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Neubauer makes ERC return a winner

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 21:00

Hermann Neubauer returns to the FIA European Rally Championship on Barum Czech Rally Zlín this week a double winner.

The Austrian won two rallies in his native Austria – including Rallye Weiz – since his last ERC appearance in Gran Canaria but makes his fourth start in Zlín still chasing a finish on the sealed-surface event following a trio of retirements due to mechanical issues.

“Several years have passed since my last start and most of the special stages are completely new,” said Neubauer, who tested for the event earlier this week. “So the experience of that time does not really help me.”

Neubauer, whose ZM Racing Ford Fiesta R5 is co-driven by compatriot Bernhard Ettel, continued: “The rally is unique, the very special asphalt and the fast passages are just great. And of course there are the Czech rally fans who are extremely enthusiastic, the mood at the Barum is always sensational.

“We are super-prepared, not least thanks to Max Zellhofer and his team. And we are not under pressure to deliver a certain result. I want to drive a clean rally, show my best side and be satisfied with my performance at the end.”

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LPWM Sport reveals big ERC ambitions

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 18:00

Top Hungarian team LPWM Sport will make its debut in the FIA European Rally Championship on Barum Czech Rally Zlín this week – and has big plans to expand its ERC involvement in 2019.

Budapest-based LPWM Sport will field a PEUGEOT 208 R2 for young Hungarian Miklós Csomós in ERC3 in Czech Republic with further appearances planned this year and next, albeit as an ever-present.

While LPWM Sport is a relatively new entity, it’s made up of a number of rally professionals with more than 20 years of experience in the sport.

“We are absolutely planning to be on more ERC rallies,” said Levente Kazinczky, Technical Manager of LPWM Sport Kft. “In the next few weeks we will start to design a programme for the next ERC season. I believe that if we want to become to a well-known team we must compete in the European championship and we must show that our team is working professionally and we are able to prepare rally cars to a high technical level. Of course a good driver with the potential to win is very important but the foundations need to be right in order to succeed. I have no doubt it will be a hard mission to build up a team that works well in all areas but we are already hard at work to achieve this.”

In addition to its PEUGEOT 208 R2, LPWM Sport’s fleet of rally cars includes a Hyundai i20 R5. “This is our flagship car at the moment and is currently available to hire for championship campaigns or single events,” Kazinczky explained. “For the next season we are planning to buy two new i20 R5 cars.”

Of Csomós, LPWM Sport’s first ERC signing, Kazinczky has high hopes. “In my opinion he is a very talented young driver. Until now he was competing mostly in the Hungarian championship and he won many rallies, sometimes with significant good stage times compared to the other drivers. In view of all this we are optimistic for a good result in Zlín, even if we know that this is a much harder task than winning a national championship event, chiefly because all the stages are new for him.”

LPWM Sports heads to Zlín on the back of a run of success. It won ISEUM Szombathely Rallye with Frigyes Turán and was leading the TAXI4 Székesfehérvár Rallye until a puncture dropped Turán to third. More recently, MSZ Racing’s Simon Vallentin – an ERC aspirant – drove LPWM’s Hyundai i20 R5 to second place on the Komo Rallysprint event in Denmark.

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Mareš all set for home run in ERC Junior Under 28

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 15:00

Filip Mareš will step up to R5 power in the FIA European Rally Championship when he makes his debut in the ERC Junior Under 28 category on his home event, Barum Czech Rally Zlín.

Mareš, who turned 27 on 22 August, challenged for last year’s Pirelli-supported ERC Junior Under 27 title with the backing of his country’s national federation, the Autoklub of the Czech Republic, eventually finishing third in the standings.

As his reward and to further his experience, the ACCR has supported his hugely promising campaign in the Czech Republic this season in a ŠKODA Fabia R5 run by Kresta Racing, which includes the combined ERC and Czech championship-counting Barum Czech Rally Zlín from 24-26 August.

“I am very pleased we are back in the ERC after several months, moreover in the highly competitive championship that ERC Junior U28 undoubtedly is,” said Mareš, who is also planning to contest Rally Poland (21-23 September) and Rally Liepāja (12-14 October). “Last year in ERC Junior U27 we fought for a podium in every race in which we competed and it would be great to repeat it also in ERC Junior U28. But I stay with my feet firmly on the ground. As it is still my first season with an R5, I'm going to take it step by step and try to get as much points for our ACCR Czech Team as possible. Anyway I really appreciate the opportunity to represent the national team and thank everyone who made it possible.”

Mareš, who continues to be co-driven by compatriot Jan Hloušek, has claimed two podiums in this season’s Czech championship and is second in the standings. He joins Jan Černý – who has emerged as his main adversary in 2018 – in the ACCR Czech Rally Team on this week’s sealed-surface event.

“Of course it is something very special for me to get a chance to compete at the Barum with a Fabia R5, covered by the national ACCR Czech Team,” said Mareš, who comes from the Czech city of Mladá Boleslav, which is also the home of ŠKODA. “It's obviously one of the greatest news of the summer for us.

“For sure, it means the best opportunity to show what we have learned with our Fabia R5 so far and the ideal way to compare our level with other European drivers. Some guys, who also competed in ERC Junior U27 last year are now on the starting line with an R5, which could be good for comparison. However, I do not dare to predict our competitiveness in ERC Junior U28. We are determined to put in our best but the main objective remains the same: to complete the rally and learn as much as possible.”

Mareš is one of several ERC Junior graduates with R5 experience. Others include Fabio Andolfi, Emil Bergkvist, Jan Černý, Marijan Griebel, Nikolay Gryazin, Jari Huttunen, Chris Ingram, Stéphane Lefebvre, Tamara Molinaro, Łukasz Pieniazek, Ralfs Sirmacis and Aleks Zawada.

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Munster to follow famous father with ERC adventure

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 12:00

Grégoire Munster will follow in the wheel tracks of his famous father Bernard Munster by entering the FIA European Rally Championship.

The 19-year-old from Luxembourg has identified the ERC as the perfect arena to build his experience of international competition on his step up from national level.

Following this week’s Barum Czech Rally Zlín, he plans to contest Rally Poland (21-23 September) and Rally Liepāja (12-14 October) in the Pirelli-supported FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship.

“The competition is really high in the ERC Junior U27, the the best way to improve my driving,” said Belgium-born Munster. “Competing against the top ERC Junior drivers is a great challenge for me and Barum Czech Rally Zlín is a great opportunity to make our first ERC outing. Thanks to my new sponsor, Dumobil, we hope to be able to contest the three remaining rounds of ERC Junior.”

Munster, who drives an Opel ADAM R2 under the EBRT banner, has achieved success on events in Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany in 2018, but has international ambitions. “The ERC is the best school before reaching the world championship. As my father would say: ‘rally is all about experience’. Too many drivers step too fast into the WRC and we don’t want to make the same mistake. Look at some of the best drivers, Breen, Meeke, Neuville, they all gathered ERC experience.”

In terms of his first ERC Junior U27 start in Czech Republic from 24-26 August, Munster’s objectives are clear. “Barum Czech Rally Zlín is a really demanding Tarmac rally,” he said. “My first goal is to grab as much experience as possible and therefore I first need to finish the rally. Of course we will try to follow the pace of the top drivers even though they have more experience.”

Munster has enrolled on the ERC Junior Experience training programme as part of his ERC Junior U27 participation and has spent the build-up to Barum Czech Rally Zlín in various workshops, including a coaching session with double ERC Junior champion Marijan Griebel.

Bernard Munster’s ERC career, meanwhile, spanned more than 20 years and included stints in Audis, Opels and Renaults. He took four wins and 15 podiums from 90 starts and was Belgian champion in 1995.

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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Gryazin feels a need for more speed in ERC

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 09:00

Nikolay Gryazin believes he still needs to improve to be a force on this week’s FIA European Rally Championship-counting Barum Czech Rally Zlín.

Gryazin won FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship on Rally Islas Canarias in May and took the outright honours on the Polish championship-counting Rally Rzeszow earlier this month, making him a favourite for more success in the Czech Republic.

However, the 20-year-old Russian admits more speed can be found in his Sports Racing Technologies ŠKODA Fabia R5.

“For me Barum Czech Rally Zlín is a very difficult race,” said Gryazin. “Every year I have not been able to show the speed that I can on other rallies. I hope this year I will improve this and get myself at the sharp end of ERC Junior U28. There will be some very fast competitors on this rally, both overall and in ERC Junior, so it will be a good chance to compare myself to the very best drivers. The stages are good fun to drive so it should be a good weekend.”

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Štajf calls on former winner Horniaček for home ERC run

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 06:00

Vojtěch Štajf will have a new co-driver for his home round of the FIA European Rally Championship after regular partner Marcela Ehlová was forced to withdrew due to illness.

Štajf has recruited Slovak Emil Horniaček to co-drive his ŠKODA Fabia R5 for this week’s Barum Czech Rally Zlín in what is a significant move.

Horniaček co-drove the late Polish legend Janusz Kulig to victory in Zlín back in 1999, the year of Štajf’s first appearance on the sealed-surface event.

“It will be our first event together so of course it will be a bit of a disadvantage,” said Štajf. “But he is the winner of Barum in 1999 and together we are 96 years old and I still think we can match with the young guns. We will try.”

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I’ll be back, says ERC2 ace Remennik

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 21:00

Sergei Remennik will complete the FIA European Rally Championship season in Poland and Latvia after being forced to skip this week’s Barum Czech Rally Zlín.

Remennik has established himself as a major contender for ERC2 honours during his second season in the showroom division. However, a troubled build-up to the last round in Italy means the Czech event won’t be part of his 2018 schedule.

“We won’t go to the Barum Czech Rally Zlín for complex reasons that are partly related directly to how seriously our car was damaged during testing in Rome and to other aspects of our life,” said Russian Remennik. “It is important we regret our inability to take part in this beautiful race. But we are looking to the future in Poland and Latvia.”

Remennik’s absence in Czech Republic will make Hungary’s Tibor Érdi Jr the favourite to clinch his second ERC2 title in as many years.

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Interesting challenge in store for ERC Junior’s Flying Finn Hokkanen

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 18:00

Miika Hokkanen has described the challenge he will face on Barum Czech Rally Zlín as “interesting”.

With the Finnish R2 champion’s sealed-surface experience limited to just two events, Hokkanen is relishing the opportunity to try something different when the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship resumes on 24 August.

“It will be our first time on this event so we are excited to get started,” said the Saintéloc Junior Team member. “I think the roads will again be very different compared with the previous Tarmac rallies, but that makes it interesting. Hopefully we can achieve a good result after our retirement in Rome.”

Hokkanen is part of a three-strong Saintéloc Junior Team line-up, which also features Briton Catie Munnings and Austrian Simon Wagner. All three drive PEUGEOT 208 R2s on Pirelli tyres.

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ERC Junior Experience session to boost Pellier in Zlín

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 15:00

Laurent Pellier will use knowledge gained from his participation in the ERC Junior Experience training programme in 2017 for his Barum Czech Rally Zlín debut this week.

Pellier sampled the demanding sealed-surface stages when he took part in the two-day reconnaissance as part of the ERC Junior Experience curriculum.

“The Barum Rally is one of the most important rallies on the FIA ERC calendar,” said Pellier, who is competing in ERC Junior U28 as his prize for winning the 208 Rally Cup in his native France in 2017. “This is a real show with speed and action. As a driver, it is very interesting to be part of it. The car performance is essential but the driving has to be good too. I will work hard to be on the top.”

Pellier crashed out of the ERC Junior U28 fight on last month’s Rally di Roma Capitale but took an outright stage win and fourth in class on Rally Islas Canarias to underline his potential at the wheel of the PEUGEOT 208 T16 he shares with co-driver Geoffrey Combe.

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Griebel on hand to teach ERC Junior Experience intake

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 12:00

The current ERC Junior Experience intake have benefited from Marijan Griebel’s considerable expertise after the double ERC Junior champion provided expert driving tuition during a special training session in Czech Republic yesterday.

Fresh from scoring world championship points for the first time on ADAC Rallye Deutschland at the weekend, Griebel accompanied the rising stars on a test stage and provided crucial advice and detailed feedback ahead of this week’s Barum Czech Rally Zlín.

He said: “I grew up in ERC Junior and got all my international rallying experience in the ERC and so many great memories. This is why I didn´t hesitate to come to the Barum Rally and teach some young guns.

“For rally drivers the opportunities are quite rare where you have a driving coach and can get some thoughts and input from another experienced person. So I hope I gave them some suggestions of how to improve their driving style and teach them things like risk management of punctures and accidents and how to do a long rally like an ERC event.

“The ERC Junior Experience is a great opportunity for young talents to start their international rallying career. It’s a unique project in our sport which is really helpful to develop and get one step closer to a professional career.”

Erik Cais, Hugo Margaillan and Grégoire Munster have recently enrolled into the comprehensive knowledge and skills-gathering programme that includes Sébastien Bedoret, Catie Munnings, Laurent Pellier and Mārtiņš Sesks among its graduates.

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Yates reveals his new look for ERC

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 09:00

This is how the Kresta Racing ŠKODA Fabia R5 of Rhys Yates will look when the Briton continues his FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship adventure on Barum Czech Rally Zlín.

Yates is joining Czech legend Roman Kresta’s eponymous team for this week’s European championship counter, which he’s contesting for the first time.

Co-driven by Elliott Edmondson, Yates starts Barum Czech Rally Zlín on the back of his third-place finish on last weekend’s Ulster Rally, a Tarmac-based round of the British championship.

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Falcón’s ERC Czech mate to the rescue

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 06:00

Sometime FIA European Rally Championship competitor Ondrĕj Bisaha has come to Emma Falcón’s aid ahead of this week’s Barum Czech Rally Zlín.

Falcón’s Citroën DS3 R3T suffered engine failure during testing yesterday. Fearing she’d be unable to start the sealed-surface event from 24-26 August, the Spaniard went in search of a replacement.

Bisaha rallied a DS3 R3T in 2015 and agreed to loan Falcón a spare engine following an introduction by Petr Těšínský, an ERC co-driver.

It means Falcón will be able to start the event and continue her bid for ERC Ladies’ Trophy title glory.

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Kristensson pays tribute to “amazing” ERC team

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 18:00

Tom Kristensson says his participation on Barum Czech Rally Zlín has been made possible by the efforts of his “amazing” ADAC Opel Rally Junior Team.

Swede Kristensson, an ERC Junior Under 27 Championship podium finisher, crashed heavily on ADAC Rallye Deutschland last week, inflicting substantial damage to his Opel ADAM R2 to the extent he feared he would be a non-starter in Czech Republic this week.

But hasty repair work by his Holzer Motorsport-run team will ensure he will line up for the sealed-surface showcase from 24-26 August.

“When it was clear the chassis was 100 per cent destroyed it was coming up in my mind [I would not make the start in Zlín],” said Kristensson. “But then my team said for they will fix it. They have started from zero and fitted all this new stuff. It’s unbelievable because [the car] looks 100 per cent good.”

Kristensson, last year’s ADAC Opel Rallye Cup winner in Germany, has yet to win in ERC Junior U27 but registered his maiden podium in Italy last time out.

“I have a good feeling for this rally,” he said. “It’s really demanding and very fast but I was on a really good pace on [ADAC Rallye Deutschland] and that will be my focus this week: to find the right rhythm and be on the pace again.”

Photo: twitter.com/kristenssontom

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Who will top the ERC battle of the brothers?

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 12:00

Family pride will be at stake when the FIA European Rally Championship heads to Czech Republic this week.

Simon Wagner, 25, will go up against his younger brother Julian, 23, on Barum Czech Rally Zlín with the Austrian siblings in contention for ERC3 points and Simon chasing ERC Junior Under 27 points in his Pirelli-equipped PEUGEOT 208 R2.

On Barum Czech Rally Zlín last season, Simon (pictured right) beat Julian (foreground) to third place in ERC Junior U27 by 2.2s in a dramatic final-stage showdown. When they last competed against each other – on July’s Rally Bohemia in Czech Republic – Julian took the class honours with Simon in third place.

“We had a great battle on Rally Bohemia when Simon started as a test for Barum,” Julian Wagner explained. “There I finished 27 seconds in front of Simon but I know he will push a lot harder at Barum so I think it will be a nice battle.” Simon Wagner added: “We will push each other to the top for sure.”

But while sibling rivalry will be a factor, both Wagners have other priorities. Simon Wagner will be doing all he can to secure a maiden ERC Junior U27 win after brake issues put him out of he lead on the last round in Italy. For Julian Wagner, meanwhile, the event counts for points and a half in the Czech 2WD championship.

“Barum is definitely the season highlight in the ERC, it’s just amazing to drive on these roads with the enthusiastic spectators,” said Simon Wagner. “Last year we finished third in ERC Junior U27 with a puncture that cost us more than three minutes which was a big pity, so there is just one goal for us, to bring home the win this year.”

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Černý aiming for ERC Junior podium

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 06:00

Jan Černý hopes to hit back from his Rally di Roma Capitale frustrations in the best way possible: by finishing his home round of the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship on the podium.

Černý placed fourth in the category for young stars in R5 cars in Italy following a spate of punctures. But he hopes his previous Barum Czech Rally Zlín experience (this will be start number 10 in south-eastern Moravia for the 28-year-old), plus strong home support will lead to a top-three finish.

“It’s one of the most difficult Tarmac rallies, maybe the most difficult one,” said the ACCR Czech Rally Team ace. “It’s really fast, really narrow and really bumpy and the Tarmac is changing all the time. But it’s really good to compete in Czech Republic and I really enjoy this rally.

“My home is 300 kilometres from [Zlín] but I did it many times and hopefully after a not-to-good start to the season in the European championship this will be much better. Rome wasn’t our weekend with the punctures so I really hope to finish on the podium and I have a lot of experience in Zlín. The Fiesta [I drive now] is different to the Fabia [I used to drive] so we need to find the set-up a little bit on the pre-event test [today] but hopefully it will be fine. For sure we will be pushing.”

Barum Czech Rally Zlín takes place from 24-26 August.

 

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Vita targets more ERC Junior progression in Zlín

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 18:00

Circuit racer turned rally driver Mattia Vita wants to make more progress when the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship resumes on Barum Czech Rally Zlín from 24-26 August.

Vita makes his debut on the demanding sealed-surface event on the back of his season-best fourth place on Rally di Roma Capitale last month. He plans to build on that achievement and performance in his Pirelli-equipped PEUGEOT 208 R2.

“Rally di Roma Capitale was my first race with Tagai Racing Technology and we had such a great fourth place, the best result of my career,” said Italian Vita. “To have a puncture or crash was so easy so the concentration level was so high. My target is to continue this progression in Zlín where, for sure, we will find some very tricky conditions.”

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Lukyanuk: ERC title my focus in Zlín

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 12:00

Alexey Lukyanuk has vowed not to lose focus when the FIA European Rally Championship heads to Czech Republic this week.

The ERC leader by nine points over Bruno Magalhães has never won Barum Czech Rally Zlín but has come close to ending home hero Jan Kopecký’s dominance of the event in recent seasons.

However, he insists winning the coveted ERC title is the priority when action gets underway on Friday, and will drive accordingly in the Ford Fiesta R5 he shares with co-driver Alexey Arnautov.

“We focus mainly on our championship goals,” said the Russian Performance Motorsport driver. “It would be nice to be on the podium or the top spot but, to be honest, we don’t plan to lend all our abilities to achieve that. We need points and at this point of the championship it’s crucial. I would like to fight with Jan and the others but I plan to drive my speed, not play a super-careful game, but at the same time, we need to manage things right – it’s more about championship points at the moment.”

Lukyanuk finished fourth on his Barum Czech Rally Zlín debut in 2015 and was runner-up last season, despite recovering from serious leg injuries at the time.

“It’s really fun and joyful for me to drive these roads,” said the 37-year-old. “It’s pure rally roads, not [a race] circuit like Canarias or something like that. It’s bumpy, it’s narrow, it’s very twisty and technical and fast at the same time so it really suits my driving style, my attitude and feeling in the car.”

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ERC drivers past and present on top of the world in Germany

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 06:00

FIA European Rally Championship drivers past and present were on top form on Germany’s round of the world series counter, which finished in St Wendel yesterday (19 August).

Ott Tänak beat fellow former ERC event winner Thierry Neuville to the overall victory as 2014 ERC champion Esapekka Lappi rounded out the top three.

Behind Craig Breen – another ERC graduate – Marijan Griebel (pictured) scored his maiden world championship points on his second outing in a World Rally Car – part of his prize for winning the ERC Junior Under 28 Championship – in eighth place.

Jan Kopecký, the 2013 European champion, revved up for this week’s Barum Czech Rally Zlín, his home round of the ERC, with victory in the world championship’s second tier.

ERC Junior U28 leader Fabian Kreim finished a fine fourth in class for ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland, one place ahead of double ERC champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz.

ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team drivers Tom Kristensson and Mārtiņš Sesks claimed multiple stage wins in the RC4 division but were ultimately out of luck.

Photo: ADAC Rallye Deutschland

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Back to where the ERC dream began for Avcioglu

Sun, 08/19/2018 - 18:00

Orhan Avcioglu will return to Barum Czech Rally Zlín next week more than a decade on from his first visit to the event and the start of his FIA European Rally Championship dream.

Avcioglu was in Zlín in 2007 as part of Fiat Turkey’s driver development programme in a supporting role to Volkan Isik and Kaan Özsenler, who were competing in the ERC at the time. It would prove the catalyst to Avcioglu’s inaugural European championship campaign in 2018 with the Toksport WRT operation.

“Zlín is where I started dreaming about racing in the ERC one day,” said Avcioglu,” an ERC point-scorer on the last three rounds in his ŠKODA Fabia R5. “I was so amazed about the level of competition, spirit of the fans, roar of the S2000 cars. They were on a different planet compared to my 100HP Fiat back then. Eleven years on and we can say it’s a dream come true.

“The Barum Rally is certainly one of the most difficult rallies in our calendar, or for that matter in the world. The character of the rally is unique with fast and narrow broken asphalt stages. We are used to dirty Tarmac from rallies in Turkey but in Zlín it comes together as a package with intense competition from local heroes.

“Our goal remains the same, we would like to finish in the top 10 and keep the gap with the leaders at around 1.5 seconds per kilometre. It will be very challenging for our first time of trying with 35 more competitors, but we are here to learn.”

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It’s such a good feeling, says ERC Junior Llarena

Sun, 08/19/2018 - 12:00

Efrén Llarena will be feeling good when he continues his FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship bid on Barum Czech Rally Zlín this week.

The RFEDA-backed Rally Team Spain talent heads to Czech Republic following a class-winning performance on a regional rally in his homeland with regular co-driver Sara Fernández.

While this will be Llarena’s Barum Czech Rally Zlín debut, the PEUGEOT 208 R2 driver has be building his understanding of the event’s challenging nature.

“My feeling ahead of Barum Czech Rally Zlín is good,” he said. “We did a regional rally [recently] to get ready and we found a good rhythm. We know that the Barum Rally is one of the most difficult Tarmac rallies in Europe. It’s bumpy with a lot of corners and crests, so we know we will be in for a challenge. We really hope we can be on the podium and get a lot of points for the championship.”

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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)