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ERC 2020: Rally di Roma Capitale refresher

Sat, 02/01/2020 - 06:00

After two rounds on gravel in Latvia and Poland, the FIA European Rally Championship returns to asphalt for July’s Rally di Roma Capitale. The key information appears below.

When: 24-26 July
Where: Rome, Italy
Surface: Asphalt
ERC appearances (since 2004 restructuring): 3 (2017-2019)

The rally in 100 words: The progression of this exciting asphalt event, organised and promoted by Max Rendina, has been remarkable. Having run for the first time in 2013, Rally di Roma Capitale made its ERC debut in 2017 as Italy returned to the European championship for the first time since 2013 when Rallye Sanremo was on the calendar.  It proved a big hit with a driving parade through the centre of Rome, a spectacular spectator stage around the Palazzio della Civiltà del Lavoro in the EUR district, followed by two days of action-packed rallying on stages to the east and south-east of the capital.

Event eligibility:
FIA European Rally Championship 2020, round 5 of 8
FIA ERC1 Junior Championship 2020, round 5 of 6
FIA ERC3 Junior Championship 2020, round 5 of 6
Abarth Rally Cup 2020, round 4 of 6

Also counting for…
​FIA ERC2, FIA ERC3, FIA European Rally Championship for Teams

Recent winners:
2019: 
Giandomenico Basso/Lorenzo Granai (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
2018: 
Alexey Lukyanuk/Alexey Arnautov (Ford Fiesta R5)
2017: Bryan Bouffier/Xavier Panseri (Ford Fiesta R5)
2016: Umberto Scandola/Guide D’Amore (ŠKODA Fabia R5)*
2015: Umberto Scandola/Guide D’Amore (ŠKODA Fabia R5)*
*Non-ERC event

Five facts:
1:
 Rome’s famous Colosseum, which features on the Roma parade route, is the largest amphitheatre ever built. Construction began in AD 72 and was completed in AD 80.
2: In stark contrast, Rally di Roma Capitale took place for the first time in 2013 and joined the ERC roster in 2017.
3: The commune of event base Fiuggi, to the southeast of central Rome, was made famous by its natural spring water and the healing powers it possesses.
4: Rome was one of two European capitals to host the ERC in 2019 with Nicosia home to the Cyprus Rally.
5: Italy has celebrated 23 European championship triumphs over the years. Giandomenico Basso and Luca Rossetti are both multiple winners.

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ERC’s Monteiro is five alive

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 12:00

Aloísio Monteiro hopes his third FIA European Rally Championship campaign will not only promote The Racing Factory’s expertise, but also ready him for a planned step up to world level during the season.

Portuguese driver Monteiro has announced a five-event ERC programme in a ŠKODA Fabia R5 Evo run by The Racing Factory. Sancho Eiró, from the Azores, will co-drive.

“Keeping the bet on FIA ERC was fundamental for us, because The Racing Factory will have more customers in this market,” said Porto-based Monteiro, who made four ERC starts in 2019. “The experience we bring from each event is important and will be useful in other events where we want to participate. We can confirm our participation in five events of this European championship and we will participate in other national and international events, including a world rally this year.”

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Sébastien Loeb Racing ready for service in the ERC

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 12:00

The team co-founded by Dominique Heintz and rallying legend Sébastien Loeb is making available its expertise to customers considering the FIA European Rally Championship for 2020.

Sébastien Loeb Racing has achieved considerable success in circuit racing, off-road events and rallying at both national and international level.

Based in Soultz-sous-Forêts in north-eastern France, Sébastien Loeb Racing is highly experienced and guided Belgian William Wagner to fourth place in last season’s French Rally Championship and a victory in the 2019 Trophée Michelin.

For 2020, it is expanding its activities to include a possible ERC programme in the top-level ERC1 category for Rally2 (formerly R5) cars.

Jean-Philippe Nicolao, Technical Manager, explained: “We have a team of highly experienced personnel and the facilities to provide a very professional service to customer drivers. We have followed the ERC in recent years and it’s a championship we would like to be a part of with good events and good competition.”

Drivers interested in joining Sébastien Loeb Racing for the 2020 ERC can find out more by clicking here or by emailing contact@sebastienloebracing.com.

Photo: Sebastienloebracing.com

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ERC Junior star Devine picked for Hyundai Junior Driver programme

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 06:00

Callum Devine has been selected, along with four other drivers with FIA European Rally Championship experience, for Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing’s Junior Driver programme.

Devine, who will chase ERC1 Junior and outright title success with Hyundai power in 2020, joins Nikolay Gryazin, Pierre-Louis Loubet, Grégoire Munster and Ole Christian Veiby on the scheme, which gives access to Hyundai engineers and the make’s world championship drivers for support and advice.

"This is an amazing opportunity and will certainly help with our Europeanc championship ambitions,” said Devine. “To have even been considered for inclusion is amazing, but to have been one of the five chosen is a real honour. I'm really looking to the year ahead and some new challenges and experiences.”

Meanwhile, Belgian talent Munster is an ERC3 Junior graduate having competed in the Pirelli-supported series for the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team in 2019. He wrote on Facebook: “Proud to announce we are a new member of Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing’s Junior Driver program! Many thanks for the opportunity and the trust that is given us.”

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Ingram, Whittock honoured by national ASN for ERC title triumph

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 06:00

Chris Ingram and Ross Whittock were honoured at Motorsport UK’s Night of Champions event in London on 25 January for their capture of the FIA European Rally Championship in 2019.

In the company of Graham Stoker, FIA Deputy President (Sport), and David Richards CVE, Chairman of Motorsport UK, the British ASN, Ingram and Whittock, showed off the trophies they received for winning the overall ERC title last season, when Ingram became the first Briton since Vic Elford in 1967 to take the coveted crown.

“The Night of Champions recognises the achievements of British drivers across a wide range of motorsport disciplines,” said Richards (pictured centre with Ingram, left, and Whittock. “It’s a true celebration for all those that make our sport the great success it is.”

Photo: Motorsport UK

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Former ERC1 Junior champion Gryazin takes Monte podium

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 06:00

Former ERC1 Junior champion Nikolay Gryazin made a strong start to his career as a Hyundai Motorsport driver with third place in the FIA World Rally Championship 2 category on his first Rallye Monte-Carlo yesterday.

Gryazin won the ERC1 Junior title in 2018 driving for Sports Racing Technologies. He has since stepped up to the world championship with his potential rewarded by Hyundai for 2020.

“It was not an easy event with lots of muddy conditions, as well as ice, snow and slush,” said Russian Gryazin. “While it was tricky, we had a valuable experience getting to know the car. We didn’t push too much, as our objective was to finish the rally and to take some points away, which we achieved. We will try to improve at the next event.”

Drivers aiming to follow in Gryazin’s wheel tracks by graduating from the FIA European Rally Championship to the world stage will get their first opportunity to prove their talent on the ERC season-opening Azores Rallye from 26-28 March.

Photo: Hyundai Motorsport

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New ERC Junior recruit Radstrom tests to be best

Sun, 01/26/2020 - 06:00

Dennis Rådström underlined his intent to win the 2020 FIA ERC3 Junior Championship by completing a four-day test in Poland recently.

Along with co-driver Johan Johansson, Swede Rådström linked up with M-Sport Poland at a venue close to Krakow to continue his preparations for the upcoming campaign, which will also include his home round of the Junior world championship.

And in his efforts to capture the Pirelli-supported ERC3 Junior title, Rådström wants to learn more about rally car development and working effectively with an engineer.

“We haven't driven since the end of last season and need to get up to speed,” Rådström said. “We want to find a good collaboration with the engineers and hope they can benefit from our feedback in the continued development of the car. We hope to get a good start to the season with a lot of driving.”

Rådström and Johansson have joined event-winning Orsák Rallysport for the 2020 season. They will compete in a Ford Fiesta R2T.

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ERC 2020: 77th Rally Poland refresher

Sat, 01/25/2020 - 06:00

Venue of round four of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship, here’s a reminder of just some of the event details.

When: 26-28 June
Where: Mikołajki, Poland
Surface: Gravel
ERC appearances (since 2004 restructuring): 11 (2004-2008, 2010-2013, 2018-2019)

The rally in 100 words: One of the world’s oldest rallies returned to the ERC roster in 2018 after a five-year break as Rally Poland replaced Rally Rzeszow as the country’s round of the European championship for its 75th edition. First run in 1921, Rally Poland’s home since 2005 has been Mikołajki in the picturesque Masurian lake district, a three-hour drive north from the capital Warsaw, where high-speed all-gravel stages are commonplace. And it was in Mikołajki where Kajetan Kajetanowicz first emerged as a major force in the ERC, taking the event win in 2013 prior to beginning his record-breaking title treble sequence in 2015.

Event eligibility:
FIA European Rally Championship 2020, round 4 of 8
FIA ERC1 Junior Championship 2020, round 4 of 6
FIA ERC3 Junior Championship 2020, round 4 of 6
Abarth Rally Cup 2020, round 3 of 6

Also counting for…
​FIA ERC2, FIA ERC3, FIA European Rally Championship for Teams

Recent winners:
2019:
 Alexey Lukyanuk/Alexey Arnautov (Citroën C3 R5)
2018: Nikolay Gryazin/Yaroslav Fedorov (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
2017: Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)*
2016: Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger (Volkswagen Polo R WRC)*
2015: Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo R WRC)*
*WRC event

Five facts
1:
 Run for the first time in 1921 from the capital Warsaw, Rally Poland turned 75 in 2018, making it the second oldest rally in the world behind Rallye Monte-Carlo.
2: A founding round of the world championship in 1973 when current FIA President Jean Todt co-drove Achim Warmbold to victory on what was then a Tarmac event, Rally Poland’s ERC links date back to 1960 when German pair Walter Schock-Moll and Rolf Moll triumphed in a Mercedes-Benz 220 SE.
3: Mikołajki in the picturesque Masurian lake district has been Rally Poland’s base since 2005, which marked the event’s switch from asphalt to gravel stages.
4: A three-hour drive north of Warsaw, Mikołajki is home to the gigantic Hotel Gołębiewski, which doubles as event HQ and has grounds large enough to accommodate the rally’s service park and superspecial stage, the Mikołajki Arena.
5: Pole Sobiesław Zasada, who became outright ERC champion in 1971 after taking two category titles in the 1960s, is the most successful driver in Rally Poland history with four wins.

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Polonski to push for ERC double in Abarth 124 rally

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 12:00

Dariusz Poloński will target a title double when he embarks on another season of FIA European Rally Championship action in 2020.

As well as chasing top spot in the ERC2 category, Poloński has set his sights on winning the Abarth Rally Cup**, which carries a hugely impressive €210,000 prize fund, of which €30,000 is up for grabs on each event and €30,000 handed to the end-of-season title winner.

But while the chance to score points and win big were firmly behind Poloński’s decision to continue in the one-make category, the “great support” provided by the Abarth Rally Cup organisers made his choice for 2020 even more clear cut.

“First of all, I really enjoy to drive this car, it is fast and demanding,” said Poloński, who like his fellow Abarth Rally Cup drivers is eligible for ERC2 points. “But the main difference with the Abarth Rally Cup is the great support. There is the technical support from the engineers and a full truck of spare parts and also a hospitality truck.”

After finishing runner-up to Andrea Nucita in the first Abarth Rally Cup to run within the ERC framework in 2019, Poloński has the top of the end-of-year podium firmly in mind. “We hope to fight for first place in the Abarth Rally Cup and ERC2 category,” said Poloński. “We had some issues during last season but definitely the most positive thing was the progress we got from the feeling of the car.”

Poloński, who will again be co-driven by fellow Pole Łukasz Sitek, is planning a handful of test sessions in early spring, while an outing on the Polish championship season-opening Rajd Świdnicki, which takes place from 17-19 April, is also under consideration ahead of the 2020 Abarth Rally Cup getting underway on Rally Islas Canarias from 7-9 May**.

Did you know?
Poloński began his competition career in circuit racing with Fiat power before he switched to rallying in 1999, this time relying on a Fiat Seicento Sporting.

Where to watch Dariusz Poloński in 2020?
Rally Islas Canarias, 7-9 May; Rally Liepāja (Latvia), 29-31 May; 77th Rally Poland, 26-28 June; Rally di Roma Capitale (Italy), 24-26 July; Barum Czech Rally Zlín, 28-30 August; Rally Hungary, 6-8 November.

**Abarth Rally Cup 2020 is subject to FIA World Motor Sport Council approval

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Lappi: ERC allowed me to take the next step

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 06:00

Esapekka Lappi, who begins his FIA World Rally Championship bid on Rallye Monte-Carlo later today (Thursday) has spoken about how his title-winning stint in the ERC helped him to progress to and ultimately win at world level.

Lappi won the FIA European Rally Championship in 2014, his first full season in the series, following success at national level in his native Finland. He moved into the world championship with ŠKODA the following season and has driven in the World Rally Car category since 2017, winning with Toyota.

For 2020, Lappi is joining the Ford-supported M-Sport squad. But ahead of his first event with the British outfit the Finn recalled his time spent in the ERC, which began with a debut victory on Rally Poland in September 2012.

“When you have a good competition, it teaches you a lot,” said Lappi. “In the European championship the level was high and we did a lot of rallies on Tarmac. For a Finnish driver this was very important, it was really good for the learning and what I did in the European championship allowed me to take the next step.”

As well as achieving success – he won five European championship rounds – Lappi enjoyed the atmosphere and being part of the ERC family.

“You could see different locations where normally you are not spending time,” he said. “It was also the first time I was in a factory team and you could understand how all the things are working, how to behave and what support you can have. In the ERC I could learn all that very well.”

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ERC team SRT’s key numbers make for impressive reading

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 06:00

Leading FIA European Rally Championship team Sports Racing Technologies has revealed the effort it goes to in order to be successful.

Having guided Nikolay Gryazin to ERC1 Junior gold in 2018, the Latvian team helped turn Łukasz Habaj into an outright title contender with the Polish ace claiming his first overall victory as he challenged for the 2019 championship against Chris Ingram and Alexey Lukyanuk.

While SRT’s activities include a number of championships and categories, its end-of-season number summary makes for impressive reading.

During 2019, SRT…

Competed in 21 countries
Took part in 113 events
Prepared 13 cars
Ran 16 drivers
Completed 19323 stage kilometres
Undertook 58 test days
Employed 35 team members
Entered seven championships
Scored 56 podium finishes

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ERC champion Ingram reiterates world championship ambitions

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 06:00

Chris Ingram has reiterated his desire to use his FIA European Rally Championship title success as a launchpad to the sport’s top level.

Ingram, who won the 2019 ERC title in a thrilling final-stage decider with Alexey Lukyanuk in Hungary last November, is working hard to secure the necessary budget to enable his progression alongside co-driver Ross Whittock.

“I have made no secret of my desire to move into world championship and that time is now,” said the 25-year-old. “Building on our achievements in last year’s title-winning European Rally Championship season, we are ready to demonstrate our credentials on the world’s stages. To do this, we have to meet some pretty ambitious funding targets as we fight to overcome the odds [of finding a budget] once again.”

Ingram has joined forces with a marketing agency, SQN, to help his sponsorship search, with the company also charged with his personal brand development.

Claire Ritchie-Tomkins, the company’s CEO, said: “Chris and Ross are the next big thing in international motorsport. Their ERC title is evidence of their talent and their unrelenting determination. We have spent two decades bringing brands into motorsport; we recognise the unique benefits that motorsport can bring to them. Chris is a hugely marketable, personable, well-presented and talented young man, who would be a fantastic asset for the right company to associate themselves with.”

While progression to the world championship is Ingram’s main goal, he isn’t ruling out further ERC appearances in the future.

“I want to stay with Toksport WRT and win another big title,” Ingram said last month. “Realistically we are exploring all options but I am sure we will be back in the ERC at some point definitely.”

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ERC organisers attend FIA Rally and Cross-Country Officials Seminar in Prague

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 06:00

Organisers of the eight FIA European Rally Championship events were among a record number of 206 officials and representatives of the rally and cross-country communities, together with experts and speakers, who attended the 2020 FIA Rally and Cross-Country Officials Seminar in Prague from 17-18 January, the first to include both disciplines.

The delegates – stewards, clerks of the course, scrutineers and event organisers – representing 48 ASNs, spent two productive days at the Autoklub of the Czech Republic’s historic headquarters where they joined a number of interactive seminars, meetings and workshops.

Following a welcome video speech from FIA President Jean Todt, Yves Matton, the FIA Rally Director, officially opened the session, assisted by Jérôme Roussel, Category Manager – Regional Rally, and Jutta Kleinschmidt, President of the FIA Cross-Country Rally Commission.

Jan Stovicek, President of the Autoklub of the Czech Republic, and Tomáš Kunc, Secretary General, also delivered a short welcome message to the participants as the hosts of the event.

Matton started by recalling the FIA’s rally vision and summarising the main achievements from 2019. He then set out the aims for 2020, which included highlighting the rally pyramid and the introduction of the Rally3 category, which is set to begin in 2021. Jérôme Roussel followed up with an update on the Regional Rally Championships and a focus on the daring FIA’s Rally Star talent detection programme, due to be officially launched during the FIA Sport Conference in Thailand in June.

Scrutineers spent Friday morning attending a seminar hosted by the FIA Technical team before heading to the workshops of Racing 21, an FIA European Rally Championship entrant, for a practical session. The FIA Safety task force delivered a seminar on rally safety best practice.

Saturday’s agenda began with Uwe Schmidt, Rally Commission Vice-President, summarising changes to the International Sporting Code and Regional Rally Regulations for 2020.

The afternoon part of the seminar comprised sessions relating to the more practical aspects of the work of the officials, such as rally observer guidelines and rally control best practice. There was also a focus on the environment with observers attending regional rallies now tasked with completing a five-stage environmental section within their event report. The day ended with a number of steward case study sessions, before the closing speeches led by Yves Matton.

Summarising the seminar, the FIA Rally Director said: “It has been a great pleasure to see so many event officials joining this seminar and such a high level of professionalism and commitment during the sessions. We can never stop our efforts to maintain the highest standards and keep improving in the areas of regulations, safety and environment. In this regard, this meeting was, once again, an essential platform for sharing the latest updates and best practices.”

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ERC Rally Liepaja gets refreshed logo

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 06:00

Rally Liepāja bosses have produced a refreshed logo for their 2020 FIA European Rally Championship counter.

The third event of the upcoming season, Rally Liepāja has been part of the ERC roster since its inception in 2013.

For 2020, event founder and promoter RA Events has tweaked the existing logo by replacing the previous green background with a white background.

The city of Talsi, around which leg one takes place on 30 May, is mentioned along with Liepāja, where the event’s deciding leg starts and finishes on 31 May.

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ERC 2020: Rally Liepaja refresher

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 06:00

Rally Liepāja hosts the second all-gravel round of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship in late May. A summary of the key details appears below.

When: 29-31 May
Where: Liepāja, Latvia
Surface: Gravel
ERC appearances (since 2004 restructuring): 7 (2013-2019)

The rally in 100 words: The brainchild of driver turned promoter Raimonds Strokšs and first run to great acclaim in 2013, Rally Liepāja was originally a winter event but switched to autumn in 2016 for more guaranteed weather. The new date effectively made for an all-new rally as crews adjusted to gravel roads free of snow and ice. Although the time of year had changed, the high-speed stages in western Latvia continued to thrill drivers and spectators alike. Organisers of this forward-thinking event made more changes for 2019 with a late May date and an expanded route taking in popular stages around the Talsi region.

Event eligibility:
FIA European Rally Championship 2020, round 3 of 8
FIA ERC1 Junior Championship 2020, round 3 of 6
FIA ERC3 Junior Championship 2020, round 3 of 6
Abarth Rally Cup 2020, round 2 of 6

Also counting for…
​FIA ERC2, FIA ERC3, FIA European Rally Championship for Teams

Recent winners:
2019:
 Oliver Solberg/Aaron Johnston (Volkswagen Polo GTI R5)
2018: Nikolay Gryazin/Yaroslav Fedorov (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
2017: Nikolay Gryazin/Yaroslav Fedorov (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
2016: Ralfs Sirmacis/Arturs Šimins (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
2015: Craig Breen/Scott Martin (Peugeot 208 T16)

Five facts:
1: 
Rally Liepāja ran for the first time in 2013 with Jari Ketomaa/Kaj Lindström taking victory in a Ford Fiesta RRC. It was the first and only year the really finished in Ventspils, up the Baltic coast from the host city.
2: In recent years, Rally Liepāja has formed part of the Festival of Speed Kurzeme, which brings speedboat racing to the city’s Tirdzniecības canal, plus other motorised attractions to the local area.
3: Two former Liepāja winners, Craig Breen and Esapekka Lappi, have both gone on to secure factory drives in the World Rally Championship.
4: Oliver Solberg is the event’s youngest winner, taking top spot in 2019 aged 17 years, eight months and three days.
5: Liepāja can claim to be the only Latvian city outside the capital Riga to offer air, land and sea transport options, while its city council chairperson, Uldis Sesks, is a former rally driver of note and father of Mārtiņš Sesks, the 2018 FIA ERC3 and ERC3 Junior champion.

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Pacesetting ERC cars set to top the 1000 mark in 2020

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 06:00

The number of Rally2 (R5) cars produced is set to reach the 1000 mark during 2020.

Prior to the 2020 season, 979 cars conforming to the FIA’s hugely successful category have been built since 2013.

During that time, R5 cars have scored a total of 45 FIA European Rally Championship victories starting with Kajetan Kajetanowicz’s success on Rally Poland in 2013 driving a Ford Fiesta R5.

In addition to Ford, through its rallying partner M-Sport, Citroën, Hyundai, Peugeot, ŠKODA and Volkswagen have either constructed or endorsed Rally2 category cars used on ERC events.

Craig Breen is pictured giving Peugeot's 208 T16 a debut victory on the 2014 Acropolis Rally, the second ERC win for an R5 car.

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National drivers to prove their talent in ERC

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 06:00

National-level drivers will once again go up against some of Europe’s top talents during the upcoming FIA European Rally Championship season.

ERC 2020 consists of eight events, which are all rounds of the respective host country’s national series.

The calendar structure gives local stars and event specialists the chance to showcase their talents against international opposition, while offering ERC drivers plenty of serious competition.

And here’s how it will work in 2020:

Azores Rallye: Opening round of the European and Azores championships, second event of the Portuguese championship season.

Rally Islas Canarias: The second event of the ERC season is round three of the Spanish championship and round two of the Canary Islands championship.

Rally Liepāja: The Latvian championship takes place over two legs of Rally Liepāja, round four of ERC 2020.

77th Rally Poland: Round four of the ERC is also round four of the Polish championship.

Rally di Roma Capitale: Not only is this asphalt counter the fifth round of the ERC, it’s also the fifth scoring opportunity for Italian championship competitors.

Barum Czech Rally Zlín: The penultimate event of the Czech championship season is round six of the ERC.

Cyprus Rally: The Cyprus championship qualifier is the penultimate round of the ERC.

Rally Hungary: Rally Hungary doubles as the deciding round of the ERC and Hungarian championship seasons.

Ricardo Teodósio (pictured) was the third best Portuguese championship finisher on the Azores Rallye last season. He ended the year as national champion for the first time.

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Former ERC Junior champion Gryazin’s got talent… and he’s proved it to Hyundai!

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 06:00

Nikolay Gryazin, the winner of the 2018 FIA ERC1 Junior Championship, has been handed another career boost after Hyundai recognised his talent by signing him for its FIA World Rally Championship 2 attack.

Gryazin, the 22-year-old Russian sensation who progressed through the ERC ranks before stepping up to the world stage in 2019, will drive for Hyundai Motorsport N in 2020, competing in a Hyundai i20 R5 ’20 alongside compatriot and long-term co-driver Yaroslav Fedorov.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Yaroslav and me. It is great to feel their motivation and support,” said Gryazin, whose career to date has been overseen by Sports Racing Technologies. “Joining a manufacturer is another step in my career and I am convinced I will be able to move onto other levels with Hyundai Motorsport in the future.”

He continued: “I am fully committed to achieving the best results with the team. I admire what Hyundai has accomplished and all the hard work that led them to become champions. I am sure my team-mates will be able to teach me a lot of things. I would like to thank Hyundai Motorsport and Andrea Adamo for entrusting this program to me.”

Gryazin isn’t the first ERC graduate to receive Hyundai recognition: Jari Huttunen was recruited for the Korean make’s driver development scheme for the 2018 season after finishing runner-up in ERC3 Junior the previous year.

Did you know? All five official Hyundai drivers contesting Rallye Monte-Carlo later this month have ERC event experience. In addition to Gryazin, the quintet includes Sébastien Loeb, Thierry Neuville, Ott Tänak and Ole Christian Veiby, son of respected talented backer Erik Veiby.

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Rally5 drivers for ERC3 Junior

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 06:00

Drivers in Rally5 cars (formerly R1) will be eligible for this season’s FIA ERC3 Junior Championship – providing they were aged under 27 at the start of 2020.

A new rule from motorsport’s world governing body, the FIA, permits Rally5 cars for ERC3 Junior for 2020 in addition to Rally4 cars (formerly R2).

While drivers Rally4 cars are likely to set the pace, entry-level Rally5 cars, such as M-Sport Poland’s Ford Fiesta R1, will be attractive to ERC3 Junior newcomers aiming to build their event and international competition experience.

ERC3 Junior takes place over six rounds of the FIA European Rally Championship with three on gravel and three on asphalt. Drivers use Pirelli tyres as standard.

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Brynildsen describes 2020 ERC campaign as a point of no return

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 06:00

Eyvind Brynildsen believes he has the perfect package to challenge for the FIA European Rally Championship title, describing his season as “a point of no return”.

The talented Norwegian has often been restricted to partial programmes due to budget constraints but has landed enough support to tackle all eight events that make up the ERC in 2020.

Brynildsen has recruited Austrian Ilka Minor to co-drive a ŠKODA Fabia R5 Evo run by Toksport WRT, which guided Chris Ingram and Ross Whittock to the 2019 FIA European Rally Championship. He has high hopes for the season ahead.

What’s your target for ERC 2020?
“To win! It will be a bit of a point of no return for my career. When we have been able to do a full season, we have been able to win stages, rallies and titles. When we don’t have a full season it’s really difficult to get into each rally and you spend the first stages learning the car.”

What makes you think you can be champion?
“I have one of the best co-drivers in Ilka, a great team in Toksport and a great team manager in Serkan Duru. He’s really involved in every process and really wants everybody to reach their goals and you can see that with what he did with Chris Ingram last year. We will also have an engineer from ŠKODA Motorsport and we will start to prepare for the Azores Rallye with a test at Sweet Lamb in Wales.”

Given the strong package you’ve put in place, how much pressure are you under to deliver?
“There will be pressure to win but, at the same time, there will be less pressure because I know if I do a mistake in the Azores, for example, there is still the opportunity to gain the points back on another event. I will have the time to breathe and take the points for fourth rather than fighting for the victory on every rally. I have to be consistent and use my experience to win the championship, maybe by not always being the fastest. On a guitar you have different strings and it’s about how you play those strings that matters.”

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