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Furuseth hopes for R5 chance after ERC Junior heroics

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 06:00

Sindre Furuseth is more determined than ever to drive an R5 car after missing out on the opportunity to do so for free in 2020.

Along with Efrén Llarena and Ken Torn, Norwegian Furuseth was one of three drivers in contention for the coveted FIA ERC3 Junior Championship title on Barum Czech Rally Zlín last week, with the winner receiving a two prize drives in a Pirelli-equipped, Motorsport Italia-run R5 car in the 2020 FIA ERC1 Junior Championship as his reward.

The Saintéloc Junior Team driver, who placed third in provisional standings, which remain subject to FIA confirmation, said: “We have proved a lot in terms of speed this year. But to close the championship you also need a bit of luck and I don’t think we’ve had that. We have to settle for third [in the championship] but we lost it before Barum. I tried my best and it’s quite incredible after over two hours of driving we are only [15] seconds off the win. It’s been a close and intense fight all weekend but I’m happy with my performance this year.”

Of his future plans, Furuseth said: “We have proved a lot in the R2 category, but I don’t think we belong in R2 anymore. Our goal has to be in R5 and we will try to use our performances this year to build the budget for an R5 car.”

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Sainteloc on course for ERC Teams’ Championship triumph

Sat, 08/24/2019 - 18:00

The Saintéloc Junior Team remain on course to win the FIA European Rally Championship for Teams with two events remaining.

Following the recent Barum Czech Rally Zlín, where it was represented by Sindre Furuseth, Sean Johnston and Alexey Lukyanuk, the French outfit holds an advantage of 23 points over the ACCR Czech Rally Team I.

Toksport WRT is next up followed by Rallye Team Spain, Estonian Autosport Junior Team and Sports Racing Technologies, which non-scored for the second event in a row in Zlín after Nikolay Gryazin and Łukasz Habaj retired.

The Cyprus Rally hosts the penultimate of the 2019 ERC season from 27-29 September.

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Tejpar first lady again in ERC

Sat, 08/24/2019 - 12:00

Nabila Tejpar completed her Barum Czech Rally Zlín debut with more experience and the lead of the ERC Ladies’ Trophy following her last-gasp victory over 2015 winner Ekaterina Stratieva.

Tejpar took first place in class on the penultimate stage to score maximum points in the Peugeot 208 R2 she was sharing with new co-driver Hugo Magalhães.

“That has to be one of the toughest asphalt events I’ve ever done and there was huge pressure on me during the closing stages,” said Briton Tejpar.

“I never thought that I could take the win after being over 20 seconds away with just two stages to go. It’s been a great battle this weekend, but I didn’t make it easy for myself with a few mistakes. But I’m really pleased with how I managed to pull myself back from that and knuckle down to regain that lost time. It’s been a very rewarding weekend and the signs are looking good for the rest of the season.”

Despite not intending to mount a full ERC this season, after sampling the championship for the first time on Rally Islas Canarias back in May, when she initially moved to the top of the ERC Ladies' Trophy standings, Tejpar elected to shift her focus from the Peugeot Iberica Cup and British championship to the prestigious European series, which resumes on the Cyprus Rally next month.

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Rossel thanks Peugeot for “great opportunity” in ERC

Sat, 08/24/2019 - 06:00

French talent Yohan Rossel has thanked Peugeot Sport for making his life not easy but hard in the FIA European Rally Championship.

Rossel, part of the Peugeot Rally Academy intake for 2019, was making his first appearance on Barum Czech Rally Zlín earlier this month. While he admitted the sealed-surface event was “not easy” he was thrilled with the experienced he gained in his Saintéloc Racing prepared 208 R2.

“This rally is not easy for the driver, the car and the setting, which is so hard to find,” said Rossel. “But it’s a great rally for sure a great opportunity with Peugeot Sport to get the experience.”

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Marczyk “fighting” for ERC return

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 18:00

Miko Marczyk is “fighting” to return to the FIA European Rally Championship in 2020 after making his debut on Barum Czech Rally Zlín last week with ŠKODA Polska Motorsport.

Marczyk, who has tackled two ERC1 Junior rounds alongside his Polish championship title challenge, wants to increase his experience of international competition in 2020, having gained more valuable knowledge in Zlín, despite a heavy crash forcing his exit on leg one alongside co-driver Szymon Gospadarczyk.

“Both Szymon and myself are okay after our big crash, which is the most important thing,” said Marczyk. “After our analysis we know what went bad and it’s a pity we were not able to take the experience of all these kilometres because this rally was about gaining the experience, not about the speed. Barum is a very hard rally, as we discovered, and this is important for the future. Now we will focus on the Polish championship where we have two events remaining. It’s our main goal for this year but we are still fighting to be in the ERC next year.”

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Alonso back on top in ERC2

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 12:00

Juan Carlos Alonso moved back on top of the FIA ERC2 standings with a battling second place in class on Barum Czech Rally Zlín.

After a rear differential hampered his progress on leg one, the Argentine was able to drive to the finish in second place behind winner Andrea Nucita.

“For the first time here and finish the rally is really, really an odyssey for us,” said Alonso. “It’s a very, very amazing rally, amazing, difficult and demanding. The stages excite you, they are really wonderful. To be here with a podium in ERC2 is really good for us because we are trying to chase the championship.”

Zelindo Melegari had topped the ERC2 table prior to the sealed-surface event but crashed into retirement on the opening leg. He returned to his native Italy earlier this week to continue his recovery from the rib injuries suffered in the accident alongside co-driver Corrado Bonato, who was also hospitalised.

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Gryazin great again but out of luck on ERC prize drive

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 06:00

Nikolay Gryazin showed more rally-winning pace on his second of two prize drives from promoter Eurosport Events for winning the FIA ERC1 Junior Championship in 2018.

Russian Gryazin was super-fast on Barum Czech Rally Zlín last week but dropped out of contention for victory when he punctured on the opening leg. He was fighting back up the order when he crashed on the final morning.

Afterwards, the Sports Racing Technologies driver explained what had gone wrong in the ŠKODA Fabia R5 he shares with co-driver Yaroslav Fedorov.

“I understood maybe it’s not possible to try to win against Jan Kopecký but I wanted to be near so it was disappointing when I got the puncture because for sure I could not do anything after to make it more interesting.

“The stage [where we crashed] was quite tricky for us. In the forest we have a spin and we lost 15 seconds. After, on a wide road in one corner, my pacenote was just a little faster but I was so on the limit and we start sliding. I understand we are going in the bridge, so I go on full throttle to try to avoid and keep on the road somehow, but we just have a big impact into the bridge in the left-rear wheel and the car is completely damaged.

“We were improving and it was nice to drive here and see our performance. But when you are pushing to find the limit this can happen.”

Gryazin is continuing his world championship campaign on Rallye Deutschland this week.

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Polonski reveals mixed feelings following ERC Abarth podium

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 18:00

Dariusz Poloński admitted it was hard not to be disappointed despite finishing second in the FIA European Rally Championship-counting Abarth Rally Cup in the Czech Republic last weekend.

After driveshaft failure forced the Pole’s exit on leg one, he returned for Sunday’s six stages to finish runner-up behind category winner Andrea Nucita.

“Until [we retired] we had quite a good rally, we were happy with our pace and we were much closer to Andrea than usually on the Tarmac," said the Polish driver. "It was a shame we were missing the night stages [on Saturday] and it’salways difficult to come back and fight, but we are happy to be here after a very difficult rally.”

After five rounds, Poloński – a class winner on Rally di Roma Capitale last month – is second in the Abarth Rally Cup standings, eight points down on Nucita. Both drivers are also eligible for ERC2 points.

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ERC Junior Semerad: computer game helped me win stage

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 12:00

Petr Semerád said winning a stage in the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship on his Barum Czech Rally Zlín owed plenty to the Richard Burns Rally computer game.

Semerád was fastest in the Pirelli-supported category on the second run through the 11.55-kilometre Semetín stage alongside co-driver Jiří Hlávka.

Afterwards he explained why he’d been so quick in his Opel ADAM R2.

“We tried to push on Semetínbecause I like the stage quite a lot,” the 18-year-old explained. “I pushed and it worked. I’d never driven on it, just from the recce but I know it from a game, Richard Burns Rally. It’s a mod track you can download. I always liked it when I played it and now I am here and now I won it. It’s my first ERC stage win and it’s a great feeling after a big push.”

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ERC Junior champions* have big opportunity, says double title winner Griebel

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 06:00

Marijan Griebel believes the provisional ERC Junior champions for 2019 – Filip Mareš and Efrén Llarena – both have a “big opportunity” to progress following their capture of their respective prize drives.

Subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA, ERC1 Junior champion* Mareš will contest the upcoming Cyprus Rally and Rally Hungary with the full support of ERC promoter Eurosport Events, which will also fund ERC3 Junior champion* Llarena’s two outings in a Motorsport Italia-run ŠKODA Fabia R5 in the 2020 ERC1 Junior Championship.

Griebel, who progressed to R5 level via a prize drive for winning the ERC3 Junior crown in 2016 before landing the ERC1 Junior title the following year to earn 100,000 euros of support from Eurosport Events for 2018, placed a season-best fifth on Barum Czech Rally Zlín. He atched the Mareš versus Chris Ingram battle for glory unfold with interest.

“It was really incredible,” said Griebel. “Both those guys deserved it because they had great pace and for sure it’s a big opportunity for both champions now. The ERC is helping a lot the young people and with the prizes it’s a good step for their career. I wish them all the best.”

Of his own performance in the Czech Republic, Griebel added: “I was driving at 80 per cent without mistakes and on this very difficult rally, with these tactics, you can get a very good result. Rallye Deutschland is next for me and it was really important I didn’t risk too much. I will drive the ŠKODA Fabia R5 Evo for the first time [in Germany] so it’s something new for me, but doing this rally was good preparation.”

*Subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA

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Zlin ERC Junior speed surprises Franceschi

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 18:00

Jean-Baptiste Franceschi was surprised he was so fast on his Barum Czech Rally Zlín debut last week at the wheel of a M-Sport Poland-built Ford Fiesta R2T.

Franceschi, from France, set the fastest time in class on six of the 13 stages that the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship drivers tackled at full speed. He then thought he’d claimed the Pirelli-supported category win until evidence materialised that he’d been slowing with a technical issue on SS15 before its cancellation. As a result, his notional time was adjusted, and he fell to fourth, which was nevertheless a hugely impressive achievement against more experienced opposition.

“I was satisfied but surprised a little bit with my pace for my first time here,” said Franceschi. “We found a very good set-up, a good rhythm, especially in the second loop on Saturday. It was not easy to discover these roads and it was my first time [with this co-driver, Benoît Manzo].

“This rally is unique. There is nothing like it in any other rally. I discovered this during the recce and to be honest after the recce I was a little bit scared. Now I feel really confident and I know I learned a lot. I want to thank all the team at M-Sport for the job they did.”

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Wagner wants to continue ERC1 Junior adventure

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 12:00

Simon Wagner is already hard at work on returning to the FIA ERC1 Junior Championship in 2020 following a debut podium in the category for young stars in R5 cars.

Austrian Wagner finished third in class on Barum Czech Rally Zlín on Sunday as he completed his step-up from ERC3 Junior to ERC1 Junior in style.

Battling the effects of an upset stomach on perhaps the hardest event of the season, Wagner also set a number of strong stage times on his way to sixth overall alongside co-driver Gerald Winter.

Driving a ŠKODA Fabia R5 for the Hungarian Eurosoil team, Wagner said: “I am more than just happy to finish after yesterday was very hard and exhausting with not much sleep [due to my illness]. We did a lot of kilometres, that’s the most important [thing].

“The main goal on the first day was to get a better starting position for Sunday. After the city stage when we were fourth, the plan was to be in the top 10 on Saturday. We did it but we knew it would be hard because there are a lot of other guys who have done the Barum Rally with an R5 car before.

“Thanks to the team the car was brilliant all weekend. Thanks to all the sponsors and everybody who made this possible it’s amazing. Now I will work on the budget to come back next year.”

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Lukyanuk expects “more thrills” to come in ERC title fight

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 06:00

Chris Ingram’s emergence as a contender for the FIA European Rally Championship title will mean “more thrills” on the season-closing events in Cyprus and Hungary.

That’s the view of defending champion Alexey Lukyanuk, who lost his title advantage to the Briton following a troubled Barum Czech Rally Zlín, which the Russian completed with three points compared to the 26 picked up by Ingram.

“It’s great actually,” said the Saintéloc Junior Team-run Lukyanuk, who is one point behind Ingram after six rallies. “It means more thrills and it will be interesting to see how things develop, it’s more interesting now.

“It also means we need to be really careful on the next two events just to be sure we are safely in front of our rivals, that’s it.”

Łukasz Habaj is also firmly in the midst of the title battle despite scoring a total of four points on the last two events. The Azores Rallye winner and double podium finisher is third in the table, 10 points down on Ingram and nine behind Lukyanuk.

“It's still possible, still we are in the fight,” the Pole said of his title prospects having been forced to retire from Barum Czech Rally Zlín with car damage.

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Why being bad was good for ERC Junior Adielsson

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 18:00

Driving bad was good for Mattias Adielsson on the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship decider in Czech Republic last weekend.

The Sweden National Team driver achieved his pre-event aim of securing third place in the provisional championship standings after coming home in fifth position on Barum Czech Rally Zlín following an ultra-conservative drive in his Orsák Rally Sport-prepared Ford Fiesta R5.

“It was probably my baddest driving in my whole career, but when [Hiroki] Arai disappeared and when [Miko] Marczyk disappeared, how can you explain to sponsors and fans that have put everything into my career when you go off the road [when] you don’t have to. If I was pushing more and doing a mistake, I could never forgive myself, so it was better to lose 20 seconds in each stage.”

Despite his risk-free approach to the sealed-surface event, Adielsson and co-driver Andreas Johansson were delayed by three punctures and powersteering failure.

“You can’t imagine how important finishing third was, for my whole career, for the next step,” said Adielsson. “You are never happy with a race like this, but we had a mission and it was absolutely my hardest rally ever, mentally it was crazy. But I’ll never [drive] like this again, next time I will just go flat out!”

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Czech star Cais wanted more on home ERC Junior outing

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 12:00

Erik Cais confirmed his status as an FIA ERC3 Junior Championship frontrunner when he finished runner-up to Efrén Llarena by five seconds on Barum Czech Rally Zlín.

In what was only the Autoclub of the Czech Republic-backed driver’s 18th rally, Cais was a constant threat to title chasers Llarena, Sindre Furuseth and Ken Torn, plus the more experienced Jean-Baptiste Franceschi.

But despite his capture of second place in both the Pirelli-supported category and ERC3, Cais voiced his disappointment at the finish of his home rally.

“I’m disappointed, there was a lot of pressure and I’m sad it’s not finished like I wanted,” said the 20-year-old former downhill mountain bike racer. “If this result happened in Roma or somewhere else, I would be totally happy with this position. But it’s my home rally and I wanted more. Maybe next year.”

Despite his frustration, Cais said going fastest in class on the legendary Pindula stage was a “good point”.

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Ingram switches focus to outright ERC title bid

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 06:00

Chris Ingram wants to turn his FIA ERC1 Junior Championship defeat against Filip Mareš into a positive and fight for the overall European crown.

Despite the heartbreak of missing out on the ERC1 Junior title* spoils by 0.3s, Ingram completed Barum Czech Rally Zlín on top of the outright championship standings with a one-point advantage over defending champion Alexey Lukyanuk.

“It's a shame to miss out on the title and the money because it's been all about budget this year and that's why the pressure's been on so, so much,” said the Toksport WRT driver. “But we've got the speed, so we need to find a way to carry on and fight for the overall title. That's one of my life ambitions. I need to stay positive and stay focused on that, it's the only way.”

Former ERC3 Junior champion Ingram described his battle with ACCR Czech Rally Team driver Mareš to land the ERC1 Junior title spoils as “the best fight ever”, adding: “It’ll make me a stronger driver. It had been a rubbish year really until now. I've been putting way too much pressure on myself, I’ve been in a bad place mentally and not driving like me, but I've proven to myself here that by relaxing as much as possible we have got the pace, definitely.”

Ingram is now in a frantic search to secure the budget keep his outright title dream alive wit the Cyprus Rally up next from 27-29 September. Click here to view the provisional ERC standings.

*Subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA

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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)