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Rally di Roma Capitale Qualifying Stage live on ERC Radio

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 12:00

ERC Radio will broadcast live coverage of the Rally di Roma Capitale Qualifying Stage from 16h15 CET today.

Expert reporters Julian Porter and Chris Rawes will be positioned at the finish of the 4.02-kilometre stage in Fumone close to the event base in Fiuggi to provide instant action and reaction as the leading ERC priority drivers battle for a place in the top 15 to earn the right to take part in the start selection ceremony in Rome tomorrow.

ERC Radio is available at FIAERC.com, the official website for the FIA European Rally Championship, or via the ERC app.

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Kristensson back on ERC Junior duty a winner

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 09:00

Tom Kristensson starts Rally di Roma Capitale tomorrow on a high following a recent class-winning performance in his native Sweden.

Kristensson, last year’s ADAC Opel Rallye Cup winner, claimed division honours on Rally Askersund. And while the event ran on gravel, the result has boosted his confidence ahead of the resumption of FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship action in Italy.

“I can’t wait to tackle Rally di Roma Capitale in my ADAM R2,” said Kristensson, part of the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team. “The roads look really thrilling and could suit my way of driving better than those at Gran Canaria. I expect the stages in Italy to be less ‘racing style’, but a little tougher and trickier.

“I feel well-prepared for the rally as I had some important time in the car doing the Rally Askersund in the beginning of June, so my co-driver Henrik and I as well as the whole ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team are burning for our first podium in ERC Junior U27. I feel it’s time for it now. And apart from that I am looking forward to visit the wonderful city of Rome and hopefully see many of those impressive historic places.”

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It’s Thursday on ERC Rally di Roma Capitale

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 06:00

The start of Rally di Roma Capitale, round five of the FIA European Rally Championship, is getting closer with the Free Practice and the all-important Qualifying Stage first up.

Free Practice for priority drivers runs from 14h00-16h00 local time on a 4.02-kilometre stage in Fumone close to the event base in Fiuggi.

That’s followed by the Qualifying Stage from 16h30 when drivers battle for a place in the top 15 to earn the right to select their starting positions for the opening leg from tomorrow evening (Friday).

Follow all the action online at FIAERC.com and listen to ERC Radio live from the end of the Qualifying Stage via the ERC app.

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Doubling up: ACCR Czech Team expands in ERC

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 21:00

Dominik Brož can count on some familiar support when he continues his FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship bid on Rally di Roma Capitale from tomorrow (Thursday).

Brož has been the ACCR Czech Team’s lone representative in the FIA European Rally Championship this season but that will change when Jan Černý returns to action in the ERC Junior Under 28 category this week.

But as well as counting on Černý’s experience and advice, Brož heads to Italy on the back of a strong showing on his home event, Rally Bohemia earlier this month.

“After Rally Islas Canarias there was a big break, so we have used Rally Bohemia to be back in the racing rhythm,” said Brož, whose PEUGEOT 208 R2 is equipped with Pirelli tyres. “The event is based in Mladá Boleslav and had 160 kilometres of stages. Rom is a very long and difficult rally, some of the stages are quite similar to the Czech Republic, so we will try to keep our speed from Rally Bohemia and make a good result.”

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Focused Yates expects tough ERC Junior fight

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 18:00

ERC Junior Rhys Yates is keeping his feet firmly on the ground as he revs up for his Rally di Roma Capitale debut this week.

The ex-motocross rider has been on impressive form this season with an FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship podium in the Azores and a victory on a national event in Belgium among the highlights.

But he admits it will be tough going to continue that run against tough competition from some of Europe’s elite.

“I must be realistic as some of the best in Europe are competing alongside us but at the same time, I want to be in the mix for a good result,” said the Briton. “I’m keeping my focus purely on the ERC Junior Under 28 fight and I need to find that feeling we had in Wervik [when we won].”

Yates prepared for his Roma debut with an outing on Rally Internazionale del Casentino earlier this month when co-driver Elliott Edmondson was back in action after illness.

“I was pleased with how we got on, but it helped me realise that there is still more to come,” said Yates. “I had to adapt the pacenotes during the event and a puncture meant we dropped a few places, but it was good to back into the groove. It was hard not to push for overall results but it’s not always about being flat out one hundred per cent of the time.”

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Familiarity cheers ERC Junior Wagner

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 15:00

Simon Wagner can’t wait for this week’s Rally di Roma Capitale – because he reckons the stages are similar to those in Czech Republic and his native Austria where he does the bulk of his competing.

Wagner was fighting for an FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship podium in the Azores before finishing third in class in Gran Canaria. He believes he can perform even better on the all-asphalt event in Italy, which he’ll contest in a Saintéloc Junior Team PEUGEOT 208 R2 alongside co-driver Gerald Winter.

“Our feelings are quite mixed after the first two rounds with two very untypical rallies for us, fighting for the podium on the Azores but having to retire and then finishing third in Canarias where we were too slow to fight for the win,” said the Pirelli-equipped driver. “The stages in Roma should be a lot more similar to what I’m used to from the last few years competing in Austria and Czech Republic. I am really hoping for a better result this time and will try to give my absolute best just like my co-driver Gerry and of course everyone at Saintéloc.”

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Åhlin will call on previous Tarmac pace for ERC return

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 12:00

Fredrik Åhlin starts his first event on Tarmac for 10 months when he resumes his FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship campaign on Rally di Roma Capitale.

But while he’s renowned for his gravel prowess, Åhlin has also been upping his pace on Tarmac as he proved when the British championship that he was contesting in 2017 visited Belgium.

“I know my pace on gravel is up there, particularly on the quicker events like I’m used to in Sweden,” said the CA1 Sport driver. “Tarmac has been quite strong for me since I switched to the ŠKODA and we proved that last year in Belgium where we were competitive against the likes of [Thierry] Neuville and [Kevin] Abbring so I don’t see why we can’t be competitive in Rome and get a good result to build on for the rest of the season.

“The last time I was on Tarmac was on the Isle of Man [last September] so there’s going to be a lot of work on the test to set the car up and prepare it for the rally. It’s a long time since I’ve done these wide, flowing type of roads so it’s going to be a bit of an adjustment but I think we have a good chance to be up there fighting for the podium places. From what I understand the roads are medium to high grip which is something new for me so could be a learning curve.”

Since placing second in ERC Junior Under 28 on the Azores Airlines Rallye in March, Åhlin won the South Swedish Rally in his homeland and currently tops his national championship standings.

Photo: Urban Andersson

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Furuseth to take on “the best” in ERC Junior Under 27

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 09:00

Sindre Furuseth will take on “the best” young drivers in Europe when he completes the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship season, starting with this week’s Rally di Roma Capitale.

The 24-year-old from Norway becomes driver 14 to join the Pirelli supported line-up in an Opel ADAM R2, but he’s determined that he won’t be making up the numbers alongside co-driver Jim Hjerpe.

Furuseth, who lists Norwegian former world champion Petter Solberg as his inspiration, said: “We are in the championship to get noticed. Therefore, our goal is to win. I know it will be difficult when we are only doing four rallies, but our rally coach agrees that we are now ready to compete against other juniors of the same age and in the same situation as us. When I say ready, I mean ready to fight for wins. The best juniors in Europe are in this and to get noticed as a fast driver you need to beat other fast drivers. Also, we can run our own car in ERC Junior U27 with our own team, which I very much believe in.”

As well as experience of competing in his native Norway, Furuseth has rallied in Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Rally di Roma Capitale will provide his first taste of Italian stages, however. “I really look forward to measuring myself against the best on Rally di Roma Capitale and getting stuck into what looks like a very challenging rally,” he said.

“My long-term goal is to be a world champion, but before that it is to be a factory driver. To get there it is difficult to have a detailed plan because I work to find the budget by myself. Because of the limited budget we don’t have a lot of options and we need to take every door that opens on the way and see where it leads us. ERC Junior is the right place to be now.”

Starting out in karting, Furuseth began rallying at youth level in Norway. Since 2009, he’s been building his experience of stage events with the aim of competing further afield and learning to drive on Tarmac. “I have done motorsport all my life,” he said. “It started with karting with a little help from my dad and mum, and they could also help a bit during the first couple of years in rally when we drove in the youth class in Norway. From there we have built a budget step by step and gained experience. In the last couple of years, we have done more international rallies and more Tarmac events. After lots of hard work, we have now found the budget to join the ERC Junior Under 27 Championship.”

ERC Junior has been helping young drivers in R2 cars on Pirelli tyres to learn, shine and climb since 2014 with graduates including Fabio Andolfi, Emil Bergkvist, Jan Černý, Marijan Griebel, Nikolay Gryazin, Jari Huttunen, Chris Ingram, Stéphane Lefebvre, Łukasz Pieniazek and Julius Tannert.

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Could post-Cyprus debrief get Lukyanuk back on ERC title track?

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 06:00

Alexey Lukyanuk starts Rally di Roma Capitale playing catch-up in his bid to win the FIA European Rally Championship – but under “no stress” following a post-Cyprus Rally debrief.

Lukyanuk lost his ERC title advantage to Bruno Magalhães at the end of the Larnaca-based event last month after he failed to finish for a second rally running.

But the Russian Performance Motorsport star said he’s keeping calm with the support of his team and co-driver Alexey Arnautov.

“We did some debrief after Cyprus and we decided to continue in the way we did,” he said. “In Cyprus it was really bad luck with this stone and we thought a lot [about] how we could prevent things like that in the future. I hope our decisions and my preparations, especially my mental training, can help a little bit but sometimes you can do nothing about it.

“In general we will still try not to win each stage in case some drivers will be really fast. We will focus on our goal of scoring points but we will not be slow, we will try to be on the pace but without some extra risks, we will try to play a game and not push like hell.”

Lukyanuk completed a short “shakedown” in Italy on Monday ahead of what could be a crucial rally in terms of his title aspirations.

“Any rally is a really difficult challenge and you never know what kind of trouble you are going to have,” said Lukyanuk, who celebrated 100 rally starts in Cyprus. “We are more or less relaxed and calm with no big stress. We had quite bad luck in two rallies before but we hope it will change and we will have a trouble-free rally this time.”

The 37-year-old was leading Rally di Roma Capitale last season when a crash put him out nearing the end of the first leg. But he’s not dwelling on past disappointments and insists there’s no unfinished business.

“I never thought it that way, we lost some experience and did not check the roads and the notes for the second day. But what happened has happened and we leave it behind and look forward.”

Rally di Roma Capitale takes place from 20-22 July and marks the start of the second half of the 2018 ERC season.

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Vita banks on home experience and new team in ERC Junior

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 18:00

Mattia Vita will use his previous Rally di Roma Capitale knowledge in his bid for home FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship glory this week.

The ex-Formula 3 racer and relative rallying rookie is one of only a handful of Pirelli-equipped ERC Junior U27 drivers with Rally di Roma Capitale experience.

And after a frustrating start to his campaign, Vita is hoping for a change of fortune on the all-asphalt event, which he’ll tackle with a new team, Tagai Racing Techology.

“I can’t wait to be back racing in my homeland, driving through the streets of Rome in a racing car is one of the best sensations you can have,” said Vita. “The rally itself is very difficult. The temperature will be very hot inside the car so you have to remain very focused as you can easily make a mistake. The pacenotes also have to be very efficient as the roads can change from very wide and fast to very narrow and tricky in a matter of metres. Unluckily in Canarias we had no opportunity to do more than one stage so my target is to improve, but rallying is about tackling these difficulties.”

Of his new team, the PEUGEOT 208 R2 driver said: “It’s a great opportunity for me because TRT has lots of experience, so I’ll try and learn as much as possible from the engineers.”

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Galatariotis goes for more ERC gold

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 12:00

Simos Galatariotis will continue his FIA European Rally Championship adventure with a rare appearance in a non-Greek-speaking country.

The winner of last month’s ERC-counting Cyprus Rally is contesting Rally di Roma Capitale for what will be his third European championship appearance in succession and his first in Italy.

And while the Cypriot national champion’s Rally di Roma Capitale experience his zero and Tarmac-driving knowledge limited, Galatariotis is on form having began June with a fifth place finish on the EKO Acropolis Rally prior to his last-gasp Cyprus Rally triumph.

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Revealed: Basso’s ERC colours

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 06:00

This is a graphic of how Giandomenico Basso’s Metiorsport.it ŠKODA Fabia R5 will look when the double FIA European champion returns to the ERC on Rally di Roma Capitale this week.

Basso, ERC champion in 2006 and 2009 and Rally di Roma Capitale podium finisher in 2015 and 2016, will link up with Swiss co-driver Moira Lucca for the first time when the all-asphalt event takes place from 20-22 July.

“I am very happy with this opportunity and to come back to compete in a race that is valid for both the European and the Italian championship,” said Basso. “It will be a very challenging race: the stages are very beautiful and difficult, it will take a lot of concentration. They are all very fast and competitive. Then surely a great thing is the charm of running in the capital, parading through the monuments of Rome. We would like to show to the fantastic spectators our best.”

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Hokkanen recruits new co-driver for latest ERC Tarmac test

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 18:00

Miika Hokkanen will get a new co-driver for his second Tarmac rally when he joins forces with Reeta Hämäläinen for the third event of the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship season in Rome this week.

Hokkanen, the reigning Finnish R2 champion, has recruited Hämäläinen in place of Jukka Pasenius for Rally di Roma Capitale when the new partnership will compete in a Saintéloc Junior Team PEUGEOT 208 R2 on Pirelli tyres.

“I’m really looking forward to this rally after what has felt like a long break and time since Canarias,” said Hokkanen. “It will be very interesting to drive on different Tarmac roads to those we tried in Canarias and further build on my experience. We will try and secure a better result than we did last time, but I think the hot weather will be a big challenge for everybody.

“I also have a new co-driver for the event, Reeta Hämäläinen, so there will be plenty of new things for me on this rally.”

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ERC ace Černý returns to a happy hunting ground for ACCR

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 12:00

Jan Černý will make his long awaited return to the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship on an event where he bagged his maiden win in the category in 2017.

Černý took the ERC Junior U28 honours on Rally di Roma Capitale last September and will make his first start of the European season when the all-asphalt event takes place from 20-22 July.

“I am really happy to be back in the European Rally Championship,” said Černý, whose ACCR Czech Team Ford Fiesta is co-driven by Petr Černohorský. “We wanted to start on Rally Islas Canarias, but technical problems at the very last moment forced us to withdraw.

“Since that time we did a few rounds in the Czech championship and our performance was good. It was a pity about losing third place overall on Rally Bohemia on the very last stage due to a broken driveshaft [but] I am really sure it will be nice fight with other drivers in Rome.”

Last year’s Rally di Roma Capitale was also notable for the ACCR Czech Team after Filip Mareš made it a win double with victory in ERC Junior Under 27.

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Quality and quantity: ERC Rally di Roma Capitale gets strong entry

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 06:00

The FIA European Rally Championship resumes in Italy this week with an entry list of quantity and quality.

Seventy-one crews have entered Rally di Roma Capitale, which takes place from 20-22 July on all-asphalt stages.

Of the 71 drivers on the entry list, 32 are in top-of-the-range R5 cars, while 20 drivers from the ERC Junior Under 27 and Under 28 Championships are set to take part.

Click here to view the entry list.

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Why Remennik leading but not leading in ERC2

Sun, 07/15/2018 - 18:00

Sergei Remennik starts next week’s Rally di Roma Capitale leading the ERC2 standings – not that the ace Russian is thinking along those lines.

Remennik is 10 points in front of defending champion Tibor Érdi Jr after four rounds of the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship.

However, with drivers counting their best four scores under new rules for this season, Érdi Jr is in a potentially stronger position with two wins compared to Remennik’s trio of second-place finishes.

“We are leading the ERC2 standings, but this is an intermediate result that we do not really consider as the leadership,” said the Russian Performance Motorsport driver. “Only Juan Carlos Alonso has scored points in four races. Our crew has only three second places, Tibor Érdi Jr has two wins, and Juan Carlos has one victory. Everyone will try to improve their results, Érdi goes well on the asphalt, and the situation in the standings may change after this rally.”

Of the prospect of competing on the Italian event, Remennik can’t wait to get started: “It is one of the most beautiful races in the season. Of course, every rally is unique and attractive in its own way, but starting in the Eternal City from the Castel Sant’Angelo walls is a wonderful feeling. We are looking forward to the rally, because we had a big break, during which we missed one ERC round. We are going to continue our steady performances; last season we couldn’t boast that the number of our starts in the rallies was equal to the number of finishes. This season we are more confident and stable; maybe we aren’t as fast as we would like to, but it is also important to finish and score points.”

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Back to the other day job for Munnings in ERC Junior U27

Sun, 07/15/2018 - 12:00

Catie Munnings will swap filming for driving when she returns to FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship duty on Rally di Roma Capitale.

Munnings has been splitting her time between her fledgling rallying career and filming episodes of her new children’s television progamme, Catie’s Amazing Machines, which is due for broadcast on the BBC in the UK soon. And she does so the challenging asphalt stages in and around the Italian capital from 20-22 July.

“Last year was quite bittersweet as we were setting some nice stage times but ultimately got stuck in a ditch and lost 15 minutes,” said the Pirelli-equipped SaintéIoc Junior Team driver. “We’ve made some good progress with our pace recently and I want to try and keep up the momentum and close the gap to the front.

“I always compare my times to the fastest R2 drivers and in ERC Junior U27 the pace is super high, so having done this rally before should help. The atmosphere on the stages is also incredible along with all the experiences you have like the tour of the city centre in your rally car, you can’t really beat it, so I’m really excited to get back out there and push.

“I’ve done an extra rally [Cyprus, on gravel] compared to the others but don’t really have the budget to test so we haven’t really got an advantage, we just don’t have a disadvantage as it is difficult to start a rally without having been in the car often.”

Munning is pictured left with co-driver Anne Katharina Stein

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Good feeling as Kreim prepares for Roma ERC action

Sun, 07/15/2018 - 06:00

Fabian Kreim makes his Rally di Roma Capitale debut next week with a “good feeling” as he bids to remain on top of the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship standings.

A consistently strong start to his maiden ERC Junior U28 campaign has propelled the double German champion to the points summit after two rounds. And following a successful test, the ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland has high hopes for his Italian debut.

“We have already done our test for this rally and it was really good,” said the ŠKODA Fabia R5 driver. “We have a good feeling in the car which is so important if we are serious about fighting at the front. I hope our preparations will be enough for this next round.

“Rally di Roma Capitale is another Tarmac rally which is good for us as it is our preferred surface. Because of this we are looking forward to fighting for a podium in ERC Junior U28.”

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Stengg hopes for practice rally boost in ERC Junior U27

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 18:00

Roland Stengg will use experience gained from a practice event in Italy when he resumes his FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship campaign on Rally di Roma Capitale.

Stengg, a point-scoring newcomer to ERC Junior U27 on Rally Islas Canarias, took part on the recent Rally Valli della Carnia to develop a “good set-up” for his visit to Rome.

“I started the Rally Valli della Carnia to prepare myself for Rally di Roma Capitale and although we retired with technical problems, we managed to find a good set-up for those typical narrow Italian roads,” said Austrian Stengg, who will link up with German co-driver Tobias Braun for next week’s rally. “To clean up my driving style I also did a two-day course with Vittorio Caneva which helped me a lot.”

Stengg continued: “I’m feeling confident but also a little nervous. I’m a big fan of Italian rallies. I know how strong the competition is on Tarmac so I have to give 100 per cent to bring in a good result. My goal has to be the same as the Canarias: to finish the rally without mistakes and close the gap to the top a bit.”

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ERC Junior Experience graduates to use recce knowledge for Rome ‘debuts’

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 12:00

Laurent Pellier and Mārtiņš Sesks will use knowledge gained from taking part in the ERC Junior Experience in 2017 when they contest Rally di Roma Capitale from 20-22 July.

Pellier, who competes for the PEUGEOT Rally Academy in the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship, and Sesks, a competitor in the Pirelli-supported ERC Junior Under 27 Championship, took part on the recce for the Italian asphalt event in 2017 when they were enrolled in the ERC Junior experience training programme.

“As I have visited the Rally di Roma Capitale for recce during the ERC Junior Experience last year, I know at least roughly what to expect,” said Sesks, part of the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team (pictured).

Frenchman Pellier said: “Because I took part in the ERC Junior Experience, I’ve had the opportunity to discover the environment and the stages which I think is a real advantage. Let’s see how I can use it and turn it into a result.”

The ERC Junior Experience training programme is accessible to all ERC Junior Under 27 Championship participants plus other drivers and co-drivers aiming to take the step up from national to international level. The next session take place during the Barum Czech Rally Zlín weekend in August.

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PZM 75. Rajd Polski / PZM 75th Rally Poland

PZM 75. Rajd Polski

Kalendarz 2018

22-24 marca:

Azores Airlines Rallye (Portugalia)

03-05 maja:

Rally Islas Canarias (Hiszpania)

01-03 czerwca:

Acropolis Rally (Grecja)

15-17 czerwca:

Cyprus Rally (Cypr)

20-22 lipca:

Rally di Roma Capitale (Włochy)

24-26 sierpnia:

Barum Czech Rally Zlín (Czechy)

21-23 września:

Rajd Polski

12-14 października:

Rally Liepaja (Łotwa)