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Enhanced Abarth 124 rally set for ERC action

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 09:00

Abarth will unleash an updated version of its 124 rally in the FIA European Rally Championship in 2019 as the inaugural ERC-based Abarth Rally Cup gathers momentum.

More than 5000 kilometres of testing have been covered with the aim of improving the car’s performance and handling, while the introduction of a gravel kit will help drivers to optimise car set-up.

Utilising data accumulated from two seasons of rallying, ongoing development work, plus the considerable input of test driver and seven-time ERC event winner Alex Fiorio, Abarth engineers have implemented a number of changes to the 124 rally to suit professional and gentlemen drivers alike.

Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator, said: “We are very excited to welcome the Abarth Rally Cup to the FIA European Rally Championship and, of course watching this spectacular, lightweight, rear-engined sportscar in action. With the Abarth 124 rally eligible for ERC2 points from 2019, the changes that have been made to the car will only increase its competitiveness against its rivals, while also raising the spectacle of what promises to be an entertaining category, which carries a very attractive prize package.”

The main changes are summarised below:

Engine: Power delivery is improved with better throttle response, particularly in low-speed sections, such as hairpin exists.

Transmission: Four differential maps (high, medium, low grip, wet) are now available and can be selected by the driver on the steering wheel. They will adjust the engine torque delivery according to surface grip to achieve a better response.

Gearbox: The pneumatic actuator has been adjusted to allow faster gear engagement on acceleration and more calibrated, smoother downshifting to prevent the rear axle locking. Nevertheless, rear-wheel locking is possible by using the newly-optimised handbrake.

Set-up: Abarth engineers have worked on all components to improve grip levels on Tarmac, while providing a kit for use on gravel. Set-up changes have resulted in a positive pitching effect and braking is now more progressive.

Gravel kit caters for loose-surface rounds
With two of the six Abarth Rally Cup events taking place on loose surfaces (Rally Liepāja and Rally Poland), a special gravel kit is now available. The kit enables the ride height to be increased by 40 millimetres but without compromising suspension performance. It also comes with brake discs compatible with the 15-inch alloy wheels used on gravel instead of the asphalt-specification 18-inch wheels.

The Abarth 124 rally is available for €110,000, which includes the ERC registration fee.

Calendar refresher
The 2019 Abarth Rally Cup will be contested on the following FIA ERC events:

Round 1: Rally Islas Canarias, 2-4 May (asphalt)
Round 2: Rally Liepāja (Latvia), 24-26 May (gravel)
Round 3: Rally Poland, 28-30 June (gravel)
Round 4: Rally di Roma Capitale (Italy), 19-21 July (asphalt)
Round 5: Barum Czech Rally Zlín, 16-18 August (asphalt)
Round 6: Rally Hungary, 8-10 November (asphalt)

Attractive prize package on offer
On each round the following prize fund will be offered:

First position: €12,000
Second position: €10,000
Third position: €8,000
Fourth position: €4,000

At the end of the season the Abarth Rally Cup winner will receive a final prize of €30,000.

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Champions, winners and ERC Juniors fill exciting Azores Rallye entry list

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 12:00

The 2019 FIA European Rally Championship is go with the publication of the Azores Rallye entry list* by the event organisers.

Headed by reigning ERC champions Alexey Lukyanuk and Alexey Arnautov, the entry features 21 R5 cars – including examples from Citroën, Ford, Hyundai, ŠKODA and Volkswagen – 18 ERC Juniors, plus national title winners from Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Portugal among others.

ERC Juniors go for gold
Eighteen future stars will chase ERC Junior points on the Azores Rallye with six runners in the R5-based FIA ERC1 Junior Championship and 12 in the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship for R2 cars on Pirelli tyres. Of the 18, eight will line up in the Azores as ERC Junior rookies. They include Alex Tsouloftas from Cyprus, Portugal’s Pedro Almeida, Czech 2WD and Junior champion Jan Talaš, Germany’s Roman Schwedt and Sweden’s Elias Lundberg, who is competing in ERC Junior as his prize for winning the 2018 ADAC Opel Rallye Cup in Germany.

Inter-make R5 battle in store
Volkswagen’s all-new R5 challenger will make its ERC debut with Marijan Griebel – the reigning German champion and double ERC Junior champion – and Norbert Herczig – the four-time Hungarian title winner – competing in the German cars run by Baumschlager Rallye & Racing. Alexey Lukyanuk, exciting Swedish prospect Mattias Adielsson and past Azores winner Bernardo Sousa will have the Citroën C3 R5 at their disposal. Team OSCARO’s Pierre-Louis Loubet, son of 1989 ERC champion Yves, multiple Azorean champion Ricardo Moura, Polish title winner Łukasz Habaj and 2017 ERC Junior champion Chris Ingram, who will be announcing details of his programme for 2019 in due course, are among 13 ŠKODA Fabia R5-powered drivers set for action. Bruno Magalhães, who has three Portuguese titles and three Azores victories to his name, will fly the Hyundai i20 R5 flag, while ERC Junior newcomer Miguel Correia is starting his second event in a Ford Fiesta R5.

Strong competition expected in ERC2, ERC3
The ERC2 category for production cars is set for a close battle between Juan Carlos Alonso, Luís Pimentel and Sergei Remennik. Peugeot Rally Academy pair Catie Munnings and Yohan Rossel will be in contention for ERC3 honours, as will American Sean Johnston and Dmitriy Myachin from Russia.

ERC Nations’ Cup expands for 2019
ACCR Czech Team, ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team, Sweden National Team, Rally Team Spain and the newly-formed FPAK Portugal Team ERC squad will contest the ERC Nations’ Cup in the Azores.

The Azores Rallye takes place from 21-23 March. The full entry list is available here.

*Subject to FIA approval

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ARC Sport pair plot ERC Junior mission

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 15:00

ARC Sport pair Pedro Almeida and Miguel Correia are the latest young drivers aiming to prove their talent in the FIA ERC1 Junior Championship.

They will contest the Azores Rallye from 21-23 March, with top Portuguese team ARC Sport exploring the possibility of entering them on further rounds of the category for young stars in R5 cars.

ERC competition can help me grow, says Almeida
Pedro Almeida, 21, began competing regularly in 2016 and stepped up to R5 level in 2018, starting with the Azores Rallye and culminating in a season-high sixth place on Rallye Casinos do Algarve last November. He began his 2019 campaign with P10 on Rallye Serras de Fafe in late February, having switched from Ford Fiesta to ŠKODA Fabia power for this year.

“We are adapting to the ŠKODA Fabia R5, which in Fafe gave us good indicators of what we can do this season,” said Almeida. “We want to improve the pace and be closer to the top places. In the Azores we will have drivers from the European championship, a greater competitiveness that also makes us grow. At this level we want to improve and evaluate what we can do, and maybe to face the future in the ERC.”

Correia getting to grips with R5 power in ERC
Twenty-seven-year-old Miguel Correia is new to R5 technology in 2019 on the back of a first full season in rallying in 2018 when he won the ERT3 section to the Iberian Rally Trophy and claimed third in the 2WD division of the Portuguese championship in a Renault Clio R3T run by ARC Sport.

He said: “The 2018 season was unforgettable for us, since it was my first real experience in rallying and we managed to win two FIA titles, the FIA ERT3 and FIA IRT3, plus the Portuguese RC3 championship. For 2019 we have another big challenge in our hands but we are very excited to race in the Azores, one of the most beautiful gravel events in the world. It will be only my second time there and our second event ever with the Fiesta R5, after the debut in Fafe. We are still discovering the car so our goal right now is to finish all the events and get the experience, both in the rally and with the R5. It’s also a very important event for our sponsors, like Socicorreia, with all the media attention and amazing fans, so we’ll try to get to the finish line and maximize this opportunity.”

Top team ARC will capitalise on ERC experience
ARC Sport has a strong record of success in the FIA European Rally Championship. Bruno Magalhães finished runner-up in the overall ERC standings in 2017 and won last season’s EKO Acropolis Rally on his way to third in the final table. Emma Falcón claimed the ERC Ladies’ Trophy after spending the bulk of 2018 in an ARC Sport-run Citroën DS3 R3T.

Daniel Patrocinio, ARC Sport Team Manager, said: “It's great to be again on the opening round of the ERC. For one side we have the ambition of a good overall result with our experienced drivers, Ricardo Moura/António Costa and Ricardo Teodósio/José Teixeira. On the other side we are curious about what our junior teams, Pedro Almeida/Nuno Almeida and Miguel Correia/Pedro Alves, can show alongside the other ERC1 Junior drivers. At this point of their experience in motorsport the results aren’t so important, but the best way to speed up their learning is ERC1 Junior. Although they have just confirmed their presence in the Portuguese championship, the main goal now is to confirm their presence on some other ERC events and a good result in the Azores maybe can help to convince the sponsors.”

Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator said: “The success ARC Sport has achieved in the ERC with Emma Falcón and Bruno Magalhães proves the level of this well organised, professional and capable team so it’s great they’ll be guiding two promising youngsters in ERC1 Junior. We hope their Azores Rallye appearance is just the start of their ERC adventure.”

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Wagner: I am here to win in ERC Junior

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 09:00

Simon Wagner is targeting wins ahead of his upcoming FIA ERC3 Junior Championship campaign, which has a distinctly Austrian flavour to it.

Wagner will join compatriot and class rival Roland Stengg’s family team, Stengg Motorsport, as he switches from Peugeot to Opel power for his second season in the Pirelli-supported category.

After impressing with his speed in a Saintéloc Junior Team Peugeot in 2018, 25-year-old Wagner hopes luck will be on his side when the 2019 title battle begins on the Azores Rallye from 21-23 March.

“Last year was for learning and building experience,” said Wagner, who will continue his partnership with co-driver and fellow Austrian Gerald Winter. “I know the speed is there but we just had really bad luck. But we didn’t stop working hard and this year we are here for winning rallies, as many rallies as possible.”

Although it’s very much all-change for Wagner in 2019, he does have previous experience of driving an Opel ADAM R2 from the Stengg Motorsport stable.

“I did one rally back in 2017 to help my brother Julian win the Austrian 2WD title when we finished first and second,” Wagner explained. “It was a great experience and, of course, these great memories are still here. As I said I only drove one rally with this car but I totally enjoyed it and it has been the benchmark car for the last few years in the R2 category.

“Stengg Motorsport has huge experience with the ADAM R2 as they have worked with this car since 2014. I will bring two of the best mechanics with me and together with this team I really don’t need to think about anything, just focus on driving. There is no doubt we will have success – it definitely will be successful.”

Wagner is planning to contest all six ERC3 Junior rounds and is scheduled to complete a one-day test ahead of the new season getting underway.

Roland Stengg, meanwhile, is also returning to ERC3 Junior action in 2019 and details of his plans for 2019 will be announced in due course.

Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator, said: “Simon proved his talent on a number of occasions last season, showing the kind of pace that’s needed to win in the very competitive ERC Junior category. We would be very surprised if he was not among the title contenders in 2019.”

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Talaš aims to learn first but fast in ERC3

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 12:00

What Jan Talaš lacks in experience he will more than make up for in talent and determination when he begins his FIA European Rally Championship adventure on the Azores Rallye later this month with support from his national federation, the Autoclub of the Czech Republic.

Talaš, the reigning Czech Junior and 2WD champion, has never competed on gravel before. And while he has contested Barum Czech Rally Zlín – his home round of the ERC – on two occasions, he was not registered for European championship points on either occasion.

“My main target for the Azores Rallye will be to gain experience on loose surfaces,” said the 23-year-old, who will be co-driven by Ondřej Krajča in 2019. “I hope we will be able to make a decent result but the most important target will be to learn unknown roads in co-operation with my new co-driver."

Talaš is highly regarded in his homeland but has also been dogged by a lack of finance for much of his career, which began as a nine-year-old in rallycross, albeit on a purely-for-fun basis. But his obvious ability prompted a Czech championship campaign before he stepped up to the Central European Zone equivalent. As soon as he was old enough to do so, Talaš then switched to rallying, the realisation of a childhood dream.

Starting out in a Ford Fiesta ST in 2010, Talaš rallied a ŠKODA Fabia in 2011 and 2012, both in Group N and Group A specification. Following a year out of action in 2017, Talaš secured a Czech championship campaign in 2018, which marked a lift-off season with the Peugeot Rally Cup CZ and Czech Class 6 crown added to his Czech Junior and 2WD awards.

Despite an ongoing financial struggle, Talaš is embarking on his first season at international level with a campaign in the Pirelli-supported ERC3 category with new co-driver Ondřej Krajča, who has previous ERC experience co-driving Karel Kupec, including one Azores Rallye start. Talaš will drive for his family-run team in a 208 R2 he has built by himself.

ERC Co-ordinator Jean-Baptiste Ley said: “We are delighted to welcome Jan to the ERC. He has a strong reputation based on his impressive results competing in the Czech championship and he’s clearly a driver with talent, given the fact the Autoclub of the Czech Republic is getting behind him during his first international campaign. He doesn’t have much experience but he clearly has ability and enthusiasm in ready supply.”

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Updated Fabia on show ahead of new ERC season

Sun, 03/10/2019 - 18:00

This is the updated version of the ŠKODA Fabia R5, which is set for action in this season’s FIA European Rally Championship, and expected to deliver more success for the Czech firm.

ŠKODA Motorsport’s replacement for its most successful rally car of all time was unveiled at the Geneva Motorshow during the week. The company’s motorsport head, Michal Hrabánek, is expecting big things.

“The next generation of ŠKODA FABIA R5 is an important step towards keeping both our customers from all around the world and the ŠKODA factory team competitive during the next part of the car’s life cycle,” said Hrabánek, who oversaw ŠKODA Motorsport’s hat-trick of ERC titles between 2012 and 2014.

Among a number of technical changes, the new Fabia R5 features an updated 1.6-litre turbocharged engine offering more power and a better torque curve. Externally, the car gets a new headline design to match its road-going equivalent.

Photo: Skoda Motorsport

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Bernardi goes to the movies to confirm Renault-powered ERC3 entry

Sat, 03/09/2019 - 12:00

Florian Bernardi confirmed his FIA European Rally Championship entry – at a cinema in his native France last night.

The Clio R3T Trophy France winner from 2018 is making a full-time switch to ERC3 this season having contested – and won – during a selected campaign last year.

Competing in a Clio R3T alongside co-driver Victor Bellotto, Bernardi will begin his title challenge on Rally Islas Canarias (2-4 May), before contesting the remaining six rounds of the all-action ERC.

“We have the ambition to go to the ERC for several years, we tasted it in 2018 and by force of perseverance and thanks to my partners, this year will be the good one!” said Bernardi, who will continue his relationship with Renault Sport, Fred Anne Compétition and R.tec suspension. “We already have two seasons in the Clio R3T and we know the potential of this car.”

While Bernardi has experience of Rally Islas Canarias and Rally di Roma Capitale from 2018, the other five rallies on his schedule will be all-new to the 29-year-old, who also has limited experience on gravel.

“Gravel is a surface that I do not know well but I can’t wait to discover it during a race,” Bernardi said. “Our victory last year on Rally Islas Canarias and our performance during Rally di Roma Capitale makes us think that we can claim the title, which is clearly the goal.”

Bernardi’s 2019 ERC campaign was unveiled during the screening of a specially-commissioned film at the Cinema Le Pathé Cap Sud in Avignon on Friday evening. The hour-long production by Julien Fébreau, watched by 250 special guests, charted Bernardi’s career from his first rally in a Peugeot 104 in 2007 to his Clio R3T Trophy France title success in 2018.

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/FlorianBernardiRallye

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Kreim bids for German hat-trick after ERC Junior success

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 16:00

Fabian Kreim will bid for a German championship hat-trick in 2019 as he continues his long-standing partnership with ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland.

Kreim challenged for last year’s FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship – the category for young stars in R5 cars – and won his class on Rally di Roma Capitale alongside former co-driver Frank Christian.

For 2019, the German talent will link up with new co-driver Tobias Braun in a Baumschlager Rallye & Racing-run ŠKODA Fabia R5 from this weekend’s ADAC Saarland-Pfalz Rallye.

“Frank has been working on his new professional challenge since January and has decided to clear the hot seat,” Kreim explained. “I have a lot to thank him [for] and will never forget the common successes.”

Kreim won the German title in 2015 and 2016. Marijan Griebel, German champion in 2018 after claiming back-to-back ERC Junior crowns, is the number one seed on the St Wendel-based event in a ŠKODA Fabia R5. He will switch to a Volkswagen Polo R5 for his ERC title challenge, which begins on the Azores Rallye later this month.

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Why Munnings deserves Peugeot Rally Academy chance in ERC

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 15:00

Catie Munnings’ inclusion in the Team Peugeot Rally Academy line-up in this season’s FIA European Rally Championship is the reward for her progression from rookie to established competitor.

That’s according to ERC Co-ordinator Jean-Baptiste Ley, who has followed her career since she entered the European championship in 2016.

Munnings will join French promise Yohan Rossel in the two-strong Team Peugeot Rally Academy attack in the ERC3 category at the wheel of a Peugeot 208 R2, starting with the Azores Rally later this month.

He said: “For Catie to get this opportunity is fantastic news and a reflection on the excellent progress she has made since joining the ERC as a virtual novice in 2016. Her commitment to the ERC and hard work has really paid off. We have no doubt she will make the most of this opportunity.”

Munnings, the ERC Ladies’ Trophy winner in 2016 and a point-scorer on all six ERC Junior rounds in 2018, has been selected as a Red Bull athlete for this season, the first British female race or rally driver to get such recognition.

“I am so excited to begin this new chapter in my sporting career,” said the 21-year-old of her Red Bull support. “Being associated with the top athletes of so many different disciplines is a real honour and very inspirational for me.”

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Remembering when… Falcón beat Munnings to ERC Ladies’ Trophy glory

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 14:00

Emma Falcón secured the 2018 ERC Ladies’ Trophy title on the final stage of Rally Liepāja last October, although it was her main competitor, Catie Munnings, who secured the class victory on the rally itself.

Munnings knew only a top five finish in ERC3 would improve her final championship position and, thanks to issues befalling fellow ERC Junior Under 27 competitors Mattia Vita and Kristóf Klausz, she progressed from seventh to fifth across the course of leg two.

However, the Saintéloc driver’s gains were not enough to tip the balance in her favour for the title, with Falcón’s seventh place in ERC3 was enough to seal the trophy.

“It has been a rally difficult year with many problems but I’m very happy to stay here and win the championship, said Falcón. “Thank you to Catie as well.”

Falcón had taken a cautious approach throughout, with an unfamiliar GC Motorsport-run Peugeot 208 R2 replacing her usual Citroën DS3 R3T in Liepāja.

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Recent ERC Ladies’ Trophy winners

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 13:00

Following Molly Taylor’s capture of the ERC Ladies’ Trophy in 2013, the title has been claimed by the following drivers in the last five years.

2014: Ekaterina Stratieva (Bulgaria), pictured
2015: Ekaterina Stratieva (Bulgaria)
2016: Catie Munnings (Great Britain)
2017: Tamara Molinaro (Italy)
2018: Emma Falcón (Spain)

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ERC celebrates International Women’s Day

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 12:00

The FIA European Rally Championship is celebrating International Women’s Day ahead of the 2019 ERC season when the ERC Ladies’ Trophy will once again be up for grabs.

ERC promoter Eurosport Events remains committed to encouraging the participation of women in motorsport and revamped the ERC Ladies’ Trophy for 2018 accordingly.

Rather than recognise the achievements of women when competing against other women drivers, to promote gender equality, drivers score points based on where they appear in the final four- or two-wheel-drive order using a dedicated scoring system.

All rounds of the ERC are included in the ERC Ladies’ Trophy with all classes (ERC1, ERC2 and ERC3) eligible. Drivers count their best four scores.

The scoring system is as follows: 1 = 100; 2 = 90; 3 = 80; 4 = 75; 5 = 70; 6 = 65; 7 = 60; 8 = 55; 9 = 50; 10 = 45; 11 = 43; 12 = 41; 13 = 39; 14 = 37; 15 = 35; 16 = 33; 17 = 31; 18 = 29; 19 = 27; 20 = 25; 21 = 23; 22 = 21; 23 = 19; 24 = 17; 25 = 15; 26 = 13; 27 = 11; 28 = 9; 29 = 7; 30 = 5; all remaining positions = 1 point.

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Myachin takes next step with ERC3 bid

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 12:00

Dmitriy Myachin will take on a challenge of a different kind when he embarks on his first FIA European Rally Championship campaign in 2019.

The 34-year-old Russian has won titles in Latvia, Lithuania and in his homeland but has no ERC experience to call upon. However, that will change this year with what Myachin hopes could be a seven-event campaign alongside compatriot Alexander Gorlanov, his co-driver since 2015.

Myachin said: “The ERC is the next step for me and for the all team. I won some national championships in the Baltic States in my category a few years ago as well as the Russian Rally Championship in 2017. Since that time, the team and me worked hard to get to get to a new level. Now we have big experience and a few R2 cars available for rent.”

Of the challenge ahead, Myachin admits a tough campaign is in store in 2019: “With it's wide geographical spread and different types of roads, the ERC is a new challenge. And it definitely will be quite complicated, especially on Tarmac. All rallies are absolutely new for me, they are really different and the level of the drivers is so high.”

Myachin will start his campaign in a Peugeot 208 R2 but could switch to the Opel ADAM R2 – which is also run by his TBRacing operation – later in the year but on selected events.

“Of course I want to win but I understand how difficult it is, especially in the first year,” said Myachin, who began competing in 2010. “But I'm ready to work hard all season and go straight to the goal. We will see where we are in the end of the season.”

Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator, said: “We are really pleased to welcome Dmitriy, Alexander and TBRacing to the FIA European Rally Championship for what we hope will be a long-term participation. Dmitriy recognises that he has a lot to learn given his lack of event knowledge, but he should be praised for taking on the challenge against what he knows will be strong opposition.”

Myachin is not the first driver from Russia to mount a major ERC campaign with Alexey Lukyanuk taking the overall title in 2018, the first Russian to do so. Lukyanuk will defend his title this season when Sergei Remennik is also expected to chase ERC2 honours.

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Pressure and dreams: Lundberg gears up for ERC action

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 06:00

Elias Lundberg has said his inclusion in the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team’s FIA ERC3 Junior Championship campaign in 2019 is a dream come true, adding that he and new team-mate Grégoire Munster are under pressure to deliver title success.

Opel-backed drivers have won the ERC’s two-wheel-drive Junior crown four years running and 20-year-old Lundberg is aware a that a fifth title is a target for the highly-respected outfit.

“To work with professional people in a successful factory team has been a dream for as long as I can remember,” said the Swede. “For sure both myself and Grégoire have a bit of pressure on us as well. Opel has a great history in the ERC clinching four driver titles in a row in the Juniors. I will do what I can to continue on Opel Motorsport’s successful path and I can’t wait for the season to start.”

However, with no experience of any of the ERC Junior events, Lundberg admits he’s he’ll face a tough test in the Pirelli-supported category. “I know there is much to learn since I’m new to the long and tough rallies in the ERC. My co-driver, David Arhusiander, and I have the goal to win the championship. But we also know the ERC3 Junior class is really tough and the speed in the class will be at the absolute top level.

“We are new to the ERC and we meet some really fast guys that have been here before. We set ourselves high goals to be motivated to do better all the time.”

Lundberg is stepping up to the ERC for 2019 as his reward for winning the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup in Germany last season, a title won by compatriot Tom Kristensson in 2017.

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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)