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Three-time ERC champion Kajetanowicz helping local community amid coronavirus pandemic

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 18:00

Kajetan Kajetanowicz, winner of the FIA European Rally Championship three times in succession, is supporting a campaign in his home city of Ustroń to help the local community in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Taxi drivers in Ustroń are helping to deliver supplies to the elderly and those in quarantine, while members of a local club are sewing protective face masks to be given to those most in need.

“Many people in Poland, in accordance with the restrictions, are in quarantine,” said Kajetanowicz wrote on his official website, Kajto.pl. “Among them are the elderly who do not necessarily cope well with the situation. We want to help them together with the City Hall of Ustroń and with the support of the fantastic local community of my hometown. It is important that despite maintaining distance and other safety measures, which we have to take in such a situation, we do not forget to help others. Right now, especially, we need to unite and support each other. That is why I thank everyone who was involved in our joint action.”

Photo: Kajto.pl

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The ERC Qualifying Stage winners of 2019

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 12:00

On each round of the FIA European Rally Championship a Qualifying Stage is held to help determine the top 15 starting order for the opening leg of an event.

These are the ERC’s Qualifying Stage winners of 2019:

Azores Rallye (Portugal):
Pierre-Louis Loubet/Vincent Landais (ŠKODA Fabia R5, pictured)*

Rally Islas Canarias (Spain):
Pepe López/Borja Rozada (Citroën C3 R5)*

Rally Liepāja (Latvia):
Oliver Solberg/Aaron Johnston (Volkswagen Polo GTI R5)*

PZM 76th Rally Poland:
Filip Mareš/Jan Hloušek (ŠKODA Fabia R5)*

Rally di Roma Capitale (Italy):
Nikolay Gryazin/Yaroslav Fedorov (ŠKODA Fabia R5)*

Barum Czech Rally Zlín (Czech Republic):
Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (ŠKODA Fabia R5)

Cyprus Rally:
Nasser Al-Attiyah/Matthieu Baumel (Volkswagen Polo GTI R5)

Rally Hungary:
Chris Ingram/Ross Whittock (ŠKODA Fabia R5)

*Indicates driver eligible for ERC1 Junior points on rally in question

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ERC first and last: Super 2000 victories

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 06:00

Super 2000 cars won a total of 75 FIA European Rally Championship rounds between 2006 and 2014. But who was the first to win in the ERC in an S2000 car and who was the last?

First winner?
Italians Paolo Andreucci (pictured) and Anna Andreussi won Rally 1000 Miglia on 22 April 2006 driving a Fiat Abarth Grande Punto S2000.

Last winner?
Esapekka Lappi and fellow Finn Janne Ferm took victory on Rallye International du Valais on 25 October 2014 at the wheel of a ŠKODA Fabia S2000.

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ERC’s flying Finns

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 18:00

Four flying Finns have won the FIA European Rally Championship.

One of the most successful rallying nations celebrated its first ERC champion in 1965 when the legendary Rauno Aaltonen took the crown.

Pauli Toivonen gave Finland more cause for celebration in 1968, but there would be a wait of 44 years for the next Finnish champion when, in 2012, Juho Hänninen came out on top of the title race.

But having waited 44 years for Hänninen’s European championship triumph, Esapekka Lappi (pictured) collected more ERC silverware for Finland in 2014.

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ERC drivers Medici and Melegari help coronavirus effort in Italy

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 18:00

ERC drivers past and present, Davide Medici and Zelindo Melegari, are helping the coronavirus response in their native Italy.

Movisport driver Medici’s company, Medici Style Srl, is part of a group that is helping to produce 150,000 facemasks per day, as part of an initiative coordinated by Unindustria Reggio Emilia and Confindustria Emilia Area CentroComune di Reggio Emilia and the regional health department.

Meanwhile, Melegari, a regular in the FIA European Rally Championship's ERC2 division, has made a financial donation to the local hospital and hospice in Reggio Emilia as part of its efforts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

Photo: Facebook.com/Movisport1999

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Remembering when… Breen gives Peugeot’s 208 T16 debut ERC win

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 06:00

Craig Breen marked the debut of Peugeot’s 208 T16 with victory on the Acropolis Rally, the third event of the 2014 FIA European Rally Championship season, which finished in Loutraki on 30 March.

After Peugeot Rally Academy team-mate Kevin Abbring grabbed first place from Bryan Bouffier on stage two, Breen moved into a lead he wouldn’t relinquish on the fifth stage after a cooling issue stopped Abbring.

Breen, who was co-driven by Scott Martin, won four stages to finish 8.1s ahead of Bouffier with Kajetan Kajetanowicz completing the podium in Greece, one place in front of Esapekka Lappi, who would end the season as champion.

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ERC 2020 calendar refresher

Sun, 03/29/2020 - 06:00

The FIA European Rally Championship is set to be contested over eight events in 2020. Here's a reminder.

FIA European Rally Championship calendar 2020
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**

FIA ERC1 Junior Championship 2020
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: Rally Islas Canarias (asphalt), 3-5 December**

FIA ERC3 Junior Championship 2020
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: Rally Islas Canarias (asphalt), 3-5 December**

**Date subject to FIA ratification

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

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 06:00

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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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)