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Plenty learned but podium loss a blow for ERC Junior Yates

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 18:00

Rhys Yates could have made it two FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship podiums in succession had it not been for a double puncture on Rally di Roma Capitale.

That’s the verdict of the CA1 Sport driver following his run to fifth in class on the challenging asphalt event in Italy.

“Our expectations were not too high but a podium could have been possible without the punctures,” said the Briton, who placed a fine third in ERC Junior Under 28 on the Azores Airlines Rallye in March. “But we’ve learned a lot from this event and the Italian stages. They are fast, flowing stages but they tighten really quick and that takes a little bit of getting used to when you are writing your own pacenotes and committing to them straight away against guys who have done these kind of events several times.

“The punctures ruined our rally so it’s really disappointing and frustrating. The first puncture, you kind of accept because we hit something, but the second one we don’t know where it came from but that’s rallying at the end of the day and there are positives to draw from it.”

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Rome woe but Wagner impresses again in ERC Junior

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 12:00

Rally di Roma Capitale was a case of what might have been for Simon Wagner after the Austrian retired from the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship lead last Saturday morning.

Driving a Pirelli-equipped PEUGEOT 208 R2 for the Saintéloc Junior Team, Wagner was chasing his first win in the category after bagging his maiden podium on Rally Islas Canarias.

But brake issues on the third stage of the event forced him out and compounded a frustrating trip to Italy.

“We lost the brakes two kilometres from the end of the second stage so we tried to cool everything down and get everything fixed for the third stage,” Wagner explained. “For the first four kilometres there was no problem, not a normal brake pedal but it was consistent but when the [stage] started to go downhill I had much less brake pressure and it was too late to slow down for a corner and we hit the front right.

“It’s frustrating because I had a great test on Monday, almost the perfect set-up. Then our recce car was parked in central Rome before the start and broken into. They stole everything, we have nothing. The laptop is gone, the GoPro camera is gone. They also stole a six pack of water bottles, it was crazy. At least one good thing is what happened on this rally was not our fault.”

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ERC Junior Gryazin: Roma frustrations forgotten

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 06:00

Nikolay Gryazin insists he’s over his exit from the opening leg of Rally di Roma Capitale, the third event of the 2018 FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship.

Gryazin was in the hunt to repeat his Rally Islas Canarias category win but dropped out of contention with a powersteering failure before a damaged gearbox led to his retirement nearing the end of Saturday’s action.

Although he won his class on leg two, he languished in sixth place in the category for young stars in R5 cars.

“On the fourth stage we hit in a slow corner the inside and lost the powersteering so we had to stop and restart the car,” said the Sports Racing Technologies ŠKODA Fabia driver. “Then we lost the clutch but decided to start with no clutch, just full throttle so it damaged the gearbox. We hoped it would be okay [to get back to service] but in the last stage [on Saturday] it was broken totally. But what happened, happened.”

He continued: “Sunday was good, we were in the finish and we forget about yesterday’s disappointment. We had good speed but we’ve got to be faster so we need to try another something, maybe more training because it’s not the best speed I know.”

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Strong ERC Junior pace gives Furuseth reason to believe

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 18:00

Sindre Furuseth’s impressive pace on his FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship has helped to cancel out the Norwegian’s Rally di Roma Capitale heartbreak.

The Norwegian, who was making his debut in the Pirelli-equipped division, was battling for the lead when a mechanical issue took hold nearing the end of leg one and led to his early retirement.

“We don't know exactly what happened yet but it was not electrical, it was mechanical because it was something inside the engine, maybe a broken piston,” said Furuseth. “I did some stupid mistakes on the first day but I had the speed and it would have been a great fight for the victory. It’s really a shame what has happened but it was good to compare my speed to the best [young] drivers in Europe.”

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Rome rocks! ERC drivers relish visit to Italian capital

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 12:00

Drivers from the FIA European Rally Championship took to the streets of Rome last week – and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

They went on a guided motorised tour of the historic city ahead of Rally di Roma Capitale, completing an 11.50-kilometre route behind a police escort ahead of the ACI Roma Arena stage, which opened the spectacular asphalt event last Friday evening (20 July).

Following the ceremonial start at the Castel Saint’Angelo, the convoys of 10 ERC crews passed several sites including the Piazza Venezia, Colosseo, Circo Massimo and the Terme di Caracalla before arriving at the Piazza Barcellona in readiness for the first of 15 stages.

“It was an amazing experience,” said Italian ERC Junior Under 27 Championship driver Mattia Vita, who finished a season-best fourth in class.

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Ingram back in the ERC and back on form

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 06:00

Chris Ingram bounced back from his illness-enforced Rally Islas Canarias exit in style with a strong second place in the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship on Rally di Roma Capitale last weekend.

Ingram started Rally Islas Canarias on a high after winning his category on the season-opening Azores Airlines Rallye only to pull out in the early stages in Gran Canaria after feeling unwell.

But following a period of treatment and recuperation, Ingram was back in action in Italy for what was his first major event on Tarmac in the Toksport WRT ŠKODA Fabia R5 he shares with co-driver and fellow Briton Ross Whittock.

As well as finishing runner-up in ERC Junior Under 28, Ingram clocked his first outright stage win in the FIA European Rally Championship.

“I’m really happy and winning a stage outright is definitely a massive boost up against some proper rallying legends,” said Ingram, the 2017 ERC Junior Under 27 champion. “The competition has been the best I’ve ever faced, not just from the local guys but [Alexey] Lukyanuk, [Nikolay] Gryazin, so many fast drivers were here.

“I thought it was all over when we hit that rock [on Saturday] and got the puncture because it was a really heavy impact and the steering was out after that. It’s a miracle we didn’t have the biggest crash ever because the boulder was the size of a dog.

“We’ve shown some really promising speed so massive thanks to the team.  I’m looking forward to see what the future brings in this car and with this team. We’ve got some really important points for the championship, now for a big attack in Barum.”

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Johansson keen on more ERC kilometres

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 18:00

Sebastian Johansson made his FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship debut last week – and returned to his native Sweden keen on gaining more experience on his next appearance in the Pirelli-supported category.

The Swede was unable to finish either leg of Rally di Roma Capitale in his Pirelli-equipped, JR Motorsport-run PEUGEOT 208 R2, but plans to use that as a positive for the future.

“It was not the ERC premier we wanted, but that’s rally,” said Johansson. “We wanted to get Tarmac experience in Rome. We got a lot of experience but not so many kilometres that we wanted. But we will be back, that’s for sure.

Johansson explained why his ERC debut hadn’t quite gone to plan: “On the first day we overheated the brakes and came way too fast in to a hairpin with no brakes. We tried to slide it but went backwards out in the forest. Without assistance we could not get anywhere.”

He continued: “On Sunday something more must have happened to the brakes. We just lost the brakes with no warning. We tried to fix it after the stage but without success.”

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Černý wanted more on ERC return

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 12:00

Jan Černý wanted a podium finish on his return to the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship on Rally di Roma Capitale last weekend.

The ACCR Czech Team driver, who was making his long-awaited first appearance of the season, was delayed by two punctures on day one and ultimately had to settle for fourth place in the same Ford Fiesta R5 Bryan Bouffier used to win the event outright in 2017.

“We are in the finish and that’s important but it’s not the finish we wanted, we wanted much more,” said the Czech federation-baced ace. “We wanted to be on the podium but this result is something like last for us so we’re not very happy. Hopefully Barum will be much better.”

He continued: “From the first stage we didn’t have the right speed and then we had some bad luck, two punctures. And after this I couldn’t find the confidence and this made it difficult to find the right speed.

“For sure every kilometre you spend in the car will help for the future so to finish the day was important. Also I was not happy with my pacenotes, sometimes I was too careful in tightening corners. This we need to improve.”

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Podium pleases ERC Junior Llarena

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 06:00

Efrén Llarena was back on the podium in the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship in Italy last weekend – but the Rally Team Spain promise had to work hard for his third place.

Llarena started Rally di Roma Capitale playing catch up in the title battle following his car-wrecking crash on Rally Islas Canarias back in May. And it proved a tough return to ERC duty as the RFEDA-backed driver explained.

“I am happy but on the first day we had a lot of problems,” said Llarena. “The engine was down on power when it was 100 degrees but that’s rally because you can always have mechanical problems. Some stages were okay when you had a lot of downhill but when it was not the power was down and it was difficult.

“We wanted a podium for the team and I am happy with this. We don’t lose too much points to the leader, which is not bad for us and we will go full attack in Barum.”

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ERC Junior season starts now for Vita

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 18:00

Mattia Vita has declared his FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship campaign officially ‘go’ after the Italian scored a season-high fourth on his home event in Italy last weekend.

Vita, a former karter and circuit racer of note, switched to Tagai Racing Technology for Rally di Roma Capitale and said he was relishing the experience on the back of a strong performance.

“I am very happy to be at the end and thanks to the team because it’s a new experience with them,” said Vita. “They are learning me to do the rally in the right mode because my driving style is still not the best. But with the engineer I am improving a lot and if I continue like this we can have a good result in the future.

“Now I have some luck my season really starts and I want to say with this new team I am finding the right motivation with my team manager and engineer. It’s very good to work like this and I want to improve [more].”

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Magalhães plots ERC fight-back mission

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 15:00

Bruno Magalhães is already in fight-back mode after he lost his FIA European Rally Championship lead to event winner Alexey Lukyanuk on Rally di Roma Capitale yesterday.

The SEAJETS-backed Portuguese, who placed fifth in Italy, is nine points behind his Russian rival having started the all-asphalt event with a 15-point advantage.

“It was a tough rally,” said last season’s ERC runner-up. “Unfortunately, yesterday we had a technical issue when the car stopped on the stage and this doesn’t allow me to fight for the podium. But anyway we score some points and I’m going to do everything I can to win the next one.

“We were improving the car and I made some very good times in some stages. I was fast this weekend but to be on the podium everything needs to be fantastic. But when you have some issues that’s it.”

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ERC Q&A: Alexey Lukyanuk

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 12:00

Alexey Lukyanuk moved back to the top of the FIA European Rally Championship summit with a standout victory on Rally di Roma Capitale, his third of 2018. This is what the Russian Performance Motorsport driver had to say at the finish in Ostia on Sunday evening.

Your third ERC win of 2018 but just how good was that?
“It’s a wonderful victory. Today was quite tough for us because the locals were really fast and pretty close so we enjoyed the battle and probably it was one of the toughest rallies in terms of the tightest finishes at the end.”

It was rally number 101 for you but where does that result rank against some of your other top performances?
“It was vey good. For sure I am a bit tired and my emotions are a bit repressed but we are really happy to score a lot of points and to get a victory where we did not expect to get it. I expected the Italians to be really, really fast. They were but probably we were more lucky in places. We showed a consistent pace and a good speed.”

How much did you need that result after your recent setbacks?
“Personally not really because I just love rallying and sitting behind the steering wheel. But for the community, for the sponsors, for the team, for everybody around of course it’s very important and for me also in that way so we are happy altogether.”

Does the fact you are leading the championship again take some of the pressure off you?
“My second nickname is probably Unlucky Luke so you can never relax before the end.”

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Munnings wins ERC Ladies’ Trophy on Rally di Roma Capitale

Sun, 07/22/2018 - 22:08

2016 ERC Ladies’ Trophy winner Catie Munnings scored her first class victory of 2018 on Rally di Roma Capitale, beating title rival Emma Falcón.

Saintéloc Junior Team driver and PEUGEOT ambassador Munnings’ first win this season came against a backdrop of her most difficult rally to date.

Her co-driver Anne Katharina Stein’s pace notes had been stolen on Friday, forcing a full re-write that evening from scratch using onboard videos.

Despite a migraine for Stein on Saturday afternoon from working overtime on new pace notes, she pressed on through the pain barrier to read notes for Munnings, allowing the pair to score a top five finish in ERC Junior Under 28 in addition to their ERC Ladies’ Trophy win.

Her only real scare during Leg Two was her car suffering a power problem near identical to that of team-mate Miika Hokkanen, which had led the Finn to retire at midday service as it could not be remedied in time.

Falcón had retired on Saturday through her own car’s reliability problem, an impact with the ground breaking a gearbox mounting and intercooler pipe.

Returning on Sunday she fared better aside from a handbrake issue, already plotting a return to Rally di Roma Capitale next year when arriving at the finish line in Ostia.

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ERC Under 27: Sesks scoops first Juniors win, ERC3 victory and leads Opel 1-2!

Sun, 07/22/2018 - 21:51

Mārtiņš Sesks belied his 18 young years with a mature, faultless performance to score a first FIA European Rally Championship Junior Under 27 win on Rally di Roma Capitale, also scooping victory in ERC3 and leading home a 1-2 finish for ADAC Opel Junior Rallye Team.

ERC Junior Experience graduate Sesks took advantage of knowledge gleaned from recceing the rally in 2017 to hit the ground running, holding over a minute in hand over Swedish team-mate Tom Kristensson throughout Sunday.

It was a less comfortable finish for Kristensson. Rally Team Spain driver Efrén Llarena had struggled through Leg One with an underpowered car, but his PEUGEOT 208 R2 came to life on Sunday at full power, allowing him to close in from third place.

Winning three afternoon stages, Llarena closed his 19.8s deficit from Kristensson to only 7.8s but ran out of kilometres to catch and pass him for second place.

Italian driver Mattia Vita scored a career-best fourth place on his home ERC round, bringing his 208 R2 back to Ostia in one piece for vital ERC Junior U27 championship points.

Catie Munnings and Anne Katharina Stein demonstrated that perseverance pays by securing their equal-best finish in ERC Junior U27 with fifth place.

Their rally had started off in difficult circumstances, their pace notes stolen and requiring a full rewrite from scratch on Friday night that caused Stein a migraine on Saturday.

Taking medicine to ease the pain, Stein and Munnings pressed on and were rewarded for their effort, with an ERC Ladies’ Trophy victory along with their ERC Junior U27 top five finish.

Dominik Brož had retired his ACCR Czech Team-prepared 208 R2 on Saturday morning after running wide and becoming beached on a bank, returning on Sunday to secure sixth place.

Munnings’ Saintéloc Junior team-mate Miika Hokkanen had been locked in a close battle for fourth place with Vita but retired at midday service. His car had been down on power throughout Saturday morning, necessitating a wiring loom swap.

As one of the most complicated part changes possible it was always going to be tough to execute during a 30 minute service and, unable to repair the car and leave within one hour of arrival at service, Hokkanen was forced to retire.

Like Brož, Sebastian Johansson had also returned from retirement for Leg Two’s action but retired once again after stage 12.

Sesks’ was told to push by his Opel team to secure ERC3 honours in the latter stages of Leg Two, though his battle with Florian Bernardi was resolved when the Frenchman crashed his Renault Clio R3T in stage 14.

Bernardi had more than halved his disadvantage to Sesks after a stellar recovery drive but damaged his car’s front end while pushing to try and take what would have been a stunning last-gasp win.

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ERC2: Érdi Jr conquers Rome for second consecutive year

Sun, 07/22/2018 - 21:48

Tibor Érdi Jr scored his third consecutive victory this season in the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC2 category, his second in as many years on Rally di Roma Capitale.

Starting with a comfortable advantage on Sunday morning after chief rival Juan Carlos Alonso had retired during Leg One, Érdi scored maximum points aboard his Mistubishi Lancer Evolution X by winning both individual legs of the production class as well as ERC2 as a whole.

ERC2 debutant Csaba Juhász turned his TV-inspired dream into reality, scoring second place in his Lancer after being inspired to participate this weekend by watching ERC on Eurosport for many years in the past.

With no punctures or technical problems afflicting his rally, Juhász was free to push on at his own comfortable pace, wrapping up a debut podium 6m46.7s behind Érdi.

Sergei Remennik had a tumultuous weekend involving a mid-week car swap, overshooting a corner and crashing down a bank and puncture on Saturday plus an overheating engine.

Despite all his issues Remennik persevered, finishing third and picking up a podium to make his team’s 5000 kilometre, 30 hour round trip to Latvia and back to collect a spare car worthwhile.

Alonso did not return after his retirement on Saturday.

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ERC Junior U28: Kreim scores first win from resurgent Ingram

Sun, 07/22/2018 - 21:30

Fabian Kreim wrapped up a first FIA European Rally Championship Junior Under 28 category victory on Rally di Roma Capitale to strengthen his title aspirations, while Chris Ingram impressed with an overall stage win on his way to second place.

Before Sunday had even begun Kreim knew he was in a prime position to score his first ERC Junior U28 win, ignoring a potential fight for an overall podium finish to lock down maximum points.

Still learning his pace notes and finding a rhythm on his Rally di Roma Capitale debut, Kreim kept a cool head to wrap up victory by 1m15.7s from Ingram behind.

It was stellar Leg Two performance from Ingram however, winning stage 13 outright against senior opposition, tied for fastest time with double ERC champion Giandomenico Basso.

Ingram had led ERC Junior U28 briefly before a puncture on Saturday afternoon, a fortune third placed Fredrik Åhlin also suffered. Come Sunday it was a drama-free day for both and a second consecutive podium finish for Åhlin.

ACCR Czech Team’s Jan Černý had the honour of driving the same Ford Fiesta R5 which Bryan Bouffier had piloted to victory by only 0.2s on this event last year.

Though unhappy with his pace on Saturday, Černý felt his speed improve during Leg Two. He wrapped up his rally in fourth place, 4m57.0s behind winner Kreim.

By losing four minutes in a single stage through punctures Rhys Yates was taken out of podium contention, settling down into a better rhythm on Sunday to wrap up a top five finish and important points for his ERC Junior U28 campaign.

Nikolay Gryazin was certain to finish no higher than sixth bar rivals hitting trouble. Despite his predicament, Gryazin pushed on at speed, going faster than all his ERC Junior U28 rivals across Sunday’s six stages to win Leg Two and precious leg points for his championship challenge.

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Day Report: Lukyanuk’s ERC title hopes shine again with victory in sunny Roma

Sun, 07/22/2018 - 20:43

Alexey Lukyanuk resisted a late challenge from twice FIA European Rally Championship title winner Giandomenico Basso for victory on Rally di Roma Capitale, securing his third win this season.

Basso had more than halved Lukyanuk’s lead in a single stage on Sunday afternoon, but ran out of competitive kilometres to catch the Russian Performance Motorsport driver, falling short by 7.5s.

Grzegorz Grzyb held two rivals at bay to secure a “dream” podium finish which far exceeded his own expectations for this rally. 10 time Italian rally champion Paolo Andreucci had closed to within two seconds of Grzyb in fourth place but crashed out.

His other challenger for a podium was ERC Junior Under 28 category winner Fabian Kreim. Keen to secure his first ever class win and vital points for his championship challenge, Kreim focused on reaching the finish while improving his confidence, happy to let Grzyb escape and finish fourth overall.

Bruno Magalhães was happier with his SEAJETS-backed ŠKODA Fabia R5’s performance and pace on Sunday than in Leg One.

Magalhães could not make the progress he desired though, with one of two passes through Leg Two’s longest stage cancelled lacked opportunities to climb his way further up the classification than fifth place.

ERC Junior U28 runner-up Chris Ingram was a star performer on Sunday, scoring his first ever outright stage victory on SS13, shared with Basso on equal times.

Ingram had started Sunday 50.9s behind ŠKODA junior driver Juuso Nordgren but made up all that time plus more, jumping to sixth place overall with one stage remaining and demoting Nordgren to seventh.

Fredrik Åhlin was in good spirits, capturing a second consecutive ERC Junior U28 podium finish on his way to eighth place overall. Like Ingram he had lost time with a puncture on Saturday but also with a driveshaft failure on Friday, overcoming both for a strong finish in his class.

Orhan Avcioğlu came agonisingly close to finishing in ninth place, coming into the rally’s final stage with only 1.2s in hand over local entrant Marco Pollara. A botched handbake turn at a roundabout on Ostia’s rally-closing superspecial sent him into the barriers, costing him nearly seven seconds as he reversed out.

Instead Pollara finished eighth, taking advantage of Avcioğlu’s mistake to score ninth place on his ERC debut and demote Avcioğlu to P10.

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Lukyanuk 650 metres away from ERC Rally di Roma Capitale victory

Sun, 07/22/2018 - 17:21

Only 650 metres of competitive stage in Ostia separate Alexey Lukyanuk from a third FIA European Rally Championship victory this season on Rally di Roma Capitale.

Twice ERC champion Giandomenico Basso had mounted an attack on Lukyanuk’s lead on Sunday morning, but the first pass of Leg Two’s longest stage being cancelled and awaiting a notional time for stage 13 hampered his chances of catching Lukyanuk for victory outright.

With a lead close to 10 seconds subject to confirmation from officials but only a short 650 metre super special on coastal resort Ostia, a clean final stage will secure victory for Lukyanuk.

Basso’s Italian compatriot Paolo Andreucci crashed out from fourth place, blocking his and third placed driver Grzegorz Grzyb’s passage through the stage, necessitating a representative time being awarded to both.

Fabian Kreim is set for victory in the FIA ERC Junior U28 category, over a minute ahead of nearest rival Chris Ingram.

He had been in the thick of Andreucci and Grzyb’s podium battle too, having held third place after Leg One, but played it safe on his Rally di Roma Capitale debut to lock down ERC Junior U28 victory and fourth place overall.

SEAJETS-backed Bruno Magalhães is all set for fifth place, while second placed ERC Junior U28 driver Chris Ingram moved into sixth, demoting Wevers Sport’s Juuso Nordgren to seventh.

Ingram had been recovering from a puncture on Saturday which cost him over two minutes, passing Nordgren in the overall classification with only one stage remaining. Though Ingram has a slim 3.0s advantage over Nordgren, there are only 650 metres of competitive stage for Nordgren to respond.

Fredrik Åhlin is one stage away from securing an ERC Junior U28 podium finish in third place, plus eighth place overall.

One battle which is still to be resolved in Ostia’s short super special is over ninth place, as ERC regular Orhan Avcioğlu faces off against Italian championship competitor Marco Pollara.

Avcioğlu has only 1.3s in hand and lucky to still be ahead, as Pollara dropped several seconds by overshooting a hairpin in stage 14.

Mārtiņš Sesks is all set for a first ERC Junior Under 28 victory aboard his Opel ADAC Rallye Junior Team ADAM R5, with an expected ERC3 victory as an added bonus.

Florian Bernardi was closing in rapidly on Sesks in ERC3’s lead battle, slashing Sesks’ lead to only 20s until crashing out in stage 14.

A second consecutive Rally di Roma Capitale victory in the FIA ERC’s production category ERC2 is highly likely for Tibor Érdi Jr, several minutes ahead of his class rivals with Ostia’s single 650 metre stage remaining.

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Andreucci crashes out of ERC Rally di Roma Capitale

Sun, 07/22/2018 - 15:54

10 time Italian rally champion Paolo Andreucci’s quest for a podium finish in the FIA European Rally Championship on Rally di Roma Capitale has ended, crashing out near the finish of stage 13.

Only 2.1 seconds had separated fourth placed FPF Sport driver Andreucci from Grzegorz Grzyb in third place in Sunday afternoon’s rally-ending loop.

Pushing to climb into a podium position, Andreucci crashed out, though thankfully both he and co-driver David Castiglioni were unharmed in their accident.

Grzyb and Giandomenico Basso were both forced to queue behind, as Andreucci’s PEUGOET 208 blocked the stage afterwards.

Stage 13 is currently suspended to clear Andreucci’s car, with delays expected to the following test, Guarcino.

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Basso closing in on Lukyanuk’s ERC Roma lead

Sun, 07/22/2018 - 12:58

Giandomenico Basso has turned Rally di Roma Capitale into a duel for victory, more than halving his gap to Alexey Lukyanuk in his quest for a first FIA European Rally Championship victory since 2013.

After Lukyanuk's first main rival Nikolay Gryazin fell by the wayside on Saturday morning a group of Italian championship drivers became  Lukyanuk’s closest rivals, with double ERC champion Basso emerging as his main contender for victory.

Though Sunday morning’s longest stage was cancelled, Basso was still able to cut dramatically into Lukyanuk’s 15.8s lead, reducing it to 6.3s after Monastero.

Though Lukyanuk recouped 1.2s before midday service, he holds a slim 7.5s advantage with three stages remaining.

Grzegorz Grzyb and Paolo Andreucci moved into third and fourth place respectively, both moving past ERC Junior Under 28 leader Fabian Kreim.

This is Kreim and co-driver Frank Christian’s first appearance on Rally di Roma Capitale, their confidence levels not as high as their more experienced rivals which allowed Grzyb and 10 time Italian rally champion Andreucci to pass.

Kreim still has a chance to recover a podium position, only 11.4s behind third placed Grzyb. SEAJETS-backed Bruno Magalhães remained sixth, unable to make the progress he’d hoped for due mostly to stage nine’s cancellation, the longest of Sunday’s tests.

ŠKODA junior driver Juuso Nordgren stays seventh, edging slightly further ahead of second placed ERC Junior U28 driver Chris Ingram.

After passing Fredrik Åhlin for eighth in Saturday’s final stage Ingram made the position his own, extending his gap over Åhlin from 1.8s to 18.6s

Ingram’s Toksport WRT team-mate Orhan Avcioğlu is currently P10 but has Italian ERC entrant Marco Pollara closing in. Avcioğlu had started with 26.1s in hand but Pollara cut that gap to 12.9s by midday service.

Behind Åhlin in ERC Junior U28, who holds the final podium position in class, Jan Černý remains in a secure fourth place, well ahead of Åhlin's CA1 Sport team-mate Rhys Yates. Gryazin has returned from retirement in Saturday's final stage to hold sixth in class.

Mārtiņš Sesks and Tom Kristensson are keeping ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team's 1-2 position safe in ERC Junior Under 27, though Efrén Llarena in third place remains a threat to Kristensson. His engine troubles from Saturday now fixed, the Rally Team Spain driver is only 18.0s behind second place.

Tibor Érdi Jr is on course to win the FIA European Rally Championship's ERC2 production class on Rally di Roma Capitale for a second successive season, putting him closer still to retaining his championship title from last year. Debutant Csaba Juhász remains second in ERC2 ahead of Sergei Remennik.

Saturday retiree Aloísio Monteiro returned to competitive action but hit trouble in stage 11, his gearbox becoming stuck in second gear. RGT pair Andrea Modanesi and Andrea Nucita were also hit by reliability troubles, but remain second and third in their class. ERC Junior U27 pilot Sindre Furuseth did not restart on Sunday morning after retiring with engine problems on Saturday night.

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ORLEN 74 Rally Poland / Rajd Polski

ORLEN 74 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)