally from 27-29 September.

Since 1970, the Cyprus Rally has put car and crew to a significant test. And while the current format is a little less taxing than it once was, underestimating the challenging nature of this rallying heavyweight is a big mistake.

Although fundamentally a gravel event, some Tarmac sections feature, while punishing ambient and ground temperatures are a factor.

Returning to Nicosia for 2019 has resulted in mountain stages around the capital being revived. However, the street stage through the United Nations-controlled Buffer Zone between Nicosia’s Greek Cypriot and Turkish inhabited areas still features on the combined European and Middle East championship counter.

While Nicosia takes over as host of the event headquarters and service park, Larnaca continues to host the start and finish ceremonies.

The Rally Guide and supplementary regulations are available by clicking here.

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From testing hell to seventh heaven in ERC for Tarabus

Sat, 08/31/2019 - 06:00

Jaromír Tarabus went from this testing crash (above) to placing seventh in the FIA European Rally Championship-counting Barum Czech Rally Zlín recently.

Once a podium finisher in the ERC, Tarabus explained what went wrong during a test on Tuesday before the rally.

“There was very slippery Tarmac, absolutely like glass or liquid,” said Tarabus, who is co-driven by Daniel Trunkát. “We hadn’t perfectly prepared the brakes, we lost the grip and at almost no speed we go onto the roof. It was a pity because we wanted to find the set-up for the car, but we had no chance. But we were lucky we could be here.”

Photo supplied by Jaromír Tarabus

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Pech was at “maximum” prior to Zlin ERC retirement

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 18:00

Czech legend Václav Pech has admitted he could not have gone faster when the FIA European Rally Championship his homeland earlier this month.

Pech retired from fourth place on Barum Czech Rally Zlín after a driveshaft failed on his EuroOil – Invelt Team Ford Fiesta R5.

“I was very satisfied with the result, I was going on my maximum level,” Pech said. “I was happy with my position with these young guys [Chris Ingram and Filip Mareš] but I hope I will be faster than them.”

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Stajf’s bad luck strikes again in ERC

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 12:00

Vojtěch Štajf’s bad luck on Barum Czech Rally Zlín continued when he retired from his home round of the FIA European Rally Championship for the third year running.

After a car fire in 2017 and a crash in 2018,Štajf’s bid to finish the event ended on the final stage following an accident in the Racing 21-prepared Volkswagen Polo GTI R5, which is co-driven by Veronika Havelková.

“The luck left us in the final stage and we didn’t finish,” said Štajf.

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Why it was a perfect ERC start for Arai

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 06:00

Japan’s Hiroki Arai enjoyed the perfect beginning to his Barum Czech Rally Zlín debut earlier this month after his famous rally-driving father Toshi flagged him over the start ramp.

Arai Sr, a competitor in the FIA European and world championships in the past, was a welcomed visitor to the sealed-surface event, which his son was contesting in a Team STARD Citroën C3 R5 alongside Austrian co-driver Ilka Minor.

Asked about Hiroki Arai’s performances in the FIA ERC1 Junior Championship, Toshi Arai said: “It’s not so bad because he’s on the Yokohama development tyre, which is getting better and better but still needs more development. He’s very, very fast and he’s also driving in the Japanese championship now. He’s much, much faster than me and I’m so angry for this but he’s a new-generation driver!”

Hiroki Arai, who dropped out of Barum Czech Rally Zlín contention with an early off, said: “I was a bit surprised [to see him with the flag] but it was nice and I really loved the atmosphere. It was a shame we couldn’t complete the stages but that’s how it is.”

Arai Sr confirmed his son’s plans for 2020 centre around a European championship campaign, confirming he was “looking at some sponsors to continue in ERC”.

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Tough luck for Klausz in ERC return

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 18:00

Back on FIA ERC3 Junior Championship duty for the first time since Rally Liepāja in late May, Kristóf Klausz endured a Barum Czech Rally Zlín to forget.

After engine issues halted his progress on leg one, Klausz restarted on leg two only to retire his Pirelli-equipped Peugeot 208 R2 with three stages remaining.

“We had engine issues that caused some power loss for us so we changed some parts with the hope that it would work on the second day,” said Klausz, who will be back on home soil when the inaugural Rally Hungary brings the curtain down on the 2019 ERC season from 8-10 November.

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Lundberg cheered by Zlin ERC experience

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 12:00

Elias Lundberg said the difficult nature of the sealed-surface Barum Czech Rally Zlín meant the experience gained was even more valuable.

Lundberg was making his debut on the event, the deciding round of the 2019 FIA ERC3 Junior Championship. He finished the final stage seventh in class but elected not to drive to the finish due to health reasons.

“The first day was really tough but really good to get the experience from this rally because it’s so difficult,” said the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team-run Swede. “We had big brake problems on the last two stages on Saturday and lost a lot of time. We were learning the event but we were also trying to push a bit although we didn’t get the right rhythm. The atmosphere created by the fans was a very special experience for us.”

Lundberg and co-driver David Arhusiander scored a season-best third in the Pirelli-supported category on the Azores Rallye in March.

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Talas fast but out of luck on home ERC Junior counter

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 06:00

Jan Talaš was fast but twice out of luck when the 2019 FIA ERC3 Junior Championship concluded on his home event, Barum Czech Rally Zlín on 18 Augusut.

The ACCR Czech Rally Team driver was forced to retire his Pirelli-equipped Peugeot 208 R2 from both legs due to electrical issues.

Partnered by stand-in co-driver Tomáš Šmíd, Talaš was nevertheless able to demonstrate an impressive turn of speed with a series of top-six stage times and was on course for a top-six finish when he first hit trouble on the opening afternoon.

“The stages were good, but very difficult and very slippery,” said the 2018 Czech Junior and 2WD champion.

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Zlin ERC3 run helps Hungarian Peugeot pair

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 18:00

Co-driver Attila Nagy reckons Barum Czech Rally Zlín has given he and driver Miklós Csomós a clear idea of the level of competition they’ll face when the ERC visits their homeland for the season-closing Rally Hungary in November.

Csomós and Nagy were making their second appearance in the FIA European Rally Championship on the sealed-surface event and placed eighth in ERC3 following brake issues and a problem with the brake and accelerator pedals.

“Day two was quite better because we could find our pace, we learned a lot and we learned our pace was not enough here because these guys are crazy like hell,” said Nagy. “But we are happy to finish.”

Csomós and Nagy lead the Peugeot 208 Cup in Hungary. Meanwhile, the inaugural Rally Hungary ERC event takes place from 8-10 November on asphalt-only stages.

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Molle rolls with it on ERC comeback

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 12:00

Amaury Molle was back on ERC3 Junior duty for the first time in four years on Barum Czech Rally Zlín from 16-18 August.

Unfortunately for the Belgian, a third-stage off and the decision not to restart on leg two, meant he never got the chance to show his true speed on his event debut at the wheel of a Pirelli-equipped Peugeot 208 R2.

“We were on a good pace, but the pacenotes were announced too fast,” Molle explained. “We adapted the rhythm of announcing but then they were too slow and I arrived on a flat-five crest without knowing there was a tight right corner after the crest. I immediately push the brake, but I blocked the wheel on the gravel present. We rolled into the meadow without touching anything. We managed to get to the end of the stage [after a long delay] but we had one broken wheel and one spare, but two wheels were damaged so at the regroup we had to retire.”

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Late delay costs Johnston ERC3 point but development remains on track

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 06:00

Ex-sportscar racer Sean Johnston had every reason to be satisfied at the completion of the recent Barum Czech Rally Zlín, even though a late puncture cost him a top 10 finish in the ERC3 category.

The Saintéloc Junior Team driver’s Peugeot 208 R2 picked up a front-right puncture on stage 13, which ultimately dropped him behind Orhan Avcioglu to P11 in the final classification.

“The main thing here is to get to the end, get the kilometres and get the experience,” said Johnston, who is in his first season of international rallying. “We’re happy with the development of our pace for the first time on these very tricky stages. And we had a blast given the circumstances that I was feeling a bit sick.”

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Munster’s ERC Junior experience to last a lifetime

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 18:00

Experience gained during his 2019 FIA ERC3 Junior Championship will last Grégoire Munster a lifetime, according to the Opel-powered Belgian.

Munster retired from the season-closing Barum Czech Rally Zlín with an alternator issue. And while his season in the Pirelli-supported category didn’t go quite to plan, Munster said he learned plenty.

“It’s not [good] to have to retire due to a mechanical issue but it happens to be inherently linked to a mechanical sport,” said the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team driver. “This is not the manner in which we wished to end our European campaign. But that’s the way it is. Our European season was perhaps not perfect, but we have gained a fair amount of experience and they cannot take that away from me.”

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Kalendarz 2019

21-23.03.2019:

Azores Airlines Rallye (Portugalia)

02-04.05.2019

Rally Islas Canarias (Hiszpania)

24-26 05.2019

Rally Liepāja (Łotwa)

28-30.06.2019

Rajd Polski

19-21.07.2019

Rally di Roma Capitale (Włochy)

16-18.08.2019

Barum Czech Rally Zlín (Czechy)

27-29.09.2019:

Cyprus Rally (Cypr)

08-10.11.2019:

Rally Hungary (Węgry)