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ERC Abarth pair separated by one point ahead of Zlin battle

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 18:00

Andrea Nucita holds a slender one-point advantage over Dariusz Poloński in the battle to win the first Abarth Rally Cup to feature within the FIA European Rally Championship.

With two events remaining, Nucita’s narrow lead is the result of a late drop in position from second to third in class on Rally di Roma Capitale last month after a mechanical failure on the closing stage.

The battle for the tittle – and the €30,000 cash prize – resumes on Barum Czech Rally Zlín from 16-18 August.

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Wagner steps up for ERC Junior season decider

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 12:00

Simon Wagner will build on his potential at R5 level when he steps up to the FIA ERC1 Junior Championship on Barum Czech Rally Zlín, a move he hopes will lead to more action in the category for young stars in R5 cars next season.

Wagner began 2019 chasing success in the Pirelli-supported ERC3 Junior only for bad luck to strike on the opening two rallies, which triggered a change of focus.

After winning back-to-back events in his native Austria in a ŠKODA Fabia R5 in May and June, Wagner entered the Czech championship Rally Bohemia last month and beat more experienced opposition to finish a fine fourth overall – and start the process of securing the funding to contest Barum Czech Rally Zlín from 16-18 August as an ERC1 and ERC1 Junior contender.

“For me, Barum is the season highlight in ERC, it’s simply incredible to drive there,” said Wagner, 26. “The spectators, the roads, the unpredictable weather conditions, the different grip, this all makes the Barum one of the most beautiful but also the most difficult rallies in Europe. I really want to thank my sponsors, my co-driver Gerry [Gerald Winter], my family and of course my team Eurosol Racing for making this dream, driving here with an R5 car, come true. I hope I can pay them back with a strong result.”

Wagner is one of eight drivers on the packed Barum Czech Rally Zlín entry list chasing ERC1 Junior points, a prospect he’s relishing. “The competition in ERC1 and especially in ERC1 Junior is very high and everybody needs to go to the limit and give everything. It's very exciting to see where we will find ourselves in this fight and how far we will get. For sure fighting with the frontrunners is going to be lots of work, especially as we will start with the brand-new ŠKODAFabia R5 Evo and lack the experience.”

ERC is for the long term, Wagner hopes
Simon Wagner doesn’t want his return to the FIA European Rally Championship to be a one-off with a full-time campaign in 2020 a firm target. “It would be a lie to say that this is not the plan,” said Wagner. “For sure I am working to make that happen but it’s very hard to find the budget. For now, I will focus on Barum Czech Rally Zlín 100 per cent, try to enjoy it as much as possible and try to get faster every kilometre. Afterwards it will be a long winter with a lot of meetings and we'll see what we can do for next season.”

Wagner already alive in R5
While he’s yet to drive in R5 machinery at FIA European Rally Championship level, Simon Wagner’s record in the category is strong with five wins from eight starts.  “The first starts in the top category almost felt like a different world to be honest,” said Wagner. “It was great how fast we could adapt both my driving and our pacenotes. Five wins at eight rallies is not too bad. The great backing of our team, Eurosol Racing, was a big factor here and I want to say massive thanks to them for the great support they gave us for our first steps in the R5 world. The fourth place at Rally Bohemia, just behind Kalle [Rovanperä] and the two Jans [Kopecký and Černý], was the greatest highlight so far and would not have been possible without the experience of the team. But Barum will be a completely new story and we want to enjoy every kilometre and minute and keep improving!”

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Pushing comes after experience for Gryazin in ERC

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 06:00

Nikolay Gryazin wants to avoid a “pushing race” when he takes up his second prize drive for winning the FIA ERC1 Junior title in 2018 on Barum Czech Rally Zlín next week.

After crashing out of the lead on Rally di Roma Capitale last month, Gryazin is back in action on Barum Czech Rally Zlín eager to up his asphalt running and refine the set-up of his Sports Racing Technologies-run ŠKODA Fabia R5 for Germany’s world championship rally the following week.

“Because we are using this [second prize drive] to prepare for Germany, it will not be like a pushing race for us, but we will try to manage our set-up,” said the Russian, who has graduated to world level for this season following his success in the ERC. “In Rally di Roma Capitale we were trying to push but after our crash we were not able to set up the car so at the start in Barum I will be more cautious to gain some improvements.”

This will be Gryazin’s fourth start in Zlín and traditionally one of the toughest he encounters each season.

“For us it’s not easy, a really tricky and bumpy rally, and if it’s raining it’s especially not easy. You have a wide road sometimes then the narrow parts, which are in the forest and dirty – it almost feels like you are driving on gravel. You need to have a good set-up for this type of Tarmac because it’s not like any other rallies.”

He continued: “Barum is a really iconic race with lots of spectators and competitors who are not easy to beat. Hopefully we can be on the same level as the leaders but with guys like Alexey Lukyanuk and Jan Kopecký it’s not easy.”

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ERC’s former First Lady Stratieva set for 11th Zlin appearance

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 18:00

Ekaterina Stratieva, the winner of the ERC Ladies’ Trophy in 2015, has secured the backing to make her 11th start on Barum Czech Rally Zlín – one year after she was handed the freedom of the host city.

Stratieva’s commitment to the event was recognised at a ceremony ahead of last season’s all-asphalt FIA European Rally Championship counter.

And after finishing fourth in class in P65 overall in 2018, Stratieva has secured the funding to pilot a Peugeot 208 R2 in Zlín.

“With pleasure I can say that I come back in the European championship,” said Stratieva. “I have hunger for adrenaline and to get in the car again. I am addicted to this race and this year I will start for the 11th time. Last year I take the key of Zlín and now is the time to try to open the door! This race will be for all my fans that support me!”

Of her car choice for the event from 16-18 August, Stratieva added: “The car is new for me and for sure it will be not easy but I go to enjoy, to make happy the people and to try to be in the top three of the ERC Ladies’ Trophy. If I am right there will be six women drivers in the entry.”

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Molle calls on friend and new team-mate Ingram for Zlin advice ahead of ERC Junior return

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 12:00

Amaury Molle has called on Chris Ingram for advice ahead of his return to the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship on the season-deciding Barum Czech Rally Zlín later this month (16-18 August).

Belgian Molle has one ERC3 Junior start to his name dating back to 2015 when he contested his home round of the championship, finishing sixth in class.

His return four years on will mark his debut on the asphalt-only Barum Czech Rally Zlín, which he’ll contest in a Pirelli-equipped Peugeot 208 R2 entered under the Toksport WRT banner in partnership with Molle’s regular team, Pevatec.

With no previous knowledge of the Czech roads, the 24-year-old Molle has enlisted advice from Toksport driver Ingram, who will be bidding for the ERC1 Junior title in Zlín and has started the rally five times.

“I only know this rally from watching videos and the stories that it’s fast and bumpy,” said Molle, who also has experience of world championship events and placed second in class on Rallye Monte-Carlo in 2018. “I know the competition in ERC Junior is really high and I know a lot of the drivers did the last edition of Barum. I will miss this experience, so I’ve been talking with Chris Ingram. He has experience there and we’re in the same team so he’s helping me with onboards from the past few years and telling me about the specifics of the rally.”

Molle, who is currently completing a Masters in Company Strategy, works as a race and rally driving instructor when he’s not competing and has joked that his experience from tutoring on ice-coated roads in Lapland could be of benefit in Zlín. “I am told the roads are very slippery [in Zlín], but you have to know where it’s slippery and where it’s not. For sure it’s better to discover a rally in dry conditions, but if it’s slippery maybe I will know a little more about what to expect, although from what Dani Sordo said when he discovered the rally last year, it’s not easy for the first time.”

Molle continued: “It’s a one-shot in ERC Junior but it’s a good opportunity to drive in the championship. If I can get some more visibility, as we don’t know about next year, maybe it will be interesting to know more [about this championship] and discover another rally.”

Frenchman Florian Barral will co-drive Molle, who has secured support from Servi-Mat, Servi-Pools, Neuronics, CRLS, IN- NERGY, Humi-Tech, Doneux and Beobank Marcinelle-Fleurus for his Zlín bid.

Photo supplied by Amaury Molle

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New car, same focus: Adielsson aims for the podium in ERC1 Junior

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 06:00

Mattias Adielsson remains focused on securing a top-three overall finish in the FIA ERC1 Junior Championship, going as far as changing cars to try to make his dream a reality.

The Swedish National Team driver, who is co-driven by Andreas Johansson, has already tasted podium success in the category for young stars in R5 cars in Poland earlier this season, driving a Citroën C3 R5 run by the Vincent Ducher-managed Saintéloc Junior Team.

But with available funding in short supply to contest the upcoming Barum Czech Rally Zlín, Adielsson has accepted a “great” offer to drive for local team Orsák Rally Sport in a Ford Fiesta R5.

“For three weeks I was out of making the start in Zlín and was almost having to give up the chance of a top-three finish at the end of the ERC1 Junior season,” Adielsson said. “I couldn’t accept that, so thankfully Jaroslav Orsák gave me this great opportunity to do the rally.

“I want to thank Vincent and the Saintéloc team for a great understanding and for the previous races, the guys have been doing a great job.

“Now I start the process of working with a new team and, hopefully, getting the result we need in Zlín, which could be very important for our future plans.”

Adielsson’s last outing a Ford Fiesta R5 was in 2017, while he’s not competed on asphalt this season. He has two starts on Barum Czech Rally Zlín in R2 machinery, but has yet to register a finish after bad luck struck in 2015 and 2016.

“It will be fun to start this fantastic event for the first time in an R5 car,” said Adielsson. “I have been looking forward for that since I was there 2015 for first time with our R2. The rally is very demanding and difficult, but we have a good plan and I feel confident to follow that.”

Barum Czech Rally Zlín takes place on asphalt-only stages from 16-18 August.

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Home stars take on ERC aces in Zlin

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 18:00

Barum Czech Rally Zlín organisers have issued a packed entry list featuring some of the best drivers in the host country, across Europe and beyond.

Taking place from 16-18 August, the all-asphalt FIA European Rally Championship counter has attracted 57 crews with priority status as part of a list of registrations totalling 137 entries across all events.

Defending ERC champion and current championship leader Alexey Lukyanuk heads the list followed erstwhile pacesetter and former Polish champion Łukasz Habaj.

ERC1 Junior leader Chris Ingram is seeded three, 2013 ERC champion Jan Kopecký is seeded four, while four-time Hungarian champion Norbert Herczig is the sixth seed.

Double ERC Junior champion Marijan Griebel is seeded eighth with 10th seed Nikolay Gryazin taking part on his second prize drive for winning the ERC1 Junior crown in 2018, fresh from winning the world championship’s second tier on Neste Rally Finland yesterday (Sunday).

Zelindo Melegari will aim to preserve his ERC2 title lead, while Dariusz Poloński will look to do likewise in the Abarth Rally Cup. Ken Torn, who heads both the ERC3 and ERC3 Junior classifications is one of 22 ERC Junior drivers in action.

Nabila Tejpar makes her Zlín debut intent on taking the ERC Ladies’ Trophy lead from fellow Briton Catie Munnings.

Click here to view the full entry list.

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Lukyanuk to lead ERC field into Zlín stronger than before

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 06:00

Alexey Lukyanuk will top the FIA European Rally Championship standings for the first time this season when the 2019 title battle resumes on Barum Czech Rally Zlín from 16-18 August.

Lukyanuk has enjoyed a testing ERC title defence with two non-finishes and completed Rally di Roma Capitale in Italy last month in frustrated mood after a time penalty dropped him to fourth at the finish.

Following his trip to Italy, the Saintéloc Junior Team driver from Russia, said: “Maybe final result doesn't show it, but all together we did good job, and leaving Italy even stronger.”

Lukyanuk heads Łukasz Habaj by six points after five rounds. They both have a victory apiece with Habaj winning the season-opening Azores Rallye and Lukyanuk taking the laurels on PZM 76th Rally Poland.

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ERC graduates fly high

Sun, 08/04/2019 - 23:00

Several FIA European Rally Championship graduates were on top form during Finland’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship, which finished earlier today (Sunday).

While 2014 ERC champion Esapekka Lappi took a season-equalling best result of second, Nikolay Gryazin (pictured), the ERC1 Junior champion from 2018, scored a maiden win in the world championship’s second tier on his first Neste Rally Finland with Jari Huttunen, the 2017 ERC3 Junior runner-up, one place behind.

In the world championship’s Junior class, the 2018 ERC3 Junior runner-up Tom Kristensson triumphed for the second time this season to move back to the top of the title standings.

There were also notable performances from current ERC drivers: Paulo Nobre was sixth in class with Grégoire Munster two places back on a rare start at R5 level. Sean Johnston was sixth in the Junior section.

Photo: Neste Rally Finland

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Broz looks to ERC future

Sat, 08/03/2019 - 06:00

Domink Brož has confirmed his absence from his home round of the FIA European Rally Championship later this month, saving his limited funds to build up to a full-time return in 2019 instead.

An ERC3 Junior regular in recent seasons, Brož has made just two starts in the championship in 2019. However, he went off the road on both the Azores Rallye in March and May’s Rally Liepāja and was restricted to the role of mechanic for category rival Jan Talaš on last month’s Rally di Roma Capitale.

“I rent my car in Czech Republic and I don’t start in Barum to save my money for next season,” said Brož.

Although Brož will be missing from the Barum Czech Rally Zlín entry, a large ERC3 Junior contingent is expected for the all-asphalt event from 16-18 August.

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Vogel gets home ERC run

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 15:00

The FIA European Rally Championship will welcome another woman driver when Adrienn Vogel makes her ERC debut on the season-deciding Rally Hungary in November in a Ford Fiesta R2T.

Vogel, who combines her competition career with her job as a TV presenter, took part on her first rally in 2014 and has built her experience mainly driving Kia’s Picanto model, although she has tackled two events in the M-Sport Poland-built Fiesta R2T.

“My first time in rally with this car was in April in Poland,” Vogel explained. “After it I was invited to an official M-Sport factory test where I made a strong impression to the factory engineer. But last time the Perger Mühlstein Rally in Austria was a different challenge for me and for my co-driver Ivett Notheisz. We’ve got a lot of experiences, we’ve learnt a lot and now I know more about the R2 car.Finally we finished at P3 in our category.”

Vogel, who is in her third season in the Kia Platinum Cup circuit racing series, and Notheisz are now getting ready for their step up to the international motorsport stage on Rally Hungary, which takes place in Nyíregyháza from 8-10 November.

“It’s going to be challenging but we can’t wait our debut on our home race supported by our fantastic Hungarian audience. Since the beginning of this year we were exploring ERC opportunities and thanks for the decision of the FIA we have the Rally Hungary this year in the ERC’s calendar so it was clear that it is the perfect chance for us.”

Emma Falcón, Catie Munnings, Cristiana Oprea and Nabila Tejpar are regulars in the ERC Ladies’ Trophy this season.

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Marczyk on for next ERC Junior run

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 06:00

Miko Marczyk will return to the FIA ERC1 Junior Championship on the season-deciding Barum Czech Rally Zlín later this month.

It will be the highly-rated Polish driver’s first appearance in the European Rally Championship outside his homeland and comes on the back of a strong run to third place in class on PZM 76th Rally Poland in late June.

“It will probably be a much harder rally for us because I haven't got experience on those roads,” said Marczyk. “Also, the speed is very high, but it will be our second round in ERC and maybe, on the finish of this season, if everything is good, we can drive in the final round of ERC in Hungary, but it's not confirmed now.”

Szymon Gospadarczyk will co-drive Marczyk’s ŠKODA Polska Motorsport-entered, Kresta Racing-run Fabia R5. Barum Czech Rally Zlín takes place from 16-18 August on all-asphalt stages.

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From racing Sagan to taking on the ERC’s elite, Kostka returns for home rally

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 15:00

Last month Tomáš Kostka was in action against pro-riders Peter Sagan and Zdeněk Štybar in a national championship cycle race in Trnava, Slovakia. Next month he’ll be taking on the ERC’s elite on his home event, Barum Czech Rally Zlín.

A three-time podium finisher on the FIA European Rally Championship counter, the former circuit racer was unable to secure the funding to compete last season, but returns this year in a ŠKODA Fabia R5 co-driven by Ladislav Kučera and run by Kresta Racing, the team owned by his brother-in-law and Czech rallying legend Roman Kresta.

“I'm glad to be back,” said Kostka, who finished second in Zlín in 2016 and third in 2012 and 2014. “Of course, this was difficult in terms of finances, but everyone has to deal with this. There are two tests ahead of us and everything should be ready to go for the best place again.”

Zlin-born Kostka has been restricted to three competitive starts since his last Barum Czech Rally Zlín appearance in 2017 due to funding issues.

This year’s event takes place from 16-18 August.

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ERC Barum Czech Rally Zlín is go!

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 06:00

The countdown to Barum Czech Rally Zlín, round six of the FIA European Rally Championship, is well and truly underway with the event due to begin in a little more than 15 days (16-18 August).

Ever-present in the ERC since the championship’s streamlining in 2004, Barum Czech Rally Zlín is based in the South Moravian university city, 300 kilometres south of the Czech capital Prague.

It is a Tarmac test like no other due to the bumpy and sometimes broken nature of the road surface. To add to the challenge, several stages feature high-speed blasts through forests and intermittent showers are always possible.

While the weather might be hard to predict, huge numbers of fans follow the action, especially on the opening night-time Zlín superspecial stage.

Taking place two weeks earlier than normal, Barum Czech Rally Zlín will host the final ERC Junior rounds of the season as well as the Czech championship decider.

Of the major route tweaks, the return of the legendary Pindula after a one-year absence leads the changes, which also include the Qualifying Stage running in reverse direction and the revival of the Kostelany stage.

The 49th Barum Czech Rally Zlín takes place from 16-18 August. Click here for the event itinerary.

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Campedelli open to more ERC

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 18:00

Simone Campedelli has not ruled out making further appearances in this season’s FIA European Rally Championship after he finished runner-up to Giandomenico Basso on the recent Rally di Roma Capitale.

Campedelli had been charged with giving M-Sport’s all-new Ford Fiesta R5 its ERC debut on the back of limited testing – and overcame his lack of car knowledge to score a stage win on his way to second position.

“I would really like to be back in an international contest, but we have to make it properly in the right way in case it happens,” said Campedelli. “It doesn't depend only on me.”

Campedelli, once a regular on world championship events, had been linked to an expanded ERC campaign for 2019 but has focused on his domestic title race instead with the Orange 1 M-Sport Rally Team.

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My ERC debut. By Cristiana Oprea

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 12:00

Cristiana Oprea made her FIA European Rally Championship debut on Rally di Roma Capitale earlier this month, forming an all-female Romanian crew with co-driver Diana Hategan and finishing eighth in the highly-competitive ERC3 class. This is what she had to say afterwards.

“I couldn’t have dreamt of a better ERC debut – I am very proud of myself and Diana for completing our toughest rally yet with no incidents, with a new car and quite a lot of pressure. Even more, managing to score the most points in the ERC Ladies’ Trophy is incredible, even though I am completely aware we were also very lucky.

“I want to congratulate Emma [Falcón] and Catie [Munnings] for their rhythm and I am grateful I got the chance to meet them and compete side by side with them, as they inspired me in the last few years to fight for my dream of competing in the ERC.

“I am happy I learned the Peugeot 208 R2 quickly and I felt more confident to grow the pace on each stage. In the end, I feel this rally made me even more resilient and I learned a lot about controlling the car at higher speeds, on more difficult stages than what we have back home.

“In the end, this result marks the beginning of a new stage in my career as a rally driver. I will continue fighting to build a budget which will allow me to continue my progress in the ERC and I hope to see you all soon!”

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We blew it but we’re still in the game: Habaj on his ERC title hopes

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 06:00

Łukasz Habaj admits he “blew away” his “very, very big chance” to increase his lead of the FIA European Rally Championship with his mistake on stage six of Rally di Roma Capitale last week.

Habaj was on course for a podium finish in his Sports Racing Technologies ŠKODA Fabia R5 when a rare error put him out of the leg.

He returned on day two to bag four, potentially crucial, leg bonus points, a result he says means he’s “still in the game” in his bid to win his first ERC title.

“We had a very, very, big chance to increase our leadership and we just blew it away,” said the Polish star. “Of course, it’s not the result we wanted but [in the end], it was the toughest, the most expensive and the most difficult points in my life and a massive effort on the team’s side.”

As well as his off on Saturday afternoon, Habaj rolled in testing on the Tuesday before the rally and also reported having the “maximum amount of spins” during the all-asphalt event.

“I am happy this weekend is over,” said Habaj. “But we minimised the losses and we are still in the game. The differences are not big in the championship and we keep fighting for sure.”

Habaj will start next month’s Barum Czech Rally Zlín, the sixth round of the season, seven points behind Alexey Lukyanuk, the defending champion.

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Avcioglu is back with top six in ERC3

Sun, 07/28/2019 - 18:00

Orhan Avcioglu returned to two-wheel-drive action on Rally di Rally Capitale as he made his long-awaited FIA European Rally Championship comeback.

Partnered by stand-in co-driver and fellow Turk Aras Dinçer, Avcioglu finished sixth in ERC3 after battling back from a time-consuming clutch issue on the opening morning of the all-asphalt event, which earned him a 1m10s penalty due to a delay.

Avcioglu, who completed the Italian event with a trio of top-three stage times, is set to complete the remainder of the ERC season in his Toksport-run Peugeot 208 R2.

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Fighting Érdi finishes in ERC

Sun, 07/28/2019 - 12:00

Tibor Érdi Jr fought back from the lower reaches of the top 50 to finish Rally di Roma Capitale in P13.

The double ERC2 champion was delayed on the opening stage by a time-consuming puncture, which wrecked his hopes of a points finish in Italy.

Despite the early blow, Hungarian Érdi Jr persevered to finish P13 among the FIA European Rally Championship-registered crews.

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From ditching to winning… How Mares hit back for ERC1 Junior triumph

Sun, 07/28/2019 - 06:00

Filip Mareš completed the ultimate comeback when he won ERC1 Junior on Rally di Roma Capitale last week, seven days after crashing out of an event in his homeland.

Mareš started the Czech championship Rally Bohemia leading his national standings, but a crash on stage 15 put him out and left his participation on Italy’s FIA European Rally Championship counter the following weekend in serious doubt.

But thanks to his Kresta Racing mechanics, Marešand co-driver Jan Hloušek were able to start Rally di Roma Capitale in their hastily repaired ŠKODA Fabia R5, going on to win the ERC1 Junior section in fifth overall for the ACCR Czech Rally Team.

“For sure this result belongs to my team [from Kresta Racing] because the guys have done an amazing job,” said Mareš. “After our accident on Rally Bohemia it was not so easy to be at the start in Rome. But we are now winners in ERC1 Junior on Rally di Roma Capitale, which is fantastic, it’s an amazing result for us and crucial to our ambitions in the championship generally.”

Following his triumph in Italy, Mareš will battle Chris Ingram for the ERC1 Junior crown on the season-deciding Barum Czech Rally Zlín from 16-18 August with a fund of €100,000 to contest the ERC events in Cyprus and Hungary awaiting the winner.

Crash repair timeline

Sunday 14 July
09h26: Mareš andHloušek crash into a ditch on Rally Bohemia
09h30: Crew surveys damage, reports back to team
10h45: Kresta Racing mechanics arrive at crash scene
11h10: Car recovered from ditch
12h00: Car transported to service park
13h00: Full inspection of damage takes place
18h00: Team returns to workshops in Luhačovice, Czech Republic

Monday 15 July
17h00: Spare parts collected from ŠKODA Motorsport HQ in Mladá Boleslav

Tuesday 16 July
24h00: Repairs complete, car ready for roll-out

Wednesday 17 July
08h00: Roll-out and final checks take place
13h00: Packing of spares and equipment for Rally di Roma Capitale
22h00: Following a period of rest, team sets off for Fiuggi, a 14-hour drive over a distance of 1350 kilometres

Thursday 18 July
16h00: Team arrives in the service park in Fiuggi
20h00: Technical scrutineering takes place

Friday 19 July
09h30: Mareš and Hloušek begin Qualifying Stage run, going seventh fastest

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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)