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ERC Barum Czech Rally Zlin organisers step up Big 50 preparations

Sat, 06/13/2020 - 06:00

Organisers of Barum Czech Rally Zlín have stepped up their preparations for the 50th anniversary event by publishing Rally Guide 1.

Barum Czech Rally Zlín is set to host the third event of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship season from 28-30 August.

Click here to download Rally Guide 1.

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New-vember! FIA ERC Rally Islas Canarias decider set for new November date

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 10:00

The 2020 FIA European Rally Championship will be decided one week earlier than had been planned after it was announced that Rally Islas Canarias will be brought forward to 26-28 November, subject to FIA ratification.

Having been postponed from its original date of 7-9 May in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Tarmac-only event, which counts for FIA ERC and Spanish championship points, was handed a new date of 3-5 December.

However, in order to ensure the re-scheduling was workable for the Spanish championship and its drivers and teams, a new date of 26-28 November will be submitted to the FIA World Motor Sport Council for final approval when it meets on 19 June.

“Rally Islas Canarias is not only one of the highlights of the FIA ERC season, it’s also a key component of the Spanish championship,” explained Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator. “With Spanish federation RFEDA a strong partner of the ERC, it was important we could agree on a date that worked for all parties. Besides, we are all in the same boat due to COVID-19 so it’s important we all help each other. I am therefore very pleased we have found a solution and look forward to working towards the 44th running of Rally Islas Canarias in November.”

Find out more about Rally Islas Canarias by clicking here.

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All roads lead to Rome for ERC hopeful Fuentes

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 18:00

Sergio Fuentes is hoping to be Rome-bound when the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship gets underway as scheduled next month.

The 29-year-old from Tenerife is planning to contest Rally di Roma Capitale from 24-26 July in the all-new Peugeot 208 Rally4.

Having made his ERC event debut on Rally Islas Canarias last season, Fuentes is due to contest the Peugeot Rally Cup Iberica alongside selected European championship appearances.

In his first season in the Canary Islands regional championship in 2019 driving a Peugeot 208 R2, Fuentes placed third behind Yeray Lemes (Hyundai i20 R5) and Enrique Cruz (Porsche 997 GT3 2010).

Following Rally di Roma Capitale and ahead of the ERC season-closing Rally Islas Canarias, Fuentes plans to contest Barum Czech Rally Zlín. Alain Peña will co-drive.

Photo: Gustavo Alonso

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Revisit the 2019 season on ERC The Stage

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 18:00

This week’s ERC The Stage, the internet talk show from the FIA European Rally Championship, will be devoted to a review of the 2019 season while it makes a short service halt.

Looking back on the eight events that made for an action-packed and hugely memorable 2019 campaign, the programme is voiced by ERC The Stage co-host Chris Rawes with stage-end reporting from his colleague Julian Porter.

Meanwhile, ERC The Stage will be back in its normal format next week.

ERC The Stage is available at:
Facebook.com/FiaEuropeanRallyChampionship/
or Youtube.com/user/FIAERC

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Loubet and Sordo to show World Rally Cars on ERC Rally di Roma Capitale stages

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 16:00

While several Hyundai i20 R5s will be used in the pursuit of FIA European Rally Championship success on Rally di Roma Capitale, two Hyundai i20 Coupe World Rally Cars are set to contest the accompanying Rally Stars event driven by Pierre-Louis Loubet and Dani Sordo.

Organised by Max Rendina and his team at Motorsport Italia, the driving force behind Rally di Roma Capitale, Rally Stars will use the same all-asphalt stages that are being prepared to challenge some of Europe’s best drivers on Rally di Roma Capitale, which is scheduled to take place from 24-26 July as the opening rounds of the ERC and CIR (Italian championship) seasons.

Drivers entering the standalone Rally Stars will contest their own event and will not feature on the Rally di Roma Capitale entry list, start lists or classification. They will not be eligible for the Rally di Roma Capitale title or trophies, nor will they be eligible for European or Italian championship points in accordance with the regulations.

Following the final Rally Stars entrant, an additional zero car will complete each stage before the first car contesting Rally di Roma Capitale starts. Subject to confirmation, there will be a 20-minute gap between the first car starting Rally Stars and the first car starting Rally di Roma Capitale. A strong entry for Rally di Roma Capitale, featuring some of Europe’s brightest young talents, is expected.

Rally di Roma Capitale and Rally Stars have been planned to include 18 stages over a competitive distance of more than 200 kilometres. Both events will be based out of Fiuggi, south-west of Rome.

Sordo’s most recent ERC event experience came on Barum Czech Rally Zlín in 2018 when he beat Miroslav Jakeš to third place by 0.3s in a thrilling finish at the wheel of a Hyundai i20 R5.

Loubet, whose father Yves became European champion in 1989, made his ERC debut in 2015 before going on to contest four rounds of the ERC1 Junior Championship between 2018-2019, scoring a class podium in fifth overall on Rally Islas Canarias last season.

Meanwhile, Craig Breen and Callum Devine, a Hyundai Customer Racing Junior Driver, are registered for the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship under the Team MRF Tyres and Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy banners respectively. They are both expected to compete on Rally di Roma Capitale in Hyundai i20 R5s.

Strict social distancing measures in place on Rally di Roma Capitale
Drivers, teams, staff members, officials, media and spectators* can register for their free-of-charge access pass for Rally di Roma Capitale via a new web platform developed by Motorsport Italia in partnership with ACI Sport.

It’s part of extensive efforts by Rally di Roma Capitale organiser Max Rendina and his team at Motorsport Italia to ensure the event complies with government restrictions and other directives. More information is available here: https://www.rallydiromacapitale.it/the-new-and-innovative-web-platform-to-regulate-access-to-the-rally-di-roma-capitale-is-now-ready/?lang=en

*The procedure to request spectator passes will be announced as soon as COVID-19 regulations allow

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Introducing… ERC1 recruit Niki Mayr-Melnhof

Mon, 06/08/2020 - 06:00

Austrian Niki Mayr-Melnhof will continue his, thus far, impressive transition from racer to rally driver when he embarks on a full-season FIA European Rally Championship campaign in 2020.

A completely different world: Following a successful GT racing career, rallying became Mayr-Melnhof’s focus from 2016. “The biggest differences from circuit racing is to know when you can attack 100 per cent and when you need to be a little bit cautious,” he said. “But it’s a completely different world because you are adapting to constantly changing conditions and the patience you need in difficult conditions.”

No time to waste: Mayr-Melnhof was in his third season of rallying in 2018 when he won the Austrian title. He made his ERC event debut on Rally Liepāja that season. He scored his first points on scoring on Rally Islas Canarias in 2019, before claiming a top-five finish on the Cyprus Rally.

Keeping DriftCompany with Welserscheimb: Poldi Welserscheimb remains as co-driver to Mayr-Melnhof, who is extending his partnership with former Austrian champion Beppo Harrach’s DriftCompany organisation, which will run a new-for-2020 Ford Fiesta R5 MkII.

Big season, big push: “The whole team has put a lot of effort into the preparation of the new season, spending the winter working on the set-up. I’m still learning the car but we had successful tests on gravel and Tarmac. I’ve also had good training with my coach, Zsolt Matics, at Fit4Race. He is an amazing trainer and pushes you to your limits and beyond.”

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Remembering when… pre-stage tweaaks prove costly for Franceschi in ERC3 Junior

Sun, 06/07/2020 - 12:00

If rallying was about pace alone, Jean-Baptiste Franceschi would have been at least a worthy runner-up to Ken Torn in the Pirelli-supported FIA ERC3 Junior Championship category on Rally Liepāja last season.

But there’s much more to it than that, as the French talent found out to his cost on the final morning of the Latvian event back in May 2019.

Franceschi, who was co-driven by Jacques-Julien Renucci, had won on his ERC3 Junior debut on Rally Islas Canarias debut earlier in the month but had to settle for fourth place when misfortune struck.

“Before the start of stage nine it was raining a lot and I wanted to change something in the car,” Franceschi explained. “But I forgot to close the bonnet. From the start the bonnet was open to the end and we did 18 kilometres like this. Still there were some good points but we expected something better because as a competitor you always want to win. We made a mistake and it’s like that. But I [was] very happy about my pace for the first time here.”

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Opel’s ERC Juniors

Sat, 06/06/2020 - 12:00

Opel’s factory-supported team began its FIA European Rally Championship adventure in 2014 and celebrated ERC3 Junior title success in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Here are 10 drivers who flew the official Opel flag.

Emil Bergkvist (Sweden)
Swede Bergkvist made the most of his ADAC Opel Rallye Cup prize drive – a season in ERC3 Junior in 2015 – by winning the European championship’s young driver title at the wheel of an ADAM R2 run by the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team.

Marijan Griebel (Germany)
Griebel was part of the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team for three seasons, claiming the ERC3 Junior crown in 2016 at team-mate Chris Ingram’s expense. Griebel’s prize was a drive in a Škoda Fabia R5 on that season’s Cyprus Rally. He finished a fine second in what was his debut in the European championship’s top level.

Jari Huttunen (Finland)
Huttunen’s prize for winning the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup in 2016 was a season in ERC3 Junior in 2017. He took a class victory in Poland but couldn’t stop team-mate Chris Ingram from taking the championship honours on Rally Liepāja.

Chris Ingram (Great Britain)
Ingram joined the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team for his third ERC3 Junior season in 2016. After losing out on the title to stablemate Marijan Griebel, Ingram went one better the following year when he beat team colleague Jari Huttunen to the crown.

Tom Kristensson (Sweden)
Kristensson followed in a long line of ADAC Opel Rallye Cup title winners by graduating to ERC3 Junior as his prize for claiming the one-make crown. Despite completing the 2018 season with back-to-back class victories, he had to settle for second place in the championship reckoning behind team-mate Mārtiņš Sesks.

Elias Lundberg (Sweden)
The last of the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup champions to receive an ERC3 Junior prize drive due to the programme’s competition, Lundberg scored a debut category podium on the Azores Rallye in 2019.

Tamara Molinaro (Italy)
Competing under the Opel Rallye Junior Team banner, the Italian contested the ERC3 Junior Championship in 2017, placing seventh in the division and winning the ERC Ladiess’ Trophy.

Grégoire Munster (Belgium)
The talented Belgian showed plenty of pace and potential driving for the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team in ERC3 Junior last season.

Mārtiņš Sesks (Latvia)
Sesks belied his lack of international experience by winning both the ERC3 and ERC3 Junior titles during a stellar 2018 European championship campaign in his Pirelli-equipped ADAM R2.

Julius Tannert (Germany)
Tannert stepped up to ERC3 Junior in 2015 and switched to the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team for 2016 as the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup winner. He finished fourth in the final table.

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Landa goes 4 it in ERC Junior

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 06:00

Nikolai Landa will upgrade his existing Fiesta to the Rally4-specification version when he makes his debut in the Pirelli-supported FIA ERC3 Junior Championship this season.

Landa, 21, appeared on ERC The Stage, the internet talk from European championship promoter Eurosport Events, on Wednesday evening in the ERC Newcomer section.

He said: “Now it’s time step up my game, go all in and go to the ERC. I just love the rallies. The rallies are amazing, the locations so beautiful, the fans are incredible, crazy but I love that.”

Asked what he thought of the competition he’ll face in 2020, Landa said: “It’s really tough competition but I would like to race against these drivers. I’ve stayed really fit during lockdown with fitness training and simdriving to stay in touch with racing as much as possible.”

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Lukyanuk: I can’t wait to start the ERC show

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 06:00

Alexey Lukyanuk emphasisd his desire to go rallying again when he appeared on ERC The Stage last night.

Lukyanuk joined FIA European Rally Championship rival Craig Breen, plus presenters Julian Porter and Chris Rawes, on the live internet talk show from ERC promoter Eurosport Events.

The 2018 ERC champion, who has spent lockdown in his adoptive city of St Petersburg, is set to drive a Pirelli-equipped Citroën C3 R5 when the delayed European championship gets underway as planned on Rally di Roma Capitale from 24-26 July.

He said: “The most important thing is to start driving again. When everything stops we’re losing the momentum, the sponsor is losing a bit the momentum and people are starting to follow different, strange things so it’s better to start the show and attract everyone back. I’m not thinking about tactics and points, the intention is to drive, be on the spot and have fun.”

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Breen, Lukyanuk next to star on ERC The Stage

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 06:00

With 14 ERC wins and one FIA European Rally Championship title between them, Craig Breen and Alexey Lukyanuk are the latest top duo to guest on ERC The Stage.

The live talk show from ERC promoter Eurosport Events is co-hosted by Chris Rawes and Julian Porter with episode three streaming from 18h30 CET today (Wednesday) on ERC’s official Facebook page and YouTube channel.

While Lukyanuk is preparing for his second season in a Saintéloc Junior Team-run Citroën C3 R5, Breen joins Team MRF Tyres to drive a Hyundai i20 R5.

ERC3 Junior recruit Nikolai Landa is this week’s ERC Newcomer, while double ERC Junior title winner Marijan Griebel will be making an appearance.

ERC The Stage is available at:
Facebook.com/FiaEuropeanRallyChampionship/
or Youtube.com/user/FIAERC

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Lappi’s five ERC wins revisited

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 06:00

Esapekka Lappi’s stint in the FIA European Rally Championship as he navigated his way to the top of the sport not only included the coveted title but five event wins on asphalt, gravel and snow. Here’s a reminder.

Poland, 2012 (photo Janusz Szymanek): Lappi delivered in style on his ERC debut with victory on the gravel-based Rally Poland in 2012, only his third start outside his native Finland and his first in a Škoda Fabia S2000. He was fastest on 12 out of 13 stages with compatriot Janne Ferm co-driving.

Switzerland, 2013: One week after winning Rally China Longyou, Lappi was winning again, this time on the testing mountainous asphalt stages of Rallye International du Valais.

Latvia, 2014: Having won in the ERC on gravel and asphalt, Lappi added snow and ice to the list following a battling victory on Rally Liepāja having overcome an impressive Vasily Gryazin.

United Kingdom, 2014: Lappi led the Belfast-based Circuit of Ireland Rally from start to finish and never was slower than third on the 18 all-asphalt stages.

Switzerland, 2014: One year on from winning Rallye International du Valais for the first time, Lappi took his second victory on the Swiss event to set up a final-round championship decider in Corsica where the title would be his.

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Ace Austrians of the ERC

Mon, 06/01/2020 - 18:00

Several Austrian drivers have aced it in the FIA European Rally Championship. Here are just 10.

Andreas Aigner (photo 1)
Aigner transferred his world championship pedigree to the ERC for the first time in 2012. The following year he took three ERC Production Cup wins on his way to the class title in a Stohl Racing Subaru Impreza. He also heroically claimed an overall European championship podium on the Croatia Rally in 2013 having led outright.

Raimund Baumschlager (photo 2)
Now an established ERC team owner running Albert von Thurn und Taxis and MOL Racing Team’s Norbert Herczig, Baumschlager was also a big hit behind the wheel in the championship. He took a podium on his 50th and final outing as an ERC driver on the Internationale Jänner Rallye in 2014 having claimed six ERC event wins earlier in his career.

Kurt Göttlicher
Göttlicher’s final ERC campaign in 1996 was perhaps his best when he finished runner-up to Armin Schwarz in that season’s title fight.

Sepp Haider
Haider netted 10 ERC event wins in more than 90 starts between 1976 and 1999. While he rallied Peugeots in his later years, Haider enjoyed significant success with Opel power.

Beppo Harrach (photo 3)
Harrach took back-to-back ERC Production Cup wins on the Internationale Jänner Rallye between 2013 and 2014. He’s since gone on to establish the DriftCompany rally school and rally team, which will run Austrian drivers Niki Mayr-Melnhof and Nikolai Landa in the 2020 European championship.

Hermann Neubauer
The double Austrian champion has sampled a variety of categories in the European championship from ERC 2WD to the top-level ERC1 division. His major achievements so far include an ERC 2WD podium in 2013 and an overall top 10 finish in 2014.

Wilhelm Stengg
A one-time ERC event winner and 1995 Austrian champion, Stengg’s son Roland Stengg scored points on three out of five ERC3 Junior starts between 2018-2019.

Rudi Stohl
Stohl is perhaps better known for his world championship exploits, particularly on events in Africa. But he also has an ERC event win to his name. Son Manfred Stohl (photo 4), meanwhile, made 17 ERC starts and scored three wins. His Stohl Racing concern has achieved success in ERC2, while its STARD offshoot ran Hiroki Arai in last season’s ERC1 Junior Championship.

Simon Wagner (photo 5)
Having shown impressive pace in ERC3 Junior, Wagner scored a debut ERC1 Junior podium on last season’s Barum Czech Rally Zlín. Away from the ERC he’s also notched up seven wins at Rally2 level since 2018, while younger brother Julian Wagner is also highly rated having made one ERC3 Junior start and finished runner-up in last season’s Austrian championship.

Franz Wittmann
With 30 wins (including on his final ERC appearance in 2003) and 43 podium visits from 66 European championship starts, Wittmann’s achievements are significant and the stuff of legend. His son, Franz Jr, started selected ERC events in 2009 and 2010.

Two for the future? Nikolai Landa, 21, has announced an ERC3 Junior campaign in 2020. Niki Mayr-Melnhof, meanwhile, is an ex-GT racer and 2018 Austrian champion and has been quick on sporadic ERC appearances. He will be one to watch when he mounts a full-season bid in 2020 driving a Ford Fiesta R5 MkII.

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ERC governing body FIA joins forces with RM Sotheby’s for #RaceAgainstCovid online auction

Mon, 06/01/2020 - 12:00

An online auction raising funds for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has been launch through an alliance between RM Sotheby’s and the FIA, the governing body of the FIA European Rally Championship.

Members of the FIA community, including drivers and teams, have donated items of highly sought-after memorabilia that will be subject to online bids from 15-22 June.

All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to assist with the global response to COVID-19. The FIA Foundation has already made a donation of one million euros to support the fund-raising effort.

Early lots include a race suit worn by Tom Kristensen (pictured), the nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner and President of the FIA Drivers’ Commission, as well as a selection of items used by Lewis Hamilton, Damon Hill, Charles Leclerc and more. FIA European Rally Championship drivers have also made donations.

FIA President Jean Todt said: “Since the beginning of the health crisis, the FIA and the entire motorsport community have been committed to fighting the pandemic through many initiatives such as #RaceAgainstCovid. Today, we have another opportunity to show our strength and unity: I very much welcome the FIA and RM Sotheby’s collaboration for the benefit of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ global response to the COVID-19 pandemic. I thank all the drivers and teams for their contributions as well as the FIA Foundation for its generous donation. To ensure this auction the success it deserves, I urge each and every one of our motor sport family to join us.”

Go to rmsothebys.com for more information, including updates on other auction items.

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Introducing… ERC1 Junior recruit Emil Lindholm

Mon, 06/01/2020 - 06:00

Emil Lindholm will be hoping to become the latest Finn to fly in the FIA European Rally Championship in 2020. Here’s what you need to know about the rising star from Team MRF Tyres.

Like father, like son: Lindholm is following in the wheel tracks of father Sebastian – the cousin of two-time world champion Marcus Grönholm – by going rallying.

Opel fruits: The Germany-based ADAC Opel Rallye Cup kept Lindholm busy in 2015 and gave him crucial experience on asphalt. He placed fifth in the standings.

Top recognition: Lindholm’s talents were recognised when the Finnish ASN, AKK, selected him as the winner of its Flying Finn Future Star scholarship in 2017.

Italian job: Lindholm has experience of rallying in Italy – where the 2020 ERC season is set to begin with Rally di Roma Capitale next month – dating back to 2018 when he took part on three events in the country.

Flying on four: Prior to the coronavirus lockdown taking hold, Lindholm contested four rallies, winning two of them, including the SM Itälralli in his homeland. His Team MRF Tyres stablemate Craig Breen was also in action and finished third.

Photo: Taneli Niinimäki/AKK

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Cais describes Rally2 step up on ERC The Stage: It’s like driving to work after taking the bus

Sun, 05/31/2020 - 06:00

Erik Cais told ERC The Stage that the step up to Rally2 level for only his third season of rallying is akin to driving your own car to work after taking the bus.

Cais will chase ERC1 Junior points in the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship in a Yacco ACCR Team Ford Fiesta R5 MkII.

During his appearance on the ERC The Stage internet talk show on Wednesday evening, Cais said the move up the rallying ranks was: “like if you are every day going to work by bus and you will switch like you own your car it’s absolutely different.”

He continued: “It’s 4WD, you need to be more precise with your steering and everything is so fast, your focus has to be 110 per cent.”

Cais took part in a Spanish Gravel championship round prior to lockdown measures coming into force in late March and has since managed several tests in the Fiesta on asphalt since restrictions began to ease in his native Czech Republic.

The 2020 ERC season is scheduled to begin on Rally di Roma Capitale from 24-26 July.

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Why it’s double the ERC fun in Ostia

Sat, 05/30/2020 - 06:00

The FIA European Rally Championship is set to visit the beach resort of Ostia not once but twice this year.

With every effort being made for Rally di Roma Capitale to host the ERC season opener from 24-26 July, Ostia is due to take on increased importance with stages planned there on both the first and final day of the all-asphalt contest.

Previously Ostia had the honour of hosting the deciding stages on a Sunday evening. But while that tradition will remain from 19h15 local time on 26 July, the rally’s opening two stages will also take place in Ostia from 19h40 on Friday 24 July. All four stages will be located within close proximity of the sea.

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Dinkel’s colours shine through on ERC The Stage

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 06:00

Dominik Dinkel used his appearance on Wednesday’s latest instalment of ERC The Stage to show a graphic design of how his ŠKODA Fabia R5 will look when he mounts his first FIA European Rally Championship campaign.

German Dinkel, who is registered for ERC1 Junior points, will drive for ROMO Motorsport with support of long-term partner Brose.

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Top recognition for ERC Junior stars in British newspaper

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 06:00

Respected British weekly newspaper Motorsport News, which has reported on rallying since it was first published in 1955, has included several ERC Junior drivers past and present in a feature highlighting the drivers it thinks will be at the top of the sport in five years from now.

The article, Who Will Be Making the Next Raft of World Rally Championship Headlines, focuses on 10 talents that it believes can make the grade in the future.

Pep Bassas, Erik Cais, Nikolay Gryazin, Chris Ingram, Efrén Llarena, Miko Marczyk and Julian Wagner are included in the top 10, while Pedro Antunes, Callum Devine, Jean-Baptiste Franceschi, Sindre Furuseth, Tom Kristensson, Emil Lindholm, Filip Mareš, Yohan Rossel, Mārtiņš Sesks, Ken Torn, Simon Wagner, Adam Westlund and Kacper Wroblewski are mentioned as ones to watch.

Click here to find out more about Motorsport News.

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Llarena tells ERC The Stage: Citroen C3 R5 is the best yet

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 21:00

Efrén Llarena used his appearance on this evening’s ERC The Stage, the internet talk show from the FIA European Rally Championship, to praise the Citroën C3 R5 he will use on his step up to the Rally2 category in ERC1 Junior this season.

Rallye Team Spain driver Llarena, who graduates to the category as the double ERC3 and ERC3 Junior champion, sampled the Sports & You-run car shortly before his homeland went into lockdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“It is really easy to drive, I only tested it on gravel but for sure it was the best car I have been driving,” Llarena said on ERC The Stage. “I am really looking forward to start the season. I want to test the car on Tarmac because I know the [level] of the car on Tarmac is really amazing.”

The 2020 ERC season is due to begin on Rally di Roma Capitale from 24-26 July.

Screenshot captured from ERC The Stage

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Kalendarz 2020

24-26.07.

Rally di Roma Capitale (Włochy)

14-16.08.

Rally Liepaja (Łotwa)

28-30.08.

Barum Czech Rally Zlín (Czechy)

17-19.09.

Azores Rallye (Portugalia)

16-18.10.

Cyprus Rally (Cypr)

06-08.11.

Rally Hungary (Węgry)

03-05.12.

Rally Islas Canarias (Hiszpania)