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Margaillan keen on ERC future

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 06:00

French talent Hugo Margaillan wants to try the FIA European Rally Championship for real in 2019 with an ERC Junior Under 27 campaign in the planning.

Margaillan and co-driver Sébastien Poujol scooped the ‘junior’ section of the 208 Rally Cup in their homeland this season and also enrolled in the ERC Junior Experience training programme.

“The ERC Junior Experience helped me a lot to progress,” said Margaillan, 22. “It's a really great training, very well framed with workshops, very well targeted for the evolution of the crew. For next year we will be engaged in ERC Junior driving [a PEUGEOT] 208 R2.”

Of his PEUGEOT one-make title success, which came following a ninth-place finish on Rallye Terre des Cardabelles last month, Margaillan added: “I am very happy to have won this title, it's rewarding a whole year of work. We are much more serene for the end of the season and will be able to go to the last event, Rallye du Var, without pressure.”

Prior to Rallye du Var, Margaillan and Poujol will contest Rallye Terre de Vaucluse from 10-11 November, stepping up to a Citroën C3 R5 for the occasion.

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ERC Junior Kreim shines with Lausitz win

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 09:00

Less than a month after finishing a fine third in the final FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship standings, Fabian Kreim has been impressing again, this time winning the ADMV Lausitz Rallye in his native Germany.

Co-driven as ever by Frank Christian, Kreim led from the start and completed the 10-stage event with a winning margin of 13.0s over Matthias Kahle in his Pirelli-equipped ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland Fabia R5.

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If at first you don’t succeed… ERC Junior U28 champion Gryazin plans France return mission

Sun, 11/04/2018 - 06:00

Nikolay Gryazin won’t be put off from rallying in France after his outing on Critérium des Cévennes ended in final-stage disappointment last weekend.

Gryazin, fresh from winning the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship on Rally Liepāja in Latvia in mid-October, was in second place on the French Tarmac event in Montpellier when a rare mistake forced his early exit.

However, Gryazin is set to return to French asphalt for Rallye du Var from 23-25 November with fellow Russian Yaroslav Fedorov co-driving his Sports Racing Technologies-run ŠKODA Fabia R5.

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Why Acropolis was the ERC turning point for Nobre

Sat, 11/03/2018 - 06:00

Ever-present FIA European Rally Championship competitor Paulo Nobre has picked the EKO Acropolis Rally as his best moment of 2018.

Nobre scored ERC points for the first time on the Lamia-based event in June, which coincided with an upturn in pace from the Motorsport Italia-run Brazilian.

“All rallies were new for me and every rally had it’s own characteristic and you can like or don’t like,” said Nobre. “I try to take the glass full always and try to enjoy the best of every one. But if I would take one moment I would say in Greece where we were top 10 and where we start to drive a little bit better. We changed a little bit our speed and our confidence and we could make some points in the next rally in Cyprus if we didn’t have the flat tyre.”

Nobre and co-driver Gabriel Morales placed ninth on the EKO Acropolis Rally.

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Win double exceeded Kristensson’s ERC expectations

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 06:00

Tom Kristensson underlined his potential – and determination – by completing his debut season in the FIA European Rally Championship with back-to-back wins.

Kristensson stepped up to the Pirelli-supported ERC Junior Under 27 Championship in 2018, his prize for winning the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup in Germany the previous season.

After crashing out of the season-opening Azores Airlines Rallye, the talented Swede regained his composure and showed progression on each event, ending the year with class triumphs in Poland and Latvia alongside co-driver Henrik Appelskog.

“I’m having troubles finding the words for this end of season, it’s not what I expected,” said the Swede, who partnered ERC Junior U27 champion Mārtiņš’ Sesks at the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team. “It feels really good to end the season with this double victory, thank you to my fantastic team.”

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ERC Junior Yates to try co-driving for size

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 06:00

Rhys Yates, a podium finisher in the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship in 2018, will try co-driving for size this weekend.

Yates is switching from driving his ŠKODA Fabia R5 to co-driving his brother James on Saturday’s Neil Howard Stages, which takes place at the Oulton Park racing circuit in northwest England.

“It’s been a fantastic year in the ŠKODA so I’m going to relax a little and let ‘JJ’ have a go at Oulton Park,” Yates explained. “He’s pretty quick too so I’ll be in the co-driver’s seat to keep an eye on him.”

Yates followed a long list of drivers by using the FIA European Rally Championship to build experience of international competition after stepping up from national level.

With support from Brettex, Yates made four ERC appearances during his maiden European campaign, finishing third in the highly competitive ERC Junior U28 class for young stars in R5 cars on the Azores Airlines Rallye and scoring points again on Rally di Roma Capitale and Rally Liepāja to underline his potential.

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ERC’s King Kajto completes impressive world campaign on a high

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 06:00

Three-time FIA European Rally Championship winner Kajetan Kajetanowicz ended his maiden campaign at world level on a high with a hugely impressive fourth in class in Spain on Sunday.

Out of a total of 20 starters in the world championship’s second tier, Kajetanowicz was beaten only by a trio of factory cars, including the all-new Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 of Petter Solberg, the 2003 world champion.

Co-driven by fellow Pole Maciej Szczepaniak, Kajetanowicz was in the top 10 in his category on almost every stage and even set the sixth-fastest time on the Salou street stage on day two of the mixed-surface event he was contesting for the first time, a challenge made even harder by changeable weather.

Afterwards, the LOTOS Rally Team driver said: “The chance to fight for top positions in such a difficult rally does not come for free. It is a result of hard work of the whole team.”

Kajetanowicz was using his four-event world championship campaign as preparation for what he hopes will be an expanded programme of global rounds in 2019.

“For me this rally was another debut and another step in our preparations ahead of the next season,” said Kajetanowicz, the only driver in history to win three ERC titles in succession. “It is a joy and dream-come-true feeling but at the same time it is also a challenge and responsibility. There are many people behind the LOTOS Rally Team who ‘fuel’ my car: our partners, families, friends and fans. Everyone who believes in our success is a part of it. I want to remember about everyone at times like this. Thank you for your support.”

Kajetanowicz’s results in 2018 make for impressive experience, especially given the fact all four events represented unchartered territory for the rally ace. He was seventh in Sardinia, fifth in Germany and fourth in Turkey, despite myriad mechanical issues with his Ford Fiesta R5.

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Habaj targets 2019 ERC return

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 06:00

Łukasz Habaj has targeted a return to the FIA European Rally Championship in the ŠKODA Fabia R5 he used on the closing two rounds of the 2018 season.

Habaj switched to the Sports Racing Technologies-run Czech machine from his Ford Fiesta R5 ahead of September’s PZM Rally Poland, where he finished sixth overall. And things got even better on Rally Liepāja earlier this month when Habaj placed one position higher.

“The target is to carry on in this car and do another full season,” said the former Polish champion in Liepāja. “I just need to keep working hard, search for some money and come back next year. I was sixth in Poland and fifth [in Latvia] so [there’s] much improvement compared to previous events for my third rally in this car. It’s challenging and demanding in terms of the set-up and the driving style is much different to the Fiesta I was using for three years. But I liked it a lot, I adapt and I think it can only get better.”

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From European champions to world champions: ERC salutes Kopecký and Dresler

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 06:00

The FIA European Rally Championship is saluting Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler after the 2013 ERC champions completed their title-winning campaign in the world championship’s second-tier in Spain yesterday*.

Driving for ŠKODA Motorsport, the Czech pair have excelled in 2018 with five wins from six starts in their Fabia R5. And while class victory eluded them on RallyRACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada Rally de España, they still finished second to underline their excellent season.

Several other ERC drivers past and present were in action on the mixed-surface event with triple champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz a fine category fourth for the LOTOS Rally Team, while ERC Junior Under 28 podium finisher Rhys Yates impressed in a strong P26 overall.

*Subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA

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Fans to the rescue as Klausz scores in ERC Junior

Sun, 10/28/2018 - 06:00

Kristóf Klausz had rally fans to thank after he made it to the finish of the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship season closer in a points-paying sixth position.

Klausz dropped almost 20 minutes after he went off the road on stage 10 of Rally Liepāja earlier this month. But after spectators helped to drag the Hungarian’s PEUGEOT 208 R2 back on the road, Klausz was able to finish the high-speed gravel event, which he was contesting for the fifth time.

“The stages were really good fun, really fast and we could learn a lot so it was a really good experience,” said Pirelli-equipped Klausz. “We got closer and closer to the frontrunners so this was a really good learning process, we kept improving and the car was working perfectly. Then on stage 10 we had a right corner, it was too narrow we go a bit faster and we were sliding on the left side of the car. After we go into a ditch and stay there for almost 20 minutes. Spectators had to pull us out. But now were in the finish and I hope it will be better for us for the next year.”

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Why eight was still great for Avcioglu on ERC season finale

Sat, 10/27/2018 - 06:00

Orhan Avcioglu completed his first season in the FIA European Rally Championship with eighth place on Rally Liepāja recently. And while it wasn’t the top-five finish he’d hoped for prior to the start, the result still represented more progress for Turkey’s finest.

Avcioglu has focused on learning in 2018 as tried out all eight ERC rallies for the first time in his Toksport WRT ŠKODA Fabia R5, with fifth place in Cyprus the season highlight.

On his first appearance on the high-speed gravel stages in Latvia from 12-14 October, Avcioglu met his target of keeping within 1.5 seconds per kilometre of the pacesetting drivers.

“Almost all rally we were within 1.5s per kilometre, which was our goal for the season and it’s been a big progress because we started with 2.5s and we’ve come down to this,” said the 2017 FIA Balkan Trophy winner. “I just want to thank my co-driver and team and families. We appreciate the effort from everybody.”

Avcioglu and co-driver Burçin Korkmaz overcame a front-left puncture on Rally Liepāja’s final stage, losing more than two minutes in the process. “All of a sudden it ruptured so we were happy to keep the position and I was happy with eighth,” he said. “I would really have liked to be fifth or sixth but we learned a lot on this rally and how to go fast in the fast sections.”

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Brynildsen “happy” despite ERC crash

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 06:00

Eyvind Brynildsen has revealed he was “happy” despite his dramatic exit from Latvia’s FIA European Rally Championship season finale recently.

Brynildsen, for whom Rally Liepāja marked his first outing since the EKO Acropolis Rally in early June and his first event with new co-driver Ilka Minor, quickly got to grips with the high-speed gravel roads.

With three stages remaining and a deficit of less than 10 seconds to third position, Brynildsen had battled his way into the podium fight despite his lack of seat time and had high hopes of a strong result, only to crash out in spectacular fashion.

Posting on Facebook afterwards, the talented Norwegian wrote: “I'm actually a happy boy. I'm happy that we really tried to take that podium spot. I’m very proud [co-driver] Ilka Minor and myself managed to be doing the speed we did during the weekend for the first time together in the car – the last time I sat in the car was in June. I’m very glad M-Sport makes fast, strong and safe cars. And I'm of course glad we both are 100 per cent fine.”

Brynildsen’s crash was headline news in his homeland with VGTV streaming footage of the accident and an interview, which is available in Norwegian only by clicking here.

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Érdi Jr fast on ERC step-up

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 06:00

Tibor Érdi Jr stepped up from the ERC2 category to the FIA European Rally Championship’s big league in Liepāja earlier this month – and was unlucky not to finish in the top 10.

Érdi Jr was driving his newly-acquired ŠKODA Fabia R5 on Latvia’s ERC season closer. Although he wasn’t eligible for championship points under the terms of his registration, the Hungarian clocked several top-10 stage times as he adapted to the Czech machine on the high-speed gravel event.

“We are very happy to finish and not crash the car,” said Érdi Jr, who made it back-to-back FIA ERC2 titles this season*. “The times were okay for the first race. We had one puncture on the first day. If not, it would have been the top 10 [at the finish] and that’s very good. I like the car and the feeling, we learn many things here.”

*Subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA

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ERC Ladies’ Trophy winner Falcón gets R5 chance

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 06:00

Emma Falcón will take advantage of the experience she gained winning the ERC Ladies’ Trophy when she steps up to R5 power in the FIA European Rally Championship in 2019.

The Canary Islander beat Catie Munnings to the ERC Ladies’ Trophy title on a final-round decider in Latvia earlier this month, while her performances during the season were good enough for fifth place in the ERC3 classification.

“Next season we will run with a Citroën C3 R5,” said Falcón, who has campaigned the French make’s DS3 R3T since 2016. “It will be a new challenge that I am impatient to face. Many thanks to all my sponsors, without them it would be impossible.”

Although Falcón will focus on the Spanish championship in 2019 with a planned programme of three events on asphalt and three on gravel as she adapts to her new car and the increased power, she is also aiming to contest two ERC rounds, including her home event, Rally Islas Canarias.

“Next year I will be in the Spanish championship to get a good rhythm with the R5 car,” she said. “I hope to be in one or two ERC rallies with my new car and in 2020 I hope to be back to the European championship [full time].”

Falcón has secured significant backing from Citroën Las Palmas for her campaign, plus the support of the Canary Islands government, including the President, Fernando Clavijo (pictured left), and J. Francisco Perez, General Director of Sports (pictured right).

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Stengg’s five-step guide to adapting to gravel in the ERC

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 06:00

Roland Stengg marked his first gravel rally for a year with a season-best fourth in class on Latvia’s closing round of the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship.

Stengg belied his lack of experience on high-speed gravel events to claim a top-five finish in the Pirelli-supported ERC Junior Under 27 category on Rally Liepāja.

This is the Austrian Opel ADAM R2 driver's five-step guide to adapting to gravel:

1: Commitment is key
“You really have to commit to the pacenotes in the fast corners. On leg one I was a bit too cautious and we were braking a bit with the left foot. Going flat out is part of the culture here and the [Nordic] guys are really fast so we had to keep it going and show some bravery.”

2: Beware of the ruts
“We had a bit of an off in SS2 and [on Saturday afternoon] it was really, really difficult with the ruts and it made it very hard for us to drive fast and on the limit. You have to really drive in the line and I’m not quite a clean driver yet on gravel. We had a big moment in the last part of the last stage [on Saturday] because I missed the line and we jumped out of the ruts. We were a bit too fast because we couldn’t brake any more and the car was just jumping.”

3: No such thing as an easy rally
“We had some close moments on the rally, it was really hard and tough but we learned a lot so it was good. I was a bit too cautious on the first two stages on Sunday and we lost some time.”

4: There can always be a late twist
“The final afternoon was really tough. We slowed down a bit because we knew we had no more battles. Then we saw cars out of the road and we knew we really had to get it to the finish. But the slower we drove the more mistakes we did.”

5: Be happy
“We had three or four lucky moments but we’re through, we’re happy and we’ve got so much more experience. It was a nice and fun rally.”

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How small mistake helped Åhlin to first ERC podium

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 06:00

Fredrik Åhlin has revealed how a “small mistake” helped him to his first podium in the FIA European Rally Championship when the 2018 season reached its climax on Rally Liepāja earlier this month.

Åhlin finished third overall and third in ERC Junior Under 28 – the category for young stars in R5 cars – after getting the better of Fabian Kreim in a final-stage showdown. The Swede, who was driving a ŠKODA Fabia R5 for CA1 Sport, revealed just how he managed to complete the Latvia podium.

“We made a small mistake in stage 11, where we went wide in a junction, so dropped some time,” the Swede explained. “It was actually quite good because I knew that going to the last [stage] we had to win or not win, there was no margin to play it safe. I went really, really hard. It was a good stage for sure, so [we’re] really happy.”

Despite his pedigree on gravel, Åhlin said afterwards that the result had exceeded his expectations.

“The last time I was on gravel was in May,” he said. “I'm unfortunately not doing much rallying this year and it took some time to get back into it. Both Nikolay [Gryazin] and Chris [Ingram] are really fast and it showed, especially as we couldn't keep up with them. But still, I'm really happy with third.”

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Three years, three titles: ERC great Griebel is a champion again

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 06:00

Marijan Griebel has secured his third championship title in as many years, landing the Deutsche Rallye Meisterschaft in his homeland yesterday.

Griebel won the FIA ERC Junior title in 2016, the ERC Junior Under 28 crown last season and is now the winner of the German championship in a PEUGEOT 208 T16 co-driven by Alexander Rath.

"We wanted to finish well and secure the championship title," said Griebel, who placed second on the ADAC 3-Städte-Rallye to secure top honours. “It's great to win the German championship for PEUGEOT Deutschland and Romo Motorsport, so I would like to thank the team, PEUGEOT and Ronald Leschhorn, who prepared the car as well as ever. I'm overjoyed to be the German champion.”

Griebel follows his mentor Armin Kremer by winning the German championship, a feat Kremer achieved in 1996, 1998 and 1999.

Photo: ADAC.de/motorsport

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Hokkanen wants ERC Junior wins

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 06:00

Miika Hokkanen wants to be fighting for class wins after making it two podiums in as many rounds of the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship in Latvia last weekend.

Finn Hokkanen followed up his third place in the Pirelli-supported category on PZM Rally Poland in September with an identical result on Rally Liepāja’s high-speed gravel stages in the Saintéloc Junior Team PEUGEOT 208 R2 he shares with co-driver Reeta Hämäläinen.

“A podium is a good result of course, we want to be winning but the guys in front were very fast the whole weekend so we need to be happy with this,” said Hokkanen, a university student. “We found a decent rhythm but we were losing 10s to the leaders in every stage.

“The feeling on Saturday morning was not perfect so we made some changes for the afternoon loop and it felt much better. We tried to get more grip in the rear of the car and that gave us the confidence to push harder. Of course there is always more to do but we were able to put our speed up a bit and find a decent rhythm but it was not enough for the top guys.”

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Czech star Mareš confident of more ERC gravel pace

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 06:00

Filip Mareš is confident he can go much faster on gravel following his second loose-surface appearance in an R5 car on Rally Liepāja last weekend.

The Czech federation-backed prospect was fifth in the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 category and sixth overall on the Latvian event.

“It was a really nice weekend for us and we are really happy with the result, especially with the target to the fastest guys because the gap was getting lower and lower, we were improving, doing changes to our driving style, our pacenotes and so on,” he said.

“In terms of these things we are really satisfied. It was still just the second race for us on gravel in an R5 car so I was also learning and trying to understand. My confidence was improving but I need to improve my driving to be closer to the faster guys. But that will happen.”

Jan Hloušek co-drove Mareš in a ACCR Czech Rally Team ŠKODA Fabia R5

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Yates promise shines through in ERC after massive moment

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 06:00

Rhys Yates showed his potential for the future with sixth place in ERC Junior Under 28 on Rally Liepāja despite a “massive, massive moment”.

The Briton was making his debut on the high-speed gravel event in the Kresta Racing ŠKODA Fabia R5 he shares with co-driver Elliott Edmondson.

Afterwards ex-motocross rider Yates spoke about his near miss: “The stages are so fast and so committed and it was a shame about [stage seven on Sunday morning] because it knocked our confidence. We had a massive, massive moment when we went up the banking on the left hand side and missed the biggest tree I’ve seen in Latvia and bounced back on. Maybe the line was off and we just got caught out but we were lucky to get away with it, it was fifth gear, flat out.”

Having landed a debut ERC Junior Under 28 podium in the Azores back in March, Yates was hoping to finish the season as he’d started it, albeit to no avail.

“The stages were much faster than I was expecting, and you really didn’t get the impression of the speed on the recce at all,” he said. “That showed in the early stage times I think and meant we were trying to make up time for the second half of the event. Overall, I’m happy and the great thing is I know there is still more to come. I was looking for a Junior podium this weekend and I wasn’t quite fast enough, but I know why and that’s the important thing. It’s when you have no idea that it becomes a struggle.”

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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)