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Avcioglu wants ERC top 10

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 07:00

Orhan Avcioglu has the top 10 on his mind in the FIA European Rally Championship starting this weekend’s Rally Liepāja.

The Turkish driver wants to finish in the top 10 standings but needs at least 12 points from the high-speed gravel event to do so.

“Our goal is to try to finish in the top 10 in the championship,” said the Toksport WRT driver. “In order to do that, I need to be somewhere between fifth and seventh overall. It’s going to be very challenging because there are a lot of very fast drivers. We just need to learn and stay on the road and see what comes out. But we want to get all the experience from here and become faster next year.”

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Rally Liepāja live on ERC Radio

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 06:00

ERC Radio will be broadcasting live coverage from Rally Liepāja today as the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship season nears its climax.

Reporters Julian Porter and Chris Rawes will be live from the stopline of all stages to get instant reaction from drivers, while Porter will also report from the midday service to provide additional insight.

ERC Radio, which is available here or via the ERC app, will be on air from 09h45 local time.

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ERC drivers take to the beach

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 23:21

Several crews from the FIA European Rally Championship took a trip on Liepāja’s beach earlier this evening as Rally Liepāja’s inaugural drivers’ parade proved a success.

The tour of several Liepāja landmarks attracted large numbers of fans along the route with competitors, including Laurent Pellier (pictured), following a police escort.

Photo: Julian Porter/ERC Radio

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Nobre chooses to run as first ERC car on Liepāja leg one

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 18:45

Paulo Nobre has once again chosen the honour of running as the first FIA European Rally Championship competitor on the road during Rally Liepāja’s opening day.

Having finished 11th in the earlier Qualifying Stage on Friday, the Palmeirinha Rally pilot was the penultimate driver to select his road position for leg one, selecting first on the road ahead of ERC2 category frontrunner Sergei Remennik.

Conversely, ERC Junior Under 28 championship leader Nikolay Gryazin – who won the Qualifying Stage – used his first pick to select P12 in leg one’s road order. He is followed by the remaining top 10 fastest drivers from the Qualifying Stage in reverse order.

Sports Racing Technology driver Gryazin’s ERC Junior U28 title rivals Fabian Kreim and Chris Ingram will line up seventh and P10 in the road order, driving their respective ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland and Toksport WRT ŠKODA Fabia R5s.

All three will be under pressure from fellow ERC Junior U28s Filip Mareš (ACCR Czech Rally Team) and Fredrik Åhlin (CA1 Sport), who will start ninth and P11 for leg one thanks to their fourth and second fastest times on the Qualifying Stage.

FIA ERC action kicks off at 10h00 local time on Saturday, with Nobre heading into the opening Neste 1 (Pērbone) stage.

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ERC Junior Vita misses Liepāja Qualifying Stage after crash

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 17:07

FIA ERC Junior Under 27 talent Mattia Vita missed out on Rally Liepāja’s Qualifying Stage, having sustained damage to his car after hitting a tree.

During Friday morning’s opening free practice session, Vita ran wide at a fast left hander less than one kilometre from the starting line. As one of the first five cars to enter the stage, Vita faced loose gravel lying on top of the road surface, making conditions more slippery than usual.

“I did a quite stupid mistake, missing a braking point during Free Practice 1. I totally lost control of the car in a fast corner and went into the forest,” explained Vita.

Subsequent damage sustained to his Pirelli-shod machine meant his car was towed straight back to service for repairs, with Vita lauding the work of his TRT Junior Rally Team mechanics.

“It looks certain that we've broken the driveshaft. We have to check if the engine is fine. But for sure, we don't have a [working] driveshaft, so the guys are changing it.

“So a very big thank you to them, they were very quick to bring the car out from the forest and back to the service park.”

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ERC risk takers will be rewarded in Liepāja, says Brynildsen

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 16:37

Eyvind Brynildsen believes FIA European Rally Championship drivers who take the biggest risks on Rally Liepāja’s fast, flowing roads will be rewarded this weekend.

Despite missing out on a full campaign this year, Brynildsen believes he can overcome a lack of seat time at the wheel of his Ford Fiesta R5 with extra bravery, especially with Rally Liepāja’s roads being so similar to those in his native Norway.

“It will suit us well. It’s the ones who are willing to push and take the biggest risks who will be fastest,” he said.

“It’s a difficult rally because it’s so fast when you haven’t been in a car since June. It takes time to get back but at the same time I like these fast, flowing roads.”

Brynildsen is also facing an additional challenge of switching from Norwegian to English pace notes, with experienced Austrian navigator Ilka Minor in the co-driver’s seat this weekend.

“We do the pace notes in English but we use a lot of English words in my Norwegian pace notes, like cut and keep in. We just change the right and left and the numbers, so it’s not a big problem.”

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Sesks takes ERC Junior U27 Qualifying glory on home soil

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 15:30

Recently crowned FIA ERC Junior Under 27 champion* Mārtiņš Sesks kicked off his home rally in style, going fastest on Rally Liepāja’s Qualifying Stage amongst his Junior U27 rivals.

Sesks showed his fellow Juniors a clean set of heels, the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team talent beating fellow Opel ADAM R2 runner Sindre Furuseth by 2.6 seconds.

Behind second placed Furuseth, Miika Hokkanen threaded his Saintéloc Junior Team-prepared PEUGEOT 208 R2 through the Qualifying Stage for third fastest time, a mere 0.138s off Furuseth’s time.

Tom Kristensson was fourth fastest, with Kristóf Klausz completing the top five for his family Klaus Motorsport team.

Roland Stengg and Hokkanen’s Saintéloc team-mate Catie Munnings were sixth and seventh quickest in ERC Junior U27 respectively, while Emma Falcón drove her GC Motorsport-run 208 R2 to the eighth fastest time in ERC3.

Mattia Vita did not participate in the Qualifying Stage, having damaged his car in Free Practice 1 after hitting a tree.

*Subject to FIA confirmation

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Gryazin beats ERC Junior rivals for Liepāja Qualifying Stage win

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 15:09

Nikolay Gryazin scored the fastest time through Rally Liepāja’s Qualifying Stage amongst his FIA European Rally Championship rivals, leading a quartet of rapid ERC Junior Under 28 stars in R5 cars.

Currently locked in an extremely close ERC Junior U28 title fight, Gryazin beat fellow Junior U28 competitor and ŠKODA Fabia R5 runner Fredrik Åhlin by 0.840s for fastest time, earning him the right to choose his road order position before anyone else this evening.

Behind second placed Åhlin, Gryazin’s nearest title rival Chris Ingram set the third fastest time, 0.981s off the ERC Junior U28 championship in his Toksport WRT-prepared car.

Filip Mareš completed the top four lock-out by ERC Juniors, going fourth quickest aboard his ACCR Czech Rally Team Fabia.

Behind fifth fastest Ford Fiesta R5 pilot Eyvind Brynildsen, the last of three ERC Junior U28 title contenders went sixth fastest, Fabian Kreim 1.962s behind Gryazin for ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland.

Łukasz Habaj (eSky Rally Team), ERC Junior U28 duo Laurent Pellier (PEUGEOT Rally Academy) and Rhys Yates (Kresta Racing), and Orhan Avcioğlu (Toksport WRT) completed the top 10 times.

ERC Junior Under 27 rising star Mattia Vita did not participate in the Qualifying Stage, having damaged his car during Free Practice 1. His car struck a tree, forcing his TRT Junior Rally Team to take his car back to service for repairs.

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Rally Liepāja Qualifying Stage live on ERC Radio

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 13:14

Qualifying Stage for Rally Liepāja, the deciding round of the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship, will be live on ERC Radio with coverage from the stopline from 15h15 local time.

Reporters Julian Porter and Chris Rawes will interviewing drivers live as they complete the 3.02-kilometre stage in Dunalka from 15h30.

ERC Radio is available by clicking here or via the ERC app.

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Three face-off for ERC Junior Under 28 title glory but who will win?

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 10:14

Three young stars in R5 cars will face-off for the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship and accompanying prize on Rally Liepāja.

Nikolay Gryazin, Chris Ingram and Fabian Kreim can all take the title and choose from a one-off drive in a World Rally Car or a grant of 100,000 euros for two ERC rounds in 2019 as their prize.

Following a day and a half of reconnaissance, the serious action begins with Free Practice from 13h00 local time today followed by the Qualifying Stage from 15h30.

The ERC Junior Under 28 champion will become known when the event finishes at 18h00 on Sunday following 12 exciting gravel stages. But who will win?

Pictured from left to right are: Nikolay Gryazin, Chris Ingram and Fabian Kreim

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Vita can’t wait for amazing feelings in the ERC

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 09:00

Mattia Vita will take his “amazing feeling” on gravel to Latvia this week when he makes his Rally Liepāja debut in his PEUGEOT 208 R2.

With a run of three top-four finishes under his belt, Vita is on a confidence-high in the Pirelli-supported FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship.

“I can’t wait to be in Liepāja as during Rally Poland my confidence with the gravel surface improved a lot,” said the TRT Junior Rally Team driver. “The feelings that a rally car gives you while you are driving sideways on gravel are simply amazing. Looking back on my career I’ve never felt so happy while driving.”

The Italian continued: “As in Poland, in Liepāja we will find very fast stages again, but it looks like the roads will be wider. Our target remains the same: a non-stop improving process from the beginning to the end of the race.”

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It’s Friday on ERC Rally Liepāja

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 06:00

The sixth running of Rally Liepāja is go today (Friday 12 October) with Free Practice and the all-important Qualifying Stage among the highlights on the FIA European Rally Championship season closer.

Free Practice gets underway at 13h00 local time with all ERC and FIA priority drivers in action on the 3.02-kilometre stage in Dunalka.

That’s followed by qualifying from 15h30 after which the fastest 15 will earn the right to select their road positions for leg one on Saturday.

Other items on the agenda include the all-new drivers’ parade from 18h30, the start selection ceremony from 19h00 and the ceremonial start from 20h30.

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Munnings tips rival Falcón for ERC Ladies’ Trophy success

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 18:00

Catie Munnings has tipped Emma Falcón to win the 2018 ERC Ladies’ Trophy when the FIA European Rally Championship concludes on Rally Liepāja this week.

Although Falcón and Munnings are tied on points and will compete in virtually identical PEUGEOT 208 R2s, Munnings believes her chances of winning the ERC Ladies’ Trophy title for a second time are slim.

“We focus on the ERC Junior Under 27 Championship, which doesn’t run on all the rounds [like the ERC Ladies’ Trophy does],” said Munnings, who won the ERC Ladies’ Trophy in 2016 at the end of her first season of rallying. “But as we’ve won the last few rounds of the ERC Ladies’ Trophy we are now equal with Emma going into the last round.

“Realistically, with the way the scoring works, we still only have a slim chance to take the title. ERC Ladies’ Trophy points are based on our position in the overall two-wheel-drive section so you can get big scores on non-ERC Junior U27 rounds where there are fewer 2WD entries. Emma went to Greece and got a big score so now when you take dropped scores into account, the only way we can get the title is to finish fourth or higher and event that would be if Emma doesn’t finish.”

Despite accepting Falcón is better placed to win the title, Briton Munnings, a PEUGEOT UK ambassador, isn’t giving up. “We’ve got to give it a go and see what we can do.”

Munnings, who forms part of the Saintéloc Junior Team line-up, made her gravel debut on Rally Liepāja in 2016. Falcón has never tackled the Latvian event before, while her GC Motorsport-run 208 R2 is all-new to her following her switch from the Citroën DS3 R3T she has rallied for the last three seasons.

Munnings is pictured second left with Falcón far right.

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ERC stars to go on parade

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 12:00

Several star drivers from the FIA European Rally Championship will be taking part in a driving parade through the streets – and beaches – of Liepāja on Friday evening.

The exciting new initiative from Rally Liepāja organiser RA Events will begin at 18h30 local time on 12 October with crews passing notable landmarks including the Great Amber concert hall and the Vecā Ostmala promenade. The route even takes crews along a section of Liepāja’s beach.

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New rally, new car as Falcón gets back on ERC duty

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 06:00

This is the PEUGEOT 208 R2 Emma Falcón will drive when she returns to FIA European Rally Championship action on Rally Liepāja, which begins tomorrow (Friday).

The Canary Island has been forced to switch cars after her regular Citroën DS3 R3T was badly damaged in a crash in Barum Czech Rally Zlín late August. She drove the GC Motorsport-run car during official testing yesterday.

By switching cars, Falcón – who missed last month’s PZM Rally Poland – will not only start Rally Liepāja equal on points with ERC Ladies’ Trophy rival Catie Munnings, she’ll also be in an identical car to the Briton. But while Munnings has previous Rally Liepāja experience from an outing in 2016, the event is all-new to Falcón.

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Strong ERC Junior U27 form and happy memories boost Kristensson

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 21:00

Tom Kristensson starts Rally Liepāja boosted by his maiden FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship victory in Poland last month and fully aware he has what it takes to be successful in Latvia following his class-winning effort in 2017.

Swede Kristensson made his European championship debut on Rally Liepāja last October (pictured) having secured the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup in Germany, the prize for which was a season of ERC Junior U27 action in an Opel ADAM R2 supported by ADAC and Opel.

“We will enjoy our last rally of the season together with Opel Motorsport and our amazing guys from the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team very much,” said Kristensson,” who is co-driven by fellow Swede Henrik Appelskog. “Winning Rally Poland as well as remembering our victory in the RC4 category at Liepāja last year give Henrik and myself an extra motivation. I feel we are capable of doing a good result again as we gained so much more experience in our ADAM R2 since then. But it’s going to be hard as always. The gravel stages in Latvia are so fast and challenging, every mistake can end your rally in a second.”

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Stengg on a gravel-driving learning missing in ERC Junior U27

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 18:00

Learning to drive on gravel again will be Roland Stengg’s priority when the FIA European Rally Championship finale in Latvia begins on Friday.

Austrian Stengg hasn’t competed on a loose-surface event for more than one year, meaning Rally Liepāja will be all about reacclimatising to gravel and building his experience in the Opel ADAM R2 he shares with compatriot Claudia Dorfbauer.

“We know it’s going to be very difficult because my last gravel event was over a year ago and I don’t have much experience on the surface at all,” said Stengg, who placed fifth on his last appearance in the Pirelli-supported FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship in Czech Republic. “Unfortunately, we missed Poland and gravel testing is very limited in Austria as we don’t have the right roads for that.

“I still think we’ve improved a lot in terms of speed and consistency, and we want to keep this trend rolling. I’m also really looking forward to driving with Claudia again. She did a perfect job until now and what’s also important is she keeps calm and concentrated when it’s getting hectic.”

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Yates set for second ERC Kresta run

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 15:00

Rhys Yates will make his second appearance with Czech rally legend Roman Kresta’s eponymous team when he completes his FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship campaign on Rally Liepāja (12-14 October).

The Briton, who achieved a debut ERC Junior U28 podium with CA1 Sport, joined Kresta Racing in a late deal for Barum Czech Rally Zlín in August and has taken up another late offer to compete with the team, which runs a second ŠKODA Fabia R5 for Filip Mareš in the category for young stars in R5 cars.

“The opportunity came up two weeks ago to do this event with Roman again, so it’s all a bit last minute,” said Yates. “We aren’t really in any championship situation but we thought it’s a good event to go and do, go and get the experience and learn for maybe next year as well. Apparently the stages are similar to Poland, very sand-based, but I’ve not done much of that so it will be a learning experience.”

He continued: “It would be nice to get onto the ERC Junior U28 podium again and see if we can move on from our bad luck from Rome and Barum. We are going there to have a good push and prove our pace but we need to gain the experience so don’t want to put it off on the first stage through trying too hard.”

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ERC Rally Liepāja facts and stats

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 12:00

After seven all-action events, tears and joy and drama and excitement aplenty, the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship is heading for its final round in Latvia from 12-14 October. Here are your essential Rally Liepāja facts and stats.

In numbers:
6: Rally Liepāja has formed part of the European championship roster since 2013, making this year’s edition its sixth and counting.
4: The challenge will increase for crews contesting the combined ERC and Latvian championship finale with four stages all new for 2018.
12: Twelve gravel stages over a competitive distance of 205.83 kilometres make up this year’s route. Up first is Neste (Pērbone), which kicks off the action at 10h00 local time on Saturday 13 October.
24.99: Rally Liepāja’s closing stage, Liepāja (Tebra), is the event’s longest at 24.99 kilometres, which could result in a late twist with a number of ERC titles and finishing positions remaining up for grabs.
20: Nikolay Gryazin turned 20 during his winning Rally Liepāja weekend in 2017. Other winners include factory world championship stars Craig Breen (2015) and Esapekka Lappi (2014), plus inaugural victor Jari Ketomaa from Finland.

Fast facts:
*This year is a big one for Latvia. As well as following Mārtiņš Sesks’ exploits in winning the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship*, the country is preparing to celebrate turning 100 on 18 November.
*Rally Liepāja forms part of the Festival of Speed Kurzeme, which brings speedboat racing to the city’s Tirdzniecības canal, plus other motorised attractions to the local area.
*Liepāja can claim to be the only Latvian city outside the capital Riga to offer air, land and seat transport options, while its city council chairperson, Uldis Sesks, is a former rally driver of note and father of Mārtiņš.
*Rally Liepāja is the brainchild of rally driver turned promoter Raimonds Strokšs. Originally run in the winter, the event switched to the autumn for 2016. The new date effectively made for an all-new rally as crews adjusted to gravel stages free of snow and ice.
*Liepāja residents will get easy access to the service park this year with organisers bringing it back to the city-centre Jaunliepāja market square, located a short walk from the event headquarters.

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ERC Junior Brož turns superfan

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 09:00

Czech federation-backed Dominik Brož has been forced into the role of superfan for this week’s Rally Liepāja.

Brož had been expected to chase FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship points in Latvia. However, problems repairing his PEUGEOT 208 R2 following his PZM Rally Poland exit last month means he has withdrawn his entry from the ERC season finale.

“We will not be able to start on our favourite Rally Liepāja because we were not able to repair the car after Rally Poland,” the Pirelli-equipped Czech explained. “Despite this I will watch the race and I wish all of the competitors good luck. I am looking forward to seeing you in the next season.”

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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)