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Panteli seeks home reward…. and more ERC action

Sat, 06/09/2018 - 06:00

Cypriot Petros Panteli heads to his upcoming home round of the FIA European Rally Championship aiming to banish the misfortune that ruled out an ERC2 podium on last week’s EKO Acropolis Rally.

Panteli, who is co-driven by countryman Kypros Christodoulou, was on course for third place in Greece in his Q8 Oils-backed Mitsubishi Lancer, only for a mechanical issue on the final stage to drop him back to fourth behind Zelindo Melegari.

“The Cyprus Rally is a lot easier than the Acropolis Rally, it’s actually faster,” said Panteli. “We know the special stages from the past but some are new because they are in the opposite way round. We are aiming higher and higher. Overall victory would be impossible but in ERC2 that is our aim.”

Christodoulou explained there was a chance the Cypriot pair could make further ERC appearances in 2018. ‘We are waiting for our sponsors for some help so we can continue in ERC we have plans to do one or two more races,” he said.

The Cyprus Rally is based in Larnaca from 15-17 June.

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Galatariotis plots even better ERC result in Cyprus

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 18:00

Simos Galatariotis has vowed to improve upon the fifth place he scored on the EKO Acropolis Rally when the FIA European Rally Championship heads to his native Cyprus next week.

Galatariotis will contest the Cyprus Rally in ŠKODA Fabia R5 on the back of a strong showing in Greece last weekend.

“I was very happy on the Acropolis Rally because I didn’t have such high expectations,” said Galatariotis. “But everything went well, the tyre strategy worked, we took caution in many places and it worked well in the end. You can expect better from me in Cyprus for sure.”

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Event preview: ERC aces facing ultimate test on Cyprus Rally

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 12:00

For more than four decades, the Cyprus Rally has put car and crew to a significant test. And while the current format is a little less taxing than it once was, underestimating the demanding nature of this rallying heavyweight would be a big mistake.

Although it’s fundamentally a gravel rally, a handful of sections take place on asphalt, which will further increase the challenge when the event gets underway from its new base in Larnaca from 15-17 June.

Add to the mix the searing ambient and ground temperatures, and it quickly becomes clear why the Cyprus Rally is ranked as an ultimate test of driver and car.

Chosen by the FIA, motorsport’s global governing body, for having the best volunteer organising team in the world following the 2017 edition, Cyprus Rally bosses have built on that recognition with a new base, overhauled route and impressive 65-car entry, with 50 contesting the ERC-counting international event.

Among the drivers in action is Nasser Al-Attiyah, the most celebrated driver in Cyprus Rally history with a record five wins – plus eight on the country’s Troodos Rally for good measure. The Qatari’s last victory came in 2017 when he revealed just why he’s so prolific on the Cypriot stages.

“There is no secret but I work very hard and we have the experience,” said the Autotek Motorsport Ford Fiesta R5 driver. “The rally is a mix between slow stage, medium stage and fast stage and we need to manage the speed on the different stage. The hot weather is no problem because we do a lot of race like the Dakar Rally where we stay 12 hours inside the car in hot temperatures. But we know this race is really hard and very hot. It’s my favourite rally and we try to do our best.”

Following his crucial EKO Acropolis Rally victory last time out, Bruno Magalhães will head to Cyprus rejuvenated and firmly back in the title fight in his ARC Sport ŠKODA Fabia R5. Without a 2018 win prior to his Greek triumph, SEAJETS-backed Magalhães is now 14 points behind Alexey Lukyanuk, who suffered his first retirement of 2018 in Greece when he broke his Ford Fiesta R5’s suspension on a rock.

Lukyanuk has vowed to “look positively and focus” to ensure the Acropolis was just a temporary blip for the otherwise excellent Russian, while Portugal’s Magalhães is just relieved to be heading to Cyprus after only learning he’d have the budget to take part shortly after celebrating his win in Greece.

Add Norbert Herczig and fellow Acropolis podium finisher Hubert Ptaszek, local aces Simos Galatariotis and Alexandros Tsouloftas, ŠKODA-backed Juuso Nordgren and a host of other ERC regulars such as Orhan Avcioǧlu, Dávid Botka, Paulo Nobre and Albert von Thurn und Taxis, and this year’s Cyprus Rally is set to produce the usual blend of intense competition, drama and excitement.

To mark the Cyprus Rally’s return to the ERC roster in 2014 for the first time since 1999, a ground-breaking street stage through the United Nations-controlled Buffer Zone between Nicosia’s Greek Cypriot and Turkish inhabited areas was organised and generated considerable interest, including within the UN. However, while the stage remains on the 2018 itinerary, what have been described by the event organisers as “technical issues” means the stage won’t venture into Turkish-controlled Northern Cyprus this year.

With 13 stages over a timed distance of 204.92 kilometres, the Cypus Rally begins with Free Practice and Qualifying on 15 June followed by two days of action north and west of Larnaca.

ERC2: Panteli seeks home reward
With Tibor Érdi Jr and Sergei Remennik using next month’s Rally di Roma Capitale for their next scoring opportunity, Juan Carlos Alonso and Zelindo Melegari will be aiming to take advantage of their absence by adding to their season totals. And after crashing out of the podium battle in Greece, Argentine Alonso will be eager to do just that. Petros Panteli will also be searching for a strong finish to make up for his Acropolis disappointment when a mechanical failure on the final stage ruled out a seemingly certain third place. Cypriot youngster Panikos Polykarpou – second overall among the ERC runners in Cyprus last year – Michalis Posedias and Andreas Psaltis will also be in the hunt for production category points.

ERC3: Saintéloc youngsters in the battle for class success
Saintéloc Junior Team drivers Catie Munnings and Laurent Pellier will form part of an exciting ERC3 line-up on the Cyprus Rally, with Pellier stepping back from the ERC Junior Under 28 Championship to showcase the pace and strength of the PEUGEOT 208 on what is a traditionally demanding rally. Russia’s Artur Muradian was quick but out of luck in Greece, while Canary Islander Emma Falcón won stages and plaudits on the Acropolis for not giving up despite worsening brake problems. And her determination was rewarded with top ERC Ladies’ Trophy points. Hungarian Norbert Bereczki makes his ERC3 debut, while Cypriots Christos Mannouris and Constantinos Televantos complete the ERC3 contingent in their two-wheel-drive machines.

And in other news…
*The Cyprus Rally represents another new event for four-time Hungarian champion Norbert Herczig, who bagged his first ERC podium in Greece in his MOL Racing Team ŠKODA.
*After co-driving his young compatriot Hubert Ptaszek to a fine third place on the EKO Acropolis Rally, Pole Maciej Szczepaniak has joined forces with three-time ERC champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz for this week’s world championship Rally Italia Sardegna. However, he will be back with Ptaszek in Cyprus.
*Promising Cypriot Alexandros Tsouloftas showed plenty of speed in Greece only for a driveshaft failure to force his exit nearing the end of leg two. Fellow Cypriot Simos Galatariotis, a multiple champion in the country, also impressed in fifth place having upgraded to a ŠKODA Fabia R5 since his last Cyprus Rally appearance in 2017 in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X.
*Toksport’s Orhan Avcioǧlu, from Turkey, and Motorsport Italia-run Brazilian Paulo Nobre start in Cyprus on the back of scoring their first ERC points in Greece.
*ŠKODA-supported Finn Juuso Nordgren, 21, will continue his experience-building mission on the Cyprus Rally following a stage-winning ERC debut in Greece.
*After linking up with Frank Christian for the EKO Acropolis Rally, the ever-improving Albert von Thurn und Taxis – a former GT racer – is reunited with Belgian co-driver Bjorn Degandt for Cyprus, which means a switch back to English-language pacenotes after German instructions were used in Greece.
*Reigning ERC Junior Under 27 champion Chris Ingram appears on the Cyprus Rally entry list in a Toksport ŠKODA, but a call on his participation depends on his recovery from illness.
*Vojtéch Štajf, who battled Dávid Botka for the ERC2 title in 2015, is a guest entrant for the ACCR Czech Team. The popular Czech is contesting a programme of national and Middle East events in 2018 but has registered for ERC points in Cyprus where he will drive a ŠKODA Fabia R5 for his own team, Racing 21.
*Cypriot drivers Panayiotis Yiangou and Antonis Chilimintris complete the ERC1 runners in a Hyundai i20 R5 and Citroën DS3 R5 respectively.

Watch and listen
Highlights from both legs will be shown on Eurosport and available on Eurosport Player. ERC Radio will broadcast live from stage finishes and selected service park visits.

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Furuseth plots ERC Junior U27 campaign

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 18:00

Sindre Furuseth will embark on an FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship campaign from July’s Rally di Roma Capitale onwards.

The talented Norwegian and Swedish co-driver Jim Hjerpe will compete in a privately-run Opel ADAM R2 in what is hoped will be a four-event programme.

“We have been working hard for many years now and driven different rallies around northern Europe,” said Furuseth. “Together with our coach Olav Bodilsen it has been all about gaining experience and develop as driver and co-driver. Now we are ready to show where we are, and I am sure ERC Junior U27 is the right place.”

Furuseth, a member of the Norwegian national team, has secured additional support from IRM Norway, Nordby Maskin, Nordbohus Modum, Alt i Asfalt, Thrane-Steen Nord, Mipa Billakk, Printing and Ruterknekt.

In addition to Rally di Roma Capitale, Furuseth will also contest the ERC rounds in Czech Republic, Poland and Latvia.

Photo: Lars Rangnes

Hokkanen makes Saintéloc ERC Junior move

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 06:00

Miika Hokkanen will complete his maiden FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship campaign with the Saintéloc Junior Team.

The Finnish R2 champion began the season with Oktan Sport but will make his asphalt debut on next month’s Rally Islas Canarias in a PEUGEOT 208 R2 run under the guidance of Saintéloc Team Manager Vincent Ducher.

“We are glad to welcome Miika and Jukka [Pasenius] in the team,” said Ducher. “Miika has spent most of his time on gravel n Finland but never drove on Tarmac. We made two days of testing in France before one more test in Canarias. We are happy to help him grow his rally-driving career.”

Rally Islas Canarias takes place from 3-5 May. Hokkanen, who retired from last month's Azores Airlines Rallye, will partner Briton Catie Munnings and Austrian Simon Wagner in the three-strong Saintéloc Junior Team line-up.

Quality and quantity: strong ERC Rally Islas Canarias entry list published

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 18:00

Sixty crews, headed by last year’s winners Alexey Lukyanuk and Alexey Arnautov, have entered the international section of Rally Islas Canarias – the second consecutive FIA European Rally Championship event to have attracted such a high number of registrations.

Twenty-three drivers will chase success in R5 cars with a further five top-of-the-range machines in action in the national event.

The FIA ERC Junior Championship has 20 entrants with nine in ERC Junior Under 28 for young stars in R5 cars and 11 in the Pirelli-supported ERC Junior Under 27 division.

Forty-one drivers are eligible for ERC points on Rally Islas Canarias, which takes place from 3-5 May, while a total of six drivers will compete for Beca Junior R2 honours and follow in the wheel tracks of Efrén Llarena. The promising Spaniard is embarking on an ERC Junior U27 campaign as his prize for winning the #BkR2 crown in 2017.

Click here to view the entry list and visit soon for more on some of the Rally Islas Canarias participants.

Former ERC champion Kopecký relishing Lukyanuk’s Czech threat

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 06:00

Jan Kopecký is relishing the prospect of taking on Alexey Lukyanuk in this season’s Czech championship.

Speaking ahead of his victory over the Russian on last weekend’s Rallye Šumava Klatovy, factory ŠKODA Fabia R5 driver Kopecký said Lukyanuk would make a tough rival.

"It's good to have Alexey in the Czech championship," said Kopecký, who won on home soil ahead of Lukyanuk with former FIA ERC Junior frontrunner Filip Mareš in fourth. "We can compare our pace again and will be fighting not only with the local guys. I'm looking for the competition and although we are opponent, if he will need, I'll be glad to help him by some advices about Czech event.”

ERC drivers on form during weekend events

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 22:00

It proved a successful weekend for several FIA European Rally Championship drivers with notable results in Azores, Czech Republic, Poland and Slovenia.

In Poland, Grzegorz Grzyb triumphed on the opening event of the national championship season, Rajd Świdnicki KRAUSE, with ERC Junior Under 28 regular Tomasz Kasperczyk fifth and Albert von Thurn und Taxis and experience-building P15.

Play/AutoAçoreana Racing’s Bernardo Sousa, an ERC event winner in the past, won the Tarmac-based Azores championship-counting Rali Sical. He finished one place ahead of Luis Rego, who took an ERC Junior U28 finish on last month’s Azores Airlines Rallye.

In Slovenia, Andrea Nucita took his 124 Abarth to third overall on Rally Vipavska Dolina in Slovenia. The Italian will tackle the ERC counters in Italy and Czech Republic later this season.

The 2013 ERC champion Jan Kopecký’s Czech championship dominance continued with top spot on Rallye Šumava Klatovy. Former ERC Junior U27 title contender Filip Mareš took fourth as Alexey Lukyanuk began his Czech campaign in a strong second (see separate story).

Why ERC star Lukyanuk’s Czech adventure won’t be a one-off

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 06:00

Alexey Lukyanuk’s participation on this weekend’s Czech championship Rallye Šumava Klatovy won’t be a one-off as first reported.

Instead, the rapid Russian will contest five rounds of the highly competitive national series alongside his ERC campaign, which began with victory on the Azores Airlines Rallye last month.

“We are opening a new page, a new experience,” said Lukyanuk. “We are quite positive, maybe we will not be able to fight straight away, but we have to find our pace, get the feeling and hope the speed will be there.”

Due to clashes with his ERC campaign, Lukyanuk will miss the Valašská Rally ValMez and Agrotec Rally Hustopeče. But he’s relishing the challenge of taking on Czech champions like Jan Kopecký and Václav Pech, plus top ERC Junior Jan Černý.

“It's good to be on the roads they know, almost each corner,” said Lukyanuk. “I will learn a lot from them and it's great because we have to adapt quickly and find proper pace, lines and so on. It will be big experience for us."

As well as the opportunity to chase Czech championship honours, Lukyanuk believes his outings in the country can boost his ERC bid, particularly on August’s Barum Czech Rally Zlín, which counts for both championships.

“It's good preparation for our ERC Tarmac events,” he said. “But here we also want to show ourselves in the best way and say thanks to our sponsor ROKO airplanes as they giving us this chance to drive here. We want to show potential of our team. On the other hand, we will have more mileage behind the steering wheel of our Fiesta R5. It's good for me, because we have not so many test kilometres and each rally and stage is important for me. Knowing the car and myself better, learning new skills, it's amazing.”

Lukyanuk’s navigator Alexey Arnautov will co-drive their H-Racing Fiesta, which is entered under the Russian Performance Motorsport banner on ERC events.

With thanks to Jan Vaskovic. Photo: Jan Vaskovic

New sponsor, Acropolis start for Greek ERC round

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 18:00

The Greek round of the FIA European Rally Championship will get a new title sponsor and start under the ancient Acropolis of Athens citadel as part of exciting plans for 2018.

Counting as the third event of the all-action ERC season from 1-3 June, the legendary gravel contest will be known as the EKO Acropolis Rally in deference to support from the petrol station network.

During a press conference at Greece’s National Library located within the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Kallithéa, organisers confirmed the rally will be based in the university city of Lamia for a third year running, while route details would be announced in due course.

Stengg embarks on ERC Junior learning mission

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:00

Roland Stengg has chosen the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship for the “competition and coverage” it delivers as he embarks on a two-year European campaign.

Stengg, a 24-year-old from Austria, will make his category debut on next month’s Rally Islas Canarias (3-5 May) before contesting the remaining four rounds of the Pirelli-supported series in Italy, Czech Republic, Poland and Latvia.

Germany’s Tobias Braun will co-drive Stengg’s Opel ADAM R2 for the bulk of the season but Claudia Dorfbauer (Rally Islas Canarias) and Jürgen Heigl (Barum Czech Rally Zlín) will also support Stengg, whose first experience of rallying came while co-driving his father in 2013.

“From a learning standpoint it’s the best series a junior can drive,” said Stengg, who hails from the Austrian city of Graz. “It has the biggest competition, amazing rallies and very good coverage. I want to gain as much experience as possible and my main goal should be to score points and learn about the different rallies. I want to have two good years in the ERC.”

Stengg is the son of Wilhelm Stengg, the 1995 Austrian champion, while several other family members, including his great grandfather, have rallied over the years. “My father tries to give me tips on my driving style and the set-up, while everybody else tries to help me on the mental side,” said Roland Stengg. “I am very glad for their advice as there is always something to learn from the vast amount of experience.”

By entering ERC Junior U27, Stengg will automatically be enrolled into the ERC Junior Experience training programme and will also be in line to win a 100,000 euros grant to be put towards an ERC Junior Under 28 campaign in 2019, the prize for winning the ERC Junior U27 crown this season.

To date, 26 drivers have registered for ERC Junior action with 13 entering the ERC Junior U27 section and 13 in ERC Junior U28 for young stars in R5 cars.

Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator, said: “We’re very pleased to welcome another young talent from national level to the European championship and we wish him well in making this transition. With 26 registrations received so far and the prospect of more to come, ERC Junior is clearly proving popular for drivers aiming to progress up the rallying pyramid.”

Stengg is the second Austrian mounting an ERC Junior U27 bid with Simon Wagner also in action in a Saintéloc Junior Team PEUGEOT 208 R2.

Yates to use ERC skills on Scottish practice run

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:00

Rhys Yates will put the experience he gained on his FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship debut to good use when he contests a rally in Scotland this weekend.

Brettex-backed Yates placed an impressive third in the class for young stars in R5 cars on the Azores Airlines Rallye last month and will now focus on his British title campaign, starting with a practice run on the Scottish championship-counting Speyside Stages on 21 April.

“I wanted to test before the Carlisle Rally and it made sense to get some mileage under our belt,” said the 25-year-old Briton. “I don’t have any prior knowledge of the stages so I will be a little green and not being able to use our own pacenotes will be tough, but we will certainly still be doing our best.”

Driving a CA1 Sport-run ŠKODA Fabia R5, Yates is contemplating July’s Rally di Roma Capitale for his next ERC adventure, although his British championship programme remains his priority in 2018.

Photo: Josef Petru

Big interest as ERC Rally Islas Canarias 2018 is launched

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:00

Round two of the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship is officially underway following yesterday’s launch in Las Palmas.

Some 100 dignitaries, officials, sponsors and media assembled at the Salón Gran Fórum in the AC Hotel Gran Canaria to learn more about May’s all-asphalt event and gain a further understanding of the rally’s importance to the local community and beyond.

Antonio Morales, President of Cabildo de Gran Canaria, said: “This rally contributes to the fact that this brand of Gran Canaria as a European sports island transcends our borders and becomes a benchmark for physical activity and social cohesion through sports. It also means an extraordinary projection of the island, of our climate and our landscapes. It generates productive economy and, to finish, it is an example of how public and private initiative can join forces to carry out an event of these characteristics. You can not build the future of a territory without everyone's participation and this rally makes this collaboration visible.”

Manuel Aviñó, President of the Real Federación Española de Automovilismo (RFEDA), explained that last year’s Rally Islas Canarias was the most valued of all Spanish championship rounds. Wishing “all the luck to the organising committee for an even better event than last year, Aviñó highlighted the participation of Efrén Llarena in ERC Junior Under 27 as part of the Rally Team Spain initiative, his prize for winning the Beca Junior R2 crown in Spain last season.

Jean-Baptiste Ley, ERC Co-ordinator, commented on the huge popularity of the championship and some of the recent innovations, including the introduction of a two-tier ERC Junior Championship and a move to an eight-event calendar as part of cost-cutting efforts.

This year’s Rally Islas Canarias takes place from 3-5 May. Entries closed yesterday evening and the draft list is due to be published at 14h00 local time on 23 April.

Russian squad on top in ERC battle of the teams

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:00

Russian Performance Motorsport will lead the FIA European Rally Championship for Teams by two points when battle resumes on Rally Islas Canarias next month.

It heads Rally Team Spain with Toksport WRT and ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team seven points further back.

MOL Racing Tam and ACCR Czech Team are equal fifth with 12 points apiece.

Registered teams can nominate a maximum of three cars from ERC-registered drivers, in either four- or two-wheel drive configuration or a combination of both, to score points on each event.

The results of the two highest-placed cars from a team count, with teams tallying their best six scores from a possible eight. And with points distributed according to the four- and two-wheel-drive classifications of the rally, a team could score a maximum of 50 points per event with 25 on offer in 4WD and 25 also up for grabs in 2WD.

There’s a prestigious FIA title up for grabs for the winning team.

ERC drivers set for early Czech adventure

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 18:00

Alexey Lukyanuk and Albert von Thurn und Taxis are set for an early Czech adventure when they contest Rallye Šumava Klatovy this weekend (20-21 April).

The national championship event will provide useful Tarmac running for the duo ahead of next month’s ERC-counting Rally Islas Canarias, as well as aiding their preparations for the FIA European Rally Championship’s visit to the Czech Republic for Barum Czech Rally Zlín in August.

Other drivers in action include defending Czech champion and former ERC title winner Jan Kopecký, ERC Junior Under 28 contender Jan Černý and ERC Junior U27 graduate Filip Mareš, who is embarking on his first season in R5 machinery with support from the Autoklub of Czech Republic.

Pellier tames Spanish Tarmac ahead of ERC Junior outing

Sun, 04/15/2018 - 12:00

Laurent Pellier warmed up for his next FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship appearance with a fine second place on Rallye Sierra Morena in Spain yesterday (14 April).

Pellier was using the Córdoba-based event to prepare for the upcoming Rally Islas Canarias. As well as building his experience of his PEUGEOT 208 T16 on asphalt, the Frenchman impressed by beating a host of Spanish championship regulars, including 2017 title winner Iván Ares.

PEUGEOT Rally Academy-run Pellier is tackling the six-event ERC Junior U28 season alongside co-driver and fellow Frenchman Geoffrey Combe. Rally Islas Canarias is up next from 3-5 May.

ERC Junior Koči makes strong start at home

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 18:00

Slovakia’s Martin Koči made a strong start to his national title bid with second place on Rallye Prešov earlier today.

He finished runner-up to ERC podium finisher, former Polish champion and four-time Slovak title holder Grzegorz Grzyb in a similar ŠKODA Fabia R5.

Polish prospect and domestic Group N champion Mikołaj Marczyk completed an all-Fabia podium.

Koči is mounting a combined ERC Junior Under 28 and Slovak championship campaign in a Fabia R5 backed by his country’s ŠKODA importer.

Birdman achieves new heights in ERC

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 06:00

Hubert Ptaszek, the driver known as Birdman based on a rough English translation of his surname, achieved new heights on his FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship debut last month.

Although his challenge was undone by an administrative issue that kept him out of Friday’s action, the Pole responded by scoring his first outright stage win courtesy of his quickest time through the Grupo Marques spectator stage on the Azores Airlines Rallye’s final leg.

“We were setting some good times and it was nice to win my first overall stage for the first time in my life because it was not easy to catch the World Rally Cars when I was in WRC2,” said Ptaszek, who is competing in a Tagai Racing Technology ŠKODA Fabia R5. “That stage was for my dad because I know he’s sitting in the company thinking ‘what’s happened, what’s happened’ but now we win.”

Munnings on top in ERC Ladies’ Trophy

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 06:00

Catie Munnings will top the ERC Ladies’ Trophy when battle resumes on Rally Islas Canarias next month.

Munnings heads Tamara Molinaro under a new scoring system for 2018 introduced by FIA European Rally Championship promoter Eurosport Events, which is committed to encouraging the participation of women in motorsport and has revamped the ERC Ladies’ Trophy accordingly.

Rather than recognise the achievements of women when competing against other women drivers, to promote gender equality, drivers will score points based on where they appear in the final four- or two-wheel-drive order.

Munnings was ninth of the 2WD finishers and scores 50 points. Molinaro, P14 in 4WD, scores 37 points. Emma Falcón failed to finish.

All rounds of the ERC are included in the ERC Ladies’ Trophy with all classes (ERC1, ERC2 and ERC3) eligible. Drivers count their best four scores.

Avcioğlu up for full ERC bid

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 06:00

Orhan Avcioğlu is planning to contest the remaining rounds of this season’s FIA European Rally Championship after graduating to the series for 2018.

Last year’s FIA Balkan Rally Trophy winner was in the top 20 on the recent Azores Airlines Rallye when a crash put him out on the final morning.

Undeterred, he is set to compete in his ŠKODA Fabia R5 for only the third time when he contests Rally Islas Canarias from 3-5 May.

“We plan to do the full season,” said Avcioğlu. “If we are consistent the plan is to be in the top five by the end of the season.”

Avcioğlu forms part of Germany-based Toksport WRT’s three-car ERC assault. Chris Ingram won the ERC Junior Under 28 category on the Azores Airlines Rallye. Menderes Okur finished fourth in ERC2.

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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)