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ERC Juniors ready to take to (ERC) The Stage live

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 17:40

Having proved their talent on the stages of the FIA European Rally Championship, ERC1 Junior aces Erik Cais and Efrén Llarena will be appearing on the new internet-based talk show, ERC The Stage, from 18h30 CET today (Wednesday).

Hosted by Julian Porter and Chris Rawes, ERC The Stage premiered last week and attracted an international audience.

As well as appearances by Cais and Llarena, Bruno De Pianto, a key member of the Rally di Roma Capitale organising team, will provide all the latest updates on the planned season opener, while Dominik Dinkel is this week’s ERC Newcomer.

ERC The Stage is available at:

Facebook.com/FiaEuropeanRallyChampionship
or Youtube.com/user/FIAERC

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ERC The Stage for rising talents Cais and Llarena

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 12:00

ERC1 Junior rivals Erik Cais and Efrén Llarena will be appearing on the new internet-based talk show, ERC The Stage, live from 18h30 CET today (Wednesday).

Hosted by Julian Porter and Chris Rawes, ERC The Stage premiered last week and attracted an international audience.

As well as appearances by Cais and Llarena, Bruno De Pianto, a key member of the Rally di Roma Capitale organising team, will provide all the latest updates on the planned season opener, while Dominik Dinkel is this week’s ERC Newcomer.

ERC The Stage is available at:

Facebook.com/FiaEuropeanRallyChampionship/
or Youtube.com/user/FIAERC

 

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Rally di Roma Capitale organisers stick to winning formula for ERC counter

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 06:00

Motorsport Italia, the organisation behind Italy’s FIA European Rally Championship counter, have stuck to a winning formula for the planned event from 24-26 July.

Rather than introduce wholesale changes to the itinerary for Rally di Roma Capitale, the organisers have made alternations to two stages only, the Ostia superspecial and Rocca Santo Stefano.

In total, Rally di Roma Capitale is set to include 206.00 competitive kilometres divided between 18 special stages.

Click here and scroll down to view the itinerary.

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New video celebrates Abarth 124 rally and gets ready for second season of ERC action

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 16:00

Luca Napolitano, Head of EMEA Fiat & Abarth Brands, and Jean-Baptiste Ley, ERC Co-ordinator, are appearing on a new video issued ahead of the Abarth Rally Cup season getting underway.

The Abarth Rally Cup will once again form part of the FIA European Rally Championship and the action from the one-make category for the Abarth 124 rally is hotly anticipated.

Luca Napolitano, Head of EMEA Fiat & Abarth Brands, said: “In their 70-year history, Abarth cars have run on every European course. They have come in victorious on each one. Today, with nearly 100 class wins, the 124 Rally is still the car to beat in the R-GT class.

“At the 2019 European Rally Championship, the 124 rally won 57 of the 88 special stages it took part in. We can't wait to get back on track and win again.”

The Abarth 124 rally has been used in competition in 16 countries and taken part in around 150 international events and 25 national and international championships. It has racked up in the region of 100 victories in the RGT category, establishing itself as the car to beat in the FIA R-GT Cup both in 2018 and 2019. In the three years it has been in existence, the Abarth 124 rally has covered more than 300,000 kilometres in competition.

During the 2019 ERC, of the 88 stage wins it was eligible for, the Abarth 124 rally celebrated 57 fastest stage times and completed more than 4000 kilometres, 1200 of which were timed.

Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator said: “Last year, the Abarth Rally Cup played a major role in the European Rally Championship. We can’t wait to see the Abarth 124 rally in the ERC as soon as the season resumes.”

The 2019 Abarth Rally Cup was made up of Rally Islas Canarias, Rally Liepāja, 76th Rally Poland, Rally di Roma Capitale, Barum Czech Rally Zlín and Rally Hungary.

Italy’s Andrea Nucita took the title in a final-round decider against Poland's Dariusz Poloński. Spain’s Alberto Monarri placed third in the final standings.

Abarth also enjoyed success in the FIA R-GT Cup in 2019 with Italy’s Enrico Brazzoli winning his class on Rallye Monte-Carlo, Tour de Corse and Rallye Sanremo.

Follow this link to view the video: https://youtu.be/jgacGOG8U0w

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ERC Rally di Roma Capitale entries open

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 12:00

Entries are now open for Rally di Roma Capitale, the planned first round of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship.

The supplementary regulations, event programme, itinerary, maps, the COVID-19 protocol and other important documents can are also available and can be downloaded at: www.rallydiromacapitale.it/competitors

In addition, the new Motorsport Pass platform is available. All those attending the event must register for a free-of-charge pass as part of strict COVID-19 measures implemented by event organiser Motorsport Italia and ACI Sport.

Entries must be submitted with the FIA via this link: https://registrations.fia.com/rally.

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Access pass web platform and tutorial for ERC Rally di Roma Capitale now online

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 06:00

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 Max Rendina and his team at Motorsport Italia to ensure the event complies with government restrictions and other directives in place.

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

A short video tutorial with information of how to use the app can be found here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEDzRFR0iPk&feature=youtu.be

Rally di Roma Capitale is set to open the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship from 24-26 July.

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

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Vita reveals new ERC Junior look

Mon, 05/25/2020 - 06:00

Mattia Vita has revealed the livery he will use when he bids for glory in the Pirelli-supported FIA ERC3 Junior Championship.

The 23-year-old is set to begin his campaign in Peugeot 208 R2, before switching to the new-for-2020 208 Rally4.

Vita, who will be co-driven by fellow Italian Max Bosi, completed one test prior to lockdown restrictions taking hold in March. But he can’t wait to drive for real in the European championship.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back to driving,” Vita said. “I’ve got more experience now after rallying in Italy last season, so I’m definitely aiming for the top places.”

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ERC drivers who’ve raced: pt. 3

Sun, 05/24/2020 - 18:00

To conclude the series highlighting FIA European Rally Championship drivers who’ve also raced, here are another 10 who crossed the divide.

Stéphane Sarrazin (pictured): A two-time Le Mans Series champion who has also made one start in Formula One claimed victory on his last ERC appearance, the Tour de Corse in 2014.

Petr Semerád: Too young to rally in his native Czech Republic, where drivers must be 16 and over to take to the stages, this ERC3 Junior promise raced single-seaters in the FIA CEZ series before he was old enough to go rallying.

Ricardo Teodósio: The reigning Portuguese champion and Azores Rallye regular used to be a racing driver, with stints in Formula Ford and Formula Opel appearing on a lengthy and impressive CV.

Henri Toivonen: A winner of six ERC events and destined for the world title until his fatal crash in Corsica in 1986, Toivonen test-drove a Formula One car and raced for Eddie Jordan in Formula 3. Brother Harri, who also won in the ERC, tried circuit racing as did father Pauli (see below).

Pauli Toivonen: The Finn’s career not only included lifting the ERC crown in 1968, but success in sportscar racing as well.

Mattia Vita: Vita reached the heights of Formula 3 after karting successfully. He’s now preparing for an assault on the Pirelli-supported FIA ERC3 Junior Championship.

Adrienn Vogel: Vogel, who will compete in ERC3 in 2020, has raced in the Kia Platinum Cup for three seasons.

Albert von Thurn und Taxis: Von Thurn und Taxis used to race GT cars but, after 10 years, with the “limit time-wise and the costs really exploding”, the Rome-based German decided to follow his dream of being a rally driver. “Everybody told me it was too dangerous and too difficult and too much work, but the fascination is so much bigger,” he said recently.

Sobiewsław Zasada: Poland’s first three-time ERC champion raced on two and four wheels.

Aleks Zawada: The London-born Pole was a single-seater racer before becoming a force in ERC Junior, challenging for the title in 2017.

Photo: Toyota Hybrid Racing

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ERC drivers who’ve raced: part two

Sun, 05/24/2020 - 12:00

Continuing the series highlighting FIA European Rally Championship drivers who’ve also raced, here are 10 more who crossed the divide.

Robert Kubica: Formula One race winner Kubica scored 26 stage bests, 56 points and one event win from five ERC starts between 2013 and 2014.

Sébastien Loeb: While Loeb is best known for his exploits – and phenomenal success – in the World Rally Championship, he did take part on three ERC events, winning twice. But as well his triumphs on the stages, Loeb was a winner in circuit racing, most notably in the FIA World Touring Car Championship. He also raced in the Le Mans 24 Hours twice and was rapid when he test drove for Renault and Toro Rosso.

Henrik Lundgaard (pictured): The 2000 ERC champion tried European competition of a different kind when he contested the FIA European Touring Car Cup at Adria in Italy in 2007. After retiring from the first race he placed second in Race 2. The Dane was also successful in his domestic touring car championship.

Niki Mayr-Melnhof: GT racing used to quench Mayr-Melnhof’s motorsport thirst but, after winning the Austrian Rally Championship in 2018, Mayr-Melnhof is now targeting ERC success.

Sir Stirling Moss: While the recently deceased legend Moss was famously known as a circuit racer, he contested selected ERC events in the 1950s.

Thierry Neuville: The World Rally Championship title contender, who took part on five ERC events earlier in his career, won on his ADAC TCR Germany debut at the Nürburgring last season. A watching Gabriele Tarquini, the 2018 WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup winner, said afterwards: “He controlled all the race and was also incredible in the second race when there was big rain.”

Laurent Pellier: Before he started winning things in Peugeot 208 R2s, which eventually launched an ERC1 Junior campaign in 2018, Pellier raced in French F4.

Dariusz Poloński: The Abarth Rally Cup contender and ERC2 class winner started his career in circuit racing with Fiat power before he switched to rallying in 1999 in a Fiat Seicento Sporting.

Walter Röhrl: Germany’s ERC champion of 1974 won his class at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1981 during an illustrious career.

Carlos Sainz: Although football and squash were popular pursuits for a younger Sainz, he tried Formula Ford before launching his ultra-successful rallying career, which included seven wins from 23 ERC starts.

Visit FIAERC.com for part three available from 18h00 CET on 24 May

Photo: Eurosport Events

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ERC drivers who’ve raced: part one

Sun, 05/24/2020 - 06:00

FIA European Rally Championship history is full of stories of drivers who not only rallied but also raced. Here are 10 who crossed the divide.

Kevin Abbring: As well as being rapid on eight ERC appearances, Dutchman Abbring has shown form in circuit racing, finishing fourth overall in TCR Benelux in 2017, sharing a DG Sport-run Peugeot with Aurélien Comte.

Nasser Al-Attiyah (pictured): When the FIA World Touring Car Championship visited his native Qatar for the first time in 2015, ERC event winner Nasser Al-Attiyah was on the grid at the wheel of a Campos Racing-run Chevrolet Cruze. He finished both races.

Markku Alén: Best known for his exploits driving Fiats and Lancias in the world championship, Alén made 34 starts at ERC level and notched up six wins in the process. But his Lancia links took him to the Le Mans 24 Hours, while he also raced in the DTM and the Porsche Carrera Cup.

Toshi Arai: Although Japan’s one-time ERC event-winner’s rallying pedigree is well documented, back in 2011, Arai took part in his home rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship, scoring a best result of P13 at Suzuka.

Romain Dumas: The Le Mans 24 Hours winner and Pikes Peak record-breaker made his class-winning ERC debut on Tour de Corse in 2014.

 Vic Elford: Versatile Briton Elford made his Formula One debut one year after clinching the ERC title in 1967. He also raced at Le Mans and won the Daytona 24 Hours.

Nikolay Gryazin: The 2018 ERC1 Junior champion actually raced in Russia before he rallied.

Sean Johnston: Johnston was enrolled into the Nissan GT Academy in North America as one of the USA’s fastest five Gran Turismo 5 video game racers, then claimed the 2012 IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge title at this first attempt. He moved to Europe to race Porsches and in long-distance sportscar events. Since 2018 rallying has been his focus.

Jan Kopecký: Before taking the sport of rallying by storm, the 2013 ERC champion had followed his father Josef into circuit racing. Between 1999 and 2001, the ace Czech took a Ford Fiesta Cup and ŠKODA Pick-Up Cup double in 2000 before winning the ŠKODA Octavia Cup in 2001.

Tomáš Kostka: A three-time Barum Czech Rally Zlín podium finisher, Kostka enjoyed a varied circuit racing career in single-seaters and touring cars. He represented Czech Republic in A1 Grand Prix, raced for a season in DTM, achieved a finish at the Le Mans 24 Hours and scored points in Formula Renault 3.5. His brother-in-law is Czech rallying royalty Roman Kresta.

Visit FIAERC.com for part two available from 12h00 CET on 24 May

Photo: Eurosport Events

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Updated Rally Guide 1 for ERC Rally Liepaja now available

Sat, 05/23/2020 - 06:00

The updated Rally Guide 1 for Rally Liepāja, Latvia’s high-speed round of the FIA European Rally Championship, has been published.

Click here to download the latest version. Meanwhile, the eighth running of Rally Liepāja is scheduled to take place from 14-16 August.

 

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Why the ERC is thrilling fans… in New Zealand!

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 06:00

Rallying fans in New Zealand are being treated to action from the FIA European Rally Championship.

Under a new agreement, national broadcaster Three is showing highlights from the 2019 season, which was decided on the very final stage of the campaign.

Three’s ERC coverage, which is shown on the Sunday afternoon CRC Motorsport show, began on 3 May and is scheduled to run until 5 July although there will be no programmes on 7 or 21 June.

ERC rallies are split into three distinct categories based on car performance (ERC1, ERC2 and ERC3). There are also classes for young drivers (ERC1 Junior and ERC3 Junior) plus the Abarth Rally Cup, a one-make series for the Abarth 124 rally.

The 2019 ERC season was made up of Azores Rallye, Rally Islas Canarias, Rally Liepāja, 76th Rally Poland, Rally di Roma Capitale, Barum Czech Rally Zlín, Cyprus Rally and Rally Hungary.

Did you know? New Zealand’s leading rally driver, Hayden Paddon, scored a stage win on his one and only ERC appearance in Belgium in 2013 (pictured). He and co-driver John Kennard were in fourth position when they crashed out.

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Collaboration of fans crucial for unprecedented edition of ERC Rally di Roma Capitale

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 16:00

Fans will play a key role in the running of Rally di Roma Capitale, the planned opening round of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship, which is scheduled to take place from 24-26 July.

Event organiser Motorsport Italia, led by Max Rendina, has worked relentlessly since lockdown measures were implemented to ensure every step possible is being taken to comply with government restrictions and other directives being put in place.

With two months to go before the event is due to take place, the eighth Rally di Roma Capitale looks very different to the previous editions in order to meet the numerous guidelines concerning the running of sporting events in Italy.

According to Motorsport Italia “this will require some technical and logistic changes but, most importantly, great collaboration from everyone”.

In its communication issued today, the Rally di Roma Capitalie organiser stated: “Fans and staff will have to follow the correct behaviours and implement all the needed procedures to make this event a reference on the national and international level, an example of how much the world of rallying loves this sport and is ready to accept important changes to make this discipline restart and excite our enthusiasm again.

“A web platform is being set up to allow registration and control of all the people connected to the event: organisers, teams, drivers, staff, media and fans. Through this platform, that will be made available on Tuesday 26 May at www.rallydiromacapitale.it alongside a detailed user guide, fans will have to register and specify the zones they chose to watch the rally from.

“Motorsport Italia is setting up an important check and prevention structure aiming to provide the great spectacle that the Rally di Roma Capitale is capable of. Such a great spectacle will be possible only thanks to a responsible behaviour of all of us.

“This is a cultural change that will redesign the rally world known before the COVID-19 emergency. This change will rely on all fans and enthusiasts to deliver the due efforts to allow, not only the Rally di Roma, but also the whole sector, to restart in this atypical season.”

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Champion Ingram tells ERC The Stage: “We want to be back, we want to defend the title”

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 09:00

Chris Ingram has told ERC The Stage, the all-new internet-based talk show from the FIA European Rally Championship, that he plans to defend his title in 2020.

Co-driven by compatriot Ross Whittock, Ingram became the first Briton since Vic Elford in 1967 to take the coveted crown when he triumphed against Alexey Lukyanuk in a dramatic final-stage decider on last season’s Rally Hungary.

Ingram and Whittock were the star guests on the premiere of ERC The Stage yesterday evening. Co-presenter Julian Porter used the opportunity to ask Ingram about his plans for the upcoming season, which has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“One hundred per cent we want to be back, we want to defend the title,” Ingram, 25, said on ERC The Stage. “We need to see what happens over the next few months. Obviously, the [coronavirus] situation is the priority for everyone now. But we definitely want to be back in the ERC and go and win some rallies because we feel there is a lot of unfinished business.”

Ingram continued: “A lot of people said because I didn’t win a rally, ‘am I quick enough, am I as quick as Lukyanuk?’ I totally disagree. I did what I had to do and did the best. I couldn’t risk anything. But I really want to go back and show them that I have got the pace as well.”

But while Ingram – who also has plans to tackle selected world championship events as part of his ultimate goal of challenging at the top tier of the sport – would relish an ERC title defence, he stressed that he still needs to secure the necessary funding to continue his ERC adventure with Toksport WRT.

“We’re still looking for sponsorship and obviously the virus is affecting things a lot,” said Ingram. “Just as [the pandemic began] we were negotiating all the deals with my current sponsors. Like I said, it’s not the priority at the moment. But hopefully what we’ve achieved last year, with all the amazing coverage we’ve had and all the coverage thanks to the ERC as well, I am sure we will find a way so fingers crossed.”

Streamed live at 18h30 CET every Wednesday and co-presented by Julian Porter and Chris Rawes, ERC The Stagewill hear from drivers, co-drivers and other members of the FIA European Rally Championship family ahead of the 2020 season getting underway when it is safe to do so.

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

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ERC champions Ingram and Whittock to star on ERC The Stage

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 15:00

Reigning champions Chris Ingram and Ross Whittock will be the star guests on ERC The Stage, the new internet-based talk show from the FIA European Rally Championship, live at 18h30 CET today.

Presented by ERC Radio reporters Julian Porter and Chris Rawes, ERC The Stage will hear from ERC drivers, co-drivers and other members of the ERC family ahead of the delayed 2020 season getting underway.

For the show’s premiere, Porter and Rawes will be joined online by ERC champions Ingram and Whittock live from their respective homes in Great Britain.

ERC3 Junior contender Dennis Rådström will also appear in the first episode in a section highlighting a European championship newcomer.

Fans are being encouraged to join the show by sending their questions for Ingram and Whittock, who secured their first FIA ERC title on the very final stage of last season’s Rally Hungary decider.

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

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Introducing ERC The Stage internet talk show

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 12:00

FIA European Rally Championship promoter Eurosport Events is pleased to announce a new internet-based talk show, ERC The Stage.

Presented by ERC Radio reporters Julian Porter and Chris Rawes, ERC The Stage will hear from ERC drivers, co-drivers and other members of the ERC family ahead of the delayed 2020 season beginning.

Available on the ERC’s official Facebook page and YouTube channel, ERC The Stage will be streamed at 18h30 CET every Wednesday starting from today (20 May).

For the show’s premiere, Porter and Rawes will be joined online by ERC champions Chris Ingram and Ross Whittock live from their respective homes in Great Britain. ERC3 Junior contender Dennis Rådström will also appear in the first episode in a section highlighting a European championship newcomer.

Fans are being encouraged to join the show by sending their questions for Ingram and Whittock, who secured their first FIA ERC title on the very final stage of last season’s Rally Hungary decider.

Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator, said: “Since lockdown restrictions began, we have made it a priority to keep fans updated and entertained as best as possible during these unprecedented times. Until we can return to some of Europe’s best stages, we hope ERC The Stage will provide an enjoyable and engaging insight into how members of the ERC family have been staying safe at home and their hopes and expectations for when action gets underway. With Julian Porter and Chris Rawes at the helm backed up by the expertise of Marc Minari and Francesco Toso, we’re really excited to launch ERC The Stage.”

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

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Asphalt focus for ERC Abarth Rally Cup in 2020

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 06:00

The Abarth Rally Cup will have more of an asphalt focus in 2020 with the exciting one-make category being contested on one gravel round of the FIA European Rally Championship and four Tarmac ERC counters.

Subject to FIA approval, the 2020 Abarth Rally Cup will take place as follows:

Rally di Roma Capitale (asphalt), 24-26 July
Rally Liepāja (Latvia, gravel), 14-16 August**
Barum Czech Rally Zlín (asphalt), 28-30 August
Rally Hungary (asphalt), 6-8 November
Rally Islas Canarias (asphalt), 3-5 December**

**Date subject to FIA approval

On each round, the following prize money will be awarded:

First position: €12,000
Second position: €10,000
Third position: €8,000

The winning driver receives an additional €30,000.

All rounds count, while Abarth Rally Cup competitors will be eligible for the ERC2 production category.

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Introducing… ERC1 recruit Emma Falcon

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 06:00

Emma Falcón, the 2018 ERC Ladies’ Trophy winner, will continue her FIA European Rally Championship adventure in 2020 at the wheel of top-class Citroën C3 R5.

From two-wheel to four-wheel drive: Having built her experience in R3 and Rally4 machinery, Canary Islander Falcón, stepped up to a Rally2-specification Citroën C3 R5 for 2019, contesting mainly national-level events, plus her home round of the ERC and Rally di Roma Capitale.

Peugeot points: While Gran Canaria-born Falcón is best known for her exploits in Citroën rally cars, she actually used a Peugeot 208 R2 to secure the ERC Ladies’ Trophy title on Rally Liepāja in 2018 when she beat Catie Munnings in a final-round decider.

High hopes: Falcón has set “top positions” as her main goal during ERC 2020.

Hungary for a new adventure: Rally Hungary will be unchartered territory for Lanzarote-based Falcón: “I know Roma and Barum but Hungary is going to be new for me so it will be an exciting season.”

Carrera recruited: With previous co-driver Eduardo González no longer available, Falcón has recruited Cándido Carrera for the 2020 season. Carrera is best known for his partnership with José Suárez, which included a six-event ERC1 Junior Championship campaign with the Peugeot Rally Academy in 2017.

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Remembering when… Heyne went to Bialowieza and back to win oldest ERC rally

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 06:00

With 77th Rally Poland postponed to coincide with the FIA European Rally Championship event’s centenary celebrations in 2021, here’s a reminder of why Tadeusz Heyne went to Białowieża and back… and won.

The first edition of Rally Poland was held from 23-25 July 1921. Six crews took part on a route from Marki near Warsaw to Białowieża and back.

Heyne, one of Poland’s automotive pioneers, was the fastest over the 576-kilometre route in a Dodge.

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Five close ERC finishes

Sat, 05/16/2020 - 06:00

With FIAERC.com replaying highlights of the 2018 Cyprus Rally, which Simos Galatariotis won by a slender margin of 0.6s, here’s a reminder of five tight finishes FIA European Rally Championship-style.

0.0s (Belgium, 2014): In terms of close finishes, nothing can rival the drama in Belgium in 2014 when Stéphane Lefebvre and Andrea Crugnola tied on time after 20 stages and just shy of 300 kilometres of competitive action. While their battle was for ERC3 Junior honours rather than outright Ypres success, it was dramatic, nevertheless. Lefebvre, who took the win courtesy of his fastest time on the first stage, completed the 27.56-kilometre Hollebeke stage with the bonnet of his Peugeot 208 R2 resting on the windscreen…

0.3s (Czech Republic, 2019): A tiny margin in terms of time but hugely significant in terms of outcome with Filip Mareš winning ERC1 Junior gold – and the 100,000 euros career progression grant on offer – by 0.3s ahead of Chris Ingram in their battle for second overall on Barum Czech Rally Zlín.

0.3s (Italy, 2017): With Kajetan Kajetanowicz going for the ERC title, the last thing he needed was a charging Bryan Bouffier taking precious points away from him on Rally di Roma Capitale. Bouffier moved in front with two stages remaining and won by 0.3s with Kajetanowicz finishing just behind.

0.5s (Austria, 2013): There was high drama when the International Jännerrallye opened the 2013 ERC, the first season with Eurosport Events at the helm in its role as promoter. This time Bouffier was on the losing side, dropping behind Jan Kopecký on the final stage by 0.5s.

0.6s (Cyprus, 2018): Simos Galatariotis cemented his status as a local legend by scoring a dramatic last-gasp victory over Bruno Magalhães by 0.6s, despite carrying a front-right puncture across the finish line. Nasser Al-Attiyah had stormed into first place on the penultimate stage, taking 20.6s out of Galatariotis to gain a 2.3s lead with one stage left. However, Al-Attiyah was forced to stop and change a puncture close to the finish of the final test, his attempts to continue with a deflating tyre for several kilometres ultimately in vain. Magalhães overtook Al-Attiyah in-stage moments before the finish line to snatch second place and the ERC championship lead. Relive the action by clicking here.

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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)