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New stages for ERC Rally Islas Canarias

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 15:00

Rally Islas Canarias, the second round of the 2019 FIA European Rally Championship, will get two new stages when it takes place from 2-4 May.

Valesquillo is the new venue for Free Practice, the Qualifying Stage and Shakedown on Thursday 2 May, while Valleseco will be used on leg two, one of 16 stages to appear on the itinerary – an increase of two stages compared to 2018 when 14 were run.

As well as counting as round two of the eight-event ERC season, the all-asphalt Rally Islas Canarias is the second event of the Spanish Tarmac championship season and the new-for-2019 Spanish Superchampionship from governing body RFEDA.

This year’s Rally Islas Canarias is edition number 43 of the popular event and the fifth to be included on the ERC schedule since the championship’s streamlining in 2004.

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ERC champion Lukyanuk hints at Polo R5 run after Fabia test

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 18:00

Alexey Lukyanuk, the first Russian to win the FIA European Rally Championship, tried a ŠKODA Fabia R5 for size in Italy earlier today – then hinted he might be getting behind the wheel of Volkswagen’s all-new Polo GTI R5 before too long.

Having used a Ford Fiesta R5 to win the ERC title in 2018, Lukyanuk sampled a Citroën C3 R5 in testing before Christmas. His run in a Step Five Motorsport Fabia means he builds his knowledge of R5 machinery as he continues his preparations for the 2019 season.

“The tests I had were short, only 30 kilometres, but I got to see how the team works as the car goes,” said Lukyanuk. “The [car was] very balanced, a very smooth, awesome engine. The team made a nice impression. There are no plans, but I'm increasing my idea. haven't tried the new Polo but maybe I'll try it soon.”

Photo: Facebook.com/lukyanuk

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Back to where ERC title-winning year began for Gryazin 

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 21:00

Nikolay Gryazin’s return to the Sigdalsrally in Norway this weekend will evoke happy memories for the young Russian.

In 2018, Gryazin and co-driver Yaroslav Fedorov took victory on the Norwegian championship opener at the start of their hugely successful campaign, which included winning the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship for young stars in R5 cars.

But while their entry on the winter rally will mark a return to an event they won by almost one minute 12 months ago in a Sports Racing Technologies ŠKODA Fabia R5, there’s a more serious side to their participation as they prepare for their first season of world championship competition, starting with next month’s Rally Sweden.

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Sesks’ movie celebrates ERC Junior champion’s impressive rise

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 21:00

The rise and rise of Mārtiņš Sesks, the 2018 FIA ERC Junior Under 27 champion, is the subject of a new short film, Champion at Nineteen.

Charting the Latvian teen’s early career in buggies and karts, Champion at Nineteen also charts his switch to rallying and his capture of the Pirelli-supported ERC Junior crown last season driving an Opel ADAM R2 for the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team.

Sesks will contest at least two rounds of the ERC1 Junior Championship in 2019 in a Motorsport Italia ŠKODA Fabia R5, his prize for his 2018 title triumph.

Click here to watch Champion at Nineteen.

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ERC stars meet King of Spain

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 12:00

FIA European Rally Championship talents Efrén Llarena and Sara Fernández enjoyed a royal appointment in Madrid earlier this week.

The Rally Team Spain duo, who will chase ERC3 Junior success in 2019 in a Pirelli-equipped PEUGEOT 208 R2, met Felipe VI of Spain and his wife, Queen Letizia of Spain, at the National Prize Giving event, which they attended on behalf of the Spanish motorsport federation, RFEDA.

After winning Spain’s Beca Júnior R2 title in 2017, Llarena and Fernández stepped up to ERC Junior as part of a prize initiative from Rally Team Spain. They finished third in the final standings courtesy of three podiums.

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Rally Team Spain ERC alliance continues into 2019

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 09:00

Spain’s motorsport federation RFEDA (Real Federación Española de Automovilismo) will continue its alliance with the FIA European Rally Championship in 2019 following confirmation of Efrén Llarena’s entry in the ERC3 Junior category.

Through the Rally Team Spain initiative, Llarena will contest the Pirelli-supported championship for drivers 27 or under on 1 January 2019 competing in R2 cars on Pirelli tyres. The hugely-talented 23-year-old will be at the wheel of a PEUGEOT 208 R2 alongside co-driver Sara Fernández, and will be one to watch in the title chase, which takes place over six events on asphalt and gravel.

In his first season of international competition in 2018 following his step up from national level as Spain’s Beca Júnior R2 champion, Llarena belied his lack of event experience to finish third in the ERC Junior standings. He will now put that knowledge to full use when he bids for the coveted crown and planned prize package from championship promoter Eurosport Events: two rounds of the 2020 ERC in a Motorsport Italia ŠKODA Fabia R5.

“Big thanks to Real Federación Española de Automovilismo,” said Llarena. “I'm receiving an incredible support since I began to compete last year with Rally Team Spain. For any young driver as I am, it's a dream to see how we are being supported in Spain. I feel really lucky because they trust in me again to try to gain the ERC title this year. It's going to be, undoubtedly, my main goal. I'm convinced that, if we have good luck, we can do pretty well.”

Llarena challenged for the ERC Junior Under 27 title up until the penultimate round in 2018, with class podiums in Azores, Italy and Poland. Without RFEDA’s support, Llarena – who is also a highly-skilled car mechanic – admits he would never have had the means to compete outside his homeland.

Manuel Aviñó, the RFEDA President, said: “I trust in Efrén and Sara. I’m sure they are going to have a very successful season this year in the ERC3 Junior Championship.”

Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator, said: “We are delighted that Efrén will continue in ERC Junior with Rally Team Spain’s support. He took full advantage of the chance offered to him by RFEDA in 2018 and he’ll now have another richly-deserved opportunity to further increase his experience of international competition and showcase his obvious talents.”

The Pirelli-supported ERC3 Junior – the new name for ERC Junior Under 27 – features six rounds, three on asphalt and three on gravel, with drivers counting their best four scores.

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Top Italian Campedelli targets ERC attack

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 09:00

Simone Campedelli is working hard to secure the budget for an FIA European Rally Championship title attack in 2019.

A frontrunner in the Italian championship in recent seasons, Campedelli also has experience at world and European level.

He hopes to start his campaign on Rally Islas Canarias in May and contest the remaining six rounds of the all-action championship, which includes his home event, Rally di Roma Capitale, in July.

“It would be great to be back in an international contest,” said the highly-capable 32-year-old. “It’s an opportunity I would really appreciate but, at the moment, I am still waiting for the budget to be secured so the decision is not in my hands. I’m ready and it would be great if we can finalise the deal to start in the ERC.”

Driving a Ford Fiesta R5 alongside Swiss co-driver Tania Canton, Campedelli proved his talent against the ERC regulars last season with three stage wins and the leg two victory on Rally di Roma Capitale. And had it not been for a spate of punctures, he could have challenged eventual winner Alexey Lukyanuk for the overall victory.

ERC1 drivers count their best six scores from a possible eight, meaning Campedelli would not be disadvantaged by missing the planned season opener in the Azores in March.

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Munnings gets Red Bull backing for ERC Junior bid

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 21:00

Catie Munnings has attracted Red Bull backing for her FIA ERC3 Junior Championship bid, the first female driver from the United Kingdom to receive support from the energy drinks giant.

ERC Ladies’ Trophy winner in 2016, the 21-year-old was a regular top-five finisher in ERC Junior last season and will continue her long-term partnership with Saintéloc Racing in a Pirelli-equipped PEUGEOT 208 R2 during the 2019 season.

“So excited to be joining the Red Bull UK family as the UK’s first female motorsports athlete,” Munnings tweeted. “What a team to be a part of, a big dream come true.”

This year’s ERC3 Junior Championship, which ran under the ERC Junior Under 27 banner in 2018, features six rounds, three on asphalt and three on gravel, as follows:

Round 1: Azores Airlines Rallye, 21-23 March, gravel (subject to promoter agreement)
Round 2: Rally Islas Canarias, 2-4 May, asphalt
Round 3: Rally Liepāja (Latvia), 24-26 May, gravel
Round 4: Rally Poland, 28-30 June, gravel
Round 5: Rally di Roma Capitale (Italy), 19-21 July, asphalt
Round 6: Barum Czech Rally Zlín, 16-18 August, asphalt

Click here to find out more about Catie Munnings and her ERC Junior results in 2018.

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Polish contenders to challenge ERC stars

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 06:00

Drivers from the Polish championship will once again take on their FIA European Rally Championship counterparts when they contest Rally Poland in June.

Each season, the ERC gives competitors from national championships the chance to showcase their skills against drivers from the FIA’s top regional championship through the running of combined events.

This year, Rally Poland forms the third event of the Polish championship as well as round four of the 2019 ERC when it takes place from 28-30 June on all-gravel stages around base town Mikołajki.

Click here for more information on Rally Poland.

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Triumph and despair for ERC brothers at home

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 06:00

Brothers Julian and Simon Wagner – competitors in the FIA European Rally Championship in recent seasons – experienced dramatically contrasting fortunes on last weekend’s Jänner Rallye.

While Julian (pictured) took his maiden Austrian championship victory on his debut in an R5 car, older brother Simon was eliminated from the lead battle on the final day when his ŠKODA Fabia R5 suffered electrical failure.

But following the finish in Freistadt on Saturday evening, Baumschlager Rallye & Racing-run Julian Wagner said his win alongside ERC co-driving regular Anne Katharina Stein was a “dream come true”.

Meanwhile, top seed and sometime ERC contender Hermann Neubauer suffered early heartache when a newly-fitted driveshaft broke a handful of kilometres from the start of the opening stage.

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ERC rally winner Al-Attiyah embarks on Dakar mission

Sun, 01/06/2019 - 06:00

FIA European Rally Championship event winner Nasser Al-Attiyah will take on one of motorsport’s toughest challenges when he contests the Dakar cross-country raid from 6-17 January.

Al-Attiyah, who won the ERC-counting Cyprus Rally in 2017, is one of the favourites to win the hugely-demanding event, which takes place entirely in Peru over a competitive route of 3000 kilometres divided into 10 gruelling legs.

Yazeed Al-Rajhi, who claimed ERC gold in Cyprus in 2014, is also on the Dakar entry, along with Harry Hunt – who contested two ERC events in 2012 – and Erik Wevers, boss of respected ERC team Wevers Sport. Rallying legend Carlos Sainz, who won seven ERC rallies during his early career, is defending his 2018 title.

Dakar 2019 starts and finishes in the Peruvian capital Lima today (Sunday) and runs until 17 January over a 5000-kilometre route. Competitors get one rest day on 12 January.

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On this day in ERC history: Kubica wins big in Austria

Sat, 01/05/2019 - 06:00

Robert Kubica, who will make his hugely-deserved and long-awaited return to Formula One this season after serious injury derailed his grand prix career, was winning in the FIA European Rally Championship five years ago today (5 January 2014).

Kubica, a race winner in Formula One, started the closing 25.00-kilometre stage of the 31 Int. Jännerrallye, Oberösterreich trailing Václav Pech by 11.8s. But a stunning performance, coupled with an inspired tyre choice, enabled him to power to victory on the ERC season opener, which took place in the stunning countryside of Upper Austria.

While Pech – who selected slick tyres for his MINI John Cooper Works S2000 – struggled for grip on the mud and rain-hit final test, Kubica opted for a combination of studded and winter Michelin tyres fitted in a diagonal formation, which proved ideal for the demanding conditions.

Co-driven in his LOTOS-backed Ford Fiesta RRC by Maciej Szczepaniak for the first time, Kubica was fastest in the fog and dark by 23.0s to secure top spot over Pech by 19.9s and top the inaugural ERC Ice Master standings after he set eight fastest stage times.

The Polish driver’s efforts emulated Jan Kopecký’s victory of 2013 when the Czech reversed a deficit of 10.6s to claim first place. And his winning margin could have been even higher but for a puncture on day one and a 10-second penalty for a jumped start on Sunday morning.

“For sure it’s very nice to do be here as a winner,” said Kubica at the time. “I did participate on four ERC events [in 2013] but I was often unlucky and made [a] few mistakes as I was using the rallies for training. I was a bit more lucky this time, but the conditions were very difficult and for sure this was one of the toughest weekends of my motorsport career.”

Kubica earned the Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy for his achievements, which was presented by two-time world rally champion Marcus Grönholm, who was in Austria working as an expert TV commentator for Eurosport.

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ERC brothers set for R5 adventure

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 06:00

Julian and Simon Wagner will transfer their prowess in R2 machinery – and their sibling rivalry – to a pair of ŠKODA Fabia R5s for the Int. Lietz Sport Jänner Rallye from today (4 January).

While Simon Wagner – a podium finisher in ERC Junior last season – is unbeaten in three starts at R5 level, younger brother Julian is making a step up in power for his home event, an FIA European Rally Championship counter in the past.

He’s called on top ERC team Baumschlager Rallye & Racing for his graduation with long-term co-driver and ERC regular Anne Katharina Stein in support.

Sometime ERC driver Hermann Neubauer is the top seed for the Freistadt event, which features 16 stages over a competitive distance of 220.84 kilometres. Co-driven by Bernhard Ettel in a Ford Fiesta R5, the talented Neubauer is the 2016 Austrian rally champion.

Julian (left) and Simon Wagner are pictured on the ERC-counting Barum Czech Rally Zlín in 2017 where they finished fourth and third respectively in the Pirelli-supported ERC Junior Under 27 category.

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Lukyanuk on board as Saintéloc tests the best ahead of new ERC season

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 06:00

Saintéloc Racing called on ERC champion Alexey Lukyanuk to test its Citroën C3 R5 as part of its ongoing preparations for the 2019 FIA European Rally Championship.

While Lukyanuk’s involvement was more in his capacity as a top-line driver rather than a potential candidate for Saintéloc’s ERC attack, neither party has ruled out a future collaboration.

“It was great to have an experienced and fast driver like Alexey for a ride in the C3 R5 and give us his feedback,” said Saintéloc’s Rally Manager Vincent Ducher following the test close to Valence last month. “Saintéloc want to be back at the top of the ranking in the ERC with this new car so we are looking for different possibilities.”

Of the test, Lukyanuk said: “The car feels very good and strong. We don’t have far-reaching plans with [Saintéloc] but who knows how everything can turn.”

Co-driven by fellow Russian Alexey Arnautov, Lukyanuk claimed the 2018 ERC title with wins in Azores, Gran Canaria and Italy.

Photo: Facebook.com/lukyanuk

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ERC 2019: what’s new?

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 06:00

The 2019 FIA European Rally Championship is go and here’s a reminder of what’s new for the season ahead.

New names for ERC Junior categories
The FIA ERC Junior Under 28 and FIA ERC Junior Under 27 championships are renamed for 2019, bringing them inline with other FIA regional championships. ERC Junior U28, for young stars in R5 cars, becomes the FIA ERC1 Junior Championship, while the Pirelli-supported ERC Junior 27, for rising talents in R2 machinery, is retitled the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship.

ERC2 goes from strength to strength
On the back of its most successful season yet in terms of competitor numbers, ERC2 is set for another strong year in 2019 with cars conforming to the R4-K and RGT technical regulations permitted to take part alongside traditional N4 machinery, such as the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X and Subaru Impreza STI.

Abarth Rally Cup joins forces with ERC
Subject to FIA World Motor Sport Council validation, the Abarth Rally Cup will run in conjunction with the FIA European Rally Championship in 2019. Contested over six rounds of the eight-event ERC, the Abarth Rally Cup is open to competitors using the lightweight, rear-wheel-drive Italian sportscars, which conform to the FIA’s R-GT category technical regulations. The Abarth 124 rally is available for €110,000, which includes the ERC registration fee.

Rally Hungary is new addition to ERC schedule
Hungary will return to the ERC for the first time since 2003 with a new Tarmac event in Nyíregyháza, northeast of the country, approximately two hours 30 minutes by car from the capital Budapest. While the event was effectively brand new for 2018 when it ran as the Nyíregyháza Rally and counted as the Hungarian championship closer (pictured), Nyíregyháza was a regular host of national-level events in the 1980s. With several Hungarian drivers contesting the ERC each season – including back-to-back ERC2 champion Tibor Érdi Jr – a Hungarian round of the championship is perfectly timed. Government and local authority support are other plus points. Rally Hungary is schedule to run from 8-10 November.

Photo: MNASZ/Szabó-Jilek Ádám

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The year ahead in the ERC

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 09:00

The eagerly-awaited 2019 FIA European Rally Championship is due to get underway in March with the first of 30 races. Here’s a reminder of the calendar.

Round 1: Azores Airlines Rallye, 21-23 March (ERC Junior), gravel (subject to promoter agreement)

Round 2: Rally Islas Canarias, 2-4 May (ERC Junior), asphalt

Round 3: Rally Liepāja (Latvia), 24-26 May (ERC Junior), gravel

Round 4: Rally Poland, 28-30 June (ERC Junior), gravel

Round 5: Rally di Roma Capitale (Italy), 19-21 July (ERC Junior), asphalt

Round 6: Barum Czech Rally Zlín, 16-18 August (ERC Junior), asphalt

Round 7: Cyprus Rally, 27-29 September, gravel

Round 8: Rally Hungary (Hungary), 8-10 November, asphalt

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ERC award winners of 2018

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 12:00

Here's a reminder of who won what in the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship, which took place over eight rounds between March and October.

FIA EUROPEAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ERC1:
Driver: ALEXEY LUKYANUK (RUSSIA) Russian Performance Motorsport Ford Fiesta R5 (pictured)
Co-driver: ALEXEY ARNAUTOV (RUSSIA)

Second-place driver: NIKOLAY GRYAZIN (RUSSIA) Sports Racing Technologies ŠKODA Fabia R5
Second-place co-driver: YAROSLAV FEDOROV (RUSSIA)

Third-place driver: BRUNO MAGALHÃES (PORTUGAL) ARC Sport ŠKODA Fabia R5
Third-place co-driver: HUGO MAGALHÃES (PORTUGAL)

FIA EUROPEAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ERC2:
Driver: TIBOR ÉRDI JR (HUNGARY) Érdi Rallye Team Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
Co-driver: GYÖRGY PAPP (HUNGARY)

Second-place driver: SERGEI REMENNIK (RUSSIA) Russian Performance Motorsport
Second-place co-driver: MARK ROZIN (RUSSIA) Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X

Third-place driver: JUAN CARLOS ALONSO (ARGENTINA) RMC Motorsport
Third-place co-driver: JUAN PABLO MONASTEROLO (ARGENTINA) Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X

FIA EUROPEAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ERC3:
Driver: MĀRTIŅŠ SESKS (LATVIA) ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team Opel ADAM R2
Co-driver: RENĀRS FRANCIS (LATVIA)

Second-place driver: TOM KRISTENSSON (SWEDEN) ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team Opel ADAM R2
Second-place co-driver: HENRIK APPELSKOG (SWEDEN)

Third-place driver: EFRÉN LLARENA (SPAIN) Rally Team Spain PEUGEOT 208 R2
Third-place co-driver: SARA FERNÁNDEZ (SPAIN)

FIA ERC JUNIOR UNDER 28 CHAMPIONSHIP:
Driver: NIKOLAY GRYAZIN (RUSSIA) Sports Racing Technologies ŠKODA Fabia R5
Second-place driver: CHRIS INGRAM (GREAT BRITAIN) Toksport WRT ŠKODA Fabia R5
Third-place driver: FABIAN KREIM (GERMANY) ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland Fabia R5

FIA ERC JUNIOR UNDER 27 CHAMPIONSHIP:
Driver: MĀRTIŅŠ SESKS (LATVIA) ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team Opel ADAM R2
Second-place driver: TOM KRISTENSSON (SWEDEN) ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team Opel ADAM R2
Third-place driver: EFRÉN LLARENA (SPAIN) Rally Team Spain PEUGEOT 208 R2

FIA EUROPEAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP FOR TEAMS:
First position: ADAC OPEL RALLYE JUNIOR TEAM
Second position: SAINTÉLOC JUNIOR TEAM
Third position: RUSSIAN PERFORMANCE MOTORSPORT

ERC LADIES’ TROPHY:
Driver: EMMA FALCÓN (SPAIN) ARC Sport Citroën DS3 R3T
Second-place driver: CATIE MUNNINGS (FRANCE) Saintéloc Junior Team PEUGEOT 208 R2
Third-place driver: TAMARA MOLINARO (ITALY) Ford Fiesta R5

ERC NATIONS’ CUP:
First position: ADAC OPEL RALLYE JUNIOR TEAM
Second position: RALLY TEAM SPAIN (RFEDA)
Third position: ACCR CZECH TEAM

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ERC facts and stats 2018

Sun, 12/30/2018 - 18:00

The 2018 FIA European Rally Championship generated facts and stats aplenty. Here’s a summary.

Rally winners:
Alexey Lukyanuk/Alexey Arnautov: 3
Nikolay Gryazin/Yaroslav Fedorov: 2
Simos Galatariotis/Antonis Ioannou: 1
Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler: 1
Bruno Magalhães/Hugo Magalhães: 1

ERC2 winners:
Tibor Érdi Jr/György Papp: 4
Juan Carlos Alonso/Juan Pablo Monasterolo: 1
Petros Panteli/Kyprias Christodoulou: 1
Sergei Remennik/Mark Rozin: 1
Marcin Słobodzian/Grzegorz Dachowski: 1

ERC3 winners:
Tom Kristensson/Henrik Appelskog: 2
Mārtiņš Sesks/Renārs Francis: 2
Florian Bernardi/Victor Bellotto: 1
Diogo Gago/Miguel Ramalho: 1
Amittrajit Ghosh/Ashwin Naik: 1
Laurent Pellier/Geoffrey Combe: 1

ERC Junior U28 winners:
Nikolay Gryazin/Yaroslav Fedorov: 4
Chris Ingram/Ross Whittock: 1
Fabian Kreim/Frank Christian: 1

ERC Junior U27 winners:
Diogo Gago/Miguel Ramalho (pictured): 2
Tom Kristensson/Henrik Appelskog: 2
Mārtiņš Sesks/Renārs Francis: 2

Qualifying Stage winners:
Nikolay Gryazin/Yaroslav Fedorov: 4
Alexey Lukyanuk/Alexey Arnautov: 2
Jusso Nordgren/Tapio Suominen: 1
Nasser Al-Attiyah/Matthieu Baumel: 1

Stage winners (top five):
Alexey Lukyanuk/Alexey Arnautov: 30
Nikolay Gryazin/Yaroslav Fedorov: 20
Bruno Magalhães/Hugo Magalhães: 8
Nasser Al-Attiyah/Matthieu Baumel: 7
Jari Huttunen/Antti Linnaketo: 7

Different rally leaders: Nine
Most lead changes: Cyprus Rally (six)
Closest winning margin: 0.6s (Simos Galatariotis versus Bruno Magalhães, Cyprus Rally)
Longest rally: EKO Acropolis Rally, 237.89 kilometres
Shortest rally: Rally Islas Canarias: 202.72 kilometres

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Season recap #8: Perfect ERC treble for Gryazin in Liepāja

Sat, 12/29/2018 - 06:00

Nikolay Gryazin completed a perfect FIA European Rally Championship weekend on Rally Liepāja, scoring overall victory, the class win and the ERC Junior U28 title* alongside co-driver Yaroslav Fedorov.

Gryazin extended his lead over nearest rival Chris Ingram with three stage wins on the final morning, before bringing his Pirelli-shod Sports Racing Technologies ŠKODA Fabia R5 carefully to the finish line on the final three stages of the season.

Try as he might, Toksport WRT’s Ingram could not quite match Gryazin’s searing pace but secured a strong second place finish, which also secured him the runner-up spot in the ERC Junior U28 standings.

A titanic scrap over the final podium position went to the wire between Fredrik Åhlin and Fabian Kreim. Trading places multiple times across the weekend, Kreim had pulled in front by a mere 0.1s heading to the final stage but a monumental push by Åhlin won him back third place and the final stage by 8.1s from Gryazin.

Though fourth place finisher Kreim missed out on an overall podium, the leading quartet still demonstrated the strength of the ERC Junior Under 28 category for young stars in R5 cars by winning every stage combined, the first time in history that ERC Junior U28 drivers have won every stage of an ERC event.

Łukasz Habaj (eSky Rally Team) completed the top five finishers, retaking the position after Eyvind Brynildsen crashed out on stage 10 while chasing Åhlin and Kreim for third.

Filip Mareš (ACCR Czech Rally Team) and Rhys Yates (Kresta Racing) continued the ERC Junior U28 domination on Rally Liepāja, finishing sixth and seventh overall and fifth and sixth in class respectively. Both were aiming to build their confidence on the high-speed Latvian stages, outlasting several more experienced R5 rivals to secure strong finishes.

Ingram’s Toksport WRT team-mate Orhan Avcioğlu lost three minutes on the final stage after being forced to stop and change a puncture but still managed to retain eighth overall.

Tom Kristensson secured ERC Junior U27 honours while also finishing ninth overall, beating ADAC Opel Rallye Junior team-mate Mārtiņš Sesks for victory. Local favourite Sesks wrapped up the ERC3 title while also scoring a point in the overall ERC classification, completing the top 10 finishers.

ERC2 production class honours were secured by Sergei Remennik (Russian Performance Motorsport), recovering from a powersteering failure just before midday service to finish P12 in the ERC classification.

Emma Falcón was crowned ERC Ladies’ Trophy winner, scoring enough points to secure the title despite her main rival Catie Munnings (Saintéloc Junior Team) winning the event in their class.

Words of a winner (Nikolay Gryazin): “It feels good and I’m really satisfied. Our target wasn’t to push but to finish and now I can sleep well. I don’t show emotions too much but I’m really happy. We improved a lot this year, we had a good strategy and a good preparation for each event. Now I look to next year when I get two rounds of the ERC [in 2019] as my gift from Eurosport.”

Category winners
FIA ERC1: Nikolay Gryazin (LVA)/Yaroslav Fedorov (RUS) ŠKODA Fabia R5
FIA ERC2: Sergei Remennik (RUS)/Mark Rozin (RUS) Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
FIA ERC3: Tom Kristensson (SWE)/Henrik Appelskog (SWE) Opel ADAM R2
FIA ERC Junior Under 28: Nikolay Gryazin (RUS)/Yaroslav Fedorov (RUS) ŠKODA Fabia R5
FIA ERC Junior Under 27: Tom Kristensson (SWE)/Henrik Appelskog (SWE) Opel ADAM R2
ERC Ladies’ Trophy:
Catie Munnings (GBR) PEUGEOT 208 R2

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Season recap #7: Gryazin in pole position with sensational ERC victory

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 06:00

Nikolay Gryazin secured his second career FIA European Rally Championship victory on PZM Rally Poland, fending off Jari Huttunen and strengthening his FIA ERC Junior Under 28 title challenge.

Co-driven by Yaroslav Fedorov in a Sports Racing Technologies ŠKODA Fabia R5, the Pirelli-equipped Gryazin and ERC Junior Under 27 graduate Huttunen were locked in an epic tussle throughout leg two, and with no championship aspirations to worry about, the young Finn went flat out to catch the rally leader.

Huttunen won all three final afternoon stages, unleashing the shackles on his Hyundai i20 R5. A 10s time penalty for late check-in to SS14 undid his progress but failed to dampen his determination, driving on the ragged edge and finishing with a rear-left puncture, broken bumper and spoiler from his final push.

Though he won the rally-closing Baranowo test by 4.6s, Huttunen fell short of victory, Gryazin securing top spot by 8.3s, with Huttunen settling for second.

Young stars in R5 cars dominated the top positions with Chris Ingram scoring his first overall ERC podium in third. He escaped the clutches of ERC Junior U28 rival Fabian Kreim over the course of leg two for second in class, the Toksport WRT and ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland pilots separated by 17.3s at the finish. Although unable to challenge Ingram, Kreim still secured an ERC Junior U28 podium and fourth overall.

ERC Junior U28 debutant Miko Marczyk held off a late challenge from Polish championship rival Łukasz Habaj to score a sensational top-five finish for ŠKODA Polska Motorsport. The prodigious young talent has only two years’ rallying experience and had covered less than 200 competitive kilometres on gravel prior to his home ERC counter, yet resisted pressure from both sixth placed Habaj and Grzegorz Grzyb in seventh with Grzyb taking the Polish title for the second time in his career.

ACCR Czech Team’s Filip Mareš successfully pulled away from and then held fellow ERC Junior U28 competitor Tomasz Kasperczyk at bay for eighth overall and fifth in ERC Junior U28. It was a strong result for Mareš, taking part in his first gravel rally in an R5-specification car. Despite a trip through a garden on the opening morning, road sweeping on leg two as first on the road and even rolling his car over this afternoon, Norbert Herczig brought his MOL Racing Team Fabia home P10.

Mārtiņš Sesks took the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 title spoils despite crashing out of the Pirelli-supported category for a second day running. Tom Kristensson gave the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team double cause for celebration with the class win ahead of Rally Team Spain's Efrén Llarena. Marcin Słobodzian won ERC2 for Subaru Rally Team Poland.

Words of a winner (Nikolay Gryazin): “I’m really happy because I didn’t expect to win this rally. I wanted to win ERC Junior U28 but I was able to win [overall] so it’s really good for me. We had a few problems. On the last loop we had no tyres and we just had to survive, so it was a bit advantage for Jari Huttunen because he had better tyres. It was our mistake. He had a penalty, I’m really sorry for him but that gave me the chance to win. Honestly, he was really fast. I hope in the future we’re going to have a fight with him again. On the second loop I understood that he will be faster. For sure it was difficult but I just calmed down because I had to have good points in U28, so I was even prepared not to win.”

Category winners
FIA ERC1: Nikolay Gryazin (LVA)/Yaroslav Fedorov (RUS) ŠKODA Fabia R5
FIA ERC2: Marcin Słobodzian (POL)/Grzegorz Dachowski (POL) Subaru Impreza STI
FIA ERC3: Tom Kristensson (SWE)/Henrik Appelskog (SWE) Opel ADAM R2
FIA ERC Junior Under 28: Nikolay Gryazin (RUS)/Yaroslav Fedorov (RUS) ŠKODA Fabia R5
FIA ERC Junior Under 27: Tom Kristensson (SWE)/Henrik Appelskog (SWE) Opel ADAM R2
ERC Ladies’ Trophy: Catie Munnings (GBR) PEUGEOT 208 R2

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27-29.09.2019:

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08-10.11.2019:

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