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Furuseth thanks special sponsor for Liepāja ERC Junior run

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 12:00

Sindre Furuseth has thanked his “special” sponsor for ensuring his return to FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship action on Rally Liepāja.

The Norwegian has been fast but out of luck since making his debut in the Pirelli-backed category on Rally di Roma Capitale in July.

After skipping last month’s PZM Rally Poland, Norwegian Furuseth is back in his SF Rally Opel ADAM R2 with co-driver Jim Hjerpe from Sweden.

“We have shown our speed on Tarmac but without getting to the finish,” said Furuseth. “Now it is time to do the same on gravel, but finish the rally as well. We have some fast sections in Norway, but I think the surface will be different in Latvia so we will need to adapt quickly on our pre-event test. We have a special sponsor for this event, so thanks a lot to TRODO.Iv for our cooperation on this rally. We want to finish the season with a great result.”

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Former ERC champion Kajto to show his musical side

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 06:00

Kajetan Kajetanowicz, the first driver to win the FIA European Rally Championship three years consecutively, will be starring on television in his native Poland next week.

Kajetanowicz will appear on Poland’s version of Name That Tune along with Tomasz Kuchar (former Hyundai world championship driver), Klaudia Podkalicka (female rally and racing driver) and Karolina Pilarczyk (female drift driver). The show, which has been made for charity, is due to air on 13 October.

Meanwhile, the 2018 ERC season concludes on Rally Liepāja from 12-14 October. With Alexey Lukyanuk crowned champion*, the focus switches to the battle for the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship between Nikolay Gryazin, Chris Ingram and Fabian Kreim.

*Subject to confirmation of the final results by the FIA

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Rally Liepāja itinerary: 12 stages, 205.83 kilometres of high-speed gravel action for ERC aces

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 18:00

The deciding round of the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship will be fought out on the high-speed gravel roads of Rally Liepāja next week.

Organisers have devised an exciting 12-stage route covering a competitive distance of 205.83 kilometres with the opening Neste 1 (Pērbone) test kicking off the action at 10h00 local time on Saturday 13 October. The popular Latvian event then concludes with the Liepāja (Tebra) test from 16h30 on Sunday 14 October.

The closing run is the rally’s longest at 24.99 kilometres, which could result in a late twist as a number of ERC titles and finishing positions remain up for grabs.

Before the rally proper begins, Free Practice gets underway at 13h00 local time on Friday 12 October with the Qualifying Stage following at 15h30.

Click here to view the full itinerary.

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Countdown to the showdown: ERC Junior Under 28 title up for grabs in Latvia

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 12:00

The FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship will be decided on Rally Liepāja from 12-14 October with three young stars in R5 cars firmly in contention for the coveted title.

Nikolay Gryazin, Chris Ingram and Fabian Kreim can all win and follow in the wheel tracks of inaugural champion Marijan Griebel from Germany.

With dropped scores applied, Gryazin heads the standings with 130 points, seven up on Ingram and eight in front of Kreim. Gryazin has three wins compared to the single victories scored by Ingram and Kreim.

Stay tuned to FIAERC.com for the latest updates coming soon.

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American Johnston plans full ERC campaign in 2019

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 06:00

American Sean Johnston tried out the FIA European Rally Championship for size on PZM Rally Poland last month – and revealed plans to mount a full campaign in the ERC3 category for R2 cars in 2019.

Johnston, a sportscar regular turned rally driver, used the event to build his experience on gravel and to get a feeling of all things ERC ahead of next season.

“It’s been great, my third gravel rally, third time ever in the R2 car so a lot to learn, a lot to process and a lot to integrate,” he said. “But I’m grateful to be here, it’s a great atmosphere and the stages are fun. Poland worked out with my calendar and I’m trying to build more experience on gravel.”

Of his plans for next year, Johnston added: “The ERC is certainly the intention, possibly the full championship. I’m too old for the ERC Junior [Under 27] Championship but it’s still the right place to be competing against these guys because they’re the fastest in R2 cars.”

Johnston’s career CV includes stints in the IMSA GT Cup in the USA, the German Carrera Cup, the Porsche Supercup and the Blancpain Endurance Series.

“This is my first season of rallying and I’m loving it,” said Johnston, who placed P18 and fourth in class in Poland in an Opel ADAM R2 co-driven by compatriot Alex Kihurani, previously a regular in ERC Junior alongside Alex Parpottas.

Meanwhile, highlights of the ERC are shown on RDS and Velocity in the USA.

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PZM 75. Rajd Polski / PZM 75th Rally Poland

PZM 75. Rajd Polski

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)