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Kajetanowicz goes from ERC champion to world-beater

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 06:00

Kajetan Kajetanowicz, the three-time winner of the FIA European Rally Championship, is now a winner at world level following his class triumph on Rally Turkey last weekend.

Competing under the LOTOS Rally Team banner, it was Kajetanowicz’s first success in the FIA World Rally Championship 2 category, his fourth podium in five starts and his third in succession. The result also put him at the top of the division standings with three rounds remaining in 2019.

“It's a fantastic feeling, we deserved to win,” said Kajetanowicz, who was co-driven by compatriot Maciej Szczepaniak. “We still have to work very hard to make it happen again. It was very difficult. It wasn't an easy rally for our families as well. Thank you for your support to my girls, because the rallies are demanding. I'm not just talking about the household budget, but also about commitment, understanding and tolerance.

“Rallies are unpredictable, especially rallies like this one. Rally Turkey was unrewarding for many crews, and it didn't treat us well either. The last two stages were driven only with rear-wheel drive. I'm very happy that we worked out a significant lead before the last day. That was enough! We managed to win.”

Kajetanowicz claimed a record European championship title hat-trick between 2015-2017 before stepping up to world level in 2018. The ERC is an established platform of progression for drivers aiming to climb from national to world level. The Cyprus Rally hosts the penultimate round of this season’s title battle from 27-29 September.

Meanwhile, Esapekka Lappi, the driver Kajetanowicz succeeded as FIA European champion, finished second overall in Turkey.

Photo: Kajto.pl

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Former winners prepare to chase more Cyprus ERC glory

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 06:00

The last three winners of the Cyprus Rally will all be in action when the country’s FIA European Rally Championship counter takes place from 27-29 September.

Simos Galatariotis (pictured), who bagged a sensational victory by 0.6s in 2018, is contesting his home event where his opposition will include the five-time Cyprus Rally winner Nasser Al-Attiyah – who last triumphed in 2017 – and 2016 victor Alexey Lukyanuk, the defending ERC champion.

And to make the battle even more intriguing, all three will compete in different types of car with Galatariotis at the wheel of a ŠKODA Fabia R5, Al-Attiyah driving a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 and Lukyanuk relying on Citroën C3 R5 power.

Photo: Cyprus Rally

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Co-driving an ERC champion. By Grégoire Munster

Sun, 09/15/2019 - 06:00

ERC Junior Grégoire Munster switched from driving to co-driving when he partnered former FIA European champion and rallying legend Patrick Snijers on the recent Omloop van Vlaanderen in their native Belgium.

While the result wasn’t quite what was hoped for after they retired their Porsche 997 GT3 with a suspension issue nearing the finish, the experience will be one to savour according to the Munster, who drove for the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team in the Pirelli-supported FIA ERC3 Junior Championship this season.

“In the past I had also read the pacenotes for my father during a historic rally,” said Munster. “I must admit that it went a fair bit faster than in those days. On top of that I needed to read the pacenotes in Dutch. That was a question of adapting, but I do find it important to be able to read and understand the notes in two languages. I’m taking that on board together with the making of new pace notes and bringing structure to your work.”

Meanwhile, Munster, who wasn't even born when Snijers won the ERC title in 1994, cannot be beaten to this year's Belgian Junior title.

Photo: BMA Autosport

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Thrilling battle expected in ERC2

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 06:00

A thrilling battle is expected in the ERC2 category when the Cyprus Rally hosts the penultimate round of the 2019 FIA European Rally Championship later this month.

Six drivers will chase success in the showroom category headed by championship leader Juan Carlos Alonso from Argentina (pictured).

Home hero Petros Panteli is also in action having won ERC2 on last year’s event, while Mshari Althefiri and Dmitry Feofanov showed promise on their ERC2 outings earlier this year.

Antonis Chilimintris and fellow Cypriot Louis Papageorgiou complete the list of runners with Papageorgiou the only non-Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X driver, instead relying on the older Evolution IX model.

The Nicosia-based Cyprus Rally takes place from 27-29 September using mainly gravel stages.

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Mayr-Melnhof can’t wait to Drift some more in the ERC

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 06:00

Austrian champion Niki Mayr-Melnhof has the future in mind ahead of the Cyprus Rally from 27-29 September.

Mayr-Melnhof is targeting a full FIA European Rally Championship campaign in 2020 and views the challenging gravel event as “perfect preparation” for next season.

“It is one of the most demanding gravel events in the whole world, we would like to do the whole season next year and it will therefore be a perfect preparation for 2020,” he explained. “We take this year to get experience in the ERC and learn as much as we can for next season. I also love driving on gravel, so we are really looking forward to having some fun.”

Having only switched to rallying from GT racing three years ago, Mayr-Melnhof admits he has plenty to learn on both gravel and asphalt, let alone the former surface. “The [gravel-based] Schneebergland Rallye is part of the Austrian championship and is super tough and difficult. We managed to win it last year and hopefully we will do some proper testing on a few of the stages before the Cyprus Rally.

“The main aim will be to finish the rally and get as much data and experience for next year. We would love to take some points, but realistically we would be happy if we finish the rally at our first attempt.”

Mayr-Melnhof drives a previous-generation Ford Fiesta R5 run by The Drift Company. He hopes to upgrade to the latest-specification Fiesta R5 in time for the ERC season-deciding Rally Hungary from 8-10 November.

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Érdi hoping for better ERC memories from Cyprus

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 06:00

Tibor Érdi Jr, the two-time winner of the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC2 category, wants to leave Cyprus with good rather than bad memories.

The Hungarian’s only start in the Mediterranean country came in 2015 but ended abruptly some distance from the road on the third stage of the challenging gravel event.

"It will be a big challenge to participate on this event again because my memories are not the best, due to falling into a 11-metre deep ravine in 2015,” said Érdi Jr, who now competes in a ŠKODA Fabia R5 in the ERC’s top tier.“Anyway, I liked the stages they are really nice, but we wanted to save our Evo X from extreme high temperatures and rough surface, this is why we skipped the rally since then. Now, however, I am entering the race with a different co-driver and different car, but I think it will be the same difficult level as it was in 2015.

“Overall, I really wish to achieve a good result, because we couldn't get a single point in the championship since I drive my ŠKODA. I think it can be possible to reach that goal in Cyprus this year, because I feel more confident on gravel with this car. I would be satisfied to finish in top10 after a good rally."

The Cyprus Rally is based in Nicosia from 27-29 September.

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Watch ERC ace Habaj being a hero at home

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 06:00

Łukasz Habaj switched from four- to two-wheel drive when he contested his home event, the Polish championship-counting Rajd Śląska, last weekend.

Habaj, a winner in this season’s FIA European Rally Championship rekindled old memories from his early career by swapping his ŠKODA Fabia R5 for a Fiat Seicento Abarth.

“If you had such a cute little kit car in your garage and a home rally with special stages 1000 metres from your home wouldn’t you participate?” said Habaj. “It was just for pure fun and of course a great training for me [because it’s a] very demanding car to drive. We dragged a lot of media and spectator attention and hope we gave them a lot of positive emotions.”

Onboard camera footage of Habaj competing on his Fiat on Rajd Śląska is available by clicking here.

Find out more from Habaj ahead of the Cyprus Rally, where he will form part of a three-way title fight, by visiting FIAERC.com.

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Hirvonen up for Cyprus ERC fun in the sun

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 17:00

Mikko Hirvonen will contest the Cyprus Rally, the penultimate round of the 2019 FIA European Rally Championship, from 27-29 September.

A four-time runner-up in the world championship, Hirvonen will compete in a Ford Fiesta R5 run by Markko Märtin’s MM-Motorsport team. His fellow Finn Jarno Ottman will co-drive.

“I have fond memories of the Cyprus Rally from the world championship, having finished twice on the podium,” said the 39-year-old. “But the podium will be the last thing on my mind when I return later this month because this is about having fun on a challenging rally.

“I always enjoyed visiting Cyprus and there’s a bit of a ‘Dakar’ feel to some of the stages. Having contested the Dakar three times, I like this kind of challenge, which is more about driving with a bit strategy rather than going flat out.

“I’ve known Markko Märtin for a long time and Cyprus is a great place to go to this time of year. It’s a well-organised and demanding event.”

Hirvonen, who made five ERC appearances prior to his step up to world level, prepared for the Cyprus Rally with an outing on the all-gravel Lõuna-Eesti Ralli earlier this month.

“Although I’m not going to be paying too much attention to my stage times in Cyprus, I said to Markko I’d prefer to have some knowledge of the Fiesta and his team before Cyprus. Doing the event in Estonia was good practice and it was actually quite useful because we had a small technical problem that could easily have occurred in Cyprus had we not found it in Estonia.”

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ERC drivers on form on national rallies

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 06:00

Miko Marczyk further underlined his growing reputation by clinching the Polish championship title on Rajd Śląska last weekend.

Marczyk (pictured), who finished third in ERC1 Junior on PZM 76th Rally Poland earlier this season and is hopeful of a full-time step up to the championship in 2020, beat former ERC1 Junior Tomasz Kasperczyk by 13.7s.

Driving a ŠKODA Polska Motorsport Fabia R5, it was Marczyk’s third Polish championship win of 2019, securing his first national title after finishing as runner-up to multiple ERC podium-finisher Grzegorz Grzyb last year.

Elsewhere, Yohan Rossel, who has represented the Peugeot Rally Academy in ERC3 in 2019, won the Rallye Mont-Blanc Morzine in his native France, his third victory in his national Tarmac championship this season.

Meanwhile, Steve Røkland, a podium finisher in the Pirelli-supported ERC3 Junior category this season, won his class on Rally Tron in Norway, as ERC Junior Experience graduate Sébastien Bedoret took victory on the Omloop van Vlaanderen, the latest round of the Belgian championship.

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Excited and happy Stratieva continues ERC comeback adventure in Cyprus

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 12:00

Ekaterina Stratieva will continue her FIA European Rally Championship return on the Cyprus Rally later this month.

The 2015 ERC Ladies’ Trophy winner finished second in class on her Barum Czech Rally Zlín comeback last month.

Although she harboured ambitions of tackling more events, she admits the prospect of competing on the Cyprus Rally, which takes place from 27-29 September, was just a dream until main partner Petrol stepped forward.

“I feel so excited and happy,” said the Bulgarian. “The Cyprus Rally will be a big challenge because it’s an unknown race for me and I don’t have so much experience on gravel. I always wanted to participate on this rally but without my partners from Petrol it would have stayed in my dreams.

“Like in Zlín I will have the honour to start with a Peugeot 208 R2, but this time from Saintéloc Racing. I always secretly dreamed and hoped to have a really great team like this to stand behind me. I will trust fully their competence and experience to help me with set-up suggestions for the car on the gravel roads.”

Stratieva has not competed on gravel since 2014 when she took part on the ERC counters in Azores, Greece and Latvia. Her co-driver, Georgi Avramov, meanwhile, has never rallied on a loose-surface event before.

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Peugeot Rally Academy opportunity for Llarena gives co-driver Fernandez ERC3 title chance

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 09:00

Efrén Llarena’s co-driver Sara Fernández will get the opportunity to push for the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC3 Co-Drivers’ title following the Peugeot Rally Academy’s decision to enter them on the upcoming Cyprus Rally.

With Fernández co-driving, Llarena won the Pirelli-supported FIA ERC3 Junior Championship subject to confirmation of the results by the governing body. However, with no co-driver title awarded in the young-driver class, Fernández feared she would miss out on title silverware this year, assuming the Spanish pair’s current ERC3 points total is surpassed during the two remaining rounds, which are not part of the ERC3 Junior schedule.

However, Llarena and Fernández will now transfer from the leading Spanish Mavisa Sport team to the Saintéloc Racing-run Peugeot Rally Academy for the Cyprus Rally, a mainly gravel event based in Nicosia from 27-29 September and the penultimate round of the 2019 ERC season.

Fernández, 11 points in front of Kauri Pannas in the ERC3 Co-Drivers’ standings after six rounds, said: “My job was to co-drive Efrén to the ERC3 Junior title. With that mission accomplished subject to the results being confirmed, I really wanted to get my own trophy. Thanks to the Peugeot Rally Academy I now have that opportunity, so I thank them for the trust.”

Llarena, who has been supported by Spanish federation RFEDA’s Rallye Team Spain initiative since winning his country’s Junior R2 title in 2017, added: “Firstly I am really grateful to the Peugeot Rally Academy for this fantastic opportunity to represent it on the Cyprus Rally and to build my experience on what I know will be a very demanding event. I am also really pleased for Sara. I have achieved my objective for this season, but Sara has worked so hard and deserves to be recognised for her outstanding ability as a co-driver. I will do all I can to repay Peugeot Rally Academy for the faith it has shown in us and to help Sara win the ERC3 Co-Drivers’ title.”

Spanish pair rewarded for ERC3 Junior success*
Peugeot Rally Academy head Laurent Guyot has explained why he has selected Efrén Llarena and Sara Fernández to represent the long-standing talent platform on the Cyprus Rally.

“We have followed Efrén and Sara’s progress driving the Peugeot 208 R2 for several seasons and we were very impressed with their performances, particularly this year,” said Guyot. “We wanted to recognise this and their potential by giving them the opportunity to represent the Peugeot Rally Academy and to chase the prestigious FIA ERC3 title. The Cyprus Rally is a demanding event on tough stages and in hot temperatures. It will be a great test for them.”

Neither Ken Torn/Kauri Pannas and Sindre Furuseth/Jim Hjerpe are set to compete in Cyprus, which hands the ERC3 title initiative to Llarena and Fernández.

*Subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA

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What if? ERC title outcomes explained

Sun, 09/08/2019 - 06:00

Three drivers are locked in combat for the 2019 FIA European Rally Championship crown starting the Cyprus Rally from 27-29 September.

Chris Ingram is on top of the table with two rounds remaining after he demoted Alexey Lukyanuk, the defending champion, on the last round, Barum Czech Rally Zlín.

But Briton Ingram’s advantage over Lukyanuk is a slender one point with Poland’s Łukasz Habaj nine points behind the Russian. Of the trio, only Lukyanuk has competed in Cyprus before.

Whoever prevails at the end of the season will write the latest chapter in ERC history, which began in 1953 when Helmut Polensky took the crown for Germany. This is a short explanation of the title outcomes.

Chris Ingram
If the Toksport WRT driver, 25, claimed the title he would become the youngest winner since Esapekka Lappi took the laurels in 2014 as a 23-year-old. While Ingram wouldn’t set a new record as the youngest ERC champion, he would be the first British winner since Vic Elford triumphed way back in 1967. And with legend Elford, now 84, the only ERC champion from the UK so far, Ingram would join a select group of winners.

Alexey Lukyanuk
If the Russian claims back-to-back titles he will join Bernard Darniche (1976-1977), Luca Rossetti (2010-2011) and Kajetan Kajetanowicz (2014-2017) on an illustrious list of successive champions. It would also be the first crown for the French Saintéloc team, which guided Craig Breen to the runner-up spoils in 2015, while Citroën would celebrate a first ERC title since Simon Jean-Joseph secured top honours in 2007.

Łukasz Habaj
If Habaj came out on top in the title race, he would become the fourth Polish European champion following in the wheel tracks of Sobiesław Zasada, Krzysztof Hołowczyc and Kajetan Kajetanowicz, whose third and final ERC crown came in 2017. And if Habaj won to give Poland an eighth ERC title then it would mean another European crown for Latvia-based Sports Racing Technologies, which guided Nikolay Gryazin to ERC1 Junior title success in 2018.

The Cyprus Rally takes place from 27-29 September with Rally Hungary following from 8-10 November. Drivers count their best six scores from a possible eight. Click here to view the standings.

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Herczig hoping ERC luck changes during Cyprus return

Sat, 09/07/2019 - 06:00

Norbert Herczig is hoping his luck will change when he resumes his FIA European Rally Championship campaign on the Cyprus Rally from 27-29 September.

The four-time Hungarian champion has yet to replicate his podium form of 2018 after a run of bad luck earlier in the season.

However, he impressed on last month’s Barum Czech Rally Zlín and returns to Cyprus – where he finished third last season – with his hopes on the up at the wheel of his Volkswagen Polo GTI R5.

“Until this time we are not too lucky this year,” said Herczig. “We had technical problems and sometimes we made some fault as well. Therefore, we would like just a flawless race without any technical problems or racing errors.”

Herczig, who is due to test in Cyprus before the event, has recalled his podium on last year’s event with fondness. “We enjoyed all the rally last year, but if I have to choose one thing than I choose the result,” he said. “We were very lucky because we got a puncture on the last stage but, independently of this, we could be a third overall.”

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Avcioglu: Delicate balance key to Cyprus ERC success

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 18:00

Orhan Avcioglu says a “delicate balance” is needed to be successful on the Cyprus Rally, then penultimate round of the 2019 FIA European Rally Championship.

The former FIA Balkan Trophy winner is contesting the Nicosia-based event for the second time this season. After finishing fifth overall on his debut in 2018 driving a ŠKODA Fabia R5 for Toksport WRT, Avcioglu will be competing in a Toksport-run Peugeot 208 R2 later this month and wary of the challenge that lies ahead.

“It’s really, really hard on the car and really, really hard on the body because of the heat so you need to manage both,” said Avcioglu. “You need to keep electrolytes coming into the body, look after the car and try to see where you are at the end of the first day and push on the second day if you can. It’s a delicate balance.”

After contesting all rounds of the ERC in 2018 in a ŠKODA Fabia R5, budgetary issues have restricted Avcioglu to two appearances only and in an R2-specification car. However, he remains hopeful of a return to the ERC’s top tier in 2020.

The Cyprus Rally takes place from 27-29 September.

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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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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)