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Don’t miss the ERC Season Review on Eurosport

Mon, 12/16/2019 - 09:00

Eurosport’s coverage of the FIA European Rally Championship continues this week with the eagerly anticipated Season Review tomorrow evening (Tuesday).

Scheduled to broadcast during a primetime slot from 19h15-20h15 CET, the programme will contain all the highlights of the action-packed 2019 season, which was decided on the very final stage of the very last round, November’s Rally Hungary.

Check local broadcast times for more details.

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ERC Ladies’ Trophy winner Stratieva honoured at Peugeot Sport Awards in Paris

Sun, 12/15/2019 - 06:00

Ekaterina Stratieva has received recognition from Peugeot Sport for her capture of the 2019 ERC Ladies’ Trophy.

The Bulgarian took the title driving a Peugeot 208 R2 and joined other Peugeot-powered champions at an event in Paris earlier this month.

Peugeot Sport Director François Wales made a presentation to Stratieva, a plaque and a bottle of individually branded champagne produced by one of the senior Peugeot Sport engineers.

“This recognition means a lot to us and gives us an incentive to continue to fight and organise things for a stronger 2020,” said Stratieva.

Efrén Llarena and Sara Fernández were also recognised at the event for winning the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC3 and ERC3 Junior crowns.

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ERC Rally Hungary organisers release highlights clip

Sat, 12/14/2019 - 06:00

Organisers of Rally Hungary have released a highlights clip featuring memorable moments from the deciding round of the 2019 FIA European Rally Championship.

Rally Hungary Aftermovie is a not-to-be-missed production and is available by clicking here.

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Rally Poland confirms Mikołajki base for ERC counter

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 06:00

Poland’s round of the FIA European Rally Championship will continue to be based in Mikołajki, organisers of the ERC’s longest-serving event have confirmed.

Scheduled as the fifth event of the 2020 season from 26-28 June, the 77th edition of Rally Poland is the 51st to be included on the European roster.

A statement from the rally organisers read: “Just like in its previous editions held since 2005, the picturesque town of Mikołajki and the Masuria lake district will host the 77th Rally Poland with flat-out action again running on spectacular gravel stages.”

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Hyundai reveals updated Rally2 challenger for ERC

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 06:00

Hyundai Motorsport has revealed an updated version of its multi-event and title-winning i20 R5, which will be available in time for the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship season.

Conforming to the FIA’s Rally2 regulations, the i20 R5 ’20 comes with new dampers in both Tarmac and gravel configuration, as well as a more powerful 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, now putting out a reported 290bhp.

Existing customers will be able to update their cars, while the new parts will be fitted as standard on all newly-built i20 R5s.

Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Senior Sales Associate Andrew Johns said: “The i20 R5 ‘20 represents the largest single upgrade to the car since it was revealed at the end of 2016. The first tests show a good increase in performance, and the feedback from our drivers on the handling and balance has been very positive. We will continue to finalise the exact specifications of the new parts, but I am already confident that the updates will make the i20 R5 ‘20 a very strong contender for national and international rallying.”

Redesigned door mirrors and a re-profiled roof-scoop offer visual changes, with the later improving airflow to the driver and co-driver. The gearbox and brakes will also benefit from improved cooling ducts.

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Kresta: Mareš winning ERC1 Junior title exceeded expectations

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 06:00

Czech rallying royalty Roman Kresta has admitted his protégé Filip Mareš exceeded expectations by winning the FIA ERC1 Junior Championship.

Driving a Kresta Racing-run ŠKODA Fabia, Mareš landed the title for young stars in R5 cars, beating Chris Ingram to the prize by 0.3s in a final-round, final-stage decider, despite missing the first two rounds of the campaign.

“This was a truly notable achievement for Filip and Jan [Hloušek, co-driver],” said Kresta. “We did not even expect such a result at the beginning of the season. This season was clearly focused on the results, but we aimed mainly to our local championship. Since Filip did not take part in the first two European events, the thoughts about a successful campaign came to our minds later on.

“Filip and Jan managed to make good use of last year's experience. They followed the plan and managed to use all our advice to their advantage. Both [Filip and Chris] drove great and extremely balanced, as evidenced by the final time gap at the finish. Congratulations guys and I sincerely thank the whole team and everybody involved for the hard work during the entire season.”

Prior to embarking on his hugely promising career, Autoclub of Czech Republic-backed Mareš was one of Kresta’s greatest fans, watching his now team boss him competing on national championship events and asking him for autographs.

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Monza success for ERC drivers

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 06:00

FIA European Rally Championship drivers past and present impressed at the Monza Rally Show last weekend with Andrea Crugnola winning in a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 and Andrea Nucita completing the podium behind fellow Hyundai-powered driver Dani Sordo.

Using stages housed within the famous Italian Grand Prix venue, the Monza Rally Show is a popular end-of-season competition with the ERC-headlining Rally2 (formerly R5) category the main event for the first time this year.

Crugnola, a multiple stage winner on July’s ERC-counting Rally di Roma Capitale, took victory by 11.5s over world championship star Sordo, who scored a podium on a one-off appearance on Barum Czech Rally Zlín last season.

Nucita, the 2019 ERC Abarth Rally Cup winner, finished 3.4s behind Sordo in third and also earned €10,000 for winning the Hyundai i20 R5 Trophy.

Craig Breen, ERC runner-up in 2015, finished fifth.

Photo: Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing

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From stage to snow for top ERC team Sainteloc

Sun, 12/08/2019 - 06:00

Fresh from winning the FIA European Rally Championship for Teams, top French squad Saintéloc will aim for more success when the Trophée Andros ice-racing series gets underway at the Val Thorens ski resort this weekend.

Saintéloc is fielding a three-strong team in the winter competition with WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO racer Aurélien Panis (pictured), plus Olivier Pernaut and World Rallycross driver Andreas Bakkerud forming its trio of Elite Pro drivers.

The Trophée Andros features six events with the final scheduled for Clermont-Ferrand on 1 February 2020.

Competing as the Saintéloc Junior Team, the Vincent Ducher-managed outfit secured the ERC’s entrants’ title through points scored by Sindre Furuseth, Sean Johnston, Alexey Lukyanuk and Ekaterina Stratieva.

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Ingram and Whittock officially crowned FIA ERC champions, join Lewis Hamilton on stage in Paris

Sat, 12/07/2019 - 12:00

Chris Ingram and Ross Whittock have been officially crowned as the winners of the FIA European Rally Championship for 2019 after they were presented with their trophies at the FIA Prize Giving gala in Paris on Friday evening (6 December).

The ceremony, which was held this year at the Carrousel du Louvre in the French capital, traditionally marks the point when FIA titles are confirmed.

It means Ingram, who was co-driven by compatriot Whittock, is officially the first Briton since Vic Elford in 1967 to capture regional rallying’s top prize. Aged 25, Ingram is also the youngest ERC champion since Esapekka Lappi lifted the trophy as a 23-year-old in 2014.

Driving a ŠKODA Fabia R5 for Toksport WRT, Ingram – the 2017 FIA ERC3 Junior champion – battled financial issues all season but persevered and took the ERC title in a dramatic final stage showdown on Rally Hungary last month. Initially fearing the championship was lost after they picked up a puncture on the closing run and dropped from third to fourth, despair turned to joy for Ingram and Whittock when rivals Alexey Lukyanuk and Alexey Arnautov suffered a tyre deflation of their own and slipped from first to second in the rally order, which was enough to put Ingram and Whittock on top of the title table.

Ingram said: “It was always a dream to be European champion and the fact it had been more than 50 years since a Brit last won it makes it even more special for me. It’s one of the biggest things I can achieve in my life. To do it so soon, I’m 25 years old, I’m very proud. I’m already thinking what can I do now, what’s the next thing? But this is a lifetime ambition of mine and a dream come true.”

Whittock, 28, said: “It’s massive for me. I’ve only been co-driving for five years and to achieve this in five years is just incredible. I started from the bottom in the UK and just worked my way up and luckily got the opportunity with Chris two and a half years ago to start in the ERC with relatively low experience. I’ve learned all my experience of international rallying in the ERC and to finally win it and to call myself an international champion is just an incredible feeling.”

In the company of FIA President Jean Todt, a number of other FIA champions were honoured at the Prize Giving event. They included FIA Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton, FIA World Rally Championship winners Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja, plus Fernando Alonso, Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima, who were awarded for their capture of the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship.

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Pay close attention to Prague rallysprint entry ERC fans

Sat, 12/07/2019 - 06:00

The entry list for today’s TipCars Pražský Rallysprint provides a number of exciting talking points ahead of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship season.

Taking place in the Czech capital Prague on 7 December, the event lists a number of notable entrants including:

Dominik Brož: ERC3 Junior regular will be hoping to end what has been, at times, a frustrating 2019 on a high.

Jan Černý: A winner in both ERC1 Junior and ERC3 Junior, Černý is a late replacement for Roman Odložilík, who took an ERC podium on Barum Czech Rally Zlín in 2010.

Grzegorz Grzyb: A podium finisher in the ERC in the past, the rapid Pole is working on securing a budget to return to European championship level in 2020.

Martin Koči: Having beaten Grzyb to the Slovokian title in 2019, Koči will be in action in his regular ŠKODA Slovakia Motorsport Fabia R5, albeit with new co-driver Igor Bacigál, who guided Ferenc Vincze to this year’s Hungarian championship and three stage wins on the ERC-counting Rally Hungary last month. Like Grzyb, Koči is not giving up on a future ERC return, providing funding can be found.

Filip Mareš: Following his ERC1 Junior title-winning season, Mareš – who is seeded number two to Koči – will be aiming to put on a show in his country’s capital city as he builds up to a full European championship assault in 2020.

Václav Pech: A stalwart of the ERC-counting Barum Czech Rally Zlín, the popular multi-national champion gets a first try in a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 with co-driver Petr Uhel by his side after campaigning a Ford Fiesta R5 for several seasons.

Petr Semerád: Having impressed on a handful of ERC3 Junior rounds in 2019, rising star Semerád steps up to a top-class ŠKODA Fabia R5.

Vojtěch Štajf (pictured): The ACCR Czech Rally Team captain starts his first major event since he was injured in a crash on the Barum Czech Rally Zlín in August. It’s also his first start with Radim Kotlář following Veronika Havelková’s decision to call a temporary halt to her co-driving career as she prepares to become a mother next year.

Photo: Michal Vitovec

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ERC3 Junior drivers to count on Pirelli tyres for next three seasons

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 09:00

Eurosport Events, promoter of the FIA European Rally Championship, is delighted with the FIA’s decision to grant Pirelli a three-year extension to continue as the single supplier of tyres to the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship for the 2020-2022 seasons.

A long-term partner of ERC Junior and a staunch supporter of young driver development, Pirelli will also remain an Official Series Partner of the ERC under a long-standing association with Eurosport Events.

Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator, said: “We are delighted that the FIA has extended its agreement with Pirelli for a further three seasons. Pirelli has done an incredible job over the last four years, not only providing tyres but also teaching young ERC Junior drivers how to manage their tyres properly. In 2019, for the first time, the overall ERC was won by an ERC3 Junior champion, Chris Ingram, who took the ERC3 Junior title in 2017. That’s the best advert possible for a junior category and this would not have been possible without the support of Pirelli over the past few years.”

Pirelli’s single supplier agreement extension with the FIA was rubber-stamped at a meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris on 4 December. The company will supply its P Zero RK tyre for the three asphalt-based rounds of ERC3 Junior and its Scorpion K tyre for the three gravel events. It will also provide an on-event support service including technical advice from experienced engineers.

Terenzio Testoni, Pirelli’s Rally Activity Manager, said: “Pirelli is delighted to continue as the single supplier of tyres to the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship as part of our company-wide philosophy of promoting young talent in rallying to ensure the future of the sport. With Pirelli also being an Official Series Partner of the ERC, as well as being present on a wide range of national rally series throughout Europe, a ladder of talent is in place to develop drivers from the grass roots of the sport all the way to the top, which is perfectly in keeping with the ethos behind the ERC as well. We look forward to another exciting season of great rallies and with the aim of discovering more champions of the future.”

Pirelli's history in motorsport stretches back for more than 100 years, and the Italian company has been involved in rallying since the sport was established at an international level. Currently supplying Formula One as well as GT racing and national championships on both two and four wheels, Pirelli is the acknowledged world leader when it comes to ultra-high-performance tyres.

FIA ERC3 Junior Championship 2020 calendar
Round 1: Azores Rallye (gravel), 26-28 March
Round 2: Rally Islas Canarias (asphalt), 7-9 May
Round 3: Rally Liepāja (Latvia, gravel), 29-31 May
Round 4: 77th Rally Poland (gravel), 26-28 June
Round 5: Rally di Roma Capitale (asphalt), 24-26 July
Round 6: Barum Czech Rally Zlín (asphalt), 28-30 August

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ERC 2020 calendar formally ratified by FIA World Motor Sport Council

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 06:00

The calendar for the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship was formally ratified during the meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris yesterday.

As previously approved by an electronic vote of WMSC members, the calendar consists of eight events as follows:

Round 1: Azores Rallye (gravel), 26-28 March
Round 2: Rally Islas Canarias (asphalt), 7-9 May
Round 3: Rally Liepāja (Latvia, gravel), 29-31 May
Round 4: 77th Rally Poland (gravel), 26-28 June
Round 5: Rally di Roma Capitale (asphalt), 24-26 July
Round 6: Barum Czech Rally Zlín (asphalt), 28-30 August
Round 7: Cyprus Rally (gravel), 9-11 October
Round 8: Rally Hungary (asphalt), 6-8 November

The Council also approved Pirelli as the single tyre supplier of the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship from 2020-2022, an extension to a long-term agreement. In addition, drivers in Rally5 cars (previously R1 cars) will also be eligible for ERC3 Junior points from 2020.

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Fun and fast: Polonski relished ERC Abarth season

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 12:00

Dariusz Poloński said he had a “lot of fun” on his way to second place in the first Abarth Rally Cup to form part of the FIA European Rally Championship structure.

Poloński was runner-up to Andrea Nucita at the completion of the six-event series, which he contested in a Pirelli-equipped Abarth 124 rally run by Rallytechnology and co-driven by Łukasz Sitek.

“The car was really fantastic, I really liked it,” said Poloński during the recent ERC Awards Ceremony in Budapest. “We had a lot of fun, it’s very fast, we had for sure some issues but we had a big smile on our faces.”

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Llarena acknowledges Spanish federation support in ERC

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 15:00

Efrén Llarena celebrated his FIA European Rally Championship title double* at the ERC Awards Ceremony in Hungary last month by thanking Spanish federation RFEDA (Real Federación Española de Automovilismo) for its long-standing support.

Llarena has competed in the ERC for the last two seasons through the Rallye Team Spain initiative, which has funded his progression from national title winner to international-level champion as part of an alliance with ERC promoter Eurosport Events.

After collecting his trophies for winning the ERC3* and ERC3 Junior titles at the ERC Awards Ceremony in Budapest, Llarena said: “It’s an amazing feeling because it was a very long season and we worked very hard during the last two years to be here. We get the support of the Spanish federation, they helped us a lot and we win. I want to say thank you to them.”

Llarena’s prize for his title triumph in the Pirelli-supported ERC3 Junior Championship is two prize drives in a Motorsport Italia ŠKODA Fabia R5 on Pirelli tyres in the 2020 FIA ERC1 Junior Championship, although it is hoped that the 24-year-old will be able to secure the budget to contest a full ERC campaign alongside co-driver long-term co-driver Sara Fernández.

*Subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA

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ERC champion* Ingram looks back rally by rally

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 15:00

With the 2019 FIA European Rally Championship* in the bag, Toksport WRT's Chris Ingram looks back on his title-winning season rally by rally alongside co-driver Ross Whittock.

Azores Rallye, third (21 points): “The Azores is probably one of the best rallies in the world with some of the most incredible stages and scenery, especially the Sete Cidades volcano stage. But we had a spin and some problems so we slipped down the order. To get the podium in the end was good for the championship even though the performance was average.”

Rally Islas Canarias, second (29 points): “I really enjoy the incredible scenery and fast Tarmac stages of Gran Canaria and we’ve had good results there in the past. I started very slowly, we were 16th on the Qualifying Stage and ninth on the first stage, but we improved all the rally and ended up setting some fastest stage times and finished second overall so that was a good performance.”

Rally Liepāja, fourth (20 points): “I wasn’t driving well at all, putting too much pressure on myself. The local guys and Alexey Lukyanuk are probably faster than me. It was difficult, we improved throughout the rally but we only came fourth.”

PZM 76th Rally Poland, DNF, withdrew (0 points): “We had a disaster of a rally. We had a puncture, lost powersteering, then sand filled up in the radiator. As I was trying to fix the car, I burnt my hand really badly and we had to retire. That was the lowest point of the season.”

Rally di Roma Capitale, sixth (12 points): “Rome was probably my worst drive, I just wasn’t able to drive like me, I was putting too much pressure on myself and I was a bit distracted by other things.”

Barum Czech Rally Zlín, third (26 points): “We went to Barum on the back foot and everyone said Filip Mareš is going to win the ERC1 Junior title, you’ve got no chance. He’s the local hero, they said, and all the locals want him to win and his team is from down the road. But I knew that we had a chance if I did my best performance. So, I relaxed as much as possible and my natural speed came back and we had an amazing fight with him. Unfortunately, we lost the title by 0.3s but I didn’t feel like it was such a big loss even though it obviously was because it was also 100,000 euros. But, personally, I gained a lot and I knew as we moved into the overall championship lead by one point, I’d turned a corner and got myself back on track. I knew that we could push for the overall title. It was an event with massive mixed emotions.”

Cyprus Rally, second (27 points): “The final rounds in Cyprus and Hungary were the crucial ones obviously. We played them so tactically and that worked so well. We were just very careful in Cyprus, we knew it was going to be one of the toughest and roughest events in our careers on a rally we’d never done before. We just had to survive and we ended up finishing second to Nasser Al-Attiyah, an absolute legend. That was an amazing result.”

Rally Hungary, fourth (18 points): “Hungary was another brand-new rally and unbelievably tricky conditions. It was a survival rally and we knew we had to be clever again and a podium would secure it. We drove consistently throughout the rally, Ross and myself were just so focused, we couldn’t have done any better. We had two unlucky punctures, I have no idea how we got them, but, in the end, Alexey also did. Dropping to fourth from third with a puncture on the final stage was just catastrophic for us, we were devastated to think we’d lost by just one position. But then shortly after Alexey arrived and he had a puncture. There was so much confusion if he’d won or if we’d won. It took 20 mins to find out, but in the end, it was confirmed. That 20 minutes felt like a lifetime but it was just a moment we’ll never forget and an amazing moment in rallying as well. I’m still reliving that moment now, it’s amazing.”

*Subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA

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How the ERC title was won*. By Chris Ingram

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 12:00

Chris Ingram and Ross Whittock became the latest in a long line of illustrious winners of the FIA European Rally Championship* following a dramatic final-stage showdown with Alexey Lukyanuk and Alexey Arnautov on Rally Hungary last month in their Toksport WRT ŠKODA Fabia R5.

Relying on vital budget generated through a crowdfunding campaign launched by his mother Jo to complete the season, 25-year-old Ingram revealed how he bounced back from ERC1 Junior title disappointment in August to become the first Briton since Vic Elford in 1967 to claim the coveted regional crown, despite not winning a round outright, a fact he’s quick to play down.

“We had some opportunities where we could have won but the ERC1 Junior title was our focus for the first six rounds and it was always in the back of my mind that I can’t crash the car because we had no money and that would have been the end of it if I had done,” Ingram says. “I just tried to be as consistent as possible, get solid results all year and it paid off. I don’t care if we didn’t win a rally outright, we’ve won the title and no one can take that away from us. I always believed I had the speed and consistency to win it.”

From Twingo to tango
“It’s crazy to think but five years ago I was driving a Renault Twingo R2 with my father helping me prepare the car on rallies,” remembers Ingram. “Five years later I was in a ŠKODA Fabia R5, a top-spec car with Toksport, a top team, fighting drivers like Alexey Lukyanuk that I’ve looked up to for a long time, one of the fastest drivers around. It’s been a dream and I’m so proud the hard work has paid off. But I never thought it would happen, it’s been a difficult journey with lots of highs and lows.”

Lifetime ambition achieved
“It was always a dream to be European champion and the fact it had been more than 50 years since a Brit last won it makes it even more special for me,” says Ingram. “It’s one of the biggest things I can achieve in my life. To do it so soon, I’m 25 years old, I’m very proud. I’m already thinking what can I do now, what’s the next thing? But this is a lifetime ambition of mine and a dream come true.”

The turning point
“I would say the Barum Rally was the turning point,” Ingram explains. “The first five rallies were incredibly difficult and I was putting so much pressure on myself and therefore driving slower. Then in Barum I just tried to relax as much as possible. My speed and my normal driving came back and it became easy again and we carried that through for the last three rallies. They were our strongest performances of the season.”

A special guiding light
“This is all thanks to the team, Toksport, but so many people have supported us and especially Ross who has guided me perfectly on every corner of every stage. He’s done an incredible job, so reliable, so focused. We have a fantastic team so I’m just very proud.”

Visit FIAERC.com soon to read Chris Ingram's rally-by-rally reflections

*Subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA

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Furuseth thanks rival Llarena for “intense” ERC3 Junior fights

Sun, 12/01/2019 - 12:00

Sindre Furuseth has thanked ERC3 Junior champion* Efrén Llarena for their “intense fights” in 2019.

Norwegian Furuseth was in title contention throughout the season-closing Barum Czech Rally Zlín, eventually placing third in the final ranking alongside co-driver Jim Hjerpe from Sweden.

Speaking at the recent ERC Awards Ceremony in Budapest, Furuseth said: “First of all I enjoyed very much reaching the start line with Saintéloc Racing and thank you very much for their support all year. And thank you very much to Efren for the intense fights.

“We have been absolutely flat out all year fighting with the M-Sport Fiestas, in some rallies it’s been very difficult but before Rome, before the last two rounds, our championship looked very good but in the end we haven’t managed to put our speed and performance into rally wins and the championship win.

“But I’m happy with third and I’m happy to see my friend Efrén win the championship.”

Furuseth, a drove a Pirelli-equipped Peugeot 208 R2 for the Saintéloc Junior Team in 2019, has yet to announce his programme for 2020 but has spoken in the past of his desire to step up to R5 level.

*Subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA

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Vote ERC!

Sat, 11/30/2019 - 06:00

Voting for the FIA’s Action of the Year video clip is underway and closes tomorrow, Sunday.

The FIA European Rally Championship’s submission features Norbert Herczig saving a spin on stage 10 of Rally Hungary, the deciding round of this year’s all-action season.

Herczig, who recovered to finish fifth in his MOL Racing Team Volkswagen Polo GTI R5, was one of a number of drivers to get into trouble on the rain-hit event.

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The fastest driver in the ERC is…

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 06:00

Alexey Lukyanuk might have lost out on back-to-back FIA European Rally Championship titles to Chris Ingram in a final-stage decider in Hungary earlier this month*, but the Russian came out on top of the stage wins chart for 2019.

Co-driven in a Saintéloc Junior Team Citroën C3 R5 by compatriot Alexey Arnautov, Lukyanuk set 39 stage bests across the eight-event ERC season, a hugely impressive 26 more than the next fastest driver, Andrea Crugnola, managed.

Nasser Al-Attiyah and Oliver Solberg were next up with 10 stage wins, followed by Jan Kopecký (six) and Łukasz Habaj and Pepe López, who were both quickest on five stages.

In total 21, drivers landed fastest stage times in 2019. They included ERC champion* Chris Ingram, Motorsport Ireland-backed Callum Devine and MOL Racing Team’s Norbert Herczig, a winner of four Hungarian titles in the past.

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Double points mark strong end to ERC 2019 for von Thurn und Taxis

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 06:00

Albert von Thurn und Taxis completed his fightback from a tough mid-season by scoring points in the closing two rounds of the FIA European Rally Championship.

Although the German didn’t quite beat his previous personal-best tally of 29 points from 2017, his top-10 finish on Rally Hungary marked the first time he’d scored on a sealed-surface event in the ERC.

Driving for Baumschlager Rallye & Racing, the ex-GT racer was sixth on the Cyprus Rally, a result he emulated on Rally Hungary alongside his new-for-2019 co-driver Bernhard Ettel from Austria.

Prior to his Cyprus result, von Thurn und Taxis had endured a luckless run of three consecutive retirements, making his return to form on the Nicosia-based event in late September all the more satisfying.

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Kalendarz 2019

21-23.03.2019:

Azores Airlines Rallye (Portugalia)

02-04.05.2019

Rally Islas Canarias (Hiszpania)

24-26 05.2019

Rally Liepāja (Łotwa)

28-30.06.2019

Rajd Polski

19-21.07.2019

Rally di Roma Capitale (Włochy)

16-18.08.2019

Barum Czech Rally Zlín (Czechy)

27-29.09.2019:

Cyprus Rally (Cypr)

08-10.11.2019:

Rally Hungary (Węgry)