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Habaj targets 2019 ERC return

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 06:00

Łukasz Habaj has targeted a return to the FIA European Rally Championship in the ŠKODA Fabia R5 he used on the closing two rounds of the 2018 season.

Habaj switched to the Sports Racing Technologies-run Czech machine from his Ford Fiesta R5 ahead of September’s PZM Rally Poland, where he finished sixth overall. And things got even better on Rally Liepāja earlier this month when Habaj placed one position higher.

“The target is to carry on in this car and do another full season,” said the former Polish champion in Liepāja. “I just need to keep working hard, search for some money and come back next year. I was sixth in Poland and fifth [in Latvia] so [there’s] much improvement compared to previous events for my third rally in this car. It’s challenging and demanding in terms of the set-up and the driving style is much different to the Fiesta I was using for three years. But I liked it a lot, I adapt and I think it can only get better.”

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From European champions to world champions: ERC salutes Kopecký and Dresler

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 06:00

The FIA European Rally Championship is saluting Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler after the 2013 ERC champions completed their title-winning campaign in the world championship’s second-tier in Spain yesterday*.

Driving for ŠKODA Motorsport, the Czech pair have excelled in 2018 with five wins from six starts in their Fabia R5. And while class victory eluded them on RallyRACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada Rally de España, they still finished second to underline their excellent season.

Several other ERC drivers past and present were in action on the mixed-surface event with triple champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz a fine category fourth for the LOTOS Rally Team, while ERC Junior Under 28 podium finisher Rhys Yates impressed in a strong P26 overall.

*Subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA

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Fans to the rescue as Klausz scores in ERC Junior

Sun, 10/28/2018 - 06:00

Kristóf Klausz had rally fans to thank after he made it to the finish of the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship season closer in a points-paying sixth position.

Klausz dropped almost 20 minutes after he went off the road on stage 10 of Rally Liepāja earlier this month. But after spectators helped to drag the Hungarian’s PEUGEOT 208 R2 back on the road, Klausz was able to finish the high-speed gravel event, which he was contesting for the fifth time.

“The stages were really good fun, really fast and we could learn a lot so it was a really good experience,” said Pirelli-equipped Klausz. “We got closer and closer to the frontrunners so this was a really good learning process, we kept improving and the car was working perfectly. Then on stage 10 we had a right corner, it was too narrow we go a bit faster and we were sliding on the left side of the car. After we go into a ditch and stay there for almost 20 minutes. Spectators had to pull us out. But now were in the finish and I hope it will be better for us for the next year.”

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Why eight was still great for Avcioglu on ERC season finale

Sat, 10/27/2018 - 06:00

Orhan Avcioglu completed his first season in the FIA European Rally Championship with eighth place on Rally Liepāja recently. And while it wasn’t the top-five finish he’d hoped for prior to the start, the result still represented more progress for Turkey’s finest.

Avcioglu has focused on learning in 2018 as tried out all eight ERC rallies for the first time in his Toksport WRT ŠKODA Fabia R5, with fifth place in Cyprus the season highlight.

On his first appearance on the high-speed gravel stages in Latvia from 12-14 October, Avcioglu met his target of keeping within 1.5 seconds per kilometre of the pacesetting drivers.

“Almost all rally we were within 1.5s per kilometre, which was our goal for the season and it’s been a big progress because we started with 2.5s and we’ve come down to this,” said the 2017 FIA Balkan Trophy winner. “I just want to thank my co-driver and team and families. We appreciate the effort from everybody.”

Avcioglu and co-driver Burçin Korkmaz overcame a front-left puncture on Rally Liepāja’s final stage, losing more than two minutes in the process. “All of a sudden it ruptured so we were happy to keep the position and I was happy with eighth,” he said. “I would really have liked to be fifth or sixth but we learned a lot on this rally and how to go fast in the fast sections.”

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Brynildsen “happy” despite ERC crash

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 06:00

Eyvind Brynildsen has revealed he was “happy” despite his dramatic exit from Latvia’s FIA European Rally Championship season finale recently.

Brynildsen, for whom Rally Liepāja marked his first outing since the EKO Acropolis Rally in early June and his first event with new co-driver Ilka Minor, quickly got to grips with the high-speed gravel roads.

With three stages remaining and a deficit of less than 10 seconds to third position, Brynildsen had battled his way into the podium fight despite his lack of seat time and had high hopes of a strong result, only to crash out in spectacular fashion.

Posting on Facebook afterwards, the talented Norwegian wrote: “I'm actually a happy boy. I'm happy that we really tried to take that podium spot. I’m very proud [co-driver] Ilka Minor and myself managed to be doing the speed we did during the weekend for the first time together in the car – the last time I sat in the car was in June. I’m very glad M-Sport makes fast, strong and safe cars. And I'm of course glad we both are 100 per cent fine.”

Brynildsen’s crash was headline news in his homeland with VGTV streaming footage of the accident and an interview, which is available in Norwegian only by clicking here.

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Érdi Jr fast on ERC step-up

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 06:00

Tibor Érdi Jr stepped up from the ERC2 category to the FIA European Rally Championship’s big league in Liepāja earlier this month – and was unlucky not to finish in the top 10.

Érdi Jr was driving his newly-acquired ŠKODA Fabia R5 on Latvia’s ERC season closer. Although he wasn’t eligible for championship points under the terms of his registration, the Hungarian clocked several top-10 stage times as he adapted to the Czech machine on the high-speed gravel event.

“We are very happy to finish and not crash the car,” said Érdi Jr, who made it back-to-back FIA ERC2 titles this season*. “The times were okay for the first race. We had one puncture on the first day. If not, it would have been the top 10 [at the finish] and that’s very good. I like the car and the feeling, we learn many things here.”

*Subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA

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ERC Ladies’ Trophy winner Falcón gets R5 chance

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 06:00

Emma Falcón will take advantage of the experience she gained winning the ERC Ladies’ Trophy when she steps up to R5 power in the FIA European Rally Championship in 2019.

The Canary Islander beat Catie Munnings to the ERC Ladies’ Trophy title on a final-round decider in Latvia earlier this month, while her performances during the season were good enough for fifth place in the ERC3 classification.

“Next season we will run with a Citroën C3 R5,” said Falcón, who has campaigned the French make’s DS3 R3T since 2016. “It will be a new challenge that I am impatient to face. Many thanks to all my sponsors, without them it would be impossible.”

Although Falcón will focus on the Spanish championship in 2019 with a planned programme of three events on asphalt and three on gravel as she adapts to her new car and the increased power, she is also aiming to contest two ERC rounds, including her home event, Rally Islas Canarias.

“Next year I will be in the Spanish championship to get a good rhythm with the R5 car,” she said. “I hope to be in one or two ERC rallies with my new car and in 2020 I hope to be back to the European championship [full time].”

Falcón has secured significant backing from Citroën Las Palmas for her campaign, plus the support of the Canary Islands government, including the President, Fernando Clavijo (pictured left), and J. Francisco Perez, General Director of Sports (pictured right).

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Stengg’s five-step guide to adapting to gravel in the ERC

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 06:00

Roland Stengg marked his first gravel rally for a year with a season-best fourth in class on Latvia’s closing round of the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship.

Stengg belied his lack of experience on high-speed gravel events to claim a top-five finish in the Pirelli-supported ERC Junior Under 27 category on Rally Liepāja.

This is the Austrian Opel ADAM R2 driver's five-step guide to adapting to gravel:

1: Commitment is key
“You really have to commit to the pacenotes in the fast corners. On leg one I was a bit too cautious and we were braking a bit with the left foot. Going flat out is part of the culture here and the [Nordic] guys are really fast so we had to keep it going and show some bravery.”

2: Beware of the ruts
“We had a bit of an off in SS2 and [on Saturday afternoon] it was really, really difficult with the ruts and it made it very hard for us to drive fast and on the limit. You have to really drive in the line and I’m not quite a clean driver yet on gravel. We had a big moment in the last part of the last stage [on Saturday] because I missed the line and we jumped out of the ruts. We were a bit too fast because we couldn’t brake any more and the car was just jumping.”

3: No such thing as an easy rally
“We had some close moments on the rally, it was really hard and tough but we learned a lot so it was good. I was a bit too cautious on the first two stages on Sunday and we lost some time.”

4: There can always be a late twist
“The final afternoon was really tough. We slowed down a bit because we knew we had no more battles. Then we saw cars out of the road and we knew we really had to get it to the finish. But the slower we drove the more mistakes we did.”

5: Be happy
“We had three or four lucky moments but we’re through, we’re happy and we’ve got so much more experience. It was a nice and fun rally.”

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How small mistake helped Åhlin to first ERC podium

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 06:00

Fredrik Åhlin has revealed how a “small mistake” helped him to his first podium in the FIA European Rally Championship when the 2018 season reached its climax on Rally Liepāja earlier this month.

Åhlin finished third overall and third in ERC Junior Under 28 – the category for young stars in R5 cars – after getting the better of Fabian Kreim in a final-stage showdown. The Swede, who was driving a ŠKODA Fabia R5 for CA1 Sport, revealed just how he managed to complete the Latvia podium.

“We made a small mistake in stage 11, where we went wide in a junction, so dropped some time,” the Swede explained. “It was actually quite good because I knew that going to the last [stage] we had to win or not win, there was no margin to play it safe. I went really, really hard. It was a good stage for sure, so [we’re] really happy.”

Despite his pedigree on gravel, Åhlin said afterwards that the result had exceeded his expectations.

“The last time I was on gravel was in May,” he said. “I'm unfortunately not doing much rallying this year and it took some time to get back into it. Both Nikolay [Gryazin] and Chris [Ingram] are really fast and it showed, especially as we couldn't keep up with them. But still, I'm really happy with third.”

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Three years, three titles: ERC great Griebel is a champion again

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 06:00

Marijan Griebel has secured his third championship title in as many years, landing the Deutsche Rallye Meisterschaft in his homeland yesterday.

Griebel won the FIA ERC Junior title in 2016, the ERC Junior Under 28 crown last season and is now the winner of the German championship in a PEUGEOT 208 T16 co-driven by Alexander Rath.

"We wanted to finish well and secure the championship title," said Griebel, who placed second on the ADAC 3-Städte-Rallye to secure top honours. “It's great to win the German championship for PEUGEOT Deutschland and Romo Motorsport, so I would like to thank the team, PEUGEOT and Ronald Leschhorn, who prepared the car as well as ever. I'm overjoyed to be the German champion.”

Griebel follows his mentor Armin Kremer by winning the German championship, a feat Kremer achieved in 1996, 1998 and 1999.

Photo: ADAC.de/motorsport

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Hokkanen wants ERC Junior wins

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 06:00

Miika Hokkanen wants to be fighting for class wins after making it two podiums in as many rounds of the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship in Latvia last weekend.

Finn Hokkanen followed up his third place in the Pirelli-supported category on PZM Rally Poland in September with an identical result on Rally Liepāja’s high-speed gravel stages in the Saintéloc Junior Team PEUGEOT 208 R2 he shares with co-driver Reeta Hämäläinen.

“A podium is a good result of course, we want to be winning but the guys in front were very fast the whole weekend so we need to be happy with this,” said Hokkanen, a university student. “We found a decent rhythm but we were losing 10s to the leaders in every stage.

“The feeling on Saturday morning was not perfect so we made some changes for the afternoon loop and it felt much better. We tried to get more grip in the rear of the car and that gave us the confidence to push harder. Of course there is always more to do but we were able to put our speed up a bit and find a decent rhythm but it was not enough for the top guys.”

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Czech star Mareš confident of more ERC gravel pace

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 06:00

Filip Mareš is confident he can go much faster on gravel following his second loose-surface appearance in an R5 car on Rally Liepāja last weekend.

The Czech federation-backed prospect was fifth in the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 category and sixth overall on the Latvian event.

“It was a really nice weekend for us and we are really happy with the result, especially with the target to the fastest guys because the gap was getting lower and lower, we were improving, doing changes to our driving style, our pacenotes and so on,” he said.

“In terms of these things we are really satisfied. It was still just the second race for us on gravel in an R5 car so I was also learning and trying to understand. My confidence was improving but I need to improve my driving to be closer to the faster guys. But that will happen.”

Jan Hloušek co-drove Mareš in a ACCR Czech Rally Team ŠKODA Fabia R5

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Yates promise shines through in ERC after massive moment

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 06:00

Rhys Yates showed his potential for the future with sixth place in ERC Junior Under 28 on Rally Liepāja despite a “massive, massive moment”.

The Briton was making his debut on the high-speed gravel event in the Kresta Racing ŠKODA Fabia R5 he shares with co-driver Elliott Edmondson.

Afterwards ex-motocross rider Yates spoke about his near miss: “The stages are so fast and so committed and it was a shame about [stage seven on Sunday morning] because it knocked our confidence. We had a massive, massive moment when we went up the banking on the left hand side and missed the biggest tree I’ve seen in Latvia and bounced back on. Maybe the line was off and we just got caught out but we were lucky to get away with it, it was fifth gear, flat out.”

Having landed a debut ERC Junior Under 28 podium in the Azores back in March, Yates was hoping to finish the season as he’d started it, albeit to no avail.

“The stages were much faster than I was expecting, and you really didn’t get the impression of the speed on the recce at all,” he said. “That showed in the early stage times I think and meant we were trying to make up time for the second half of the event. Overall, I’m happy and the great thing is I know there is still more to come. I was looking for a Junior podium this weekend and I wasn’t quite fast enough, but I know why and that’s the important thing. It’s when you have no idea that it becomes a struggle.”

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ERC progress pleases Munnings

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 18:00

Catie Munnings delivered another impressive performance in the FIA European Rally Championship, shrugging off her lack of gravel experience to finish fifth in ERC Junior Under 27 and first in the ERC Ladies’ Trophy section on Rally Liepāja.

Munnings, 20, made her gravel debut in Latvia in 2016 but her return marked only her third start on a high-speed loose-surface event.

“We made so much progress, it’s like reaching another level of confidence in what the car can do,” said the Saintéloc Junior Team driver, a PEUGEOT UK ambassador. “I now know I can push it so much further still. I loved the speed of this rally. It took a bit of getting used to, but we were flat in fourth or fifth gear petty much everywhere and being sideways at that speed is something else. I was disappointed when each stage ended – it was just the most awesome week.”

Briton Munnings recruited former ERC Junior frontrunner and Swedish 2WD champion Mattias Adielsson as her driver coach ahead of the event. She added: “The coaching I had with Mattias at the test made a real difference, the only sad thing is that my season has finished for this year.”

Despite finishing ahead of Emma Falcón on Rally Liepāja, Munnings had to settle for the runner-up spot in the final ERC Ladies’ Trophy standings behind her Spanish rival. “Emma did a great job to take the ERC Ladies’ Trophy title but I’m happy to be progressing all the time,” said Munnings.

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Fitness first in ERC Junior Experience

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 12:00

Four young rally crews were given the opportunity to build their knowledge and expertise during the latest ERC Junior Experience training sessions in Latvia last week.

The quartet took part in three workshops – physical training, partnership acquisition and retention and gravel driving technique – ahead of Rally Liepāja, the closing round of the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship from 12-14 October.

Newcomer Petr Semerád joined existing ERC Junior Experience pupils Hugo Margaillan (France), Niels Reynvoet (Belgium) and Roland Stengg (Austria), who was also competing in the Pirelli-supported FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship in Latvia, while Wojciech Chuchała, Evelien Deschuytter and Artis Lagzdiņš provided expert training and coaching.

Training week #3 curriculum: Liepāja, Latvia (9-12 October)
*Core stability training (physical health, concentration, stability, positioning and movement of the core) hosted by Artis Lagzdiņš at the Liepājas Olimpiskais Centrs
*Individual gravel-driving technique coaching from former ERC2 champion Wojciech Chuchała
*Pre-event test session on gravel
*Tyre-changing refresher
*Out-of-the-box training from Evelien Deschuytter in securing and maintaining partnerships
*Reconnaissance of all special stages

Coach Lagzdiņš: fitness can make drivers faster
Artis Lagzdiņš coaches MX2 rider Pauls Jonass and ERC Junior Under 27 champion* and ERC Junior Experience graduate Mārtiņš Sesks, making him ideally placed to assess the ERC Junior Experience intake’s physical fitness before equipping them with useful skills through several exercises. “It was a pleasure to see how the ERC Junior Experience drivers attended the core stability workshop with full commitment,” he said. “They realised core stability is important for a rally driver. I showed them different types of exercises what a rally driver must do, we practiced them and filmed it. This enables them to continue doing the exercises at home. It was great to see these young guys so motivated.”

Developing young drivers very important, says Chuchała
Former FIA ERC2 champion Wojciech Chuchała joined the coaching staff during the third week of ERC Junior Experience training. Providing one-to-one coaching on gravel, the talented Polish driver passed on his knowledge and expertise to the four student drivers and spoke highly of the ERC Junior Experience. “Development of young drivers is very important,” said Chuchała. “Making clever steps but keep a safe base is very important and the ERC Junior Experience is helping these young drivers to be prepared in every point. Technical knowledge, physical preparation and driving technique can improve drivers as fast as it is possible. It was a big opportunity for me to be a part of the programme and I really enjoyed the work and helping to improve these drivers and co-drivers.”

Semerád gains gravel skills
Newcomer Petr Semerád replaced Erik Cais during the ERC Junior Experience training week in Latvia. Cais joined the programme in his native Czech Republic in August, but a clashing event prevented him from attending the Liepāja sessions. Semerád – who like Cais is 17 years old and highly rated in his homeland – had never previously driven on gravel before. “I was here to learn as much as I could about driving on gravel and coping with the ruts because we only have Tarmac rallies in Czech Republic,” said Semerád. “The ERC Junior Experience crew taught me a lot and I was surprised how quickly I had everything under control when I got in the car. It was not easy but I really enjoyed it.” Semerád also took part in the core stability and partnership workshops and event reconnaissance. And following the training sessions, Semrad and co-driver Jiří Hlávka stayed on in Latvia to watch the conclusion to the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship on Rally Liepāja, visiting several stages and the service park.

ERC Junior Experience refresher
Established in 2016 to provide drivers and co-drivers with the myriad skills required for their step up from national to international level, the ERC Junior Experience is open to competitors in the Pirelli-supported FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship, plus other drivers aiming for the top. Sébastien Bedoret, Filip Mareš, Catie Munnings, Laurent Pellier and Mārtiņš Sesks are among its graduates. For more information contact Evelien Deschuytter, All In Motion, +32 473990342, evelien@allinmotion.be.

*Subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA

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Ingram credits Gryazin for ERC pace rise

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 06:00

Chris Ingram has praised Nikolay Gryazin – the man who beat him to the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship – for making him a faster driver.

Ingram pushed Gryazin for the ERC Junior U28 crown on the season-closing Rally Liepāja, despite 2018 marking his first campaign in an R5 car.

After finishing second to Gryazin on the Latvian event and final championship standings, Toksport WRT driver Ingram paid tribute to his Russian rival.

“I’m really happy how we’ve developed in our first season in an R5,” said Briton Ingram. “Nikolay has been an incredible benchmark with incredible pace on every rally, so thanks to him for pushing me and massive congratulations again for winning the championship.

“For us it's been a massive learning curve with lots of highs and lows. Ross [Whittock, co-driver] has done an amazing job, the whole team's done an incredible job and really helped me. Hopefully, we can carry on because it's been very difficult with the budget. This year has been about learning, next year we have to go and win.”

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No title but Kreim relishes ERC battle

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 06:00

Fabian Kreim might have missed out on the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship during the three-way showdown on Rally Liepāja last weekend, but he returned to his native Germany armed with an abundance of experience following his fine performance in Latvia.

With limited gravel running during his career, the ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland driver suggested the odds would be stacked against him in the title battle. And while he missed out on the big prize he impressed throughout the high-speed gravel event alongside co-driver Frank Christian.

After finishing fourth overall and fourth in class on Rally Liepāja but third in the final ERC Junior U28 standings, Kreim said: “With fourth place I’m not sure if I should be happy or disappointed because I have lost the ERC Junior Under 28 title, I have lost the podium. But I have to be happy with the pace, I get a lot of experience so of course we’re really happy with this weekend. It was quite difficult for me but I did the best job I could.”

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Great Gryazin secures prize drive chance from ERC

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 06:00

The race to win one of the biggest prizes in rallying is over: Nikolay Gryazin is the winner of the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship for 2018* and the recipient of a prize drive in a World Rally Car on a European round of the world championship in 2019.

He fought off rivals Chris Ingram and Fabian Kreim in a season-closing title showdown on Rally Liepāja, which concluded on Sunday afternoon after two days of intense action on high-speed gravel stages in Latvia.

Gryazin, 21, will now be offered a fully-funded drive in a 2016-specification World Rally Car on a European round of the world championship in 2019 by ERC promoter Eurosport Events and follow in the wheel tracks of Marijan Griebel. The German won the inaugural ERC Junior Under 28 title in 2017 and used part of his prize to score overall points on ADAC Rallye Deutschland last August driving a Citroën DS3 WRC.

However, in order to serve Gryazin’s best interests, as an alternative to the World Rally Car prize drive, Eurosport Events will cover the costs of two ERC events next season in an R5 car to a total value of €100,000. There is no restriction on team or car choice but the grant has to cover two ERC rallies in 2019.

“Congratulations to Nikolay on this fantastic achievement,” said ERC Co-ordinator Jean-Baptiste Ley. “With three drivers starting Rally Liepāja in contention for this prestigious FIA title and incredible prize, it has been an exciting end to the championship. All three drivers have achieved great things this season and demonstrated true quality. However, there can only be one winner and Nikolay is certainly a deserving champion. We look forward to watching him take his career to the next level with this excellent opportunity.”

Russian Gryazin, whose Pirelli-shod ŠKODA Fabia was co-driven by Yaroslav Fedorov, wins ERC Junior Under 28* – the category for young stars in R5 cars – courtesy of victories on Rally Islas Canarias, Barum Czech Rally Zlín, PZM Rally Poland and now Rally Liepāja, with the latter two outright triumphs.

“It feels good and I’m really satisfied,” said the Sports Racing Technologies driver. “Our target wasn’t to push but to finish and now I can sleep well. I don’t show emotions too much but I’m really happy. We improved a lot this year, we had a good strategy and a good preparation for each event. Now I look to next year when I get two rounds of the ERC as my gift from Eurosport.”

*Subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA.

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ERC champions of 2018*

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 23:07

The 2018 FIA European Rally Championship drew to an action-packed close on Rally Liepāja earlier today. Here's a reminder of who won what this season*.

FIA EUROPEAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ERC1:
Driver: ALEXEY LUKYANUK (RUSSIA, pictured)
Co-driver: ALEXEY ARNAUTOV (RUSSIA)

FIA EUROPEAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ERC2:
Driver: TIBOR ÉRDI JR (HUNGARY)
Co-driver: GYÖRGY PAPP (HUNGARY)

FIA EUROPEAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ERC3:
Driver: MĀRTIŅŠ SESKS (LATVIA)
Co-driver: RENĀRS FRANCIS (LATVIA)

FIA ERC JUNIOR UNDER 28 CHAMPIONSHIP:
Driver: NIKOLAY GRYAZIN (RUSSIA)

FIA ERC JUNIOR UNDER 27 CHAMPIONSHIP:
Driver: MĀRTIŅŠ SESKS (LATVIA)

FIA EUROPEAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP FOR TEAMS:
ADAC OPEL RALLYE JUNIOR TEAM (GERMANY)

ERC NATIONS’ CUP:
ADAC OPEL RALLYE JUNIOR TEAM (GERMANY)

ERC LADIES’ TROPHY:
EMMA FALCÓN (SPAIN)

*Subject to confirmation of results by the FIA

 

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Falcón beats Munnings to ERC Ladies’ Trophy title

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 19:03

Emma Falcón secured the 2018 ERC Ladies’ Trophy title on the final stage of Rally Liepāja, though her main competitor Catie Munnings secured victory on the rally itself.

Munnings knew only a top five finish in ERC3 would improve her final championship position and, thanks to issues befalling fellow ERC Junior Under 27 competitors Mattia Vita and Kristóf Klausz, she progressed from seventh to fifth across the course of leg two.


However, the Saintéloc driver’s gains were not enough to tip the balance in her favour for the title, with Falcón’s seventh place in ERC3 was enough to seal the trophy.


“It has been a rally difficult year with many problems but I’m very happy to stay here and win the championship, said Falcón. “Thank you to Catie as well.”


Falcón had taken a cautious approach throughout, with an unfamiliar GC Motorsport-run PEUGEOT 208 R2 replacing her usual Citroën DS3 R3T in Liepāja.

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PZM 75. Rajd Polski / PZM 75th Rally Poland

PZM 75. Rajd Polski

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)